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HUNTER SCHUERENBERG ADDS PERRIS SALUTE TO INDY TO WIN LIST

PERRIS, CA – MAY 25, 2019… After battling back and forth with Jake Swanson, Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO) took command on lap 7 and led the rest of the way to win the “Salute to Indy” at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Schuerenberg earned his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, and R.J. Johnson.

Matt McCarthy earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a twenty-first to ninth place run. Stevie Sussex claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner scored his 85th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 16.409 over the 25-car field.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to R.J. Johnson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Richard Vander Weerd (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat). A.J. Bender topped the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main.

The next event for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be June 29th at Perris Auto Speedway.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 25, 2019 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.409; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.671; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.703; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.735; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.811; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.870; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.874; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-16.898; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.918; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.931; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.939; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.034; 13. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.060; 14. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.104; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5, Napier-17.144; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.228; 17. Matt Stewart, 90S, Waitman-17.308; 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.405; 19. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.520; 20. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.544; 21. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.592; 22. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.699; 23. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.840; 24. Blade Hildebrand, 5, Hildebrand-18.073; 25. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.103.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gardner, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sweeney, 5. Bender, 6. McCarthy, 7. Gansen, 8. Sussex, 9. Dyer. 2:54.96.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. T.Williams, 3. Faria, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Stewart, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Rayborne, 8. Waitman. 2:56.73.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. Mitchell, 5. Malcolm, 6. Martin, 7. Tafoya. 2:55.90.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Stewart, 3. Malcolm, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Sussex, 6. McCarthy, 7. Gansen, 8. Tafoya, 9. Martin, 10. Rayborne, 11. Dyer. 3:41.60

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg (2), 2. Jake Swanson (1), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (5), 4. Matt Mitchell (4), 5. R.J. Johnson (7), 6. Brody Roa (12), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (8), 8. Chris Gansen (10), 9. Matt McCarthy (21), 10. Austin Williams (3), 11. Damion Gardner (6), 12. Jace Vander Weerd (11), 13. Steve Sussex (18), 14. Mike Martin (20), 15. Verne Sweeney (13), 16. Cody Williams (9), 17. A.J. Bender (15), 18. Matt Stewart (16), 19. Jeff Dyer (22), 20. Joel Rayborne (19), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (17), 22. Trent Williams (14). NT ---------------------------- **Bender flipped on lap 22 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Lap 4 Schuerenberg, Laps 5-6 Swanson, Laps 7-30 Schuerenberg. SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Matt McCarthy (21st to 9th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Stevie Sussex

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-471, 2-Roa-459, 3-A.Williams-415, 4-Swanson-329, 5-Johnson-328, 6-Gansen-306, 7-Malcolm-266, 8-McCarthy-241, 9-R.Vander Weerd-235, 10-Bender-232.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 29 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED'S SUNSET BELONGS TO SUNSHINE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 23, 2019).........Bravery, machismo, bravado, call it what you will. On a late restart with seven laps remaining, Tyler Courtney used every ounce of it in his figurative tank to rip around near-race-long leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. to win a bittersweet "Hoosier Hundred" Thursday night, in the final running of the event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Courtney, the Indianapolis, Ind. native whose parents were part of the promotion team for the 2005 Hoosier Hundred, kept pace with Thomas, following him for 92 straight laps until making the winning move on a restart that made all the difference, one that came with a bit of advice courtesy of a voice from above.

"(Tyler Ransbottom), who's my crew chief on the sprint car and midget, and my spotter tonight, told me on the open red that Jason McDougal had been making up time on restarts doing that same move. KT was lifting on restarts into one. So, I knew that if I could just outbrave him a little bit getting in and make sure I didn't blow past it, it would work. Luckily, it did. You get the open track, no lapped cars, nothing, I got to run as hard as I wanted to for the last eight laps and that's what I did. If it was going to blow, it was going to blow with me trying."

The Hoosier Hundred's illustrious history runs the gamut in terms of the names that have won since its debut in 1953. Courtney is fully aware of the history, and Thursday night's win was something he doesn't take for granted.

"My name is now alongside a lot of great names," Courtney realized. "Including Kody Swanson, one of the best Silver Crown drivers in our lifetime. Foyt, Andretti, Pancho Carter, all those names. It's incredible."

Courtney started third on the grid as Chris Windom got the jump on the field on the initial start from his outside front row starting position. Windom led the first five trips around the one-mile dirt oval, but Thomas and Courtney were able to make up ground and close the gap. Thomas ducked to the inside of Windom coming off turn four with Courtney a car length behind in third when all broke loose.

Seemingly without warning, Windom's right rear tire shredded, sending the 2016 Silver Crown champ into one of the most harrowing crashes witnessed in the century-plus history of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Windom's car immediately veered his car right, hitting nose first into the outside wall, which sent him barrel-rolling seven times and lasting nearly a half-straightaway.

Brian Tyler and Brady Bacon took evasive action, swerving to miss the helpless Windom machine as it bounced aimlessly toward the middle of the racetrack.

Miraculously, Windom climbed from the mangled wreckage unscathed and plans to move on with his weekend, which includes his Indy Lights debut Friday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a Friday night Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and a 500-lap Sprint Car race in Anderson, Ind.

Following the lengthy red flag, Thomas dominated up front, driving for four-time "Hoosier Hundred" winning team Foxco Racing to lead a race-high 87 laps. By lap 16, Thomas had already infiltrated lapped traffic and the interval between he and Courtney rarely fluctuated as Thomas built a half-straightaway lead over Courtney with a quarter of the laps in the books.

Just after halfway, four-time "Hoosier Hundred" winner Kody Swanson put the heat on Courtney for second while Thomas managed to stretch his lead from 1.5 sec. to 2.5 sec. over the following ten laps. Six-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah then found t the turn two wall in his maiden Silver Crown start.

Though Swanson applied pressure, Courtney wasn't going to allow him to make any sort of run at him as he bid his time in anticipation of making his own move.

"I knew if I kept KT within sight and Kody behind me, I was going to be at a good pace," Courtney realized. "We tried not to let KT get too far. If he got too far, then I'd pick up the pace a bit. Luckily, we got that last red there and made a few adjustments, timed the restart right and made a bold move. I wanted it really bad."

On the lap 69 restart, Swanson turned up the wick, getting to second briefly by going underneath Courtney between turns one and two. Courtney fought back on the outside and regained second by the exit of turn two as Swanson slipped back to third. Jason McDougal, meanwhile, making his second career Silver Crown start was mega-impressive using the cushion long thought to be extinct to travel from his 25th starting spot and into the top-five with 25 laps remaining.

Meanwhile, following an early-race pit stop that sent him to 28th, Brady Bacon had been shot out of a cannon and drove into the top tier nearing the race's end and into the top-five.

Thomas worked through lapped traffic once again, getting hung up ever so slightly, allowing Courtney to close the gap briefly while Thomas nudged ahead, yet Courtney remained within striking distance, chopping down Thomas' lead to a half-second with nine to go.

With Thomas and Courtney's battle set to rage on down the stretch, just in front of them in turn two was two-time ALMS champion Chris Dyson who banged the turn two wall and endured his own upside-down thrill ride from which he escaped injury.

During the open red flag, Joe Devin, chassis builder for Courtney's Hans Lein-owned entry, came over and talked to my crew chief Greg Nelson and I told him I was lacking sidebite in the middle of the corner. So, we made a couple of adjustments that helped me a ton."

It appeared the changes helped immensely when the green flag dropped on the lap 93 restart. Without lapped traffic on the horizon now, Courtney showed no hesitation whatsoever, aiming for the top and driving it into turn one harder than he had all night up to that point. Thomas showed no vital signs of reestablishing the top spot down the stretch as Courtney grew his lead by leaps and bounds to win his second career Silver Crown race, but first on one of the historic one-mile dirt ovals where he became the first driver won in all three USAC National divisions in 2019.

Thomas finished his fourth-straight USAC Silver Crown race on dirt in the runner-up spot. Swanson's bid for a fifth-straight "Hoosier Hundred" victory to break a tie with Al Unser (1970-73) came up short, finishing third ahead of Justin Grant and Bacon.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Jason McDougal and Mike Haggenbottom (WIlwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 23, 2019 - Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Indiana - 64th "Hoosier Hundred"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Top-24 locked into feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 56, Foxco-32.929; 2. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-33.011; 3. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-33.600; 4. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-33.671; 5. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-33.810; 6. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-33.831; 7. Johnny Petrozelle, 8, Cornell/Petrozelle-33.884; 8. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-33.894; 9. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-33.973; 10. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-34.067; 11. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-34.099; 12. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-34.140; 13. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-34.235; 14. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 22, Rice/PBR-34.298; 15. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-34.434; 16. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-34.519; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-34.523; 18. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-34.680; 19. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-34.682; 20. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-34.757; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-34.931; 22. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-34.953; 23. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-35.061; 24. Chris Phillips, 4, Phillips/Nolen-35.075; 25. Jason McDougal, 27, Phillips-35.106; 26. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-35.188; 27. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-35.249; 28. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire-35.267; 29. Chuck Leary, 30, Leary-35.294; 30. Dave Darland, 14, McQuinn-35.361; 31. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-35.665; 32. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-36.034; 33. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-36.045; 34. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-38.013; 35. Casey Buckman, 74, C-Buck-NT; 36. Joey Schmidt, 25, Pierce-NT; 37. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-NT; 38. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-NT; 39. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-NT.

QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. McDougal, 2. Gordon, 3. Steffens, 4. Kemenah, 5. Darland, 6. Mundie, 7. C. Leary, 8. Weyant, 9. Rose, 10. Buckman, 11. Robbins, 12. Berkheimer. 7:16.97

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (3), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 3. Kody Swanson (4), 4. Justin Grant (13), 5. Brady Bacon (8), 6. Jason McDougal (25), 7. David Byrne (6), 8. Steve Buckwalter (17), 9. Brian Tyler (5), 10. Jacob Wilson (11), 11. C.J. Leary (23), 12. Russ Gamester (10), 13. Mike Haggenbottom (18), 14. Jimmy Light (16), 15. Kyle Steffens (27), 16. Matt Goodnight (21), 17. Chris Phillips (24), 18. Dave Darland (29), 19. Chris Dyson (22), 20. Austin Nemire (9), 21. Kyle Robbins (31), 22. Eric Gordon (26), 23. Shane Cottle (19), 24. Chad Kemenah (28), 25. Jeff Swindell (15), 26. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. (14), 27. Johnny Petrozelle (7), 28. Austin Mundie (30), 29. John Heydenreich (20), 30. Bill Rose (32), 31. Chris Windom (2), 32. Dallas Hewitt (12). NT ------------------------------ **Windom flipped on lap 6 of the feature. Dyson flipped on lap 92 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Windom, Laps 6-92 Thomas, Laps 93-100 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (25th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Mike Haggenbottom

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-216, 2-Grant-125, 3-Thomas-149, 4-Bobby Santos-134, 5-Byrne-120, 6-Kyle Hamilton-116, 7-Schmidt-114, 8-Haggenbottom-113, 9-Nemire-108, 10-Dyson-102.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: May 24, 2019 - Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, Indiana - "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic"

 

 

I-80 / LAKESIDE USAC SPRINT WEEKEND CANCELLED

Speedway, Indiana (May 23, 2019).........Recent rainfall that has flooded Lakeside Speedway has forced cancellation of both events of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car doubleheader weekend, May 31 at I-80 Speedway and June 1 at Lakeside.

Lakeside Speedway officials have learned there is an anticipated three-foot rise in river levels due to all of the recent rainfall and already high water levels. The Kansas City, Kans. track has been proactively moving equipment to higher grounds and taking proactive measures to minimize damage. There is already damage on the grounds regarding light poles, and with the expected rise in waters, the situation remains unsafe.

The decision was made to cancel both events, including the I-80 Dirt Classic in Greenwood, Neb., to save teams the expenses of a far travel for a single race weekend.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion now aims for the 13th edition of Eastern Storm, June 11 at Grandview Speedway, June 12 at Bridgeport Speedway, June 13 at BAPS Motor Speedway, June 15 at Port Royal Speedway and June 16 at Weedsport Speedway. Additionally, a Silver Crown event is scheduled for June 14 at Williams Grove Speedway.

 

 

USAC WSO SPRINTS CROSS THE BORDER TO WICHITA SATURDAY

Wichita, Kansas (May 23, 2019).........USAC's Wingless Sprints Oklahoma makes a rare out-of-state appearance this Saturday night, May 25, at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kans., the first of two events at the track this year.

Defending series champ Brett Wilson of Sapulpa, Okla. won the lone appearance at 81 Speedway a year ago. He's eighth in the standings now coming into the third points race of 2019. Andrew Deal (Caney, Kans.) leads the standings by 24 over Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Okla.), Collinsville, Oklahoma's Layne Himebaugh (-27), with Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Cameron Hagin (-33) and Kiefer, Oklahoma's Johnny Kent (-35) rounding out the top-five.

Steven Shebester (Mustang, Okla.) captured the USAC/WSO opener at Red Dirt Raceway in early-April while Deal took the most recent score at Creek County Speedway in late-April.

Gates open at 4pm (Central) on Saturday, with driver draw at the USAC/WSO table closing at 5:45pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 6pm followed by the track drivers meeting at 6:15pm. Hot laps will Immediately follow the drivers meeting with racing starting at 7pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma 2019 Season is brought to you by United States Auto Club, Hoosier Tires, Amsoil, Tri-State Claims of Oklahoma, Barksdale Automotive, Green Turf Sod, Machine Services, Stinger Chassis, Boyd's Racing Engines, Downtown Digital Design, Annette Leesekamp, Jim Carr in remembrance of his father "#7 The Flying Dutchman," Hardwood Innovations & Jett Starr of Dagwell Dixie.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Andrew Deal-285, 2-Danny Smith-261, 3-Layne Himebaugh-258, 4-Cameron Hagin-252, 5-Johnny Kent-250, 6-Tim Kent-248, 7-Noah Harris-235, 8-Brett Wilson-234, 9-Alison Slaton-210, 10-Waylon Weaver-207.

 

 

STOCKON FINALLY HOLDS THE RIFLE; WINS TONY HULMAN CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 22, 2019).........Chase Stockon had tamed the Terre Haute Action Track multiple times in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career with a "Jim Hurtubise Classic" win in 2012 and a "Don Smith Classic" victory in 2016 to his credit.

But the one that eluded him happened to be the longest-continually running event on the series schedule, the "Tony Hulman Classic."

Wednesday night, the "Tony Hulman Classic" and its famed rifle trophy eluded him no more as the Fort Branch, Indiana driver led all 30 laps to capture the 49th annual running of the event.

It's the one Stockon wanted, and the emotion was quite evident on the "Ironman" driver who holds the current series record of 268 consecutive starts with the series dating to 2012.

"I'm about to cry," Stockon exclaimed in victory lane. "I've been wanting to win this one so bad. At this point, it's probably the one I wanted to win the most. This rifle right here means everything. It's awesome. This is the one that's gotten away from us multiple times and we're pretty proud to be able to put this one on the wall."

When Stockon speaks of this one being the one that got away, he ain't kidding. Last year, he led 20 laps before he was passed by Tyler Courtney with nine laps remaining, ultimately finishing fifth. Two years ago, Stockon led the first 27 laps before being passed by Kevin Thomas, Jr. with three to go, ending up third.

This one wasn't going to slip from the grip of the now 12-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner, tying Eric Gordon for 45thon the all-time list. This one, he put into the hands of his trusty sidekick who made the right calls to help put Stockon up front and stay up front to snap their 46-race winless streak that reached back to the 2018 season opener in Ocala, Fla.

"It's tough," Stockon admitted. "Everybody keeps getting quicker and quicker. We've been really good here the last five or six years here and have had a couple slip away from us. I like these big fast half-miles, but we struggled being tight all night tonight and (Crew Chief) D.J. (Ott) made the call after the heat race of what he wanted to do to the car, and I was like, 'You know what, if you want to do it, it's in your hands. I'll just drive it.' Luckily, I held up my end of the deal for him."

Stockon started the main event from the outside of the front row, blitzing around pole sitter Carson Short for the lead on the opening lap. Meanwhile, Chris Windom ripped past the inside of Brady Bacon off turn two on the second lap for third, then constructed a déjà vu moment on lap four with nearly the same move on Short once more to get to second.

Windom appeared hooked up on the surface that saw heavy early morning showers and seemed poise to threaten Stockon's status for the top spot. However, that was about as close as Windom got following a handful of restarts.

Seventh-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. broke on lap seven, slowing the pace for the initial time, putting him out for the remainder of the evening. Furthermore, Short stopped in turn four on the 11th lap, like Thomas, running seventh. Nate McMillin stopped in turn three on lap 20 while running 15th.

With 11 laps remaining, the showdown for the rifle consisted of Stockon and a pair of past "Hulman Classic" winners in Windom (2011) in second and Courtney (2018) in third. The mover on the restart was another "Hulman" winner, two-time victor Robert Ballou (2015-16), who secured sixth off turn four on the 20th circuit as he and Bacon banged wheels. Ballou, then whipped by Justin Grant for fifth on lap 22 just before point leader and fourth place running C.J. Leary lost a right rear tire on lap 23 to bring out the final yellow.

Stockon's good run of restarts had no inkling of ending on the final one on lap 23 as he immediately broke away to a six car-length advantage by the time the front runners hit the back stretch with Courtney working to the inside of Windom briefly in turn three. Windom was able to withstand the challenge to secure the runner-up spot for good.

With the front runners cruising on the middle line on the heavy racing surface, Stockon edged away in the final laps, defeating Windom by 1.963 seconds while Courtney, Ballou and Grant rounded out the top-five.

With Leary (9th) and K. Thomas (18th) suffering misfortune in the feature, Stockon is now the only driver who has finished in the top-eight in all seven starts this season. Stockon dedicated the victory to his grandpa, who's in the hospital.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear/EPA Photography Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Carson Short (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Brandon Mattox (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 22, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 49th "Tony Hulman Classic" - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/EPA PHOTOGRAPHY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-19.750; 2. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-19.800; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-19.834; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.887; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.014; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-20.036; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.187; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-20.192; 9. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-20.231; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.281; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-20.367; 12. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-20.414; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-20.469; 14. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-20.561; 15. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-20.720; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.982; 17. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-21.495; 18. Paul May, 71m, May-21.572; 19. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-21.590; 20. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-24.467.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Mattox, 4. Bacon, 5. Chapple, 6. Grant, 7. S. Thomas. 2:43.50

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Boespflug, 3. Windom, 4. Stockon, 5. McDougal, 6. Mihocko, 7. Perrott. 2:44.77

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Short, 2. Courtney, 3. May, 4. Balog, 5. McMillin, 6. VanMeveren. 2:44.53

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Tyler Courtney (4), 4. Robert Ballou (7), 5. Justin Grant (10), 6. Brady Bacon (3), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Carson Short (1), 9. C.J. Leary (6), 10. Isaac Chapple (16), 11. Bill Balog (9), 12. Chad Boespflug (14), 13. Brandon Mattox (13), 14. Brian VanMeveren (15), 15. Steve Thomas (18), 16. Paul May (17), 17. Nate McMillin (12), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 19. Eric Perrott (19), 20. Tye Mihocko (20). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Stockon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (16th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brandon Mattox

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brandon Mattox

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-539, 2-K. Thomas-507, 3-Windom-501, 4-Courtney-493, 5-Stockon-489, 6-Bacon-464, 7-Grant-435, 8-Short-427, 9-Ballou-425, 10-McDougal-389.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 31, 2019 - I-80 Speedway - Greenwood, Nebraska - "I-80 Dirt Classic" - 4/10-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC ENTRY LIST RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 22, 2019).........Six past USAC Silver Crown winners at Lucas Oil Raceway are ready to roll this Friday, May 24, in the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic" at the .686-mile paved oval in Brownsburg, Ind.

Those six drivers make up a total of 15 Silver Crown wins at LOR, led by Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. who owns five victories between 2013 and 2016, including the May race in three-straight years between 2014 and 2016. With another victory, he would break a tie with Mike Bliss as the winningest driver in the history of the series at LOR.

Older brother Kody, of Kingsburg, Calif., has four Silver Crown wins at LOR in 2011, 2016-18, including the last two May races there. His team, Nolen Racing, has won twice themselves at LOR, in 1991 with Johnny Parsons and in 1995 with Jim Keeker. They've won the first two, both on pavement, to open the season at Memphis and Toledo and carry the series point lead with them into Friday at LOR.

Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. is a member of the four-win club at LOR as well with wins in 2009, twice in 2012 and 2017. He also owns three wins at LOR in USAC Sprints (2006, 2007 & 2011) as well as one in USAC Midgets in 2006. He's finished in the runner-up spot in each of the first two Silver Crown races in 2019 at Memphis and Toledo.

Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne and Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester have notched Silver Crown wins at LOR. Byrne's came on a last lap, last corner pass back in 2014 while Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget champ, rocketed to victory on a Sunday afternoon at what was then known as IRP during the Summer of 2000.

While not a Silver Crown winner at LOR, although he does own one series win at Milwaukee in 1990, Fortville, Indiana's Eric Gordon has won on three occasions at LOR, all in USAC Sprint Car competition, in 1990-91-92.

Two Silver Crown champions are entered with Kody Swanson (2014-15-17-18) and Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. (2016). Windom is aiming for his first win at LOR.

Past USAC Silver Crown winners C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) have gotten it done on the dirt, but are seeking their first series wins on the pavement. Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) has won three times on pavement tracks with the series at Chicagoland, Kansas and Darlington, but not yet at LOR where he finished third in May one year ago.

Three drivers are in the category of USAC Sprint and Midget winners who are looking to tally their first career Silver Crown victories: Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind. and Brian Gerster of Fishers, Ind.

A solid core of veterans are mixed with a nice Rookie crop, with veterans Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio, Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind., Mike Haggenbottom of Levittown, Pa., Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind. and Terry James of St. Louis, Mo. returning to the lineup. They are joined by a group of Silver Crown Rookies consisting of Chris Dyson of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, Miss., Derek Bischak of Angola, Ind., Cody Gerhardt of Fresno, Calif. and Cody Gallogly of Pataskala, Ohio.

The "Come from the Back Challenge" is back again this year, providing a driver the option on whether they would prefer to start in their qualified position or start from the tail with a chance to take home a $10,000 bonus courtesy of Legacy Motorsports and Gatekeeper Services.

In fact, the challenge is just one of several contingency bonuses added exclusively for the event. $19,000 in lap money has been added by a number of sponsors, a fitting number as Steele won numerous races in Bob Gratton-owned No. 19 Sprint Cars and Silver Crown cars during his career. Additionally, the fastest qualifier will earn a $1,000 bonus from Mac and Carol Steele. Carl Edwards has added $1,000 in hard charger money for the driver advancing the most positions from his or her starting spot during the night's 100-lap main event ("Come from the Back Challenge" taker is excluded). Finally, Steele Performance Parts is paying for all Silver Crown driver pit passes.

Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" activities get underway with USAC pits opening at Noon eastern, drivers meeting at 2:30pm, front gates at 2:50pm, Silver Crown practice one from 3:15pm-3:55pm, USF2000 practice from 4:05-4:25pm, Pro Mazda practice from 4:30-4:50pm, Silver Crown practice two from 5-5:30pm, Qualifying from 5:45-6:30pm, Freedom 75 USF2000 race at 6:45p, Freedom 90 Pro Mazda race at 7:50pm and the USAC Silver Crown Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" at 9pm.

Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

2019 DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC ENTRY LIST
NO. / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT
02 Tanner Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)
6 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®Chris Dyson/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
11 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (DHR-Byrd Racing)
16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
25 ®Joey Schmidt/Ellisville, MS (Sam Pierce)
26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
31 ®Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
51 Russ Gamester/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
60 ®Cody Gerhardt/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
78 Eric Gordon/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
81 ®Cody Gallogly/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)
116 Terry James/St. Louis, MO (Dr. Jim Logan)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “SALUTE TO INDY”
By Lance Jennings

MAY 21, 2019... This Saturday, May 25th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to their “home track,” Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.” Promoted by Don Kazarian, the American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the Up, Down 'n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run will also feature the PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

The annual "Salute to Indy" has been a Southern California tradition going back to 1948 when Dempsey Wilson claimed the checkered flags with the original California Racing Association. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval brought the tradition back and NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley scored the victory. Last year, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams claimed his second Memorial Classic over Jake Swanson, Max Adams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 215 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 45 “home track” wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. At the last two visits, Brody Roa topped the March 30th “So-Cal Showdown” and Richard Vander Weerd topped the April 13th “Sokola Shootout.” A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to the seventh point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads the standings by twenty points. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner scored his first win of the season at Bakersfield on May 11th. To date, the seven-time champion also has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the year. “The Demon” leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 81 feature wins and will be looking to claim his fifth “Salute to Indy.”

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa finished fourteenth at Bakersfield after an early tangle ended his night. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for fifteenth on the series win list, Brody will have his sights on making the “Salute to Indy” his eighth triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams placed eleventh in the May 11th main event. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied for fifteenth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his third “Salute to Indy” victory.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point standings. The driver of the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman skipped Bakersfield with three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the year. The five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has six USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on adding the Perris “Salute to Indy” to his resume.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen powered to an eighth place finish at Bakersfield on May 11th. At press time, the veteran driver has posted two top-10 finishes and will be looking to earn his first victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Currently sixteenth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Richard Vander Weerd, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Austin Liggett, Joel Rayborne, Verne Sweeney, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

"SALUTE TO INDY" WINNERS: 1948-Dempsey Wilson, 1949-Bob Denny, 1950-NO RACE, 1951-NO RACE, 1952-Colby Scroggin, 1953-Bob Denny, 1954-Harry Stockman, 1955-Rosie Roussel, 1956-Art Bisch, 1957-Ray Clark, 1958-Bud Rose, 1959-Roy Prosser, 1960-NO RACE, 1961-Jack Brunner, 1962-Colby Scroggin, 1963-Billy Cantrell, 1964-Hal Minyard, 1965-NO RACE, 1966-Bruce Walkup, 1967-Bob Hogle, 1968-Billy Wilkerson, 1969-Billy Wilkerson, 1970-NO RACE, 1971-Dick Zimmerman / Don Hamilton, 1972-Billy Wilkerson, 1973-Billy Wilkerson, 1974-Jimmy Oskie, 1975-Clark Templeman, 1976-Mike Shaw, 1977-John Redican, 1978-Dean Thompson / Tony Simon, 1979-Bobby Olivero, 1980-Bubby Jones / Dean Thompson / Dean Thompson, 1981-Dean Thompson / Dean Thompson, 1982-Dean Thompson / Bubby Jones, 1983-Rip Williams / Bubby Jones, 1984-Bubby Jones, 1985-Eddie Wirth, 1986-Bubby Jones, 1987-Mike Sweeney, 1988-Lealand McSpadden, 1989-Brad Noffsinger, 1990-Ron Shuman, 1991-NO RACE, 1992-NO RACE, 1993-NO RACE, 1994-NO RACE, 1995-NO RACE, 1997-Cory Kruseman, 1998-Mike Kirby, 1999-Troy Rutherford, 2000-Richard Griffin, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Mike Kirby, 2003-Damion Gardner, 2004-Damion Gardner, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Blake Miller, 2008-RAIN, 2009-Blake Miller, 2010-David Cardey, 2011-Matt Mitchell, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Matt Mitchell, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Austin Williams, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Austin Williams. (Some events were two day shows or twin main events.)

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

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 45-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-417, 2. Brody Roa-397, 3. Austin Williams-363, 4. R.J. Johnson-262, 5. Chris Gansen-256, 6. Jake Swanson-255, 7. Tommy Malcolm-254, 8. A.J. Bender-199, 9. Matt McCarthy-194, 10. Charles Davis Jr.-187, 11. Stevie Sussex-184, 12. Mike Martin-174, 13. Josh Hodges-164, 14. Richard Vander Weerd-158, --. Cody Williams-158, 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-156, 17. Troy Rutherford-150, 18. Steve Hix-145, 19. Austin Liggett-128, 20. Isaac Chapple-126.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN RESCHEDULED FOR AUG. 30

Granite City, Ill. (May 21, 2019).........The Brandt "River Town Showdown," featuring a USAC doubleheader with the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in addition to the B-Mods, has been rescheduled for Friday, August 30, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. It will now be the start of a big racing weekend in Southern Illinois with Du Quoin State Fair events Saturday-Monday.

The event will be a full show for each series with qualifying, heat races, a semi-feature, culminating in a 30-lap main event for the Midgets and Sprint Cars. Last Saturday's Track Enterprises promotion of the event was rained out with severe weather in the area.

Track Enterprises wants to express apologies for any inconvenience from Saturday's rainout. At the time, there were reports of severe weather in the area and the decision was made to cancel when the rain started in the interest of fan safety.

The night prior, Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. (Midgets) and Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. (Sprint Cars) won each end of the doubleheader.

Anyone who was at Saturday night's event is reminded to bring the May 18 wristband with them on August 30 to receive entry at that event. Anyone who doesn't bring the band as their raincheck will have to pay full price.

Anyone who purchased pit passes through TracPass for last Saturday's USAC event at Tri-City Speedway may bring their armband to the TracPass window at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 22, in order to receive a new armband good for admission to that night's "Tony Hulman Classic" USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event.

Pit gates will open at 3pm (Central), grandstands at 5pm, hot laps will begin at 6pm, qualifying at 6:45pm, and racing will go green at 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.usacracing.com, www.trackenterprises.com, or www.tricityspeedway.net.

 

 

TULARE’S FARIA MEMORIAL MOVED TO FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH
By Lance Jennings

MAY 21, 2019… The previously scheduled “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” for Saturday, June 8th, at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway has been moved to Friday, June 7th. In addition to the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, the event will also feature the winged Kings of Thunder Sprints, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and IMCA Stock Cars. The front gates will open at 3PM, with racing scheduled for 6PM. For more Tulare information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

The following night, the track will host the finale of the “Peter Murphy Classic” after rains washed out last Saturday’s show with the NARC King of the West and Kings of Thunder Sprints.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, June 1st at Ventura Raceway for the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” with the VRA Sprints.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Tristan Guardino-405, 2-Ryan Timmons-286, 3-Koen Shaw-262, 4-Jake Swanson-238, 5-Austin Liggett-227, 6-Danny Faria Jr.-221, 7-Slater Helt-212, 8-Hannah Mayhew-203, 9-J.J. Ringo-197, 10-Austin Ervine-187, 11-Kyle Edwards-178, 12-Steve Hix-172, 13-Michael Faccinto-167, 14-Brody Roa-154, 15-T.J. Smith-150, --Cody Majors-150, 17-Charles Davis Jr.-147, 18-Stevie Sussex-145, 19-Troy Rutherford-139, 20-Ryan Bernal-135.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

STEVIE SUSSEX BREAKS THROUGH AT CASA GRANDE

CASA GRANDE, AZ – MAY 18, 2019… After a torrid battle with Jake Swanson and Brody Roa, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) became the sixth different winner in as many races with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex reclaimed the lead for good on lap 29 to score his third “Hank Arnold Memorial” win at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. Fast qualifier Roa, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Real American” Matt Rossi, and R.J. Johnson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Roa earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from sixth. In addition, the point leader claimed his first career Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award by posting a new 410 track record of 15.133 over the 14-car roster.

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

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, June 1st at Arizona Speedway.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

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

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2019 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.133 (New 410 Track Record); 2. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.267; 3. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.463; 4. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.529; 5. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.649; 6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.989; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-16.084; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.148; 9. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.202; 10. Andy Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.276; 11. Tyler Most, 3, Most-16.585; 12. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.619; 13. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-17.048; 14. Daylin Perriera, 21, Perreira-17.138.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. Rossi, 5. Curtis, 6. Most, 7. Reynolds. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Sussex, 3. Martin, 4. Bonneau, 5. Lundy, 6. Reinbold. 7. Perreira. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Stevie Sussex (1), 2. Brody Roa (6), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (7), 4. Matt Rossi (4), 5. R.J. Johnson (5), 6. Jake Swanson (2), 7. Mike Martin (3), 8. Chris Bonneau (8), 9. Michael Curtis (9), 10. Daylin Perriera (14), 11. Tyler Most (12), 12. Andy Reinbold (11), 13. Matt Lundy (10), 14. Jonas Reynolds (13). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-25 Sussex, Laps 26-27 Swanson, Lap 28 Roa, Laps 29-30 Sussex. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (6th to 2nd)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-438, 2-Johnson-390, 3-Sussex-370, 4-Davis-341, 5-Martin-326, 6-Rossi-325, 7-Swanson-318, 8-Lundy-250, 9-Curtis-243, 10-Josh Hodges-202.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 1 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona

 

 

NEW RIDE, NO PROBLEM:
BUCKWALTER BANKS GRANDVIEW EAST COAST WIN

By: Nick Fillman

It all started with a phone call on Monday and ended with victory lane photos on Saturday for Timmy Buckwalter of Douglassville, PA as he was able to collect his first Rapid Tire USAC East Coast 360 sprint car win at his weekly home track, Grandview Speedway.

Joey Biasi and Carmen Perigo would lead the field to the green flag, but the caution would quickly wave as Eddie Strada and Chris Allen got together on the initial start and collected Eric Jennings and John Stehman. Strada kept his position as he never stopped. Stehman rejoined, but at the tail of the field. Allen and Jennings, however, were not so lucky and their nights were over

The following restart would again have chaos in turn one as a spinning Eddie Strada would collect the cars of Connor Leoffler and Bill Unglert. All suffering front end damage and sending the three drivers pit side.

When the field went green again on Biasi was able to grab the lead with Carmen Perigo hot in his bumper. Buckwalter had now found himself in third after starting the feature in the fifth position. Buckwalter made quick work of passing the stout Perigo machine, before setting his sights on Biasi. Buckwalter would make the pass on Biasi and look to set sail before a caution flew on lap 7 for a slowing Ryan Quackenbush machine.

From the ensuing restart on Timmy Buckwalter had a comfortable lead over the rest of the field, but the rest of the finishing positions were under fire as an intense battle for positions 2-4 occurred between Biasi, Perigo, and 11th starting Steve Drevicki. Drevicki would make a fantastic "two for one" pass in turns three and four passing both Perigo and Biasi on lap 23. Unfortunately for Drevicki and the rest of the field, it was too late as Timmy Buckwalter would cruise on to collect his first ever USAC East Coast victory, and the first ever series win at the Grandview Speedway. Steven Drevicki, Carmen Perigo, Joey Biasi, and the hard charger of the night, Chandler Leiby rounding out the top five.

Leiby would have a tough night turn better following a heat race flip and a trip to the B Main. Leiby started in the 17th position and was able to work his way through the field and miss the incidents to collect the 5th place finish.

Twenty-Three cars would be in the pit area for competition in the inaugural event at the Grandview Speedway with Carmen Perigo, Joey Biasi, and Timmy Buckwalter collecting the heat race wins. Zack Burd was able to collect the checkers in the semi event.

Up next for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is a trip to the 3/8ths mile inner oval at the Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, New Jersey.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2019 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Carmen Perigo (#21 Perigo), 2. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 3. Connor Leoffler (#22 Leoffler), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 5. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 6. Jake Winters (#1J Winters), 7. Kyle Lick (#8 Lick), 8. George Suprick (#96 Suprick). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 2. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 3. Tyler Brehm (#21R Brehm), 4. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 5. Steve Surniak (#1ST Surniak), 6. Zack Burd (#5z Burd), 7. Trey Hivner (#7 Hivner), 8. Jason Cherry (#67 Cherry). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 2. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 3. John Stehman (#8L Stehman), 4. Mike Thompson (#39 Hogue), 5. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson), 6. David Swanson (#117 Swanson), 7. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby). NT

SEMI: (5 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Burd, 2. Leiby, 3. D. Swanson, 4. Cherry, 5. Winters, 6. Lick, 7. Hivner, 8. Suprick. NT

FEATURE: 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Joey Biasi, 5. Chandler Leiby, 6. Tyler Brehm, 7. Mike Thompson, 8. Jonathan Swanson, 9. Steve Surniak, 10. John Stehman, 11. David Swanson, 12. Jason Cherry, 13. Zack Burd, 14. Ryan Quackenbush, 15. Chris Allen, Jr., 16. Eddie Strada, 17. Eric Jennings, 18. Connor Leoffler, 19. Bill Unglert, 20. Jake Winters. NT
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**Suprick flipped during the first heat. Leiby flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Biasi, Laps 5-25 Buckwalter.

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Chandler Leiby (17th to 5th)

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT RACE: May 26 - Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, New Jersey

 

 

MOTHER NATURE TAKES RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN USAC MIDGET EVENT AT TRI-CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 18, 2019).........Rain fell just as cars were pushed off for the start of the semi-feature, forcing cancellation of Saturday's Brandt "River Town Showdown" program for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Tri-City Speedway. A subsequent makeup date for the event will be announced soon.

Tyler Courtney swept Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying on both Friday and Saturday night in both the midget and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship divisions. Chad Boat, Cannon McIntosh and Brady Bacon claimed heat race victories.

Next up on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule is the 15th annual running of "Indiana Midget Week," six races in six nights beginning at Montpelier Motor Speedway on June 4, then to Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 5, Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville) on June 6, Bloomington Speedway on June 7, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 8 and Kokomo Speedway on June 9.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-City Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Cannon McIntosh (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner) and Brady Bacon (Auto Meter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.270; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.515; 3. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.521; 4. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-15.577; 5. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-15.624; 6. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.735; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.779; 8. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.823; 9. Brady Bacon, 76, FMR-15.841; 10. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.849; 11. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-15.870; 12. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.878; 13. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.935; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.948; 15. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-15.991; 16. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-16.005; 17. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-16.020; 18. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.100; 19. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-16.203; 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.296; 21. Presley Truedson, 5T, Daum-16.402; 22. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-16.414; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-16.462; 24. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-16.565; 25. Kyle O'Gara, 67F, SFHR-17.319; 26. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. McDougal, 3. Windom, 4. Courtney, 5. Grant, 6. Elledge, 7. Leary, 8. Wise. 2:09.42

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. McIntosh, 2. Coons, 3. Colwell, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Daum, 6. T. Thomas, 7. K. Thomas, 8. Neuman. 2:12.19

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Layser, 3. Carrick, 4. Seavey, 5. Hollan, 6. Hendricks, 7. Bodine, 8. Truedson. 2:14.50

REMAINDER OF EVENT CANCELLED ---------------------------- **Cling flipped during qualifying.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-456, 2-K. Thomas-417, 3-Leary-373, 4-Wise-367, 5-Windom-361, 6-Seavey-357, 7-Boat-347, 8-Klaasmeyer-331, 9-Carrick-295, 10-Colwell-287.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 4, 2019 - Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana - 15th "Indiana Midget Week" - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

TRI-CITY USAC SPRINTS FALL TO RAIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 18, 2019).........For the second consecutive Saturday, rain captured the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, this time in Saturday's Brandt "River Town Showdown" at Tri-City Speedway. A subsequent makeup date for the event will be announced soon.

Tyler Courtney's impressive qualifying feats continued Saturday at Tri-City, sweeping Fatheadz Eyewear Quick time in both the Sprint Car and the NOS Energy Drink National Midget for the second-straight night. Robert Ballou, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Brady Bacon captured heat race wins.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-City Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner) and Chase Stockon (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

C.J. Leary remains the series point leader heading into Wednesday's 49th annual "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. He leads by eight points over Thomas, Chris Windom (-57), Courtney (-62) and Chase Stockon (-68).

"Tony Hulman Classic" activities get underway with pits opening at 3pm eastern, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow. Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $15 adult infield tickets. Children 11 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy." A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 "Tony Hulman Classic" for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 "Hoosier Hundred" for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/, http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807. You can reach the promoter, Track Enterprises, by phone at (217) 764-3200 and on race day at (812) 232-4040.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.737; 2. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.875; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.945; 4. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.020; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-15.022; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.027; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-15.088; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-15.155; 9. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-15.232; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.264; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.268; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-15.314; 13. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.329; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.608; 15. T.J. Artz, 57, Artz-15.612; 16. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-15.706; 17. Dustin Smith, 77s. Smith-15.826; 18. James Lyerla, 11, Lyerla-16.081; 19. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-16.795; 20. Brad Wyatt, 41, RNS-16.856; 21. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-17.193; 22. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-17.603; 23. Scottie Gretzmacher, 16G, Gretzmacher-17.785; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Courtney, 4. Stockon, 5. Boespflug, 6. Davis, 7. Weyant, 8. Budde. 2:13.90

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Short, 3. Windom, 4. McDougal, 5. Chapple, 6. Smith, 7. Wyatt, 8. Gretzmacher. NT

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Clouser, 3. Daum, 4. Grant, 5. Lyerla, 6. Artz, 7. S. Thomas. NT
REMAINDER OF EVENT CANCELLED
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NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-480, 2-K. Thomas-472, 3-Windom-423, 4-Courtney-418, 5-Stockon-412, 6-Bacon-401, 7-Grant-374, 8-Short-369, 9-Ballou-356, 10-McDougal-333.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 22, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 49th"Tony Hulman Classic" - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

DREVICKI GRABS SECOND USAC EAST COAST SPRINT WIN OF SEASON AT BIG DIAMOND

After fighting off an evening thunderstorm, a stellar field of 31 Rapid Tire USAC East Coast 360 Sprint Cars jammed the pit area at the Big Diamond Speedway for a fantastic night of open wheel racing.

Following the top eight redraw, Timmy Buckwalter in his new Gallagher 5g ride, and sprint car rookie Tyler Brehm would share the front row of the talented 20 car feature field and lead them to green.

Buckwalter would quickly jump out to the race lead and try and establish the pace early on. The first caution would fly on lap one for duel spins of Ryan Quackenbush and Chris Allen, Jr. A caution would then fly on lap two of the feature event for a slowing Mark Bitner who had suffered a flat left front tire.

When the field went back green it was again Timmy Buckwalter jumping back out front to lead the field with Brehm in second, and Chandler Leiby moving into third. A red flag would then fly again on the fourth circuit for a flat by Joe Biasi that would then collect drivers: Carmen Perigo, Bill Unglert, and JR Berry who took a light tumble into the infield.

While under the red flag period, it was discovered that Timmy Buckwalter suffered a flat tire and was pushed pit side allowing the team to make the change and return to the field. Unglert, Biasi, and Perigo also rejoined the field leaving some talented drivers and cars in the back of the field.

On the ensuing restart Brehm would get out front and lead the field with Chandler Leiby, and Steven Drevicki in third and closing quickly on the top two drivers. Heading into turn one on lap eight, Drevicki would make the move to the inside of Brehm after passing Leiby to grab the lead of the feature event and look to take off.

A caution on lap 19 for a slowing Eric Jennings with a right rear flat tire, would set up a six-lap dash for the checkered for the field.

When the field went back green, Drevicki would be challenged by Leiby but unable to make the pass for the win. Behind Drevicki and Leiby the action was fierce with seventh starting Eddie Strada in competition with the hard charging cars of Chris Allen, Jr. and Timmy Buckwalter recovering from his flat tire.

When the checkers flew Steven Drevicki collected his second win of the 2019 Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series over: Chandler Leiby, Eddie Strada, Chris Allen, Jr. and Timmy Buckwalter.

A tough night at the fell upon driver Craig Pellegrini Jr., Trey Hivner and Trevor Kobylarz. Pellegrini went for a wild flip in the B Main, with Hivner and Kobylarz suffering mechanical issues during the B Main.

The next event for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is Saturday May 18th at the Grandview Speedway.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 - Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 2. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 3. Steve Surniak (#1ST Surniak), 4. Johnny Petrozelle (#59 Petrozelle), 5. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 6. Jason Cherry (#67 Cherry), 7. Larry Drake (#8 Drake), 8. Jake Winters (#1J Winters). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Carmen Perigo (#21 Perigo), 3. J.R. Berry (#74 Berry), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 5. Trey Hivner (#7 Hivner), 6. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 7. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (#11A Pellegrini), 8. David Swanson (#117 Swanson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 2. Tyler Brehm (#21R Brehm), 3. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 4. Zack Burd (#5z Burd), 5. Connor Leoffler (#22 Leoffler), 6. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson), 7. John Anderika (#96 Anderika). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 2. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 3. Kyle Lick (#8 Lick), 4. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 5. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 6. John Stehman (#8L Stehman), 7. Mike Thompson (#39 Hogue). NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Unglert, 2. Connor, 3. Stehman, 4. Thompson, 5. Hedin, 6. J. Swanson, 7. Cherry, 8. Drake, 9. D. Swanson, 10. Winters, 11. John Anderika, 12. Hivner, 13. Pellegrini, 14. Kobylarz. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Chandler Leiby, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Chris Allen, Jr., 5. Timmy Buckwalter, 6. Connor Leoffler, 7. Ryan Quackenbush, 8. Carmen Perigo, 9. Bill Unglert, 10. Joey Biasi, 11. Tyler Brehm, 12. Mike Thompson, 13. John Stehman, 14. Zack Burd, 15. Steve Surniak, 16. Kyle Lick, 17. Johnny Petrozelle, 18. J.R. Berry, 19. Eric Jennings, 20. Mark Bitner. NT ---------------------- **Pellegrini flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Buckwalter, Laps 5-8 Brehm, Laps 9-25 Drevicki.

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Chris Allen, Jr.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 18, 2019 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED ENTRY LIST REVEALED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 18, 2019).........The entry list for the 64th running of the "Hoosier Hundred" brings 42 USAC Silver Crown cars and drivers to the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 23, for the final edition of the race at the legendary one-mile dirt oval.

The event features four past "Hoosier Hundred" winners in Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson, who's racing for an unprecedented fifth consecutive "Hoosier Hundred" win dating to 2014. Also entered is 1995, 1996 and 2004 winner Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., 1991 and 1993 winner Jeff Swindell of Germantown, Tenn. and Chuck Leary of Greenfield, Ind., who was the victor in 1997.

Swanson (2014-15-17-18) and Darland (1997) are among three past Silver Crown champions entered along with Chris Windom (2016) of Canton, Ill.

Swanson, Darland and Swindell are included in a star-studded group of drivers who've conquered victory lane with the Silver Crown series, along with a host of others who've won in the series but are seeking their first "Hoosier Hundred" win: C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Brian Tyler (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.), Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.), Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Not only vying for a first "Hoosier Hundred" win, but also their first career Silver Crown victory is a talent-laden list of drivers who've won in either USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car or NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition during their career: Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. (Brownsburg, Ind.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.).

Last year's Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) is entered for his second "Hoosier Hundred" while 2019 leading Rookie Joey Schmidt (Ellisville, Miss.) prepares for his first. Drivers also making their first attempt on the Indy Mile include Chris Phillips (Plainfield, Ind.), Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio), Casey Buckman (Chandler, Ariz.), Jimmy Light (West Springfield, Pa.) and Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio).

Kemenah and Chris Dyson, who returns for his second "Hoosier Hundred" start, are drivers who've attained success in other racing disciplines, Kemenah as a multi-time champion with the All Star Circuit of Champions and Dyson as a two-time American LeMans Series titlist.

Returning veterans aiming for one more shot at the Indy Mile include Kyle Steffens (St. Louis, Mo.), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), last year's fifth place finisher Johnny Petrozelle (Denton, N.C.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Austin Mundie (Dallas, Texas), Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) and Kenny Gentry (Henderson, Ky.).

"Hoosier Hundred" activities get underway with pits opening at noon eastern, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4pm and practice from 4:45-6pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow. Tickets are $25 for advance adult general admission and $30 the day of the event. Infield tickets are $20, while general admission for children 11 and under is $10. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy." A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 "Tony Hulman Classic" for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 "Hoosier Hundred" for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.
For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/, http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

2019 HOOSIER HUNDRED ENTRY LIST

# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 ®CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Phillips-Nolen Racing)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 ®CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Bob Hampshire)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Mark Swanson Encore Team)
22 BILLY PUTERBAUGH, JR./Brownsburg, IN (Robbie Rice-PBR Motorsports)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
25 ®JOEY SCHMIDT/Ellisville, MS (Sam Pierce)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
27 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Phillips Motorsports)
30 CHUCK LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Chuck & Tammi Leary)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les & Patty Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
56 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
74 ®CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Motorsports)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
118 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY (Kenny Gentry)
123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE

TULARE, CA - MAY 17, 2019... Securing the lead from Richard Vander Weerd on lap 14, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) held off all challengers to win the "Peter Murphy Classic" at Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway. For Liggett, the $4,000 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory was his second win of 2019 and the ninth of his career. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the defending champion finished ahead of Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd, and "The Radio Flyer" Bruce St. James.

Michael Faccinto earned the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from twenty-first. "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish.

2011 Champion Richard Vander Weerd posted his series leading 20th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 22-car roster with a time of 15.432. Richard's twin brother Jace won the special $500 3-lap Dash For Cash.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Jace Vander Weerd (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Koen Shaw (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Faccinto (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, June 1st at Ventura Raceway for the "ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2."

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 - Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, California - "6th Annual Peter Murphy Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.432; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.444; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.828; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.866; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.933; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.022; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.118; 8. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-16.149; 9. Ryan Bernal, 21, Tarlton-16.155; 10. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-16.157; 11. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-16.247; 12. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-16.295; 13. Kyler Shaw, 92K, Shaw-16.362; 14. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.450; 15. Tanner Boul, 99T, Quiring-16.478; 16. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-16.490; 17. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-16.495; 18. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.543; 19. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.769; 20. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-NT; 21. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-NT; 22. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-NT.

BUTLERBUILT SEATS DASH FOR CASH: (3 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Liggett, 4. R.Vander Weerd. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Ky.Shaw, 4. Timmons, 5. Ringo, 6. Farmer, 7. Copeland, 8. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ko.Shaw, 2. Guardino, 3. St. James, 4. Liggett, 5. Helt, 6. Kirkbride, 7. Ervine. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Boul, 3. Faria, 4. Johnson, 5. Bernal, 6.Smith, 7. Mayhew. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (5), 2. Ryan Bernal (9), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (3), 4. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 5. Bruce St. James (8), 6. Michael Faccinto (21), 7. Ryan Timmons (7), 8. Colby Copeland (22), 9. T.J. Smith (12), 10. Kyler Shaw (13), 11. Tristan Guardino (2), 12. Tanner Boul (15), 13. Ricky Kirkbride (17), 14. D.J. Johnson (1), 15. Steve Hix (19), 16. Koen Shaw (14), 17. Hannah Mayhew (18), 18. Austin Ervine (20), 19. Danny Faria Jr. (4), 20. Scotty Farmer (16), 21. J.J. Ringo (10), 22. Slater Helt (11). NT ---------------------------- **Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Guardino, Laps 9-13 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 14-30 Liggett.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (21st to 6th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ricky Kirkbride

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-405, 2-Timmons-286, 3-Ko.Shaw-262, 4-Jake Swanson-238, 5-Liggett-227, 6-Faria-221, 7-Helt-212, 8-Mayhew-203, 9-Ringo-197, 10-Ervine-187.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 1 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - "ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2" - co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 

WINDOM FIRST TO REPEAT IN USAC SPRINT WIN AT TRI-CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 17, 2019).........In a season with so much parity, the first winner of 2019 became the first repeat winner of the season as Chris Windom outdueled Carson Short in a wild Brandt "River Town Showdown" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature Friday night at Tri-City Speedway.

In a race of attrition and heart-stopping sliders, Windom and Short were the class of the field in the end with each going after the other's jugular in a see-saw stretch for much of the race that witnessed the pair swap the lead numerous times until Windom, the 2017 series champ, emerged with his 23rd career USAC National Sprint Car victory, tying him for 22nd all-time with the great A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.

The Canton, Ill. native started fifth for the start of 30-lap main event, while up front, Chase Stockon whipped around the outside of pole sitter Chad Boespflug to take the top spot on the opening lap, instantly breaking out to a five car length advantage.

Shortly thereafter, on the second lap, Justin Grant found himself spinning backwards at the exit of turn two. Mitch Wissmiller couldn't avoid the carnage, plowing into the stopped Grant, which sent both drivers and cars to the sideline for the remainder of the night.

On the lap two restart, Kevin Thomas, Jr. drover around Boespflug for second, bringing Tyler Courtney, Short and a slew of others along with him. Thomas dove inside Stockon in turn three for first on the sixth lap, but Stockon fought back on the bottom off turn four, beating Stockon by a half car length at the stripe. Meanwhile, Short and Windom were approaching the party, with Windom eventually getting Short for second on the 10th lap with a turn three slider.

Jason McDougal dropped a driveshaft in turn three one lap later to bring out the caution, erasing the half-straightaway lead Thomas had constructed.

hoturn two to recapture the point and keep Windom at bay for the meantime. Thomas fended off Windom's slider in turn one on lap 12, but that allowed Short stick his nose in and capitalize on the back straightaway, going from third to first in an instant past both Windom and Thomas, who whiffed the outside wall exiting turn four as Short took over the lead and Windom moved past Thomas.

At the midway point, Windom answered by running downhill off turn four to surge past Short heading into turn one, but it would be all for naught as fifth-running Brady Bacon flipped in turn four to necessitate a red flag. Incredibly, the two-time series champ restarted and drove all the way back to a ninth-place finish.

That moved Short back into the lead, with a new engine loaded in the chamber after experiencing engine troubles following a fifth place finish the weekend before. Short cut off any attempt for a Windom slider by taking a lower line into turn one on the restart, allowing Short to gain some space on Windom.

Windom reeled Short in again and slid past again in turn three, forcing Short to counter back to the lead off turn four. Windom kept the pressure applied and two raced across the line on lap 20 side-by-side. Windom kept digging and the relentless assault paid off finally on lap 21 with a divebomb into turn three that saw him emerge with the lead. Short tried once more a lap later, sliding in front of Windom in turn three on the 22nd lap, but a slowing Korey Weyant put a cease-fire on the entertaining battle momentarily with a yellow flag.

Windom cut through the middle on the following restart, keeping his Goacher Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Parallax Power Supply - Jonathan Byrd's/DRC/Claxton Mopar up top until yet another yellow stopped the event when fourth-running Courtney, who had won the Midget feature earlier in the night, biked and pirouetted against the outside turn four wall, putting out for the remainder of the race and giving him a finish of 14th.

On the final restart, on lap 24, Windom ignited with an excellent restart, at least momentarily, as Short hung with Windom just a couple lengths back. Short continued in the role of pursuant during the final laps, banging hard off the turn four cushion on the 26th lap, but unable to make up any substantial ground on Windom who carried on to a 1.832 second victory over Short, Thomas, point leader C.J. Leary and Isaac Chapple.

"I couldn't get to the lead there, and when I did, the caution came out and set us back," Windom recalled. "I knew, for the entire race, we had a car to win this race. We didn't get a very good start and had to get back through the field. (Crew Chief) Derek Claxton, (Car Owner) Jason Goacher, john and these guys, gave me a great racecar to get back to the front like we needed to. It was a hell of a battle with Carson and KT."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Tri-City Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Mario Clouser (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Jason McDougal (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and James Lyerla (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.607; 2. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-14.774; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.838; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.878; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.908; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-14.919; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.941; 8. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.993; 9. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.007; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.098; 11. T.J. Artz, 57, Artz-15.196; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-15.252; 13. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.267; 14. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-15.346; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.438; 16. Dustin Smith, 77s. Smith-15.439; 17. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-15.838; 18. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-15.968; 19. Justin Standridge, 8D, KCBJ-15.969; 20. Logan Faucon, 52F, Faucon-15.973; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-16.061; 22. James Lyerla, 11, Lyerla-16.103; 23. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-16.323; 24. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-16.891; 25. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-17.936; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT; 27. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-NT (Time of 15.647 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Courtney, 3. McDougal, 4. Grant, 5. Bacon, 6. Smith, 7. Lyerla, 8. Standridge, 9. Perrott. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Windom, 2. Daum, 3. Stockon, 4. Wissmiller, 5. Artz, 6. Faucon, 7. S. Thomas, 8. Short, 9. Bell. 2:12.49

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Chapple, 4. Boespflug, 5. Weyant, 6. Mattox, 7. Clouser, 8. Davis, 9. Budde. 2:13.55 INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Clouser, 2. Short, 3. Smith, 4. Mattox, 5. Davis, 6. Standridge, 7. Faucon, 8. Lyerla, 9. S. Thomas, 10. Perrott, 11. Budde.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (5), 2. Carson Short (8), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 4. C.J. Leary (9), 5. Isaac Chapple (15), 6. Robert Ballou (10), 7. Mario Clouser (12), 8. Chase Stockon (2), 9. Brady Bacon (7), 10. Chad Boespflug (1), 11. T.J. Artz (11), 12. Brandon Mattox (21), 13. Mitchell Davis (18), 14. Tyler Courtney (6), 15. Korey Weyant (22), 16. Justin Standridge (19), 17. Jason McDougal (13), 18. Zach Daum (17), 19. Justin Grant (3), 20. Mitch Wissmiller (14), 21. Dustin Smith (16), 22. Logan Faucon (20). NT ---------------------------- **Bacon flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Stockon, Laps 6-11 K. Thomas, Laps 12-20 Short, Laps 21-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (15th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Mitchell Davis

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: James Lyerla

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-447, 2-K. Thomas-441, 3-Windom-392, 4-Stockon-384, 5-Courtney-383, 6-Bacon-369, 7-Grant-342, 8-Short-334, 9-Ballou-325, 10-McDougal-305.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

COURTNEY CHALKS UP HISTORY IN TRI-CITY MIDGET WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 17, 2019).........Tyler Courtney's early-season USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship prowess has been paramount, and with his fourth win in the first six races of the season, he became the first driver to ever accomplish the feat following his victory in Friday night's Brandt "River Town Showdown" opener at Tri-City Speedway.

Additionally, Courtney backed up his USAC Sprint Car win from a year ago by winning his first USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Granite City, Ill. By doing so, the Indianapolis, Ind. driver became just the third driver to win in both divisions at Tri-City, joining Jack Hewitt and Josh Wise.

Courtney ran down reigning series champion Logan Seavey entering lapped traffic with nine laps remaining to win the ninth race of his USAC Midget career in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Stanton SR-11x, tying himself with Billy Boat, Tony Elliott and Chuck Gurney for 74th all-time.

Courtney opened up the night by setting Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time in both the sprint car and midget divisions, putting him back on the outside of row three for the start of the 30-lap midget main event. Courtney began a methodical charge toward the front while Kevin Thomas, Jr. worked the bottom by Justin Grant to grab the early lead with Brady Bacon slicing his way to slot into second right behind Thomas before a caution for Tanner Carrick's flat left rear tire brought a halt to the action on lap four.

On the ensuing restart, Bacon stuck like glue to the bottom to rip by Thomas for the lead and appeared to be in command until lap nine when he clipped the turn three infield tractor tire, upsetting the front end, which forced him off the pace and into the work area for adjustments under the yellow. He returned, but only managed a 16th in his first race back with FMR after the combo competed full-time on the USAC trail over the past three seasons.

Inheriting the lead was Seavey who slipped away as Thomas and Justin Grant swapped sliders back-and-forth, to and fro, until Grant emerged with the runner-up spot on lap 12. Courtney got by Thomas a lap later and began his pursuit of Grant as they took part in a three-car breakaway led by race leader Seavey.

On the 19th lap, as the frontrunners approached lapped traffic, Courtney slid Grant in turn three to take second, with now only Seavey left in his sight. The lappers cooperated, hanging on the low line, while Seavey and Courtney ringed the top. Courtney was inching closer each corner, but, on lap 22, was like a rocket shooting out of a Coke bottle, springing forward with a burst that slid him right past Seavey in turn three.

"You got to take it when you can get it," Courtney said of the pass. "I didn't know if it was quite going to get there because you could get a run there in (turns) three and four, but luckily it stuck. Then, you can kind of do your own race after that."

And that's exactly what Courtney did. From there, Courtney immediately pulled away, building a three-quarters of a straightaway advantage as he ripped the top to a victory margin just shy of three seconds over Seavey, Grant, Zeb Wise and Chad Boat.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Tri-City Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jake Neuman (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jesse Colwell (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Cannon McIntosh (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Tanner Carrick (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Andrew Layser (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.189; 2. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.232; 3. Brady Bacon, 76, FMR-15.314; 4. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.393; 5. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-15.407; 6. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-15.447; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.498; 8. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.525; 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.526; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.547; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-15.555; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.578; 13. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-15.601; 14. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.610; 15. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-15.629; 16. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.702; 17. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.719; 18. Presley Truedson, 5T, Daum-15.724; 19. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-15.730; 20. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-15.731; 21. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-15.768; 22. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.843; 23. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.918; 24. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-16.098; 25. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-16.437; 26. Johnny Murdock, 0, Zero-17.731.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Neuman, 2. Windom, 3. Courtney, 4. K. Thomas, 5. Carrick, 6. Boat, 7. McIntosh, 8. Hendricks, 9. Elledge. 2:02.81

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Colwell, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Wise, 4. Seavey, 5. Leary, 6. Daum, 7. Hollan, 8. Murdock, 9. Layser. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. McDougal, 2. Coons, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Bacon, 5. Grant, 6. Truedson, 7. Bodine, 8. Cling. 2:07.31

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. McIntosh, 2. Boat, 3. Daum, 4. Truedson, 5. Bodine, 6. Elledge, 7. Hollan, 8. Layser, 9. Cling, 10. Hendricks, 11. Murdock. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Logan Seavey (5), 3. Justin Grant (2), 4. Zeb Wise (8), 5. Chad Boat (7), 6. Jerry Coons, Jr. (12), 7. Cannon McIntosh (18), 8. C.J. Leary (3), 9. Zach Daum (19), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer (9), 12. Chris Windom (16), 13. Tanner Carrick (10), 14. Jesse Colwell (14), 15. Tyler Thomas (11), 16. Brady Bacon (4), 17. Jason McDougal (15), 18. Holley Hollan (22), 19. Presley Truedson (17), 20. Andrew Layser (23), 21. Sterling Cling (24), 22. Cole Bodine (20), 23. Karsyn Elledge (21), 24. Jake Neuman (13). NT ---------------------------- **Layser flipped during the second heat. Elledge flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 K. Thomas, Laps 4-8 Bacon, Laps 9-21 Seavey, Laps 22-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Cannon McIntosh (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Carrick

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Andrew Layser

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-440, 2-K. Thomas-402, 3-Leary-363, 4-Wise-357, 5-Windom-351, 6-Seavey-343, 7-Boat-337, 8-Klaasmeyer-321, 9-Carrick-284, 10-Colwell-277.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE

TULARE, CA – MAY 17, 2019… Securing the lead from Richard Vander Weerd on lap 14, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) held off all challengers to win the “Peter Murphy Classic” at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. For Liggett, the $4,000 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory was his second win of 2019 and the ninth of his career. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the defending champion finished ahead of Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James.

Michael Faccinto earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from twenty-first. “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

2011 Champion Richard Vander Weerd posted his series leading 20th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 22-car roster with a time of 15.432. Richard’s twin brother Jace won the special $500 3-lap Dash For Cash.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Jace Vander Weerd (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Koen Shaw (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Faccinto (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, June 1st at Ventura Raceway for the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2.”

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “6th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.432; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.444; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.828; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.866; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.933; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.022; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.118; 8. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-16.149; 9. Ryan Bernal, 21, Tarlton-16.155; 10. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-16.157; 11. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-16.247; 12. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-16.295; 13. Kyler Shaw, 92K, Shaw-16.362; 14. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.450; 15. Tanner Boul, 99T, Quiring-16.478; 16. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-16.490; 17. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-16.495; 18. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-16.543; 19. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.769; 20. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-NT; 21. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-NT; 22. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-NT. . BUTLERBUILT SEATS DASH FOR CASH: (3 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Liggett, 4. R.Vander Weerd. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Ky.Shaw, 4. Timmons, 5. Ringo, 6. Farmer, 7. Copeland, 8. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ko.Shaw, 2. Guardino, 3. St. James, 4. Liggett, 5. Helt, 6. Kirkbride, 7. Ervine. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Boul, 3. Faria, 4. Johnson, 5. Bernal, 6.Smith, 7. Mayhew. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (5), 2. Ryan Bernal (9), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (3), 4. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 5. Bruce St. James (8), 6. Michael Faccinto (21), 7. Ryan Timmons (7), 8. Colby Copeland (22), 9. T.J. Smith (12), 10. Kyler Shaw (13), 11. Tristan Guardino (2), 12. Tanner Boul (15), 13. Ricky Kirkbride (17), 14. D.J. Johnson (1), 15. Steve Hix (19), 16. Koen Shaw (14), 17. Hannah Mayhew (18), 18. Austin Ervine (20), 19. Danny Faria Jr. (4), 20. Scotty Farmer (16), 21. J.J. Ringo (10), 22. Slater Helt (11). NT ---------------------------- **Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Guardino, Laps 9-13 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 14-30 Liggett. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (21st to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ricky Kirkbride

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-405, 2-Timmons-286, 3-Ko.Shaw-262, 4-Jake Swanson-238, 5-Liggett-227, 6-Faria-221, 7-Helt-212, 8-Mayhew-203, 9-Ringo-197, 10-Ervine-187.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 1 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 

DAVE STEELE CARB NIGHT CLASSIC PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 17, 2019).........The Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" honors one of USAC's most accomplished drivers and one who attained much of that success on the .686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway paved oval, where his race, in his memory, returns Friday night, May 24.

Last year's event was memorable in a number of ways, specifically for the Swanson family. Kody's personal "Week of Indy" a year ago began with a Hoosier Hundred victory on Thursday, followed by a Carb Night Classic win on Friday and a Little 500 Sprint Car win at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on Saturday to become the first driver to win all three of those within a three-day span - a feat in which the Kingsburg, Calif. native hopes to repeat once again this May.

Kody and Nolen Racing are two-for-two in USAC Silver Crown competition in 2019, winning both at Memphis and Toledo, giving him an 18-point advantage in the standings.

Kody's younger brother, Tanner, perhaps you could say, was the one who stole the show in last year's "Carb Night Classic." After claiming the pole by posting the quickest lap in qualifying, the Kingsburg, Calif. driver elected to start from the tail for an opportunity to win bonus money. Tanner nearly did the deal, storming to the front of the pack and was hounding Kody throughout the last several laps until fuel became an issue for him, costing him a possible victory, but still advanced 20 positions to take second at the checkered.

The "Come from the Back Challenge" is back again this year, providing a driver the option on whether they would prefer to start in their qualified position or start from the tail with a chance to take home a $10,000 bonus courtesy of Legacy Motorsports and Gatekeeper Services.

In fact, the challenge is just one of several contingency bonuses added exclusively for the event. $19,000 in lap money has been added by a number of sponsors, a fitting number as Steele won numerous races in Bob Gratton-owned No. 19 Sprint Cars and Silver Crown cars during his career. Additionally, the fastest qualifier will earn a $1,000 bonus from Mac and Carol Steele. Carl Edwards has added $1,000 in hard charger money for the driver advancing the most positions from his or her starting spot during the night's 100-lap main event ("Come from the Back Challenge" taker is excluded). Finally, Steele Performance Parts is paying for all Silver Crown driver pit passes.

Aaron Pierce, of Muncie, Ind., finished third in last year's race and is seventh in the series standings after a third place run in the most recent race at Toledo. Following the race, he and second-place finisher Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. had a heated exchange on the front-straightaway that made for some entertaining post-race fodder. Santos, a four-time winner at Lucas Oil Raceway, finished second at both Memphis and Toledo and is the most recent driver not named Kody Swanson to win a pavement Silver Crown race. Kody's won six-in-a-row on the blacktop dating back to last May.

Ione, California's Justin Grant resides third in the standings with third and fourth place finishes in his first two outings and remains on the hunt for his first career Silver Crown win on pavement. He took sixth at LOR in 2018, but he's won two on the dirt, in 2017 at Springfield and in 2018 at Terre Haute.

Pavement specialists are a unique breed, running for glory and race wins without a concentration on championship points. Santos is one in that group as is Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton who stands fourth in the standings right now following fourth and sixth place results in Memphis and Toledo, respectively, and was 10th last Spring at LOR. Derek Bischak, of Angola, Ind., is another of the specialists, finishing eighth in each of the first two events.

Series Rookie Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, Miss. has been a pleasant surprise in the early season, driving to fifth and ninth place finishes in his first two career starts and runs fifth overall in points.

Past Silver Crown champion Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. has a new team in Byrd/Goodnight Racing this year. After a rough first start at Memphis where mechanical trouble befell them, the team and the 2016 titlist dug in for a fifth place run at Toledo to move up to ninth in the standings coming into LOR where he had a fifth place run a year ago.

Austin Nemire of Sylvania, Ohio is eighth in the standings following a strong seventh place finish at his "hometown" track of Toledo. Sprint Car standouts Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15th) and C.J. Leary (18th) have fallen into early season misfortune after a massive crash at Toledo that involved both. Thomas, Cullman, Ala., is aiming to make his first start at LOR while Greenfield, Indiana's Leary seeks his first start at the track since 2015.

Fortville, Indiana's Eric Gordon is a three-time winner at LOR, all in a Sprint Car, back in 1990-91-92, and finished ninth in last year's 100-lap Silver Crown race. He's tenth in the standings following a seventh-place finish at Memphis and a front-running effort at Toledo after a driveline issues put the nine-time Little 500 winner out of contention.

David Byrne, of Shullsburg, Wisc., is a past LOR Silver Crown winner, picking up the victory in last-lap fashion during the summer of 2014. He was 10th in the Memphis opener and 19th at Toledo after suffering engine issues. He ran seventh in last year's LOR trip.

Tanner Swanson has won five times in USAC Silver Crown competition at Lucas Oil Raceway and needs one more to overtake Mike Bliss as the winningest Silver Crown driver at the track. Kody Swanson, meanwhile, has won four.

The event will mark just the sixth time in the 49-year history of the Silver Crown Champ Car Series that races have been held on consecutive days, with four of the previous five having included the versatility of having to race one night on dirt and one on pavement.

In 1974, Mario Andretti won both ends of a dirt doubleheader one night at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, then won the next afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. In 2003, J.J. Yeley won at Lucas Oil Raceway's paved oval, then followed up with a win on dirt at the Indiana State Fairgrounds less than 24 hours later to pick up a $50,000 bonus for winning both. In 2008, Dave Darland captured the dirt end at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track with Bobby East scoring the victory the following night on pavement at LOR. Brothers Kody and Tanner owned late May of 2016 with Kody winning the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Tanner claiming the victory at LOR. In 2018, Kody followed in Andretti and Yeley's footsteps by becoming the third driver to sweep both nights, winning Thursday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and again Friday at LOR.

Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" activities get underway with USAC pits opening at Noon eastern, drivers meeting at 2:30pm, front gates at 2:50pm, Silver Crown practice one from 3:15pm-3:55pm, USF2000 practice from 4:05-4:25pm, Pro Mazda practice from 4:30-4:50pm, Silver Crown practice two from 5-5:30pm, Qualifying from 5:45-6:30pm, Freedom 75 USF2000 race at 6:45p, Freedom 90 Pro Mazda race at 7:50pm and the USAC Silver Crown Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" at 9pm.

Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy." A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 "Tony Hulman Classic" for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 "Hoosier Hundred" for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/, http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807. You can reach the promoter, Track Enterprises, by phone at (217) 764-3200 and on race day at (812) 232-4040.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

EAST COAST SPRINT DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND HITS BIG DIAMOND, GRANDVIEW

Speedway, Indiana (May 16, 2019).........The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars' Pennsylvania doubleheader weekend begins Friday, May 17, with the first of three visits this season to Big Diamond Speedway, then follow up it a night later with their lone visit of the season to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, May 18.

Ringoes, New Jersey's Ryan Godown and Mary D, Pennsylvania's Joey Biasi captured the two Big Diamond visits a year ago in Pottsville, Pa. Saturday marks the first-ever visit for the series at Grandview.

Gates open Friday at Big Diamond at 5:30pm (Eastern) with cars set to hit the track at 7:15pm and racing getting underway at 7:45pm. General admission tickets for Friday are $15 for adults, $10 for kids age 11-12 and FREE for kids 10 and under. Active military members with a valid ID are also admitted free of charge.

Saturday at Grandview, the grandstand opens at 5:30pm Eastern with racing set for 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, children age 6-11 are $5 and kids under 6 are FREE! Pit passes are $30.

Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. leads the standings by a single point by virtue of a win at Lincoln Speedway. Wrightstown, New Jersey's Chris Allen, Jr. won the most recent race at Delaware International Speedway.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-146, 2-Eddie Strada-145, 3-Chris Allen Jr.-143, 4-Chandler Leiby-132, 5-Bill Unglert-122, 6-Trebor Kobylarz-113, 7-Eric Jennings-109, 8-Mark Bitner-92, 9-Ryan Quackenbush-92, 10-Johnathon Swanson-89.

 

 

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC PREVIEW - MAY 22

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 16, 2019).........No single race has a longer tenure on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule than the "Tony Hulman Classic" at western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track.

The grand event arrives at its 49th annual edition on Wednesday, May 22, at the legendary half-mile dirt oval at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds with five former winners gunning to grab the coveted rifle awarded to the race winner.

Tyler Courtney is the defending winner of the "Hulman Classic," leading the final nine laps after sliding by Chase Stockon in turn one on a late-race restart that came just moments after he almost saw his bid for a first victory at Terre Haute vanish before his eyes.

While running second late in the going, Courtney took evasive action to avoid a flipping lapped car. Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., didn't get away completely unscathed. Courtney bounced his right rear off the flipping car but motored on with just a bent wheel cover.

In the post-race festivities, the traditional rifle was the first time Courtney had ever held a gun in his life. As it turned out, Courtney was on the hunt to bag more victories at Terre Haute, which he did again during last summer's "Indiana Sprint Week," before rounding out the Terre Haute season with a seventh place run last September.

Steve Butler (1987-88), Levi Jones (2008-09) and Robert Ballou (2015-16) are the only previous drivers to have gone back-to-back to victory lane at the "Hulman Classic." Courtney just recently won the round at Eldora for his first win of the season in five attempts and appears prime to make a bid for consecutive wins.

But, several others are also in that same boat. Ballou, of Rocklin, Calif., set fast time during qualifying of last Fall's Terre Haute visit and is looking for his first win of the year as is 2017 "Hulman Classic" winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. who has three runner-up finishes in five starts this season. Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. earned his first career USAC win during the 1993 "Hulman Classic" before waiting 21 years to do it again by winning in 2014.

Canton, Ill. driver Chris Windom has a "Hulman Classic" win in his back pocket, taking the 2011 race. He was victorious in the season opener in Ocala, Fla. to get the year started off on the right foot with his new Goacher Racing team. In fact, Windom has a total of five USAC wins at the Action Track, four total in National Sprint Cars and one in Silver Crown.

Bacon's win at Terre Haute late last year isn't the only one on his resume. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native's first one came in 2014, one of four occasions the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 has gone to victory lane at Terre Haute, along with Robbie Stanley in 1993, Tracy Hines in 2003 and Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2010, the latter of which is team's lone "Hulman Classic" score.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon has tallied a pair of USAC Sprint wins at Terre Haute, in 2012 and 2016. He's itching to get his first series victory of the year and is fourth in the standings, 51 points behind point leader C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney.

Leary, of Greenfield, Indiana, hasn't yet won a USAC Sprint race at Terre Haute, but did reach the promised land in a Silver Crown car there, taking the 2016 "Sumar Classic" for his first win in that division. Justin Grant, who Leary passed late in the going that particular day, is also seeking USAC Sprint win number one at Terre Haute after winning the "Sumar" in 2018.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Jason McDougal finished in the top-two in each of his first two Terre Haute appearances last season, a seventh in July and a 10th in September. Carson Short, of Marion, Ill., has set fast time twice already this year and finished fifth last weekend in his most recent outing at Eldora.

Chad Boespflug, of Hanford, Calif., came oh-so-close to his Terre Haute breakthrough in late-2016, coming up three laps short of victory and finishing second behind Windom. Willow Branch, Indiana's Isaac Chapple, meanwhile, is coming off his best run of the season, an 18thto 10th run last weekend at Eldora that netted him hard charger honors.

"Tony Hulman Classic" activities get underway with pits opening at 3pm eastern, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow. Tickets are $25 for adult general admission and $15 adult infield tickets. Children 11 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy." A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 "Tony Hulman Classic" for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 "Hoosier Hundred" for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/ http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807. You can reach the promoter, Track Enterprises, by phone at (217) 764-3200 and on race day at (812) 232-4040.

Watch the race live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

CASA GRANDE HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT “HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

MAY 14, 2019... This Saturday, May 18th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at Central Arizona Speedway for the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” Promoted by Dave Ellis, the popular event is the second of three appearances at the Casa Grande, Arizona oval. The sixth point race will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, Bombers, and Power 600 Micro Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Friday, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. For more event and ticket information, visit centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at.usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Since 1967, the “Hank Arnold Memorial” has been a part on the Arizona sprint car scene. Widely regarded as one of the most popular drivers, mechanics, and car builders in the state, Arnold lost his life in a terrible crash at Manzanita Speedway on June 16, 1967. One week later, Bob Huebner claimed the first of his two memorial victories. “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman leads all drivers with six victories and other winners include Wayne Bennet (4), Charles Davis Jr. (3), Billy Shuman (3), Eric Wilkins (3), Larry Clark (2), Bob Cleberg (2), Dennis Matousek (2), Bob Ream Jr. (2), Stevie Sussex (2), Lealand McSpadden (1), Buddy Taylor (1), Billy Boat (1), Marty Wilcox (1), Jerry Coons Jr. (1), Josh Pelkey (1), and Rick Ziehl (1). Davis has won the last two Arnold Memorials, topping the 2016 race at Canyon Speedway Park and last year’s show at Casa Grande. The event win list is at the end of this release.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted fifteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. Defending champion, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. leads all drivers with seven USAC victories at the 3/8-mile oval and Josh Hodges set the new 410 1-lap track record of 16.233 on March 2nd. Indiana’s C.J. Leary topped the March feature and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to Saturday’s race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 39-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa won the April 27th “State 48 Classic” at Canyon Speedway Park. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led. With three USAC SouthWest wins, Roa will be looking to add the “Hank Arnold Memorial” to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson scored fifth in the “State 48 Classic.” To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the season. R.J. has fifty-five USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his second “Arnold Memorial” victory.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex led five laps at Canyon Speedway Park before finishing second to Brody Roa. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has also posted four top-10 finishes on the season. The second generation driver has twelve SouthWest wins and will be looking for his third “Arnold Memorial” triumph.

After scoring fourth at Canyon Speedway Park, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) has climbed to fourth in the championship point standings. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis has three heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led on the year. The defending champion has three “Hank Arnold Memorial” wins and will have his sights on his 31st SouthWest victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin placed seventh in the April 27th main event. To date, the 2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. “The Magic Man” has six career SouthWest victories and will be looking to add the “Hank Arnold Memorial” trophy to his collection.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Sterling Cling, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, and more.

The pit gate will open at 4:00pm and pit passes are $35 for Adults.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east seven miles to the fairgrounds. Adult Tickets are $20, Senior/Military tickets are $17, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL WINNERS: 1967-Bob Huebner, 1968-Bob Cleberg, 1969-Jerry McClung, 1970-Bob Cleberg, 1971-Bob Huebner, 1972-Billy Shuman, 1973-Lealand McSpadden, 1974-Buddy Taylor, 1975-Billy Shuman, 1976-Billy Shuman, 1977-Dennis Matousek, 1978-Dennis Matousek, 1979-Larry Clark, 1980-Wayne Bennett, 1981-Larry Clark, 1982-NO RACE, 1983-Wayne Bennet, 1984-Wayne Bennet, 1985-NO RACE, 1986-NO RACE, 1987-NO RACE, 1988-Billy Boat, 1989-Wayne Bennet, 1990-Marty Wilcox, 1991-Dick Kelm, 1992-Bob Ream Jr., 1993-Curt Brown, 1994-Mike Boat, 1995-NO RACE, 1996-Jerry Coons Jr., 1997-Josh Pelkey, 1998-Bob Ream Jr., 1999-Eric Wilkins, 2000-Eric Wilkins, 2001-Eric Wilkins, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Jeremy Sherman, 2005-Jeremy Sherman, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Jeremy Sherman, 2008-Andy Reinbold, 2009-Rick Ziehl, 2010-Jeremy Sherman, 2011-Stevie Sussex, 2012-NO RACE, 2013-NO RACE, 2014-Stevie Sussex, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-Charles Davis Jr., 2017-NO RACE, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows): 7-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-358, 2. R.J. Johnson-319, 3. Stevie Sussex-292, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-269, 5. Mike Martin-265, 6. Matt Rossi-258, 7. Jake Swanson-255, 8. Matt Lundy-209, 9. Josh Hodges-202, 10. Isaac Chapple-200, 11. Michael Curtis-195, 12. Austin Williams-188, 13. Damion Gardner-139, 14. Chris Bonneau-136, 15. Jason McDougal-124, 16. Ryan Cully-122, 17. Landon Cling-121, 18. Dennis Gile-119, --. Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 20. Stephen Sanchez-105.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (CSP Birthday Bash)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TULARE & PETALUMA DOUBLE ON TAP FOR USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS
By Lance Jennings

MAY 14, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are set for a rare doubleheader. Starting this Friday, May 17th, the non-winged 360s will battle at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway for the “6th Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” Paying $4,000-to-win, the popular event will also showcase the winged Sprint Car Challenge Tour (SCCT) vs. Kings of Thunder Sprint Cars. The Front Gates will open at 3:00PM, Time Trials are scheduled for 5:00PM, and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more Tulare information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

The following night, Saturday, May 18th, the series will travel to Petaluma Speedway to headline an action packed card with Modifieds, Dwarf Cars, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 4:00PM and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more Petaluma details, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- TULARE APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10 OR SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK MUFFLERS ONLY. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at.westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since its inception, the “Peter Murphy Classic” is one of the best paying dates on the schedule. A special thanks goes to Peter and his family for gathering sponsorship and raising extra prize money. As this writing goes to press, Murphy is working to increase the purse and create extra bonuses right up until raceday. Murphy has already announced a $500 bonus for longest tow, $500 for quick time (plus $100 Woodland Auto Display Award), $500 for hard charger, and a special 3-lap Dash For Cash paying $500 (1st), $400 (2nd), $300 ($3rd), and $200 (4th).

Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Peter Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21 entry, the Australia native won championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprint Cars. In West Coast series action, Murphy won six races in the inaugural 2009 season and is currently tied for sixth on the win list with eight victories. In addition, he posted one fast time award and still holds the track record at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway. Returning to the winged 410s, Murphy was very competitive until injuries sustained in a July 2013 crash forced his retirement as a driver. Still a great ambassador for sprint car racing, he has worked behind the scenes to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” a successful event to rave reviews and higher purses. Ryan Bernal won the inaugural 2014 non-sanctioned event and following races were claimed by Matt Mitchell, Troy Rutherford, Kyle Hirst, and Richard Vander Weerd.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted 41 USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017. The series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

On July 29, 2017, the USAC West Coast Sprints made their only appearance at Petaluma Speedway. “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign won the feature at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds and set the 1-lap track record of 13.728.

Entering the sixth point race, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has a stout 117-point advantage over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino ran second to Austin Liggett at Santa Maria on April 27th. To date, the young driver has posted one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will be looking to score wins at Tulare and Petaluma.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks second in the USAC West Coast point standings. The pilot of Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X skipped the Santa Maria show to compete in Arizona. At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake might skip Tulare and Petaluma for USAC SouthWest action in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons scored twentieth at Santa Maria after an early exit. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Ryan will be looking to gain valuable points with victories this Friday and Saturday nights.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) has climbed to fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw scored a fourteenth place finish on April 27th after a crash ended his night. At press time, the versatile driver has recorded one top-10 finish and will be looking for his first career USAC West Coast triumph.

Two-time champion, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) ranks fifth in the championship point chase. The pilot of the #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike skipped Santa Maria, but has two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season. Currently tied with Bud Kaeding for third on the series win list, “Hollywood” will have his sights on victories at Tulare and Petaluma.

Currently sixth in points, Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Cody Majors, Austin Liggett, Troy Rutherford, Steve Hix, T.J. Smith, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Kaleb Montgomery, Ryan Stolz, D.J. Johnson, and more.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $30 and Bleacher Seats are $25. Senior Grandstand Tickets are $28 and Bleacher Seats are $23. Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $15 and Bleacher Seats are $13. Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at tularethunderbowl.com.

Petaluma Speedway is located at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $18, Senior Grandstand Tickets are $14, Junior (6-11) Grandstand Tickets are $14 and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 707.763.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

PETER MURPHY CLASSIC WINNERS: 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Matt Mitchell, 2016-Troy Rutherford, 2017-Kyle Hirst, 2018-Richard Vander Weerd.

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

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 14-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-355, 2. Jake Swanson-238, 3. Ryan Timmons-229, 4. Koen Shaw-223, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-186, 6. Slater Helt-185, 7. Kyle Edwards-178, 8. Hannah Mayhew-172, 9. J.J. Ringo-170, 10. Austin Ervine-158, 11. Brody Roa-154, 12. Cody Majors 150, 13. Charles Davis Jr.-147, --. Austin Liggett-147, 15. Stevie Sussex-145, 16. Troy Rutherford-139, 17. Steve Hix-138, 18. Dennis Gile-113, 19. Michael Faccinto-104, 20. Colton Hardy-101, --. T.J. Smith-101.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #2)
June 8: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TRI-CITY USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 14, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing has a heritage at Tri-City Speedway that dates back to 1961. Over the past three years now, the sight of the series on the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Granite City, Ill. has been absent, and the sound of midget racing has grown silent.

That all ends this weekend at the River Town Showdown, which brings the series back to Tri-City for two-straight nights, Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, in conjunction with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

This weekend's events will mark races number 47 and 48 for USAC's Midget division at Tri-City. The lone driver from the current crop who's won there in USAC Midget competition is Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr., who was victorious in 2008. He's part of a four-car Petry Motorsports contingent that carries the momentum into Tri-City as the winner of the most recent series race, in April at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway with Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., who resides second in the standings, ahead of teammates Coons (12th), Rossville, Indiana's Cole Bodine (15th) and Tempe, Arizona's Sterling Cling (22nd).

Tyler Courtney has been on a tear during the young USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season, winning three times in five races, twice in Ocala, Fla. and once at Kokomo to hold down the point lead coming into the event. He's one of three Clauson/Marshall Racing drivers currently in the top-five of the standings, along with Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. in fourth and Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. in fifth. Fast Rookie Andrew Layser of Collegeville, Pa. lurks just outside the top-ten in 11th.

Layser is among a strong Rookie class which sees C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. at the top, third overall in the standings. He's been stout this year so far with three top-fives in four starts for FMR Racing. He led nine laps in last year's USAC Sprint Car race at Tri-City and will be joined by two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ and seven-time USAC Midget winner Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. who returns in a second car for the team in which he won five races with between 2016-18.

Sixth through tenth in the points are separated by a mere 40 points with Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans. at the top end of the scale, edging Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat, reigning series champion and teammate Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., followed by a pair of more Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian drivers in Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick (9th) and Red Bluff, California's Jesse Colwell (10th) rounding out the top-ten.

The most recent time the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets raced outdoors in the state of Illinois, Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. collected his long-awaited first career victory in Wayne City, Ill. He's currently 13th in the standings ahead of a slew of Rookies in Holley Hollan of Broken Arrow, Okla. (14th), Bodine (15th), Stillwater, Oklahoma's Zane Hendricks (16th), Mooresville, N.C.'s Karsyn Elledge (17th) and fellow Mooresville native Ethan Mitchell (19th).

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Jason McDougal is 18th, but was impressive in two starts at Kokomo, finishing 2nd and 4th.

Tanner Thorson, who earned two top-ten finishes in the first two races of the season, has won five-in-a-row at Tri-City, dating back to the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in 2015-16, and is the winningest USAC Midget driver in the history of the track at five. He is currently recovering from injuries suffered in a March highway accident.

Darren Hagen and Bob Tattersall each have four wins apiece. Bryan Clauson, Jeff Gordon, Tracy Hines, Mel Kenyon, Steve Knepper, Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet have two each while Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell, Merle Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Jimmy Caruthers, Jerry Coons, Jr., Danny Frye, Russ Gamester, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones, Mel Kenyon, Don Meacham, Billy Mehner, Larry Rice, Les Scott, Bob Wente, Josh Wise and J.J. Yeley each have one.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on consecutive nights, May 17-18, on the 3/8-mile Tri-City Speedway dirt oval in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

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

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

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-358, 2-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-354, 3-C.J. Leary-308, 4-Chris Windom-305, 5-Zeb Wise-290, 6-Tucker Klaasmeyer-274, 7-Chad Boat-273, 8-Logan Seavey-266, 9-Tanner Carrick-243, 10-Jesse Colwell-234.

 

 

TRI-CITY USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR
RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (May 13, 2019).........Tyler Courtney's 18 wins have come at numerous racetracks in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, 13 to be precise.

After a few bumps in the road in the early going of the season, the defending series champ got off the relative schneid last Friday with his first series win of 2019, just in time to hit another venue he's already conquered in his still-young career, Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., this Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, for the "River Town Showdown," back-to-back nights of doubleheaders featuring USAC Sprints and the NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Courtney broke through in his Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing No. 7BC last weekend at Eldora, leading the final 25 laps for a simply dominating performance on the half-mile dirt oval in Ohio. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver became the fifth different series winner in five races, something that's only been accomplished once in the past decade - 2014 when there were eight winners in the first eight races.

In the series' most recent visit to Tri-City last August, the feature proved pivotal for Courtney. It's where he won and recaptured the point lead en route to the season title. On the last restart, Courtney had to withstand an assault from Kevin Thomas, Jr. Concluding the season knotted up with the same amount of points, any change in position at the end that night at Tri-City could've flipped the roles for who was going to enjoy the thrill of victory and who was going to endure the agony of defeat.

Perhaps it's too soon for championship talk at this point five races in, but the points swung at the top once again over the weekend as C.J. Leary vaulted to the head of the class by 12 markers over Thomas with Courtney surging to third, 43 points behind the leader.

Leary was a rocket all weekend, setting Fatheadz Eyewear quick time both nights and finishing second in Friday's feature. On Saturday, he followed up quick time with a heat race win before the rains came and washed away the remainder of the evening. Last year at Tri-City, Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) led the first nine laps before encountering trouble and dropping back to a 20th place finish.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., was fast time at Tri-City a year ago and was charging hard at the end before coming up just short to Courtney. Thomas hasn't won just yet with the series in 2019, but he's been about as consistent as you can ask for, not yet finishing outside the top-six and scoring three runner-up finishes.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon had a third-place result in last year's Tri-City trip. He's fifth in points with a win at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on his resume thus far in 2019. Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Ind. is a spot ahead of Bacon in the standings. He started on the pole and finished ninth at Tri-City last season.

The first two series' winners of the year, Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. are locked up for sixth in the standings. Windom was sixth and Grant eighth at Tri-City in 2018. Windom captured a fourth over the weekend at Eldora while Grant took eighth.

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou, the 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, was fourth in the most recent Tri-City tango after starting ninth. Ballou is tenth in the standings and seeking his first win of 2019.

Eighth in points Jason McDougal won his heat and finished 18th in his debut at Tri-City last year while Isaac Chapple, 12th in the standings, captured his heat and ran 11th a year ago. At Eldora last weekend, McDougal and Chapple raced across the line together, McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) in ninth and Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) in tenth, a hard-charging performance from the 18th starting spot that earned him his best finish of the 2019 campaign.

Carson Short and Chad Boespflug are eager to make their USAC debuts at Tri-City this weekend. Short, of Marion, Ill., finished fifth last time out at Eldora and has recorded fast time twice already on the way to ninth in points. Boespflug, of Hanford, Calif., finished 21st at Eldora after suffering an engine problem just after taking the checkered flag in his heat, and continued to plague the team into the future.

He and whole host of others are ready to regroup and head to Tri-City for the 21st time in series history. Jay Drake, Jack Hewitt, Danny Smith, Greg Weld and Doug Wolfgang each have scored two victories at Tri-City while Steve Butler, Tyler Courtney, Rick Hood, Kelly Kinser, Ralph Liguori, Troy Rutherford (a Special Event win), Randy Standridge, Tony Stewart, Sammy Swindell and Josh Wise have one each.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on consecutive nights, May 17-18, on the 3/8-mile Tri-City Speedway dirt oval in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

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

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

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-362, 2-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-351, 3-Tyler Courtney-323, 4-Chase Stockon-313, 5-Brady Bacon-306, 6-Justin Grant-299, 7-Chris Windom-298, 8-Carson Short-264, 9-Jason McDougal-260, 10-Robert Ballou-252.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER WINS USAC/CRA BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD

BAKERSFIELD, CA – MAY 11, 2019… Taking the lead from Troy Rutherford on lap five, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) scored the $3,000 victory at Bakersfield Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner became the sixth different winner in as many races with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. Damion’s 30-lap triumph was the eighty-first series win of his career as he was followed by Rutherford, fast qualifier Jake Swanson, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Trent Carter.

James Herrera earned the night’s Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to ninth place run. “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Swanson posted his 17th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 17-car field with a time of 12.636.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, May 25th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.”

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 11, 2019 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 42, Cheney-12.636; 2. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-12.747; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-12.762; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.783; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.820; 6. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-12.913; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.919; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-12.956; 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-12.963; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.993; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.024; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.027; 13. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.102; 14. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-13.120; 15. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-13.268; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-13.581; 17. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.154.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Gansen, 3. Swanson, 4. Rutherford, 5. A.Williams, 6. Ervine, 7. Rayborne, 8. Tafoya, 9. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Hix, 3. Roa, 4. Carter, 5. McCarthy, 6. Kirkbride, 7. C.Williams, 8. Bender. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Damion Gardner (3), 2. Troy Rutherford (2), 3. Jake Swanson (6), 4. Cody Williams (9), 5. Trent Carter (5), 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (10), 7. Steve Hix (1), 8. Chris Gansen (11), 9. James Herrera (17), 10. Joel Rayborne (15), 11. Austin Williams (7), 12. Tommy Malcolm (12), 13. Ricky Kirkbride (14), 14. Brody Roa (4), 15. Matt McCarthy (8), 16. A.J. Bender (16), 17. Austin Ervine (13). NT ---------------------------- **A.Williams flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Rutherford, Laps 5-30 Gardner. SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: James Herrera (17th to 9th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Ricky Kirkbride

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-417, 2-Roa-397, 3-A.Williams-363, 4-R.J. Johnson-262, 5-Gansen-256, 6-Swanson-255, 7-Malcolm-254, 8-Bender-199, 9-McCarthy-194, 10-Charles Davis Jr.-187.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 25 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

RAIN CLAIMS #LETSRACETWO FINALE AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 11, 2019).........Saturday's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car #LetsRaceTwo event from Eldora Speedway was preempted by heavy rainfall following the completion of heat races.

A complete, new show for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, featuring qualifying, heats, a semi-feature and feature event, will be run on Wednesday night, July 17, at Eldora. The NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will have a complete show that same night as well.

Fans who purchased tickets and wristbands through Eldora Speedway can use them as rain checks for any event at Eldora Speedway throughout the 2019 season. Those who purchased pit passes through TracPass can use them at any USAC National event during 2019 or get a refund.

C.J. Leary set the tone Saturday night, setting Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time for the third consecutive series' race. He then captured the victory in the first heat, while Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chase Stockon and Robert Ballou followed with heat victories just before the skies let loose and heavy rain washed away the remainder of the program.

Qualifying points earned Saturday will count toward the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings due to it being a completed session. Points for the heat races will not count toward the standings because a semi-feature wasn't completed.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner) and Matt Westfall (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 11, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.546; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-15.596; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.708; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.793; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, CMNR-15.849; 6. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-15.908; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.926; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.939; 9. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-15.996; 10. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-15.999; 11. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-16.029; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.037; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.195; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.257; 15. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-16.286; 16. Dustin Smith, 77s. Smith-16.424; 17. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-16.466; 18. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.481; 19. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-16.514; 20. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.529; 21. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.532; 22. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-16.570; 23. Michael Fischesser, 44, Fischesser-16.727; 24. Kory Crabtree, 60, Gagliardi-16.740; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.742; 26. Mike Burkin, 79, Mahoney-16.778; 27. Cody Gardner, 9G, APPCO-16.851; 28. Justin Owen, 4J, Owen-16.961; 29. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.178; 30. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.287; 31. Brandon Moore, 7m, Moore-17.870; 32. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-NT (Time of 17.244 Disallowed); 33. Luke Harbison, 40, Harbison-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Westfall, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Hendricks, 5. Ingle, 6. Goodnight, 7. Ruhlman, 8. Courtney. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Thomas, 2. Windom, 3. Perigo, 4. Chapple, 5. Etgen, 6. C. Smith, 7. Burkin, 8. Little. 2:17.73

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. McDougal, 3. Boespflug, 4. VanMeveren, 5. Rose, 6. Fischesser, 7. Gardner, 8. Moore. NT

INDY RACE FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Grant, 4. Hewitt, 5. Crabtree, 6. D. Smith, 7. Owen. 2:16.40

REMAINDER OF PROGRAM RAINED OUT ---------------------------- NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-378, 2-Thomas-366, 3-Courtney-335, 4-Stockon-327, 5-Bacon-319, 6-Grant-309, 7-Windom-309, 8-McDougal-270, 9-Carson Short-264, 10-Ballou-262.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 17-18, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - "River Town Showdown"

 

 

CONVINCING COURTNEY CRUSHES ELDORA FIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 11, 2019).........Over the past two seasons, Tyler Courtney has experienced the feeling of winning in all three of USAC's National divisions at Eldora Speedway.

Perhaps none of those performances were as impressive as the one the Indianapolis, Ind. driver turned in during Friday's night one of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship portion of #LetsRaceTwo.

Courtney didn't bat an eye having to start from the inside of row four, charging to the front of the field in rapid-fire succession to the point by lap six with a turn one slider on Kevin Thomas, Jr. From there, Courtney staged a disappearing act from everyone second on back, winning by a whopping 8.704 seconds and lapping up to seventh place.

"We kind of got behind the eight-ball starting seventh there," Courtney explained. "You've got to get your way to the front early and we were fortunate enough to have a really good car. With (crew chief Tyler Ransbottom) on the wrenches, I had one spot-on racecar and that made my job pretty easy."

Right from the get-go, Courtney was on a mission, which was briefly halted following a turn four flip on lap three by Dave Darland, who eventually walked away after the rough and tumble ride into the catch fence.

Following the restart, Courtney put his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy up top, racing around Carson Short for second on the fourth circuit, then set forth to challenge Thomas for the race lead.

It didn't take long for Courtney to rope Thomas in, as he sized Thomas up coming to the stripe at the completion of lap five before diving low at the entrance to turn one, sliding up and securing the spot. Thomas took a run back at Courtney in turn three a half lap later to no avail as Courtney extended his rapidly-growing advantage to 2.5 seconds with a third of the race in arrears.

Courtney's interval was wiped clean and re-racked when five-time Eldora USAC winner Robert Ballou slowed coming off turn two while running eighth. His machine limped to the turn four pit entrance, stopping just shy, bringing out the second and final stoppage of the evening.

Courtney's 18th career series win moved him into sole possession of 28th on the all-time list, surpassing Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

Courtney slid himself into turn one on the ensuing restart, closing the curtain on any thought of an attempted slider from Thomas. Courtney powered away and took command of a full-straightaway lead past the halfway mark of the 30-lapper.

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier C.J. Leary and Thomas exchanged the second position multiple times before Leary limbo'd by Thomas on the bottom of turn three on the 18th lap. Thomas contested the spot before Leary ultimately cleared Thomas for the runner-up position on the high side between turns one and two. Brady Bacon mimicked Leary's tactic one lap later to snare third.

Courtney continued to gain ground as the interval increased lap-by-lap while slicing between the lapped cars of Nick Bilbee and Matt Westfall in turn one on the 22nd lap. Courtney drove into the top-ten late in the going, albeit an entire lap ahead of them, with no indication of showing any mercy.

"This is Eldora. You can't relax here," Courtney reiterated. "You've got to get up on the wheel every lap because, if not, this place will bite you. It's done it to me before. This is a place you can't slack off for 30 laps."

With two to go, Courtney drove by eighth place Justin Grant and was closing in on Chase Stockon in seventh and Thomas and sixth when the checkered fell for the defending series champ. Behind Courtney at the line were new point leader Leary in second, followed by Bacon, Chris Windom and Short.

Courtney's 18th career series win was his first of the season and moved him into sole possession of 28th on the all-time list, surpassing Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Eldora Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dallas Hewitt (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 10, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.203; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.347; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.535; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-15.564; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.570; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-15.613; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.644; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.683; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-15.692; 10. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-15.734; 11. Dave Darland, 17GP, Dutcher/Curb-Agajanian-15.747; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-15.857; 13. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-15.860; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.891; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.008; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.066; 17. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-16.067; 18. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.107; 19. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-16.120; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.249; 21. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-16.254; 22. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-16.313; 23. Kory Crabtree, 60, Gagliardi-16.416; 24. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.426; 25. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-16.444; 26. Dustin Smith, 77s. Smith-16.538; 27. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-16.606; 28. Michael Fischesser, 44, Fischesser-16.689; 29. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.885; 30. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-16.986; 31. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.066; 32. Mike Burkin, 79, Mahoney-17.069; 33. Mike Miller, 82, Miller-17.091; 34. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-17.096; 35. Justin Owen, 4J, Owen-17.240; 36. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.747; 37. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Thomas, 4. Leary, 5. Bilbee, 6. Hewitt, 7. C. Smith, 8. Burkin, 9. Etgen, 10. Jackson. 2:09.64

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Stockon, 3. Darland, 4. Hodges, 5. Crabtree, 6. Tilton, 7. Little, 8. Underwood, 9. Miller. 2:10.42

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Windom, 3. Westfall, 4. Grant, 5. Chapple, 6. VanMeveren, 7. Cooley, 8. Goodnight, 9. Ruhlman. 2:11.70

INDY RACE FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Short, 2. Ballou, 3. McDougal, 4. Ingle, 5. D. Smith, 6. Perigo, 7. Owen, 8. Fischesser. 2:13.01

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Bilbee, 2. Tilton, 3. Perigo, 4. Chapple, 5. VanMeveren, 6. D. Smith, 7. Hewitt, 8. C. Smith, 9. Crabtree, 10. Underwood, 11. Fischesser, 12. Burkin, 13. Owen, 14. Goodnight, 15. Cooley, 16. Little, 17. Etgen, 18. Ruhlman, 19. Miller. 3:36.74

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (7), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Carson Short (3), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 7. Chase Stockon (4), 8. Justin Grant (1), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Isaac Chapple (18), 11. Ty Tilton (17), 12. Nick Bilbee (20), 13. Matt Westfall (16), 14. Dustin Smith (21), 15. Carmen Perigo (15), 16. Brian VanMeveren (23), 17. Matt Goodnight (22), 18. Dustin Ingle (19), 19. Josh Hodges (14), 20. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 21. Chad Boespflug (13), 22. Robert Ballou (8). 23. Dave Darland (11). NT ---------------------------- **Hendricks flipped during qualifying. Darland flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Thomas, Laps 6-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (18th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Matt Westfall

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dallas Hewitt

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-362, 2-Thomas-351, 3-Courtney-323, 4-Stockon-313, 5-Bacon-306, 6-Grant-299, 7-Windom-298, 8-Short-264, 9-McDougal-260, 10-Ballou-252.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 11, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

 

USAC RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN SHIFTS TO TWO-STRAIGHT NIGHTS IN GRANITE CITY MAY 17-18

Speedway, Indiana (May 9, 2019) The upcoming two-night Brandt River Town Showdown will have a different look on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, with consecutive nights of USAC doubleheaders, which will both now take place at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., featuring the AMSOIL Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championships.

Due to the extreme flooding in the areas surrounding Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., Saturday's portion of the event has been shifted to the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Granite City.

Track Enterprises promoter Bob Sargent stated, "This is an event that we have really been looking forward to. Unfortunately, flooding at Federated Auto Parts Raceway won't allow that event to happen so we will double the fun at Tri-City."

Both nights of racing in Granite City will feature USAC's National Sprint and Midget divisions as well as B-Mods. Pits open at 3pm Central with grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and FREE for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. was victorious in last season's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event at Granite City. USAC Midgets haven't made an appearance there since 2016, a victory by Tanner Thorson.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the USAC Sprint standings while Courtney holds down the advantage in the USAC Midget points. Thomas and Courtney will be among several USAC stars pulling double-duty during the weekend, which will mark two of the five events this season that features USAC National Sprints and National Midgets on the same event card.

For more information on the show, visit www.usacracing.com, www.tricityspeedway.net, and www.trackenterprises.com.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HEADLINE BAKERSFIELD RETURN

By Lance Jennings

MAY 7, 2019... After a furious battle at Ventura, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, May 11th, at Bakersfield Speedway.

Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the sixth point race will also feature Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The pit gate will open at 3:00pm, spectator gates are open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For more event information, visit the track's website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

Heading to Saturday's race, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted three USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. "The Demon" Damion Gardner won the last Bakersfield appearance on April 15, 2017 and "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman topped the October 2004 and March 2005 events. At press time, Gardner holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 12.356, set on March 12, 2005 and the series win list at Bakersfield Speedway is at the bottom of this release.

After scoring fifth last Saturday at Ventura, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits atop the point standings with a sixteen-point advantage. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has one feature win, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. The 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking for his eighth USAC/CRA win of his career this Saturday night.

"The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner placed eighth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the seven-time champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, and five top-10 finishes on the season. At Bakersfield, "The Demon" will have his sights on the eighty-first USAC/CRA win of his career.

After running second to Troy Rutherford at Ventura, "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) has climbed to third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career feature wins and will be looking to add Bakersfield to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. The driver of the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman skipped the action at Ventura but has three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and sixteen feature laps led on the year. The five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has six career USAC/CRA wins and is a threat to add another trophy to his collection.

Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm (Corona, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Dino Napier's #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Low Buck Tools Victory, Malcolm claimed twenty-third at Ventura after an early exit. With two Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main wins and two top-10 finishes, Tommy "Thunder" will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA victory.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Gansen, Jake Swanson, A.J. Bender, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt McCarthy, Austin Liggett, Verne Sweeney, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, "The Cadillac" Cody Williams, Matt Mitchell, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $14, Military tickets (with ID) are $14, Kids tickets (12-6) are $8, and Children's 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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live streaming videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-353, 2. Damion Gardner-337, 3. Austin Williams-314, 4. R.J. Johnson-262, 5. Tommy Malcolm-207, 6. Chris Gansen-200, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-187, 8. Stevie Sussex-184, 9. Jake Swanson-179, 10. Mike Martin-174, 11. A.J. Bender-167, 12. Josh Hodges-164, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-158, 14. Matt McCarthy-156, 15. Austin Liggett-128, 16. Isaac Chapple-126, 17. Jason McDougal-124, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 19. Verne Sweeney-110, 20. Danny Faria Jr.-106.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HEADLINE BAKERSFIELD RETURN
By Lance Jennings

MAY 7, 2019... After a furious battle at Ventura, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, May 11th, at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the sixth point race will also feature Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The pit gate will open at 3:00pm, spectator gates are open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rulebook can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Heading to Saturday’s race, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted three USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the last Bakersfield appearance on April 15, 2017 and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman topped the October 2004 and March 2005 events. At press time, Gardner holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 12.356, set on March 12, 2005 and the series win list at Bakersfield Speedway is at the bottom of this release.

After scoring fifth last Saturday at Ventura, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits atop the point standings with a sixteen-point advantage. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has one feature win, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. The 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking for his eighth USAC/CRA win of his career this Saturday night.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner placed eighth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the seven-time champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, and five top-10 finishes on the season. At Bakersfield, “The Demon” will have his sights on the eighty-first USAC/CRA win of his career.

After running second to Troy Rutherford at Ventura, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) has climbed to third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career feature wins and will be looking to add Bakersfield to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. The driver of the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman skipped the action at Ventura but has three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and sixteen feature laps led on the year. The five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has six career USAC/CRA wins and is a threat to add another trophy to his collection.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Low Buck Tools Victory, Malcolm claimed twenty-third at Ventura after an early exit. With two Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main wins and two top-10 finishes, Tommy “Thunder” will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA victory.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Gansen, Jake Swanson, A.J. Bender, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt McCarthy, Austin Liggett, Verne Sweeney, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Matt Mitchell, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $14, Military tickets (with ID) are $14, Kids tickets (12-6) are $8, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live streaming videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

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

BAKERSFIELD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Cory Kruseman, 1-Damion Gardner.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-353, 2. Damion Gardner-337, 3. Austin Williams-314, 4. R.J. Johnson-262, 5. Tommy Malcolm-207, 6. Chris Gansen-200, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-187, 8. Stevie Sussex-184, 9. Jake Swanson-179, 10. Mike Martin-174, 11. A.J. Bender-167, 12. Josh Hodges-164, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-158, 14. Matt McCarthy-156, 15. Austin Liggett-128, 16. Isaac Chapple-126, 17. Jason McDougal-124, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 19. Verne Sweeney-110, 20. Danny Faria Jr.-106.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

#LETSRACETWO ELDORA USAC SPRINT CAR PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 7, 2019).........Eldora Speedway is the proud home of many unprecedented events on the racing calendar each year. This weekend marks one of those as the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Cars and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprints cars compete on the same night at the same venue for the only such occurrence during the season.

#LetsRaceTwo has quickly established its status as a can't miss event, and this Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 brings that notion to reality for the fifth consecutive Spring.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) won the most recent #LetsRaceTwo events a year ago at Eldora. For each, it was their second career victory at the half-mile, high-banked dirt oval. Bacon was victorious back in 2014 while Windom picked up a win in 2013. For both Bacon and Windom last year, the Eldora scores marked their first victories of the season. Thus far in 2019, both have already enjoyed the spoils of victory with Windom notching the opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. while Bacon triumphed in the series' most recent event, in April, at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

Bacon and Windom are among five past #LetsRaceTwo USAC winners expected for this weekend's lineup. Californians Justin Grant (Ione) and Robert Ballou (Rocklin) are the winningest drivers in the race's history with two apiece. If you're into statistical oddities, in odd numbered years of the event in 2015 and 2017, Grant and Ballou have swept the event. Grant has won on three occasions at Eldora, in 2015-16-17, while Ballou has won five times, equaling Darland for the most among active drivers. Ballou won his first three career USAC features at Eldora, twice in 2007 and again in 2010, before reeling off a pair in 2015 and 2017. Grant captured his latest victory in the second race of the season in Ocala. Ballou finished a season-best 5th in the Ocala opener.

Chad Boespflug (Hanford, Calif.) was dominant in his #LetsRaceTwo win during a breakout 2016 season. The 2016 USAC Most Improved Driver has had a resurgence in the early season, finishing 4th with USAC in Ocala and also winning the Kokomo Sprint Car portion of the "Kokomo Grand Prix" in April.

Of all the expected entrants for this weekend, no driver has more Eldora USAC victories than Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland. The 1999 series champ has won in USAC Sprint Car competition at the "Big E" in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2012 and 2014, not to mention his five USAC Midget wins and four USAC Silver Crown victories.

Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. is the most recent USAC Sprint Car winner at Eldora, taking last Fall's "4-Crown Nationals." He's won in all three USAC National divisions over the last couple of seasons at Eldora, winning in a Silver Crown car there in 2017 and again in a Midget in 2018. The defending series champ has yet to reach victory lane with the USAC Sprint Cars thus far in 2019, but has finished 3rd, 3rd and 4th in his last three outings.

C.J. Leary came oh-so-close to winning the first ever #LetsRaceTwo event in 2015, leading until the final lap when Grant got by to snare the win. The Greenfield, Ind. driver has more than redeemed himself over the years at Eldora, winning his first there in a USAC Sprint Car in the Fall of 2017, then drove to a spectacular victory in the Silver Crown division last September. He's already won once this season, picking up the finale in Ocala back in February.

Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall was the Eldora hero in 2006 when he won his first and, so far, only career USAC National Sprint Car feature. The versatile driver has made three starts with the series in 2019.

There's a handful of drivers near the top of the standings who've yet to drive to Eldora Speedway victory lane in a USAC Sprint Car, namely series point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.). Impressively, he hasn't finished outside the top-five in four starts this year, including three runner-up finishes. Third in points is Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) who has two fourths and two eighths in four outings this season. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has only one career USAC Sprint start at Eldora, which came last Fall. Although, of note, he's shown he can get around this joint with his Silver Crown debut that same night resulting in a 4th place finish.

Among a few of the other top guns expected to compete include Ocala fast timers Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) and Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) as well as Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), who grabbed a career-best 3rd place finish last Fall at Eldora and Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio) who nearly pulled off his first career USAC Sprint win during #LetsRaceTwo in 2017, finishing 2nd behind Grant.

In addition to #LetsRaceTwo festivities, Friday's portion of the event marks the 35th running of the Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic. Dave Peperak won the first in 1981, but in recent years has been captured by the likes of Ballou (2007 & 2010), Darland (2014), Grant (2015 & 2017), Bryan Clauson (2016) and Bacon (2018).

Tickets sales begin at the main gate and turn four for this Friday and Saturday's #LetsRaceTwo at 1:30pm Eastern both days. The turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm, spectator gates open at 2pm, drivers meeting begins at 5pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $29 and $34 for reserved. For children ages 12 and under, general admission tickets are FREE and $9 for reserved. Pit passes are $34 apiece.

Eldora Speedway is located at 13929 OH-118, New Weston, OH 45348. You can reach the track via phone at (937) 338-3815. The track's website can be found at http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/.

You can watch the event LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com/ or listen LIVE on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

EAST COAST SPRINT CHAMP DREVICKI GRABS EASTERN STORM RIDE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 6, 2019).........Steven Drevicki has conquered championships in the Eastern U.S. in midgets twice as an ARDC champ in 2014-15 and as a titlist in the inaugural Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car season in 2018.

Now, the Reading, Pa. driver has plans to enter the fray on the National level when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship arrives for the 13th edition of "Eastern Storm" June 11-16, driving his own No. 19 Maxim chassis, utilizing a Rider engine from Gene Franckowiak and technical assistance from Clauson Marshall Newman Racing.

"Gene called me a couple weeks ago," Drevicki recalled. "He threw an offer out to team up with him and CMNR for an Eastern storm deal. It's going to be my car and crew all that stuff, Gene's motor and technical assistance from CMNR. From my end, it's a pretty neat opportunity for someone from the East Coast to have the opportunity to work with a national team like that. I've been trying for the last two years to put a deal together, but last year, the pieces didn't all fall together. This deal came together, and it was something I couldn't pass up."

Drevicki, a graduate of Penn State University and a project engineer in the industrial crane business, leads the USAC East Coast Sprint Car standings following a season-opening victory with the series at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. He won twice on the East Coast trail a year ago and has competed on the National stage in USAC's NOS Energy Drink National Midget division, racing at Eldora during the "4-Crown Nationals" as well as "Pennsylvania Midget Week."

Franckowiak has fielded front-running cars during Eastern Storm for a number of years, winning the Eastern Storm round at BAPS Motor Speedway in 2013 with driver Shane Cottle. CMNR had Franckowiak's Rider-power under the hood en route to 11 victories and a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car crown in 2018. With that kind of championship pedigree in his corner, Drevicki relishes the opportunity.

"It's about as exciting as it can get really," Drevicki exclaimed. "We've raced on the national level with the midgets the last few years during Pennsylvania Midget Week. It's a little bit of a different level than it is on the East Coast. Not to take anything away from the East Coast, but you're racing with the absolute best there is. To get to do that in front of the home crowd, it's definitely an exciting opportunity."

Tim Clauson of CMNR is thrilled with the opportunity to put this program together for Eastern Storm, something of which could become an annual reward for the USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion on a yearly basis in the future.

"I think we'll take it one year at a time and see the first year goes," Clauson said. "Our partner, Gene Franckowiak, normally runs a car of his own and we talked about running a second car. Gene actually had the idea to give the East Coast champion a chance and try to figure out something to do with them to help as a reward for that. I thought it was a great idea!"

USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series Director Curt Michael is pleased to see the champion from the East get to go to battle on the big stage.

"It's a great deal," Michael said. "I'm glad those guys are helping and working with us. "The series is really going to give us a boost to show Drevicki is a really good racer. I think Drevicki is going to do a really good job. It's going to be a challenge to run up front, but he's a smart racer and I think he'll do really well at the racetracks they go to that he's been to before.

"To have CMNR back our series like that is really going to help," Michael continued. I think you just might have people wanting to come run the series to try to catch that deal. It's really excellent the way CMNR helps racing."

With a focus on defending his East Coast Sprint Car title in 2019, Drevicki stated that he'd like to do more 410 racing in the future, with a possible trip to the Midwest in the works later this season if all comes to fruition.

First up for Drevicki will be Eastern Storm, with five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races in six nights, beginning June 11 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., followed up on June 12 at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J., June 13 at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa., a Silver Crown race on June 14 at Williams Grove Speedway in Williams Grove, Pa., June 15 at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. and June 16 at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y.


 

TROY RUTHERFORD WINS USAC/CRA SHOWDOWN AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – MAY 4, 2019… Reclaiming the lead from Jake Swanson on lap 27, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, CA) scored the Saturday night victory at Ventura Raceway. Racing his #11 Trench Shoring / Grimes Rock Maxim with an iron block 360 cubic-inch engine, Rutherford started eleventh and earned his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph. Hard charger Austin Williams, Swanson, A.J. Bender, and point leader Brody Roa followed Troy to the checkered flags.

Williams earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a twenty-second to second place run. Verne Sweeney scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner scored his 84th Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 23-car field by posting a time of 12.454.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Brody Roa (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Troy Rutherford (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and Ricky Lewis (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

Next Saturday, May 11th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Bakersfield Speedway.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 4, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.454; 2. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.678; 3. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-12.919; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.001; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-13.044; 6. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-13.097; 7. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-13.175; 8. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-13.178; 9. Jeremy Ellertson, 98J, Ellertson-13.240; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.273; 11. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.318; 12. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.599; 13. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.741; 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.855; 15. Ricky Lewis, 81M, Watt-13.930; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.036; 17. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-14.101; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-14.351; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.510; 20. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-14.576; 21. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.630; 22. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.684; 23. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Liggett, 4. A.Williams, 5. Sweeney, 6. Timmons, 7. Gansen, 8. Bender. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Mitchell, 3. Swanson, 4. Owens, 5. McCarthy, 6. Tafoya, 7. Rayborne, 8. Dyer. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Lewis, 2. Malcolm, 3. Hendrix, 4. Ellertson, 5. T.Williams, 6. Hix, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Troy Rutherford (11), 2. Austin Williams (22), 3. Jake Swanson (5), 4. A.J. Bender (8), 5. Brody Roa (10), 6. Austin Liggett (3), 7. Chris Gansen (19), 8. Damion Gardner (6), 9. Rick Hendrix (12), 10. Steve Hix (21), 11. Matt McCarthy (23), 12. Trent Williams (7), 13. Verne Sweeney (16), 14. Ryan Timmons (13), 15. Jeremy Ellertson (1), 16. Ricky Lewis (15), 17. Joel Rayborne (9), 18. Brent Owens (17), 19. Jeff Dyer (20), 20. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (14), 21. Austin Ervine (18), 22. Matt Mitchell (2), 23. Tommy Malcolm (4).
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**Mitchell flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Ellertson, Laps 8-25 Rutherford, Lap 26 Swanson, Laps 27-30 Rutherford.
SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (22nd to 2nd)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Verne Sweeney

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-353, 2-Gardner-337, 3-A.Williams-314, 4-R.J. Johnson-262, 5-Malcolm-207, 6-Gansen-200, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-187, 8-Stevie Sussex-184, 9-Swanson-179, 10-Mike Martin-174.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 11 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

 

MONTH OF MAY BRINGS BUSY USAC SCHEDULE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 1, 2019).........With another turn of the calendar, we have officially reached the month of May.

May means Spring has fully sprung as the temps rise, the days become longer, and flowers are in full bloom.

"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun," poet Khalil Gibran once wrote. However, when it comes to racing this time of the year, it's best to turn your face toward a racetrack since there is a multitude of USAC racing on tap in May from coast-to-coast covering all types of divisions.

A few of the highlights include two-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing at Eldora Speedway May 10-11, teamed up with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars each night for a salivating taste of two disciplines at the same venue on the same night.

Speaking of doubleheaders, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and NOS Energy Drink National Midgets share a twin-bill on consecutive nights, May 17 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., followed by a trip over the Mighty Mississipp' to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. for another sprint/midget double-dip.

Closing in on the Week of Indy, in the leadup to the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, USAC National racing consumes the Hoosier State with AMSOIL National Sprints on May 22 at the Terre Haute Action Track for the 49th annual "Tony Hulman Classic."

The next two nights are filled with Silver Crown racing on the dirt and the pavement on back-to-back evenings. On May 23, racing arrives at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as the 64th running of the prestigious "Hoosier Hundred" roars to life on the famed one-mile dirt oval for the final time. A night later, the series is back on the black top of Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. for the Dave Steele "Carb Night Classic."

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy" on May 22-23-24 at Terre Haute, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Raceway. A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices. For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

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COMPLETE USAC MONTH OF MAY SCHEDULE:
May 4: Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway (AMSOIL CRA Sprints)
May 4: Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway (Speed2 DMA Midgets)
May 4: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway (Speed2 IMRA Midgets)
May 4: Madera, CA - Madera Speedway (Speed2 Western U.S. Midgets)
May 10: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway (AMSOIL National Sprints)
May 11: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway (AMSOIL National Sprints)
May 11: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway (AMSOIL CRA Sprints)
May 11: Spotsylvania, VA - Dominion Raceway (Speed2 Eastern Midgets)
May 11: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway (Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midgets)
May 17: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway (AMSOIL National Sprints & NOS Energy Drink National Midgets)
May 17: Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway (Rapid Tire East Coast Sprints)
May 17: Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway (West Coast Sprints)
May 17: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway (Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midgets)
May 18: Pevely, MO - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (AMSOIL National Sprints & NOS Energy Drink National Midgets)
May 18: Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway (Rapid Tire East Coast Sprints)
May 18: Petaluma, CA - Petaluma Speedway (West Coast Sprints)
May 18: Casa Grande, AZ - Central Arizona Speedway (Southwest Sprints)
May 18: Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway (Speed2 DMA Midgets)
May 18: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway (Speed2 IMRA Midgets)
May 18: Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway (Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midgets)
May 22: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track (AMSOIL National Sprints)
May 23: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds (Silver Crown)
May 24: Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway (Silver Crown)
May 24: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway (Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midgets)
May 25: Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway (AMSOIL CRA Sprints)
May 25: Wichita, KS - 81 Speedway (Wingless Sprints Oklahoma)
May 26: Swedesboro, NJ - Bridgeport Speedway (Rapid Tire East Coast Sprints)
May 26: Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway (Speed2 IMRA Midget)
May 31: Greenwood, NE - I-80 Speedway (AMSOIL National Sprints)

 

 

RICHARD HOFFMAN PASSES AWAY AT 76

Speedway, Indiana (April 30, 2019).........Richard Hoffman, an owner of the most prolific USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car team in series' history, passed away Tuesday, April 30, surrounded by his family. He was 76 years old.

"It's hard to even put into words what Richard meant to the sport," USAC Series Coordinator Levi Jones said. "It doesn't seem possible he won't be with us in the pits anymore. He was a fierce competitor and a staple of the series. Over the years, racing has made us all feel like family. He was always somebody you could lean on for advice and someone who was always there for the betterment of the sport."

Hoffman Auto Racing, and later, Dynamics, Inc., notched 11 career USAC National Sprint Car owner titles in 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2014 and 2016 with drivers Rich Vogler, Robbie Stanley, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon.

Richard, of Milford, Ohio, began his racing career working for father Gus Hoffman's team in the initial season of USAC racing in 1956. Throughout the past six decades, Gus, Richard and, eventually, his son Rob, and Dynamics, Inc. would accumulate 116 USAC victories, dating back to Eddie Sachs' midget win at Ohio's Dayton Speedway in 1956 to Brady Bacon's Sprint Car score at Indiana's Bloomington Speedway less than two weeks ago.

In addition to those listed above, a who's who list of the top drivers of the era won USAC Sprint car features in top-flight Hoffman sprinters, including Jim Hemmings, Larry Cannon, Steve Butler, Cary Faas, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Andy Michner, Brian Tyler, Jon Stanbrough, Daron Clayton, Kyle Larson, Darren Hagen, Chad Boespflug and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Whether it was on pavement on dirt, Hoffman cars are tough to beat from the paved high banks of Winchester and Salem, to the dirt tracks of Eldora and Terre Haute, Manzanita and Perris. All of which were conquered by Hoffman racecars.

Richard, a 2013 inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, was also an author of seven career USAC Silver Crown wins as a team owner, with Johnny Parsons, Pat Abold and Brian Tyler. With Tyler, the team claimed victory in the 1999 Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway.

Hoffman/Dynamics, Inc. also competed on the USAC Championship trail during the 1970s and 80s, making six starts with Larry Cannon (1974-76), Joe Saldana (1978-79), Jerry Sneva (1982) and Spike Gehlhausen (1984).

 

 

HOLY TOLEDO! SWANSON WINS 4TH ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 28, 2019).........Mother Nature may have delayed Sunday's USAC Silver Crown race at Toledo Speedway by one day, but it still couldn't keep Kody Swanson out of victory lane as he wired all 100 laps to score his fourth career Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" victory, his record-extending 26th overall Silver Crown victory and second-straight in the series to begin the 2019 season.

Granted, any victory is difficult to come by. The Kingsburg, Calif. native always seems to make it look relatively easily, although the backstories certainly tell a different tale.

In the March Memphis opener, Swanson and Nolen Racing endured a number of mechanical issues that forced them to a backup car on raceday. The team went on to win their debut after starting from the pole. To onlookers, the story appeared to unfold much the same Sunday at Toledo, winning his 26th career pole position and leading all 100 laps to win his sixth-straight Silver Crown race on pavement, an all-time record.

However, as with most success stories in racing, chapter one begins "Once upon a time..." somewhere in the race shop, with a crew burning the midnight oil with hour-after-hour of tedious maintenance and improvements. Or, perhaps, on the road, the setting may become a parking lot, as it was with Swanson and Nolen.

"The Nolen Racing 20 and everybody that's involved is just digging harder and harder," Swanson explained. "Yesterday, we worked in the parking lot for six-and-a-half hours before the rain came to make sure we'd be ready. Whether we liked it or not at the time, it's the kind of stuff like that that gives you a chance to finish 100 laps and a chance to win on race day."

Just two days shy of Kody and his wife, and spotter, Jordan's eighth anniversary, Swanson was able to scoot out to the lead at the drop of the green, leading a three-car breakaway with outside front row starter Kyle Hamilton and Eric Gordon in tow.

On the 20th lap, second-running Hamilton encountered an issue and began to slow to bring out the yellow, ending a promising bid for a win after challenging Swanson in the early-going. An inadvertent yellow slotted him back to eighth on the ensuing restart where he was able to gather himself and race back to a sixth-place finish by race's end.

On lap 33, seventh-running C.J. Leary's car blew off a radiator hose in turn two. Chaos developed behind him as the oncoming drivers took evasive action. Justin Grant went right to avoid the spinning Leary. Kevin Thomas, Jr. had no place to go, ramping over Grant's right rear and slamming nose-first into the outside back straightaway wall, sending his car into a 360-degree, mid-air roundabout before landing on all fours. Hamilton was also caught up in the incident, spinning to the inside without contact. Hamilton restarted, but the incident marked the end of the day for both Leary and Thomas.

Following the cleanup, and through the mid-portion of the race, the man on the move was 2017 "Rollie Beale Classic" winner Bobby Santos. Santos started 11th, but before the yellow, was up to sixth before turning up the wick, using the high line to enter the top-five around the outside of 2016 series champ Chris Windom between turns three and four on lap 48.

Three laps later, he used the bottom to drive by David Byrne on the low line for fourth on the 51st lap, then took third on lap 54 when second-running Gordon fell off the pace with a driveline issue, then set forth toward Aaron Pierce for the runner-up position before two-time American LeMans Series champ Chris Dyson spun backward into the infield grass in turn three on lap 59.


In his addition to his 26th win Sunday at Toledo, Kody Swanson also picked up his 26th career USAC Silver Crown pole position. (Rich Forman Photo)


On the lap 67 restart, Windom entered the fray once again as a four-car battle for second ensued between Pierce in second, while Windom and Santos dueled side-by-side for third, with Grant trailing the herd in fifth. Santos finally cleared Windom with just a little more than a quarter of the race left in the tank and set forth once again toward Pierce for second.

In the meantime, Swanson had boosted his lead up to 2.5 seconds and growing while Pierce and Santos duked it out western saloon-style more than a half-straightaway back. Santos aimed low in turns three and four below Pierce on lap 90 of 100 to pull even off the exit of turn four. Santos had the run on Pierce into turn one. Pierce wound up wide in turn two, allowing Santos to breakaway with the runner-up spot. However, dwindling time and hope impeded Santos' opportunity to chase down Swanson who was, by then, more than four seconds ahead.

Swanson closed out yet another "Rollie Beale Classic" victory, following triumphs in 2011, 2015 and 2018. Swanson held the advantage by 4.121 seconds at the checkered over Santos, Pierce, Grant and Windom. Swanson now holds an 18-point lead over Santos, Grant, Hamilton and leading Rookie Joey Schmidt.

Of note, the relatively frosty afternoon got a bit heated between Santos and Pierce during the post-race ceremonies with Santos challenging Pierce to a boxing match on the front straightaway to the delight of the fans. Tempers were tempered, cooler heads prevailed and racing continued with an Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Super Sprint Car Series feature. Santos ended upside down after a scary-looking crash on lap four. Under the red flag, Pierce helped tip Santos' damaged ride back on its wheels before Pierce went on to score the 25-lap victory over fellow Silver Crown starters Grant, Schmidt and Russ Gamester.

Contingency award winners Sunday at Toledo Speedway were Kody Swanson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Austin Nemire (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Cody Gerhardt (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2019 - Toledo Speedway - Toledo, Ohio - Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-14.856; 2. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-15.098; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-15.129; 4. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-15.165; 5. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-15.201; 6. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-15.202; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-15.220; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11, DHR/Byrd-15.233; 9. Jason Conn, 88, DHR-15.324; 10. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-15.327; 11. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-15.363; 12. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-15.376; 13. Joey Schmidt, 25, Pierce-15.460; 14. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-15.476; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.485; 16. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-15.552; 17. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-15.603; 18. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-15.624; 19. Brian Gerster, 94, Ram-15.647; 20. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-15.663; 21. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Gerhardt-15.710; 22. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-16.103; 23. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 24. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (11), 3. Aaron Pierce (3), 4. Justin Grant (6), 5. Chris Windom (10), 6. Kyle Hamilton (2), 7. Austin Nemire (20), 8. Derek Bischak (12), 9. Joey Schmidt (13), 10. Brian Gerster (19), 11. Russ Gamester (16), 12. Mike Haggenbottom (22), 13. Cody Gerhardt (21), 14. Kyle Robbins (17), 15. Cody Gallogly (18), 16. Chris Dyson (14), 17. Matt Goodnight (15), 18. Eric Gordon (4), 19. David Byrne (7), 20. Jason Conn (9), 21. C.J. Leary (5), 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8).
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Nemire (20th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Cody Gerhardt

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-152, 2-Santos-134, 3-Grant-125, 4-Hamilton-116, 5-Schmidt-104, 6-Bischak-98, 7-Pierce-91, 8-Nemire-85, 9-Windom-81, 10-Gordon-79.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: May 23, 2019 - Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Indiana - 64th "Hoosier Hundred"

 

2 IN A ROW FOR AUSTIN LIGGETT AT SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA - APRIL 27, 2019... Racing past Cory Elliott on lap 26, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) sailed to his second straight USAC Western States Midget triumph. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett topped the 30-lap Santa Maria feature over fast qualifier Robert Dalby, Chase Stockon, Elliott, and Shannon McQueen.

Missouri's Gage Rucker earned the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with an eleventh place run from sixteenth. Marvin Mitchell claimed his third Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Robert Dalby earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign by posting a time of 14.079 over the 17-car roster.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Kyle Beilman (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and David Prickett (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

The USAC Western States Midgets will take a break in their schedule before returning to action on June 22 at Ventura Raceway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 27, 2019 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.079; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.141; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.333; 4. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.414; 5. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.466; 6. Chase Stockon, 25, Malloy-14.565; 7. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-14.567; 8. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-14.576; 9. Tyler Edwards, 73K, Ford-14.580; 10. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.647; 11. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-14.651; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-14.771; 13. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-15.284; 14. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.298; 15. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-15.338; 16. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-15.867; 17. Jackson Dukes, 73T, Ford-16.109.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Beilman, 2. Elliott, 3. Dalby, 4. Liggett, 5. Edwards, 6. Mitchell, 7. Leach, 8. Dukes, 9. Nichols. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Prickett, 2. Stockon, 3. Swanson, 4. McQueen, 5. Sarna, 6. Pankratz, 7. Rucker, 8. Ito. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (4), 2. Robert Dalby (6), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. Cory Elliott (3), 5. Shannon McQueen (5), 6. Cody Swanson (1), 7. Kyle Beilman (11), 8. David Prickett (12), 9. C.J. Sarna (10), 10. Dylan Ito (14), 11. Gage Rucker (16), 12. Mike Leach Jr. (15), 13. Marvin Mitchell (13), 14. Tyler Edwards (9), 15. Terry Nichols (8), 16. Jackson Dukes (17), 17. Randi Pankratz (7). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Stockon, Laps 13-17 Swanson, Laps 18-25 Elliott, Laps 26-30 Liggett.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Gage Rucker (16th to 11th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Marvin Mitchell

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Liggett-231, 2-Elliott-202, 3-McQueen-173, -Dalby-173, 5-Prickett-172, 6-Sarna-156, 7-Ben Worth-144, 8-Mitchell-119, 9-Pankratz-118, 10-Beilman-107

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: June 22 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California

 

 

BRODY ROA TOPS STATE 48 CLASSIC AT PEORIA

PEORIA, AZ – APRIL 27, 2019… Starting seventh, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) took the lead from Stevie Sussex on lap 7 and held off all challengers to win the “State 48 Classic” at Canyon Speedway Park. For Roa, the $2,000 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was the first series win of the campaign and the third of his career. Sussex, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and R.J. Johnson followed the point leader to the checkered flags.

Making his first start of 2019, Andy Reinbold claimed the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from thirteenth.

Jake Swanson took top honors in the Beaver Stripes Time Trials by posting a time of 13.804 over the 14-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and Roa (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on May 18th at Central Arizona Speedway for the “Hank Arnold Memorial.”

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

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

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 27, 2019 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “State 48 Classic”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.804; 2. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.029; 3. R.J. Johnson, 13, Gile-14.101; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-14.148; 5. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.159; 6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-14.192; 7. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.252; 8. Brody Roa, 91, BR-14.277; 9. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-14.423; 10. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.470; 11. Sterling Cling, 54C, Cling-14.484; 12. Daylin Perreira, 21, Perreira-14.688; 13. Andy Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.930; 14. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-15.755.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Martin, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. Lundy, 5. Cling, 6. Curtis, 7. Reinbold. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Davis, 3. Sussex, 4. Rossi, 5. Bonneau, 6. Perreira, 7. Reynolds. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Brody Roa (7), 2. Stevie Sussex (2), 3. Matt Rossi (5), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (3), 5. R.J. Johnson (4), 6. Andy Reinbold (13), 7. Mike Martin (8), 8. Matt Lundy (1), 9. Sterling Cling (11), 10. Daylin Perreira (12), 11. Chris Bonneau (10), 12. Jonas Reynolds (14), 13. Jake Swanson (6), 14. Michael Curtis (9). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Lundy, Laps 2-6 Sussex, Laps 7-30 Roa. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Andy Reinbold (13th to 6th)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-358, 2-Johnson-319, 3-Sussex-292, 4-Davis-269, 5-Martin-265, 6-Swanson-255. –Rossi-255, 8-Lundy-209, 9-Josh Hodges-202, 10-Isaac Chapple-200.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 18 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT DOUBLES UP AT SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA – APRIL 27, 2019… After winning the companion USAC Western States Midget feature at Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) scored his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of 2019. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett claimed his eighth career win over fast qualifier Michael Faccinto, Tristan Guardino, Kaleb Montgomery, and J.J. Ringo.

Ringo earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from sixteenth. Austin Ervine scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Defending USAC Western States Midget Champion Faccinto claimed Santa Maria’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 22-car roster with a time of 14.109.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Liggett (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), D.J. Johnson (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Guardino (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Friday, May 17th at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway for the “Peter Murphy Classic.” The following night, the series will travel to Petaluma Speedway for their first of two appearances at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 27, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-14.109; 2. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.111; 3. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.119; 4. Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-14.179; 5. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.365; 6. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-14.430; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.444; 8. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.445; 9. Cody Majors, 81, Watt-14.449; 10. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.457; 11. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-14.587; 12. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.616; 13. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Kirkbride-14.633; 14. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-14.658; 15. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.747; 16. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-14.776; 17. Cody Fendley, 73C, Russell-15.040; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.126; 19. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-15.180; 20. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-15.263; 21. Gage Rucker, 87K, Kruseman-15.288; 22. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.515.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Kirkbride, 3. Ringo, 4. Faccinto, 5. Wiley, 6. Montgomery, 7. Helt, 8. Herrera. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Timmons, 3. Rutherford, 4. Shaw, 5. Mayhew, 6. Stolz, 7. Fendley. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Carter, 3. Majors, 4. Edwards, 5. Hix, 6. Rucker, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (1), 2. Michael Faccinto (6), 3. Tristan Guardino (4), 4. Kaleb Montgomery (7), 5. J.J. Ringo (16), 6. Cody Fendley (17), 7. Brandon Wiley (10), 8. Hannah Mayhew (11), 9. Steve Hix (12), 10. Gage Rucker (21), 11. James Herrera (22), 12. D.J. Johnson (5), 13. Austin Ervine (18), 14. Koen Shaw, 15. Ricky Kirkbride (13), 16. Kyle Edwards (2), 17. Slater Helt (19), 18. Ryan Stolz (20), 19. Cody Majors (9), 20. Ryan Timmons (8), 21. Troy Rutherford (3), 22. Trent Carter. NT ---------------------------- **Rutherford flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Edwards flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Edwards, Laps 7-30 Liggett. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: J.J. Ringo (16th to 5th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Austin Ervine

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-352, 2-Jake Swanson-238, 3-Timmons-229, 4-Shaw-223, 5-Danny Faria Jr.-186, 6-Helt-185, 7-Edwards-178, 8-Mayhew-172, 9-Ringo-170, 10-Ervine-158.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACES: May 17 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Peter Murphy Classic”

 

 

2 IN A ROW FOR AUSTIN LIGGETT AT SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA – APRIL 27, 2019… Racing past Cory Elliott on lap 26, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) sailed to his second straight USAC Western States Midget triumph. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett topped the 30-lap Santa Maria feature over fast qualifier Robert Dalby, Chase Stockon, Elliott, and Shannon McQueen.

Missouri’s Gage Rucker earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with an eleventh place run from sixteenth. Marvin Mitchell claimed his third Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Robert Dalby earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign by posting a time of 14.079 over the 17-car roster.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Kyle Beilman (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and David Prickett (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

The USAC Western States Midgets will take a break in their schedule before returning to action on June 22 at Ventura Raceway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 27, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.079; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.141; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.333; 4. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.414; 5. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.466; 6. Chase Stockon, 25, Malloy-14.565; 7. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-14.567; 8. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-14.576; 9. Tyler Edwards, 73K, Ford-14.580; 10. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.647; 11. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-14.651; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-14.771; 13. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-15.284; 14. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.298; 15. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-15.338; 16. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-15.867; 17. Jackson Dukes, 73T, Ford-16.109.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Beilman, 2. Elliott, 3. Dalby, 4. Liggett, 5. Edwards, 6. Mitchell, 7. Leach, 8. Dukes, 9. Nichols. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Prickett, 2. Stockon, 3. Swanson, 4. McQueen, 5. Sarna, 6. Pankratz, 7. Rucker, 8. Ito. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (4), 2. Robert Dalby (6), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. Cory Elliott (3), 5. Shannon McQueen (5), 6. Cody Swanson (1), 7. Kyle Beilman (11), 8. David Prickett (12), 9. C.J. Sarna (10), 10. Dylan Ito (14), 11. Gage Rucker (16), 12. Mike Leach Jr. (15), 13. Marvin Mitchell (13), 14. Tyler Edwards (9), 15. Terry Nichols (8), 16. Jackson Dukes (17), 17. Randi Pankratz (7). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Stockon, Laps 13-17 Swanson, Laps 18-25 Elliott, Laps 26-30 Liggett. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Gage Rucker (16th to 11th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Marvin Mitchell

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Liggett-231, 2-Elliott-202, 3-McQueen-173, -Dalby-173, 5-Prickett-172, 6-Sarna-156, 7-Ben Worth-144, 8-Mitchell-119, 9-Pankratz-118, 10-Beilman-107

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: June 22 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

 

 

DEAL GRABS CREEK COUNTY OKLAHOMA SPRINT

Sapulpa, OK........Andrew Deal of Casey, Kans. led all but the first lap of Friday night's 25-lap USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Creek County Speedway. Danny Smith took second ahead of Tim Kent, Cameron Hagin and Johnny Kent.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: April 26, 2019 - Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 2. Danny Smith ($5 Smith), 3. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 4. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 5. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), 6. Ben Frey (#24 Frey), 7. Daniel Abrahms (#32 Abrahms), 8. KimberlyTyre (#39 Tyre). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 2. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), 3. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 4. Alison Slaton (#6 Newton), 5. James Shoun (#62 Shoun), 6. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), 7. Matt Sherrell (#54 Sherrell), 8. Noah Harris (#7F Fode). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 2. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 3. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 4. Jimmy Taylor (#23 Taylor), 5. Layne Himebaugh (#94L Himebaugh), 6. Donovan Wise (#1X Taylor), 7. Patrick Prescott (#5P Prescott), 8. J.C. Wilson (#77 Storm Chaser). NT

B MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Harris, 2. Stephenson, 3. Frey, 4. Sherrell, 5. Abrahms, 6. J.C. Wilson, 7. Tyre, 8. Prescott, 9. Shoun, 10. Wise. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Andrew Deal, 2. Danny Smith, 3. Tim Kent, 4. Cameron Hagin, 5. Johnny Kent, 6. Craig Carroll, 7. Noah Harris, 8. Layne Himebaugh, 9. Waylon Weaver, 10. Alison Slaton, 11. Daniel Abrahms, 12. J.C. Wilson, 13. Brett Wilson, 14. Matt Sherrell, 15. Jimmy Taylor, 16. Ben Frey, 17. Kyle Clark, 18. David Stephenson, 19. Ryan Dean, 20. Cody Jarvis. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Slaton, Laps 2-25 Deal.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Deal-285, 2-Smith-261, 3-Himebaugh-258, 4-Hagin-252, 5-J. Kent-250, 6-T. Kent-248, 7-Harris-235, 8-B. Wilson-234, 9-Slaton-210, 10-Weaver-207.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE: May 25, 2019 - 81 Speedway - Wichita, Kansas

 

 

WEATHER PUSHES BACK TOLEDO'S
ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC TO SUNDAY

Toledo, Ohio-Friday, April 26: With a strong cold front approaching, which includes rain and snow, Toledo Speedway management, in cooperation with USAC and the Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series, has decided to postpone the Saturday, April 27 Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic to the advertised rain date of Sunday afternoon, April 28.

The time schedule will be altered for Sunday's show, taking into account the time to dry the track surface. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 30's Sunday morning, but the sun is scheduled to appear, with temps rising to the 50's by early afternoon.

The pit gates will open at 9 a.m. The front gates and ticket office open at Noon, with practice to start at that time, pending track conditions. Time trials will go at 1:15, followed by show time at 2 p.m.

"The wet forecast for Saturday, and, having a Sunday rain date, made this early announcement the best decision in the interest of both the race teams and fans," noted Ron Drager, Promoter of Toledo Speedway. "We are very excited about the entry lists for this new format for our one and only open wheel event in 2019, and we think Sunday's weather gives us the best opportunity to run this show."

USAC's Silver Crown Series cars will compete in a 100 lap feature event, while the Non-Wing Sprint race will go 50 laps, all part of the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic presented by Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores Sunday afternoon.

Race fans can save $5 on advance tickets by calling the track at 419-727-1100. The advance sale ends Friday night.

A Vintage Race Car display will be part of the Sunday's activities, along with an open-wheel Racer's Reunion.

The race will pay tribute to the late Rollie Beale, a Toledo native. Rollie was the 1973 USAC Sprint Car champion and a former USAC Series director.

NOTE: TONIGHT (April 26)--- FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND THE DONALD DAVIDSON/RON HEMELGARN QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION ARE STILL ON SCHEDULE FOR TONIGHT!

CAR SHOW, 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M., GIVING AWAY 2 PAIR OF INDY 500 TICKETS! MUSIC-FOOD-FUN!

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION, 5 P.M. TO 6:30 P.M. AT SPEEDWAY BAR/GRILLE

 

 

STORYLINES: ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 26, 2019).........The storylines are plentiful heading into the seventh appearance for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series at Toledo Speedway this Saturday, April 27, in the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic."

Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson is the only driver to have started all six USAC Silver Crown events at Toledo. He's yet to finish outside the top-four and has won the "Rollie Beale Classic" on three occasions, in 2011, 2015 and 2019. He's also won the pole on three times in 2011, 2015 and 2017 and has led 255 of the 600 laps ever run by Silver Crown cars at Toledo.

Bobby Santos has won at Toledo in a USAC Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown car in his career, taking the checkered in 2017. He's the most recent driver not named Kody Swanson to win at Toledo and is also the last one other than Kody to win a Silver Crown race, taking the Phoenix opener in 2018.

Swanson has won five-straight races on the pavement dating to 2018, an all-time USAC Silver Crown record, with victories at Toledo, Lucas Oil Raceway, Madison International Raceway, Salem Speedway and this year's opener at Memphis International Raceway. The previous record of four-straight was held by Dave Steele, set during the 2005 season.

Interestingly, no driver has ever repeated a Silver Crown victory at Toledo despite only three different winners in six starts: Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010 & 2012), Swanson (2011, 2015 & 2018) and Santos (2017).

Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton returns to the place where he made his first career Silver Crown start, back in 2011, finishing 8th. His team, Klatt Enterprises, has won three USAC National Sprint Car races at Toledo, in 2004, 2009 and 2011 with driver Bobby East.

Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne has been consistent at Toledo in his three most recent starts, not once finishing outside the top-eight, scoring a best of 3rd last year. He's the only driver other than Swanson to finish in the top-eight in each of the last three years.

Last year, Fortville, Indiana's Eric Gordon returned to Silver Crown racing after a six-year absence. Toledo is the home of Gordon's first career USAC Sprint Career win back in 1989. He was the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger in last year's Toledo race, moving from 16th to 4th.

Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce has Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown experience at Toledo and has finished in the top-five in two of his last three Toledo starts.

Pierce, along with Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind., showed the most advancement from their 2017 results to their 2018 results at Toledo. Pierce was 12th in 2017 and 5th in 2018, while Goodnight was 15th in 2017 and 8th in 2018.

Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget champion, will make his return to the Silver Crown lineup at Toledo for the first time since 2011.

Ione, California's Justin Grant set quick time in qualifying at Toledo a year ago. His car owner is Toledo native and race sponsor Ron Hemelgarn, who was also the owner for Buddy Lazier's 1996 Indianapolis 500 victory. Dennis LaCava turned the wrenches for Lazier on that day and will do so for Grant at Toledo this weekend.

Two Ohioans are in the lineup: Sylvania's Austin Nemire and Pataskala's Cody Gallogly. Nemire made his first career Silver Crown start at Toledo in 2015, finishing 7th, then came back last year with a solid 6th. Gallogly, meanwhile, has been on track in the last two events at Toledo, but has had mishaps with the turn three wall during practice in consecutive years. He's since garnered a pair of starts at Salem and Memphis, and now aims to make his first Toledo Silver Crown start.

An Ohio native hasn't won a Silver Crown race in the state of Ohio since Jack Hewitt's "4-Crown" sweep at Eldora Speedway in 1998. An Ohio native has not won a USAC National race at Toledo since the race's namesake, Rollie Beale, won in a 40-lap Sprint Car feature in 1976.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. has been a contender at Toledo in each of the past two years, qualifying and running in the top-five in each instance. He took 3rd in 2017 and wound up 15th in 2018 after losing the brakes. This will be his third start at Toledo with a third different team after driving for Gene Kazmark in 2017, Gene Nolen in 2018 and now Goodnight Racing in 2019.

Annie Breidinger, twin sister of Toni Breidinger, makes her way back to Silver Crown racing for the first time since 2017. The most recent of the Hillsborough, Calif. native's two career series starts came at Toledo in 2017, finishing a career-best 9th. She owns five career USAC Western HPD Midget wins.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary will make his first Toledo Silver Crown appearance since 2015 after returning to run the full schedule this year. The Ocala USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner and leading USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie finished 11th in 2015.

Fresno, California's Cody Gerhardt was the best finisher of drivers making their first Silver Crown appearances at Toledo in 2018, finishing 7th, with fellow first-timers Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) and 2018 series Rookie of the Year Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) finishing just behind in 9th and 11th, respectively.

Ten of the 26 drivers in the field are making their first Toledo Silver Crown appearances this weekend: two-time American LeMans Series champ Chris Dyson (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Silver Crown veteran Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), first-time pavement starter Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), leading series Rookie Joey Schmidt (Ellisville, Miss.), series Rookie Jason Conn (Prince George, B.C.), USAC D1 Midget champ Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.), nine-time USAC National winner Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.), "Rumble in Ft. Wayne" winner Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) and Gallogly.

Pit gates for the Saturday, April 27, USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at Ohio's Toledo Speedway open at 11am and front gates open at 2:15pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 2:30-3:15pm and 3:40-4:05pm with Sprint Car practice set for 3:15-3:40pm and 4:05-4:25pm. Fatheadz Eyewear Silver Crown qualifying begins at 5pm, followed by Sprint Car qualifying. Vintage Car laps are set for 5:40pm with invocation/anthems slotted for 5:55pm and racing at 6pm. (All times Eastern)

Adult general admission tickets are $20 advance and $25 on raceday. Kids age 6-12 are $3, children age 5 and under are FREE!

Toledo Speedway is located at 5639 Benore Rd, Toledo, OH 43612. You can reach the track via phone at (419) 727-1100 and on their website at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen to LIVE audio of all the happenings on the USAC app. Following along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.


HEMELGARN RACING/SUPER FITNESS "ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST:
NO. / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT
6 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®Chris Dyson/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
11 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (DHR-Byrd Racing)
16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing)
20 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
25 ®Joey Schmidt/Ellisville, MS (Sam Pierce)
26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
31 ®Dave Berkheimer/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
51 Russ Gamester/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
60 ®Cody Gerhardt/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
78 Eric Gordon/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
80 ®Annie Breidinger/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports)
81 ®Cody Gallogly/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
88 ®Jason Conn/Prince George, BC (Davey Hamilton Racing)
91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 ®Jim Anderson/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)
94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)
131 ®Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

Taylor Starting Season in Non-Wing Sprint Car Saturday at El Paso County Raceway

Inside Line Promotions - GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (April 24, 2019) - Zac Taylor will begin his 2019 sprint car season in a different way - non-wing style.

Taylor, who hasn't raced since the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in January, will be embarking on a different experience - a non-wing sprint car powered by a 360ci engine. In the past few years he has competed in midgets and in a 305ci winged sprint car.

"We had horrible luck at the Chili Bowl," he said. "I'm ready to put that behind me and get this racing season started. I'm very excited to race a non-wing sprint car. Then in a couple of weeks I get to race a modified on asphalt. I'm just trying to gain as much experience in as many forms of racing as possible."

Taylor said the family-owned sprint car had to be stripped to have the new safety bars added to the roll cage as many organizations are now requiring.

"It's at the powder coating place and we should pick it up Friday and get it assembled and ready to go for Saturday," he said. "Everything is new on the car this year."

Saturday's event is with the Lucas Oil POWRi Warrior Sprint Series at El Paso County Raceway in nearby Calhan, Colo.

"We have a lot of laps around that place with the 305 winged car," he said. "This will be completely different and I'm excited for the challenge."

As for the 2019 season, Taylor said he and Todd Henry will once again team up for midget events. Taylor added that the plans for his family owned 360ci winged sprint car are to "get to some bigger races in the region."

UP NEXT -

Saturday at El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo.

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THE TOLEDO EXPERIENCE TALE OF THE TAPE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 24, 2019).........The bulk of the field for this Saturday's Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" is an experienced bunch when it comes to USAC Silver Crown competition at Toledo Speedway.

Sixteen of the 26 expected entries have previous Silver Crown starts at the half-mile, high-banked oval and own four wins in the six-race history of the event.

Bobby Santos has been incomparable at Toledo, becoming the first and only driver to win in all three current USAC National divisions at Toledo, capturing an AMSOIL National Sprint Car win there in 2006, a NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature in 2009 and completing the trifecta with a Silver Crown victory during the 2017 season. The Franklin, Mass. native also finished 3rd in the Rollie Beale Classic in 2012 and in the runner-up spot in 2018.

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. is the only driver to start all six Silver Crown races at Toledo and, get this, he's won three times, finished 2nd twice and took home a 4th in 2012. Additionally, he's started from the pole on three of those occasions and holds the one-lap Silver Crown track record of 14.809 set in 2011.

David Byrne and Kyle Hamilton are among the most experienced drivers in the lineup. Byrne, of Shullsburg, Wisc., finished a career-best 3rd at Toledo a year ago and arrives with three-straight top-eight finishes at the track. Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton has been bitten by the bad luck bug in recent starts at Toledo, but he did score an 8th in 2011 and a 6th in 2012 during his first two appearances in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Eric Gordon and Aaron Pierce have miles and miles of experience at Toledo in a variety of cars and both have each made three starts in the "Big Cars" at Toledo. Gordon, of Fortville, Ind., won his very first USAC National Sprint Car feature here in 1989. He came back last season to Silver Crown competition after a six-year layoff and showed no rust, finishing 4th, one spot ahead of Pierce who grabbed his second career top-five finish in a Silver Crown car at Toledo, equaling his 5th from his first run in 2015.

Five drivers have made a pair of Toledo Silver Crown starts, including 1989 USAC National Midget champ Russ Gamester of Peru, Ind. (12th in 2010 & 16th in 2011), Winchester, Indiana's Matt Goodnight (15th in 2017 & 8th in 2018), Ione, California's Justin Grant (10th in 2017 & 10th in 2018), Sylvania, Ohio's Austin Nemire (7th in 2015 & 6th in 2018) and Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. (3rd in 2017 & 15th in 2018).

A handful of drivers are expected to make their second Silver Crown visit to Toledo. Hillsborough, California's Annie Breidinger hasn't been in a Crown car in nearly two years. She returns to where she earned her best career result with the series, a 9th in 2017. Two-time dirt Silver Crown winner C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. is back on the pavement this year for the first time in four years, finishing 11th in 2015. Cody Gerhardt of Fresno, Calif. finished a solid 7th in his Toledo debut last year, just ahead of fellow first-timers Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind. (11th) and Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott (9th).

A talented group of drivers aiming to make their first Toledo Silver Crown start are Chris Dyson (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Joey Schmidt (Ellisville, Miss.) Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Jason Conn (Prince George, B.C.), Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.), all-time Toledo Speedway track record holder Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) and Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.). Cody Gallogly of Pataskala, Ohio has appeared in each of the last two runnings of the "Rollie Beale Classic," but did not make a start either time after experiencing trouble during practice.

Pit gates for the Saturday, April 27, USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at Ohio's Toledo Speedway open at 11am and front gates open at 2:15pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 2:30-3:15pm and 3:40-4:05pm with Sprint Car practice set for 3:15-3:40pm and 4:05-4:25pm. Fatheadz Eyewear Silver Crown qualifying begins at 5pm, followed by Sprint Car qualifying. Vintage Car laps are set for 5:40pm with invocation/anthems slotted for 5:55pm and racing at 6pm. (All times Eastern)

Adult general admission tickets are $20 advance and $25 on raceday. Kids age 6-12 are $3, children age 5 and under are FREE!

Toledo Speedway is located at 5639 Benore Rd, Toledo, OH 43612. You can reach the track via phone at (419) 727-1100 and on their website at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen to LIVE audio of all the happenings on the USAC app. Following along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

SANTA MARIA HOSTS
USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS & WESTERN MIDGETS

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 23, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of four appearances at the newly renovated Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, April 27th. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the fifth point race will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-seven West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004 by "Showtime" Danny Sheridan. A complete series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) enters Saturday's race with 38-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso's Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino earned his first win of year at Ventura on March 23rd. To date, the young driver has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. Tristan is tied with Brody Roa and Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will be looking for his seventh main event victory.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Moving to Keith Ford's #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Swanson led two laps before finishing second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2017 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth in wins, Jake will have his sights on his fifth triumph at Santa Maria.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons placed seventh in the March 23rd feature at Ventura. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday night, Ryan will be looking to earn the third feature win of his career.

Two-time champion, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. The pilot of the #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike skipped Ventura, but has two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season. Currently tied with Bud Kaeding for third on the series win list, "Hollywood" will have his sights on his twelfth victory at Santa Maria.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw finished eleventh at Ventura after starting fifteenth. At press time, the versatile driver has recorded one top-10 finish and will be looking for his first career win this Saturday night.
Currently sixth in points, Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Kyle Edwards, Cody Majors, Austin Ervine, Troy Rutherford, T.J. Smith, Steve Hix, Tom Hendricks, Austin Liggett, Trent Carter, Jeff Fillingame, "The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride, Ryan Stolz, Matt Day, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings atlwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-276, 2. Jake Swanson-238, 3. Ryan Timmons-199, 4. Danny Faria Jr.-186, 5. Koen Shaw-183, 6. Slater Helt-154, .. Brody Roa-154, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 9. Stevie Sussex-145, 10. Kyle Edwards-141, 11. Cody Majors-119, ... Austin Ervine-119, ... Hannah Mayhew-119, 14. Dennis Gile-113, 15. Troy Rutherford-108, 16. J.J. Ringo-106, 17. T.J. Smith-101, ... Colton Hardy-101, 19. Steve Hix-88, 20. Tom Hendricks-84, ... Chase Johnson-84.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN MIDGETS & WEST COAST SPRINT CARS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 23, 2019... After a successful debut at Merced, the USAC Western States Midgets are back in action this Saturday, April 27th, at Santa Maria Raceway.

Promoted by Nick Duggan, the third point race is the first of two events at the newly renovated 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

After earning his first career win at Merced, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has taken over the point lead. Holding a 20-point advantage, the pilot of the family owned Liggett's #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike also has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. The defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking to add a Santa Maria winning trophy to his collection.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott charged to fourth at Merced after starting seventh. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has posted two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights the 30-lap victory at Santa Maria.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Piloting Drea Prickett's Ecotec powered #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Western Performance Spike, Prickett earned his second Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a thirteenth to ninth place run at Merced. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two top-10 finishes and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night victory.

C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, CA) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Racing his #20 Cactus Jacks Bar & Grill / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna claimed an eighth place finish last Saturday night from tenth. To date, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes and will have his sights the second win of his career.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is fifth in the Western States point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, Shannon placed tenth in the Merced debut. At press time, the 2012 Champion has two top-10 finishes and will be looking to claim the victory at Santa Maria Raceway.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Marvin Mitchell, Jake Swanson, Michael Faccinto, Alex Schutte, "Fireball" Maria Cofer, Kyle Beilman, Cody Swanson, Dylan Ito, Terry Nichols, and Bryan Drollinger.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at www.floracing.com.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Ben Worth.

SANTA MARIA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 6-Sleepy Tripp, 3-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Billy Boat, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Tommie Estes Jr., 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Frankie Guerrini, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Jeff Meyer, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Tommy White, 1-Josh Wise.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-152, 2. Cory Elliott-132, 3. David Prickett-115, 4. C.J. Sarna-106, 5. Shannon McQueen-105, 6. Robert Dalby-94, 7. Randi Pankratz-83, 8. Marvin Mitchell-79, 9. Jake Swanson-78, 10. Michael Faccinto-73, 11. Alex Schutte-58, 12. Maria Cofer-55, 13. Jackson Dukes-53, 14. Troy Morris III-48, 15. Kyle Beilman-47, 16. Cody Swanson-44, 17. Dylan Ito-43, 18. Terry Nichols-33, 19. Mike Leach Jr.-30.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
April 20: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 20: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
July 27: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
October 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS HEADLINE
CANYON'S "STATE 48 CLASSIC"

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 23, 2019... After Saturday's popular "Lealand McSpadden Classic," the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, April 27th, at Canyon Speedway Park.

Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the "State 48 Classic" is the third of five appearances at the Peoria, Arizona oval. The fifth point race will also feature the AZ Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Sport Compacts, and Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:30pm. In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Friday, starting at 6:30pm and General Admission is FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-six Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen victories. In the two previous events of the campaign, New Mexico's Josh Hodges and Missouri's Hunter Schuerenberg topped the USAC/CRA co-sanctioned "Spring Showcase." During that event, "The Demon" Damion Gardner set the new 1-lap standard of 13.469 on March 9th and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the "State 48 Classic," Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 29-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa ran sixth in last Saturday's "Lealand McSpadden Classic" at Arizona Speedway. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led. With two USAC SouthWest wins, Roa will be looking to add the "State 48 Classic" trophy to his collection.
After finishing fourth in the "McSpadden Classic," R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led in the campaign. The five-time champion has fifty-five USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the "State 48 Classic" victory.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen's #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex raced from eighth to fifth in the Arizona Speedway feature. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes on the season. The second generation driver has twelve wins and will be looking for the victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

"The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin placed ninth in last Saturday's "McSpadden Classic." To date, the 2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner has two top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his seventh SouthWest victory.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is tied for fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting John Grau and Mike Burkhart's #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / Stratis Construction DRC, Swanson earned San Tan Valley's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to second place run. At press time, the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Main Win, and 11 feature laps led to his credit. Jake will be looking for his second career SouthWest win this Saturday night.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., "The Real American" Matt Rossi, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, "The Radio Flyer" Bruce St. James, "The Bull" Tye Mihocko, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey.

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

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-280, 2. R.J. Johnson-251, 3. Stevie Sussex-218, 4. Mike Martin-205, .. Jake Swanson-205, 6. Josh Hodges-202, 7. Isaac Chapple-200, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-198, 9. Austin Williams-188, 10. Matt Rossi-184, 11. Matt Lundy-155, 12. Michael Curtis-153, 13. Damion Gardner-139, 14. Jason McDougal-124, 15. Ryan Cully-122, 16. Landon Cling-121, 17. Dennis Gile-119, ... Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 19. Stephen Sanchez-105, 20. Chris Bonneau-91.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (State 48 Classic)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
June 1: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (CSP Birthday Bash)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

STEVE ALEXANDER RECOVERY FUND

Speedway, Indiana (April 24, 2019).........AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car crew chief Steve Alexander remains hospitalized following an accident on April 13 during an event at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Alexander, crew chief for the Alexander Racing No. 4 driven by seven-time AMSOIL USAC/CRA champion Damion Gardner, sustained 10 broken ribs in multiple places, a grade 4 spleen injury and blood in his lungs after the rear door of the team's trailer fell on top of him.

As of April 24, Alexander was scheduled to undergo another CT scan.

You can help out Steve and his recovery fund by donating to https://www.facebook.com/donate/278747229720644/2486036888108377/.

The Alexander team has been the most successful team in terms of championship in USAC/CRA history, earning seven owner titles since 2007 with Gardner and Tony Jones.

 

 

ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC HAS SPECIAL MEANING TO SWANSON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 24, 2019).........Following his first Toledo Speedway USAC Silver Crown triumph in 2011, Kody Swanson had the opportunity in victory lane to meet 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champion Rollie Beale, namesake of this Saturday's Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series race.

After Beale's passing in 2014, that one moment and this race have become so much more to Swanson, not only for a chance to honor the Toledo racing legend, but also now to race in his memory.

Since then, the Kingsburg, Calif. native has reeled off two more "Rollie Beale Classic" wins, in 2015 and again in 2018, giving him a batting average of .500 in the six Silver Crown events held at the half-mile, high-banked paved oval.

Last year's win put him in select company at the time, making him one of only two individuals to have reached the 20-win mark and, as we obviously would learn throughout the season, he wasn't even close to being done yet. It was the start of a string of a series-record five-straight Silver Crown wins for the four-time champ.

Swanson now comes into Saturday's race at Toledo having won five consecutive pavement USAC Silver Crown races, surpassing Dave Steele's record of four-straight in 2005 following his season-opening win at Memphis International Raceway in March in his series debut for Nolen Racing.

Last Spring at Toledo, Swanson, driving for DePalma Motorsports, Swanson overcame an uncharacteristically subpar qualifying run (for them) that placed them ninth for the start of the 100-lap main event.

"It's hard to believe we had to make such big changes after practice," Swanson reflected. "We were pretty speedy, but knew it just wasn't right. I thought I screwed up and gave it all away. I had to start behind eight very good racecars and drivers. At Toledo, that's pretty tricky. We made even more changes after qualifying. I'm not sure if we were going too far or if it hadn't come in yet. We were kind of in the dark. We all huddled around and gave it our best shot. The consensus was, right, wrong or indifferent; I was going to have 100 laps to figure out how to get whatever we could get."

By the end of the first lap, Swanson had already advanced three positions to the sixth spot, taking evasive action when Kyle Hamilton's ride was hesitant to take off, causing the inside row to check up momentarily. Meanwhile, outside front row starter Jerry Coons, Jr. bolted to the lead at the start to lead the opening laps for the second consecutive race.

Swanson steadily moved forward to fifth on lap five and fourth on lap 15 where he maintained position for the remainder of the first third of the race as the first caution of the night came out on the 33rd lap for the stopped car of sixth-running Hamilton. If the Swanson/DePalma team had any chink in its armor in recent years, it was restarts. But for the lap 37 restart in Friday night's race, this was where the team won the thing.

"Something we've struggled with at times is taking off on starts," Swanson acknowledges. "Tonight, this thing took off the best it has in four or five years. We got a couple spots and some good runs on restarts because of the effort these guys put in at the shop."

Second-running Santos didn't quite launch on the restart, so Swanson went where they weren't. By turn two, Swanson had muscled the banks to take third from Byrne and second from defending race winner Santos in the snap of a finger. Just three laps later, Swanson had roped in the race leader, Coons, and sped around him for the top spot exiting turn two on the 40th circuit.

"I don't know if it was the motivation or driving angry or whatever you want to call it, but whether that was a good move or bad, I went to the top," Swanson justified. "It happened to work out and I kind of got a run on the outside and got into second with a two-for-one in one turn. I don't know why it seemed like a good idea at the time. I thought, 'well, I'll just go for more.' Bobby almost got back to the inside of me and that pretty much solidified that it's now or never. You're either first or third at that point."

Moments later, Coons had his race end abruptly when he began to slow before steering his ride back to the pit area. Swanson, though, was on complete cruise control, ramping up his lead to a half-straightaway by midway. Swanson continuously extended his lead throughout the second half as he checked off a succession of lapped cars until the final yellow flag fell with three laps remaining when Austin Nemire and Travis Welpott made contact in turn four, sending Welpott into a spin.

On the final restart, by rule, the lapped cars would be removed from the equation and start from the tail. The frightening proposition for Swanson was that the two drivers directly behind him had found another life.

"Bobby (Santos) and David (Byrne) were second and third and are really good racers," Swanson said. "They'll both race you really hard and really clean, but you're not safe with them behind you. They've proven they can pass anybody at any time. It's just one of things where you must focus. I've got my wife on the radio, and we had the best car during the race. It was my job to hit two good laps."

"The engine took off great on the restart and got me a little bit of a gap, which is huge into turn one knowing that they're not already on your bumper," Swanson detailed. "If you make any sort of mistake, you can run it in there and try to build some momentum. Luckily, the thing re-fired up really well and we were able to pull away in the last two laps to seal it. What a wild night, what a wild weekend it's been. It's all the reasons why I love Silver Crown racing."

Swanson certainly has quite a few reasons to love Silver Crown racing as he's made winning his forte in a variety of cars. His three Toledo Silver Crown wins have come in three different cars with two different teams. His first opportunity with Nolen at Toledo lies in the wait. If winning the pole and capturing the victory in his first go-around with Nolen at Memphis is any indication of how Toledo will go, there's no telling what this combo can achieve in 2019.

Pit gates for the Saturday, April 27, USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at Ohio's Toledo Speedway open at 11am and front gates open at 2:15pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 2:30-3:15pm and 3:40-4:05pm with Sprint Car practice set for 3:15-3:40pm and 4:05-4:25pm. Fatheadz Eyewear Silver Crown qualifying begins at 5pm, followed by Sprint Car qualifying. Vintage Car laps are set for 5:40pm with invocation/anthems slotted for 5:55pm and racing at 6pm. (All times Eastern)

Adult general admission tickets are $20 advance and $25 on raceday. Kids age 6-12 are $3, children age 5 and under are FREE!

Toledo Speedway is located at 5639 Benore Rd, Toledo, OH 43612. You can reach the track via phone at (419) 727-1100 and on their website at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen to LIVE audio of all the happenings on the USAC app. Following along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

USAC BENEVOLENT FUND KART RACE SET FOR MAY 7

Speedway, Indiana (April 23, 2019).........An annual racing tradition is on tap Tuesday, May 7, at Speedway Indoor Karting as racers are set to do battle on the 14-turn, multi-level, indoor road course track for the USAC Benevolent Fund 3-Hour ProAm Karting race.

With challenging corners and fast straightaways, several of the top USAC competitors will take part in the event. This year's team captains thus far include USAC winners Kevin Thomas, Jr., Bobby Santos, Aaron Pierce, Justin Marvel and Midget racing veteran Chase Barber.

Five slots remain for five more teams to compete in the 22nd running of the event, which benefits the USAC Benevolent Foundation and its mission to provide financial assistance to injured or needy auto racing participants and their families. Both courses at SIK will be closed to open karting starting at 4pm but the facility will be open to the public if anyone would like to watch the race and help out the wonderful cause.

The cost is $800 per team with each team having 5-8 drivers and $150 for individual drivers. To get yourself or your team to signed up to race, contact USAC Benevolent Fund's Josh Laycock at (317) 796-3289.

The doors open at 5pm Eastern with the drivers meeting set for 6pm. Racing will conclude by 10pm.

Speedway Indoor Karting is located at 1067 Main Street, Speedway, IN 46224.

 

 

GERSTER RETURNS TO SILVER CROWN FOR ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 23, 2019).........In his racing career, Brian Gerster has thrived in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, winning eight times in the Midget and once in the Sprint Car.

The Fishers, Indiana native has won on the high banks of Winchester and Salem, as well as Lucas Oil Raceway, Anderson and seemingly everywhere in between, including Toledo Speedway, host of this Saturday night's Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" where he'll make his first Silver Crown appearance since 2011 when he takes the wheel of Dick Myers' Ram Engineering No. 94, the same team with which he's accumulated numerous wins, fast times, track records and championships over the past decade in winged sprint car competition.

The possibility of a Silver Crown ride came together for Gerster at the beginning of the year and the two-time third-place finisher in the USAC National Midget point standings in 1995-96 jumped at the chance.

"(Team Owner) Dick Myers and I have been together full-time in the sprint car stuff for about eight years," Gerster explained. "I'm very excited for the opportunity to run the Silver Crown Series again on the pavement with the same group of guys. The Silver Crown Series is the most competitive open wheel racing going right now on pavement. It's a big challenge for us and that's why we're looking forward to doing it. We just have to jump in and see how it goes."

At Toledo, specifically, Gerster knows his way around the half-mile, high-banked paved oval. It was less than a year ago when he set the all-time one-lap track record of 12.096 seconds in a winged sprint car. But, Gerster is quick to note the differences between the winged sprint car and the Silver Crown car as he heads into his debut in a champ car at Toledo.

"The winged sprint car is obviously a different animal," Gerster noted. "I've got a really good program there. I don't expect a lot of what we learn running the wing car will translate to the Silver Crown car. I'm probably going to rely more on the experience that I've gained running the USAC Midget and Sprint Car stuff back in the day."

Though he and Ram Engineering have had their share of success on pavement racetracks in the Midwest, and certainly at Toledo, Gerster's expectations are tempered. After all, it's been eight years since he's been in a Silver Crown car and nearly two decades since Myers has been involved with one, most recently with the VanKlompenburg No. 3 driven by the likes of Bill Tyler and Johnny Parsons. The objective is to complete all 100 laps and see where they stack up as they tackle the complete pavement Silver Crown schedule for the remainder of 2019 and into the future as Gerster has an eye on partnering up to tackle the full Silver Crown schedule in 2020.

"Compared to Gene Nolen's car and what Bobby Santos has been doing, Aaron Pierce, and the guys who have been running the series, for us, it's just a matter of being five or six years behind what everybody else has been doing. We've just got to get back in there and build our notebook and see if we can run 100 laps and learn and apply that to the next race.

"This year, we just want to go out and run as competitively as we can," Gerster said. "There's going to be a lot of learning for sure. We realize that going in, and that's why we're taking on the challenge. We wanted to do something new and different and see how we stack up."

Pit gates for the Saturday, April 27, USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at Ohio's Toledo Speedway open at 11am and front gates open at 2:15pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 2:30-3:15pm and 3:40-4:05pm with Sprint Car practice set for 3:15-3:40pm and 4:05-4:25pm. Fatheadz Eyewear Silver Crown qualifying begins at 5pm, followed by Sprint Car qualifying. Vintage Car laps are set for 5:40pm with invocation/anthems slotted for 5:55pm and racing at 6pm. (All times Eastern)

Adult general admission tickets are $20 advance and $25 on raceday. Kids age 6-12 are $3, children age 5 and under are FREE!

Toledo Speedway is located at 5639 Benore Rd, Toledo, OH 43612. You can reach the track via phone at (419) 727-1100 and on their website at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen to LIVE audio of all the happenings on the USAC app. Following along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.

 


 

Blake Carrick Makes Debut at Silver Dollar Speedway

PETERSEN MEDIA: As he continues to progress and make laps in a winged sprint car, Blake Carrick had one of those weekends where he would go to school and learn as he made his first start at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday before returning to Placerville Speedway on Saturday.

“We were pretty fast both nights, I just made a couple of mistakes in both features that knocked us out of the Top-10,” Blake Carrick said. “Still learning where I can push my limits, but it was a decent weekend.”

Timing the CVC/Cemex/Interstate Oil backed No. 38B machine in 16th at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday night, Carrick would find himself on the front row of his heat race.

Getting the jump, Carrick would look to be well on his way to a heat race win and a prime starting spot in the feature event, but a last lap bobble would see him take the checkered flag in the third position.

Moving into the feature event, the younger of the two Carrick brothers would take the green flag from the 15th starting spot.

In what was his first appearance at the Silver Dollar Speedway in racing action, Carrick was able to work his way forward as he patiently navigated around the north state’s quarter mile.

Working up into the Top-10 by the eighth lap, Carrick would lose the handle on his machine and spin to a stop.

Restarting from the back of the pack, Carrick would slowly pick up a handful of positions, as he scratched and clawed his way to a 14th place finish.

Getting back to a familiar venue on Saturday night, Carrick would check in at Placerville Speedway where there was 28 cars checked into the pit area.

Timing in 13th in time trials, Carrick would find himself on the front row of his heat race. Getting off to a good start a tick to early, Carrick would be penalized a row and would end up starting third.

Finishing fourth, the youngster would move into the 25-lap feature event where he took the green flag from the 14th starting position.

On a very racy track, Carrick would again work his way forward just as he did on Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway. Using the high side in turns one and two, Carrick would work his way into the top-10 again until the high, scary side of the speedway got the best of him as he got up over the edge of the racing surface and ultimately took his machine back to the trailer on the 23rd lap.

“We will just keep after it, and keep learning and keep racing hard,” Carrick said. “Thanks to my team and all of our sponsors for their support.”

Blake Carrick would like to thank CVC, Cemex, Interstate Oil, Conti, Harris and Sloan, Emerald, Timberworks Construction, and Arai for their continued support

ON TAP: Blake will be in Watsonville, CA on Friday night and in Petaluma, CA on Saturday night.

2019 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-8, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-1

STAY CONNECTED: Stay up to speed with Blake Carrick by following him on Twitter @Blake_Carrick21 or @CarrickMotorsp1.

 

WSO SPRINTS JUMP TO CREEK COUNTY FRIDAY

Sapulpa, Oklahoma (April 22, 2019).........The first of seven dates for USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma at Creek County Speedway this season gets underway this Friday, April 26, at the Sapulpa, Okla. quarter-mile dirt oval.

Mustang, Oklahoma's Steven Shebester captured the season opener at Red Dirt Raceway in early April and leads the standings coming into Friday's race. Layne Himebaugh runs second in the points, eight behind Shebester. Andrew Deal, defending series champ Brett Wilson and Johnny Kent round out the top-five.

Wilson, Craig Carroll, Danny Smith and Matt Sherrell each captured WSO victories at Creek County a year ago.

Gates open for Friday's race at 5pm Central. The draw takes place at the USAC/WSO table until 6:45pm. The track drivers meeting is scheduled for 6:45pm with the USAC/WSO drivers meeting set for 7pm with hot laps to immediately follow. Racing is slated to begin at 8pm.

POWRi West Midgets are also on the event card. Adult general admission tickets are $15. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

The USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma 2019 season is brought to you by United States Auto Club, Hoosier Tires, AMSOIL, Tri-State Claims of Oklahoma, Barksdale Automotive, Green Turf Sod, Machine Services, Stinger Chassis, Boyd's Racing Engines, Downtown Digital Design, Annette Leesekamp, Jim Carr in remembrance of his father "#7 The Flying Dutchman", Hardwood Innovations & Jett Starr of Dagwell Dixie.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Steven Shebester-150, 2-Layne Himebaugh-142, 3-Andrew Deal-135, 4-Brett Wilson-130, 5-Johnny Kent-125, 6-Cameron Hagin-122. 7-Danny Smith-119, 8-Noah Harris-116, 9-Tim Kent-113, 10-Robert Sellers-110.

 

 

EAST COAST SPRINTS SLIDE INTO BEDFORD FRIDAY

Bedford, Pennsylvania (April 22, 2019).........The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Friday night, April 26, at Pennsylvania's Bedford Speedway.

Reading, Pennsylvania's Steven Drevicki won the series' lone appearance at Bedford's 5/8-mile dirt oval en route to the championship last year.

Drevicki leads the standings coming into Friday's third race of the season, up by a single marker over Eddie Strada. Drevicki won the opener at Lincoln Speedway and finished fourth in last week's race at Delaware International Speedway. Chris Allen, Jr. (third in points) won his first career event at Delaware, leading the final 19 laps to score the win.

Along with the East Coast Sprint Cars, Late Models, Modifieds and Pure Stocks are also on the event card at Bedford. Gates open at 5pm with hot laps set to begin at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm. Adult grandstand tickets are $15, with Kids 12 and under FREE! Pit passes are $30 apiece.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-146, 2-Eddie Strada-145, 3-Chris Allen, Jr.-143, 4-Chandler Leiby-132, 5-Bill Unglert-122, 6-Trevor Kobylarz-113, 7-Eric Jennings-109, 8-Mark Bitner-92, 9-Ryan Quackenbush-92, 10-Jonathan Swanson-89.

 

 

TALENTED TOLEDO SILVER CROWN LINEUP READY TO FIRE SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (April 22, 2019).........A significant field in what is lined up to be the largest car count for a pavement USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series race in several years, is headed for Ohio's Toledo Speedway this Saturday night, April 27, for the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic."

Among the 26 pre-entered drivers are a pair of Silver Crown champs, including 2016 titlist Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and four-time series king Kody Swanson from Kingsburg, Calif., the defending winner at Toledo who picked up his record-extending 25th score in the series opener in March at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway.

Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester is aiming to make his return to the pavement this Saturday. The 1989 USAC National Midget champ owns six career USAC Silver Crown victories.

Six additional Silver Crown veterans have won before in Silver Crown competition and are hoping to tally one more at Toledo, including C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind., Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass., Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind., David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisc., Eric Gordon of Fortville, Ind. and Justin Grant of Ione, Calif.

Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton, twice a winner in USAC National Midgets, and Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., a 25-time winner in USAC Sprint and four-time winner in USAC Midgets, are both seeking their first Silver Crown win.

A pair of Ohio natives are set to do battle, including Pataskala's Cody Gallogly and Sylvania's Austin Nemire, a USAC HPD Midget champion in 2014.

Eight of the 26 entered drivers are series Rookies, beginning with Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, Mississippi who finished an impressive fifth in his series debut in Memphis. Also in the lineup are Pleasant Valley, New York's Chris Dyson, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's Dave Berkheimer, Fresno, California's Cody Gerhardt, Hillsborough, California's Annie Breidinger, Prince George, British Columbia's Jason Conn, Joliet, Illinois driver Jim Anderson and Angola, Indiana's Derek Bischak. Although Gerhardt is a series Rookie, he did compete at Toledo a year ago, finishing seventh.

Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind. captured last year's Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors, along with a group of series veterans in Travis Welpott of Pendleton, Ind., Mike Haggenbottom of Levittown, Pa., Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind. and all-time Toledo Speedway track record holder Brian Gerster of Fishers, Ind.

Saturday's Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and Open Sprint Cars.

Pit gates for the Saturday, April 27, USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at Ohio's Toledo Speedway open at 11am, Silver Crown practice runs from 2:30-3:15pm and 3:40-4:05pm with Sprint Car practice set for 3:15-3:40pm and 4:05-4:25pm. Fatheadz Eyewear Silver Crown qualifying begins at 5pm, followed by Sprint Car qualifying. Vintage Car laps are set for 5:40pm with invocation/anthems slotted for 5:55pm and racing at 6pm. (All times Eastern)

Adult general admission tickets are $20 advance and $25 on raceday. Kids age 6-12 are $3, children age 5 and under are FREE!

Toledo Speedway is located at 5625 Benore Rd, Toledo, OH 43612. You can reach the track via phone at (419) 729-9182 and on their website at http://www.toledospeedway.com/.

LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen to LIVE audio of all the happenings on the USAC app. Following along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.

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NO. / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT
6 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®Chris Dyson/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
11 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (DHR-Byrd Racing)
16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing)
20 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
25 ®Joey Schmidt/Ellisville, MS (Sam Pierce)
26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
31 ®Dave Berkheimer/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
51 Russ Gamester/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
60 ®Cody Gerhardt/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
78 Eric Gordon/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
80 ®Annie Breidinger/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports)
81 ®Cody Gallogly/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
88 ®Jason Conn/Prince George, BC (Davey Hamilton Racing)
91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 ®Jim Anderson/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)
94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)
131 ®Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

LOGAN SEAVEY WINS MCSPADDEN CLASSIC THRILLER AT SAN TAN VALLEY

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ - APRIL 20, 2019... Regaining the lead from Jake Swanson on lap 29, Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) topped the "4th Annual Lealand McSpadden Classic" at Arizona Speedway. Piloting Andy Reinbold & Todd Underwood's #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Seavey earned the first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of his career over Swanson, Austin Williams, R.J. Johnson, and Stevie Sussex. Swanson claimed the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with seventeenth to second place run. Seavey also earned the night's Beaver Strips Fast Time Award over the 17-car field by posting a new track record of 14.714. The ten-lap heat race victories went to Bruce St. James (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat). Next Saturday, April 27th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will headline the "State 48 Classic" at Canyon Speedway Park.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 20, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - "4th Annual Lealand McSpadden Classic"

BEAVER STRIPES DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.714 (New Track Record); 2. Brody Roa, 91A, BR-14.766; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.825; 4. R.J. Johnson, 13, Gile-15.041; 5. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.148; 6. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.200; 7. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.333; 8. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.409; 9. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.471; 10. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.542; 11. Sterling Cling, 54, Cling-15.615; 12. Ryan Cully, 21J, Cully-15.979; 13. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.222; 14. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.383; 15. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-16.657; 16. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-16.747; 17. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. St. James, 2. Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. Martin, 5. Swanson, 6. Curtis, 7. Bonneau, 8. Cully, 9. Sanchez. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC./ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Rossi, 3. Williams, 4. Seavey, 5. Sussex, 6. Cling, 7. Lundy, 8. Reynolds. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Logan Seavey (6), 2. Jake Swanson (17), 3. Austin Williams (4), 4. R.J. Johnson (3), 5. Stevie Sussex (8), 6. Brody Roa (5), 7. Bruce St. James (9), 8. Matt Rossi (7), 9. Mike Martin (1), 10. Chris Bonneau (13), 11. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 12. Matt Lundy (14), 13. Sterling Cling (11), 14. Ryan Cully (12), 15. Michael Curtis (10), 16. Stephen Sanchez (15), 17. Jonas Reynolds (16). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Davis, Laps 7-17 Seavey, Laps 18-28 Swanson, Laps 29-30 Seavey

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 2nd)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-280, 2-Johnson-251, 3-Sussex-218, 4-Martin-205, -Swanson-205, 6-Josh Hodges-202, 7-Isaac Chapple-200, 8-Davis-198, 9-Williams-189, 10-Rossi-184.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 27 - Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, Arizona - "State 48 Classic"

 

 


 

AUSTIN LIGGETT SHINES AT MERCED USAC MIDGET DEBUT

MERCED, CA – APRIL 20, 2019… Racing past Maria Cofer on the 23rd circuit, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) powered to the first USAC Western States Midget win of his career at Merced Speedway. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett earned $2,000 by claiming the inaugural “Easter Egg Spectacular presented by Advanced IPM.” Shane Golobic, Mitchell Moles, Cory Elliott, and Ben Worth followed the new point leader to the checkered flags.

For the second race in a row, David Prickett claimed the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with an thirteenth to ninth place run. Marvin Mitchell secured his second Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the feature.

Dustin Golobic earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 19-car roster by posting a new track record of 12.622.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Cory Elliott (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), “Sugar” Shane Golobic (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Mitchell Moles (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

Next Saturday, May 27th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their first of two appearances at Santa Maria Raceway. The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will join the action packed card.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 20, 2019 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – “Easter Egg Spectacular presented by Advanced IPM”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Dustin Golobic, 17M, Wood-12.622 (New Track Record); 2. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-12.711; 3. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.768; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.778; 5. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.847; 6. Mitchell Moles, 17G, Wood-12.866; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.082; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.120; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.196; 10. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.274; 11. Troy Morris III, 07X, Trinity-13.292; 12. Tyler Edwards, 73K, Ford-13.349; 13. David Prickett, 22Q, Prickett-13.485; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.861; 15. Jackson Dukes, 73X, Ford-14.247; 16. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-NT; 17. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-NT; 18. Beau Lemire, 14, Lemire-NT; 19. Kelly Mitchell, 25, Mitchell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Liggett, 3. D.Golobic, 4. Prickett, 5. Sarna, 6. M.Mitchell. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. S.Golobic, 2. Morris, 3. Dalby, 4. Cofer, 5. Pankratz, 6. Guerrini. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Moles, 2. Worth, 3. Edwards, 4. McQueen, 5. Dukes. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (3), 2. Shane Golobic (5), 3. Mitchell Moles (1), 4. Cory Elliott (7), 5. Ben Worth (4), 6. Robert Dalby (8), 7. Dustin Golobic (6), 8. C.J. Sarna (10), 9. David Prickett (13), 10. Shannon McQueen (9), 11. Randi Pankratz (14), 12. Jackson Dukes (15), 13. Marvin Mitchell (16), 14. Maria Cofer (2), 15. Kelly Mitchell (19), 16. Troy Morris III (11), 17. Tyler Edwards (12). NT ---------------------------- **Morris flipped on lap 4 of the feature and was transported to a local hospital.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Cofer, Laps 23-30 Liggett. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: David Prickett (13th to 9th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Marvin Mitchell.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Liggett-152, 2-Worth-144, 3-Elliott-132, 4-Prickett-115, 5-Sarna-106, 6-McQueen-105, 7-Dalby-94, 8-Pankratz-83, 9-S.Golobic-80, 10-M.Mitchell-79.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: May 27 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California

 

LAWRENCEBURG USAC SPRINT RACE RAINED OUT

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (April 19, 2019).........Ongoing rain and a forecast for more precipitation on raceday has forced cancellation of the April 20 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event this Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The series will make three more visits to the southeastern Indiana 3/8-mile dirt oval this season, making stops on July 21 for "Indiana Sprint Week" and on October 5 for the "Fall Nationals." Additionally, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will make a stop at "The Burg" on June 8 for "Indiana Midget Week."

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship now resumes on May 10-11 for a doubleheader #LetsRaceTwo weekend at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings. Chris Windom, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary and Brady Bacon have each been victorious this season through the series' first four races.

Meanwhile, the Silver Crown Champ Car Series' Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" is up next up on the USAC National trail on Saturday, April 27.

Lawrenceburg Speedway gets back to action next Saturday, April 27 with the "King of the Midwest" featuring Kelsey Chevrolet Sprint Cars, KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds, Impact Sports Pure Stocks and Bessler's U Pull & Save Hornets.

 

 

WINDOM AND GOACHER FORM FORMIDABLE COMBO AT LAWRENCEBURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (April 18, 2019).........Chris Windom was just shy of 20 months old when Goacher Racing reached its peak finish in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

That August day in 1992 showed some familiar names that are still on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car radar to this very day, including cars entered by Dynamics, Inc., Paul Hazen and driver/owner Bill Rose, just to name a few, along with drivers Jeff Walker, Eric Gordon, Tony Stewart and current USAC Pace Truck driver Ray Kenens.

Kevin Thomas (no relation to Jr.) won the first of his seven career USAC National Sprint Car features that night aboard Hazen's famed No. 57. The driver and team who finished second that night both remain not only active, but remain thriving. and primed for victory in the series' return to "The Burg" this Saturday night, April 20.

That's Dave Darland and Goacher Racing.

Darland reached victory lane for the first time with USAC nine months later, and of course, went on to become the winningest driver in the history of the USAC National Sprint Car division with 62 triumphs and counting.

A month following the Lawrenceburg race, Goacher Racing earned its first USAC victory with Danny Smith driving the No. 5G to the win in the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway. Over the years, the Goacher team has made sporadic appearances with USAC, and most notably, captured the "Little 500" Sprint Car race in 2015 with Windom.

In 2018, the team returned to the USAC scene, making eight appearances with Shane Cottle as the driver with a top result of sixth at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track last Fall.

Coming into this season, Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown champ and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist, found himself without a ride after several successful campaigns with the Baldwin Brothers. Quickly, a deal came together between the Canton, Ill. pilot, Goacher Racing, crew chief Derek Claxton, NOS Energy Drink, Joe Brandon/Parallax Power Supply and Jonathan Byrd's Racing to compete on the full tour in 2019.

Right out of the box, Windom and Goacher posted a victory on the board, winning the season opener in Ocala, Fla., continuing his run of success behind the wheel and providing Goacher Racing with its second-ever USAC win, 27 years after its first.

Goacher's Lawrenceburg success came on the former quarter-mile track at Lawrenceburg, while the bulk of Windom's shining moments there have come on today's current three-eighths of a mile layout. Although, Windom did score a fourth-place finish during his Rookie season of 2007 on the former track.

Coming into the most recent Springtime USAC National Sprint Car race held at Lawrenceburg, in April 2017, Windom had some voodoo to battle. In almost a cruel way, he had finished second on five different occasions during his USAC Sprint Car career at Lawrenceburg.

At the green on that night, Chad Boespflug initially held the advantage into turn one, but Windom answered with a big run down the banking off turn two to blast around the outside of Boespflug and grab the lead. Once clear, Windom shot away to a full-straightaway lead by the time the caution fell for the slowing car of Carson Short on lap nine.

Just past the halfway point, Windom neared the tail end of the field, weaving his way through the lapped traffic as a trail of sparks began to stream out of his orange number 5. Windom was working both pedals on entry, and if the brakes went out, they went out, which would seem to make it a bit of a hairy situation for many. But Windom was on a rail as he negotiated the lappers, clearing them by the 24th lap.

However, with Cottle coming to a rest backwards on the inside of turn four with five laps remaining, the yellow flag would fly and bunch up the field for one final run to the checkered.

As Windom ventured up to the top of turn one on the lap 26 restart, Boespflug made one last go of it as he tried to slide up in front of Windom between turns one and two. The second, third and fourth verses were the same as the first. Windom never batted an eye as he cruised around the outside of Boespflug to take the advantage for good, distancing himself from Boespflug by 1.3 seconds at race end to shed the label of perennial Lawrenceburg bridesmaid.

The only other time Windom's won this early in the season, before May, it resulted in a USAC National Sprint Car title for him back in 2017. With a win under already under his belt in his initial full season for the Goachers, if the past is any indicator of what lies ahead, this could become a magical season for this combo.

Pit gates for the Saturday, April 20 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway open at 3pm, front gates and drivers meeting at 5pm, with cars set to hit the track at 6pm (Eastern).

Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids age 7-12 are $7, children age 6 and under are FREE! Pit passes for all ages are $30 apiece.

Lawrenceburg Speedway is located at 351 E. Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025. You can reach the track via phone at (812) 539-4700 and on their website at http://lawrenceburgspeedway.com/.

LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen to LIVE audio of all the happenings on the USAC app. Following along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

ALLEN RIM RIDES TO EAST COAST VICTORY AT DELAWARE

By: Jenna Shotz

DELMAR, DELAWARE (April 18th, 2019)-Chris Allen Jr. scored his first series victory on Wednesday at the ½ mile of Delaware International Speedway with the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars. Bill Unglert had the early lead, holding off Allen's advances until lap seven. Once Allen found comfort on the top groove, he managed to rocket past Unglert and secure the lead coming out of turn two.

Until a caution on lap 17, Allen managed to have a four-second lead on the rest of field while he worked his way through lapped traffic. There was a fantastic battle for every position in the top 5, as Chandler Leiby, Steven Drevicki, and Eddie Strada traded exciting slide jobs for position.

In the end it would be Bill Unglert and Eddie Strada on the podium with Chris Allen Jr. "It has been a hard couple of years not racing as much as we wish we could with rainouts and stuff. This win is awesome, though." Explained Allen Jr. in victory lane. This win has been a long time coming for Chris, as he has had strong finishes in the past but came up short of a victory last season. Allen Jr. carried his momentum from a Hard Charger Award just four days ago at Lincoln Speedway (p4 finish).

The USAC East Coast 360 Sprint Cars will make their next appearance NEXT FRIDAY April 26th, 2019 at the BEDFORD FAIR SPEEDWAY. More information will be released soon.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 17, 2019 - Delaware International Speedway - Delmar, Delaware

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps, All Qualify, Top 3 to Redraw) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 3. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 4. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 5. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 6. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps, All Qualify, Top 3 to Redraw) 1. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 2. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 3. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 5. David Swanson (#117 Swanson), 6. Mike Thompson (#39 Hogue), 7. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (#11A Pellegrini). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chris Allen, Jr., 2. Bill Unglert, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Chandler Leiby, 6. Trevor Kobylarz, 7. Mark Bitner, 8. Ryan Quackenbush, 9. Eric Jennings (#61 Jennings), 10. Mike Thompson, 11. Jonathan Swanson, 12. David Swanson, 13. Heidi Hedin, 14. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Unglert, Laps 7-25 Allen.

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Eric Jennings (14th to 9th)

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

ROA LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO SAN TAN VALLEY “MCSPADDEN CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 16, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, April 20th, at Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “4th Annual Lealand McSpadden Classic” is the first of five appearances at the San Tan Valley, Arizona oval. Thanks to the McSpadden family, the event will pay at least $2,500-to-win with extra bonuses available from fan and sponsor donations. The fourth point race will also feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Dwarf Cars, Robert Horne Bombers, and Easter Egg Hunt. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Originally a winged 360 race, the “Lealand McSpadden Classic” honors the Arizona racing legend and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver. Starting his career at the famed Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, McSpadden raced Super Modifieds before graduating to the Arizona Racing Association (ARA) Sprint Cars. Known for his “on the gas” driving style, “The Tempe Tornado,” earned his first ARA win in 1972 and claimed the series championship in 1975. In 1977, the fan favorite won 25 main events at Manzanita racing sprint cars, midgets, sprint buggies, stocks, and super-modifieds. After being hired to run Gary Stanton’s “house car,” McSpadden raced across the country and was very fast and competitive. This brought him national attention and racing opportunities with the United States Auto Club (USAC) and the World of Outlaws, where he claimed a victory at California’s Ascot Park in 1978.

Throughout the years, “The Tempe Tornado” had a flexible work schedule that allowed him stay home and race as he chose. Whether it was a sprint car, midget, or silver crown car, it was not uncommon to see McSpadden race with the California Racing Association (CRA), Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC), USAC, World of Outlaws, United Sprint Association (USA), Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA), and various open competition shows. By the time he retired from racing in 1996, Lealand had won over 200 main events, most notably the Western World Championships (1978, 1993, 1995), Dirt Cup (1981, 1984), Copper World Classic (1988 Sprint Car), Chili Bowl Midget Nationals (1991), and the Hulman Hundred (1992). Along the way, “The Tempe Tornado” also won the 1992 CRA and 1995 SCRA Sprint Car Championships.

Since April 13, 2013, Arizona Speedway has hosted thirty-eight USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car events. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with eighteen victories and using a qualifying format, a new track record will be set this Saturday night.

Heading to Arizona Speedway, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 12-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa scored a third place finish at the March 9th “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led. With two USAC SouthWest wins to his credit, Roa will be looking to add the “Lealand McSpadden Classic” to his resume.

Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM) ranks second in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Parts Plus DRC, Hodges scored ninth at Canyon’s “Spring Showcase” finale. At press time, the young driver has one feature win, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led on the year. Josh is a regular competitor in the Midwest and might skip the “McSpadden Classic.”

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, IN) is currently third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #52 CFH Enterprises / Superior Consulting DRC, Chapple scored an eighth place finish in the March 9th main event. With three top-10 finishes on the season, the USAC National driver has returned to the Midwest to race closer to home.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson ran fourth in the “Spring Showcase.” To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has posted one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led in the campaign. Johnson has fifty-five USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the “Lealand McSpadden Classic” triumph.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex placed sixth in the Canyon Speedway Park main event. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes on the season. The second generation driver has twelve series wins and will be a fan favorite at Arizona Speedway.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Jake Swanson, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Michael Curtis, Matt Lundy, Landon Cling, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Chris Bonneau, Tyler Most, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $18, Senior Tickets are $15, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

LEALAND MCSPADDEN CLASSIC WINNERS: 2016-Billy Chester, 2017-Jesse Baker, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 18-R.J. Johnson, 8-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Jake Swanson.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-214, 2. Josh Hodges-202, 3. Isaac Chapple-200, 4. R.J. Johnson-180, 5. Stevie Sussex-156, 6. Mike Martin-153, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 8. Damion Gardner-139, 9. Jake Swanson-134, 10. Matt Rossi-128, 11. Jason McDougal-124, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg-119, --. Dennis Gile-119, 14. Michael Curtis-117, 15. Austin Williams-115, 16. Matt Lundy-114, 17. Ryan Cully-86, 18. Landon Cling-84, 19. Tommy Malcom-78, 20. C.J. Leary-77.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Classic)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (State 48 Classic)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (CSP Birthday Bash)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

SWANSON LEADS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS TO MERCED DEBUT
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 16, 2019... This Saturday, April 20th, the USAC Western States Midgets are set to make their first ever appearance at Merced Speedway. Promoted by Chris Shannon and Paul Stone, the “Easter Egg Spectacular presented by Advanced IPM,” will pay $2,000-to-win. The action packed card will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and Mini Stocks. For more event information, visit the track’s website at mercedspeedway.net or call 209.600.8382.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Entering the second point race, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) holds a three point advantage over the competition. Racing Keith Ford’s #73K Naturipe / Sun Valley AG Transport TCR, Swanson qualified third overall, ran second in his heat race, and finished second at Bakersfield on April 6th. At Merced, the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking for his third midget triumph.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Dean Alexander’s #5G Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth made his first USAC start at Bakersfield and won the main event. The micro sprint standout was also seventh fast in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. Ben leads the rookie of the year point chase and will have his sights on the Merced feature win.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) sits third in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Driving Bill Beilman’s #31B Dave.com / Six8 Motorsports Spike, Faccinto qualified sixth overall, won the Ultra Shield Race Products Heat Race #3, and took third in the Bakersfield main event. The defending champion will be looking for the ninth win of his career this Saturday night.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Racing Mona Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett was fourth quick in time trials, won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and finished fourth in the main event. This Saturday, last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on his first USAC Midget victory.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Piloting the Schutte / McElwee #28X Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Prickett qualified fifteenth, scored third in his heat race, and earned the Bakersfield Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a fifteenth to fifth place run. The 2012 Dirt Series Champion will be looking to add the Merced Speedway victory to his resume.

While Ben Worth leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), and Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Cory Elliott, Alex Schutte, Shannon McQueen, C.J. Sarna, Kyle Beilman, Cody Swanson, Dylan Ito, Marvin Mitchell, Randi Pankratz, Bryan Drollinger, Robert Dalby, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, and more.

Merced Speedway is located on the Merced County Fairgrounds at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Merced, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets are $13, Kids tickets (6-12) are $5, and Children (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at mercedspeedway.net or call 209.600.8382.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at www.floracing.com.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-78, 2. Ben Worth-75, 3. Michael Faccinto-73, 4. Austin Liggett-72, 5. David Prickett-64, 6. Cory Elliott-63, 7. Alex Schutte-58, 8. Shannon McQueen-57, 9. C.J. Sarna-53, 10. Kyle Beilman-47, 11. Cody Swanson-44, --. Ricky Lewis-44, 13. Dylan Ito-43, 14. Marvin Mitchell-39, 15. Randi Pankratz-38, 16. Bryan Drollinger-36, 17. Robert Dalby-33, --. Terry Nichols-33, 19. Mike Leach Jr.-30, 20. Kyle Heckman-27.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
April 20: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Easter Egg Spectacular)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
June 22: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 20: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
July 27: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.

 

 

WEDNESDAY BRINGS EAST COAST SPRINTS TO DELAWARE

Delmar, Delaware (April 16, 2019).........Reigning USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car champion Steven Drevicki, fresh off his victory in last week's opener, leads the series into this Wednesday night's April 17 race at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar.

Drevicki was victorious in the series' lone visit to Delaware in 2018, leading all 25 laps to score the win and leads the standings coming into this week's race, the first of two trips to the half-mile dirt oval this year, with the season also concluding at Delaware on September 7.

Drevicki, of Reading, Pa., leads the points by three markers over Eddie Strada, followed by Carmen Perigo, Chris Allen, Jr. and Chandler Leiby.

The event card also features the RUSH Tour - Raelyn Huffman Memorial featuring RUSH, Trucks and Chargers. Gates open for this Wednesday's event at 4pm Eastern with the drivers meeting set for 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

Last Saturday, Drevicki found comfort in the bottom groove, but despite having to battle through lapped traffic just past the midway point, was able to finesse his way through with ease, pulling away for the victory over Strada, Carmen Perigo, Allen and Leiby.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-77, 2-Strada-74, 3-Perigo-70, 4-Allen-66, 5-Leiby-66, 6-Jennings-63, 7-Hivner-58, 8-Kobylarz-52, 9-Unglert-49, 10-Swanson-45.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS SPRING BACK TO ACTION SATURDAY AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (April 15, 2019).........Springtime at Lawrenceburg Speedway has been an annual tradition for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars over the years. This Saturday, April 20, marks "take two" following Mother Nature's interruption of racing a few weeks back at the 3/8-mile high bank dirt oval.

Eighteen such Springtime events have been held over the past three-and-a-half decades, since 1984. Four expected entrants for Saturday's upcoming race have enjoyed an early-season USAC Sprint Car win in recent times at "The Burg:" Chris Windom (2017), Dave Darland (2016), Justin Grant (2014) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2013).

On the most recent of those occasions, USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown titlist Windom raced to victory. The Canton, Ill. driver captured this year's season opener in Ocala, Fla., and holds down sixth in the standings in his first campaign for Goacher Racing, who finished 2nd during a USAC Sprint stop at Lawrenceburg in 1992 with Darland as the pilot.

No driver has tasted victory at Lawrenceburg in USAC Sprint Car competition more often than Lincoln, Indiana's Darland with seven victories, twice in 1998, and once each in 2001, 2007, 2009, 2010 and, most recently, in the Spring of 2016. Perhaps even more impressive is that the 1999 series champion has accomplished each of those seven victories with six different teams and has an opportunity to tack on another this weekend.

Like Windom, Grant has won this season and is also a spring Lawrenceburg winner to boot. The Ione, Calif. native won in Ocala back in February and is fourth in the standings following three finishes inside the top-six during the first four events of the season. Not only did Grant's first career USAC win come at Lawrenceburg, he also was victorious in the most recent visit by the series last fall in addition to his April 2014 win.

Following last Friday's Bloomington round, Thomas took over the series point lead, and is now up by three markers over C.J. Leary coming into this weekend. Thomas is certainly knocking on the door for his first victory of the season you could say, but this door is seemingly almost off the hinges, with Thomas recording three runner-up finishes in his first four outings this season and is the only driver to have placed in the top-five in each of those four starts. The Cullman, Ala. driver owns three wins at Lawrenceburg, twice in 2013 and the closer in 2017.

Robert Ballou will arrive at this Saturday's race as the most recent winner at Lawrenceburg. The Rocklin, Calif. native was in winning form last Saturday at Lawrenceburg, leading 15 laps, including the last 14, to capture the 25-lap unsanctioned main event. The 2015 series champ from Rocklin, Calif. won with USAC at The Burg back in 2011.

Brady Bacon is fresh off his first USAC National Sprint Car win of the year, last Friday at Bloomington. He's returned in the Dynamics, Inc. colors for 2019, for whom he won with at Lawrenceburg in 2015. The Broken Arrow, Okla. driver was the hard charger in the unsanctioned season opener there two weeks ago, advancing from 17th to 4th by race's end.

C.J. Leary is a past track champion at Lawrenceburg and that experience showed with a USAC victory during the 2017 season. The Greenfield, Ind. driver dropped back to second in the standings following last weekend's affair at Bloomington, where he established a new one-lap track record earlier in the evening. Leary's new foray in the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports car for 2019 has already netted a victory in the "Winter Dirt Games X" finale at Ocala back in February.

Reigning series champ Tyler Courtney is beginning to heat up with finishes of 3rd, 3rd and 4th in his last three races. The Indianapolis, Ind. wheelman has been in victory lane at Lawrenceburg with USAC, dominating all 30 laps of last year's "Indiana Sprint Week" stop.

Chase Stockon and Josh Hodges, similar to Grant, have a fondness for Lawrenceburg as that is where each driver captured his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory. Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon wired the field, leading all 30 laps, to win in the Fall of 2012. Meanwhile, Hodges of Tijeras, New Mexico, took the lead just past the halfway mark to score his first, and to date, only career USAC win. He did so in track record-fashion that night as well, ripping around the joint in 7:21.09, a 30-lap record which still stands today.

Additional springtime USAC National Sprint Car winners at Lawrenceburg over the years include Rick Hood (1984-85-86), Jack Hewitt (1988), Jon Stanbrough (1994-2006), Kevin Doty (1998), Kevin Briscoe (1999), J.J. Yeley (2003), Jay Drake (2003), Levi Jones (2007), Josh Wise (2009), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010) and Logan Jarrett (2015). Pit gates for the Saturday, April 20 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway open at 3pm, front gates at 5pm, with cars set to hit the track at 6pm (Eastern).

Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids age 7-12 are $7, children age 6 and under are FREE! Pit passes for all ages are $30 apiece.

Lawrenceburg Speedway is located at 351 E. Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025. You can reach the track via phone at (812) 539-4700 and on their website at http://lawrenceburgspeedway.com/.

LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen to LIVE audio of all the happenings on the USAC app. Following along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

DREVICKI WIRES LINCOLN IN EAST COAST SPRINT OPENER

By: Jenna Shotz

ABBOTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (April 14th, 2019).........The 2018 USAC East Coast Points Champion, Steven Drevicki, started off his 2019 campaign in the best way possible. Drevicki, from Reading, Pennsylvania combined his knowledge of Lincoln Speedway and his expertise in a wingless sprint car and came up with a near flawless night of racing.

Heat #1 went to Carlisle, PA's Chandler Leiby. Late in the race, Leiby felt the heat from Eddie Strada, who came from the sixth starting spot. Leiby ran a consistent and clean line, holding off Strada for the heat win.

Heat #2 went to Eric Jennings, of Bloomingburg, NY. Jennings took the lead from young-gun, Trey Hivner early on. Jennings went on to capture the heat win, despite constant pressure from Steven Drevicki, who came all the way from eight place.

After a six-car redraw, Drevicki found himself on the pole position. Before the race, Drevicki said, "I don't usually like the pole because I never know where to go." After testing a few different lines, Drevicki found comfort in the bottom groove. Carmen Perigo was an early contender, but Strada and Jennings battled him hard, allowing Drevicki to pull away.

On lap 14, Drevicki caught up to lap traffic. He was able to finesse his way through the field with ease, not allowing anyone to gain much ground on him.

The USAC East Coast 360 Sprint Cars will make their next appearance THIS WEDNESDAY April 17th, 2019 at the Delaware International Speedway. More information will be released soon.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 13, 2019 - Lincoln Speedway - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps, All Qualify, Top 3 to Redraw) 1. Chandler Leiby (119), 2. Eddie Strada (5G), 3. Carmen Perigo (21), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (5Q), 5. Mark Bitner (15), 6. Bill Unglert (33B), 7. David Swanson (117), 8. Heidi Hedin (3H), 9. Craig Pelligrini (11A) (DNS)

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps, All Qualify, Top 3 to Redraw) 1. Eric Jennings (32), 2. Steven Drevicki (19), 3. Trey Hivner (7), 4. Chris Allen Jr (71), 5. Matt Boland (22T), 6. Trevor Kobylarz (14), 7. Johnathon Swanson (17J), 8. Larry Drake (8), 9. Joey Biasi (B1) (DNS)

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki (19), 2. Eddie Strada (5G), 3. Carmen Perigo (21), 4. Chris Allen Jr (71), 5. Chandler Leiby (119), 6. Eric Jennings (32), 7. Trey Hivner (7), 8. Trevor Kobylarz (14), 9. Bill Ungler (33B), 10. Johnathon Swanson (17J), 11. Matt Boland (22T), 12. Heidi Hedin (3H), 13. Larry Drake (8), 14. Ryan Quackenbush (5Q), 15. David Swanson (117), 16. Mark Bitner (15), 17. Craig Pelligrini (11A)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-25 Steven Drevicki

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Chris Allen Jr. (+4)

 

 

RICHARD VANDER WEERD TOPS PERRIS "SOKOLA SHOOTOUT"

PERRIS, CA - APRIL 13, 2019... Inheriting the lead on lap seventeen, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, CA) powered to his first win of the season at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd earned his eighth career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph at the annual "Sokola Shootout." R.J. Johnson, point leader Brody Roa, A.J. Bender, and fast qualifier "The Demon" Damion Gardner followed the 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion.

"Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr. earned the night's Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with an eighteenth to seventh place run. "The Magic Man" Mike Martin scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish in the feature. "The Demon" Damion Gardner scored his 83rd Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 28-car roster by posting a time of 16.516.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), R.J. Johnson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and Verne Sweeney (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat). Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm took the checkered flags in the 12-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main.

Ventura Raceway will host the next event for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series on May 4th.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 13, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - "Sokola Shootout"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.516; 2. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.573; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.700; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.855; 5. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.869; 6. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.894; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.931; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.045; 9. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.132; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.137; 11. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.149; 12. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.175; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.235; 14. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.252; 15. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.402; 16. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.415; 17. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-17.513; 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.548; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.649; 20. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.655; 21. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.762; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98J, Ellertson-17.800; 23. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.910; 24. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.944; 25. Matt Stewart, 90S, Waitman-18.087; 26. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-18.156; 27. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.346; 28. Eric Englert, 35, Englert-18.446.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Gardner, 3. C.Williams, 4. Roa, 5. Faria, 6. Mitchell, 7. Hix, 8. Rayborne, 9. Swanson. 2:55.86.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Bender, 3. Tafoya, 4. Cling, 5. McCarthy, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Martin, 8. Waitman, 9. Dyer. 2:58.23.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sweeney, 2. A.Williams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Edwards, 5. Malcolm, 6. Gansen, 7. Ellertson, 8. Stewart, 9. Englert. 2:59.74.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. McCarthy, 3. Mitchell, 4. Faria, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Martin, 7. Ellertson, 8. Gansen, 9. Rayborne, 10. Hix, 11. Dyer, 12. Waitman, 13. Stewart. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (4), 2. R.J. Johnson (5), 3. Brody Roa (2), 4. A.J. Bender (1), 5. Damion Gardner (6), 6. Cody Williams (12), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (18), 8. Jace Vander Weerd (9), 9. Austin Williams (3), 10. Tommy Malcolm (11), 11. Kyle Edwards (14), 12. Chris Gansen (10), 13. Mike Martin (19), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (15), 15. Sterling Cling (13), 16. Jeremy Ellertson (20), 17. Steve Hix (22), 18. Verne Sweeney (17), 19. Joel Rayborne (21), 20. Matt Mitchell (8), 21. Matt McCarthy (7), 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (16). NT ---------------------------- **Sussex flipped during qualifying. Mitchell flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Roa, Laps 17-30 R.Vander Weerd

SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Mike Martin

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-287, 2-Gardner-275, 3-Johnson-262, 4-A.Williams-242, 5-Davis-187, 6-Sussex-184, 7-Martin-174, 8-Malcolm-173, 9-Josh Hodges-164, 10-R.Vander Weerd-158.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 4 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California

 

 

BACON BANKS LARRY RICE CLASSIC AT BLOOMINGTON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (April 12, 2019).........Following a sluggish start to the season in Ocala, Fla. in the first three races of the year, Brady Bacon made doubly sure he saw the checkered flag in Friday night's "Larry Rice Classic" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Bloomington Speedway.

After results of 7th, 15th and 11th back in February amidst his return to the famed Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. No. 69, the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native was anxious to get off the schneid, so to speak, corralling the 24th win of his career with the series, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey to move into sole position of 21st on the all-time list.

Bacon led all 30 laps from the pole and, in the process, broke an 18-year-old 30-lap track record on the quarter-mile of red clay, previously held by A.J. Anderson, showing that the two-time series champ remains at the top of his game.

"We put our heads together after Florida and tried not to get in panic mode yet because Ocala is just a different place," Bacon explained. "We just made sure we had our i's dotted and our t's crossed when we came here."

There was no stopping Bacon on this evening, even if the reflection of the lights were trying to trick his mind.

"I actually thought I saw the white flag with the way the lights were reflecting off the move over flag," Bacon said. "The flag man was waving it pretty vigorously and I thought it was the white. Luckily, I kept going another lap and I saw it again, so I knew I wasn't right. I just kept going until I knew I saw the double checkers."

From the get-go, Bacon was the class of the field, instantly building his advantage to a half-straightaway over outside front row starter Kevin Thomas, Jr. by lap four. Bacon continued to increase the interval until meeting the tail end of a highway jam on lap nine with a seven-car gaggle jostling for position at the back, pairing down Bacon's lead to a half-second on a closing Thomas.

The winningest driver for the Hoffman family in USAC National Sprint Car competition, Bacon ringed the top in turns three and four and the bottom of one and two as he navigated the narrow crevices between the lappers. With 11 laps to go, Bacon sought daylight between the cars of Stephen Schnapf and Isaac Chapple in turn three. Bacon grabbed the rays, splitting the two to find the welcome view of an unoccupied road out of his visor with two-thirds of the race in the books.

"I was fortunate enough to sneak through a couple times," Bacon recalled. "Your mental clock gets ticking and I kind of had to force the issue a couple times to get by a couple guys. It's part of racing here. It gets a little narrow, but usually there's two grooves here. The bottom was not as prevalent as it typically is here. Usually, you can sneak by lapped cars on the bottom. I was having a tough time doing that, so I had to slide up out of the way."

Bacon's 24th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory Friday night at Bloomington moved him by A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey for sole position of 21st on the all-time series win list. (David Nearpass Photo)

From that point forward, Bacon was by his lonesome as he lapped up to 13th place on his way to his first career feature victory of any kind at Bloomington aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Fatheadz Eyewear - Tel-Star/Triple X/Hershey Chevy.

Second went to a distant Thomas 2.158 seconds behind Bacon at the finish. Rounding out the top-five were Jason McDougal, KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger Tyler Courtney (from 9th) and Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier and new one-lap track record holder C.J. Leary.

It's a sense of sweet redemption for Bacon at Bloomington, picking up his first win at the southern Indiana staple after being on the brink of victory earlier in his career.

"I've run second here a couple times," Bacon remembered. "In 2007 or 2008, I led almost the whole race in the spring like this and slid off the track. I've been coming here for so long, you kind of take it for granted. But it's cool to win at a historic place like this. The green grass in the spring here is always the sign that it's time to go racing. This is a tough racetrack to win at and I'm happy we could do it and to be back with the Hoffman team. I'm glad to shake off our rough start and get back to our usual results."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bloomington Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner) and Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 12, 2019 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - "Larry Rice Classic"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-10.685 (New Track Record); 2. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-10.713; 3. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-10.860; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-10.880; 5. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-10.908; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-10.920; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-10.943; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.961; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, CMNR-10.977; 10. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-11.050; 11. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.087; 12. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-11.119; 13. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.150; 14. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-11.175; 15. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.212; 16. Carson Short, 21, RCM-11.214; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-11.291; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-11.305; 19. T.J. Artz, 57, Artz-11.392; 20. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-11.410; 21. Joe Stornetta, 04, Burton-11.427; 22. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-11.508; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-11.614; 24. Dave Darland, 2E, Epperson-11.648; 25. Kyle Hathaway, 7H, Hathaway-11.854; 26. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-12.891.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Short, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Schnapf, 5. Leary, 6. Stockon, 7. Koontz, 8. Artz, 9. Hathaway. 1:57.27

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Kinser, 3. Chapple, 4. Boespflug, 5. Christie, 6. Daum, 7. Underwood, 8. Hodges, 9. Perrott. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. McDougal, 3. Grant, 4. Stornetta, 5. Jackson, 6. Darland, 7. Windom. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. Windom, 3. Underwood, 4. Darland, 5. Artz, 6. Daum, 7. Hodges, 8. Koontz, 9. Hathaway, 10. Perrott. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 3. Jason McDougal (4), 4. Tyler Courtney (9), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Chad Boespflug (5), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Chris Windom (12), 10. Robert Ballou (13), 11. Jordan Kinser (11), 12. Josh Hodges (8), 13. Dakota Jackson (15), 14. Carson Short (16), 15. Dave Darland (20), 16. Isaac Chapple (17), 17. Stephen Schnapf (10), 18. Joe Stornetta (19), 19. Lee Underwood (14), 20. T.J. Artz (21), 21. Dustin Christie (18), 22. Zach Daum (22). 6:47.18 (New Track Record) ---------------------------- **VanMeveren flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (9th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-287, 2-Leary-284, 3-Stockon-250, 4-Grant-245, 5-Courtney-243, 6-Windom-230, 7-Bacon-229, 8-Ballou-222, 9-Boespflug-215, 10-McDougal-208.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 13, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Spring Showdown" (Co-Sanctioned by MSCS)

 

 

SUMAR CLASSIC ENTRY LIST REVEALS 5 PAST WINNERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (April 11, 2019).........Five past winners of the Fatheadz Eyewear "Sumar Classic" are ready to roll in this Sunday's 19th edition of the event at the Terre Haute Action Track.

The USAC Silver Crown season opener from the half-mile dirt oval on April 14 features 27 drivers and cars, including the reigning winner from Ione, California, Justin Grant (2018), Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. (2017), Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary (2016), Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill. (2015) and Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson (2014).

Swanson captured the season opener in March at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway, marking a highly-successful debut with Nolen Racing, who themselves are two-time winners of the "Sumar Classic" in 1998 and 2002, both with driver Tony Elliott.

Ten of the 27 pilots in the field have tallied Silver Crown victories during their careers. In addition to those mentioned above, you can include Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce who recorded the fastest single lap in Silver Crown series history, 2014 last lap LOR winner David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisc., Fortville, Indiana's nine-time "Little 400" winner Eric Gordon, a winner in all three of USAC's National divisions in Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Ind. and Indianapolis, Indiana's reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Tyler Courtney, who won the pole for last year's "Sumar." Pierce, Byrne and Gordon are aiming for their first victories with the series on the dirt.

Another group of five has won in USAC National competition before in either the AMSOIL National Sprint Car or NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions. Among those are two-time "Little 500" winner Jacob Wilson of Crawfordsville, Ind., two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., last weekend's "Kokomo Grand Prix" winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., past Gas City I-69 Speedway "Indiana Midget Week" winner Steve Buckwalter of Royersford, Pa. and two-time USAC Sprint Car feature victor Bill Rose of Plainfield, Ind.

New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins was solid en route to scoring Silver Crown Rookie of the Year last season. Now, a new crop of Rookies are ready to tackle the series, including six-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah of Alvada, Ohio, who will be making his series debut at Terre Haute. Ellisville, Mississippi's Joey Schmidt was impressive in his series debut on the pavement at Memphis, finishing 5th. Sprint Car veteran Dallas Hewitt of Troy, Ohio will make his first Terre Haute Silver Crown appearance, four years after his only career start, in 2015 at Eldora.

Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) and Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) each have previous starts with the series, but retain their Rookie status for the 2019 season.

Silver Crown veterans in the "Sumar" field include Johnny Petrozelle (Denton, N.C.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) and Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill), all looking to add another Terre Haute start to their resume.

Pits open at 1pm Eastern on Sunday with grandstands opening at 2pm, an open pit party from 2-3:15pm, drivers meeting at 3:30pm, practice at 4:30pm, Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 5:30pm and racing at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, infield tickets $15 and kids 11 and under FREE. Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members.

The "Sumar Classic" can be watched LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

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"SUMAR CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST: (27 Drivers)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Bob Hampshire)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
25 ®JOEY SCHMIDT/Ellisville, MS (Sam Pierce)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Todd Keen)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

 


 

LEARY MAKES RETURN TO HOME OF SUMAR BREAKTHROUGH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (April 11, 2019).........The old adage 'Good things come to those who wait' is a noble thought. But, in motorsports, the saying can be an endeavor that can be arduous and, at times, fruitless.

C.J. Leary's time finally arrived at the "Sumar Classic" in Terre Haute back in 2016 where he made his long-awaited debut in USAC National victory lane in his fourth year on the National tour, his second in Silver Crown. In the process, he made history by joining his father Chuck, who won the 1997 "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, to become the first, and still only, father-son duo to win races in the 49-year history of the Silver Crown Series.

Since that time, Leary has blossomed into a threat in any type of racecar, recently notching his eighth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory in Ocala, Fla. and currently leads the series standings heading into this weekend's batch of USAC action in Indiana with the Sprint Cars Friday night, April 12, at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday night, April 13, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, and concluding with the 19th running of the "Sumar Classic" Sunday, April 14, when the big cars of the Silver Crown division take on the half-mile Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute.

The Greenfield, Ind. driver has also secured a top-of-the-line midget ride with FMR Racing and is third in points in his Rookie season thus far with three top-fives in four starts.

Midway through last season, Leary made the jump from the family-owned No. 30 Silver Crown car that had been a fixture on the racing scene for the last quarter century and driven by the likes of his father and Tracy Hines to much success. Though the results didn't bear it out, Leary was tough as nails on the Illinois dirt miles in the DMW Motorsports No. 10 last summer with a pair of successful runs at Springfield and Du Quoin before mechanical and fuel troubles interfered with a shot at victory.

Leary jumped back into the No. 30 for the 2018 season finale at Eldora and rode the rim to victory in one of the most competitive races in series history, swapping the lead with Kevin Thomas, Jr. seven times officially at the start/finish line seven times during the final 17 laps before prevailing.

That was his last time on the dirt in a Silver Crown car. But now, with the DMW car and Leary teaming up for the full tour, the look will be slightly different with a new number and new colors than the familiar No. 30, but expect to see Leary at the top of his game this Sunday at Terre Haute, right where he was back in the 2016 opener.

In that one, Leary, a past Rookie of the Year with USAC in the National Sprint Cars and Silver Crown, took the lead from Justin Grant on lap 94 and reversed his fortunes from last year's "Sumar Classic" second place finish to take the victory.

The afternoon sunshine created a challenge for each of the teams from the get-go on that Spring day three years ago. Within the first 10 laps, turn two took rubber and became a treacherous test as the drivers had little room for error between the paper-thin cushion and the Action Track's infamous red, white and blue cement.

Leary, who started outside the front row, continuously made runs at fast qualifier and race pole sitter Grant for the lead, but was never able to pull ahead, having to settle for the second spot throughout the middle portion of the race. On lap 55, Grant tagged the wall with the right rear in turn two, briefly disrupting his rhythm and momentum, but Leary was unable to close the gap, hitting the wall in the same spot as Grant moments later, with both continuing without damage.

With less than 20 to go, Leary closed on Grant once again after Grant bounced his right rear off the turn two wall, but Leary was unable to shrink the advantage, getting pinned behind the lapped car of Neil Shepherd on the bottom, allowing Bacon to run down Leary a few laps later and clear him for the second position with just 21 laps to go.

Just when Brady Bacon appeared to be Grant's top challenger for the lead, Leary returned the favor, beating Bacon to the bottom in the first turn to regain second. With Grant able to ward off every single challenge that was thrown at him, a lap 89 caution for the stopped car of Austin Nemire reset the field.

With just seven laps remaining, Leary used a run off the bottom of turn four to jet past Grant for the lead and pull away from the field, ultimately winning by a 0.424 second margin over Grant, Kody Swanson, Bacon, Chris Windom, Shane Cottle, Shane Cockrum, Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland.

"I never thought my first USAC win would come in the (Silver) Crown car," Leary said. "It kind of feels surreal. The track was rough with it taking rubber, so we had to be a little patient there. That yellow (on lap 89) helped a lot because they had been telling me that Bacon was down there (on the bottom of the track) and that it finally took rubber, so I moved all the way down on that restart and got around Justin (Grant)."

Leary has elevated himself to a status of perennial contender in all three of USAC's national divisions this year, and a win at any three of this weekend's events is certainly within realm. Terre Haute, in particular, could become even more special with a victory this Sunday. After all, it will always hold a special place for him - the place where he got that first one. Though it may have been the first, it certainly wasn't the last by a long shot. And, judging from what we've seen through February, March and April of this year, we are possibly on the cusp of seeing something special from the 22-year-old in 2019.

Pits open at 1pm Eastern on Sunday with grandstands opening at 2pm, an open pit party from 2-3:15pm, drivers meeting at 3:30pm, practice at 4:30pm, Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 5:30pm and racing at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, infield tickets $15 and kids 11 and under FREE. Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members.

The "Sumar Classic" can be watched LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

 

KTJ TRI-STATE DOMINANCE COULD NET RECORD SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. has a lot going for him right now. He's established rides for every race on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car, NOS Energy Drink National Midget and Silver Crown schedules. He's also riding a wave of momentum earned last weekend, triumphing with one of the most stirring final laps we've seen in recent times.

Least we mention that he has a track in Tri-State Speedway on his forecast this Saturday night, April 13, in which he owns five USAC National Sprint Car victories since 2013, plus three out of the last four since 2017, and has an opportunity to become the winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver in the track's history.

More often than not, Thomas seems to find himself in the mix up front at Tri-State in Haubstadt, Ind. On two occasions in 2017, the Cullman, Ala. native was involved in last lap battles on the quarter-mile paperclip - one of which went his way and one that did not.

In last year's "Spring Showdown," the wave went KTJ's way once again as he surged to the lead through the tight crevice between the outside wall and C.J. Leary's right-side wheels exiting turn four with four laps remaining to win the "Spring Showdown," co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

This place can be a tricky joint. So many things can occur in the snap of a finger. You have to be on your toes, yet you have to keep your cool to put yourself in a position to win, which Thomas has been a natural at.

"Sometimes it's hard for me to do, but you have to be as patient as possible here," Thomas admitted following his victory last Spring at Tri-State. "Even right there at the beginning, I fell back a little bit. You get to racing with others, you fall back and you're not on the aggressive side. I just started picking them off; (Justin) Grant and I had a good race midway through the feature. We're sliding each other back and forth and that's fun, but whenever you're doing that, people are steadily driving away. Once we got cleared, we kind of had the seas part for us."

Kody Swanson (12 laps) and C.J. Leary (14) controlled much of the race at the point, and at the halfway mark, Thomas was the beneficiary of contact between Swanson and Dave Darland while battling for second that allowed Thomas to capitalize into the runner-up spot for the time being.

"When Dave and Kody got together, they split wide open and we went through both of them and got to second," Thomas recalled. "Lapped traffic is a key here too. You can't miss a step. As soon as the leader gets clear, he's going to pick up the pace quite a bit. If you're stuck three or four cars back, you can end up about a straightaway behind. You have to watch yourself really closely there and you have to make stuff happen. Once we got to second, I had to be the aggressor. Running second for a while tonight allowed me to move around a little bit. Tonight was one of those nights when running second was better."

Leary was indeed clear with the lead on the restart with 12 laps remaining. With an open track ahead and lapped cars separating he and second-running Thomas, the advantage was all his. Yet, Thomas made quick work, clearing the traffic, but still remained a second-and-a-half back from Leary.

Following a Donny Brackett back straightway spin with six laps remaining, Thomas threw a series of curveballs, sliders and spitballs at Leary to no avail as Leary clung to the spot by the quick of his nails until Aric Gentry's car went up in a ball of flame and smoke to bring out the final yellow with four laps to go, forcing one final restart. Thomas acted a student on the previous restart, taking notes for the final exam he would have one more opportunity to ace on the lap 27 restart.

"I was watching C.J. in front of me, seeing where I could gain ground and where I couldn't," Thomas said. "I could gain ground in (turns) one and two and I'd lose it all in (turns) three and four. We were pretty tight, so I just couldn't figure out how to get through three and four without the nose pushing a little bit. I just spent a few laps working on my line in that corner, and then once I figured it out, luckily, we had a caution."

With Leary maintaining his midline route, Thomas stuck his car on the high-line and, at the exit of turn four, emerged with the lead, squeaking by Leary without much room to spare on either side. Thomas would pull away in the final laps to win his first race for the famed Hoffman team by just a tick under a full second over Leary, Seavey, Darland and Grant.

Time and time again, KTJ has shown his power at the quarter-mile paperclip, thus beginning what very well could become the new dominant era at the track. We've seen it before with the likes of Daron Clayton and before that, Cory Kruseman and Rick Hood. With one more win Saturday, KTJ would become the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at Tri-State, putting him in a territory of his own doing as an all-time great at Tri-State.

The "Spring Showdown" begins this Saturday featuring USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship (co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series) and Modifieds.

The pits open at 3:30pm Central with grandstands open at 4:30pm, the drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 apiece with students (age 13-18) $20 and children 12 & Under FREE!

The "Spring Showdown" can be watched LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

 

 

SUMAR EXPERIENCES RUNS THE GAMUT FOR GRANT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (April 10, 2019).........Justin Grant has seen it all at the Terre Haute Action Track, host of this Sunday's 19th running of the Fatheadz Eyewear "Sumar Classic" for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series.

He's been quick time and he's led an astounding number of laps. He's even flipped out of the ballpark in turn one.

However, until last Spring's "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown 100-lapper, he had not reached victory lane in USAC National competition at the famed half-mile dirt oval.

In 2016, the Ione, Calif. native came heartbreakingly close, starting from the pole and holding dominance at the front for the first 93 laps. But, a slight mishap off turn four with seven laps remaining cost him a shot at victory as C.J. Leary drove to his first career win.

Fast forward to 2018, and with a couple more years of experience under the belt and on a similar track surface he faced that afternoon, Grant was determined to not let the past repeat itself on his way to Terre Haute glory.

With more experience in the "big cars" under his belt, Grant knew he had to devise a game plan that would result in a victory, but with a surging, four-time series champ in Kody Swanson erasing the gap, that's easier said than done. Grant wasn't going to let this one get away.

"You have to keep your eye on the rubber or have your spotter keeping an eye on the rubber for you," Grant detailed. "A couple years ago here, I was just concentrating on what I was doing, banging the fence and running as hard as I could. As I've gotten more comfortable in the Crown cars, I worry as much, or more, about what other guys are doing behind me and make sure to get to the rubber before somebody drives by."

From his third starting spot, Grant held down the fort near the front as polesitter Jerry Coons, Jr. and C.J. Leary swapped the top spot for the first third of the event.

Leary rode into the western Indiana sunset with the advantage until lap 36 when Grant caught Leary in lapped traffic and outlasted him down the back straightaway in a side-by-side battle similar to the duels at the adjacent Action Dragway before sliding back up to the berm where he would stand pat until nearly three-quarters of the event were in the books.

On lap 70, Shane Cottle dueled with Grant as the two swapped the top spot four times over the span of a lap and a half. Cottle was credited with leading the lap before each exchanged their race-leading surge. Grant made the ultimate, lasting move, ducking down to the inside of Cottle off turn two to recapture the lead.

By lap 77, a date with the Sumar Classic trophy appeared to be slipping through his grasp yet again as a surging Kody Swanson, the 2014 "Sumar" winner who was relegated to the 18th starting position following an engine change prior to qualifying, was in position to pounce for the lead, ringing around the outside of both Cottle and Grant in a single move between turns three and four.

However, with just 16 laps remaining, the now third-running Cottle took a chance on a two-for-one deal entering the third turn. In one fell swoop, Cottle breezed by Grant on the inside, then pulled along the inside of Swanson on the inner guardrail. The two touched wheels, sending both into 360-degree spin-cycles. Cottle's race came to an end backwards near the outside wall while Swanson managed to continue, albeit with a flat left rear tire, forcing him to make a pit stop for new rubber and restart from the tail of the field.

That put Grant back into position at the front of the field once racing resumed where he set off toward a comfortable margin with a lead of nearly three seconds while Swanson mounted a valiant charge to the front, threading the needle to slip past Tyler Courtney with seven laps to go for third in turn three, then motoring past Leary with an outside pass a lap later. With Swanson's charge, the message was sent forth to Grant that this was no time to dawdle, this was 'go time.'

"My spotter let me know that Swanson was back to P2 and that, whatever we had left, we needed to use it now," Grant exclaimed. "We saved everything as best we could up to that point. When he gave me the call, that's when we went."

It's a chess game trying to save, yet still be fast throughout a 100-lap race on the dirt that, on this day, included variables such as the sun setting early on in the race and the ever-changing track conditions throughout the event.

The interval between Grant and Swanson was rapidly closing in the final laps as lapped traffic loomed. It's one thing to navigate your way through gridlock with ease and another to catch them at exactly the right spot without interruption to your rhythm, which Grant executed with the precision of an X-Acto knife as he encountered the lapped cars of Neil Shepherd and Mike Haggenbottom in turn one.

"You have to catch them right," Grant said point blank. "You don't want to waste any time and you can't let them break your momentum because somebody like Kody behind you will capitalize. You try to get through them as fast as you can and not let them break your stride and hope the guys behind you get caught up a little bit with them."

"I figured if I got caught behind them in (turns) one and two, I was going to be pretty well toast or, at least, allow Kody a good shot at it," Grant admitted. "I knew I needed to get by them there. I wasn't real sure where they were going to go, though. I thought about splitting them and staying in the rubber, but the inside car kind of moved up a little bit. Fortunately, I had enough of a run to where I was able to get down in the dust and get by them."

Grant flawlessly finished out the final lap to take his second career Silver Crown win by 1.33 seconds over KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Kody Swanson and pole sitter Tyler Courtney, who charged all the way from 22nd after an early race spin. Chris Windom was fourth after jumping into Bill Rose's car following mechanical trouble in his regular Gene Nolen Racing ride while Leary rounded out the top-five.

Grant is basically playing with house money right now. He's experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in recent times at the "Sumar" and is game for anything that is thrown his way. He's proven that time and time again, and perhaps, he could erase the long-running streak of a new "Sumar Classic" winner each year since 1999 with a victory this Sunday.

Pits open at 1pm Eastern on Sunday with grandstands opening at 2pm, an open pit party from 2-3:15pm, drivers meeting at 3:30pm, practice at 4:30pm, Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 5:30pm and racing at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, infield tickets $15 and kids 11 and under FREE. Pit passes are $30 for USAC/UMP members and $35 for non-members.

The "Sumar Classic" can be watched LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

ROA LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINTS TO PERRIS “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 9, 2019... This Saturday, April 13th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway for the “Sokola Shootout.” Promoted by Don Kazarian, the fourth point race will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular race on the West Coast since "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural show at Manzanita Speedway on March 17, 2001. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the event has grown to also honor former driver Mark Sokola and their contributions to racing. Last year, fast qualifier Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. followed “The Demon” Damion Gardner to his third Sokola victory. The “Sokola Shootout” win list is at the end of this release.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 214 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 45 “home track” wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. On March 30th, Brody Roa topped the “So-Cal Showdown” and a complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Entering Saturday’s event, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits atop the point standings with a fourteen point advantage. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has one feature win, three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. The 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion is tied with Matt Mitchell, Richard Vander Weerd, and Austin Williams for fourteenth on the USAC/CRA win list and will be looking for his eighth career triumph.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner finished seventh in the Perris “So-Cal Showdown.” To date, the seven-time champion has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and three top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, “The Demon” will have his sights the eighty-first USAC/CRA feature win of his career.

Settling into his new ride, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams finished third at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds on March 30th. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes on the season and will be looking for his eighth career win.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks fourth in the USAC/CRA championship point standings. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson was in contention for the Marth 30th win until a lap 16 flip resulted in a sixteenth place finish. To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has posted two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and sixteen feature laps led in the campaign. The second generation driver will have his sights on claiming his seventh USAC/CRA victory.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is currently fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex charged to fifth in the “So-Cal Showdown” after starting tenth. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes and will be looking to earn his first USAC/CRA main event win.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Chris Gansen, Jake Swanson, Matt McCarthy, Richard Vander Weerd, Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

SOKOLA CLASSIC / SHOOTOUT WINNERS: 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Jeremy Sherman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Mike Kirby, 2006-Mike Kirby, 2007-Not Held, 2008-Not Held, 2009-Rickie Gaunt, 2010-Damion Gardner, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Nic Faas, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Bryan Clauson, 2017-Richard Vander Weerd, 2018-Damion Gardner.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 45-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-218, 2. Damion Gardner-204, 3. Austin Williams-188, 4. R.J. Johnson-182, 5. Stevie Sussex-174, 6. Josh Hodges-164, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-144, 8. Mike Martin-136, 9. Isaac Chapple-126, -. Tommy Malcolm-126, 11. Jason McDougal-124, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg-119, 13. Chris Gansen-106, 14. Landon Cling-94, 15. Matt Rossi-92, 16. Jake Swanson-91, 17. Matt McCarthy-83, 18. Richard Vander Weerd-78, 19. Matt Lundy-70, 20. Michael Curtis-68.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

IMCA RaceSaver Sprints join Saturday shows at I-90

HARTFORD, S.D. (April 9) – A work day at the track and a barrage of phone calls from IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers have owner and promoter Lyle Howey III convinced that quite a few folks in the Hartford area are excited about the re-opening of I-90 Speedway.

The sanctioned Sprint division will return to IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing Saturday night programs this season at the South Dakota speedplant, idle for the past three years.

The single Friday night date during the May 11-Sept. 7 point season is July 5.

“There’s a lot of excitement that I-90 is opening back up,” said Howey, noting the hundred or so volunteers who showed up to help tear down the old bleachers last December. “I think the car count is going to be good for the Sprints. I’d anticipate 15 to 20 a week.”

A former IMCA Sprint Car driver, Howey is the RaceSaver inspector for South Dakota and teched at another track in the state last year.

“We were looking for an affordable Sprint Car class here,” he said. “The division has done well around the country and there are a lot of new cars coming into the class. We want to see it grow here, too.”

Howey had continued maintaining the 3/8-mile dirt oval at Hartford the last two years. The old bleachers are being replaced with aluminum grandstand seating for 2,500 and after a paint of coat or two, I-90 will be ready for opening night.

“This is exciting,” Howey said. “We’re looking forward to getting the season started.”

 

 

USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS DEBUT SATURDAY AT LINCOLN

Abbottstown, Pennsylvania (April 9, 2019).........Following a washed out opener last weekend at Williams Grove, the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars are ready to fire off this Saturday night, April 13 at Lincoln Speedway.

The event marks the first appearance for the East Coast Sprint Cars at the 3/8-mile dirt oval and the first for USAC Sprint Cars of any kind since the AMSOIL National Series visited in 2017, a race won by Thomas Meseraull for Heffner Racing.

Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. is the reigning champion of the East Coast Sprint Cars on the strength of a pair of victories. Ryan Godown, Eddie Strada, Coleman Gulick, Joey Biasi and Mark Bitner also scored victories a year ago.

The event card features 410 Sprints and 358 Sprints in addition to the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars. Adult general admission tickets are $15, students 12-17 with a student ID are $10 and children 11 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Pit gates open at 4:30pm Eastern and grandstands open at 5pm with racing set to begin at 7pm.

 

 

SPEED2 EASTERN AND WESTERN MIDGETS IN ACTION SATURDAY

Speedway, Indiana (April 9, 2019).........USAC SpeeD2 Midget racing has two events on tap this Saturday night, April 13, on each of the coasts. The Eastern Midgets debut on the 4/10-mile paved oval of South Carolina's Dillon Motor Speedway while Western U.S. Midgets head for the dirt for the first time this season at California's scenic Ventura Raceway on Saturday.

Greensboro, North Carolina's Nolan Allison picked up the win in the lone appearance by the Eastern Midgets at Dillon one year ago. Reigning series champion Jessica Bean of Farmland, Ind. finished third en route to her second series title.

Bean will be back to defend her championship from a year ago along with the Allison brothers, Neal & Nolan, set to contend. Newcomers Bronzie Lawson and USAC .25 National Champs Daytona Spicola and Preston Lattomus will make their first career starts. Returning competitors, Connor Gross from N.J., Eric Lewis of N.Y., and North Carolina natives Alex Murray and Sam Hatfield will also be on hand for the opener.

Tyler Slay of Watsonville, Calif. won the Western U.S. division's visit to Ventura in 2018 on his way to the series championship. Joey Iest of Madera, Calif. captured the season opening victory on the pavement at Madera (Calif.) Speedway in March and leads the overall standings heading into Ventura.

Saturday at Dillon features the USAC SpeeD2 Eastern Midgets, Late Models, Mini Cups and Pure Stock 4-Cylinders. Gates open at 10am Eastern with rotating practice set to begin at noon. Qualifying commences at 3pm and the green flag is set to drop for racing at 5pm! Adult general admission is $12 while kids 11 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $25 apiece.

Ventura's slate on Saturday includes the VRA Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds and Hobby Stocks along with the SpeeD2 Western U.S. Midgets. Grandstands open at 3pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 while Senior, Military and Students get in for $11. Kids 12 and under are FREE!

 

 

DARLAND RETURNS TO BLOOMINGTON
FRIDAY WITH EPPERSON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (April 9, 2019)......It was one year ago when Bloomington Speedway was a witness to more remarkable feats accomplished by the incomparable Dave Darland.

In one fell swoop on that April night in 2018, the National Sprint Car Hall of Famer from Lincoln, Ind. became the first driver in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history to reach both the 700 start mark and 60 career feature victories.

Now it's impressive enough to notch the feat at all during a career, but it was fitting that "The People's Champ" knocked down these records like a pair of bowling pins in one shot, something we've become so accustomed to over the years.

This Friday night, April 12, a newly-renovated Bloomington Speedway will play host to Darland and the top talent from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car ranks in the "Larry Rice Classic" where he'll have a new machine to pilot, the Epperson Racing No. 2E, which reached victory lane recently with driver Tyler Thomas at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August of last year.

Darland has maneuvered around to multiple teams this year, racing the Chase Briscoe Racing No. 5B to a pair of top-tens on opening weekend in February during "Winter Dirt Games X" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., finishing ninth twice and 22nd on the final night after being involved in an accident.

On the local level, Darland has been fast in his own No. 36, recently purchased from Baldwin Brothers Racing, the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner champions with driver Chris Windom. Darland has been strong, but here now lies a new task ahead of him in a new ride at a track in Bloomington he knows his way around.

Last spring at Bloomington, perhaps no driver had ever scored a more popular win in the history of the series than Darland did that night. To the roar of the crowd, the USAC Triple Crown champ basked in the glory of victory, reminding him of the feeling he's had so many times in his racing career, but had not experienced in 17 months at that point in time, ending a 40-race winless streak.

"It's just taken me forever," Darland said with a laugh following the feature. "Seven-hundred starts and 60 wins. I don't know what happened the other 640 times, but it's been a great career for me. I still love driving racecars and, on nights like this, it's such a great feeling."

Darland began the race from the outside of the front row and, right from the get-go, he and pole starter Chase Stockon were locked in a near dead-heat continuously throughout much of the first half of the event, interrupted only by a Dakota Jackson turn three flip on the third lap of the feature.

On the restart, Darland instantaneously returned to his comfort zone, rim-riding on the ledge while Stockon tethered himself to the bottom. Just as Darland appeared to have the upper hand, the top line seemingly vamoosed for a moment as a re-energized Stockon surged ahead on the bottom to snare the lead by the length of a shoe at the line on lap seven.

As Stockon opened a canyon-wide margin on Darland, the Lincoln, Indiana driver was undeterred, staying true to himself and refusing to wilt and pedal to the bottom. Darland paved his own trail and was going to risk fate, letting his race ride or die on the outstretched arms of the red clay.

"I just decided to stay on top," Darland said firmly. "Everybody's been asking me 'Did you ever consider going to the bottom after getting passed?' I said no, not really. Hell no! But, really, I kind of did. I just knew that the top had potential, but I just had to figure out how to run it better."

"When Chase (Stockon) got around me, I just learned how to run the top harder and that's what I did. I just started running it harder," Darland said. "I figured out where I could hit it and where I had to get away from it, especially down in (turns) one and two where the lip was really tall. You had to be careful not to snag it and throw the front end over the bank. But, down here in (turns) three and four, it was kind of up-on-the-edge where you couldn't go in too hard and go over the edge. Both ends were a little bit different, but both ends had potential up there. So, I just had to figure out what it had and hit it in the right spots at the right time."

By the 13th circuit, Darland's high-wire act had led him right back into the corner of Stockon's right eye as he plucked the lead away by the length of an eyelash at the stripe on the outside. Each lap thereafter, Darland constructed an advantage that was impenetrable - to a half-second, then to a full-second, and, finally, to a crescendo of over a second-and-a-half as he entered lapped traffic with less than five laps to go.

Darland had to be perfect shaving the highline with his Hoosier rubber lap-after-lap, but instead of searching high-low-middle to find the fastest way around, the USAC Triple Crown champ applied Occam's razor to find the solution - stick with your gut go to the front.

Darland's lead ballooned to 1.76 seconds at the checkered flag to defeat Chris Windom, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Logan Seavey (from 15th), Chad Boespflug and C.J. Leary.

See Dave and a strong field of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car drivers this Friday once again at Bloomington, for the 37th time since the series' debut in 1982.

The event card also includes the RaceSaver Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds. Pricing for the "Larry Rice Classic" has adult general admission tickets at $20, students (with ID) $10 and kids 12 and under free.

The pit area opens at 3pm Eastern, with the front gates opening at 5pm and cars hitting the track at 6:30pm.

The "Larry Rice Classic" can be watched LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

 

 

BEN WORTH TOPS BAKERSFIELD WESTERN MIDGET SEASON OPENER

BAKERSFIELD, CA – APRIL 6, 2019… Making his first USAC Western States Midget start, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) reclaimed the lead from Jake Swanson on lap 22 and sailed to victory at Bakersfield Speedway. Starting on the pole position, the pilot of Dean Alexander’s #5G Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike finished ahead of Swanson, Michael Faccinto, Austin Liggett, and hard charger David Prickett.

Prickett claimed the night’s hard charger award / best passing job honors with a fifteenth to fifth place run. Veteran driver Marvin Mitchell scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Cody Swanson earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 23-car roster by posting a time of 12.972.

Liggett took the checkered flags in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. 2015 Rookie of the Year Cory Elliott and defending champion Faccinto claimed their 10-lap heat races.

The next event for the USAC Western States Midget Series will be on April 20th at Merced Speedway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 6, 2019 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-12.972; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.996; 3. Jake Swanson, 73K, Ford-13.016; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.077; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.134; 6. Michael Faccinto, 31B, Beilman-13.141; 7. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-13.200; 8. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-13.276; 9. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.311; 10. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.327; 11. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.379; 12. Ricky Lewis, 5, Van Dyne-13.466; 13. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.603; 14. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.643; 15. David Prickett, 28X, Schutte/McElwee-13.803; 16. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.923; 17. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.169; 18. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-14.261; 19. Mike Leach Jr. 33P, Leach-14.466; 20. Troy Morris III, 07X, Trinity-NT; 21. Kyle Heckman, 1N, Nichols-NT; 22. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-NT; 23. Jackson Dukes, 2, Dukes-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. C.Swanson, 3. Schutte, 4. Worth, 5. Nichols, 6. Leach, 7. Mitchell, 8. Drollinger. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Sarna, 3. Dalby, 4. Pankratz, 5. Beilman, 6. McQueen. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. J.Swanson, 3. Prickett, 4. Lewis, 5. Heckman, 6. Cofer, 7. Ito. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Ben Worth (1), 2. Jake Swanson (5), 3. Michael Faccinto (2), 4. Austin Liggett (4), 5. David Prickett (15), 6. Cory Elliott (11), 7. Alex Schutte (10), 8. Shannon McQueen (7), 9. C.J. Sarna (14), 10. Kyle Beilman (8), 11. Dylan Ito (18), 12. Ricky Lewis (12), 13. Marvin Mitchell (21), 14. Bryan Drollinger (16), 15. Randi Pankratz (17), 16. Cody Swanson (6), 17. Terry Nichols (13), 18. Mike Leach Jr. (19), 19. Robert Dalby (3), 20. Kyle Heckman (20). NT ---------------------------- **Morris flipped during qualifying. Dalby and Leach flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Worth, Laps 9-20 Faccinto, Lap 21 Swanson, Laps 22-30 Worth. HARD CHARGER: David Prickett (15th to 5th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Marvin Mitchell

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-J.Swanson-78, 2-Worth-75, 3-Faccinto-73, 4-Liggett-72, 5-Prickett-64, 6-Elliott-63, 7-Schutte-58, 8-McQueen-57, 9-Sarna-53, 10-Beilman-47.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 20– Merced Speedway – Merced, California

 

 

THOMAS' LAST LAP REDEMPTION PAYS OFF WITH KOKOMO GP WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (April 6, 2019).........After an incident on the final lap of the Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car race that preceded Saturday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature, perhaps it was fate that we would see Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Justin Grant meet again in some form or fashion on the second night of the "Kokomo Grand Prix."

Justin Grant got the best of Thomas in the sprint tilt, picking up the victory following a last-lap, side-by-side battle that wound up with Thomas on his head before making a beeline to the opposite end of the track to confront Grant.

When cooler heads prevailed, as luck would have it, a look at the starting lineup showed the two starting side-by-side in the second row of the midget main, setting the stage for round two of the duel which would once again come down to the final lap, but this time with the outcome the mirror opposite.

Thomas ran down Grant late in the going and, on the final corner of the final lap, reversed his fortunes with redemption, nipping Grant by half a front wheel at the stripe - or 0.015 seconds to be precise - to collect the fifth victory of his USAC National Midget career.

During the downtime for his early sprint car exit, the fire was burning inside KTJ, but instead of dwelling too much, he and his Petry Motorsports crew used the few extra minutes to reclaim focus on the next task at hand.

"We had a little bit of a mishap, but it happens," Thomas acknowledged. "It was unfortunate, but we had a little bit of time to get back here and make some changes to the midget because we had a decent idea of what it was going to do."

"I know people are going to want to pick at me and Grant because we crashed each other or whatever the case is," Thomas continued. "It's racing. We both race hard. It is what it is. We talked to each other in the podium picture and it's all good. It's just the way it goes. He's been my friend for a long time. He didn't crash me on purpose, but I'd get mad at my grandma if she crashed me. It's nothing against him; it's just my nature."

Thomas' desire and motivation for redemption was evident from the word 'go' as he charged from his fourth starting spot to slide to the point momentarily in the third turn on lap one, but the move wouldn't stick as Jason McDougal crossed over to reclaim the lead while Thomas fell back into line in fourth.

McDougal, the runner-up from the night before, would lay claim to the lead for the first seven circuits. Yet, on the lap eight restart, the door was open for Grant to slide past McDougal for the lead in the first turn. Grant was seeking a little redemption of his own following a heat race flip during Friday night's action.

Just prior to halfway, Friday winner Tyler Courtney began to make his surge, getting around teammate Chris Windom for the third position on lap 12. Three laps later, the series point leader found himself upside down in turn one. Incredibly, he was able to charge back to ninth at the checkered following repairs from the Clauson/Marshall Racing crew.

Restarts would play a starring role in the second half of the 30-lapper with a multitude of spins and stoppages taking place, the most serious of which came on the 21st lap when series Rookie Ethan Mitchell flipped wildly after tagging the turn one concrete. He walked away unscathed.

On the lap 21 restart, a scramble for position saw Windom attempt to slide McDougal for second, but it was one step forward, two steps back, as he fell back to fourth behind Thomas who took advantage of the opening to crack into third. With two to go, Thomas ripped by McDougal for second and the pursuit was set in motion toward Grant. Thomas blazed a trail to pull to the inside of Grant into turn one just moments after taking the white flag.

However, the pursuit had to wait as Cole Bodine's ride stopped in turn two, setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. celebrates his fifth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory and the first for Petry Motorsports following Saturday night's "Kokomo Grand Prix" at Kokomo Speedway. (Adam Mollenkopf Photo)

Leading up to the final showdown, Thomas had been playing around with his shocks from the cockpit and altered his line until he found something that worked. Everything was clicking for the Cullman, Ala. native, and he had his eyes and ears open to any advantage he could find, even if it came from the other side of the fence.

"Once we got to second, I saw Grant's guys giving him the motion to go to the top in three and four," Thomas recalled. "I knew that it was going to be such a long way around that it would open up a slider. I knew where he was going to go because his guys told him to go there. He ran a good line around there and he was fast up there. It's just such a shorter point to drive straight across the track."

On the final restart, Thomas took a line lower than Grant into turns one and two on the 29th lap before following him up top between turns three and four as a surging Zeb Wise joined the fray, going high on entry before diamonding off below Thomas. Thomas held serve in second and remained within three car lengths of Grant in one and two on the final go-around.

Entering turn three for the final time, Grant remained topside as Thomas drove it in deeper than he had on any other lap, sliding right across the nose of Grant in turn four. Grant countered underneath in a race to the line, coming up inches short of Thomas and his Petry Motorsports/Bolted Spine Designs - Petry Excavating - Gray Auto/Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Grant took second ahead of Wise, McDougal and C.J. Leary.

Thomas rejoined Petry at the beginning of the 2019 season following a brief stint driving for the Greenfield, Ind. based team at the conclusion of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, rewarding the team with its first ever USAC National Midget victory.

"Getting a win for those guys is a big momentum builder," Thomas exclaimed. "Scott Petry has never seen his car win before (with USAC). That was pretty cool. I really enjoyed doing that for them. They bust their butts and I'm just glad it paid off. They've been wanting to win a USAC feature for so long and they've been close. They've just never really got there. But once you get that monkey off your back, they start coming easier."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway were Zeb Wise (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jason McDougal (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Andrew Layser (KSE Racing Products/Sundollar Restoration Hard Charger), Jake Neuman (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Ethan Mitchell (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 6, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Kokomo Grand Prix" - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.542; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.663; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.890; 4. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.908; 5. Jason McDougal, 21KS, Reynolds-13.928; 6. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.990; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.991; 8. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-14.049; 9. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.113; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 7R, RMS-14.154; 11. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-14.211; 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.236; 13. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.245; 14. Ace McCarthy, 28, Neuman-14.278; 15. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.300; 16. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.335; 17. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.374; 18. Dave Darland, 36, RMS-14.374; 19. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-14.375; 20. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.413; 21. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.435; 22. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.535; 23. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.659; 24. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.751; 25. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.805; 26. Kyle O'Gara, 67F, SFH-15.005; 27. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-15.039; 28. Brent Watson, 17K, Watson-15.850; 29. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-16.088.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. McDougal, 2. Carrick, 3. Wise, 4. Seavey, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Hollan, 7. Elledge, 8. Akard. 2:20.65

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Darland, 4. Meseraull, 5. McCarthy, 6. Bodine, 7. O'Gara. 2:20.24

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Colwell, 3. Boat, 4. Welch, 5. Hendricks, 6. Mitchell, 7. Cling. 2:25.39

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Grant, 3. Leary, 4. Coons, 5. Neuman, 6. Layser, 7. Watson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Neuman, 2. Hendricks, 3. Hollan, 4. McCarthy, 5. Layser, 6. Bodine, 7. Mitchell, 8. T. Thomas, 9. O'Gara, 10. Elledge, 11. Cling, 12. Watson, 13. Akard. 2:48.13

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. Justin Grant (3), 3. Zeb Wise (6), 4. Jason McDougal (2), 5. C.J. Leary (8), 6. Chris Windom (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (12), 8. Logan Seavey (13), 9. Tyler Courtney (5), 10. Thomas Meseraull (10), 11. Jesse Colwell (15), 12. Chad Boat (7), 13. Jake Neuman (16), 14. Ace McCarthy (14), 15. Dillon Welch (11), 16. Andrew Layser (22), 17. Holley Hollan (17), 18. Jerry Coons, Jr. (20), 19. Zane Hendricks (19), 20. Cole Bodine (21), 21. Tanner Carrick (9), 22. Sterling Cling (24), 23. Dave Darland (18), 24. Ethan Mitchell (23). NT ---------------------------- **Courtney flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Mitchell flipped on lap 21 of the feature. Carrick flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 McDougal, Laps 8-29 Grant, Lap 30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SUNDOLLAR RESTORATION HARD CHARGER: Andrew Layser (16th to 22nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jake Neuman

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Ethan Mitchell

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-358, 2-K. Thomas-354, 3-Leary-308, 4-Windom-305, 5-Wise-290, 6-Klaasmeyer-274, 7-Boat-273, 8-Seavey-266, 9-Carrick-243, 10-Colwell-234.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 17, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - "River Town Showdown" - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

SHEBESTER SHINES AT RED DIRT

Meeker, Oklahoma (April 5, 2019).........Steven Shebester of Mustang, Okla. picked up his first career USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature victory Friday night at Red Dirt Raceway.

Shebester drove his Pete Haskin-owned, Riverside Salvage, David Grace Motorsports, Select Coatings, C&D Ditching, D&F Enterprises, 305/Boyd-powered JR1 chassis to the front on the second lap past Layne Himebaugh for the win.

Shebester also picked up an extra $500 bonus courtesy of Jett Star of Dagwell Dixie Corporation, located in Oklahoma City, in honor of his father, Allen Mr. Dagwell Stark. Not only did Shebester take home $250 for winning the Dash4Cash, he also picked up another $250 for sweeping the evening's events, winning his heat, the dash and the 25-lap feature.

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: April 5, 2019 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Steven Shebester (#16s Haskin), [6]; 2. Layne Himebaugh (#94L Himebaugh), [5]; 3. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre), [1]; 4. Jase Randolph (#15 Randolph), [2]; 5. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), [8]; 6. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), [4]; 7. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), [7]; 8. Alison Slaton (#6 Newton), [3]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), [1]; 2. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), [6]; 3. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), [4]; 4. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), [5]; 5. J.C. Wilson (#77 Storm Chaser), [3]; 6. Kimberly Tyre (#39 Tyre), [7]; 7. Jimmy Taylor (#23 Taylor), [2]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), [2]; 2. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), [6]; 3. Donovan Wise (#1x Taylor), [1]; 4. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), [5]; 5. Noah Harris (#7F Fode), [3]; 6. Robert Sellers (#22c Cothran), [4]; 7. Ben Frey (Frey), [7]. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: David Baxter (#7. NT (DNS) 62-James Shoun. NT

DASH4CASH: (6 laps) 1. Shebester, 2. Hagin, 3. Wilson, 4. Smith, 5. Himebaugh, 6. Stephenson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Steven Shebester, [6]; 2. Layne Himebaugh, [2]; 3. Andrew Deal, [8]; 4. Brett Wilson, [4]; 5. Johnny Kent, [17]; 6. Cameron Hagin, [5]; 7. Danny Smith, [3]; 8. Noah Harris, [16]; 9. Tim Kent, [9]; 10. Robert Sellers, [18]; 11. Michael Tyre II, [11]; 12. Cody Jarvis, [7]; 13. Jase Randolph, [13]; 14. Ryan Dean, [19]; 15. Alison Slaton, [22]; 16. Ben Frey, [20]; 17. Kimberly Tyre, [14]; 18. Waylon Weaver, [10]; 19. Donovan Wise, [12]; 20. Jimmy Taylor, [21]; 21. J.C. Wilson, [15]; 22. David Stephenson, [1]; 23. James Shoun (#62 JKS), [23]; 24. David Baxter (#7D Baxter), [24]. NT.

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Himebaugh, Laps 2-25 Shebester.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE: April 26, 2019 - Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Oklahoma

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

BAKERSFIELD HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SEASON OPENER
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 2, 2019... This Saturday, April 6th, the USAC Western States Midget Series will open their 2019 campaign at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the first point race will also feature Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, and Mod Lites. 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:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 110 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield wins and Ricky Shelton set the track record of 12.339 on June 21, 1997. A complete Bakersfield series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Last season, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) claimed his first USAC Western States Midget championship. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto posted three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led to his credit. Michael is tied for twenty-fifth on the series win list and will be looking for his ninth triumph of his career.

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) tied with Faccinto in last year’s point chase but lost the tiebreaker for a runner-up finish. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Ontario West Spike, Schutte closed out 2018 with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. The 2010 Champion is tied for twenty-fifth in series wins and will have his sights on his night victory this Saturday night.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) placed third in the championship point standings. Racing his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett had one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led in the campaign. Robby is tied for fifty-first on the series win list with four victories and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) scored fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby posted one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the year. This Saturday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory at Bakersfield.

C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, CA) ranked fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Driving his #20 Cactus Jacks Bar & Grill / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna recorded eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has one career victory and will be looking to start his championship bid with a win at Bakersfield.

Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA) and Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA) are contending for Rookie of the Year honors in 2019.

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

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $14, Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are $12, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $7, 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 USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at www.floracing.com.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto.

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

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
April 20: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
June 22: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 20: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
July 27: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC STANDOUTS PLAN BREAKTHROUGH AT KOKOMO GP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (April 2, 2019).........Talented drivers can seemingly win in anything, anywhere. When push comes to shove, the cream certainly rises to the top.

There's plenty of clichés you can use to describe a versatile wheelman or woman who can succeed behind the wheel of a sprint car or a midget regularly.

However, interestingly enough, of the eight past USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winners at Kokomo who are expected to compete in a midget at this weekend's "Kokomo G.P.," two have previously captured a victory at the ¼-mile dirt oval in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature - Tyler Courtney and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

There's a handful more who could most definitely add his name to the list during this weekend's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget "Kokomo Grand Prix" on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney drove to the victory in the most recent "Kokomo G.P." while Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., nailed down the win during "Indiana Midget Week," with the most successful USAC Sprint Car drivers who finished one-two in last year's sprint standings, having a lockdown on the midget field. Courtney already had two Sprint victories at Kokomo prior, while KTJ has now upped his tally to five in a sprint under the USAC banner.

The other six past USAC Sprint winners alluded to include some of the top names in not only midget racing, but all of dirt track racing. Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat won at Kokomo in a sprint car back in 2009. Among his accolades in a midget at Kokomo with USAC are a runner-up finish as recently as last year's G.P. Chris Windom, of Canton, Ill., is a sprint car track champ at Kokomo and has won three sprint races there, but none in a midget as of yet as he aims to win his first career "W" with the series.

Like Windom, Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary is a Kokomo Sprint Car titlist who is aiming to notch his first-ever USAC Midget win, period, at Kokomo. He's already collected a pair of top-fives in the first three midget races and, don't forget, his first career USAC Sprint win came right at Kokomo in 2016, before repeating the feat in 2017.

The RMS, LLC team is one to keep an eye locked on with Dave Darland and Thomas Meseraull behind the wheel of their pair of machines. Darland is the winningest driver in terms of USAC Sprint Car victories at Kokomo with nine. However, stunningly, the 30-time USAC National Midget feature has yet to get one in his backyard at Kokomo. With that said, he's won in a midget at Kokomo is more than capable of getting the job done again. His teammate, Thomas Meseraull, has captured the "Indiana Sprint Week" round at Kokomo in each of the last two seasons, but his eye remains on a midget prize this weekend at Kokomo.

After being oh-so-close numerous times, including at Kokomo, Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas finally found both USAC Midget and Sprint Car victory lane in 2018, with the sprint win arriving during "Sprint Car Smackdown" last August. A Midget win at Kokomo remains elusive, but perhaps his time has arrived.

You don't need me to tell you. A racer is a racer. Just ask those who witnessed Tom Bigelow, Rich Vogler, Jack Hewitt, Tony Elliott, J.J. Yeley and Bryan Clauson compete at Kokomo, or anywhere for that matter. Those guys are all present or future Hall-of-Famers, yet they've also won in both a USAC National Sprint Car and a National Midget at Kokomo.

This coming weekend, someone will have to earn their "Kokomo G.P." victory regardless. There's no "backing into" a USAC National win anywhere, let alone Kokomo Speedway, which has the best of the best rise to the occasion, with some of the most hair-raising, fascinating, competitive racing you'll see all year. Expect nothing less.

On Friday night, the front gates open at 3pm (Eastern), drivers meeting at 5:30pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm. On Saturday night, the front gates open at 3pm (Eastern), drivers meeting at 5pm with cars set to hit the track at 5:30pm. Sprint Cars are on the card both nights with several drivers planning to pull double-duty in both machines.

Adult general admission tickets are $20. Children age 12 and under are FREE! Pit passes for all ages are $35.

Live, flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. The USAC app will also have free live audio of the entire event. You can follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and/or https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS DEBUT AT THE GROVE THIS FRIDAY

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (April 2, 2019).........The Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series will make its debut at the historic Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. this Friday night, April 5.

The venue has played host to USAC Sprint Car racing since the club's inception in 1956. Now, as the series gears up for the first event of its second season, the half-mile dirt track is ready to rock for the first of 14 races on the East Coast Sprint calendar in 2019.

Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. is the reigning champion of the series on the strength of a pair of victories. Ryan Godown, Eddie Strada, Coleman Gulick, Joey Biasi and Mark Bitner also scored victories a year ago.

Cars hit the track for hot laps at the Grove at 6:30pm Eastern. Racing begins at 7:30pm.

 

 

FINAL HOOSIER HUNDRED AT THE INDY MILE TO BE HELD MAY 23

Indianapolis, Indiana (April 2, 2019).........The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center has announced that the Indiana State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt track will be converted from a dirt surface to an all-weather track made of crushed limestone to be utilized for year-round harness training and parking for the Indiana State Fair.

The ultimate impact is that the conversion of the surface means that auto racing events will no longer be held on the famed one-mile track following the 2019 Hoosier Hundred. The 64th running of the 100-mile, 100-lap race, scheduled for Thursday, May 23, will be the last running of this grand racing event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

"USAC, Track Enterprises, Bob Sargent and I have been in meetings with the Fairgrounds staff and in discussion for the last two years about any way to keep auto racing at the historic one-mile oval," USAC Series Coordinator Levi Jones explained. "To no avail, the economics of the horse industry and their desire to use the one-mile track year-round instead of the half-mile currently in the infield won out in the end."

USAC and Track Enterprises are currently exploring possible venues that could host the Hoosier Hundred for the 2020 season and beyond.

The history of the Track of Champions dates back well over a century. On June 20, 1903, Barney Oldfield drove a Henry Ford-designed "999" to the first sub-one-minute lap ever on a one-mile racetrack at 59.6 seconds. In 1917, Oldfield, the 1905 AAA National Champion, prevailed in a match race versus 1915 Indianapolis 500 winner Ralph DePalma.

In 1946, under the AAA National Championship banner, the one and only "Indianapolis 100" was held, with Rex Mays taking the victory. Seven years later, in 1953, a new, long-lasting tradition began with the inaugural running of the "Hoosier Hundred" won by Bob Sweikert.

The Hoosier Hundred has been held annually since 1953, with only a handful of interruptions due to inclement weather. Today, it remains one of the oldest, most tradition-rich racing events on the planet. Many of its winners have gone to achieve legendary status in auto racing with a list that includes A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti who are among the seven drivers to have won both the Hoosier Hundred and the Indianapolis 500 in their careers along with Bob Sweikert, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones and Al Unser.

This year, Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson has an opportunity to make even more history as he aims for an unprecedented fifth-straight "Hoosier Hundred" victory. The four-time USAC Silver Crown titlist has won the previous four events to tie Unser's streak of four-straight "Hoosier Hundred" wins between 1970-73.

Over the years, the Indy Mile has been home to a myriad of USAC racing events, including Sprint Car, Midget and Stock Car races. In the early-1980s, the "Hulman Hundred" for Silver Crown cars was created, which was added to the schedule as a second annual race for the series at the track each year from 1981-1995.

The "Hulman Hundred" was annually held in May while the Hoosier Hundred was scheduled for September in that era, until 1996 when the Hulman Hundred was discontinued. The Hoosier Hundred then moved to May where it remains today, except for a couple rainouts in the early 2000s that were rescheduled for later that same year.

On Thursday, May 23, be a part of history and witness this great race. "Hoosier Hundred" pit gates will open at noon Eastern, with the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand opening at 3pm and practice at 5. Racing begins for the Modifieds at 6 with Silver Crown Qualifying races to follow and the "Hoosier 100" scheduled for an 8 o'clock green flag.

Reserved seating is available for the Hoosier Hundred by calling the Track Enterprises office at (217) 764-3200, the Indiana State Fairgrounds Box Office, or through Ticketmaster. Reserved seats for adults are being sold for $25 pre-sale or $30 at the gate. Infield tickets will be available for $15 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

 

 

Strong Start at SCCT Opener Ends Early for Willie Croft

PETERSEN MEDIA- Kicking the Sprint Car Challenger Tour season off on Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, a good start to the night would unfortunately go south for Roseville, CA’s Willie Croft.

A strong field of 32 cars checked in to kick off the third season of Sprint Car Challenge Tour action, and Croft would open his night up by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/BulterBuilt/Brown and Miller supported entry in fourth quickest in his time trial group.

Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Croft would get the jump as he had Shane Golobic in tow. While Golobic was able to close in on him in the closing laps, “Double Down’ would have none of it as he held him off and picked up the win.

By way of the popular heat race win, Croft would transfer into the High Sierra Industries Dash where the six pill placed him in the third row for the shootout.

After a good start to the night, the Dash would prove to be the beginning of Croft’s misfortune on this night. Getting out of shape in turn two, heavy fact to the rear of his car would ensue as he looked to get corrected and it would result in him being credited with a seventh place finish as he was forced to the work area.

Taking the green flag from the seventh starting position for the 35-lap feature event, Croft would run well inside the Top-10 during the opening stages of the race that would be riddled by cautions and stoppages.

A restart on the ninth lap would see cars bounce around in front of Croft, as he would then feel contact from the rear by another competitor and it would cause damage that forced him to stop.

The damage would prove too be too much to get repaired in the work area, and a night that started so well would come to an early end.

“It was a frustrating way to end the night and start the SCCT season,” Croft said. “Thanks my to my guys for all their hard work. Hoping the weather holds and we can start the KWS/NARC season off on Saturday.”

Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Factory Kahne, Schoenfeld, Team Simpson, Stilo, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, AL Drivelines, XYZ, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, DoTerra and GUTS for their support in 2019.

2019 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-6, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-0.

ON TAP: Willie Croft will kick the 2019 KWS/NARC season off on Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.

 

 

Justyn Cox and Mike Phulps Motorsports Off and Running with Sprint Car Challenge Tour

PETERSEN MEDIA: Returning to action on Saturday night to kick off the 2019 Sprint Car Challenge Tour season after making a few starts earlier in the year, Justyn Cox and company are continuing to gel as they finished 15th with the SCCT in what was their first visit of the year at Placerville Speedway.

“We are continuing to acclimate to each other, and I think it is a process with a new team for sure,” Justyn Cox said. “15th isn’t where we want to be by any means, but were still figuring ourselves out and we all know what we are capable of together.”

In a loaded qualifying group, Cox would time the Long Creek Winery/Metal Works/Keizer Wheels machine in seventh quickest, though the margin through the group was extremely minimal.

Taking some knowledge he has gained over the last few years at Placerville Speedway, Cox would use it to his advantage in heat race action as he would make a nice move to work into fifth and take the transfer into the feature event.

Taking the green flag from the 17th starting position, Cox would bide his time early as cautions mired the opening stanza of the race. A lap nine restart would see Cox make contact with Willie Croft, which resulted in him taking a trip to the work area.

Restarting at the back of the pack, Cox would look to get his elbows up on a track that offered up a little bit of everything after the wet winter that has hindered the area.

Able to claw and scratch his way forward as far as he could, Cox closed out the SCCT opener with a 15th place finish.

“The first part of the main event I felt pretty good, but after the contact on a lap nine restart, the car handled differently and it made the rest of the race a little challenging,” Cox noted. “We got going okay, but I feel like every time we made some headway, the caution would negate it and we kept going back and forth. Good to get back to work, and thanks to everyone associated with Mike Phulps Motorsports for their hard work.”

Cox and Mike Phulps Motorsports would like to thanks Long Creek Winery, Metal Works, Keizer Wheels, Penn Grade Motor Oil, Moyle Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, DMI, Tel Tac, Joe Hunt Magnetos, Tel Tac, Hoosier Racing Tires, Kinde Racing Products, PM Truck Repair, Justice Brothers, Smith Titanium, CSI Shocks, ADCO Muffler and Driveline, ART, EMI, and Willwood for their support in 2019.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-3, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-2

ON TAP: Justyn Cox will be behind the wheel of the Cox Family Racing No. 31C Saturday night in Placerville, CA.

 

 

USAC WSO SEASON LAUNCHES FRIDAY AT RED DIRT

Meeker, Oklahoma (April 1, 2019).........The USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma season gets underway this Friday night, April 5, at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma for the first of three events on the racy quarter-mile dirt oval during 2019.

Reigning champion Brett Wilson of Sapulpa, Okla. won the Red Dirt opener en route to the series title a year ago. Oklahoman Danny Smith won twice at Red Dirt while Andrew Deal and Johnny Kent each picked up a victory along the way during the 2018 campaign.

Additional dates at Red Dirt throughout the year for the second season of WSO under USAC sanction include stops on August 24 and October 5, among the 14 races on the docket.

Gates open for this Friday's race at 6pm (Central) with draw opening at 6:15 at the USAC/WSO table until 7pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 7:15pm with hot laps to immediately follow.

General admission is just $15 for adults. High school students and younger are FREE (must show student ID).

USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma 2019 Season is brought to you by United States Auto Club, Hoosier Tires, AMSOIL, Tri-State Claims of Oklahoma, Barksdale Automotive, Green Turf Sod, Machine Services, Stinger Chassis, Boyd's Racing Engines, Downtown Digital Design, Annette Leesekamp, Jim Carr in remembrance of his father "#7 The Flying Dutchman", Hardwood Innovations & Jett Starr of Dagwell Dixie.

 

 

USAC MIDGET LEADER COURTNEY EYES KOKOMO G.P. REPEAT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (April 1, 2019).........Tyler Courtney arrives at this weekend's "Kokomo Grand Prix" ahead of the curve in terms of points and recent success at the ¼-mile Kokomo Speedway dirt oval.

He comes into the April 5-6 events atop the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings and is the reigning winner of the "Kokomo G.P."

Last year, just one month after missing the feature in the 2018 season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill., Courtney was champing at the bit to return to what everyone had become accustomed to - seeing "Sunshine" rise again in USAC victory lane at Kokomo, which he has already done four times since 2017 (3 sprint, 1 midget).

Courtney overcame an appetizing see-saw battle for the lead with eventual USAC National Midget champion Logan Seavey. With one final slider to close the door, an avoidance of lapped traffic mayhem and a late-race restart, Courtney overcame all those obstacles to come through with the victory. At the time, he had come a long way, figuratively and literally, from the lonely sideline he stood on in the 2018 "Shamrock Classic."

Coming into this year's "Kokomo G.P.," the story isn't quite as daunting, but the Indianapolis, Ind. driver does come into the event off another turbulent "Shamrock." After a skirmish during the second semi-feature, Courtney found himself in the same position again. However, he and his Clauson/Marshall Racing mount reached into the bag and utilized one of its provisionals where they charged from the tail, advancing 14 positions from 21st to 7th to become the biggest mover of the race.

Courtney blitzed into 2019 on a tear, sweeping both nights of "Winter Dirt Games X" at Ocala in February. The driver who finished in the runner-up spot on each occasion was the winner of the most recent USAC Midget stop at Kokomo last June - Kevin Thomas, Jr. The Cullman, Ala. native stands just nine points behind Courtney with three races in the books and looks to add onto his four past USAC-sanctioned Sprint Car victories there.

It still seems odd to tab C.J. Leary with the Rookie label at this point in his career, but the Greenfield, Ind. driver is, in fact, the leading Rookie driver at this point, standing third in the standings. Leary has been a master at Kokomo in recent years, winning twice in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition in addition to picking up a track championship there in 2015. His ride, the FMR Racing No. 76m, was on a tear at the "Kokomo G.P." in 2017, sweeping both nights with driver Brady Bacon.

A handful of drivers are looking to score their initial USAC National Midget wins at Kokomo, including native son and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland, who has nine career USAC Sprint wins there dating back to 1993. His RMS, LLC teammate, Thomas Meseraull, of San Jose, Calif. has won at Kokomo in a USAC Sprint Car in each of the last two seasons during "Indiana Sprint Week."

Additionally, Canton, Illinois native Chris Windom is a three-time USAC Sprint Car victor at Kokomo, along with singular winners in Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat (2009), Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas (2018) and Ione, California's Justin Grant (2018), who are all hunting for Kokomo USAC National Midget win number one.

Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise, the youngest winner in the history of the series, was victorious in a midget last Fall at the "Kokomo Klash."

The Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team captured the first two races in the history of the "Kokomo G.P." back in 2014 with Rico Abreu at the controls. This weekend, Sutter, California's Seavey leads the team into battle after leading ten laps of last year's event. Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans. is the top-ranked driver in the stable thus far, residing fifth in the points ahead of teammates Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Rookie Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.)

On both Friday and Saturday night, the front gates open at 3pm (Eastern) with cars set to hit the track at 6pm. Sprint Cars are on the card both nights with several drivers planning to pull double-duty in both machines.

Adult general admission tickets are $20. Children age 12 and under are FREE! Pit passes for all ages are $35.

Live, flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. The USAC app will also have free live audio of the entire event. You can follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and/or https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

BRODY ROA SPRINTS TO “SO-CAL SHOWDOWN” TRIUMPH AT PERRIS

Perris, California… After taking the lead from R.J. Johnson on lap 16, Brody Roa held off all challengers to become the third different driver in as many races to claim an AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph in 2019. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa topped the “So-Cal Showdown” at Perris Auto Speedway over fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Austin Liggett, and Stevie Sussex.

Starting on the pole position, Roa claimed his seventh career series main event win. Jace Vander Weerd earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to eighth place run.

Richard Vander Weerd scored his eighth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 27-car roster by posting a time of 16.508.

A.J. Bender took the checkered flags in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. “The Demon” Damion Gardner and R.J. Johnson claimed their 10-lap heat races.

The next event for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be the April 13th “Sokola Shootout” at Perris Auto Speedway.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit www.usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 30, 2019 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “So-Cal Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.509; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.566; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.633; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.636; 5. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.637; 6. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.672; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.845; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.856; 9. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-16.932; 10. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-16.935; 11. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-17.012; 12. Landon Cling, 54C, Cling-17.015; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.042; 14. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.145; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.172; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.215; 17. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.223; 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.229; 19. Sterling Cling, 34C, Cling-17.248; 20. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.370; 21. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.396; 22. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.419; 23. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.717; 24. Jake Swanson, 42X, Cheney-17.775; 25. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.813; 26. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-18.110; 27. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.184.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Faria, 3. Sussex, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Liggett, 6. Malcolm, 7. McCarthy, 8. S.Cling, 9. Tafoya. 2:58.41.

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. A.Williams, 3. Roa, 4. Davis, 5. Mitchell, 6. Martin, 7. Rayborne, 8. Hix, 9. Edwards. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. C.Williams, 3. Hodges, 4. Gansen, 5. Swanson, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Sweeney, 8. L.Cling, 9. Dyer. 3:00.76.

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Liggett, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Martin, 5. Mitchell, 6. Sweeney, 7. Edwards, 8. McCarthy, 9. Swanson, 10. S.Cling, 11. Tafoya, 12. L. Cling, 13. Dyer, 14. Rayborne, 15. Hix. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Brody Roa (1), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 3. Austin Williams (3), 4. Austin Liggett (8), 5. Stevie Sussex (10), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 7. Damion Gardner (5), 8. Jace Vander Weerd (17), 9. Danny Faria Jr. (12), 10. Mike Martin (16), 11. Tommy Malcolm (7), 12. Chris Gansen (14), 13. Kyle Edwards (19), 14. Sterling Cling (18), 15. Verne Sweeney (20), 16. R.J. Johnson (2), 17. A.J. Bender (15), 18. Josh Hodges (9), 19. Matt Mitchell (13), 20. Cody Williams (4), 21. Jake Swanson (22), 22. Matt McCarthy (21). NT. ---------------------------- **C.Williams flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Bender and Johnson flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Johnson, Laps 16-30 Roa. SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Jace Vander Weerd (17th to 8th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-218, 2-Gardner-204, 3-A.Williams-188, 4-Johnson-182, 5-Sussex-174, 6-Hodges-164, 7-Davis-144, 8-Martin-136, 9-Malcolm-126, -Isaac Chapple-126.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 13 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Sokola Shootout”

 

 

USAC AND FLOSPORTS EXPAND RACING COVERAGE TO WESTERN SERIES

Speedway, Indiana - (March 29, 2019) - Today, The United States Auto Club and FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced an expanded partnership, to provide live and on-demand coverage of additional USAC Racing events exclusively on FloRacing.com.

This five-year deal nearly nearly doubles the amount of USAC events on FloRacing adding live events from the series' western divisions, including the CRA Sprint Cars, Western States Midgets and Southwest Sprint Cars, and more. Fans will now have access to more than 130 live USAC racing events during 2019.

"USAC's on-track action is second-to-none and we are thrilled to showcase the thrilling racing of our western series to the world on FloRacing," USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. "Racing fans worldwide will now be able to witness USAC racing year-round every day, delivering wall-to-wall content of the best of the best USAC talent to your streaming device."

"We are excited about expanding our partnership with USAC to provide fans with even more access some of the most exciting races in the sport and world," FloSports Vice President of Global Rights Acquisition Mike Levy said. "With the addition of these events, FloRacing is reinforcing our commitment to growing the sport. We're fortunate to have forward thinking partners like Kevin Miller and USAC who share our vision."

In addition to the over 80-plus USAC National events on the live FloRacing schedule, subscribers can access to witness live and on-demand AMSOIL USAC/CRA events from California venues such as Perris, Ventura, Bakersfield, Santa Maria, Petaluma and Merced. Marquee events include the "California Sprint Week" and the "Louie Vermeil Classic" at Calistoga, plus "Oval Nationals" from Perris and the "Western World Championships" from Arizona, both of which are co-sanctioned with the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car events on FloRacing will take you, the racefan, to Arizona Speedway and throughout the Grand Canyon state, including Canyon and Central Arizona with a few stops in Perris, Calif. along the way.

The Western States Midgets will put you in the driver's seat for live racing action at California's Bakersfield, Merced, Santa Maria, Ventura, Petaluma and into Arizona along the way, including an expanded western swing for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in the month of November, with stops in Arizona for the "Western World," the inaugural 100-lap "Hangtown 100" from Placerville, Calif., the "November Classic" at Bakersfield and the season-closing "Turkey Night Grand Prix" from Ventura.

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

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

For more information and for the complete event schedule and streaming schedule for each series, visit www.usacracing.com, www.FloRacing.com, or www.FloSports.tv.

About FloSports

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

 

 

LAWRENCEBURG SPRINT RACE POSTPONED TO APRIL 20

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (March 28, 2019).........With a 100-percent chance of rain forecasted for this weekend, USAC and Lawrenceburg Speedway officials have decided to postpone this Saturday's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Midwest season opener to Saturday, April 20.

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with the original reschedule date, the race was moved back into the month of April.

Times and ticket prices will remain the same for the rescheduled event. Pit gates will open at 3pm (Eastern) with front gates opening at 5pm and hot laps getting underway at 6pm. Adult tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, while children age 6 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 (all ages).

The series will make three visits to the southeastern Indiana 3/8-mile dirt oval this season in addition to the May 4 date, making stops on July 21 for "Indiana Sprint Week" and on October 5 for the "Fall Nationals." Additionally, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will make a stop at "The Burg" on June 8 for "Indiana Midget Week."

The next events on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar are included in a doubleheader weekend. The Sprints travel to Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on April 12 for the "Larry Rice Classic," then to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on April 13.

C.J. Leary remains the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader. Leary, Chris Windom and Justin Grant have each won series features thus far with three races complete.

 

 

BRING ON THE BURG: USAC SPRINTS MAKE MIDWEST DEBUT SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (March 26, 2019).........The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Midwest season opener is always a time to celebrate as the roar of 410-cubic inch engines finally come back to life following the winter doldrums. This year is no exception as the series returns this Saturday, March 30, to Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway, host of 61 previous series events dating back to its debut on the schedule in 1983.

The most recent of those 61 was won by Ione, California's Justin Grant, who drove the TOPP Motorsports car to victory last Fall at the 3/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval amidst a flurry of wins to conclude the 2018 season. He's won USAC shows at Lawrenceburg three times, his first in 2012, then again in 2014 and in 2018. He's already begun 2019 with a victory in Ocala, Fla. back in February and sits fourth in the standings.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary debuted with the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports team in similar fashion the night following Grant in Ocala, winning the "Winter Dirt Games X" finale. The 2013 Lawrenceburg track champ won during "Indiana Sprint Week" at The Burg in 2017 and leads the USAC standings coming into Saturday night's race.

Chris Windom, the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, won the Spring opener at Lawrenceburg that year to kickstart his title run. The Canton, Ill. driver won this year's season opener in Ocala in spectacular fashion, on the final lap over Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., sits two markers behind Leary in the standings following a pair of runner-up finishes and a fifth to his credit. He's won with USAC at Lawrenceburg on three occasions, including the Spring opener in 2013.

Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind., didn't snare a win down at Ocala but did manage to grab a pair of third-place runs, including a charge from 22nd to the podium on the second night. The defending series champion, and winningest driver from a year ago with 11 scores, won the "Indiana Sprint Week" round at Lawrenceburg a year ago.

No driver has won as many USAC Sprint Car races at Lawrenceburg than has Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland with seven between 1998 and 2016. The combination between the winningest series' driver of all time and Chase Briscoe Racing is lethal heading into The Burg. Briscoe's father, Kevin, won three times in USAC competition in 1999, 2000 and 2002. Brady Short, on the crew for the CBR team, won a USAC Sprint feature here himself as a driver in 2008.

Robert Ballou, Chase Stockon and Brady Bacon have each scored a USAC win at Lawrenceburg over the years. Ballou, the 2015 series titlist out of Rocklin, Calif., won there in 2011. Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon won his first career USAC Sprint main in 2012 at Lawrenceburg. Meanwhile, two-time series champ Bacon from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was victorious in 2015.

Like Leary, Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug is a USAC regular who's a past track champ at Lawrenceburg back in 2011. He's aiming to get back to victory lane for the first time in two seasons this Saturday, looking to tack on to his six career USAC National Sprint Car points-paying victories with his initial USAC score at Lawrenceburg.

Pit gates open at 3pm this Saturday with front gates opening at 5pm and hot laps beginning at 6pm (Eastern Time).

Adult tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, while children age 6 and under are FREE. Pit passes are $30 (all ages).

Live, flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be on http://www.FloRacing.com/. The USAC app will also have free live audio of the entire event. You can follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and/or https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing available on the Race Monitor app.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS SATURDAY FOR SO-CAL SHOWDOWN

By: Lance Jennings

MARCH 25, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, March 30th.

The "Annual So-Cal Showdown" will also feature the famed NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars, and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. In addition, the event is "American Cancer Society Night Benefitting the Up, Down 'n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run."

Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws "Fan Pit Pass" are available online at www.woosprint.com. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track's website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 213 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. "The Demon" Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 45 "home track" wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. While rain claimed last year's "So-Cal Showdown," Gardner topped the popular event in 2014 and 2017. Richard Vander Weerd scored the victory in 2015, and Josh Hodges took the checkered flags in 2016. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Entering the third point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) is tied for the series point lead. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa finished second and third at Canyon Speedway Park's two-night "Spring Showcase." To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has also posted 13 feature laps led on the season. The second generation driver has six career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to add the "So-Cal Showcase" to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) is tied with Roa at the top of the point standings. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / BG Chemicals Sherman, Johnson had two fourth place finishes at the "Spring Showcase." At press time, the five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion also has one heat race victory and one feature lap led to his credit. The second generation driver will have his sights on claiming his seventh series win this Saturday night.

"The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner posted seventh and second place finishes at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the seven-time champion has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and one heat race victory in the campaign. This Saturday, "The Demon" will be looking to score his series leading eighty-first triumph.

Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA championship point chase. Driving the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Parts Plus DRC, Hodges won the opening night and placed ninth in the "Spring Showcase" finale. At press time, the 2009 ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award, and 29 feature laps led on the season. Josh won the Perris "So-Cal Showdown" in 2016 and will have his sights on his third USAC/CRA victory.

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, IN) is currently fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting his #52 CFH Enterprises / Superior Consulting DRC, Chapple ran third and eighth at the Peoria, Arizona oval. The USAC National Sprint Car Series driver has returned to the Midwest and is not expected to compete this Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams, Stevie Sussex, "The Real American" Matt Rossi, "The Magic Man" Mike Martin, "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm, Jake Swanson, Chris Gansen, Matt McCarthy, "The Bull" Tye Mihocko, A.J. Bender, Joel Rayborne, Verne Sweeney, Kyle Edwards, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. For more event information, visit the track's website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws "Fan Pit Pass" are available online at www.woosprint.com.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, 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.

 

 

TRISTAN GUARDINO WINS VENTURA’S BATTLE OF THE BEACH RACE #1

Ventura, California… After trading the lead with Jake Swanson, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) sailed to his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the year at Ventura Raceway. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Tristan’s earned $1,500 for his efforts.

Starting sixth, Guardino extended his point lead and claimed his sixth career series win over Swanson, Troy Rutherford, Carson Macedo, and Cody Majors. Macedo earned hard charger honors with a sixteenth to fourth place run.

Tristan Guardino also earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 19-car roster and set a new track record of 11.958.

Macedo took the checkered flags in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Ryan Timmons and Cody Majors claimed their 10-lap heat races.

The next race for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be at Santa Maria Raceway on April 27th. The USAC Western States Midgets will join the action packed card at “The West’s Best Short Track.”

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 23, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “Battle of the Beach Race #1” – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-11.958 (New Track Record), 2. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.170; 3. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-12.250; 4. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-12.285; 5. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-12.326; 6. Cody Majors, 81, Watt-12.344; 7. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-12.394; 8. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.444; 9. Jeff Fillingame, 17R, Fillingame-12.513; 10. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.523; 11. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.640; 12. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.813; 13. Charlie Butcher, 96, B&B-12.844; 14. Tyler Williams, 21K, Kruseman-12.846; 15. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-12.889; 16. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-12.947; 17. Darren Vanderly, 7K, Kruseman-12.999; 18. Gage Rucker, 87K, Kruseman-13.176; 19. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.562.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Swanson, 3. Helt, 4. Guardino, 5. Hix, 6. Butcher, 7. Ervine. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Hendrix, 3. Edwards, 4. Rutherford, 5. Williams, 6. Vanderly. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. Shaw, 3. Ringo, 4. Fillingame, 5. Hendricks, 6. Rucker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Tristan Guardino (6), 2. Jake Swanson (3), 3. Troy Rutherford (5), 4. Carson Macedo (16), 5. Cody Majors (1), 6. Kyle Edwards (2), 7. Ryan Timmons (8), 8. Slater Helt (7), 9. Steve Hix (10), 10. Jeff Fillingame (9), 11. Koen Shaw (15), 12. Charlie Butcher (13), 13. Rick Hendrix (11), 14. Darren Vanderly (17), 15. Tom Hendricks (12), 16. Tyler Williams (14), 17. Gage Rucker (18), 18. Austin Ervine (19), 19. J.J. Ringo (4). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Majors, Lap 6 Swanson, Lap 7 Guardino, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-30 Guardino. HARD CHARGER: Carson Macedo (16th to 4th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-276, 2-Swanson-238, 3-Timmons-199, 4-Danny Faria Jr.-186, 5-Shaw-183, 6-Brody Roa-154, -Helt-154, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-147, 9-Stevie Sussex-145, 10-Edwards-141.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 27 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

SWANSON PERSEVERES IN MEMPHIS 100 WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 23, 2019).........It takes a master of a craft for an individual to adapt to anything thrown at them.

Kody Swanson has encountered countless tests throughout the offseason - in the weeks leading up to the first race and on both days of race weekend - yet he managed to ace them all, culminating in Saturday's "Memphis 100" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victory at Memphis International Raceway.

At the conclusion of 2018, Swanson migrated to Nolen Racing after the closure of DePalma Motorsports with whom he won four of the previous five Silver Crown championships. The team thrashed through the offseason to get their machines ready for the opener and had the foresight and the want-to to have two cars ready to go for Memphis. As it turned out, they would need their full arsenal.

During Friday's practice, Swanson practiced both of Nolen's cars. They had their primary car pulled apart on pit lane during the session after a brand-new driveshaft dealt them trouble. Meanwhile, the team pulled out their backup and Swanson put some laps on it to make sure it was ready to run. Swanson jumped back into the primary with a new driveshaft and proceeded to set the fastest lap of the afternoon.

Fast forward to raceday on Saturday, Swanson took to practice back in the primary before encountering what he described as a fluke engine part issue. Nolen once again had to roll the backup car out where they tweaked on the chassis to get it to where Kody felt it was at its best. Enter qualifying and Swanson put it on the pole position.

Easy as clockwork, right? Of course not, but with Swanson as part of the operation, he almost makes it seem that way on the regular.

"I'm exhausted; I'm elated; I don't even know what to feel," Swanson exclaimed. "I'm very grateful. I haven't been to my day job since Tuesday. I could see the writing on the wall that we were already in a corner then. We had guys that were there into the wee hours of the morning with me almost every night this week, then back at it the next day, just digging for all we were worth to be ready. We got one ready and dug deep enough to get the other one ready just in case," Swanson explained. You hate to think you'd ever have a failure and need it, but we did, and it was ready to come in off the bench and do a great job for us."

Swanson led the first five circuits from the pole position of the 100-lapper before David Byrne corralled Swanson and used an outside turn one pass to clear him for the point. Eric Gordon capitalized and was able to grab second from Swanson just moments later on the back straightaway. By lap eight, Swanson was fourth as hard-charging Aaron Pierce slipped by as well.

Matt Goodnight was the lone wall contact of the weekend, pounding the SAFER barrier between turns three and four on lap 10 to bring out a lengthy yellow, that ultimately resulted in a red flag for the cleanup. He climbed from the car and walked away under his own power. Fifth-running Kyle Hamilton also stopped during the incident and was relegated to the tail.

When racing resumed, Pierce was a man on a mission, sweeping by Gordon for second on the 25th lap and, one lap later, ripping by Byrne on the inside of turn three to snare the top spot.

Kody Swanson and the Nolen Racing crew celebrate their USAC Silver Crown season-opening victory Saturday at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway. (Rich Forman Photo)

Pierce had constructed a one-and-a-half second lead until lap 36 when he fell to the wayside with a driveline issue, putting him on the sidelines for the remainder of the afternoon. That put two familiar foes, Swanson and Bobby Santos, at the front running one-two.

One lap following a restart, Santos made his move on Swanson, swiping the lead with an inside turn one pass just before the halfway mark, ultimately building a one-and-a-half second lead. Coming into Memphis, Santos had won the series' pavement opener in two-straight years and Swanson admitted tracking down Santos in a pavement Silver Crown car was no easy feat, but his faith and confidence never wavered.

"I did my homework enough to know that Memphis eats tires and that you need to be there at the end," Swanson explained. "I was glad to be in a good spot early and get the lead, but Bobby was coming strong through the middle. I didn't know if once he got the lead, we'd see him again. I felt like we kind of stabilized there and got a couple restarts and got a chance to just start over."

That chance seemingly arrived on the lap 71 restart when Swanson tracked Santos' path and shot to the lead on the inside off turn two. However, back in the pack, the machines of Travis Welpott (backstretch) and Austin Nemire (turn two) came to a stop to bring out the yellow, thus negating Swanson's race-leading move.

With oil dry on the low line between turns one and two, Swanson had to alter his line entering and exiting the second turn as he went to work on Santos on the lap 79 restart. It didn't take long for the fruits of Swanson's labor to pay dividends as Swanson was able to occupy the low line into turn three to overtake Santos for good.

Swanson still had to work his way through traffic down the stretch, weaving his way through as Santos kept a close watch. Coming to the white flag, the cars of Chris Dyson and Byrne ran side-by-side into turn one. Swanson looked for an escape and had to whoa up his ride, getting him a tad squirrely on entry, but recovered to drive around the outside of Dyson midway down the back straight and enter clear waters to win his 25th career USAC Silver Crown event.

Behind Swanson were a series of fascinating perseverance stories of their own. Santos finished second after starting 21st on the grid due to having a push start on the initial start. Grant was third after charging from 20th following a right rear tire change prior to the start. Hamilton earned a career-best fourth after restarting from the tail following Goodnight's early-race incident. Rookie Joey Schmidt took fifth in his very first Silver Crown start.

Yet, at the front, it was Swanson once again, who admitted he hadn't even been able to go to the gym lately because he had been at the shop so much. After burning the midnight (and beyond) oil night-after-night, and through the trials and tribulations, the Kingsburg, Calif. native once again prevailed, and takes off in 2019 right from where he left off with a group as dedicated as he is to the craft.

"If I've learned anything over the last five years, it's that the effort put in by the people you work with can make all the difference. This Nolen bunch, so many people have stepped up and really tried to put their best foot forward and give it all we had."

Contingency award winners Saturday at Memphis International Raceway were Kody Swanson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Bobby Santos (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Mike Haggenbottom (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 23, 2019 - Memphis International Raceway - Millington, Tennessee - "Memphis 100"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-20.830; 2. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-21.083; 3. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.096; 4. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-21.120; 5. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-21.209; 6. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-21.314; 7. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-21.340; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11, DHR/Byrd-21.405; 9. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-21.489; 10. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.559; 11. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.604; 12. Derek Bischak, 31, Bischak-21.715; 13. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-21.829; 14. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-21.837; 15. Joey Schmidt, 25, Pierce-21.900; 16. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/EGR-21.927; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-21.927; 18. Jason Conn, 88, DHR-21.983; 19. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-22.202; 20. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-22.245; 21. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Gerhardt-22.904; 22. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-22.992; 23. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (21), 3. Justin Grant (20), 4. Kyle Hamilton (2), 5. Joey Schmidt (14), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 7. Eric Gordon (6), 8. Derek Bischak (9), 9. Chris Dyson (11), 10. David Byrne (3), 11. Kyle Robbins (18), 12. Cody Gerhardt (19), 13. Mike Haggenbottom (22), 14. Cody Gallogly (17), 15. Austin Nemire (8), 16. Travis Welpott (13), 17. C.J. Leary (5), 18. Aaron Pierce (10), 19. Bill Rose (12), 20. Chris Windom (4), 21. Jason Conn (15), 22. Matt Goodnight (16), 23. Jim Anderson (23). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Swanson, Laps 6-25 Byrne, Laps 26-35 Pierce, Laps 36-49 Swanson, Laps 50-79 Santos, Laps 80-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bobby Santos (21st to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Mike Haggenbottom

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-76, 2-Santos-67, 3-Grant-64, 4-Hamilton-61, 5-Schmidt-58, 6-Thomas-55, 7-Gordon-52, 8-Bischak-49, 9-Dyson-46, 10-Byrne-43.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: April 14, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - Fatheadz Eyewear "Sumar Classic"

 

SWANSON DEBUTS WITH NOLEN AT THE TOP IN MEMPHIS PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 22, 2019).........Kody Swanson used Friday's practice session at Memphis International Raceway to get acquainted with his new ride in the Nolen Racing No. 20 for the 2019 season.

Despite having to pull one car apart and utilizing both of their machines on hand throughout the four-hour session, the four-time Silver Crown champ found his way to the top once again. With less than a half-hour left in the session, the Kingsburg, Calif. native laid down a lap of 21.039 seconds around the ¾-mile D-shaped paved track to set the mark.

Bobby Santos, who's captured victory in the pavement season opener in each of the previous two seasons, was second at 21.188, setting the time during the final minute of the session. Chris Windom, the 2016 series champ, was third at 21.237, ahead of David Byrne (21.303) and Aaron Pierce (21.307) rounding out the top-five. Justin Grant, Eric Gordon, Austin Nemire, Kyle Hamilton and C.J. Leary completed the top-ten with 23 drivers hitting the track.

Swanson led all drivers with 94 laps completed. Rookie Joey Schmidt ran 90 and Mike Haggenbottom completed 77.

On Saturday, March 23, it's raceday for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series at Memphis. Pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: March 22, 2019 - Memphis International Raceway - Millington, Tennessee - "Memphis 100"

PRACTICE: 1. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-21.039; 2. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-21.188; 3. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-21.237; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.303; 5. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.307; 6. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.332; 7. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-21.352; 8. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-21.519; 9. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-21.572; 10. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-21.641; 11. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-21.668; 12. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-21.745; 13. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-21.750; 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11, DHR/Byrd-21.754; 15. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/EGR-21.778; 16. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-21.903; 17. Derek Bischak, 31, Bischak-22.093; 18. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-22.203; 19. Joey Schmidt, 25, Pierce-22.260; 20. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-22.440; 21. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-22.934; 22. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Gerhardt-23.058; 23. Jason Conn, 88, DHR-23.461.

 

 

GORDON THE MOST EXPERIENCED IN MEMPHIS FIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 21, 2019).........3

Aaron Pierce and Kody Swanson are tied with 93 career starts apiece and are expected to surpass the 100-start milestone with the series this year. Only 18 drivers are currently in the 100-start club, topped by Dave Darland with 200.

On the other end of the spectrum, seven drivers on the Memphis entry list are categorized as series Rookies with four career starts or less. Cody Gerhardt has four, Chris Dyson has three, Jim Anderson and Derek Bischak have two apiece, while Cody Gallogly has one. Meanwhile, Jason Conn and Joey Schmidt are aiming to make their first career series starts.

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice from noon to 4pm (Central).

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.

Career Silver Crown Starts (Memphis Drivers)
1. (130) Eric Gordon
2. (93) Aaron Pierce & Kody Swanson
4. (59) Chris Windom
5. (55) Bill Rose
6. (49) David Byrne & Bobby Santos
8. (38) Justin Grant
9. (32) Austin Nemire
10. (28) C.J. Leary
11. (17) Matt Goodnight
12. (13) Kyle Hamilton
13. (10) Kyle Robbins
14. (9) Travis Welpott
15. (8) Mike Haggenbottom
16. (6) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
17. (4) Cody Gerhardt
18. (3) Chris Dyson
19. (2) Jim Anderson & Derek Bischak
21. (1) Cody Gallogly
22. (0) Jason Conn & Joey Schmidt

Career Silver Crown Starts (All Drivers)
1. (200) Dave Darland
2. (196) Brian Tyler
3. (194) Russ Gamester
4. (175) Jerry Coons, Jr.
5. (172) Tracy Hines
6. (163) Jack Hewitt
7. (151) Johnny Parsons
8. (147) Tony Elliott
9. (130) Eric Gordon
10. (128) George Snider
11. (125) Gary Hieber
12. (114) Chuck Gurney
13. (113) Bud Kaeding & Jimmy Sills
15. (111) Dave Steele
16. (102) A.J. Fike
17. (101) John Heydenreich
18. (100) Larry Rice
19. (94) Jay Drake & Paul White
21. (93) Aaron Pierce & Kody Swanson
23. (91) J.J. Yeley
24. (90) Tom Bigelow
25. (88) Mark Alderson
26. (84) Jason McCord
27. (83) Gary Bettenhausen
28. (79) Donnie Beechler & Levi Jones
30. (77) Rich Vogler
31. (76) Larry Dickson
32. (74) Steve Chassey
33. (73) Rich Tobias, Jr.
34. (72) Bobby East & Ryan Newman
36. (71) Robby Flock & Sheldon Kinser
38. (70) Steve Butler
39. (68) Billy Engelhart
40. (67) Joe Saldana
41. (66) Brad Noffsinger
42. (65) Jerry Nemire
43. (62) Ron Shuman
44. (60) Randy Bateman & Wally Pankratz
46. (59) Chris Windom
47. (58) Rick Hood
48. (55) Gary Irvin & Bill Rose
50. (54) Shane Hollingsworth & Tom Capie
52. (53) Chet Fillip & Jason Leffler
54. (52) Wayne Reutimann, Jr.
55. (51) Jacob Wilson
56. (50) Shane Cottle
57. (49) Tony Stewart, Bobby Santos & David Byrne
60. (48) Mike Bliss
61. (47) Bob Cicconi & Ken Schrader
63. (46) Bentley Warren & Jim Keeker
65. (45) Billy Vukovich & Derek Davidson
67. (43) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Tyler Walker & Jeff Swindell
70. (42) Jon Stanbrough
71. (41) Dane Carter & Danny Milburn
73. (40) Aaron Fike, Andy Hillenburg, Chip Thomas & Warren Mockler
77. (39) Jim McElreath & Tray House
79. (38) Bobby Olivero, Tanner Swanson, Shane Cockrum & Justin Grant
83. (37) Chuck Leary, Duke Cook, Pancho Carter, Roger Rager, Rusty McClure & Todd Kane

89. (36) Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Ed Carpenter & Ron Dunstan

92. (35) Chris Urish & Patrick Lawson

94. (34) Davey Hamilton, Greg Staab, Kevin Huntley, Kevin Thomas & Ronnie Burke

99. (33) Cary Faas, Jimmy Kite & Josh Wise

102. (32) Brent Kaeding & Austin Nemire

104. (31) Arnie Knepper, Jim Mahoney, Mat Neely, Ron Gregory, Steve Cannon & Stevie Reeves

110. (30) Jeff Bloom, Jerry Russell, Manny Rockhold, Stan Fox, Teddy Beach, Tim Barber & Zach Daum

117. (29) Michael Lewis & Rocky Hodges

119. (28) Dave Blaney, Bill Puterbaugh & C.J. Leary

122. (27) Brad Armstrong, Bryan Clauson & Matt Westfall

125. (26) Dan Drinan

126. (25) Kasey Kahne & Nick Lundgreen

128. (24) Derek Hagar, Jerry Miller, Kenny Jacobs & Pat Abold

132. (23) Steve Buckwalter

133. (22) Billy Cassella, Bob Frey, Cameron Dodson, Kevin Doty, Terry Babb & Joe Liguori

139. (21) Davey Ray, Walt Kennedy & Brady Bacon

142. (20) Bill Baue, Dave Feese, John Starks & Randy Tolsma

146. (19) Bruce Field, Gene Lee Gibson, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden & Shane Hmiel

151. (18) Al Unser, Jackie Burke, Jonathan Vennard, Mike Murgoitio, Rollie Beale & Casey Shuman

157. (17) A.J. Foyt, Jimmy Caruthers, Kramer Williamson, Sam Sessions & Matt Goodnight

162. (16) Pablo Donoso

163. (15) Brian Gerster, Bruce Walkup, P.J. Jones & Paul Clark

167. (14) Billy Boat, Boston Reid, Bubby Jones, Carl Edwards, Danny Smith, Jarett Andretti, Jeff Gordon, Jerry Weeks, Keith Kauffman, Ralph Liguori, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Smokey Snellbaker & Chris Fetter

180. (13) Andy Michner, Billy Wease, Brian Paulus, Bud Wilmot, Dana Carter, Greg Leffler, Jac Haudenschild, Jackie Howerton, Jim Childers, Jon Johnson, Patrick Bruns, Robert Ballou, Rodney Weesner, Tyce Carlson & Kyle Hamilton

195. (12) Bill Tyler, Billy Pauch, Brad Fox, Mike Gregg, Mike Hess & Ricky Shelton

201. (11) Bobby McMahan, Cory Kruseman, Craig Dori, David Gough, Dickie Gaines, Greg Weld, Greg Wilson, Hud Cone, James McElreath, Justin Carver, Lee Kunzman, Mario Andretti, Mike Peters, Rex Norris III, Steve Kinser, Tad Roach, Taylor Ferns, Joey Moughan, J.C. Bland & Tyler Courtney

221. (10) Bob Harkey, Gary Gray, Jack Runyon, Jim Moughan, Kenneth Nichols, Page Jones, Richard Griffin, Robbie Stanley, Robert Smith, Ronnie Day, Terry Kawell, Terry Pletch, Terry James, Coleman Gulick & Kyle Robbins

236. (9) Bob Evans, Bobby Adkins, Bryn Gohn, Caleb Armstrong, Chappy Knaack, Chuck Amati, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Hurtubise, Johnny Rutherford, Karl Busson, Kyle Larson, Larry Martin, Paul Pitzer, Rebel Jackson, Jr., Wayne Hammond, Joss Moffatt & Travis Welpott

253. (8) Aaron Pollock, Carl Williams, Chris Cumberworth, Christopher Bell, Cole Carter, Dakota Jackson, Danny Long, Doug Didero, Doug Wolfgang, Frankie Kerr, Greg Peterson, Jan Opperman, Joe Axsom, Junior Parkinson, Ken Hamilton, Larry Gates, Lee Osborne, Lennie Waldo, Mel Cornett, Mike Johnson, Paul Durant, Ray Joe Fager, Rick Treadway, Rod Holshouser, Roy Hicks, Ryan Smith, Sammy Swindell, Steve Siegel, Thiago Medeiros, Tracy Potter, Darl Harrison & Mike Haggenbottom

285. (7) Alex Shanks, Billy Whitaker, Blake Hollingsworth, Bob East, Brian Hayden, Damion Gardner, Eric Butze, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jesse Hockett, Joe Gaerte, Joe McCarthy, John Andretti, Lou Cicconi, Jr., Mark Smith, Michael Roselli, Jr., Mike Thomas, Mitch Wissmiller, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Paul Huntington, Paul Koch, Perry Ferrell, Pete Shepherd III, Rob Chaney, Tony Hunt, Johnny Petrozelle & Toni Breidinger

311. (6) Bill Burks, Jr., Bill Kojis, Bob Ewell, Brian Seidel, Darren Hagen, Don Nordhorn, Doug Kalitta, Jeff Mitrisin, Jerry Stone, Jimmy Stinson, John Hubbard, Justin Allgaier, Kellen Conover, Kenny Gentry, Kevin Koch, Kyle Steffens, Larry Hoppes, Marc Jessup, Michael Annett, Mike Brooks, Mike Lichty, Mike Winblad, Palmer Crowell, Ryan Durst, Spike Gehlhausen, Tom Hessert III & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

338. (5) Barry Camp, Brad Kuhn, Brad Marvel, Cole Whitt, Davey Hamilton, Jr., Donnie Lehmann, John Hunt, Kevin Olson, Larry Cannon, Mack McClellan, Mario Marietta, Mark Cassella, Mike Stroehle, Red Stauffer, Rich Leavell, Rip Williams, Sleepy Tripp, Sport Allen, Steven Russell, Terry Uehling, Todd Beach & Neil Shepherd

360. (4) Billy Shuman, Billy Vukovich III, Bobby Marcum, Casey Diemert, Clark Templeman, Danny Ebberts, David Bridges, David Mirk, Dean Shirley, Dereck King, Don Hawley, Donny Schatz, Herb Copeland, Jake Simmons, Jimmy Brewer, John Batts, Jr., Keith Butler, Kevin Whitesides, Lee Dunn, Leon Thickstun, Mike Brecht, Mike Larrison, Mike Ling, Miranda Throckmorton, Murray Erickson, Ray Bull, Ray Evans, Rodney Ritter, Jr., Scott Hansen, Shane Carson, Steve Arpin, Steve Kent, Steve Knepper, Tim Siner, Tony Armstrong, Von McGee, Wes Miller, Dave Berkheimer, Keith Burch & Cody Gerhardt

400. (3) Aaron Mosley, Art Bisch, Jr., Bill Compton, Bob Meli, Brad Sweet, Buz Tapply, Cale Thomas, Chase Stockon, Darryl Haugh, Dave Burns, Dean Franklin, Dick Tobias, Doug Berryman, Ed Angle, Emmett Hahn, Erin Crocker, Frankie Schneider, Gary Cameron II, Gary Patterson, Gary Ponzini, George White, Greg Wooley, Jeff Gardner, Jim Malloy, Jim Whiteside, John Barrick, Johnny Anderson, Justin Barger, Keith Campbell, Kelly Kinser, Kevin Bloomstran, Kevin Studley, Kipp Beard, Lance Kobusch, Larry Moore, Lee Brewer, Jr., Marv Carman, Merle Bettenhausen, Mike Martin, Mike Ordway, Red Kunstbeck, Rick Brown, Rick Ungar, Ricky Logan, Robbie Rice, Robin Bank, Ron Smoker, Roy Caruthers, Rusty Rasmussen, Ryan Moore, Ryan Scott, Steve Adams, Steve Long, Terry Shepherd, Thad Dosher, Tim Cox, Tommie Estes, Jr., Tony Weyant, Travis Rilat, Troy DeCaire, Wayne Chinn, Wayne Reutimann, Zach Martini, Zach Schiff, A.J. Russell, Korey Weyant, Austin Mundie & Chris Dyson

468. (2) A.J. Foyt IV, Al Thomas, Annie Breidinger, Bill Hudson, Billy Felts, Bruce Jennings, Butch Wilkerson, Charlie Workman, Chuck Gurney, Jr., Dan Boorse, Daryl Daugherty, Dave Baumgartner, David Shain, Dean Billings, Dean Erfurth, Duke DeRosa, Dustin Morgan, Ed Lynch, Frank D'Alonso, Frank McDaniel, Garry Lee Maier, Greg DeCaires, Greg Furlong, Howie Sewell, Jack Ziegler, Jay Ervine, Jay Maupin, Jerry Karl, Jigger Sirois, Joe Gosek, John Nervo, Johnny Coogan, Jon Herb, Jordan Hermansader, Ken Brewer, Kevin Kierce, Kevin Swindell, Kyle O'Gara, Larry Neighbors, Leon Gentry, Lyn McIntosh, Lynn Paxton, Mark Sokola, Michael Adkins, Mike Andreeta, Mike Fedorcak, Mike Gigot, Mike Lauterborn, Mike McCreary, Mike Mosley, Jr., Nelson Stewart, Randy Bauer, Randy Hannagan, Randy Mausteller, Randy Standridge, Rick Goudy, Rick Salem, Rick Sipes, Rob Summers, Rodney Stone, Roger McCluskey, Salt Walther, Scott Edmiston, Scott Hatton, Scott Pierovich, Shane Butler, Sparky Howard, Stan Constant, Steve Carithers, Steve Lotshaw, Stewart Friesen, Tim Clark, Todd Bammer, Tom Davies, Tommy Astone, Troy Matchen, Troy Regier, Troy Thompson, Troy Vaccaro, Van May, Austin Blair, Derek Bischak & Jim Anderson

551. (1) Andrew Felker, Andy Forsberg, Anthony Simone, Art Pollard, Bill Schemonia, Billy Pauch, Jr., Bob Brutto, Bob Davison, Bobby Allen, Bobby Davis, Jr., Brad Davis, Brad Doty, Brent Whited, Brett Hearn, Brian DeFord, Brian Hosford, Bryan Whited, Bud Tingelstad, Byron Reed, Carl Smith, Chad Boat, Charles Davis, Jr., Charlie Swartz, Cheryl Glass, Chris Phillips, Curt Michael, Curt Waters, Dakoda Armstrong, Dallas Hewitt, Dan Ford, Dana Laliberte, Danny Frye, Jr., Danny Shouse, Darren Spiers, Daryl Campbell, Dave McGough, Dave Peperak, David McCreary, David Reutimann, Don Carr, Don O'Keefe, Donnie Crawford, Doug Saunier, Drew Church, Earnest Jennings, Ed Lynch, Jr., Eddie Sachs, Jr., Eddie Wirth, Elvin Felty, Eric Todd, Eric Trousdale, Fred Neighbors, Fred Rahmer, Fred Tegarden, Jr., Gary Griffith, Grant Simpson, Greg Nelson, Greg Stephens, Harold Leep, Henry Clarke, Jack Moulton, Jr., Jarid Blondel, Jeff Forshee, Jeff Galas, Jeff Leka, Jeff West, Jerry Bruce, Jerry Potter, Jim Hettinger, Jim Jackson, Jim Mills, Jim Reynard, Jimmy Horton, Jimmy Parsons, Joe Melnick, Joe Roush, John Ryals, JoJo Helberg, Jon Backlund, Jon Sciscoe, Kaylene Verville, Ken Woolley, Kent Christian, Kent Wolters, Kevin Conway, Kevin Newton, Kraig Kinser, Kyle Nicholas, Kyle Wissmiller, Larry Hillerud, LeRoy Van Conett, Mark Monico, Matt Jewell, Michael Ford, Mike Mosley, Mike Spencer, Mike Woodring, Nathan High, Patrick Quinn, Paul McMahan, Pepi Marchese, Pete Frazier, Peter Murphy, Randy Roberts, Ray Bragg, Richard Powell, Rick Howerton, Rick Muther, Rick Tomasik, Rickey Jennings, Rickie Gaunt, Robbie Ray, Robert Stout, Rodney Duncan, Ron Rae, Ron Semelka, Ronnie Franklin, Ryan Litt, Shane Scully, Sondi Eden, Stan Ploski, Steve Barnett, Steve Barth, Steve Irwin, Steve Sheppard, Jr., Steve Smith, Tanner Thorson, Taylor Andrews, Ted Hines, Terry Doss, Thomas Meseraull, Tiffany Wyzard, Todd Thomas, Todd Wanless, Tom Ball, Troy Cline, Wally Dallenbach, Will Cagle, Cody Gallogly, Jason McDougal & Jesse Dunham

 

 

LEARY HEADS TO MEMPHIS TO BEGIN TRIPLE CROWN PURSUIT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 21, 2019).........Thus far in 2019, C.J. Leary has already established himself as a prime contender in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition with a bright showing in Ocala, Fla., scoring a pair of top-five runs in the midget and a victory in the sprint car.

Now, with the addition of a pavement car to the DMW Motorsports Silver Crown stable, the Greenfield, Ind. driver now has an opportunity to realize a dream in chasing a USAC Triple Crown by securing full-time rides in all three of USAC's National Series, one of only three drivers in that boat this season alongside Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Chris Windom.

Leary is quick to credit car owner Gene Nolen for getting the ball rolling, so to speak, providing him with a rolling chassis to work with last month. Leary has spent much of that time piecing the car together to debut at this weekend's "Memphis 100" Silver Crown season opener March 22-23 at Memphis International Raceway.

"Just to say I have a shot at running for the Triple Crown is awesome," Leary exclaimed. "It's a long shot, obviously, because anything can happen, but I'm going to try and do everything I can to get not one, but three championships."

This puts the 22-year-old Leary back on the pavement in the Silver Crown series for the first time since 2015, the last time he contested both surfaces in the same season. He's competed in three races on the hardtop, all of which came that season with results of 11th, 9th and 16th. Despite the relative lack of experience, Leary feels that he can become a contender.

"I have little time on pavement in general, so I'm hoping to get up to speed as fast as possible," Leary said. "I think everyone will be on more of an equal playing field since it's been so long since USAC visited Memphis. If Davey (Jones) and Mickey (Meyer) can get me comfortable in the car, and with the speed, I think we should be a contender this weekend. The pavement will be our kryptonite, I know we can win on the dirt. Confidence is key."

Leary's confidence on the dirt is plentiful. After all, he arrives in 2019 as the most recent winner in the USAC Silver Crown series, capturing a spectacular "4-Crown Nationals" season finale at Eldora Speedway. He also became part of the only father-son duo to capture Silver Crown victories, winning the 2016 "Sumar Classic" at Terre Haute to join his father, Chuck, the 1997 "Hoosier Hundred" winner.

C.J. accomplished both wins piloting the family's No. 30, which has been shelved for the meantime while he takes the reins of the DMW No. 10, a car in which he debuted last year at Springfield with a strong run and nearly won the following appearance at Du Quoin, falling just short of victory, running out of fuel with mere laps remaining. Leary knows he has a potent machine, so the transition has been fairly seamless jumping from one car to the other.

"It hasn't been that big of a transition for me," Leary admitted. "I've worked with car owner Mickey (Meyer) in the past, and I know he's always going to bring a race-ready car to the track. We've built a new car for this season and it's very similar to the family No. 30. Although I'm with two new teams this season, I feel like I'm at home. The group of teams I'm surrounded by are the best in the business."

The roaring start for Leary and DMW implanted the bug within the team to possibly chase a title. Something they hope will develop into a race-winning campaign with a shot at the championship at year's end.

"I don't know if DMW planned on running a full schedule or even a full dirt schedule in 2019," Leary said. "Mickey talked about building a Silver Crown car at the Chili Bowl last year and I told him I'd be interested in driving it for him. After coming oh-so-close to getting a win at Du Quoin before running out of fuel, I think he got hooked. Mickey, Keith, Franny and Jay are all pitching in to make this deal happen this year, and if it wasn't for them, this deal wouldn't have a shot at the championship."

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

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DYSON RACES UNCOMMON ROAD TO SILVER CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 20, 2019).........Chris Dyson's road to becoming a regular on the USAC Silver Crown circuit is quite unique. Born into road racing heritage as the son of Sports Car racer and owner Rob Dyson, Chris eventually found his way to the top, capturing a pair of American Le Mans Series titles - the LMP675 driver's title in 2003 and the LMP1 championship in 2011.

All these years later, the versatile Pleasant Valley, New York racer finds himself behind the wheel of a USAC Silver Crown car, something that may seem light years away from competing at Sebring International Raceway, which he did as recently as two weeks ago, finishing second in the Trans Am season opener on the 3.74-mile road course.

But the jump between the two different racing disciplines may not seem as daunting considering all of Dyson's early kart racing during his teenage years came on dirt oval tracks in his native northeast. It's where he formed his personal connection with oval racing, the direction his racing compass has taken him in recent years as he prepares to make his Silver Crown pavement debut this weekend, March 22-23 at Memphis International Raceway for the "Memphis 100."

Jumping back and forth between a Trans Am car and a Silver Crown car can be a challenge, but Dyson is quick to point out the similarities in each series are present, especially considering Silver Crown racing, for all intents and purposes, is the "endurance" series of USAC's open wheel series, commonly running 100 laps.

"(Silver Crown) cars have always intrigued me," Dyson pointed out. "I love oval racing and one of the central appeals of Silver Crown racing is the races are long. You have to look after the car and the track changing. I think that all of those things line up with the disciplines that I've done in road racing. Although it's certainly is a different circuit configuration, you're using the same skill set. For me to see a lot of the great heroes coming up when I was a kid - some of those guys are still racing - I think it's fantastic just to be out there on the track with them."

Although a Trans Am car has relatively no outwardly similarities to a Crown car, Dyson has found common ground between the two.

"The biggest commonality between both cars is that they have more power than grip," Dyson acknowledged. "The throttle control that you need in one absolutely correlates to the other. The need to look after your tires is another shared trait. In the case of both series, you're starting a race and there's not going to be a pit stop, and you start the race with a full load of fuel. The way that the cars change over the course of a race is similarly dramatic."

Though Dyson's background is heavily known for road racing, his love of oval racing is clearly evident. He's always retained interest in USAC racing from near and afar, both attending races in-person and watching on TV from his New York home. He knew one day he was going to have the chance to wheel a Silver Crown car. That time arrived last season when he made three starts on each of the traditional one-mile dirt ovals and continues into 2019.

"I've always looked at Silver Crown as something I wanted to do in my career before I stopped racing," Dyson admitted. "I never had the opportunity, mainly because of the schedules that I've been running. The races are fantastic, and I'm absolutely thrilled to compete in the events, the historic venues and the quality of the circuits. It's very well promoted. You feel like you're a part of American racing's heritage. It's the top division for USAC and has been for a very long time."

One interesting aspect of Dyson's Silver Crown career thus far is that he first got his feet wet, so to speak, in this discipline on the dirt rather than the pavement, occasionally running a sprint car and midget USAC Western events for Cory Kruseman's team a few years back. This weekend's "Memphis 100" will mark Dyson's debut on the hardtop in the Silver Crown car, just one year removed from his first series' start. Once Dyson and crew chief Sean Michael dipped a toe in the waters last year, it wasn't long before the pair jumped in with both feet and have plans to field a car at all 12 Silver Crown events in 2019 with Dyson planning to drive in the majority of events.

"I wanted to see how it went and, as it turns out, Sean and I really like the racing," Dyson said. "There are a lot of folks who told me that I'd enjoy the pavement racing. Bob East had the capacity to build us a new car; we were able to get our hands on some good engines from TSR and we were able to put it together pretty seamlessly. It just so happens there's not very many conflicts with my racing schedule so we can fit it in."

Although a multi-time champ in ALMS and a quick study in the Silver Crown cars with finishes of 16th, 13th and 13th in his first three Silver Crown dirt races during 2018, Dyson readily admits a lot of work remains ahead of him to get to where he feels he wants to be competitive-wise.

"I've got a lot to learn," Dyson reasoned. "It's a brand-new car and a brand-new program for us, so we've got realistic expectations. I'd like to make solid progress and learn how to drive these tracks and compete as much as we can. There's a lot of very good specialists who are in the field on both asphalt and dirt. The key is to get around those guys, learn as much as we can, keep the car in one piece and just make progress every single weekend.

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.

 

 

SWANSON BEGINS NEW ERA AT MEMPHIS 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 20, 2019).........After finishing off the most successful run between a driver and team in the history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series with DePalma Motorsports, Kody Swanson is preparing for this coming season nearly from scratch, with a new team, new cars, new engines and a new home with Nolen Racing, beginning with this weekend's "Memphis 100" at Tennessee's Memphis International Raceway on March 22-23.

The Kingsburg, Calif. native joined the Greenwood, Ind. based organization following the closure of DePalma's team at the conclusion of the 2018 season, which saw Kody record a series-leading fourth title after going on a five-race win streak during a summer stretch that also saw him eclipse Jack Hewitt's all-time Silver Crown win record with his 24th victory. Now, the ballgame is slightly different. Although both Swanson and Gene Nolen's team are consistent stalwarts of the front of the pack in Silver Crown competition, this new beginning marks a whole new chapter, one that they hope can result in Swanson's fifth title and Nolen's long-awaited first. But, first, the consistent offseason work has to be put into place and there's been quite a bit to accomplish since the announcement of the two joining forces just months ago.

"I feel like it's been my busiest offseason in a while," Swanson relayed. "I didn't go to the Chili Bowl and I didn't run Sprint Cars in Florida. I felt like I stayed home and tried to get my homework done. I've been down to Gene's shop a whole lot this winter. Everybody with the team has put in a lot of effort to try to put our best foot forward for the season. I wanted to match that and make sure we give it our best effort to contend for the title this year and be ready for the opener in Memphis."

Swanson is as meticulous as they come when preparing himself and his car for battle. He prefers to take the thorough approach, though tried and true, is extensive and exhaustive.

"It can be as extensive or as simple as you make it," Swanson admitted. "On one hand, if you just want to take a seat and bolt it in and do your best driving for them, you can do it that way. You might find success or win a race or so. For me, it's been more extensive than that. I've been heavily involved with the cars I've been driving, especially on the pavement."

Nolen's team won twice in 2018 on the Silver Crown trail with driver Chris Windom, who's moved over to Goodnight/Byrd Racing for this season. With Swanson now on board, it brings to mind that new combinations can either click right away, take some time or never click at all. Swanson is cognizant of that fact and is trying to get ahead of the curve by spending as much time with the team and in the shop as he can leading into the start of the campaign.

"To try to get meshed as best as you can with a new team, the only thing that does that is time spent together whether it's at the track or at the shop," Swanson explained. "Through the winter, you don't really get to spend any time at the track together. Racing, there's nothing that can replace that. But even just being familiar with each other in the shop, how people work and of how the thoughts and opinions are and how their backgrounds and perspectives that you gain just by spending time with people. I think will help."

"Maybe it doesn't make a specific difference in a race by race application," Swanson continued. "There are some races you can win without any of that. To work together and try to compete for an entire season and to be at the top level and in contention for the championship hunt, I think it's something I put a lot of effort in myself and so have members of the team to try and get acquainted and familiar."

Last week, Swanson, Nolen and the team took advantage of a sunny, warm afternoon to lay down some laps at Salem (Ind.) Speedway just to shake some things out and see where they are and where they need to go to be fully ready to go come this weekend.

"We hustled pretty hard," Swanson recalled. "We worked pretty much all night the night before and had to change some things. We had it completely torn down and went through it again. We just wanted to take the chance to get the first few laps on it. I don't think we made but 20 laps trying to do the preliminary thing to make sure I was comfortable with how the brakes worked, if I needed to be adjusting anything on them and making sure the engine took off and ran fine. Just making sure everything ran as best as it could so that when we get to Memphis, we can focus on getting adapted to a racetrack I've never been to. Obviously, it's been a long time since the team has too, so I'm kind of starting from scratch there."

Unlike many new driver/owner combos, Swanson has a leg up by having previous experience with Nolen Racing's sprint car, most notably capturing the victory in last year's "Little 500" Sprint Car race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway for the team. So, in a sense, it's not starting completely anew. It's more a continuation of the foundation they've already built that they're aiming to recreate in the Silver Crown car.

"I'm lucky," Swanson stated. "In this case, it's starting completely over in Silver Crown, that's for sure. But I kind of got a preview working with some of the guys and their pavement sprint car driving for Gene. We have got a race together a little bit, but we've just been going through the equipment and making sure we're as familiar as we need to be with the cars and the engines. It's all the little details that are different. Hopefully we'll be sorted out as best as we can and be in contention here from the very get."

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH RACE #1” SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 18, 2019... After last Saturday’s battle at Bakersfield, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will clash with the Ventura Racing Association (VRA) this Saturday, March 23rd at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “Automotive Racing Products (ARP) Battle at the Beach Race #1” is the first of five appearances at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also feature Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprint Cars, and California Lightning Sprints. 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.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held twelve West Coast 360 Sprint Car races. Nine different drivers have claimed victory, led by Ryan Bernal, Tristan Guardino, and Jake Swanson with two main event wins. The 1-lap track record of 11.983 was set by defending champion Austin Liggett on August 25, 2018 and a complete series win list at Ventura is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, there have been three different winners. Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, and Chase Johnson swept their shows by setting fast time/top qualifier, claiming heat races, and taking the checkered flags in the main events. Last Saturday at Bakersfield, Johnson became the fifty-first driver to earn a series triumph.

After running fourth at Bakersfield, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has taken over the point lead and holds a 9-point advantage. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino has posted two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes to his credit. At press time, Tristan is tied with Troy Rutherford for eleventh on the series win list and will be looking for his sixth victory this Saturday night.

Two-time champion, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria finished third at Bakersfield last Saturday night. Also running Jim Richardson’s #8 Wiesz Racing Engines DRC, Faria has posted two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Currently tied with Bud Kaeding for third on the series win list, “Hollywood” will have his sights on his twelfth victory at Saturday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #1.”

After missing the Bakersfield event, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has dropped to third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and 6 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth on the series win list, the 2017 Champion will be looking for his fifth main event triumph.

Like Swanson, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) skipped last Saturday’s show and is currently fourth in the championship points. Piloting Tanner Grau’s #34 Westin Diversified / Western Premier Hauling Maxim, Roa has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and 15 feature laps led on the year. The 2016 Champion is tied with Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his seventh feature victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fifth in the championship standings. Racing his #50 MP Environmental / RSS Industries entry, Davis has two top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Regularly competing in Arizona, the 2018 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion missed last Saturday’s Bakersfield race and is not expected at Ventura.

Currently ninth in points, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO) and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Timmons, Koen Shaw, Austin Ervine, Kyle Edwards, J.J. Ringo, Austin Liggett, Cody Majors, Tom Hendricks, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Troy Rutherford, Shannon McQueen, Ryan Stolz, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Ventura Racing Association. The four-time VRA Champion is expected to be joined by Charlie Butcher, Rick Hendrix, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Guy Woodward, and Joey Bishop.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake Swanson.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-195, 2. Danny Faria Jr.-186, 3. Jake Swanson-161, 4. Brody Roa-154, 5. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 6. Stevie Sussex-145, 7. Ryan Timmons-139, 8. Koen Shaw-135, 9. Hannah Mayhew-119, 10. Dennis Gile-113, 11. Colton Hardy-101, 12. Slater Helt-99, 13. T.J. Smith-93, 14. Austin Ervine-89, 15. Chase Johnson-84, 16. Sterling Cling-80, 17. Kyle Edwards-78, ... J.J. Ringo-71, 19. Michael Fanelli-70, 20. Austin Liggett-69.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

MEMPHIS 100 ENTRY LIST REVEALED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 19, 2019).........A strong field consisting of drivers from 10 states and two countries make up the field for this weekend's USAC Silver Crown season-opening "Memphis 100" at Memphis International Raceway on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23.

Two past Silver Crown champions in Kody Swanson and Chris Windom will make their debut appearances at Memphis, while both are making their debuts with new teams. Kingsburg, California's Swanson, the winningest driver in series' history, has won four of the last five titles for DePalma Motorsports. With the closure of that team, Swanson has moved over to Nolen Racing. Meanwhile, Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown champ from Canton, Ill., has switched seats from Nolen Racing to Goodnight Racing for an attack at another title.

More than one-third of the lineup owns a victory in Silver Crown competition during his career, including Swanson's series-high 24 and Windom's eight. Franklin, Massachusetts' Bobby Santos ranks in the top-ten on the all-time Silver Crown win list with 10. Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind. has taken the checkered three times. Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary won the second and most recent of his career in last year's finale at Eldora. Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. has scored twice in the Silver Crown division and, like Leary, both came on the dirt. David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) are each looking to notch Silver Crown victory number two.

Santos, Pierce and Gordon are among four drivers in the field who hold previous Silver Crown experience at Memphis, alongside Plainfield, Indiana's Bill Rose. Rose has also claimed two career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories and is one of nine drivers in the lineup to have tallied in that division as well as Leary, Windom, Swanson, Santos, Pierce, Gordon, Grant and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas is one of four drivers making their pavement Silver Crown debuts along with Pleasant Valley, New York's two-time American LeMans Series champ Chris Dyson, Ellisville, Mississippi's Joey Schmidt and Prince George, British Columbia's Jason Conn. The latter two, Schmidt and Conn, are aiming to make their first starts with the series Saturday at Memphis.

The remainder of the field consists of winners and veterans from the racing world, including two-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind., who earned 2012 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors. Last year, New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins was the top-Rookie in the series, finishing sixth in the standings. Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott took seventh in last year's points while Levittown, Pa.'s Mike Haggenbottom was 11th.

Top-ten points finishers from 2018, Matt Goodnight (8th) from Winchester, Ind. and Austin Nemire (10th) from Sylvania, Ohio are entered for Memphis along with a group of relative Silver Crown newcomers in Cody Gerhardt (Fresno, Calif.), Cody Gallogly (Pataskala, Ohio), Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.) and Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.).

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.

 

 

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" Just Over Two Months Away Huge Discount Available Via Superticket

(Indianapolis, IN) For the fourth straight year, USAC and Track Enterprises have combined forces for "The Week Of Indy", three big events leading up to the Indy 500. This year's events will be Wednesday-Friday, May 22-24. The three night show features open wheel cars from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars. The events will be held at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Lucas Oil Raceway. Just announced, a superticket, which gives fans a 25% discount if they attend all three events.

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 22. The Tony Hulman Classic will feature the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the UMP Dirtcar Modifieds.

Terre Haute pits are scheduled to open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:30, and racing action is scheduled to begin at 8:00. General admission tickets for the Tony Hulman Classic will be sold at the gate for $25 on raceday. Infield tickets are also available for $15, while children 11 and under are free.

On Thursday, May 23, fans will make the short trek to the east and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 64th running of the Hoosier Hundred. The 100-mile race features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and the DIRTcar Modifieds.

Hoosier Hundred pit gates will open at 12:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps start at 5:00, racing begins for the Modifieds at 6:00, with the Hoosier 100 scheduled for an 8:00 green flag. Reserved seating is available for the Hoosier Hundred by calling the Track Enterprises office, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or through Ticketmaster. Reserved seats for adults are being sold for $25 presale or $30 at the gate. Infield tickets will be available for $15 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

The final event of the Track Enterprises promotion is on Friday, May 24 at Lucas Oil Raceway. For the fourth time, the USAC Silver Crown Series will be running at the Brownsburg, IN complex on Friday in an event that will be known as the Carb Night Classic...The Race Before The 500. The Carb Night Classic will also feature action from the USF2000 and Pro Mazda divisions from Road To Indy.

Lucas Oil Raceway pits will open at 12:00, grandstands at 2:45, with on track activity beginning at 3:15. Silver Crown qualifying will be at 5:45 with the Road To Indy features to follow. Green is scheduled to drop on the Carb Night Classic at 9:00. General admission tickets will be available at the gate for $25 on raceday.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week Of Indy". A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three day prices. For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-week-of-indy-ticket-sales.

For more information on any of the events, visit www.trackenterprises.com, www.usacracing.com, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

 

 

NEMIRE SET FOR NEXT STEP IN HIS SILVER CROWN CAREER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 18, 2019).........Austin Nemire's initial foray into the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series was about getting accustomed to the car and the new tracks he had yet to turn a wheel on at the time.

Going into last year's opener, Nemire and the team felt confident in taking the next step to compete for top-fives on a regular basis. However, right from the get-go, a black cloud of frustration hung over the team that put an obstacle in their way of achieving that.

Now, the 19-year-old Sylvania, Ohio native is eager to put 2018 behind him and take the next step to compete up front regularly on the series' trail beginning with the March 22-23 "Memphis 100" at Memphis International Raceway, and erase the mechanical gremlins that plagued he and his team last year.

"It was frustrating to be running pretty decent, not great, at Phoenix last year, then have overheating issues," Nemire recalled. "That was discouraging to start like that right off the bat, then turn around a get a new motor (to us) and make only five laps at Madison (Wisc.) International Raceway before having issues there. It's a pretty frustrating experience overall, but to be able to learn from that because each race you kind of take for granted."

Each race is a new race and each year brings with it a new season and a new outlook. Though he keeps his goals humble, Nemire fully expects to take that next leap into being a threat at the front of the pack.

"Each race means a lot as far as end of the year points," Nemire pointed out. We're running for points, but we're not really running to win a championship. It's about going out there each race and improving and running consistent. We have to keep the motor together, take the experience from last year of not getting to run all the races and go into this year with a positive attitude. It's one race at a time."

While his best-ever series' finish of third at Gateway came on the pavement, Nemire believes in the full package of competing on both the dirt and pavement, seeking the versatility on each surface that it takes to be successful in the series after securing a pair of eighth-place finishes down the stretch last season at Springfield and Du Quoin.

"I think if we can keep it together on the pavement side of things, we should be alright. Other than that, we're sticking with the same dirt car. I think we made pretty good ground on that last year. We're heading into the year with a positive mindset. Hopefully we'll be able to run all the shows and just keep improving each race."

Nemire's first visit to Memphis International Raceway comes this weekend, March 22-23, on the D-shaped pavement track. While a solid start at the opener a year ago began with a bright outlook before being forced to the sidelines by the midway point, the 2014 USAC HPD Midget champion maintains those high hopes, but knows that first things first, you must finish if you want any shot at reaching those goals.

"A positive Memphis experience would be just getting through the race and completing it," Nemire stated matter-of-factly. "Obviously, you set goals. You want to run top-5, top-3. I say just getting through the race without an issue with our new engine is the biggest goal."

Upgrading equipment and garnering more seat time will most certainly prove to push Nemire forward in 2019. The grandson of longtime USAC competitor Jerry Nemire has finished in the top-ten of the Silver Crown standings in three of his five years on the tour. This year, he's hungry for more.

"The past two years, we moved into a newer dirt car that's more up-to-date and better as far as what is used for technology versus the older 1998 car we were running. The past couple years were more about taking that experience from the first couple of years and applying it to the new car. We're definitely making big waves on the dirt side, Nemire continued. "It's hard when we're running only 10-15 times a year versus everyone else running 50-60. I think we're hurting mainly on experience. My overall goal is to finish top-five in points at the end of the year, which I think we were pretty capable of doing last year. I hate to set goals too high and too lofty, but I don't really think there's such a thing as that."

 

 

MEMPHIS 100 DEFINED BY EXPERIENCE AND A NEW BREED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 18, 2019).........Though it's been 15 years since the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars last appeared at Memphis International Raceway, this weekend's March 22-23 "Memphis 100" driver lineup brings with it a load of talent, four of which have previous experience at the ¾-mile D-shaped paved circuit - Eric Gordon, Aaron Pierce, Bill Rose and Bobby Santos.

Gordon, of Fortville, Ind., who will tackle Memphis this weekend in the Armstrong Racing No. 78, has made three Memphis Silver Crown starts and is the most accomplished driver at the track among the returning drivers. The first of Gordon's starts came in the inaugural edition in 1998 aboard Gary Irvin's No. 48, a seventh-place run. He followed up with a 26th in 2000 and a fifth in 2004 with Dynamics, Inc.

His current car owner, Brad Armstrong, competed as a driver in the first event in 1998, finishing 13th and rounded that out with a 30th in 2004.

Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce will be back in his familiar own No. 26, which he drove in 2004, finishing 29th falling victim to a head gasket issue. Likewise, Bobby Santos of Franklin, Massachusetts made his lone Memphis appearance that same year, dropping out with an oil leak after 56 laps, finishing 19th. Plainfield, Indiana's Bill Rose ran into engine problems during his 19th place result in 1999.

Similar to Armstrong, Davey Hamilton made a pair of Memphis starts as a driver and now serves in the role of car owner, where he will field both Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Jason Conn in this weekend's "Memphis 100." Hamilton appeared in the first two Memphis Crown races in 1998-99, racing to back-to-back top-tens - a 6th in 1998 and a 10th in 1999, both for George Snider/A.J. Foyt Racing.

On the owner side, Bob East-built Beast chassis have won all four Memphis races with Dave Steele (1998 & 2004), Brad Noffsinger (1999) and Brian Tyler (2000). As a car owner, he won the 2004 race. The USAC Hall of Famer now works with the Klatt Enterprises team and driver Kyle Hamilton. Klatt themselves, competed in 2004, finishing a strong third with driver Bobby East.

Nolen Racing will have four-time series champ Kody Swanson in the seat this weekend and throughout the entire season. Nolen has fielded a car in each of the previous four Memphis races with a 16th by Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. in 1998, as well as twice with Tony Elliott - a 13th in 1999, a 30th in 2000 and a DNQ in 2004.

Gene Kazmark ran Mike Ordway in 1999, missing the transfer spot in the qualifying race to compete in that afternoon's 100-lapper. The Illinois-based team will be looking to make their Memphis visit a little sweeter this time with driver Jim Anderson from Joliet, Illinois. Bob Hoerner, who works with the team at the shop, fielded his own cars in three Memphis starts. In 1999, Steele started second for Hoerner and led 44 laps before the engine expired, finishing 25th. Jimmy Sills ran the car in 2000, finishing 17th. In 2004, Dave Darland finished 21st.

With all that said, how much does experience matter when it comes to Silver Crown racing at Memphis? As in most places, the cream usually rises to the top when all is said and done, once a few laps are under the belt. All drivers were on similar footing in the first race in 1998. When the field returned in 1999, two Memphis first-timers collected the top-two spots in Noffsinger and Kenny Irwin, Jr.

Drivers like Kody Swanson, Chris Windom, David Byrne, Justin Grant, Kyle Hamilton, C.J. Leary have yet to compete at Memphis, all of who have extensive experience in Silver Crown cars on pavement. That group, plus the Memphis veterans and the new crop set the stage for what will be a talented field, most of which are capable of winning anywhere, any day. Even at Memphis, this Saturday.

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.


 


CHASE JOHNSON SWEEPS THE BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD

Bakersfield, California… Taking the lead from Troy Rutherford on lap seven, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) claimed the 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature at Bakersfield Speedway. Racing the family owned #24 Johnny Franklin Mufflers / PitStop USA Maxim, Johnson became the 51st driver to earn a series victory.

Starting sixth, Chase earned his first career $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car win over Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., J.J. Ringo, and Tristan Guardino. Liggett earned hard charger honors wth a twenty-first to second place run.

With a local power outage, series drivers elected to use a passing points format to speed up the show. Versatile driver Johnson topped the 24-car roster and was the night’s Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier.

Johnson also took the checkered flags in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. 2-Time series champion “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. and Tristan Guardino claimed their 10-lap heat races.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 16, 2019 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chase Johnson (#24 Johnson), 2. J.J. Ringo (#2 Keller), 3. Michael Faccinto (#8 Richardson), 4. Shawn Arriaga (#56 Arriaga), 5. Koen Shaw (#88 Shaw), 6. Brent Owens (#71 Martin), 7. Ryan Stolz (#72 Ford). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Faria), 2. Ryan Bernal (#73T Ford), 3. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 4. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 5. Tom Hendricks (#14 Hendricks), 6. Austin Ervine (#51 AJ), 7. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 8. Matt Day (#97 Day), NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 2. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 3. Cody Majors (#81 Watt), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 Van Meter), 5. Ricky Kirkbride (#87 Kirkbride), 6. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 7. Slater Helt (#81X Watt), 8. James Herrera (#5J Herrera). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Chase Johnson (6), 2. Austin Liggett (21), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (5), 4. J.J. Ringo (3), 5. Tristan Guardino (4), 6. Ryan Bernal (7), 7. Ryan Timmons (10), 8. Trent Carter (23, #13 Carter), 9. Cody Majors (9), 10. Tom Hendricks (11), 11. Ricky Kirkbride (18), 12. Koen Shaw (17), 13. Hannah Mayhew (1), 14. Steve Hix (13), 15. James Herrera (22), 16. Brent Owens (16), 17. Shawn Arriaga (14), 18. Austin Ervine (12), 19. Troy Rutherford (2), 20. Ryan Stolz (20), 21. Shannon McQueen (15), 22. Michael Faccinto (8), 23. Slater Helt (19). NT
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**Stolz flipped on lap 12 of the feature. Ervine flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Rutherford, Laps 7-30 Johnson.
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALIFIER: Chase Johnson
HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (21st to 2nd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-195, 2-Faria-186, 3-Jake Swanson-161, 4-Brody Roa-154, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-147, 6-Stevie Sussex-145, 7-Timmons-139, 8-Shaw-135, 9-Mayhew-119, 10-Dennis Gile-113.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 23 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “Battle of the Beach Race #1” – Co-sanctioned with VRA

 

KYLE HAMILTON HOPES TO JUMPSTART
SEASON AT MEMPHIS 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 13, 2019).........As Kyle Hamilton counts down the days to the launch of the 2019 USAC Silver Crown season, he recalls last year's opener when he and his Klatt Enterprises team were the class of the field, leading a race-high 54 laps.

What seemed like such a bright beginning for the Hamilton and Klatt combo came to halt two-thirds of the way through the race when engine trouble put the clamps on a could've-would've-should've-been victory. From that point forward, the team would continue on the same general flight-path throughout 2018, showing flashes of speed early on in the night before being plagued by mechanical trouble, save for a top-five run at Salem in which their abilities and luck finally came to fruition.

This year provides a new outlook and an eagerness to take a different path, the path in which the team travelled in the first two-thirds of last year's season-starter, starting with the same first step in the 2019 opener, March 22-23 at Memphis International Raceway.
"Last year, leading all those laps at Phoenix was not a surprise to us," Hamilton, the 2017 Little 500 winner, admitted. "It may have been a surprise to other people, but it wasn't to us because I've been on the big tracks in Midgets and Silver Crown. (Crew Chief) Bob East has been to a lot of racetracks with that car and engine combination, so he knew what the car needed to be that fast."

Though this will mark the Danville, Indiana racer's first drive at Memphis, it's certainly not for USAC Hall of Famer, East. Hamilton will pilot a Beast chassis, the same build of car that's won all four previous Silver Crown outings at Memphis, including the last visit in 2004 when East was the winning car owner with driver Dave Steele.

"I felt like it was good way for us to start off the year," Hamilton continued regarding last year's first event. "We're both in a position where we felt confident and I think we'll be the same way at Memphis. We have a whole year under our belt together now. (Memphis) is a big track, but Bob's been to a lot of big tracks and he's good at going to a track for the first time and getting it in the ballpark. He's proven that over the years."

Hamilton's outlook on this season is rosy despite the difficulties that the he and the team had to battle through time and time again. He knows he's got a fast car, a great crew behind him and, finally, some luck will have to fall the way of the two-time USAC National Midget feature winner.

"There's no doubt that you can't write up last year any different other than to say it was a disappointment from the mechanical side of things," Hamilton said. "We were plagued by issues that don't happen very often, but all of them kind of happened within the same year to us. That was tough to deal with. Just when you get into a rhythm with your setup or with driving, it seems like we'd have a mechanical issue that would pull us out of the race, so we didn't get as many good finishes as we'd have liked. I won't call it a complete loss because we learned a lot at some of the new tracks we went to. We had a good run at Salem that helped me build some skills on a momentum-based track that's going to help me at tracks like Lucas Oil Raceway and Memphis this year."

Among the new tracks on the docket for the 2012 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year is Memphis, a unique ¾-mile, D-shaped track that has produced great racing in year's past. Hamilton likened the track to Iowa Speedway, in which he competed at on three occasions, including a front row Silver Crown start in 2015 and an 8th place Midget run in 2011.

"You notice the D-shape vs. the backstretch being straight," Hamilton pointed out. "You kind of compare that to a track like Iowa how you're wanting to get into the corner because you're already coming into the corner at an angle. You can take bits and pieces of each track we run at and compare them to past setups, but you are on zero as far as a complete setup. You're definitely taking a gamble there. I got to put it into Bob's hands. He's been to so many tracks over the years, I feel he's going to get me really close without too much of an issue."

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The entirety of the "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.

 

 

TOP ROOKIE ROBBINS MAKES STRIDES TOWARD SILVER CROWN SUCCESS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 14, 2019).........One season ago, Kyle Robbins accepted a new challenge after more than a decade of being a regular sprint car competitor on the USAC and local Indiana short track trails.

The completion of the challenge at the conclusion of the 2018 season resulted in the New Castle, Indiana native finish an impressive sixth in the standings and net Rookie of the Year honors with the series.

However, the road to reach that point saw some bumps along the way as the 31-year-old driver and his KR Racing team learned the ropes of the big cars on both the dirt and the pavement. Yet, with the knowledge gained and a little help along the way, the team began to hit their stride during the summer months to post a memorable first season.

"I felt really comfortable in the dirt car right out of the gate, but the pavement side of things is something that is taking some work to get comfortable on," Robbins admitted. "I owe a big thanks to (four-time series champ) Kody Swanson; he always made a point to come see how I was doing or if there were any questions I had when I went to a lot of these tracks for the first time."

During the first half of the season, the USAC Ford Focus Midget graduate was getting traction under his feet, notching his first top-ten on the pavement at Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway in June. But it was truly August where Robbins says he saw his biggest turning point.

"I would say we hit a turning point after Salem," Robbins recalled. "We had a DNF there with a steering issue. At that point, we were almost 60 points back in the Rookie of the Year points and I remember my dad telling me that we weren't out of it, we just had to keep digging. When we went to Springfield, everything just seemed to go right. We qualified well, ran in the top 10 almost the whole race and ended up with a sixth-place finish. It was just what we needed for our team."

The confidence continued to grow from race-to-race at that point, as Robbins continued onward to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt track, recording a 10th in the "Ted Horn 100." He then rounded out the season with a ninth at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway half-mile dirt oval, all the while erasing the large deficit down the stretch to become the highest-finishing Rookie driver in the standings.

"Winning Rookie of the Year was great," Robbins exclaimed. "To win it the way we did, by digging ourselves out of the hole the last three races, showed a lot on how we grew as a team and kept getting better."

The only thing slowing down Robbins and the team's growth at the end of 2018 was the Winter months. Despite the absence of track time for the next six months, that's when gains are made in the shop and he feels that with the work they've done since last September, expect to see this team continue on its upward trajectory in 2019.

"Coming into 2019, I really feel good with our dirt program and feel we're capable of competing for top-fives and possibly wins. On the pavement side of things, we've worked really hard this winter trying to get our car better, which will hopefully show with better finishes. If we can finish in the top-five in points, that would be a good year. I feel we have the cars capable of running up front. We just have to keep working as a team to get better each race."

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.


 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS RETURN TO BAKERSFIELD
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 12, 2019... After a two nights of furious action at Las Vegas, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their only appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, March 16th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “KUZZ Night at the Races” will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, American Stocks and the California Lightning Sprints. 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:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.

Since April 25, 2009, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted fourteen West Coast Sprint Car events. Ten different drivers have claimed victory, led by Davey Pombo with three wins. Ryan Timmons won the last Bakersfield show on June 28th.

After running second and first at the Las Vegas “FVP Platinum Battery Showdown,” Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has a six point advantage over the competition. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson also has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and 6 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth on the series win list, the 2017 Champion will be looking for his fifth victory.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the point chase. Piloting Tanner Grau’s #34 Westin Diversified / Western Premier Hauling Maxim, Roa finished first and fourth at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At press time, the 2016 Champion has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody is tied with Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his seventh feature win.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing his #50 MP Environmental / RSS Industries entry, Davis claimed fifth and second in the Las Vegas Openers. To date, the 2018 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion also has 17 feature laps led to his credit. Primarily racing in Arizona, “Chargin” Charles may skip Saturday’s action at Bakersfield.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is fourth in the championship point standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex earned two third place finishes at the “FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.” Although not expected at Bakersfield, the second generation driver has one career USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast Point Standings. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino placed seventh and fifth at the Las Vegas season openers. At press time, the 2018 Faria Memorial Winner has also posted one heat race victory on the year. Tristan is tied with Troy Rutherford for eleventh on the series win list and will be looking for his sixth main event win.

Currently thirteenth in points, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO), is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., T.J. Smith, Koen Shaw, Kyle Edwards, Ryan Timmons, Austin Ervine, Shannon McQueen, James Herrera, Cody Majors, Shawn Arriaga, Brent Owens, Matt Day, and more.

Pit Passes are $40 Member and $45 Non-Member.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are $13, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Davey Pombo, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Troy Rutherford, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Ricky Kirkbride, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Brody Roa, 1-Jake Swanson.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
April 27: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

McINTOSH MASTERS MINI MAGIC MILE FOR FIRST USAC WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 9, 2019).........Cannon McIntosh's grace under fire was demonstrated literally and figuratively in a multitude of manners Saturday night in the fourth annual "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

A fuel leak during hot laps ignited the Bixby, Oklahoma driver's ride, giving the 16-year-old driver a scare he won't soon forget and forcing him to borrow crew member Grady Chandler's firesuit for the remainder of the night as a replacement.

"I got blisters on my ankle right now," McIntosh pointed out. "That was definitely the scariest moment of my life. I had flames up to my eyes and couldn't grab my belt. I was starting to freak out a little bit. There's a great crew around here to put the fire out. God was on my side there."

In turn, the flames lit a fuse under the young driver, and after relinquishing the lead to the defending series champ and reigning race winner, he refused to cave-in to the pressure, snookering Logan Seavey on a lap 30 restart and completed the remaining 21 laps at the point to win his first career USAC feature in just his second series' start.

By accumulating the most passing points throughout the evening, McIntosh earned the pole for the 50-lap feature. However, an opportunity arose that, for some, may have seemed too enticing to turn a blind eye to with a $50,000 bonus awaiting him if he could start from the tail and win the feature.

Yet, McIntosh turned down the opportunity, basically intimating that while the money is nice, he came here to win.

"Fifty-grand would be awesome," McIntosh admitted. "It would've been great to win all that money, but to me, winning that race was the money."

Instead, McIntosh took the pole and, from lap one, showed he wasn't gun shy next to outside front row starter Seavey, instantly rocketing out to a half-straightaway advantage in the opening laps as he quickly closed in on the tail end of the field.

With the bottom occupied, McIntosh had to figure whether to stay in line and try to sneak by on the bottom or snake around the outside to build his lead as Seavey made his blitzkrieg to the front, first around Andrew Layser on the 14th lap before clamping down on McIntosh.

On lap 20, Seavey was right on the cusp, delivering what seemed to be the knockout blow, as he drove around the outside of McIntosh in turn two and beat McIntosh to the position on the back straight before securing the lead exiting the fourth turn.

A turn four tangle on lap 29 sent Matt Veatch on his lid. He would restart. But this set up a lap 30 restart with Seavey and McIntosh running one-two. McIntosh wasn't exactly sure what he had left in the tank, but there was a lot on his mind.

"When (Seavey) got around me, he got me pretty good," McIntosh recalled. "I didn't know if we'd have anything left for him. I didn't know if the car was going away or what was going on. But the caution came out and just going through my mind was all kinds of things. My crew guy on the fence didn't know whether to tell me top or bottom. He's saying top and bottom. We went green and I went to the bottom and it worked. Once we took the lead and it was all good from there."

After multiple cautions with less than 20 laps remaining, the question remained whether Seavey would have something up his sleeve on the restarts in the same manner McIntosh did just moments before. McIntosh wasn't fazed in any aspect, motoring away to solidify his position at the top of the leaderboard.

Zeb Wise made a late-race run, sliding Seavey for second on the 36th lap, then began to make his run at McIntosh, reeling him in in a hurry. But the savvy McIntosh altered his path, moving to the high line in turns one and two while remaining on the inside berm in three and four.

"The bottom was pretty good most of the race," McIntosh explained. "Toward the end, especially one and two, it felt real sandy. I'm like 'it's going away.' Then one corner, going into one and two, I heard somebody on my outside and I knew I had to jump up. We were pretty good in three and four on the bottom, so I stayed on the bottom down there, but went to the top in one and two. We were pretty steady, so I figured we were good from there."

And that he definitely was, mastering one more restart with nine laps remaining to pull away for a 1.645-second victory over Chad Boat, Wise, Zach Daum and Justin Grant. In doing so, McIntosh became the fourth driver in the four-year history of the "Shamrock Classic" to win his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature in the event following Shane Golobic (2016), Justin Grant (2017) and Logan Seavey (2018).

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Southern Illinois Center were Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Colten Cottle (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Zach Daum (Auto Meter Third Qualifier Winner), Jesse Colwell (Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner), Tanner Carrick (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Zane Hendricks (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers), Jake Neuman (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers), Chad Boat (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Karsyn Elledge (JetCo Best Appearing Car).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2019 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Daniel Robinson (#11 Harris), 2. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 4. Kaylee Bryson (#11B Dave Mac), 5. Tyler Robbins (#35T Robbins), 6. Howard Moore (#41 Chappue), 7. Nick Drake (#55D Cline), 8. Garet Williamson (#19 Mounce). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Braydon Cromwell (#9 Mounce), 3. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Karsyn Elledge (#1 Tucker/Boat), 5. Cody Beard (#7 Beard), 6. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 7. Thomas Meseraull (#7R RMS), 8. C.J. Leary (#76m FMR). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 4. Joe Wirth (#77w Wirth), 5. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 6. Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar/Proctor), 7. Gage Rucker (#45L Amati), 8. Billy Wease (#12w Wease). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Matt Veatch (#57D McCreery), 3. Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), 4. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 5. Colten Cottle (#56AP Young), 6. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 7. James Picardi (#127 Picardi). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Justin Peck (#17 Bus), 4. Zane Hendricks (#27z Hendricks), 5. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 6. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 7. Michael Pickens (#1NZ RMS). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Andrew Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Dave Darland (#36 RMS), 4. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 5. Sterling Cling (#35 Petry), 6. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 7. Thomas Chandler (#1T Roney). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5 Petry), 3. Cole Bodine (#15 Petry), 4. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 5. Tim Crawley (#4J Crawley), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 7. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry). NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 finishers transfer to qualifiers) 1. Pickens, 2. Andrews, 3. Meseraull, 4. Taylor, 5. Wease, 6. Williamson, 7. Rucker, 8. Cromwell, 9. Picardi, 10. Elledge. NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Seavey, 3. Carrick, 4. Veatch, 5. Hendricks, 6. Hagar, 7. Mitchell, 8. Beard, 9. Courtney, 10. Bryson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Cottle, 2. Hollan, 3. Layser, 4. Boat, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Windom, 7. Leary, 8. Morgan, 9. Nelson, 10. Wirth. NT

AUTO METER THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Daum, 2. McIntosh, 3. DiMattia, 4. Wise, 5. Neuman, 6. O'Gara, 7. Drake, 8. Ruble, 9. Crawley, 10. Peck. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Colwell, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Robinson, 4. Bacon, 5. Grant, 6. Moore, 7. Cling, 8. Bodine, 9. T. Thomas, 10. Robbins. NT

FIRST SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 finishers transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Carrick, 3. Bacon, 4. Windom, 5. Hendricks, 6. Leary, 7. Drake, 8. Peck, 9. DiMattia, 10. Bodine, 11. Wirth, 12. Ruble, 13. Hagar, 14. Meseraull, 15. Pickens. NT

SECOND SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 finishers transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Boat, 3. O'Gara, 4. T. Thomas, 5. Neuman, 6. Moore, 7. Cling, 8. Andrews, 9. Nelson, 10. Beard, 11. Bryson, 12. Morgan, 13. Courtney, 14. Taylor, 15. Mitchell, 16. Robbins. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (1), 2. Chad Boat (15), 3. Zeb Wise (4), 4. Zach Daum (6), 5. Justin Grant (13), 6. Logan Seavey (2), 7. Tyler Courtney (21), 8. Andrew Layser (3), 9. Chris Windom (18), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 11. Holley Hollan (8), 12. Jesse Colwell (7), 13. Tanner Carrick (14), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 15. Dave Darland (12), 16. Matt Veatch (10), 17. Kyle O'Gara (17), 18. Brady Bacon (16), 19. Colten Cottle (22), 20. Tyler Thomas (19), 21. Daniel Robinson (5). NT ---------------------------- **Taylor flipped at the start of the sixth heat. Coons flipped in heat 7. Elledge flipped during the semi. Peck flipped during the third qualifier. Veatch flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 McIntosh, Laps 20-29 Seavey, Laps 30-50 McIntosh.

RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (15th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Carrick

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS: Zane Hendricks & Jake Neuman

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-216, 2-K. Thomas-207, 3-Leary-188, 4-Boat-184, 5-Klaasmeyer-175, 6-Windom-171, 7-Carrick-162, 8-Thorson-111, 9-Seavey-150, 10-Colwell-146.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 5-6, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Kokomo Grand Prix"


 

HUNTER SCHUERENBERG TOPS THE SPRING SHOWCASE AT PEORIA

Peoria, Arizona… Securing the lead for good on lap 25, Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO) claimed the Saturday night finale of the “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the Reinbold / Underwood Motorsports #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Hunter earned his first $3,000 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win over Damion Gardner, Brody Roa, R.J. Johnson, and Jason McDougal. McDougal was the night’s hard charger with a thirteenth to fifth place run.

Gardner posted his 82nd career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 24-car field. The 7-time USAC/CRA Champion clocked in with a time of 13.469 on the 1/3-mile oval.

Friday night winner Josh Hodges took the checkered flags in Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. USAC SouthWest drivers “The Bull” Tye Mihocko and Dennis Gile claimed their 10-lap heats.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2019 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – "2nd Annual Spring Showcase”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.469; 2. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.485; 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.674; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.680; 5. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.746; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.795; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.807; 8. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.814; 9. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-13.868; 10. Josh Hodges, 74X. Hodges-13.923; 11. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.926; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-13.931; 13. Jason McDougal, 42, Cheney-13.992; 14. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.069; 15. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-14.102; 16. Landon Cling, 34C, Cling-14.154; 17. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.208; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.456; 19. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.559; 20. Ryan Cully, 21J, Cully-14.563; 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.651; 22. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.747; 23. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-15.120; 24. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.698.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Hodges, 2. McDougal, 3. Gardner, 4. Williams, 5. Chapple, 6. Cling, 7. McCarthy, 8. Lundy. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Mihocko, 2. Johnson, 3. Martin, 4. Malcolm, 5. Rossi, 6. Curtis, 7. Cully, 8. Dyer. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Gile, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Sussex, 4. Roa, 5. Davis, 6. Gansen, 7. Tafoya, 8. Sanchez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg (4), 2. Damion Gardner (6), 3. Brody Roa (2), 4. R.J. Johnson (5), 5. Jason McDougal (13), 6. Stevie Sussex (9), 7. Austin Williams (3), 8. Isaac Chapple (8), 9. Josh Hodges (10), 10. Tommy Malcolm (11), 11. Landon Cling (16), 12. Mike Martin (1), 13. Matt Lundy (19), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 15. Matt Rossi (7), 16. Chris Gansen (18), 17. Michael Curtis (17), 18. Dennis Gile (15), 19. Ryan Cully (20), 20. Matt McCarthy (22), 21. Stephen Sanchez (24), 22. Jeff Dyer (23), 23. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (21), 24. Tye Mihocko (14). NT
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**Mihocko flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Roa, Laps 13-23 Schuerenberg, Lap 24 Johnson, Laps 25-30 Schuerenberg.
HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (13th to 5th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 30 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “So-Cal Showdown”

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 20 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona

 

 

JOSH HODGES SPRINTS TO VICTORY AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

Peoria, Arizona... Taking the lead from Brody Roa on the second lap, Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM) led the rest of the way to win the opening night of the "Spring Showcase" at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Parts Plus Maxim, Hodges earned the $3,000 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph. Roa, Isaac Chapple, R.J. Johnson, and Jake Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers. Before the main event, several cars were penalized for reporting late to staging and Hodges was the night's hard charger. Hunter Schuerenberg posted his second career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 26-car field. The Sikeston, Missouri driver clocked in with a time of 13.575 on the 1/3-mile oval. 5-time USAC SouthWest Champion Johnson raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. 2018 Champions "The Demon" Damion Gardner (USAC/CRA) and "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (USAC SouthWest) claimed their 10-lap heats, while Swanson topped the 12-lap semi-main.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 8, 2019 - Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, Arizona - "2nd Annual Spring Showcase"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13,575; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.729; 3. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.913; 4. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-13.945; 5. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.969; 6. Jason McDougal, 42, Cheney-13.980; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.988; 8. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-14.023; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.034; 10. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.053; 11. Josh Hodges, 74X. Hodges-14.080; 12. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.116; 13. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.142; 14. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.170; 15. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-14.176; 16. Landon Cling, 34C, Cling-14.268; 17. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.271; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.282; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.436; 20. Kyle Shipley, 34, Grau-14.661; 21. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy- 14.692; 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.857; 23. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-15.042; 24. Ryan Cully, 21J, Cully-15.128; 25. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.540; 26. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.074.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer) 1. Johnson, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Williams, 4. Roa, 5. Gile, 6. Cling, 7. Gansen, 8. Tafoya, 9. Sanchez. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer) 1. Gardner, 2. Hodges, 3. Sussex, 4. Rossi, 5. Mihocko, 6. Curtis, 7. Shipley, 8. Swanson, 9. Smith. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer) 1. Davis, 2. Malcolm, 3. Martin, 4. Chapple, 5. McDougal, 6. McCarthy, 7. Lundy, 8. Cully. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, Top 10 finishers transfer) 1. Swanson, 2. McDougal, 3. Mihocko, 4. McCarthy, 5. Gile, 6. Gansen, 7. Cling, 8. Shipley, 9. Lundy, 10. Curtis, 11. Tafoya, 12. Cully, 13. Sanchez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Josh Hodges (11), 2. Brody Roa (3), 3. Isaac Chapple (5), 4. R.J. Johnson (13), 5. Jake Swanson (7), 6. Jason McDougal (9), 7. Damion Gardner (17), 8. Austin Williams (10), 9. Matt Rossi (4), 10. Stevie Sussex (2), 11. Mike Martin (12), 12. Landon Cling (16), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (15), 14. Michael Curtis (22), 15. Matt McCarthy (18), 16. Matt Lundy (21), 17. Kyle Shipley (20), 18. Chris Gansen (19), 19. Hunter Schuerenberg (6), 20. Tye Mihocko (14), 21. Dennis Gile (8), 22. Tommy Malcolm (1). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Roa, Laps 2-30 Hodges.

HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (11th to 1st)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Hodges-77, 2-Chapple-73, 3-Roa-72, 4-Johnson-69, 5-Swanson-67, 6-Gardner-60, 7-McDougal-59, 8-Williams-55, 9-Rossi-54, 10-Sussex-49.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Hodges-148, 2-Chapple-147, 3-Roa-144, 4-Swanson-134, 5-Martin-110, 6-Davis-108, 7-Johnson-107, 8-Sussex-95, 9-Rossi-89, 10-Curtis-85.

NEXT USAC/CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 9 - Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, Arizona - "2nd Annual Spring Showcase"

 

 

FAST STARTS PAY DIVIDENDS FOR MIDGET TITLE HOPEFULS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 8, 2019).........The old notion of championships being aided by getting off to a good start is more than just a simple adage when it comes to the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Tyler Courtney has already staked a claim by notching a pair of wins during the first two races of the season in Ocala, Fla. and leads the standings coming into Saturday's "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

The prevailing thought is that, yes, he's off to a roaring start, but the season is young, it's a long season and there's still a lot that can and will happen. Tis true, my friend. But odds and history both have their own thoughts on the subject, and they show the importance of a solid foundation to build on following the first two races that can springboard a driver and team into championship contention.

Since 2000, after the completion of the season's first two races, the point leader at that moment went on to win the series championship in seven of those 19 years. On nine other occasions during that span, champions emerged from drivers who were in the top-four in the standings after two races. Bryan Clauson and Tanner Thorson defied the odds in their championship campaigns with Clauson coming from seventh after two rounds in 2010 and Thorson coming from sixth in 2016. Dave Darland upped the ante, coming from outside of the top-ten early in the season to win the title despite missing several races toward the end of the year due to injury.

Right now, as the top-four currently stands, Courtney leads the points by nine over Kevin Thomas, Jr. with C.J. Leary in third and Chad Boat in fourth. Since 2000, champions have emerged from the top-four after two events in 16 of 19 seasons, making this the most likely scenario based solely on odds-making.

Courtney's already got two "w's" in the book in this young season and is coming off a year in which he captured a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title the previous year. Three previous drivers won their first USAC National Midget championship following titles in other USAC National divisions since the turn of the century, namely Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley and Tracy Hines. Courtney has the benefit of the mental test that goes into prevailing through a grueling championship run.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. locked horns and points with Courtney in the sprint title chase a year ago. Thomas has been tested and is ready to take the next step of becoming a USAC National champ. He's a former Rookie of the Year with the series in 2014, and since 2000, eight of the 19 Midget champs have been previous Rookies of the Year just like him. Though he had three appearances with them last year, he's in his first full season with Petry Motorsports in 2019, but only five of the 19 titles over the past two decades have been won by drivers in their first year with a team. Thomas has showed no qualms with that, tallying two runner-up finishes in his first two appearances.

C.J. Leary is in the same boat, racing for a new team this season. However, after all his success on the USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown trails over the past several seasons, he's tackling the full Midget schedule for the first time in a bid for Rookie of the Year. However, that might not be all the Greenfield, Indiana driver will be in contention for at season's end, with a possible run at a championship in his sights. It happened last year when Logan Seavey became just the third Rookie champion in the history of USAC National Midget racing, following Danny Caruthers in 1971 and Christopher Bell in 2013.

Chad Boat has been knocking on the door to compete for a USAC National Midget title year-in, year-out and seems to be inching ever closer toward that goal. Last year, the Phoenix, Arizona native reached a career-high second in the final standings behind Seavey. Six drivers since 2000 have finished runner-up in the standings one year, then claimed the championship the following season, including J.J. Yeley (2003), Josh Wise (2005), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006), Darren Hagen (2012), Tanner Thorson (2016) and Spencer Bayston (2017).

All are capable of reaching the pinnacle this season and each have some sort of history on their side no matter what prism you look through. That's the beauty of the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. You can go down through the standings and pick anybody out and find a reason and an avenue they can take toward a title, with the aid of a little history on their side.

With all that said, yes, it's still way too early to be predicting championships in the month of March after only two races. With a field this talented and equipment so solid, it's going be unpredictable. That's why we race and why we watch. History will someday prove that. It always does.

Next up is Saturday's "Shamrock Classic." With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000 with the addition of the "Pot of Gold Challenge," which would be the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central).

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

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YEAR / LEADER AFTER 2 RACES / CHAMPION: (Since 2000) 2018: Logan Seavey / Logan Seavey 2017: Brady Bacon / Spencer Bayston 2016: Brady Bacon / Tanner Thorson 2015: Tracy Hines / Tracy Hines 2014: Rico Abreu / Rico Abreu 2013: Christopher Bell / Christopher Bell 2012: Mario Clouser / Darren Hagen 2011: Bryan Clauson / Bryan Clauson 2010: Brad Sweet / Bryan Clauson 2009: Chad Boat / Brad Kuhn 2008: Tracy Hines / Cole Whitt 2007: Darren Hagen / Jerry Coons, Jr. 2006: Dave Steele / Jerry Coons, Jr. 2005: Jay Drake / Josh Wise 2004: Bobby East / Bobby East 2003: J.J. Yeley / J.J. Yeley 2002: Dave Steele / Dave Darland 2001: Jay Drake / Dave Darland 2000: Jay Drake / Kasey Kahne

 

 

THORSON REMAINS HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING SURGERIES

Speedway, Indiana (March 7, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget star Tanner Thorson remains in the hospital following a multi-car incident on Highway 99 in Modesto, Calif. Monday morning, March 4.

On Wednesday, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion underwent a second surgery, this time to repair his broken right foot, following Monday's surgery on his broken left arm. He also had a breathing tube put in to help pump up his collapsed lungs.

Thorson also suffered a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung in the accident and is expected to make a full recovery. With surgeries now complete, Thorson's family hopes the Minden, Nevada native can return home in the next few days.

The accident occurred while Thorson was on his way back home to the Tri-C Motorsports team's Sacramento, Calif. shop after competing in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Thorson, a native of Minden, Nev., owns 12 career USAC National Midget feature victories, ranking 55th on the all-time series' list. Among his major wins in the series are the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" in 2015 and the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in 2015 & 2016.

In the first two events of the 2019 USAC National Midget season, Thorson finished 9th on the opening night of "Winter Dirt Games X" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. and 7th in the second event where he charged from 24th to 7th to earn hard charger honors.

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CAN STREAK OF FIRST-TIME WINNERS CONTINUE AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC?

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 7, 2019).........If there's anything we've learned about the "Shamrock Classic" since its introduction to the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule in 2016, it's proven three-years-running that it has a knack for producing first-time series winners.

That trend could very well continue this Saturday when the series takes on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the fourth-running of the event, round number three of the season.

In 2016, Shane Golobic got the ball rolling in the inaugural event, not content on just running the bottom as he went to the high side to pass leader Shane Cottle on lap 34 and was able to pull away on a late green-white-checkered to win his first career series feature aboard the Matt Wood Racing No. 17w. To date, it remains the Fremont, California driver's only USAC National Midget feature win.

The following year, in 2017, Justin Grant rewrote the record books by becoming the first and, still, only driver in the 64-year history of USAC to record season-opening feature victories in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions in a single year in his Clauson/Marshall Racing ride.

Ione, California's Grant had decided to take his shot at Christopher Bell for the race lead with 17 laps remaining and, just seconds later, the move proved to be a wise one as he avoided the mayhem and came away with the lead on the ensuing restart after Bell saw his chance of winning fade into the haze as a pair of lapped cars tangled in front of him on the high side of turn four. Bell became trapped in a box with the two stalled cars and the outside retaining wall surrounding him as he looked for an escape. Grant never relented down the stretch to win the first feature of his USAC Midget career.

Last year's edition, in 2018, in his first USAC start aboard the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian No. 67, Logan Seavey captured the pot of gold at the Southern Illinois Center, leading all 50 laps to score his first career series win in the season opener. The Sutter, California native used that victory and two others throughout the season to win the series' title, the third Rookie to ever accomplish the feat.

That brings us to this Saturday's event and whether that trend will continue. A myriad of things are at play with a unique format, substituting single-car qualifying for heats and qualifiers that will produce passing points, which will then seed the lineup for the 50-lap feature. Also at play is the Pot of Gold Challenge, allowing the top-four in passing points the opportunity to start from the tail to claim a $50,000 bonus.

That could shake the lineup a bit, but lest we remember that this is an indoor race on a short track which will produce close and, sometimes, hard knock racing. Sometimes, top drivers can miss the show here, and with a stacked field of 58 drivers, anything is in play and nothing is guaranteed.

The list of drivers who can carry the trend of winning their first career USAC National Midget race at the "Shamrock Classic" into 2019 is plentiful. 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom is on that list and he drives for the highly-accomplished Clauson/Marshall Racing team that has played a role in four victories at the Southern Illinois Center under USAC sanction since 2015. C.J. Leary had a pair of fourths to open his Midget Rookie campaign for FMR Racing in Ocala, Fla.

As you might recall, Thomas Meseraull won the most recent USAC appearance at the SIC last December, but that was considered a non-points, special event in the grand scheme of things. The San Jose, California driver put on a show in that victory and is more than capable of repeating the feat this Saturday.

Cole Bodine nearly pulled off a victory last year in Sweet Springs, Missouri, finishing second to eventual champ Seavey. Tucker Klaasmeyer led a combined 25 laps in his first two races of the season. Rookie Jesse Colwell and Tanner Carrick each recorded sixth-place finishes in Ocala to begin the year for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian.

Jake Neuman, Terry Babb and Daniel Robinson have finished in the top-ten in past "Shamrock Classics" and can serve as formidable foes against the likes of Derek Hagar and Chris Andrews, both podium finishers in a midget at Du Quoin's "Junior Knepper 55" in recent years.

Nick Knepper has spent more time at the track than just about anybody over the past few seasons as the promoter of the "Knepper 55," but his aim this Saturday is to join his father, Steve, as a fellow USAC National Midget feature winner. Meanwhile, young drivers Karter Sarff, Zane Hendricks and Andrew Layser showed great speed in the openers at Ocala and could stand tall this Saturday.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000 with the addition of the "Pot of Gold Challenge," which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central).

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST & CRA SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 6, 2019... After a hard fought Casa Grande season opener, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action at this Friday and Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the two-night “2nd Annual Spring Showcase” is co-sanctioned with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and will also feature the Arizona Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Sport Mods, and Micro Sprints. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 7:10pm, with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 6:40pm, and race is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223). In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Thursday, March 7th, at 7:00pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-four Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen victories. In last year’s seven races at CSP, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has three wins, Johnson has two main event triumphs, and “The Magic Man” Mike Martin and “The Bull” Tye Mihocko scored one victory at the 1/3-mile oval. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson set the 1-lap track record of 13.818 on October 22, 2016 and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

After winning at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) sits atop the point standings. Piloting the Reinbold / Underwood Motorsports’ #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Leary qualified fourth out of eighteen racers, ran fifth in his heat race, and won his second career series feature after starting eighth. The USAC National driver has returned to Midwest action and Hunter Schuerenberg will be at the helm of the potent racecar.

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, IN) made the long tow from the “Hoosier State,” and ranks second in the point chase. Racing his #52 CFH Enterprises / Superior Consulting DRC, Chapple was eighth quick in time trials, ran second to Dennis Gile in his heat race, and placed second in last Saturday’s feature. The USAC National driver will be looking to earn his first USAC SouthWest & USAC/CRA victories at Canyon Speedway Park.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) is third in the USAC SouthWest chase for the championship. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa qualified thirteenth overall, won the night’s first eight lap heat race, and earned the night’s hard charger award with a thirteenth to third place run. Competing for both the USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest crowns, Brody will have his sights on his third SouthWest triumph.

Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Parts Plus Maxim, Hodges was Casa Grande’s fast qualifier, ran second to Brody Roa in his heat race, and scored fifth in the main event. Josh has four career series wins and will be looking to add the “Spring Showcase” to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson was eleventh fast in time trials, scored third in his heat race, and charged to fourth in the feature from eleventh. The former USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one career SouthWest victory and will have his sights on sweeping the “Spring Showcase.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Dennis Gile, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Stevie Sussex, Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, R.J. Johnson, Tyler Most, Matt Rossi, and more.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) will lead a strong USAC/CRA contingent to Canyon Speedway Park. Brody Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, R.J. Johnson, Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Joel Rayborne, and Austin Ervine were among the top-20 in last year’s standings.

The pit gate will open at 5:30pm on Friday and 5:00PM on Saturday. Pit passes are $40 for Adults, Kids (7-11) are $20 and Children (6-11) are FREE.

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. For both nights, Adult Tickets are $25, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $20, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com and the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC SouthWest Facebook and Twitter pages.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

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


SPRING SHOWCASE WINNERS: 2018-Damion Gardner.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-C.J. Leary.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-77, 2. Isaac Chapple-74, 3. Brody Roa-72, 4. Josh Hodges-71, 5. Jake Swanson-67, 6. Mike Martin-63, Charles Davis, Jr.-63, 8. Dennis Gile-57, 9. Ryan Cully-49, .. Michael Curtis-49, 11. Chris Bonneau-46, ... Stevie Sussex-46, 13. Matt Lundy-44, 14. Stephen Sanchez-40, 15. R.J. Johnson-38, 16. Tyler Most-36, ... Matt Rossi-36, 18. Colton Maroney-31.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (State 48 Classic)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (CSP Birthday Bash)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA & USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS CLASH AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 6, 2019... The sixteenth season for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will open this Friday, March 8th, at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the two-night “2nd Annual Spring Showcase” is co-sanctioned with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars and will also feature the Arizona Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Sport Mods, and Micro Sprints. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 7:10pm, with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 6:40pm, and race is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223). In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Thursday, March 7th, at 7:00pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixteen USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. Defending champion, “The Demon” Damion Gardner won last year’s event and Bryan Clauson leads the series with five triumphs. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland set the 1-lap track record of 13.072 on November 15, 2014 and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags flew at Perris on November 10th, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) clinched his sixth consecutive (seventh overall) AMSOIL USAC/CRA title. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner posted five feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, fourteen heat race victories, twenty top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led in 2018. “The Demon” won last year’s “Spring Showcase” and will be looking for his eighty-first series victory.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) finished second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa had three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 94 feature laps led to his credit. The second generation driver has six career series wins and will have his sights on adding the “Spring Showcase” win to his resume.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) placed third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams had two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one hard charger award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. With seven career series wins, Austin is the new driver of the Moose Racing #92 and will be looking to start his championship bid with a Peoria triumph.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) ranked fourth in the championship point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams posted three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. The former Victorville Sprint Car Champion will run a limited schedule and may miss the action at Canyon Speedway Park.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) placed fifth in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car point chase. Racing John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson finished the year with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, three hard charger awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Jake has two career USAC/CRA wins in Arizona and will be looking to top the ‘Spring Showcase.”

Last season, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished sixteenth in the point chase. Driving the Don Blair Racing #12B H&H Flat Heads / Okie Race Cars entry, Rayborne’s best finish was eleventh at Santa Maria on August 4th. The young driver will have his sights on his first feature win at Canyon Speedway Park.

R.J. Johnson, Max Adams, Logan Williams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Ryan Bernal, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Justin Grant, Chase Johnson, Austin Ervine, Logan Seavey, and Austin Liggett rounded out the top-20 in last year’s point standings.

Entering Friday’s event, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest point chase. Isaac Chapple, Brody Roa, Josh Hodges, Jake Swanson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Dennis Gile, Ryan Cully, and Michael Curtis round out the top-10 drivers.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal, 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. For both nights, Adult Tickets are $25, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $20, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

PEORIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Bryan Clauson, 3-Damion Gardner, 2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.

SPRING SHOWCASE WINNER: 2018-Damion Gardner.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA – (Sokola Shootout)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

COURTNEY COULD MAKE USAC HISTORY IN SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 6, 2019).........No driver in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship has won three points races in a row to start a season. That could change this Saturday when Tyler Courtney attempts to go for the tri-fecta in the fourth annual "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Courtney captured the first two outings of the season in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., leading the final 26 laps to win the opener and the final nine to bag the second night to sweep the weekend in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

With both victories, the Indianapolis, Indiana native became just the eighth driver to win the opening two USAC National Midget races of the season, joining Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975), Rich Vogler (1984-85), Dave Steele (2002), Brad Sweet (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011) and Rico Abreu (2014).

Vogler actually captured the first three to open the 1985 season, but the second of those wins came during a non-points special event at the inaugural Hoosier Dome invitational in Indianapolis. The first and third of Vogler's scores that year came indoors at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum. This weekend's race for Courtney is inside the Southern Illinois Center, a permanent 1/6-mile dirt oval track.

Courtney has already won there in USAC Midget competition, winning the 2016 "Junior Knepper 55" and drives for a CMR team that includes Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom on the crew, each of whom have been involved in four USAC wins at the SIC, including the first two editions of the "Shamrock Classic" with drivers Shane Golobic (2016) and Justin Grant (2017).

Stunningly, a year ago, Courtney was among those who missed the main event, finishing one transfer spot out of the feature lineup during the second semi-feature, but is up for redemption this Saturday with stacked lineup of 58 midgets expected to unload for the series' Midwest opener.

The fourth annual event presents a hefty payday of $50,000 in the "Pot of Gold" Challenge that will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central)

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

 

 

$50 GRAND BONUS UP FOR GRABS AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 5, 2019).........Who's going all-in this Saturday night when a hefty payday of $50,000 is up for grabs in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Factory Canopies "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin?

The Factory Canopies "Pot of Gold" Challenge will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Nearly sixty drivers have already signed on to compete in Saturday's "Shamrock Classic," including defending race winner and series champion Logan Seavey; reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ and the winner of the series' first two races this year, Tyler Courtney; 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Chris Windom; the youngest winner in series' history, Zeb Wise; 2017 "Shamrock Classic" winner Justin Grant; 2018 series runner-up Chad Boat; Ocala USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victor C.J. Leary; 2018 Du Quoin Midget winner Thomas Meseraull; two-time USAC Sprint champ Brady Bacon, midget and sprint standout Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2018 "Jason Leffler Memorial" winner Tyler Thomas, plus USAC Triple Crown title-holders Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr. among many others.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central)

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.


 

 

USAC CHAMPS SEAVEY, SUNSHINE, WINDOM
ENTER SHAMROCK AS CAR COUNT NEARS 60

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 4, 2019).........Three more USAC National champs - Logan Seavey, Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom, have entered the fray for this Saturday's Factory Canopies "Shamrock Classic" USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series race on March 9 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, where the car count has exploded to close to 60 entries for the fourth annual event.

Seavey, the defending USAC National Midget champ from Sutter, Calif., returns as the reigning "Shamrock Classic" winner, which served as the first USAC win of his career. He leads a group of five from the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable, including Tucker Klaasmeyer, Holley Hollan, Jesse Colwell and Tanner Carrick.

Courtney, the reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, is also a USAC Midget victor on the indoor 1/6-mile dirt oval, winning the 2016 "Junior Knepper 55" special event. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver arrives as the point leader after capturing the first two races in February in Ocala, Fla.

Courtney's Clauson Marshall Racing counterpart, Windom, aims to make his first "Shamrock Classic" start this Saturday. The Canton, Ill. driver has won twice on the adjacent Du Quoin State Fairgrounds mile in a Silver Crown car in 2016 and 2018. Last year's third-place finisher Zeb Wise and series' Rookie of the Year contender Andrew Layser make up the rest of the stout CMR lineup.

Justin Grant won the "Shamrock" back in 2017 for his first career series win and hopes to become the first driver to enter victory lane twice in USAC competition at the Southern Illinois Center for RAMS Racing. Chad Boat could be a prime candidate to score his first after finishing seventh a year ago en route to a runner-up finish in the standings for Tucker/Boat Motorsports. C.J. Leary kicked off his FMR Racing debut with a pair of top-fives in Ocala to begin 2019.

Billy Wease was victorious in the 2006 "Turkey Night Grand Prix," while a little bit of international flavor arrives in Michael Pickens from New Zealand, who has raced to four career USAC National Midget wins. He'll pilot the RMS LLC #1NZ, the same team which won last December's Southern Illinois Center Midget race with driver Thomas Meseraull.

Also entered for the "Shamrock Classic" are one-third of the list of USAC Triple Crown title-holders who own championships in Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget competition have entered, including Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. in the RMS LLC No. 36 and Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. aboard the Petry Motorsports No. 25. Meanwhile, 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon will wheel the Kelly Hinck-owned No. 21H.

Among the other standouts and past USAC National feature winners entered for the "Shamrock" are 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. in the Petry Motorsports No. 5. He finished in the runner-up spot in both his initial outings this season in Ocala, Fla. in February.

San Jose, California's Meseraull is the most recent winner of indoor USAC Midget racing in Du Quoin, capturing the victory in last December's "Junior Knepper 55," driving the RMS LLC No. 7R, with whom he returns to for this race.

Last fall, Tyler Thomas became the first driver to win his first career USAC National Sprint and Midget races in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011. He won that first midget race in Wayne City, Ill. last October and returns to Du Quoin in his own No. 91T.

Fast Lane Racing Apparel is sponsoring FREE race entry for all USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship teams competing in the March 9 "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

By using coupon code FASTLANE in the box at the link: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-car-entry?fbclid=IwAR1xBSM-QaldijxzhMhFBLZDBuAOMjxDF9gEGbxHkYk4EJzPu6yJUmuUhwo, teams will be able to enter their midget for FREE until Monday, March 4 at 11pm (Central Time) when the offer expires. Pre-entries will be published on Tuesday, March 5.

The fourth annual event presents a hefty payday of $50,000 up for grabs when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets compete in the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval located in southern Illinois.

The Factory Canopies "Pot of Gold" Challenge will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central)

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
08 Cannon McIntosh / Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge / Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1NZ Michael Pickens / Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A Justin Grant / Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4J Tim Crawley / Benton, AR (Tim Crawley)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5D Zach Daum / Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7 Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard)
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7R Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
8B Kimberly Bradach / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
8w Chad Wisnicky / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
9 Braydon Cromwell / Lone Jack, MO (Mounce Motorsports)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
11 Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (Jack Harris)
11B Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11m Kendall Ruble / Vincennes, IN (Martin Racing)
12 Billy Wease / Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15m Shane Morgan / Morton, IL (Shane Morgan)
17 Justin Peck / Monrovia, IN (Bus Racing Team)
17BC Chris Windom / Canton, IL (Clauson Marshall Racing)
19 Garet Williamson / Columbia, MO (Mounce Motorsports)
19m Ethan Mitchell / Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21KS Karter Sarff / Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds Motorsports/Team Ripper Racing)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer / Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks Racing)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
35T Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Ft. Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)
41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
47BC Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
50 Tony DiMattia / Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
55 Nick Knepper / Belleville, IL (Nick Knepper)
55D Nick Drake / Mooresville, NC (Nick Drake)
56AP Colten Cottle / Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
67 Logan Seavey / Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K Holley Hollan / Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 Jesse Colwell / Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick / Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76m C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (FMR Racing)
77w Joe Wirth / Waterloo, IL (Wirth Racing)
84 Chad Boat / Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 Tyler Nelson / Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
88x Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Jim Miller)
127 James Picardi / Mapleton, IL (James Picardi)

MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
1G Bryant Paver / Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
P1 Parker Leek / Warsaw, IN (Ryan Leek)
3m Tres Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
5 Zach Boden / Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5T Ryan Timms / Oklahoma City, OK (Ryan Timms)
9 Chase Randall / Waco, TX (Chase Randall)
11B Colton Booten / Marion, IL (Colton Booten)
11BX Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
T11 Brad Thompson / Crawfordsville, IN (Brad Thompson)
12 Corbin Gurley / Hebron, IN (Team VW/Audi Racing)
12c Jacob Patton / Bethalto, IL (Jacob Patton)
12s Ayrton Gennetten / Gravois Mills, MO (Ayrton Gennetten)
14H Harley Hollan / Broken Arrow, OK (Driven Midwest)
16 Garrett Britton / Benton, IL (Garrett Britton)
18 Steve Finn / Collinsville, IL (Steve Finn)
21 Brenton Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Brandie Lamb)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21x Eli Harris / Kokomo, IN (Eli Harris)
22E Chris Wilner / Carmel, IN (Chris Wilner)
22H Jessee Holt / Columbus, IN (Jessee Holt)
27H Zach Hubbard / Benton, IL (Zachery Hubbard)
27HX Jimmy Wells / Wayne City, IL (Jimmy Wells)
27J Randy Johns / Bunker Hill, IN (Randy Johns)
28 Gunner Ramey / Sedalia, MO (Driven Midwest)
29 Scott Sawyer / Jenks, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
38m Koert Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
40 Devin Feger / East Peoria, IL (Devin Feger)
44 Trevin Littleton / Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
44p Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 Sean Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
56 Joe Faloon / Rochester, IL (John Faloon)
56m Nate McMillin / Rosedale, IN (John Faloon)
57 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Joe Mooney)
65E Chad Elliott / Cottage Hills, IL (Chad Elliott)
69 Blake Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Blake Lamb)
71 Jake Cheatham / Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71m TBA / TBA (Paul May)
72 Michael Brummitt / Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
77JR Denver Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Denver Larsen)
88 B.J. Gatewood / Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
91A Tyler Fitzpatrick / Middleville, MI (Tyler Fitzpatrick)
93 Matt Carr / Fayetteville, NC (Matt Carr)
187 Jake Dohner / Janesville, WI (Jake Dohner)
187x Landon Crawley / Benton, AR (Landon Crawley)
711 TBA / TBA (Paul May)
777 Dylan Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Dylan Larsen)
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C.J. LEARY TOPS “COTTON CLASSIC” AT CASA GRANDE

Casa Grande, AZ… Racing past Michael Curtis on lap 15, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) led the rest of the way to claim Saturday’s “Cotton Classic” at Central Arizona Speedway. Piloting the Reinbold / Underwood Motorsports’ #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, C.J’s $2,000 triumph was the first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car 410 race in series history. Isaac Chapple, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, and Josh Hodges flowed the USAC National driver to the checkered flags. Roa was the night’s hard charger with a thirteenth to third place run in the 30-lap main event.

Josh Hodges was the night’s fast qualifier over the 18-car field with a lap of 16.233 at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. Roa, Dennis Gile, and Davis win the 8-lap heat races.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 2, 2019 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona – “Cotton Classic”

QUALIFYING: 1. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-16.233; 2. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.281; 3. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-16.304; 4. C.J. Leary, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.441; 5. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.598; 6. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.608; 7. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.867; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.889; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-16.980; 10. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.105; 11. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.562; 12. Colton Maroney, 68, Maroney-17.564; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.759; 14. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.939; 15. Tyler Most, 3, Most-18.118; 16. Ryan Cully, 21J, Cully-18.996; 17. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-19.029; 18. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Roa, 2. Hodges, 3. Curtis, 4. Johnson, 5. Leary, 6. Cully. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Gile, 2. Chapple, 3. Swanson, 4. Bonneau, 5. Martin, 6. Lundy. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Davis, 2. Sussex, 3. Rossi, 4. Most, 5. Maroney, 6. Sanchez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. C.J. Leary (8), 2. Isaac Chapple (1), 3. Brody Roa (13), 4. Jake Swanson (11), 5. Josh Hodges (6), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 7. Mike Martin (7), 8. Dennis Gile (14), 9. Ryan Cully (16), 10. Michael Curtis (2), 11. Matt Lundy (17), 12. Chris Bonneau (4), 13. Stephen Sanchez (18), 14. Stevie Sussex (5), 15. R.J. Johnson (10), 16. Tyler Most (15), 17. Matt Rossi (3), 18. Colton Maroney (12). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Curtis, Laps 15-30 Leary. HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (13th to 3rd)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: March 8&9 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona - “Spring Showcase” – Co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA

 

 

JAKE SWANSON SWEEPS LAS VEGAS SHOWDOWN FINALE

Las Vegas, Nevada… Starting eighth, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) used a daring last lap pass over Charles Davis Jr. to win his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature of 2019. Piloting the Grau/Burkhart #34AZ Western Diversified / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson earned the $3,000 jackpot at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Davis, Stevie Sussex, Wednesday winner Brody Roa, and Tristan Guardino rounded out the top-five drivers.

Jake posted his sixth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 19-car field by posting a time of 18.807. The 2017 Champion also raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and was the night’s hard charger. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. took the checkered flags in the night’s second 8-lap heat race.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: February 28, 2019 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, Nevada – "FVP Platinum Battery Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-18.807; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-19.373; 3. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-19.425; 4. Stevie Sussex, 34X, Grau/Burkhart-19.493; 5. Brody Roa, 34, Grau-19.547; 6. Sterling Cling, 34C, Cling-19.560; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-19.785; 8. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-19.874; 9. Michael Fanelli, 2, Fanelli-19.914; 10. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-20.205; 11. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-20.247; 12. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-20.392; 13. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-20.618; 14. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-20.667; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-20.671; 16. Jonathan Jorgenson, 89, Kane-20.733; 17. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-20.969; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-21.407; 19. Johnnie Butler, 54, Butler-21.526;.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Swanson, 2. Roa, 3. Davis, 4. Timmons, 5. Fanelli, 6. Smith, 7. Edwards, 8. Shaw, 9. Mayhew, 10. Butler. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Faria, 2. Sussex, 3. Guardino, 4. Hardy, 5. Helt, 6. Gile, 7. Jorgenson, 8. Cling, 9. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Jake Swanson (8), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 3. Stevie Sussex (5), 4. Brody Roa (6), 5. Tristan Guardino (3), 6. Dennis Gile (12), 7. Jonathan Jorgenson (14), 8. Colton Hardy (1), 9. Koen Shaw (15), 10. Kyle Edwards (13), 11. T.J. Smith (11), 12. Sterling Cling (16), 13. Slater Helt (10), 14. Michael Fanelli (9), 15. Hannah Mayhew (17), 16. Johnnie Butler (19), 17. Danny Faria Jr. (7), 18. Ryan Timmons (2), 19. Austin Ervine (18), NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Hardy, Laps 3-19 Davis, Lap 20 Swanson. HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (8th to 1st)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 16 – Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

BRODY ROA SWEEPS NIGHT #1 OF THE SHOWDOWN AT LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, Nevada… Starting on the outside of the third row, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) won the Las Vegas season opener for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. Driving the Tanner Grau Racing #34 Western Diversfiied / Western Premier Hauling Maxim, the 2017 Champion took the lead from Jake Swanson on lap six and shook free from all challengers to earn the $3,000 jackpot. Swanson, Stevie Sussex, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dennis Gile earned the Hard Charger Award with a sixth place run from seventeenth.

Roa also topped the 19-car field in Woodland Auto Display Time Trials and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Tristan Guardino took the checkered flags in the second 8-lap heat race.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: February 27, 2019 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, Nevada – "FVP Platinum Battery Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Brody Roa, 34, Grau-18.533; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-18.806; 3. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-18.984; 4. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-19.059; 5. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-19.132; 6. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-19.201; 7. Stevie Sussex, 34X, Grau/Burkhart-19.270; 8. Michael Fanelli, 2, Fanelli-19.413; 9. Johnnie Butler, 54, Butler-19.773; 10. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-19.921; 11. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-20.163; 12. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-20.484; 13. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-21.246; 14. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-NT; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-NT; 16. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-NT; 17. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-NT; 18. Sterling Cling, 34C, Cling-NT; 19. Jonathan Jorgenson, 89, Kane-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Sussex, 3. Swanson, 4. Timmons, 5. Shaw, 6. Mayhew. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Davis, 3. Faria, 4. Smith, 5. Fanelli, 6. Cling, 7. Helt, 8. Hardy, 9. Ervine, 10. Edwards. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps, starting positions in parnethesis) 1. Brody Roa (6), 2. Jake Swanson (2), 3. Stevie Sussex (4), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (1), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (3), 6. Dennis Gile (17), 7. Tristan Guardino (5), 8. T.J. Smith (8), 9. Colton Hardy (16), 10. Ryan Timmons (7), 11. Koen Shaw (9), 12. Hannah Mayhew (11), 13. Sterling Cling (12), 14. Austin Ervine (18), 15. Kyle Edwards (15), 16. Slater Helt (14), 17. Johnnie Butler (13), 18. Michael Fanelli (10). NT
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**Butler flipped during qualifying. Cling flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Swanson, Laps 6-20 Roa.
HARD CHARGER: Dennis Gile (17th to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: February 28 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway – "FVP Platinum Battery Showdown”

 

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

CASA GRANDE’S “COTTON CLASSIC” OPENS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SEASON
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 25, 2019... This Saturday, March 2nd, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open their seventh campaign at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the “2nd Annual Cotton Classic” will be the first of three dates for the fast 3/8-mile oval on the schedule. The action packed card will also feature Pure Stocks, Power 600 Micro Sprints, Dwarf Cars, and Bombers. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 muffler is MANDATORY at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply with the muffler rule risks disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Saturday’s event at Casa Grande will begin a new chapter for the Arizona based series. Like California’s USAC/CRA group, the SouthWest Sprints can now run aluminum 410 cubic-inch engines capable of over 900 horsepower. Cars equipped with iron block 360 cubic-inch powerplants are still legal for USAC SouthWest competition. In addition, two provisionals are available during the season for competitors. Based on Car Entrant point standings, Car Owners must be USAC members to be eligible for provisionals. Each race will pay a minimum of $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start. Co-sanctioned races with USAC/CRA in Arizona will pay a minimum of $3,000-to-win and $400-to-start. There are no conflicting dates between the two clubs and racers are encouraged to support each other’s schedule.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted fourteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. Defending champion, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has won four out of the last five Casa Grande events and leads the series with seven victories at the 3/8-mile oval. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson set the 1-lap track record of 15.058 on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags flew at San Tan Valley on November 3rd, veteran “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) clinched his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Championship. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis posted nine feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 252 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles won last year’s “Cotton Classic” and will be looking for his thirty-first career series triumph.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) finished second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko had two feature wins, three heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, four hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” has two career series wins and will have his sights on adding the “Cotton Classic” victory to his resume.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) placed third in the chase for the championship. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin had one feature win, four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led in the campaign. With six career series wins, the 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year will be looking to start his championship bid with a victory at Casa Grande.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) ranked fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X, Lundy posted two heat race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes on the year. The former San Tan Ford Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on his first USAC SouthWest main event win this Saturday night.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) placed fifth in the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car point chase. Racing Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis recorded one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year. Curtis has been moving up the SouthWest ranks and will be looking for his first win at the “Cotton Classic.”

Last season, Tyler Most (Peoria, AZ) earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished eighth in the point chase. Driving the family owned Sin City Motorsports / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Most had four top-10 finishes with a season best sixth place run at Peoria on October 20th. This Saturday, the young driver will have his sights on his first feature win at Central Arizona Speedway. .

R.J. Johnson, Chris Bonneau, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, Sterling Cling, Josh Pelkey, Stevie Sussex, Colton Hardy, Asa Kesterson, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Zack Madrid, Austin Kuehl, Jake Swanson, and Colton Maroney rounded out the top-20 in last year’s point standings.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are California’s Brody Roa, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, Indiana’s C.J. Leary, and more.

The pit gate will open at 4:00pm and pit passes are $35 for Adults.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east seven miles to the fairgrounds. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior/Military tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Hoosier Tire, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com and the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC SouthWest Facebook and Twitter pages.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

COTTON CLASSIC WINNERS: 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows): 7-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Cotton Classic)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (State 48 Classic)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (CSP Birthday Bash)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.


 

 

BC39 AT IMS TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets are on sale now for the second running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Visit IMS.com at any time, or call the IMS Ticket Office at 317-492-6700 or visit the IMS Ticket Office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday to buy tickets or for more information. The inaugural event featured a capacity crowd despite rainy conditions, so fans should act quickly to buy seats.

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

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

On Thursday, Sept. 5 for qualifying and the BC39 feature race, the temporary infield grandstand adjacent to The Dirt Track at IMS will be sold as Reserved Seats, with prices ranging from $35-$60. Availability is limited and prices will increase closer to the race, so fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best seats at the best prices.

On Wednesday, Sept. 4 for practice and heat races, the temporary infield grandstand at The Dirt Track will be available for General Admission seating, with prices starting at $25 and increasing closer to the race. Children 15 and under will be admitted for free Sept. 4 when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Fans can get even closer to the action by purchasing a Pit Pass for one or both days. Pit passes start at $20 per day, increasing to $25 per day at the gate. Pit Pass holders also must have a General Admission or Reserved Seat ticket, as the Pit Pass is not valid for gate admission.

Camping and prepaid parking also will be available for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 4-5. Visit www.ims.com/bc39 for more information.

Two-time USAC National Champion Brady Bacon won the 39-lap feature race at the inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 6, 2018 to earn the richest purse in recent Midget racing history. The thrilling race before a packed house came after track crews worked tirelessly to prepare the quarter-mile clay oval track after heavy afternoon rain.

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

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

LAS VEGAS SHOWDOWN OPENS 11TH USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SEASON
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 20, 2019... The eleventh campaign for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will kickoff on Wednesday, February 27th at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two-night “8th Annual FVP Platinum Battery Showdown" will also feature the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, K&N Pro Series West Stock Cars, and IMCA Modifieds. The pit gates will open at 10:00am, the spectator gates open at 3:00pm, with racing set for 6:30pm on Wednesday and 7:00pm on Thursday. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/tracks/dirt-track, or call 702.644.4444. Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/lvms/EN/buy/browse?i%5B0%5D=1325&_ga=2.173977824.253471414.1550713167-5083854.1545972164. A schedule for both nights is at the end of this release.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT LAS VEGAS.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the "FVP Platinum Battery Showdown" has become one of the most popular dates on the schedule. A talented roster of drivers from California, Arizona, and the Midwest are expected to battle for bragging rights at the prestigious event. To date, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has held nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal is tied with Bryan Clauson for the series lead with two wins on the half-mile oval. On March 9, 2017, Landon Cling established a new 1-lap track record of 17.470 and a complete Las Vegas series win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags flew on October 6th at Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) clinched his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett won by a slim 17-point margin and became the first driver to earn rookie of the year honors (2012) and the championship. In all, Austin posted two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the year. Austin won the Las Vegas event in 2014 and will be looking for his eighth career series triumph.

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

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

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranked fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen posted twelve top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. At press time, the 2012 USAC Western States Midget Champion might miss the “FVP Platinum Battery Showdown” at Las Vegas.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) placed fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix recorded two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year. Hix has been moving up the West Coast ranks and will have his sights on his first main event win at Las Vegas.

Last season, Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished eighth in the point chase. Driving Mike Bock’s #67 West Evans Motorsports / Abreu Vineyards Eagle, Bock posted one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and seven top-10 finishes on the season. Britton is expected to run a limited schedule in 2019 as he looks for his first USAC West Coast feature win.

Koen Shaw, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Ervine, Ryan Stolz, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander Weerd, Troy Rutherford, Brandon Wiley, Jake Swanson, Trent Carter, Kyle Edwards, Kaleb Montgomery, and James Herrera rounded out the top-20 in last year’s point standings.

Two-day Pit Passes are $100 and single-day Pit Passes are $50.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 10:00am and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/tracks/dirt-track, or call 702.644.4444. Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/lvms/EN/buy/browse?i%5B0%5D=1325&_ga=2.173977824.253471414.1550713167-5083854.1545972164.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

LAS VEGAS SHOWDOWN WINNERS: 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett, 2015-Stevie Sussex, 2016-Bryan Clauson, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Brody Roa.

LAS VEGAS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Bryan Clauson, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC LAS VEGAS FVP PLATINUM BATTERY SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH:
Pit Gate: 10:00am
Ticket Booth: 2:00pm
Grandstands: 3:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 3:30pm
Wheel Pack: 4:00pm
USAC Hot Laps: 5:10pm
Opening Ceremonies: 6:15pm
Racing to Follow

THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST:
Pit Gate: 10:00am
Ticket Booth: 2:00pm
Grandstands: 3:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 3:30pm
Wheel Pack: 4:00pm
USAC Hot Laps: 5:10pm
Opening Ceremonies: 6:45pm
Racing to Follow

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Platinum Battery Showdown)
February 28: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Platinum Battery Showdown)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
April 27: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SHAMROCK CLASSIC USAC MIDGET TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 20, 2019).........Tickets for the fourth annual Factory Canopies "Shamrock Classic" are now on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-tickets for the March 9 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Midwest opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Reserved seats are $25 and include a "Shamrock Classic" T-Shirt if purchased by March 2. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on raceday.

Four USAC National champions are among the early entries for event on Saturday, March 9, including one-third of the list of USAC Triple Crown title-holders who own championships in Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget have entered, including Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. in the RMS LLC No. 36 and Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. aboard the Petry Motorsports No. 25.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, has entered in the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c while 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon will wheel the Kelly Hinck-owned No. 21H.

Among the other standouts and past USAC National feature winners entered for the "Shamrock" are 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., in the Petry Motorsports No. 5. He finished in the runner-up spot in both his initial outings in Ocala, Fla. in February.

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull is the most recent winner of indoor USAC Midget racing in Du Quoin, capturing the victory in last December's "Junior Knepper 55" driving the RMS LLC No. 7R, with whom he returns to for this race.

Last fall, Tyler Thomas became the first driver to win his first career USAC National Sprint and Midget races in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011. He won that first midget race in Wayne City, Ill. last October and returns to Du Quoin in his own No. 91T. Meanwhile, three-time USAC National Midget feature winner Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill. has entered in own familiar No. 5D.

Thirty-two midgets have entered thus far with many more expected to be rolling in throughout the coming weeks. Fast Lane Racing Apparel is sponsoring FREE race entry for all USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship teams competing in the March 9 "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

The fourth annual event presents a hefty payday of $50,000 up for grabs when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets compete in the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval located in southern Illinois.

The Factory Canopies "Pot of Gold" Challenge will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

Midget teams and drivers can enter the "Shamrock Classic" for FREE by using coupon code FASTLANE in the box at the link: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-car-entry?fbclid=IwAR1xBSM-QaldijxzhMhFBLZDBuAOMjxDF9gEGbxHkYk4EJzPu6yJUmuUhwo. Teams will be able to enter their midget without a cost until Monday, March 4 at 11pm (Central Time) when the offer expires. Pre-entries will be published the following day on Tuesday, March 5.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
08 Cannon McIntosh / Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4J Tim Crawley / Benton, AR (Tim Crawley)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5D Zach Daum / Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7R Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
8B Kimberly Bradach / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
8w Chad Wisnicky / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
9 Braydon Cromwell / Lone Jack, MO (Mounce Motorspors)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
11 Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (Jack Harris)
11B Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
11m Kendall Ruble / Vincennes, IN (Martin Racing)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
19 Garet Williamson (Mounce Motorsports)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27z Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks Racing)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
35T Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
41 Oliver Akard / Ft. Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)
41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
55 Nick Knepper / Belleville, IL (Nick Knepper)
56AP Colten Cottle / Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
92 TBA / TBA (RMS LLC)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Jim Miller)

MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
1G Bryant Paver / Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
P1 Parker Leek / Warsaw, IN (Ryan Leek)
3m Tres Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
5 Zach Boden / Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5T Ryan Timms / Oklahoma City, OK (Ryan Timms)
9 Chase Randall / Waco, TX (Chase Randall)
11B Colton Booten / Marion, IL (Colton Booten)
11BX Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
T11 Brad Thompson / Crawfordsville, IN (Brad Thompson)
12 Corbin Gurley / Hebron, IN (Team VW/Audi Racing)
12c Jacob Patton / Bethalto, IL (Jacob Patton)
12s Ayrton Gennetten / Gravois Mills, MO (Ayrton Gennetten)
14H Harley Hollan / Broken Arrow, OK (Driven Midwest)
16 Garrett Britton / Benton, IL (Garrett Britton)
18 Steve Finn / Collinsville, IL (Steve Finn)
21 Brenton Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Brandie Lamb)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21x Eli Harris / Kokomo, IN (Eli Harris)
22E Chris Wilner / Carmel, IN (Chris Wilner)
22H Jessee Holt / Columbus, IN (Jessee Holt)
27H Zach Hubbard / Benton, IL (Zachery Hubbard)
27HX Jimmy Wells / Wayne City, IL (Jimmy Wells)
27J Randy Johns / Bunker Hill, IN (Randy Johns)
28 Gunner Ramey / Sedalia, MO (Driven Midwest)
29 Scott Sawyer / Jenks, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
38m Koert Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
40 Devin Feger / East Peoria, IL (Devin Feger)
44 Trevin Littleton / Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
44p Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 Sean Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
56 Joe Faloon / Rochester, IL (John Faloon)
56m Nate McMillin / Rosedale, IN (John Faloon)
57 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Joe Mooney)
65E Chad Elliott / Cottage Hills, IL (Chad Elliott)
69 Blake Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Blake Lamb)
71 Jake Cheatham / Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71m TBA / TBA (Paul May)
72 Michael Brummitt / Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
77JR Denver Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Denver Larsen)
88 B.J. Gatewood / Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
91A Tyler Fitzpatrick / Middleville, MI (Tyler Fitzpatrick)
93 Matt Carr / Fayetteville, NC (Matt Carr)
187 Jake Dohner / Janesville, WI (Jake Dohner)
187x Landon Crawley / Benton, AR (Landon Crawley)
711 TBA / TBA (Paul May)
777 Dylan Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Dylan Larsen)


 

 

USAC CHAMPS AMONG FIRST ENTRIES
FOR SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 19, 2019).........Four USAC National champions are among the early entries for the fourth annual "Shamrock Classic" USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event on Saturday, March 9, at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

One-third of the list of USAC Triple Crown title-holders who own championships in Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget have entered, including Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. in the RMS LLC No. 36 and Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. aboard the Petry Motorsports No. 25.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, has entered in the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c while 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon will wheel the Kelly Hinck-owned No. 21H.

Among the other standouts and past USAC National feature winners entered for the "Shamrock" are 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., in the Petry Motorsports No. 5. He finished in the runner-up spot in both his initial outings in Ocala, Fla. in February.

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull is the most recent winner of indoor USAC Midget racing in Du Quoin, capturing the victory in last December's "Junior Knepper 55" driving the RMS LLC No. 7R, with whom he returns to for this race.

Last fall, Tyler Thomas became the first driver to win his first career USAC National Sprint and Midget races in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011. He won that first midget race in Wayne City, Ill. last October and returns to Du Quoin in his own No. 91T.

Twenty-eight midgets have entered thus far with many more expected to be rolling in throughout the coming weeks. Fast Lane Racing Apparel is sponsoring FREE race entry for all USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship teams competing in the March 9 "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

By using coupon code FASTLANE in the box at the link: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-car-entry?fbclid=IwAR1xBSM-QaldijxzhMhFBLZDBuAOMjxDF9gEGbxHkYk4EJzPu6yJUmuUhwo, teams will be able to enter their midget for FREE until Monday, March 4 at 11pm (Central Time) when the offer expires. Pre-entries will be published the following day on Tuesday, March 5.

The fourth annual event presents a hefty payday of $50,000 up for grabs when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets compete in the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval located in southern Illinois.

The Factory Canopies "Pot of Gold" Challenge will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-tickets. General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Reserved seats are $25 and includes a "Shamrock Classic" T-Shirt if purchased by March 2.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
08 Cannon McIntosh / Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4J Tim Crawley / Benton, AR (Tim Crawley)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7R Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
8B Kimberly Bradach / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
8w Chad Wisnicky / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
11 Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (Jack Harris)
11B Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
11m Kendall Ruble / Vincennes, IN (Martin Racing)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
19 Garet Williamson (Mounce Motorsports)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
35T Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
41 Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
55 Nick Knepper / Belleville, IL (Nick Knepper)
56AP Colten Cottle / Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
92 TBA / TBA (RMS LLC)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Jim Miller)


MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
1G Bryant Paver / Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
P1 Parker Leek / Warsaw, IN (Ryan Leek)
3m Tres Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
5 Zach Boden / Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5T Ryan Timms / Oklahoma City, OK (Ryan Timms)
9 Chase Randall / Waco, TX (Chase Randall)
11B Colton Booten / Marion, IL (Colton Booten)
11BX Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
T11 Brad Thompson / Crawfordsville, IN (Brad Thompson)
12 Corbin Gurley / Hebron, IN (Team VW/Audi Racing)
12c Jacob Patton / Bethalto, IL (Jacob Patton)
14H Harley Hollan / Broken Arrow, OK (Driven Midwest)
18 Steve Finn / Collinsville, IL (Steve Finn)
21 Brenton Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Brandie Lamb)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21x Eli Harris / Kokomo, IN (Eli Harris)
22E Chris Wilner / Carmel, IN (Chris Wilner)
22H Jessee Holt / Columbus, IN (Jessee Holt)
27H Zach Hubbard / Benton, IL (Zachery Hubbard)
27HX Jimmy Wells / Wayne City, IL (Jimmy Wells)
27J Randy Johns / Bunker Hill, IN (Randy Johns)
28 Gunner Ramey / Sedalia, MO (Driven Midwest)
29 Scott Sawyer / Jenks, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
38m Koert Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
40 Devin Feger / East Peoria, IL (Devin Feger)
44 Trevin Littleton / Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 Sean Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
56 Joe Faloon / Rochester, IL (John Faloon)
56m Nate McMillin / Rosedale, IN (John Faloon)
57 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Joe Mooney)
65E Chad Elliott / Cottage Hills, IL (Chad Elliott)
69 Blake Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Blake Lamb)
71 Jake Cheatham / Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71m TBA / TBA (Paul May)
72 Michael Brummitt / Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
77JR Denver Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Denver Larsen)
88 B.J. Gatewood / Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
91A Tyler Fitzpatrick / Middleville, MI (Tyler Fitzpatrick)
93 Matt Carr / Fayetteville, NC (Matt Carr)
187 Jake Dohner / Janesville, WI (Jake Dohner)
187x Landon Crawley / Benton, AR (Landon Crawley)
711 TBA / TBA (Paul May)
777 Dylan Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Dylan Larsen)

 

 

LEARY LOGS FIRST WIN FOR NEW TEAM IN WINTER DIRT GAMES X FINALE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 16, 2019).........The first weekend with a new race team is normally a period when driver and team get accustomed to one another and learn on-the-fly how to win races together.

There were very few bumps in the road for C.J. Leary and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports throughout "Winter Dirt Games X," which culminated Saturday night with the combo's first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory together at Bubba Raceway Park.

Leary was highly successful on the USAC trail in his own family car over the past several seasons. This past offseason, Leary made the move to the Arizona-based team, bringing with him a familiar face to a new setting to make the transition as smooth as silk.

"The cool thing was Andy (Reinbold) brought me and (crew chief) Davey (Jones) on as a team since we had already been working together and we get along so well on and off the track," Leary pointed out. "I'm just learning this new racecar and this new engine package is quite a bit different than what I was running the past couple of years on our family car. We did a lot of unique things to the racecar and it paid off for us down here in Florida."

Winning this early on in the season is always a good sign that things are clicking. With a 6th, 2nd and a 1st during the three-night mini-series, plus the early season point lead, the team is already enjoying the fruits of their labor after thrashing to get their operation ready to go for the new year.

"We had high expectations with this new team," Leary exclaimed. "Andy gave us the best of everything. Davey and I have put a lot of hours into this car. Just to see it pay off is really awesome for Davey and me. I'm sure it is for Andy just because he's spent a lot of money getting this thing where it is. This kind of caps off that he hired the right two guys."

Leary started the 30-lapper from the outside of the front row alongside Robert Ballou. Ballou got the initial jump to the lead, but Leary wasn't taken aback.

"He got the jump on us at the start," Leary recalled. "The outside lane was pretty slick, and I knew the bottom still had pretty good moisture. I knew he was probably going to get the jump on us, so I was hoping to cross him over into (turn) one."

However, Leary slid into second behind race leader Ballou as the two hit the back stretch of the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track. The first stoppage came early as Dave Darland and Kent Schmidt tangled off turn four. Both would be finished for the evening.

Following the lap two restart, Ballou extended his lead as Leary fought with Kevin Thomas, Jr. for the second spot. But, gradually, Leary was able to chip away at Ballou's lead as the frontrunners began to work lapped traffic by lap nine where Leary was able to take a sneak peek underneath Ballou heading into turn one.

Leary retained his presence just a few car lengths behind Ballou when, on the 12th lap, Ballou drifted high off turn four, allowing Leary underneath to grab the lead.

"I just stalked him there and then we had that yellow," Leary remembered. "Our car was really good on the restarts, and when he made that small mistake in three and four, it got tight on him and let us capitalize, drive up under him and it was pretty smooth sailing from there."

C.J. Leary's 8th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win moves him to 54th on the all-time list alongside Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford and Joe Saldana. (Rich Forman Photo)

Leary's only close encounters were dealing with lappers and having to endure multiple restarts down the stretch, first on lap 21 for an excursion by Friday night winner Justin Grant and on lap 28 for a turn four Matt Westfall spin. The restart with just three laps remaining pit Leary versus Thomas back in second. Usually a caution with a late-race lead is something to fret about, but Leary had no qualms.

"I was just really happy to see those yellows to be real honest," Leary reiterated. "I normally hate seeing yellows when I'm the leader. This 19AZ was super fast on the restarts and we were digging hard. I'm just happy to be with this new team. It's a great way to start the season off."

On the lap 28 restart, Leary bolted to a five-car-length lead that built to six, seven, eight, nine, then ten car lengths that would prove to be insurmountable in the final stanza, with the Greenfield, Indiana driver pulling away for a 1.502 second victory over Thomas. Tyler Courtney made a substantial charge on the final restart from sixth to third. Chase Stockon was fourth with opening night winner Chris Windom rounding out the top-five.

Courtney captured the title of Passing Master courtesy of Indiana Mafia/Hughes Racing/Flamingo Sandy worth an extra $800, picking off a total of 25 cars throughout the USAC Sprint feature events of "Winter Dirt Games X."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Timmy Buckwalter (Fatheadz Eyewear/EPA Photography Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dakota Jackson (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner & KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger), Joey Biasi (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Stephen Schnapf (ProSource Hard Work) and Ty Tilton (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/EPA PHOTOGRAPHY QUALIFYING: 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.689; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.715; 3. Damion Gardner, 20, Dyson-13.750; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.783; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.789; 6 Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.800; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.841; 8. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.883; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.894; 10. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.930; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.966; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.005; 13. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.011; 14. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.067; 15. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-14.095; 16. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.096; 17. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.105; 18. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.117; 19. Dave Darland, 5, Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian-14.159; 20. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-14.178; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.337; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.417; 23. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.423; 24. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.511; 25. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.860; 26. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.999; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.555.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Short, 3. Biasi, 4. Stockon, 5. Darland, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Courtney, 8. Chapple, 9. Gass. 1:54.88

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Jackson, 2. Leary, 3. Windom, 4. Schmidt, 5. McDougal, 6. Cummins, 7. Schnapf, 8. Tilton, 9. Hery. 1:56.19

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, 3. Bacon, 4. Ballou, 5. Westfall, 6. Gardner, 7. Christie, 8. Goodnight, 9. Bell. 1:56.05

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Gardner, 4. Cummins, 5. Chapple, 6. Schnapf, 7. Gass, 8. Tilton, 9. Goodnight, 10. Hery, 11. Christie, 12. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Chase Stockon (3), 5. Chris Windom (5), 6. Robert Ballou (1), 7. Jason McDougal (6), 8. Damion Gardner (8), 9. Carson Short (10), 10. Timmy Buckwalter (7), 11. Brady Bacon (12), 12. Kyle Cummins (11), 13. Chad Boespflug (15), 14. Joey Biasi (13), 15. Isaac Chapple (20), 16. Stephen Schnapf (22), 17. Matt Westfall (18), 18. Matt Goodnight (23), 19. Noah Gass (21), 20. Dakota Jackson (14), 21. Justin Grant (16), 22. Dave Darland (19), 23. Kent Schmidt (17). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Ballou, Laps 12-30 Leary.

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

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chad Boespflug

PROSOURCE HARD WORK: Stephen Schnapf

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Ty Tilton

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Joey Biasi

HUGHES RACING/INDIANA MAFIA/FLAMINGO SANDY PASSING MASTER: Tyler Courtney (25)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-216, 2-Thomas-214, 3-Stockon-194, 4-Grant-183, 5-Windom-181, 6-Courtney-174, 7-Ballou-171, 8-Gardner-158, 9-Buckwalter-155, 10-Short-155.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: March 30, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana

 

 

GRANT SURVIVES AND THRIVES IN WINTER DIRT GAMES NIGHT 2

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 15, 2019).........Justin Grant has won a few and lost a few in the same manner throughout his racing career. He's now won and lost in the same manner at Bubba Raceway Park following his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory Friday on night two of "Winter Dirt Games X."

The Ione, Calif. native won a "survival of the fittest" competition, so to speak, that saw several cars fall by the wayside with tire wear, including race leader Chris Windom with two laps remaining. That sent Grant to the front of the pack where he drove to his second career "Winter Dirt Games" triumph aboard his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Bow Foundation - Challenger Construction/Maxim/Claxton Chevy.

It was the 14th USAC National Sprint Car win of Grant's career, tying him for 38th on the all-time list alongside Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup.

Grant began the 30-lapper from the second position alongside pole starter C.J. Leary, who got the jump on Grant at the drop of the green flag and quickly constructed a half-straightaway advantage by the sixth lap and would dominate the first half of the feature. Thursday night winner Chris Windom began to creep his way toward Leary in lapped traffic, knocking down the interval to eight tenths by the 18th lap. Leary slid high between turns three and four on lap 20, allowing Windom to skate by on the bottom to grab the lead.

The race up front saw the leaders stick inside, trying to not make any mistakes by missing the line and saving the equipment in order to make the full distance in one piece in what, up to that point, had been a caution-free race. That is, until Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder Carson Short stopped on the front straightaway with a flat right rear tire while running sixth.

Meanwhile, Grant was mired in fourth, thinking about his own fate after preserving his equipment for the duration of the race up to that point. But this was the moment he decided to pull the trigger, quickly picking off Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Leary in quick succession to get to second on the restart with only Windom, the race leader, left in his sights, though Windom held a relatively comfortable advantage.

However, a yellow on lap 29 shifted the entire outlook as Brady Bacon (12th) and Jason McDougal (13th) simultaneously pulled to the top of turn one, both suffering from flat right rear tires. Under yellow, Windom discovered a devastating blow as his front right tire deflated, forcing him to pit and putting him out of contention for the win before, ultimately, finishing 21st.

Grant was now positioned as the leader for the green-white-checkered finish as several thoughts raced through his mind, mainly the rubber issue that had befallen a few others.

"I was a bit worried I'd used too much tire trying to get back to Windom," Grant recalled. "That was my only concern once he puled off. I wish I had let him go, but you never know how these things are going to play out. I was definitely low on air by the end. Once you start cooking the tires like that, it starts knocking the air out of them and the thing was porpoising bad off the corner. I know I'd done all I could to save the tire, but I still knew it was going to be close."

Another instance that weighed on Grant was a repeat of the 2016 "Winter Dirt Games" finale when he believed he had the victory sewn up. However, cataloging that moment in his memory served as a reminder on this particular night that this deal wasn't over just quite yet.

It was the 14th USAC National Sprint Car win of Grant's career, tying him for 38th on the all-time list alongside Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup. (Al Steinberg Photo)

"I've lost a race here in the middle of three and four, blowing a tire coming to the checker," Grant remembered. "The last time I was leading down the back stretch in a rubber race here, I thought 'yeah we made it.' I refused to think it tonight until I was past the flag stand."

"I tried to ride as much as I could early and stay out of the black as long as I could," Grant continued. "In the race I lost, (Thomas) Meseraull won by staying out of the rubber for a good portion of it. He got in the rubber for a few laps, maintained it, then got out of the rubber, then back in the rubber. I tried to stay out of the rubber until it got fast enough that I had to be in it and not worry about losing one or two spots."

On the restart, Grant's preservation had equaled perseverance as he said 'sayonara' right from the restart and drove away to a 1.712 second victory over Leary, KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger Tyler Courtney from 22nd, Chad Boespflug and Thomas.

Grant owes some of his gratitude toward what he's learned from his competitors and other cars he's competed in throughout his career.

"You're running a lot of Silver Crown races with Kody Swanson and he's so good at that," Grant points out. "He makes you figure out how to do it. It's a bit harder to maintain in a sprint car because you can get behind. Had Windom not fallen out, we would've been caught behind. We wouldn't have been able to get to him short of him getting tight or doing something in the rubber. He'd been spot on until that point. We caught a big break with him falling out. We've got a long year and we want to win the race, but we need to make it to the finish. If we ran second, then we were going to run second. It's not worth blowing a tire over when you're setting out to do the full tour."

Grant had a sluggish start when he moved to the TOPP Motorsports team at the beginning of 2018. The combo rallied to win five races in a seven-race stretch toward the end of the season. In 2019, it took them just two races to reach victory lane.

"Every win in the No. 4 car is the most rewarding win," Grant admitted. "It just feels like every time I've pulled into victory lane, it's the most rewarding win I've ever had. These guys sticking by me meant so much to me last year. Kevin Birchmeier is such a great leader. He wouldn't let us get down even when wanted to get down. He made us figure it out and kept our heads up. A lot of owners get down on you and start looking for the next great thing; he just kept pumping us up, kept building us up."

"(Crew Chief) Mark (Shambarger) and I took a while to jell," Grant continued. Now we get along great. I'm surprised he never killed me, but we all survived and we're all here. Its great now. We're going to keep riding it as long as we can and, hopefully, it stays this good and we keep rolling along. I've been around this game long enough to know that it comes in waves, so try to enjoy it while you're riding high and dig through when you're low. Sprint car racing is tough. It's not easy. I feel like if you don't enjoy the process and the struggle, then you're not going to make it very long."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Carson Short (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Damion Gardner (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Dakota Jackson (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger & ProSource Hard Work) and Travis Hery (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.398 (New Track Record); 2. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.428; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.459; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.475; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.520; 6. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.599; 7. Damion Gardner, 20, Dyson-13.608; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.668; 9. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.687; 10. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.701; 11. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-13.749; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.809; 13. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.835; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-13.861; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.910; 16. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.954; 17. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-13.962; 18. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.963; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.983; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.995; 21. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.046; 22. Dave Darland, 5, Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian-14.105; 23. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-14.108; 24. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.200; 25. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.597; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.510; 27. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-NT; 28. Daron Clayton, 5o, KO-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Short, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Biasi, 5. Christie, 6. Jackson, 7. Gass. 1:56.48

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Windom, 3. Darland, 4. Schnapf, 5. Schmidt, 6. Goodnight, 7. Bell. 1:56.72

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Gardner, 2. Bacon, 3. Courtney, 4. Westfall, 5. Boespflug, 6. Chapple, 7. Tilton. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Stockon, 3. Thomas, 4. McDougal, 5. Cummins, 6. Hery, 7. Clayton. 2:00.00

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Jackson, 2. Boespflug, 3. Chapple, 4. Schmidt, 5. Goodnight, 6. Cummins, 7. Hery, 8. Gass, 9. Christie, 10. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (22), 4. Chad Boespflug (11), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 6. Damion Gardner (7), 7. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 8. Chase Stockon (8), 9. Dave Darland (21), 10. Kyle Cummins (12), 11. Dakota Jackson (13), 12. Isaac Chapple (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Carson Short (6), 15. Brady Bacon (4), 16. Jason McDougal (16), 17. Joey Biasi (17), 18. Matt Goodnight (10), 19. Matt Westfall (19), 20. Stephen Schnapf (18), 21. Chris Windom (5), 22. Kent Schmidt (14). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Leary, Laps 20-28 Windom, Laps 29-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (22nd to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Robert Ballou

PROSOURCE HARD WORK: Tyler Courtney

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Travis Hery

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dakota Jackson

HUGHES RACING/INDIANA MAFIA/FLAMINGO SANDY PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Darland-21, 2-Courtney-19, 3-Boespflug-17, 4-Ballou-12, 5-Grant-10, 6-Leary-5, 7-Buckwalter-5, 8-Windom-4, 9-Chapple-3, 10-Cummins-2.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-152, 2-Thomas-139, 3-Leary-139, 4-Stockon-128, 5-Windom-115, 6-Ballou-111, 7-Boespflug-108, 8-Darland-105, 9-Bacon-104, 10-Courtney-103.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

 

LAST LAP HERO WINDOM SCORES OCALA USAC SPRINT OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 14, 2019).........Chris Windom led just one lap in Thursday's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season opener at Bubba Raceway Park, but it was the one that paid the most as the Canton, Ill. driver prevailed on a wild final lap scramble that saw three different race leaders edge ahead at one point in an instant Valentine's Day classic.

Windom's victory gave the venerable Goacher Racing team just its second career USAC National Sprint Car feature win, their first such appearance in USAC victory lane in 27 years! You'll have to go all the way back to the 1992 season to find Goacher Racing's lone previous series' win with driver Danny Smith in the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

The offseason was a tumultuous one for Windom with the unexpected closure of Baldwin Brothers Racing, for which he won the 2017 series title. That put him in the precarious position of ride-hunting during the short offseason, where he landed with a new team surrounded by some familiar faces and some new, but all with the same expectations of success, which they brought to fruition in their first outing of 2019.

"I brought (Crew Chief) Derek Claxton along with me," Windom pointed out. "Obviously, we're very familiar with each other and have had a lot of success together. I kind of molded the whole deal together I feel like. Everyone worked equally hard to put this whole deal together over the winter and I'm thankful to them for giving me the opportunity to do it. Between Jason (Goacher), Joe (Brandon) and Derek, and everybody here helping, I think it came together alright for night one."

From the fourth starting position, Windom had his work cut out for him from the word 'go' with Thomas starting from the pole position. Thomas, also debuting a new ride this season, immediately bolted to a 1.5 second lead in the early-going until Tyler Courtney, going for his fifth-straight USAC score in Ocala rode the outside wall from the entrance of turn three until midway between three and four before coming to a rest. The damage was extensive on the right side of the car, sending him to the sidelines for the remainder of the night.

On a lap 12 restart nearing the midway point, leader Thomas entered turn one a tad lower in a defensive move to block Windom's slide attempt. Windom tried the slider on an earlier lap seven restart that caught the attention of Thomas'. Both times the move wasn't able to pay off for Windom, although it put Thomas on guard.

"You've got to hound the guy and let him know you're there," Windom reiterated. "But, when you make your move, you got to make it count. This place is such a momentum racetrack that if you slide a guy and miss the slider, and get too sideways, you're going to kill all your momentum, get passed and fall back to third or fourth. You've got to time your slide job to where you keep your momentum and not really lose any speed."

With nine to go, as the frontrunners encountered lapped traffic, Windom slung it to the bottom of turn one and slid up in front of Thomas in turn two. The two collided, Windom's rear bumper with the front bumper of Thomas, slowing both down only momentarily. Thomas stayed with it ran down Windom in turn three a half-lap later to reclaim the lead for a brief moment before Windom countered and beat Thomas back to turn one. Thomas counterpunched and got back by Windom for the top spot again as Grant now entered the fray to make it a three-car party.

Windom's repeated bid to secure his position in front of race-long leader Thomas would come up snake eyes until turn one of the final circuit. Thomas had an inkling that Windom would be on the attack underneath, scooting down a lane to protect, but Windom was able to limbo a tick lower, sliding in front of Thomas as the pair made their way through turn two. Thomas slipped a bit high over the cushion, allowing Grant to get by on the inside.

Grant rode the wave of momentum on the throttle into turn three for the final time, slipping under Windom at Mach-10 speed to snare the lead away with only one turn remaining. However, Grant cooked it in and got his ride sideways on exit, slowing his momentum toward the checkered. Windom took a slight evasive action to avoid clipping Grant's right rear tire to get to the line and finish out an incredible final lap to complete a 0.354 second margin of victory in his Goacher Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Parallax Power Supply - Jonathan Byrd's/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

Thomas also got by Grant in the final turn to finish second. Grant held on to nip Chase Stockon for third at the line by six-hundredths of a second while Robert Ballou rounded out the top-five.

While the top was undoubtedly the fastest away around throughout the 30-lap feature, you can't pass if you don't take chances by coloring outside the lines every once in a while, when the opportunity arises.

"It was fastest around the top and you had to make sure you made the exact right move, or you'd lose a spot or two spots if you missed it," Windom explained. "I tried to time it just right so that I had a big run on KT. On that last lap, he tried to block my slide job into turn one. Fortunately, I got lower than him and was able to slide up in front of him there. I knew the big crossover was coming and I didn't know exactly what to do going into three and four. I carried my momentum around the top and it looked like (Grant) got too sideways to clear the slider back on me."

Windom's 22nd career USAC National Sprint Car victory moves him into a four-way tie for 24th all-time, along with Rick Hood, Bubby Jones and Sam Sessions.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Carson Short (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Matt Goodnight (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chad Boespflug (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger & ProSource Hard Work).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.477 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.529; 3. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.718; 4. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-13.767; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.800; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.863; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.869; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.932; 9. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.045; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.054; 11. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.088; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.129; 13. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.159; 14. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.252; 15. Damion Gardner, 20, Dyson-14.307; 16. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.309; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.461; 18. Dave Darland, 5, Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian-14.527; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.718; 20. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.726; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.929; 22. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-15.151; 23. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-15.202; 24. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-15.215; 25. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-15.456; 26. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.553; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.803; 28. Daron Clayton, 5o, KO-NT; 29. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Goodnight, 2. Chapple, 3. Bacon, 4. Short, 5. Hery, 6. Christie, 7. Jackson. 1:52.17

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Darland, 3. Stockon, 4. Cummins, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Gass, 7. Biasi. 1:50.92 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Gardner, 3. Windom, 4. Thomas, 5. Westfall, 6. Bell, 7. Dues. 1:51.64

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Schnapf, 3. Courtney, 4. Boespflug, 5. Schmidt, 6. McDougal, 7. Tilton. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Jackson, 3. Schmidt, 4. McDougal, 5. Hery, 6. Biasi, 7. Westfall, 8. Gass, 9. Christie, 10. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (4), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 3. Justin Grant (12), 4. Chase Stockon (5), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Brady Bacon (3), 8. Kyle Cummins (2), 9. Dave Darland (18), 10. Carson Short (6), 11. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 12. Chad Boespflug (22), 13. Dakota Jackson (9), 14. Jason McDougal (16), 15. Damion Gardner (15), 16. Matt Westfall (23), 17. Travis Hery (13), 18. Tyler Courtney (8), 19. Kent Schmidt (7), 20. Joey Biasi (21), 21. Isaac Chapple (20), 22. Matt Goodnight (17), 23. Stephen Schnapf (19). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Thomas, Lap 30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chad Boespflug (22nd to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

PROSOURCE HARD WORK: Chad Boespflug

HUGHES RACING/INDIANA MAFIA/SANDY NISSEN PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Boespflug-10, 2-Grant-9, 3-Darland-9, 4-Ballou-5, 5-Leary-5, 6-Windom-4, 7-Buckwalter-3, 8-McDougal-2, 9-Stockon-1, 10-Biasi-1.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-80, 2-Thomas-72, 3-Grant-72, 4-Stockon-72, 5-Ballou-66, 6-Leary-63, 7-Bacon-60, 8-Cummins-55, 9-Short-54, 10-Darland-53.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 15-16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

GRANT GOES TO THE TOPP IN OCALA SPRINT PRACTICE

Ocala, Florida (February 13, 2019).........Justin Grant recorded the fastest lap in Wednesday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car practice session at Bubba Raceway Park in preparation for this weekend's "Winter Dirt Games X" events.

The Ione, Calif. driver set the quickest time of 13.654 in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Bow Foundation - Challenger Construction/Maxim/Claxton Chevy. The lap was quicker than the official one-lap track USAC record of 13.683, set by Justin Grant during qualifying in 2017.

Grant ranked ahead of Brady Bacon (13.749), Tyler Courtney (13.781), Carson Short (13.823) and Chris Windom (13.858).

Three-straight nights of complete racing programs are on tap this weekend for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Bubba Raceway Park. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on https://www.FloRacing.com/.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 13, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

PRACTICE: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.654; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.749; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.781; 4. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.823; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.858; 6. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.923; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.930; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.939; 9. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.969; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-14.008; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.062; 12. Damion Gardner, 20, Dyson-14.071; 13. Dave Darland, 5, Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian-14.078; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.107; 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.154; 16. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.188; 17. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.193; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.279; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.280; 20. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.314; 21. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.338; 22. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.501; 23. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.554; 24. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.629; 25. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-14.664; 26. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.862; 27. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-14.940; 28. Daron Clayton, 5o, KO-15.058; 29. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.584; 30. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 14-15-16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

 

 

USAC SPRINT TITLE DEFENSE BEGINS FOR COURTNEY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 13, 2019).........It's already been a dream beginning to 2019 for Tyler Courtney as he's continued the roll of success following his 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car crown and into the start of the new season.

Last weekend, his fast start included back-to-back victories in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers at Bubba Raceway Park. Now the Indianapolis, Ind. driver embarks on a mission in his Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing No. 7BC to duplicate the feat that only some of the very best in this sport can lay claim to as a repeat series champion beginning with February 14-15-16th's "Winter Dirt Games X."

Parnelli Jones was the first to do the deed in 1961-62, followed by Sheldon Kinser (1981-82), Rick Hood (1984-85), Steve Butler (1986-88), Robbie Stanley (1991-93), Brian Tyler (1996-97), Levi Jones (2009-10-11) and Bryan Clauson (2012-13).

Last year, Courtney had one of the top seasons in the history of the series with 11 victories, only the tenth driver to reach double-figures in USAC Sprint Car wins during a single year. If anything has been proven, it's not to discount anything Courtney can accomplish with the streak of success he's enjoying at the moment. It's difficult to win one championship, let alone back-to-backers and put up the same numbers as the year before. However, it's been duplicated before and will be again.

While most of the consecutive championship-winning drivers saw their numbers go up on the backend of the back-to-back, Parnelli dropped from nine wins to four between 1961-62, yet still had enough mustard to relish the championship honors once again at season's end. Twenty years later, meanwhile, Sheldon Kinser had a slight dip between his two in 1981-82, from seven to five.

From thereon, the numbers, in most instances, picked up the following year with Rick Hood increasing from six to nine wins from 1984-85. Steve Butler was the first three-peat titlist in 1986-87-88, bouncing up from two to three to three victories again, respectively, in those years. Robbie Stanley became the next three-peater, staying relatively stagnant from two to one wins between 1991-92, but 1993 would prove to be his career-best year, winning five times en route to a series title.

Brian Tyler had nowhere to go but up following a rare winless championship campaign in 1996, but in 1997, the talented driver would find victory lane on four occasions on his way to another championship.

Levi Jones saw all ends of the championship-winning spectrum during his three-straight run from 2009-11, beginning with four in 2009, doubling it to eight in 2010, then back down to three in 2011. Even-keeled Bryan Clauson notched his second-straight in 2013 with seven scores, following a seven win season the prior year in 2012.

But the main lesson here with those numbers is that championships are created in a myriad of manners. Winning is only one part of the recipe, along with qualifying up front, transferring through the heat, taking care of the equipment and finishing in the top-five, top-ten every chance you get. After all, the title race could come down to one single point somewhere along the line. Call it a case in example when Courtney and Kevin Thomas, Jr. racked up the same number of points throughout 40 races a season ago, only being decided on a tiebreaker in terms of number of feature wins.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of "Winter Dirt Games X" begins this week. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday. An open practice session will take place a day before the action starts from 7-10pm.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on https://www.FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC SPRINT TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST B1 Joey Biasi / Mary D, PA 3 Dakota Jackson / Elizabethtown, IN 3R Kyle Cummins / Princeton, IN 4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA 5 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN 5G Chris Windom / Canton, IL 5K Kent Schmidt / Owensville, IN 5o Daron Clayton / Sikeston, MO 7 Timmy Buckwalter / Douglassville, PA 7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN 12 Robert Ballou / Rocklin, CA 19 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL 19AZ C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN 20 Damion Gardner / Concord, CA 20G Noah Gass / Mounds, OK 20x Frank Carlsson / Oxford, FL 21 Carson Short / Marion, IL 21H Travis Hery / Piqua, OH 27 Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK 28 Brandon Mattox / Terre Haute, IN 32 Chase Stockon / Ft. Branch, IN 33m Matt Westfall / Pleasant Hill, OH 39 Matt Goodnight / Winchester, IN 42 Ty Tilton / Lima, OH 52 Isaac Chapple / Willow Branch, IN 61m Stephen Schnapf / Newburgh, IN 69 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK 71 Robert Bell / Colfax, IA 71p Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK 75 Dustin Christie / Washington, IN 77K Katlynn Leer / Moulton, IA 84 Tom Harris / Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK 87 Paul Dues / Minster, OH 98e Chad Boespflug / Hanford, CA

 

 

WDGX OPENER A KEY FOR USAC SPRINT TITLE HOPES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 12, 2019).........To roll off the trailer and find immediate success is the ideal goal for all USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car drivers and teams competing in this week's "Winter Dirt Games X" season openers February 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Tyler Courtney found it immediately in the USAC NOS Energy Drink openers there last weekend and used two victories in Ocala last season to springboard his way to a USAC National Sprint title.

Yet it was Chase Stockon who broke through in the 2018 opener to score his lone win of the year. While it was the only breakthrough for the series' ironman throughout the year, he had another solid campaign, finishing fourth in points and extended his streak of wins in the series to seven-years-running.

For the majority of the series' history, this has been more of a rule than an exception in terms of a season opener winner's eventual success. For a three-year stretch from 2013-2015, it seemed as if Bubba Raceway Park and the "Winter Dirt Games" opener were the launching pad of success. Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014) and Robert Ballou (2015) each won the opening feature of the year en route to the series' title.

In fact, since the advent of the USAC National Sprint Car trail in 1961, 15 champs have come off the starting blocks with a season-opening victory to start their year. Don Branson was the first to do it in 1964 as were Larry Dickson (1970 & 75), Sam Sessions (1972), Rich Vogler (1980), Ken Schrader (1983), Rick Hood (1985), Robbie Stanley (1991 & 93), Tracy Hines (2002), Jay Drake (2004) and Levi Jones (2007).

Just to show you how much success can come with having a hot start right out of the box, 32 of the 58 all-time season-opening feature winners have finished in the top-five of the final standings. The majority of those who did not have a top-five results in the standings were those who suffered an injury, raced on a temporary licenses or was not a full-time driver with the series.

Since the beginning of "Winter Dirt Games" in 2010, all but one season-opening winner has gone on to finish in the top-five of the final standings (Damion Gardner, 6th in 2011). Gardner, the winningest driver in the history of Winter Dirt Games with five, was 2nd in 2010, 6th in 2011 and 5th in 2012 after winning the season-opener an unprecedented three-straight years. Clauson, Bacon and Ballou, as mentioned before, each won titles in 2013-14-2015.

Clauson was 16th in 2016 but was running a part-time schedule and was fatally injured during August of that season. Incredibly, he still led all drivers in the series with seven victories. Justin Grant finished second in the standings in 2017 but led the points nearly the entire year until late in the going, ultimately finishing second. The aforementioned Stockon was 4th in 2018.

For some like Stockon, it would be their only win of the year, same as Billy Vukovich (1968), Jerry "Scratch" Daniels (1969), Paul Pitzer (1979), Dave Peperak (1981), Jack Hewitt (1982), Jac Haudenschild (1984 & 88), Jeff Gordon (1989), Kevin Doty (1995), Chet Fillip (1998), Derek Davidson (2001), Aaron Pierce (2003), Shane Cottle (2008) and Darren Hagen (2009).

The past has proven it unlikely, but not out of the question for a repeat victory by Stockon come this Thursday with only four drivers being able to duplicate season-opening wins in consecutive years: Jud Larson (1965-66), Sam Sessions (1971-72), Rich Vogler (1986-87) and Damion Gardner (2010-11-12).

Damion Gardner leads all active drivers with three season-opening wins, all of which came in Florida, equaling Larry Dickson's three opener wins in 1967-70-75 and Rich Vogler's three in 1980-86-87. Perhaps, ironically, Dickson's 1970 title run began with a win in Florida at Miami-Hollywood Speedway. Vogler's 1987 lid-lifter triumph came at Florida's Tampa Fairgrounds.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of "Winter Dirt Games X" begins this week. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday. An open practice session will take place a day before the action starts from 7-10pm.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on https://www.FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC SPRINT TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST B1 Joey Biasi / Mary D, PA 3 Dakota Jackson / Elizabethtown, IN 3R Kyle Cummins / Princeton, IN 4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA 5 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN 5G Chris Windom / Canton, IL 5K Kent Schmidt / Owensville, IN 5o Daron Clayton / Sikeston, MO 7 Timmy Buckwalter / Douglassville, PA 7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN 12 Robert Ballou / Rocklin, CA 19 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL 19AZ C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN 20 Damion Gardner / Concord, CA 20G Noah Gass / Mounds, OK 20x Frank Carlsson / Oxford, FL 21 Carson Short / Marion, IL 21H Travis Hery / Piqua, OH 27 Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK 28 Brandon Mattox / Terre Haute, IN 32 Chase Stockon / Ft. Branch, IN 33m Matt Westfall / Pleasant Hill, OH 39 Matt Goodnight / Winchester, IN 42 Ty Tilton / Lima, OH 52 Isaac Chapple / Willow Branch, IN 61m Stephen Schnapf / Newburgh, IN 69 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK 71 Robert Bell / Colfax, IA 71p Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK 75 Dustin Christie / Washington, IN 77K Katlynn Leer / Moulton, IA 84 Tom Harris / Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK 87 Paul Dues / Minster, OH 98e Chad Boespflug / Hanford, CA

 

 

NEW CAR AND DRIVER COMBOS MARK START
OF 2019 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 11, 2019).........Musical chairs was a part of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car offseason as a multitude of drivers, including six of the top-11 in last year's standings, have found new homes for the 2019 tour, beginning with this week's "Winter Dirt Games X" season openers on Feb. 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney and Clauson/Marshall Racing are singing a perfect tune coming off a championship season in which they won twice at Ocala in 2018 in the No. 7BC. The same combo fired off to a blistering start in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition last week with two consecutive wins at Ocala to bat 1.000 so far in this young season.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. lost out on the sprint title a year ago in a tiebreaker to Courtney, but the Cullman, Ala. native has switched over to the Hayward/Thomas banner for 2019, aiming to break through with his first title after coming oh-so-close the prior year.

Chris Windom's highly-successful tenure in the Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5, which included a 2017 series title as well as back-to-back Eastern Storm crowns and multiple Indiana Sprint Week championships, has concluded. However, the atmosphere around the Canton, Illinois driver remains mostly unaltered with crew chief Derek Claxton coming along for the ride to the Goacher Racing No. 5G.

Ft. Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon leads all active drivers with an amazing 260 consecutive starts since becoming a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car regular in 2012. In that span, Stockon has won every season and has finished among the top-seven in points seven years running. Stockon began the 2018 season with a victory at the Ocala opener and returns to his familiar 32 TBI Racing No. 32 for the full campaign.
Brady Bacon found his greatest success aboard the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 with championships in both 2014 and 2016, but the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native, who stands as the winningest driver in the history of the famed Hoffman family team, is back in the ride for 2019.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary has jumped over to the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ as the team takes on its first full national campaign after finding success in USAC's CRA and Southwest series over the past several years. The team has won in USAC National competition before with Thomas Meseraull in the "Western World Championships," winning at Arizona Speedway in 2017.

Dave Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, is the most successful driver in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history in terms of victories and starts and won three times in a rejuvenated year for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. In 2019, he finds a new ride with one of the most successful families on the Indiana sprint car scene over the past several decades, aboard the Chase Briscoe Racing No. 5B.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif), Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) and Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) all return to the same seats in 2019. Grant was highly-successful down the stretch, winning five of the final eight races in 2018 in the TOPP Motorsports No. 4. Ballou, the 2015 series champ, is back in action in his own No. 12. Chapple, USAC's Most Improved Driver for 2018, returns in the LNR/Chapple No. 52.

Like Bacon, a couple names return to rides they have experienced previous success with. Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug has re-teamed up with Eberhardt/Zirzow Racing to field the No. 98e, the same combo that won six USAC-sanctioned Sprint Car races in 2016. Kyle Cummins of Princeton, Indiana won a trio of USAC races in 2016-17 for Rock Steady Racing, with who he returns to in 2019 in car No. 3R.

Those and a host of others will be in competition at Bubba Raceway Park this week. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday. An open practice session will take place a day before the action starts from 7-10pm.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC SPRINT TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST
B1 Joey Biasi / Mary D, PA
3 Dakota Jackson / Elizabethtown, IN
3R Kyle Cummins / Princeton, IN
4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA
5 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN
5G Chris Windom / Canton, IL
5K Kent Schmidt / Owensville, IN
5o Daron Clayton / Sikeston, MO
7 Timmy Buckwalter / Douglassville, PA
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN
12 Robert Ballou / Rocklin, CA
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL
19AZ C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN
20 Damion Gardner / Concord, CA
20G Noah Gass / Mounds, OK
20x Frank Carlsson / Oxford, FL
21 Carson Short / Marion, IL
21H Travis Hery / Piqua, OH
27 Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK
28 Brandon Mattox / Terre Haute, IN
32 Chase Stockon / Ft. Branch, IN
33m Matt Westfall / Pleasant Hill, OH
39 Matt Goodnight / Winchester, IN
42 Ty Tilton / Lima, OH
52 Isaac Chapple / Willow Branch, IN
61m Stephen Schnapf / Newburgh, IN
69 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK
71 Robert Bell / Colfax, IA
71p Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK
75 Dustin Christie / Washington, IN
77K Katlynn Leer / Moulton, IA
84 Tom Harris / Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK
87 Paul Dues / Minster, OH
98e Chad Boespflug / Hanford, CA

 

 

SUNSHINE DOUBLE-DIPS IN OCALA WITH 2ND STRAIGHT USAC MIDGET VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 9, 2019).........If Friday's victory at Bubba Raceway Park was one small step toward a successful USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season for Tyler Courtney, then Saturday night's win was a giant leap toward what could be a banner year in the series for the Indianapolis, Indiana driver.

Courtney slid by Tucker Klaasmeyer with nine laps remaining in Saturday's 30-lap "Winter Dirt Games X" feature, blasting to victory for the second time in as many nights on the 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track to become just the eighth driver to win the opening two USAC National Midget races of the season, joining Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975), Rich Vogler (1984-85), Dave Steele (2002), Brad Sweet (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011) and Rico Abreu (2014).

"It's definitely a weight lifted off my shoulders to get the season started off on the right foot," Courtney said. "We've got a great team here and the whole series is tough right now. It's a lot of fun and it's obviously the best way you can start. We've got awesome momentum going for our midget season right now as well as going into the start of the Sprint Car season next week."

Courtney was the Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier earlier in the evening, positioning him sixth for the start of the main event while Tucker Klaasmeyer started from the pole position for the second consecutive night. Just like he did a night earlier, Klaasmeyer scooted away with the lead on the opening lap that was short-lived the first time around as Vermonter Adam Pierson took a nasty tumble in turn three from which he would walk away.

Klaasmeyer was at the head of the pack on the ensuing complete restart as he tried to extend his early-race success from a night earlier when he led the opening four circuits. Klaasmeyer was class as he held control of the field, despite a couple of early yellows that forced him to regain his momentum.

The Paola, Kans. driver was up to the task each time, although Friday night winner Courtney was suddenly in the picture, sliding to second in turn two past teammate Zeb Wise momentarily. Wise countered to get back past Courtney off turn two, but Courtney answered the bell and slid back past Wise between turns three and four to retake the second spot for good on the ninth lap.

Courtney's sights were now set on Klaasmeyer for the race lead, the same as the night before. Crossing the halfway point, Courtney was searching to find a way around, high/low/middle, wherever he may roam, he was going to give it a whirl. Courtney left the bottom open on lap 18 and Chad Boat was there to capitalize to grab second off turn four. Courtney quickly whipped up a remedy to slide back past Boat heading into turn one to reclaim second.

"I was moving around a little bit to see if I could just get a run somewhere else," Courtney recalled. "Then, I moved around to the wrong spot and Chad (Boat) got a run on me on the bottom. I was able to get back by him in three and four. That showed me the bottom, so I knew if I could keep in it perfect, especially on those first couple of laps after a restart, when I ended up getting him, that would be crucial."

One lap later, fifth-running Wise lost a right rear tire, which sent him to the work area for new rubber. But it set up a lap 21 restart which Courtney utilized to make his charge to capture the lead from Klaasmeyer a lap later on the bottom of turn one.

"I got that run off four and I knew that was about the only time I was going to be able to stick it in there," Courtney continued. "I stuck it in there and it stuck. At that point, you can play your own race, run your own laps and try not to worry about anybody else. That makes it a little easier when there's only 10 laps to go instead of trying to run the whole race."

Courtney instantly stretched out his lead to 1.5 second, running the bottom of turns one and two and the middle of turns three and four with the laps dwindling, until Wise's turn two spin collected Holley Hollan to force one final restart with three laps remaining with Boat and K. Thomas just behind. K. Thomas was on the move on the final restart the previous night, racing from sixth to second in the final four laps. With K. Thomas getting around Boat a lap following the restart, Courtney inherently knew he had to be just about perfect.

"I saw him (K. Thomas) on the board, so obviously he's going to be trying something to come through there," Courtney remembered. "I was trying to be perfect those last couple laps, trying to hit my marks, because I didn't feel any pressure before the caution. I knew I was doing something right and, luckily, it worked out. (K. Thomas) got to second again. It's going to be a long season and I don't expect him to let up just as much as I won't let up. It's going to be fun."

Courtney successfully pulled off the double-dip with a half-second advantage over K. Thomas at the checkered with Boat, C.J. Leary and Klaasmeyer rounding out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tanner Carrick (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zeb Wise (Auto Meter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Zane Hendricks (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Tanner Thorson (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.817; 2. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.818; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.819; 4. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-13.841; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.922; 6. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.935; 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.004; 8. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.010; 9. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.019; 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.036; 11. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.040; 12. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.042; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.065; 14. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.120; 15. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.144; 16. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.194; 17. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.221; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-14.253; 19. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.261; 20. Sam Johnson, 19J, Reynolds/Jetson-14.269; 21. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-14.341; 22. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini/Manafort-14.514; 23. Chase Jones, 57B, Ecker-14.591; 24. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-NT; 25. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Courtney, 3. Leary, 4. T. Thomas, 5. Elledge, 6. Coons, 7. Pierson, 8. Mitchell. 1:58.77

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Carrick, 2. Boat, 3. Seavey, 4. Hollan, 5. Johnson, 6. Layser, 7. Colwell, 8. Jones. 2:01.73

AUTO METER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Wise, 2. Windom, 3. Thorson, 4. K. Thomas, 5. Hendricks, 6. Sarff, 7. Bodine, 8. Gass. 2:01.60

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Chad Boat (3), 4. C.J. Leary (4), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 6. Jesse Colwell (9), 7. Tanner Thorson (24), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Chris Windom (15), 10. Andrew Layser (7), 11. Tanner Carrick (17), 12. Tyler Thomas (16), 13. Zane Hendricks (18), 14. Karter Sarff (21), 15. Karsyn Elledge (19), 16. Jerry Coons, Jr. (8), 17. Sam Johnson (20), 18. Holley Hollan (14), 19. Ethan Mitchell (13), 20. Zeb Wise (2), 21. Noah Gass (12), 22. Cole Bodine (10), 23. Chase Jones (23), 24. Adam Pierson (22). NT ---------------------------- **Pierson flipped on the opening lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Klaasmeyer, Laps 22-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tanner Thorson (24th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Zane Hendricks

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-166, 2-K. Thomas-157, 3-Leary-138, 4-Boat-134, 5-Klaasmeyer-125, 6-Windom-121, 7-Carrick-112, 8-Thorson-111, 9-Seavey-100, 10-Colwell-96.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: March 9, 2019 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - Factory Canopies "Shamrock Classic"

 

COURTNEY CONTINUES WINTER DIRT GAMES SUCCESS IN USAC MIDGET OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 8, 2019).........Tyler Courtney continued his winning ways in "Winter Dirt Games" at Bubba Raceway Park in Friday's USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season opener.

The Indianapolis, Indiana driver was victorious in the final two races of last year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of "Winter Dirt Games" en route to his first career USAC National driving title. Kicking off the year in grand fashion is the goal of anybody with championship ambitions, and Courtney believes this a solid first step in that direction on the midget side of things aboard his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"To win anytime is important," Courtney reiterated. "To get the ball rolling this early in the year, and obviously it's early, there's lots of stuff that could happen, but you've got to get yourself put in the right spot coming out of Florida. I think it shows on the sprint car side if you put yourself in the right position starting down here, it kind of makes things a little smoother throughout the year. I think KT and I are a testament that every point counts. You've got to be on top of your game every time you hit the racetrack. I think I only won one midget race last year, so to get one out of the way now, it gives me a better opportunity to win some more throughout the year."

If there's anyone who knows that every point counts in a season-long run, even in the month of February, it's Courtney, who tied with Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the final tally for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship a year ago. And it was those two once again who were tied at the hip, side-by-side in row three for the start of the 30-lapper on the 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track.

It was Tucker Klaasmeyer, from the pole, who would lead the opening four circuits before Courtney (and C.J. Leary) put on the attack on the fifth lap. Leary worked a lane higher than Klaasmeyer, as Courtney worked underneath. In turn one, however, Courtney ripped the higher line away from Leary to get to second, then pivoted his charge toward Klaasmeyer and was able to rip around the Paola, Kansas driver for the race lead off turn four.

"C.J. got a run on me, not necessarily the high side of three and four, but I knew I needed to get up there sooner or later," Courtney recalled. "I got back around C.J. in one and two and was able to take his lane away out of three and four and was able to drive right around Tucker. This place is all about getting track position early, especially with the midgets and how close we are."

Courtney instantly stretched his lead as Leary got shuffled back to fourth, allowing Chad Boat to slide to third, then to second by Klaasmeyer on the seventh lap. As the frontrunners began to clamp down on the tail end of the field on lap 12, series Rookie of the Year contender and tenth-place-running Andrew Layser's night ended with a flat right rear tire in turn one.

"C.J. (Leary) got a run on me, not necessarily the high side of three and four, but I knew I needed to get up there sooner or later," Courtney recalled. "I got back around C.J. in one and two and was able to take his lane away out of three and four and was able to drive right around Tucker (Klaasmeyer). This place is all about getting track position early, especially with the midgets and how close we are." (Al Steinberg Photo)

As Courtney would continuously showcase throughout the main event, every restart was on point, as he distanced himself from Boat time and time again, constructing a 1.5 second lead past the halfway mark. Courtney would continue to add to his lead incrementally until traffic was in near-sight, when Zane Hendricks' left rear tire went away, forcing him to a stop in turn one.

Not to be deterred, Courtney busted out on the lap 20 restart, ratcheting up the interval to one second initially and then to two seconds with five to go when Adam Pierson came to a rest in turn two, forcing one final restart for Courtney to conquer. Leary was able to work his way to second underneath Boat in turn two on the 27th lap, but Courtney was clear and gone once again.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. made a stirring charge from sixth to second in the final four laps to claim the runner-up spot behind Courtney, who captured his sixth career series win, putting him in a 12-way tie for 100th all-time. K. Thomas finished second ahead of Chris Windom, Leary and Zeb Wise.

It was Courtney's third consecutive win in his three most recent appearances at Bubba Raceway Park. It's a track that seems fitted not only to his liking, but also to the CMR crew, who certainly have proved they know how to prepare a car to run up front at this place with three of their four pilots finishing in the top-five Friday night, including Courtney at the top.

"I think it kind of fits my style," Courtney said. "Tim (Clauson) on the midget side has them going really good down here, and Rizzy (Tyler Ransbottom) on our sprint car stuff, they obviously work with each other, so we've got a really good feel for this place. I'm just fortunate to be driving them. It's a really good start to the year with our new NOS Energy Drink partnership. This is a fun racetrack and I've taken a liking to it. I won't complain about that."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boat (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Sam Johnson (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Tyler Thomas (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Ethan Mitchell (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Karter Sarff (ProSource Hard Work Award).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.773; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.801; 3. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.860; 4. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.872; 5. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.875; 6. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-13.898; 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.906; 8. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-13.926; 9. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.931; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.937; 11. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.950; 12. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-13.960; 13. Sam Johnson, 19J, Reynolds/Jetson-13.961; 14. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.971; 15. Chase Jones, 57B, Ecker-14.000; 16. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.002; 17. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.008; 18. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-14.009; 19. Steve Buckwalter, 0, Buckwalter-14.047; 20. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.078; 21. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.085; 22. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini/Manafort-14.095; 23. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-14.151; 24. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.188; 25. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.512; 26. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-15.714; 27. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-(Time of 13.879 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Coons, 4. Carrick, 5. Colwell, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Johnson, 8. Elledge, 9. Pierson. 1:58.89

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Seavey, 4. Bodine, 5. Windom, 6. Layser, 7. Hollan, 8. Cling, 9. Akard.

AUTO METER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. Thorson, 3. Leary, 4. Wise, 5. Sarff, 6. Gass, 7. Hendricks, 8. Mitchell, 9. Jones. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Johnson, 2. Layser, 3. Hollan, 4. Elledge, 5. Hendricks, 6. Pierson, 7. Gass, 8. Mitchell, 9. Jones, 10. Buckwalter, 11. Cling, 12. Akard. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (11), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Zeb Wise (9), 6. Tanner Carrick (3), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 8. Chad Boat (4), 9. Tanner Thorson (17), 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 11. Cole Bodine (8), 12. Logan Seavey (14), 13. Tyler Thomas (16), 14. Jesse Colwell (15), 15. Sam Johnson (13), 16. Karsyn Elledge (21), 17. Karter Sarff (22), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. Zane Hendricks (12), 20. Adam Pierson (19), 21. Andrew Layser (7), 22. Noah Gass (20). ---------------------------- **Mitchell flipped during the third heat. Cling flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Klaasmeyer, Laps 5-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (11th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tyler Thomas

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Ethan Mitchell

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Karter Sarff

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-83, 2-K. Thomas-81, 3-Windom-68, 4-Leary-68, 5-Wise-63, 6-Carrick-63, 7-Boat-61, 8-Klaasmeyer-59, 9-Thorson-53, 10-Coons-49.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 9, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

 

 

KEVIN THOMAS, JR. LEADS ALL IN OCALA MIDGET PRACTICE NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 7, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. led all 26 drivers on hand during Thursday's USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship/"Winter Dirt Games X" practice night at Bubba Raceway Park.

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas, in his Petry Motorsports/Bolted Spine Designs - Petry Excavating - Gray Auto/Bullet/Speedway Toyota, set the time in the first of the four sessions with a time of 14.263. C.J. Leary was second at 14.305, followed by Chris Windom (14.420), Chase Jones (14.427) and Tyler Courtney (14.450).

Thomas began his 2018 campaign with Petry, winning a pair of midget races on the 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track.

Past series champion Tanner Thorson (2016) was eighth at 14.468, while 2006-07 titlist Jerry Coons, Jr. was tenth and reigning series king Logan Seavey was 22nd.

A full slate of racing for the USAC NOS Energy National Midgets are on tap the next two nights, Friday and Saturday, February 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day. Grandstands open at 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 7, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

PRACTICE: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-14.263; 2. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-14.305; 3. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.420; 4. Chase Jones, 57B, Ecker-14.427; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.450; 6. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.454; 7. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.459; 8. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-14.468; 9. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini/Manafort-14.544; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.587; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.595; 12. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.636; 13. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-14.647; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 0, Buckwalter-14.654; 15. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-14.669; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.676; 17. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.698; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-14.838; 19. Sam Johnson, 19J, Reynolds/Jetson-14.898; 20. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.943; 21. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.014; 22. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.014; 23. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.066; 24. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.120; 25. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.218; 26. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.524.

 

 

WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT ENTRY LIST RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 6, 2019).........The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car openers from Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida bring with it a slew of talented drivers in a deep field for "Winter Dirt Games X" on February 14-15-16.

Eight of the expected drivers are previous "Winter Dirt Games" winners, including 2018 opening night winner Chase Stockon of Ft. Branch, Ind. and reigning series champ Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., who tallied the final two nights of last year's event in Ocala.

Ione, California's Justin Grant captured the opener in 2017 and closed last season on a tear with five victories in a seven-race stretch. Fellow Californian Robert Ballou of Rocklin is back in action, winning three "Winter Dirt Games" features between 2015 and 2016. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. has a single win in the mini-series when the latter half was held at East Bay Raceway Park in 2015.

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. picked up an Ocala victory in 2015 while Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon opened the 2014 season with a "w," then scored again the following year in 2015 in Ocala. The all-time winningest "Winter Dirt Games" driver, Damion Gardner, returns for the first time in seven years as he looks to tack on to his incredible five victories, all of which he earned in the first six races of the series between 2010 and 2012.

Several USAC National Sprint Car feature winners aiming to taste their first victory at Ocala include Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Daron Clayton (Sikeston, Mo.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Chad Boespflug (Hanford, Calif.).

Past USAC National Sprint Car Rookies of the Year Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.), Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, N.C.) and Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind) are entered along with 2019 RoY hopeful Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, Okla.). Series veteran Tom Harris of Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom is the lone representative from outside of the U.S.A. and the only female, Katlynn Leer of Moulton, Iowa.

Indiana representatives Dakota Jackson (Elizabethtown), Kent Schmidt (Owensville), Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute), Matt Goodnight (Winchester), Stephen Schnapf (Newburgh) and Dustin Christie (Washington) are entered along with Oklahoma's Noah Gass (Mounds), Ohio's Travis Hery (Piqua) and Paul Dues (Minster), Pennsylvania's Joey Biasi (Mary D) and Florida's own Frank Carlsson (Oxford).

Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday. An open practice session will take place a day before the action starts from 7-10pm.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC SPRINT TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST
B1 Joey Biasi / Mary D, PA
3 Dakota Jackson / Elizabethtown, IN
3R Kyle Cummins / Princeton, IN
4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA
5 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN
5G Chris Windom / Canton, IL
5K Kent Schmidt / Owensville, IN
5o Daron Clayton / Sikeston, MO
7 Timmy Buckwalter / Douglassville, PA
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN
12 Robert Ballou / Rocklin, CA
18 Jarett Andretti / Mooresville, NC
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL
19AZ C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN
20 Damion Gardner / Concord, CA
20G Noah Gass / Mounds, OK
20x Frank Carlsson / Oxford, FL
21 Carson Short / Marion, IL
21H Travis Hery / Piqua, OH
27 Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK
28 Brandon Mattox / Terre Haute, IN
32 Chase Stockon / Ft. Branch, IN
33m Matt Westfall / Pleasant Hill, OH
39 Matt Goodnight / Winchester, IN
52 Isaac Chapple / Willow Branch, IN
61m Stephen Schnapf / Newburgh, IN
69 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK
71p Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK
75 Dustin Christie / Washington, IN
77K Katlynn Leer / Moulton, IA
84 Tom Harris / Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK
87 Paul Dues / Minster, OH
98e Chad Boespflug / Hanford, CA

 

 

SILLY SEASON BRINGS NEW COMBOS
FOR 2019 USAC MIDGET SLATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 6, 2019).........As the world turns, so does the pit area of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Following a "silly season" that saw a number of top competitors changing scenery, switching rides or, for some, standing pat, let's review some of the new digs and combinations for the 2019 season, beginning this weekend with the series' debut on Feb. 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for "Winter Dirt Games X."

Despite the seismic shift that occurred with many drivers and teams over the offseason, seven of the top-ten in last year's final point standings are returning to the same mounts they were in last year, including the top-four. Sutter, California's Logan Seavey, the 2018 champ, is back in the seat of the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian No. 67 as he tries to become the first back-to-back USAC National Midget champ since Bryan Clauson in 2010-11.

Tanner Carrick is back with KKM in the No. 71K as is Tucker Klaasmeyer in No. 27 along with newcomers, Rookie of the Year hopefuls Jesse Colwell in the No. 71 and Holley Hollan in the No. 67K, who replace Ryan Robinson and Holly Shelton in those seats, respectively. Meanwhile, Spencer Bayston, the 2017 series champ for KKM, vacates his ride to pursue sprint car opportunities. Sam Johnson, a Rookie with KKM last year, transfers over to the Reynolds/Jetson Motorsports No. 19J on a part-time basis with USAC.

Runner-up Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. returns to the Tucker/Boat Motorsports No. 84 as the longest-tenured driver in terms of consecutive races for the same team and same car number, a streak that dates to the beginning of the 2016 season. Joining him is series Rookie Karsyn Elledge of Mooresville, N.C. in No. 1. Zane Hendricks made seven starts for Tucker/Boat last season, but now will run his own operation in car No. 27z, bidding for Rookie of the Year honors in 2019.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon has been with FMR Racing since 2016, but the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist has taken a step away from the No. 76m on a full-time basis for 2019 and will compete in a team car to new full-time pilot C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. for a handful of starts this year.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney is back for his third-straight campaign in the Clauson Marshall Racing No. 7BC following a fourth-place finish in the points a year ago. Likewise, CMR teammate Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. is back in the No. 39BC for a second full-season run after becoming the series' youngest-ever winner in 2018.

Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser has made eight starts over the past two seasons for Alex Bright Racing, but now joins CMR in the No. 47BC. Chris Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champ out of Canton, Ill. has been tabbed as the driver of the No. 17BC for CMR, a seat occupied in 2018 by Cole Bodine and Justin Grant. Grant, of Ione, Calif., has changed addresses to the RAMS Racing team for 2019 on a part-time basis with the series.

Bodine, a Rossville, Ind. native, who made seven starts for the CMR in 2018, has moved to the Petry Motorsports No. 15, replacing Jason McDougal. USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. will race the Petry No. 25 for a fourth consecutive year. Sterling Cling of Tempe, Ariz. joins the team for a full-season in the No. 35. Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. returns to the team in No. 5 after beginning last season with Petry, where the pair earned a pair of non-USAC-sanctioned wins in Ocala, before shifting to Joe Dooling's No. 63. The Dooling team ceased operations during the tail end of 2018 and the Thomas/Petry combo reunited forces for the 2019 year.

Tanner Thorson made his initial mark with KKM in the mid-2010s, winning the series title in 2016. After he and the team parted ways at the conclusion of the 2017 season, the Minden, Nevada drive returned for a handful of appearances in 2018 in the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c, including a runner-up finish at Lawrenceburg Speedway during "Indiana Midget Week." He's back in that car for a full season campaign in 2019 while Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas will go for the title aboard his familiar Brian Thomas No. 91T.

Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC MIDGET TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST:
0 Steve Buckwalter / Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)
1 Karsyn Elledge / Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom / Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19J Sam Johnson / St. Peters, MO (Reynolds/Jetson Motorsports)
19M Ethan Mitchell / Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 Noah Gass / Mounds, OK (Noah Gass)
21 Karter Sarff / Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer / Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
47BC Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
57 Chase Jones / Greenwood, IN (Bill Ecker)
67 Logan Seavey / Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan / Tulsa, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 Jesse Colwell / Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick / Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
74M Adam Pierson / East Corinth, VT (Mancini/Manafort Racing)
76M C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (FMR Racing)
84 Chad Boat / Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
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WINTER DIRT GAMES X LIVE ON FLORACING.COM

Ocala, Florida (February 5, 2019).........A new era for USAC racing begins this weekend as FloRacing.com will live stream the opening rounds of "Winter Dirt Games X" for both the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (Feb. 8-9) and AMSOIL National Sprint Cars (Feb. 14-15-16) at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Veteran motorsports announcer Sean Buckley will be on the microphone for all the events throughout the season on the live FloRacing.com broadcasts, which includes more than 80+ races from coast-to-coast between the Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions.

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Three past series champions are expected to compete including reigning king Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., a three-time winner on the trail a year ago who returns to the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable. Jerry Coons, Jr., the 2008 champ from Tucson, Ariz. is back with Petry Motorsports while 2016 titlist Tanner Thorson returns to make a run at another driver championship aboard the Tri-C Motorsports machine.

Also on board for the Florida openers include a list of drivers who've racked up a number of USAC National Midget feature wins over the past several seasons, including Steve Buckwalter of Royersford, Pa., Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind., Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. and Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. Plus, USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown standouts Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind, just to name a few.

Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day. Grandstand open at 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

 

 

USAC MIDGET ROOKIE CLASS AIMS TO MAKE THEIR MARK IN 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 5, 2019).........Coming off a year in which a Rookie stormed into USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition to win three races and the series title, your eyes have to be focused on who can rise up to the challenge to, perhaps, repeat what Logan Seavey did a year ago.

Nine drivers thus far have indicated his or her intention to compete on the full series' trail, a substantially-talented class of individuals who can certainly challenge for victories right off the bat beginning this weekend, February 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for "Winter Dirt Games X."

The first driver drawn to attention is Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, whose seven career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins and pair of Silver Crown scores are evident of the talent he possesses. Though he's only made six USAC Midget starts in his career (8 career starts or less maintains a drivers Rookie status with the series), also consider the car he's jumping into, the FMR Racing No. 76m, is the one in which Brady Bacon utilized to score five wins over the past three seasons, including the 2018 "BC39" at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is sure to be a potent combo.

Cole Bodine got his feet wet with the series in 2018, making seven starts for Clauson Marshall Racing, beginning with a substitution role for the injured Zeb Wise in mid-summer. The Rossville, Ind. native was impressive, nearly pulling off the victory in just his fourth start at Sweet Springs (Mo.) Motorsports Complex, leading 28 of 40 laps and finishing second to eventual champ Seavey. This year, Bodine moves to the Petry Motorsports stable alongside Southwest Sprint Car and off-road racing veteran Sterling Cling of Tempe, Ariz. Bodine and Cling will have an opportunity to learn alongside two of the best in USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Seavey has a pair of new Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Rookie teammates who hope to emulate some of what he was able to accomplish in his maiden season last year. Red Bluff, California's Jesse Colwell raced his way into a coveted opportunity and flourished in that role with a solid 12th place finish in his lone start in the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. Holley Hollan of Tulsa, Okla. made three starts in 2018 as she enters the ring for a full-time run with the series this year. Fun Fact: six of the past eight Rookies of the Year have come from the KKM team.

Fellow female competitor Karsyn Elledge of Mooresville, N.C. has quite the racing pedigree as the granddaughter of Dale Earnhardt and niece of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but the criminal justice major at IUPUI aims to make her own mark in midget racing aboard a Tucker/Boat Motorsports ride as a teammate to 2018 series runner-up Chad Boat.

The Mooresville, N.C. roots run further with Ethan Mitchell, a four-time starter with the series a year ago. But now with a little bit of experience under his belt, he's gunning to up the ante on a more expanded basis in his Bundy Built Motorsports Honda.

There was actually another Rookie driver to taste victory for the first time with the USAC Midgets in 2018 in the talented Zeb Wise, who became the youngest winner ever in the series at Lanco last August. This time, Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser steps into that Rookie role for Clauson Marshall Racing. Layser has started eight events over the past two seasons as a regular with the Eastern series, including an 8th and a 6th in "Eastern Midget Week" races at Lanco and BAPS, respectively.

In addition to the wins, titles and accolades for Seavey last year, he pulled off the rare feat of also being named Rookie of the Year in both the USAC National Midget and Sprint series in the same season. At press time, Stillwater, Oklahoma's Zane Hendricks is the only driver aiming to replicate that feat as he sets off to run the complete schedule in both series, for Matt Goodnight in the sprint car and his own midget for the 2019 campaign.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 

 

WINDOM BEGINS USAC TRIPLE CROWN QUEST THIS WEEKEND IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 4, 2019).........In the long, storied history of the United States Auto Club, only six drivers have been able to claim the title of USAC Triple Crown champion by winning the USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget championships during their career.

In 2019, Chris Windom aims to become the next in line to take his shot at becoming the seventh as he climbs into the seat of the Clauson Marshall Racing No. 17BC for a full-season run with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship tour.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., captured the Silver Crown title in 2016 followed a year later by the Sprint Car title in 2017. That put him two-thirds of the way toward the Triple Crown - the most coveted reward in terms of versatility between the varying open wheel cars of USAC's three national divisions.

In the early years of USAC, several races in each division overlapped each other, preventing drivers from being able to chase multiple titles within a single season. Pancho Carter was the first to reach the milestone, doing so all in different years. Following a midget title in 1972, he collected Sprint championships in 1974 and 1976 before his Silver Crown championship in 1978.

It was another 17 years before the accomplishment would be replicated by Tony Stewart in 1995, who achieved the unthinkable by snaring all three titles in the same season, capitalizing on a 1994 season in which he was the USAC National Midget king. Dave Darland picked up titles in the reverse order of the size of the car, winning the Silver Crown championship in 1997, Sprint in 1999 and Midget in 2001-02.

In 2003, J.J. Yeley signed on to drive for Tony Stewart's sprint team following a Silver Crown title aboard the Stewart and Bob East-owned Silver Crown ride the year before in 2002. Yeley repeated Stewart's feat in '03 in record fashion, with 24 total victories between the three National divisions, a USAC single-season record, on his way to tiles in Stewart-owned Sprint and Silver Crown cars and the same Steve Lewis midget team that Stewart competed for in 1995.

Jerry Coons, Jr. was able to record his four championships in three different USAC series in quick succession during the mid to late-2000s, winning back-to-back midget titles in 2006-07. He then reeled off both the Sprint and Silver Crown championships in 2008, the first to get both in the same season since Yeley in 2003.

Tracy Hines entered the ring of champions with the Silver Crown series in 2000, then snagged a Sprint title in 2002 and it seemed as if the National Midget title was a foregone conclusion to belong to him at some point in his career. However, after 14 top-five finishes in the USAC National Midget final standings, his long-awaited crown finally arrived in 2015.

Though primarily known for his prowess in sprint cars and Silver Crown cars, Windom does possess 92 career USAC National Midget feature starts since 2007, the bulk of which came toward the beginning of his career. He finished runner-up at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway as Kyle Larson won his first career series race. In 2012, he finished second behind Wilke-Pak teammate Brady Bacon in the "Hut Hundred" at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. and was fast qualifier at Bloomington.

In USAC Regional Midget action, though, Windom has won twice - at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2008 and at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 2016.

Last year, Windom made two Midget starts and takes over the ride formerly driven by Justin Grant and Cole Bodine in 2018. Grant won in the car last summer during the "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb.

At press time, Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr. are the only drivers to have secured full-time rides for all three USAC National divisions in 2019.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/. LINKS Visit USAC's official website at www.USACracing.com.

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TALENT-LADEN USAC MIDGET FIELD SET
TO TAKE ON OCALA FOR WINTER DIRT GAMES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (January 31, 2019).........The beginning of a new year brings a myriad of new rides, new colors, new names and new faces when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship arrives at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the series debut at the 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track on Feb. 8-9.

Three past series champions are expected to compete including reigning king Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., a three-time winner on the trail a year ago who returns to the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable. Jerry Coons, Jr., the 2008 champ from Tucson, Ariz. is back with Petry Motorsports while 2016 titlist Tanner Thorson returns to make a run at another driver championship aboard the Tri-C Motorsports machine.

Both Seavey and Coons are one piece of powerful teams who have found success in the series. The KKM team has won eight-straight USAC Midget titles, but 2019 marks a sea change for the team with new drivers joining the fray. Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans. returns as does Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick while series Rookie of the Year contenders Holley Hollan (Tulsa, Okla.) and Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) enter their first campaigns.

Along with Coons, Petry boasts a lineup of some of the biggest names in USAC racing today, including Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., who swept both midget feature events in Ocala a year ago. Impressive newcomer Cole Bodine of Rossville, Ind. has moved from to the Petry team along with fellow Rookie, and sprint car/off-road racing veteran, Sterling Cling from Tempe, Ariz.

The Clauson/Marshall team has reloaded with a loaded lineup of defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. and USAC National Midgets' youngest-ever feature winner Zeb Wise from Angola, Ind. returning to the fold. Meanwhile, 2017 USAC National Sprint Car and 2016 Silver Crown champ Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. has landed a CMR ride along with Rookie of the Year contender, Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser.

They join USAC National winners Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), Sprint Car and Silver Crown standout C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and 2018 National Midget runner-up Chad Boat (Tucker/Boat Motorsports in a star-studded "Winter Dirt Games X" Midget field.

Boat's teammate Karsyn Elledge of Mooreville, N.C. is one of two females expected to compete. Another set of teammates, Sam Johnson of St. Peters, Mo. and Karter Sarff of Mason City, Ill. have a combined age of 31 as they set course on the USAC Midget trail in 2019 for owner Steve Reynolds.

A handful of drivers made a number of USAC National Midget appearances last year and looking to start off the new season on the right foot include Ethan Mitchell of Mooresville, N.C., Zane Hendricks of Stillwater, Okla., Chase Jones of Greenwood, Ind. and Adam Pierson, all the way from East Corinth, Vt. as one of 13 states represented along with Noah Gass of Mounds, Okla. and local Florida driver Oliver Akard from Ft. Myers.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC MIDGET TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST:
0 Steve Buckwalter / Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)
1 Karsyn Elledge / Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom / Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19J Sam Johnson / St. Peters, MO (Reynolds/Jetson Motorsports)
19M Ethan Mitchell / Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 Noah Gass / Mounds, OK (Noah Gass)
21 Karter Sarff / Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer / Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
47BC Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
57 Chase Jones / Greenwood, IN (Bill Ecker)
67 Logan Seavey / Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan / Tulsa, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 Jesse Colwell / Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick / Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
74M Adam Pierson / East Corinth, VT (Mancini/Manafort Racing)
76M C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (FMR Racing)
84 Chad Boat / Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)

 

 

MIDGET CHAMP THORSON RETURNS FOR USAC TITLE RUN IN 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 30, 2019).........Tanner Thorson will return full-time to the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in 2019 as the 2016 titlist makes a run at another crown for Clyde Lamar's Tri-C Motorsports team when the series makes its season debut February 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for "Winter Dirt Games X."

Thorson, of Minden, Nev., owns 12 career USAC National Midget feature wins and ran just a handful of shows last season, finishing in the top-five twice, including a 2nd place run at Lawrenceburg and a 5th at Putnamville during "Indiana Midget Week," in only five starts.

In 2018, Thorson focused on his duties in NASCAR's Truck Series (where he made 11 starts) and in Lamar's wing sprint car out west. But there was the pull of midget racing that lured him back in based on his driving style, but also because that's where he's accrued much success since he came onto the scene driving for Keith Kunz in 2013, making 92 USAC Midget starts for the team and finishing in the top-five in 42 of those appearances.

"I feel like midget racing translates to my driving style a lot better than just about anything I run," Thorson explained. I love running wing cars and I feel like we're really fast there, but there's something about a midget that has my heart, just like Christopher (Bell), Kyle (Larson) and Rico (Abreu), they love to get back and run them. It helps when you have a fast car to get back into; it helps the mindset a little bit and just makes it easier in the long run."

Thorson's bid for a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget title in 2019 comes on the heels of a top-ten run in Lamar's No. 3c at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. earlier this month in which he felt he and the team made big strides, building off what they developed throughout their debut season a year ago.

"Lee (Lindgren) and I have already created some chemistry as far as him being my crew chief," Thorson said. "We worked together back in 2015 on a sprint car deal and I think that's part of why everything clicked so well right off the bat last year with the sprint and midget."

Thorson credits the base of knowledge that has helped him get acclimated to his run with the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team between 2013 and 2017.

"Racing for Keith (Kunz) for five years and Rusty (Kunz) at the Chili Bowl, and a couple races after that, definitely helped with the midget side of our team to start off with a fast car," Thorson continued. "I feel like having the time with those guys and them teaching me has done a lot."

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 

 

FATHEADZ NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF SUMAR CLASSIC; ADDS QUICK TIME CASH PLUS BONUSES

Speedway, Indiana (January 30, 2019).........Fatheadz Eyewear has come on board for the 2019 season to honor the driver each night who sets fast time in every USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget event throughout the year.

In addition, Fatheadz will be the title sponsor of the April 14 "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown race at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track, adding to the purse for the 19th running of the 100-lapper as well as additional prize money added to the purses of the three one-mile dirt ovals on the Silver Crown schedule: the "Hoosier Hundred" on May 23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds; the "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on August 17; and the "Ted Horn 100" at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds on September 1.

AMSOIL enters its tenth season as the title sponsor of the USAC Sprint Car National Championship. NOS Energy Drink begins its first year as the title sponsor of the USAC Midget National Championship.

Entering the fold as heat race sponsors for all USAC National events in 2019 include Simpson Race Products for heat race 1, Competition Suspension, Inc. on heat 2, newcomer Auto Meter on heat 3 and Indy Race Parts for heat race 4.

Wilwood Brakes is on-board with the driver who finishes 13th in each National feature event as well as Saldana Racing Products, who will boost the spirits of the first non-transfer each night (the driver finishing one position out of the final transfer spot during the night's semi-feature. In addition, Saldana will reward any National Sprint and National Midget driver who performs a "sweep" of all the racing events for the night. The driver must record the fastest qualifying time during time trials, win his or her heat race, then conclude the night with a feature victory. KSE Racing Products will run through the pack to honor each event's hard charger (the driver who advances the most positions from their original starting spot during the night's main event).

Hoosier Tire serves as the official tire of USAC while VP Racing Fuels returns as the official fuel and Racing Electronics is the official communications provider. iRacing is the official motorsport simulation of USAC.

Longtime supporters Roger and Barb Tapy will supply a Hoosier Right Rear tire to the driver who qualifies 13th quickest during time trials of every USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget division opens up Feb. 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. while the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season begins a week later at the same venue on Feb. 14-15-16. The USAC Silver Crown season starts March 22-23 at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tenn.

 

 

REVITALIZED GRANT EAGER FOR SOLID START IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 30, 2019).........Last year was one of the most challenging seasons of Justin Grant's racing career. A year that began with high hopes for he and TOPP Motorsports early on in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season was hindered by mounting frustration and a lack of wins.

"We started out with pretty high hopes," Grant recalled. "Sunshine (Tyler Courtney) had stepped out of the car and had been winning races. I had stepped away from the McGhee car and we were winning races as well. I figured once we got together, we'd come out swinging, but it just didn't work out that way."

But like any good redemption story, this story doesn't end short of the finish line. Justin and TOPP knew they were fast, but the results just didn't show that. Team owner Kevin Birchmeier stood by crew chief Mark Shambarger and Grant with the feeling that victories were going to come. Everything just had to jell.

"When things finally turned around, they really turned around," Grant exclaimed. "We won a lot of races in a short amount of time."

And boy did they ever!

Throughout the season, the team spent time in the shop, going through a bunch of little things they found here and there, making this and that a little better, just kicking away at things in an effort to get back on the road of success.

Though they appeared to have turned the corner during the second half of the season in terms of speed, a spell of engine troubles arrived, creating yet another hurdle to overcome, but things were close, and they knew it.

Grant set quick time and won his heat during September's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, and was running second and closing on race leader Courtney with the prevailing thought that this could be their breakthrough night. However, all those hopes and dreams ended in shambles against the turn two concrete with four laps remaining following what Grant described as a driver error.

Despite the setback, all hope was not lost. Grant and the team rolled into the "Sprint Car Smackdown" finale at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway just five days later with a sense of growing confidence.

"We left Eldora with a feeling that we could win these races," Grant said. "We've got the car, we've got the package and we're fast."

Grant proceeded to win the "King of the Hill" duel, which garnered him a starting position from the pole for the $10,000-to-win 40-lapper.

"We can win this thing," Grant remembered thinking. "We felt like we had the best car there, which we hadn't felt all season with the exception of Eldora the week before."

Grant proceeded to lead all 40 laps in dominating fashion. The confidence part that had weighed on Grant and the team's minds all season was now gone. Now it was time to go do just what they set out to do without any inhibitions.

"Part of it was getting that weight off our shoulders," Grant admitted. "Then it's just about going out and doing our job. I don't have to prove anything. Now that we've done it, let's keep doing our job. We just caught a lot of momentum there. We'd spent all season to that point getting kicked around and not running very good; once we did get rolling, we were pretty hungry."

Grant closed out that weekend with another $10-Grand win in the "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, then traveled westward to capture the opening night of the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway, then recorded two more on the first two nights of the "Oval Nationals" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Ultimately, Grant would win five races in a seven-race stretch - the most successful run of any driver during a seven-race span in the series for 2018.

Ending on a strong note brings newborn confidence for Grant and TOPP coming into 2019 as they intend to pick up where they left off at the Feb. 14-15-16 "Winter Dirt Games X" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., the site of Grant's season-opening victory in 2017.

"I'm really optimistic coming into Florida," Grant said. "I was optimistic last year, but not for any real reason. This year, we have some evidence to back up being that optimistic."

One of the big reasons for the confidence boost is that, for a change, Grant returns to the same team he ran all last season for, giving them a year of experience under their belts to know how to communicate and bring the best out of each other. It's certainly something they can use a stepping stone to achieve bigger and better things right from the start in 2019.

"Somebody tolerated me for two years in a row," Grant said with a laugh. "It's huge not having to learn the team and the team learning you and trying to mesh with the crew chief. When you have all that done already, you can just focus on winning races. You're not worried about all the little things. Everybody's so fast and has such good equipment right now, it really comes down to who meshes the best. It's not necessarily who has the best stuff anymore. That obviously still plays into it, but these last couple years, more than ever, confidence in yourself and your team plays a bigger part."

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on both Thursday and Friday, February 14-15 and at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 

 

SEASON OPENERS A HARBINGER OF SUCCESS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 29, 2019).........Ahh, the season opener. The time of the year when confidence is as pristine as a brand-new racecar hitting the track for the initial time. It's a time for a new beginning. Or a continuation of last year's triumphs or, ahem, tribulations.

When the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship rolls into Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the first race of the new year on February 8-9, these notions will be in full effect as teams and drivers get set to tackle the unknown - the dawn of a new season.

Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. arrives as the reigning series champ, and with his talent aboard the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian ride, he is certainly one of the odds-on favorites, not only for the season-opening victory, but also to take the season's crown.

One of the aspects that is constantly harped on is getting off to a good start. You have to get off to a good start, they say. That part is certainly true, unshockingly. Only once in past 17 seasons has an eventual USAC National Midget champion finished outside of the top-ten in the season-opening feature event: Spencer Bayston's 12th at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin in 2017.

In this decade alone, 2010-2018, seven of the nine champions finished inside the top-five in the season-opening race, including three victories: Bryan Clauson at Dodge City (Kans.) Raceway Park in 2011, Rico Abreu at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 2014 and Logan Seavey just last year at the Southern Illinois Center.

Outside of those previously mentioned, Clauson grabbed a 6th in the first race of 2010, Darren Hagen was 4th in 2012, Christopher Bell 3rdin 2013, Tracy Hines 2nd in 2015 and Tanner Thorson 7th in 2016.

The recent success of champions winning season openers three times in the last eight years is a fairly recent phenomenon. Prior to 2011, it had only occurred four times in the first 55 years of USAC: Mel Kenyon in 1968, Rich Vogler in 1978 and Steve Lotshaw the following year in 1979, incidentally all coming at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Memorial Coliseum. Jason Leffler won his under the sunshine at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in 1999.

Seavey, however, has two statistical tasks at hand to deal with. There's also been seven USAC National Midget champions from the previous season who've opened up the next year in victory lane: Kenyon in 1968, Jimmy Caruthers in 1971 and Rich Vogler in 1984 - all at Fort Wayne; plus, Russ Gamester in 1990 at Chicago's Rosemont Horizon (former home of the DePaul Blue Demons basketball team); Leffler in 1999 and J.J. Yeley in 2004, both at Phoenix; with Clauson being the most recent in 2011 at Dodge City on his way to defense of both statistical categories.

Seavey can replicate the stats of Kenyon, Leffler and Clauson as the only driver to win the season opener on the road to a USAC National Midget title and also win the following year's season opener - an exclusive trio of some of the greatest drivers to ever sit behind the wheel of a midget, an achievement Seavey could chip his way toward during his sophomore USAC season of 2019.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

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DARLAND TO CHASE USAC SPRINT TRAIL WITH BRISCOE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 29, 2019).........Dave Darland has teamed with Chase Briscoe Racing to compete on the 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail, beginning with the season-opening "Winter Dirt Games X" on Feb. 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

"I'm excited," Darland exclaimed in the team's press release. "They have a great team with Chase, Kevin (Briscoe), Brady Short and Brent Deweese. I'm certainly looking forward to it; it is a great opportunity for me."

The Lincoln, Indiana native is coming off a rejuvenated season in which he won three times in USAC competition at Bloomington, Putnamville and Haubstadt, Ind. while Briscoe's team won once with driver Thomas Meseraull during "Indiana Sprint Week" at Kokomo.

The pairing of Darland and Briscoe marks the combination of two of the most successful names of sprint car racing in the Midwest over the past several decades. Darland, of course, is the most prolific driver in the history of the series in terms of feature wins (62) and starts and is one of six USAC Triple Crown champs to have won the Silver Crown (1997), National Sprint (1999) and National Midget titles (2001-02) in his career.

Team namesake Chase Briscoe, meanwhile, is the grandson of famed car owner Richard Briscoe, who owns eight USAC National Sprint Car feature wins dating back to 1984 with drivers Jack Hewitt and Richard's son, Kevin, who raced the No. 5 to six USAC Sprint wins, the most recent of which came in 2004.

Kevin is a contemporary of Darland with the two competing against each other on numerous occasions throughout their careers. Now after all these decades spent trying to beat each other, Darland and Briscoe are on the same side and aiming to be in victory lane together.

"Kevin and I go back a long way," Darland reminisced. "We're similar in same age and kind of started around the same time, in the same way. When I was growing up, watching his cars run, I know Richard (Briscoe) has owned some great teams. Being associated with the Briscoes for the first time in my career is a good feeling. Being 52 years old and getting a good solid ride like this, at my age, makes me feel good and I plan on giving them 100% every night."

Like his father, ARCA titlist and past NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe has competed on track against Darland as well. Having the most-accomplished driver in the history of the series in most every statistical category has always been a goal for the Briscoe family, and in 2019, that time has arrived.

"I can't wait to have Dave in the car," Chase Briscoe said. "When it comes to USAC competition, you can't find anyone more accomplished or better with the fans. There is a reason he is called the "People's Champ." Dave is someone I've looked up to throughout my career and it's going to be so cool to have him in the car. My Grandpa has always said that Dave is the one driver he always wanted to have drive for him, and it never worked out, so it's really neat for our whole family for this to come full circle. I'm confident Dave will continue to put our car up front and battle for wins. Hopefully we can get a little more sponsorship put together and contend for the USAC National title."

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on both Thursday and Friday, February 14-15 and at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 


 

USAC WESTERN ROOKIES TO BE CELEBRATED AT FEBRUARY 16TH LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET

By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 28, 2019... As part of the upcoming celebration at the USAC Western Awards Banquet, the drivers that earned “Rookie of the Year” honors will be recognized. The festivities will be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 16th.

Joel Rayborne, Britton Bock, Tyler Most, and Kyle Beilman are among numerous drivers, car owners, and special award recipients with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, Western States Midget, and Western Speed 2 US Midget divisions.

Open all racers, crews, family, friends, and fans, the annual event will begin with cocktails at noon, lunch at 1:00pm, and followed by the awards ceremony. The ticket order form is online at westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf and must be received by February 11th.

Rayborne (West Covina, CA) placed sixteenth in the final AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car point standings.

Bock (Calistoga, CA) scored seven top-10 finishes and finished eighth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase.

Most (Peoria, AZ) claimed eighth in the final Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car points and posted four top-10 finishes.

Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) had two top-10 finishes on his way to seventh in the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget point standings.

Champion drivers being honored include “The Demon” Damion Gardner (CRA Sprint Car), Austin Liggett (West Coast Sprint Car), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (SouthWest Sprint Car), Michael Faccinto (Western States Midget), Adam Lemke (Western Speed 2 US Midget Overall and Western Speed 2 US Pavement Midget), and Tyler Slay (Western Speed 2 US Pavement Midget). These drivers were also honored at the USAC “Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 7th.

The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is located at 129 East Fremont Street in Las Vegas Nevada and for more hotel information, visit www.goldennugget.com/las-vegas or call 800.331.5731. A hotel room discount rate has been reserved using the group code GSUSACW.

 

 

THE DEMON RETURNS TO WINTER DIRT GAMES AFTER SEVEN-YEAR ABSENCE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (January 28, 2019).........Damion Gardner, the winningest driver in the history of Winter Dirt Games, returns with the intention to add to his record total when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars make their 2019 season debut February 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Concord, California's Gardner will take the wheel of the Chris Dyson Racing No. 20 for the three-race event to kick off the season. The very same car made just a handful of appearances in 2018 on the series' trail, but was fast out of the box, picking up a win with driver Thomas Meseraull at New York's Weedsport Speedway.

It's been seven years since the seven-time AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car titlist returned West after several seasons on the National trail. But Florida has almost seemed like a second home to him. After all, it was Gardner who won the first two races in the history of Winter Dirt Games in 2010. When Winter Dirt Games packed up and moved to Ocala the following year in 2011, it was Gardner there once again to steal the show. Two nights later, he would win again, then started off the 2012 season in similar fashion with a victory in the season lid-lifter at Ocala.

In simple terms, every year Gardner has competed in Winter Dirt Games, he's won. Gardner revealed he's never gotten any calls for a Winter Dirt Games ride since his last appearance, but admitted he wasn't exactly eagerly searching one out either. Regardless, with five Winter Dirt Games wins in eight starts, including five of the first six, there wasn't a more accomplished driver waiting in the wings than Gardner. A few recommendations and a phone call or two later, Gardner was set to head to the Sunshine State.

"I haven't been to Florida in a long time, so I'm pretty excited about it," Gardner said. "I've had a lot of success down there and I loved going down there at the beginning of the year. I've heard a lot of good things about these guys (team owner Chris Dyson and crew chief Sean Michael) and I'm pretty excited about the car. It should run pretty good."

Gardner said that while more races for Chris Dyson could be in the plans for later this season, this is a one-shot deal at the moment. They'll see how well they work together and take it from there. And while it's important for any driver and team making their debut together, this is a change for Gardner who usually finds himself in the position of racing for points.

"It definitely changes things," Gardner acknowledges. "It's been a long time since I didn't have to consider that. For many years, and even since I moved back from Indiana, it was always the focus on the back of my mind."

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on both Thursday and Friday, February 14-15 and at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 16.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 

BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY OPENS 2019 SEASON
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

Bloomington, Indiana (January 16, 2019).........Bloomington Speedway, whose racing tradition dates back to 1923, begins a new era in 2019 under a management team led by Bloomington native and USAC Silver Crown manager A.J. Bowlen and the United States Auto Club.

Track improvements are now in the planning stages to assure that the iconic southern Indiana quarter-mile, red clay oval continues to provide thrills for generations to come - the racing entertainment that has excited race fans for the past century.

Planned improvements include new grandstand seating, enhanced safety fencing and overall grounds upgrades over the course of the next 24 months with an effort focused on enhancing the fan experience.

Bloomington Speedway will have a concise 2019 racing calendar to allow management time for the planned improvements. More events could be added as the season unfolds and improvements are addressed.

A seven-race schedule is slated for action at Bloomington. The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes a pair of appearances on the 2019 schedule, including the season-opening "Larry Rice Classic" on April 12 and the annual visit during "Indiana Sprint Week" on July 26 for the "Sheldon Kinser Memorial." Bloomington is the only track to host an event in each of the 32 years Indiana Sprint Week dating back to 1988.

The Midwest Sprint Car Series resumes at Bloomington on May 24 for the "Josh Burton Memorial" before the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship arrives on June 7 for the 15th annual edition of "Indiana Midget Week." Both the May 3 "Salute to Mike Miles" and "Bob Kinser Memorial" on August 9 feature an "open" event showcasing Sprint Cars.

The team will be revamping all of Bloomington Speedway websites and social media platforms throughout the coming weeks. The track's website can be found at www.bloomingtonspeedway.com. On social media, Twitter: @BloomSpeedway, Facebook: Bloomington Speedway and Instagram: @bloomspeedway.

2019 BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

Apr 12: "Larry Rice Classic" - USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

May 3: "Salute to Mike Miles" - Sprint Cars

May 24: "Josh Burton Memorial" - Midwest Sprint Car Series

Jun 7: "Indiana Midget Week" - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

Jul 5: "Fireworks Festival" - TBA

Jul 26: "Indiana Sprint Week" / "Sheldon Kinser Memorial" - USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

Aug 9: "Bob Kinser Memorial" - Sprint Cars

**Schedule subject to change


 

USAC MIDGET HISTORY IN FLORIDA CONTINUES ON FEB. 8-9 IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 23, 2019).........In recent years, USAC racing in Florida has become a staple of the season's dawn. Since 2010, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars have annually made a home for themselves in the Sunshine State at "Winter Dirt Games."

But, this coming February 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets join in on the Winter Dirt Games festivities for the initial time in the event's decade-long history.

While it may seem as if traveling to Florida is a new venture for the midgets, there is a short, but distinguished history in the annals of USAC's record books that dates to USAC's beginnings more than six decades ago.

For today's USAC Midget standouts like Logan Seavey, Chad Boat, Tyler Courtney, Tanner Carrick, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Zeb Wise, Jerry Coons, Jr. and all others, though, competing with the USAC Midgets at Florida is covering new territory.

The initial foray for USAC Midgets in Florida came in February and March of 1957 with the "Tangerine Tournament," 11 non-points races at seven different tracks in Florida during a month-long span. Andy Linden, the U.S. Marine veteran and two-time Indianapolis 500 top-five finisher, was the champion of the series, winning four races aboard Lee Elkins No. 73. Three of those victories came at Sunbrock Speedway in Orlando along with a single score at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

Al Keller won twice in the TT, including a 30-lapper at Hialeah Speedway and a 20-lapper at West Palm Beach Speedway driving Carl Evans' No. 56.

Jimmy Knight won the opener in his own No. 10 at Pensacola Speedway. Sonny McDaniel, in the Texas Racing Club No. 53 and Leroy Warriner, in USAC Hall of Famer Bob Higman's No. 67, were victorious at Fort Pierce Speedway. Al Alpern drove his self-owned No. 48 to the "W' at Lakeland Speedway while Len Duncan captured the conclusion of the series at Jacksonville Speedway in Harry Hespell's No. 1.

The first USAC Midget points-paying races in Florida came in a weeklong span during the 1963 season. Johnny Riva took the first at Miami's Palmetto Speedway in the Jack Sims No. 73. Chuck Rodee put the Ed Loniewski-owned No. 87 in victory lane at Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa. The illustrious Bob Wente, who ranks third in series wins with 78, went back-to-back at Palmetto and Golden Gate to close out the Sunshine swing in Bob Shadday's No. 23.

It was another 42 years before the series returned in 2005 for a non-points special event at Orlando Speed World Speedway, won by Josh Wise in Tony Stewart Racing's No. 20. Wise joined Wente as the second driver to win a feature in Florida and capture the USAC National Midget title in the same season.

Eight years later, the series was back in Florida where the season opened at New Smyrna Speedway. Kyle Larson won night one of the two-night affair for the second of his two career USAC National Midget wins on pavement. Current USAC Silver Crown standout Bobby Santos blitzed to the win on the following night at New Smyrna in what is, to date, the most recent appearance for the series in Florida. Both Larson and Santos were behind the wheel of RW Motorsports machines that weekend.

This year, the USAC Midgets will make their debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

Both nights of racing action will be LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

"WINTER DIRT GAMES" USAC MIDGET SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday, February 7, 2019 Practice Night: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets & USCS 360 Sprint Cars Pit Pass: $20

Friday, February 8, 2019 Race Night #1: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets & USCS 360 Sprint Cars Admission: $25 for adult grandstand tickets. $20 for kids (age 11-15) grandstand tickets. Pit Pass: $35

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Race Night #1: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets & USCS 360 Sprint Cars Admission: $25 for adult grandstand tickets. $20 for kids (age 11-15) grandstand tickets. Pit Pass: $35

 

HANGTOWN 100 AT PLACERVILLE TO PAY RICHEST USAC MIDGET PURSE NOV. 19-20

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (January 16, 2019).........The NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets' first ever appearance at California's Placerville Speedway will pay the richest two-day purse in the history of the series with over $100,000 on the line when the series arrives at the quarter-mile dirt oval for two consecutive nights on November 19-20.

The inaugural Elk Grove Ford "Hangtown 100" featuring both the USAC National and Light Up the World Western States Midgets kicks off on Tuesday, November 19 and concludes on Wednesday, November 20 with a 100-lap feature, the first 100-lap race for the series since 2012.

"Midget racing is my true love," Elk Grove Ford's Matt Wood said. "I'm so excited to partner with Scott and Kami Arnold with Placerville Speedway, Mike Larson, and the entire USAC team to put on this event. The support even prior to this announcement has been unbelievable."

The "Hangtown 100" is one of nine new events that have been established on USAC's calendar this season. With the largest USAC National Midget schedule in over two decades, more big-paying races and the most different winning drivers seen in a season in several years, what better time to add an event of this caliber to the 2019 slate.

"USAC Midget racing is as thrilling right now as it's ever been and a huge event such as this just adds to that excitement," USAC Series Coordinator Levi Jones said. "It's an honor for us to be involved in this race and to bring another major USAC event to the west."

The format for the event emphasizes passing using a modified Trophy Cup format which will use a pill draw and a "draft," similar to the one utilized during December's "Junior Knepper 55" in Du Quoin, Ill. allowing drivers to choose their own starting sports for the heat races. Drivers will group qualify based on where they will line up in their heat race. The Tuesday, November 19 feature event will be 30 laps.

The Wednesday, November 20 "Hangtown 100" feature will pay a grand prize of $20,000 to the winner. An extra $20,000 will be up for grabs to the overall "Hangtown 100" champion who accumulates the most combined points between the two nights of racing. Both nights of racing will pay appearance points only to USAC-licensed teams and drivers toward the USAC Midget series championship standings. The rain date for the event, if needed, is Thursday, November 21. The Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors will also be on the event card.

Drivers must be pre-registered by July 31 to qualify for a potential A-Main provisional starting spot. Pre-registration and reserved seating will be able available in the coming days at www.Hangtown100.com.

USAC Midgets have visited Placerville on four previous occasions, all coming under the Western States banner. Jimmy Sills, a Placerville native, won in 1996. Ronnie Gardner captured the victory in 2016. Shane Golobic is the lone two-time Placerville winner, racing to victory lane in 2013 and in the most recent event in 2017.

The "Hangtown 100" is part of an expanded western swing for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, which concludes the season with six events in Arizona and California during the month of November, all in conjunction with the USAC Light Up the World Western States Midgets.

The midgets return to the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on November 15-16 before the back-to-back nights at Placerville on November 19-20. The weekend finishes up at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on the 23rd for the "November Classic," which leads into the 79th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" on Thanksgiving night, November 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.


 


2019 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana (January 15, 2019).........The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars have released their schedule with 13 races at nine venues in four states making up the slate for the series' second season in 2019.

The legendary Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. marks the first stop for the series on April 5. Additional stops in the Keystone State arrive at Bedford Speedway on April 26 and August 16, with three visits to Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. set on May 17, June 7 and July 19. Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. hosts the series on May 18.

The United States' first state of Delaware is on tap for three races this season with Delaware International Speedway in Delmar welcoming the series on April 17 and August 17 while Georgetown Speedway makes its first ever appearance on the USAC calendar on July 26.

The series rolls into the Garden State of New Jersey on two occasions in 2019, on May 26 at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro and on July 6 at New Egypt Speedway. The series' lone trek to New York is slotted for June 30 at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville.

Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. claimed last year's inaugural series title with a pair of victories at Delaware International and Bedford. Victories in 2018 also belonged to Ryan Godown at Big Diamond, Eddie Strada at New Egypt, Coleman Gulick at Bridgeport, Joey Biasi at Big Diamond and Mark Bitner at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.

2019 USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
Apr 5: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Apr 17: Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, DE)
Apr 26: Bedford Speedway (Bedford, PA)
May 17: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
May 18: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
May 26: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)
Jun 7: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
Jun 30: Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (Fultonville, NY)
Jul 6: New Egypt Speedway (New Egypt, NJ)
Jul 19: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
Jul 26: Georgetown Speedway (Georgetown, DE)
Aug 16: Bedford Speedway (Bedford, PA)
Aug 17: Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, DE)

 

KT, DAVEY JR. AND CONN JOIN HAMILTON RACING 2019 SILVER CROWN ROSTER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 9, 2019).........Davey Hamilton Racing will field a talented roster of drivers with Kevin Thomas, Jr., Davey Hamilton, Jr. and Jason Conn all set to take the wheel for the new Silver Crown team which hits the track for the first time in 2019.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., has teamed up with team owners Hamilton and David Byrd to compete in all six pavement races on the Silver Crown schedule this season aboard the No. 11. Thomas has just a handful of Silver Crown starts in his career, but the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car runner-up made the most of his experiences last year, finishing second in each of the last three races to conclude the season behind the wheel of the Foxco Racing No. 56, a ride in which he returns to on the dirt for 2019.

Each of Thomas' previous Silver Crown starts have come on the dirt and, aside from a pair of starts in an ARCA Stock Car in 2016 and his debut in the "Little 500" Sprint Car race a year ago, this marks new territory for the talented driver who captured nine USAC National victories in 2018 (7 Sprint and 2 Midget).

"I had a short stint there at the Little 500 of some pavement action and I really enjoyed it," Thomas said. "I think going out and running the big cars on the pavement is going to be quite different than what I'm used to. Getting into a racecar and having a new challenge is always a lot of fun. I'm going to take it as it comes. I'm going to have to gain a lot of experience, basically on the fly, on raceday. We race dirt 80-90 times a year and you kind of know what to expect, so it's going to be fun being able to more or less react to things instead of knowing what to expect every time you hit the racetrack."
Davey Hamilton, Jr. of Idaho returns to the series as a teammate to KT and will compete on both the dirt and the pavement in car No. 14 while pavement wing sprint car standout Jason Conn of Prince George, British Columbia makes his series debut in the No. 88 and will compete solely on the asphalt.

"It's exciting," team owner Davey Hamilton exclaimed. "I haven't been a Silver Crown owner in the past. I've driven them and have always had interest in them and I've wanted to put a program together for a while. I just feel it's growing momentum and I feel like there's growth there. I really wanted to focus on one car, then we had interest with Jason (Conn) and ended up making a deal, then an opportunity came along with KT and Byrd and we ended up making it a three car deal, which coming into the first year, is a challenge, but I feel very optimistic with the quality of the cars and the people we have."

Meanwhile, the Byrd name is synonymous with Rich Vogler's success in USAC Midgets in the 1980s. Now, David Byrd returns the family name to competition in conjunction with KT's Silver Crown plans for 2019.

"It's been a long time coming for us to come back to USAC as an entry," Byrd said. KT has been so successful in sprint cars the last several years and has really shown what he can do in the midgets and the Silver Crown cars. I wanted to make sure we were involved with all of KT's programs top to bottom. Davey Hamilton has a fantastic record in big track pavement racing, knows how to put the car together and will be a great mentor for KT to really learn pavement racing. I think he'll be challenging for wins right off the bat."

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


 

 

DAVEY HAMILTON, JR. TO RUN FULL SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE IN 2019

Speedway, Indiana (January 4, 2019).........Davey Hamilton, Jr. will venture into an expanded USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series schedule in 2019 as he aims to compete full-time on the 12-race trail, racing his for his father's Davey Hamilton Racing team on both the dirt and pavement.

Hamilton owns a plethora of experience in a wide variety of machines including off-road trucks and Indy Lights throughout his career, but a full slate of Silver Crown racing is the next step in his racing endeavors, and that has the 21-year-old native of Boise, Idaho pumped coming into the new racing season.

"There are so many legends who've come from Silver Crown racing," Hamilton acknowledged. "To finally be able to run the whole schedule is pretty exciting. For the past few years, I haven't been able to run a full schedule in anything. Basically, I've been racing whatever I can instead of racing for points or a championship. To be able to run for a Silver Crown championship is exciting. Finally, I have something to work toward the whole year."

The son of 11-time Indy 500 starter and 34-time Silver Crown starter, Davey Hamilton, has five career Silver Crown appearances, all coming on the pavement. He made his series debut in 2014 and started four races during the 2017 season with a best finish of 5th at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and a 9th at Lucas Oil Raceway.

However, 2019 will have a different look as he jumps into the seat for six pavement and six dirt races in his busiest USAC season yet. The dirt will be a learning curve and he admits that his previous experience on dirt in a midget at the Chili Bowl in 2017, plus Ford Focus Midget, Mini Sprint and Off-Road Truck racing is a completely different animal than jumping into a Silver Crown car on a half-mile or one-mile dirt oval.

"Yeah, I don't have much dirt experience," Hamilton admitted. "I'm not sure what to expect or what it's even going to be like, but I'm excited to take on a new challenge and learn something new and hopefully I can figure it out quickly to be competitive."

Hamilton's busy 2019 racing docket has him bouncing around between full schedules for both the USAC Silver Crown division and the Robby Gordon Stadium SUPER Trucks, as well as putting a program together to compete in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series for his second run at the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.

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

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE HAS 16 RACES AT 6 TRACKS
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 27, 2018... Heading to their eleventh campaign, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are ready for sixteen dates at six racetracks. Opening with the two-day, “Outlaw Showdown” at Las Vegas on February 27th, the traditional 360s will close out the schedule with Ventura’s two-day (non-points) “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 28th.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season openers on February 27th and 28th. Held during NASCAR weekend, the “Outlaw Showdown” will also showcase the famed World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and the K&N Pro Series West Stock Cars. Last season, Arizona’s Dennis Gile and California’s Brody Roa added their names to the Las Vegas record books in front of a large crowd. To date, Ryan Bernal and Bryan Clauson are tied for the series lead with two victories at the large 1/2-mile oval and Landon Cling set the track record of 17.470 on March 9, 2017. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). For more information, visit www.lvms.com/dirt or call 800.644-4444.

Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, Bakersfield Speedway will feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars on March 16th. Last July, Ryan Timmons scored the first main event win of his career at “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.” At press time, Davey Pombo leads all series drivers with three Bakersfield triumphs and Jace Vander Weerd set the track record of 12.597 on March 22, 2014. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more details, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway will host five dates on the calendar. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will host the VRA co-sanctioned “Battle of the Beach” races on March 23rd, June 1st, August 24th, along with the non-point “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 27th and 28th. The November 28th “Battle of the Beach” finale will also showcase the USAC National and Western States Midgets. Last season, Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal, Tristan Guardino, and Carson Macedo earned victories at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. To date, Bernal, Guardino, and Jake Swanson are tied with two Ventura wins and Liggett set the track record of 11.983 on August 25, 2018. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more information, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

Promoted by Nick Duggan, Santa Maria Raceway will host four nights on the schedule. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360s, the USAC West Coast Sprints will headline the action at “The West’s Best Short Track” on April 27th, June 15th “Ron Otto Memorial,” August 10th “Bud Stanfield Memorial,” and October 5th. Last season, Troy Rutherford, Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal, and Ryan Timmons raced to victory at the at the Central Coast 1/3-mile oval. As a bonus, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will join the card at the April and August shows. At press time, Bernal leads all drivers with six wins at Santa Maria and Max Adams set the series track record of 13.384 on August 12, 2017. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more details, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has two dates on the calendar. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will showcase the USAC 360s at the May 17th “Peter Murphy Classic” and the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” on June 8th. Last season, Ryan Bernal, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, and Tristan Guardino scored victories at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen wins at Tulare and Jake Swanson set the track record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma Speedway returns to the USAC West Coast Sprint Car schedule for two nights of action. Promoted by Rick Faeth, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will host the May 18th and October 12th events. In the series only appearance at Petaluma on June 29, 2017, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign won the main event and set the track record of 13.728. NOTE: TARPS ARE REQUIRED UNDER ALL RACE CARS IN THE PIT AREA AT PETALUMA. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, February 16th at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Open to all USAC/CRA Sprint, USAC West Coast Sprint, USAC SouthWest Sprint, USAC Western States Midget, and USAC Speed 2 Western US Midget racers, crews, family, friends, and fans, tickets are $75 per person and order forms can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf. Orders must be received by February 11th and the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is located at 129 East Fremont Street. For more room reservation information (Group Code: GSUSACW), call 800.331.5731.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series in 2019, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

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

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 16: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV (Awards Banquet)
February 27: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown)
February 28: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
April 27: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


USAC WESTERN RACERS TO BE HONORED AT FEBRUARY 16TH LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 27, 2018... On Saturday, February 16th, the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada will host the United States Auto Club’s Western Awards Banquet. Open to all racers, crews, family, friends, and fans, the annual event will celebrate the 2018 season for the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, Western States Midget, and Western Speed 2 US Midget divisions.

The event will spotlight the top-10 and Rookie of the Year drivers with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, and Western States Midget Series. The top-3 drivers in the three Western Speed 2 US Midget divisions will featured along with several honorees for their contribution and dedication to racing.

Cocktails are set to begin at Noon, with lunch at 1:00pm, and the awards ceremony to follow. Tickets are $75 per person and the Awards Banquet order form can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf. Orders must be received by Monday, February 11th.

Champion drivers being honored include “The Demon” Damion Gardner (CRA Sprint Car), Austin Liggett (West Coast Sprint Car), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (SouthWest Sprint Car), Michael Faccinto (Western States Midget), Adam Lemke (Western Speed 2 US Midget Overall and Western Speed 2 US Pavement Midget), and Tyler Slay (Western Speed 2 US Pavement Midget).

These drivers were also honored at the USAC “Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 7th.

Drivers that earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2018 are Joel Rayborne (CRA Sprint Car), Britton Bock (West Coast Sprint Car), Tyler Most (SouthWest Sprint Car), and Kyle Beilman (Western States Midget).

The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is located at 129 East Fremont Street in Las Vegas Nevada and for more hotel information, visit www.goldennugget.com/las-vegas or call 800.331.5731. A hotel room discount rate has been reserved using the group code GSUSACW.

 

 

NEW RIDE, NO PROBLEM;
T-MEZ CLOSES OUT 2018 WITH KNEPPER 55 WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (December 15, 2018).........Thomas Meseraull doesn't waste any time getting up to speed when he lands a new ride. And when he gets up to speed in that new ride, it's a foregone conclusion it's going to occur in spectacular fashion.

That thread continued Saturday night as the San Jose, California native jumped into the seat of the RMS LLC No. 7 for the first time and drove it straight to victory lane following a stirring battle with C.J. Leary in the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

He was tabbed to drive another car in this event until a handful of weeks ago when those plans were altered and Meseraull had to find new digs for the indoor racing season. A phone call later and the pieces of the puzzle started to come together, putting Meseraull in the right place at the right time.

"Funny story," Meseraull began. "I was going to run Rusty Kunz's car like I did last year, and it was going to be Joe Dooling's motor. When Joe sold everything, I lost my ride. Three days later, I called (Crew Chief) Donnie Gentry, who was wrenching on these cars. (The team) actually bought a (Dooling No. 63) car two weeks ago and bought a motor from Clauson and put it together. That's a brand-new car that Rusty Kunz built."

Like unwrapping a new shiny toy on Christmas morning, Meseraull's ride was fast right out of the box on Saturday night where he raced from 8th to 3rd in his heat race and 4th to 1st in his qualifier, putting him on the outside of the front row alongside defending race winner Christopher Bell.

Bell starting from the pole in a midget looks like a death knell for the competition on paper, and he backed that notion up by jumping out to the lead right from the dawn of the 55-lapper. However, Meseraull was right on Bell's tracks, albeit a lane higher while Bell hugged the inner berm.

By lap 10, lapped traffic had already come to fruition, forcing Bell off the bottom and up a couple lanes to rip around the freight train on the low line. A yellow on the 16th lap settled the nerves for a moment and calmed the waves of traffic for the ensuing restart, when Meseraull slipped a bit high between turns three and four as Bell scurried away to a two-plus second advantage and appeared to be in total control and on his way to becoming the first two-time winner of the event.

Just prior to midway, on lap 26, a commotion in turn three involving McKenna Haase, Dillon Welch and Brian Shirley took all three out of the race. Moments later, once again, Bell left a vapor trail in the thick air as he jetted away to his best restart all night. However, Bell began to slow exiting turn two with an apparent fuel line issue, eventually coming to rest in turn four to put an early and shocking conclusion to his night.

Now, it had become a brand-new race. Meseraull led the early stages of the latter half of the deal until Leary went on the attack along with the lapped car of Justin Grant, making it a three-way tug-of-war with a battle for the lead and a lead-lap situation occurring simultaneously. Leary was able to clear Meseraull on lap 32, setting off a chain of sliders between the two on both ends of the racetrack that saw an official change of position six times at the stripe, but double that when taking into account all the times each countered the other's move on the dirt track chess board.

Every time Meseraull saw his lead slip away for a moment following a Leary slider, Meseraull was already lining up his next move, angling his car to the bottom of the entry to the corner to slip in front of Leary. Rinse and repeat, déjà vu, time and time again to the delight of the large Southern Illinois crowd on hand.

"This place, a lot of the time, is either on the top or the bottom," Meseraull explained. "The top started going away and Leary showed his nose. On restarts, you're just open because it bunches everybody up. We started going back and forth and you just start pulling all the tricks out of your bag. Like throw a slider, block a slider, get slid, turn up underneath them, run 'em out of room, get down to the end of the corner to make him mess up."

Thomas Meseraull (black) and C.J. Leary battle for the lead Saturday at the "Junior Knepper 55." (Al Steinberg Photo)

"When I got to racing with Leary, you just go to go where he's not. Period," Meseraull continued. "They go low, you go high. They go high, you go low. He goes in high, he rolled the bottom, and was pretty good. I drove back by him off of two on the bottom, hit my marks and, at that point, I knew maybe that's where I needed to go. Fortunately, at this place, you can see your crew guys and they can tell you to go to the bottom. At this point, you know they've got to be really good to drive around the outside of you here, so that's just what I did."

On lap 41, that one little slip up occurred as Leary followed Meseraull on the bottom of turn three. A very subtle nudge between the front bumper of Leary and the rear bumper of Meseraull sent Leary into a spin in turn four, stopping him in his tracks and putting a cap on his bid for victory.

With 14 laps remaining, Meseraull had control and never let it from his grasp as he maneuvered to the bottom of the racetrack, tip-toeing around the berm as he constructed a lead in excess of three seconds. Only a handful of lappers were on the path of Meseraull's march toward victory, but they were handled with ease as he cruised to a 3.814 second victory over Jake Neuman, Derek Hagar, Trey Marcham and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

The victory was Meseraull's first win on the USAC National Midget calendar since a 2004 score on the pavement at California's Irwindale Speedway. Ironically, like his win Saturday night, that race also happened to be a non-points "Special Event."

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USAC MIDGET "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: December 15, 2018 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - 4th Annual "Junior Knepper 55"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Chase Briscoe (#5CB Briscoe), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#7 RMS), 4. Kyle May (#39 May), 5. Gage Rucker (#11K Kruseman), 6. Robert Dalby (#05D Loyet), 7. Conor Daly (#22CD Rosenboom). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar/Proctor), 3. Paul Nienhiser (#9x Nienhiser), 4. Dave Darland (#36D RMS), 5. Joey Moughan (#29 Casson), 6. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 7. Chris Baue (#2 Baue), 8. Gage Walker (#91 Harris).

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Trey Marcham (#32 Marcham), 2. Carson Short (#45 Lawrence), 3. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 4. Mitchell Davis (#23 Ryan), 5. Ryan Bickett (#17B Rosenboom), 6. Taylor Forbes (#49F Forbes), 7. Trey Osborne (#11T Taylor), 8. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Andrew Layser (#47 Clauson Marshall), 2. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 3. Joe B. Miller (#51B Neuman), 4. Tanner Berryhill (#89 Tucker/Boat), 5. Anton Hernandez (#8JR Wood), 6. Kendall Ruble (#4J Martin), 7. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 8. Chris Roseland (#1z Roseland), 9. Joey Parker (#16 Rose). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Christopher Bell (#81 Tucker/Boat), 2. Brian Shirley (#3s Neuman), 3. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 4. Seth Bergman (#81B Team Eights), 5. Howard Moore (#41x Chappue), 6. Jon Steed (#7x Steed), 7. John Dyson (#52K Kruseman), 8. Oliver Akard (#41 Irwin), 9. Joey Wirth (#77w Wirth). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#3 Tri-C), 2. Grady Chandler (#08 McIntosh), 3. Dillon Welch (#19p Ronk), 4. Ryan Smith (#67R SFH), 5. Josh Most (#92m Most), 6. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 7. Travis Young (#11Y Young), 8. Patrick Lawson (#23x Hunt), 9. Jason Grady (#2B 2B Racing). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Tony Bruce, Jr. (#18 Team Eights), 2. Kyle O'Gara (#67 SFH), 3. McKenna Haase (#85 Tucker/Boat), 4. Ronnie Gardner (#14s RAMS), 5. Nick Drake (#55x Cline), 6. Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer), 7. Jesse Vermillion (#5v Vermillion), 8. Jody Rosenboom (#14x Rosenboom). NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. C.J. Leary (#55 Bowman), 2. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 3. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 4. Tanner Thorson (#3c Tri-C), 5. Thomas Chandler (#1T Roney), 6. Alex Watson (#3w 3w Racing), 7. Cody Beard (#7B Beard), 8. Andy Gage (#02 Gage), 9. Tyler Robbins (#35 Robbins). 1:48.30

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Don Dawson II (#6D Dawson), Brandon Long (#19p Ronk), Danny Clark (#14c Rose) & (#99p Ronk)

FIRST C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Most, 2. Dalby, 3. Ruble, 4. Daly, 5. Rucker, 6. Baue, 7. Watson, 8. Rosenboom, 9. Beard, 10. Lawson, 11. Vermillion. NT

SECOND C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Hernandez, 2. Young, 3. Gage, 4. Wirth, 5. Osborne, 6. Wimmenauer, 7. Roseland, 8. Dyson, 9. Wise, 10. Akard, 11. Robbins. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Gardner, 3. Welch, 4. Marcham, 5. Briscoe, 6. Robinson, 7. Most, 8. Darland, 9. Drake, 10. Chisholm, 11. Short. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Bell, 2. Courtney, 3. Moore, 4. Haase, 5. Chandler, 6. Dalby, 7. Nienhiser, 8. Andrews, 9. Berryhill, 10. Layser, 11. Babb. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Shirley, 2. Neuman, 3. Smith, 4. Bergman, 5. Thomas, 6. Bruce, 7. Hernandez, 8. Davis, 9. Grant, 10. Taylor, 11. Leffel. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Hagar, 2. Miller, 3. Leary, 4. Moughan, 5. Young, 6. Brickett, 7. May, 8. Thorson, 9. O'Gara, 10. Steed, 11. Chandler. NT

FIRST SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Briscoe, 2. Haase, 3. Moore, 4. Nienhiser, 5. Short, 6. Hernandez, 7. O'Gara, 8. Chandler, 9. Darland, 10. Layser, 11. Bickett, 12. Bruce, 13. Thorson, 14. Berryhill, 15. Young. #JR55

SECOND SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chandler, 2. Thomas, 3. Grant, 4. Bergman, 5. Drake, 6. Leffel, 7. Robinson, 8. Most, 9. Andrews, 10. Babb, 11. Chisholm, 12. Davis, 13. Dalby, 14. Moughan. NT

FEATURE: (55 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (2), 2. Jake Neuman (6), 3. Derek Hagar (7), 4. Trey Marcham (5), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16), 6. Tyler Courtney (3), 7. Joe B. Miller (8), 8. Ronnie Gardner (12), 9. Ryan Smith (10), 10. Justin Grant (18), 11. C.J. Leary (4), 12. Howard Moore (17), 13. Paul Nienhiser (19), 14. Seth Bergman (20), 15. Chase Briscoe (13), 16. Thomas Chandler (14), 17. Christopher Bell (1), 18. Brian Shirley (9), 19. Dillon Welch (11), 20. McKenna Haase (15). NT
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**Watson flipped during practice. Rosenboom flipped during the seventh heat. Taylor flipped during the third qualifier. O'Gara flipped during the fourth qualifier. Bruce flipped during the first semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Bell, Laps 28-31 Meseraull, Laps 32-33 Leary, Lap 34 Meseraull, Laps 35-36 Leary, Laps 37-39 Meseraull, Lap 40 Leary, Laps 41-55 Meseraull.

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

2019 RULE CHANGES FOR USAC/CRA, SOUTHWEST, AND WEST COAST SPRINT CARS

 By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 14, 2018... Officials with the Western Office of the United States Auto Club (USAC) have issued a list of changes for competition with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars in 2019.

COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION PARTS: After a one year hiatus, cockpit adjustable suspension parts are returning to the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. In 2019, cockpit adjustable suspension parts WILL BE ALLOWED with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest AND USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

GUARANTEED TIME IN WORK AREA: When there are five laps or less remaining in the feature event, there is now no guaranteed time in the work area. This applies to the AMSOIL USAC/CRA, Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest, and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front Axle Tether Systems ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL CARS in USAC Sprint Car competition. The tether system includes two straps to the chassis and one strap from king pin to king pin.

FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL CARS in USAC Sprint Car competition.

CHASSIS: Chassis requirements and specifications will remain the same as stated in thee 2018 rule book.

PROVISIONALS: Based on Car Entrant points, competitors with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will get 2 provisionals for the 2019 season. Car Owners MUST BE MEMBERS in order to receive Car Entrant points and no more than 2 provisionals will be available per night.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, February 16th at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is located at 129 East Fremont Street and more details are coming soon.

 

 

RAPID TIRE SIGNS ON AS TITLE SPONSOR OF USAC EAST COAST

News Date: 12/12/2018 | Submitted: 12/12/2018

The USAC East Coast Series is pleased to announce the signing of Rapid Tire of Montgomery, NY as it's title sponsor.

When forming the USAC East Coast Series our first goal and first step was to book a race or two. With the help of several race tracks and some willing wingless sprint car racers we were able to schedule 9 races in 2018. The next step was to promote successful races for the race tracks that took a chance on our new Series. With the help of our USAC-EC officials and most importantly our fantastic group of racing teams and drivers, we did just that. The next steps to follow were to book more races for 2019 then we had in our first year along with trying to find a title sponsor for the Series. Today we are happy to say we are currently taking both of those steps.

Rapid Tire of Montgomery, NY will be joining the USAC East Coast as it's title sponsor for up to the next three years. The Series will now be known as the "Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars."

Rapid Tire is a family owned and operated business. It has been since 1979, when Aldo Tersillo started the business in Brooklyn with his son, Tom. Two years ago Tom's children, Bobby and Alyssa, took over and moved the business from Newburgh to a 12,000-square-foot facility on 661 Route 17k in Montgomery

Bobby and Alyssa take the time to please the customer, especially when a classic car rolls in. Rapid Tire can get whitewall tires and other tires specifically for vintage cars from the Coker Company. They also carry mudders and tires for fork lifts, tractor trailers and construction equipment like backhoes and loaders. They also offer road service.

The large Rapid Tire warehouse and work area allows them to service tractor trailers and they can fit around six vehicles at a time. The new showroom has a nice waiting room and a display of the many brands of rims they offer, including Foose, Crager, Fuel and more. There are rims for all vehicles, whether you have a classic or an import, pick up or a tractor trailer.

Rapid Tires is a rare breed - small business and family owned.

While being busy with running Rapid Tire along with his sister Alyssa, Bobby Tersillo will be running his own 360 sprint car, with a wing and possibly without a wing. Look for Bobby to get a head start on the competition in Florida come February.

Rapid Tire 661 State Route 17K Montgomery, NY 12549 845-564-9644

https://rapidtireservice.com/

https://www.facebook.com/RapidTireService/

 

 

UNIQUE KNEPPER 55 FORMAT PUTS FATE INTO DRIVERS HANDS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........A unique format has been introduced for the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event on Saturday, December 15 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

In this instance, instead of the pill draw determining the starting lineups for the heat races, the drivers will be allowed to choose where they will start, provided there is an open position when it is their turn to pick. Drivers will first draw a pill for the order in which they will have the opportunity to choose which heat race and position they will start. This puts the decision into the drivers' own hands, thus lessening the element of "luck of the draw."

In prior years format, if a driver draws a low number in the pill draw, the driver is automatically assigned to the front starting spot of a heat race. This year, all competitors will draw as usual, with the resulting order leading to the "Junior Knepper 55" Draft Lottery. The picking process will be covered live on the Speed Shift TV pre-race show.

It will create a mental tug-of-war for drivers to figure out whether they want to take a more extreme approach to make a run to the front or take a conservative approach in order to earn the most passing points and guess the track conditions and setup correctly to advance through the night with the most points.

As the track changes over the course of eight heat races, track conditions may change, creating more passing opportunities which increases the probability of a driver being able to make a run from the tail of the field to earn more passing points. However, drawing toward the front or the back may not always be the best-case scenario with the new format as the "sweet spot" of where a driver wants to start the race from changes.

"I think it's a great idea," reigning Knepper 55 winner Christopher Bell exclaimed. "This gives us a chance to put ourselves where we think we can get the most points. Speaking from my experience, getting stuck on the front of the heat is less fun and less points. I want to help myself and put on a better show for the fans."

"I like the idea that you kind of get to choose your own destiny," 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson added. "Taking some of that luck out of it and putting it in our hands only makes me look forward to Saturday even more."

It's a unique format and idea that will add another intriguing aspect to the show to create the most entertainment for fans and remove fate out of the pill draw.

"This is an idea I was instantly excited about," Knepper 55 promoter Nick Knepper said. Scorer Jake (Croxton) came up with something cool and new, and once they determined it was feasible, it was a no-brainer to try it in this special event setting. My family and I are excited to continue this event honoring my grandfather, and we hope everyone is as excited as we are to watch this play out."

Most of the traditional aspects of the format will remain unaltered. There are two rounds of preliminary races - heats and qualifiers - in which competitors can earn passing points, which will determine the starting lineups of all the remaining events.

Passing points are earned based on advancement forward in relation to the assigned starting position at the one-to-go signal, meaning that scratches that alter the lineup are taken account of and the official lineup is set based on who shows up. There will not be any free passes because somebody else couldn't make the start. Every position matters every lap.

Following the heat races, the four qualifying races will consist of the top-40 in points from the heats, who'll be assigned starting positions in the qualifier based on the points earned in said heats. There will be six-car invert in each qualifier with the driver that earns the most points starting 6th in qualifying race 1. Drivers ranking 41st on back in total passing points following the heat races are placed into two C-Mains. The top-two from each C-Main will transfer to the back of the qualifying races, adding one driver to the tail of each of the four qualifying races.

After the qualifiers, the point totals from the heats and qualifiers are added together. The top-12 in total points will transfer directly to the feature. All other cars will start straight-up by total points earned, staggered between the two semi-feature events. The top-four finishers from each semi-feature will transfer to the 55-lap feature event.

Seventy-four drivers have pre-entered for the event on the 1/6-mile, indoor dirt oval located adjacent to the one mile dirt track at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Among those entered are past "Knepper 55" winners Christopher Bell (2017) and Tyler Courtney (2016). Bell (2013) is one of four USAC National Midget champions entered, including Tanner Thorson (2016), Dave Darland (2001 & 02) and Kevin Olson (1982 & 1987).

Justin Grant, the only driver to win races in all three national divisions in 2018, will be a teammate to five-time USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner. Zeb Wise, the youngest ever feature winner in USAC National Midget history, is among several USAC National feature winners along with C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Carson Short, Shane Cockrum and Chris Urish. Meanwhile, five-time Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., is set to make his second career midget start.

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season.

Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance. Adult general admission tickets at the door are $20, kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

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

Pits open at 8am (Central) on raceday and pit passes go on sale at 10am. Spectator doors open at 2:30pm with a public drivers meeting taking place in the turn one grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to hit the track for hot laps at 4pm.

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

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USAC CHAMPS COURTNEY & THORSON FILE FINAL ENTRIES
FOR KNEPPER 55 AS FIELD SOARS PAST 70

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........USAC National champions Tyler Courtney and Tanner Thorson are among the final set of entries for the "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event this Saturday, December 15 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin as the entry list soars to 74 drivers and teams for the fourth annual race.

Courtney, the newly-crowned USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist, will lead a three-car Clauson Marshall Racing attack at Du Quoin alongside teammates Zeb Wise and Andrew Layser. Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney won the "Knepper 55" in 2016 while Wise, of Angola, Ind., became the youngest ever feature winner in USAC National Midget history at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway this past summer. Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Layser, meanwhile, will make his debut for CMR.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, will drive the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c at Du Quoin while Dillon Welch, who has a multitude of experience behind the wheel and behind the mic, drops the mic this Saturday to wheel Kami Ronk's No. 99p.

This year's stout "Knepper 55" field also includes defending "Knepper 55" winner Christopher Bell, of Norman, Okla., one of three entries for Tucker/Boat Motorsports alongside McKenna Haase and Tanner Berryhill. C.J. Leary has also thrown his hat into the ring, driving for NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman.

Last year's race runner-up, Chase Briscoe of Mitchell, Ind. and 2016 "Shamrock Classic" third-place driver Thomas eseraull of San Jose, Calif., plus a pair of decorated USAC National Midget champions in Dave Darland (2001 & 02) and Kevin Olson (1982 & 87) are entered.

Five-time USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner of Riverside, Calif. will make his "Knepper 55" debut aboard a car for RAMS Racing as a teammate to Justin Grant, the only driver to win races in all three national divisions in 2018.

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

Elkhart, Ill. native Chris Urish, a Silver Crown winner in the "Ted Horn 100" at the adjacent Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval, will drive for Tom Casson alongside teammate and fellow Silver Crown competitor Joey Moughan of Springfield, Ill. Carson Short has won on the big stage before, capturing the 2016 "Indiana Sprint Week" round at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. He will drive his own No. 45 at Du Quoin.

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

Brian Shirley, of Chatham, Ill. a standout in late model racing, will drive for Jim Neuman while winged sprint car warriors Ryan Smith, Tony Bruce, Jr. and Paul Nienhiser take the wheel for a rare midget appearance.

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

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance. Adult general admission tickets at the door are $20, kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST
(74 cars as of December 11, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team
0 Johnny Murdock / Dallas, TX (Zero Motorsports)
05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports)
08 Grady Chandler / Piedmont, Oklahoma (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team)
2B Jason Grady / Farmington, NM (2B Racing)
2G Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage)
3 Alex Watson / Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s Brian Shirley / Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A Justin Grant / Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
5 Chase Briscoe / Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe)
5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
7B Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard)
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
8JR Anton Hernandez / Arlington, TX (Bear Wood)
9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
9x Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser)
11K Gage Rucker / Bellflower, MO (Kruseman Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne)
11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young)
14c Danny Clark / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
14s Ronnie Gardner / Riverside, CA (RAMS Racing)
14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer)
16 Joey Parker / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights)
19p Brandon Long / Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long)
22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
23 Mitchell Davis / Auburn, IL (Patrick Ryan)
23x Patrick Lawson / Edwardsville, IL (Hunt Brothers)
29 Joey Moughan / Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
39 Kyle May / New Palestine, IN (Kyle May Racing)
39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
45 Carson Short / Marion, IL (Carson Short)
47 Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
49F Taylor Forbes / Harrisburg, SD (Taylor Forbes)
50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Jim Neuman)
52K John Dyson / Chicago, IL (Kruseman Motorsports)
55 C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (Alex Bowman)
55x Nick Drake / Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56x Mark Chisholm / Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)
57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67R Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
77u Chris Urish / Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77w Joey Wirth / Waterloo, IL (Joey Wirth)
81 Christopher Bell / Norman, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
81B Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights)
81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing)
85 McKenna Haase / Des Moines, IA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)
89 Tanner Berryhill / Bixby, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)
99p Dillon Welch / Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

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JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 RACE INFO

DATE: Saturday, December 15, 2018

SERIES: USAC Midget Special Event

TRACK: Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, Illinois) - 1/6-mile dirt oval

EVENT: 4th Annual "Junior Knepper 55" featuring USAC Midgets

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

Participant parking on Friday, December 14 from 4-6 pm.

TICKETS: Adult reserved Seats: $19. Adult General Admission: $20. Kids 6-12: $10. Kids 5 years-old & under: FREE! Pit passes: $30 for USAC members, $35 for non-members. Reserved tickets can be purchased online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

TRACK ADDRESS: 655 Executive Dr., Du Quoin, IL 62832

TRACK PHONE: (618) 542-1515

TRACK WEBSITE: https://www.illinois.gov/sites/dsf/Pages/default.aspx

 

KNEPPER 55 LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV THIS SATURDAY

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Speed Shift TV will have live coverage of the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event this Saturday, December 15 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Seventy-four drivers have pre-entered for the event on the 1/6-mile, indoor dirt oval located adjacent to the one mile dirt track at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Among those entered are past "Knepper 55" winners Christopher Bell (2017) and Tyler Courtney (2016). Bell (2013) is one of four USAC National Midget champions entered, including Tanner Thorson (2016), Dave Darland (2001 & 02) and Kevin Olson (1982 & 1987).

Justin Grant, the only driver to win races in all three national divisions in 2018, will be a teammate to five-time USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner. Zeb Wise, the youngest ever feature winner in USAC National Midget history, is among several USAC National feature winners along with C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Carson Short, Shane Cockrum and Chris Urish. Meanwhile, five-time Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., is set to make his second career midget start.

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season.

Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance. Adult general admission tickets at the door are $20, kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

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

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

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

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST (74 cars as of December 11, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team 0 Johnny Murdock / Dallas, TX (Zero Motorsports) 02 Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage) 05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports) 08 Grady Chandler / Piedmont, Oklahoma (Dave Mac Motorsports) 1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing) 1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland) 2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team) 2B Jason Grady / Farmington, NM (2B Racing) 3 Alex Watson / Columbus, OH (3w Racing) 3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports) 3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman) 3s Brian Shirley / Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman) 4A Justin Grant / Ione, CA (RAMS Racing) 5 Chase Briscoe / Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing) 5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe) 5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing) 6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II) 7 Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC) 7B Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard) 7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing) 7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports) 7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports) 8JR Anton Hernandez / Arlington, TX (Bear Wood) 9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover) 9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing) 9x Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser) 11K Gage Rucker / Bellflower, MO (Kruseman Motorsports) 11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing) 11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne) 11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young) 14c Danny Clark / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing) 14s Ronnie Gardner / Riverside, CA (RAMS Racing) 14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer) 16 Joey Parker / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing) 17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights) 19p Brandon Long / Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long) 22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 23 Mitchell Davis / Auburn, IL (Patrick Ryan) 23x Patrick Lawson / Edwardsville, IL (Hunt Brothers) 29 Joey Moughan / Springfield, IL (Tom Casson) 32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham) 35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins) 36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC) 39 Kyle May / New Palestine, IN (Kyle May Racing) 39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing) 41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard) 41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue) 45 Carson Short / Marion, IL (Carson Short) 47 Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson Marshall Racing) 49F Taylor Forbes / Harrisburg, SD (Taylor Forbes) 50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler) 51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Jim Neuman) 52K John Dyson / Chicago, IL (Kruseman Motorsports) 55 C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (Alex Bowman) 55x Nick Drake / Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline) 56x Mark Chisholm / Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing) 57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports) 67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development) 67R Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development) 77u Chris Urish / Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson) 77w Joey Wirth / Waterloo, IL (Joey Wirth) 81 Christopher Bell / Norman, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) 81B Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights) 81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing) 85 McKenna Haase / Des Moines, IA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) 88 Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb) 89 Tanner Berryhill / Bixby, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) 91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing) 92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing) 95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing) 99p Dillon Welch / Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk) 721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

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JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 RACE INFO

DATE: Saturday, December 15, 2018

SERIES: USAC Midget Special Event

TRACK: Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, Illinois) - 1/6-mile dirt oval

EVENT: 4th Annual "Junior Knepper 55" featuring USAC Midgets

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

Participant parking on Friday, December 14 from 4-6 pm.

TICKETS: Adult reserved Seats: $19. Adult General Admission: $20. Kids 6-12: $10. Kids 5 years-old & under: FREE! Pit passes: $30 for USAC members, $35 for non-members. Reserved tickets can be purchased online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

TRACK ADDRESS: 655 Executive Dr., Du Quoin, IL 62832

TRACK PHONE: (618) 542-1515

TRACK WEBSITE: https://www.illinois.gov/sites/dsf/Pages/default.aspx

MEDIA COVERAGE: Live stream on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Live audio on the USAC app. Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation. Watch on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

LINKS

Visit USAC's official website atwww.USACracing.com.

Follow USAC on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usacnation.

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Be sure to follow USAC on Instagram at www.instagram.com/usacnation.

Subscribe to www.loudpedal.tv to view replays of this year's races as well as historical USAC action from the past.


 

REIGNING WINNER CHRISTOPHER BELL ENTERS
AS KNEPPER 55 FIELD NEARS 70

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (December 10, 2018).........Recent "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner Christopher Bell has filed his entry to compete in the "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event this Saturday, December 15 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin as the entry list has exploded to 69 drivers and teams for the fourth annual race.

Bell, of Norman, Oklahoma, is one of three entries for Tucker/Boat Motorsports alongside McKenna Haase and Tanner Berryhill. Bell is the defending winner of the "Knepper 55," taking the lead four laps from the finish to win the 55-lap main event. Ironically, it was a Tucker/Boat Motorsports car driven by Chad Boat that Bell passed to win the race.

C.J. Leary has also thrown his hat into the ring, driving for NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman. Leary was victorious in two USAC series this year, with a win in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car division at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and in the Silver Crown car at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Five-time USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner of Riverside, Calif. will make his "Knepper 55" debut aboard a car for RAMS Racing as a teammate to Justin Grant, the only driver to win races in all three national divisions in 2018.

Meanwhile, Elkhart, Ill. native Chris Urish, a Silver Crown winner in the "Ted Horn 100" at the adjacent Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval, will drive for Tom Casson alongside teammate and fellow Silver Crown competitor Joey Moughan of Springfield, Ill. Carson Short has won on the big stage before, capturing the 2016 "Indiana Sprint Week" round at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. He will drive his own No. 45 at Du Quoin.

Brian Shirley, of Chatham, Ill. a standout in late model racing, will drive for Jim Neuman while winged sprint car warrior Paul Nienhiser of Chapin, Ill. takes the wheel of his own ride.

These are just a few among the crop of drivers to make up this year's stout "Knepper 55" field, which also includes last year's race runner-up Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) and 2016 "Shamrock Classic" third-place driver Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), plus a pair of decorated USAC National Midget champions in Dave Darland and Kevin Olson.

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

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

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

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

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

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code KNEPPER to enter your car for the race for no charge. The offer expires Monday, December 10th, 2018. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Tuesday, December 11th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST
(69 cars as of December 10, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team
0 Johnny Murdock / Dallas, TX (Zero Motorsports)
05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports)
08 Grady Chandler / Piedmont, Oklahoma (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team)
2B Jason Grady / Farmington, NM (2B Racing)
2G Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage)
3 Alex Watson / Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s Brian Shirley / Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A Justin Grant / Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
5 Chase Briscoe / Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe)
5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
8JR Anton Hernandez / Arlington, TX (Bear Wood)
9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
9x Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser)
11K Gage Rucker / Bellflower, MO (Kruseman Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne)
11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young)
14c Danny Clark / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
14s Ronnie Gardner / Riverside, CA (RAMS Racing)
14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer)
16 Joey Parker / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights)
19p Brandon Long / Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long)
22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
23 Mitchell Davis / Auburn, IL (Patrick Ryan)
23x Patrick Lawson / Edwardsville, IL (Hunt Brothers)
29 Joey Moughan / Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
36J Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
39 Kyle May / New Palestine, IN (Kyle May Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
45 Carson Short / Marion, IL (Carson Short)
49F Taylor Forbes / Harrisburg, SD (Taylor Forbes)
50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Jim Neuman)
52K John Dyson / Chicago, IL (Kruseman Motorsports)
55 C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (Alex Bowman)
55x Nick Drake / Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56x Mark Chisholm / Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)
57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
68 Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
77u Chris Urish / Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77w Joey Wirth / Waterloo, IL (Joey Wirth)
81 Christopher Bell / Norman, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
81B Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights)
81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing)
85 McKenna Haase / Des Moines, IA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)
89 Tanner Berryhill / Bixby, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)
721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Floral decorations were provided by Jockish Flowers of Indianapolis.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 


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

From IMS Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2019 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE
IS LARGEST IN TWO DECADES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MEMPHIS TO HOST USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON OPENER IN MARCH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Cocktails are set to begin at 6pm Eastern with dinner and the awards ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:30pm. The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 6-8 at the Indiana Convention Center, located just one block south of the banquet facility.

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

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

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

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

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


 

WINDOM SECURES USAC SILVER CROWN / SPRINT RIDES FOR 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

LEARY LANDS USAC SPRINT RIDE WITH REINBOLD/UNDERWOOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

DARLAND AND DALY HIGHLIGHT FIRST KNEPPER 55 ENTRY LIST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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