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VENTURA HOSTS USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH RACE #1” SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 18, 2019... After last Saturday’s battle at Bakersfield, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will clash with the Ventura Racing Association (VRA) this Saturday, March 23rd at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “Automotive Racing Products (ARP) Battle at the Beach Race #1” is the first of five appearances at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also feature Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprint Cars, and California Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held twelve West Coast 360 Sprint Car races. Nine different drivers have claimed victory, led by Ryan Bernal, Tristan Guardino, and Jake Swanson with two main event wins. The 1-lap track record of 11.983 was set by defending champion Austin Liggett on August 25, 2018 and a complete series win list at Ventura is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, there have been three different winners. Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, and Chase Johnson swept their shows by setting fast time/top qualifier, claiming heat races, and taking the checkered flags in the main events. Last Saturday at Bakersfield, Johnson became the fifty-first driver to earn a series triumph.

After running fourth at Bakersfield, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has taken over the point lead and holds a 9-point advantage. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino has posted two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes to his credit. At press time, Tristan is tied with Troy Rutherford for eleventh on the series win list and will be looking for his sixth victory this Saturday night.

Two-time champion, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria finished third at Bakersfield last Saturday night. Also running Jim Richardson’s #8 Wiesz Racing Engines DRC, Faria has posted two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Currently tied with Bud Kaeding for third on the series win list, “Hollywood” will have his sights on his twelfth victory at Saturday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #1.”

After missing the Bakersfield event, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has dropped to third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and 6 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth on the series win list, the 2017 Champion will be looking for his fifth main event triumph.

Like Swanson, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) skipped last Saturday’s show and is currently fourth in the championship points. Piloting Tanner Grau’s #34 Westin Diversified / Western Premier Hauling Maxim, Roa has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and 15 feature laps led on the year. The 2016 Champion is tied with Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his seventh feature victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fifth in the championship standings. Racing his #50 MP Environmental / RSS Industries entry, Davis has two top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Regularly competing in Arizona, the 2018 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion missed last Saturday’s Bakersfield race and is not expected at Ventura.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Timmons, Koen Shaw, Austin Ervine, Kyle Edwards, J.J. Ringo, Austin Liggett, Cody Majors, Tom Hendricks, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Troy Rutherford, Shannon McQueen, Ryan Stolz, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Ventura Racing Association. The four-time VRA Champion is expected to be joined by Charlie Butcher, Rick Hendrix, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Guy Woodward, and Joey Bishop.

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

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

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

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-195, 2. Danny Faria Jr.-186, 3. Jake Swanson-161, 4. Brody Roa-154, 5. Charles Davis Jr.-147, 6. Stevie Sussex-145, 7. Ryan Timmons-139, 8. Koen Shaw-135, 9. Hannah Mayhew-119, 10. Dennis Gile-113, 11. Colton Hardy-101, 12. Slater Helt-99, 13. T.J. Smith-93, 14. Austin Ervine-89, 15. Chase Johnson-84, 16. Sterling Cling-80, 17. Kyle Edwards-78, ... J.J. Ringo-71, 19. Michael Fanelli-70, 20. Austin Liggett-69.

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

 

 

MEMPHIS 100 ENTRY LIST REVEALED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 19, 2019).........A strong field consisting of drivers from 10 states and two countries make up the field for this weekend's USAC Silver Crown season-opening "Memphis 100" at Memphis International Raceway on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23.

Two past Silver Crown champions in Kody Swanson and Chris Windom will make their debut appearances at Memphis, while both are making their debuts with new teams. Kingsburg, California's Swanson, the winningest driver in series' history, has won four of the last five titles for DePalma Motorsports. With the closure of that team, Swanson has moved over to Nolen Racing. Meanwhile, Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown champ from Canton, Ill., has switched seats from Nolen Racing to Goodnight Racing for an attack at another title.

More than one-third of the lineup owns a victory in Silver Crown competition during his career, including Swanson's series-high 24 and Windom's eight. Franklin, Massachusetts' Bobby Santos ranks in the top-ten on the all-time Silver Crown win list with 10. Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind. has taken the checkered three times. Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary won the second and most recent of his career in last year's finale at Eldora. Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. has scored twice in the Silver Crown division and, like Leary, both came on the dirt. David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) are each looking to notch Silver Crown victory number two.

Santos, Pierce and Gordon are among four drivers in the field who hold previous Silver Crown experience at Memphis, alongside Plainfield, Indiana's Bill Rose. Rose has also claimed two career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories and is one of nine drivers in the lineup to have tallied in that division as well as Leary, Windom, Swanson, Santos, Pierce, Gordon, Grant and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas is one of four drivers making their pavement Silver Crown debuts along with Pleasant Valley, New York's two-time American LeMans Series champ Chris Dyson, Ellisville, Mississippi's Joey Schmidt and Prince George, British Columbia's Jason Conn. The latter two, Schmidt and Conn, are aiming to make their first starts with the series Saturday at Memphis.

The remainder of the field consists of winners and veterans from the racing world, including two-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind., who earned 2012 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors. Last year, New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins was the top-Rookie in the series, finishing sixth in the standings. Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott took seventh in last year's points while Levittown, Pa.'s Mike Haggenbottom was 11th.

Top-ten points finishers from 2018, Matt Goodnight (8th) from Winchester, Ind. and Austin Nemire (10th) from Sylvania, Ohio are entered for Memphis along with a group of relative Silver Crown newcomers in Cody Gerhardt (Fresno, Calif.), Cody Gallogly (Pataskala, Ohio), Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.) and Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.).

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.

 

 

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" Just Over Two Months Away Huge Discount Available Via Superticket

(Indianapolis, IN) For the fourth straight year, USAC and Track Enterprises have combined forces for "The Week Of Indy", three big events leading up to the Indy 500. This year's events will be Wednesday-Friday, May 22-24. The three night show features open wheel cars from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars. The events will be held at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Lucas Oil Raceway. Just announced, a superticket, which gives fans a 25% discount if they attend all three events.

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 22. The Tony Hulman Classic will feature the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the UMP Dirtcar Modifieds.

Terre Haute pits are scheduled to open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:30, and racing action is scheduled to begin at 8:00. General admission tickets for the Tony Hulman Classic will be sold at the gate for $25 on raceday. Infield tickets are also available for $15, while children 11 and under are free.

On Thursday, May 23, fans will make the short trek to the east and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 64th running of the Hoosier Hundred. The 100-mile race features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and the DIRTcar Modifieds.

Hoosier Hundred pit gates will open at 12:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps start at 5:00, racing begins for the Modifieds at 6:00, with the Hoosier 100 scheduled for an 8:00 green flag. Reserved seating is available for the Hoosier Hundred by calling the Track Enterprises office, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or through Ticketmaster. Reserved seats for adults are being sold for $25 presale or $30 at the gate. Infield tickets will be available for $15 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

The final event of the Track Enterprises promotion is on Friday, May 24 at Lucas Oil Raceway. For the fourth time, the USAC Silver Crown Series will be running at the Brownsburg, IN complex on Friday in an event that will be known as the Carb Night Classic...The Race Before The 500. The Carb Night Classic will also feature action from the USF2000 and Pro Mazda divisions from Road To Indy.

Lucas Oil Raceway pits will open at 12:00, grandstands at 2:45, with on track activity beginning at 3:15. Silver Crown qualifying will be at 5:45 with the Road To Indy features to follow. Green is scheduled to drop on the Carb Night Classic at 9:00. General admission tickets will be available at the gate for $25 on raceday.

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

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

 

 

NEMIRE SET FOR NEXT STEP IN HIS SILVER CROWN CAREER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Millington, Tennessee (March 18, 2019).........Austin Nemire's initial foray into the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series was about getting accustomed to the car and the new tracks he had yet to turn a wheel on at the time.

Going into last year's opener, Nemire and the team felt confident in taking the next step to compete for top-fives on a regular basis. However, right from the get-go, a black cloud of frustration hung over the team that put an obstacle in their way of achieving that.

Now, the 19-year-old Sylvania, Ohio native is eager to put 2018 behind him and take the next step to compete up front regularly on the series' trail beginning with the March 22-23 "Memphis 100" at Memphis International Raceway, and erase the mechanical gremlins that plagued he and his team last year.

"It was frustrating to be running pretty decent, not great, at Phoenix last year, then have overheating issues," Nemire recalled. "That was discouraging to start like that right off the bat, then turn around a get a new motor (to us) and make only five laps at Madison (Wisc.) International Raceway before having issues there. It's a pretty frustrating experience overall, but to be able to learn from that because each race you kind of take for granted."

Each race is a new race and each year brings with it a new season and a new outlook. Though he keeps his goals humble, Nemire fully expects to take that next leap into being a threat at the front of the pack.

"Each race means a lot as far as end of the year points," Nemire pointed out. We're running for points, but we're not really running to win a championship. It's about going out there each race and improving and running consistent. We have to keep the motor together, take the experience from last year of not getting to run all the races and go into this year with a positive attitude. It's one race at a time."

While his best-ever series' finish of third at Gateway came on the pavement, Nemire believes in the full package of competing on both the dirt and pavement, seeking the versatility on each surface that it takes to be successful in the series after securing a pair of eighth-place finishes down the stretch last season at Springfield and Du Quoin.

"I think if we can keep it together on the pavement side of things, we should be alright. Other than that, we're sticking with the same dirt car. I think we made pretty good ground on that last year. We're heading into the year with a positive mindset. Hopefully we'll be able to run all the shows and just keep improving each race."

Nemire's first visit to Memphis International Raceway comes this weekend, March 22-23, on the D-shaped pavement track. While a solid start at the opener a year ago began with a bright outlook before being forced to the sidelines by the midway point, the 2014 USAC HPD Midget champion maintains those high hopes, but knows that first things first, you must finish if you want any shot at reaching those goals.

"A positive Memphis experience would be just getting through the race and completing it," Nemire stated matter-of-factly. "Obviously, you set goals. You want to run top-5, top-3. I say just getting through the race without an issue with our new engine is the biggest goal."

Upgrading equipment and garnering more seat time will most certainly prove to push Nemire forward in 2019. The grandson of longtime USAC competitor Jerry Nemire has finished in the top-ten of the Silver Crown standings in three of his five years on the tour. This year, he's hungry for more.

"The past two years, we moved into a newer dirt car that's more up-to-date and better as far as what is used for technology versus the older 1998 car we were running. The past couple years were more about taking that experience from the first couple of years and applying it to the new car. We're definitely making big waves on the dirt side, Nemire continued. "It's hard when we're running only 10-15 times a year versus everyone else running 50-60. I think we're hurting mainly on experience. My overall goal is to finish top-five in points at the end of the year, which I think we were pretty capable of doing last year. I hate to set goals too high and too lofty, but I don't really think there's such a thing as that."

 

 

MEMPHIS 100 DEFINED BY EXPERIENCE AND A NEW BREED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 18, 2019).........Though it's been 15 years since the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars last appeared at Memphis International Raceway, this weekend's March 22-23 "Memphis 100" driver lineup brings with it a load of talent, four of which have previous experience at the ¾-mile D-shaped paved circuit - Eric Gordon, Aaron Pierce, Bill Rose and Bobby Santos.

Gordon, of Fortville, Ind., who will tackle Memphis this weekend in the Armstrong Racing No. 78, has made three Memphis Silver Crown starts and is the most accomplished driver at the track among the returning drivers. The first of Gordon's starts came in the inaugural edition in 1998 aboard Gary Irvin's No. 48, a seventh-place run. He followed up with a 26th in 2000 and a fifth in 2004 with Dynamics, Inc.

His current car owner, Brad Armstrong, competed as a driver in the first event in 1998, finishing 13th and rounded that out with a 30th in 2004.

Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce will be back in his familiar own No. 26, which he drove in 2004, finishing 29th falling victim to a head gasket issue. Likewise, Bobby Santos of Franklin, Massachusetts made his lone Memphis appearance that same year, dropping out with an oil leak after 56 laps, finishing 19th. Plainfield, Indiana's Bill Rose ran into engine problems during his 19th place result in 1999.

Similar to Armstrong, Davey Hamilton made a pair of Memphis starts as a driver and now serves in the role of car owner, where he will field both Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Jason Conn in this weekend's "Memphis 100." Hamilton appeared in the first two Memphis Crown races in 1998-99, racing to back-to-back top-tens - a 6th in 1998 and a 10th in 1999, both for George Snider/A.J. Foyt Racing.

On the owner side, Bob East-built Beast chassis have won all four Memphis races with Dave Steele (1998 & 2004), Brad Noffsinger (1999) and Brian Tyler (2000). As a car owner, he won the 2004 race. The USAC Hall of Famer now works with the Klatt Enterprises team and driver Kyle Hamilton. Klatt themselves, competed in 2004, finishing a strong third with driver Bobby East.

Nolen Racing will have four-time series champ Kody Swanson in the seat this weekend and throughout the entire season. Nolen has fielded a car in each of the previous four Memphis races with a 16th by Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. in 1998, as well as twice with Tony Elliott - a 13th in 1999, a 30th in 2000 and a DNQ in 2004.

Gene Kazmark ran Mike Ordway in 1999, missing the transfer spot in the qualifying race to compete in that afternoon's 100-lapper. The Illinois-based team will be looking to make their Memphis visit a little sweeter this time with driver Jim Anderson from Joliet, Illinois. Bob Hoerner, who works with the team at the shop, fielded his own cars in three Memphis starts. In 1999, Steele started second for Hoerner and led 44 laps before the engine expired, finishing 25th. Jimmy Sills ran the car in 2000, finishing 17th. In 2004, Dave Darland finished 21st.

With all that said, how much does experience matter when it comes to Silver Crown racing at Memphis? As in most places, the cream usually rises to the top when all is said and done, once a few laps are under the belt. All drivers were on similar footing in the first race in 1998. When the field returned in 1999, two Memphis first-timers collected the top-two spots in Noffsinger and Kenny Irwin, Jr.

Drivers like Kody Swanson, Chris Windom, David Byrne, Justin Grant, Kyle Hamilton, C.J. Leary have yet to compete at Memphis, all of who have extensive experience in Silver Crown cars on pavement. That group, plus the Memphis veterans and the new crop set the stage for what will be a talented field, most of which are capable of winning anywhere, any day. Even at Memphis, this Saturday.

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.


 


CHASE JOHNSON SWEEPS THE BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD

Bakersfield, California… Taking the lead from Troy Rutherford on lap seven, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) claimed the 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature at Bakersfield Speedway. Racing the family owned #24 Johnny Franklin Mufflers / PitStop USA Maxim, Johnson became the 51st driver to earn a series victory.

Starting sixth, Chase earned his first career $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car win over Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., J.J. Ringo, and Tristan Guardino. Liggett earned hard charger honors wth a twenty-first to second place run.

With a local power outage, series drivers elected to use a passing points format to speed up the show. Versatile driver Johnson topped the 24-car roster and was the night’s Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier.

Johnson also took the checkered flags in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. 2-Time series champion “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. and Tristan Guardino claimed their 10-lap heat races.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 16, 2019 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chase Johnson (#24 Johnson), 2. J.J. Ringo (#2 Keller), 3. Michael Faccinto (#8 Richardson), 4. Shawn Arriaga (#56 Arriaga), 5. Koen Shaw (#88 Shaw), 6. Brent Owens (#71 Martin), 7. Ryan Stolz (#72 Ford). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Faria), 2. Ryan Bernal (#73T Ford), 3. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 4. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 5. Tom Hendricks (#14 Hendricks), 6. Austin Ervine (#51 AJ), 7. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 8. Matt Day (#97 Day), NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 2. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 3. Cody Majors (#81 Watt), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 Van Meter), 5. Ricky Kirkbride (#87 Kirkbride), 6. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 7. Slater Helt (#81X Watt), 8. James Herrera (#5J Herrera). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Chase Johnson (6), 2. Austin Liggett (21), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (5), 4. J.J. Ringo (3), 5. Tristan Guardino (4), 6. Ryan Bernal (7), 7. Ryan Timmons (10), 8. Trent Carter (23, #13 Carter), 9. Cody Majors (9), 10. Tom Hendricks (11), 11. Ricky Kirkbride (18), 12. Koen Shaw (17), 13. Hannah Mayhew (1), 14. Steve Hix (13), 15. James Herrera (22), 16. Brent Owens (16), 17. Shawn Arriaga (14), 18. Austin Ervine (12), 19. Troy Rutherford (2), 20. Ryan Stolz (20), 21. Shannon McQueen (15), 22. Michael Faccinto (8), 23. Slater Helt (19). NT
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**Stolz flipped on lap 12 of the feature. Ervine flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Rutherford, Laps 7-30 Johnson.
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALIFIER: Chase Johnson
HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (21st to 2nd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-195, 2-Faria-186, 3-Jake Swanson-161, 4-Brody Roa-154, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-147, 6-Stevie Sussex-145, 7-Timmons-139, 8-Shaw-135, 9-Mayhew-119, 10-Dennis Gile-113.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 23 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “Battle of the Beach Race #1” – Co-sanctioned with VRA

 

KYLE HAMILTON HOPES TO JUMPSTART
SEASON AT MEMPHIS 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 13, 2019).........As Kyle Hamilton counts down the days to the launch of the 2019 USAC Silver Crown season, he recalls last year's opener when he and his Klatt Enterprises team were the class of the field, leading a race-high 54 laps.

What seemed like such a bright beginning for the Hamilton and Klatt combo came to halt two-thirds of the way through the race when engine trouble put the clamps on a could've-would've-should've-been victory. From that point forward, the team would continue on the same general flight-path throughout 2018, showing flashes of speed early on in the night before being plagued by mechanical trouble, save for a top-five run at Salem in which their abilities and luck finally came to fruition.

This year provides a new outlook and an eagerness to take a different path, the path in which the team travelled in the first two-thirds of last year's season-starter, starting with the same first step in the 2019 opener, March 22-23 at Memphis International Raceway.
"Last year, leading all those laps at Phoenix was not a surprise to us," Hamilton, the 2017 Little 500 winner, admitted. "It may have been a surprise to other people, but it wasn't to us because I've been on the big tracks in Midgets and Silver Crown. (Crew Chief) Bob East has been to a lot of racetracks with that car and engine combination, so he knew what the car needed to be that fast."

Though this will mark the Danville, Indiana racer's first drive at Memphis, it's certainly not for USAC Hall of Famer, East. Hamilton will pilot a Beast chassis, the same build of car that's won all four previous Silver Crown outings at Memphis, including the last visit in 2004 when East was the winning car owner with driver Dave Steele.

"I felt like it was good way for us to start off the year," Hamilton continued regarding last year's first event. "We're both in a position where we felt confident and I think we'll be the same way at Memphis. We have a whole year under our belt together now. (Memphis) is a big track, but Bob's been to a lot of big tracks and he's good at going to a track for the first time and getting it in the ballpark. He's proven that over the years."

Hamilton's outlook on this season is rosy despite the difficulties that the he and the team had to battle through time and time again. He knows he's got a fast car, a great crew behind him and, finally, some luck will have to fall the way of the two-time USAC National Midget feature winner.

"There's no doubt that you can't write up last year any different other than to say it was a disappointment from the mechanical side of things," Hamilton said. "We were plagued by issues that don't happen very often, but all of them kind of happened within the same year to us. That was tough to deal with. Just when you get into a rhythm with your setup or with driving, it seems like we'd have a mechanical issue that would pull us out of the race, so we didn't get as many good finishes as we'd have liked. I won't call it a complete loss because we learned a lot at some of the new tracks we went to. We had a good run at Salem that helped me build some skills on a momentum-based track that's going to help me at tracks like Lucas Oil Raceway and Memphis this year."

Among the new tracks on the docket for the 2012 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year is Memphis, a unique ¾-mile, D-shaped track that has produced great racing in year's past. Hamilton likened the track to Iowa Speedway, in which he competed at on three occasions, including a front row Silver Crown start in 2015 and an 8th place Midget run in 2011.

"You notice the D-shape vs. the backstretch being straight," Hamilton pointed out. "You kind of compare that to a track like Iowa how you're wanting to get into the corner because you're already coming into the corner at an angle. You can take bits and pieces of each track we run at and compare them to past setups, but you are on zero as far as a complete setup. You're definitely taking a gamble there. I got to put it into Bob's hands. He's been to so many tracks over the years, I feel he's going to get me really close without too much of an issue."

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.

Adult General Admission tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under General Admission tickets are $5. Single-day pit passes are $40. A two-day pit pass is $70.

The entirety of the "Memphis 100" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com.

 

 

TOP ROOKIE ROBBINS MAKES STRIDES TOWARD SILVER CROWN SUCCESS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 14, 2019).........One season ago, Kyle Robbins accepted a new challenge after more than a decade of being a regular sprint car competitor on the USAC and local Indiana short track trails.

The completion of the challenge at the conclusion of the 2018 season resulted in the New Castle, Indiana native finish an impressive sixth in the standings and net Rookie of the Year honors with the series.

However, the road to reach that point saw some bumps along the way as the 31-year-old driver and his KR Racing team learned the ropes of the big cars on both the dirt and the pavement. Yet, with the knowledge gained and a little help along the way, the team began to hit their stride during the summer months to post a memorable first season.

"I felt really comfortable in the dirt car right out of the gate, but the pavement side of things is something that is taking some work to get comfortable on," Robbins admitted. "I owe a big thanks to (four-time series champ) Kody Swanson; he always made a point to come see how I was doing or if there were any questions I had when I went to a lot of these tracks for the first time."

During the first half of the season, the USAC Ford Focus Midget graduate was getting traction under his feet, notching his first top-ten on the pavement at Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway in June. But it was truly August where Robbins says he saw his biggest turning point.

"I would say we hit a turning point after Salem," Robbins recalled. "We had a DNF there with a steering issue. At that point, we were almost 60 points back in the Rookie of the Year points and I remember my dad telling me that we weren't out of it, we just had to keep digging. When we went to Springfield, everything just seemed to go right. We qualified well, ran in the top 10 almost the whole race and ended up with a sixth-place finish. It was just what we needed for our team."

The confidence continued to grow from race-to-race at that point, as Robbins continued onward to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt track, recording a 10th in the "Ted Horn 100." He then rounded out the season with a ninth at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway half-mile dirt oval, all the while erasing the large deficit down the stretch to become the highest-finishing Rookie driver in the standings.

"Winning Rookie of the Year was great," Robbins exclaimed. "To win it the way we did, by digging ourselves out of the hole the last three races, showed a lot on how we grew as a team and kept getting better."

The only thing slowing down Robbins and the team's growth at the end of 2018 was the Winter months. Despite the absence of track time for the next six months, that's when gains are made in the shop and he feels that with the work they've done since last September, expect to see this team continue on its upward trajectory in 2019.

"Coming into 2019, I really feel good with our dirt program and feel we're capable of competing for top-fives and possibly wins. On the pavement side of things, we've worked really hard this winter trying to get our car better, which will hopefully show with better finishes. If we can finish in the top-five in points, that would be a good year. I feel we have the cars capable of running up front. We just have to keep working as a team to get better each race."

On-track action at Memphis International Raceway gets underway on Friday, March 22, with pits opening at 10am Central, leading into a practice which begins at noon.

On Saturday, March 23, the pits open at 8am, with practice sessions running from 10-10:30am and 11-11:30am. Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying hits the track at 11:45am. An autograph session in the main concourse is set for 12:30 to 1:15pm. Driver intros are slated for 2pm with the green flag for the "Memphis 100" set to fly at 2:20pm.


 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS RETURN TO BAKERSFIELD
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 12, 2019... After a two nights of furious action at Las Vegas, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their only appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, March 16th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “KUZZ Night at the Races” will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, American Stocks and the California Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 5:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.

Since April 25, 2009, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted fourteen West Coast Sprint Car events. Ten different drivers have claimed victory, led by Davey Pombo with three wins. Ryan Timmons won the last Bakersfield show on June 28th.

After running second and first at the Las Vegas “FVP Platinum Battery Showdown,” Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has a six point advantage over the competition. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson also has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and 6 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for thirteenth on the series win list, the 2017 Champion will be looking for his fifth victory.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the point chase. Piloting Tanner Grau’s #34 Westin Diversified / Western Premier Hauling Maxim, Roa finished first and fourth at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At press time, the 2016 Champion has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody is tied with Craig Stidham for ninth on the series win list and will have his sights on his seventh feature win.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing his #50 MP Environmental / RSS Industries entry, Davis claimed fifth and second in the Las Vegas Openers. To date, the 2018 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion also has 17 feature laps led to his credit. Primarily racing in Arizona, “Chargin” Charles may skip Saturday’s action at Bakersfield.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is fourth in the championship point standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex earned two third place finishes at the “FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.” Although not expected at Bakersfield, the second generation driver has one career USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast Point Standings. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino placed seventh and fifth at the Las Vegas season openers. At press time, the 2018 Faria Memorial Winner has also posted one heat race victory on the year. Tristan is tied with Troy Rutherford for eleventh on the series win list and will be looking for his sixth main event win.

Currently thirteenth in points, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO), is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., T.J. Smith, Koen Shaw, Kyle Edwards, Ryan Timmons, Austin Ervine, Shannon McQueen, James Herrera, Cody Majors, Shawn Arriaga, Brent Owens, Matt Day, and more.

Pit Passes are $40 Member and $45 Non-Member.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are $13, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $8, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Davey Pombo, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Troy Rutherford, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Ricky Kirkbride, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

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

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
April 27: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

McINTOSH MASTERS MINI MAGIC MILE FOR FIRST USAC WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 9, 2019).........Cannon McIntosh's grace under fire was demonstrated literally and figuratively in a multitude of manners Saturday night in the fourth annual "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

A fuel leak during hot laps ignited the Bixby, Oklahoma driver's ride, giving the 16-year-old driver a scare he won't soon forget and forcing him to borrow crew member Grady Chandler's firesuit for the remainder of the night as a replacement.

"I got blisters on my ankle right now," McIntosh pointed out. "That was definitely the scariest moment of my life. I had flames up to my eyes and couldn't grab my belt. I was starting to freak out a little bit. There's a great crew around here to put the fire out. God was on my side there."

In turn, the flames lit a fuse under the young driver, and after relinquishing the lead to the defending series champ and reigning race winner, he refused to cave-in to the pressure, snookering Logan Seavey on a lap 30 restart and completed the remaining 21 laps at the point to win his first career USAC feature in just his second series' start.

By accumulating the most passing points throughout the evening, McIntosh earned the pole for the 50-lap feature. However, an opportunity arose that, for some, may have seemed too enticing to turn a blind eye to with a $50,000 bonus awaiting him if he could start from the tail and win the feature.

Yet, McIntosh turned down the opportunity, basically intimating that while the money is nice, he came here to win.

"Fifty-grand would be awesome," McIntosh admitted. "It would've been great to win all that money, but to me, winning that race was the money."

Instead, McIntosh took the pole and, from lap one, showed he wasn't gun shy next to outside front row starter Seavey, instantly rocketing out to a half-straightaway advantage in the opening laps as he quickly closed in on the tail end of the field.

With the bottom occupied, McIntosh had to figure whether to stay in line and try to sneak by on the bottom or snake around the outside to build his lead as Seavey made his blitzkrieg to the front, first around Andrew Layser on the 14th lap before clamping down on McIntosh.

On lap 20, Seavey was right on the cusp, delivering what seemed to be the knockout blow, as he drove around the outside of McIntosh in turn two and beat McIntosh to the position on the back straight before securing the lead exiting the fourth turn.

A turn four tangle on lap 29 sent Matt Veatch on his lid. He would restart. But this set up a lap 30 restart with Seavey and McIntosh running one-two. McIntosh wasn't exactly sure what he had left in the tank, but there was a lot on his mind.

"When (Seavey) got around me, he got me pretty good," McIntosh recalled. "I didn't know if we'd have anything left for him. I didn't know if the car was going away or what was going on. But the caution came out and just going through my mind was all kinds of things. My crew guy on the fence didn't know whether to tell me top or bottom. He's saying top and bottom. We went green and I went to the bottom and it worked. Once we took the lead and it was all good from there."

After multiple cautions with less than 20 laps remaining, the question remained whether Seavey would have something up his sleeve on the restarts in the same manner McIntosh did just moments before. McIntosh wasn't fazed in any aspect, motoring away to solidify his position at the top of the leaderboard.

Zeb Wise made a late-race run, sliding Seavey for second on the 36th lap, then began to make his run at McIntosh, reeling him in in a hurry. But the savvy McIntosh altered his path, moving to the high line in turns one and two while remaining on the inside berm in three and four.

"The bottom was pretty good most of the race," McIntosh explained. "Toward the end, especially one and two, it felt real sandy. I'm like 'it's going away.' Then one corner, going into one and two, I heard somebody on my outside and I knew I had to jump up. We were pretty good in three and four on the bottom, so I stayed on the bottom down there, but went to the top in one and two. We were pretty steady, so I figured we were good from there."

And that he definitely was, mastering one more restart with nine laps remaining to pull away for a 1.645-second victory over Chad Boat, Wise, Zach Daum and Justin Grant. In doing so, McIntosh became the fourth driver in the four-year history of the "Shamrock Classic" to win his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature in the event following Shane Golobic (2016), Justin Grant (2017) and Logan Seavey (2018).

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Southern Illinois Center were Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Colten Cottle (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Zach Daum (Auto Meter Third Qualifier Winner), Jesse Colwell (Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner), Tanner Carrick (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Zane Hendricks (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers), Jake Neuman (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers), Chad Boat (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Karsyn Elledge (JetCo Best Appearing Car).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2019 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Daniel Robinson (#11 Harris), 2. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 4. Kaylee Bryson (#11B Dave Mac), 5. Tyler Robbins (#35T Robbins), 6. Howard Moore (#41 Chappue), 7. Nick Drake (#55D Cline), 8. Garet Williamson (#19 Mounce). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Braydon Cromwell (#9 Mounce), 3. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Karsyn Elledge (#1 Tucker/Boat), 5. Cody Beard (#7 Beard), 6. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 7. Thomas Meseraull (#7R RMS), 8. C.J. Leary (#76m FMR). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 4. Joe Wirth (#77w Wirth), 5. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 6. Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar/Proctor), 7. Gage Rucker (#45L Amati), 8. Billy Wease (#12w Wease). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Matt Veatch (#57D McCreery), 3. Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), 4. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 5. Colten Cottle (#56AP Young), 6. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 7. James Picardi (#127 Picardi). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Justin Peck (#17 Bus), 4. Zane Hendricks (#27z Hendricks), 5. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 6. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 7. Michael Pickens (#1NZ RMS). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Andrew Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Dave Darland (#36 RMS), 4. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 5. Sterling Cling (#35 Petry), 6. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 7. Thomas Chandler (#1T Roney). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5 Petry), 3. Cole Bodine (#15 Petry), 4. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 5. Tim Crawley (#4J Crawley), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 7. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry). NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 finishers transfer to qualifiers) 1. Pickens, 2. Andrews, 3. Meseraull, 4. Taylor, 5. Wease, 6. Williamson, 7. Rucker, 8. Cromwell, 9. Picardi, 10. Elledge. NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Seavey, 3. Carrick, 4. Veatch, 5. Hendricks, 6. Hagar, 7. Mitchell, 8. Beard, 9. Courtney, 10. Bryson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Cottle, 2. Hollan, 3. Layser, 4. Boat, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Windom, 7. Leary, 8. Morgan, 9. Nelson, 10. Wirth. NT

AUTO METER THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Daum, 2. McIntosh, 3. DiMattia, 4. Wise, 5. Neuman, 6. O'Gara, 7. Drake, 8. Ruble, 9. Crawley, 10. Peck. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Colwell, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Robinson, 4. Bacon, 5. Grant, 6. Moore, 7. Cling, 8. Bodine, 9. T. Thomas, 10. Robbins. NT

FIRST SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 finishers transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Carrick, 3. Bacon, 4. Windom, 5. Hendricks, 6. Leary, 7. Drake, 8. Peck, 9. DiMattia, 10. Bodine, 11. Wirth, 12. Ruble, 13. Hagar, 14. Meseraull, 15. Pickens. NT

SECOND SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 finishers transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Boat, 3. O'Gara, 4. T. Thomas, 5. Neuman, 6. Moore, 7. Cling, 8. Andrews, 9. Nelson, 10. Beard, 11. Bryson, 12. Morgan, 13. Courtney, 14. Taylor, 15. Mitchell, 16. Robbins. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (1), 2. Chad Boat (15), 3. Zeb Wise (4), 4. Zach Daum (6), 5. Justin Grant (13), 6. Logan Seavey (2), 7. Tyler Courtney (21), 8. Andrew Layser (3), 9. Chris Windom (18), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 11. Holley Hollan (8), 12. Jesse Colwell (7), 13. Tanner Carrick (14), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 15. Dave Darland (12), 16. Matt Veatch (10), 17. Kyle O'Gara (17), 18. Brady Bacon (16), 19. Colten Cottle (22), 20. Tyler Thomas (19), 21. Daniel Robinson (5). NT ---------------------------- **Taylor flipped at the start of the sixth heat. Coons flipped in heat 7. Elledge flipped during the semi. Peck flipped during the third qualifier. Veatch flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 McIntosh, Laps 20-29 Seavey, Laps 30-50 McIntosh.

RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (15th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Carrick

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS: Zane Hendricks & Jake Neuman

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-216, 2-K. Thomas-207, 3-Leary-188, 4-Boat-184, 5-Klaasmeyer-175, 6-Windom-171, 7-Carrick-162, 8-Thorson-111, 9-Seavey-150, 10-Colwell-146.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 5-6, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Kokomo Grand Prix"


 

HUNTER SCHUERENBERG TOPS THE SPRING SHOWCASE AT PEORIA

Peoria, Arizona… Securing the lead for good on lap 25, Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, MO) claimed the Saturday night finale of the “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the Reinbold / Underwood Motorsports #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Hunter earned his first $3,000 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win over Damion Gardner, Brody Roa, R.J. Johnson, and Jason McDougal. McDougal was the night’s hard charger with a thirteenth to fifth place run.

Gardner posted his 82nd career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 24-car field. The 7-time USAC/CRA Champion clocked in with a time of 13.469 on the 1/3-mile oval.

Friday night winner Josh Hodges took the checkered flags in Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. USAC SouthWest drivers “The Bull” Tye Mihocko and Dennis Gile claimed their 10-lap heats.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2019 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – "2nd Annual Spring Showcase”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.469; 2. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.485; 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.674; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.680; 5. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.746; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.795; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.807; 8. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.814; 9. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-13.868; 10. Josh Hodges, 74X. Hodges-13.923; 11. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.926; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-13.931; 13. Jason McDougal, 42, Cheney-13.992; 14. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.069; 15. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-14.102; 16. Landon Cling, 34C, Cling-14.154; 17. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.208; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.456; 19. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.559; 20. Ryan Cully, 21J, Cully-14.563; 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.651; 22. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.747; 23. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-15.120; 24. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.698.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Hodges, 2. McDougal, 3. Gardner, 4. Williams, 5. Chapple, 6. Cling, 7. McCarthy, 8. Lundy. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Mihocko, 2. Johnson, 3. Martin, 4. Malcolm, 5. Rossi, 6. Curtis, 7. Cully, 8. Dyer. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Gile, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Sussex, 4. Roa, 5. Davis, 6. Gansen, 7. Tafoya, 8. Sanchez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg (4), 2. Damion Gardner (6), 3. Brody Roa (2), 4. R.J. Johnson (5), 5. Jason McDougal (13), 6. Stevie Sussex (9), 7. Austin Williams (3), 8. Isaac Chapple (8), 9. Josh Hodges (10), 10. Tommy Malcolm (11), 11. Landon Cling (16), 12. Mike Martin (1), 13. Matt Lundy (19), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 15. Matt Rossi (7), 16. Chris Gansen (18), 17. Michael Curtis (17), 18. Dennis Gile (15), 19. Ryan Cully (20), 20. Matt McCarthy (22), 21. Stephen Sanchez (24), 22. Jeff Dyer (23), 23. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (21), 24. Tye Mihocko (14). NT
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**Mihocko flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Roa, Laps 13-23 Schuerenberg, Lap 24 Johnson, Laps 25-30 Schuerenberg.
HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (13th to 5th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 30 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “So-Cal Showdown”

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 20 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona

 

 

JOSH HODGES SPRINTS TO VICTORY AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

Peoria, Arizona... Taking the lead from Brody Roa on the second lap, Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM) led the rest of the way to win the opening night of the "Spring Showcase" at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Parts Plus Maxim, Hodges earned the $3,000 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph. Roa, Isaac Chapple, R.J. Johnson, and Jake Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers. Before the main event, several cars were penalized for reporting late to staging and Hodges was the night's hard charger. Hunter Schuerenberg posted his second career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 26-car field. The Sikeston, Missouri driver clocked in with a time of 13.575 on the 1/3-mile oval. 5-time USAC SouthWest Champion Johnson raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. 2018 Champions "The Demon" Damion Gardner (USAC/CRA) and "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (USAC SouthWest) claimed their 10-lap heats, while Swanson topped the 12-lap semi-main.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 8, 2019 - Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, Arizona - "2nd Annual Spring Showcase"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13,575; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.729; 3. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.913; 4. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-13.945; 5. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.969; 6. Jason McDougal, 42, Cheney-13.980; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.988; 8. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-14.023; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.034; 10. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.053; 11. Josh Hodges, 74X. Hodges-14.080; 12. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.116; 13. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.142; 14. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.170; 15. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-14.176; 16. Landon Cling, 34C, Cling-14.268; 17. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.271; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.282; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.436; 20. Kyle Shipley, 34, Grau-14.661; 21. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy- 14.692; 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.857; 23. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-15.042; 24. Ryan Cully, 21J, Cully-15.128; 25. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.540; 26. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.074.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer) 1. Johnson, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Williams, 4. Roa, 5. Gile, 6. Cling, 7. Gansen, 8. Tafoya, 9. Sanchez. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer) 1. Gardner, 2. Hodges, 3. Sussex, 4. Rossi, 5. Mihocko, 6. Curtis, 7. Shipley, 8. Swanson, 9. Smith. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer) 1. Davis, 2. Malcolm, 3. Martin, 4. Chapple, 5. McDougal, 6. McCarthy, 7. Lundy, 8. Cully. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, Top 10 finishers transfer) 1. Swanson, 2. McDougal, 3. Mihocko, 4. McCarthy, 5. Gile, 6. Gansen, 7. Cling, 8. Shipley, 9. Lundy, 10. Curtis, 11. Tafoya, 12. Cully, 13. Sanchez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Josh Hodges (11), 2. Brody Roa (3), 3. Isaac Chapple (5), 4. R.J. Johnson (13), 5. Jake Swanson (7), 6. Jason McDougal (9), 7. Damion Gardner (17), 8. Austin Williams (10), 9. Matt Rossi (4), 10. Stevie Sussex (2), 11. Mike Martin (12), 12. Landon Cling (16), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (15), 14. Michael Curtis (22), 15. Matt McCarthy (18), 16. Matt Lundy (21), 17. Kyle Shipley (20), 18. Chris Gansen (19), 19. Hunter Schuerenberg (6), 20. Tye Mihocko (14), 21. Dennis Gile (8), 22. Tommy Malcolm (1). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Roa, Laps 2-30 Hodges.

HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (11th to 1st)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Hodges-77, 2-Chapple-73, 3-Roa-72, 4-Johnson-69, 5-Swanson-67, 6-Gardner-60, 7-McDougal-59, 8-Williams-55, 9-Rossi-54, 10-Sussex-49.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Hodges-148, 2-Chapple-147, 3-Roa-144, 4-Swanson-134, 5-Martin-110, 6-Davis-108, 7-Johnson-107, 8-Sussex-95, 9-Rossi-89, 10-Curtis-85.

NEXT USAC/CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 9 - Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, Arizona - "2nd Annual Spring Showcase"

 

 

FAST STARTS PAY DIVIDENDS FOR MIDGET TITLE HOPEFULS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 8, 2019).........The old notion of championships being aided by getting off to a good start is more than just a simple adage when it comes to the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Tyler Courtney has already staked a claim by notching a pair of wins during the first two races of the season in Ocala, Fla. and leads the standings coming into Saturday's "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

The prevailing thought is that, yes, he's off to a roaring start, but the season is young, it's a long season and there's still a lot that can and will happen. Tis true, my friend. But odds and history both have their own thoughts on the subject, and they show the importance of a solid foundation to build on following the first two races that can springboard a driver and team into championship contention.

Since 2000, after the completion of the season's first two races, the point leader at that moment went on to win the series championship in seven of those 19 years. On nine other occasions during that span, champions emerged from drivers who were in the top-four in the standings after two races. Bryan Clauson and Tanner Thorson defied the odds in their championship campaigns with Clauson coming from seventh after two rounds in 2010 and Thorson coming from sixth in 2016. Dave Darland upped the ante, coming from outside of the top-ten early in the season to win the title despite missing several races toward the end of the year due to injury.

Right now, as the top-four currently stands, Courtney leads the points by nine over Kevin Thomas, Jr. with C.J. Leary in third and Chad Boat in fourth. Since 2000, champions have emerged from the top-four after two events in 16 of 19 seasons, making this the most likely scenario based solely on odds-making.

Courtney's already got two "w's" in the book in this young season and is coming off a year in which he captured a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title the previous year. Three previous drivers won their first USAC National Midget championship following titles in other USAC National divisions since the turn of the century, namely Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley and Tracy Hines. Courtney has the benefit of the mental test that goes into prevailing through a grueling championship run.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. locked horns and points with Courtney in the sprint title chase a year ago. Thomas has been tested and is ready to take the next step of becoming a USAC National champ. He's a former Rookie of the Year with the series in 2014, and since 2000, eight of the 19 Midget champs have been previous Rookies of the Year just like him. Though he had three appearances with them last year, he's in his first full season with Petry Motorsports in 2019, but only five of the 19 titles over the past two decades have been won by drivers in their first year with a team. Thomas has showed no qualms with that, tallying two runner-up finishes in his first two appearances.

C.J. Leary is in the same boat, racing for a new team this season. However, after all his success on the USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown trails over the past several seasons, he's tackling the full Midget schedule for the first time in a bid for Rookie of the Year. However, that might not be all the Greenfield, Indiana driver will be in contention for at season's end, with a possible run at a championship in his sights. It happened last year when Logan Seavey became just the third Rookie champion in the history of USAC National Midget racing, following Danny Caruthers in 1971 and Christopher Bell in 2013.

Chad Boat has been knocking on the door to compete for a USAC National Midget title year-in, year-out and seems to be inching ever closer toward that goal. Last year, the Phoenix, Arizona native reached a career-high second in the final standings behind Seavey. Six drivers since 2000 have finished runner-up in the standings one year, then claimed the championship the following season, including J.J. Yeley (2003), Josh Wise (2005), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006), Darren Hagen (2012), Tanner Thorson (2016) and Spencer Bayston (2017).

All are capable of reaching the pinnacle this season and each have some sort of history on their side no matter what prism you look through. That's the beauty of the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. You can go down through the standings and pick anybody out and find a reason and an avenue they can take toward a title, with the aid of a little history on their side.

With all that said, yes, it's still way too early to be predicting championships in the month of March after only two races. With a field this talented and equipment so solid, it's going be unpredictable. That's why we race and why we watch. History will someday prove that. It always does.

Next up is Saturday's "Shamrock Classic." With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000 with the addition of the "Pot of Gold Challenge," which would be the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central).

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

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YEAR / LEADER AFTER 2 RACES / CHAMPION: (Since 2000) 2018: Logan Seavey / Logan Seavey 2017: Brady Bacon / Spencer Bayston 2016: Brady Bacon / Tanner Thorson 2015: Tracy Hines / Tracy Hines 2014: Rico Abreu / Rico Abreu 2013: Christopher Bell / Christopher Bell 2012: Mario Clouser / Darren Hagen 2011: Bryan Clauson / Bryan Clauson 2010: Brad Sweet / Bryan Clauson 2009: Chad Boat / Brad Kuhn 2008: Tracy Hines / Cole Whitt 2007: Darren Hagen / Jerry Coons, Jr. 2006: Dave Steele / Jerry Coons, Jr. 2005: Jay Drake / Josh Wise 2004: Bobby East / Bobby East 2003: J.J. Yeley / J.J. Yeley 2002: Dave Steele / Dave Darland 2001: Jay Drake / Dave Darland 2000: Jay Drake / Kasey Kahne

 

 

THORSON REMAINS HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING SURGERIES

Speedway, Indiana (March 7, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget star Tanner Thorson remains in the hospital following a multi-car incident on Highway 99 in Modesto, Calif. Monday morning, March 4.

On Wednesday, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion underwent a second surgery, this time to repair his broken right foot, following Monday's surgery on his broken left arm. He also had a breathing tube put in to help pump up his collapsed lungs.

Thorson also suffered a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung in the accident and is expected to make a full recovery. With surgeries now complete, Thorson's family hopes the Minden, Nevada native can return home in the next few days.

The accident occurred while Thorson was on his way back home to the Tri-C Motorsports team's Sacramento, Calif. shop after competing in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Thorson, a native of Minden, Nev., owns 12 career USAC National Midget feature victories, ranking 55th on the all-time series' list. Among his major wins in the series are the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" in 2015 and the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in 2015 & 2016.

In the first two events of the 2019 USAC National Midget season, Thorson finished 9th on the opening night of "Winter Dirt Games X" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. and 7th in the second event where he charged from 24th to 7th to earn hard charger honors.

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CAN STREAK OF FIRST-TIME WINNERS CONTINUE AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC?

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 7, 2019).........If there's anything we've learned about the "Shamrock Classic" since its introduction to the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule in 2016, it's proven three-years-running that it has a knack for producing first-time series winners.

That trend could very well continue this Saturday when the series takes on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the fourth-running of the event, round number three of the season.

In 2016, Shane Golobic got the ball rolling in the inaugural event, not content on just running the bottom as he went to the high side to pass leader Shane Cottle on lap 34 and was able to pull away on a late green-white-checkered to win his first career series feature aboard the Matt Wood Racing No. 17w. To date, it remains the Fremont, California driver's only USAC National Midget feature win.

The following year, in 2017, Justin Grant rewrote the record books by becoming the first and, still, only driver in the 64-year history of USAC to record season-opening feature victories in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions in a single year in his Clauson/Marshall Racing ride.

Ione, California's Grant had decided to take his shot at Christopher Bell for the race lead with 17 laps remaining and, just seconds later, the move proved to be a wise one as he avoided the mayhem and came away with the lead on the ensuing restart after Bell saw his chance of winning fade into the haze as a pair of lapped cars tangled in front of him on the high side of turn four. Bell became trapped in a box with the two stalled cars and the outside retaining wall surrounding him as he looked for an escape. Grant never relented down the stretch to win the first feature of his USAC Midget career.

Last year's edition, in 2018, in his first USAC start aboard the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian No. 67, Logan Seavey captured the pot of gold at the Southern Illinois Center, leading all 50 laps to score his first career series win in the season opener. The Sutter, California native used that victory and two others throughout the season to win the series' title, the third Rookie to ever accomplish the feat.

That brings us to this Saturday's event and whether that trend will continue. A myriad of things are at play with a unique format, substituting single-car qualifying for heats and qualifiers that will produce passing points, which will then seed the lineup for the 50-lap feature. Also at play is the Pot of Gold Challenge, allowing the top-four in passing points the opportunity to start from the tail to claim a $50,000 bonus.

That could shake the lineup a bit, but lest we remember that this is an indoor race on a short track which will produce close and, sometimes, hard knock racing. Sometimes, top drivers can miss the show here, and with a stacked field of 58 drivers, anything is in play and nothing is guaranteed.

The list of drivers who can carry the trend of winning their first career USAC National Midget race at the "Shamrock Classic" into 2019 is plentiful. 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom is on that list and he drives for the highly-accomplished Clauson/Marshall Racing team that has played a role in four victories at the Southern Illinois Center under USAC sanction since 2015. C.J. Leary had a pair of fourths to open his Midget Rookie campaign for FMR Racing in Ocala, Fla.

As you might recall, Thomas Meseraull won the most recent USAC appearance at the SIC last December, but that was considered a non-points, special event in the grand scheme of things. The San Jose, California driver put on a show in that victory and is more than capable of repeating the feat this Saturday.

Cole Bodine nearly pulled off a victory last year in Sweet Springs, Missouri, finishing second to eventual champ Seavey. Tucker Klaasmeyer led a combined 25 laps in his first two races of the season. Rookie Jesse Colwell and Tanner Carrick each recorded sixth-place finishes in Ocala to begin the year for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian.

Jake Neuman, Terry Babb and Daniel Robinson have finished in the top-ten in past "Shamrock Classics" and can serve as formidable foes against the likes of Derek Hagar and Chris Andrews, both podium finishers in a midget at Du Quoin's "Junior Knepper 55" in recent years.

Nick Knepper has spent more time at the track than just about anybody over the past few seasons as the promoter of the "Knepper 55," but his aim this Saturday is to join his father, Steve, as a fellow USAC National Midget feature winner. Meanwhile, young drivers Karter Sarff, Zane Hendricks and Andrew Layser showed great speed in the openers at Ocala and could stand tall this Saturday.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000 with the addition of the "Pot of Gold Challenge," which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central).

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST & CRA SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 6, 2019... After a hard fought Casa Grande season opener, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action at this Friday and Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the two-night “2nd Annual Spring Showcase” is co-sanctioned with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and will also feature the Arizona Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Sport Mods, and Micro Sprints. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 7:10pm, with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 6:40pm, and race is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223). In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Thursday, March 7th, at 7:00pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-four Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen victories. In last year’s seven races at CSP, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has three wins, Johnson has two main event triumphs, and “The Magic Man” Mike Martin and “The Bull” Tye Mihocko scored one victory at the 1/3-mile oval. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson set the 1-lap track record of 13.818 on October 22, 2016 and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

After winning at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) sits atop the point standings. Piloting the Reinbold / Underwood Motorsports’ #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Leary qualified fourth out of eighteen racers, ran fifth in his heat race, and won his second career series feature after starting eighth. The USAC National driver has returned to Midwest action and Hunter Schuerenberg will be at the helm of the potent racecar.

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, IN) made the long tow from the “Hoosier State,” and ranks second in the point chase. Racing his #52 CFH Enterprises / Superior Consulting DRC, Chapple was eighth quick in time trials, ran second to Dennis Gile in his heat race, and placed second in last Saturday’s feature. The USAC National driver will be looking to earn his first USAC SouthWest & USAC/CRA victories at Canyon Speedway Park.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) is third in the USAC SouthWest chase for the championship. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa qualified thirteenth overall, won the night’s first eight lap heat race, and earned the night’s hard charger award with a thirteenth to third place run. Competing for both the USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest crowns, Brody will have his sights on his third SouthWest triumph.

Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Parts Plus Maxim, Hodges was Casa Grande’s fast qualifier, ran second to Brody Roa in his heat race, and scored fifth in the main event. Josh has four career series wins and will be looking to add the “Spring Showcase” to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson was eleventh fast in time trials, scored third in his heat race, and charged to fourth in the feature from eleventh. The former USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one career SouthWest victory and will have his sights on sweeping the “Spring Showcase.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Dennis Gile, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Stevie Sussex, Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, R.J. Johnson, Tyler Most, Matt Rossi, and more.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) will lead a strong USAC/CRA contingent to Canyon Speedway Park. Brody Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, R.J. Johnson, Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Joel Rayborne, and Austin Ervine were among the top-20 in last year’s standings.

The pit gate will open at 5:30pm on Friday and 5:00PM on Saturday. Pit passes are $40 for Adults, Kids (7-11) are $20 and Children (6-11) are FREE.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For both nights, Adult Tickets are $25, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $20, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

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

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

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


SPRING SHOWCASE WINNERS: 2018-Damion Gardner.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-C.J. Leary.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-77, 2. Isaac Chapple-74, 3. Brody Roa-72, 4. Josh Hodges-71, 5. Jake Swanson-67, 6. Mike Martin-63, Charles Davis, Jr.-63, 8. Dennis Gile-57, 9. Ryan Cully-49, .. Michael Curtis-49, 11. Chris Bonneau-46, ... Stevie Sussex-46, 13. Matt Lundy-44, 14. Stephen Sanchez-40, 15. R.J. Johnson-38, 16. Tyler Most-36, ... Matt Rossi-36, 18. Colton Maroney-31.

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

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA & USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS CLASH AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 6, 2019... The sixteenth season for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will open this Friday, March 8th, at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the two-night “2nd Annual Spring Showcase” is co-sanctioned with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars and will also feature the Arizona Differential Modifieds, Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Sport Mods, and Micro Sprints. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 7:10pm, with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 6:40pm, and race is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223). In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Thursday, March 7th, at 7:00pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixteen USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. Defending champion, “The Demon” Damion Gardner won last year’s event and Bryan Clauson leads the series with five triumphs. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland set the 1-lap track record of 13.072 on November 15, 2014 and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags flew at Perris on November 10th, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) clinched his sixth consecutive (seventh overall) AMSOIL USAC/CRA title. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner posted five feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, fourteen heat race victories, twenty top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led in 2018. “The Demon” won last year’s “Spring Showcase” and will be looking for his eighty-first series victory.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) finished second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa had three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one semi-main win, three hard charger awards, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 94 feature laps led to his credit. The second generation driver has six career series wins and will have his sights on adding the “Spring Showcase” win to his resume.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) placed third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams had two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one hard charger award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. With seven career series wins, Austin is the new driver of the Moose Racing #92 and will be looking to start his championship bid with a Peoria triumph.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) ranked fourth in the championship point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams posted three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. The former Victorville Sprint Car Champion will run a limited schedule and may miss the action at Canyon Speedway Park.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) placed fifth in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car point chase. Racing John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson finished the year with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, three hard charger awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Jake has two career USAC/CRA wins in Arizona and will be looking to top the ‘Spring Showcase.”

Last season, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished sixteenth in the point chase. Driving the Don Blair Racing #12B H&H Flat Heads / Okie Race Cars entry, Rayborne’s best finish was eleventh at Santa Maria on August 4th. The young driver will have his sights on his first feature win at Canyon Speedway Park.

R.J. Johnson, Max Adams, Logan Williams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Ryan Bernal, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Justin Grant, Chase Johnson, Austin Ervine, Logan Seavey, and Austin Liggett rounded out the top-20 in last year’s point standings.

Entering Friday’s event, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest point chase. Isaac Chapple, Brody Roa, Josh Hodges, Jake Swanson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Dennis Gile, Ryan Cully, and Michael Curtis round out the top-10 drivers.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For both nights, Adult Tickets are $25, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $20, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

PEORIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Bryan Clauson, 3-Damion Gardner, 2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.

SPRING SHOWCASE WINNER: 2018-Damion Gardner.

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

 

 

COURTNEY COULD MAKE USAC HISTORY IN SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 6, 2019).........No driver in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship has won three points races in a row to start a season. That could change this Saturday when Tyler Courtney attempts to go for the tri-fecta in the fourth annual "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Courtney captured the first two outings of the season in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., leading the final 26 laps to win the opener and the final nine to bag the second night to sweep the weekend in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

With both victories, the Indianapolis, Indiana native became just the eighth driver to win the opening two USAC National Midget races of the season, joining Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975), Rich Vogler (1984-85), Dave Steele (2002), Brad Sweet (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011) and Rico Abreu (2014).

Vogler actually captured the first three to open the 1985 season, but the second of those wins came during a non-points special event at the inaugural Hoosier Dome invitational in Indianapolis. The first and third of Vogler's scores that year came indoors at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum. This weekend's race for Courtney is inside the Southern Illinois Center, a permanent 1/6-mile dirt oval track.

Courtney has already won there in USAC Midget competition, winning the 2016 "Junior Knepper 55" and drives for a CMR team that includes Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom on the crew, each of whom have been involved in four USAC wins at the SIC, including the first two editions of the "Shamrock Classic" with drivers Shane Golobic (2016) and Justin Grant (2017).

Stunningly, a year ago, Courtney was among those who missed the main event, finishing one transfer spot out of the feature lineup during the second semi-feature, but is up for redemption this Saturday with stacked lineup of 58 midgets expected to unload for the series' Midwest opener.

The fourth annual event presents a hefty payday of $50,000 in the "Pot of Gold" Challenge that will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central)

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

 

 

$50 GRAND BONUS UP FOR GRABS AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 5, 2019).........Who's going all-in this Saturday night when a hefty payday of $50,000 is up for grabs in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Factory Canopies "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin?

The Factory Canopies "Pot of Gold" Challenge will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Nearly sixty drivers have already signed on to compete in Saturday's "Shamrock Classic," including defending race winner and series champion Logan Seavey; reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ and the winner of the series' first two races this year, Tyler Courtney; 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Chris Windom; the youngest winner in series' history, Zeb Wise; 2017 "Shamrock Classic" winner Justin Grant; 2018 series runner-up Chad Boat; Ocala USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victor C.J. Leary; 2018 Du Quoin Midget winner Thomas Meseraull; two-time USAC Sprint champ Brady Bacon, midget and sprint standout Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2018 "Jason Leffler Memorial" winner Tyler Thomas, plus USAC Triple Crown title-holders Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr. among many others.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central)

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.


 

 

USAC CHAMPS SEAVEY, SUNSHINE, WINDOM
ENTER SHAMROCK AS CAR COUNT NEARS 60

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 4, 2019).........Three more USAC National champs - Logan Seavey, Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom, have entered the fray for this Saturday's Factory Canopies "Shamrock Classic" USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series race on March 9 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, where the car count has exploded to close to 60 entries for the fourth annual event.

Seavey, the defending USAC National Midget champ from Sutter, Calif., returns as the reigning "Shamrock Classic" winner, which served as the first USAC win of his career. He leads a group of five from the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable, including Tucker Klaasmeyer, Holley Hollan, Jesse Colwell and Tanner Carrick.

Courtney, the reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, is also a USAC Midget victor on the indoor 1/6-mile dirt oval, winning the 2016 "Junior Knepper 55" special event. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver arrives as the point leader after capturing the first two races in February in Ocala, Fla.

Courtney's Clauson Marshall Racing counterpart, Windom, aims to make his first "Shamrock Classic" start this Saturday. The Canton, Ill. driver has won twice on the adjacent Du Quoin State Fairgrounds mile in a Silver Crown car in 2016 and 2018. Last year's third-place finisher Zeb Wise and series' Rookie of the Year contender Andrew Layser make up the rest of the stout CMR lineup.

Justin Grant won the "Shamrock" back in 2017 for his first career series win and hopes to become the first driver to enter victory lane twice in USAC competition at the Southern Illinois Center for RAMS Racing. Chad Boat could be a prime candidate to score his first after finishing seventh a year ago en route to a runner-up finish in the standings for Tucker/Boat Motorsports. C.J. Leary kicked off his FMR Racing debut with a pair of top-fives in Ocala to begin 2019.

Billy Wease was victorious in the 2006 "Turkey Night Grand Prix," while a little bit of international flavor arrives in Michael Pickens from New Zealand, who has raced to four career USAC National Midget wins. He'll pilot the RMS LLC #1NZ, the same team which won last December's Southern Illinois Center Midget race with driver Thomas Meseraull.

Also entered for the "Shamrock Classic" are one-third of the list of USAC Triple Crown title-holders who own championships in Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget competition have entered, including Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. in the RMS LLC No. 36 and Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. aboard the Petry Motorsports No. 25. Meanwhile, 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon will wheel the Kelly Hinck-owned No. 21H.

Among the other standouts and past USAC National feature winners entered for the "Shamrock" are 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. in the Petry Motorsports No. 5. He finished in the runner-up spot in both his initial outings this season in Ocala, Fla. in February.

San Jose, California's Meseraull is the most recent winner of indoor USAC Midget racing in Du Quoin, capturing the victory in last December's "Junior Knepper 55," driving the RMS LLC No. 7R, with whom he returns to for this race.

Last fall, Tyler Thomas became the first driver to win his first career USAC National Sprint and Midget races in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011. He won that first midget race in Wayne City, Ill. last October and returns to Du Quoin in his own No. 91T.

Fast Lane Racing Apparel is sponsoring FREE race entry for all USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship teams competing in the March 9 "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

By using coupon code FASTLANE in the box at the link: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-car-entry?fbclid=IwAR1xBSM-QaldijxzhMhFBLZDBuAOMjxDF9gEGbxHkYk4EJzPu6yJUmuUhwo, teams will be able to enter their midget for FREE until Monday, March 4 at 11pm (Central Time) when the offer expires. Pre-entries will be published on Tuesday, March 5.

The fourth annual event presents a hefty payday of $50,000 up for grabs when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets compete in the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval located in southern Illinois.

The Factory Canopies "Pot of Gold" Challenge will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

On raceday, the Southern Illinois Center opens for parking at 8am (Central). Front doors/ticket window opens at 10am. Clear the building/check pit passes & tickets at 11am. Micro Sprint drivers meeting at 11am. Micro Sprint hot laps with heats immediately following at 12:30pm. Public midget drivers meeting (front stretch grandstand) at 3pm. Midget hot laps at 4pm. (All Times Central)

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
08 Cannon McIntosh / Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge / Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1NZ Michael Pickens / Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A Justin Grant / Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4J Tim Crawley / Benton, AR (Tim Crawley)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5D Zach Daum / Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7 Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard)
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7R Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
8B Kimberly Bradach / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
8w Chad Wisnicky / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
9 Braydon Cromwell / Lone Jack, MO (Mounce Motorsports)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
11 Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (Jack Harris)
11B Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11m Kendall Ruble / Vincennes, IN (Martin Racing)
12 Billy Wease / Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15m Shane Morgan / Morton, IL (Shane Morgan)
17 Justin Peck / Monrovia, IN (Bus Racing Team)
17BC Chris Windom / Canton, IL (Clauson Marshall Racing)
19 Garet Williamson / Columbia, MO (Mounce Motorsports)
19m Ethan Mitchell / Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21KS Karter Sarff / Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds Motorsports/Team Ripper Racing)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer / Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks Racing)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
35T Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Ft. Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)
41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
47BC Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
50 Tony DiMattia / Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
55 Nick Knepper / Belleville, IL (Nick Knepper)
55D Nick Drake / Mooresville, NC (Nick Drake)
56AP Colten Cottle / Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
67 Logan Seavey / Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K Holley Hollan / Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 Jesse Colwell / Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick / Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76m C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (FMR Racing)
77w Joe Wirth / Waterloo, IL (Wirth Racing)
84 Chad Boat / Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 Tyler Nelson / Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
88x Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Jim Miller)
127 James Picardi / Mapleton, IL (James Picardi)

MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
1G Bryant Paver / Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
P1 Parker Leek / Warsaw, IN (Ryan Leek)
3m Tres Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
5 Zach Boden / Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5T Ryan Timms / Oklahoma City, OK (Ryan Timms)
9 Chase Randall / Waco, TX (Chase Randall)
11B Colton Booten / Marion, IL (Colton Booten)
11BX Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
T11 Brad Thompson / Crawfordsville, IN (Brad Thompson)
12 Corbin Gurley / Hebron, IN (Team VW/Audi Racing)
12c Jacob Patton / Bethalto, IL (Jacob Patton)
12s Ayrton Gennetten / Gravois Mills, MO (Ayrton Gennetten)
14H Harley Hollan / Broken Arrow, OK (Driven Midwest)
16 Garrett Britton / Benton, IL (Garrett Britton)
18 Steve Finn / Collinsville, IL (Steve Finn)
21 Brenton Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Brandie Lamb)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21x Eli Harris / Kokomo, IN (Eli Harris)
22E Chris Wilner / Carmel, IN (Chris Wilner)
22H Jessee Holt / Columbus, IN (Jessee Holt)
27H Zach Hubbard / Benton, IL (Zachery Hubbard)
27HX Jimmy Wells / Wayne City, IL (Jimmy Wells)
27J Randy Johns / Bunker Hill, IN (Randy Johns)
28 Gunner Ramey / Sedalia, MO (Driven Midwest)
29 Scott Sawyer / Jenks, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
38m Koert Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
40 Devin Feger / East Peoria, IL (Devin Feger)
44 Trevin Littleton / Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
44p Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 Sean Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
56 Joe Faloon / Rochester, IL (John Faloon)
56m Nate McMillin / Rosedale, IN (John Faloon)
57 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Joe Mooney)
65E Chad Elliott / Cottage Hills, IL (Chad Elliott)
69 Blake Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Blake Lamb)
71 Jake Cheatham / Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71m TBA / TBA (Paul May)
72 Michael Brummitt / Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
77JR Denver Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Denver Larsen)
88 B.J. Gatewood / Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
91A Tyler Fitzpatrick / Middleville, MI (Tyler Fitzpatrick)
93 Matt Carr / Fayetteville, NC (Matt Carr)
187 Jake Dohner / Janesville, WI (Jake Dohner)
187x Landon Crawley / Benton, AR (Landon Crawley)
711 TBA / TBA (Paul May)
777 Dylan Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Dylan Larsen)
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C.J. LEARY TOPS “COTTON CLASSIC” AT CASA GRANDE

Casa Grande, AZ… Racing past Michael Curtis on lap 15, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) led the rest of the way to claim Saturday’s “Cotton Classic” at Central Arizona Speedway. Piloting the Reinbold / Underwood Motorsports’ #19 AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, C.J’s $2,000 triumph was the first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car 410 race in series history. Isaac Chapple, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, and Josh Hodges flowed the USAC National driver to the checkered flags. Roa was the night’s hard charger with a thirteenth to third place run in the 30-lap main event.

Josh Hodges was the night’s fast qualifier over the 18-car field with a lap of 16.233 at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. Roa, Dennis Gile, and Davis win the 8-lap heat races.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 2, 2019 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona – “Cotton Classic”

QUALIFYING: 1. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-16.233; 2. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.281; 3. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-16.304; 4. C.J. Leary, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.441; 5. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.598; 6. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.608; 7. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.867; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.889; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-16.980; 10. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.105; 11. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.562; 12. Colton Maroney, 68, Maroney-17.564; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.759; 14. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.939; 15. Tyler Most, 3, Most-18.118; 16. Ryan Cully, 21J, Cully-18.996; 17. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-19.029; 18. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Roa, 2. Hodges, 3. Curtis, 4. Johnson, 5. Leary, 6. Cully. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Gile, 2. Chapple, 3. Swanson, 4. Bonneau, 5. Martin, 6. Lundy. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Davis, 2. Sussex, 3. Rossi, 4. Most, 5. Maroney, 6. Sanchez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. C.J. Leary (8), 2. Isaac Chapple (1), 3. Brody Roa (13), 4. Jake Swanson (11), 5. Josh Hodges (6), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 7. Mike Martin (7), 8. Dennis Gile (14), 9. Ryan Cully (16), 10. Michael Curtis (2), 11. Matt Lundy (17), 12. Chris Bonneau (4), 13. Stephen Sanchez (18), 14. Stevie Sussex (5), 15. R.J. Johnson (10), 16. Tyler Most (15), 17. Matt Rossi (3), 18. Colton Maroney (12). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Curtis, Laps 15-30 Leary. HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (13th to 3rd)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: March 8&9 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona - “Spring Showcase” – Co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA

 

 

JAKE SWANSON SWEEPS LAS VEGAS SHOWDOWN FINALE

Las Vegas, Nevada… Starting eighth, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) used a daring last lap pass over Charles Davis Jr. to win his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature of 2019. Piloting the Grau/Burkhart #34AZ Western Diversified / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson earned the $3,000 jackpot at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Davis, Stevie Sussex, Wednesday winner Brody Roa, and Tristan Guardino rounded out the top-five drivers.

Jake posted his sixth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 19-car field by posting a time of 18.807. The 2017 Champion also raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and was the night’s hard charger. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. took the checkered flags in the night’s second 8-lap heat race.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: February 28, 2019 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, Nevada – "FVP Platinum Battery Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-18.807; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-19.373; 3. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-19.425; 4. Stevie Sussex, 34X, Grau/Burkhart-19.493; 5. Brody Roa, 34, Grau-19.547; 6. Sterling Cling, 34C, Cling-19.560; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-19.785; 8. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-19.874; 9. Michael Fanelli, 2, Fanelli-19.914; 10. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-20.205; 11. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-20.247; 12. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-20.392; 13. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-20.618; 14. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-20.667; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-20.671; 16. Jonathan Jorgenson, 89, Kane-20.733; 17. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-20.969; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-21.407; 19. Johnnie Butler, 54, Butler-21.526;.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Swanson, 2. Roa, 3. Davis, 4. Timmons, 5. Fanelli, 6. Smith, 7. Edwards, 8. Shaw, 9. Mayhew, 10. Butler. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, Top 4 finishers eligible for invert) 1. Faria, 2. Sussex, 3. Guardino, 4. Hardy, 5. Helt, 6. Gile, 7. Jorgenson, 8. Cling, 9. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps, starting positions in parenthesis) 1. Jake Swanson (8), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 3. Stevie Sussex (5), 4. Brody Roa (6), 5. Tristan Guardino (3), 6. Dennis Gile (12), 7. Jonathan Jorgenson (14), 8. Colton Hardy (1), 9. Koen Shaw (15), 10. Kyle Edwards (13), 11. T.J. Smith (11), 12. Sterling Cling (16), 13. Slater Helt (10), 14. Michael Fanelli (9), 15. Hannah Mayhew (17), 16. Johnnie Butler (19), 17. Danny Faria Jr. (7), 18. Ryan Timmons (2), 19. Austin Ervine (18), NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Hardy, Laps 3-19 Davis, Lap 20 Swanson. HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (8th to 1st)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 16 – Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

BRODY ROA SWEEPS NIGHT #1 OF THE SHOWDOWN AT LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, Nevada… Starting on the outside of the third row, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) won the Las Vegas season opener for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. Driving the Tanner Grau Racing #34 Western Diversfiied / Western Premier Hauling Maxim, the 2017 Champion took the lead from Jake Swanson on lap six and shook free from all challengers to earn the $3,000 jackpot. Swanson, Stevie Sussex, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dennis Gile earned the Hard Charger Award with a sixth place run from seventeenth.

Roa also topped the 19-car field in Woodland Auto Display Time Trials and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Tristan Guardino took the checkered flags in the second 8-lap heat race.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: February 27, 2019 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, Nevada – "FVP Platinum Battery Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Brody Roa, 34, Grau-18.533; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-18.806; 3. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-18.984; 4. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-19.059; 5. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-19.132; 6. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-19.201; 7. Stevie Sussex, 34X, Grau/Burkhart-19.270; 8. Michael Fanelli, 2, Fanelli-19.413; 9. Johnnie Butler, 54, Butler-19.773; 10. Slater Helt, 81X, Watt-19.921; 11. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-20.163; 12. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-20.484; 13. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-21.246; 14. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-NT; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-NT; 16. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-NT; 17. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-NT; 18. Sterling Cling, 34C, Cling-NT; 19. Jonathan Jorgenson, 89, Kane-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Sussex, 3. Swanson, 4. Timmons, 5. Shaw, 6. Mayhew. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Davis, 3. Faria, 4. Smith, 5. Fanelli, 6. Cling, 7. Helt, 8. Hardy, 9. Ervine, 10. Edwards. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps, starting positions in parnethesis) 1. Brody Roa (6), 2. Jake Swanson (2), 3. Stevie Sussex (4), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (1), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (3), 6. Dennis Gile (17), 7. Tristan Guardino (5), 8. T.J. Smith (8), 9. Colton Hardy (16), 10. Ryan Timmons (7), 11. Koen Shaw (9), 12. Hannah Mayhew (11), 13. Sterling Cling (12), 14. Austin Ervine (18), 15. Kyle Edwards (15), 16. Slater Helt (14), 17. Johnnie Butler (13), 18. Michael Fanelli (10). NT
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**Butler flipped during qualifying. Cling flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Swanson, Laps 6-20 Roa.
HARD CHARGER: Dennis Gile (17th to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: February 28 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway – "FVP Platinum Battery Showdown”

 

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

CASA GRANDE’S “COTTON CLASSIC” OPENS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SEASON
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 25, 2019... This Saturday, March 2nd, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open their seventh campaign at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the “2nd Annual Cotton Classic” will be the first of three dates for the fast 3/8-mile oval on the schedule. The action packed card will also feature Pure Stocks, Power 600 Micro Sprints, Dwarf Cars, and Bombers. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

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

Saturday’s event at Casa Grande will begin a new chapter for the Arizona based series. Like California’s USAC/CRA group, the SouthWest Sprints can now run aluminum 410 cubic-inch engines capable of over 900 horsepower. Cars equipped with iron block 360 cubic-inch powerplants are still legal for USAC SouthWest competition. In addition, two provisionals are available during the season for competitors. Based on Car Entrant point standings, Car Owners must be USAC members to be eligible for provisionals. Each race will pay a minimum of $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start. Co-sanctioned races with USAC/CRA in Arizona will pay a minimum of $3,000-to-win and $400-to-start. There are no conflicting dates between the two clubs and racers are encouraged to support each other’s schedule.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted fourteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. Defending champion, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has won four out of the last five Casa Grande events and leads the series with seven victories at the 3/8-mile oval. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson set the 1-lap track record of 15.058 on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags flew at San Tan Valley on November 3rd, veteran “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) clinched his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Championship. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis posted nine feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 252 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles won last year’s “Cotton Classic” and will be looking for his thirty-first career series triumph.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) finished second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko had two feature wins, three heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, four hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led to his credit. “The Bull” has two career series wins and will have his sights on adding the “Cotton Classic” victory to his resume.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) placed third in the chase for the championship. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin had one feature win, four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led in the campaign. With six career series wins, the 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year will be looking to start his championship bid with a victory at Casa Grande.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) ranked fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X, Lundy posted two heat race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes on the year. The former San Tan Ford Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on his first USAC SouthWest main event win this Saturday night.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) placed fifth in the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car point chase. Racing Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis recorded one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year. Curtis has been moving up the SouthWest ranks and will be looking for his first win at the “Cotton Classic.”

Last season, Tyler Most (Peoria, AZ) earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished eighth in the point chase. Driving the family owned Sin City Motorsports / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Most had four top-10 finishes with a season best sixth place run at Peoria on October 20th. This Saturday, the young driver will have his sights on his first feature win at Central Arizona Speedway. .

R.J. Johnson, Chris Bonneau, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, Sterling Cling, Josh Pelkey, Stevie Sussex, Colton Hardy, Asa Kesterson, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Zack Madrid, Austin Kuehl, Jake Swanson, and Colton Maroney rounded out the top-20 in last year’s point standings.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are California’s Brody Roa, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, Indiana’s C.J. Leary, and more.

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

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east seven miles to the fairgrounds. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior/Military tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Hoosier Tire, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

COTTON CLASSIC WINNERS: 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

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

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


 

 

BC39 AT IMS TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets are on sale now for the second running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Visit IMS.com at any time, or call the IMS Ticket Office at 317-492-6700 or visit the IMS Ticket Office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday to buy tickets or for more information. The inaugural event featured a capacity crowd despite rainy conditions, so fans should act quickly to buy seats.

The United States Auto Club (USAC) NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event once again will kick off race weekend at IMS for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line, creating five consecutive days of action at the Racing Capital of the World.

The event will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

On Thursday, Sept. 5 for qualifying and the BC39 feature race, the temporary infield grandstand adjacent to The Dirt Track at IMS will be sold as Reserved Seats, with prices ranging from $35-$60. Availability is limited and prices will increase closer to the race, so fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best seats at the best prices.

On Wednesday, Sept. 4 for practice and heat races, the temporary infield grandstand at The Dirt Track will be available for General Admission seating, with prices starting at $25 and increasing closer to the race. Children 15 and under will be admitted for free Sept. 4 when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Fans can get even closer to the action by purchasing a Pit Pass for one or both days. Pit passes start at $20 per day, increasing to $25 per day at the gate. Pit Pass holders also must have a General Admission or Reserved Seat ticket, as the Pit Pass is not valid for gate admission.

Camping and prepaid parking also will be available for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 4-5. Visit www.ims.com/bc39 for more information.

Two-time USAC National Champion Brady Bacon won the 39-lap feature race at the inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 6, 2018 to earn the richest purse in recent Midget racing history. The thrilling race before a packed house came after track crews worked tirelessly to prepare the quarter-mile clay oval track after heavy afternoon rain.

The inaugural event opened Sept. 5 with a dazzling victory by 15-year-old Indiana native Zeb Wise, a protégé of Clauson, under the lights in the Stoops Pursuit race.

Dirt and asphalt racers from around the country competed in the inaugural event at IMS, with an all-time record entry of 118 Midget cars. Competitors included NASCAR stars Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Christopher Bell, popular NTT IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly and eight former USAC Midget national champions.
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USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

LAS VEGAS SHOWDOWN OPENS 11TH USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SEASON
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 20, 2019... The eleventh campaign for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will kickoff on Wednesday, February 27th at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two-night “8th Annual FVP Platinum Battery Showdown" will also feature the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, K&N Pro Series West Stock Cars, and IMCA Modifieds. The pit gates will open at 10:00am, the spectator gates open at 3:00pm, with racing set for 6:30pm on Wednesday and 7:00pm on Thursday. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/tracks/dirt-track, or call 702.644.4444. Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/lvms/EN/buy/browse?i%5B0%5D=1325&_ga=2.173977824.253471414.1550713167-5083854.1545972164. A schedule for both nights is at the end of this release.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT LAS VEGAS.
- FRONT AXLE TETHERS & FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at www.usaclicense.com.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the "FVP Platinum Battery Showdown" has become one of the most popular dates on the schedule. A talented roster of drivers from California, Arizona, and the Midwest are expected to battle for bragging rights at the prestigious event. To date, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has held nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal is tied with Bryan Clauson for the series lead with two wins on the half-mile oval. On March 9, 2017, Landon Cling established a new 1-lap track record of 17.470 and a complete Las Vegas series win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags flew on October 6th at Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) clinched his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett won by a slim 17-point margin and became the first driver to earn rookie of the year honors (2012) and the championship. In all, Austin posted two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the year. Austin won the Las Vegas event in 2014 and will be looking for his eighth career series triumph.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) finished second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino had two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 49 feature laps led to his credit. Tristan has five career wins and have his sights on winning the jackpot at Las Vegas.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) placed third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons had two feature wins, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the season. The 2016 Rookie of the Year has two career wins and will be looking for his first Dirt Track at LVMS victory.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranked fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen posted twelve top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. At press time, the 2012 USAC Western States Midget Champion might miss the “FVP Platinum Battery Showdown” at Las Vegas.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) placed fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix recorded two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year. Hix has been moving up the West Coast ranks and will have his sights on his first main event win at Las Vegas.

Last season, Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished eighth in the point chase. Driving Mike Bock’s #67 West Evans Motorsports / Abreu Vineyards Eagle, Bock posted one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and seven top-10 finishes on the season. Britton is expected to run a limited schedule in 2019 as he looks for his first USAC West Coast feature win.

Koen Shaw, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Ervine, Ryan Stolz, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander Weerd, Troy Rutherford, Brandon Wiley, Jake Swanson, Trent Carter, Kyle Edwards, Kaleb Montgomery, and James Herrera rounded out the top-20 in last year’s point standings.

Two-day Pit Passes are $100 and single-day Pit Passes are $50.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 10:00am and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/tracks/dirt-track, or call 702.644.4444. Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/lvms/EN/buy/browse?i%5B0%5D=1325&_ga=2.173977824.253471414.1550713167-5083854.1545972164.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

LAS VEGAS SHOWDOWN WINNERS: 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett, 2015-Stevie Sussex, 2016-Bryan Clauson, 2017-Ryan Bernal, 2018-Brody Roa.

LAS VEGAS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Bryan Clauson, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC LAS VEGAS FVP PLATINUM BATTERY SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH:
Pit Gate: 10:00am
Ticket Booth: 2:00pm
Grandstands: 3:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 3:30pm
Wheel Pack: 4:00pm
USAC Hot Laps: 5:10pm
Opening Ceremonies: 6:15pm
Racing to Follow

THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST:
Pit Gate: 10:00am
Ticket Booth: 2:00pm
Grandstands: 3:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 3:30pm
Wheel Pack: 4:00pm
USAC Hot Laps: 5:10pm
Opening Ceremonies: 6:45pm
Racing to Follow

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Platinum Battery Showdown)
February 28: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Platinum Battery Showdown)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
April 27: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SHAMROCK CLASSIC USAC MIDGET TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 20, 2019).........Tickets for the fourth annual Factory Canopies "Shamrock Classic" are now on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-tickets for the March 9 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Midwest opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Reserved seats are $25 and include a "Shamrock Classic" T-Shirt if purchased by March 2. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on raceday.

Four USAC National champions are among the early entries for event on Saturday, March 9, including one-third of the list of USAC Triple Crown title-holders who own championships in Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget have entered, including Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. in the RMS LLC No. 36 and Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. aboard the Petry Motorsports No. 25.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, has entered in the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c while 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon will wheel the Kelly Hinck-owned No. 21H.

Among the other standouts and past USAC National feature winners entered for the "Shamrock" are 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., in the Petry Motorsports No. 5. He finished in the runner-up spot in both his initial outings in Ocala, Fla. in February.

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull is the most recent winner of indoor USAC Midget racing in Du Quoin, capturing the victory in last December's "Junior Knepper 55" driving the RMS LLC No. 7R, with whom he returns to for this race.

Last fall, Tyler Thomas became the first driver to win his first career USAC National Sprint and Midget races in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011. He won that first midget race in Wayne City, Ill. last October and returns to Du Quoin in his own No. 91T. Meanwhile, three-time USAC National Midget feature winner Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill. has entered in own familiar No. 5D.

Thirty-two midgets have entered thus far with many more expected to be rolling in throughout the coming weeks. Fast Lane Racing Apparel is sponsoring FREE race entry for all USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship teams competing in the March 9 "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

The fourth annual event presents a hefty payday of $50,000 up for grabs when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets compete in the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval located in southern Illinois.

The Factory Canopies "Pot of Gold" Challenge will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

Midget teams and drivers can enter the "Shamrock Classic" for FREE by using coupon code FASTLANE in the box at the link: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-car-entry?fbclid=IwAR1xBSM-QaldijxzhMhFBLZDBuAOMjxDF9gEGbxHkYk4EJzPu6yJUmuUhwo. Teams will be able to enter their midget without a cost until Monday, March 4 at 11pm (Central Time) when the offer expires. Pre-entries will be published the following day on Tuesday, March 5.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
08 Cannon McIntosh / Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4J Tim Crawley / Benton, AR (Tim Crawley)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5D Zach Daum / Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7R Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
8B Kimberly Bradach / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
8w Chad Wisnicky / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
9 Braydon Cromwell / Lone Jack, MO (Mounce Motorspors)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
11 Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (Jack Harris)
11B Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
11m Kendall Ruble / Vincennes, IN (Martin Racing)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
19 Garet Williamson (Mounce Motorsports)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27z Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks Racing)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
35T Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
41 Oliver Akard / Ft. Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)
41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
55 Nick Knepper / Belleville, IL (Nick Knepper)
56AP Colten Cottle / Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
92 TBA / TBA (RMS LLC)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Jim Miller)

MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
1G Bryant Paver / Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
P1 Parker Leek / Warsaw, IN (Ryan Leek)
3m Tres Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
5 Zach Boden / Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5T Ryan Timms / Oklahoma City, OK (Ryan Timms)
9 Chase Randall / Waco, TX (Chase Randall)
11B Colton Booten / Marion, IL (Colton Booten)
11BX Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
T11 Brad Thompson / Crawfordsville, IN (Brad Thompson)
12 Corbin Gurley / Hebron, IN (Team VW/Audi Racing)
12c Jacob Patton / Bethalto, IL (Jacob Patton)
12s Ayrton Gennetten / Gravois Mills, MO (Ayrton Gennetten)
14H Harley Hollan / Broken Arrow, OK (Driven Midwest)
16 Garrett Britton / Benton, IL (Garrett Britton)
18 Steve Finn / Collinsville, IL (Steve Finn)
21 Brenton Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Brandie Lamb)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21x Eli Harris / Kokomo, IN (Eli Harris)
22E Chris Wilner / Carmel, IN (Chris Wilner)
22H Jessee Holt / Columbus, IN (Jessee Holt)
27H Zach Hubbard / Benton, IL (Zachery Hubbard)
27HX Jimmy Wells / Wayne City, IL (Jimmy Wells)
27J Randy Johns / Bunker Hill, IN (Randy Johns)
28 Gunner Ramey / Sedalia, MO (Driven Midwest)
29 Scott Sawyer / Jenks, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
38m Koert Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
40 Devin Feger / East Peoria, IL (Devin Feger)
44 Trevin Littleton / Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
44p Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 Sean Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
56 Joe Faloon / Rochester, IL (John Faloon)
56m Nate McMillin / Rosedale, IN (John Faloon)
57 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Joe Mooney)
65E Chad Elliott / Cottage Hills, IL (Chad Elliott)
69 Blake Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Blake Lamb)
71 Jake Cheatham / Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71m TBA / TBA (Paul May)
72 Michael Brummitt / Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
77JR Denver Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Denver Larsen)
88 B.J. Gatewood / Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
91A Tyler Fitzpatrick / Middleville, MI (Tyler Fitzpatrick)
93 Matt Carr / Fayetteville, NC (Matt Carr)
187 Jake Dohner / Janesville, WI (Jake Dohner)
187x Landon Crawley / Benton, AR (Landon Crawley)
711 TBA / TBA (Paul May)
777 Dylan Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Dylan Larsen)


 

 

USAC CHAMPS AMONG FIRST ENTRIES
FOR SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 19, 2019).........Four USAC National champions are among the early entries for the fourth annual "Shamrock Classic" USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event on Saturday, March 9, at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

One-third of the list of USAC Triple Crown title-holders who own championships in Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget have entered, including Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. in the RMS LLC No. 36 and Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. aboard the Petry Motorsports No. 25.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, has entered in the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c while 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon will wheel the Kelly Hinck-owned No. 21H.

Among the other standouts and past USAC National feature winners entered for the "Shamrock" are 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., in the Petry Motorsports No. 5. He finished in the runner-up spot in both his initial outings in Ocala, Fla. in February.

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull is the most recent winner of indoor USAC Midget racing in Du Quoin, capturing the victory in last December's "Junior Knepper 55" driving the RMS LLC No. 7R, with whom he returns to for this race.

Last fall, Tyler Thomas became the first driver to win his first career USAC National Sprint and Midget races in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011. He won that first midget race in Wayne City, Ill. last October and returns to Du Quoin in his own No. 91T.

Twenty-eight midgets have entered thus far with many more expected to be rolling in throughout the coming weeks. Fast Lane Racing Apparel is sponsoring FREE race entry for all USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship teams competing in the March 9 "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

By using coupon code FASTLANE in the box at the link: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-car-entry?fbclid=IwAR1xBSM-QaldijxzhMhFBLZDBuAOMjxDF9gEGbxHkYk4EJzPu6yJUmuUhwo, teams will be able to enter their midget for FREE until Monday, March 4 at 11pm (Central Time) when the offer expires. Pre-entries will be published the following day on Tuesday, March 5.

The fourth annual event presents a hefty payday of $50,000 up for grabs when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets compete in the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval located in southern Illinois.

The Factory Canopies "Pot of Gold" Challenge will provide the top-four drivers in passing points throughout the night an opportunity to pad their wallets with a $50,000 bonus. Following the heats and qualifying races, if the top driver in passing points turns down the chance to go to the tail and go for $50K, the option will go on to the next driver and so on, but only the first four in passing points have that option.

The "Shamrock Classic" will offer appearance points only to drivers and their teams, no feature points. That means there's really nothing to lose in the grand scheme in terms of a championship campaign. With a driver's finishing position not being a part of the series title race, that creates more enticement for a team and driver to take on the challenge.

With it being the fourth annual event, the base winner's share is $4000, meaning if a driver could complete the challenge and win from the tail, he or she would collect $54,000, which would be, by far, the richest take-home pay any driver has ever earned for a single race in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Greg and Kim Stewart have been selling event merchandise for over 25 years at racing events across the country. They are proud to sponsor the entry fee portion of the 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic." As part of their sponsorship, every team who enters will receive a 25% off coupon valid at any 2019 event where Fast Lane Racing Apparel is set up and selling merchandise. Your discount can also be used online at FastLaneRacingApparel.com. Fast Lane Racing Apparel will have a booth in Du Quoin where you can purchase your racing merchandise needs.

In addition to USAC National Midget entry fees and the aforementioned discount, every fan in attendance at the "Shamrock Classic" will receive a Fast Lane Racing Apparel coupon valid at every major event at Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Nationals, and Knoxville Late Model Nationals. Fans will receive this coupon upon entry to event.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-shamrock-classic-tickets. General admission tickets are $20 for age 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Reserved seats are $25 and includes a "Shamrock Classic" T-Shirt if purchased by March 2.

The race will be live-streamed on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
08 Cannon McIntosh / Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4J Tim Crawley / Benton, AR (Tim Crawley)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7R Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
8B Kimberly Bradach / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
8w Chad Wisnicky / Mooresville, NC (Bradach Racing)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
11 Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (Jack Harris)
11B Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
11m Kendall Ruble / Vincennes, IN (Martin Racing)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
19 Garet Williamson (Mounce Motorsports)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
35T Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
41 Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
55 Nick Knepper / Belleville, IL (Nick Knepper)
56AP Colten Cottle / Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
92 TBA / TBA (RMS LLC)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Jim Miller)


MICRO SPRINT ENTRY LIST
1G Bryant Paver / Columbia, MO (Bryant Paver)
P1 Parker Leek / Warsaw, IN (Ryan Leek)
3m Tres Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
5 Zach Boden / Cambridge, WI (Zach Boden)
5T Ryan Timms / Oklahoma City, OK (Ryan Timms)
9 Chase Randall / Waco, TX (Chase Randall)
11B Colton Booten / Marion, IL (Colton Booten)
11BX Kaylee Bryson / Muskogee, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
T11 Brad Thompson / Crawfordsville, IN (Brad Thompson)
12 Corbin Gurley / Hebron, IN (Team VW/Audi Racing)
12c Jacob Patton / Bethalto, IL (Jacob Patton)
14H Harley Hollan / Broken Arrow, OK (Driven Midwest)
18 Steve Finn / Collinsville, IL (Steve Finn)
21 Brenton Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Brandie Lamb)
21H Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)
21x Eli Harris / Kokomo, IN (Eli Harris)
22E Chris Wilner / Carmel, IN (Chris Wilner)
22H Jessee Holt / Columbus, IN (Jessee Holt)
27H Zach Hubbard / Benton, IL (Zachery Hubbard)
27HX Jimmy Wells / Wayne City, IL (Jimmy Wells)
27J Randy Johns / Bunker Hill, IN (Randy Johns)
28 Gunner Ramey / Sedalia, MO (Driven Midwest)
29 Scott Sawyer / Jenks, OK (Sawyer Chassis)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
38m Koert Mehler / Oblong, IL (BlackSheep Speedlab)
40 Devin Feger / East Peoria, IL (Devin Feger)
44 Trevin Littleton / Jacksonville, IL (Greg Littleton)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Joe B. Miller)
53 Sean Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins)
56 Joe Faloon / Rochester, IL (John Faloon)
56m Nate McMillin / Rosedale, IN (John Faloon)
57 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Joe Mooney)
65E Chad Elliott / Cottage Hills, IL (Chad Elliott)
69 Blake Lamb / Warsaw, IN (Blake Lamb)
71 Jake Cheatham / Bethalto, IL (Jake Cheatham)
71m TBA / TBA (Paul May)
72 Michael Brummitt / Mt. Zion, IL (Michael Brummitt)
77JR Denver Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Denver Larsen)
88 B.J. Gatewood / Caruthersville, MO (B.J. Gatewood)
91A Tyler Fitzpatrick / Middleville, MI (Tyler Fitzpatrick)
93 Matt Carr / Fayetteville, NC (Matt Carr)
187 Jake Dohner / Janesville, WI (Jake Dohner)
187x Landon Crawley / Benton, AR (Landon Crawley)
711 TBA / TBA (Paul May)
777 Dylan Larsen / Shiocton, WI (Dylan Larsen)

 

 

LEARY LOGS FIRST WIN FOR NEW TEAM IN WINTER DIRT GAMES X FINALE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 16, 2019).........The first weekend with a new race team is normally a period when driver and team get accustomed to one another and learn on-the-fly how to win races together.

There were very few bumps in the road for C.J. Leary and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports throughout "Winter Dirt Games X," which culminated Saturday night with the combo's first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory together at Bubba Raceway Park.

Leary was highly successful on the USAC trail in his own family car over the past several seasons. This past offseason, Leary made the move to the Arizona-based team, bringing with him a familiar face to a new setting to make the transition as smooth as silk.

"The cool thing was Andy (Reinbold) brought me and (crew chief) Davey (Jones) on as a team since we had already been working together and we get along so well on and off the track," Leary pointed out. "I'm just learning this new racecar and this new engine package is quite a bit different than what I was running the past couple of years on our family car. We did a lot of unique things to the racecar and it paid off for us down here in Florida."

Winning this early on in the season is always a good sign that things are clicking. With a 6th, 2nd and a 1st during the three-night mini-series, plus the early season point lead, the team is already enjoying the fruits of their labor after thrashing to get their operation ready to go for the new year.

"We had high expectations with this new team," Leary exclaimed. "Andy gave us the best of everything. Davey and I have put a lot of hours into this car. Just to see it pay off is really awesome for Davey and me. I'm sure it is for Andy just because he's spent a lot of money getting this thing where it is. This kind of caps off that he hired the right two guys."

Leary started the 30-lapper from the outside of the front row alongside Robert Ballou. Ballou got the initial jump to the lead, but Leary wasn't taken aback.

"He got the jump on us at the start," Leary recalled. "The outside lane was pretty slick, and I knew the bottom still had pretty good moisture. I knew he was probably going to get the jump on us, so I was hoping to cross him over into (turn) one."

However, Leary slid into second behind race leader Ballou as the two hit the back stretch of the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track. The first stoppage came early as Dave Darland and Kent Schmidt tangled off turn four. Both would be finished for the evening.

Following the lap two restart, Ballou extended his lead as Leary fought with Kevin Thomas, Jr. for the second spot. But, gradually, Leary was able to chip away at Ballou's lead as the frontrunners began to work lapped traffic by lap nine where Leary was able to take a sneak peek underneath Ballou heading into turn one.

Leary retained his presence just a few car lengths behind Ballou when, on the 12th lap, Ballou drifted high off turn four, allowing Leary underneath to grab the lead.

"I just stalked him there and then we had that yellow," Leary remembered. "Our car was really good on the restarts, and when he made that small mistake in three and four, it got tight on him and let us capitalize, drive up under him and it was pretty smooth sailing from there."

C.J. Leary's 8th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win moves him to 54th on the all-time list alongside Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford and Joe Saldana. (Rich Forman Photo)

Leary's only close encounters were dealing with lappers and having to endure multiple restarts down the stretch, first on lap 21 for an excursion by Friday night winner Justin Grant and on lap 28 for a turn four Matt Westfall spin. The restart with just three laps remaining pit Leary versus Thomas back in second. Usually a caution with a late-race lead is something to fret about, but Leary had no qualms.

"I was just really happy to see those yellows to be real honest," Leary reiterated. "I normally hate seeing yellows when I'm the leader. This 19AZ was super fast on the restarts and we were digging hard. I'm just happy to be with this new team. It's a great way to start the season off."

On the lap 28 restart, Leary bolted to a five-car-length lead that built to six, seven, eight, nine, then ten car lengths that would prove to be insurmountable in the final stanza, with the Greenfield, Indiana driver pulling away for a 1.502 second victory over Thomas. Tyler Courtney made a substantial charge on the final restart from sixth to third. Chase Stockon was fourth with opening night winner Chris Windom rounding out the top-five.

Courtney captured the title of Passing Master courtesy of Indiana Mafia/Hughes Racing/Flamingo Sandy worth an extra $800, picking off a total of 25 cars throughout the USAC Sprint feature events of "Winter Dirt Games X."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Timmy Buckwalter (Fatheadz Eyewear/EPA Photography Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dakota Jackson (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner & KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger), Joey Biasi (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Stephen Schnapf (ProSource Hard Work) and Ty Tilton (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/EPA PHOTOGRAPHY QUALIFYING: 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.689; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.715; 3. Damion Gardner, 20, Dyson-13.750; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.783; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.789; 6 Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.800; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.841; 8. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.883; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.894; 10. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.930; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.966; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.005; 13. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.011; 14. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.067; 15. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-14.095; 16. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.096; 17. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.105; 18. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.117; 19. Dave Darland, 5, Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian-14.159; 20. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-14.178; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.337; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.417; 23. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.423; 24. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.511; 25. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.860; 26. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.999; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.555.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Short, 3. Biasi, 4. Stockon, 5. Darland, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Courtney, 8. Chapple, 9. Gass. 1:54.88

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Jackson, 2. Leary, 3. Windom, 4. Schmidt, 5. McDougal, 6. Cummins, 7. Schnapf, 8. Tilton, 9. Hery. 1:56.19

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, 3. Bacon, 4. Ballou, 5. Westfall, 6. Gardner, 7. Christie, 8. Goodnight, 9. Bell. 1:56.05

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Gardner, 4. Cummins, 5. Chapple, 6. Schnapf, 7. Gass, 8. Tilton, 9. Goodnight, 10. Hery, 11. Christie, 12. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Chase Stockon (3), 5. Chris Windom (5), 6. Robert Ballou (1), 7. Jason McDougal (6), 8. Damion Gardner (8), 9. Carson Short (10), 10. Timmy Buckwalter (7), 11. Brady Bacon (12), 12. Kyle Cummins (11), 13. Chad Boespflug (15), 14. Joey Biasi (13), 15. Isaac Chapple (20), 16. Stephen Schnapf (22), 17. Matt Westfall (18), 18. Matt Goodnight (23), 19. Noah Gass (21), 20. Dakota Jackson (14), 21. Justin Grant (16), 22. Dave Darland (19), 23. Kent Schmidt (17). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Ballou, Laps 12-30 Leary.

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

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chad Boespflug

PROSOURCE HARD WORK: Stephen Schnapf

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Ty Tilton

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Joey Biasi

HUGHES RACING/INDIANA MAFIA/FLAMINGO SANDY PASSING MASTER: Tyler Courtney (25)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Leary-216, 2-Thomas-214, 3-Stockon-194, 4-Grant-183, 5-Windom-181, 6-Courtney-174, 7-Ballou-171, 8-Gardner-158, 9-Buckwalter-155, 10-Short-155.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: March 30, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana

 

 

GRANT SURVIVES AND THRIVES IN WINTER DIRT GAMES NIGHT 2

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 15, 2019).........Justin Grant has won a few and lost a few in the same manner throughout his racing career. He's now won and lost in the same manner at Bubba Raceway Park following his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory Friday on night two of "Winter Dirt Games X."

The Ione, Calif. native won a "survival of the fittest" competition, so to speak, that saw several cars fall by the wayside with tire wear, including race leader Chris Windom with two laps remaining. That sent Grant to the front of the pack where he drove to his second career "Winter Dirt Games" triumph aboard his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Bow Foundation - Challenger Construction/Maxim/Claxton Chevy.

It was the 14th USAC National Sprint Car win of Grant's career, tying him for 38th on the all-time list alongside Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup.

Grant began the 30-lapper from the second position alongside pole starter C.J. Leary, who got the jump on Grant at the drop of the green flag and quickly constructed a half-straightaway advantage by the sixth lap and would dominate the first half of the feature. Thursday night winner Chris Windom began to creep his way toward Leary in lapped traffic, knocking down the interval to eight tenths by the 18th lap. Leary slid high between turns three and four on lap 20, allowing Windom to skate by on the bottom to grab the lead.

The race up front saw the leaders stick inside, trying to not make any mistakes by missing the line and saving the equipment in order to make the full distance in one piece in what, up to that point, had been a caution-free race. That is, until Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder Carson Short stopped on the front straightaway with a flat right rear tire while running sixth.

Meanwhile, Grant was mired in fourth, thinking about his own fate after preserving his equipment for the duration of the race up to that point. But this was the moment he decided to pull the trigger, quickly picking off Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Leary in quick succession to get to second on the restart with only Windom, the race leader, left in his sights, though Windom held a relatively comfortable advantage.

However, a yellow on lap 29 shifted the entire outlook as Brady Bacon (12th) and Jason McDougal (13th) simultaneously pulled to the top of turn one, both suffering from flat right rear tires. Under yellow, Windom discovered a devastating blow as his front right tire deflated, forcing him to pit and putting him out of contention for the win before, ultimately, finishing 21st.

Grant was now positioned as the leader for the green-white-checkered finish as several thoughts raced through his mind, mainly the rubber issue that had befallen a few others.

"I was a bit worried I'd used too much tire trying to get back to Windom," Grant recalled. "That was my only concern once he puled off. I wish I had let him go, but you never know how these things are going to play out. I was definitely low on air by the end. Once you start cooking the tires like that, it starts knocking the air out of them and the thing was porpoising bad off the corner. I know I'd done all I could to save the tire, but I still knew it was going to be close."

Another instance that weighed on Grant was a repeat of the 2016 "Winter Dirt Games" finale when he believed he had the victory sewn up. However, cataloging that moment in his memory served as a reminder on this particular night that this deal wasn't over just quite yet.

It was the 14th USAC National Sprint Car win of Grant's career, tying him for 38th on the all-time list alongside Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup. (Al Steinberg Photo)

"I've lost a race here in the middle of three and four, blowing a tire coming to the checker," Grant remembered. "The last time I was leading down the back stretch in a rubber race here, I thought 'yeah we made it.' I refused to think it tonight until I was past the flag stand."

"I tried to ride as much as I could early and stay out of the black as long as I could," Grant continued. "In the race I lost, (Thomas) Meseraull won by staying out of the rubber for a good portion of it. He got in the rubber for a few laps, maintained it, then got out of the rubber, then back in the rubber. I tried to stay out of the rubber until it got fast enough that I had to be in it and not worry about losing one or two spots."

On the restart, Grant's preservation had equaled perseverance as he said 'sayonara' right from the restart and drove away to a 1.712 second victory over Leary, KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger Tyler Courtney from 22nd, Chad Boespflug and Thomas.

Grant owes some of his gratitude toward what he's learned from his competitors and other cars he's competed in throughout his career.

"You're running a lot of Silver Crown races with Kody Swanson and he's so good at that," Grant points out. "He makes you figure out how to do it. It's a bit harder to maintain in a sprint car because you can get behind. Had Windom not fallen out, we would've been caught behind. We wouldn't have been able to get to him short of him getting tight or doing something in the rubber. He'd been spot on until that point. We caught a big break with him falling out. We've got a long year and we want to win the race, but we need to make it to the finish. If we ran second, then we were going to run second. It's not worth blowing a tire over when you're setting out to do the full tour."

Grant had a sluggish start when he moved to the TOPP Motorsports team at the beginning of 2018. The combo rallied to win five races in a seven-race stretch toward the end of the season. In 2019, it took them just two races to reach victory lane.

"Every win in the No. 4 car is the most rewarding win," Grant admitted. "It just feels like every time I've pulled into victory lane, it's the most rewarding win I've ever had. These guys sticking by me meant so much to me last year. Kevin Birchmeier is such a great leader. He wouldn't let us get down even when wanted to get down. He made us figure it out and kept our heads up. A lot of owners get down on you and start looking for the next great thing; he just kept pumping us up, kept building us up."

"(Crew Chief) Mark (Shambarger) and I took a while to jell," Grant continued. Now we get along great. I'm surprised he never killed me, but we all survived and we're all here. Its great now. We're going to keep riding it as long as we can and, hopefully, it stays this good and we keep rolling along. I've been around this game long enough to know that it comes in waves, so try to enjoy it while you're riding high and dig through when you're low. Sprint car racing is tough. It's not easy. I feel like if you don't enjoy the process and the struggle, then you're not going to make it very long."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Carson Short (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Damion Gardner (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Dakota Jackson (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger & ProSource Hard Work) and Travis Hery (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.398 (New Track Record); 2. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.428; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.459; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.475; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.520; 6. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.599; 7. Damion Gardner, 20, Dyson-13.608; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.668; 9. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.687; 10. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.701; 11. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-13.749; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.809; 13. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.835; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-13.861; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.910; 16. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.954; 17. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-13.962; 18. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.963; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.983; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.995; 21. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.046; 22. Dave Darland, 5, Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian-14.105; 23. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-14.108; 24. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.200; 25. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.597; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.510; 27. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-NT; 28. Daron Clayton, 5o, KO-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Short, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Biasi, 5. Christie, 6. Jackson, 7. Gass. 1:56.48

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Windom, 3. Darland, 4. Schnapf, 5. Schmidt, 6. Goodnight, 7. Bell. 1:56.72

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Gardner, 2. Bacon, 3. Courtney, 4. Westfall, 5. Boespflug, 6. Chapple, 7. Tilton. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Stockon, 3. Thomas, 4. McDougal, 5. Cummins, 6. Hery, 7. Clayton. 2:00.00

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Jackson, 2. Boespflug, 3. Chapple, 4. Schmidt, 5. Goodnight, 6. Cummins, 7. Hery, 8. Gass, 9. Christie, 10. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (22), 4. Chad Boespflug (11), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 6. Damion Gardner (7), 7. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 8. Chase Stockon (8), 9. Dave Darland (21), 10. Kyle Cummins (12), 11. Dakota Jackson (13), 12. Isaac Chapple (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Carson Short (6), 15. Brady Bacon (4), 16. Jason McDougal (16), 17. Joey Biasi (17), 18. Matt Goodnight (10), 19. Matt Westfall (19), 20. Stephen Schnapf (18), 21. Chris Windom (5), 22. Kent Schmidt (14). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Leary, Laps 20-28 Windom, Laps 29-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (22nd to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Robert Ballou

PROSOURCE HARD WORK: Tyler Courtney

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Travis Hery

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dakota Jackson

HUGHES RACING/INDIANA MAFIA/FLAMINGO SANDY PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Darland-21, 2-Courtney-19, 3-Boespflug-17, 4-Ballou-12, 5-Grant-10, 6-Leary-5, 7-Buckwalter-5, 8-Windom-4, 9-Chapple-3, 10-Cummins-2.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-152, 2-Thomas-139, 3-Leary-139, 4-Stockon-128, 5-Windom-115, 6-Ballou-111, 7-Boespflug-108, 8-Darland-105, 9-Bacon-104, 10-Courtney-103.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

 

LAST LAP HERO WINDOM SCORES OCALA USAC SPRINT OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 14, 2019).........Chris Windom led just one lap in Thursday's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season opener at Bubba Raceway Park, but it was the one that paid the most as the Canton, Ill. driver prevailed on a wild final lap scramble that saw three different race leaders edge ahead at one point in an instant Valentine's Day classic.

Windom's victory gave the venerable Goacher Racing team just its second career USAC National Sprint Car feature win, their first such appearance in USAC victory lane in 27 years! You'll have to go all the way back to the 1992 season to find Goacher Racing's lone previous series' win with driver Danny Smith in the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

The offseason was a tumultuous one for Windom with the unexpected closure of Baldwin Brothers Racing, for which he won the 2017 series title. That put him in the precarious position of ride-hunting during the short offseason, where he landed with a new team surrounded by some familiar faces and some new, but all with the same expectations of success, which they brought to fruition in their first outing of 2019.

"I brought (Crew Chief) Derek Claxton along with me," Windom pointed out. "Obviously, we're very familiar with each other and have had a lot of success together. I kind of molded the whole deal together I feel like. Everyone worked equally hard to put this whole deal together over the winter and I'm thankful to them for giving me the opportunity to do it. Between Jason (Goacher), Joe (Brandon) and Derek, and everybody here helping, I think it came together alright for night one."

From the fourth starting position, Windom had his work cut out for him from the word 'go' with Thomas starting from the pole position. Thomas, also debuting a new ride this season, immediately bolted to a 1.5 second lead in the early-going until Tyler Courtney, going for his fifth-straight USAC score in Ocala rode the outside wall from the entrance of turn three until midway between three and four before coming to a rest. The damage was extensive on the right side of the car, sending him to the sidelines for the remainder of the night.

On a lap 12 restart nearing the midway point, leader Thomas entered turn one a tad lower in a defensive move to block Windom's slide attempt. Windom tried the slider on an earlier lap seven restart that caught the attention of Thomas'. Both times the move wasn't able to pay off for Windom, although it put Thomas on guard.

"You've got to hound the guy and let him know you're there," Windom reiterated. "But, when you make your move, you got to make it count. This place is such a momentum racetrack that if you slide a guy and miss the slider, and get too sideways, you're going to kill all your momentum, get passed and fall back to third or fourth. You've got to time your slide job to where you keep your momentum and not really lose any speed."

With nine to go, as the frontrunners encountered lapped traffic, Windom slung it to the bottom of turn one and slid up in front of Thomas in turn two. The two collided, Windom's rear bumper with the front bumper of Thomas, slowing both down only momentarily. Thomas stayed with it ran down Windom in turn three a half-lap later to reclaim the lead for a brief moment before Windom countered and beat Thomas back to turn one. Thomas counterpunched and got back by Windom for the top spot again as Grant now entered the fray to make it a three-car party.

Windom's repeated bid to secure his position in front of race-long leader Thomas would come up snake eyes until turn one of the final circuit. Thomas had an inkling that Windom would be on the attack underneath, scooting down a lane to protect, but Windom was able to limbo a tick lower, sliding in front of Thomas as the pair made their way through turn two. Thomas slipped a bit high over the cushion, allowing Grant to get by on the inside.

Grant rode the wave of momentum on the throttle into turn three for the final time, slipping under Windom at Mach-10 speed to snare the lead away with only one turn remaining. However, Grant cooked it in and got his ride sideways on exit, slowing his momentum toward the checkered. Windom took a slight evasive action to avoid clipping Grant's right rear tire to get to the line and finish out an incredible final lap to complete a 0.354 second margin of victory in his Goacher Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Parallax Power Supply - Jonathan Byrd's/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

Thomas also got by Grant in the final turn to finish second. Grant held on to nip Chase Stockon for third at the line by six-hundredths of a second while Robert Ballou rounded out the top-five.

While the top was undoubtedly the fastest away around throughout the 30-lap feature, you can't pass if you don't take chances by coloring outside the lines every once in a while, when the opportunity arises.

"It was fastest around the top and you had to make sure you made the exact right move, or you'd lose a spot or two spots if you missed it," Windom explained. "I tried to time it just right so that I had a big run on KT. On that last lap, he tried to block my slide job into turn one. Fortunately, I got lower than him and was able to slide up in front of him there. I knew the big crossover was coming and I didn't know exactly what to do going into three and four. I carried my momentum around the top and it looked like (Grant) got too sideways to clear the slider back on me."

Windom's 22nd career USAC National Sprint Car victory moves him into a four-way tie for 24th all-time, along with Rick Hood, Bubby Jones and Sam Sessions.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Carson Short (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Matt Goodnight (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chad Boespflug (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger & ProSource Hard Work).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.477 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.529; 3. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.718; 4. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-13.767; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.800; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.863; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.869; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.932; 9. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.045; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.054; 11. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.088; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.129; 13. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.159; 14. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.252; 15. Damion Gardner, 20, Dyson-14.307; 16. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.309; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.461; 18. Dave Darland, 5, Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian-14.527; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.718; 20. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.726; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.929; 22. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-15.151; 23. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-15.202; 24. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-15.215; 25. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-15.456; 26. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.553; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.803; 28. Daron Clayton, 5o, KO-NT; 29. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Goodnight, 2. Chapple, 3. Bacon, 4. Short, 5. Hery, 6. Christie, 7. Jackson. 1:52.17

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Darland, 3. Stockon, 4. Cummins, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Gass, 7. Biasi. 1:50.92 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Leary, 2. Gardner, 3. Windom, 4. Thomas, 5. Westfall, 6. Bell, 7. Dues. 1:51.64

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Grant, 2. Schnapf, 3. Courtney, 4. Boespflug, 5. Schmidt, 6. McDougal, 7. Tilton. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Jackson, 3. Schmidt, 4. McDougal, 5. Hery, 6. Biasi, 7. Westfall, 8. Gass, 9. Christie, 10. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (4), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 3. Justin Grant (12), 4. Chase Stockon (5), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Brady Bacon (3), 8. Kyle Cummins (2), 9. Dave Darland (18), 10. Carson Short (6), 11. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 12. Chad Boespflug (22), 13. Dakota Jackson (9), 14. Jason McDougal (16), 15. Damion Gardner (15), 16. Matt Westfall (23), 17. Travis Hery (13), 18. Tyler Courtney (8), 19. Kent Schmidt (7), 20. Joey Biasi (21), 21. Isaac Chapple (20), 22. Matt Goodnight (17), 23. Stephen Schnapf (19). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Thomas, Lap 30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chad Boespflug (22nd to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

PROSOURCE HARD WORK: Chad Boespflug

HUGHES RACING/INDIANA MAFIA/SANDY NISSEN PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Boespflug-10, 2-Grant-9, 3-Darland-9, 4-Ballou-5, 5-Leary-5, 6-Windom-4, 7-Buckwalter-3, 8-McDougal-2, 9-Stockon-1, 10-Biasi-1.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-80, 2-Thomas-72, 3-Grant-72, 4-Stockon-72, 5-Ballou-66, 6-Leary-63, 7-Bacon-60, 8-Cummins-55, 9-Short-54, 10-Darland-53.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 15-16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

GRANT GOES TO THE TOPP IN OCALA SPRINT PRACTICE

Ocala, Florida (February 13, 2019).........Justin Grant recorded the fastest lap in Wednesday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car practice session at Bubba Raceway Park in preparation for this weekend's "Winter Dirt Games X" events.

The Ione, Calif. driver set the quickest time of 13.654 in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Bow Foundation - Challenger Construction/Maxim/Claxton Chevy. The lap was quicker than the official one-lap track USAC record of 13.683, set by Justin Grant during qualifying in 2017.

Grant ranked ahead of Brady Bacon (13.749), Tyler Courtney (13.781), Carson Short (13.823) and Chris Windom (13.858).

Three-straight nights of complete racing programs are on tap this weekend for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Bubba Raceway Park. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on https://www.FloRacing.com/.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 13, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

PRACTICE: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.654; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.749; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.781; 4. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.823; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.858; 6. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.923; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.930; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.939; 9. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.969; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-14.008; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.062; 12. Damion Gardner, 20, Dyson-14.071; 13. Dave Darland, 5, Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian-14.078; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.107; 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.154; 16. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.188; 17. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.193; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.279; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.280; 20. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.314; 21. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.338; 22. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.501; 23. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.554; 24. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.629; 25. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-14.664; 26. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.862; 27. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-14.940; 28. Daron Clayton, 5o, KO-15.058; 29. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.584; 30. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 14-15-16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

 

 

USAC SPRINT TITLE DEFENSE BEGINS FOR COURTNEY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 13, 2019).........It's already been a dream beginning to 2019 for Tyler Courtney as he's continued the roll of success following his 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car crown and into the start of the new season.

Last weekend, his fast start included back-to-back victories in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers at Bubba Raceway Park. Now the Indianapolis, Ind. driver embarks on a mission in his Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing No. 7BC to duplicate the feat that only some of the very best in this sport can lay claim to as a repeat series champion beginning with February 14-15-16th's "Winter Dirt Games X."

Parnelli Jones was the first to do the deed in 1961-62, followed by Sheldon Kinser (1981-82), Rick Hood (1984-85), Steve Butler (1986-88), Robbie Stanley (1991-93), Brian Tyler (1996-97), Levi Jones (2009-10-11) and Bryan Clauson (2012-13).

Last year, Courtney had one of the top seasons in the history of the series with 11 victories, only the tenth driver to reach double-figures in USAC Sprint Car wins during a single year. If anything has been proven, it's not to discount anything Courtney can accomplish with the streak of success he's enjoying at the moment. It's difficult to win one championship, let alone back-to-backers and put up the same numbers as the year before. However, it's been duplicated before and will be again.

While most of the consecutive championship-winning drivers saw their numbers go up on the backend of the back-to-back, Parnelli dropped from nine wins to four between 1961-62, yet still had enough mustard to relish the championship honors once again at season's end. Twenty years later, meanwhile, Sheldon Kinser had a slight dip between his two in 1981-82, from seven to five.

From thereon, the numbers, in most instances, picked up the following year with Rick Hood increasing from six to nine wins from 1984-85. Steve Butler was the first three-peat titlist in 1986-87-88, bouncing up from two to three to three victories again, respectively, in those years. Robbie Stanley became the next three-peater, staying relatively stagnant from two to one wins between 1991-92, but 1993 would prove to be his career-best year, winning five times en route to a series title.

Brian Tyler had nowhere to go but up following a rare winless championship campaign in 1996, but in 1997, the talented driver would find victory lane on four occasions on his way to another championship.

Levi Jones saw all ends of the championship-winning spectrum during his three-straight run from 2009-11, beginning with four in 2009, doubling it to eight in 2010, then back down to three in 2011. Even-keeled Bryan Clauson notched his second-straight in 2013 with seven scores, following a seven win season the prior year in 2012.

But the main lesson here with those numbers is that championships are created in a myriad of manners. Winning is only one part of the recipe, along with qualifying up front, transferring through the heat, taking care of the equipment and finishing in the top-five, top-ten every chance you get. After all, the title race could come down to one single point somewhere along the line. Call it a case in example when Courtney and Kevin Thomas, Jr. racked up the same number of points throughout 40 races a season ago, only being decided on a tiebreaker in terms of number of feature wins.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of "Winter Dirt Games X" begins this week. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday. An open practice session will take place a day before the action starts from 7-10pm.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on https://www.FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC SPRINT TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST B1 Joey Biasi / Mary D, PA 3 Dakota Jackson / Elizabethtown, IN 3R Kyle Cummins / Princeton, IN 4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA 5 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN 5G Chris Windom / Canton, IL 5K Kent Schmidt / Owensville, IN 5o Daron Clayton / Sikeston, MO 7 Timmy Buckwalter / Douglassville, PA 7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN 12 Robert Ballou / Rocklin, CA 19 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL 19AZ C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN 20 Damion Gardner / Concord, CA 20G Noah Gass / Mounds, OK 20x Frank Carlsson / Oxford, FL 21 Carson Short / Marion, IL 21H Travis Hery / Piqua, OH 27 Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK 28 Brandon Mattox / Terre Haute, IN 32 Chase Stockon / Ft. Branch, IN 33m Matt Westfall / Pleasant Hill, OH 39 Matt Goodnight / Winchester, IN 42 Ty Tilton / Lima, OH 52 Isaac Chapple / Willow Branch, IN 61m Stephen Schnapf / Newburgh, IN 69 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK 71 Robert Bell / Colfax, IA 71p Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK 75 Dustin Christie / Washington, IN 77K Katlynn Leer / Moulton, IA 84 Tom Harris / Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK 87 Paul Dues / Minster, OH 98e Chad Boespflug / Hanford, CA

 

 

WDGX OPENER A KEY FOR USAC SPRINT TITLE HOPES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 12, 2019).........To roll off the trailer and find immediate success is the ideal goal for all USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car drivers and teams competing in this week's "Winter Dirt Games X" season openers February 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Tyler Courtney found it immediately in the USAC NOS Energy Drink openers there last weekend and used two victories in Ocala last season to springboard his way to a USAC National Sprint title.

Yet it was Chase Stockon who broke through in the 2018 opener to score his lone win of the year. While it was the only breakthrough for the series' ironman throughout the year, he had another solid campaign, finishing fourth in points and extended his streak of wins in the series to seven-years-running.

For the majority of the series' history, this has been more of a rule than an exception in terms of a season opener winner's eventual success. For a three-year stretch from 2013-2015, it seemed as if Bubba Raceway Park and the "Winter Dirt Games" opener were the launching pad of success. Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014) and Robert Ballou (2015) each won the opening feature of the year en route to the series' title.

In fact, since the advent of the USAC National Sprint Car trail in 1961, 15 champs have come off the starting blocks with a season-opening victory to start their year. Don Branson was the first to do it in 1964 as were Larry Dickson (1970 & 75), Sam Sessions (1972), Rich Vogler (1980), Ken Schrader (1983), Rick Hood (1985), Robbie Stanley (1991 & 93), Tracy Hines (2002), Jay Drake (2004) and Levi Jones (2007).

Just to show you how much success can come with having a hot start right out of the box, 32 of the 58 all-time season-opening feature winners have finished in the top-five of the final standings. The majority of those who did not have a top-five results in the standings were those who suffered an injury, raced on a temporary licenses or was not a full-time driver with the series.

Since the beginning of "Winter Dirt Games" in 2010, all but one season-opening winner has gone on to finish in the top-five of the final standings (Damion Gardner, 6th in 2011). Gardner, the winningest driver in the history of Winter Dirt Games with five, was 2nd in 2010, 6th in 2011 and 5th in 2012 after winning the season-opener an unprecedented three-straight years. Clauson, Bacon and Ballou, as mentioned before, each won titles in 2013-14-2015.

Clauson was 16th in 2016 but was running a part-time schedule and was fatally injured during August of that season. Incredibly, he still led all drivers in the series with seven victories. Justin Grant finished second in the standings in 2017 but led the points nearly the entire year until late in the going, ultimately finishing second. The aforementioned Stockon was 4th in 2018.

For some like Stockon, it would be their only win of the year, same as Billy Vukovich (1968), Jerry "Scratch" Daniels (1969), Paul Pitzer (1979), Dave Peperak (1981), Jack Hewitt (1982), Jac Haudenschild (1984 & 88), Jeff Gordon (1989), Kevin Doty (1995), Chet Fillip (1998), Derek Davidson (2001), Aaron Pierce (2003), Shane Cottle (2008) and Darren Hagen (2009).

The past has proven it unlikely, but not out of the question for a repeat victory by Stockon come this Thursday with only four drivers being able to duplicate season-opening wins in consecutive years: Jud Larson (1965-66), Sam Sessions (1971-72), Rich Vogler (1986-87) and Damion Gardner (2010-11-12).

Damion Gardner leads all active drivers with three season-opening wins, all of which came in Florida, equaling Larry Dickson's three opener wins in 1967-70-75 and Rich Vogler's three in 1980-86-87. Perhaps, ironically, Dickson's 1970 title run began with a win in Florida at Miami-Hollywood Speedway. Vogler's 1987 lid-lifter triumph came at Florida's Tampa Fairgrounds.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of "Winter Dirt Games X" begins this week. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday. An open practice session will take place a day before the action starts from 7-10pm.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on https://www.FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC SPRINT TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST B1 Joey Biasi / Mary D, PA 3 Dakota Jackson / Elizabethtown, IN 3R Kyle Cummins / Princeton, IN 4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA 5 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN 5G Chris Windom / Canton, IL 5K Kent Schmidt / Owensville, IN 5o Daron Clayton / Sikeston, MO 7 Timmy Buckwalter / Douglassville, PA 7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN 12 Robert Ballou / Rocklin, CA 19 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL 19AZ C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN 20 Damion Gardner / Concord, CA 20G Noah Gass / Mounds, OK 20x Frank Carlsson / Oxford, FL 21 Carson Short / Marion, IL 21H Travis Hery / Piqua, OH 27 Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK 28 Brandon Mattox / Terre Haute, IN 32 Chase Stockon / Ft. Branch, IN 33m Matt Westfall / Pleasant Hill, OH 39 Matt Goodnight / Winchester, IN 42 Ty Tilton / Lima, OH 52 Isaac Chapple / Willow Branch, IN 61m Stephen Schnapf / Newburgh, IN 69 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK 71 Robert Bell / Colfax, IA 71p Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK 75 Dustin Christie / Washington, IN 77K Katlynn Leer / Moulton, IA 84 Tom Harris / Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK 87 Paul Dues / Minster, OH 98e Chad Boespflug / Hanford, CA

 

 

NEW CAR AND DRIVER COMBOS MARK START
OF 2019 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 11, 2019).........Musical chairs was a part of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car offseason as a multitude of drivers, including six of the top-11 in last year's standings, have found new homes for the 2019 tour, beginning with this week's "Winter Dirt Games X" season openers on Feb. 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney and Clauson/Marshall Racing are singing a perfect tune coming off a championship season in which they won twice at Ocala in 2018 in the No. 7BC. The same combo fired off to a blistering start in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition last week with two consecutive wins at Ocala to bat 1.000 so far in this young season.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. lost out on the sprint title a year ago in a tiebreaker to Courtney, but the Cullman, Ala. native has switched over to the Hayward/Thomas banner for 2019, aiming to break through with his first title after coming oh-so-close the prior year.

Chris Windom's highly-successful tenure in the Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5, which included a 2017 series title as well as back-to-back Eastern Storm crowns and multiple Indiana Sprint Week championships, has concluded. However, the atmosphere around the Canton, Illinois driver remains mostly unaltered with crew chief Derek Claxton coming along for the ride to the Goacher Racing No. 5G.

Ft. Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon leads all active drivers with an amazing 260 consecutive starts since becoming a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car regular in 2012. In that span, Stockon has won every season and has finished among the top-seven in points seven years running. Stockon began the 2018 season with a victory at the Ocala opener and returns to his familiar 32 TBI Racing No. 32 for the full campaign.
Brady Bacon found his greatest success aboard the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 with championships in both 2014 and 2016, but the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native, who stands as the winningest driver in the history of the famed Hoffman family team, is back in the ride for 2019.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary has jumped over to the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ as the team takes on its first full national campaign after finding success in USAC's CRA and Southwest series over the past several years. The team has won in USAC National competition before with Thomas Meseraull in the "Western World Championships," winning at Arizona Speedway in 2017.

Dave Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, is the most successful driver in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history in terms of victories and starts and won three times in a rejuvenated year for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. In 2019, he finds a new ride with one of the most successful families on the Indiana sprint car scene over the past several decades, aboard the Chase Briscoe Racing No. 5B.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif), Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) and Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) all return to the same seats in 2019. Grant was highly-successful down the stretch, winning five of the final eight races in 2018 in the TOPP Motorsports No. 4. Ballou, the 2015 series champ, is back in action in his own No. 12. Chapple, USAC's Most Improved Driver for 2018, returns in the LNR/Chapple No. 52.

Like Bacon, a couple names return to rides they have experienced previous success with. Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug has re-teamed up with Eberhardt/Zirzow Racing to field the No. 98e, the same combo that won six USAC-sanctioned Sprint Car races in 2016. Kyle Cummins of Princeton, Indiana won a trio of USAC races in 2016-17 for Rock Steady Racing, with who he returns to in 2019 in car No. 3R.

Those and a host of others will be in competition at Bubba Raceway Park this week. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday. An open practice session will take place a day before the action starts from 7-10pm.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC SPRINT TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST
B1 Joey Biasi / Mary D, PA
3 Dakota Jackson / Elizabethtown, IN
3R Kyle Cummins / Princeton, IN
4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA
5 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN
5G Chris Windom / Canton, IL
5K Kent Schmidt / Owensville, IN
5o Daron Clayton / Sikeston, MO
7 Timmy Buckwalter / Douglassville, PA
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN
12 Robert Ballou / Rocklin, CA
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL
19AZ C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN
20 Damion Gardner / Concord, CA
20G Noah Gass / Mounds, OK
20x Frank Carlsson / Oxford, FL
21 Carson Short / Marion, IL
21H Travis Hery / Piqua, OH
27 Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK
28 Brandon Mattox / Terre Haute, IN
32 Chase Stockon / Ft. Branch, IN
33m Matt Westfall / Pleasant Hill, OH
39 Matt Goodnight / Winchester, IN
42 Ty Tilton / Lima, OH
52 Isaac Chapple / Willow Branch, IN
61m Stephen Schnapf / Newburgh, IN
69 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK
71 Robert Bell / Colfax, IA
71p Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK
75 Dustin Christie / Washington, IN
77K Katlynn Leer / Moulton, IA
84 Tom Harris / Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK
87 Paul Dues / Minster, OH
98e Chad Boespflug / Hanford, CA

 

 

SUNSHINE DOUBLE-DIPS IN OCALA WITH 2ND STRAIGHT USAC MIDGET VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 9, 2019).........If Friday's victory at Bubba Raceway Park was one small step toward a successful USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season for Tyler Courtney, then Saturday night's win was a giant leap toward what could be a banner year in the series for the Indianapolis, Indiana driver.

Courtney slid by Tucker Klaasmeyer with nine laps remaining in Saturday's 30-lap "Winter Dirt Games X" feature, blasting to victory for the second time in as many nights on the 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track to become just the eighth driver to win the opening two USAC National Midget races of the season, joining Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975), Rich Vogler (1984-85), Dave Steele (2002), Brad Sweet (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011) and Rico Abreu (2014).

"It's definitely a weight lifted off my shoulders to get the season started off on the right foot," Courtney said. "We've got a great team here and the whole series is tough right now. It's a lot of fun and it's obviously the best way you can start. We've got awesome momentum going for our midget season right now as well as going into the start of the Sprint Car season next week."

Courtney was the Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier earlier in the evening, positioning him sixth for the start of the main event while Tucker Klaasmeyer started from the pole position for the second consecutive night. Just like he did a night earlier, Klaasmeyer scooted away with the lead on the opening lap that was short-lived the first time around as Vermonter Adam Pierson took a nasty tumble in turn three from which he would walk away.

Klaasmeyer was at the head of the pack on the ensuing complete restart as he tried to extend his early-race success from a night earlier when he led the opening four circuits. Klaasmeyer was class as he held control of the field, despite a couple of early yellows that forced him to regain his momentum.

The Paola, Kans. driver was up to the task each time, although Friday night winner Courtney was suddenly in the picture, sliding to second in turn two past teammate Zeb Wise momentarily. Wise countered to get back past Courtney off turn two, but Courtney answered the bell and slid back past Wise between turns three and four to retake the second spot for good on the ninth lap.

Courtney's sights were now set on Klaasmeyer for the race lead, the same as the night before. Crossing the halfway point, Courtney was searching to find a way around, high/low/middle, wherever he may roam, he was going to give it a whirl. Courtney left the bottom open on lap 18 and Chad Boat was there to capitalize to grab second off turn four. Courtney quickly whipped up a remedy to slide back past Boat heading into turn one to reclaim second.

"I was moving around a little bit to see if I could just get a run somewhere else," Courtney recalled. "Then, I moved around to the wrong spot and Chad (Boat) got a run on me on the bottom. I was able to get back by him in three and four. That showed me the bottom, so I knew if I could keep in it perfect, especially on those first couple of laps after a restart, when I ended up getting him, that would be crucial."

One lap later, fifth-running Wise lost a right rear tire, which sent him to the work area for new rubber. But it set up a lap 21 restart which Courtney utilized to make his charge to capture the lead from Klaasmeyer a lap later on the bottom of turn one.

"I got that run off four and I knew that was about the only time I was going to be able to stick it in there," Courtney continued. "I stuck it in there and it stuck. At that point, you can play your own race, run your own laps and try not to worry about anybody else. That makes it a little easier when there's only 10 laps to go instead of trying to run the whole race."

Courtney instantly stretched out his lead to 1.5 second, running the bottom of turns one and two and the middle of turns three and four with the laps dwindling, until Wise's turn two spin collected Holley Hollan to force one final restart with three laps remaining with Boat and K. Thomas just behind. K. Thomas was on the move on the final restart the previous night, racing from sixth to second in the final four laps. With K. Thomas getting around Boat a lap following the restart, Courtney inherently knew he had to be just about perfect.

"I saw him (K. Thomas) on the board, so obviously he's going to be trying something to come through there," Courtney remembered. "I was trying to be perfect those last couple laps, trying to hit my marks, because I didn't feel any pressure before the caution. I knew I was doing something right and, luckily, it worked out. (K. Thomas) got to second again. It's going to be a long season and I don't expect him to let up just as much as I won't let up. It's going to be fun."

Courtney successfully pulled off the double-dip with a half-second advantage over K. Thomas at the checkered with Boat, C.J. Leary and Klaasmeyer rounding out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tanner Carrick (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zeb Wise (Auto Meter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Zane Hendricks (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Tanner Thorson (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.817; 2. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.818; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.819; 4. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-13.841; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.922; 6. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.935; 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.004; 8. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.010; 9. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.019; 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.036; 11. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.040; 12. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.042; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.065; 14. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.120; 15. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.144; 16. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.194; 17. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.221; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-14.253; 19. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.261; 20. Sam Johnson, 19J, Reynolds/Jetson-14.269; 21. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-14.341; 22. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini/Manafort-14.514; 23. Chase Jones, 57B, Ecker-14.591; 24. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-NT; 25. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Courtney, 3. Leary, 4. T. Thomas, 5. Elledge, 6. Coons, 7. Pierson, 8. Mitchell. 1:58.77

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Carrick, 2. Boat, 3. Seavey, 4. Hollan, 5. Johnson, 6. Layser, 7. Colwell, 8. Jones. 2:01.73

AUTO METER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Wise, 2. Windom, 3. Thorson, 4. K. Thomas, 5. Hendricks, 6. Sarff, 7. Bodine, 8. Gass. 2:01.60

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Chad Boat (3), 4. C.J. Leary (4), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 6. Jesse Colwell (9), 7. Tanner Thorson (24), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Chris Windom (15), 10. Andrew Layser (7), 11. Tanner Carrick (17), 12. Tyler Thomas (16), 13. Zane Hendricks (18), 14. Karter Sarff (21), 15. Karsyn Elledge (19), 16. Jerry Coons, Jr. (8), 17. Sam Johnson (20), 18. Holley Hollan (14), 19. Ethan Mitchell (13), 20. Zeb Wise (2), 21. Noah Gass (12), 22. Cole Bodine (10), 23. Chase Jones (23), 24. Adam Pierson (22). NT ---------------------------- **Pierson flipped on the opening lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Klaasmeyer, Laps 22-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tanner Thorson (24th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Zane Hendricks

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-166, 2-K. Thomas-157, 3-Leary-138, 4-Boat-134, 5-Klaasmeyer-125, 6-Windom-121, 7-Carrick-112, 8-Thorson-111, 9-Seavey-100, 10-Colwell-96.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: March 9, 2019 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - Factory Canopies "Shamrock Classic"

 

COURTNEY CONTINUES WINTER DIRT GAMES SUCCESS IN USAC MIDGET OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 8, 2019).........Tyler Courtney continued his winning ways in "Winter Dirt Games" at Bubba Raceway Park in Friday's USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season opener.

The Indianapolis, Indiana driver was victorious in the final two races of last year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of "Winter Dirt Games" en route to his first career USAC National driving title. Kicking off the year in grand fashion is the goal of anybody with championship ambitions, and Courtney believes this a solid first step in that direction on the midget side of things aboard his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"To win anytime is important," Courtney reiterated. "To get the ball rolling this early in the year, and obviously it's early, there's lots of stuff that could happen, but you've got to get yourself put in the right spot coming out of Florida. I think it shows on the sprint car side if you put yourself in the right position starting down here, it kind of makes things a little smoother throughout the year. I think KT and I are a testament that every point counts. You've got to be on top of your game every time you hit the racetrack. I think I only won one midget race last year, so to get one out of the way now, it gives me a better opportunity to win some more throughout the year."

If there's anyone who knows that every point counts in a season-long run, even in the month of February, it's Courtney, who tied with Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the final tally for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship a year ago. And it was those two once again who were tied at the hip, side-by-side in row three for the start of the 30-lapper on the 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track.

It was Tucker Klaasmeyer, from the pole, who would lead the opening four circuits before Courtney (and C.J. Leary) put on the attack on the fifth lap. Leary worked a lane higher than Klaasmeyer, as Courtney worked underneath. In turn one, however, Courtney ripped the higher line away from Leary to get to second, then pivoted his charge toward Klaasmeyer and was able to rip around the Paola, Kansas driver for the race lead off turn four.

"C.J. got a run on me, not necessarily the high side of three and four, but I knew I needed to get up there sooner or later," Courtney recalled. "I got back around C.J. in one and two and was able to take his lane away out of three and four and was able to drive right around Tucker. This place is all about getting track position early, especially with the midgets and how close we are."

Courtney instantly stretched his lead as Leary got shuffled back to fourth, allowing Chad Boat to slide to third, then to second by Klaasmeyer on the seventh lap. As the frontrunners began to clamp down on the tail end of the field on lap 12, series Rookie of the Year contender and tenth-place-running Andrew Layser's night ended with a flat right rear tire in turn one.

"C.J. (Leary) got a run on me, not necessarily the high side of three and four, but I knew I needed to get up there sooner or later," Courtney recalled. "I got back around C.J. in one and two and was able to take his lane away out of three and four and was able to drive right around Tucker (Klaasmeyer). This place is all about getting track position early, especially with the midgets and how close we are." (Al Steinberg Photo)

As Courtney would continuously showcase throughout the main event, every restart was on point, as he distanced himself from Boat time and time again, constructing a 1.5 second lead past the halfway mark. Courtney would continue to add to his lead incrementally until traffic was in near-sight, when Zane Hendricks' left rear tire went away, forcing him to a stop in turn one.

Not to be deterred, Courtney busted out on the lap 20 restart, ratcheting up the interval to one second initially and then to two seconds with five to go when Adam Pierson came to a rest in turn two, forcing one final restart for Courtney to conquer. Leary was able to work his way to second underneath Boat in turn two on the 27th lap, but Courtney was clear and gone once again.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. made a stirring charge from sixth to second in the final four laps to claim the runner-up spot behind Courtney, who captured his sixth career series win, putting him in a 12-way tie for 100th all-time. K. Thomas finished second ahead of Chris Windom, Leary and Zeb Wise.

It was Courtney's third consecutive win in his three most recent appearances at Bubba Raceway Park. It's a track that seems fitted not only to his liking, but also to the CMR crew, who certainly have proved they know how to prepare a car to run up front at this place with three of their four pilots finishing in the top-five Friday night, including Courtney at the top.

"I think it kind of fits my style," Courtney said. "Tim (Clauson) on the midget side has them going really good down here, and Rizzy (Tyler Ransbottom) on our sprint car stuff, they obviously work with each other, so we've got a really good feel for this place. I'm just fortunate to be driving them. It's a really good start to the year with our new NOS Energy Drink partnership. This is a fun racetrack and I've taken a liking to it. I won't complain about that."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boat (Auto Meter Third Heat Winner), Sam Johnson (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Tyler Thomas (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Ethan Mitchell (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Karter Sarff (ProSource Hard Work Award).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.773; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.801; 3. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.860; 4. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.872; 5. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.875; 6. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-13.898; 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.906; 8. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-13.926; 9. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.931; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.937; 11. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.950; 12. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-13.960; 13. Sam Johnson, 19J, Reynolds/Jetson-13.961; 14. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.971; 15. Chase Jones, 57B, Ecker-14.000; 16. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.002; 17. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.008; 18. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-14.009; 19. Steve Buckwalter, 0, Buckwalter-14.047; 20. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.078; 21. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.085; 22. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini/Manafort-14.095; 23. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-14.151; 24. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.188; 25. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.512; 26. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-15.714; 27. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-(Time of 13.879 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Coons, 4. Carrick, 5. Colwell, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Johnson, 8. Elledge, 9. Pierson. 1:58.89

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Seavey, 4. Bodine, 5. Windom, 6. Layser, 7. Hollan, 8. Cling, 9. Akard.

AUTO METER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. Thorson, 3. Leary, 4. Wise, 5. Sarff, 6. Gass, 7. Hendricks, 8. Mitchell, 9. Jones. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Johnson, 2. Layser, 3. Hollan, 4. Elledge, 5. Hendricks, 6. Pierson, 7. Gass, 8. Mitchell, 9. Jones, 10. Buckwalter, 11. Cling, 12. Akard. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (11), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Zeb Wise (9), 6. Tanner Carrick (3), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 8. Chad Boat (4), 9. Tanner Thorson (17), 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 11. Cole Bodine (8), 12. Logan Seavey (14), 13. Tyler Thomas (16), 14. Jesse Colwell (15), 15. Sam Johnson (13), 16. Karsyn Elledge (21), 17. Karter Sarff (22), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. Zane Hendricks (12), 20. Adam Pierson (19), 21. Andrew Layser (7), 22. Noah Gass (20). ---------------------------- **Mitchell flipped during the third heat. Cling flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Klaasmeyer, Laps 5-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (11th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tyler Thomas

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Ethan Mitchell

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Karter Sarff

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-83, 2-K. Thomas-81, 3-Windom-68, 4-Leary-68, 5-Wise-63, 6-Carrick-63, 7-Boat-61, 8-Klaasmeyer-59, 9-Thorson-53, 10-Coons-49.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 9, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

 

 

KEVIN THOMAS, JR. LEADS ALL IN OCALA MIDGET PRACTICE NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 7, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. led all 26 drivers on hand during Thursday's USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship/"Winter Dirt Games X" practice night at Bubba Raceway Park.

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas, in his Petry Motorsports/Bolted Spine Designs - Petry Excavating - Gray Auto/Bullet/Speedway Toyota, set the time in the first of the four sessions with a time of 14.263. C.J. Leary was second at 14.305, followed by Chris Windom (14.420), Chase Jones (14.427) and Tyler Courtney (14.450).

Thomas began his 2018 campaign with Petry, winning a pair of midget races on the 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track.

Past series champion Tanner Thorson (2016) was eighth at 14.468, while 2006-07 titlist Jerry Coons, Jr. was tenth and reigning series king Logan Seavey was 22nd.

A full slate of racing for the USAC NOS Energy National Midgets are on tap the next two nights, Friday and Saturday, February 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park. Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day. Grandstands open at 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 7, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

PRACTICE: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-14.263; 2. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-14.305; 3. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.420; 4. Chase Jones, 57B, Ecker-14.427; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.450; 6. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.454; 7. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.459; 8. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-14.468; 9. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini/Manafort-14.544; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.587; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.595; 12. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.636; 13. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-14.647; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 0, Buckwalter-14.654; 15. Sterling Cling, 35, Petry-14.669; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.676; 17. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.698; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-14.838; 19. Sam Johnson, 19J, Reynolds/Jetson-14.898; 20. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.943; 21. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.014; 22. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.014; 23. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.066; 24. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.120; 25. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.218; 26. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.524.

 

 

WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT ENTRY LIST RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 6, 2019).........The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car openers from Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida bring with it a slew of talented drivers in a deep field for "Winter Dirt Games X" on February 14-15-16.

Eight of the expected drivers are previous "Winter Dirt Games" winners, including 2018 opening night winner Chase Stockon of Ft. Branch, Ind. and reigning series champ Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., who tallied the final two nights of last year's event in Ocala.

Ione, California's Justin Grant captured the opener in 2017 and closed last season on a tear with five victories in a seven-race stretch. Fellow Californian Robert Ballou of Rocklin is back in action, winning three "Winter Dirt Games" features between 2015 and 2016. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. has a single win in the mini-series when the latter half was held at East Bay Raceway Park in 2015.

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. picked up an Ocala victory in 2015 while Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon opened the 2014 season with a "w," then scored again the following year in 2015 in Ocala. The all-time winningest "Winter Dirt Games" driver, Damion Gardner, returns for the first time in seven years as he looks to tack on to his incredible five victories, all of which he earned in the first six races of the series between 2010 and 2012.

Several USAC National Sprint Car feature winners aiming to taste their first victory at Ocala include Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Daron Clayton (Sikeston, Mo.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Chad Boespflug (Hanford, Calif.).

Past USAC National Sprint Car Rookies of the Year Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.), Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, N.C.) and Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind) are entered along with 2019 RoY hopeful Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, Okla.). Series veteran Tom Harris of Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom is the lone representative from outside of the U.S.A. and the only female, Katlynn Leer of Moulton, Iowa.

Indiana representatives Dakota Jackson (Elizabethtown), Kent Schmidt (Owensville), Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute), Matt Goodnight (Winchester), Stephen Schnapf (Newburgh) and Dustin Christie (Washington) are entered along with Oklahoma's Noah Gass (Mounds), Ohio's Travis Hery (Piqua) and Paul Dues (Minster), Pennsylvania's Joey Biasi (Mary D) and Florida's own Frank Carlsson (Oxford).

Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Thursday/Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday. An open practice session will take place a day before the action starts from 7-10pm.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC SPRINT TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST
B1 Joey Biasi / Mary D, PA
3 Dakota Jackson / Elizabethtown, IN
3R Kyle Cummins / Princeton, IN
4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA
5 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN
5G Chris Windom / Canton, IL
5K Kent Schmidt / Owensville, IN
5o Daron Clayton / Sikeston, MO
7 Timmy Buckwalter / Douglassville, PA
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN
12 Robert Ballou / Rocklin, CA
18 Jarett Andretti / Mooresville, NC
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL
19AZ C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN
20 Damion Gardner / Concord, CA
20G Noah Gass / Mounds, OK
20x Frank Carlsson / Oxford, FL
21 Carson Short / Marion, IL
21H Travis Hery / Piqua, OH
27 Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK
28 Brandon Mattox / Terre Haute, IN
32 Chase Stockon / Ft. Branch, IN
33m Matt Westfall / Pleasant Hill, OH
39 Matt Goodnight / Winchester, IN
52 Isaac Chapple / Willow Branch, IN
61m Stephen Schnapf / Newburgh, IN
69 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK
71p Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK
75 Dustin Christie / Washington, IN
77K Katlynn Leer / Moulton, IA
84 Tom Harris / Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK
87 Paul Dues / Minster, OH
98e Chad Boespflug / Hanford, CA

 

 

SILLY SEASON BRINGS NEW COMBOS
FOR 2019 USAC MIDGET SLATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 6, 2019).........As the world turns, so does the pit area of the USAC NOS Energy Midget National Championship.

Following a "silly season" that saw a number of top competitors changing scenery, switching rides or, for some, standing pat, let's review some of the new digs and combinations for the 2019 season, beginning this weekend with the series' debut on Feb. 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for "Winter Dirt Games X."

Despite the seismic shift that occurred with many drivers and teams over the offseason, seven of the top-ten in last year's final point standings are returning to the same mounts they were in last year, including the top-four. Sutter, California's Logan Seavey, the 2018 champ, is back in the seat of the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian No. 67 as he tries to become the first back-to-back USAC National Midget champ since Bryan Clauson in 2010-11.

Tanner Carrick is back with KKM in the No. 71K as is Tucker Klaasmeyer in No. 27 along with newcomers, Rookie of the Year hopefuls Jesse Colwell in the No. 71 and Holley Hollan in the No. 67K, who replace Ryan Robinson and Holly Shelton in those seats, respectively. Meanwhile, Spencer Bayston, the 2017 series champ for KKM, vacates his ride to pursue sprint car opportunities. Sam Johnson, a Rookie with KKM last year, transfers over to the Reynolds/Jetson Motorsports No. 19J on a part-time basis with USAC.

Runner-up Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. returns to the Tucker/Boat Motorsports No. 84 as the longest-tenured driver in terms of consecutive races for the same team and same car number, a streak that dates to the beginning of the 2016 season. Joining him is series Rookie Karsyn Elledge of Mooresville, N.C. in No. 1. Zane Hendricks made seven starts for Tucker/Boat last season, but now will run his own operation in car No. 27z, bidding for Rookie of the Year honors in 2019.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon has been with FMR Racing since 2016, but the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist has taken a step away from the No. 76m on a full-time basis for 2019 and will compete in a team car to new full-time pilot C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. for a handful of starts this year.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney is back for his third-straight campaign in the Clauson Marshall Racing No. 7BC following a fourth-place finish in the points a year ago. Likewise, CMR teammate Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. is back in the No. 39BC for a second full-season run after becoming the series' youngest-ever winner in 2018.

Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser has made eight starts over the past two seasons for Alex Bright Racing, but now joins CMR in the No. 47BC. Chris Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champ out of Canton, Ill. has been tabbed as the driver of the No. 17BC for CMR, a seat occupied in 2018 by Cole Bodine and Justin Grant. Grant, of Ione, Calif., has changed addresses to the RAMS Racing team for 2019 on a part-time basis with the series.

Bodine, a Rossville, Ind. native, who made seven starts for the CMR in 2018, has moved to the Petry Motorsports No. 15, replacing Jason McDougal. USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. will race the Petry No. 25 for a fourth consecutive year. Sterling Cling of Tempe, Ariz. joins the team for a full-season in the No. 35. Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. returns to the team in No. 5 after beginning last season with Petry, where the pair earned a pair of non-USAC-sanctioned wins in Ocala, before shifting to Joe Dooling's No. 63. The Dooling team ceased operations during the tail end of 2018 and the Thomas/Petry combo reunited forces for the 2019 year.

Tanner Thorson made his initial mark with KKM in the mid-2010s, winning the series title in 2016. After he and the team parted ways at the conclusion of the 2017 season, the Minden, Nevada drive returned for a handful of appearances in 2018 in the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c, including a runner-up finish at Lawrenceburg Speedway during "Indiana Midget Week." He's back in that car for a full season campaign in 2019 while Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas will go for the title aboard his familiar Brian Thomas No. 91T.

Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day at Ocala. Grandstands open at 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC MIDGET TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST:
0 Steve Buckwalter / Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)
1 Karsyn Elledge / Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom / Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19J Sam Johnson / St. Peters, MO (Reynolds/Jetson Motorsports)
19M Ethan Mitchell / Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 Noah Gass / Mounds, OK (Noah Gass)
21 Karter Sarff / Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer / Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
47BC Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
57 Chase Jones / Greenwood, IN (Bill Ecker)
67 Logan Seavey / Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan / Tulsa, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 Jesse Colwell / Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick / Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
74M Adam Pierson / East Corinth, VT (Mancini/Manafort Racing)
76M C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (FMR Racing)
84 Chad Boat / Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
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WINTER DIRT GAMES X LIVE ON FLORACING.COM

Ocala, Florida (February 5, 2019).........A new era for USAC racing begins this weekend as FloRacing.com will live stream the opening rounds of "Winter Dirt Games X" for both the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (Feb. 8-9) and AMSOIL National Sprint Cars (Feb. 14-15-16) at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Veteran motorsports announcer Sean Buckley will be on the microphone for all the events throughout the season on the live FloRacing.com broadcasts, which includes more than 80+ races from coast-to-coast between the Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions.

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Three past series champions are expected to compete including reigning king Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., a three-time winner on the trail a year ago who returns to the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable. Jerry Coons, Jr., the 2008 champ from Tucson, Ariz. is back with Petry Motorsports while 2016 titlist Tanner Thorson returns to make a run at another driver championship aboard the Tri-C Motorsports machine.

Also on board for the Florida openers include a list of drivers who've racked up a number of USAC National Midget feature wins over the past several seasons, including Steve Buckwalter of Royersford, Pa., Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind., Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. and Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. Plus, USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown standouts Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind, just to name a few.

Pits open at 3pm Eastern each day. Grandstand open at 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday. Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

 

 

USAC MIDGET ROOKIE CLASS AIMS TO MAKE THEIR MARK IN 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 5, 2019).........Coming off a year in which a Rookie stormed into USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition to win three races and the series title, your eyes have to be focused on who can rise up to the challenge to, perhaps, repeat what Logan Seavey did a year ago.

Nine drivers thus far have indicated his or her intention to compete on the full series' trail, a substantially-talented class of individuals who can certainly challenge for victories right off the bat beginning this weekend, February 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for "Winter Dirt Games X."

The first driver drawn to attention is Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, whose seven career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins and pair of Silver Crown scores are evident of the talent he possesses. Though he's only made six USAC Midget starts in his career (8 career starts or less maintains a drivers Rookie status with the series), also consider the car he's jumping into, the FMR Racing No. 76m, is the one in which Brady Bacon utilized to score five wins over the past three seasons, including the 2018 "BC39" at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is sure to be a potent combo.

Cole Bodine got his feet wet with the series in 2018, making seven starts for Clauson Marshall Racing, beginning with a substitution role for the injured Zeb Wise in mid-summer. The Rossville, Ind. native was impressive, nearly pulling off the victory in just his fourth start at Sweet Springs (Mo.) Motorsports Complex, leading 28 of 40 laps and finishing second to eventual champ Seavey. This year, Bodine moves to the Petry Motorsports stable alongside Southwest Sprint Car and off-road racing veteran Sterling Cling of Tempe, Ariz. Bodine and Cling will have an opportunity to learn alongside two of the best in USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Seavey has a pair of new Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Rookie teammates who hope to emulate some of what he was able to accomplish in his maiden season last year. Red Bluff, California's Jesse Colwell raced his way into a coveted opportunity and flourished in that role with a solid 12th place finish in his lone start in the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. Holley Hollan of Tulsa, Okla. made three starts in 2018 as she enters the ring for a full-time run with the series this year. Fun Fact: six of the past eight Rookies of the Year have come from the KKM team.

Fellow female competitor Karsyn Elledge of Mooresville, N.C. has quite the racing pedigree as the granddaughter of Dale Earnhardt and niece of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but the criminal justice major at IUPUI aims to make her own mark in midget racing aboard a Tucker/Boat Motorsports ride as a teammate to 2018 series runner-up Chad Boat.

The Mooresville, N.C. roots run further with Ethan Mitchell, a four-time starter with the series a year ago. But now with a little bit of experience under his belt, he's gunning to up the ante on a more expanded basis in his Bundy Built Motorsports Honda.

There was actually another Rookie driver to taste victory for the first time with the USAC Midgets in 2018 in the talented Zeb Wise, who became the youngest winner ever in the series at Lanco last August. This time, Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser steps into that Rookie role for Clauson Marshall Racing. Layser has started eight events over the past two seasons as a regular with the Eastern series, including an 8th and a 6th in "Eastern Midget Week" races at Lanco and BAPS, respectively.

In addition to the wins, titles and accolades for Seavey last year, he pulled off the rare feat of also being named Rookie of the Year in both the USAC National Midget and Sprint series in the same season. At press time, Stillwater, Oklahoma's Zane Hendricks is the only driver aiming to replicate that feat as he sets off to run the complete schedule in both series, for Matt Goodnight in the sprint car and his own midget for the 2019 campaign.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 

 

WINDOM BEGINS USAC TRIPLE CROWN QUEST THIS WEEKEND IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 4, 2019).........In the long, storied history of the United States Auto Club, only six drivers have been able to claim the title of USAC Triple Crown champion by winning the USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget championships during their career.

In 2019, Chris Windom aims to become the next in line to take his shot at becoming the seventh as he climbs into the seat of the Clauson Marshall Racing No. 17BC for a full-season run with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship tour.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., captured the Silver Crown title in 2016 followed a year later by the Sprint Car title in 2017. That put him two-thirds of the way toward the Triple Crown - the most coveted reward in terms of versatility between the varying open wheel cars of USAC's three national divisions.

In the early years of USAC, several races in each division overlapped each other, preventing drivers from being able to chase multiple titles within a single season. Pancho Carter was the first to reach the milestone, doing so all in different years. Following a midget title in 1972, he collected Sprint championships in 1974 and 1976 before his Silver Crown championship in 1978.

It was another 17 years before the accomplishment would be replicated by Tony Stewart in 1995, who achieved the unthinkable by snaring all three titles in the same season, capitalizing on a 1994 season in which he was the USAC National Midget king. Dave Darland picked up titles in the reverse order of the size of the car, winning the Silver Crown championship in 1997, Sprint in 1999 and Midget in 2001-02.

In 2003, J.J. Yeley signed on to drive for Tony Stewart's sprint team following a Silver Crown title aboard the Stewart and Bob East-owned Silver Crown ride the year before in 2002. Yeley repeated Stewart's feat in '03 in record fashion, with 24 total victories between the three National divisions, a USAC single-season record, on his way to tiles in Stewart-owned Sprint and Silver Crown cars and the same Steve Lewis midget team that Stewart competed for in 1995.

Jerry Coons, Jr. was able to record his four championships in three different USAC series in quick succession during the mid to late-2000s, winning back-to-back midget titles in 2006-07. He then reeled off both the Sprint and Silver Crown championships in 2008, the first to get both in the same season since Yeley in 2003.

Tracy Hines entered the ring of champions with the Silver Crown series in 2000, then snagged a Sprint title in 2002 and it seemed as if the National Midget title was a foregone conclusion to belong to him at some point in his career. However, after 14 top-five finishes in the USAC National Midget final standings, his long-awaited crown finally arrived in 2015.

Though primarily known for his prowess in sprint cars and Silver Crown cars, Windom does possess 92 career USAC National Midget feature starts since 2007, the bulk of which came toward the beginning of his career. He finished runner-up at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway as Kyle Larson won his first career series race. In 2012, he finished second behind Wilke-Pak teammate Brady Bacon in the "Hut Hundred" at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. and was fast qualifier at Bloomington.

In USAC Regional Midget action, though, Windom has won twice - at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2008 and at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 2016.

Last year, Windom made two Midget starts and takes over the ride formerly driven by Justin Grant and Cole Bodine in 2018. Grant won in the car last summer during the "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb.

At press time, Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr. are the only drivers to have secured full-time rides for all three USAC National divisions in 2019.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

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TALENT-LADEN USAC MIDGET FIELD SET
TO TAKE ON OCALA FOR WINTER DIRT GAMES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (January 31, 2019).........The beginning of a new year brings a myriad of new rides, new colors, new names and new faces when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship arrives at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the series debut at the 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track on Feb. 8-9.

Three past series champions are expected to compete including reigning king Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., a three-time winner on the trail a year ago who returns to the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable. Jerry Coons, Jr., the 2008 champ from Tucson, Ariz. is back with Petry Motorsports while 2016 titlist Tanner Thorson returns to make a run at another driver championship aboard the Tri-C Motorsports machine.

Both Seavey and Coons are one piece of powerful teams who have found success in the series. The KKM team has won eight-straight USAC Midget titles, but 2019 marks a sea change for the team with new drivers joining the fray. Tucker Klaasmeyer of Paola, Kans. returns as does Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick while series Rookie of the Year contenders Holley Hollan (Tulsa, Okla.) and Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) enter their first campaigns.

Along with Coons, Petry boasts a lineup of some of the biggest names in USAC racing today, including Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., who swept both midget feature events in Ocala a year ago. Impressive newcomer Cole Bodine of Rossville, Ind. has moved from to the Petry team along with fellow Rookie, and sprint car/off-road racing veteran, Sterling Cling from Tempe, Ariz.

The Clauson/Marshall team has reloaded with a loaded lineup of defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. and USAC National Midgets' youngest-ever feature winner Zeb Wise from Angola, Ind. returning to the fold. Meanwhile, 2017 USAC National Sprint Car and 2016 Silver Crown champ Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. has landed a CMR ride along with Rookie of the Year contender, Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser.

They join USAC National winners Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), Sprint Car and Silver Crown standout C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and 2018 National Midget runner-up Chad Boat (Tucker/Boat Motorsports in a star-studded "Winter Dirt Games X" Midget field.

Boat's teammate Karsyn Elledge of Mooreville, N.C. is one of two females expected to compete. Another set of teammates, Sam Johnson of St. Peters, Mo. and Karter Sarff of Mason City, Ill. have a combined age of 31 as they set course on the USAC Midget trail in 2019 for owner Steve Reynolds.

A handful of drivers made a number of USAC National Midget appearances last year and looking to start off the new season on the right foot include Ethan Mitchell of Mooresville, N.C., Zane Hendricks of Stillwater, Okla., Chase Jones of Greenwood, Ind. and Adam Pierson, all the way from East Corinth, Vt. as one of 13 states represented along with Noah Gass of Mounds, Okla. and local Florida driver Oliver Akard from Ft. Myers.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

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"WINTER DIRT GAMES X" USAC MIDGET TENTATIVE ENTRY LIST:
0 Steve Buckwalter / Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)
1 Karsyn Elledge / Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
15 Cole Bodine / Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom / Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19J Sam Johnson / St. Peters, MO (Reynolds/Jetson Motorsports)
19M Ethan Mitchell / Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 Noah Gass / Mounds, OK (Noah Gass)
21 Karter Sarff / Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer / Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z Zane Hendricks / Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks)
35 Sterling Cling / Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
47BC Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
57 Chase Jones / Greenwood, IN (Bill Ecker)
67 Logan Seavey / Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan / Tulsa, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 Jesse Colwell / Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick / Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
74M Adam Pierson / East Corinth, VT (Mancini/Manafort Racing)
76M C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (FMR Racing)
84 Chad Boat / Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91T Tyler Thomas / Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)

 

 

MIDGET CHAMP THORSON RETURNS FOR USAC TITLE RUN IN 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 30, 2019).........Tanner Thorson will return full-time to the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in 2019 as the 2016 titlist makes a run at another crown for Clyde Lamar's Tri-C Motorsports team when the series makes its season debut February 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for "Winter Dirt Games X."

Thorson, of Minden, Nev., owns 12 career USAC National Midget feature wins and ran just a handful of shows last season, finishing in the top-five twice, including a 2nd place run at Lawrenceburg and a 5th at Putnamville during "Indiana Midget Week," in only five starts.

In 2018, Thorson focused on his duties in NASCAR's Truck Series (where he made 11 starts) and in Lamar's wing sprint car out west. But there was the pull of midget racing that lured him back in based on his driving style, but also because that's where he's accrued much success since he came onto the scene driving for Keith Kunz in 2013, making 92 USAC Midget starts for the team and finishing in the top-five in 42 of those appearances.

"I feel like midget racing translates to my driving style a lot better than just about anything I run," Thorson explained. I love running wing cars and I feel like we're really fast there, but there's something about a midget that has my heart, just like Christopher (Bell), Kyle (Larson) and Rico (Abreu), they love to get back and run them. It helps when you have a fast car to get back into; it helps the mindset a little bit and just makes it easier in the long run."

Thorson's bid for a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget title in 2019 comes on the heels of a top-ten run in Lamar's No. 3c at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. earlier this month in which he felt he and the team made big strides, building off what they developed throughout their debut season a year ago.

"Lee (Lindgren) and I have already created some chemistry as far as him being my crew chief," Thorson said. "We worked together back in 2015 on a sprint car deal and I think that's part of why everything clicked so well right off the bat last year with the sprint and midget."

Thorson credits the base of knowledge that has helped him get acclimated to his run with the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team between 2013 and 2017.

"Racing for Keith (Kunz) for five years and Rusty (Kunz) at the Chili Bowl, and a couple races after that, definitely helped with the midget side of our team to start off with a fast car," Thorson continued. "I feel like having the time with those guys and them teaching me has done a lot."

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 

 

FATHEADZ NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF SUMAR CLASSIC; ADDS QUICK TIME CASH PLUS BONUSES

Speedway, Indiana (January 30, 2019).........Fatheadz Eyewear has come on board for the 2019 season to honor the driver each night who sets fast time in every USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget event throughout the year.

In addition, Fatheadz will be the title sponsor of the April 14 "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown race at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track, adding to the purse for the 19th running of the 100-lapper as well as additional prize money added to the purses of the three one-mile dirt ovals on the Silver Crown schedule: the "Hoosier Hundred" on May 23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds; the "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on August 17; and the "Ted Horn 100" at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds on September 1.

AMSOIL enters its tenth season as the title sponsor of the USAC Sprint Car National Championship. NOS Energy Drink begins its first year as the title sponsor of the USAC Midget National Championship.

Entering the fold as heat race sponsors for all USAC National events in 2019 include Simpson Race Products for heat race 1, Competition Suspension, Inc. on heat 2, newcomer Auto Meter on heat 3 and Indy Race Parts for heat race 4.

Wilwood Brakes is on-board with the driver who finishes 13th in each National feature event as well as Saldana Racing Products, who will boost the spirits of the first non-transfer each night (the driver finishing one position out of the final transfer spot during the night's semi-feature. In addition, Saldana will reward any National Sprint and National Midget driver who performs a "sweep" of all the racing events for the night. The driver must record the fastest qualifying time during time trials, win his or her heat race, then conclude the night with a feature victory. KSE Racing Products will run through the pack to honor each event's hard charger (the driver who advances the most positions from their original starting spot during the night's main event).

Hoosier Tire serves as the official tire of USAC while VP Racing Fuels returns as the official fuel and Racing Electronics is the official communications provider. iRacing is the official motorsport simulation of USAC.

Longtime supporters Roger and Barb Tapy will supply a Hoosier Right Rear tire to the driver who qualifies 13th quickest during time trials of every USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget division opens up Feb. 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. while the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season begins a week later at the same venue on Feb. 14-15-16. The USAC Silver Crown season starts March 22-23 at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tenn.

 

 

REVITALIZED GRANT EAGER FOR SOLID START IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 30, 2019).........Last year was one of the most challenging seasons of Justin Grant's racing career. A year that began with high hopes for he and TOPP Motorsports early on in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season was hindered by mounting frustration and a lack of wins.

"We started out with pretty high hopes," Grant recalled. "Sunshine (Tyler Courtney) had stepped out of the car and had been winning races. I had stepped away from the McGhee car and we were winning races as well. I figured once we got together, we'd come out swinging, but it just didn't work out that way."

But like any good redemption story, this story doesn't end short of the finish line. Justin and TOPP knew they were fast, but the results just didn't show that. Team owner Kevin Birchmeier stood by crew chief Mark Shambarger and Grant with the feeling that victories were going to come. Everything just had to jell.

"When things finally turned around, they really turned around," Grant exclaimed. "We won a lot of races in a short amount of time."

And boy did they ever!

Throughout the season, the team spent time in the shop, going through a bunch of little things they found here and there, making this and that a little better, just kicking away at things in an effort to get back on the road of success.

Though they appeared to have turned the corner during the second half of the season in terms of speed, a spell of engine troubles arrived, creating yet another hurdle to overcome, but things were close, and they knew it.

Grant set quick time and won his heat during September's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, and was running second and closing on race leader Courtney with the prevailing thought that this could be their breakthrough night. However, all those hopes and dreams ended in shambles against the turn two concrete with four laps remaining following what Grant described as a driver error.

Despite the setback, all hope was not lost. Grant and the team rolled into the "Sprint Car Smackdown" finale at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway just five days later with a sense of growing confidence.

"We left Eldora with a feeling that we could win these races," Grant said. "We've got the car, we've got the package and we're fast."

Grant proceeded to win the "King of the Hill" duel, which garnered him a starting position from the pole for the $10,000-to-win 40-lapper.

"We can win this thing," Grant remembered thinking. "We felt like we had the best car there, which we hadn't felt all season with the exception of Eldora the week before."

Grant proceeded to lead all 40 laps in dominating fashion. The confidence part that had weighed on Grant and the team's minds all season was now gone. Now it was time to go do just what they set out to do without any inhibitions.

"Part of it was getting that weight off our shoulders," Grant admitted. "Then it's just about going out and doing our job. I don't have to prove anything. Now that we've done it, let's keep doing our job. We just caught a lot of momentum there. We'd spent all season to that point getting kicked around and not running very good; once we did get rolling, we were pretty hungry."

Grant closed out that weekend with another $10-Grand win in the "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, then traveled westward to capture the opening night of the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway, then recorded two more on the first two nights of the "Oval Nationals" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Ultimately, Grant would win five races in a seven-race stretch - the most successful run of any driver during a seven-race span in the series for 2018.

Ending on a strong note brings newborn confidence for Grant and TOPP coming into 2019 as they intend to pick up where they left off at the Feb. 14-15-16 "Winter Dirt Games X" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., the site of Grant's season-opening victory in 2017.

"I'm really optimistic coming into Florida," Grant said. "I was optimistic last year, but not for any real reason. This year, we have some evidence to back up being that optimistic."

One of the big reasons for the confidence boost is that, for a change, Grant returns to the same team he ran all last season for, giving them a year of experience under their belts to know how to communicate and bring the best out of each other. It's certainly something they can use a stepping stone to achieve bigger and better things right from the start in 2019.

"Somebody tolerated me for two years in a row," Grant said with a laugh. "It's huge not having to learn the team and the team learning you and trying to mesh with the crew chief. When you have all that done already, you can just focus on winning races. You're not worried about all the little things. Everybody's so fast and has such good equipment right now, it really comes down to who meshes the best. It's not necessarily who has the best stuff anymore. That obviously still plays into it, but these last couple years, more than ever, confidence in yourself and your team plays a bigger part."

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on both Thursday and Friday, February 14-15 and at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 

 

SEASON OPENERS A HARBINGER OF SUCCESS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 29, 2019).........Ahh, the season opener. The time of the year when confidence is as pristine as a brand-new racecar hitting the track for the initial time. It's a time for a new beginning. Or a continuation of last year's triumphs or, ahem, tribulations.

When the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship rolls into Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the first race of the new year on February 8-9, these notions will be in full effect as teams and drivers get set to tackle the unknown - the dawn of a new season.

Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. arrives as the reigning series champ, and with his talent aboard the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian ride, he is certainly one of the odds-on favorites, not only for the season-opening victory, but also to take the season's crown.

One of the aspects that is constantly harped on is getting off to a good start. You have to get off to a good start, they say. That part is certainly true, unshockingly. Only once in past 17 seasons has an eventual USAC National Midget champion finished outside of the top-ten in the season-opening feature event: Spencer Bayston's 12th at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin in 2017.

In this decade alone, 2010-2018, seven of the nine champions finished inside the top-five in the season-opening race, including three victories: Bryan Clauson at Dodge City (Kans.) Raceway Park in 2011, Rico Abreu at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 2014 and Logan Seavey just last year at the Southern Illinois Center.

Outside of those previously mentioned, Clauson grabbed a 6th in the first race of 2010, Darren Hagen was 4th in 2012, Christopher Bell 3rdin 2013, Tracy Hines 2nd in 2015 and Tanner Thorson 7th in 2016.

The recent success of champions winning season openers three times in the last eight years is a fairly recent phenomenon. Prior to 2011, it had only occurred four times in the first 55 years of USAC: Mel Kenyon in 1968, Rich Vogler in 1978 and Steve Lotshaw the following year in 1979, incidentally all coming at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Memorial Coliseum. Jason Leffler won his under the sunshine at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in 1999.

Seavey, however, has two statistical tasks at hand to deal with. There's also been seven USAC National Midget champions from the previous season who've opened up the next year in victory lane: Kenyon in 1968, Jimmy Caruthers in 1971 and Rich Vogler in 1984 - all at Fort Wayne; plus, Russ Gamester in 1990 at Chicago's Rosemont Horizon (former home of the DePaul Blue Demons basketball team); Leffler in 1999 and J.J. Yeley in 2004, both at Phoenix; with Clauson being the most recent in 2011 at Dodge City on his way to defense of both statistical categories.

Seavey can replicate the stats of Kenyon, Leffler and Clauson as the only driver to win the season opener on the road to a USAC National Midget title and also win the following year's season opener - an exclusive trio of some of the greatest drivers to ever sit behind the wheel of a midget, an achievement Seavey could chip his way toward during his sophomore USAC season of 2019.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make its debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

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DARLAND TO CHASE USAC SPRINT TRAIL WITH BRISCOE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 29, 2019).........Dave Darland has teamed with Chase Briscoe Racing to compete on the 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail, beginning with the season-opening "Winter Dirt Games X" on Feb. 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

"I'm excited," Darland exclaimed in the team's press release. "They have a great team with Chase, Kevin (Briscoe), Brady Short and Brent Deweese. I'm certainly looking forward to it; it is a great opportunity for me."

The Lincoln, Indiana native is coming off a rejuvenated season in which he won three times in USAC competition at Bloomington, Putnamville and Haubstadt, Ind. while Briscoe's team won once with driver Thomas Meseraull during "Indiana Sprint Week" at Kokomo.

The pairing of Darland and Briscoe marks the combination of two of the most successful names of sprint car racing in the Midwest over the past several decades. Darland, of course, is the most prolific driver in the history of the series in terms of feature wins (62) and starts and is one of six USAC Triple Crown champs to have won the Silver Crown (1997), National Sprint (1999) and National Midget titles (2001-02) in his career.

Team namesake Chase Briscoe, meanwhile, is the grandson of famed car owner Richard Briscoe, who owns eight USAC National Sprint Car feature wins dating back to 1984 with drivers Jack Hewitt and Richard's son, Kevin, who raced the No. 5 to six USAC Sprint wins, the most recent of which came in 2004.

Kevin is a contemporary of Darland with the two competing against each other on numerous occasions throughout their careers. Now after all these decades spent trying to beat each other, Darland and Briscoe are on the same side and aiming to be in victory lane together.

"Kevin and I go back a long way," Darland reminisced. "We're similar in same age and kind of started around the same time, in the same way. When I was growing up, watching his cars run, I know Richard (Briscoe) has owned some great teams. Being associated with the Briscoes for the first time in my career is a good feeling. Being 52 years old and getting a good solid ride like this, at my age, makes me feel good and I plan on giving them 100% every night."

Like his father, ARCA titlist and past NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe has competed on track against Darland as well. Having the most-accomplished driver in the history of the series in most every statistical category has always been a goal for the Briscoe family, and in 2019, that time has arrived.

"I can't wait to have Dave in the car," Chase Briscoe said. "When it comes to USAC competition, you can't find anyone more accomplished or better with the fans. There is a reason he is called the "People's Champ." Dave is someone I've looked up to throughout my career and it's going to be so cool to have him in the car. My Grandpa has always said that Dave is the one driver he always wanted to have drive for him, and it never worked out, so it's really neat for our whole family for this to come full circle. I'm confident Dave will continue to put our car up front and battle for wins. Hopefully we can get a little more sponsorship put together and contend for the USAC National title."

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on both Thursday and Friday, February 14-15 and at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 


 

USAC WESTERN ROOKIES TO BE CELEBRATED AT FEBRUARY 16TH LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET

By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 28, 2019... As part of the upcoming celebration at the USAC Western Awards Banquet, the drivers that earned “Rookie of the Year” honors will be recognized. The festivities will be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 16th.

Joel Rayborne, Britton Bock, Tyler Most, and Kyle Beilman are among numerous drivers, car owners, and special award recipients with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, Western States Midget, and Western Speed 2 US Midget divisions.

Open all racers, crews, family, friends, and fans, the annual event will begin with cocktails at noon, lunch at 1:00pm, and followed by the awards ceremony. The ticket order form is online at westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf and must be received by February 11th.

Rayborne (West Covina, CA) placed sixteenth in the final AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car point standings.

Bock (Calistoga, CA) scored seven top-10 finishes and finished eighth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase.

Most (Peoria, AZ) claimed eighth in the final Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car points and posted four top-10 finishes.

Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) had two top-10 finishes on his way to seventh in the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget point standings.

Champion drivers being honored include “The Demon” Damion Gardner (CRA Sprint Car), Austin Liggett (West Coast Sprint Car), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (SouthWest Sprint Car), Michael Faccinto (Western States Midget), Adam Lemke (Western Speed 2 US Midget Overall and Western Speed 2 US Pavement Midget), and Tyler Slay (Western Speed 2 US Pavement Midget). These drivers were also honored at the USAC “Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 7th.

The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is located at 129 East Fremont Street in Las Vegas Nevada and for more hotel information, visit www.goldennugget.com/las-vegas or call 800.331.5731. A hotel room discount rate has been reserved using the group code GSUSACW.

 

 

THE DEMON RETURNS TO WINTER DIRT GAMES AFTER SEVEN-YEAR ABSENCE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (January 28, 2019).........Damion Gardner, the winningest driver in the history of Winter Dirt Games, returns with the intention to add to his record total when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars make their 2019 season debut February 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Concord, California's Gardner will take the wheel of the Chris Dyson Racing No. 20 for the three-race event to kick off the season. The very same car made just a handful of appearances in 2018 on the series' trail, but was fast out of the box, picking up a win with driver Thomas Meseraull at New York's Weedsport Speedway.

It's been seven years since the seven-time AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car titlist returned West after several seasons on the National trail. But Florida has almost seemed like a second home to him. After all, it was Gardner who won the first two races in the history of Winter Dirt Games in 2010. When Winter Dirt Games packed up and moved to Ocala the following year in 2011, it was Gardner there once again to steal the show. Two nights later, he would win again, then started off the 2012 season in similar fashion with a victory in the season lid-lifter at Ocala.

In simple terms, every year Gardner has competed in Winter Dirt Games, he's won. Gardner revealed he's never gotten any calls for a Winter Dirt Games ride since his last appearance, but admitted he wasn't exactly eagerly searching one out either. Regardless, with five Winter Dirt Games wins in eight starts, including five of the first six, there wasn't a more accomplished driver waiting in the wings than Gardner. A few recommendations and a phone call or two later, Gardner was set to head to the Sunshine State.

"I haven't been to Florida in a long time, so I'm pretty excited about it," Gardner said. "I've had a lot of success down there and I loved going down there at the beginning of the year. I've heard a lot of good things about these guys (team owner Chris Dyson and crew chief Sean Michael) and I'm pretty excited about the car. It should run pretty good."

Gardner said that while more races for Chris Dyson could be in the plans for later this season, this is a one-shot deal at the moment. They'll see how well they work together and take it from there. And while it's important for any driver and team making their debut together, this is a change for Gardner who usually finds himself in the position of racing for points.

"It definitely changes things," Gardner acknowledges. "It's been a long time since I didn't have to consider that. For many years, and even since I moved back from Indiana, it was always the focus on the back of my mind."

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on both Thursday and Friday, February 14-15 and at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 16.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

All nights of racing from Ocala will be live on http://www/FloRacing.com/.

 

BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY OPENS 2019 SEASON
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

Bloomington, Indiana (January 16, 2019).........Bloomington Speedway, whose racing tradition dates back to 1923, begins a new era in 2019 under a management team led by Bloomington native and USAC Silver Crown manager A.J. Bowlen and the United States Auto Club.

Track improvements are now in the planning stages to assure that the iconic southern Indiana quarter-mile, red clay oval continues to provide thrills for generations to come - the racing entertainment that has excited race fans for the past century.

Planned improvements include new grandstand seating, enhanced safety fencing and overall grounds upgrades over the course of the next 24 months with an effort focused on enhancing the fan experience.

Bloomington Speedway will have a concise 2019 racing calendar to allow management time for the planned improvements. More events could be added as the season unfolds and improvements are addressed.

A seven-race schedule is slated for action at Bloomington. The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes a pair of appearances on the 2019 schedule, including the season-opening "Larry Rice Classic" on April 12 and the annual visit during "Indiana Sprint Week" on July 26 for the "Sheldon Kinser Memorial." Bloomington is the only track to host an event in each of the 32 years Indiana Sprint Week dating back to 1988.

The Midwest Sprint Car Series resumes at Bloomington on May 24 for the "Josh Burton Memorial" before the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship arrives on June 7 for the 15th annual edition of "Indiana Midget Week." Both the May 3 "Salute to Mike Miles" and "Bob Kinser Memorial" on August 9 feature an "open" event showcasing Sprint Cars.

The team will be revamping all of Bloomington Speedway websites and social media platforms throughout the coming weeks. The track's website can be found at www.bloomingtonspeedway.com. On social media, Twitter: @BloomSpeedway, Facebook: Bloomington Speedway and Instagram: @bloomspeedway.

2019 BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

Apr 12: "Larry Rice Classic" - USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

May 3: "Salute to Mike Miles" - Sprint Cars

May 24: "Josh Burton Memorial" - Midwest Sprint Car Series

Jun 7: "Indiana Midget Week" - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

Jul 5: "Fireworks Festival" - TBA

Jul 26: "Indiana Sprint Week" / "Sheldon Kinser Memorial" - USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

Aug 9: "Bob Kinser Memorial" - Sprint Cars

**Schedule subject to change


 

USAC MIDGET HISTORY IN FLORIDA CONTINUES ON FEB. 8-9 IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 23, 2019).........In recent years, USAC racing in Florida has become a staple of the season's dawn. Since 2010, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars have annually made a home for themselves in the Sunshine State at "Winter Dirt Games."

But, this coming February 8-9 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets join in on the Winter Dirt Games festivities for the initial time in the event's decade-long history.

While it may seem as if traveling to Florida is a new venture for the midgets, there is a short, but distinguished history in the annals of USAC's record books that dates to USAC's beginnings more than six decades ago.

For today's USAC Midget standouts like Logan Seavey, Chad Boat, Tyler Courtney, Tanner Carrick, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Zeb Wise, Jerry Coons, Jr. and all others, though, competing with the USAC Midgets at Florida is covering new territory.

The initial foray for USAC Midgets in Florida came in February and March of 1957 with the "Tangerine Tournament," 11 non-points races at seven different tracks in Florida during a month-long span. Andy Linden, the U.S. Marine veteran and two-time Indianapolis 500 top-five finisher, was the champion of the series, winning four races aboard Lee Elkins No. 73. Three of those victories came at Sunbrock Speedway in Orlando along with a single score at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

Al Keller won twice in the TT, including a 30-lapper at Hialeah Speedway and a 20-lapper at West Palm Beach Speedway driving Carl Evans' No. 56.

Jimmy Knight won the opener in his own No. 10 at Pensacola Speedway. Sonny McDaniel, in the Texas Racing Club No. 53 and Leroy Warriner, in USAC Hall of Famer Bob Higman's No. 67, were victorious at Fort Pierce Speedway. Al Alpern drove his self-owned No. 48 to the "W' at Lakeland Speedway while Len Duncan captured the conclusion of the series at Jacksonville Speedway in Harry Hespell's No. 1.

The first USAC Midget points-paying races in Florida came in a weeklong span during the 1963 season. Johnny Riva took the first at Miami's Palmetto Speedway in the Jack Sims No. 73. Chuck Rodee put the Ed Loniewski-owned No. 87 in victory lane at Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa. The illustrious Bob Wente, who ranks third in series wins with 78, went back-to-back at Palmetto and Golden Gate to close out the Sunshine swing in Bob Shadday's No. 23.

It was another 42 years before the series returned in 2005 for a non-points special event at Orlando Speed World Speedway, won by Josh Wise in Tony Stewart Racing's No. 20. Wise joined Wente as the second driver to win a feature in Florida and capture the USAC National Midget title in the same season.

Eight years later, the series was back in Florida where the season opened at New Smyrna Speedway. Kyle Larson won night one of the two-night affair for the second of his two career USAC National Midget wins on pavement. Current USAC Silver Crown standout Bobby Santos blitzed to the win on the following night at New Smyrna in what is, to date, the most recent appearance for the series in Florida. Both Larson and Santos were behind the wheel of RW Motorsports machines that weekend.

This year, the USAC Midgets will make their debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Cars hit the track for engine heat at 6:30pm Eastern on Friday and at 5:30pm on Saturday.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

Both nights of racing action will be LIVE on http://www.FloRacing.com/.

"WINTER DIRT GAMES" USAC MIDGET SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday, February 7, 2019 Practice Night: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets & USCS 360 Sprint Cars Pit Pass: $20

Friday, February 8, 2019 Race Night #1: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets & USCS 360 Sprint Cars Admission: $25 for adult grandstand tickets. $20 for kids (age 11-15) grandstand tickets. Pit Pass: $35

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Race Night #1: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets & USCS 360 Sprint Cars Admission: $25 for adult grandstand tickets. $20 for kids (age 11-15) grandstand tickets. Pit Pass: $35

 

HANGTOWN 100 AT PLACERVILLE TO PAY RICHEST USAC MIDGET PURSE NOV. 19-20

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (January 16, 2019).........The NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets' first ever appearance at California's Placerville Speedway will pay the richest two-day purse in the history of the series with over $100,000 on the line when the series arrives at the quarter-mile dirt oval for two consecutive nights on November 19-20.

The inaugural Elk Grove Ford "Hangtown 100" featuring both the USAC National and Light Up the World Western States Midgets kicks off on Tuesday, November 19 and concludes on Wednesday, November 20 with a 100-lap feature, the first 100-lap race for the series since 2012.

"Midget racing is my true love," Elk Grove Ford's Matt Wood said. "I'm so excited to partner with Scott and Kami Arnold with Placerville Speedway, Mike Larson, and the entire USAC team to put on this event. The support even prior to this announcement has been unbelievable."

The "Hangtown 100" is one of nine new events that have been established on USAC's calendar this season. With the largest USAC National Midget schedule in over two decades, more big-paying races and the most different winning drivers seen in a season in several years, what better time to add an event of this caliber to the 2019 slate.

"USAC Midget racing is as thrilling right now as it's ever been and a huge event such as this just adds to that excitement," USAC Series Coordinator Levi Jones said. "It's an honor for us to be involved in this race and to bring another major USAC event to the west."

The format for the event emphasizes passing using a modified Trophy Cup format which will use a pill draw and a "draft," similar to the one utilized during December's "Junior Knepper 55" in Du Quoin, Ill. allowing drivers to choose their own starting sports for the heat races. Drivers will group qualify based on where they will line up in their heat race. The Tuesday, November 19 feature event will be 30 laps.

The Wednesday, November 20 "Hangtown 100" feature will pay a grand prize of $20,000 to the winner. An extra $20,000 will be up for grabs to the overall "Hangtown 100" champion who accumulates the most combined points between the two nights of racing. Both nights of racing will pay appearance points only to USAC-licensed teams and drivers toward the USAC Midget series championship standings. The rain date for the event, if needed, is Thursday, November 21. The Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors will also be on the event card.

Drivers must be pre-registered by July 31 to qualify for a potential A-Main provisional starting spot. Pre-registration and reserved seating will be able available in the coming days at www.Hangtown100.com.

USAC Midgets have visited Placerville on four previous occasions, all coming under the Western States banner. Jimmy Sills, a Placerville native, won in 1996. Ronnie Gardner captured the victory in 2016. Shane Golobic is the lone two-time Placerville winner, racing to victory lane in 2013 and in the most recent event in 2017.

The "Hangtown 100" is part of an expanded western swing for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, which concludes the season with six events in Arizona and California during the month of November, all in conjunction with the USAC Light Up the World Western States Midgets.

The midgets return to the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on November 15-16 before the back-to-back nights at Placerville on November 19-20. The weekend finishes up at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on the 23rd for the "November Classic," which leads into the 79th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" on Thanksgiving night, November 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.


 


2019 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana (January 15, 2019).........The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars have released their schedule with 13 races at nine venues in four states making up the slate for the series' second season in 2019.

The legendary Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. marks the first stop for the series on April 5. Additional stops in the Keystone State arrive at Bedford Speedway on April 26 and August 16, with three visits to Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. set on May 17, June 7 and July 19. Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. hosts the series on May 18.

The United States' first state of Delaware is on tap for three races this season with Delaware International Speedway in Delmar welcoming the series on April 17 and August 17 while Georgetown Speedway makes its first ever appearance on the USAC calendar on July 26.

The series rolls into the Garden State of New Jersey on two occasions in 2019, on May 26 at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro and on July 6 at New Egypt Speedway. The series' lone trek to New York is slotted for June 30 at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville.

Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. claimed last year's inaugural series title with a pair of victories at Delaware International and Bedford. Victories in 2018 also belonged to Ryan Godown at Big Diamond, Eddie Strada at New Egypt, Coleman Gulick at Bridgeport, Joey Biasi at Big Diamond and Mark Bitner at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.

2019 USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
Apr 5: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Apr 17: Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, DE)
Apr 26: Bedford Speedway (Bedford, PA)
May 17: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
May 18: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
May 26: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)
Jun 7: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
Jun 30: Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (Fultonville, NY)
Jul 6: New Egypt Speedway (New Egypt, NJ)
Jul 19: Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville, PA)
Jul 26: Georgetown Speedway (Georgetown, DE)
Aug 16: Bedford Speedway (Bedford, PA)
Aug 17: Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, DE)

 

KT, DAVEY JR. AND CONN JOIN HAMILTON RACING 2019 SILVER CROWN ROSTER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 9, 2019).........Davey Hamilton Racing will field a talented roster of drivers with Kevin Thomas, Jr., Davey Hamilton, Jr. and Jason Conn all set to take the wheel for the new Silver Crown team which hits the track for the first time in 2019.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., has teamed up with team owners Hamilton and David Byrd to compete in all six pavement races on the Silver Crown schedule this season aboard the No. 11. Thomas has just a handful of Silver Crown starts in his career, but the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car runner-up made the most of his experiences last year, finishing second in each of the last three races to conclude the season behind the wheel of the Foxco Racing No. 56, a ride in which he returns to on the dirt for 2019.

Each of Thomas' previous Silver Crown starts have come on the dirt and, aside from a pair of starts in an ARCA Stock Car in 2016 and his debut in the "Little 500" Sprint Car race a year ago, this marks new territory for the talented driver who captured nine USAC National victories in 2018 (7 Sprint and 2 Midget).

"I had a short stint there at the Little 500 of some pavement action and I really enjoyed it," Thomas said. "I think going out and running the big cars on the pavement is going to be quite different than what I'm used to. Getting into a racecar and having a new challenge is always a lot of fun. I'm going to take it as it comes. I'm going to have to gain a lot of experience, basically on the fly, on raceday. We race dirt 80-90 times a year and you kind of know what to expect, so it's going to be fun being able to more or less react to things instead of knowing what to expect every time you hit the racetrack."
Davey Hamilton, Jr. of Idaho returns to the series as a teammate to KT and will compete on both the dirt and the pavement in car No. 14 while pavement wing sprint car standout Jason Conn of Prince George, British Columbia makes his series debut in the No. 88 and will compete solely on the asphalt.

"It's exciting," team owner Davey Hamilton exclaimed. "I haven't been a Silver Crown owner in the past. I've driven them and have always had interest in them and I've wanted to put a program together for a while. I just feel it's growing momentum and I feel like there's growth there. I really wanted to focus on one car, then we had interest with Jason (Conn) and ended up making a deal, then an opportunity came along with KT and Byrd and we ended up making it a three car deal, which coming into the first year, is a challenge, but I feel very optimistic with the quality of the cars and the people we have."

Meanwhile, the Byrd name is synonymous with Rich Vogler's success in USAC Midgets in the 1980s. Now, David Byrd returns the family name to competition in conjunction with KT's Silver Crown plans for 2019.

"It's been a long time coming for us to come back to USAC as an entry," Byrd said. KT has been so successful in sprint cars the last several years and has really shown what he can do in the midgets and the Silver Crown cars. I wanted to make sure we were involved with all of KT's programs top to bottom. Davey Hamilton has a fantastic record in big track pavement racing, knows how to put the car together and will be a great mentor for KT to really learn pavement racing. I think he'll be challenging for wins right off the bat."

2019 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE
Mar 22-23: (P#) Memphis International Raceway (Millington, TN)
Apr 14: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Apr 27: (P) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)
May 23: (D) Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
May 24: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN)
Jun 14: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 28: (P) Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)
Aug 10: (P) Salem Speedway (Salem, IN)
Aug 17: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)
Sep 1: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)
Sep 7: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Sep 27-28: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
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(P) = Pavement Race
(D) = Dirt Race
# = Daytime Race


 

 

DAVEY HAMILTON, JR. TO RUN FULL SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE IN 2019

Speedway, Indiana (January 4, 2019).........Davey Hamilton, Jr. will venture into an expanded USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series schedule in 2019 as he aims to compete full-time on the 12-race trail, racing his for his father's Davey Hamilton Racing team on both the dirt and pavement.

Hamilton owns a plethora of experience in a wide variety of machines including off-road trucks and Indy Lights throughout his career, but a full slate of Silver Crown racing is the next step in his racing endeavors, and that has the 21-year-old native of Boise, Idaho pumped coming into the new racing season.

"There are so many legends who've come from Silver Crown racing," Hamilton acknowledged. "To finally be able to run the whole schedule is pretty exciting. For the past few years, I haven't been able to run a full schedule in anything. Basically, I've been racing whatever I can instead of racing for points or a championship. To be able to run for a Silver Crown championship is exciting. Finally, I have something to work toward the whole year."

The son of 11-time Indy 500 starter and 34-time Silver Crown starter, Davey Hamilton, has five career Silver Crown appearances, all coming on the pavement. He made his series debut in 2014 and started four races during the 2017 season with a best finish of 5th at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and a 9th at Lucas Oil Raceway.

However, 2019 will have a different look as he jumps into the seat for six pavement and six dirt races in his busiest USAC season yet. The dirt will be a learning curve and he admits that his previous experience on dirt in a midget at the Chili Bowl in 2017, plus Ford Focus Midget, Mini Sprint and Off-Road Truck racing is a completely different animal than jumping into a Silver Crown car on a half-mile or one-mile dirt oval.

"Yeah, I don't have much dirt experience," Hamilton admitted. "I'm not sure what to expect or what it's even going to be like, but I'm excited to take on a new challenge and learn something new and hopefully I can figure it out quickly to be competitive."

Hamilton's busy 2019 racing docket has him bouncing around between full schedules for both the USAC Silver Crown division and the Robby Gordon Stadium SUPER Trucks, as well as putting a program together to compete in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series for his second run at the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.

2019 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE
Mar 22-23: (P#) Memphis International Raceway (Millington, TN)
Apr 14: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Apr 27: (P) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)
May 23: (D) Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
May 24: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN)
Jun 14: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 28: (P) Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)
Aug 10: (P) Salem Speedway (Salem, IN)
Aug 17: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)
Sep 1: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)
Sep 7: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Sep 27-28: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
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(P) = Pavement Race
(D) = Dirt Race
# = Daytime Race

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE HAS 16 RACES AT 6 TRACKS
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 27, 2018... Heading to their eleventh campaign, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are ready for sixteen dates at six racetracks. Opening with the two-day, “Outlaw Showdown” at Las Vegas on February 27th, the traditional 360s will close out the schedule with Ventura’s two-day (non-points) “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 28th.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season openers on February 27th and 28th. Held during NASCAR weekend, the “Outlaw Showdown” will also showcase the famed World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and the K&N Pro Series West Stock Cars. Last season, Arizona’s Dennis Gile and California’s Brody Roa added their names to the Las Vegas record books in front of a large crowd. To date, Ryan Bernal and Bryan Clauson are tied for the series lead with two victories at the large 1/2-mile oval and Landon Cling set the track record of 17.470 on March 9, 2017. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). For more information, visit www.lvms.com/dirt or call 800.644-4444.

Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, Bakersfield Speedway will feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars on March 16th. Last July, Ryan Timmons scored the first main event win of his career at “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval.” At press time, Davey Pombo leads all series drivers with three Bakersfield triumphs and Jace Vander Weerd set the track record of 12.597 on March 22, 2014. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more details, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway will host five dates on the calendar. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will host the VRA co-sanctioned “Battle of the Beach” races on March 23rd, June 1st, August 24th, along with the non-point “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 27th and 28th. The November 28th “Battle of the Beach” finale will also showcase the USAC National and Western States Midgets. Last season, Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal, Tristan Guardino, and Carson Macedo earned victories at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. To date, Bernal, Guardino, and Jake Swanson are tied with two Ventura wins and Liggett set the track record of 11.983 on August 25, 2018. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more information, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

Promoted by Nick Duggan, Santa Maria Raceway will host four nights on the schedule. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360s, the USAC West Coast Sprints will headline the action at “The West’s Best Short Track” on April 27th, June 15th “Ron Otto Memorial,” August 10th “Bud Stanfield Memorial,” and October 5th. Last season, Troy Rutherford, Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal, and Ryan Timmons raced to victory at the at the Central Coast 1/3-mile oval. As a bonus, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will join the card at the April and August shows. At press time, Bernal leads all drivers with six wins at Santa Maria and Max Adams set the series track record of 13.384 on August 12, 2017. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more details, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has two dates on the calendar. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will showcase the USAC 360s at the May 17th “Peter Murphy Classic” and the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” on June 8th. Last season, Ryan Bernal, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, and Tristan Guardino scored victories at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen wins at Tulare and Jake Swanson set the track record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma Speedway returns to the USAC West Coast Sprint Car schedule for two nights of action. Promoted by Rick Faeth, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will host the May 18th and October 12th events. In the series only appearance at Petaluma on June 29, 2017, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign won the main event and set the track record of 13.728. NOTE: TARPS ARE REQUIRED UNDER ALL RACE CARS IN THE PIT AREA AT PETALUMA. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, February 16th at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Open to all USAC/CRA Sprint, USAC West Coast Sprint, USAC SouthWest Sprint, USAC Western States Midget, and USAC Speed 2 Western US Midget racers, crews, family, friends, and fans, tickets are $75 per person and order forms can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf. Orders must be received by February 11th and the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is located at 129 East Fremont Street. For more room reservation information (Group Code: GSUSACW), call 800.331.5731.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series in 2019, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Ryan Timmons, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Troy Rutherford.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 16: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV (Awards Banquet)
February 27: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown)
February 28: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #1)
April 27: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
May 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
June 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 15: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
August 10: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
October 5: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


USAC WESTERN RACERS TO BE HONORED AT FEBRUARY 16TH LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 27, 2018... On Saturday, February 16th, the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada will host the United States Auto Club’s Western Awards Banquet. Open to all racers, crews, family, friends, and fans, the annual event will celebrate the 2018 season for the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, Western States Midget, and Western Speed 2 US Midget divisions.

The event will spotlight the top-10 and Rookie of the Year drivers with the CRA Sprint Car, West Coast Sprint Car, SouthWest Sprint Car, and Western States Midget Series. The top-3 drivers in the three Western Speed 2 US Midget divisions will featured along with several honorees for their contribution and dedication to racing.

Cocktails are set to begin at Noon, with lunch at 1:00pm, and the awards ceremony to follow. Tickets are $75 per person and the Awards Banquet order form can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/banquet.pdf. Orders must be received by Monday, February 11th.

Champion drivers being honored include “The Demon” Damion Gardner (CRA Sprint Car), Austin Liggett (West Coast Sprint Car), “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (SouthWest Sprint Car), Michael Faccinto (Western States Midget), Adam Lemke (Western Speed 2 US Midget Overall and Western Speed 2 US Pavement Midget), and Tyler Slay (Western Speed 2 US Pavement Midget).

These drivers were also honored at the USAC “Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 7th.

Drivers that earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2018 are Joel Rayborne (CRA Sprint Car), Britton Bock (West Coast Sprint Car), Tyler Most (SouthWest Sprint Car), and Kyle Beilman (Western States Midget).

The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is located at 129 East Fremont Street in Las Vegas Nevada and for more hotel information, visit www.goldennugget.com/las-vegas or call 800.331.5731. A hotel room discount rate has been reserved using the group code GSUSACW.

 

 

NEW RIDE, NO PROBLEM;
T-MEZ CLOSES OUT 2018 WITH KNEPPER 55 WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (December 15, 2018).........Thomas Meseraull doesn't waste any time getting up to speed when he lands a new ride. And when he gets up to speed in that new ride, it's a foregone conclusion it's going to occur in spectacular fashion.

That thread continued Saturday night as the San Jose, California native jumped into the seat of the RMS LLC No. 7 for the first time and drove it straight to victory lane following a stirring battle with C.J. Leary in the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

He was tabbed to drive another car in this event until a handful of weeks ago when those plans were altered and Meseraull had to find new digs for the indoor racing season. A phone call later and the pieces of the puzzle started to come together, putting Meseraull in the right place at the right time.

"Funny story," Meseraull began. "I was going to run Rusty Kunz's car like I did last year, and it was going to be Joe Dooling's motor. When Joe sold everything, I lost my ride. Three days later, I called (Crew Chief) Donnie Gentry, who was wrenching on these cars. (The team) actually bought a (Dooling No. 63) car two weeks ago and bought a motor from Clauson and put it together. That's a brand-new car that Rusty Kunz built."

Like unwrapping a new shiny toy on Christmas morning, Meseraull's ride was fast right out of the box on Saturday night where he raced from 8th to 3rd in his heat race and 4th to 1st in his qualifier, putting him on the outside of the front row alongside defending race winner Christopher Bell.

Bell starting from the pole in a midget looks like a death knell for the competition on paper, and he backed that notion up by jumping out to the lead right from the dawn of the 55-lapper. However, Meseraull was right on Bell's tracks, albeit a lane higher while Bell hugged the inner berm.

By lap 10, lapped traffic had already come to fruition, forcing Bell off the bottom and up a couple lanes to rip around the freight train on the low line. A yellow on the 16th lap settled the nerves for a moment and calmed the waves of traffic for the ensuing restart, when Meseraull slipped a bit high between turns three and four as Bell scurried away to a two-plus second advantage and appeared to be in total control and on his way to becoming the first two-time winner of the event.

Just prior to midway, on lap 26, a commotion in turn three involving McKenna Haase, Dillon Welch and Brian Shirley took all three out of the race. Moments later, once again, Bell left a vapor trail in the thick air as he jetted away to his best restart all night. However, Bell began to slow exiting turn two with an apparent fuel line issue, eventually coming to rest in turn four to put an early and shocking conclusion to his night.

Now, it had become a brand-new race. Meseraull led the early stages of the latter half of the deal until Leary went on the attack along with the lapped car of Justin Grant, making it a three-way tug-of-war with a battle for the lead and a lead-lap situation occurring simultaneously. Leary was able to clear Meseraull on lap 32, setting off a chain of sliders between the two on both ends of the racetrack that saw an official change of position six times at the stripe, but double that when taking into account all the times each countered the other's move on the dirt track chess board.

Every time Meseraull saw his lead slip away for a moment following a Leary slider, Meseraull was already lining up his next move, angling his car to the bottom of the entry to the corner to slip in front of Leary. Rinse and repeat, déjà vu, time and time again to the delight of the large Southern Illinois crowd on hand.

"This place, a lot of the time, is either on the top or the bottom," Meseraull explained. "The top started going away and Leary showed his nose. On restarts, you're just open because it bunches everybody up. We started going back and forth and you just start pulling all the tricks out of your bag. Like throw a slider, block a slider, get slid, turn up underneath them, run 'em out of room, get down to the end of the corner to make him mess up."

Thomas Meseraull (black) and C.J. Leary battle for the lead Saturday at the "Junior Knepper 55." (Al Steinberg Photo)

"When I got to racing with Leary, you just go to go where he's not. Period," Meseraull continued. "They go low, you go high. They go high, you go low. He goes in high, he rolled the bottom, and was pretty good. I drove back by him off of two on the bottom, hit my marks and, at that point, I knew maybe that's where I needed to go. Fortunately, at this place, you can see your crew guys and they can tell you to go to the bottom. At this point, you know they've got to be really good to drive around the outside of you here, so that's just what I did."

On lap 41, that one little slip up occurred as Leary followed Meseraull on the bottom of turn three. A very subtle nudge between the front bumper of Leary and the rear bumper of Meseraull sent Leary into a spin in turn four, stopping him in his tracks and putting a cap on his bid for victory.

With 14 laps remaining, Meseraull had control and never let it from his grasp as he maneuvered to the bottom of the racetrack, tip-toeing around the berm as he constructed a lead in excess of three seconds. Only a handful of lappers were on the path of Meseraull's march toward victory, but they were handled with ease as he cruised to a 3.814 second victory over Jake Neuman, Derek Hagar, Trey Marcham and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

The victory was Meseraull's first win on the USAC National Midget calendar since a 2004 score on the pavement at California's Irwindale Speedway. Ironically, like his win Saturday night, that race also happened to be a non-points "Special Event."

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USAC MIDGET "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: December 15, 2018 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - 4th Annual "Junior Knepper 55"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Chase Briscoe (#5CB Briscoe), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#7 RMS), 4. Kyle May (#39 May), 5. Gage Rucker (#11K Kruseman), 6. Robert Dalby (#05D Loyet), 7. Conor Daly (#22CD Rosenboom). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar/Proctor), 3. Paul Nienhiser (#9x Nienhiser), 4. Dave Darland (#36D RMS), 5. Joey Moughan (#29 Casson), 6. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 7. Chris Baue (#2 Baue), 8. Gage Walker (#91 Harris).

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Trey Marcham (#32 Marcham), 2. Carson Short (#45 Lawrence), 3. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 4. Mitchell Davis (#23 Ryan), 5. Ryan Bickett (#17B Rosenboom), 6. Taylor Forbes (#49F Forbes), 7. Trey Osborne (#11T Taylor), 8. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Andrew Layser (#47 Clauson Marshall), 2. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 3. Joe B. Miller (#51B Neuman), 4. Tanner Berryhill (#89 Tucker/Boat), 5. Anton Hernandez (#8JR Wood), 6. Kendall Ruble (#4J Martin), 7. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 8. Chris Roseland (#1z Roseland), 9. Joey Parker (#16 Rose). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Christopher Bell (#81 Tucker/Boat), 2. Brian Shirley (#3s Neuman), 3. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 4. Seth Bergman (#81B Team Eights), 5. Howard Moore (#41x Chappue), 6. Jon Steed (#7x Steed), 7. John Dyson (#52K Kruseman), 8. Oliver Akard (#41 Irwin), 9. Joey Wirth (#77w Wirth). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#3 Tri-C), 2. Grady Chandler (#08 McIntosh), 3. Dillon Welch (#19p Ronk), 4. Ryan Smith (#67R SFH), 5. Josh Most (#92m Most), 6. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 7. Travis Young (#11Y Young), 8. Patrick Lawson (#23x Hunt), 9. Jason Grady (#2B 2B Racing). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Tony Bruce, Jr. (#18 Team Eights), 2. Kyle O'Gara (#67 SFH), 3. McKenna Haase (#85 Tucker/Boat), 4. Ronnie Gardner (#14s RAMS), 5. Nick Drake (#55x Cline), 6. Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer), 7. Jesse Vermillion (#5v Vermillion), 8. Jody Rosenboom (#14x Rosenboom). NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in overall Heat points transfer to the qualifiers) 1. C.J. Leary (#55 Bowman), 2. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 3. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 4. Tanner Thorson (#3c Tri-C), 5. Thomas Chandler (#1T Roney), 6. Alex Watson (#3w 3w Racing), 7. Cody Beard (#7B Beard), 8. Andy Gage (#02 Gage), 9. Tyler Robbins (#35 Robbins). 1:48.30

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Don Dawson II (#6D Dawson), Brandon Long (#19p Ronk), Danny Clark (#14c Rose) & (#99p Ronk)

FIRST C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Most, 2. Dalby, 3. Ruble, 4. Daly, 5. Rucker, 6. Baue, 7. Watson, 8. Rosenboom, 9. Beard, 10. Lawson, 11. Vermillion. NT

SECOND C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the qualifiers) 1. Hernandez, 2. Young, 3. Gage, 4. Wirth, 5. Osborne, 6. Wimmenauer, 7. Roseland, 8. Dyson, 9. Wise, 10. Akard, 11. Robbins. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Gardner, 3. Welch, 4. Marcham, 5. Briscoe, 6. Robinson, 7. Most, 8. Darland, 9. Drake, 10. Chisholm, 11. Short. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Bell, 2. Courtney, 3. Moore, 4. Haase, 5. Chandler, 6. Dalby, 7. Nienhiser, 8. Andrews, 9. Berryhill, 10. Layser, 11. Babb. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Shirley, 2. Neuman, 3. Smith, 4. Bergman, 5. Thomas, 6. Bruce, 7. Hernandez, 8. Davis, 9. Grant, 10. Taylor, 11. Leffel. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Hagar, 2. Miller, 3. Leary, 4. Moughan, 5. Young, 6. Brickett, 7. May, 8. Thorson, 9. O'Gara, 10. Steed, 11. Chandler. NT

FIRST SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Briscoe, 2. Haase, 3. Moore, 4. Nienhiser, 5. Short, 6. Hernandez, 7. O'Gara, 8. Chandler, 9. Darland, 10. Layser, 11. Bickett, 12. Bruce, 13. Thorson, 14. Berryhill, 15. Young. #JR55

SECOND SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chandler, 2. Thomas, 3. Grant, 4. Bergman, 5. Drake, 6. Leffel, 7. Robinson, 8. Most, 9. Andrews, 10. Babb, 11. Chisholm, 12. Davis, 13. Dalby, 14. Moughan. NT

FEATURE: (55 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (2), 2. Jake Neuman (6), 3. Derek Hagar (7), 4. Trey Marcham (5), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16), 6. Tyler Courtney (3), 7. Joe B. Miller (8), 8. Ronnie Gardner (12), 9. Ryan Smith (10), 10. Justin Grant (18), 11. C.J. Leary (4), 12. Howard Moore (17), 13. Paul Nienhiser (19), 14. Seth Bergman (20), 15. Chase Briscoe (13), 16. Thomas Chandler (14), 17. Christopher Bell (1), 18. Brian Shirley (9), 19. Dillon Welch (11), 20. McKenna Haase (15). NT
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**Watson flipped during practice. Rosenboom flipped during the seventh heat. Taylor flipped during the third qualifier. O'Gara flipped during the fourth qualifier. Bruce flipped during the first semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Bell, Laps 28-31 Meseraull, Laps 32-33 Leary, Lap 34 Meseraull, Laps 35-36 Leary, Laps 37-39 Meseraull, Lap 40 Leary, Laps 41-55 Meseraull.

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

2019 RULE CHANGES FOR USAC/CRA, SOUTHWEST, AND WEST COAST SPRINT CARS

 By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 14, 2018... Officials with the Western Office of the United States Auto Club (USAC) have issued a list of changes for competition with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars in 2019.

COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION PARTS: After a one year hiatus, cockpit adjustable suspension parts are returning to the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. In 2019, cockpit adjustable suspension parts WILL BE ALLOWED with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest AND USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

GUARANTEED TIME IN WORK AREA: When there are five laps or less remaining in the feature event, there is now no guaranteed time in the work area. This applies to the AMSOIL USAC/CRA, Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest, and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front Axle Tether Systems ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL CARS in USAC Sprint Car competition. The tether system includes two straps to the chassis and one strap from king pin to king pin.

FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL CARS in USAC Sprint Car competition.

CHASSIS: Chassis requirements and specifications will remain the same as stated in thee 2018 rule book.

PROVISIONALS: Based on Car Entrant points, competitors with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will get 2 provisionals for the 2019 season. Car Owners MUST BE MEMBERS in order to receive Car Entrant points and no more than 2 provisionals will be available per night.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, February 16th at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is located at 129 East Fremont Street and more details are coming soon.

 

 

RAPID TIRE SIGNS ON AS TITLE SPONSOR OF USAC EAST COAST

News Date: 12/12/2018 | Submitted: 12/12/2018

The USAC East Coast Series is pleased to announce the signing of Rapid Tire of Montgomery, NY as it's title sponsor.

When forming the USAC East Coast Series our first goal and first step was to book a race or two. With the help of several race tracks and some willing wingless sprint car racers we were able to schedule 9 races in 2018. The next step was to promote successful races for the race tracks that took a chance on our new Series. With the help of our USAC-EC officials and most importantly our fantastic group of racing teams and drivers, we did just that. The next steps to follow were to book more races for 2019 then we had in our first year along with trying to find a title sponsor for the Series. Today we are happy to say we are currently taking both of those steps.

Rapid Tire of Montgomery, NY will be joining the USAC East Coast as it's title sponsor for up to the next three years. The Series will now be known as the "Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars."

Rapid Tire is a family owned and operated business. It has been since 1979, when Aldo Tersillo started the business in Brooklyn with his son, Tom. Two years ago Tom's children, Bobby and Alyssa, took over and moved the business from Newburgh to a 12,000-square-foot facility on 661 Route 17k in Montgomery

Bobby and Alyssa take the time to please the customer, especially when a classic car rolls in. Rapid Tire can get whitewall tires and other tires specifically for vintage cars from the Coker Company. They also carry mudders and tires for fork lifts, tractor trailers and construction equipment like backhoes and loaders. They also offer road service.

The large Rapid Tire warehouse and work area allows them to service tractor trailers and they can fit around six vehicles at a time. The new showroom has a nice waiting room and a display of the many brands of rims they offer, including Foose, Crager, Fuel and more. There are rims for all vehicles, whether you have a classic or an import, pick up or a tractor trailer.

Rapid Tires is a rare breed - small business and family owned.

While being busy with running Rapid Tire along with his sister Alyssa, Bobby Tersillo will be running his own 360 sprint car, with a wing and possibly without a wing. Look for Bobby to get a head start on the competition in Florida come February.

Rapid Tire 661 State Route 17K Montgomery, NY 12549 845-564-9644

https://rapidtireservice.com/

https://www.facebook.com/RapidTireService/

 

 

UNIQUE KNEPPER 55 FORMAT PUTS FATE INTO DRIVERS HANDS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........A unique format has been introduced for the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event on Saturday, December 15 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

In this instance, instead of the pill draw determining the starting lineups for the heat races, the drivers will be allowed to choose where they will start, provided there is an open position when it is their turn to pick. Drivers will first draw a pill for the order in which they will have the opportunity to choose which heat race and position they will start. This puts the decision into the drivers' own hands, thus lessening the element of "luck of the draw."

In prior years format, if a driver draws a low number in the pill draw, the driver is automatically assigned to the front starting spot of a heat race. This year, all competitors will draw as usual, with the resulting order leading to the "Junior Knepper 55" Draft Lottery. The picking process will be covered live on the Speed Shift TV pre-race show.

It will create a mental tug-of-war for drivers to figure out whether they want to take a more extreme approach to make a run to the front or take a conservative approach in order to earn the most passing points and guess the track conditions and setup correctly to advance through the night with the most points.

As the track changes over the course of eight heat races, track conditions may change, creating more passing opportunities which increases the probability of a driver being able to make a run from the tail of the field to earn more passing points. However, drawing toward the front or the back may not always be the best-case scenario with the new format as the "sweet spot" of where a driver wants to start the race from changes.

"I think it's a great idea," reigning Knepper 55 winner Christopher Bell exclaimed. "This gives us a chance to put ourselves where we think we can get the most points. Speaking from my experience, getting stuck on the front of the heat is less fun and less points. I want to help myself and put on a better show for the fans."

"I like the idea that you kind of get to choose your own destiny," 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson added. "Taking some of that luck out of it and putting it in our hands only makes me look forward to Saturday even more."

It's a unique format and idea that will add another intriguing aspect to the show to create the most entertainment for fans and remove fate out of the pill draw.

"This is an idea I was instantly excited about," Knepper 55 promoter Nick Knepper said. Scorer Jake (Croxton) came up with something cool and new, and once they determined it was feasible, it was a no-brainer to try it in this special event setting. My family and I are excited to continue this event honoring my grandfather, and we hope everyone is as excited as we are to watch this play out."

Most of the traditional aspects of the format will remain unaltered. There are two rounds of preliminary races - heats and qualifiers - in which competitors can earn passing points, which will determine the starting lineups of all the remaining events.

Passing points are earned based on advancement forward in relation to the assigned starting position at the one-to-go signal, meaning that scratches that alter the lineup are taken account of and the official lineup is set based on who shows up. There will not be any free passes because somebody else couldn't make the start. Every position matters every lap.

Following the heat races, the four qualifying races will consist of the top-40 in points from the heats, who'll be assigned starting positions in the qualifier based on the points earned in said heats. There will be six-car invert in each qualifier with the driver that earns the most points starting 6th in qualifying race 1. Drivers ranking 41st on back in total passing points following the heat races are placed into two C-Mains. The top-two from each C-Main will transfer to the back of the qualifying races, adding one driver to the tail of each of the four qualifying races.

After the qualifiers, the point totals from the heats and qualifiers are added together. The top-12 in total points will transfer directly to the feature. All other cars will start straight-up by total points earned, staggered between the two semi-feature events. The top-four finishers from each semi-feature will transfer to the 55-lap feature event.

Seventy-four drivers have pre-entered for the event on the 1/6-mile, indoor dirt oval located adjacent to the one mile dirt track at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Among those entered are past "Knepper 55" winners Christopher Bell (2017) and Tyler Courtney (2016). Bell (2013) is one of four USAC National Midget champions entered, including Tanner Thorson (2016), Dave Darland (2001 & 02) and Kevin Olson (1982 & 1987).

Justin Grant, the only driver to win races in all three national divisions in 2018, will be a teammate to five-time USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner. Zeb Wise, the youngest ever feature winner in USAC National Midget history, is among several USAC National feature winners along with C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Carson Short, Shane Cockrum and Chris Urish. Meanwhile, five-time Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., is set to make his second career midget start.

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season.

Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance. Adult general admission tickets at the door are $20, kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

Pits open at 8am (Central) on raceday and pit passes go on sale at 10am. Spectator doors open at 2:30pm with a public drivers meeting taking place in the turn one grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to hit the track for hot laps at 4pm.

The race will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with LIVE audio on the USAC app. As always, you can catch each and every USAC National event a day after the race is run, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

LINKS

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USAC CHAMPS COURTNEY & THORSON FILE FINAL ENTRIES
FOR KNEPPER 55 AS FIELD SOARS PAST 70

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........USAC National champions Tyler Courtney and Tanner Thorson are among the final set of entries for the "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event this Saturday, December 15 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin as the entry list soars to 74 drivers and teams for the fourth annual race.

Courtney, the newly-crowned USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist, will lead a three-car Clauson Marshall Racing attack at Du Quoin alongside teammates Zeb Wise and Andrew Layser. Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney won the "Knepper 55" in 2016 while Wise, of Angola, Ind., became the youngest ever feature winner in USAC National Midget history at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway this past summer. Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Layser, meanwhile, will make his debut for CMR.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, will drive the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c at Du Quoin while Dillon Welch, who has a multitude of experience behind the wheel and behind the mic, drops the mic this Saturday to wheel Kami Ronk's No. 99p.

This year's stout "Knepper 55" field also includes defending "Knepper 55" winner Christopher Bell, of Norman, Okla., one of three entries for Tucker/Boat Motorsports alongside McKenna Haase and Tanner Berryhill. C.J. Leary has also thrown his hat into the ring, driving for NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman.

Last year's race runner-up, Chase Briscoe of Mitchell, Ind. and 2016 "Shamrock Classic" third-place driver Thomas eseraull of San Jose, Calif., plus a pair of decorated USAC National Midget champions in Dave Darland (2001 & 02) and Kevin Olson (1982 & 87) are entered.

Five-time USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner of Riverside, Calif. will make his "Knepper 55" debut aboard a car for RAMS Racing as a teammate to Justin Grant, the only driver to win races in all three national divisions in 2018.

Five-time Indy Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., steps into the Jody Rosenboom No. 22CD for his second career appearance in a midget. Beech Grove, Indiana's Kyle O'Gara, the 2014 USAC Pavement Midget champ, belts into the SFH Racing Development No. 67 for the "Knepper 55." Meanwhile, southern Illinois USAC Silver Crown star Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill., twice a winner on the adjacent "Magic Mile," will wheel the Harris Racing No. 91.

Elkhart, Ill. native Chris Urish, a Silver Crown winner in the "Ted Horn 100" at the adjacent Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval, will drive for Tom Casson alongside teammate and fellow Silver Crown competitor Joey Moughan of Springfield, Ill. Carson Short has won on the big stage before, capturing the 2016 "Indiana Sprint Week" round at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. He will drive his own No. 45 at Du Quoin.

Robert Dalby off Simi Valley, Calif. and Newcastle, Oklahoma's Trey Marcham have each had success in the USAC Western States Midget division during their careers. Dalby finished third in series points this season and will drive for Loyet Motorsports, the team that won the second-ever USAC-sanctioned race at the Southern Illinois Center, a Midwest HPD Midget event in 2005. Marcham, who led the first 17 laps of the 2017 "Knepper 55," picked up three victories with the series in 2014.

Brian Shirley, of Chatham, Ill. a standout in late model racing, will drive for Jim Neuman while winged sprint car warriors Ryan Smith, Tony Bruce, Jr. and Paul Nienhiser take the wheel for a rare midget appearance.

The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 15 "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance. Adult general admission tickets at the door are $20, kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

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

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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

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

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

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

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on Saturday, December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

The race will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with LIVE audio on the USAC app. As always, you can catch each and every USAC National event a day after the race is run, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST
(74 cars as of December 11, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team
0 Johnny Murdock / Dallas, TX (Zero Motorsports)
05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports)
08 Grady Chandler / Piedmont, Oklahoma (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team)
2B Jason Grady / Farmington, NM (2B Racing)
2G Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage)
3 Alex Watson / Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s Brian Shirley / Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A Justin Grant / Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
5 Chase Briscoe / Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe)
5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
7B Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard)
7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
8JR Anton Hernandez / Arlington, TX (Bear Wood)
9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
9x Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser)
11K Gage Rucker / Bellflower, MO (Kruseman Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne)
11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young)
14c Danny Clark / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
14s Ronnie Gardner / Riverside, CA (RAMS Racing)
14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer)
16 Joey Parker / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights)
19p Brandon Long / Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long)
22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
23 Mitchell Davis / Auburn, IL (Patrick Ryan)
23x Patrick Lawson / Edwardsville, IL (Hunt Brothers)
29 Joey Moughan / Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
39 Kyle May / New Palestine, IN (Kyle May Racing)
39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
45 Carson Short / Marion, IL (Carson Short)
47 Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
49F Taylor Forbes / Harrisburg, SD (Taylor Forbes)
50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Jim Neuman)
52K John Dyson / Chicago, IL (Kruseman Motorsports)
55 C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (Alex Bowman)
55x Nick Drake / Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56x Mark Chisholm / Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)
57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67R Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
77u Chris Urish / Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77w Joey Wirth / Waterloo, IL (Joey Wirth)
81 Christopher Bell / Norman, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
81B Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights)
81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing)
85 McKenna Haase / Des Moines, IA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)
89 Tanner Berryhill / Bixby, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)
99p Dillon Welch / Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

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JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 RACE INFO

DATE: Saturday, December 15, 2018

SERIES: USAC Midget Special Event

TRACK: Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, Illinois) - 1/6-mile dirt oval

EVENT: 4th Annual "Junior Knepper 55" featuring USAC Midgets

STARTING TIMES: Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on Saturday, December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

Participant parking on Friday, December 14 from 4-6 pm.

TICKETS: Adult reserved Seats: $19. Adult General Admission: $20. Kids 6-12: $10. Kids 5 years-old & under: FREE! Pit passes: $30 for USAC members, $35 for non-members. Reserved tickets can be purchased online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

TRACK ADDRESS: 655 Executive Dr., Du Quoin, IL 62832

TRACK PHONE: (618) 542-1515

TRACK WEBSITE: https://www.illinois.gov/sites/dsf/Pages/default.aspx

 

KNEPPER 55 LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV THIS SATURDAY

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Speed Shift TV will have live coverage of the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event this Saturday, December 15 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Seventy-four drivers have pre-entered for the event on the 1/6-mile, indoor dirt oval located adjacent to the one mile dirt track at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Among those entered are past "Knepper 55" winners Christopher Bell (2017) and Tyler Courtney (2016). Bell (2013) is one of four USAC National Midget champions entered, including Tanner Thorson (2016), Dave Darland (2001 & 02) and Kevin Olson (1982 & 1987).

Justin Grant, the only driver to win races in all three national divisions in 2018, will be a teammate to five-time USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner. Zeb Wise, the youngest ever feature winner in USAC National Midget history, is among several USAC National feature winners along with C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Carson Short, Shane Cockrum and Chris Urish. Meanwhile, five-time Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., is set to make his second career midget start.

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season.

Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance. Adult general admission tickets at the door are $20, kids 6-12 are $10 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on Saturday, December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

The race will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with LIVE audio on the USAC app. As always, you can catch each and every USAC National event a day after the race is run, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST (74 cars as of December 11, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team 0 Johnny Murdock / Dallas, TX (Zero Motorsports) 02 Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage) 05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports) 08 Grady Chandler / Piedmont, Oklahoma (Dave Mac Motorsports) 1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing) 1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland) 2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team) 2B Jason Grady / Farmington, NM (2B Racing) 3 Alex Watson / Columbus, OH (3w Racing) 3c Tanner Thorson / Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports) 3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman) 3s Brian Shirley / Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman) 4A Justin Grant / Ione, CA (RAMS Racing) 5 Chase Briscoe / Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing) 5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe) 5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing) 6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II) 7 Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC) 7B Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard) 7BC Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing) 7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports) 7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports) 8JR Anton Hernandez / Arlington, TX (Bear Wood) 9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover) 9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing) 9x Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser) 11K Gage Rucker / Bellflower, MO (Kruseman Motorsports) 11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing) 11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne) 11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young) 14c Danny Clark / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing) 14s Ronnie Gardner / Riverside, CA (RAMS Racing) 14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer) 16 Joey Parker / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing) 17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights) 19p Brandon Long / Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long) 22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 23 Mitchell Davis / Auburn, IL (Patrick Ryan) 23x Patrick Lawson / Edwardsville, IL (Hunt Brothers) 29 Joey Moughan / Springfield, IL (Tom Casson) 32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham) 35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins) 36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC) 39 Kyle May / New Palestine, IN (Kyle May Racing) 39BC Zeb Wise / Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing) 41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard) 41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue) 45 Carson Short / Marion, IL (Carson Short) 47 Andrew Layser / Collegeville, PA (Clauson Marshall Racing) 49F Taylor Forbes / Harrisburg, SD (Taylor Forbes) 50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler) 51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Jim Neuman) 52K John Dyson / Chicago, IL (Kruseman Motorsports) 55 C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (Alex Bowman) 55x Nick Drake / Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline) 56x Mark Chisholm / Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing) 57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports) 67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development) 67R Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development) 77u Chris Urish / Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson) 77w Joey Wirth / Waterloo, IL (Joey Wirth) 81 Christopher Bell / Norman, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) 81B Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights) 81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing) 85 McKenna Haase / Des Moines, IA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) 88 Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb) 89 Tanner Berryhill / Bixby, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports) 91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing) 92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing) 95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing) 99p Dillon Welch / Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk) 721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

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JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 RACE INFO

DATE: Saturday, December 15, 2018

SERIES: USAC Midget Special Event

TRACK: Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, Illinois) - 1/6-mile dirt oval

EVENT: 4th Annual "Junior Knepper 55" featuring USAC Midgets

STARTING TIMES: Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on Saturday, December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

Participant parking on Friday, December 14 from 4-6 pm.

TICKETS: Adult reserved Seats: $19. Adult General Admission: $20. Kids 6-12: $10. Kids 5 years-old & under: FREE! Pit passes: $30 for USAC members, $35 for non-members. Reserved tickets can be purchased online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. Pit passes can be purchased at http://www.TracPass.com/.

TRACK ADDRESS: 655 Executive Dr., Du Quoin, IL 62832

TRACK PHONE: (618) 542-1515

TRACK WEBSITE: https://www.illinois.gov/sites/dsf/Pages/default.aspx

MEDIA COVERAGE: Live stream on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Live audio on the USAC app. Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation. Watch on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

LINKS

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Follow USAC on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usacnation.

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Be sure to follow USAC on Instagram at www.instagram.com/usacnation.

Subscribe to www.loudpedal.tv to view replays of this year's races as well as historical USAC action from the past.


 

REIGNING WINNER CHRISTOPHER BELL ENTERS
AS KNEPPER 55 FIELD NEARS 70

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (December 10, 2018).........Recent "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner Christopher Bell has filed his entry to compete in the "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event this Saturday, December 15 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin as the entry list has exploded to 69 drivers and teams for the fourth annual race.

Bell, of Norman, Oklahoma, is one of three entries for Tucker/Boat Motorsports alongside McKenna Haase and Tanner Berryhill. Bell is the defending winner of the "Knepper 55," taking the lead four laps from the finish to win the 55-lap main event. Ironically, it was a Tucker/Boat Motorsports car driven by Chad Boat that Bell passed to win the race.

C.J. Leary has also thrown his hat into the ring, driving for NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman. Leary was victorious in two USAC series this year, with a win in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car division at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and in the Silver Crown car at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Five-time USAC Light Up the World Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner of Riverside, Calif. will make his "Knepper 55" debut aboard a car for RAMS Racing as a teammate to Justin Grant, the only driver to win races in all three national divisions in 2018.

Meanwhile, Elkhart, Ill. native Chris Urish, a Silver Crown winner in the "Ted Horn 100" at the adjacent Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval, will drive for Tom Casson alongside teammate and fellow Silver Crown competitor Joey Moughan of Springfield, Ill. Carson Short has won on the big stage before, capturing the 2016 "Indiana Sprint Week" round at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. He will drive his own No. 45 at Du Quoin.

Brian Shirley, of Chatham, Ill. a standout in late model racing, will drive for Jim Neuman while winged sprint car warrior Paul Nienhiser of Chapin, Ill. takes the wheel of his own ride.

These are just a few among the crop of drivers to make up this year's stout "Knepper 55" field, which also includes last year's race runner-up Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) and 2016 "Shamrock Classic" third-place driver Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), plus a pair of decorated USAC National Midget champions in Dave Darland and Kevin Olson.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., captured the 2001 and 2002 series titles in addition to his 1997 Silver Crown and 1999 National Sprint Car championships. He will drive the RMS LLC No. 36D. National Midget Hall of Famer Olson, of Loves Park, Ill., won his USAC National Midget titles in 1982 and 1987. He will climb aboard Dennis Hoppe's No. 5H on the 1/5-mile, indoor dirt oval.

Five-time Indy Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., steps into the Jody Rosenboom No. 22CD for his second career appearance in a midget. Beech Grove, Indiana's Kyle O'Gara, the 2014 USAC Pavement Midget champ, belts into the SFH Racing Development No. 67 for the "Knepper 55." Meanwhile, southern Illinois USAC Silver Crown star Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill., twice a winner on the adjacent "Magic Mile," will wheel the Harris Racing No. 91.

Robert Dalby off Simi Valley, Calif. and Newcastle, Oklahoma's Trey Marcham have each had success in the USAC Western States Midget division during their careers. Dalby finished third in series points this season and will drive for Loyet Motorsports, the team that won the second-ever USAC-sanctioned race at the Southern Illinois Center, a Midwest HPD Midget event in 2005. Marcham, who led the first 17 laps of the 2017 "Knepper 55," picked up three victories with the series in 2014.

Winged sprint car veterans Ryan Smith and Tony Bruce, Jr. will shed the wing for a night of midget racing. Bruce, of Liberal, Kans. was the 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year while Kunkletown, Pennsylvania's Smith has won races with both the World of Outlaws and the All Star Circuit of Champions.

The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 15 "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code KNEPPER to enter your car for the race for no charge. The offer expires Monday, December 10th, 2018. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Tuesday, December 11th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

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

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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

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

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

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

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on Saturday, December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

The race will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with LIVE audio on the USAC app. As always, you can catch each and every USAC National event a day after the race is run, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST
(69 cars as of December 10, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team
0 Johnny Murdock / Dallas, TX (Zero Motorsports)
05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports)
08 Grady Chandler / Piedmont, Oklahoma (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team)
2B Jason Grady / Farmington, NM (2B Racing)
2G Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage)
3 Alex Watson / Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
3N Jake Neuman / New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s Brian Shirley / Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A Justin Grant / Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
5 Chase Briscoe / Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe)
5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard)
7T Adam Taylor / Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports)
7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
8JR Anton Hernandez / Arlington, TX (Bear Wood)
9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
9x Paul Nienhiser / Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser)
11K Gage Rucker / Bellflower, MO (Kruseman Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne)
11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young)
14c Danny Clark / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
14s Ronnie Gardner / Riverside, CA (RAMS Racing)
14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer)
16 Joey Parker / Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights)
19p Brandon Long / Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long)
22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
23 Mitchell Davis / Auburn, IL (Patrick Ryan)
23x Patrick Lawson / Edwardsville, IL (Hunt Brothers)
29 Joey Moughan / Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
36J Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
39 Kyle May / New Palestine, IN (Kyle May Racing)
41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
41x Howard Moore / Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue)
45 Carson Short / Marion, IL (Carson Short)
49F Taylor Forbes / Harrisburg, SD (Taylor Forbes)
50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler)
51B Joe B. Miller / Millersville, MO (Jim Neuman)
52K John Dyson / Chicago, IL (Kruseman Motorsports)
55 C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN (Alex Bowman)
55x Nick Drake / Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56x Mark Chisholm / Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing)
57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
68 Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
77u Chris Urish / Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77w Joey Wirth / Waterloo, IL (Joey Wirth)
81 Christopher Bell / Norman, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
81B Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights)
81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing)
85 McKenna Haase / Des Moines, IA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)
89 Tanner Berryhill / Bixby, OK (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)
721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

 

 

SWANSON, COURTNEY, SEAVEY SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT FRIDAY'S 63RD NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS CELEBRATION

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 7, 2018).........USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Tyler Courtney and Logan Seavey shared the spotlight along with other 2018 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 63rd USAC "Night of Champions" celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., Courtney, of Indianapolis, IN and Seavey, of Sutter, Calif., earned National championships. Swanson is a four-time Silver Crown titlist, Courtney a first-time AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Seavey a first-time P1 Insurance National Midget champ.

Courtney secured the $5,000 Mike Curb "Super License" in memory of Bryan Clauson. The award was presented for scoring the most National points combined in the three series.

Car owner National champions for 2018 included DePalma Motorsports of Lima, Ohio (Silver Crown), Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing of Fishers, Ind. (Sprint) and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. (Midget).

Emcees Pat Sullivan, Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb orchestrated the presentations, which included driver and car entrant champions, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved Drivers and special award recipients.

Among items presented to the 2018 champions were championship rings from Jostens, trophies, plaques, Hoosier Tire jackets, medallions, distinctive sound art canvases and OGIO Sonic Sling Packs from Elliott's Custom Trailers.

Sprint Car driving champions in addition to the aforementioned included Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints); Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. (West Coast Sprints), Charles Davis, Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprints), Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. (East Coast Sprints) and Brett Wilson of Sapulpa, Okla. (Wingless Oklahoma Sprints).

Other 2018 champions included Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. (Light up the World Beverages Western States Midgets); Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. (USAC Eastern Midgets), Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, NY (Laquerre's Sports DMA Speed2 Midget); Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio (Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget); Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. (Engler IMRA Speed2 Midget), Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. (Western Speed2 Midget Overall and Pavement), Tyler Slay of Watsonville, Calif. (Western Speed2 Midget Dirt) and Jessica Bean of Farmland, Ind. (Eastern Speed2 Midget).

Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley, Calif. earned the USAC National Lightning Sprint title.

Also honored for their 2018 championships at Kutztown, Pa.'s Action Track USA were Billy Pauch, Jr. of Frenchtown, NJ (All Pro SpeedSTRs and Hyper Racing Wingless 600 Sprints); Jared Silfee of Saylorsburg, Pa. (Speedway Entertainment All Star Slingshots) and Tyler Ulsh of Shade Gap, Pa. (Speedway Entertainment Junior Slingshots).

Honored as USAC .25 Midget National Champions as a result of their accomplishments were drivers Steven Snyder (Heavy 160 Dirt and Heavy World Formula Pavement), Paul Hartwig (Junior Honda Dirt), Dylan Kontra (Senior Honda Dirt), Kenny Beinhower (Heavy Honda Dirt), Jacob Denney (Light 160 and Light World Formula Dirt), Tyler Driscoll (Junior Animal Dirt), Preston Lattomus (Senior Animal and Light Formula Mod Dirt), Jayden Wolf (Unrestricted Animal and Heavy World Formula Dirt), Ethan Burdett (Junior Honda and Junior Animal Pavement), Hunter Wise (Light 160 and Light World Formula Pavement), Ryan Wilson (Heavy 160 Pavement), Nick Loden (Senior Honda Pavement), Chase Spicola (Senior Animal Pavement), Daytona Spicola (Unrestricted Animal Pavement), Justis Sokol (Heavy Formula Mod Pavement) and Taylor Watson (Heavy Honda Pavement).

USAC President Kevin Miller presented USAC Special Appreciation Awards to Scott Petry and Reece O'Connor, acknowledging their contributions to the BC39 Midget race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Roger McCluskey Award to Phil Grove for his outstanding support of and contributions to the BC39 Midget race. Race organizer Doug Boles also was awarded the Race Organizer of the Year award for the September Midget spectacular at IMS.

Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind. earned the 2018 USAC Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" honor. Timmy Buckwalter of Douglassville, Pa. and Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. shared the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Rookie honors and Seavey was also presented the Bob Stroud Memorial Rookie of the Year award for the P1 Insurance National Midget Series.

Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind. was named USAC's Most Improved National Driver of 2018.

USAC's 2018 Chief Mechanic of the Year award went to Tyler Ransbottom, who orchestrated Courtney's drive to the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title.

In a special ceremony, the #63 Silver Crown car was proclaimed a "lifetime registration" for DePalma Motorsports, the Silver Crown Car Owner champions who announced their retirement at the end of 2018.

Dick Jordan, who is celebrating his 50th year at USAC, was honored for his contributions to the series with an award named after him. Recipients of the award will have to meet the criteria of one who has dedicated his or her life to the betterment of USAC racing.

Two driving championships concluded in virtual ties in 2018, with Tyler Courtney and Michael Faccinto benefitting from their total feature wins in claiming their respective titles. The only previous tie in USAC history resulted in 1977 when Herm Johnson and Tom Bagley shared the Mini-Indy crown.

Second and third-place drivers and car entrants in USAC's National racing series also received their year-end recognition and awards.

All USAC driving champions were also presented one-year memberships by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.

Floral decorations were provided by Jockish Flowers of Indianapolis.

 

LEARY TO DRIVE FULL-TIME FOR FMR
ON 2019 USAC MIDGET TRAIL

Indianapolis, Indiana.........C.J. Leary has agreed to drive full-time for FMR Racing on the complete 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail.

Leary, of Greenfield, Ind., has been a standout on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail for the last number of years, but will now take on the midget tour for the first time in his racing career aboard the No. 76m.

Brady Bacon, FMR's driver for the past three seasons, has taken a step back from full-time midget competition, but will still compete as a teammate to Leary in 10-12 races on the 33-race schedule in 2019.

Bacon and FMR have won several races on the USAC National Midget tour in recent seasons, including the inaugural running of the BC39 at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2018.

The 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule features its largest slate of events in over two decades with a myriad of notable races dotting the U.S. map. The season begins with the series debut at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the kickoff of "Winter Dirt Games X" with two complete shows on Feb. 8-9. The head indoors on Mar. 9 for the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, followed by the "Kokomo Grand Prix" doubleheader on Apr. 5-6 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway. A double-dip at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. follow on May 17-18.

A busy summer stretch takes you to the Hoosier State for the 15th edition of "Indiana Midget Week" from June 4-9 at Montpelier, Gas City, Putnamville (Lincoln Park), Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo. A stop at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. precedes Mid-American Midget Week, which includes visits to Meeker, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway on July 9, Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on July 10, the two-night "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 12-13 and concluding at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on July 14.

The end of July kicks off "Pennsylvania Midget Week" between July 30 and Aug. 3 at Grandview, Action Track USA, Path Valley, Linda's and Lanco. The second installment of the "BC39" returns to The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 4-5 followed by the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sept. 28. The Midwest season finishes up at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Oct. 19 before the series heads west for an expanded docket of races starting with the 52nd annual "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 15-16, before heading to California's Placerville Speedway on Nov. 20-21, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 23 and the season-capper on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the 79th "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

 

 

KEVIN THOMAS, JR. REJOINS PETRY FOR 2019 USAC MIDGET CAMPAIGN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 7, 2018).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. has rejoined Petry Motorsports to take on the full USAC NOS Energy Drink USAC Midget National Championship schedule in 2019.

The Cullman, Ala. driver competed for Petry to conclude the 2017 season and began the 2018 campaign for the team, finishing 13th in the 2017 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, then started 2018 with a 15th at the "Shamrock Classic" in Du Quoin, Ill. and a 10th at the "Kokomo Grand Prix" in Kokomo, Ind.

Thomas, the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car runner-up, ran the remainder of the 2018 Midget season for Joe Dooling, finishing 8thin the standings with a pair of victories at Kokomo during "Indiana Midget Week" and the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans.

A year ago, the Thomas and Petry connection began the season with two consecutive midget victories at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. The 2019 USAC National Midget season debuts at the same 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt oval this year with "Winter Dirt Games X."

Thomas already has the comfort level of racing with a team he holds previous experience with. To start off at a venue that they've hit their highest successes at is a nice springboard for what Thomas believes will be a successful venture.

"I'm really excited to be back with Scott, Terry, Tim and the rest of the guys," Thomas said. "I have such a blast racing for them and look forward to a long-lasting relationship. They have put in the effort and time to become a top-tier team. Now it's time to keep building and come out strong in Florida again."

Thomas has been one of the most successful drivers in USAC over the past several seasons. Thomas owns four career USAC National Midget feature victories and 25 USAC National Sprint Car wins, tying him with Steve Butler and Jay Drake for 18th all-time.

The 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule features its largest slate of events in over two decades with a myriad of notable races dotting the U.S. map. The season begins with the series debut at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the kickoff of "Winter Dirt Games X" with two complete shows on Feb. 8-9. The head indoors on Mar. 9 for the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, followed by the "Kokomo Grand Prix" doubleheader on Apr. 5-6 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway. A double-dip at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. follow on May 17-18.

A busy summer stretch takes you to the Hoosier State for the 15th edition of "Indiana Midget Week" from June 4-9 at Montpelier, Gas City, Putnamville (Lincoln Park), Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo. A stop at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. precedes Mid-American Midget Week, which includes visits to Meeker, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway on July 9, Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on July 10, the two-night "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 12-13 and concluding at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on July 14.

The end of July kicks off "Pennsylvania Midget Week" between July 30 and Aug. 3 at Grandview, Action Track USA, Path Valley, Linda's and Lanco. The second installment of the "BC39" returns to The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 4-5 followed by the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sept. 28. The Midwest season finishes up at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Oct. 19 before the series heads west for an expanded docket of races starting with the 52nd annual "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 15-16, before heading to California's Placerville Speedway on Nov. 20-21, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 23 and the season-capper on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the 79th "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

 

 

FLOSPORTS ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH USAC ON FLORACING.COM

AUSTIN, Texas - December 6, 2018 - Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced a multiyear partnership with the United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) to provide live and on-demand coverage of more than 80 races per year exclusively on FloRacing.com.

Through this new agreement, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2019, FloRacing will broadcast all of USAC Racing's flagship National Championship events in its Silver Crown Championship, AMSOIL National Sprint Series and the NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship.

Included in the partnership, existing Loudpedal.tv subscribers will be granted access to not only all live and on-demand FloRacing content, but thousands of other live events streamed across 20+ other verticals across the FloSports network.

"FloRacing is the ideal partner for us as we look to provide a best-in-class experience for our fans," USAC CEO Kevin Miller said. "We're excited about FloRacing's vision for motorsports and look forward to the enhanced coverage they will bring to promoting our series and events to a wider and more diverse audience base. The FloSports subscription model of just $150 annually for all of USAC races along with thousands of other live events makes this a true winner for racing fans worldwide."

"This is a significant partnership for us, and a big win for our motorsports fans," FloSports Vice President of Global Rights Acquisition Mike Levy said. "We will provide subscribers with a better and more affordable solution to consume live racing. Given its heritage, USAC immediately propels our efforts to grow coverage of the sport."

The 2019 USAC National season begins with the kickoff of an expanded "Winter Dirt Games" schedule that brings the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets to Ocala, Fla., for their debut appearance at Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 8-9, followed by the return of the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars Feb. 14-16.

Throughout the season, FloRacing will take you to the marquee events on the USAC calendar, including the 14th annual Indiana Midget Week on June 4-9, the 12th annual Eastern Storm on June 11-16, Mid-America Midget Week on July 9-14, the 32nd Indiana Sprint Week on July 18-27, and Pennsylvania Midget Week on July 30 - August 3, among many competitions.

To access live and on-demand coverage of USAC races and other racing events, visit FloRacing.com to become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4.

Streaming more than 10,000 live competitions per year, FloSports continues to emerge as the global leader in live, in-depth, and on-demand digital coverage for passionate sports fans.

For more information, visit FloRacing.com or FloSports.tv.

About FloSports FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, partners with event rights holders, governing bodies, and other media companies to unlock a world of sports coverage that true fans have been waiting for. Through live streaming of premier events, original video programming, and weekly studio shows, FloSports is growing the sports, the events, the athletes, and the fans. Current verticals under the FloSports header include Racing, Softball, MMA, Basketball, Wrestling, Track, Gymnastics, Hockey, and more.

About USAC Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) has proven itself as being the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today's largest racing series including its own suite of circle track series in Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget racing (quarter midgets), Pirelli World Challenge, Rallycross, American Rally Association, International Snowmobile Racing, Robby Gordon Stadium Trucks, Ultra 4 Racing, Formula Race Promotions and USAC Karting. USAC has over 17,000 competitors racing at more than 1,000 sanctioned events globally.


 


DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 RETURNING
SEPT. 4-5, 2019 TO THE DIRT TRACK AT IMS

From IMS Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........The Driven2SaveLives BC39 race, which debuted in September 2018 as an overwhelming success with drivers, teams and fans, will return for its second running Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

The United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Championship event once again will kick off the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, creating five consecutive days of action at the Racing Capital of the World.

Ticket reorders and new applications are being accepted through Jan. 4, 2019 at IMS.com and through the IMS Ticket Office. The inaugural event featured a capacity crowd despite rainy conditions, so fans should act quickly to reorder or apply for seats. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in early 2019.

The event will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

"The Driven2SaveLives BC39 was a spectacular event for everyone involved, putting talented short-track racers and teams from across America into a richly deserved spotlight," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "There were memories made for a lifetime both nights, so everyone at IMS is so happy to see this event return in September 2019 as part of our Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard weekend.

"We're especially grateful that the BC39 raised so much awareness of the Driven2SaveLives campaign and honored the memory of Bryan Clauson, an extraordinary race driver who was an even better person. We will continue to work hard to ensure this event carries on the incredible legacy of BC through the Indiana Donor Network."

Two-time USAC National Champion Brady Bacon won the 39-lap feature race Thursday night, Sept. 6 to earn the richest purse in recent Midget racing history. The thrilling race before a packed house came after track crews worked tirelessly to prepare the quarter-mile clay oval track after heavy afternoon rain.

The inaugural event opened Sept. 5 with a dazzling victory by 15-year-old Indiana native Zeb Wise, a protégé of Clauson, under the lights in the Stoops Pursuit race.

Dirt and asphalt racers from around the country competed in the inaugural event at IMS, with an all-time record entry of 118 Midget cars. Competitors included NASCAR stars Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Christopher Bell, popular IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly and eight former USAC Midget national champions.

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 also marked the triumphant debut of The Dirt Track at IMS, located inside Turn 3 of the oval. The event also started a new chapter in the longstanding relationship between USAC and IMS, which were synonymous for many years after the sanctioning body was formed in 1956 by IMS owner Tony Hulman. USAC was the sanctioning body for the Indianapolis 500 from 1956 through 1997.

"We had high expectations for the BC39 last year, and the atmosphere and the on-track action was everything we dreamed it could be and more," USAC President Kevin Miller said. "The BC39 is a truly special event and one that has already become a crown jewel of dirt track racing. We are thrilled that the event is returning and I know drivers, teams and fans are already circling this one on their calendars."

Indiana Donor Network, which oversees and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation across the state, launched Driven2SaveLives in April 2016 with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Stefan Wilson to promote donation and transplantation awareness around the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. At the time, the campaign honored Stefan's late brother, IndyCar race winner Justin Wilson, who died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash and saved five lives as an organ donor.

Three-time USAC Midget and two-time USAC Sprint Car national champion Clauson, a versatile and beloved driver, died in August 2016 following a race accident. As a registered donor, he went on to save five lives as an organ donor and continues to heal the lives of countless others as a tissue donor. In January 2017, Indiana Donor Network partnered with Clauson-Marshall Racing and expanded Driven2SaveLives into dirt track racing in honor of Clauson.

 

 

NOS® ENERGY DRINK NAMED TITLE SPONSOR
OF USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS BEGINNING IN 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........NOS Energy Drink has partnered with the United States Auto Club to become the title sponsor of the USAC Midget National Championship, beginning with the 2019 racing season.

NOS Energy Drink and USAC have agreed multi-year deal that will position the high-performance energy drink as The Official Energy Drink of one of the most highly-competitive and intense racing series in the world with USAC Midget racing.

"We are thrilled to welcome the NOS Energy Drink family to the USAC Midget National Championship," USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. "USAC racers are some of the most extreme athletes in the world and partnering up with a nationally recognized brand with a passion for motorsports is a winning combination. USAC's Midget division is the most competitive and exciting it's ever been with intense, wheel-to-wheel racing at marquee events from coast-to-coast. To connect two of the most exciting brands - USAC Midget racing and NOS Energy Drink - is a perfect match."

"We're really going to be going in circles in 2019 and we couldn't be happier," exclaimed NOS Energy Drink Marketing Director, Lauren Albano. "We started working with the United States Auto Club in 2018 and quickly came to realize that its' brand of hard charging, lock-to-lock racing was an exact reflection of what NOS Energy Drink is all about. We were all part of so much excitement, horsepower and energy at Indiana Sprint Week, the spectacular BC39 event and, well, racing to victory with our teams and drivers in 2018 that we decided to hop everything up reach and for a higher gear. We are excited to welcome USAC and race fans to the NOS Energy Drink team!"

NOS Energy Drink is known for its association with racing and success. During the 2018 season, the beverage was the title sponsor for the 31st annual "Indiana Sprint Week," which saw racetracks filled to capacity night-after-night to witness USAC racing. Last September, NOS Energy Drink served as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural "BC39" at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which featured the highest car count (110) for a single event in the history of the USAC Midget National Championship as well as the highest winner's share for a race during season for the series. Additionally, NOS Energy Drink sponsored numerous drivers who found victory lane in USAC competition during the year.

USAC Midget racing is at the top of its game right now, coming off a season in which 11 different drivers found victory lane, the most since 2012. NOS Energy Drink is at the top of its game right now as well, showing a commitment to USAC and the short track racing community, which continues to grow each and every year. NOS Energy Drink is the Official Energy Drink of USAC and will continue to be the presenting sponsor of the BC39 as well as the title sponsor of several races throughout the year.

The 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule features its largest slate of events in over two decades with a myriad of notable races dotting the U.S. map. The season begins with the series debut at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the kickoff of "Winter Dirt Games X" with two complete shows on Feb. 8-9. The head indoors on Mar. 9 for the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, followed by the "Kokomo Grand Prix" doubleheader on Apr. 5-6 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway. A double-dip at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. follow on May 17-18.

A busy summer stretch takes you to the Hoosier State for the 15th edition of "Indiana Midget Week" from June 4-9 at Montpelier, Gas City, Putnamville (Lincoln Park), Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo. A stop at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. precedes Mid-American Midget Week, which includes visits to Meeker, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway on July 9, Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on July 10, the two-night "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 12-13 and concluding at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on July 14.

The end of July kicks off "Pennsylvania Midget Week" between July 30 and Aug. 3 at Grandview, Action Track USA, Path Valley, Linda's and Lanco. The second installment of the "BC39" returns to The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 4-5 followed by the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sept. 28. The Midwest season finishes up at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Oct. 19 before the series heads west for an expanded docket of races starting with the 52nd annual "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 15-16, before heading to California's Placerville Speedway on Nov. 20-21, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 23 and the season-capper on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the 79th "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

Based in Corona, California, NOS Energy is part of the Monster Energy Company, acquired from The Coca-Cola Company in 2015. Launched in 2005, NOS Energy Drink fuels performance by providing the high-performance energy and enhanced mental focus you need to stay ahead of the pack. Whether on the track, tuning a favorite car in the garage, or conquering your day, NOS Energy delivers a kick. Rooted in auto-culture, NOS Energy Drink is a proud partner of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chris Forsberg, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Chris Windom, Tyler Courtney and Sheldon Haudenschild - just to name a few. High Performance Energy. High Performance Athletes. For more information, visit http://www.drinknos.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/NOSEnergyDrink/.

2019 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE
Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Mar 9: (A) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
May 17: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 18: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jun 9: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jun 29: The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (Joliet, IL)
Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK)
Jul 10: Solomon Valley Raceway (Beloit, KS)
Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)
Jul 30: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jul 31: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)
Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 2: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Sep 4-5: (A) Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Speedway, IN)
Sep 28: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Oct 19: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Nov 15: (W) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 16: (W) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 20: (W) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Nov 21: (W) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Nov 23: (W) Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA)
Nov 28: (W) Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
TBA: (A) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)
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(A) = Appearance Points Only
(W) = Co-Sanctioned by the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets

 

2019 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE
IS LARGEST IN TWO DECADES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........A talent-laden USAC National Midget field is set to tackle the largest series schedule since 1997 with 33 events at 27 different tracks in 11 states making up the 2019 series slate, highlighted by a host of first-time venues.

The season kicks off February 8-9 for "Winter Dirt Games" with the series' debut at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the first visit by the USAC National Midgets to the Sunshine State since 2013. From there, the series heads to traditional stops indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the "Shamrock Classic" on March 9, then onto the two-night "Kokomo Grand Prix" April 5-6 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway.

In May, the midgets return to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. for the first time since 2016 on the 17th. The following night, just across the Mississippi River, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. will host the series for the first time ever on the 18th.

A busy June stretch begins with the 14th edition of "Indiana Midget Week" - six races in six consecutive nights between June 4-9 at Montpelier Motor Speedway, Gas City I-69 Speedway, Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway and Kokomo Speedway. The end of June is marked by the return of USAC to The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. on June 29 for the first time since 2004.

Two huge weeks of racing commence in the month of July with "Mid-America Midget Week" racing into the Heartland of America for five races in six nights, starting with Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. on July 9, Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on July 10, Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 12-13 and concluding at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on July 14.

On July 30, "Pennsylvania Midget Week" begins with five events in as many nights, which takes the series to Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. for the first time in 30 years. The following night, July 31, it's onto the series' debut at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa., before rounding out the week at the familiar "PA Midget Week" venues of Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa. on Aug. 1, Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. on Aug. 2 and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. on Aug. 3.

September begins with a bang on the 4th and 5th with the return of the BC39 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Then, it's off to Eldora Speedway and the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" on Sept. 28. Moving into October, the first USAC Midget race at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway since 2012 will take place on the 19th.

In November, it's time to head west for the series' debut at Arizona Speedway for two consecutive nights of the "Western World Championships" on Nov. 15-16 - a doubleheader alongside the USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars. California's Placerville Speedway joins the schedule for the initial time on Nov. 20-21. Staying in California, Bakersfield Speedway's "November Classic" serves as the penultimate race of the season on Nov. 23, leading into the capper, Thanksgiving Night, Nov. 28 on the beach at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. All races will be held in conjunction with the USAC Light Up The World Western States Midgets.

At press time, the date for the "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. is yet to be announced.

2019 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE
Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Mar 9: (A) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
May 17: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 18: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jun 9: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jun 29: The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (Joliet, IL)
Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK)
Jul 10: Solomon Valley Raceway (Beloit, KS)
Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)
Jul 30: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jul 31: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)
Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 2: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Sep 4-5: (A) Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Speedway, IN)
Sep 28: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Oct 19: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Nov 15: (W) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 16: (W) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 20: (W) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Nov 21: (W) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Nov 23: (W) Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA)
Nov 28: (W) Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
TBA: (A) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)
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(A) = Appearance Points Only
(W) = Co-Sanctioned by the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets

 

 

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT HIT THE TRAIL
FOR 44 RACES IN 12 STATES IN 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........Forty-four races in 12 different states make up the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule for the 2019 season.

For the tenth consecutive year, the tour begins in the Sunshine State for "Winter Dirt Games X," three nights in a row at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. on February 14-15-16. On March 30, the bulk of the season gets revved up at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, with two more Hoosier state races following on April 12-13 at Bloomington Speedway and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, respectively.

Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway says #LetsRaceTwo in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on May 10-11. The following week, the series hits the road for a pair of doubleheaders, one of five this season in conjunction with the USAC National Midgets, on May 17 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. for the "Rivertown Showdown." The 49th "Tony Hulman Classic" takes the green at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track on May 22. To close out the month of May, the series hits the road toward the Heartland for the "I-80 Dirt Classic" at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. June opens up one state to the south in Kansas City, Kans. at Lakeside Speedway on June 1.

The 13th edition of Eastern Storm takes over Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey between June 11-16. Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. leads off the five-race series on June 11, followed by New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway on June 12, BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. on June 13, Port Royal Speedway in Pa. on June 15 and concludes at New York's Weedsport Speedway on June 16. The series draws June to a close with the "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" on June 22 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

The busiest month of the year arrives in July with 10 races in a 23-night span. The inaugural "Corn Belt Nationals" debuts at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway on July 5-6 with two-nights and two complete shows with the final night paying a whopping $20,000-to-win and $1000 to start.

The hits keep on coming in July with the 32nd annual "Indiana Sprint Week," which includes a distinct array of tracks with their own characteristics, ranging from relatively flat to high banks, from quarters to half-miles and from wide-sweeping turns to paperclip-shaped venues. ISW also features an expanded schedule of eight races, equaling the schedule of 2003 and 2007 for the most ever in the history of ISW.

It all begins July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, before heading to Plymouth Speedway on July 19, Kokomo Speedway on July 20 and Lawrenceburg Speedway on July 21. After a two-day break, ISW reconvenes July 24 at the Terre Haute Action Track, then onto Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on July 25, Bloomington Speedway on July 26 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt in July 27.

Kokomo serves as the base for the series for four consecutive nights between August 21-24. The series' lone non-points special event takes place on night one with #GYATK Night on August 21. The following three nights on August 22-23-24 at Kokomo play host to the eighth installment of "Sprint Car Smackdown."

The next six races in line close up shop on the Midwestern portion of the schedule with the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track on September 13, the "Haubstadt Hustler" at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway on September 14, the "James Dean Classic" at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway on September 26, the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 28, the "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on October 5 and a return visit to Terre Haute for the "Wabash Clash" on October 11.

The west calls the National teams to California and Arizona along with the USAC/CRA and USAC Southwest Sprint Car tours to complete the 2019 campaign. First up, it's the 24th annual "Oval Nationals" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for three nights on November 7-8-9. The 52nd Western World Championships at San Tan Valley's Arizona Speedway now take the role as the host of the season finales on Nov. 15-16, which also has the USAC National Midgets on the event card.

2019 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
Feb 14: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Mar 30: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Apr 12: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Apr 13: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
May 10: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 11: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 17: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 18: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
May 22: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
May 31: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)
Jun 1: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Jun 11: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jun 12: Bridgeport Speedway (Bridgeport, NJ)
Jun 13: BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Jun 16: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)
Jun 22: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 5: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Jul 6: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Jul 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jul 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Jul 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jul 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jul 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jul 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Aug 21: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) (SE)
Aug 22: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 23: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sep 13: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Sep 14: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Sep 26: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Sep 28: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Oct 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Oct 11: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Nov 7: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 8: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 9: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 15: (C) (S) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 16: (C) (S) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
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(M) = Co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series
(C) = Co-sanctioned by USAC/CRA
(S) = Co-sanctioned by the USAC Southwest

 

 

MEMPHIS TO HOST USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON OPENER IN MARCH

Millington, Tennessee (December 6, 2018).........Memphis International Raceway and the United States Auto Club announced the 2019 Season opener for the Silver Crown Champ Car Series will be held at MIR on Saturday, March 23.

This marks a return to the three-quarter mile for the popular open-wheel cars, which held its first event at Memphis in 1998. The 100-lap race will be the lid lifter on their 12-race season schedule for this season.

"This will be a great event for both MIR, the Memphis area and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series," said Tim Packman, President of MIR. "We are honored to have this legendary series with their iconic style of racing returning to Memphis."

"An event of this caliber also lets the racing community know MIR is committed to bring more oval track entertainment to our facility. We are looking forward to this event with the local business community and our fans turning out to watch the stars in the cars."

Top names such as 2018 champion Kody Swanson, Chris Windom and Justin Grant are expected to compete. From a historical standpoint, past Silver Crown champions such as Gary Bettenhausen, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, to name a few, all went on to championship careers on multiple levels.

"Memphis has hosted some of the most competitive races in Silver Crown history and I'm beyond thrilled the series is headed back in 2019," said Levi Jones, USAC Series Coordinator. "Silver Crown was first there in 1998. From day one, it's been a first-class facility with a track perfectly suited for Silver Crown racing, offering multiple grooves and side-by-side racing, which will provide an exhilarating experience for race fans."

Early plans are shaping up to have an open practice session on Friday, March 22 followed the next day with two practices, qualifying and the 100-lap race on Saturday afternoon. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7 via https://tickets.thefoat.com/MIRTickets/host_id-20661/season_tickets_first-1/pages/1-2

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN RETURNS TO MEMPHIS
& THE GROVE ON 12-RACE 2019 SCHEDULE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........Memphis International Raceway and Williams Grove Speedway return to the USAC Silver Crown schedule for the 2019 season on what is the largest slate of events since 2007.

The Memphis race on March 23 will serve as the opener for the 49th year of the Silver Crown series, which hasn't visited the ¾-mile paved oval since 2004. It's one of six races on the blacktop in 2019, creating a balanced mix with the six dirt races on the docket.

The return to Williams Grove Speedway marks the series' comeback to the famed half-mile dirt oval on June 14, following a one-year hiatus. The race is nestled in the midst of Eastern Storm, which includes five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races in the East to create a can't-miss week of racing action.

Silver Crown racing's history is full of legendary drivers competing on legendary tracks. The dirt side is a venerable Hall of Fame of dirt venues in the United States. On April 14, the series heads to Indiana's lone half-mile dirt venue, the Terre Haute Action Track, for the "Sumar Classic."

The dirt miles have been a staple on the Champ Car racing circuit nearly since the invention of the automobile. The tradition continues with three dates on the historic Fairground tracks. On May 23, the Indiana State Fairgrounds lead off the trio of miles with the "Hoosier Hundred." From there, it's onto the two Illinois miles of Springfield on August 17 for the "Bettenhausen 100" and Du Quoin on September 1 for the "Ted Horn 100."

The season concludes on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for the 38th edition of the "4-Crown Nationals," marking the only opportunity all season to witness all three of USAC's national divisions (Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car & National Midget) on the same event card on the same night.

On the pavement side of the equation, following Memphis, the series takes on the familiar haunts of Ohio's Toledo Speedway for the "Rollie Beale Classic" on April 27, the first of two stops at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. on May 24 for the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic." The series debut at Oregon, Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway last year was a rousing success. The Silver Crown cars return there for round No. 2 of the "Dairyland 100" on June 28.

Salem Speedway has hosted USAC racing since the club's inception in 1956. One of the most tenured races on the calendar is the "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial," which brings the series to the high banks on Aug. 10. The final pavement race of the year hits Lucas Oil Raceway for a second time on September 7 with the "Rich Vogler Classic."

2019 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE
Mar 22-23: (P#) Memphis International Raceway (Millington, TN)
Apr 14: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Apr 27: (P) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)
May 23: (D) Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
May 24: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN)
Jun 14: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 28: (P) Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)
Aug 10: (P) Salem Speedway (Salem, IN)
Aug 17: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)
Sep 1: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)
Sep 7: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Sep 27-28: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
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(P) = Pavement Race
(D) = Dirt Race
# = Daytime Race

 

 

SWANSON, COURTNEY, SEAVEY TO CELEBRATE USAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY IN INDY

USAC's 63rd "Night of Champions" National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 7, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC's 2018 racing series will be honored during the gala evening.

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. earned his fourth USAC Silver Crown Championship while Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. survived an unprecedented tie with Kevin Thomas, Jr. to capture the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. The National Midget Championship went to Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif.

Cocktails are set to begin at 6pm Eastern with dinner and the awards ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:30pm. The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 6-8 at the Indiana Convention Center, located just one block south of the banquet facility.

Numerous other performance awards are also part of the ceremonies as well as special recognition awards.

USAC's .25 Midget National Champions will also be featured at the banquet, during a special awards ceremony held prior to the National Awards Dinner, beginning at 3 pm. The .25 champions will also be headlined during the "Night of Champions" celebration later in the evening.

Pat Sullivan and Dillon Welch will again serve as this year's emcees, with assistance from Butch Lamb.

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

USAC's Western racing champions will celebrate their 2018 accomplishments on February 16, 2019 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Addition information regarding the event will be released soon.


 

WINDOM SECURES USAC SILVER CROWN / SPRINT RIDES FOR 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 4, 2018).........It didn't take long for Chris Windom, one of the most coveted free agents in USAC racing this offseason, to find two new full-time rides for the 2019 season in the Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car divisions.

The Canton, Illinois native will compete on the full USAC Silver Crown tour aboard the Goodnight/Byrd Racing No. 17 in the coming season. He will have crew chief Scott Benic on the wrenches along with sponsors Jonathan Byrd's Racing, The Pallet Builders and NOS Energy Drink on board for the campaign on both the dirt and the pavement as he aims for a second Silver Crown title. Matt Goodnight, who finished eighth in points in 2018, will compete in a second car for the team alongside Windom.

Windom will also compete on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car slate in 2019, piloting the Goacher Racing No. 5G. Following Windom to the team is crew chief Derek Claxton. Together, Windom and Claxton captured the 2017 series title and, just this past year, won both the Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week titles. NOS Energy Drink will serve as the primary sponsor with Joe Brandon/Parallax Power Supply and Jonathan Byrd's Racing also serving as sponsors.

Windom has consistently been a front runner on the USAC National scene over the past several years. In 2018, he won twice on the Silver Crown tour with Nolen Racing, sweeping both events on the dirt miles in Illinois (Springfield and Du Quoin) and four times in the Sprint Car with Baldwin Brothers Racing at Eldora, Williams Grove, Port Royal and a special event at Kokomo.

Windom was the only driver to finish in the top-three of both the USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car standings in 2018. Now he must adapt to a pair of new rides, but the outlook remains the same. His goal is winning a championship in both series and he believes he has the support in place to make that become a reality.

"It's always somewhat of an uphill battle to climb," Windom admitted. "I feel very confident about the sprint car deal being able to bring Derek (Claxton) along with me after the success we've had together over the last few years. I think, together, we can take that straight to another team and apply it right away."

"I feel really good about both deals," Windom continued. "I know Scott (Benic) and Matt (Goodnight) have really nice cars on the Crown side of things. I was a little worried here the last week when my whole deal with the sprint car got dropped on me. I'm looking forward to everything. I'm with two solid, championship-caliber teams."

The Goodnight and Goacher teams have been mainstays on the USAC trails for several seasons now, and they were eager to jump in with both feet on having Windom in their seats for the coming season. After a few phone calls and a couple meetings, Windom quickly found his homes for the upcoming year.

"It went both ways," recalled. "I made a few phone calls. I got a few phone calls. Having NOS come in as a primary sponsor on the sprint car deal obviously helps out a ton. I didn't know a whole lot about the sprint car operation up until just a few days ago. We went and had a meeting with them. Derek and I decided it would be a pretty good deal together with Goacher and Joe Brandon being the owners on the deal."

"I think both sides are going to be great," Windom added. "The Goodnight and Benic piece is something we put together with David Byrd and Jonathan Byrd's Racing. I think we've taken a good step for next year. Obviously, we've got to put everything together as far as actual racecars, but I think we've got all the pieces to do it."

 

 

LEARY LANDS USAC SPRINT RIDE WITH REINBOLD/UNDERWOOD

C.J. Leary has joined Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports to compete on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule for the 2019 season.

The 22-year-old Greenfield, Ind. native steps into #19AZ for the Arizona-based team who will be competing on the entire National trail for the first time along with highly-successful crew chief Davey Jones.

"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to drive for Team Reinbold," Leary said in the team's press release. "I'm excited to get into the shop and get the #19 cars started for 2019. I know Andy (Reinbold) can provide the tools necessary to win races, contend for the championship, and have a blast while doing it."

Leary and the Reinbold/Underwood team have each found their share of success in USAC Sprint Car racing in recent years. Leary owns seven victories in the series, including one during "Indiana Sprint Week" at Bloomington Speedway in 2018. Reinbold/Underwood competed mainly on the west coast, winning a pair of USAC/CRA Sprint Car features at California's Perris Auto Speedway this season with driver Justin Grant.

Toward the end of the 2017 season, Reinbold/Underwood won, to date, their lone USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, at Arizona Speedway with Thomas Meseraull behind the wheel. The team also competed on the "Indiana Sprint Week" tour this past season with driver R.J. Johnson. Now comes the true test as the team expands its horizons and hits the trail to take on the entire schedule for 2019.

"We are excited to add C.J. and Davey to our racing family," Reinbold said. "Our team has always been operated with a strong family influence. Having the ability to compete for a USAC National title with one of the best young drivers behind the wheel is a true blessing to us. (We're) super pumped to get this season rolling."

The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season begins February 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for "Winter Dirt Games X."

 

BRISCOE AND T-MEZ SIGN ON FOR KNEPPER 55 IN Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Chase Briscoe and Thomas Meseraull are among the latest drivers to enter the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55," as the entry list surges above 40 for the December 15 USAC Midget Special Event from the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Briscoe finished second in the 2017 "Knepper 55," behind winner Christopher Bell. The Mitchell, Ind. native and son of six-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner returns to his own No. 5 for the event. The 2017 NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver recently signed on to become a full-time driver for Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR's Xfinity series for 2019.

San Jose, California's Meseraull has been successful indoors at Du Quoin, finishing third during the 2016 "Shamrock Classic." Meseraull was a two-time winner on this year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail with victories during "Eastern Storm" at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway and on the "Indiana Sprint Week" visit to Kokomo Speedway. He will team up with Dave Darland in a pair of RMS LLC cars.

Among the other entries are a pair of decorated USAC National Midget champions in Dave Darland and Kevin Olson. Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., captured the 2001 and 2002 series titles in addition to his 1997 Silver Crown and 1999 National Sprint Car championships. He will drive the RMS LLC No. 36D. National Midget Hall of Famer Olson, of Loves Park, Ill., won his USAC National Midget titles in 1982 and 1987. He will climb aboard Dennis Hoppe's No. 5H on the 1/5-mile, indoor dirt oval.

Five-time Indy Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., steps into the Jody Rosenboom No. 22CD for his second career appearance in a midget. Beech Grove, Indiana's Kyle O'Gara, the 2014 USAC Pavement Midget champ, belts into the SFH Racing Development No. 67 for the "Knepper 55." Meanwhile, southern Illinois USAC Silver Crown star Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill., twice a winner on the adjacent "Magic Mile," will wheel the Harris Racing No. 91.

Robert Dalby off Simi Valley, Calif. and Newcastle, Oklahoma's Trey Marcham have each had success in the USAC Western States Midget division during their careers. Dalby finished third in series points this season and will drive for Loyet Motorsports, the team that won the second-ever USAC-sanctioned race at the Southern Illinois Center, a Midwest HPD Midget event in 2005. Marcham, who led the first 17 laps of the 2017 "Knepper 55," picked up three victories with the series in 2014.

Winged sprint car veterans Ryan Smith and Tony Bruce, Jr. will shed the wing for a night of midget racing. Bruce, of Liberal, Kans. was the 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year while Kunkletown, Pennsylvania's Smith has won races with both the World of Outlaws and the All Star Circuit of Champions.

Chris Andrews and Josh Most normally just make a single USAC Midget appearance per year, usually at the Southern Illinois Center. More often than not, they make the rare appearance count. Andrews, of Tulsa, Okla. finished third in the 2016 "Knepper 55" while Most took home seventh in the 2017 "Shamrock Classic."

The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 15 "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code KNEPPER to enter your car for the race for no charge. The offer expires Sunday, December 9th, 2018. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 10th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

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

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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

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

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

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

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on Saturday, December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

The race will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with LIVE audio on the USAC app. As always, you can catch each and every USAC National event a day after the race is run, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV.

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST
(41 cars as of November 29, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team
05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team)
2B Jason Grady / Farmington, NM (2B Racing)
2G Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage)
3 Alex Watson / Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
5 Chase Briscoe / Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe)
5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard)
7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne)
11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young)
14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer)
17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights)
22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
23 Mitchell Davis / Auburn, IL (Patrick Ryan)
32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
36J Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
49F Taylor Forbes / Harrisburg, SD (Taylor Forbes)
50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler)
57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
68 Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
81 Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights)
81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing)
88 Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)
91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)
721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

 

 

 

SUPER SEASON NETS SUNSHINE SUPER LICENSE TITLE
Speedway, Indiana (November 28, 2018).........You can add another feather to the cap of Tyler Courtney's memorable year after accumulating the most points in USAC's three national divisions throughout the season to claim the Mike Curb Super License for 2018 and a $5000 prize.
Courtney, who wrapped up the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title earlier this month, earned a total of 3809 points across USAC's Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions. Justin Grant was second with 3694 points, while Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3662), Brady Bacon (3389) and Chris Windom (3223) rounded out the top-five.
Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., led all drivers with a season-high 13 feature wins in USAC national competition in 2018. His 11 National Sprint Car victories came at nine different racetracks with two wins apiece at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. and Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track as well as single wins at Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Kokomo Speedway, Iowa's Knoxville Raceway, Tri-City Speedway in Illinois, Ohio's Eldora Speedway and his final win coming at Arizona Speedway. In the process, he became just the tenth driver to win a double-digit number of USAC National Sprint Car races in a single season.
In the P1 Insurance National Midgets, he recorded two victories, at Kokomo and at Eldora, finishing fourth in series points. In Silver Crown, he was 19th in the standings, winning the pole and finishing third at Terre Haute. He finished third again in the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Courtney is one of the many champions who'll be honored at the 63rd Annual USAC "Night of Champions" at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis on Friday night, December 7, 2018, located atop the Indiana Repertory Theater at 140 W. Washington St.
Cocktails are set to begin at 6pm Eastern with dinner and the awards ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.
Tickets are $65 each and must be reserved by Friday, November 30. To reserve your seat, please contact Nikki Klepper at nikki@usacracing.com or by phone at (317) 247-5151.
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2018 FINAL MIKE CURB SUPER LICENSE STANDINGS
1. Tyler Courtney - 3809
2. Justin Grant - 3694
3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. - 3662
4. Brady Bacon - 3389
5. Chris Windom - 3223
6. C.J. Leary - 2637
7. Dave Darland - 2530
8. Chase Stockon - 2343
9. Robert Ballou - 1771
10. Logan Seavey - 1684
11. Isaac Chapple - 1572
12. Jerry Coons, Jr. - 1374
13. Chad Boespflug - 1104
14. Kody Swanson - 988
15. Thomas Meseraull - 936
16. Chad Boat - 918
17. Carson Short - 887
18. Kyle Cummins - 885
19. Jarett Andretti - 875
20. Tanner Carrick - 846
21. Spencer Bayston - 766
22. Timmy Buckwalter - 746
23. Matt Westfall - 653
24. Jason McDougal - 646
25. Josh Hodges - 645
26. Zeb Wise - 632
27. Ryan Robinson - 592
28. Tucker Klaasmeyer - 546
29. Tony DiMattia - 522
30. Nick Bilbee - 518
31. Holly Shelton - 487
32. David Byrne - 459
33. Tyler Thomas - 434
34. Matt Goodnight - 426
35. Kyle Robbins - 392
36. Brayton Lynch - 390
37. Sam Johnson - 388
38. Alex Bright - 373
39. Travis Welpott - 348
40. Robert Bell - 332
41. Bobby Santos - 329
42. Brandon Mattox - 329
43. Austin Nemire - 327
44. Mike Haggenbottom - 282
45. Tanner Thorson - 279
46. Jacob Wilson - 276
47. Cole Bodine - 271
48. Aaron Pierce - 262
49. Kyle Craker - 260
50. Zane Hendricks - 259
51. Andrew Layser - 240
52. Joe Stornetta - 235
53. Johnny Petrozelle - 231
54. Zach Daum - 229
55. Eric Gordon - 228
56. Kyle Hamilton - 221
57. Mario Clouser - 214
58. Shane Cottle - 209
59. Shane Cockrum - 206
60. Ethan Mitchell - 195
61. Stevie Sussex - 187
62. Joe Liguori - 180
63. Bill Rose - 179
64. Toni Breidinger - 175
65. Patrick Lawson - 158
66. Aric Gentry - 154
67. Matt Moore - 154
68. Landon Simon - 149
69. Kent Schmidt - 148
70. Cody Gerhardt - 147
71. Jake Neuman - 136
72. Jadon Rogers - 119
73. Chris Dyson - 115
74. Jim Anderson - 110
75. Steve Buckwalter - 109
76. Gage Walker - 94
77. Joey Moughan - 92
78. Austin Mundie - 91
79. Tyler Nelson - 87
80. Tom Harris - 86
81. Tyler Clem - 86
82. Patrick Budde - 84
83. Garrett Aitken - 80
84. Neil Shepherd - 75
85. Casey Shuman - 74
86. Tanner Swanson - 70
87. Travis Thompson - 70
88. Korey Weyant - 65
89. Russ Gamester - 62
90. J.C. Bland - 58
91. Chris Fetter - 57
92. Keith Burch - 56
93. Chris Urish - 55
94. Dave Berkheimer - 55
95. Austin Blair - 51
96. Brian Tyler - 50
97. Derek Bischak - 50
98. Jeff Swindell - 49
99. Terry James - 45
100. Curtis Spicer - 44
101. Coleman Gulick - 43
102. John Heydenreich - 41
103. Mike Martin - 40
104. Cody Gallogly - 37
105. Jesse Dunham - 37
106. A.J. Fike - 33
107. A.J. Russell - 31
108. Terry Babb - 31
109. Brett Becker - 30
110. Kyle O'Gara - 30
111. Joss Moffatt - 22
112. Danny Long - 20
113. Jackie Burke - 20
114. Ken Schrader - 20
115. Bear Wood - 10
116. Daniel Robinson - 10
117. Ted Hines - 10

 

 

DARLAND AND DALY HIGHLIGHT FIRST KNEPPER 55 ENTRY LIST

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The initial entry list for the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event has been released and, thus far, 33 cars have entered the Saturday, December 15 race from the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Among the entries are a pair of decorated USAC National Midget champions in Dave Darland and Kevin Olson. Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., captured the 2001 and 2002 series titles in addition to his 1997 Silver Crown and 1999 National Sprint Car championships. He will drive the RMS LLC No. 36D. National Midget Hall of Famer Olson, of Loves Park, Ill., won his USAC National Midget titles in 1982 and 1987. He will climb aboard Dennis Hoppe's No. 5H on the 1/5-mile, indoor dirt oval.

Three-time Indy Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., steps into the Jody Rosenboom No. 22CD for his second career appearance in a midget. Beech Grove, Indiana's Kyle O'Gara, the 2014 USAC Pavement Midget champ, belts into the SFH Racing Development No. 67 for the "Knepper 55." Meanwhile, southern Illinois USAC Silver Crown star Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill., twice a winner on the adjacent "Magic Mile," will wheel the Harris Racing No. 91.

Robert Dalby off Simi Valley, Calif. and Newcastle, Oklahoma's Trey Marcham have each had success in the USAC Western States Midget division during their careers. Dalby finished third in series points this season and will drive for Loyet Motorsports, the team that won the second-ever USAC-sanctioned race at the Southern Illinois Center, a Midwest HPD Midget event in 2005. Marcham picked up three victories with the series in 2014.

Winged sprint car veterans Ryan Smith and Tony Bruce, Jr. will shed the wing for a night of midget racing. Bruce, of Liberal, Kans. was the 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year while Kunkletown, Pennsylvania's Smith has won races with both the World of Outlaws and the All Star Circuit of Champions.

Chris Andrews and Josh Most normally just make a single USAC Midget appearance per year, usually at the Southern Illinois Center. More often than not, they make the rare appearance count. Andrews, of Tulsa, Okla. finished third in the 2016 "Knepper 55" while Most took home seventh in the 2017 "Shamrock Classic."

The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 15 "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code KNEPPER to enter your car for the race for no charge. The offer expires Sunday, December 9th, 2018. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 10th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

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

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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

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

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

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

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

The race will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with LIVE audio on the USAC app. As always, you can catch each and every USAC National event a day after the race is run, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST (33 cars as of November 27, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team 05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports) 1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing) 1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland) 2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team) 2G Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage) 5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe) 5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing) 6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II) 7 Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard) 7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports) 9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover) 9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing) 11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne) 11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young) 14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer) 17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights) 22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham) 36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC) 36J TBD / TBD (RMS LLC) 41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard) 50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler) 57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports) 67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development) 68 Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development) 81 Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights) 81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing) 91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing) 92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing) 95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing) 721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

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BELL TOLLS TWICE IN A ROW AT TURKEY NIGHT G.P.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........Christopher Bell struck history Thursday night at Ventura Raceway, becoming just the third 3-time "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winning driver in the 78-year history of the famed race.

For the second consecutive Thanksgiving night, however, Bell had to fend off a familiar foe who was on a quest to reach the same exclusive club of three-time winners in Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammate Kyle Larson.

After applying relentless pressure to Larson throughout much of the second half of the 98-lap event, with just 12 laps remaining, and mired in lapped traffic, Bell slipped underneath Larson between turns three and four to grab a lead he wouldn't relinquish, adding a third "Turkey Night" trophy to his ever-growing collection following previous wins in 2014 and 2017.

Bell, the 2013 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget champion from Norman, Okla., sang the praises of playing the role of the chaser in traffic, as a cop would in the hot pursuit of a suspect on the lam.

"I just got lucky there being in second," Bell admitted. "Someone was making the bottom work underneath me in three and four and I figured it was going to get better and better. I trapped Kyle up there with a lapped car and I was able to squeak by in the rubber, stay down there and not miss my marks."

Bell, always the hard charger, began the race from the ninth position, but steadily climbed his way up the scoring pylon into the top-three as outside front row starter Chad Boat held the advantage up front for the first half of the main.

Larson, a two-time "Turkey Night" victor in 2012 and 2016, had already begun his surge to the front by that point, continuously taking peeks at the lead. Nonetheless, Boat was able to dodge every lawn dart thrown in his direction to remain at the point as he aimed to join his father, three-time winner Billy Boat, as a fellow "Turkey Night" winner.

Yet, on lap 51, Larson finally got it rolling on the top side to drive around Boat for the lead exiting turn two, then immediately darted across Boat's nose to steal the bottom entering the third turn to secure the position. Bell and Tucker Klaasmeyer followed suit on the following lap by getting around Boat for second and third, respectively.

Now, the duel would commence between two giants of dirt track midget racing discipline, each at the peak of their prime. Following fourth-running Shane Golobic's spin on lap 68, the race transformed into just your weekly 30-lap affair, albeit with a nice payday and a prestigious attachment being placed next to the eventual winner's name. That's when Bell turned up the wick.

On the lap 71 restart, Bell took a run at Larson, sliding side-by-side with his teammate into turn one to no avail. Bell stuck with it again in turn one the next lap around the 1/5-mile dirt oval, unable to make the pass stick, but sending a message to Larson that it was game on.

On the 74th circuit, Bell slid past Larson on the entry into turn one, but Larson ably countered by driving underneath Bell off turn two to retake the lead, closing the door on Bell in the process into turn three as the pair's wheels glanced off each other.

Bell ramped up the momentum, running his No. 21 high and wide off turn four as he rocketed down the front straightaway, which gave him a full head of steam as he dove to the bottom of Larson into turn one. He did so on lap 80 as he slid past Larson once again to snag the race lead just long enough for the flashbulbs from the photographers to light up the sky before Larson crossed over and raced back to the lead on the back straight with lapped traffic quickly coming into view.

With 12 laps remaining, Larson entered turns three and four on the high line to get around fellow teammate Sam Johnson. The line proved to be too long of a way around as Bell stuck his racecar underneath Johnson's against the bottom berm and propelled himself to the lead.

Traffic still loomed for Bell, however, as he carefully and successfully maneuvered under teammate Ryan Robinson and Golobic into the first turn with six laps remaining with Larson in tow.

Christopher Bell became just the third driver to win the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" three times, joining Ron Shuman and Billy Boat.
(Rich Forman Photo)

As 2018 USAC National Midget champ, and sixth-place runner, Logan Seavey sat sideways in turn one to bring out the yellow on lap 96, it put a halt to the traffic situation, but Bell had to endure a test of his patience as two more additional cautions and two more restarts weighed on his mind.

"I knew there was a chance he was going to circle me on the top," Bell explained. "I just wanted to see that race end because you can't keep giving him try after try after try."

Larson greeted the opportunity on the final restart, hitting the top and used a huge drive off the exit of turn two before diving down to the bottom in three to get underneath Bell. The meticulous Bell was well-equipped to handle the charge, occupying the bottom and thwarting any chance of Larson attempting a slider.

Larson made one final run at Bell off two on the final lap, closing right on the tail of Bell midway down the back straight before splitting to the bottom of the entry of three, slightly scraping his left front wheel on the top of the berm before banging his right front wheel into Bell's left rear. The contact knocked Larson slightly askew, but Bell took a lickin' and kept on tickin', bringing his ride home for a 1.5 car-length victory over Larson, Boat, Klaasmeyer and Tyler Courtney.

The victory was the 23rd USAC National Midget win for Bell, moving him past Bobby East and Shorty Templeman on the all-time list and into 20th where he's now tied with Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson and Billy Vukovich.

For Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., it was his sixth top-four finish in six "Turkey Night" starts, but it was just one lap, one slip-up that might've been the factor in preventing him from becoming a three-time winner.

"I just made a slight mistake in traffic sliding in three and four to clear a lapper," Larson recalled. "He was able to sneak by on the bottom. That's about when it started taking rubber in three and four. I wish I would've done just a little better job in traffic. It seems like every time he beats me, it's because of traffic. I just have to work on my craft some and try to get better and hopefully start beating him here."

For the second time this year in USAC, a rarity occurred with the USAC Light Up The World Western States Midget championship resulting in a tie. Like the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title race between Tyler Courtney and Kevin Thomas, Jr., this year's Western States champ was decided on a tiebreaker with Michael Faccinto being crowned the series titlist over Alex Schutte. Faccinto scored three wins in 2018 to Schutte's two.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Ventura Raceway were Jesse Colwell (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Rico Abreu (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Zeb Wise (Chalk Stix Third Qualifier Winner), Colby Copeland (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Robert Dalby (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGETS presented by CBD Living Water RACE RESULTS: November 22, 2018 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING (Top-10 Locked Into Feature): 1. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.425; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.426; 3. Kyle Larson, 1, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.444; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson Marshall/Wood-12.457; 5. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-12.464; 6. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.487; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.537; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall-12.548; 9. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.555; 10. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.570; 11. Jesse Colwell, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.601; 12. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.625; 13. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-12.629; 14. Carson Garrett, 15c, Garrett-12.638; 15. Cole Bodine, 17BC, Clauson Marshall-12.650; 16. Cody Swanson, 71s, Campbell-12.657; 17. Justin Grant, 76E, FMR-12.680; 18. Colton Heath, 99, Stewart-12.684; 19. McKenna Haase, 85, Tucker/Boat-12.691; 20. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry-12.692; 21. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.697; 22. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.708; 23. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.716; 24. Colby Copeland, 87, Tucker/Boat-12.737; 25. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.750; 26. Grady Chandler, 7u, Trifecta-12.755; 27. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.775; 28. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-12.803; 29. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.807; 30. Robby Josett, 68, Six8-12.830; 31. Austin Liggett, 67x, Bock-12.852; 32. Holley Hollan, 35, Petry-12.856; 33. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-12.892; 34. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-12.963; 35. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.951; 36. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.959; 37. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-12.963; 38. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-12.964; 39. Carson Macedo, 73x, Ford-12.978; 40. Damion Gardner, 25x, Rodela-13.033; 41. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.047; 42. Michelle Decker, 4m, Meents-13.047; 43. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.055; 44. Johnathon Henry, 1x, LKK-13.057; 45. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.090; 46. C.J. Leary, 55, Bowman-13.100; 47. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.111; 48. Sheldon Haudenschild, 17s, Clauson Marshall-13.129; 49. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.143; 50. Daniel Anderson, 7, McQueen-13.174; 51. Jesse Fernandez, 97F, Fernandez-13.177; 52. Mike Leach, 33p, Leach-13.192; 53. Ricky Lewis, 1p, Nichols-13.197; 54. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.221; 55. Sterling Cling, 5, Petry-13.238; 56. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-13.241; 57. Jake Swanson, 68w, Six8-13.295; 58. Buddy Kofoid, 73K, Ford-13.426; 59. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.428; 60. Kevin Woody, Jr., 2, Dukes-13.625; 61. Olivia Bennett, 77B, Bennett-13.842.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Colwell, 2. Grant, 3. McDougal, 4. Coons, 5. Garrett, 6. Shelton, 7. Dalby, 8. Morgan, 9. Chandler, 10. Henry, 11. Hollan, 12. Cofer, 13. Ito, 14. Anderson, 15. L. Bennett, 16. Lewis, 17. Drollinger. 2:31.84

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Abreu, 2. Bodine, 3. Seavey, 4. Faccinto, 5. Copeland, 6. Josett, 7. Heath, 8. Decker, 9. Johnson, 10. Haudenschild, 11. Schutte, 12. Pankratz, 13. Fernandez, 14. Woody, 15. Sheil, 16. Macedo, 17. J. Swanson. NT

CHALK STIX / COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Wise, 2. Bayston, 3. Leary, 4. C. Swanson, 5. D. Golobic, 6. Liggett, 7. Haase, 8. Bernal, 9. Gardner, 10. Sarna, 11. O. Bennett, 12. Beilman, 13. Cling, 14. B. Bennett, 15. Ensign, 16. Leach, 17. Kofoid. NT

INDY RACE PARTS / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Copeland, 2. Garrett, 3. Josett, 4. Liggett, 5. Dalby, 6. Decker, 7. Haudenschild, 8. Bernal, 9. Gardner, 10. Haase, 11. Chandler, 12. Johnson, 13. Heath, 14. Morgan, 15. Sarna, 16. D. Golobic, 17. Henry, 18. Shelton. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (9), 2. Kyle Larson (3), 3. Chad Boat (2), 4. Tucker Klaasmeyer (6), 5. Tyler Courtney (8), 6. Tanner Carrick (1), 7. Brady Bacon (10), 8. Jason McDougal (17), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (20), 10. Justin Grant (14), 11. Cole Bodine (15), 12. Jesse Colwell (11), 13. Colby Copeland (23), 14. Robert Dalby (30), 15. Cody Swanson (22), 16. Logan Seavey (18), 17. Spencer Bayston (16), 18. Michael Faccinto (21), 19. Shane Golobic (4), 20. C.J. Leary (19), 21. Ryan Robinson (7), 22. Rico Abreu (12), 23. Sam Johnson (27), 24. Zeb Wise (13), 25. Tanner Thorson (5), 26. Robby Josett (25), 27. Austin Liggett (26), 28. Carson Garrett (24), 29. Alex Schutte (28), 30. Holley Hollan (29). NT
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**Pankratz flipped during qualifying. Shelton flipped during the semi. Henry flipped during the semi. D. Golobic and Sarna flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Boat, Laps 51-86 Larson, Laps 87-98 Bell.

DON BASILE ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Jason McDougal

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons, Jr. (20th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Colby Copeland

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Robert Dalby

FINAL USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-1019, 2-Boat-918, 3-Bacon-903, 4-Courtney-862, 5-Bayston-862, 6-Carrick-846, 7-Grant-845, 8-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-711, 9-Wise-632, 10-Coons-606.

FINAL USAC LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Faccinto-753, 2-Schutte-753, 3-Dalby-613, 4-Josett-593, 5-Sarna-538, 6-David Prickett-509, 7-Beilman-438, 8-Frankie Guerrini-370, 9-Ronnie Gardner-370, 10-Shannon McQueen-370.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 22, 2018 – Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California – “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” / “Battle of the Beach Race #4” – co-sanctioned with VRA

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, Top 4 Transfer) 1. Michael Pickens (#81X Watt), 2. Logan Seavey (#21K Kruseman), 3. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Tyler Edwards (#57X Hix), 6. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 7. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 8. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 9. Kyle Edwards (#39E Edwards), 10. Nate Schank (#1S Schank), 11. Matt Stewart (#33 Case). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, Top 4 Transfer) 1. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 2. Colby Copeland (#16A Copeland), 3. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau), 4. Max Adams (#38 Long), 5. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 6. Shawn Arriaga (#56 Arriaga), 7. Guy Woodward (#24X Woodward), 8. Cody Majors (#81M Watt), 9. Albert Pombo (#35 Pombo). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD SEMI: (12 laps, Top 4 Transfer) 1. Tanner Carrick (#83T Carrick), 2. J.J. Ringo (#2 Keller), 3. Slater Helt (#81S Watt), 4. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford), 5. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 6. Cooper Desbiens (#4D Desbiens), 7. Charlie Butcher (#96 B&B), 8. Rob Lindsey (#23S Lindsey). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Tristan Guardino, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Colby Copeland, 8. Ryan Bernal, 9. Tanner Carrick, 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Slater Helt, 12. Michael Pickens, 13. Ryan Timmons, 14. Logan Seavey, 15. Max Adams, 16. J.J. Ringo, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Troy Rutherford, 19. Brody Roa, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Chase Johnson, 22. Brady Bacon. NT ----------------------- **Woodward flipped on lap 10 of the second semi. Timmons flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Leary, Laps 14-30 Macedo SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (22nd to 8th)


 

SCHUTTE SPEEDS TO FASTEST LAP IN TURKEY NIGHT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........USAC Light Up The World Western States Midget point leader Alex Schutte led a field of 61 drivers with the fastest lap in practice Wednesday night at Ventura Raceway in preparation for Thursday's 78th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

The Redding, Calif. driver recorded a lap of 12.132 seconds around the 1/5-mile dirt oval. Recently-crowned USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Tyler Courtney was second at 12.135, while Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammates Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Spencer Bayston rounded out the top-five.

USAC P1 Insurance National Midget point leader Logan Seavey was 22nd practice. He clinched the series title with a last-lap, last-corner pass of Rico Abreu last Saturday at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

On Thursday, the pits open at 11am with the drivers meeting taking place at 2:30pm. Cars are scheduled to hit the track for hot laps at 3:30pm (Pacific Time). USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will also be on hand with semi-features and a 30-lap main event.

USAC Midget qualifying will lock the top-10 into the feature. The rest of the field will compete in three qualifying races, 12 laps apiece with the top-four transferring to the feature. Finishers 5-10 in each qualifier will run in the Last Chance Race, which will transfer the top-four finishers to complete the field for the 98-lap feature.

"Turkey Night" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio available on the USAC app. You can also catch video of the event a day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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USAC P1 INSURANCE NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET presented by CBD Living Water PRACTICE RESULTS: November 21, 2018 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

PRACTICE: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-12.132; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall-12.135; 3. Kyle Larson, 1, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.215; 4. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.229; 5. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.241; 6. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson Marshall/Wood-12.258; 7. Justin Grant, 76E, FMR-12.288; 8. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.295; 9. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-12.312; 10. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.319; 11. Robby Josett, 68, Six8-12.333; 12. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.338; 13. C.J. Leary, 55, Bowman-12.405; 14. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-12.414; 15. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.450; 16. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.455; 17. Ricky Lewis, 1p, Nichols-12.467; 18. Colton Heath, 99, Stewart-12.477; 19. Cole Bodine, 17BC, Clauson Marshall-12.483; 20. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry-12.483; 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.487; 22. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.506; 23. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.518; 24. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.523; 25. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-12.532; 26. Carson Garrett, 15c, Garrett-12.541; 27. Sheldon Haudenschild, 17s, Clauson Marshall-12.559; 28. Colby Copeland, 87, Tucker/Boat-12.578; 29. Cody Swanson, 71s, Campbell-12.582; 30. Jesse Colwell, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.589; 31. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-12.590; 32. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.597; 33. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.619; 34. Damion Gardner, 25x, Rodela-12.632; 35. Buddy Kofoid, 73K, Ford-12.640; 36. Jake Swanson, 68w, Six8-12.652; 37. Holley Hollan, 35, Petry-12.653; 38. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-12.659; 39. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.702; 40. McKenna Haase, 85, Tucker/Boat-12.708; 41. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.713; 42. Carson Macedo, 73x, Ford-12.800; 43. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.834; 44. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-12.835; 45. Grady Chandler, 7u, Trifecta-12.885; 46. Michelle Decker, 4m, Meents-12.896; 47. Sterling Cling, 5, Petry-12.899; 48. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-12.913; 49. Daniel Anderson, 7, McQueen-12.962; 50. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-12.963; 51. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-12.966; 52. Austin Liggett, 67x, Bock-12.994; 53. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.102; 54. Johnathon Henry, 1x, LKK-13.112; 55. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-13.122; 56. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.292; 57. Jesse Fernandez, 97F, Fernandez-13.386; 58. Olivia Bennett, 77B, Bennett-13.444; 59. Kevin Woody, Jr., 2D, Dukes-13.484; 60. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.492; 61. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-NT

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-988, 2-Bacon-851, 3-Boat-849, 4-Bayston-833, 5-Courtney-804, 6-Grant-802, 7-Carrick-785, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-609, 10-Robinson-569.

NEW USAC LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Schutte-730, 2-Faccinto-726, 3-Dalby-578, 4-Josett-570, 5-Sarna-528, 6-David Prickett-509, 7-Beilman-428, 8-Frankie Guerrini-370, 9-Ronnie Gardner-370, 10-Shannon McQueen-370.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 22 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 21, 2018 – Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California – “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” – co-sanctioned with VRA

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 2. Cody Majors (#81M Watt), 3. Tyler Courtney (#81 Watt), 4. Colby Copeland (#16A Copeland), 5. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 6. Albert Pombo (#35 Pombo), 7. Tanner Carrick (#83T Carrick), 8. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford), 9. Matt Stewart (#33 Case). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Carson Macedo (#21 Tarlton), 3. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 4. Charlie Butcher (#96 B&B), 5. Nate Schank (#1S Schank), 6. Shawn Arriaga (#56 Arriaga), 7. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen), 8. Kyle Edwards (#39E Edwards), 9. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Max Adams (#38 Long), 2. Chase Johnson (#24 Johnson), 3. Michael Pickens (#81X Watt), 4. J.J. Ringo (#2 Keller), 5. Cooper Desbiens (#4D Desbiens), 6. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 7. Tyler Edwards (#57X Hix), 8. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 9. Guy Woodward (#24X Woodward). NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 2. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 3. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 4. Slater Helt (#81S Watt), 5. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 6. Logan Seavey (#21K Kruseman), 7. Kaleb Montgomery (#3 Montgomery), 8. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix). NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau), 2. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon/Marshall), 3. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 4. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 5. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 6, Joey Bishop (#45 Bishop), 7. Chris Tramel (#77 Tramel), 8. Rob Lindsey (#23S Lindsey). NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bacon, 3. Copeland, 4. Macedo, 5. Pickens, 6. Shaw, 7. Pombo, 8. K.Edwards, 9. Butcher. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Guardino, 3. Ensign, 4. Roa, 5. Helt, 6. Mihocko, 7. Adams, 8. Arriaga, 9. Desbiens. NT

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Timmons, 3. Ringo, 4. Hardy, 5. Lindsey, 6. Schank, 7. Bishop, 8. Swanson. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Sussex, 3. Liggett, 4. Seavey, 5. Carrick, 6. Bernal, 7. Majors, 8. Hix, 9. Mayhew, 10. Stewart. NT

ROD END SUPPLY DASH: (15 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Johnson, 3. Macedo, 4. Bacon, 5. Ensign, 6. Liggett, 7. Sussex, 8. Rutherford, 9. Courtney, 10. Guardino. NT
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**Stewart flipped on lap 2 of first heat. Mihocko flipped on lap 6 of second heat. Woodward flipped on lap 1 of third heat. Hendrix flipped on lap 2 of fourth heat. Montgomery flipped on lap 4 of fourth heat. Tramel flipped on lap 1 of fifth heat.

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALIFIER: Chase Johnson

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 22 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 


LARGEST TURKEY NIGHT FIELD IN 20 YEARS
SET FOR THURSDAY AT VENTURA

Ventura, California (November 20, 2018).........The largest field of drivers for the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" since 1998 is ready to go for the 78th installment of the prestigious Thanksgiving night race this Thursday, November 22, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Among the 67 expected entries for the USAC P1 National National Midgets and Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets is a stacked driver lineup featuring the best-of-the best from a variety of racing disciplines, including past "Turkey Night" winners Kyle Larson (2012 & 2016), Christopher Bell (2014 & 2017) and 2015 winner Tanner Thorson heading the list.

Also entered is 2018 USAC National Midget champ Logan Seavey, 2014 champion Rico Abreu, plus 2018 feature winners Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Chad Boat, Spencer Bayston, Zeb Wise and Brady Bacon as well as Western States winners Alex Schutte, Michael Faccinto, Damion Gardner, Shane Golobic and Jake Swanson along with USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr., USAC/CRA's winningest sprint car driver Damion Gardner and past Western States Dirt champ David Prickett among many others.

Sheldon Haudenschild and Carson Macedo are studs in the winged sprint car world who will hop in a midget for their USAC Midget season debuts.

Interestingly, 33 of the 67 entered drivers are eligible to win the Don Basile "Turkey Night" Rookie of the Race honors. Wise was the top Rookie in 2017, finishing 5th.

Turkey Night actually kicks off a night earlier with practice on Wednesday, November 21. USAC West Coast/VRA Sprints will be on the card both nights.

Both Wednesday and Thursday, the pits open at 11am with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm, preceding the cars hitting the track for hot laps at 3:30pm (Pacific Time).

Both nights of racing will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio available on the USAC app.

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2018 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
1 Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA
1K Brayton Lynch/Springfield, IL
1p (R) Ricky Lewis/Oxnard, CA
1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA
2D (R) Kevin Woody, Jr./Victor, NY
3c Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV
3F (R) Geoff Ensign/Sebastapol, CA
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA
4M (R) Michelle Decker/Guthrie, OK
5 (R) Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN
7u (R) Grady Chandler/Piedmont, OK
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA
9D Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA
9F Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA
10 (R) Lance Bennett/Aurora, CO
10B (R) Blaze Bennett/Parker, CO
15 (R) Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK
15c (R) Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO
15x Ashley Hazelton-Heredia/Chatsworth, CA
17BC (R) Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN
17G (R) Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA
17s (R) Sheldon Haudenschild/Wooster, OH
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA
20 (R) C.J. Sarna/Long Beach, CA
21 Christopher Bell/Norman, OK
24x David Prickett/Fresno, CA
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ
25x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS
28 Alex Schutte/Redding, CA
31 (R) Kyle Beilman/Santa Monica, CA
33P (R) Mike Leach/Foothill Ranch, CA
35 (R) Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN
55 (R) C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN
55T (R) Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA
67K Holly Shelton/Sacramento, CA
67x (R) Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA
67z Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ
68 Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA
68w Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA
71 Ryan Robinson/Foresthill, CA
71D (R) Bryan Drollinger/Lomita, CA
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA
71R (R) Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA
71s Cody Swanson/Covina, CA
71x (R) Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA
72 (R) Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO
73 (R) Dylan Ito/Newbury Park, CA
73K (R) Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA
73T Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA
73x Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA
76E Justin Grant/Ione, CA
76M Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK
77 (R) Daniel Anderson/Riverside, CA
77B (R) Olivia Bennett/Aurora, CO
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ
85 (R) McKenna Haase/Des Moines, IA
87 (R) Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA
91 (R) Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN
97F (R) Jesse Fernandez/Parker, CO
97K Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA
99 (R) Colton Heath/Marysville, WA
(R) = Don Basile Rookie of the Race Candidate

 

 

Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

SCHUTTE-FACCINTO CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEADS TO VENTURA’S “78TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX”
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 19, 2018... After last Saturday’s dramatic “November Classic” at Bakersfield, the Light Up The World USAC Western States and P1 Insurance USAC National Midgets will battle in one of the most prestigious and longest running motorsports events in the country. On Thursday, November 22nd, Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will host the “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” The USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will join the action packed card in the non-point “Battle of the Beach.” The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at 11:45am, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and practice starts at 3:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135,
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

ARP BONUS: Automotive Racing Products is offering a special $50,000 bonus to the driver that wins both the Thursday night midget and 360 sprint car main events. A talented roster of drivers from across the country are expected at this prestigious event.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Cory Kruseman, Jay Drake, and Tommy Hunt.

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

The festivities for the “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will start on Wednesday, November 21st. That night, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash in a special non-points event and the USAC National and Western States Midgets will have their practice sessions. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will return for their non-point “Battle of the Beach” finale along with the complete midget show with time trials, last chance races, and 98-lap main event. There will be a special driver autograph session at intermission.

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 it’s first “granddaddy of all midget races” and Billy Boat claimed his third-straight “Thanksgiving Classic.” Last year, Christopher Bell outdueled NASCAR’s Kyle Larson to add his name for the second time to the perpetual “Aggie Trophy” alongside many legends of the sport. A complete win list of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix is at the end of this release.

Since May 24, 1986, 144 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. When the series last visited the popular oval on October 27th, 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion Jake Swanson took the checkered flags. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) has taken over the point lead and holds a slim 4-point advantage. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Ontario West Spike, Schutte scored seventeenth last Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight career series wins and will have his sights earning the championship with a “Turkey Night Grand Prix” victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) ranks second in the Light Up The World point standings. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto scored twenty-fourth at Bakersfield after an early flip. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Winner has posted three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael eight career victories and will be looking to win the championship with a victory at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) has risen to third in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby scored a sixteenth place finish in Bakersfield’s “November Classic.” To date, the young driver has posted one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the season. This Thursday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory at Ventura Raceway.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) sits fourth in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. The pilot of his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike did not compete at Bakersfield last Saturday night. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and five feature laps led to his credit. Robby has four career USAC wins and will drive the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Stewart (formerly driven by Ronnie Gardner) at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby finished eighteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory at Bakersfield.

C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting his #20 Cactus Jack’s / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna used a provisional and scored nineteenth last Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. To date, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has posted eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The second generation driver has one career victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with a strong run on Thursday night.

Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) has a lock on earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2018. Driving the family owned #31 Dave.com / Six8 Motorsports Spike, Beilman has posted one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes on the season. Kyle will be looking to have a strong outing at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Over 60 drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura. Among them are David Prickett, Frankie Guerrini, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Clayton Ruston, Jake Swanson, Daniel Anderson, Cody Swanson, Marvin Mitchell, Ryan Bernal, Dylan Ito, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Bryan Drollinger, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Mike Leach Jr., Tony Everhart, Bruce Hiroshima, Austin Liggett, Johnathon Henry, Ricky Lewis, Michelle Decker, Chase Johnson, Carson Macedo, Buddy Kofoid, Shane Golobic, Kyle Larson, and more.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Spencer Bayston, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Tanner Carrick, Kevin Thomas Jr., Zeb Wise, and Ryan Robinson round out the top-10 in points.

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

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX WINNERS: 1934-Bob Swanson; 1935-Ted Sizemore; 1936-Ronney Householder; 1937-Ronney Householder; 1938-Bob Swanson; 1939-Mel Hansen; 1940-Roy Russing; 1941-Roy Russing; 1945-Danny Oakes; 1946-Perry Grimm; 1947-Johnny McDowell; 1948-Bill Vukovich; 1949-Perry Grimm; 1950-Bill Zaring; 1955-Johnnie Parsons; 1956-Edgar Elder; 1957-George Amick; 1958-Joe Garson; 1959-Tony Bettenhausen; 1960-A.J. Foyt; 1961-A.J. Foyt; 1962-Billy Cantrell; 1963-Mel Kenyon; 1964-Parnelli Jones; 1965-Dick Atkins; 1966-Parnelli Jones; 1967-Gary Bettenhausen; 1968-Sam Sessions; 1969-George Benson; 1970-Gary Bettenhausen; 1971-Bill Englehart; 1972-Tony Simon; 1973-Bill Englehart; 1974-Danny McKnight; 1975-Mel Kenyon; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Gary Patterson; 1978-Rick Goudy; 1979-Ron Shuman; 1980-Ron Shuman; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Ron Shuman; 1983-Kevin Olson; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Brent Kaeding; 1986-Warren Mockler; 1987-Ron Shuman; 1988-Chuck Gurney; 1989-Chuck Gurney; 1990-Stan Fox; 1991-Stan Fox; 1992-Ron Shuman; 1993-Ron Shuman; 1994-Jordan Hermansader; 1995-Billy Boat; 1996-Billy Boat; 1997-Billy Boat; 1998-Jay Drake; 1999-Jason Leffler; 2000-Tony Stewart; 2001-Dave Steele; 2002-Michael Lewis; 2003-Dave Steele; 2004-Bobby East; 2005-Jason Leffler; 2006-Billy Wease; 2007-Dave Darland; 2008-Bobby Santos; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Bryan Clauson; 2011-Caleb Armstrong; 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Christopher Bell, 2015-Tanner Thorson, 2016-Kyle Larson, 2017-Christopher Bell.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 3-Michael Faccinto, 2-Shane Golobic, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Jake Swanson.

VENTURA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 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-Christopher Bell, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Tommy White.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Alex Schutte-730, 2. Michael Faccinto-726, 3. Robert Dalby-578, 4. Robby Josett-570, 5. C.J. Sarna-528, 6. David Prickett-509, 7. Kyle Beilman-428, 8. Shannon McQueen-370, .. Ronnie Gardner-370, .. Frankie Guerrini-370, 11. Randi Pankratz-358, 12. Maria Cofer-316, 13. Clayton Ruston-310, 14. Jake Swanson-294, 15. Daniel Anderson-279, 16. Cody Swanson-263, 17. Marvin Mitchell-262, 18. Ryan Bernal-260, 19. Dylan Ito-216, 20. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-186.

2018 P1 INSURANCE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Logan Seavey-988, 2. Brady Bacon-851, 3. Chad Boat-849, 4. Spencer Bayston-833, 5. Tyler Courtney-804, 6. Justin Grant-802, 7. Tanner Carrick-785, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr.-711, 9. Zeb Wise-609, 10. Ryan Robinson-569, 11. Jerry Coons Jr.-560, 12. Jason McDougal-536, 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer-484, 14. Holly Shelton-477, 15. Tyler Thomas-434, 16. Brayton Lynch-390, 17. Alex Bright-373, 18. Sam Johnson-365, 19. Kyle Cracker-260, 20. Zane Hendricks-259.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
November 22: #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.

 

 

VENTURA’S “78TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” DOUBLEHEADER STARTS WEDNESDAY
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 19, 2018... Starting Wednesday, November 21st, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will battle at Ventura Raceway for two nights of action. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will begin with a special Wednesday non-point program for the 360 sprint cars and practice for the USAC National and Western States Midgets. On Thursday, the sprint cars will return for their non-point “Battle of the Beach” finale along with the complete midget show. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at 11:45am, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and practice starts at 3:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. A $100 Entry fee covers both nights. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

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

GRAND MARSHALLS: Cory Kruseman, Jay Drake, and Tommy Hunt.

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

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held eleven West Coast Sprint Car races and eight different drivers have claimed victory. This season, Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal and Tristan Guardino celebrated “Battle of the Beach” wins and Liggett set a new track record (11.983) on August 25th. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

When the checkered flags flew on October 6th at Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) clinched his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett won by a slim 17-point margin and became the first driver to earn rookie of the year honors (2012) and the championship. In all, Austin posted two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the year. With seven career wins, Liggett ranks third in the “Battle of the Beach” mini-series and will be looking to add the Turkey Night Grand Prix to his resume.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) finished second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino had two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 49 feature laps led to his credit. Tristan has five career wins and have his sights on adding another winning trophy to his collection.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) placed third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons had two feature wins, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the season. The 2016 Rookie of the Year will be looking for his first victory at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranked fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen posted twelve top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2012 USAC Western States Midget Champion will have her sights on her first sprint car win at Ventura Raceway.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) placed fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix recorded two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year. Hix will field a two-car effort with Tyler Edwards and will be looking to earn his first series feature win at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2018. Driving Mike Bock’s #67 West Evans Motorsports / Abreu Vineyards Eagle, Bock posted one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and seven top-10 finishes on the season. Britton will be looking for his first series win and Austin Liggett will pilot his midget at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Over 40 drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura Raceway. Among them are Max Adams, Shawn Arriaga, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Edwards, Slater Helt, Rick Hendrix, Chase Johnson, Colby Johnson, Austin Kuehl, C.J. Leary, Rob Lindsey, Cody Majors, Hannah Mayhew, Kaleb Montgomery, Brent Owens, Michael Pickens, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Koen Shaw, Matt Stewart, Ryan Stolz, Stevie Sussex, Jake Swanson, Tanner Thorson, Shawn Torbert, Chris Tramel, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) earned his fourth VRA Sprint Car Championship over “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Rick Hendrix, Joey Bishop, Charlie Butcher, Kyle Edwards, Tyler Hatzikian, Guy Woodward, Chris Tramel, and Chris Meredith.

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, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr, 2016- Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

TURKEY NIGHT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Ryan Timmons, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett.

FINAL 2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-929, 2. Tristan Guardino-912, 3. Ryan Timmons-839, 4. Shannon McQueen-733, 5. Steve Hix-723, 6. Koen Shaw-685, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-630, 8. Britton Bock-611, 9. Austin Ervine-525, 10. Ryan Stolz-453, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 12. Ryan Bernal-437, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-433, 14. Troy Rutherford-374, 15. Brandon Wiley-344, 16. Jake Swanson-312, 17. Trent Carter-296, 18. Kyle Edwards-218, 19. Kaleb Montgomery-213, --. James Herrera-213

2018 VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-1775, 2. Jeremy Ellertson-1405, 3. Rick Hendrix-1335, 4. Joey Bishop-1050, 5. Charlie Butcher-880, 6. Kyle Edwards-715, 7. Tyler Hatzikian-405, 8. Guy Woodward-260, 9. Chris Tramel-215, 10. Chris Meredith-180.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.


 

BREIDINGER CAPS 2018 SPEED2 SEASON WITH LAS VEGAS REPEAT; LEMKE GRABS 2 TITLES

Las Vegas, NV.........Toni Breidinger of Hillsboro, Calif. scored her 19th USAC feature event victory Saturday night as the 2018 USAC Western Speed2 Series closed at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedwau. She led all 30 laps to beat Joey Iest, Cody Jessop, Dillon Tucker and Kylie Ith. Adam Lemke ended up as the 2018 USAC Western Speed2 Overall and Pavement Midget Champion.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: November 17, 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-15.278; 2. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.496; 3. Natalie Waters, 1, Waters-15.524; 4. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.556; 5. Dillon Tucker, 11, Tucker-15.615; 6. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.645; 7. Kylie Ith, 31, Ith-15.852. 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.101.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tucker, 2. Jessop, 3. Ith, 4. Nchols. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Breidinger, 2. Waters, 3. Iest. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Dillon Tucker, 5. Kylie Ith, 6. Natalie Waters, 7. Johnny Nichols, 8. Adam Lemke. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Breidinger.

FINAL USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,403, 2-Iest-1,195, 3-Nichols-713, 4-Breidinger-622, 5-Blake Brannon-509, 6-Tyler Slay-361, 7-Jessop-351, 8-Tucker-282, 9-Bryant Bell-253, 10-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146.

FINAL USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,180, 2-Iest-919, 3-Nichols-713, 4-Breidinger-622, 5-Blake Brannon-439, 6-Jessop-279, 7-Bryant Bell-253, 8-Tucker-216, 9-Waters-122, 10-Ith-116.

 

SEAVEY SAVES BEST FOR LAST AT BAKERSFIELD,
CLINCHES USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California.........For 29 and three-quarters of a lap, Logan Seavey was staring straight at the tail tank of his teammate Rico Abreu's car as he followed him lap-after-lap around the Bakersfield Speedway 1/3-mile dirt oval.

But all it took was one quarter, and one big run off the high side of turn four, for Seavey to race around the 2014 series champ for the lead and score his third victory of the year by a .292-second margin.

Though the Sutter, Calif. driver was steadfast in his approach down the stretch, Seavey admitted he nearly gave up on the high line. But he stuck with it and stuck his Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - JBL Audio/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota in victory lane at Saturday's "November Classic" USAC P1 Insurance National and Light Up The World Western States Midget event.

"I was just kind of riding behind him," Seavey recalled. "On that last run, got away from me, so I kept working the top. I almost gave up on it, but on the last lap, I fully committed, and I got a bunch of drive off exit. I definitely wasn't expecting that. It looked like he maybe bobbled a little bit, but sometimes, that's what it takes."

Seavey ran second for and played the role of the chaser, which afforded him the opportunity to dust off a few trails of his own as he sought a way around Abreu.

"Racing with Rico so long, you learn how his driving style works," Seavey explained. "He was committed to the bottom and he's really good on top. Obviously, Rico's known for that. Luckily, I was the one running second and I was able to search. He had to commit to his line and do what was working for him. That's the bad part about leading these races because we've all lost them that way. Tonight, we got one that way."

With the victory and the subsequent addition of maximum feature points to his credit, Seavey has essentially clinched the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget championship, carrying a 137-point advantage into Thursday's season finale, the 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

It's been an amazing journey for the quick study who started his first USAC Midget race just a calendar year ago. On this night, the series Rookie became the first driver to reach victory lane for the third time in 2018 in what has been an incredibly-balanced season. With a National title now in his back pocket, he has reached a stratosphere that few have ever achieved as a USAC National Midget champion in his Rookie season, following in the tracks of Danny Caruthers in 1971 and Christopher Bell in 2013.

"It's pretty dang cool," Seavey exclaimed. "Not too long ago, I didn't even have a midget ride. I was just hoping one day to be able to race midgets. Now here we are with the best team in the world and we're USAC national champions!"

Although Seavey began the feature event from the pole position, it was outside front row starter Abreu who looked every bit the dominator on this night as he locked in on winning his first series race in over 16 months. Abreu rocketed around the outside of Seavey on the first and second tries at the green, which were called back due to multiple stoppages, the first of which saw Western States Midget point leader Michael Faccinto get upside down. He finished 24th and now trails Alex Schutte by four points in the standings entering the finale.

The third time was a charm as Seavey slid up further to prevent Abreu's charge off turn two, but Abreu quickly countered and dove back under Seavey off turn two to snag the lead once again, then immediately headed to the bottom entering turn three. Abreu would play the balancing act of entering high in turn one and rolling the bottom of turn three for the duration.

Through the mid-portion of the race, Seavey was engaged with Zeb Wise for the runner-up spot with fellow series Rookie Wise momentarily possessing the position on lap 13 with ta turn one slider, but Seavey was able to punch his way back by on the back straight with Wise, Chad Boat and Shane Golobic hanging in the not-so-distant rear.

With ten to go, Seavey ramped up the pressure as he shadowed Abreu on both ends of the racetrack, high in one and low in three. Following a Ryan Robinson spin in turn three with nine laps remaining, the top-three of Abreu, Seavey and Wise were in freight-train mode as they battled for the lead. Seavey broke from the tracks and went topside in turn three on lap 23, diamonding off midway between three and four which resulted in a him gaining a big run that allowed him to close right on the rear bumper of Abreu exiting off the bottom of four. Seavey kept the train a rolling all the way into turn one, sliding up in front of Abreu, but again, Abreu put on his bulletproof vest and put a stop to Seavey's Bullet (By Spike), countering back by and driving past Seavey to retake the point.

After Wise slowed to a stop on lap 24 to bring out the final yellow, the score would be settled between Abreu and Seavey. Abreu utilized a quality start off the blocks at the drop of the green to gain a half-second advantage right off the bat, but that's where Seavey went to work, searching high, low and everywhere in between.

On the last lap, Seavey stalked Abreu through turns one and two, but as Abreu headed for the bottom of three, Seavey had no doubts in his mind about heading to the top. He nailed it as perfect as perfection can be, ripping past Abreu off the final turn to score the victory by two car lengths over Abreu, with S. Golobic a close-by third, Spencer Bayston fourth and Chad Boat fifth.

"Not too long ago, I didn't even have a midget ride. I was just hoping one day to be able to race midgets. Now here we are with the best team in the world and we're USAC national champions!" - Logan Seavey (Devin Mayo Photo)

For Rico, it was a tough one to take as he appeared to be in control as others made runs at him throughout the event. But, as you'll hear drivers say, being in the lead can become a disadvantage at times on a dirt track, not knowing where your nearest competition is and not being able to see where the fastest line is at the moment.

"I just tried to be as patient as I could throughout the race," Abreu remembers. "When you get all these cautions, it changes the momentum of everything. I felt like we were good enough for a l0ittle five-lap dash there at the end. I should've moved around a lot more, but we never caught lapped traffic, so I couldn't judge my pace off anybody. I just set my own pace and waited for someone to drive around me, so I could race with them. Logan got by at the perfect time."

"I just made the wrong mistakes at the wrong times," Abreu continued. "If the roles were reversed, I would've been doing the same thing by moving around a lot more. You get trapped when you're leading, though. My car felt really good on the bottom of three and four. I had that diamond line in one and two where I could get such a big run down the back stretch and then slam on the brakes and slow it down. Another Kunz car won and, if you're going to run second, you might as well run second to one of your guys.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway were Michael Faccinto (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Alex Schutte (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Cody Swanson (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jason McDougal (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Holly Shelton (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET presented by CBD Living Water RACE RESULTS: November 17, 2018 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - "November Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.536; 2. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.724; 3. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.729; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson Marshall/Wood-12.756; 5. Damion Gardner, 25x, Rodela-12.782; 6. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-12.786; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.807; 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.811; 9. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-12.829; 10. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.831; 11. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.850; 12. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.867; 13. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.872; 14. Colton Heath, 99, Stewart-12.890; 15. Justin Grant, 76E, FMR-12.911; 16. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.931; 17. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.935; 18. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall-12.942; 19. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.000; 20. Cody Swanson, 71s, Campbell-13.039; 21. Holley Hollan, 35, Petry-13.048; 22. Sterling Cling, 5, Petry-13.049; 23. Jesse Colwell, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.056; 24. Michael Pickens, 67z, Kahne-13.061; 25. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry-13.094; 26. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.145; 27. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.148; 28. Daniel Anderson, 7, McQueen-13.180; 29. C.J. Leary, 68, Six8-13.216; 30. Cole Bodine, 17BC, Clauson Marshall-13.230; 31. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.239; 32. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.304; 33. Jake Swanson, 68w, Six8-13.307; 34. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.465; 35. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15x, Hazelton-13.903; 36. Jesse Fernandez, 97F, Fernandez-14.309; 37. Shawn Jones, 10w, Jones-14.661; 38. David Prickett, 24x, Neverlift-NT; 39. Ricky Lewis, 1p, Nichols-NT; 40. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Faccinto, 2. D. Golobic, 3. Bayston, 4. Hollan, 5. Boat, 6. Gardner, 7. J. Swanson, 8. McDougal, 9. Leary, 10. Jones. 1:44.15

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Abreu, 3. Wise, 4. Cling, 5. Shelton, 6. Heath, 7. Dalby, 8. Bodine, 9. Cofer. 1:43.59 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX / COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Schutte, 2. Grant, 3. Bacon, 4. Coons, 5. Robinson, 6. Colwell, 7. Johnson, 8. Lewis, 9. Beilman, 10. Hazelton-Heredia. 1:47.84

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. C. Swanson, 2. Seavey, 3. Pickens, 4. S. Golobic, 5. Carrick, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Sarna, 8. Anderson, 9. Fernandez, 10. Thorson. 1:48.80

PYROTECT RACING CELLS C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bodine, 2. J. Swanson, 3. Cofer, 4. Sarna, 5. Fernandez, 6. Hazelton-Heredia, 7. Lewis, 8. Jones. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. Carrick, 3. Robinson, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. McDougal, 6. Johnson, 7. Shelton, 8. Gardner, 9. J. Swanson, 10. Dalby, 11. Leary, 12. Bodine, 13. Cofer, 14. Colwell, 15. Sarna, 16. Beilman. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Rico Abreu (2), 3. Shane Golobic (6), 4. Spencer Bayston (11), 5. Chad Boat (7), 6. Tanner Carrick (13), 7. Brady Bacon (4), 8. Holly Shelton (25), 9. Jason McDougal (21), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (9), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 12. Cole Bodine (23), 13. Cody Swanson (17), 14. Sam Johnson (8), 15. Dustin Golobic (3), 16. Robert Dalby (24), 17. Alex Schutte (16), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. C.J. Sarna (26), 20. Zeb Wise (5), 21. Ryan Robinson (10), 22. Tyler Courtney (15), 23. Sterling Cling (19), 24. Michael Faccinto (14), 25. Justin Grant (12), 26. Michael Pickens (20). NT
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**Jones flipped during the C-Main. Beilman flipped during the semi. Faccinto flipped on the opening lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Abreu, Lap 30 Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (21st to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Cody Swanson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Holly Shelton

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-988, 2-Bacon-851, 3-Boat-849, 4-Bayston-833, 5-Courtney-804, 6-Grant-802, 7-Carrick-785, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-609, 10-Robinson-569.

NEW USAC LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Schutte-730, 2-Faccinto-726, 3-Dalby-578, 4-Robby Josett-570, 5-Sarna-528, 6-Prickett-509, 7-Beilman-428, 8-Frankie Guerrini-370, 9-Ronnie Gardner-370, 10-Shannon McQueen-370.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE NATIONAL AND LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 22 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

 

BREIDINGER TACKS ON ANOTHER WIN AT LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, NV........Tony Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif., the winningest driver in USAC history, continued her winning ways Friday at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, winning the 30-lap USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature. She passed Adam Lemke in lap 17and led the rest of the way to beat Dillon Tuckerm Joey Iest, Lemke and Cody Jessop. The series concludes tonight at LVMS.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: November 16, 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-15.214; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.285; 3. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.378; 4. Dillon Tucker, 11, Tucker-15.439; 5 Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.578; 6. Natalie Waters, 1, Waters-15.662; 7. Kylie Ith, 31, Ith-15.814; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.270; 9. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Dillon Tucker, 3. Joey Iest, 4. Adam Lemke, 5. Cody Jessop, 6. Natalie Waters, 7. Kylie Ith, 8. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Tucker, Laps 4-16 Lemke, Laps 17-20 Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,351, 2-Iest-1,117, 3-Nichols-656, 4-Breidinger-538, 5-Blake Brannon-509, 6-Tyler Slay-361, 7-Jessop-279, 8-Bryany Bell-253, 9-Tucker-211, 10-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,028, 2-Iest-842, 3-Nichols-656, 4-Nreidinger-538, 5-Blake Brannon-439, 6-Jessop-279, 7-Bryant Bell-253, 8-Tucker-216, 9-Ethan Lesser-68, 10-Austin Carter-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACES: November 17 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS COMES TO DOWNTOWN INDY ON DECEMBER 7TH

Indianapolis, Indiana (November 16, 2018).........Please join us as the United States Auto Club celebrates its best at the 63rd Annual "Night of Champions" at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis on Friday night, December 7, 2018.

Each of USAC's champions and special award recipients will be honored in the ceremony that will take place on PRI weekend at the beautiful facility located atop the Indiana Repertory Theater at 140 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Cocktails are set to begin at 6pm Eastern with dinner and the awards ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $65 each and must be reserved by Friday, November 30. To reserve your seat, please contact Nikki Klepper at nikki@usacracing.com or by phone at (317) 247-5151.

 

 

BAKERSFIELD USAC MIDGETS LIVE
SATURDAY ON SPEED SHIFT TV

Bakersfield, California (November 16, 2018).........

The USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets are headed to the west coast this weekend and you're invited to join them as Speed Shift TV will have live coverage of the Saturday, November 17 event at California's Bakersfield Speedway.

Around 40 of the top wheelmen and women from USAC's National and Light Up The World Western States Midget series will be on hand for the "November Classic," including four past USAC National Midget champions, Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006-07), Rico Abreu (2014), Tanner Thorson (2016), Spencer Bayston (2017) along with current point leader Logan Seavey.

The stacked lineup also features four additional individuals who've driven to USAC National Midget victory lane in 2018: Tyler Courtney, Brady Bacon, Zeb Wise and Chad Boat. Michael Pickens won a pair with the series in 2017, but will be making his first start of the year this Saturday. C.J. Leary has tallied wins in both the USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car series this year, but is on track to make a rare midget start this weekend in search of his first series victory.

Michael Faccinto leads the Western States contingent with a two-point lead over Alex Schutte in the standings. Faccinto was victorious at Bakersfield in June and also won in 2016, while Schutte, the 2010 Western States champ, has won twice at Bakersfield in his career during the 2009 and 2015 seasons. Cody Swanson picked up his first Western States win at Bakersfield in 2013.

Damion Gardner is a seven-time champ in USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, but he's top-flight in a midget as well, with a win under his belt at Bakersfield in 2005. Shannon McQueen and David Prickett, the 2012 overall and 2012 Western States dirt champs, respectively, are also expected entrants along with the driver who swept both nights of the midget portion of this year's "Louie Vermiel Classic" at Calistoga, Shane Golobic.

Pits open at 2pm, gates open at 4pm. Drivers meeting at 4:30pm. Cars on track at 5pm. (Pacific Time) (All Times Subject to Change). Adult general admission tickets are $16, senior and military tickets are $14, kids 6-12 are $8 and kids age 5 and under are FREE! Pit pass are $45 each.

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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BAKERSFIELD "NOVEMBER CLASSIC" EXPECTED ENTRIES:
1p Ricky Lewis/Oxnard, CA
3c Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA
5 Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ
7 Shannon McQueen/Bakersfield, CA
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA
9D Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA
9F Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA
15 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK
15x Ashley Hazelton-Heredia/Chatsworth, CA
17BC Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN
17G Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA
24x David Prickett/Fresno, CA
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ
25x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS
28 Alex Schutte/Redding, CA
31 Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA
35 Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA
67K Holly Shelton/Sacramento, CA
67z Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ
68 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN
68w Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA
71 Ryan Robinson/Foresthill, CA
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA
71s Cody Swanson/Norco, CA
71x Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA
72 Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO
76m Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK
77 Daniel Anderson/Riverside, CA
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN
97F Jesse Fernandez/Parker, CO
97K Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA
?? Justin Grant/Ione, CA

 

 

BIG MIDGET FIELD EXPECTED
FOR NOVEMBER CLASSIC SATURDAY AT BAKERSFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 14, 2018).........An abundance of USAC Midget racing talent will be on display in this Saturday's "November Classic" at Bakersfield Speedway as the P1 Insurance National Midgets clash with the Light Up The World Western States Midgets for the first of two times in 2018.

The field sees four past USAC National Midget champions on board for the November 17 race on the speedy 1/3-mile dirt oval, including Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006-07), Rico Abreu (2014), Tanner Thorson (2016), Spencer Bayston (2017) along with current point leader Logan Seavey.

The stacked lineup also features four additional individuals who've driven to USAC National Midget victory lane in 2018: Tyler Courtney, Brady Bacon, Zeb Wise and Chad Boat. Michael Pickens won a pair with the series in 2017, but will be making his first start of the year this Saturday. C.J. Leary has tallied wins in both the USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car series this year, but is on track to make a rare midget start this weekend in search of his first series victory.

Michael Faccinto leads the Western States contingent with a two-point lead over Alex Schutte in the standings. Faccinto was victorious at Bakersfield in June and also won in 2016, while Schutte, the 2010 Western States champ, has won twice at Bakersfield in his career during the 2009 and 2015 seasons. Cody Swanson picked up his first Western States win at Bakersfield in 2013.

Damion Gardner is a seven-time champ in USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, but he's top-flight in a midget as well, with a win under his belt at Bakersfield in 2005. Shannon McQueen and David Prickett, the 2012 overall and 2012 Western States dirt champs, respectively, are also expected entrants along with the driver who swept both nights of the midget portion of this year's "Louie Vermiel Classic" at Calistoga, Shane Golobic.

Pits open at 2pm, gates open at 4pm. Drivers meeting at 4:30pm. Cars on track at 5pm. (Pacific Time) (All Times Subject to Change). Adult general admission tickets are $16, senior and military tickets are $14, kids 6-12 are $8 and kids age 5 and under are FREE! Pit pass are $45 each.

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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BAKERSFIELD "NOVEMBER CLASSIC" EXPECTED ENTRIES:
1p Tristin Thomas/Burlington, WA
3c Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA
5 Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ
7 Shannon McQueen/Bakersfield, CA
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA
9D Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA
9F Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA
15 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK
15x Ashley Heredia/Chatsworth, CA
17BC Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN
17G Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA
24x David Prickett/Fresno, CA
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ
25x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS
28 Alex Schutte/Redding, CA
31 Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA
35 Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA
67K Holly Shelton/Sacramento, CA
67z Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ
68 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN
71 Ryan Robinson/Foresthill, CA
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA
71s Cody Swanson/Norco, CA
72 Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO
76m Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK
77 Daniel Anderson/Riverside, CA
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN
97F Jesse Fernandez/Parker, CO
97K Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA
?? Justin Grant/Ione, CA

 


 

78TH TURKEY NIGHT REPRESENTED BY 14 STATES, 2 COUNTRIES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 14, 2018).........Turkey Night is a destination race. It's one any driver wants to add to his or her resume when the helmet is hung up.

That's a major reason why drivers come from all over each Fall to race midgets in southern California when Thanksgiving Night rolls around each year, as will happen on Thursday, November 22, when top guns from the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets, Light Up The World Western States Midgets and other racing disciplines converge on Ventura Raceway for the 78th edition of this grand event.

This year's pre-entry list features drivers from 14 different states and two countries (United States and New Zealand). Unsurprisingly, the home state of California leads all states with 33 drivers representing the Golden State. The remaining states are spread fairly evenly with six each from Colorado and Oklahoma, five from Indiana, a pair from Washington, and one apiece from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York and Ohio.

Six of the 14 states in this year's field have never produced a "Turkey Night" winner: Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio and Washington. Although, Iowa was the residence of two-time winner Mel Kenyon for a period at the beginning of his career before he made his home in Lebanon, Ind.

There has never been a foreign-born winner, although Michael Pickens is highly-capable of changing that stat this year! Meanwhile, the states of Missouri and New York have had quite a hiatus from "Turkey Night" glory. Missouri's last triumphs were with Roy Russing, who went back-to-back in 1940-41. "Bullet" Joe Garson scored in 1958 as New York's lone winner.

Eighteen states have had a driver claim a "Turkey Night" victory, with California leading the way at 24. Indiana sits in second with 12, nine of which have occurred since the turn of the century. Arizona has 11, but what makes it even more impressive is that all 11 of them were accomplished by just two drivers! Ron Shuman leads all drivers with eight while Billy Boat has three. Illinois chimes in at six and Wisconsin at four.

Oddly enough, all seven states with exactly two "Turkey Night" wins have just one driver representing them as two-time winners of the race: Parnelli Jones (Arkansas), Dave Steele (Florida), Bob Swanson (Minnesota), Roy Russing (Missouri), Ronney Householder (Nebraska), Christopher Bell (Oklahoma) and A.J. Foyt (Texas).

Notching a single in the win column over the years are Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Oregon and South Dakota.

Fans come from all over to witness this event in-person too! Turkey Night tix can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/78th-annual-turkey-night-grand-prix-tickets-42401301434?fbclid=IwAR3f5z07dJt8vp7zb46bY3wbWghCfr_naegvhVoi4OSJ0WlaXaIqpSBSfp4

On Thursday, November 22, it's a full program for the Midgets, plus semis and a feature for the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars. Pits open at 11:45am, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, front gates at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm. General admission tickets are $35. Reserved tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 for VRA and USAC members. $50,000 will go to a driver if he or she can win both main events.

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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2018 TURKEY NIGHT ENTRIES (BY STATE):

ALABAMA: (1) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

ARIZONA: (3) Chad Boat, Sterling Cling & Jerry Coons, Jr.

CALIFORNIA: (33) Rico Abreu, Daniel Anderson, Kyle Beilman, Ryan Bernal, Tanner Carrick, Maria Cofer, Colby Copeland, Robert Dalby, Bryan Drollinger, Michael Faccinto, Damion Gardner, Dustin Golobic, Shane Golobic, Frankie Guerrini, Ashley Heredia, Dylan Ito, Chase Johnson, Robby Josett, Buddy Kofoid, Kyle Larson, Mike Leach, Jr., Austin Liggett, Carson Macedo, Randi Pankratz, David Prickett, Ryan Robinson, C.J. Sarna, Alex Schutte, Logan Seavey, Holly Shelton, Cody Swanson, Jake Swanson & Brad Sweet

COLORADO: (6) Blaze Bennett, Lance Bennett, Olivia Bennett, Jesse Fernandez, Carson Garrett & Chris Sheil

ILLINOIS: (1) Brayton Lynch

INDIANA: (5) Spencer Bayston, Cole Bodine, Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary & Zeb Wise

IOWA: (1) McKenna Haase

KANSAS: (1) Tucker Klaasmeyer

MISSOURI: (1) Sam Johnson

NEVADA: (1) Tanner Thorson

NEW YORK: (1) Kevin Woody, Jr.

OHIO: (1) Sheldon Haudenschild

OKLAHOMA: (6) Brady Bacon, Christopher Bell, Grady Chandler, Michelle Decker, Holley Hollan & Jason McDougal

WASHINGTON: (2) Tristin Thomas & Colton Heath

NEW ZEALAND: (1) Michael Pickens

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1934-2017 TURKEY NIGHT WINNERS (BY STATE):

ARIZONA: (11) Billy Boat (3) & Ron Shuman (8)

ARKANSAS: (2) Parnelli Jones (2)

CALIFORNIA: (24) Dick Atkins, George Benson, Billy Cantrell, Jay Drake, Edgar Elder, Rick Goudy, Perry Grimm (2), Chuck Gurney (2), Jordan Hermansader, Brent Kaeding, Kyle Larson (2), Jason Leffler (2), Danny McKnight, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Gary Patterson, Tony Simon, Ted Sizemore, Bill Vukovich & Bill Zaring

FLORIDA: (2) Dave Steele (2)

ILLINOIS: (6) Gary Bettenhausen (2), Tony Bettenhausen, Bubby Jones, Johnny McDowell & Kevin Olson

INDIANA: (12) Caleb Armstrong, Bryan Clauson (2), Dave Darland (2), Bobby East, Mel Kenyon (2), Warren Mockler, Michael Lewis, Tony Stewart & Billy Wease

MASSACHUSETTS: (1) Bobby Santos

MICHIGAN: (1) Sam Sessions

MINNESOTA: (2) Bob Swanson (2)

MISSOURI: (2) Roy Russing (2)

NEBRASKA: (2) Ronney Householder (2)

NEVADA: (1) Tanner Thorson

NEW YORK: (1) Joe Garson

OKLAHOMA: (2) Christopher Bell (2)

OREGON: (1) George Amick

SOUTH DAKOTA: (1) Mel Hansen

TEXAS: (2) A. J. Foyt (2)

WISCONSIN: (4) Billy Engelhart (2) & Stan Fox (2)


NATIONAL MIDGET HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018 INCLUDES ANDRETTI, ASTONE, CLAUSON, IRWIN, MARSHMAN, STREICHER

Speedway, Indiana (November 14, 2018).........The National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame has named six of the sport's all-time greats into its 2018 class, which will be celebrated with a luncheon and induction ceremony on Friday, January 18, inside Fair Meadows Hall (Simulcast Building) at the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fairgrounds, located adjacent to the Tulsa Expo Center which will be hosting the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals that week. The doors will open at 11am, with the luncheon beginning at 11:30am (Central).

The Class of 2018 includes (in alphabetical order) Mario Andretti, Tommy Astone, Bryan Clauson, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Bobby Marshman and Mike Streicher.

Synonymous with American auto racing, Mario Andretti has accomplished nearly everything in the realm of motorsport. He was named Driver of the Century by the Associated Press in 1999 and the American Driver of the Century by Racer Magazine in 2000. In his illustrious career, the Italian-born drive who resided in Nazareth, Pa. captured the Formula One World Championship in 1978 as well as USAC National Championships in 1965, '66, '69 and the CART title in 1984. He stands alone as the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship. His versatility behind the wheel is unquestionable with victories at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1969, the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1967, '70 and '72, an IROC series title in 1979 and as a USAC Midget winner in 1966 at Michigan's Berlin Raceway. He began his open wheel racing career in TQ Midgets with the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association in 1961 before jumping into full-size midgets with ARDC. On Labor Day weekend in 1963, he won three midgets features in one day at two different tracks: New Jersey's Flemington Speedway in the afternoon and twin features at Pennsylvania's Hatfield Speedway during the evening, all driving for the Mataka Brothers, who, from that day forward, always carried the number 3N1 on their cars in honor of the amazing feat.

Though his USAC National Midget career was somewhat brief, Fresno, California's Tommy Astone had an impressive run between 1974 and 1976, winning seven victories at Burlington, Iowa, Hartford, Mich., Kingsport, Tenn., Sun Prairie, Wisc., Springville, Utah and Kokomo, Ind. and his most notable victory coming in the 1974 Night Before the 500 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, all for car owner Doug Caruthers. He finished runner-up in the final USAC National Midget standings in 1973-1974 and third in 1976. He emerged in victory lane with the USAC Western States Midgets once in 1983 at Ascot Park and on four occasions at Hanford, Calif., Phoenix, Arizona's Manzanita Speedway and twice at Ventura, Calif. Astone was inducted into Bay Cities Racing Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and competed with the California Racing Association, Astone also scored his lone USAC National Sprint Car victory at New York's Erie County Fairgrounds in 1976.

No driver fit more racing accomplishments in as short amount of time in USAC history as did Bryan Clauson. The Sacramento, California-born driver who made Noblesville, Ind. his home during his career is one of just six drivers to reach 100 USAC feature wins during a career. His 112 career USAC wins rank only behind racing legends Rich Vogler, A.J. Foyt, Sleepy Tripp, Mel Kenyon and Dave Darland. Thirty-eight of those came in USAC National Midget competition with mega wins at Turkey Night Grand Prix in 2009 and '10, the Hut Hundred in 2010, the 4-Crown Nationals in 2014, the Chili Bowl in 2014 and the Belleville Nationals in 2009, '10 and '15. His achievements spread across the racing spectrum with three Indiana Midget Week titles to his credit in 2009, '11 and '16 and was a star "down under" in New Zealand at Western Springs. His championships run the gamut as the USAC National Drivers Championship winner in 2010, '11 and '12; the 2012 and '13 USAC National Sprint Car champion; the 2010 and '11 USAC National Midget Championship. His talents took him to a trio of starts at the Indianapolis 500, the last of which came in 2016 where he led the 100th lap of the 100th running. Clauson lost his life in a crash at the 2016 Belleville Nationals, fittingly while leading the race, at age 27.

Kenny Irwin, Jr. made his mark in every racecar he stepped foot in, but he particularly shined in midget racing. He won the 1992 All American Midget Series championship in the family-owned car where he earned a ton of accolades, including a pair of wins on the high banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and at Indianapolis Raceway Park, as well as a 1993 USAC season-opening victory at the SkyDome in Toronto. He ventured to Dave Calderwood's No. 4 in 1995 and continued his winning ways, scoring on the Springfield Mile. He then moved to the famed Steve Lewis No. 9 car where he won twice at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and at South Dakota's Huset's Speedway en route to the 1996 USAC National Midget title. He was the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year and was twice a winner in NASCAR's Truck Series. The rising star lost his life in 2000 during a practice crash at New Hampshire International Speedway at the age of 30.

Bobby Marshman was one of the brightest young, upcoming drivers of his era when he passed away in a Champ Car testing crash in the Fall of 1964 at just 28 years old. Despite the briefness of his career, the Pottstown, Pa. driver was a force in racing right from the get-go. The son of 1949 AAA East Coast Midget champ and longtime promoter of Pennsylvania's Hatfield Speedway George Marshman, Bobby began his midget racing career with ARDC where, in his first season in 1958, he finished third in the standings. He excelled in long-distance midget races, particularly, winning big events at Trenton, N.J. in 1960, '61 and '62 at lengths of 300, 250 and 100 miles. The latter two at Trenton served as two of his four career USAC National Midget victories. He also won in USAC Sprint Car, Stock Car and Championship Car competition, winning the 1962 Bobby Ball Memorial at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. He was co-Rookie of the Year with Parnelli Jones at the 1961 Indianapolis 500, starting 33rd and finishing 7th).

Mike Streicher has been a success in nearly all facets of midget racing. The Findlay, Ohio native has won USAC National Midget championships as a driver, car owner, mechanic and car builder. In 1983, he captured his first series title with USAC as a car owner and mechanic for driver Rich Vogler. In 1988 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway, he won the first of his six career USAC National Midget features and was victorious in the Hoosier Dome Invitational in 1990. The following season, in 1991, Streicher raced to three victories, the USAC National Midget driver title and his third owner championship. He constructed the Hawk Chassis, which raced to countless Midget feature wins in USAC, NAMARS, ARCA, NEMA, ARDC, and others. Streicher remains active in racing to this day as a professor at University of Northwestern Ohio's motorsports program to educate future racers and mechanics.

For induction ceremony tickets and more information on the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/National-Midget-Auto-Racing-Hall-of-Fame-175885105763849/

 

 

Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

USAC WESTERN STATES & NATIONAL MIDGETS CLASH AT BAKERSFIELD
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 13, 2018... The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water will clash with the P1 Insurance USAC National Midgets at Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, November 17th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the eleventh point race will also feature the California Lightning Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm, 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: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

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Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 109 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield wins and Ricky Shelton set the track record of 12.339 on June 21, 1997. Rain washed out the March 17th season opener with BCRA and Michael Faccinto was victorious on June 16th. A complete Bakersfield series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Bakersfield, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) has a slim 2-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto was the Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger at Ventura Raceway on October 27th with a twenty-first to sixth place run. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Winner has posted three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael eight career victories and will be looking to extend his point lead with a victory this Saturday night.

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Ontario West Spike, Schutte was the fast qualifier at Ventura Raceway and scored fourth in the main event. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight career series wins and will have his sights on reclaiming the point lead with a win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) sits third in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. Piloting his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett had engine problems and scored twenty-third on October 27th after an early exit. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and five feature laps led to his credit. Robby has four career USAC wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby finished eighteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory at Bakersfield.

C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting his #20 Cactus Jack’s / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna charged to a seventh place finish from eighteenth at Ventura. To date, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has posted eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The second generation driver has one career victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night triumph.

Currently seventh in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are David Prickett, Shannon McQueen, Frankie Guerrini, Randi Pankratz, Clayton Ruston, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, Marvin Mitchell, Cody Swanson, Dylan Ito, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, and more.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Carrick, Kevin Thomas Jr., Zeb Wise, and Ryan Robinson round out the top-10 in points.

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

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 3-Michael Faccinto, 2-Shane Golobic, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Jake Swanson.

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

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-695, 2. Alex Schutte-693, 3. Robby Josett-570, 4. Robert Dalby-547, 5. C.J. Sarna-503, 6. David Prickett-499, 7. Kyle Beilman-418, 8. Shannon McQueen-370, .. Ronnie Gardner-370, .. Frankie Guerrini-370, 11. Randi Pankratz-358, 12. Clayton Ruston-310, 13. Maria Cofer-306, 14. Jake Swanson-284, 15. Daniel Anderson-269, 16. Marvin Mitchell-262, 17. Ryan Bernal-260, 18. Cody Swanson-218, 19. Dylan Ito-216, 20. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-176.

2018 P1 INSURANCE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Logan Seavey-911, 2. Brady Bacon-793, 3. Chad Boat-781, 4. Tyler Courtney-773, 5. Justin Grant-772, 6. Spencer Bayston-766, 7. Tanner Carrick-727, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr.-711, 9. Zeb Wise-579, 10. Ryan Robinson-544, 11. Jerry Coons Jr.-514, 12. Jason McDougal-489, 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer-440, 14. Tyler Thomas-434, 15. Holly Shelton-423, 16. Brayton Lynch-390, 17. Alex Bright-373, 18. Sam Johnson-325, 19. Kyle Cracker-260, 20. Zane Hendricks-259.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 22: #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.


 

TURKEY NIGHT DON BASILE ROOKIE OF THE RACE CONTENDERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........Over the years, Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors at the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" have been awarded to some of the most talented young racers in America.

Just a glance down the list will show you the names of Kasey Kahne, Dave Steele, Bobby East, Kody Swanson, Kyle Larson, Tanner Thorson, Carson Macedo and Zeb Wise as individuals who've made an impact in their first appearance at the prestigious race early in their careers before going onto achieve big things in the racing world.

This year's 78th edition of "Turkey Night" on November 22 at California's Ventura Raceway has its own share of drivers who are on the cusp of big things themselves along with a slew of drivers who've already established themselves as stars in their own disciplines outside of midget racing.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary is one who's part of both categories, winning in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Silver Crown divisions in 2018, including a memorable drive to win the Crown finale at Eldora Speedway in September.

Jac Haudenschild was a frequent competitor at "Turkey Night," last competing in 2013, but now it's his son Sheldon's turn to take the wheel. This year, Sheldon, from Wooster, Ohio, was a five-time winner on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car trail.

Jason McDougal, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, became a first-time winner in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition this season at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.

Rossville, Indiana's Cole Bodine nearly pulled off a stunner in July, leading 28 laps and finishing second at Sweet Springs (Mo.) Motorsports Complex in just his fourth career USAC P1 Insurance National Midget start.

Buddy Kofoid, of Penngrove, Calif., has turned heads on the west coast in winged sprint cars while fellow Penngrove native Chase Johnson and Roseville, California's Colby Copeland have each won USAC/CRA Sprint Car features in 2018. Fremont, California's Dustin Golobic made his Turkey Night debut in 2017, missing the main event, but returns for a go at his first feature start. Tempe, Arizona's Sterling Cling has a background in off-road racing and with USAC Southwest Sprints, where he finished 11th in points this year.

Sam Johnson of St. Peters, Mo. has competed regularly with the USAC National Midgets in his first year behind the wheel of a midget. Western States regulars C.J. Sarna, Kyle Beilman, Mike Leach, Bryan Drollinger and Dylan Ito represent California's Rookie crop. The Northwest contingent consists of Tristin Thomas and Colton Heath from Washington. Kevin Woody, Jr., whose unique backstory includes experience as an Army combat veteran and currently as a government bodyguard comes cross country from New York to take in his first Turkey Night experience.

The Colorado contingent brings Carson Garrett back for his second appearance and debuts by Chris Sheil, Jesse Fernandez as well as Blaze Bennett, his brother Lance Bennett and Lance's wife, Olivia Bennett.

Olivia is one of four female Turkey Night Rookies in the field, including Oklahomans Michelle Decker and Holley Hollan, and Iowan McKenna Haase.

Last year, it was Zeb Wise driving to a 5th place finish and the top Rookie honors. In 2018, he translated that into becoming a frontrunner on the USAC National Midget tour and etched his name into the record books as the youngest ever USAC National Midget feature winner. Who'll be the next to take that step from this group?

"Turkey Night" gets underway Wednesday, November 21, with Midget practice and warmups, hot laps, heats and a Fast Dash for USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars. Pits open at 11:45am, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, front gates at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm. General admission adult tickets are $20, senior/military/students are $15 and children under 12 are free with accompanying adult. Pit passes are $40 for VRA and USAC members.

On Thursday, November 22, it's a full program for the Midgets, plus semis and a feature for the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars. Pits open at 11:45am, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, front gates at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm. General admission tickets are $35. Reserved tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 for VRA and USAC members. $50,000 will go to a driver if he or she can win both main events.

Turkey Night tix can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/78th-annual-turkey-night-grand-prix-tickets-42401301434?fbclid=IwAR3f5z07dJt8vp7zb46bY3wbWghCfr_naegvhVoi4OSJ0WlaXaIqpSBSfp4

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

PAST DON BASILE TURKEY NIGHT ROOKIES OF THE RACE: 1998: Kasey Kahne, 1999: Dave Steele, 2000: Aaron Pollock, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Jerome Rodela, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Brad Loyet, 2005: Kevin Swindell, 2006: Kody Swanson, 2007: Mike Murgoitio, 2008: Nic Faas, 2009: Levi Roberts, 2010: Dalton Armstrong, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Ryan Bernal, 2013: Tanner Thorson, 2014: Isaac Chapple, 2015: Robert Dalby, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Zeb Wise

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK EXPANDS TO 8 RACES IN 2019

Speedway, Indiana.........Indiana Sprint Week will expand to its largest schedule in over a decade when the 32nd annual edition of the wildly-popular event arrives in 2019 for eight races in ten nights between July 18-27.

There have been only two other occasions when ISW featured eight USAC AMSOIL National Sprint races, in 2003 and 2007. The 2019 ISW schedule includes eight distinct tracks each with their own characteristics, ranging from relatively flat to high banks, from quarters to half-miles and from wide-sweeping turns to paperclip-shaped venues, offering a unique challenge to both driver and machine.

"This is a can't-miss swing that includes eight great facilities stretching all over the Hoosier state," USAC series coordinator Levi Jones said. "With passionate, loyal teams and fans marking Indiana Sprint Week on their calendars each year, adding one more race to an already great event just makes this series even better in 2019."

Indiana Sprint Week will begin on Thursday, July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway before heading northwest to Plymouth Speedway, which made its debut on the ISW schedule in 2018, the following night on Friday, July 19. From there, the series travels an hour south on U.S. 31 to Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 20. The first weekend concludes Sunday, July 21 in the southeastern part of the state at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

After a two-day hiatus, the series returns for a final four-day stretch that begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 24. Then, it's off to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 25, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 26 and concludes with the ISW finale Saturday, July 27 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

Indiana Sprint Week debuted in 1988, but first became USAC-sanctioned in 1996. Since then, the event has grown from a single weekend to eight races over a week-and-a-half and has become the marquee event on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail that draws massive crowds and welcomes travelers from around the world, both driver and fan alike.

The USAC National Sprint Car division's winningest driver, Dave Darland, owns the most Indiana Sprint Week victories with 20. Levi Jones and Kevin Thomas have the most ISW titles with four. Chris Windom captured the most recent Indiana Sprint Week title.

2019 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:
Thu., July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Fri., July 19: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Sat., July 20: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana
Sun., July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Wed., July 24: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana
Thu., July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana
Fri., July 26: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana
Sat., July 27: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana

 

 

USAC MIDGETS HEAD WEST THIS SATURDAY, FIRST STOP BAKERSFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California.........USAC National racing continues its adventure out west this weekend, but now the focus turns to the midgets as teams point the compass toward California's Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, November 17, for the "November Classic," the penultimate round for both the USAC P1 Insurance National & Light Up the World Western States Midget seasons.

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. returns to Bakersfield as the defending winner of the "November Classic," where he led the final 24 laps to collect the victory. He's second in points this year with one season score, which came at the $15,000-to-win "BC39" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Dirt Track in September, one of 11 different winners in 15 races this season.

Bacon trails series Rookie Logan Seavey, who carries a commanding 118-point lead in the National standings coming in and could, for all intents and purposes, lock up the title this weekend. Only two previous drivers have won the USAC National Midget championship in his Rookie season - Danny Caruthers in 1971 and Christopher Bell in 2013. Sutter, California's Seavey has won twice this year and is one of only four drivers to have multiple wins with the series in 2018.

Multi-time winners Chad Boat and Tyler Courtney run third and fourth in the standings, respectively. Phoenix, Arizona's Boat finished 12th a year ago in his first national appearance at the 1/3-mile dirt oval. His father, Billy Boat, won seven USAC Western States Midget races at Bakersfield between 1994 and 1997, including a National win there in 1995. Last Saturday, Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., wrapped up the closest championship race in the history of USAC with his first AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. He finished fourth at Bakersfield in 2017 in his first visit there a year ago.

Speaking of historical Rookie seasons, like Seavey, Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. has had a memorable year, becoming the youngest driver in series history to win a feature event, in August at Lanco, after spending two months of the summer on the sidelines due to injury. The 15-year-old Clauson Marshall Racing teammate to Courtney turns a year older this Thursday. Wise made his USAC debut at Bakersfield a year ago, finishing 19th.

Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champ, finished in the runner-up spot at Bakersfield in 2017. The Lebanon, Ind. native is sixth in points this year and part of a strong crop of Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian driver lineup. Along with Seavey, 2014 USAC National Midget champ Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Calif. is back in the saddle, plus teammates Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif), Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.), Holly Shelton (Sacramento, Calif.) and Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.).

Carrick was 10th a year ago, while Robinson was 7th and Shelton 22nd. Those three and newcomers, plus Klaasmeyer and Johnson, are all seeking their first career USAC National Midget wins as are Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Brayton Lynch (Springfield, Ill.). Each of this year's five Western States Midget feature winners are eager to pick up their first National Midget triumphs: Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.), Alex Schutte (Redding, Calif), Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) and Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.).

Faccinto led the first six laps of last season's "November Classic" before finishing 9th. He leads the Western States points by just two markers over Alex Schutte and won at Bakersfield in June. Schutte was the top of the Western States contingent in the 2017 "November Classic" feature, bringing home an 8th place result and finished 4th there this past June. Schutte (2010), David Prickett (2012 Dirt) and Shannon McQueen (2012) are past Western States champions expected to compete.

Gardner just recently collected his sixth-straight AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car crown, and seventh overall, last weekend, but is always strong whenever he straps into a midget. He was victorious at Santa Maria in August. Shane Golobic swept both nights of the "Louie Vermiel Classic" at Calistoga on Labor Day weekend. He was the hard charger last year at the "November Classic," racing from his 16th starting spot to a 6th place finish. Swanson, the 2017 West Coast Sprint Car champ, and 2nd place finisher in June at Bakersfield, won the most recent Western States race at Ventura in October.

The Bakersfield race marks the 160th combined USAC National & Western States Midget race. A Western States regular hasn't won a National race since Danny Stratton in 2007.

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-911, 2-Bacon-793, 3-Boat-781, 4-Courtney-773, 5-Grant-772, 6-Bayston-766, 7-Carrick-727, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-579, 10-Robinson-544.

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS: 1-Faccinto-695, 2-Schutte-693, 3-Josett-570, 4-Dalby-547, 5-Sarna-503, 6-Prickett-499, 7-Beilman-418, 8-Ronnie Gardner, McQueen & Guerrini-370.

 

THOMAS REPEATS $25K OVAL NATIONALS WIN;
COURTNEY WINS USAC SPRINT TITLE ON TIEBREAKER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

That about sums of the rollercoaster of emotions Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney endured at the conclusion of Saturday night's Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. notched his second-straight "Oval Nationals" win worth $25,000, but lost the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship on a tiebreaker to Tyler Courtney who gained the one spot he needed on the final lap after it appeared as if his title chances had slipped through his fingertips just moments before.

After 40 races from coast-to-coast, and 40 laps around Perris, the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season concluded in the most dramatic of fashion, deadlocked at the top of the standings for the first time in the 63-year history of the series. It's a record that will never be eclipsed, breaking the previous closest title race from 1965 when Johnny Rutherford defeated Greg Weld by 2.5 points.

Drama, agony, ulcers, heartbreak and, ultimately, joy were just a few of the ingredients in the mix during the final lap of the 23rd annual affair, which provided us with a nail-biter of a race on the track and on the Xcel Spreadsheet which was unlike any we've seen in recent times.

As he did Friday night, Courtney jumped out front once again at the start of the main event, although it was short-lived as Dave Darland escaped unscathed after a turn four flip on the opening lap.

On the complete restart, Courtney checked out from his outside front row starting spot while polesitter C.J. Leary cleared a charging Chase Stockon in turn two to lock up the second spot where he'd remain for much of the first half. That is until A.J. Bender became the second casualty of the young feature, flipping between turns three and four on the 14th lap before walking away under his own power.

Leary was salivating with thoughts of racing fortune when action resumed, sticking right to the bumper of Courtney until lap 16 when the two went wheel-to-wheel with Leary making the pass in turn two and narrowly leading before Courtney came right back at him for the spot on the following lap. Courtney made his move for the lead on the back straight, but Leary made a charge between three and four with Courtney just barely nipping Leary for the lead at the line this time.

On the 18th circuit, Leary was able to clear Courtney again in turn two to retake the lead and instantly began to widen the gap between he and Courtney to nearly a second and looked to be the head of the class.

With 14 laps remaining, Leary led the field entering turn one, but his ride appeared to be a handful as he wrestled with his steering wheel to get the car to turn. Courtney and Thomas, running second and third at the time, ate his lead up in the flick of a switch. Just moments later, the car of 22nd running Chris Gansen slowed to a stop at the inside of turn four to bring out the yellow. During the caution, Leary pulled into the work area to replace the right rear rubber. Though he returned to the track, his bid for a win was quashed for all intents and purposes and he'd soldier on to a 15th place finish.

That now placed the top-two in points in first and second on the track. Courtney came into the feature with a nine-point advantage and the objective was clear - finish fourth or better and the title was his regardless of what Thomas did. However, at the moment, the biggest single race payday of the year was just within reach and he was keen on putting that cherry on top of the pie with just 13 laps remaining.

Thomas worked on Courtney over the next handful of laps and, on lap 33, made his move around the outside of Courtney to grab the lead. Courtney was still in decent shape as he ran second, but one lap later, Chris Windom also scooted by and, suddenly, Courtney's title bid was in a perilous state.

With four laps remaining, Stockon slipped by the suddenly fading Courtney for third while Bacon was suddenly breathing down his neck for fourth. Courtney was able to take a deep breath for a moment during the red with three laps remaining that resulted when R.J. Johnson flipped between turns one and two from which he'd walk away.

With three to go, leader Thomas and fourth-running Courtney were locked up at the top of the standings as they stood in the moment. Courtney's role was clear. Do not let Bacon get by! However, Bacon put his ride up a lane higher than Courtney on the restart and drove around him in turn two to move into fourth and put Courtney on the outside looking in from fifth. One lap later, with 38 of the 40 laps complete, three-time "Ovals" winner Bud Kaeding slowed to a stop on the inside of turn four. The ensuing restart attempt also didn't take as Max Adams stopped at the bottom of turn two.

Two laps remained for the final round of this yearlong boxing match that's seen the point lead switch nine times among three drivers. As it stood on the lap 39 restart, Thomas was up on Courtney by three markers. Once the green flag fell, two distinct races were occurring for the race win and for fourth. Thomas held Stockon and Windom in check behind him for the race lead while Bacon handled Courtney as the field passed under the white flag.

Entering the first turn, suddenly, Bacon began to slow as his fuel tank began to run dry. Courtney was right there to capitalize and miraculously moved back into fourth and into the safe zone that he needed to be in to win the title.

Thomas finished the final lap of the final race of the season in grand fashion, winning the finale for the second consecutive season and becoming the first driver since Dave Darland in 2005-06 to win the "Oval Nationals" in successive years, while Stockon and Windom finished second and third, respectively.

"Two in a row here at the Oval Nationals! To come out of this place as the winner, that's pretty humbling," Thomas exclaimed. "It's hard whenever you get those cautions late in the race. You just have to struggle on hitting the bottom. I knew I got the lead around Sunshine running the middle. On the last lap, I saw Stockon up there and I knew with the way his stuff rolls and with the way our car was working, I just straight gave up on the bottom. I was just ripping right through the middle."

Meanwhile, Courtney clawed his way back to fourth to win the title via a tiebreaker. Both Courtney and Thomas finished with 2733 points, but Courtney's 11 victories trumped Thomas' 7, thus earning him the title in the closest points race in series history. Another 2018 champion, Damion Gardner, rounded out the top-five in the finish to collect his sixth-straight USAC/CRA Sprint Car crown and seventh overall.

Tyler Courtney won the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship, equaling the number of points that Kevin Thomas, Jr. scored, but held the tiebreaker with 11 victories compared to 7 for Thomas. (Michael Fry Photo)

"I didn't want to make it that close," Courtney said with a laugh. "We had a really good racecar tonight. It just kind of went away on us there. I couldn't stick the middle like those guys were doing, but I'd rather have luck on our side than be good sometimes. I think we had a guy upstairs looking on us tonight. We're doing all this in honor of Bryan Clauson. I'm honored to be a part of this. To come out our first year as a sprint car team and be the national champions is truly something special. It's not something many people can do, and I've got a great group behind me. I've been busting my tail to get to this step and it took a lot of people believing in me along the way. It feels like everything's paying off."

Thomas was matter of fact when it came to the title race. Just one more win - one more position, even - would have provided him just enough points toward the championship.

"For this to come all the way down to the wire and actually tie in points, that's pretty nuts," Thomas reflected. "It was a hard-fought battle all year. We tied, but he won more races. That's what got him here."

At the beginning of this season, Courtney entered new territory, exiting the TOPP Motorsports team that he had accrued so much success with over the past two seasons, to join the newly-created sprint car team owned by Tim Clauson, Richard Marshall and 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion driver Ryan Newman. The goals may have been lofty to some, but this team meant business from day one and there's no resting on their laurels according to Courtney.

"One of our goals was to be on the podium at the end of the year," Courtney remembered. "Obviously, we try to exceed our goals and we came out with 11 wins and a championship. We're going to go back to the drawing board, reset our goals, and come back and defend this title."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway were R.J. Johnson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner) Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Max Adams (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Logan Seavey (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Logan Williams & Danny Faria, Jr. (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 10, 2018 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.626; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.636; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.649; 4. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-16.769; 5. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.810; 6. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.823; 7. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.865; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.904; 9. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.907; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.968; 11. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Thomas/Curb-Agajanian-16.971; 12. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.049; 13. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.055; 14. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-17.075; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.090; 16. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.158; 17. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-17.171; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.198; 19. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.206; 20. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.216; 21. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-17.289; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.317; 23. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.334; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.344; 25. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.497; 26. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.614; 27. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.666; 28. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.675; 29. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.699; 30. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.766; 31. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-18.003; 32. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.505; 33. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-19.794; 34. Frank Rodgers, 11x, Rodgers-19.942.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Adams, 3. Davis, 4. Hodges, 5. Faria, 6. Edwards, 7. McDougal, 8. Marshall, 9. Meseraull. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. A. Williams, 3. Sheridan, 4. Seavey, 5. McCarthy, 6. Bender, 7. Chapple, 8. Rodgers, 9. Waitman. 2:53.25

CHALK STIX / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. C. Johnson, 3. J. Vander Weerd, 4. Kaeding, 5. Liggett, 6. Malcolm, 7. Mihocko, 8. Swanson. 2:54.56

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Roa, 3. C. Williams, 4. Gansen, 5. Sweeney, 6. Ervine, 7. L. Williams, 8. R. Vander Weerd. NT

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps, finish order sets feature lineup) 1. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall Newman), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#69 Dynamics), 4. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 5. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 6. Damion Gardner (#4x Alexander). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Hodges, 2. Seavey, 3. Liggett, 4. J. Vander Weerd, 5. Bender, 6. L. Williams, 7. Malcolm, 8. McCarthy, 9. Sweeney, 10. Sheridan, 11. Ervine, 12. R. Vander Weerd. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaeding, 2. McDougal, 3. Chapple, 4. C. Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Faria, 7. Edwards, 8. Mihocko, 9. Rodgers, 10. Davis. 3:31.71

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. Chase Stockon (4), 3. Chris Windom (8), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Damion Gardner (6), 6. Logan Seavey (15), 7. Austin Williams (14), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Brody Roa (10), 10. Chase Johnson (13), 11. Brady Bacon (7), 12. Danny Faria, Jr. (26), 13. Isaac Chapple (19), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (23), 15. C.J. Leary (1), 16. Logan Williams (25), 17. Chris Gansen (20), 18. Max Adams (11), 19. Bud Kaeding (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (12), 21. Cody Williams (22), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Josh Hodges (17), 24. A.J. Bender (24), 25. Austin Liggett (21), 26. Dave Darland (9). NT
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**Meseraull flipped during the first heat. Gardner flipped during the Super 6 Dash. Darland flipped on the opening lap of the feature. Bender flipped on lap 14 of the feature. R.J. Johnson flipped on lap 38 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Courtney, Lap 16 Leary, Lap 17 Courtney, Laps 18-26 Leary, Laps 27-32 Courtney, Laps 33-40 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Logan Seavey (15th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS: Logan Williams & Danny Faria, Jr.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-2733, 2-K. Thomas-2733, 3-Windom-2651, 4-Stockon-2343, 5-Bacon-2331, 6-Leary-2328, 7-Darland-2292, 8-Grant-2290, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1572.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1643, 2-Roa-1598, 3-A. Williams-1354, 4-C. Williams-1189, 5-Swanson-1173, 6-R.J. Johnson-1113, 7-Max Adams-1044, 8-L. Williams-976, 9-Faria-972, 10-Gansen-872.


 

GRANT STRIKES TWICE
FOR OVAL NATIONALS NIGHT TWO VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California......... When it comes to the first two nights of the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway, it seems you just can't keep Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney away from each other in late-race situations.

It also appears that down the stretch of the season, you just can't keep Justin Grant out of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane as he collected his fifth win in the past seven races.

Lightning does in fact strike the same spot twice when it comes to the final two laps of the first two nights of the "Ovals." Just like he did in Thursday's opener, Justin Grant chased down Tyler Courtney in traffic coming to the white flag with the two making contact while battling for the lead in turn three.

For the second-straight night, Grant got the upper hand in the end with Courtney settling for a runner-up finish despite a dominant performance up to that point.

It led to a subdued victory lane celebration in which Grant chided himself for how it all went down in the end as he was gunning for race wins while Courtney was in the midst of a seriously tight points race on the final weekend of the season.

"I'm pretty disappointed in myself," Grant admitted. "That's not how I wanted to win that thing. I got tight against the cushion going into three right when he was getting sideways - my mistake. I'm really glad he didn't get turned around and lose many points. The last thing I wanted to do was mess that up. That's not how I wanted to win that race. My guys deserve it, but I feel really bad about it. It's hard racing in traffic like that. There's not a lot of options, but I certainly didn't want to do that."

Grant set fast qualifying time earlier in the evening while Courtney and fellow title contender Kevin Thomas, Jr. occupied the front row for the 30-lap feature. Courtney slotted himself into the lead ahead of Thomas on the opening lap when a melee ensued involving five cars: Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa and Isaac Chapple, who tipped upside down. Chapple climbed out of the wreckage unscathed, but was finished for the night as was Roa, who saw his opportunity at a first USAC/CRA crown take a major blow.

Once action resumed, Courtney checked out, lifting the front wheels to the heavens as he ripped down the back straightaway. Meanwhile, Grant was already on the assault, jetting from fifth to fourth to third on laps two, three and four to settle in behind Chase Stockon and leader Courtney in the early going.

By lap nine, Grant and Stockon were exchanging recipes for sliders at both ends of the racetrack, ultimately securing the second spot on the 11th lap. However, Courtney used that opportunity to construct a six second lead as the race neared the midway point.

Simultaneously, Courtney began his approach of lapped traffic, setting a torrid pace as he avoided close calls with a pair of past USAC champs, first with bumper-to-bumper contact of Danny Faria, Jr. between turns three and four and near wheel-banger with R.J. Johnson at the flag stand. Grant munched more than a third out of Courtney's lead in the process.

Courtney had no intention of being timid as he charged through traffic, slicing high and low between the tail end of the field. But, so was Grant. With ten to go, Grant on the scene trying his hand at a pair of sliders in turn three on laps 21 and 22 that he very nearly pulled off.

At some points, it appeared to be over, especially after smacking the concrete between turns three and four with six laps remaining that cost him valuable ground as the clock, and the laps, ticked away. But sand still remained in the hourglass for Grant as Courtney met a three-wide group of Josh Hodges, Max Adams and Damion Gardner involved in their own race for 13th, allowing Grant to reel Courtney in for one more run.

With the victory, Grant set a new, personal season-high of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins with five, moving him into a three-way tie for 42nd on the all-time series win list alongside Don Branson & Steve Chassey at 13 wins.

As the two raced to the white flag, Grant followed Courtney down the back straight with less than two car lengths separating the pair. Courtney entered high in turn three around the outside of Hodges. Grant followed suit with a big run on the cushion when Grant's front bumper and Courtney's rear bumper collided, resulting in Courtney performing a 90-degree angle turnabout while Grant escaped by the skin of his teeth between Courtney and the outside wall. Courtney miraculously gathered it up and carried on his merry way, albeit in second, with a championship-salvaging save considering the implications that would've transpired had he stalled it.

Grant finished off the final lap unchallenged, winning his fourth-straight feature event at Perris in as many starts this year. Courtney took second ahead of Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and Stockon.

With the victory, Grant set a new, personal season-high of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories with five, moving him into a three-way tie for 42nd on the all-time series win list alongside Don Branson and Steve Chassey at 13 wins.

Courtney's second-place run did allow him to open up his National point lead over Thomas from seven to nine heading into Saturday's season finale. Meanwhile, in the CRA title race, Gardner and Roa had less than desirable finishes of 16th and 25th respectively. Gardner extended his lead to 33 as he aims to lock down his sixth-straight series crown and seventh overall.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Perris Auto Speedway were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), R.J. Johnson (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Damion Gardner (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Angle Buildings Fifth Heat Winner), Austin Williams (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 9, 2018 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.868; 2. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.881; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.944; 4. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.974; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.978; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.994; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-17.063; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.066; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.069; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.115; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.126; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.127; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.146; 14. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-17.205; 15. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.211; 16. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-17.217; 17. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-17.255; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.299; 19. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-17.300; 20. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.309; 21. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.310; 22. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.335; 23. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.350; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.374; 25. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.438; 26. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-17.471; 27. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.522; 28. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-17.629; 29. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.713; 30. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.773; 31. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.812; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.864; 33. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-17.877; 34. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.898; 35. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.917; 36. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-18.027; 37. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-18.096; 38. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.167; 39. Austin Ervine, 51, Ervine-18.752; 40. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-19.169; 41. Frank Rodgers, 11x, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Seavey, 3. Bacon, 4. Grant, 5. Rodgers, 6. Sheridan, 7. J. Vander Weerd. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. L. Williams, 3. McDougal, 4. Liggett, 5. C. Johnson, 6. Chapple, 7. Sweeney, 8. Mihocko. 2:54.17

CHALK STIX / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. A. Williams, 3. Windom, 4. Leary, 5. Davis, 6. Faria, 7. Meseraull, 8. Waitman. 2:54.73

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Gardner, 2. Darland, 3. Roa, 4. Kaeding, 5. Bender, 6. C. Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. Ervine. 2:54.43

ANGLE BUILDINGS / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Swanson, 6. McCarthy, 7. Edwards, 8. Marshall. 2:55.46

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Swanson, 3. Chapple, 4. C. Johnson, 5. J. Vander Weerd, 6. Faria, 7. McCarthy, 8. Bender, 9. Edwards, 10. Gansen, 11. Mihocko, 12. Sweeney, 13. Waitman, 14. Marshall, 15. Rodgers, 16. Ervine, 17. Davis, 18. Sheridan, 19. C. Williams. NT

EVELYN PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (6), 2. Tyler Courtney (1), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 4. Chris Windom (17), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. Brady Bacon (15), 7. C.J. Leary (8), 8. Thomas Meseraull (7), 9. Bud Kaeding (4), 10. Jason McDougal (5), 11. Logan Seavey (20), 12. Jake Swanson (10), 13. Austin Williams (12), 14. Max Adams (19), 15. Josh Hodges (23), 16. Damion Gardner (18), 17. Richard Vander Weerd (14), 18. Chase Johnson (16), 19. Austin Liggett (24), 20. Dave Darland (13), 21. Logan Williams (21), 22. R.J. Johnson (22), 23. Danny Faria, Jr. (26), 24. Cody Williams (25), 25. Brody Roa (9), 26. Isaac Chapple (11). 9:01.84
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**Gile flipped during qualifying. Malcolm flipped during qualifying. Davis flipped during the semi. Chapple flipped on the opening lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Courtney, Laps 29-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (17th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Austin Williams

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Austin Williams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Jace Vander Weerd

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-2672, 2-K. Thomas-2663, 3-Windom-2587, 4-Leary-2295, 5-Bacon-2290, 6-Stockon-2276, 7-Darland-2269, 8-Grant-2241, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1535.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1585, 2-Roa-1552, 3-A. Williams-1302, 4-C. Williams-1166, 5-Swanson-1163, 6-R.J. Johnson-1090, 7-Max Adams-1017, 8-L. Williams-945, 9-Faria-933, 10-Gansen-843.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 10 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

 

OVAL NATIONALS POINTS (After Night 2 of 3)

Perris, California (November 9, 2018)………Six drivers have locked themselves into Saturday night’s A-Main for the 23rd Annual Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Though Tyler Courtney has finished in the runner-up spot to Justin Grant the past two nights, he leads the way with a five-point advantage over Grant based on points earned through qualifying and the preliminary events both nights.

Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chase Stockon, Damion Gardner and C.J. Leary are also locked in and will compete against Courtney and Grant in the six-lap “Super Six Dash” on Saturday night to determine the first three rows for the start of the $25,000-to-win feature event. All others seventh on back in the standings will compete in the full program with qualifying, heats and the semi-feature on tap.

On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm. All times Pacific.

The event will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app. You can also catch all the action a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

Oval Nationals Standings

1. Tyler Courtney – 287

2. Justin Grant – 282

3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 273

4. Chase Stockon – 271

5. Damion Gardner – 245

6. C.J. Leary – 244

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7. Brady Bacon – 243

8. Chris Windom – 240

9. Logan Seavey – 223

10. Jake Swanson – 220

11. Thomas Meseraull – 203

12. Brody Roa – 202

13. Richard Vander Weerd – 202

14. Dave Darland – 196

15. Jason McDougal – 195

16. Max Adams – 194

17. Josh Hodges – 188

18. Logan Williams – 184

19. Chase Johnson – 182

20. R.J. Johnson – 180

21. Isaac Chapple – 179

22. Bud Kaeding – 174

23. Austin Williams – 169

24. Danny Sheridan – 147

25. Austin Liggett – 147

26. Chris Gansen – 143

27. Cody Williams – 134

28. Jace Vander Weerd – 119

29. A.J. Bender – 115

30. Danny Faria, Jr. – 112

31. Matt McCarthy – 112

32. Charles Davis, Jr. – 103

33. Kyle Edwards – 103

34. Verne Sweeney – 103

35. Tye Mihocko – 102

36. Randy Waitman – 101

37. Frank Rodgers – 96

38. Tommy Malcolm – 52

39. Dennis Gile – 51

40. Gary Marshall, Jr. – 51

41. Austin Ervine – 49

 

 

RESILIENT GRANT GRABS OVAL NATIONALS OPENER AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........For better or worse, Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports have learned how to be resilient this year.

They've successfully overcome their season-long, mountainous valley of struggles that kept them winless through their first 33 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts of 2018.

And, on Thursday night, the pair overcame humble beginnings that forced them to start from the fifth row in the A-Main for the opener for the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

There was no head-hanging with this bunch as they went to work with Grant methodically picking his way through the field and, with two laps remaining, came to a fork in the middle of the road. So, he took it.

After a brief tussle with Tyler Courtney, Ione, California's Grant grabbed the lead in late-race fashion in much the same manner as he did in the "Western World" opener one week ago to score his fourth series win in the past six races.

In each of those previous three triumphs, he started from the front row. This one, however, feature the extra element of traffic to wade through on the way to the front.

"We started so far in the back, I got to see it all," Grant said. "I kind of buried these guys tonight. I didn't qualify well, and we weren't very good in the heat race. They made some changes, got us dialed in and this thing was a rocket ship in the feature."

Granted started 10th in the 26-car field, finding his rhythm early on as last year's "Ovals" opening night winner Chase Stockon drove off to the lead after narrowly squeezing around Brady Bacon on the back straight for the point on the first of 30 circuits.

The night's only red flag came on the fourth lap when C.J. Leary, Grant and Thomas Meseraull got stacked up off turn two while running 9th-10th-11th. Meseraull ramped over the back end of Grant and double barrel-rolled before walking away uninjured.

Through the middle stages, it appeared to be Courtney's show once again as he slid Damion Gardner for second on the eighth lap, then began his pursuit of Stockon. Courtney presented his presence in turn three on the 12th lap, giving a sneak peak of his front bumper to Stockon who clung to the lead for just one more half a trip around the PAS. Courtney came right back at Stockon in turn one on lap 13 and slid to the front with ease and appeared to be gonzo, darting off to a 2.5-second lead past the midway point when the yellow fell for a flat left rear by Cody Williams.

At that point, most eyes were on Courtney at the top of the heap while Grant scrapped his way from seventh to second in succession, passing one car each lap from lap 12 through 17 as he swiftly bolted by Stockon in turn three following the lap 17 restart.

Grant closed rapidly toward Courtney who was seeking to extend his series-leading win tally to 12 this season. Grant gained ground, then lost some, as he hustled his ride around the half-mile, sometimes tapping the wall and banging the cushion as he laid it on the line with no championship implications like he did last year and, thus, had practically nothing to lose.

Once a strip of rubber began to appear on the surface in the late stages, it looked to be lights out for Grant's opportunities. For it was easier to catch than it was to pass at the moment. With three to go, though, the car of Tommy Malcolm bounced off the turn two wall. As he was gathering it up, Courtney and Grant quickly swarmed. Courtney followed Malcolm into turn three, but Grant went right for the jugular, diving to the bottom and sliding wheel-to-wheel with Courtney when the two made contact - Grant's right rear and Courtney's left rear - which sent Courtney scooting up to the outside wall before he grabbed the wheel, punched the gas and motored onward, albeit in the runner-up position now.

Justin Grant's 12th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory tied him with Eric Gordon for 44th on the all-time win list. (Rich Forman Photo)

On the final lap, Grant found himself in a similar position as Courtney the lap before. He pulled no punches, diving to the bottom of turn three and sliding across the nose of Malcolm to put his destiny into his own grasp. Courtney drove a line lower than both Grant and Malcolm through three and four, making one last run, but came up just two car lengths short as Grant continued his undefeated streak at Perris in 2018 for his third win of the season at the So Cal dirt oval. Courtney came home second ahead of Damion Gardner, Stockon and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

"I thought when it started laying rubber there, we were probably done, and we wouldn't be able to get by Tyler there," Grant admitted. "But he got caught behind the lapper and we fired it in there. He tried to drive around it at the last minute, but when you're sliding across coming back to rubber, there's not a lot you can do."

It's not ideal to get behind the proverbial eight-ball on a race night, or a season for that matter. But, that's where Grant and TOPP have seemed to thrive the most. Now, they're world beaters and the sky seems to be the limit for this pair moving forward in the TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - TOPP Performance Race Parts - The Bow Foundation/Maxim/TOPP.

Though disheartened about the finish, Courtney did manage to take over the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead by seven points over Thomas with two races remaining at Perris these next two nights. On the CRA side, Gardner extended his lead to 23 over Brody Roa.

Of note, to begin the night, Kevin Thomas, Jr. set a new USAC National Sprint Car single-season record for fast qualifying times, laying down his 15th fast time of the year to break Tom Bigelow's mark of 14 in 1978.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Perris Auto Speedway were Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Damion Gardner (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Max Adams (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Justin Grant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Richard Vander Weerd (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 8, 2018 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.455; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.504; 3. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.524; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.612; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.625; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.664; 7. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.683; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.715; 9. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.804; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.820; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.877; 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.931; 13. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-16.935; 14. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.939; 15. Jason McDougal, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.950; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.988; 17. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-17.052; 18. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-17.063; 19. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Thomas/Curb-Agajanian-17.091; 20. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.125; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.146; 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.159; 23. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-17.172; 24. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.200; 25. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.235; 26. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.292; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.324; 28. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.349; 29. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.357; 30. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.377; 31. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-17.445; 32. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.604; 33. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-17.636; 34. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.642; 35. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.700; 36. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.765; 37. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.783; 38. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.835; 39. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.419; 40. Austin Ervine, 51, Ervine-18.519; 41. Frank Rodgers, 11x, Rodgers-19.459; 42. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Hodges, 3. Grant, 4. Thomas, 5. Leary, 6. Malcolm, 7. McCarthy, 8. Kaeding, 9. Rodgers. 2:53.44

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Gansen, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Swanson, 5. Faria, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Liggett, 8. Sweeney. 2:55.32

CHALK STIX / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Gardner, 2. Sheridan, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Darland, 5. Adams, 6. Davis, 7. A. Williams, 8. Mihocko. 2:53.39

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Meseraull, 3. L. Williams, 4. C. Johnson, 5. Seavey, 6. Bender, 7. Waitman. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. Stockon, 3. Roa, 4. McDougal, 5. C. Williams, 6. Gile, 7. Edwards, 8. Ervine. 2:55.78

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. C. Williams, 3. Seavey, 4. Adams, 5. A. Williams, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Bender, 8. Liggett, 9. Kaeding, 10. Davis, 11. McCarthy, 12. Faria, 13. Malcolm, 14. Gile, 15. Sweeney, 16. Waitman, 17. Mihocko, 18. Edwards, 19. Rodgers. NT

BILL PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (10), 2. Tyler Courtney (3), 3. Damion Gardner (4), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 6. C.J. Leary (7), 7. Brody Roa (9), 8. Logan Seavey (8), 9. Brady Bacon (1), 10. Jake Swanson (5), 11. Chris Windom (19), 12. Dave Darland (16), 13. Richard Vander Weerd (11), 14. Isaac Chapple (21), 15. Max Adams (12), 16. Danny Sheridan (20), 17. Chase Johnson (17), 18. Logan Williams (24), 19. Cody Williams (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (23), 21. Tommy Malcolm (26), 22. Chris Gansen (22), 23. Josh Hodges (15), 24. Austin Williams (25), 25. Thomas Meseraull (13), 26. Jason McDougal (14). NT ---------------------------- **Meseraull flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Stockon, Laps 13-28 Courtney, Laps 29-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (10th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Richard Vander Weerd

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Austin Williams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-2597, 2-K. Thomas-2590, 3-Windom-2520, 4-Darland-2239, 5-Leary-2238, 6-Bacon-2229, 7-Stockon-2208, 8-Grant-2160, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1510.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1546, 2-Roa-1523, 3-A. Williams-1258, 4-C. Williams-1143, 5-Swanson-1121, 6-Johnson-1059, 7-Max Adams-977, 8-L. Williams-915, 9-Faria-910, 10-Gansen-833.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 9-10 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

 

DARLAND MOVES INTO TIE FOR SECOND-MOST
USAC SPRINT FAST TIMES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Qualifying is an essential aspect in the sport of auto racing, usually setting the tone for the night and putting a driver in position to claim the checkered flag at the end of the night.

Perhaps it's no surprise that the top-three drivers in terms of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories are also one-two-three on the all-time list for most fast qualifying times with the series.

Tom Bigelow remains at the top with a staggering 65 fast qualifying times in his career, but with his fast time at Arizona Speedway's "Western World Championships" last Saturday, Dave Darland moved into a tie for second with Tracy Hines at 60 fast times.

Darland is the series' winningest driver at 62 feature victories and owns the most starts in series history at 731, but soon could be closing in another record in the 2019 season. Three races remain this week, November 8-9-10 in conjunction with the USAC/CRA Sprints in the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app. You can also catch all the action a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES
(1961-Present)

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (60) Dave Darland & Tracy Hines

4. (39) Levi Jones

5. (37) Larry Dickson

6. (36) Bryan Clauson

7. (35) Rich Vogler

8. (32) Brady Bacon

9. (31) Sheldon Kinser

10. (30) Pancho Carter

11. (27) Dave Steele

12. (26) Jay Drake & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

14. (24) Gary Bettenhausen, Chase Stockon & J.J. Yeley

17. (23) Jon Stanbrough

18. (22) Steve Butler

19. (20) Jerry Coons, Jr. Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey

22. (19) Justin Grant & Greg Weld

24. (17) Don Branson & A.J. Foyt

26. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta

29. (15) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Sam Sessions & Brian Tyler

32. (14) Billy Cassella & Parnelli Jones

34. (13) Bobby East & Bruce Walkup

36. (12) Steve Chassey, Damion Gardner, Rick Hood, C.J. Leary, Bill Puterbaugh & Joe Saldana

42. (11) George Snider

43. (10) Sonny Ates

44. (9) Jim Hurtubise, Jud Larson, Eddie Leavitt, Johnny Rutherford & Josh Wise

49. (8) Robert Ballou, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser & Chris Windom

53. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Larry Rice, Hunter Schuerenberg, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

64. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Parsons & Ken Schrader

76. (5) Chad Boespflug, Tyler Courtney, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley, Brad Sweet & Kevin Thomas

88. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, Kyle Cummins, Billy Engelhart, Chet Fillip, Darren Hagen, Chuck Hulse, Kenny Jacobs, Lee Kunzman, Jim McElreath, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Joey Saldana, Terry Shepherd, Carson Short, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Bob Wente

107. (3) Tommy Astone, Dave Blaney, Karl Busson, Kevin Doty, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Gary Gray, John Heydenreich, Gordon Johncock, Greg Leffler, Ralph Liguori, Steve Long, Larry Martin, Justin Marvel, Jason McCord, Larry Moore, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Lee Osborne, Brandon Petty, Jerry Poland, Bob Pratt, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt and John Wolfe

139. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Keith Bloom, Chuck Booth, Don Brown, Duke Cook, Allen Crowe, Nic Faas, Larry Gates, Gene Lee Gibson, Coleman Gulick, Dave Hanna, Darl Harrison, Shane Hmiel, Josh Hodges, Marc Jessup, Brad Marvel, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Dustin Morgan, Brad Noffsinger, Gary Patterson, Byron Reed, Jerry Richert, Dave Roahrig, Jimmy Sills, Al Smith, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Greg Stephens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson

184. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Brent Beauchamp, Ryan Bernal, Lee Brewer, Jr., Dale Burton, Gary Cameron, Larry Cannon, Billy Cantrell, Dana Carter, Rob Chaney, Bob Cicconi, Leon Clum, Peter Cozzolino, Don Davis, Doc Dawson, Brad Doty, Cotton Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Jared Fox, Joe Gaerte, Harry Garrett, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Bobby Grim, Chuck Gurney, Norm Hall, Jerry Hansen, Brian Hayden, Jonathan Hendrick, Hank Henry, Tyler Hewitt, Ted Hines, Jesse Hockett, Bob Hogle, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Huntley, Gary Irvin, Mike Johnson, Dee Jones, Page Jones, Todd Kane, Ray Kenens, Joey Kerr, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch, Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Wes McIntyre, Blake Miller, Jerry Miller, Jr., Ron Milton, Hal Minyard, Matt Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Mike Mosley, Mike Murgoitio, Paul Pitzer, Gary Ponzini, Ande Possman, Roger Rager, Davey Ray, Jerry Richert, Jr., Red Riegel, Travis Rilat, Manny Rockhold, Bill Rose, Joe Roush, Jerry Russell, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, John Sernett, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Dean Shirley, Eric Shively, Randy Smith, Wib Spalding, Ned Spath, Greg Staab, Steve Stapp, Richard Summers, Jake Swanson, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Tom Tepe, Leon Thickstun, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, Tony Weyant, Austin Williams, Rip Williams, Eddie Wirth & Mitch Wissmiller

 

 

OVAL NATIONALS ARE LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV NOV. 8-9-10

Perris, California.........Speed Shift TV has live coverage of all three nights of the 23rd Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction from Perris Auto Speedway this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 8-9-10.

A pair of tight championship races are on the line with both the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars. The National race features three drivers: Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom within 50 points. Thomas and Courtney are separated by just two points. Thomas is the defending winner of the "Oval Nationals." Windom won it in 2010.

Meanwhile, in the CRA standings, Damion Gardner seeks to wrap up his sixth-straight CRA title, and seventh overall, after overtaking Brody Roa in the points during last week's "Western World Championships." Roa is just five points behind Gardner and was a winner on the second night of the "Ovals" a year ago.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app. You can also catch all the action a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

REIGNING USAC SPRINT CHAMP WINDOM BIDS
FOR ANOTHER TITLE SHOT AT OVAL NATS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Chris Windom is one of three contenders for the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car crown coming into this week's "Oval Nationals" at Perris Auto Speedway, which marks the conclusion of a heated battle between he and first-time title hopefuls Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney who are separated by just two.

Though Windom, of Canton, Ill., stands third in the standings at the moment, 50 points behind the leader, he's in a unique position. Not only has he won the Oval Nationals before, but the 2010 race winner arrives for the Nov. 8-9-10 races as the series' reigning champ. Although Windom is reliably cool under pressure, he's already experienced this moment and conquered it as recently as last year, erasing a deficit late in the season to win his first USAC National Sprint Car championship.

With that scenario in mind, one can't help but think how he will fare this year in the role as the champ. It begged the question. How have past USAC National Sprint Car champions fared in the standings the year following their title?

Forty-seven years have gone into the books since the first "National" schedule was put into place in 1961. There have been 11 occasions in which the driver winning the title the previous year repeated the feat the following year: Parnelli Jones (1961-62), Sheldon Kinser (1981-82), Rick Hood (1984-85), Steve Butler (1986-87-88), Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), Brian Tyler (1996-97), Levi Jones (2009-10-11) and Bryan Clauson (2012-13).

A handful of others endured injuries in competition that severely hindered their championship prospects: Johnny Rutherford in 1966, Butler in 1989 and Robert Ballou in 2016. There've also been a pair we've lost to tragic accidents in the midst of the season as they were seeking their respective titles: Rich Vogler in 1990 and Robbie Stanley in 1994. Others, meanwhile, made the decision to venture down south to try their hand in the NASCAR ranks following their title season: Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Josh Wise.

The majority of the time, however, the defending champion ranked right in the bulk of the top-three of the standings the following season, 28 times, in fact, out of 47 seasons. Windom is guaranteed to become the 29th of those drivers to finish in the top-three as he can't slip below that threshold with three races remaining, but he still can climb to the top.

How will everything shake it out? It's going to be difficult for Windom to erase a 50-point hole in three races, but history doesn't always rule what happens in the moment. After all, that's why you and I watch and why we'll be watching again tonight.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.

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HOW THE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPS FARED THE FOLLOWING SEASON (1956-2017)

Tommy Hinnershitz: (1st in 1956 & 4th in 1957 USAC Eastern Sprint Car Driver Points)
Pat O'Connor: (1st in 1956 & 6th in 1957 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Driver Points)
Bill Randall: (1st in 1957 & 11th in 1957 USAC Eastern Sprint Car Driver Points)
Elmer George: (1st in 1957 & 3rd in 1958 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Driver Points)
Johnny Thomson: (1st in 1958 & 14th in 1959 USAC Eastern Sprint Car Driver Points)
Eddie Sachs: (1st in 1958 & 4th in 1959 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tommy Hinnershitz: (1st in 1959 & 15th in 1960 USAC Eastern Sprint Car Points)
Don Branson: (1st in 1959 & 2nd in 1960 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Driver Points)
A.J. Foyt: (1st in 1960 USAC Eastern Points & 3rd in 1961 USAC National Points)
Parnelli Jones: (1st in 1960 USAC Midwest Points & 1st in 1961 National Points)
Parnelli Jones: (1st in 1961 & 1st in 1962 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Parnelli Jones: (1st in 1962 & 12th in 1963 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Roger McCluskey: (1st in 1963 & 17th in USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Don Branson: (1st in 1964 & 6th in 1965 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Johnny Rutherford: (1st in 1965 & Unlisted in 1966 USAC National Sprint Car Points)
Roger McCluskey: (1st in 1966 & 40th in 1967 USAC National Sprint Car Points)
Greg Weld: (1st in 1967 & 3rd in 1968 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points
Larry Dickson: (1st in 1968 & 2nd in 1969 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Gary Bettenhausen: (1st in 1969 & 2nd in 1970 USAC National Sprint Car Points)
Larry Dickson: (1st in 1970 & 2nd in 1971 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Gary Bettenhausen: (1st in 1971 & 19th in 1972 USAC National Sprint Car Points)
Sam Sessions: (1st in 1972 & 5th in 1973 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rollie Beale: (1st in 1973 & 7th in 1974 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Pancho Carter: (1st in 1974 & 4th in 1975 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Larry Dickson: (1st in 1975 & 4th in 1976 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Pancho Carter: (1st in 1976 & 3rd in 1977 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Sheldon Kinser: (1st in 1977 & 9th in 1978 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tom Bigelow: (1st in 1978 & 5th in 1979 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Greg Leffler: (1st in 1979 & 10th in 1980 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rich Vogler: (1st in 1980 & 2nd in 1981 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Sheldon Kinser: (1st in 1981 & 1st in 1982 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Sheldon Kinser: (1st in 1982 & 3rd in 1983 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Ken Schrader: (1st in 1983 & Unlisted in 1984 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rick Hood: (1st in 1984 & 1st in 1985 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rick Hood: (1st in 1985 & 2nd in 1986 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Steve Butler: (1st in 1986 & 1st in 1987 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Steve Butler: (1st in 1987 & 1st in 1988 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Steve Butler: (1st in 1988 & 9th in 1989 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rich Vogler: (1st in 1989 & 8th in 1990 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Steve Butler: (1st in 1990 & 3rd in 1991 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Robbie Stanley: (1st in 1991 & 1st in 1992 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Robbie Stanley: (1st in 1992 & 1st in 1993 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Robbie Stanley: (1st in 1993 & 23rd in 1994 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Doug Kalitta: (1st in 1994 & 2nd in 1995 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tony Stewart: (1st in 1995 & 50th in 1996 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Brian Tyler: (1st in 1996 & 1st in 1997 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Brian Tyler: (1st in 1997 & 8th in 1998 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tony Elliott: (1st in 1998 & 3rd in 1999 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Dave Darland: (1st in 1999 & 6th in 2000 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tony Elliott: (1st in 2000 & 3rd in 2001 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
J.J. Yeley: (1st in 2001 & 2nd in 2002 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tracy Hines: (1st in 2002 & 3rd in 2003 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
J.J. Yeley: (1st in 2003 & 15th in 2004 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Jay Drake: (1st in 2004 & 4th in 2005 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2005 & 2nd in 2006 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Josh Wise: (1st in 2006 & 41st in 2007 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2007 & 2nd in 2008 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Jerry Coons, Jr.: (1st in 2008 & 5th in 2009 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2009 & 1st in 2010 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2010 & 1st in 2011 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2011 & 9th in 2012 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Bryan Clauson: (1st in 2012 & 1st in 2013 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Bryan Clauson: (1st in 2013 & 2nd in 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Brady Bacon: (1st in 2014 & 4th in 2015 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Robert Ballou: (1st in 2015 & 8th in 2016 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Brady Bacon: (1st in 2016 & 9th in 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Chris Windom: (1st in 2017 & ? in 2018 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)

 

 

TYLER COURTNEY LEADS OVAL NATIONALS PRACTICE NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........The top drivers in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points recorded the top-two lap times in Wednesday night's practice session at Perris Auto Speedway in preparation for the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, November 8-9-10.

Tyler Courtney, who trails Kevin Thomas, Jr. in the standings by just two points, topped the charts with a lap of 16.419 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval aboard his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Priority Aviation/Spike/Rider Chevy. Thomas was second fastest at 16.435, while Justin Grant, Jason McDougal and Brady Bacon rounded out the top-five among the 27 cars who took to the track.

Third in the National standings, reigning champ Chris Windom, did not partake in the practice session. He's 50 points out of the series lead coming into these final three races of the 2018 season.

Meanwhile, a tight USAC/CRA Sprint Car point race will also be decided this week with Damion Gardner holding a nine-point lead over Brody Roa. Gardner is aiming for his sixth-straight series crown and seventh overall, while Roa is gunning for his first. Neither driver participated in Wednesday's session.

A car count in the mid-40s is expected for the "Oval Nationals," which has a purse of over $131,000 and a payout of $25,000 to Saturday night's feature winner.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: November 7, 2018 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PRACTICE: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.419; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.435; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.449; 4. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.452; 5. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.524; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.528; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.567; 8. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-16.569; 9. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.615; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.718; 11. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.726; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.734; 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.750; 14. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.782; 15. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-16.849; 16. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-16.912; 17. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.959; 18. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.967; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.078; 20. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.413; 21. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.424; 22. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.041; 23. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.064; 24. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-18.764; 25. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-19.266; 26. Eric Englert, 35, Englert-21.251; 27. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-NT.


 

KEVIN THOMAS, JR.'S QUALIFYING PROWESS
HAS TURNED HEADS IN 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........When it comes down to the end of a nitty gritty USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points race, you look for any omens you can spot.

You may look for a titlist in terms of overall victories - 2nd in points Tyler Courtney has 11. Perhaps it's in terms of consistency - 3rd in points Chris Windom has a series-leading 35 top-ten finishes in 37 starts.

One that kind of gets overlooked is fast qualifying times. Series point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. has a season-leading 14 in 2018, which is 10 more than his nearest competitor. But, when you think about it, each fast qualifying time pays points - 6 points in fact. This year, Courtney has a pair while Windom has just one. All those points add up at the end of the season, not to mention that laying down a good lap sets the tone for the night and will place that driver in the top-portion of the field come feature time.

Against a field as tough as this one is, being in a position where you don't have to pass as many cars is essential. A bad qualifying lap puts you behind the proverbial eight-ball, forcing a driver to play the game of catchup all throughout the year. Plus, starting near the back puts you in more jeopardy of being caught up in an incident that takes you out of contention for feature wins and, thus, max pointage.

One of the more telling facts is that the only three occasions in which a driver has reached double-digits in fast qualifying times during a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, it has resulted in that driver winning the series title: Tom Bigelow in 1978, Rich Vogler in 1989 and Bryan Clauson in 2012.

Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s historical 2018 season has already equaled him with Tom Bigelow's record of 14 fast times in 1978. A look inside the numbers reveals that Bigelow scored quick times at eight different tracks: Winchester and Salem four times apiece, and one each at IRP, I-70, Toledo, Sharon, Sandusky and Queen City.

Thomas, meanwhile, has done this at a record 13 different venues, repeating the feat at Bubba Raceway Park in race one and three of the 2018 season, then reeling off a stretch of quick times at Plymouth, Eldora, Terre Haute, I-80, Williams Grove, Port Royal, BAPS, Bridgeport, Bloomington, Tri-State, Kokomo and Tri-City.

Both ripped off streaks of four consecutive fast times at one point in the season. Bigelow doing four-in-row at Sharon, Sandusky and back-to-back afternoons at Salem in June of 1978. Thomas did four-straight in four nights this year during Eastern Storm at Williams Grove, Port Roya, BAPS and Bridgeport.

Interestingly, Bigelow's big qualifying year of 1978 came one year following becoming the winningest driver in the series, but coming up just shy of the title. Thomas was the winningest driver of 2017 and translated that to more "consistent" runs to put him in contention for the season title.

By no means does any of this mean it's a foregone conclusion that KT has the title locked up, but qualifying up front regularly certainly pays its dividends and will prove so once again in this week's 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway. Either way, as is the case in most race you go to, you can see something that's never occurred before in the history of the series. Kevin Thomas, Jr. can be a part of that history this week.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.

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MOST FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (SINGLE SEASON)
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

BY RANK:
1978: 14-Tom Bigelow
2018: 14-Kevin Thomas, Jr.
1989: 10-Rich Vogler
2012: 10-Bryan Clauson
1977: 9-Pancho Carter
1995: 9-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
2002: 9-J.J. Yeley
2003: 9-J.J. Yeley
1976: 8-Pancho Carter
1979: 8-Steve Chassey
2013: 8-Dave Darland
2014: 8-Brady Bacon
2015: 8-Chase Stockon
2000: 7-Jay Drake & Tracy Hines
2017: 7 Justin Grant
1961: 6-Roger McCluskey
1966: 6-Don Branson & Roger McCluskey
1968: 6-Sonny Ates & Larry Dickson
1970: 6-Larry Dickson & Bill Puterbaugh
1971: 6-Larry Dickson
1984: 6-Rick Hood
1990: 6-Steve Butler
1991: 6-Steve Butler
1996: 6-Dave Darland
1997: 6-Richard Griffin
1999: 6-Tracy Hines
2001: 6-Tracy Hines
2016: 6-Bryan Clauson & Chase Stockon
1962: 5-Parnelii Jones
1965: 5-Johnny Rutherford
1973: 5-Sam Sessions & Tom Sneva
1974: 5-Tom Bigelow
1980: 5-Tom Bigelow
1981: 5-Eddie Leavitt
1982: 5-Sheldon Kinser
1983: 5-Rich Vogler
1994: 5-Mike Bliss & Doug Kalitta
1998: 5-Tony Elliott & Brian Tyler
2004: 5-Levi Jones
2005: 5-Levi Jones
2006: 5-Levi Jones & Josh Wise
2008: 5-Tracy Hines
2010: 5-Bryan Clauson
2011: 5-Levi Jones
1964: 4-A.J. Foyt & Jud Larson
1967: 4-Greg Weld
1969: 4-Larry Dickson, Cy Fairchild & Greg Weld
1972: 4-Tom Bigelow
1975: 4-Marvin Carman, Pancho Carter & Larry Dickson
1985: 4-Steve Butler
2009: 4-Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines & Jon Stanbrough
1963: 3-Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Chuck Hulse & Parnelli Jones
1987: 3-Rich Vogler
1988: 3-Tray House & Rich Vogler
1992: 3-Jim Keeker & Robbie Stanley
1993: 3-Doug Kalitta
2007: 3-Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Levi Jones
1986: 2-Sheldon Kinser

MOST FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (SINGLE SEASON)
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

BY YEAR:
1961: 6-Roger McCluskey
1962: 5-Parnelii Jones
1963: 3-Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Chuck Hulse & Parnelli Jones
1964: 4-A.J. Foyt & Jud Larson
1965: 5-Johnny Rutherford
1966: 6-Don Branson & Roger McCluskey
1967: 4-Greg Weld
1968: 6-Sonny Ates & Larry Dickson
1969: 4-Larry Dickson, Cy Fairchild & Greg Weld
1970: 6-Larry Dickson & Bill Puterbaugh
1971: 6-Larry Dickson
1972: 4-Tom Bigelow
1973: 5-Sam Sessions & Tom Sneva
1974: 5-Tom Bigelow
1975: 4-Marvin Carman, Pancho Carter & Larry Dickson
1976: 8-Pancho Carter
1977: 9-Pancho Carter
1978: 14-Tom Bigelow
1979: 8-Steve Chassey
1980: 5-Tom Bigelow
1981: 5-Eddie Leavitt
1982: 5-Sheldon Kinser
1983: 5-Rich Vogler
1984: 6-Rick Hood
1985: 4-Steve Butler
1986: 2-Sheldon Kinser
1987: 3-Rich Vogler
1988: 3-Tray House & Rich Vogler
1989: 10-Rich Vogler
1990: 6-Steve Butler
1991: 6-Steve Butler
1992: 3-Jim Keeker & Robbie Stanley
1993: 3-Doug Kalitta
1994: 5-Mike Bliss & Doug Kalitta
1995: 9-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
1996: 6-Dave Darland
1997: 6-Richard Griffin
1998: 5-Tony Elliott & Brian Tyler
1999: 6-Tracy Hines
2000: 7-Jay Drake & Tracy Hines
2001: 6-Tracy Hines
2002: 9-J.J. Yeley
2003: 9-J.J. Yeley
2004: 5-Levi Jones
2005: 5-Levi Jones
2006: 5-Levi Jones & Josh Wise
2007: 3-Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Levi Jones
2008: 5-Tracy Hines
2009: 4-Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines & Jon Stanbrough
2010: 5-Bryan Clauson
2011: 5-Levi Jones
2012: 10-Bryan Clauson
2013: 8-Dave Darland
2014: 8-Brady Bacon
2015: 8-Chase Stockon
2016: 6-Bryan Clauson & Chase Stockon
2017: 7 Justin Grant
2018: 14-Kevin Thomas, Jr.

 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING:
NARROW USAC SPRINT TITLE RACE TO BE DECIDED AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (November 6, 2018).........As the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars head into the season's final weekend of 2018, we're staring down the barrel of history in the making.

Only two points separate Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney in the National standings with just three races remaining - the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10.

The old saying, "if the season ended today...," would make the current interval the closest finish in the history of the series. Close championship races have been more of the norm of late with six of the top-ten closest championships all occurring since the year 2000.

Last year's battle came down to the final race with Chris Windom prevailing by a mere six points over Justin Grant to lock up the title in the third-closest title race ever. None have yet surpassed the 2.5-point margin Johnny Rutherford had to close out his 1965 USAC National Sprint Car championship over Greg Weld, however.

A close title race such as this is sure to get the drivers up on their toes and the fans on their feet with each qualifying session, heat race and feature having substantial meaning. Two points is literally just one spot in the feature. Each spot in the top-ten pays three points more than the driver behind him from 70 to 43. From 11th to 20th, the dropdown is two points per position from 41 points to 23. Twenty-three points are granted for all finishers 20th on back.

If trouble befalls one or both, it could prove to be the nail in Thomas or Courtney's bid for the title. Plus, your reigning series champ and 2010 "Oval Nationals" winner Windom is just 50 points back, ready to pounce.

Without further ado, here is the list of the all-time closest points races in the history of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars. We very well could have a new number one when all is said and done this Saturday night, so get your calculators and T-Squares ready. You're going to need them!

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CLOSEST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES
1. 1965: (2.5) Johnny Rutherford over Greg Weld
2. 2012: (5) Bryan Clauson over Dave Darland
3. 2017: (6) Chris Windom over Justin Grant
4. 1967: (11) Greg Weld over Sam Sessions
5. 2002: (13) Tracy Hines over J.J. Yeley
6. 2005: (13) Levi Jones over Dave Darland
7. 2001: (19) J.J. Yeley over Jay Drake
8. 1973: (24) Rollie Beale over Lee Kunzman
9. 2000: (24) Tony Elliott over Jay Drake
10. 1979: (32) Greg Leffler over Bubby Jones
11. 1987: (32) Steve Butler over Rich Vogler
12. 1991: (35) Robbie Stanley over Eric Gordon
13. 1986: (36) Steve Butler over Rick Hood
14. 1994: (43) Doug Kalitta over Tray House
15. 1992: (45) Robbie Stanley over Steve Butler
16. 1972: (47) Sam Sessions over Rollie Beale
17. 1962: (50) Parnelli Jones over Roger McCluskey
18. 1971: (55) Gary Bettenhausen over Larry Dickson
19. 2014: (56) Brady Bacon over Bryan Clauson
20. 1980: (61) Rich Vogler over Steve Chassey
21. 1998: (62) Tony Elliott over Kevin Thomas
22. 2013: (63) Bryan Clauson over Dave Darland
23. 1961: (67.8) Parnelli Jones over Jim Hurtubise
24. 2004: (74) Jay Drake over Bud Kaeding
25. 1977: (75) Sheldon Kinser over Tom Bigelow
26. 2008: (84) Jerry Coons, Jr. over Levi Jones
27. 2007: (85) Levi Jones over Darren Hagen
28. 2015: (87) Robert Ballou over Dave Darland
29. 1975: (88) Larry Dickson over Rollie Beale
30. 2006: (88) Josh Wise over Levi Jones
31. 2011: (99) Levi Jones over Chris Windom
32. 1984: (102) Rick Hood over Sheldon Kinser
33. 1995: (119) Tony Stewart over Doug Kalitta
34. 1970: (131) Larry Dickson over Gary Bettenhausen
35. 2010: (132) Levi Jones over Damion Gardner
36. 1983: (148) Ken Schrader over Larry Rice
37. 1981: (160) Sheldon Kinser over Rich Vogler
38. 1989: (171) Rich Vogler over Eric Gordon
39. 1993: (175) Robbie Stanley over Tray House
40. 1996: (176) Brian Tyler over Doug Kalitta
41. 1974: (184) Duane "Pancho" Carter over Tom Bigelow
42. 1969: (189.2) Gary Bettenhausen over Larry Dickson
43. 1966: (194) Roger McCluskey over Mario Andretti
44. 1982: (217) Sheldon Kinser over Rich Vogler
45. 1988: (222) Steve Butler over Greg Staab
46. 1978: (223) Tom Bigelow over Chuck Gurney
47. 1999: (224) Dave Darland over Tracy Hines
48. 2009: (224) Levi Jones over Cole Whitt
49. 1964: (236) Don Branson over Jud Larson
50. 1990: (257) Steve Butler over Eric Gordon
51. 1997: (289) Brian Tyler over Kevin Thomas
52. 1985: (301) Rick Hood over Steve Butler
53. 1963: (309) Roger McCluskey over A. J. Foyt
54. 2016: (314) Brady Bacon over Chase Stockon
55. 2003: (352) J.J. Yeley over Jay Drake
56. 1968: (358) Larry Dickson over Gary Bettenhausen
57. 1976: (369) Duane "Pancho" Carter over Tom Bigelow

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.


 

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST FIVE PREVIOUS WINNERS AND TITLE CHASES TO BOOT

Perris, California.........Forty-five cars have pre-entered for the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction on November 8-9-10 at Perris Auto Speedway.

The prestigious event on the southern California half-mile presents three-straight nights of racing starting this Thursday night and concluding Saturday night, which pays a whopping $25,000-to-win and serves as the season finale for both the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars.

The race includes past "Ovals" winners Bud Kaeding Damion Gardner, Dave Darland, Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr., plus 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winners Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon and Brady Bacon and 2018 USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature winners Austin Williams, Max Adams, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd and Brody Roa as well as five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car titlist R.J. Johnson, 2018 Southwest champion Charles Davis, Jr., past West Coast Sprint champ Danny Faria, Jr. and current USAC Light Up The World Beverages Western States Midget point leader Michael Faccinto, among many others.

A tight points race is also in play in both the National and CRA divisions. Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the National points by just two points over Tyler Courtney while reigning champ Chris Windom sits in third, 50 out of the lead. Damion Gardner overtook Brody Roa for the CRA point lead in last Saturday's Western World finale at Arizona Speedway and now stares down his sixth consecutive CRA championship trophy, and seventh overall, with a nine-point lead in the standings.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.

2018 BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS ENTRIES
Car # / Driver / Residence / Car Owner
2 Austin Williams / Yorba Linda, CA / John Jory
4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA / TOPP Motorsports
4D TBA / Gansen Motorsports
4G Chris Gansen / Verdemont Heights, CA / Gansen Motorsports
4x Damion Gardner / Concord, CA / Mark Alexander
5 Chris Windom / St. Louis, MO / Baldwin Brothers
5J Logan Williams / Yorba Linda, CA / John Jory
5m Max Adams / Loomis, CA / Max Adams
5T Tye Mihocko / Peoria, AZ / Tye Mihocko
5x Tommy Malcolm / Corona, CA / Dino Napier
7BC Tyler Courtney / Fishers, IN / Clauson Marshall Newman Racing
8 Michael Faccinto / Hanford, CA / Jim Richardson
10 Richard Vander Weerd / Visalia, CA / Vander Weerd Racing
12 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN / Ballou Motorsports
12B Joel Rayborne / West Covina, CA / Rodney Rayborne
13 Dennis Gile / Mesa, AZ / Gene Gile
15 Danny Sheridan / Santa Maria, CA / Rick Johnson
16 Bud Kaeding / Campbell, CA / Mike Martin Racing
19AZ Andy Reinbold / Gilbert, AZ / Andy Reinbold & Todd Underwood
19s Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK / Andy Reinbold & Todd Underwood
21 A.J. Bender / Ramona, CA / Richard Bender
28 Matt McCarthy / Riverside, CA / Matt McCarthy
30 C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN / Chuck Leary
32 Chase Stockon / Fort Branch, IN / Chase Stockon
34AZ Jake Swanson / Anaheim, CA / Grau/Burkhart
39E Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, CA / Gordon Edwards
42 Danny Faria, Jr. / Tipton, CA / Dwight Cheney
44 Cody Williams / Corona, CA / John Jory
50 Charles Davis, Jr. / Buckeye, AZ / Charles Davis Jr.
51 Austin Ervine / Bakersfield, CA / James Ervine
52 Isaac Chapple / Wilkinson, IN / Isaac Chapple
55 Tony Everhart / El Cajon, CA / Tony Everhart
68 Chase Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Shawn Thomas
69 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL / Dynamics, Inc.
72 Gary Marshall, Jr. / Pomona, CA / Gary Marshall Sr. & Jr.
74x Josh Hodges / Tijeras, NM / Jack Hodges
83 Austin Liggett / Tracy, CA / Tim Liggett
88 Jace Vander Weerd / Visalia, CA / Vander Weerd Racing
90 Randy Waitman / Ramona, CA / Randy Waitman
91R Brody Roa / Garden Grove, CA / BR Performance
92 R.J. Johnson / Laveen, AZ / Tom & Lauri Sertich
92x TBA / Tom & Lauri Sertich
98 Jeremy Ellertson / Lawndale, CA / Jeremy Ellertson
98v Verne Sweeney / Lomita, CA / Ken Tracy
99 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK / Brady Bacon Racing


 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 3, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “51st Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. C.J. Leary (#33 Cushman), 3. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 5. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 6. Austin Ervine (#51X AJ), 7. Colton Maroney (#68 Maroney), 8. Dave Darland (#2 Yeley), NT.

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Chase Stockon (#1AZ Trussel), 4. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 5. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 8. Michael Fanelli (#2F Fanelli). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#75X Imperial), 2. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5T Mihocko), 4. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 5. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 6. Caleb Saiz (#42 Burns), 7. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 8. Spencer Hill (#11W West). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 4. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 5. Travis Oldfield (#38 Oldfield), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 7. Austin Kuehl (#34X Grau/Oliver), 8. Ryan Stolz (#72 Ford). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. St. James, 2. Martin, 3. Deskins, 4. Oldfield, 5. Fanelli, 6. Hill, 7. Ervine, 8. Perreira, 9. Maroney, 10. Most, 11. Saiz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Colton Hardy, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Mike Martin, 11. Shon Deskins, 12. Matt Lundy, 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Charles Davis Jr., 15. Michael Fanelli, 16. Nick Aiuto, 17. Spencer Hill, 18. Travis Oldfield, 19. Asa Kesterson, 20. Sterling Cling, 21. J.R. Bonesteel, 22. Chase Stockon, 23. Jake Swanson. NT ---------------------------- **Swanson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Bernal, Laps 9-30 Bacon. HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (16th to 5th) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: C.J. Leary

FINAL SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

 

SUNSHINE FINDS A POCKETFUL OF REDEMPTION AT WESTERN WORLD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Twenty-four hours prior to taking the green flag for Saturday night's 51st "Western World Championships" finale at Arizona Speedway, Tyler Courtney was lamenting how he threw away a victory in lapped traffic.

It was a mistake the Indianapolis, Indiana driver expressed he couldn't repeat when racing against competition that is at the top of their game.

Twenty-four hours later, Courtney was standing in victory lane, reversing the spell that cast him in the throes of lapped traffic. This time, it was he who capitalized in lapped traffic as he ran down Dave Darland with 13 laps remaining to win his 11th USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the season.

"I screwed myself with lapped cars last night and I was determined that I wasn't going to do that again," an adamant Courtney said.

Courtney started fifth on the field while, up front, fellow USAC National Sprint Car championship contender Chris Windom rocketed from his outside front row starting position to the lead past pole sitter Damion Gardner and quickly carved out a two-plus second advantage.

On the move and not wasting a single heartbeat was Courtney who advanced three spots to second on the opening lap, slithering around the outside of Dave Darland on the top of turn two to gain the position. Darland fought back to regain second on the fourth lap just before the night's first yellow flag fell for the stopped car of 2014 "Western World" winner Matt Rossi on lap five.

On the restart, Darland reared back and fired a slider into turn one. As Windom came off the top to launch his way off turn two, the duo nearly went hammer to nail. Windom got on the binders, which shuffled him out of the deck and back to fourth as Courtney and Leary shot past for second and third, respectively, while Darland carried onward with the race lead.

However, the lap six restart following top CRA Rookie Joel Rayborne's incident in turn four saw Leary wrestle the second position away from Courtney where he would remain until the ninth lap when Courtney eked between Leary and the turn two concrete to nab the runner-up position for the time being, with leader Darland now within earshot.

Whereas Courtney gave into impatience and trigger happiness on Friday night, Saturday night would prove to have a different outlook as he stuck to his guns up top. On lap 18, Courtney's stick-to-itiveness paid off as the two began to work their way into traffic. Darland went to the bottom of three and four to work by Rossi and R.J. Johnson, still maintaining the lead to the stripe.

Entering turn one, Darland drove it in the corner as straight as an arrow and slid to the top, cutting in front of Courtney's line up on the lip. Courtney countered underneath Darland and two raced wheel-to-wheel down the back straight of the 3/8-mile dirt oval with Darland clinging to a slight advantage into three. Courtney threw his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Priority Aviation/Spike/Rider Chevy deep into turn three, shoulder-to-shoulder with Darland.

Darland appeared, momentarily, to have the momentum to ride back by Courtney on the outside, but, instead, snagged the right rear in the cushion just enough to lift the front wheel just a smidge. The two remained wheel-to-wheel all the way through the corner with Darland getting just a tad squirrely on exit, somehow avoiding contact with the distance between the two being roughly the circumference of a feline whisker, as Courtney raced to the lead at the line by two car lengths.

"I screwed myself with lapped cars last night and I was determined that I wasn't going to do that again." - Tyler Courtney (Adam Mollenkopf Photo)

Moments later, Austin Williams slowed to bring out the yellow, setting up a restart with 11 to go that had Darland weighing his options, first peeking his front bumper to the inside of Courtney to no avail, but remaining in stalking mode with his hackles raised, just hoping for a Courtney mistake down the stretch on the narrowing groove up top.

The cameramen were in position, this author's headline was already halfway written, the checkered flag was in hand and all appeared to be settled on the final lap for Courtney when Rossi stopped at the flag stand to bring out the final yellow, setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

Courtney was hoping for an uneventful last restart and that's just what he got as Darland could not get close enough to the back bumper of Courtney to mount a challenge throughout the two-lap shootout. Courtney sealed the deal with a pair of laps that were in sync, with car and driver in perfect harmony to win by half a second over Darland, Leary, Windom and Logan Seavey.

Courtney's 11th win of the year positioned him as just the seventh driver to reach that number of victories within a single USAC National Sprint Car season, equaling him with Bubby Jones' 11-win season in 1979. With point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. taking eighth in the feature, Courtney moved to within two points of the USAC National Sprint title with three races remaining on Nov. 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

"We had high expectations coming into this year, but I think we've exceeded all of them," Courtney exclaimed. "But we're not done yet. We've got three races left and still have the big picture in mind. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing and plug along. You just got to let it play out."

Meanwhile, in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car standings, Gardner overtook Brody Roa atop the leaderboard in the standings by five points with three races left to go at Perris.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway were Isaac Chapple (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner / Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner) and Brody Roa (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2018 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 51st"Western World Championships" WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-15.235; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-15.277; 3. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-15.298; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.375; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-15.434; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.473; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.503; 8. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.534; 9. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.551; 10. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-15.575; 11. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.631; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.647; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.649; 14. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.735; 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.793; 16. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.814; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.822; 18. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.866; 19. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.890; 20. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.908; 21. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.949; 22. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-16.044; 23. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.109; 24. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.117; 25. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.132; 26. Stevie Sussex, 12A, Allen-16.138; 27. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.169; 28. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-16.290; 29. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.821.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. Swanson, 3. Bacon, 4. Darland, 5. Hodges, 6. Meseraull, 7. Gansen, 8. Rayborne. 2:10.11

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Johnson, 3. Grant, 4. Sheridan, 5. A. Williams, 6. Sussex, 7. Faria. 2:12.18

CHALK STIX / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Rossi, 3. Windom, 4. Bernal, 5. Seavey, 6. McDougal, 7. L. Williams. 2:12.02

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS / ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Roa, 4. Gardner, 5. Mihocko, 6. Gile, 7. C. Williams. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Hodges, 3. Seavey, 4. A. Williams, 5. Sussex, 6. L. Williams, 7. Mihocko, 8. Gile, 9. Gansen, 10. Rayborne, 11. McDougal. 3:15.18

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Dave Darland (6), 3. C.J. Leary (4), 4. Chris Windom (2), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Damion Gardner (1), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13), 9. Chase Stockon (14), 10. Thomas Meseraull (8), 11. Ryan Bernal (16), 12. Jake Swanson (9), 13. Brody Roa (17), 14. Isaac Chapple (11), 15. Brady Bacon (20), 16. Josh Hodges (18), 17. R.J. Johnson (15), 18. Danny Sheridan (10), 19. Matt Rossi (19), 20. Austin Williams (12), 21. Stevie Sussex (21), 22. Logan Williams (22), 23. Joel Rayborne (24), 24. Cody Williams (23). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Windom, Laps 5-17 Darland, Laps 18-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brody Roa

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Tye Mihocko

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2521, 2-Courtney-2519, 3-Windom-2471, 4-Darland-2195, 5-Leary-2178, 6-Bacon-2175, 7-Stockon-2138, 8-Grant-2084, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1461.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1470, 2-Roa-1465, 3-A. Williams-1235, 4-C. Williams-1115, 5-Swanson-1068, 6-Johnson-1030, 7-Max Adams-943, 8-Faria-900, 9-L. Williams-882, 10-Gansen-803.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 8-9-10 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

GRANT GROOVES AT WESTERN WORLD OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........In a nutshell, the opening night of the 51st "Western World Championships" is a microcosm of the way the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season has unfolded for Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports.

Just when you began to count this pair out, here they are, back with gusto in the autumn of Friday night's 30-lapper at Arizona Speedway and in the autumn of the racing season.

After relinquishing the lead twice - on lap 7 and lap 18 - Grant didn't let himself get thrown far from the bull. He grabbed it by the horns and charged back into contention, for the final time with five laps remaining, escaping between Tyler Courtney and the outside turn two wall like a matador side stepping the brunt of a bull's charge to score his third USAC National Sprint Car feature victory in his last four starts.

It was the Ione, California native's 11th win with the series, moving him past Tony Stewart on the career wins list and into a tie for 45thalongside Daron Clayton, Greg Leffler and Chase Stockon.

Grant began the race from the pole position, initially crawling the bottom into turn one to get past outside front row starter C.J. Leary for the lead. By the time Grant got to turn three, he went topside as Kevin Thomas, Jr and Damion Gardner gave chase on the bottom.

Thomas dug his way to the lead off the fourth turn on the seventh lap to snare the lead. But his time up front was already fleeting as Grant charged back on the outside off turn two the following lap and slammed the door in turn three to yank the low line away from Thomas.

Grant shuffled his line, going to the shelf between turns one and two and skimming the bottom of three and four, searching the 3/8-mile dirt oval for any potential gains while Thomas and Gardner see-sawed the runner-up spot.

At the halfway mark, Logan Williams got sideways between turns one and two as the front runners bore down on him. While Williams was able to right his ship, Gardner and Thomas got bogged up just enough that allowed fourth-running Courtney to capitalize and skedaddle his way around both from fourth to second in one fell swoop off turn four. Moments later, seventh-running Jason McDougal was found turned around in turn two to bring out the feature's lone stoppage.

On the ensuing restart, Courtney and Gardner both stuck their hands in the cookie jar between turns one and two, racing three-wide with leader Grant momentarily before Grant was able to pop his way out of the crowd and escape with the lead.

A lap later, though, the story would take a turn as Courtney used a massive run off the cushion in turn four to blast past Grant like his shoes were stuck in mud.

However, stories have chapters. And Grant was more than eager to write a different ending than one might have suspected based on Courtney's 10 victories this year. But, Grant had no cliffhanger or sequel in mind. This one was going to have a concise, fairytale ending.

Grant never let Courtney stray too far as they both religiously ripped the topside. Once traffic came into play, Courtney came off the top to split between the lapped cars of Danny Faria, Jr. and Tye Mihocko between turns three and four, which allowed Grant to draw nearer. Courtney tried the 7/10 split again in turn one while Grant nailed his boots up top.

As Courtney slid across the track toward the turn two wall on the 26th lap, Grant had two choices: lift and relent the position or gas it up and go like hell. He chose the latter and escaped with the lead with roughly the width of a dime to spare between he and contact.

Courtney took one final shot at Grant on the final lap with a slider into turn one. Grant stamped the throttle, banging off the turn two concrete as he jetted back around Courtney one final time to bring home a 0.892 second victory over Courtney, Gardner, Chris Windom and Thomas.

"On tracks like this, you end up being a sitting duck when you're the leader and the track is moving around. Once (Courtney) got by us, I jumped up there behind him and he left us half a hole over there and I wasn't planning on losing this race tonight." - Justin Grant (Rich Forman Photo)

Grant was an user of the entire racetrack on this night, from the bottom to the top, searching and scouring the land like Amerigo Vespucci for 30 laps. Once he got passed just after halfway, he found the fast way around, but all he needed was a little bit of daylight that he could use to get by Courtney and conquer the land they call victory lane.

"We were leading early and then went to the bottom," Grant recalled. "On tracks like this, you end up being a sitting duck when you're the leader and the track is moving around. Once (Courtney) got by us, I jumped up there behind him and he left us half a hole over there and I wasn't planning on losing this race tonight! This 4 car has been amazing and I'm having a blast. I've won a lot of races against the concrete and on the fence. I don't know if I've ever run one that hard on the concrete and hit it quite that many times."

Unlike Grant, Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney was simultaneously racing for a feature win as well as a series title. While he did gain six points on Thomas with four races remaining on the National trail, he felt like this was one he let slip away.

"I threw one away tonight," Courtney admitted. "I got a little impatient there in traffic and wasted a lot of time with lapped cars. You just can't make mistakes like that when you're racing against guys that are at the top of their game."

A pair of title races were in play tonight. The National Sprint points have tightened up slightly with Thomas now holding a 28-point lead over Courtney with Windom 60 markers behind the leader. The CRA standings have shrunk as well with Brody Roa holding the edge by nine points over Gardner.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were Brody Roa (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), R.J. Johnson (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Jake Swanson (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 2, 2018 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 51st"Western World Championships"

QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-15.204; 2. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-15.257; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.279; 4. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.305; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-15.309; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.358; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.362; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.377; 9. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.390; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.422; 11. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.431; 12. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-15.440; 13. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.501; 14. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-15.525; 15. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-15.552; 16. Stevie Sussex, 12A, Allen-15.569; 17. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.594; 18. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.653; 19. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.685; 20. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-15.711; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.836; 22. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.851; 23. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.892; 24. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.159; 25. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.167; 26. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.170; 27. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.181; 28. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.236; 29. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-16.376; 30. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.398.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Chapple, 4. Meseraull, 5. Courtney, 6. Swanson, 7. Mihocko, 8. Rayborne. 2:42.24

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Seavey, 3. Bacon, 4. Bernal, 5. A. Williams, 6. Rossi, 7. L. Williams. 2:39.60

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Johnson, 2. Stockon, 3. Leary, 4. Thomas, 5. Faria, 6. Gansen, 7. C. Williams. 2:36.99

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. McDougal, 3. Hodges, 4. Grant, 5. Sussex, 6. Sheridan, 7. Gile. 2:29.45

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. A. Williams, 3. Rossi, 4. Faria, 5. Mihocko, 6. L. Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. C. Williams, 9. Gile, 10. Rayborne, 11. Sheridan, 12. Sussex, 13. Swanson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (7), 3. Damion Gardner (9), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 6. C.J. Leary (2), 7. Brody Roa (15), 8. Brady Bacon (13), 9. Dave Darland (12), 10. Logan Seavey (5), 11. R.J. Johnson (17), 12. Chase Stockon (11), 13. Thomas Meseraull (6), 14. Isaac Chapple (18), 15. Matt Rossi (19), 16. Austin Williams (8), 17. Josh Hodges (20), 18. Cody Williams (23), 19. Danny Faria, Jr. (14), 20. Tye Mihocko (22), 21. Ryan Bernal (16), 22. Joel Rayborne (24), 23. Logan Williams (21), 24. Jason McDougal (3). NT ---------------------------- **Sussex flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Grant, Lap 6 Thomas, Laps 7-17 Grant, Laps 18-25 Courtney, Laps 26-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (15th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jake Swanson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Chris Gansen

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2464, 2-Courtney-2436, 3-Windom-2404, 4-Bacon-2136, 5-Darland-2117, 6-Leary-2104, 7-Stockon-2084, 8-Grant-2022, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1418.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-1422, 2-Gardner-1413, 3-A. Williams-1211, 4-C. Williams-1092, 5-Swanson-1022, 6-Johnson-994, 7-Max Adams-943, 8-Faria-890, 9-L. Williams-858, 10-Gansen-793.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 3 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 51st "Western World Championships"

 

SWANSON KICKS OFF "WESTERN WORLD" WITH SOUTHWEST WIN

San Tan Valley, AZ........Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. led the final 14 laps to win Friday night's 30-lap Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint race which kicked off the 51st "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway. Brady Bacon took second ahead of R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex and Kevin Thomas Jr.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 2, 2018 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "51st Western World Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford), 2. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 3. Dave Darland (#2 Yeley), 4. Chase Stockon (#1AZ Trussel), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 7. Ryan Stolz (#72 Ford), 8. Spencer Hill (#11W West), 9. Michael Fanelli (#2F Fanelli). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colton Maroney (#68 Maroney), 2. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 5. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#75X Imperial), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 8. Travis Oldfield (#38 Oldfield), 9. Frank Rodgers (#11X Rodgers). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 2. Austin Kuehl (#34X Grau/Oliver), 3. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 4. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 5. C.J. Leary (#33 Cushman), 6. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 7. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 8. Austin Ervine (#51X AJ). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Caleb Saiz (#42 Burns), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5T Mihocko), 4. Randy Nelson (#9 Nelson) 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 8. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Leary, 3. Thomas, 4. Cling, 5. Aiuto, 6. Lundy, 7. Gile, 8. St. James, 9. Martin, 10. Stolz, 11. Bonesteel, 12. Fanelli, 13. Ervine, 14. Oldfield, 15. Perreira, 16. Most. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Chris Windom, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Shon Deskins, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Austin Kuehl, 14. Matt Lundy, 15. Colton Hardy, 16. Sterling Cling, 17. Asa Kesterson, 18. Randy Nelson, 19. Caleb Saiz, 20. Ryan Bernal, 21. Nick Aiuto, 22. Colton Maroney. NT ---------------------------- *Cling flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Swanson, Laps 9-16 Bacon, Laps 17-30 Swanson.

HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (19th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Jake Swanson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-1,303, 2-Mihocko-1,162, 3-Martin-1,064, 4-Michael Curtis-802, 5-Lundy-772, 6-Johnson-711, 7-Chris Bonneau-666, 8-Most-599, 9-Gile-596, 10-Andy Reinbold-546.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 3 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "51st Western World Championships"

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV WILL AIR BOTH NIGHTS OF WESTERN WORLD

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Speed Shift TV has live coverage for both nights of the 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway this Friday and Saturday, November 2-3.

The field features the top guns from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the USAC/CRA Sprint Car circuit. Both series are in the midst of tight points battles with just five races remaining.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney by just 34 points while reigning series champ and 2016 "Western World" 410 winner Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. resides in third, 62 points behind the leader.

Meanwhile, in the CRA standings, Garden Grove, California's Brody Roa stands atop the points by 20 markers over six-time champ Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif., who is aiming for a sixth-straight series title.

The card features a doubleheader of 410 and 360 sprints with the Southwest Series also on hand for two complete programs both nights. Thomas Meseraull and Chase Stockon won each end of the USAC National/CRA show in 2017 while Brady Bacon and Chris Windom captured the pair of Southwest features.

On both nights of Western World, the pits open at 2pm and front gates at 3pm. The drivers meeting is at 4:30pm with cars set to hit the track at 5:25pm Mountain time.

Make sure to catch all the action from both nights of "Western World" live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and/or listen to the live audio feed on the USAC app. You can also catch all the action a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

FREE CAR ENTRY OPEN TO KNEPPER 55 COMPETITORS! TICKETS ON SALE TOO!

Du Quoin, Illinois (November 2, 2018).........The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 15th "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code "KNEPPER" to enter your car for the race for no charge. The offer expires Sunday, December 9th, 2018. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 10th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

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

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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

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

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

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

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

 

SUNSHINE TOPS WESTERN WORLD PRACTICE NIGHT

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Tyler Courtney led all drivers in practice Thursday night at Arizona Speedway in preparation for the 51strunning of the "Western World Championships" Friday and Saturday night, November 2-3.

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., ripped around the 3/8-mile with the top time of 14.943 seconds aboard his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Priority Aviation/Spike/Rider Chevy. Jason McDougal was the only other driver under 15 seconds at 14.958. Justin Grant was third ahead of Chris Windom, Brady Bacon, Thomas Meseraull, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chase Stockon, Isaac Chapple and Dave Darland.

The open practice featured cars and drivers competing in both the USAC AMSOIL National/CRA Sprint Car event as well as the Southwest Sprint Car race. A handful of drivers took laps in both their 410 and 360-powered rides Thursday night, including C.J. Leary, Thomas, Stockon and Darland.

Make sure to catch all the action from both nights of "Western World" live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and/or listen to the live audio feed on the USAC app.
On both nights of Western World, the pits open at 2pm and front gates at 3pm. The drivers meeting is at 4:30pm with cars set to hit the track at 5:25pm Mountain time.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: November 1, 2018 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 51st"Western World Championships"

1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.943; 2. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-14.958; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.096; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.195; 5. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-15.202; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-15.237; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.304; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.307; 9. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.355; 10. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-15.369; 11. Stevie Sussex, 12A, Allen-15.592; 12. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-15.684; 13. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-15.707; 14. Colton Hardy, 74, Hardy-15.723; 15. C.J. Leary, 33-15.870; 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73, Ford-15.877; 17. Shon Deskins, 7, Deskins-15.926; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.042; 19. Chase Stockon, 1AZ-16.144; 20. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.217; 21. Nick Aiuto, 27, Aiuto-16.255; 22. Caleb Saiz, 42, Saiz-16.269; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.432; 24. Joel Rayborne, 12x, Rayborne-16.586; 25. #68-16.611; 26. Travis Oldfield, 38, Oldfield-16.612; 27. Spencer Hill, 11w, Hill-16.707; 28. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.762; 29. Dave Darland, 2, Yeley-16.763; 30. J.R. Bonesteel, 0, Yeley-16.872; 31. #72-17.258.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

CHARLES DAVIS JR. LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO “51st WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS”

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 31, 2018… The battle for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car crown will be settled at the “51st Western World Championships.” Promoted by Jonah Trussel, Arizona Speedway will host two nights of the prestigious race starting, this Friday, November 2nd. In addition to the traditional 360 sprints, the action packed card will also showcase the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 3:00pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. The event will be live on pay-per-view at www.speedshifttv.com and the festivities will begin on Thursday with an open practice with FREE Grandstand Admission from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The 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 SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

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

Heading to San Tan Valley, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) has a stout 124-point lead over the competition. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis scored fifth in last Saturday’s “Howl-O-Ween Bash” at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, “Chargin” Charles has nine feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, twenty top-10 finishes, and 252 feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has 30 career SouthWest wins and will be looking to celebrate the championship with the Western World victory.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko finished eighth at Central Arizona Speedway. At press time, the young driver has two feature wins, three heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, four hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and nine feature laps led in the campaign. “The Bull” will have his sights on his last shot at the championship with the “Western World” triumph.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin finished thirteenth at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. To date, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. With six career wins, the 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year still has a shot at the championship and will be looking to sweep the “Western World.”

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. The pilot of Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim skipped the “Howl-O-Ween Bash” after flipping his mount at Canyon Speedway Park on September 22nd. At press time, Michael has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year. Curtis is done for the season as his car owners regroup for next year’s schedule.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) is fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. The driver of the #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X scored eleventh in last Saturday’s main event at Casa Grande. As this writing goes to press, last season’s Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes to his credit. Lundy will be looking to claim his first series win at Arizona Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Gile, Tyler Most, Sterling Cling, Zack Madrid, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Austin Kuehl, Stevie Sussex, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, 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 $25 Adults, $25 Seniors, $15 Kids 11 & Under. On Saturday, $30 Adults, $30 Seniors, $15 Kids 11 & Under. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

360 WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1991-Wayne Bennet, 1992-Bob Ream Jr., 1995-Ricky Johnson, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Jeremy Sherman, 2004-Josh Ford, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Cory Kruseman, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Brady Bacon, 2010-R.J. Johnson, 2011-Tracy Hines, 2012-Bryan Clauson, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Brody Roa, 2016-Brady Bacon, 2017-Chris Windom.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 18-R.J. Johnson, 8-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 9-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Tye Mihocko, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-1237, 2. Tye Mihocko-1113, 3. Mike Martin-1054, 4. Michael Curtis-802, 5. Matt Lundy-736, 6. Chris Bonneau-666, 7. R.J. Johnson-639, 8. Tyler Most-589, 9. Dennis Gile-586, 10. Andy Reinbold-546, 11. Josh Pelkey-436, 12. Sterling Cling-381, 13. Zack Madrid-288, 14. Stevie Sussex-266, 15. Bruce St. James-249, 16. Colton Hardy-245, 17. Asa Kesterson-242, 18. Austin Kuehl-232, 19. Kyle Shipley-225, ... Ronnie Clark-225.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

KEVIN THOMAS JR. TRIUMPHS AT CASA GRANDE’S “HOWL-O-WEEN BASH”

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 30, 2018... After flying from the Midwest, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, AL) was victorious at last Saturday’s “Howl-O-Ween Bash” at Central Arizona Speedway. Driving the Imperial Motorsports’ #75X Mazatzal Dirt Works / Jeff’s Jam It In Storage entry, Thomas powered by Stevie Sussex on lap ten and held off all challengers to earn his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the year. Top qualifier R.J. Johnson, Logan Seavey, Jason McDougal, and point leader “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. followed “KTJ” to the checkered flags.

Before earning his second career USAC SouthWest triumph, Kevin Thomas Jr. won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and ranked fourth in passing points out of the eighteen car field. The USAC National series driver left Casa Grande ranked 34th in the point standings.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) returned to USAC SouthWest action and finished second in the “Howl-O-Ween Bash.” Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the program’s third heat race and claimed his third Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of the season. To date, the five-time champion is seventh in the point chase with four feature wins, five heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led.

Like Thomas, Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) flew to Arizona before scoring third at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. Racing the Reinbold/Underwood #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Seavey won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and sat third in passing points. After his first start, the USAC National Midget Series point leader is thirty-fifth in the SouthWest point standings.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, OK) earned the night’s hard charger award with a fourth place run from tenth at Central Arizona Speedway. Driving the Reinbold/Underwood #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, McDougal scored fourth in his heat race and placed tenth in passing points. In limited appearances, Jason ranks thirtieth in the championship standings with two top-10 finishes.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) claimed fifth in the “Howl-O-Ween Bash.” Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental Services RSS, Davis finished third in his heat race and ranked second in the nightly passing points. The point leader heads to the Western World Championships with nine feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, twenty top-10 finishes, and 252 feature laps led.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action for two nights starting Friday, November 2nd at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The “51st Western World Championships” will also showcase the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. Located at the ET Motopark, more event and ticket information can be found at www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 27, 2018 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Howl-O-Ween Bash”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 3. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 4. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 5. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#75X Imperial), 2. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 3. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 4. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Jason McDougal (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3rd), 2. R.J. Johnson (6th), 3. Logan Seavey (4th), 4. Jason McDougal (10th), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 6. Isaac Chapple (11th), 7. Stevie Sussex (1st), 8. Tye Mihocko (8th), 9. Colton Hardy (2nd), 10. Ronnie Clark (7th), 11. Matt Lundy (13th), 12. Dennis Gile (9th), 13. Mike Martin (16th), 14. Nick Aiuto (18th), 15. Joe Scheopner (12th), 16. Sterling Cling (15th), 17. Daylin Perriera (17th), 18. Tyler Most (14th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Sussex, Laps 10-30 Thomas. HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (10th to 4th) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-1237, 2. Tye Mihocko-1113, 3. Mike Martin-1054, 4. Michael Curtis-802, 5. Matt Lundy-736, 6. Chris Bonneau-666, 7. R.J. Johnson-639, 8. Tyler Most-589, 9. Dennis Gile-586, 10. Andy Reinbold-546, 11. Josh Pelkey-436, 12. Sterling Cling-381, 13. Zack Madrid-288, 14. Stevie Sussex-266, 15. Bruce St. James-249, 16. Colton Hardy-245, 17. Asa Kesterson-242, 18. Austin Kuehl-232, 19. Kyle Shipley-225, ... Ronnie Clark-225.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & NATIONAL SPRINTS BATTLE AT 51ST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

By Lance Jennings
 
OCTOBER 30, 2018... Starting, this Friday, November 2nd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and National Sprint Cars are set for two nights of action at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “51st Annual Western World Championships” will also showcase the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 3:00pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. The event will be live on pay-per-view at www.speedshifttv.com and the festivities will begin on Thursday with an open practice with FREE Grandstand Admission from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.
 
NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc
 
2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
 
Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. Last year, Chase Stockon added his name to the winner’s list and “T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull won the opening night. The winner’s list of the Western World Championships is posted at the end of this release.
 
Since November 4, 2016, Arizona Speedway has held six AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and five different drivers have claimed victory. Chris Windom leads all drivers with two wins as Jake Swanson and “The Demon” Damion Gardner earned victories at September’s “Hall of Fame Classic. At press time, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug holds the one 1-lap track record of 14.625 set on November 5, 2016. A complete series win list at the San Tan Valley oval is at the end of this release.
 
Entering the twentieth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 20-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa scored fourth at Perris Auto Speedway on October 20th. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 94 feature laps led to his credit. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to add the Western World Championships to his resume.
 
“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner ran second to Justin Grant at the October 20th main event. At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has five feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, twelve heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has eighty career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on adding his name to the winner’s lest of the Western World Championships.
 
“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point chase. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams ran fifth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, Williams has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career wins and will be looking for a victory at Arizona Speedway.
 
“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams finished eighth at Perris Auto Speedway. At press time, the 2010 Victorville Champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first win at San Tan Valley.
 
Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson placed sixth in the Perris 30-lap main event. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, three Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Jake has two career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to add the Western World trophy to his collection.
 
Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are R.J. Johnson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Zack Madrid, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Logan Seavey, and more.
 
Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, AL) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Justin Grant, “The Mad Man” Robert Ballou, and Isaac Chapple round out the top-10 in points.
 
Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five 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 $25 Adults, $25 Seniors, $15 Kids 11 & Under. On Saturday, $30 Adults, $30 Seniors, $15 Kids 11 & Under. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.
 
The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.
 
For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat pages.
 
Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.
 
WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Sammy Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom, 2017-Chase Stockon.
 
2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Justin Grant, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.
 
SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chris Windom, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.
 
AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1362, 2. Damion Gardner-1342, 3. Austin Williams-1176, 4. Cody Williams-1065, 5. Jake Swanson-1012, 6. R.J. Johnson-945, 7. Max Adams-943, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-834, 10. Chris Gansen-783, 11. Tommy Malcolm-646, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-512, 14. Matt McCarthy-477, 15. Joel Rayborne-430, 16. Austin Ervine-383, 17. Verne Sweeney-342, 18. Chase Johnson-322, 19. Austin Liggett-311, 20. Geoff Ensign-266.
 
2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

3-TIME OVAL NATS WINNER BUD KAEDING ENTERS FOR PERRIS

Perris, California.........Three-time Oval Nationals winner Bud Kaeding has signed on to drive for Mike Martin Racing in the 23rd annual running of the event on November 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Kaeding, of Campbell, Calif., is a three-time winner of the Oval Nationals, scoring in 2001, 2002 and again in 2007 - one of three drivers to do so along with Dave Darland and Damion Gardner.

A much-accomplished racer on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail throughout the 2000s, Kaeding has been victorious on 17 occasions with the series, most recently in 2012 "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Kaeding's last appearance came in the 2016 Oval Nationals where he finished in the sixth position in Martin's No. 16.

Kaeding is a five-time champion under the USAC banner. He is a three-time USAC Silver Crown champion, capturing titles in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and has won regional Sprint Car titles with the Western series in 1999 and the West Coast series in 2012.

The Mike Martin Racing car has made three appearances with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars in 2018, all coming in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Mike Martin, as a driver, won a USAC National/CRA Sprint Car feature at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. back in 2012.

Over 40 drivers are already entered for the event that includes past "Ovals" winners Damion Gardner, Dave Darland, Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr., plus 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winners Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon and Brady Bacon and 2018 USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature winners Austin Williams, Max Adams, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd and Brody Roa as well as five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car titlist R.J. Johnson, current Southwest point leader Charles Davis, Jr., past West Coast Sprint champ Danny Faria, Jr. and current USAC Light Up The World Beverages Western States Midget point leader Michael Faccinto, among many others.

Advance tickets for all the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction, are available 24 hours a day online at https://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For fans who do not want to buy advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window each race night.

Watch the race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and/or listen to live audio on the USAC app.

 

 

SEAVEY AND McDOUGAL GO WESTWARD WITH REINBOLD/UNDERWOOD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Two of USAC's youngest sensations, Logan Seavey and Jason McDougal, have teamed up with Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports for this weekend's 51st running of the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on November 2-3.

Reinbold/Underwood was successful on the opening night of "Western World" in 2017 when Thomas Meseraull drove to victory in the 30-lap USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Car feature with a last-lap pass of Brady Bacon.

This year, the team has partnered with Seavey and McDougal as part of a two-car effort. Seavey, of Sutter, Calif., has been a standout on the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget trail this year, leading both the championship standings and the Rookie of the Year points on the strength of two victories. He's also been solid in just a handful of USAC National Sprint Car appearances in 2018 with a pair of third-place runs at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. serving as his best results in eight starts.

Seavey has made two starts for Reinbold/Underwood this year in USAC/CRA action, both in September at Arizona. One night, he took fast qualifying honors, then followed it up with a second-place finish the following night at Arizona.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's McDougal has gotten off to a hot start in his first 14 career USAC National Sprint Car starts, all coming since the beginning of July where he made a 22nd to 3rd charge at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. McDougal won in just his eighth series start on Labor Day weekend in Pevely, Mo. at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, one of his eight top-ten and four top-five finishes this season.

McDougal will also join the Reinbold/Underwood team when the series heads to California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 8-9-10.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars. Pits open at 2pm, front gates at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars hitting the track for hot laps at 5:25pm. All times are local.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

 


 

USAC NATIONAL VS. CRA SPRINTS - A HISTORY OVERVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars get together, it creates an extra dynamic to the racing program. Akin to a team going on the road in stick and ball sports, it pits one against the other on their "home turf" so to speak for bragging rights.

That's the stage that's set as the National teams head west to face off with CRA for the 51st edition of the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on November 2-3, then concluding November 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction.

Since the 2004 season, when CRA went under the sanctioning of USAC, they and the USAC National Sprint Cars have formally raced with each other on 77 occasions. The CRA has held their own on occasion and have been victorious against National competition 17 times over the past 14 years, including in each of the past two years with drivers Damion Gardner (2016) and Brody Roa (2017) having the upper hand at Perris.

Some drivers fall into both categories as a representative of both the National and CRA divisions at one point in their career, such as Gardner, who is tied with Bryan Clauson as the winningest driver when the National and CRA series meet with eight victories apiece.

USAC vs. the CRA regulars goes all the way back to the 1960 season when the USAC Sprints made their first venture west to California and Clovis Speedway. Don Davis would defeat the USAC regulars that day in the D.K. Purvis No. 3 en route to that year's California Roadster Association title. The win would prove to be his only USAC National Sprint Car victory, same as 12 other CRA regulars who got their single USAC win out west: Bob McCoy, Bob Hogle, Gary Patterson, Bobby Olivero, Eddie Wirth, Mike Sweeney, Mike Kirby, David Cardey, Rickie Gaunt, Garrett Hansen, Mike Martin and Roa.

Most of those individuals were stars in their own right and by no means a one-hit-wonder, holding the crown as a CRA driving titlist, including Hogle in 1963 & 1968, Bobby Olivero in 1975 (also a Silver Crown titlist in 1979), Wirth in 1985, Kirby in 1993 and Gaunt in 2004.

The USAC and original CRA first officially met at the conclusion of the 1984 for a pair of non-points special events at Manzanita Speedway and Ascot Park entitled the "USAC/CRA Sprint Challenge Series." CRA regulars, Arizonian Lealand McSpadden and Californian Rip Williams, took respective victories. They would eventually both be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

The following year, the "USAC/CRA Sprint Challenge Series" expanded to venues throughout the country, beginning in the west to open the season before working its way through the Midwest and back home to conclude the year. Eleven races were held at eight different venues with Rick Hood claiming three victories at Phoenix, Arizona's Manzanita Speedway, Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas and State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. The opening night triumph at Manzanita was especially memorable, coming just five months after both of Hood's legs were broken in a freak accident when he was struck by a sprint car while walking through the infield to watch a practice session at the very same track.

Bubby Jones scored two at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kans. and at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. Single victories were owned by McSpadden (Manzanita), Wirth (Ascot Park), Sheldon Kinser (Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway), Ron Shuman (Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track), Mike Sweeney (Oklahoma's Lawton Speedway) and Bob East (Manzanita).

While CRA regulars took 6 of 11 victories, it was USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown champ Rick Hood earning the title by 34 points over Sweeney, Wirth, Brad Noffsinger and Steve Butler.

More informally, several of the top SCRA drivers made their way to the Hoosier state for "Indiana Sprint Week" in 1997 and 1998. Arizona's J.J. Yeley burst onto the nationwide scene, winning back-to-back races at Kokomo and Terre Haute on his way to the ISW title. Throughout the week, five-time CRA champ Richard Griffin of Silver City, New Mexico was mesmerizing, going 6-for-6 as fast qualifier in his six appearances. In 1998, times were tougher for the west coast contingent during ISW as USAC regulars swept the six events and the title went to Dave Darland.

In 1999 and 2000, the Non-Wing World Championship arrived at the Terre Haute half-mile for a big payday and the ultimate showcase for sprint car supremacy. The battlefield proved pretty equal both years with eventual 2007 USAC/CRA champ Tony Jones capturing the victory on night one with Jerry Coons, Jr. following up the next night with his first career series win as well. The final night saw the versatile, standout wing invader, Frankie Kerr, playing spoiler by taking the cash and the trophy back home to Ohio.

In 2000, the NWWC series returned to Terre Haute with Jay Drake dominating both of his designated nights, while Griffin nailed his first series victory down with a late-race pass of Kevin Briscoe.

The final matchup between USAC and SCRA for the NWWC arrived in 2003 for a three-race set in three consecutive nights. USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley scored at Terre Haute with Tracy Hines taking top honors at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway and California's Troy Rutherford taking the finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Will this year be the year that CRA stars get it done yet again on their home tracks? Viable candidate lie in waiting everywhere you look with Gardner and Austin Williams already winning this year at Perris while Gardner and Jake Swanson have sealed the deal at Arizona. Throw in CRA point leader Roa, Cody Williams, R.J. Johnson, Max Adams, Danny Faria, Jr., Logan Williams, Ryan Bernal and several others and you've got a bunch who can make some noise, following in the footsteps of their brethren who staked their claim on their home dirt against National competition.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars. Pits open at 2pm, front gates at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars hitting the track for hot laps at 5:25pm. All times are local.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

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WHEN USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HAVE RACED IN SAME EVENT (SINCE 2004):

CRA Winners (17)

1. (3) Damion Gardner & Mike Spencer

3. (2) Nic Faas & Tony Jones

5. (1) David Cardey, Rickie Gaunt, Garrett Hansen, Mike Kirby, Mike Martin, Brody Roa & Rip Williams

National Winners (60)

1. (8) Bryan Clauson

2. (6) Dave Darland

3. (5) Robert Ballou & Damion Gardner

5. (4) Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding & Chris Windom

8. (3) Jerry Coons, Jr., Chase Stockon & Kevin Swindell

11. (2) Darren Hagen, Jesse Hockett & Josh Wise

14. (1) Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Tracy Hines, Cory Kruseman, Thomas Meseraull, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Cole Whitt

 

 

2018 SEASON MARKS ONE OF THE BUSIEST EVER IN USAC SPRINT HISTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

One-thousand, eight-hundred and sixty-eight. That's the number of USAC Sprint Car events held since the club's inception in 1956 coming into the final two weekends of the 2018 season Nov. 2-3 at Arizona Speedway and Nov. 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Of those 1,868 races throughout a 63-year span, this year actually marks one of the busiest years in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history with a total of 37 events already held - 36 points races and one non-points, special event. Barring any weather disruptions over these next two weekends - knock on wood - this would mark the fourth largest schedule in terms of events run by the series.

The year 1977 set the highwater mark with 51 events held, but the schedule consisted visits to only six different states: Indiana, California, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In 2018 already, the series has ventured to 10 states, with two more to be added in November for a total of 12 states, which will make it the third most diverse schedule as far as states traveled to: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

What makes it the third busiest schedule in its 63-year-history? If you add the Number of Events + the Number of Tracks, 1977's cumulative score works out as 57 (51 events + 6 tracks). Meanwhile, 2016 had 45 events in 11 states to become the second busiest at 56 points.

This year, if all goes according to schedule at Arizona and Perris, with 41 events in 12 states, you would arrive at a cumulative score of 53, making it the third busiest overall season in the history of the series when all the pieces are put together. And that goes with having five rain outs which prevented a trip to the state of Kansas, which would've added one more point to the total.

Without further ado, here's a gander at the year-by-year history of USAC National Sprint Car racing, ranked by the number of events held and how many states held those events.

YEAR-BY-YEAR EVENT AND TRACK COUNT (BY RANK)

1. 1977: (51) 51 Points Races (6 States)

2. 2016: (45) 41 Points Races, 4 Special Events (11 States)

3. 1976: (44) 44 Points Races (4 States)

4. 1973: (41) 41 Points Races (6 States)

5. 1978: (40) 40 Points Races (9 States)

6. 1968: (39) 39 Points Races (9 States)

7. 1979: (39) 39 Points Races (5 States)

8. 2010: (39) 39 Points Races (10 States)

9. 2012: (39) 38 Points Races, 1 Special Event (13 States)

10. 2015: (39) 39 Points Races (10 States)

11. 2009: (38) 36 Points Races, 2 Special Events (9 States)

12. 2017: (38) 37 Points Races, 1 Special Event (10 States)

13. 2004: (37) 35 Points Races, 2 Special Events (15 States)

14. 2006: (37) 36 Points Races, 1 Special Event (11 States)

15. 2003: (36) 31 Points Races, 5 Special Events (7 States)

16. 2005: (36) 34 Points Races, 2 Special Events (9 States)

17. 2011: (36) 36 Points Races (10 States)

18. 2018: (36) 35 Points Races, 1 Special Event (12 States)

19. 1967: (34) 34 Points Races (8 States)

20. 1974: (34) 34 Points Races (4 States)

21. 1975: (34) 34 Points Races (5 States)

22. 1999: (34) 34 Points Races (5 States)

23. 2013: (33) 33 Points Races (9 States)

24. 2001: (32) 31 Points Races, 1 Special Event (7 States)

25. 2014: (32) 32 Points Races (10 States)

26. 1970: (31) 31 Points Races (8 States)

27. 1971: (31) 31 Points Races (5 States)

28. 1972: (31) 31 Points Races (7 States)

29. 1997: (31) 31 Points Races (4 States)

30. 1998: (31) 31 Points Races (6 States)

31. 1990: (29) 29 Points Races (7 States)

32. 2000: (29) 29 Points Races (5 States)

33. 2002: (29) 28 Points Races, 1 Special Event (6 States)

34. 2007: (29) 29 Points Races (8 States)

35. 1956: (28) 27 Point Races, 1 Special Event (8 States)

36. 2008: (28) 27 Points Races, 1 Special Event (8 States)

37. 1965: (27) 27 Points Races (6 States)

38. 1966: (27) 27 Points Races (9 States)

39. 1969: (27) 27 Points Races (7 States)

40. 1985: (27) 27 Points Races (9 States)

41. 1994: (27) 27 Points Races (5 States)

42. 1996: (27) 27 Points Races (10 States)

43. 1982: (26) 26 Points Races (8 States)

44. 1995: (26) 26 Points Races (8 States)

45. 1961: (24) 24 Points Races (6 States)

46. 1963: (24) 24 Points Races (7 States)

47. 1964: (24) 24 Points Races (6 States)

48. 1980: (24) 24 Points Races (4 States & 2 Countries)

49. 1991: (24) 24 Points Races (7 States)

50. 1960: (23) 23 Points Races (6 States)

51. 1962: (22) 22 Points Races (5 States)

52. 1984: (22) 20 Points Races, 2 Special Events (5 States)

53. 1981: (21) 21 Points Races (5 States)

54. 1957: (20) 20 Points Races (4 States)

55. 1988: (20) 20 Points Races (6 States)

56. 1989: (20) 20 Points Races (6 States & 2 Countries)

57. 1958: (19) 19 Points Races (4 States)

58. 1993: (19) 19 Points Races (4 States)

59. 1992: (18) 18 Points Races (6 States)

60. 1959: (17) 17 Points Races (7 States)

61. 1983: (17) 17 Points Races (3 States)

62. 1987: (14) 14 Points Races (6 States)

63. 1986: (11) 11 Points Races (3 States)

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

 

TURKEY NIGHT MIDGET ENTRY LIST HITS 60!

Ventura, California.........The initial entry list for the 78th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" has been released with 60 drivers already indicating their intentions to compete in the prestigious race.

The November 22 event at Ventura Raceway featuring the USAC P1 National National Midgets and Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will have a stacked lineup featuring the best-of-the best from a variety of racing disciplines, including past "Turkey Night" winners Kyle Larson (2012 & 2016), Christopher Bell (2014 & 2017) and 2015 winner Tanner Thorson heading the list.

Also entered are 2018 USAC National Midget feature winners Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Logan Seavey, Chad Boat, Spencer Bayston, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Zeb Wise and Brady Bacon as well as Western States winners Alex Schutte, Michael Faccinto, Damion Gardner, Shane Golobic and Jake Swanson along with USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr., USAC/CRA's winningest sprint car driver Damion Gardner and past Western States champ David Prickett among many others.

Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet and Carson Macedo are studs in the winged sprint car world who will hop in a midget for their USAC Midget season debuts.

The race will take place Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 22, with a practice night scheduled for Wednesday, November 21. USAC West Coast/VRA Sprints will be on the card both nights.

The race will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio available on the USAC app.

2018 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
1 Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA
1K Brayton Lynch/Springfield, IL
1P Tristan Thomas/Burlington, WA
2 Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA
2D Kevin Woody/Victor, NY
3c Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA
4M Michelle Decker/Guthrie, OK
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN
7u Grady Chandler/Piedmont, OK
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA
9D Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA
9F Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA
10 Lance Bennett/Aurora, CO
10B Blaze Bennett/Parker, CO
15 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK
15c Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO
15x Ashley Hazelton-Heredia/Chatsworth, CA
17BC Justin Grant/Ione, CA
17G Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA
17s Sheldon Haudenschild/Wooster, OH
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA
20 C.J. Sarna/Long Beach, CA
21 Christopher Bell/Norman, OK
24x David Prickett/Fresno, CA
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ
25x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS
28 Alex Schutte/Redding, CA
31 Kyle Beilman/Santa Monica, CA
33P Mike Leach/Foothill Ranch, CA
35 Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN
50 Tony DiMattia/Malvern, PA
55 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA
63 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL
63D Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA
67K Holly Shelton/Sacramento, CA
68 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA
71 Ryan Robinson/Foresthill, CA
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA
71R Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA
71s Cody Swanson/Covina, CA
71x Bryan Drollinger/Lomita, CA
72 Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO
73 Dylan Ito/Newbury Park, CA
73K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA
73T Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA
73x Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA
76M Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK
77 Daniel Anderson/Riverside, CA
77B Olivia Bennett/Aurora, CA
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ
85 McKenna Haase/Des Moines, IA
87 Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA
91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CA
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN
97F Jesse Fernandez/Parker, CO

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS OPENING UP RULEBOOK
TO ALLOW 410 c.i. ENGINES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series has announced it will open up their rules package to include 410 cubic-inch engines beginning with the 2019 racing season.

The move now aligns the series with the same rulebook as the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car Series. Although, 360 c.i. engines will remain legal to run with the series, the rule change will give the series a major boost heading into the future.

"The tradition of both USAC and Arizona Sprint Car racing is with 410 c.i. engines," series coordinator Chris Kearns said. "More and more Arizona-based teams have been purchasing 410's of late and this move is going to bring new life to the Southwest Sprint Car Series in 2019 and beyond."

The Southwest Sprint Cars will also now feature a raised purse for each race, paying a minimum of $2000-to-win and $250 to start. Additionally, the USAC/CRA events at Arizona venues will now be co-sanctioned by the Southwest Sprints and will have an increased payout of $3000-to-win and $400 to start.

Furthermore, beginning with the 52nd running of the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in November of 2019, the main event will now have the Southwest Sprints competing with the National Sprint series.

The Southwest Sprints will now venture into California's Perris Auto Speedway for a pair of events in 2019 that will be co-sanctioned by the USAC/CRA Sprints, paying $2500-to-win and $300 to start. Throughout its history, the Southwest Sprints have been a primarily Arizona-based series, with a handful of races this year at locales such as Nevada, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

The Southwest Sprint Car Series is currently in its eighth season under USAC sanction, all run under the previous 360 c.i. engine rules.

The Southwest Sprints made their debut in 2003 with Rick Ziehl as the champion with Beau Binder grabbing the title in 2004. After nearly a decade, the USAC Southwest Sprints returned in 2013 with R.J. Johnson taking five consecutive titles between then and 2017. Charles Davis, Jr. currently leads the standings with two races remaining this season, this Friday and Saturday, November 2-3 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley for the 51st running of the "Western World Championships."

 

 

THOMAS-COURTNEY-WINDOM ENGAGE
IN HISTORICALLY TIGHT POINTS RACE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season comes down to just five races in the month of November. That's five opportunities for things to go perfectly right and five opportunities for things to go perfectly awry. Over the years, we've seen our share of both.

Over the next two weekends, the series will indulge in the final five events of the season at Arizona Speedway on November 2-3 and California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10. The common refrain has always been "How the west was won." But in this case, it's been "How the championship was won...out west."

Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads Tyler Courtney by 34 coming into the final stretch while the distance between Thomas and third-place Chris Windom is separated by only 62 points, the third such closest title race between the top-three at this point in the season since the USAC National Sprint Car series began concluding its season out west in 2004 - behind only 2015 (43 pts.) and 2012 (57 pts.). Since 2004, only two title races have ended with a race closer than that between the top-three - 2011 (34 pts.) and 2017 (58 pts.).

It's a tight race that could go in any one driver's favor and, since 2004, some have played out in the leader's favor while some years have featured a comeback of epic proportions. Let's dig into the stats for those years.

Between 2004 and 2006, the champs saw their lead in the standings shrink out west, but had enough of a cushion to handle their business. Jay Drake's 2004 lead dwindled from 141 to 74, Levi Jones in 2005 went from 78 to 13, while Josh Wise's fell from 113 to 88. Jones took his second title in 2007, upping the interval from 71 to 85 by the finale.

In 2008, Jerry Coons, Jr. took a miniscule two-point lead over Jones into races at Perris and Manzanita. Consistency was his magic wand down to the wire, clicking off five-straight top-fives to close out his only career USAC National Sprint Car title by 86 markers over Jones.

The following year, in 2009, Jones found himself in the driver's seat, leading Dave Darland by 27 points going into Perris and Tulare. Jones reeled off four top-fives in the final five, including a win on a preliminary night of the "Oval Nationals" at Perris to take his third title by 224. Meanwhile, Cole Whitt slipped into second as misfortune befell Darland's hopes of a second series title. Jones was back at it a year later in 2010 with a little less pressure, bumping up his lead from 91 to 179 to notch title number four.

In 2011, Jones was back at it once again, up by 44 and on the verge of a third consecutive championship. No driver of his era was more consistent in locking down a title than him and he proved it once again with a 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd and a victory in the season finale at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. to become the sixth, and most recent, driver to win the finale and the series title in one fell swoop, which he did by 99 over Chris Windom.

In 2012, Bryan Clauson came firing on all cylinders to conclude the season, erasing Darland's 23-point advantage that included a prelim night win at Perris. Though Darland won at Canyon to open the western swing, it is one costly night that basically determined his fate - a 17th place finish the next night at Canyon. Clauson won by a narrow margin of five over Darland despite missing a chunk of races earlier in the year due to his Indianapolis 500 commitments.

It was the Bryan and Dave show once again in 2013, but the roles were reversed this time around as Clauson held a mere 13-point lead with four to go at Canyon and Perris. Clauson got a win at Canyon, then tallied up a 7th, 4th and 2nd to win over Darland by 63.

Clauson was in contention for a third-straight title in 2014, but Brady Bacon was determined to get his first, upping his 51-point lead to 56 by the end of the swing following finishes of 2nd, 8th, 7th and 3rd. Bacon duplicated the feat in most-dominating fashion in 2016, jumping up his interval from 233 to 314 based on night-after-night of top-five runs.

Robert Ballou got his first a year later in his historical 13-win year, winning three of the final six to up the ante from 19 to 87 points over Darland to become the champ. Just last year, Windom was the next in line to become a first-time champ, deleting a 29-point lead by Grant in the western swing opener at Arizona and bringing it home by a scant six points. The top-three were separated by just 58 at season's end with a red-hot and closing Kevin Thomas, Jr. claiming third.

It seems pretty simple. The mathematical solution is to get yourself up front night-after-night at all five races. One off night could spell failure, especially with three individuals in this heated contest. And that seems to be the one thing that separates Thomas, Courtney and Windom. All have been able to finish on a consistent basis this year, hence, the reason they are at the position they're in right now. One missed setup, one bike, one night of disarray. The one who avoids those will live without regret, but will that be enough to win the title? Let's find out for ourselves, shall we?

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

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YEAR-BY-YEAR TOP-3 IN USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINTS
(Since 2004)

2004
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Jay Drake-1,480; 2-Bud Kaeding-1,339; 3-Cory Kruseman-1,304
Final Standings: 1-Drake-1,620; 2-Kaeding-1,546; 3-Kruseman-1,538
Drake up by 141 coming in, wins by 74 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 176 coming in, 82 at season's end.

2005
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,375; 2-Dave Darland-1,297; 3-Jay Drake-1,188
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1,670; 2-Darland-1,657; 3-Bud Kaeding-1,349
Jones up by 78 coming in, wins by 13 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 187 coming in, 321 at season's end.

2006
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Josh Wise-1,490; 2-Levi Jones-1,377; 3-Dave Darland-1,332
Final Standings: 1-Wise-1,773; 2-Jones-1,685; 3-Darland-1,599
Wise up by 113 coming in, wins by 88 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 158 coming in, 174 at season's end.

2007
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,232; 2-Darren Hagen-1,161; 3-Dave Darland-1,078
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1.402; 2-Hagen-1,317; 3-Darland-1,274
Jones up by 71 coming in, wins by 85 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 154 coming in, 128 at season's end.

2008
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,114; 2-Levi Jones-1,112; 3-Cole Whitt-1,051
Final Standings: 1-Coons-1,402; 2-Jones-1,316; 3-Tracy Hines-1,193
Coons up by 2 coming in, wins by 86 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 63 coming in, 209 at season's end.

2009
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,554; 2-Dave Darland-1,527; 3-Cole Whitt-1,448
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1,827; 2-Whitt-1,603; 3-Darland-1,601
Jones up by 27 coming in, wins by 224 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 106, coming in, 226 at season's end.

2010
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,898; 2-Bryan Clauson-1,807; 3-Damion Gardner-1,769
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1,781; 2-Gardner-1,602; 3-Clauson-1,557
Jones up by 91 coming in, wins by 179 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 129 coming in, 224 at season's end.

2011
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,324; 2-Chris Windom-1,280; 3-Jon Stanbrough-1,242
Final Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,056, 2-Windom-1,024; 3-Jones-1,022
Jones up by 44 coming in, Clauson wins by 32 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 82 coming in, 34 at season's end.

2012
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Dave Darland-1,876, 2-Bryan Clauson-1,853, 3-Jon Stanbrough-1,819
Final Standings: 1-Clauson-2,087, 2-Darland-2,082, 3-Stanbrough-2,019
Darland up by 23 coming in, Clauson wins by 5 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 57 coming in, 68 at season's end.

2013
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,706, 2-Dave Darland-1,693, 3-Brady Bacon-1,583
Final Standings: 1-Clauson-1,948, 2-Darland-1,885, 3-Bacon-1,770
Clauson up by 13 coming in, wins by 63 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 123 coming in, 178 at season's end.

2014
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Brady Bacon-1,762, 2-Bryan Clauson-1,711, 3-Dave Darland-1,683
Final Standings: 1-Bacon-1,974; 2-Clauson-1,918; 3-Darland-1,885
Final Standings: Bacon up by 51 coming in, wins by 56 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 79 coming in, 89 at season's end.

2015
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Robert Ballou-1,902, 2-Chase Stockon-1,883, 3-Dave Darland-1,859
Final Standings: 1-Ballou-2,274, 2-Darland-2,187, 3-Stockon-2,092
Ballou up by 19 coming in, wins by 87 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 43 coming in, 182 at season's end.

2016
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Brady Bacon-2,327, 2-Chase Stockon-2,094, 3-Dave Darland-1,968
Final Standings: 1-Bacon-2676, 2-Stockon-2362, 3-Darland-2251
Bacon up by 233 coming in, wins by 314 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 359 coming in, 425 at season's end.

2017
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Justin Grant-2,006, 2-Chris Windom-1,977, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,891
Final Standings: 1-Windom-2,290, 2-Grant-2,284, 3-Thomas-2,232
Grant up by 29 coming in, Windom wins by 6 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 115 coming in, 58 at season's end.

 

 

DARLAND TO RACE FOR BALLOU
IN FINAL 5 USAC SPRINT RACES OUT WEST

The United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) Competition Committee met on Saturday, Oct., 27, 2018 to discuss a request by suspended USAC driver Robert Ballou to have a car entered into the remaining five events on the AMSOIL National Sprint Car 2018 season.

The Competition Committee reviewed this request and approved the Ballou Motorsports #12 would be allowed entry into those events based upon the provision that only Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland could be the driver Nov. 2-3 in the 51st "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. and Nov. 8-9-10 in the 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif.

Darland, 5th in points, is the winningest driver in the history of the series with 62 victories, including three this year at Indiana's Bloomington Speedway, Lincoln Park Speedway and Tri-State Speedway. As a driver, Ballou won his 29th career series victory this season at Pennsylvania's BAPS Motor Speedway. Both are past champions of the series, Darland in 1999 and Ballou in 2015.

On Sept. 26, 2018 Ballou was prohibited from all USAC competition for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year due to numerous actions conducted by Ballou which were deemed detrimental to the sport of auto racing. The car entry by Robert Ballou will not be eligible for owner points or 2018 incentives as part of additional penalties/fines announced previously.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

 

 

#17 FOR BREIDINGER AFTER STOCKTON SWEEP

Stockton, CA........Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. added a 17th career USAC feature win Sunday, taking the Western Speed2 Midget feature at Stockton 99 Speedway after passing Adam Lemke on the final lap. She was trailed by Joey Iest, Lemke, Dillon Tucker and Bryant Bell.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 28, 2018 - Stockton, California - Stockton 99 Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-13.822; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-13.897; 3. Toni Breidinger, 26B, Breidinger-13.945; 4. Dillon Tucker, 11, Tucker-14.032; 5. Bryant Bell, 00, Jessop-14.644; 6. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.220.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps): 1. Lemke, 2. Iest, 3. Tucker, 4. Breidinger, 5. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Adam Lemke, 4. Dillon Tucker, 5. Bryant Bell. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Lemke, Lap 20 Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,285, 2-Iest-1,049, 3-Nichols-607, 4-Blake Brannon-509, 5-Breidinger-462, 6-Tyler Slay-361, 7-Bell-253, 8-Cody Jessop-219, 9-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 10-Keoni Texeira-137.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-962, 2-Iest-785, 3-Nichols-607, 4-Breidinger-462, 5-Blake Brannon-439, 6-Bell-253, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Tucker-146, 9-Ethan Lesser-68, 10-Austin Carter-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACES: November 17-18 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway

 

 

KT WINS "HOWL-O-WEEN BASH" AT CASA GRANDE

Casa Grande, AZ........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. sped to victory in Saturday night's 30-lap Sands Chevrolet USAC Soiuthwest Sprint race at Central Arizona Speedway. R.J. John son was second in the "Howl-O-Week Bash" ahead of Logan Seavey, Jason McDougal and Charles Davis Jr.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 27, 2018 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway - "Howl-O-Ween Bash"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 3. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 4. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 5. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#75X Imperial), 2. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 3. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 4. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Jason McDougal (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Colton Hardy, 10. Ronnie Clark, 11. Matt Lundy, 12. Dennis Gile, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Nick Aiuto, 15. Joe Scheopner, 16. Sterling Cling, 17. Daylin Perriera, 18. Tyler Most. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Sussex, Laps 10-30 Thomas.

HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (10th to 4th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Charles Davis Jr.-1,237, 2-Tye Mihocko-1,113, 3-Mike Martin-1,054, 4-Michael Curtis-802, 5-Matt Lundy-736, 6-Chris Bonneau-666, 7-R.J. Johnson-639, 8-Tyler Most-589, 9-Dennis Gile-586, 10-Andy Reinbold-546.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 2&3 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "51st Western World Championships"

 

 

SWANSON TOPS VENTURA MIDGET FEATURE

Ventura, CA........Jake Swanson of Garden Grove, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget race at Ventura Raceway. Cody Swanson finished second ahead of Damion Gardner, Buddy Kofoid and Alex Schutte, who now trails Michael Faccinto by just two points in the latest standings.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS: October 27, 2018 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-11.945; 2. Jake Swanson, 68W, Six8-11.982; 3. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.051; 4. Damion Gardner, 25, Rodela-12.076; 5. Buddy Kofoid, 73X, Ford-12.149; 6. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-12.258; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.261; 8. Tristan Thomas, 1P, Nichols-12.296; 9. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.336; 10. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.341; 11. Frankie Guerrini, 9F, Dodenhoff-12.354; 12. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-12.388; 13. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drolinger-12.465; 14. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.585; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.767; 16. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15, Hazelton-12.896; 17. Jessica Clark, 68, Six8-12.980; 18. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-13.135; 19. Gage Rucker, 16K, Kruseman-13.379; 20. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-NT; 21. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-NT; 22. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT; 23. Mike Leach Jr, 33P, Leach-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Schutte, 3. Dalby, 4. McQueen, 5. Rucker, 6. Hazelton-Heredia, 7. Drollinger, 8. Prickett. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Swanson, 2. Guerrini, 3. Kofoid, 4. Thomas, 5. Anderson, 6. Ito, 7. Clark, 8. Josett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Swanson, 2. Beilman, 3. Pankratz, 4. Leach, 5. Everhart, 6. Sarna, 7. Faccinto. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Cody Swanson, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Alex Schutte, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. C.J. Sarna, 8. Kyle Beilman, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Gage Rucker, 11. Jessica Clark, 12. Tony Everhart, 13. Daniel Anderson, 14. Frankie Guerrini, 15. Bryan Drollinger, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Dylan Ito, 18. Robert Dalby, 19. Tristan Thomas, 20. Mike Leach Jr., 21. David Prickett, 22. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 23. Robby Josett. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 J.Swanson.

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

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS: 1-Faccinto-695, 1-Schutte-693, 3-Josett-570, 4-Dalby-547, 5-Sarna-503, 6-Prickett-499, 7-Beilman-418, 8-Ronnie Gardner, McQueen & Guerrini-370.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: November 17 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway - co-sanctioned with P1 Insurance USAC National Midgets

 

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEATS UP AT CASA GRANDE

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 24, 2018… The championship battle for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars heads to Central Arizona Speedway this Saturday, October 27th. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the “Howl-O-Ween Bash” is the fifth and last appearance of the year for the USAC 360s at the Casa Grande oval. The action packed card will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Modlites, Pure Stocks, and Power 600 Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 6:00pm. In addition, the track will hold an open practice for all divisions on Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The 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 SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted thirteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 23, 2013 debut and leads the series with seven victories, including all four races of 2018. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.058 on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the sixteenth point race, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) heads to Casa Grande with a stout 111-point lead. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis scored eighth at last Saturday’s “Race For The Cure” at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, “Chargin” Charles has nine feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 252 feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has 30 SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Howl-O-Ween Bash” to his resume.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko earned his second win of the season at the “Race For The Cure.” At press time, the young driver has three heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, four hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and nine feature laps led in the campaign. “The Bull” will have his sights on gaining valuable points with the Saturday night victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin ran second to Tye Mihocko at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. With six career wins, the 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year still has a shot at the championship and will be looking to add another trophy for his collection.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. The pilot of Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim skipped the “Race For The Cure” after flipping his mount at CSP on September 22nd. At press time, Michael has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year. Curtis is done for the season as his car owners regroup for next year’s schedule.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) is fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. The driver of the #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X skipped last Saturday’s “Race For The Cure” at Canyon Speedway Park. As this writing goes to press, last season’s Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes to his credit. Lundy will be looking to claim his first series win at the “Howl-O-Ween Bash.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Gile, Tyler Most, Sterling Cling, Zack Madrid, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Austin Kuehl, Stevie Sussex, Jason McDougal, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr., and more.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east five miles to 11 Mile Corner Road, then head south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior/Military tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

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

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 9-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Tye Mihocko, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Charles Davis Jr.-1,168, 2-Tye Mihocko-1,057, 3-Mike Martin-1,014, 4-Michael Curtis-802, 5-Matt Lundy-691, 6-Chris Bonneau-666, 7-R.J. Johnson-558, 8-Tyler Most-558, 9-Andy Reinbold-546, 10-Dennis Gile-541.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash) November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WHO COULD EMERGE AS A FIRST-TIME USAC SPRINT WINNER AT ARIZONA AND PERRIS?

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

A first-time winner is always a joyous sight to see. From a driver perspective, it's the culmination of a dream to step foot in victory lane against the stiffest competition around. From a fan perspective, it brings new blood to the forefront, meaning a deeper driver lineup, thus, more exciting racing, theoretically speaking.

When the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars trekked westward in late 2017, USAC/CRA Sprint Car regular Brody Roa was one of those who entered the fray, winning his first National series race at his home track of Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on night two of the "Oval Nationals."

The Garden Grove, Calif. driver always appeared capable, finishing third the night previous and telling the audience over the P.A. system that, the year before, he would've been laughing had anyone told him that he would finished on the podium at the Oval Nationals. Nobody was laughing the following night when he led all 30 laps around the half-mile on his way to National win numero uno.

Roa's victory marked the lone occasion a "newbie" entered onto the USAC win list in 2017. For 2018, that number has doubled to two drivers - one who's victory was a long-time coming and one who's seemingly burst onto the National scene with a flurry of success.

That would be Jason McDougal, the micro sprint hero from Broken Arrow, Okla., who jumped into a sprint car for the first time earlier this season and took to it like a duck to water, driving from 22nd to 3rd in his first USAC National Sprint Car start at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway in July, then winning on September 1 for the first time at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, racing past National point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. on a late-race restart for the win.

Back up to the week before and fellow Oklahoman Tyler Thomas finally got his first "W" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on night two of "Sprint Car Smackdown VII." He recently doubled up last Sunday for his first USAC P1 Insurance National Midget win of his career at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. to become the first driver since Kyle Larson in 2011 to get both firsts in a single season.

With five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races remaining on the calendar, the question remains. Can another first-time winner emerge? Let's look into the numbers and the probabilities of that occurring.

Arizona Speedway, host of the 51st "Western World Championships" on Nov. 2-3, has held just four USAC National Sprint Car races and the winners on that list are all multi-time USAC National Sprint Car winners who've been successful at a variety of tracks big and small, including Chris Windom (twice), Thomas Meseraull and Chase Stockon.

Meanwhile, Perris Auto Speedway, which brings the 23rd running of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction to southern California on Nov. 8-9-10 has had ten first-time National winners in only 41 races. Among those are Mike Kirby, Rip Williams, Darren Hagen, Damion Gardner, Mike Spencer, Jesse Hockett, David Cardey, Nic Faas, Rickie Gaunt and Roa.

A common thread among them is obvious. All but one is a native of California. All but two were USAC/CRA regulars. Plus, with limited appearances by the National series in the Golden State, it provides less than a handful of opportunities for the USAC/CRA regulars to showcase their talents on the National stage.

Also, one thing to look at is the size of the track that is most conducive to producing first-time USAC National Sprint Car winners. Most events are held on tracks less than three-eighths of a mile in size and both first-time winners this season have been on quarter-mile venues. However, throughout the history of the series, quite a few have gotten their first on tracks on three-eighths of a mile or larger. As has been mentioned, 10 got it done at Perris, but 31 have done it at Eldora and 19 at Terre Haute among others.

As a matter of fact, 204 of the 246-career winners in USAC National Sprint Cars got their first victory on a track three-eighths of a mile or larger. Yes, tracks shorter than a half-mile did not join the schedule until 1981, but even so, 106 of the 148 occurred on track three-eighths or larger from 1981 to present.

Half-mile tracks aren't usually weekly event tracks where "local" drivers can get quite a few laps and be ready to contend when USAC arrives such as what occurred in 2016 when seven drivers won for the first time, all coming at "weekly" Indiana tracks, Gas City (Scotty Weir & Tyler Courtney), Kokomo (Kyle Cummins & C.J. Leary), Bloomington (Brent Beauchamp), Tri-State (Carson Short) and Lawrenceburg (Josh Hodges).

So, basically, the trend seems to be that a first-time winner will most likely occur at a regularly-running track of three-eighths of a mile in length or longer. Boom. That fits the description of the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway. However, not quite the case for the 1/3-mile Arizona Speedway. But we won't completely discount that as an opportunity for someone to strike gold for the first time.

Logan Seavey, the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget point leader, has made eight starts with the USAC National Sprint Cars this season with thirds at both Bloomington and Tri-State, but hasn't reached victory lane as of yet like he has twice with the Midgets in 2018. He's made two USAC/CRA starts this year as well, both at Arizona in September where he was fast qualifier one night and finished 2nd the ensuing night behind Damion Gardner, showing he can be a contender when he takes the wheel of the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports ride that won night one of "Western World" in 2017 with driver Thomas Meseraull.

Another driver that has emerged to become a contender is Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind. who's shown huge gains this year with a pair of thirds at Eldora and Gas City to close out the month of September. What has Chapple done to prepare for this venture out west? He came out early to get a head start on matters, finishing 9th at Perris last Saturday and even made a venture out west in March to begin the year to get more laps and seat time which have paid great dividends for the 2016 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.

As you look down the list of USAC/CRA regulars who are seeking that first national win, the names R.J. Johnson, Austin Williams, Jake Swanson and Richard Vander Weerd stand out. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz., has four career wins at Perris with CRA and an incredible 16 times with the Southwest Sprint series at Arizona. Yorba Linda, California's Austin Williams has won on four occasions at Perris and twice already this year. Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif., has already won at Arizona in USAC/CRA competition this year and is oft-fast at Perris, setting quick time five times in 2017. Visalia, California's Vander Weerd has won six times at Perris and finished 3rd in the "Ovals" as recently as 2016.

The opportunities are there, and this talented group will have ample opportunity to get it done. But when you have drivers like top National contenders like Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom as well as top USAC/CRA runners Brody Roa and Damion Gardner on hand, your have your work cut out for you. However, that's the name of the game and it's not easy. When you win a USAC National Sprint Car race, you'll know you have truly earned it.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

 

 

Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

VENTURA HOSTS USAC MIDGET TURKEY NIGHT TUNE-UP SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 24, 2018... In preparation for the “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water heads to Ventura Raceway this Saturday, October 27th. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the tenth point race will also feature the VRA Dwarf Cars, California Lightning Sprints, and Focus Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 24, 1986, 143 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. When the series last visited the popular oval on September 15th, five-time champion Ronnie Gardner took the checkered flags and announced his retirement. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) leads the standings with a 12-point advantage. Racing the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto earned his third win of the season at Santa Maria on October 6th. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Winner has also posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael eight career victories and will be looking for his first win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte ran second to Faccinto in the October 6th main event. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, seven heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight career series wins and will have his sights on his first triumph at Ventura Raceway.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) sits third in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. Piloting his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett finished sixteenth at Santa Maria after an early exit. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and five feature laps led to his credit. Robby has four career USAC wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby placed sixth in the October 6th feature. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #24X Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett finished eighth at Santa Maria Raceway. To date, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in the campaign. David has one career USAC victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night triumph.

Currently eighth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Shannon McQueen, Frankie Guerrini, Clayton Ruston, Randi Pankratz, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, Dylan Ito, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Cody Swanson, Bryan Drollinger, Tristan Guardino, and more.

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

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, 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 USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

VENTURA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 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-Christopher Bell, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Tommy White.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto 634, 2. Alex Schutte 622, 3. Robby Josett 546, 4. Robert Dalby 514, 5. David Prickett 475, 6. C.J. Sarna 448, 7. Ronnie Gardner 370, 8. Kyle Beilman 362, 9. Shannon McQueen 334, 10. Frankie Guerrini 328, 11. Clayton Ruston 310, 12. Randi Pankratz 306, --. Maria Cofer 306, 14. Marvin Mitchell 262, 15. Ryan Bernal 260, 16. Daniel Anderson 228, 17. Jake Swanson 201, 18. Dylan Ito 184, 19. Ashley Heredia 150, 20. Cory Elliott 146.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #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.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

JUSTIN GRANT GOES 2 FOR 2 AT THE PAS!
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 22, 2018... Making his second start in the Reinbold/Underwood #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Justin Grant (Ione, CA) sprinted to last Saturday’s feature win at Perris Auto Speedway. For Grant, the 30-lap victory was his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph of the campaign. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull, point leader Brody Roa, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams followed Grant to the checkered flags.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Brody Roa grabbed the early lead. Within a few laps, the leader faced a serious challenge from Jake Swanson. The two young drivers raced side by side until Swanson grabbed the top spot on lap eight. Charging from sixth, Grant was within striking distance and powered by both drivers to the lead on the next circuit. >From there, Grant set a torrid pace on the outside line as Gardner entered the fray with Roa and Swanson. As the three battled for position, Grant stretched out his advantage while racing past slower traffic.

By lap eighteen, Gardner moved to second as Grant had a commanding lead. With the laps counting down, Grant’s progress was slowed by traffic and Gardner began to reel in the leader. However, Grant broke free and scored his second win in as many starts at Perris in his Arizona based ride.

After winning the night before at Kokomo, Indiana, Justin Grant flew to California and nearly swept the Perris program. The USAC National series driver claimed the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 24 car field, finished third in his heat race, won his third career USAC/CRA feature, and earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with a sixth to first place run. With two starts, Justin ranks twenty-seventh in the USAC/CRA point chase with two wins and 40 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) raced from fifth to second at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner was second fast in time trials and won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. The six-time champion is second in the point standings with has five feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, twelve heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led on the season.

“T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA) slipped by Brody Roa on the last lap to finish third at Perris Auto Speedway. Making his first start in Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the Midwest based driver qualified sixth overall and placed fourth in his heat race. Heading to the Western World Championships on November 2nd at San Tan Valley, Arizona, Meseraull sits fortieth in USAC/CRA points.

After leading the opening laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) scored fourth in the 30-lap feature. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was fifth quick in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. To date, the point leader has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) had a solid night with a fifth place finish at Perris. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams qualified third overall and ran third in his heat race. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year is third in the standings with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign.

Matt McCarthy (Riverside, CA) earned his first heat race win of 2018 in the Extreme Mufflers sponsored event. Racing the family owned #28M Flowdynamics Incorporated / Purgeplugs.com Maxim, McCarthy was thirteenth fast in time trials and scored fifteenth in the main event. The 2017 Rookie of the Year sits fourteenth in championship points with two top-10 finishes on the year.

Max Adams (Loomis, CA) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Piloting his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams qualified ninth and scored twenty-third in the feature after an early exit. The 2016 Rookie of the Year ranks seventh in the point chase with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action for two nights starting Friday, November 2nd at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The “51st Western World Championships” will also showcase the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. Located at the ET Motopark, more event and ticket information can be found at www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.354; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.369; 3. Austin Williams, 2 Jory-16.631; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.705; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.765; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 77M, Michael-16.818; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.866; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.895; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.939; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.970; 11. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.006; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.235; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.263; 14. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.289; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.372; 16. A.J. Bender, 42, Cheney-17.434; 17. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.543; 18. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.567; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.624; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98E, Ellertson-17.630; 21. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.951; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.117; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.193; 24. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.389.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Swanson, 3. Grant, 4. Malcolm, 5. C.Williams, 6. Bender, 7. Sweeney, 8. Ervine. 2:58.99

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. Chapple, 5. Johnson, 6. Waitman, 7. Ellertson, 8. Marshall. 2:57.77

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. A.Williams, 4. Meseraull, 5. Gansen, 6. Everhart, 7. Rayborne, 8. Dyer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Justin Grant (6th), 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull (1st), 4. Brody Roa (2nd), 5. Austin Williams (4th), 6. Jake Swanson (3rd), 7. Austin Liggett (12th), 8. Cody Williams (7th), 9. Isaac Chapple (8th), 10. R.J. Johnson (11th), 11. Tommy Malcolm (10th), 12. Logan Williams (17th), 13. A.J. Bender (16th), 14. Randy Waitman (14th), 15. Matt McCarthy (13th), 16. Verne Sweeney (19th), 17. Chris Gansen (15th), 18. Joel Rayborne (18th), 19. Gary Marshall Jr. (22nd), 20. Jeremy Ellertson (20th), 21. Austin Ervine (21st), 22. Tony Everhart (23rd), 23. Max Adams (9th). NT
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**Dyer flipped during the third heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Roa, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-30 Grant
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (6th to 1st)
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1362, 2. Damion Gardner-1342, 3. Austin Williams-1176, 4. Cody Williams-1065, 5. Jake Swanson-1012, 6. R.J. Johnson-945, 7. Max Adams-943, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-834, 10. Chris Gansen-783, 11. Tommy Malcolm-646, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-512, 14. Matt McCarthy-477, 15. Joel Rayborne-430, 16. Austin Ervine-383, 17. Verne Sweeney-342, 18. Chase Johnson-322, 19. Austin Liggett-311, 20. Geoff Ensign-266.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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TYLER THOMAS TALLIES FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN AT LEFFLER MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois.........For much of the past decade, Tyler Thomas has been patiently waiting for his turn at USAC glory.

There were the heartaches and the struggles, but the fire never waned inside the Collinsville, Oklahoma driver.

Sunday night, his turn finally arrived as he captured his first career USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature win in the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

The triumph came just shy of two months following his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August. He's now become the first driver to win both his first career USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget features in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011.

"To do both in the same year is something I'll remember forever," Thomas said. "For six or seven years, we've been trying to get a midget win. Tonight, this car was on rails from hot laps on. We made good changes all night. My dad did an awesome job on the car. It went everywhere I wanted it to go. It allowed me to be more aggressive, especially on starts on restarts. I could go where they weren't, and the car would stick. To get it done at the Jason Leffler Memorial is a really special feeling. It's such a prestigious race to win. I couldn't be happier."

Thomas began the 40-lapper from the outside of the front row while Jason McDougal occupied the inside. The two challenged each other for supremacy immediately, racing side-by-side throughout the entirety of the opening lap. McDougal nipped Thomas at the line on the outside, then scooted across the nose of Thomas into turn one to snag the top spot.

McDougal wasn't able to stray too far away as he occupied the low line and Thomas went to work one lane higher. On lap four, Thomas cut underneath McDougal in turn four as McDougal slid up the racetrack, Thomas won the drag race to the stripe by a wheel.

Around lap 12, lapped traffic was downright serious, locking down Thomas' groove in nose-to-tail fashion. However, on this tight, 1/8-mile dirt oval, you have to be on the attack and that's exactly what Thomas did, slicing through the field like a corn cutter to escape the fray.

At the same time, Christopher Bell was on the move, getting to second on lap 16 just prior to a turn four spin by Zach Daum that collected the 2013 USAC National Midget champ. Daum, the inaugural "Leffler Memorial" winner in 2013, was finished for the evening while Bell would restart from the tail and charge back to sixth by race's end.

By halfway, Thomas had distanced himself to about a six-car-length advantage over McDougal and Tyler Courtney who were amidst their own battle. Off turn two on the 20th lap as the two scrambled for the runner-up spot, McDougal's bid for a first career series win was extinguished when he looped it in turn three with apparent mechanical trouble following contact.

Courtney stuck a foot in the door on laps 22 and 23 following the restart, driving wheel-to-wheel with Thomas entering turn one. Yet, Courtney was unable to keep up with the momentum of Thomas as he drove away off turn two on the 24th lap, methodically stretching the lead out until a Tucker Klaasmeyer flip in turn four on lap 28 halted the proceedings.

Thomas had a tremendous lap 28 restart that put him in a practical lockdown of the position barring any unforeseen circumstances. One thing was for certain at this stage in the game. Lapped traffic would more than likely not come into play. So, there it was, a handful of laps and a clear, open road lying in front of Thomas, waiting for him to stake his claim. Pressure to some, yes. But to Thomas, he was able to stay as cool as the brisk southern Illinois autumn air down the stretch.

With the victory, Tyler Thomas has now become the first driver to win both his first career USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget features in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011. (Josh James Photo)

"Surprisingly, I was able to keep myself pretty calm the whole race," Thomas admitted. "The good thing about those yellows is that we didn't have to get in lapped traffic. Of course, that's always tricky here as tight as this place is. My car felt like it was on cruise control the whole race. I had a good line and I felt really comfortable and confident in what we could do."

And it showed. Thomas' last restart was solid, constructing the foundation for a wall that none of his competitors would be able to penetrate. Meanwhile, Courtney and Chad Boat had their own war of wheels in motion behind him for second, but that just offered Thomas more space to do his work at the front of the deal.

Thomas drove away to his first series win in his 83rd career start aboard his Brian Thomas/BT Machine - AirGroup - Engler Machine - Smith Titanium/Spike/Toyota. Boat got by Courtney to grab second late in the going. Courtney took home third while Justin Grant and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Jonathan Beason rounded out the top-five.

Thomas became the 11th different winner in 15 USAC National Midget races in 2018. With two races remaining, there has yet to be a driver win more than twice in this ultra-competitive season.

Besides Thomas, the only other drivers in USAC history to score their first National Sprint and National Midget wins in the same season were Kyle Larson (2011), Cole Whitt (2008), Brad Sweet (2008), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (2007), Bobby Santos (2006), Shane Cottle (2006), Mike Bliss (1993), Jeff Gordon (1989), Billy Shuman (1973), Larry Cannon (1969), Larry Dickson (1966), Chuck Hulse (1963) and Parnelli Jones (1961).

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Wayne County Speedway included Jason McDougal (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Tyler Thomas (Chalk Stix Third Qualifier Winner), Logan Seavey (Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner), Jonathan Beason (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Sam Johnson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Russ Gamester (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2018 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - 5th "Jason Leffler Memorial"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 6. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 7. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Brian Grogan (#7G Grogan), 9. Brian Jones (#51B Jones). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#74 Tucker/Boat), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 3. Cole Bodine (#39 Clauson Marshall), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cannon McIntosh (#08 McIntosh), 6. David Budres (#23 Budres), 7. Karsyn Elledge (#83 Tucker/Boat), 8. Ray Seach (#31 Budres). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson Marshall/Wood), 3. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Dave Darland (#7D Estep), 5. Jonathan Beason (#8J Hard Eight), 6. Russ Gamester (#51 G & R), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), 8. Travis Young (#11y Young). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 3. Holley Hollan (#35 Petry), 4. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Garrett Thomas (#56y Fifty6x), 7. Daryn Pittman (#21 Pittman), 8. Chase Jones (#33 RayPro). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Jason McDougal (#15 Petry), 3. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Daniel Robinson (#91 Harris), 5. McKenna Haase (#85 Tucker/Boat), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 8. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x). NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Darland, 3. Bodine, 4. Coons, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Grant, 7. Chisholm, 8. Young, 9. Budres, 10. Haase, 11. Klaasmeyer. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Bell, 3. Wise, 4. Bacon, 5. Shelton, 6. R. Robinson, 7. Hollan, 8. Johnson, 9. Elledge, 10. B. Jones. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Neuman, 3. Beason, 4. Carrick, 5. Bright, 6. D. Robinson, 7. O'Gara, 8. Seach, 9. G. Thomas. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Boat, 3. Bayston, 4. Gamester, 5. Daum, 6. Mitchell, 7. Lynch, 8. Grogan, 9. McIntosh, 10. C. Jones. NT

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Budres, 2. Haase, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Seach, 5. Grogan, 6. Elledge, 7. G. Thomas, 8. Young. NT

SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Daum, 4. Shelton, 5. R. Robinson, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Gamester, 8. Hollan, 9. O'Gara, 10. McIntosh, 11. Seach, 12. Johnson, 13. Budres, 14. Chisholm, 15. Mitchell, 16. Haase, 17. D. Robinson, 18. Lynch. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Thomas (2), 2. Chad Boat (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Justin Grant (16), 5. Jonathan Beason (18), 6. Christopher Bell (7), 7. Spencer Bayston (8), 8. Zeb Wise (12), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (17), 11. Ryan Robinson (21), 12. Cole Bodine (11), 13. Sam Johnson (23), 14. Alex Bright (14), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 16. Brady Bacon (6), 17. Tanner Carrick (15), 18. Dave Darland (13), 19. Jake Neuman (5), 20. Holly Shelton (20), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (22), 22. Jason McDougal (1), 23. Zach Daum (19). ---------------------------- **Jones flipped during the fourth qualifier. Klaasmeyer flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 McDougal, Laps 4-40 T. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jonathan Beason (18th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Sam Johnson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Russ Gamester

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-911, 2-Bacon-793, 3-Boat-781, 4-Courtney-773, 5-Grant-772, 6-Bayston-766, 7-Carrick-727, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-579, 10-Robinson-544.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 17 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - "November Classic"

 

 

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

October 21, 2018 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - 5th "Jason Leffler Memorial"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 6. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 7. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Brian Grogan (#7G Grogan), 9. Brian Jones (#51B Jones). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#74 Tucker/Boat), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 3. Cole Bodine (#39 Clauson Marshall), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cannon McIntosh (#08 McIntosh), 6. David Budres (#23 Budres), 7. Karsyn Elledge (#83 Tucker/Boat), 8. Ray Seach (#31 Budres). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson Marshall/Wood), 3. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Dave Darland (#7D Estep), 5. Jonathan Beason (#8J Hard Eight), 6. Russ Gamester (#51 G & R), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), 8. Travis Young (#11y Young). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 3. Holley Hollan (#35 Petry), 4. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Garrett Thomas (#56y Fifty6x), 7. Daryn Pittman (#21 Pittman), 8. Chase Jones (#33 RayPro). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Jason McDougal (#15 Petry), 3. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Daniel Robinson (#91 Harris), 5. McKenna Haase (#85 Tucker/Boat), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 8. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x). NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Darland, 3. Bodine, 4. Coons, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Grant, 7. Chisholm, 8. Young, 9. Budres, 10. Haase, 11. Klaasmeyer. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Bell, 3. Wise, 4. Bacon, 5. Shelton, 6. R. Robinson, 7. Hollan, 8. Johnson, 9. Elledge, 10. B. Jones. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Neuman, 3. Beason, 4. Carrick, 5. Bright, 6. D. Robinson, 7. O'Gara, 8. Seach, 9. G. Thomas. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Boat, 3. Bayston, 4. Gamester, 5. Daum, 6. Mitchell, 7. Lynch, 8. Grogan, 9. McIntosh, 10. C. Jones. NT

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Budres, 2. Haase, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Seach, 5. Grogan, 6. Elledge, 7. G. Thomas, 8. Young. NT

SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Daum, 4. Shelton, 5. R. Robinson, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Gamester, 8. Hollan, 9. O'Gara, 10. McIntosh, 11. Seach, 12. Johnson, 13. Budres, 14. Chisholm, 15. Mitchell, 16. Elledge, 17. D. Robinson, 18. Lynch. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Thomas (2), 2. Chad Boat (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Justin Grant (16), 5. Jonathan Beason (18), 6. Christopher Bell (7), 7. Spencer Bayston (8), 8. Zeb Wise (12), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (17), 11. Ryan Robinson (21), 12. Cole Bodine (11), 13. Sam Johnson (23), 14. Alex Bright (14), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 16. Brady Bacon (6), 17. Tanner Carrick (15), 18. Dave Darland (13), 19. Jake Neuman (5), 20. Holly Shelton (20), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (22), 22. Jason McDougal (1), 23. Zach Daum (19).

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**Jones flipped during the fourth qualifier. Klaasmeyer flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 McDougal, Laps 4-40 T. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jonathan Beason (18th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Sam Johnson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Russ Gamester

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-911, 2-Bacon-793, 3-Boat-781, 4-Courtney-773, 5-Grant-772, 6-Bayston-766, 7-Carrick-727, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-579, 10-Robinson-544.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 17 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - "November Classic"

 

 

GRANT WINS CRA 30-LAP "OVAL NATIONALS" TUNEUP AT PERRIS

Perris, CA........Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. passed Jake Swanson on lap nine and led the rest of the way Saturday in a final tuneup for the upcoming "Oval Nationals" at Perris Auto Speedway. Trailing Grant in the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint feature were Damion Gardner, Thomas Meseraull, Brody Roa and Austin Williams. Gardner sliced Roa's point lead to just 20 points in the process.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.354; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.369; 3. Austin Williams, 2 Jory-16.631; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.705; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.765; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 77M, Michael-16.818; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.866; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.895; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.939; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.970; 11. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.006; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.235; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.263; 14. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.289; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.372; 16. A.J. Bender, 42, Cheney-17.434; 17. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.543; 18. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.567; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.624; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98E, Ellertson-17.630; 21. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.951; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.117; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.193; 24. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.389.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Swanson, 3. Grant, 4. Malcolm, 5. C.Williams, 6. Bender, 7. Sweeney, 8. Ervine. 2:58.99

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. Chapple, 5. Johnson, 6. Waitman, 7. Ellertson, 8. Marshall. 2:57.77

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. A.Williams, 4. Meseraull, 5. Gansen, 6. Everhart, 7. Rayborne, 8. Dyer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Austin Liggett, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Isaac Chapple, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Logan Williams, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Randy Waitman, 15. Matt McCarthy, 16. Verne Sweeney, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 21. Austin Ervine, 22. Tony Everhart, 23. Max Adams. NT --------------------------- **Dyer flipped during the third heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Roa, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-30 Grant

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (6th to 1st)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-1,362, 2-Gardner-1,342, 3-A.Williams-1,176, 4-C.Williams-1,065, 5-Swanson-1,012, 6-Johnson-945, 7-Adams-943, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9-L.Williams-834, 10-Gansen-783.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 2 & 3 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "51st Western World Championships" - co-sanctioned with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars

 

 

MIHOCKO LEADS FINAL 3 TO TAKE "RACE FOR THE CURE" AT PEORIA

Peoria, AZ........Tye Mihocko of Peoria, Ariz. won Saturday night's "Race for the Cure" Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint race at his home track, Canyon Speedway Park. He led the final three laps after Stevie Sussex, who led laps 21-27, flipped. Mike Martin finished second, while Rick Ziehl was third ahead of Asa Kesterson and Sussex, who was placed fifth.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Race For The Cure"

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 5. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 6. Austin Kuehl (#34X Team AZ), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 8. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Kuehl, 2. Sussex, 3. Davis, 4. Martin, 5. Ziehl, 6. Kesterson, 7. Most, 8. Mihocko. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Rick Ziehl, 4. Asa Kesterson, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Tyler Most, 7. Austin Kuehl, 8. Charles Davis Jr. NT ---------------------------- **Davis and Sussex flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Kuehl, Laps 4-20 Martin, Laps 21-27 Sussex, Laps 28-30 Mihocko.

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (5th to 1st)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-1,168, 2-Mihocko-1,057, 3-Martin-1,014, 4-Michael Curtis-802, 5-Matt Lundy-691, 6-Chris Bonneau-666, 7-R.J. Johnson-558, 8-Most-558, 9-Andy Reinbold-546, 10-Dennis Gile-541.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 27 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway - "Howl-O-Ween Bash"

 

 

SANTA MARIA DIRT FINALE CANCELLED

Santa Maria, CA........Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Dirt finale was cancelled, leaving Tyler Slay as the 2018 series champion. The pavement series resumes October 27-28 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway

RACE CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENTRIES -----------------------------

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Adam Lemke-1,128, 2-Joey Iest-895, 3-Johnny Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-509, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Toni Breidinger-302, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Ashley Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryant Bell-127.

FINAL USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Tyler Slay-361, 2-Adam Lemke-323, 3-Joey Iest-272, 4-Ashley Heredia-146, 5-Keoni Texeira-137, 6-Ariel Biggs-82, 7-Jimmy May-75, 8-Blake Brannon-70, 9-James Prickett-69, 10-Mike Leach-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACES: October 27-28 - Stockton (CA) 99 Speedway

 

 

LEFFLER MEMORIAL LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV SUNDAY

Wayne City, Illinois.........Speed Shift TV will have live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets' return to Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, for the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial" this Sunday, October 21.

The event honors the memory of the late, four-time USAC National champion with a 40-lap finale that offers $10,000 big ones to the winner. It's also the final race for the series in the Midwest this season.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval has been home to the event since 2013 with such winners as Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon, who returns as the reigning winner of the "Leffler Memorial."

Along with Oklahomans Bacon and Pittman, plus Illinoisan Daum, expect to see a jam-packed, talented lineup of 2018 series winners, including point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. and Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. along with Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, Ione, California's Justin Grant and Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise as well as reigning series champ Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. and Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala.

The race will be held utilizing a format awarding position advancement through the prelims. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events, concluding with the 40-lap A-Main. The event will offer 10 appearance points toward this year's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings.

The $10,000-to-win event will have the pits open at noon on raceday. The front gates open at 2pm with cars hitting the track at 4pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids age 12 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Live video will be on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You may also listen to the race via live audio on the USAC app. Furthermore, full coverage of the race will be available, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ the day following the race.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

ROA-GARDNER USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR BATTLE RESUMES AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 16, 2018... The championship battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series resumes this Saturday, October 20th, at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the nineteenth point race will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. The spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track." will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 209 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 45 main event wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. This season, Gardner and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams lead all drivers with two “home track” victories and Justin Grant triumphed on June 23rd. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to Perris, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 30-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa charged from fourteenth to third at Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic” on September 29th. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led to his credit. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid with a victory this Saturday night.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored his fifth win of the season at Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, eleven heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has eighty career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a Perris triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point chase. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams finished eighth in the September 29th “Hall of Fame Classic.” To date, Williams has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career wins and will be looking for another “home track” victory.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams finished tenth in the San Tan Valley, Arizona main event. At press time, the 2010 Victorville Champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson won the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” opener and scored fifth the following night. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, three Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led on the season. Jake has two career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to earn his first win at Perris.

Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, R.J. Johnson, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Verne Sweeney, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Austin Liggett, Trent Williams, Justin Grant, “T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, and more.

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

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1292, 2. Damion Gardner-1262, 3. Austin Williams-1108, 4. Cody Williams-1012, 5. Jake Swanson-947, 6. Max Adams-912, 7. R.J. Johnson- 898, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-789, 10. Chris Gansen-750, 11. Tommy Malcolm-600, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-436, 15. Joel Rayborne-401, 16. Austin Ervine-359, 17. Verne Sweeney-309, 18. Matt Rossi-258, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-256, 20. Austin Liggett-252.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LEFFLER MEMORIAL RETURNS SUNDAY TO WAYNE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois.........The USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets will race in the memory of four-time USAC National champion Jason Leffler this Sunday, October 21, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, for the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial."

The event positions itself as the final Midwest series' race this season before heading west for California to round out the year, providing fans in the area one last time to enjoy the action before the sun sets on the 2018 racing calendar.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval has been home to the event since 2013 with such winners as Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., who returns as the reigning winner of the "Leffler Memorial."

In that event, Bacon led the final 33 laps to capture an emotional victory - the first for car owner Frank Manafort and a meaningful win for USAC Hall of Fame crew chief and car builder Bob East who guided Leffler to two of his three USAC National Midget titles as well as a Silver Crown championship.

It's been an intensely competitive season with no single driver earning more than two victories. Series point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. has won both of his races on bullrings this year at a pair of one-sixth mile venues - the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin and at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. Sunday will mark Seavey's "Leffler Memorial" debut on the one-eighth-mile in Wayne City.

Second through eighth in the points is a log jam involving seven drivers and five different teams separated by only 82 points. Bacon is second, 118 behind the leader, with multi-time winner Chad Boat of Phoenix, Arizona trailing in third just 12 points behind Bacon.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney (4th in points) is the most recent winner in the series, taking the checkered at Eldora Speedway in September and is one of three Clauson Marshall Racing drivers in the top-ten of the standings. All three of the CMR drivers have been in victory lane this season with Courtney taking a pair at Kokomo and Eldora. Justin Grant, the only driver this season to win in all three USAC National divisions, is fifth in the standings. The Ione, Calif. driver won in July at Jefferson County Speedway in Nebraska. Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. (9th in points) made a spectacular return after being sidelined for two months due to injury, winning the Pennsylvania Midget Week opener at Lanco and becoming the youngest winner in the history of the series. It was the 2016 "Leffler Memorial" where the CMR team made its debut, finishing 20th with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Reigning series champ Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. has been in the same boat as Wise, suffering an injury that put him on the shelf for a little while, but returned full speed with authority in the most recent race at Eldora where he ran up front until a major shunt took him out of contention. He stands sixth in the standings along with fellow Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammates Tanner Carrick of Lincoln, Calif. (7th) and Foresthill, California's Ryan Robinson (10th) also in the top-ten of the points.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. is eighth in points for Joe Dooling's team which won the 2015 edition of the "Leffler Memorial" at Wayne City with driver Bryan Clauson. Thomas leads the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, but has also found success in the midgets, winning at both Kokomo and at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans.

The race honors the late, great Jason Leffler. In the late 1990s, Leffler made tracks big and small his personal playground as he raced to three consecutive Midget titles in 1997-98-99 and 19 career USAC National Midget feature wins in some of the most prestigious races, including the "Belleville Midget Nationals," "Hut Hundred," "Copper World Classic," "Summer Sizzle," "Turkey Night Grand Prix," and the "Night Before the 500" between 1997 and 2005. Though Leffler may have been small in stature, his legacy in the sport of midget racing remains that of a giant.

The Wayne City dirt oval is a true bullring, regularly producing spectacular wheel-banging, ultra-competitive action that has become the norm on this southern Illinois soil nestled between farmland during this harvest season.

The race will be held utilizing a format awarding position advancement through the prelims. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events, concluding with the 40-lap A-Main. The event will offer 10 appearance points toward this year's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings.

The $10,000-to-win event will have the pits open at noon on raceday. The front gates open at 2pm with cars hitting the track at 4pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids age 12 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35 apiece.

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-901, 2-Brady Bacon-783, 3-Chad Boat-771, 4-Tyler Courtney-763, 5-Justin Grant-762, 6-Spencer Bayston-756, 7-Tanner Carrick-717, 8-Tyler Thomas-701, 9-Zeb Wise-569, 10-Ryan Robinson-534.

PAST "JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL" WINNERS: 2013: Zach Daum, 2014: Daryn Pittman, 2015: Bryan Clauson, 2016: Brady Bacon

 

 

NOLAN ALLISON WINS DELAYED "RODNEY COOK CLASSIC"

Altamahaw, NC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. won Sunday night's 35-lap "Rodney Cook Classic" at Ace Speedway. The race had been delayed one day after power outages plaqued the facility after Hurricane Michael. Jake Garcia finished second ahed of Jessica Bean, Chris Lamb and Neal Allison.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: October 14, 2018 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway - "Rodney Cook Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Murray, 22, Murray-15.552; 2. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.615; 3. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.617' 4. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.645; 5. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.675; 6. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.762; 7. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-15.780; 8. Levi Riffle, 75, Riffle-15.855; 9. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16.110; 10. Doug Patton, 39, Patton-25.309'

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jake Garcia, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Chris Lamb, 5. Neal Allison, 6. Connor Gross, 7. Alex Murray, 8. Levi Riffle, 9. Jordan Empie, 10. Doug Patton. NT --------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS:Laps 1-5 Layser. Lap 6 Nolan Allison, Lap 7 Layser, Laps 8-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-788, 2-Nolan Allison-745, 3-Neal Allison-722, 4-Jordan Empie-592, 5-Sam Hatfield-481, 6-Connor Gross-438, 7-Chris Lamb-425, 8-Levi Riffle-327, 9-Dameron Taylor-245, 10-Alex Murray-180.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: October 27 - Spotsylvania, Va. - Dominion Raceway

 

 

SWANSON SIGNS WITH NOLEN RACING FOR 2019 USAC SILVER CROWN RUN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Whiteland, Indiana.........Four-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson has signed with Nolen Racing to run the full 2019 USAC Silver Crown schedule.

Kingsburg, California's Swanson, who set the all-time Silver Crown wins record with his 24th victory last August at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, became a free agent following the closure of DePalma Motorsports earlier this week, whom he had raced for since the 2013 season and had accumulated 21 career wins with.

The Whiteland, Indiana-based Nolen Racing team has won 11 career Silver Crown races since the 1991 season with drivers Johnny Parsons, Jim Keeker, Tony Elliott, Shane Hollingsworth and Chris Windom. However, the team has yet to claim its first Silver Crown title. This past year, Nolen ran two cars full-time, finishing third and fifth in the series' standings with drivers Windom and Jerry Coons, Jr., respectively.

For 2019, the team will run one car on the Silver Crown trail for Swanson, who in 2018, raced a Gene Nolen-owned car to victory at the Payless Little 500, a grueling, 500-lap sprint car race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway. The win was Swanson's second in the race and Nolen's first.

Swanson scored five wins in a row this past summer, setting a new mark for consecutive triumphs. Interestingly enough, Swanson's run was stopped by a Nolen Racing car, which was driven by Windom to two-straight wins on the Illinois miles in Springfield and Du Quoin.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV HAS USAC SPRINTS LIVE FROM TERRE HAUTE THIS FRIDAY

Terre Haute, Indiana (October 10, 2018).........The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' final Midwest race of the season will be LIVE on Speed Shift TV this Friday, October 12, from the Terre Haute Action Track!

The "Wabash Clash" will feature a class field of top guns, three of which are entangled in a tight championship race separated by only 62 points. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings. Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, second in the standings, has won twice already at Terre Haute this season and is aiming to become the first driver since Levi Jones in 2005 to win three at Terre Haute in a single season. Chris Windom of Canton, Ill., is third in the standings, 62 back, and leads all active drivers with four career USAC Sprint wins at the famed half-mile.

Also on board to clash along the Wabash are Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon, who won the series' most recent stop at Terre Haute in September. Dave Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., is the winningest driver in the history of the series and returns to the site of where victory numero uno occurred for him in 1993. Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon is a two-time USAC Sprint Car winner at Terre Haute in 2012 and again in 2016.

C.J. Leary has not yet won in a USAC Sprint Car at Terre Haute, but is a veteran of victory lane in a Silver Crown car there back in 2016. The hottest driver in the series of late has been Justin Grant of Ione, Calif, who's won two of the last three. Like Leary, he's looking to break into the win column for the first time at Terre Haute in a USAC Sprint Car, but he did win in a Silver Crown car back in April of this year.

Coverage of the race will also be LIVE on the USAC app with free audio. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

If you're heading to the track, general admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

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THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK; A LEGENDARY PLACE FOR LEGENDARY RACERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........The Terre Haute Action Track is complete with legends. But, perhaps even more so, it's those drivers who make the Terre Haute Action Track a legend itself.

After all, the drivers who've won on the Terre Haute half-mile make up the top-16 on the list of all-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winners. That inherently means that these drivers get the job done pretty much anywhere they go regardless of the track and it's the racing heroes who've made the Action Track spectacular over the past six decades.

Terre Haute is the home of the next stop on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule this Friday, October 12, for the "Wabash Clash." The 160th points race for the series at Terre Haute will feature today's USAC racing heroes, ones who have established their track record of success at the famed western Indiana venue.

You can even trace all the way back to 30th in all-time USAC National Sprint career victories - Jerry Coons, Jr. and Bud Kaeding. Yep, they've both won at Terre Haute. But none have reached victory lane here more than Gary Bettenhausen and Jack Hewitt with eight apiece. Unsurprisingly, both reside in the top-eight in all-time USAC Sprint wins. Bettenhausen is eighth with 40 wins and Hewitt fourth after notching 46 victories.

All the drivers in between in terms of all-time wins - Dave Darland, Tom Bigelow, Tracy Hines, Larry Dickson, Pancho Carter and Bryan Clauson - have won at Terre Haute too.

Among the drivers expected to compete Friday at Terre Haute, nobody owns more victories in the seat of a USAC Sprint Car than Canton, Ill. driver Chris Windom with four scores. All those victories have come in the Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5, with a pair in 2011 and another two tacked on to his tally in October of 2016 and September of 2017.

There's five of who have won twice apiece at Terre Haute, including Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., who just won there at the most recent visit in September. He has a shot to become the second driver this season to win two-straight USAC Sprint Car races at Terre Haute, equaling what Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. did during May and July of this year for his first two career triumphs at the famed track. There have never been multiple repeat winners within a single season of USAC Sprint Car racing at Terre Haute.

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland has an interesting attribute in that his two career USAC Sprint Car wins at Terre Haute came 21 years apart from each other (1993-2014). No other driver has even come close to equaling that record of success, endurance and longevity.

It took a while for series point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. to return to Terre Haute victory lane once again at Terre Haute last October, four years following his breakthrough in 2013 in which he engaged in a wild late-race duel with Darland to get the win. Chase Stockon also took a four-year gap between his two, first coming in 2012 and then again in the summer of 2016 for the Fort Branch, Indiana driver at the track he considers home sweet home.

None of these are a given to win this Friday. The unpredictability of racing is a big reason of why we love this stuff. In fact, 19 drivers have earned their first career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Terre Haute including Jim Hurtubise (1961), Bobby Marshman (1963), Gary Bettenhausen (1968), Jim McElreath (1970), George Snider (1971), Joe Saldana & Mel Cornett (1973), Sheldon Kinser (1974), Chuck Gurney (1976), Chet Johnson (1982), Rusty McClure (1992), Darland (1993), J.J. Yeley (1997), Tony Jones, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Terry Pletch (1999), Richard Griffin (2000) and Aaron Farney (2015).

Additionally, you have those current established stars who've yet to have their breakthrough at Terre Haute in USAC National Sprint Car competition, including C.J. Leary and Justin Grant, both of whom have won in a Silver Crown car there, plus Carson Short and Kyle Cummins among others.

Perhaps a new hero of the Action Track will emerge. Perhaps it will be one from a crop of drivers who'll reaffirm their position as an Action Track hero of today. Either way, the storyline writes itself as it has time and time again - 159 times before.

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday, October 12, with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

General admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

Fans can watch Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

ALL-TIME TERRE HAUTE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

(8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

(6) J.J. Yeley, Bubby Jones & Sheldon Kinser

(5) Jim Hurtubise, Jon Stanbrough, Levi Jones & Rich Vogler

(4) Bud Kaeding, Chris Windom & Roger McCluskey

(3) Cary Faas, Daron Clayton, Don Branson, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Joe Saldana, Pancho Carter, Rick Hood, Steve Butler & Tracy Hines

(2) Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Chase Stockon, Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Dick Tobias, Greg Weld, Johnny Rutherford, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow & Tyler Courtney

(1) A.J. Foyt, Aaron Farney, Andy Linden, Billy Cassella, Bobby Marshman, Bobby Unser, Brad Sweet, Bryan Clauson, Charlie Masters, Chet Johnson, Chuck Gurney, Doug Kalitta, Ed Elisian, Eddie Leavitt, Eddie Sachs, Frankie Kerr, George Snider, James McElreath, Jan Opperman, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Kevin Thomas, Larry Dickson, Larry Rice, Mel Cornett, Richard Griffin, Robbie Stanley, Ron Shuman, Rusty McClure, Sam Sessions, Steve Chassey, Steve Kinser, Terry Pletch, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tony Elliott, Tony Jones & Tray House

 

 

DEPALMA MOTORSPORTS LEAVES ON TOP AFTER 5 STRAIGHT SILVER CROWN TITLES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lima, Ohio (October 9, 2018).........DePalma Motorsports, one of the most iconic and successful teams in the history of the USAC Silver Crown series, is riding into the sunset on top of their game, announcing that their 2018 championship season was the last for the Lima, Ohio-based team.

It concludes a magical five-year run with Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. DePalma Motorsports itself won the Silver Crown owner title each year they had Swanson as their full-time driver between 2014 and 2018. Swanson himself won Silver Crown driving titles in the DePalma No. 63 in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

The accomplishment of five consecutive series titles set by the team had never been seen before in the series, snapping the series record for streaking (four) set by Bob East/Tony Stewart Racing between 2002 and 2005 as well as Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, which grabbed four in a row from 2010 to 2013.

Along the way, Swanson and the DePalmas rewrote the record book, one of which Silver Crown participants will be chasing for years and years. Regardless of dirt or pavement, the combo was always up front.

This past year, Swanson and the DePalmas won five-straight races, breaking Jack Hewitt's long-standing, 32-year-old record of four-straight Silver Crown wins set in 1986. The last of Swanson's five wins, at Indiana's Salem Speedway, was the ultimate. Kody drove to his 24th career victory in the Silver Crown Champ Car Series, overtaking the top spot on the all-time win list.

With all that said, the accolades and the broken records have put the DePalmas at the pinnacle of the sport, but it's the people of racing that car owner Tony DePalma is going to miss the most.

"I've met a lot of good people in this sport and built a lot of great relationships," DePalma said. "It's been a pleasure to know a lot of people in this sport and it's really one of the most rewarding things besides, obviously, winning races. It's been really neat to get to know Kody's family and friends over the last several years. It's also fun to get to know our competitors. Yeah, they're the people we competed against, but most of them I view as friends. That's the most rewarding thing."

DePalma returned to Silver Crown racing in 2002, inheriting his uncle Ralph's stable of race cars after his passing. DePalma owned cars had notable runs with driver Mike Brecht in the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, turning in a 3rd in 2004 and a 2nd in 2006.

Following his father Jim's passing, the cars were mothballed so to speak before the family team returned in 2010, then hit the circuit full steam when they put Swanson full-time in the seat for the 2014 season and quickly found the magic touch that Tony's father and uncle used to claim the 1984 Silver Crown owner title with driver Dave Blaney.

The familiar sight of the No. 63 up front has been commonplace, and it will certainly be a change to see for those in the stands and those on the track, but also to the DePalma team.

"No doubt about it, we're going to miss it," DePalma admitted. "'We're going to miss the camaraderie, the anticipation and the anxiety of competing. We were always pretty stoked and focused, and it was a standing joke of 'hey, pass the bottle of antacid.' We were really uptight about each and every race, but that's part of the reason we did well is because we put so much into it."

The team put all they had into it and then some as they raised their game to exemplary heights. However, DePalma felt now was the right time to make the exit for a myriad of reasons.

"I saw my kids starting to miss things with their kids; that was one piece of it," DePalma began. "There are other things I want to pursue and have started to put into motion a little bit. I'm missing some of the things I shouldn't be missing. Long story short, what took me over the edge was, what a better exit point than this? We were going to have to exit at some point in time anyway. Maybe it's premature, but I've always believed, when I've looked at athletes in various sports, I've always scratched my head thinking 'why didn't you get out when you were on top?'"

As crazy as it seems now, Kody was still seen as primarily a "pavement specialist" at the time and was tabbed as the driver for the blacktop while he searched for rides on the dirt to prove himself as a capable shoe. He recorded a 2nd, 5th and another 2nd in the first three pavement outings for DePalma during that initial season together in 2013. For 2014, Kody was handed the keys to both the pavement and dirt rides and he hasn't missed a beat since, reeling off 21 wins together with the DePalmas, more than any other driver/team combination in the history of the series.

"These last five years and the relationships that my family and I have had with the DePalma family and this team have been career and life changing," Swanson said. "When we met, I may have been more at a breaking point than a crossroads in my career, and along with a few other key people, this family and race team gave me a chance to continue and an incredible opportunity to be part of something special. Over the years we were blessed to gel as a team, but developed further than that, and into a family of our own. Everyone that has been involved has gotten along together so well. We have developed relationships personally that treat each other like family, maybe even better in some cases, and has become a team that almost any and every other would pale in comparison to."

"I am extremely grateful to have raced and become friends with each and every member of this team, and for the sacrifices that each of them, and their families, have made as part of this team," Swanson continued. "It has been such a unique situation, and something not easily found in an entire team across any sport. Everyone involved gave it their all, without hesitation, and wanted to compete together for all the right reasons. We all wanted to do our best, and everyone put in all the effort they could to try to win races together. You simply can't ask for anything more than that in a team, and what we've been able to accomplish together has been incredible and something I am so thankful for my family and I to have been a part of."

 

 

YOUNG USAC SPRINT STARS CLIMBING ALL-TIME WIN LIST

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

One of the most fun things for a stat geek to look up is, you guessed it, stats. One of the more interesting stats for a fan of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing and an appreciation of its history is the list of career feature wins.

As we ride into a venue that has played a large part of that history, Indiana's Terre Haute Haute Action Track, this Friday, October 12 for the "Wabash Clash," one aspect of the list that has been quite noticeable this year is the rise of a few of the series' young stars up the rankings and compare how they stack up with those who came before them.

Notably, you can look to the top-four drivers in the USAC National Sprint Car points: Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom and Brady Bacon. All drivers who are in their prime, in their 20s, living it up on the track in the glory days of today.

With six victories this season, Cullman, Alabama's Thomas has climbed into the top-20 alongside legends A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey with 23 career wins, which he's racked up in a hurry. Seven last year and six already this year with six races remaining has put him at 13 over the past two years. With another season or two of putting up similar numbers, KT would find himself in the top-10 all-time in a hurry where Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler stand tied with 35 wins apiece.

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., has the "lowest" total of the bunch with 16, but relatively, he's just getting started. He's already picked off 10 this year to climb to 32nd on the list, tied with Damion Gardner. Courtney's already become a part of the record book this past September at the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, marking the tenth occasion a driver has reached at least 10 series wins in a season.

Windom is an already-established USAC star who's collected two national championships to his ever-growing resume. The 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 Sprint Car champ, who hails from Canton, Ill., has steadily worked his way up the list to 28th with 19 career wins with three triumphs this season.

When Bacon won recently at Terre Haute in September, the victory sent him to 22 career wins for 23rd place on the list, equaling Rick Hood, Bubby Jones and Sam Sessions. That score was the fourth of the season for the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver in his own Brady Bacon Racing No. 99.

Of course, they're all chasing the king of USAC National Sprint Cars, the one who's made more starts (731) and earned more victories (62) than any driver in the history of the series and lies fifth in the current standings right behind this group. He's had a resurgent year with three wins and definitely appears capable of pushing his records further out of reach for all those who trail him.

One thing all these drivers have in common is they've won at the Terre Haute Action Track in the seat of a USAC National Sprint Car. To be the best, you're going to have to tame one of the most legendary racetracks of them all. This Friday night, each will have a chance to do that as they not only climb up the all-time USAC rankings, but those of The Action Track as well.

Windom's won there four times. Bacon, Thomas and Courtney have two as does Darland. Odds are one of these will be part of the headline this time come Friday.

Despite that, future wins and successes can't be predicted, and drivers have to be at or near the top of their game for a long-time to put up the kinds of numbers Darland has. Thomas, Courtney, Windom and Bacon have sustained their successes for a while now and show no signs of slowing down. Time can only tell what the future will hold, but first things first. We'll see who tames Terre Haute first this Friday, shall we?

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday, October 12, with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

General admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

Fans can watch Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS:

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

9. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

10. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

12. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

13. [28 wins] Robert Ballou, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

16. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

18. [25 wins] Steve Butler & Jay Drake

20. [23 wins] A.J. Foyt, Roger McCluskey & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

23. [22 wins] Brady Bacon, Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions

27. [21 wins] Greg Weld

28. [19 wins] Chris Windom

29. [17 wins] Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones & Bud Kaeding

32. [16 wins] Tyler Courtney & Damion Gardner

34. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler

38. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman & Bruce Walkup

42. [13 wins] Don Branson & Steve Chassey

44. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

45. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Greg Leffler & Chase Stockon

48. [10 wins] Justin Grant & Tony Stewart

50. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

53. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

58. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, C.J. Leary, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

69. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

77. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh & Cole Whitt

93. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

104. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Ralph Liguori, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

126. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

155. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Bill Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jason McDougal, Jim McElreath, Bobby Olivero, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Jiggs Peters, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter, Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth


 

4TH ANNUAL JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 SET FOR DEC. 15 IN Du QUOIN

Du Quoin, Illinois (October 8, 2018).........The fourth running of the "Junior Knepper 55" returns to the USAC Midget calendar on Saturday, December 15 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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

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

"Derek and I are very excited to announce the fourth running of the "Junior Knepper 55," Nick Knepper said. "The previous versions of this event have been tremendous, and we will continue to build upon our past successes. I'd like to thank my family, friends, and USAC for the continued support. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Southern Illinois Center on December 15th."

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

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

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Cars are scheduled to get on track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups. Event times, ticket prices and additional information will be announced in the near future.

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WABASH CLASH BRINGS USAC SPRINTS
TO TERRE HAUTE FRIDAY FOR MIDWEST FINALE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........The Midwest season finale for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars can be a bittersweet symphony. So much good racing, yet so little time remains to witness it as the clock winds down on 2018.

But, as it is with racing and stick and ball sports, when time runs short in a close battle, the pressure and intensity increase, which rises the crowd to its feet to see who's up to the challenge and who will succeed.

This Friday, October 12, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points battle comes to a head at the Hoosier State's lone half-mile dirt oval, the Terre Haute Action Track, for the "Wabash Clash" with the top-three in the standings separated by a mere 62 markers.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings by 34 points over Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. Thomas has won twice at Terre Haute in his USAC Sprint Car career, first taking the checkered in 2013 and once again in October of 2017. Thomas has scored six wins on the trail this year as he seeks his first USAC National title and the 12th owner title for Dynamics, Inc.

Courtney is the winningest driver in the series this year with 10 victories as he aims to track down Tom Bigelow's single-season win record of 14, set in 1977 with just six races remaining. Among the ten victories this season are a pair at Terre Haute, back in May and July. With another victory Friday, Courtney would become the first driver since Levi Jones in 2005 to win three USAC National Sprint Car features at Terre Haute in a season.

Windom is third in the standings, 62 back, and in search of becoming the first back-to-back series champ since 2012 and 2013. Terre Haute has been a playground of success for the Canton, Ill. driver over the years. He has four wins in USAC Sprint Car competition at Terre Haute, including twice in 2011, and once each in October of 2016 and in September of 2017.

Behind the race between the top-three is a battle for fourth that involves four drivers separated by just 43 points back to seventh: Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, C.J. Leary and Chase Stockon.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon may be fourth and out of contention for a third series title, but the 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist remains a threat to win any race down the stretch. Bacon is the most recent victor at Terre Haute back in September where he led the remaining 25 laps to score his second career victory at the track following his first win there in 2014.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., is the all-time leader in terms of USAC National Sprint Car victories with 62, yet only two of those have come at the track where the 1999 series champ made his series debut in 1986. The first of those two victories came in 1993, where he earned his first career series win. It took 21 years for him to follow it up with another score in 2014. He was in contention last October at Terre Haute, recording fast qualifying time, winning his heat and nearly pulling off another win at the famed half-mile.

Leary led the first five laps in September's round at Terre Haute on his way to a fourth-place finish. Leary's won once this season at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, but the Greenfield, Ind. driver has been on a bit of run lately despite a spill at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway in September. From the time of the last Terre Haute race leading into Lawrenceburg, Leary had put together finishes of 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd and 2nd. Leary is a past USAC winner at Terre Haute, capturing the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown race in 2016.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon is a two-time USAC Sprint Car winner at Terre Haute in 2012 and again in 2016. He won the season-opening race in Ocala, Fla. back in February, but hasn't found victory lane since. It was near this point last year in which Stockon found his second wind, ripping off a pair of victories to close out his season on a strong note. Along with his current consecutive starts streak that leads all drivers, Stockon has the longest current streak of top-five finishes in the final USAC National Sprint standings, dating to 2013.

Interestingly, the top-eight in the series standing have all won in USAC National competition at Terre Haute, including the hottest driver in the series of late, Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. Grant won the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown race earlier this April for his first win at Terre Haute. Grant has won two of the last three USAC National Sprint Car features after a 59-race winless drought with victories at Indiana's Kokomo and Lawrenceburg Speedways to close out the month of September.

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday, October 12, with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

General admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

Fans can watch Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2397, 2-Tyler Courtney-2363, 3-Chris Windom-2335, 4-Brady Bacon-2081, 5-Dave Darland-2063, 6-C.J. Leary-2043, 7-Chase Stockon-2038, 8-Justin Grant-1947, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Isaac Chapple-1383.

ALL-TIME TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

(8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

(6) J.J. Yeley, Bubby Jones & Sheldon Kinser

(5) Jim Hurtubise, Jon Stanbrough, Levi Jones & Rich Vogler

(4) Bud Kaeding, Chris Windom & Roger McCluskey

(3) Cary Faas, Daron Clayton, Don Branson, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Joe Saldana, Pancho Carter, Rick Hood, Steve Butler & Tracy Hines

(2) Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Chase Stockon, Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Dick Tobias, Greg Weld, Johnny Rutherford, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow & Tyler Courtney

(1) A.J. Foyt, Aaron Farney, Andy Linden, Billy Cassella, Bobby Marshman, Bobby Unser, Brad Sweet, Bryan Clauson, Charlie Masters, Chet Johnson, Chuck Gurney, Doug Kalitta, Ed Elisian, Eddie Leavitt, Eddie Sachs, Frankie Kerr, George Snider, James McElreath, Jan Opperman, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Kevin Thomas, Larry Dickson, Larry Rice, Mel Cornett, Richard Griffin, Robbie Stanley, Ron Shuman, Rusty McClure, Sam Sessions, Steve Chassey, Steve Kinser, Terry Pletch, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tony Elliott, Tony Jones & Tray House

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

Santa Maria, CA........Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. locked up the 2018 USAC West Coast Sprint car championship Saturday night, while Ryan Timmons of Pleasant Hill, Calif. won the series finale, leading all 30 laps at Santa Maria Raceway. Tristan Guardino finished second in the final race as Trent Carter took third ahead of Danny Faria Jr. and Steve Hix.

October 6, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Championship Night” – co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.661; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-13.874; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.011; 4. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-14.153; 5. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.283; 6. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.287; 7. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.312; 8. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.319; 9. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.321; 10. Ryan Timmons, 29T,Timmons-14.458; 11. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.461; 12. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.470; 13. Kyler Shaw, 92, Shaw-14.486; 14. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.608; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.636; 16. Bill Jones, 16J, Herrera-14.727; 17. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-14.866; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-15.061; 19. Tyler Most, 3, Most-15.163; 20. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.439; 21. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-15.615; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-16.348.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Guardino, 3. Timmons, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Ky.Shaw, 6. Jones, 7. Ervine, 8. Most. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Rutherford, 3. Cling, 4. Carter, 5. Hendricks, 6. Bock, 7. Herrera. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Wiley, 2. Liggett, 3. McQueen, 4. Mihocko, 5. Ko.Shaw, 6. Edwards, 7. Stolz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Timmons, 2. Tristan Guardino, 3. Trent Carter, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Steve Hix, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Kyler Shaw, 8. Koen Shaw, 9. Britton Bock, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. James Herrera, 12. Ricky Kirkbride, 13. Austin Ervine, 14. Kyle Edwards, 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Tyler Most, 17. Troy Rutherford, 18. Tom Hendricks, 19. Brandon Wiley, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Ryan Stolz, 22. Bill Jones. NT ---------------------------- **Rutherford flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Timmons SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: James Herrera (20th to 11th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 21&22 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “Turkey Night Grand Prix” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

Santa Maria, CA........Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget race at Santa Maria Raceway, protecting his series points lead in the process. Alex Schutte finished second to stay close in the standings, with Maria Cofer, Cody Swanson and Jake Swanson rounding out the "top-five" at the finish.

October 6, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.155; 2. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-14.179; 3. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-14.208; 4. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-14.263; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.306; 6. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-14.418; 7. Frankie Guerrini, 9F, Dodenhoff-14.468; 8. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-14.473; 9. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-14.577; 10. Buddy Kofoid, 73, Ford-14.583; 11. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.676; 12. Michelle Decker, 7, McQueen-15.272; 13. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.416; 14. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman,15.528; 15. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15, Hazelton-16.107; 16. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. C.Swanson, 3. Dalby, 4. J.Swanson, 5. Guerrini, 6. Sarna, 7. Nichols, 8. Hazelton-Heredia. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cofer, 2. Faccinto, 3. Prickett, 4. Anderson, 5. Decker, 6. Kofoid, 7. Beilman, 8. Josett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Alex Schutte, 3. Maria Cofer, 4. Cody Swanson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Frankie Guerrini, 8. David Prickett, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Michelle Decker, 11. Kyle Beilman, 12. Daniel Anderson, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15. Buddy Kofoid, 16. Robby Josett. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faccinto.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Beilman (14th to 11th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: October 27 – Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

 

WILSON WINS TITLE AS SMITH GRABS OKLAHOMA FINALE

Meeker, Okla.,,,,,,,,Bratt Wilson of Sapulpa, Okla. is the 2018 USAC Wingless Sprnts Oklahoma Champion following a nail-biting finish in the series finale Friday night at Red Dirt Raceway. Wilson finished 10th in the 25-lap feature but it was good enough to edge Cameron Hagin by four points and Danny Smith by 12 in the final tally. Smith, of Sapulpa, won the feature over Johnny Kent, Hagin, Ty Hulsey and Tim Kent.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2018 - Meeker, Oklahoma - Red Dirt Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 2. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 3. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 4. Jeffery Newell (#22X Newell), 5. Ryan Dean (#79x Dean), 8. Donovan Wise (#83 Taylor), 7. Duane Forsgren (#16 Forsgren). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Tyre II (#T16 Tyre). 2. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 3. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 4. Noah Gass (#20G Gass), 5. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 6. David McDuffee (#43 McDuffie), 7. Ryan Padgett (#98 Padgett). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 2. Casey Wills (#31X Wills), 3. Joshua Tyre (#4 Admire), 4. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 5. Jerry Jumper (#3X Jumper), 6. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 7. Roy Entze II (#2E Entze). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Danny Smith, 2. Johnny Kent, 3. Cameron Hagin, 4. Ty Hulsey, 5. Tim Kent, 6. Noah Gass, 7. Ryan Padgett, 9. Jeffery Newell, 9. Craig Carroll, 10. Brett Wilson, 11. Cody Jarvis, 12. Roy Entze II, 13. Michael Tyre II, 14. Donovan Wise, 15. Jerry Jumper, 16. Daune Forsgren, 17. David McDuffee, 18. Grant Wresche, 19. Casey Wills, 20. Ryan Dean. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Smith.

FINAL USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Wilson-1,360, 2-Hagin-1,356, 3-Smith-1,348, 4-J.Kent-1,286, 5-Tyre II-1,282, 6-Wills-1,207, 7-Carroll-1,082, 8-Wresche-1,034, 9-Jarvis-1,005, 10-Hulsey-934.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 3, 2018... The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water is back in action this Saturday, October 6th at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the ninth point race will also showcase the USAC West Coast vs Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Saturday event will be the 38th appearance of the “mighty midgets” at Santa Maria Raceway. Ron “Sleepy” Tripp, the all-time series leader with 104 victories, won the Santa Maria debut on May 11, 1985 and leads all drivers with six wins. In the last two appearances, Michael Faccinto was victorious on April 28th and “The Demon” Damion Gardner topped the August 11th “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” J.R. Lawson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.667, set on August 26, 1995 and a complete series win list at Santa Maria is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Santa Maria, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) holds a slim 11-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto led five laps at Ventura on September 15th before running second to Ronnie Gardner. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael has seven career victories and will be looking to continue his championship bid with another Santa Maria triumph.

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte finished sixteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, six heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight wins to his credit and will have his sights on the Saturday night victory.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) is third in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. Racing his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett rebounded to score third in Ventura’s September 17th main event. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led to his credit. Josett has four series wins and will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby led the first three laps at Ventura Raceway before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. Robert will have his sights on his first series win at Santa Maria.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth USAC Western States Midget point standings. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #24X Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett scored ninth in the September 15th main event. At press time, the 2012 Western Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led on the year. David has one USAC win and will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Currently ninth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Shannon McQueen, Clayton Ruston, Randi Pankratz, Frankie Guerrini, Marvin Mitchell, Maria Cofer, Dylan Ito, Jake Swanson, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Terry Nichols, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Military, Seniors, and Student (17-13) Tickets are $15, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, 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 USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Shane Golobic, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner.

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

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-552, 2. Alex Schutte-541, 3. Robby Josett-514, 4. Robert Dalby-451, 5. David Prickett-420, 6. C.J. Sarna-399, 7. Ronnie Gardner-370, 8. Shannon McQueen-334, 9. Kyle Beilman-319, 10. Clayton Ruston-310, 11. Randi Pankratz-306, 12. Frankie Guerrini-272, 13. Marvin Mitchell-262, 14. Ryan Bernal-260, 15. Maria Cofer-233, 16. Dylan Ito-184, 17. Daniel Anderson-181, 18. Cory Elliott-146, 19. Jake Swanson-138, 20. Bryan Drollinger-123.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #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.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

AUSTIN LIGGETT LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA “CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 3, 2018... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, October 6th. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “Championship Night” is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

In addition to crowning the USAC West Sprint Car Champion, Saturday’s “Championship Night” will also celebrate the local Santa Maria track champions. Last year, Jake Swanson earned the series title, Trent Carter took his second Santa Maria crown, and Tristan Guardino led all 30-laps to score the main event win.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-six West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. In the last three appearances, Troy Rutherford claimed the April 28th show, Austin Liggett topped the June 9th “Ron Otto Memorial,” and Bernal scored the August 11 “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. A complete series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

Entering the final point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has a 63-point lead over the competition and could be the first driver to earn rookie of the year honors (2012) and the championship. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett scored twelfth in the August 25th feature at Ventura’s “Battle at the Beach Race #3.” To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the year. Austin has seven career wins and will be looking to celebrate a “Championship Night” victory.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) is second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won Ventura’s “Battle at the Beach Race #3.” At press time, the micro sprint graduate has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 49 feature laps led to his credit. With five career wins, Tristan will have his sights on his second “Championship Night” triumph and a shot at the crown.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons charged from twelfth to second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Heading to the fourteenth point race, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, Ryan will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen raced from sixteenth to eighth at Ventura’s August 25th main event. At press time, the 2012 USAC Western Midget Champion has eleven top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led on the year. Shannon will race double duty with the USAC Western States Midgets and will have her sights on her first sprint car win at Santa Maria Raceway.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) is fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix had a solid fourth place finish at Ventura Raceway. To date, Steve has one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Hix will be looking to earn his first series feature win at the “Championship Night.”

Currently seventh in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Koen Shaw, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Troy Rutherford, Brandon Wiley, Trent Carter, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, Matt Day, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, CA) leads the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Car point standings. Ryan Stolz, Jordan Linson, James Herrera, Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Kaleb Montgomery, Matt Day, Brandon Wiley, and Shannon McQueen round out the top-10 in points.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Military, Seniors, and Student (17-13) Tickets are $15, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT WINNERS: 2017-Tristan Guardino.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Timmons.

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

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-895, 2-Tristan Guardino-832, 3-Ryan Timmons-763, 4-Shannon McQueen-684, 5-Steve Hix-657, 6-Koen Shaw-632, 7-Britton Bock-562, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-556, 9-Austin Ervine-486, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 11-Ryan Bernal-437, 12-Jace Vander Weerd-433, 13-Ryan Stolz-428, 14-Troy Rutherford-338, 15-Jake Swanson-312, 16-Brandon Wiley-311, 17-Trent Carter-225, 18-Kaleb Montgomery-213, 19-Kyle Smith-183, 20-Kyle Edwards-180.

2018 SANTA MARIA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Trent Carter-202, 2-Ryan Stolz-180, -Jordan Linson-180, 4-James Herrera-174, 5-Austin Liggett-130, 6-Tristan Guardino-118, 7-Kaleb Montgomery-112, -Matt Day-112, 9-Brandon Wiley-110, 10-Shannon McQueen-108, 11-Koen Shaw-106, 12-Steve Hix-103, -Ryan Timmons-103, 14-Britton Bock-98, 15-Austin Ervine-97, 16-Ryan Bernal-81, 17-Danny Faria Jr.-75, 18-Patrick Frisco-65, 19-Troy Rutherford-64, 20-Tanner Thorson-44.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FRIDAY'S RED DIRT FINALE FACES 3 USAC WSO HOPEFULS

Meeker, Oklahoma.........Friday's USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma finale at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. will showcase the battle for series supremacy between three primary drivers. Point leader Brett Wilson has a 29-point lead over Cameron Hagin and a 52-point lead over Danny Smith as those three are expected to fight for the crown Friday.

Wilson has three wins and a third in nine starts, while Hagin, lacking a feature win, has a second and three thirds in 10 starts. Smith has three wins and a pair of seconds.

Friday's race will be the fifth at Red Dirt this year. Winners so far have been Wilson, Smith, Andrew Deal and Johnny Kent.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Brett Wilson-1,250, 2-Cameron Hagin-1,221; 3-Danny Smith-1,198, 4-Michael Tyre-1,178, 5-Johnny Kent-1,144, 6-Casey Wills-1,115, 7-Cody Jarvis-997, 8-Craig Carroll-969, 9-Grant Wresche-940, 10-Kyle Clark-931.

 

 

USAC EASTERN SPEED2S HEAD FOR DURHAM SATURDAY

Durham, North Carolina (October 3, 2018).........Jessica Bean leads the USAC Eastern Speed2 Midgets to this Saturday night's race at Orange County Speedway in Durham, N.C. She enjoys a 29-point lead over Nolan Allison entering the race.

Mitchell Davis of Auburn, Ill. won Sunday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget finale at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill., while Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. laid claim to the 2018 series championship. Trailing Mitchell Sunday were Sean Murphy, Brent Burrows, Tyler Roth and Daltyn England. Karter Sarff led the first 14 laps before Davis led the final six.

Alex Watson of Columbus, Ohio won Saturday night's USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget finale at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway. Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio finished third and claimed the 2018 series championship. Cory Guingrich finished second Saturday ahead of Leffel, Jon Steed and Kevin Blue.

Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. won Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. Joey Iest, Adam Lemke, Elvis Rankin and Johnny Nichols rounded out the top five.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-652, 2-Nolan Allison-623, 3-Neal Allison-599, 4-Jordan Empie-494, 5-Sam Hatfield-481, 6-Connor Gross-315, 7-Chris Lamb-286, 8-Dameron Taylor-245, 9-Levi Riffle-223, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-1,165, 2-Shane Morgan-909, 3-Brent Burrows-762, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Kurt Mueller-653, 6-Jake Sollenberger-629, 7-Daltyn England-605, 8-Kevin Battefeld-590, 9-Tyler Roth-486, 10-Sean Murphy-474.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-786, 2-Alex Watson-635, 3-Stratton Briggs-602, 4-Jon Steed-565, 5-Cory Guingrich-520, 6-Jon Watson-482, 7-Chett Gehrke-432, 8-Kyle Kreigbaum-350, 9-Kevin Blue-322, 10-Trey Osborne-278.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-1,164, 2-Joey Iest-895, 3-Johnny Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-509, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Toni Breidinger-302, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryant Bell-127.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-805, 2-Joey Iest-631, 3-Johnny Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Toni Breidinger-302, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Bryant Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

GARDNER & SWANSON SHINE AT USAC/CRA “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 1, 2018... Securing the lead from R.J. Johnson on lap seventeen, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) streaked to last Saturday’s “Hall of Fame Classic” victory at Arizona Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner earned his fifth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Logan Seavey, hard charger Brody Roa, Johnson, and Friday night winner Jake Swanson.

As the green flag waved, outside front row starter Johnson grabbed the early lead. Despite a few caution flags, Johnson maintained the top spot and led the first ten laps at the San Tan Valley clay oval. Charging from sixth, Gardner powered to the lead on the next circuit but Johnson had other plans. Reclaiming the top spot on the following lap and looking for his first win of the campaign, R.J. led the next five laps in the Moose Racing #92 Triple X. “The Demon” returned the favor for the lead and held off a late surge by Seavey and Roa to take the checkered flags.

Gardner swept the Saturday night finale by setting his sixth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time, winning the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and claiming the 80th series win of his career. With twenty-one racers in the pit area, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) topped the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3 and earned the Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with a third place run from nineteenth.

Friday’s opening night of the “Hall of Fame Classic” belonged to Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA). Starting on the pole position and despite losing his brakes, Swanson led all 30-laps in John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC. Swanson’s win marked the first USAC/CRA triumph for Team AZ Racing and the second career victory for their driver. Roa, Gardner, Johnson, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) began the “Hall of Fame Classic” be earning his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time aboard the Reinbold / Underwood #19S AME Electrical Spike. Matt Rossi (Glendale, AZ) topped the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, Gardner won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2, and Malcolm claimed the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, AZ) dropped two cylinders of his 360 engine and earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with an eleventh place run from eighteenth.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will take a break and return to action on Saturday, October 20th at Perris Auto Speedway. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the nineteenth point race will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 28&29, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

9/28 FRIDAY SAN TAN VALLEY FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Austin Williams, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. Matt Rossi, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Zack Madrid, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Logan Williams, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Logan Seavey, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Austin Ervine. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Swanson
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Bruce St. James (18th to 11th)
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9/29 SATURDAY SAN TAN VALLEY FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Brody Roa, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Austin Williams, 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Bruce St. James, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Logan Williams, 18. Matt Lundy, 19. Austin Ervine, 20. Matt Rossi, 21. Joel Rayborne. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Johnson, Lap 11 Gardner, Laps 12-16 Johnson, Laps 17-30 Gardner.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (14th to 3rd)
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1292, 2. Damion Gardner-1262, 3. Austin Williams-1108, 4. Cody Williams-1012, 5. Jake Swanson-947, 6. Max Adams-912, 7. R.J. Johnson- 898, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-789, 10. Chris Gansen-750, 11. Tommy Malcolm-600, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-436, 15. Joel Rayborne-401, 16. Austin Ervine-359, 17. Verne Sweeney-309, 18. Matt Rossi-258, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-256, 20. Austin Liggett-252.
2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC MIDGETS ADDED TO WINTER DIRT GAMES
TO OPEN 2019 USAC SEASON IN FLORIDA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida.........The season-opening kickoff to USAC's 2019 National calendar has expanded with the addition of USAC Midget National Championship racing to the February festivities at Bubba Raceway Park along with the annual appearance by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

"Winter Dirt Games has annually been one of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' greatest traditions over the past decade," said Levi Jones, USAC Series Coordinator. "The addition of USAC National Midgets to the event adds makes it even that much bigger. This is truly going to be a can't-miss event, and what a way it will be to open up the 2019 USAC season!"

The Midgets will make their debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, the first appearance by the series in the Sunshine State in five seasons.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

While "Winter Dirt Games" has certainly proven to be a top-notch event among drivers seeking to get their season started off on the right foot, it's also been the same for fans who exit the winter weather for a much-needed foray into the "Sunshine State" to witness the most competitive racing series' lone appearance in the state during the year.

"This is one of those events that everybody circles on their calendars," track owner Tom Bean said. "Next year, it's getting even bigger and better with two premier USAC divisions on board and I'm beyond thrilled to get the 2019 season started in a big way."

Twenty-one USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at the track since 2011. Chase Stockon won the 2018 season opener at Ocala while Tyler Courtney captured the next two. Bryan Clauson is the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at Bubba's with four victories in four different seasons. Damion Gardner has won three times while Tracy Hines, Brady Bacon, Courtney and Robert Ballou have each scored a pair of victories. Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Justin Grant, Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

Meanwhile, USAC Midget events in the Florida has been few and far between since the inception of the club in 1956. Only seven times have USAC Midgets ventured to Florida over the years. The most recent occasion was on the pavement at New Smyrna Speedway in 2013, won by Bobby Santos and Kyle Larson. The first USAC Midget races in Florida came in a week span during 1963. Johnny Riva and Bob Wente were victorious at Palmetto Speedway while Chuck Rodee and Wente also picked up victories at Golden Gate Speedway. It was another 42 years before the series returned in 2005 for a non-points special event at Orlando Speed World Speedway, won by Josh Wise.

Additional info on the events will be made public in the coming months.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS TREK TO MISSOURI & KANSAS FOR DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND AT LAKE OZARK & LAKESIDE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........Nearing the end of the season, a team has one of two directions to go. They can rise to the occasion or wither on the vine.

This past weekend, we saw at least two drivers rise to the occasion when they needed it the most: Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas, Jr., who are hitting their respective strides as the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars move into the month of October where two races lie ahead this weekend west of the Mississippi.

Friday, October 5, the series aims its compass toward Eldon, Missouri and Lake Ozark Speedway for its first trip to the 1/3-mile dirt oval since 2006. The following night, Saturday, October 6, Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans. returns to the docket for its 19th all-time appearance on the series schedule.

Grant was in a different scenario last year at this point. Heading into October of 2017, Grant was the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint point leader and gunning for the title while Thomas had no points weighing on his shoulders, just winning races were on his mind. This time, the roles are reversed as Thomas holds a 34-point lead in the standings with just eight races remaining and Grant can play the spoiler.

After a tumultuous first seven months of the season, Grant and TOPP Motorsports finally broke through this past weekend with a pair of $10 Grand wins at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway for their first two victories of the season.

Meanwhile, Thomas' weekend started out sluggish with a 10th at Kokomo. He followed it up with his sixth score of the season at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, then added a fifth at Lawrenceburg to punctuate the weekend and stay afloat atop the points in his quest for a first USAC National title.

Momentum is a huge player toward the end of the year. Some find it, and some are seemingly like a ship without a rudder. It behooves the drivers who found the "Big Mo" to avoid doing their Sir Isaac Newton impressions and come back to Earth at this point. This weekend's lone trips to Lake Ozark and Lakeside could be the catalyst in who goes up and who goes down as we hit the balance of the season.

Jerry Coons, Jr. won the most recent series outing at Lake Ozark in 2006 for Dynamics, Inc., the team that Thomas has taken to the threshold of a possible 12th USAC National Sprint Car title at year's end. The only other USAC regular expected to compete in this Friday's race to have USAC Sprint Car experience at Lake Ozark, Dave Darland, finished third that day. The only other occasion the series has visited the Show-Me State this season was a September race won by Jason McDougal at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars have made the trip to Missouri 24 previous times with Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. winning the most recent occasion in 2017 at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly.

Courtney stands second in points ahead of Canton, Illinois native and St. Louis resident Chris Windom, who's 62 behind leader Thomas while Brady Bacon resides in fourth, out of the race for the title, but by no means has he bowed out of competition for winning races. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon won last summer at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans., host of this Saturday's race.

There have been 18 previous appearances at the new and old Lakeside Speedways, on both the dirt and pavement, by the series since its first race there in 1963, won by Don Branson. Coming into Saturday night's event, 14 of the 18 past winners at Lakeside are either USAC champions, National Sprint Car Hall of Famers (NSCHOF) or, in some cases, both.

Branson, a 1994 NSCHOF inductee, kicked it off with a Lakeside victory in 1963. By that point, the Rantoul, Illinois driver had already established himself as one of the greats with a USAC Midwest Sprint Car title from 1959 already affixed to his resume. A year following his Lakeside win, Branson captured the National Sprint Car championship and is one of five to achieve honors as a member of the NSCHOF to go along with a USAC National title and a USAC Sprint Car feature win at Lakeside, including Greg Weld, Robbie Stanley and Tony Elliott.

USAC National Champions make up the next group of Lakeside winners. Kenny Irwin, Jr. and Dave Steele never became National Sprint Car titlists. Irwin earned the 1996 National Midget title while Steele was the king of Silver Crown in 2004 and 2005. However, the two were standouts in the sprint car ranks throughout their careers, primarily on the pavement. Lakeside fit them to a T during the 1990s when the track's surface was converted to asphalt and those two took advantage by winning in consecutive years: Irwin in 1995 and Steele in 1996.

Two-time USAC Sprint champ Brian Tyler (1996-97) was the final winner on the Lakeside pavement in 1998. USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley snared a win following the return to dirt in 2001. Robert Ballou, the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ, is the only driver to have scored multiple USAC Sprint wins at Lakeside, tallying consecutive triumphs in 2015 and 2016.

Jud Larson, a NSCHOF inductee in 1992, took Lakeside in 1965. "Outlaw" sprint drivers who made the bulk of their hall of fame careers mainly with the wing - Doug Wolfgang and Smokey Snellbaker - made a rare stop with USAC to win Lakeside in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

Highly successful standout drivers in their own right, 5-time Indy 500 starter/5-time USAC Midget winner Arnie Knepper (1966 Lakeside winner) and six-time Indy 500 starter Carl Williams (1968) won on the old Lakeside Speedway half-mile. Five-time USAC Sprint winner Jim Mahoney (1991), 2016 winner Thomas Meseraull (8 USAC Sprint wins) each have risen to the top at the "new" Lakeside Speedway that opened in 1989.

Grant (8th in points) ran second at Lakeside in 2017 ahead of Windom, Chase Stockon (7th in points), Courtney, Leary (6th in points). Before the last two weekends, the best career USAC finish by Isaac Chapple (10th in points) was a 22nd to 7th charge at Lakeside in 2016. The surging Chapple got a 3rd at Eldora, then followed up with another 3rd at Gas City after leading the first 25 laps of the contest.

Friday at Lake Ozark, pit gates open at 3pm while the front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting is slated for 6:30pm with cars on track at 7pm. Adult tickets are $18, senior & military are $16 and kids 7-13 years old are $5. Kids 6 and under are FREE! Adult pit passes are $30, while children's pit passes are $20 for kids age 6-13 years and $3 for small ones age 5 and under.

Saturday at Lakeside, pit gates open at 4:30pm and the front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting is a go for 6pm with cars set to hit the track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, children age 12 and under are FREE. Seniors over the age of 65, plus military and students with proper ID are $15. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $10 for children 6 and under. General admission terrace seats are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military. Kids age 6-12 are $8 and 5 and under are FREE. Suite seats are $40 for adults, $20 for kids age 7-12 and $10 for 6 and under.

As with every USAC National race, you can catch both races on-demand a day following the completion of the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can listen to the race live on the USAC app, plus follow along with all the action on USAC's social media channels on Twitter: @usacnation, Facebook: USAC Racing and Instagram: @usacnation.

 

 

DAVIS TAKES CANTON FINALE; BAUGH GRABS IMRA CHAMPIONSHIP

Canton, IL........Mitchell Davis of Auburn, Ill. won Sunday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget finale at Spoon River Speedway, while Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. laid claim to the 2018 series championship. Trailing Mitchell Sunday were Sean Murphy, Brent Burrows, Tyler Roth and Daltyn England. Karter Sarff led the first 14 laps before Davis led the final six.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry),2. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 3. Sean Murphy (#5M Murphy), 4. Daltyn England (#19E England), 5. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 6. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 7. Tori Smirh (#18 Smith), 8. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 2. Charlie Kunz (#27 Kunz), 3. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 4. Mark McMahill (57 McMahill), 5. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 6. Patrick Ryan (#23 Ryan). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#51R Johnson), 2. Karter Sarff (#6B Baugh), 3. Austin Archdale (#7x Mahan), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Tyler Roth (#18 Roth), 6. Christopher Adrien (#21 Adrien). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis, 2. Sean Murphy, 3. Brent Burrows, 4. Tyler Roth, 5. Daltyn England, 6. Kevin Battefeld, 7. Jeff Sparks, 8. Tori Smith, 9. Patrick Ryan, 10. Kurt Mueller, 11. John Heitzman, 12. Shane Morgan, 13. Charlie Kunz, 14. Karter Sarff, 15. Austin Archdale, 16. Mark McMahill, 17. Christopher Adrien, 18. Jeremy Hull, 19. Scott Koerner, 20. Andy Baugh. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Carter, Laps 15-20 Davis.

FINAL ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-1,165, 2-Morgan-909, 3-Burrows-762, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Mueller-653, 6-Jake Sollenberger-629, 7-England-605, 8-Battefeld-590, 9-Roth-486, 10-Murphy-474.

 

 

MONEYMAN GRANT CASHES 10K
ONCE AGAIN AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Justin Grant's wait to win his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the season didn't take nearly as long as it took to get his first.

Following his first series victory in nearly 16 months on Thursday, the Ione, Calif. native only had to endure two more nights to tally up his next triumph, Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The waiting may be the hardest part, but patience does reap its own rewards in the end. For the second time in three nights, Grant pocketed 10-grand by virtue of his victory in the TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - The Bow Foundation/Maxim/TOPP Gaerte.

"It's been a rough year and we can definitely use the money at the Grant household. We're happy to have it," Grant said with a laugh. "To win one race that pays anything against these guys right now is awesome. To win a couple big ones in a single weekend, you can't ask for better than that. I feel like a sprint car driver again. I'm having a blast and remembering why I do this stuff now."

Grant pushed to the lead from his outside front row starting spot around pole sitter Dave Darland on the initial lap, but any early momentum he gained was stifled when C.J. Leary found trouble in turn one on the second lap, sending him into a wild flip and a not-so-graceful landing. Leary, who had earlier set fast time, won his heat and had moved from sixth to fourth on the opening lap, gingerly exited his war-torn machinery and would ultimately have to take a visit for X-rays on his neck and back.

On the ensuing restart, second-running Bacon put his tail up on the fence and used a diamond move to run Grant down like a cheetah tracking down a gazelle, blowing by Grant for the lead midway down the back straightaway. Grant fought back, trying to slide underneath Bacon, but each time, Bacon's diamond shined brighter than 10 karats, pulling away and stretching out his lead until Brandon Spithaler's turn four spin and small flare-up flame brought out the caution on lap 12. Grant now had a reprieve and he wasn't going to let it go to waste.

"I was running the bottom in (turns) three and four and shortcutting it to the cushion, staying out of the holes getting into one," Grant recalled. "But I was kind of hanging off two. I knew I was hanging there, but I didn't know if you could run in above the holes or through the holes into one and two and diamond down. And I knew Leary had gotten into the fence in one, so I figured that's what he had done. So, I was a bit hesitant to try it. When Brady drove by us doing the diamond off two, I followed him for a few laps and figured out how our car wanted to get through there to do it right. I felt like we were nipping at his lead a little bit."

Grant immediately rared back his axe and took his first swing in turn one on the lap 12 restart, sliding up in front of Bacon briefly for the point. Bacon got back by, but Grant had wrapped his lasso to the #99 of Bacon by then. When push came to shove at the exit of turn four on the 13th lap, Grant was there to capitalize and move his way back into the lead.

"On the restart, I was able to get in, slide him and chalk him up," Grant remembered. "He went to block the slider into three and got to bouncing and we were able to sneak by. I felt like his car was a little better in turns one and two and I was freed up enough to run three and four hard and he just got to bouncing. Once we figured out how to use the holes in one and two and get the diamond down off two, I felt really good and I didn't know if anybody had anything for us once we got rolling in that line. I couldn't do it faster than how I was doing it. Every time during the cautions, I started to settle down in the seat and I reminded myself I've got no stake in points in this deal and I really need the money. It's 10-grand to win. If there's a night to hang one in the fence trying to win, this is the night."

As Bacon tussled with Courtney for the second spot, Grant gained some leeway to a one-second-plus lead until lap 22 when lapped traffic came into play. Grant was in expert mode as he navigated through the back part of the field, keeping Bacon at an arm's length distance entering the final five laps.

The distance became closer and nearer, with Bacon cutting the interval to eight tenths, six tenths and, finally, four tenths. On the final lap, Bacon had one more bullet in the chamber as he followed Grant into turn one. However, his right rear caught the outer concrete, took a hop and skip that was enough for Grant to gain back his breathing space, which he used to secure his second USAC National Sprint Car victory of the season (and the weekend) and the 10th of his career, tying him with Tony Stewart for 48th all-time.

"It's been a rough year and we can definitely use the money at the Grant household. We're happy to have it. To win one race that pays anything against these guys right now is awesome. To win a couple big ones in a single weekend, you can't ask for better than that. I feel like a sprint car driver again. I'm having a blast and remembering why I do this stuff now." - Justin Grant (Ryan Sellers Photo)

After a seven-month dry spell in USAC competition since Grant and TOPP paired up at the beginning of the 2018 season, the two have finally found the recipe for success that so many felt this combo was capable of all along.

"We've been gaining on them a little bit around Indiana Sprint Week time," Grant explained. "The big kick is we found stuff with the cars and got our engine program ripping a lot better. The motors are hitting really hard now and it's just letting me do a lot of stuff that I couldn't do before. I can get in the cushion and I've got enough motor to get myself out of trouble now. Between that, having a few good runs and getting some confidence going, we're feeling like we know what we're doing again."

Bacon finished second ahead of Courtney, Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr. Windom had to move to a backup car after a violent flip during qualifying in his primary, picking up hard charger honors after racing from 18th to 4th. Thomas, meanwhile, had his point lead clenched up to 34 points over Courtney in second and 62 in front of Windom in third.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway were C.J. Leary (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Carson Short (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Brian VanMeveren (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2018 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.877; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.946; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.954; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.998; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.028; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.105; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.122; 8. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.181; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.207; 10. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-14.238; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.267; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.271; 13. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.351; 14. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-14.383; 15. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.391; 16. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.457; 17. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.506; 18. Justin Peck, 04, Burton-14.535; 19. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.549; 20. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.563; 21. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-14.585; 22. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-14.741; 23. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.754; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.808; 25. Brandon Spithaler, 77, Gagliardi-14.942; 26. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. Jackson, 3. Grant, 4. Cottle, 5. Stockon, 6. VanMeveren, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Spithaler, 9. Bilbee. 2:00.05

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Short, 2. Westfall, 3. Andretti, 4. Darland, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Windom, 7. DiMattia, 8. Rodgers, 9. Courtney. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Gaines, 3. Hodges, 4. Peck, 5. McDougal, 6. Chapple, 7. Hewitt, 8. Abrams. 1:57.93

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Chapple, 4. Hewitt, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Spithaler, 7. Bilbee, 8. VanMeveren, 9. DiMattia, 10. Abrams, 11. Rodgers. 2:58.67

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Chris Windom (18), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Jarett Andretti (11), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Isaac Chapple (8), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Dakota Jackson (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (16), 15. Matt Westfall (14), 16. Justin Peck (15), 17. Jason McDougal (12), 18. Shane Cottle (10), 19. Dickie Gaines (17), 20. Brandon Spithaler (21), 21. C.J. Leary (6). NT
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**Windom flipped during qualifying. Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-12 Bacon, Laps 13-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (18th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brian VanMeveren

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brian VanMeveren

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2397, 2-Courtney-2363, 3-Windom-2335, 4-Bacon-2081, 5-Darland-2063, 6-Leary-2043, 7-Stockon-2038, 8-Grant-1947, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1383.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 5 - Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, Missouri

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 29, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.439; 2. Logan Seavey, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-15.535; 3. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.557; 4. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.791; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.834; 6. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.897; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-15.916; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.936; 9. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.947; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.962; 11. Austin Willams, 2, Jory-15.982; 12. Zack Madrid, 15, Fly-16.142; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.247; 14. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.265; 15. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.270; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.319; 17. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.865; 18. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-17.078; 19. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-17.365; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-19.867; 21. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. Martin, 4. L.Williams, 5. McCarthy, 6. Rossi, 7. Ervine. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Seavey, 3. Davis, 4. C.Williams, 5. A.Williams, 6. Mihocko, 7. Rayborne. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. Madrid, 5. St. James, 6. Gansen, 7. Lundy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Brody Roa, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Austin Williams, 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Bruce St. James, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Logan Williams, 18. Matt Lundy, 19. Austin Ervine, 20. Matt Rossi, 21. Joel Rayborne. NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Johnson, Lap 11 Gardner, Laps 12-16 Johnson, Laps 17-30 Gardner. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (14th to 3rd)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 20 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

BREIDINGER #1 IN MADERA SPEED2S

Madera, CA........Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. won Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera Speedway. Joey Iest, Adam Lemke, Elvis Rankin and Johnny Nichols rounded out the top five.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-14.464; 2. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-14.596; 3. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.605; 4. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-14.910; 5. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-NT.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps): 1. Breidinger, 2. Lemke, 3. Rankin, 4. Iest, 5. Michols. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Adam Lemke, 4. Elvis Rankin, 5. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Iest, Laps 3-30 Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,164, 2-Iest-895, 3-Nichols-535, 4-Blake BBrannon-509, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Breidinger-302, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryan Bell-127.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-805, 2-Iest-631, 3-Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Breidinger-302, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Bryant Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: October 27-28 - Stockton (CA) 99 Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 29, 2018 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.877; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.946; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.954; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.998; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.028; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.105; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.122; 8. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.181; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.207; 10. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-14.238; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.267; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.271; 13. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.351; 14. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-14.383; 15. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.391; 16. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.457; 17. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.506; 18. Justin Peck, 04, Burton-14.535; 19. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.549; 20. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.563; 21. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-14.585; 22. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-14.741; 23. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.754; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.808; 25. Brandon Spithaler, 77, Gagliardi-14.942; 26. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. Jackson, 3. Grant, 4. Cottle, 5. Stockon, 6. VanMeveren, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Spithaler, 9. Bilbee. 2:00.05

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Short, 2. Westfall, 3. Andretti, 4. Darland, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Windom, 7. DiMattia, 8. Rodgers, 9. Courtney. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Gaines, 3. Hodges, 4. Peck, 5. McDougal, 6. Chapple, 7. Hewitt, 8. Abrams. 1:57.93

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Chapple, 4. Hewitt, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Spithaler, 7. Bilbee, 8. VanMeveren, 9. DiMattia, 10. Abrams, 11. Rodgers. 2:58.67

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Chris Windom (18), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Jarett Andretti (11), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Isaac Chapple (8), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Dakota Jackson (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (16), 15. Matt Westfall (14), 16. Justin Peck (15), 17. Jason McDougal (12), 18. Shane Cottle (10), 19. Dickie Gaines (17), 20. Brandon Spithaler (21), 21. C.J. Leary (6). NT ---------------------------- **Windom flipped during qualifying. Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-12 Bacon, Laps 13-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (18th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brian VanMeveren

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brian VanMeveren

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2397, 2-Courtney-2363, 3-Windom-2335, 4-Bacon-2081, 5-Darland-2063, 6-Leary-2043, 7-Stockon-2038, 8-Grant-1947, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1383.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 5 - Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, Missouri

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

San Tan Valley, AZ........Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. won the opening night feature of the "Hall of Fame Classic" at Arizona Speedway, leading all 30 laps. AMSOIL USAC/CRA point leader Brody Roa finished second ahead of Damion Gardner, R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. Night two is scheduled Saturday.

September 28, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Logan Seavey, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-15.150; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.212; 3. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.215; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.237; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.299; 6. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.363; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.388; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.394; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.412; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.484; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-15.517; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.520; 13. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.605; 14. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-15.699; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-15.766; 16. Zack Madrid, 15, Fly-15.865; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.921; 18. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.932; 19. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.163; 20. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.352; 21. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-16.984.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. Davis, 3. Swanson, 4. Madrid, 5. A.Williams, 6. Seavey, 7. Rayborne. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Mihocko, 3. Roa, 4. McCarthy, 5. C.Williams, 6. Lundy, 7. Faria. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Johnson, 3. L.Williams, 4. St. James, 5. Martin, 6. Gansen, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Austin Williams, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. Matt Rossi, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Zack Madrid, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Logan Williams, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Logan Seavey, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Austin Ervine. NT ---------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Swanson SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Bruce St. James (18th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 29 – Arizona (AZ) Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

THOMAS A REBEL WITH A CAUSE IN GAS CITY'S JAMES DEAN CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana.........James Dean was a rebel, one not exactly keen on following the rules. At least that's how the 1950s movie star's iconic roles were portrayed on the silver screen.

Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway's "James Dean Classic," Kevin Thomas, Jr. showed his rebellious side, not being content to follow in second. Instead, he strayed from the path and created his own way to glory for his sixth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the year, moving himself into the top-20 all-time in series wins with 23, equaling legends A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.

Thomas ran second behind Isaac Chapple in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Jonathan Byrd/DRC/Speedway Chevy for the first 25 circuits of the 30-lap feature, but steadily worked the top line until it became his red carpet, then drove around Chapple for the lead with five laps remaining to capture his second career USAC win at the quarter-mile dirt oval and first since 2013.

"Being in the second spot makes you move around, even if you don't want to, and even if the bottom is the preferred line or the top, whatever it may be," Thomas explained. "You have to move around and search, maybe use a slower line, but make it faster. We searched and searched and searched, tried two, three, four different times, different lines, different corners. It's not that we even found the faster line. I think he just slipped up a little bit there in turns three and four and that let us get by. We were just on the right part of the racetrack at the right time."

Thomas started fourth, yet managed to get up to the front in quick fashion as he and outside front row starter Chapple split around pole sitter Jason McDougal heading into turn one to occupy the top-two spots with Chapple up front and Thomas trailing just behind.

The two would be Elmer's-glued to each other for the first two-thirds of the event as Chapple worked the middle-to-low line and Thomas danced around, top and bottom, in search of his own groove that would carry him to the front.

By the 19th lap, Thomas' began to enjoy the fruits of his labor, finally finding consistent bite up top, relentlessly carving out the top groove to close within striking distance of Chapple while heavy lapped traffic loomed. However, the traffic game would be scrapped from the table when Dallas Hewitt spun to a stop off the banking between turns three and four, forcing Thomas to reset his gameplan on the fly.

"We were closing in on traffic pretty fast," Thomas recalled. "You're sizing him up when you're in clean air. When you see lapped traffic, you start thinking other things. Is this line blocked whenever I get there or am I going to have to follow him? You know around about how many laps you have left, at least within two or so. I knew we were closing in on halfway and I started seeing lapped traffic. I didn't want to get stuck and then have to ride around on the bottom and not be able to maneuver. Then the caution came out and then you have to reset. You have to do what you've been doing to get past him. On restarts, we weren't that good because the top didn't have the momentum right off the bat, so it took me a minute to get to him. If I follow him and he makes a mistake, then we both make a mistake."

Once racing resumed, Thomas picked up right where he left off, ripping the top, while Chapple was nearly flawless on the bottom, taking the shortest road travelled in search of his first career series victory, just two races removed following the 2016 series Rookie of the Year's best career finish of third at Eldora.

All it took was one less-than-perfect corner entry for Chapple and Thomas was there to pounce, driving around Chapple for the point on the outside on lap 26 to snare the lead before cruising away virtually unchallenged for victory while a chaotic final two-lap scramble behind him developed.

"Being in the second spot makes you move around, even if you don't want to, and even if the bottom is the preferred line or the top, whatever it may be," Thomas explained. "You have to move around and search, maybe use a slower line, but make it faster." - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

C.J. Leary got by Chapple for second with two to go, then McDougal put in his bid to steal away third from Chapple on the final lap. The two seemingly locked horns entering turn three. Still entangled, the seventh-place car of Josh Hodges plowed into McDougal. Chapple broke free and managed to drive away while McDougal and Hodges saw their solid days at the office crumble to a stop on the bottom of turns three and four. McDougal and Hodges were relegated to 18th and 19th place finishes, respectively, as a result. Meanwhile, Dallas Hewitt found himself upside down in turn two, an incident from which he walked away unscathed.

Leary ran second ahead of Chapple, Chris Windom and Chase Stockon to round out the top-five.

Thomas bounced back from a less-than-stellar result the night before at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway where he scored a tenth and saw his point lead vanish. But the Cullman, Ala. driver was jubilant as he got back on the proverbial horse at Gas City, earning his second win in the last four series races after a three-month winless drought. The recent outings have helped him surge to a 37-point lead entering Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway ahead of Tyler Courtney who had a tumultuous night, starting and finishing 17th. Windom sits third, 59 points out of the lead.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kyle Cummins (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dustin Ingle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kyle Cummins (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2018 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - "James Dean Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.988; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.016; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.078; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.144; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.242; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.251; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.263; 8. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-12.272; 9. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-12.293; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Meseraull-12.297; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.302; 12. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.327; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.346; 14. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.347; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-12.382; 16. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-12.422; 17. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.427; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-12.442; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-12.453; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.493; 21. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-12.495; 22. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-12.553; 23. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.603; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-12.603; 25. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-12.731; 26. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-12.748; 27. Billy Cribbs, 16, Cribbs-12.782; 28. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-12.900; 29. Luke Harbison, 40, Harbison-13.261; 30. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-13.312; 31. Jack James, 99J, James-13.353; 32. Bob McMillin, 5m, McMillin-13.358; 33. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Boyles, 3. Windom, 4. Cottle, 5. Grant, 6. Westfall, 7. T. Hewitt, 8. Harbison. 2:03.21

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. D. Hewitt, 3. Bacon, 4. Leary, 5. Hery, 6. Meseraull, 7. Rodgers, 8. VanMeveren. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cummins, 2. K. Thomas, 3. McDougal, 4. DiMattia, 5. Goodnight, 6. Hodges, 7. Cribbs, 8. James. 2:03.79

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ingle, 2. Darland, 3. Short, 4. Stockon, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Cockrum, 7. Abrams, 8. McMillin. 2:05.02

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Hodges, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Westfall, 5. Meseraull, 6. T. Hewitt, 7. Abrams, 8. Cockrum, 9. Cribbs, 10. Hery, 11. Rodgers, 12. Harbison, 13. McMillin, 14. James, 15. VanMeveren, 16. Goodnight. 2:30.38

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Isaac Chapple (2), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. Dave Darland (12), 7. Kyle Cummins (18), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Tyler Thomas (8), 10. Clinton Boyles (20), 11. Shane Cottle (9), 12. Matt Westfall (13), 13. Brady Bacon (14), 14. Carson Short (16), 15. Tyler Hewitt (22), 16. Tony DiMattia (15), 17. Tyler Courtney (17), 18. Jason McDougal (1), 19. Josh Hodges (11), 20. Dallas Hewitt (21), 21. Dustin Ingle (19), 22. Thomas Meseraull (10). NT ---------------------------- **D. Hewitt flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Chapple, Laps 26-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Bacon

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Matt Westfall

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Garrett Abrams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2330, 2-Courtney-2293, 3-Windom-2271, 4-Leary-2006, 5-Darland-2003, 6-Bacon-2002, 7-Stockon-1982, 8-Grant-1871, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1334.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 29 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

 

 

GRANT FINALLY REACHES "THE TOPP"
AT SMACKDOWN VII

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Fifty-nine races. 482 days. That's how long it had been since Justin Grant last reached USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane coming into Thursday night's "Sprint Car Smackdown VII" finale at Kokomo Speedway.

Likewise, it had been 43 races and 398 days since TOPP Motorsports last found victory lane themselves, incidentally enough at the "Smackdown" finale in 2017 with driver Tyler Courtney.

Fittingly, the conclusion of this 40-lap main event came down to Grant and Courtney, but it was Grant who ultimately pulled through to become the first driver in 2018 to win in all three USAC National divisions: Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget.

After a tumultuous year that's been plagued by misfortune and a seemingly endless cloud of bad luck, twas time for the turnstiles of fortune to change. Over their last handful of outings, Grant and the TOPP team discovered a little bit of lightning in a bottle, but still, that black cloud remained steadfast, casting a shadow of doubt.

The sun finally broke through those clouds for a change, and shined brightly on the Ione, Calif. native driver and the Rochester, Indiana-based team as they persevered for their first USAC win since pairing up at the beginning of the season.

"These last couple weeks, this TOPP Motorsports car has really been ripping and it's been a lot of fun to drive," Grant explained. "This race has always eluded me. I'm so excited to be up here and so happy to do it for these guys. They've got an awesome racecar. It's about time I lived up to their results from last year. It's been a rough year, but I told a few people this week that if I didn't win a race all year, but I got to win Smackdown, it would all be worth it."

Grant made his initial overture as a prime contender when he was victorious in the "King of the Hill" two-car shootout, which placed him on the pole for the feature. Grant appeared to have a nice jump on the start, yet Dave Darland was able to beat him to the point in turn one. Grant powered back, returning the favor by gracing the low line into turn three, then sliced up in front of Darland to retake the lead. From that point forward, Grant was nearly unattainable, laying down a one-second lead on Darland and the rest of the field in the early stages.

Just past midway, Grant was carving up lapped traffic like a Thanksgiving Day turkey as he dipped low and swung high to split his way through the blockade of racecars. A near close call came just moments later as he slid into turn two near Clinton Boyles. Grant's rear bumper and Boyles' front bumper sliced each other, but neither was worse for the wear and remained on course without harm.

Meanwhile, current third-place runner and defending race winner Courtney played the role of Pacman, chomping the interval down until he was in the same vicinity as Darland on lap 22 where he dove to the bottom, three-wide alongside Darland and Boyles, emerging at the exit of turn two with the second position and seeking the lead as Grant no longer was able to hide.

Once Courtney got to second, he was like Heinz - in catchup mode - as he cut tenths off here and there like a butter knife through a stick of Land O'Lakes. But, suddenly, Courtney's charge was placed on hold. Fifth-running Chris Windom had encountered a flat right-rear tire on his ride, which sent him to the work area for a fresh set of rubber during the night's lone yellow flag.

"It's been a rough year, but I told a few people this week that if I didn't win a race all year, but I got to win Smackdown, it would all be worth it." - Justin Grant (Travis Branch Photo)

For the lap 30 restart, lapped traffic was clear, and an open track became a warm, welcomed sight. However, Grant and Courtney were separated by the lapped car of Scotty Weir. Grant set sail smoothly, cutting through the middle of the track, then running a consistent line of the top in turns one and two and the bottom in turns three or four while Courtney proceeded to swap lines to take on the challenge of reeling in Grant.

Courtney was only able to make up so much down the stretch as Grant was spot-on lap-after-lap, never missing a beat on his way to a 1.036 second win and a $10,000 payday. Courtney took second ahead of Hard Charger C.J. Leary, Rookie of the Race Jason McDougal and Brady Bacon.

"That's the best I've ever felt at this place," Grant admitted. "The car was on rails. I could use the cushion if I wanted to and I could rip right below it if I felt like it. It was really incredible. It was fun to drive. Lapped traffic had me pretty worried, but I felt like we were pretty good, and I could pick my way through. Restarts had me more worried than anything. Tyler's been a roll this year and a lot of times that momentum will let you do things you normally couldn't do. I was a little worried about holding him off on restarts, but it all worked out."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Kokomo Speedway were Logan Seavey (Simpson Race Products/Competition Suspension, Inc. First Qualifying Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Justin Grant (Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches King of the Hill Winner), C.J. Leary (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Hard Charge & B & W Auto Mart Pass Master & Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Second Qualifying Race), Chris Windom (Weld Cool Move of the Race), Chad Boespflug (STIDA.com Hard Luck Award) and Jason McDougal (Wilwood Brake Kit & Arizona Sport Shirts/Kick-It Rookie of the Race).

Tyler Courtney retook the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead with 10 events remaining. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver now holds a seven-point advantage over Kevin Thomas, Jr., who finished 10th. Windom is third in the standings, making up a little bit of ground, trailing by 58 points behind Courtney.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2018 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey (#5B Briscoe), 2. Kyle Cummins (#3c EZR/Cummins), 3. Scotty Weir (#22 Simon), 4. Dakota Jackson (#3 Jackson), 5. Carson Short (#5CB Briscoe), 6. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 7. Brian VanMeveren (#24x VanMeveren). NT

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 4. Clinton Boyles (#57 Hazen), 5. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR/Chapple), 6. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 7. Shane Cottle (#5G Goacher), 8. Corey Smith (#66s CS). 2:11.57

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES "KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: Jason McDougal (#71p Daigh/Phillips) defeats Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall Newman). Dave Darland (#36D Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian) defeats Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon). Tyler Thomas (#2E Epperson) defeats Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#69 Dynamics). Justin Grant (#4 TOPP) defeats Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin). Round 2: Darland defeats McDougal. Grant defeats T. Thomas. Final Round: Grant defeats Darland.

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. C.J. Leary (10), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Brady Bacon (6), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Dave Darland (2), 8. Tyler Thomas (3), 9. Chase Stockon (12), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 11. Jarett Andretti (14), 12. Dakota Jackson (15), 13. Logan Seavey (9), 14. Kyle Cummins (11), 15. Scotty Weir (13), 16. Carson Short (17), 17. Isaac Chapple (18), 18. Clinton Boyles (16), 19. Tyler Hewitt (20), 20. Corey Smith (23), 21. Brian VanMeveren (21), 22. Shane Cottle (22), 23. Landon Simon (19). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary (10th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Logan Seavey

B & W AUTO MART PASS MASTER: C.J. Leary

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Courtney-2256, 2-K. Thomas-2249, 3-Windom-2198, 4-Bacon-1959, 5-Darland-1941, 6-Leary-1929, 7-Stockon-1916, 8-Grant-1816, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1261.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 28 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - "James Dean Classic"

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

DAVIS & MARTIN TOP SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CSP
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018... Starting on the outside of the front row, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) raced past Andy Reinbold with five laps remaining to win last Saturday’s “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental Services RSS, Davis scored his ninth Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph of the campaign. Hard charger “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Reinbold, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Colton Hardy chased the point leader to the checkered flags. The 30-lap victory was the 30th career USAC SouthWest win for the five-time Arizona sprint car champion.

Using a rare qualifying format, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, AZ) opened Saturday’s action by topping the charts in the Beaver Stripes Time Trials. Davis and Reinbold claimed the 8-lap heat race victories as Mihocko posted his third hard charger award of 2018 with a ninth to second place run in the feature.

Friday’s opening night of the “Southwest Championships” belonged to “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ). Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American Flowtech Maxim, Martin powered by Kyle Shipley on the second circuit and led the rest of the way to earn his first win of the season. Davis, R.J. Johnson, Mihocko, and Reinbold rounded off the top-five drivers as “The Magic Man” earned his sixth career series victory.

Johnson, St. James, and Matt Lundy won their 8-lap heat races as Johnson posted his second Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of the year. With a fifteenth to ninth place run in the main event, Michael Curtis claimed his second hard charger award of the season.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will take a break in the schedule before returning to Canyon Speedway Park on October 20th for the “Race For The Cure.” The action packed card will also feature Dwarf Cars, Modlites, and CSP Non-Wing Micro Sprints. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 21&22, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships”

9/21 FRIDAY CANYON FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Colton Hardy, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Sterling Cling, 12. Tyler Most, 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Asa Kesterson, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Mike Waddle. NT
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**Keefer flipped during the second heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Shipley, Laps 2-30 Martin.
HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (15th to 9th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson.
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9/22 SATURDAY CANYON FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Andy Reinbold, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Colton Hardy, 6. Bruce St. James, 7. Tyler Merrill, 8. Asa Kesterson, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Tyler Most, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Michael Curtis. NT
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**Bonneau & Curtis flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Reinbold, Laps 26-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (9th to 2nd)
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-1105, 2. Tye Mihocko-979, 3. Mike Martin-936, 4. Michael Curtis- 802, 5. Matt Lundy-691, 6. Chris Bonneau-666, 7. R.J. Johnson- 558, 8. Andy Reinbold-546, 9. Dennis Gile-541, 10. Tyler Most-502, 11. Josh Pelkey-436, 12. Sterling Cling- 346, 13. Zack Madrid-288, 14. Bruce St. James-249, 15. Kyle Shipley-225, 16. Colton Maroney-206, 17. Tyler Adams-200, 18. Colton Hardy-190, 19. Asa Kesterson-179, 20. Ronnie Clark-175.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

BALLOU SUSPENDED FOR REMAINDER OF 2018 USAC SEASON

On September 24th, the United States Auto Club Competition Committee held a comprehensive review regarding numerous actions conducted by Robert Ballou, a USAC National Sprint Car competitor. These actions follow several discussions between USAC and Ballou during the 2016 and 2017 USAC racing season, in which similar actions were repeated. All of Ballou's actions reviewed were deemed detrimental to the sport of auto racing.

On September 25th, a meeting was held with Mr. Ballou, along with key industry track partners, to discuss the repeated concerns.

The findings of the Competition Committee and action taken is as follows under USAC Rule 10.32:

Continued violations of USAC Competition Rules and Procedures have imposed harm and risk to the viability of the USAC National Sprint Car Series. As such, the United States Auto Club has imposed the following fines and penalties for the 2018-2019 seasons for Robert Ballou:

1. Prohibited from all USAC competition for the remainder of calendar year 2018.

2. Forfeiture of USAC annual points funds presented by AMSOIL for recognition of Championship points.

3. Competition allowed in USAC Racing in 2019 under probation with zero tolerance for similar actions.

These fines and penalties are effective immediately.

 

 

IMRA, MIDWEST SPEED2S CLOSE AT SPOON RIVER, MONTPELIER; WESTERN AT MADERA

Two USAC Speed2 Midget championships conclude this week. The Midwest Thunder series concludes Friday at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway while the Engler IMRA series finishes up Saturday at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. The USAC Western Speed2s also compete Saturday at Madera (Calif.) Speedway

Shane Morgan of Creve Coeur, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Sean Murphy, Andy Baugh, Daniel Robinson and Tyler Roth trailed at the finish.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. won Saturday night's USAC Laquerre's Sports DMA Midget finale at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., while Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. secured his initial USAC driving championship after finishing second in the 45-lap three-segment feature event. Joe Krawiec was third, followed by Seth Carlson and Mike Chaffee.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-1,023,-2-Will Hull-1,010, 3-Joe Krawiec-1,006, 4-Seth Carlson-932, 5-Derek O'Hearn-916, 6-Adam Whitney-790, 7-Justin Phillips-779. 8-Mike Chaffee-685, 9-Jeff Horn-614, 10-Brandon Emerson-577.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-1,062, 2-Shane Morgan-862, 3-Brent Burrows-690, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Jake Sollenberger-629, 6-Kurt Mueller-606, 7-Daltyn England-542, 8-Kevin Battefeld-531, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Tyler Roth-421.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-722, 2-Alex Watson-565, 3-Stratton Briggs-556, 4-Jon Steed-504, 5-Cory Guingrich-453, 6-Jon Watson-439, 7-Chett Gehrke-432, 8-Kyle Kriegbaum-319, 9-Trey Osborne-278, 10-John Heydenreich-268.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-1,089, 2-Joey Iest-818, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Johnny Nichols-471, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Toni Breidinger-218, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryant Bell-127.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-730, 2-Joey Iest-546, 3-Johnny Nichols-471, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Toni Breidinger-218, 7-Bryant Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-883, 2-Joe Krawiec-869, 3-Will Hull-856, 4-Derek O'Hearn-804, 5-Seth Carlson-794, 6-Adam Whitney-720, 7-Justin Phillips-672, 8-Brandon Emerson-577, 9-Mike Chaffee-565, 10-Jeff Horn-530.

 

 

USAC SPRINT TRIPLEHEADER HITS KOKOMO-GAS CITY-LAWRENCEBURG THIS WEEKEND

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sure, Indiana Sprint Week has already passed us by just the same as the sun has set on the summertime.

Entering Fall, why not an Indiana Sprint Weekend to keep the fires burning, and oh, how they have burned with spectacular action with a special breed of competitors laying the groundwork for an entertaining stretch as we wind down the clock on the Midwest racing calendar.

This week's slate of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition takes us to three Hoosierland racetracks in a three-night span, Thursday, Sept. 27, at Kokomo Speedway, Friday, Sept. 28 at Gas City I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 29 at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The leadoff is Kokomo for "Take 3" of "Sprint Car Smackdown VII," which resumes after two previous tries that were doomed by rain. The two prelim races for "Smackdown" in late August produced another tally mark for the winningest series driver this year with the series, Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., as well as a first-time winner in Collinsville, Okla. driver Tyler Thomas.

Past final night winners in the "Smackdown" field include three-time victor Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. (2016) and reigning winner Courtney (2017).

Rarely does an event truly live up to its moniker, but last year's "Smackdown" finale was an apt description of how the final laps and post-race theatrics unfolded. Courtney utilized a slider to grab the lead from race-long leader Tyler Thomas on the final green-white-checkered, but it took quite a while and a wild set of circumstances to get there.

After fighting engine issues early on in the night, Courtney encountered a maze that took just two laps, but resulted in jubilation for some, heartbreak for others and grass stains for a few who rolled around in the infield after voicing their displeasure with the way things played out down the stretch.

The unique "Smackdown" format will feature qualifying races, plus the "King of the Hill" two-car, three lap shootouts that pits the top-8, locked in A-Main drivers competing for their starting spots in the night's A-Main, which leads into the last chance races and concludes with the 40-lap A-Main.

The top-8 drivers locked into Thursday's feature include "Smackdown" point leader Courtney, second-place Justin Grant, Tyler Thomas, Brady Bacon, Darland, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and Jason McDougal, who, along with T. Thomas, is the only other first-time winner with the series.

C.J. Leary leads the B & W Auto Mart Passing Master Award standings, passing a total of 16 cars throughout the preliminary and feature events throughout the two nights of "Smackdown" run thus far.

Thursday at Kokomo, all gates open at 3pm. Cars hit the track at 6pm with racing to immediately follow. Additionally, a program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program. General admission tickets are $35. Kids 10 & under tickets are free with paid adult (general admission only). Pit passes for all ages are $45.

Three-day "Smackdown" ticketholders must turn in their wristband at the ticket window in exchange for a new one. Tickets that were already redeemed are NOT valid for re-entry. It is only the wristband that will be accepted as a rain check, no exceptions.

Friday's "James Dean Classic" marks the series' return to the Gas City I-69 Speedway quarter-mile oval for the first time since July of 2017 when Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary emerged with the victory in a wild one, passing Robert Ballou with five laps remaining to score the win.

Expected entrants for Friday's race who've been victorious in a USAC event at Gas City include Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. (2006 & 08), Darland (2009 & 11), K. Thomas, (2013), Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. (2015), Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Ind. (2015), Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. (2016), Courtney (2016) and Leary (2017).

The victories for Cottle, Weir and Courtney were each their first visits to victory lane in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition.

Gas City's pits open at 3pm, front gates at 4:30pm and cars on track for hot laps at 6:25pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 while kids 12 and under are free and pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg Speedway concludes the frenetic month of September for the series as it heads to the speedy 3/8-mile dirt oval for one final time in 2018. As has been the case on ten occasions already this season, Courtney was the victor in the last series' visit in July during "Indiana Sprint Week." Courtney also won the series' most recent race in last Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

Courtney is the tenth driver to join the elite double-digit club of drivers who've won 10 or more USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features in a single season: Tom Bigelow (14 wins in 1977), J.J. Yeley (13 in 2003) & Robert Ballou (13 in 2015), Larry Dickson (12 in 1968) & Pancho Carter (12 in 1976), Bubby Jones (11 in 1979), Dickson (10 in 1970), Carter (10 in 1977) & Jay Drake (10 in 2000).

Past "Fall Nationals" winners aiming to duplicate that performance this Saturday include Chase Stockon (2012) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2017). Thomas disposed of fellow second row starter Leary, then front row combatants Ballou and Grant in a rapid-fire succession of precision with an outside move off turn two that propelled him from fourth to first on the opening lap, leading all 30 circuits on his way to victory.

Lawrenceburg's pits open at 3pm, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm with opening ceremonies slated for 7pm. Adult tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 apiece for all ages.

Five drivers have won at all three tracks on the docket this weekend, including Courtney, Leary, Darland, K. Thomas and Stockon.

The upcoming events mark the 61st appearances by the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Kokomo, the 31st at Gas City and the 61st at Lawrenceburg.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars made their debut at Kokomo on July 22, 1981 with Tom Bigelow capturing the victory in the Gohr Distributing No. 56. The first visit to Lawrenceburg on September 18, 1983 found Danny Milburn collecting the victory aboard the Stenger Leasing/Southside Ready Mix No. 3. Gas City made its first appearance on the schedule in 2002 when Cory Kruseman snagged the win behind the wheel of the Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 67.

The all-time winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver at Kokomo is Dave Darland with nine. Darland also owns the most at Lawrenceburg with seven. Jon Stanbrough tops the list with six at Gas City.

All three races will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and available to watch on-demand a day after the event is run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can listen to all USAC National events live on the USAC app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2206, 2-Courtney-2189, 3-Windom-2143, 4-Bacon-1901, 5-Darland-1889, 6-Stockon-1870, 7-Leary-1865, 8-Ballou-1771, 9-Grant-1746, 10-Chapple-1232.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV BRINGS LIVE COVERAGE OF USAC TRIPLEHEADER WEEKEND

Speedway, Indiana (Sept. 26, 2018).........Speed Shift TV will provide live coverage via pay-per-view of all three of this weekend's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship races in the Hoosier State from Kokomo, Gas City and Lawrenceburg.

The renewal of the "Sprint Car Smackdown VII" finale resumes Thursday, September 27, at Kokomo Speedway. The series then moves onto Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday, September 28, for the "James Dean Classic." The busy weekend stretch concludes Saturday, September 29, with the "Fall Nationals" from Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The field for the weekend includes all the top stars of USAC Sprint Car racing, featuring a close battle for the championship between Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney and Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom, who are all separated by 63 points.

Additional top guns include Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), plus Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who both recently broke into the win column for the first time in their USAC careers.

Thursday at Kokomo, cars hit the track at 6pm with racing to immediately follow. A program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program a Kokomo. Friday at Gas City, cars get on track for hot laps at 6:25pm. Saturday at Lawrenceburg, hot laps are set for 6pm.

In addition to the live stream on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/, each of three events will be available to watch on-demand a day after the events are run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. As always, you can listen to all USAC National events live on the USAC app.

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Subscribe to www.loudpedal.tv to view replays of this year's races as well as historical USAC action from the past.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS INVADE ARIZONA SPEEDWAY FOR “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018... After battling at the Perris “Glenn Howard Classic,” the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will head to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona for two nights of action. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the annual “Hall of Fame Classic” starts this Friday, September 28th and will also feature the San Tan Ford Sprint Cars and winged micro sprints. On Saturday, the track will also host a special legends autograph session, including this year’s inductees to the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535 SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78 FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101 COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S B&B: FRAC-0375S SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since November 4, 2016, Arizona Speedway has held four AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events as part of the “Western World Championships” with the AMSOIL USAC National Series. Chris Windom leads all drivers with 2 main event wins and the 1-lap track record of 14.625 was set by “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug on November 5, 2016. A complete series win list at the San Tan Valley oval is at the end of this release.

Originally a 410 Non-Winged Sprint Car race sanctioned by SCRA in 2000, the “Hall of Fame Classic” has been an Arizona tradition going back to the legendary Manzanita Speedway. “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural race and the event has since been a part of the USAC/CRA, USAC National, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules. Sherman, Damion Gardner, Bryan Clauson, and R.J. Johnson are tied with two “Hall of Fame Classic” victories. The event winner’s list is at the end of the release.

A special autograph session will be held on Saturday with many Arizona racing legends and Frank McDaniel will serve as Grand Marshall. Terry Belcher Sr., Dennis Matousek, Jim Rogers, Marty Wilcox, and Eric Wilkins will be inducted into the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. Bob Bishop, Chuck Buckman, Larry Clark, Wayne Gibson, Ricky Johnson, Mike Leslie, Mickey Meyer, Marty Miller, Jimmy Norman, “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman, and “The Ripper” Rip Williams will join the inductees at the autograph session and meet the fans.

Entering the seventeenth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 44-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led thirteen laps and finished second in last Saturday’s “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the “California Sprint Week” Champion has of three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to add the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his resume.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won his fourth “Glenn Howard Classic” last Saturday night. At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has four feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has seventy-nine USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with Arizona Speedway wins.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams finished third at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. Austin has seven career wins and will be looking sweep the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams set fast time and rebounded from a mid-race tangle to score eighth at Perris. At press time, the former Victorville Champion has four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on adding Arizona Speedway to his win list.

Max Adams (Loomis, CA) sits fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams raced from tenth to sixth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led to his credit. Max has two career USAC/CRA wins and will be in contention for the “Hall of Fame Classic” victories.

Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, R.J. Johnson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $20, Senior Tickets are $20, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

SANDS CHEVROLET HALL OF FAME CLASSIC WINNERS: 2000-Jeremy Sherman, 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Damion Gardner, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Mike Kirby, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Danny Sheridan, 2008-Cancelled, 2009-Not Held, 2010-Not Held, 2011-Bryan Clauson, 2012-Mike Martin, 2013-Chase Stockon, 2014-Bryan Clauson, 2015-Mike Spencer, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chris Windom, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Chase Stockon.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1145, 2. Damion Gardner-1101, 3. Austin Williams-993, 4. Cody Williams-927, 5. Max Adams-912, 6. Jake Swanson-802, 7. R.J. Johnson-758, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-748, 9. Logan Williams-716, 10. Chris Gansen-684, 11. Ryan Bernal-527, 12. Tommy Malcolm-497, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-357, 15. Joel Rayborne-347, 16. Verne Sweeney-309, 17. Austin Ervine-307, 18. Austin Liggett-252, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-251, 20. Matt Rossi-178.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

DAMION GARDNER WINS PERRIS “11TH GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018... Taking advantage on a restart, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) slipped past Brody Roa on lap 20 and stormed to last Saturday’s “11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner earned $2,500 by claiming his fourth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the season. Point leader Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, hard charger A.J. Bender, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

After Perris starter Kevin Winters waved the green flag, third starting R.J. Johnson raced past front row starters Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm and Brody Roa to grab the early lead. Looking for his first USAC/CRA win of 2018, Johnson led the first six laps before Roa took charge. Once out front, the newly crowned “California Sprint Week” Champion set a torrid pace and reached slower traffic.

While Roa maintained control, the battle for the other top-ten spots was furious. However, a couple of cautions halted the action, including and a red flag for a Johnson flip that also collected fast qualifier “The Cadillac” Cody Williams. Now in second, the fifth starting Gardner was in the runner-up spot and challenged for the lead on the restart. Roa battled back and held strong, but “The Demon” grabbed the top spot. Once out front, Gardner extended his advantage, but heavy lapped traffic a few laps later would hamper the leaders. Roa was closing the gap, but Gardner sliced his way through the traffic to score his fourth “Howard Classic” and 79th USAC/CRA triumph.

Earlier in the program, “The Demon” Damion Gardner qualified second out of nineteen racers and won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. The six-time champion heads to Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic” ranked second in the point chase with five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, nine heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led.

After leading thirteen laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) finished second in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was fifth quick in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. The point leader left the Lake Perris Fairgrounds with a 44-point lead on the strength of three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) scored third in the Perris Auto Speedway main event. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams qualified third overall and placed second to Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. Currently sitting third in the point standings, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and feature laps led in the campaign.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, CA) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with fourth place run from eighteenth. Racing the family owned #21 K&R Motorsports / Rosson Racing DRC, Bender was eighteenth fast in time trials and finished fourth in his heat race. At press time, the 2008 CLS Rookie of the Year is thirteenth in USAC/CRA point standings with five top-10 finishes to his credit.

Starting ninth, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) claimed fifth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Driving Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Faria qualified ninth overall and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. To date, the two-time USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion is eighth in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led in 2018.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) began the night by earning his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams also won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and rebounded to score eighth in the main event. At press time, the former Victorville Champion sits fourth in the standings with four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action for two nights starting Friday, September 28th at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. In addition to a legends autograph session, the annual “Hall of Fame Classic” will also feature the San Tan Ford Sprint Cars and winged mini sprints. Located at the ET Motopark, more event and ticket information can be found at www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.479; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.672; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.778; 4. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.844; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.844; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.000; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.022; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.039; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.048; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.111; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.259; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.689; 13. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.042; 14. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.050; 15. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-18.188; 16. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.235; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-19.260; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-NT, 19. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. Gansen, 5. Marshall. 2:57.19

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. McCarthy, 5. Rayborne, 6. Ervine. 2:57.80

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. A.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. Bender, 5. Sweeney, 6. Smith. 2:59.15

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (5th), 2. Brody Roa (2nd), 3. Austin Williams (4th), 4. A.J. Bender (18th), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 6. Max Adams (10th), 7. Logan Williams (8th), 8. Cody Williams (6th), 9. Tommy Malcolm (1st), 10. Chris Gansen (7th), 11. Verne Sweeney (12th), 12. Matt McCarthy (11th), 13. Gary Marshall Jr. (16th), 14. Austin Ervine (17th), 15. Joel Rayborne (14th), 16. Cal Smith (15th), 17. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 18. Eddie Tafoya (13th). NT
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**Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Johnson, Laps 7-19 Roa, Laps 20-30 Gardner.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: A.J. Bender (18th to 4th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1145, 2. Damion Gardner-1101, 3. Austin Williams-993, 4. Cody Williams-927, 5. Max Adams-912, 6. Jake Swanson-802, 7. R.J. Johnson-758, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-748, 9. Logan Williams-716, 10. Chris Gansen-684, 11. Ryan Bernal-527, 12. Tommy Malcolm-497, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-357, 15. Joel Rayborne-347, 16. Verne Sweeney-309, 17. Austin Ervine-307, 18. Austin Liggett-252, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-251, 20. Matt Rossi-178.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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MORGAN #1 IN SPOON RIVER IMRA MIDGETS

Canton,IL........Shane Morgan of Creve Couer, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. Sean Murphy, Andy Baugh, Daniel Robinson and Tyler Roth gtrailed at the finish.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 2. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 3. Daniel Robinson (#6B Baugh), 4. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 5. Ryan Patrick (#23 Patrick). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 2. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 3. Charlie Kunz (#27 Kunz), 4. Tyler Roth (#18 Roth), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Justin Behrens (#17 Behrens). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sean Murphy (#5M Murphy), 2. A.J. Hill (#51R Johnson), 3. Tori Smirh (#18 Smith), 4. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 5. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 6. Christopher Adrien (#21 Adrien). 7. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Daltyn England (#19E England),

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Shane Morgan, 2. Sean Murphy, 3. Andy Baugh, 4. Daniel Robinson, 5. Tyler Roth, 6. A.J. Hill, 7. Brent Burrows, 8. Tori Smith, 9. Justin Behrens, 10. Scott Koerner, 11.Jake Sollenberger, 12. Ryan Patrick, 13. John Heitzman, 14. Kevin Battefeld, 15. Dave Baugh, 16. Christopher Adrien, 17. Jeff Sparks, 18. Charlie Kunz. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Morgan.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-1,062, 2-Morgan-862, 3-Burrows-690, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Sollenberger-629, 6-Kurt Mueller-606, 7-England-542, 8-Battefeld-531, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Roth-421.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 RACE: September 28 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

HULL TAKES DMA FINALE; TITLE TO GOFF

Bradford, VT........Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. won Saturday night's USAC Laguerre's Sports DMA Midget finale at Bear Ridge Speedway while Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. secured his initial USAC driving championship after finishing second in the 45-lap three-segment feature event. Joe Krawiec was third, followed by Seth Carlson and Mike Chaffee.

USAC LAGUETTE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Seth Carlson, 2, Matczak-15.045; 2. Will Hull, 3, Matczak-15.120; 3. Joe Krawiec, 1B. Miller-15.143; 4. Dan Douville, 7x, Douville-15.171; 5. Josh Harrington, 96, Harrington-15.323; 6. Jason Goff, 19J, Goff-15.359; 7. Mike Chaffee, 18c, Chaffee-15.441; 8. Tim Gallant, 33, Gallant-15.456; 9. Justin Phillips, 1m, Miller-15.491; 10. Jeff Horn, 1A, Mossman-15.588; 11. Robert White, 68, White-15.622; 12. Derek O'Hearn, 55, Matczak-15.642; 13. Tim West, 23, West-16.669; 14. Adam Whitney, 12, Whitney-NT; 15. Alex Rose, 11, Rose-NT.

FEATURE: (45 laps) 1. Will Hull, 2. Jason Goff, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Seth Carlson, 5. Mike Chaffee, 6. Derek mO'Hearn, 7. Tim Gallant, 8. Dan Douville, 9. Justin Phillips, 10. Josh Harrington, 11. Adam Whitney, 12. Robert White, 13. Tim West, 14. Adam Whtney, 15. Alex Rose. NT ---------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Segment #1: Laps 1-10 Krawiec; Segment #2: Laps 1-8 O'Hearn, Laps 9-15 Hull; Segment #3: Laps 1-10 Gallant, Laps 11-20 Carlson.

FINAL LAGUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-1,023,-Hull-1,010, 3-Krawiec-1,006, 4-Carlson-932, 5-O'Hearn-916, 6-Whitney-790, 7-Phillips-779. 8-Chaffee-685, 9-Horn-614, 10-Brandon Emerson-577.

 

 

DAVIS WINS "SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS" CLOSER

Peoria, AZ........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. passed Andy Reinbold on lap 26 and led the final five laps to win Saturday's USAC Southwest Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park. Tye Mihocko took second ahead of Andy Reinbold, Mike Martin and Colton Hardy,

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships"

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.219; 2. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.496; 3. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.554; 4. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.612; 5. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-15.702; 6. Asa Kesterson, 18, Kesterson-15.761; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.798; 8. Andy Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-15.852; 9. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-16.031; 10. Tyler Merrill, 88, Merrill-16.191; 11. Tyler Most, 3, Most-16.749; 12. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Hardy, 3. St. James