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SPEED SHIFT TV TO STREAM WINTER DIRT GAMES LIVE ON FEB. 23-24-25

The 2017 season opening events for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ on February 23-24-25. All three nights of "Winter Dirt Games VIII" from Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch for $24.95 per night or a three-night pass for the discounted price of $64.95.

The eighth annual event features the stars of the United States Auto Club including the winningest driver in USAC Sprint Car history, Dave Darland, USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons, Jr., two-time series champ Brady Bacon, 2016 "Winter Dirt Games" finale winner Thomas Meseraull, 2016 series runner-up Chase Stockon, reigning Silver Crown champ Chris Windom, plus 2016 series winners Chad Boespflug, Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary, Justin Grant, Kyle Cummins and many more!

On Thursday and Friday night at Ocala, the pit area opens at 5pm, front gates open at 6pm and hot laps at 7:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 8pm. On Saturday night, the activities begin one hour earlier. The pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps at 6:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 7pm. Tickets each night are $20 for children 11-15, $30 for adults and $40 for a pit pass.

On-track action at the "Winter Dirt Games" begins Wednesday night, February 22 with open practice from 7-10pm. The pit gate opens at 5pm. Pit passes are $15 each.

 

 

WINTER DIRT GAMES FIRES UP 2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR SEASON IN OCALA FEB. 23-24-25

This week, on Feb. 23-24-25, 2017, the quest for a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship begins at an event and location that have become synonymous with the beginning of a new USAC season: "Winter Dirt Games" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

"Winter Dirt Games," now in its eight edition, began in 2010 at the only other location to host an event in the "WDG" series, East Bay Raceway Park, in Gibsonton, Florida. California's Damion Gardner picked up the feature victory not only on that particular night, but also in five of the first six in the series. After 20 races in the series, Gardner remains the winningest driver with five total.

In this week's event, three past "Winter Dirt Games" winners are expected to compete. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon, a two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion and two-time race winner at "WDG" in 2014 and 2015, will pilot a machine fielded by Dooling/Hayward Racing, the same team who claimed the 2016 opener in Ocala with driver Bryan Clauson.

USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana returns to the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team in which he scored his lone "Winter Dirt Games" victory in 2015. San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull, a last lap, last corner winner of the 2016 "Winter Dirt Games" finale, will run the Rick Pollock-owned No. 21x for the three-race Florida series.

Additional contenders seeking their first "Winter Dirt Games" victory include Chase Stockon out of Fort Branch, Indiana, a career-best second-place finisher in 2016 series points. Defending USAC Silver Crown champ Chris Windom, of Canton, Illinois, carries a streak of 19 consecutive top-6 finishes in USAC National points races into Ocala. C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Indiana, broke through a season ago for his first career USAC victory in both the Silver Crown and National Sprint divisions. The 20-year-old occupies the seat of the family-owned No. 30 with the addition of three-time series champion owner Jeff Walker on the wrenches. Tyler Courtney, an Indianapolis, Indiana native, flourished in a partial schedule in 2016 and now has eyes on a series title with the full-slate of USAC Sprint races on his calendar with TOPP Motorsports.

After a career-year in 2016, Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug joins the Hoffman Auto Racing team and the famed number 69 for a title run. Ione, California's Justin Grant stays the course with Sam McGhee Motorsports after a strong finish to close out last season, including a triumph at Eldora Speedway's "4-Crown Nationals" in September. Camby, Indiana's Max McGhee set fast time on the first two nights at Ocala in 2016. He takes over the 4J Motorsports car that Kevin Thomas, Jr. drove to four USAC victories a year ago.

USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons, Jr. will wheel Gene Nolen's yellow No. 20, joined by two-time series winner Kyle Cummins, 2016 "Rookie of the Year" Aaron Farney, Haubstadt "Indiana Sprint Week" victor Carson Short, Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals winner Josh Hodges, veteran front runners Hunter Schuerenberg and Shane Cottle, plus past series Rookies of the Year Isaac Chapple and Jarett Andretti, Lincoln, PA "Special Event" winner Landon Simon, South Dakota's Bret Mellenberndt, Rookie of the Year contender Cooper Clouse and more.

It is of utmost importance to get off to a solid start in the "Sunshine State" and avoid getting behind the proverbial eight-ball heading into the start of the bulk of the season in April. In fact, in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the winner of the season-opening feature in Ocala made the most of the momentum and parlayed their victory into a USAC National Sprint Car championship. Clauson was the first to do so in 2013 while Bacon (2014) and Robert Ballou (2015) followed that up with their own signature performances in the ensuing years.

The state of Florida has played a major role in the history of USAC racing since its inception. It was 61 years ago that the very first USAC Sprint Car races were held during a mini, three-race tour of Florida spanning three-straight weekends in February of 1956. Bob Sweikert was the first USAC Sprint Car winner at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach. Chuck Weyant followed with a victory of his own one week later at Jacksonville Speedway. Pat O'Connor, who would go on to win that season's USAC Midwest Sprint Car title, finished off the Florida trip by picking up the win at Medley Speedway in Miami.

On Thursday and Friday night at Ocala, the pit area opens at 5pm, front gates open at 6pm and hot laps at 7:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 8pm. On Saturday night, the activities begin one hour earlier. The pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps at 6:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 7pm. Tickets each night are $20 for children 11-15, $30 for adults and $40 for a pit pass.

On-track action at the "Winter Dirt Games" begins Wednesday night, February 22 with open practice from 7-10pm. The pit gate opens at 5pm. Pit passes are $15 each.

If you can't make it to the track in-person, make sure to catch all three nights of action LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/!

"WINTER DIRT GAMES" WINNERS
2/8/2010 - Gibsonton, FL - East Bay Raceway Park - Damion Gardner - DG Racing #71
2/10/2010 - Gibsonton, FL - East Bay Raceway Park - Damion Gardner - DG Racing #71
2/17/2011 - Ocala, FL - Ocala Speedway - Damion Gardner - DG Racing #71
2/18/2011 - Ocala, FL - Ocala Speedway - Bryan Clauson - Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agaj. #7
2/19/2011 - Ocala, FL - Ocala Speedway - Damion Gardner - DG Racing #71
2/9/2012 - Ocala, FL - Ocala Speedway - Damion Gardner - DG Racing #71
2/11/2012 - Ocala, FL - Ocala Speedway - Darren Hagen - Dynamics, Inc. #69
2/21/2013 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Bryan Clauson - Stewart/Curb-Agaj. 20
2/22/2013 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Tracy Hines - Tracy Hines #4
2/23/2013 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Tracy Hines - Tracy Hines #4
2/20/2014 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Brady Bacon - Dynamics, Inc. #69
2/22/2014 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Bryan Clauson - Stewart/Curb-Agaj. #20
2/19/2015 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Robert Ballou - Ballou Motorsports #12
2/20/2015 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Brady Bacon - Dynamics, Inc. #69
2/21/2015 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Dave Darland - Phillips/Curb-Agaj. #71p
2/26/2015 - Gibsonton, FL - East Bay Rcwy. Pk. - Kevin Thomas, Jr. - Dutcher #17RW
2/27/2015 - Gibsonton, FL - East Bay Rcwy. Pk. - Robert Ballou - Robert Ballou #12
2/18/2016 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Bryan Clauson - Dooling/Hayward #63
2/19/2016 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Robert Ballou - Ballou Motorsports #1
2/20/2016 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - Thomas Meseraull - Amati Racing #66

ALL-TIME "WINTER DIRT GAMES" WINS
1. Damion Gardner (5)
2. Bryan Clauson (4)
3. Robert Ballou (3)
4. Brady Bacon & Tracy Hines (2)
6. Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, Thomas Meseraull & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1)

 

 

DAVE DARLAND WINS “STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL” AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 16, 2017... Charging from eleventh, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) took command from Stevie Sussex on the twenty-first lap and claimed the “Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. For Darland, last Saturday’s $3,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was also a personal triumph in winning the race that honors friend and sponsor. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., hard charger R.J. Johnson, Sussex, and Shon Deskins rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Charlotte Aragon’s #99 Yelp / Beaver Stripes J&J, Dave Darland steadily made his way forward in the 30-lap main event. By lap twenty, the former USAC National Champion was secure in third and executed a brilliant turn one “slide job” to take second. Still on the charge, Darland shot low into third corner underneath the leader Sussex and slid into the lead. From there, “The People’s Champion” was not to be denied and sped to the season opener’s checkered flags. Earlier in the program, Darland ran third in his heat race and ranked eleventh in passing points.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) pressured Sussex for the lead early in the race but had to settle for second at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s first heat race sponsored by Crawford Auto Repair and placed fifth in passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion left the “Steve Stroud Memorial” as the series point leader.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) earned the night’s MAJ1K “hard charger / best passing job” honors with a third place run from seventeenth. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored eighth in his heat race after mechanical issues seemed to end his night. R.J’s crew went to work and the four-time series champion rebounded to win the night’s All Things Surplus Semi-Main after starting seventh. The four-time series champion heads to the March 9th and 10th Las Vegas “Showdown” ranked fourth in the standings.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) led the first twenty laps before scoring fourth in the “Steve Stroud Memorial.” Racing Bob Price’s #4 Team AZ Racing / RSS Industries entry, Sussex won the night’s Crawford Auto Repair Heat Race #2 and ranked sixth in passing points. Heading to Las Vegas, the 2015 “Outlaw Showdown” winner is currently third in the point chase.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) raced from eighth to score fifth in the season opener. Driving his #20 Spike Chassis / Simpson Racing entry, Deskins finished fourth in his heat race and placed eighth in overall passing points. The veteran driver left Canyon Speedway Park ranked sixth in championship points.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award over the 25-car field. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko ran third in his heat race and finished eleventh in the main event. At press time, “The Bull” will head to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ranked ninth in the point standings.

Ronnie Clark (Tucson, Arizona) returned to USAC SouthWest competition and won the night’s Interstate Truck Bodies Third Heat Race. Racing the family owned #6 RCM / Performance Engines Ellis, Clark ranked second in passing points and scored nineteenth at the checkered flags. Ronnie left the “Steve Stroud Memorial” sitting fourteenth in chase for the championship.

After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will travel to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9th and 10th. Co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints, the “Outlaw Showdown” will also feature the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks All Things Surplus, AME Electric, Aragon Racing, Arizona Motorsports Promotions, Beaver Stripes, Canyon Speedway Park, Crawford Auto Repair, Interstate Truck Bodies, Jason Rominger, Kyle Larson, Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep, MAJ1K, Property Solutions by Dave Wilson, Ron’s Lawn Service, Southern New Mexico Speedway, T&K Repair, Team AZ and everyone else that made the Steve Stroud Memorial a special event.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
February 11, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park - “Steve Stroud Memorial”

CRAWFORD’S AUTO REPAIR FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 7. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 8. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 9. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway). NT

CRAWFORD’S AUTO REPAIR SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Dave Darland (#99 Aragon), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Nick Aiuto (#29A Colquette), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 7. Katherine Aragon (#42 KACE), 8. Corey Hurley (#71H Hurley). NT

INTERSTATE TRUCK BODIES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 7. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 8. Casey Shuman (#75X Bryan). NT

ALL THINGS SURPLUS SEMI: (12 laps)
1. Johnson, 2. Bonneau, 3. Shuman, 4. Lowery, 5. Reynolds, 6. Yarnal, 7. Batten, 8. Aragon, 9. Hurley. NT

LARRY H. MILLER CHRYSLER JEEP FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Dave Darland (11th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 3. R.J. Johnson (17th), 4. Stevie Sussex (1st), 5. Shon Deskins (8th), 6. Mike Martin (4th), 7. Nick Aiuto (15th), 8. Andy Reinbold (12th), 9. Brian Hosford (9th), 10. Michael Curtis (13th), 11. Tye Mihocko (6th), 12. Matt Lundy (7th), 13. Jeff Lowery (20th), 14. Brent Yarnal (22nd), 15. Landon Cling (14th), 16. Cody Sickles (16th), 17. Matt Rossi (3rd), 18. Bruce St. James (10th), 19. Ronnie Clark (5th), 20. Casey Shuman (19th), 21. Jonas Reynolds (21st), 22. Chris Bonneau (18th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Sussex, Laps 21-30 Darland
MAJ1K HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (17th to 3rd)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Charles Davis Jr.-77, 2. Dave Darland-76, 3. Stevie Sussex-70, 4. R.J. Johnson-68, 5. Mike Martin-66, 6. Shon Deskins-63, 7. Nick Aiuto-56, 8. Andy Reinbold-55, 9. Tye Mihocko-53, 10. Brian Hosford-50, 11. Michael Curtis-48, 12. Matt Lundy-46, 13. Matt Rossi-39, 14. Ronnie Clark-38, --- Jeff Lowery-38, --- Landon Cling-38, 17. Brent Yarnal-36, 18. Cody Sickles-34, 19. Bruce St. James-31, 20. Chris Bonneau-26, 21. Casey Shuman-25, 22. Jonas Reynolds-24, 23. Cody Batten-10, 24. Katherine Aragon-10, 25. Corey Hurley-10.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 18: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

HAMILTONS AIM TO BECOME 5TH FATHER AND SON TO COMPETE IN SAME SILVER CROWN EVENT

A legendary name in Phoenix International Raceway lore returns to the one-mile tri-oval aiming for a feat that has only been accomplished four times as Davey Hamilton, Sr. and Davey Hamilton, Jr. look to become just the fifth father-son duo to compete against each other in a USAC Silver Crown race on Saturday, April 29 in the "Phoenix Copper Cup."

At Phoenix, both Hamiltons will pilot potent team cars for the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise team, whose cars Chris Windom drove to the 2016 Silver Crown driving title. Hamilton, Jr. will drive the No. 98 while Hamilton, Sr. will take the wheel of the No. 99.

Only four fathers and sons have competed against each other in a Silver Crown event: Jim and James McElreath (7 races between 1975-1977), Mike and David McCreary (Sacramento 1994), Wayne Reutimann, Sr. and Wayne Reutimann, Jr. (Phoenix 2007). The Hamiltons aren't even the first father and son from their own family to race against each other in the series! Davey Hamilton, Sr. and his father Ken raced together at Colorado's Pikes Peak International Raceway in 1998.

"We've been able to race together in the past, but not Silver Crown cars," Hamilton, Sr. noted. "(Davey Jr.) has been in a Silver Crown car before, and it's been awhile for me, but Phoenix is my place. I love it there. It's exciting to have an opportunity to run with your son. It doesn't happen very often."

Hamilton, Jr. also has tentative to plans to race a Silver Crown car for Gormly at Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway on May 26 as well as Toledo (OH) Speedway on July 28 as he eyes his first series start since an 11th place run at Lucas Oil in 2014.

"It's great to be able to be a part of this and add racing at Phoenix to my resume," Hamilton, Jr. said. "Obviously, my grandpa and dad had great success there and I hope to follow in their footsteps. It's rare for my dad and I to even be together at a race. Being able to race against each other is going to be incredible. A lot of my family and friends are coming into town just to see it."

The success achieved by the Hamiltons at Phoenix and, particularly the "Copper World Classic," is paramount. Hamilton, Sr. is a six-time supermodified winner at the "Copper World" with victories in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995 and 2001. Ken is a two-time winner of the sprint car portion of the "Copper World" in both 1980 and 1984, in which he drove the famed "Pink Lady" to victory. The car was number 98, the very same numerals grandson Hamilton, Jr. will use this season on his Silver Crown ride.

It's been eight years since Hamilton, Sr. has been in a Silver Crown car, but the 11-time Indy 500 starter has made 30 career series starts, including his debut run in 1990 for Bob Consani and where he made six IndyCar starts between 1996 and 2001. Despite the changes in the track since the last time he competed at Phoenix, the track still seems to fit his style.

"I actually did some testing there in an IndyCar awhile back after they made the configuration change," Hamilton, Sr. recalls. "It's definitely a little faster, but It really drives the same. Visually, it has a bit of a different look to it without the grass infield on the back stretch. You gain a little bit more speed since turn two opens up so good now. I hope it gets to where everybody's comfortable with it since we haven't been there in a long time and I hope we get the set-ups right because we know the races there in the past have been outstanding and I feel it's going to happen again. Silver Crown cars belong at Phoenix."

Car owner Fred Gormly has been a fixture at Phoenix for a number of years, but after serving as a spectator and push-truck driver at the "Copper World," he will now serve as one of the teams vying for the "Phoenix Copper Cup."

"Phoenix is a track I've always wanted to run," Gormly admits. "I've attended many 'Copper Worlds' over the years and I have family that lives in Phoenix, so I'm really thrilled to be going back there. We've got two excellent drivers with Davey and Davey, Jr. Davey, Sr. has a record that speaks for itself. I know he loves the place and has a lot of laps there. Junior is an up-and-comer. I hope we can put on a good show."

Hamilton, Jr. exudes confidence coming into the round at PIR.

"I believe I have one of the best teams and cars out there," Hamilton, Jr. says without hesitation. "I will definitely have a good shot in every race we're at. We have a good car and program, so I'll have to do my part and make sure to give them the best results I possibly can."

 

 

OPEN WHEEL EXTRAVAGANZA THIS SATURDAY, FEB. 18 AT Du QUOIN'S SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CENTER

The first ever indoor event in the history of USAC's IMRA and Midwest Thunder Midget series comes to the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin this Saturday, Feb. 18.

The racing extravaganza at the Mini Magic Mile features a full-slate of racing with two separate events in one single day. The morning's racing program includes complete shows for the Winged Outlaw Karts, Pro Clone 350+ Go-Karts and Junior 2 Go-Karts. Morning practice for the three classes begins at 8:30am (CT) with the day's first of two programs scheduled to conclude around 2:30pm.

After an intermission and a rework of the track surface, the afternoon session begins with hot laps at 5:30pm and includes two classes from USAC's Speed2 Midget division: IMRA and the Midwest Thunder Midget Championship as well as 600cc Winged Micro Sprints.

Load-in day for all cars takes place one day prior to the race on Friday, Feb. 17 from 2-6pm.

The Midwest Thunder Midgets and IMRA Midgets began their first seasons under USAC sanction in 2016 with Gage Etgen taking the MTM title and Jeff Mallonee capturing the IMRA crown.

This Friday's program will be the sixth appearance of a USAC-sanctioned event at the one-sixth-mile dirt track located adjacent to the legendary one-mile dirt oval in which the USAC Silver Crown Championship competes at each year in the "Ted Horn 100."

A pair of Ford Focus Midget events in 2005 were USAC's first appearances at the SIC and, in recent years, the USAC National Midgets have competed in December's "Junior Knepper 55" and March's "Shamrock Classic." The 2017 "Shamrock," scheduled for Saturday, March 18, kicks off this year's USAC National Midget schedule.

The USAC-promoted event that will be conducted by Levi Jones, George Gass and Tom Via is the first of its kind at the SIC featuring five classes of cars on one racetrack in one day.

"It's an exciting opportunity to bring all these open wheel classes together under one roof and provide a showcase event to begin the 2017 USAC season in the Midwest," Jones said.

Event tickets and pit passes can be purchased at http://duquointickets.eventbrite.com/ or at the gate on raceday.

For all inquiries regarding the event, contact Levi Jones at the USAC office at (317) 247-5151 or Aaron "George" Gass at 618-402-5020.

 

 

A LOOK AHEAD AT THE 2017
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The offseason provides a welcome rest. A time for rejuvenation and a chance to catch a breath after a long, arduous season journey.

Yet, the dawn of a new season marks a beginning full of hopes, dreams and glory that lie ahead on this dirt road from coast-to-coast. A chance to start anew and reemerge from the doldrums of winter and focus the mind, body and soul on getting back behind the wheel of a racecar.

As has been the case since 2010, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars make the annual trek down to the Sunshine State for three consecutive nights to kick off the season. This year's edition begins on the three-eighths-mile Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2017 in Ocala, Florida where gray skies and the cool air give way to blue skies, sunshine and big horsepower. A sure sign that the USAC racing season has arrived.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon finished a career-best second in series points in 2016 on the strength of a pair of victories in Haubstadt and Terre Haute. The 28-year-old continues to inch toward the top of the rankings year-by-year and enters 2017 as one of the favorites to take the title in his 32 TBI Racing number 32.

The USAC National Sprint Car division's all-time leader in victories returns to the seat of a familiar ride in 2017. Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland is "Back in Black" so to speak as he takes control of the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports number 71p, a ride he raced to 17 USAC victories between 2013 and 2015, including a Winter Dirt Games triumph in 2015.

Nobody in the USA finished last season hotter than Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois. Windom carries a streak of 19 consecutive top-6 finishes in USAC National points races into Ocala. Coming off a Silver Crown championship season, Windom is hungry to add a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Championship trophy to his ever-growing trophy case.

Chad Boespflug blossomed into a perennial front runner in 2016 with six series victories to his credit, but in 2017, a slew of changes landed the "Hanford Hornet" in the most vaunted ride of them all, the Hoffman Auto Racing number 69. A shake-up on the Hoffman team moves ace wrench Davey Jones into the role of crew chief for the team that owns 11 USAC National Sprint owner titles and exactly 100 wins in the series dating back to 1957.

One season ago, C.J. Leary broke through for his long-anticipated first career series victory. Now that the door has been knocked down, the Greenfield, Indiana native who is still just a mere 20-years-old, look for big things out of the number 30 as the family team now has three-time series owner champ Jeff Walker turning the wrenches.

A new number adorns the Sam McGhee Motorsports ride for 2017, but the plan for 17-year-old team owner/crew chief and driver Justin Grant is to approach the season with the same attitude and vigor the pair used on their late-season wave of success in the final months of 2016 in which Grant pocketed 4 top-fives in six starts for the team including a thrilling first victory for the team in last September's 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora.

Perhaps no one was more efficient in as few starts last year as was Indianapolis driver Tyler Courtney, who finished with 16 top-tens in 17 starts including an incredible run from 24th to 1st in Gas City's Indiana Sprint Week round that turned many heads. The schedule expands for "Sunshine" this season as he heads to Florida to kick off his first full run at a USAC National Sprint Car championship.

Thomas Meseraull is a gasser and the San Jose, California native always knows how to put on a show. In 2016, T-Mez grabbed 5th in the standings on the strength of a pair of victories to his credit, including a last corner, last lap score in Ocala just one year ago. Meseraull opens his 2017 season aboard the potent number 21 owned by Rick Pollock.

Two-time series champ and two-time Winter Dirt Games feature winner Brady Bacon takes the wheel of the Dooling-Hayward Number 63, the very same team that won last year's opening race with Bryan Clauson as the pilot.

The field for "Winter Dirt Games VIII" is stacked with talented and proven winners across the board. These men will be joined by USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons, Jr. in Gene Nolen's No. 20, two-time series winner Kyle Cummins, 2016 "Rookie of the Year" Aaron Farney, Haubstadt "Indiana Sprint Week" victor Carson Short, Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals winner Josh Hodges, veteran front runners Hunter Schuerenberg and Shane Cottle, plus past series Rookies of the Year Isaac Chapple and Jarett Andretti, Lincoln, PA "Special Event" winner Landon Simon, South Dakota's Bret Mellenberndt and many more.

Who will seize the moment? Who will step to the forefront and find their breakthrough moment of glory and become USAC's newest national champion in 2017? Time will answer those questions. But the first step on the quest to reach the pinnacle begins right here, right now on Feb. 23rd, 24th and 25th at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida!

On Thursday and Friday night, the pit area opens at 5pm, front gates open at 6pm and hot laps at 7:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 8pm. On Saturday night, the activities begin one hour earlier. The pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps at 6:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 7pm. Tickets each night are $20 for children 11-15, $30 for adults and $40 for a pit pass.

On-track action at the "Winter Dirt Games" begins Wednesday night, February 22 with open practice from 7-10pm. The pit gate opens at 5pm. Pit passes are $15 each.

If you can't make it to the track in-person, make sure to catch all three nights of action LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/!

 

 

20-RACE USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SLATE BEGINS SATURDAY IN Du QUOIN

The second season for the USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget Championship gets underway this Saturday, February 18 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, launching a calendar of events that includes 20 races on the 2017 docket.

Six venues in four states will host the Midwest Thunder Midgets this season including Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway in which the series will visit on 12 occasions: April 1 & 15, May 13 & 27, June 24, July 15 & 22, August 12 & 19 and September 2, 16 & 30.

MTM makes the trek to Ohio's Waynesfield Raceway Park four times in 2017 with each being designated as "Special Events" which will not award points counted toward the season championship on May 6 & 20, July 29 and August 5.

The remaining four events are also considered non-points, "Special Events" and will be held in conjunction with the USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget Championship. The aforementioned season-opener in Du Quoin on February kicks off the season. A weekend swing brings the Midwest Thunder Midgets Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Illinois on June 10 and 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa on June 11. On July 3, the series makes its debut at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena in Springfield.

2017 USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SCHEDULE
Feb 18: (SE-I) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 1: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Apr 15: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
May 6: (SE) Waynesfield Raceway Park (Waynesfield, OH)
May 13: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
May 20: (SE) Waynesfield Raceway Park (Waynesfield, OH)
May 27: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jun 10: (SE-I) Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Jun 11: (SE-I) 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Jun 24: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jul 3: (SE-I) Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena (Springfield, IL)
Jul 15: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jul 22: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jul 29: (SE) Waynesfield Raceway Park (Waynesfield, OH)
Aug 5: (SE) Waynesfield Raceway Park (Waynesfield, OH)
Aug 12: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Aug 19: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Sep 2: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Sep 16: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Sep 30: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
**(SE) represents a non-points, special event
**(I) represents a race with the USAC IMRA Midget Championship

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

 February 11, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park - “Steve Stroud Memorial”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 6. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 7. Brent Yarnel (#29 Yarnel), 8. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 9. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Dave Darland (#99 Aragon), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Nick Aiuto (#29A Colquette), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 7. Katherine Aragon (#42 KACE), 8. Corey Hurley (#71H Hurley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Andy Reinbold (Reinbold/Underwood), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 7. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 8. Casey Shuman (#75X Bryan). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Bonneau, 3. Shuman, 4. Lowery, 5. Reynolds, 6. Yarnel, 7. Batten, 8. Aragon, 9. Hurley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Nick Aiuto, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Matt Lundy, 13. Jeff Lowery, 14. Brent Yarnel, 15. Landon Cling, 16. Cody Sickles, 17. Matt Rossi, 18. Bruce St. James, 19. Ronnie Clark, 20. Casey Shuman, 21. Jonas Reynolds, 22. Chris Bonneau. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Sussex, Laps 21-30 Darland

HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (17th to 3rd)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: March 9 & 10 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway – “Outlaw Showdown”

 

 

TICKETS AND FREE ENTRY NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRIZE-FILLED "SHAMROCK CLASSIC" IN Du QUOIN

The kickoff to the start of the 2017 USAC Midget National Championship season brings the series indoors to the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the second running of the "Shamrock Classic." Numerous companies have pledged their generous support for the Bryan Clauson, Inc. promotion, adding to the "pot of gold" that each competitor will seek on the one-sixth-mile bullring on Saturday, March 18.

Free entry is available for all "Shamrock Classic" competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic-at-du-quoin-entry. Use the code regriesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 13. Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event that saw 54 of the best midget drivers in the country in competition. Adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

Among the companies offering prizes and bonuses for winning the 50-lap midget feature are Simpson Race Products, who will award a brand-new helmet to the victor. Cold Hard Art has created a "Pot of Gold" trophy that will be presented to the winning driver and team in victory lane.

Drivers on the move will have the opportunity to cash in on the bonuses being served up. The "Wheelman of the Race" will earn a Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel for his or her efforts. The driver advancing the most positions during the "Shamrock Classic" will earn "Hard Charger" honors courtesy of Elliott's Custom Trailers.

Furthermore, the third-place finisher in each heat race will receive a prize from FK Shocks. Ben Hodgin has thrown in $100 to the driver who leads lap 39 of the feature.

Additional companies offering prize packs include Competition Suspension, Inc., Allstar Performance, AFCO, Indy Race Parts, DMI, Wilwood, Walker Performance Filters, Keizer Wheels, Speedway Motors, Schoenfeld, Arizona Sport Shirts and EarEVERYTHING, Inc.
In 2016, Fremont, California's Shane Golobic used the outside line to race past Shane Cottle, then led the remaining 17 laps to score his first career USAC National Midget feature victory in the inaugural "Shamrock Classic."

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on March 17 (Friday) from 4-7pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:30 pm. Hot laps get underway at 4pm with racing set for 5:30pm.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.


 

DARLAND TO HONOR STROUD IN SATURDAY'S
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE AT CANYON

Dave Darland and Aragon Racing have teamed up to compete in this Saturday's Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car event at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona.

The February 11 event, titled the "Steve Stroud Memorial," is named in honor of the popular gentleman who was a key figure in multiple Phoenix businesses related to open wheel racing. Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., and Stroud, originally from southern California, shared an extremely special bond and Aragon Racing is privileged to be involved in the remembrance of Stroud this Saturday.

Darland is the winningest driver in USAC National Sprint Car history with 59 victories. He also owns over 250 career feature wins and holds the record of 24 consecutive years winning a USAC national feature. Darland, a recent inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, is one of just six members of the USAC Triple Crown club, an exclusive list that also includes Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Tracy Hines as drivers who've won each of the three USAC National championships during his racing career. Darland is the 1997 Silver Crown, 1999 National Sprint and 2001-2002 National Midget titlist.

The Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum was founded by Stroud and encompasses his love of motorsports, appreciation of the history of racing in the Southwest and the desire to celebrate and share the wealth of motorsports knowledge with future generations.

Aragon Racing would like to give special consideration to the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum and Mickey Meyer for their dedication and contributions to keeping the Stroud legacy alive. Mickey will also be heading the pits and turning the wrenches for Darland.

Gates open at 5pm and racing is set for 7pm. 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 (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT CANYON’S “STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 6, 2017... This Saturday, February 11th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open their fifth season at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the first annual “Steve Stroud Memorial” will also showcase the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Modlites, and Dwarf Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Saturday’s event honors Steve Stroud, a respected sponsor and friend of the racing community. The Stroud owned Parker Store, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store backed several racers in Arizona and the Midwest. In addition, he supported the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, Canyon Speedway Park, and special events in Arizona. To share his love for racing, Stroud founded the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum in Phoenix and it has become a popular destination for racers and fans alike. Steve’s passing was a great loss and Gabbard, Canyon Speedway Park, and the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are proud to honor his memory with the annual event.

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

Coming off his fourth consecutive USAC SouthWest championship, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads all drivers with 44 series wins. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson posted twelve feature wins, two fast time awards, eleven heat race victories, six top qualifier awards, twenty-seven top-10 finishes, and 281 feature laps led in 2016. R.J. will pilot Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms entry as he looks to add the “Steve Stroud Memorial” to his resume and claim another title.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ran second in last year’s point chase. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned one feature win, thirteen heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-eight top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion has 14 career SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the Canyon Speedway Park victory.

“The Real American” Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) scored third in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi had four heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one semi-main win, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for tenth on the series win list, Matt will be looking to claim his fourth triumph.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) finished fourth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin posted six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, three hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will have his sights on taking the “Steve Stroud Memorial” victory.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranked fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Mihocko claimed one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and sixteen top-10 finishes in 2016. The young driver will be looking to earn his first USAC SouthWest win this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, Landon Cling, Nick Aiuto, Josh Pelkey, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Shon Deskins, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Tom Ogle, and more 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 (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

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

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

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 11: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 18: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN U.S. MIDGETS SET FOR
12 PAVEMENT, 11 DIRT RACE SCHEDULE IN 2017

The USAC Speed2 Western US Midget schedule for the 2017 season has been unveiled with 11 races on the dirt and 12 on the pavement throughout the states of California and Nevada.

The schedules are divided into three categories that will crown three distinct champions at the conclusion of the season: dirt, pavement and overall. The driver accumulating the most points on each surface will earn their respective series title in addition to the driver who earns the most combined points on dirt and pavement throughout the 2017 season.

On the dirt side of the equation, the series will open its season at Chowchilla Speedway on March 12 for the first of three dates, including the following event on March 26 and the dirt finale on September 3. Bakersfield's dirt track at Kern County Raceway Park hosts four dates throughout 2017 on April 8, June 16, July 14 and August 18.

In addition, Merced Speedway and Ventura Raceway are home to a pair of races. Merced is the venue on May 13 and August 26. The scenic Ventura Raceway brings the series to the one-fifth-mile oval on July 15 as well as a date during the Ventura County Fair on August 2.

On the pavement, the series' base resides at Madera Speedway where USAC Speed2 Western US Midget competitors have nine dates circled on their calendars, including March 18, April 1, May 6, June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 15, 16 & 30. The series concludes with three-straight contests in the state of Nevada on October 20 & 21 for back-to-back nights at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The season concludes with one more visit to Vegas on November 18.

2017 DIRT SCHEDULE:
Mar 12: Chowchilla Speedway (Chowchilla, CA)
Mar 26: Chowchilla Speedway (Chowchilla, CA)
Apr 8: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA)
May 13: Merced Speedway (Merced, CA)
Jun 16: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA)
Jul 14: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA)
Jul 15: Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
Aug 2: Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
Aug 18: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA)
Aug 26: Merced Speedway (Merced, CA)
Sep 3: Chowchilla Speedway (Chowchilla, CA)

2017 PAVEMENT SCHEDULE:
Mar 18: Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
Apr 1: Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
May 6: Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
Jun 10: Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
Jul 8: Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
Aug 12: Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
Sep 15: Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
Sep 16: Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
Sep 30: Madera Speedway (Madera, CA)
Oct 20: The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)
Oct 21: The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)
Nov 18: The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)

 

 

LAS VEGAS DOUBLEHEADER OFFERS $3,000-TO-WIN JACKPOT EACH NIGHT
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 3, 2017... On March 9th and 10th, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season opener for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Also featuring the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, the prestigious "6th Annual FVP Sin City Showdown" will pay $3,000-to-win and $300-to-start the feature on BOTH NIGHTS. A talented roster of drivers from Arizona, California, and the Midwest will battle for bragging rights on the large half-mile clay oval. The famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will join the action packed card. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the spectator gates open at 5:00pm, with racing set for 7:30pm on Thursday and 8:00pm on Friday. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444. A schedule for both nights is at the end of this release.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the "FVP Outlaw Showdown" has become one of the most popular dates on the USAC West Coast and SouthWest schedules. Last year, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson outdueled Brody Roa, Stevie Sussex, and Brady Bacon to earn his second Las Vegas jackpot. Sussex, Bacon, Roa, and Josh Hodges rounded out the top-five drivers.

Also known as the “Sin City Showdown,” Bud Kaeding (Campbell, California) won the inaugural race on his way to the USAC West Coast crown in 2012. Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana), Austin Liggett (Tracy, California), and Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) celebrated Las Vegas wins before Clauson returned to victory circle last season.

After winning his first USAC Sprint Car championship, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) will lead a strong contingent of drivers from the West Coast series. Jace Vander Weerd, D.J. Johnson, Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, and Cody Majors rounded out the top-10 in last year’s point chase.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) capped off another successful year with his fourth consecutive USAC SouthWest crown. Johnson heads a strong roster of Arizona drivers including “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, and Andy Reinbold.

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 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Two-day Reserved and General Admission tickets are on sale for $80 (with fan pit pass). Single-day Reserved tickets are $40, General Admission tickets are $39, and Children (12 and Under) are FREE. For more ticket information, visit www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com or call 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Extreme Mufflers, King 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 and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil and Hoosier Tire for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC 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.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

LAS VEGAS OUTLAW / SIN CITY SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett, 2015-Stevie Sussex, 2016-Bryan Clauson.

USAC LAS VEGAS FVP OUTLAW SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH:
Tickets & Will Call: 12:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 4:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 5:45pm
USAC Hot Laps: 7:00pm
Opening Ceremonies: 7:30pm
Racing to Follow

FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH:
Tickets & Will Call: 12:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 4:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 5:45pm
USAC Hot Laps: 7:30pm
Opening Ceremonies: 8:00pm
Racing to Follow

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 11: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 18: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.


 


20 EVENTS, 14 TRACKS AND 7 STATES
OCCUPY 2017 USAC EASTERN MIDGET SLATE


The USAC Eastern Midget Championship is set to visit 14 tracks in seven states on its 20-race schedule during the 2017 season.

The season kicks off on March 25 with a trip to Rougemont, North Carolina's Orange County Speedway, one of ten stops in the Tar Heel state throughout the season. The series treks to Orange County once more on Aug. 12. Hickory Motor Speedway is the spot to be on back-to-back weekends on Apr. 15 and 22 while Raleigh's Wake County Speedway welcomes the series on Jul. 14 and Aug. 11. The Eastern Midgets make one trip apiece to East Carolina Speedway in Robersonville on May 6, Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly on Jul. 15, Carteret County Speedway in Swansboro on Aug. 26 and Asheboro's Caraway Speedway on Sep. 9.

Three Virginia dates are on the docket with events scheduled for Jun. 17 at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Sep. 30 at Shenandoah Speedway and a return to Dominion on Oct. 21 that will serve as the series finale.

A pair of events at Greenbrier, Tennessee's Highland Rim Speedway on Jun. 3 and Jul. 29 as well as a double-dip at Kentucky Motor Speedway in Whitesville on Jun. 4 and Jul. 30 signify the series' furthest trip west during the season.

South Carolina, Alabama and Massachusetts serve as hosts for a single dose of USAC Eastern Midget racing in 2017 with Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, South Carolina on Apr. 21, Alabama's Huntsville Speedway on May 13 and Massachusetts' Seekonk Speedway each a part of the fabric that makes up the schedule for what is certain to be a banner year for the series. Seekonk's "Boston Louie Seymour Memorial" race is a non-points "Special Event" for the Eastern Midgets and marks USAC's first date at the 71-year-old paved oval in a decade.


2017 USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Mar 25: Orange County Speedway (Rougemont, North Carolina)
Apr 15: Hickory Motor Speedway (Hickory, North Carolina)
Apr 21: Anderson Motor Speedway (Williamston, South Carolina)
Apr 22: Hickory Motor Speedway (Hickory, North Carolina)
May 6: East Carolina Speedway (Robersonville, North Carolina)
May 13: Huntsville Speedway (Huntsville, Alabama)
Jun 3: Highland Rim Speedway (Greenbrier, Tennessee)
Jun 4: Kentucky Motor Speedway (Whitesville, Kentucky)
Jun 17: Dominion Raceway (Thornburg, Virginia)
Jun 28: (SE) Seekonk Speedway (Seekonk, Massachusetts)
Jul 14: Wake County Speedway (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Jul 15: Southern National Motorsports Park (Kenly, North Carolina)
Jul 29: Highland Rim Speedway (Greenbrier, Tennessee)
Jul 30: Kentucky Motor Speedway (Whitesville, Kentucky)
Aug 11: Wake County Speedway (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Aug 12: Orange County Speedway (Rougemont, North Carolina)
Aug 26: Carteret County Speedway (Swansboro, North Carolina)
Sep 9: Caraway Speedway (Asheboro, North Carolina)
Sep 30: Shenandoah Speedway (Shenandoah, Virginia)
Oct 21: Dominion Raceway (Thornburg, Virginia)
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(SE) = Represents a non-points "Special Event"

 

USAC WESTERN RACERS HONORED AT LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET

 By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 29, 2017... The United States Auto Club’s 2016 Western champions and special award winners were honored last Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosted by Chris Kearns at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, the annual Western Awards Banquet celebrated the accomplishments of racers from fourteen divisions.

The event was headlined by returning champions. “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California scored his fourth consecutive Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car title for Alexander Racing. Laveen, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson claimed his fourth straight Southwest Sprint Car crown and Ronnie Gardner of Corona, California earned his fourth consecutive Western States Midget Series championship for Six8 Motorsports. Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa earned his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship.

In the Western HPD Midget divisions, Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, California scored top honors with the Western Overall and Western Dirt series. Hillsborough, California’s Toni Breidinger earned the Western Pavement crown and Blake Brannon of San Jose, California won the Western Restricted title.

The National Micro Sprints had a successful inaugural season and Fresno, California’s Jake Hagopian won the Super 600 championship. Josh Ames of Rochester, New York claimed the Nonwing 600 crown and Concord, California’s Joey Ancona earned the Restricted 600 title. Shawn Freeland of Scottsville, New York scored the 270 championship and Irondequiot, New York’s Jordan Jermyn claimed the 125 title. Caeden Steele of Fresno, California earned the Junior Sprint crown and all of the champions were also honored at last month’s “USAC Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Rookie of the Year honors went to Max Adams of Loomis, California (CRA Sprint), Pleasant Hill, California’s Ryan Timmons (West Coast Sprint), Landon Cling of Tempe, Arizona (Southwest Sprint), Corona, California’s Courtney Crone (Western Midget), and Antonia Boscacci of Mountain View, California (Western HPD Midget).

Western USAC special awards were presented to Tommy Horne (Bruce Bromme Jr. Mechanic of the Year), Max Adams (CRA Most Improved Driver), Lance Jennings (Billy Wilkerson Memorial Award), and Dick and Claudia Woodland (Evelyn Pratt Award).

The USAC Western staff thanks Mike and Tim Truex of Loudpedal Productions for supplying their great videos and Mike Grosswendt for photographing the event.

The Western campaign opens on February 11th at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, Arizona) with the “Steve Stroud Memorial” for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.

On March 4th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Perris Auto Speedway’s (Perris, California) annual “Sokola Shootout.” The USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, Nevada) on March 9th and 10th for the “Outlaw Showdown.”

On March 11th, the Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, California) will host the season opener for the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets.

For more information on any of the USAC racing divisions, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content for several of the groups on their respective Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

33 EVENTS SET FOR 2017
USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET CALENDAR

A full plate of 33 events is on the menu for competitors during the 2017 USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget Championship season.

Within those 33 dates includes the season-opener on Feb. 18 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin that pairs the IMRA with the Midwest Thunder Midgets on the indoor bullring, one of five non-points, "special events" on the calendar along with a tour of Illinois during D2 Speedweek on June 1-2-3-4 at Fairbury, Jacksonville, Macon and Lincoln before stopping at the Champaign County Fairgrounds on July 21.

The bulk of the championship race will be decided at two familiar stops: Burlington, Iowa's 34 Raceway and Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Illinois. The track in Burlington will host the series 11 times in 2017 on Apr. 22, May 6-20-28, June 11 & 24, July 8 & 22, Aug. 5 & 26 and Sept. 2. Spoon River showcases the IMRA on 14 occasions this season on Apr. 29, May 13 & 27, June 10 & 17, July 1 & 15, Aug. 12 & 19 and Sept. 3-9-16-23-30).

The Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena in Springfield welcomes the series on July 3 as the series shares the bill with the USAC National Midget Championship in its debut at the one-sixth-mile for the "Adam Lopez Illinois Midget Nationals."

On Sept. 8, the series visits Jacksonville Speedway before the final four-race stretch at Spoon River concludes the season.

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2017 USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SCHEDULE

Feb 18: (SE-M) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 22: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Apr 29: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
May 6: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
May 13: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
May 20: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
May 27: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
May 28: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Jun 1: (SE) Fairbury American Legion Speedway (Fairbury, IL)
Jun 2: (SE) Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Jun 3: (SE) Macon Speedway (Macon, IL)
Jun 4: (SE) Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, IL)
Jun 10: (M) Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Jun 11: (M) 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Jun 17: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Jun 24: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Jul 1: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Jul 3: Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena (Springfield, IL)
Jul 8: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Jul 15: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Jul 21: (SE) Champaign County Fairgrounds (Champaign, IL)
Jul 22: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Aug 5: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Aug 12: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Aug 19: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Aug 26: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Sep 2: 34 Raceway (Burlington, IA)
Sep 3: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Sep 8: (M) Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Sep 9: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Sep 16: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Sep 23: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Sep 30: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
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(SE) = Non-Points Special Event
(M) = A race with the Midwest Thunder Midgets

 

 

20 DATES SET FOR USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS IN 2017

Twenty events align the Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car schedule for the 2017 season with dates at traditional series venues throughout the states of Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

Peoria, Arizona's Canyon Speedway Park kicks off the docket with the "Steve Stroud Memorial" on Feb. 11. A month-long break follows before the series returns with a bang in back-to-back nights of rapid fire succession in conjunction with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars for the "Outlaw Showdown" at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9-10.

Seven dates apiece are slotted for Arizona Speedway and Canyon Speedway Park. Arizona greets the series in the fourth race of the season on March 18 with additional dates set for April. 29, May 20, June 10, September 9 and the season-enders at the 50th "Western World Championships" on November 3-4.

Canyon Speedway Park returns to the fold for the second of its seven dates on April 1 before returning on Memorial Day Weekend for the "Salute to Indy" on Memorial Day weekend on May 27-28. Back-to-back nights at Canyon close out the month of September for the series on Sept. 29-30 with the final trip taking place on Oct. 21.

In addition, the Southwest Sprint Car make the trek to Casa Grande's Central Arizona Speedway on two occasions, once early-on and again as the season winds down on April 15 and Oct. 28, respectively.

The annual "Border Tour" pits the best of the Southwest Sprint Cars against the New Mexico Motor Racing Association stars at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces on Sept. 2-3.

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2017 SANDS CHEVROLET
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Feb 11: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Mar 9: (W) The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)
Mar 10: (W) The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)
Mar 18: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Apr 1: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Apr 15: Central Arizona Speedway (Casa Grande, AZ)
Apr 29: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
May 20: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Jun 10: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Sep 2: (N) Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, NM)
Sep 3: (N) Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, NM)
Sep 9: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Sep 29: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Sep 30: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Oct 21: Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ)
Oct 28: Central Arizona Speedway (Casa Grande, AZ)
Nov 3: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 4: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
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(W) = A race with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars
(N) = A race co-sanctioned by the New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA)

 

 

Fifth Annual “Freedom Tour” Set for USAC Southwest Sprint Cars

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (January 24, 2017) – Race fans in and around Oklahoma and Kansas will once again get their annual serving of premier wingless Sprint Car racing as the slate has been set for the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour”.

For the fifth consecutive year, the stars of the Arizona-based USAC Southwest Sprint Car series will storm through Oklahoma and Kansas in August, taking on the best the region has to offer up.

This year’s “Freedom Tour” once again consists of four nights of competition, with the four-race set of $2,500-to-win, $250-to-start events kicking off Wednesday night, August 16. Creek County Speedway, 81 Speedway and Caney Valley Speedway will host this year’s action. Creek County Speedway and 81 Speedway have been a part of the “Freedom Tour” since its inaugural season in 2013 with Caney Valley Speedway a new addition to the popular series in 2017.

This year’s “Freedom Tour” kicks off at Creek County Speedway near Tulsa, OK, on August 16. The -mile bullring has offered up four winners in four previous years of “Freedom Tour” competition including local shoe Danny Smith in the inaugural tour event in 2013 along with fellow area representatives Brady Bacon and Blake Hahn in 2014 and 2015 before reigning USAC Southwest champ R.J. Johnson broke the Oklahoma stranglehold on victory lane last August.

From there, the tour moves on to 81 Speedway near Wichita, KS, for two nights of action on Thursday and Friday, August 17-18. After New Mexico’s Rick Ziehl won the initial “Freedom Tour” event at 81 Speedway in 2013, Yuma, Arizona’s “Magic Man” Mike Martin made it two in a row atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in 2014 and 2015 before last year’s round fell victim to heavy rain.

This year’s final round of “Freedom Tour” action brings a change of scenery with the racy, -mile Caney Valley Speedway near the Oklahoma-Kansas state line on Saturday night, August 19.

In four previous years of USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” competition, nine different drivers have earned feature wins in 15 events. R.J. Johnson leads the way with four triumphs, including two of three last year. Rick Ziehl, Charles Davis, Jr., and Mike Martin each have two wins, will single “Freedom Tour” wins have gone to Danny Smith, Brady Bacon, Mike Bonneau, Blake Hahn and Josh Hodges.

2017 USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” Schedule:

August 16 – Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)

August 17 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)

August 18 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)

August 19 – Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, KS)

Additional information regarding the USAC Southwest Sprint Car series is available at http://www.southwestsprintcars.com/.

Information regarding each of the Fifth Annual Freedom Tour tracks is available at:

Creek County Speedway - http://www.creekcountyspeedway.co/

81 Speedway – http://www.race81speedway.com

Caney Valley Speedway - http://www.caneyvalleyspeedway.net/

 

 

Ohio's Matt Westfall Joins Weekly SpeedSTR Competition at Kutztown's Action Track USA

Kutztown, PA - When the green flag waves to begin the fifth season of activity at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA, a new name - one with a very impressive resume` - will join the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division, bolstering an already strong Wednesday night field of competitors.

Matt Westfall, from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, will make the weekly trip to Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, to steer a brand new SpeedSTR owned by Milt Aquilini. The car is complete and ready to go, and it will be on display in the Speedway Entertainment/ Action Track USA booth at this weekend's Motorsports Show in Oaks, Pa.

"The Flying Buckeye" jets to the Berks County oval with a set of very solid credentials. Westfall has been racing since the age of six (he turned 40 years-old in December), and he's driven just about everything with four wheels...Karts, Mini-Sprints, both winged and wingless Sprint Cars, Midgets, Modifieds, and Late Models. He was also named the 2002 Rookie of the Year in USAC's Silver Crown division.

Westfall, who lists Jack Hewitt as his role model in racing, was the Rookie of the Year and Champion of the NAMARS Midget Series in 1998. He won the 2010 and 2011 Sprint Car point titles at Waynesfield Raceway, and captured the 2011 RoY award in Eldora's Late Model class. He's also visited victory lane in a USAC Sprint Car feature at Eldora - his favorite race track.

Modified victories have come at the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway in Barberville, FL, and in 2015 Westfall was named the DARF Driver of the Year. That was the same season in which he captured the Eldora Late Model Championship and the Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week title.

Westfall also made the Saturday night A-Main at the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in five consecutive attempts, but last week's edition of the biggest indoor dirt race in the world wasn't as kind to the Ohio native. He qualified for the feature on his preliminary night (Tuesday), but was collected in Kyle Larson's flip/crash just a few laps from the finish. On Saturday, Westfall was not able to climb out of the D-Main.

Claiming that he "just wants to race as much as possible...in any type of racecar", Westfall is ready for his newest challenge...the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division. Teaming with Aquilini, who's been helping him with his Sprint Car effort for the past few seasons, seems a natural fit.

Aquilini's involvement in racing goes back decades, to the Reading Fairgrounds and traveling as a member of the late Ronnie Tobias' crew. Milt also owned ARDC Midgets for several years, and Ray Bull drove his cars to numerous race wins and championships with the American Racing Drivers Club. Most recently, Aquilini has served as an official at Action Track USA.

While the car won't make its debut until the May 14 season opener (the Dick Tobias Classic, a 75-lapper for the SpeedSTRs), it will be unveiled to the public at this weekend's PPB Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

 

 

USAC WESTERN AWARDS BANQUET & BOWLING TOURNAMENT SET FOR LAS VEGAS

By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 28, 2016... On Saturday, January 28th, the United States Auto Club’s Western racing division will celebrate their 2016 season at the annual Awards Banquet. Hosted by the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, racers with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, Western States Midget, Western HPD Midget, and National Micro Sprint Series will be honored.

The festivities will begin the previous night at 8:00pm with the USAC Western Bowling Tournament. Voted “Best of Las Vegas Bowling Alley” by the Las Vegas Review Journal, the Bowling Center in the Orleans Hotel features 70 lanes, a full service pro shop, and more. Tickets are $20 per person and includes 3 games with shoe rental. Teams can be made in advance and should have six bowlers.

Starting at 12:00pm on Saturday, the Awards Banquet will honor 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-5 drivers in the four Western HPD Midget divisions and top-3 in the six National Micro Sprint groups will also be recognized. In addition, several honorees will be given special awards for their contribution and dedication to racing. Tickets are $69 per person.

Both events are open to all drivers, crews, family, and friends. The ticket order form for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf and must be received by January 19th.

Champion drivers being honored include “The Demon” Damion Gardner (CRA Sprint Car), Brody Roa (West Coast Sprint Car), R.J. Johnson (SouthWest Sprint Car), Ronnie Gardner (Western States Midget), Jesse Love IV (Western Overall HPD Midget & Western Dirt HPD Midget), Toni Breidinger (Western Pavement HPD Midget), and Blake Brannon (Western Restricted HPD Midget).

After a successful inaugural season, champions in the National Micro Sprint divisions are Jake Hagopian (Super 600), Josh Ames (Nonwing 600), Joey Ancona (Restricted 600), Shawn Freeland (270), Jordan Jermyn (125), and Caeden Steele (Junior Sprint). These drivers were also honored at the USAC “Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 9th.

Drivers that earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 are Max Adams (CRA Sprint Car), Ryan Timmons (West Coast Sprint Car), Landon Cling (SouthWest Sprint Car), and Courtney Crone (Western States Midget).

The Orleans Hotel & Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reservations can be made online at www.orleanscasino.com/groups or calling (800) 675-3267. A block of rooms have been reserved under the “United States Auto Club” and the reservation ID for the group rate is A7USC01.

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS TOUR LAND OF LINCOLN FOR TRIPLEHEADER INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND

The state of Illinois will play host to a triple-header docket of events featuring the USAC Midget National Championship in Macon, Lincoln and Springfield on Independence Day weekend in 2017.

Beginning on Saturday, July 1, the tour heads off to Macon Speedway for the first time in a decade. The intense one-fifth-mile bullring's history with the USAC National Midgets dates to 1959 when local hero Don Branson took the checkered flag.

Lincoln Speedway is the following night's stop on Sunday, July 2, marking the first visit for the series at the racy quarter-mile since Bob Tattersall's victory in 1964.

The tour concludes on Monday, July 3 with the Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals." The visit marks the series debut at the one-sixth-mile Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena located outdoors, adjacent to the famed Springfield Mile which annually hosts the USAC Silver Crown Series' "Bettenhausen 100" each August. The Springfield Mile was the venue for the series' most recent event in the capital city of Illinois in 1996 when Brian Gerster triumphed.

USAC National Midget pilots Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic and Dave Darland will be among many hunting for victory on the first occasion of three-straight Illinois races on the series schedule in 30 years!

"This will surely be one 'can't miss' event to kick off the summer," USAC Series Director Levi Jones exclaimed. "USAC has a great tradition with the state of Illinois dating back to the beginning in 1956 and it is an honor that the stars of the USAC National Midget series will be showcased on such a great weekend of events."

 

 

OPEN WHEEL EXTRAVAGANZA COMES TO Du QUOIN'S SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CENTER ON FEB. 18

The first ever indoor event in the history of USAC's IMRA and Midwest Thunder Midget series comes to the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The racing extravaganza at the Mini Magic Mile features a full-slate of racing with two separate events in one single day. The morning's racing program includes complete shows for the Winged Outlaw Karts, Pro Clone 350+ Go-Karts and Junior 2 Go-Karts. Morning practice for the three classes begins at 8:30am (CT) with the day's first of two programs scheduled to conclude around 2:30pm.

After an intermission and a rework of the track surface, the afternoon session begins with hot laps at 5:30pm and includes two classes from USAC's Speed2 Midget division: IMRA and the Midwest Thunder Midget Championship as well as 600cc Winged Micro Sprints.

Load-in day for all cars takes place one day prior to the race on Friday, Feb. 17 from 2-6pm. Purse structures as well as ticket prices, pit pass prices and pre-entry information will be announced in the coming days.

The Midwest Thunder Midgets and IMRA Midgets began their first seasons under USAC sanction in 2016 with Gage Etgen taking the MTM title and Jeff Mallonee capturing the IMRA crown.

The Feb. 18 program will be the sixth appearance of a USAC-sanctioned event at the one-sixth-mile dirt track located adjacent to the legendary one-mile dirt oval in which the USAC Silver Crown Championship competes at each year in the "Ted Horn 100."

A pair of Ford Focus Midget events in 2005 were USAC's first appearances at the SIC and, in recent years, the USAC National Midgets have competed in December's "Junior Knepper 55" and March's "Shamrock Classic." The 2017 "Shamrock," scheduled for Saturday, March 18, kicks off this year's USAC National Midget schedule.

The USAC-promoted event that will be conducted by Levi Jones, George Gass and Tom Via is the first of its kind at the SIC featuring five classes of cars on one racetrack in one day.

"It's an exciting opportunity to bring all these open wheel classes together under one roof and provide a showcase event to begin the 2017 USAC season in the Midwest," Jones said. For all inquiries regarding the event, contact Levi Jones at the USAC office at (317) 247-5151 or Aaron "George" Gass at 618-402-5020.

 

 

USAC WESTERN AWARDS BANQUET & BOWLING TOURNAMENT SET FOR LAS VEGAS

By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 28, 2016... On Saturday, January 28th, the United States Auto Club’s Western racing division will celebrate their 2016 season at the annual Awards Banquet. Hosted by the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, racers with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, Western States Midget, Western HPD Midget, and National Micro Sprint Series will be honored.

The festivities will begin the previous night at 8:00pm with the USAC Western Bowling Tournament. Voted “Best of Las Vegas Bowling Alley” by the Las Vegas Review Journal, the Bowling Center in the Orleans Hotel features 70 lanes, a full service pro shop, and more. Tickets are $20 per person and includes 3 games with shoe rental. Teams can be made in advance and should have six bowlers.

Starting at 12:00pm on Saturday, the Awards Banquet will honor 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-5 drivers in the four Western HPD Midget divisions and top-3 in the six National Micro Sprint groups will also be recognized. In addition, several honorees will be given special awards for their contribution and dedication to racing. Tickets are $69 per person.

Both events are open to all drivers, crews, family, and friends. The ticket order form for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf and must be received by January 19th.

Champion drivers being honored include “The Demon” Damion Gardner (CRA Sprint Car), Brody Roa (West Coast Sprint Car), R.J. Johnson (SouthWest Sprint Car), Ronnie Gardner (Western States Midget), Jesse Love IV (Western Overall HPD Midget & Western Dirt HPD Midget), Toni Breidinger (Western Pavement HPD Midget), and Blake Brannon (Western Restricted HPD Midget).

After a successful inaugural season, champions in the National Micro Sprint divisions are Jake Hagopian (Super 600), Josh Ames (Nonwing 600), Joey Ancona (Restricted 600), Shawn Freeland (270), Jordan Jermyn (125), and Caeden Steele (Junior Sprint). These drivers were also honored at the USAC “Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 9th.

Drivers that earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 are Max Adams (CRA Sprint Car), Ryan Timmons (West Coast Sprint Car), Landon Cling (SouthWest Sprint Car), and Courtney Crone (Western States Midget).

The Orleans Hotel & Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reservations can be made online at www.orleanscasino.com/groups or calling (800) 675-3267. A block of rooms have been reserved under the “United States Auto Club” and the reservation ID for the group rate is A7USC01.

 

 

GRANDVIEW AND LINCOLN TO OPEN UP JUNE'S EASTERN STORM

The Eastern Storm schedule for 2017 has been completed with the additions of Grandview Speedway and Lincoln Speedway to the five-race series for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in Pennsylvania during June.

The series now kicks off on Tuesday, June 13 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA, followed up one night later at Abbottstown, PA's Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, June 14.

Eastern Storm continues with the previously-announced dates on Thursday, June 15 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA before resuming Saturday, June 17 at Port Royal Speedway and concluding at York Haven, PA's Susquehanna Speedway on Sunday, June 18.

Grandview has been a staple of Eastern Storm since the series' inception in 2007 while Lincoln has held Eastern Storm features in 2010 and 2011, including double-features in 2016 won by Bryan Clauson and Landon Simon.

Levi Jones (2007-2010-2011) and Bryan Clauson (2012-2013-2016) hold the record for most Eastern Storm titles with three apiece. Clauson won the 2016 Eastern Storm on the strength of three feature victories in five races. Further champions include Cole Whitt (2008 & 2009), Brady Bacon (2014) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Jones and Clauson also hold the record for most Eastern Storm wins with six each. Both have a pair of victories at Grandview while Jones scored twice at Lincoln and Clauson once.

Other drivers who've earned Eastern Storm triumphs at Grandview include Jesse Hockett, Bobby East, Daron Clayton and Chase Stockon.

Eastern Storm has also proven to be a harbinger of success throughout the years with seven of its ten champions going on to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title in the same season as their Eastern Storm championship.

2017 EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE: Tues., Jun 13: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA) Wed., Jun 14: Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA) Thurs., Jun 15: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA) Sat., Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA) Sun., Jun 18: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)

 

 

LINDA'S SPEEDWAY COMPLETES 2017 PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE

The final TBA date for the 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Midget Week has been revealed.

Linda's Speedway, the quarter-mile dirt oval in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, will host the PA Midget Week finale on Thursday, August 17. The event will be the finale of the four-race USAC National Midget tour of the Keystone State alongside the USAC/ARDC Midgets.

The third annual Pennsylvania Midget Week gets underway Sunday, Aug. 13 at York Haven's Susquehanna Speedway, followed by Spring Run's Path Valley Speedway Park on Monday, Aug. 14 and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown on Tuesday, Aug. 15. A one-day rest or possible rain date is slotted for Wednesday, Aug. 16 before the series resumes Thursday, Aug. 17 for the date at Linda's.

The event is the first ever visit to Linda's by the USAC Midget National Championship, joining the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena in Springfield as one of two first-time venues for the series in 2017.

Brett Arndt, Trevor Kobylarz and Alex Bright won ARDC Midget features at Linda's during the 2016 season.

In the three features completed in the history of the Pennsylvania Midget, which began in 2015, Rico Abreu has two victories while 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson completed an amazing run from the tail to win on the final corner of the last lap at Lanco last August.

USAC's 2017 National Midget schedule gets underway Saturday, Mar. 18 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. ARDC's season-opener will be held at Linda's on Friday, Mar. 31, one of five dates for the series at the track throughout the coming season.

 

 

USAC AND NOW 600 PARTNER TO FORM NEW NATIONAL MICRO SPRINT SERIES

Going into the fifth season of competition for the Oklahoma based Driven Midwest National Open Wheel 600 Series presented by MyRacePass will see something new in 2017.

Officials with the NOW600 Series and USAC have partnered together to form the Driven Midwest USAC NOW600 Micro Series.

The partnership will allow 600cc micro sprint drivers in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas a chance to run for a NOW600 National Tour championship along with a chance to run for a USAC Micro Sprint National Championship.

"I believe this partnership will help take the series to the next level." Commented NOW600 Series Promoter, Terry Mattox. "We have had some great success with the series the past four years and see nothing but growth in the future with the USAC sanction behind us."

Drivers running for points with the USAC NOW600 National Tour will be required to purchase a USAC Membership license for $150, which includes the same insurance policy as the USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Car, and Midget drivers receive.

The USAC National Champions will be recognized at the USAC banquet during PRI week in Indianapolis next December.

Fourteen dates currently line up the 2017 season for the Driven Midwest USAC NOW600 National Micros with more dates still in the works. Those dates can be found on http://www.now600series.com/.

Action for the Driven Midwest USAC NOW600 National Micro Series will kick off in the Lone Star State on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18, 2017 at Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas. For more information you can log onto http://www.now600series.com/ and http://www.usacracing.com/.

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USAC PARTNERS WITH ARDC FOR 19-RACE
EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET SLATE IN 2017

The United States Auto Club and the American Racing Drivers Club have announced a partnership that begins in 2017 with a 19-race slate scheduled at a bevy of traditional stops for midget racing in the east.

The USAC Eastern Regional Midget Series presented by ARDC will ensure that midget racing remains a stronghold in the east. The clubs are two of the most storied in the history of midget auto racing with ARDC's roots dating back to 1940 and USAC's to 1956.

The USAC Midgets' renewed presence in the east over the last couple of seasons has created new opportunities for the famed series to add on to its long-standing Western States Midget Championship with the Midwest Midget Championship, which debuted last year, and its new partnership with ARDC in the east.

"I am thrilled that we are partnering with an organization with the legacy of ARDC," USAC National Series Director Levi Jones said. "By partnering with ARDC, it solidifies the presence of USAC Midget racing across the United States' landscape from the West Coast to the Midwest to the East Coast, in addition to the USAC Midget National Championship. I am really looking forward to working with (ARDC President) Wayne Lesher, the drivers and teams of ARDC for the 2017 season and beyond."

"Everyone involved with the ARDC is very excited of our partnership with USAC," Lesher stated. "USAC gives the ARDC a national platform and ARDC gives USAC a regional presence on the east coast. Both organizations have a common goal of promoting midget racing, so it wasn't a hard decision for either side to make."

ARDC's 75th year of competition is highlighted by high-profile events including six that share the stage with USAC's national series. In fact, the series will share the event card with all three of the national divisions in 2017.

On June 15 and 16, the USAC/ARDC Midgets will race on back-to-back nights at the historic Williams Grove Speedway half-mile in Mechanicsburg, PA. The first of the two events, which are both part of the 11th annual Eastern Storm, takes place on Thursday, June 15 with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. The following night, Friday, June 16, the midgets compete on a docket that also features the USAC Silver Crown Championship's "Horn-Schindler Memorial" 100-lapper.

Amid the month of August, the third edition of Pennsylvania Midget Week comes to the Keystone State for four races at four different tracks in a span of five nights in a battle for territorial supremacy with the USAC Midget National Championship.

York Haven's Susquehanna Speedway kicks the week off on Sunday, Aug. 13 with races at Spring Run's Path Valley Speedway Park (Aug. 14) and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown on the two following nights. A one-day break for rest or a possible rain date (if needed) is slated for Aug. 16 with the week concluding at a yet-to-be-determined venue in Pennsylvania on Aug. 17.

The remainder of the 2017 schedule will be showcased at a variety of familiar stops, including four dates at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, PA on Mar. 31, May 5, June 30 and Sept. 29; three races on tap at Lanco on Apr. 1, Jul. 1, Aug. 15; four at Susquehanna on Apr. 29, May 20, Jul. 29 and Aug. 13; and a pair at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, PA on May 19 and Jul. 21. Additionally, two TBA dates are slated for Sep. 8-9.

ARDC is the longest, continuously-operating midget racing series in the United States, crowning its first champion, Bill Schindler, after the 1940 season. In 2016, Alex Bright of Collegeville, PA, a veteran of both ARDC and USAC for several seasons as well as the winner of a Chili Bowl Midget Nationals preliminary feature win, earned the title.

The lineage of ARDC champions includes some of the most legendary and successful names in midget auto racing history including Henry Banks, Dutch Schaefer, Mike Nazaruk, Jiggs Peters, Len Duncan and Ray Bull. Plus, Nick Fornoro Jr. and Sr., Johnny and Joey Coy, Bob and Lou Cicconi, Jr., Steve and Tim Buckwalter as well as Bryan and Trevor Kobylarz.

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USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC 2017 SCHEDULE
Mar 31: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
Apr 1: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Apr 29: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
May 5: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
May 19: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
May 20: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Jun 15: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jul 16: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 30: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown PA)
Jul 1: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Jul 21: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
Jul 29: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Aug 13: (N) Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Aug 14: (N) Path Valley Speedway (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 15: (N) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Aug 17: (N) TBA
Sep 8: TBA
Sep 9: TBA
Sep 29: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
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(N) represents a race with the USAC Midget National Championship during Pennsylvania Midget Week

 

 

USAC UNVEILS LIGHTNING SPRINT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINNING IN 2017 SEASON

USAC, the largest and most diversified professional sanctioning body in the country, announced a new National Championship Series beginning in 2017. The Speedway Motors Lightning Sprint National Championship will be added to a historic lineup of prestigious titles for 2017.

"With the many clubs across the country to be unified in rules and procedures, it's a pleasure to create a program that enables many to pursue a championship with USAC," USAC National Series Director Levi Jones said.

Lightning Sprints are an open wheel car with a motorcycle based power plant and wings. A winged division will be unique within USAC as a majority of the existing classes are wingless. These cars are capable of producing 200 horsepower and utilize much of the same construction and components that USAC Midgets do. Drivers will compete on many of the same sized tracks across the country as well.

The organization and management of the division is also unique. Satellite Lightning Sprint groups exist across the United States and Canada. These groups are managed by individual club leaders or boards. The groups will continue to operate as before with the option of hosting a set number of USAC-sanctioned events. These events will be noted on their 2017 schedule and will count toward the National Championship points structure. A 10-race minimum will be scheduled with a best of 12 race points tabulation. The points system is weighted by the number of cars competing and allows an individual to win a national title from their home track. The top-10 positions in National Championship points will be paid cash and contingency awards at season's end. The inaugural champion will receive national accolades in addition to a $3,000 reward.

The uniformity in rules has attracted many sponsors to this new series. Hoosier Tire is one of the many who have already pledged support through a multiyear relationship. Cars will be required to use Hoosier tires on all four corners during USAC-sanctioned Lightning Sprint events. Speedway Motors - America's oldest speed shop - is the title sponsor with a myriad of others eager to launch this series. Sponsoring companies include AFCO, CSI, PRO Shocks, My Race Pass, Saldana Race Products, Aeromotive, Weld, Rod End Supply, Hoosier Speed, and Emi.

Registration for this series will begin Jan. 1, 2017, online. All drivers competing for national points must hold a valid USAC license for this series and must adhere to general guidelines set forth in the registration process. Eligible drivers must be 14 years of age on the day of the sanctioned event. Scheduled tracks must carry a minimum level of liability insurance, which group leaders will verify.

USAC is the most diversified racing organization in the country. With youth engagement and a broadened reach across multiple racing platforms, USAC is excited to highlight Lightning Sprint racing in 2017 and to carry on its more than 60 years of sanctioned events.

Joining the likes of National Sprint cars, Sliver Crown, and Midgets, Lightning Sprint competitors will share the stage with the country's elite open wheel racers during USAC's Night of Champions in December 2017.

"With a national sanction, a uniform series rule book, corporate sponsorship, and the support of many organized groups, the Lightning Sprint division begins a new era in racing history," said Mike Long, Director of Operations at EMi and an aid to the series. Lightning Sprint racing offers the pure excitement and challenge at an affordable cost. The effort of many over the last year has built a foundation for these cars to compete on a national level."

 

 

COURTNEY CLOSES 2016 USAC SEASON WITH INDOOR DOMINATION AT THE JUNIOR KNEPPER 55

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Six years ago, Tyler Courtney was a newcomer to the midget racing scene when he made his debut at the first full midget race ever held at the Southern Illinois Center.

Saturday, on the very same ground, Courtney became a winner at the place where it all began, on the one-sixth-mile dirt bullring indoors at the "Junior Knepper 55" as the Indianapolis, Indiana native raced to victory in the second annual USAC Midget Special Event honoring the late, successful USAC car owner.

Courtney led the opening lap before giving way to Justin Allgaier, then clawed his way back to the front on the eighth lap to reclaim a lead that he wouldn't relinquish to take his first career Midget win under the USAC banner.

The 22-year-old Courtney became the third consecutive driver to pilot a Tim Clauson/Tyler Ransbottom-wrenched car to victory lane at the Southern Illinois Center following fellow teammates Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s "Knepper" triumph one year ago and Shane Golobic's "Shamrock Classic" win this past Spring.

It was an emotional win for Courtney as his racing career has now gone full-circle just as his career is beginning to blossom. And, on this night, running the letters BC behind the No. 7 on his tail tank in honor of 2011 Southern Illinois Center Midget victor Bryan Clauson.

"This is where I ran my first real midget race and it was for Bryan and Tim (Clauson) and their whole family," Courtney recalled. "To come back here and get a win with this new team with all these guys, it's pretty special. They've been a part of my career since it's really gotten going and I can't thank them enough for the opportunity."

"Tim definitely knows how to make a racecar go," Courtney continued. "And he's got two of the best guys to work on them in the shop. They've all done a heck of a job over the last month and a half getting these cars ready to go. To put two cars on the podium tonight is a statement. It's a pretty good start to something that's going to be special."

The weather outside was frightful as roads leading to the Southern Illinois Center Saturday night were wrought with slippery surfaces due to the harsh winter conditions. Courtney's road to victory at the "Junior Knepper 55," on the other hand, was paved with pay dirt.

Courtney spurted out to the lead on the opening lap, yet the run up front was short-lived as he pushed up at the exit of turn four on the second lap, allowing Allgaier to slip by on the bottom.

Allgaier, the 2008 ARCA champ, took control in the early stages of the 55-lapper, but he too drifted high, this time at the entrance of the first turn, as Courtney surged ahead on the bottom to retake the point on lap eight.

From there on, Courtney was in total control as he extended his lead to a full-straightaway on a lengthy 28-lap green flag run through the middle stages that saw him work lapped traffic to his advantage as he pointed his car high, low, everywhere it could go, to cast all doubts aside as to who was the class of the field on this night.

Chase Briscoe, the 2016 ARCA champ, posed a threat as he worked his way from sixth into a challenge for second until a broken right front shock sidelined the Mitchell, Indiana driver with 17 laps remaining.

Meanwhile, Golobic, the most recent USAC Midget winner at the Southern Illinois Center, dashed his way up to second in the late stages, but was separated by a slew of lapped cars between he and leader Courtney that threw a wrench in his quest to mount a serious challenge for the win.

On a restart with six to go, Courtney once again shot away to a hefty advantage to put this one to rest as he sped away to take a 2.649-second victory over Golobic, Chris Andrews, Allgaier and Chad Wheeler.

It was Courtney's second USAC-sanctioned feature victory of the year in his first voyage in the Clauson-Marshall Racing/TOPP Industries - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11. In July's "Indiana Sprint Week" round at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Courtney made a historic comeback from the tail position (24th) to win after an opening lap spin. Even though lapped traffic on the tight confines of the SIC can wreak havoc for some, that wasn't the case for Courtney as he made it look just a tad easier on Saturday night.

"I kind of liked getting into lapped traffic, especially there toward the middle of the race," Courtney acknowledged. "I knew I had quite a bit of a cushion between me and the second-place car. I wouldn't have minded if it stayed green there, but it was also nice to get a break there and kind of reset and adjust on the car a little bit. This one's going to mean a lot for a long time."

Fremont, California's Golobic made a valiant charge toward the front at the end, but a repeat victory wasn't in the cards on Saturday night as he earned a solid second-place finish behind his teammate in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Elk Grove Ford - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"Tyler (Courtney) was on an island all by himself out there up front," Golobic admits. "I would've loved to have had a late race restart to see if we might've had anything for him. We got pretty good there at the end and the car came alive on the bottom. I'm happy for this team. To come here with a bunch of brand new racecars and leave with a one-two finish isn't too bad."

Tulsa, Oklahoma native Chris Andrews, who's garnered extensive accolades for his Micro Sprint prowess over the years, took an impressive third-place finish in his Jimmy Miller-owned, R & B Powder Coating - Bell Helmets/Boss/Esslinger

"If you would've told me going into tonight that we were going to have a night like we did, I would've said there's no way possible," Andrews exclaimed. "Jim and Jimmy Miller put me in the car two weeks ago. I sat in the car last night for the first time. To do what we did was amazing and it's one of those nights we'll always cherish and remember."

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USAC MIDGET "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: December 17, 2016 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Junior Knepper 55"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson/Marshall), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin) 4. Cory Kruseman (#21k Kruseman), 5. Riley Kreisel (#93k DKR), 6. Ryan Bernal (#87 Saldana), 7. Chris Urish (#77u Casson), 8. Tyler Robbins (#35T Robbins). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 2. Justin Allgaier (#7A Allgaier), 3. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 5. Wesley Smith (#44 WSR), 6. Broc Hunnell (#73 HFR), 7. Cody Beard (#7B Beard), 8. Matt Veatch (#56v Fifty6x Racing). 1:51.20

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 2. Johnathon Henry (#16k Kruseman),3. Bricen James (#45x Herrera), 4. Joey Saldana, (#17 Saldana), 5. Ryan Fleming (#11L Taylor), 6. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 7. Chad Wheeler (#88w Team Eights), 8. Ryan Jamison (#51J Jamison). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyliax), 2. Chase Briscoe (#5 Briscoe), 3. Jason Johnson (#41 Clauson/Marshall), 4. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett), 5. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 6. Alex Schriever (#25 Peterson), 7. David Hair (#29 Hair), 8. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x Racing), 2. Dylan Peterson (#25p Peterson), 3. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 4. Tyler Van Toll (#30T Van Toll), 5. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 7. Aaron Leffel (#11T Taylor), 7. Travis Pence (#01 Pence), 8. Jesse Colwell (#2 Zero). 1:52.91

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tony Bruce Jr., (#18 Team Eights), 2. Matt Westfall (#14w Bordner), 3. Danny Meyer (#86J Bergfeld), 4. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 5. Kyle O'Gara (#68 SFH), 6. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 7. Chris Baue (#35 Baue). NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Meseraull, 3. Briscoe, 4. Westfall, 5. Van Toll, 6. Chisholm, 7. O'Gara, 8. Fleming, 9. Veatch, 10. Nelson, 11. Schriever, 12. Beard. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Kreisel, 3. Golobic, 4. James, 5. Wheeler, 6. Saldana, 7. Peterson, 8. Hunnell, 9. Roney, 10. Urish, 11. Kral. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Allgaier, 2. Andrews, 3. Bruce, 4. Drake, 5. Smith, 6. Schuett. 7. Meyer, 8. Stenhouse. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Babb, 2. Kruseman, 3. Adler, 4. Siner, 5. Baue, 6. Peck, 7. C.Cottle, 8. Henry, 9. Robinson, 10. Jamison, 11. Leffel. NT

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Wheeler, 2. James, 3. Drake, 4. Adler, 5. Henry, 6. Fleming, 7. Schriever, 8. Urish, 9. Robinson, 10. Leffel, 11. Meyer, 12. Schuett, 13. Stenhouse, 14. Roney, 15. Veatch. NT

B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Kreisel, 2. Smith, 3. Peck, 4. Chisholm, 5. Saldana, 6. Jamison, 7. Nelson, 8. Peterson, 9. O'Gara, 10. Hunnell, 11. Baue, 12. C.Cottle, 13. Van Toll. NT

FEATURE: (55 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Chris Andrews, 4. Justin Allgaier, 5. Chad Wheeler, 6. Tony Bruce Jr., 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Joey Saldana, 10. Cory Kruseman, 11. Terry Babb, 12. Tim Siner, 13. Justin Peck, 14. Nick Drake, 15. Riley Kreisel, 16. Bricen James, 17. Chase Briscoe, 18. Mark Chisholm, 19. Wesley Smith, 20. Daniel Adler, 21. Jason Johnson. NT
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**Beard flipped during the first qualifier. Stenhouse flipped during the first B Main.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Courtney, Laps 2-7 Allgaier, Laps 8-55 Courtney.

 

 

2017 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PREVIEW & SCHEDULE
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 15, 2016... Heading to their 36th season, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets are poised for fourteen races at eight racetracks. Starting March 11th at Bakersfield, the “mighty midgets” will close out the schedule with Ventura’s “77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 23rd.

The USAC Western States Midgets will make three appearances at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, "The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" will host the March 11th, September 30th, and November 18th events. Last year, Ronnie Gardner claimed two Bakersfield features on his way to the championship and Michael Faccinto took the checkered flags in June. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more information, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

Located at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville Speedway has one date on the calendar. Promoted by Scott Russell and Kami Arnold, the 1/4-mile oval is hosting the Wednesday, March 29th, event that also features the World of Outlaw Sprints. Last March, Ronnie Gardner opened the season at Placerville with his first of six wins during the campaign. Placerville Speedway is located at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, California and for more details, visit www.placervillespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway will host the “mighty midgets” on April 8th. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will also showcase the USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars on that night. Last October, Ronnie Gardner earned his fifth victory at the Tulare County Fairgrounds after restarting at the back. 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 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway has four events on the schedule. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will host the May 13th, September 16th, October 28th, and November 23rd events. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Midgets, the “77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Last year, Ronnie Gardner, Robby Josett, and Kyle Larson won at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

Petaluma Speedway will host the BCRA co-sanctioned “Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event” on July 15th. Promoted by Rick Faeth, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has become a popular stop on the schedule. Last July, Alex Schutte earned his first win of the campaign at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

On August 19th, the USAC Western States Midgets will travel to Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, “The West’s Best Short Track” first hosted the series in 1985. Last September, Cody Swanson charged to the 30-lap triumph at the 1/3-mile clay oval. 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 805.922.2232.

The scenic Calistoga Speedway will showcase two nights of action, starting on September 2nd. Promoted by Tommy Hunt and HMC Promotions, "10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic" will also feature the USAC/CRA 410 Sprints, vintage cars, an autograph session, wine tasting, and more. Last season, Tanner Thorson and Michael Faccinto earned $10,000 victories at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

On Thursday, September 7th, the “mighty midgets” will return to Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Promoted by Dennis Gage, the BCRA co-sanctioned event is held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions" and will also showcase the USAC/CRA 410 Sprints. Last September, Alex Schutte claimed his second win of the year at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more details, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 28th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf and orders must be received by January 19th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada and for more information, visit www.orleanscasino.com or call 800.675.3267 for room reservations.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 29: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 15: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 19: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 7: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE HAS 18 DATES AT 7 TRACKS
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 15, 2016... Heading to their ninth season, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are set for eighteen nights of action at seven racetracks. Opening with the two-day “Outlaw Showdown” at Las Vegas on March 9th, the traditional 360s will close out the schedule with Ventura’s two-day (non-points) “Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 23rd.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season openers on March 9th and 10th. Co-sanctioned with the USAC SouthWest Sprints, the “Outlaw Showdown” is held during NASCAR weekend and also features the World of Outlaw Sprints. Last March, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson earned his second $2,500 jackpot at the 1/2-mile oval in front of a packed grandstand. 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 (702) 644-4444.

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway will host four dates on the schedule. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will showcase the USAC 360s and World of Outlaw Sprints on March 17th and 18th. The popular “Peter Murphy Classic” will be held on April 22nd and the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is scheduled for May 20th. Last season, D.J. Johnson led all drivers with two victories at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Other wins were claimed by Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal, and Troy Rutherford. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more details, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprints will make three appearances at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the 3/8-mile oval will host the March 25th, April 29th, and June 17th dates. Last year, Richard Vander Weerd scored two Hanford wins and Brody Roa claimed the June checkered flags on his way to the championship. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.racekingspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway has four events on the calendar. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will host the June 3rd and July 8th races along with the non-point “77th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 22nd and 23rd. The November finale will also showcase the USAC National and Western States Midgets. Last season, Tristan Guardino and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed victory at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The traditional 360 Sprints will clash at Santa Maria Raceway for three nights on the schedule. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, “The West’s Best Short Track” hosts the June 10th “Ron Otto Memorial,” the August 12th “Bud Stanfield Memorial,” and the “Championship Night” on October 7th. Last year, Brody Roa and Jace Vander Weerd scored wins at Central Coast 1/3-mile clay oval. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

On Friday, July 28th, the traditional 360s will make their only appearance at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway. Promoted by John Prentice, the 1/4-mile oval at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is a fan favorite. Last August, Jace Vander Weerd stormed to his second win of the campaign. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com or call 831.662.9466 (WINN).

The following night, Saturday, July 29th, the USAC West Coast Sprints will make their first visit to Petaluma Speedway. .Promoted by Rick Faeth, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has become a popular stop for the USAC/CRA 410 Sprints during “California Sprint Week.” Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, January 28th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf and orders must be received by January 19th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada and for more information, visit www.orleanscasino.com or call 800.675.3267 for room reservations.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. 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 and Twitter 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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
January 27: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (Bowling Tournament / 8pm)
January 28: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (USAC Western Awards Banquet / 12pm)
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown)
March 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR PREVIEW & SCHEDULE
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 15, 2016... Entering their fourteenth season, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will showcase twenty-four events at eleven racetracks in 2017. Starting with the "Sokola Shootout" and closing with the "Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” at Perris, this promises to be another competitive year for the traditional 410s. A highlight of the schedule is the popular “4th Annual California Sprint Week” that features six shows in eight nights at five speedways.

Perris Auto Speedway will host eleven races on the 2017 calendar. Promoted by Don Kazarian, “America’s Premier Dirt Track” continues to feature special events like the “Sokola Shootout” on March 4th and the “So Cal Showdown” with the World of Outlaws on April 1st. The “Salute to Indy” on May 27th, the August 26th “California Racers Hall of Fame Night," and the "Glenn Howard Classic" on September 23rd also highlight the schedule. Starting November 9th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprints will clash for three nights at the prestigious “22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction.” Last season, “The Demon” Damion Gardner led all drivers with three “home track” wins, including the $25,000 Oval Nationals on his way to his fifth series crown. Bryan Clauson, Josh Hodges, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Matt Mitchell, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, and "The People’s Champion” Dave Darland also won at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Perris Auto Speedway is located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California and for more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare returns to the USAC/CRA schedule on April 8th. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets. The Tulare County Fairgrounds last hosted the traditional 410s on May 18, 2013 and Mike Spencer took the checkered flags. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more details, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Bakersfield Speedway also returns to the Amsoil USAC/CRA calendar on April 15th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval” last featured the non-winged 410s on March 12, 2005 and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman scored the win. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more information, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

On May 6th, the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will make their only appearance of the year at Ventura Raceway. Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” is also home to the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Last season, Troy Rutherford become the second driver in series history to claim a victory with an iron-block 360 engine. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

Santa Maria Raceway will host two shows on the schedule. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the July 1st “Doug Fort Memorial” and the August 5th race at “The West’s Best Short Track” are fan favorites. Last July, Ryan Bernal returned from an eight month layoff from racing and took the victory at the 1/3-mile oval. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The scenic Calistoga Speedway will open “California Sprint Week” on September 2nd with two nights of action. Promoted by Tommy Hunt and HMC Promotions, "10th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic" will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, vintage cars, an autograph session, auctions, wine tasting, and more. Last season, Ryan Bernal and Thomas Meseraull earned hard fought victories at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

On Monday, September 4th, Petaluma Speedway will host the third round of “California Sprint Week.” Promoted by Rick Faeth, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has become a popular stop on the schedule. Last season, “The Demon” Damion Gardner earned his second win of the campaign at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

On Thursday, September 7th, the powerful 410s will return to Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Promoted by Dennis Gage, the fourth round of “California Sprint Week” is held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions" and also features the USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets. Last September, “The Demon” Damion Gardner” scored his third win of the season at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will showcase the fifth round of “California Sprint Week” on Friday, September 8th. Promoted by John Prentice, the 1/4-mile oval at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is a fan favorite. Last year, Thomas Meseraull earned a dramatic last corner victory over Damion Gardner to claim his second Sprint Week win. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com or call 831.662.9466 (WINN).

The USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will invade the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford on September 9th. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the 3/8-mile Central Valley oval will host the sixth and final round of “California Sprint Week.” Last September, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon won the race and Damion Gardner claimed his second mini-series crown. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.racekingspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona will host two nights of action starting on November 3rd. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “50th Annual Western World Championships” will also feature the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Cars. Last year, Chris Windom of Illinois won both nights at the fast 1/3-mile oval. Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona and for more details, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, January 28th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf and orders must be received by January 19th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada and for more information, visit www.orleanscasino.com or call 800.675.3267 for room reservations.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. 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 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 and Twitter 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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
January 27: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (Bowling Tournament / 8pm)
January 28: Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV (USAC Western Awards Banquet / 12pm)
March 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 1: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 15: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
May 6: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

18 STATES REPRESENTED IN SATURDAY'S "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" AT Du QUOIN'S MINI MAGIC MILE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Saturday's "Junior Knepper 55" not only represents one of the final events scheduled on the 2016 calendar, it also represents an opportunity for drivers from diverse racing backgrounds to converge on one facility - Du Quoin's Southern Illinois Center - to test their abilities against each other on the one-sixth-mile indoor venue.

With much of the nation's racing schedules clear this weekend, drivers from coast-to-coast will suit up and strap in for a one-off, no-holds-barred challenge in which drivers need not worry about "points-racing." It all comes down to just one night and one race track separating one driver, one steering wheel and one heavy right foot from hoisting the "Knepper 55" trophy.

The home state of Illinois leads the way with 21 of the 74 pre-entered drivers, including last year's "Knepper 55" top-ten finishers Tim Siner (Dupo) and Daniel Robinson (Ewing).

Indiana brings 13 competitors to Du Quoin with World of Outlaws star Joey Saldana (Brownsburg), 2016 ARCA champ Chase Briscoe (Mitchell) and 2016 "Indiana Sprint Week" feature winners Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis) and Brent Beauchamp (Avon).

Nine come from nearby Missouri in which Herculaneum's Tony Roney hails from. He finished fifth in Du Quoin's spring race.

Five standouts are making the trip out from the left coast state of California. Spring Du Quoin winner Shane Golobic leads a group of Golden State quintuplets that brings two-time Chili Bowl winner Cory Kruseman, four-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner Thomas Meseraull and multiple-time USAC champion Ryan Bernal.

Other states represented by multiple entries include Ohio (5), Iowa, Oklahoma and South Dakota (3) and Texas (2).

Nine states have a lone representative: Kansas (2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Tony Bruce, Jr.), Louisiana (2016 Knoxville Nationals winner Jason Johnson), Mississippi (NASCAR regular and defending race winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.), New York (two-time ALMS Sports Car champion Chris Dyson), North Carolina (NASCAR K & N Pro Series West winner Nick Drake), North Dakota (8-time World of Outlaws champ and 9-time Knoxville Nationals winner Donny Schatz), Oregon (Bricen James), Wisconsin (David Budres) and Wyoming (Mark Chisholm).

Coming into Saturday's event, 25 states and three countries had been represented in the 2016 USAC Midget National Championship. Among the 18 different states entered include five that are making their debut on this year's series entry list: Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota and Oregon.

Indiana leads all states with 30 different drivers taking indoor USAC Midget victories including the very first race in the history of the series on Jan. 8, 1956, won by Roanoke's Gene Hartley, at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Coliseum.

Illinois follows up in second with 15 victories, but none since Rich Corson's win at Fort Wayne in 2005. Among the other states on USAC's indoor win list are California (13), Ohio (7), Michigan and Missouri (4), Wisconsin (3), Iowa (2) and Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas (1).

Saturday marks just the eighth indoor race on dirt in USAC's history and just the fourth full-midget race. Sleepy Tripp won at Nevada's Reno Livestock Events Center in 1988 and 1990 while Stenhouse and Golobic have taken the last two at the Southern Illinois Center in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Kelly Drake won a TQ Midget feature in Reno in 1988 while Robbie Ray and Brad Loyet won Ford Focus Midget features at the Southern Illinois Center on consecutive nights in 2005.

Tickets are now on sale for the Saturday, December 17 "Junior Knepper 55." Discounted advance general admission tickets can be purchased at http://www.usactickets.com/. No reserved seating will be available for the event; only general admission. Adult tickets are $20. Kids age 6-12 are $10. Children age 5 and under get in for FREE! Pit passes are $35.

Gates open at 1pm with hot laps scheduled for 4pm and racing set for 5pm.

If you are unable to make it to the event in person, http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ will be streaming the race LIVE!

 

 

GOLOBIC FINDS PATIENCE AND AGGRESSION AS KEYS TO INDOOR SUCCESS AT SATURDAY'S "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When Shane Golobic first laid eyes on the Southern Illinois Center's temporary dirt surface this past Spring, the size of the track immediately struck him.

The one-sixth-mile indoor oval located at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, site of this Saturday's "Junior Knepper 55," is on the smallish side of the spectrum compared to other circuits on the 2016 USAC Midget calendar. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in excitement.

Indoor racing, especially on a bullring of this size, can be a rough-and-tumble affair with wheel-banging and close-quarters racing a given. Like walking a tightrope, there's a fine line between reaching the desired destination successfully and finding yourself in the middle of calamity. It's a non-stop flirtation with disaster, one in which only your right foot and what's between your ears can help you escape.

Golobic, the 25-year-old Fremont, California native, found the sweet spot of the razor's edge, switching his line from the bottom to the top with 17 laps remaining on his way to capturing his first career USAC National Midget victory in March's "Shamrock Classic."

Golobic, who earned a degree in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University, became a student once again throughout the 50-lap event, surveying the land that lie in front of him and processing the next decision he had to make to put himself in a position to win. With lapped traffic usually playing a significant role on the tight confines, any driver who's won an indoor race will tell you that keeping your nose clean and making it to the end lends itself to increasing the chances of standing in victory lane at night's end.

"Indoor racing seems to be all about decision making," Golobic gathers. "You can be the fastest car on the track, but if you make a bad decision and end up in someone else's mess, your chances of winning are gone. I just try to limit mistakes, be patient and put myself in position to make a move at the end. I think it takes a balance of patience and aggressiveness to win in that building and I think that is what helped me win in the spring."

Golobic's versatility knows no bounds from big tracks to small. His racing resume includes a trio of USAC Western States Midget wins on both pavement and dirt as well as a World of Outlaws victory at California's Antioch Speedway in 2013. It's no wonder Golobic is adept at the challenges brought about by changing track conditions and the competition around him that allows him to adapt to whatever situation may arise.

This Saturday, though, Golobic is part of a dream team that features stars from a myriad of disciplines. With a superteam of eight-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz, defending race winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2016 "Knoxville Nationals" victor Jason Johnson and Gas City I-69 Speedway "Indiana Sprint Week" winner Tyler Courtney by his side, Golobic certainly has quite a group of teammates to feed off of. Plus, there's the pair of veteran racing superstars making their midget racing debuts who will no doubt look up to Golobic as one of the leaders of the group at Du Quoin.

"I'm excited to be part of such a strong team," Golobic said. "I can't thank Matt Wood enough for allowing me to drive the Elk Grove Ford No. 17w again and I'm looking forward to working with Tim Clauson and Clauson/Marshall Racing as well. We have a ton of talent on this team and I'm looking forward to working with Donny, Ricky, Jason and Tyler over the next month or so. I'm sure we'll all feed off each other and make each other better."

With the Chili Bowl just a month away, Saturday's "Junior Knepper 55" acts as a sort of warmup for January's "Chili Bowl Midget Nationals" in Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, now in just its second year, the "Knepper" has grown by leaps and bounds to establish its presence as one of the premier short track events on the calendar. Featuring a pre-entry list of 75 of the top cars and drivers in midget racing, Golobic is pumped at the prospects of repeating his Du Quoin victory against such a stacked field.

"The car count is awesome," Golobic exclaimed. "There will be a ton of strong teams at this race and I'm sure it will have a bit of a Chili Bowl feel. I like our chances to have another strong run. As long as we have good speed, make good decisions and be selectively aggressive, we should end up with a shot."

Tickets are now on sale for the Saturday, December 17 "Junior Knepper 55." Discounted advance general admission tickets can be purchased at http://www.usactickets.com/. No reserved seating will be available for the event; only general admission. Adult tickets are $20. Kids age 6-12 are $10. Children age 5 and under get in for FREE! Pit passes are $35.

Gates open at 1pm with hot laps scheduled for 4pm and racing set for 5pm.

If you are unable to make it to the event in person, http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ will be streaming the race LIVE!

 

 

SATURDAY'S "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV!

This Saturday night inside the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, the racing will be spectacular with 73 USAC Midgets already pre-entered and superstar drivers from coast-to-coast strapping in for the final event on USAC's 2016 calendar.

And, now, you can take in all the excitement from the comfort of your own couch as the second-running of the event on the one-sixth-mile, indoor dirt bullring will be shown LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/!

The live broadcast on Speed Shift TV begins at 4:30pm central and, for just $24.95, you can enjoy flag-to-flag coverage from hot laps until the checkered flag of the night's 55-lap feature that honors Knepper, the long-time successful USAC car owner. Click "Order" on the top of the page and you can purchase your viewing pass now.

The Saturday, Dec. 17th race will feature a plethora of intense, wheel-to-wheel competition from many of the nation's top short track drivers including defending race winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Donny Schatz, Brady Bacon, Joey Saldana, Jason Johnson, Cory Kruseman, Tyler Courtney, Thomas Meseraull, Ryan Bernal, Brent Beauchamp, Tony Bruce, Jr., Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Thomas and many, many others.

As always, replays of each and every USAC National Midget, Sprint Car, Silver Crown, CRA Sprint Car, Western States Midget and West Coast Sprint Car race are available "on-demand" within one day of the event at http://www.loudpedal.tv/.

 

 

SATURDAY'S "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" IN Du QUOIN IS USAC INDOOR RACE #169

This Saturday's "Junior Knepper 55" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. will mark the 169th time that USAC Midget racing has occurred in an indoor arena.

Beginning with Gene Hartley's victory in the inaugural USAC race ever held on Jan. 8, 1956 in Fort Wayne, Ind., 29 different arenas have hosted USAC Indoor Midget racing.

USAC's winningest driver, Rich Vogler, leads the all-time indoor standings with 10 victories, while Sleepy Tripp, USAC's all-time leader in midget victories, has nine. Gary Bettenhausen won eight, while Mel Kenyon and Bob Wente won six and Chuck Weyant, Bob McLean and Tony Stewart each posted five.

Du Quoin is the sixth Illinois indoor venue to host a USAC Midget race, following the Chicago Amphitheater (1960-64 and 1990), Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield (1983-84 and 1986), Rosemont Horizon in Chicago (1986, 1988 and 1991), Metro Centre in Rockford (1987) and the Civic Center in Peoria (1987). Robbie Ray and Brad Loyet scored Ford Focus wins at the Du Quoin indoor arena in 2005, while Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the 2015 Midget race and this year's March winner was Shane Golobic.

Other states which have hosted indoor races are Indiana (Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum and Expo Center, Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Hoosier and RCA Dome), Michigan (Grand Rapids Stadium), Kentucky (Louisville's Freedom Hall), Ohio (Cincinnati Gardens, Dayton's Hara Arena and the State Fairgrounds Expo Center in Columbus), Texas (Houston Astrodome), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City Sports Arena), Utah (Salt Lake City Salt Palace), Virginia (Norfolk's Scope Arena), Washington (Seattle Kingdome), Tennessee (Nashville Auditorium), Wisconsin (Milwaukee's Mecca Arena), North Carolina (Charlotte Coliseum), Nevada (Reno's Livestock Events Center), California (San Francisco Cow Palace, Fresno's Selland Arena and Sacramento's old and new ARCO Arena). Canada's Toronto Skydome also hosted a 1993 event.

Illinois veteran Bob Tattersall (Streator) captured the first USAC indoor race in the Illini state at the Chicago Amphitheater in 1960. Only three drivers have been able to score a second USAC indoor win in Illinois - Bob Wente, Bob McLean and Kevin Olson.

Nearly 30% of Saturday's entries contain Illinois drivers. Twenty one of the 74 entries are piloted by Illini, while drivers from Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota, New York, Kansas, Mississippi, California, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Oregon, North Carolina, Wyoming and Oklahoma are also entered.

Tickets are now on sale for the "Junior Knepper 55." Discounted advance general admission tickets can be purchased at http://www.usactickets.com/. No reserved seating will be available for the event; only general admission. Adult tickets are $20. Kids age 6-12 are $10. Children age 5 and under get in for FREE! Pit passes are $35.

Gates open at 1pm with hot laps scheduled for 4pm and racing set for 5pm.

If you are unable to make it to the event in person, http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ will be streaming the race LIVE!

 

 

STENHOUSE, SCHATZ, JOHNSON & COURTNEY
ENTER "KNEPPER 55" AS FIELD GROWS TO 70-PLUS!

The Clauson-Marshall Racing juggernaut with drivers Donny Schatz, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Jason Johnson and Tyler Courtney has entered the Saturday, Dec. 17th "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event indoors at the Southern Illinois Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

The latest of the now 73 cars who've entered for the second annual event is highlighted by the team spearheaded by Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall.

Stenhouse, a regular on the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour, is the defending winner of the "Knepper 55." In last year's event, his late-race heroics pushed him to the victory with just four laps remaining. The Olive Branch, Mississippi native is no stranger to success in USAC racing with five career USAC National Midget wins to his credit in addition to last year's "Special Event" triumph. The 2007 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year has already made three series starts this season and will pilot the No. 17BC in honor of his friend and one-time roommate, Bryan Clauson.

Schatz, a Fargo, North Dakota native, is a nine-time Knoxville Nationals winner and an eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car champion. Schatz is set to make his midget racing debut on Saturday in Du Quoin aboard the Clauson/Marshall No. 15x. It will be his first appearance in a USAC-sanctioned event since an 11th place finish in a Silver Crown car at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in September of 2003.

Schatz was denied Knoxville victory number ten this past August by Louisiana's Jason Johnson. Johnson, whose sprint car is sponsored by team co-owner Marshall's Priority Aviation Services, has sights set on his USAC midget debut on the one-sixth-mile dirt bullring inside the building located adjacent to the "Magic Mile" in which the USAC Silver Crown cars compete each year.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney will take the wheel of the No. 7BC for CMR on Saturday night. Courtney, who recently announced his intentions to make his first run at a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title in 2017, has made a pair of midget starts with USAC in 2016, including a third-place run in the Indiana Midget series event at Boswell's Daugherty Speedway in September.

Entries continue to pour in from coast-to-coast including two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon from Oklahoma; versatile California racer and two-time Chili Bowl winner Cory Kruseman; plus, four-time USAC National Sprint Car winner Thomas Meseraull from California; Indiana Sprint Week feature winner Brent Beauchamp and "Ted Horn 100" Silver Crown winner Chris Urish out of Elkhart, Illinois.

Additional drivers shedding the wing to compete at the Southern Illinois Center on Saturday include World of Outlaws regular Joey Saldana from Indiana and 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Tony Bruce, Jr. from Kansas.

Drivers who've made their names known to a nationwide audience outside of the dirt discipline are entered, including ARCA champs Chase Briscoe (2016) and Justin Allgaier (2008) as well as two-time American Le Mans Series titlist Chris Dyson and K & N Pro Series West winner Nick Drake.

West coast star Ryan Bernal is entered in a team car to Saldana while midget racing standouts Kyle Schuett of Philo, Illnois - a winner indoors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis a year ago - and Tyler Thomas are set to hit the stage in their self-owned rides.

Tickets are now on sale for the "Junior Knepper 55." Discounted advance general admission tickets can be purchased at http://www.usactickets.com/. No reserved seating will be available for the event; only general admission. Adult tickets are $20. Kids age 6-12 are $10. Children age 5 and under get in for FREE! Pit passes are $35.

Gates open at 1pm with hot laps scheduled for 4pm and racing set for 5pm.

Teams and drivers may now file their entries for the event for free online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2016-knepper-car-entry, but you must use the coupon code "KNEPPER" at checkout. If you do not pre-enter for the event by December 11, 2016, entries are $30 at the track on race day.

If you are unable to make it to the event in person, http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ will be streaming the race LIVE!

73 USAC MIDGETS ENTERED AS OF DECEMBER 11, 2016
0 Johnny Murdock/Conroe, TX (Zero Motorsports)
0B Steve Finn/Collinsville, IL (Zero Motorsports)
1 Travis Pence/Stronghurst, IL (Travis Pence)
1T Tony Roney/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
2 TBA (Zero Motorsports)
3J Jake Griffin/Quincy, IL (Jim Neuman)
3N Jake Neuman/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
3w Alex Watson/Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
4 Kyle Jones/Kennedale, TX (Kyle Jones)
5 Chase Briscoe/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe)
5c Colten Cottle/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle)
6 Andy Baugh/Mason City, IL (Zero Motorsports)
7 Gage Walker/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7A Justin Allgaier/Riverton, IL (Motorsports Marketing)
7B Cody Beard/St. Anthony, IN (Cody Beard)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7JR J.D. Black/Grain Valley, MO (J.D. Black)
7K Justin Peck/Monrovia, IN (Kenny & Reva Irwin)
9 Steve Aplin/St. Louis, MO (Bill Allen)
9K Kyle Schuett/Philo, IL (Schuett Racing)
9p Parker Price-Miller/Kokomo, IN (PPM Racing)
11 Brent Beauchamp/Fairland, IN (B & B Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Ryan Fleming/Xenia, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
12 J.B. Gilbert/Charleston, IL (Gilbert/Horn Racing)
13 Brian Reick/Troy, MO (Zero Motorsports)
14I Isaac Schreurs/Sioux Falls, SD (Jody Rosenboom)
14R Jody Rosenboom/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
14w Matt Westfall/Ludlow Falls, OH (Steve Bordner)
15 Tim Siner/Dupo, IL (Siner/Cyliax Racing)
15F Cole Fehr/Coatesville, IN (Live Loud Racing)
15m Shane Morgan/Creve Coeur, IL (Shane Morgan)
15x Donny Schatz/Fargo, ND (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
16K Chris Dyson/Poughkeepsie, NY (Kruseman Motorsports)
17 Joey Saldana/Brownsburg, IN (Shannon Saldana)
17BC Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr./Liberal, KS (Wheeler Racing)
19p Levi Curry/Lincoln, IL (PPM Racing)
21K Cory Kruseman/Ventura, CA (Kruseman Motorsports)
25P Dylan Peterson/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s Alex Schriever/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
29 David Hair/Indianapolis, IN (Ed Hair)
30T Tyler VanToll/Belleville, IL (Tyler VanToll)
35 Chris Baue/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
35T Tyler Robbins/Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
41 Jason Johnson/Eunice, LA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
43T Josh Thomas Edinburg, IL (Josh Thomas)
44 Wesley Smith/Nixa, MO (WSR)
45x Bricen James/Albany, OR (Johnny Herrera Racing)
50 Daniel Adler/St. Louis, MO (Daniel Adler)
51J Ryan Jamison/Mediapolis, IA (Jamison Racing)
55 Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (Nick Drake)
56v Matt Veatch/McLeansboro, IL (Mark Chisholm)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
66 Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Amati Racing)
68 Kyle O'Gara/Beech Grove, IN (Sarah Fisher Racing)
73 Broc Hunnell/Eolia, MO (Broc Hunnell)
76m Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77u Chris Urish/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
86 Danny Meyer/Tuscola, IL (Ebby Bergfield)
87 Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Shannon Saldana)
88 Terry Babb/Harristown, IL (Terry Babb)
88w Chad Wheeler/Muskogee, OK (Wheeler Racing)
91 Tyler Nelson/Kansas City, MO (Harris Racing)
91A Chris Andrews/Sandusky, OH (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
91m Chris Majdik/Redding, CA (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
91T Tyler Thomas/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
93K Riley Kreisel/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
95 Chris Andrews/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)
99p Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (PPM Racing)

 

 

WINDOM, BACON, THORSON SHARE SPOTLIGHT
AT FRIDAY'S 61st "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" CELEBRATION


USAC National driving champions Chris Windom, Brady Bacon and Tanner Thorson shared the spotlight along with other 2016 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 61st USAC "Night of Champions" celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
Windom, of Canton, Ill., Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Thorson, of Minden, Nev., earned National championships. Windom was a first-time Silver Crown titlist, Bacon a second-time AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Thorson the National Midget champ.
Bacon also secured the $5,000 Mike Curb "Super License" and the $2,500 Resource "Fast Time" Award. The former was for scoring the most National points combined in the three series, while the latter was for posting the most National fast qualifying efforts during the campaign.
Car owner National champions for 2016 included DE Palma Motorsports of Lima, Ohio (Silver Crown), Dynamics, Inc. (Hoffman Auto Racing) of Milford, Ohio (Sprint) and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. (Midget).
Emcees 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 2016 champions were trophies, plaques, Hoosier jackets, medallions, distinctive art canvases and remote-control TRAXXAS trucks.
Sprint Car driving champions in addition to the aforementioned include Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints); Brody Roa of Garden Grove, Calif. (West Coast Sprints) and R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest Sprints).
Other 2016 champions included Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. (Western States Midget); Adam Pierson of Bradford, Vt. (DMA Midget); Gage Etgen of Celina, Ohio (Midwest Thunder Midget); Carson Macedo of Lemoore, Calif. (Indiana Midget), Jeff Mallonee of Davenport, Iowa (IMRA Midget), Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif.. (HPD Western Pavement Midget); Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. (HPD Western Overall and Dirt Midget), Blake Brannon of San Jose, Calif. (Western HPD Restricted Midget) and Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. (Eastern Midget). Maxwell Industries Micro Sprint Champions honored were Jake Hagopian of Fresno, Calif., Josh Ames of Rochester, N.Y., Joey Ancona of Concord, Calif., Shawn Freeland of Scottsville, N.Y., Jordan Jermyn of Irondequoit, N.Y. and Caeden Steele of Fresno, Calif.
Also honored for their 2016 championships at Kutztown, Pa.'s ActionTrack USA were Billy Pauch Sr. of Frenchtown, N.J. (SpeedSTRs); Eddie Strada of Lake Ariel, Pa. (Hyper Racing Wingless Sprints); Dylan Hoch of Mertztown, Pa. (NAPA All Star Slingshots) and Jared Silfee of Saylorsburg, Pa. (NAPA Junior Slingshots).
Honored as USAC .25 Midget National Champions as a result of their accomplishments were drivers Christian Bruno of Deptford, N.J. (Senior Animal and Light World Formula Pavement), Anthony Chrobak of Saylorsburg, PA (Heavy 160 and Heavy World Formula Pavement), Adrianna Delliponti of Norristown, PA (Heavy Honda Pavement), Johnathon Gallagher of Oxford, PA (Unrestricted Animal and Formula Mod Pavement), Dylan Kontra of King of Prussia, PA (Junior Honda Pavement), Preston Lattomus of Landenberg, PA (Senior Honda Pavement), Tanner VanDoren of Walnutport, PA (Junior Animal Pavement), Hunter Wise of Allentown, PA (Light 160 Pavement), Emerson Axsom of Franklin, IN (Light 160 and Formula Mod Dirt), Gavan Boschele of Mooresville, N.C. (Junior Animal Dirt), Chase Burda of Lapeer, MI (Light Mod Dirt), Canon Cochran of Ringgold, CA (Heavy Honda and Heavy World Formula Dirt), Connor Gross of Middleton, MA (Light AA and Light World Formula Dirt), Nick Loden of Stanley, N.C. (Senior Animal Dirt), Scotty Milan of Fort Collins, Colo. (Unrestricted Animal Dirt), Elvis Rankin of Evergreen, Colo. (Junior Animal Dirt), Levi Riffle of Winston Salem, N.C. (Heavy 160 Dirt), and Dylan Zampa of Napa, Calif. (Senior Honda Dirt).
USAC President Kevin Miller presented USAC Special Appreciation Awards to Hoosier Racing Tire (corporate) and long-time USAC car owner Gene Nolen (individual) for their contributions and dedicated service to the racing community.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles was presented USAC's prestigious Roger McCluskey Award of Excellence, recognizing his commitment to the overall sport of auto racing and his numerous contributions to USAC.
Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. posthumously received the Jason Leffler Award, in recognition of his intense appreciation of the sport's history reflected in his professionalism and outstanding representation as an ambassador of the United States Auto Club, exhibiting the same standard of ideals upheld by the late Jason Leffler during his USAC racing career.
USAC's 2016 National "Race Organizer of the Year" award was presented to Track Enterprises and accepted by race organizer Bob Sargent.
Casey Shuman of Tempe, Ariz. earned the 2016 USAC Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" honor. Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind. was honored as the AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year" and the Bob Stroud Memorial National Midget "Rookie of the Year" Award for the National Midget Series went to Carson Macedo of Lemoore, Calif.
Chad Boespflug of Hanford, Calif. was named USAC's "Most Improved" National Driver of 2016.
USAC's 2016 "Chief Mechanic of the Year" awards went to Rob Hoffman and Dan Launderville, who guided Bacon's drive to the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title.
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.

 

 

USAC TRACSAFE INITIATIVE AIMED AT QUICKER SAFETY RESPONSE

A USAC initiative aimed at driver safety was introduced during the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center Thursday.

The TraceSAFE system will launch in early 2017 and will be implemented in the three USAC National Championship Series: Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and National Midgets.

USAC will supply the TracSAFE equipment to teams at each of the series' national events throughout the 2017 season. USAC has led the development of this innovative new safety feature with support from Toyota Racing Development.

A light system on the dash and the back of the roll cage of each racecar will serve multiple functions. The innovative feature incudes an indicator on the dashboard that will light up yellow when the track goes under a yellow or red flag situation. The system is connected to USAC's timing and scoring, which will allow for an instantaneous response from race control to the competitors on the track to alert each driver in the event of an on-track incident.

Furthermore, a series of three lights will be located on the back of the roll cage. During green flag periods, the lights will serve as "leader lights" to indicate to fans the running order position of the car on the track. If a driver is leading, one green light will be illuminated, two green lights for the second-place running car and three green lights for the third-place car.

As soon as timing and scoring goes under a yellow or red flag condition, the three lights on the back of the cage of all cars will immediately flash rapidly to alert drivers of a full-course yellow flag condition.

Additionally, scan code stickers will be placed on the back of each driver's helmet to allow medical personnel quick and easy access to the driver's detailed medical history.

With an objective of safety and decreasing the response time for communication from race control to the drivers, TracSAFE won overwhelming approval from attendees visiting the USAC display.

"TracSAFE is a first for grassroots motorsports as USAC continues to be a leader in sprint and midget racing nationally," USAC president Kevin Miller said. "We look forward to the full rollout in 2017 and sharing the technology with tracks and series throughout the country with our universal goal of increased safety for our competitors."

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RIDES INTO THE DESERT AT PHOENIX IN 2017

Phoenix International Raceway, a venue synonymous with USAC Silver Crown racing for more than two decades, returns to the 2017 schedule after an eight-year absence.

The highly-anticipated return of the big cars to the mile in Arizona's Valley of the Sun arrives on Saturday, April 29 on the same bill as the IndyCar Series race later that night.

The roar of champ car engines fell silent at PIR after Cole Whitt's victory in 2009 on the racy, triangular-shaped paved track, but the series is back this season as it embarks on its 47th season of competition with a schedule as balanced as it's ever been. Six dirt and five pavement events are on tap for the 11-race docket for 2017.

The series opens on the dirt at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track on Apr. 2 for the "Sumar Classic." On May 25, the 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" makes it traditional stop at the Indiana State Fairgrounds mile. In June, amidst the "Eastern Storm" series for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, the Silver Crown cars take on Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway on June 16.

The series closes out the 2017 calendar with three-straight races on the dirt, beginning with a pair of events on the two legendary mile tracks in Illinois. The "Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield's Illinois State Fairgrounds on Aug. 19 is the longest-running of all Silver Crown events with roots dating back to 1934.

The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, host of the Sept. 3 "Ted Horn 100," is one of just three racetracks on the series' 2017 schedule to have been on the schedule in every single year of USAC's existence since 1956 (Indiana and Illinois State Fairgrounds).

The season closes with the Sept. 23 "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio - the only event in which one can witness all three of USAC's National Divisions (Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget) at the same track on a single night.

The pavement portion of the schedule is an array of flat and high-banked surfaces ranging in size from a half-mile to a full-mile. Phoenix serves as the pavement season opener as well as the series' sole visit to the west on Apr. 29.

Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana is the lone track scheduled to host multiple Silver Crown events this season with the "Carb Night Classic: The Race Before the 500" on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend on May 26 and the "Rich Vogler/Hall of Fame Classic" on July 20.

The final two races hit the high banks of two of the Midwest's most history-rich racetracks in Ohio's Toledo Speedway and Indiana's Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery. Toledo's July 28event honors the city's greatest racing hero and 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champ with the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic."

The Silver Crown cars return to Salem for the final round of pavement for the season one year after making their first stop at the .555-mile, high-banked oval since 1988. As it has since 1958, the event honors the lives of National Sprint Car Hall of Famers and Indianapolis 500 veterans Joe James and Pat O'Connor.

2017 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Apr 2: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Apr 29: (P#) Phoenix International Raceway (Phoenix, AZ)
May 25: (D) Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
May 26: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Jun 16: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jul 20: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Jul 28: (P) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)
Aug 12: (P) Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery (Salem, IN)
Aug 19: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)
Sep 3: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)
Sep 23: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
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(D) represents a dirt event
(P) represents a pavement event
# represents a daytime event

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KNOXVILLE AND WILLIAMS GROVE RETURN TO THE FOLD FOR 2017 USAC SPRINT SEASON

Two of the most storied dirt tracks in the United States return to the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar in 2017.

On June 3, the series invades the legendary half-mile Knoxville Raceway for the first time since 2011. The Saturday night event coincides with National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend at the Iowa dirt oval.

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway, the only venue on this year's 47-race slate that was on the Sprint Car schedule in USAC's inaugural year of 1956, will host its first series race since 1996 as part of the 11th edition of "Eastern Storm" on June 15.

In addition, the USAC Sprints call Tri-City Speedway home once again, where the series hasn't visited since 2006. The May 19 date at the Granite City, Ill. track will also feature the USAC Midget National Championship. July 30 marks a return visit to Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri. USAC's lone appearance there came in 1989 when the late Rich Vogler won a rare winged race for Hoffman Auto Racing.

Furthermore, the series will make initial appearances at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway on Apr. 21, Pevely, Missouri's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 20 and Greenwood, Nebraska's I-80 Speedway on June 2.

Traditional USAC stops on the 2017 horizon include the season-opening "Winter Dirt Games" for three-straight nights at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Eldora Speedway's docket features multiple showcase events with back-to-back nights of #LetsRaceTwo on May 12-13 alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars. Fast forward to Sept. 23 when the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile is the showplace for the 36th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" that also features USAC's Silver Crown and National Midget divisions as well as the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track pays homage to a pair of USAC racing heroes from year's past. The 47th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" hits the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds half-mile on May 24 while the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" is earmarked for September 15.

The "Eastern Storm" and "Indiana Sprint Week" series have become institutions in their respective regions of the country, annually playing to large crowds and some of the most intense racing seen all year long. It will be no different in the five-race Eastern Storm series that runs from June 13-18 in the "Keystone State." The first two nights will be held at a pair of tracks to be announced at a later date. Williams Grove serves up a feast of racing action on June 15, then a one-day break from action before closing out the mini-series at Port Royal Speedway on the 17th and Susquehanna Speedway on the 18th.

The 30th annual "Indiana Sprint Week" series consistently produces as one of the country's premier events. Its schedule of events remains just as consistent. Once again, ISW launches at Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 7 with Kokomo Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway rounding out the first weekend of racing July 8-9, respectively. A two-day sabbatical gives way as the action roars back to life for the final four-race stretch of ISW at Terre Haute, Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington Speedway and Haubstadt's Tri-State Speedway on July 12-13-14-15.

The sole non-points, special event of the USAC Sprint season occurs on Aug. 23 as a prelude to three more consecutive nights at Kokomo and "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" on Aug. 24-25-26.

Lawrenceburg hosts a duo of events - one in the spring and one in the fall - as does Tri-State. The three-eighths mile Lawrenceburg oval brings the series to town for both the Midwest opener on Apr. 1 as well as the Midwest closer on Sept. 30. Bloomington Speedway's red clay will fly when USAC makes a visit on Apr. 14 which kicks off a double-header weekend that moves to Tri-State the following night at the "Spring Showdown" on Apr. 15 for the first of two shows at the quarter-mile paperclip co-sanctioned by MSCS. The series makes the trek back to Tri-State for the "Haubstadt Hustler" on Sep. 16.

Additional dates include trips to Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway and Lincoln Park Speedway on Apr. 22 and June 30, respectively, as well as a date at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans. on July 29.

The series closes out its campaign with a multitude of events in conjunction with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car Championship for a pair of annual events headquartered in the western U.S. First up is the 50th annual "Western World Championships." The golden anniversary of the famed event that has been a staple of the southwest since 1968 takes place at Queen Creek's Arizona Speedway on Nov. 3-4.

The season closes out with the three-night spectacular known as the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 9-10-11. The 22nd running at southern California's Perris Auto Speedway pits the best from the National and CRA scenes against each other for bragging rights in what is annually the highest-paying purse of the year.

2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Feb 23: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 24: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 25: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Apr 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Apr 15: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Apr 21: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Apr 22: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
May 6: TBA
May 12: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 13: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 19: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 20: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
May 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jun 2: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)
Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Jun 13: (E) TBA
Jun 14: (E) TBA
Jun 15: (E) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 17: (E) Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Jun 18: (E) Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Jun 30: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 7: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jul 8 (I) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 9: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jul 12: (I) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jul 13: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 14: (I) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jul 15: (I) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Jul 28: TBA
Jul 29: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Jul 30: Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO)
Aug 23: (SE) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sep 15: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Sep 16: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Sep 30: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Oct. 6: TBA
Oct. 7: TBA
Nov. 3: (C) Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, AZ)
Nov. 4: (C) Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, AZ)
Nov. 9 (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov. 10 (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov. 11 (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
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(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by MSCS
(E) represents an Eastern Storm event
(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event
(C) represents an event with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Cars

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TOUR TRAVELS
COAST-TO-COAST IN 2017 CAMPAIGN

Twenty-seven dates in seven states serve as the ingredients for the 2017 USAC Midget National Championship schedule.

Among the events are four distinct tours that make up the bulk of the schedule such as June's "Indiana Midget Week," July's weekend trip to Illinois as well as an August tour of the Heartland of America and "Pennsylvania Midget Week," which offers a total of eight races in a busy Summer stretch.

The 13th annual "Indiana Midget Week" kicks off with the first of six straight nights of racing action on June 6 at Montpelier Motor Speedway, followed by Gas City, Lincoln Park, Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo to round out the series that continues to grow in popularity each year since its debut in 2005.

The series resumes with a weekend getaway to the Land of Lincoln on July 1-2-3. First up is Macon Speedway whose roots with USAC date back to Don Branson's victory at the one-fifth mile bullring in 1959. However, the series will make its comeback to the track after a decade absence on the first of July. A date is scheduled for July 2at a track yet to be determined, which will be followed up by the USAC National Midgets' first venture to the one-sixth mile Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena - an outdoor venue in the capital city of Springfield located on the grounds nearby the one-mile dirt oval that the USAC Silver Crown Championship competes on each August.

The USAC National Midgets' tour of the Heartland kick starts the month of August on the first with "Tuesday Night Thunder" at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway followed one night later by the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on Aug. 2. After a single day off, drivers and teams get back at it on the Belleville High Banks in Kansas for the 40th annual "Belleville Midget Nationals" on Aug. 4-5.

Susquehanna Speedway opens "Pennsylvania Midget Week" on Aug. 13 with dates at Path Valley Speedway Park and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway set for the following two nights on Aug. 14-15. Aug. 16 is a day of rest before the mini-series' final event hits the track at a yet-to-be-determined venue on Aug. 17.

Traditional dates dot the remainder of the series calendar for 2017 with the season set to begin indoors on March 18 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. The "Kokomo Grand Prix" in Indiana provides the first multi-event weekend for competitors on Apr. 7-8.

Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois moves to an earlier slot on the schedule - May 19 - for a twin-bill with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The ever-popular "4-Crown Nationals" goes into its 36th year at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway as the largest showcase for all three of USAC's national divisions on one card in a single night. The famed event includes the National Midgets, Silver Crown, National Sprint Cars and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

The fifth-annual "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois provides the largest winner's payday of the year on Oct. 20.

For the second consecutive year, the National Midgets pair with the Western States Midgets to conclude the 2017 USAC outdoor racing season with the 77th running of the prestigious "Turkey Night Grand Prix" oceanside at California's Ventura Raceway.

2017 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Mar 18: (N) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 7: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Apr 8: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
May 19: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Jun 6: (I) Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jun 7: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jun 8: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jun 9: (I) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jun 10: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jun 11: (I) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 1: Macon Speedway (Macon, IL)
Jul 2: TBA
Jul 3: Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena (Springfield, IL)
Jul 22: TBA
Aug 1: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Aug 2: Solomon Valley Raceway (Beloit, KS)
Aug 4: Belleville High Banks (Belleville, KS)
Aug 5: Belleville High Banks (Belleville, KS)
Aug 13: (A) Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Aug 14: (A) Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 15: (A) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Aug 17: (A) TBA
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Oct 6: TBA
Oct 7: TBA
Oct 20: (P) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)
Nov 23: (W) Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
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(N) represents an indoor event
(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event
(A) represents an event with the USAC/ARDC Midgets
(P) represents an event co-sanctioned by POWRi
(W) represents an event with the USAC Western States Midgets

 

 

 

"JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL" MIDGET RACE TO AIR THURSDAY, DEC. 8 ON MAVTV

The $20,000-to-win USAC Midget National Championship event run on Oct. 21 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill., will be aired Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET on MAVTV.

The race, co-sanctioned by POWRi, brought some of the biggest names in racing to Wayne County (Ill.) Speedway including USAC Triple Crown champs Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr., USAC Silver Crown titlist Chris Windom, USAC National Midget champions Tanner Thorson and Rico Abreu, two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon, NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and ARCA champ Chase Briscoe, among many others.

Racing icon Tony Stewart teams with SPEED SPORT and Ralph Sheheen to broadcast the Jason Leffler Memorial Race presented by Great Clips. Stewart, a multi-time champion across several styles of racing from NASCAR to IndyCar to USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Cars and Midgets, joins Sheheen to call the action with Tony Bokhoven delivering all the news trackside.

Leffler, a three-time USAC midget champion who went on to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR, died from injuries sustained in a sprint car crash in 2013. The race in his memory also helps to raise funds for his son, Charlie.

"I was honored to know Jason and to race with him, so I am happy to be able to share a little of his story through the broadcast of this race," Stewart said. "The SPEED SPORT team does a tremendous job bringing events like this to television every week, and it was definitely a fun experience to work with them."

This broadcast expands on Stewart's relationship with SPEED SPORT. Stewart, who owns Eldora Speedway, also authored a column on Dirt Late Model racing in the August edition of SPEED SPORT Magazine.

"Tony has so much insight into what makes racing work, and he brings it to the broadcast booth for this event," Sheheen said. "He knows what the drivers are trying to do. He knows how the teams are trying to set up their cars. Most of all, he's a fan and that comes through when you hear him talk about a driver getting out of line to run the high side to make a transfer spot, or when he talks about how drivers need to race a certain way to get the most out of their cars. His passion for racing certainly comes through in this broadcast."

Tune into Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV at 7 p.m. ET or 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 8, as Stewart, Sheheen and Bokhoven deliver all the action from the Jason Leffler Memorial Race presented by Great Clips. To find MAVTV, click www.mavtv.com/get-mavtv/find-mavtv.html.

 

 

BACON TO PILOT THE DOOLING/HAYWARD #63 IN 20-25 USAC SPRINT RACES IN 2017

Brady Bacon announced plans today to wheel the Joe Dooling/Brody Hayward-owned sprint car in 20-25 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint races during the 2017 season. Bacon, the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ (2014 & 2016), takes over the wheel of the No. 63, which won seven series features with Brady's close friend, the late Bryan Clauson, as the driver in 2016.

Dooling and Hayward will resume their partial USAC schedule that involves hitting several of the major events on the racing calendar including the season opening "Winter Dirt Games" at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park in February as well the season-ending western swing at Arizona Speedway's "Western World Championships" and the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" at California's Perris Auto Speedway in addition to numerous events throughout the summer months.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon captured two series titles with the Hoffman Auto Racing team, including this past season in 2016. In 2017, Bacon will pursue a bevy of racing endeavors in USAC and elsewhere, but his part-time role in the 63 is an honor he cherishes.

"I'm excited to be involved with them," Bacon said. "Obviously, there is a sentimental element there for me having raced against Bryan (Clauson) in the No. 63. Hopefully, I can continue the success they had with him. Hopefully, it's something he would be proud of as well. It's a very special opportunity for me."

Hayward, a sponsor and owner of the team, feels Bacon is a perfect fit for the goals the teams seeks in 2017.

"We're really excited to have Brady," Hayward exclaimed. "I think he'll be a great fit for our sprint car. He's the best out there. We had a lot of contacts who wanted the seat, but Brady seemed to work out the best. We're excited to have him. We like him and we like his family. He's a good family guy, which fits who we are with this team."

With the caliber of driver, equipment and team assembled, team owner Joe Dooling is eager to get back to the track.

"Brodie (Hayward) wanted to get back in racing," Dooling said. "With the caliber of driver Brady is, I said 'Let's step up and go.' I've been doing this my whole life. It's all I've ever known and I've missed being around it. We're shooting for the big dollar races. We'll kick it off in Ocala and see how it goes. We have a great driver, a great piece of equipment and two great car owners."

 

 

DARLAND GOES BACK IN BLACK; REJOINS PHILLIPS MOTORSPORTS FOR 2017 USAC SPRINT SEASON

The successful partnership between Dave Darland and Phillips Motorsports is reborn as the pair aim for the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title.

Darland, the series' winningest driver, and Phillips Motorsports put together a highly-successful three-year stretch between 2013 and 2015, scoring 17 USAC National Sprint Car victories, which is tied for the most wins during that particular three-year stretch.

In 2016, Darland piloted the Jeff Walker/Curb-Agajanian Racing car to two wins during the USAC National Sprint Car season at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway in April and at California's Perris Auto Speedway in November for career series win number 59.

However, in 2017, Darland makes his triumphant return to the seat of Steve and Carla Phillips' black No. 71p. Together, the team won some of USAC's most prestigious races including three consecutive triumphs at the Saturday night finale of "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" at Perris in 2013 and the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 2014.

Known as the "People's Champ," Darland is one of America's most accomplished and popular racers. The Lincoln, Indiana native is a four-time USAC National Champion (1997 Silver Crown, 1999 Sprint and 2001-02 Midget) and is just one of six drivers to win all three of those titles in a career.

Darland is the all-time leader in consecutive years with a USAC National victory, an active 24-year streak which dates back to his first career USAC Sprint victory at Terre Haute in 1993.

"We can't tell you how excited we are to be once again associated with everyone involved at Phillips Motorsports," a statement from the Dave Darland Racing Facebook page said. "Steve and Carla are such hard working, dedicated and wonderful friends and we can't wait to continue the success in the future as we had together back in 2013, 2014 and 2015."

 

 

WINDOM, BACON, THORSON NATIONAL CHAMPS FETED FRIDAY; WESTERN CHAMPS CELEBRATE JANUARY 28 IN LAS VEGAS

USAC's 61st "Night of Champions" National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 9, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC's 2016 racing series will be honored during the gala evening.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. won the USAC Silver Crown Championship while Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. captured the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title for the second time. The National Midget Championship went to Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev.

The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 8-10 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.

USAC broadcasters Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb will again serve as this year's emcees.

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

USAC's Western racing champions will celebrate their 2016 accomplishments on January 28, 2017 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. More information regarding that affair will be released soon.

 

 

ENTRIES SURPASS 60
FOR DEC. 17 JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 IN Du QUOIN

Entries continue to pour in for the 2nd Annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, December 17.

Among the entries so far are two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon from Oklahoma; versatile California racer and two-time Chili Bowl winner Cory Kruseman; plus, USAC Sprint Car standout Thomas Meseraull from California; Indiana Sprint Week feature winner Brent Beauchamp and "Ted Horn 100" Silver Crown winner Chris Urish out of Elkhart, Illinois.

A couple of drivers have already filed their intentions to take the wing off and compete on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval including World of Outlaws regular Joey Saldana from Indiana and 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Tony Bruce, Jr. from Kansas.

Drivers who've made their names known to a nationwide audience outside of the dirt discipline are entered as well including 2016 ARCA champ Chase Briscoe and two-time American Le Mans Series titlist Chris Dyson.

West coast star Ryan Bernal is entered in a team car to Saldana while midget racing standouts Kyle Schuett of Philo, Illnois - a winner indoors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis a year ago - and Tyler Thomas are set to hit the stage in their self-owned rides.

Even more entries are expected to join the large field at the racy indoor track located adjacent to the "Magic Mile" at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds where the annual "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown race is held each Labor Day weekend.

Tickets are now on sale for the "Junior Knepper 55." Discounted advance general admission tickets can be purchased at http://www.usactickets.com/. No reserved seating will be available for the event; only general admission. Adult tickets are $20. Kids age 6-12 are $10. Children age 5 and under get in for FREE! Pit passes are $35.

Gates open at 1pm with hot laps scheduled for 4pm and racing set for 5pm.

Teams and drivers may now file their entries for the event for free online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2016-knepper-car-entry, but you must use the coupon code "KNEPPER" at checkout. If you do not pre-enter for the event by December 11, 2016, entries are $30 at the track on race day.

If you are unable to make it to the event in person, http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ will be streaming the race LIVE!

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CENTER - Du QUOIN, ILLINOIS - SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016
Gates open at 1pm. Hot laps at 4pm. Racing at 5pm.
**Several more entries are expected to be filed as we get closer to the event.

60 USAC MIDGETS ENTERED AS OF DECEMBER 5, 2016
0 Johnny Murdock/Conroe, TX (Zero Motorsports)
0B Steve Finn/Collinsville, IL (Zero Motorsports)
1 Travis Pence/Stronghurst, IL (Travis Pence)
1T Tony Roney/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
2 TBA (Zero Motorsports)
3J Jake Griffin/Quincy, IL (Jim Neuman)
3N Jake Neuman/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
3w Alex Watson/Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
4 Kyle Jones/Kennedale, TX (Kyle Jones)
5 Chase Briscoe/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe)
5c Colten Cottle/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle)
6 Andy Baugh/Mason City, IL (Zero Motorsports)
7 Gage Walker/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7B Cody Beard/St. Anthony, IN (Cody Beard)
7JR J.D. Black/Grain Valley, MO (J.D. Black)
7K Justin Peck/Monrovia, IN (Kenny & Reva Irwin)
9 Steve Aplin/St. Louis, MO (Bill Allen)
9K Kyle Schuett/Philo, IL (Schuett Racing)
11 Brent Beauchamp/Fairland, IN (B & B Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Ryan Fleming/Xenia, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
13 Brian Reick/Troy, MO (Zero Motorsports)
14I Isaac Schreurs/Sioux Falls, SD (Jody Rosenboom)
14R Jody Rosenboom/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
15 Cole Fehr/Coatesville, IN (Live Loud Racing)
15m Shane Morgan/Creve Coeur, IL (Shane Morgan)
15x Tim Siner/Dupo, IL (Siner/Cyliax Racing)
16K Chris Dyson/Poughkeepsie, NY (Kruseman Motorsports)
17 Joey Saldana/Brownsburg, IN (Shannon Saldana)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr./Liberal, KS (Wheeler Racing)
21K Cory Kruseman/Ventura, CA (Kruseman Motorsports)
25P Dylan Peterson/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s Alex Schriever/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
29 Joey Moughan/Springfield, IL (Moughan)
29x David Hair/Indianapolis, IN (Ed Hair)
30T Tyler VanToll/Belleville, IL (Tyler VanToll)
35 Chris Baue/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
35T Tyler Robbins/Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
43T Josh Thomas Edinburg, IL (Josh Thomas)
45x Bricen James/Albany, OR (Johnny Herrera Racing)
50 Daniel Adler/St. Louis, MO (Daniel Adler)
51J Ryan Jamison/Mediapolis, IA (Jamison Racing)
56v Matt Veatch/McLeansboro, IL (Mark Chisholm)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
66 Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Amati Racing)
68 Kyle O'Gara/Beech Grove, IN (Sarah Fisher Racing)
73 Broc Hunnell/Eolia, MO (Broc Hunnell)
76M Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77u Chris Urish/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
86 Danny Meyer/Tuscola, IL (Ebby Bergfield)
87 Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Shannon Saldana)
88 Terry Babb/Harristown, IL (Terry Babb)
88w Chad Wheeler/Muskogee, OK (Wheeler Racing)
91 Tyler Nelson/Kansas City, MO (Harris Racing)
91A Chris Andrews/Sandusky, OH (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
91m Chris Majdik/Redding, CA (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
91T Tyler Thomas/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
95 Chris Andrews/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)

 

 

THORSON WEATHERS STORMY START TO CLAIM 2016 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Coming into the 2016 USAC National Midget season, many observers earmarked Tanner Thorson as the odds-on favorite to become the next series champion.

Armed with three years of experience in the series and a ride in the perennially potent Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports ride, it was more than enough to provide credence to the notion that Thorson would be a contender to win each and every night he strapped into the TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota No 67.

However, the season opener indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin was not a performance anyone was expecting. In what would prove to be the toughest night of the year for Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Thorson was the only one out of the team's five-car stable to transfer to the feature without a provisional, sneaking around Daniel Adler for the final transfer spot on the final lap of the first semi-feature.

Thorson would manage a solid seventh-place run at Du Quoin before heading into a set of five races in six nights for the 12th annual "Indiana Midget Week." In the IMW opener at Montpelier, Thorson led Kyle Larson for all but one of the first 25 laps of the 30-lap feature, but after a restart with five laps to go, Thorson began to fade with a tire that was losing air, dropping him to a disappointing 18th place finish.

In the second round of IMW, the story was no better after a 19th place run at Gas City I-69 Speedway, which dropped him to a season-low seventh in the standings.

Luckily for him, the season was young and, in this business, memories must be short from one night to the next. One night later, Thorson was back in victory lane with a scintillating performance at Lincoln Park Speedway - the site of his massive crash one year earlier that forced him to miss two races that may very well have prevented him from winning the title. A championship he eventually lost to Tracy Hines by a mere 18 points.

Thorson's results of 11th, 7th, 1st, 7th, 10th throughout the next six contests were indicative of the tumultuous beginnings of his season. By early August, Thorson was fifth in the standings, 76 points out of the lead.

The Minden, Nevada native was figuratively searching for traction. The speed was always there, but consistency had been an errant dart throughout much of the 2016 campaign, thus far, that Thorson needed to rectify if he was going to be the national champ.

And if there was a single event that could be pinpointed as being the turnaround point for Thorson's season, look no further than the seasonal pivot that took place in the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" feature event at Solomon Valley Raceway in Kansas on August 3. No, it wasn't a victory, but after timing in an uncharacteristic 18th fastest in ProSource Qualifying, the deck was stacked against Thorson.

Thorson and the team kept their heads down and methodically picked their way from their ninth row starting spot to grab a second-place finish at the checkered flag, earning himself KSE Hard Charger honors for the effort.

After a sixth place run at the "Belleville Midget Nationals," no driver or team ran up front as consistently through the balance of the season as did Thorson.

A come-from-the-tail victory at Lanco during "Pennsylvania Midget Week" was followed by a second place-run at Eldora. Yet, Thorson remained fourth in the standings with just five races left.

Three-straight nights at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois loomed for Thorson at the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals." It was a place that Thorson was comfortable with, a place where he had swept to victories in each of the two events the previous year.

Thorson proved to be a master of the three-eighths mile once again, doubling his season victory total from three to six in a single weekend to become just the second driver in the history of the USAC Midget National Championship to win at least five straight times at a single track. Only the legendary Rich Vogler had reached that milestone in a career, running off six straight victories during his dominance of Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track from 1983 to 1986.

In the process, Thorson vaulted himself to within nine markers of points' leader and teammate Spencer Bayston heading into the "Jason Leffler Memorial" in Wayne City, Ill. - the penultimate round of the season championship. Thorson reversed the tables on Bayston by virtue of his seventh-straight top-two finish while Bayston took eighth, boosting him to a nine-point lead heading into the season finale in Ventura, California on Thanksgiving night.

In the "Turkey Night" closer on the beach, Thorson, the defending race winner, started the 76th edition of the 98-lap race from the outside of the fifth row, directly ahead of the front bumper of his main contender, Bayston. If Thorson finished fourth, the match would be over for all intents and purposes. But, a turn four tangle between Bayston and Frankie Guerrini just before halfway marked a sea change that would give Thorson the upper hand.

Though Bayston made a valiant effort to fight back from 23rd to a ninth-place result in the end, Thorson's sixth-place finish was more than enough to be crowned the 2016 USAC National Midget champion over Bayston by 18 points - the same amount Thorson was defeated by Tracy Hines in 2015.

No, the season-closer for Thorson wasn't spectacular and it wasn't as flashy as his charges from the tail Solomon Valley and Lanco. It was a steady drive that, simply put, got the job done. It was a drive that experienced drivers make; a drive that champions make.

Thorson became the state of Nevada's first USAC National champion and provided Keith Kunz his eighth USAC National Midget owner's title. Thorson also led all drivers in each of USAC's three national divisions in 2016 with a combined finish of 5.53.

In a season with high hopes, the trying first half of Thorson's season could've dashed his championship dreams. But, the see-saw ride leveled out for the 20-year-old by late summer when he put together a string of finishes that a driver could only dream of.

Now, those dreams have become a reality for the young driver, and through his dedication and perseverance, forever will Tanner Thorson be known as a USAC champion.

 

 

LARSON CARVES UP TURKEY NIGHT WIN #2; THORSON TASTES FIRST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........On the rare occasion that Kyle Larson gets the chance to take the wheel of a midget these days, he certainly makes each opportunity count.

On Thursday night in the centerpiece of the USAC National and Western States Midget calendar, Larson cooked up one of his patented performances, holding off a furious late-race rally from early leader Brady Bacon to win his second career "Turkey Night Grand Prix" in the 76th running of the prestigious event at California's Ventura Raceway.

Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., started from the outside of the front row in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Bullet/Speedway Toyota alongside Bacon. Larson fought his way to the lead on lap 21 with a turn two outside pass of Bacon. Larson then navigated through numerous bouts with lapped traffic as Bacon rapidly closed to mount a serious challenge on Larson for the victory in the final laps. Larson weathered the storm and sped off to grab the 0.303 second victory over Bacon, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu and Damion Gardner.

Larson became the 18th driver to win "Turkey Night" twice during his career and also joins Mel Kenyon, Ron Shuman, Stan Fox, Billy Boat and Dave Darland as one of six drivers to claim a "Turkey Night" victory at two different tracks after also winning in 2012 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

"I had a good qualifying run and started second," Larson explains. "I was able to get by Brady (Bacon) fairly early and got through traffic. I tried the bottom early on, but it still felt like the top was better, so I went back to the top. I could see he was closing in on me a little bit more on the bottom and I knew I just had to get around that one lapper. I was running the top and could see Brady running to my inside. I knew eventually I'd have to get down to the bottom and I knew if I could clear him, I could run a better pace around the bottom. As soon as I cleared the lapper, I got down just in time to hold onto the lead. Once I cleared him, I ran the bottom even though I still went to the top a couple times in (turns) three and four and Brady was still right there. The white flag was not too far after that. A 98-lap race is a long time, but it felt pretty short for me."

A successful NASCAR Cup season that saw Larson score his first career series victory at Michigan in August concluded with the 14th win of his USAC National Midget career on a playground that he doesn't get to visit as much any longer, but cherishes every opportunity he gets.

"I enjoy running on the dirt every chance I get since I don't get to do it a whole lot anymore," Larson admits. Anytime I can do it, run up front and get wins, it's a lot of fun. I can't wait for the rest of the offseason, so I can run some more stuff on the dirt and get some more wins."

A melting pot of 52 midget drivers from coast-to-coast filled the pit area at Ventura in the event's largest car count since Larson's first victory in 2012.

The event was whittled to 29 for the 98-lapper at the one-fifth-mile dirt oval by the beach, but the action was quickly halted with Gage Walker's flip on the first corner of the first lap. He walked away unscathed.

Following the complete restart, Bacon and the FMR Racing/Beast/Toyota backed up the speed shown by recording the fastest laps in two of the three sessions in Wednesday night's practice and Thursday's ProSource/Woodland Auto Display fastest qualifier, proving to be the strongest combination early on after rocketing away to a half-straightaway lead.

By the 13th lap, Bacon was steadfast on the bottom as Larson made waves up on the cush. After slipstreaming through Bacon's wake, Larson charges right to the tail of the leader. On lap 21, Larson ripped around the outside of Bacon in turn two for the race lead. As the pair entered turn three, Larson slanted down from the top, cutting in front of the nose of Bacon just before the apex of the turn to take the bottom line, and the race lead, away just prior to meeting the tail-end of lapped traffic.

Meanwhile, the table was set for a heated battle for the USAC National Midget title. Separated by a mere nine markers coming into "Turkey Night," point leader Tanner Thorson ran eighth and teammate Spencer Bayston 11th just prior to the midway point.

On lap 42, Bayston and Frankie Guerrini were involved in a turn four tangle. The move was disastrous for Bayston as he lost pivotal track position that relegated him to the 23rd position for the restart.

Larson appeared to establish himself in a class of his own as he built his very own half-straightaway lead. However, multiple yellow flag periods would evaporate those leads. With 26 laps to go, Larson and Bacon, running one-two, were separated by the lapped car of Holly Shelton on the restart. It would take a couple of laps before Bacon would manage to slip by Shelton, using a turn one slide job on lap 74 to put Larson back within a clear view of out of the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's helmet visor.

Larson went topside while Bacon remained on the chalk-lined bottom berm as the two entered the green room of lapped traffic. Bacon steadily reeled in Larson, but swiftly as Larson went high, low, anywhere he could go to find daylight.

With seven laps remaining, Bacon edged ahead of Larson on the bottom for the lead, briefly, off turn two. Yet, Larson found an avenue back to the front moments later by sneaking back down to the bottom in front of the lapped car of Nick Chivello to create separation between he and second-running Bacon.

With three laps remaining, Larson and Bacon swapped lines with Larson now down low and Bacon up top. Bacon appeared to have found the top to his liking soon after, but was unable to get off the corners as strongly as Larson who commandeered the point as Bacon lost precious ground.

Larson withstood a heady drive by Bacon, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, to seal the deal in the final laps for his second USAC National Midget win of the year in just his third start.

Minden, Nevada's Thorson would leave the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" a happy man for the second straight Thanksgiving night after winning last season's diamond jubilee. By virtue of his sixth-place finish in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota in Thursday night's feature, the 20-year-old Thorson was crowned as 2016 USAC National Midget champion.

"I went into this race set on winning," Thorson assured. "I didn't think about points all year until this race, so I wasn't trying to make it a big deal to myself because it can get you worked up and it doesn't allow you to perform your best. I just went out there to win the race."

Thorson's teammate and fellow championship combatant Bayston recovered from a spin just before halfway to finish ninth after restarting from the tail. It was an impressive feat in its own right to respond to adversity, but it would not warrant enough points for Bayston to surpass Thorson who became the first Nevada native to claim the series title.

"I saw Spencer get tangled up and it was really unfortunate," Thorson recalls. "You never want to see a teammate go out like that. It was unfortunate for him, but it worked in our favor. This whole team and our sponsors are what make this deal what it is. We have two of the best in the business in Keith (Kunz) and Big Al (Scroggins) who always put awesome cars underneath us."

"I came really close to getting the job done last year, but we came up a little bit short," Thorson adds. "This year, we were able to get it done even though we didn't start the season the way we wanted. I remember we were leading the first race during 'Indiana Midget Week' at Montpelier and popped a right rear tire. A few races later, we had an issue at 'The Ditch' (West Memphis, Ark.) and all that led to a not-so-great stretch. I didn't think that we were going to be able to get the job done after those issues. Suddenly, though, we just started clicking. Every time I went out onto the track, I had an awesome car which allowed me to win a lot of races this year. That's really the only thing that saved me this year. We got wins and stayed consistent after 'Midget Week' and it allowed us to get the job done. It's pretty incredible to be the champion. I'm speechless!"

Thirteenth-place finisher Ronnie Gardner would be the first to tell you that his 'Turkey Night' didn't go as well as he had hoped, but despite that one aberration, it was yet another banner season for the Corona, California native who became the first driver in the history of the USAC Western States Midget series to win four consecutive series championships in his Six8 Motorsports/Baldozier Racing - Esslinger Engineering/Stewart/Esslinger.

"My mom and Sleepy Tripp's wife are really good friends," Gardner explains. "I grew up idolizing Sleepy with what he accomplished on the west coast and across the United States in a midget. It's a pretty big deal to actually beat one of his records."

"I was a little disappointed," Gardner laments about Thursday night's race. "I thought we'd stack up a little better, but we kind of went outside the box tonight just trying to be better than we were, but we missed a little bit. I messed up qualifying and that put us mid-pack at the start and that hurt us in the race. Starting from the middle of the field against this competition makes it hard to get up to the front."

Award winners Thursday night at Ventura Raceway included Brady Bacon (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display/Jason Leffler Memorial Fast Qualifier), Jake Swanson (KSE Racing Products/Keizer Wheels/Rod End Supply Hard Charger), Kyle Larson (Light Up the World Beverages Feature Winner) and Carson Macedo (Don Basile Rookie of the Race).

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USAC NATIONAL/WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 24, 2016 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.277; 2. Kyle Larson, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.356; 3. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.378; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.387; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.425; 6. Damion Gardner, 4k, Klatt-12.458; 7. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-12.460; 8. Rico Abreu, 97k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.476; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.543; 10. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.575; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73T, Ford-12.592; 12. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.595; 13. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-12.602; 14. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.608; 15. Jake Swanson, 17, Swanson-12,614; 16. Colton Hardy, 4H, Lesher-12.624; 17. Michael Pickens, 25p, Rodela-12.639; 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-12.654; 19. Tyler Nelson, 47, Mason-12.662; 20. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.682; 21. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.712; 22. Jake Hagopian, 14, Hagopian-12.715; 23. Cory Kruseman, 21k, Kruseman-12.721; 24. David Prickett, 122Q, Nichols/Neverlift-12.733; 25. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-12.746; 26. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-12.754; 27. Holly Shelton, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.764; 28. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-12.786; 29. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-12.819; 30. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.827; 31, Nick Chivello, 17k, Morris-12.833; 32. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.836; 33. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.851; 34. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.852; 35. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-12.879; 36. Austin Brown, 7B, Brown-12.887; 37. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-12.960; 38. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.984; 39. Austen Figueroa, 49jr, Bach-13.024; 40. Tyler Seavey, 88, Arata-13.059; 41. Chris Ennis, 288, Ennis-13.061; 42. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.071; 43. Zac Taylor, 12k, Kruseman-13.082; 44. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.082; 45. Nate Wait, 35w, MF-13.097; 46. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.110; 47. Dylan Ito, 73F. Ford-13.199; 48. Tim Barber, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.233; 49. Tony Everhart, 5T, Everhart-13.319; 50. Kirk Kubik, 32, Kubik-14.223; 51. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-NT; 52. Troy Rutherford, 73x, Ford-NT.

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Bernal. 2. Pickens, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Crone, 5. Kruseman, 6. Greth, 7. Chivello, 8. Josett, 9. Shelton, 10. Johnson, 11. Nelson, 12. Deskins, 13. Leer, 14. Taylor, 15. Ito, 16. Figueroa, 17. Ennis, 18. Everhart, 19. Wait. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Boat, 2. R.Gardner, 3. Robinson, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Dalby, 6. Prickett, 7. Hardy, 8. Dolacki, 9. Guerrini, 10. Barber, 11. Smith, 12. Ebberts, 13. Pankratz, 14. Nichols, 15. Brown, 16. Seavey, 17. Hagopian. 18. Cofer. NT

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (15 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Kruseman, 3. Guerrini, 4. Chivello, 5. Dalby, 6. Dolacki, 7. Nelson, 8. Smith, 9. Ebberts, 10. Deskins, 11. Barber, 12. Johnson, 13. Hardy, 14. Prickett, 15. Shelton, 16. Greth. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (98 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Spencer Bayston, 10. Cory Elliott, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Ryan Bernal, 13. Ronnie Gardner, 14. Holly Shelton, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Ryan Robinson, 17. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 18. Robert Dalby, 19. Maria Cofer, 20. Robby Josett, 21. Tyler Dolacki, 22. Courtney Crone, 23. Nick Chivello, 24. Frankie Guerrini, 25. Michael Faccinto, 26. Michael Pickens, 27. Randi Pankratz, 28. Cory Kruseman, 29. Gage Walker. NT ---------------------------- **Ennis flipped during the first qualifier. Greth flipped during the second qualifier. Hardy flipped during the second qualifier. Walker flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bacon, Laps 21-98 Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/KEIZER WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 8th)

DON BASILE "ROOKIE OF THE RACE:" Carson Macedo (3rd)

FINAL USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Thorson-1,249, 2-Bayston-1,231, 3-Bacon-1,202, 4-Boat-1,162, 5-Macedo-1,126, 6-Robinson-1,003, 7-Shelton-847, 8-Bryan Clauson-720, 9-Tyler Thomas-714, 10-Greth-582.

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-R. Gardner-1,042, 2-Faccinto-873, 3-Elliott-835, 4-Guerrini-772, 5-Crone-713, 6-Cofer-610, 7-Dalby-609, 8-Pankratz-596, 9-Cody Swanson-564, 10-Dolacki-498.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT (No points) RACE RESULTS:

November 24, 2016 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Ryan Bernal (#51T Roth), 4. Jimmy Crawford (#51 Crawford), 5. Scott Hall (#56K Hall), 6. Dennis Rodriguez (#81T Watt), 7. Austen Figueroa (#49 Bach), 8. Brandon Wiley (#33B Wiley), 9. Ken Mahoney (#6K Mahoney), 10. Geoffrey Strole (#09S Strole), 11. Guy Woodward (#24X Woodward). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Brody Roa (#81 Watt), 3. Buddy Kofoid (#4S Simpson), 4. Bruce Douglass (#13 Davis), 5. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 6. Gary Nelson Jr. (#6N Nelson), 7. Steven Garris (#58 Garris), 8. Katlynn Leer (#U47 Hix), 9. Brian Grosenheider (#30 Grosenheider), 10. Tyler Edwards (#57 Hix), 11. Charlie Butcher (#96 Butcher), 12. Mike Callahan (#96K Cook). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Klint Simpson (#32 Johnson), 2. Jake Swanson (#12 Dale), 3. Tom Hendricks (#4K Kruseman), 4. Kyle Smith (#55 Smith), 5. Kyle Edwards (#39E Edwards), 6. Greg Taylor (#7 Taylor), 7. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 8. Wally Pankratz (#2 Swann), 9. Matt McCarthy (#55M McCarthy), 10. Jordan Linson (#10J Linson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Michael Pickens (#81S Watt), 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Carson Macedo (#21X Tarlton), 5. Klint Simpson, 6. Troy Rutherford, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Tristan Guardino (#81M Watt), 9. Kyle Smith, 10. Buddy Kofoid, 11. Jimmy Crawford, 12. R.J. Johnson, 13. Tom Hendricks, 14. Bruce Douglass, 15. Chase Johnson (#24 Johnson), 16. Trey Marcham (81X Watt), 17. Cody Majors (#54 Majors), 18. Brody Roa, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Cory Kruseman (#45 Kruseman). NT ------------------------------------ **Woodward flipped during the first semi. Callahan and Butcher flipped during the second semi

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ensign.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (14th to 3rd)

 

 

 

BRADY BACON FASTEST IN WEDNESDAY'S "TURKEY NIGHT" MIDGET PRACTICE

Ventura, California.........Brady Bacon recorded the fastest overall time of the 53 drivers on hand in Wednesday night's USAC National & Western States Midget practice at Ventura Raceway.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver was the fastest in two of the three sessions held on the one-fifth-mile oval in preparation for Thursday night's 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix." His time of 12.115 seconds in the first session held up as the top speed on the chart.

Bacon remains mathematically eligible to win the USAC National Midget title, sitting fourth in the standings, 65 points out of the lead heading into Thursday's season-finale. Series point leader Tanner Thorson of Nevada was fourth quickest while Indiana's Spencer Bayston, who is just nine points behind in second, was 16th. Arizona's Chad Boat, the only other driver in the title hunt, was eighth fastest in practice.

NASCAR star Kyle Larson was the fastest of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team's seven entries. The Elk Grove, California native was the fastest in the third practice session and third overall.

The 2016 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway continues Thursday, Nov. 24 with ProSource/Woodland Auto Display USAC Midget qualifying, followed by preliminary events including qualifying races and a last chance qualifier that sets the field for the night's 76th edition of the 98-lap feature.

In addition to the Midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be on the program, returning with multiple last chance qualifiers and concluding with a 30-lap feature.

Pit gates open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm. Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.

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PRACTICE: 1. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.115; 2. Damion Gardner, 4x, Klatt-12.144; 3. Kyle Larson, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.166; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.222; 5. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols-12.244; 6. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.247; 7. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-12.262; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.308; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.314; 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-12.328; 11. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.337; 12. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-12.339; 13. Holly Shelton, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.348; 14. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-12.363; 15. Carson Macedo, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.367; 16. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.378; 17. Colton Hardy, 4H, Lesher-12.414; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.441; 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73T, Ford-12.456; 20. Cody Swanson, 71s, Swanson-12.462; 21. Jake Hagopian, 14, Hagopian-12.473; 22. Austin Brown, 7B, Brown-12.506; 23. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.560; 24. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-12.564; 25. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-12.570; 26. Jake Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.577; 27. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.581; 28. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.583; 29. Michael Pickens, 25p, Rodela-12.587; 30. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-12.610; 31. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-12.619; 32. Tyler Nelson, 47, Mason-12.683; 33. David Prickett, 122Q, Nichols/Neverlift-12.776; 34. Chris Ennis, 288, Sidewaze-12.824; 35. Tyler Seavey, 88, Arata-12.830; 36. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.843; 37. Nate Wait, 35w, MF-12.869; 38. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.920; 39. Dylan Ito, 73F, Ford-12.998; 40. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.074; 41. Tim Barber, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.130; 42. Zac Taylor, 12K, Kruseman-13.134; 43. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.174; 44. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-13.559; 45. Nick Chivello, 17K, Morris-13.615; 46. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.762; 47. Tony Everhart, 5T, Everhart-14.182; 48. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-NT; 49. Mike Callahan, 78, Cook-NT; 50. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-NT; 51. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-NT; 52. Katlynn Leer, 77, Leer-NT; 53. Troy Rutherford, 73x, Ford-NT.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS:

November 23, 2016 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-12.226 (New Track Record); 2. Ryan Bernal, 51T, Roth-12.236; 3. Brody Roa, 81, Watt-12.269; 4. Chase Johnson, 24, Johnson-12.288; 5. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-12.303; 6. Jimmy Crawford, 51, Crawford-12.347; 7. Tristan Guardino, 81M, Watt-12.360; 8. Cory Kruseman, 45, Kruseman-12.377; 9. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-12.393; 10. Greg Taylor, 7, Taylor-12.414; 11. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.437; 12. Michael Pickens, 81S, Watt-12.449; 13. Trey Marcham, 81X, Watt-12.450; 14. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.450; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-12.453; 16. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-12.462; 17. Carson Macedo, 21X, Tarlton-12.606; 18. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.614; 19. Kaitlynn Leer, U47, Hix-12.616; 20. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-12.638; 21. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-12.650; 22. Tom Hendricks, 4K, Kruseman-12.651; 23. Dennis Rodriguez, 81T, Watt-12.683; 24. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.699; 25. Klint Simpson, 32, Johnson-12.699; 26. Buddy Kofoid, 4S, Simpson-12.746; 27. Wally Pankratz, 2, Swann-12.789; 28. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-12.847; 29. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.895; 30. Scott Hall, 56K, Hall-12.913; 31. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.922; 32. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-12.997; 33. Tyler Edwards, 57, Hix-12.997; 34. Austen Figueroa, 49, Bach-13.013; 35. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-13.081; 36. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-13.107; 37. Matt McCarthy, 55M, McCarthy-13.134; 38. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-13.248; 39. Ken Mahoney, 6K, Mahoney-13.478; 40. Mike Callahan, 96K, Cook-13.602; 41. Jay Ervine, 51X, Ervine-NT; 42. Guy Woodward, 24X, Woodward-NT; 43. Brian Grosenheider, 30, Grosenheider-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Ensign, 3. Taylor, 4. Douglass, 5. Butcher, 6. Grosenheider, 7. Garris, 8. Crawford. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Marcham, 2. Guardino, 3. Bernal, 4. Rodriguez, 5. Wiley, 6. Strole, 7. Mahoney. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Deskins, 2. Majors, 3. Swanson, 4. Linson, 5. K.Edwards, 6. R.Johnson. NT

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Schank, 3. Roa, 4. Hendricks, 5. Pankratz, 6. Shaw, 7. McCarthy. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Simpson, 2. Pickens, 3. C.Johnson, 4. T.Edwards, 5. Nelson, 6. Leer, 7. Callahan. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Kruseman, 3. Kofoid, 4. Woodward, 5. Hall, 6. Figueroa, 7. Hendricks. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino, 2. Cory Kruseman, 3. Michael Pickens, 4. Geoff Ensign, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Trey Macham, 7. Carson Macedo, 8. Cody Majors, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Klint Simpson, 12. Shon Deskins, 13. Rick Hendrix, 14. Jake Swanson, 15. Ryan Bernal, 16. Brody Roa, 17. Greg Taylor, 18. Terry Schank Jr., 19. Buddy Kofoid, 20. Kyle Smith. NT

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**Crawford flipped during the first heat. Kruseman, Hendricks, and Kofoid flipped during the sixth heat. Schank and Taylor flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Kruseman, Laps 6-20 Guardino.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (19th to 10th)

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 24 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 

 

VENTURA RACEWAY HOSTS THURSDAY’S “76TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX”

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 22, 2016... This Thursday, November 24th, Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will host the “76th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Presented by Agajanian Promotions, the USAC Western States and National Midgets will battle in one of the most prestigious and longest running motorsports events in the country. The USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will join the action packed card in a special non-point event. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, and the program starts at 3:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Schoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

The festivities will start tomorrow, November 23rd with a special practice session for the USAC Midgets. In addition, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will compete with time trials, heat races, and a preliminary feature. Time trials are scheduled to begin at 3:30pm.

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

Since May 24, 1986, 137 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen wins at the 1/5-mile oval. Tripp, the seven-time champion, is followed by Billy Boat (13), Page Jones (8), Garrett Hansen (7), and Jimmy Sills (6). On November 18, 1995, 1994 Champion Johnny Cofer set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 11.675 and a complete Ventura series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has clinched his fourth consecutive championship. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner scored his sixth win of the year last Saturday at Bakersfield. At press time, Gardner has also posted eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 116 feature laps led to his credit. Now tied with Wally Pankratz for fourth on the series win list, Ronnie will be looking to earn his twentieth career victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks second in the Western championship point chase. Driving the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was running second at Bakersfield before a lost muffler resulted in a twelfth place finish. To date, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner has recorded two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the season. At Ventura, Michael will have his sights on his fifth career USAC Western Midget triumph.

Cory Elliot (Bakersfield, California) sits third in the USAC Western point standings. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott scored fourth at the Bakersfield clay oval. At press time, last season’s Rookie of the Year has posted five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit. On Thanksgiving Day, Cory will have his sights on adding the Turkey Night Grand Prix to his resume.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini led the first twenty laps at Bakersfield before taking second at the checkered flags. To date, last year’s BCRA Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. On Thursday, Guerrini will be looking to earn the second USAC triumph of his career.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) is ranked fifth in the point standings. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone won her first heat race of the season and scored fifth in the Bakersfield feature. At press time, the leading rookie contender has also recorded two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and eight top-10 finishes on the year. Courtney will be looking to break through and claim her first USAC Western States Midget triumph at Ventura.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Maria Cofer, Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Cody Swanson, Tyler Dolacki, Shannon McQueen, Nate Wait, Robby Josett, Dylan Ito, Darren Hagen, Troy Rutherford, and more.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nevada) leads the USAC National Midget point chase. Spencer Bayston, Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Carson Macedo, Ryan Robinson, Holly Shelton, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Thomas, and Ryan Greth round out the top-10 drivers.

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

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Light Up The World Beverages, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

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

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

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 6-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1- Robby Josett, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Tanner Thorson.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-1005, 2. Michael Faccinto-850, 3. Cory Elliott-790, 4. Frankie Guerrini-749, 5. Courtney Crone (R)-690, 6. Maria Cofer (R)-585, 7. Robert Dalby (R)-582, 8. Randi Pankratz-573, 9. Cody Swanson-564, 10. Tyler Dolacki-475, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-319, 13. Nate Wait-262, 14. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 15. Terry Nichols-228, 16. Robby Josett-201, 17. Dylan Ito (R)-200, 18. Darren Hagen-195, 19. Ashley Hazelton (R)-178, 20. Taylor Simas-177. USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tanner Thorson-1194, 2. Spencer Bayston-1185, 3. Brady Bacon-1129, --Chad Boat-1129, 5. Carson Macedo (R)-1058, 6. Ryan Robinson (R)-872, 7. Holly Shelton (R)-810, 8. Bryan Clauson-720, 9. Tyler Thomas-714, 10. Ryan Greth (R)-572, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr.-545, 12. Dave Darland-527, 13. Zach Daum-512, 14. Gage Walker (R)-491, 15. Shane Golobic (R)-407, 16. Steve Buckwalter-316, 17. Davey Ray-253, 18. Justin Peck (R)-226, 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer (R)-192, 20. Jimi Quin-173.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS “76TH ANNUAL TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” DOUBLEHEADER

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 22, 2016... Starting tomorrow, November 23rd, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will battle at Ventura Raceway for two nights of action. Joining the prestigious “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix,” with the USAC National and Western States Midgets, the 360 powered traditional sprints will battle in special non-point events. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, and the program starts at 3:30pm.

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

Ventura Raceway has a strict mandated sound rule and the track legal mufflers are Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.), and Schoenfeld (14272735). The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Failure to comply with the Ventura muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

To date, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held two West Coast Sprint Car races. Johnathon Henry won the West Coast / VRA “Grand Slam” event on April 4, 2009 and Jake Swanson was victorious on July 19, 2014. Since qualifications were not used at both events, a new track record will be set on Wednesday. The event format and purse are listed at the bottom of this release.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) clinched the series championship at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds on August 13. Piloting the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa posted two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 68 feature laps led to his credit. Brody will race Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / SWE entry at Ventura and will be looking for his fourth series triumph.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) closed out the season on a hot streak and climbed to second in the West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace had two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led on the year. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will be looking to add a Ventura win to his resume.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) finished third in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored two feature wins, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led on the season. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year had a great season and is a threat to win the Ventura doubleheader.

After winning the series point finale at Hanford on August 13th, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ran fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard posted two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps to his credit. The 2011 Champion ranks second in career wins and will have his sights on earning his twentieth victory.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) had a strong season and placed fifth in the West Coast point standings. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams registered two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and two feature laps led. The 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the year will be looking for his first West Coast win at Ventura.

Finishing ninth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Cody Majors, Trey Marcham, Jeff Sibley, Troy Rutherford, Kyle Smith, Gary Nelson Jr., Jake Swanson, Shon Deskins, Chase Johnson, Jay Ervine, and more.

Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, California) added the VRA Sprint Car Championship to his list of accomplishments. Kyle Smith, Austen Figueroa, Guy Woodward, Chris Meredith, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, Tommy Dunkel, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, and Troy Rutherford round out the top-10 drivers.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, 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 and Twitter pages.

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

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Troy Rutherford, 2-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jake Swanson.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PURSE: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $500, 4. $350, 5. $275, 6. $250, 7. $225, 8. $200, 9-20. $125.

THURSDAY NIGHT PURSE: 1. $3000, 2. $1000, 3. $800, 4. $700, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $400, 8. $300, 9. $250, 10. $225, 11-20. $150, *First Non-Transfer in each B-Main $125, Second Non-Transfer in each B-Main $100, Third Non-Transfer in each B-Main $75.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FORMAT: Qualify 2 Laps, Heat Races: Invert 4. Take Top-20 out of heat races, If 4 heats take 5, If 5 heats take 4. No B Mains on Wednesday Night. Invert for main is 6 off qualifying time. Top 8 from Wednesday feature are locked into redraw on Thursday for first 8 spots.

THURSDAY NIGHT FORMAT: 2 or 3 Semi-Mains lineup with the 12 non-transfers from A-Main. Wednesday first, then cars that did not make Wednesday feature lined up by time. Top 12 from Semi-Mains go to A-Main. 2 Semi-Mains will be 6 transfer each. 3 Semi-Mains will be 4 transfer each.

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-876, 2. Jace Vander Weerd-807, 3. D.J. Johnson-794, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-704, 5. Max Adams-626, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-622, 7. Austin Liggett-597, 8. Tristan Guardino-590, 9. Ryan Timmons-551, 10. Cody Majors-465, 11. Trey Marcham-457, 12. Jeff Sibley-445, 13. Shannon McQueen-435, 14. Troy Rutherford-401, 15. Kyle Smith-338, 16. Kevin Barnes-249, 17. Colton Slack-242, 18. Stevie Sussex-239, 19. Landon Hurst-192, 20. Kyler Shaw-191.

FINAL VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Rick Hendrix-3030, 2. Kyle Smith-2270, 3. Austin Figueroa-2140, 4. Guy Woodward-1975, 5. Chris Meredith-1250, 6. Kyle Edwards-1000, 7. Hobie Conway-955, 8. Tommy Dunkel-935, 9. Jeremy Ellertson-935, 10. Troy Rutherford-775, 11. Tyler Williams-735, 12. Brandon Wiley-705, 13. Cody Majors-680, 14. Charlie Butcher-660, 15. Kenny Perkins-610, 16. Ed Schawrz-525, 17. Ron Bach-510, 18. Luis Espinzoa-505, 19. Brody Roa-495, 20. Wally Pankratz-495.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

 

 

2016 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON LOUDPEDAL.TV!

The 76th annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix" will be streamed LIVE at http://www.loudpedal.tv/live/ from California's Ventura Raceway on Wednesday and Thursday, November 23 and 24.

The two-night racing spectacular begins Wednesday night, Nov. 23, with a USAC West Coast Sprint Car special event that concludes with a 25-lap feature event, plus USAC Midget practice.

On Thursday night, Nov. 24, the 76th running of the prestigious Thanksgiving night event takes place with live flag-to-flag coverage of hot laps, qualifying, qualifying races, and the 98-lap main event featuring the USAC National and Western States Midgets. A full USAC West Coast Sprint Car program is on the card as well, concluding with a 30-lap feature.

Loudpedal Productions, the official media partner of the United States Auto Club, will showcase all the thrills from Ventura Raceway on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live/, produced by industry leaders Fast 4 Media. The 2016 edition of "Turkey Night" features several story lines including the nail-biting points race for the USAC National Midget title between defending race winner Tanner Thorson and Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" candidate Spencer Bayston, who are separated by a mere nine points entering the event.

The "Turkey Night" live stream can be ordered now at http://www.loudpedal.tv/live/. A two-night package that includes Wednesday night's West Coast Sprint Car event and USAC Midget practice as well as Thursday night's 98-lap Midget event, plus a full West Coast Sprint Car program can be purchased for $34.99. A Thursday-only package is available for just $24.99!

Turkey Night's return to Ventura for the first time since 1997 also highlights the return of NASCAR regulars and midget racing veterans Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell as well as top contenders Brady Bacon (Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion) and Chad Boat (Son of three-time "Turkey Night" winner Billy Boat), plus top series rookie Carson Macedo, New Zealand's Michael Pickens and many, many more, including all the stars from the national and west coast scenes.

There is a 100-mile blackout of the live stream surrounding Ventura Raceway for both night's events.

The "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins with cars on track at 3:30pm on both Wednesday and Thursday with racing action set to start at 5:30pm.

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER IS BACK ON TOP AT BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 21, 2016… Charging from sixth, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sliced his way past Frankie Guerrini on lap 21 and claimed last Saturday’s win at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, the 30-lap victory was his sixth triumph of the campaign. Guerrini, hard charger Chad Boat, Cory Elliott, and Courtney Crone followed the point leader to the checkered flags.

Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner nearly swept the Bakersfield show and has a lock on his fourth straight title. Scoring his fifth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, Ronnie bested the eighteen car field and ran second to Chad Boat in his heat race. Heading to Thursday’s Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura, Gardner has 155-point lead on the strength of eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 116 feature laps led.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) led the first twenty laps but had to settle for second. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / David Motorsports Spike, Guerrini was eighth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. Last year’s BCRA Champion left Bakersfield ranked fourth in points with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led.

Primarily running the outside line, Chad Boat (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from ninth. Racing the Tucker/Boat Motorsports owned #84 Pristine Auction / K&C Drywall Spike, Boat qualified seventh overall and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Tuning up for Turkey Night, the National Series driver is twenty-eighth in western points with two heat race victories and one top-10 finish.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) had a solid night in front of his hometown fans and scored fourth. Piloting the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott was second fast in time trials and ran second to Michael Faccinto in his heat race. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently third in the point standings with five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) continues to impress with a fifth place run at Bakersfield Speedway. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone qualified third overall and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. At press time, the leading rookie contender is fifth in points with one heat race victory, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eight top-10 finishes on the year.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) raced to victory in the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was fifth quick in time trials and was running second in the feature before a lost muffler resulted in a twelfth place run. To date, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner is second in the point chase with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the season.

On Thursday, November 24th, the USAC Western States Midgets will close out their season at Ventura Raceway for the “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the event is co-sanctioned with the USAC National Midgets and will also feature the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Light Up The World Beverages, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.869; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.940; 3. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.951; 4. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.001; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.014; 6. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.051; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.099; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.221 9. Troy Rutherford, 11B, Brutton-13.299; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.308; 11. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-13.669; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.703; 13. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.821; 14. David Prickett, 122Q, Nichols/Neverlift-13.904; 15. Tim Barber, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.917; 16. Brennan Rogers, 20, Rogers-14.347; 17. Quintin Crye, 15X, Crye-14.520; 18. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Gardner, 3. Dalby, 4. Pankratz, 5. Rogers, 6. Hazelton. NT.

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Elliott, 3. Guerrini, 4. Wait, 5. Crye, 6. Prickett. NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Crone, 2. Cofer, 3. Rutherford, 4. Dolacki, 5. Barber, 6. Nichols. NT.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 2. Frankie Guerrini (2nd), 3. Chad Boat (9th), 4. Cory Elliott (5th), 5. Courtney Crone (7th), 6. Maria Cofer (4th), 7. Robert Dalby (3rd), 8. Tyler Dolacki (12th), 9. Troy Rutherford (1st), 10. Tim Barber (15th), 11. David Prickett (17th), 12. Michael Faccinto (8th), 13. Randi Pankratz (10th), 14. Quintin Crye (14th), 15. Ron Hazelton (16th), 16. Brennan Rogers (13th), 17. Nate Wait (11th), 18. Terry Nichols (18th). NT ------------------------------------ **Waite, Hazelton, Crye, Prickett, and Dalby flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Guerrini, Laps 21-30 Gardner KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (9th to 3rd)

WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-1005, 2. Michael Faccinto-850, 3. Cory Elliott-790, 4. Frankie Guerrini-749, 5. Courtney Crone-690, 6. Maria Cofer-585, 7. Robert Dalby-582, 8. Randi Pankratz-573, 9. Cody Swanson-564, 10. Tyler Dolacki-475, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-319, 13. Nate Wait-262, 14. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 15. Terry Nichols-228, 16. Robby Josett-201, 17. Dylan Ito-200, 18. Darren Hagen-195, 19. Ashley Hazelton-178, 20. Taylor Simas-177.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.

 

 

BOAT AND LAWSON HONORED AS 76TH "TURKEY NIGHT GP" CO-GRAND MARSHALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Billy Boat and John Lawson. No two names are more synonymous with USAC West Coast Midget racing in the mid-1990s than these gentlemen.

You could also say that no two names struck more fear into their fellow competitors when they pulled into the pits and rolled their car off the hauler for another night of racing than these two.

Victory lane was a second home for Phoenix, Arizona's Boat and Fresno, California's Lawson between the years of 1993 and 1997. It wasn't too uncommon for fans and competitors to witness the familiar black number 15 storm to the front of the pack on its way to another victory.

Though, when the pair first won back in 1993 at Hanford, California's Kings Speedway, the car was pearly white and the number on the tail tank read 8L.

But, soon, the team would find their number and everyone else's number for that matter over the next handful of years.

In a limited four-race program in 1993, Boat and Lawson were victorious in three of those four starts with three fast qualifying times to go along with it.

In a full campaign in 1994, Boat and Lawson won twice in 20 starts, but came up a little short in the points race, finishing in the runner-up spot behind Johnny Cofer.

When the calendar turned its page to the 1995 season, Boat and Lawson were no longer just contenders for race wins. The duo was absolutely dominating as they ran roughshod over the competition in an 18-win season in just 27 starts on their way to a USAC Western States Midget championship by an astounding 311 points!

During a four-month, 11-race stretch from May to September, Boat and Lawson went undefeated and, in the process, set an incredible 11-race win streak that still stands as an all-time USAC record to this day.

Soon thereafter, the two became not only local heroes, but a terror when the national guys rode into town. Ventura, Bakersfield and Perris were practically owned by Boat and Lawson at the end of the 1995 season which started the pair's streak of three consecutive "Turkey Night" victories in 1995, 1996 and Ventura's last "Turkey Night" race in 1997.

As Boat and Lawson ventured out to test the National waters a bit more in 1996 and 1997, their winning ways never wavered. It didn't make a difference if it was the "Copper World Classic" on the one-mile pavement at Phoenix International Raceway, the flat half-mile dirt fairgrounds oval at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, the high-banked circle that is the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks or the converted baseball field at 16th Speedway in Indianapolis.

Boat and Lawson won at all of them.

All but one of Billy's 41 career USAC Western States Midget victories came behind the wheel of a John Lawson-owned machine. Therefore, it is only fitting that on this night, Thursday, November, 24, 2016, that these two legends of racing are celebrated as grand marshals of the 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

The 2016 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway begins Wednesday, Nov. 23 with USAC Midget practice. On Thursday, Nov. 24, the Midgets will qualify, then run preliminary events leading into the night's 76th edition of the 98-lap feature.

In addition to the Midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing on both Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Sprint Cars will qualify, race heats and a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will return with semi-feature events and 30-lap feature.

Both Wednesday and Thursday night, the pit gates will open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm. Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.

There will be an autograph session at the track during intermission on Wednesday night. Advance tickets for the 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" are available by calling 805-648-7223.

If you can't make it to Ventura Raceway to see "Turkey Night" in person, you can catch flag-to-flag coverage of all the racing action on both Wednesday and Thursday night on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live! There is a 100-mile broadcast blackout surrounding Ventura Raceway.

 

 

THORSON & BAYSTON: ONE FINAL SHOWDOWN TO DETERMINE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Nine points separate two men from reaching the pinnacle of their sport.

Two men who've endured a season that's seen its ups and its downs, but a season that can be redeemed and rewarded with one more successful performance in an event that simply oozes with history - the 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at California's Ventura Raceway.

The main figures playing lead roles on the stage for this Thursday's USAC National and Western States Midget season finale involve two Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates who've reached the top of the season standings via different avenues: Tanner Thorson and Spencer Bayston. Although, Chad Boat and Brady Bacon do remain mathematically eligible to win the title. Both stand 65 points out of the lead.

Point leader Thorson leads the series with six victories and 180 laps led in 2016 - twice as many as any other driver in both statistical categories. However, inconsistent stretches through the early to mid-point of the season left Thorson in the rearview mirror in the championship hunt. But, a late-season surge has not only thrust Thorson right back into the thick of title contention in the very race he is the defending winner of, the 20-year-old Minden, Nevada native is now in the driver's seat.

In fact, just one and a half month ago, Thorson entered a crucial three-race stretch at Tri-City Speedway's "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in Granite City, Illinois fourth in the series' standings behind Bayston, Chad Boat and Brady Bacon. By the time the checkered flag had flown on Saturday night's finale, Thorson was second in points, just nine out of the lead, after sweeping all three nights of the "Gold Crown."

One race later, at the "Jason Leffler Memorial" in Wayne City, Illinois, Thorson left the grounds with a second-place finish in his pocket and became the new USAC National Midget point leader heading into the final event of the season at Ventura.

On the other hand, Bayston has relied on consistency to maintain his position near the top of the standings throughout 2016. The Lebanon, Indiana driver took his sole victory of the season during "Indiana Midget Week" at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Indiana and leads the series in both top-fives and top-ten finishes.

Bayston, the 2015 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, jumped to the point lead in June on the final night of "Indiana Midget Week." After losing the lead briefly in early August, the 18-year-old Bayston regained the top spot in the standings just two races later - a lead he held until the Oct. 21 race at Wayne City.

The USAC National Midget title being decided at "Turkey Night" is no new phenomenon. In fact, just one year ago, in 2015, the championship chase between Tracy Hines and Kevin Thomas, Jr. came down to the finale with Hines able to eke out an 18-point victory to complete the career USAC Triple Crown.

This year's nine-point difference in the standings heading into the final race is the closest in the past 20 years. Over that same 20-year period since the last "Turkey Night" held at Ventura in 1997, there have been six occasions when the difference between first and second was 20 or less: Rico Abreu by 10 over Christopher Bell in 2014, Bryan Clauson by 16 over Darren Hagen in 2011, Brad Kuhn by 8 over Brad Sweet in 2009, Cole Whitt by 1 over Hines in 2008 and Jason Leffler by 11 over Jay Drake in 1998.

The unique set of circumstances presented to Thorson and Bayston on Thursday night not only pertain to the points race, but also to the fact that, at 98 laps, the race is the longest, most grueling challenge that is put forth in front of the competitors all year long. When does a driver push? When and where can a driver settle in? With so much at stake, does it alter the focus from the race to the points chase or vice versa? Thorson feels that it'll be business as usual.

"I don't think the points race changes my game plan at all," Thorson said. "I'm going into Thursday night with my mindset on winning. If I give my best and give this team the best finish I possibly can, hopefully it will be enough to secure the title. I'm not going into Turkey Night to 'points race;' I'm there to win."

Bayston aims to make his first visit to the one-fifth, seaside oval at Ventura as well as embarking on his initial "Turkey Night" start this Thursday as he heads up a strong crop of Don Basile Rookie of the Race candidates. The 98-lap race is outside the box of what Bayston has been accustomed to in his career, but it is a challenge he is excited to tackle head-on.

"This will be the longest race I've ever run," Bayston claimed. "It will be great to be a part of and it will be something very different for me. Instead of going all-out for 30 laps, I'll have to try to pace myself. Having never been to Ventura before, it will be very helpful to get a lot of practice laps in on Wednesday."

"Going into the final race in the position I'm in, I must run my own race and just do the best I can," Bayston added. "If I run the best I can, it will be up to Tanner to not make mistakes. I just need to put myself in the best position possible and leave the rest up to him. I just have to run the race as if it were any other race."

One year ago, Thorson threw a slide job for the ages on teammate Bell to take over the lead in the final stages of his "Turkey Night" victory. This year, Thorson hopes to ink his name into the record books alongside eight other drivers who have won back-to-back "Turkey Night" titles: Ronney Householder, Roy Russing, A.J. Foyt, Ron Shuman, Chuck Gurney, Stan Fox, Billy Boat and Bryan Clauson.

"It would be awesome if I could add my name to that list with all those great names," Thorson said. "You always want to make history every time you're out on the track and, to do that this Thursday night, it would definitely mean a lot."

The schedule for the 2016 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway begins Wednesday, Nov. 23 with USAC Midget practice. On Thursday, Nov. 24, the Midgets will qualify, then run preliminary events leading into the night's 76th edition of the 98-lap feature.

In addition to the Midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing on both Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Sprint Cars will qualify, race heats and a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will return with semi-feature events and 30-lap feature.

Both Wednesday and Thursday night, the pit gates will open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm. Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.

There will be an autograph session at the track during intermission on Wednesday night. Advance tickets for the 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" are available by calling 805-648-7223.

If you can't make it to Ventura Raceway to see "Turkey Night" in person, you can catch flag-to-flag coverage of all the racing action on both Wednesday and Thursday night on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live! There is a 100-mile broadcast blackout surrounding Ventura Raceway.

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"TURKEY NIGHT" RETURNS TO VENTURA

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY TWO DECADES

Thursday's 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" returns to California's Ventura Raceway for the first time since 1997, concluding a 2016 USAC points racing calendar that features a four-way battle for the USAC National Midget Championship.

Among the four drivers who mathematically have a shot at winning the title are Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the defending "Turkey Night" Champion, who holds a slim nine-point edge over runner-up Spencer Bayston from Indiana.

Both are seeking their initial series titles, while Chat Boat and Brady Bacon have long-shot hopes of overhauling the leaders, trailing Thorson by 65 points each.

Ronnie Gardner of Corona, Calif. virtually locked up his record fourth consecutive USAC Western States Midget crown Saturday night at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. He passed Frankie Guerrini on lap 21 at Bakersfield and led the final 10 laps in his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Engineering Stewart/Esslinger.

Trailing the Woodland Auto Display fast qualifier at the checkered flag were Guerrini, Chad Boat, Cory Elliott and the series' top rookie in points, Courtney Crone.

A stout field of "Turkey Night" combatants is expected to include former winners Thorson (2015) and Kyle Larson (2012), plus 2016 Western States Champ Gardner, 2016 AMSOIL National Sprint Champ Brady Bacon, 2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Champ Damion Gardner, 2016 USAC Southwest Sprint Champ R.J. Johnson and 2016 USAC Indiana Midget Champ Carson Macedo.

Fan Favorite Rico Abreu is also among pre-race favorites as he seeks his initial "Turkey Night" victory.

Winners of the 1997 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura, Billy Boat and car owner John Lawson, will serve as Grand Marshals Thursday.

"Turkey Night" is one of America's most storied motorsports histories, dating back to 1934 and having been won by many of the sport's most accomplished champions.

The "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins Wednesday at Ventura with an open practice for the USAC Midgets. Furthermore, an autograph session featuring all the star drivers will be held at the track during intermission.

In addition to the midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing both nights. On Wednesday, they will qualify, race heats and compete in a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the sprint cars will return with semi-feature events, followed by a 30-lap feature.

Advance tickets for the 76th Turkey Night Grand Prix are available by calling 805-648-7223.

Both Wednesday and Thursday night, the pit gates will open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm. Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.

If you cannot make it to the event in person, both nights of "Turkey Night" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live!

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UPCOMING USAC NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Thursday, November 24, 2016

SERIES: USAC Midget National Championship/USAC Western States Midget Championship and USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship

TRACK: Ventura Raceway (Ventura, California) - 1/5-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" featuring the USAC Midget National Championship & USAC Western States Midget Championship

STARTING TIMES: Pit sweep to clear pits prior to pit gate opening at 11am. Pit windows open at 11:45am. Pit gates open at noon. Tech open/Pill picks from noon to 2:45pm. Drivers Meeting at 2:45pm. Cars on track at 3:30pm. Racing begins at 5:30pm.

TICKETS: General Admission: $35. Reserved/Pre-Sale Seats: $45. Pit Passes: $50.

TRACK ADDRESS: 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001

TRACK PHONE: (805) 648-RACE

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.venturaraceway.com/index.html

MEDIA COVERAGE: Streamed LIVE on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live.(100-mile blackout) Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation and available on the Race Monitor app on your phone.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 19, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.869; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.940; 3. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.951; 4. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.001; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.014; 6. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.051; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.099; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.221 9. Troy Rutherford, 11B, Brutton-13.299; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.308; 11. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-13.669; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.703; 13. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.821; 14. David Prickett, 122Q, Nichols/Neverlift-13.904; 15. Tim Barber, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.917; 16. Brennan Rogers, 20, Rogers-14.347; 17. Quintin Crye, 15X, Crye-14.520; 18. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Gardner, 3. Dalby, 4. Pankratz, 5. Rogers, 6. Hazelton. NT.

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Elliott, 3. Guerrini, 4. Wait, 5. Crye, 6. Prickett. NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Crone, 2. Cofer, 3. Rutherford, 4. Dolacki, 5. Barber, 6. Nichols. NT.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Frankie Guerrini, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. Courtney Crone, 6. Maria Cofer, 7. Robert Dalby, 8. Tyler Dolacki, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Tim Barber, 11. David Prickett, 12. Michael Faccinto, 13. Randi Pankratz, 14. Quintin Crye, 15. Ron Hazelton, 16. Brennan Rogers, 17. Nate Wait, 18. Terry Nichols. NT

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**Waite, Hazelton, Crye, Prickett, and Dalby flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Guerrni, Laps 21-30 Gardner

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (9th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 24 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 

 

2016 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON LOUDPEDAL.TV!

The 76th annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix" will be streamed LIVE at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/Live/ from California's Ventura Raceway on Wednesday and Thursday, November 23 and 24.

The two-night racing spectacular begins Wednesday night, Nov. 23, with a USAC West Coast Sprint Car special event that concludes with a 25-lap feature event, plus USAC Midget practice.

On Thursday night, Nov. 24, the 76th running of the prestigious Thanksgiving night event takes place with live flag-to-flag coverage of hot laps, qualifying, qualifying races, and the 98-lap main event featuring the USAC National and Western States Midgets. A full USAC West Coast Sprint Car program is on the card as well, concluding with a 30-lap feature.

Loudpedal Productions, the official media partner of the United States Auto Club, will showcase all the thrills from Ventura Raceway on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/Live/, produced by industry leaders Fast 4 Media. The 2016 edition of "Turkey Night" features several story lines including the nail-biting points race for the USAC National Midget title between defending race winner Tanner Thorson and Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" candidate Spencer Bayston, who are separated by a mere nine points entering the event.

The "Turkey Night" live stream can be ordered now at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/Live/. A two-night package that includes Wednesday night's West Coast Sprint Car event and USAC Midget practice as well as Thursday night's 98-lap Midget event, plus a full West Coast Sprint Car program can be purchased for $34.99. A Thursday-only package is available for just $24.99!

Turkey Night's return to Ventura for the first time since 1997 also highlights the return of NASCAR regulars and midget racing veterans Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell as well as top contenders Brady Bacon (Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion) and Chad Boat (Son of three-time "Turkey Night" winner Billy Boat), plus top series rookie Carson Macedo, New Zealand's Michael Pickens and many, many more, including all the stars from the national and west coast scenes.

There is a 100-mile blackout of the live stream surrounding Ventura Raceway for both night's events.

The "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins with cars on track at 3:30pm on both Wednesday and Thursday with racing action set to start at 5:30pm.

 

 

ALEX BRIGHT TO SUIT UP FOR 2017 USAC EASTERN STORM

Midget racing standout Alex Bright will pilot a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car for Pennsylvania car owner Rick Kaylor in the 11th annual "Eastern Storm" series in 2017. Bright, who has yet to make a USAC Sprint Car start in his career, has 40 career USAC National Midget feature starts, including a second-place finish at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in 2012.

The Collegeville, Pennsylvania native is renowned for his success in a midget on a resume that is highlighted by a 2016 ARDC title as well as a preliminary night feature win at the "Chili Bowl Midget Nationals" earlier in the season in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Car owner Rick Kaylor has been involved in sprint car racing for over two decades. Beginning his driving career in 1989, he has spent the past decade in the role of car owner and sponsor. Rick has owned sprint cars for the likes of Lucas Wolfe, Kenny Jacobs, Ryan Bohlke and, more recently, Super Sportsman driver Troy Rhome and 358 sprint car driver Jordan Givler.

The team is currently assembling a CS9 chassis with a fresh Rider Racing Engine underneath the hood of the No. 13K as Kaylor anxiously awaits his first venture into the world of USAC Sprint Car racing.

"I was at the Knoxville Nationals in 2007 and decided to go to Oskaloosa to watch USAC," Kaylor recalls. "I just thought they were incredible. Since then, I would go to Grandview, or wherever they ran locally, and decided when the time was right, I would like to field a car."

"I started looking at drivers and was spending a lot of time at Susquehanna earlier this year," Kaylor explains. "ARDC just happened to be there quite a bit and I took notice of Alex. I watched him all summer and was impressed with him on the track. Since I didn't know him, I asked around and heard nothing but good things. We talked in September and made a deal for USAC "Eastern Storm" and possibly the URC wingless races."

The schedule for 2017 "Eastern Storm" will be released along with all three of USAC's National schedule at the PRI show in Indianapolis on December 8, 2016.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER & THE ALEXANDERS OVERCOME VALLEYS ON WAY TO USAC/CRA PEAK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The mountain was high and the valley was low at the beginning of Damion Gardner and the Alexander team's 2016 USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car campaign.

The season began with sadness as the team lost its biggest supporter, sponsor Ken Goecke of Scott Sales Company. Just one week later, with heavy hearts, the team soldiered on to compete in the season-opener at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

However, trouble ensued from the get-go as the team was unable to run a single lap in competition due to mechanical trouble, putting them behind the eight-ball in their quest for another championship season.

Yet, the season is long and the possibilities large and even a rocky start wasn't going to deter Concord, California's Gardner and Alexander from capturing their fourth consecutive title.

The team put their collective minds to work and got the proverbial ball rolling in the following race at Perris. Quick all night and victory was a near certainty on the final lap. However, Gardner was caught and passed by young Josh Hodges off the final corner for his first career win.

Though Gardner and Alexander appeared to be back up to speed, there was still a sense by some that there could be a changing of the guard at the top of the USAC/CRA standings with the aforementioned Hodges as well as the emergence of Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson and Austin Williams.

Gardner quickly made up ground, however, reeling off finishes of 4th, 5th, 5th, 2nd, 3rd in the ensuing five races. On July 30 at Perris, though, Gardner would suffer another heartbreak, running out of fuel while leading with five laps to go.

As the page on the calendar turned to August, to the surprise of all, "The Demon" was still searching for that first win. Prior to this year's campaign, the latest Gardner had gone through a season as a full-time USAC/CRA competitor before scoring his first win was mid-April of 2013.

Gardner was pounding on the door of victory lane, but the window of opportunity remained unlocked with the appearance of his personal ATM - Perris Auto Speedway - looming on the schedule once more in late August.

Once again, Gardner was running up front - third, to be exact - on the tenth lap when he was caught up in an incident of his undoing. Gardner restarted from the tail of the 23-car field and proceeded to rip by everybody in the final 20 laps, including Roa with two to go to breakthrough for his first win of 2016 as the series headed into "California Sprint Week" where the flood gates, in a sense, began to open.

Gardner followed a runner-up finish and an 11th place run at Calistoga with two straight victories at Petaluma Speedway and Chico's Silver Dollar Speedway. Gardner nearly pulled off three in a row in Hanford, but was narrowly beaten on the last lap by Thomas Meseraull. Gardner's cumulative results were solid enough to clinch his first "California Sprint Week" title.

After "Sprint Week," Gardner reeled off finishes of 5th, 6th and 4th and added another victory at Perris in October just before the National series came to town for the two-night "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway and three-straight nights at the "Oval Nationals" in Perris.

Gardner, a USAC National Sprint Car regular from 2007 to 2012, came up strong against the toughest competition faced all season with fields consisting of the top-runners from both the West Coast and the National scenes.

Gardner rode into the "Oval Nationals" in top form after a pair of runner-up finishes on both nights at Arizona. Perris holds a special place in Gardner's career. It's the site of 40 of his 70 career USAC/CRA victories. To put that number into perspective, no other driver in the history of the USAC/CRA series has won more than 37 races total!

Gardner ran a solid 4th on opening nights of the "Ovals," then slipped back a bit to an 8th place finish on night number two. But, the Saturday night finale would prove to be magical for Gardner as he led all 40 laps on his way to becoming the third three-time "Oval Nationals" winner, joining Dave Darland and Bud Kaeding.

It was the first USAC National win for Gardner since an "Eastern Storm" victory at Pennsylvania's Port Royal Speedway in 2012. But, biggest of all, it signaled a resurgence of the west coast as Gardner -became the first USAC/CRA regular competitor since Mike Spencer, also in 2012, to win a USAC National race.

It was a year of the emergence of new stars and parity in USAC/CRA. It wasn't until September when the series finally had its first repeat winner of the season. In total, 14 different drivers took the checkered flag - the most since 2009.

Yet, when all was said and done, it was the familiar silver No. 4 with Damion Gardner and the Alexanders that scaled the mountain once again for the fourth consecutive year - the fifth driving title for Gardner and fifth owner title for the Alexander who also took the championship in 2007 with driver Tony Jones.

At times, the peaks and valleys were tough to tame this year for Gardner and Alexander. A multitude of incidents and gremlins plagued the team for the first half of the season, but nobody should ever count out any team in the month of March during the racing season, especially one the caliber of this combination.

After refusing to show any quit or give in to the pressures and frustration experienced early on, Gardner and Alexander proved why they are successful year-in, year-out. They consistently know how to get the job done and, as a result, their names will forever be etched as 2016 USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car champions.

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER LEADS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS TO BAKERSFIELD

 By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 15, 2016... This Saturday, November 19th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their last of three appearances at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the thirteenth point race will also showcase Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stocks, American Stocks, and Mini Dwarfs. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 104 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Ronnie Gardner won the April 30th event and Michael Faccinto scored the June 4th triumph. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

With two races remaining, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) and holds a 121-point advantage over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner ran second to Robby Josett at Ventura on October 29th. To date, the three-time champion has posted five feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led. Currently tied with Page Jones with sixteen triumphs, Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with another Bakersfield victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) is second in the USAC Western States point standings. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto ran fifth at the Ventura show on October 29th. At press time, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the year. Michael has four USAC wins and will have his sights on the Saturday night triumph and keeping his championship hopes alive.

Cory Elliot (Bakersfield, California) has climbed to third in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott charged from eighth to score third at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, last season’s Rookie of the Year has posted five heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, Cory will be looking to earn his second USAC triumph in front of his hometown fans.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini flipped in his Ventura heat race and did not start the main event. At press time, last year’s BCRA Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the season. At Bakersfield, Frankie will have his sights on moving up the standings by claiming the second USAC victory of his career.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) is ranked fifth in the Western Midget point standings. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored ninth at the Ventura Raceway feature. To date, the Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion has posted two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and seven top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, the leading rookie contender will be looking to breakthrough and claim her first series triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Robert Dalby, Tyler Dolacki, Shannon McQueen, Nate Wait, Robby Josett, Dylan Ito, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Ashley Hazelton, Chad Boat, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Light Up The World Beverages, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

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

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 5-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Tanner Thorson.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-922, 2. Michael Faccinto-801, 3. Cory Elliott-717, 4. Frankie Guerrini-676, 5. Courtney Crone-620, 6. Cody Swanson-564, 7. Randi Pankratz-531, 8. Maria Cofer-523, 9. Robert Dalby-521, 10. Tyler Dolacki-420, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-319, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 14. Nate Wait-228, 15. Robby Josett-201, 16. Dylan Ito- 200, 17. Terry Nichols-198, 18. Darren Hagen-195, 19. Ashley Hazelton-178, 20. Taylor Simas-177.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BACON BECOMES TWO-TIME USAC SPRINT CHAMP; HOFFMANS HOIST 11TH OWNERS' TITLE TROPHY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

For the second time in the last three seasons, Brady Bacon has been crowned as USAC's 2016 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion.

Following a runner-up finish at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway in May, the 26-year-old Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver took a point lead he would not relinquish, eventually building his advantage in the standings to 314 by season's end. The 314-point margin between Bacon and second-place Stockon was the largest in the USAC National Sprint Car standings since J.J. Yeley's 352-point rout in 2003.

Consistency was paramount for Bacon throughout the 2016 season. Though he was dominant in the standings throughout the final six months of the season, Bacon managed just two victories - the series' first ever visit to Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway in May and at the Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex in June, which proved to be a landmark for the venerable Hoffman family as they became the first team in the history of the USAC National Sprint Car series to reach 100 victories (95 National, 2 Midwest and 3 "Special Events"), truly a milestone that stands as a testament to their legacy of excellence.

The championship hardware goes to the driver who's the most consistent, the one who's backed by a team that is prepared night-in, night-out at racetracks small and large, semi-banked and high-banked. No team has answered that challenge over the past three decades more than the Hoffman Auto Racing team.

Yet, Bacon and Hoffman Auto Racing's path to the championship didn't solely rely on victories this time around. Following a 2015 season in which they won its most races ever in a single season (7), Bacon and the Hoffmans were dependable and true to form, nearly always found near the front of the field and, along the way, compiled 22 top-fives, and 36 top-ten finishes in 41 series starts (all series bests in 2016).

In the meantime, Bacon, the winningest driver for the Hoffmans, moved up USAC's National Sprint Car winners' list where he now ranks 26th all-time, tying Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding with 17 career wins.

In July, Bacon collected his first "Indiana Sprint Week" title and Hoffman Auto Racing's first since 1998, becoming just the fifth driver to win the seven-race summer series and the USAC National Sprint Car championship in the same calendar year.

The famed number 69 of the Hoffman's has been a staple of the full USAC Sprint Car trail for nearly 30 years while the family-owned team has roots dating back to USAC's inception in 1956. That year, Eddie Sachs drove the Hoffman midget to a 100-lap victory at Dayton (OH) Speedway. The Hoffman's first USAC Sprint Car victory came just one year later, in 1957, with Don Branson behind the wheel at Ohio's New Bremen Speedway.

Six decades after that first triumph, the Hoffmans are widely-renowned as the most legendary USAC Sprint Car team of all. The Milford, Ohio-based team possesses 11 USAC National Sprint Car titles, teaming with drivers Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Robbie Stanley, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Bacon.

Meanwhile, Bacon became the 16th driver to win multiple USAC National Sprint Car titles and the first driver from Oklahoma to accomplish the feat.

Bacon's big 2016 season also included being awarded the Mike Curb "Super License" that is given to the driver who earns the most combined points in USAC's Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions. Bacon also leads the way in the ProSource Fast Time Challenge heading into the Thursday, Nov. 24 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" USAC Midget race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

 

 

BACON BECOMES TWO-TIME USAC SPRINT CHAMP; HOFFMANS HOIST 11TH OWNERS' TITLE TROPHY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

For the second time in the last three seasons, Brady Bacon has been crowned as USAC's 2016 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion.

Following a runner-up finish at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway in May, the 26-year-old Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver took a point lead he would not relinquish, eventually building his advantage in the standings to 314 by season's end. The 314-point margin between Bacon and second-place Stockon was the largest in the USAC National Sprint Car standings since J.J. Yeley's 352-point rout in 2003.

Consistency was paramount for Bacon throughout the 2016 season. Though he was dominant in the standings throughout the final six months of the season, Bacon managed just two victories - the series' first ever visit to Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway in May and at the Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex in June, which proved to be a landmark for the venerable Hoffman family as they became the first team in the history of the USAC National Sprint Car series to reach 100 victories (95 National, 2 Midwest and 3 "Special Events"), truly a milestone that stands as a testament to their legacy of excellence.

The championship hardware goes to the driver who's the most consistent, the one who's backed by a team that is prepared night-in, night-out at racetracks small and large, semi-banked and high-banked. No team has answered that challenge over the past three decades more than the Hoffman Auto Racing team.

Yet, Bacon and Hoffman Auto Racing's path to the championship didn't solely rely on victories this time around. Following a 2015 season in which they won its most races ever in a single season (7), Bacon and the Hoffmans were dependable and true to form, nearly always found near the front of the field and, along the way, compiled 22 top-fives, and 36 top-ten finishes in 41 series starts (all series bests in 2016).

In the meantime, Bacon, the winningest driver for the Hoffmans, moved up USAC's National Sprint Car winners' list where he now ranks 26th all-time, tying Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding with 17 career wins.

In July, Bacon collected his first "Indiana Sprint Week" title and Hoffman Auto Racing's first since 1998, becoming just the fifth driver to win the seven-race summer series and the USAC National Sprint Car championship in the same calendar year.

The famed number 69 of the Hoffman's has been a staple of the full USAC Sprint Car trail for nearly 30 years while the family-owned team has roots dating back to USAC's inception in 1956. That year, Eddie Sachs drove the Hoffman midget to a 100-lap victory at Dayton (OH) Speedway. The Hoffman's first USAC Sprint Car victory came just one year later, in 1957, with Don Branson behind the wheel at Ohio's New Bremen Speedway.

Six decades after that first triumph, the Hoffmans are widely-renowned as the most legendary USAC Sprint Car team of all. The Milford, Ohio-based team possesses 11 USAC National Sprint Car titles, teaming with drivers Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Robbie Stanley, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Bacon.

Meanwhile, Bacon became the 16th driver to win multiple USAC National Sprint Car titles and the first driver from Oklahoma to accomplish the feat.

Bacon's big 2016 season also included being awarded the Mike Curb "Super License" that is given to the driver who earns the most combined points in USAC's Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions. Bacon also leads the way in the ProSource Fast Time Challenge heading into the Thursday, Nov. 24 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" USAC Midget race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

 

 

BACON ADDS MIKE CURB "SUPER LICENSE"
TO 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. has wrapped up the 2016 USAC Mike Curb "Super License," adding that to the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Championship he completed last weekend.

The $5,000 cash award will be presented by Mr. Curb at the December 9 USAC "Night of Champions" National Awards Banquet at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis, Ind. The award honors the driver earning the most total USAC National points in the Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget series throughout the year.

During the 2016 USAC National season, Bacon has competed in 64 total feature events and posted 21 "podium" finishes.

His margin of victory in the final "Super License" standings remains to be finalized, with the season's final national points-paying race remaining at the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Midget race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway on November 24.

He enters "Turkey Night" with a whopping 1122-point lead over 2015 Super License champ Dave Darland. Chris Windom, enjoying a late-season surge, stands third in the "Super License" points.

Six total drivers earned points in all three National series. They include Bacon, Darland, Jerry Coons Jr., Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle and Zach Daum.

MIKE CURB "SUPER LICENSE" POINT STANDINGS
1. (4073) Brady Bacon
2. (2951) Dave Darland
3. (2814) Chris Windom
4. (2362) Chase Stockon
5. (2226) C.J. Leary
6. (2166) Thomas Meseraull
7. (2158) Chad Boespflug
8. (2053) Jerry Coons, Jr.
9. (1960) Robert Ballou
10. (1921) Bryan Clauson
11. (1547) Justin Grant
12. (1526) Shane Cottle
13. (1419) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
14. (1383) Aaron Farney
15. (1264) Max McGhee
16. (1223) Kyle Cummins
17. (1194) Tanner Thorson
18. (1185) Spencer Bayston
19. (1146) Jon Stanbrough
20. (1136) Tyler Courtney
21. (1129) Chad Boat
22. (1058) Carson Macedo
23. (972) Jarett Andretti
24. (583) Kody Swanson
25. (877) Isaac Chapple
26. (872) Ryan Robinson
27. (814) Landon Simon
28. (810) Holly Shelton
29. (778) Zach Daum
30. (714) Tyler Thomas
31. (703) Bret Mellenberndt
32. (678) Carson Short
33. (572) Ryan Greth
34. (510) Hunter Schuerenberg
35. (491) Gage Walker
36. (489) Brady Short
37. (467) Steve Buckwalter
38. (427) Logan Jarrett
39. (407) Shane Golobic
40. (398) David Byrne
41. (386) Casey Shuman
42. (351) Davey Ray
43. (341) Cole Ketcham
44. (340) Austin Nemire
45. (316) Joe Liguori
46. (301) Tony DiMattia
47. (257) Matt Goodnight
48. (241) Shane Cockrum
49. (226) Justin Peck
50. (220) Kyle Robbins
51. (213) Tanner Swanson
52. (205) Kent Schmidt
53. (195) Aaron Pierce
54. (191) Tucker Klaasmeyer
55. (181) Jacob Wilson
56. (180) Patrick Lawson
57. (173) Jimi Quin
58. (163) Mitch Wissmiller
59. (161) Bobby Santos & Matt Westfall
61. (154) Jeff Swindell
62. (153) Tom Harris
63. (138) Dayne Kingshott
64. (134) David Budres
65. (130) Billy Puterbaugh, Jr.
66. (125) Chase Johnson
67. (122) Carmen Perigo
68. (113) Robert Bell
69. (104) Aric Gentry
70. (101) Mark Smith
71. (99) Anton Hernandez
72. (95) Joe Axsom & Chris Fetter
74. (93) Terry James
75. (90) Tim Creech II
76. (88) Tyler Nelson
77. (80) Bill Rose
78. (71) J.C. Bland
79. (70) Tad Roach & Josh Spencer
81. (67) Kyle Schuett
82. (65) Neil Shepherd
83. (61) Terry Babb & Robert Stout
85. (59) Brian Tyler
86. (55) Ryan Newman
87. (52) James Lyerla
88. (51) Dave Berkheimer
89. (50) Mario Clouser, Ted Hines, Dick Mahoney & Austin Prock
93. (47) A.J. Fike
94. (43) Dakota Jackson
95. (40) Ariel Biggs & Kellen Conover
97. (39) Chris Urish
98. (37) Kevin Studley
99. (35) Danny Long
100. (32) Joey Moughan
101. (27) John Heydenreich
102. (25) Russ Gamester
103. (22) Billy Pauch, Jr.
104. (20) Lee Dakus & Ken Drangmeister
106. (13) Jackie Burke & Kenny Gentry
108. (10) Mike Gass & Trevor Kobylarz

 

 

GARDNER GRABS $25 GRAND; TAKES "OVAL NATIONALS" WIN #3 AT THE PAS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........On a night in which he had been awarded the hardware of a hard-earned USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car season title, Damion Gardner collected the biggest single-night reward of his championship season - a $25,000 check and the addition of his name to the list of the only three-time winners in the 21-year history of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Gardner, of Concord, California, trailed for all of one half-straightaway Saturday night before retaking the lead from Richard Vander Weerd on the back straightaway with 13 laps remaining and cruising to a one-second victory in his Mark Alexander/Scott Sales Company - Weld Racing/Spike/J & D.

Gardner, who also won in 2009 and 2011, joined Bud Kaeding and Dave Darland as the only drivers to capture an "Oval Nationals" crown for a third-time in the richest dirt-track race in the state of California. Furthermore, Gardner kept the Eagle trophy in the hands of a USAC/CRA regular for the first time since Mike Spencer in 2012.

"We worked together really well tonight," Gardner said. "We made some big decisions tonight and did some different things and, ultimately, that's what won us the race. I looked at the track and knew it was going to be middle/bottom. I just didn't know if the top would come late. I knew it would slow down enough on the bottom that the top would come late, but I just wasn't sure when. It's tough being out front for 40 laps because you just don't know where to go. On the same hand, running second or third is tough when you have one of these guys running out front. Getting to them and getting around them is a tough task. I knew I was pretty fast and I knew it was slowing down, but I was getting really good runs off the corner. They gave me a good car and, everywhere it went, it worked. Mark and Steve (Alexander) always talk about having bad luck at the 'Oval Nationals' and I wanted to be the one to turn it around for them. That meant a lot to me."

Bad luck plagued Gardner throughout the early portion of the USAC/CRA schedule. It wasn't until late August when Gardner finally broke through for his first triumph of the season. Prior to this year's campaign, the latest Gardner has gone through a season as a full-time USAC/CRA competitor before scoring his first win was mid-April of 2013, but despite the setback, Gardner and the Alexanders persevered to win five races in the final two-and-a-half months of the season to take their fourth consecutive series title together as a team.

"Mark and Steve and everybody on the team have stuck together and kept digging," a prideful Gardner said. "It's been a tough season, not because we haven't been fast, but because we've had to go to the back I don't know how many times and it wasn't because of our doings. Maybe a couple of them, but we always managed to fight back and have a decent finish. We missed the first race, but we battled back and those guys stuck with me. I knew we could do it, but to win the championship and the 'Oval Nationals' in one year is huge."

In a battle of supremacy between USAC's CRA and National Sprint Car divisions in the season finales for both series, two west coast regulars - Brody Roa and Gardner - occupied the front row for the highest-paying National event on the USAC calendar.

Gardner got the best of Roa on the opening lap as he used the inside line on the back straight to surge ahead before sliding up in front of Roa at the exit of four to take the top spot.

On the second lap, Roa slapped the concrete with the right-side tires on the back straightaway, scrubbing off enough speed to allow Vander Weerd to get by for second.

Following a lap eight yellow flag for Josh Hodges' contact with the wall between turns one and two, the front of the field settled into a groove in the middle of the racetrack, but Vander Weerd peeked at the topside of turns one and two, nearly making it work to his advantage. Gardner hammered the throttle, pointed his front wheels to the sky and shot out in front of Vander Weerd to retain the lead.

Near the midway point, Gardner and the rest of the front runners met the tail-end of lapped traffic. Second-running Vander Weerd and third-place Roa managed to catch Gardner as he became hung up in the gridlock. But, on lap 28, Vander Weerd slipped under Gardner between the first and second turn to spurt to the lead. Gardner instantly countered to the inside of Vander Weerd off turn two to blast back to the front of the pack.

Lappers continued to be a bear, but a lap 33 caution for the slowing car of Chris Gansen gave the front of the field a clear sight ahead for the eight-lap shootout to the finish. However, Gardner could not be contained in the final laps as he distanced himself from second-running Vander Weerd. Although, the surging Chris Windom made a late charge on the cushion to spring from fourth to second past Roa and Vander Weerd on the final lap to grab second.

Meanwhile, up ahead, Gardner took the checkered flag for his first USAC National win since 2012 as well as his record-extending 70th career USAC/CRA victory by 1.040 seconds over Windom, Vander Weerd, Roa and 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon.

Damion Gardner celebrates in victory lane after winning Saturday night's "Oval Nationals" at Perris - his 70th career USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car victory and his first USAC National Sprint victory since Port Royal (PA) Speedway in 2012. (MIKE GROSSWENDT PHOTO)

Chris Windom, of Canton, Illinois, took the runner-up spot in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar, finishing off a historic run of results that never saw him finish outside the top-six in any USAC National points-paying race through the last four months of the season.

"I found that line late," Windom admits. "I wish I would've found it a few laps sooner; I think we might've had a shot at it at the end. But Derek Claxton is the best crew chief in the country. He works his butt off every night and so does Billy (Grace). We've been rolling the last half of the year really well. It's unfortunate the season's over; I'd like to keep it going. We'll start back up strong going into Florida next year."

Visalia, California's Richard Vander Weerd led briefly coming out of turn two on lap 28, but in the end, settled for a solid third-place run to follow up Friday night's runner-up finish in his Ron Vander Weerd/Vander Weerd Construction - Stone Gate Development/Maxim/Shark.

"I knew we were in a tough position and I knew it was going to be a hard track to pass on," Vander Weerd explained. "We were able to get to second right at the start. Brody (Roa) pushed a little bit on the first corner and we got around him and then Brady (Bacon) and that got us into second. We just followed Damion (Gardner) for most of the first 30 laps, then I got underneath him and he crossed me back over coming off the top of the corner. He had a little more speed down the back straightaway and he got back underneath me, but I knew lapped traffic would come into play and I knew that was the only way we were going to get back by him. We stayed right with him, but those yellows hurt us. We just got so tight toward the end and, on the last lap, I could hear somebody coming behind me. I thought Chris (Windom) was coming on the inside, but I guess he was running the top. He got me right there at the line. But a third-place finish in the 'Oval Nationals' is awesome!"

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway included Bud Kaeding (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner), Joe Stornetta (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance Third Heat Winner and Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Jon Stanbrough (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner), Brody Roa (Keizer Aluminum Wheels Super Six Dash Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Jake Swanson (Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winners) and Austin Williams (KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 12, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: (Top 6 in points excluded - No Points) 1. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.587; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.634; 3. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-16.645; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.665; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-16.754; 6. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.768; 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.810; 8. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.851; 9. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.881; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.903; 11. Joe Stornetta, 3T, Finkenbinder-16.921; 12. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Faria-16.956; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-16.960; 14. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.967; 15. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.979; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.994; 17. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.093; 18. Logan Williams, 5w, Jory-17.141; 19. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.171; 20. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.191; 21. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.260; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 42x, Bates-17.270; 23. Troy Rutherford, 4D, Gansen-17.273; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.318; 25. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-17.345; 26. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-17.364; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.370; 28. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.476; 29. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.546; 30. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.548; 31. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.730; 32. Cody Majors, 81x, Watt-17.763; 33. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.787; 34. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.817; 35. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-17.881; 36. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.965; 37. Matt McCarthy, 55, McCarthy-18.227.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Kaeding, 3. Chapple, 4. Bernal, 5. Thomas, 6. Macedo, 7. Adams, 8. Malcolm. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Johnson, 3. A. Williams, 4. Spencer, 5. L. Williams, 6. Farney, 7. Colston, 8. Meseraull. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stornetta, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Hodges, 4. Rutherford, 5. Gansen, 6. Bender, 7. Slack, 8. Ellertson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Leary, 3. Faria, 4. Swanson, 5. Liggett, 6. Majors, 7. Edwards, 8. C. Williams. 2:54.53

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Bacon, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Windom, 6. Darland. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Hodges, 3. Bernal, 4. Liggett, 5. Chapple, 6. Farney, 7. L. Williams, 8. Majors, 9. Sweeney, 10. Ellertson, 11. McCarthy, 12. Lopiccolo, 13. Tafoya. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Meseraull, 3. A. Williams, 4. Spencer, 5. Gansen, 6. Malcolm, 7. C. Williams, 8. Slack, 9. Edwards, 10. Rutherford, 11. Waitman, 12. Faria. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Austin Williams, 13. Joe Stornetta, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Austin Liggett, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Logan Williams, 25. Max Adams, 26. Josh Hodges, 27. Ryan Bernal. NT ---------------------------- **Macedo and Adams flipped during the first heat. Slack flipped during the third heat. Tafoya flipped during the first semi. Faria flipped during the second semi. Bernal flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Gardner.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (20th to 12th)

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2676, 2-Stockon-2362, 3-Darland-2251, 4-Windom-2226, 5-Meseraull-2166, 6-Boespflug-2158, 7-Leary-2038, 8-Robert Ballou-1919, 9-Thomas-1419, 10-Farney-1383.

FINAL USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1645, 2-Vander Weerd-1473, 3-Roa-1342, 4-Swanson-1320, 5-A. Williams-1254, 6-Spencer-1061, 7-Adams-938, 8-L. Williams-824, 9-C. Williams-759, 10-Gansen-721.

 

 

DARLAND TAKES THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED TO WIN NIGHT TWO OF THE "OVAL NATIONALS"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........From the earliest moments of the race, Dave Darland made a commitment to run the top.

Even though it appeared the race was going to become a bottom-feeding procession in the first several laps, the veteran driver blazed his own trail on the cushion as he methodically picked his way through the field to take the lead at the halfway point, then held off a hard-charging Richard Vander Weerd to win his record-extending 59th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature on night two of the 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at southern California's Perris Auto Speedway.

The victory was the Lincoln, Indiana native's first in the series since April at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton. In what has, at times, been a trying season for the winningest driver in the history of the USAC National Sprint division, the three-time "Oval Nationals" champ showed he can still get the job done, even when the deck is stacked against him.

"I went to the bottom early," Darland recalled. "I started on the outside and didn't get too good of a start. I was a little bit scared of that cushion to start with, but by the time I got the chance to go to the bottom, I was tenth! I took a chance going up there, but everybody was bottled up around the bottom and not going very fast, so I opted to go to the top and tried to make it work to get a groove going up there. A couple of guys ahead of me went up there and got away from it, so I was up there by myself. It worked out great! I got up there and made my own lane and went by guys when I could."

"Oval Nationals" opening night winner Chad Boespflug began the race from the pole position and immediately sprinted out to a five-car-length lead by the end of the first lap with Brody Roa and Bud Kaeding in tow.

The night's scariest moment occurred on the fourth lap as Kaeding began to slow dramatically in the middle of the racetrack between turns three and four. Flames began to rise out of the cockpit, forcing Kaeding to evacuate through the top of the rollcage. As Kaeding bailed out of his still-moving machine, both of his legs were engulfed in flames. As the tense seconds ticked away, the fire was extinguished and Kaeding managed to walk away from the scene, albeit in discomfort.

By lap seven, several of the frontrunners remained in single-file formation on the bottom of the racetrack. However, Darland led the topside brigade from the seventh position, awakening the upper groove as he worked his way to sixth by lap nine and fifth on lap 12.

On a restart following Ryan Bernal's climb of the wall on lap 14, the top-four all stuck to the bottom, but not Darland. The 1999 USAC National Sprint Car titlist rode the cushion to rip past Vander Weerd between turns one and two, then outpaced R.J. Johnson off the fourth corner to take third at the stripe.

On lap 15, Darland picked off Roa for second and, one lap later, recorded his fastest lap of the race as he ran down Boespflug to take over the lead, nipping him at the line as the two passed underneath the crossed flags signaling the halfway mark.

Boespflug instantly came right back at Darland with a turn one slider, but Darland stayed on the throttle and narrowly escaped between the concrete and Boespflug's right side wheels to retain the race lead.

Boespflug migrated to the top and stayed within reach of Darland with less than ten to go while Vander Weerd worked the low groove in the third position.

On lap 25, though, Boespflug's race came to a crashing halt after tagging the wall at the exit of turn two, sending him tumbling down the back straightaway. Fortunately, Boespflug walked away uninjured from his battered racecar.

With six laps remaining and the half-mile dirt oval slicked off and widened out from the berm to the concrete wall, it was a tale of two strategies at play with Darland holding steady on the top and Vander Weerd alternating between the top and bottom lines.

The two ran wheel-to-wheel on the first lap following the restart with Darland able to cling to the lead by the smallest of margins. Vander Weerd made a run at him at the entrance of turn one on the 26th lap, but slid up through the middle of the racetrack and over the turn cushion, disrupting his charge to the front for the time being.

However, Vander Weerd came right back at Darland, running as low as possible through the third and fourth turns with the front wheels scraping the top of the berm with Darland in his crosshairs.

Meanwhile, USAC National Sprint point leader Brady Bacon entered the fray, poking his nose underneath Darland and Vander Weerd on the bottom entering turn one.

As Darland and Vander Weerd received the white flag separated by a mere half-car-length, the two ran nose-to-tail on the outside entering the first turn with Bacon on the inside. Vander Weerd ducked to the bottom in turn three for one last try on the final lap, but Darland kept his foot in it and used the momentum to propel himself to the victory by a single car length over Vander Weerd with Bacon a car length back of Vander Weerd in third.

 

Visalia, California's Richard Vander Weerd just narrowly missed his first career USAC National victory, taking second in his Ron Vander Weerd/Vander Weerd Construction - Stone Gate Development/Maxim/Shark.

"We were all running the bottom at the beginning," Vander Weerd explains. "It was too scary to jump to the top. You definitely want to wait until the bottom slows down a little bit before you jump to the top. Darland went to the top first and we went there second. Darland and I went side-by-side there with about three or four laps to go. I didn't have enough momentum and I knew that if I slid him, it probably wouldn't have been clean, so I just backed out of it, followed him and waited until the last lap. I knew if I was going to win, I had to hit my marks just perfect. We didn't make that corner perfect on the last lap and he got the win."

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma grabbed his second-straight third place result at Perris in as many nights in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"Our weakness has been starting back in the pack," Bacon admits. "We started 12th last night and 14th tonight. Fortunately, we put ourselves in a position that we don't have to start that far back on Saturday. We've had a really good car both nights. Hopefully, we can just keep it underneath us and get 40 good laps tomorrow."

"We were pretty good on the bottom, but there was just always someone there," Bacon said. "We just had to go where the guy in front of us wasn't. That's why it took us a little while to get going. We were jammed up in the back and there wasn't a place for me to go. Finally, it got slick enough that guys in front of me were messing up. Then, we could sneak around them on the bottom. It got pretty technical there at the end. If I would've ran the last three laps perfect, I might've been able to pull it off, but it was just so slick down there and the window was so small. We put ourselves in a position to win at the end despite being handicapped a bit at the beginning. That's what you have to do in these point accumulation deals; you just have to make the most of what's given to you and try not to mess up too bad."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Perris Auto Speedway included Jake Swanson (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Hunter Schuerenberg (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner), A.J. Bender (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance Third Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Keizer Aluminum Wheels Fifth Heat Winner and KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger), Ryan Bernal (Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winner) and Josh Hodges (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 11, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.417; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.484; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.630; 4. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-16.764; 5. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.810; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.844; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.853; 8. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.872; 9. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.942; 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.997; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.003; 12. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.004; 13. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.016; 14. Joe Stornetta, 3T, Finkenbinder-17.037; 15. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.045; 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Faria-17.060; 17. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-17.092; 18. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.140; 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-17.159; 20. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.165; 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-17.177; 22. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-17.267; 23. Logan Williams, 5w, Jory-17.279; 24. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.322; 25. Thomas Meseraull, 42x, Bates-17.381; 26. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-17.421; 27. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.445; 28. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.448; 29. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.455; 30. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.468; 31. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.494; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.623; 33. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.656; 34. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.764; 35. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.804; 36. Cody Majors, 81x, Watt-17.867; 37. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-17.873; 38. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.917; 39. Troy Rutherford, 4D, Gansen-17.937; 40. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.160; 41. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.188; 42. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-18.314; 43. Matt McCarthy, 55, McCarthy-18.383; 44. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Leary, 3. Swanson, 4. Roa, 5. Farney, 6. Slack, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Majors, 9. Faria. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Hodges, 4. Gardner, 5. Chapple, 6. Gansen, 7. Waitman, 8. Spencer, 9. Malcolm. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Stockon, 3. L. Williams, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Johnson, 6. A. Williams, 7. Sweeney, 8. McCarthy, 9. Ellertson. 2:55.31

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Darland, 3. Stornetta, 4. Liggett, 5. Rutherford, 6. Colston, 7. Macedo, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. C. Williams. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Meseraull, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Kaeding, 5. Adams, 6. Bernal, 7. Edwards, 8. Tafoya. 2:53.01

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Johnson, 3. Spencer, 4. Faria, 5. A. Williams, 6. Farney, 7. Adams, 8. Chapple, 9. Edwards, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Majors, 12. Gansen, 13. Waitman, 14. Sweeney, 15. Tafoya, 16. Lopiccolo, 17. McCarthy, 18. Macedo, 19. Rutherford, 20. Colston, 21. Malcolm, 22. Slack, 23. Ellertson. NT

EVELYN PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brody Roa, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. R.J. Johnson, 12. Joe Stornetta, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Thomas Meseraull, 15. Ryan Bernal, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. A.J. Bender, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Austin Williams, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Austin Liggett, 22. Chad Boespflug, 23. Mike Spencer, 24. Danny Faria, Jr., 25. Max Adams, 26. Bud Kaeding. NT ---------------------------- **Macedo flipped during the fourth heat. Boespflug flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Boespflug, Laps 16-30 Darland.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (14th to 3rd)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2618, 2-Stockon-2316, 3-Darland-2202, 4-Windom-2159, 5-Meseraull-2143, 6-Boespflug-2106, 7-Leary-2015, 8-Robert Ballou-1919, 9-Thomas-1378, 10-Farney-1360.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1575, 2-Vander Weerd-1409, 3-Swanson-1291, 4-Roa-1281, 5-A. Williams-1215, 6-Spencer-1028, 7-Adams-915, 8-L. Williams-801, 9-C. Williams-749, 10-Gansen-698.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 12 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals"

 

LOVE, BREIDINGER CLAIM USAC WESTERN HPD TITLES
AS LAS VEGAS FINALE IS CANCELLED


Cancellation of the scheduled November 19 USAC Western HPD finale at the Bullring at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway has resulted in finalizing two USAC driving champions for 2016.

Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif., tied with Ashley Hazelton for the most USAC female feature victories on the all-time list at nine each, emerges as the Pavement Champion, while Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif., already having wrapped up the Dirt Championship, is also now the Overall Champion of the series.

Love finished the season with a 280-point edge over Annie Breidinger, while he finished 50 points behind Toni Breidinger in the pavement standings.

Breidinger recorded seven feature wins in 15 pavement starts, while Love won twice on the dirt and once on the pavement, ironically claiming both finales.


FINAL 2016 USAC Western HPD Midget Standings: 1-Jesse Love IV-1,823, 2-Annie Breidinger-1,543, 3-Toni Breidinger-1,266, 4-Antonia Boscacci-1,088, 5-Ashley Hazelton-744, 6-Tom Paterson-697, 7-Blake Brannon-608, 8-Cody Jessop-566, 9-David Prickett-391, 10-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347.

FINAL 2016 USAC Western HPD Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Toni Breidinger-1,153, 2-Jesse Love IV-1,103, 3-Annie Breidinger-1,047, 4-Blake Brannon-608, 5-Antonia Boscacci-572, 6-Cody Jessop-487, 7-Tom Paterson-395, 8-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288, 9-Jeff Kelley-193, 10-Jagger Jones-188

 

 

BOESPFLUG STOPS WINDOM'S STREAK TO TAKE "OVAL NATIONALS" NIGHT ONE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........In what has already been a banner year for Chad Boespflug, the Hanford, California native checked off yet another highlight-reel moment during the 2016 season - a USAC victory in his home state - after winning night one of the 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" at Perris Auto Speedway.

In fact, the Thursday Perris triumph marks the fifth different state Boespflug has won in during his five career USAC point-paying victories - Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Nebraska and California, not to mention his $60,000 two-night performance at South Dakota's Badlands Motor Speedway in a non-points special event back in August.

Though the box score shows Boespflug leading all 30 laps, it was never quite that easy. Especially so when you have to fend off the hottest sprint car driver in the USA.

Boespflug got the jump at the start, drifting up to the topside to take the lead into turn one ahead of fellow native-Californian Thomas Meseraull. Just four laps in, though, Chris Windom rode the bottom line past Meseraull between turns one and two, then was able to clear him by the midway point of the backstretch to grab second.

On laps seven and eight, Boespflug and Windom engaged in a side-by-side battle for the lead as Ryan Bernal began to surge in the third spot. Bernal would fall out of contention just moments after bursting onto the scene, biking his machine between turns three and four, resulting in a flat left rear tire that brought out the yellow flag.

On the lap eight restart, Boespflug immediately distanced himself from Windom, lifting the left front as he raced down the back straightaway to put a seven car-length gap between first and second.

By lap 12, though, Windom used the extreme bottom on the infield berm to catch and pull even with Boespflug for the lead, but Boespflug hung on by the skin of his teeth to nip Windom at the line to stay at the front by a single car length.

Just after the halfway point, Boespflug hiked the left rear as he bounced through the entrance of turn three and over the cushion, momentarily losing the lead to Windom, the winner of the last three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races coming into Thursday's Perris round.

However, good fortune found Boespflug as, simultaneously, a caution fell for a three-car tangle involving Austin Liggett, Hunter Schuerenberg and Danny Faria, Jr. prior to the entire lap being scored. The field reverted to the running order on the last completed lap, which relegated Windom to second behind Boespflug on the lap 16 restart.

The second half of the race was all Boespflug as he left Windom in the distance without encountering an ounce of trouble, save for a kiss of the concrete with his right rear tire at the exit of turn four with seven laps to go, to take his sixth USAC Sprint Car win of the season - fourth points-paying - in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Capitol Renegade - Beaver Stripes/Maxim/Claxton.

"I saw Chris (Windom)'s nose there before that first yellow," Boespflug remembers. "I was trying to give it away; I was overdriving it in (turns) three and four and I just had to make sure I hit my marks racing with Chris and Derek (Claxton). They've been so stellar these last couple of weeks. We've been good early on, but we just need to be better in the end. (Crew Chief) Davey Jones and I walked the entire track and got a good setup for what we thought we needed and it worked. I got tighter as the race went on. Usually, we start out too tight, but this time, we got tighter as the race went on which I think was to our advantage. The bottom seemed to go away a little bit, so under the yellows, I tried to pack it in and help kill it as much as I could."

It was Boespflug's first win at Perris and, even though he has plenty of previous experience on the Southern California half-mile, he credits much of his success on Thursday night to the open practice session at the track one night prior.

"Everything we learned happened last night at the open practice," Boespflug admits. "We didn't test for speed; we wanted to make sure we could race and move around on the racetrack and have a car that's drivable for me. I think we found that and everything we learned definitely worked tonight. But, it's pretty special. I raced here for almost an entire year in 2006 back when I lived out here. I'm just so happy to be able to put this on my resume."

Eventual winner Chad Boespflug (white #98E) battle Chris Windom (orange #5) for the lead during Thursday night's "Oval Nationals" opener at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. (NEIL CAVANAH PHOTO)

Chris Windom scored second in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar. The Canton, Illinois driver saw his winning streak come to an end as he attempted to become the first driver since Rick Hood in 1985 to win four-straight USAC National Sprint Car features.

"We had a really good car all night," Windom said. "I was just searching there in the feature. I think we were better than Chad there in the middle of the race. On the restarts, we got a little snug on the right rear. He got too far away from us the first five laps after the (lap 16) restart. I couldn't reel him back in. But, we were fast all night. Derek (Claxton)'s done a great job on this car the last few months. We'd won three in a row and we were hoping to make it four, but we'll take a second on opening night. We have a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence coming into this weekend, so we'll keep plugging away and, hopefully, we can come back and win the one that counts on Saturday."

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Brady Bacon took third in the Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar, his season-leading 20th top-five finish in his 39th series start of the season.

"We drew a pretty high pill and had to go out pretty late and didn't quite get the qualifying time we would've liked," Bacon said. "It set us back and we had to start 11th in the feature. It took us awhile to get up through there, but we were fortunate enough to get up to third. I think we might've had something for them if we could've started a little closer to the front. It puts you in a good spot having a good first night. You can't afford to have any problems these first two nights with the way the points work, so I think we're in pretty good shape. We were fast right out of the box tonight!"

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Perris Auto Speedway included Damion Gardner (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Bud Kaeding (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner and KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance Third Heat Winner), Brody Roa (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner), Carson Macedo (Keizer Aluminum Wheels Fifth Heat Winner), Austin Williams (Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winner) and Jon Stanbrough (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 10, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.249; 2. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.313; 3. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.333; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.407; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 42x, Bates-16.413; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.437; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.459; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.514; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.576; 10. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-16.609; 11. Joe Stornetta, 3T, Finkenbinder-16.634; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.658; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-16.712; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.727; 15. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Faria-16.788; 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.796; 17. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.814; 18. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.828; 19. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-16.837; 20. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.838; 21. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.847; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-16.850; 23. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.860; 24. Logan Williams, 5w, Jory-16.898; 25. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Underwood-16.959; 26. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.973; 27. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-17.020; 28. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.147; 29. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.192; 30. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.218; 31. Matt Mitchell, 21A, Burkhart-17.245; 32. Troy Rutherford, 11x, Bellegante-17.284; 33. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.287; 34. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.324; 35. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.331; 36. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.429; 37. Cody Majors, 81x, Watt-17.453; 38. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.609; 39. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.656; 40. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.708; 41. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.899; 42. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-17.911; 43. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.958; 44. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.099.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kaeding, 2. Stockon, 3. Gardner, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Stornetta, 6. A. Williams, 7. Mitchell, 8. Bender, 9. Sweeney. 2:53.79

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Leary, 3. Darland, 4. Farney, 5. Swanson, 6. Chapple, 7. Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 8. Waitman, 9. Majors. 2:52.36

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, 3. Windom, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Spencer, 6. Adams, 7. Gansen, 8. Colston, 9. Ellertson. 2:51.09

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bernal, 3. Johnson, 4. L. Williams, 5. Hodges, 6. Malcolm, 7. Slack, 8. Edwards, 9. Lopiccolo. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Meseraull, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Faria, 5. Liggett, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Tafoya, 8. C.Williams. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. A. Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. Hodges, 4. Liggett, 5. Chapple, 6. Rutherford, 7. Malcolm, 8. Edwards, 9. Slack, 10. Majors, 11. Gansen, 12. Sweeney, 13. Lopiccolo, 14. Stornetta, 15. Bender, 16. Colston, 17. Adams, 18. Mitchell, 19. Tafoya, 20. Spencer, 21. Mellenberndt, 22. Ellertson. NT

BILL PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Carson Macedo, 8. R.J. Johnson, 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Brody Roa, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Josh Hodges, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Chase Stockon, 18. Ryan Bernal, 19. Jake Swanson, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. Danny Faria, Jr., 23. Max Adams, 24. Chris Gansen, 25. Hunter Schuerenberg, 26. Austin Liggett. NT ---------------------------- **Mellenberndt and Stornetta flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boespflug.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bud Kaeding (23rd to 11th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2546, 2-Stockon-2253, 3-Darland-2125, 4-Meseraull-2101, 5-Windom-2090, 6-Boespflug-2076, 7-Leary-1953, 8-Robert Ballou-1919, 9-Farney-1350, 10-Thomas-1324.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1516, 2-Vander Weerd-1336, 3-Swanson-1248, 4-Roa-1217, 5-A. Williams-1190, 6-Spencer-1003, 7-Adams-892, 8-L. Williams-772, 9-C. Williams-739, 10-Gansen-688.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 11-12 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals"

 

"FIRESTONE EVENING OF GIVING BENEFIT CONCERT AND CHARITY AUCTION" TO BENEFIT TWO LOCAL CHILDREN'S CHARITIES

Fourth Annual Event Features Live and Silent Auctions, and Music by Bluewater Kings Band

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - A charitable, must-attend event set in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, will take place Thurs., November 17, at Indianapolis Artsgarden, hovering 17 feet above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets, at 110 W. Washington Street.

The fourth annual "Firestone Evening of Giving Benefit Concert and Charity Auction," presented by KECO Coatings, will start at 6:30 p.m. and run to 10 p.m.

The proceeds will help grant the wishes of Indiana Children's Wish Fund (ICWF) children ages 3 to 18, who have been diagnosed with a terminal/life-threatening illness, as well as help support the mission and activities of Racing for Corey (RFC). We are happy to have Firestone Racing participating as our title sponsor again this year.

EVENT DETAILS: The evening's entertainment includes live, high-energy Rock/Jazz/Dance/Funk+Motown music provided by Bluewater Kings Band, silent and live auctions, and a wine pull.

Tickets are $125 per person (must be 21 years or older to attend). A plated dinner will be served with a cash bar. Parking is available at Circle Centre Mall, or by valet at the Conrad Indianapolis ($25). Space is limited, so advanced ticket purchase is required.

Tickets can be purchased by calling KECO Coatings at 317-356-7279 or on www.eventbrite.com. Reserved VIP tables for eight are $1,500, which includes two complimentary bottles of wine, four valet parking passes at Conrad Indianapolis, inclusion in promotional materials, and on-site signage.

The live auction will feature motorsports experiences, including an IndyCar Experience two-seater ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the opportunity to have "Dinner with Ed Carpenter." Sports fans will have the chance to bid on a helmet autographed by Indianapolis Colts Legends and memorabilia autographed by Muhammad Ali. There is something for everyone, including trips and much more.

Racing for Corey: Founded in 1999, Racing for Corey is a program designed to bring together the sport of auto racing and kids diagnosed with life-threatening or chronic illnesses. Organized race-themed events are held at racetracks to entertain wish kids and families of various non-profit, wish-granting organizations across the country. Visit www.racingforcorey.org.

Indiana Children's Wish Fund: Founded in 1984, Indiana Children's Wish Fund grants wishes to Indiana children ages 3 to 18, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Note: there is no affiliation to any other wish-granting organization. Visit www.indianachildrenswishfund.org.

 

 

 

ALL EYES FOCUSED ON PERRIS THIS WEEKEND FOR 21ST "OVAL NATIONALS"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When you look beyond the visor and into the eyes of a racer, you can see the hopes, the dreams, the fears, the hunger and the anticipation of the fortunes that lie ahead.

Throughout a season, these eyes have seen dirt tracks big and small, from the east to the west, triumph and heartbreak, jubilation and despair.

Eyes blinded by long, hot summer days underneath the sun's rays and infinite visions of painted divider lines and mile markers on deserted stretches of highway traveling from one race to the next.

It's been a long season that's seen its ups and downs; a season that's seen its share of surprises and the emergence of new heroes; a season that sees one more opportunity for man and machine to shine.

These eyes are now affixed on the largest prize of any USAC race this season - this weekend's $25,000-to-win Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at southern California's Perris Auto Speedway!

With a total three-day purse in excess of $130,000 dollars and a finale that pays $1000 to start, the highest-paying dirt track event in the entire state of California features three-straight nights of glorious USAC Sprint Car racing on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 10th, 11th and 12th, 2016.

The "Ovals" have hosted six different Saturday night finale winners in each of the last six years! Among the drivers pre-entered for this year's edition of the event are five former race champions. They include the only three-time winners: Campbell, California's Bud Kaeding, who will pilot a car for owner Alan Kaiser and Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, who looks to extend his record 58 USAC National Sprint Car feature wins in the Jeff Walker/Curb-Agajanian Racing machine.

Additionally, the USAC/CRA series' two most accomplished drivers in terms of feature wins and championships have filed their entries. Five-time series champ Mike Spencer of Temecula, California will wheel the Gansen Engineering 4s at Perris as he seeks his first victory since Canyon's "Hall of Fame Classic" over a year ago.

Four-time USAC/CRA champion and current series point leader Damion Gardner is well on his way to a fourth consecutive series title with a 158-point lead in the standings. The Concord, California native leads all drivers with four wins this season, including a pair at Perris, where he owns 39 career USAC/CRA wins.

Chris Windom and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team come into this year's "Oval Nationals" as arguably the hottest tandem in the United States of America. Windom, the 2010 "Ovals" winner out of Canton, Illinois, has won three straight USAC National Sprint Car features - Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in October as well as a complete sweep of last weekend's two National & CRA features in the 49th "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek.

Rip Williams, the 1997 "Ovals" winner, will have three sons competing in this year's event - Austin, Cody and Logan Williams - who will pilot of a trio of Jory-owned cars. Austin has won twice at Perris this season in USAC/CRA competition - May's "Salute to Indy" and September's "Glenn Howard Classic."

Brady Bacon, who aims to capture his first "Oval Nationals" victory this weekend, brings a 257-point lead into the "Oval Nationals" and is a virtual lock to claim his second USAC National Sprint Car driving title, while also supplying the Hoffman Auto Racing team its series-record 11th USAC National Sprint Car Owner's championship and its first "Ovals" win as well!

1999 "Oval Nationals" winner Rickie Gaunt has been tabbed as this year's grand marshal for the event. Additional past victors of the "Oval Nationals" include inaugural race winner Jimmy Sills in 1996, Rodney Argo in 1998, Tony Jones in 2000, Cory Kruseman in 2003 and 2004, Jesse Hockett in 2008 and the late Bryan Clauson, who just one year ago recorded an improbable victory after blowing the engine one night before.

After traveling all-night and much of Saturday driving to Arizona to pick up a new bullet to install under the hood of the Dooling/Hayward Racing number 63, Bryan Clauson got progressively quicker throughout the night, qualifying fourth fastest and finishing second in his heat.

After starting eighth, by the 23rd lap, Clauson was battling for second when leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. hit the turn the turn three wall, collecting second-running Thomas Meseraull. With both out of action, Clauson became the new race leader where he would go relatively unchallenged for the final 18 laps to win the 2015 "Oval Nationals!"

The 21st running of the event begins with an open practice for competitors on Wednesday, November 9th that precedes three straight nights of racing at "The PAS" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 10th, 11th and 12th.

All three nights of the 2016 "Oval Nationals" from Perris will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/!

Twenty-one years of tradition. Twenty-one years of excitement. Twenty-one years of thrills. Twenty-one years of the "Oval Nationals" - an event you cannot miss!

PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY 2016 "OVAL NATIONALS" DATES/TIMES

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 **Practice session begins at 5pm. **Free admission!

Thursday, November 10, 2016 **General admission tickets: $30 for adults. Children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 & under: Free! **Pit gates: Noon. Front gates: 4pm. Hot laps: 5:30pm. Qualifying: 5:50pm. Racing: 7pm.

Friday, November 11, 2016 **General admission tickets: $30 for adults. Children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 & under: Free! **Pit gates: Noon. Front gates: 4pm. Hot laps: 5:30pm. Qualifying: 5:50pm. Racing: 7pm.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 **General admission tickets: $35 for adults. Children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 & under: Free! **Pit gates: Noon. Front gates: 3pm. Autograph session on front straightaway: 3-3:45pm. Hot laps: 5:10pm. Qualifying: 5:30pm. Racing: 6:30pm.

**Three-day general admission passes are available at http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/ or by calling 1-800-595-4849. $20 for children 6-12 and $75 for adults. Three-day reserved tickets are $35 for children 6-12 and $85 for adults.

 

 

BACON BESTS SOUTHWEST SPRINTS IN ARIZONA; R.J. JOHNSON WINS 4TH SERIES TITLE

Queen Creek, Arizona.........Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma scored the feature victory in Saturday night's "Western World" USAC Southwest Sprint Car season finale at Arizona Speedway.

Bacon, driving his Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - Sun Valley AG Transport/Spike/Nogrady, exchanged the lead with early race leader Ryan Bernal on three separate occasions, taking the lead for good with 18 laps to go, then pulling away for the victory over R.J. Johnson, Chris Windom, Ryan Bernal and Shon Deskins.

Meanwhile, Johnson was crowned as USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion for the fourth consecutive year by 131 points over Charles Davis, Jr., Matt Rossi, Mike Martin and Tye Mihocko.

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 5, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "49th Annual Western World Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 SDR), 2. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 3. Aaron Farney (#17GP Dutcher), 4. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 7. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 8. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 3. Zach Madrid (#98Z Madrid), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 7. Ryan Stolz (#56X Stolz). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 3. Brady Short (#19A Underwood), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Clinton Boyles (#77 JHR), 4. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Rob Lindsey (#23 Lindsey). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Mihocko, 3. Curtis, 4. Ogle, 5. Reinbold, 6. Lundy, 7. Jo.Grady, 8. Ja.Grady, 9. Lindsey, 10. Stolz, 11. Kesterson, 12. St. James. NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Matt Rossi, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Mike Martin, 12. Brady Short, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Tom Ogle, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Matt Lundy, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Michael Curtis, 20. Zach Madrid, 21. Brian Hosford, 22. Clinton Boyles. NT ----------------------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Bernal, Laps 4-10 Bacon, Lap 11 Bernal, Laps 12-30 Bacon.

HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (15th to 7th)

FINAL USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,470, 2-Davis-1,339, 3-Rossi-1,166, 4-Martin-1,160, 5-Mihocko-1,020, 6-Gile-927, 7-Sussex-897, 8-Hosford-820, 9-Bonneau-799, 10-Reinbold-787.

 

 

WINDOM WRAPS UP DOMINANT WESTERN WORLD WEEKEND IN ARIZONA SPEEDWAY VICTORY LANE

Queen Creek, Arizona.........After two straight nights of domination in the Valley of the Sun, Chris Windom may very well be hotter than the surface of the sun at this moment.

One night after claiming victories in both the 410 and 360 sprint car features in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar, the Canton, Illinois native finished off his incredible weekend by winning Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National/CRA Sprint Car "Western World Championships" finale for his third feature victory in the last two nights at Arizona Speedway.

With his October victory at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Windom became the first driver to win three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features in a row this season and the first to pull off the hat trick since Robert Ballou during Eastern Storm in June of 2015.

"This has been an awesome weekend," Windom exclaimed. "(Crew Chief) Derek (Claxton) and Billy (Grace) have been busting their butts to keep two cars going. To not finish outside the top-three all weekend is a pretty big feat. It would've been cool to win all four, but I'm not going to complain with three firsts and a third. We're all gelling well together; My crew chiefs and I just work really well together. We just have a lot of confidence right now. When you come to the track knowing you have a really good shot at winning, it just seems to get easier every night."

At the drop of the green flag for the 30-lap feature, outside front row starter Damion Gardner swung wide to gain traction on the cushion, but pole sitter Windom was still able to beat Gardner to turn one, sliding up in front of the four-time USAC/CRA champ to take the point.

Just after completion of lap one, the roles became reversed as Gardner dove to the bottom in turn one to successfully slide job Windom to retake the top spot exiting turn two. However, Windom reset and came right back at Gardner entering turn three, briefly overtaking Gardner for the lead as he drifted up to the outside guardrail. Gardner countered, sprinting downhill off the banking to reclaim the number one spot again at the stripe.

In contrast to the previous night's heavy, hammer down racing surface, the cushion on Saturday night's racetrack was pushed a car width higher, thus presenting the opportunity for a slider-fest in the early going and, after settling in for the next couple of circuits, Windom threw his machinery sideways at the bottom of the first turn, beating Gardner to the cushion between turns one and two. As Gardner checked up, Windom bolted away out front. Gardner thought about making the same response one lap later, but wasn't quite close enough to pull the trigger and, instead, fell into line behind Windom.

Windom instantly established a continuously increasing lead over Gardner and the rest of the 24-car field by the 13th lap as he found himself maneuvering around lapped traffic. Simultaneously, the car of Matt Rossi began to slow in turn two. Max Adams piled in, resulting in him flipping over on the topside of the racetrack. Adams was uninjured as was his racecar, which allowed him to restart the race from the tail of the field with 17 laps remaining.

Continuing the trend from one night earlier, Windom flexed his muscles on the ensuing restart where he advanced his lead to nearly three-quarters of a second just one lap following the restart and, one lap later, stopped the watch at an interval of 1.15 second between himself and Gardner.

The battle for second suddenly became the race to witness as Brady Bacon hawked Gardner for the runner-up spot, but when Bacon stumbled atop the turn two cushion on the 20th lap, Gardner made his getaway and began setting sail for Windom.

The closing gap between the two appeared to be a classic desert mirage as it looked as though each time Gardner got one step (and one car length) closer to the leader, Windom would respond by ripping past a lapped car of his own to maintain the buffer zone between himself and Gardner.

With just four laps remaining, Windom closed the door on any remote possibility that Gardner would be able to run him down. Windom got a two-for-one deal by simultaneously sliding past lappers C.J. Leary and R.J. Johnson entering turn one that gave birth to an insurmountable advantage that Gardner would not overcome.

In a repeat podium sight from one night earlier, Windom was followed to the line by Damion Gardner, who was the only driver to lead race laps (4) other than Windom. Bacon, Dave Darland and Chase Stockon filled out the remainder of the top-five

Concord, California's Gardner earned a second straight runner-up finish in his Mark Alexander/Scott Sales Company - Weld Racing/Spike/J & D that provided him with a seemingly untouchable 158-point lead in the USAC/CRA standings entering the series' final three series races of the season in conjunction with USAC's National Sprint Cars on Nov. 10-11-12 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway's 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals."

"When the national guys come to town, we want to run good," Gardner explained. "I think the 4-car can go anywhere pretty much. I think we can go anywhere and run up front with anyone. Not to say we would dominate, but when you run up front, you're going to win some. Windom was really fast all weekend and I'm trying figure out how they get around the cushion so good. His car was working really nice on the top, just like it normally does. I got a little work to do to figure out how to get around this joint. We were fast all weekend; that's about all you can ask. It was a good weekend; we just needed a little bit more to keep up with them."

USAC National Sprint Car point leader Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma virtually put a lock on his second career series title Saturday night with a third-place run in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"We were running on seven cylinders from the time we pushed off at the start of the feature," Bacon admitted. "It puts you in a weird spot knowing your motor's not running 100 percent; it's really hard to throw a bomb on a guy and not know if it's going to be there when you step on it and could wind up taking you both out. You race a little different because it's always in the back of your mind and it kind of puts you a half step back. I might have had a car capable of winning if we could've raced a little different, but it just puts you in a bad spot when you have something like that weighing on your mind."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Chad Boespflug (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Jon Stanbrough (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner and Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance/Keizer Aluminum Wheels Third Heat Winner), Ryan Bernal (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger) and Carson Macedo (Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winner),

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 5, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - 49th "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.625 (New Track Record); 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-14.922; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.961; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.004; 5. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-15.051; 6. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.071; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-15.082; 8. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-15.079; 9. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.092; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.123; 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.128; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-15.223; 13. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-15.242; 14. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.243; 15. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-15.306; 16. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-15.323; 17. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.367; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.354; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.417; 20. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.418; 21. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-15.427; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-15.468; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.476; 24. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.495; 25. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-15.522; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.530; 27. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.556; 28. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.633; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.690; 30. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.737; 31. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.781; 32. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.928; 33. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.000.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. D. Gardner, 3. Boespflug, 4. Spencer, 5. Macedo, 6. Adams, 7. Gansen, 8. R. Gardner, 9. L. Williams. 2:07.60

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Meseraull, 3. Johnson, 4. Coons, 5. Swanson, 6. Rossi, 7. Farney. 2:09.79

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Bacon, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Hodges, 5. Darland, 6. C. Williams, 7. A. Williams, 8. Sussex. 2:06.54

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Stockon, 4. Martin, 5. Thomas, 6. Ellertson, 7. Chapple, 8. Curtis. 2:05.61 (New Track Record)

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Rossi, 3. Darland, 4. Thomas, 5. Swanson, 6. Adams, 7. Chapple, 8. R. Gardner, 9. C. Williams, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Ellertson, 12. L. Williams, 13. Curtis, 14. Farney, 15. Gansen, 16. A. Williams. 3:17.83

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Ryan Bernal, 9. Carson Macedo, 10. Josh Hodges, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Brody Roa, 17. Thomas Meseraull, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Max Adams, 20. Mike Spencer, 21. Matt Rossi, 22. Mike Martin, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Austin Williams. NT ---------------------------- **Adams flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Windom, Laps 2-5 D. Gardner, Laps 6-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (18th to 8th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2474, 2-Stockon-2217, 3-Meseraull-2061, 4-Darland-2059, 5-Windom-2013, 6-Boespflug-1998, 7-Robert Ballou-1919, 8-Leary-1911, 9-Farney-1322, 10-Thomas-1274.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1443, 2-Vander Weerd-1285, 3-Swanson-1220, 4-Roa-1170, 5-A. Williams-1127, 6-Spencer-993, 7-Adams-869, 8-L. Williams-744, 9-C. Williams-729, 10-Gansen-665.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 10-11-12 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals"

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 5, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “49th Annual Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 SDR), 2. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 3. Aaron Farney (#17GP Dutcher), 4. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 7. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 8. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 3. Zach Madrid (#98Z Madrid), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 7. Ryan Stolz (#56X Stolz). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 3. Brady Short (#19A Underwood), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Clinton Boyles (#77 JHR), 4. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Rob Lindsey (#23 Lindsey). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Mihocko, 3. Curtis, 4. Ogle, 5. Reinbold, 6. Lundy, 7. Jo.Grady, 8. Ja.Grady, 9. Lindesy, 10. Stolz, 11. Kesterson, 12. St. James. NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Matt Rossi, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Mike Martin, 12. Brady Short, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Tom Ogle, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Matt Lundy, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Michael Curtis, 20. Zach Madrid, 21. Brian Hosford, 22. Clinton Boyles. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Bernal, Laps 4-10 Bacon, Lap 11 Bernal, Laps 12-30 Bacon.

HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (15th to 7th)

FINAL USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

 

 

WINDOM SWEEPS BOTH ENDS OF WESTERN WORLD NIGHT #1 AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

Queen Creek, Arizona.........The unstoppable force that has been Chris Windom over the past three and a half months was unleashed in the southwest Friday night as the Canton, Illinois driver swept both the USAC AMSOIL National/CRA and Southwest Sprint Car features on night number one of the 49th Annual "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway.

After taking the checkered flag in the USAC Southwest feature earlier in the night, Windom lined up fourth in the 30-lap USAC National/CRA Sprint Car feature. Quickly, though, Windom worked his way to the front past early race leader and three-time USAC Western States Midget champ Ronnie Gardner on lap five after outpacing him with a run off turn two to grab the top spot as the pair hit turn three.

One lap later, Thomas Meseraull followed suit as he slipped by Ronnie Gardner for second with a similar move off turn four.

Torrential rains that washed-out Thursday night's practice provided a heavy and lightning fast racetrack for competitors Friday night, but nobody was as fast as Windom as he extended his lead just before halfway.

Windom had his advantage wiped away due to separate yellows for the turned around car of Jeremy Ellertson and the slowing car of Dave Darland, who was running fifth. Yet, the slowdown for Windom was only temporary as, on each restart, Windom got the jump and immediately distanced himself from second-running Meseraull.

With five to go, Damion Gardner began to make a charge at Meseraull for the second position. Damion was close enough to poke his nose under Meseraull on multiple occasions getting into turns one and three, but to no avail.

By that point, though, the race for the win slowly dissipated into the desert horizon as Windom now held a three-quarter straightaway lead that he wouldn't relinquish, as he drove to a three-second victory.

On the final corner of the last lap, Gardner blasted around the outside of Meseraull to grab the runner-up spot. Meseraull took third ahead of Brady Bacon and Jerry Coons, Jr. Windom extended his streak of top-6 finishes in USAC National "points-paying" events that began on July 17 while also becoming the first driver since Bud Kaeding (Terre Haute, Ind. in 2001) to win multiple USAC-sanctioned Sprint Car features in a single night in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar.

"That was in true Bryan Clauson fashion right there," Windom exclaimed. "This is pretty cool to come out here and win both of these races. I can't say enough about (Crew Chief) Derek Claxton, with all the work he and Billy put into these cars that allow us to come out here and do this. Both of our cars were bad fast all night. The track was heavy and hammer down tonight with all the rain they had yesterday. I'm sure we'll have different track conditions tomorrow. Hopefully we can come out here and sweep the whole weekend."

Chris Windom extended his streak of top-6 finishes in USAC National points races that began on July 17, 2016! (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

While Windom has been the hottest National Sprint Car driver of late, the hottest driver in USAC/CRA over the past couple of months has been Concord, California's Damion Gardner, who lengthened his series point lead by taking second in his Mark Alexander/Scott Sales Company - Weld Racing/Spike/J & D.

"The car was really good," Gardner said. "I got to thank Steve and Mark (Alexander) and all the guys on the crew who work really hard. We put some good pieces together for these end-of-the-year races. I'm not going to say we couldn't pass because we were passing cars all night. We had the right amount of power, we just ran out of laps. We were coming through the field and just had a really, really good car. I couldn't be more proud of these guys on the crew."

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull is one five drivers this season to win features in both the USAC National Sprint Car division as well as the CRA. On Friday night, he rounded out the podium with a third-place finish in his SC Racing/Flag City Machine - C.A. Kustoms/Hawk/Fisher.

"I got lucky," Meseraull admitted. "I started up front. Usually, you don't start that close to the front after qualifying 11th quickest. It was one groove early on, but the track was super fast for the feature. I was running second the whole feature and if Damion was going to squeeze around me on the outside, so be it. Sure enough, he did. I had fans that handed me $100 bills tonight. I towed this car out here myself. Stan Courtad owns the car and Don Whitney loaned me a truck and bought me some shocks. It was just kind of a collaboration of all my friends, so I'm really pumped to be up here."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Terre Haute Action Track included Chad Boespflug (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier and Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winner), Carson Macedo (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner), Ryan Bernal (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner and KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger), Jon Stanbrough (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance/Keizer Aluminum Wheels Third Heat Winner and Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher) and Stevie Sussex (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner)

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - 49th "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.806; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.828; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.875; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.955; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.956; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-14.972; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-15.029; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-15.117; 9. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-15.163; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-15.186; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-15.191; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.195; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.200; 14. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-15.228; 15. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.257; 16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-15.305; 17. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-15.320; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.330; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.350; 20. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.362; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-15.392; 22. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.409; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.420; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.451; 25. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-15.455; 26. Brady Short, 19s, Underwood-15.491; 27. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.505; 28. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.523; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.631; 30. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.654; 31. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-15.696; 32. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.734; 33. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.869; 34. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Chapple, 3. Roa, 4. Windom, 5. Boespflug, 6. Spencer, 7. Hodges, 8. Gansen, 9. Ellertson. 2:07.13

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Vander Weerd, 3. Bacon, 4. R. Gardner, 5. Thomas, 6. Curtis, 7. Short, 8. Rossi, 9. Mellenberndt. 2:09.80

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Johnson, 3. Meseraull, 4. Darland, 5. Swanson, 6. Farney, 7. Stockon, 8. L. Williams. 2:06.22

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. C. Williams, 3. D. Gardner, 4. Adams, 5. Coons, 6. Leary, 7. A. Williams. 2:06.43

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stockon, 3. Coons, 4. A. Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Hodges, 8. Curtis, 9. Short, 10. Leary, 11. Farney, 12. Gansen, 13. L. Williams, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Ellertson, 16. Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Austin Williams, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Carson Macedo, 17. Mike Spencer, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 21. Max Adams, 22. Cody Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Jeremy Ellertson, 25. Dave Darland, 26. Stevie Sussex. NT ---------------------------- **Farney flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 R. Gardner, Laps 5-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (20th to 14th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2399, 2-Stockon-2150, 3-Meseraull-2025, 4-Darland-1996, 5-Boespflug-1947, 6-Windom-1935, 7-Robert Ballou-1919, 8-Leary-1868, 9-Farney-1312, 10-Max McGhee-1264.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1369, 2-Vander Weerd-1224, 3-Swanson-1192, 4-Roa-1132, 5-A. Williams-1104, 6-Spencer-965, 7-Adams-843, 8-L. Williams-734, 9-C. Williams-706, 10-Gansen-655.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 5 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "49th Western World Championships"

 

 

WINDOM WRANGLES FIRST USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT WIN AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

Queen Creek, Arizona.........Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois scored the first of his two victories on Friday night in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature on night one of the 49th "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway.

Windom survived a late race charge from Brady Bacon to take the victory, though the victory did not come all that easy. Windom pulled out to a large lead by the midway point of the feature, but as he negotiated lapped traffic, Bacon rapidly reeled him in.

With seven laps remaining, Bacon not only caught Windom, he took him for the lead out of the fourth corner.

However, Bacon's lead would be short-lived as, just moments later, he skated up the track at the entrance of turn one, just enough to allow Windom to capitalize and slip back by on the bottom.

After a caution with three laps to go for the stopped car of series point leader R.J. Johnson, lapped traffic would no longer factor into the finish as Windom had a clear track in front of him for the final sprint.

Windom zipped away on the ensuing restart, although, Bacon was able to close in on the final lap to finish just 0.171 of a second behind Windom, who collected his first career USAC Southwest Sprint Car victory and piloted the Baldwin Brothers car to a prelim night victory in the Southwest Sprint portion of the program at the "Western World" for the second consecutive year.

Bacon took second behind Windom while Tom Ogle, Matt Rossi and Ryan Bernal rounded out the top-five.

The USAC Southwest Sprint Car season finale takes place Saturday night, Nov. 5 on the second night of the "Western World" at Arizona Speedway.

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "49th Annual Western World Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 8. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clinton Boyles (#77 JHR), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 SDR), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 7. Zach Madrid (#98Z Madrid), 8. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 4. Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 6. Ryan Stolz (#56X Stolz), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Rob Lindsey (#23 Lindsey). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 2. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 6. Aaron Farney (#17GP Dutcher), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Hodges, 3. Ja.Grady, 4. Farney, 5. Bonneau, 6. Madrid, 7. Gile, 8. Curtis, 9. Jo.Grady, 10. Lindsey, 11. St. James, 12. Stolz, 13. Yarnal, 14. Cling, 15. Kesterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tom Ogle, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Charles Davis Jr, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Josh Hodges, 16. Chris Bonneau, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Tanner Grau, 19. Zach Madrid, 20. Clinton Boyles, 21. Stevie Sussex, 22. Shon Deskins. NT ----------------------------------------------- **Cling flipped during the third heat and the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Windom, Lap 24 Bacon, Laps 25-30 Windom.

HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (13th to 5th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,390, 2-Davis-1,289, 3-Martin-1,114, 4-Rossi-1,104, 5-Mihocko-980, 6-Gile-912, 7-Sussex-850, 8-Hosford-785, 9-Bonneau-760, 10-Reinbold-755.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 5, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "49th Annual Western World Championships"

 

 

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 4, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - 49th "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.806; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.828; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.875; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.955; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.956; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-14.972; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-15.029; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-15.117; 9. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-15.163; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-15.186; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-15.191; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.195; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.200; 14. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-15.228; 15. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.257; 16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-15.305; 17. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-15.320; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.330; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.350; 20. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.362; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-15.392; 22. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.409; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.420; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.451; 25. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-15.455; 26. Brady Short, 19s, Underwood-15.491; 27. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.505; 28. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.523; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.631; 30. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.654; 31. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-15.696; 32. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.734; 33. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.869; 34. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Chapple, 3. Roa, 4. Windom, 5. Boespflug, 6. Spencer, 7. Hodges, 8. Gansen, 9. Ellertson. 2:07.13

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Vander Weerd, 3. Bacon, 4. R. Gardner, 5. Thomas, 6. Curtis, 7. Short, 8. Rossi, 9. Mellenberndt. 2:09.80

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Johnson, 3. Meseraull, 4. Darland, 5. Swanson, 6. Farney, 7. Stockon, 8. L. Williams. 2:06.22

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. C. Williams, 3. D. Gardner, 4. Adams, 5. Coons, 6. Leary, 7. A. Williams. 2:06.43

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stockon, 3. Coons, 4. A. Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Hodges, 8. Curtis, 9. Short, 10. Leary, 11. Farney, 12. Gansen, 13. L. Williams, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Ellertson, 16. Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Austin Williams, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Carson Macedo, 17. Mike Spencer, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 21. Max Adams, 22. Cody Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Jeremy Ellertson, 25. Dave Darland, 26. Stevie Sussex. NT ---------------------------- **Farney flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 R. Gardner, Laps 5-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (20th to 14th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2399, 2-Stockon-2150, 3-Meseraull-2025, 4-Darland-1996, 5-Boespflug-1947, 6-Windom-1935, 7-Robert Ballou-1919, 8-Leary-1868, 9-Farney-1312, 10-Max McGhee-1264.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1369, 2-Vander Weerd-1224, 3-Swanson-1192, 4-Roa-1132, 5-A. Williams-1104, 6-Spencer-965, 7-Adams-843, 8-L. Williams-734, 9-C. Williams-706, 10-Gansen-655.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 5 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "49th Western World Championships"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 4, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “49th Annual Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 8. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clinton Boyles (#77 JHR), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 SDR), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 7. Zach Madrid (#98Z Madrid), 8. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 4. Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 6. Ryan Stolz (#56X Stolz), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Rob Lindsey (#23 Lindsey). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 2. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 6. Aaron Farney (#17GP Dutcher), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Hodges, 3. Ja.Grady, 4. Farney, 5. Bonneau, 6. Madrid, 7. Gile, 8. Curtis, 9. Jo.Grady, 10. Lindsey, 11. St. James, 12. Stolz, 13. Yarnal, 14. Cling, 15. Kesterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tom Ogle, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Charles Davis Jr, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Josh Hodges, 16. Chris Bonneau, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Tanner Grau, 19. Zach Madrid, 20. Clinton Boyles, 21. Stevie Sussex, 22. Shon Deskins. NT

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**Cling flipped during the third heat and the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Windom, Lap 24 Bacon, Laps 25-30 Windom.

HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (13th to 5th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 5, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “49th Annual Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS BATTLE AT QUEEN CREEK’S “WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS”

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 2, 2016... This Friday, November 4th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are set for two nights of action at Arizona Speedway for the “49th Annual Western World Championships.” Located within ET Motopark in Queen Creek, the season finale will also feature the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 3:00pm, spectator gates will open at 4:30pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. In addition, the track will host an open practice on Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty-three USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at Arizona Speedway. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fourteen wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), Stevie Sussex (2), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). This season, Johnson has won four of the six previous Queen Creek events and Stevie Sussex claimed victory at the May 7th and September 17th shows.

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World” has been a premier event for race fans to enjoy. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed over the years, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. The non-winged 360 sprints have been a part of the Western World Championship history dating back to 1991 when Wayne Bennet claimed the Manzanita victory. Last year, second generation driver Brody Roa from California won the 360 feature at Tucson’s USA Raceway. Boasting a purse of $2,000-to-win on Friday and $5,000-to-win on Saturday, a talented roster of drivers are expected at the Queen Creek facility.

Entering the nineteenth point race, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 121-point lead over the competition. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his twelfth victory of the year last Saturday at Casa Grande. At press time, the three-time champion has two fast time awards, ten heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-six top-10 finishes, and 281 feature laps led to his credit. Johnson won the 360 Western World in 2010 and will be looking to close out his championship season with a $5,000 payday.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the championship point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored ninth last Saturday at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has one feature win, thirteen heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-six top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year. With fourteen victories, “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list and will have his sights on winning the “360 Western World Championships.”

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin scored fourteenth at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has posted six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, three hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will be looking to close out the year with a Western World triumph.

“The Real American” Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi scored nineteenth at the Casa Grande main event. To date, the 2014 Western World 360 Champion has three heat race victories, one semi-main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for ninth on the series win list, Matt will have his sights on another Western World victory.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the SouthWest point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Beaver Stripes Spike, Mihocko charged from sixteenth to score fourth at Casa Grande. At press time, the young driver has one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and sixteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. Tye will be looking to breakthrough and earn his first USAC win at the “Western World Championships.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Chris Bonneau, Nick Aiuto, Brian Hosford, Landon Cling, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Michael Curtis, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Tom Ogle, Matt Lundy, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. On Friday, General Admission tickets are $10 Kids, $20 Adults, $35 All Access with pit pass, Kids (6 and under) are FREE. Premium Seating (top 8 rows) are $5 Kids (6 and under), $15 Kids (7-12), $25 Adults, $40 All Access with pit pass. On Saturday, General Admission tickets are $10 Kids, $25 Adults, $35 All Access with pit pass, Kids (6 and under) are FREE. Premium Seating (top 8 rows) are $5 (kids 6 and under), $15 Kids (7-12), $30 Adults, $40 All Access with pit pass. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 12-R.J. Johnson, 6- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 3-Josh Hodges, 1-Charles Davis Jr.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 14-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1355, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1234, 3. Mike Martin-1055, 4. Matt Rossi-1029, 5. Tye Mihocko-933, 6. Dennis Gile-902, 7. Stevie Sussex-822, 8. Brian Hosford-734, 9. Chris Bonneau-728, 10. Landon Cling-701, 11. Andy Reinbold-689, 12. Nick Aiuto-639, 13. Josh Pelkey-611, 14. Bruce St. James-543, 15. Michael Curtis-497, 16. Shon Deskins-459, 17. Matt Lundy-455, 18. Tom Ogle-353, 19. Dustin Burkhart-330, 20. Tanner Grau-224.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win) November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON ADDS CASA GRANDE’S “HALLOWEEN HAVOC” TO WIN LIST

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2016... Taking the lead from Indiana visitor C.J. Leary on lap ten, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) claimed last Saturday’s “Halloween Havoc” at Central Arizona Speedway. For Johnson, the $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph at Casa Grande was his twelfth win of the year. Leary, hard charger Brady Short, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, and Dennis Gile rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson started sixth in the main event and charged to his 44th career SouthWest triumph. Setting a new track record in time trials, the three-time champion also won the night’s first heat race. At press time, Johnson heads to the Western World Championships with a 121-point lead with two fast time awards, ten heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-six top-10 finishes, and 281 feature laps led.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Indiana) led the first nine laps before scoring second at the checkered flags. Piloting the family owned #30 Leary Construction Company / Tnemec Paints Maxim, Leary qualified sixth out of nineteen drivers and ran second to “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. in his heat race. Ranked thirty-second in points, the veteran racer has his eyes on the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

Brady Short (Bedford, Indiana) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from fifteenth. Driving Todd Underwood’s #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rental machine, Short was fifteenth quick in time trials and scored tenth in his heat race. The Indiana native sits thirty-seventh in points heading to Queen Creek.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) stormed from sixteenth to fourth at Central Arizona Speedway. Racing the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Beaver Stripes Spike, Mihocko qualified sixteenth overall and placed seventh in his heat race. To date, the young driver is fifth in the point standings with one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and sixteen top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) claimed fifth at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. Piloting the family owned #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile was fifth fast in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently sixth in points with six heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis qualified second overall and scored ninth in the main event. To date, the five-time Arizona Champion is second in points with one feature win, thirteen heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-six top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year.

This Friday, November 3rd, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will head to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway for two nights of action at the “49th Annual Western World Championships.” Located at the ET Motopark, the event will also feature the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 29, 2016 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Halloween Havoc”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-15.058 (New Track Record); 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.249; 3. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.264; 4. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.317; 5. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.325; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.405; 7. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-15.516; 8. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.613; 9. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.645; 10. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-15.704; 11. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.787; 12. Brian Hosford, 22B, Weber-15.845; 13. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-15.865; 14. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.921; 15. Brady Short, 19S, Underwood-15.964; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.979; 17. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.016; 18. Corey Hurley, 71H, Hurley-16.685; 19. Lealand Fuller, 3, Fuller-16.791.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Martin, 3. Farney, 4. Gile, 5. Cling, 6. Reinbold, 7. St. James, 8. Fuller, 9. Lundy, 10. Short. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Leary, 3. Sussex, 4. Rossi, 5. Bonneau, 6. Curtis, 7. Mihocko, 8. Hurley, 9. Hosford. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (6th), 2. C.J. Leary (1st), 3. Brady Short (15th), 4. Tye Mihocko (16th), 5. Dennis Gile (2nd), 6. Brian Hosford (12th), 7. Bruce St. James (11th), 8. Matt Lundy (17th), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 10. Aaron Farney (9th), 11. Michael Curtis (14th), 12. Landon Cling (7th), 13. Andy Reinbold (13th), 14. Mike Martin (4th), 15. Chris Bonneau (10th), 16. Stevie Sussex (8th), 17. Lealand Fuller (19th), 18. Corey Hurley (18th), 19. Matt Rossi (3rd). NT --------------------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Leary, Laps 10-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (15th to 3rd)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1355, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1234, 3. Mike Martin-1055, 4. Matt Rossi-1029, 5. Tye Mihocko-933, 6. Dennis Gile-902, 7. Stevie Sussex-822, 8. Brian Hosford-734, 9. Chris Bonneau-728, 10. Landon Cling-701, 11. Andy Reinbold-689, 12. Nick Aiuto-639, 13. Josh Pelkey-611, 14. Bruce St. James-543, 15. Michael Curtis-497, 16. Shon Deskins-459, 17. Matt Lundy-455, 18. Tom Ogle-353, 19. Dustin Burkhart-330, 20. Tanner Grau-224.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win) November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

ROBBY JOSETT SHINES IN VENTURA RETURN
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2016… In just his fourth start of the season, Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, California) led all 30-laps to claim last Saturday’s feature win at Ventura Raceway. For Josett, the $1,000 USAC Western States Midget victory was the fourth win of his career. Fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, Cory Elliott, Cody Swanson, and Michael Faccinto followed Robby to the checkered flags.

Racing his #2 RL & Sons Construction / Justice Brothers Spike, Robby Josett started on the outside of the front row. Shaking free from polesitter Josh Lakatos and Ronnie Gardner, Josett managed to earn his first win of 2016. Earlier in the program, Robby qualified eleventh out of twenty-five racers and scored third in his heat race. Heading to Bakersfield on November 19th, Josett is fifteenth in the point chase with three top-10 finishes.

Charging from sixth, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) pressured Josett for the top spot but had to settle for second. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner posted his fourth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Alex Schutte in his heat race. Ronnie left Ventura with a 121-point lead on the strength of five main event wins, eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) started eighth and sliced his way to third at Ventura Raceway. Piloting the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott was eighth fast in time trials and won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently third in the point standings with five heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit.

Cody Swanson (Corona, California) had a solid night with his fourth place run at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson qualified fourth overall and claimed third in his heat race. To date, the former VRA Champion is sixth in points with one feature win, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led on the year.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) scored fifth in the prelude to the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Driving the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was fifth quick in time trials and ran second to Cory Elliott in his heat race. Michael left Ventura ranks second in the point chase with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the season.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eleventh place run from twentieth. Piloting the family owned #18 Simpson Race Products Stealth, Dolacki qualified seventeenth overall and ran seventh in his heat race. The young driver is tenth in the standings with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, three Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and five top-10 finishes.

Alex Schutte (Redding, California) won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing the Schutte / McElwee #28 Zito Vault / Proficio Spike, Schutte was seventh fast in time trials and scored twentieth in the feature after a hard crash. At press time, the 2010 Champion is twelfth in points with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Alabama) raced to victory in the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Walker Filtration Systems / King Racing Products TCR, Thomas qualified twelfth overall and placed nineteenth in the main event after an early exit.

On Saturday, November 19th, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to action to Bakersfield Speedway. Located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California, the event will also showcase IMCA Stocks, Hobby Stocks, and American Stocks. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Light Up The World Beverages, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:
October 29, 2016 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.039; 2. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.042; 3. Josh Lakatos, 6K, Kruseman-12.155; 4. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-12.213; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.325; 6. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-12.347; 7. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-12.348; 8. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.363; 9. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.365; 10. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.391; 11. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.431; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73, Ford-12.451; 13. Jake Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.482; 14. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-12.496; 15. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.513; 16. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.517; 17. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-12.647; 18. Jake Hagopian, 14, Hagopian-12.670; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.730; 20. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-12.943; 21. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.005; 22. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-13.125; 23. Tyler Seavey, 88, Arata-13.265; 24. Brennan Rogers, 20, Rogers- NT; 25. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Schutte, 2. Gardner, 3. C.Swanson, 4. J.Swanson, 5. Pankratz, 6. Cofer, 7. Wait, 8. Guerrini. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Josett, 4. Dalby, 5. Ebberts, 6. Nichols, 7. Dolacki, 8. Seavey. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Thomas, 2. Crone, 3. Lakatos, 4. Kruseman, 5. Smith, 6. Hagopian, 7. Hazelton, 8. Rogers. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Robby Josett (2nd), 2. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 3. Cory Elliott (8th), 4. Cody Swanson (3rd), 5. Michael Faccinto (5th), 6. Josh Lakatos (1st), 7. Danny Ebberts (14th), 8. Randi Pankratz (13th), 9. Courtney Crone (4th), 10. Jake Hagopian (18th), 11. Tyler Dolacki (20th), 12. Maria Cofer (16th), 13. Kyle Smith (15th), 14. Robert Dalby (11th), 15. Nate Wait (19th), 16. Tyler Seavey (23rd), 17. Cory Kruseman (12th), 18. Terry Nichols (17th), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7th), 20. Alex Schutte (9th), 21. Jake Swanson (10th), 22. Ron Hazelton (21st), 23. Brennan Rogers (24th). NT
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**Guerrini flipped during the first heat. J.Swanson, Schutte, Thomas, and Nichols flipped during the feature.
*Frankie Guerrini did not start.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Josett
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Dolacki (20th to 11th)

WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-922, 2. Michael Faccinto-801, 3. Cory Elliott-717, 4. Frankie Guerrini-676, 5. Courtney Crone-620, 6. Cody Swanson-564, 7. Randi Pankratz-531, 8. Maria Cofer-523, 9. Robert Dalby-521, 10. Tyler Dolacki-420, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-319, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 14. Nate Wait-228, 15. Robby Josett-201, 16. Dylan Ito- 200, 17. Terry Nichols-198, 18. Darren Hagen-195, 19. Ashley Hazelton-178, 20. Taylor Simas-177.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

THE TRADITION OF ARIZONA & USAC SPRINT CAR RACING HEADS INTO A NEW ERA THIS WEEKEND AT "WESTERN WORLD"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Even from its earliest days, the racing heroes of the USAC's Thunder and Lightning division - the USAC Sprint Cars - have made the pilgrimage out west.

However, unlike the 21st century in which the annual western trips have become a yearly tradition, from the 1960s through the decade of the 1990s, USAC Sprint Car races in Arizona were not as commonplace.

This coming weekend, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars trek west once again to conclude the season, beginning this weekend at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek for the 49th annual "Western World Championships."

Though no USAC National Sprint Car event was officially co-sanctioned with another organization until late 1985, there have been 34 forays over the past 52 years when the stars of USAC packed up their spurs and headed southwest to the state of Arizona to do battle.

Arizona first played host to the USAC Sprint Cars in January of 1964. Don Branson and A.J. Foyt scored victories in twin 50-milers on the same afternoon at the Arizona State Fairgrounds' mile in Phoenix.

The list of USAC Sprint winners in the Grand Canyon State includes some of the most renowned names in the history of auto racing.

Among that list are Indianapolis 500 winners Foyt and Mario Andretti - a winner in the USAC Sprint Car division's first trip to Manzanita Speedway in 1966. Yet, after the checkered flag fell on that night, it would be another 18 years before the series would make its return to Arizona in 1984 for CRA and SCRA Sprint Car champ, the "Tempe Tornado," Lealand McSpadden to defend his own turf at Manzy.

For much of USAC's history, Manzanita was the traditional Southwest haunt for sprint car racing. From 1966 to 2008, the famed Phoenix half-mile dirt oval played host to 17 USAC National Sprint Car events.

When Manzanita's "Western World" came under the fold of the United States Auto Club in 2004, Bud Kaeding made a late-race pass with just five laps remaining to claim his first "Western World" title.

Only five Arizonian racetracks have hosted a USAC National Sprint Car race, but only one of those tracks was paved. The series made voyages to the ultra-fast, one-mile Phoenix International Raceway on three occasions from 1996-1998. Dave Steele set a blistering pace of 145 mph during qualifying in the last series race run there, but it was two-time series champ Brian Tyler who stole the victory from Steele on the final lap in a race that featured four lead changes in the final four laps!

Since the closure of Manzanita following Darren Hagen's win there in early 2009, the "Western World," which had been a staple of the track for 41 consecutive years from 1968-2008, had to find a new home. After a handful of years at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria under the banner of the ASCS and then the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series, the prestigious event returned in 2015 as a USAC National Sprint Car race at Tucson's USA Raceway.

Bryan Clauson, USAC's winningest National Sprint Car driver in Arizona with five victories, outdueled eventual series champion Robert Ballou in the final laps of last season's "Western World" finale to take his fourth overall win in the event.

For 2016, the "Western World" has a new home - Queen Creek's Arizona Speedway. The one-third-mile dirt oval becomes the sixth different track in Arizona to bring the USAC National Sprint Cars to its place where the stars of today aim to make their mark in the record books of Arizona USAC history.

Pit gates open for this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5 "Western World" at 3pm both days. Front gates open at 4:30. Hot laps begin at 5:45 with racing set for 7 o'clock.

Grandstand admission Friday night is $20 for adults and $25 on Saturday. Children ages 7-12 are just $10 while children 6 and under are FREE! Two-day general admission tickets for adults are available for the discounted price of $40 and $15 for children ages 7-12.

If you can't make it to Arizona Speedway this weekend, you can catch both nights of "Western World" action LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

 

 

WINDOM RACES INTO WESTERN WORLD ON A HOT SECOND HALF STREAK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

In most stick and ball sports, segments of games are separated by quarters, periods or halves. Sometimes teams get off to a fast start. Although, on many occasions, halftime adjustments are needed to rectify the performance in the second half.

Without question, there's no driver who's had a better second half of the season than Chris Windom.

Though you can't exactly characterize Windom's first half as "slow" by any means, the early part of the season for the Canton, Illinois veteran wasn't one that would immediately catch your eye.

Sure, there was his captivating performance at June's "Horn-Schindler Memorial" Silver Crown 100-lapper at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway in which he outdueled Bryan Clauson in a dramatic race that came down to the final lap, but it wasn't until the conclusion of "Indiana Sprint Week" in which Windom truly hit his stride.

Since July 17th's "Sprint Week" round at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Windom has gone on a consistent tear in which he's rattled off finishes of 6th, 2nd, 6th, 3rd, 6th, 2nd, 2nd and 1st in eight points-paying sprint car races, a 4th in his lone USAC National Midget start and a 5th, 2nd, 1st and 1st on his way to capturing the 2016 USAC Silver Crown championship.

To put it plainly, Windom hasn't finished outside of the top-six positions during a USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint or National Midget feature in three-and-a-half months!

On top of that, Windom was victorious in his only USAC Regional Midget appearance of the season at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in October.

With an average finish of 3.15 over that span heading into this Friday and Saturday's 49th annual "Western World Championships" on Nov. 4-5 at Queen Creek's Arizona Speedway, Windom is simply at the top of his game right now.

Yet, the humble Windom is quick to attribute the results to more than just his driving ability. It all comes down to a combination of the dynamics between himself, his crew chief and the owner.

Since teaming up with the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise team in mid-2015, the tandem has been nothing short of excellent, collecting a trio of victories this season at Williams Grove as well as the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and the "4-Crown Nationals" at Ohio's Eldora Speedway in which he blistered the field in a masterfully, dominating performance.

In May, the Baldwin Brothers reunited with Windom in order to recreate the magic of the 2011 season in which Windom came into his own, recording four USAC National Sprint Car wins during the season on his way to a second-place finish in the series points as well as claiming the "Indiana Sprint Week" title and sweeping a pair of races at Terre Haute and a prelim night in the "Oval Nationals" at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

One of the key components that is crucial to determining the success of any race team is how the driver and his crew chief interact. After capturing a wealth of success with Derek Claxton and Evan Avart on the wrenches in past years, Windom's rides this year returned to the hands of these two individuals, who have proven that the combination between the crew and driver can lead to extraordinary heights.

"Derek and I have always gelled well together and it just took a month or so to get back to where we were when we previously worked together," Windom explained. "The same goes with Evan. We all have a lot of confidence in each other and you must have that with your crew chief and team. We show up to the track knowing we can win night-in and night-out."

"We have worked with each other all summer trying different packages," Windom continued. "Nothing major, but we just settled in on something we both found worked well and that's where you want to be. When you can show up to the track and do the least amount of work throughout the night, it normally proves to be the best way."

To be at the top of your field in any discipline, it takes a variety of pieces to create and maintain that magic. To achieve success with two different employers in three different types of racecars is another whole set of circumstances.

Windom persevered through the entire 2016 Silver Crown season without a single finish outside of the top-five, which was enough to dethrone two-time series champ Kody Swanson.

In the sprint car, Windom has recaptured his form to become one of the favorites each time he and the Baldwin No. 5 hit the track.

"I'm very thankful for the opportunities that I have to work with the best teams and crew chiefs," Windom stated. "I don't know if our success really has settled in for me yet as we are still kind of in full swing and looking to finish off strong out west. We are having a lot of fun right now and that goes hand in hand with success."

"I think we see where we're at right now with everything and want to end the year with our confidence high and not change much going into 2017," Windom added. "Sometimes it seems you can forget and talk yourself into changing things over the course of the offseason, but we just need to stay on the same path we're on and keep it rolling into next year."

This year's "Western World" also features complete shows each night for the USAC 360 Southwest Sprint Cars. Racing action unfolds this Friday and Saturday night, November 4th and 5th, 2016 with a pair of feature events completing each night's program.

Pit gates open each day at 3pm. Front gates open at 4:30. Hot laps begin at 5:45 with racing set for 7 o'clock.

Grandstand admission Friday night is $20 for adults and $25 on Saturday. Children ages 7-12 are just $10 while children 6 and under are FREE! Two-day general admission tickets for adults are available for the discounted price of $40 and $15 for children ages 7-12.

If you can't make it to Arizona Speedway this weekend, you can catch both nights of "Western World" action LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

 

 

ARIZONA SPEEDWAY TAKES OVER AS HOME OF THE "WESTERN WORLD" THIS FRIDAY-SATURDAY

In what has become an annual tradition over the past several years, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship heads to the western United States to finish off its 2016 campaign.

With five races remining at two venues, the first stop on the swing is the 49th annual "Western World Championships."

A staple of the defunct Manzanita Speedway since the event's inception in 1968 through 2008, the "Western World" has bounced around throughout Arizona over the last decade, once calling Peoria's Canyon Speedway Park home before moving to Tucson's USA Raceway in 2015 where it returned as a USAC National Sprint Car race for the first time since 2008.

In 2016, however, "Western World" moves to a new venue - Queen Creek's one-third-mile Arizona Speedway this Friday and Saturday night, November 4th and 5th, marking the USAC National Sprint Cars' third first-time visit to a track this season - after trips to Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway and South Dakota's Badlands Motor Speedway earlier in the season.

This season marks the 13th consecutive year USAC's AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car divisions have hooked up to compete on the same real estate.

Twenty-seven drivers have scored combined USAC National and CRA victories since 2004, including expected "Western World" entrants Damion Gardner, Bud Kaeding, Mike Spencer, Chris Windom, Jon Stanbrough and Chase Stockon.

Former "Western World" champions entered for this weekend's Arizona Speedway contest include 2005 winner Dave Darland, 2014 winner Matt Rossi and 2009 and 2010 victor Brady Bacon, who continues his stranglehold on the National Sprint points by 233 markers with a second USAC National title well within his reach.

Bacon took his lone USAC National Sprint Car victory in the state of Arizona during a preliminary feature in last season's "Western World" at Tucson, Arizona's USA Raceway. Damion Gardner, a 2005 "Western World" preliminary night winner, leads the USAC/CRA standings by 117 points heading into the season's final stretch as he eyes a fourth consecutive series title, and his fifth overall. "The Demon" has been red-hot of late, as showcased by his four series feature wins in the last two months of the season.

The late, great Bryan Clauson is the winningest driver when it comes to combined USAC National and CRA Sprint Car features with eight career victories.

Just one season ago, in last year's "Western World" Saturday night finale in Tucson, Clauson and Robert Ballou battled side-by-side, lap-after-lap without giving as much as a car length advantage to each other throughout the late race stages.

Mired in heavy traffic, Clauson worked the bottom berm as Ballou rode the high line, as the two swapped the lead between each other a total of four times in a 15-lap span.

With seven laps to go, Ballou almost tipped over the edge, biking his ride before landing back on all fours as Clauson sped away into the distance.

But, on the final lap, Ballou was back in the game after the two swapped lines. Ballou used a run on the bottom curb to nearly pull even with Clauson exiting turn two, but stumbled just enough to slow his momentum. Ballou darted back toward Clauson in turn 3, but it wasn't enough as Clauson broke away to capture his fourth "Western World" crown!

This year's "Western World" also features complete shows each night for the USAC 360 Southwest Sprint Cars. Racing action unfolds this Friday and Saturday night, November 4th and 5th, 2016 with a pair of feature events completing each night's program.

Pit gates open each day at 3pm. Front gates open at 4:30. Hot laps begin at 5:45 with racing set for 7 o'clock.

Grandstand admission Friday night is $20 for adults and $25 on Saturday. Children ages 7-12 are just $10 while children 6 and under are FREE! Two-day general admission tickets for adults are available for the discounted price of $40 and $15 for children ages 7-12.

If you can't make it to Arizona Speedway this weekend, you can catch both nights of "Western World" action LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 29, 2016 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Halloween Havoc”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-15.058 (New Track Record); 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.249; 3. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.264; 4. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.317; 5. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.325; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.405; 7. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-15.516; 8. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.613; 9. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.645; 10. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-15.704; 11. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.787; 12. Brian Hosford, 22B, Weber-15.845; 13. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-15.865; 14. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.921; 15. Brady Short, 19S, Underwood-15.964; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.979; 17. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.016; 18. Corey Hurley, 71H, Hurley-16.685; 19. Lealand Fuller, 3, Fuller-16.791.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Martin, 3. Farney, 4. Gile, 5. Cling, 6. Reinbold, 7. St. James, 8. Fuller, 9. Lundy, 10. Short. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Leary, 3. Sussex, 4. Rossi, 5. Bonneau, 6. Curtis, 7. Mihocko, 8. Hurley, 9. Hosford. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Brady Short, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Brian Hosford, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. Matt Lundy, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Michael Curtis, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Andy Reinbold, 14. Mike Martin, 15. Chris Bonneau, 16. Stevie Sussex, 17. Lealand Fuller, 18. Corey Hurley, 19. Matt Rossi. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Leary, Laps 10-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (15th to 3rd)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 4&5 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “49th Annual Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 29, 2016 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.039; 2. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.042; 3. Josh Lakatos, 6K, Kruseman-12.155; 4. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-12.213; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.325; 6. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-12.347; 7. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-12.348; 8. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.363; 9. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.365; 10. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.391; 11. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.431; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73, Ford-12.451; 13. Jake Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.482; 14. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-12.496; 15. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.513; 16. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.517; 17. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-12.647; 18. Jake Hagopian, 14, Hagopian-12.670; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.730; 20. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-12.943; 21. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.005; 22. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-13.125; 23. Tyler Seavey, 88, Arata-13.265; 24. Brennan Rogers, 20, Rogers- NT; 25. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Gardner, 3. C.Swanson, 4. J.Swanson, 5. Pankratz, 6. Cofer, 7. Wait, 8. Guerrini. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Josett, 4. Dalby, 5. Ebberts, 6. Nichols, 7. Dolacki, 8. Seavey. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Crone, 3. Lakatos, 4. Kruseman, 5. Smith, 6. Hagopian, 7. Hazelton, 8. Rogers. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robby Josett, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Cody Swanson, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Josh Lakatos, 7. Danny Ebberts, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Courtney Crone, 10. Jake Hagopian, 11. Tyler Dolacki, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Robert Dalby, 15. Nate Wait, 16. Tyler Seavey, 17. Cory Kruseman, 18. Terry Nichols, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr., 20. Alex Schutte, 21. Jake Swanson, 22. Ron Hazelton, 23. Brennan Rogers. NT ------------------------------------ **Guerrini flipped during the first heat. J.Swanson, Schutte, Thomas, and Nichols flipped during the feature

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Josett KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Dolacki (20th to 11th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 19 – Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 29, 2016 - Kenly, North Carolina - Southern National Motorsports Park - "Spooktacular"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.345; 2. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.402; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.455; 4. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.478; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8,Trainor-15.520; 6. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.616; 7. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.642; 8. Jake Trainor, 88, Trainor-15.817.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. George Kurtz, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Nolan Allison, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Jessica Bean, 7. Kyle Resco. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lamb.

FINAL USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-972, 2-Layser-950, 3-Bean-905, 4-Hatfield-888, 5-Allison-859, 6-Kurtz-807, 7-Jake Nelke-654, 8-Famous Rhodes II-583, 9-Jagger Parker-532, 10-Resco-406.

 

 

USAC NATIONAL & CRA SPRINTS RESUME YEARLY CLASH OUT WEST TO CONCLUDE 2016 SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars head out west for November's "Western World Championships" in Queen Creek, Ariz. and the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" at Perris, Calif., it will mark the 13th consecutive year USAC's AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car divisions have hooked up to compete against each other.

In what has become an annual tradition since the creation of the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car series, the National series heads to the western part of the United States to finish off its season campaign.

Although, in 2009 and 2010, the series made early season voyages to the west in addition to the season-enders in the fall.

Thus far, 67 races have been contested when the two series have combined. No track has hosted more USAC National/CRA Sprint Car events than has Perris (35), the home of the upcoming Budweiser "Oval Nationals" on Nov. 10-11-12, 2016. The half-mile dirt oval in southern California was the venue of the first National/CRA feature back in 2004, won by Mike Kirby on a preliminary night of the "Ovals."

The "Oval Nationals" has become a staple of the USAC National and CRA schedule since 2004, annually boasting some of the highest car counts for traditional sprint car racing on the west coast as well as awarding the largest winner's share of any USAC race all year.

This year's winner's check for Saturday night at the "Ovals" is a hefty $25,000, with $1000 being paid out to each feature starter, making it one of the most anticipated events of the year for both fans and competitors alike.

The "Ovals" can also lay claim to being the home of the largest car count ever for a points-paying USAC National Sprint Car race. Mike Spencer topped the field that night in which an astounding seventy-five cars and drivers were on hand for the first prelim at Perris on Nov. 2, 2006!

Perris is among the eight tracks who have hosted combined USAC National and CRA Sprint Car events including fellow Golden State tracks Calistoga Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway and Kings Speedway.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the lone representative for the state of Nevada. Three tracks in the state of Arizona have been home to 24 of these contests - Canyon Speedway Park, USA Raceway and the fabled Manzanita Speedway, which closed its doors in 2009.

Manzanita had been the host of the "Western World Championships" since the event's inception in 1968. Since then, the event has bounced around throughout Arizona, once calling Canyon home before moving to Tucson's USA Raceway in 2015 where it returned as a USAC National Sprint Car race for the first time since 2008.

In 2016, however, "Western World" moves to a new venue - Queen Creek's one-third-mile Arizona Speedway on Nov. 4-5, 2016, marking the USAC National Sprint Cars' third first-time visit to a track this season (Montpelier and Badlands).

2015 "Western World" winner Bryan Clauson is the winningest driver when it comes to combined USAC National and CRA Sprint Car features with eight. Twenty-seven drivers have scored National/CRA victories since 2004, including expected competitors during the upcoming western swing such as Damion Gardner (7 wins), Dave Darland (5), Bud Kaeding (4), Mike Spencer (3), Chris Windom (2), Brady Bacon (1), Jon Stanbrough (1) and Chase Stockon (1).

Gates open at 4pm and racing begins at 7pm for both nights of the 49th "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 4-5.

The 21st annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" are set for Thursday-Friday-Saturday, Nov. 10-11-12 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 


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