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VENTURA’S “77TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” CLOSES USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAMPAIGN

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 16, 2017... On Thursday, November 23rd, Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will host the “77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Presented by Agajanian Promotions, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and USAC National Midgets will battle in one of the most prestigious and longest running motorsports events in the country. The USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will join the action packed card in the non-point “Battle of the Beach.” The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, and the program starts at 3:30pm.

2017 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.

The festivities for the “77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will start on Wednesday, November 22nd. That night, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash in a special non-points event and the USAC National and Western States Midgets will have their practice sessions. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will have their semi-mains and feature, while the midgets will qualify, run their last chance races, and compete in a 98-lap main event. There will be a special driver autograph session at intermission on both nights.

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

This year, Rick Goudy will serve as Grand Marshall of the prestigious race. Goudy, who won the Thanksgiving Classic at Ascot Park in 1978, is the only driver to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix and the California Racing Association (CRA) Sprint Car Championship in the same year. Piloting Stan Lee’s #66 Continental Airlines VW powered Edmunds, Rick won the 100-lap race ahead of Sleepy Tripp, Johnny Anderson, Jon Rahe, and Mike Gregg. Before adding his name to the Turkey Night winner’s list, Goudy gave the Morales Brothers their sixth CRA Sprint Car Championship and closed out the season with nine victories, including a World of Outlaws victory in the famed “Tamale Wagon.” In addition, Rick earned the 1970 URA Midget Championship, the 1974 CRA Midget Championship, and has three USAC National Midget wins to his credit. At the time of his retirement in 1979 from CRA, he posted fifteen fast time awards, twenty-six trophy dash wins, thirty-one sprint car feature wins, and five midget triumphs.

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

Since May 24, 1986, 141 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. At press time, 1994 Champion Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Before heading to Ventura, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and USAC National Midgets will battle at Bakersfield’s “November Classic” on Saturday, November 18th. Both events are available on pay-per-view and will be live streamed at www.speedshifttv.com.

At press time, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a 128-point lead over the competition. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner ran second to Carson Macedo at Ventura on October 28th. To date, the point leader has three feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 93 feature laps led on the year. Gardner ranks fourth on the win list and will be looking to claim his twenty-third series victory.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ranks second in the USAC Western States point chase. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini ran eighth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on October 28th. At press time, the 2015 BCRA Champion has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Frankie will have his sights on earning his second career USAC main event.

Veteran David Prickett (Fresno, California) is third in the championship point standings. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett took fifth in the October 28th main event. To date, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. David will be looking to claim his second career series win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott returned to action at Ventura and finished seventh in the feature. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on earning a victory at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the family owned #4D RD Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby finished fourteenth in the Ventura 30-lap feature. To date, the young driver has posted three heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. Robert will be looking to earn his first win at Ventura Raceway.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is tenth in the championship point standings. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California), Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California), and Kyle Beilman (Santa Monica, California).

Over 50 drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura. Among them are Courtney Crone, Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Robby Josett, Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, C.J. Sarna, Nate Wait, Ron Hazelton, Cody Swanson, Kyle Larson, Brad Sweet, Chase Briscoe, Shon Deskins, Christopher Bell, Carson Macedo, Dave Darland, and Matt Mitchell.

Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Indiana) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “Sugar” Shane Golobic, Tanner Thorson, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Chad Boat, Holly Shelton, Tanner Carrick, and Jerry Coons Jr. round out the top-10 in points.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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

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

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

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX WINNERS: 1934-Bob Swanson; 1935-Ted Sizemore; 1936-Ronney Householder; 1937-Ronney Householder; 1938-Bob Swanson; 1939-Mel Hansen; 1940-Roy Russing; 1941-Roy Russing; 1945-Danny Oakes; 1946-Perry Grimm; 1947-Johnny McDowell; 1948-Bill Vukovich; 1949-Perry Grimm; 1950-Bill Zaring; 1955-Johnnie Parsons; 1956-Edgar Elder; 1957-George Amick; 1958-Joe Garson; 1959-Tony Bettenhausen; 1960-A.J. Foyt; 1961-A.J. Foyt; 1962-Billy Cantrell; 1963-Mel Kenyon; 1964-Parnelli Jones; 1965-Dick Atkins; 1966-Parnelli Jones; 1967-Gary Bettenhausen; 1968-Sam Sessions; 1969-George Benson; 1970-Gary Bettenhausen; 1971-Bill Englehart; 1972-Tony Simon; 1973-Bill Englehart; 1974-Danny McKnight; 1975-Mel Kenyon; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Gary Patterson; 1978-Rick Goudy; 1979-Ron Shuman; 1980-Ron Shuman; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Ron Shuman; 1983-Kevin Olson; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Brent Kaeding; 1986-Warren Mockler; 1987-Ron Shuman; 1988-Chuck Gurney; 1989-Chuck Gurney; 1990-Stan Fox; 1991-Stan Fox; 1992-Ron Shuman; 1993-Ron Shuman; 1994-Jordan Hermansader; 1995-Billy Boat; 1996-Billy Boat; 1997-Billy Boat; 1998-Jay Drake; 1999-Jason Leffler; 2000-Tony Stewart; 2001-Dave Steele; 2002-Michael Lewis; 2003-Dave Steele; 2004-Bobby East; 2005-Jason Leffler; 2006-Billy Wease; 2007-Dave Darland; 2008-Bobby Santos; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Bryan Clauson; 2011-Caleb Armstrong; 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Christopher Bell, 2015-Tanner Thorson, 2016-Kyle Larson.

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

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-751, 2. Frankie Guerrini-623, 3. David Prickett-595, 4. Cory Elliott-577, 5. Robert Dalby-547, 6. Courtney Crone-501, 7. Michael Faccinto-451, 8. Randi Pankratz-417, 9. Shannon McQueen-400, 10. Mason Daniel-370, 11. Robby Josett-366, 12. Maria Cofer-364, 13. Jake Swanson-342, 14. Terry Nichols-334, 15. Shane Golobic-286, 16. Clayton Ruston-254, 17. C.J. Sarna-253, 18. Chad Boat-249, 19. J.J. Ercse-245, 20. Alex Schutte-216.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Spencer Bayston-1363, 2. Brady Bacon-1297, 3. Shane Golobic-1286, 4. Tanner Thorson-1256, 5. Tyler Courtney-1200, 6. Justin Grant-1198, 7. Chad Boat-1084, 8. Holly Shelton-988, 9. Tanner Carrick-906, 10. Jerry Coons Jr.-849, 11. Ryan Robinson-671, 12. Tyler Thomas-633, 13. Brayton Lynch-603, 14. Alex Bright-542, 15. Dave Darland-528, 16. Michael Pickens-380, 17. Gage Walker-359, 18. Ryan Greth-326, 19. Jake Neuman-304, 20. Zach Daum-266.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS “77TH ANNUAL TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” SPRINT CAR DOUBLEHEADER

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 16, 2017... Starting Wednesday, November 22nd, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash at Ventura Raceway for two nights of action. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious “77th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix” will begin with a special Wednesday non-point program for the 360 sprints and practice for the USAC National and Western States Midgets. On Thursday, the sprint cars will return for their non-point semi and main events for the “Battle of the Beach” along with the complete midget show. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, and the program starts at 3:30pm.

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

Ventura Raceway has a strict mandated sound rule and the track legal mufflers are Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.), and Schoenfeld (14272535). The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Failure to comply with the Ventura muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

This year, Rick Goudy will serve as Grand Marshall of the prestigious race. Goudy, who won the Thanksgiving Classic at Ascot Park in 1978, is the only driver to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix and the California Racing Association (CRA) Sprint Car Championship in the same year. Piloting Stan Lee’s #66 Continental Airlines VW powered Edmunds, Rick won the 100-lap race ahead of Sleepy Tripp, Johnny Anderson, Jon Rahe, and Mike Gregg. Before adding his name to the Turkey Night winner’s list, Goudy gave the Morales Brothers their sixth CRA Sprint Car Championship and closed out the season with nine victories, including a World of Outlaws victory in the famed “Tamale Wagon.” In addition, Rick earned the 1970 URA Midget Championship, the 1974 CRA Midget Championship, and has three USAC National Midget wins to his credit. At the time of his retirement in 1979 from CRA, he posted fifteen fast time awards, twenty-six trophy dash wins, thirty-one sprint car feature wins, and five midget triumphs.

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

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held six West Coast Sprint Car races and five different drivers have claimed victory. This season, Ryan Bernal and Jake Swanson celebrated “Battle of the Beach” wins and Kenny Perkins set a new track record (12.085) on June 3rd. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) earned the USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship at Santa Maria Raceway on October 7th. Starting the year in the Tom and Laurie Sertich #92 Moose Racing Triple X, Swanson also piloted the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC and Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim before claiming the title. In all, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year posted two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led to his credit. Jake will drive the Moose Racing #92 at Ventura and will be looking for his fourth series triumph.

Despite missing a few races, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) finished second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett had three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led on the year. Austin ranks ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his sixth victory at Ventura.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ranked third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino scored one feature win, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 52 feature laps led on the season. Tristan has three career series wins and will be looking to win the Ventura doubleheader.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) ran fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria posted one feature win, eight heat race victories, one pole shuffle win, ten top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps to his credit. The two-time (2013, 2015) Champion is tied with Bryan Clauson for fourth in series wins and will have his sights on earning his eleventh victory.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) had a strong season and placed fifth in the West Coast point chase. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams had one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, a new Santa Maria track record, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led. The 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one series win and will be looking to add Ventura to his resume.

Finishing ninth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Driving the Team 33 #33B Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports Schnee, Wiley had two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards and six top-10 finishes on the season.

Over 50 drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura. Among them are Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Jace Vander Weerd, Steve Hix, Ryan Stolz, Cory Elliott, Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Chase Briscoe, Brody Roa, Matt Mitchell, Shon Deskins, Stevie Sussex, and Shawn Arriaga.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California) earned his third VRA Sprint Car Championship over Charlie Butcher, Kenny Perkins, Rick Hendrix, Kyle Edwards, Guy Woodward, Tristan Guardino, Brent Owens, Reed Broschart, and Tom Hendricks.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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

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

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

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

TURKEY NIGHT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2016-Geoff Ensign.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst.

VENTURA WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry.

FINAL 2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-939, 2. Austin Liggett-871, 3. Tristan Guardino-847, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-772, 5. Max Adams-718, 6. Ryan Bernal-699, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 8. Ryan Timmons-629, 9. Brandon Wiley-625, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 11. Steve Hix-582, 12. Cody Majors-549, 13. Shannon McQueen-413, 14. Ryan Stolz-412, 15. Geoff Ensign-401, 16. Kyle Smith-386, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr.-336, 18. Steven Garris-327, 19. Jeff Sibley-280, 20. Cory Elliott-217.

FINAL 2017 VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-1615, 2. Charlie Butcher-1300, 3. Kenny Perkins-1170, 4. Rick Hendrix-995, 5. Kyle Edwards-755, 6. Guy Woodward-745, 7. Tristan Guardino-700, 8. Brent Owens-685, 9. Reed Broschart-645, 10. Tom Hendricks-590, 11. Cody Majors-575, 12. Troy Rutherford-515, 13. Jake Swanson-450, 14. Jeremy Ellertson-395, 15. Ryan Stolz-380, 16. Brandon Wiley-315, 17. Matt Mitchell-235, 18. Ed Schwarz-185, --. Trenton Sparks-185, --. Steve Hix-185.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points) ----------------------------------------------- This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BAKERSFIELD AND VENTURA LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV

The final west coast USAC National events of the 2017 season from Bakersfield and Ventura will be streamed LIVE on Speed Shift TV. Beginning this Saturday night, Speed Shift TV will have live, flag-to-flag coverage of USAC racing on three nights in a span of six nights.

First up is the USAC National Midgets' first visit to California's Bakersfield Speedway since 2000, the penultimate round of the series' season on the one-third-mile dirt oval.

On Wednesday night, Nov. 22, the first of two nights from Ventura Raceway will be live as the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins with a full show, concluding with a feature event for the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars.

Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 23, features another complete show for the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars, finishing up with the tastiest dessert anyone could ask for: 98 laps on the dirt at the seaside oval Ventura Raceway dirt oval featuring the USAC National and Light Up the World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets.

Bakersfield's field includes 2017 USAC National Midget winners Spencer Bayston, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Tanner Thorson, Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, plus Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Golobic, west coast standouts Ronnie Gardner, Michael Faccinto, Cory Elliott, Jake Swanson and New Zealand's Michael Pickens.

For "Turkey Night," add those star drivers to a list that includes Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Dave Darland, Brad Sweet, Chase Briscoe and Kevin Thomas, Jr. and you have a can't miss event!

The November 23rd "Turkey Night Grand Prix" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Watch it again a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

USAC WESTERN & NATIONAL MIDGETS SET TO BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 15, 2017... This Saturday, November 18th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and USAC National Midgets will clash at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “November Classic” is the twelfth point race and marks the return of national series to the Bakersfield oval after seventeen years. The action packed card will also feature the California Lightning Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

2017 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout) Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135 Schoenfeld: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 107 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Ronnie Gardner (6), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s event, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

At press time, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a 128-point lead over the competition. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner ran second to Carson Macedo at Ventura on October 28th. To date, the point leader has three feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 93 feature laps led on the year. Gardner ranks fourth on the win list and will be looking to claim his twenty-third series victory at Bakersfield Speedway.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ranks second in the USAC Western States point chase. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini ran eighth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on October 28th. At press time, the 2015 BCRA Champion has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Frankie will have his sights on earning his second career USAC victory this Saturday night.

Veteran David Prickett (Fresno, California) is third in the championship point standings. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett took fifth in the October 28th main event. To date, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. David will be looking to claim his second career series win at the “November Classic.”

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott returned to action at Ventura and finished seventh in the feature. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on celebrating a victory in front of his hometown fans.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the family owned #4D RD Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby finished fourteenth in the Ventura 30-lap feature. To date, the young driver has posted three heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Robert will be looking to earn his first win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is tenth in the championship point standings. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California), Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California), and Kyle Beilman (Santa Monica, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Courtney Crone, Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Shannon McQueen, Robby Josett, Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, C.J. Sarna, J.J. Ercse, Nate Wait, Ron Hazelton, Cody Swanson, and more.

Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Indiana) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “Sugar” Shane Golobic, Tanner Thorson, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Chad Boat, Holly Shelton, Tanner Carrick, and Jerry Coons Jr. round out the top-10 in points.

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

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-751, 2. Frankie Guerrini-623, 3. David Prickett-595, 4. Cory Elliott-577, 5. Robert Dalby-547, 6. Courtney Crone-501, 7. Michael Faccinto-451, 8. Randi Pankratz-417, 9. Shannon McQueen-400, 10. Mason Daniel-370, 11. Robby Josett-366, 12. Maria Cofer-364, 13. Jake Swanson-342, 14. Terry Nichols-334, 15. Shane Golobic-286, 16. Clayton Ruston-254, 17. C.J. Sarna-253, 18. Chad Boat-249, 19. J.J. Ercse-245, 20. Alex Schutte-216.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Spencer Bayston-1363, 2. Brady Bacon-1297, 3. Shane Golobic-1286, 4. Tanner Thorson-1256, 5. Tyler Courtney-1200, 6. Justin Grant-1198, 7. Chad Boat-1084, 8. Holly Shelton-988, 9. Tanner Carrick-906, 10. Jerry Coons Jr.-849, 11. Ryan Robinson-671, 12. Tyler Thomas-633, 13. Brayton Lynch-603, 14. Alex Bright-542, 15. Dave Darland-528, 16. Michael Pickens-380, 17. Gage Walker-359, 18. Ryan Greth-326, 19. Jake Neuman-304, 20. Zach Daum-266.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

KYLE LARSON LOOKS TO GO BACK-TO-BACK AT TURKEY NIGHT NOV. 23RD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........The number 1 is an apt number for Kyle Larson to carry on his USAC Midget's tail tank in this year's 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix." After all, number 1 is the finishing result we've become accustomed to in practically every racecar we've seen him strap into, whether it's Monday, Friday, Sunday or any day of the week that ends in the letter "y" for that matter.

Twice over the last five seasons late in the month of November, Thursday night has been kind to Yung Money's racing career. More on the point, a Thanksgiving night spent at a racetrack has served the Elk Grove, California native well.

As Larson steps into the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 1 on Thanksgiving night 2017, Nov. 23rd, at California's Ventura Raceway, the 2012 and 2016 race winner has an opportunity to be included on a few exclusive lists that not even some of the best USAC and AAA Midget drivers of their era can boast about.

With another win in the TNGP featuring USAC's National and Light Up the World Beverages Western States Midgets, Larson would become just the third driver to win at least three Turkey Night midget races in his career. It's something that's only been accomplished twice over the 76 runnings of the prestigious event, first by Ron Shuman, whose incomparable record at Turkey Night includes eight wins in a 15-year span between 1979 and 1993. Billy Boat was the last to do so when he won his third in three years in 1997, the last of which, coincidentally enough, came at Ventura.

Eight drivers have gone back-to-back at "Turkey Night." Just four years into its beginning, Ronney Householder became the first to do the deed in 1936-37 at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles, now the home to CBS Television City where such shows at the Price is Right is filmed. Roy Russing repeated the roar at Gilmore in 1940-41. It would be another 20 years before A.J. Foyt christened the new Ascot Park with victories in 1960-61.

Ron Shuman was Grover Cleveland-esque in his dominance for a decade-in-a-half beginning in the late-70s and running through the early-to-mid-nineties, serving two distinct, non-consecutive terms as the man in charge. The "Flying Shu" from Tempe, Arizona won four-straight from 1979-82, picked up two more wins in 1984 and 1987, then put together another two-straight years of victories for his final two in 1992-93.

Chuck Gurney was the first of two drivers to win consecutively near the turn of the decade to the 1990s. Gurney, of Livermore, California, won in 1988-89. Janesville, Wisconsin's Stan Fox closed out Ascot in grand style by winning the finale in 1990, then dominated Saugus Speedway one year later in 1991 to become the first and only driver thus far to win consecutively on dirt and pavement surfaces. Phoenix, Arizona's Billy Boat, whose son Chad will be competing at Turkey Night this year, is the only driver to win consecutively at three different venues: Bakersfield, Perris and Ventura. Bryan Clauson, of Noblesville, Indiana was the last to get the job done in 2009 and 2010.

In 2016, Larson, the reigning winner of the 98-lap race, became the sixth driver to win the TNGP at two different venues following his 2012 score at Perris Auto Speedway, joining the ranks of Mel Kenyon (Ascot & 605), Stan Fox (Ascot & Saugus), Ron Shuman (Ascot & Bakersfield) and Dave Darland (Irwindale & Perris). No one has touched Billy Boat's record of three-straight at three different tracks between 1995 and 1997 (Bakersfield, Perris & Ventura).

Despite a limited USAC Midget schedule over the past few years due to his regular duties as one of Chip Ganassi's top NASCAR pilots, Larson always takes to the dirt like a duck to water when he jumps behind the wheel of a midget. Though he lacks a tally in the USAC win column for 2017, he was the ProSource Fast Qualifier at both of his appearances this season during the first two rounds of Indiana Midget Week at Montpelier and Gas City. He was in contention to win both, finishing 3rd at Montpelier and battling for the lead at Gas City when he spun with 10 laps remaining, ultimately finishing 18th.

The November 23rd "Turkey Night Grand Prix" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Watch it again a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

2017 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" ENTRY LIST

CAR# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT / SPONSOR / CHASSIS / ENGINE

1 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA Keith Kunz Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Walker Filtration Systems/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL Rusty Kunz Racing/Adam Lopez Country Financil - Snap Fitness/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 1p TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA Terry Nichols/BSC - Masters Design & Construction/Spike/Chevy

2 ROBBY JOSETT/Santa Clarita, CA Robby Josett/RL & Sons Construction - JHC Heating & Air/Spike/Esslinger

® 2JD TYLER EDWARDS/Salina, OK Shenanigans-Neverlift Motorsports/Shenanigans Bar & Grill - Western Performance Parts/Spike/AMS Chevy

® 3F GEOFF ENSIGN/Sebastopol, CA Ted Finkenbinder/Western Industrial X-Ray/ Bullet/Warrior

® 4A LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA RAMS Racing/Rockwell Security/BOSS/Speedway Toyota

4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA Ken Dalby/R-D Spring & Stamping - Monster Seal/Spike/Esslinger

® 5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN Chase Briscoe/Big Tine - Tex-a-Con Cut Stone/Spike/Honda

® 7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 7R CLAYTON RUSTON/Upland, CA CR Motorsports/S & J Service Inc. - Alumin/Spike/Esslinger

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA Wally Pankratz/HASA Pool Products - Trench Shoring/Edmunds/Fontana

9D MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA Sean Dodenhoff/Torco Oil - Rocket Sports & Entertainment/Spike/Fontana

® 9E MACK DeMAN/Mississauga, ON Sean Dodenhoff/Torco Oil - Rocket Sports & Entertainment l/Spike/Fontana

11E CORY ELLIOTT/Bakersfield, CA Mitch Elliott/Capital E Trucking - FK Indy/Spike/Esslinger

17 CODY SWANSON/Covina, CA Swanson Family/West Evans Motorsports - Lucas Oil/Spike/Esslinger

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA Clauson-Marshall-Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 20AZ SHON DESKINS/Waddell, AZ Shon Deskins Racing/Performance Plus Engines - Simpson Racing/Spike/Chevy

21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/DeWalt - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

22Q DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA Neverlift Motorsports/Crysalli Artesian Water - Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes/Spike/AMS Chevy

25 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL Petry-Goff Motorsports/Petry Excavating - Gray Auto/Spike/Stanton Toyota

25c COURTNEY CRONE/Corona, CA Jerome Rodela/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines/Breka/Ed Pink Toyota

25x MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ Jerome Rodela/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines/King/Ed Pink Toyota

27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS Dale Klaasmeyer/WCI - Boss Chassis/Boss/Speedway Toyota

® 31 KYLE BEILMAN/Santa Monica, CA Bill Beilman/Stong Surety/Beast/Mopar

® 33m MASON DANIEL/Visalia, CA Scott Daniel/Young's Racing - Dylon Risk Management/Spike/Esslinger

® 39 ZEB WISE/Angola, IN Clauson-Marshall Racing/ Driven 2 Save Lives - Priority AviationSpike/Stanton SR-11

® 39BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11

® 47 TYLER NELSON/Kansas City, KS Cappy Mason/IMM - Wilwood Disc Brakes/Spike/Mopar

® 55 TONY EVERHART/El Cajon, CA Tony Everhart/Everhart Construction/Ellis/Ford

® 56 DANIEL ROBINSON/Wayne City, IL Fifty6x Racing/Automatic Garage Door, Inc. - Precision Driveline & Fabrication/Boss/Fontana

® 56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY Fifty6x Racing/Automatic Garage Door, Inc. - Precision Driveline & Fabrication/Boss/Stanton Toyota

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA Johnny Cofer/Tule Vista Ranches - Edmunds Auto Research/Spike/Esslinger

63 BRAD SWEET/Grass Valley, CA Dooling-Hayward Motorsports/Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton SR-11

63x FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA Frank Guerrini/F & F Racing - Davis Motorsports/Spike/Esslinger

67 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Black & Decker - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

68 RONNIE GARDNER/Riverside, CA Six8 Motorsports/PAC Springs - Wilwood Brakes/Stewart/Esslinger

71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Abreu Vineyards - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Spike Chassis - CVC Concrete/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA Drollinger Bros. Racing/Simpson Race Products - Walker Air Filtration/Stealth/Arias

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - King Racing Products/TCR/Esslinger

73T CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - King Racing Products/TCR/Esslinger

73x DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - King Racing Products/TCR/Esslinger

75 MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA Wiley Miller/Roy Miller Freight Lines - Campbell Bros. Storage/TCR/Esslinger

76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota

84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota

® 87 JAKE VERMEER/Bakersfield, CA Johnny Vermeer/Richmar Farms - Mobile AG/TCR/Esslinger

97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota

98 DANNY STRATTON/Riverside, CA Ron Blondel/American Motorsports - Orange County Muffler/Edmunds/Fontana

 

 

USAC'S EXPANDED 2018 EASTERN STORM
ADDS BRIDGEPORT AND WEEDSPORT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The dates and venues have been set for the 12th annual USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Eastern Storm tour in 2018. Two first-time venues: Bridgeport Speedway and Weedsport Speedway have been locked-in as the newest additions to the six-race series scheduled for June 14-19.

It will mark the first time Eastern Storm schedule has been six races and the first time the series has spanned across three states in a single week with New York's initial appearance in Eastern Storm along with annual treks to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Traditional Eastern Storm stops Grandview Speedway (June 14), Williams Grove Speedway (June 15), Port Royal Speedway (June 16) and Susquehanna Speedway (June 17) return to the lineup as the first four events Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From there, the series heads back to the Garden State of New Jersey for the first time in two years to Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro on Monday, June 18.

"We're thrilled to bring what the fans have asked for," Bridgeport Speedway owner Brian Ramey said. "We are beyond excited to be a part of Eastern Storm for 2018."

The following night, Tuesday, June 19, Eastern Storm concludes at Weedsport Speedway, marking USAC's first ever visit to the track and the AMSOIL National Sprint Car division's first trip to New York since 2006.

"As we try to propel Weedsport Speedway further into the national spotlight, it's important to us to bring the top series here for our local fans," Weedsport promoter Jim Phelps said. "USAC fits that perfectly with its history and prestige and we have fans here who want to see USAC wingless sprint cars come back to New York."

Last year's Eastern Storm saw five different winners in five races, concluding with eventual USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Chris Windom taking the title. In fact, Eastern Storm has been a launching pad of sorts for drivers who've won its title throughout its history. Eight of the 11 previous champions have gone on to win the national title that very same year.

2018 EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 14: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Friday, June 15: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, June 16: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Sunday, June 17: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Monday, June 18: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)
Tuesday, June 19: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS BACK IN BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY AFTER 17-YEAR HIATUS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California.........After a 17-year hiatus, USAC National Midgets are back at Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday night, November 18.

That last visit in 2000, 17 years to the day of this year's event, was won by Jay Drake that night driving for car owner Keith Kunz. All these years later, Kunz's team remains at the top of its game as the Columbus, Indiana-based team arrives at the final two-race West Coast set occupying the top spot in the National standings with driver Spencer Bayston.

The Lebanon, Indiana native is firmly in the driver's seat of a first national driving title with a 66-point advantage in the standings coming into Bakersfield. With a maximum 160 points available over the next two races, four drivers remain mathematically in contention for the title. Second-place Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) is the closest challenger, 66 points back, with Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) 77 points behind in third and defending series champ Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nevada) in fourth, 107 back.

Clauson/Marshall Racing has been Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports' largest thorn this season with the second-most victories in the series (5) between drivers Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana (3) and Justin Grant of Ione, California (2). All five of those victories have come at tracks one-third-of-a-mile in length or smaller, which Bakersfield and Nov. 23rd's Ventura (Calif.) Raceway are. Golobic (3rdin points) has been a contender all year with an Indiana Midget Week title under his belt, but is still seeking his first series win of 2017. Zeb Wise (Angola, Indiana) makes his long-awaited debut in a fourth car for CMR.

While it's been nearly two decades since the national boys and girls last took on the one-third-mile dirt oval at Bakersfield, the venue has been home to USAC National Midget racing since 1959 when Davey Moses captured the victory. Saturday's race will be the 20th such event held at Bakersfield. Drake (1997, 1998 & 2000) and Billy Vukovich (1966 & twice in 1967) own the most National victories there with three apiece.

While USAC National Midget appearances have been scarce, it has been a traditional stop on the USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget calendar, 106 times in fact, in all but one season since 1987.

Riverside, California's Ronnie Gardner has won six times at Bakersfield and the last three dating to last November's event. Gardner has swept both events at Bakersfield this season including March's season opener and the most recent visit in late September, leading 55 of the 60 total laps run in the process. However, he has yet to capture his first career USAC National feature victory.

Gardner leads the Western States contingent with a 128-point lead and has his sights set on clinching his fifth consecutive series title this Saturday, but he hasn't locked it up yet with Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) and David Prickett (Fresno, California) the only the remaining drivers with a sliver of hope to dethrone Gardner.

The Bakersfield race is the penultimate round of the 2017 USAC National Midget season. Interestingly enough, the National Midget schedule hasn't concluded with two-straight races in the Golden State since 2010. Of note, when the schedule has concluded with California events in the next-to-last and final race of the year, only three times has one driver won both: George Amick in 1957 (Clovis & Gardena), Parnelli Jones in 1964 (San Jose & Ascot) and Billy Boat in 1995 (Bakersfield & Perris).

Saturday at Bakersfield, pits open at 2pm, gates open at 4pm with racing scheduled to begin at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $16, senior and military tickets are $14, kids 6-12 are $8 and kids age 5 and under are FREE!

You can catch all the night's action live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you'd like to re-watch the flag-to-flag coverage for all of Saturday night's action at Bakersfield, catch it again a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

THOMAS TAKES OVAL NATIONALS;
WINDOM IS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CHAMP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. unloaded his racecar from his hauler last Wednesday night as the man to beat when practice began for the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction.

When the time came to roll his car back into the hauler following Saturday night's 40-lap main event, the Cullman, Alabama was a richer man - by $25,000 - and had the hardware to show for it after scoring the victory in the 22nd annual event at Perris Auto Speedway.

Meanwhile, Chris Windom emerged as USAC's newest AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, defeating Justin Grant by a mere six points to earn his first series title just one year after capturing the Silver Crown championship. It was in late August that Windom found himself trailing Grant by 93 points and firmly believed his championship dreams had been dashed.

"Two months ago, when we got knocked out of the race at Kokomo, I thought our season was over," Windom said. "This means everything. Derek (Claxton), Billy (Grace) and I fought hard all year long for this. With Margo and Kenny Baldwin, we almost did this back in 2011. They've done so much for my career. I can't be any happier doing it for them."

Coming into this weekend, Thomas himself was a major player in the points race and was lurking in third, ready to pounce if either Windom or Grant faltered in any form or fashion during the three nights of racing at Perris. The championship wasn't in the cards this time around for Thomas, but, after being absent for the opening two races of the year, then constructing his own race team in the middle of the season, an "Oval Nationals" eagle trophy on his mantle sure is a shining testament to how strong he and his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy were down the stretch.

"This is the top of the line right here," Thomas exclaimed. "This is everything you could ever want. You run all year to get your team ready and prepped, wanting to tweak on your cars and try to get faster each and every week, then cap it all off with an 'Oval Nationals' win. That's what our goals are. It's remarkable what our team's been able to do. I'm speechless. I don't even know what to do."

Thursday night winner Chase Stockon began the race from the outside of the front row and took the high side around Grant en route to the lead on the opening lap of the 40-lap A-Main where he would remain for the first 17 circuits.

Meanwhile, eyes were also affixed to the "race-within-a-race" scenario unfolding behind the leader in which Windom entered the event just 12 points ahead of Grant in the series standings. Inside the top-ten, each spot is worth three points and Windom had to remain within at least four positions behind Grant to maintain his grip atop the leaderboard.

By lap seven, fourth-starting Thomas had cleared Grant with a turn four maneuver to slide into second. At the same time, Windom dropped back a spot to fifth after Friday night winner Brody Roa took away the fourth spot.

As most of the field ringed around the topside, Thomas found a bit lower line to his liking between turns one and two as he began to hunt down Stockon for the race lead.

"It was definitely something I was thinking about earlier when I watched the B-mains," Thomas acknowledged. "I watched R.J. Johnson roll through the middle and turn some pretty good lap times. The Yamaha cars went out there with their skinny tires and I knew that would create a little more moisture in the middle of the track. I thought I could use it to my advantage until it wore out. When I got the lead, I was using it. I was almost worried that I just didn't know when it was going to go away. I felt myself slowing up just a little bit, then I got slid, then I had to start racing a little bit harder."

Stockon was able to answer each slider cast by Thomas, but just as Thomas put the move on him between turns three and four, the yellow flag flew for the sideways machines of Tommy Malcolm and Jace Vander Weerd that came to a rest on the front straightaway.

It took just a couple laps for Thomas to be in position for another crack at Stockon, which he made stick on the 18th lap with a turn three slider to assume the race lead. Just two laps later, Grant followed suit into second past Stockon for the runner-up spot at the halfway mark.

Grant seemed to come alive in the second-half and, when Thomas began to get hung up in lapped traffic, Grant was nearly in position to take advantage. However, with traffic running high and low, the exit ramp was blocked for both and Thomas was able to maintain his advantage.

With 10 laps remaining, the table was cleared for a mono y mono shootout between Thomas and Grant sans traffic with a clear track lying ahead of them following Max Adams' misfortune into the back straightaway wall on lap 31. With Windom laying in wait in fourth, Grant found himself in the midst of two separate races, but with the single goal of winning on his mind to maximize points.

Grant stuck right on Thomas' tail and was able to slide into the lead in turn three with eight laps remaining. One lap later, Thomas employed the same tactic, but Grant countered underneath Thomas off turn four to lead at the stripe by a half-car length. Grant slid up to the cushion in turn one with Thomas just inches behind. The two made slight bumper-to-bumper contact up top. The déjà vu scene repeated itself on lap 34 when Thomas dove to the bottom of the third turn, slid up and ripped the lead back away from Grant.

C.J. Leary was back in third, anticipating his next maneuver in this sprint car chess match, biding his time before sliding past Grant into second in turn one with five laps to go. Grant came right back at Leary into turn three with a slider. The two ran out of room up against the outside turn four wall with Leary kissing the concrete twice, resulting in damage on the right front.

With four to go on the ensuing restart, Thomas was merely a sitting duck fully aware what Grant's next move was going to be. Yet, Thomas felt he had a way to retain control of his own destiny on the first and second turn end of the half-mile oval.

"The only time I think that I had an advantage is I could kind of manipulate when Justin was going to slide me," Thomas explained. "If he slid me in three and four, it was so slick down there, you couldn't cross under. If I could manipulate where he slid me in one and two, I could get the cross under and get him going down the back straightaway. As much as I wanted to race in front of me, I was still racing behind me. They say that's a big no-no, but these guys are aggressive."

As Grant slid past Thomas into one, Thomas did exactly that and turned underneath off turn two to pull even with Grant on the back straightaway. In turn three, Thomas slid evenly with Grant up to the cushion. Grant snagged the curb just enough to hinder his progress and Thomas raced away to a ten car-length lead.

Seemingly, throughout the race, each time Grant was able to pick up a spot, Windom was a like a hawk, swooping in to take another spot and get those precious three points back instantly. When one dropped a spot, the other seemed to fall back. With Grant in second and Windom third on the final lap, Windom had some breathing room to spare as Chad Boespflug slipped by for third on the back straight and Windom slotted into fourth.

Up front, though, Thomas finished off the biggest payday of his career, winning by a second with Grant, hard charger Boespflug (from 13th), Windom and Robert Ballou rounding out the top-five.

"You see the white flag and you're leading the 'Oval Nationals,' you think 'don't screw up,' Thomas said. "Don't get white flag fever. I usually never even think about it. On this night, I did. I'm just glad that it all worked out. There's a lot of great teams out here. To be able to top all of them is pretty special."

On the final laps, Windom admitted to tiptoeing around the cushion, hoping to avoid a costly mistake. Like a bend, but don't break defense, every time Grant made a move to pick up a position, Windom seemingly had an answer. Windom knew where he had to be and what it was going to take to secure the title.

Many racers such as Windom seem to have an aura that make them seem like superheroes to the average person, as if they have ice water in their veins. However, as Windom admits, a championship on the line can put a racer on edge, amplifying the meaning of a seemingly ordinary task (to them).

"I was so nervous today, I don't think I sat still for two seconds," Windom admitted. "I didn't know how good the 11 car was going to be. I just knew where I needed to finish. Starting behind him, I knew where I needed to stay. I got to fourth and I just kind of hung out there until Justin and C.J. got into each other and I got to third. I wanted no part of that battle for the lead. You want to win the 'Oval Nationals,' but I wanted to win a USAC championship. I've won the 'Oval Nationals' before. I was here to win a USAC national championship. And we did it."

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," Windom continued. "I think tomorrow it will feel a little better. I've been so antsy and anxious this whole past week, coming here, taking the point lead and trying to maintain it. Once you get there, it's nerve-wracking. I can't be any happier than I am for this team. I know they wanted this just as much as I did. It just means so much."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Damion Gardner (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier & Competition Suspension, Inc. 1st Semi Winner), Mike Spencer (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger), Richard Vander Weerd (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Logan Williams (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Keizer Aluminum Wheels Super 6 Dash Winners), R.J. Johnson (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Semi Winner & (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 11, 2017 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.550; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.570; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.690; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.700; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.736; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-16.800; 7. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.852; 8. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-16.856; 9. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.873; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.920; 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.942; 12. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-16.973; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.995; 14. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.043; 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.080; 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-17.102; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.127; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.135; 19. Dave Darland, 21K, Kruseman-17.148; 20. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.203; 21. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-17.230; 22. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.262; 23. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.276; 24. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.285; 25. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-17.294; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.300; 27. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.364; 28. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.370; 29. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.414; 30. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.452; 31. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.478; 32. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.511; 33. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.108.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. Spencer, 2. Ballou, 3. Gardner, 4. A. Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Malcolm, 7. Chapple, 8. Edwards. 2:52.06

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Adams, 3. Martin, 4. Darland, 5. Sweeney, 6. Waitman, 7. C. Williams, 8. Meseraull. NT

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. R. Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Johnson, 4. Bacon, 5. McCarthy, 6. T. Williams, 7. J. Vander Weerd, 8. Gile. 2:49.64

INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS: FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer) 1. L. Williams, 2. Courtney, 3. Swanson, 4. Liggett, 5. Pickens, 6. Ellertson, 7. Marshall. 2:53.67

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SUPER 6 DASH: (6 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#11 McGhee), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#9K KT), 5. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 6. Brody Roa (#91R BR). 1:41.87

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Gardner, 2. Swanson, 3. Martin, 4. Gile, 5. Bacon, 6. McCarthy, 7. Darland, 8. Ellertson, 9. Waitman, 10. Liggett, 11. T. Williams. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Johnson, 2. Chapple, 3. C. Williams, 4. J. Vander Weerd, 5. Malcolm, 6. A. Williams, 7. Pickens, 8. Gansen, 9. Sweeney, 10. Marshall. 3:29.10

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Chad Boespflug (13), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Robert Ballou (7), 6. Brody Roa (6), 7. Chase Stockon (2), 8. Damion Gardner (15), 9. Tyler Courtney (8), 10. Logan Williams (14), 11. Mike Spencer (10), 12. Austin Williams (25), 13. R.J. Johnson (16), 14. Cody Williams (20), 15. Jake Swanson (17), 16. Danny Faria, Jr. (11), 17. Isaac Chapple (18), 18. Mike Martin (19), 19. Chris Gansen (26), 20. Dennis Gile (21), 21. C.J. Leary (5), 22. Brady Bacon (23), 23. Max Adams (12), 24. Jace Vander Weerd (22), 25. Tommy Malcolm (24), 26. Richard Vander Weerd (9). NT
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**Meseraull flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Stockon, Laps 18-31 Thomas, Laps 32-33 Grant, Laps 34-40 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chad Boespflug (13th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: R.J. Johnson

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2290, 2-Grant-2284, 3-Thomas-2232; 4-Courtney-2166, 5-Stockon-2052, 6-Boespflug-1974, 7-Leary-1869; 8-Ballou-1820, 9-Bacon-1765, 10-Darland-1492.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1547, 2-Roa-1475, 3-Swanson-1376, 4-Spencer-1212, 5-A. Williams-1058, 6-C. Williams-960, 7-L. Williams-874, 8-Adams-799, 9-Gansen-768, 10-Thomas-756.

 

ROA RACKS WIN #1 ON "OVAL NATIONALS" NIGHT 2

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Following his career-best third-place finish the previous night, Brody Roa stated that, just a year and a half ago, he would've been laughing had you told him he was going to be on the podium at the "Oval Nationals."

One night later, the question had to be asked. Who's laughing now?

"I'm still laughing, just for a different reason," Roa exclaimed. "This is, by far, the biggest one. To do it at Perris, a track I grew up at and have always wanted to win at, and to do it during 'Oval Nationals' weekend, even if it's on a prelim night, it's against all the same guys we're running against tomorrow."

The Garden Grove, California native led all 30 laps Friday night to capture his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory on night two of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction. In doing so, he became the first driver to break into the win column for the first time in his career during the 2017 season, the latest in the year the series has had a first-time winner emerge.

An all CRA front row held down the front row when the green flag waved for the start of the 30-lap feature in memory of Evelyn Pratt. Roa wasn't content to bide his time and fall into line. He went on the attack, first sliding the now six-time CRA champ Damion Gardner for the advantage in turn one. Gardner quickly countered underneath Roa off turn two to retake the lead momentarily as Roa reached into his back pocket, pulled out the slingshot, and aimed his BR Performance/HD Industries - Burris Racing/Maxim/Shaver Chevy to the bottom of three before sliding back into the top spot.

By the fifth lap, Roa ran the fastest lap of the race on his way to constructing a half-straightaway lead over new second-place combatant Chad Boespflug. Roa's lead continued to grow ever larger to three-quarters of a straightaway when, on lap 13, Logan Williams climbed the turn two wall before coming back to earth on all four wheels to bring out the race's first caution.

From that point, Roa was in the midst of stop signs and red lights at seemingly every corner with a succession of incidents disrupting the rhythm of the race just on the other side of the halfway mark.

Stevie Sussex got upside down on lap 16, Austin Liggett found himself backward against the wall on lap 19, then ninth-running R.J. Johnson tagged the turn four wall with his right rear tire and tumbled over as Justin Grant, involved in a tight USAC National Sprint Car points race, barely escaped trouble. All drivers were uninjured.

On the restart with ten laps remaining, it became a battle between the green of Roa and the Mean Green of Boespflug. On prior restarts, Boespflug tested the waters with attempted sliders tossed at Roa to no avail as Roa kept his right foot glued to the throttle and powered away on the razor's edge of a cushion.

"On that first restart, I got a good enough start to where Chad showed me a nose, but he could never get there," Roa recalled. "I just kept trying to do the same thing over-and-over again. I knew our car had good forward bite and I could get down to turn one quickly. I just had to get to the center quick enough to where they couldn't slide me."

"I put it on the cushion getting into turn one on the restarts," Roa continued. "I think I had my left eye closed. If a slider was coming, I wasn't going to lift. I was going to drive around it. I didn't want to see it coming and screw up all my momentum. I tried not to look down the whole race. I just tried to keep my eye on my line and running the cushion around it. It was tough tonight, especially at the end, when it started taking rubber, I think. It started getting a little left rear tight on the cushion. A couple times off turn four, I jumped over it and I was just waiting for it coming down into one and it never happened."



Boespflug's Timehop revealed that it had been one year to the day since he scored an "Oval Nationals" prelim victory. On this night, it appeared that a repeat performance could be in the cards for Boespflug if there was any slip-up that Roa endured. On the 21st lap, that slip-up occurred, but, instead, it was Boespflug who became entangled in the ensuing web of misfortune.

Roa entered turn three and bounced his right rear rubber off the concrete. As he fought to regain control atop the cush, second-running Boespflug mimicked the same slap of the wall, but the result was much more intense. Boespflug climbed the wall, nearly flipping, before coming to a rest on the track. In the resulting madness, several cars became involved as they scrambled for safety, including top-ten runners Damion Gardner, Dave Darland and Chase Stockon. Robert Ballou was miraculously able to escape to daylight between the wall and the three sprinters that formed an auto blockade.

The high line between turns three and four represented a figurative tightrope that drivers had to balance down the stretch. Navigating it required precise detail and poise to the utmost degree.

"It was about six inches of solid dirt against the K-Rail. It wasn't very forgiving," Roa noted. "I could drive to it and try to connect the dots. I would get in, drive it to the next point and keep the car rolling somewhat straight around it, but on the throttle enough that it wouldn't get tight. I got the thing rolling straight down the straightaway and I knew we had good forward bite even if I drove off it, which I started doing a little bit in turn two toward the end of the race. Turning down off and just getting it rolling straight down the hill, I just gave the wall a little kiss halfway down the back straightaway to get it to stop sliding and get into three. I never saw a nose. And honestly, I wasn't even looking for the nose. We were going to win it or wear it tonight."

Roa wore leftover remnants of white wall dust, but was no worse for the wear as he was in a class of his own for 30-straight laps. Even Thomas, arguably the most consistently fast driver of late, couldn't do much with Roa on the final restart. Roa was downright surgical down the stretch as he stitched this deal up on his way to what would also be the third USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of his career and first at Perris ahead of Thomas, Windom, Grant and Ballou.

Roa's performance over the two preliminary nights locked him into a guaranteed spot in Saturday's A-Main along with Windom, Leary, Grant, Stockon and Thomas. Though there was a big cause for celebration in the wee hours of Friday night/Saturday morning, Roa had plans to get some rest and be fresh for the following day with his mind set on the biggest prize - Saturday night's $25,000-to-win finale.

"It's going to be tough, but you have to get some sleep," Roa acknowledges. "But this isn't like a Saturday night win at a normal show. You have to put your head back down 14 hours from now and get after it again. We'll get up in the morning, service the car and go through it. It does take a little bit of stress off tomorrow being locked in. It's a big weekend. The best of the best come out here and bring their A-game, but we brought ours too."

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas was the high-point man for the weekend after finishing second Friday night in his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy. Despite the performance, he was not able to gain much ground in the race for the USAC National Sprint Car title with Windom and Grant finishing directly behind him in the running order. Now trailing by 67 points entering the final race and the reality of a 2017 USAC National championship appears to have dissipated.

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, and Grant came into the night's feature separated by just nine markers. With every position on the track worthier than gold at this moment, the fight for third came down to the final corner between the two with Windom besting Grant by a half-car length - and the extra three points - at the line in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

With a single race left Saturday night at Perris, Windom leads Grant by 12 points (four positions). A maximum of 70 points are available to the driver who wins the event.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), C.J. Leary (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Danny Faria, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner), Austin Liggett (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger), Logan Williams (Pyrotect Racing Cells 5th Heat Winner) and Max Adams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 10, 2017 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-16.302; 2. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-16.517; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.599; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.722; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-16.738; 6. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-16.778; 7. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.791; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.802; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.814; 10. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.851; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.870; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.878; 13. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.883; 14. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-16.936; 15. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-16.941; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.956; 17. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.958; 18. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.987; 19. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-16.995; 20. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.002; 21. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.006; 22. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-17.028; 23. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-17.033; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.035; 25. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.045; 26. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.070; 27. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.113; 28. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.135; 29. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.161; 30. Carson Macedo, 73T, Ford-17.169; 31. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.213; 32. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.216; 33. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.243; 34. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-17.309; 35. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.326; 36. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.336; 37. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.383; 38. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.441; 39. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.474; 40. Shon Deskins, 42x, Cheney-17.669; 41. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.018; 42. Ronnie Gardner, 7K, Kruseman-18.022; 43. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Courtney, 3. Thomas, 4. Martin, 5. Malcolm, 6. Darland, 7. J. Vander Weerd, 8. Bender, 9. Marshall. 2:48.26

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Faria, 2. Chapple, 3. D. Gardner, 4. A. Williams, 5. Bacon, 6. Grant, 7. Meseraull, 8. Gile, 9. R. Gardner. 2:50.28

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Liggett, 2. Spencer, 3. Stockon, 4. Johnson, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. T. Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. Waitman, 9. Ellertson. 2:51.16

INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS: FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Adams, 3. Windom, 4. Roa, 5. C. Williams, 6. Pickens, 7. Edwards, 8. Sweeney. 2:50.15

PYTROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. L. Williams, 2. Sussex, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Boespflug, 5. Swanson, 6. Deskins, 7. McCarthy, 8. Macedo. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Macedo, 3. Swanson, 4. Darland, 5. Malcolm, 6. Bender, 7. Meseraull, 8. J. Vander Weerd, 9. Gansen, 10. T. Williams, 11. Edwards, 12. Pickens, 13. Gile, 14. Ellertson, 15. Deskins, 16. Sweeney, 17. Waitman, 18. Marshall, 19. C. Williams, 20. Schuerenberg, 21. Bacon, 22. McCarthy. NT

EVELYN PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brody Roa (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (4), 4. Justin Grant (7), 5. Robert Ballou (23), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Richard Vander Weerd (16), 8. C.J. Leary (21), 9. Brady Bacon (25), 10. Jake Swanson (9), 11. Mike Spencer (14), 12. Chase Stockon (5), 13. Max Adams (15), 14. Danny Faria, Jr. (18), 15. Damion Gardner (2), 16. Austin Williams (11), 17. Isaac Chapple (22), 18. Austin Liggett (19), 19. Mike Martin (17), 20. Jeremy Ellertson (27), 21. Chad Boespflug (3), 22. Dave Darland (8), 23. R.J. Johnson (12), 24. Stevie Sussex (13), 25. Carson Macedo (24), 26. Logan Williams (20), 27. Cody Williams (26). NT
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**Sussex flipped on lap 16 of the feature. Johnson flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Roa.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (23rd to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Max Adams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2229, 2-Grant-2217, 3-Thomas-2162; 4-Courtney-2120, 5-Stockon-2000, 6-Boespflug-1910, 7-Leary-1846; 8-Ballou-1762, 9-Bacon-1742, 10-Darland-1482.

NEW USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1498, 2-Roa-1420, 3-Swanson-1343, 4-Spencer-1171, 5-A. Williams-1019, 6-C. Williams-925, 7-L. Williams-831, 8-Adams-776, 9-Gansen-743, 10-Thomas-686.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 11 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

 

STOCKON REELS OFF 2ND STRAIGHT WIN
ON NIGHT 1 OF "OVAL NATIONALS"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........It's almost a shame the racing season is nearing its end. After all, Chase Stockon's season feels like it's just beginning.

After waiting more than 15 months to get his ninth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory last Saturday night at Arizona Speedway, the Fort Branch, Indiana driver had to wait just five more nights to get his 10th on night one of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway, tying him with Tony Stewart for 46th on the series' career win list.

Additionally, he's just the third driver in the history of the series to win his first two USAC National Sprint Car features of the season after the month of November, following in the steps of Damion Gardner in 2005 and Kevin Swindell in 2008.

Stockon has achieved success when the series has traveled west in prior years, but had not yet tamed Perris where he has a second-place finish to his credit during an "Ovals" prelim in 2013. That was the same era in which the team has based their recent set-ups on over the past month, and by all accounts, appears to be paying large dividends for Stockon and his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher.

"We changed some stuff around in the shock package to get things a little more comfortable for me," Stockon reiterated from his interview following last week's 'Western World' victory. "On our own, with this setup and the rest of the racecar, we went back to four or five years ago and did kind of the same thing with the shock package. We've got something that works really well for us and it seems like we've been trying to hit that all year, but have struggled finding it. I'm trying to stay humble, but we go race-by-race and it can always change tomorrow."

With seemingly a new lease on life in racing terms, Stockon secured the lead at the drop of the green from his outside front row starting position and was quickly able to split to a near half-straight lead while C.J. Leary and Brody Roa worked the bottom to slip underneath pole sitter Danny Faria, Jr. on the ensuing two laps to snag second and third, respectively.

By the 11th lap, Stockon was Neil Diamondesque as he served as a solitary man, all by his lonesome, at the front of the field possessing a 1.7 second advantage. However, Josh Hodges engine began to billow with smoke as he slowed in turn two to bring out the yellow flag, bringing an end to his night and his "Oval Nationals" weekend in one fell swoop.

With the lead now erased, Stockon blasted from the launching pad and quickly constructed a sizable advantage over Leary and Roa yet again. However, soon after the halfway mark, that deficit began to shrink and the tension started to grow as Leary was close enough to duck a nose underneath Stockon in a bid for the lead on lap 19.

One lap later, Leary used a picture-perfect run on the high side of turns three and four to glide around Stockon for the race lead. Undeterred, Stockon fought his way back into the frame to rip the spot away from Leary with a turn three slider on lap 21.

"We changed some stuff around in the shock package to get things a little more comfortable for me. On our own, with this setup and the rest of the racecar, we went back to four or five years ago and did kind of the same thing with the shock package. We've got something that works really well for us and it seems like we've been trying to hit that all year, but have struggled finding it. I'm trying to stay humble, but we go race-by-race and it can always change tomorrow."
- Chase Stockon -
(Rich Forman Photo)

Stockon's trusted line of high in turns one and two and on the bottom of three and four became a rug tugged away from him as he entered lapped traffic with Leary in tow throughout the final two-thirds of the 30-lapper. With track conditions everchanging, no piece of real estate was off-limits as the pair searched high, low and middle.

"It was kind of a tough race for me," Stockon explained. "I could feel myself slowing down in (turns) three and four as the bottom started to wear out. With C.J. behind me, I knew he was going to be charging the top. With lapped cars up there, I started moving around down in three and four. I was still able to get above a few of them before they came out to the wall on the front stretch. For the longest time, I thought the lapped cars were helping me out a little bit in that aspect. Then I kept seeing C.J.'s nose. For the whole race, he kept pressuring me and pressuring me, making me drive a little harder."

With three laps remaining, Leary raised the stakes and made his bid for the lead, entering turn one low as Stockon rode high. The two drag-raced side-by-side down the back straight as they followed the lapped car of Austin Liggett into turn three. Stockon lunged ahead entering the third turn while Leary followed him on the cushion. As the two came off four, Leary appeared poised to set up a turn one slider on Stockon. Instead, the caution was displayed for the former CFL quarterback and current Southwest Sprint Car regular Dennis Gile, who slowed to a stop in turn two and bringing an end to his USAC National and CRA Sprint Car debut.

"There at the end, at the point of the race I thought lapped traffic was helping me, from what the guys tell me, it was actually kind of hurting me," Stockon revealed. "I think that caution kind of saved us there at the end. It gave us one last chance to have a clean track for three laps and just run it as hard as we could to the finish."

And that's exactly what Stockon did as he took advantage of the traffic-less expressway that lie ahead of him and never allowed Leary another chance to retaliate, racing to a one-second victory over Leary, Roa, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney.

"C.J. and I have always raced hard and clean against each other," Stockon said. "I know there's respect between the two of us. He wants to win just as badly as I do. On that restart, I knew I had to get off four really well and get into one without making a mistake. I feel like I did that and stretched it out on him."

C.J. Leary posted a fine second-place performance in his Leary Racing/Leary Construction - Highsmith Guns/DRC/1-Way Chevy. The 2014 360-Sprint Car "Oval Nationals" champion out of Greenfield, Indiana felt that, without that last caution, this night could've belonged to him.

"It's tough to come up short there at the end," Leary lamented. "I think that if it would've stayed green, I would've had a better shot to win. Chase was pretty good and we set a really fast pace the entire time. At one point, I finally went to the top in three and four and I got by. I just don't know how he got back by us."

Garden Grove, California's Brody Roa was the top of the CRA contingent with a career-best USAC National Sprint finish of third in his BR Performance/HD Industries - Burris Racing/Maxim/Shaver Chevy.

"A year and a half ago, I would've been laughing if you told me I was going to be on the podium on any night of the 'Oval Nationals.' I think we're really getting our stuff together and my confidence is up. Everyone on the team is clicking right now and making good decisions."

Chris Windom hustled his way from 15th to seventh to earn KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger of the Race honors. But, the seventh-place finish was even more personally rewarding as he extended his lead from three to nine over ninth-place finisher Justin Grant with just two races remaining, Friday and Saturday at Perris, until the championship is settled.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner and KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger), R.J. Johnson (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Logan Williams (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner), Austin Liggett (Pyrotect Racing Cells 5th Heat Winner) and Jake Swanson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 9, 2017 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-16.303; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.312; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-16.428; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.573; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.576; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.633; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.659; 8. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.673; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.679; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.696; 11. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.715; 12. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.718; 13. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.741; 14. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.744; 15. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.758; 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.774; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.780; 18. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.822; 19. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-16.847; 20. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.909; 21. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-16.973; 22. Max Adams, 5, Adams-16.999; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.044; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.047; 25. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-17.047; 26. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-17.066; 27. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.100; 28. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.150; 29. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.169; 30. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.202; 31. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.226; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.256; 33. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.304; 34. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-17.355; 35. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.387; 36. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.478; 37. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.499; 38. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.550; 39. Ronnie Gardner, 7K, Kruseman-17.551; 40. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.632; 41. Carson Macedo, 73T, Ford-18.261; 42. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.446; 43. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Stockon, 4. Thomas, 5. Gansen, 6. Pickens, 7. Martin, 8. Meseraull, 9. Macedo. 2:55.22

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Adams, 3. Faria, 4. Malcolm, 5. R. Vander Weerd, 6. Sweeney, 7. Marshall, 8. D. Gardner. NT

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Johnson, 2. Spencer, 3. Chapple, 4. Hodges, 5. Grant, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Ellertson, 8. Edwards. 2:53.36

INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS: FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. L. Williams, 2. C. Williams, 3. Courtney, 4. Roa, 5. Darland, 6. Ballou, 7. Sussex, 8. R. Gardner. 2:51.74

PYTROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Liggett, 2. Swanson, 3. Leary, 4. Gile, 5. Bacon, 6. T. Williams, 7. A. Williams, 8. Waitman. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Ballou, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Meseraull, 5. D. Gardner, 6. A. Williams, 7. Bacon, 8. Darland, 9. Pickens, 10. Martin, 11. T. Williams, 12. J. Vander Weerd, 13. Edwards, 14. Sussex,
15. Macedo, 16. Ellertson, 17. Bender, 18. R. Gardner, 19. Sweeney, 20. Gansen, 21. Waitman, 22. Marshall. 3:26.55

BILL PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Brody Roa (5), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 5. Tyler Courtney (12), 6. Robert Ballou (10), 7. Chris Windom (15), 8. Damion Gardner (26), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Thomas Meseraull (8), 11. R.J. Johnson (11), 12. Richard Vander Weerd (9), 13. Jake Swanson (13), 14. Mike Spencer (16), 15. Brady Bacon (25), 16. Danny Faria, Jr. (1), 17. Chad Boespflug (21), 18. Hunter Schuerenberg (14), 19. Cody Williams (19), 20. Austin Liggett (20), 21. Isaac Chapple (18), 22. Tommy Malcolm (22), 23. Logan Williams (23), 24. Max Adams (17), 25. Dennis Gile (24), 26. Austin Williams (27), 27. Josh Hodges (3). NT
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**McCarthy flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Stockon, Lap 20 Leary, Laps 21-30 Stockon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (15th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jake Swanson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2156, 2-Grant-2147, 3-Thomas-2083; 4-Courtney-2058, 5-Stockon-1951, 6-Boespflug-1880, 7-Leary-1789; 8-Bacon & Ballou-1696, 10-Darland-1457.

NEW USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1459, 2-Roa-1345, 3-Swanson-1298, 4-Spencer-1123, 5-A. Williams-983, 6-C. Williams-902, 7-L. Williams-800, 8-Gansen-733, 9-Adams-732, 10-McCarthy-628.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 10-11 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

THOMAS THE FASTEST
ON "OVAL NATIONALS" PRACTICE NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. led all drivers by recording the fastest lap in Wednesday's open practice session at Perris Auto Speedway in preparation for the Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction.

The Cullman, Alabama driver timed in with a lap of 16.576 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval in the first of four sessions to lay down the top time of the night. Following Thomas with fastest overall times were Josh Hodges (16.748), Brady Bacon (16.872), Danny Faria, Jr. (16.880) and C.J. Leary (16.926).

Thomas, Robert Ballou, Hodges, and Richard Vander Weerd were the fastest drivers in each of the four sessions.

Thomas is among four drivers that remain mathematically eligible to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. He sits third in the points, 85 out of the lead. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, fifth in points and 102 behind the leader was seventh quickest in practice. Neither series point leader Chris Windom nor second-place Justin Grant competed in the open practice. Windom holds a slim three-point lead in the standings with three races left, all at Perris this weekend.

Complete programs concluding with 30-lap features hit the track on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10. Pits open at noon both nights with front gates opening at 4pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30 with cars set for on-track activities at 5pm. For Saturday's $25,000-to-win main event, pits open at noon, front gates at 3pm, an autograph session at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 4:45pm.

All three nights of racing at the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you miss it or want to re-watch it again, http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have flag-to-flag on-demand coverage of each night posted a day following the event.

WEDNESDAY PRACTICE TIMES:
1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-16.576
2. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.748
3. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.872
4. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.880
5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.926
6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.984
7. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.992
8. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.050
9. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-17.130
10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.164
11. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.166
12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.188
13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.235
14. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.248
15. Stevie Sussex, 42, Chaney-17.319
16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.350
17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.427
18. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.479
19. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-17.492
20. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-17.632
21. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.638
22. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.640
23. Ronnie Gardner, 7K, Kruseman-17.712
24. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-17.840
25. Carson Macedo, 73T, Ford-18.146
26. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.500

DID NOT PRACTICE:
Austin Williams, 2, Jory
Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder
Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander
Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen
Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen
Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin
Logan Williams, 5J, Jory
Justin Grant, 11, McGhee
Mike Martin, 16, Martin
Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy
Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI
Cody Williams, 44, Jory
R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin
Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics
Brody Roa, 91R, BR
Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich
Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson
Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy

 

 

OVAL NATIONALS LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT NOV. 9-10-11

Perris, California.........This weekend's 22nd Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction from Perris Auto Speedway will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

The prestigious race on Nov. 9-10-11 features three consecutive nights of complete racing programs, concluding with A-Main events each night and finishing up with the grand finale Saturday - a $25,000-to-win affair that will serve as the season closer for both the USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars.

This year's "Ovals" are chock full of storylines, including a tight USAC National Sprint Car points race in which five drivers remain mathematically eligible to win. Chris Windom leads Justin Grant by a mere three points while the top-four of Windom, Grant, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney are separated by just 102 points, both the closest margins for the series in at least the past 20 years.

The festivities for the "Oval Nationals" begin Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10. Pits open at noon both nights with front gates opening at 4pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30 with cars set for on-track activities at 5pm. For Saturday's $25,000-to-win main event, pits open at noon, front gates at 3pm, an autograph session at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 4:45pm.

Also announced recently is that the Nov. 18 USAC National & Light Up the World Beverages Western States Midgets from Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway as well as the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" from Ventura (Calif.) Raceway featuring USAC Western States Midgets and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars on Nov. 22-23 will be streamed LIVE on Speed Shift TV.

If you miss the "Ovals" or want to re-watch it again, http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have flag-to-flag on-demand coverage of each night posted a day following the event.

 


 

THOMAS & COURTNEY LURKING IN THE SHADOWS FOR USAC SPRINT TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Much of the attention throughout the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season has focused on the only two men who have held down the top-spot in the standings: Chris Windom and Justin Grant.

While those two have undoubtedly been the class of the standings for the majority of the season, there are, in fact, five drivers who remain mathematically eligible to win the title. Although, realistically, four drivers: Windom, Grant, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney have a shot coming into this weekend's final three events Nov. 9-10-11 in the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

The race at the top has been well documented. The three-point separation between point leader Windom and second-place Grant at this juncture is the closest the standings have been in the last 20 seasons. But, the margin between the drivers who can potentially walk away with the title this weekend is just as unprecedented.

In fact, the differential from first through fourth in this year's standings with three races left is 102. That may seem like a large amount at first glance. However, consider this. Since 1997, no points race has been as tight as this year's. Only the years 2001 and 2008 even come close at 144, 32 more than this year's points chase.

To illustrate this fact, consider the points difference between first and fourth in the USAC National Sprint Car standings in that time frame: 1997: 528, 1998: 458, 1999: 707, 2000: 245, 2001: 144, 2002: 453, 2003: 580, 2004: 227, 2005: 254, 2006: 263, 2007: 336, 2008: 144, 2009: 329, 2010: 293, 2011: 207, 2012: 159, 2013: 229, 2014: 175, 2015: 195, 2016: 415, 2017: 102.

Sure, Thomas and Courtney will have their work cut out for them. Yet, nobody has put their car in victory lane more than these two in USAC competition this season at five times a piece. A maximum of 84 points are available to a driver if he sweeps the night's racing card on Thursday and Friday at Perris if he records fast time (6 points), wins his heat race (8 points) and captures the feature victory (70 points). Saturday night's format will reward only feature starting points as well as appearance points (to those who miss the feature) for a max of 70.

For instance, Grant's mechanical trouble last Friday at Arizona Speedway put him 19th at the checkered, resulting in a gain of 25 points. The race winner, meanwhile, was +45 on Grant that night. Ground can be made up in a hurry if mechanical trouble befalls a team throughout the weekend or if a driver gets caught up in an accident. While these are not unusual occurrences during a long, arduous season, each position and each setback is magnified at this juncture.

The season-opening events in Ocala, Florida seemed to have had a profound effect on setting the tone in the points race. Cullman, Alabama's Thomas has been superb since rejoining the series in April, but his absence at Ocala while racing elsewhere did not provide any points to help his cause. Likewise, Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney struggled mightily, to begin the season, recording five-straight finishes of 12th or worse to begin the season. Since then, he's only had five total that were 12th or worse.

At this point, nearly everything needs to be perfect to win a title. With everything on the line, mistakes can be ultra-costly. And with four drivers in the hunt, that means, more than likely, one of those guys will be in a position to capitalize if another falters. On the flip side, the driver needs to be aggressive. In sprint car racing, "riding around" isn't much of an option, especially those with nothing to lose and $25,000 to gain as Perris is this weekend.

That's what makes this coming weekend so special. So many storylines are contained within a single event: a "marathon" that rewards those who were the best throughout the entire season as well as a "sprint" that brings riches to the best on one particular night. The best will emerge at the forefront at Perris and we are the fortunate ones who will get to witness history regardless of how it plays out. Absolutely nothing can be counted out this weekend. Although, counting points will play a major role throughout the weekend. Count on it.

Practice night on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5-9pm begins the festivities for the 22nd "Oval Nationals" at Perris. Complete programs with 30-lap features hit the track on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10. Pits open at noon both nights with front gates opening at 4pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30 with cars set for on-track activities at 5pm. For Saturday's $25,000-to-win main event, pits open at noon, front gates at 3pm, an autograph session at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 4:45pm.

All three nights of racing at the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you miss it or want to re-watch it again, http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have flag-to-flag on-demand coverage of each night posted a day following the event.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA & USAC NATIONAL SPRINTS BATTLE FOR $25,000-TO-WIN AT 22ND PERRIS OVAL NATIONALS

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 7, 2017... After a hard fought Western World Championships in Arizona, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and National Sprint Car Series are ready to clash at Don Kazarian's Perris Auto Speedway for the "22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by All Coast Construction." Opening with a special Wednesday night practice, close to fifty racers from across the country have entered the three-day event. Capped off with a 40-lap main event on Saturday, the prestigious event has a total purse over $100,000 and will pay $25,000 to the winner. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA & NATIONAL COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC National, USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. The series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 8th with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 6:00pm. The concession stand will be open with $2 pizza, $2 soda, and $2 beers for sale. Spectator gates will open at 4:00pm on Thursday & Friday with Racing at 7:00pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open and 3:00pm, an autograph session on the front straightaway will be at 3:00pm, and Racing is set for 6:45pm. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release.

This year, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman will serve as Grand Marshall of the prestigious race. The future hall of fame driver made his sprint car debut in 1994 with the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) and scored wins at Chico and Imperial as a rookie. Since then, Kruseman won the Non-Wing World Championship (1999), Chili Bowl Championship (2000, 2004), SCRA Sprint Car Championship (2001), Indiana Sprint Week Championship (2002, 2005), USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship (2006), USAC Western States Midget Championship (2011), and the VRA Midget Championship (2011). In addition, “The Kruser” has won some of the most the prominent races on the West Coast such as the Budweiser Oval Nationals (2003, 2004), 360 Western World Championships (2005, 2006, 2007), Bagley Classic (2001, 2003, 2005) California Racers Hall of Fame Night (2013), Copper On Dirt / Midget (2007), Doug Fort Memorial (2012, 2013), Firecracker (1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009), Glenn Howard Classic (2010), Jack Kindoll Classic (1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007), Louie Vermeil Midget Classic (2010), Ron Otto Memorial (2006), Salute to Indy (1997, 2001, 2005), and Sokola Classic (2004). In USAC/CRA history, Kruseman is currently tied for third with fifteen Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and ranks third in series wins with 35 victories.

Since 1996, the Budweiser Oval Nationals has been one of the most prestigious events for non-wing sprint car racing across the country. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills won the inaugural event and there have been fourteen different drivers that have claimed the checkered flags. Bud Kaeding, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner lead all drivers with three Oval National wins. The Oval Nationals winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Entering the twenty-first point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 132-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored eleventh in last Saturday’s Western World finale at Arizona Speedway. To date, the five-time champion has five feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 150 feature laps led on the year. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” leads all drivers with 75 career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to earn his fourth Oval Nationals victory and sixth USAC/CRA crown.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has reclaimed second in the championship point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led the opening lap before placing sixth in the Western World Championships. At press time, last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one dash win, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led to his credit. Brody has two career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on adding the Oval Nationals to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson ran sixteenth in the Arizona Speedway feature. To date, the newly crowned USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA victory and will be looking to score the $25,000 victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer finished nineteenth in the Western World Championships. At press time, the five-time champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the year. Mike ranks second with 38 career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on his second Oval Nationals triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is fifth in the point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams placed twentieth in last Saturday’s main event. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eleven top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied with Garrett Hansen for twentieth on the USAC/CRA win list and will be looking to earn the $25,000 payday.

Currently tenth in points, Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) is also in contention.

Chris Windom (Canton, Illinois) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr., “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Chase Stockon, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, C.J. Leary, “Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “The Madman” Robert Ballou, and “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland round out the top-10 in points.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are available and for more information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS WINNERS: 1996-Jimmy Sills, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Rodney Argo, 1999-Rickie Gaunt, 2000-Tony Jones, 2001-Bud Kaeding, 2002-Bud Kaeding, 2003-Cory Kruseman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Dave Darland, 2006-Dave Darland, 2007-Bud Kaeding, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Damion Gardner, 2010-Chris Windom, 2011-Damion Gardner, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Max Adams, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 43-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2- Austin Williams, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

2017 BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS PRE-ENTRY LIST: (Provided by Perris Auto Speedway) 2-Austin Williams, 4-Damion Gardner, 4D-TBA, 4G-Chris Gansen, 4S-Mike Spencer, 5-Logan Williams, 5-Chris Windom, 5M-Max Adams, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 7K-Ronnie Gardner, 8-Joe Stornetta Jr., 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr., 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 11-Justin Grant, 17V-Danny Faria Jr., 17GP-Tyler Thomas, 19-Brady Short, 19S Hunter Schuerenberg, 21-A.J. Bender, 21K-Landon Cling, 23C-Tyler Courtney, 28M-Matt McCarthy, 30-C.J. Leary, 32-Chase Stockon, 39-Kyle Edwards, 42-Stevie Sussex, 44-Cody Williams, 51-Eddie Tafoya, 52-Isaac Chapple, 56-Ryan Bernal, 69-Chad Boespflug, 73-Dave Darland, 73T-Carson Macedo, 74X-Josh Hodges, 81-Michael Pickens, 83-Austin Liggett, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 90-Randy Waitman, 91-Brody Roa, 92-Jake Swanson, 92M-TBA, 98-Verne Sweeney, 98-Jeremy Ellertson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1405, 2. Brody Roa-1273, 3. Jake Swanson-1254, 4. Mike Spencer-1081, 5. Austin Williams-960, 6. Cody Williams-870, 7. Logan Williams-769, 8. Chris Gansen-723, 9. Max Adams-702, 10. Matt McCarthy-618, 11. Jeremy Ellertson-601, 12. Richard Vander Weerd-560, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr.-535, 14. R.J. Johnson-506, 15. Tyler Courtney-502, 16. Danny Faria Jr.-427, 17. Jace Vander Weerd-409, 18. Tommy Malcolm-393, 19. Chase Johnson-391, 20. Ronnie Gardner-386.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Chris Windom-2096, 2. Justin Grant-2093, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr.-2011, 4. Tyler Courtney-1994, 5. Chase Stockon-1875, 6. Chad Boespflug-1843, 7. C.J. Leary-1714, 8. Brady Bacon-1663, 9. Robert Ballou-1638, 10. Dave Darland-1447, 11. Thomas Meseraull-1267, 12. Jarett Andretti-1243, 13. Josh Hodges-1233, 14. Aaron Farney-871, 15. Isaac Chapple-868, 16. Shane Cottle-751, 17. Kyle Cummins-739, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg-606, 19. Jerry Coons Jr.-514, 20. Carson Short-506

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series
Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

RICK GOUDY NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF THE TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 7, 2017... Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor and Agajanian Promotions are pleased to announce that Rick Goudy has been named Grand Marshal of the 77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Featuring the USAC National and Light Up The World Beverages Western States Midgets along with the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars, the popular 2-day event starts Wednesday, November 22nd.

Goudy, who won the Thanksgiving Classic at Ascot Park in 1978, is the only driver to win the prestigious race and the CRA (California Racing Association) Sprint Car Championship in the same year. “I'm very proud and honored to be selected to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s USAC Turkey Night Grand Prix. To win the Grand Prix has been a goal of mine since the 1950s and the winning Grand Prix drivers of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s were my heroes. The win in 1978 was so very special for me and my family,” said Goudy.

Piloting Stan Lee’s #66 Continental Airlines VW powered Edmunds, Rick won the 100-lap race ahead of Sleepy Tripp, Johnny Anderson, Jon Rahe, and Mike Gregg. Goudy recalled, “I purposely lagged back in the field to save my energy as well as the car performance. Ascot's surface was very heavy and tacky that Thanksgiving, which required extra stamina by the driver as well as the car. One hundred laps on such a surface would be the most demanding race a midget driver would experience during the year racing around the country. We were very happy when our plan to conserve for the end of the race played out. I passed Rich Vogler and Sleepy Tripp about lap 92 and won. Racing at Ascot was a very special experience for midget racers and fans.”

Before adding his name to the Turkey Night winner’s list, Goudy gave the Morales Brothers their sixth CRA Sprint Car Championship in 1978. Racing the famed #2 Alex Xlnt Foods Edmunds “Tamale Wagon,” Rick earned his first victory on September 4th at Ascot, where he claimed the twin main events. From September 16th to October 7th, Rick won five races in a row and closed out the season with nine victories, including a World of Outlaws victory at Chula Vista on October 22nd.

Born in Akron, Ohio in 1946, Goudy was raised in Norwalk, California and began racing quarter midgets at eight years old. With a crew consisting of his father George and brother Gary, Rick raced against future stars Dean Thompson, Bobby Olivero, Mike Mosley, and Danny Caruthers. Gaining valuable experience, Goudy moved up the ranks and graduated to half midgets before jumping directly to CRA Sprint Cars in 1967, where he earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Goudy’s racing career nearly came to an end at an Ascot CRA Sprint Car race on April 27, 1968. Racing the Baker & Altrip #10 entry, Rick’s throttle stuck on the last lap of the feature and a crash into the wall resulted in a fiery blaze. The safety crews arrived quickly to extinguish the fire and he was transported to a local hospital. Suffering multiple first, second, and third degree burns throughout his body, Goudy underwent skin grafts and surgery on his road to recovery.

After recuperating, Rick returned to racing the following year with the NMRA TQ Midgets and later with the URA and USAC Midgets. Gaining confidence and winning main events, Goudy’s efforts were rewarded by claiming the 1970 URA Championship and finishing second to Gary Bettenhausen at the Turkey Night Grand Prix that same year.

Goudy returned to the CRA Sprint Car wars in 1971 and placed seventeenth in points despite missing the first five races. The following season, Rick won his first sprint car race at a 100-lap unsanctioned event in San Jose, California on June 1st. Driving the Leonard Faas owned “King O’ Lawn” Midget, Goudy scored USAC National victories at Springfield, Illinois on July 29th and Phoenix, Arizona’s Manzanita Speedway on November 3rd. As his schedule allowed, Rick also competed with the USAC National Sprints and Dirt Champ Cars.

Employed as an engineer, Rick’s full-time job would keep his racing close to home like many racers on the West Coast. Racing for car owners Leonard Faas, Bill Pratt, Rocky Grimsley, and Alex Morales, Goudy enjoyed success with CRA and became one the most popular drivers on the circuit with his smooth driving style. This includes winning the CRA Midget Championship driving for Stan Lee in 1974.

After a career year in 1978, Rick won two early season races at Ascot in the Morales “Tamale Wagon” and then announced his retirement. With his wife Kathy, two children to raise, and his Streaker Wheels company, Goudy hung up his racing helmet as the reigning champion. Rick later sold his company and worked on projects for NASA and the space shuttle.

At the time of his retirement from CRA in 1979, Rick Goudy had posted fifteen fast time awards, twenty-six trophy dash wins, thirty-one sprint car feature wins, and five midget triumphs.

On Wednesday, November 22nd, the festivities for the 77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix will begin with qualifying and racing for the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars. The USAC National and Western States Midgets will have a special practice session. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will have their semi-mains and feature, while the midgets will qualify, race their semi-mains, and compete in a 98-lap main event. There will be a special driver autograph session at intermission on both nights.

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

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

*Thanks to Dick Jordan, Rick Goudy, and Tim Kennedy for their assistance on this press release.
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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX WINNERS:
1934-Bob Swanson; 1935-Ted Sizemore; 1936-Ronney Householder; 1937-Ronney Householder; 1938-Bob Swanson; 1939-Mel Hansen; 1940-Roy Russing; 1941-Roy Russing; 1945-Danny Oakes; 1946-Perry Grimm; 1947-Johnny McDowell; 1948-Bill Vukovich; 1949-Perry Grimm; 1950-Bill Zaring; 1955-Johnnie Parsons; 1956-Edgar Elder; 1957-George Amick; 1958-Joe Garson; 1959-Tony Bettenhausen; 1960-A.J. Foyt; 1961-A.J. Foyt; 1962-Billy Cantrell; 1963-Mel Kenyon; 1964-Parnelli Jones; 1965-Dick Atkins; 1966-Parnelli Jones; 1967-Gary Bettenhausen; 1968-Sam Sessions; 1969-George Benson; 1970-Gary Bettenhausen; 1971-Bill Englehart; 1972-Tony Simon; 1973-Bill Englehart; 1974-Danny McKnight; 1975-Mel Kenyon; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Gary Patterson; 1978-Rick Goudy; 1979-Ron Shuman; 1980-Ron Shuman; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Ron Shuman; 1983-Kevin Olson; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Brent Kaeding; 1986-Warren Mockler; 1987-Ron Shuman; 1988-Chuck Gurney; 1989-Chuck Gurney; 1990-Stan Fox; 1991-Stan Fox; 1992-Ron Shuman; 1993-Ron Shuman; 1994-Jordan Hermansader; 1995-Billy Boat; 1996-Billy Boat; 1997-Billy Boat; 1998-Jay Drake; 1999-Jason Leffler; 2000-Tony Stewart; 2001-Dave Steele; 2002-Michael Lewis; 2003-Dave Steele; 2004-Bobby East; 2005-Jason Leffler; 2006-Billy Wease; 2007-Dave Darland; 2008-Bobby Santos; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Bryan Clauson; 2011-Caleb Armstrong; 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Christopher Bell, 2015-Tanner Thorson, 2016-Kyle Larson.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WINDOM/GRANT DUKE IT OUT AT PERRIS IN CLOSEST USAC SPRINT POINT RACE IN YEARS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........In the last 20 years of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing, no points race has been closer than the one between Chris Windom and Justin Grant entering this weekend's Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Grant, of Ione, California, had led the points for all but one day during the season. That is, until the opening night of last weekend's "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway. After mechanical troubles hit Grant at the end of Friday's feature, dropping him to 19th, Windom of Canton, Illinois, went on to score a 4th, launching him into the lead for the first time since the middle of July.

On Saturday night of the "Western World," Grant was able to gain four points back on Windom with an 8th place result to cut the deficit to three, where the points battle stands today heading into the "Oval Nationals."

The difference between three points in USAC is just one position, magnifying the fact that each and every position on-track this weekend will be critical. A glance through USAC's history books over the last two decades shows that there has never been a points race closer than this one between Windom and Grant, right here, right now, in 2017.

With three races remaining in 1998, Kevin Thomas held a 7-point lead over Tony Elliott. With strong efforts at Eldora (3rd) and Red Hill Raceway in Sumner, Ill. (5th), Elliott surged ahead by 28 points over Thomas entering the final race at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. However, for all intents and purposes, Red Hill would ultimately be the conclusion of the championship race as Thomas was suspended by USAC for Winchester due to actions taken following his and Elliott's on-track skirmish at Red Hill. Elliott wound up with a 62-point advantage at year's end to capture the first of his two series titles.

In 2001, Jay Drake was in the midst of a tight points race with J.J. Yeley entering a rare double-feature event at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Drake and Yeley were both strong that night with the two finishing 4th and 6th, respectively, in the first feature. For the second feature, Drake qualified 6th, which would've set him up for the pole position had all things gone accordingly while Yeley laid down 2nd quick time and would've held down a spot on the inside of the third row if everyone in the top-six transferred.

However, Drake's season would come to a sudden end when, during the USAC Regional Midget portion of the event, the Val Verde, California driver would endure one of the worst crashes seen in the history of the track. After suffering serious injuries, the biggest championship won that night was that Drake had survived the accident. After gaining 0 points for the feature that night, Drake actually still held onto the title by 18 points over Yeley. All Yeley had to do was make an appearance in the following afternoon's feature on the pavement at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and the first of five USAC National titles was his as he won the crown by 19 markers.

The following year, Yeley had a shot to gain back-to-back titles. Trailing Tracy Hines by 17, Yeley did his part by winning the finale at Terre Haute. Yet, Hines did the next best thing, finishing second behind Yeley to score his lone career USAC National Sprint Car title by a mere 13 points.

In 2005, young, upstart Levi Jones led the established star Dave Darland by nine points with three races left heading into the "Western World Championships" at Phoenix, Arizona's Manzanita Speedway. Darland would execute to near perfection with finishes of 5th and 3rdon the preliminary nights before winning Saturday night's finale. However, the consistent Jones would be even more perfect by answering with results of 4th, 4th and 2nd to keep Darland from getting any closer, ultimately winning by a margin of 13 ticks.

Per usual, Darland was involved in another close point race at the end of the 2012 season. Darland was up by 22 over Bryan Clauson with three to go. On the final night of the "Hall of Fame Classic" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz., Darland's 17th place finish would put him in a rut that he just couldn't overcome as Clauson finished out the campaign with a 7th at Canyon and a win, plus a 6th at Perris to finish the season a scant five points ahead of Darland, one of the closest margins in the history of USAC.

Practice night on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5-9pm begins the festivities for the 22nd "Oval Nationals" at Perris. Complete programs with 30-lap features hit the track on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10. Pits open at noon both nights with front gates opening at 4pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 4:30 with cars set for on-track activities at 5pm. For Saturday's $25,000-to-win main event, pits open at noon, front gates at 3pm, an autograph session at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 4:45pm.

All three nights of racing at the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. If you miss it or want to re-watch it again, http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have flag-to-flag on-demand coverage of each night posted a day following the event.

 

 

STOCKON BREAKS THROUGH FOR FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR AT "WESTERN WORLD"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........It's been a while since Chase Stockon has tasted victory with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

It's been even longer since he's gotten the chance to perform a series of celebratory victory donuts following a triumph in a USAC feature win.

These past 16 months have been trying on the Fort Branch, Indiana native, but the hungry Stockon had an appetite to devour that drought and earn his first series win of 2017 by leading the final 18 laps to capture the crown in the 50th Annual Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships" Saturday night at Arizona Speedway.

"We started off the season pretty good," Stockon recalls. "We won a couple local shows, but as far as the USAC side of things, we really haven't been performing that great. But everybody stuck with us all year. We've tried different things to get back on track to where we should be and where we are now. I don't typically show that much emotion, but to do those donuts and hold everybody off tonight felt great."

Stockon's first series win since the July 2016 "Indiana Sprint Week" finale at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track came on a type of racetrack that he admits isn't one he usually shines on. Yet, Stockon had to earn his keep by getting past both the previous night's winner in Thomas Meseraull, but also the track's winningest sprint car driver, R.J. Johnson, in order to return to victory lane.

"It's been a long time," Stockon said with a sense of relief. "A cushion kind of racetrack, especially when it's that tall, is not my forte. Believe it or not, before the track started taking rubber, I think we were better on the cushion than everybody else. To be able to move around to get by guys like Meseraull and R.J. when the track's in that kind of condition felt so good."

Stockon started the 30-lapper from the fifth spot as pole starter Meseraull slid his way to the lead on the first turn of the first lap after he and outside front row starter Brody Roa banged wheels. Roa got the short end of the stick on the deal and dropped back as he fought to maintain control on the cushion while Johnson and Stockon scooted past Roa to move into second and third.

Just less than a third of the way through the race, Stockon carved his way to second past Johnson and began his ascent on Meseraull. Off turn four on the 12th lap, Stockon lined his front bumper right behind Meseraull's tail tank and set up a picture-perfect turn one slider that stuck.

You wouldn't expect Meseraull to go away quietly and that was the case when, four laps later, he returned the favor, sliding past Stockon in turn three to momentarily retake the top spot on the 17th lap. Stockon, however, countered Meseraull's move and ducked underneath to exit off four and maintain the lead.

From there, Stockon's main competition was the racetrack itself, which Stockon refused to let defeat him on this night.

"After Meseraull slid me down in (turns) three and four and I was able to cross over, I really started paying attention to the racetrack," Stockon said. "I noticed a few lapped cars a straightaway ahead of me that were smoking their tires. That's when I started moving down on entry trying to find something. A lot of times when you're out front like that and it starts taking rubber, you're pretty much just a sitting duck. We've lost races in the past that way and I've seen a lot of other guys lose them that way too. As trying as this year's been on us, I was going to do everything in my power not to let that happen."

"We started off the season pretty good. We won a couple local shows, but as far as the USAC side of things, we really haven't been performing that great. But everybody stuck with us all year. We've tried different things to get back on track to where we should be and where we are now. I don't typically show that much emotion, but to do those donuts and hold everybody off tonight felt great." - Chase Stockon (Rich Forman Photo)

Toward the end, Stockon anticipated the changing condition of the surface, which led him to move around a little earlier than did everybody else. When he eyed the flagman hold up five fingers indicating five laps to go, Stockon muscled his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher for all it was worth, burning the tires off it as he worked his way through lapped traffic with his top-five cohorts bearing down on him on a rail at the top.

Stockon split his way past the lapped cars of Logan Williams and Danny Faria, Jr. exiting turn two to escape any possible jab Meseraull had left to throw at him. With smoke pouring off the rear tires and nearly missing the rubber between turns three and four on the final lap, Stockon put his personal USAC drought to bed with his ninth career USAC National Sprint Car win, and second in the state of Arizona, following a 2013 Canyon Speedway score. He was followed to the line by Meseraull, Johnson, Robert Ballou and Tyler Courtney.

Stockon's sixth consecutive year with a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win ties him for the second longest active win streak with Brady Bacon and trails Darland's incomparable run of 24 consecutive years with at least one win. But, this particular win was well worth the wait. After a meeting of the minds, Stockon and crew chief D.J. Ott reached into their bag of past successes to pull out their formula that had served them so well in the past.

"We changed around a lot of things on the car," Stockon explained. "D.J. and I went back to our old notes and found some things there that we were kind of stagnant on and we've been really good since then. Last night, we had a pretty decent car, but I let a few other drivers around me dictate the line I was running. Today, we got together and discussed what went wrong last night. I knew it wasn't the car's fault. D.J. hit the setup last night and was perfect tonight. I had to run my own race and not let anybody else get inside my head to dictate what I was going to do and try and keep my nose clean."

One night after winning the opening night of "Western World," Meseraull's encore performance was impressive in its own right as he drove the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Beaver Stripes/Spike/Wesmar to its second-straight top-two finish in as many nights.

"The car was awesome both nights," Meseraull exclaimed. "I felt like I could've gotten back by Chase, but I ended up losing my brakes at the end. At that point, it's really hard bombing a slider on a guy out of the rubber. And if you end up across it, with that big of a curb, I'm upside down. I'm good at overdriving the car, though. Every time I had a run on Chase, we got to lapped traffic. I kind of wish it was a 40-lapper tonight. I kept telling everyone I hope it's not a 40-lapper because it's going to lay rubber at the end. Now I'm kind of wishing it was."

On the very same night he locked up his fifth-straight USAC Southwest Sprint Car title, Phoenix, Arizona's R.J. Johnson showcased his abilities against the National guys by finishing a career-best third in his Bobby Martin/Martin Family Auto Museum - Pecon Builders/Sherman/Pro Flyer.

"I was honestly waiting for five (laps) to go to try to do something crazy," Johnson admitted. "I never saw the five to go sign, so I guess I wasn't paying attention. When the white flag came out, I threw a slide job on Meseraull, but on the same token, I didn't want to crash us because my best past finish in the 'Western World' isn't even in the top-ten."

"Everybody's been on me about how I need to go back east and go racing, though I've never had the opportunity to go do it," Johnson continued. "For us to be able to run with them is huge. Maybe next year we can get some stuff rolling and get back there."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Cody Williams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner), Stevie Sussex (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger) and Brady Bacon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2017 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 50th Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-15.104; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.175; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.312; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.392; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.406; 6. Landon Cling, 34, Cling-15.422; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.423; 8. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-15.435; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.441; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.446; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-15.470; 12. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-15.474; 13. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.497; 14. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.511; 15. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Massey-15.528; 16. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-15.548; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.551; 18. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-15.595; 19. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.602; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5m, TMR-15.604; 21. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.737; 22. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.756; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.797; 24. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-15.844; 25. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.957; 26. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.971; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.125; 28. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.202; 29. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.221; 30. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-NT; 31. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Boespflug, 3. Grant, 4. Thomas, 5. Chapple, 6. Swanson, 7. L. Williams. 2:10.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C. Williams, 2. Hodges, 3. Courtney, 4. Stockon, 5. Davis, 6. Gansen, 7. Ballou. NT

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Faria, 3. Spencer, 4. Johnson, 5. Mihocko, 6. Darland, 7. Ellertson. 2:11.10

INDY RACE PARTS/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Bacon, 3. A. Williams, 4. Roa, 5. Martin, 6. Gardner, 7. McCarthy. 2:06.48

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Gardner, 3. Darland, 4. Davis, 5. Chapple, 6. L. Williams, 7. Ellertson, 8. Leary, 9. Swanson, 10. Martin, 11. Mihocko, 12. Gansen, 13. McCarthy. 3:13.65 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Charles Davis, Jr., 18. Danny Faria, Jr., 19. Mike Spencer, 20. Austin Williams, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Cody Williams. NT ------------------------------- **Cling flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Meseraull, Laps 13-30 Stockon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (20th to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Bacon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2096, 2-Grant-2093, 3-Thomas-2011; 4-Courtney-1994, 5-Stockon-1875, 6-Boespflug-1843, 7-Leary-1714; 8-Bacon-1663, 9-Ballou-1638, 10-Darland-1447.

NEW USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1405, 2-Roa-1273, 2-Swanson-1254, 4-Spencer-1081, 5-A. Williams-960, 6-C. Williams-870, 7-L. Williams-769, 8-Gansen-723, 9-Max Adams-702, 10-McCarthy-618.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 9-10-11 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 22nd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 4, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – 50th Western World Championships”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / PROSOURCE QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.104; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.175; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.312; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.392; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.406; 6. Landon Cling, 34, Cling-15.422; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.423; 8. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-15.435; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.441; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.446; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23C, TOPP-15.470; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-15.474; 13. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.497; 14. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.511; 15. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.528; 16. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-15.548; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.551; 18. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-15.595; 19. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.602; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5M, Mihocko-15.604; 21. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.736; 22. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.756; 23. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-15.797; 24. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-15.844; 25. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.957; 26. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.971; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.125; 28. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.202; 29. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.221; 30. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-NT; 31. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Boespflug, 3. Grant, 4. Thomas, 5. Chapple, 6. Swanson, 7. L.Williams. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Wiliams, 2. Hodges, 3. Courtney, 4. Stockon, 5. Davis, 6. Gansen, 7. Ballou. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Faria, 3. Spencer, 4. Johnson, 5. Mihocko, 6. Darland, 7. Ellertson. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS / INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Bacon, 3. A.Williams, 4. Roa, 5. Martin, 6. Gardner, 7. McCarthy. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Gardner, 3. Darland, 4. Davis, 5. Chapple, 6. L.Williams, 7. Ellertson, 8. Leary, 9. Swanson, 10. Martin, 11. Mihocko, 12. Gansen, 13. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Charles Davis Jr., 18. Danny Faria Jr., 19. Mike Spencer, 20. Austin Williams, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Cody Williams. NT
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**Cling flipped during the feature.

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 November 4, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – 50th Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 5. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Curtis), 8. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#99 Aragon), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#77M Michael), 3. Tyler Courtney (#73T Ford), 4. Dylan Westbrook (#2 Yeley), 5. Ryan Stolz (#63 Stolz), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Hunter Schuerenberg (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#63D Dooling/Hayward), 2. Gary Taylor (#42 KACE), 3. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Westbrook, 2. Pelkey, 3. Sussex, 4. Curtis, 5. Cling, 6. Lowery, 7. St. James, 8. Scheopner, 9. Bonesteel, 10. Aiuto, 11. Lundy, 12. Stolz, 13. Yarnal, 14. Gile. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Geoff Ensign, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Gary Taylor, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Mike Martin, 11. Matt Rossi, 12. Dylan Westbrook, 13. Zack Madrid, 14. Chris Bonneau, 15. Josh Pelkey, 16. Landon Cling, 17. Michael Curtis, 18. Shon Deskins, 19. Tyler Courtney, 20. Tye Mihocko, 21. Jeff Lowery, 22. Stevie Sussex. NT

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**Bonesteel and Cling flipped during the second heat. Lundy flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Bacon, Laps 7-17 Johnson, Laps 18-30 Windom.

HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (15th to 7th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Dave Darland

FINAL SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

 

 

MESERAULL COWBOYS UP FOR WILD
"WESTERN WORLD" NIGHT 1 WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Thomas Meseraull has proven time and time again that, regardless of the situation he's faced with, he figures out the way to get to victory lane.

Winning for a team he's never driven for? Check. Taking an admitted "fourth-place car" to first in the final laps? Check. Having your initial instinct take a detour, yet still managing to find the quickest way around? Checkmate.

On night one of the 50th Annual Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway, chaos created opportunity for Meseraull. A wild sequence of events put forth in motion an unlikely scenario that pitted a driver who, as of a week and a half ago, was without a ride and had no plans on racing in the "Western World" versus a driver who flipped his car on the tenth lap of the feature.

After five consecutive laps of Bacon snuggling the bottom line and Meseraull rim-riding the top shelf, Meseraull prevailed on the final lap to win his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the year. For his third different team.

"I got a call a week and a half ago," Meseraull recalled from the Reinbold/Underwood team. "I told them I'd love to come out, but I don't have the funds. Last year, I kind of broke myself to come out here and do the points deal. They helped me out and Mike White with Beaver Stripes helped me get a plane ticket, gave me a place to stay and here we are."

"They have a brand-new Spike with brand new shocks on it, brand new tires and a fresh motor," Meseraull detailed. "We have good equipment. You just have to do your best. It's what I do, jump around to different rides. They were nice enough to let me set it up. I think I'm more excited about that. I put together a combination of what we've been doing this year with Kevin Briscoe, Donnie Gentry and Michael Dutcher and it's just really paid off."

For two-thirds of the 30-lap feature, the race appeared to be owned by Courtney, who ripped around the outside of Thomas coming off turn four on the second circuit to grab the lead. Courtney instantly opened a gap over Thomas of 1.5 seconds before being encumbered by the tail end of lap traffic on the eighth trip around the one-third-mile.

Thomas was able to poke a nose under Courtney at the flag stand on lap nine and appeared poised to set up a turn one slider for the lead, but traffic stood in the way, thus negating any notion he may have had for the time being. An instant later, Courtney biked on the top, but maintained control and carried on without issue.

Just behind, seventh-running Brady Bacon ran into trouble in nearly the same spot that Courtney biked.

"I slid up, got above the cushion, got up on the right front and I can't really tell you what happened after that," Bacon explained. "I was waiting for a big hit, but it never really came. We bent a couple things (on the car) here and there, but nothing major. We pulled it into the infield and changed the left rear radius rod. We checked everything else over and pushed back off. It might've actually helped me because I had to commit to the bottom. That was the only way I was going to get up through there."

Seemingly, the incidents fell in Courtney's favor as he saw his lead dwindle when meeting up with lapped traffic on lap 17 when Isaac Chapple sailed over the turn two guardrail without getting upside, landing on his wheels in the area between the backside of the barrier and the billboards. On lap 23, Courtney caught another break when Chet Williams barrel-rolled hard through turn one in an accident that also involved C.J. Leary. All involved were okay.

On the ensuing restart, barring another caution, Thomas encountered what may have been his last chance at to make a run at Courtney for the lead. As Thomas slid to the inside of Courtney, the battleground for track position was not fit for two occupants.

Exiting the second turn, the two made contact, but both got back up to speed to remain in the tussle. Courtney, now trailing slightly, attempted to slide Thomas right back between turns three and four. The two banged wheels again. Thomas would get the worst end of the equation initially when he kissed the rail with his right-side tires before getting back on track, though now mired all the way back in ninth.

While chaos ensued between positions one through six, Bacon tip-toed on the bottom from seventh to the lead and built up a half-straightaway lead before 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ Jake Swanson spun at the exit of turn four with five laps remaining to bring out the final yellow of the evening.

Though Meseraull was sitting in third, he had a pair of war-wounded racecars running first and second just ahead of him with Bacon's car suffering from a bent Jacob's ladder and a cracked brake fitting while Courtney's mount had a left front tire giving out on him.

"I was killing the curb, but it was on the fence, sketchy, and I was so close to wearing it out. I thought, 'just move down a little bit, drive the thing straight and don't spin the tires.' I did that and it was like, boom, rubber. I drove by Bacon on last lap. It just all fell together at the right time. It was an awesome race. USAC always puts on a good show, the best in the country, best in the world!"
- Thomas Meseraull -
(Rich Forman Photo)

When it was time for the San Jose, California native to strike, Meseraull altered his plan of attack on the fly, putting him in the spot that fits him to a T.

"I just kept pounding down the top like I do because I live or die by the top," Meseraull put it matter of factly. "On the final restart, I was thinking I was going to bomb a slider on Sunshine (Courtney), but he moved to the bottom and Bacon moved to the bottom. All of a sudden, it was like the seas parted and I had the top all to myself."

From that point forward, it was a tale of a two strategies with Bacon on the bottom and Meseraull topside. Meseraull managed to nose ahead on lap 27, but on laps 28 and 29, Bacon found a surge off the bottom to propel himself to satisfaction by a single car-length at the line.

Though Meseraull still trailed Bacon, albeit by a miniscule margin, he found something that turned out to be a path paved to victory.

"With two to go, I kind of felt some rubber. It was looking dark," Meseraull noticed. "I was killing the curb, but it was on the fence, sketchy, and I was so close to wearing it out. I thought, 'just move down a little bit, drive the thing straight and don't spin the tires.' I did that and it was like, boom, rubber. I drove by Bacon on last lap. It just all fell together at the right time. It was an awesome race. USAC always puts on a good show, the best in the country, best in the world!"

Meseraull emerged with the lead coming off turn two on the final trip around the oval and, though, Bacon made one last ditch effort at Meseraull off four, it was to no avail as Meseraull secured the win by 0.334 seconds over Bacon, Robert Ballou, new series point leader Chris Windom and Courtney rounding out the top-five.

Meseraull's Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Beaver Stripes/Spike/Wesmar ride is the sixth different car he's raced to a top-five finish this season alone in USAC competition. It's also the second time he's won a USAC race in his debut in a ride this year following his "Indiana Sprint Week" win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in July. His other win this season came in his second race aboard the Heffner Racing ride at Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania during "Eastern Storm."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon nearly pulled off an improbable victory that would've resulted in one of the most unique box score stats ever recorded by returning to win after flipping during the very same feature. However, it was not to be as the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ completed an overall successful night when it comes right down to it, finishing second in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton Mopar after earlier capturing the victory in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature.

"The thing that hurt us the most tonight was that we must've cracked a brake fitting or something," Bacon detailed. "In the last two or three laps, I ran out of brake fluid because it was leaking just a little bit. I still had brakes up until then. I still had a little bit, but I couldn't cut the bottom like I was able to up until that point. It was just a combination of things at the end. I knew it was going to be hard to hold off somebody with a clear track on the top, then it took rubber, which I was afraid of."

Robert Ballou's first ever visit to Arizona Speedway was a roller coaster ride. After qualifying 20th and starting 18th in the feature, the Rocklin, California native overcame all obstacles to race to third, thus earning KSE Racing Products, Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger honors for the night.

"I want to thank track owner Jonah (Trussel) for reworking the track and making it so that the fans got their money's worth because I definitely believe they got their money's worth tonight," Ballou praised. "When you start as far back as I did, you just got to try something. We were so off when we started at the beginning of the night. I thought we had something figured out last night (in practice). We've been pretty good when the track's wet. We started that way and it was way off, so we tried to fix and didn't fix it. So, we just threw a Hail Mary set up at it for the feature. It was either going to be really good or really bad."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway included Damion Gardner (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger) and Josh Hodges (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2017 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 50th Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.892; 2. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.998; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.034; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-15.230; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.338; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.373; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.405; 8. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Massey-15.493; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-15.515; 10. Landon Cling, 34, Cling-15.521; 11. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-15.523; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.640; 13. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.646; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.655; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.723; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.788; 17. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-15.836; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.855; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.885; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.917; 21. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-16.021; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.036; 23. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.064; 24. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.074; 25. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.148; 26. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-16.294; 27. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-16.295; 28. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.295; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.449; 30. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.521; 31. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Darland, 5. Stockon, 6. Co. Williams, 7. Faria, 8. Gansen. 2:12.28

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Windom, 3. Meseraull, 4. Ch. Williams, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Cling, 7. Martin, 8. Ellertson. 2:12.13

CHALK STIX/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Grant, 3. Johnson, 4. Sussex, 5. Leary, 6. L. Williams, 7. Spencer, 8. Hodges. 2:17.10

INDY RACE PARTS/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Courtney, 3. Boespflug, 4. A. Williams, 5. Davis, 6. Swanson, 7. McCarthy. 2:16.97

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stockon, 3. Davis, 4. Swanson, 5. Hodges, 6. Cling, 7. Spencer, 8. Co. Williams, 9. McCarthy, 10. L. Williams, 11. Martin, 12. Gansen, 13. Ellertson, 14. Faria, 15. Schuerenberg. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. R.J. Johnson, 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Brody Roa, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Mike Spencer, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Charles Davis, Jr., 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Austin Williams, 19. Justin Grant, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Chet Williams, 23. Isaac Chapple, 24. Landon Cling. NT
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**Bacon flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Ch. Williams flips on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Thomas, Laps 2-22 Courtney, Laps 23-26 Bacon, Lap 27 Meseraull, Laps 28-29 Bacon, Lap 30 Meseraull.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (18th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Josh Hodges

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-2045, 2-Grant-2038, 3-Thomas-1954; 4-Courtney-1930, 5-Stockon-1795, 6-Boespflug-1782, 7-Leary-1704; 8-Bacon-1619, 9-Ballou-1573, 10-Darland-1410.

NEW USAC AMSOIL CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1358, 2-Swanson-1223, 3-Roa-1213, 4-Spencer-1050, 5-A. Williams-931, 6-Co. Williams-839, 7-L. Williams-745, 8-Max Adams-702, 9-Gansen-700, 10-McCarthy-608.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 4 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 50th Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 3, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – 50th Western World Championships”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / PROSOURCE QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.892; 2. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.998; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.034; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23C, TOPP-15.230; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.338; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.373; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.405; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.493; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.515; 10. Landon Cling, 34, Cling-15.521; 11. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-15.523; 12. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.592; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.640; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.655; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.723; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.788; 17. Danny Faria Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-15.836; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.855; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.885; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.917; 21. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-16.021; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.036; 23. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.064; 24. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.074; 25. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.148; 26. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-16.294; 27. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-16.295; 28. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.295; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.449; 30. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.521; 31. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS / SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Darland, 5. Stockon, 6. Co.Williams, 7. Faria, 8. Gansen. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Windom, 3. Meseraull, 4. Ch.Williams, 5. Schurenberg, 6. Cling, 7. Martin, 8. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Grant, 3. Johnson, 4. Sussex, 5. Leary, 6. L.Williams, 7. Spencer, 8. Hodges. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS / INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Courtney, 3. Boespflug, 4. A.Williams, 5. Davis, 6. Swanson, 7. McCarthy. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stockon, 3. Davis, 4. Swanson, 5. Hodges, 6. Cling, 7. Spencer, 8. C.Williams, 9. McCarthy, 10. L.Williams, 11. Martin, 12. Gansen, 13. Ellertson, 14. Faria, 15. Schurenberg. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3, Robert Ballou, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. R.J. Johnson, 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Brody Roa, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Mike Spencer , 15. Dave Darland, 16. Charles Davis Jr., 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Austin Williams, 19. Justin Grant, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Chet Williams, 23. Isaac Chapple, 24. Landon Cling. NT

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**Bacon flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Thomas, Laps 2-22 Courtney. Laps 23-26 Bacon, Lap 27 Meseraull, Laps 28-29 Bacon, Lap 30 Meseraull

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY / KSE RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (18th to 3rd)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 4 – San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway –“50th Western World Championships”

 

 

BACON GRABS "WESTERN WORLD" 30-LAPPER AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

San Tan Valley, AZ........Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. led the final 15 laps of Friday night's 50th "Western World Championship" USAC Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint race at Arizona Speedway. Matt Rossi took second ahead of Kevin Thomas Jr., Dave Darland and Chris Windom.

USAC SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2017 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - 50th "Western World Championships" - "Desert Dash"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. R.J .Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 8. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Gary Taylor (#42 KACE), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#77M Michael), 4. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 5. Tyler Courtney (#73T Ford), 6. Dylan Westbrook (#2 Yeley), 7. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 8. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 5. Dave Darland (#99 Aragon), 6. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 7. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#63D Dooling/Hayward), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 7. Ryan Stolz (#63 Stolz). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Chad Boespflug (#34 Grau)

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Aiuto, 3. Deskins, 4. Lundy, 5. Sussex, 6. Westbrook, 7. Bonesteel, 8. Curtis, 9. Yarnal, 10. Scheopner, 11. Stolz, 12. Courtney, 13. Pelkey, 14. Lowery. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Landon Cling, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Dennis Gile, 14. Zack Madrid, 15. Gary Taylor, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Dylan Westbrook, 18. Shon Deskins, 19. Nick Aiuto, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Bruce St. James, 22. Stevie Sussex. NT

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**Aiuto flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Johnson, Laps 8-11 Davis, Laps 12-15 Johnson, Laps 16-30 Bacon.

HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (17th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Geoff Ensign

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.Johnson-1,406, 2-Davis-1,298, 3-Deskins-1,069, 4-Mihocko-993, 5-Martin-952, 6-Aiuto-922, 7-Bonneau-904, 8-Curtis-807, 9-L.Cling-667, 10-Lundy-655.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 4 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway- "50th Western World Championships"

 

 

WESTERN WORLD HISTORY ON THE LINE
FOR WINDOM, BACON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Jan Opperman, Steve Kinser, Brady Bacon, Donny Schatz and Bryan Clauson. Those five names would make up a dream team of drivers when it comes to sprint car racing over the past four-plus decades.

They also have one thing in common when it comes to the Torco Race Fuels "Western World Championships." Each have won an A-Main on the final night of the event in consecutive years. This weekend, November 3-4 at Arizona Speedway, Chris Windom has an opportunity to join this murderer's row of sprint car sages and repeat his mastery from 2016.

Windom was simply magnificent in last year's "Western World" no matter how many cubic inches were under the hood of his Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5. The Canton, Illinois native took three of the four victories: both 410 National/CRA features as well as the Friday night Southwest main event. In the three features that Windom was victorious, he led 80 of the 90 laps run. He did not lead a lap in Saturday's 360 feature, but remained strong, finishing third.

Windom was on a tear at this point last season, but wasn't in the mix for the National points title. That changes this year as Windom has cut into season-long leader Justin Grant's lead to close within 29 points with two shows this weekend in Arizona and the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on Nov. 9-10-11.

A Saturday night victory in the National/CRA Sprint portion of the "Western World" this weekend would pay major dividends toward the race for the title, but it also would have historical connotations. It would put him in exclusive company of drivers who've repeated their "Western World" accomplishments in successive years.

Jan Opperman was the first to go back-to-back in 1971-1972 without a wing. A decade later in 1982-83, Steve Kinser won two-straight years with a wing. It would be nearly three decades later before the feat would be seen again when Brady Bacon captured non-wing 360 sprint car features in 2009-10. After winning last year's Southwest 360 Sprint Car feature, this Saturday night, Bacon would become the first driver to repeat on two separate occasions if he can defeat the 360 field once again.

Overlapping Bacon's successes at the beginning of the decade was Donny Schatz who won successive winged 360 sprint main events in 2010 and 2011. Like Windom, Bryan Clauson actually triumphed three times in a two-year span with an ASCS 360 non-wing sprint win in 2012 followed up by a sweep of both ends on Saturday night in 2013 in the USAC National Midgets and USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Cars.

The "Western World" has run the gamut of the types of open-wheel cars that have competed in the event. From wingless and winged sprint cars of the 410 and 360 variety to midgets, the event has alternated sanctioning bodies over the years between USAC, World of Outlaws and ASCS, just to name a few. One mainstay for much of the event's history was Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, which served as host for four decades following the event's 1968 debut. Since then, "Western World" has found homes in Tucson and Peoria, Arizona before settling in San Tan Valley last November.

An open practice begins the 50th annual "Western World" festivities on Thursday, Nov. 2. On Friday racing begins. Pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars on track at 5:25pm.

Friday and Saturday night's racing at the "Western World" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO “50TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS”
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2017... This Friday, November 3rd, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle for two nights of action at Arizona Speedway’s “50th Annual Western World Championships.” Located within ET Motopark in San Tan Valley and promoted by Jonah Trussel, the season finale will also feature the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 12:00pm, spectator gates will open at 3:00pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. The event will be live on pay-per-view at www.speedshifttv.com and a special autograph session will be held on Saturday at 4:00pm. The festivities will begin on Thursday with an open practice from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Arizona Speedway is mandating that all cars for the Western World Championships have unaltered mufflers that maintain 100db @ 100ft.

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

To date, Arizona Speedway has held thirty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin won the April 13, 2013 debut and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with sixteen victories. A complete series win list at the San Tan Valley oval is at the end of this release.

Heading to the Western World, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has a 123-point lead over the competition. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson ran second to Kevin Thomas Jr. last Saturday at Casa Grande. To date, the four-time champion has seven feature wins, eleven heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, twenty top-10 finishes, and 198 feature laps led on the season. R.J. leads all drivers with fifty-one series wins and will be looking to cap off his championship bid with a 360 Western World victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored third at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. At press time, the five time Arizona Sprint Car champion has seven feature wins, nine heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 161 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles has twenty-one series wins and will have his sights on his first triumph of the 360 Western World Championships.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Bill Richards’ #7 Just Racin’ LLC / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins finished sixth in the Casa Grande 30-lap feature. As this writing goes to press, the 2017 NMMRA Sprint Car Champion has two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season. Shon will be looking to earn his second USAC SouthWest feature win at the 360 Western World.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko charged from fourteenth to clime ninth at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, the young driver has six heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on earning his first career USAC SouthWest win at Arizona Speedway.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has climbed to fifth in the USAC SouthWest standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin scored fourth in the Casa Grande main event. At press time, Mike has posted four heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. The former “Hall of Fame Classic” winner will be looking to add the “360 Western World Championships” to his resume.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Matt Lundy, Stevie Sussex, Landon Cling, Jeff Lowery, Andy Reinbold, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, and many more.

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

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

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

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
7-Charles Davis Jr., 7- R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
16-R.J. Johnson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Chris Windom.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-1354, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-1231, 3. Shon Deskins-1040, 4. Tye Mihocko-946, 5. Mike Martin-899, 6. Nick Aiuto-894, 7. Chris Bonneau-858, 8. Michael Curtis-797, 9. Matt Lundy-631, 10. Stevie Sussex-621, 11. Landon Cling-612, 12. Jeff Lowery-602, 13. Andy Reinbold-595, 14. Bruce St. James-575, 15. Brent Yarnal-572, 16. Cody Sickles-521, 17. Matt Rossi-374, 18. Jake Swanson-288, 19. Dennis Gile-216, 20. Brian Hosford-191.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & NATIONAL SPRINTS CLASH AT 50TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2017... Starting, this Friday, November 3rd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and National Sprint Cars are set for two nights of action at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “50th Annual Western World Championships” will also showcase the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 12:00pm, spectator gates will open at 3:00pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. The event will be live on pay-per-view at www.speedshifttv.com and a special autograph session will be held on Saturday at 4:00pm. The festivities will begin on Thursday with an open practice from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA & NATIONAL COMPETITORS:
Arizona Speedway is mandating that all cars for the Western World Championships have unaltered mufflers that maintain 100db @ 100ft. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC National, USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. The series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. Last year, Illinois’ Chris Windom swept both nights of the San Tan Valley debut and a winner’s list is posted at the end of this release.

Entering the nineteenth point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 101-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored third at Perris Auto Speedway on October 21st. To date, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has five feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 150 feature laps led on the year. The five-time champion leads all drivers with 75 career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to add the Western World to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has climbed to second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson claimed fifth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. At press time, the newly crowned USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA victory and will have his sights on the Western World triumph at Arizona Speedway.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits third in the championship point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa had a furious battle for the lead with Justin Grant before scoring fourteenth at the Perris checkered flags. To date, last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led to his credit. Brody has two career USAC/CRA triumphs and will be looking for his first win at San Tan Valley, Arizona.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer ran second to Justin Grant in the Perris 30-lap feature. At press time, the five-time champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the year. Mike ranks second with 38 career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to add a Western World trophy to his collection.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is fifth in the point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams led seven laps before scoring fourth in the October 21st main event. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eleven top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied with Garrett Hansen for twentieth on the USAC/CRA win list and will have his sights on the Arizona Speedway victory.

Currently eleventh in points, Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, Max Adams, Chris Gansen, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and more.

Justin Grant (Ione, California) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. Chris Windom, Kevin Thomas Jr., “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Chase Stockon, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, C.J. Leary, “Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “The Madman” Robert Ballou, and “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland round out the top-10 in points.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Jeff Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
5-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Max Adams, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
2- Chris Windom.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-1294, 2. Jake Swanson-1193, 3. Brody Roa-1167, 4. Mike Spencer-1015, 5. Austin Williams-899, 6. Cody Williams-829, 7. Logan Williams-735, 8. Max Adams-702, 9. Chris Gansen-677, 10. Matt McCarthy-598, 11. Jeremy Ellertson-581, 12. Richard Vander Weerd-560, 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr.-415, 14. Jace Vander Weerd-409, 15. Tommy Malcolm-393, 16. Chase Johnson-391, 17. Ronnie Gardner-386, 18. Danny Faria, Jr.-383, 19. R.J. Johnson-381, ... Geoff Ensign-381.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

50TH WESTERN WORLD TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........The 50th Annual Torco Race Fuels "Western World Championships" brings out the heavy hitters from USAC's AMSOIL National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Car divisions to Arizona Speedway this weekend.

"Western World" also bring out the spotlight from the cameras of http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/, who will stream both nights of the prestigious event LIVE via Pay-Per-View on Friday and Saturday night, November 3rd and 4th.

Tune into the excitement and catch a stacked field that includes past "Western World" 410 winners Dave Darland (2005) and defending winner Chris Windom. Plus, a Southwest Sprint lineup that includes three-time and reigning "Western World" 360 feature winner Brady Bacon, who will be among several pulling double-duty in both the 410 and 360 this weekend, as well as Matt Rossi (2014) and Brody Roa (2015).

This weekend's program features the first of five occasions in November that the National and CRA Sprint Cars will compete on-track together. Justin Grant leads a tight national points race by 29 over Windom while Damion Gardner holds a 101-point advantage over Jake Swanson as Gardner searches for his fifth-straight CRA crown and sixth overall.

This Friday at Arizona Speedway, pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars hit the track at 5:25pm.

If you miss the "Western World" or want to re-watch all the flag-to-flag coverage, you can watch it a day after the race is run, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

WEST COAST SPRINT CHAMP FARIA TAKES THE WHEEL OF DUTCHER'S 17GP FOR USAC WESTERN SWING

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two-time USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Danny Faria, Jr. has been tabbed as Michael Dutcher Motorsports' newest driver for November's western swing at Arizona Speedway Nov. 3-4 and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway Nov. 9-10-11.

The Tipton, California native has been a stalwart on the West Coast trail for a number of years with the 360 sprint car where he owns nine career series wins, including one at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, Calif. back in April of this season.

Faria has found success in the 410s as well, scoring a win at Hanford in 2012. Faria did not appear at the "Western World" in 2016, but his last appearance in the event in 2015 at Tucson's USA Raceway netted him finishes of 13th in the Thursday prelim feature and a 24th place result in the Saturday night finale.

Last season, Dutcher ran Aaron Farney in his 17GP at the "Western World" at Arizona Speedway, finishing 19th in the prelim and did not qualify for Saturday's A-Main. Faria will be Dutcher's ninth different pilot this season. Tyler Thomas secured the Dutcher team's best finish this season, a second at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway during the finale of "Sprint Car Smackdown VI."

This Friday at Arizona Speedway, pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars hit the track at 5:25pm.

Both nights of the "Western World" and all three nights of the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

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DARLAND TO BE FORD TOUGH
AT ARIZONA AND PERRIS SPRINT SHOWS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When Dave Darland and Ford Motorsports teamed up for a trip to the western states in November of 2013, the duo reached the peak of the sport when they captured one of midget racing's marquee events, the "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

Over the next two weekends, Darland and Ford hope to translate that past success to their sprint car effort for the Nov. 3 and 4 Torco Racing Fuels "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway and the Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway featuring USAC's AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car divisions.

Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, is one of three drivers to hoist "Western World" and "Oval Nationals" USAC National feature winner trophies in his career, sharing those honors with Bud Kaeding and Bryan Clauson. Darland was a "Western World" champ in 2005 at the now-defunct Manzanita Speedway and picked up a pair of big paydays at the "Oval Nationals" in both 2005 and 2013.

In last year's "Western World" finale, Darland took home a fourth-place result in his debut weekend at Arizona Speedway. At the 2016 "Ovals," Darland was sixth and eighth on Thursday and Saturday, but sandwiched between those two nights at Perris was a magical evening for the series' winningest driver as he ripped the top side past Chad Boespflug just past the halfway point to score his 59th USAC National Sprint Car win.

With five races remaining, that moment remains Darland's most recent USAC National feature highlight. His all-time record streak of 24 consecutive seasons with at least a single National win is on the line over the upcoming two weeks. The 1999 USAC Sprint Car champ has seen a resurgence of late that includes recording ProSource Fast Qualifying times in his last three outings at Indiana's Montpelier, Lawrenceburg and Terre Haute dirt ovals.

Meanwhile, the Ford No. 73 has been stout in USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car competition this season, collecting four victories with Ryan Bernal behind the wheel. While Darland will control the 410, Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney will wheel the team's 360 car at Arizona. Courtney is one of just two drivers to win in all three USAC National divisions this season (Justin Grant), in addition to tallying a CRA win at Petaluma in September.

An open practice night begins the "Western World" festivities from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursday. On Friday, pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars on track at 5:25pm.

Both nights of the "Western World" and all three nights of the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

 

 

WESTERN WORLD BRINGS THE BEST OF NATIONAL & CRA WORLDS TO ARIZONA NOV. 3-4

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

As the winter months draw nearer, a frost begins to blanket the fields and the chill of the air begins to settle in as much of the country heads indoors.

When the cold front hits, racers don't fret over the thought of old man winter, frigid temperatures and a frozen tundra of dirt tracks sitting idle.

Instead, racers find another place to play. They've all pointed their compasses west to bring us the best of both worlds as the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars meet head-to-head for bragging rights and the prestige of becoming a "Western World" champion.

The season-long national AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship race has reached its final stretch, involving the drivers who've run one-two in the standings for much of the season. Ione, California's Justin Grant clings to a 29-point advantage over Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois with five western races remaining.

Grant's Western World marquee highlight dates to the 2015 season when he captured the victory on the opening night of the 360 portion of the program at USA Raceway in Tucson, interestingly enough, driving at the time for the Baldwin Brothers team that his nearest challenger Windom now occupies.

Windom was simply dominant during the 2016 "Western World," leaving with a complete sweep of both nights of the National & CRA programs, while winning and finishing third in his two 360 outings.

Though he stands a distant third in the National standings, Kevin Thomas, Jr. has been like Pacman lately, gobbling up points left and right in recent months. He's been victorious in three of the last five events, including the last two. He even got his Southwest trip started off on the right foot with a Southwest Sprint Car victory at Central Arizona Speedway last Saturday night.

Three-time "Western World" race winner Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma returns to the Dooling/Hayward team that won the 2015 "Western World" with Bryan Clauson at the wheel. They will be joined alongside by a few pairings of west coast teams with Midwest-based drivers including 2005

"Western World" USAC Sprint victor Dave Darland and Ford Motorsports as well as drivers Thomas Meseraull and Hunter Schuerenberg with Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports.

To show how the west was won, these individuals will have to break through against a crop who intends to defend their home turf. 360 king R.J. Johnson, a 2010 "Western World" 360 winner out of Phoenix, Arizona, has become a force in the 410 ranks this season while maintaining his dominance in the Southwest division where he's all but locked up his fifth-straight series crown.

Concord, California's Damion Gardner has a 101-point lead as he eyes his fifth consecutive CRA title and sixth overall. Last year, "The Demon" raced to back-to-back runner-up finishes behind Windom at the "Western World."

Anaheim, California's Jake Swanson has already locked down USAC's West Coast Sprint Car title this season, but a first CRA title hangs in the balance as he sits second behind Gardner. Behind Swanson is the driver he dethroned in the West Coast series, Brody Roa of Garden Grove, California who himself is a 360 winner at the "Western World" in 2015 while two-time West Coast champ Danny Faria, Jr. takes over the reins of Midwest car owner Michael Dutcher's No. 17GP.

The 50th annual "Western World" gets underway with an open practice night on Thursday night, November 2 followed by complete programs each night on November 3 & 4 for the National Sprints with CRA as well as the season finales for the Southwest Sprint Cars.

An open practice night begins the festivities from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursday. On Friday, pits open at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:25pm. On Saturday, pits open at 3pm, with an autograph session set for 4pm, a drivers meeting taking place at 5pm and cars on track at 5:25pm.

Friday adult general admission tickets are $20, kids age 7-12 are $10, kids age 6 and under are $5 and pit passes are $35. Friday reserved tickets are $25, kids age 7-12 are $15, kids age 6 and under are $10 and pit passes are $35.

Saturday adult general admission tickets are $25, kids age 7-12 are $10, kids age 6 and under are $5 and pit passes are $35. Friday reserved tickets are $30, kids age 7-12 are $15, kids age 6 and under are $10 and pit passes are $35.

A package that includes tickets for both Friday and Saturday's events are $55 for adults, $25 for kids age 7-12, $20 for kids 6 and under and $75 for pit passes.

Both nights of the "Western World" and all three nights of the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

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KEVIN THOMAS, JR. ADDS CASA GRANDE USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO 2017 WIN LIST

Kevin Thomas, Jr. continued his roll of late by winning Saturday night's Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande. Cullman, Alabama's Thomas took the lead with seven laps remaining after a see-saw battle between Charles Davis, Jr. and R.J. Johnson throughout the first 24 laps of the 30-lapper. Thomas went on to capture his first career win in the Southwest series in his first start of the year over Johnson, Davis, Mike Martin and Matt Rossi.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 28, 2017 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Hunter Schurenberg (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 7. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Chad Boespflug (#34 Grau), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Dennis Gile (#13), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 8. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#77M Michael), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 8. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Mike Martin, 5. Matt Rossi, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Landon Cling, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Chris Bonneau, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Nick Aiuto, 13. Isaac Chapple, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Matt Lundy, 18. Jeff Lowery, 19. Joe Scheopner, 20. Cody Sickles, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Jordan Stetson, 23. Stevie Sussex, 24. Brent Yarnal. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Davis, Lap 5 Johnson, Laps 6-15 Davis, Laps 16-24 Johnson, Laps 25-30 Thomas.

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (14th to 9th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,354, 2-Davis-1,231 1-Johnson-1,354, 2-Davis-1,231;-Deskins-1,040, 4-Mihocko-946, 5-Martin-899, 6-Aiuto-894, 7-Bonneau-858, 8-Curtis-795, 9-Lundy-636, 10-Sussex-621.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 3 & 4 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "50th Annual Western World Championships"

 

 

CARSON MACEDO'S LATE CHARGE EARNS FIRST VENTURA USAC WESTERN MIDGET VICTORY

Ventura, CA........ Taking advantage of a late race bobble by Ronnie Gardner, Carson Macedo led the final three laps to claim Saturday's main event at Ventura Raceway. For Macedo, the 30-lap victory was his first career Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget triumph. Macedo took the Ventura checkered flags ahead of fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, Jake Swanson, Robby Josett, and David Prickett. Cody Swanson earned the night's Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award with a 15th to 6th place finish.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 28, 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.056; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.304; 3. Carson Macedo, 73X, Ford-12.349; 4. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.384; 5. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-12.410; 6. Randi Pankratz, 25, Rodela-12.471; 7. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-12.483; 8. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.502; 9. Cody Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.511; 10. Brody Roa, 3F, Finkenbinder-12.515; 11. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.541; 12. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerini-12.580; 13. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-12.643; 14. Cody Williams, 5, Van Dyne-12.689; 15. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.826; 16. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.910; 17. Tristan Guardino, 16K, Kruseman-13.145; 18. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-13.236; 19. Jake Vermeer, 87JR, Vermeer-13.299; 20. Kyle Beilman, 33, Beilman-13.461; 21. Sterling Cling, 12K, Kruseman-13.498; 22. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-15.954; 23. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-NT; 24. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa. 3. J.Swanson, 4. Ercse, 5. Cofer, 6. Nichols, 7. Vermeer, 8. Drollinger. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Prickett, 3. Elliott, 4. Daniel, 5. Dalby, 6. Guardino, 7. Williams, 8. Beilman. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Guerrini, 3. Ruston, 4. Smith, 5. C.Swanson, 6. Cling, 7. Pankratz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Robby Josett, 5. David Prickett, 6. Cody Swanson, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Frankie Guerrini, 9. J.J. Ercse, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Mason Daniel, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Robert Dalby, 15. Terry Nichols, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Clayton Ruston, 18. Kyle Beilman, 19. Jake Vermeer, 20. Sterling Cling, 21. Tristan Guardino, 22. Bryan Drollinger. NT ----------------------- **Cling flipped during qualifications. Drollinger flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Guardino flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Josett, Laps 3-5 Macedo, Laps 6-27 Gardner, Laps 28-30 Macedo.

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Cody Swanson (15th to 6th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-751, 2-Guerrini-623, 3-Prickett-595, 4-Elliott-577, 5-Dalby-547, 6-Courtney Crone-501, 7-Michael Faccinto-451, 8-Pankratz-417, 9-Shannon McQueen-400, 10-Daniel-370.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 18 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS BATTLE AT CASA GRANDE

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 26, 2017... This Saturday, October 28th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their last appearance of the year at Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande, Arizona, the “Trunk and Treat” and “Pinal County Federal Credit Union Night” event will also feature Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, and Bomber Stocks. The pit gates will open at 4:00pm, the front gates will open at 5:00pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 muffler is MANDATORY at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply with the muffler rule risks disqualification from the event.

Since March 23, 2013, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted eight USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the Casa Grande debut and is tied with R.J. Johnson for the series lead with three victories. Johnson holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.058, set on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the eighteenth point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has a 113-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson finished second last Saturday night at Canyon Speedway Park’s “Race For The Cure.” To date, the four-time champion has seven feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 188 feature laps led on the season. R.J. leads all series drivers with fifty-one series wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid with another victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the “Race For The Cure” last Saturday night. At press time, the five time Arizona Sprint Car champion has seven feature wins, nine heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 147 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles has twenty-one series wins and will have his sights on the Central Arizona Speedway triumph.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Bill Richards’ #7 Just Racin’ LLC / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins placed ninth in the Canyon Speedway Park main event. As this writing goes to press, the 2017 NMMRA Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season. Shon will be looking to earn his second career USAC SouthWest feature win this Saturday night.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko scored sixth in last Saturday’s main event. To date, the young driver has six heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on earning his first career USAC SouthWest win at Casa Grande.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest standings. Racing his #27 Hughey & Phillips / XOIW Eagle, Aiuto scored eleventh in the “Race For The Cure.” At press time, Nick has posted three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, and ten top-10 finishes on the season. The veteran driver will be looking to score his first series feature win this Saturday at Casa Grande.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Stevie Sussex, Matt Lundy, Jeff Lowery, Andy Reinbold, Landon Cling, Brent Yarnal, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Cody Sickles, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Hunter Schuerenberg, and more.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east five miles to 11 Mile Corner Road, then head south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

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

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 7-Charles Davis Jr., 7- R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1273, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-1160, 3. Shon Deskins-973, 4. Tye Mihocko-897, 5. Nick Aiuto-851, 6. Mike Martin-831, 7. Chris Bonneau-805, 8. Michael Curtis-756, 9. Stevie Sussex-622, 10. Matt Lundy-605, 11. Jeff Lowery-573, 12. Andy Reinbold-561, 13. Landon Cling-557, 14. Brent Yarnal-548, 15. Bruce St. James-530, 16. Cody Sickles-497, 17. Matt Rossi-311, 18. Jake Swanson-288, 19. Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO VENTURA RACEWAY

 By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 26, 2017... This Saturday, October 28th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series will invade Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the eleventh point race and third of four appearances at the 1/5-mile oval will also feature Dwarf Cars, California Lightning Sprints, VRA Senior Sprints, and Focus Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2017 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout) Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135 Schoenfeld: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 24, 1986, 140 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. At press time, 1994 Champion Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995. A complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Entering Saturday’s race, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a 103-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner has three feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led to his credit. The four-time champion ranks fourth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his twenty-third victory.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, the 2015 BCRA Champion will have his sights on his second career USAC win.

David Prickett (Fresno, California) sits third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and six top-10 finishes on the season. At Ventura, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion will be looking for his second career main event win.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott has one feature win, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. Cory has two career series wins and will have his sights on adding a Ventura main event to his resume.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) has climbed to fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby has posted three heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. The young driver will be looking to earn his first win this Saturday night.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is tenth in the championship point chase. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California), Kyle Beilman (Santa Monica, California), and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Courtney Crone, Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Robby Josett, Jake Swanson, C.J. Sarna, Alex Schutte, J.J. Ercse, Nate Wait, Brennan Rogers, Matt Mitchell, Ron Hazelton, Cody Swanson, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older), Active Military tickets (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $11. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES 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 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

VENTURA LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Robby Josett, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-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-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Tommy White.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-670, 2. Frankie Guerrini-567, 3. David Prickett-530, 4. Cory Elliott-514, 5. Robert Dalby-508, 6. Courtney Crone-501, 7. Michael Faccinto-451, 8. Randi Pankratz-404, 9. Shannon McQueen-400, 10. Mason Daniel-322, 11. Maria Cofer-321, 12. Terry Nichols-298, 13. Robby Josett-297, 14. Shane Golobic-286, 15. Jake Swanson-269, 16. Chad Boat-249, 17. C.J. Sarna-243, 18. Clayton Ruston-219, 19. Alex Schutte-216, 20. J.J. Ercse-194.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DAVIS CHARGES TO SEVENTH USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 24, 2017... Nearly sweeping the show, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) won last Saturday’s “Race For The Cure” at Canyon Speedway Park. The veteran driver took to lead from Michael Curtis on lap five and sailed to his seventh USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win over R.J. Johnson, Chris Bonneau, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Curtis.

Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Charles Davis Jr. won the night’s first heat race and ranked second in passing points. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion also earned the night’s hard charger award by earning his twenty-first series win after starting fifth. Davis left the Peoria, Arizona oval ranked second in points with nine heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 147 feature laps led.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) sliced his way from sixth to claim second in the “Race For The Cure.” Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson ran second to Davis in his heat race and claimed the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award. The four-time champion heads to Casa Grande with a 113-point lead on the strength of seven feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 188 feature laps led.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) had a solid night at Canyon Speedway Park with a third place finish from seventh. Piloting his #15 Priced Right Auto Sales / Triple X machine, Bonneau finished second to Bruce St. James in his heat race and ranked seventh in passing points. At press time, the veteran driver is seventh in points with four heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) raced from eighth to score fourth in the “Race For The Cure.” Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin finished third in his heat race and placed eighth in passing points. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner is sixth in the point standings with four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season.

After leading the first four laps, Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) claimed fifth at Canyon Speedway Park. Racing Kevin Turner and Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering machine, Curtis ran second to Tye Mihocko in his heat race and ranked sixth in passing points. At press time, the young driver is eighth in the point standings with two heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, and nine top-10 finishes on the year.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s second heat race. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko ranked third in passing points and scored sixth in the 30-lap main event. The young driver is fourth in the point chase with sixth heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, Arizona) took the checkered flags in the program’s third heat race. Driving his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Priority Aviation Maxim, St. James was fourth in passing points and finished eighth in the “Race For The Cure.” The veteran driver is currently fifteenth in points with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led in the campaign.

This Saturday, October 28th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their final appearance at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, the “Trunk or Treat” and “Pinal County Federal Credit Union Night” will also showcase Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Race For The Cure”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Sterling Cling (#34 Grau), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 6. Bill Waltman (#09 Waltman). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 2. R.J. Johnson (6th), 3. Chris Bonneau (7th), 4. Mike Martin (8th), 5. Michael Curtis (1st), 6. Tye Mihocko (4th), 7. Landon Cling (11th), 8. Bruce St. James (3rd), 9. Shon Deskins (9th), 10. Matt Rossi (14th), 11. Nick Aiuto (2nd), 12. Sterling Cling (10th), 13. Brent Yarnal (15th), 14. J.R. Bonesteel (12th), 15. Cody Sickles (18th), 16. Bill Waltman (16th), 17. Jeff Lowery (17th), 18. Dennis Gile (13th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Curtis, Laps 5-30 Davis. HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (5th to 1st) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1273, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-1160, 3. Shon Deskins-973, 4. Tye Mihocko-897, 5. Nick Aiuto-851, 6. Mike Martin-831, 7. Chris Bonneau-805, 8. Michael Curtis-756, 9. Stevie Sussex-622, 10. Matt Lundy-605, 11. Jeff Lowery-573, 12. Andy Reinbold-561, 13. Landon Cling-557, 14. Brent Yarnal-548, 15. Bruce St. James-530, 16. Cody Sickles-497, 17. Matt Rossi-311, 18. Jake Swanson-288, 19. Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TMEZ DRIFTS WEST FOR WESTERN WORLD & OVALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

After all, Thomas Meseraull will indeed be heading west when the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars stop at Arizona Speedway and Perris (Calif.) Auto
Speedway during the month of November for the 2017 season finales.

The San Jose, California native has been named as the driver of the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports No. 19 for the Nov. 3-4 "Western World Championships" at Arizona and the Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris.

Meseraull hasn't had any prior experience for the Reinbold/Underwood team, but this fact hasn't deterred his success of late as evidenced by what he's accomplished this season. Meseraull has earned six series wins since 2015, including a pair this season for two different teams. In June, Meseraull was victorious in his second start for the Heffner Racing team during the Eastern Storm trip to Pennsylvania's Lincoln Speedway. One month later in his USAC debut for Chase Briscoe Racing, Meseraull captured the victory in the Indiana Sprint Week opener at Kokomo Speedway. In fact, Meseraull has driven five different teams to top-five finishes with USAC this season alone!

The No. 19 was originally entered for Brady Short who had to bow out due to other commitments. Meseraull will, however, have February Ocala, Fla. winner Hunter Schuerenberg as a teammate in a second Reinbold/Underwood car. The west coast based team has competed on the national trail this season, including leading eight laps and recording back-to-back top-five finishes with Schuerenberg in "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo in August.

Meseraull has not yet won at Arizona or Perris in USAC National Sprint Car competition. However, he did score a USAC Western States Midget victory at Perris in 2001. Meseraull's best "Western World" finish to date was a third in last year's opening night. Meanwhile, his top "Oval Nationals" result is a sixth, which he procured in 2012 and 2015.

Both nights of the "Western World" and all three nights of the "Oval Nationals" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

 

 

JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Tickets are now on sale for the final USAC event of the 2017 season when the Midgets invade the Southern Illinois Center for the third annual "Junior Knepper 55" on Saturday December 16.

Tickets for the race on the indoor dirt oval are on sale now at http://www.usactickets.com/. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $18 - two dollars off the price at the gate on race day.

In addition, you may order your "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

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

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

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

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

Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups.

 

 

LAST-LAP VICTORY FOR LOVE AT THE "BULLRING"

Las Vegas, NV........USAC Speed2 Western US Midget leader Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. scored a last-lap win in Saturday's "Senator's Cup Fall Classic" at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Annie Breidinger led the first 29 laps and finished second ahead of Toni Breidinger, Cody Jessop and Joey Iest.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring - "Senator's Cup Fall Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Jessop, 44L , Love-15.522; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.530; 3. Joey Iest 17, Iest-15.558; 4. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.572; 5. Tyler Slay, 26B, Breidinger-15.661; 6. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.732; 7. Chaz Groat, 13, Groat-15.947; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.023; 9. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-1.053; 10. Adam Lemke, 21, West-16.215.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. Iest, 4. Nichols, 5. Lemke. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Slay, 4. Brannon, 5. Groat. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Cody Jessop, 5. Joey Iest, 6. Tyler Slay, 7. Blake Brannon, 8. Chaz Groat, 9. Adam Lemke, 10. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 A.Breidinger, Lap 30 Love.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-847, 2-A.Breidinger-794, 3-Lemke-707, 4-T.Breidinger-630, 5-Iest-611, 6-Nichols-565, 7-Brannon-563, 8-Tom Paterson-558, 9-Jessop-318, 10-Antonia Boscacci-206.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,441, 2-Lemke-1,297, 3-A.Breidinger-1,262, 4-Tom Paterson-1,148, 5-Brannon-856, 6-T.Breidinger-630, 7-Iest-609, 8-Nichols-565, 9-Jessop-437, 10-Antonia Boscacci-288.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: November 18 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring - "West Coast Short Track Championships"

 

 

DAVIS BEATS JOHNSON TO CANYON FLAG

Peoria, AZ........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. won Saturday night's 30-lap "Race for the Cure" USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car race at Canyon Speedway Park. Series point leader R.J. Johnson was second ahead of Chris Bonneau, Mike Martin and Michael Curtis, who led the first five laps.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Race for the Cure"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Sterling Cling (#34 Grau), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 6. Bill Waltman (#09 Waltman). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Chris Bonneau, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Michael Curtis, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Landon Cling, 8. Bruce St. James, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Matt Rossi, 11. Nick Aiuto, 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Brent Yarnal, 14. J.R. Bonesteel, 15. Cody Sickles, 16. Bill Waltman, 17. Jeff Lowery, 18. Dennis Gile. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Curtis, Laps 5-30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (5th to 1st)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.Johnson-1,273, 2-Davis-1,160, 3-Deskins-973, 4-Mihocko-897, 5-Aiuto-851, 6-Martin-831, 7-Bonneau-805, 8-Curtis-756, 9-Matt Lundy-605, 10-Stevie Sussex-593.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 28 - Casa Grande, AZ - Central Arizona Speedway

 

 

"INVADER" GRANT GRABS TOP DOLLARS AT THE PAS

Perris, CA........AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. walked off with the 30-lap victory Saturday in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA feature at Perris Auto Speedway. In a feature containing seven lead changes, Grant outduelled Brody Roa, then led the final 11 laps for the win over Mike Spencer, Damion Gardner, Ausin Williams and fast qualifier Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.519; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.604; 3. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.696; 4. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-16.712; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.761; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.790; 7. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.817; 8. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.838; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.079; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.187; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.221; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-17.287; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.328; 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.347; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.519; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.540; 17. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.588; 18. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-17.641; 19. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.831; 20. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.071; 21. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-19.111.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Spencer, 3. Grant, 4. T.Williams, 5. McCarthy, 6. Ellertson, 7. Stewart. 3:01.63.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. Chapple, 4. Sussex, 5. Bender, 6. Gansen, 7. Marshall. 2:58.40.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Malcolm, 3. A.Williams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Waitman, 6. Sweeney. 3:08.75.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Issac Chapple, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Cody Williams, 10. Jeremy Ellertson, 11. Matt McCarthy, 12. Verne Sweeney, 13. Trent Williams, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Matt Stewart, 16. Gary Marshall Jr., 17. Randy Waitman, 18. Max Adams, 19. Chris Gansen, 20. Tommy Malcolm. NT ----------------------- **L.Williams flipped during qualifications. Malcolm flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Roa, Laps 2-8 A.Williams, Laps 9-10 Gardner, Laps 11-16 Grant, Lap 17 Roa, Lap 18 Grant, Lap 19 Roa, Laps 20-30 Grant

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (17th to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,294, 2-Swanson-1,193, 3-Roa-1,167, 4-Spencer-1,015, 5-A.Williams-899, 6-C.Williams-829, 7-L.Williams-735, 8-Adams-702, 9-Gansen-677, 10-McCarthy-599.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 3&4 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway -"50th Western World Championships"

 

 

LABASTIE, CUGINI TAKE SPEED2 EASTERN "SPECIALS" AT DOMINION

Spotsylvania, VA........Chad Labastie of Uxbridge, Mass. and Dan Cugini of Marshfield, Mass. scored 35-lap feature wins in USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget "special non-points" races at Dominion Raceway Saturday night. Fast Qualifier Cugini was second in the opener ahead ofJake Stegios, Neal Allison and Ryan Locke. Labastie led all but the opening lap. In the nightcap, Cugini passed Nolan Allison on lap 29 and led the final seven laps to beat Nolan and Neal Allison, Labastie and Jessice Bean.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET (Special non points") Winged RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 - Spotsylvania, Virginia - Dominion Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dan Cugini, 51, Seymour14.565; 2. Ryan Locke, 88, Locke-14.588; 3. Jake Stergios, 11, Stergios-14.951; 4. Chad Labastie, 14, Labastie-14.962; 5. Connor Gross, 8, Radical-15.027; 6. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.101; 7. J.J. Horstman, 99, Radical-15.114; 8. Jeff Locke, 9, Radical-15.169; 9. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.206; 10. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.211; 11. Kevin Park, 52, Park-15.365; 12. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-16.127; 13. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-NT.

FIRST FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chad Labastie, 2. Dan Cugini, 3. Jake Stergios, 4. Neal Allison, 5. Ryan Locke, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Jeff Locke, 8. J.J. Horstman, 9. Jordan Empie, 10. Kevin Park, 11. Jessica Bean, 12. Jake Smith, 13. Connor Gross. NT

SECOND FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Dan Cugini, 2. Nolan Allison, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Chad Labastie, 5. Jessica Bean, 5. Jake Trainor, 7. Jeff Locke, 8. Ryan Locke, 9. Jake Smith, 10. Kevin Park, 11. Jordan Empie, 12. J.J. Horstman, 13. Jake Stergios. NT ------------------------------

FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Neal Allison, Laps 2-35 Labastie.

SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Neal Allison, Laps 16-28 Nolan Allison, Laps 29-35 Cugini.

 

 

TONI BREIDINGER NOW AT 14 AFTER BULLRING VICTORY

Las Vegas, NV........Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. scored an all-time USAC female feature victpory record 14th win Friday night in the "Senator's Cup Fall Classic" at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. She led the final eight laps after passing Jesse Love IV in a race featuring four different lap leaders. Love finishd second ahead of Annie Breidinger, Cody Jessop and Joey Iest.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring - "Senator's Cup Fall Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.366; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.433; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.447; 4. Joey Iest 17, Iest-15.695; 5. Tyler Slay, 26B, Breidinger-15.812; 6. Cody Jessop, 44L , Love-15.864; 7. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.922; 8. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.051; 9. Ethan DeGuevara, 21, West-16.280. (Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.125 time disallowed)

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Love, 3. A,Breidinger, 4. Slay, 5. Nichols. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Jessop, 3. Iest, 4. Brannon, 5. DeGuevara. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Cody Jessop, 5. Joey Iest, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Johnny Nichols, 8. Ethan DeGuevara, 9. Adam Lemke, 10. Tyler Slay. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 A.Breidinger, Laps 6-21 Lemke, Lap 22 Love, Laps 23-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-766, 2-A.Breidinger-715, 3-Lemke-657, 4-Tom Paterson-558, 5-T.Breidinger-588, 6-Iest-432, 7-Nichols-517, 8-Brannon-506, 9-Jessop-243, 10-Antonia Boscacci-206.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,360, 2-Lemke-1,247, 3-A.Breidinger-1,183, 4-Tom Paterson-1,148, 5-Brannon-799, 6-T,Breidinger-558, 7-Iest-543, 8-Nichols-517, 9-Jessop-362, 10-Antonia Boscacci-288.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: October 21 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring - "Senator's Cup Fall Classic"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS HEADLINE SATURDAY’S “RACE FOR THE CURE” AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 18, 2017... This Saturday, October 21st, the popular Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their seventh and final appearance of the year at Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the “Race For The Cure” at the Peoria, Arizona oval will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, Dwarf Cars, and the Power 600 Non-Wing Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-six USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with seventeen Canyon victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (6), Ryan Bernal (4), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

Entering the twenty-first point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the chase for the championship with a 106-point advantage. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the September 30th “Hall of Fame Classic” at Canyon. To date, the four-time champion has seven feature wins, ten heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 188 feature laps led. R.J. leads all drivers with fifty-one USAC SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Race For The Cure” to his resume.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the September 29th “Hall of Fame Classic” preliminary before taking fourth in the finale. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has six feature wins, eight heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 121 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has twenty series wins and will have his sights on the victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) ranks third in the championship point chase. Piloting Bill Richards’ #7 Just Racin’ LLC / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins ran fifth in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” As this writing goes to press, the newly crowned NMMRA Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. Shon will be looking to earn his second career USAC SouthWest feature win this Saturday night.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko placed eleventh in the September 30th main event. To date, the young driver has five heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on making the “Race For The Cure” his first career series win.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) sits fifth in the championship standings. Racing his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto charged from sixteenth to ninth in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, Nick has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, and ten top-10 finishes on the season. The veteran driver will be looking to score his first USAC SouthWest triumph at the “Race For The Cure.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Matt Lundy, Stevie Sussex, Andy Reinbold, Jeff Lowery, Brent Yarnal, Landon Cling, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Cody Sickles, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 and over) are $15, Active Military (with ID) tickets are $15, and Kids tickets (11 and under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
7-R.J. Johnson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
17-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 6-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-1193, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1077, 3. Shon Deskins-922, 4. Tye Mihocko-830, 5. Nick Aiuto-802, 6. Mike Martin-764, 7. Chris Bonneau-734, 8. Michael Curtis-690, 9. Matt Lundy-605, 10. Stevie Sussex-593, 11. Andy Reinbold-561, 12. Jeff Lowery-541, 13. Brent Yarnal-507, 14. Landon Cling-500, 15. Bruce St. James-470, 16. Cody Sickles-463, 17. Jake Swanson-288, 18. Matt Rossi-264, 19. Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

 

 

$20,000 ON THE LINE AT SUNDAY'S
"LEFFLER MEMORIAL" IN WAYNE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois.........In the late 1990s, Jason Leffler made tracks big and small his personal playground as he raced to three consecutive USAC National Midget titles. Though Leffler may have been small in stature, his legacy in the sport of midget racing remains that of a giant.

One look at the one-eighth-mile dirt oval of Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois gives the impression of diminutive. But that's just a front for the spectacular wheel-banging, ultra-competitive style that has become the norm on this southern Illinois soil nestled between farmland during this harvest season.

This Sunday, we race in Leffler's name with the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial." Like Jason, don't underestimate size. Small cars on a small track will bring out the big hearts and the big right feet when there's big money on the line this Sunday, October 22 with $20,000 big ones going to the one with the biggest will to win.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon is the defending winner at Wayne City, leading the final 33 laps to capture an emotional victory - the first for car owner Frank Manafort and a meaningful win for USAC Hall of Fame crew chief and car builder Bob East who guided Jason Leffler to USAC National Midget titles in 1997-98-99 and a Silver Crown championship in 1998.

Clauson/Marshall Racing made its debut in the event a season ago. This year, they've taken on a full-assault of the series championship with five wins and it's three-driver arsenal of Shane Golobic, Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant all reside in the top-six of the standings.

The Clauson name has been victorious at the "Leffler Memorial" before when, in 2015, Bryan Clauson outdueled Rico Abreu in a memorable finish that we won't soon forget.

Almost astonishingly, this is one of the few races that the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team has not tamed yet, though they have finished as the runner-up three years in a row with drivers Christopher Bell, Rico and Tanner Thorson.

KKM's top-pilot this season has been Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Indiana who holds a 66-point lead over Bacon coming into Sunday's race, which serves as the final event in the Midwest before the series heads west to Cali for season-enders at Bakersfield and Ventura in November.

The "Leffler Memorial" also holds a unique place on the racing calendar in that it brings out drivers who normally don't compete with the series during the outdoor season. 2013 World of Outlaws Sprint Car champ Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Oklahoma won the race in 2014 and finished fourth in 2015. He will be a contender Sunday along with the likes of fellow sprint car standouts making rare midget appearances: San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull in the Amati Racing No. 66 and recent "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic" victor Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Alabama at the wheel of Austin Brown's No. 7B, among many others.

The USAC/POWRi co-sanctioned event also features a format dissimilar to the majority of USAC events with no qualifying, but instead utilizing qualifier races and heats seeding the A-Main starting field.

Big names have missed the field in past years and nothing is a given at Wayne City. Drivers are going to have get up on the wheel, stand on the gas and put it in the show on these tight confines, which more than certainly will be a show for the fans in itself.

The "Jason Leffler Memorial" begins with pits opening at 11am, front gates opening at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3:30pm and cars on track at 4pm.
Adult general admission tickets are $15. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult. Pit passes are $35.

You can watch flag-to-flag coverage of all the racing action a day after the race is run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

T-MEZ AND AMATI TEAM UP FOR "LEFFLER MEMORIAL" SUNDAY IN WAYNE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois.........Throughout his career, Thomas Meseraull has proven adept at adapting to new situations and new rides quickly. For this Sunday's, Oct. 22 USAC National Midget event at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois, the San Jose, California driver returns to a familiar situation as he climbs aboard the Amati Racing No. 66 for the "Jason Leffler Memorial."

This season alone, Meseraull has won twice on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail for two different teams, yet he has yet to make a USAC Midget start in 2017. In fact, neither Meseraull or Amati have competed in a USAC National Midget event since the 2016 season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. There, they scored a strong third-place finish in the 50-lap feature.

However, Meseraull and Amati attained much of their success together on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour where they partnered up for four feature wins during the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Rossburg, Ohio (Eldora Speedway), Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Ocala, Fla. (Bubba Raceway Park) and Kansas City, Kans. (Lakeside Speedway).

Meseraull is still seeking his first career USAC National Midget win. He won a non-points, special event at California's Irwindale Speedway in 2004 and is the owner of four career USAC Western States Midget victories. He hasn't finished outside the top-ten in each of his last four series starts, three of which resulted in top-fives!

The fifth annual $20,000-to-win event, co-sanctioned by POWRi, begins with pits opening at 11am, front gates opening at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3:30pm and cars on track at 4pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $15. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult. Pit passes are $35.

You can watch flag-to-flag coverage of all the racing action a day after the race is run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 17, 2017... This Saturday, October 21st, the powerful AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the eighteenth point race will be the last “home track” tune up before the 22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction. Saturday’s action packed card will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. The spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT RACER’S FIRST EVENT and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 200 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and 34 different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 43 wins and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. In 2017, R.J. Johnson and Gardner have earned three Perris victories while Richard Vander Weerd claimed the March 4th season opener. A complete Perris series win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the PAS, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 94-point lead over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 S.P. Beagle Plumbing / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored his fifth win of the campaign at the September 23rd “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris. To date, “The Demon” has five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, ten heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 148 feature laps led on the year. The five-time champion leads all drivers with 75 career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is second in the championship point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa scored eighth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” At press time, last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led to his credit. Brody has two career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson placed fourth in the September 23rd main event. To date, the newly crowned USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with a win this Saturday night.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer claimed third at the “Glenn Howard Classic.” At press time, the five-time champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the year. Mike ranks second with 38 career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on another $2,500 payday.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is fifth in the point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams scored twenty-third at Perris after an early exit. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied with Garrett Hansen for twentieth on the USAC/CRA win list with five victories and will be looking to rebound with a Perris victory.

Currently eleventh in points, Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, Max Adams, Chris Gansen, Richard Vander Weerd, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Jace Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Austin Liggett, Verne Sweeney, A.J. Bender, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, Active Military (with ID), Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Max Adams, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 43-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2- Austin Williams, 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-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1217, 2. Brody Roa-1123, 3. Jake Swanson-1121, 4. Mike Spencer-941, 5. Austin Williams-831, 6. Cody Williams-778, 7. Logan Williams-725, 8. Max Adams-667, 9. Chris Gansen-649, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-560, 11. Matt McCarthy-554, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-535, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr.-415, 14. Jace Vander Weerd-409, 15. Chase Johnson-391, 16. Ronnie Gardner-386, 17. Danny Faria Jr.-383, 18. Geoff Ensign-381, ... R.J. Johnson-381, 20. Tyler Courtney-370.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

THOMAS TAMES TERRE HAUTE IN "HULMAN/SMITH CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........It was just a month ago when Kevin Thomas, Jr. saw hopes of a Terre Haute Action Track victory dashed in the final laps as he ran out of fuel while leading on a late race restart.

On the final restart of Saturday night's "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic," Thomas was fueled by determination and a sense of redemption as he slid his way past Dave Darland with five laps remaining, then ran down leader Chase Stockon with three to go to win his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at the Action Track in four seasons.

With his third victory in the last five events, Thomas became the third member of the five-win club with the series in 2017 alongside Tyler Courtney and C.J. Leary. But, on Saturday night, the Cullman, Alabama driver added a victory in one of the premier events on the schedule, as well as the traditional rifle awarded in victory lane, in his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

"Winning the 'Hulman' is such a great honor," a proud Thomas exclaimed. "Not many people have one of those rifles. To be able to have one of those sitting up in your living room is pretty amazing. This is such a legendary track. It's tough to get around and tough to tame."

Thomas became just the third driver to win both the "Tony Hulman Classic" and "Don Smith Classic" in his career. Yet, it would take all he could muster to accomplish the feat as Stockon held the command up front for much of the 30-lap event. Stockon's most recent series victory came at the Action Track 15 months earlier and the series' current consecutive starts leader with 215 was playing the lead role to perfection.

With Thomas bearing down in second as the laps dwindled to less than ten remaining, Stockon had to be on the attack as he guided his way through lapped traffic with slider after slider to create separation between he and Thomas. However, Thomas answered every move of Stockon's on Terre Haute's half-mile chessboard with a slew of successful sliders of his own to stay within shouting distance of Stockon, but, to that point, had not yet erased any of the deficit.

"I was right behind him and couldn't catch him," Thomas admitted. "When I was sliding lapped cars, I realized I really wasn't losing that much ground to Chase. I figured the only way I was going to be able to pass those guys is by just throwing dive bombs. At the end of the race, that's what you got to do. I'm sitting third in points and don't have much to lose. It's either try to run those guys down or crash trying to do it. The only way you're going to gain points is if you win."

Meanwhile, ProSource Fast Qualifier and heat race winner Darland was hauling in third and closing rapidly on both Stockon and Thomas. It was now a three-car race with just seven laps remaining and Thomas felt the time was now to throw a haymaker at Stockon for the race lead with a slide job entering turn three. Thomas momentarily grabbed the lead until hitting the turn four cushion where he got bogged down and dropped to a distant third while Darland capitalized by moving to second with an inside pass on Thomas exiting the fourth corner.

"Once you get to the center of the corner, and you get two car lengths away from the cushion, you have to whoa yourself down quite a bit," Thomas said. "The first time, I didn't do that. I trusted the cushion a little too much, blasted off in there and got four wheels above it. It got kind of mushy up there and I couldn't get back going. You had to be patient with it, but also very aggressive. It's just a matter of timing, honestly. You get lucky a few times, then you figure it out and you just keep doing whatever you did that got you there. I just stuck to that game plan."

While Thomas stuck to his plan, it appeared that Darland might be destined for his first series victory of the season as he clamped down on Stockon for the lead. Just as the stage was set for that duel to play out in front of the large throng of race fans with a mere five laps to go, Dylan Shaw, who was making his first career USAC start, climbed the wall between turns three and four before flipping over. He walked away uninjured.

During the red, thoughts run through each driver's mind as they hatch their plan to get around the car in front of them. Thomas had two dominoes that needed to fall for him to reach his goal, but first, he had to devise a plan to take on the series' all-time master, Dave Darland.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. celebrates with the traditional rifle awarded to the winner of the "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. (David Nearpass Photo)

"Under the red, I'm just thinking to myself how to get by Dave because I know he has such a good awareness of where other cars are and he's also pretty aggressive," Thomas explained. "I didn't know if he was going to slide the guy in front of me or not. I was just sitting there thinking on how to manipulate what he was going to do."

"If they restart off the bottom and their car hangs just the slightest bit to the right, you can run down to the bottom on the straightaway and get a good run on the entry of the corner," Thomas continued. "The sketchy part tonight was that there was a hole right on entry. If you didn't have your angle right, you'd hit that hole and bounce. It's so far around here, the shortest distance is to the middle of the corner. It's just what I had to do and it ended up working out."

On the lap 26 restart, Darland chose to ride the high line, opening up the bottom for Thomas who slid past Darland for second right away and then set his sights on Stockon for the race lead. It only took one lap for Thomas to fire his next shot at Stockon entering turn one, but he wasn't close enough quite yet.

Lap 28 would be the charm, however, though not initially. Thomas' first attempt in turn one worked momentarily, but Stockon was able to counter back underneath off turn two and recapture the point. Thomas reloaded the chamber and immediately went right back to work on Stockon entering turn three, making amends for his similar move on lap 24 by making this one stick. Thomas instantly stretched out the advantage while Windom also was able to get around Stockon as well to secure second on the 29th lap. Thomas locked it up and threw away the key at the end, capturing the victory by eight-tenths of a second over Windom, Stockon, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Brady Bacon (from 13th) and Darland.

With the win by Thomas, Windom's three-race winning streak at Terre Haute came to a close. The Canton, Illinois driver had won all three USAC National events at the Action Track since October of 2016 and had the opportunity coming in to become the first driver ever to sweep every USAC National event held at Terre Haute in a single season, but had to take home a solid second in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

"The first half of the race, I was really trying to be consistent and trying to save my tires," Windom detailed. "With the line we were running, I knew the top will wear down the right rear tire. We probably didn't have four or five more laps in ours. Late race restarts here are key, though. If you know what to do, you can make stuff happen. Unfortunately, KT was in front of me there and was doing the same thing I was and that made it hard to get by him."

The big picture scenario for Windom shows that he closed his 45-point deficit to just 29 points behind Justin Grant heading into the final five-race stretch at Arizona Speedway Nov. 3-4 and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway Nov. 9-11. Windom has won at both venues before in his career, including a sweep of both nights last season at Arizona.

"We closed the gap on the points, but it's definitely something I try not to think a lot about," Windom admits. "But, definitely, this late in the year, it's what's on your mind every time you're on the racetrack."

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon owns two career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories at Terre Haute and number three looked like a good bet for the first 27 laps of the feature as he paced the field throughout the duration, but, in the end, placed third in his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher.

"I knew we were going to have to get out front and I committed to run the top the whole race because, anytime you win here, it's going to be on the top," Stockon explained. "We were able to pull away through the middle of the race, but I don't if under that red flag, our tire pressure just went down too much or what the deal was. We couldn't really get going after that restart. We won the 'Don Smith Classic' and the 'Jim Hurtubise Classic,' but it's very, very disappointing after leading 27 of the 30 laps to not hang that (Hulman Classic) rifle on the wall."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Terre Haute Action Track included Dave Darland (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Kyle Robbins (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner) and Stevie Sussex (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 14, 2017 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - 47th "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic'

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 39G, Goodnight-19.895 2. Kevin Thomas, 9k, KT-19.985; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-20.122; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.187; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.348; 6. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.390; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.405; 8. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-20.464; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.467; 10. Shane Cottle, 17GP, Dutcher-20.478; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3c, Cummins-20.489; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-20.511; 13. Joe Bares, 19, Test-20.551; 14. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Haywrd-20.595; 16. Jerry Coons Jr. 21K, Krockenberger-20.653; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.660; 17. Scotty Weir, 17G, On the Gass-20.712; 18. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-20.835; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.912; 20. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-21.030; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.055; 22. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.116; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-21.121; 24. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-21.415; 25. Stevie Sussex, 21x, Pollock-21.439; 26. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-21.454; 27. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-21.744; 28. Tony McVey, 7M, McVey-21.972; 29. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-22.359; 30. Dylan Shaw, 12k, Meneely-NT; 31. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Leary, 3. Stockon, 4. Weir, 5. Maddox, 6. Bares, 7. Sussex, 8. Budde. 2:44.66

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Thomas, 3. Andretti, 4. Cottle, 5. Gentry, 6. Moffatt, 7. McMillin. 2:44.29

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Robbins, 2. Ballou, 3. Cummins, 4, Grant, 5. Chapple, 6. Coons, 7. Rogers. 2:48.01

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Hodges, 4. Boespflug, 5. Hewitt, 6. Williams, 7. McVey. 2:48.72

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bares, 2. Moffatt, 3. Coons, 4. Sussex, 5. Mattox, 6. Shaw, 7. Chapple, 8. McMillin, 9. Hewitt, 10. Budde, 11. McVey, 12. Rogers, 13. Williams, 14. Gentry. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Justin Grant, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Kyle Cummins, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Stevie Sussex, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Joe Bares, 18. Brandon Mattox, 19. Joss Moffatt, 20. Dylan Shaw, 21. Shane Cottle, 22, Robert Ballou. NT -------------------------------- **Williams flipped during the semi. Shaw flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-27 Stockon, Laps 28-30 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (13th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Stevie Sussex

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-2006, 2-Windom-1977, 3-Thomas-1891; 4-Courtney-1862, 5-Stockon-1741, 6-Boespflug-1735, 7-Leary-1673; 8-Bacon-1539, 9-Ballou-1501, 10-Darland-1372.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 3-4 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - 50th Annual "Western World Championships"

 

 

KT GRABS 47TH "TONY HULMAN/DON SMITH CLASSIC"

Terre Haute, IN........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. came from behind to win Saturday night's 47th "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic" AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at the Terre Haute Action Track. He passed Chase Stockon on lap 28 and led the last three laps to beat Chris Windom, Chase Stockon, Brady Bacon and Dave Darland. Windom's finish sliced Justin Grant's series point lead to just 29. Grant was seventh in Saturday's race.

AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 14, 2017 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - 47th "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic'

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 39G, Goodnight-19.895 2. Kevin Thomas, 9k, KT-19.985; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-20.122; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.187; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.348; 6. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.390; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.405; 8. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-20.464; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.467; 10. Shane Cottle, 17GP, Dutcher-20.478; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3c, Cummins-20.489; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-20.511; 13. Joe Bares, 19, Test-20.551; 14. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Haywrd-20.595; 16. Jerry Coons Jr. 21K, Krockenberger-20.653; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.660; 17. Scotty Weir, 17G, On the Gass-20.712; 18. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-20.835; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.912; 20. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-21.030; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.055; 22. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.116; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-21.121; 24. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-21.415; 25. Stevie Sussex, 21x, Pollock-21.439; 26. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-21.454; 27. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-21.744; 28. Tony McVey, 7M, McVey-21.972; 29. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-22.359; 30. Dylan Shaw, 12k, Meneely-NT; 31. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Leary, 3. Stockon, 4. Weir, 5. Maddox, 6. Bares, 7. Sussex, 8. Budde. 2:44.66

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Thomas, 3. Andretti, 4. Cottle, 5. Gentry, 6. Moffatt, 7. McMillin. 2:44.29

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT (8 laps) 1. Robbins, 2. Ballou, 3. Cummins, 4, Grant, 5. Chapple, 6. Coons, 7. Rogers. 2:48.01

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Hodges, 4. Boespflug, 5. Hewitt, 6. Williams, 7. McVey. 2:48.72

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bares, 2. Moffatt, 3. Coons, 4. Sussex, 5. Mattox, 6. Shaw, 7. Chapple, 8. McMillin, 9. Hewitt, 10. Budde, 11. McVey, 12. Rogers, 13. Williams, 14. Gentry. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Justin Grant, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Kyle Cummins, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Jarrett, Andretti, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Stevie Sussex, 14. John Hodges, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Joe Bares, 18. Brandon Mattox, 19. Joss Moffatt, 20. Dylan Shaw, 21. Shane Cottle, 22, Robert Ballou. NT

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Williams flipped during the semi. Shaw flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-27 Stockon, Laps 28-30 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (13-4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Stevie Sussex

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-2,006, 2-Windom-1,977, 3-Thomas-1,891; 4-Courtney-1,862, 5-Stockon-1,741, 6-Boespflug-1,735, 7-Leary-1,673; 8-Bacon-1,539, 9-Ballou-1,501, 10-Darland-1,372.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 3 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "50th Annual Western World"

 

 

SUSSEX MAKES USAC SPRINT RETURN WITH POLLOCK SATURDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana......USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car leading rookie Stevie Sussex will make his return to the series this Saturday night, October 14 at the Terre Haute Action Track for the "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic."

The Tempe, Arizona native will make his Terre Haute debut in the No. 21x for longtime car owner Rick Pollock Saturday at Terre Haute. Sussex hasn't made a start in the series since June during the "Eastern Storm" tour of Pennsylvania.

In Sussex's limited appearances this season, he's finished in the top-ten in three of his six starts, including a fifth-place run at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway in April. He also picked up ProSource Fast Qualifier honors at Greenwood, Nebraska's I-80 Speedway in June.

Prior to making regular appearances on the National scene, Sussex has shown prowess near his stomping grounds in the Grand Canyon State where he's the owner of 12 career USAC Southwest Sprint Car victories, including two this season.

Meanwhile, Pollock has regularly fielded rides in the series for a number of years and, along the way, has earned a pair of victories with Chris Windom as his driver, both at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, in 2012 and 2015. The car has only appeared briefly during the 2017 season, but did manage a strong third-place result with driver Thomas Meseraull during "Winter Dirt Games VII" in Ocala, Fla. back in February.

Pit gates open for the "Hulman/Smith Classic" at 2pm. A free, open pit party will take place from 3:30 to 5:30pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet the driver, get autographs, take pictures and win prizes. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm.

Adult grandstand admission is $25 while infield admission is just $15. Children age 11 and under are free!

You can witness the event on-demand with flag-to-flag coverage at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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Matt Covington

CG Motorsports- Glenpool, Ok. (Oct. 11th, 2017) Matt Covington grabbed another top-5 with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour last Saturday at El Paso County Raceway during the Colorado ASCS Fall Nationals.

Covington took on the unique, short track after a rain out on Friday, which postponed racing until Saturday. Matt made the best of the pill draw, earning the heat race win after starting outside the front row of the 3rd heat.

The win put Covington into the nights redraw where he pulled the 5th starting spot for the A-main.

At the drop of the green, Covington aimed to move forward. Working the low groove, Matt was able to make his way into 3rd in the early laps. He held his ground until a caution waved with 7 laps to go. A battle on the restart caused Matt to slip back into the 5th position where he remained until the checkers waved, obtaining another top-5.

“We had a decent and competitive run last Saturday,” stated Covington. “We were up to 3rd and should have finished there, but I just didn’t have a great restart there with that last caution. That track was very unique and we got a little tight in the closing laps. But we grabbed another heat win and top-5, so all in all it was a good night for us. We will go to STN this week and try to have some good runs the first couple nights that will put us in position for a good finish on Saturday.”

Matt and his CG Motorsports team would like to thank all partners who have helped make the current 2017 season possible. We look forward to the continued relationship throughout the year, along with many seasons to come: T&L Foundry, Triple X Chassis, A-Rock Materials, Winters, Brodix, C.G. Martin Company, Factor 1 Racing, All-Star Performance, Outlaw Wings, DMI Components, Keizer Wheels, ButlerBuilt, Best Graphics, Simpson Race Products, Wesmar Racing Engines, Bob Hurley RV, Eaton Industrial, Maxwell Oil, Schoenfeld Headers, CSI Shocks, KSE Steering, STW Trailer sales, Edison Auto

2017 STATS: Starts-52, Wins-1, Top 5’s-15, Top 10’s-39

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COTTLE THE NEWEST PILOT FOR DUTCHER SATURDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Veteran racer Shane Cottle has been tabbed as Michael Dutcher Motorsports' driver when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars visit the Terre Haute Action Track this Saturday, October 14 for the "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic."

Cottle, of Kokomo, Indiana, has been a mainstay in USAC for much of the past two decades, earning wins in each of USAC's three national divisions during his career.

Though Cottle is making his first USAC start in Dutcher's familiar, black No. 17GP this season, it is far from their first time teaming up. In fact, the duo found immediate success when they paired up for a couple races in 2012.

While regular driver Bryan Clauson was busy tending to duties during his rookie campaign at the Indianapolis 500, Cottle filled-in with a fine fourth-place result at the "Hulman Classic" at Terre Haute. One month later, Cottle was called on once again to substitute for Clauson and finished third at Wilmot (Wisc.) Raceway.

This past June, Cottle started last and finished third for Dutcher in the non-sanctioned "No Way Out 40" at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway.

Cottle has made 17 series starts this year with six top-ten finishes, all in the Paul Hazen-owned No. 57, and is the owner of three career USAC National Sprint Car victories.

Cottle will be Dutcher's eighth wheelman of the season, following in the steps of Jeff Bland, Jr., Stevie Sussex, Ryan Bernal, Tyler Thomas, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull and Shawn Westerfeld as Dutcher, the 2012 USAC Mechanical Achievement Award winner, seeks the first victory for his team in 2017.

Pit gates open for the "Hulman/Smith Classic" at 2pm. A free, open pit party will take place from 3:30 to 5:30pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet the driver, get autographs, take pictures and win prizes. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm.

Adult grandstand admission is $25 while infield admission just $15. Children age 11 and under are free!

You can witness the event on-demand with flag-to-flag coverage at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

WINDOM HOPES TO CONTINUE TERRE HAUTE MASTERY IN SATURDAY'S "HULMAN/SMITH CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

In the long, storied history of the Terre Haute Action Track, less than a handful of drivers have exhibited the stretch of mastery in USAC competition that Chris Windom has attained over the past season.

The half-mile "Action Track" has seen its share of dominators over the past half-century. Of course, the five consecutive USAC Sprint wins Jim Hurtubise accumulated from 1960 to 1962 immediately comes to mind. Roger McCluskey swept all three USAC Sprint features at Terre Haute in 1966. Bubby Jones earned four-straight USAC Sprint victories in 1979, narrowly missing a five-race USAC winning streak by one position after finishing second in a National Midget event behind Johnny Parsons. Rich Vogler was victorious in three USAC National events in a row in 1980 (2 Sprint, 1 Midget) and six in a row in the midget between 1983 and 1986.

Yet, only two drivers have swept a year's worth of USAC events at Terre Haute. Steve Butler did so in a pair of USAC Sprint Car races in 1987 while Chris Windom achieved the same feat in 2011. This Saturday night, October 14, Windom has an opportunity to duplicate his success from six years prior if he can reach victory lane in the 47th running of the "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic."

The Canton, Illinois driver has won both of USAC's Terre Haute visits this season, including the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown season opener in April and the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' "Jim Hurtubise Classic" in September.

In fact, Windom's run of Terre Haute victories extends to the 2016 finale when he outdueled Chad Boespflug in a memorable see-saw battle. Dave Darland was the most recent driver to earn three USAC National victories at one venue in a single season when he did so in a trio of Sprint Car features at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 2014.

In recent years, only Tanner Thorson's Tri-City Speedway streak of five consecutive USAC Midget wins in a row can compare to Windom's Terre Haute dominance. With that said, those wins have not been completely dominance, instead putting himself in position to persevere near the end. Windom led the final four laps of last month's "Hurtubise Classic" and just the last three in last October's race. Although, he did lead 51 of the 100 laps at the "Sumar Classic."

Furthermore, Windom could very well use this Saturday's race as a boon toward a National Sprint Car title. He stands behind Justin Grant in the standings heading into Saturday's USAC National Sprint Car Midwest season finale. Last season, Windom reeled off a three-race win streak including the finale at Terre Haute and a sweep of both nights at the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway.

However, time (and history) are not on Windom's side at this stretch of the season. Since the USAC National Sprint Cars began concluding its season out west in 2004, only one driver has overcome a deficit to win the series title after heading west. Bryan Clauson erased Dave Darland's 23-point lead to win the championship in 2012. Windom trails Grant by nearly double that, 45 points.

Yet, Windom's five USAC wins at Terre Haute may prove to be a punch in the gut to that theory in addition to his previous victories at the two remaining venues to conclude the season at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway and Arizona Speedway. Grant has yet to win USAC National features at each of the three venues, but holds the upper hand as the lone driver to sit atop the points this season and one of two drivers (Tyler Courtney) to win in all three USAC national divisions in 2017.

Races aren't decided on paper and statistics alone. Windom and Grant's title battle resumes on-track this Saturday. Pit gates open for the "Hulman/Smith Classic" at 2pm. A free, open pit party will take place from 3:30 to 5:30pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet the driver, get autographs, take pictures and win prizes. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm.

Adult grandstand admission is $25 while infield admission just $15. Children age 11 and under are free!

You can witness the 47th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" on-demand with flag-to-flag coverage at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

BALLOU GOES FOR UNPRECEDENTED 3-IN-A-ROW SATURDAY IN 47TH "HULMAN/SMITH CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Few races on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail conjure up the history, the memorable moments and the prestige that the "Tony Hulman Classic" brings.

Since 1971, many of the sport's best have added the traditional "Hulman" rifle to their trophy collection. Names like Bettenhausen, Pancho, Opperman, Hewitt, Shuman, Kalitta, Yeley and Kruseman are among the proud few who have graced victory lane in previous 46 runnings of the famed event at the Terre Haute Action Track half-mile.

However, no driver has ever won the "Hulman Classic" three years in a row. This Saturday night, October 14, one driver has an opportunity to add the unprecedented feat to his resume.

In the second half of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, few drivers have run up front as consistently as Robert Ballou. Ballou has captured the last two "Hulman Classics," both of which came in a fairly spectacular manner.

In 2015, Ballou ran down Chris Windom with just three laps remaining to earn one of his 13 wins on his way to a series title. Last season, Ballou swapped the lead with Thomas Meseraull numerous times with each exchanging sliders back-and-forth before Ballou surged ahead with eight laps left to score the victory and become just the third driver to win the race in consecutive years, joining Steve Butler in 1987 and 1988 as well as Levi Jones in 2008 and 2009.

However, Chris Windom has the hot-hand right now at Terre Haute. He's attempting to become the first driver since Levi Jones in 2005 to win three USAC National Sprint Car features in a row at Terre Haute dating to last season.

In fact, Windom has won the last three USAC events of any kind at the Action Track in two different types of cars. In April, the versatile Canton, Illinois driver won the Silver Crown season-opening "Sumar Classic." And, just a few weeks ago, Windom took his fourth career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Terre Haute, emerging with the win after a late-race restart with four laps to go, backing up his victory from last fall at the "Hurtubise Classic" where he outdueled Chad Boespflug, who's finished second in the two most recent Terre Haute USAC Sprint stops behind Windom.

The final USAC National Sprint Car race in the Midwest will also be crucial toward the championship race as Windom trails season-long leader Justin Grant by a mere 45 points heading into this Saturday's event.

Ballou and Windom are among five past winners expected to compete in Saturday night's race. National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland has the longest span between "Hulman Classic" victories, winning his first ever USAC feature there in 1993 before returning to glory 21 years later to get his second in 2014. The Lincoln, Indiana USAC Triple Crown champ has seen a resurgence in recent weeks, recording ProSource Fast Qualifying time and running consistently and knocking on the door of victory at both Montpelier and Lawrenceburg.

Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010 and 2013 winner) and Jon Stanbrough (2002 and 2007 winner) are two-time "Hulman" winners vying for their third in the event that also honors famed Terre Haute businessman Don Smith, a man vital to the success of the Terre Haute Action Track from its formation in the early 1950s through its first three decades.

Pit gates open for the "Hulman Classic at 2pm. A free, open pit party will take place from 3:30 to 5:30pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet the driver, get autographs, take pictures and win prizes. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm.

Adult grandstand admission is $25 while infield admission just $15. Children age 11 and under are free!

You can witness the 47th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" on-demand with flag-to-flag coverage at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 7, 2017 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Championship Night” – Co-Sanctioned with Santa Maria Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.688; 2. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-13.773; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.963; 4. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.973; 5. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.049; 6. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.054; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.055; 8. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-14.134; 9. Jordan Linson-14.221; 10. Garrett Long, 38, Long-14.236; 11. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-14.292; 12. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.298; 13. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.373; 14. Gary Nelson Jr., 2K, Keller-14.451; 15. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.465; 16. Grant Anderson, 81X, Watt-14.477; 17. Dalton Hill, 81D, Hill-14.505; 18. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-14.634; 19. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.010; 20. Bill Jones, 16J, Herrera-15.509; 21. Austin Ervine, 51, Ervine-NT; 22. Benjamin Catron, 4, Catron-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Adams, 3. Anderson, 4. Long, 5. Hix, 6. Herrera, 7. Timmons, 8. Catron. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Smith, 3. Carter, 4. Nelson, 5. Steve Demott (#16J Herrera), 6. Thompson, 7. Hill. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Linson, 3. Wiley, 4. Liggett, 5. Hendricks, 6. Stolz, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino, 2. Max Adams, 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Grant Anderson, 6. Kyle Smith, 7. Brandon Wiley, 8. Tom Hendricks, 9. Steve Hix, 10. Dalton Hill, 11. Ryan Timmons, 12. Gary Nelson, 13. Garrett Long, 14. Jordan Linson, 15. James Herrera, 16. Trent Carter, 17. Austin Ervine, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Steve Demott, 20. Ben Catron, 21. Ryan Stolz. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Guardino.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dalton Hill (20th to 10th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 22&23 – Ventura Raceway (CA) Raceway – “Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 

 

JAKE SWANSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA’S CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 4, 2017... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, October 7th. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the “Championship Night” is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also feature Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, USAC Micro Sprints, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc. SANTA MARIA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE HONORED at this event.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-two USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009 debut and Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with five victories. On August 12th, Max Adams set a new USAC West Coast qualifying record of 13.384 and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan holds the all-time 360 non-wing record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004.

Entering the final point race, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has a 106-point lead over the competition and will be crowned the series champion. Racing three different cars to secure the crown, Swanson began the year in the Sertich / Moose Racing #92 Triple X and drove the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC before moving to Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim. After finishing seventh at Santa Maria’s Bud Stanfield Memorial on August 12th, Jake has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led. Swanson is currently tied with Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, Cory Kruseman, Brody Roa, and Danny Sheridan for thirteenth on the series win list and will be looking add the “Championship Night” to his resume.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. The pilot of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil Maxim skipped the Stanfield Memorial and has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led to his credit. The 2012 Rookie of the Year ranks ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his first Santa Maria victory.

After running third in the Stanfield Memorial, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) has climbed to third in the point chase. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino has three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with nine other drivers for nineteenth on the win list, the young driver will be looking to claim his third USAC West Coast victory this Saturday night.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria ran second to Max Adams in the August 12th Santa Maria feature. At press time, the two-time champion has one feature win, seven heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps led in the campaign. “Hollywood” is tied with Bryan Clauson for fourth on the West Coast win list and will have his sights on his eleventh triumph.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. The driver of Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works ART has missed the last two races but has six feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 69 feature laps led to his credit. Bernal leads all drivers with thirty-three USAC West Coast wins and it is unknown if he will be at Santa Maria.

Currently tenth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, California), Steven Garris (Escalon, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, Jace Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Stolz, Kyle Smith, Hobie Conway, Gary Nelson Jr., “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Austin Ervine, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) leads the Santa Maria 360 point chase. “Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson, Ryan Stolz, James Herrera, Jordan Linson, “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Bill Jones, Max Adams, Jake Swanson, and Brandon Wiley round out the top-10 in points.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

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

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

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Craig Stidham.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-904, 2. Austin Liggett-798, 3. Tristan Guardino-768, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-703, 5. Ryan Bernal-699, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 7. Max Adams-638, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 9. Ryan Timmons-586, 10. Brandon Wiley-567, 11. Cody Majors-549, 12. Steve Hix-529, 13. Shannon McQueen-413, 14. Geoff Ensign-401, 15. Ryan Stolz-386, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-336, 17. Steven Garris-327, 18. Kyle Smith-324, 19. Jeff Sibley-280, 20. Cory Elliott-217.

 

 

OVER $108,000 IN PRIZES AWAIT USAC SPRINTS AT PERRIS "OVAL NATIONALS" NOV. 9-10-11

Perris, California.........Big money awaits competitors at the 22nd annual running of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction Nov. 9-10-11 at Perris Auto Speedway.

Featuring the best from USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC/CRA Sprint Car divisions, the three-night event provides a total purse of $108,280 to competitors, including $5000 to preliminary A-Main winners on Thursday and Friday and a $25,000 grand prize to the winner of Saturday night's finale.

The "Oval Nationals" are the 2017 season-enders for both the USAC National and CRA series and a pair of chases for the title will be on the line. Concord, California's Damion Gardner is the defending winner of the "Oval Nationals" and currently owns a 96-point lead over Garden Grove, California's Brody Roa in the USAC/CRA standings as he aims for a sixth series title. Meanwhile, Ione, California's Justin Grant currently presides over a 45-point lead ahead of Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom, winner of the 2010 "Oval Nationals."

Perris has hosted the "Oval Nationals" since 1996 when Jimmy Sills captured the victory. Since then, a number of USAC champion drivers have won Saturday night's A-Main including Rip Williams, Tony Jones, Cory Kruseman, Bud Kaeding, Dave Darland, Mike Spencer, Robert Ballou and Bryan Clauson. USAC began sanctioning of the event in 2004.

 

 

JAKE SWANSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA’S CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 4, 2017... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, October 7th. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the “Championship Night” is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also feature Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, USAC Micro Sprints, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc. SANTA MARIA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE HONORED at this event.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-two USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009 debut and Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with five victories. On August 12th, Max Adams set a new USAC West Coast qualifying record of 13.384 and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan holds the all-time 360 non-wing record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004.

Entering the final point race, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has a 106-point lead over the competition and will be crowned the series champion. Racing three different cars to secure the crown, Swanson began the year in the Sertich / Moose Racing #92 Triple X and drove the Larry Henry / Tony Jones #41 DRC before moving to Matt Dale’s #12 Maxim. After finishing seventh at Santa Maria’s Bud Stanfield Memorial on August 12th, Jake has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led. Swanson is currently tied with Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, Cory Kruseman, Brody Roa, and Danny Sheridan for thirteenth on the series win list and will be looking add the “Championship Night” to his resume.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. The pilot of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil Maxim skipped the Stanfield Memorial and has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led to his credit. The 2012 Rookie of the Year ranks ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his first Santa Maria victory.

After running third in the Stanfield Memorial, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) has climbed to third in the point chase. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino has three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with nine other drivers for nineteenth on the win list, the young driver will be looking to claim his third USAC West Coast victory this Saturday night.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria ran second to Max Adams in the August 12th Santa Maria feature. At press time, the two-time champion has one feature win, seven heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 62 feature laps led in the campaign. “Hollywood” is tied with Bryan Clauson for fourth on the West Coast win list and will have his sights on his eleventh triumph.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. The driver of Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works ART has missed the last two races but has six feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 69 feature laps led to his credit. Bernal leads all drivers with thirty-three USAC West Coast wins and it is unknown if he will be at Santa Maria.

Currently tenth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, California), Steven Garris (Escalon, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, Jace Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Stolz, Kyle Smith, Hobie Conway, Gary Nelson Jr., “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Austin Ervine, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) leads the Santa Maria 360 point chase. “Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson, Ryan Stolz, James Herrera, Jordan Linson, “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Bill Jones, Max Adams, Jake Swanson, and Brandon Wiley round out the top-10 in points.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

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

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

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Craig Stidham.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-904, 2. Austin Liggett-798, 3. Tristan Guardino-768, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-703, 5. Ryan Bernal-699, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 7. Max Adams-638, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 9. Ryan Timmons-586, 10. Brandon Wiley-567, 11. Cody Majors-549, 12. Steve Hix-529, 13. Shannon McQueen-413, 14. Geoff Ensign-401, 15. Ryan Stolz-386, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-336, 17. Steven Garris-327, 18. Kyle Smith-324, 19. Jeff Sibley-280, 20. Cory Elliott-217.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night) November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points) -----------------------------------------------

 

 

3RD ANNUAL USAC MIDGET "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55"
SET FOR DEC. 16 IN Du QUOIN

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The third running of the "Junior Knepper 55" returns to the USAC Midget calendar on Saturday, December 16 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

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

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

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

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

"Derek and I are very excited to announce the third running of the 'Junior Knepper 55,'" Nick Knepper said. "The previous versions of this event have been tremendous and we will continue to build upon our past successes. I'd like to thank my family, friends, and USAC for the continued support. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Southern Illinois Center on December 16th."

Cars are scheduled to get on track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups. Event times, ticket prices and additional information will be announced in the near future.

 

 

BAUGH WINS IMRA "SPECIAL" AT QUINCY

Quincy, IL........Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. won Sunday night's 20-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midgte "Special event" at Quincy Raceways. Mitchell Davis was second ahead of Chase McDermand, Broc Hunnell and Ryan Johnson.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET "Special Event" RACE RESULTS: October 1, 2017 - Quincy, Illinois - Quincy Raceways

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 3. Ryan Johnson (#24 Hull), 4. Derek Goble (#55 Goble), 5. Mark Billings (#60E Billings). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#37 Raymond), 2. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 3. Austin Archdale (#2 Archdale), 4. Mark McMahill (#57 McMahill). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Mitchell Davis, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Broc Hunnell, 5. Ryan Johnson, 6. Austin Archdalle, 7. Mark McMahill, 8. Mark Billins, 9. Derek Goble. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 McDermand, Laps 4-20 Andy Baugh.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: October 15 - Quincy, IL - Quincy Raceways (Special event - No Points)

 

 

JOHNSON SCORES 40TH USAC ARIZONA VICTORY IN PEORIA'S "HALL OF FAME" FINALE

Peoria, AZ........R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz. earned his 40th career USAC feature win in Arizona Saturday night, leading the final 20 laps of the Sands Chevrolet "Hall of Fame Classic" USAC Southwest Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park. Josh Pelkey led the ffirst 10 laps and Johnson led the rest to beat Chris Bonneau, Steve Sussex, Charles Davis Jr. and Shon Deskins.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2017 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 3. Charles Davis Jr., (#50 Massey), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Stevie Sussex (#7K Kiefer), 6. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), 7. Steve Sussex (#4Q Vegas). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Jake Swanson (#34 Grau), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Lonnie Oliver (#11T Oliver). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles), 7. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Chris Bonneau, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Michael Curtis, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Nick Aiuto, 10. Zach Madrid, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Jeff Lowery, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Brent Yarnal, 15. Cody Sickles, 16. Josh Pelkey, 17. Lonnie Oliver, 18. Steve Sussex, 19. Rick Shuman, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Dennis Gile. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Pelkey, Lapss 11-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (13th to 3rd)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,193, 2-Davis-1,077, 3-Deskins-922, 4-Mihocko-830, 5-Aiuto-802, 6-Martin-764, 7-Bonneau-734, 8-Curtis-690, 9-Lundy-605, 10-Stevie Sussex-593.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 21 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Race For The Cure"

 

 

BRIGGS WINS AT MONTPELIER; LEFFEL GRABS MTM CHAMPIONSHIP

Montpelier, IN........Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio closed out the 2017 USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget Series with a victory at Montpelier Motor Speedway Saturday night. He led all 20 laps to beat Cory Guingrich, Aaron Leffel, Tayte Williamson and Alex Watson. Leffel emerged as the series champion with a 56-point margin over Briggs in the final standings.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER "MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2017 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 2. Cory Guingrich (#11C Guingrich), 3. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 4. Tayte Williamson (#88T Williamson), 5. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 6. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell), 7. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 8. Bret Fordyce (#4 Fordyce), 9. Gage Etgen (#41 Sexton), 10. Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 11. John Heydenreich (#29 Sexton), 12. Tom Hessel (#7T Hessel), 13. Jim Jones (#11T Taylor).

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Briggs.

FINAL USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER STANDINGS: 1-Leffel-792, 2-Briggs-736, 3-Bedwell-638, 4-Watson-462, 5-Korbyn Hayslett-421, 6-Guingrich-378, 7-Jones-361, 9-Bigelow-352, 10-Chuck Taylor-318.

 

 

GARDNER EXTENDS WESTERN LEAD WITH BAKERSFIELD VICTORY

Bakersfield, CA........Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget race at Bakersfield Speedway. Michael Faccinto took second ahead of Robert Dalby, David Prickett and Frankie Guerrini.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2017 - Bakersfield, California - Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.729; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.805; 3. Michael Faccinto, 11E, Elliott-12.919; 4. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.925; 5. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.985; 6. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.999; 7. J.J. Ercse, 9E. Dodenhoff-13.092; 8. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-13.173; 9. Sterling Cling, 6K, Kruseman-13.175; 10. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.177; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 46, Brutton-13.270; 12. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.328; 13. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.376; 14. Landon Cling, 12K, Kruseman-13.446; 15. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-13.524; 16. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.649; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.674; 18. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-13.790; 19. Jake Vermeer, 87, Vermeer-NT; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Guerrini, 3. Ercse, 4. Crone, 5. Sarna, 6. Vermeer, 7. Hazelton. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Daniel, 3. Josett, 4. L.Cling, 5. Nichols, 6. Beilman, 7. Faria. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Prickett, 3. Faccinto, 4. S.Cling, 5. Ruston, 6. Drollinger. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. David Prickett, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Robby Josett, 8. Landon Cling, 9. Mason Daniel, 10. J.J. Ercse, 11. Courtney Crone, 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Clayton Ruston, 14. C.J. Sarna, 15. Kyle Beilman, 16. Bryan Drollinger, 17. Ron Hazelton, 18. Terry Nichols, 19. Jake Vermeer, 20. Danny Faria Jr. NT ----------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (9th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-670, 2-Guerrini-567, 3-Prickett-530, 4-Cory Elliott-514, 5-Dalby-508, 6-Crone-501, 7-Faccinto-451, 8-Randi Pankratz-404, 9-McQueen-400, 10-Daniel-322.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 14 - Petaluma (CA) Speedway

 

 

THOMAS FINDS REDEMPTION AND $10K
WITH "FALL NATIONALS" WIN AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. made all the right moves in Saturday night's Lawrenceburg Speedway "Fall Nationals," becoming $10,000 richer with a flawless drive for his fourth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points win of the season.

It was certainly a reversal of roles and fortunes for Thomas from the night before at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway when he pulled no punches in his post-race interview lamenting how he cost himself the race on the final lap due to his decision making.

"Tonight, where there's a fine line, you have to know the racetrack you're racing on," Thomas begins. "Last night I did a poor job of that. Tonight, we knew we were catching lapped cars and we knew we had to put some distance between us and whoever was back there. I knew it either had to be (Justin) Grant or (C.J.) Leary. They're always good. It's not about racing the person behind you. It's about racing the people in front of you. Last night, I was racing people behind me and I made a mistake on the last lap that cost us the race. I had to be a little smarter tonight, a little bit more aggressive to know what I was dealing with."

Thomas has been one of the most scorching-hot drivers in the series since late July, running in the top-five night-after-night over the past two months. Yet, the Cullman, Alabama native seemed to show an extra sense of determination and focus Saturday night, when he disposed of fellow second row starter Leary, then front row combatants Robert Ballou and Justin Grant in a rapid-fire succession of precision with an outside move off turn two that propelled him from fourth to first.

"There was quite a bit of moisture coming off four at the start," Thomas detailed. "I peeked out a little bit and got a good run. I thought they were both going to slide each other, then I was going to try to slide them. Instead, they both went bottom/middle and left the top open for me and I took advantage of it."

"Starting fourth, you got to go," Thomas continued. "With Robert (Ballou) starting on the front row alongside Grant and Leary starting inside of you, there's no time to waste. With the way the track was, track position was really everything, especially timing yourself when you get to lap cars and trying to put cars between you and second. You can't just sit there and be patient. There's certain races where you can, but this just wasn't one of them."

Thomas quickly opened up a six to seven car-length lead by lap two when the race saw its first caution of the night as Chad Boespflug came to a stop on the front straightaway with the right front corner absent from his ride following contact with another car. He would not restart.

On the ensuing restart, previous night's winner Leary threw himself into contention by elbowing his way into second past Ballou between turns one and two for the third spot, dropping Ballou to sixth. Yet, one lap later, Dave Darland made a daring move into turn one, threading the eye of the needle between both Chris Windom and Leary to move into the top-three.

Meanwhile, Thomas had extended his lead to a commanding half-straightaway advantage that he constructed during the first ten laps as he moved his line from the bottom to the top.

"I was a little worried that we were too good too early," Thomas explained. "This place can get really black and icy. I'm just glad it held together and everything was nice and balanced for me because, in the beginning, I was running middle to bottom in turns three and four. It finally slowed up enough and I had to jump up to the top. It was good down on the bottom and good up there on the big ol' curb. That's all you can really ask for in a racecar."

Darland, though, seemed destined to throw a wrench into Thomas' plans when he secured the second position with a lap nine, turn one slider on Justin Grant.

"Tonight, where there's a fine line, you have to know the racetrack you're racing on. Last night I did a poor job of that. Tonight, we knew we were catching lapped cars and we knew we had to put some distance between us and whoever was back there. I knew it either had to be (Justin) Grant or (C.J.) Leary. They're always good. It's not about racing the person behind you. It's about racing the people in front of you. Last night, I was racing people behind me and I made a mistake on the last lap that cost us the race. I had to be a little smarter tonight, a little bit more aggressive to know what I was dealing with." - Kevin Thomas, Jr.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)

Up ahead, a logjam of lapped traffic gridlocked all lanes of the highway for Thomas as Darland deleted the space between first and second to close right on the tail of Thomas just before midway. As Darland seemed poised to make his bid for the lead, suddenly, he began to slow to a crawling pace off turn two with a broken U-joint, relegating him to the sidelines.

Thereafter, Leary reentered contention, first sliding across the nose of Grant for second in turn one for the second spot, yet remained a half-straightaway behind Thomas who was as precise as an X-ACTO Knife at the front.

Once again, lapped traffic was on the horizon and Leary managed to whittle Thomas' lead down to just a two car-length separation entering turn three with a couple laps remaining. Thomas amended his previous night's foible by going on the attack, diving to the bottom of three by the lapped car of Joss Moffatt to create separation between he and Leary which would not be overcome as Thomas raced to a half-second victory over Leary, Grant, Ballou and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tyler Courtney from 16th.

Thomas took the race into his own hands down the stretch in his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy, making the right decisions at the right moments to win for the 16th time in his career to tie Damion Gardner for 31st all-time on USAC's National Sprint Car win list.

"There's always a little bit of urgency here," Thomas noted. "When the track's fast like that, those guys run the cushion just as good as I do or, like Dave (Darland), he's the best at it. Whenever you're running the cushion that hard, you know somebody's going to be chasing you. Restarts bunch everybody up and put them right back on your tail. Whenever you see lap cars, you try your best to split 'em, slide 'em and do whatever you got to do. We just made the right moves at the right time. That's the luxury of leading. Some places it's good to be in the lead, some places it's not. Tonight, it was good. Tonight, timing was everything."

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary came just short of repeating his September magic once again, coming one spot shy of becoming the first driver in the series this season to win three-in-a-row, ultimately finishing second in his Leary Racing/Leary Construction - Highsmith Guns/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

"I wish it was a 40-lapper tonight," Leary lamented. "But, man, we just needed more time, or a yellow, there at the end to try and have something for him. I reeled him in from a straightaway back. I thought we had the better car at the end. It's just unfortunate we didn't have a chance to race him at the end. KT just timed that pass better than I did and made it to where I didn't have a shot at him."

"We weren't really happy with our racecar most of the night," Leary admitted. "We got through qualifying fourth quick and I felt like that was the hardest part of the night, which gave us an opportunity to start up front. In these races, it's so hard to pass because everyone's so fast. Tonight, Lawrenceburg was hammer down up on the fence, which made it really tough. We'll just continue on to Terre Haute (Oct. 14) and, hopefully, we can continue this momentum."

It wasn't quite a win for Justin Grant, but considering the tumultuous night he endured Friday at Montpelier in which he got upside down, a third-place result was a sigh of relief for the Ione, California driver who wheeled the Sam McGhee Motorsports/ProGlide Bearings - Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco to a solid finish to bump up his series point lead to 45 with just six races remaining.

"In the past, when I was tight on the curb, if I turned over, I turned over trying to win," Grant explained. "Setting out to chase the points deal, you have in your mind that you can't do that anymore. If I'm a third-place guy, I'm a third-place guy. It doesn't mean I don't want to win or that I'm not trying my hardest to win, but I also know I can't turn the car over when I shouldn't. That definitely plays on your mind and that mindset has made me a better all-around racer. Maybe I could have used that mindset a couple years ago and I'd be a little ahead of where I am now! You think about it a little bit, but you're still out to win races. The guys in the points behind you are trying to catch you just as hard as you're trying to go forward. You can't afford to ride around and let them catch you. Every car you pass means more points and it pays more money the closer to the top you are."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway included Dave Darland (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products Heat 1 Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 2 Winner), Isaac Chapple (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Heat 3 Winner), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Joss Moffatt (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2017 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 39G, Goodnight-14.016; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.098; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-14.160; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.185; 5. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-14.197; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.210; 7. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.211; 8. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-14.237; 9. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.283; 10. Shawn Westerfeld, 17GP, Dutcher-14.314; 11. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-14.318; 12. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.345; 13. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-14.355; 14. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.366; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.387; 16. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.431; 17. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-14.515; 18. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.531; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.689; 20. Jerry Coons, Jr., 21K, Krockenberger-14.692; 21. Tony McVey, 7m, McVey-14.863; 22. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-14.976; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-NT; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Moffatt, 3. Darland, 4. Hodges, 5. Leary, 6. Westerfeld, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Weir. 1:54.46

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Bilbee, 3. Grant, 4. Windom, 5. Hughes, 6. Gentry, 7. Coons, 8. Robbins. NT

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Boespflug, 3. Ballou, 4. Bacon, 5. Thomas, 6. McVey. 1:57.96

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Nick Bilbee, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Joss Moffatt, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Kyle Robbins, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Garrett Abrams, 18. J.J. Hughes, 19. Tony McVey, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Aric Gentry, 22. Shawn Westerfeld, 23. Chad Boespflug. NT
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**Gentry flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-30 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (16th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Joss Moffatt

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1945, 2-Windom-1900, 3-Thomas Jr.-1809; 4-Courtney-1799, 5-Boespflug-1691, 6-Stockon-1669, 7-Leary-1617, 8-Ballou-1471, 9-Bacon-1470, 10-Darland-1300.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 14 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic"

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 30, 2017 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.729; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.805; 3. Michael Faccinto, 11E, Elliott-12.919; 4. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.925; 5. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.985; 6. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.999; 7. J.J. Ercse, 9E. Dodenhoff-13.092; 8. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-13.173; 9. Sterling Cling, 6K, Kruseman-13.175; 10. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.177; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 46, Brutton-13.270; 12. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.328; 13. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.376; 14. Landon Cling, 12K, Kruseman-13.446; 15. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-13.524; 16. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.649; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.674; 18. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-13.790; 19. Jake Vermeer, 87, Vermeer-NT; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Guerrini, 3. Ercse, 4. Crone, 5. Sarna, 6. Vermeer, 7. Hazelton. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Daniel, 3. Josett, 4. L.Cling, 5. Nichols, 6. Beilman, 7. Faria. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Prickett, 3. Faccinto, 4. S.Cling, 5. Ruston, 6. Drollinger. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. David Prickett, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Robby Josett, 8. Landon Cling, 9. Mason Daniel, 10. J.J. Ercse, 11. Courtney Crone, 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Clayton Ruston, 14. C.J. Sarna, 15. Kyle Beilman, 16. Bryan Drollinger, 17. Ron Hazelton, 18. Terry Nichols, 19. Jake Vermeer, 20. Danny Faria Jr. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (9th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 14 – Petaluma (CA) Speedway

 

 

DAVIS LEADS ALL 30 TO WIN "HALL OF FAME CLASSIC" AT PEORIA

Peoria, AZ........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. led all 30 laps to win Friday night's "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic" opener at Canyon Speedway Park. R.J. Johnson was second and was followed by Jake Swanson, Mike Martin and Shon Deskins. The two-night event continues Saturday at Canyon.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2017 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Charles Davis Jr., (#50 Massey), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 7. Sterling Cling (#34 Grau), 8. Mason Keifer (#7M Keifer). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 4. Jake Swanson (#34X Grau), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Lonnie Oliver (#11T Oliver), 7. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 2. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 3. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Josh Pelkey, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Jeff Lowery, 11. Zack Madrid, 12. Andy Reinbold, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Nick Aiuto, 15. Cody Sickles, 16. Mason Keifer, 17. Brent Yarnal, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Bruce St. James, 20. Stevie Sussex, 21. Lonnie Oliver, 22. Sterling Cling. NT ---------------------------- **St. James flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (16th to 9th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Shon Deskins

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,107, 2-Davis-1,008, 3-Deskins-857, 4-Mihocko-772, 5-Aiuto-751, 6-Martin-701, 7-Bonneau-655, 8-Curtis-622, 9-Lundy-564, 10-Sussex-525. NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: September 30 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic"

 

LINDA'S FINALE TO BRIGHT; USAC/ARDC CROWN TO GRETH

Jonesboro, PA........Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. scored a last-lap victory in Friday night's USAC Eastern Regional Midget finale presented by ARDC at Linda's Speedway. He trailed Andrew Layser for 24 -plus laps before making the winning move. Layser took second ahead of Scott Arndt, Adam Pierson and newly crowned USAC/ARDC Champion Ryan Greth. Greth finished with a 122-point cushion over Bright in the final series standings.

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP and EASTERN REGIONAL (presented by ARDC) RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2017 - Jonestown, Pennsylvania - Linda's Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kenny Miller (#23 Miller), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 3. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21k Kunsman), 4. Ryan Greth (#4R Lesher). 5. Johan Beasley (#14b Beasley), 6. Josh Chess (#72 Chess). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andrew Layser (#77L Bright), 2. Adam Pierson (#76E Mancini), 3. Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), 4. Mark Lowrey (#86 Woodlan), 5. Christopher Dyson (#20 Dyson), 6. Nick Denyse (#87 Denyse).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Scott Arndt, 4. Adam Pierson, 5. Ryan Greth, 6. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 7. Mark Lowrey, 8. Christopher Dyson, 9. John Chess, 10. Johan Beasley, 11. Kenny Miller. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Layser, Lap 25 Bright.

FINAL USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP (Presented by ARDC) POINTS: 1-Greth-1,488, 2-A.Bright-1,366, 3-Miller-1,246, 4-Pierson-1,244, 5-Shawn Jackson-1,019, 6-Layser-990, 7-Arndt-941, 8-Trevor Kobylaz-831, 9-Kunsman-788, 10-Josh Heckman-730.

 

 

LEARY LUNGES FROM 3RD TO 1ST ON FINAL LAP TO SCORE IMPROBABLE MONTPELIER WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Montpelier, Indiana.........C.J. Leary was content to run third late in Friday's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Montpelier Motor Speedway. However, after a late-race red flag, Leary's newfound spirit saw him split between both Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the back straightaway on the final lap to emerge with his second consecutive series victory and equaling a series-best with his fifth win of the year.

"We just fell in line and started riding at the beginning," Leary recalls. "I didn't really feel like we had that great of a racecar. We had some yellows and adjusted on the shocks a little bit. Once the track slicked up, we picked off a car, then another car. I was content with third, but then the red came out on the last lap. I thought we'd have a chance to win because I knew KT and Windom were going to go at it pretty hard."

Leary began the race from the third position, but would run in the fifth or sixth spot throughout the majority of the 30-lapper as Windom captured the early race lead from the outside of the front row. However, a pair of red flags in the first half would stifle the action on multiple occasions.

On lap seven, Cooper Clouse broadsided the stopped car of Jarett Andretti before tipping over on his side. One lap following the restart, a similar-looking incident occurred on the opposite end of the racetrack with a different set of players. Jon Stanbrough spun sideways between turns one and two as series point leader Justin Grant plowed into the left side of Stanbrough and flipped over. The incident proved damaging to Grant's championship hopes with his lead shrinking from 77 to 35 over Windom by night's end.

When racing resumed, Dave Darland was the man on the move in his first ride of the season in Gene Goodnight's No. 39G. After working and working on Windom for the position, Darland edged ahead on the outside to lead both laps 14 and 15. On the 16th lap, Windom held serve by sliding up off four in front of Darland to secure the lead.

Meanwhile, that brief side-by-side battle allowed Thomas to enter the fray and, by lap 19, he slid by Darland entering turn four, as Darland snagged the cushion, to secure second and immediately began to chase down Windom as lap traffic loomed.

After dodging a Kyle Robbins spin right in front of the leaders with three laps remaining, lap traffic would be cast to the background, although the surging Shane Cottle and C.J. Leary would soon be cast with lead roles on the quarter-mile stage.

Cottle, running fourth, applied pressure to Darland for third on the restart and, on lap 28, made a move to the inside of Darland for the position entering the bottom of turn three. With minimal room to spare, the two made slight contact, sending Cottle sliding sideways to a halt in the middle of turn three. With no place to go, Chad Boespflug made heavy contact with the sitting duck that was Cottle. Boespflug immediately ran over to check on Cottle following the crash, but both walked away from the scene albeit with a pair of battered racecars.

On the lap 28 restart, Windom stayed true on the bottom as Thomas worked the high side. Coming to the white flag, Windom slipped off the bottom between turns three and four, drifting to no man's land in the middle while Thomas used a monster run off four to snare the lead and appeared to lock it up and bury the key as he took over the low line from Windom heading into one.

"It's just one of those wait-and-be-patient deals," Thomas explained. "I knew I was faster through turns three and four. He didn't know the top was there. He'd been leading where he'd been running the entire race. I was trying to run the top in turns one and two and it was getting a little dusty. Then we started wearing the bottom out, but it was still just a little bit better. Once we had the caution with three to go, I decided to follow him into one and two. That's where I was losing ground and tried to get him in three and four."

Winner C.J. Leary (middle) is joined on the podium with fellow top-three finishers Chris Windom (left, 2nd place finisher) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (right, 3rd place finisher). (Ryan Sellers Photo)

Windom took one last shot at Thomas into three, but wasn't close enough to pull off a slider as Thomas headed for a surefire victory. However, with victory cradled in both arms coming off four, the red flag was displayed when Robbins got upside down in turn two. Clouse was also involved, but both were uninjured.

By rule, that set up a green-white-checker finish with a top-three running order of Thomas, Windom and Leary. Leary appeared to be the wild card of the bunch, yet just prior to the red, Leary hung right with the lead pack and it seemed as if one slip up by the front two could put him in just the right position at the right time.

"Our car got really good at the end," Leary explained. "My guys were watching Race-Monitor and said our times were getting faster and faster at the end while theirs stayed the same or slowed down a little bit."

Thomas led the green-white-checker finish by tip-toeing around the infield tires as he directed the field to the green flag. Thomas and Windom clung to the bottom while Leary was the lone bandit up top. Thomas held a four car-length advantage over Windom as the two raced off the second turn. Windom dove to the bottom of Thomas in three, successfully completing the slide job to lead lap 29 at the line by a single car-length.

Simultaneously, Leary had pulled even with Thomas on the outside in second at the flag stand. Windom missed the bottom in turn one, allowing Thomas to squeeze underneath to take the lead as Leary raced around the outside of Windom off turn two. Thomas drifted up to the top of the back straight in front of Leary as Windom surged back to pull side-by-side with Thomas just as Leary moved to the inside of Thomas.

Midway down the back straightaway, Windom, Leary and Thomas were three-wide for the lead. Emerging through the middle with the lead into three was the third-place car of Leary who dove to the bottom of turn three with a full head of steam before sliding back up to the top to score the improbable win as Windom slid past Thomas for second on the final corner. Darland and Robert Ballou rounded out the top-five.

Whether it was lap 1, 15 or 30, Leary admits that, provided the same opportunity, he would take advantage of the chance he saw to win Friday night. As he quipped, if you quit taking those chances when opportunity arises, you're no longer a racecar driver.

"Coming off turn two, KT came from the bottom all the way to the top," Leary remembered. "I turned it down and I didn't really know if I was going to be able to drag race by him back across the line, but he wasn't even there. When I slid myself, I just banged off the curb and was able to get off the corner really good. I was so worried about banging the cushion because it was so big off turn four."

It marked Leary's first win with this particular DRC/1-Way Chevy combination in his Leary Racing/Leary Construction - Highsmith Guns-sponsored No. 30. It was intended to be the team's primary car for 2017, but Leary admits that he just didn't feel all that fast with it after competing the first half of the season in it.

Despite everything clicking right now for the team from top to bottom, the most power comes from the confidence beaming from the driver's seat, which Leary has an abundance of right now.

"My confidence is up for sure," Leary acknowledges. "We've got really fast race cars right now. You put us up front and it's going to be hard to beat us. This team's on a roll right now and I don't see much stopping us at this point."

Although victory eluded him after leading a race-high 27 laps, Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois made up an enormous amount of ground in the championship race with a second-place run in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar. Grant's misfortune was Windom's gain as more than half of his deficit was erased Friday night with now just seven races remaining.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. seemingly had the winner's check signed, sealed and delivered to him as he headed for victory on the final lap, but misfortune befell him once again after a magnificent late-race charge. However, the driver of the KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy had to settle for third after leading with just half a lap to go.

"I didn't know if it was Leary or Darland behind me," Thomas admitted. "When I restarted behind Windom, I saw somebody up there. I figured it was Dave. I didn't know it was Leary. Once I got by Windom on the last lap, he missed the bottom a little bit and I got under him down there where the track was a little greasy. That got it a little tight, a little push-tight. I just let it float and kept my speed up. Obviously, that was the wrong move. I got slid by C.J. and tried to cross him under. I just didn't have enough grip to get by him on the cross under. I really don't like losing races, especially on the last lap. It (ticked) me off. I'll just go faster tomorrow."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway included Dave Darland (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products Heat 1 Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 2 Winner), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix Heat 3 Winner), Colten Cottle (Indy Race Parts Heat 4 Winner & KSE Racing Products/The Lightle Family in Honor of Bryan Clauson Hard Charger Award) and Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2017 - Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 39G, Goodnight-13.585 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-13.615; 3. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.754; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.761; 5. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.804; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.823; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.832; 8. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.904; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.916; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.931; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.985; 12. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-13.987; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 17GP, Dutcher-13.995; 14. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.052; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.070; 16. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-14.076; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-14.121; 18. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.179; 19. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-14.244; 20. Colten Cottle, 1RL, RL-14.283; 21. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.321; 22. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-14.339; 23. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, DPI-14.468; 24. Matt Westfall, 54. Westfall-14.488; 25. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-14.595; 26. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-14.612; 27. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-14.784; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.854.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Darland, 3. Meseraull, 4. Robbins, 5. Spencer, 6. Underwood, 7. Chapple. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, 3. S. Cottle, 4. Windom, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Etgen, 7. Koontz. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Andretti, 3. Stockon, 4. Courtney, 5. Hodges, 6. Ingle, 7. D. Hewitt. 2:22.83 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C. Cottle, 2. Weir, 3. Clouse, 4. Leary, 5. Westfall, 6. T. Hewitt, 7. Goodnight. 2:25.82

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Stanbrough, 3. T. Hewitt, 4. Hodges, 5. Koontz, 6. Westfall, 7. D. Hewitt, 8. Ingle, 9. Spencer, 10. Goodnight, 11. Underwood, 12. Etgen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Colten Cottle, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Tyler Hewitt, 13. Isaac Chapple, 14. Matt Westfall, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Cooper Clouse, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Chad Boespflug, 20. Jon Stanbrough, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Michael Koontz. NT -------------------------------- **Underwood flipped during the semi. Clouse flipped on lap 7 of the feature. Grant flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Robbins flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-13 Windom, Laps 14-15 Darland, Laps 16-28 Windom, Lap 29 Thomas, Lap 30 Leary.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/THE LIGHTLE FAMILY IN HONOR OF BRYAN CLAUSON HARD CHARGER: Colten Cottle (20th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1873, 2-Windom-1838, 3-Courtney-1733, 4-Thomas-1731; 5-Boespflug-1661, 6-Stockon-1626, 7-Leary-1543, 8-Brady Bacon-1410, 9-Ballou-1403, 10-Darland-1265.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 30 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

 

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

CANYON’S USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC” STARTS FRIDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017... After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park for two nights of action. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the annual “Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic” starts this Friday, September 29th, and will pay $2,000-to-win and $225 to start the main events. In addition, the Napa Sprint Cars, Modlites, Power 600 Micro Sprints, and AVRA Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing at 7:30pm both days. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-four USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with sixteen Canyon victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), Ryan Bernal (4), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

Originally a 410 Non-Winged Sprint Car race sanctioned by SCRA and later with the USAC/CRA and USAC National Series, the “Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic” has been an Arizona tradition going back to Manzanita Speedway. In 2000, “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural event and also claimed victory in 2006. Canyon Speedway Park revived the event in 2011 and it has become one of the most popular dates on the track’s schedule. Now headlined by the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, the winner’s list is at the end of the release.

A special autograph session will be held on Saturday with many Arizona racing legends and Dennis Matousek will serve as Grand Marshall. Wayne Bennet, Al Dean, The Goosic Family, “Fast” Eddy Kennemer, Jimmy Stewart, and Steve Stroud will be inducted into the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. “Mr. Excitement” Terry Belcher, Gary Blum, Larry Clark, Dave Culp, Russell Faucet, Jerry Miller, Bob Ream Sr., “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman, Lonnie Sherman, Marty Wilcox, and Eric Wilkins will join the inductees at the autograph session and meet the fans.

After scoring his 50th career USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory at San Tan Valley on September 9th, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings by a 101 point advantage. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson has six feature wins, nine heat race victories, three Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 162 feature laps led. The four-time champion won the USAC/CRA “Hall of Fame Classic” last season and will be looking to add another event trophy to his collection.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis finished seventh at Arizona Speedway on September 9th. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has five feature wins, eight heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has nineteen series wins and will have his sights on his second “Hall of Fame Classic” triumph.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving Bill Richards’ #7 Just Racin’ LLC / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins ran sixth in the September 9th feature. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has two hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led in the campaign. With one career USAC SouthWest victory, Shon will be looking to add the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his resume.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fourth in the SouthWest point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko finished second to R.J. Johnson at the San Tan Valley oval. To date, the young driver has four heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on claiming his first career USAC SouthWest win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) sits fifth in the championship point chase. Driving his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto charged from sixteenth to score fifth at Arizona Speedway. At press time, Nick has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, and nine top-10 finishes on the year. Aiuto will be looking to win his first USAC SouthWest feature at the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Matt Lundy, Landon Cling, Stevie Sussex, Andy Reinbold, Jeff Lowery, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 and over) are $15, Active Military (with ID) tickets are $15, and Kids tickets (11 and under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

SANDS CHEVROLET HALL OF FAME CLASSIC WINNERS:
2000-Jeremy Sherman, 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Damion Gardner, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Mike Kirby, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Danny Sheridan, 2008-Cancelled, 2009-Not Held, 2010-Not Held, 2011-Bryan Clauson, 2012-Mike Martin, 2013-Chase Stockon, 2014-Bryan Clauson, 2015-Mike Spencer, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
16-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-1032, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-931, 3. Shon Deskins-791, 4. Tye Mihocko-717, 5. Nick Aiuto-713, 6. Mike Martin-632, 7. Chris Bonneau-621, 8. Michael Curtis-572, 9. Matt Lundy-523, 10. Landon Cling-500, 11. Stevie Sussex-496, 12. Andy Reinbold-458, 13. Jeff Lowery-447, 14. Bruce St. James-440, 15. Brent Yarnal-436, 16. Cody Sickles-392, 17. Matt Rossi-264, 18. Brian Hosford-191, ... Jake Swanson-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DARLAND RETURNS TO GOODNIGHT FOR MONTPELIER/LAWRENCEBURG USAC SPRINT DOUBLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland will jump into the seat of Gene Goodnight's No. 39G for this weekend's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car double-dip Friday, Sept. 29 at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 30 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

The car regularly driven by Matt Goodnight is a familiar ride to Darland. For it was the Goodnight Racing team he competed with for the bulk of the 2010 USAC Sprint Car season that included an "Indiana Sprint Week" feature victory at Lawrenceburg during July of that season seven years ago.

The Goodnight ride marks the fourth team Darland will compete with during the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, following stints in the Phillips Motorsports No. 71p, Michael Dutcher Motorsports No. 17GP and Mark Hery #40 as he seeks to extend his record to a 60th career USAC Sprint Car win.

Darland has seen success at both of this weekend's venues. In the series' lone visit to Montpelier in April of 2016, Darland led the first 11 laps before finishing third. He is the winningest driver in the history of USAC Sprint Car racing at Lawrenceburg with seven victories between 1998 and 2016 - the 6th and 58th USAC Sprint victories of his illustrious career.

On Friday at Montpelier, gates open at 3pm with the drivers meeting taking place at 5:30pm and cars taking the track at 6pm.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, pits open at 3pm and front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting takes place at 5:30pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm.

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Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

RONNIE GARDNER LEADS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS TO BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017... This Saturday, September 30th, the cars and stars of the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series will return to Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the action packed card will also showcase Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and NMRA TQ Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 5:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2017 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout) Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135 Schoenfeld: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 106 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), Ronnie Gardner (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

Heading to the tenth point race, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a 72-point lead over the competition. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner ran second to Chad Boat at Ventura on September 16th. To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led on the year. Gardner ranks fourth on the series win list and will be looking to claim his twenty-second victory this Saturday night.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott flipped in his Ventura heat race and went to a local hospital for a follow-up. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led. Cory has two career series wins and it is unknown if he will be in action at his hometown racetrack.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits third in the USAC Western States point chase. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini scored tenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2015 BCRA Champion has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Frankie will be looking for his second career USAC victory at Bakersfield.

After scoring fourth at Ventura, David Prickett (Fresno, California) has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and five top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion will have his sights on his second career series win this Saturday night.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) is fifth in the chase for the championship. Racing Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored seventeenth in the Ventura main event. As this writing goes to press, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has four top-10 finishes and 7 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, the popular driver will be looking to earn her first series win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is twelfth in the championship point standings. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California), Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California), and Kyle Beilman (Santa Monica, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Michael Faccinto, Shannon McQueen, Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Robby Josett, C.J. Sarna, J.J. Ercse, Nate Wait, and more.

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

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

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

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-586, 2. Cory Elliott-514, 3. Frankie Guerrini-502, 4. David Prickett-461, 5. Courtney Crone-452, 6. Robert Dalby-436, 7. Randi Pankratz-404, 8. Michael Faccinto-374, 9. Shannon McQueen-332, 10. Maria Cofer-321, 11. Shane Golobic-286, 12. Mason Daniel-269, 13. Jake Swanson-269, 14. Terry Nichols-257, 15. Chad Boat-249, 16. Robby Josett-237, 17. Alex Schutte-216, 18. C.J. Sarna-204, 19. Clayton Ruston-178, 20. Spencer Bayston-150.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA October 14: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER CLAIMS 75TH USAC/CRA SPRINT WIN AT HISTORIC 200TH PERRIS EVENT

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017... Continuing his assault on the record books, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) scored his 75th career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win last Saturday night. The 30-lap “10th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” was the 200th series event at Perris Auto Speedway and marked Gardner’s fifth triumph of the campaign.

Racing past outside front row starter “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams on the fourth lap, Gardner faced heavy pressure from Williams and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. for the top spot. Just before the halfway mark, “The Demon” nearly lost the lead to Faria and avoided disaster after climbing Danny’s rear wheel as the caution flag waved. Back out front, the fourth starting Gardner was able to shake free from his challengers and looked to run away from the field. Entering the closing laps, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson mounted a late race charge to earn his fourth straight Perris win that fell short at the checkered flags. Johnson, Mike Spencer, Jake Swanson, and Richard Vander Weerd rounded out the top-five drivers.

By claiming his series leading 43rd “home track” victory, Damion Gardner left the Lake Perris Fairgrounds with a 94-point advantage. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 S.P. Beagle Plumbing / Weld Racing Spike, the five-time champion qualified third out of twenty-five races and won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. To date, Gardner has posted five feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, ten heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 148 feature laps led on the season.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) started seventh and closed to within striking distance of Gardner for a second place finish. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson was seventh fast in time trials and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. In limited starts, the four-time USAC SouthWest Champion is tied with Geoff Ensign for eighteenth in the USAC/CRA point chase with three feature wins, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 89 feature laps led.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) fought hard for a third place run at the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth overall and placed fourth in his heat race. At press time, the five-time champion is fourth in the standings with one feature win, four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the year.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) had a solid night with a fourth place finish at Perris Auto Speedway. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson was second quick in time trials and took third in his heat race. The 2012 Rookie of the Year is third in the point standings with four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in 2017.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) charged from ninth to score fifth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was ninth fast in time trials and ran second to Damion Gardner in his heat race. At press time, the 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is tenth in points with one feature win, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from twentieth. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams did not post a qualifying time, taking twenty-third, scoring eighth in his heat race, and placed eighth in the semi-main. To date, the second generation driver ranks sixth in points with three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 14 feature laps led on the year.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) posted his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa took third in his heat race and rebounded to score eighth in the main event. At press time, last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is second in points with one feature win, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi Main Win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the season.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Driving Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Sussex qualified seventeenth overall and charged to seventh in the feature after starting fifteenth. In limited starts, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial Winner is twenty-seventh in points with three top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) won the night’s 12-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi Main Event. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was eighth fast in time trials, scored sixth in his heat race, and placed eleventh in the main event. The 2010 Rookie of the Year is fourteenth in the point standings with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes.

On Saturday, October 21st, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars will join the action. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “10th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.756; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich- 16.769; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.787; 4. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.834; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.979; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.032; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.050; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.186; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.221; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.241; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.292; 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.303; 13. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.338; 14. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.345; 15. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.392; 16. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.431; 17. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-17.441; 18. Landon Cling, 21K, Kruseman-17.475; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.614; 20. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.119; 21. Sterling Cling, 7K, Kruseman-18.551; 22. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.554; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-NT; 24. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-NT; 25. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Adams, 3. Roa, 4. Spencer, 5. McCarthy, 6. Gansen, 7. Sweeney, 8. Stewart, 9. Marshall. 2:51.07

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. L.Williams, 3. Swanson, 4. A.Williams, 5. T.Williams, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Waitman, 8. C.Williams. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Faria, 4. Malcolm, 5. Ellertson, 6. L.Cling, 7. S.Cling, 8. Tafoya. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Gansen, 3. T.Williams, 4. Ellertson, 5. L.Cling, 6. Sweeney, 7. Waitman, 8. C.Williams, 9. Stewart, 10. Marshall, 11. S.Cling, 12. McCarthy. 3:31.38

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (4th), 2. R.J. Johnson (7th), 3. Mike Spencer (3rd), 4. Jake Swanson (5th), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (9th), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (1st), 7. Stevie Sussex (15th), 8. Brody Roa (6th), 9. Cody Williams (20th), 10. Logan Williams (11th), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 12. Tommy Malcolm (21st), 13. Max Adams (13th), 14. Chris Gansen (10th), 15. Jeremy Ellertson (12th), 16. Trent Williams (14th), 17. Matt McCarthy (23rd), 18. Verne Sweeney (17th), 19. Landon Cling (16th), 20. Matt Stewart (22nd), 21. Gary Marshall Jr. (19th), 22. Randy Waitman (18th), 23. Austin Williams (2nd). NT ----------------------- **Tafoya flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 A.Williams, Laps 4-30 Gardner SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Cody Williams (20th to 9th)

USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1217, 2. Brody Roa-1123, 3. Jake Swanson-1121, 4. Mike Spencer-941, 5. Austin Williams-831, 6. Cody Williams-778, 7. Logan Williams-725, 8. Max Adams-667, 9. Chris Gansen-649, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-560, 11. Matt McCarthy-554, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-535, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr.-415, 14. Jace Vander Weerd-409, 15. Chase Johnson-391, 16. Ronnie Gardner-386, 17. Danny Faria Jr.-383, 18. Geoff Ensign-381, ... R.J. Johnson-381, 20. Tyler Courtney-370.

 

 

ANDY BAUGH WINS AT SPOON RIVER; MORLEY CLAIMS IMRA TITLE

Canton, IL........Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. won Saturday night's USAC Speed2 IMRA Midvet finale at Spoon River Speedway and runner-up Dillon Morley ended up as the series champion for 2017. Baugh passed Robby McQuinn on lap five and led the rest of the 30-lap feature to beat Morley, Tyson Hart, Chad McDermand and McQuinn.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Robby McQuinn (#37 Raymond), 3. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 4. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 5. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Brian Rick (#1 Zero). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 3. Johnny Murdock (#2 Zero), 4. Mark McMahill (#57 McMahill). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Dillon Morley, 3. Tyson Hart, 4. Chad McDermand, 5. Robby McQuinn, 6. Dave Baugh, 7. Jake Sollenberger, 8. Broc Hunnell, 9. Mark McMahill, 10. Johnny Murdock, 11. Jeff Mallonee, 12. Brian Rick, 13. Steve Morgan. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 McQuinn, Laps 5-30 A.Baugh.

FINAL SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-1,516, 2-Adam Taylor-1,417, 3-McDermand-1,241, 4-Sollenberger-1,095, 5-Jeremy Hull-960, 6-Hart-907, 7-Brent Burrows-877, 8-Hunnell-829, 9-A.Baugh-790, 10-Kurt Mueller-724.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: October 1 - Quincy, IL - Quincy Raceways (Special event - No Points)

 

 

COURTNEY CAPS SILVER CROWN SEASON
WITH FIRST SERIES WIN AT THE 4-CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........In a year of firsts for Tyler Courtney, the pickings continue to get sweeter as the Indianapolis, Indiana driver led all 50 laps to win his first career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS main event in Saturday night's 36th "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

Earlier this season, Courtney won his first USAC National Midget feature at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway. In August, he won his first ever Sprint Car feature at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and backed it up a night later with a big payday victory at Kokomo again in "Sprint Car Smackdown VI."

This time around, it was in the Silver Crown car where, by the letter of the law, he was still considered a series rookie this season. But a "4-Crown" Silver Crown rookie he was not. In 2016, he set ProSource quick time and finished 3rd. In 2017, he returned as a true contender despite not having seen the results he and car owner Hans Lein had anticipated when the team made its initial foray into the series this season.

"Hans called me in May and said he's putting a Crown car together," Courtney recalls. "We got rained out at the 'Hoosier Hundred,' then went to Williams Grove and had some mechanical problems there, then went to Springfield and was going to have a top-three finish and had something else go wrong. We finally had everything go our way tonight. (Crew Chief) Greg Nelson really had this thing on point all night."

On the start, Courtney ripped the top around pole sitter Kody Swanson to snare the lead as the 50-lap race got underway with the night's USAC Sprint Car feature winner C.J. Leary and Dave Darland fighting for second just behind.

Courtney led a five-car breakaway that separated itself from the rest of the field by the tenth lap. By lap 20, Courtney himself had created his own separation as he navigated through the lap traffic.

Meanwhile, third-running Leary saw a chance to take second back away from Darland on lap 23 when Darland found himself hung up behind the lapped car of Aaron Pierce entering turn three. Like a bulldog on a porkchop, Leary saw an opportunity and went on the attack. As Leary tried to slide both Darland and Pierce in one fell swoop, contact was made between he and Pierce. The end result was Pierce tagging the outside wall hard while Darland and Leary continued on.

The lineup on the next restart had multiple lapped cars between leader Courtney and second-running Darland, allowing Courtney a clean getaway.

On lap 32, Swanson tagged the turn two wall while running sixth, sending him into a wild series of flips through turn one - a sight not usually seen by the three-time series champion whose feats were celebrated earlier in the night on a front straightaway presentation for clinching the 2017 title.
Once again on the restart, Courtney scooted away from defending race winner and series champ Chris Windom who took second from Darland and now had only Courtney in his sights as Cottle disposed of Darland for third off turn four.

Soon after, with 15 laps remaining, Leary entered turn three running fourth when his right rear tire went flat, sending him hard into the outside wall. Leary was okay, but would not return to action.

Down the stretch, Courtney maintained about an eight car-length lead, but with a couple to go, Windom began to close rapidly to present a challenge for the lead as Cottle blanketed Windom just behind.

On the final lap, Courtney got a bit sideways at the exit of turn two, resulting in Windom's rapid charge that saw him close to within just a couple car lengths entering turn three and four with Cottle in tow. Courtney gathered it up, put all four wheels back in the groove to finish off a wire-to-wire performance to join Justin Grant as the second driver to win USAC National features in all three divisions in 2017. Windom was second ahead of Cottle, Darland and Brady Bacon, who finished in the top-five of all four "4-Crown" features Saturday night.

Courtney rewarded car owner Hans Lein with his first USAC National win since a 2007 Midget event at Angell Park Speedway, won by Michael Pickens. It was also Lein's second career "4-Crown" triumph following a 2005 Midget win with Danny Stratton.

"The tires started going away a little bit at the end," Courtney admits. "I knew if I could gap myself on the starts and restarts and give myself a little cushion to be able to run hard on the start, then save a little bit, we'd have something at the end there. It held together. I could see Chris (Windom) there behind me on the (video board) screen. I'm just trying to hit my marks, but it was pretty tricky down in (turns) one and two to hit the same spot on the wall twice to get you going down the back straight. But, everything went our way tonight."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway included Kody Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Joe Liguori (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS Presented by TRAXXAS: September 23, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals" - Presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-19.570; 2. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-19.611; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-19.816; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-19.876; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-19.903; 6. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-19.955; 7. Dave Darland, 27, Phillips-19.985; 8. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-19.985; 9. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-20.109; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-20.118; 11. Robert Ballou, 6, Klatt-20.257; 12. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-20.283; 13. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-20.302; 14. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-20.434; 15. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-20.495; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-20.678; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-20.712; 18. Brady Bacon, 199, RPM/Gormly-20.891; 19. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-21.116; 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-21.452; 21. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams & Wright-NT; 22. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-NT; 23. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. David Byrne, 9. Robert Ballou, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Matt Goodnight, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Joe Liguori, 14. Dakota Jackson, 15. Joss Moffatt, 16. Austin Nemire, 17. Mark Smith, 18. Chris Fetter, 19. C.J. Leary, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Aaron Pierce, 22. Johnny Petrozelle. NT
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**Bruns flipped during qualifying. Swanson flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Brady Bacon (18th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Joe Liguori

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (Presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-Swanson-650, 2-Coons-562, 3-Windom-525, 4-Grant-470, 5-Byrne-436, 6-Pierce-402, 7-Bobby Santos-350, 8-Moffatt-302, 9-Liguori-295, 10-Damion Gardner-248.

C.J. Leary won his fourth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the season, and his first at Eldora Speedway, in Saturday's 36th "4-Crown Nationals."
(Vince Vellella Photo)

LEARY LOCKS UP 4TH SPRINT WIN OF SEASON
AT ELDORA'S 4-CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........On a night when temperatures were more akin to the sweltering summer than a cool, crisp fall September evening, perhaps it came as no surprise that the hottest driver, in terms of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins since the month of July, would feel right his comfort zone.

Yet, he would have to get the job done in circumstances that were all too familiar this season - with Brady Bacon's black No. 63 draped all over his tail tank during the final laps.

But, for the fourth time this season, Leary stood his ground to capture the victory Saturday night in the 36th "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, a track that had been cruel to him on occasion over the past few years, including being denied on the final lap for the win in May of 2015.

The driver who passed him that very night was Justin Grant, who, on this night, wasted no time getting to the front on the opening lap as he raced from his outside second row position to split between both Robert Ballou and Chase Stockon on the start to snag the lead. One lap later, fellow second row starter Leary made his surge, sliding by Grant for the lead in turn two.

After getting by Stockon for third, Bacon worked on Grant where they swapped the second spot back and forth until Bacon secured the position with a turn two slider on the 11th lap.

At that point, Leary had begun to gap the field, but as soon as Bacon moved into second, that gap routinely shrunk. With ten to go, Bacon searched high and low in turns three and four while Leary stuck to his guns on the top. However, Leary's lead soon shrunk to a mere car-length in the ensuing laps with a pod of lappers on the not-so-distant horizon.

With two laps remaining, it was gut-check time and thoughts of previous Leary v. Bacon battles from Grandview, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo came rushing back to the mind as both encountered the lapped car of Tyler Thomas in the first turn. Both slid Thomas without hesitation, yet Leary was unrattled in his maneuver and maintained his distance from Bacon as they cleared Thomas, thus preventing the best shot Bacon had at tacking on a second-career "4-Crown" win.

Leary finished strong in the caution-free affair to defeat Bacon by half a second while Ballou, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Grant rounded out the top-five.

"This place has been escaping me for three years now," Leary exclaimed. "I've run second here it seems like every year. It feels good to finally park this thing down here in victory lane. I can't thank (crew chief) Donnie Gentry, my dad and everybody whose helped us put this operation together."
"These races are tough, especially when you don't really know where the second-place guy is," Leary continued. "I was on cruise control there and, luckily, I had a little bit left in the tank. I had a really good racecar. This is a new DRC. We just built the car this week and, man, is it fast!"

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products Heat 1 Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 2 Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Chalk Stix Heat 3 Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts Heat 4 Winner), Matt Westfall (KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Nick Bilbee (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals" - Presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.893; 2. Dave Darland, 40, Hery-16.932; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-17.097; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.221; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-17.269; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.349; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3c, Cummins-17.440; 8. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-17.554; 9. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-17.558; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9k, KT-17.636; 11. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.663; 12. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-17,667; 13. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.733; 14. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-17.754; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-17.767; 16. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.779; 17. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-17.820; 18. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-17.831; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-17.854; 20. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-17.939; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.946; 22. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-18.002; 23. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-18.033; 24. Bill Rose, 320, Kissel-18.118; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.250; 26. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-18.361; 27. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-18.535; 28. Jake Scott, 4, Scott-18.569; 29. Kirk Jeffries, 59J, Jeffries-18.601; 30. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Yager-18.618; 31. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-18.663; 32. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.687; 33. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-18.699; 34. Michael Fischesser, 44s, Fischesser/Owen-18.742; 35. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-18.812; 36. Brandon Moore, 1m, Moore-19.109.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Chapple, 3. Gentry, 4. Stockon, 5. Weir, 6. Hodges, 7. Fischesser, 8. Jeffries, 9. Goodnight. 2:27.46

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Ballou, 4. Darland, 5. Bilbee, 6. Nemire, 7. Clouse, 8. Etgen, 9. Tilton. 2:29.78

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Hewitt, 4. Grant, 5. Wilson, 6. Westfall, 7. Cummins, 8. VanHise, 9. Moore. 2:32.78

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Rose, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Bell, 7. Swanson, 8. Scott. 2:37.20

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Swanson, 3. Bilbee, 4. Westfall, 5. Cummins, 6. T. Thomas, 7. Hodges, 8. Fischesser, 9. Clouse, 10. VanHise, 11. Jeffries, 12. Tilton, 13. Etgen, 14. Moore, 15. Goodnight, 16. Scott, 17. Nemire, 18. Bell.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Scotty Weir, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Matt Westfall, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Nick Bilbee, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Bill Rose, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Aric Gentry, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Dallas Hewitt. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-30 Leary.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Matt Westfall (21st to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Nick Bilbee

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1842, 2-Windom-1765, 3-Courtney-1669, 4-Thomas Jr.-1655; 5-Boespflug-1628, 6-Stockon-1568, 7-Leary-1465, 8-Bacon-1410, 9-Ballou-1337, 10-Darland-1191.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 29 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway


Saturday night at Eldora Speedway, Spencer Bayston became the first driver since Kasey Kahne in 2000 to win the "Bellvelle Midget Nationals" and the "4-Crown Nationals" midget race in the same season.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)

BAYSTON ADDS ANOTHER CROWN JEWEL
WITH USAC MIDGET WIN AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Spencer Bayston's banner year reached a new zenith Saturday night at Eldora Speedway after wiring all 25 laps to win the USAC Midget National Championship portion of the 36th "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV.

A day following his 19th birthday, the Lebanon, Indiana resident celebrated in grand style by becoming the first driver to win the "Belleville Midget Nationals" and the Midget feature at the "4-Crown" in the same season since Kasey Kahne in 2000.

After being "high-point man" in his heat race, Bayston earned a spot on the pole position for the main event. On the opening lap, Bayston emerged from a brief four-wide fray in turn one to secure the lead.

Quickly, though, action was halted when fifth-starting Tyler Courtney slowed with an apparent electrical issue to bring out the caution. Courtney attempted to restart, but returned to the pit area moments later just prior to the field taking the green flag with one lap in the books.

On the ensuing restart, Bayston appeared as comfy as could be running the high line that so many had experienced issues without throughout the night. Similar to Belleville, the outside wall served as the cushion and Bayston ran it to within a hair of a whisker's distance from the edge.

Bayston's nearest pursuant just before the midway point was Justin Grant. That is, until he encountered the turn one concrete, climbing up the wall before rotating and landing back on the track's surface. Grant climbed out of the wreckage uninjured, but finished for the event.

The restart saw Bayston break away from second-running Dave Darland who was overtaken by both Shane Golobic, then Brady Bacon who made a valiant charge on the inner rail, getting past Darland exiting turn four to scale his way into the top-three.

Bacon continued to claw on his low-side crawl while Golobic maintained a higher line. Despite roping in Golobic little-by-little over the last several laps and even taking a glimpse at second in turn two on the final lap, Golobic was able to nail down the second position for good.

Yet, up front, nobody else was game for Bayston's flawless rim-riding performance for 25 consecutive laps, taking the victory in front of a massive crowd over Golobic, Bacon, Darland and Tanner Thorson.

With the knocking down of a few key pins on his quest to a possible first series title, Bayston swiftly extended his lead in the championship race to 66 over Bacon with just three races remaining in Wayne City, Ill., Bakersfield, Cal. and Ventura, Cal. On Saturday night, it was all a showcase for Bayston as he dominated from start to finish for his third series victory of the year.

"It makes it easy when you have a good group of guys working behind you. They know what they're doing and it definitely shows," Bayston praises. "I felt so comfortable. We raced here last night in the wing car and didn't do that great, but I really think it helped me. Coming here tonight in the midget, it felt like everything was in slow motion for me."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway included Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products/Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 1 Winner), Shane Golobic (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Heat 2 Winner), Holly Shelton (KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Adam Pierson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals" - Presented by NKT.TV

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#91BT Thomas), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 5. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chase Jones (#22 Petry/Goff), 7. Tanner Carrick (#71k Kunz/Clauson/Marshall), 8. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR), 9. Adam Pierson (#76E Mancini). 2:29.81

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson/Marshall/Wood), 2. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 4. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 8. Bear Wood (#8jr LW), 9. Rico Abreu (#97k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Holly Shelton, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Tanner Carrick, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Alex Bright, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Brayton Lynch, 13. Adam Pierson, 14. Bear Wood, 15. Chase Jones, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Tyler Courtney. NT
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**Abreu flipped at the start of the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Bayston.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Holly Shelton (13th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Adam Pierson

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bayston-1363, 2-Bacon-1297, 3-Golobic-1286, 4-Thorson-1256, 5-Courtney-1200, 6-Grant-1198, 7-Boat-1084, 8-Shelton-988, 9-Carrick-906, 10-Coons-846.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: October 22 - Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway - "Jason Leffler Memorial"

 

 

COURTNEY WIRE-TO-WIRE IN "4-CROWN" SILVER CROWN; TITLE TO SWANSON

Rossburg, OH........Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. led all 50 laps to win Saturday night's 36th "4-Crown Nationals" USAC Silver Crown Championship race at Eldora Speedway. Kody Swanson, despite flipping on lap 32 of the feature, secured the series championship. Chris Windom finished second in the 50-lap feature ahead of Shane Cottle, Dave Darland and Brady Bacon.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS Presented by TRAXXAS: September 23, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals" - Presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-19.570; 2. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-19.611; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-19.816; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-19.876; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-19.903; 6. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-19.955; 7. Dave Darland, 27, Phillips-19.985; 8. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-19.985; 9. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-20.109; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-20.118; 11. Robert Ballou, 6, Klatt-20.257; 12. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-20.283; 13. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-20.302; 14. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-20.434; 15. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-20.495; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-20.678; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-20.712; 18. Brady Bacon, 199, RPM/Gormly-20.891; 19. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-21.116; 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-21.452; 21. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams & Wright-NT; 22. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-NT; 23. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. David Byrne, 9. Robert Ballou, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Matt Goodnight, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Joe Liguori, 14. Dakota Jackson, 15. Joss Moffatt, 16. Austin Nemire, 17. Mark Smith, 18. Chris Fetter, 19. C.J. Leary, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Aaron Pierce, 22. Johnny Petrozelle. NT -------------------------------- **Bruns flipped during qualifying. Swanson flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Brady Bacon (18th-5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Joe Liguori

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (Presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-Swanson-650, 2-Coons-562, 3-Windom-525, 4-Grant-470, 5-Byrne-436, 6-Pierce-402, 7-Bobby Santos-350, 8-Moffatt-302, 9-Liguori-295, 10-Damion Gardner-248.

 

 

GARDNER ANNEXES "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" AT THE PAS

Perris, CA........AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car point leader Damion Gardner captured Saturday night's 10th "Glenn Howard Classic" at Perris Auto Speedway. He took the lead from Austin Williams on lap 4 and led the rest of the way to beat R.J. Johnson, Mike Spencer, Jake Swanson and Richard Vander Weerd. The win stopped Johnson's three-race Perris winning streak.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 10th "Glenn Howard Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.756; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich- 16.769; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.787; 4. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.834; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.979; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.032; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.050; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.186; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.221; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.241; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.292; 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.303; 13. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.338; 14. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.345; 15. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.392; 16. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.431; 17. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-17.441; 18. Landon Cling, 21K, Kruseman-17.475; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.614; 20. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.119; 21. Sterling Cling, 7K, Kruseman-18.551; 22. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.554; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-NT; 24. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-NT; 25. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Adams, 3. Roa, 4. Spencer, 5. McCarthy, 6. Gansen, 7. Sweeney, 8. Stewart, 9. Marshall. 2:51.07

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. L.Williams, 3. Swanson, 4. A.Williams, 5. T.Williams, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Waitman, 8. C.Williams. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Faria, 4. Malcolm, 5. Ellertson, 6. L.Cling, 7. S.Cling, 8. Tafoya. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Gansen, 3. T.Williams, 4. Ellertson, 5. L.Cling, 6. Sweeney, 7. Waitman, 8. C.Williams, 9. Stewart, 10. Marshall, 11. S.Cling, 12. McCarthy. 3:31.38

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Cody Williams, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Tommy Malcolm, 13. Max Adams, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Trent Williams, 17. Matt McCarthy, 18. Verne Sweeney, 19. Landon Cling, 20. Matt Stewart, 21. Gary Marshall Jr., 22. Randy Waitman, 23. Austin Williams. NT
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**Tafoya flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 A.Williams, Laps 4-30 Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Cody Williams (20th-9th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,217, 2-Roa-1,123, 3-Swanson-1,121, 4.Spencer-941, 5-A.Williams-831, 6-C.Williams-778, 7-L.Williams-725, 8-Adams-667, 9-Gansen-649, 10-R.Vander Weerd-560.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 21 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

LEARY GRABS "4-CROWN NATIONALS" SPRINT

Rossburg, OH........C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. led all but the first lap to win Saturday night's 30-lap 46th "4-Crown Nationals" AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at Eldora Speedway. He took the lead from Justin Grant on lap two and held off a determined challenge from Brady Bacon for the win. Robert Ballou, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Grant roundoed out the "top-five."

AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals" - Presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.893; 2. Dave Darland, 40, Hery-16.932; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-17.097; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.221; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-17.269; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.349; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3c, Cummins-17.440; 8. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-17.554; 9. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-17.558; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9k, KT-17.636; 11. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.663; 12. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-17,667; 13. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.733; 14. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-17.754; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-17.767; 16. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.779; 17. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-17.820; 18. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-17.831; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-17.854; 20. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-17.939; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.946; 22. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-18.002; 23. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-18.033; 24. Bill Rose, 320, Kissel-18.118; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.250; 26. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-18.361; 27. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-18.535; 28. Jake Scott, 4, Scott-18.569; 29. Kirk Jeffries, 59J, Jeffries-18.601; 30. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Yager-18.618; 31. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-18.663; 32. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.687; 33. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-18.699; 34. Michael Fischesser, 44s, Fischesser/Owen-18.742; 35. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-18.812; 36. Brandon Moore, 1m, Moore-19.109.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Chapple, 3. Gentry, 4. Stockon, 5. Weir, 6. Hodges, 7. Fischesser, 8. Jeffries, 9. Goodnight. 2:27.46

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. K.Thomas, 3. Ballou, 4. Darland, 5. Bilbee, 6. Nemire, 7. Clouse, 8. Etgen, 9. Tilton. 2:29.78

STALK STIX THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Hewitt, 4. Grant, 5. Wilson, 6. Westfall, 7. Cummins, 8. VanHise, 9. Moore. 2:32.78

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Rose, 5. T.Thomas, 6. Bell, 7. Swanson, 8. Scott. 2:37.20

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Swanson, 3. Bilbee, 4. Westfall, 5. Cummins, 6. T.Thomas, 7. Hodges, 8. Fischesser, 9. Clouse, 10. VanHise, 11. Jeffries, 12. Tilton, 13. Etgen, 14. Moore, 15. Goodnight, 16. Scott, 17. Nemire, 18. Bell.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Kevin Thomas, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Scotty Weir, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Matt Westfall, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Nick Bilbee, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Bill Rose, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Aric Gentry, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Dallas Hewitt. NT --------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-30 Leary.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Matt Westfall (21st-10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Nick Bilbee

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1,842, 2-Windom-1,765, 3-Courtney-1,669, 4-Thomas Jr.-1,655; 5-Boespflug-1,628, 6-Stockon-1,568, 7-Leary-1,465, 8-Bacon-1,410, 9-Ballou-1,337, 10-Darland-1,191.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 29 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

BAYSTON DOMINATES "4-CROWN" MIDGETS

Rossburg, OH........USAC National Midget Series point leader Spencer Bayston took another step toward a possible championship Saturday night, leading all 25 laps of the 36th "4-Crown Nationals" feature event at Eldora Speedway. Shane Golobic took second ahead of Brady Bacon, Dave Darland and Tanner Thorson. Holly Shelton finished sixth and claimed the KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger Award.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals" - Presented by NKT.TV

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#91BT Thomas), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 5. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chase Jones (#22 Petry/Goff), 7. Tanner Carrick (#71k Kunz/Clauson/Marshall), 8. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR), 9. Adam Pierson (#76E Mancini). 2:29.81

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson/Marshall/Wood), 2. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 4. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 8. Bear Wood (#8jr LW), 9. Rico Abreu (#97k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Holly Shelton, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Tanner Carrick, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Alex Bright, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Brayton Lynch, 13. Adam Pierson, 14. Bear Wood, 15. Chase Jones, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Tyler Courtney. NT

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**Abreu flipped at the start of the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Bayston.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Holly Shelton (13th-6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Adam Pierson

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bayston-1,363, 2-Bacon-1,297, 3-Golobic-1,286, 4-Thorson-1,256, 5-Courtney-1,200, 6-Grant-1,198, 7-Boat-1,084, 8-Shelton-988, 9-Carrick-906, 10Coons-846.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: October 22- Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway - "Jason Leffler Memorial"

 

 

BACON TO PULL QUADRUPLE DUTY IN SATURDAY'S 4-CROWN AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Brady Bacon has thrown his hat into the ring to pull quadruple duty in this Saturday's 36th "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver will take part in all four legs of the "4-Crown" where he will compete in USAC's Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint and National Midget divisions as well as with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Bacon has secured rides in Fred Gormly's No. 199 Silver Crown Car, the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63 USAC Sprint Car, the FMR Racing No. 76m USAC Midget and the Bacon/Marshall Motorsports No. 99 wing sprint car.

A handful of drivers have participated in quadruple duty at the "4-Crown" since its inception in 1981, including Bacon himself just a year ago. Most notably, Jack Hewitt pulled off the improbable by winning all four classes in 1998 when the divisions included the UMP Modifieds in place of the All Stars.

Bacon has been victorious once in his career at the "4-Crown," in 2014, when he won the USAC Sprint Car portion of the show. In his two USAC Sprint Car appearances at Eldora this season, Bacon has been fast qualifier both times and recorded finishes of 8th and 3rd.

Gates open Saturday, September 23 at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four at 3pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

Live coverage of the event will be streamed on http://www.EldoraSpeedway.com/. You can also watch flag-to-flag coverage a day after the event on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

8 INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL MIDGET HALL OF FAME;
DRIVERS ATKINS, BOWE, CHENNAULT, COPP, ELDRIDGE, FOLAND, FORNORO & KNEPPER LATEST INDUCTEES


Eight drivers, comprise the 2017 class of inductees for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, which will be honored on Friday, January 12 during the annual "Chili Bowl Nationals" week at the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fairgrounds Expo.

Alphabetically they are: Dick Atkins, Roy Bowe, Bill Chennault, Tommy Copp, Bill Eldridge, Burt Foland, Drew Fornoro and Arnie Knepper.

Atkins, of Hayward, Calif., burst upon the racing scene with spectacular results in the mid-1960s, although his career was cut short in a devastating Sprint car crash at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. in 1966 which claimed his life and that of Don Branson. Atkins scored a USAC National Midget win at Ascot Park in 1965 and just one week before his fatal crash he recorded his most significant win in the USAC 100-Mile National Championship race at the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento. The 1964 and 1965 Bay Cities Racing Association Champion finished in the top-20 (19th) in USAC's 1966 National points.

Bowe, of Denver, Colo., won the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association's crown in 1948 and 1949. He beat Buddy Shay by a whopping 240 points for the 1948 title. He scored a total of 64 RMMRA main events and earned a dozen wins outside of Colorado. In 1952 and 1953 he competed in a couple of Nationally AAA-sanctioned events.

Chennault, of Kansas City, Mo., like A.J. Foyt, was a 1957 USAC feature winner at Olympic Stadium in Kansas City. He was a five-time Kansas City Midget Racing Champion (1953, 55, 56, 57 and 58). He competed in sporadic USAC National Championship races in 1957 and 1958.

Copp, of Fresno, Calif., was among the top USAC drivers between 1959 and 1964, racking up 23 feature victories. The 1959, 1961 and 1964 BCRA Indoor Midget Champion, he was a perennial "top-10" USAC point driver, recording eight "top-10" rankings between 1959 and 1967. His best ranking was a third in proficent at Flat Rock, Mich. 1962, 1963 and 1964 when he scored 17 of his USAC wins. He was especially proficient at Flat Rock, Mich., where he scored three wins, and he also notched a pair of wins at the high-profile Soldier Field in Chicago.

Eldridge, of Needham, Mass., captured Northeastern Midget Association titles in 1953, 1954, 1957 and 1958. He also spent most of 1952 and 1953 competing in URC's Modified Stock Racing Association. His first championship in NEMA was memorable as it came in his first full season with the club. He ranks sixth all-time with 33 career NEMA wins to his credit.

Foland, of Coarsegold, Calif., was primarily a pavement specialist and scored five USAC National Midget wins on the hard surface. In 1968 and 1970 he won at Irwindale, Calif, and in 1969, 1970 and 1971 he notched wins at San Jose (Calif.) Speedway. During 12 years of USAC National Championship appearances he landed 30th in the final standings twice, in 1967 and 1970. The 1967 and 1968 BCRA king, he is already a member of the BCRA, Kearney Bowl, Clovis and San Jose Halls of Fame and was also a fabricator for long-time car owners Jerry O'Connell and Fred Gerhardt.

Fornoro, of Newton, N.J., joins father Nick in the Hall of Fame. During a 16-year stretch he claimed nine Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) titles. They came in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999! He scored a trio of USAC National Midget wins, at Lee, N.H. in 1985 and 1987, and at Seekonk, Mass. in 1986. His 83 career NEMA victories lead the all-time list.

Knepper, of Belleville, Ill., amassed five St. Louis Auto Racing Association (SLARA) Midget crowns. They came in 1954, 1955, 1960, 1975 and 1979. The five-time Indianapolis 500 veteran finished 18th (his best) in his rookie year of 1965, then make the 1966-67-68-69 races as well. In 1966 he was part of the contingent of drivers who competed in the race at Mount Fuji, Japan, and finished 3rd! In USAC National Midget competition, he had six wins, including two at Springfield, Ill and two at Hinsdale, Ill. Among his most memorable wins was the 1962 "Little 500" Sprint race at Anderson, Ind.

 

 

4-CROWN NATIONALS TO BE STREAMED LIVE FROM ELDORA THIS SATURDAY

Rossburg, Ohio.........Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway mark the lone time each season when all three of USAC's Nationals divisions converge on one racetrack for one night.

Now you can catch all the excitement with live, flag-to-flag pay-per-view coverage of the event at http://www.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

Featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, the USAC Midget National Championship and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Saturday's 36th edition of the event is bigger and better than ever with four premier open-wheel series on one event card.

You may purchase a viewing pass right now for $29.95 at http://live.eldoraspeedway.com/liveevents/2017/9/4-crown-nationals-4084/?d=4128 and get set to watch Saturday's show anywhere from your computer or mobile device.

The "4-Crown" begins at 4:30pm ET when cars take to the track for warmups, followed by hot laps and qualifying. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm. You can also watch flag-to-flag coverage a day after the event on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

DARLAND DECLARED DRIVER OF 2ND THOMAS MIDGET FOR SATURDAY'S 4-CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Dave Darland, one of the most decorated drivers in the history of the United States Auto Club now has a ride in all three USAC National divisions for this Saturday's 36th "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

The Lincoln, Indiana USAC Triple Crown champ has been tabbed to drive in the USAC National Midget portion of the program in a second car fielded by Brian Thomas as a teammate to driver Tyler Thomas.

Darland had previously secured rides for Saturday's event in a USAC Silver Crown car for Phillips Motorsports and a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car ride for Mark Hery.

Darland's prowess at Eldora has him ranked as the second winningest USAC driver at the famed half-mile dirt oval with 14 wins, trailing only Jack Hewitt's 24. He is one of only four drivers to win a Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget feature at the "4-Crown" along with Hewitt, Kyle Larson and Jerry Coons, Jr.

Darland's seven total "4-Crown" victories include twice in a midget (1999 & 2004), once in a sprint car (1999) and four times in a Silver Crown car (2004, 2005, 2008 & 2009).

Darland's resume includes four USAC National championships, including the 1997 Silver Crown, 1999 Sprint and 2001-2002 Midget titles. No driver owns more USAC National Sprint Car feature wins than Darland's 59.

Gates open Saturday, September 23 at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four at 3pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

Live coverage of the event will be streamed on http://www.EldoraSpeedway.com/. You can also watch flag-to-flag coverage a day after the event on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

CHAD BOAT SHINES IN VENTURA USAC WESTERN MIDGET FEATURE

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017… Starting on the outside of the front row, Chad Boat (Phoenix, Arizona) led all 30-laps to claim last Saturday’s Light Up the World Beverages USAC Western States Midget main at Ventura Raceway. Primarily racing in the Midwest, Boat’s $1,200 triumph was the first Western series win of his career. Point leader Ronnie Gardner, Robert Dalby, David Prickett, and hard charger J.J. Ercse chased Boat to the checkered flags.

Making his fourth Western start of the year, Chad Boat qualified second out of nineteen racers and won the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Now ranked fifteenth in points, the pilot of the #84 PristineAuction.com / K&C Drywall Spike has one feature win, three heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit.

Starting sixth, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) claimed second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Springs Stewart, Gardner was third quick in time trials and ran second to Matt Mitchell in his heat race. The four-time champion and current point leader has posted two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led on the year.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) had one of his best nights with a third place run from eighth at Ventura Raceway. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby qualified fifth overall and placed third in his heat race. The young driver heads to Bakersfield ranked sixth in the point chase with two heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and five top-10 finishes.

David Prickett (Fresno, California) scored fifth at the Ventura checkered flags. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett was eighth fast in time trials and ran second to Chad Boat in his heat race. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion is currently fourth in points with one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and five top-10 finishes to his credit.

J.J. Ercse (Orange, California) earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from thirteenth. Racing Sean Dodenhoff’s #9E Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Ercse qualified thirteenth overall and took fifth in his heat race. In limited starts, the two-time USAC TQ Midget Champion is twenty-first in points with two top-10 finishes on the season.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the nineteen car roster. Driving her #7 Simpson Racing Products / Lucas Oil Spike, McQueen ran second to Clayton Ruston in her heat race and placed sixth in the main event. The 2012 Champion is ninth in the point standings with four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Rookie Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) raced to his first heat race victory in the Extreme Mufflers sponsored event. Piloting the CR Motorsports’ #7R S&J Service Incorporated / Alumin-Art Powder Coating Spike, Ruston was tenth fast in time trials and placed seventh in his heat race. The rookie contender left Ventura ranked nineteenth in points with on top-10 finish.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. Racing Wiley Miller’s #75 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Bros. Storage Spike, Mitchell qualified ninth overall and scored fifteenth in the main event. The 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion left Ventura ranked twenty-ninth in points.

On Saturday, September 30th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series will return to action to Bakersfield Speedway. Located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California, the event will also showcase Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and NMRA TQ Midgets. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. -------------------------------------------------------------- LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.337; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.382; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.435; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.531; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.548; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.571; 7. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.591; 8. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.643; 9. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-12.647; 10. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-12.869; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.980; 12. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.992; 13. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.015; 14. Brennan Rogers, 20X, Rogers-13.090; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.129; 16. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.539; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.724; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-NT; 19. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-NT;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ruston, 2. McQueen, 3. Josett, 4. Guerrini, 5. Ercse, 6. Beilman, 7. Drollinger. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Prickett, 3. Dalby, 4. Pankratz, 5. Rogers, 6. Nichols. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Crone, 5. Sarna, 6. Elliott. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Chad Boat (2nd), 2. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 3. Robert Dalby (8th), 4. David Prickett (5th), 5. J.J. Ercse (13th), 6. Shannon McQueen (4th), 7. Clayton Ruston (1st), 8. Kyle Beilman (16th), 9. C.J. Sarna (15th), 10. Frankie Guerrini (10th), 11. Robby Josett (7th), 12. Randi Pankratz (11th), 13. Terry Nichols (17th), 14. Brennan Rogers (14th), 15. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 16. Jake Swanson (9th), 17. Courtney Crone (12th). NT ----------------------- **Elliott flipped during the third heat. Pankratz flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boat ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: J.J. Ercse (13th to 5th)

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-586, 2. Cory Elliott-514, 3. Frankie Guerrini-502, 4. David Prickett-461, 5. Courtney Crone-452, 6. Robert Dalby-436, 7. Randi Pankratz-404, 8. Michael Faccinto-374, 9. Shannon McQueen-332, 10. Maria Cofer-321, 11. Shane Golobic-286, 12. Mason Daniel-269, 13. Jake Swanson-269, 14. Terry Nichols-257, 15. Chad Boat-249, 16. Robby Josett-237, 17. Alex Schutte-216, 18. C.J. Sarna-204, 19. Clayton Ruston-178, 20. Spencer Bayston-150.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA October 14: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

3 PAST MULTI-TIME WINNERS
HEADLINE 4-CROWN SILVER CROWN ENTRIES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Saturday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS season finale at Eldora Speedway is unlike any other on the schedule.

First, the "4-Crown Nationals" champ car race is a mere 50 laps in distance on a half-mile track, making it more akin to a sprint than a traditional 100-lap grind. Secondly, Eldora's dirt high banks are a challenge that drivers don't come face-to-face with in these cars at the Terre Haute and Williams Grove half-miles or the one-mile fairgrounds ovals in Indy, Springfield and Du Quoin, all of which are relatively flat in comparison to the "Big E."

Few have mastered the art of hustling a Silver Crown car around Eldora, yet once those few discover the recipe for success, they become difficult to beat as is the case with this Saturday's three past event winners who are entered, all of which have captured victory here multiple times.

Dave Darland returns to the Phillips Motorsports' No. 27 after a one-race sabbatical. The Lincoln, Indiana Triple Crown champ has the second-most USAC victories of any driver at Eldora, trailing only the great Jack Hewitt. Darland has won on four occasions in a Silver Crown car at Eldora (2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009).

Fellow Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. has won at Eldora in all three USAC National divisions during his illustrious career. Saturday, he wheels one of Gene Nolen's three entries on the high banks alongside teammates Hunter Schuerenberg and Dakota Jackson. Coons captured Silver Crown victories at Eldora in 2007 and 2014, his most recent series triumph.

Defending series champ and defending race winner Chris Windom was simply dominant in last year's event, leading all 50 laps and holding the advantage by nearly a lap during the late stages of the race. Windom also scored a champ car victory at Eldora in 2013 when he doubled-up by taking the USAC Sprint Car win the same night. With Gene Kazmark's No. 92, he could bookend the season following his lone win in April's season opener at Terre Haute.

Kody Swanson has won at every dirt venue on the Silver Crown schedule except Eldora. Although, he is fully capable as evidenced by leading 28 laps in the 2014 race and finishing 2nd in 2015. Swanson has practically sewed up his third series championship in four years, but a win at Eldora would be the icing on the cake for the Kingsburg, California native and his Lima, Ohio-based DePalma Motorsports team.

Klatt Enterprises will field 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion and five-time Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner Robert Ballou in car No. 6 for the second-straight race with USAC Hall of Fame crew chief and car builder Bob East on the wrenches.

Justin Grant was victorious in last season's "4-Crown" USAC Sprint Car portion of the program, then backed it up with another win this May. Grant also recently picked up his first career Silver Crown win on the Springfield Mile a month ago for the Carli/Hemelgarn Racing team. The versatile Ione, California native is the only driver to win in all three of USAC's national divisions in 2017.

Speaking of versatility, Brady Bacon intends to compete in all four legs of the "4-Crown" this Saturday night. The 2014 USAC Sprint Car "4-Crown" victor has won in both a sprint car and midget with USAC this season, but is still seeking his first career Silver Crown checkered flag. Perhaps that weekend has arrived after being tabbed as the driver of Fred Gormly's No. 199, the same team that's captured the pole and won the race in each of the past three "4-Crown" events.

Gates open Saturday at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four at 3pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.


ELDORA SPEEDWAY "4-CROWN NATIONALS" USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRIES
Saturday, September 23, 2017

08 ®JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC
Cornell-Petrozelle Racing/Oak Leaf Properties - JNT Ltd./Beast/Stanton Toyota

4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL
Liguori Racing/Sunshine Trailer Park - Kercher Engines/DRC/Kercher Chevy

6 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA
Klatt Enterprises/Beast - Klatt Enterprises/Beast/Ford

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH
Bob Lesko/Wayne Subaru - Bell Helmets/Beast/Chevy

20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ
Gene Nolen/KECO - Indy Race Parts/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN
Sam Pierce/Tom Cherry Mufflers - Midwest Matt/Beast/Chevy

27 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
Carla & Steve Phillips/Frank Daigh - Lucas Oil/Phillips/Foxco Chevy

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
Chuck & Tammi Leary/Leary Construction - Gray Auto/DRC/1-Way Toyota

32 ®JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN
Williams & Wright Racing/E3 Sparkplugs - Lucas Oil/Maxim/Williams

39 ®MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN
Goodnight Racing/Lumber & Things - Benic Enterprises/Maxim/Claxton

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI
Byrne Racing/Stoops Freightliner Truck Country- Bytec Resource Management/Maxim/J & D Chevy

53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA
SET Racing/Heroes West Sports Grill/Beast/Brown Chevy

54 ®MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA
Mal Lane/Lane's Yamaha - Fastener Specialties/Maxim/Williams Chevy

63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA
DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy

75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN
Bill Rose Racing/Reliable Laser Screeding/Beast/Chevy

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN
Curtis Williams/Jack's Auto Body - Roger Williams Precision Engines/Maxim/Williams Chevy

89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO
Chris Fetter/F & S Collision Repair - Infinity Shocks/Beast/TMS Chevy

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
Carli-Hemelgarn Racing/Carli Motorsports - Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford

92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL
Gene Kazmark/Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing - Remin Kart-A-Bag/Maxim/Wallace Mopar

95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL
Full Throttle Racing/Mobil 1 - Cain's Marine Welding/Beast/Speedway Toyota

97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN
Hans Lein/Lein Acres/DRC/Stanton Mopar

120 ®HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO
Gene Nolen/Roof Bolt Xpress - Wesco Trailers/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

199 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise - Fred & Gloria Gormly/JEI/J & D

201 ®DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN
Gene Nolen Racing/The Cure Starts Now Foundation - KECO Coatings/Twister/Tranter

 

 

BACON GOES WITH GORMLY FOR SATURDAY'S 4-CROWN CHAMP CAR RUN AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The most dominant USAC Silver Crown team at the "4-Crown Nationals" over the past three years has come out of Fred Gormly's RPM Auto Enterprise stable. This Saturday, September 23 in the 36th running of the event at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway, two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon will take his turn to become Gormly's fourth different winner in as many years when he makes his debut in the team's No. 199.

Bacon, a 2014 winner of the USAC Sprint Car portion of the "4-Crown," has made two previous Eldora Silver Crown starts, both for Paul Martens' Oklahoma-based team. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native driver finished 5th in 2015 and 4th in 2014 in each of his pair of starts.

Gormly's team, however, has yet to finish outside the "top-one" at Eldora over the past three years. Jerry Coons, Jr. won for the team in 2014, followed by dominating, flawless performances by Christopher Bell (2015) and Chris Windom (2016), which he used to clinch the Silver Crown driver's title a year ago.

In fact, Gormly-owned cars have led the last 101 laps at Eldora dating to 2014. Additionally, his cars have won the ProSource Pole Position in each of the past three years: Coons (2014), Bell (2015) and Tyler Courtney (2016).

However, Gormly's team scaled back from competing on the full schedule in 2017, racing solely on the pavement (until this coming weekend) where drivers Davey Hamilton, Davey Hamilton, Jr. and Joe Liguori have each raced to top-five finishes this season.

Bacon has made 15 career Silver Crown starts since his 2014, including two in 2017: a 6th at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and a 5th at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

At press time, Bacon appears to be the sole driver competing in all four legs of Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals." In addition to Gormly's Silver Crown car, Bacon has rides in the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63 USAC Sprint Car, the FMR Racing No. 76m USAC Midget and the Bacon/Marshall Motorsports No. 99 wing sprint car for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the program.

Gates open Saturday at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four at 3pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

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A USAC RACING FEAST: 36TH 4-CROWN NATIONALS ARRIVE AT ELDORA SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Only one event brings together USAC's best of the best from a variety of disciplines. Only one event brings all three of USAC's national divisions together at one venue. Only one event showcases what race fans could only dream of: a racer's delight featuring a pit overflowing with the baddest racing machines on planet earth.

All converge on Eldora Speedway this Saturday night, September 23rd for the 36th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" - a grand event that's seen its share of heroes instantly become legends at this fabled dirt track stadium. You could say to win one of these is a feather in a driver's cap or, in this case, a prong on their crown.

At press time, the only one anticipated to go for all four crowns is Brady Bacon. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native picked up a sprint car win on this weekend under the sunshine on his way to the series title in 2014.

Among his arsenal this weekend is the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise No. 199, the very same team that's won the last three 4-Crown Silver Crown events with drivers Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2014, Christopher Bell in 2015 and Chris Windom in 2016. Bacon is still seeking career Silver Crown victory number one.

4-Crown weekend last year was the beginning of Justin Grant and Sam McGhee Motorsports' winning ways. After capturing the victory in the 2016 sprint portion, the team has carried the momentum into 2017 where they won at Eldora earlier this May and have been at the top of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings since day one.

Chris Windom trails Grant by 70, but Eldora and, specifically the 4-Crown, have been kind to him over the years. The Canton, Illinois driver picked off both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features in 2013, the most recent driver to win both of those particular features in the same night.

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou followed up Grant's victory in May at Eldora with a win the next night in the series' last visit to the Big E. Five of Ballou's 28 career USAC National Sprint Car victories have come at Eldora, including his first three as well as the 4-Crown a decade ago back in 2007.

Fellow Californian Thomas Meseraull finally broke through for his first USAC National Sprint Car win at the 2015 "4-Crown." Since then, he's become one of the series' most spectacular, highly-acclaimed drivers. This Saturday, he's aboard the SC Racing No. 9x, which he started last year's event in from the front row.

Only Jack Hewitt owns more 4-Crown victories than Dave Darland's 14, half of which have come at the 4-Crown. The "People's Champ" from Lincoln, Indiana aims to make this weekend's stop the place to extend his record streak of consecutive seasons with a USAC National win from 24 to 25.

Like Darland, the versatile Jerry Coons, Jr. has also won his fair share at the 4-Crown with four victories in the midget, sprint and Silver Crown divisions and currently runs second in the Silver Crown standings aboard Gene Nolen's #20 behind Kody Swanson.

Swanson has yet to win a USAC race at Eldora, last scoring a pair of runner-up finishes during the 2015 4-Crown in both DePalma Motorsports' sprint car and Silver Crown car. This Saturday, he makes his USAC debut under the Nolen Racing banner behind the wheel of the team's new Maxim Sprint Car with which he recorded a victory with in a non-sanctioned event at Lawrenceburg Speedway last weekend.

As the Kingsburg, California native closes out another banner season by wrapping up his third Silver Crown title in a four-year span, another past USAC champ and two-time 4-Crown winner makes his 4-Crown return in Keith Kunz's top-notch midget as well as his own sprinter in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the program.

The always-exciting Rutherford, California native swept last year's midget program with fast time, a heat win and a stirring drive in the feature to back up his victory in 2013.

Spectator gates open Saturday at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC's drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

All drivers competing in the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway this Saturday must fill out a membership. NO COST! Please fill out the driver info portion of the sheet, print off and bring with you to the track. The form can be found at http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/forms/competitor-membership-app.pdf.

 

 

BAUGH EMERGES WITH SPOON RIVER 25-LAP VICTORY

Canton, IL........Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. ended up in victory lane Saturday night at spoon River Speedway, leading the final five laps of the 25-lap USAC Speed2 Deery Brothers IMRA Midget race. He trailed Adam Taylor and Dillon Morley for the first 20 laps as those two battled back and forth for the lead. Tyson Hart finished second ahead of Morley, Brent Burrows and Robby McQuinn. Taylor was sixth.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 4. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee) 6. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 4. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 5. Daltyn England (#19E England). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Tyson Hart, 3. Dillon Morley, 4. Brent Burrrows, 5. Robby McQuinn, 6. Adam Taylor, 7. Chase McDermand, 8. Jacob Sollenberger, 9. Broc Hunnell, 10. John Springer, 11. Jeff Mallonee, 12. Daltyn England, 13. Tracy Hull, 14. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Taylor, Lap 4 Morley, Laps 5-8 Taylor, Laps 9-20 Morley, Laps 21-25 Baugh.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 23 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

BRIGGS LEADS ALL 20 AT MONTPELIER

Montpelier, IN........Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway. Aaron Leffel was second ahead of Alex Watson, who came from the back of the pack, Bill Dunham and Chuck Taylor. Briggs fought back pressure from Dunham in the early laps, then held off Leffel in the late stages for the win.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER "MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 2. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 3. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 4. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 5, Chuck Taylor (#11T Taylor), 6. Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 7. Corey Bedwell (#11 Bedwell), 8. Cory Guingrich (#11C Guingrich), 9. Gage Etgen (#41 Sexton), 10. Bret Fordyce (#4 Fordyce). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Briggs

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER STANDINGS: 1-Leffel-728, 2-Briggs-666, 3-Bedwell-583, 4-Korbyn Hayslett-421, 5-Watson-404, 6-Jim Jones-324, 7-Taylor-318, 8-Guingrich-311, 9-Bigelow-309, 10-Nick Corea-248.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: September 30 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

LOVE WIRE-TO-WIRE IN "HARVEST CLASSIC" FINALE

Madera, CA........Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. won Saturday night's "Harvest Classic Night" 30-lap USAC Speed2 Western US Midget race at Madera Speedway. Annie Breidinger took second ahead of Joey Iest, Tom Paterson and Adam Lemke. Love led all 30 laps for the win.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 45th Annual "Harvest Classic Night"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.032; 2. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-15.035; 3. Joey Iest 17, Iest-15,056; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.075; 5. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.091; 6. Jackson Dukes, 44, Love-15.339; 7. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.529; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.718.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Love, 3. Iest, 4. Brannon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Dukes, 4. Nichols. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Joey Iest, 4. Tom Paterson, 5. Adam Lemke, 6. Jackson Dukes, 7. Johnny Nichols, 8. Blake Brannon. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Love.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-610, 2-A.Breidinger-577, 3-Paterson-548, 4-Lemke-519, 5-Brannon-446, 6-Iest-412, 7-Nichols-401, 8-Toni Breidinger-398, 9-Antonia Boscacci-206, 10-Cody Jessop-174.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,204, 2-Paterson-1,138, 3-Lemke-1,109, 4-A.Breidinger-1,049, 5-Brannon-639, 6-Iest-412, 7-Nichols-401, 8-Toni Breidinger-398, 9-Cody Jessop-293, 10-Antonia Boscacci-288.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: September 30 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

BOAT LEADS ALL 30 TO WIN VENTURA MIDGET FEATURE

Ventura, CA........Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western Midget race at Ventura Raceway. Series point leader Ronnie Gardner was second, while Robert Dalby took third ahead of David Prickett and J.J. Ercse.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.337; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.382; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.435; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.531; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.548; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.571; 7. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.591; 8. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.643; 9. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-12.647; 10. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-12.869; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.980; 12. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.992; 13. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.015; 14. Brennan Rogers, 20X, Rogers-13.090; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.129; 16. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.539; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.724; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-NT; 19. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-NT;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ruston, 2. McQueen, 3. Josett, 4. Guerrini, 5. Ercse, 6. Beilman, 7. Drollinger. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Prickett, 3. Dalby, 4. Pankratz, 5. Rogers, 6. Nichols. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Crone, 5. Sarna, 6. Elliott. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. David Prickett, 5. J.J. Ercse, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Clayton Ruston, 8. Kyle Beilman, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Robby Josett, 12. Randi Pankratz, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Brennan Rogers, 15. Matt Mitchell, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Courtney Crone. NT

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**Elliott flipped during the third heat. Pankratz flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boat

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: J.J. Ercse (13th to 5th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-586, 2-Elliott-514, 3-Guerrini-502, 4-Prickett-461, 5-Crone-452, 6-Dalby-436, 7-Pankratz-404, 8-Michael Faccinto-374, 9-McQueen-332, 10-Maria Cofer-321.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 30 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

THOMAS GETS TRI-STATE REVENGE; DEFEATS CUMMINS BY 0.053 SECONDS TO WIN "HAUBSTADT HUSTLER"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. was bound and determined not to let history repeat itself in Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National/MSCS Sprint Car "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway.

For the second time in a row at the southwestern Indiana quarter-mile paperclip, a green-white-checker duel for the victory came down to he and July Tri-State winner Kyle Cummins.

The setting was the same in the Thomas v. Cummins sequel on the final restart. Thomas led Cummins when the green flag dropped, but heading into the final corner on the final lap, the roles became reversed when Thomas responded to Cummins' final haymaker by crossing underneath off turn four to defeat Cummins by the blink of an eye, a scant margin of 0.053 seconds to win the $12,500 prize.

"You have to restart on a very racy racetrack with Kyle Cummins on your tail, what do you do," Thomas pondered. "You just got to drive your (rear) off and hope for the best. These guys gave me a great racecar. To set up a car here to run 40 laps with as much as the track changes, that's pretty amazing. Hats off to them for reading the racetrack right and making all the right changes. Kyle Cummins is the king of this place. To beat him here doesn't happen very often and, last time, it didn't happen."

In fact, it was even a similar scenario as the night before at the Terre Haute Action Track. Thomas led until four laps to go when Chris Windom used a slider to get by for the top spot. Thomas didn't have much of an opportunity to respond as he ran out of fuel two laps short of the finish. At Tri-State, lack of fuel came into play on the 40th and final lap. Another lap or another caution would've spelled doom for the Cullman, Alabama native who freely admitted in the post-race that his first investment is going to be the purchase of a larger tail tank heading into next Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

"I had to get going, so I tightened myself up and gave it as much throttle as I could to keep the wheels spinning," Thomas detailed. "I slung it in there and hoped for the best. All you can do here is choose the right line. The bottom started to dry up a little bit, so I tightened up and got some momentum. Going down the back straight on the last lap, I ran out of fuel. Cummins slid me getting into turn three, but the car picked up just enough to cross him under and get the bite coming off the corner to get back by him. Honestly, if he doesn't mess up or wheelie, he wins that race."

With all of his past accolades at Tri-State, Cummins was odds-on favorite after picking up the $500 Unique Breedz bonus for recording ProSource Fast Qualifying time, then winning his heat race. After pole-sitter C.J. Leary's car jumped out of gear as he led the field into turn one on the opening lap, the inside rows were moved up, placing Cummins in the envious position on the pole.

However, Thomas wouldn't let Cummins get away scot-free as he ran him down from his outside second row starting position, making the move for the lead with an inside turn two pass on the fourth circuit.

Thomas immediately stretched his lead out to as much as a half-straightaway over Cummins during the next few laps. Yet, the faster you break away, the faster you enter lap traffic, which Thomas did on lap 15. However, Thomas seemingly caught a break when the yellow flag waved for the stopped car of Shane Cottle in turn one, erasing the potential hazard of wading through the lappers for the time-being.

Thomas was gone again when he saw green on the lap 16 restart, but once again, eight laps later, just as Thomas was about to encounter the tail-end of the field, another yellow forced the stoppage of action when Jon Stanbrough spun off turn four in front of the second-place cars of Cummins and Thomas Meseraull, forcing the two to take evasive action to escape unscathed.

With that said, Cummins felt the traffic wouldn't have made much of a difference at that point in the race as his car hadn't fully came to him yet.

"Even in traffic, he was still better," Cummins credits Thomas. "In traffic, I still wasn't catching him. As the race went on, the car got a little bit better. I was always just bound up a little too tight. Once he passed me, I'm half throttle trying not to wheelie. I knew he was going to be quicker at the get-go. I kind of let him get out front there. Forty laps is a long race and I knew once it got slick, we were going to have a better car."

On the other hand, Thomas has a love-hate relationship with the lapped cars and, just like many things in racing, sometimes they can help in one instance and may be a hindrance on another occasion.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (middle) proudly displays the $12,500 combined prizes for winning Saturday night's "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway. Thomas is joined in victory lane by second-place finisher Kyle Cummins (right) and third-place finisher Thomas Meseraull. (David Nearpass Photo)

"Sometimes I like lap traffic and sometimes I don't," Thomas admits. "Tonight, a few of those times, I liked it. Then, there were a couple times, they were three-wide and there was nowhere to go. If you made one mistake and pushed, Kyle Cummins is going to peel your stickers off on his way by. You have to focus so hard on, not necessarily hitting your marks, but keeping your car rotated. You have to run the car so tight here. The corners are so sharp that, if you make a mistake, you'll push for a hundred yards it feels like. It's a big concentration track. It's mentally and physically tough. It's 40 laps around this place as hard as you can go. There's no cruising whatsoever. You're always working at the wheel."

On a restart with 13 laps remaining following a Dakota Jackson spin, Cummins finally stuck close to Thomas when the field got up to speed. For the next eight laps, Cummins was just two car-lengths away as both rode the lip of the cushion, ready to strike when opportunity arose until Dave Darland's left rear tire went flat with four to go, leaving rubber scattered on the racing surface to bring out the yellow once again.

On the lap 37 resumption, Thomas responded with a great restart, gapping Cummins by about four car-lengths over the next two trips around the oval. With two to go, Thomas' recurring nightmare reemerged when yet another late-race caution interrupted his run to the checker. The four-car incident in turn four involved Josh Hodges, Chase Stockon, Donny Brackett and Isaac Chapple. All were able to restart.

Once again, Thomas was set up in a green-white-checker situation with Tri-State Speedway master Kyle Cummins breathing down his HANS device. Thomas didn't exactly know who was behind him on the final restart, but he had an inkling.

"These corners are so sharp, you can turn your head and see a color of a car," Thomas explained. "On that longer green flag run toward the end, I could see a big white car. I just knew that had to be Cummins. It always is. Near the end, I kept looking back and I didn't see a white car, but I knew he didn't drop out, so I had the feeling he was on my tail."

Cummins threw his first shot heading into turn one on the restart, sliding past Thomas momentarily before snagging the turn two cushion with the right rear.

"I knew if I could break his momentum and get in front of him, he wouldn't be able to catch me," Cummins believed. "It was like we were the same speed. I knew I couldn't slide him. On the restart, I knew I was going to have to do something. I was all over him when we took the green. I got just enough of a run and just threw it in there. When I came up there, I was hard on the throttle and I was just trying to touch the cushion a little bit. It threw the front end and got me behind. If I wouldn't have messed the cushion up, I would've been a lot closer and I think it would've been a lot better."

Yet Cummins wasn't completely out of the picture frame. As he fell back roughly five to six car-lengths, he shadowed Thomas for a full circuit before sizing up his next move midway down the back straightaway on the final lap. At the same moment, Thomas was experiencing issues of his own.

"I had to get going, so I tightened myself up and gave it as much throttle as I could to keep the wheels spinning," Thomas details. "I slung it in there and hoped for the best. All you can do here is choose the right line. The bottom started to dry up a little bit, so I tightened up and got some momentum. But going down the back straight, that's when I ran out of fuel."

Cummins quickly erased the gap as he threw his car to the bottom on the entry to turn three as Thomas rode the cushion, surprising even Cummins to an extent.

"I thought there was no way I'd be that close to him," Cummins admitted. "I'm like 'where'd he go?'

Cummins took over the lead when he slid up in front of Thomas at the exit of turn four. Thomas quickly countered under Cummins and, in a drag race to the line, defeated Cummins by a mere 0.053 seconds to win his second "Haubstadt Hustler." Meseraull, Chet Williams and Tyler Courtney rounded out the top-five.

Thomas picked up his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points-paying feature of the year in his KT Motorsports/Jeff's Jam-It-In Storage - Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy. It marked the first National victory with newly-hired crew chief Davey Jones who the team brought aboard during USAC/CRA's "California Sprint Week" a couple weeks back, marking three wins out of six for the combo since joining forces.

After throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Thomas on the final restart, Princeton, Indiana's Cummins came up just short, finishing in the runner-up position in his Rock Steady Racing/Debra Corn Foster Care - ProGlide Bearings/Mach-1/Cummins.

Throughout the race, Cummins' mount continually got better and better, but was quite a handful at the beginning of the 40-lapper.

"I knew at the beginning we were going to be way too tight," Cummins acknowledges. "The track looked like it had moisture, but then I thought it was going to blow off a little bit better, so we tightened it up quite a bit more. At the beginning, I had to be careful. The car was wanting to wheelie. I thought as the race went on, every time we had a yellow, the car got a little better."

"We know next time to go ahead and keep it a little looser," Cummins said in retrospect. "I got it as loose as I could with the shocks. At the end, I just got it to where it was good. If we had a chance to do it all over again, it would've been so much better. But at the last race, we said 'this is what we're going to do. We're going to tighten her up just a hair more.' But the track just didn't get slick enough for us. On the last lap, I didn't think it was even going to be close. I was so tight, even the middle was decent. But, now we know for the next time and we'll get it a little looser."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway included Kyle Cummins (Unique Breedz/ProSource Fast Qualifier & Indy Race Parts Heat 4 winner), Chet Williams (13th Fastest Qualifier - Free Right Rear Tire from Roger & Barb Tapy), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products Heat 1 Winner), Chet Williams (Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 2 Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Heat 3 Winner), Brady Short (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2017 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Haubstadt Hustler" (Co-Sanctioned by MSCS)

UNIQUE BREEDZ/PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.624; 2. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.843; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.916; 4. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.942; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.032; 6. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Schnapf-14.046; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.126; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-14.126; 9. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.180; 10. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.185; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.202; 12. Dave Darland, 17GP, Dutcher-14.238; 13. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.285; 14. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.305; 15. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.339; 16. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-14.368; 17. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-14.388; 18. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.396; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.417; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.448; 21. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.476; 22. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-14.492; 23. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.504; 24. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.639; 25. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-14.643; 26. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.670; 27. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.714; 28. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.819; 29. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-15.050; 30. Ben Knight, 45K, Knight-16.114; 31. Jeff Pritchett, 2J, Pritchett-NT; 32. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Brackett, 3. Hodges, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Mattox, 6. Ambrose, 7. Knight, 8. Pritchett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Williams, 2. Leary, 3. Chapple, 4. Courtney, 5. Boespflug, 6. Clouser, 7. Schmidt, 8. Karraker. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Stockon, 3. Gentry, 4. Jackson, 5. Darland, 6. C. Short, 7. B. Short, 8. Weir. 2:20.46

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT (10 laps): 1. Cummins, 2. Grant, 3. Cottle, 4. Windom, 5. Ballou, 6. Bacon, 7. Schnapf, 8. Ruble. 2:17.45

SEMI (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Ballou, 3. C. Short, 4. Darland, 5. B. Short, 6. Mattox, 7. Weir, 8. Bacon, 9. Schanpf, 10. Ruble, 11. Ambrose, 12. Clouser, 13. Schmidt, 14. Knight, 15. Pritchett. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chet Williams, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Brady Short, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Carson Short, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Donny Brackett, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Josh Hodges, 18. Brady Bacon, 19. Dakota Jackson, 20. Aric Gentry, 21. Brandon Mattox, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Shane Cottle, 24. Kendall Ruble. NT ------------------------------------------ **Karraker flipped during the second heat. Knight flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cummins, Laps 4-40 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (21st to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Grant-1775, 2-Windom-1705, 3-Courtney-1622, 4-Boespflug-1593, 5-K. Thomas-1587, 6-Stockon-1515, 7-Leary-1385, 8-Bacon-1329, 9-Ballou-1266, 10-Darland-1158.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 23 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 36th "4-Crown Nationals"

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS:

Madera, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. won Friday night's 25-lap "Harvest Classic Night" USAC Speed2 Western US Midget race at Madera Speedway, He trailed Tom Paterson for 11 laps, then led the final 14 for the win over Paterson, Annie Breidinger, Joey Iest and Johnny Nichols.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2017 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 45th Annual "Harvest Classic Night"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.649; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.728; 3. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.924; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.928; 5. Joey Iest, 17, Iest015.025; 6. Jackson Dukes, 44, Love-15.062; 7. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.426; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.586.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Lemke (#98 Lemke), 2. Joey Iest (#17 Iest), 3. Tom Paterson (#9 Paterson), 4. Blake Brannon (#40, Brannon). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV (#38 Love), 2. Annie Breidinger (#75 Breidinger), 3. Jackson Dukes (#44 Love), 4. Johnny Nichols (#14 Nichols). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Joey Iest, 5. Johnny Nichols, 6. Jackson Dukes, 7. Jesse Love IV, 8. Blake Brannon. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Paterson, Laps 12-25 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-531, 2-A.Breidinger-500, 3-Paterson-474, 4-Lemke-447, 5-Toni Breidinger-398, 6-Brannon-392, 7-Nichols-343, 8-Iest-338, 9-Antonia Boscacci-206, 10-Cody Jessop-174.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-1,125, 2-Paterson-1,064, 3-Lemke-1,037, 4-A.Breidinger-972, 5-Brannon-685, 6-Toni Breidinger-398, 7-Nichols-344, 8-Iest-338, 9-Cody Jessop-293, 10-Antonia Boscacci-288.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: September 16 - Madera (CA) Speedway - 45th Annual "Harvest Classic Night"

 

 

CARLSON LEADS MATCZAK PODIUM "SWEEP" AT LEGION

Wentworth, NH........Seth Carlson of Brimfield, Mass. led a podium "sweep" for car owner Skip Matczak Friday night at Legion Speedway in the 25-lap USAC Speed2 DMA Midget feature. Teammates Derek O'Hearn and Will Hull rounded out the "thop three, followed by Joe Krawiec and Jeff Horn. Hull led the first five laps and Carlson led the rest.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2017 - Wentworth, New Hampshire - Legion Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 2. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 3. Robert Spino (#64 Spino), 4. Bobby White (#68 White), 5. Jim Mossman (#1R Mossman), 6. Mark Cole (#6x Cole). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1b Miller), 3. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 4. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 8. Jeff Champagne (#77 Champagne), 9. Alex Rose (#11 Rose). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Seth Carlson, 2. Derek O'Hearn, 3. Will Hull, 4. Joe Krawiec, 5. Jeff Horn, 6. Dean Christensen, 7. John Heydenreich, 8. Manny Dias, 9. Adam Whitney, 10. Jeff Champagne, 11. Bobby White, 12. Jim Mossman, 13. Robert Spino. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Hull, Laps 6-25 Carlson.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-958, 2-O'Hearn-936, 3-Krawiec-933, 4-Whitney-924, 5-Carlson-817, 6-Horn-802, 7-Dias-792, 8- Champagne-617, 9-Cole-436, 10-Jake Higginson-373.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: September 23 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

WINDOM STRIKES AGAIN FOR 2ND STRAIGHT
"JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC" VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Since its inception more than six decades ago, the Terre Haute Action Track has had distinct eras that seem to resonate with a particular driver.

Lately, this era at the famed half-mile dirt oval has belonged to Chris Windom who ran fourth with just four laps remaining and used a daring late-race move on Kevin Thomas, Jr. to capture his third-straight USAC victory at Terre Haute in Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Jim Hurtubise Classic" aboard the Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

The Windom/Baldwin connection has now netted four USAC Sprint Car feature wins at Terre Haute dating to 2011. The victory also allowed Windom to join Jack Hewitt as just the second driver to win the "Hurtubise Classic" three times. Windom also became the first to win back-to-back "Hurtubise Classic" races since Hewitt in 1990-1991.

"This place is special to me," Windom praised. "Crew chief Derek (Claxton) and I are always good here. Even when we don't have the fastest car, we just dig deep at the end of the race and get the wins here. I wish we could race here about ten times a year!"

Terre Haute served as a sweet renaissance for the Canton, Illinois driver who hadn't been victorious in the series in nearly three months. Although, the 30-lap feature wouldn't start as triumphantly for the second-place driver in the series standings as it would turn out.

For much of the race, Thomas maintained the dominant car. In the first half, Thomas was clicking off laps a half-second faster than second-running Robert Ballou as he extended his lead to a full-straightaway by the seventh lap.

By the 12th lap, Windom had worked his way to third with a turn two slider on Aaron Farney, then set forth on a mission to run down Thomas and Ballou running one-two.

By mid-race, Ballou was able to hang with Thomas, staying within three car-lengths from the tail of the 9K as the cushion pushed all the way to the concrete at the exits of turns two and four while the two past Action Track winners worked the tail end of lapped traffic. Thomas continuously gapped himself from Ballou by chipping away one car at a time, first getting around the outside of Chapple exiting turn four. As soon as Ballou cleared Chapple, Thomas had regained precious ground once again by diving under Mario Clouser in turn three to pin Ballou, the 2015 USAC champ, behind the trailing car.

With six laps remaining, Windom traded sliders with Farney and fell to fourth where he would remain with four laps to go with the race seemingly out of reach. However, a domino of circumstances befell the front runners to aid Windom's resurgent emergence. First, as Ballou worked on Thomas for the race lead, his right rear tire gave way, sending him to the infield work area for fresh rubber, thus, relegating him to the tail for the lap 27 resumption.

Though standing third in line on the restart behind Thomas and Farney, Windom knew this was the moment of attack to have any chance at victory. Windom dove to the bottom of turn one as the green dropped, disposing of Farney and pulling alongside Thomas before falling back into line in second behind Thomas exiting the second turn.

However, the move would quickly be negated as Chapple slowed to a stop in turn two, sending Windom back to third and forcing him to repeat the exercise once again.

On take two, it appeared to be a carbon copy of the events that had just transpired moments before. Windom dove to the bottom of one, leaving Farney behind as he went toe-to-toe with Thomas before ducking in behind the leader exiting two. That's where he knew his golden opportunity had arrived.

"I just tucked in behind KT and there was a little strip of rubber off turn two you could catch," Windom explained. "I caught that and slid him going into turn three. For the first three-quarters of the race, we weren't the best car, but sometimes on those late-race restarts, you just got to dig deep and make something of it. I knew that was my only shot to get there and I knew there was less than five to go. I knew I had to do something."


Shortly thereafter, on lap 28, second-running Thomas began to slow coming off turn two with, as it turns out, a lack of fuel. That created a bunch up that collected Thomas, the third-place running car of Farney and fourth-running Boespflug who all climbed over each other to varying degrees down the back straightway, yet all remained afloat and continued. Eighth running Shane Cottle wasn't as fortunate, though, and came to a stop while trying to avoid the wreckage to no avail.

On the ensuing restart, Windom broke away while second-running Thomas coasted on fumes to the inside and Boespflug slid by Farney for the runner-up spot. Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant would follow suit on the final lap to take over third and fourth, respectively, as Farney fell to fifth.

Meanwhile, Windom rose head and shoulders above the fray to win by a tick under two seconds over Boespflug, Courtney, Grant and Farney, who gingerly walked away from a nasty-looking barrel-roll flip down the front straightaway underneath the checkered flag after contact with Grant. Farney climbed from the car under his own power, but was transported to the hospital for further observation.

For the second year in a row, Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug finished in the runner-up position behind Windom in the "Hurtubise Classic." This occasion occurred under different circumstances as Boespflug utilized a brand-new crew after shuffling the deck in an attempt to right the ship that had seen its share of choppy waters over the past several weeks in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton.

"We made some changes over the past couple weeks," Boespflug acknowledges. "We're just trying to get things fun and exciting again. I hired Robert (Brown) and A.J. (Parker) to come help. Things went well tonight right from the start. In hot laps, we didn't have the speed we wanted, but we found something pretty good for qualifying and just continued to progress. It's comforting to work with Robert at such a fast pace to get this thing comfortable. We were actually too good early and really good at the end. The car definitely came to us in the end. It's good to finally run second again after running so terribly the past month and a half or so. It's been pretty up and down to run second, then run bad, then good, then bad."

"Early in the night with a new crew, it can definitely make you tentative, I guess, especially with the tendencies the car has had in the past several races," Boespflug believes. "I tip-toed into it and wasn't as comfortable as I wanted to be early. In qualifying, we made the right changes, got it great and made another good, big change for the heat race. At that point, I had a lot of confidence in what Robert was going to do next. Were we a second-place car? I think we were close, at least third if everything worked out. I'll take it any way I can get it. It's a race to the end, not the middle."

Following a pair of victories in the two most recent series races at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August, Tyler Courtney emerged from his 16th starting position to score a solid third in his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Gaerte by TOPP.

"We have a really good racecar," Courtney stated. "I put us behind the eight ball in qualifying. It's not what you want to do at a place like this, especially without cautions. We were mired back there in 10th or 11th. With some luck on those cautions, it really played into our hands. You have to get every spot you can if you want a chance (at the championship) at the end of the year, but it's tough when Chris (Windom) and Justin (Grant) run top-five too."

"We had to run everywhere guys weren't," Courtney said. "I made sure that if I had to wait one more lap to get a better run to make sure I cleared a guy so I don't have to mess with him again after that. On restarts, I made sure to protect myself or, if I got a really good run into one, I'd try to kill a guy's momentum and slide him off into one, then hopefully clear him off of two and get the rubber coming off to propel down the back straight. It was tricky to not blow through it and to make sure not to run over the guy you're sliding because you knew he was going to have a run coming down the hill. Luckily, we were in the right place at the right time. A couple times, guys were banging wheels there, but we came out mostly unscathed. We had a couple dings and dents here and there, but that's racing. Sixteenth to third, coming off two wins and another podium, you can't be disappointed about that."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Terre Haute included Robert Ballou (B & W Auto Mart/ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products Heat 1 Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Heat 2 Winner), Chase Stockon (Chalk Stix Heat 3 Winner), Justin Grant (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Jarett Andretti (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2017 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

B & W AUTO MART & PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.477; 2. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-20.602; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.674; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.873; 5. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-20.880; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.953; 7. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-21.069; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-21.083; 9. Dave Darland, 17GP, Dutcher-21.136; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-21.225; 11. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-21.238; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-21.263; 13. Carson Short, 21, RCM-21.307; 14. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-21.316; 15. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-21.418; 16. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-21.516; 17. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-21.529; 18. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-21,588; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.735; 20. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-21.767; 21. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.779; 22. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-21.982; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-22.101; 24. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-22.404; 25. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-22.457; 26. Eric Burns, 99, Gasway/Rolison-23.996. (Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-21.986-Time Disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Ballou, 4. Short, 5. Weir, 6. Mattox, 7. McMillin, 8. Robbins, 9. Budde. 2:51.95

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. Cottle, 4. Leary, 5. Farney, 6. Grant, 7. Chapple, 8. Clouser, 9. Burns. 2:52.56

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Bacon, 3. Boespflug, 4. Darland, 5. Gentry, 6. Hodges, 7. Andretti, 8. Hughes, 9. S. Thomas. 2:56.68

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Hodges, 3. Andretti, 4. Clouser, 5. Chapple. 6. Hughes, 7. Robbins, 8. Mattox. 9. McMillin, 10. Budde, 11. S. Thomas. 12. Burns. 4:34.38

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Aaron Farney, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Carson Short, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19. Shane Cottle, 20. J.J. Hughes, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Aric Gentry. NT
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**Farney flipped at the checkered flag.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 K. Thomas, Laps 27-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (22nd to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jarett Andretti

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Grant-1732, 2-Windom-1650, 3-Courtney-1564; 4-Boespflug-1552, 5-K. Thomas-1519, 6-Stockon-1482, 7-Leary-1339, 8-Bacon-1302, 9-Ballou-1217, 10-Andretti-1145.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 16 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Haubstadt Hustler" - Co-sanctioned by MSCS

 

CREAM OF THE CROP USUALLY RISES TO THE TOP AT TERRE HAUTE AND TRI-STATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The layouts of this weekend's two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car stops couldn't possibly be any more different than they are on paper.

Terre Haute is a large, relatively flat half-mile with sweeping turns. On the other hand, Tri-State is a high-banked quarter-mile paperclip-shaped oval with tight turns.

These two Indiana venues are what lie ahead for the competitors of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship this weekend when drivers hit Terre Haute for Friday's 18th "Jim Hurtubise Classic" and Tri-State's "Haubstadt Hustler" on Saturday.

Fifteen drivers have been able to master both venues during their USAC Sprint Car careers by scoring victories at Terre Haute and Tri-State: Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Daron Clayton, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Levi Jones, Cory Kruseman, Jon Stanbrough, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and J.J. Yeley.

The list gets cut in half when you consider drivers who've won USAC Sprint features at both tracks in a single season: Butler, Clayton, Hood, Kruseman, Stockon, Thomas and Yeley.

That list gets significantly shorter when you take into account drivers who've won at both in the span of a single week: Kruseman.

One of the prevailing thoughts in the sport is if you can win at a track like Terre Haute, you can win anywhere. However, there are a couple of this weekend's entrants who've won at Terre Haute, but have yet to conquer Tri-State.

In Dave Darland's illustrious career that is marked with 59 USAC National Sprint Car victories, two have come in the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at Terre Haute. In fact, he's one of just four drivers to win a USAC National Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown race at the Action Track in his career along with Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott and Jack Hewitt. However, none have come at Tri-State, one of the few tracks in the state of Indiana that has eluded him. Aaron Farney, whose lone career win came in dominating fashion at Terre Haute in 2015, has also not won at Tri-State yet.

There are four expected entrants for this weekend's events who've done the opposite by winning at Tri-State, but are still looking for their first Terre Haute USAC win: Hunter Schuerenberg and Brady Short have each won twice at Tri-State while Kyle Cummins and Carson Short have each tallied one.

The list of drivers who have the potential to knock off a first USAC National Sprint Car win at one track or the other, or perhaps both, this weekend is a star-studded list that includes point leader Justin Grant, five-time 2017 series winner Tyler Courtney, April Bloomington winner Chad Boespflug, three-time 2017 series winner C.J. Leary, past series Rookie of the Year Jarett Andretti and Thomas Meseraull, twice a winner this season.

All those drivers listed above are knocking on the door for a victory at one of the two. Grant finished second in a Silver Crown race at Terre Haute in 2016 and was fast qualifier this summer in the Indiana Sprint Week round at Tri-State. Courtney finished second last fall at Tri-State and was third in his most recent appearance at Terre Haute. Boespflug led 13 laps and finished second last fall at Terre Haute and scored a runner-up finish as well in the "Spring Showdown" back in April at Tri-State.

Furthermore, Leary has won and finished second in his last two Silver Crown appearances at Terre Haute. Andretti was fast qualifier in the spring at Tri-State. Meseraull led 20 laps and finished second at Terre Haute's "Tony Hulman Classic" in 2016.

Though the characteristics of the tracks vary greatly in several aspects, one key component similar amongst drivers who've won at both is that they were some of the best of their era. Bacon, Ballou, Butler, Drake, Elliott, Hines, Hood, Jones, Windom and Yeley are all USAC National champions. Meanwhile, Clayton, Kruseman, Stanbrough, Stockon and Thomas have combined for 83 USAC National Sprint Car wins and five Indiana Sprint Week titles.

The most versatile drivers are the ones who can win on any track regardless of the given circumstances no matter how big or small. When the points are tallied at the end of a season, this is the pivotal attribute that pushes an individual to the top of the standings.

History tells us the cream usually rises to the top on tracks like Terre Haute and Tri-State. There's no backing into a victory at either of these places. You've got to sit up in the seat and earn it. Come this weekend, consider that a cinch to occur once again.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 6pm with cars set to hit the track at 6:30pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 10 and under are free.

For Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm with on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET BATTLE

 By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017... This Saturday, September 16th, the cars and stars of the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series are back in action at Ventura Raceway. The ninth point race and second of four appearances at the Ventura County Fairgrounds will also feature Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and Focus Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

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Since May 24, 1986, 139 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen wins at the 1/5-mile oval. Four-time champion Ronnie Gardner claimed victory on May 13th and Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995. A complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, California) has a slim eight point lead over the competition. After engine woes at Calistoga parked the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs Stewart, Gardner jumped in two different rides to keep his title hopes alive. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Bullet, Ronnie scored eighth at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on September 7th. To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led to his credit. Gardner ranks fourth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his twenty-second victory this Saturday night.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / FK Indy Spike, Elliott placed ninth at Chico’s Gold Cup Race of Champions. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led. Cory has two career series wins and will have his sights on adding a Ventura Raceway triumph to his resume.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) has climbed to third in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini claimed sixth at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. To date, the 2015 BCRA Champion has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. At Ventura Raceway, Frankie will be looking for his second career USAC victory.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) sits fourth in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored twelfth at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. As this writing goes to press, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has four top-10 finishes and 7 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, the popular driver will have her sights on her first series win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

After taking third at Chico, David Prickett (Fresno, California) has risen to fifth in the point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktails Spike, Prickett has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, one Light Up The World Beverages Hard Luck Award, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion will be looking for his second career win this Saturday night.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is eleventh in the championship points. Other drivers in contention are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Faccinto, Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Shannon McQueen, Jake Swanson, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, Robby Josett, C.J. Sarna, Nate Wait, Brennan Rogers, Ron Hazelton, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older), Active Military tickets (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $11. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES 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 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Tanner Thorson.

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

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-508, 2. Cory Elliott-500, 3. Frankie Guerrini-451, 4. Courtney Crone-418, 5. David Prickett-393, 6. Michael Faccinto-374, 7. Robert Dalby-364, 8. Randi Pankratz-360, 9. Maria Cofer-321, 10. Shane Golobic-286, 11. Mason Daniel-269, 12. Shannon McQueen-264, 13. Jake Swanson-232, 14. Terry Nichols-217, 15. Alex Schutte-216, 16. Robby Josett-190, 17. Chad Boat-166, 18. C.J. Sarna-154, 19. Spencer Bayston-150, 20. Holly Shelton-141.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA October 14: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

2ND HALF SURGES MAKE PRIME CONTENDERS OUT OF USAC SPRINT VETERANS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Since the beginning of Indiana Sprint Week in mid-summer, a handful of drivers have turned on the proverbial switch to convert themselves into prime contenders down the stretch of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season.

With 11 races taking place since the beginning of ISW on July 8 and now 11 events remaining on the series schedule, let's take a look at some of the biggest movers and shakers in the series over the past couple of months heading into this weekend's pair of Indiana events Friday at the Terre Haute Action Track and Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou was absent for the first six events of the 2017 season, which put the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ in a deficit that would practically be impossible to overcome to get into title contention.

However, since the ISW opener at Kokomo Speedway, no driver has accumulated more points than Ballou, which has helped him climb all the way to ninth in the standings. He has just one win in that span since July - the ISW finale at Lincoln Park Speedway - but has finished in the top-five in seven of those 11 features, and only one result outside the top-ten, a race in which he was running third before an accident on the final lap.

Like Ballou, Kevin Thomas, Jr. missed some time at the very beginning of the season, but quickly got back into the swing of things utilizing extreme consistency, but particularly of late. In July, the Cullman, Alabama native captured his first Indiana Sprint Week title, notching one victory at Bloomington Speedway. Additionally, he picked up his second-straight "Special Event" win on #GYATK Night at Kokomo in August, which has advanced him from sixth to fourth in the series standings.

Along with C.J. Leary, the winningest driver in that span since the beginning of ISW is Tyler Courtney. Both have three wins apiece, but Courtney has the third-most points over the past two months which has shot him from 7th to 3rd in the points since then - the biggest move of any driver in the series. Courtney won at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri to end July, then won the final two nights of "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" at Kokomo to vault himself to a season-leading five series victories.

Ione, California's Justin Grant has been at the forefront of the standings since his season-opening win at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Along the way, he's picked up four series wins, but none since the beginning of June at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway. He's earned the fourth-most points in the series since ISW, but the National Sprint Car series point leader has managed to increase his lead from 65 coming into ISW to 93 currently with a string of strong qualifying runs, top-fives and top-tens.

Leary, of Greenfield, Indiana, has the fifth-most points since July with those three victories, including back-to-back scores during Indiana Sprint Week at Lawrenceburg Speedway and Gas City I-69 Speedway as well as a triumph on the opening night of "Smackdown" at Kokomo in August. He currently resides seventh in the overall standings.

Since the 8th of July, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings appear as so: 1-Robert Ballou-719, 2-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-701, 3-Tyler Courtney-687, 4-Justin Grant-604, 5-C.J. Leary-602, 6-Chad Boespflug-591, 7-Chris Windom-576, 8-Brady Bacon-533, 9-Josh Hodges-515, 10-Chase Stockon-512.

With the title race on the line over the next two months, these next 11 stops will be crucial. With drivers like Courtney and Thomas surging at the right time, perhaps their names could enter the fray for the title if those at the top like Grant (1st) or Chris Windom (2nd) do not continue the consistency they've had throughout the season. It may be a long season calendar-wise, but every race does count, especially at this juncture.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 10 and under are free.

For Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm with on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

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DARLAND TEAMS WITH DUTCHER THIS WEEKEND FOR TERRE HAUTE & HAUBSTADT USAC SPRINT RACES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC's winningest National Sprint Car driver Dave Darland will take over the reins of the Michael Dutcher Motorsports No. 17GP this weekend when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes stops on Friday to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Friday, September 15 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Saturday, September 16.

Darland has yet to compete for Dutcher's team in USAC competition this season, instead driving much of the year aboard the Phillips Motorsports No. 71p and, most recently, in the No. 40 for Mark Hery. However, Darland has had success with Dutcher in 2017 in local Indiana sprint car action, capturing the victory last Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Darland also made three starts in Dutcher's Silver Crown car in 2016, finishing in the top-ten twice, including at Terre Haute, site of this Friday's "Jim Hurtubise Classic."

Darland will be the fifth driver to wheel Dutcher's sprinter in USAC competition this season, following Jeff Bland, Jr., Stevie Sussex, Ryan Bernal and Tyler Thomas, who came within a lap of scoring a huge victory in August's "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Dutcher's cars have won at both Terre Haute and Tri-State Speedway with USAC. In 2013, Kevin Thomas, Jr. drove Dutcher's ride to a pair of Tri-State victories and a Terre Haute win during Indiana Sprint Week where, ironically, it was Darland who Thomas had to hold off in the final laps.

The pairing of Darland and Dutcher could be a boon for both sides as both aim for their first "Hurtubise Classic" win. Darland remains in search of his first USAC National victory of 2017, a streak he has kept intact since 1993! Dutcher, the 2012 USAC Mechanical Achievement Award winner, hasn't scored a USAC National Sprint Car win since February of 2015 at Florida's East Bay Raceway Park with Kevin Thomas, Jr., a span of 102 races.

Darland has won five times at Terre Haute: twice in sprints, once in Silver Crown and twice in midgets. However, Tri-State hasn't been as kind to Darland, one of the few places he has yet to reach victory lane, and where he hopes to snap that record in this Saturday night's "Haubstadt Hustler," which pays $12,500 to win!

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 10 and under are free.

For Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm with on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

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USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CARS SET TO DEBUT IN 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC Sprint Car racing is coming eastbound on a full-time basis in 2018 when the newly-formed USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series makes its debut.

USAC's newest division joins the slate after series director Curt Michael and the United Racing Club conducted a pair of wingless sprint car events during the 2017 season.

"The very first one at Big Diamond, we had 16 cars and the place was packed," Michael explained. "(The promoter) took two races this year because he's seen it's something to build on. The next time out at Path Valley, we had 26 cars and I think it's only going to get better."

Michael believes the series, which will utilize engines that are 360 c.i., 358 and under in size, creates a place for young drivers competing in wingless micros to step up to where they can run sprint cars without the wing, a foundation he saw being laid down in this past year's events.

"They're cool cars and it's different," Michael said of wingless sprint car racing. "The biggest thing is these kids coming up are racing 600 micros, 270s and SpeedSTRs. It's a big thing in the lower ranks. We brought in a whole bunch of new guys to race with us this year. It didn't hurt URC's wing deal. We even had a couple wingless guys buy wing cars."

The East Coast and, particularly, the state of Pennsylvania is obviously well-known for wing sprint car racing. Michael, who, himself, has made a living racing with the wing as a 9-time URC champion and will continue to race with URC in addition to his new side endeavor leading the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars, sees an opportunity for a different breed of racing to feed the appetite of drivers, teams and fans in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware region.

"I know there's a lot of classes and that's a bad thing in racing," Michael admits. "But on the east coast, nobody can tell me where to go to see wingless sprint cars. It's one thing we don't have out here yet, but it seems like fans and racers want it. There's no doubt about it that it's cheaper. I've done both now. It's less fuel, it's easier on the tires, you don't need wings and you don't need a big trailer. I'm not putting down the wing deal, but it's a fact. It's cheaper to run a wingless sprint car."

Michael is adamant that the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars will not be competing with URC, where he serves as vice-president. The wingless series will be competing on URC's open weekends. A full 2018 schedule is in the works and will be announced at a later date.

"It just seems like it would be best if I did it on my own on the side and didn't book against URC races," Michael explained. "I'm hoping both series will help each other. URC is known as a wing series, which it will remain, and the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars will be the wingless series."

 

 

WINDOM AIMS TO MAKE UP GROUND AS USAC SPRINTS HEAD TO TERRE HAUTE (FRI.) AND HAUBSTADT (SAT.)

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

As one curtain closes on the final weekend of summer, another curtain rises on a spectacular stretch of racing that hits the Midwest over the next few weekends that will play a pivotal role in determining the next USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion.

With nearly three-quarters of the schedule in the history books, the season comes down to its dramatic conclusion. The top-seven in USAC National Sprint Car standings have yet to hoist a USAC National Sprint Car title trophy and, after a three-week break to mentally prepare, these driven souls are champing at the bit to see who's the boldest, who's the wisest and who can put themselves in position to capture the ultimate prize.

First up this weekend is Friday night, September 15th "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track. The legendary "Herk" was unstoppable on the half-mile from late 1960 through the 1962 season where he was an undefeated 5 and 0.

While no driver has since equaled that mark, Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois does happen to have his own current streak of two wins at Terre Haute, albeit in two different kinds of racecars: a Silver Crown Car in May's "Sumar Classic" and capped off the Midwest portion of the Sprint Car season a year ago in the "Hurtubise Classic" when he outdueled Chad Boespflug for the victory in a 30-lap race that saw 26 unofficial lead changes!

Windom, who's won three times in a USAC Sprint Car at Terre Haute in his career, trails series point leader Justin Grant by 93 markers heading into this weekend's two events. But this pair of races could be where he could make up significant ground. Windom is the only driver to win USAC features at both Terre Haute and at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway this season, home of this Saturday night, September 16th $12,500-to-win "Haubstadt Hustler," co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

In fact, Windom is one of 14 drivers to have won USAC National Sprint Car features at both Terre Haute and Haubstadt in his career. Another driver on that list is Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., who has been on a roll of late, taking three out of six at last week's USAC/CRA "California Sprint Week" tour at Calistoga, Watsonville and Hanford.

Recent series champions Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California and Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma have mastered the task of winning at both the Wabash Valley half-mile fairgrounds oval and at the two dragstrips connected by a pair of turns in southwestern Indiana. So has Chase Stockon and Jon Stanbrough, who are both still seeking their first victories of the 2017 season.

Justin Grant may very well be on his way to a first USAC National Sprint Car title, but he hasn't yet won at either of this weekend's venues. However, his two most recent series wins have come on half-mile tracks like Terre Haute and, in his last two Haubstadt appearances, he hasn't qualified or finished outside the top-four.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney leads all drivers with five USAC National Sprint Car victories this season, including the series' most recent event, where he collected a big payday in "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" at Kokomo Speedway. "Sunshine" took third in his most recent Terre Haute visit and has finished in the top-three in two of his last three Haubstadt appearances.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 10 and under are free.

For Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at with on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

 

 

McDERMAND WINS AT SPOON RIVER

Canton, IL........Chase McDermand of Springfield, Ill. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. Five drivers led Saturday night's feature, with McDermand taking the lead from Andy Baugh on lap 20 and leading the final six circuits to beat Baugh, Adam Taylor, Brent Burrows and Broc Hunnell.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 9, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#31 Mallonee), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 4. Justin Behrens (#17 Behrens), 5. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 6. Beau Burnett (#1 Murdock). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 2. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 3. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 4. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 5. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 6. Brad Denney (#2 Murdock). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bret Tripplet (#7x Mahan), 2. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 3. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Kurt Mayhew (#21 Mayhew), 5. Daitlyn England (#19E England). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Andy Baugh, 3. Adam Taylor, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Broc Hunnell, 6. Dillon Morley, 7. Kurt Mayhew, 8. Jacob Sollenberger, 9. Justin Behrens, 10. Todd Baker, 11. Jeremy Hull, 12. Robby McQuinn, 13. Beau Burnett, 14. Bret Tripplet, 15. Johnny Murdock (#0 Murdock), 16. Bred Denney, 17. Kurt Mueller, 18. Daitlyn England, 19. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Morley, Laps 2-3 Burrows, Laps 4-7 Morley, Laps 8-13 McQuinn, Laps 14-19 Baugh, Laps 20-25 McDermand.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-1,374, 2-Taylor-1,356, 3-McDermand-1,118, 4-Sollenberger-984, 5-Hull-960, 6-Burrows-810, 7-Tyson Hart-760, 8-Mueller-724, 9-Hunnell-721, 10-A.Baugh-634.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 16 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

JOHNSON LEADS ALL 30 TO EXTEND SOUTHWEST LEAD

San Tan Valley, AZ........R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint race at Arizona Speedway. The win extended his point lead. Tye Mihocko took second ahead of Mike Martin, Landon Cling and Nick Aiuto.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 9, 2017 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Curtis), 6. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 7. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner), 8. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 7. Cody Sickles (#18 Simington), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Mike Martin, 4. Landon Cling, 5. Nick Aiuto, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Chris Bonneau, 9. Matt Lundy, 10. Jeff Lowery, 11. Joe Schoepner, 12. Asa Kesterson, 13. Cody Sickles, 14. Bruce St. James, 15. Michael Curtis, 16. Brent Yarnal. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson

HARD CHARGER: Nick Aiuto (16th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,032, 2-Davis-931, 3-Deskins-791, 4-Mihocko-717, 5-Aiuto-713, 6-Martin-632, 7-Bonneau-621, 8-Lundy-523, 8-Cling-500, 10-Stevie Sussex-496.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: September 29 & 30 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic"

 

 

KRAWIEC WINS AT BEAR RIDGE

Bradford, VT........Joe Krawiec of Bristol, Conn. won Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Speed2 DMA Midgte race at Bear Ridge Speedwya. He led the final 14 laps after passing Manny Dias on lap 12. Seth Carlson finished second, ahead of Dean Christensen, Adam Whitney and Derek O'Hearn.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 9, 2017 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 2. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 3. Joe Krawiec (#1b Miller), 4. Shilo Boyce (#10 Haskell), 5. Bobby White (#68 White), 6. Robert Spino (#64 Spino). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 2. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 3. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 4. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 5. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 6. Mark Cole (#6x Cole). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Derek O'Hearn, 6. Manny Dias, 7. Will Hull, 8. Jeff Horn, 9. Mark Cole, 10. Shilo Boyce, 11. Robert Spino. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Dias, Laps 12-25 Krawiec.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-899, 2-Whitney-879, 3-Krawiec-865, 4-O'Hearn-863, 5-Carlson-741, 6-Horn-741, 7-Dias-738, 8-Jeff Champagne-573, 9-Cole-423, 10-Jake Higginson-373.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: September 15 - Wentworth, NH - Legion Speedway

 

 

KT #1 AT HANFORD; GARDNER TAKES CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK TITLE

Hanford, CA........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. won Saturday night's AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car "California Sprint Week" finale at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Damion Gardner finished second and claimed the "California Sprint Week" championship. Geoff Ensign, Logan Williams and Jace Vander Weerd rounded out the "top-five" in the 30-lap race. Thomas passed Gardner on lap 26 and led the final five laps for his third win in six "California Sprint Week" starts.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 9, 2017 - Hanford, California - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.932; 2. Austin Liggett, 3T, Finkenbonder-16.083; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.122; 4. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-16.187; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.210; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-16.379; 7. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.427; 8. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-16.459; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.503; 10. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.526; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.572; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.622; 13. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.631; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.668; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.704; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.797; 17. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.833; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.876; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.882; 20. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.955; 21. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-17.046; 22. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.089; 23. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Ensign, 3. Spencer, 4. Thomas, 5. Courtney, 6. C.Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. Shaw. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Swanson, 3. Sussex, 4. Liggett, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Adams, 7. Faria, 8. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Gardner, 3. L.Williams, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Boespflug, 6. Johnson, 7. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Logan Williams, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Austin Williams, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Cody Williams, 13. Chase Johnson, 14. Richard Vander Weerd, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Matt McCarthy, 17. Danny Faria Jr., 18. Austin Liggett, 19. Max Adams, 20. Tyler Courtney, 21. Ryan Bernal, 22. Chris Gansen, 23. Jeremy Ellertson. NT ----------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Sussex, Laps 24-25 Gardner, Laps 26-30 Thomas.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (14th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,135, 2-Roa-1,062, 3-Swanson-1,049, 4-Spencer-869, 5-A.Williams-801, 6-C.Williams-721, 7-L.Williams-675, 8-Adams-623, 9-Gansen-611, 10-McCarthy-524.

FINAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1. Gardner-436, 2. Thomas-415, 3. Ensign-381, 4. Swanson-380, 5. Courtney-370, 6. Roa-345, 7. Liggett-275, 8. C.Williams-230, 9. Johnson-227, 10. L.Williams-224.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 23 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - "Glenn Howard Classic"

 

KT COMES FROM 3RD IN FINAL LAPS TO WIN AT OCEAN

Watsonville, CA........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. was running third in the closing laps but ended up in victory lane Friday night in the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Ocean Speedway. Thomas won the "California Sprint Week" feature, leading the final three laps to beat Damion Gardner, Jake Swanson, Austin Liggett and Chad Boespflug. Tyler Courtney, who led three laps from the end, slipped back to sixth and now trails Gardner by 18 points in the :California Sprint week" standings enter Saturday's finale at Hanford, Calif.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 8, 2017 - Watsonville, California - Ocean Speedway - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.848; 2. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-12.873; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.983; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.993; 5. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-13.021; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.026; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.052; 8. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.119; 9. Austin Liggett, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.145; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.149; 11. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.209; 12. Stevie Sussex, 42, Cheney-13.224; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.240; 14. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.266; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-13.274; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.436; 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.470; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.525.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Gardner, 3. Adams, 4. Thomas, 5. Gansen, 6. L.Williams. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Boespflug, 3. Ellertson, 4. Courtney, 5. Johnson, 6. Ensign. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Swanson, 3. Roa,, 4. Sussex, 5. Shaw, 6. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Geoff Ensign, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Logan Williams, 12. Max Adams, 13. Matt McCarthy, 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Chase Johnson, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Austin Williams. NT
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**Gansen flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Swanson,Laps 14-16 Gardner, Laps 17-27 Courtney, Laps 28-30 Thomas.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chad Boespflug (11th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,057, 2-Roa-999, 3-Swanson-996, 4-Mike Spencer-817, 5-A.Williams-750, 6-C.Williams-679, 7-L.Williams-615, 8-Adams-600, 9-Gansen-586, 10-McCarthy-491.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1-Gardner-358, 2-Courtney-340, 3-Thomas-334, 4-Swanson-327, 5-Ensign-310, 6-Roa-282, 7-Liggett-238, 8-Rico Abreu-198, 9-C.Williams-188, 10-Johnson-187.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 9 - Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - "California Sprint Week"

 

 

WIRE-TO-WIRE FOR GARDNER AT CHICO

Chico, CA........Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. is back atop the AMSOIL USAC/CRA points after leading all 30 laps to win Thursday night's 64th "Cold Cup Race of Champions" feature at Silver Dollar Speedway. He also grabs the California Sprint Week" point lead as well entering the final two races at Watsonville Friday and Hanford Saturday. Jake Swanson took second Thursday ahead of Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Geoff Ensign.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2017 - Chico, California - Siller Dollar Speedway - 64th "Gold Cup Race of Champions" - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cory Eliason, 83SA, Tiner-13.916; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.054; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.071; 4. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.089; 5. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-14.200; 6. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-14.204; 7. Austin Liggett, 3T, Finkenbinder-14.211; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.279; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.282; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.291; 11. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-14.314; 12. Chase Majdic, 19, Wolf-14.329; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.375; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-384; 15. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.507; 16. Colby Copeland, 24C, Copeland-14.531; 17. Jeremy Chisum, 8X, Chisum-14.545; 18. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.552; 19. Rico Abreu, 24, Abreu-14.559; 20. Steven Ingraham, 93, Ingraham-14.563; 21. Jeremy Hawes, 21, Hawes-14.633; 22. Buddy Kofoid, 4X, Kofoid-14.641; 23. Kalib Henry, 7, Snow-14.758; 24. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.771; 25. Jimmy Trulli, 33T, Trulli-14.795; 26. Kyler Shaw, F4, Shaw-14.894; 27. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.909; 28. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-15.024; 29. Brian Grier, 35, Grier-15.030; 30. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-15.169; 31. Scott Males, 14, Males-15.374; 32. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-16.144; 33. Adam Brenton, 28B, Brenton-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Eliason, 2. Hawes, 3. A.Williams, 4. Spencer, 5. L.Williams, 6. Grier, 7. Trulli, 8. Chisum. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. Macedo, 5. Kofoid, 6. Adams, 7. Kyler Shaw. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Gardner, 3. Liggett, 4. Abreu, 5. Johnson, 6. Henry. 7. McCarthy, 8. Males. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Ingraham, 3. Ellertson, 4. Ensign, 5. Madgic, 6. Copeland, 7. Richardson, 8. KoenShaw. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Copeland, 2. Johnson, 3. Majdic, 4. Ky.Shaw, 5. Henry, 6. Kofoid, 7. L.Williams, 8. Trulli, 9. Adams, 10. McCarthy, 11. Ko.Shaw, 12. Males, 13. Richardson, 14. Grier. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Geoff Ensign, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Cory Eliason, 9. Austin Liggett, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Colby Copeland, 12. Rico Abreu, 13. Buddy Kofoid, 14. Jeremy Hawes, 15. Kyler Shaw, 16. Jeremy Ellertson, 17. Kalib Henry, 18. Steven Ingraham, 19. Brody Roa, 20. Chase Majdic, 21. Austin Williams, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Mike Spencer. NT
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**Brenton flipped during hotlaps. Chisum flipped during the first heat. Grier flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (12th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:1-Gardner-980, 2-Roa-937, 3-Swanson-924, 4-Spencer-817, 5-A.Williams-715, 6-Cody Williams-628, 7-L.Williams-571, 8-Adams-555, 9-Gansen-553, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-455.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1. D.Gardner-281, 2. Courtney-278, 3. Ensign-261, 4. Swanson-255, 5. Thomas-253, 6. Roa-221, 7. Abreu-198, 8. Liggett-169, 9. Spencer-152, 10. Ryan Bernal-146.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 8 - Watsonville, CA - Ocean Speedway - "California Sprint Week"

 

 

SCHUTTE LEADS ALL 30 AT CHICO'S "GOLD CUP

Chico, CA........Alex Schutte of Redding, Calif. led all 30 laps to dominate Thursday night's USAC Light up the World Beverages USAC Western Midget race at Silver Dollar Speedway, part of the track's 64th "Gold Cup Race of Champions." The race, co-sanctioned by BCRA, saw fast qualifier Shane Golobic take second ahead of David Prickett, Michelle Decker and Mason Daniel.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2017 - Chico, California - Silver Dollar Speedway - 64th "Gold Cup Race of Champions" - Co-sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1.Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-14.256; 2. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.275; 3. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.318; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.379; 5. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-14.435; 6. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.532; 7. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.567; 8. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.591; 9. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-14.667; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.671; 11. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.702; 12. Michelle Decker, 7D, McQueen-14.724; 13. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.735; 14. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.822; 15. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-14.825; 16. Cody Hodgson, 35M, MF-14.970; 17. Floyd Alvis, 1, Champion-15.440; 18. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.545; 19. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-NT; 20. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Golobic, 3. Pankratz, 4. Dalby, 5. Gardner, 6. Hodgson. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Crone, 3. Cofer, 4. Guerrini, 5. Elliott, 6. Alvis. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Decker, 2. Boat, 3. Daniel, 4. Prickett, 5. McQueen, 6. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. David Prickett, 4. Michelle Decker, 5. Mason Daniel, 6. Frankie Guerrini, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Cory Elliott, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Cody Hodgson, 12. Courtney Crone, 13. Robert Dalby, 14. Michael Faccinto, 15. Chad Boat, 16. J.R. Williams, 17. Maria Cofer, 18. Floyd Alvis. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Schutte

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (16th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-508, 2-Elliott-500, 3-Guerrini-451, 4-Crone-418, 5-Prickett-393, 6-Faccinto-374, 7-Dalby-364, 8-Pankratz-360, 9-Cofer-321, 10-Golobic-286.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 16 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

 

2018 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULED
FOR JULY 20-28

Seven dates for the 31st annual edition of Indiana Sprint Week have been set for the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season.

The prestigious summertime tradition will have a familiar look with seven races in nine nights from July 20-28, 2018, featuring a slate of the top sprint car tracks in the Hoosier state.

For the eighth consecutive year, Indiana Sprint Week will begin at Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday, July 20 before following it up a night later just a little over 30 miles to the west at Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 21. The first weekend concludes Sunday, July 22 in the southeastern part of the state at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

After a two-day hiatus, the series returns for a final four-day stretch that begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 25. Then, it's off to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 26, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 27 and concludes with the ISW finale Saturday, July 28 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

The changing landscape on the racing calendar within the Midwest region opened new opportunities, instigating a change to a slightly later date in the month of July for ISW to create a better balance for the series' drivers and teams during a busy summer stretch.

"We know this is a change for the promoters, our teams and fans, but we feel the need to take advantage of the opportunity to keep growing the event as a whole," USAC Series Director Levi Jones said. "We plan to carry the momentum we've built over the last couple of decades and make Indiana Sprint Week an even bigger success for everyone involved."

The tracks on the ISW schedule each include its own characteristics, ranging from relatively flat to high banks, from quarters to half-miles and from wide-sweeping turns to paperclip-shaped venues, offering a unique challenge to both driver and machine.

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

The USAC National Sprint Car division's winningest driver, Dave Darland, owns the most Indiana Sprint Week victories with 18. Levi Jones and Kevin Thomas have the most ISW titles with four.

2018 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:
Fri., July 20: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Sat., July 21: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana
Sun., July 22: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Wed., July 25: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana
Thu., July 26: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana
Fri., July 27: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana
Sat., July 28: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana

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R.J. JOHNSON SWEEPS LAS CRUCES BORDER TOUR WEEKEND
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017... After winning his third Perris USAC/CRA show, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) continued his winning ways at Las Cruces, New Mexico’s Southern New Mexico Speedway. Last weekend, the four-time Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car champion swept both “Border Tour” co-sanctioned races with the New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA). Taking home $2,000-to-win each night, Johnson also increased his point lead after scoring his fifth win of the campaign.

Opening on Saturday, September 2nd, thirty-one drivers battled at Southern New Mexico Speedway. Using the USAC SouthWest passing point format, R.J. Johnson earned the Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award after heat races were won by Robert Marfia, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Chris Bonneau, and “The Magic Man” Mike Martin. Starting sixth in the feature, Johnson passed NMMRA point leader Shon Deskins on the eighteenth lap and sprinted to the checkered flags. Davis, Nick Aiuto, hard charger “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, and Deskins rounded out the top-five drivers. Mihocko raced to victory in the semi-main.

The Sunday Las Cruces “Border Tour” finale had thirty-one racers in the pit area. Chris Bonneau was the night’s top-qualifier after winning the program’s first heat race. The other 8-lap events were claimed by Johnson, Kyle McCutcheon, and Mihocko. Starting on the inside of the third row, Johnson powered by Deskins on the tenth lap and ran away from all challengers to earn the $2,000 triumph. Deskins, hard charger Nick Aiuto, Bonneau, and “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl followed Johnson to the checkered flags. Michael Curtis transferred to the feature by winning the semi-main.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action this Saturday, September 9th, at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SEPTEMBER 2ND LAS CRUCES FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Nick Aiuto, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Caleb Saiz, 8. Jeff Lowery, 9. Brent Yarnal, 10. J.R. Bonesteel, 11. Matt Ziehl, 12. Rick Ziehl, 13. Michael Curtis, 14. Travis Oldfield, 15. Nick Rael, 16. Robert Marfia, 17. Jesse Baker, 18. Richard Wilbee, 19. Landon Cling, 20. Dillon Tanner, 21. David Burns, 22. Michael Fanelli, 23. Andy Reinbold, 24. Chris Bonneau. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Deskins, Laps 18-30 Johnson
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (17th to 4th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson
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SEPTEMBER 3RD LAS CRUCES FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Shon Deskins, 3. Nick Aiuto, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Rick Ziehl, 6. Kyle McCutcheon, 7. Michael Curtis, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Andy Reinbold, 11. Jeff Lowery, 12. Caleb Saiz, 13. Don Grable, 14. Richard Willbee, 15. Landon Cling, 16. Jesse Baker, 17. J.R. Bonesteel, 18. Nick Rael, 19. Randy Smith, 20. Robert Marfia, 21. Travis Oldfield, 22. Charles Davis Jr., 23. Joseph Hernandez, 24. Dillon Tanner. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Deskins, Laps 10-30 Johnson
HARD CHARGER: Nick Aiuto (13th to 3rd)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Chris Bonneau

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-949, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-868, 3. Shon Deskins-733, 4. Nick Aiuto-654, 5. Tye Mihocko-636, 6. Chris Bonneau-566, 7. Mike Martin-561, 8. Michael Curtis-535, 9. Stevie Sussex-496, 10. Matt Lundy-473, 11. Andy Reinbold-458, 12. Landon Cling-434, 13. Brent Yarnal-404, 14. Bruce St. James-396, ... Jeff Lowery-396, 16. Cody Sickles-353, 17. Matt Rossi-264, 18. Brian Hosford-191, ... Jake Swanson-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

THOMAS, ABREU & COURTNEY EARN USAC/CRA CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK WINS
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017... Entering the second half of the six-race “4th Annual California Sprint Week,” three different drivers have earned AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car wins. Opening at Calistoga, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Rico Abreu stood atop the podium, while Tyler Courtney had a late race charge to win at Petaluma.

Opening on Saturday, September 2nd, twenty-nine drivers raced at the opening night of Calistoga Speedway’s “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Starting third, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Alabama) took the lead from polesitter Rico Abreu on lap twenty-seven and sailed to victory at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Abreu, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Ryan Bernal, and Brody Roa rounded out the top-five drivers as Chase Johnson earned the hard charger award. “The Demon” Damion Gardner earned fast time honors and heat races were claimed by Thomas, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug. Courtney raced to victory in the 12-lap semi-main event.

The following night, twenty-eight racers were ready for action at Calistoga Speedway. Ryan Bernal set the early tone by breaking Blake Miller’s seven year old track record and becoming the first non-wing sprint car in the 18-second bracket. Stornetta, Jace Vander Weerd, Abreu, and Courtney took heat race victories and Roa topped the 12-lap semi-main. With $5,000 on the line, Cory Eliason led the first twelve laps in his first non-wing start. Bernal took over the top spot, but the night belonged to Abreu, who took the lead for good on the 26th circuit. Courtney had the night’s best passing job with a ninth place run from twenty-second.

The traditional 410 cubic inch sprint cars tackled Petaluma Speedway for a rare Monday night show on September 4th. Eighteen cars were ready to battle at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign earned his first USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Chris Gansen, Jake Swanson, and Max Adams claimed 10-lap heat race victories. Starting on the pole position, Gardner led the first twenty-six laps on the sticky adobe clay before Courtney mounted a late race charge and earned his first USAC/CRA triumph. Swanson earned the hard charger award by starting seventeenth and finishing sixth.

The “4th Annual California Sprint Week” featuring the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will resume on Thursday, September 7th at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions," The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will share the spotlight with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

The following night, Friday, September 8th, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will host the fourth round of the northern tour. The American Stocks, Four Bangers, and Police-N-Pursuit will join the action as qualifying starts at 6:00pm. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com/oceanspeedway or call 855.410.7223.

Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds will host the finale of the “California Sprint Week” on Saturday, September 9th. The action packed card will also feature the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and Mini Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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SEPTEMBER 2ND FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Geoff Ensign, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Colby Copeland, 10. Chase Johnson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Mike Spencer, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Klint Simpson, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 18. Logan Williams, 19. Max Adams, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Joe Stornetta Jr., 22. Chris Gansen, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Chad Boespflug. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Abreu, Laps 27-30 Thomas.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chase Johnson (22nd to 10th)
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SEPTEMBER 3RD CALISTOGA FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. Rico Abreu, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Cory Eliason, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Colby Copeland, 11. Chase Johnson, 12. Buddy Kofoid, 13. Mike Spencer, 14. Klint Simpson, 15. Max Adams, 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 17. Cody Williams, 18. Kevin Thomas Jr., 19. Austin Liggett, 20. Ronnie Gardner, 21. Logan Williams, 22. Joe Stornetta Jr. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Eliason, Laps 13-25 Bernal, Laps 26-30 Abreu
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (22nd to 9th)
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SEPTEMBER 4TH PETALUMA FEATURE: (30 laps)
1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Austin Liggett, 9. Ryan Timmons, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. John Clark, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Max Adams, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Ronnie Gardner, 18. Logan Williams. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 D.Gardner, Laps 27-30 Courtney
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 6th)
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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.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS:
2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Max Adams, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-905, 2. Damion Gardner-899, 3. Jake Swanson-846, 4. Mike Spencer-787, 5. Austin Williams-686, 6. Cody Williams-628, 7. Logan Williams-548, 8. Max Adams-545, 9. Chris Gansen-502, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-455, 11. Matt McCarthy-441, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-399, 13. Ronnie Gardner-386, 14. Tommy Malcolm-316, 15. R.J. Johnson-306, 16. Jace Vander Weerd-302, 17. Danny Faria Jr.-288, 18. Chase Johnson-256, 19. A.J. Bender-247, 20. Verne Sweeney-236.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINT STANDINGS:
1. Tyler Courtney-206, 2. Damion Gardner-200, 3. Geoff Ensign-195, 4. Brody Roa-188, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr.-184, 6. Jake Swanson-177, 7. Rico Abreu-154, 8. Ryan Bernal-146, 9. Cody Williams-127, 10. Mike Spencer-122, 11. Ronnie Gardner-118, 12. Austin Liggett-117, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-110, 14. Max Adams-105, 15. Colby Copeland-96, 16. Chase Johnson-92, 17. Chris Gansen-84, 18. Austin Williams-83, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-81, --- Logan Williams-81.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

2018 USAC SPRINT SEASON OPENERS SET FOR OCALA FEB. 15-16-17

For the eighth consecutive year, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season is set to launch in Ocala, Florida at Bubba Raceway Park where "Winter Dirt Games" will open the 2018 season.

Dates have been set for the annual three-race weekend at the D-Shaped dirt oval on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 15-16-17, with an open practice beginning the festivities on Wednesday, February 14.

"One of USAC's great traditions over the last several years has been kicking off its season at Bubba Raceway Park," said Levi Jones, USAC Series Coordinator. "Over the last seven years, 'Winter Dirt Games' has quickly become one of USAC's marquee events and has annually produced some of the best racing action we see all season."

Eighteen USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at the Ocala, Florida track since 2011 and it has proven to be a harbinger of good things for drivers who've won the season opener there in recent years. In fact, three of the four most recent USAC National Sprint Car champions have begun their season as a winner in Ocala: Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014) and Robert Ballou (2015). Current series point leader Justin Grant won the 2017 season opener at Bubba's.

Clauson is the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at Bubba's with four victories in four different seasons. Damion Gardner has won three times while Tracy Hines, Bacon and Ballou have each scored a pair of victories. Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Justin Grant and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

While "Winter Dirt Games" has certainly proven to be a top-notch event among drivers seeking to get their season started off on the right foot, it's also been the same for fans who exit the winter weather for a much-needed foray into the "Sunshine State" to witness the most competitive racing series' lone appearance in the state during the year.

"'Winter Dirt Games' is one of those events fans and teams circle on their calendars each year," track owner Bubba Clem said. "We can't wait to have the USAC Sprint Cars back at Bubba Raceway Park once again in 2018 to kick off the start of a great racing season."

Additionally, further USAC dates in Florida during February 2018 are under discussion.

 

 

"SUNSHINE" PREVAILS AT PETALUMA

Petaluma, CA........Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. is the new leader in the "California Sprint Week" standings after winning Monday night's 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Petaluma Speedway. He tracked down Damion Gardner on lap 27 and led the final four laps to beat Gardner, Geoff Ensign, Cody Williams and Kevin Thomas Jr.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2017 - Petaluma, California - Petaluma Speedway - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Geoff Ensign, 44E, Ensign-13.774; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.822; 3. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-13.915; 4. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-13.935; 5. Cody Wlliams, 44, Jory-13.976; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.103; 7. Austin Liggett, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.154; 8. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.198; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.234; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.269; 11. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.280; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 3T, Finkenbinder-14.357; 13. John Clark, 12J, Clark-14.444; 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.491; 15. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-14.511; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.537; 17. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.726; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.009.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. A.Williams, 3. Ensign, 4. Spencer, 5. Liggett, 6. Clark. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. D.Gardner, 3. Thomas, 4. C.Williams, 5. Timmons, 6. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. McCarthy, 3. Courtney, 4. R.Gardner, 5. Roa, 6. L.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Austin Liggett, 9. Ryan Timmons, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. John Clark, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Max Adams, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Ronnie Gardner, 18. Logan Williams. NT ----------------------- **Thomas flipped during second heat. Roa flipped during third heat. Adams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 D.Gardner, Laps 27-30 Courtney

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-905, 2-D.Gardner-899, 3-Swanson-846, 4-Spencer-787, 5-A.Williams-686, 6-C.Williams-628, 7-L.Williams-548, 8-Adams-545, 9-Gansen-502, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-455.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1. Courtney-206, 2. D.Gardner-200, 3. Ensign-195, 4. Roa-188, 5. Thomas-184, 6. Swanson-177, 7. Abreu-154, 8. Bernal-146, 9. C.Williams-127, 10. Spencer-122.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 7 - Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway - "64th Gold Cup Race of Champions"

 

 

TAYLOR TOPS MORLEY IN SPOON RIVER IMRA 20-LAPPER

Canton, Ill........Adam Taylor of Shorewood, Ill. outraced USAC IMRA Speed2 Deery Brothers Midget point leader Dillon Morley to wi n Sunday night's 20-lap race at Spoon River Speedway. Morley led the first three laps, then Taylor led the rest to beat Morley, Brent Burrows, Broc Hunnell and Austin Archdale.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 3, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 2. Austin Archdale (#2a Archdale), 3. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 4. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 6. Denny England (#19E England), 7. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 8. Mike Brooks (#15s Morgan). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 2. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 3. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 5. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 6. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 7. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 8. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Taylor, 2. Dillon Morley, 3. Brent Burrows, 4. Broc Hunnell, 5. Austin Archdale, 6. Robby McQuinn, 7. Shane Morgan, 8. Andy Baugh, 9. Chase McDermand, 10. Jeremy Hull, 11. Jacob Sollenberger, 12. Dave Baugh, 13. Kurt Mueller, 14. Johnny Murdock, 15. Denny England, 16. Mike Brooks. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Morley, Laps 4-20 Taylor.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-1,312; 2-Taylor-1,287, 3-McDeRmand-1,040, 4-Sollenberger-929, 5-Hull-913, 6-Tyson Hart-760, 7-Burrows-742, 8-Mueller-691, 9-Hunnell-657, 10-Andy Baugh-559.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 9 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

ALLISON 4-FOR-4 AFTER CARAWAY VICTORY

Asheboro, NC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, NC scored his fourth straight USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget victory Monday night at Caraway Speedway. That's five wins in six starts for Allison, who passed Sam Hatfield on lap 12 and led the rest of the 35-lapper to beat series point leader Jessica Bean, Neal Allison, Hatfield and Jake Trainor.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2017 - Asheboro, North Carolina - Caraway Speedway - "Labor Day Special"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-17.063; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-17.178; 3. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-17.214; 4. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-17.260; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-17.276; 6. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-17.634; 7. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-17.671; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Jake Trainor, 6. Jake Garcia, 7. Chris Lamb, 8. Jagger Parker. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-11 Hatfield, Laps 12-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-1,047, 2-Nolan Allison-972, 3-George Kurtz-858, 4-Neal Allison-800, 5-Trainor-794, 6-Parker-652, 7-Hatfield-620, 8-Lamb-560, 9-Garcia-456, 10-Eric Lewis-282.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: September 30 - Shenandoah (VA) Speedway

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 3, 2017 – Las Cruces, New Mexico – Southern New Mexico Speedway – “Border Tour” – Co-sanctioned with NMMRA

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Randy Smith (#26 Smith), 4. Joseph Hernandez (#5H Hernandez), 5. Travis Oldfield (#11W Oldfield), 6. Jesse Baker (#22 Baker), 7. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Don Grable (#148 Grable), 3. Caleb Saiz (#42 Saiz), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 7. Bill Waltman (#09 Waltman), 8. Nick Rael (#73 Rael). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kyle McCutcheon (#5X McCutcheon), 2. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Richard Willbee (#65 Willbee), 7. J.R. Bonesteel (#0JR Bonesteel), 8. Ted Schlote (#29X Schlote). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 3. Dillon Tanner (#92 Tanner), 4. Robert Marfia (#24 Marfia), 5. Matt Ziehl (#88 Ziehl). 6. David Dykes (#4 Dykes), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Curtis, 2. Lowery, 3. Cling, 4. Willbee, 5. Oldfield, 6. Baker, 7. Rael, 8. Bonesteel, 9. Waltman, 10. Yarnal, 11. Kesterson, 12. Schlote, 13. Sickles, 14. Dykes, 15. M.Ziehl. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Shon Deskins, 3. Nick Aiuto, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Rick Ziehl, 6. Kyle McCutcheon, 7. Michael Curtis, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Andy Reinbold, 11. Jeff Lowery, 12. Caleb Saiz, 13. Don Grable, 14. Richard Willbee, 15. Landon Cling, 16. Jesse Baker, 17. J.R. Bonesteel, 18. Nick Rael, 19. Randy Smith, 20. Robert Marfia, 21. Travis Oldfield, 22. Charles Davis Jr., 23. Joseph Hernandez, 24. Dillon Tanner. NT

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

HARD CHARGER: Nick Aiuto (13th to 3rd)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Chris Bonneau

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 9 – San Tan Valley, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

SWANSON A SHOE-IN WITH "TED HORN 100"
WIN AT Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Over the past eight seasons, Kody Swanson has steadily climbed the ranks to become the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car presented by TRAXXAS division's second winningest driver. The foundation for the Kingsburg, California native's remarkable run of success in the decade of the 2010s was laid at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds where he notched victory number one back in 2010.

Since then, Swanson had picked up 17 additional series victories, including seven more on one-mile dirt ovals. Yet, another win at Du Quoin had eluded him until Sunday night when the two-time series champ flipped on the figurative switch in his patented style with less than ten laps remaining, passing Jeff Swindell in traffic to win his second career "Ted Horn 100" in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy.

"To have a chance to win any Silver Crown race is a neat opportunity. To drive this car and win for this team is special no matter where it is. We've been fast here a number of times, but just couldn't catch the breaks," Swanson recalls. "There's a lot that can happen that can take you out of a Silver Crown race. That's why they're so special when you do get them. Tonight, it was a battle. There's so many good cars nowadays, you don't get to rest or ride to save your tires."

Among those good cars running up front early on was C.J. Leary who led the opening seven laps from the outside of the front row before Swanson ripped the top spot away briefly on lap eight with an inside pass coming out of turn four. Leary immediately responded by snatching the lead back away from Swanson on the outside into turn one where he would lead through the 22nd circuit.

As opposed to starting 28th such as he did at Springfield, Swindell didn't have as much traffic to wade his way through this time around following a solid sixth-place qualifying effort. Just shy of a quarter-way through the 100-miler, Swindell rode the inner rail inside turn two past Leary to capture the lead and, by lap 30, had built up a half-straightaway cushion.

After halfway, Swanson put a charge on Leary just as Swindell did earlier, getting underneath in turn two to grab the second spot where he would remain until the final restart brought out by the slowing car of Robert Ballou in turn three, which bunched up the field and erased Swindell's sizable advantage.

On the lap 77 restart, Swindell shot away just as he had done time-and-time again, slamming the screen door shut behind him before his followers even had a chance to react. Third-running Chris Windom did react though when Swanson stumbled in second. Windom dove inside on the front straightaway to take second and began his pursuit on Swindell for the race lead.

A repeat of last year's epic duel between Swindell and Windom commenced, but a bid for a second consecutive Windom victory at the "Magic Mile" ended abruptly just four laps later, on lap 81, when he began to slow coming off turn four before pulling into the infield, sidelining him for the night. Swanson inherited second with 19 laps remaining, but had a half-straightaway of ground to erase to catch up with Swindell, plus the issue he encountered on the restart that he couldn't immediately identify.

"I didn't know if we had a bleeder stick or what," Swanson explains. "As we were coming to green, I came over the radio and said 'hey, you got to keep an eye out because something's wrong.' I don't know what happened to the car, but it felt like it was down on the left side. I didn't know if we had a torsion bar stop or something going funny. With us being so loose with the tire situation we had, I didn't think we were ever going to see Windom again. I still don't know if we would've if he hadn't had that trouble."

"After the race, I saw the left rear go flat," Swanson added. "We were loose, way worse than we had been all race long. The longer we ran, the better we got, but we were still not the same as we had been throughout the middle of the race. I just had my fingers crossed that we wouldn't have another caution."

 

Swanson's wish would be granted as the race would continue without a yellow, but it did force he and Swindell to maneuver through the throes of heavy lapped traffic in the final ten-lap run which was to Swanson's advantage and Swindell's disadvantage.

On the 91st lap, Swindell had trouble negotiating the lapped car of Aaron Pierce in turn three. As he stepped to the outside of Pierce, that opened the door for Swanson to capitalize on the bottom to snare the lead away with nine laps remaining. Swindell didn't go away lightly as he came back a lap later to avenge his turn three defeat to no avail.

"It was tough trying to track down Jeff," Swanson said. "Those guys were really good all day. Yeah, we run for the championship, but I want to win races. I said 'it's time to lay it down. I don't know if the tires are going to last or not, but I want to try to win.' It took everything we had to try to catch up. As we got loose, I had to keep moving, keep changing my line a little bit and try to figure how you can help your racecar. We got a little better just in time. I got a little bit of a run on him and closed enough to where if something happened, hopefully we could capitalize and we did."

A lap later, Swanson knew if he didn't get through the lappers in a timely manner, he could envision Swindell doing the same thing that just occurred to him. Swanson went on the aggressive heading into turn three, splitting through the middle between David Shain and Joey Moughan to escape Swindell who saw access to the opening close in a hurry.

"Lapped traffic is so tough on these miles," Swanson said. "The way the racetrack is, as narrow as it gets, makes it hard to predict. We were able to capitalize on a moment there in lapped traffic and get to the lead. I got stuck a few laps later and was worried if I didn't make the right decisions, Jeff would return the favor. I had to make a pretty big move down the backstretch by splitting between two lapped cars. I don't know if that was a good idea or not, but tonight, it worked out. Maybe that was what sealed the deal."

That move and the clearing of J.C. Bland - the final car in the pack - provided Swanson a road paved in gold toward the finish line where he finished off his fourth win of the season by five seconds over Shane Cockrum, who got by Swindell for second with four laps remaining. Swindell took third ahead of C.J. Leary and ProSource pole winner Jerry Coons, Jr.

Local favorite Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois, finished a season-best second in his Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services - Infinity Shocks/Maxim/Claxton Chevy. Top-tier finishes have become commonplace for Cockrum at Du Quoin in recent years, but the two-time "Ted Horn 100" winner's bid to even compete on Sunday was up in the air until recently after brake and engine issues at Springfield gave the team a major setback. The team loaned an engine from Carli Motorsports that had previously been used by Justin Grant to sit on the pole at Syracuse and Springfield in recent years and was the powerplant of choice for Tracy Hines' final Silver Crown on the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks in 2013.

"I want to thank the Carli bunch again," Cockrum praised. "To loan a motor out that may potentially outrun them, hats off to them. If it wouldn't have been for them, we wouldn't even be out here."

Annually, there is no louder cheer for anyone than there is for Cockrum at Du Quoin as a large throng of fans certainly had something to cheer about this night with a runner-up finish.

"I go to all the miles and I don't think there's anybody that cheers any louder for anybody at any track than they do here for me. We're pretty tickled," Cockrum beamed. "I want to get half my hometown here. We're 15 minutes away and I think we keep getting a few more every year, which is really cool."

A number of records and milestones were on the line Sunday night if Germantown, Tennessee's Jeff Swindell could've brought home his Swanson Racing/Jet Star - Rosewood Machine & Tool - Jeff Freel/Maxim/Toyota to victory lane at Du Quoin, such as he did in 1990. It's been 24 years since his most recent series victory and he would've become the series' oldest ever race winner. Yet, after borrowing a pair of shoes from Kody Swanson (that were too small for his feet), leading 68 laps and earning his third-straight podium finish with a third-place run, Swindell came up just short of getting the only record he wanted on this night: 2017 "Ted Horn 100" winner.

"We gave it away," Swindell point blanked. "We had the dominant car the whole feature. We kept pulling away on all the restarts and my crew kept giving me the 'wide open' hand signals. We lost the radio about 25 laps in and, once we got to lapped traffic, I couldn't tell where we were. I didn't know (Kody) was that close. I tried to sneak around one of those lapped cars going into (turn) three. When I did, he slid out and about sent me out to the wall. That cost me dearly and left a hole open for Kody to come through. If I had known he was that close behind, I probably would've just sat behind the guy and waited. We got back around Kody on the outside there, then he split two lap cars going into three, but they closed up on me and that was the end of it. He got a good lead after that. It's really sad because I think we definitely had the car to win."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds include Jerry Coons, Jr. (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Casey Shuman (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: September 3, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-31.216; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-31.514; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-31.670; 4. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-31.722; 5. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-31.808; 6. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-31.836; 7. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.935; 8. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-31.962; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-32.024; 10. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-32.077; 11. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-32.207; 12. Dave Darland, 97, Lein-32.238; 13. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-32.283; 14. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-32.392; 15. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-32.405; 16. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.423; 17. David Shain, 7, Hardy-32.436; 18. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-32.511; 19. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-32.841; 20. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams & Wright-33.198; 21. Ken Schrader, 14, McQuinn-33.282; 22. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-33.286; 23. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-33.309; 24. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-33.341; 25. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.547; 26. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-33.644; 27. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-33.871; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-34.235; 29. Terry Babb, 42, Babb-34.261; 30. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-34.328; 31. Keith Burch, 24, Burch-34.629; 32. Danny Long, 44, Long-35.368; 33. Robert Ballou, 6, Klatt-NT; 34. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-NT; 35. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Shane Cockrum, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Brian Tyler, 9. Mark Smith, 10. Casey Shuman, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Dakota Jackson, 14. David Shain, 15. Joey Moughan, 16. Aaron Pierce, 17. Chris Urish, 18. Joss Moffatt, 19. Ken Schrader, 20. J.C. Bland, 21. Matt Goodnight, 22. Austin Nemire, 23. Danny Long, 24. Chris Windom, 25. Patrick Bruns, 26. Robert Ballou, 27. Terry Babb, 28. David Byrne, 29. Keith Burch, 30. Johnny Petrozelle, 31. Steve Buckwalter, 32. Patrick Lawson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Leary, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-22 Leary, Laps 23-90 Swindell, Laps 91-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Casey Shuman (24th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR POINTS: 1-Swanson-624, 2-Coons-519, 3-Windom-458, 4-Grant-415, 5-Byrne-387, 6-Pierce-380, 7-Bobby Santos-350, 8-Moffatt-269, 9-Joe Liguori-258, 10-Damion Gardner-248.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR RACE: September 23 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals"

 

 

ABREU TOPS BERNAL IN VERMEIL'S SUNDAY SPRINT

Calistoga, CA........Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Calif. capped a perfect night Sunday at Calistoga Speedway, winning the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint feature, part of the track's 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic." He earlier won the 30-lap Midget race too. He passed Ryan Bernal on lap 26 and led the final five Sprint laps to beat Bernal, Damion Gardner, Cory Eliason and Brody Roa.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 3, 2017 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway - "10th Louie Vermeil Classic" - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 57, Silva-18.869 (New Track Record); 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.103; 3. Rico Abreu, 24, Abreu-19.115; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-19.122; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.182; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-19.188; 7. Cory Eliason, 83SA, Tiner-19.201; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-19.259; 9. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-19.322; 10. Geoff Ensign, 44E, Ensign-19.362; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-19.389; 12. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-19.401; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-19.413; 14. Klint Simpson, 3, Finkenbinder-19.446; 15. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-19.516; 16. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-19.543; 17. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-19.631; 18. Colby Copeland, 24C, Copeland-19.659; 19. Buddy Kofoid, 4X, Kofoid-19.659; 20. Ronnie Gardner, 3F, Finkenbinder-19.674; 21. Joe Stornetta Jr., 8, Richardson-19.680; 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-19.735; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-19.762; 24. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-19.875; 25. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-20.110; 26. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.215; 27. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-20.366; 28. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-20.991.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stornetta, 2. Johnson, 3. Liggett, 4. Bernal, 5. Roa, 6. A.Williams, 7. Gansen. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Swanson, 3. Ensign, 4. D.Gardner, 5. Simpson, 6. Copeland, 7. McCarthy. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. C.Williams, 3. Eliason, 4. Kofoid, 5. Adams, 6. Bock, 7. L.Williams. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. R.Gardner, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Thomas, 5. Spencer, 6. Boespflug. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Roa, 2. L.Williams, 3. Spencer, 4. Adams, 5. Copeland, 6. Simpson, 7. A.Williams, 8. Boespflug, 9. Bock, 10. Gansen, 11. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Cory Eliason, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Colby Copeland, 11. Chase Johnson, 12. Buddy Kofoid, 13. Mike Spencer, 14. Klint Simpson, 15. Max Adams, 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 17. Cody Williams, 18. Kevin Thomas Jr., 19. Austin Liggett, 20. Ronnie Gardner, 21. Logan Williams, 22. Joe Stornetta Jr. NT ----------------------- **Ellertson flipped during qualifications.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Eliason, Laps 13-25 Bernal, Laps 26-30 Abreu

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (22nd to 9th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: Roa-848, 2-D.Gardner-825, 3-Swanson-783, 4-Spencer-742, 5-A.Williams-646, 6-C.Williams-560, 7-L.Williams-511, 8-Adams-497, 9-R.Vander Weerd-455, 10-Gansen-451.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1-Abreu-154, 2-Bernal-146, 3-Roa-131, 4-Courtney-126, 5-D.Gardner-126, 6-Ensign-119, 7-Thomas-115, 8-Swanson-114, 9-R.Vander Weerd-110, 10-Copeland-96.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 4 - Petaluma (CA) Speedway - "California Sprint Week"

 

ABREU GRABS VERMEIL'S SUNDAY MIDGET FEATURE

Calistoga, CA........Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Calif. captured Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Western Midget feature at the 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic" at Calistoga Speedway. He took the lead from Shane Golobic on lap 20 and led the rest of the way to beat Spencer Bayston, Michael Faccinto, Holly Shelton and Frankie Guerrini. Abreu was the fourth feature lap leader.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 3, 2017 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway - 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-19.676 (New Track Record); 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-19.920; 3. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-19.950; 4. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.000; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.087; 6. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-20.099; 7. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-20.188; 8. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-20.214; 9. Tyler Courtney, 73, Ford-20.388; 10. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-20.485; 11. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-20.522; 12. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-20.625; 13. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-20.679; 14. Ronnie Gardner, 73T, Ford-20.690; 15. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-20.864; 16. Randi Pankatz, 8, Pankratz-20.995; 17. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-21.013; 18. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-21.210; 19. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-22.499; 20. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Faccinto, 3. Crone, 4. Shelton, 5. Pankratz, 6. Cofer. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Carrick, 3. Josett, 4. Swanson, 5. Dalby, 6. Gardner. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Abreu, 3. Courtney, 4. Elliott, 5. Guerrini, 6. Prickett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Michael Faccinto, 4. Holly Shelton, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. Cory Elliott, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Robert Dalby, 11. Chad Boat, 12. Shane Golobic, 13. Jake Swanson, 14. Courtney Crone, 15. Robby Josett, 16. David Prickett, 17. Tyler Courtney, 18. Nate Wait. NT ----------------------- **Swanson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Courtney, Lap 2 Crone, Lap 3 Courtney, Laps 4-8 Golobic, Lap 9 Abreu, Laps 10-19 Golobic, Laps 20-30 Abreu

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Frankie Guerrini (15th to 5th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Elliott-450, 2-Gardner-437, 3-Guerrini-391, 4-Crone-387, 5-Faccinto-331, 6-Prickett-324, 7-Dalby-322, 8-Pankratz-311, 9-Cofer-284, 10-Swanson-232.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 7 - Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway - 64th "Gold Cup Race of Champions"

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS:

 September 3, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-31.216; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-31.514; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-31.670; 4. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-31.722; 5. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-31.808; 6. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-31.836; 7. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.935; 8. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-31.962; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-32.024; 10. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-32.077; 11. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-32.207; 12. Dave Darland, 97, Lein-32.238; 13. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-32.283; 14. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-32.392; 15. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-32.405; 16. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.423; 17. David Shain, 7, Hardy-32.436; 18. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-32.511; 19. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-32.841; 20. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams & Wright-33.198; 21. Ken Schrader, 14, McQuinn-33.282; 22. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-33.286; 23. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-33.309; 24. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-33.341; 25. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.547; 26. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-33.644; 27. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-33.871; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-34.235; 29. Terry Babb, 42, Babb-34.261; 30. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-34.328; 31. Keith Burch, 24, Burch-34.629; 32. Danny Long, 44, Long-35.368; 33. Robert Ballou, 6, Klatt-NT; 34. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-NT; 35. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Shane Cockrum, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Brian Tyler, 9. Mark Smith, 10. Casey Shuman, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Dakota Jackson, 14. David Shain, 15. Joey Moughan, 16. Aaron Pierce, 17. Chris Urish, 18. Joss Moffatt, 19. Ken Schrader, 20. J.C. Bland, 21. Matt Goodnight, 22. Austin Nemire, 23. Danny Long, 24. Chris Windom, 25. Patrick Bruns, 26. Robert Ballou, 27. Terry Babb, 28. David Byrne, 29. Keith Burch, 30. Johnny Petrozelle, 31. Steve Buckwalter, 32. Patrick Lawson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Leary, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-22 Leary, Laps 23-90 Swindell, Laps 91-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Casey Shuman (24th-10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-Swanson-624, 2-Coons-519, 3-Windom-458, 4-Grant-415, 5-Byrne-387, 6-Pierce-380, 7-Bobby Santos-350, 8-Moffatt-269, 9-Joe Liguori-258, 10-Gardner-248.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): September 23 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - 36th "4-Crown Nationals"

 

 

MORLEY EXTENDS IMRA LEAD WIH 34 VICTORY

Burlington, IA........Dillon Morley of Moline, Ill. won Saturday night's 15-lap USAC Deery Brothers Speed2 IMRA Midget race at 34 Raceway. He led the final 2ix laps to beat Tyson Hart, who led the first nine. Adam Taylor was third ahead of Jeff Mallonee and Kurt Mueller.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 2. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 5. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 7. Blake Haynes (#9B Haynes). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull).

FEATURE: (12 laps) 1. Dillon Morley, 2. Tyson Hart, 3. Adam Taylor, 4. Jeff Mallonee, 5. Kurt Mueller, 6. Blake Haynes, 7. Chris Bolander, (#2 Zero), 8. Jacob Sollenberger. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Hart, Laps 10-15 Morley.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-1,237, 2-Taylor-1,211, 3-Chase McDermand-990, 4-Sollenberger-883, 5-Hull-866, 6-Hart-760, 7-Brent Burrows-673, 8-Mueller-652, 9-Broc Hunnell-588, 10-Mallonee-535.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 3 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

JOHNSON WINS "BORDER TOUR" OPENER AT LAS CRUCES

Las Cruces, NM........R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz. won Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Southwest Sprint Car rae at Southern New Mexico Speedway which kicked off the "Border Tour" co-sancioned y NMMRA. Johnson led the final 13 lapd after passing Shon Deskins on lap 18. Charles Davis was second ahead of Nick aiuto, Tye Micocko and Deskins.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Las Cruces, New Mexico - Southern New Mexico Speedway - "Border Tour" - Co-sanctioned with NMMRA

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Robert Marfia (#24 Marfia), 2. Rick Ziehl (#20 Ziehl), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 6. Caleb Saiz (#42 Saiz), 7. Richard Wilbee (#65 Wilbee), 8. Randy Smith (#26 Smith). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Michael Fanelli (#2 Fanelli), 5. Don Grable (#148 Grable), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 7. Matt Ziehl (#88 Ziehl), 8. David Dykes (#4 Dykes). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Jesse Baker (#22 Baker), 6. Dillon Tanner (#92 Tanner), 7. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 8. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Ted Schlote (#29X Schlote), 4. David Burns (#52NM Burns), 5. J.R. Bonesteel (#0JR Bonesteel), 6. Travis Oldfield (#11W Oldfield), 7. Bill Waltman (#09 Waltman). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mihocko, 2. Saiz, 3. Bonesteel, 4. Tanner, 5. Baker, 6. Oldfield, 7. Ziehl, 8. Grable, 9. Schlote, 10. Smith, 11. Sickles, 12. Wilbee, 13. Waltman, 14. Dykes. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Nick Aiuto, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Caleb Saiz, 8. Jeff Lowery, 9. Brent Yarnal, 10. J.R. Bonesteel, 11. Matt Ziehl, 12. Rick Ziehl, 13. Michael Curtis, 14. Travis Oldfield, 15. Nick Rael, 16. Robert Marfia, 17. Jesse Baker, 18. Richard Wilbee, 19. Landon Cling, 20. Dillon Tanner, 21. David Burns, 22. Michael Fanelli, 23. Andy Reinbold, 24. Chris Bonneau. NT

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**Reinbold flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Deskins, Laps 18-30 Johnson

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (17th to 4th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-866, 2-Davis-839, 3-Deskins-658, 4-Aiuto-585, 5-Mihocko-579, 6-Martin-507, 7-Stevie Sussex-496, 8-Bonneau-491, 9-Curts-479, 10-Matt Lundy-473.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 3 - Las Cruces, NM - Southern New Mexico Speedway - "Border Tour" - Co-sanctioned with NMMRA

 

 

THOMAS OVERHAULS ABREU TO TAKE "VERMEIL CLASSIC" SPRINT OPENER

Calistoga, CA........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, AL ran down Rico Abreu in the closing laps to win Saturday night's 30-lap 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic" AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Calistoga Speedway, the opening event of "California Sprint Week." Thomas trailed Abreu for 26 laps, then led the final four to beat Abreu, Tyler Courtney, Ryan Bernal and Brody Roa, who continues as the USAC/CRA leader after the race.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway - "10th Louie Vermeil Classic" - "California Sprint Week"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.756; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-19.766; 3. Tyler Courtney, 56, Phulps-19.824; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.875; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-19.911; 6. Ryan Bernal, 57, Silva-19.953; 7. Rico Abreu, 24, Abreu-20.009; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-20.117; 9. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-20.161; 10. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-20.203; 11. Terry Schank Jr, 1, Gleeson-20.246; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.278; 13. Colby Copeland, 24, Copeland-20.355; 14. Joe Stornetta Jr., 8, Richardson-20.361; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-20.420; 16. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-20.430; 17. Buddy Kofoid, 4X, Kofoid-20.542; 18. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-20.552; 19. Geoff Ensign, 4E, Ensign-20.616; 20. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.638; 21. Klint Simpson, 3, Finkenbinder-20.668; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-20.709; 23. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-20.733; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-20.863; 25. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-20.935; 26. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-21.459; 27. John Clark, 12J, Clark-21.660; 28. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-21.923; 29. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. D.Gardner, 3. Copeland, 4. Swanson, 5. Johnson, 6. Kofoid, 7. Bock, 8. Simpson. NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stornetta, 2. L.Williams, 3. Bernal, 4. Liggett, 5. Adams, 6. Ellertson, 7. McCarthy. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Ensign, 4. Abreu, 5. Courtney, 6. Clark, 7. Schank. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Spencer, 3. Roa, 4. R.Gardner, 5. A.Williams, 6. C.Williams, 7. Gansen. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Adams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Simpson, 5. Johnson, 6. Ellertson, 7. Kofoid, 8. C.Williams, 9. Gansen, 10. Bock, 11. Clark, 12. McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Geoff Ensign, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Colby Copeland, 10. Chase Johnson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Mike Spencer, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Klint Simpson, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 18. Logan Williams, 19. Max Adams, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Joe Stornetta Jr., 22. Chris Gansen, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Chad Boespflug. NT ----------------------- **Liggett, D.Gardner, and Stornetta flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Abreu, Laps 27-30 Thomas.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chase Johnson (22nd to 10th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:1-Roa-784, 2-Gardner-751, 3-Swanson-726, 4-Spencer-703, 5-A.Williams-636, 6-C.Williams-524, 7-L.Williams-485, 8-Adams-463, 9-Gansen-441, 10-R.Vander Weerd-394.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:1-Thomas-80, 2-Abreu-72, 3-Courtney-72, 4-Bernal-68, 5-Roa-67, 6-Ensign-61, 7-Swanson-57, 8-R.Gardner-54, 9-Copeland-52, 10-D.Gardner-52.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 3 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway - "10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic" - "California Sprint Week"

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

Calistoga, CA........Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev. led just one lap Saturday night, but it was the one that counted! He snatched the lead from Shane Golobic on the 30th and final lap to win the "10th Louie Vermeil Classic" opener for the Lightup the World Beverages USAC Western Midgets at Calistoga Speedway. Golobic held on for second ahead of Holly Shelton and Rico Abreu. Abreu, Golobic and Ronnie Gardner all led laps during the first 29.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway - 10th "Louis Vermeil Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-19.719 (New Track Record), 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-19.847; 3. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-19.900; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-19.960; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-20.009; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-20.256; 7. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.276; 8. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-20.289; 9. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.329; 10. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-20.535; 11. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-20.591; 12. Tyler Courtney, 73, Ford-20.662; 13. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-20.695; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Burb-Agajanian-20.718; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-20.770; 16. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-20.910; 17. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-21.001; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-21.054; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-21.264; 20. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-21.763; 21. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-22.164.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Abreu, 3. Thorson, 4. Bayston, 5. Carrick, 6. Prickett, 7. Wait. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Faccinto, 3. Crone, 4. Cofer, 5. Josett, 6. Courtney. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Gardner, 3. Golobic, 4. Elliott, 5. Pankratz, 6. Guerrini, 7. Dalby. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Holly Shelton, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Tyler Courtney, 9. Robby Josett, 10. Maria Cofer, 11. David Prickett, 12. Frankie Guerrini, 13. Randi Pankratz, 14. Courtney Crone, 15. Nate Wait, 16. Michael Facinto, 17. Ronnie Gardner, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Robert Dalby, 20. Cory Elliott. NT ----------------------- **Swanson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Abreu, Laps 10-11 Gardner, Laps 12-29 Golobic, Lap 30 Thorson.

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (17th to 8th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Gardner-424, 2-Elliott-390, 3-Guerrini-329, 4-Crone-326, 5-Prickett-290, 6-Dalby-275, 7-Pankratz-261, 8-Faccinto-260, 9-Cofer-232, 10-Nichols-217.

NEXT USAC LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 3 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway - 10th "Louie Vermeil Classic"

 

 

NOLAN ALLISON LEADS ALL 35 AT HICKORY

Hickory, NC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. led all the way to win Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget race at Hickory Motor Speedway. Jagger Parker took second ahead of Chris Lamb, series point leader Jessica Bean and Neal Allison.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2017 - Hickory, North Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-14.817; 2. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.104; 3. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.105; 4. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.281; 5. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.391; 6. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.496; 7. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.584; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-16.288; 9. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-16.289; 10. Tommy Johnson, 8, Hatfield-16.543.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jagger Parker, 3. Chris Lamb, 4. Jessica Bean, 5. Neal Allison, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Jake Garcia, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Tommy Johnson, 10. Jordan Empie. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-975, 2-Nolan Allison-896, 3-George Kurtz-858, 4-Trainor-736, 5-Neal Allison-733, 6-Parker-599, 7-Sam Hatfield-557, 8-Lamb-507, 9-Garcia-401, 10-Eric Lewis-282.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: September 4 - Asheboro, NC - Caraway Speedway - "Labor Day Special"

 

 

BLASTS FROM PAST BRING ADDED ELEMENT TO SUNDAY'S "TED HORN 100" AT Du QUOIN

By: Jay Hardin - Track Enterprises Staff

The movie Field of Dreams may have had "build it and they will come" as its signature line, but the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds may be able to modify that to "build it and they will keep coming back" as its signature line, at least when it comes to the "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car race on the Magic Mile. There should be a number of veterans in the field Sunday, September 3 that just can't stay away from the southern Illinois clay.

First, how about USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland? The Lincoln, Indiana driver has yet to find victory lane at Du Quoin. The southern Illinois mile remains the only one-mile dirt oval on the current schedule he hasn't conquered, but it isn't for lack of trying. Dave's led three races for 123 laps, including 2001 when the fuel tank ran dry toward the end and he ended the race on the wall. In 19 starts, Dave has 12 top-10 finishes, three 2nd place finishes and two poles.

2008 Ted Horn 100 champ Brian Tyler made a triumphant return to the series and Du Quoin last year, flying the familiar orange and white colored number 12 of car owner Bob Galas, formerly of O'Fallon, Illinois. Galas made the colors and number famous when he wrenched Silver Crown cars owned by Chicago's Tim Delrose and driven by the legendary Gary Bettenhausen. In fact, the combination won five times on the mile between 1980 and 1988. Tyler started 11th and finished 8th last year, completing all 100 miles. He nearly won the "Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield this year in the same car, leading before halfway then running near the top when the car suffered mechanical failure.

1990 "Horn 100" champ Jeff Swindell also made a triumphant return to Du Quoin last season. After crashing his mount heavily at Indianapolis, Swindell and team were an unknown commodity coming into the next to last race of the season. Jeff also hadn't made a start at Du Quoin since 2010. However, Swindell picked up right where he left off, starting 4th and finishing 2nd after leading 55 miles. Jeff was a Du Quoin rookie when he sat on the pole in 1987. After a two-year absence, he won in 1990 and finished 2nd in 1993, driving cars wrenched by Bob Galas. Swindell finished 3rd at Springfield this year after starting 28th.

One returning Du Quoin veteran may stand out among the group, although he hasn't won a Silver Crown race on one of the dirt miles. NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader of Fenton, Missouri has driven everything from sprint cars to late models, from stock cars to Indy cars. He made his Silver Crown debut in 1980, won the 1982 Silver Crown title with an assist from Sheldon Kinser before heading to NASCAR.

Du Quoin is where Schrader made his USAC Stock Car debut in 1979. Two years later, he finished 11th in his first "Ted Horn 100," then led nine laps before finishing 3rd in 1983. Schrader last raced in the "Horn" in 1985 and tried to make the field in 1986, but the car broke and he missed the show. Ken has won in a dirt late model, four times in modified cars and three times in ARCA on the Du Quoin mile. He has 17 ARCA starts, five USAC starts and several starts in the "Oldani Memorial" modified event. Suffice to say, it's a good bet Schrader has raced more at Du Quoin than any other dirt mile in the country. He may also set another record September 3. Last year, Tad Roach set a record for most years in between "Ted Horn 100" starts at 16. Schrader would double that record with a start Sunday!

What will Ken Schrader and the other returning veterans do September 3? Come find out! The "Ted Horn 100" begins with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

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ILLINI NATIVES HAVE WINNING HISTORY IN "TED HORN 100" AT Du QUOIN

By: Jay Hardin - Track Enterprises Staff

No less than 14 participants in this Sunday, September 3rd's "Ted Horn 100" at Du Quoin have ties to the home soil of Illinois whether they are a car owner or driver. Little wonder that some on the USAC Silver Crown entry list might feel they have a 'home field' advantage as the series comes to the Du Quoin State Fair. There is reason for optimism among the Illini crowd.

Nine different Illinois drivers account for 16 championship dirt car victories on the Magic Mile. In fact, in the last ten years, five Ted Horn 100 races have been won by a driver with ties to the state of Illinois.

Drivers from Illinois in 2017 include Shane Cockrum of Benton, Patrick Bruns of Champaign, Chris Windom of Canton, Terry Babb of Decatur, Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville, David Shain of Sullivan, Chris Urish of Elkhart, Shane Cottle of Kansas (now in Kokomo, IN), J.C. Bland, Korey Weyant and Joey Moughan, all of Springfield.

Car owners with Illinois ties include Cornell Racing of the Chicago area (with driver Johnny Petrozelle), Bob Galas formerly of O'Fallon (with driver Brian Tyler), Patty Bateman of Murphysboro (with driver Casey Shuman) and Dennis McQuinn of Springfield (with driver Ken Schrader). Several drivers and owners from Illinois stand a good chance of finding victory lane.

Illinois has been well represented in Du Quoin victory lane since the first race in 1948. Tony Bettenhausen of Tinley Park, a two-time national champion, won three consecutive races in 1949 and two in 1951. Springfield, Illinois car owner Bessie Lee Paoli wasn't allowed in the pit area but that didn't stop her driver, Chuck Stevenson, from winning Du Quoin in 1952 on his way to a national championship. Thirteen years later, Champaign's Don "Grandpa" Branson stopped A.J. Foyt's four race win streak on the Magic Mile.

In 1976, Danville barber and central Illinois short track star Bubby Jones aced the field at Du Quoin before a CBS television audience. In May of 1980, Gary Bettenhausen, chief mechanic Bob Galas and Joliet owner Tim Delrose started a streak of five consecutive Du Quoin wins going to Illinois drivers. Meanwhile, Gary became the first winner's son to pull into victory lane at Du Quoin.

Gary, also from Tinley Park, won both races held in 1980 and again in 1982 and 1983. Glen Ellyn's Rich Vogler broke the Bettenhausen hold with his 1981 victory. Gary won again in 1988 with Bob Galas turning the wrenches. Galas and Delrose would win again in 1990 with Jeff Swindell.

It would be nearly two decades before someone with Illinois ties won at Du Quoin again. Shane Cottle established himself as a top modified and sprint car driver and moved to Indiana to be closer to the racing operation. He still had family in Kansas, Illinois when he got a televised win in 2007. Six years later, Elkhart's Chris Urish scored one of the biggest upset wins in series history when he had just enough fuel to get to the checkers first. Benton's Shane Cockrum scored back-to-back popular wins in 2014 and 2015, while Canton's Chris Windom is the defending "Horn 100" winner and the defending Silver Crown champion.

Will a driver and/or owner from the home state prevail again? Find out this Sunday, September 3 when the "Ted Horn 100" begins with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

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Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

LAS CRUCES USAC SOUTHWEST & NMMRA “BORDER TOUR” STARTS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 30, 2017... After a successful “Freedom Tour” through Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the Arizona based Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series is ready to battle the New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA). Starting this Saturday, September 2nd, the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces will host two nights of the popular “Border Tour.” The main events will pay $2,000-to-win as drivers from each series will battle for bragging rights and a nice payday.

The “USAC vs. NMMRA Non-Wing Labor Day Fling” promises to be a must see event at the Southern New Mexico Speedway. Since July 20, 2013, five USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the fast 5/16-mile oval. Four different drivers have claimed wins at Las Cruces and four-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with two victories. The traditional 360 sprints will be joined by X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legends Cars, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Mini Stocks, and Claimers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

Entering the twelfth point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings by a twenty-four point margin. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson has posted three feature wins, seven heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 98 feature laps led. The four-time champion leads all USAC SouthWest drivers with forty-seven victories and will be looking to sweep the “Border Tour.”

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis has five feature wins, seven heat race victories, six Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has nineteen series wins and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with Las Cruces victories.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) ranks third in the championship point standings. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis entry and the Richards #7 machine, Deskins has posted two hard charger awards and twelve top-10 finishes on the season. The veteran driver is now promoting races at the Show Low Speedway Park and might miss the Las Cruces events.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. Nick will be looking to win his first USAC SouthWest main event at Southern New Mexico Speedway.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the point standings. Racing the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko has two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and nine top-10 finishes to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on his career USAC SouthWest victory at Las Cruces.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Matt Lundy, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Andy Reinbold, Landon Cling, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, Jeff Lowery, Brian Hosford, and more.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) leads the NMMRA point standings over Caleb Saiz, Michael Fanelli, Randy Smith, J.R. Bonesteel, Ted Schlote, Robert Marfia, Davis Burns, Bill Waltman, and Travis Oldfield rounding out the top-10 drivers.

Southern New Mexico Speedway is located at 12125 Robert Larson Boulevard in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To get to the track, I-10 to exit 132, then south to the frontage road, then 3.1 miles west on Robert Larson Blvd. Adult Tickets are $15, Family Packs are $35, Kids Tickets (10 & Under) are FREE, and Pit Passes are $35. For more event information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

BORDER TOUR WINS:
6-R.J. Johnson, 2-Rickey Hood, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Rick Ziehl.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
5-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

LAS CRUCES SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Rick Ziehl.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-783, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-759, 3. Shon Deskins-592, 4. Nick Aiuto-515, 5. Tye Mihocko-513, 6. Stevie Sussex-496, 7. Matt Lundy-473, 8. Chris Bonneau-460, 9. Mike Martin-440, 10. Michael Curtis-436, 11. Bruce St. James-396, 12. Andy Reinbold-380, 13. Landon Cling-374, 14. Matt Rossi-364, 15. Brent Yarnal-342, 16. Cody Sickles-333, 17. Jeff Lowery-296, 18. Jake Swanson-191, ...Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO CALISTOGA AND CHICO
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 30, 2017... The cars and stars of the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series are gearing up for the anticipated 3-race swing in Northern California. Starting this Saturday, September 2nd, “the mighty midgets” will tackle Calistoga Speedway for the 2-day “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” On Thursday, September 7th, the group will travel to Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway and battle the rival Bay City Racing Association (BCRA) during the “Gold Cup Race of Champions.”

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-MUFFLER RULE: 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.

-CALISTOGA ENTRY FEE: The entry fee to all competitors will be $35 at Calistoga.

-CHICO USAC POINTS: To earn USAC Western States Midget points at Chico, competitors must check in with USAC officials. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

-CHICO BCRA POINTS: For BCRA points, BCRA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE RECOGNIZED at this event.

-CHICO WEIGHT RULE: The weight rule for the combined BCRA & USAC Western States Midget shows is 1060 lbs. This will also be in effect at the September 7th Chico show.

Looking for his record setting fifth consecutive championship, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a twenty-five point lead over the competition. Cory Elliott, Frankie Guerrini, Courtney Crone, Robert Dalby, David Prickett, Randi Pankratz, Michael Faccinto, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, and Shannon McQueen round out the top-10 drivers. In the five previous races, four different drivers have claimed victory and four drivers have earned fast/top qualifier honors.

On September 2nd and 3rd, Calistoga Speedway will host the “10th 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 July 2, 1993, twenty-six USAC Western States Midget races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Rico Abreu leads all drivers with five wins and Spencer Bayston set the 1-lap qualifying record of 19.774 on September 3, 2016. The AMSOIL USAC/CRA 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 www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC MIDGET WINNERS:
2008-Johnny Rodriguez, 2009-Josh Ford, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Johnathon Henry, 2012-Rico Abreu, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014- Christopher Bell, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Michael Faccinto.

CALISTOGA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS:
5-Rico Abreu, 4-Billy Boat, 2-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Christoper Bell, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jim Keene, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Evan Margeson, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Scott Pierovich, 1-Tony Stewart, 1-Tanner Thorson.

After a short break, the Northern California swing will continue on Thursday, September 7th, at Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions," the event is co-sanctioned with the BCRA. The Silver Dollar Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western States Midget shows and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with two wins. Four-time and defending champion Ronnie Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 14.047 on September 4, 2014. The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will share the spotlight with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

GOLD CUP RACE OF CHAMPIONS MIDGET WINNERS:
2011-David Prickett, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014-Brian Gard, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Alex Schutte.

CHICO USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brian Gard, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-David Prickett, 1-Alex Schutte. 1-Kody Swanson.

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

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

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

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-387, 2. Cory Elliott-362, 3. Frankie Guerrini-287, 4. Courtney Crone-285, 5. Robert Dalby-248, 6. David Prickett-246, 7. Randi Pankratz-220, .. Michael Faccinto-220, 9. Terry Nichols-207, ... Shannon McQueen-207, 11. Mason Daniel-205, 12. Maria Cofer-184, 13. Jake Swanson-155, 14. C.J. Sarna-154, 15. Alex Schutte-138, 16. Geoff Ensign-131, 17. Clayton Ruston-118, 18. Tyler Dolacki-113, 19. Robby Josett-101, 20. J.J. Ercse-83.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 7: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 14: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

“4TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK” BEGINS SATURDAY AT CALISTOGA
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 30, 2017...After a wild “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” at Perris, the powerful AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are ready for the “4th Annual California Sprint Week.” The six-race mini-series at five different tracks will open this Saturday, September 2nd, at Calistoga’s “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” over two nights. >From there, the traditional 410s will tackle the clay ovals of Petaluma, Chico, Watsonville, and Hanford. As this writing goes to press, the Calistoga events will pay a minimum of $5,000-to-win and the other shows will pay $3,000-to-win. With valuable points up for grabs, the “California Sprint Week” will play a major factor in the chase for the championship.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS:
The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges an entry fee to all competitors and will be $35 at Calistoga and $25 for Petaluma, Chico, Watsonville, and Hanford. The series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT RACER’S FIRST EVENT and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

MUFFLER RULES: Calistoga and Hanford have a 95db at 100 feet sound rule and mufflers are required. Petaluma, Chico, and Watsonville have a tougher sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the ONLY LEGAL MUFFLER for Petaluma and Watsonville. The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the preferred/recommended muffler at Chico and cars with other mufflers will be checked for sound. If the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete.

PETALUMA PITS TARP RULE: At Petaluma, tarps are mandatory under all race cars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Entering the “Louie Vermeil Classic,” there have been six different winners and four drivers have claimed fast time honors. The chase for the championship is heating up as Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has taken over the point lead and carries an 18-point advantage. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Jake Swanson, Mike Spencer, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Max Adams, Chris Gansen, and Matt McCarthy round out the top-10 drivers.

On September 2nd and 3rd, Calistoga Speedway will host the “10th 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, eighteen USAC/CRA races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with 3 wins. On September 4, 2010, “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying track record at the scenic half-mile by posting a time of 19.078. The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets and Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

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

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

On Monday, September 4th, 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 five 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 Super Stocks and 600 Micro Sprints. The front gates will open at 4:00pm and Racing is set for 6:00pm. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

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

After a short break, the popular mini-series will continue on Thursday, September 7th, at Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions," the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds has hosted four USAC/CRA appearances. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with two wins and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 13.353 on September 8, 2016. The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will share the spotlight with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

CHICO AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Damion Gardner, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Kyle Larson.

The following night, Friday, September 8th, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will host the fourth round of the northern tour. Promoted by John Prentice, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds oval has held nine USAC/CRA events and Mike Spencer leads all drivers with three triumphs. “The Demon” Damion Gardner set the 1-lap qualifying record of 12.500 on September 5, 2014. The American Stocks, Four Bangers, and Police-N-Pursuit will join the action as qualifying starts at 6:00pm. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com/oceanspeedway or call 855.410.7223.

WATSONVILLE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Mike Spencer, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Cory Kruseman, 1-Marty Hawkins, 1-Thomas Meseraull.

Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds will host the finale of the “California Sprint Week” on Saturday, September 9th. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the event marks the tenth USAC/CRA appearance at the Kings County Fairgrounds. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and Bud Kaeding set the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.793 on November 12, 2011. The action packed card will also feature the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and Mini Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

HANFORD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Damion Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Ricci Faria, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS:
2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Damion Gardner, 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-717, 2. Damion Gardner-699, 3. Jake Swanson-669, 4. Mike Spencer-659, 5. Austin Williams-603, 6. Cody Williams-501, 7. Logan Williams-451, 8. Max Adams-435, 9. Chris Gansen-418, 10. Matt McCarthy-375, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-345, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-319, 13. R.J. Johnson-306, 14. Danny Faria Jr.-288, 15. Ronnie Gardner-268, 16. Tommy Malcolm-250, 17. A.J. Bender-247, 18. Verne Sweeney-236, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-221, 20. Kyle Edwards-182.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV TO STREAM THIS WEEKEND'S "LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC" FROM CALISTOGA

The tenth edition of the "Louie Vermeil Classic" from California's Calistoga Speedway will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ this Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd.

The action-packed event features two consecutive nights of complete programs for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets on the famed half-mile. The best of the West Coast take on the National series invaders who aim to take home a coveted "Louie" trophy.

CRA point leader Brody Roa, five-time CRA champ Damion Gardner and defending race winner Ryan Bernal lead the western contingent against National representation from Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney and Chad Boespflug in the sprint car portion of the program.

In the midgets, four-time Western States titlist Ronnie Gardner and reigning Sunday night "Louie" winner Michael Faccinto head a California pack against National invaders Chad Boat, Shane Golobic and the Keith Kunz pack that includes last year's Saturday night midget winner Tanner Thorson and current National point leader Spencer Bayston, plus versatile racing star Rico Abreu, who will pull double-duty in both the sprint and midget.

Each broadcast features a 150-mile blackout surrounding Calistoga Speedway. A one-night "Louie Vermeil Classic" pay-per-view package on Speed Shift TV can be purchased for $29.95 while a two-night package is available for the discounted price of $54.95. Cars hit the track at 5:30pm both nights.

Miss the live show or want to rewatch all the excitement again? You are covered as http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ will have on-demand coverage the following day after each event.

 

 

Two-time "Ted Horn 100" winner Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois is one of 38 drivers entered for this Sunday, September 3rd's USAC Silver Crown race at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. (Rich Forman Photo)

LARGEST Du QUOIN CAR COUNT IN OVER A DECADE EXPECTED FOR SUNDAY'S TED HORN 100!

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The largest "Ted Horn 100" car count in over a decade is expected this Sunday, September 3, for the return of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS racing to the "Magic Mile" at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Thirty-eight cars have entered, making it the most expected entrants for the event since 2004.

The list is highlighted by eight past Du Quoin victors leading off with defending race winner Chris Windom. The St. Louis resident engaged a spirited duel with 1990 race winner Jeff Swindell down the stretch, taking the lead from Swindell with just three laps remaining to score his first win on a dirt mile. Windom used that victory as a springboard to a Silver Crown title in 2016, but he hasn't won in the series since the season-opening "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in April.

Germantown, Tennessee's Swindell, meanwhile, has made his last two Silver Crown appearances memorable. He led a race-high 55 laps at Du Quoin on his way to a second-place run last September. Just two weeks ago, Swindell blitzed from 28th to 2nd at Springfield before Kody Swanson got back by coming to the white flag to drop him to a memorable 3rd place run to earn KSE Hard Charger of the Race honors.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., has won on all the dirt miles occupying the Silver Crown schedule, but Du Quoin has a special place in his heart as it was the venue that hosted his first series win back in 2010. The two-time Silver Crown champ and current point leader has since reeled off 17 more, but none in southern Illinois since that day.

Shane Cockrum of nearby Benton, Illinois, is the only two-time winner of the "Ted Horn 100" entered for this Sunday's race. Back in 2015, he became just the tenth driver to win the race in back-to-back years, joining Tony & Gary Bettenhausen, Sam Hanks, Jimmy Bryan, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Mario Andretti, Jack Hewitt and Tracy Hines. This weekend, he can join the ranks of drivers who've won at Du Quoin at least three times in their champ car careers alongside Tony & Gary Bettenhausen, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Tom Bigelow, Jack Hewitt and Chuck Gurney.

Additionally, four drivers aim on Sunday to repeat their past Du Quoin glory: Russ Gamester (1997 winner), Shane Cottle (2007), Brian Tyler (2008) and Chris Urish (2013).

Just as impressive of a list includes drivers still seeking their first Silver Crown triumph at Du Quoin, including USAC Triple Crown Champions Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr. as well as longtime NASCAR star and past USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car titlist Ken Schrader, plus 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Robert Ballou.

Lincoln, Indiana's Darland makes his debut appearance in Hans Lein's No. 97 Sunday. The pair raced together on the USAC National Midget scene as recently as 2013. Similarly, Ballou of Rocklin, Calif., will take the reins of the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 for the initial time as he makes his first trip back to Du Quoin since dominating the 2013 race before running out of fuel while leading late in the race.

Four years between starts is hardly a blip compared to Schrader's 32-year absence from action in a USAC Silver Crown car on a dirt surface. Though his last appearance in a dirt car at Du Quoin came in 1985, Schrader has been no stranger to Du Quoin's victory lane. Not only has he won in an ARCA Stock Car on three occasions, he's also won in a modified at Du Quoin in four of his last five appearances.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. set ProSource quick time in the series' most recent event at the Springfield Mile and sits second in points behind Swanson. A Du Quoin victory not only would be his first there, it would also be his first victory in the series in three seasons.

The "Ted Horn 100" begins this Sunday with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

Watch the full race a day after the event, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

2017 "TED HORN 100" ENTRY LIST AT THE Du QUOIN STATE FAIRGROUNDS

CAR # DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT / SPONSOR / CHASSIS / ENGINE

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN Wilson Brothers Racing/Wilson's Towing - D.D. Eyes/Beast/Claxton Toyota

08 ®JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC Cornell-Petrozelle Racing/Oak Leaf Properties - JNT Ltd./Beast/Stanton Toyota

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL Patrick Lawson/Mittler Brothers - Rebel Smokers/DRC/Chevy

5 ®J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL Bland Brothers Enterprises/Stevenson's Drive Pawn Shop - Sam's Speed Shop/Drinan/BBE Chevy

6 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA Klatt Enterprises/Beast - Klatt Enterprises/Beast/Ford

7 ®DAVID SHAIN/Sullivan, IL Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services - Central Roofing/Maxim/Brown Chevy

12 BRIAN TYLER/Mount Pleasant, NC Galas Motorsports/Magnum Rotating & Pumps/Beast/Galas Chevy

14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO Dennis & Dave McQuinn/McQuinn Motorsports - Cashless Racing/JR-1/McQuinn Chevy

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH Bob Lesko/Wayne Subaru - Bell Helmets/Beast/Chevy

18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY Kenny Gentry/Engler Machine & Tool - KVKK Racing/Beast/Chevy

20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ Gene Nolen/KECO - Indy Race Parts/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN Swanson Racing/Jet Star - Rosewood Machine & Tool - Jeff Freel/Maxim/Toyota

24 ®KEITH BURCH/Farmington, MO Keith Burch/Drain Buster Plumbing Service - Boen's Signs/Beast/Kistler

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN Sam Pierce/Tom Cherry Mufflers - Midwest Matt/Beast/Chevy

29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL Joey Moughan/Moughan Electric - Conaway Handyman Service/Maxim/Claxton Mopar

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN Chuck & Tammi Leary/Leary Construction - Gray Auto/DRC/1-Way Toyota

32 ®JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN Williams & Wright Racing/E3 Sparkplugs - Lucas Oil/Maxim/Williams

39 ®MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN Goodnight Racing/Lumber & Things - Benic Enterprises/Maxim/Claxton

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI Byrne Racing/Stoops Freightliner Truck Country- Bytec Resource Management/Maxim/J & D Chevy

42 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL Terry Babb/Illini Aerofab - APT Powder Coating/Beast/Babb Chevy

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO Danny Long/Farmington Auto Plaza - Alky Diggers/Beast/Z-Man Chevy

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN Gamester Racing/Gamester's Green Gable Village/GRP/Toyota

53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA SET Racing/Heroes West Sports Grill/Beast/Brown Chevy

54 ®MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA Mal Lane/Lane's Yamaha - Fastener Specialties/Maxim/Williams Chevy

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ Patty Bateman/Chance's Chassis Repair/Beast/Foxco Chevy

63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services - Infinity Shocks/Maxim/Brown Chevy

75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN Bill Rose Racing/Reliable Laser Screeding/Beast/Chevy

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL Chris Urish/Pacesetter Solutions/Conaway Handyman Service/Beast/Foxco Chevy

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN Curtis Williams/Jack's Auto Body - Roger Williams Precision Engines/Maxim/Williams Chevy

88 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO Chris Fetter/Fetter Tile - F & S Collision/Beast/Foxco

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA Carli-Hemelgarn Racing/Carli Motorsports - Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford

92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL Gene Kazmark/Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing - Remin Kart-A-Bag/Maxim/Wallace Mopar

95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL Full Throttle Racing/Mobil 1 - Cain's Marine Welding/Beast/Speedway Toyota

97 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN Hans Lein/Lein Acres/DRC/Stanton Mopar

99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL Scott Weyant/Weebles Bar & Grill - Ealey Transportation/Beast/Automotive Machine

120 ®HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO Gene Nolen/Roof Bolt Xpress - Wesco Trailers/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

201 ®DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN Gene Nolen Racing/The Cure Starts Now Foundation - KECO Coatings/Twister/Tranter

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON ADDS PERRIS USAC/CRA CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT TO RESUME
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 29, 2017... Powering past Max Adams on the second lap, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) led the rest of the way to claim last Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” at Perris Auto Speedway. The 30-lap victory marked Johnson’s third consecutive $2,500 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph at Perris that also netted over $3,000 in bonus money. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, fast qualifier Jake Swanson, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, and Mike Spencer rounded out the top-five drivers.

While Johnson dominated the main event, it was not an easy win by any means. The driver of Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman narrowly escaped disaster several times while passing slower traffic. Before scoring his sixth career USAC/CRA win, the four-time Arizona sprint car champion qualified fifth out of twenty-two racers and finished second to Damion Gardner in his heat race. At press time, R.J. has moved to thirteenth in the point chase with three feature wins, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 89 feature laps led.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) battled hard from ninth to take second at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was ninth fast in time trials and ran second to his older brother Cody in his heat race. The 2009 Rookie of the Year sits fifth in the point standings with two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and nine top-10 finishes on the season.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) had a solid night with a third place finish at Perris after starting sixth. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson earned the $600 Billy Wilkerson / Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, took second in the Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash, and placed second to Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. To date, the USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is third in points with four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, and eight top-10 finishes.

Debuting a brand new car, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm (Corona, California) had his best USAC/CRA finish with a fourth place run from twelfth. Driving Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Rockstar Coatings Maxim, Malcolm qualified twelfth overall and scored fifth in his heat race. The young driver is currently sixteenth in the standings with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) took fifth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Piloting the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer was third quick in time trials, finished third in the Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash, and placed third in his heat race. At press time, the five-time champion is fourth in the point chase with one feature win, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led on the year.

Making his first start of the year in John Bellegante’s #23 Persall Masonry ITI, Matt Stewart (Menifee, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with an eleventh place run from twentieth. The second generation driver qualified twentieth overall and scored sixth in his heat race.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) earned top honors in the Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash over Swanson, Spencer, and Ronnie Gardner. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was second quick in time trials, ran third in his heat race, and fought power steering troubles to score seventh in the main event. Last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Champion has taken over the point lead from Damion Gardner and has posted one feature win, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the season.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified tenth overall and scored fourteenth in the 30-lap main event. At press time, the two-time USAC West Coast Champion is fourteenth in the point standings with three top-10 finishes in limited appearances.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 S.P. Beagle Plumbing / Scott Sales Company Spike, Gardner was eighth fast in time trials and scored fifteenth in the main event after a flip ended his night. The five-time champion has dropped to second in points with three feature wins, nine heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified fifteenth overall and placed sixteenth in the main event. At press time, “The Cadillac” is sixth in the point chase with two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 14 feature laps led in the campaign.

On Saturday, September 2nd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will kickoff the fourth “California Sprint Week” at Calistoga Speedway. Located on the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, California, the “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” will also feature the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets and Vintage cars. More event information can be found at www.calistogaspeedway.org or calling 916.773.7225.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.623; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.639; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.809; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.981; 5. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.993; 6. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-17.110; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.141; 8. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-17.142; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.166; 10. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.279; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.334; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.350; 13. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.457; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.533; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.596; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.678; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.775; 18. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.026; 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.290; 20. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.882; 21. Bobby Bender, 21, Bender-19.128; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ TROPHY DASH: 1. Roa (9pts), 2. Swanson (7pts), 3. Spencer (6pts), 4. R.Gardner (2pts).

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. R.Gardner, 4. L.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. Ellertson, 7. Marshall, 8. St. James. 3:02.64.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. McCarthy, 5. Gansen, 6. Stewart, 7. Tafoya. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. A.Williams, 3. Spencer, 4. Adams, 5. Malcolm, 6. Waitman, 7. Bender. 2:57.98.

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (2nd), 2. Austin Williams (9th), 3. Jake Swanson (6th), 4. Tommy Malcolm (12th), 5. Mike Spencer (4th), 6. Matt McCarthy (14th), 7. Brody Roa (5th), 8. Ronnie Gardner (3rd), 9. Chris Gansen (11th), 10. Verne Sweeney (16th), 11. Matt Stewart (20th), 12. Gary Marshall Jr. (19th), 13. Max Adams (1st), 14. Danny Faria Jr. (10th), 15. Damion Gardner (8th), 16. Cody Williams (15th), 17. Jeremy Ellertson (22nd), 18. Bobby Bender (21st), 19. Randy Waitman (18th), 20. Logan Williams (7th), 21. Bruce St. James (13th), 22. Eddie Tafoya (17th). NT
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**Tafoya flipped during the second heat. D.Gardner and Adams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Adams, Laps 2-30 Johnson
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Matt Stewart (20th to 11th)

USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-717, 2. Damion Gardner-699, 3. Jake Swanson-669, 4. Mike Spencer-659, 5. Austin Williams-603, 6. Cody Williams-501, 7. Logan Williams-451, 8. Max Adams-435, 9. Chris Gansen-418, 10. Matt McCarthy-375, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-345, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-319, 13. R.J. Johnson-306, 14. Danny Faria Jr.-288, 15. Ronnie Gardner-268, 16. Tommy Malcolm-250, 17. A.J. Bender-247, 18. Verne Sweeney-236, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-221, 20. Kyle Edwards-182.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BALLOU GETS SILVER CROWN SHOT WITH KLATT SUNDAY AT Du QUOIN!

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Robert Ballou has teamed up with USAC Hall of Fame crew chief Bob East and Klatt Enterprises to compete in this Sunday, September 3rd's "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS event at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois.

The Rocklin, California driver has made 11 champ car starts since 2010 with the last appearance coming at the 2016 season-opening "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Du Quoin was the location of, arguably, Ballou's finest performance in a Silver Crown car to date. In the 2013 "Ted Horn 100," he led 80 laps before running out of fuel while leading late in the race.

The 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has made three career Silver Crown starts on one-mile dirt ovals, all coming during the 2013 season. At that May's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Ballou started 4th and finished 24th after being involved on an opening-lap accident. Later that summer, Ballou qualified 14th and finished 9th at the Springfield Mile in Illinois.

Ballou is one of the nation's top Sprint Car chauffeurs. After recovering from serious injuries sustained last Labor Day weekend, he returned to victory lane in his second start back in May at Ohio's Eldora Speedway. He won again at the Indiana Sprint Week finale at Lincoln Park Speedway in July.

Damion Gardner, a five-time AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion and the leader in of Silver Crown's "Rookie of the Year" standings, has been the sole driver of the Klatt No. 6 this season. This weekend, he is occupied with CRA duties weekend at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway's "Louie Vermeil Classic."

The "Ted Horn 100" begins this Sunday with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

Watch the full race a day after the event, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

DARLAND TABBED TO RACE LEIN MACHINE THIS SUNDAY AT Du QUOIN'S "TED HORN 100"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland has been tabbed as the driver of Hans Lein's No. 97 for this Sunday, September 3rd's "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS event at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois.

Darland, a recent National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, has won many of the biggest races on USAC's calendar, but a win at Du Quoin still eludes him. The Lincoln, Indiana driver's Du Quoin resume features nine top-5 finishes, including runner-up results in 1997, 1999 and 2008, plus a pair of pole positions in 1997 and 1999. As recently as 2014, Darland was in contention to win, leading 15 laps, before an accident sidelined him with 37 laps remaining.

Though this will be Darland's first run in Lein's Silver Crown car, the combination of these two goes back aways. As recently as 2013, Darland competed for Lein in six USAC National Midget events, including "Indiana Midget Week" and the "Sue Thiel Memorial" at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc.

Lein, a past competitor as a driver and owner in the midget ranks, made his debut as a Silver Crown car owner this season with driver Tyler Courtney. Courtney will be absent at Du Quoin as he competes in this weekend's "Louie Vermiel Classic" at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway, an event which features both AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets.

Lein's car has made one start this year two weeks ago at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield with Courtney at the wheel where they ran as high as fourth with 15 laps remaining before dropping out.

Darland, the winningest driver in the history of USAC National Sprint Car racing, ranks sixth on the USAC Silver Crown all-time win list with 14 and was the series champion in 1997. This season, the "People's Champ" has made three starts in the series for Phillips Motorsports. He earned KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors by racing from 20th to 7th in the season-opening "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and earned a season-best 5th in the "Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield.

The "Ted Horn 100" begins this Sunday with pits opening at 1pm and grandstands opening at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5-6:10pm with ProSource Qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. Pre-race ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm with the 100-mile race ready to fire at 8pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult tickets are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. An adult pit pass is $35 while children 11 and under are $20.

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CHRISTENSEN WINS AT BEAR RIDGE, GRABS DMA POINT LEAD

Bradford, VT........Dean Christensen of Granby, Conn. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Speed2 DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. He took the lead from Jeff Horn on lap six and led the rest of the way to beat Seth Carlson, Derek O'Hearn, Joe Krawiec and Horn. Christensen emerged from the race with a 16-point lead over Adam Whitney.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1b Miller), 3. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 4. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 5. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson), 6. Robert Spino (#64 Spino), 7. Shilo Boyce (#10 Haskell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 2, Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 4. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 5. David Moniz (#9m Moniz), 6. JeffChampagne (#77 Champagne), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Dean Christensen, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Derek O'Hearn, 4. Joe Krawiec, 5. Jeff Horn, 6. Adam Whitney (#3 Matczak), 7. Mark Cole, 8. David Moniz, 9, Jake Higginson, 10. Shilo Boyce, 11. Manny Dias, 12. Jeff Champagne, 13. Robert Spino. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Horn, Laps 6-25 Christensen.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-829, 2-Whitney-813, 3-O'Hearn-799, 4-Krawiec-790, 5-Horn-688, 6-Dias-675, 7-Carlson-666, 8-Champagne-573, 9-Cle-374, 10-Higginson-373.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: September 9 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

COURTNEY CONQUERS KOKOMO FOR SMACKDOWN VI VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Rarely does an event truly live up to its moniker, but Saturday night's "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" was an apt description of how the final laps and post-race theatrics unfolded Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway.

Tyler Courtney utilized a slider to grab the lead from race-long leader Tyler Thomas on the final green-white-checkered restart to win his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at the quarter-mile in as many nights.

Such as it was the night prior when he flipped in qualifying before returning to win the Friday feature at Kokomo, the trail for Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney to victory lane on Saturday night wasn't quite a point A to B type of deal. After fighting engine issues early on in the night, Courtney encountered a maze that took just two laps, but resulted in jubilation for some, heartbreak for others and grass stains for a few who rolled around in the infield after voicing their displeasure with the way things played out down the stretch.

Tyler Thomas simply dominated from the drop of the green every single time action resumed, using the turn two wall as an extension of the racing surface by tapping the right rear rubber against the concrete to propel himself down the back straightaway.

One-hundred-eighty-seven USAC National Sprint Car wins were present throughout Saturday night's stacked feature lineup, yet none belonged to Tyler Thomas coming in. On the final lap, with victory a near certainty for the Collinsville, Oklahoma native, the yellow flag flew for the spun car of Brady Bacon in turn four. By rule, that set up a green-white-checker, two-lap dash situation.

It became a duel between the two unrelated Thomases - Tyler and Kevin Jr. - when racing resumed. K. Thomas attempted a slider for the lead in turn one on the restart to no avail as T. Thomas sped away once again. On the final lap, T. Thomas banged the turn two wall with the right rear. Just behind him, mimicking the same concrete kiss was K. Thomas, who snagged it just a bit harder and flipped wildly to end his bid at a repeat "Smackdown" victory.

On the next GWC try, Chris Windom was lined up right on the tail tank of T. Thomas in the second position. Windom had no doubt in his mind what his plan was as he immediately dove to the bottom of one to successfully slide up in front of T. Thomas on the top midway between turns one and two. T. Thomas once again hooked the wall, but recovered and was able to slide past Windom into turn three as did Courtney nearly simultaneously. Dropping to third momentarily, Windom, using a diamond pattern off turn three, miraculously dove from the top to the bottom from turn three to four to drive underneath both drivers to reclaim the lead as the white flag waved.

Windom once again slid up to the top in front of both Courtney and T. Thomas running side-by-side in turn one. T. Thomas rocketed around the outside of Courtney first, then nudged the turn two wall with the right rear and split between Courtney and Windom off of two. T. Thomas pulled alongside Windom down the back straight and the two made contact! T. Thomas' right rear hurdled Windom's left front, sending Windom sideways as T. Thomas continued on. Third-running Courtney couldn't completely avoid the carnage either and ramped over the nose of Windom, tearing off the nose of Windom's car and sending him into a 360-degree spin and ending his race.

During the yellow, Windom took umbrage with T. Thomas. T. Thomas was mandated by officials to stop for a safety check to remove Windom's steering wheel that was stuck in the left side nerf bar of his car before he could continue at the front of the pack.

Some say the third time is the charm, but that would not be the case for T. Thomas on the third attempt at a GWC finish. T. Thomas changed up the plan and went topside off turn four on the lap 39 restart. Courtney shadowed every T. Thomas movement until turn one when he took the middle and reared back for his shot at the race lead, this time pulling it off successfully. T. Thomas tried to counter to the inside, but lost momentum between turns one and two, but still had one remaining breath left in the tank.

With the white flag in the air, T. Thomas went to the bottom of one and aimed for his last shot, sliding wheel-to-wheel beside Courtney between one and two, so close you could hardly slide a credit card between each's tires. Courtney anticipated the action, but kept his foot in it and sped around the outside of T. Thomas to remain in front where he would finish off the biggest win of his career just ahead of T. Thomas, Robert Ballou, Scotty Weir and Dave Darland.

One night following a prelim victory at the track in which he made his USAC Sprint Car debut, Courtney added another sweet note to his ever-growing resume by scoring the $10,000 check. Picking up a win at any track in USAC National competition is a tall task, but a win after overcoming so much adversity makes the nectar of success taste even sweeter.

Tyler Courtney (#23c) passes Tyler Thomas on the final restart to win Saturday night's "Smackdown VI" finale at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

"It's a lot sweeter," Courtney exclaimed. "Last night was obviously pretty special getting my first sprint car win at Kokomo. That's a hard feat to accomplish in itself. To back it up in the biggest race at the track is amazing. Really, all this goes to my guys. They busted their tails all weekend. Tonight, we fought engine troubles all the way up until King of the Hill Qualifying. These guys never give up and this is the least I can do to repay them. To keep coming back from adversity really the shows the kind of team we have."

"When we turned it over, it hurt the magneto in the engine," Courtney explained. "Today, it just didn't fire. We changed one thing and it didn't run, so we changed another thing and finally got it running. Thank god it did!"

To win, one must first put themselves in a position to win. Despite a few close calls and running between third and sixth throughout much of the 40-lapper, Courtney was there when it counted to score his series-leading fifth USAC National Sprint Car win of 2017 in his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Gaerte by TOPP.

"We weren't a winning car for 99% of that race," Courtney admits. "But we put ourselves in the right position to stay up there and remain in the hunt and it paid off. We got ourselves into second after Tyler (Thomas) and Chris (Windom) got together and I was able to capitalize on the restart."

"On the restart, I did exactly what I wanted to do," Courtney explains. "I was going to make him lift. Sure enough, he did. I got a good head of steam going down into three and was able to rip it pretty good. I slid myself back into one and two and just made sure to protect. This is special. It's kind of hard to put into words right now. If you ask me a couple days from now, I might be able to. This is the biggest one yet."

On the flipside of the thrill of victory is the agony of defeat. After answering every bell on an emotional roller coaster ride in which he admits he thought he had the race won at least four times, Tyler Thomas still came home with a career-best second-place finish in his Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Griffin's Propane - Tri-Star Motorsports - Indiana Underground/Maxim/Fisher. So, so close, yet there is still a sense of pride in Thomas' voice in what he accomplished Saturday night and what lies ahead for him and Dutcher.

"What makes me feel good is these are the best race car drivers in the country, in my opinion," Thomas begins. "Last year, I was just pumped to make the A-feature on Saturday night. I'm pretty heartbroken about how this one ended. I guess it'll just make the first win that much sweeter. I thought we had it, but it's just not your night sometimes."

Shortly after the checkered flag, there was a little bit of extracurricular activity that took place on the front straightaway as Windom confronted Thomas following their on-track incident. Words and actions were exchanged and several crew members ended up on the infield grass in a tussle as a dejected Thomas could only look on and wonder what could've been. Thomas was deeply apologetic to Windom in the immediate aftermath.

"I was expecting a slider from Chris on the restart in turn one," Thomas recalled. "I knew if I could just get through turn one smooth and not hit the wall, I'd be in good shape. But he cleared me and I hit the wall. I got back underneath him and I tried to leave him a lane, but it's so slick on the straightaway. I'm not sure if he came down or if I came up. The bottom line is I ran over his left front. I hate doing that. I don't race that way. I hate to cost somebody else a win."

Restart after restart can be mentally wearing on any driver, let alone one seeking his first USAC win. Thomas was flawless on each of them, but it was the final one that bit him.

"I did really well staying calm, cool and collected even after that first time when we were coming to the checkered flag," Thomas said. "I was doing alright. I knew I could get through turns one and two okay. After the third GWC restart, my mind was going crazy trying to figure out what I could do to get the jump I needed, which was tricky because it was slick. You don't know whether to slide yourself or go right to the top. I figured if I could just get my momentum up as quickly as possible, I'd be okay. Tyler slid by me and got to the cushion and there wasn't anything I could do with him after that."

Robert Ballou's topsy-turvy race took him from pursuing T. Thomas for the lead in second with six laps remaining to waxing the turn two wall and dropping to fifth, then regathering himself to take his Robert Ballou Motorsports/Deaton's Waterfront Services - Dickinson Farms/Boss/Ott to a solid third-place finish.

Despite a slider attempt at Thomas on a restart with 11 laps to go, Ballou never believed he had the car to compete for the victory.

"I was too free," Ballou said. "In six years of Smackdown, if I haven't crashed, I've been too tight the whole race until the last five laps. You just can't race that way. We were pretty tight in King of the Hill Qualifying, so I went up and watched the race track, came back and Derrick had tightened the racecar up. I knew I wasn't going to make it past the first corner. I had to go up and do driver intros and I told him this wasn't going to work. Then, he went the other way too far. It's just one of them deals. You have to be able to communicate perfectly every time. It's a shame on me. I'm the one who spooked him and I knew we were going to be struggling at the end. I didn't think the cushion would build up as high as it did in turns three and four. I was too good too early and I was just a sitting duck at the end."

USAC contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill Qualifying Winner), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products Qualifying Race 1 Winner), Jarett Andretti (Competition Suspension, Inc. Qualifying Race 2 Winner), Chris Windom (Chalk Stix Qualifying Race 3 Winner), Justin Grant (Indy Race Parts Qualifying Race 4 Winner), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kody Swanson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown VI"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug (#69 Dynamics), 2. Scotty Weir (#17G On The Gass), 3. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR/Chapple), 4. Mario Clouser (#6 MCM), 5. Brady Short (#19AZ Reinbold/Underwood), 6. Logan Jarrett (#29 Jarrett), 7. Travis Hery (#21H Hery). 2:11.53

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Aaron Farney (#15F DCT), 4. Tom Harris (#5E Harris), 5. Matt Goodnight (#39 Goodnight), 6. Chet Williams (#38 Williams), 7. Colten Cottle (#1RL Lambertson). NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 2. Dave Darland (#40 Hery), 3. Josh Hodges (#74x Hodges), 4. Kyle Robbins (#17R Robbins), 5. Brian Karraker (#23 Karraker), 6. Josh Spencer (#66J Spencer), 7. Parker Frederickson (#34 Frederickson). 2:10.23 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#11 McGhee), 2. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen), 3. Kody Swanson (#2E Epperson), 4. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 5. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 6. Cole Ketcham (#41 Ketcham), 7. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). 2:11.67

B & W AUTO MART "KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: C.J. Leary (#30 Leary) defeated Brady Bacon (#63 Dooling/Hayward); Tyler Thomas (#17GP Dutcher) defeated Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady); Hunter Schuerenberg (#19 Reinbold/Underwood) defeated Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (#9K KT) defeated Tyler Courtney (#23c TOPP). Round 2: T. Thomas defeated Leary and K. Thomas defeated Schuerenberg Final Round: K. Thomas defeated T. Thomas.

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Hodges, 3. Chapple, 4. Swanson, 5. Hewitt, 6. Clouser, 7. B. Short, 8. Mattox, 9. Karraker, 10. Robbins, 11. Goodnight, 12. Williams, 13. Hery, 14. Spencer, 15. Bell, 16. Harris, 17. Frederickson, 18. Ketcham, 19. Jarrett. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Kody Swanson, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Tyler Hewitt, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Shane Cottle. NT -------------------------------- **Jarrett flipped during the Semi. Harris flipped during the Semi. Chapple flipped on lap 16 of the feature. K. Thomas flipped on lap 40 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-38 T. Thomas, Laps 39-40 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (15th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kody Swanson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Grant-1662, 2-Windom-1569, 3-Courtney-1493, 4-K. Thomas-1484, 5-Boespflug-1478, 6-Stockon-1419, 7-Leary-1288, 8-Bacon-1243, 9-Ballou-1166, 10-Andretti-1102.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 15 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

 

 

TAYLOR LEADS ALL THE WAY AT 34 RACEWAY

Burlington, IA........Adam Taylor of Shorewood, lll. Led all 12 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Speed2 Derry Brothers IMRA Midget race at 34 Raceway. Dillon Morley took second ahead of Jacob Sollenberger, Kurt Mueller and Chris Bolander.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley),3. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger),4. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller),5. Chris Bolander (#2 Zero).

FEATURE: (12 laps) 1. Adam Taylor, 2. Dillon Morley, 3. Jacob Sollenberger, 4. Kurt Mueller, 5. Chris Bolander. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Taylor.

NEW SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-1,161, 2-Taylor-1,139, 3-Chase McDermand-990, 4-Jeremy Hull-856, 5-Sollenberger-830, 6-Tyson Hart-686, 7-Brent Burrows-683, 8-Mueller-591, 9-Broc Hunnell-588, 10-Gedd Ross-509.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 2 - Burlington, IL - 34 Raceway

 

 

NOLAN ALLISON TOPS AT CARTERET COUNTY SPEEDWAY

Swansboro, NC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. won Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget race at Carteret County Speedway. He passed Neal Allison on lap 16 and led the rest of the wway to beat Neal, George Kurtz, Jake Trainor and Jessica Bean.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2017 - Swansboro, North Carolina - Carteret County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.465; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-16.542; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-16.638; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-16.660; 5. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.679; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-16.789; 7. Bradley Reithmeyer, 8, Hatfield-16.823; 8. Tommy Johnson, 99, Radical-17.147; 9. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-19.257;

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Neal Allison, 3. George Kurtz, 4. Jake Trainor, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Tommy Johnson, 7. Jordan Empie, 8. Chris Lamb. (Bradley Riethmeyer disqualified after finishing fifth). ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-13 Bean, Laps 14-15 Neal Allison, Laps 16-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-910, 2-Kurtz-858, 3-Nolan Allison-820, 4-Trainor-679, 5-Neal Allison-674, 6-Sam Hatfield-557, 7-Jagger Parker-527, 8-Lamb-440, 9-Jake Garcia-349, 10-Eric Lewis-282.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: September 1 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 26, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.623; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.639; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.809; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.981; 5. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.993; 6. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-17.110; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.141; 8. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-17.142; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.166; 10. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.279; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.334; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.350; 13. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.457; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.533; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.596; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.678; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.775; 18. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.026; 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.290; 20. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.882; 21. Bobby Bender, 21, Bender-19.128; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ TROPHY DASH: 1. Roa (9pts), 2. Swanson (7pts), 3. Spencer (6pts), 4. R.Gardner (2pts).

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. R.Gardner, 4. L.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. Ellertson, 7. Marshall, 8. St. James. 3:02.64.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. McCarthy, 5. Gansen, 6. Stewart, 7. Tafoya. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. A.Williams, 3. Spencer, 4. Adams, 5. Malcolm, 6. Waitman, 7. Bender. 2:57.98.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Matt McCarthy, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. Verne Sweeney, 11. Matt Stewart, 12. Gary Marshall Jr., 13. Max Adams, 14. Danny Faria Jr., 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 18. Bobby Bender, 19. Randy Waitman, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Bruce St. James, 22. Eddie Tafoya. NT

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**Tafoya flipped during the second heat. D.Gardner and Adams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Adams, Laps 2-30 Johnson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Matt Stewart (20th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 2&3 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” – “California Sprint Week”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

August 26, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown VI"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug (#69 Dynamics), 2. Scotty Weir (#17G On The Gass), 3. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR/Chapple), 4. Mario Clouser (#6 MCM), 5. Brady Short (#19AZ Reinbold/Underwood), 6. Logan Jarrett (#29 Jarrett), 7. Travis Hery (#21H Hery). 2;11.53

CONPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Aaron Farney (#15F DCT), 4. Tom Harris (#5E Harris), 5. Matt Goodnight (#39 Goodnight), 6. Chet Williams (#38 Williams), 7. Colten Cottle (#1RL Lambertson). NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 2. Dave Darland (#40 Hery), 3. Josh Hodges (#74x Hodges), 4. Kyle Robbins (#17R Robbins), 5. Brian Karraker (#23 Karraker), 6. Josh Spencer (#66J Spencer), 7. Parker Frederickson (#34 Frederickson). 2:10.23 (NTR)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#11, McGhee), 2. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen), 3. Kody Swanson (#2E Epperson), 4. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 5. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 6. Cole Ketcham (#41 Ketcham), 7. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). 2:11.67

B & W AUTO MART "KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: C.J. Leary (#30 Leary) defeated Brady Bacon (#63 Dooling/Hayward); Tyler Thomas (#17GP Dutcher) defeated Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady); Hunter Schuerenberg (#19 Reinbold/Underwood) defeated Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (#9k KT) defeated Tyler Courtney (#23c TOPP).Round 2: T.Thomas defeated Leary and K.Thomas defeated Schuerenberg Final Round: K.Thomas defeated T.Thomas.

B MAIN: (15 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Hodges, 3. Chapple, 4. Swanson, 5. Hewitt, 6. Clouser, 7. B.Short, 8. Mattox, 9. Karraker, 10. Robbins, 11. Goodnight, 12. Williams, 13. Hery, 14. Spencer, 15. Bell, 16. Harris, 17. P.Frederickson, 18. Ketcham, 19. Jarrett. NT

FEATURE: (43 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Kody Swanson, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Tyler Hewitt, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr., 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Shane Cottle. NT
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**Jarrett flipped on lap 1 of the B Main. Harris flipped during the B-Main. Chapple flipped on lap 16 of the feature. K.Thomas flipped on lap 41 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 T.Thomas, Lap 41 Windom, Laps 42-43 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (15th-5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kody Swanson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Grant-1,662, 2-Windom-1,569, 3-Courtney-1.493, 4-K.Thomas Jr.-1,484, 5-Boespflug-1,478, 6-Stockon-1,419, 7-Leary-1,288, 8-Bacon-1,243, 9-Ballou-1,166, 10-Andretti-1,102.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 15 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

 

 

 

 


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