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WINDOM THE NEWEST MEMBER OF USAC'S TRIPLE CROWN CLUB

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Merced, California (November 22, 2020).........There are but seven wonders of the world, so they say.

Now, with Chris Windom's 2020 NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, you might say there are now seven wonders of USAC racing, each of whom have reached the pinnacle of the sport by possessing a USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National driving title.

It's a club that that spans multiple generations and consists of ordinary individuals who exhibit extraordinary abilities on racetracks across America.

It's a club that includes the most successful racers of their era; those who are apt to adaptability on any variation of track size or surface as well as any open wheel car of any size.

It's a club that can boast the likes of Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons Jr. and Tracy Hines - all part of racing's elite, akin to USAC's version of the green jacket coveted by those who yearn to become a champion of The Masters.

Chris Windom is now among those mighty few.

The Canton, Ill. native, who now resides in St. Louis, Mo., persevered in the Midget division this past season, winning four times in total, from Ocala, Fla. to Putnamville, Ind. to Fairbury, Neb. to Kokomo, Ind., and leading the standings for two-thirds of the year in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Of the seven members, Windom has followed a similar path taken by Darland and Hines in earning series titles in the biggest cars first (Silver Crown), then claiming the Sprint Cars and then, the smallest of all (Midgets), to claim the final prong of their crown.

At 29 years old, Windom ranks right smack dab in the middle in terms of age at the time of completing the USAC Triple Crown. Stewart was the youngest at age 24 in 1995 while Tracy Hines was the oldest in 2015 at the age of 43. Yeley was 27, Carter 28, Darland 35 and Coons 36.

In terms of experience with USAC at the time of each driver's fulfillment of the Triple Crown, once again, Windom ranks directly in the middle. Windom's 2020 Midget title came 13 years after his first career USAC National start in 2007. For Stewart, who debuted with USAC in 1991, it was only four years later that he captured all three National championships in a single campaign in 1995. Hines made his first USAC National start in 1993 and completed the process of the Triple Crown 22 years later in 2015!

As for the others, Carter broke into the USAC ranks in 1970, and by 1978, he had finished up his personal "Triple." Yeley made a USAC National Midget start in 1992 and completed his Triple Crown by 2003. A 19-year-old Dave Darland cracked the starting field with USAC's National Sprint division in 1986; his 2001 Midget title 15 years later cemented his status as a Triple Crown champ. Jerry Coons Jr., in 1987, was a first-time USAC National Midget feature starter. Twenty-one years later in 2008, he became the newest owner of a Triple Crown.

The five-season span between Windom's first USAC National title (2016 Silver Crown) and the completion of the Triple Crown (2020 Midget), again, ranks near the middle among the seven. Stewart achieved it the fastest, winning his first and last titles of the three divisions in a two-season span between 1994-95. Yeley (2001-03) and Coons (2006-08) performed likewise in three seasons. For Darland, it was five seasons (1997-2001), seven for Carter (1972-78) and 16 for Hines (2000-15).

USAC TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPIONS:

Pancho Carter (1972 Midget, 1974 Sprint, 1976 Sprint & 1978 Silver Crown)

Dave Darland (1997 Silver Crown, 1999 Sprint, 2001 Midget & 2002 Midget)

Tony Stewart (1994 Midget, 1995 Silver Crown, 1995 Sprint & 1995 Midget)

J.J. Yeley (2001 Sprint, 2002 Silver Crown, 2003 Silver Crown, 2003 Sprint, 2003 Midget)

Jerry Coons Jr. (2006 Midget, 2007 Midget, 2008 Silver Crown & 2008 Sprint)

Tracy Hines (2000 Silver Crown, 2002 Sprint & 2015 Midget)

Chris Windom (2016 Silver Crown, 2017 Sprint & 2020 Midget)

 

 

THORSON CLOSES USAC MIDGET SEASON THE SAME
WAY HE STARTED IT: IN VICTORY LANE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Merced, California (November 21, 2020).........From Ocala, Fla. to Merced, Calif., the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season concluded in the same manner it began - with Tanner Thorson's presence in victory lane.

Of all his great performances in 2020, Thorson very well may have saved his best for last, going tit for tat in a racelong clash between he, Tyler Courtney and Buddy Kofoid that saw each driver rotate their turns as the race leader in the final six laps of Saturday night's season finale at California's Merced Speedway.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) led the final four to earn his season-leading seventh win, etching his name into the record books as just the sixth driver, and the first in 20 years, to win both the first and last race during a USAC National Midget season. Thorson won the season opener in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Parnelli Jones (1964), Rich Vogler (1984), Billy Boat (1996), Jason Leffler (1999), Tony Stewart (2000) and now Thorson (2020) all share the distinction while Thorson also equaled the legendary A.J. Foyt with his 20th career series triumph, placing him 33rd all-time.

The victory for Thorson aboard his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota was worth $5,000 after sponsor Elk Grove Ford elevated the winner's share by an extra $2,000 earlier in the evening. To earn the accolades, the "w" and the money, Thorson affixed his focus on the basics, the mental aspect of racing, that he felt he had strayed from in recent outings.

"I just tried to keep my composure and hit my marks," Thorson explained. "It's something that I feel like, over the last couple of races, I've lacked - hitting my marks perfectly and making sure I get through the turn right. I feel like my car has been so fast here lately, I kind of went away from concentrating on hitting my lines and making it manageable. It's something I knew I needed to focus on and make work."

Thorson went to work on his 30-lap mission from the outside of the second row, but trouble ensued mid-pack just as the wheels were set in motion with Chase Johnson taking a lap one, turn one tumble that also collected Zeb Wise. Johnson's first ride in the Bundy Built Honda, normally piloted by Ethan Mitchell, came about due to extensive damage received in a Friday night crash at Merced in his regular ride, the Tom Malloy-owned No. 25c. Johnson was credited with the 24th finishing position while Wise restarted and finished 19th.

Pole sitter Kofoid grabbed the top spot on the complete restart, a lead which he held for the first 14 laps despite repeated shots fired from outside front row starter Courtney while Thorson would soon enter the fray, finding his rhythm right around the inside berm.

As Kofoid ringed the topside as smooth as silk, the bottom-feeding Thorson found a sudden surge exiting the fourth turn to close within a wheel of Kofoid at the stripe on the 14th lap, then completed his overtake of the position off turn two moments later on the 15th trip.

A bump of the turn two bottom berm on the 18th circuit allowed Kofoid to break free of Thorson for the time being and open up a five car length lead while Thorson briefly ventured away from the bottom, tucked in behind Kofoid on the curb.

Meanwhile, Courtney, who had been lying in the weeds in third behind Kofoid and Thorson for the past 15 laps, suddenly decided it was "go time" in this non-stop 30-lapper that went green to checker without a yellow following the complete restart, splitting between Thorson to his left and Kofoid to his right in turn three, with Kofoid ultimately edging Courtney by roughly the thickness of the chrome on his front bumper at the line.

Kofoid's reign at the front was in constant peril, and when Courtney got to the inside of Kofoid midway down the back straightaway, Kofoid attempted to slam the door on Courtney entering turn three with both banging their wheels off one another and Courtney leveraging his way past Kofoid off the fourth corner to position himself into the lead.

Kofoid slid past Courtney a tick later in turn one to regain the position and lead the path on lap 26, then once again, maneuvered his way back to the bottom to prevent the retaliation slider.

As eyes were peeled on Kofoid and Courtney nose-to-tail at the top of turn three on lap 27, Thorson casually snuck by both on the bottom, leading a three-wide formation at the start/finish line with Courtney to his inside and Kofoid to his outside all separated by within a half-car length.

Kofoid tried with all his might to grapple his way back into contention with Thorson while utilizing the top, but Thorson ably obtained a little bit of ground on Kofoid when he disposed of the lapped car of Bryant Wiedeman in turns one and two coming to the white flag.

However, Kofoid tried to one-up Thorson by double-dipping with a slider of both Wiedeman and Thorson in a single turn three slide job, successfully discarding Wiedeman but coming up just short of Thorson, opting to fall in line to regroup and give 'er her one more try.

On the final lap, Kofoid was unable to get close enough to make another attempt at a slider, only enough to nestle right to the rear bumper of Thorson as he raced to the finish line 0.130 sec. ahead of Kofoid with Courtney third, fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder Kyle Larson fourth and Spencer Bayston fifth for the third consecutive race.

The fast-paced race, which lasted a total time of 7:18.810, was the first and only uninterrupted feature that went green to checkered, from laps 1-30, with the series this season. The five total lead changes were the most in any USAC National Midget feature this season as well.

In the end, it was Thorson, who led three laps midway but settled in and found a sense of serenity to battle his way back to the front, and ultimately, prevail.

"When I started hitting my lines, I was able to run down Buddy (Kofoid) pretty fast," Thorson recalled. "I got mixed up with some lapped cars and kind of messed up on the berm one time, but once I regained my composure, it all fell into place."

It was a 2020 season unlike any other for Thorson, and a season unlike most for any driver in the course of USAC National Midget racing history over the past 65 years. His first four victories this year came for Hayward Motorsports, and since joining Tom Malloy's team in late September, Thorson has reeled off three more wins, making him one of just five drivers to win at least three races for two different teams in a single season in USAC National Midget history.

Parnelli Jones was the first to do the deed in 1963 for Marv Edwards and Howard Linne. Mike McGreevy is the only driver to accomplish the feat twice, first in 1965 for both Jack London and the Kenyon Brothers, then again in 1969 for owners Howard Linne and Ed Lark. Rich Vogler's 1988 championship season include 11 wins for Wilke Racers and five for Jonathan Byrd. Jay Drake had been the most recent with three each for Ralph Potter, then Keith Kunz in 2000.


Tanner Thorson etched his name into the record books as just the sixth driver, and the first in 20 years, to win both the first and last race during a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season. Thorson also won the season opener in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.
(Rich Forman Photo)


"At the end of this year, we've been really strong and it all comes down to the people that surround you and who works on the car as well as the shocks and motors," Thorson said. "Having fun and enjoying what you do, that's what drives me harder more than anything, even more than even having the baddest car on the racetrack. It's just the people around you and what you can do with such a great mindset. I've got the best mindset out there as far as winning and having fun at the same time."

Of course, when you're winning, it's much easier to have fun, and in what was Thorson's first ever weekend competing at the 1/4-mile Merced Speedway, his fun included joining several notable lists of achievements while also ending the season on the highest of notes, which gave Thorson an opportunity to think back on those who helped him get to this point.

"I've raced with some pretty awesome people," Thorson reminisced. "I got the majority of my USAC wins with Keith Kunz and that's where I learned the ropes of midget racing. And then, Darren Hagen, I lived with him when I grew up, and he showed me the way around about just how racing was and what I needed to do, and it's all helped pay off in the end."

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) finished a highly-impressive Rookie season with the series fourth in the standings in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, earning three total victories, two of which came on the November western swing, and rounding up the season with a second-place result. The Healing Tree added a $1,000 for the runner-up, bumping Kofoid's total earnings to $2,500 for the night.

Tyler Courtney came up one point short in the USAC National Midget championship battle to Chris Windom this season, earning five total victories. On Saturday at Merced, the Indianapolis, Ind. native led one lap late and finished third in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

By pushing off for hot laps earlier in the night, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) officially, officially clinched the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving title in his NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota while Tucker-Boat Motorsports, likewise, collected its first entrant championship. The achievement made Windom just the seventh driver to join the USAC Triple Crown club by capturing a Silver Crown (2016), AMSOIL National Sprint Car (2017) and National Midget (2020) championship in his career.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 21, 2020 - Merced Speedway - Merced, California - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Merced Midget Madness

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-11.838 (New Track Record); 2. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-11.859; 3. Tanner Thorson, 25, Malloy-11.976; 4. Spencer Bayston, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-11.980; 5. Chase Johnson, 19m, Bundy Built-12.009; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.022; 7. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.024; 8. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.049; 9. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-12.073; 10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-12.077; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.078; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.084; 13. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-12.137; 14. Jesse Love, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.148; 15. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.190; 16. Dillon Welch, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.198; 17. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-12.212; 18. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.215; 19. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-12.226; 20. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-12.229; 21. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.239; 22. Zeb Wise, 97w, Wood-12.275; 23. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.282; 24. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.297; 25. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.298; 26. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.327; 27. Chance Crum, 39, Clauson/Marshall-12.345; 28. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.416; 29. Chase Randall, 35, Petry-12.417; 30. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.437; 31. Ethan Mitchell, 98, RMS-12.452; 32. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.460; 33. Colby Johnson, 27D, Morris-12.466; 34. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.487; 35. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.488; 36. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.587; 37. Ryan Robinson, 71R, Morris-12.598; 38. Jonathan Beason, 31K, Beilman-12.673; 39. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.745; 40. Frankie Guerrini, 63, F & F-12.758; 41. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-12.766; 42. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.779; 43. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.944; 44. Matt Streeter, 14JR, Streeter-12.944; 45. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-12.997; 46. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-13.240; 47. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.337; 48. Kevin Woody Jr., 1x, LKK-13.419; 49. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, DBR-13.443; 50. Michael Faccinto, 7J, Campbell-(Time of 12.411 disallowed); 51. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-(Time of 13.482 disallowed); 52. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Colby Copeland, 7. Chase Randall, 8. Colby Johnson, 9. Cole Bodine, 10. Ryan Robinson, 11. Blake Brannon, 12. Jarrett Soares, 13. Bryan Drollinger. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Ben Worth, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Jesse Love, 8. Jonathan Beason, 9. Michael Faccinto, 10. Brody Fuson, 11. Lance Bennett, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Thomas Meseraull. NT

AUTOMETER / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Chance Crum, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Jake Andreotti, 11. Randi Pankratz, 12. Robert Carson, 13. Ryan Bernal. NT

INDY RACE PARTS / ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Dillon Welch, 8. Frankie Guerrini, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Matt Streeter, 12. Kevin Woody Jr. 2:10.950

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Frankie Guerrini, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Jonathan Beason, 5. Colby Johnson, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. Jake Andreotti, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Matt Streeter, 12. Jarrett Soares, 13. Brody Fuson, 14. Bryan Drollinger, 15. Kevin Woody Jr., 16. Blake Brannon, 17. Robert Carson, 18. Ryan Robinson, 19. Randi Pankratz. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Shane Golobic, 4. Chance Crum, 5. Colby Copeland, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Ryan Bernal, 9. Cole Bodine, 10. Jesse Love, 11. Andrew Layser, 12. Dillon Welch, 13. Frankie Guerrini, 14. Brenham Crouch, 15. Maria Cofer, 16. Ethan Mitchell, 17. Robert Dalby, 18. Chase Randall. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Buddy Kofoid (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Kyle Larson (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (3), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Carson Macedo (8), 8. Cannon McIntosh (10), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Mitchel Moles (11), 11. Shane Golobic (14), 12. Daison Pursley (13), 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12), 14. Colby Copeland (15), 15. Emerson Axsom (16), 16. Tanner Carrick (21), 17. Chris Windom (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson* (23), 19. Zeb Wise (19), 20. Bryan Wiedeman (20), 21. Robert Dalby* (24), 22. Ben Worth (17), 23. Chance Crum (22), 24. Chase Johnson (9). 7:18.810 (New Track Record)

* represents a provisional starter

**Thomas Meseraull flipped during the second heat. Chase Johnson flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 15-17 Tanner Thorson, Laps 18-24 Buddy Kofoid, Lap 25 Tyler Courtney, Lap 26 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 27-30 Tanner Thorson.

FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,779, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,778, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,751, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,707, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,532, 6-Daison Pursley-1,348, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,271, 8-Justin Grant-1,179, 9-Andrew Layser-1,133, 10-Cole Bodine-1,128.

FINAL OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-226, 2-Tanner Thorson-125, 3-Kyle Cummins-108, 4-Logan Seavey-102, 5-Robert Ballou-101, 6-Cannon McIntosh-97, 7-Justin Grant-96, 8-Shane Cottle-96, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Tyler Courtney-78.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Kyle Larson

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

AutoMeter/Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Indy Race Parts/Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Carson Macedo

Indy Metal Finishing/Rod End Supply Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

KSE Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger: Tanner Carrick (21st to 16th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Jonathan Beason

 

 

IT'S ALL MESERAULL IN MERCED'S USAC MIDGET DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Merced, California (November 20, 2020).........For Thomas Meseraull, that coveted first points-paying race victory with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets was two decades in the making when he notched win number one in October.

Just a month and change later, Meseraull was celebrating victory number two on Friday night following the series' first ever event at California's Merced Speedway. It was the San Jose, Calif. native's first career USAC National points feature triumph that occurred in his home state.

Meseraull led the final 21 laps of the 30-lap feature, then endured a green-white-checkered finish to put the finishing touches on a winning performance in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab - Guess Performance Parts/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

His inauspicious beginnings to the west coast swing over the past week had resulted in finishes of 16th, 12th and 23rd in his three most recent outings entering Merced, but it was certainly not due to a lack of effort.

"I'm super stoked, especially with all the time and energy and money that gets spent to come out here to the west coast," Meseraull said. "We haven't even broken the top-10 in the last three nights, and we've been really fast. Racing circumstances just haven't really played out."

In his first night out in the team's new coil car, which was inspired in part by Tanner Thorson's recent success with the set up, Meseraull's night began with a middling qualifying run of 18th against a 54-car field, which was the largest of the series' 2020 season. Meseraull responded with a heat race victory, which by virtue of a new rule implemented during the offseason, as a heat winner, he earned a feature starting position directly behind the six-car invert.

Slated to start seventh, Meseraull was elevated another position up the grid prior to the green flag due to fourth-starting Carson Macedo and team being late to staging, one of four teams that were docked two rows due to the penalty. Now starting sixth, Meseraull was entrenched in the top-three battle along with Tanner Carrick and Daison Pursley by the conclusion of the first lap.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates Pursley and Carrick went toe-to-toe throughout the early stages, racing side-by-side and exchanging sliders right on cue, Carrick leading the way to the line on eight of the first nine circuits with Pursley edging ahead on the fifth lap.

On the ninth lap, Meseraull upped the urgency level to 11 as he split his way between Carrick and Pursley to slot into second in turn three, then glided underneath Carrick between turns one and two to occupy the lead.

Not only was it the series' first trip to Merced, the visit was also Meseraull's racing debut at the 1/4-mile dirt oval. His guide was his extensive experience and natural feel of the racetrack, while also having a weapon behind the wrenches that set the blueprint.

"Sometimes when running a new track, which I've never ran here before, you don't necessarily know where to run or where not to run, so you're just kind of winging it," Meseraull explained. "Hats off to (crew chief) Donnie Gentry for making the 7x good all night because the setup is so important in this along with our Speedway Toyota engine. If your motor is not geared right, you're just off. It was just a great night where we got our package together."

By the halfway point, Meseraull had launched to a 1.3 second advantage over Pursley, who had cleared Carrick a few moments later on the 18th lap for the runner-up position. Now clear, Pursley began to peddle back into contention as Meseraull now negotiated a maze of cars at the tail end of the lead lap.

Five to go, four to go, three to go, tick...tick, tick, tick, the hands of time began to recoil as the interval shrank to a half second between Meseraull and Pursley with three laps remaining. In that moment in time, Meseraull encountered Kaylee Bryson as he sought the proper path, low to middle to high, to overtake her and close it out while Pursley stayed the course up top.

With the white flag in sight coming out of turn four, Pursley lay just a handful of car lengths behind Meseraull. However, just as quickly as it seemed Pursley might be able to set up a possible bid for victory, it all came to a crashing halt when Pursley banged his right rear tire off the turn four cushion, then slapped the right rear against the outside front straightaway guardrail, causing him to barrel roll twice over before landing on all four wheels.

Pursley was uninjured, but his attempt at a first career USAC National Midget victory ended in an unsavory, crumpled heap along the main straightaway.

During the red flag period, Meseraull had time to ponder. He was fully cognizant of the fact that mistakes are forbidden during "winning time," but remained undoubtedly confident that what he'd been doing thus far to that point was being executed with precision.

"Honestly, we were really good, and I was kind of cheating the curb, I guess you could say, off turns two and four because it was so ledgy," Meseraull recalled. "You can't make mistakes while you're leading, or guys will get by you. I knew I could've maybe been running a faster spot, but we were pretty good where we were."

With a green-white-checkered finish in play to conclude the race, slide jobs are a foregone conclusion at this juncture in this sect of auto racing. However, Meseraull devised a plan win which he could still run his own race, but also prevent the inevitable slider from being issued by second-running Tanner Carrick on the final two-lap sprint.

"On the restart, I moved down and just ran two clean laps through the middle," Meseraull explained. "I didn't think anybody had anything to drive around the outside of us. This California air was really nice because that Toyota was ripping."

For Thomas Meseraull, Friday night at Merced Speedway marked the San Jose, Calif. native's first career USAC National points feature triumph that occurred in his home state. (Rich Forman Photo)

Carrick looked topside, and he looked low once the green dropped, but there was no avenue to pursue a path past him as Meseraull owned the middle line and flexed his muscle as he crossed under the checkered flag 0.452 sec. ahead of a season-best performance turned in by Carrick, with Cannon McIntosh, Carson Macedo and hard charger, Tanner Thorson (from 15th), rounding out the top-five.

While Friday night's Merced score was Meseraull's first USAC National Midget points win of his career in the state of California, it was not his first rodeo in victory lane with USAC Midgets in the Golden State. Previously, Meseraull had been victorious in three USAC Western States Midgets events between 2000-01 at Bakersfield, Stockton 99 and Perris. He also tallied a win in a 2004 USAC Midget special event at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.

For the November western swing, Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) made his return to KKM with whom he competed full-time for on the USAC National Midget trail between 2017-19. Carrick rewarded the team with a second-place finish Friday night at Merced, his best result of the 2020 season in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/BBS Wheels - TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Carrick's KKM teammate, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) returned to the podium for the first-time since his victory at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway on Sept. 25 by earning a third-place result at Merced in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/TRD - Mobil1 - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 20, 2020 - Merced Speedway - Merced, California - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Merced Midget Madness

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-12.051 (New Track Record); 2. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.064; 3. Jesse Love, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.071; 4. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-12.087; 5. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-12.134; 6. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.139; 7. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-12.169; 8. Zeb Wise, 97w, Wood-12.181; 9. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.185; 10. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.201; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.242; 12. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.245; 13. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.255; 14. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.258; 15. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.265; 16. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-12.266; 17. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-12.268; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.300; 19. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-12.309; 20. Chase Randall, 35, Petry-12.317; 21. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-12.340; 22. Colby Johnson, 27D, Morris-12.367; 23. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.370; 24. Michael Faccinto, 7J, Campbell-12.376; 25. Dillon Welch, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.422; 26. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.427; 27. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.435; 28. Frankie Guerrini, 63, F & F-12.447; 29. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.470; 30. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.482; 31. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.511; 32. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.531; 33. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-12.541; 34. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.558; 35. Jonathan Beason, 31K, Beilman-12.571; 36. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.580; 37. Matt Streeter, 14JR, Streeter-12.600; 38. Chance Crum, 39, Clauson/Marshall-12.614; 39. Blake Bower, 10x, Boscacci-12.615; 40. Ryan Robinson, 71R, Morris-12.633; 41. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.693; 42. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.707; 43. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.746; 44. Jake Morgan, 19w, Sala-12.800; 45. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.845; 46. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.936; 47. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.984; 48. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-13.030; 49. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-13.130; 50. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-13.236; 51. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-13.380; 52. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-13.425; 53. Kevin Woody Jr., 1x, LKK-13.776; 54. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.811.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Colby Copeland, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Dillon Welch, 7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 8. Brody Fuson, 9. Matt Streeter, 10. Robert Carson, 11. Randi Pankratz, 12. Kyle Larson, 13. Jake Andreotti, 14. Spencer Bayston. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Maria Cofer, 8. Cole Bodine, 9. Chance Crum, 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 11. Ben Worth, 12. Lance Bennett, 13. Colby Johnson. 2:06.569 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Jesse Love, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Blake Bower, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Blake Brannon, 12. Jarrett Soares, 13. Tyler Courtney. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Zeb Wise, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Frankie Guerrini, 9. Jake Morgan, 10. Kevin Woody Jr., 11. Blaze Bennett, 12. Chase Johnson. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Hayden Reinbold, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Jonathan Beason, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Chance Crum, 9. Matt Streeter, 10. Brody Fuson, 11. Jake Morgan, 12. Ben Worth, 13. Kyle Beilman, 14. Jake Andreotti, 15. Jarrett Soares, 16. Blake Brannon, 17. Kevin Woody Jr., 18. Randi Pankratz, 19. Robert Carson, 20. Lance Bennett, 21. Blake Bower. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING/ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Dillon Welch, 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 11. Brenham Crouch, 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 13. Cole Bodine, 14. Hayden Reinbold, 15. Maria Cofer, 16. Chase Johnson, 17. Colby Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (6), 2. Tanner Carrick (2), 3. Cannon McIntosh (5), 4. Carson Macedo (8), 5. Tanner Thorson (15), 6. Shane Golobic (3), 7. Ryan Bernal (9), 8. Spencer Bayston (11), 9. Kyle Larson (19), 10. Emerson Axsom (14), 11. Mitchel Moles (7), 12. Buddy Kofoid (21), 13. Logan Seavey (16), 14. Tyler Courtney* (23), 15. Chris Windom (22), 16. Justin Grant (17), 17. Colby Copeland (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson (13), 19. Chase Randall (20), 20. Daison Pursley (1), 21. Zeb Wise (12), 22. Michael Faccinto (10), 23. Cole Bodine* (24), 24. Jesse Love (4). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Dylan Ito flipped during qualifying. Jake Andreotti flipped during the first heat. Chase Johnson flipped during the fourth heat. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Tanner Carrick, Lap 5 Daison Pursley, Laps 6-9 Tanner Carrick, Laps 10-30 Thomas Meseraull.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,729, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,728, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,701, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,657, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,482, 6-Daison Pursley-1,298, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,221, 8-Justin Grant-1,129, 9-Andrew Layser-1,083, 10-Cole Bodine-1,078.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-225, 2-Tanner Thorson-122, 3-Kyle Cummins-108, 4-Logan Seavey-102, 5-Robert Ballou-101, 6-Justin Grant-96, 7-Shane Cottle-96, 8-Cannon McIntosh-95, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Tyler Courtney-78.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP/USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 21, 2020 - Merced Speedway - Merced, California - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Merced Midget Madness

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Spencer Bayston

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner: Ryan Bernal

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

AutoMeter/Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Indy Race Parts/Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Michael Faccinto

Indy Metal Finishing/Rod End Supply Semi Winner: Spencer Bayston

KSE Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (15th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Tyler Courtney

 

 

MERCED'S USAC MIDGET DEBUT CLOSES OUT 2020 SEASON NOV. 20-21

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Merced, California (November 18, 2020).........Merced Speedway will be the home of both firsts and lasts this weekend, Friday and Saturday, November 20-21.

First things first, for the first time ever, the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make the trek to the ¼-mile dirt oval. Lastly, the two events will mark the final two races of the 2020 season for the series.

The event will pay 50 appearance points across the board each night to all USAC National Midget licensed drivers and teams competing in the events.

Three expected entrants for the Merced event, Kyle Larson, Logan Seavey and Tanner Thorson, have all previously won USAC National Midget races in the Golden State of California. Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) has won at Ventura twice, plus, Perris, Placerville and Bakersfield for a total of five wins, most among all active drivers. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was victorious at Bakersfield in 2018 and Thorson (Minden, Nev.) at Perris in 2015.

While USAC National Midgets have not previously competed at Merced, USAC Western States Midgets have raced there on two occasions, both in 2019. Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.), the 2018 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion, won there in April while Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), the 2019 USAC Western States Midget titlist, captured victory in July.

Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), meanwhile, scored a BCRA Midget triumph at Merced in 2018 and led both USAC Western States Midget features in 2019 for a total of 24 laps.

This weekend's expectants entrant list includes several others with midget experience at Merced. Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, Calif.) was the runner-up with BCRA in April of 2017 while 2018 USAC Western States Midget champ Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) took 5th in the same show. Jesse Love (Menlo Park, Calif.) finished 6th at Merced in April of 2018.

In 2019 USAC Western States Midget action, 2017 Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Golobic earned a 2nd place result in April. In that event, Mitchel Moles (Raisin, Calif.) was 3rd and Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) 5th. In July of last year, David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), the 2012 USAC Western States Midget Dirt champion, finished 4th.

Also in the star-flooded field are the past four USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving champions: 2016-Thorson, 2017-Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), 2018-Seavey and 2019-Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), plus series point leader Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), who has National championship experience with Silver Crown in 2016 and AMSOIL National Sprint Cars in 2017 and leads the Midget standings by a single marker over Courtney.

While Windom hasn't officially clinched the title, with the two remaining nights of racing offering appearance points only, regardless of performance in the events, it all but ensures Windom's series crown.

Larson, Thorson, Seavey and Golobic are among the 11 USAC National Midget feature winners in the lineup alongside 2020 series winners Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) who won Tuesday's race at Bakersfield, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), plus two-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.).

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Rookie of the Year from 2019, Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), will compete at Merced with the aim of winning his first USAC National feature of his career. Macedo reigned supreme in a Western States Midget feature at Hanford, Calif. in October. Cofer and Guerrini each won Western States mains at Petaluma, Calif. in October. The weekend's two Merced events are also non-points, special event races for the Western States series.

Along with Macedo, Merced will also be greeted by first-time USAC National Midget win seekers and have been mainstays on the national tour in 2020, Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.).

Mix in 2014 Chili Bowl prelim winner Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.), multi-time USAC Western Classic Sprint champ Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.), 2019 NARC King of the West titlist D.J. Netto (Hanford, Calif.), Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.), Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.) and Rookies Bryant Weideman (Colby, Kans.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) as well as USAC veterans Kevin Woody Jr. (Victor, N.Y.), Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.), Lance Bennett (Parker, Colo.), Colby Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Colby Copeland (Roseville, Calif.) and first-time entrants, Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), Ashlyn Rodriguez (Wilton, Calif.), 2016 USAC Western Restricted HPD Midget champion Blake Brannon (San Jose, Calif.) and Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.).

319 previous USAC National Midget event have been held in California. Billy Cantrell, Parnelli Jones and Billy Vukovich lead all drivers with 15 series wins in the state.

The grandstands are closed to all spectators for the events on each night at Merced. On Friday, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National & USAC Western States Midgets will also have the Hoosier Tire Winged 360 Sprint Cars presented by www.onefasttee.com.

Saturday at Merced, BCRA Midget Lites & Hobby Stocks will join the USAC Midgets. Both nights at Merced, pits open at 1pm with the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5pm.

Each Merced race this weekend will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

PROJECTED MERCED DRIVER ENTRIES:

07w MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin, CA

1x KEVIN WOODY JR./Victor, NY

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA

5 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

5G BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN

7J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK

10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO

10B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA

17JR RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA

19A LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC

19S SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA

25c CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA

25m TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV

27 COLBY JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA

27w COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA

31B JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK

31K KYLE BEILMAN/Snohomish, WA

37m ASHLYN RODRIGUEZ/Wilton, CA

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN

39JR CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA

40 BLAKE BRANNON/San Jose, CA

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA

63 FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA

67K BRYANT WEIDEMAN/Colby, KS

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK

71K CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK

71R RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA

71w KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA

81x DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA

83 AUSTIN LIGGETT/Tracy, CA

88N D.J. NETTO/Hanford, CA

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX

97K JESSE LOVE/Menlo Park, CA

97w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA

98 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO

98K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA

ZEB WISE/Angola, IN

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN CALIFORNIA: (1956-2020)

15-Billy Cantrell, Parnelli Jones & Billy Vukovich

11-Johnny Moorhouse

10-A.J. Foyt

9-Allen Heath

8-Jimmy Davies, Mel Kenyon & Ron Shuman

7-Hank Butcher & Don Horvath

6-George Benson, Stan Fox, Mike McGreevy & Sleepy Tripp

5-George Amick, Billy Boat, Jimmy Caruthers, Burt Foland, Kyle Larson & Bobby Olivero

4-Gary Bettenhausen, Johnny Boyd, Chuck Gurney, Danny McKnight, George Snider & Shorty Templeman

3-Christopher Bell, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Bobby East, Billy Engelhart, Page Jones, Davey Moses, Lowell Sachs, Johnnie Tolan & Rich Vogler

2-Johnny Baldwin, Bryan Clauson, Terry Farrar, Billy Garrett, Joe Garson, Jeff Heywood, Tracy Hines, Bob Hogle, P.J. Jones, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, Earl Motter, Kevin Olson, Larry Rice, Tony Simon, Cliff Spalding, Dave Steele, Dave Strickland, Dave Strickland Jr. & J.J. Yeley

1-Mike Appio, Caleb Armstrong, Dick Atkins, Brady Bacon, Paul Bates, Tony Bettenhausen, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Roy Cook Jr., Tommy Copp, Kevin Doty, Edgar Elder, Robby Flock, Joe Gaerte, Rick Goudy, Darren Hagen, Jordan Hermansader, Dean Holden, Rick Hood, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Bubby Jones, Brent Kaeding, Buddy Kofoid, Jerry McClung, Roger McCluskey, Don Meacham, Andy Michner, Warren Mockler, Russ Moynagh, Danny Oakes, Jan Opperman, Wally Pankratz, Johnnie Parsons, Johnny Parsons, Gary Patterson, Larry Patton, Henry Pens, Gary Ponzini, Porky Rachwitz, Keith Rauch, Bobby Santos, Gio Scelzi, Logan Seavey, Frank Secrist, Tom Sellberg, Sam Sessions, Jimmy Sills, Ned Spath, Tony Stewart, Bob Tattersall, Tanner Thorson, Bobby Unser, Bob Veith, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Billy Wease, Bob Wente & Tommy White

 

 

KOFOID OUTDUELS LARSON FOR BAKO WIN; WINDOM LEADS STANDINGS BY 1

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 17, 2020).........Coming up through the ranks in the earliest years of his racing career, Buddy Kofoid idolized Kyle Larson. In recent years, Kofoid has gotten the opportunity to compete head-to-head with Larson on occasion in midgets and sprint cars.

In Tuesday night's NOS Energy Drink November Classic at California's Bakersfield Speedway, the two competed as teammates for the first time on the venerable Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team.

The fact that Larson was someone he looked up to and was also his teammate was no deterrent in Kofoid's desire to go toe-to-toe with Larson and defeat him. That he did, ultimately prevailing in a spirited duel that lasted the entire duration of the second half of the 30-lap event, with the winning move made just four laps from the finish.

"I can't believe we just beat Kyle," Kofoid exclaimed. "Kyle is one of the best in the world and really good in midgets. As a younger kid coming out of California and racing Outlaw Karts, I always looked up to him. Everyone already knows how good he is, and racing with the best helps you become better."

For Kofoid, it was his second consecutive USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory, and third overall of his career, after reigning victorious in last Saturday night's Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

Meanwhile, behind the race for the win was the race for the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship point lead. Chris Windom emerged ahead of Tyler Courtney in the standings by one single point at the checkered after charging from 20th to a 6th place finish following a wildly contentious final lap.

Kofoid lined up 5th in the 24-car field while Larson was slotted outside the front row, making it a fairly tall task for the Penngrove, Calif. Rookie who was, nonetheless, game for the challenge. Larson withstood a pair of uppercuts served his way via polesitter Chase Johnson who slid his way to the lead briefly on the opening two laps in turn one before Larson cut back under to grab the lead each time off turn two.

Kofoid raced to third by the second circuit, then traveled high and low around the 1/3-mile dirt oval to reach his way to the second position past Johnson on the 15th lap.

In the thick of the race through traffic, Larson held the upper hand over Kofoid by a two-plus second margin when KKM teammate Daison Pursley flipped in turn two on the 19th lap. He was uninjured.

The tide began to turn when racing resumed and Kofoid went on the offensive, slide jobbing Larson right off the bat in turn one. Larson answered by crossing over and trekking back under Kofoid as the two headed side-by-side into turn three. Larson muscled Kofoid off the low line, but Kofoid returned to the front with a cutback underneath Larson exiting turn four.

The slider swapping continued between the two on the ensuing lap, with Larson able to get back by with a down and under maneuver past Kofoid in turns one and two, then closed the door at the entry on the bottom of turn three. However, with the red flag displayed for a Kaylee Bryson turn two flip on the 21st lap before the lap was scored, Kofoid reassumed his position at the head of the field with Larson just behind.

Twelfth-running Thomas Meseraull found trouble on the first lap 21 restart when his mount received heavy front-end damage, forcing him to a stop near the turn three outside wall, and out of the race.

Back and forth they went with Larson able to find an answer for every strike Kofoid delivered. But with four laps to go, leading man Larson beelined to the bottom of turn three where he made a rare error, which scooched him up to the middle of no man's land and losing momentum, while Kofoid raced around the outside to put his name atop the leader board.

Larson made one final run at Kofoid on the final lap in turn four but Kofoid was unfettered in closing out his 0.552 second victory over Larson.

"We've been really strong as of late and the team gave me a hell of a car," Kofoid stated of his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota. "I had an issue with that last restart when he got the lead back and I kind of stumbled. I figured out what I needed to do and, man, that was a lot of fun."

For Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), his first event driving for KKM since Pennsylvania Midget Week in 2019 was a reunion of a combination that has won 15 times together in USAC National Midget competition between 2011-19. The first time back resulted in Larson leading a race high 24 laps and nearly pulling off the victory in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/IWX - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Larson, however, did continue his incredible streak of top-two finishes with the series that has now endured for 10 consecutive series starts dating to the west coast swing of 2019, a streak which includes seven wins and three seconds in that span.

"It was a lot of fun to get back with this team and Keith Kunz," Larson said. "It's been a year and half since I've raced with them. It was fun to get back in the seat and thanks to all of them for allowing me to run their car."

"Whenever you have an exciting race like that, it's hard to be disappointed about a second," Larson continued. "I just made a mistake. I thought I could go to the bottom there and just try to change up the rhythm the run and the race there, but I just got in, got to the brakes and stalled, and that cost me. I just hate that I made a mistake there, but I had a lot of fun racing with Buddy."

Chris Windom emerged ahead of Tyler Courtney in the standings by one single point at the checkered after charging from 20th to a 6th place finish following a wildly contentious final lap. He leads the points entering this Friday and Saturday night's races at Merced (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 20-21, both of which will pay 50 appearance points to all licensed USAC National Midget drivers and teams, regardless of performance, all but ensuring Windom's series crown. (Rich Forman Photo)

The other storyline throughout was Windom's 11-point lead was in severe jeopardy with him starting 20th in the feature while championship nemeses Tyler Courtney (-11) and Tanner Thorson (-32) started 3rd and 6th, respectively.

While Courtney and Thorson remained stalwarts inside the top-five, Windom was mired in 13th prior to the final restart with 10 laps remaining when he turned up the wick and elevated himself to seventh by the final lap. With Courtney running third at that moment in time, Windom needed to move up one more spot in order to move himself into the point lead, a final two-lap tussle between he and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

"At that point in time, I don't know anyone in the pit area is going to sit there and run 11th in the last race of the year knowing what's at stake and what everyone has worked for all year," Windom continued. "I turned it up, and it was so hard to get by guys. Restarts were crucial. You could slide one or two guys in one corner on the restart and you could hold those spots and that's what I kept doing restart after restart. I was trying to see how far Tyler was ahead of us, I saw it was two, it was three, it was four, then back to three, and I just raced as hard as I possibly could until the end."

That's when Windom encountered a seesaw, all-out war between he and Stenhouse - Courtney's Clauson-Marshall Racing teammate - for the coveted 6th spot on the final lap in turn four.

"I slid Ricky on the white flag lap, and he crossed me over and dove to the bottom," Windom recalled. "(On the last lap), I was going to the bottom as hard as I could and drove into the back of him and he spun around. I got into him there, but I saw the position, and that was what I needed, one more spot to secure a triple crown. It was a split-second decision and that's what happened."

While Windom hasn't exactly clinched the title, there are but two races remaining in the 2020 season this Friday and Saturday night, November 20-21 at Merced (Calif.) Speedway, both of which will pay 50 appearance points to all licensed USAC National Midget drivers and teams, regardless of performance, all but ensuring Windom's series crown.

That places Windom in the enviable position as the point leader entering the Merced events, putting him in the driver's seat of becoming the seventh member of the Triple Crown club of drivers who've won USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget driving championships in their career along with Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons Jr. and Tracy Hines.

"This is what I've worked my whole career for," Windom said. "The way the racetrack was tonight, we buried ourselves by not qualifying well. It was so hard to pass in the feature without throwing huge slide jobs on guys, and that's what I had to do to get to the front and get us back into contention."

Tyler Courtney, who now trails Windom by one point entering Merced, was a man of few words. The 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ has been on the other side in USAC National championship point battles, winning the 2018 Sprint Car title based a tiebreaker after he and Kevin Thomas Jr. ended the season deadlocked with the same amount of points. This year, it appears the Indianapolis, Ind. native will come up just short, equaling the narrowest margin between first and second in a championship, one, set by Cole Whitt over Tracy Hines in 2008.

"I think we just came up one spot short, not even a spot, a point. That's frustrating, and it sucks, it really does," a deflated Courtney stated after finishing third in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 17, 2020 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - NOS Energy Drink November Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.701; 2. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-12.794; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.899; 4. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.946; 5. Michael Faccinto, 7J, Campbell-12.958; 6. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-12.982; 7. Spencer Bayston, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-13.010; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.034; 9. Kyle Larson, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.035; 10. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-13.035; 11. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.046; 12. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.050; 13. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.064; 14. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.075; 15. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.086; 16. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.090; 17. Blake Bower, 10x, Boscacci-13.104; 18. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-13.110; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.128; 20. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.172; 21. Jonathan Beason, 31K, Beilman-13.186; 22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-13.196; 23. Jake Swanson, 73x, Ford-13.214; 24. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-13.242; 25. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.250; 26. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-13.258; 27. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-13.270; 28. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.275; 29. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.286; 30. Frankie Guerrini, 63, F & F-13.309; 31. Chance Crum, 31B, Beilman-13.316; 32. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.320; 33. Jesse Love, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.342; 34. Dillon Welch, 81x, Tucker/Boat-13.388; 35. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.432; 36. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-13.462; 37. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-13.477; 38. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.564; 39. D.J. Netto, 88N, Newman-13.585; 40. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-13.589; 41. Troy Morris III, 07x, Morris-13.767; 42. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-13.972; 43. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-14.086; 44. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-14.271; 45. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-NT; 46. Ashlyn Rodriguez, 37, Mitchell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jonathan Beason, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Jesse Love, 8. Blake Bower, 9. David Prickett, 10. Brenham Crouch. 2:03.059 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Frankie Guerrini, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Ben Worth, 7. Dillon Welch, 8. Blaze Bennett, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Dylan Ito, 11. Robert Dalby. NT

AUTOMETER/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Chance Crum, 9. D.J. Netto, 10. Bryan Drollinger, 11. Carson Macedo. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Clinton Boyles, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Bryant Weideman, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Brody Fuson, 8. Blake Brannon, 9. Andrew Layser, 10. Maria Cofer, 11. Jake Andreotti. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Jesse Love, 2. Chance Crum, 3. Maria Cofer, 4. Dillon Welch, 5. Troy Morris III, 6. David Prickett, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Jake Andreotti, 9. Blaze Bennett, 10. Blake Brannon, 11. D.J. Netto, 12. Bryan Drollinger, 13. Brody Fuson, 14. Dylan Ito, 15. Lance Bennett. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING/ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Ethan Mitchell, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Brenham Crouch, 10. Blake Bower, 11. Jake Swanson, 12. Cole Bodine, 13. Jesse Love, 14. Ben Worth, 15. Maria Cofer, 16. Chance Crum, 17. Robert Dalby, 18. Dillon Welch. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (5), 2. Kyle Larson (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Chase Johnson (1), 5. Spencer Bayston (4), 6. Chris Windom (20), 7. Tanner Thorson (6), 8. Cannon McIntosh (16), 9. Justin Grant (14), 10. Carson Macedo (21), 11. Jonathan Beason (8), 12. Emerson Axsom (12), 13. Clinton Boyles (10), 14. Ethan Mitchell (11), 15. Kaylee Bryson (7), 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9), 17. Andrew Layser* (24), 18. Michael Faccinto (13), 19. Tanner Carrick (15), 20. Cole Bodine* (23), 21. Bryant Wiedeman (19), 22. Frankie Guerrini (22), 23. Thomas Meseraull (18), 24. Daison Pursley (17). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Ashlyn Rodriguez flipped during practice. Jake Andreotti flipped in the fourth heat. D.J. Netto flipped during the C-Main. Dillon Welch flipped during the semi. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 19 of the feature. Kaylee Bryson flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Kyle Larson, Laps 19-20 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 21-26 Kyle Larson, Laps 27-30 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,679, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,678, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,651, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,607, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,432, 6-Daison Pursley-1,248, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,171, 8-Justin Grant-1,079, 9-Andrew Layser-1,033, 10-Cole Bodine-1,028.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-218, 2-Tanner Thorson-112, 3-Kyle Cummins-108, 4-Robert Ballou-101, 5-Logan Seavey-99, 6-Shane Cottle-96, 7-Justin Grant-95, 8-Cannon McIntosh-93, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Tyler Courtney-78.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP/USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: November 20-21, 2020 - Merced Speedway - Merced, California - Merced Midget Madness

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Ethan Mitchell

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner: Jonathan Beason Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

AutoMeter/Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Indy Race Parts/Indy Metal Finishing/Rod End Supply Semi Winner: Clinton Boyles

KSE Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger: Chris Windom (20th to 6th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Clinton Boyles

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Logan Seavey

 

 

TITLE RACE FOR USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS CONVERGES ON BAKERSFIELD FOR TUESDAY'S NOVEMBER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 16, 2020).........Three drivers - Chris Windom, Tyler Courtney and Tanner Thorson - will fight it out for the right to earn the coveted title of 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion this Tuesday night, November 17, in the NOS Energy Drink November Classic at California's Bakersfield Speedway.

The three drivers are separated by a scant margin with Windom at the top of the standings by 11 over Courtney and Thorson 32 behind. Each has previously celebrated a USAC National championship in his career with Windom taking Silver Crown (2016) and AMSOIL National Sprint Car (2017) titles, Courtney the 2018 Sprint and 2019 Midget, and Thorson with the Midgets in 2016.

For all intents and purposes, the Bakersfield round will be the final opportunity for each driver to put themselves in the driver's seat for the series championship. At Bakersfield, full points will be allotted to all licensed USAC National Midget drivers and teams, with a maximum of 84 points available. At the two Merced (Calif.) Speedway events later this weekend, Nov. 20-21, only 50 appearance points will be served out to all competitors across the board, regardless of finishing performance, with no room to make up ground. In essence, each driver's results at Bakersfield will mean everything in determining a champion.

Point leader Windom (Canton, Ill.) took over the point lead last Saturday night at Arizona Speedway with a fourth-place finish coupled with Courtney's mechanical issues that sidelined him with a 22nd place finish. Windom's only previous Bakersfield appearance came in 2019 where he won his heat but flipped on the 2nd lap of the feature. He restarted but only managed a 16th place finish.

Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 4th at Bakersfield in both 2017 and 2019 while Thorson (Minden, Nev.) will make his first appearance with the series at Bakersfield since 2017 where he set fast qualifying time and finished 3rd.

While the championship contenders will have their own race-within-a-race, the rest of the field will have the absence of points weighing on their minds, with only a feature victory in their sights. They include Kyle Larson, the defending race winner at Bakersfield who also set quick time in the process. Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) has made six USAC National Midget starts in 2020, winning four and finishing 2nd in the other two.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) won the November Classic at Bakersfield in 2018 in grand style by driving around Rico Abreu in the fourth turn on the 30th and final lap to score the victory, which also locked up the series title for him in one fell swoop.

Top Rookie Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was victorious in the most recent USAC National Midget feature last Saturday during Western World at Arizona Speedway. His Bakersfield debut in 2019 resulted in a 13th place finish.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), meanwhile, is the only driver to have finished inside the top-10 in each of the past three Bakersfield USAC National Midget races with a 10th in 2017, a 6th in 2018 and another 10th in 2019.

Carrick recently rejoined Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports for the west coast swing after racing for the team full-time between 2017-19. The team will bring eight cars to Bakersfield with Kofoid and Carrick joined by teammates Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) who both return for their second career appearances at Bakersfield while Rookies Bryant Weideman (Colby, Kans.), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) and 2018 BCRA Midget champ Jesse Love (Menlo Park, Calif.) all make their first forays to Bako.

Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), the 2017 USAC National Midget titlist, collected a runner-up finish in 2017 and a 4th in 2018 for his two best Bakersfield results.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) was a top-ten runner with the USAC National Midgets at Bakersfield all the way back in 2000, finishing 7th. In 2019 at the 1/3-mile dirt oval, Meseraull ripped through the pack from his 20th starting position to finish 8th and earn hard charger honors.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a 2007 BCRA Midget titlist, earned his best Bakersfield result in USAC National Midget competition with a 5th in 2017. A USAC Western States Midget champion in 2018, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) led the first six laps and finished 9th in the 2017 November Classic.

Robert Dalby, the reigning USAC Western States Midget champion from Anaheim, Calif., is one of six drivers to have started each of the three most recent USAC National Midget features at Bakersfield in 2017-18-19 along with Bayston, Courtney, Carrick, Michael Pickens and Zeb Wise.

Dalby will be joined in this Tuesday's lineup by a number of past November Classic starters, USAC National Midget and World of Outlaws Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), 2009 BCRA and 2012 USAC Western States Dirt Midget champion David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), plus 9th in points Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) as well as Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) and 2015 BCRA Midget champ Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, Calif.).

Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) captured his first, and to date, only career USAC Western States Midget win in April of 2019 at Bakersfield, leading the final nine laps en route to victory. He's seeking his first Bakersfield USAC National Midget start on Tuesday.

Worth is joined by a slew of first-time hopeful Bakersfield USAC National Midget feature starters, two-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), plus Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.), 10th in points Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) and Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) along with 2019 NARC King of the West champion D.J. Netto (Hanford, Calif.), 2014 Chili Bowl prelim night winner Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.), 2018 BCRA Midget champ Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), Lance Bennett (Parker, Colo.), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), Ashlyn Rodriguez (Wilton, Calif.), Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) and more.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and California's Bakersfield Speedway have a history that dates back six decades. Davey Moses won the first trip by the USAC National Midgets in the summer of 1959. Over that period, 21 series races have been held at the lightning-quick 1/3-mile dirt oval with Jay Drake and Billy Vukovich serving as the winningest drivers with the series at Bakersfield with three apiece.

Tuesday at Bakersfield, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget / USAC Western States non-points Midget event will be joined by the California Lightning Sprints. The drivers meeting takes place at 5pm Pacific with hot laps beginning at 6pm. Grandstands are closed to all spectators. Pit passes are $40 for USAC members & $45 for non-members.

The NOS Energy Drink November Classic from Bakersfield will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,619, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,608, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,587, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,528, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,376, 6-Daison Pursley-1,218, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,145, 8-Justin Grant-1,030, 9-Cole Bodine-1,005, 10-Andrew Layser-1,004.

PROJECTED BAKERSFIELD DRIVER ENTRIES:

1K KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA

5 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

5G BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN

7J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK

10 LANCE BENNETT/Parker, CO

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA

17JR RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS

19A LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC

19S SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA

25c CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA

25m TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV

31 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA

31B JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK

37m ASHLYN RODRIGUEZ/Wilton, CA

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA

63 FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA

67K BRYANT WEIDEMAN/Colby, KS

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK

71K CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK

81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA

88N D.J. NETTO/Hanford, CA

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX

97K JESSE LOVE/Menlo Park, CA

98 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO

98K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

3-Jay Drake & Billy Vukovich

2-Ron Shuman & Sleepy Tripp

1-Brady Bacon, Billy Boat, Dave Darland, Terry Farrar, Jordan Hermansader, Page Jones, Kyle Larson, Davey Moses, Logan Seavey, Frank Secrist & Rich Vogler

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1959: Davey Moses (8/2)

1966: Frank Secrist (8/14) & Billy Vukovich (9/11)

1967: Billy Vukovich (7/2) & Billy Vukovich (7/16)

1974: Sleepy Tripp (11/24)

1988: Rich Vogler (11/11)

1989: Sleepy Tripp (11/18)

1990: Terry Farrar (11/17)

1991: Page Jones (11/23)

1992: Ron Shuman (11/26)

1993: Ron Shuman (11/25)

1994: Jordan Hermansader (11/24)

1995: Billy Boat (11/23)

1997: Jay Drake (11/22)

1998: Jay Drake (11/26)

1999: Dave Darland (11/20)

2000: Jay Drake (11/18)

2017: Brady Bacon (11/18)

2018: Logan Seavey (11/17)

2019: Kyle Larson (11/23)

BAKERSFIELD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS: (2017-2019)

2017: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Alex Schutte, 9. Michael Faccinto, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Frankie Guerrini, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Courtney Crone, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. David Prickett, 16. Ronnie Gardner, 17. Michael Pickens, 18. Cory Elliott, 19. Zeb Wise, 20. Robert Dalby, 21. Mason Daniel, 22. Holly Shelton, 23. Dustin Golobic, 24. Shannon McQueen. NT

2018: (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

2019: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Rico Abreu (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (10), 5. Jesse Colwell (4), 6. Jason McDougal (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (20), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (5), 10. Tanner Carrick (16), 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 12. Chase Johnson (13), 13. Buddy Kofoid (15), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 15. Carson Macedo (14), 16. Chris Windom (19), 17. Ethan Mitchell (18), 18. Spencer Bayston (3), 19. Daison Pursley (23), 20. Cory Elliott (25), 21. Robert Dalby (24), 22. Aaron Reutzel (7), 23. Logan Seavey (8), 24. Cannon McIntosh (22), 25. Zeb Wise (17). NT

 

 

KOFOID CONQUERS WESTERN WORLD MIDGETS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 14, 2020).........Three-hundred-sixty-four nights earlier, Buddy Kofoid arrived at Arizona Speedway's Western World Championships as a newcomer to the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget wars when he made his first series start in the event, finishing 22nd.

Three-hundred-sixty-four nights later, Buddy Kofoid became a Western World champion.

That accomplishment was realized Saturday night when the Penngrove, Californian led wire-to-wire from his outside front row starting spot, then withstood a steady challenge from previous night's winner Tanner Thorson, as well as a late-race restart, to capture his second career series victory in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota at the event presented by San Tan Ford.

"It's a good feather in my cap," Kofoid stated. "For Western World, this is the 53rd annual, and a lot of big names have won here, so I'm glad to add mine to that. Nothing beats winning."

Kofoid got the jump on the opening lap to rip past pole sitter Robert Dalby while KKM teammate Tanner Carrick followed in his wake on the high side just behind to procure second.

As Kofoid extended his lead to three-quarters of a second during the first third of the 30-lap feature, Clauson-Marshall Racing's pair of machines each found their share of hardship, with 17th running Cole Bodine dropping out on lap 10 with a cloud of smoke surrounding his ride while, two laps later, fourth-running and point leading Tyler Courtney dropped off the pace and pulled into the infield with mechanical problems of his own, which wreaked havoc in his quest for a second consecutive series championship, dropping him to second in the standings.

As Kofoid carved his way through lapped traffic, one instance nearly spelled disaster with 13 laps remaining. Kofoid attempted to slide past teammate, 17th place Brenham Crouch, in turn four when the two made contact, sending Crouch backwards into the outside retaining wall, closing the curtains on his night, while Kofoid continued unscathed.

Shortly after the resumption of the event, Carrick, who had run in the second position for the first 17 laps, began to fade then slow to a sudden halt when his left rear tire went flat on the 20th lap, forcing those behind him to take evasive action to avoid getting caught up in the ordeal. The 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver returned to the fray after replacing the rubber in the work area, ultimately finishing 10th.

Thorson was able to mount a challenge to Kofoid in the first couple of laps following the lap 20 restart, creeping to within a single car length of the leader on the bottom in turn two, but unable to edge ahead for the time being while Daison Pursley, showing no ill effects from his flapping right side panel, was hustling in third and ferociously shrinking the gap.

The first red flag of the weekend for the midgets occurred on the 24th go-around when 16th running Noah Gass took a vicious high flyer into the turn two catch fence before landing upside down on the surface of the 1/3-mile dirt oval. The Mounds, Okla. driver walked away from the scene under his own power.

When the green flag dropped, Kofoid drew his car low into turn one while Thorson took to sweeping the top, then angling a slider into turn three, drawing closer to the lead on the 24th and 25th laps before dropping to the bottom in turn one on the 26th where he lost a parcel of real estate to Kofoid that added up to around a half-second when the second red flag of the night was displayed for 9th running Chase Randall who barrel rolled in turn four, ending his evening.

The incident set up Thorson in a fairly familiar spot. Rewind to 24 hours prior when Thorson raced from third to the lead on the first lap of the restart during a green-white-checkered finish, one of whom he passed was Kofoid. On this night, Thorson had one more lap and one less car to pass. However, once Kofoid got rolling, he never allowed Thorson a chance at that opportunity as he blitzed away over the final three laps to finish out a 0.566 sec. victory.

Kofoid was followed to the line by Thorson, Pursley, Chris Windom and Spencer Bayston.

While Kofoid lamented the missed opportunity from the night before, he took that as a learning experience for he and the crew to find that little extra oomph to push them to the top.

"I was in a position to win last night," Kofoid recalled. "I knew we had good speed yesterday and we kept working on it. I knew our slick track and main event set up was really good and we just improved on it a little bit."

Kofoid had competed previously at Arizona Speedway over the years, one of which was an ASCS Southwest Region winged sprint car race where a couple years earlier in 2018, Kofoid battled a familiar foe who was on his side guiding him to victory this night in 2020.

"My crew chief, Jarrett Martin, is from 40 minutes away from here, so to get him kind of a home track win with USAC is really cool," Kofoid said. "It's kind of funny, two years ago, him and I ran the Copper Classic together at this track, and then it wasn't until this year, we realized we raced against each other. I can't thank the crew enough for all their hard work and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Mobil 1 and Toyota for a really great opportunity to drive fast racecars."

Since Thorson (Minden, Nev.) joined Tom Malloy's team in late September, the combination has clicked matter-of-factly with six top-five finishes in six tries with two wins and two seconds, which has brought him right back into the thick of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship hunt aboard his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota.

"It just shows how strong these cars are and the group of people that I have behind me," Thorson said. "With Reliable, Factory Kahne Shocks, Trench Shoring and Ed Pink Engines, I've got a pretty awesome piece behind me. Everybody that is backing me and allowing me to do this, I can't thank them enough. We'll take our speed over to Bakersfield (Speedway on Tuesday) and try to pick off one."

Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), who, like Kofoid, made his very first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start one year ago during Western World. One year later, Pursley was standing among tall cotton after equaling his best career series finish with a 3rd place result in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Craftsman - JBL Audio - Mobil 1/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"To come home third to Buddy and Tanner is nothing to hang your head about," Pursley admitted. "It was my first time on a big track here and it's a cool place. I wish I could've have had a few more laps coming in. I'm thankful for third and I can't thank the entire Keith Kunz Motorsports team enough. They put a good car together and I'm grateful for the opportunity to get to drive it."

With Courtney's troubles, a runner-up finish by Thorson and a 4th place run for Chris Windom, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget points race has taken a drastic turn after Western World, and with now just three events remaining. Courtney went from a 32-point lead to an 11-point deficit behind new leader Windom. Thorson, who trailed by a distant 71 points entering Saturday, is now just 32 points out of the lead coming into the Tuesday, November 17 round at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, the NOS Energy Drink November Classic.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 14, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 53rd Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-15.201; 2. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-15.341; 3. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.491; 4. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.513; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.564; 6. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-15.610; 7. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.615; 8. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-15.631; 9. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.675; 10. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-15.686; 11. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.709; 12. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-15.716; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-15.750; 14. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.751; 15. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.751; 16. Spencer Bayston, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.758; 17. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-15.781; 18. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.803; 19. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-15.868; 20. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-15.874; 21. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.880; 22. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-15.913; 23. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.951; 24. Jesse Love, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.032; 25. Jerry Coons Jr., 28, Dave Mac-16.045; 26. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.050; 27. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.389; 28. Ryan Oerter, 43, Oerter-17.293; 29. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-NT; 30. Casey Schmitz, 00, MSW-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Robert Dalby, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Cannon McIntosh, 9. Jerry Coons Jr. 2:10.252

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Carson Garrett, 8. Brenham Crouch, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Ethan Mitchell. 2:09.586

AUTOMETER/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Jesse Love, 7. Chase Randall, 8. Noah Gass, 9. Casey Schmitz, 10. C.J. Sarna. 2:08.584

INDY RACE PARTS/INDY METAL FINISHING/ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Chase Randall, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Noah Gass, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Jesse Love, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Carson Garrett, 12. Casey Schmitz, 13. C.J. Sarna, 14. Ryan Oerter, 15. Ethan Mitchell. 3:13.982

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (6), 3. Daison Pursley (16), 4. Chris Windom (5), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Justin Grant (7), 7. Andrew Layser (13), 8. Logan Seavey (10), 9. Chase Johnson (19), 10. Tanner Carrick (4), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 12. Thomas Meseraull (15), 13. Emerson Axsom (9), 14. Cannon McIntosh (12), 15. Robert Dalby (1), 16. Kaylee Bryson (18), 17. Hayden Reinbold* (23), 18. Chase Randall (11), 19. Noah Gass (20), 20. Brenham Crouch (22), 21. Clinton Boyles (21), 22. Tyler Courtney (3), 23. Cole Bodine (17). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Noah Gass flipped on lap 24 of the feature. Chase Randall flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,619, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,608, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,587, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,528, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,376, 6-Daison Pursley-1,218, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,145, 8-Justin Grant-1,030, 9-Cole Bodine-1,005, 10-Andrew Layser-1,004.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-204, 2-Tanner Thorson-112, 3-Kyle Cummins-108, 4-Robert Ballou-101, 5-Logan Seavey-99, 6-Shane Cottle-96, 7-Justin Grant-90, 8-Cannon McIntosh-85, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Tyler Courtney-78.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP/USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 17, 2020 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - NOS Energy Drink November Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner: Spencer Bayston

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

AutoMeter/Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Race Parts/Indy Metal Finishing/Rod End Supply Semi Winner:

KSE Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger: Daison Pursley (16th to 3rd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Emerson Axsom

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Jerry Coons Jr.

 

 

COURTNEY COLLECTS 3RD STRAIGHT
WESTERN WORLD SPRINT CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 14, 2020).........Tyler Courtney picked up where he left off in both 2018 and 2019 to become the first driver to win the final night of the Western World Championships in a 410 c.i. sprint car in three consecutive years, pulling off the trifecta Saturday night in the AMSOIL USAC CRA / Southwest Sprint Car portion of the 53rd annual event presented by San Tan Ford.

Jeremy Sherman and Cory Kruseman had previously been the only other drivers to win a Western World finale in three-straight years. Sherman took 410 c.i. top honors in 2001, followed by back-to-back 360 Sprint wins in 2002 and 2003. Kruseman won 360 c.i. Sprint Car final night features in 2005-06-07, all of which came at the now-defunct Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz.

"Western World is long historied event and to win three in a row is pretty amazing," Courtney said. "Thanks to my guys for busting their tails. I know they're bummed about the midget deal, but this does make it a little sweeter. It's a tough night, but a good night at the same time."

The Indianapolis, Ind. native was referring to the mechanical issues that befell he and the team during the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature earlier in the night that dropped him out of the points lead.

Courtney responded to the adversity with a much-needed pick-me-up by bouncing back in dominating fashion, leading all 30 laps around the 1/3-mile dirt oval, which happened to be a milestone 50th win for Courtney as a driver with Clauson-Marshall Racing's sprint car and midget team since the 2016 season.

"It's how racing goes," Courtney gathered. "Unfortunately, you're going to have your ups and downs. Obviously, you don't want your downs to come at this time of the year, but that's just how it goes."

Courtney set forth on his journey to triumph from his outside front row position to take the early lead in his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Turbo - CSI - ZMax - Schoenfeld/Spike/Rider Chevy.

Courtney's main challenger for the USAC Midget crown this year, Chris Windom, was his most prominent adversary in the early stages of the sprint feature with Windom taking a mighty swing on the fifth lap, sliding past Courtney in turn one while Courtney responded with a crossover back underneath Windom off turn two to resume his position at the front of the field.

In the second half of the 30-lap main, Courtney served as the locomotive, leading the tightly knit crew of Courtney, Windom and Friday night winner Justin Grant, who could've all been covered by a blanket as they trekked the high side.

Traffic became the question mark with six laps remaining but did not stand to be as much of an obstacle with the lapped cars lining the bottom of the track while the top-three remained in formation at the top. Only a mistake in traffic or on the cushion could've derailed Courtney at this point.

Instead, Courtney only strengthened his stranglehold up front to lengthen his lead during the final stretch, ultimately prevailing by a 0.791 second margin over Windom, Grant, Damion Gardner and Austin Williams.

"This place has treated me pretty well the last few years," Courtney mentioned. "Last night was the first night I hadn't won in three races or something like that, and to still run second, was pretty amazing. This place fits my kind of style."

Meanwhile, R.J. Johnson's move from his 22nd starting position to an 8th place feature finish netted him a whopping $1,860.95 courtesy of the Steve LaFond / Wagtimes "Jar of Change" going to the USAC CRA series regular who made the biggest advancement through the field.

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AMSOIL USAC CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: November 14, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 53rd Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.234; 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-15.276; 3. Ryan Bernal, 13, Gile-15.288; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.388; 5. Chris Windom, 77m, Michael-15.471; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.499; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.550; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.580; 9. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.719; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley-15.720; 11. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.790; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.815; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-15.817; 14. Jake Swanson, 34, Grau-15.878; 15. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-15.904; 16. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.006; 17. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-16.013; 18. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.062; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.088; 20. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.098; 21. Tye Mihocko, 5, Ream-16.109; 22. Sterling Cling, 34c, Cling-16.197; 23. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-16.254; 24. Ikaika O'Brien, 11o, O'Brien-16.376; 25. Josh Castro, 4T, Terzich/Gile-16.395; 26. Jeremy Ellertson, 22, Ellertson-16.516; 27. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.610; 28. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.675; 29. Eugene Thomas, 10, Thomas-16.681; 30. Chris Muraoka, 25, Muraoka-17.070; 31. Ryan Oerter, 43, Oerter-17.404.

FLOWDYNAMICS/SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cody Williams, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Trent Williams, 7. Josh Castro, 8. Eugene Thomas. 2:10.915

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION/COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Sterling Cling, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Matt Mitchell, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 8. Chris Muraoka. 2:10.134

COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Chris Gansen, 4. Kyle Edwards, 5. Ryan Oerter, 6. Max Adams, 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. A.J. Bender. NT

ORANGE COUNTY TANK TESTING/ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Matt McCarthy, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Ikaika O'Brien. 2:12.654

MULTIQUIP INDUSTRIES/ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Max Adams, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Trent Williams, 8. Matt McCarthy, 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Josh Castro, 11. Ikaika O'Brien, 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 13. Chris Muraoka, 14. Ryan Oerter, 15. Eugene Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (2), 2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Damion Gardner (5), 5. Austin Williams (11), 6. Matt Mitchell (10), 7. Ryan Bernal (9), 8. R.J. Johnson (22), 9. Max Adams (16), 10. Cody Williams (7), 11. Brody Roa (14), 12. Charles Davis Jr. (1), 13. Tommy Malcolm (4), 14. Tye Mihocko (19), 15. Stevie Sussex (13), 16. Sterling Cling (20), 17. Chris Gansen (18), 18. Kyle Edwards (21), 19. Chris Bonneau (17), 20. Jake Swanson (15), 21. Thomas Meseraull (12), 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (8). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tyler Courtney.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant

Flowdynamics/Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars First Heat Winner: Cody Williams

All Coast Construction/Competition Suspension Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner: Damion Gardner

Component Repair Company/Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Orange County Tank Testing/Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Eddie Tafoya Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Ryan Bernal

Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars/Rod End Supply Hard Charger: R.J. Johnson (22nd to 8th)

Multiquip Industries First Non-Transfer: Trent Williams

 

 

THORSON SURGES FROM 3RD TO 1ST
TO WIN WESTERN WORLD MIDGET OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 13, 2020).........For the final push to victory on the green-white-checkered finish of Friday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Arizona Speedway, most eyes were affixed on the front two of Logan Seavey and Buddy Kofoid as the pair streamed into turn one.

By the time those two reached the second turn, it was, instead, Tanner Thorson who combed the bottom of turns one and two, driving past both Seavey and Kofoid to secure the lead en route to bringing home a 19th career series victory, tying himself with Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox and Jason Leffler for 34th all-time.

"That's what it's all about right there, those last few laps and having a car to win," Thorson exclaimed in victory lane after capturing the opener for the 53rd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford. "We concentrated really hard to set up for the end of the race. After I got screwed around for quite some time, we had a fast car, but we were too back."

Outside front row starter Kofoid controlled the pace for the first four trips around the 1/3-mile dirt oval until Thorson, of Minden, Nev., took to the top on the fifth circuit, drifting around the outside of Kofoid at the exit of turn four to lead a single lap by a wheel before Kofoid retook over amidst a flurry of sliders that also included Seavey.

The rapidly emerging Seavey, who had earlier set a new one-lap track record for the series at Arizona Speedway in qualifying, which broke his own record from the previous year, diamonded off the third turn to slip under Kofoid on the 10th lap. While Seavey just missed out on winning the race to the start/finish line, he did win the race to turn one where he assumed the lead and established his dominance throughout the final two-thirds of the 30-lap contest.

Kofoid moved back past Thorson for the runner-up position on the 12th lap, then separated himself from Thorson by over a second while still remaining a second-and-a-half behind Seavey who was carving his path through traffic, a half-straightaway ahead of Kofoid.

Seavey appeared headed for surefire victory, taking the white flag with a 1.643 sec. interval over Kofoid when 13th running Brenham Crouch, who started on the pole, stopped in turn two, just ahead of Seavey of the oncoming Seavey, thus setting up a two-lap dash.

As the green flag dropped, Kofoid immediately moved down a lane on the front straightaway, setting up his slide job into turn one, which initially worked until Seavey crossed over and dove back underneath Kofoid for the position. To Seavey's chagrin, the cross over move only brought him back to the second spot as Thorson snuck under both with the lead now in his hands.

Moments later, Kofoid slid Seavey back in turn three with Seavey once again crossing over off the fourth corner and denying Kofoid the spot. However, it was just a little too late with Thorson stretching his lead out to four car lengths by the time they'd hit the back straightaway.

Thorson closed it out with a 0.469 sec. margin of victory in his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota. It was the 2016 USAC National Midget champion's series-leading sixth feature triumph of the season. Logan Seavey, Tyler Courtney, Buddy Kofoid and Daison Pursley rounded out the top-five at the finish.

The first four of Thorson's six 2020 victories came aboard the Hayward Motorsports ride. In five starts with Tom Malloy's machinery, Thorson has finished 4th, 3rd, 1st, 2nd and 1st, making the pairing the most successful in this stretch that began in late September.

"This car has been fast every time I've been in it," Thorson said as he celebrated via phone with 2014 Western World Midget winner Darren Hagen. "We've run five times and we've been in the top-five every time and won two races. I can't say enough about Jerome (Rodela), Chris (Tramel), Brinton (Marvel), Ed Pink, Tom, and all of Tom's family with Trench Shoring. They've given me the opportunity to come out and run with them and it's paying off. I've got to thank Reliable; he allows me to go out on the road and do this, so it's pretty awesome."
Logan Seavey led a race-high 19 laps but saw victory slip away on the final restart in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical Contracting - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.
"Overall, we had a good car, ran a good race and I felt like I did my job," Seavey stated. "Under yellow, the thing just wouldn't take off. I knew it wasn't going to take off. I took off in turn three and it never went until about the flag stand. I didn't have the gear to run the bottom, so I knew I couldn't go to the bottom and I knew I was going to get slid in one. But I thought I had enough to turn down and cross (Kofoid) over, which I did, but it just gave Tanner (Thorson) too good of a run on the bottom."

"It's just frustrating," Seavey continued. "It's November and we can't get these things to take off on restarts. Our car was good under green, but you've just got to be able to get away from those guys on restarts and we couldn't do it, just couldn't put the whole race together."

A third-place run after starting 13th on the grid was as good as gold for two-time Western World Sprint Car champion Tyler Courtney who gained ground in his quest toward a second consecutive USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving title, and now leads Chris Windom by 32 points with four races remaining in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"It was a great night, going from fifth to third there (on the final restart) is good for the big picture things," Courtney said. "Obviously, you want to win, but it's tough when you start 13th. That just put us behind the eight ball. We haven't qualified bad all year until we got here, but I think we figured out a lot of things to help us out for tomorrow so that we can start our night out better and put ourselves in a spot to be able to contend for the win instead of having to salvage a third.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 13, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 53rd Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.137 (New Track Record); 2. Spencer Bayston, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.146; 3. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-15.190; 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.217; 5. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.243; 6. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.393; 7. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-15.474; 8. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.505; 9. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.522; 10. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.534; 11. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.587; 12. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-15.595; 13. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.603; 14. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.627; 15. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-15.634; 16. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.650; 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 28, Dave Mac-15.654; 18. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-15.665; 19. Stevie Sussex, 1G, Styres-15.671; 20. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-15.672; 21. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-15.713; 22. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.728; 23. Jesse Love, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.734; 24. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-15.810; 25. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-15.834; 26. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.878; 27. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-16.080; 28. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-16.250; 29. Casey Schmitz, 00, MSW-16.648; 30. Ryan Oerter, 43, Oerter-18.304.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Cole Bodine, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Emerson Axsom, 7. Bryant Wiedeman, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Stevie Sussex, 10. Andrew Layser. 2:11.674

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Noah Gass, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Jesse Love, 9. Casey Schmitz, 10. Hayden Reinbold. 2:10.260

AUTOMETER/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Randall, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Clinton Boyles, 9. Carson Garrett, 10. Ryan Oerter. 2:11.054

INDY RACE PARTS/INDY METAL FINISHING/ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Jesse Love, 10. Andrew Layser, 11. Casey Schmitz, 12. Stevie Sussex, 13. Carson Garrett, 14. Hayden Reinbold, 15. Ryan Oerter. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (3), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Tyler Courtney (13), 4. Buddy Kofoid (2), 5. Daison Pursley (4), 6. Justin Grant (9), 7. Tanner Carrick (12), 8. Chris Windom (20), 9. Clinton Boyles (21), 10. Cannon McIntosh (11), 11. Spencer Bayston (5), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (10), 13. Jerry Coons Jr. (17), 14. Emerson Axsom (22), 15. Brenham Crouch (1), 16. Thomas Meseraull (19), 17. Noah Gass (7), 18. Andrew Layser* (23), 19. Cole Bodine (15), 20. Robert Dalby (18), 21. Kaylee Bryson (16), 22. Chase Johnson (14), 23. Chase Randall (8). NT

* represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Buddy Kofoid, Lap 5 Tanner Thorson, Laps 6-9 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 10-28 Logan Seavey, Laps 29-30 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,579, 2-Chris Windom-1,547, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,508, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,451, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,338, 6-Daison Pursley-1,147, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,094, 8-Cole Bodine-977, 9-Justin Grant-967, 10-Andrew Layser-951.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-203, 2-Tanner Thorson-108, 3-Kyle Cummins-108, 4-Robert Ballou-101, 5-Logan Seavey-97, 6-Shane Cottle-96, 7-Justin Grant-89, 8-Cannon McIntosh-85, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Tyler Courtney-78.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP/USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 14, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Noah Gass

AutoMeter/Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner: Chase Randall

Indy Race Parts/Indy Metal Finishing/Rod End Supply Semi Winner: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger: Chris Windom (20th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jerry Coons Jr.

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Ethan Mitchell

 

 

GRANT GRABS WESTERN WORLD SPRINT PRELIM

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 13, 2020).........Between Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney, each driver entered Friday night's AMSOIL USAC CRA / USAC Southwest Sprint Car opener as the victor of the last four 410 c.i. sprint races held during the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

Perhaps it was no surprise that the race for the win on this night would come down to these same two once again as Grant slipped under Courtney, who jumped over the turn one cushion nine laps from the finish. Grant led the final nine from there to score the win piloting the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Mesilla Valley Trans./Spike/Fisher Chevy.

Brody Roa led the first 12 laps with a flurry of activity from drivers Chris Windom, Courtney and Grant each taking their shots at Roa, the reigning USAC Southwest Sprint champ who held strong for much of the first half, interrupted only by a Logan Seavey turn two flip on the fourth lap.

On the 13th circuit, Windom utilized a run underneath Roa to snare the top spot. On the following lap, Roa clung to second as Courtney took a shot at him between turns one and two with a slide job. Courtney pulled ahead briefly, but Roa had the momentum riding with him at the top of turn two. At the exit, the two came together, Courtney's right rear to Roa's left rear, causing Roa to ramp over and slam into the turn two outside wall. Roa was uninjured.

Under the ensuing stoppage, race leader Windom had a flat right rear tire which necessitated a stop in the work area. He'd return to finish fifth.

Courtney, who had won the past three Western World Sprint Car features dating to 2018, inherited the lead at that point and held the position until lap 21 when a turn one stumble opened the door for Grant to pounce, and though Courtney mounted a charge, he was unable to reel in Grant, who had previously won Western World Sprint Car prelims in both 2015 and 2018.

Grant's margin of victory was 1.524 sec. over Courtney, Charles Davis Jr., Austin Williams and Windom.

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AMSOIL USAC CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: November 13, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 53rd Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Ryan Bernal, 13, Gile-14.716; 2. Justin Grant, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-14.954; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.960; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.185; 5. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.218; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.262; 7. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-15.311; 8. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.325; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.335; 10. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.363; 11. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-15.374; 12. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.421; 13. Chris Windom, 77m, Michael-15.447; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-15.509; 15. Sterling Cling, 34c, Cling-15.510; 16. Jake Swanson, 34, Grau-15.556; 17. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-15.625; 18. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.631; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.634; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5, Ream-15.639; 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.652; 22. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-15.679; 23. Josh Castro, 4T, Terzich/Gile-15.801; 24. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Yeley-15.822; 25. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.823; 26. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-15.863; 27. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.930; 28. Jeremy Ellertson, 22, Ellertson-16.073; 29. Ikaika O'Brien, 11o, O'Brien-16.627; 30. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-16.690; 31. Lonnie Cox, 45, Cox-16.865; 32. Chris Muraoka, 25, Muraoka-17.645; 33. Eugene Thomas, 10, Thomas-17.658; 34. Ryan Oerter, 43, Oerter-18.521.

FLOWDYNAMICS/SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 8. Ikaika O'Brien, 9. Eugene Thomas. NT

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION/COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Noah Gass, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Matt McCarthy, 6. Kyle Edwards, 7. Trent Williams, 8. Jonas Reynolds, 9. Ryan Oerter. NT

COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Chris Gansen, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Max Adams, 7. Josh Castro, 8. Lonnie Cox. 2:09.384

ORANGE COUNTY TANK TESTING/ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 8. Chris Muraoka. 2:12.046

MULTIQUIP INDUSTRIES/ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Matt McCarthy, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Max Adams, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Kyle Edwards, 9. Trent Williams, 10. Jeremy Ellertson, 11. Josh Castro, 12. Ikaika O'Brien, 13. Jonas Reynolds, 14. Eugene Thomas, 15. Lonnie Cox, 16. Chris Muraoka, 17. Ryan Oerter. 3:17.600

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (4), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (3), 4. Austin Williams (12), 5. Chris Windom (8), 6. Ryan Bernal (6), 7. Jake Swanson (16), 8. R.J. Johnson (14), 9. Tye Mihocko (9), 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (20), 11. Max Adams (11), 12. Noah Gass (7), 13. Tommy Malcolm (22), 14. Chris Bonneau (18), 15. Cody Williams (17), 16. Chris Gansen (19), 17. Matt McCarthy (15), 18. Stevie Sussex (21), 19. Matt Mitchell (2), 20. Damion Gardner (13), 21. Brody Roa (1), 22. Logan Seavey (10). NT

**Logan Seavey flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Brody Roa, Lap 13 Chris Windom, Laps 14-21 Tyler Courtney, Laps 22-30 Justin Grant.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACES: November 14, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 53rd Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier: Ryan Bernal

Flowdynamics/Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

All Coast Construction/Competition Suspension Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner: Noah Gass

Component Repair Company/Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Orange County Tank Testing/Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Tye Mihocko

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Austin Williams

Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars/Rod End Supply Hard Charger: Eddie Tafoya Jr. (20th to 10th)

Multiquip Industries First Non-Transfer: Sterling Cling

 

 

BAYSTON TOPS WESTERN WORLD MIDGET PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 12, 2020).........Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston led all drivers with a lap of 15.303 seconds during Thursday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget practice session at Arizona Speedway.

The night, designated fully for practice, was the final tune-up prior to the 53rd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford this Friday and Saturday night, November 13-14, at the 1/3-mile dirt oval in San Tan Valley, Ariz.

Bayston's top lap in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical Contracting - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x was faster than the current one-lap track record for the series, a 15.426 set by teammate Logan Seavey during qualifying in 2019.

The 2017 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion was followed in the session by Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) at 15.358; Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) at 15.453; Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) at 15.494; and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) at 15.541.

Bayston and Seavey It was a Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports sweep of top practice times on Thursday night. Bayston topped the midget class while Seavey led the field for the companion AMSOIL USAC CRA & Southwest Sprint Car portion of the program.

Courtney leads the series standings by 15 points over Chris Windom entering the weekend's two events.

On both Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 13-14, the pits open at Arizona Speedway at 1pm MT, grandstands at 3pm, the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 5:30pm. General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under.

The previous year's Western World Midget winners include Kevin Thomas Jr. and Brady Bacon, who each raced their way to San Tan Ford / Beaver Stripes victory lane in 2019.

Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

Both nights of the 53rd Western World Championships will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: November 12, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 53rd Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

PRACTICE: 1. Spencer Bayston, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.303; 2. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.358; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.453; 4. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-15.494; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-15.541; 6. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-15.568; 7. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.612; 8. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.615; 9. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-15.617; 10. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.651; 11. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.676; 12. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-15.721; 13. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.725; 14. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.733; 15. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-15.778; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 28, Dave Mac-15.787; 17. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.802; 18. Jesse Love, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.872; 19. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.882; 20. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.942; 21. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-15.953; 22. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.993; 23. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.131; 24. Casey Schmitz, 00, MSW-16.177; 25. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-16.781; 26. Ryan Oerter, 43, Oerter-18.738; 27. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-NT; 28. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-NT; 29. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-NT.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 13-14, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Western World Championships

 

 

SEAVEY SOARS TO TOP
IN WESTERN WORLD SPRINT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 12, 2020).........Logan Seavey stood atop the speed charts in Thursday's AMSOIL USAC CRA & Southwest Sprint Car Special Event practice session at Arizona Speedway, in preparation for this weekend's 53rd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford on Friday and Saturday night, November 13-14.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) clocked in with a lap of 15.266 seconds at the 1/3-mile dirt oval in San Tan Valley, Ariz. in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Mesilla Valley Trans./Spike/Fisher Chevy.

The 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion was part of a Reinbold-Underwood sweep of practice night with Spencer Bayston earning the top practice speed for the Arizona-based team during midget practice.

A winner in USAC Southwest Sprint Car competition during May of 2019, Seavey topped all drivers in the session while Austin Williams (Yorba Linda)-15.399; Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.)-15.458; Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.)-15.486; and Cody Williams (Corona, Calif.)-15.524 rounding out the top-five.

Two-time and defending Western World Sprint Car champion Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) and his car were in attendance, but did not participate in Thursday night's practice.

The previous year's Western World Midget winners include Kevin Thomas Jr. and Brady Bacon, who each raced their way to San Tan Ford / Beaver Stripes victory lane in 2019.

On both Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 13-14, the pits open at Arizona Speedway at 1pm MT, grandstands at 3pm, the drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 5:30pm. General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under.

Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

Both nights of the 53rd Western World Championships will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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AMSOIL USAC CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT PRACTICE RESULTS: November 12, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 53rd Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford

PRACTICE: 1. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.266; 2. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.399; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-15.458; 4. Justin Grant, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.486; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-15.524; 6. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-15.550; 7. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.553; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.556; 9. Sterling Cling, 34c, Cling-15.584; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.585; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.664; 12. Chris Windom, 77m, Michael-15.693; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.762; 14. Ryan Bernal, 13, Gile-15.838; 15. Jake Swanson, 34, Grau-15.924; 16. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.942; 17. Tye Mihocko, 5, Ream-16.039; 18. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-16.060; 19. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.077; 20. Logan Calderwood, 4, Calderwood-16.124; 21. Josh Castro, 4T, Terzich/Gile-16.201; 22. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.243; 23. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.339; 24. Nick Parker, 115, Parker-16.448; 25. Jeremy Ellertson, 22, Ellertson-16.544; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-16.600; 27. Eugene Thomas, 10, Thomas-16.653; 28. Ikaika O'Brien, 11o, O'Brien-16.853; 29. Lonnie Cox, 45, Cox-17.035; 30. Chris Muraoka, 25, Muraoka-17.562; 31. Ryan Oerter, 43, Oerter-18.426; 32. Brian Chamberlain, 21c, Chamberlain-21.862; 33. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-NT; 34. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-NT; 35. Nick Aiuto, 71H, Horsley-NT.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACES: November 13-14, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Western World Championships

 

 

BREAKING IT DOWN: USAC MIDGET POINTS

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 12, 2020)………Only five races remain in the quest for the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship with Tyler Courtney leading Chris Windom by just 15 markers, with Tanner Thorson 78 back.

Every point and every position matters at this juncture with three full points races remaining, two at Arizona Speedway and one at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, plus two appearance points only events at Merced (Calif.) Speedway to close out the season.

One piece of the puzzle is knowing how the points work for each remaining event and how they can be earned. The simple part of the equation are the two events at Merced on Friday & Saturday, Nov. 20-21. Both races will pay 50 points each across the board to all participating licensed USAC nationally licensed midget drivers and teams at the event. That goes regardless of finishing position throughout the night.

Conversely, at both Arizona on Friday & Saturday, Nov. 13-14 as well as Bakersfield on Tuesday, Nov. 17, full points will be available toward the championship for licensed drivers and teams. A maximum of 84 points are up for grabs.

In qualifying each night at Arizona and Bakersfield, six points go to the fastest qualifier and descend by one point through the top-six overall: 1) 6 pts., 2) 5 pts., 3) 4 pts., 4) 3 pts., 5) 2 pts., 6) 1 pts.

For the heat races, in the event of four heats being held, the top-four finishers will transfer to the feature and will, thus, earn points: 1) 8 pts., 2) 7 pts., 3) 6 pts., 4) 5 pts.

If three heat races are held in conjunction with a semi-feature, the top-five heat race finishers will earn points: 1) 8 pts., 2) 7 pts., 3) 6 pts., 4) 5 pts., 5) 4 pts.

When no semi-feature is held, all heat race starters will receive points, starting with 8 points for 1st and descend by 1) 8 pts., 2) 7 pts., 3) 6 pts., 4) 5 pts., 5) 4 pts., 6) 3 pts., 7) 2 pts. 8) 1 pt. with the balance of the field receiving one point.

In the semi-feature, if the top-six finishers transfer to the feature, those finishers will earn points as well: 1) 4 pts., 2) 3 pts., 3) 2 pts., 4) 1 pt., 5) 1 pt., 6) 1 pt.

In the event of the top-seven finishers transferring out of the semi-feature, it’ll be 1) 4 pts., 2) 3 pts., 3) 2 pts., 4) 1 pt., 5) 1 pt., 6) 1 pt., 7) 1 pt.

Meanwhile, all USAC nationally licensed midget drivers and teams that did not transfer to the feature will receive 10 points each.

For the feature, 70 points will go to the winner and descend by three points each throughout the rest of the top-ten: 1) 70 pts., 2) 67 pts., 3) 64 pts., 4) 61 pts., 5) 58 pts., 6) 55 pts., 7) 52 pts., 8) 49 pts., 9) 46 pts., 10) 43 pts.

For feature finishers 11-20, the points descend by two between each position: 11) 41 pts., 12) 39 pts., 13) 37 pts., 14) 35 pts., 15) 33 pts., 16) 31 pts., 17) 29 pts., 18) 27 pts., 19) 25 pts., 20) 23 pts., while the balance of the field – 21st on back – will also receive 23 points apiece.

Western World activities at Arizona Speedway begin this Thursday night, Nov. 12, with open practice for both sprint cars and midgets. Pits open at 3pm MT with on-track practice from 6:30-9:30pm MT. Adult pit passes are $30 while pit passes are $10 for kids age 7-12 and free for kids ages 6 and under. Thursday night’s practice will feature an extra treat with the Beaver Stripes Racer Appreciation BBQ dinner.

On both Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 13-14, the pits open at 1pm MT, grandstands at 3pm and racing at 6:30pm. General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under.

The previous year’s Western World Midget winners include Kevin Thomas Jr. and Brady Bacon, who each raced their way to San Tan Ford / Beaver Stripes victory lane in 2019.

Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

Both nights of the 53rd Western World Championships will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

2020 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. 1,508-Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN)

2. 1,493-Chris Windom (Canton, IL)

3. 1,430-Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV)

4. 1,386-®Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, CA)

5. 1,290-Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, OK)

6. 1,084-®Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, OK)

7. 1,041-Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA)

8. 945-Cole Bodine (Rossville, IN)

9. 924-Andrew Layser (Collegeville, PA)

10. 904-Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

® = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie

2020 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. 1,508-Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC (Fishers, IN)

2. 1,493-Tucker-Boat Motorsports #89 (Mooresville, NC)

3. 1,386-Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67 (Columbus, IN)

4. 1,343-Hayward Motorsports #19 (Morrison, IL)

5. 1,290-Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #71K (Columbus, IN)

6. 1,084-Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #9 (Columbus, IN)

7. 1,041-Petry Motorsports #35 (Greenfield, IN)

8. 945-Clauson-Marshall Racing #39BC (Fishers, IN)

9. 924-Tucker-Boat Motorsports #82 (Mooresville, NC)

10. 850-Petry Motorsports #5 (Greenfield, IN)

 

 

CLOUSER TO CHASE FULL USAC SPRINT TRAIL IN 2021

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 12, 2020)………Driver Mario Clouser will join Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing to contest the full USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule during the 2021 season.

Clouser, of Auburn, Ill., is a veteran of 30 career starts with the series. This past season, Clouser made 12 feature starts with a best finish of 6th in September at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing has won four USAC National Sprint Car feature points-paying events, all of which came with driver Chad Boespflug during 2016. In 2020, EZR campaigned Dave Darland on the USAC trail, and in past years, have teamed up with the likes of Tyler Courtney and Kyle Cummins.

Clouser planned to compete on the full USAC tour this year under his own Clouser Motorsports banner, but a slew of bad luck and engine issues plagued the team, erasing a large chunk of their summer racing plans. With more resources at hand, 2021 appears to have an even brighter outlook with the combination of Clouser with EZR.

“I planned on running the whole USAC deal this past year, but we had motor issues and weren’t able to make it to all the races,” Clouser recalled. “EZR has a great stable of proven equipment to be able to run the whole season. If we would have problems, it wouldn’t be as detrimental to us.”

Team co-owners Fred Zirzow and Chuck Eberhardt are thrilled to be able work with Clouser, who will be chasing the entirety of the USAC slate for the first time in his career in a car that will retain Clouser’s familiar No. 6.

“Chuck and I at EZR racing are excited for this new adventure with Mario,” Zirzow exclaimed. “We want to help the guy who just needs that little extra bit of help, which, in the past, we were able to do and have success with Courtney, Boespflug and Cummins, and are looking to do the same with Mario.”

Clouser hit a bit of a stride in 2020 behind the wheel of a sprint car, winning three times in just nine POWRi WAR appearances and finishing 3rd in the standings. Clouser has also made 56 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts in his career, and over the past few years, has steadily elevated his game in sprint cars on dirt. It’s all part of the process that Clouser anticipates will have prepared to turn it up another notch in 2021.

“Last year, I feel like I made big gains with the car,” Clouser stated. “We had Jake Argo as the crew chief in 2019 and that allowed me to focus more on driving and we also had a good car every time we were out there. I learned a lot as far as the driving side goes, but I also now have a better idea of what the car should feel like to go fast. I’m getting a ton more comfortable in the car, so I’m really looking forward to the next season.”

For Clouser, it’s all about continuously gaining more seat time. Over the past few years, a limited schedule that has seen him competing sporadically in shows that fit within his racing budget, will blossom into a full slate of activity for 2021 against the top talent of USAC night-in, night-out. Clouser welcomes the challenge.

“I’m just really looking forward to racing a bunch,” Clouser foresees. “In the past, we had to pick and choose where we could run. If it didn’t make a ton of sense to go somewhere, we just didn’t do it. We didn’t have the ability to run 40 or 50 times. I’m looking forward to being able to do that this summer. Obviously, those guys who stay in the car all the time are comfortable and that makes a big difference in how you do on race days.”

Clouser and EZR’s first bout of competition will be the 12th edition of Winter Dirt Games, which marks the beginning of the 2021 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., beginning with practice night on Wednesday, February 10, followed by three consecutive nights of complete racing programs on Thursday, February 11, Friday, February 12, and the finale on Saturday, February 13, which pays $10,000-to-win.

 

 

USAC CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TAKE ON WESTERN WORLD NOV. 13-14

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 10, 2020).........Sprint Car racing has been a staple of the Western World Championships since the dawn of the event in 1968 with Bob Cleberg's triumph at Manzanita Speedway. This weekend, Fri. & Sat., Nov. 13-14, the 53rd chapter of the event will be authored at the 1/3-mile Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley.

Taking the stage for "Western World" presented by San Tan Ford are both the AMSOIL USAC CRA and Southwest Sprint Car divisions. Forty-three previous Southwest Sprint events have been held at Arizona Speedway, eight of which have been part of the Western World festivities since 2016.

Of those 43 previous visits by the series to the track, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) owns more victories than any other individual with 19. Johnson, a five-time USAC Southwest Sprint champion, has yet to score a Western World final night win in his career, but has won during the prelims of year's past.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) will be among those performing double-duty with both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and the Sprint Cars at Western World and will wheel the Bill Michael #77m, who owns 39 career USAC Southwest Sprint Car wins as an owner, 14 of which have come at Arizona Speedway, all with R.J. Johnson as the pilot. The Michael team has already won twice this year with C.J. Leary as the driver in March in USAC CRA/Southwest competition at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has twice won the final night of Western World, with the National Sprints in 2016 and the Southwest Sprints in 2017. In 2016, Windom swept both classes on the prelim night with the National and Southwest series.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), who will be chasing a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship at Western World, swept both sprint car features last year in the event. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) twice won the final night of sprint car racing at Western World in 2016 & 2018 when it's been held at Arizona Speedway in addition to a prelim in 2017. Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ, won a prelim night as well in 2018.

Arizonians such as 2018 USAC Southwest Sprint champion Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) has eight wins at Arizona Speedway with USAC Southwest while Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.) has four and Mike Martin (Yuma, Ariz.), Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Ariz.) each have one along with Californian Logan Seavey.

Damion Gardner will run the No. 1 at Western World in recognition of him being the reigning USAC CRA champion. In fact, the Concord, Calif. driver's 83 points wins with the series, and eight titles, lead all drivers by a country mile. He won with USAC CRA at Arizona Speedway in 2018.

Courtney's three victories lead all USAC CRA drivers at Arizona Speedway. Windom has two while Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), Gardner, Swanson, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Johnson and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) each own one apiece.

Reigning USAC Southwest Sprint champion and 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car titlist Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) has yet to win with USAC at Arizona Speedway, but he did record his bit of Western World glory by capturing the final night sprint car win at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. in 2015. Arizonian Matt Rossi snagged a victory for the home crowd in 2014 during Western World at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Five-time USAC National champion J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) is also expected to compete in this year's Western World sprint car events. His father, Jack, was victorious in the midget portion of the event in 1988. J.J., one of two drivers to win all three USAC National championships in a single season in 2003, is seeking his first Western World main event victory.

Western World's sprint car winners over the past half century can boast many of the greatest names to ever strap on a helmet, including Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Steve & Mark Kinser, Sammy & Kevin Swindell, Danny Lasoski, Donny Schatz, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Dave Darland, Cory Kruseman, Jerry Coons Jr., Jesse Hockett, Tracy Hines, Bryan Clauson and on and on and on - a murderer's row of sprint car talent.

Western World marks the resumption of USAC CRA and Southwest Sprint competition for the first time since March when C.J. Leary won two-straight nights at Canyon. In February at Canyon, Jake Swanson performed likewise, sweeping both nights for himself.

Friday night's Western World sprint car winner will take home a $2,500 prize with Saturday night's main event victor collecting $5,000.

Western World activities at Arizona Speedway begin this Thursday night, Nov. 12, with open practice for both sprint cars and midgets. Pits open at 3pm MT with on-track practice from 5-8pm. Adult pit passes are $30 while pit passes are $10 for kids age 7-12 and free for kids ages 6 and under. Thursday night's practice will feature an extra treat with the Beaver Stripes Racer Appreciation BBQ dinner.

On both Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 13-14, the pits open at 1pm MT, grandstands at 3pm and racing at 6:30pm. General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under.

The previous year's Western World Midget winners include Kevin Thomas Jr. and Brady Bacon, who each raced their way to San Tan Ford / Beaver Stripes victory lane in 2019. Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

Both nights of the 53rd Western World Championships will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

ARIZONA SPEEDWAY USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:

19-R.J. Johnson

8-Charles Davis, Jr.

4-Stevie Sussex

3-Brady Bacon

2-Tyler Courtney & Chris Windom

1-Mike Martin, Tye Mihocko, Josh Pelkey, Logan Seavey & Jake Swanson

ARIZONA SPEEDWAY USAC CRA SPRINT WINS:

3-Tyler Courtney

2-Chris Windom

1-Chase Stockon, Damion Gardner, Jake Swanson, Justin Grant, R.J. Johnson & Thomas Meseraull

PAST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1968: Bob Cleberg

1969: Bob Huebner

1970: Jerry McClung

1971: Jan Opperman

1972: Jan Opperman

1973: Earl Wagner

1974: Rick Ferkel

1975: Ron Shuman

1976: Bubby Jones

1977: Ron Shuman

1978: Lealand McSpadden

1979: Tim Green

1980: Jeff Swindell

1981: Ron Shuman

1982: Steve Kinser

1983: Steve Kinser

1984: Ron Shuman

1985: Steve Kinser

1986: Bobby Davis Jr.

1987: Steve Kinser

1988: Mark Kinser

1989: Sammy Swindell

1990: Steve Kinser

1991: Danny Lasoski (Wing Sprint) & Wayne Bennet (360 Non-Wing Sprint)

1992: Steve Kinser (Wing Sprint) & Bob Ream Jr. (360 Non-Wing Sprint)

1993: Lealand McSpadden

1994: Ron Shuman

1995: Lealand McSpadden (Sprint), Ricky Johnson (360 Non-Wing Sprint)

1996: Steve Kinser

1997: Mark Kinser

1998: Tyler Walker

1999: Donny Schatz

2000: Jay Drake

2001: Jeremy Sherman

2002: Bud Kaeding (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2003: Tony Elliott (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2004: Bud Kaeding (USAC Sprint) & Josh Ford (360 Sprint)

2005: Dave Darland (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2006: Josh Wise (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2007: Jerry Coons, Jr. (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2008: Kevin Swindell (USAC Sprint) & Jesse Hockett (360 Sprint)

2009: Brady Bacon (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Sammy Swindell (ASCS Wing Sprint)

2010: Brady Bacon (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Donny Schatz (ASCS Wing Sprint)

2011: Tracy Hines (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Donny Schatz (ASCS Wing Sprint)

2012: Bryan Clauson (ASCS Non-Wing Sprint) & Wayne Johnson (ASCS Wing Sprint)

2013: Bryan Clauson (USAC 360 Sprint)

2014: Matt Rossi (USAC 360 Sprint)

2015: Bryan Clauson (USAC Sprint) & Brody Roa (360 Sprint)

2016: Chris Windom (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)

2017: Chase Stockon (USAC Sprint) & Chris Windom (360 Sprint)

2018: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)

2019: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint)

 

 

MERCED ADDED, PLACERVILLE OFF FOR USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 10, 2020)........The schedule for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship's season-ending west coast trip in the month of November will have another new look with the announcement of the cancellation of the Hangtown 100 at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway and the addition of two events at Merced (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 20-21.

Hangtown 100 promoters Matt Wood and Scott and Kami Russell were forced to announce the cancelation of this year's three-night event. Recent state geographic limitations due to COVID-19 pertaining to who can attend as to not only fan, but also participants, has necessitated this action. Refunds will be processed immediately and registration credits from the BCRA race held will carry over to next year.

With the addition of the two events, the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season will now conclude at Merced on Nov. 20-21. The event at Merced will pay 50 appearance points to all licensed competitors each night toward the championship standings. No spectators will be allowed at the Merced events which will air live on FloRacing.

On Friday, Nov. 20 at Merced, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will be joined by the Hoosier Tire Wing 360 Sprint Cars presented by www.onefasttee.com. On Saturday, Nov. 21, USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget action at Merced is teamed with the BCRA Midget Lites and Hobby Stocks. Both night, pit gates open at 1pm PT, with the drivers meeting at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Meanwhile, the previously scheduled non-point special event at Merced for Nov. 25 has been canceled.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget west coast swing begins with the 53rd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford on Nov. 13-14 at Arizona Speedway, followed by the NOS Energy Drink November Classic at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 17 and two nights at Merced on Nov. 20-21.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) holds a 15-point lead in the series standings entering the five-race set in November as he looks to defend his title. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) stands second behind Courtney as he pursues his first Midget championship and the completion of USAC's National Triple Crown after previously winning Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint driving championships in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the 2016 USAC Midget champ, is third in the standings (-78) with Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) rounding out the top-five at the moment.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,508, 2-Chris Windom-1,493, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,430, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,386, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,290, 6-Daison Pursley-1,084, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 8-Cole Bodine-945, 9-Andrew Layser-924, 10-Justin Grant-904.

 

 

WESTERN WORLD OPENS USAC MIDGETS' WESTERN SWING NOV. 13-14

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 5, 2020).........The Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford. It's a name that oozes with a rich history dating back to Bob Cleberg's triumph at Manzanita in 1968, and has seen a handful of differing iterations over the past half-century, wing, no-wing, 410s, 360s, sprint cars and midgets at a variety of racetracks in recent years.

The event has found a home over the past five years at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, which will host the 53rd running on November 13-14 at the 1/3-mile dirt oval, with a practice night leading off the proceedings on November 12 in conjunction with the USAC Western States Midgets as well as the AMSOIL USAC CRA / USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

Midgets have only made sporadic appearances at the Western World in the past decade with Bryan Clauson (2013), Darren Hagen (2014) and Brady Bacon (2019) the only individuals who can lay claim to the throne as a Western World Midget champion.

This year's event will more than likely present a new Western World Midget champ with tradition, and a tight USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship battle waiting in the wings with point leader Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom separated by only 15 markers at the top.

Defending series champion Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Clauson-Marshall Racing have won each of their three most recent appearances in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition during Western World at Arizona Speedway, first in 2018, and twice with a two-night sweep in 2019.

In the Midget at Western World in 2019, Courtney was 8th and 4th over the two nights with a fast qualifying time added on the final night. CMR teammate Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) will be making his Western World debut.

Windom (Canton, Ill.), seeking to complete the coveted USAC National Triple Crown after previously capturing Silver Crown (2016) and Sprint (2017) glory, has won more at the Western World than any other driver in the lineup, with a sweep of the 2016 National Sprint features added to a USAC Southwest Sprint prelim victory that same weekend. He completed the process with a USAC Southwest win on the final night of Western World in 2017. In the Midget at Arizona Speedway a year ago, Windom finished 7th on both nights.

Windom's TBM teammate Andrew Layser returns for a second Western World appearance after an 11th place finish on the final night in 2019. Last year's series Rookie of the Year, along with Windom, compete for the team co-owned by Arizona native Chad Boat, son of a past USAC National Midget winner in the state of Arizona, Billy Boat, who prevailed in a last lap thrash at Phoenix International Raceway in 1996.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) won in his last time out in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition on Oct. 10 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., his first career series points-paying victory after 22 seasons of trying. He'll be joined by Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) in the RMS Racing stable for Western World.

Meseraull is both an Arizona Speedway and Western World feature winner in his career, taking the opening night of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car action in the 2017 event for car owner Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports.

Reinbold-Underwood will bring three cars to Western World, with a pair of past USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champions as pilots and a Rookie: Logan Seavey and Spencer Bayston, along with first-time Western World entry, Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was last year's opening night fast qualifier with the Midgets at Western World, then proceeded to finish 4th in the opener and 2nd on the final night. The Seavey/Reinbold-Underwood combo has won at Arizona Speedway before with the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars in 2019. Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), the 2017 series champion, returns to the series for his first career Western World appearance.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) is one of four past USAC National Midget driving champions in this year's Western World field along with Bayston (2017), Seavey (2018) and Courtney (2019). Thorson will make his Western World debut as a teammate on Tom Malloy's team alongside fellow first-time event contestant Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.).

Thorson won the Oct. 9 race at Wayne City, Ill., providing Malloy his first series win as an owner. Thorson, 78 points out of the lead in third, remains in the title hunt with just Courtney and Windom standing in front of him.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a 2018 USAC National Sprint Car Western World opening night feature winner, has joined Petry Motorsports for the voyage to the west alongside talented newcomers and series Rookies Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and Chase Randall (Waco, Tex.), all of whom will be making first-time Western World Midget appearances.

Eight cars in all will be represented by the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team. Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), who previously raced for the team full-time between 2017 and 2019, returns to the squad after competing this whole past year with Petry Motorsports. Carrick finished 3rd on night one of the Western World in 2019 to go along with a 10th on night two.

For both Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Western World 2019 marked each of their first career USAC National Midget feature starts. Pursley finished a best of 12th on the second of the two nights while Kofoid, a Sweet Springs, Mo. winner in Sept., took 22nd. They represent the top-two in the series' Rookie standings with Kofoid 4th and Pursley 6th.

Sandwiched between Kofoid and Pursley in the standings is teammate Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), also a Sweet Springs, Mo. victor in Sept. He's one of five drivers on the team making their Western World debuts along with Bryant Wiedeman (Lubbock, Texas), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Brenham Crouch (Colby, Kans.) and Jesse Love (Menlo Park, Calif.).

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) and Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) have been winners with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in their respective careers, but each have found a fountain of success in their USAC National Midget careers as well.

Macedo, the 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, finished 5th during Western World's night one midget main in 2019, and recently captured the victory in a USAC Western States Midget feature on Oct. 30 in Hanford, Calif. driving for the Tarltons.

Golobic, making his first Western World visit, won a USAC National Midget race in the 2016 opener indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin and also prevailed as the 2017 Indiana Midget Week champion with car owner Matt Wood.

Reigning USAC Western States Midget champion Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) and Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.) are among those expected to return for a second-straight Western World while Rocky Mountain Midget regular Ryan Oerter (Ellicott, Colo.) will make the venture out to the Grand Canyon State for his first Western World, along with Casey Schmitz (Chico, Calif.) and more.

Eighty-one previous USAC National Midget events have been held in Arizona. In fact, the fourth ever race in series history occurred on March 31, 1956 at South Mountain Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz., a 100-lap feature won by National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Famer Johnnie Tolan, a two-time Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association champion in 1946-47, AAA Midwest Midget champion in 1950 & 1952, and AAA National Midget champion in 1952.

Logan Seavey holds the Arizona Speedway USAC National Midget one-lap track record of 15.426 sec. while Jesse Colwell maintains the 8-lap record at 2:07.777. Both records were established on November 15, 2019.

The previous year's Western World Midget winners include Kevin Thomas Jr. and Brady Bacon, who each raced their way to San Tan Ford / Beaver Stripes victory lane in 2019.

Western World activities at Arizona Speedway begin on Thursday night, Nov. 12, with open practice for both sprint cars and midgets. Pits open at 3pm MT with on-track practice from 5-8pm. Adult pit passes are $30 while pit passes are $10 for kids age 7-12 and free for kids ages 6 and under. Thursday night's practice will feature an extra treat with the Beaver Stripes Racer Appreciation BBQ dinner.

On both Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 13-14, the pits open at 1pm MT, grandstands at 3pm and racing at 6:30pm. General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under.

Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

Both nights of the 53rd Western World Championships will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,508, 2-Chris Windom-1,493, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,430, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,386, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,290, 6-Daison Pursley-1,084, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 8-Cole Bodine-945, 9-Andrew Layser-924, 10-Justin Grant-904.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN ARIZONA:

7-Mel Kenyon

3-Gary Bettenhausen, Bobby East, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Dave Steele & Tony Stewart

2-Christopher Bell, Merle Bettenhausen, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton, Chuck Gurney, Jason Leffler, Roger McCluskey, Chuck Rodee, Brad Sweet, Johnnie Tolan, Sleepy Tripp & J.J. Yeley

1-Chuck Arnold, Brady Bacon, Tom Bigelow, Billy Boat, Billy Cantrell, Bryan Clauson, Larry Dickson, Dan Drinan, Billy Engelhart, Robby Flock, Stan Fox, A.J. Foyt, Billy Garrett, Rick Goudy, Allen Heath, Parnelli Jones, Cory Kruseman, Kyle Larson, Michael Lewis, Jerry McClung, Bobby Olivero, Aaron Pollock, Larry Rice, Bobby Santos, Les Scott, Tom Sellberg, Bob Tattersall, Kevin Thomas Jr. Rich Vogler, Billy Vukovich, Bruce Walkup & Bob Wente

PAST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINNERS:

1968: Bob Cleberg

1969: Bob Huebner

1970: Jerry McClung

1971: Jan Opperman

1972: Jan Opperman

1973: Earl Wagner

1974: Rick Ferkel

1975: Ron Shuman

1976: Bubby Jones

1977: Ron Shuman

1978: Lealand McSpadden

1979: Tim Green

1980: Jeff Swindell

1981: Ron Shuman

1982: Steve Kinser

1983: Steve Kinser

1984: Ron Shuman

1985: Steve Kinser

1986: Bobby Davis Jr.

1987: Steve Kinser

1988: Mark Kinser

1989: Sammy Swindell

1990: Steve Kinser

1991: Danny Lasoski & Wayne Bennet (360 Sprint)

1992: Steve Kinser & Bob Ream Jr. (360 Sprint)

1993: Lealand McSpadden

1994: Ron Shuman

1995: Lealand McSpadden & Ricky Johnson (360 Sprint)

1996: Steve Kinser

1997: Mark Kinser

1998: Tyler Walker

1999: Donny Schatz

2000: Jay Drake

2001: Jeremy Sherman

2002: Bud Kaeding (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2003: Tony Elliott (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2004: Bud Kaeding (USAC Sprint) & Josh Ford (360 Sprint)

2005: Dave Darland (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2006: Josh Wise (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2007: Jerry Coons Jr. (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)

2008: Kevin Swindell (USAC Sprint) & Jesse Hockett (360 Sprint)

2009: Brady Bacon (360 Sprint) & Sammy Swindell (Winged)

2010: Brady Bacon (410 Sprint), R.J. Johnson (360 Sprint) & Donny Schatz (Winged)

2011: Tracy Hines (USAC Sprint) & Donny Schatz (Winged)

2012: Bryan Clauson & Wayne Johnson (Winged)

2013: Bryan Clauson (Sprint Car & Midget)

2014: Matt Rossi (360 Sprint) & Darren Hagen (Midget)

2015: Bryan Clauson (USAC Sprint) & Brody Roa (360 Sprint)

2016: Chris Windom (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)

2017: Chase Stockon (USAC Sprint) & Chris Windom (360 Sprint)

2018: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)

2019: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (USAC Midget)

 

 

2021 USAC EASTERN STORM DATES REVEALED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 4, 2020).........Following a one-year hiatus, the highly-anticipated Eastern Storm tour returns in 2021 for its 14th edition June 15-20 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will tackle five dates in a six-night stretch with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series taking center stage for a single night.

The Sprint Cars begin 2021 Eastern Storm on Tuesday, June 15, at the 1/3-mile Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., the only track that has appeared on the schedule since Eastern Storm's inaugural run in 2007.

The following night, on Wednesday, June 16, the Sprint Cars will make their debut on the recently reconfigured 4/10-mile Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J.

Fifty years after the USAC National Sprint Cars last visited Pennsylvania's ½-mile Selinsgrove Speedway, the series is back on Thursday night, June 17 for the first time since Mitch Smith's victory five decades earlier in 1971.

A night off for the Sprint Cars doesn't mean a night off for USAC racing on Friday, June 18, when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series races its way to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's ½-mile Williams Grove Speedway.

USAC Sprints get back to work on Saturday night, June 19, at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway's ½-mile. The tour closes out on Sunday night, June 20, with the USAC Sprint Car debut at the newly rejuvenated Bloomsburg (Pa.) Fairgrounds 3/8-mile dirt oval, where the sight and sound of auto racing of any kind has been absent for the past 40 summers.

C.J. Leary captured the most recent Eastern Storm championship during the 2019 season. Past champions of the tour of the east include Levi Jones (2007-10-11), Bryan Clauson (2012-13-16), Cole Whitt (2008-09), Chris Windom (2017-18), Brady Bacon (2014) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Bryan Clauson, Levi Jones and Chris Windom are tied for the most Eastern Storm victories with six apiece. Brady Bacon and Robert Ballou each have four victories while Cole Whitt has three. Two wins in the series belong to Tyler Courtney, Thomas Meseraull and Kevin Thomas Jr. Notching one career win apiece during Eastern Storm are Chad Boat, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Bobby East, Damion Gardner, Jesse Hockett, Jason McDougal, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jon Stanbrough, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Chase Stockon.

2021 EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE:

June 15: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.)

June 16: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, N.J.)

June 17: Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, Pa.)

June 18: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) *Silver Crown*

June 19: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pa.)

June 20: Bloomsburg Fairgrounds (Bloomsburg, Pa.)

 

 

WINDOM PULLING DOUBLE-DUTY AT WESTERN WORLD NOV. 13-14

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (October 31, 2020)………One of the most successful drivers on the USAC National trail is teaming up with one of the top Southwest Sprint Car teams for the AMSOIL USAC CRA / USAC Southwest Sprint Car portion of the Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway on November 13-14.

Chris Windom will pilot the Bill Michael-owned No. 77m sprinter for the two-night event at the 1/3-mile dirt oval. Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion from Canton, Ill., has twice won the final night of Western World, with the National Sprints in 2016 and the Southwest Sprints in 2017. In 2016, Windom swept both classes on the prelim night with the National and Southwest series.

Needless to say, Arizona Speedway, and Western World in particular, have been extremely kind to Windom, who relishes the opportunity to race a sprint car while simultaneously chasing a first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship, of which he currently stands 15 points behind Tyler Courtney.

“You’ve seen a lot of success with the 77m car, especially in the Arizona area when we go out there,” Windom recalled. “Leland and Bill (Michael) called me and asked if I’d be interested in running out there and I said ‘sure.’ We’re going to have some fun. We’re our there to run for a midget championship, so why not race a sprint car while we’re out there too, and a good one?

Windom will be among those pulling double-duty at Western World alongside with his regular duties aboard the Tucker-Boat Motorsports USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget team. Windom sought out a sprint car ride for the event and found one with the Chino Valley, Ariz.-based team owned by Michael.

Michael moved with his family to Arizona from his Illinois home in his youth, and a victory in his backyard, so to speak, would mean the world to him. With Windom in the car, Michael believes he has that chance this year.

“It’s a very big thing for us to have Chris in the car,” Michael exclaimed. “It’s quite an honor to have him in our car and really very exciting for us. Of course, he’s going to already be there in his midget ride, and he was looking for a sprint car ride while he was out here, and he said he’d love to run the car for us. We’re looking to have fun and be as competitive as possible. That’s what we always strive for.”

The Michael team has found a bit of success at Western World, setting quick time in qualifying with driver Thomas Meseraull 2018, which happened to be one of the team’s first appearances with a 410 engine, of which Michael estimates they’ve now run about 15 of with their Ford powerplant. However, a Western World victory has eluded the team thus far, and Windom would love to be the driver that delivers it.

“I’d love to do that for them,” Windom said. “Obviously, I’m sure that’s pretty high on their list being from Arizona. I’m there to win races, so that’s what the plan is when we go, and I know it’s a good racecar. I don’t know the guys super well yet, but I’m looking forward to getting out there, meeting them, hanging out with them, and, hopefully, winning a couple races.”

The Michael team has already won twice this year with C.J. Leary as the driver in March in USAC CRA/Southwest competition at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

The team’s 39 career USAC Southwest Sprint Car wins have been earned by R.J. Johnson (36), C.J. Leary (2) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (1). Together with Johnson, Michael earned an unprecedented four consecutive USAC Southwest Sprint Car championships between 2013-16.

Western World festivities at Arizona Speedway begin on Thursday night, Nov. 12, with open practice for both sprint cars and midgets. Pits open at 3pm MT with on-track practice from 5-8pm. Adult pit passes are $30 while pit passes are $10 for kids age 7-12 and free for kids ages 6 and under. Thursday night’s practice will feature an extra treat with the Beaver Stripes Racer Appreciation BBQ dinner.

On both Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 13-14, the pits open at 1pm MT, grandstands at 3pm and racing at 6:30pm. General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under to witness which drivers will find their way to San Tan Ford / Beaver Stripes victory lane.

Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

Both nights of the 53rd Western World Championships will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 

 

GRANT GOES WITH PETRY FOR USAC WESTERN MIDGET SWING

October 31, 2020………Justin Grant has hooked up with Petry Motorsports and will compete in six USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series events in Arizona and California during the month of November.

When the 80th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Raceway was canceled, losing such a big event tempered the enthusiasm of the RAMS Racing group and left Grant looking at a second option. It didn’t take long for Grant to find a seat.

“It kind of just came together with losing Turkey Night and some of the other races,” Grant said. “The big draw for the RAMS guys was Turkey Night and with losing that, they were impartial about going.

“So, that opened the door, and Scott and I talked a little bit about running their car when I wasn’t running the RAMS stuff. He asked me about going out west, and it just all worked out for everybody.”

It also didn’t hurt that Grant and Scott Petry, who is also fielding cars for Kevin Thomas Jr., Jerry Coons Jr., Emerson Axsom, Chase Randall and Tanner Carrick, paired up for two races during the central Pennsylvania swing earlier this year.

Grant was successful with Petry. He finished fourth at Action Track USA and backed it up with a seventh place run at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.

“I’ve had a lot of fun racing with those guys when I’ve had a chance this year, and they bring great racecars to the track,” Grant said. “Terry does a great job, and we worked well together and worked together a lot.

“I’m looking forward to going out there. They won in Arizona last year, and they were fast all western swing. So, I’m looking forward to doing it with them.”

The six-race stint kicks off at Arizona Speedway Nov. 13-14 before shifting to the Golden State and Bakersfield Speedway Nov. 17. The final three dates will be at Placerville Speedway for the prestigious Hangtown 100 Nov. 19-21.

For Grant, a one-time winner with the USAC Midgets in 2020, it’s not only a chance to race more in what has been a weird and difficult season, but also to do it with a competitive team that can win.

“I feel my expectations are always high,” Grant said. “I don’t like going to the racetrack if I feel like I’m not going to win. We show up to compete, and that’s what we are there for, so expectations are always high.

“They are especially high because we’ve been together before, had some speed in the past, and they’ve had some speed there last year. We want to go out there and win a few races.”

Continued Grant, “It should be a fun trip, and it gives me the opportunity to go west without having the workload I would taking the RAMS stuff out there. It worked out for the RAMS guys, for me, and Petry, so everything came together in a tidy way.”

 

 

WINDOM PULLING DOUBLE-DUTY AT WESTERN WORLD NOV. 13-14

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (October 31, 2020)………One of the most successful drivers on the USAC National trail is teaming up with one of the top Southwest Sprint Car teams for the AMSOIL USAC CRA / USAC Southwest Sprint Car portion of the Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway on November 13-14.

Chris Windom will pilot the Bill Michael-owned No. 77m sprinter for the two-night event at the 1/3-mile dirt oval. Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion from Canton, Ill., has twice won the final night of Western World, with the National Sprints in 2016 and the Southwest Sprints in 2017. In 2016, Windom swept both classes on the prelim night with the National and Southwest series.

Needless to say, Arizona Speedway, and Western World in particular, have been extremely kind to Windom, who relishes the opportunity to race a sprint car while simultaneously chasing a first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship, of which he currently stands 15 points behind Tyler Courtney.

“You’ve seen a lot of success with the 77m car, especially in the Arizona area when we go out there,” Windom recalled. “Leland and Bill (Michael) called me and asked if I’d be interested in running out there and I said ‘sure.’ We’re going to have some fun. We’re our there to run for a midget championship, so why not race a sprint car while we’re out there too, and a good one?

Windom will be among those pulling double-duty at Western World alongside with his regular duties aboard the Tucker-Boat Motorsports USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget team. Windom sought out a sprint car ride for the event and found one with the Chino Valley, Ariz.-based team owned by Michael.

Michael moved with his family to Arizona from his Illinois home in his youth, and a victory in his backyard, so to speak, would mean the world to him. With Windom in the car, Michael believes he has that chance this year.

“It’s a very big thing for us to have Chris in the car,” Michael exclaimed. “It’s quite an honor to have him in our car and really very exciting for us. Of course, he’s going to already be there in his midget ride, and he was looking for a sprint car ride while he was out here, and he said he’d love to run the car for us. We’re looking to have fun and be as competitive as possible. That’s what we always strive for.”

The Michael team has found a bit of success at Western World, setting quick time in qualifying with driver Thomas Meseraull 2018, which happened to be one of the team’s first appearances with a 410 engine, of which Michael estimates they’ve now run about 15 of with their Ford powerplant. However, a Western World victory has eluded the team thus far, and Windom would love to be the driver that delivers it.

“I’d love to do that for them,” Windom said. “Obviously, I’m sure that’s pretty high on their list being from Arizona. I’m there to win races, so that’s what the plan is when we go, and I know it’s a good racecar. I don’t know the guys super well yet, but I’m looking forward to getting out there, meeting them, hanging out with them, and, hopefully, winning a couple races.”

The Michael team has already won twice this year with C.J. Leary as the driver in March in USAC CRA/Southwest competition at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

The team’s 39 career USAC Southwest Sprint Car wins have been earned by R.J. Johnson (36), C.J. Leary (2) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (1). Together with Johnson, Michael earned an unprecedented four consecutive USAC Southwest Sprint Car championships between 2013-16.

Western World festivities at Arizona Speedway begin on Thursday night, Nov. 12, with open practice for both sprint cars and midgets. Pits open at 3pm MT with on-track practice from 5-8pm. Adult pit passes are $30 while pit passes are $10 for kids age 7-12 and free for kids ages 6 and under. Thursday night’s practice will feature an extra treat with the Beaver Stripes Racer Appreciation BBQ dinner.

On both Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 13-14, the pits open at 1pm MT, grandstands at 3pm and racing at 6:30pm. General admission adult tickets are $30, while kids 11 and under are just $10. Pit passes are $40 for adults and $15 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under to witness which drivers will find their way to San Tan Ford / Beaver Stripes victory lane.

Western World tickets are on sale now at www.arizonaspeedway.net.

Both nights of the 53rd Western World Championships will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

 

 

CARSON MACEDO IS HANFORD KING; SWEEPS TARLTON CLASSIC

HANFORD, CA – OCTOBER 30, 2020… Leading all 25-laps, Carson Macedo (Lemoore, CA) swept the USAC Western States Midget portion of the “Inaugural Tom Tarlton Classic” at Hanford. Racing the Tom Tarlton Sr. owned #21 Tarlton and Son Inc. / BG Chemicals entry, Macedo set fast time, won his heat race, topped the dash, and scored the main event win at Keller Auto Speedway. The former NARC / King of the West Sprint Car Champion finished ahead of Ryan Bernal, Shannon McQueen, Brody Fuson, and hard charger Robby Josett for the second series win of his career.

Macedo began the night by setting the top mark in Woodland Auto Display Qualifying with a time of 16.238 over the 15-car roster. He won the 7-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race and the special Rod End Supply Dash that earned $600 for the veteran driver.

Storming from eleventh to fifth in the feature, Robby Josett claimed the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors. Josett was eleventh quick in time trials and placed sixth in his heat race.

Ryan Bernal raced to victory in the Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat Race. The two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Champion qualified second overall and ran second in the dash.

On November 13th and 14th, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States will battle the NOS Energy Drink USAC National series in the non-point “53rd Annual Western World Championships” at Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ). The races will be broadcast live on the internet at floracing.com.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing.

You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: October 30, 2020 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California – “Inaugural Tom Tarlton Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-16.238; 2. Ryan Bernal, 97W, Wood-16.300; 3. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-16.640; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.661; 5. Scotty Farmer, 68, Six8-16.695; 6. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-16.695; 7. Blake Bower, 10, Walker-16.867; 8. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-17.148; 9. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-17.229; 10. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-17.387; 11. Robby Josett, 73X, Ford-17.422; 12. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-18.083; 13. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-21.667; 14. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-NT; 15 Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (7 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Bower, 3. Farmer, 4. Fuson, 5. Prickett, 6. Josett, 7. Beilman, 8. Bock. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (7 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Worth, 3. Andreotti, 4. McQueen, 5. Ito, 6. Hazelton, Drollinger. NT.

ROD END SUPPLY DASH: (6 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Bernal, 3. Worth, 4. Farmer, 5. Fuson, 6. McQueen. NT.

FEATURE: (25 laps, with starting positions) 1. Carson Macedo (1), 2. Ryan Bernal (2), 3. Shannon McQueen (6), 4. Brody Fuson (5), 5. Robby Josett (11), 6. Jake Andreotti (8), 7. David Prickett (9), 8. Bryan Drollinger (12), 9. Dylan Ito (10), 10. Kyle Beilman (15), 11. Ron Hazelton (14), 12. Blake Bower (7), 13. Britton Bock (13), 14. Ben Worth (3), 15. Scotty Farmer (4). NT ---------------------------- **Farmer flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Macedo ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Robby Josett (11th to 5th)

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SPECIAL EVENTS: November 13&14 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “53rd Western World Championships” – co-sanctioned with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets

 

 

FATHEADZ SIGNS ON AS SPONSOR FOR INAUGURAL HOOSIER CLASSIC $100K CHALLENGE

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 28, 2020) – Lucas Oil Raceway is proud to announce that Fatheadz Eyewear has been named official sponsor for the inaugural Hoosier Classic Fatheadz Eyewear $100K Challenge.

The 2021 Hoosier Classic will host a trifecta of open-wheel pavement racing, featuring Champion Sprint Cars (Friday), Champion Midgets (Saturday), and the USAC Silver Crown Series (Saturday).

Set to take place in conjunction with Brickyard 400 Weekend on Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14, 2021, drivers will compete on The Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway for their shot at taking home the top prize of $100K.

The Fatheadz $100K Challenge is up for grabs to anyone that can win all three of the Hoosier Classic races (Sprints, Midget and USAC Silver Crown. If a driver and team can win two of the three events, they will collect $50,000.

“We are thrilled to have the addition of the Fatheadz Eyewear $100K Challenge to the Hoosier Classic weekend,” said Kasey Coler, Vice President of Track Management & Operations for NHRA. “The addition of these prizes instantly elevates what was going to be the biggest payday in grassroots pavement open-wheel racing to now another stratosphere with a potential winner taking home a total of $132,000 for winning three big races over the course of two days. With the support of Fatheadz Eyewear in not only the prize, but also helping build the Hoosier Classic into a tent-pole event for fans, drivers and teams, we are beyond excited for the debut of this event."

“This will be the first time, with fans, that all of these Series have raced together,” said Rico Elmore, Founder and CEO of Fatheadz, Inc. “We’re excited that Indianapolis, the Motorsports Capital of the World, will be the gathering place for these great drivers, and Fatheadz is thrilled to be able to support this historic event.”

Levi Jones, Executive Vice President - United States Auto Club (USAC), shared enthusiasm and support for the partnership:

"It's fantastic to see Fatheadz Eyewear support an event and track that has been synonymous with USAC racing for the past six decades is raising the bar for pavement racing in 2021. We are looking forward to this highly anticipated event and I know the drivers are pumped to have this opportunity to shoot for the big bonus money.”

Fatheadz Eyewear, founded in Indiana in 2004, began by creating and offering eyewear specifically tailored to customers with heads too large to fit in standard width glasses comfortably. The company has grown to encompass nine distinct lines of eyewear of all sizes for both men and women. Recently, the company shifted production focus in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, has since produced several million pieces of PPE for healthcare workers, and is continuing to offer the products online.

To learn more about Fatheadz Eyewear, visit their website. You can learn more about USAC here. To view information on upcoming events, visit the Lucas Oil Raceway website.

About Fatheadz:

Founded in March 2004 under the direction of Rico Elmore, Fatheadz first started by catering to men with heads too large to fit in standard width sunglasses comfortably. To solve this issue, Elmore created a product line with four oversized sunglasses available in varying colors. Fatheadz has now grown to encompass nine distinct lines of eyewear of all sizes for both men and women. With over 1000 unique product offerings, innovation continues to drive Fatheadz’s customer centric business.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

HANFORD HOSTS $2,100-TO-WIN USAC MIDGET “TOM TARLTON CLASSIC” FRIDAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 27, 2020... Just added to the schedule! The USAC Western States Midgets are back in action this Friday, October 30th, at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway. Promoted by Peter Murphy, the non-point “Inaugural Tom Tarlton Classic” will pay $2,100-to-win and $200-to-start. The action packed card will also showcase the winged Kings of Thunder 410 Sprint Cars. The Pit Gates will open at 1:00pm and pit passes are $40. The GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:45pm, Time Trials is scheduled for 6:00pm, and Racing will begin at 7:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at racekingsspeedway.com. Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

As this writing goes to press, the event will be one of the richest dates on the calendar. In addition to the $2,100 top prize, the fast time award pays $200, a special dash will pay $500, and $200 will be awarded for hard charger. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes for supporting a great night of racing.

To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2020 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, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.

Since June 6, 1986, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted 42 USAC Western States Midget races and twenty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. Robby Flock scored the inaugural victory and Ronnie Gardner topped the last visit on June 25, 2016. Billy Boat leads all drivers with six Hanford triumphs and Ronnie Day set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.555 on October 3, 1998. The series win list at Hanford is at the end of this release.

Last Saturday at Petaluma, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, CA) earned the second USAC victory of his career and topped the “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Series.” Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, the former BCRA Champion finished ahead of Maria Cofer, Blake Bower, Shannon McQueen, Jake Andreotti, Michael Faccinto, Scotty Farmer, C.J. Sarna, Robert Carson, and Blake Brannon.

Keller Auto Speedway is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event but pit passes are available. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit racekingsspeedway.com.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Scotty Farmer, 1-Frankie Guerrini, 1-Alex Schutte.

HANFORD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 6-Billy Boat, 4- Robby Flock, 3-Jimmy Sills, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Alex Harris, 2-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Ron Shuman, 1-Tommy Astone, 1-Donnie Beechler, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Mark DeBeaumont, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Joe Gaerte, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Dallen McKenney, 1-Andy Michner, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Ricky Shelton, 1-Tony Stewart, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Matt Streeter, 1-Sleepy Tripp, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Josh Wise.

TOM TARLTON CLASSIC MIDGET PURSE: 1. $2,100; 2. $1,000; 3. $800; 4. $700; 5. $600; 6. $500; 7. $400; 8. $350; 9. $300; 10. $250; 11. $200; 12. $200; 13. $200; 14. $200; 15. $200; 16. $200; 17. $200; 18. $200; 19. $200; 20. $200; 21. $200.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 18: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Alex Schutte)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Scotty Farmer)
October 17: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Frankie Guerrini)
October 30: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Tom Tarlton Classic / Non-Points)
November 13: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 14: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic / Non-Points)
November 19: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 20: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 21: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 25: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FRANKIE GUERRINI TOPS PETALUMA USAC/BCRA MIDGET FEATURE & CHALLENGE SERIES

PETALUMA, CA – OCTOBER 24, 2020… Racing past Blake Bower on the ninth circuit, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, CA) cruised to the USAC Western States and BCRA Midget victory at Petaluma Speedway. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini earned his second career USAC triumph and topped the “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” mini-series. Frankie took home an extra $1000 for his efforts as “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Bower, Shannon McQueen, and Jake Andreotti followed.

Alex Schutte topped the Woodland Auto Display Qualifying with a lap time of 15.039 over the 17-car roster. The former champion ran second in his heat race, but an early flip resulted in a sixteenth place finish in the main event. Schutte walked away uninjured from the crash.

With her drive from seventh to second, Cofer took her second straight Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors. The former BCRA Champion had qualified eleventh overall and won her heat race.

The 10-lap heat race victories were claimed by Maria Cofer (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), and Shannon McQueen (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat). McQueen was second quick in time trials and rebounded from an early tangle to place fourth in the main event.

Guerrini’s win capped off the two race “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Cofer ($700), Scotty Farmer ($500), Bower ($350), and Kyle Beilman ($250) also took home extra prize money. A special thanks goes to Ken Clapp and the West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame for supporting the mini-series with USAC and BCRA.

On November 13th and 14th, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States group will battle the NOS Energy Drink USAC National series in the non-point “53rd Annual Western World Championships” at Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ). The races will be broadcast live on the internet at floracing.com.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: October 24, 2020 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2” – co-sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.039; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.162; 3. Michael Faccinto, 57X, Cofer-15.297; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-15.313; 5. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-15.384; 6. Blake Bower, 10, Walker-15.387; 7. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-15.390; 8. Scotty Farmer, 68, Six8-15.425; 9. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-15.526; 10. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-15.542; 11. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.688; 12. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-15.937; 13. Sparky Howard, 17, Thurston-16.011; 14. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.193; 15. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-16.376; 16. Floyd Alvis, 18, Champion-16.894; 17. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-17.315.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cofer, 2. Schutte, 3. Andreotti, 4. Sarna, 5, Faccinto, 6. Soares, 7. Howard, 8. Pankratz, 9. Fuson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Guerrini, 3. Bower, 4. Farmer, 5. Carson, 6. Brannon, 7. Alvis, 8. Beilman. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Frankie Guerrini (3), 2. Maria Cofer (7), 3. Blake Bower (1), 4. Shannon McQueen (5), 5. Jake Andreotti (2), 6. Michael Faccinto (4), 7. Scotty Farmer (9), 8. C.J. Sarna (10), 9. Robert Carson (12), 10. Blake Brannon (14), 11. Sparky Howard (13), 12. Floyd Alvis (16), 13. Jarrett Soares (15), 14. Kyle Beilman (11), 15. Randi Pankratz (17), 16. Alex Schutte (6), 17. Brody Fuson (8). NT ---------------------------- **Schutte flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Bower, Laps 9-30 Guerrini. ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Maria Cofer (7th to 2nd)

FINAL WEST COAST STOCK CAR / MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE POINTS: 1. Frankie Guerrini-160, 2. Maria Cofer-154, 3. Scotty Farmer-131, 4. Blake Bower-129, 5. Kyle Beilman-105, 6. C.J. Sarna-100, 7. Sparky Howard-99, 8. Brody Fuson-96, 9. Randi Pankratz-95, 10. Floyd Alvis-94.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SPECIAL EVENTS: November 13&14 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “53rd Western World Championships” – co-sanctioned with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC/BCRA MIDGET CHALLENGE RESUMES AT PETALUMA
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 19, 2020... This Saturday, October 24th, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association will return at Petaluma Speedway for a special non-point event. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the final round of the “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” mini-series will also showcase the Hunt Wingless Spec Sprint Cars, WMR Western Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in the “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” point chase. Tallied from the October 17th and 24th events at Petaluma, the mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA. Ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times and if that show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the October 17th points. A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, Saturday’s event will pay $600-to-win, $300-for-2nd, $250-for 3rd, $200-for-4th, $150-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- 2020 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, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted eleven USAC Western States Midget races and five different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three wins with Gardner, the five-time champion, setting the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013. The series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

Last Saturday, second generation driver, Maria Cofer (Macdoel, CA) raced the family owned #57 Tule Vista Ranches / Bell Helmets Spike to the second USAC triumph of her career. Frankie Guerrini, Scotty Farmer, Kyle Beilman, Brody Fuson, Randi Pankratz, Sparky Howard, Floyd Alvis, Blake Bower, and C.J. Sarna chased the former BCRA Champion to the checkered flags.

With a slim one-point lead, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, CA) sits atop the “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” point standings. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini leads Maria Cofer, Placerville winner Scotty Farmer, former Rookie of the Year Kyle Beilman, and young Brody Fuson in the mini-series.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Scotty Farmer, 1-Alex Schutte.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Alex Schutte, 2-Maria Cofer, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic.

WEST COAST STOCK CAR / MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS: 1. Frankie Guerrini-80, 2. Maria Cofer-79, 3. Scotty Farmer-74, 4. Kyle Beilman-69, 5. Brody Fuson-66, 6. Randi Pankratz-61, 7. Blake Bower-58, 8. Sparky Howard-56, 9. Floyd Alvis-53, 10. David Prickett-48, 11. C.J. Sarna-46, 12. Britton Bock-42, 13. Jarrett Soares-10, ---. Robert Carson-10.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 18: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Alex Schutte)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Scotty Farmer)
October 17: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2 / Non-Points)
November 13: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 14: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic / Non-Points)
November 19: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 20: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 21: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 25: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.

This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

GRAVEL TURNS IN ONE OF USAC SILVER CROWN'S
BEST EVER DEBUTS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 18, 2020).........In the week leading up to his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series debut on Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, David Gravel stated that his goals were to "finish the race first" while claiming that, realistically, a top-ten would be ideal.

While he also said he hoped to be in the mix for the win at the end of 100 miles, even he couldn't have drawn up exactly how it ultimately played out. Having to utilize a push start due to mechanical issues left him, by rule, to start at the tail of the 26-car field.

In the end, Gravel (Watertown, Conn.) finished second to winner Kyle Larson in the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the one-mile dirt oval with a pair of racing veterans in crew chief Kent Wolters and spotter Mike Hess helping to aid him on the path to the best finish by a first-time Silver Crown race starter in more than a quarter century, since P.J. Jones finished as the runner-up at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1994.

"I'm not really sure what happened, but I kind of went where they weren't," Gravel explained. "I got past (Kody) Swanson and (Chris) Windom in the beginning and I thought I was doing really good. Then, I slowed down too much, and they passed me back. I think we got to about 10th or 11th and then I got more aggressive and started to pass guys around their right rear. This Mark Swanson Encore Team car felt really good; I felt comfortable by about lap five or six. I got here at 10:30am, sat in the car for the first time, got the belts changed up, but the pedals were uncomfortable for me. My knees are killing me; I'm getting old."

The 28-year-old, who won the Knoxville Nationals in 2019, was in the midst of a busy weekend that included a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car start on Friday, a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series start on Saturday and a Silver Crown start on Sunday. Gravel credits his impressive run on Sunday to not only his versatile experiences over the weekend, but everything observed and experienced firsthand leading up to this point.

"I honestly haven't watched that many Silver Crown races," Gravel acknowledged. "I know you have to be patient around the bottom. We race in the rubber sometimes in a winged sprint car, so I just used what I've learned there and translated it to today. I hope I'll be back. I don't know what my schedule is for next year, but I know I'll be in a winged sprint car a lot. Hopefully, I get to do a lot of fun things like this again."

Gravel's Springfield performance ranks as one of the best debuts in Silver Crown history. He's now one of just 12 drivers to finish inside the top-two in his first career series start. Seven drivers won their first Silver Crown start: Jim McElreath (Nazareth 1971), A.J. Foyt (Illinois State Fairgrounds 1971), Danny Smith (Eldora 1982), Rick Hood (Indiana State Fairgrounds 1982), Jimmy Horton (Nazareth 1983), Herb Copeland (Oklahoma City 1983) and Marv Carman (Minnesota State Fairgrounds 1984).

Only four drivers had previously finished 2nd in their first Silver Crown start: Arnie Knepper (Nazareth 1971), Barry Camp (Williams Grove 1981), Jac Haudenschild (Indiana State Fairgrounds 1985) and P.J. Jones (Indianapolis Raceway Park 1994).

Additionally, Gravel's starting spot of 26th at Springfield is the furthest back any top-five finishing debut driver has started, besting Jimmy Caruthers' charge from 20th to 5th in the 1971 race, incidentally, also at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Meanwhile, the previous worst starting spot for a driver finishing 2nd or better in his first Silver Crown start was Arnie Knepper, who began his race from the 14th position in the inaugural series event in 1971 at Nazareth, Pa.

Gravel's run marks the third occasion that a debuting Silver Crown driver has finished inside the top-five this season with both occurring in the opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. Bryan Gossel finished 4th there while Carmen Perigo took 5th.

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USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT PERFORMANCES (1971-2020)

1ST PLACE

Jim McElreath (June 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 9th)

A.J. Foyt (Aug 22, 1971 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 10th)

Danny Smith (Apr 25, 1982 at Eldora Speedway - started 8th)

Rick Hood (May 8, 1982 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds - started 4th)

Jimmy Horton (July 3, 1983 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 5th)

Herb Copeland (Jul 24, 1983 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 6th)

Marv Carman (Aug 24, 1984 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds - started 4th)

2ND PLACE

Arnie Knepper (June 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 14th)

Barry Camp (July 5, 1981 at Williams Grove Speedway - started 5th)

Jac Haudenschild (May 24, 1985 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds - started 6th)

P.J. Jones (Aug 4, 1994 at Indianapolis Raceway Park - started 1st)

David Gravel (Oct 18, 2020 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 26th)

3RD PLACE

Don Hawley (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 16th)

Jigger Sirois (Sept 4, 1972 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 2nd)

Ken Schrader (Nov 2, 1980 at the Terre Haute Action Track - started 1st)

Bruce Jennings (Jul 24, 1983 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 18th)

Terry Shepherd (Sep 22, 1991 at Eldora Speedway - started 7th)

Steve Kent (Oct 8, 1994 at the Cal Expo State Fairgrounds - started 3rd)

Aaron Fike (Nov 14, 2000 at Irwindale Speedway - started 8th)

Cameron Dodson (Mar 23, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - started 3rd)

Brady Bacon (Aug 31, 2014 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 12th)

4TH PLACE

Billy Vukovich (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 8th)

Pancho Carter (May 28, 1972 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 15th)

Wally Dallenbach (Aug 17, 1974 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds - started 16th)

Randy Tolsma (Aug 1, 1993 at the Milwaukee Mile - started 5th)

Ryan Moore (Mar 23, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - started 15th)

Robert Stout (May 27, 2016 at Lucas Oil Raceway - started 5th)

Jason McDougal (Sep 22, 2018 at Eldora Speedway - started 7th)

Bryan Gossel (Aug 9, 2020 at Selinsgrove Speedway - started 19th)

5TH PLACE

Gary Bettenhausen (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 6th)

Jimmy Caruthers (Aug 22, 1971 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 20th)

Mel Cornett (Aug 19, 1973 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 7th)

Rich Leavell (Aug 24, 1980 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 9th)

Jeff Forshee (July 22, 1984 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 2nd)

Jeff Gordon (Feb 4, 1990 at Phoenix International Raceway - started 4th)

Stewart Friesen (Oct 11, 2014 at the New York State Fairgrounds - started 7th)

Joey Schmidt (Mar 23, 2019 at Memphis International Raceway - started 14th)

Carmen Perigo (Aug 9, 2020 at Selinsgrove Speedway - started 5th)

 

 

2020 YEAR IN REVIEW: USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The Illinois State Fairgrounds has been a home away from home of sorts for Justin Grant throughout his USAC Silver Crown career.

After all, it's where the 29-year-old Ione, Calif. driver earned his first pole with the series in 2015, where he won his first series race in 2017 and where he captured his first USAC National championship in 2020.

The one-mile patch of dirt in Springfield, Ill. has been the host of championship racing since 1934, but never before had it been the stage for a championship celebration, albeit one of the subdued variety on a frigid Sunday afternoon in mid-October where race time temperatures dipped into the 40s.

Grant entered the Silver Crown season finale in somewhat familiar territory. He stood atop the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings for much of 2017 and 2020 with Sam McGhee Motorsports and TOPP Motorsports, respectively, then finished as the runner-up in each of the last two Silver Crown seasons before, ultimately, coming up just shy of reaching the pinnacle on each occasion.

Although he hadn't yet been on the other side of the championship equation, Grant had a unique introspective outlook on how he approached the rigorous mental exercise that involved a title hanging in the balance at Springfield.

"I really wasn't nervous today at all," Grant admitted. "I've been here, and I've lost them before, and I survived. I thought if I lost another one, I'll be alright. If we win one, we'll be alright, but just a little happier."

However, what was a most unusual twist in this most uncommon of all seasons throughout the sports landscape was the two-month long break in the schedule that preceded the final race at Springfield due to rain outs and COVID-19. Among the twists were the addition and rescheduling of Springfield to the schedule in mid-September that added another date to the calendar in what wound up as the shortest Silver Crown season since 1979.

During the eight-week break, Grant's 22-point lead over five-time champion Kody Swanson remained intact, unwavering, as it awaited one last showdown. Grant laid down the fastest time in qualifying to win the pole for Springfield's Bettenhausen 100, displaying his commitment to not making this merely a leisurely Sunday drive. Grant was dead-set on making this day fully climatic by delivering both a victory and a championship in his Hemelgarn Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Super Fitness - Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford.

Grant led the first 10 laps until surpassed by eventual winner Kyle Larson, but remained in the hunt, and ran 2nd with five laps remaining in the 100-mile event. Grant began to close on Larson to pressure him for the race win on the 95th lap when Grant became entangled with a lapped car in turn two. As Grant got sideways and fought to retain control, for everyone else on the premises, they believed they had witnessed Grant's championship season flash before their eyes.

For Grant, though, the championship wasn't top of mind at the point. He was there to win, and as he dropped to 3rd in the order, his hopes of a race victory were dashed, which was first and foremost on his mind at that juncture.

"I was caught up in trying to win the race and I think I was more frustrated about losing the race there than the championship at the moment."

Once the kerfuffle was had run its course, Grant gathered it up and that was where championship mode finally set in as he made sure to protect the tires, ride it out and keep everything intact for the final five miles of his championship run.

Grant's most recent series title prior to 2020 came with the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets in 2007. He made the move to Indiana in 2009 with just a little bit of money in his pocket but possessed an insurmountable amount of hunger, will and drive to succeed in the sport. Initially serving as a crew member for Jeff Walker Racing's sprint car team, Grant literally worked his way into the driving seat for Baldwin Brothers Racing to become the USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year a year later in 2010.

A stint with car owner Mark Hery that saw Grant win his first career USAC Sprint race in 2012 was nearly derailed later that year by a serious rollover in an Ohio highway accident. After recovery, Grant fought back to reach victory lane once again but shortly thereafter, found himself on the sidelines contemplating his future in the sport throughout the summer of 2016.

That same year, however, Grant forged a foundation in Silver Crown racing with owner Chris Carli, then Ron Hemelgarn, that has seen Grant steadily progress into the championship caliber driver he is today. It's something that Grant couldn't even comprehend just a handful of years ago when he started his racing journey.

"It means a lot to me," Grant said. "I've been wanting to be a USAC racer since I was six years old. Being a USAC champion, I never really thought I would be in this position. At one time, I never thought I'd even get to race a USAC car growing up. It was never really anything I looked at, like "I'm going to be a USAC champion one day.' I just kept getting to the next race and the next race and then, here we are."

Grant had finished 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd in the Silver Crown standings over the past four years between 2016-19, but in 2020, he was the only driver with three top-five and four top-ten finishes in his five starts.

He also became the ninth driver to win the Silver Crown driving title without the aid of a single victory, joining Jimmy Caruthers (1975), Billy Cassella (1976), Ken Schrader (1982), Dave Blaney (1984), Steve Butler (1988), Tony Stewart (1995), Bud Kaeding (2007) and Levi Jones (2011).

Nonetheless, Grant regularly had a car to win throughout the 2020 season. A flat right rear tire while running second in the opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway relegated the team to a 16th place finish and a 16th place standing in the points. A solid 4th place finish in the follow-up race on the pavement of Salem (Ind.) Speedway moved Grant into 3rd in the driver standings, then into 2nd overall in the points with a 5th place result at Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway.

Grant overcame a 10-point deficit at the Indiana State Fairgrounds by finishing 8th after starting 20th on the grid, while an early race back straightaway flip cost Swanson dearly. Grant led by 22 entering Springfield, and ultimately finished out with a 46-point advantage to conclude the season, the closest final margin of victory for the championship since 2016.

Meanwhile, team owner Hemelgarn's car entrant title also presented a rarity as one of just a few select teams to win both a USAC Silver Crown and an IndyCar championship. Hemelgarn, with driver Buddy Lazier, won the 2000 Indy Racing League crown.

Leader Card Racers snagged the inaugural Silver Crown champion with driver George Snider in 1971 and again in 1979 with Bobby Olivero as the pilot, while also garnering USAC National (IndyCar) Championships with Rodger Ward in 1959 & 1962, and Bobby Unser in 1968.

Likewise, A.J. Foyt won the "IndyCar" championship as a driver/owner in 1975, then once again, this time solely as an owner, at the advent of the IRL with drivers Scott Sharp in 1996 and Kenny Brack in 1998. Foyt, aboard his own A.J. Foyt Enterprises machine, collected the 1972 Silver Crown title as both a driver/owner. In 1999, Foyt, now teamed up with George Snider as co-owners, were the Silver Crown entrant champions with a combination of drivers, including Mike Bliss, Jimmy Sills and Dave Steele.

Justin Grant, his family & the Hemelgarn Racing crew celebrate after winning the 2020 USAC Silver Crown championship Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. (Chris Pedersen Photo)

Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing burst onto the scene, winning three consecutive IndyCar titles with Al Unser in 1970, and Joe Leonard in 1971-72. Success continued in the following two years for the team on the USAC Dirt Track Championship trail with Unser claiming the Silver Crown title in 1973 and Mario Andretti doing so in 1974, both for Vel's Parnelli.

The man who was instrumental in Hemelgarn and Lazier's 2000 IRL championship as chief mechanic was Dennis LaCava, the same man who served in the same role for Grant's 2020 Silver Crown title. Grant finds most of his gratification in winning the title for the team, doing his part on the track to win the title for the team he's worked with for the past four successful seasons.

"I'm thrilled to win this championship, but especially for Dennis (LaCava), who has worked very hard to get to this point, and for Ron (Hemelgarn) who gives us what we need to do it. It just feels good to get it done for those guys."

Additionally, Kyle Larson returned to the Silver Crown Champ Cars after an eight-year hiatus and went two-for-two in both of his series appearances, first winning the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (after starting 22nd) and the season closer at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. In doing so, he became the 15th driver to win at all three of the Midwest dirt miles of Indy, Illinois, and Du Quoin, which he won in 2011.

Shane Cottle earned a new record as the driver with the longest gap between Silver Crown race wins, following up his 2007 Du Quoin triumph with a score just shy of 13 years later in the 2020 season opener at Selinsgrove, Pa. After starting in the 23rd position, Cottle was plagued with engine problems in qualifying, then was involved in an accident just before halfway that required replacement of both the right and left rear tires, then stormed back through the pack, leading just the final two laps to win the inaugural Bill Holland Classic.

Kody Swanson extended his Silver Crown victory streak to seven years with an unprecedented fifth consecutive win in the Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial on the paved high banks of Salem (Ind.) Speedway, breaking Pancho Carter's long held record in the event between 1974-77.

Kody's younger brother, Tanner Swanson, became the winningest USAC Silver Crown driver in Lucas Oil Raceway history with his sixth career victory at the .686-mile paved oval during the Carb Night Classic, a record he held alongside both Mike Bliss and his big brother.

Bryan Gossel earned Rookie of the Year honors with the series after finishing 9th in the final standings. He became the first Silver Crown Rookie of the Year to hail from the state of Colorado, and the first in any USAC National division since Mike Gregg with the Midgets in 1973.

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN STAT LEADERS:

Most Wins: 2-Kyle Larson

Driver Champion: Justin Grant

Owner Champion: Hemelgarn Racing #91

Top Rookie in Points: Bryan Gossel

Most Laps Led: 127-Kyle Larson

Most Top-Fives: 3-Justin Grant

Most Top-Tens: 4-Justin Grant

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 2-Kody Swanson

Most Feature Starts: 5-Matt Goodnight, Bryan Gossel, Justin Grant, Kyle Robbins, Kody Swanson & Chris Windom

Biggest Charger of the Year: David Gravel (26th to 2nd) on Oct 18 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Aug 9: (D) Selinsgrove, PA - Selinsgrove Speedway WINNER: Shane Cottle (Curtis Williams #81)

Aug 15: (P) Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNER: Kody Swanson (Nolen Racing #20)

Aug 21: (P) Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis WINNER: Tanner Swanson (Bowman Racing #02)

Aug 23: (D) Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNER: Kyle Larson (Sean Michael Motorsports #19)

Oct 18: (D#) Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fairgrounds WINNER: Kyle Larson (Sean Michael Motorsports #19)

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(D) represents a dirt event

(P) represents a pavement event

# represents a daytime event

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER

1 266 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

2 220 Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

3 212 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

4 189 Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind.

5 186 Kyle Robbins, New Castle, Ind.

6 184 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

7 168 Aaron Pierce, Muncie, Ind.

8 162 Shane Cockrum, Benton, Ill.

9 161 Bryan Gossel (R), Fort Collins, Colo.

10 159 Mike Haggenbottom, Levittown, Pa.

11 156 Logan Seavey (R), Sutter, Calif.

12 151 Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill.

13 148 Travis Welpott, Pendleton, Ind.

14 146 Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif.

15 143 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

16 131 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass.

17 131 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

18 121 Jake Swanson (R), Anaheim, Calif.

19 111 Kyle Cummins (R), Princeton, Ind.

20 107 Austin Nemire, Sylvania, Ohio

21 101 Kyle Hamilton, Danville, Ind.

22 101 Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.)

23 95 Chad Kemenah (R), Alvada, Ohio

24 85 Derek Bischak, Angola, Ind.

25 85 Dave Berkheimer, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

26 84 Ronnie Wuerdeman (R), Cincinnati, Ohio

27 77 Kyle O'Gara (R), Beech Grove, Ind.

28 73 Tanner Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

29 71 Carmen Perigo (R), Stoystown, Pa.

30 68 Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind.

31 67 David Gravel (R), Watertown, Conn.

32 63 John Heydenreich, Bloomsburg, Pa.

33 61 David Byrne, Shullsburg, Wisc.

34 60 Casey Buckman (R), Chandler, Ariz.

35 58 Jacob Wilson, Crawfordsville, Ind.

36 55 Eric Gordon, Indianapolis, Ind.

36 55 Casey Shuman, Tempe, Ariz.

38 48 Jimmy Light (R), West Springfield, Pa.

39 46 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

40 45 Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill.

41 43 Joe Liguori, Tampa, Fla.

42 35 Brian Gerster, Fishers, Ind.

43 35 Kyle Steffens, St. Charles, Mo.

44 33 Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind.

45 33 Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo.

46 31 Toni Breidinger, Hillsborough, Calif.

47 31 Chris Urish, Elkhart, Ill.

48 27 Austin Mundie, Kaufman, Texas

49 21 Jim Anderson, Joliet, Ill.

50 21 Jake Simmons (R), New Palestine, Ind.

51 19 Brent Yarnal (R), Phoenix, Ariz.

52 18 Terry James, St. Louis, Mo.

53 10 Dallas Hewitt (R), Troy, Ohio

54 10 Justin Peck (R), Monrovia, Ind.

55 10 Steven Russell, Rochester, Ill.

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN OWNER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 266 Hemelgarn Racing, LaSalle, Mich. (#91)

2 232 Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#6)

3 220 Nolen Racing, Greenwood, Ind. (#20)

4 212 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#17)

5 189 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#39)

6 186 KR Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#7)

7 184 Curtis Williams, Springfield, Ohio (#81)

8 168 Sam Pierce, Daleville, Ind. (#26)

9 162 Five Three Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#53)

10 161 Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo. (#06)

11 159 John Haggenbottom, Bristol, Pa. (#24)

12 156 Prestige Worldwide Motorsports, Indianapolis, Ind. (#122)

13 151 Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill. (#2)

14 148 Welpott Racing, Pendleton, Ind. (#18)

15 146 Sean Michael Motorsports, York Springs, Pa. (#19)

16 143 Leary Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#30)

17 131 DJ Racing, Boca Raton, Fla. (#22)

18 121 DMW Motorsports, Phoenix, Ariz. (#10)

19 111 Pink 69 Racing, Evansville, Ind. (#69)

20 107 Nemire-Lesko Racing, Toledo, Ohio (#16)

21 101 Chris Dyson Racing, Pleasant Valley, N.Y. (#9)

22 95 Hampshire-Kemenah Racing, Alvada, Ohio (#15)

23 85 Derek Bischak, Indianapolis, Ind. (#131)

24 85 Berkheimer Racing, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (#31)

25 84 Ronnie Wuerdeman, Cincinnati, Ohio (#33)

26 77 SFHR Development, Indianapolis, Ind. (#1)

27 73 Bowman Racing, Brownsburg, Ind. (#02)

28 71 John Stehman, Halifax, Pa. (#52)

29 68 Gamester Racing, Peru, Ind. (#51)

30 67 Mark Swanson Encore Team, Des Moines, Iowa (#21)

31 63 Nick Bohanon-A.J. Felker Racing, Jeffersonville, Ind. (#37)

32 61 Byrne Racing, Shullsburg, Wisc. (#40)

33 60 Chuck Buckman Jr., Chandler, Ariz. (#74)

34 58 Wilson Brothers Racing, Crawfordsville, Ind. (#07)

35 55 Brad & Tara Armstrong, New Palestine, Ind. (#78)

36 55 Patty Bateman, Murphysboro, Ill. (#55)

37 48 Two-Three Motorsports, Lizton, Ind. (#123)

38 46 Westfall Motorsports, Pleasant Hill, Ohio (#54)

39 45 Terry Babb, Decatur, Ill. (#88)

40 43 Williams & Wright Racing, St. Paul, Ind. (#32)

41 35 Dick & Deborah Myers, Waterford, Mich. (#94)

42 35 Gordon Steffens, St. Charles, Mo. (#08)

43 33 Hans Lein, Edgerton, Wisc. (#97)

44 33 Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo. (#44)

45 31 Breidinger Motorsports, Hillsborough, Calif. (#80)

46 31 Chris Urish, Lincoln, Ill. (#77)

47 27 Les & Patty Butler, Kaufman, Texas (#47)

48 21 Kazmark Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#92)

49 21 Tim Simmons, Cabot, Ark. (#3)

50 19 Brent Yarnal, Phoenix, Ariz. (#29)

51 18 Todd Satterthwaite, St. Louis, Mo. (#23)

52 10 Dallas Hewitt, Fletcher, Ohio (#57)

53 10 DMW Motorsports, Phoenix, Ariz. (#110)

54 10 McQuinn Motorsports, Springfield, Ill. (#14)

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2020 USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER

1 161 Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo.

2 156 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

3 121 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

4 111 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

5 95 Chad Kemenah, Alvada, Ohio

6 84 Ronnie Wuerdeman, Cincinnati, Ohio

7 77 Kyle O'Gara, Beech Grove, Ind.

8 71 Carmen Perigo, Stoystown, Pa.

9 67 David Gravel, Watertown, Conn.

10 60 Casey Buckman, Chandler, Ariz.

11 48 Jimmy Light, West Springfield, Pa.

12 21 Jake Simmons, New Palestine, Ind.

13 19 Brent Yarnal, Phoenix, Ariz.

14 10 Dallas Hewitt, Troy, Ohio

15 10 Justin Peck, Monrovia, Ind.

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RACE WINS:

2-Kyle Larson (Aug 23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Oct 18 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds)

1-Shane Cottle (Aug 9 at Selinsgrove Speedway)

1-Kody Swanson (Aug 15 at Salem Speedway)

1-Tanner Swanson (Aug 23 at Lucas Oil Raceway)

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LAPS LED:

127-Kyle Larson

120-C.J. Leary

66-Kody Swanson

60-Tanner Swanson

49-Bobby Santos

15-Tyler Courtney

10-Justin Grant

2-Shane Cottle

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TOP-FIVE FINISHES:

3-Justin Grant

2-Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Aaron Pierce & Bobby Santos

1-Brady Bacon, Derek Bischak, Shane Cockrum Shane Cottle, Bryan Gossel, David Gravel, Kyle Hamilton, Carmen Perigo, Kyle Robbins, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Jacob Wilson & Chris Windom

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TOP-TEN FINISHES:

4-Justin Grant

3-Shane Cockrum, Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson & Chris Windom

2-Brady Bacon, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Matt Goodnight, Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Aaron Pierce, Kyle Robbins & Bobby Santos

1-Derek Bischak, Russ Gamester, Eric Gordon, Bryan Gossel, David Gravel, Mike Haggenbottom, Kyle Hamilton, Patrick Lawson, Joe Liguori, Austin Nemire, Kyle O'Gara, Carmen Perigo, Casey Shuman, Jake Swanson, Tanner Swanson & Jacob Wilson

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FEATURE STARTS:

5-Matt Goodnight, Bryan Gossel, Justin Grant, Kyle Robbins, Kody Swanson & Chris Windom

4-Dave Berkheimer, Shane Cottle, Mike Haggenbottom, Patrick Lawson, Aaron Pierce & Travis Welpott

3-Brady Bacon, David Byrne, Shane Cockrum, John Heydenreich, Chad Kemenah, Austin Nemire, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Terry Babb, Derek Bischak, Casey Buckman, Kyle Cummins, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Jimmy Light, Kyle O'Gara, Carmen Perigo, Bobby Santos, Matt Westfall & Ronnie Wuerdeman

1-Jim Anderson, Toni Breidinger, Tyler Courtney, Brian Gerster, Eric Gordon, David Gravel, Terry James, Joe Liguori, Danny Long, Austin Mundie, Casey Shuman, Jake Simmons, Kyle Steffens, Tanner Swanson, Chris Urish, Jacob Wilson & Brent Yarnal

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

2-Kody Swanson

1-Justin Grant, Kyle Larson & C.J. Leary

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TOP "ROOKIE" FINISHER OF THE RACE:

Aug 9: Selinsgrove Speedway - Bryan Gossel (4th)

Aug 15: Salem Speedway - Kyle O'Gara (7th)

Aug 21: Lucas Oil Raceway - Kyle O'Gara (19th)

Aug 23: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Logan Seavey (3rd)

Oct 18: Illinois State Fairgrounds - David Gravel (2nd)

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS "HARD CHARGER" OF THE RACE:

Aug 9: Shane Cottle - Selinsgrove Speedway (23rd to 1st)

Aug 15: Austin Nemire - Salem Speedway (15th to 6th)

Aug 21: Lucas Oil Raceway - Patrick Lawson (21st to 7th)

Aug 23: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Kyle Larson (22nd to 1st)

Oct 18: Illinois State Fairgrounds - David Gravel (26th to 2nd)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER:

Aug 9: Ronnie Wuerdeman - Selinsgrove Speedway

Aug 15: Kyle Hamilton - Salem Speedway

Aug 21: Lucas Oil Raceway - Matt Goodnight

Aug 23: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Ronnie Wuerdeman

Oct 18: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Jake Swanson

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1-Aaron Pierce

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STATS

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINS:

1. [30 wins] Kody Swanson

2. [23 wins] Jack Hewitt

3. [17 wins] Brian Tyler

4. [16 wins] Dave Steele

5. [15 wins] J.J. Yeley

6. [14 wins] Dave Darland & Chuck Gurney

8. [12 wins] Jimmy Sills

9. [11 wins] Bobby East

10. [10 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Mike Bliss & Bobby Santos

13. [9 wins] Tracy Hines

14. [8 wins] Tanner Swanson & Chris Windom

16. [7 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Rick Hood & George Snider

19. [6 wins] Tom Bigelow, Russ Gamester, Kenny Irwin Jr., Jason Leffler, Ken Schrader & Al Unser

25. [5 wins] Mario Andretti, Donnie Beechler, Pancho Carter, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Bud Kaeding, Sheldon Kinser & Larry Rice

33. [4 wins] Kyle Larson, Jeff Swindell & Rich Vogler

36. [3 wins] Steve Butler, Shane Cockrum, Cameron Dodson, A.J. Fike, Levi Jones, Kasey Kahne, Jim Keeker, Steve Kinser, Bobby Olivero, Johnny Parsons, Aaron Pierce, Ron Shuman, Tony Stewart, Tyler Walker & Paul White

51. [2 wins] Pat Abold, Brady Bacon, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Billy Engelhart, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Ryan Newman, Joe Saldana, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Cole Whitt, Josh Wise & Doug Wolfgang

69. [1 win] Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Marvin Carman, Shane Carson, Bob Cicconi, Herb Copeland, Bruce Field, Aaron Fike, Chet Fillip, Bob Frey, Eric Gordon, Kyle Hamilton, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Shane Hmiel, Shane Hollingsworth, Jimmy Horton, Jackie Howerton, Kevin Huntley, Kenny Jacobs, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Jimmy Kite, Chuck Leary, Eddie Leavitt, Jason McCord, Jim McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Mat Neely, Brad Noffsinger, Stevie Reeves, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Danny Smith, Kevin Thomas, Rich Tobias Jr., Chris Urish, Billy Vukovich & Jacob Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1971: George Snider, 1972: A.J. Foyt, 1973: Al Unser, 1974: Mario Andretti, 1975: Jimmy Caruthers, 1976: Billy Cassella, 1977: Larry Rice, 1978: Pancho Carter, 1979: Bobby Olivero, 1980: Gary Bettenhausen, 1981: Larry Rice, 1982: Ken Schrader, 1983: Gary Bettenhausen, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Jack Hewitt, 1987: Jack Hewitt, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Chuck Gurney, 1990: Jimmy Sills, 1991: Jeff Gordon, 1992: Steve Butler, 1993: Mike Bliss, 1994: Jimmy Sills, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Jimmy Sills, 1997: Dave Darland, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Tracy Hines, 2001: Paul White, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Dave Steele, 2005: Dave Steele, 2006: Bud Kaeding, 2007: Bud Kaeding, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Bud Kaeding, 2010: Levi Jones, 2011: Levi Jones, 2012: Bobby East, 2013: Bobby East, 2014: Kody Swanson, 2015: Kody Swanson, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Kody Swanson, 2018: Kody Swanson, 2019: Kody Swanson, 2020: Justin Grant

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN OWNER CHAMPIONS:

1971: Leader Card, 1972: A.J. Foyt Enterprises, 1973: Vel's Parnelli Jones, 1974: Vel's Parnelli Jones, 1975: George Middleton, 1976: Louis Seymour & Sons, 1977: David LeFevre, 1978: Johnny Capels, 1979: Leader Card, 1980: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1981: Johnny Vance, 1982: Steve Enslow, 1983: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1984: Ralph DePalma, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Bob Hampshire, 1987: Bob Hampshire, 1988: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1989: Junior Kurtz, 1990: Bob Consani, 1991: Fred Ede, 1992: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1993: Del McClure, 1994: Gary Stanton, 1995: Glen Niebel, 1996: Stanton Racing, 1997: Foxco, Inc., 1998: Goetz Racing, 1999: Snider/Foyt Racing, 2000: Terry Riggs, 2001: Paul Cook Racing, 2002: East/Stewart Racing, 2003: East/Stewart Racing, 2004: East/Stewart Racing, 2005: East/Stewart Racing, 2006: Leffler/BK Racing, 2007: BK Racing, 2008: RW Motorsports, 2009: BK Motorsports, 2010: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2012: RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2013: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2014: DePalma Motorsports, 2015: DePalma Motorsports, 2016: DePalma Motorsports, 2017: DePalma Motorsports, 2018: DePalma Motorsports, 2019: Klatt Enterprises, 2020: Hemelgarn Racing

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1981: Jack Hewitt, 1982: Keith Kauffman, 1983: Rick Hood, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Steve Butler, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Jeff Swindell, 1988: Gene Lee Gibson, 1989: Jimmy Sills, 1990: Eric Gordon, 1991: Stevie Reeves, 1992: Jim Keeker, 1993: Randy Tolsma, 1994: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1995: Chuck Leary: 1996: Ryan Newman, 1997: Jimmy Kite, 1998: Todd Kane, 1999: Paul White, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Aaron Fike, 2002: Matt Westfall, 2003: Ron Gregory, 2004: Aaron Pierce, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Mat Neely, 2007: Cameron Dodson, 2008: Steve Arpin, 2009: Kody Swanson, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Kyle Hamilton, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Caleb Armstrong, 2015: C.J. Leary, 2016: Casey Shuman, 2017: Joss Moffatt, 2018: Kyle Robbins, 2019: Derek Bischak, 2020: Bryan Gossel

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

1. (31) Kody Swanson

2. (21) Jimmy Sills

3. (19) Dave Steele

4. (17) Tracy Hines

5. (14) Jerry Coons Jr.

6. (13) J.J. Yeley

7. (10) Bobby East

8. (9) Chuck Gurney, Jason Leffler & Rich Vogler

11. (8) Dave Darland, Russ Gamester, Levi Jones & Johnny Parsons

15. (7) Jack Hewitt, Tanner Swanson & Josh Wise

18. (6) Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Steve Chassey & Justin Grant

22. (5) Larry Dickson, Kenny Irwin Jr., Aaron Pierce, Larry Rice, Jeff Swindell & Al Unser

28. (4) Donnie Beechler, Steve Butler, Bryan Clauson, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Rick Hood, Jim Keeker, Kyle Larson, Brad Noffsinger, Joe Saldana, Ron Shuman, George Snider, Brian Tyler & Greg Weld

42. (3) Mario Andretti, Mike Bliss, Pancho Carter, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Robby Flock, Shane Hmiel, Sheldon Kinser, Ryan Newman, Bobby Santos & Ken Schrader

53. (2) Dave Blaney, Ed Carpenter, Dane Carter, A.J. Fike, Shane Hollingsworth, Bud Kaeding, Lee Kunzman, C.J. Leary, Chuck Leary, Jon Stanbrough, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tyler Walker, Jacob Wilson & Chris Windom

68. (1) Mark Alderson, Brady, Bacon, Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Bob Cicconi, Derek Davidson, Cameron Dodson, Pablo Donoso, Thad Dosher, Paul Durant, Billy Engelhart, Bob Ewell, Chet Fillip, Stan Fox, Damion Gardner, Gene Lee Gibson, Eric Gordon, Jeff Gordon, Davey Hamilton, Jac Haudenschild, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Tray House, Jackie Howerton, Kenny Jacobs, Jon Johnson, Bubby Jones, P.J. Jones, Kasey Kahne, Keith Kauffman, Steve Kent, Steve Kinser, Arnie Knepper, Michael Lewis, Lealand McSpadden, Warren Mockler, Mat Neely, Paul Pitzer, Roger Rager, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Bill Rose, Randy Tolsma, Billy Vukovich, Bruce Walkup & Doug Wolfgang

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STARTS:

201-Dave Darland

199-Russ Gamester

198-Brian Tyler

176-Jerry Coons Jr.

172-Tracy Hines

163-Jack Hewitt

151-Johnny Parsons

147-Tony Elliott

141-Eric Gordon

128-George Snider

125-Gary Hieber

114-Chuck Gurney

113-Bud Kaeding & Jimmy Sills

111-Dave Steele

110-John Heydenreich

108-Kody Swanson

103-A.J. Fike

100-Aaron Pierce & Larry Rice

94-Jay Drake & Paul White

91-J.J. Yeley

90-Tom Bigelow

88-Mark Alderson

84-Jason McCord

83-Gary Bettenhausen

79-Donnie Beechler & Levi Jones

77-Rich Vogler

76-Larry Dickson

74-Steve Chassey & Chris Windom

73-Ryan Newman & Rich Tobias Jr.

72-Bobby East

71-Robby Flock & Sheldon Kinser

70-Steve Butler

68-Billy Engelhart

67-Joe Saldana

66-Brad Noffsinger

65-Jerry Nemire

62-David Byrne & Ron Shuman

60-Randy Bateman & Wally Pankratz

59-Bill Rose

58-Rick Hood

57-Shane Cottle & Bobby Santos

55-Gary Irvin

54-Tom Capie, Shane Hollingsworth & Jacob Wilson

53-Chet Fillip, Justin Grant & Jason Leffler

52-Wayne Reutimann Jr.

49-Tony Stewart

48-Mike Bliss

47-Bob Cicconi & Ken Schrader

46-Jim Keeker & Bentley Warren

45-Derek Davidson, Austin Nemire, Jeff Swindell & Billy Vukovich

43-Kenny Irwin Jr. & Tyler Walker

42-Patrick Lawson & Jon Stanbrough

41-Dane Carter, Shane Cockrum, Danny Milburn & Tanner Swanson

40-Aaron Fike, Andy Hillenburg, Warren Mockler & Chip Thomas

39-Tray House & Jim McElreath

38-Bobby Olivero

37-Pancho Carter, Duke Cook, Todd Kane, Chuck Leary, Rusty McClure, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Roger Rager & Chris Urish

36-Ed Carpenter, Ron Dunstan & C.J. Leary

34-Ronnie Burke, Davey Hamilton, Kevin Huntley, Greg Staab & Kevin Thomas

33-Cary Faas, Jimmy Kite & Josh Wise

32-Matt Goodnight & Brent Kaeding

31-Steve Cannon, Ron Gregory, Arnie Knepper, Jim Mahoney, Mat Neely & Stevie Reeves

30-Tim Barber, Teddy Beach, Jeff Bloom, Zach Daum, Stan Fox, Manny Rockhold, Jerry Russell & Matt Westfall

29-Rocky Hodges & Michael Lewis

28-Brady Bacon, Dave Blaney & Bill Puterbaugh

27-Brad Armstrong & Bryan Clauson

26-Terry Babb, Steve Buckwalter & Dan Drinan

25- Kasey Kahne, Joe Liguori, Nick Lundgreen & Kyle Robbins

24-Pat Abold, Derek Hagar, Kenny Jacobs & Jerry Miller

23-Cameron Dodson

22-Billy Cassella, Kevin Doty, Bob Frey & Mike Haggenbottom

21-Kyle Hamilton, Walt Kennedy & Davey Ray

20-Bill Baue, Dave Feese, John Starks & Randy Tolsma

19-Bruce Field, Brian Gerster, Gene Lee Gibson, Shane Hmiel, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden & Casey Shuman

18-Rollie Beale, Jackie Burke, Mike Murgoitio, Al Unser & Jonathan Vennard

17-Jimmy Caruthers, A.J. Foyt, Sammy Sessions, Travis Welpott & Kramer Williamson

16-Tyler Courtney, Pablo Donoso & Kevin Thomas Jr.

15-Paul Clark, P.J. Jones & Bruce Walkup

14-Jarett Andretti, Billy Boat, Carl Edwards, Chris Fetter, Jeff Gordon, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Ralph Liguori, Boston Reid, Danny Smith, Smokey Snellbaker, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

13-Robert Ballou, Dave Berkheimer, Patrick Bruns, Tyce Carlson, Dana Carter, Jim Childers, Jac Haudenschild, Jackie Howerton, Jon Johnson, Greg Leffler, Andy Michner, Brian Paulus, Billy Wease, Rodney Weesner & Bud Wilmot

12-Brad Fox, Mike Gregg, Mike Hess, Billy Pauch, Ricky Shelton & Bill Tyler

11-Mario Andretti, J.C. Bland, Justin Carver, Hud Cone, Craig Dori, Taylor Ferns, Dickie Gaines, David Gough, Terry James, Steve Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Kyle Larson, James McElreath, Bobby McMahan, Joey Moughan, Rex Norris III, Mike Peters, Tad Roach, Greg Weld & Greg Wilson

10-Derek Bischak, Ronnie Day, Gary Gray, Richard Griffin, Coleman Gulick, Bob Harkey, Page Jones, Terry Kawell, Jim Moughan, Kenneth Nichols, Terry Pletch, Jack Runyon, Robert Smith & Robbie Stanley

9-Bobby Adkins, Chuck Amati, Caleb Armstrong, Toni Breidinger, Karl Busson, Bob Evans, Bryn Gohn, Wayne Hammond, Jim Hurtubise, Rebel Jackson Jr., Chappy Knaack, Eddie Leavitt, Danny Long, Larry Martin, Joss Moffatt, Johnny Petrozelle, Paul Pitzer, Johnny Rutherford & Kyle Steffens

8-Joe Axsom, Christopher Bell, Cole Carter, Mel Cornett, Chris Cumberworth, Doug Didero, Paul Durant, Ray Joe Fager, Larry Gates, Ken Hamilton, Darl Harrison, Roy Hicks, Rod Holshouser, Dakota Jackson, Mike Johnson, Frankie Kerr, Thiago Medeiros, Jan Opperman, Lee Osborne, Junior Parkinson, Greg Peterson, Aaron Pollock, Tracy Potter, Steve Siegel, Ryan Smith, Sammy Swindell, Rick Treadway, Lennie Waldo, Carl Williams & Doug Wolfgang

7-John Andretti, Eric Butze, Rob Chaney, Lou Cicconi Jr., Chris Dyson, Bob East, Perry Ferrell, Nick Fornoro Jr., Joe Gaerte, Cody Gallogly, Damion Gardner, Cody Gerhardt, Brian Hayden, Jesse Hockett, Blake Hollingsworth, Tony Hunt, Paul Huntington, Chad Kemenah, Paul Koch, Joe McCarthy, Austin Mundie, Michael Roselli Jr., Hunter Schuerenberg, Alex Shanks, Pete Shepherd III, Mark Smith, Mike Thomas, Billy Whitaker & Mitch Wissmiller

6-Justin Allgaier, Jim Anderson, Michael Annett, Mike Brooks, Bill Burks Jr., Kellen Conover, Palmer Crowell, Ryan Durst, Bob Ewell, Spike Gehlhausen, Kenny Gentry, Darren Hagen, Tom Hessert III, Larry Hoppes, John Hubbard, Marc Jessup, Doug Kalitta, Kevin Koch, Bill Kojis, Mike Lichty, Jeff Mitrisin, Don Nordhorn, Brian Seidel, Jimmy Stinson, Jerry Stone & Mike Winblad

5-Sport Allen, Todd Beach, Barry Camp, Larry Cannon, Mark Cassella, Bryan Gossel, Davey Hamilton Jr., Dallas Hewitt, John Hunt, Brad Kuhn, Rich Leavell, Donnie Lehmann, Jimmy Light, Mario Marietta, Brad Marvel, Mack McClellan, Kevin Olson, Steven Russell, Red Stauffer, Mike Stroehle, Neil Shepherd, Jake Simmons, Sleepy Tripp, Terry Uehling, Cole Whitt & Rip Williams

4-Tony Armstrong, Steve Arpin, John Batts Jr., Mike Brecht, Jimmy Brewer, David Bridges, Ray Bull, Keith Burch, Keith Butler, Shane Carson, Herb Copeland, Casey Diemert, Lee Dunn, Danny Ebberts, Murray Erickson, Ray Evans, Scott Hansen, Don Hawley, Steve Kent, Dereck King, Steve Knepper, Mike Larrison, Mike Ling, Bobby Marcum, Von McGee, Wes Miller, David Mirk, Kyle O'Gara, Rodney Ritter Jr., Billy Shuman, Dean Shirley, Donny Schatz, Tim Siner, Billy Vukovich III, Clark Templeman, Kevin Whitesides, Leon Thickstun, Miranda Throckmorton & Ronnie Wuerdeman

3-Steve Adams, Johnny Anderson, Ed Angle, Robin Bank, Justin Barger, John Barrick, Kipp Beard, Doug Berryman, Merle Bettenhausen, Art Bisch Jr., Kevin Bloomstran, Annie Breidinger, Lee Brewer Jr., Rick Brown, Casey Buckman, Dave Burns, Gary Cameron II, Keith Campbell, Marv Carman, Roy Caruthers, Wayne Chinn, Bill Compton, Tim Cox, Erin Crocker, Troy DeCaire, Thad Dosher, Tommie Estes Jr., Dean Franklin, Jeff Gardner, Emmett Hahn, Darryl Haugh, Kelly Kinser, Lance Kobusch, Red Kunstbeck, Ricky Logan, Steve Long, Jim Malloy, Mike Martin, Zach Martini, Jason McDougal, Bob Meli, Larry Moore, Ryan Moore, Aaron Mosley, Mike Ordway, Gary Patterson, Gary Ponzini, Rusty Rasmussen, Wayne Reutimann, Robbie Rice, Travis Rilat, A.J. Russell, Zach Schiff, Frankie Schneider, Ryan Scott, Logan Seavey, Terry Shepherd, Ron Smoker, Chase Stockon, Kevin Studley, Jake Swanson, Brad Sweet, Buz Tapply, Cale Thomas, Dick Tobias, Rick Ungar, Korey Weyant, Tony Weyant, George White, Jim Whiteside & Greg Wooley

2-Michael Adkins, Mike Andreeta, Tommy Astone, Todd Bammer, Randy Bauer, Dave Baumgartner, Dean Billings, Austin Blair, Dan Boorse, Ken Brewer, Shane Butler, Steve Carithers, Tim Clark, Jason Conn, Stan Constant, Johnny Coogan, Kyle Cummins, Frank D'Alonso, Daryl Daugherty, Tom Davies, James Davison, Greg DeCaires, Duke DeRosa, Scott Edmiston, Dean Erfurth, Jay Ervine, Mike Fedorcak, Billy Felts, A.J. Foyt IV, Stewart Friesen, Greg Furlong, Leon Gentry, Mike Gigot, Joe Gosek, Rick Goudy, Chuck Gurney Jr., Randy Hannagan, Scott Hatton, Jon Herb, Jordan Hermansader, Sparky Howard, Bill Hudson, Bruce Jennings, Jerry Karl, Kevin Kierce, Mike Lauterborn, Steve Lotshaw, Ed Lynch, Garry Lee Maier, Troy Matchen, Jay Maupin, Randy Mausteller, Van May, Roger McCluskey, Mike McCreary, Frank McDaniel, Lyn McIntosh, Dustin Morgan, Mike Mosley Jr., Larry Neighbors, John Nervo, Lynn Paxton, Carmen Perigo, Chris Phillips, Scott Pierovich, Troy Regier, Rick Salem, Joey Schmidt, Howie Sewell, David Shain, Rick Sipes, Jigger Sirois, Mark Sokola, Randy Standridge, Nelson Stewart, Rodney Stone, Rob Summers, Kevin Swindell, Al Thomas, Troy Thompson, Troy Vaccaro, Butch Wilkerson, Charlie Workman, Salt Walther, & Jack Ziegler

1-Bobby Allen, Taylor Andrews, Dakoda Armstrong, Jon Backlund, Tom Ball, Steve Barnett, Steve Barth, Jarid Blondel, Chad Boat, Ray Bragg, Jerry Bruce, Bob Brutto, Will Cagle, Daryl Campbell, Don Carr, Kent Christian, Drew Church, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Kevin Conway, Donnie Crawford, Wally Dallenbach, Bobby Davis Jr., Brad Davis, Charles Davis Jr., Bob Davison, Brian DeFord, Terry Doss, Brad Doty, Rodney Duncan, Jesse Dunham, Sondi Eden, Andrew Felker, Elvin Felty, Dan Ford, Michael Ford, Andy Forsberg, Jeff Forshee, Ronnie Franklin, Pete Frazier, Danny Frye Jr., Jeff Galas, Ronnie Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Cheryl Glass, David Gravel, Gary Griffith, Brett Hearn, JoJo Helberg, Jim Hettinger, Nathan High, Larry Hillerud, Ted Hines, Jimmy Horton, Brian Hosford, Rick Howerton, Steve Irwin, Jim Jackson, Earnest Jennings, Rickey Jennings, Matt Jewell, Kraig Kinser, Dana Laliberte, Harold Leep, Jeff Leka, Ryan Litt, Ed Lynch Jr., Pepi Marchese, David McCreary, Dave McGough, Paul McMahan, Joe Melnick, Thomas Meseraull, Curt Michael, Jim Mills, Mark Monico, Mike Mosley, Jack Moulton Jr., Peter Murphy, Rick Muther, Fred Neighbors, Greg Nelson, Kevin Newton, Kyle Nicholas, Don O'Keefe, Jimmy Parsons, Billy Pauch Jr., Dave Peperak, Stan Ploski, Art Pollard, Jerry Potter, Richard Powell, Patrick Quinn, Ron Rae, Fred Rahmer, Robbie Ray, Byron Reed, David Reutimann, Jim Reynard, Randy Roberts, Joe Roush, John Ryals, Eddie Sachs Jr., Doug Saunier, Bill Schemonia, Shane Scully, Jon Sciscoe, Ron Semelka, Steve Sheppard Jr., Danny Shouse, Grant Simpson, Anthony Simone, Carl Smith, Steve Smith, Mike Spencer, Darren Spiers, Greg Stephens, Robert Stout, Charlie Swartz, Fred Tegarden Jr., Todd Thomas, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad, Eric Todd, Rick Tomasik, Eric Trousdale, LeRoy Van Conett, Kaylene Verville, Todd Wanless, Curt Waters, Jeff West, Brent Whited, Bryan Whited, Eddie Wirth, Kyle Wissmiller, Kent Wolters, Mike Woodring, Ken Woolley, Tiffany Wyzard & Brent Yarnal

 

 

GRAVEL TURNS IN ONE OF USAC SILVER CROWN'S BEST EVER DEBUTS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 18, 2020).........In the week leading up to his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series debut on Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, David Gravel stated that his goals were to "finish the race first" while claiming that, realistically, a top-ten would be ideal.

While he also said he hoped to be in the mix for the win at the end of 100 miles, even he couldn't have drawn up exactly how it ultimately played out. Having to utilize a push start due to mechanical issues left him, by rule, to start at the tail of the 26-car field.

In the end, Gravel (Watertown, Conn.) finished second to winner Kyle Larson in the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the one-mile dirt oval with a pair of racing veterans in crew chief Kent Wolters and spotter Mike Hess helping to aid him on the path to the best finish by a first-time Silver Crown race starter in more than a quarter century, since P.J. Jones finished as the runner-up at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1994.

"I'm not really sure what happened, but I kind of went where they weren't," Gravel explained. "I got past (Kody) Swanson and (Chris) Windom in the beginning and I thought I was doing really good. Then, I slowed down too much, and they passed me back. I think we got to about 10th or 11th and then I got more aggressive and started to pass guys around their right rear. This Mark Swanson Encore Team car felt really good; I felt comfortable by about lap five or six. I got here at 10:30am, sat in the car for the first time, got the belts changed up, but the pedals were uncomfortable for me. My knees are killing me; I'm getting old."

The 28-year-old, who won the Knoxville Nationals in 2019, was in the midst of a busy weekend that included a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car start on Friday, a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series start on Saturday and a Silver Crown start on Sunday. Gravel credits his impressive run on Sunday to not only his versatile experiences over the weekend, but everything observed and experienced firsthand leading up to this point.

"I honestly haven't watched that many Silver Crown races," Gravel acknowledged. "I know you have to be patient around the bottom. We race in the rubber sometimes in a winged sprint car, so I just used what I've learned there and translated it to today. I hope I'll be back. I don't know what my schedule is for next year, but I know I'll be in a winged sprint car a lot. Hopefully, I get to do a lot of fun things like this again."

Gravel's Springfield performance ranks as one of the best debuts in Silver Crown history. He's now one of just 12 drivers to finish inside the top-two in his first career series start. Seven drivers won their first Silver Crown start: Jim McElreath (Nazareth 1971), A.J. Foyt (Illinois State Fairgrounds 1971), Danny Smith (Eldora 1982), Rick Hood (Indiana State Fairgrounds 1982), Jimmy Horton (Nazareth 1983), Herb Copeland (Oklahoma City 1983) and Marv Carman (Minnesota State Fairgrounds 1984).

Only four drivers had previously finished 2nd in their first Silver Crown start: Arnie Knepper (Nazareth 1971), Barry Camp (Williams Grove 1981), Jac Haudenschild (Indiana State Fairgrounds 1985) and P.J. Jones (Indianapolis Raceway Park 1994).

Additionally, Gravel's starting spot of 26th at Springfield is the furthest back any top-five finishing debut driver has started, besting Jimmy Caruthers' charge from 20th to 5th in the 1971 race, incidentally, also at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Meanwhile, the previous worst starting spot for a driver finishing 2nd or better in his first Silver Crown start was Arnie Knepper, who began his race from the 14th position in the inaugural series event in 1971 at Nazareth, Pa.

Gravel's run marks the third occasion that a debuting Silver Crown driver has finished inside the top-five this season with both occurring in the opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. Bryan Gossel finished 4th there while Carmen Perigo took 5th.

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USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT PERFORMANCES (1971-2020)

1ST PLACE

Jim McElreath (June 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 9th)

A.J. Foyt (Aug 22, 1971 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 10th)

Danny Smith (Apr 25, 1982 at Eldora Speedway - started 8th)

Rick Hood (May 8, 1982 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds - started 4th)

Jimmy Horton (July 3, 1983 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 5th)

Herb Copeland (Jul 24, 1983 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 6th)

Marv Carman (Aug 24, 1984 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds - started 4th)

2ND PLACE

Arnie Knepper (June 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 14th)

Barry Camp (July 5, 1981 at Williams Grove Speedway - started 5th)

Jac Haudenschild (May 24, 1985 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds - started 6th)

P.J. Jones (Aug 4, 1994 at Indianapolis Raceway Park - started 1st)

David Gravel (Oct 18, 2020 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 26th)

3RD PLACE

Don Hawley (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 16th)

Jigger Sirois (Sept 4, 1972 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 2nd)

Ken Schrader (Nov 2, 1980 at the Terre Haute Action Track - started 1st)

Bruce Jennings (Jul 24, 1983 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 18th)

Terry Shepherd (Sep 22, 1991 at Eldora Speedway - started 7th)

Steve Kent (Oct 8, 1994 at the Cal Expo State Fairgrounds - started 3rd)

Aaron Fike (Nov 14, 2000 at Irwindale Speedway - started 8th)

Cameron Dodson (Mar 23, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - started 3rd)

Brady Bacon (Aug 31, 2014 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 12th)

4TH PLACE

Billy Vukovich (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 8th)

Pancho Carter (May 28, 1972 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 15th)

Wally Dallenbach (Aug 17, 1974 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds - started 16th)

Randy Tolsma (Aug 1, 1993 at the Milwaukee Mile - started 5th)

Ryan Moore (Mar 23, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - started 15th)

Robert Stout (May 27, 2016 at Lucas Oil Raceway - started 5th)

Jason McDougal (Sep 22, 2018 at Eldora Speedway - started 7th)

Bryan Gossel (Aug 9, 2020 at Selinsgrove Speedway - started 19th)

5TH PLACE

Gary Bettenhausen (Jun 20, 1971 at Nazareth National Motor Speedway - started 6th)

Jimmy Caruthers (Aug 22, 1971 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 20th)

Mel Cornett (Aug 19, 1973 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - started 7th)

Rich Leavell (Aug 24, 1980 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - started 9th)

Jeff Forshee (July 22, 1984 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds - started 2nd)

Jeff Gordon (Feb 4, 1990 at Phoenix International Raceway - started 4th)

Stewart Friesen (Oct 11, 2014 at the New York State Fairgrounds - started 7th)

Joey Schmidt (Mar 23, 2019 at Memphis International Raceway - started 14th)

Carmen Perigo (Aug 9, 2020 at Selinsgrove Speedway - started 5th)

 

 

2020 BETTENHAUSEN 100 RACE WRAP-UP

By: Jay Hardin – Track Enterprises Staff

SPRINGFIELD, IL-(October 18, 2020)--The Illinois State Fairgrounds is a place where auto racing history is made on the big dirt mile. A Hall of Fame list of winners and participants have grace it’s hallowed grounds. Sunday’s 57th running of the Bettenhausen was no exception and another chapter added in Springfield’s history book.

Kyle Larson had 10 career Silver Crown starts coming into Springfield and had won 3 times, Du Quoin and Eldora in 2011 and the 2020 Hoosier Hundred to raise his “batting average” to .364 after Larson started second and led the final 90 miles to post victory and sweep both dirt mile events that were contested in this pandemic altered season.

Larson becomes the 15th driver to post a victory on the "Big 3" fairground dirt miles on the schedule. For the record, the other fourteen are Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Gary Bettenhausen, George Snider, Chuck Gurney, Jack Hewitt, Jimmy Sills, J.J. Yeley and Kody Swanson. Of the fourteen, only four managed the “hat trick” in the same season, Bryan (who did it twice, in 1955 & 1956), Foyt (1964), Unser (1970) and Hewitt (1986).

Larson is the 11th driver to win at Springfield from the second slot. The 90 leading miles is the most by a race winner since Swanson led all 100 in 2014. Sunday was the 22nd race won at Springfield by a driver calling California home. Chuck Gurney leads the California contingent with 7 of those 22 wins. In fact, of the last 5 races run at Springfield 3 have been won by Californians.

Larson’s win was the 38th at Springfield for the Chevrolet small block V8, the 5th consecutive win and 6th overall for the Maxim chassis and the 12th for a car shod with Hoosier tires.

Larson’s winning time of 1:03:50.977 is about 7 minutes off Jack Hewitt’s 1987 standard. However today was the fastest 100 miles at Springfield in the last 16 years, despite the 2 caution flags which slowed the action.

Despite just two Silver Crown starts in 2020, Larson managed to finish 14th in the final series standings.

Kyle is the 98th different driver to lead at Springfield. His 90 laps led place him 36th among the all-time lap leaders at the Illinois mile. Justin Grant is right behind with 89. Kyle is the 51st different winner of a champ car race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the 31st different winner of the Bettenhausen 100.

For the first time ever, Springfield became the series finale and Justin Grant ran a strong third to capture his first Silver Crown Series title.

Grant’s pole was his second time starting in the top slot at Springfield yet his first fast time on the mile. In 2015, Kody Swanson actually was the fast qualifier but a penalty dropped him to the 16th starting position, giving the pole to Grant.

Grant’s time of 30.457 (118.199 MPH) was the 37th time the pole speed at Springfield exceeded 110 miles an hour, amazing considering Jim McElreath’s 1965 lap of 32.89 (109.456) stood for 15 years. Tracy Hines’ 2006 one lap record of 29.305 reaches the 15-year mark in 2021.

Rookie David Gravel put on a great show for the fans Sunday and came close to being the first rookie winner since Cole Whitt in 2009. Gravel had never driven a Silver Crown car nor on a dirt mile before, and the 2019 Knoxville Nationals champ had to start 26th after a push start relegated him to last. Gravel really moved forward after the last restart and ran a strong second.

Maxim chassis swept the top two slots with a DRC coming in third. A Chevy engine won, a Toyota was second and a Ford third.

Kody Swanson’s tenth Springfield start moves him into the top 50 among all drivers.

Grant’s third place run was the 55th time the polesitter has finished in the top 10 at Springfield.

The win is the first for a car carrying the number 19.

And, finally, another record was set Sunday. The coolest reported temperature at race time was in August of 1967 when the weather service reported 61 degrees on a cloudy day when rain hung in the air. That record was shattered Sunday. The weather service reported a temperature of 50 degrees just prior to race time and the temperature actually dipped to 47 toward the end of the race. However, the clouds and cool temps led to a fantastic racetrack.


 

 

LARSON WINS BETTENHAUSEN 100;
GRANT IS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 18, 2020).........Kyle Larson became the 15th driver to win Champ Car races on the three Midwest dirt miles of Du Quoin, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the latter of which he added to his continuously growing checklist on Sunday afternoon in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series' season finale, the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear.

Meanwhile, Justin Grant reached the mountaintop of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series for 2020, winning the series title aboard his Hemelgarn Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Super Fitness - Hemelgarn Enterprises/DRC/Speedway Ford, the first USAC National driving championship for Ione, Calif. native as well as the first series owner title for Ron Hemelgarn.

Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) joined an exclusive list of winners at all three iconic tracks alongside Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Gary Bettenhausen, George Snider, Chuck Gurney, Jack Hewitt, Jimmy Sills, J.J. Yeley and Kody Swanson.

"I've been able to win at all three (of the miles) I've been able to race at," Larson exclaimed. "They're all really historic races with a long history. In USAC, there's already so much history, so to add your name to any sort of list and put it in the record books is really cool."

For Larson, his Silver Crown season consisted of an undefeated record of two starts and two wins, which came following an eight-year hiatus from the series. His series record now includes four total series triumphs, including his win on the Du Quoin Mile in 2011, followed by the Indy Mile this past August and the Springfield Mile on Sunday.

Larson's most recent, and only, Springfield Mile appearance came nine years ago in 2011, a 4th place result. Larson has visited a plethora of racetracks everywhere from coast-to-coast in the near decade since and has won at many of them. For him, Springfield was akin to a new experience all over again.

"Outside of the shape, the banking and the length of the straightaways, I couldn't remember anything about it," Larson recalled. "It was fun to be able to run the top early in the race before it took rubber, and once it did, it kind of turned into a pavement race with more strategy."

Larson started the 100-miler from the outside of the front row as pole sitter Justin Grant raced away to the lead. Fourth-starting Brady Bacon followed suit as he rode the highline around Larson for the 2nd spot. Larson raced back by Bacon around the outside in turn two on the eighth lap, and on lap 11, Larson utilized the same line in the second turn to pull even with Grant, then closed the door by scooting to the inner guardrail to secure the race lead.

Larson was dominant throughout the first 50 laps, holding a 10-car length lead with Grant 1.3 sec. back in second, and Bacon, Jacob Wilson and Shane Cottle running inside the top-five. A 32-lap green flag run allowed Larson to find his rhythm in relative comfort without extensive pressure, helping set up his blueprint for the final sprint to the checkered.

"I like the longer runs just because I feel like you don't go through a transition with your tires heating up and cooling down, so I feel like it's easier on the tires and it helps you get into a rhythm too," Larson explained. "I was happy for the long runs, but happy to get the cautions when we did as well. It was nice to get to the lead early and get there before it took rubber on the bottom. Then, I could kind of ride, save fuel and save my tires and try to get after it there at the end."

The lengthy green flag run ended when championship contender Kyle Robbins wedged his left front wheel in the turn three inside guardrail on lap 64, ending his day and bid for a title after entering the event third in the standings.

When racing resumed, Larson checked out once again to the tune of a nice two-second advantage following the lap 69 restart ahead of Grant, Bacon, Wilson and Shane Cottle. Although, Cottle, another title contender, fell by the wayside with mechanical trouble on the 80th lap, putting him out of contention and elevating David Gravel, making his Silver Crown debut, into the top-five after starting last on the grid, 26th, after a penalty was levied to him for requiring a push start to begin his race.

Gravel was now the man on the move, as he picked his way to fourth on the 83rd lap past Wilson, then to 3rd after ducking under Bacon in turn two. Meanwhile, Grant, in the midst of chasing a title, wasn't content to ride around in the waning stages, and instead, closed the gap on Larson to three car lengths with 10 to go as Gravel began tracking both him and Larson down.

On the 95th lap, Larson was untangle himself from the web of traffic, discarding with the first couple before encountering leading series Rookie Bryan Gossel. Larson shot to the bottom in turn one underneath Gossel, passing him to give himself some breathing room. Grant attempted to get by as well, and nearly got hung up on the rear bumper of Gossel as both cars drifted up the racetrack. Gravel jumped through the open door to get to second while Grant shook loose and resumed his race now in the third position, still plenty good enough for a championship run.

Time ran out on Gravel to make a charge, but the time was just right for Larson who raced to his fourth career Silver Crown victory in just his 11th start. Gravel advanced 24 positions to finish an impressive second to Larson. Grant finished third to capture the 2020 USAC Silver Crown driving championship by 44 points. Bacon took fourth while Jacob Wilson, making his season debut, finished in the fifth position.


With his 3rd place finish Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Justin Grant captured the 2020 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series driving title while team owner Ron Hemelgarn earned the series entrant title.
(Brendon Bauman Photo)

While Larson's celebration commenced on the front straightaway as the race winner, Grant reveled in the reward of totality, one of a season championship, one that was finally his own after finishing 3rd, 4th, 2nd and 2nd in the final standings over the last four Silver Crown seasons, the most recent two of which he finished second to Kody Swanson. In 2020, the roles were reversed with Grant first and Swanson as the runner-up.

"We've finished second to Kody a handful of times, so it feels good to win one, finally, for Ron Hemelgarn and Dennis LaCava and Jason, who helps on the car, and everybody involved. We had a really good car today, and I think we had something for Larson before we got caught up with a lapped car. I'm a little disappointed we didn't win the race, but really happy we won the championship and really happy for my guys; they deserve it. They brought me a great racecar, which was one of the best mile cars I've had in long time. It was a lot of fun today and I'm glad we got it done."
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"(Brady) was dogging me for a good portion of the race there, and I was trying to run just hard enough to keep him behind us and not burn our tire up, and save something to have a charge at Kyle there at the end," Grant recalled. "I was starting to work the entry out a little bit into one and into three trying to give myself a lane there with about 35 to go to try and get by him. It just didn't work out in the end. I timed a lapped car wrong, but that's how it goes. Kyle was really, really good, but I feel like we had a really good car too."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 18, 2020 - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Illinois - 1-Mile Dirt Oval - 57th Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-30.457; 2. Kyle Larson, 19, Michael-30.609; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9, Dyson-30.621; 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-30.750; 5. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-30.847; 6. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-30.887; 7. David Gravel, 21, Swanson-30.904; 8. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-31.001; 9. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire/Kemenah-31.021; 10. Logan Seavey, 22, Prestige Worldwide-31.080; 11. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-31.104; 12. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-31.303; 13. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-31.352; 14. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-31.534; 15. Shane Cockrum, 53, Five Three-31.670; 16. Jake Swanson, 10, DMW-31.879; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-32.292; 18. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-32.817; 19. Terry Babb, 88, Babb-32.933; 20. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-33.221; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.087; 22. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-34.536; 23. Danny Long, 44, Long-35.354; 24. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-35.959; 25. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight-NT; 26. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-NT; 27. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-NT; 28. Steven Russell, 14, McQuinn-NT; 29. Kyle Cummins, 69, Pink 69-NT; 30. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-NT; 31. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (2), 2. David Gravel (26), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Jacob Wilson (6), 6. Casey Shuman (12), 7. Shane Cockrum (14), 8. Logan Seavey (9), 9. Chris Windom (24), 10. Kody Swanson (13), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 12. Chad Kemenah (8), 13. Jake Swanson (15), 14. Kyle Steffens (11), 15. Jimmy Light (10), 16. Terry Babb (18), 17. Travis Welpott (17), 18. Patrick Lawson (20), 19. Bryan Gossel (19), 20. Danny Long (22), 21. Matt Goodnight (16), 22. Shane Cottle (5), 23. Dave Berkheimer (21), 24. Kyle Robbins (25), 25. Terry James (23), 26. Aaron Pierce (7). 1:03:50.977

**Steven Russell flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Justin Grant, Laps 11-100 Kyle Larson.

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-266, 2-Kody Swanson-220, 3-Chris Windom-212, 4-Matt Goodnight-189, 5-Kyle Robbins-186, 6-Shane Cottle-184, 7-Aaron Pierce-168, 8-Shane Cockrum-162, 9-Bryan Gossel-161, 10-Mike Haggenbottom-159.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-191, 2-Kyle Cummins-108, 3-Tanner Thorson-106, 4-Robert Ballou-101, 5-Shane Cottle-96, 6-Logan Seavey-93, 7-Justin Grant-86, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: David Gravel (26th to 2nd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jake Swanson


 


RYAN TIMMONS STAYS HOT AT PETALUMA

PETALUMA, CA – OCTOBER 17, 2020… After winning last Saturday at Placerville, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) scored the non-point USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Petaluma Speedway. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto Truck & Repair / Evergood Fine Foods CS9, Timmons reclaimed the lead from “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign on lap 29 before taking the fourth series win of his career. Daniel Whitley, Ensign, hard charger Shane Hopkins, and Nick Robfogel chased Timmons to the checkered flags.

Jacob Tuttle began the night by earning his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.960 over the 14-car roster. The sixteen year old driver placed third in his heat race before a first lap flip in the main event resulted in a twelfth place finish.

Shane Hopkins claimed the Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fourth place run from eleventh at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

The 8-lap heat race victories were claimed by Whitley (Extreme Mufflers / Competition Suspension Incorporated First Heat), and “BT Express” Bradley Terrell (Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat). Daniel qualified seventh overall while Terrell was tenth quick and finished thirteenth in the feature after a first lap flip.

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, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: October 17, 2020 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jacob Tuttle, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.960; 2. Geoff Ensign, 44, Ensign-15.153; 3. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.201; 4. Shayna Ensign, 9, Sylvia-15.244; 5. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-15.303; 6. Rob Lindsey, 23, R&R-15.313; 7. Daniel Whitley, 32, Johnson-15.368; 8. Nick Robfogel, 3R, Robfogel-15.399; 9. Matthew Haulot, 7H, Haulot-15.455; 10. Bradley Terrell, 43, Terrell-15,546; 11. Shane Hopkins, 51, Sperry-15.832; 12. Chad Lindsey, 48, R&R-16.083; 13. Ricky Brophy, 3X, Brophy-16.167; 14. Nate Schank, 1S, Schank-16.300.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Whitley, 2. Haulot, 3. Tuttle, 4. Aton, 5. Timmons, 6. Hopkins, 7. Brophy. NT.

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Terrell, 2. R.Lindsey, 3. G.Ensign, 4. Robfogel, 5. S.Ensign, 6. C.Lindsey, 7. Schank. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Ryan Timmons (4), 2. Daniel Whitley (7), 3. Geoff Ensign (5), 4. Shane Hopkins (11), 5. Nick Robfogel (8), 6. Matthew Haulot (9), 7. Shayna Ensign (3), 8. Ricky Brophy (13), 9. Nate Schank (14), 10. Chad Lindsey (12), 11. Rob Lindsey (1), 12. Jacob Tuttle (6), 13. Bradley Terrell, (10), 14. Billy Aton (2). NT.
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**Aton, Tuttle, and Terrell flipped during the first lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 G.Ensign, Laps 21-24 Timmons, Laps 25-28 G.Ensign, Laps 29-30 Timmons.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Shane Hopkins (11th to 4th)

 

MARIA COFER TOPS PETALUMA USAC/BCRA CHALLENGE FEATURE

PETALUMA, CA – OCTOBER 17, 2020… Powering past Brody Fuson on the eighth circuit, Maria Cofer (Macdoel, CA) led the rest of the way to claim the non-point USAC Western States and BCRA Midget win at Petaluma Speedway. Driving the family owned #57 Tule Vista Ranches / Bell Helmets Spike, Cofer’s “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race” victory was the second USAC triumph of her career. Frankie Guerrini, Scotty Farmer, Kyle Beilman, and Fuson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Blake Bower earned his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.936 over the 14-car roster. The young driver ran third in his heat race and placed ninth in the feature after problems ended his night.

With her drive to victory from fourth, Cofer also took Petaluma’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors. The former BCRA Champion had qualified third overall and finished fourth in her heat race.

The 8-lap heat race victories were claimed by Scotty Farmer (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), and Frankie Guerrini (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat). Farmer, who was victorious last Saturday at Placerville, was fifth quick in time trials and ran sixth in the feature.

Qualifying second overall, Guerrini had his best night of 2020 and left the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds with a slim one point lead over Cofer in the West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge point standings.

Next Saturday, October 24th, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association will return to Petaluma Speedway for the non-point “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2. The race will be broadcast live at floracing.com.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.
A special thanks goes to Ken Clapp and the West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: October 17, 2020 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1” – co-sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Blake Bower, 10, Walker-14.936; 2. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.984; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-14.998; 4. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-15.044; 5. Scotty Farmer, 68, Six8-15.069; 6. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-15.317; 7. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-15.660; 8. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-15.728; 9. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-15.760; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-16.019; 11. Floyd Alvis, 18, Champion-16.145; 12. Sparky Howard, 17, Thurston-16.455; 13. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-NT; 14. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farmer, 2. Prickett, 3. Bower, 4. Cofer, 5. Alvis, 6. Bock. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Fuson, 3. Pankratz, 4. Beilman, 5. Howard, 6. Sarna. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Maria Cofer (4), 2. Frankie Guerrini (5), 3. Scotty Farmer (2), 4. Kyle Beilman (3), 5. Brody Fuson (1), 6. Randi Pankratz (8), 7. Sparky Howard (10), 8. Floyd Alvis (9), 9. Blake Bower (6), 10. C.J. Sarna (11), 11. David Prickett (7), 12. Britton Bock (12). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Farmer, Laps 3-7 Fuson, Laps 8-30 Cofer.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Maria Cofer (4th to 1st)

NEW WEST COAST STOCK CAR / MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE POINTS: 1. Frankie Guerrini-80, 2. Maria Cofer-79, 3. Scotty Farmer-74, 4. Kyle Beilman-69, 5. Brody Fuson-66, 6. Randi Pankratz-61, 7. Blake Bower-58, 8. Sparky Howard-56, 9. Floyd Alvis-53, 10. David Prickett-48.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT: October 24 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2” – co-sanctioned with BCRA

 

 

BETTENHAUSEN 100 START TIME MOVED TO 2PM CENTRAL ON SUNDAY

Springfield, Illinois (October 17, 2020).........The much anticipated return of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series to the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds is set for a championship Sunday, October 18. A large field will feature 30-plus drivers taking the green flag.

Tickets are still available to attend the event, which will now begin feature action at 2pm Central Time.

USAC and Track Enterprises officials are working diligently to make sure the championship race goes off as planned. With a chance of rain entering the forecast late in the afternoon, race organizers have decided to move the green flag on the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear to 2pm Central Time to beat any possible weather that may arrive.

"With no chance of rain during the early hours of the day, we want to do everything possible to race this important event at the mile. There was a little flexibility in the schedule, and we will utilize that to get this race in," stated Bob Sargent, longtime promoter of the race.

The event marks the return of USAC to the Springfield Mile for the first time since 2018. Events in 2019 were canceled due to wet weather. Drivers, teams, and fans are hungry to get back on track in Central Illinois.

Grandstand tickets for the event are still available online and will also be available at the gate on raceday. Those who purchased tickets online will save a few bucks as well as a couple minutes at the gate on raceday.

Despite the earlier feature time, most other detailed schedule times remain the same. Pits will open at 8am with grandstands at 10am, and hot laps at noon. Qualifying will follow hot laps with the feature scheduled to take the green at 2pm instead of the originally schedule time of 3pm.

To order advance sale tickets or for more information, visit www.trackenterprises.com and www.usacracing.com.

 

 

LEARY DQ’D FROM GAS CITY WIN; SUSPENDED BY USAC

Driver C.J. Leary and entrant Leary Racing have been suspended and fined by the United States Auto Club for a violation of series regulations, section 309 (tires), during USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition on September 25 at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Leary, who was initially credited with the victory, has been disqualified from the event. Justin Grant, who initially finished in the runner-up position that night, has now been credited with the feature victory.

The test, verified by laboratory findings, revealed that Leary’s tire had been altered, and thus, was not in accordance with the series rulebook nor did it conform to the benchmark provided by Hoosier Tire Company.

309 (Tires) C. Any solvents or chemicals applied to the tire that alter the chemical makeup of the compound or have the effect of altering tire durometer or construction is prohibited. A tire can be confiscated at any time. Penalties from tire found to deviate from the original factory benchmark specifications are as follows:

Leary has forfeited points and purse winnings earned from the event, has been fined $2,500 by USAC and has been suspended for 6 races from USAC competition.

These fines and penalties are imposed immediately. Super license driver C.J. Leary’s first eligible race in USAC competition will be Saturday, November 21. Entrant Leary Racing’s USAC eligibility resumes with the seventh National Sprint Car event of the 2021 season.

Winnings and points will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the change in the final results of the James Dean Classic/Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double at Gas City.

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS BATTLE ONE OF THE CLOSEST OF ALL-TIME

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 15, 2020)........In the realm of closest point battles in the 50-year history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the 2020 season is well on its way to achieving its status near the upper echelon of all-time great battles.

As it stands now, Justin Grant's 22-point lead over Kody Swanson entering this Sunday afternoon's Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds ranks as the 13th closest point differential of all-time. The 63-point spread between the top-10 ranks as the closest in series' history with all 10 remaining mathematically eligible to win the Silver Crown title come Sunday.

Eight Silver Crown championship races have been decided by single-digits, but none closer than two points which has occurred three different times: Mike Bliss by 2 over Ron Shuman in 1993; Tony Stewart by 2 over Dave Darland in 1995; and Levi Jones by 2 over Bud Kaeding in 2010. Each of the three cases entailed the champion driver trailing coming in, then overtaking the points lead in the final race.

Jones' two Silver Crown championships came by a total of five points in back-to-back seasons in 2010-11, the second of which came by three over Jerry Coons Jr. Coons was on the winning end of the points in 2008 by five over Darland. Chris Windom has been the only driver to deny Kody Swanson a Silver Crown championship over the past six seasons, winning by five over Swanson in 2016.

Windom came up six points short of champion Bobby East's total in 2013 while Steve Butler racked up a second career Silver Crown title in 1992 by a mere seven points over Jeff Swindell.

For comparison, the closest USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car championship came in 2018 when Tyler Courtney and Kevin Thomas Jr. literally tied with the most points. The championship went to Courtney via a tiebreaker based on most feature wins throughout the season.

The narrowest margin between first and second in the final USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship occurred in 2008. Cole Whitt edged Tracy Hines by one, single point, denying Hines the opportunity at becoming one of just six drivers to win all three USAC National titles in his career. However, Hines got redemption in 2015 when he finally secured the National Midget title.

Due to COVID-19 and rain, the 2020 Silver Crown season's schedule has been constricted and truncated to just four races run thus far with number five arriving this Sunday at Springfield. The last occasion the schedule was as short as it is this year was 1979's three-race calendar which saw Bobby Olivero triumph over Billy Engelhart by a mere 43 points, which ranks as the closest championship battle of the entire decade of the 1970s.

Five of the 10 closest Silver Crown championship margins have occurred in the last 10 seasons. Conversely, the fifth most lopsided championship came in 2015 when Swanson won by 142 over Jerry Coons Jr. at season's end.

In fact, the two most lopsided Silver Crown championships both involved Jack Hewitt. In 1986, Hewitt triumphed by 489 and in 1987, Hewitt's final tally was 314 ahead of the runner-up. In both instances, Steve Butler was the second-place finishing driver.

Tickets are still available for fans wanting the opportunity to watch history in the making at an iconic venue. Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

To ensure a ticket, fans are encouraged to order online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the office at 217-764-3200. Advance sale grandstand tickets are $25. Grandstand tickets bought on raceday are $30. Grandstand tickets for kids age 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased on raceday or in advance at www.TracPass.com.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

CLOSEST USAC SILVER CROWN FINAL POINT MARGINS (BY RANK):

1993: (2) Mike Bliss over Ron Shuman

1995: (2) Tony Stewart over Dave Darland

2010: (2) Levi Jones over Bud Kaeding

2011: (3) Levi Jones over Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: (5) Jerry Coons Jr. over Dave Darland

2016: (5) Chris Windom over Kody Swanson

2013: (6) Bobby East over Chris Windom

1992: (7) Steve Butler over Jeff Swindell

1990: (11) Jimmy Sills over Eric Gordon

2012: (12) Bobby East over Jerry Coons Jr.

1998: (16) Jason Leffler over Brian Tyler

2005: (19) Dave Steele over Josh Wise

1981: (23) Larry Rice over Rich Vogler

2014: (27) Kody Swanson over Tracy Hines

2000: (29) Tracy Hines over Dave Darland

1989: (38) Chuck Gurney over Johnny Parsons

2002: (38) J.J. Yeley over Dave Steele

2007: (38) Bud Kaeding over Wayne Reutimann Jr.

1996: (42) Jimmy Sills over Kenny Irwin Jr.

1979: (43) Bobby Olivero over Billy Engelhart

2006: (44) Bud Kaeding over Brian Tyler

1999: (47) Ryan Newman over Russ Gamester

2004: (47) Dave Steele over Bud Kaeding

1988: (49) Steve Butler over Jack Hewitt

1997: (49) Dave Darland over Donnie Beechler

1991: (55) Jeff Gordon over Jimmy Sills

1978: (56) Pancho Carter over Gary Bettenhausen

2009: (59) Bud Kaeding over A.J. Fike

1973: (60) Al Unser over Mario Andretti

1975: (60) Jimmy Caruthers over Tom Bigelow

1976: (60) Billy Cassella over Johnny Parsons

2019: (60) Kody Swanson over Justin Grant

1983: (63) Gary Bettenhausen over Ken Schrader

1980: (65) Gary Bettenhausen over Pancho Carter

1982: (74) Ken Schrader over Mark Alderson

2001: (78) Paul White over Russ Gamester

2003: (81) J.J. Yeley over Dave Darland

1994: (82) Jimmy Sills over Chuck Gurney

2018: (82) Kody Swanson over Justin Grant

2017: (88) Kody Swanson over Jerry Coons Jr.

1977: (90) Larry Rice over Billy Vukovich

1971: (100) George Snider over Jim McElreath

1972: (100) A.J. Foyt over Al Unser

1984: (121) Dave Blaney over Gary Bettenhausen

2015: (142) Kody Swanson over Jerry Coons Jr.

1985: (159) Rick Hood over Sheldon Kinser

1974: (180) Mario Andretti over Tom Bigelow

1987: (314) Jack Hewitt over Steve Butler

1986: (489) Jack Hewitt over Steve Butler

 

 

BETTENHAUSEN 100 FIRES OFF SUNDAY AT SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 15, 2020).........The Illinois State Fairgrounds will stake its claim to a pair of firsts this Sunday afternoon, October 18 - the venerable one-mile dirt oval's first time as the host of a USAC Silver Crown event in the month of October, and its first time hosting the championship deciding race, the 2020 season finale.

Sunday's 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear honors the memory of the famed racing family from Tinley Park, Ill., and features an all-star cast of competitors set for 100 laps on a track that has hosted automobile racing for more than a century.

The cast includes the likes of past Bettenhausen 100 winners and Silver Crown champions Kody Swanson and Chris Windom, plus a 41-time race winner in 2020 named Kyle Larson, Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel, six-time All Star champion Chad Kemenah, and even a tight championship race coming down to the wire, led by 2017 Bettenhausen winner Justin Grant, just to name a few.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) is in the driver's seat with a 22-point lead entering Sunday as he pursues his first career USAC national championship. A veteran of three starts at Springfield, Grant won the Bettenhausen 100 in 2017 and is the lone driver to finish inside the top-three in each of the last two Bettenhausen 100 races, also recording a 3rd place result in 2018.

Another California-bred driver who's a veteran of victory lane at Springfield is Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), second in the series standings behind Grant. Swanson won the Bettenhausen 100 in 2014-15, and in nine starts, has also finished 2nd in 2017, 7th in 2013, 8th in 2011 and 9th in 2008. His 162 laps led at Springfield leads all active drivers and is 16th all-time. His Nolen Racing team captured the Bettenhausen 100 win with driver Chris Windom in 2018.

Kyle Robbins and Matt Goodnight each reside 32 points out of the lead, tied for 3rd in the standings. Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) finished a solid 6th in his Rookie appearance at Springfield in 2018. Meanwhile, Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) made his Springfield Silver Crown debut in 2017, finishing 14th.

Teammate to Goodnight is Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the most recent Bettenhausen 100 winner in 2018. Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown driving champion, is 5th in the standings, 33 points out of the lead. Windom has also finished in the runner-up at Springfield in 2013, 5th in 2014 and 10th in both 2011 and 2015.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) remains in championship contention, sixth in the points, 36 behind Grant, despite missing a race in this shortened, COVID-riddled 2020 campaign. The Selinsgrove, Pa. season opening winning driver has an impressive Springfield resume, tallying a 3rd in 2015, 5th in 2007, 6th in 2017 and 7th in 2018.

Seventh in the standings, 48 back, is Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), who enters Springfield with 99 career Silver Crown starts. Another start would put him in rarified air with only 18 others who've reached the century mark in series starts. Just four of those 99 starts have come at Springfield since 2004, but he's had a pair of top-ten finishes, a 7th in both 2006 and 2017.

Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) is eight in the standings, 50 away from the number one spot. Haggenbottom finished 12th in his only previous Springfield experience in 2018. Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), meanwhile, is one of eight Bettenhausen 100 Rookies entered for Sunday. Gossel, a 4th place finisher in his series debut at Selinsgrove in August, is the only Rookie driver involved in the title fight, 63 points behind, in 10th.

Speaking of Bettenhausen 100 Rookies, this Sunday brings with it one of the most talented freshman classes to debut at Springfield. Along with Gossel is David Gravel (Watertown, Conn.), a top-three finisher in World of Outlaws Sprint Car points between 2016-2019 and his 57 career wins ranks 16th on WoO's all-time list.

Race Rookie Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) finished 3rd in his first Silver Crown run on a dirt mile in August at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion's mile dirt track experience has been exceptional at Springfield as well, albeit in ARCA Stock Car competition. In 2018, he started 3rd and finished 4th, and in 2019, he won the pole and finished 4th again at Springfield.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), a three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner in 2020, will make his first go of it on the Springfield Mile. Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ, likewise. Swanson finished 6th at the Indy Mile in August while Cummins took 9th.

Six-time Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) will make his Springfield debut this Sunday. On his side is crew chief and father-in-law Bob Hampshire, a four-time Bettenhausen 100 winning crew chief for Jack Hewitt in 1986-87 and Kody Swanson in 2014-15.

Ronnie Wuerdeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jimmy Light (West Springfield, Pa.) will also make their first ventures to Springfield on Sunday while Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) aims to make his first start after wall contact in practice in 2017 and missing the transfer in 2018 prevented him from cracking the starting field.

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), who's been sensational on the dirt tracks this summer with 41 victories across various platforms, won the Hoosier Hundred in August after starting 22nd. Sunday marks Larson's first Springfield Silver Crown appearance since a 4th place finish in 2011.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) led 42 laps at the 2018 Bettenhausen 100 before finishing 2nd. Recently crowned three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), finished 10th at Springfield in his debut run at the track in 2014.

Shane Cockrum, Chris Urish and Jacob Wilson have all won Silver Crown events on the Du Quoin Mile in southern Illinois but are still hunting for their first on the central Illinois dirt mile of Springfield. Cockrum (Benton, Ill.) won back-to-back at Du Quoin in 2014-15. His Springfield record includes a 5th in 2013 and an 8th in 2015.

Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) won at Du Quoin in 2013, and is the most experienced driver in the field with 11 previous Bettenhausen 100 starts dating back to 2005, earning a best finish of 10th at Springfield in 2012.

Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) captured his Du Quoin score in 2019, the first win of his Silver Crown career. Wilson, a two-time Little 500 Sprint Car winner at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2013-14, grabbed a best finish of 4th at Springfield in 2018.

Casey Shuman (Tempe, Ariz.) returns for his first Springfield Silver Crown appearance since 2017. He finished 7th in 2015 and will drive Sunday for car owner Patty Bateman, widow of driver Randy Bateman, a nine-time Bettenhausen 100 starter. Casey is the son of Ron Shuman, a three-time top-five Silver Crown finisher at Springfield between 1982-83.

Shuman, along with Steven Russell (Springfield, Ill.), are among the two second-generation Bettenhausen 100 starters in Sunday's lineup. Russell's last Silver Crown start came in 2015, while his best Springfield finish came in 2014 with a 14th. Steven's father Jerry Russell made seven Springfield starts, finishing a best of 6th in his 1984 debut.

Terry Babb of Decatur, Ill. has a Springfield Silver Crown resume that stretches further back than any other driver in Sunday's field. Babb made his first Bettenhausen 100 start in 1998, but his first appearance came in 1989. His best finish among seven Springfield starts is a 13th in 2002. Meanwhile, 70-year-old Danny Long is the oldest driver in Sunday's field. He finished 28th at Springfield back in 2015.

Among the Bettenhausen 100 veterans in the field are Du Quoin Modified winner Kyle Steffens of St. Louis, Mo. (13th in 2005); NASCAR Truck Series vet Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville, Ill., (12th in 2017); 1993 UMRA TQ Midget champion Travis Welpott of Pendleton, Ind. (17th in 2018); and 10-time series starter Terry James of St. Louis, Mo. (18th in 2015).

The event has been graced with the name of Bettenhausen since 1961, shortly after patriarch Tony Bettenhausen lost his life in a practice crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway three months prior. Tony was the 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Champion and won thrice in a champ car at Springfield between 1947-51.

Tony's son, Gary Bettenhausen, twice a USAC Silver Crown champ in 1980 and 1983, won the event initially named in his father's memory 1978 and 1983. Tony's son, Merle Bettenhausen, twice finished inside the top-ten at Springfield in 1970-71 while Tony Bettenhausen Jr. made 103 IndyCar starts and 33 NASCAR Winston Cup starts in his career, including the Indianapolis 500 11 times.

Tickets are still available for fans wanting the opportunity to watch history in the making at an iconic venue. Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

To ensure a ticket, fans are encouraged to order online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the office at 217-764-3200. Advance sale grandstand tickets are $25. Grandstand tickets bought on raceday are $30. Grandstand tickets for kids age 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased on raceday or in advance at www.TracPass.com.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-199, 2-Kody Swanson-177, 3-Kyle Robbins-167, 4-Matt Goodnight-167, 5-Chris Windom-166, 6-Shane Cottle-163, 7-Aaron Pierce-151, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-149, 9-C.J. Leary-143, 10-Bryan Gossel-136.

2020 BETTENHAUSEN 100 ENTRY LIST:

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

9 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

14 STEVEN RUSSELL/Springfield, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)

15 CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire-Kemenah Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Sean Michael Motorsports)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

21 DAVID GRAVEL/Watertown, CT (Mark Swanson Encore Team)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Prestige Worldwide Motorsports)

23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

33 RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

53 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Five Three Motorsports)

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Patty Bateman)

69 KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

123 JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

AAA / USAC CHAMP CAR WINNERS AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS:

1934: Billy Winn

1935: Billy Winn

1936: Wilbur Shaw

1937: Mauri Rose

1938: Tony Willman

1939: Emil Andres

1940: Rex Mays

1947: Tony Bettenhausen

1948: Ted Horn & Myron Fohr

1949: Mel Hansen & Johnnie Parsons

1950: Paul Russo & Tony Bettenhausen

1951: Tony Bettenhausen

1952: Bill Schindler

1953: Rodger Ward & Sam Hanks

1954: Jimmy Davies

1955: Jimmy Bryan

1956: Jimmy Bryan

1957: Rodger Ward

1958: Johnny Thomson

1959: Len Sutton

1960: Jim Packard

1961: Jim Hurtubise

1962: Jim Hurtubise

1963: Rodger Ward

1964: A.J. Foyt

1965: A.J. Foyt

1966: Don Branson

1967: A.J. Foyt

1968: Roger McCluskey

1969: Mario Andretti

1970: Al Unser

1971: A.J. Foyt

1972: Al Unser

1973: Mario Andretti

1974: Mario Andretti

1975: Al Unser

1976: Tom Bigelow

1977: Larry Rice

1978: Gary Bettenhausen

1979: Bobby Olivero

1980: Pancho Carter

1981: George Snider

1982: Larry Dickson & Bobby Olivero

1983: Gary Bettenhausen

1984: Chuck Gurney

1985: Chuck Gurney

1986: Jack Hewitt

1987: Jack Hewitt

1988: Steve Chassey

1989: Chuck Gurney

1990: Chuck Gurney

1991: Chuck Gurney

1992: Jimmy Sills

1993: Jack Hewitt

1994: Chuck Gurney

1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr.

1996: Chuck Gurney

1997: Dave Darland

1998: Russ Gamester

1999: Dave Darland

2000: Jack Hewitt

2001: Paul White

2002: J.J. Yeley

2003: Dave Darland

2004: Brian Tyler

2005: Brian Tyler

2006: Tracy Hines

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2008: Brian Tyler

2009: Cole Whitt

2011: Brian Tyler

2012: A.J. Fike

2013: A.J. Fike

2014: Kody Swanson

2015: Kody Swanson

2017: Justin Grant

2018: Chris Windom

 

 

SUNDAY’S BETTENHAUSEN 100 THE SEASON FINALE FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY

By: Jay Hardin - Track Enterprises Staff

October 14, 2020-(SPRINGFIELD, IL)--Since 1934, the Illinois State Fairgrounds has been host to 100-mile national championship racing. The American Automobile Association and United States Auto Club were the sanctioning bodies for the championship trail, AAA through 1955 and USAC through 1970. USAC continued as sanctioning body for the 100-mile races at the fairgrounds from 1971 through today as part of the Silver Crown Series (Dirt Track Division).

For the first time in history, a championship race at the Springfield Mile is the season finale and will be the scene for crowning a national champion. A 22-point lead for Justin Grant over five-time champ Kody Swanson adds an extra bit of intrigue to the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear.

When Springfield was placed on the 1934 AAA national championship, it was the second of four races to be held. Springfield was third on the schedule in 1935, and second again in 1940. In 1947, the 100-mile race was held in September and 10th of the eleven scheduled events. The latest ever scheduled 100-mile championship race was held in October of 1950, and that event was the ninth of 13 races.

Through the fifties and sixties, championship races at Springfield ranged from around fifth to 19th on the AAA or USAC schedules, but never last. When the Silver Crown Series was formed in 1971, the Bettenhausen 100 was the second event in the new series following the race at Nazareth. In 1973, Springfield would become the season opener for the Silver Crown (Dirt Track) series and would be the season opener on and off until the schedule was expanded in 1980.

Even with Silver Crown Series expansion and the Bettenhausen rescheduled twice to September (1996 & 2014), the 100-miler at Springfield never served as the final event on the schedule. COVID-19 caused a number of twists and turns in the 2020 Silver Crown schedule with Springfield becoming the final event for the big cars. In addition, the October 18 race is the latest date any championship event has been held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Mid-October weather can be most pleasant in central Illinois. The current weather forecast for Sunday afternoon is dry with a high temperature in the upper 50’s. The hottest race day for any championship race came in August of 1983 when the temperature at race time was 103 degrees. The coolest race day actually came during August of 1967 when the weather service at Capitol Airport reported the temperature at 61 degrees.

Tickets are still available for fans wanting the opportunity to watch history in the making at an iconic venue. Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

To ensure a ticket, fans are encouraged to order online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the office at 217-764-3200. Advance sale grandstand tickets are $25. Grandstand tickets bought on raceday are $30. Grandstand tickets for kids age 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 for USAC members and $40 for non-members. Pit passes can be purchased on raceday or in advance at www.TracPass.com.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

 

CHAMPIONSHIP COMEBACKS:
A USAC SILVER CROWN LOOK BACK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 14, 2020).........Throughout the 50-year history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the championship race has been good to the last drop, with a driver taking over the point lead during the final race.

It's happened on 13 occasions entering this Sunday afternoon's Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on October 18, where a total of 12 drivers remain mathematically eligible to capture the season's title.

In those 13 previous occurrences, trouble might've befallen the point leader to knock him out of the point lead in the finale, or a close point race that could've swung one way or another wound up going to a driver who saved their best performance for last. And on two different occasions, a driver has come from all the way back in third in the standings to win the championship during the final race of the year - Mike Bliss (1993) and Tony Stewart (1995).

A spread of just 63 points lies between championship leader Justin Grant and 10th place Bryan Gossel. Grant's 22-point margin leads Kody Swanson by 22 points, followed by Kyle Robbins and Matt Goodnight (-32), Chris Windom (-33.), Shane Cottle (-36), Aaron Pierce (-48), Mike Haggenbottom (-50) and Gossel (-63).

With a point race this close, anything is within the realm of possibility. However, it should be noted that the point leader entering the final Silver Crown race has won the championship in 36 of the past 49 seasons. With that said, let's explore those past instances when a come-from-behind championship run has occurred in the Silver Crown season finale.

In 2016, Chris Windom overcame a 10-point deficit by dominating all 50 laps of the season-ender at Ohio's Eldora Speedway. A third-place or better finish would've resulted in a championship season for Kody Swanson, but while running 2nd early on, was caught up in an accident while negotiating lapped traffic. Swanson returned with a damaged racecar, and remarkably, came back to finish 5th in the feature, 10 points behind Windom.

The 2010 finale at Ohio's Toledo Speedway saw the championship battle turn on lap 124 of 150 when Bud Kaeding, running ahead of Levi Jones and headed for the title, was involved in a three-car tangle on the backstretch. He was able to continue but needed to pass Jones to claim the championship. Jones finished one position ahead of Bud Kaeding in 7th to win the title by a mere two points, equaling the closest margin between first and second in the history of the Silver Crown series (1993 & 1995).

Tracy Hines overhauled Dave Darland for the series championship in 2000 at Tennessee's Memphis Motorsports Park season finale, finishing second in the race and ending with a 29-point margin in the standings. Darland ran outside of the top-10 for most of the race and spun out on the white flag lap, finishing 15th. Darland had led Hines by five entering the last race.

Trailing Brian Tyler in the points coming into the final event of the 1998 season at Gateway International Raceway in Illinois was Jason Leffler, down by 14 entering the finale. Leffler knew he would need a solid finish and some help. He got both. Leffler finished the Gateway race a solid fourth while Tyler suffered from brake problems all day and came home 16th, losing the championship to Leffler by only 16 points.

After the final race of the 1996 season, Jimmy Sills didn't know he'd won the championship until after he pulled into victory lane. Sills' unexpected Silver Crown championship came after trailing Irwin by 138 entering the Del Mar (Calif.) Fairgrounds. Needing only a sixth-place finish to clinch the championship, Irwin had the title in the bag, running fourth on the last lap when a tire blew, and he slid into the outside wall in the fourth and final turn. Sills won the race while Irwin was relegated back to 11th at the checkered, and 42 points behind Sills.

Entering the 1995 finale at Sacramento, California's Cal Expo State Fairgrounds, Dave Darland led by Jack Hewitt by eight points, and each needed only a top-seven finish to eliminate Tony Stewart, 155 points behind, from contention. Stewart needed a second-place finish or better and DNFs by Darland and Hewitt for any chance at the crown. Darland was the first out of the race, an oil fire putting him on the sidelines only 11 laps into the contest. Hewitt slid wide and hit the outside wall on lap 33, ending his night, leaving Stewart to chase winner Donnie Beechler to the checkered flag. The finish gave Stewart a two-point victory over Darland, with Hewitt third in the final ranking.

Trailing the championship points by 58, Mike Bliss finished fourth in the 100-mile Silver Crown finale of 1993 at Cal Expo, while pole sitter Ron Shuman, who made a pit stop for a tire on lap 79 of 100, ended up seventh. Shuman had run ahead of Bliss, and second to Jimmy Sills, for the first 68 laps of the race before the pit stop in which the wing nut jammed. Bliss won the title by just two points over Shuman.

In 1992, Steve Butler finished the season with a seven-point margin of victory, the closest in the history of the series to that point. Butler entered Eldora down by seven to Swindell and promptly won the pole for the 50-lap race. After a post-qualifying rain out that delayed the program, Butler proceeded to lead the first seven laps when racing resumed the following week. Swindell passed Butler for the lead on lap 8 and led the next 20. Butler went back to the lead after Johnny Parsons' wall contact with 10 laps to go. Swindell was running third with four laps remaining, which would have been good enough for the championship, but in the final four laps, Tray House and Tony Stewart got by and sealed his doom.

In the last race of 1982, Ken Schrader's own mount suffered engine problems, forcing him to borrow Sheldon Kinser's regular ride for the night, then came from the last row to finish fourth and sew up his first ever USAC championship. Ron Shuman led the drivers' points by 19 over Schrader going into the Nazareth, Pa. show, but a broken shock ended Shuman's title hopes. Shuman ended up third in the final standings after finishing 12th in the race. Mark Alderson finished in the runner-up spot in the final standings, 74 behind Schrader.

Entering Eldora in 1981, an accident in the Hut Hundred Midget race at Terre Haute took Rich Vogler out for the balance of the year. Vogler had led the points by 17 markers entering the final round at Eldora, but with him on the sidelines, the title race was down to Larry Rice and Jack Hewitt. Hewitt finished fourth, but Rice was two better, finishing second, and the 40 points he scored were more than enough to vault him past the injured Vogler.

Bobby Olivero captured the 1979 championship in grand style, coming from 27 points behind to win the title and the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds all in one-fell swoop after starting all the way back in 17th, then ducking beneath Billy Engelhart going down the backstretch with only three-and-a-half laps remaining to win the race. Only 43 points shy of Olivero's 403 total was Engelhart with Pancho Carter third and Vukovich fourth, who failed to finish at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and slipped from second to fourth in the final standings.

Consistency did the job for Billy Cassella in 1976 after trailing by 30 points to Johnny Parsons going into the final event at Syracuse, N.Y. No less than 12 other drivers had a mathematical chance of tying Parsons' total. Cassella emerged as the champion after finishing fourth in the season finale at Syracuse to clinch the title, coming from behind to overtake point leader Parsons, whose 10th place finish was just 60 points short of Cassella's final total.

In 1973, Al Unser, dominated the season-ending Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, winning the race for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time. However, Al's victory also enabled him to snare the 1973 USAC Dirt Track Championship away from Viceroy teammate Mario Andretti by 60 points. Mario came into the final race with a 140-point lead and an unblemished record, having won at both Springfield and Du Quoin. But he burned a piston during early morning practice and was forced to start the race on only seven cylinders. He dropped back drastically at the start from his seventh starting spot and retired from the race on lap 33. Two laps earlier, Al had lapped him.

On Sunday, grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple handwashing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 57th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

CHAMPIONS WHO TOOK OVER THE POINT LEAD IN THE FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN RACE OF THE SEASON: (1971-2019)

2016:
Entering Finale: Chris Windom trailed by 10 to Kody Swanson.
Result: Chris Windom won championship by 5 over Kody Swanson.

2010:
Entering Finale: Levi Jones trailed by 1 to Bud Kaeding.
Result: Levi Jones won by 2 over Bud Kaeding.

2000:
Entering Finale: Tracy Hines trailed by 5 to Dave Darland.
Result: Tracy Hines won by 29 over Dave Darland.

1998:
Entering Finale: Jason Leffler trailed by 14 to Brian Tyler.
Result: Jason Leffler won by 16 over Brian Tyler.

1996:
Entering Finale: Jimmy Sills trailed by 138 to Kenny Irwin Jr.
Result: Jimmy Sills won by 42 over Kenny Irwin Jr.

1995:
Entering Finale: Tony Stewart trailed by 155 to Dave Darland.
Result: Tony Stewart won by 2 over Dave Darland.

1993:
Entering Finale: Mike Bliss trailed by 58 to Ron Shuman.
Result: Mike Bliss won by 2 over Ron Shuman.

1992:
Entering Finale: Steve Butler trailed by 18 to Jeff Swindell.
Result: Steve Butler won by 7 over Jeff Swindell.

1982:
Entering Finale: Ken Schrader trailed by 19 to Ron Shuman.
Result: Ken Schrader won by 74 over Mark Alderson & by 91 over Ron Shuman.

1981:
Entering Finale: Larry Rice trailed by 17 to Rich Vogler.
Result: Larry Rice won by 23 over Rich Vogler.

1979:
Entering Finale: Bobby Olivero trailed by 27 to Billy Vukovich.
Result: Bobby Olivero won by 43 over Billy Engelhart. Billy Vukovich finished 4th by 169.

1976:
Entering Finale: Billy Cassella trailed by 30 to Johnny Parsons.
Result: Billy Cassella won by 60 over Johnny Parsons.

1973:
Entering Finale: Al Unser trailed by 140 to Mario Andretti.
Result: Al Unser wins by 60 over Mario Andretti.

 

 

ENTRY LIST RELEASED FOR BETTENHAUSEN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 14, 2020).........The 32-car entry list has been revealed for this Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season finale - the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

On the driver list for the 100-mile race on the one-mile dirt oval are each of three past Bettenhausen 100 winners: Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson (2014-15), Ione, California's Justin Grant (2017) and Chris Windom (2018) of Canton, Ill.

Grant leads a tight point race entering the event, the first time in series history that the top-10 have been separated by less than 100 points coming into the final race of the season. This year's top-10 has an interval of just 63 points between first and 10th. Grant leads by just 22 points over K Swanson, the five-time Silver Crown driving titlist.

Also on the entry list are August's Hoosier Hundred winner, Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), plus six-time All Star Circuit of Champions driving champion, Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) and the series debut by 2019 Knoxville National winner, David Gravel (Watertown, Conn.).

An eclectic mix of racing stars will also see the three-time, and newly-crowned, USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), along with 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

Ten USAC Silver Crown race winners are signed up for Sunday, with K. Swanson, Grant, Windom, Larson and Bacon as well as Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) and 2020 season-opening Silver Crown winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.).

Seven Illini-bred pilots are geared up for Sunday's race with Windom, Cockrum, Urish and Cottle are joined by Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), Steven Russell (Springfield, Ill.) and Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.).

Kevin Thomas Jr., a 27-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner, finished 2nd in his first Bettenhausen 100 start in 2018, and he remains on the hunt for his first Silver Crown win this Sunday.

On Sunday, grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple handwashing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 57th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

2020 BETTENHAUSEN 100 ENTRY LIST:

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

9 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports)

14 STEVEN RUSSELL/Springfield, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)

15 CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire-Kemenah Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Sean Michael Motorsports)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

21 DAVID GRAVEL/Watertown, CT (Mark Swanson Encore Team)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Prestige Worldwide Motorsports)

23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

33 RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)

53 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Five Three Motorsports)

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Patty Bateman)

69 KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Pink 69 Racing)

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

123 JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS INVADE PETALUMA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 13, 2020... This Saturday, October 17th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their last appearance of the year at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the special non-points event will also feature the USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets, WMR Western Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 4:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Thanks to support of an anonymous sponsor, the purse for Saturday’s event has been increased. As this writing goes to press, the race will pay $1,000-to-win, $650-for-2nd, $450-for 3rd, $350-for-4th, $300-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The listed right rear tires are also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The Hoosier Medium is also legal with the VRA Sprint Car Series.
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

Since July 29, 2017, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted four USAC West Coast Sprint Car races and two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign and Austin Liggett have two victories and Ensign set the track record of 13.728 at the debut. The series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

Last Saturday at Placerville’s “Prospector Pandemonium,” Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) set a new track record and earned the third series win of his career. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto Truck & Repair / Evergood Fine Foods CS9, Timmons took the victory over Jake Morgan, “Wild” Billy Aton, Kaleb Montgomery. Rob Lindsey, Tanner Boul, Daniel Whitley, Shane Hopkins, Michael Sellers, and Austin Ervine.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

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, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC West Coast Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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-Tristan Guardino.

2020 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Ryan Timmons.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Geoff Ensign, 2-Austin Liggett.

2020 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
August 8: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
September 19: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Geoff Ensign)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
October 17: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

PETALUMA HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET CHALLENGE RACE #1
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 13, 2020... After a torrid battle at Placerville, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association will clash at Petaluma Speedway this Saturday, October 17th. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the co-sanctioned special event / non-point race will also feature the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars, WMR Western Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Originally cancelled on September 6th from a request by the Mayor of Petaluma and then again on October 3rd by hazardous air quality from nearby fires, Saturday’s show will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the October 17th and 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA. Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the October 17th points. Ties are broken by qualifying results. A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, Saturday’s event will pay $600-to-win, $300-for-2nd, $250-for 3rd, $200-for-4th, $150-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- 2020 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, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted ten USAC Western States Midget races and five different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three wins with Gardner, the five-time champion, setting the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013. When the series last visited Petaluma on July 18th, Schutte outdueled Austin Liggett to score the ninth victory of his career. The series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

Last Saturday at the “Prospector Pandemonium,” Scotty Farmer (Brisbane, Australia) earned his first series win at Placerville Speedway. Racing the famed Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Disc Brake Stewart, Farmer took the checkered flags ahead of Brody Fuson, hard charger C.J. Sarna, Frankie Guerrini, fast qualifier Shannon McQueen, Dylan Ito, Alex Schutte, Ashlyn Rodriguez, Randi Pankratz, and Floyd Alvis.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Scotty Farmer, 1-Alex Schutte.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Alex Schutte, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Shane Golobic.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 18: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Alex Schutte)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Winner: Scotty Farmer)
October 17: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1 / Non-Points)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2 / Non-Points)
November 13: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 14: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic / Non-Points)
November 19: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 20: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 21: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 25: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.

This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FATHERS & SONS PART OF THE FABRIC OF BETTENHAUSEN 100 HISTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 13, 2020).........The lineage of father/son duos who've competed in AAA/USAC Championship Dirt Car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the past eight decades begins right there with the title of this Sunday afternoon's race on October 18: the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear.

The family patriarch, 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Champion Tony Bettenhausen, won the pole twice at the Springfield Mile, both in 1950, and won three times in 10 starts in the years of 1947-50-51. Tony's son Gary followed in a similar path, winning the race named for his father twice, in 1978 and 1983, in 19 starts at the one-mile dirt oval. Gary's brother Merle made two starts as well, including his Champ Car debut in 1970, finishing 8th, followed by a 7th in 1971.

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

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary is the lone son of a father who competed in a USAC Silver Crown car at Springfield. His father Chuck, the 1995 series Rookie of the Year, made three starts, finishing a best of 7th in 1999. C.J., a 2015 series Rookie of the Year himself, has a best finish of 6th in the first of his three career Springfield starts in 2015. They remain the only father/son to date to both win at least one Silver Crown main event.
After a glance at the history of AAA/USAC Champ Car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, which dates back to 1934, we've found no less than 21 sons who've joined their fathers as Champ Car starters at Springfield.

Johnnie Parsons, the 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner, was impressive at Springfield where he finished in the top-five on four occasions, winning the 1949 100-miler en route to the AAA title. Son Johnny made 27 starts at Springfield in a Champ Car, second only to George Snider. While Johnny never won, he was a three-time pole starter in 1975-94-95 and finished in the runner-up position behind Tom Bigelow in 1976.

The Carter family is the only three consecutive generation family of racers at Springfield in a Champ Car. Duane Carter started six, finishing a best of 7th in 1949. Duane's son Pancho made nine starts at Springfield, winning in his final appearance in 1980. Pancho's brother Dana was 12th in 1982, tops among his three starts.

Pancho's two sons, Dane and Cole Carter, each notched starts at Springfield. Dane made four with a 14th place result in 2003 while Cole started 3rd and finished 30th in his only appearance in 2005, his day ending following a hard crash early on.

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

Chuck Weyant was an 11th place finisher in both of his Springfield starts in 1954-59. Chuck's son Tony Weyant made a pair of starts, topping out with a 13th in 1980. Chuck is the great uncle of Springfield native Korey Weyant who finished 22nd in his lone Bettenhausen 100 start in 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Sunday, grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple handwashing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 57th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

FATHER AND SONS TO COMPETE IN A AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR EVENT AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS:

John & Jarett Andretti

Tony & Gary/Merle Bettenhausen

Duane & Pancho/Dana Carter

Pancho Carter & Dane/Cole Carter

Bob & Bobby East

Blake & Shane Hollingsworth

Parnelli & Page Jones

Brent & Bud Kaeding

Chuck & C.J. Leary

Jim & James McElreath

Mike Sr. & Mike Mosley Jr.

Johnnie & Johnny Parsons

Bill Sr. & Billy Puterbaugh Jr.

Jerry & Steven Russell

Eddie & Eddie Sachs Jr.

Ron & Casey Shuman

Nelson & Tony Stewart

Shorty & Clark Templeman

Dick & Rich Tobias Jr.

Bill & Billy Vukovich

Chuck & Tony Weyant

 

 

TOP-10 REMAIN IN USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE FIGHT ENTERING SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 13, 2020).........To put into perspective how close the 2020 USAC Silver Crown championship race is, consider this. The last time the entire top-10 of the Silver Crown standings were within 100 points going into the season finale was never.

Never.

This Sunday afternoon's Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield has a spread of just 63 points between championship leader Justin Grant and 10th place Bryan Gossel. With a maximum 76 points up for grabs on Sunday - 3 for the fastest qualifier, 3 for the most laps led and 70 for the feature winner with a minimum of 13 points available for all feature starters, that means the entire top-10 remains mathematically eligible to win the championship.

The previous closest interval between first and 10th in the standings coming into the final race was 108 points in 1979.

Of course, this season, which has been ravaged by the effects of COVID-19, has seen the shortest Silver Crown schedule since, oddly enough, that same 1979 season, which held three events. Sunday marks the fifth series race of 2020, which has certainly provided less of an opportunity for separation between drivers in the standings.

And, for full disclosure, the point system utilized by the Silver Crown series has varied over the years but has remained practically unchanged for more than two decades, outside of a minor tweak here and there.

Nonetheless, that has created an unprecedented logjam at the top led by Grant (Ione, Calif.), who has a relatively wide 22-point margin for as close as the rest of the field is. Grant, the 2017 Bettenhausen 100 winner, is battling for his first career USAC National championship.

Twenty-two points behind Grant is the all-time Silver Crown king, Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), a two-time Bettenhausen 100 winner in 2014-15, who is vying for his sixth series title in the past seven seasons.

Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), the 2018 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year is 32 points out of the lead in third as is Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.).

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), the most recent Bettenhausen 100 winner in 2018, is 33 points out of the lead in fifth. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), the season opening Silver Crown winner at Selinsgrove, Pa., is sixth, 36 points back.

Seventh in points, Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) is not expected to compete at Springfield, but Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) is, and is just 50 tallies behind the leader. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is just 56 markers back and has finished 2nd twice this season on the dirt at Selinsgrove, Pa. and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), the top series Rookie in 2020, is 63 points behind the top spot.

Technically speaking, the top-12 are all within the realm of a championship. Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), though he has competed at Springfield once before with an 11th place finish in 2012, will not participate in this Sunday's race. Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) is 75 points out. However, once a driver is officially signed in at pill draw, regardless of what occurs thereafter, each driver will collect a minimum of 10 "show up" points, thus eliminating Santos and Lawson from championship contention.

For those scoring at home, the feature points system looks like this: 1st-70 points, 2nd-67, 3rd-64, 4th-61, 5th-58, 6th-55, 7th-52, 8th-49, 9th-46, 10th-43, 11th-41, 12th-39, 13th-37, 14th-35, 15th-33, 16th-31, 17th-29, 18th-27, 19th-25, 20th-23, 21st-22, 22nd-21, 23rd-20, 24th-19, 25th-18, 26th-17, 27th-16, 28th-15, 29th-14, 30th on back-13.

In Silver Crown racing on a dirt mile, anything can happen. With the points as tight as they are entering Sunday, every point is valuable in earning the immortal badge of USAC Silver Crown champion for 2020.

Grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity on Sunday in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple hand washing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-199, 2-Kody Swanson-177, 3-Kyle Robbins-167, 4-Matt Goodnight-167, 5-Chris Windom-166, 6-Shane Cottle-163, 7-Aaron Pierce-151, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-149, 9-C.J. Leary-143, 10-Bryan Gossel-136.

POINTS DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN 1ST & 10TH ENTERING FINAL RACE OF THE USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON: (1971-2019)

2020: 63 points

2019: 262 points

2018: 297 points

2017: 376 points

2016: 284 points

2015: 295 points

2014: 288 points

2013: 212 points

2012: 128 points

2011: 281 points

2010: 129 points

2009: 142 points

2008: 193 points

2007: 147 points

2006: 332 points

2005: 197 points

2004: 253 points

2003: 311 points

2002: 189 points

2001: 224 points

2000: 187 points

1999: 290 points

1998: 238 points

1997: 226 points

1996: 703 points

1995: 486 points

1994: 564 points

1993: 338 points

1992: 316 points

1991: 294 points

1990: 389 points

1989: 340 points

1988: 389 points

1987: 667 points

1986: 696 points

1985: 478 points

1984: 345 points

1983: 474 points

1982: 249 points

1981: 343 points

1980: 577 points

1979: 108 points

1978: 396 points

1977: 350 points

1976: 180 points

1975: 390 points

1974: 640 points

1973: 350 points

1972: 270 points

1971: 260 points

 

 

DAVID GRAVEL SET FOR USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT SUNDAY AT SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (October 12, 2020).........David Gravel, the 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner and a veteran of 57 wins and 601 starts with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, will make his USAC Silver Crown debut this Sunday afternoon, October 18, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear.

Gravel (Watertown, Conn.) will compete in his first Silver Crown event this Sunday aboard the Swanson Encore Team No. 21, which has been a fixture on the Silver Crown dirt tracks over the past half-decade with Jeff Swindell as the driver.

For Gravel, this day was a long way coming, but the schedule worked out in his favor to allow him to jump at the chance to compete in the 100-mile dirt race.

"The team called me up one day and asked if I was interested," Gravel recalled. "I told them I had to think about it and see what my plans were. They asked me to do a race earlier in the season and I couldn't do it. I felt like toward the end of the year was a good time to give it a try. I know they have good equipment, and since I'm not committed to World of Outlaws points this year, it was a good opportunity to give it a try."

What makes his entry for Sunday even more enticing is the fact that Gravel has yet to even sit in the seat of a Silver Crown car. His Silver Crown experience is confined to an appearance as a fan at the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But, from his standpoint, he has an impression of the cars and the style of racing that he will carry with him when he first hits the racetrack this Sunday.

"I know all the weight and fuel behind me is going to be a big thing, and having patience in that long of a race, managing your tires and all those things," Gravel anticipates. "I'll be curious to see how that all feels. Racing on a mile-long dirt track is going to be a little bit different too. I think I should be fine on the patience side and, obviously, just the feel with that big fuel load, it's going to be interesting for sure."

The stats are impressive. Gravel finished in the top-three of the World of Outlaws points in four consecutive seasons between 2016 and 2019. He's won six times with the series in 2020, with 28 top-fives and 41 top-tens in 47 starts, and his 57 career wins ranks 16th on WoO's all-time list. But his previous experience has not seen a ton of seat time in long-distance races of the 100-mile or more sort.

With that said, in limited opportunities, Gravel has been impressive in 200-mile paved races. He finished 12th in his ARCA Stock Car debut in February at Florida's Daytona International Speedway. In his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series start at Michigan International Speedway in August, he finished 10th. Once again, he'll be making his second career truck start this Saturday, October 17, at Kansas Speedway before jumping into a Silver Crown car on Sunday.

Gravel feels the long-distance race experience will only serve to aid him as he takes on a new challenge with the Silver Crown car, and at this point in time, he feels his maturity as a driver and his experience has him game for the Silver Crown challenge.

"I would think so, a little bit," Gravel estimated when asked if his previous experience applies to Silver Crown racing. "I think 40 or 50 laps in a sprint car is pretty long, so it's just going to be a little bit longer than that. I think I have the right mentality for it. At my age now, I'm definitely going to be a little bit smarter of a racer than I would've been in my early 20s."

Gravel actually does have dirt track experience without the wing. He made two appearances in Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway's weekly program in his own car during the 2009 season, and has also made annual appearances at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. His goals for Springfield are simple and straight to the point.

"I'd like to compete, but definitely want to finish the race first," Gravel said. "Realistically, a top-ten would be good. Hopefully, we'll be in the hunt for the win. Obviously, there are guys that are really good in a Silver Crown car. I'm just going to see how it all plays out, but I want to be in the mix. That's what I'm looking for."

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 59th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm. All times listed are central.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

KYLE LARSON RETURNS FOR SUNDAY'S BETTENHAUSEN 100 AT SPRINGFIELD

Springfield, Illinois (October 12, 2020).........Kyle Larson will return to USAC Silver Crown competition this Sunday afternoon, October 18, aboard the Sean Michael Motorsports No. 19 for the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) has been the toast of the dirt track world in 2020, posting 41 feature event wins across several platforms this season in midgets, sprint cars, late models and in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series where he was victorious in the Hoosier Hundred on August 23 on the one-mile dirt oval at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

In that race, which marked Larson's first USAC Silver Crown appearance in eight seasons, it's not often that a driver can win the pole and also start from the back, charge to the front and win all in the same race. Yet, Larson was able to pull off the remarkable feat after he and his team opted to change the right rear tire following qualifying on his JVI Group - Heffner Racing Enterprises - Blazer's Body Shop/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, accepting the penalty that came along with it, which sent him all the way back to the 22nd starting spot for the 100-lap main event.

Larson led a total of 37 laps in the Hoosier Hundred, including the final 32, to win the event in his only Silver Crown start of the 2020 season thus far. In total, Larson's seven USAC starts in 2020 have produced five wins and two 2nd place finishes, with four of those victories coming with the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets during Indiana Midget Week, of which he was also the champion of this year.

Larson's lone previous Bettenhausen 100 start came during the 2011 season at Springfield where he started 6th and finished 4th, piloting the Keith Kunz Motorsports #71. In 10 career Silver Crown starts, Larson has won three and been the fastest qualifier on four occasions.

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 59th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

Pit gates will open at 8am Central, grandstands and ticket office at 11am, practice at Noon, qualifying at 1:15pm, the last chance race at 2:15pm and the 57th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3pm.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

The Bettenhausen 100 can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

 

 

BRIGHT & MILLER SPLIT TWIN 20’S; DREVICKI WINS USAC EAST COAST SPRINT TITLE

By: Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC

Minersville, Pennsylvania (October 9, 2020).........Alex Bright of Collegeville, PA, and Kenny Miller of Morgantown, PA were able to split the final two victories of the 2020 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series season at the Big Diamond Speedway in the series first ever Twin 20’s program. While Steven Drevicki was able to hold off Chris Allen Jr. and wrap up his third consecutive USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series title.

Twenty-Eight USAC East Coast Sprint Car series teams entered the pit area on Friday at the Big Diamond Speedway for the season finale on the 2020 series trail. Alex Bright, Ryan Watt, and Kyle Lick collected the three heat race victories, while Jacob Balliet was the B Main winner.

Following the redraw of the top nine spots in the feature event, series rookie Joey Amantea, and Christopher Allen would lead the field to the green for the first of two twenty lap feature events.

On the initial green of the feature event, Christopher Allen was able to get the advantage over Amantea for the feature event lead and look to set sail on the field in his quest to close the gap on Steven Drevicki for the series point lead. Intermission track prep left the surface on the wet side, and very slick as drivers opted for the extreme outside of the speedway, and the extreme bottom. The top line prevailed for most of the field as drivers were strung out early on in the feature event.

Alex Bright was able to quickly move his way from the eighth starting spot, too inside the top three by lap four, with Allen leading the way over Carmen Perigo who was not letting the 71 entry slip away.

With the faster surface, the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic on lap nine, with Allen and Perigo slicing through lapped cars for the feature event lead. Perigo was underneath, and outside of Allen as the two battled for position through the back of the field with Allen getting the best of the veteran Perigo in each corner.

The two would battle side by side for a number of laps until a red flag would fly on lap seventeen. Ryan Watt hopped the right rear tire of Jacob Balliet, sending Watt viciously, and violently, over the wall and outside of the speedway. Luckily, Watt was able to get out of the car under his own power.

An extended red flag occurred due to where the Watt machine landed outside of the speedway, so a brief tire pressure session was allowed for crew members before the feature event went green again.

The restart order with just three laps to go saw Christopher Allen leading over: Carmen Perigo, Alex Bright, Bill Unglert, and Joey Amantea.

When the field went back green again, Alex Bright quickly moved by Carmen Perigo for second and began his hunt of race leader Christopher Allen. Allen remained committed to the outside line of the speedway with Bright diving low to the bottom and middle lanes trying to get by Allen. Christopher was able to hold off the charges of Bright for about two laps, before Bright would move by Allen on coming to the white flag.

Alex Bright would hold off one last charge from Christopher Allen to collect his second feature event win of 2020 over: Christopher Allen, Carmen Perigo, Bill Unglert, and Steven Drevicki.

With the unique inversion of the field for feature number two, Alex Bright would draw a pill for positions 8, 10, or 12 for the second feature event. Bright would pull a number 10 pill which would invert the top 10 positions for feature number two.

Christian Bruno and Kyle Spence by virtue of the invert shared the front row for the start of the second feature event. Bruno would grab the race lead on the initial start of the feature event with Spence, Kenny Miller and Alex Yankowski all batting hard in a side by side, four car battle for the top four positions.

Christian Bruno would lead the initial four laps of the feature event, before relinquishing the lead to Kenny Miller on lap four. The battle for second through fifth remained intense with Bruno, Spence, Yankowski, and Steven Drevicki side by side for position.

On lap eight, the top three drivers of Miller, Bruno, and Yankowski would run three-wide for the race lead as the track surface was slick, with multiple grooves for drivers to choose from early on.

The caution flag would fly and interrupt the battle for the top five positions on lap eight as Kyle Lick would spin to a stop in turns three and four. The restart would see Kenny Miller lead: Bruno, Yankowski, Drevicki and Spence to the green.

After the restart on lap ten, Steven Drevicki would move into the second-place position and try to track down race leader Kenny Miller, for the feature event lead. The caution flag would again fly on lap eleven, for Mike Thompson and Nash Ely who would get together in turn one and stop on the outside of the baking.

Miller again led the field to the green with Drevicki all over the tail tank of the number 23m machine of Miller. Miller chose to run the bottom groove of the speedway, with Drevicki running the extreme outside of the speedway trying to get a run for the race lead. Alex Bright clawed his way up to the fourth-place position on lap fifteen and was part of a great battle with Alex Yankowski and Christian Bruno for positions three, four, and five.

Drevicki would give Miller everything he could to try and take the race lead away, but at the conclusion of feature event number two, Kenny Miller lll was able to collect his second victory of the 2020 USAC East Coast Season over: Steven Drevicki, Alex Yankowski, Alex Bright, and Christian Bruno.

While Steven Drevicki did not grace victory lane as a feature winner on Friday night at the Big Diamond Speedway, he was able to celebrate his third consecutive Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series Championship. Drevicki who is also the series all time feature winner, and leads about every statistical category in series history, Christopher Allen kept him honest for the majority of the 2020 season.

Drevicki won when he needed too, early, often, and late. The veteran of the series swept opening weekend in July, won races through the summer months, and rebounded with a victory following his first ever, and only DNF at the Bridgeport Speedway in September.

Steven Drevicki ended the season with five feature event wins (Orange County, Big Diamond, Williams Grove, Winchester, and Georgetown), along with 12 top five finishes in 13 feature event starts. Drevicki owned an impressive statistic of finishing inside the top five in every series feature event since its inception, until suffering a mechanical failure at Bridgeport. But the streak ending did not phase the driver, as Drevicki stated “Streaks are meant to be broken.” Following the only major setback the team experienced in 2020 he immediately rebounded with a feature event win at the Georgetown Speedway in the true spirt of a championship caliber driver.

Despite the best efforts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the series was able to enjoy a 12 event, 13 feature event season with high car counts at many events, and many new teams joining the series.

Look for the 2021 schedule to resemble much of what was initially scheduled for the 2020 season, with the potential for more than one event at a few of the tracks the series visited for the first time in 2020.

Lastly, the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Series team would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all of the tracks, drivers, and fans who have supported us in a very difficult 2020 season, and we cannot wait to swing back into action in 2021!!

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 9, 2020 – Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. 20-Alex Bright, 2. 19A-Brody Adamsky, 3. 19-Steven Drevicki, 4. 3BC-Nash Ely, 5. 32-Colin White, 6. 3H-Heidi Hedin, 7. 64-Rich Carnathan, 8. 22B-Troy Betts, 9. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 10. 7B-Aidan Borden.

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. 39-Ryan Watt. 2. 88J-Joey Amantea, 3. 21-Carmen Perigo Jr, 4. 22-Kyle Spence, 5. 33B-Bill Unglert, 6. 22J-Jacob Balliet, 7. 11-Mike Thompson, 8. 17m-Christian Bruno, 9. 23-John Stehman.

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. 8L-Kyle Lick, 2. 7-Alex Yankowski, 3. 71-Chris Allen Jr., 4. 23m-Kenny Miller lll, 5. 96-Lee Kauffman, 6. 17G-Devin Gundrum, 7. 74JR-J.R. Berry, 8. 67-Jason Cherry, 9. 5G-Briggs Danner.

SEMI: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Jacob Balliet, 2. Mike Thompson, 3. Christian Bruno, 4. Troy Betts, 5. J.R. Berry, 6. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 7. John Stehman, 8. Heidi Hedin, 9. Jason Cherry, 10. Rich Carnathan, 11. Devin Gundrum.

FIRST FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Chris Allen Jr., 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Bill Unglert, 5. Steven Drevicki, 6. Alex Yankowski, 7. Joey Amantea, 8. Kenny Miller, 9. Kyle Spence, 10. Christian Bruno, 11. Mike Thompson, 12. Kyle Lick, 13. Colin White, 14. Nash Ely, 15. Troy Betts, 16. Bruce Buckwalter Jr, 17. J.R. Berry, 18. Jacob Balliet, 19. Brody Adamsky, 20. Ryan Watt, 21. Lee Kauffman.

SECOND FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Kenny Miller lll, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Alex Yankowski, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Christian Bruno, 6. Kyle Spence, 7. Chris Allen Jr., 8. Carmen Perigo Jr, 9. J.R. Berry, 10. Troy Betts, 11. Joey Amantea, 12. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 13. Colin White, 14. John Stehman, 15. Kyle Lick, 16. Nash Ely, 17. Jason Cherry, 18. Mike Thompson, 19. Heidi Hedin, 20. Jacob Balliet, 21. Bill Unglert.

Stehman, Cherry, and Hedin were added as alternates due to Adamsky, Watt, and Kauffman not being able to run feature two.

FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Chris Allen Jr., Laps 19-20 Alex Bright.

SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Christian Bruno, Laps 5-20 Kenny Miller III.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-903, 2-Chris Allen Jr.-795, 3-Bill Unglert-722, 4-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-566, 5-Kyle Spence-541, 6-Christian Bruno-471, 7-Carmen Perigo-435, 8-Kenny Miller III-416, 9-Jonathan Swanson-382, 10-Ryan Quackenbush-341.

FIRST FEATURE CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 2ND PLACE: Chris Allen Jr.

KEIZER WHEELS 3RD PLACE: Carmen Perigo

KING RACING PRODUCTS 6TH PLACE: Alex Yankowski

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 8TH PLACE: Kenny Miller III

SECOND FEATURE CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 2ND PLACE: Steven Drevicki

KEIZER WHEELS 3RD PLACE: Alex Yankowski

KING RACING PRODUCTS 6TH PLACE: Kyle Spence

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 8TH PLACE: Carmen Perigo

 

 

FINALLY! MESERAULL MAKES IT TO USAC MIDGET VICTORY LANE AT HARVEST CUP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 10, 2020).........In his two-plus decades of racing with USAC, one piece of the puzzle had been surprisingly absent from Thomas Meseraull's resume - a NOS Energy Drink National Midget points-paying feature victory.

After many a close call throughout his career, Meseraull finally sealed the deal Saturday night during Harvest Cup at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway, but once again for him, it didn't come easy.

With an overheating engine and smoke pouring from the headers during the final laps, Meseraull became bottled up in traffic, then withstood a last lap, last corner surge from Tanner Thorson to win by a single car length at the line, with a margin of 0.119 sec. to spare, in his Response Management Services/EnviroFab - Guess Performance Parts/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

While the San Jose, Calif. driver had previously won at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2004 and at the Southern Illinois Center in 2018, both victories were non-championship, special events for USAC Midgets, making this a long-awaited night for Meseraull to mark his initial tally in the series' win column after making 89 feature starts since his 1999 debut. Furthermore, he provided RMS Racing with its first ever USAC National Midget feature win in one fell swoop.

"To officially get my first USAC National Midget win here is crazy," Meseraull admitted. "The RMS Racing No. 7x has been really good all year. We just haven't had the finishes to show for it. I feel like in the last four USAC shows, we've had the fastest car on the track but just got caught up in wrecks."

In each of his past two series starts at Gas City and Kokomo, Meseraull was running inside the top-five when trouble ensued, collecting him in a pair of incidents not of his own doing. Last year's Harvest Cup saw Meseraull lead three laps late, and while battling for the lead, he and Jason McDougal tangled, sending Meseraull backwards into the outside turn four wall.

But that was last year, and Meseraull was determined to change course and find redemption on this night. Starting 7th, Meseraull was on the move early despite a flurry of stoppages that halted competition early and often during the 30-lapper. Cannon McIntosh was first to find chaos, banging the outside boiler plate on the opening lap that sent him flipping between turns one and two. He emerged from the wreckage uninjured.

Cole Bodine led the opening three laps from his outside front row starting position and was operating in the top spot on lap four when he spun on his own accord in turn two. Fourth-running Chris Windom was unable to avoid the mishap and T-boned the stopped Bodine.

While Bodine restarted from the tail and finished 11th, Windom's car suffered front end damage that required a little more TLC in the work area before rejoining the field a lap down, ultimately finishing 16th and falling behind by 15 points to Tyler Courtney in the series' championship race.

McDougal, the 2019 Harvest Cup Midget winner, inherited the race lead for the lap five restart. Meseraull, riding third behind Justin Grant at the drop of the green, used the opportunity to slide by Grant for the 2nd spot in turn one. Grant then reclaimed the runner-up position with a slider of his own in turn three before Meseraull clamped down to repeat his tactic from a lap earlier in turn one to stick the position on the fifth circuit.

When Chase Randall stopped atop turn three on lap eight, that created another restart opportunity for Meseraull who made the most of the chance by immediately sliding underneath McDougal entering the first turn. Another restart on the 11th lap didn't faze Meseraull as he opened his lead up to two seconds in the ensuing laps while McDougal and the surging Kyle Cummins, who had won the night's MSCS Sprint Car event just prior to the Midget feature.

"I feel like I was just better on starts," Meseraull explained. "My car takes off better, and once I got rolling, it was pretty beautiful the way the car was working. It was actually carrying the right front down the straightaways and I could run right on the curb wide open, no lift. It was beautiful."

McDougal and Cummins proceeded to entertain the onlookers with copious amounts of slide jobs back-and-forth for three straight laps before Cummins prevailed with the position on the 14th lap, then moments later, 7th running Daison Pursley found the wall in turn four, flipping him over. Pursley was uninjured.

Throughout the second half of the race, Meseraull continued to stretch his lead out to more than a second over Cummins, then Friday night's Wayne City, Ill. winner Tanner Thorson, who took over 2nd from Cummins with just three laps remaining.

Meanwhile, Meseraull was as fluid as water up front. However, like water, he began to get bottled up in traffic with two and three-wide battles clogging up the main artery he'd been utilizing topside around the 1/4-mile dirt oval. Meseraull hunted and searched but chose to remain loyal to the top on the final set of corners for the last lap.

"We got to lapped traffic with just a few to go, and really, I wasn't that good on the bottom," Meseraull said. "I was only good on the top and traffic held me up."

"I saw (Thorson) and knew if he would've moved up, we would've both crashed going down the front stretch because I wasn't going to lift. I'm not going to lift if I can see the checkered flags. Period." - Thomas Meseraull (David Nearpass Photo)

On top of it all, Meseraull was a bit worried about the engine. However, at that point, despite all the smoke signals being sent skyward, for Meseraull, there was only one possible avenue to take.

"It was 230 (degrees) by lap 10," Meseraull revealed. "This was the last race on this motor before it got rebuilt, and when you're leading a national midget race, you just go racing."

Thorson dove it low into turn three on the 30th and final lap to surge ahead of Meseraull by two car lengths with just a half-straightaway remaining. With a plume of smoke surrounding his machine, Meseraull used the momentum from the top to squeeze his way through the one lane gap between Thorson's right side wheels and the outside wall to defeat Thorson by a mere one solitary car length.

"I saw (Thorson) and knew if he would've moved up, we would've both crashed going down the front stretch because I wasn't going to lift. I'm not going to lift if I can see the checkered flags. Period."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 10, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Harvest Cup

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.705; 2. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.756; 3. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-13.783; 4. Jason McDougal, 4B, Klatt-13.835; 5. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.851; 6. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.924; 7. Stephen Schnapf, 11m, Martin-14.006; 8. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-14.010; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.026; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.070; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-14.142; 12. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.148; 13. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-14.169; 14. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-14.206; 15. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-14.235; 16. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-14.245; 17. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.309; 18. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-14.376; 19. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-14.391; 20. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-14.424; 21. Chase McDermand, 40, RMS-14.449; 22. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.504; 23. Brady Bacon, 19, Hayward-14.542; 24. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.575; 25. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.610; 26. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.657; 27. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-14.681; 28. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-14.696; 29. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-14.718; 30. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.774; 31. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.813; 32. Aiden Purdue, 57D, McCreery-14.832; 33. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-14.833; 34. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.927; 35. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.111; 36. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-15.604; 37. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-15.664; 38. Tres Mehler, 17, Stellhorn-15.718; 39. Casey Hicks, 9H, Hicks-15.747; 40. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Bryant Weideman, 7. Chase McDermand, 8. Gage Rucker, 9. Glenn Waterland, 10. Chad Frewaldt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Noah Gass, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Tyler Nelson, 9. Tres Mehler, 10. Cody Brewer. 2:20.892

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Sam Johnson, 6. Stephen Schnapf, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Casey Hicks. 2:23.056

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. 15x Carson Garrett, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Aiden Purdue, 9. Oliver Akard. NT

C-MAIN (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Aiden Purdue, 2. Kaylee Bryson, 3. Gage Rucker, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Oliver Akard, 6. Glenn Waterland, 7. Tres Mehler, 8. Casey Hicks, 9. Cody Brewer. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Stephen Schnapf, 3. Chase Randall, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Bryant Wiedeman, 8. Noah Gass, 9. Carson Garrett, 10. Brenham Crouch, 11. Aiden Purdue, 12. Chase McDermand, 13. Gage Rucker, 14. Chad Frewaldt, 15. Robert Dalby, 16. Emerson Axsom, 17. Tyler Nelson, 18. Hayden Reinbold. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (7), 2. Tanner Thorson (4), 3. Kyle Cummins (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (9), 5. Emerson Axsom (23*), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 7. Clinton Boyles (18), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Kaylee Bryson (22), 10. Chase Johnson (15), 11. Cole Bodine (2), 12. Buddy Kofoid (16), 13. Chase Randall (13), 14. Logan Seavey (17), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (21), 16. Chris Windom (6), 17. Jason McDougal (3), 18. Sam Johnson (14), 19. Daison Pursley (11), 20. Brady Bacon (19), 21. Andrew Layser (1), 22. Stephen Schnapf (8), 23. Cannon McIntosh (20). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Tyler Nelson flipped over the third turn wall during the semi. Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cole Bodine, Laps 4-7 Jason McDougal, Laps 8-30 Thomas Meseraull.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,508, 2-Chris Windom-1,493, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,430, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,386, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,290, 6-Daison Pursley-1,084, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 8-Cole Bodine-945, 9-Andrew Layser-924, 10-Justin Grant-904.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-185, 2-Kyle Cummins-108, 3-Tanner Thorson-106, 4-Robert Ballou-100, 5-Shane Cottle-95, 6-Logan Seavey-92, 7-Justin Grant-85, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-78, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 13-14, 2020 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Western World Championships

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Chris Windom

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Chase Randall

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Bryant Wiedeman

 

 

RYAN TIMMONS ADDS PLACERVILLE TO WIN LIST

PLACERVILLE, CA – OCTOBER 10, 2020… Charging from sixth, fast qualifier Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) topped the non-point USAC West Coast Sprint Car debut at Placerville Speedway. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto Truck & Repair / Evergood Fine Foods CS9, Timmons took advantage of a “Wild” Billy Aton bobble to lead the final twelve laps of the “Prospector Pandemonium.” Ryan earned his third career series win over Jake Morgan, Aton, Kaleb Montgomery, and Oregon’s Rob Lindsey.

Earlier in the night, Timmons was the Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier and set a new track record with a time of 12.243 over the 12-car roster. The former rookie of the year placed fifth in his heat race and claimed the Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors.

The 10-lap heat race victories were claimed by Lindsey (Extreme Mufflers / Competition Suspension Incorporated First Heat), and Tanner Boul (Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat). Lindsey qualified ninth overall while Boul was tenth quick and finished sixth in the main event.

Next Saturday, October 17th, the traditional 360 sprint cars will invade Petaluma Speedway for a special non-points event. The USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will join the action packed card that will be broadcast live at floracing.com.

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, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: October 10, 2020 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Prospector Pandemonium”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.243 (New Track Record); 2. Tony Gualda, 73T, Ford-12.424; 3. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-12.438; 4. Kaleb Montgomery, 8, Richardson-12.483; 5. Shane Hopkins, 51, Sperry-12.500; 6. Michael Sellers, 15, Sellers-12.583; 7. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-12.585; 8. Daniel Whitley, 32, Johnson-12.636; 9. Rob Lindsey, 23, R&R-12.848; 10. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-12.898; 11. Austin Ervine, 21, AJ-12.938; 12. Chad Lindsey, 48, R&R-13.561.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPRATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Lindsey, 2. Aton, 3. Hopkins, 4. Morgan, 5. Timmons, 6. Ervine. NT.

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boul, 2. Gualda, 3. Whitley, 4. C.Lindsey, 5. Montgomery, 6. Sellers. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Ryan Timmons (6), 2. Jake Morgan (4), 3. Billy Aton (1), 4. Kaleb Montgomery (9), 5. Rob Lindsey (7), 6. Tanner Boul (8), 7. Daniel Whitley (10), 8. Shane Hopkins (3), 9. Michael Sellers (2), 10. Austin Ervine (11), 11. Chad Lindsey (12), 12. Tony Gualda (5). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Sellers, Laps 5-17 Aton, Laps 18-30 Timmons. ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Ryan Timmons (6th to 1st)

 

 

SCOTTY FARMER STORMS TO FIRST WIN AT PLACERVILLE

PLACERVILLE, CA – OCTOBER 10, 2020… Racing from third, Scotty Farmer (Brisbane, Australia) took command on lap fifteen and sailed to his first non-point USAC Western States and BCRA Midget win at Placerville Speedway. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Disc Brakes Stewart, Farmer inherited the lead of the “Prospector Pandemonium” after a spin knocked Alex Schutte from contention. Brody Fuson, hard charger C.J. Sarna, Frankie Guerrini, and fast qualifier Shannon McQueen rounded out the top-five drivers.

McQueen earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 13.032 over the 17-car roster. The former champion ran fourth in her heat race and recovered from a first lap tangle to finish fifth in the main event.

Sarna took the Placerville Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third place run from tenth. The former co-rookie of the year qualified eighth overall and was fifth in his heat race

The 10-lap heat race victories were claimed by Dylan Ito (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), and Fuson (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat). Ito was eleventh quick and placed sixth in the feature while Brody qualified tenth overall.

Next Saturday, October 17th, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association will clash at Petaluma Speedway for the non-points “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1. The race will be broadcast live at floracing.com.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

A special thanks goes to Matt Wood and Elk Grove Ford for sponsoring the “Prospector Pandemonium.”

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: October 10, 2020 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Prospector Pandemonium” – co-sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.032; 2. Blake Bower, 10, Walker-13.041; 3. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.118; 4. Scotty Farmer, 68, Six8-13.143; 5. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.249; 6. Colton Raudman, 28C, Schutte/McElwee-13.257; 7. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.269; 8. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.466; 9. Ashlyn Rodriguez, 37M, Mitchell-13.468; 10. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-13.488; 11. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.602; 12. Floyd Alvis, 18, Champion-13.904; 13. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.225; 14. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-14.856; 15. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-15.129; 16. Jackson Dukes, 1X, LKK-15.433; 17. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ito, 2. Schutte, 3. Rodriguez, 4. McQueen, 5. Guerrini, 6. Cofer, 7. Andreotti, 8. Pankratz, 9. Carson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Raudman, 3. Farmer, 4. Bower, 5. Sarna, 6. Alvis, 7. Beilman, 8. Dukes. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Scotty Farmer (3), 2. Brody Fuson (7), 3. C.J. Sarna (10), 4. Frankie Guerrini (4), 5. Shannon McQueen (6), 6. Dylan Ito (8), 7. Alex Schutte (2), 8. Ashlyn Rodriguez (11), 9. Randi Pankratz (13), 10. Floyd Alvis (12), 11. Jake Andreotti (15), 12. Maria Cofer (9), 13. Blake Bower (5), 14. Kyle Beilman (14), 15. Jackson Dukes (16), 16. Colton Raudman (1), 17. Robert Carson (17). NT ---------------------------- **Raudman flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Schutte, Laps 15-30 Farmer. ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: C.J. Sarna (10th to 3rd)

 

 

THORSON THROTTLES TO LEFFLER MEMORIAL VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois (October 9, 2020).........The third race of Tanner Thorson's tenure with Tom Malloy's midget team turned out to be the charm as the Minden, Nev. native hunted down race-long leader Chris Windom with 11 laps remaining to capture the victory in Friday night's Jason Leffler Memorial USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.

The win was Thorson's fifth with the series in 2020, and the 18th of his career, tying him with Tyler Courtney and Dave Steele for 37th all-time. In doing so, the 2016 series champion became the seventh different Leffler Memorial winner in the seven runnings of the event.

"This is one of the races I've wanted to win for a long time. I've never really been in the right situation, but now we did it.," Thorson, a 2nd place Leffler Memorial finisher in 2016, said. "I never knew Jason (Leffler) on a personal level, but I know a bunch of people who were really good friends with him and always talked about how good of a guy he was and that he was definitely a badass in the racecar. There's no two ways about that. I wish he was here to throw some sliders and race with us. This is an awesome event to win."

Car owner Tom Malloy and crew members Jerome Rodela, Chris Tramel and Brinton Marvel each experienced their first USAC win on the National level on this night. Their success together began when Thorson and Hayward Motorsports, with whom he scored four victories this year, parted ways in mid-September. Team Malloy and Thorson's first two races together resulted is finishes of 4th at Gas City, Ind. and 3rd at Kokomo, Ind. on Sept. 25-26, respectively.

It's been an opportunity that Thorson has relished with support from Factory Kahne, Reliable, K1 RaceGear and Arai Helmets.

"It's all around a good fit for me," Thorson explained. "I trust all the guys around me and we're all buddies too, so it makes it pretty easy. When one of us messes up, we all mess up. There's no pointing fingers. Tom Malloy has had a dream to come back here from California and compete against the national guys and win. That's been his goal with having this team out here; it's to go out and win races. I'm really ecstatic and really happy to say the least, but we've got more to win. We've still got to get better. We're never good enough."

Thorson carries the "Malloy Special" name on the side of his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota. Tom's father, Emmett Malloy, a 2018 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, fielded cars with the same "Malloy Special" lettering adorned on his rides nearly three-quarters of a century earlier, a winning heritage that has taken shape all these years later.

Emmett built, owned and operated California's famed Carrell Speedway during the 1940s and 50s, where the 1949 racing film "The Big Wheel" starring Mickey Rooney was filmed, and also hosted the inaugural CRA event. A dominant run with, most notably, Troy Ruttman on the AAA Sprint Car trail in the mid-20th century as well as winning performances with Rex Mays and Andy Linden, was followed by a pole run in the champ cars with Bobby Ball at Phoenix in 1950 and a pair of Indianapolis 500 starts with Jimmy Reece, the first of which came in 1954 with a car sporting No. 25 on the tail.

Sixty-six years later, a No. 25 Malloy Special was back at the forefront once again with Thorson behind the wheel. Starting sixth at Wayne City, Thorson made a somewhat methodical drive to the head of the pack, getting to 4th on the opening lap where he settled into a groove for the first quarter of the event.

Up front, however, the battle for the lead pit pole sitter Cannon McIntosh and outside front row starter Chris Windom against one another for the lead. An exchange of sliders between the two on both ends of the 1/8-mile dirt oval on the first lap gave way to Windom as he withstood the challenge to step away from McIntosh exiting turn two on the second lap.

After a pair of restarts for separate minor incidents involving Brady Bacon, then Chase Johnson and Buddy Kofoid, McIntosh rose to the surface once again, sliding past Windom entering turn one on the 11th lap, with Windom responding by driving back under McIntosh to reclaim the lead. Rinse and repeat on lap 13, and Windom was able to thwart McIntosh's bid once again.

When McIntosh skidded and clanged the outside guardrail in turn three on lap 16, he subsequently lost substantial ground to Windom. By then, Thorson was in 3rd following a tug of war with Kevin Thomas Jr. for the position and was now collapsing on McIntosh for the runner-up spot, which he'd gain by algae-eating the bottom of turn four to surpass him on the 25th lap.

Opposite approaches took Windom topside and Thorson to the bottom to run one-two entering the final quarter of the 40-lapper. With 12 laps remaining, Windom's lead stood at 1.3 seconds. One lap later, Thorson had shaved off a full second of Windom's lead, which put Thorson in prime position to drive right past Windom off the bottom of turn two on lap 30 to snare the race lead by beating Windom to the rubber first.

"I've always been good finding the rubber first," Thorson revealed. "I watched the lapped cars start to pull away from Windom and was thinking that he's going to jump down there, but he never did. I just got down there and got my rhythm going and made sure I didn't come too far off the bottom. I got to him and my nose was there, and I thought he's probably going to chop me in the next corner. He tried but he didn't have enough momentum with how slick it was. Seeing how he could never get a run on them, or pass them, I knew I had to stay low and hope they'd move up so I could get by one of them. Just a chain reaction sort of deal as it all played out."

A lap 37 caution for a turn one tangle involving Logan Seavey (7th), Jason McDougal (8th) and Tyler Thomas (12th) restacked the deck once more for a four-lap trophy dash. However, the entire pack followed Thorson's lead by not leaving the bottom. Thorson led the field around for the final four to reign victorious by a 0.544 sec. margin over Windom, Kevin Thomas Jr., McIntosh and Daison Pursley.

With Friday night's event awarding 50 appearance points across the board to all participating USAC licensed drivers and owners regardless of finishing position, Chris Windom (Canton, Ohio) maintained his eight-point lead in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings over Tyler Courtney with now only six points races remaining in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"Tanner found (the rubber) first and got by us there," Windom recalled after leading a race-high 29 laps. "I was trying to clear a couple more lapped cars because I knew the bottom was getting better. I just made a mistake and waited a couple too many laps to get down there."

Kevin Thomas Jr.'s first race back in the Petry Motorsports/Robertson Trucking - FK Rod Ends - Keizer Wheels/Bullet/Speedway Toyota since June resulted in a 3rd place finish, the best result for the Cullman, Ala. native with the series this season.

"It's fun to be able to run on the podium and run good; it's been awhile," Thomas exclaimed. Obviously, everybody knows it's been a hellacious year. It's good to bounce back like that. They gave me a great racecar. We were one of the first to hop to the bottom and we were making a little bit of ground on them, but not enough. I saw Tanner go by a few lapped cars on the bottom and he found (the rubber) right in front of us and ended up winning the race, so it was a good job on his part."

Furthermore, Kyle Cummins' time of 1:51.378 set a new 10-lap track record for USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets at Wayne County Speedway during the first heat race.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 9, 2020 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Jason Leffler Memorial

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Kyle Cummins (#3G Styres), 2. Daison Pursley (#9 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chase Randall (#25 Petry), 4. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Andy Bishop (#91 Harris), 6. Cody Brewer (#96 Central), 7. Chad Frewaldt (#4F Frewaldt), 8. Casey Hicks (#5H Hicks). 1:51.378 (New Track Record)

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chris Windom (#89 Tucker-Boat), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Andrew Layser (#82 Tucker-Boat), 5. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Aiden Purdue (#57D McCreery), 7. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Chase Johnson (#25c Malloy), 2. Cole Bodine (#39BC Clauson-Marshall), 3. Tanner Thorson (#25m Malloy), 4. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson-Marshall), 5. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 6. Logan Seavey (#19A Reinbold-Underwood), 7. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built). 1:52.505

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Brady Bacon (#19 Hayward), 2. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry), 4. Jason McDougal (#4B Klatt), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (#85 Central), 6. Robert Dalby (#4 Dalby), 7. Travis Berryhill (#11Y Young). 1:53.915

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Sam Johnson (#72 Johnson), 3. Carson Garrett (#15x Garrett), 4. Tres Mehler (#17x Stellhorn), 5. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 6. Gage Rucker (#19G Hayward), 7. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard). 1:53.501

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Sam Johnson, 9. Gage Rucker. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Andy Bishop, 7. Aiden Purdue, 8. Carson Garrett, 9. Chad Frewaldt. 2:20.721

AUTOMETER THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Tres Mehler, 8. Casey Hicks, 9. Russ Gamester. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Cody Brewer, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Buddy Kofoid, 8. Oliver Akard, 9. Travis Berryhill. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Cody Brewer, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Sam Johnson, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Aiden Purdue, 10. Tres Mehler, 11. Andy Bishop, 12. Brenham Crouch, 13. Gage Rucker, 14. Casey Hicks, 15. Carson Garrett, 16. Hayden Reinbold, 17. Chad Frewaldt, 18. Russ Gamester. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 4. Cannon McIntosh (1), 5. Daison Pursley (3), 6. Tyler Courtney (10), 7. Kyle Cummins (11), 8. Chase Randall (5), 9. Emerson Axsom (7), 10. Justin Grant (9), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (15), 12. Cole Bodine (20), 13. Cody Brewer (18), 14. Robert Dalby (19), 15. Tyler Thomas (14), 16. Chase Johnson (12), 17. Buddy Kofoid (17), 18. Kaylee Bryson (22), 19. Sam Johnson (21), 20. Hayden Reinbold (23*), 21. Brady Bacon (13), 22. Logan Seavey (8), 23. Jason McDougal (16). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Gage Rucker flipped during hot laps. Andrew Layser flipped during the fourth qualifier.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Chris Windom, Laps 30-40 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,448, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,440, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,351, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,342, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,261, 6-Daison Pursley-1,055, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 8-Cole Bodine-898, 9-Andrew Layser-894, 10-Justin Grant-843.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-185, 2-Tanner Thorson-104, 3-Robert Ballou-100, 4-Kyle Cummins-99, 5-Shane Cottle-95, 6-Logan Seavey-89, 7-Justin Grant-85, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-78, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 10, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - Harvest Cup

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Tyler Courtney

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Justin Grant

AutoMeter Third Qualifier Winner: Logan Seavey

Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Buddy Kofoid

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Cole Bodine (20th to 12th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Cody Brewer

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Andrew Layser

 

 

Details Released For USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series Two-Day Event at Merced Speedway

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Merced, CA)- With the debut of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series at Merced Speedway drawing closer, event details and purse information for the 600, Midget Lite and Sprint Car events have been finalized.

“Our team at Merced Speedway is really looking forward to this event, and we have been working hard to give it a special feel,” Doug Lockwood said.

Tuesday night’s opener will serve as practice night for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series, as well as a complete night of racing action for the Winged, and Non-Winged 600’s, as well as the BCRA Non-Winged Midget Lites.

Each 600 class will compete for $500 to win, while the BCRA Division will vie for their standard purse.

To end the night after practice and feature events, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series will have the option to take part in a King of the Hill event.

“It is one thing for the Midgets to get their first laps during hot lap sessions, but we thought some competitive laps would also help the teams out, and make it that much more of an entertaining evening,” Lockwood added.

All teams are invited to participate in the bracket style race, however space is limited to just 24 spots on a first come first served basis with a $20 entry fee per entrant.

Entrants will be split into 6 four-car bracket groups for the first round, groups and line up set by random draw, with the Top-Three finishers in each group advancing to the second round.

Round two (semifinals) would see the top three from each group face off against the top three from the other group that was on their side of the bracket. This round would be lined up by random draw, and the top three finishers would advance to the finals to battle the top three from the other semifinal match race.

The finals will again be lined up by random draw, and the payout (based of 24 entrants) will offer $1000 to the winner, $400, $200, $100, and $50 for the final two finishers.

The first two rounds will be eight laps, and the final round will be a 10-lap Dash.

Wednesday night the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series will be back in action for a full slate of racing action, and they will be joined by Hoosier Tire Winged 360’s pres. by www.onefasttee.com.

While USAC will take part in a standard show with a standard purse at this time, the 360’s will follow the rules and format of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, and will offer $2000 to win, and $200 to start the feature event.

Currently the Merced Speedway grandstands remain closed, but both nights will stream LIVE on FloRacing.

STAY CONNECTED- Keep up with the happenings at Merced Speedway by clicking over to www.mercedspeedway.net or by ‘Liking’ https://www.facebook.com/mercedspeedway/ on Facebook.

Merced Speedway is located at 900 Martin Luther King Drive Merced, CA 95341.

 

 

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF BETTENHAUSEN 100

Springfield, Illinois (October 7, 2020)………Less than one month ago, a big announcement came that there would in fact be racing at the Springfield Mile, in Springfield, Ill. in 2020.

With the ARCA event now completed, Track Enterprises and USAC Racing are happy to announce that the Sunday, October 18 Silver Crown race has a presenting sponsor, Fatheadz Eyewear.

Fatheadz Eyewear encompasses five distinct lines of eyewear, specializing in oversized frames but also including standard frames for men and women. Fatheadz Eyewear is also celebrating a championship as a team sponsor for this season’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, Brady Bacon.

Fatheadz Eyewear, based in Indianapolis, Ind., features a full online catalog of eyewear at www.fatheadz.com. You can also check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fatheadzeyewear, on Instagram at http://instagram.com/fatheadz, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fatheadz.

The Sunday, October 18 Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series in the 59th edition of the event. Grandstand capacity is set at 20% and tickets are available online at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The advance sale tickets will also save fans a couple of bucks compared to purchasing them at the event.

Pit gates will open at 8:00 AM, grandstands and ticket office at 11:00 AM, practice begins at 12:00 noon, qualifying at 1:15 PM, the last chance race at 2:15 PM, and the 59th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Fatheadz Eyewear will take the green at 3:00 PM. All times listed are central.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS EYE “PROSPECTOR PANDEMONIUM” AT PLACERVILLE
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 6, 2020... The “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) will battle at Placerville Speedway this Saturday, October 10th. The “Prospector Pandemonium” is co-sanctioned special event / non-point race that will serve as a tune-up for the prestigious “Hangtown 100” in November. The action packed card will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, and wingless BCRA Midget Lites. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Driver’s Meeting is set for 4:30pm, followed by cars on the track. The GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet. For more event information, visit the track’s website at placervilllespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

The track has special pit area guidelines in place that can be found at placervillespeedway.com/covid-faqs. Everyone entering the pit area must sign the standard waiver/release as well as download/print and fill out the COVID-19 waiver/release at placervillespeedway.com/forms. The track management asks that people Do NOT exit their vehicle to walk up to the pit booth until reaching the gate.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, Saturday’s event will pay $600-to-win, $300-for-2nd, $250-for 3rd, $200-for-4th, $150-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL USAC RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2020 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, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.

While a fixture on the BCRA schedule, Placerville’s quarter-mile oval has hosted six USAC Western States Midget shows. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills won the October 11, 1996 debut and Dillon Welch set the track record of 11.979 last November 19th. “Sugar” Shane Golobic leads all drivers with two Placerville wins as Gio Scelzi and Kyle Larson were victorious at last year’s “Hangtown 100.”

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) outdueled Austin Liggett to score the ninth victory of his career at Petaluma on July 18th. Liggett, Cory Elliott, fast qualifier Ben Worth, hard charger C.J. Sarna, Terry Nichols, Mike Leach Jr., Robert Carson, Ben Weisz, and Floyd Alvis rounded out the top-10 drivers.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at placervillespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Alex Schutte.

PLACERVILLE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Shane Golobic, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Gio Scelzi, 1-Jimmy Sills.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 18: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Alex Schutte)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium / Non-Points)
October 17: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1 / Non-Points)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2 / Non-Points)
November 13: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 14: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic / Non-Points)
November 19: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 20: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 21: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 25: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.

This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LOCKWOOD TO MANAGE
USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET & 360 SPRINT SERIES

Speedway, Indiana (October 7, 2020).........Doug Lockwood has assumed a new role with the United States Auto Club to manage and oversee race related operations, planning and scheduling of events for both the USAC Western States Midget and West Coast Sprint Car divisions.

Lockwood will begin work in this position, effective immediately, in time for the October 10 doubleheader featuring both series at California's Placerville Speedway.

"I am just looking forward to working with the USAC west coast family again," Lockwood stated. "I have to thank Levi Jones and Chris Kearns for the opportunity. We are going to continue to build it up and make this a place where racers want to race with us and have fun doing it."

Lockwood has previously served as a Director of Competition with USAC's Western series and is the current general manager of Merced (Calif.) Speedway.

Chris Kearns, who has formerly been in the role of overseeing USAC Western Series operations, will take on a larger role with USAC sanctioning in its Rally, Off-Road and Karting series.

 

 

2020 YEAR IN REVIEW:
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 7, 2020).........For just the second time ever, the same driver opened and closed the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season with a feature victory while also earning the season's driving championship.

In 2020, it was Brady Bacon who became the first individual to perform that version of the hattrick since Pat O'Connor during the 1956 Midwest season. Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., also performed a hattrick of another kind in becoming just the seventh driver to win the USAC Sprint Car title at least three times in his career, joining Parnelli Jones (1960-61-62), Larry Dickson (1968-70-75), Sheldon Kinser (1977-81-82), Steve Butler (1986-87-88-90), Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), Levi Jones (2005-07-09-10-11).

The entrant title was claimed by Bacon's Dynamics, Inc. / Hoffman Auto Racing team for an unprecedented 12th time, a quarter of which have been captured with Bacon as the driver. Of the three, this one hits a little different, though, for Bacon who ran the team out of his own Union City, Ohio shop.

"Obviously, the dynamics are a little different than the first two, so this one is probably, actually, a little bit sweeter," Bacon revealed. "A little more of the weight of the responsibility fell on my shoulders and my guys for this one at my shop. We built this team with supporters that have been with me for a long time - Fatheadz Eyewear, who's been with me for 10 years; there's (sponsors) Mike and Megan Eubanks, who have been with me forever, just a lot of people. (Engine builder) Gene Franckowiak's been with us for a few years. We have some newer people who are playing a bigger part now as well and it's just great to reward them with a championship. That's the sweetest part, rewarding the people that make it possible."

The victories came early and often for Bacon in 2020. He won the opener in Ocala, Fla. after charging from the 9th starting spot, then doubled up the following night in Ocala with another surge from 9th to 1st. With the victory, Bacon became the ninth driver to win the first two USAC National Sprint Car features of the year, following Jud Larson (1965), Larry Dickson (1970), Pancho Carter (1978), Rich Vogler (1987), Robbie Stanley (1993), Tracy Hines (2002), Jay Drake (2004) and Damion Gardner (2010).

Entering the round at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway in late June, Bacon had yet to finish outside the top-ten and was just within earshot of the points lead when a string of misfortune haunted the team throughout the next three events.

A nasty flip by Bacon on the fourth lap at Plymouth, which seemingly spelled disaster at first glance, was salvaged when the crew thrashed during the red flag period to repair the car, miraculously returning in time for the resumption. With a caved-in tail tank and all, Bacon blitzed back through the field to finish 9th.

The following race, the 50th Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, second-place running Bacon's engine ceased fire under yellow with four laps remaining, relegating him to 18th at the finish. Another mag issue followed the team two nights later to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. when the engine wouldn't fire to start the feature, ending the evening before it even began, putting them 24th and dead last in the running order.

Bacon righted the ship the next night at Lincoln Park with another comeback victory after starting 8th, then it was onto Iowa's Knoxville Raceway to defend his $20,000 Corn Belt Nationals triumph from the year before. Bacon and crew were put to the test once again on his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy, having to make an engine change before the feature, which was more of a preventative measure due to a persistent oil leak.

With some down time between races, the decision was made to make the change, and the team decided they weren't going to take any chances risking it. After all, the "backup" engine has some clout all its own; it was the same engine Bacon had utilized in his Lincoln Park victory.

Bacon proceeded to victory at Knoxville once again and was amidst a streak of seven-straight top-eight feature finishes. However, a mechanical issue early during the Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State Speedway proved stifling, taking the team back to fourth in the standings and 99 points out of the lead entering late August.

Justin Grant had been the class of the field to that point in first place of the standings over Chase Stockon and Chris Windom in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. At that point, with Grant rolling midseason, hope wasn't all lost for Bacon, but it seemed like a tall order for him to dig his way back into the title hunt.

"At one point, I didn't think we really had a shot," Bacon admitted. "Grant had pulled out to such a big lead and was really consistent, and typically once that happens, it's hard to chip away. He had a lot of things happen all at once and that's when we got on a roll."

Three consecutive top-fives for Bacon at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway's "Smackdown" in late August sent him straight into the point lead for the first time since June while Grant encountered three nights of hardship, finishing outside the top-ten in all three features.

A 10th place run on September 11 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway briefly took Bacon out of the point lead, but one night later, he was back on top following a 2nd and a 1st in a single evening doubleheader at Lincoln Park.

The see-saw championship chase took another turn on Sept. 18 at Terre Haute when Windom won the Jim Hurtubise Classic, vaulting him back into the point lead. But a 3rd at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and a runner-up finish in the penultimate round of the season at Kokomo gave Bacon his most comfortable advantage to that point, a 30-point lead entering the finale on Oct. 3 at Lawrenceburg.

A 13th place finish or better in the Fall Nationals feature at Lawrenceburg was going to clinch the title for Bacon regardless of how anybody else performed. Yet, Bacon wasn't content to ride around and race inside a bubble to protect himself. Instead, he was trying to put the cherry on top of the icing on the cake. A back-and-forth duel for the lead between he and Tyler Courtney waged into the final stages until Courtney took the lead just six laps from the end.

However, Courtney's car was found to be 15 pounds underweight during post-race tech inspection after spilling water from the radiator throughout much of the second half of the 30-lapper. Thus, second place finishing Bacon was elevated to first while Courtney was repositioned to the 22nd and final position in the results.

Albeit in an unconventional manner, Bacon became the 10th driver ever, and the first since Levi Jones in 2011, to win the final race of the USAC National Sprint Car season and the series championship in a single night, providing him a final margin of victory in the standings by 39 over Chris Windom - the 18th closest points race in the 65-year history of the series.

When Bacon reflects upon 2020, he recalls having a car that was prepared to win at every venue, every night, and that gave him the confidence to do what he has done more of than any other driver with the series over the past decade, win races and championships.

"Fortunately, any issues we had weren't necessarily speed related," Bacon said. "We had one race at Bloomington where we kind of missed it, but other than that, we had a car that was in contention to win the race every time. When we had some misfortune, it wasn't too hard to bounce back from. You've just got to figure it out and make sure it doesn't happen again. It's pretty rewarding; when winning the USAC championship, your name is on that list forever."

Bacon led or was tied atop four major statistical categories with the series during the 2020 season. He led all drivers with six feature wins and laps led with 174. Bacon tied Windom with 24 top-ten feature finishes and was one of six drivers to start all 27 features along with Windom, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon and Kevin Thomas Jr.

Windom made the largest advancement of any driver in a single feature event with the series in 2020, charging from 22nd to 5th at Gas City on Sept. 25. Windom also finished the season with 18 top-five results, the most of any driver with the series.

Meanwhile, Leary topped all drivers with six fast qualifying times. Robert Ballou and Stockon each won eight heat races throughout the year. Jadon Rogers led all Rookies with a 14th place finish in the standings.

Justin Grant won four times during the year at Iowa's 34 Raceway, Missouri's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Indiana's Plymouth Speedway and at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track.

Four drivers won three races each, Tyler Courtney at Knoxville, Iowa and twice at Kokomo, Ind., as did Kyle Cummins at Haubstadt, Ind. and twice at Kokomo. C.J. Leary picked up a trio of Hoosier state victories at Kokomo, Lawrenceburg and Gas City while Chris Windom did likewise at Terre Haute twice, then again at Bloomington.

Indiana Sprint Week champion Chase Stockon captured a pair of wins, first in a race at Putnamville, Ind. that was delayed nearly six weeks by rain, then won another at Haubstadt, Ind. following a post-race disqualification of Kendall Ruble due to a tire violation.

One-time series victors in 2020 included first-time winner Stephen Schnapf in June at Haubstadt, Ind. who promptly stepped away from racing shortly thereafter. He'd return in September for another start at Haubstadt. Shane Cottle scored a win at Putnamville in early July while Logan Seavey snagged a last-lap thriller during the Indiana Sprint Week opener at Gas City in late July.

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2020 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS:

Most Wins: 6-Brady Bacon

Driver Point Leader: Brady Bacon

Owner Point Leader: Dynamics, Inc. #69

Top Rookie in Points: Jadon Rogers

Most Laps Led: 174-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Fives: 18-Chris Windom

Most Top-Tens: 24-Brady Bacon & Chris Windom

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 6-C.J. Leary

Most Heat Race Wins: 8-Robert Ballou & Chase Stockon

Most Feature Starts: 27-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

Biggest Charger of the Year: Chris Windom (22nd to 5th) at Gas City I-69 Speedway on 9/25

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FINAL 2020 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1,739 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

2 1,700 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

3 1,655 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

4 1,616 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

5 1,614 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

6 1,382 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

7 1,271 Dave Darland, Lincoln, Ind.

8 1,250 Carson Short, Marion, Ill.

9 1,175 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

10 1,128 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.

11 1,077 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

12 1,042 Brandon Mattox, Terre Haute, Ind.

13 981 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

14 675 Jadon Rogers (R), Worthington, Ind.

15 578 Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.

16 569 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

17 555 Anton Hernandez (R), Arlington, Texas

18 544 Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind.

19 525 Max Adams, Loomis, Calif.

20 477 Dustin Smith, Russiaville, Ind.

21 461 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

22 373 Robert Bell, Colfax, Iowa

23 335 Dakota Jackson, Elizabethtown, Ind.

24 327 Chris Phillips (R), Plainfield, Ind.

25 253 Dennis Gile (R), Phoenix, Ariz.

26 249 Dustin Clark, Washington, Ind.

27 247 Sterling Cling (R), Tempe, Ariz.

28 232 Wyatt Burks (R), Topeka, Kans.

29 227 Stephen Schnapf, Newburgh, Ind.

30 223 Anthony D'Alessio (R), Apollo Beach, Fla.

31 223 Scotty Weir, Marion, Ind.

32 192 Kent Schmidt, Owensville, Ind.

33 192 Steve Thomas, Ludlow, Ind.

34 174 Kurt Gross, Washington, Ind.

35 160 Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind.

36 156 Nick Bilbee, Indianapolis, Ind.

37 156 Nate McMillin (R), Rosedale, Ind.

38 140 Brian VanMeveren, Woodbury, Minn.

39 120 Chayse Hayhurst, Evansville, Ind.

40 120 Harley Burns (R), Brazil, Ind.

41 115 Jarett Andretti, Mooresville, N.C.

42 110 Terry Richards (R), Denton, Neb.

43 80 Kyle Robbins, New Castle, Ind.

44 53 Katlynn Leer (R), Moulton, Iowa

45 42 Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.

46 40 Zack Pretorius (R), Yorktown, Ind.

47 34 Tyler Gunn (R), Napoleon, Ohio

48 30 Isaac Chapple, Willow Branch, Ind.

49 25 Connor Leoffler (R), Myrtle Beach, S.C.

50 20 Patrick Budde, Bartelso, Ill.

51 20 Saban Bibent (R), Cincinnati, Ohio

(R) represents a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie

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2020 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 1,739 Dynamics, Inc., Union City, Ohio (#69)

2 1,700 Hayward Motorsports, Morrison, Ill. (#19)

3 1,614 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)

4 1,382 KT Motorsports, Whitestown, Ind. (#9K)

5 1,347 Leary Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#30)

6 1,328 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

7 1,271 EZR/Curb-Agajanian, Waukesha, Wisc. (#36d)

8 1,229 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5s)

9 1,207 Daigh-Phillips Motorsports, Indianapolis, Ind. (#71p)

10 1,175 Rock Steady Racing, Dupont, Ind. (#3R)

11 1131 Ballou Motorsports, Tipton, Ind. (#12)

12 1042 Brandon Mattox Racing, Cory, Ind. (#28)

13 981 Hodges Motorsports, Albuquerque, N.M. (#74x)

14 627 Randy Edwards, Evansville, Ind. (#61m)

15 569 Ray Marshall Motorsports, Forest, Ohio (#33m)

16 563 Michael Dutcher Motorsports, Cicero, Ind. (#17GP)

17 546 Clouser Motorsports, Chatham, Ill. (#6)

18 544 Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#7BC)

19 521 Baldwin Brothers Racing, West Lafayette, Ind. (#5)

20 487 LG Motorsports, Pittsburgh, Pa. (#77)

21 426 32 TBI Racing, Fort Branch, Ind. (#32)

22 373 Bell Motorsports, Colfax, Iowa (#71)

23 348 On The Gass Motorsports, Brownsburg, Ind. (#17G)

24 327 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5K)

25 327 Chris Phillips, Martinsville, Ind. (#6p)

26 292 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19A)

27 269 Scott Adams, Marion, Ind. (#5m)

28 253 Gene Gile Racing, Phoenix, Ariz. (#13)

29 252 Kyle Rogers, Worthington, Ind. ( #14)

30 249 Dustin Clark Racing, Washington, Ind. (#75)

31 247 Sterling Cling Racing, Tempe, Ariz. (#34)

32 232 Wyatt Burks Racing, Topeka, Kans. (#11w)

33 223 D'Alessio Motorsports, Apollo Beach, Fla. (#01)

34 217 Epperson Racing, Indianapolis, Ind. (#2E)

35 214 Tom Eades, Sharpsville, Ind. (#47)

36 213 Jerry Burton, Bloomington, Ind. (#04)

37 213 Paul Hazen, Columbia City, Ind. (#57)

38 192 Steve Thomas, Ludlow, Ill. (#27)

39 187 Aric Gentry, Robards, Ky. (#10)

40 174 Kurt Gross, Washington, Ind. (#1x)

41 170 RMB Motorsports, Saybrook, Ill. (#29)

42 164 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#22)

43 160 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#39)

44 156 Bilbee Motorsports, Indianapolis, Ind. (#17)

45 156 Kenny McMillin, Brazil, Ind. (#24m)

46 140 Brian VanMeveren, Woodbury, Minn. (#24)

47 138 Gene Gile Racing, Phoenix, Ariz. (#1)

48 123 Hurst Brothers Racing, Salem, Ind. (#70)

49 120 Hayhurst Racing, Elberfeld, Ind. (#20)

50 120 Burns Racing, Brazil, Ind. (#16)

51 115 Andretti Autosport Short Track, Indianapolis, Ind. (#18)

52 110 TR Motorsports, Denton, Neb. (#18m)

53 80 KR Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#17R)

54 53 Joe Leer, Moulton, Iowa (#77K)

55 42 Artz & Sons, Lincoln, Neb. (#57x)

56 40 Pretorius Racing, Yorktown, Ind. (#9z)

57 34 Tyler Gunn Racing, Napoleon, Ohio (#68G)

58 30 Don Whitney Racing, Waveland, Ind. (#00)

59 30 LNR-Isaac Chapple Racing, Fortville, Ind. (#52)

60 25 Layne Leoffler, Galivants Ferry, S.C. (#22L)

61 20 Budde Racing, Bartelso, Ill. (#90)

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2020 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 675 Jadon Rogers (R), Worthington, Ind.

2 555 Anton Hernandez (R), Arlington, Texas

3 327 Chris Phillips (R), Plainfield, Ind.

4 253 Dennis Gile (R), Phoenix, Ariz.

5 247 Sterling Cling (R), Tempe, Ariz.

6 232 Wyatt Burks (R), Topeka, Kans.

7 223 Anthony D'Alessio (R), Apollo Beach, Fla.

8 156 Nate McMillin (R), Rosedale, Ind.

9 120 Harley Burns (R), Brazil, Ind.

10 110 Terry Richards (R), Denton, Neb.

11 53 Katlynn Leer (R), Moulton, Iowa

12 40 Zack Pretorius (R), Yorktown, Ind.

13 34 Tyler Gunn (R), Napoleon, Ohio

14 25 Connor Leoffler (R), Myrtle Beach, S.C.

15 20 Saban Bibent (R), Cincinnati, Ohio

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2020 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS:

Feb 14: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Feb 15: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jun 6: West Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 7: Pevely, MO - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4

Jun 14: (M) Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Stephen Schnapf (Randy Edwards #61m)

Jun 26: Plymouth, IN - Plymouth Speedway
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 1: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track
WINNER: Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Jul 3: (A) (M) Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Shane Cottle (Hodges Motorsports #74x)

Jul 4: (M) Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 10: (A) (W) Knoxville, IA - Knoxville Raceway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall-Newman #7BC)

Jul 11: (A) (W) Knoxville, IA - Knoxville Raceway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 24: (I) Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Jul 25: (I) Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Leary Racing #30)

Jul 26: (I) Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Leary Racing #30)

Jul 29: (I) Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 2: (I) Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Aug 27: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Aug 28: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Aug 29: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall-Newman #7BC)

Sep 11: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Sep 12: Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Chase Stockon (KO Motorsports #5s)

Sep 12: Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Sep 18: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track
WINNER: Chris Windom (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Sep 19: (M) Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Chase Stockon (KO Motorsports #5s)

Sep 25: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Leary Racing #30)

Sep 26: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall-Newman #7BC)

Oct 3: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

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Races noted with (M) represent a race co-sanctioned by MSCS.
Races noted with (I) represent Indiana Sprint Week
(A) represents a race awarding appearance points only
(W) represents an even co-sanctioned by POWRi WAR Sprints

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2020 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS:
FEATURE WINS:

6-Brady Bacon (Feb 14 at Bubba Raceway Park, Feb 15 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jul 4 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 11 at Knoxville Raceway, Sep 12 at Lincoln Park Speedway & Oct 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

4-Justin Grant (Jun 6 at 34 Raceway, Jun 7 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Jun 26 at Plymouth Speedway & Jul 29 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

3-Tyler Courtney (Jul 10 at Knoxville Raceway, Aug 29 at Kokomo Speedway & Sep 26 at Kokomo Speedway)

3-Kyle Cummins (Aug 2 at Tri-State Speedway, Aug 27 at Kokomo Speedway & Aug 28 at Kokomo Speedway)

3-C.J. Leary (Jul 25 at Kokomo Speedway, Jul 26 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Sep 25 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

3-Chris Windom (Jul 1 at the Terre Haute Action Track, Sep 11 at Bloomington Speedway & Sep 18 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

2-Chase Stockon (Sep 12 at Lincoln Park Speedway & Sep 19 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Shane Cottle (Jul 3 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

1-Stephen Schnapf (Jun 14 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Logan Seavey (Jul 24 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED:

174-Brady Bacon

126-Justin Grant

103-Kyle Cummins

91-Chase Stockon

89-Chris Windom

68-Tyler Courtney

61-C.J. Leary

30-Stephen Schnapf

28-Logan Seavey

23-Shane Cottle

11-Kevin Thomas Jr.

9-Dave Darland

6-Brandon Mattox

5-Carson Short

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

18-Chris Windom

17-Brady Bacon

16-Justin Grant

15-C.J. Leary & Chase Stockon

7-Robert Ballou & Kyle Cummins

6-Tyler Courtney

5-Shane Cottle & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Dave Darland

3-Buddy Kofoid, Logan Seavey & Carson Short

2-Thomas Meseraull & Tanner Thorson

1-Garrett Aitken, Brent Beauchamp, Critter Malone, Brandon Mattox, Jadon Rogers, Stephen Schnapf & Jake Swanson

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

24-Brady Bacon & Chris Windom

23-Chase Stockon

21-Justin Grant & C.J. Leary

15-Robert Ballou & Kyle Cummins

14-Carson Short & Kevin Thomas Jr.

12-Logan Seavey

11-Shane Cottle & Dave Darland

6-Tyler Courtney & Jake Swanson

5-Anton Hernandez & Jadon Rogers

4-Brandon Mattox & Thomas Meseraull

3-Brent Beauchamp, Mario Clouser, Buddy Kofoid, & Tanner Thorson

2-Max Adams, Ryan Bernal, Dakota Jackson & Critter Malone

1-Garrett Aitken, Jarett Andretti, Cole Bodine, Wyatt Burks, Dennis Gile, A.J. Hopkins, Chase Johnson, Tye Mihocko, Brandon Morin, Stephen Schnapf, Brady Short, Wesley Smith, Stevie Sussex, Tyler Thomas & Matt Westfall

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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (Presented by Fatheadz Eyewear):

6-C.J. Leary

4-Brady Bacon

2-Kyle Cummins, Dave Darland, Justin Grant & Logan Seavey

1-Brent Beauchamp, Tyler Courtney, Thomas Meseraull, Jadon Rogers, Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

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HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension (CSI), AutoMeter & Indy Race Parts):

8-Robert Ballou & Chase Stockon

7-Kyle Cummins

6-C.J. Leary

5-Brady Bacon, Shane Cottle, Justin Grant, Carson Short, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

4-Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Logan Seavey

2-Jarett Andretti, A.J. Hopkins, Thomas Meseraull & Jake Swanson

1-Brent Beauchamp, Cole Bodine, Clinton Boyles, Donny Brackett, Dustin Clark, Sterling Cling, Mario Clouser, Charles Davis Jr., Anton Hernandez, J.J. Hughes, Jordan Kinser, Riley Kreisel, Brandon Mattox, Tye Mihocko, Chris Phillips, Kendall Ruble, Stephen Schnapf, Tanner Thorson & Scotty Weir

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

2-Robert Ballou

1-Dustin Clark, Dave Darland, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Matt Westfall

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SEMI WINS (Presented by Indy Metal Finishing):

4-C.J. Leary

3-Logan Seavey

2-Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Anton Hernandez, Brandon Mattox, Chase Stockon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Garrett Aitken, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Mario Clouser, J.J. Hughes, Dakota Jackson, Chase Johnson, & Tyler Thomas

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C-MAIN WINS:

2-Jadon Rogers

1-Max Adams, Stan Beadles, Dustin Clark, Josh Cunningham, Mario Clouser, Jerry Coons Jr., Tim Creech, Braydon Cromwell, Dave Darland, Dustin Ingle, Dakota Jackson, Matt McCarthy, Matt McDonald, Anthony Nicholson, Kyle Robbins & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

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D-MAIN WINS:

1-Jesse Vermillion

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FEATURE STARTS:

27-Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Chris Windom

26-Carson Short

25-Dave Darland

24-Brandon Mattox

21-Robert Ballou & Logan Seavey

20-Kyle Cummins

19-Shane Cottle

16-Jadon Rogers

14-Matt Westfall

13-Anton Hernandez & Jake Swanson

12-Max Adams & Mario Clouser

10-Tyler Courtney, Thomas Meseraull & Dustin Smith

9-Clinton Boyles

8-Dakota Jackson

6-Aric Gentry, Chase Johnson, Chris Phillips, Tanner Thorson & Jonathan Vennard

5-Brent Beauchamp, Wyatt Burks, Dennis Gile, A.J. Hopkins & Stevie Sussex

4-Nick Bilbee, Dustin Clark, Sterling Cling, Charles Davis Jr., Brayden Fox, Critter Malone, Tye Mihocko, Kendall Ruble, Kent Schmidt, Stephen Schnapf, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Tyler Thomas & Scotty Weir

3-Garrett Aitken, Anthony D'Alessio, Mitchell Davis, J.J. Hughes, Buddy Kofoid, Kory Schudy, Brady Short

2-Jarett Andretti, Bill Balog, Ryan Bernal, Jerry Coons Jr., Colten Cottle, Don Droud Jr., Damion Gardner, Matt Goodnight, Chayse Hayhurst, , Jordan Kinser, Riley Kreisel, Katlynn Leer, Brandon Long, Nate McMillin, Brandon Morin, Kyle Robbins & Wesley Smith

1-Robert Bell, Travis Berryhill, Jake Bland, Cole Bodine, Donny Brackett, Zach Daum, Tony DiMattia, Dickie Gaines, Kurt Gross, Tyler Gunn, Steve Irwin, Connor Leoffler, Ricky Lewis, Joss Moffatt, Evan Mosley, Glen Saville, Steve Thomas, Brian VanMeveren, Blake Vermillion, Jesse Vermillion, Jack Wagner, Austin Williams & Mitch Wissmiller

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS "HARD CHARGER" OF THE RACE:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Brady Bacon (9th to 1st)

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Brady Bacon (9th to 1st)

6/6: 34 Raceway - Kory Schudy (21st to 14th)

6/7: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Mario Clouser (21st to 10th)

6/14: Tri-State Speedway - Kevin Thomas Jr. (15th to 3rd)

6/26: Plymouth Speedway - Tanner Thorson (8th to 2nd)

7/1: Terre Haute Action Track - Carson Short (14th to 5th)

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway - Kyle Cummins (17th to 10th)

7/4: Lincoln Park Speedway - Brady Bacon (8th to 1st)

7/10: Knoxville Raceway - Logan Seavey (20th to 9th)

7/11: Knoxville Raceway - Robert Ballou (19th to 8th)

7/24: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Shane Cottle (21st to 7th)

7/25: Kokomo Speedway - Chase Johnson (19th to 11th)

7/26: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Robert Ballou (22nd to 10th)

7/29: Terre Haute Action Track - Robert Ballou (19th to 10th)

8/2: Tri-State Speedway - Dakota Jackson (16th to 7th)

8/27: Kokomo Speedway - Chris Windom (21st to 8th)

8/28: Kokomo Speedway - Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)

8/29: Kokomo Speedway - Shane Cottle (17th to 10th)

9/11: Bloomington Speedway - Chase Stockon (13th to 4th)

9/12: Lincoln Park Speedway - Brady Bacon (8th to 2nd)

9/12: Lincoln Park Speedway - Shane Cottle (17th to 3rd)

9/18: Terre Haute Action Track - Logan Seavey (22nd to 9th)

9/19: Tri-State Speedway - Robert Ballou (18th to 3rd)

9/25: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Chris Windom (22nd to 5th)

9/26: Kokomo Speedway - Chris Windom (18th to 9th)

10/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Robert Ballou (19th to 5th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Sterling Cling

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Stephen Schnapf

6/6: 34 Raceway - Dave Darland

6/7: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Jonathan Vennard

6/14: Tri-State Speedway - Brandon Mattox

6/26: Plymouth Speedway - Matt Westfall

7/1: Terre Haute Action Track - Chris Phillips

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway - Garrett Aitken

7/4: Lincoln Park Speedway - Jordan Kinser

7/10: Knoxville Raceway - Riley Kreisel

7/11: Knoxville Raceway - Logan Seavey

7/24: Gas City I-69 Speedway - C.J. Leary

7/25: Kokomo Speedway - A.J. Hopkins

7/26: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Dave Darland

7/29: Terre Haute Action Track - Charles Davis Jr.

8/2: Tri-State Speedway - Justin Grant

8/27: Kokomo Speedway - Kevin Thomas Jr.

8/28: Kokomo Speedway - Logan Seavey

8/29: Kokomo Speedway - Dave Darland

9/11: Bloomington Speedway - Jake Swanson

9/12: Lincoln Park Speedway - Stevie Sussex

9/12: Lincoln Park Speedway - Brent Beauchamp

9/18: Terre Haute Action Track - Austin Williams

9/19: Tri-State Speedway - Anton Hernandez

9/25: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Kevin Thomas Jr.

9/26: Kokomo Speedway - Logan Seavey

10/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Shane Cottle

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Kyle Robbins

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Harley Burns

6/6: 34 Raceway - Matt Goodnight

6/7: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Matt Goodnight

6/14: Tri-State Speedway - Dave Darland

6/26: Plymouth Speedway - Jack James

7/1: Terre Haute Action Track - Eric Perrott

7/3: Lincoln Park Speedway - Max Adams

7/4: Lincoln Park Speedway - Dakota Jackson

7/10: Knoxville Raceway - Steve Irwin

7/11: Knoxville Raceway - Steve Irwin

7/24: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Dennis Gile

7/25: Kokomo Speedway - Tyler Thomas

7/26: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Dustin Clark

7/29: Terre Haute Action Track - Eddie Tafoya Jr.

8/2: Tri-State Speedway - Dave Darland

8/27: Kokomo Speedway - Carson Short

8/28: Kokomo Speedway - Dakota Jackson

8/29: Kokomo Speedway - Max Adams

9/11: Bloomington Speedway - Isaac Chapple

9/12: Lincoln Park Speedway - Brandon Morin

9/12: Lincoln Park Speedway - Brayden Fox

9/18: Terre Haute Action Track - Sterling Cling

9/19: Tri-State Speedway - Chayse Hayhurst

9/25: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Korbyn Hayslett

9/26: Kokomo Speedway - Jake Swanson

10/3: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Brandon Mattox

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS:

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] Brady Bacon, Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

13. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

14. [29 wins] Robert Ballou & Tyler Courtney

16. [28 wins] Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Levi Jones, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

21. [27 wins] Kevin Thomas Jr.

22. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

24. [25 wins] Steve Butler, Jay Drake & Parnelli Jones

27. [23 wins] Roger McCluskey

28. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions

31. [21 wins] Greg Weld

32. [20 wins] Justin Grant

33. [17 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise & Bud Kaeding

36. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Jud Larson

38. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman & Brian Tyler

41. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon & Bruce Walkup

45. [13 wins] Steve Chassey

46. [12 wins] Eric Gordon & C.J. Leary

48. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz & Greg Leffler

52. [10 wins] Thomas Meseraull, Eddie Sachs, Tony Stewart & Johnny Thomson

56. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Kyle Cummins, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

61. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

65. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

75. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

83. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Shane Cottle, 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

100. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Van Johnson, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Ralph Liguori, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

113. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Joe Barzda, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Andy Linden, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

134. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Ed Elisian, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, Jason McDougal, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Jim McWithey, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jiggs Peters, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Logan Seavey, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Bob Sweikert, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

169. [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, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Pat Flaherty, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, 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, Jim McElreath, Charlie Musselman, Bobby Olivero, Jim Packard, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Stephen Schnapf, 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, Chuck Weyant, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (1961-2020)

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (62) Dave Darland

3. (60) Tracy Hines

4. (39) Levi Jones

5. (37) Brady Bacon & Larry Dickson

7. (36) Bryan Clauson

8. (35) Rich Vogler

9. (31) Sheldon Kinser

10. (30) Pancho Carter

11. (29) C.J. Leary & Kevin Thomas Jr.

13. (27) Dave Steele & Chase Stockon

15. (26) Jay Drake & Justin Grant

17. (24) Gary Bettenhausen & J.J. Yeley

19. (23) Jon Stanbrough

20. (22) Steve Butler

21. (20) Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey

24. (19) Greg Weld

25. (17) Don Branson & A.J. Foyt

27. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta

30. (15) Kenny Irwin Jr., Sam Sessions & Brian Tyler

33. (14) Billy Cassella & Parnelli Jones

35. (13) Tyler Courtney, Bobby East, Damion Gardner & Bruce Walkup

39. (12) Steve Chassey, Rick Hood, Bill Puterbaugh & Joe Saldana

43. (11) George Snider & Chris Windom

45. (10) Sonny Ates

46. (9) Jim Hurtubise, Jud Larson, Eddie Leavitt, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rutherford, & Josh Wise

52. (8) Robert Ballou, Bubby Jones & Kelly Kinser

55. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Larry Rice, Hunter Schuerenberg, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

67. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath, Johnny Parsons, Ken Schrader

79. (5) Chad Boespflug, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley, Brad Sweet & Kevin Thomas

90. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, 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, 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, Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt and John Wolfe

139. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Brent Beauchamp, 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, Jake Swanson, Kody Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson

177. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Ryan Bernal, Lee Brewer Jr., Timmy Buckwalter, 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, Jadon Rogers, 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, 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

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern), 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern), 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern), 1961: Parnelli Jones, 1962: Parnelli Jones, 1963: Roger McCluskey, 1964: Don Branson, 1965: Johnny Rutherford, 1966: Roger McCluskey, 1967: Greg Weld, 1968: Larry Dickson, 1969: Gary Bettenhausen, 1970: Larry Dickson, 1971: Gary Bettenhausen, 1972: Sam Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary, 2020: Brady Bacon

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR OWNER CHAMPIONS:

1961: Sterling Plumbing & Heating, 1962: Bruce Homeyer, 1963: Bruce Homeyer, 1964: Jud Phillips, 1965: Jack Colvin, 1966: Anderson Products, 1967: Rufus Gray, 1968: Ray Smith, 1969: Willie Davis, 1970: Kenny Lay, 1971: Willie Davis, 1972: Mauri Amerling, 1973: R-B Racing Associates, 1974: Conger & Stapp Racing, 1975: Ernie Ensign, 1976: Steve Stapp Racing, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Sherman Armstrong, 1979: Lloyd Weaver, 1980: Gohr Distributing Co., 1981: Ben Leyba, 1982: Ben Leyba, 1983: Damon Fortune, 1984: Damon Fortune, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Phil Poor, 1987: Jeff Stoops, 1988: Jeff Stoops, 1989: Dynamics, Inc., 1990: Johnny Vance Racing Team, Inc., 1991: Ron Stanley, 1992: Dynamics, Inc., 1993: Dynamics, Inc., 1994: Utopia Services, Inc., 1995: Niebel Engines, Inc., 1996: Dynamics, Inc., 1997: Dynamics, Inc., 1998: Vance/Walker Racing, 1999: Dynamics, Inc., 2000: Walker/Lamers Racing, 2001: Walker/Gratton Racing, 2002: Dynamics, Inc., 2003: Tony Stewart Racing, 2004: Dynamics, Inc., 2005: 2B Racing, 2006: Tony Stewart Racing, 2007: Tony Stewart Racing, 2008: Dynamics, Inc., 2009: Tony Stewart Racing, 2010: Tony Stewart Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart Racing, 2012: CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Dynamics, Inc., 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Dynamics, Inc., 2017: Baldwin Brothers Racing, 2018: Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing, 2019: Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports, 2020: Dynamics, Inc.

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1971: Darl Harrison, 1972: Billy Cassella, 1973: Rich Leavell, 1974: Lee Osborne, 1975: Marvin Carman, 1976: Roger Rager, 1977: Eddie Leavitt, 1978: Tim Richmond, 1979: Jerry Carman, 1980: Frank Riddle, 1981: Steve Long & Johnny Coogan, 1982: Danny Milburn, 1983: Dean Shirley, 1984: Jerry Russell, 1985: Terry Shepherd, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Rick Ungar, 1988: Dean Jacobs, 1989: Eric Gordon, 1990: Rick Howerton, 1991: Tony Stewart, 1992: Gary Cameron II, 1993: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1994: Bobby Smith, 1995: Mark Cassella, 1996: Gus Wasson, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tracy Hines, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Bud Kaeding, 2001: Ed Carpenter, 2002: Boston Reid, 2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely, 2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Scotty Weir, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Henry Clarke, 2010: Justin Grant, 2011: Coleman Gulick, 2012: C.J. Leary, 2013: Tyler Courtney, 2014: Jarett Andretti, 2015: Aaron Farney, 2016: Isaac Chapple, 2017: Stevie Sussex, 2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey, 2019: Dustin Clark, 2020: Jadon Rogers

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER ROSTER:

A

MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Scott Adams #5m, A.J. Felker Racing #37 & Paul Hazen #57)

GARRETT AITKEN/Paris, IL (Greg Aitken #32)

CHUCK ALEXANDER/Chariton, IA (Jenny Alexander #5)

JARETT ANDRETTI/Mooresville, NC (Andretti Autosport Short Track #18)

B

TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb #88)

BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports #12)

BILL BALOG/North Pole, AK (Hans Lein #17B)

WILL BARNETT/Brazil, IN (Will Barnett #88)

RYAN BARR/Piqua, OH (Chad & Rhonda Barr #21B)

ANDY BAUGH/Mason City, IL (Michael Schlattweiler #8D)

STAN BEADLES/Owensville, IN (Beadles Racing #84)

BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Jeff Olson #34)

ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell #71)

RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP)

TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Tyler Sturgeon Racing #77s)

®SABAN BIBENT/Cincinnati, OH (Maury Bibent #10 & Barry Tibbits #43)

NICK BILBEE/Indianapolis, IN (Bilbee Motorsports #17)

JASON BILLUPS/Holt, MO (Jason Billups #2)

JAKE BLAND/Bloomington, IN (Jake Bland #20B)

COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Kevin Bodine & Lynn Crow #57)

RYAN BOND/Haubstadt, IN (Ryan Bond #7R)

CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Paul Hazen #57 & Daigh-Phillips Motorsports #71p & Rick & Deb Smith #90)

DONNY BRACKETT/Fort Branch, IN (Tony Brackett #4B)

ROBERT BROWN JR./Memphis, TN (Robert Brown Jr. #13)

CLINTON BRUNS/Little Rock, IA (Clinton Bruns #7)

PATRICK BUDDE/Bartelso, IL (Budde Racing #90)

WYATT BURKS/Topeka, KS (Burks Racing #11w)

®HARLEY BURNS/Brazil, IN (Burns Racing #16)

C

ROBERT CARRINGTON/Greencastle, IN (Robert Carrington #34c)

JOSH CASTRO/Peoria, AZ (Terzich Brothers-Gene Gile Racing #4T)

ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (LNR-Chapple Racing #52)

BRAYDEN CLARK/Tipton, IN (Mark Clark-Roy Jackson #42G)

DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing #75)

MICHAEL CLARK/Brazil, IN (Michael Clark #8)

ZACH CLARK/Olathe, KS (C & C Motorsports #2c)

®STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing #34)

MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Clouser Motorsports #6 & Evan Gindling #69JM)

SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Jamie & Michelle Paul #24p & Wingo Brothers #77c)

JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Baldwin Brothers Racing #5)

COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle #5c)

SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Hodges Motorsports #74x)

TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing #7BC)

TIM CREECH/Indianapolis, IN (Tim Creech #2c)

BRAYDON CROMWELL/Lone Jack, MO (Braydon Cromwell #4x)

KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

JOSH CUNNINGHAM/Spencer, IN (Josh Cunningham #6s & Buddy Cunningham #17c)

D

®ANTHONY D'ALESSIO/Apollo Beach, FL (D'Alessio Motorsports #01 & D'Alessio-Parallax Motorsports #01)

DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (EZR-Curb-Agajanian #36d)

ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Artz & Sons #57)

CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis Race Team #47)

MITCHELL DAVIS/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis #56)

TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports #50)

DON DROUD JR./Lincoln, NE (Mark Burch Enterprises #1m)

PAUL DUES/Minster, OH (Dues Racing #87)

E

SCOTT EVANS/Rhome, TX (Scott Evans #118)

F

LOGAN FAUCON/Elkhart, IL (Logan Faucon #52F)

BRAYDEN FOX/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing #53)

G

DICKIE GAINES/Mitchell, IN (Jason Soudrette Racing #44)

CODY GARDNER/Milford, OH (Appco Racing #9G)

DAMION GARDNER/Concord, CA (Baldwin Brothers Racing #5)

NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Randy Gass #20G)

ARIC GENTRY/Robards, KY (GBR Racing #10 & On The Gass Racing #17)

®DENNIS GILE/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile Racing #13)

MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing #39)

JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports #4)

BRAD GREENUP/Channahon, IL (Sandy Greenup #4G)

BOBBY GRIFFITTS/Bloomington, IN (Bobby Griffitts #9)

MAX GROGAN/Basehor, KS (Max Grogan #66m)

KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Kurt Gross #1x)

MAX GUILFORD/Auckland, NZ (Goodnight Racing #79BT)

®TYLER GUNN/Napoleon, OH (Tyler Gunn Racing #68G)

H

TONY HELTON/Spencer, IN (Jeff Miller #87)

DAVID HAIR/Indianapolis, IN (David Hair #44)

BRANDON HALVERSON/Jackson, MN (Brandon Halverson #13MJ)

ZACH HAMPTON/Plainfield, IN (Zach Hampton #35)

CHAYSE HAYHURST/Evansville, IN (Chayse Hayhurst #20)

KORBYN HAYSLETT/Troy, OH (Hayslett Racing #1H)

SLATER HELT/Harrisonville, MO (Simon-Helt Racing #22s & Landon Simon Racing #24)

®ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin Brothers Racing #5, Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP & Dave Darland Racing #36)

DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Todd Keen #18x)

A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (Jerry Burton #04)

J.J. HUGHES/Columbus, IN (Kim Hughes #76)

JONATHAN HUGHES/Knoxville, IA (Jay Hughes #67)

LOGAN HUPP/Columbus, IN (Evan Gindling #69JM)

I

DUSTIN INGLE/Lima, OH (Dustin Ingle #2DI)

STEVE IRWIN/Fenton, MI (Flying Zero Racing #0)

J

DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (On The Gass Racing #17)

JACK JAMES/Harlan, IN (Jack James #99)

CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Goodnight Racing #22 & Shawn & Cyndi Thomas #68)

CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (Gray Racing #11AG)

K

TYLER KENDALL/Connersville, IN (Kendall Racing #20)

COLE KETCHAM/Muncie, IN (John Ketcham #41)

JORDAN KINSER/Bloomington, IN (Hurst Brothers Racing #70)

BEN KNIGHT/Mooresville, IN (Tom Knight #16K)

BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19A)

RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports #91)

L

C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Gene Gile Racing #1, KO Motorsports #5K & Leary Racing #30)

®KATLYNN LEER/Moulton, IA (Joe Leer #77K)

AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Aaron Leffel #12L)

®CONNOR LEOFFLER/Myrtle Beach, SC (Layne Leoffler #22L)

RICKY LEWIS/Ventura, CA (Ricky Lewis #11)

BRANDON LONG/Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long #02)

M

CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (KO Motorsports #5s & Seven LLC #7)

BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing #28)

NEAL MATUSKA/Waukee, IA (Neal Matuska #48)

MATT McCARTHY/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy #28m)

MATT McDONALD/Brownsburg, IN (Darrell McDonald #5m)

®NATE McMILLIN/Rosedale, IN (Kenny McMillin #24)

TONY McVEY/Waldron, IN (Tony McVey #7m)

THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Don Whitney Racing #00, Epperson Racing #2E & Tom Eades #47)

TYE MIHOCKO/Phoenix, AZ (Tye Mihocko #5T)

JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN (Moffatt-Wright Racing #5J)

BRANDON MORIN/Jasonville, IN (Steve Morin #98)

EVAN MOSLEY/Lapel, IN (Aaron Mosley #27)

N

ANTHONY NICHOLSON/Millington, TN (Nicholson Racing #16)

O

JUSTIN OWEN/Harrison, OH (Michael Fischesser #44)

SHEY OWENS/Indianapolis, IN (SNO Motorsports #17s)

P

ERIC PERROTT/Sumner, IL (Eric Perrott #45)

®CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Chris Phillips #6p)

ZACK PRETORIUS/Yorktown, IN (Jeff Pretorius #9z)

R

DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (FattFro Motorsports #14AJ)

CARL RHUEBOTTOM/Brazil, IN (Carl Rhuebottom #83)

®TERRY RICHARDS/Denton, NE (TR's Tool Service #18)

KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing #17R)

®JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Kyle Rogers #14 & Randy Edwards #61m)

BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing #6)

KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Ruble-Martin Motorsports #17)

S

GARRETT SAUNDERS/Lakeville, IN (Irish Saunders #71s)

GLEN SAVILLE/Razorback, NSW (Rhys Leyton #19L)

KENT SCHMIDT/Owensville, IN (KO Motorsports #5K)

STEPHEN SCHNAPF/Newburgh, IN (Chet Williams #38 & Randy Edwards #61m)

SAM SCOTT/Patoka, IN (Sam Scott #7)

KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer #28K)

LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

KYLE SHIPLEY/Sun City, AZ (Kyle Shipley #0G)

BRADY SHORT/Bedford, IN (Short-Pottorff Racing #11p)

CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP & Daigh-Phillips Motorsports #71p)

ALEC SIPES/Bloomfield, IN (Jake Bland #20)

COREY SMITH/Russiaville, IN (LG Motorsports #77)

DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN (LG Motorsports #77)

WESLEY SMITH/Billings, MO (John Helm #12s)

JUSTIN STANDRIDGE/Athens, IL (Michael Schlattweiler #8D)

BRANDON STEVENSON/Holstein, IA (Brandon Stevenson Racing #0)

JOE STEWART/Terre Haute, IN (Joe Stewart #19x)

CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports #5s & 32 TBI Racing #32)

LANE STONE/Concordia, MO (Terry Stone #ST1)

STEVIE SUSSEX/Tempe, AZ (Wingo Brothers #77w)

JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing #34AZ)

DOUG SYLVESTER/Ottumwa, IL (Doug Sylvester #12x)

T

EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya #51T)

KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports #9K)

STEVE THOMAS/Ludlow, IL (Steve Thomas #27)

TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP & Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP)

TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19A & Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

V

SHELBY VanGILDER/Terre Haute, IN (J.R. & Debbie VanGilder #22v)

BRIAN VanMEVEREN/Woodbury, MN (Brian VanMeveren #24)

JONATHAN VENNARD/Vincennes, IN (KO Motorsports #54)

BLAKE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing #73)

JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing #5v)

W
JACK WAGNER/Lone Jack, MO (Jesse Hockett Racing #77J)

SAMUEL WAGNER/Lone Jack, MO (Ed Wagner #73)

SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (Scott Pedersen #4p & Goodnight Racing #22)

SHAWN WESTERFELD/Guilford, IN (Bill Westerfeld #89)

MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports #33m)

KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant #99)

AUSTIN WILLIAMS/Yorba Linda, CA (Tom & Laurie Sertich #92)

CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports #19)

MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL (RMB Motorsports #29)

Z

JUSTIN ZIMMERMAN/Athens, TX (Bruce Williams #9w)

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS DEBUT AT PLACERVILLE SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 6, 2020... This Saturday, October 10th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their debut at Placerville Speedway. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, the quarter-mile’s non-point “Prospector Pandemonium” also features the USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets along with the BCRA Midget Lites. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Driver’s Meeting is set for 4:30pm, followed by cars on the track. The GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED and floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet. For more event information, visit the track’s website at placervilllespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

The track has special pit area guidelines in place that can be found at placervillespeedway.com/covid-faqs. Everyone entering the pit area must sign the standard waiver/release as well as download/print and fill out the COVID-19 waiver/release at placervillespeedway.com/forms. The track management asks that people DO NOT exit their vehicle to walk up to the pit booth until reaching the gate.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, Saturday’s event will pay $800-to-win, $400-for-2nd, $300-for 3rd, $250-for-4th, $200-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2020 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The listed right rear tires are also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The Hoosier Medium is also legal with the VRA Sprint Car Series.
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

On September 19th, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, CA) claimed his third career USAC West Coast victory at Petaluma Speedway. D.J. Johnson, hard charger “Wild” Billy Aton, Ryan Timmons, fast qualifier Kaleb Montgomery, Mathew Haulot, Daniel Whitley, Nate Shank, Shayna Ensign, and Bob Davis rounded out the top-10 drivers. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with 36 career series wins.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at placervillespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

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, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC West Coast Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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-Tristan Guardino.

2020 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Austin Liggett.

2020 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
August 8: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
September 19: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Geoff Ensign)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium / Non-Points)
October 17: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

PETALUMA HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET MAKE-UP RACE ON OCTOBER 17TH
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 6, 2020... Last Saturday’s (October 3rd) cancelled “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race” at Petaluma Speedway with the USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will be made up on Saturday, October 17th. The “mighty midgets” will join the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, WMR Western Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The GRANDSTANDS WILL BE CLOSED and floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Track promoter Rick Faeth was forced to cancel last Saturday’s event after ongoing wildfires in the area produced extremely unhealthy air quality conditions. Faeth worked quickly with fairgrounds management, USAC Western officials, and BCRA officials to schedule the new date.

The October 17th event will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the October 17th and 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA. Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the October 17th points. Ties are broken by qualifying results. A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the purses at Petaluma. As this writing goes to press, Both the October 17th and 24th events will pay $600-to-win, $300-for-2nd, $250-for 3rd, $200-for-4th, $150-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

This Saturday, October 10th, the USAC Western States Midget Series will head to Placerville Speedway for the “Prospector Pandemonium” along with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for the United States Auto Club (USAC). In addition, you can visit the USAC Western States Midget social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 18: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Alex Schutte)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium / Non-Points)
October 17: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1 / Non-Points)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2 / Non-Points)
November 13: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 14: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic / Non-Points)
November 19: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 20: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 21: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 25: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL PREVIEW: OCT. 9, 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois (October 5, 2020).........For the seventh time, the Jason Leffler Memorial will roll off at the 1/8-mile dirt bullring of Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. this Friday night, October 9.

The $5,000-to-win event honors the life and memory of Leffler, the four-time USAC National driving champion (1997-98-99 Midget & 1998 Silver Crown) who lost his life in a sprint car accident at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway in 2013.

The 40-lap main event has seen six different winners in its first six editions, and the three most recent winners are expected to compete in this Friday night's race, which will pay 50 appearance points across the board to all participating drivers and teams.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) enters as the defending Jason Leffler Memorial winner. In 2019, big track or small track, Courtney seemingly excelled at venues of all dimensions, including at Wayne City, the smallest track on the series' schedule, using a late-race pass to snag the victory en route to the series title. He was also 3rd at Wayne City in 2018.

Another Tyler - Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) nearly repeated his 2018 Leffler Memorial victory in 2019, leading the first 37 laps of the 40-lap event before being passed by Courtney just three laps from the end before ultimately finishing 2nd. Ironically, Thomas led the final 37 laps to win his first, and still only, career USAC Midget race at Wayne City in 2018, earning a non-traditional sweep of sorts that year by winning his heat, his qualifying race and the feature in the same night. He's now led 74 of the past 80 laps over the past two years at the Leffler Memorial.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was dominant during the 2016 Leffler Memorial at Wayne City, leading the final 33 laps on his way to victory. The recently crowned three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion also finished 6th at Wayne City in 2015, and most recently, finished 7th a year ago in 2019.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) remains in the hunt for a second career USAC National Midget driving championship. The 2016 titlist resides 97 points out of the lead after two top-five runs to close out the month of September in his new ride for car owner, Tom Malloy. This Friday will mark Thorson's first Leffler Memorial appearance since 2016 where he finished 2nd. He also had a top-ten run in his Leffler Memorial debut in 2014, a 10th.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) led the opening three laps of the 2018 Leffler Memorial, then experienced contact and spinning to a stop while battling for 2nd midway through the 40-lapper. He found a bit of redemption at the 2019 race, finishing 3rd. He will return for the event to pilot Terry Klatt's No. 4B.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is one of only four drivers to finish inside the top-ten in both of the last two runnings of the Leffler Memorial along with Courtney, T. Thomas and Justin Grant. Seavey finished 9th during his USAC National Midget championship season of 2018 and bested that with a 4th in 2019. He'll be back in the seat of the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports car this weekend.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif) is one of three drivers to record top-five results in each of the past two editions of the Leffler Memorial. Grant finished 5th in 2019 after notching a best of 4th in 2018. He also finished 4th in 2018. At press time, Grant is the lone feature starter from the inaugural Leffler Memorial in 2013 that is expected to compete this Friday, as he gets back in the RAMS Racing No. 4A.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) leads the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings entering the event. He finished 6th in 2019 and paced the opening portion of the 2016 Leffler Memorial where he led the first seven laps, ultimately taking home a 4th place result.

Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) scored a victory in a USAC Midwest Regional Midget event at Wayne City in August of 2019, dominating all 20 laps for his first win aboard a Midget. He's had solid results in his first two Leffler Memorial experiences, finishing 13th in 2018 and a personal best of 9th in 2019.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) returns to the seat of the Petry Motorsports No. 5 this weekend, a combo which won twice during USAC National Midget competition in 2019 and competed together for the first half of the 2020 USAC tour. Thomas finished 10th at the Leffler Memorial in both 2015 and 2018.

Two-time USAC National Midget champ Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) was a top-ten finisher at the "Leffler" in 2016. He'll pilot the Central Motorsports No. 85 in this Friday's event, with whom he scored a pair of top-five finishes this summer with the series at Caney (Kans.) Valley Speedway and Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, Okla.) in July.

Thomas and Coons join additional past Leffler Memorial feature starters, 5th in points, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.); 8th in points, Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.); 9th in points, Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.); 1989 USAC National Midget champ Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.); and Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, Mo.), a winner last weekend with USAC's Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans.

A slew of Leffler Memorial Rookies hoping to make their first feature starts in the event include 3rd in points, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and 7th in points, Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), who are among four Rookies on the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team this Friday as well as Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas).

Three-time 2020 USAC Sprint winner Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) will make his first Leffler Memorial appearance as will 2019 USAC Western States Midget champ Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), USAC western feature winner Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), a three-time top-five finisher in his first year with the series in 2020.

They join fellow first-time "Leffler" starting hopefuls Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), Aiden Purdue (Clinton, Ill.), Gage Rucker (Bellflower, Mo.), Travis Berryhill (American Canyon, Calif.) and Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) among others.

On Friday at Wayne City, the 7th running of the Jason Leffler Memorial will also have the Non-Wing 600 Outlaws, Non-Wing Restrictors & Non-Wing Jr. Sprints on hand. Pits open at 3:30pm Central, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 with ages 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece and $20 for age 10 and under.

It's all part of a doubleheader weekend for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. The following night, on Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., Harvest Cup will feature the USAC National Midgets along with MSCS Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini Sprints on the card. Pits open at 2:30pm Central, grandstands at 3:30pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20 and age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

Both of this weekend's events can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,398, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,390, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,301, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,292, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,211, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 7-Daison Pursley-1,005, 8-Cole Bodine-848, 9-Andrew Layser-844, 10-Justin Grant-793.

WAYNE CITY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINS:
1. (1) Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney & Tyler Thomas

WAYNE CITY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS:

2015: Bryan Clauson (10/23)

2016: Brady Bacon (10/20)

2018: Tyler Thomas (10/21)

2019: Tyler Courtney (10/17)

PAST JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL RESULTS:
(2013-14 sanctioned by POWRi & 2015-present sanctioned by USAC)

2013: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cockrum, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Chett Gehrke, 7. Dereck King, 8, Andrew Felker, 9. Hud Cone, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Bobby East, 12. Parker Price-Miller, 13. Tyler Robbins, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Jake Blackhurst, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Christopher Bell, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Tim Siner, 20. Colten Cottle, 21. Tyler Robbins, 22. Seth Motsinger.

2014: 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Christopher Bell. 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Rico Abreu, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Daniel Robinson, 15. Garrett Aitken, 16. Nick Knepper, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Colten Cottle, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Austin Brown, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Parker Price-Miller, 23. Seth Motsinger.

2015: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Payton Pierce, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Danny Stratton, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Anton Hernandez, 15. Ryan Robinson, 16. Tanner Thorson, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Dereck King, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Darren Hagen, 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 23. Austin Brown, 24. Spencer Bayston, 25. Justin Peck, 26. Tyler Courtney.

2016: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Justin Peck, 13. Grady Chandler, 14. Jonathan Beason, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Riley Kreisel, 17. Ryan Robinson, 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 19. Andy Malpocker, 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 21. Jake Neuman, 22. Brayton Lynch, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Colten Cottle, 25. Holly Shelton, 26. Jason McDougal, 27. Rico Abreu, 28. Gage Walker. NT

2017: Rained Out

2018: (starting position 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).

2019: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (3), 2. Tyler Thomas (1), 3. Jason McDougal (2), 4. Logan Seavey (19), 5. Justin Grant (6), 6. Chris Windom (10), 7. Brady Bacon (16), 8. Daryn Pittman (15), 9. Sam Johnson (13), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 11. Jesse Colwell (4), 12. Russ Gamester (21), 13. Gio Scelzi (11), 14. Daniel Robinson (8), 15. Zeb Wise (17), 16. Thomas Meseraull (12), 17. Tanner Carrick (7), 18. Jake Neuman (14), 19. Cannon McIntosh (22), 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 21. Andrew Layser (20), 22. Holley Hollan (23), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (9).

 

 

HARVEST CUP USAC MIDGET PREVIEW: OCT. 10, 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 5, 2020).........Ten previous visits by the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets to Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway have resulted in 10 different winners across a half-century of series' events at the southwestern Indiana quarter-mile dirt oval, and where the series will visit for the 11th time this Saturday night, October 10, for Harvest Cup.

Last year, the battle for the Harvest Cup midget victory came down to two friends, Jason McDougal and Kevin Thomas, Jr. McDougal has served the bulk of these past few months as Thomas' crew chief on his sprint car. On the racetrack, though, each have maintained their competitive fire and desire, giving no quarter in pursuit of triumph.

Even friends have their battles every now and again. Especially when you're among that special breed of individual who climbs behind the wheel of a racecar and is driven to succeed at the highest level.

Nowhere was that more evident than the October 2019 midget race at Tri-State where the stage allowed the two to slug it out during the 30-lap main event, exchanging the lead seemingly every single lap on both ends of the track, delivering slider after slider until the final bell tolled.

In all, the baton for the lead was passed between Thomas, McDougal Logan Seavey and Thomas Meseraull, officially speaking, six times at the line, but a whopping 26 times unofficially in the first 20 laps, until McDougal emerged with the lead for good 10 laps from the finish to score his second career series win.

Two of the 10 past Tri-State USAC Midget winners are expected to compete in this Saturday night's event, including McDougal and Brady Bacon, both natives of Broken Arrow, Okla. Bacon, the recently crowned three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, won the Hut 100 at TSS in 2012 and was 9th back in 2007. Bacon has been victorious in a USAC Sprint race at TSS as well, winning in the Sprint of 2015.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is a five-time USAC Sprint winner at TSS between 2013 and 2018. He finished 2nd to McDougal in last year's race, leading twice for a total of eight laps. He's back in the seat of the Petry Motorsports No. 5 for Saturday night, with whom he finished as the runner-up in 2019 at TSS.

Along with Thomas, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) is the other five-time TSS USAC Sprint winner who is expected to compete this Saturday. Cummins finished a career-best 3rd in last year's Midget race at TSS. The five-time Midwest Sprint Car Series champion owns four sprint car wins alone at TSS in 2020.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) leads the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings by eight points over Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) entering Saturday. Windom was 11th in 2019 but finished 2nd in the 100-lap USAC Midget feature at TSS in 2012. The 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ is a winner at Tri-State in a sprint car, winning in the spring of 2017. Courtney, the 2018 USAC Sprint and 2019 USAC Midget titlist, was 4th in the 2019 TSS midget feature.

In four previous Tri-State midget races, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has finished 10th in 2010, 3rd in 2011, 12th in 2012 and 8th in 2019. His eighth from a year ago is not indicative of how good he was up front and the show he put on for much of the 30-lap event, leading three laps between laps 18 and 20. On the 21st circuit, while battling for the lead, he and McDougal occupied the same piece of real estate at the same moment at the top of turn four when the two tangled, sending Meseraull backwards into the outside wall.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) led the first seven laps of the 2019 USAC Midget go at TSS, and finished 6th in the final rundown. The 2018 USAC National Midget champ was superb in his USAC Sprint Car debut at Tri-State in the spring of 2018, qualifying 2nd and finishing 3rd. This past August, during the Indiana Sprint Week finale at TSS, Seavey set fast time.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) earned KSE Racing Products hard charger honors in the 2019 TSS USAC Midget feature, ripping through the field to finish 5th after starting 16th in the RAMS Racing No. 4A, which he returns to the seat of this Saturday night. Grant was the fastest qualifier twice in 2019 at TSS in USAC Sprint competition, and this year, was a 5th place finisher in June and 6th in September.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) made an impressive charge himself in last year's USAC Midget A-Main at TSS, starting 17th and finishing 9th. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion, 3rd in points, who also won the semi-feature at TSS last year, has won four times with the series this season. However, he recently joined Tom Malloy's team with whom he collected a pair of top-fives in his first two outings with at Gas City and Kokomo to end September.

Two-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) was the fastest qualifier for the 2012 Hut 100 at Tri-State Speedway. He led 82 of the 100 laps and was in front on the white flag lap when a suspension piece on the left-rear went awry, relegating him to 6th at the finish. He's been strong in his USAC Midget career at Tri-State with a 5th in 2007, 2nd in 2010 and 5th in 2011. He won his heat race and finished 13th in 2019.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), the 2019 USAC Western States Midget champ, ventured to TSS for a debut midget run last Fall. An impressive qualifying run of 4th was followed by a 14th place finish in the feature. Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), the top Rookie on last year's USAC Midget trail, was 15th in his first TSS visit.

Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) and Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) were in the field for the 2019 TSS USAC Midget show but missed the transfer to the feature event. Those two remain on the prowl for a first career start at TSS along with a number of other gunslingers. Both Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) have made USAC National Sprint feature starts in 2020 at TSS, but not yet behind the wheel of a midget.

Four drivers occupying slots inside the top-ten of the USAC National Midget point standings are ready to take on TSS for the first time this Saturday: 4th in points, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.); 5th in points, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.); 7th in points, Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.); and 8th in points, Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.).

Other first-time TSS hopefuls this Saturday are Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), a three-time top-five finisher in his first year with the National series, and twice a USAC Midwest Regional Midget winner in 2020. Chase McDermand (Riverton, Ill.) captured a USAC Midwest Regional Midget victory last Saturday night at Circus City Speedway in Peru, Ind.

Aiden Purdue (Clinton, Ill.) missed the transfer by just one spot in the semi-feature this past March at the Shamrock Classic, but the micro sprint vet aims to make his first USAC start this weekend. In April of this year, Purdue won a USAC iRacing Challenge feature at the virtual Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) will make his first TSS appearance this Saturday and is a one-time fast qualifier with the series.

Also a USAC National Midget fast qualifier is Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), one of six drivers in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports stable for TSS, along with Kofoid, McIntosh, Pursley, Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kans.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), all six of whom will be making their midget racing debuts at TSS.

TSS debuts also come from Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Gage Rucker (Bellflower, Mo.), Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.), Trey Gropp (Lincoln. Neb.), Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, Mo.), a winner on the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Car tour, a 2016 POWRi Allstar Midget champion as well as the 2018 and 2019 POWRi WAR Sprint League champion who currently leads the series points once again.

On Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., Harvest Cup will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship along with MSCS Sprint Cars and MMSA Mini Sprints on the card. Pits open at 2:30pm Central, grandstands at 3:30pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20 and age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

It's all part of a doubleheader weekend for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. The preceding night, on Friday at Wayne City, the 7th running of the Jason Leffler Memorial will also have the Non-Wing 600 Outlaws, Non-Wing Restrictors & Non-Wing Jr. Sprints on hand. Pits open at 3:30pm Central, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 with ages 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece and $20 for age 10 and under.

Both of this weekend's events can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,398, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,390, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,301, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,292, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,211, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,041, 7-Daison Pursley-1,005, 8-Cole Bodine-848, 9-Andrew Layser-844, 10-Justin Grant-793.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:
1-Brady Bacon, Barry Butterworth, Lonnie Caruthers, Bryan Clauson, Zach Daum, Jason McDougal, Mike McGreevy, Johnny Parsons, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Sleepy Tripp

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1969: Mike McGreevy (6/27)

1978: Sleepy Tripp (5/5)

1979: Johnny Parsons (6/15) & Barry Butterworth (8/24)

1980: Lonnie Caruthers (5/2)

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/12)

2010: Bryan Clauson (5/8)

2011: Zach Daum (5/21)

2012: Brady Bacon (6/2)

2019: Jason McDougal (10/19)

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

2019: (Starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Kyle Cummins (7), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Justin Grant (16), 6. Logan Seavey (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 8. Thomas Meseraull (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (17), 10. Zeb Wise (19), 11. Chris Windom (11), 12. Tyler Thomas (8), 13. Jerry Coons, Jr. (13), 14. Robert Dalby (3), 15. Andrew Layser (10), 16. C.J. Leary (21), 17. Tanner Carrick (14), 18. Karsyn Elledge (9), 19. Critter Malone (15), 20. Jake Swanson (22), 21. Gio Scelzi (6), 22. Kendall Ruble (20).

2012: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Brett Anderson, 9. Levi Roberts, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Thomas Meseraull, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Mario Clouser, 15. Bobby East, 16. Caleb Armstrong, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Rico Abreu, 19. Cameron Hagin, 20. Dalton Armstrong, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Austin Brown, 23. Bubba Altig, 24. Chett Gehrke, 25. Colten Cottle, 26. Andy Malpocker, 27. Ryan Criswell, 28. Ted Hines, 29. Tyler Robbins, 30. Daniel Robinson, 31. Tracy Hines, 32. Mike Hess, 33. C.J. Leary, 34. Jimmy Simpson.

2011: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Caleb Armstrong, 8. Davey Ray, 9. Bobby East, 10. Kyle Larson, 11. Kellen Conover, 12. Levi Jones, 13. Mario Clouser, 14. Travis Berryhill, 15. John Campbell, 16. Levi Roberts, 17. Bubba Altig, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Tanner Swanson, 20. Kody Aldrich, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Jimmy Simpson, 24. Seth Motsinger, 25. Kent Schmidt, 26. Chase Barber, 27. Michael Koontz, 28. Tyler Robbins, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Mike Hess, 31. Brad Kuhn, 32. Doug Day, 33. Dalton Armstrong.

2010: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Shane Hmiel, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Dereck King, 7. Nick Knepper, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brad Loyet, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Henry Clarke, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Tim Siner, 14. Daniel Adler, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Kyle Hamilton, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Tyler Robbins, 19. Levi Jones, 20. Kent Schmidt, 21. Hud Cone, 22. Bobby East, 23. Tracy Hines, 24. Austin Brown, 25. Davey Ray, 26. Evan Lents, 27. Alex Bowman, 28. Darren Hagen, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Kellen Conover, 31. Andrew Felker, 32. Levi Roberts, 33. Travis Berryhill.

2007: 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Hud Cone, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Cole Carter, 7. Davey Ray, 8. Tom Hessert III, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Danny Stratton, 11. Kevin Swindell, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Mike Hess, 14. Bobby East, 15. Levi Jones, 16. Brad Loyet, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Mat Neely, 19. Gary Taylor, 20. Donnie Lehmann, 21. A.J. Felker, 22. Nick Knepper, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Josh Wise, 25. Dave Darland.

1980: 1. Lonnie Caruthers, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Johnny Parsons, 4. Sleepy Tripp, 5. Steve Lotshaw, 6. Jeff Heywood, 7. Mel Kenyon, 8. Bob Wente, 9. Nick Gojmeric, 10. Marty Davis, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Dave Keith, 13. Bob Bennett, 14. Kenneth Nichols, 15. Alan Brown, 16. Jerry Nuckles, 17. Tracy Potter, 18. Bob Carey, 19. Bobby Grim, Jr., 20. Jerry Harris.

1979: (8/24) 1. Barry Butterworth, 2. Sleepy Tripp, 3. Rich Vogler, 4. Bob Wente, 5. Mel Kenyon, 6. Steve Lotshaw, 7. Lonnie Caruthers, 8. Chuck Gurney, 9. Ken Schrader, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Nick Gojmeric, 13. Chris Cumberworth, 14. Jerry Weeks, 15. Kenneth Nichols, 16. Bob Bennett, 17. Bill Renshaw, 18. Stan Fox, 19. Dave Ray, 20. Danny Frye, Jr.

1979: (6/15) 1. Johnny Parsons, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Steve Lotshaw, 4. Dana Carter, 5. Rick Goudy, 6. Rich Vogler, 7. Wes Stafford, 8. Barry Butterworth, 9. Stan Fox, 10. Lonnie Caruthers, 11. Lee Carey, 12. Ken Schrader, 13. Terry Wente, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Steve Cannon, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Ron Mullen, 18. Bob Wente, 19. Jerry Nuckles, 20. Chuck Gurney.

1978: 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Ron Shuman, 3. Lonnie Caruthers, 4. Mel Kenyon, 5. Steve Cannon, 6. Larry Gates, 7. Jeff Heywood, 8. Mack McClellan, 9. Steve Lotshaw, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Ron Eden, 12. Dave Stoltz, 13. Bubby Jones, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Rich Vogler, 16. Jerry Weeks, 17. Stan Fox, 18. Chris Cumberworth, 19. Kevin Olson, 20. Wes Stafford.

1969: 1. Mike McGreevy, 2. Dave Strickland, 3. Roger West, 4. Les Scott, 5. Clark Templeman, 6. George McBeath, 7. Gary Irvin, 8. Dave Ward, 9. Bill Renshaw, 10. Sonny Ates, 11. Mel Cornett, 12. Rob Greentree, 13. Merle Bettenhausen, 14. Bob Tattersall, 15. Larry Kirkpatrick, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Jack Fitzpatrick, 18. Steve Troxell.

 

 

TY HULSEY LOCKS UP USAC WSO TITLE WITH RED DIRT SCORE
 

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: October 3, 2020 – Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, Oklahoma - Chopper Hopper Saloon Championship Night

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature, starting positions in brackets) 1. 53-Brett Wilson (1), 2. 31-Mason Smith (3), 3. 28-Kory Schudy (2), 4. 24H-Ty Hulsey (8), 5. 02-Dillon Burks (5), 6. 18-Dillon Laden (4), 7. 6s-Spencer Martinez (6), 8. 29B-Duane Baker (7). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature, starting positions in brackets) 1. 79-Tim Kent (6), 2. 21-Harlan Hulsey (4), 3. 65-Chris Parkinson (3), 4. 8x-Austin Shores (7), 5. 54-J.C. Wilson (1), 6. 97-Kevin Cummings (5), 7. 6A-Abby Laden (2), 8. 12-Wesley Smith (8). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature, starting positions in brackets) 1. 11w-Wyatt Burks (3), 2. 15D-Andrew Deal (2), 3. 6-Alison Slaton (8), 4. 911-Waylon Weaver (1), 5. 96-Taylor Peterson (6), 6. 51-Ryan Dean (4), 7. 36-Zack Smith (5), 8. 3c-Roy Larkin (7). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature, starting positions in brackets) 1. 03-Joe Wood Jr. (3), 2. 15-Jeremy Jonas (1), 3. 98K-Dane Fields (7), 4. P78-Perry Pickard (6), 5. 33-Mike Merrell (5), 6. 21p-Justin Patocka (2), 7. 52-J.D. Fry (4), 8. 24c-Craig Carroll (2).

SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in brackets) 1. Wesley Smith (14), 2. Mike Merrell (5), 3. Kevin Cummings (7), 4. Dillon Burks (4), 5. Justin Patocka (2), 6. Dillon Laden (8), 7. J.D. Fry (13), 8. Craig Carroll (17), 9. Ryan Dean (9), 10. Spencer Martinez (11), 11. Waylon Weaver (3), 12. J.C. Wilson (6), 13. Duane Baker (15), 14. Zack Smith (12), 15. Abby Laden (10), 16. Roy Larkin (16), 17. Taylor Peterson (1). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Ty Hulsey (8), 2. Joe Wood Jr. (1), 3. Brett Wilson (7), 4. Wyatt Burks (2), 5. Harlan Hulsey (6), 6. Andrew Deal (11), 7. Kory Schudy (15), 8. Dane Fields (5), 9. Mason Smith (9), 10. Alison Slaton (3), 11. Kevin Cummings (17), 12. Jeremy Jonas (12), 13. Mike Merrell (16), 14. Chris Parkinson (14), 15. Dillon Laden (20), 16. Dillon Burks (18), 17. Justin Patocka (19), 18. Austin Shores (10), 19. Tim Kent (4), 20. Perry Pickard (13), 21. Taylor Peterson (21). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Joe Wood Jr., Lap 15-16 Ty Hulsey, Laps 16-22 Joe Wood Jr., Laps 22-30 Ty Hulsey.

FINAL USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Ty Hulsey-947, 2-Brett Wilson-930, 3-Waylon Weaver-794, 4-Harlan Hulsey-760, 5-J.C. Wilson-714, 6-Craig Carroll-687, 7-Alison Slaton-576, 8-David Baxter-520, 9-Cameron Hagin-479, 10-Kevin Cummings-426.

 

 

DREVICKI BOUNCES BACK AT GEORGETOWN

By: Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC

Georgetown, Delaware (October 2, 2020)………Steven Drevicki of Reading, PA continued his winning ways on the 2020, Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series tour by winning his fifth feature event of 2020, and remaining the only multi time winner on the 2020 series trail.

Seventeen USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series teams entered the pit area for competition on Friday night at the fast Georgetown Speedway. Bill Unglert and Kyle Spence collected the heat race victories on the night leading into the feature event. Following the redraw, Bill Unglert, and July winner at Georgetown Ryan Watt, would share the front row for the 25 lap feature event.

On the initial start of the feature event Bill Unglert utilized the high line of the speedway to get the drop on Watt, who quickly settled into second with a hornets nest of activity behind the leaders. The caution flag would fly just after the completion of lap one for a spinning Jason Cherry in turn four.

When the green flew on the restart Steven Drevicki made his move going passed Briggs Danner to move into the third spot and begin to reel in Watt for second. Drevicki would move by Watt, and move into the race lead on lap four diving under Bill Unglert for the lead. Meanwhile, Alex Bright was on a tear from his 6th place starting spot trying to remain on Drevicki’s tail climbing to third before the caution flag would fly on lap six for a slowing Ryan Watt.

As the field restarted and completed lap seven, Drevicki Lead the field with: Unglert, Bright, Spence, and Briggs Danner rounding out the top five. As lap seven was completed, the yellow flag would fly again for Jonathan Swanson and Mike Thompson who would make contact and stop in turns three and four.

Drevicki would lead the field to green again on the ensuing restart, Bright quickly moved by Bill Unglert to take second, with Kyle Spence utilizing a unique diamond maneuver off of turn four to take third and try to run down the lead duo.

During the following green flag stretch, Drevicki would build his lead to about half a straight-away over Bright, with Spence settling into third, Danner fourth, and Unglert falling back to fifth with a number of drivers going after Unglert for a top five position. Further back, second place points driver, Christopher Allen was trying to hold off the advances of rookies Nash Ely, and Kenny Miller lll to keep as few of positions between himself and Drevicki as possible.

Bill Unglert would make a mistake on the top side of the speedway and drop off the banking, bunching up the back half of the top five and drivers just outside of the top five vying for positions.

On lap sixteen, Nash Ely would move by Unglert for fifth, with Kenny Miller lll following along with Ely into 6th. The two would begin an all out battle for the last nine laps of the feature event for the final spot in the top five.

With six laps to go, Drevicki began to encounter lapped cars at the back half of the field, with his lead beginning to evaporate as Bright would explore different lines entering into, and exiting the corners doing all he could to try and catch Drevicki.

As Drevicki’s lead continued to shrink, the battle for fifth remained intense with Nash Ely, and Kenny Miller lll continuing to throw slide jobs corner after corner for the fifth place position with Ely getting the better of Miller.

Even with masterfully moving through the lapped traffic, Bright was still all over Steven Drevicki as the leaders took the white flag, Bright attempted to throw a slide job for the lead on Drevicki in turns one and two on the final lap of the feature event. Drevicki held strong in his line around the speedway and went on to collect his fifth win of the season, and second career win at the Georgetown Speedway. Alex Bright finished a strong second, with Kyle Spence third, Briggs Danner and impressive 4th, and Nash Ely winning out in a drag race over Kenny Miller lll for the 5th position.

Last Week at Bridgeport, Steven Drevicki had what some drivers in the USAC East Coast Pit area call “A Human Weekend” after packing the right rear with mud and a number of parts breaking on the right rear, Drevicki was left with a DNF. The DNF and subsequent third place run of Christopher Allen, lead to a mere 80 point lead heading into Georgetown. Drevicki bounced back in a big way on Friday night collecting the feature event win and adding back to his championship points lead.

In back to back weeks Alex Bright has wound up in the second position once the feature event has come to a close. The Collegeville, PA driver has been remarkably fast since joining the series. Bright has moved solidly into the top five in points standings, and no doubt would have been a factor in this years championship battle had the team run with the series since the beginning. Bright will have two more chances to notch another win with the series and shake the runner up finishes.

Kyle Spence is another rookie driver who has been nothing but impressive since making his first start in a sprint car. Spence has steadily improved his finishing position in nearly every event he has started. Spence notched what was his career best fourth on Saturday at Bridgeport, but has since leaped that mark and now recorded a career best third at Georgetown. No doubt the talented driver will be one to watch next week in twin 20 competition at the Big Diamond Speedway.

The competition level with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series has been extremely high in 2020, but it has sky rocketed even more since the addition of nineteen year old Briggs Danner. The modified and USAC Speedstr regular collected his first career win in his first start last week at Bridgeport, and did not let the high speeds of the Georgetown Speedway phase him at all in his effort resulting in a fourth place finish. Danner has many laps in a modified around the Big Diamond Speedway where the series will venture next week in Twin 20 feature event competition, look for Danner to be a favorite to win one, or both features on Friday.

Rounding out the top five was yet another series rookie, Nash Ely. The micro sprint regular, made his series debut last week at Bridgeport, and smoothly moved his way from the 10th place starting position, to an impressive top five. Ely and fellow micro sprint graduate, Kenny Miller lll put on one of the fiercest battles of the evening with Ely besting Miller as they came to the line.

As the season winds down, only one race weekend remains on the series trail. The series finale next week at the Big Diamond will be a unique end, to a unique 2020 season. Twin 20 feature events, paying full points for each event, will cap off the 2020 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series season. Plans are already in the works, for a bigger, and event better 2021 season with a number of tracks requesting multiple dates next season. Stay up to date with series news, updates, and everything else USAC East Coast related by following our socials! On Twitter at: @USACecsc and on Facebook at: USAC East Coast Sprint Cars.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 2, 2020 – Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, Delaware

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 redraw) 1. 33B-Bill Unglert, 2. 39-Ryan Watt, 3. 19-Steven Drevicki, 4. 117-David Swanson, 5. 17m-Christian Bruno, 6. 22B-Troy Betts, 7. 83 Bruce Buckwalter, 8. 11 Mike Thompson, 9. 67 Jason Cherry. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 redraw) 1. 22-Kyle Spence, 2. 5G-Briggs Danner, 3. 20-Alex Bright, 4. 71-Chris Allen Jr., 5. 3BC-Nash Ely, 6. 23m-Kenny Miller lll, 7. 17J-Jonathan Swanson, 8. 51G-C.J. Faison. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Kyle Spence, 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Nash Ely, 6. Kenny Miller lll, 7. Bill Unglert, 8. Chris Allen Jr., 9. Troy Betts, 10. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 11. Mike Thompson, 12. C.J. Faison, 13. Jason Cherry, 14. Jonathan Swanson, 15. Christian Bruno, 16. Ryan Watt, 17. David Swanson. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Bill Unglert, Laps 5-25 Steven Drevicki.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-772, 2-Chris Allen Jr.-670, 3-Bill Unglert-634, 4-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-495, 5-Kyle Spence-435, 6-Jonathan Swanson-382, 7-Christian Bruno-369, 8-Ryan Quackenbush-341, 9-David Swanson-337, 10-Carmen Perigo-316.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 9, 2020 – Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, Pennsylvania

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 2ND PLACE: Alex Bright

KEIZER WHEELS 3RD PLACE: Kyle Spence

KING RACING PRODUCTS 6TH PLACE: Kenny Miller lll

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 8TH PLACE: Chris Allen Jr.

 

 

USAC SPRINT CHAMP BACON WINS FALL NATIONALS;
COURTNEY COMES UP LIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (October 3, 2020).........For Brady Bacon, it was an unconventional way to celebrate a victory, standing at his hauler with his crew, family and friends by his side as the winner's trophy was presented to him Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Bacon was already cognizant of being crowned the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship by virtue of, what appeared to be, a second-place finish. Yet, after initial winner Tyler Courtney was found to be 15 pounds underweight during post-race tech inspection, Bacon was elevated to first place while Courtney was repositioned to the 22nd and final position in the results.

Anyway the cookie crumbled for Bacon, he'd take it, especially when it pays $10,000, which he pocketed after emerging victorious in the Fall Nationals all while becoming the 10th driver ever, and the first since Levi Jones in 2011, to win the final race of the USAC National Sprint Car season and the series championship in a single night, which he did aboard the Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"I saw (Courtney) having some issues at the scales when we weighed, so I figured they were probably quite a ways off," Bacon recalled. "It takes away a little bit of it, but it pays the same, so we'll take it. Obviously, we're very happy to win the championship, first and foremost, but winning the race is icing on the cake. I've only won one other USAC race here and it's the home of the Hoffmans, kind of a local track for them. So, it makes it even more special."

Bacon, who previously won USAC Sprint titles with Hoffman Auto Racing / Dynamics, Inc. in 2014 and 2016, brought home the Ohio-based team's 12th USAC Sprint entrant title Saturday night.

But it was certainly not how Bacon could've drawn it up after a furious hard-fought battle down the stretch with Courtney which resulted in Bacon's second career USAC Sprint win at Lawrenceburg (2015) and becoming just the seventh driver to win the series title at least three times in his career, joining Parnelli Jones (1960-61-62), Larry Dickson (1968-70-75), Sheldon Kinser (1977-81-82), Steve Butler (1986-87-88-90), Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), Levi Jones (2005-07-09-10-11)

A 30-point lead was the margin Bacon began the night with over Chris Windom while Chase Stockon stood 40 points back in third. Those three were the only mathematically eligible championship contenders going in, and lo and behold, two of them - Bacon and Windom - occupied the front row for the start of the 30-lap feature, the first time since 2003 that the final race of the USAC Sprint season was not held out west.

Bacon had been in this position before as the winner of two previous titles, but he admitted the nerves were still in effect when it came down to crunch time. However, from the eye test, it appeared to be business as usual for the Broken Arrow, Okla. native as the night progressed.

"It's almost more nerve wracking coming into a race having to just not mess up than it is to have to meet a certain bar," Bacon explained. "Once we got through the heat races and stuff, the nerves kind of went away. Once we got the lead, it was just about trying to win the race. I felt like I kind of gave it away there. But obviously, we were able to get it back after the race, unfortunately for (Courtney)."

Bacon grabbed the early advantage on the start from his outside front row starting position, gliding around Windom to lead the opening 13 laps, and it quickly became evident that this wasn't going to be a cruise-around effort for Bacon who, with a finish of 13th or better, would clinch the title regardless of whatever else transpired.

"You don't want to do anything too stupid, but you're here to race and here to win," Bacon adamantly stated. "I might take a little bit less of a chance, but when you can smell the win, it's hard not to go for it."

By the 13th lap, Bacon had built his lead up to three-quarters of a straightaway around the 3/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval, and was working traffic 2.2 seconds ahead of Windom who was clinging to second and withstanding the challenges of Courtney for the runner-up spot.

A yellow on that 13th lap for the stopped car of 21st running Logan Seavey in turn four brought out the first caution period, which bunched up the lead pack, taking the lappers out of the equation for the time being. A one-lap sprint proceeded on the following circuit which Courtney utilized to slide by Windom for second on the bottom of turn four, before clearing him completely for the position in turn two.

With the 13th lap complete, 17th running Mario Clouser came to a halt atop turn three to force another yellow, which closed up Courtney on the tail of Bacon for the restart. Courtney didn't take long to get rolling and powered under Bacon at the exit of turn four on lap 14, pointing the wheels up to the sky at the flag stand in the process.

Shortly thereafter, Courtney's car began to billow smoke, draining water from the radiator lap-after-lap, but showing no ill effects as far as speed. Bacon managed to tighten up the gap on Courtney, however, and with eight to go, Courtney went full sail into turn one, getting out of shape and sideways on entry, a misstep which Bacon used to reclaim his role in the lead.


Bacon, now a 3-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, was the victor for the 35th time in his USAC Sprint Car career, moving him into the top-ten all-time alongside Rich Vogler and Jon Stanbrough
(David Nearpass Photo)


Two laps later, Courtney had regathered it to track down and drape himself over Bacon's machine for the lead. Using the momentum up top, while Bacon rode the low line, Courtney ripped by Bacon around the outside of turn four to take over the lead for good, in what seemed like the winning pass at the time.

After the victory lane photos were taken and the celebration carried on into the pits, Courtney's car was brought to the scales for the standard post-race technical inspection. Courtney's car was found to weigh 1,360 pounds on the scales, which is 15 pounds under the minimum requirement of 1,375. By rule, Courtney was repositioned to 22nd place and the balance of the field was bumped up one position.

In the final order, Bacon was the victor for the 35th time in his USAC National Sprint Car career, moving him into the top-ten all-time alongside Rich Vogler and Jon Stanbrough. Kevin Thomas Jr. earned a season-best second-place result with Windom third, C.J. Leary fourth and Robert Ballou fifth after starting 19th, which earned him KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for the evening. Stockon, a championship contender coming into the night, finished 15th after starting 22nd.

In Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Jake Swanson earned his second career USAC National Sprint Car fast time award which was his first since 2016 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 3, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Fall Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.659; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.823; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.826; 4. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.849; 5. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.863; 6. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.864; 7. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-13.903; 8. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.922; 9. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-13.974; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.045; 11. Saban Bibent, 10, Bibent-14.111; 12. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.199; 13. Anthony D'Alessio, O1, D'Alessio-14.216; 14. Anton Hernandez, 36, Darland-14.234; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.297; 16. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-14.479; 17. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-14.715; 18. Steve Thomas, 27, Thomas-15.169; 19. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.124.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.914; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.843; 3. Max Adams, 37, Felker-13.844; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.866; 5. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.911; 6. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.972; 7. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-13.989; 8. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.011; 9. Cole Bodine, 57, Bodine/Crow-14.037; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.069; 11. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-14.143; 12. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt/Wright-14.314; 13. Andy Baugh, 8D, Schlattweiler-14.356; 14. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.432; 15. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.477; 16. Justin Owen, 44, Fischesser-14.538; 17. Tony McVey, 7m, McVey-14.620; 18. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-14.666.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. J.J. Hughes, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Anthony D'Alessio, 7. Saban Bibent, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Steve Thomas. 1:58.635

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Ryan Barr, 7. Robert Bell, 8. Robert Ballou. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Carson Short, 3. Mario Clouser, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Max Adams, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Andy Baugh, 9. Tony McVey. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Joss Moffatt, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Nick Bilbee, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Justin Owen, 9. Korbyn Hayslett. 1:58.148

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Max Adams, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Nick Bilbee, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Jadon Rogers, 10. Saban Bibent, 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 12. Andy Baugh, 13. Korbyn Hayslett, 14. Justin Owen, 15. Ryan Barr, 16. Tony McVey, 17. Robert Bell, 18. Steve Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 3. Chris Windom (1), 4. C.J. Leary (5), 5. Robert Ballou (19), 6. Kyle Cummins (11), 7. Justin Grant (3), 8. Dave Darland (18), 9. Jake Swanson (6), 10. Cole Bodine (8), 11. Scotty Weir (14), 12. Max Adams (10), 13. Shane Cottle (12), 14. Tye Mihocko (16), 15. Chase Stockon (22), 16. Carson Short (17), 17. J.J. Hughes (7), 18. Logan Seavey (15), 19. Nick Bilbee (21), 20. Mario Clouser (13), 21. Joss Moffatt (20), 22. Tyler Courtney (4) (Courtney was initially declared the winner but was repositioned to 22nd for being 15 pounds underweight in post-race tech inspection.) NT

**Steve Thomas flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,739, 2-Chris Windom-1,700, 3-Chase Stockon-1,655, 4-C.J. Leary-1,616, 5-Justin Grant-1,614, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,382, 7-Dave Darland-1,271, 8-Carson Short-1,250, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,175, 10-Robert Ballou-1,128.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-185, 6-Robert Ballou-86, 2-Tanner Thorson-99, 4-Kyle Cummins-90, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 5-Logan Seavey-89, 7-Justin Grant-85, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-78, 10-Chase Stockon-71.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jake Swanson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: J.J. Hughes

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (19th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Shane Cottle

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brandon Mattox

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Dave Darland

 

 

USAC SPRINT POINTS STREAKS AT PLAY IN BURG FINALE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (October 2, 2020).........Entering the season finale, the point standings are all the rage. A full season of tallying and mathematics has brought us down to one final stand for the 2020 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship this Saturday night, October 3, at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway.

But year after year, there are drivers who seem to always find themselves in the hunt in the series points, whether it's sticking around inside the top-ten consistently or in the thick of the battle inside the top-five.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) put together an incredible string of 22 consecutive seasons of top-ten final points finishes between 1997 and 2018. No other driver at present has more than 14, that being Sheldon Kinser (1974-1987).

Of the current crop of active drivers, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has finished inside the top-ten of the points every year since 2010 and will extend that streak to 11 years when all is said and done this weekend. The 11 consecutive years will tie Don Branson (1956-1966) for the fourth-longest such streak in the history of the series.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has a top-ten points streak of eight years going back to 2012, which will extend to nine years running this weekend. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), likewise will bump up his top-ten points streak, which began in 2013, from seven to eight years this weekend, as will C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), from six to seven, making a presence in the top-ten an annual occurrence since 2014.

Levi Jones (2004-2011) and Tom Bigelow (1974-1981) share the all-time USAC National Sprint Car record of eight consecutive years of top-five points finishes. Their records are safe for the time being with Bacon as the closest threat, upping his streak to three years in 2020.

This Saturday's 64th points race by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway brings to us the 11th running of the Fall Nationals under USAC sanction on Saturday night, October 3.

Pits open for Saturday's Fall Nationals at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm, hot laps begin at 6pm and opening ceremonies at 7pm. The event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday's Fall Nationals from Lawrenceburg can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS FINISHING TOP-5 IN USAC SPRINT POINTS: (At least 5 years or more)

8-Tom Bigelow (1974-1981) & Levi Jones (2004-2011)

7-Larry Dickson (1966-1972), A.J. Foyt (1958-1964) & Eric Gordon (1989-1995)

6-Jay Drake (2000-2005), Sheldon Kinser (1981-1986) & Chase Stockon (2013-2018)

5-Don Branson (1956-1960), Steve Butler (1984-1988), Dave Darland (2005-2009 & 2012-2016) & Tracy Hines (1999-2003 & 2008-2012)

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS FINISHING TOP-10 IN USAC SPRINT POINTS: (At least 5 years or more)

22-Dave Darland (1997-2018)

14-Sheldon Kinser (1974-1987)

12-Levi Jones (2001-2012)

11-Don Branson (1956-1966)

10-Tom Bigelow (1972-1981), Steve Butler (1984-1993) & Chris Windom (2010-2019)

9-Sammy Sessions (1967-1975)

8-Robert Ballou (2011-2018), Tracy Hines (2008-2015), Chase Stockon (2012-2019) & Brian Tyler (1996-2003)

7-Brady Bacon (2013-2019), Rollie Beale (1970-1976), Billy Cassella (1973-1979), Larry Dickson (1966-1972), A.J. Foyt (1958-1964), Elmer George (1956-1962) & Eric Gordon (1989-1995)

6-Bryan Clauson (2009-2014), Jerry Coons Jr. (2005-2010), Jay Drake (2000-2005), Damion Gardner (2007-2012), Tracy Hines (1998-2003), C.J. Leary (2014-2019), Rich Vogler (1985-1990), Bruce Walkup (1972-1977) & Greg Weld (1965-1970)

5-Pancho Carter (1973-1977), Tony Elliott (1983-1987 & 1998-2002), Darren Hagen (2005-2009), Greg Leffler (1977-1981), Jason McCord (1995-1999), Jim McWithey (1956-1960), Larry Rice (1979-1983), Eddie Sachs (1956-1960), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2015-2019) & Rich Vogler (1978-1982)

**Bold, italicized are active streaks.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET SHOW IS CANCELLED
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 2, 2020... Petaluma Speedway and United States Auto Club (USAC) officials have announced that tomorrow’s (October 3) USAC Western States & Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midget show has been cancelled. The event was scheduled as a makeup race for the September 6th “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race” that was cancelled by a request from the Mayor of Petaluma.

Track promoter Rick Faeth sent the following message on social media, “Due to the ongoing wildfires in our region and extremely unhealthy air quality index numbers, Petaluma Speedway is cancelling tomorrow night’s scheduled race. Foremost in our decision is the health and safety of our competitors, race teams, and staff members. I will work with the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and officials of the United States Auto Club to find a potential date to reschedule.”

The USAC Western States Midget Series will head to Placerville Speedway on Saturday, October 10th, for the “Prospector Pandemonium” along with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

Petaluma’s 3/8-mile oval will host the traditional 360s of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday, October 17th.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for the United States Auto Club (USAC). In addition, you can visit the USAC Western States Midget social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 18: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Alex Schutte)
September 6: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CANCELLED)
October 3: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CANCELLED)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium / Non-Points)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race / Non-Points)
November 13: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 14: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic / Non-Points)
November 19: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 20: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 21: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 25: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.

 

 

DIRT USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS & THEIR PAVEMENT DEBUTS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (October 2, 2020).........After two previous USAC Silver Crown victories on dirt, Brady Bacon is set to make his series debut on pavement in this Sunday afternoon's Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic aboard the Doran Racing No. 77 on October 4.

Bacon won at both Williams Grove Speedway and Eldora Speedway during the 2019 USAC Silver Crown season, giving him the unique position as a dirt Silver Crown winner who has yet to make a pavement Silver Crown appearance in any of his previous 27 series starts.

Here, we take a look at those drivers in a similar position to Bacon as an already-established dirt Silver Crown winner, in his case, as well as those drivers who eventually became a dirt Silver Crown winner. Then, we'll see how each of those individuals fared in their pavement debut.

One caveat to the whole deal is that Bacon isn't exactly a novice when it comes to pavement racing. The very first of his 34 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins came on the high banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 2008.

The best pavement debut of any Silver Crown driver came courtesy of Tom Bigelow during the first ever race for the series on pavement in 1975 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Obviously, a first-time pavement winner was going to emerge on that day, regardless, but Bigelow was a force of dominance, winning the pole, then leading 164 of the 200 laps to score the victory.

Bigelow, Rick Hood (Indianapolis Raceway Park-1985) and Cole Whitt (Phoenix Int'l Raceway-2009) are the only dirt Silver Crown winners to debut on pavement with a win. Bigelow is also one of three dirt Silver Crown winners to debut with the pole position in their first pavement run. Kyle Larson also started 1st at the Milwaukee Mile in 2011 before finishing 8th. Chris Windom won the pole in 2013 at Gateway Motorsports Park and finished in the 3rd position.

Dirt Silver Crown winners finishing inside the top-five during their first pavement starts include the likes of Windom, who is one of 12 drivers to do so, along with Bigelow, Hood, Whitt, Jackie Howerton, Gary Bettenhausen, Ken Schrader, Steve Butler, Jeff Swindell, Jeff Gordon, Russ Gamester and Dave Darland.

A total of 22 dirt Silver Crown winners, such as Bacon is, have finished inside the top-ten on their maiden pavement voyage with the series. Adding to the list above, you can throw in Billy Engelhart, Sheldon Kinser, George Snider, Jack Hewitt, Tony Elliott, Tony Stewart, Mat Neely, Shane Hollingsworth, Kyle Larson and Justin Grant.

Looking at this group, it's very noticeable that 15 of the 22 dirt Silver Crown winners mentioned who've finished inside the top-ten during their first pavement series start are USAC National champions. And 10 of the 12 who finished within the top-five have been champs as well.

There's no telling what Sunday will hold for Bacon. Many factors play into a successful 100-lap campaign, both mechanically and mentally, avoiding trouble, in addition to meshing with a successful and experienced team that is new to Silver Crown. As a two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ, Bacon would certainly fit in nicely with this group as a "dirt guy" who made good in his first Silver Crown go on the pavement.

The Sunday afternoon, October 4, Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series plus Late Model Sportsman, Figure 8, Factory Stock and Street Stock features for the penultimate round of the 2020 season in the Glass City.

The USAC pit gate opens at 8:30am ET on raceday, front gates open at 11am, practice runs from 11:30am-12:15pm for the Silver Crown cars with Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 1:05pm and opening ceremonies at 2pm, followed by the 100-lap Rollie Beale Classic.

All tickets are $25 each, and tickets will only be available online at www.toledospeedway.com. With limited seating for each event, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Grandstand ticketing will be limited to 1,500 with a standard admission price for all events of $25 per person, with specified seating locations to ensure social distancing and presale offering contactless purchasing. Any unsold tickets will be available at the track on race day, beginning at 11am.

The Rollie Beale Classic can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

PAVEMENT SILVER CROWN DEBUT RACES BY DIRT WINNERS: (Through August 2, 2020)

1970s Debuts:

Tom Bigelow: Started 1st, finished 1st at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

Pancho Carter: Started 2nd, finished 14th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

Steve Chassey: Started 17th, finished 21st at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

Larry Dickson: Started 9th, finished 19th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

Billy Engelhart: Started 5th, finished 8th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

Jackie Howerton: Started 16th, finished 5th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

Sheldon Kinser: Started 4th, finished 7th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

Joe Saldana: Started 7th, finished 13th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

Rich Vogler: Started 6th, finished 16th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

Billy Vukovich: Started 10th, finished 20th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1975)

1980s Debuts:

Gary Bettenhausen: Started 6th, finished 4th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1984)

Herb Copeland: Started 22nd, finished 21at at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1984)

Chuck Gurney: Started 9th, finished 17th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1984)

Gary Hieber: Started 10th, finished 14th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1984)

Larry Rice: Started 3rd, finished 23rd at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1984)

Ken Schrader: Started 7th, finished 5th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1984)

George Snider: Started 8th, finished 6th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1984)

Rick Hood: Started 5th, finished 1st at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1985)

Johnny Parsons: Started 14th, finished 24th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1985)

Steve Butler: Started 15th, finished 2nd at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1986)

Jack Hewitt: Started 21st, finished 6th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1986)

Tony Elliott: Started 26th, finished 10th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1987)

Kenny Jacobs: Started 9th, finished 11th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1987)

Jeff Swindell: Started 14th, finished 5th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1987)

1990s Debuts

Jeff Gordon: Started 4th, finished 5th at Phoenix International Raceway (1990)

Lealand McSpadden: Started 15th, finished 27th at Phoenix International Raceway (1990)

Jimmy Sills: Started 22nd, finished 29th at Phoenix International Raceway (1990)

Russ Gamester: Started 8th, finished 4th at Phoenix International Raceway (1991)

Stevie Reeves: Started 10th, finished 20th at Phoenix International Raceway (1991)

Ron Shuman: Started 24th, finished 27th at Phoenix International Raceway (1991)

Tony Stewart: Started 5th, finished 6th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1992)

Kenny Irwin Jr.: Started 23rd, finished 11th at Phoenix International Raceway (1993)

Jay Drake: Started 18th, finished 18th at Mesa Marin Raceway (1994)

Chuck Leary: Started 22nd, finished 15th at Phoenix International Raceway (1994)

Jason Leffler: Started 16th, finished 12th at Mesa Marin Raceway (1994)

Dave Darland: Started 15th, finished 4th at Richmond International Raceway (1995)

Donnie Beechler: Started 23rd, finished 11th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1996)

Tracy Hines: Started 19th, finished 19th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1996)

Brian Tyler: Started 18th, finished 23rd at Richmond International Raceway (1996)

Kevin Thomas: Started 10th, finished 26th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1997)

J.J. Yeley: Started 20th, finished 22nd at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1997)

Jerry Coons Jr.: Started 25th, finished 17th at Pikes Peak International Raceway (1998)

Rich Tobias Jr.: Started 29th, finished 26th at Nazareth Speedway (1999)

Paul White: Started 20th, finished 19th at Walt Disney World Speedway (1999)

2000s Debuts

A.J. Fike: Started 25th, finished 29th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (2000)

Bud Kaeding: Started 29th, finished 18th at Nazareth Speedway (2000)

Kasey Kahne: Started 20th, finished 25th at Nazareth Speedway (2000)

Tyler Walker: Started 25th, finished 17th at Phoenix International Raceway (2001)

Teddy Beach: Started 27th, finished 18th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (2002)

Bobby East: Started 10th, finished 31st at Indianapolis Raceway Park (2002)

Levi Jones: Started 27th, finished 24th at Indianapolis Raceway Park (2003)

Mat Neely: Started 8th, finished 9th at O'Reilly Raceway Park (2006)

Josh Wise: Started 13th, finished 27th at Phoenix International Raceway (2007)

Shane Cottle: Started 3rd, finished 15th at Richmond International Raceway (2008)

Shane Hmiel: Started 1st, finished 14th at O'Reilly Raceway Park (2008)

Shane Hollingsworth: Started 9th, finished 9th at Richmond International Raceway (2008)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Started 24th, finished 17th at O'Reilly Raceway Park (2008)

Kody Swanson: Started 7th, finished 26th at Phoenix (2008)

Jacob Wilson: Started 14th, finished 14th at Richmond International Raceway (2008)

Bryan Clauson: Started 18th, finished 16th at Phoenix International Raceway (2009)

Cole Whitt: Started 6th, finished 1st at Phoenix International Raceway (2009)

Kyle Larson: Started 1st, finished 8th at the Milwaukee Mile (2011)

Chris Windom: Started 1st, finished 3rd at Gateway Motorsports Park (2013)

Christopher Bell: Started 17th, finished 13th at Lucas Oil Raceway (2014)

Shane Cockrum: Started 13th, finished 17th at Lucas Oil Raceway (2014)

C.J. Leary: Started 15th, finished 20th at Lucas Oil Raceway (2014)

Justin Grant: Started 12th, finished 6th at Lucas Oil Raceway (2016)

Tyler Courtney: Started 17th, finished 12th at Lucas Oil Raceway (2017)

Never Made Pavement Silver Crown Start:

Mario Andretti: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Shane Carson: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

A.J. Foyt: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Jimmy Horton: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Kevin Huntley: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Bubby Jones: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Keith Kauffman: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Steve Kinser: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Eddie Leavitt: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Jim McElreath: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Bobby Olivero: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Danny Smith: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Al Unser: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Chris Urish: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

Doug Wolfgang: Never made a pavement Silver Crown start

 

 

RUBLE DQ’D FROM HAUBSTADT HUSTLER; STOCKON DECLARED WINNER

United States Auto Club and Midwest Sprint Car Series officials have suspended and fined driver Kendall Ruble and entrant Jerry Ruble for failing a tire test after completion of the USAC/MSCS “Haubstadt Hustler” event on September 19 at Tri-State Speedway.

Ruble, who was initially credited with the victory, has been disqualified from the event. Chase Stockon, who initially finished in the runner-up position that night, has been credited with the feature victory.

The test verified by laboratory findings revealed that Ruble’s tire had been altered and did not conform to the benchmark provided by Hoosier Tire Company.

309 (Tires) C. Any solvents or chemicals applied to the tire that alter the chemical makeup of the compound or have the effect of altering tire durometer or construction is prohibited. A tire can be confiscated at any time. Penalties from tire found to deviate from the original factory benchmark specifications are as follows:

**First Offense with USAC: Entrant/Driver 6-race suspension, loss of points and forfeit purse for that event, plus a $2,500 fine.

Ruble has forfeited points and purse winnings from the event, was fined $2,500 by USAC and suspended for 6 races from both MSCS and USAC competition.

“It is important for USAC and for MSCS to give confidence to competitors that we will keep the competition fair,” USAC Executive Vice President Levi Jones said.

“Both MSCS and USAC will continue to work together to create a level playing field for all participants,” MSCS owner Tom Helfrich stated.

Winnings and points will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the change in the final results of the Haubstadt Hustler.

 

 

WINTER DIRT GAMES XII DATES SET FOR FEBRUARY 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (October 1, 2020).........The 12th edition of Winter Dirt Games marks the beginning of the 2021 USAC racing season over two consecutive weekends in the month of February with National Sprint Car and Midget racing in the state of Florida at Ocala's Bubba Raceway Park, with an increase in purse paying $10,000 to the final night sprint winner and $5,000 to the midget finale victor.

Winter Dirt Games XII festivities begin on Thursday, February 4, with a practice night for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, followed by two-straight nights of complete shows for the series at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track on Friday, February 5, and Saturday night's finale on February 6 in which the winner's share will be $5,000!

On-track action returns just a few nights later at Bubba Raceway Park with USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship practice night on Wednesday, February 10, followed by three nights in a row of racing on Thursday, February 11, on Friday, February 12, and the finale on Saturday, February 13, which pays $10,000-to-win!

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets made their debut at Bubba Raceway Park in 2019 with Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) sweeping both nights of feature events. Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) each scored Midget victories there in 2020. Meanwhile, Brady Bacon (Brady Bacon) swept the final two nights of the 2020 sprint car portion of Winter Dirt Games with a pair of superb performances.

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 series' lone appearance in the state during the year.

Twenty-six USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at Bubba Raceway Park since 2011. Brady Bacon and Bryan Clauson are the winningest USAC Sprint Car drivers at Bubba's with four victories apiece. Damion Gardner has won three times while Grant, Tracy Hines, Tyler Courtney and Robert Ballou have each scored a pair of victories. Chris Windom, C.J. Leary, Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

The first three USAC Sprint Car races ever held took place in Florida in February of 1956. Bob Sweikert won the first such event at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach, followed by Chuck Weyant at Jacksonville Speedway and Pat O'Connor at Medley Speedway in Miami.

Likewise, Florida and USAC Midget racing have a history dating back to the initial years of the club. Only 22 times have USAC Midgets ventured to Florida over the years. Prior to the 2019 visit to Bubba's, the series took part in a 11-race series entitled the Tangerine Tournament in early 1957. Jimmy Knight, Sonny McDaniel, Andy Linden, Al Keller, Al Alpern, Leroy Warriner and Len Duncan were among the winners held at several different Florida venues. Linden took home the overall Tangerine Tournament crown.

USAC Midgets took on the pavement of New Smyrna Speedway for two nights in 2013, won by Bobby Santos and Kyle Larson. The first full USAC National Midget points races in Florida came in a weeklong 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.

Stay tuned for more details on Winter Dirt Games XII as they become available.

 

 

USAC SPRINT CAR WALK-OFF HOMERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (September 30, 2020).........There's no more satisfying moment at the conclusion of a racing season than climbing from the car for the final time to celebrate a championship with your family, your crew and the fans.

Akin to a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, perhaps the only thing finer is climbing from that racecar as both a feature winner and a champion. It's racing's way of allowing one to have their cake and eat it too.

That opportunity awaits three individuals this coming Saturday night, October 3, at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season finale - the $10,000-to-win Fall Nationals.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leads the championship by 30 points over Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and by 40 over Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.). The moment very well could happen as all three drivers have won races at the 3/8-mile dirt oval once before in their careers. Two of the three have also previously won USAC National Sprint Car championships: Bacon in 2014 & 2016 and Windom in 2017.

Winning a USAC Sprint championship and the final feature race of the season isn't all that commonplace. As a matter of fact, it's only happened nine times over the past 64 seasons. Eddie Sachs clinched the Midwest series title in the final round at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in 1958. Tommy Hinnershitz did so on the dirt at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway in 1959. In 1960, Parnelli Jones snagged the Midwest title in conjunction with an A-Main triumph in the not-so-Midwestern locale of Meyer Speedway in Houston, Texas.

Pancho Carter notched his first USAC Sprint Car crown with a win in the season finale at Salem in 1974. Sheldon Kinser is the only driver to win and take the championship on the same day on two different occasions, first in 1977 at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. and again in 1982 at 311 Speedway in Madison, N.C.

Steve Butler captured his third consecutive USAC National Sprint Car championship in style with a win on the final day at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway in 1988. Josh Wise won his first title with a victory to boot at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. in 2006. Levi Jones, the series' only five-time champ, won his unprecedented fifth championship with a final race victory at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. in 2011.

In comparison, it's happened 16 times in that same time span in IndyCar/CART/Championship Car competition by 10 different drivers: Jimmy Bryan (1957), A.J. Foyt (1960 & 1975), Mario Andretti (1966 & 1969), Johnny Rutherford (1980 - aborted USAC season), Michael Andretti (1991), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001 & 2002), Sebastien Bourdais (2004, 2006 & 2007 Champ Car), Dario Franchitti (2007 IndyCar & 2009), Scott Dixon (2015) and Simon Pagenaud (2016).

In NASCAR's Cup Series, 13 times has the champion won the final race, which has been accomplished by 12 different drivers. In recent years, with its winner-take-all format at the final race, it's a foregone conclusion that it will now be an annual occurrence. Tim Flock (1955), Buck Baker (1956 & 1957), Ned Jarrett (1965), Richard Petty (1971), Jeff Gordon (1998), Tony Stewart (2011), Kevin Harvick (2014), Kyle Busch (2015), Jimmie Johnson (2016), Martin Truex Jr. (2017), Joey Logano (2018) and Kyle Busch (2019) are among those who've collected both in a single day's work.

This Saturday's 64th points race by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway brings to us the 11th running of the Fall Nationals under USAC sanction on Saturday night, October 3.

Pits open for Saturday's Fall Nationals at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm, hot laps begin at 6pm and opening ceremonies at 7pm. The event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday's Fall Nationals from Lawrenceburg can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC SPRINT CAR CHAMPS WHO WON THE FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON:

1958 (Midwest) Eddie Sachs - Salem Speedway / Salem, IN

1959: (Eastern) Tommy Hinnershitz - Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA

1960: (Midwest) Parnelli Jones - Meyer Speedway / Houston, TX

1974: Pancho Carter - Salem Speedway / Salem, IN

1977: Sheldon Kinser - Ascot Park / Gardena, CA

1982: Sheldon Kinser - 311 Speedway / Madison, NC

1988: Steve Butler - Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH

2006: Josh Wise - Manzanita Speedway / Phoenix, AZ

2011: Levi Jones - Kings Speedway / Hanford, CA

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN SET FOR TWO 2021 DATES AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

Brownsburg, Indiana (September 30, 2020)……..Two dates have been pinned for the 2021 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. on two of the biggest racing weekends of the year - the Carb Night Classic on Friday night, May 28, and the inaugural Hoosier Classic on Saturday night, August 14.

Featuring four great racing series on one big night, the Carb Night Classic will host a full slate of racing featuring the USAC Silver Crown Cars gunning for $10,000-to-win and Midgets competing for $5,000-to-win. The Indianapolis 500 weekend event will also feature the Road to Indy series with the Cooper Tires USF2000 series taking the track first followed by Indy Pro 2000.

The inaugural Hoosier Classic will be held on August 13-14, 2021 at Lucas Oil Raceway. The USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series will take on the .686-mile paved oval for a $12,000-to-win prize on Saturday night, August 14. The weekend will feature three races for open wheel fans at Lucas Oil Raceway, held in conjunction with Brickyard 400 weekend.

Friday night, August 13, will kick off with Sprint Cars chasing $10,000-to-win, followed by Midgets competing for another $10,000-to-win on Saturday night, August 14 in a doubleheader with the Silver Crown cars.

Just down the road at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, a new NTT INDYCAR SERIES race will also be held on Saturday, August 14 before the NASCAR Cup Series takes the road course for the first time ever on Sunday, August 15.

Full details on ticket information and a complete schedule for both events will be available soon.

 

 


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET CHALLENGE RACE #1 THIS SATURDAY AT PETALUMA
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 28, 2020... This Saturday, October 3rd, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association will battle at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the co-sanctioned special event / non-point race will also feature Dwarf Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Originally cancelled on September 6th from a request by the Mayor of Petaluma and City Manager, Saturday’s show will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the October 3rd and 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA. Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the October 3rd points. Ties are broken by qualifying results. A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, Saturday’s event will pay $600-to-win, $300-for-2nd, $250-for 3rd, $200-for-4th, $150-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all USAC racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- 2020 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, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted ten USAC Western States Midget races and five different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three wins with Gardner, the five-time champion, setting the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013. The series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

When the series last visited Petaluma on July 18th, Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) outdueled Austin Liggett to score the ninth victory of his career. Liggett, Cory Elliott, fast qualifier Ben Worth, hard charger C.J. Sarna, Terry Nichols, Mike Leach Jr., Robert Carson, Ben Weisz, and Floyd Alvis rounded out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma’s 3/8-mile oval will host the traditional 360s of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday, October 17th.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Alex Schutte.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Alex Schutte, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Shane Golobic.

2020 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 18: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Alex Schutte)
October 3: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1 / Non-Points)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium / Non-Points)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2 / Non-Points)
November 13: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 14: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic / Non-Points)
November 19: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 20: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 21: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown 100 / Non-Points)
November 25: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.

This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BACON-WINDOM-STOCKON: THE TALE OF THE TAPE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (September 29, 2020).........In the course of a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, many variables are at play in determining the championship frontrunners, with tracks of various lengths, banking and the like, plus the rigors of the road and a long stretch of races that can take its toll both physically, mentally and mechanically.

With one final race left this Saturday night, Oct. 3, at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway and the $10,000-to-win Fall Nationals, there's only one factor, one race, one track to decide it all.

However, all those items mentioned in the opening paragraph have helped one driver get a bit of a head start toward the goal of a championship based on his performances in the events run up to this point.

That's Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), the leading championship contender, who possesses a 30-point lead over Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.). Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), who runs third in the standings, is 40 points out of the lead and is the driver with the biggest hill to climb to reach the summit of a championship.

But all is plausible in this game. All it takes is a single "off" night for one individual and a superb night for another to make up that ground in no time flat. With a maximum of 84 points possible Saturday at Lawrenceburg, anything is possible. A perfect night entails six points for fast qualifying time, eight for a heat win and 70 to capture a feature victory.
We've dug through all the past USAC National Sprint Car appearances at Lawrenceburg for Bacon, Windom and Stockon, and it's pretty striking to see.

All three drivers have exactly one previous USAC National Sprint Car feature win at Lawrenceburg - Stockon (2012), Bacon (2015) and Windom (2017). In 24 previous starts, Bacon leads the other two in terms of average qualifying position (8.4) and feature finishing position (5.8). He's also led the most number of races between the three (7) for the most number of laps (97).

Bacon and Windom have each won seven USAC Sprint heat races at "The Burg" in their careers. Windom has the largest sample size of previous experience at Lawrenceburg with 31 starts in 32 appearances. His average qualifying position of 8.8 and average feature finish of 8.5 are solid but will most likely have to be better to catch Bacon on Saturday. His 15 top-5 finishes in those 31 previous starts top all three title contenders.

Stockon's 23 starts have produced an average qualifying position of 11.8 and an average finish of 10.9. He's led two of those races for a total of 39 laps and was the first among the three to win a USAC race at Lawrenceburg in 2012, which also served as Stockon's first career series victory.

Perhaps, for some, those Lawrenceburg performances in the early years of their career should be stricken from the record as that was when they were just gaining experience. Although, Bacon did nearly win his 2007 Burg USAC Sprint debut, finishing 2nd to Levi Jones after leading all but the final lap, so let's take a deeper look at each of these three wheelmen's starts at Lawrenceburg since the beginning of the 2018 season.

In that five-race time frame from 2018 through the summer of 2020, Bacon's 6.8 average qualifying time bests all three and his average finish of 4.2 has been excellent. Windom's average qualifying position of 10th isn't eye-catching, but it's improved each time over the past five races since 2018. His 3.4 average finish includes top-five finishes in all five starts since that point, which leads all drivers. Stockon's qualifying performances have resulted in top-four time trial runs in each of his last four appearance, and an average finish of 8.6 in the feature.

Stats of the past are interesting to look at but won't tell the entirety of the tale this Saturday. That will be decided on the track and not on calculators. One night, one track and three drivers. That's where it'll be decided.

Pits open for Saturday's Fall Nationals at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm, hot laps begin at 6pm and opening ceremonies at 7pm. The event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday's Fall Nationals from Lawrenceburg can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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PAST LAWRENCEBURG USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR PERFORMANCES:

BRADY BACON
24 Appearances * 24 Starts * Average Qualifying Position: 8.4 * Average Feature Finishing Position: 5.8 * Led 7 races for a total of 97 laps * 7 Heat Race wins * 1 Feature win * 12 Top-5 finishes

4/21/2007: Qualified 3rd, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature - Led 29

7/11/2007: Qualified 6th, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 3rd in Feature - Led 14

7/12/2007: Qualified 8th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 8th in Feature

7/9/2008: Qualified 24th, Ran 1st Heat, Finished 8th in Feature

7/10/2008: Qualified 16th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 8th in Feature

10/2/2009: Qualified 2nd, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 20th in Feature

4/6/2013: Qualified 12th, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

7/14/2013: Qualified 4th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

9/28/2013: Qualified 9th, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 9th in Feature

4/5/2014: Qualified 6th, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 4th in Feature

9/27/2014: Qualified 4th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

4/4/2015: Qualified 14th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature

7/12/2015: Qualified 2nd, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 1st in Feature - Led 24

10/3/2015: Qualified 10th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature - Led 1

4/2/2016: Qualified 5th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 12th Feature

7/10/2016: Qualified 13th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature

10/1/2016: Qualified 15th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

7/9/2017: Qualified 5th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature - Led 2

9/30/2017: Qualified 9th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 6th in Feature

7/22/2018: Qualified 18th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

9/29/2018: Qualified 3rd, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature - Led 11

7/21/2019: Qualified 3rd, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 6th in Feature

10/5/2019: Qualified 5th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature - Led 16

7/26/2020: Qualified 5th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

CHRIS WINDOM
32 Appearances, 31 Starts * Average Qualifying Position: 8.8 * Average Feature Finishing Position: 8.5 * Led 3 races for a total of 52 laps * 7 Heat race wins * 1 Feature win * 15 Top-5 finishes * Has 1 USAC National Midget win at Lawrenceburg

4/21/2007: Qualified 28th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 15th in Feature

7/11/2007: Qualified 10th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature

7/12/2007: Qualified 12th, Ran 4th in Semi, Finished 7th in Feature

7/9/2008: Qualified 10th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 12th in Feature

7/10/2008: Qualified 8th, Ran 5th in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

4/18/2009: Qualified 23rd, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 14th in Feature

10/2/2009: Qualified 6th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature - Led 19

4/17/2010: Qualified 11th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

7/9/2010: Qualified 18th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 22nd in Feature

7/10/2011: Qualified 8th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

10/1/2011: Qualified 10th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

7/15/2012: Qualified 6th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 25th in Feature - Led 3

9/29/2012: Qualified 4th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

4/6/2013: Qualified 9th, Ran 4th in Semi, Finished 23rd in in Feature

7/14/2013: Qualified 19th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 16th in Feature

9/28/2013: Qualified 14th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 10th in Feature

4/5/2014: Qualified 10th, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 13th in Feature

9/27/2014: Qualified 20th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

4/4/2015: Qualified 32nd, Used Provisional, Finished 22nd in Feature

7/12/2015: Qualified 15th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

10/3/2015: Qualified 17th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 5th in Feature

4/2/2016: Qualified 21st, Did Not Make Feature

7/10/2016: Qualified 11th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 3rd in Feature

10/1/2016: Qualified 6th, Ran 5th in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

4/1/2017: Qualified 8th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 1st in Feature - Led 30

7/9/2017: Qualified 12th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 6th in Feature

9/30/2017: Qualified 2nd, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature

7/22/2018: Qualified 19th, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature

9/29/2018: Qualified 20th, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 4th in Feature

7/21/2019: Qualified 11th, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 2nd in Feature

10/5/2019: Qualified 8th, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 5th in Feature

7/26/2020: Qualified 2nd, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature

CHASE STOCKON
24 Appearances, 23 Starts * Average Qualifying Position: 11.8 * Average Feature Finishing Position: 10.9 * Led 2 races for a total of 39 laps * 5 Heat race wins * 1 Feature win * 5 Top-5 finishes

10/2/2009: Qualified 30th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 24th in Feature

7/9/2010: Qualified 19th, Did Not Make Feature

10/1/2011: Qualified 27th, Ran 8th in Heat, Finished 18th in Feature

7/15/2012: Qualified 11th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 9th in Feature

9/29/2012: Qualified 7th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 1st in Feature - Led 30

4/6/2013: Qualified 3rd, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 2nd in Feature - Led 9

7/14/2013: Qualified 5th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 24th in Feature

9/28/2013: Qualified 8th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 2nd - Led 15

4/5/2014: Qualified 12th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 6th in Feature

9/27/2014: Qualified 8th, Ran 3rd in Heat, Finished 6th in Feature

4/4/2015: Qualified 2nd, Ran 1st in Semi, Finished 6th in Feature

7/12/2015: Qualified 10th, Used a Provisional, Finished 16th in Feature

10/3/2015: Qualified 12th, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 7th in Feature

4/2/2016: Qualified 17th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature

7/10/2016: Qualified 26th, Ran 6th in Semi, Finished 12th in Feature

10/1/2016: Qualified 5th, Ran 4th in Semi, Finished 11th in Feature

4/1/2017: Qualified 2nd, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 23rd in Feature

7/9/2017: Qualified 30th, Used a Provisional, Finished 22nd in Feature

9/30/2017: Qualified 14th, Ran 1st in Heat, Finished 14th in Feature

7/22/2018: Qualified 22nd, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 13th in Feature

9/29/2018: Qualified 4th, Ran 5th in Heat, Finished 8th in Feature

7/21/2019: Qualified 2nd, Ran 2nd in Semi, Finished 8th in Feature

10/5/2019: Qualified 3rd, Ran 4th in Heat, Finished 10th in Feature

7/26/2020: Qualified 3rd, Ran 2nd in Heat, Finished 4th in Feature

 

 

LAWRENCEBURG FALL NATIONALS PREVIEW 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (September 29, 2020).........Flawless is the word that comes to mind in describing Kevin Thomas Jr.'s run down the stretch to win his second Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in the last three years, a $10,000 grand prize, in the Fall of last season.

Oh, what the Cullman, Ala. driver would give to score another victory in the event this Saturday night, October 3, at Lawrenceburg in the 11th Fall Nationals run under USAC sanctioning since 2009. In that span, the event has only once before seen a repeat winner - Bryan Clauson in 2013 & 2014.

Thomas has four career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at Lawrenceburg, twice in 2013, then scored a first career Fall Nationals victory in 2017. He also scored a 4th at the Fall Nationals in 2013, a runner-up finish in 2015 and had a 5th place run in 2018 prior to winning the Fall Nationals for a second time in 2019. No USAC driver has won the event three times.

Saturday's race marks the final event of the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, marking the first time the series has concluded its year in the Midwest since 2002. It'll be the first time Lawrenceburg has hosted the season finale for the USAC Sprints as well.

Three of the most talented and decorated USAC Sprint Car drivers over the past decade - Brady Bacon, Chris Windom and Chase Stockon - have brought the championship battle down to the wire. Bacon leads by 30 points over Windom and by 40 over Stockon. An Interesting side note is the last time none of the three were in a Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint Car field was July 10, 2009.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) had his lone USAC National Sprint Car win at Lawrenceburg come during the summer of 2015. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ in 2014 and 2016 was the fastest qualifier at the 2011 Fall Nationals and has finished in the top-three in the event three times over the years, including 2nd in 2014, 4th in 2015 and a runner-up finish in 2018 where he led 11 laps. He was 7th in 2019.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is the only driver to finish inside the top-five in the past five editions of the Fall Nationals, and likewise, has finished in the top-ten in all 10 previous Fall Nationals run under the sanctioning of USAC, but the Spring 2017 Burg winner remains on the hunt for his first Fall Nationals triumph. He was 3rd in 2009, 2nd in 2011, 2nd in 2012, 10th in 2013, 9th in 2014, 5th in 2015, 2nd in 2016, 7th in 2017, 4th in 2018 and 5th in 2019. He was 2nd at Lawrenceburg during Indiana Sprint Week in July, won the Sprint portion of Indiana Midget Week back in June and also owns an Indiana Midget Week win there in 2019.

The very first of Chase Stockon's 13 career USAC National Sprint Car victories came at the Fall Nationals in 2012. He's started all 10 Fall Nationals under USAC sanction. The Fort Branch, Ind. native, who holds the ultimate ironman streak of 320 consecutive USAC National Sprint Car feature starts entering the weekend, also finished as the runner-up at the Fall Nationals in 2013. He took 10th during the 2019 Fall Nationals.

Fourth in the standings is Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a 2018 Fall Nationals winner where he led the first lap and the final 18 laps in a spirited duel with Bacon. Four of Grant's USAC National Sprint wins have come at Lawrenceburg, with additional victories in 2012, 2014 and again during Indiana Sprint Week in 2019. He has six career top-five finishes at the Fall Nationals, including a 5th in 2013, a 4th in 2014, a 5th in 2016, a 3rd in 2017, a 1st in 2018 and a 3rd in 2019.

C.J. Leary's last visit to Lawrenceburg resulted in a USAC Sprint victory during the Indiana Sprint Week round at the 3/8-mile dirt oval, his second career win with USAC at The Burg (2017). The reigning series champion from Greenfield, Ind. also won the 2013 Lawrenceburg Speedway track championship and has finished in the top-three twice at the Fall Nationals in his career. He was 3rd in 2015 and 2nd in 2017. He was 4th in 2019. In both 2015 and 2018, he was the fastest qualifier at the Fall Nationals.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) is the winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time with 62 wins. He also holds the record for most USAC Sprint Car wins at Lawrenceburg with seven dating back to 1998. In Fall Nationals' past, he's been 3rd in both 2013 and 2016 and was 6th in 2019. Additionally, he set quick time during qualifying in both in 2014 and 2017.

Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) won Lawrenceburg's track championship this season by virtue of his three victories in weekly sprint car competition there in June, August and September. He earned a USAC career best finish of 6th in the 2019 Fall Nationals. He was the fastest qualifier in USAC Sprint Car competition at Lawrenceburg during the summer of 2018. Likewise, Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) was the winner of the most recent outing at Lawrenceburg on Sept. 9. He finished 15th in the 2019 Fall Nationals.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) has made one previous Fall Nationals start in 2016, finishing 13th. Meanwhile, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has made five previous starts at the Fall Nationals, leading two laps and finishing 5th in 2009 while also earning 4th in 2016.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has been a Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint winner once before in his career, scoring the "W" during 2011 Indiana Sprint Week. The 2015 series champion has made seven previous Fall Nationals starts, taking 8th in 2014, 10th in 2015 and 4th in his most recent appearance in the race in 2017.

Fall Nationals Rookies include the likes of Logan Seavey, Clinton Boyles, Brandon Mattox and Jadon Rogers. Seavey, (Sutter, Calif), the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ, was a 3rd place Midget finisher at Lawrenceburg in 2019. Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) made his Midget debut run at Lawrenceburg this past June, winning his heat and finishing 14th. His Daigh-Phillips Motorsports team has been the fastest qualifier twice at the Fall Nationals, in 2014 with Darland and in 2016 with Stevie Sussex.

Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) is prepared to make his Fall Nationals debut fresh off his best career USAC finish of 4th last Saturday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) has wrapped up his place as the top-finishing Rookie with the series this season. However, he's hoping for better luck this time out after flipping early during the ISW round at Lawrenceburg in July.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) took 7th in the Fall Nationals of 2012. His ride for the Fall Nationals, the Hodges Motorsports No. 74x, won the event with Josh Hodges as the driver during the 2016 season. In fact, the Hodges car has finished in the top-10 at the Fall Nationals in 2016 (1st), 8th in 2017 and 10th in 2018. The 2016 run still stands as the fastest 30-lap USAC Sprint Car race in the history of Lawrenceburg Speedway at 7:21.09.

This Saturday's 64th points race by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway brings to us the 11th running of the Fall Nationals under USAC sanction on Saturday night, October 3.

Pits open for Saturday's Fall Nationals at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm, hot laps begin at 6pm and opening ceremonies at 7pm. The event features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday's Fall Nationals from Lawrenceburg can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,658, 2-Chris Windom-1,628, 3-Chase Stockon-1,618, 4-Justin Grant-1,550, 5-C.J. Leary-1,542, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,302, 7-Dave Darland-1,214, 8-Carson Short-1,212, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,111, 10-Robert Ballou-1,067.

USAC SPRINT CAR FALL NATIONALS WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

2009: Damion Gardner

2011: Levi Jones

2012: Chase Stockon

2013: Bryan Clauson

2014: Bryan Clauson

2015: Thomas Meseraull

2016: Josh Hodges

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018: Justin Grant

2019: Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY: (63 Points Races, 1 Special Event)

1. (7) Dave Darland

2. (5) Jon Stanbrough

3. (4) Justin Grant, Jack Hewitt & Kevin Thomas Jr.

6. (3) Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Clauson & Rick Hood

9. (2) Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Danny Milburn & Brian Tyler

14. (1) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Jeff Bland Jr., Mark Cassella, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Kevin Doty, Jay Drake, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, Logan Jarrett, Thomas Meseraull, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Chris Windom, Josh Wise & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1983: Danny Milburn (9/18)

1984: Rick Hood (6/9) & Danny Milburn (9/16)

1985: Rick Hood (6/8)

1986: Rick Hood (6/7)

1988: Jack Hewitt (6/4)

1989: Rodney Ritter Jr. (7/1)

1992: Kevin Thomas (8/8)

1993: Jack Hewitt (7/10)

1994: Jon Stanbrough (6/18)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/1)

1996: Mark Cassella (8/31)

1997: Brian Tyler (7/19) & Brian Tyler (8/30)

1998: Kevin Doty (5/30), Dave Darland (7/18) & Dave Darland (8/29)

1999: Kevin Briscoe (6/5), Jack Hewitt (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/28)

2000: Kevin Briscoe (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/26)

2001: Dave Darland (7/26)

2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/25)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/31), Jay Drake (6/1) & Jon Stanbrough (7/24)

2004: Jon Stanbrough (7/22)

2005: Dickie Gaines (7/21)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (4/22)

2007: Levi Jones (4/21), Jon Stanbrough (7/11) & Dave Darland (7/12)

2008: Jeff Bland (7/9) & Brady Short (7/10)

2009: Josh Wise (4/18), Dave Darland (7/10), Jerry Coons Jr. (8/22 Special Event) & Damion Gardner (10/2)

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (4/17) & Dave Darland (7/9)

2011: Robert Ballou (7/10), Levi Jones (10/1)

2012: Justin Grant (7/15) & Chase Stockon (9/29)

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/6), Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/14) & Bryan Clauson (9/28)

2014: Justin Grant (4/5) & Bryan Clauson (9/27)

2015: Logan Jarrett (4/4), Brady Bacon (7/12) & Thomas Meseraull (10/3)

2016: Dave Darland (4/2), Bryan Clauson (7/10) & Josh Hodges (10/1)

2017: Chris Windom (4/1), C.J. Leary (7/9) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (9/30)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/22) & Justin Grant (9/29)

2019: Justin Grant (7/21) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/5)

2020: C.J. Leary (7/26)

PAST FALL NATIONALS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY

2009
1. Damion Gardner, 2. Cole Whitt, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Jeff Bland Jr., 13. Nic Faas, 14. Bobby East, 15. Darren Hagen, 16. Casey Riggs, 17. Brady Short, 18. Bryan Clauson, 19. Jesse Hockett, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. John Memmer, 22. Chad Boat, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Chase Stockon.
FAST QUALIFIER: Jon Stanbrough

2011
1. Levi Jones, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Casey Riggs, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Ted Hines, 9. Bobby East, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. Jac Haudenschild, 12. Brady Short, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Blake Fitzpatrick, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Matt Westfall, 17. Logan Hupp, 18. Chase Stockon, 19. Jonathan Hendrick, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Coleman Gulick, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Critter Malone. NT
FAST QUALIFIER: Brady Bacon

2012
1. Chase Stockon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Bobby East, 13. Logan Hupp, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Brady Short, 18. Wes McIntyre, 19. Dave Darland, 20. Jonathan Hendrick, 21. Dakota Jackson, 22. Daron Clayton, 23. Coleman Gulick.
FAST QUALIFIER: Coleman Gulick

2013
1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Gary Taylor, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Shawn Westerfeld, 12. Daron Clayton, 13. Kyle Cummins, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Joss Moffatt, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Ted Hines, 20. Scotty Weir, 21. Tyler Courtney, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Matt Westfall.
FAST QUALIFIER: Bryan Clauson

2014
1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jac Haudenschild, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. C.J. Leary, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Shane Cottle. NT
FAST QUALIFIER: Dave Darland

2015
1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Kody Swanson, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 19. Dustin Ingle, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Garrett Abrams, 22. Kyle Cummins.
FAST QUALIFIER: C.J. Leary

2016
1. Josh Hodges, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Carson Short, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Nick Bilbee, 16. A.J. Hopkins, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Joss Moffatt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Drew Abel. 7:21.09 (NTR)
FAST QUALIFIER: Stevie Sussex

2017
1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Nick Bilbee, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Joss Moffatt, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Kyle Robbins, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Garrett Abrams, 18. J.J. Hughes, 19. Tony McVey, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Aric Gentry, 22. Shawn Westerfeld, 23. Chad Boespflug. NT
FAST QUALIFIER: Dave Darland

2018
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
FAST QUALIFIER: C.J. Leary

2019
FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. C.J. Leary (3), 5. Chris Windom (8), 6. Nick Bilbee (10), 7. Brady Bacon (2), 8. Jarett Andretti (13), 9. Scotty Weir (14), 10. Chase Stockon (4), 11. Josh Hodges (7), 12. Dustin Clark (16), 13. Mario Clouser (15), 14. Isaac Chapple (17), 15. Max Adams (9), 16. Dustin Smith (11), 17. J.J. Hughes (19), 18. Tyler Kendall (21), 19. Justin Owen (18), 20. Garrett Abrams (20), 21. Kyle Cummins (12), 22. Aric Gentry (22).
FAST QUALIFIER: Tyler Courtney

 

 

ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (September 29, 2020).........All three previous USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series winners at Ohio's Toledo Speedway - Jerry Coons Jr., Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos - are entered for this Sunday afternoon's 100-lap Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic at the high banked, half-mile paved oval on October 4, honoring the legendary Toledo native and 1973 USAC Sprint Car champion driver.

The event marks the eighth appearance by the series Toledo since 2010. It's also the next-to-last Silver Crown contest of the 2020 season. Entering Sunday's race, Ione, California's Justin Grant leads the series points standings by 22 points over Kody Swanson. Grant is seeking a first series title while Swanson is eying an unprecedented sixth.

Grant set quick time in qualifying at Toledo in 2018. He's earned top-ten Toledo finishes with a 10th in both 2017 and 2018, then turned in a personal best 4th in 2019. His car owner is native Ohioan and race sponsor Ron Hemelgarn, who was also the winning owner for Buddy Lazier's 1996 Indianapolis 500 entry. Dennis LaCava turned the wrenches for Lazier on that day and will do so for Grant at Toledo this Sunday.

Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson is the only driver to have started all seven USAC Silver Crown events at Toledo and has yet to finish outside the top-four in any of those seven starts. The five-time Silver Crown champ, who currently stands second in points, enters the event as the defending race winner and has won the Rollie Beale Classic on four occasions, in 2011, 2015, 2018 and 2019, and has led 455 of the 800 laps ever run by Silver Crown cars at Toledo. He's also won the pole four times in 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019. His first, in 2011, remains the one-lap Silver Crown track record at Toledo - 14.809 sec. (121.548 mph avg.).

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) is the only driver to win at Toledo Speedway in a USAC Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown car in his career, taking the checkered at the Rollie Beale Classic in 2017. He's the most recent driver not named Kody Swanson to win at Toledo. The pavement ace has finished inside the top-three in a Crown car at Toledo on four occasions, 3rd in 2012, 1st in 2017, 2nd in 2018 and 2nd again in 2019.

Jerry Coons Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) makes his triumphant return to USAC Silver Crown competition this Sunday at Toledo aboard the Kazmark Motorsports No. 92. In five Toledo Silver Crown starts, he's not once finished outside the top-four. He won the inaugural Crown race at the track in 2010 where he was also the fastest qualifier and led the final 92 laps. The 2008 series champ won again in 2012, leading the final 14. In his three other starts, he's finished 4th three different times, in 2011-15-17. His 2012 Toledo victory is the 100-lap record for Silver Crown cars at Toledo, 27:07.40 (110.606 mph avg,).

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has been a contender at Toledo in each of the past three years, qualifying and running in the top-five in all three instances. The 2017 Silver Crown champion took 3rd in 2017 and wound up 15th in 2018 after losing the brakes while in the lead pack, and was back near the front of the pack again in 2019 where he finished 5th after starting 10th.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has made 27 career USAC Silver Crown starts to go along with two victories. However, none of those previous 27 starts have come on pavement. Bacon is not a newbie to pavement racing or Toledo Speedway. In 2007, he finished 9th there in a Midget and 13th in a Sprint Car. In fact, the first career USAC National Sprint Car win for the two-time champ came on pavement at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 2008. His first pavement Silver Crown ride this Sunday comes aboard the Doran Racing No. 77, who'll be making their series debut as an entrant.

Danville, Indiana's Kyle Hamilton returns to the place where he made his first career Silver Crown start, back in 2011, finishing 8th. His team, Klatt Enterprises, has won three USAC National Sprint Car races at Toledo, in 2004, 2009 and 2011 with driver Bobby East. Hamilton, the 2012 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, has finished a best of 6th at Toledo in both 2012 and 2019.

Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce has Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown experience at Toledo and has finished in the top-five in three of his last four Toledo starts with a 5th in 2015 and 2018 and a best of 3rd in 2019.

Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne has been a consistent frontrunner at Toledo, and on the pavement, for much of his USAC Silver Crown career. Three of the one-time series winner's Toledo starts have produced top-eight finishes with a best of 3rd in 2018 to go along with a 6th in 2015 and an 8th in 2017.

The sole Ohio native in the field is Sylvania's Austin Nemire. Nemire made his first career Silver Crown start at Toledo in 2015, finishing 7th, then came back in 2018 with a solid 6th. Nemire has been consistently steady over the years at Toledo, taking a best finish of 6th in 2018, then was the hard charger in 2019, moving his way through the field to a 7th place finish after starting 20th.

Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) knows his way around Toledo Speedway. In 2018, he set the all-time one-lap track record at Toledo Speedway with a lap of 12.096 seconds in a winged sprint car. In the 2019 Rollie Beale Classic, Gerster made his first Silver Crown run in eight seasons a success, finishing 10th after starting 19th. Gerster, the 1992 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, has won eight career Midget races with USAC and one in the Sprint Cars.

Several returning veterans are back in action for another go at the Rollie Beale Classic. Derek Bischak, (Angola, Ind.), the 2019 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, finished 8th in his Toledo debut in 2019. The previous season's Rookie of the Year in 2018, Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), was 11th in 2018 with Travis Welpott finishing a solid 9th in that same 2018 event. Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) snagged an 8th place result at Toledo in 2018.

Also returning to the Toledo lineup are Toni Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.), the only female in the field, plus Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), who finished a career-best 7th after starting 21st on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway in late August. Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) joins the field as one of two representatives from the Keystone State.

Aiming to make their first USAC Silver Crown starts at Toledo are 2020 season opening Selinsgrove, Pa. winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), plus 2020's leading series Rookie, Bryan Gossel of Fort Collins, Colo. and Dave Berkheimer from the legendary racing town of Mechanicsburg, Pa., who appeared at Toledo in 2019, but mechanical issues hindered him from starting the event.

The Sunday afternoon, October 4, Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series plus Late Model Sportsman, Figure 8, Factory Stock and Street Stock features for the penultimate round of the 2020 season in the Glass City.

The USAC pit gate opens at 8:30am ET on raceday, front gates open at 11am, practice runs from 11:30am-12:15pm for the Silver Crown cars with Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 1:05pm and opening ceremonies at 2pm, followed by the 100-lap Rollie Beale Classic.
All tickets are $25 each, and tickets will only be available online at www.toledospeedway.com. With limited seating for each event, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Grandstand ticketing will be limited to 1,500 with a standard admission price for all events of $25 per person, with specified seating locations to ensure social distancing and presale offering contactless purchasing.

The Rollie Beale Classic can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-199, 2-Kody Swanson-177, 3-Kyle Robbins-167, 4-Matt Goodnight-167, 5-Chris Windom-166, 6-Shane Cottle-163, 7-Aaron Pierce-151, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-149, 9-C.J. Leary-143, 10-Bryan Gossel-136.

ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC ENTRY LIST:

06 ®BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

77 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Doran Enterprises)

80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Kazmark Motorsports)

94 BRIAN GERSTER/Fishers, IN (Dick & Deborah Myers)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

® Represent a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:

4-Kody Swanson

2-Jerry Coons Jr.

1-Bobby Santos

TOLEDO USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS:

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (10/16)

2011: Kody Swanson (10/15)

2012: Jerry Coons Jr. (6/29)

2015: Kody Swanson (5/1)

2017: Bobby Santos (7/28)

2018: Kody Swanson (5/4)

2019: Kody Swanson (4/28)

 

 

WINDOM A KOKOMO MIDGET WINNER FROM 14TH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 26, 2020).........Chris Windom had won pretty much everything Kokomo Speedway has had to offer throughout the past decade.

He'd won two Sprint Car track championships in 2010 and 2018, numerous sprint car races on the local level at the quarter-mile dirt oval, three victories the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, and was even victorious in a USAC Regional Midget feature in 2016.

Nonetheless, that one USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win at Kokomo had eluded him. He led nine laps late in the going during Indiana Midget Week this past June, ultimately finishing 3rd.

This time around, the Canton, Ill. native sealed the deal and stamped the envelope en route to victory Saturday night, carving his way through the field after starting 14th, during night two of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double.

In doing so, Windom maintained his point lead of the series by an eight-point margin as the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champ seeks to conquer the third and final prong of the coveted USAC Triple Crown, of which only six previous drivers have achieved.

Justin Grant led early from his pole starting position, outdueling outside front row starter Brady Bacon for the advantage at the drop of the green. Meanwhile, 2019 series Rookie of the Year, Andrew Layser, slotted into second past Bacon on the third lap and was on the prowl to track down Grant for the race lead.

That notion came to an abrupt halt for Layser on the fifth circuit as he pogo'd at the entry of turn one and collected a broadsliding Thomas Meseraull who was running fifth at the time. Daison Pursley (7th) was also caught up the altercation but was able to restart from the tail and race back to 11th in the end. Layser and Meseraull weren't as fortunate, though, retiring from the race with damage that didn't allow them to continue. Layser finished 20th and Meseraull 21st.

Series Rookie Emerson Axsom slowed to a stop while running fourth to bring out the yellow on the 15th lap, and on that ensuing restart, leader Courtney stuck to the bottom, all while being swarmed high and low behind each shoulder. Second running Bacon went topside and a suddenly surging Windom ventured even lower on the bottom, making his way toward the front after starting 14th.

Windom had gone fifth to third just prior to the yellow, then picked off another position in the pecking order on the 16th lap to roll to second with his vision affixed to Courtney just ahead. Windom had just run ninth in the preceding Sprint Car feature and was determined not to let Sprint feature winner Courtney sweep the night.

"The sprint car race didn't go too well for me, so I had to get something done in that midget race," Windom offered. "The track really wasn't anywhere but around the bottom, and I had to try something. I just got lower than everybody else and made it work."

On the 21st lap, Windom was on the brink of reaching his destination and was able to pull to the inside of Courtney entering the first turn. Courtney responded in kind by racing back by Windom on the outside of turn two, edging ahead midway down the back straightaway before closing the door to take away the bottom lane in turn three, and held the advantage over Windom at the start/finish line by a half-car-length on both laps 21 and 22.

The following lap, however, lap 23, Courtney performed a bounce routine as his right rear tagged the turn three cushion. That allowed Windom to sneak under and assume the lead to beat Courtney to the stripe by a single car length. Windom quickly put the battle to rest by extending his lead to 1.6 sec. down the stretch until a lap 28 yellow for the stopped car of Axsom necessitated a stoppage that ultimately erased Windom's lead, and provided Courtney another shot.

Courtney stepped to the outside of turn two on the final restart with three to go, and momentarily presented a serious threat to Windom's throne. However, that proved short-lived as Windom pasted himself to the bottom and launched away to 1.015 second interval at the checkered to win over Courtney in second and Fatheadz Fast Qualifier Tanner Thorson in third, placing the top-three in the series standings as also the top-three finishers for the night. Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid rounded out the top-five in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

For Windom, it took everything he had in proverbial tank to race from mid-pack to win and retain his point lead while also making it the sixth time this season that a winner has started 10th or worse with the series and went on to win. It was Windom's fourth victory of the year and one he certainly needed at this juncture of the season in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"Chad Boat and all these guys at Tucker-Boat have brought me a great racecar all year," Windom expressed. "We've had one of the fastest cars night-in and night-out. The points battle is tight, but we had to come up there and win that race to keep us in the lead, so that's what we did."

For Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), it was an astounding ninth consecutive top-three finish with the series in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x, including his third-straight runner-up finish as he pursues a second-straight series title.


Chris Windom's fourth USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win of the season helped him maintain his point lead of the series by an eight-point margin as the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champ seeks to conquer the third and final prong of the coveted USAC Triple Crown, of which only six previous drivers have achieved.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)


"After that restart, we just weren't as good as we were at the beginning of the race," Courtney said. "I don't know if something happened, but that's how it goes sometimes. It was still a good night; we qualified second, ran third in the heat and second in the feature, another second place in the midget. We've been running top-three a lot here lately with not a lot of wins, but it was a great night for our team. We'll keep putting the pressure on Chris here and see if we can get ourselves another championship."

Thorson (Minden, Nev.), a Kokomo USAC Midget winner this past June, displayed continual improvements throughout the weekend in his new ride, the Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota. He finished fourth at Gas City, Ind. in his debut with the team on Friday night, then set fast time during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying on Saturday at Kokomo, followed by a third-place feature run.

"I can't thank this team that's behind me enough," Thorson praised. "(Car owner) Tom Malloy and (crew chief) Jerome Rodela gave me a call to come run their stuff. I had a bunch of options and I just felt like these guys were the best ones to pick. I'm happy with (tonight). I wish we could've run a little better, but a single lane on the bottom makes it difficult to pass. Hats off to Chris (Windom) and Tyler (Courtney). They're two of the best out here in the midgets and it's pretty awesome to be able to race with them."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval -Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-13.175; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.240; 3. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.256; 4. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.303; 5. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.357; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.385; 7. Brady Bacon, 19, Hayward-13.417; 8. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-13.419; 9. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-13.425; 10. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.431; 11. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.445; 12. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.452; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.461; 14. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.474; 15. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-13.478; 16. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.496; 17. Logan Seavey, 91L, RMS-13.502; 18. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.535; 19. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.535; 20. Karter Sarff, 55K, Sparks-13.553; 21. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.577; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.583; 23. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-13.591; 24. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-13.593; 25. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-13.703; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-13.714; 27. Chris Jagger Jr., 32, Jagger-14.746; 28. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-15.044; 29. Doug Hewitt, 82H, Cordonnier-15.100; 30. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-NT; 31. Ray Seach, 54, Manic-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Chase Randall, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Doug Hewitt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. David Budres. 2:17.848

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Gage Rucker, 7. Chris Jagger Jr. 2:20.557

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Karter Sarff, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Glenn Waterland, 7. Clinton Boyles. 2:18.992

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Gage Rucker, 8. Chris Jagger Jr., 9. Glenn Waterland, 10. David Budres. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (14), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Tanner Thorson (6), 4. Cannon McIntosh (16), 5. Buddy Kofoid (9), 6. Brady Bacon (2), 7. Logan Seavey (18), 8. Kyle Cummins (12), 9. Chase Johnson (13), 10. Justin Grant (1), 11. Daison Pursley (8), 12. Brenham Crouch (11), 13. Tanner Carrick (17), 14. Bryant Wiedeman (20), 15. Kaylee Bryson (7), 16. Cole Bodine (15), 17. Emerson Axsom (3), 18. Karter Sarff (21), 19. Chase Randall (22), 20. Andrew Layser (4), 21. Thomas Meseraull (10), 22. Hayden Reinbold (19). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Justin Grant, Laps 10-22 Tyler Courtney, Laps 23-30 Chris Windom.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,398, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,390, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,301, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,292, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,211, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,039, 7-Daison Pursley-1,005, 8-Cole Bodine-847, 9-Andrew Layser-844, 10-Justin Grant-793.

FINAL INDIANA DONOR NETWORK DRIVEN2SAVELIVES DOUBLE DOUBLE PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-45, 2-Tanner Thorson-16, 3-Cannon McIntosh-15, 4-Brady Bacon-15, 5-Buddy Kofoid-15, 6-Clinton Boyles-14, 7-Logan Seavey-13, 8-Robert Ballou-12, 9-Kyle Cummins-12, 10-Tyler Courtney-11.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-184, 2-Tanner Thorson-99, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 4-Kyle Cummins-90, 5-Logan Seavey-89, 6-Robert Ballou-85, 7-Justin Grant-84, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-76, 10-Andrew Layser-65.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Double Double ProSource Passing Master: Chris Windom

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Brenham Crouch

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chris Windom (14th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Carrick

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer / Wilwood Tough Brake Award: Gage Rucker

ProSource Hard Work Award: Chase Randall

BC Saved 5 Lives 5th place Midget Feature Finisher: Buddy Kofoid

Smith Titanium "Don't Stop" Midget Weekend Hard Charger: Chris Windom (19)

MPI BCForever Up on the Wheel Highest Finishing Semi-Feature Transfer: Kyle Cummins

 

 

COURTNEY CORRALS KOKOMO'S
DOUBLE DOUBLE USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 26, 2020).........Tyler Courtney has gotten quite used to parking it in victory lane at Kokomo Speedway over the past few years.

His late-race duel with Brady Bacon during Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature was the latest chapter added to his story as he prevailed with the winning move just three laps from the end to earn his sixth career series victory at the quarter-mile dirt oval, third all-time behind Kokomo greats Dave Darland (9) and Tony Elliott (8).

The two-time USAC National champion has seemingly been either snakebitten or victorious in USAC competition at Kokomo this season. He's encountered trouble three separate times while leading or running second this year alone.

During Indiana Midget Week, Courtney flipped while leading two-thirds of the way through. During Indiana Sprint Week, he clipped a turn two infield tire while leading and spun just three laps from the finish. In August's Sprint Car Smackdown IX opener, while running second, contact with a lapped car flattened his tire, putting him out of contention for victory once again.

The tide turned, so to speak, with his Smackdown finale score to close out the month of August and brought him into Saturday night's Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double as the most recent series winner at the track.

Starting fifth, Courtney was on the chase early as outside front row starter Brandon Mattox controlled the pace up front for the first six circuits. Bacon, meanwhile, made a charge from fourth to second on the opening lap and began to contend with Mattox for the race lead.

On lap six, Bacon presented a challenge to the outside, which caught Mattox's attention. Mattox noticed Bacon's nose to his outside and moved up a groove at the exit of turn four in response. Bacon countered back by shooting underneath Mattox on the entry into turn one to take over the point.

Courtney was on the move at that point as well, and on the 11th lap, overtook Mattox for the second position and began to lasso in Bacon as lapped traffic loomed in their path.

The two ringed the top around the tail end of lead lap traffic with Courtney making up just slivers of ground at a time while this year's track champion, Bacon, expertly navigated through the thick as he searched for his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature win at the track.

The highwire show in traffic came to a halt just after the halfway mark of the 30-lapper when 17th running Chase Johnson looped it between turns one and two to bring out the caution. At the resumption of activity, Courtney was now right on Bacon's rear bumper and sans traffic as far as the eye could see.

As Courtney pursued Bacon, Courtney stumbled on the turn four cushion on lap 21, but it didn't seem to deter his motive one iota as he charged back and set himself up for a slider in turn three on the 24th lap that stuck and sent him into the lead. That set off a classic duel between the two champs that proved unrelenting in the forthcoming laps.

Bacon used the bottom side of the racetrack while Courtney worked the top. Bacon ably pulled ahead at the exit of turns two and four on laps 25 and 26 each time with Courtney utilizing the high side momentum to beat him to the line each time. Bacon's relentlessness brought him back to the lead on the 27th lap as he surged to the front off the low line in turn two to hold a two car length advantage with three to go.

However, with the low line occupied by the two cars at the tail end of the field - last week's Haubstadt Hustler winner Kendall Ruble and USAC West Coast star Chase Johnson - Bacon was forced to go high in turn three on lap 28. Courtney went outside-in, following Bacon into turn three, then ducking underneath off turn four to slip by Bacon for the spot.

Bacon continued the chase that now ventured to the top where Courtney had roamed for much of the event, hanging in stride with Courtney just a couple car lengths back on the final lap. Courtney threaded the needle in turn two to the outside of Johnson and Critter Malone and just inside the outer retaining wall. Malone took evasive action to avoid contact as he was the meat in the middle of the sandwich. Bacon was just behind Malone at that exact moment and the two made bumper-to-bumper contact, impeding Bacon's momentum and ending an opportunity for one last effort for the victory.

Courtney closed it out with a 0.764 sec. interval over Bacon at the finish line with Chase Stockon third. Brandon Mattox earned a career-best fourth-place finish while Shane Cottle rounded out the top-five.

For Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), it was the 29th victory of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, equaling him with Robert Ballou for 14th all-time in his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Turbo - CSI - ZMax - Schoenfeld/Spike/Rider Chevy.

"The track changed a lot there from the start to the end," Courtney noted. "Brady started making the bottom work there at the end, but luckily, lapped traffic kind of played in my favor. This car really rolls around this place nice and it just makes my job so easy."

 

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) extended his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead to 30 over ninth-place Kokomo finisher Chris Windom entering the October 3 season finale at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. However, after leading a race-high 18 laps, this was one the two-time series champ felt slipped through his fingers aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"I felt we had a better car," Bacon readily admitted. "I got stuck out in the lead as kind of a sitting duck. I contemplated going to the bottom but it's kind of hard to leave what you're doing. We actually got the lead back and lapped traffic just kind of clogged the hole and (Courtney) was able to keep the lead. I'm disappointed to run second again but there's obviously a bright side with us gaining a lot of points for the championship."

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) remained in the title hunt, just 40 points behind Bacon in third while piloting his KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere - Ravens Manufacturing - AMSOIL/Velocity/Fisher Chevy.

"We've got a real fast hot rod. It's just hard to gain any points on these guys when they keep finishing in front of you," Stockon stated.

Dave Darland's fast qualifying run during Saturday's Fatheadz Eyewear time trials at Kokomo was the 62nd of his career, putting him just three behind Tom Bigelow for the all-time series lead.

While battling for the second position on the opening lap of the semi-feature, driver Tim Creech ramped over the right rear tire of another car and barrel-rolled into the turn four wall and fence. He was transported for further evaluation.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.235; 2. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble/Martin-13.318; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.321; 4. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.323; 5. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.399; 6. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.465; 7. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-13.517; 8. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.563; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-13.579; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.584; 11. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.626; 12. Chase Jones, 11AG, Gray-13.633; 13. Clinton Boyles, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.715; 14. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.770; 15. Brandon Long, 02, Long-13.801; 16. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-13.837; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-13.841; 18. Cole Bodine, 57x, Bodine/Crow-13.995; 19. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-14.005; 20. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro-14.068; 21. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.838.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.068; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.126; 3. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.213; 4. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.219; 5. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-13.229; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.250; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.282; 8. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.296; 9. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.349; 10. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-13.446; 11. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.448; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.464; 13. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.488; 14. Max Adams, 57, Hazen-13.534; 15. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-13.636; 16. Brad Greenup, 4G, Greenup-13.911; 17. Brayden Clark, 42G, Clark/Jackson-14.053; 18. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-14.080; 19. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-14.180; 20. Jack James, 99, James-14.279; 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.437.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Tim Creech, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Brandon Long, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Ryan Barr, 11. Robert Bell. 2:16.297

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Critter Malone, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Kendall Ruble, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Chase Jones, 8. Korbyn Hayslett, 9. Cole Bodine, 10. Davey Ray. 2:16.623

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Carson Short, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Brayden Clark, 11. Braydon Cromwell. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Mario Clouser, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Max Adams, 6. Brad Greenup, 7. Zack Pretorius, 8. Jack James, 9. Ricky Lewis. NT
C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Matt McCarthy, 2. Cole Bodine, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Zack Pretorius, 5. Braydon Cromwell, 6. Ryan Barr, 7. Brayden Clark, 8. Jack James, 9. Robert Bell, 10. Davey Ray. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Carson Short, 4. Kendall Ruble, 5. Clinton Boyles, 6. Max Adams, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Cole Bodine, 9. Brandon Long, 10. Chase Jones, 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 12. Zack Pretorius, 13. Korbyn Hayslett, 14. Tye Mihocko, 15. Ricky Lewis, 16. Matt McCarthy, 17. Brad Greenup, 18. Justin Grant, 19. Tim Creech. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Chase Stockon (3), 4. Brandon Mattox (2), 5. Shane Cottle (1), 6. Robert Ballou (9), 7. Kyle Cummins (7), 8. Dave Darland (6), 9. Chris Windom (18), 10. Justin Grant (21*), 11. Clinton Boyles (20), 12. C.J. Leary (12), 13. Logan Seavey (14), 14. Scotty Weir (10), 15. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 16. Mario Clouser (22), 17. Carson Short (13), 18. Jadon Rogers (19), 19. Chase Johnson (16), 20. Max Adams (23), 21. Critter Malone (17), 22. Kendall Ruble (11), 23. Thomas Meseraull (8). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Ricky Lewis flipped during the fourth heat. Tim Creech flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Brandon Mattox, Laps 7-23 Brady Bacon, Laps 24-26 Tyler Courtney, Lap 27 Brady Bacon, Laps 28-30 Tyler Courtney.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,658, 2-Chris Windom-1,628, 3-Chase Stockon-1,618, 4-Justin Grant-1,550, 5-C.J. Leary-1,542, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,302, 7-Dave Darland-1,214, 8-Carson Short-1,210, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,111, 10-Robert Ballou-1,067.

FINAL INDIANA DONOR NETWORK DRIVEN2SAVELIVES DOUBLE DOUBLE PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-45, 2-Tanner Thorson-16, 3-Cannon McIntosh-15, 4-Brady Bacon-15, 5-Buddy Kofoid-15, 6-Clinton Boyles-14, 7-Logan Seavey-13, 8-Robert Ballou-12, 9-Kyle Cummins-12, 10-Tyler Courtney-11.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-184, 2-Tanner Thorson-99, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 4-Kyle Cummins-90, 5-Logan Seavey-89, 6-Robert Ballou-85, 7-Justin Grant-84, 8-Cannon McIntosh-84, 9-Brady Bacon-76, 10-Andrew Layser-65.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 3, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Fall Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Double Double ProSource Passing Master: Chris Windom

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Dave Darland

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Scotty Weir

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chris Windom (18th to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer / Wilwood Tough Brake Award: Jake Swanson

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Chris Windom

ProSource Hard Work Award: Max Adams

BC Saved 5 Lives 5th place Midget Feature Finisher: Shane Cottle

Schoenfeld Ahead of the Game Award: Chris Windom

MPI BCForever Up on the Wheel Highest Finishing Semi-Feature Transfer: Clinton Boyles

 

McINTOSH MARCHES TO USAC MIDGET TRIUMPH AT GAS CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 25, 2020).........For Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, it was only a matter of time before winning returned to team's narrative following a 27-race winless streak that stretched a span of 13 months until earlier this month.

Enter September and the team is now three-for-three with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, and key to the KKM revival has been the surge of Cannon McIntosh, the Bixby, Okla. native who began the team's winning streak on Sept. 4 in Sweet Springs, Mo. and kept it rolling through Friday night's James Dean Classic, night one of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Friday's theme at the ¼-mile dirt oval was reminiscent of the tests they've endured throughout their 2020 campaign. Though the hurdles were aplenty early on, the stick-to-itiveness the team displayed has allowed them to dig themselves out of their relative early season doldrums to persevere once again, which Keith Kunz cars have done now 113 times with the series, second all-time.

"We weren't that great in the heat race," McIntosh admitted. "We got up to third and it was enough to get us to the feature and put us in a decent spot. Then, (crew chief) Kaz (Townsend) went to work on the car and made some changes. I believe in him, and the car was killer in the feature. I was getting a little tight at the end, just getting behind lapped traffic, but I just hung in there and we pulled off the win."

McIntosh started his 30-lap feature from the fourth position in his TRD - Mobil1 - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, but he wasn't long for staying content with his position for as he blasted to the second spot on the opening lap by splitting between the two front row occupants, teammate Daison Pursley and outside front row starter Chase Johnson.

The pursuit of Pursley by McIntosh came to a head on the second lap when McIntosh showed a nose to Pursley while entering on the bottom of turn one. Pursley slid up just a tad at the exit of turn two and McIntosh powered past to occupy the race lead.

While McIntosh carved out a two second advantage in the opening third of the feature, Tyler Courtney began to emerge as a contender and was challenging Pursley for second on the outside of turn one when Pursley became sideways on the bottom of the racing surface. Fourth running Thomas Meseraull found no place to escape the fray and plowed into the idling Pursley. Pursley kept it running and continued on while Meseraull slid to a stop, prematurely curtailing his opportunity for a victory.

On the 14th lap, Courtney's diligence paid off after having gone toe-to-toe with Pursley to the outside for several laps prior until streaming around the outside of Pursley entering the third turn. Likewise, for Kyle Cummins, who reversed the method by slipping to the inside of Pursley in turn one for third following a tedious battle between the two.

Still up nearly two seconds the race's end approached, McIntosh possessed total control, keeping his car as straight as possible coming off turns two and four on the slightly slickened surface, gliding smoothly through traffic as he raced his way to his third career USAC National Midget feature win by a grand margin of 1.791 seconds over Courtney, Cummins and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tanner Thorson, who made his way from 17th on the grid to finish fourth in his debut aboard the Tom Malloy-owned ride.

Second-place finisher Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) raised his series-leading Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time to five with his qualifying performance in the Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. Courtney's eighth consecutive top-three finish has moved the defending series champion to within nine points of leader Chris Windom, who finished 9th, in his quest for a repeat title.

"You always want to win these races, but we weren't quite there," Courtney explained. "We've just got to get a little better there for the whole feature, but all in all, it was a good night. We haven't finished off the podium in a while, so it's been a good stretch here. We've just got to get the car back in victory lane. I'm tired of second and third. Once I got to second there, I just couldn't really make any ground up on Cannon. I think if the bottom would've slowed up just a little bit more than it did, I think my other line there through the middle would've came into play, but it just never did. Lapped cars played nice tonight; I was kind of banking on them to hold him up a little more than they did."

Sprint Car ace Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) equaled best USAC National Midget run of his career Friday night at Gas City with a third in his Glenn Styres Racing/Oshweken Speedway - Lucas Oil Center/Spike/Stanton SR-11x, a team that gave him a chance to delve into the midget world on a more frequent basis this season, and Cummins hasn't let them down.

"They believed in me to start running the midget a little bit, and to just kind of learn it," Cummins said. "I wasn't very good in the heat race, but in the B-Main we were a little better and there in the end, we weren't so great. I don't know what I'm doing, so we threw a couple things at it, and through the first half, this thing was on kill. Once it got slick there, I probably could've done a couple things, but third place in a midget, that's pretty cool."

Also of note, two drivers made their first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature starts at Gas City on Friday night, Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.). Randall finished 20th while Reinbold took 22nd.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 25, 2020 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - James Dean Classic / Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.149; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-12.164; 3. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.213; 4. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-12.263; 5. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-12.298; 6. Logan Seavey, 91L, RMS-12.319; 7. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.325; 8. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.349; 9. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-12.363; 10. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.364; 11. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.371; 12. Chase Randall, 25, Petry-12.372; 13. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-12.400; 14. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.402; 15. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.413; 16. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-12.421; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.476; 18. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-12.482; 19. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.485; 20. Karter Sarff, 55K, Sparks-12.504; 21. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.512; 22. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.523; 23. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-12.540; 24. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.541; 25. Brady Bacon, 19, Hayward-12.555; 26. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.598; 27. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.741; 28. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-13.255; 29. Doug Hewitt, 82H, Cordonnier-13.406; 30. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-13.434; 31. Kameron Gladish, 20, Nolen-13.603; 32. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.723; 33. Chris Jagger Jr., 32, Jagger-13.770; 34. David Budres, 31, Manic-14.416; 35. Chris Jagger, 27, Jagger-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Doug Hewitt, 9. Chris Jagger Jr.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Oliver Akard, 9. David Budres.

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Sam Johnson, 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Kameron Gladis.

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Gage Rucker, 6. Tyler Nelson, 7. Glenn Waterland, 8. Karter Sarff.

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Tyler Nelson, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Bryant Wiedeman, 9. Sam Johnson, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Gage Rucker, 12. Glenn Waterland, 13. Kameron Gladish, 14. David Budres, 15. Doug Hewitt, 16. Chris Jagger Jr., 17. Oliver Akard.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (4), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Kyle Cummins (11), 4. Tanner Thorson (17), 5. Emerson Axsom (5), 6. Justin Grant (8), 7. Buddy Kofoid (18), 8. Daison Pursley (1), 9. Chris Windom (15), 10. Tanner Carrick (13), 11. Brady Bacon (22), 12. Andrew Layser (9), 13. Logan Seavey (14), 14. Clinton Boyles (19), 15. Thomas Meseraull (7), 16. Chase Johnson (2), 17. Cole Bodine (10), 18. Robert Dalby (21), 19. Kaylee Bryson (20), 20. Chase Randall (16), 21. Tyler Nelson (12), 22. Hayden Reinbold (23*), 23. Ethan Mitchell (3). NT
* represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Daison Pursley, Laps 3-30 Cannon McIntosh.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,321, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,312, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,226, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,226, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,145, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,002, 7-Daison Pursley-956, 8-Cole Bodine-816, 9-Andrew Layser-811, 10-Justin Grant-743.

INDIANA DONOR NETWORK DRIVEN2SAVELIVES DOUBLE DOUBLE PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-23, 2-Brady Bacon-13, 3-Tanner Thorson-13, 4-Buddy Kofoid-11, 5-Shane Cottle-9, 6-Robert Ballou-9, 7-Justin Grant-8, 8-Kyle Cummins-8, 9-Carson Short-6, 10-Clinton Boyles-5.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-162, 2-Tanner Thorson-96, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 4-Kyle Cummins-86, 5-Justin Grant-84, 6-Robert Ballou-82, 7-Logan Seavey-77, 8-Brady Bacon-74, 9-Cannon McIntosh-72, 10-Andrew Layser-65.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tyler Courtney

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Andrew Layser

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (17th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer / Wilwood Tough Brake Award:

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Brenham Crouch

ProSource Hard Work Award: Brady Bacon

BC Saved 5 Lives 5th place Midget Feature Finisher: Emerson Axsom

 

 

LEARY'S LATE RACE HEROICS
LIFT HIM TO GAS CITY USAC SPRINT GLORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 25, 2020).........C.J. Leary saved up a little bit of late-race magic en route to Friday night's James Dean Classic USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway, night one of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double.

Taking full advantage of a second wind provided by a caution with four laps remaining, Leary swept around the outside of Justin Grant exiting turn four on lap 28 of the 30-lap feature to secure and lock down the lead for good, piloting the Leary Racing/Valvoline - Gray Auto - Leary Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy to his third series win of the year and the 12th of his career, tying him with Eric Gordon for 46th all-time.

One year removed from his championship campaign, Leary's season has taken a number of turns, bringing him into Friday night's event without a crew chief and with a recently repaired car that had taken a hard tumble on the opening lap at Terre Haute exactly one week earlier.

Affixed with a new front clip on his family-owned ride, the conclusion looked just like old times - hoisting the trophy and celebrating the thrill of victory for the second time with USAC at Gas City following an Indiana Sprint Week win at the quarter-mile dirt oval in 2017.

"This No. 30 car was on rails tonight," Leary exclaimed. "We're crew-chiefless tonight. My dad's not here; it's just me and some good friends. To come out and win and to beat Justin is great; he was really good there. Somehow, I was making the middle work. I found that in lapped traffic while trying to slide myself and hitting some moisture on exit."

Although Leary started from the pole position, he wound up chasing for much of the race while outside front row starter Dave Darland jumped out the advantage to lead the first seven laps.

An early caution put an end to July's Gas City USAC Sprint winner, Logan Seavey, who suffered a flat left rear and required a ride on a hook back to the pits after contact with Brady Bacon while battling for the fifth position on the sixth lap.

Meanwhile, Justin Grant, slated to start fourth, but penalized two rows for being late to the track prior to the race, spurted from his new eighth starting spot following the restart into the lead on the eighth go-around underneath Darland on the back straightaway.

Leary charged back by Darland on the 10th lap for the second spot while Bacon moved to third in the running order on the 15th circuit for third. At that point, Grant held a near two second lead, but as the leaders began making headway in traffic, the interval Grant held began to be whittled down slowly, but surely.

Grant's lead over Leary and Bacon was sliced in half to a second with under 10 laps remaining, with tenths ticking off each lap thereafter. Nonetheless, time was running short, and hope for another shot for either Leary or Bacon at Grant was withering away and may not have been in the cards without Grant's ultimate nemesis on this night - the yellow flag.

The caution flew for seventh running Kyle Cummins who was stopped atop turn two with four laps to go, setting up a dash for the win amongst the leaders without the attendance of other foes in front of them - something that Leary, in second at the time, was mightily thankful for although he didn't exactly know how many trips around the circumference of the track were left.

"My RACEceiver batteries died, so I had no idea how many laps there were to go, but I felt like the race was almost over," Leary revealed. It definitely bunched us up and we got a good run off two. Justin kind of threw a curveball at me. I thought he was going to slide himself like what I did (in turn three), but he tried to run the bottom and we just got a good run through the middle (of turns three and four). Typically, we're not very good right in the slick, but this was really good all night. I lost the lead at the start and I felt like it just wasn't our night. To drop back and come back, it's a great feeling."

Immediately after taking the spot front Grant on the outside, Leary locked up the bottom, shutting the door at the entry to turn one. From there, the race belonged to Leary who closed out 0.539 sec. margin of victory over Grant, Bacon, Chase Stockon and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger, Chris Windom, who started 22nd and rounded out the top-five. Interestingly, the top-five feature finishers also occupy the top-five positions in the series point standings.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is proud of where his car is at this point with his best finish in the series in nearly two months, but the disappointment was hard to hide after leading a race-high 20 of the 30 laps in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - TOPP Industries - The Bow Foundation/Maxim/Claxton Chevy.

"The car is back where it needs to be," Grant said. "It was fast all night and we've got our motors running and have everything operating how it should be. We're back fighting for wins, but I just let that one get away at the end. I just made bad decisions there on the restart. I'm still a bit salty at myself over it."

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) emerged as the point leader by a mere five points over Chris Windom following Friday night's event as he chases a third career USAC National Sprint Car title after previous reaches of the pinnacle in both 2014 and 2016. Despite a podium run, Bacon felt it was performance that could've been smoother in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"I'm actually a little disappointed with third tonight," Bacon expressed. "We had the third best car, but figured we'd be a little better than that tonight. We'll definitely take it. We had a solid night all night."

Earlier Friday, Bacon recorded the 37th fast qualifying time of his USAC National Sprint Car career, passing Bryan Clauson to move into fifth all-time alongside 1968-70-75 series champion, Larry Dickson.

Three drivers made their first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature starts Friday night at Gas City: 17th place finisher Brandon Long (Wichita Falls, Texas), 19th place finisher Ricky Lewis (Ventura, Calif.) and Evan Mosley (Lapel, Ind.) who ran 20th.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 25, 2020 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - James Dean Classic / Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-12.346; 2. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.359; 3. Brandon Long, 02, Long-12.387; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.411; 5. Anton Hernandez, 36, Darland-12.428; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.428; 7. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-12.458; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.542; 9. Clinton Boyles, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.609; 10. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble/Martin-12.676; 11. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-12.714; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-12.728; 13. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-12.731; 14. Zack Pretorius, 9z, Pretorius-12.734; 15. Slater Helt, 22s, Simon/Helt-12.747; 16. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-12.778; 17. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-12.919; 18. Jack James, 99, James-13.026; 19. Braydon Cromwell, 4x, Cromwell-13.040; 20. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.055; 21. Tayte Williamson, 20R, Williamson-13.428; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-14.702.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.195; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.253; 3. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-12.306; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.378; 5. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.436; 6. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-12.465; 7. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-12.519; 8. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-12.520; 9. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-12.521; 10. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.523; 11. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-12.525; 12. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-12.526; 13. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-12.659; 14. Max Adams, 57, Hazen-12.708; 15. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-12.728; 16. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.736; 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-12.778; 18. Brad Greenup, 4G, Greenup-12.960; 19. Brayden Clark, 42G, Clark/Jackson-12.993; 20. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-13.061; 21. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.738.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Clinton Boyles, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Anton Hernandez, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Korbyn Hayslett, 6. Brandon Long, 7. Slater Helt, 8. Braydon Cromwell, 9. Ryan Barr, 10. Tayte Williamson, 11. Mario Clouser.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Kendall Ruble, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Matt McCarthy, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Matt McDonald, 9. Jack James, 10. Zack Pretorius, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr.

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Evan Mosley, 6. Tim Creech, 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 8. Cole Ketcham, 9. Brayden Clark, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Robert Bell.

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brandon Mattox, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Carson Short, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Max Adams, 8. Brad Greenup, 9. Dustin Ingle, 10. Kyle Shipley.
C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Dustin Ingle, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Matt McDonald, 4. Ryan Barr, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Jack James, 7. Braydon Cromwell, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 9. Robert Bell, 10. Brayden Clark, 11. Tayte Williamson.

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Carson Short, 4. Ricky Lewis, 5. Brandon Long, 6. Evan Mosley, 7. Korbyn Hayslett, 8. Tim Creech, 9. Mario Clouser, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. Max Adams, 12. Cole Ketcham, 13. Matt McDonald, 14. Ryan Barr, 15. Zack Pretorius, 16. Slater Helt, 17. Dustin Ingle, 18. Thomas Meseraull.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (1), 2. Justin Grant (8), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Chase Stockon (3), 5. Chris Windom (22), 6. Shane Cottle (15), 7. Dave Darland (2), 8. Jadon Rogers (4), 9. Robert Ballou (18), 10. Mario Clouser (23*), 11. Carson Short (17), 12. Brandon Mattox (10), 13. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 14. Chase Johnson (16), 15. Scotty Weir (19), 16. Kyle Cummins (7), 17. Brandon Long (11), 18. Clinton Boyles (9), 19. Ricky Lewis (14), 20. Evan Mosley (21), 21. Kendall Ruble (20), 22. Logan Seavey (6), 23. Anton Hernandez (13). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Kyle Shipley flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Dave Darland, Laps 8-27 Justin Grant, Laps 28-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,580, 2-Chris Windom-1,575, 3-Chase Stockon-1,544, 4-Justin Grant-1,507, 5-C.J. Leary-1,503, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,269, 7-Carson Short-1,179, 8-Dave Darland-1,154, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,051, 10-Robert Ballou-1,004.

INDIANA DONOR NETWORK DRIVEN2SAVELIVES DOUBLE DOUBLE PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-23, 2-Brady Bacon-13, 3-Tanner Thorson-13, 4-Buddy Kofoid-11, 5-Shane Cottle-9, 6-Robert Ballou-9, 7-Justin Grant-8, 8-Kyle Cummins-8, 9-Carson Short-6, 10-Clinton Boyles-5.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-162, 2-Tanner Thorson-96, 3-Shane Cottle-95, 4-Kyle Cummins-86, 5-Justin Grant-84, 6-Robert Ballou-82, 7-Logan Seavey-77, 8-Brady Bacon-74, 9-Cannon McIntosh-72, 10-Andrew Layser-65.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 26, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Donor Network / Driven2SaveLives Double Double

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Clinton Boyles

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Brandon Mattox

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Chris Windom (22nd to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer / Wilwood Tough Brake Award: Korbyn Hayslett

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Ricky Lewis

ProSource Hard Work Award: Chris Windom

BC Saved 5 Lives 5th place Midget Feature Finisher: Chris Windom

Schoenfeld Ahead of the Game Award: Ricky Lewis

 

 

GRANT, SWANSON LEAD SILVER CROWN TO TOLEDO OCT. 4

By: Scott Schultz

Toledo, OH—September 22, 2020: Defending race winner Kody Swanson is one of the early favorites as the USAC Silver Crown Series heads to Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon, October 4 for the Hemelgarn/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic 100 lap contest.

Local businessman and sponsor of the race, Ron Hemelgarn, is the owner of the car piloted by Justin Grant, who leads the Series points with 2 races remaining on the 2020 schedule for the Silver Crown cars.

Local driver Austin Nemire is also entered for the October event.

A tradition at Toledo Speedway since the 1960s, the United States Auto Club (USAC) open-wheel divisions have battled on the big ½ mile paved oval for nearly 6 decades.

A special addition to the race card for that date will be racing for four divisions of ARCA stock cars featuring local drivers—the ARCA Late Model Sportsman, ARCA Street Stock, ARCA Figure-8 and ARCA Factory Stock classes.

Per the State of Ohio and the local health department COVID-19 guidelines, only 1500 tickets may be sold for the grandstands for Toledo’s final race of the year. Advance tickets are available only online at www.toledospeedway.com. Any remaining tickets will be available at the track on race day at the ticket office. All tickets are $25 each.

The track ticket office will open at 11 a.m. on race day, as well as the spectator gates. Practice begins at 11:30 a.m. and racing begins at 2 p.m.

The time schedule for the day can be found at www.toledospeedway.com. Click on the event on the right side of the home page and follow down to the entry list and schedule buttons.

The Rollie Beale Classic can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

 

HEMELGARN RACING IN ELITE COMPANY
WITH USAC SILVER CROWN SUCCESS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio (September 24, 2020).........In the early 1970s, the USAC National Championship (now IndyCar) remained pretty much hand-in-hand with the dirt tracks. Once the dirt was removed from the National Championship trail following the conclusion of the 1970 season, a new series dedicated to the dirt for the Champ Cars was formed for 1971.

Several car owners remained actively involved on both circuits during the first few years of the now-named Silver Crown division with the likes of Leader Card Racers (1971), A.J. Foyt Enterprises (1972) and Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing (1973) each earning respective entrant championships with the dirt series, all of whom had previously or would go on to win the Indianapolis 500 as an entrant as well.

Now, this season, Hemelgarn Racing out of Toledo, Ohio, with driver Justin Grant and crew chief Dennis LaCava, stands atop the USAC Silver Crown point standings entering the final two-race stretch beginning with the Sunday afternoon, October 4, Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic at Ohio's Toledo Speedway with hopes in becoming one of the very select few car owners to win both an Indianapolis 500 and USAC Silver Crown season championship.

Hemelgarn captured the Indianapolis 500-mile race victory in 1996 with driver Buddy Lazier and LaCava, while Leader Card did the same thrice with Rodger Ward in 1959 & 1962, plus Bobby Unser in 1968. Foyt Enterprises got the job done with the man himself, A.J. Foyt, drinking the milk for his record-breaking fourth "500" triumph in 1977. Vel's Parnelli Jones, meanwhile, won back-to-back with Al Unser and the Johnny Lightning Specials in 1970-71.

Additionally, Curb/Agajanian Racing, a four-time Silver Crown entrant champ between 2010-13 with both Tony Stewart and RW Motorsports, partnered with Bryan Herta Autosport for their improbable 2011 Indianapolis 500 win with Dan Wheldon, and again in 2016 with Andretti Herta Autosport and their miraculous fuel-saving strategy on the last stint to emerge victorious with driver Alexander Rossi.

Hemelgarn and Grant's bid for a 2020 Silver Crown title could mark another rarity with a team owner winning both an IndyCar / CART championship as well as a USAC Silver Crown title. Hemelgarn and Lazier won at Phoenix and Kentucky en route to the 2000 Indy Racing League crown. Leader Card snagged the USAC National Championship in the same exact years as their Indianapolis 500 accolades with Ward in '59 & '62, and Bobby Unser in '68. Foyt did likewise with himself as the driver in 1975, then again at the advent of the IRL with drivers Scott Sharp in 1996 and Kenny Brack in 1998.

Johnny Capels, meanwhile, was on a roll throughout the decade of the 1970s, winning back-to-back USAC National Championships as the crew chief for Vel's Parnelli and driver Joe Leonard in 1971-72. Capels followed up with a pair of USAC Champ Dirt Car titles with Vel's Parnelli and drivers Al Unser in 1973 and Mario Andretti in 1974. Branching out on his own, Capels, a 2019 USAC Hall of Fame inductee, was the chief mechanic/car owner for Pancho Carter's USAC Dirt Car title in 1978.

Hemelgarn's Silver Crown team has been victorious on two occasions over the years, in 2017 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and in 2018 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, both of which were Justin Grant's first two wins with the series.

While all the owners listed above have won numerous races on both circuits, perhaps lesser known is the one-time Silver Crown victory by U.E. "Pat" Patrick, who's STP sponsored dirt car shocked the world at the 1974 Hoosier Hundred with Oklahoma's Jackie Howerton as the driver, winning the pole and leading all 100 laps at the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile, defeating the two Vel's Parnelli cars of Al Unser and Mario Andretti in the process to tally both Patrick and Howerton's only career series wins.

Patrick had found a high amount of success the year prior just down the street from the Indy Mile as a first-time winner in the 1973 Indianapolis 500 with Gordon Johncock in the cockpit. Patrick and Johncock hit paydirt again with a victory in the then-closest "500" finish of all-time in 1982. Patrick was back in winner's circle again at Indy with Emerson Fittipaldi in 1989 on their way to winning the CART PPG Cup that Fall.

The Sunday afternoon, October 4, Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series plus Late Model Sportsman, Figure 8, Factory Stock and Street Stock features for the penultimate round of the 2020 season in the Glass City.

The USAC pit gate opens at 8:30am ET on raceday, front gates open at 11am, practice runs from 11:30am-12:15pm for the Silver Crown cars with Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying at 1:05pm and opening ceremonies at 2pm, followed by the 100-lap Rollie Beale Classic.

All tickets are $25 each, and tickets will only be available online at www.toledospeedway.com. With limited seating for each event, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Grandstand ticketing will be limited to 1,500 with a standard admission price for all events of $25 per person, with specified seating locations to ensure social distancing and presale offering contactless purchasing.

The Rollie Beale Classic can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1971: Leader Card Racers

1972: A.J. Foyt Enterprises

1973: Vel's Parnelli Jones

1974: Vel's Parnelli Jones

1975: Pizza Hut of St. Louis (George Middleton)

1976: Louis Seymour & Sons

1977: Dave LeFevre

1978: Johnny Capels

1979: Leader Card Racers

1980: Delrose-Holt Racing

1981: Aristocrat Products (Johnny Vance)

1982: Steve Enslow

1983: Delrose-Holt Racing

1984: Radio Hospital (Ralph DePalma)

1985: Damon Fortune

1986: Bob Hampshire

1987: Bob Hampshire

1988: Kenny Jarrett Farms

1989: Transportation Computer Systems (Junior Kurtz)

1990: Bob Consani

1991: M & L Plumbing (Fred Ede)

1992: Kenny Jarrett Farms

1993: Del McClure

1994: Gary Stanton

1995: Niebel Engines, Inc.

1996: Gary Stanton

1997: Foxco, Inc.

1998: Goetz Racing

1999: Snider/Foyt Racing

2000: Indiana Underground Construction (Terry Riggs)

2001: Paul Cook Racing

2002: East/Stewart Racing

2003: East/Stewart Racing

2004: East/Stewart Racing

2005: East/Stewart Racing

2006: Leffler/BK Racing

2007: BK Racing

2008: RW Motorsports

2009: BK Motorsports

2010: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing

2011: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing

2012: RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing

2013: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing

2014: DePalma Motorsports

2015: DePalma Motorsports

2016: DePalma Motorsports

2017: DePalma Motorsports

2018: DePalma Motorsports

2019: Klatt Enterprises

 

 

THORSON GETS USAC MIDGET RIDE WITH MALLOY FOR REST OF 2020

Speedway, Indiana (September 23, 2020)………Tanner Thorson will take the wheel of the Tom Malloy-owned No. 25m for the remainder of the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season, beginning with this weekend’s Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, Friday, Sept. 25 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kokomo Speedway.

Minden, Nevada’s Thorson, the 2016 series champion, recently parted ways with Hayward Motorsports, who he had driven for in all 19 of his starts this season, which produced four victories in Ocala, Fla., Du Quoin, Ill., Kokomo, Ind. and Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

Thorson will be a teammate to Chase Johnson, who has driven Malloy’s No. 25 throughout 2020. With 10 series points races remaining, Thorson finds himself fourth in the standings, 105 points out of the lead, entering the weekend. Thorson is thrilled with the new pairing.

“I am looking forward to ending this year strong with Tom Malloy and Jerome Rodela,” Thorson said. “Chase (Johnson) has been fast in their cars and I’m hoping to be able to add to their speed. They have great equipment and we are both eager to continue the success.”

“It’s going to be rad,” the team’s crew chief, Jerome Rodela exclaimed. “I’m looking forward to the addition of Tanner and seeing what our team can accomplish.”

For team owner Malloy, it was a quick phone call. The opportunity to team with Thorson was too good to pass up.

“Jerome called me last week and told me Tanner was available,” Malloy stated. “Jerome asked if I would want to put him in our car, and knowing what I do about Tanner’s talent, I couldn’t resist. I’m excited to have Tanner and Chase representing the Malloy Family and Trench Shores Company.”

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season finishes up with a flurry of activity that consists of 10 races in four different states. Following the Gas City/Kokomo “Double Double” on Sep. 25-26, the series moves onto another weekend double with races on Friday, Oct. 9 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. for the Jason Leffler Memorial. That’s followed the next night by the Harvest Cup on Saturday, Oct. 10 just across the border at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

From there, the traditional pilgrimage to the west takes the Midgets to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the Western World Championships on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, which will also feature the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars in a midget/sprint doubleheader each night.

A mini-California Midget Week begins just days later with four nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing in a five-day span, beginning at Bakersfield Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Three-straight nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20-21, bring the series to Placerville Speedway for the second running of the Hangtown 100, which concludes the points season with a 100-lap finale.

Furthermore, a non-points special event for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets has been added to the schedule to close out the 2020 season at California’s Merced Speedway on Wednesday night, November 25.

There are no limits on the number of entries for either of this weekend’s events, which feature a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on two consecutive nights.

Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

 

 

CHECKING THE BOXES
WITH USAC WINS AT GAS CITY & KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 24, 2020).........Gas City I-69 Speedway and Kokomo Speedway lie just about 45 minutes apart - a straight, 180-degree angle from each other an hour-plus north of Indianapolis in the Hoosier state.

Though each racetrack is listed as a quarter-mile length of dirt, each track possesses its own characteristics - one with a surrounding concrete wall, one without. One with slightly more banking than the other, and so on and so forth.

When you put the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets on the same event card, such as it is for both nights of this weekend's Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, Friday, Sept. 25 at Gas City and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kokomo, you'll several drivers hopping between both types of cars at both racetracks.

As we dig through the records, we've found that no driver has checked all four boxes in play this weekend with USAC National Sprint wins in addition to USAC National Midget victories at both venues. Some have come close over the years to scoring all four, with four drivers reigning victorious in three of those four categories.

A USAC National Midget win at Gas City is the only such item that eluded Bryan Clauson, the winner of a single USAC Sprint Car race at Gas City and four at Kokomo, plus three Midget scores at Kokomo. Oddly enough, the same missing puzzle piece eludes all four individuals with Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr. and J.J. Yeley also emerging triumphantly in USAC Sprint competition at both Gas City and Kokomo as well as in a Midget at Kokomo, but with no hardware to show from a Midget win at Gas City.

In all, an impressive array of 22 different drivers have won USAC National features at both Gas City and Kokomo. Brady Bacon and Tracy Hines have flip-flopped with a Sprint win at Gas City and a Midget victory at Kokomo, or in the case of Bacon, three Midget wins at Kokomo. On the other hand, Justin Grant notched a USAC Midget win at Gas City and with the Sprint Car at Kokomo.

Nine drivers have won with the USAC Sprint Cars only at both Gas City and Kokomo in their careers with the likes of past series champions Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary and Chris Windom along with top-tier racers Cory Kruseman, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jon Stanbrough and Chase Stockon.

Meanwhile, six more have conquered Midget only victories at the two tracks, including four series champs Spencer Bayston, Darren Hagen, Brad Kuhn and Tanner Thorson. Kyle Larson, the jack of all racing trades in 2020, has also won at both in a USAC Midget as has international racing star, Michael Pickens, of New Zealand.

The cream rises to the top in terms of versatility and drivers finding success at different venues and in the seats of different types of racecars, all in quick succession. This weekend's Double Double runs the gamut, so to speak, in versatility, and we'll get to witness who'll be grabbing their pen and checking off one of those boxes off this weekend.

There are no limits on the number of entries for either of this weekend's events. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for both events at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NATIONAL WINNERS AT BOTH GAS CITY & KOKOMO: (1956-August 2020)

Bryan Clauson: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 4 Sprint at Kokomo / 3 Midget Kokomo

Tyler Courtney: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 5 Sprint at Kokomo / 2 Midget at Kokomo

Kevin Thomas Jr.: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Sprint at Kokomo / 2 Midget at Kokomo

J.J. Yeley: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Kokomo Sprint / 1 Kokomo Midget

Brady Bacon: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Midget at Kokomo

Spencer Bayston: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Dave Darland: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 9 Sprint at Kokomo

Jay Drake: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Justin Grant: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Darren Hagen: 2 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Tracy Hines: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Levi Jones: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Cory Kruseman: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Brad Kuhn: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Kyle Larson: 2 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

C.J. Leary: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Sprint at Kokomo

Michael Pickens: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Hunter Schuerenberg: 2 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Jon Stanbrough: 6 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Sprint at Kokomo

Chase Stockon: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 1 Sprint at Kokomo

Tanner Thorson: 1 Midget at Gas City & 1 Midget at Kokomo

Chris Windom: 1 Sprint at Gas City & 3 Sprint at Kokomo

 

 

CONSISTENCY ACROSS THE BOARD:
WINDOM'S 2020 SHAPING UP AS ONE OF THE BEST

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 23, 2020).........The mark of consistency requires agility and performance night-in, night-out throughout the entirety of a marathon of a season.
For one who occupies full-time seats in all three USAC National series such as Chris Windom, the season is a constant test with three different types of cars for three different car owners. He's found success in all three types of cars in his career but not on the level he has produced thus far this season between the three.

The Canton, Ill. driver leads tight points races in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings entering this weekend's Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, Friday, Sept. 25 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kokomo Speedway.

The 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint champion's current point lead stands at eight over Brady Bacon in the Sprints and at 34 over Tyler Courtney in the Midgets. He's also 5th in Silver Crown points to boot, 33 points out of the lead.

That brought to mind how many times over the years that a driver has finished inside the top-five of the point standings in all three of USAC's National divisions in the same year. In fact, only nine previous drivers have done so since the advent of the Silver Crown/Dirt Championship division in 1971.

For many years, from the infancy of USAC through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, USAC's Sprint and Midget schedules quite often overlapped with several events from each division taking place on the same day, making it practically impossible for a driver to simultaneously contend for both titles.

The dawn of the 1980s brought along more cooperation between the series schedules, with minimal overlapping, and drivers began finding full-time seats in all three divisions. In 1980, Rich Vogler not only became the first driver to finish inside the top-five of all three divisions in a single year, he was the first to win Sprint and Midget titles in the same season, while also finishing 5th in the Silver Crown points.

Vogler repeated the feat of finishing inside the top-five in all three series' points in both 1981 and 1986. Tracy Hines remains the only driver to do this on four occasions, in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2011.

While Tony Stewart became the first to finish first with all three divisions in 1995, J.J. Yeley became the second to do so in 2003. Yeley became the first driver to finish inside the top-five of all three in three consecutive seasons in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

The contingent who finished inside the top-five in Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown all in one year includes a myriad of drivers who done the deed once in their careers, Ken Schrader (1983), Josh Wise (2005), Bryan Clauson (2010) and Jerry Coons Jr. (2010) with Justin Grant being the most recent in 2017.

Windom very well could be the next as he also chases multiple USAC National titles within a single year, something only done nine times previously by eight drivers: Rich Vogler (1980 Sprint & Midget), Rick Hood (1985 Silver Crown & Sprint), Steve Butler (1988 Silver Crown & Sprint), Tony Stewart (1995 all three), Jason Leffler (1998 Silver Crown & Midget), J.J. Yeley (2003 all three), Jerry Coons Jr. (2008 Silver Crown & Sprint) and Levi Jones twice (2010 & 2011 Silver Crown & Sprint).

There are no limits on the number of entries for either of this weekend's events. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for both events at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double, including Friday's event at Gas City I-69 Speedway, can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

DRIVERS WHO'VE FINISHED INSIDE THE TOP-5 OF USAC'S NATIONAL SPRINT, MIDGET & SILVER CROWN POINTS IN A SINGLE SEASON:

1980: Rich Vogler (Silver Crown: 3rd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 1st)

1981: Rich Vogler (Silver Crown: 2nd, Sprint: 2nd & Midget: 3rd)

1983: Ken Schrader (Silver Crown: 2nd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 3rd)

1989 Rich Vogler (Silver Crown: 3rd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 3rd)

1995: Tony Stewart (Silver Crown: 1st, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 1st)

2000: Tracy Hines (Silver Crown: 1st, Sprint: 3rd & Midget: 5th)

2001: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown: 4th, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 3rd)

2002: Tracy Hines (Silver Crown: 3rd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 5th)

2002: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown: 1st, Sprint: 2nd & Midget: 2nd)

2003: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown: 1st, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 1st)

2003: Tracy Hines (Silver Crown: 3rd, Sprint: 1st & Midget: 5th)

2005: Josh Wise (Silver Crown: 2nd, Sprint: 5th & Midget: 1st)

2010 Bryan Clauson (Silver Crown: 4th, Sprint: 3pm, Midget: 1st)

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (Silver Crown: 5th, Sprint: 4th & Midget: 2nd)

2011: Tracy Hines: (Silver Crown: 4th, Sprint: 5th & Midget: 4th)

2017: Justin Grant: (Silver Crown: 4th, Sprint: 2nd & Midget 5th)

WON MULTIPLE USAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN A SINGLE SEASON:

1980: Rich Vogler (Sprint & Midget)

1985: Rick Hood (Silver Crown & Sprint)

1988: Steve Butler (Silver Crown & Sprint)

1995: Tony Stewart (Silver Crown, Sprint & Midget)

1998: Jason Leffler (Silver Crown & Midget)

2003: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown, Sprint & Midget)

2008: Jerry Coons Jr. (Silver Crown & Sprint)

2010: Levi Jones (Silver Crown & Sprint)

2011: Levi Jones (Silver Crown & Sprint)

 

 

Doug Lockwood To Assume Co-Ownership of USAC West Coast 360 Series

PETERSEN MEDIA: The USAC West Coast 360 Series is proud to announce that former series Director of Competition, and current Merced Speedway GM, Doug Lockwood has been named the series’ Co-Owner and will oversee race related operations effective immediately.

“The USAC West Coast 360 Series has always been near and dear to me, so to have this opportunity to take on a leadership role is something I am really looking forward to,” Doug Lockwood said. “The series is made up of a lot of great teams and families, and I am excited to get involved again and see how we can evolve non-wing racing in California.”

While Chris Kearns will remain on board with the series as the other Co-Owner, he will focus on the business admin side of things, where Lockwood will overtake race related duties.

Effective immediately as the series gets ready to make it’s return to Placerville Speedway on October 10th, Lockwood will be in charge of hiring a series Race Director, Series Officials, and will be the liaison with USAC West Coast 360 teams.

On race days, Lockwood will also be the series point man for competitors at USAC West Coast 360 events.

ON TAP: The USAC West Coast 360 Series is back in action on October 10th at Placerville Speedway.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with the USAC West Coast 360 Series by ‘Liking’ the series on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USACwc360, or by clicking over to www.usacracing.com.

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USAC SPRINT/MIDGET WINS IN ONE DAY, IT'S A RARITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 23, 2020).........It's one thing to win one USAC National feature in a single day, or even two, which has been achieved on an occasional basis throughout history. But winning in two (or even three) different USAC series on the same day? That's reserved for a special breed.

The opportunity presents itself once again twice this weekend in the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, a two-night racing extravaganza featuring both USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets on the same event card for two consecutive nights in the state of Indiana. It begins this Friday, September 25 at Gas City I-69 Speedway and continues Saturday, September 26 at Kokomo Speedway.

While three different drivers have scored three USAC National feature wins in a single day, that record, however, is not on the table coming up, but is worth a mention entering this weekend, which for the past four decades has been reserved for the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, which was cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The first such occurrence of three USAC National wins in one day came via Pancho Carter on a rare afternoon that featured twin 50-lap A-Mains for both sprints and midgets. On the same day! Pancho notched both midget features, scored the first sprint feature win, and finished 2nd to Tom Bigelow in the final sprint feature. It was the first time that any driver had won USAC Sprint and Midget features in the same day.

Jack Hewitt replicated the feat, and even one-upped Pancho, in 1998 at Eldora's 4-Crown Nationals. Hewitt's topsy-turvy season included a change away from his longtime rides in the Bob Hampshire No. 63, then was followed by his long-awaited debut at the Indianapolis 500-mile race in May, then took another turn the opposite way when he was injured in a July Sprint race at IRP.

Entering the 4-Crown, Hewitt had gone all year without a win to that point, but that all changed in one Cinderella story night, as he knocked off feature wins in USAC Midgets, Sprints and even in the UMP Modified! With the crowd buzzing and murmurs of if he could really do it, Hewitt dominated the Silver Crown finale to go 4-for-4 on the night, a feat in totality that has seen no equal since.

However, Kyle Larson came the closest, going 3-for-3 in the revamped 2011 edition of the 4-Crown Nationals, reigning victorious in the USAC Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown races. An impressive feat by anybody was nonetheless eclipsed by the fact that the weekend marked Larson's first ever visit to Eldora. Modifieds were not on the docket that night, but in retrospect, odds are that if they were, Larson more than likely would've been a contender in that too. Just a hunch.

As for those drivers who've won in both USAC National Sprints and National Midgets in the same day at the same track, there have been 25 such cases at press time. Hewitt, Dave Steele and J.J. Yeley are the only individuals to do it three times. Jeff Gordon and Tyler Courtney have each done so twice. Courtney has an opportunity to accomplish the feat again this Saturday at Kokomo in double-duty action.

Twelve more drivers have won in both USAC divisions on the same day just once in their career, including Pancho, Ron Shuman, Ken Schrader, Rich Vogler, Tony Stewart, Doug Kalitta, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons Jr., Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines and Kyle Larson.

One thing in common with all 17 drivers who've done it are that they are either USAC National champions, Hall of Famers, or in the case of Larson, a future Hall of Famer. There aren't any slouches who magically rise up for one night and get it done like this. An achievement of this caliber is the epitome of their full body of excellence, framed within one, two or even three very special nights at the racetrack.

There are no limits on the number of entries for either of this weekend's events. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double, including Friday's event at Gas City I-69 Speedway, can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

WON USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR & NATIONAL MIDGET RACES IN ONE DAY:

5/30/1977: Pancho Carter - Salem Speedway / Salem, IN

7/4/1978: Ron Shuman - Reading Fairgrounds / Reading, PA

7/31/1982: Ken Schrader - Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI

9/28/1986: Rich Vogler - Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH

6/17/1990: Jeff Gordon - Salem Speedway / Salem, IN

11/4/1990: Jeff Gordon - Winchester Speedway / Winchester, IN

8/31/1991: Jack Hewitt - Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, IL

9/23/1995: Tony Stewart - Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH

10/22/1995: Doug Kalitta - Winchester Speedway / Winchester, IN

10/4/1997: Jack Hewitt - Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN

9/26/1998: Jack Hewitt - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

9/25/1999: Dave Darland - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

6/22/2001: Jay Drake - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

5/3/2002: J.J. Yeley - Hawkeye Downs Speedway - Cedar Rapids, IA

6/20/2002: J.J. Yeley - Fremont Speedway - Fremont, OH

8/23/2003: Dave Steele - Nazareth Speedway - Nazareth, PA

7/4/2004: Dave Steele - Pikes Peak International Raceway - Fountain, CO

7/24/2004: J.J. Yeley - Milwaukee Mile (Midget) & Terre Haute Action Track (Sprint)

8/14/2004: Dave Steele - Salem Speedway - Salem, IN

6/9/2006: Jerry Coons Jr. - Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, MO

8/12/2006: Bryan Clauson - Salem Speedway - Salem, IN

9/23/2006: Tracy Hines - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

9/24/2011: Kyle Larson - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

9/22/2018: Tyler Courtney - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

9/28/2019: Tyler Courtney - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

 

 

KOKOMO USAC SPRINT DOUBLE DOUBLE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 21, 2020).........Three races remain to decide the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion - two are on the schedule this weekend with Saturday's critical event marking the penultimate race of the campaign on September 26 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway for the second and final night of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double, a doubleheader along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets.

Point leader Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has won three times in his USAC National Sprint Car career at Kokomo in 2012, 2015 and 2019. The 2010 & 2018 track champion has finished inside the top-ten in all four of his Kokomo USAC Sprint starts this season with a 9th, 8th, 2nd and 6th to his credit. He also took the victory during the sprint car portion of Indiana Midget Week at Kokomo this past June.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) resides second in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, just eight behind Windom. Bacon won Kokomo's track championship this season by a single solitary point. Though he owns three career USAC National Midget wins there, he has yet to score a USAC National Sprint Car victory, finishing 2nd on five different occasions, including twice this year to go along with a 4th and a 5th.

Nine of Dave Darland's (Lincoln, Ind.) 62 career USAC National Sprint Car victories have come at Kokomo dating back to 1993, that's more than any other driver for the track's all-time winningest driver and four-time track champion in 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1994.

Tyler Courtney's five USAC Sprint Car wins at Kokomo rank second all-time among active drivers and third all-time. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver won his last time out at Kokomo in the Smackdown IX finale to end the month of August. He's run strong in every event in 2020 at Kokomo, leading three of the four he's competed in and finishing 3rd in the other. His active streak of four consecutive years with a USAC National Sprint Car win at Kokomo leads all drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has notched three career USAC Sprint wins at Kokomo, including his first career series triumph in 2016, plus one in 2017 and again in this year's Indiana Sprint Week round in July. The 2015 track champion has followed suit with three more top-ten Kokomo USAC Sprint runs in 2020, a 10th, 7th and 3rd.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has won in both USAC National Sprint and National Midget competition at Kokomo, with his three Sprint wins coming first in 2013, then twice in 2016. Kokomo victory lane was the 2016 track champion's home this past September 6 after winning the non-sanctioned Vince Osman Season Championship race.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), likewise, has won three times at Kokomo behind the wheel of a USAC Sprint Car, taking the checkered for his first series win in 2016 followed by back-to-back victories during the first two prelims of Smackdown this past August. In his other two 2020 Kokomo USAC Sprint starts, he was 6th and 2nd.

Another three-time winner in this Saturday night's field is Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a victor in each of the last three seasons of USAC Sprint Car competition at Kokomo. During the recent three nights of Smackdown, "T-Mez" was the mark of consistency with finishes of 5th, 9th and 8th.

The 2017 and 2019 Kokomo track champion, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), owns one USAC Sprint win at Kokomo, which came in the Smackdown finale of 2018. Standing fourth in the points at the moment, Grant led a lap and finished 3rd during July's stop at Kokomo.

Third in the standings, just 36 from the lead, is Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), a 2015 USAC Sprint winner at Kokomo. Just as he's been all throughout his 2020 season, and throughout the entirety of his career, the "Ironman" has placed 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th in his four series starts at Kokomo this year.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) earned his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Kokomo in August of 2019. His results of 10th, 6th, 3rd and 7th in four USAC Sprint starts at Kokomo in 2020 have made showcased the consistency that has made him one of the frequent front-running performers throughout the season.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has had two of his best runs of the year at Kokomo Speedway, where he was a winner during his 2015 USAC National Sprint Car championship season. The 29-time series winner collected a 4th during Indiana Sprint Week there this past July and was 3rd on the opening night of Smackdown in August.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) is one of the all-time greats at Kokomo Speedway with four track championships to his name in 2004-05-07-11. This year, he's finished 8th and 10th in his USAC Sprint battles at Kokomo as he seeks to rack up his second USAC Sprint win of 2020, and the first of his career at Kokomo.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) took 7th during Kokomo's Indiana Sprint Week A-Main in July. He's taken over the wheel of Michael Dutcher's No. 17GP, a ride that's won twice with the series at Kokomo over the years, in 2013 with Kevin Thomas Jr. and again in 2014 with Jon Stanbrough.

Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) is the new pilot of the Daigh/Phillips Motorsports beginning with last weekend's set of races, the ride in which Short formerly wheeled. Boyles has taken a liking to Kokomo of late, earning his best career USAC National Midget finish of 4th there in June, then won his first Sprint Car race at the track on Independence Day weekend of this year. His Daigh/Phillips ride has won six USAC Sprint features at Kokomo over the years between 2013 and 2015.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), a stalwart of the western U.S. racing scene as a winner with both the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and USAC Western States Midgets, will be piloting a sprint car for Goodnight Racing in both races this weekend along with Tom Malloy's midget in double duty action. Johnson earned hard charger honors for his advancement from 19th to 11th during July's Indiana Sprint Week feature at Kokomo.

The 67th USAC National Sprint Car points paying event at Kokomo Speedway arrives this Saturday night, Sept. 26. There are no limits on the number of entries for the event. Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double, including Friday's event at Gas City I-69 Speedway, can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,511, 2-Brady Bacon-1,503, 3-Chase Stockon-1,475, 4-Justin Grant-1,430, 5-C.J. Leary-1,425, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,228, 7-Carson Short-1,136, 8-Dave Darland-1,092, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,012, 10-Logan Seavey-971.

KOKOMO SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

9-Dave Darland

8-Tony Elliott

5-Tyler Courtney

4-Bryan Clauson

3-C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, Jack Hewitt, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas Jr. Kyle Cummins & Thomas Meseraull

1-Brad Marvel, Bud Kaeding, Chad Boat, Chase Stockon, Cory Kruseman, Dean Shirley, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, Kelly Kinser, Kevin Thomas, Levi Jones, Logan Seavey, Rich Vogler, Robert Ballou, Russ Gamester, Tom Bigelow & Tyler Thomas

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

OCTOBER 17TH USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR MAKE UP RACE ANNOUNCED AT PETALUMA
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020... United States Auto Club (USAC) Western Director Chris Kearns has announced that the cancelled September 12th USAC West Coast Sprint Car race at Petaluma will be made up on Saturday, October 17th. The show will be a special non-points event and a special thanks goes to track promoter Rick Faeth and Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds management for making the race possible. At press time, the grandstands will be closed to the public and a live pay per view internet broadcast will be available at floracing.com.

The September 12th race was cancelled due to hazardous air quality in the area from nearby fires.

Series officials are looking for sponsors to add bonuses and increase the night’s purse. As this writing goes to press, The October 17th race will pay $800-to-win, $400-for-2nd, $300-for 3rd, $250-for-4th, $200-for 5th, and $100-to-start. To limit person to person contact during the night, all racers must purchase their license / membership ahead of the event at usacracing.com or usaclicense.com. In addition, the entry fee will be taken from the night’s winnings.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com. Petaluma Speedway requires cars to run either the Flowmaster 53545-10 or Spin Tech 1545P mufflers. Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their series debut at Placerville Speedway on Saturday, October 10th.

The USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will battle at Petaluma on October 3rd and 24th. Both shows encompass the West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge mini-series.

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, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
October 17: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

KOKOMO USAC MIDGET DOUBLE DOUBLE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (September 21, 2020).........Kokomo's heritage of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing dates back to the origins of the series in 1956 with the likes of Rich Vogler, Mel Kenyon, Bryan Clauson, Jimmy Davies and Bob Wente gracing victory lane with the presence over the past six-and-a-half decades.

However, none of those previous 81 events at the quarter-mile dirt oval have ever been part of a USAC National doubleheader evening like this - one with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, which is presented this Saturday night, September 26, on the second and final night of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) assumes a new role this weekend as the new pilot of the Hayward Motorsports No. 19. It was this car that was sitting in victory lane at Kokomo in June after Tanner Thorson won with a late race pass. However, with Thorson and Hayward recently parting ways, Bacon has now taken the seat of the car that resides 4th in the series' owner points.

Bacon himself is no stranger to winning at Kokomo in a Midget. In fact, his first career USAC National win came at Kokomo as a 16-year-old in 2006. He's won twice since then at Kokomo, including a two-night sweep of the 2017 Kokomo Grand Prix. Additionally, it was he who picked up the Kokomo Sprint Car track championship in 2020, by one single point.

Another established multi-time USAC National Midget winner at Kokomo is Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), a victor in both 2018 and 2019 with the series. Courtney also has won five USAC National Sprint features at Kokomo, most recently during the Sprint Car Smackdown IX finale in late August. He led the first 18 circuits of June's Indiana Midget Week feature before flipping on a restart while leading.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) led nine laps late in the going during Indiana Midget Week in June, ultimately finishing 3rd. The two-time Kokomo Sprint Car track champion in 2010 & 2018 and three-time USAC Sprint winner at Kokomo, has won a USAC-sanctioned midget race at Kokomo once in his career, of the Regional variety, late in the 2016 season. He was also victorious during the Sprint Car portion of Indiana Midget Week in June.

Like Windom, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has etched his name into the books as twice a Sprint Car champ at Kokomo in 2017 and 2019. Grant has won on numerous occasions in the Sprint Car at Kokomo, including one victory on the final night of the 2018 edition of Smackdown, but a first USAC National Midget win at the track remains elusive for May's Port City Raceway winner.

Third in the overall standings, and the top Rookie, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), had an up-and-down first Midget appearance at Kokomo in June that ultimately led to him earning hard charger honors following a blitz through the field from his 22nd starting position to 10th at the checkered. He's a recent first-time winner with the series in his latest outing at Sweet Springs, Mo. on September 5. Also, of note, in his three USAC Sprint appearances at Kokomo in late August, he finished in the top-five of all three.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) made an early impression in his first career USAC Midget start at Kokomo in 2018, pocketing a 3rd place result. Since then, he's become a USAC National Midget champion, which also came in 2018, and is now a multi-time winner on the USAC National Sprint trail, in which his first win with that series came right at Kokomo.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has made just a handful of USAC National Midget starts in 2020, but the best of the bushel came at Kokomo in June where he scored a 5th. In his last three Kokomo appearances, all in a Sprint Car, the 2019 HARF Driver of the Year has finished no worse than 2nd with two of those resulting in victories during August's "Smackdown."

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) won his heat and finished 9th during Indiana Midget Week in June. He's won with USAC at Kokomo in three consecutive years in 2017-18-19, all in Sprint Car competition. Only Tyler Courtney has a longer streak, which was extended to four years in August.

Meseraull's RMS Racing teammate, Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) earned his best career USAC Midget finish at Kokomo in June with a 4th. Boyles also is the possessor of a local Sprint Car feature event triumph at Kokomo back on Independence Day weekend of this year.

Several other front runners are looking for prime results at Kokomo include Sept. 4 Sweet Springs winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) who's 5th in the standings; Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), 6th in points; plus 7th place Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), June's semi-feature winner Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind., 8th in the rundown; and Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), the top Rookie competitor during the 2019 season, along with 2019 USAC Western States Midget champ Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) and Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) as well as talented Rookies Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and USAC West Coast Sprint Car and Western States Midget winner Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.).

There are no limits on the number of entries for the event. Pit gates and spectator gates open Saturday for Kokomo at 3pm ET with hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at
https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,268, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,234, 3-Buddy Kofoid-1,167, 4-Tanner Thorson-1,163, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,069, 6-Tanner Carrick-956, 7-Daison Pursley-901, 8-Cole Bodine-779, 9-Andrew Layser-764, 10-Justin Grant-680.

KOKOMO USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

7-Rich Vogler

6-Mel Kenyon

3-Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Jimmy Davies & Bob Wente

2-Chuck Arnold, Tyler Courtney, Bobby Grim, Page Jones, Mike McGreevy, Ken Schrader, Bob Tattersall & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

1-Tommy Astone, Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Bud Bogard, Frank Burany, Pancho Carter, Danny Caruthers, Jimmy Caruthers, Tommy Copp, Rex Easton, Tony Elliott, Billy Engelhart, Gene Force, Darren Hagen, Gene Hartley, Jack Hewitt, Tracy Hines, Brad Kuhn, Lee Kunzman, Kyle Larson, Critter Malone, Don Meacham, Jerry Nuckles, Forrest Parker, Michael Pickens, Ron Shuman, Graham Standring, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Len Sutton, Shorty Templeman, Tanner Thorson, Sleepy Tripp, Jerry Weeks & J.J. Yeley

KOKOMO USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1956: Forrest Parker (7/28)

1957: Len Sutton (6/23) & Rex Easton (8/17)

1958: Frank Burany (5/24)

1959: Gene Force (5/29) & Shorty Templeman (7/12)

1960: Jimmy Davies (5/29), Bod Bogard (6/25), Gene Hartley (7/24) & Bob Wente (8/13)

1961: Jimmy Davies (5/29) & Jimmy Davies (7/30)

1962: Tommy Copp (6/30) & Bob Tattersall (7/29)

1964: Bob Wente (7/11)

1965: Mel Kenyon (5/30), Bobby Grim (6/26) & Bobby Grim (7/24)

1966: Chuck Arnold (5/29) & Bob Tattersall (8/27)

1967: Mike McGreevy (5/29), Chuck Arnold (6/17) & Mike McGreevy (7/22)

1968: Bob Wente (6/30) & Don Meacham (7/21)

1969: Lee Kunzman (5/31)

1970: Dave Strickland (5/30) & Tom Bigelow (8/1)

1971: Danny Caruthers (7/16) & Jimmy Caruthers (8/7)

1972: Pancho Carter (8/26)

1973: Billy Engelhart (7/14)

1975: Sleepy Tripp (7/9)

1976: Tommy Astone (7/7)

1977: Mel Kenyon (7/13)

1978: Ron Shuman (8/23) & Jerry Weeks (8/23)

1979: Mel Kenyon (6/14) & Mel Kenyon (7/11)

1980: Rich Vogler (6/11) & Rich Vogler (7/10)

1981: Rich Vogler (6/10) & Ken Schrader (7/8)

1982: Ken Schrader (6/10) & Mel Kenyon (7/7)

1983: Rich Vogler (6/8) & Rich Vogler (7/13)

1984: Jerry Nuckles (6/6)

1985: Rich Vogler (6/29)

1987: Mel Kenyon (6/24)

1988: Mike Streicher (6/22) & Rich Vogler (8/17)

1990: Graham Standring (8/8)

1991: Jack Hewitt (8/7)

1992: Page Jones (8/19)

1993: Critter Malone (8/11)

1994: Page Jones (7/27)

1995: Tony Elliott (8/23)

2000: Tracy Hines (8/27)

2003: J.J. Yeley (6/15)

2006: Brady Bacon (8/20)

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (8/12)

2008: Bryan Clauson (8/10)

2009: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2010: Brad Kuhn (6/20)

2011: Michael Pickens (6/12)

2012: Kyle Larson (6/17)

2013: Christopher Bell (6/16)

2014: Rico Abreu (4/11), Rico Abreu (4/12) & Bryan Clauson (6/15)

2015: Darren Hagen (4/11)

2016: Rico Abreu (6/5)

2017: Brady Bacon (4/8), Brady Bacon (4/9) & Spencer Bayston (6/11)

2018: Tyler Courtney (4/13) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (6/3)

2019: Tyler Courtney (4/5) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/6)

2020: Tanner Thorson (6/21)

 

 

USAC SPRINT DOUBLE DOUBLE RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 21, 2020).........When it comes to USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, expect the unexpected with last lap heroics and deep-in-the-field charges becoming the norm in recent times.

There's been no repeat winner in each of the previous 11 USAC Sprint races at Gas City since 2014, and the bulk of those winners will be in competition this Friday night, September 25, for the 45th visit by the series to the quarter-mile dirt oval as part of the James Dean Classic, night one of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double in a doubleheader with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters as the point leader in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions of USAC. The 2017 USAC Sprint champ comes in as the reigning winner of the James Dean Classic at Gas City, which marked his first career victory at GC with the series, winning in what was his 20th start at the track.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) had led the series points entering last weekend's set, but now stands just eight points out of the lead with a total of three races remaining with the series as he seeks a third career championship after previous titles in 2014 and 2016. Bacon has won a series-high five times this season and finished 8th at Gas City in July. He won a USAC Sprint race at Gas City in the Spring of 2015 and won locally there in August's Twin 20's.

The top-three title contenders for the series' crown have all previously won USAC Sprint races at Gas City. Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), third in points and 36 out of the lead, won the Indiana Sprint Week opener at GC in 2015. He was the runner up in the ISW opener this past July and was the runner-up finisher in last Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), fourth in the standings, has never won a USAC Sprint Car race in his career at Gas City. However, he has won with USAC and in a Sprint Car at GC over the past year and change. He was victorious with the USAC National Midgets during Indiana Midget Week 2019 at Gas City. He won again during IMW 2020 at GC, but it came during the sprint car portion of the event. He finished 3rd during Indiana Sprint Week at GC in July.

Shane Cottle, Dave Darland and Kevin Thomas Jr. each possess multiple USAC National Sprint wins at Gas City in their careers. Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) earned his first two in 2006 and 2008 before scoring a photo finish victory during ISW in 2019. The 2004 and 2009 track champ charged hard through the field from 21st to 7th in July's USAC Sprint round.

Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) has corralled two of his record 62 wins with USAC's National Sprint Car division at Gas City in both 2009 and 2011. He's coming off his best series finish of the season just last Friday at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track where he finished 2nd.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) won at Gas City in a USAC Sprint Car for the first time in 2013, then again in 2018 during the inaugural James Dean Classic. He nearly won July's race, leading twice for two laps before being involved in a tangle while going for the win on the final lap.

Thomas' foe throughout July's back and forth 30-lapper was Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.). The 2018 USAC National Midget champion reigned victorious in that one after leading 28 laps of the distance. He was also the fastest qualifier during this past June's Indiana Midget Week round.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) nearly became a two-time Gas City USAC Sprint winner in 2019, finishing 2nd. The 2019 series champion scored his first victory at GC during Indiana Sprint Week during a spirited duel with another series champ (2015) in Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), who's also eying a first USAC win at Gas City, along with Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Rookie Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), a 55-point leader over Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) in the series' Rookie of the Year battle.

A pair of Gas City Sprint Car track champions will be in action with Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) and Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.). Meseraull captured the 2010 and 2019 track titles at Gas City, winning July's Mid-Season Championship race and finished 5th during Indiana Sprint Week with USAC in late July.

Boyles, meanwhile, was the 2018 GC champ, and is a recent victor on the local level at Gas City, snagging the victory there on September 11. Last weekend, he made his debut for the Daigh-Phillips Motorsports team at Terre Haute and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., which will be in the seat of for this weekend's events at Gas City on Friday and Kokomo on Saturday.

The former occupier of the Daigh-Phillips ride is Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) who finished 6th for the team in July during ISW. Short, a one-time USAC Sprint winner, took over the reins of the Michael Dutcher Motorsports ride last week. Dutcher owned cars have won two in USAC Sprint races at Gas City, in 2013 with Kevin Thomas Jr. and in 2014 with Jon Stanbrough.

Three-time 2020 USAC Sprint winner Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) finished 4th this summer with USAC at Gas City. Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) scored a 10th in that same event. Westfall had won the week prior at Gas City on July 17. Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) snared the Labor Day Weekend Classic locally at Gas City on Sept. 4. Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), a three-time USAC Silver Crown winner, was the winner locally at Gas City on June 26.

There are no limits on the number of entries for the event. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,511, 2-Brady Bacon-1,503, 3-Chase Stockon-1,475, 4-Justin Grant-1,430, 5-C.J. Leary-1,425, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,228, 7-Carson Short-1,136, 8-Dave Darland-1,092, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,012, 10-Logan Seavey-971.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

1. (6) Jon Stanbrough

2. (3) Shane Cottle & Tracy Hines

4. (2) Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley & Kevin Thomas Jr.

9. (1) Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Daron Clayton, Jay Drake, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & Chris Windom

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

2002: Cory Kruseman (7/19)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/30) & J.J. Yeley (7/18)

2004: Tracy Hines (4/30)

2005: Jay Drake (6/3) & Cory Kruseman (7/20)

2006: Shane Cottle & Jon Stanbrough (7/19)

2007: Jon Stanbrough (6/14), Daron Clayton (7/13) & Jon Stanbrough (7/14)

2008: Shane Cottle (4/18) & Cole Whitt (7/11)

2009: Dave Darland (4/17) & Levi Jones (7/11)

2010: Tracy Hines (4/16) & Jon Stanbrough (7/10)

2011: Hunter Schuerenberg (4/29) & Dave Darland (7/8)

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (4/27) & Bryan Clauson (7/13)

2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/26) & Jon Stanbrough (7/12)

2014: Tracy Hines (4/25) & Jon Stanbrough (7/11)

2015: Brady Bacon (5/15) & Chase Stockon (7/10)

2016: Scotty Weir (5/20) & Tyler Courtney (7/8)

2017: C.J. Leary (7/10)

2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/28)

2019: Shane Cottle (7/18) & Chris Windom (9/26)

2020: Logan Seavey (7/24)

 

 

GAS CITY USAC MIDGET "DOUBLE DOUBLE" PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 21, 2020)..........The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship has made Gas City I-69 Speedway an annual visit each year over the past decade-and-a-half.

This Friday night, September 25, will mark the first time the series has made multiple visits to the quarter-mile dirt oval within the same season as part of the James Dean Classic, night one of the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double in a doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

This past June witnessed a memorable come-from-behind victory for Kyle Larson at Gas City after starting 14th. However, several highly touted individuals will be eying similar success in the series' 14th appearance at the track this weekend.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) holds a 34-point lead in the Midget standings entering Friday's event. June's race was, for him, one of only three times he's finished outside the top-ten in 19 series starts this year. With that said, he comes into the race having finished 2nd and 3rd in his two most recent series starts. In his USAC Midget career at Gas City, he's taken 9th in 2012 and 2018, plus an 8th in 2011. He won a USAC National Sprint race at GC in late September of 2019.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) is the driver who follows Windom the closest in the points coming into Gas City. He took 3rd back in June after leading the first 17 laps of the 30-lap feature. He was also 6th in a midget at Gas City in 2018. Gas City is the home of Courtney's first career USAC National feature win, taking the victory in spectacular fashion during 2016 Indiana Sprint Week after spinning on the opening lap, then driving past the entire field to score the improbable win.

One of Buddy Kofoid's four runner-up finishes with the series this season came at Gas City in June. The Penngrove, Calif. driver's last time out with the series produced his first career USAC victory on Sept. 5 at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. Standing third in the overall series points, he leads the Rookie standings by a commanding 266-point margin. Also, of note, in his three USAC Sprint appearances at Kokomo, he's finished in the top-five of all three.

Kofoid's Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), finished as the runner-up at Gas City in the 2019 USAC National Midget race. He just recently captured his first win of the 2020 USAC season on Sept. 4 at Sweet Springs, second overall, and is fifth in the standings coming in.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is stepping into the role as the new driver of the Hayward Motorsports No. 19 after the team and driver Tanner Thorson parted ways last week. With Thorson at the wheel, the ride won four times this season and finished 4th in June at Gas City. Bacon finished 2nd in a USAC Midget stop at Gas City in 2017 and was 7th in 2016. In USAC Sprint Car competition, Bacon was victorious at Gas City in early 2015.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), sixth in points, has finished inside the top-ten in all three of his previous Gas City USAC Midget feature starts. The 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver was 10th in 2017, 8th in 2019 and 9th back in June of 2020.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is a previous USAC National Midget feature winner at Gas City, capturing the Indiana Midget Week round in 2019. The 2007 BCRA Midget champion was also 4th at Gas City in 2015. His successes earlier this year in a USAC National Sprint Car have been tantamount with a fast qualifying effort and a 3rd place finish to his credit.

The 2018 USAC National Midget driving champion, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), was the winner of the Indiana Sprint Week round at Gas City back in July, thriving in a wild last lap battle with Kevin Thomas Jr. during Indiana Sprint Week. Seavey recorded the fastest qualifying lap in time trials for Indiana Midget Week in June before finishing 7th in the feature. He is one of several drivers expected to perform double-duty in both the Midget and Sprint Car this weekend.

Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) is seeking a third career USAC National Midget feature start at Gas City while Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) and Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Ind.) are all after their second career Gas City USAC Midget starts. Bryson, a recent fast qualifier at Sweet Springs, recorded her first career top-ten with USAC at Gas City this past June.

A Gas City track championship team is geared up to take on the course with the RMS Racing midget team. Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) have each won the past two Gas City Sprint Car track championships - Boyles in 2018 and Meseraull in 2019. Both have finished inside the top-five in USAC Midget competition this year.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has been a solid citizen in just a handful of USAC Midget starts this season, though he missed the transfer at Gas City in June, but has since recorded a top-five finish with the series. Three times a USAC Sprint winner in 2020, Cummins finished 4th during Indiana Sprint Week at Gas City this past July.

USAC Midwest Regional Midget point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) has had his share of success on Hoosier soil in 2020 with local victories at both Lincoln Park Speedway and Paragon Speedway. His first Gas City appearance, however, awaits this Friday for the driver who has finished inside the top-five twice on the National level this year.

There are no limits on the number of entries for the event. Pit gates open Friday for Gas City at 3pm ET, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 for adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com as well as at the gate on raceday.

Both nights of this weekend's Double Double can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,268, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,234, 3-Buddy Kofoid-1,167, 4-Tanner Thorson-1,163, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,069, 6-Tanner Carrick-956, 7-Daison Pursley-901, 8-Cole Bodine-779, 9-Andrew Layser-764, 10-Justin Grant-680.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

2-Shane Cottle, Darren Hagen & Kyle Larson

1-Spencer Bayston, Steve Buckwalter, Jerry Coons Jr., Justin Grant, Brad Kuhn, Michael Pickens, Davey Ray & Tanner Thorson

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

2005: Davey Ray (8/19)

2006: Shane Cottle (8/18)

2007: Shane Cottle (8/10)

2008: Brad Kuhn (8/6)

2009: Jerry Coons Jr. (6/10)

2010: Steve Buckwalter (6/16)

2011: Darren Hagen (6/8)

2012: Darren Hagen (6/13)

2013: Kyle Larson (6/12)

2015: Tanner Thorson (6/10)

2016: Spencer Bayston (6/1)

2017: Michael Pickens (6/7)

2019: Justin Grant (6/5)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/17)


 

RUBLE RULES HAUBSTADT HUSTLER
FOR FIRST USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (September 19, 2020).........In a year that had produced one first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner at Tri-State Speedway this past June, lightning struck twice at the Haubstadt, Ind. quarter-mile dirt oval Saturday night when Kendall Ruble reached victory lane for the first time, collecting $10,000 at the 13th annual Haubstadt Hustler co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.) joined Stephen Schnapf as the second first-time winner with the series this season, and became the sixth-ever driver to earn his first USAC National Sprint Car feature triumph at Tri-State along with Schnapf, Daron Clayton (2006), Hunter Schuerenberg (2008), Blake Fitzpatrick (2010) and Carson Short (2016).

Prior to Ruble, the most recent driver to win his first career USAC National Sprint Car in a 40-lapper was current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader, Chris Windom, who won at Pennsylvania's Big Diamond Speedway in 2010.

Making just his eighth career USAC National Sprint Car feature start, Ruble lined up fourth on the starting grid for the 40-lap feature event aboard his Ruble-Martin Motorsports/Martin's Auto Care - Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance/DRC/SPEC Chevy. Meanwhile, he had two-time Haubstadt Hustler winner Kyle Cummins and 2016 TSS USAC winner Chase Stockon in front of him, plus three-time Haubstadt Hustler winner Kevin Thomas Jr. to his inside in the second row.

To the surprise of many, by the exit of turn two on the opening lap, Cummins had dropped from the pole to third as Stockon raced around the outside to the lead while Ruble pulled a wheel stand as he shot underneath Cummins on the back straightaway to move to second.

Early on, Ruble found the bottom of the racetrack to his liking, and on the third lap, edged Stockon to lead by a car length at the stripe. Stockon, however, reestablished the grip through the middle and cruised back around Ruble to retake the position. Ruble, nonetheless, never wavered from his stranglehold of the bottom.

"In the middle and on the top, if you keep your momentum up around here, you can be very fast," Ruble explained. "But on the bottom, if you can come off the corner here, you're going to be really fast. Also, it kind of helps you protect against people from passing you entering the corner."

Ruble continually badgered Stockon following a caution for Jonathan Vennard, who spun sideways in turn two on the seventh lap where he was then clipped by Chayse Hayhurst, resulting in terminal front end damage to Vennard's ride. Ruble was able to pull even with Stockon several times but was unable sew up the spot, and on lap 13, Stockon closed the door on him in turn one as traffic loomed, securing his escape from the clutches of Ruble for the time being.

"When Stockon got in front of me, he was pretty stinking fast, and he kept pulling on me and pulling on me," Ruble recalled. "With me being a little less experienced driver, every time I got up to lapped traffic, I was hoping somebody would mess up or slow him down a little bit. But, with him being more experienced, he always seemed to get through it a little better than I was."

Following that early caution, Ruble had to talk himself into calming down and letting the race come to him without forcing the issue. That, plus a bit of an adjustment on the shocks, allowed Ruble to stalk Stockon through the halfway point and onto the 31st lap where Ruble stuck it in turns one and two while Stockon swung just a bit wide at the exit of turn two.

As Ruble shot underneath for the lead, Stockon kissed the back straightaway concrete with his right side tires, which scrubbed his speed and also opened the door for Cummins to pounce for the second spot with an inside turn four pass of Stockon.

With six laps remaining, as Ruble tried to negotiate Dakota Jackson on the tail end of the lead lap, Ruble misjudged just slightly, closing a tad too fast on corner entry in turn one, which sent his car straight up the hill just as Cummins peeked underneath to overtake Ruble for the lead. Ruble recalibrated and immediately went to the outside of Cummins exiting turn two while Cummins' surge became stifled as he tried to maneuver under Jackson on the back straightway.

When Cummins and Ruble entered the bottom of turn three side-by-side just moments later, the two grazed wheels with Ruble's left rear tire and Cummins' right rear rubber grazing sidewalls against each other. That sent Cummins into a 90-degree spin backward up the track that also collected 15th running Dave Darland and 16th place Carson Short. Kevin Thomas Jr., running fourth at the moment, also careened into Short, but kept on going, albeit briefly as he pulled into the infield under the ensuing yellow flag, putting him out of the race and out of contention for a record fourth career Haubstadt Hustler victory.

"It was a little bit of racing deal," Ruble admitted. "I could hear an engine behind me and I knew it was either Cummins or Stockon. Once I saw the red nose, I knew it was Cummins. I think he was trying to not nudge me but trying to scare me away from the bottom a little bit and I came down a little bit too much. I got into him, unlike I should've, and I feel pretty bad about that. Not the way I wanted to do it, but here we are."

With a clear path ahead, and just seven laps remaining, Ruble could feel his heart pounding like a jackhammer under his firesuit. Just six laps now stood in the way of him becoming the 258th different driver to win a USAC National Sprint Car race. Once the green flag dropped, Ruble showed no nerves in keeping Stockon at bay lap-after-lap with Stockon seemingly following and setting up one final shot at Ruble and the race lead.

On the final circuit, Stockon maintained a two car length gap behind Ruble, and when the time came to fire his shot, Stockon made a run at him to the bottom of turn three. However, Ruble nailed the bottom perfectly, leaving no gap for Stockon to take advantage of as he pitched his car sideways and slid up the racetrack with Ruble closing out the victory by a 0.830 sec. margin over Stockon.

Jadon Rogers finished a career-best 3rd as he extended his lead in the series' Rookie of the Year race to 55 points. Robert Ballou earned KSE Racing Products/The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger honors by advancing from his 18th starting position to finish 4th. Critter Malone earned Hard Work on his way to a 5th place finish, which was his first top-five result with the series since a November 2006 prelim night for the Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

With his late-race surge to a 6th place finish, Chris Windom extended his point lead in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings from two to eight over Brady Bacon with only three events remaining in the 2020 season. Windom's charge included a pass of Bacon for the 7th position just three laps from the end of the 40-lap feature. Bacon finished 8th. Runner-up finisher Stockon is third in the standings, just 36 markers out of the lead.

The night's most serious accident occurred on the final lap of the first heat race where Stan Beadles and Brandon Mattox were battling for the fourth and final transfer spot. Beadles ramped over the right rear tire of Mattox at the exit of turn four and slammed into the outside retaining wall along the front straightaway. The contact ignited a fire which engulfed Beadles' car in flames from which he ultimately escaped under his own power.

In the aftermath, Beadles was attended to by medical personnel, then loaded into an ambulance via stretcher and transported to Ascension St Vincent Hospital in nearby Evansville, Ind. and flown via helicopter to a burn center in Indianapolis for further treatment. A report from the family on social media stated that Beadles had suffered second degree burns to his hands, arms, knees, and face in the accident.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 19, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.739; 2. Kendall Ruble, 17K, Ruble/Martin-13.839; 3. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.870; 4. Stephen Schnapf, 38, Williams-13.967; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.967; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.008; 7. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.045; 8. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.071; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.150; 10. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.169; 11. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.221; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.225; 13. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-14.248; 14. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-14.300; 15. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-14.360; 16. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-14.389; 17. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.442; 18. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-14.458; 19. Stan Beadles, 84, Beadles-14.498; 20. Clinton Boyles, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.611; 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.638; 22. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.658; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.738; 24. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.751; 25. Anton Hernandez, 36, Darland-14.783; 26. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.835; 27. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-14.843; 28. Ryan Bond, 7R, Bond-15.083; 29. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-15.216; 30. Sam Scott, 7s, Scott-15.464; 31. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.408.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kendall Ruble, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Clinton Boyles, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Chayse Hayhurst, 8. Stan Beadles. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Kent Schmidt, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. Aric Gentry, 7. Jonathan Vennard, 8. Critter Malone. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Stephen Schnapf, 4. Carson Short, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Sam Scott, 7. Robert Bell, 8. Ryan Bond. 2:18.996

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Anton Hernandez, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Chris Phillips. 2:20.483

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Dakota Jackson, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Critter Malone, 4. Aric Gentry, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Chayse Hayhurst, 8. Sam Scott, 9. Austin Williams, 10. Chris Phillips, 11. Logan Seavey, 12. Jonathan Vennard, 13. Ryan Bond, 14. Robert Bell. 2:48.979

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kendall Ruble (4), 2. Chase Stockon (2), 3. Jadon Rogers (14), 4. Robert Ballou (18), 5. Critter Malone (19), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Justin Grant (7), 8. Brady Bacon (12), 9. C.J. Leary (10), 10. Kyle Cummins (1), 11. Brandon Mattox (13), 12. Kent Schmidt (6), 13. Dave Darland (5), 14. Anton Hernandez (16), 15. Dakota Jackson (17), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 17. Carson Short (15), 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 19. Chayse Hayhurst (24), 20. Aric Gentry (20), 21. Clinton Boyles (9), 22. Shane Cottle (21), 23. Jonathan Vennard (23), 24. Stephen Schnapf (11). NT

**Stan Beadles flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Chase Stockon, Lap 3 Kendall Ruble, Laps 4-30 Chase Stockon, Laps 31-40 Kendall Ruble.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,511, 2-Brady Bacon-1,503, 3-Chase Stockon-1,475, 4-Justin Grant-1,430, 5-C.J. Leary-1,425, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,228, 7-Carson Short-1,136, 8-Dave Darland-1,092, 9-Kyle Cummins-1,012, 10-Logan Seavey-971.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-139, 2-Shane Cottle-86, 3-Tanner Thorson-83, 4-Kyle Cummins-78, 5-Justin Grant-76, 6-Logan Seavey-76, 7-Robert Ballou-73, 8-Cannon McIntosh-69, 9-Andrew Layser-65, 10-Chase Stockon-63.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 25, 2020 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Indiana Donor Network-Driven2SaveLives Double Double / James Dean Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kyle Cummins

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kendall Ruble

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Dakota Jackson

KSE Racing Products / The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (18th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Dave Darland

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Chayse Hayhurst

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Jonathan Vennard

ProSource Hard Work Award: Critter Malone

 

GEOFF ENSIGN TRIUMPHS AT PETALUMA

PETALUMA, CA – SEPTEMBER 19, 2020… Charging from fourth, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, CA) fought off D.J. Johnson to score the non-point USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Petaluma Speedway. Returning from a devastating motorcycle accident, Ensign took command from his wife Shayna before earning his third career series win. Johnson, “Wild” Billy Aton, Ryan Timmons, and fast qualifier Kaleb Montgomery rounded out the top-five drivers.

Making his first start in Jim Richardson’s #8 Wiesz Racing Engines DRC, Montgomery posted his third career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 15.276 over the 10-car roster.

Aton claimed the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third place run from seventh.

The heat race victories were claimed by Aton (Extreme Mufflers / Competition Suspension Incorporated First Heat), and Daniel Whitley (Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

On October 10th, the traditional 360 sprints will make their debut at Placerville Speedway for another special non-points event. The race at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds will be broadcast live at floracing.com.

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, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: September 19, 2020 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kaleb Montgomery, 8, Richardson-15.276, 2. Geoff Ensign, 44, Ensign-15.438; 3. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.478; 4. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.550; 5. Shayna Ensign, 9, Sylvia-15.727; 6. Matthew Haulot, 7H, Haulot-15.753; 7. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-15.757; 8. Daniel Whitley, 32, Johnson-15.827; 9. Nate Schank, 1S, Schank-16.215; 10. Bob Davis, 3R, Davis-19.006.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Aton, 2. Schank, 3. Montgomery, 4. Johnson, 5. S.Ensign. NT

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Whitley, 2. Haulot, 3. G.Ensign, 4. Timmons, 5. Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Geoff Ensign (4), 2. D.J. Johnson (3), 3. Billy Aton (7), 4. Ryan Timmons (6), 5. Kaleb Montgomery (5), 6. Matthew Haulot (1), 7. Daniel Whitley (8), 8. Nate Schank (9), 9. Shayna Ensign (2), 10. Bob Davis (10). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 S.Ensign, Laps 9-30 G.Ensign.

ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Billy Aton (7th to 3rd)

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: October 10 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California

 

 

WINDOM BECOMES FIRST 4-TIME
HURTUBISE CLASSIC VICTOR AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (September 18, 2020).........In the long, storied history of the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, few drivers have had the amount of success that Chris Windom has accrued in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at the half-mile dirt oval.

Friday night at Terre Haute, Windom pounced early, shooting to the lead on the opening lap from his starting spot inside the second row, then carved his way through a gridlock of traffic to become the first four-time winner of the Jim Hurtubise Classic, surpassing the three accumulated by Jack Hewitt in 1990-91-95.

"With how good he was here, that's pretty special." Windom reflected. "I honestly didn't know that could be broken tonight, so that was really cool to find that out after the race. This place has been so good to me throughout my whole career. I love coming here and racing. We've always had a fast car here all those years."

Windom (Canton, Ill.) also became just the sixth driver to win at least six USAC Sprint Car features at Terre Haute. Gary Bettenhausen and Hewitt each won eight while his half-a-dozen ranks right alongside Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser and J.J. Yeley for third all-time at the track.

Furthermore, the triumph marked Windom's 28th overall career USAC National Sprint Car victory, surpassing Kevin Thomas Jr. to move him to 15th all-time with Tyler Courtney, Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley.

Windom had previously won the Hurtubise Classic in 2011-16-17, the latter of which came during his USAC National Sprint Car championship season. Windom is mired in a similar dogfight this year as well, and his performance at Terre Haute elevated him into the series point lead by just two markers over Brady Bacon with four events remaining over the next three weekends.

It was evident from the word "go" that Windom had turned on the proverbial switch on this night. After qualifying fourth to pick up three points, in his heat race, he charged from his sixth starting spot to first in quick succession to earn another eight for that victory. In the feature, again, he wasted no time getting to the front and stayed there for the entire duration to gain 70 points, thus turning a nine-point deficit to Brady Bacon into a two-point lead.

Windom knows this game, as he's been here before as recently as three years ago. The phrase "points racing" has a sour connotation, but for him, points racing refers to being on the attack to gain every point possible rather than sitting back, riding it out cautiously and playing it safe.

"Right now, with how tight the points battle is, every point matters." Windom explained. "I needed to win that heat and I needed to win the feature. If we just keep doing that every night, we should put ourselves in good shape. "We just got to keep showing up and preparing cars to win the race every night and the points will work itself out. It's going to be fun. It's going to change every night. Hopefully, it doesn't change again for me, but It's so tight, one heat race position or one qualifying spot can change it."

The opening lap of the 30-lap feature saw sixth-starting C.J. Leary, who earlier had moved into a tie with Kevin Thomas Jr. for 11th all-time with his 29th career Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time, saw his bid for a repeat championship take a major hit when he flipped in turn two, ending his night with a 22nd place result. He came into the evening fourth in the standings with a 40-point deficit, but now trails by 77 points.

On the complete restart, Windom punched the throttle and slid from his third starting spot past pole sitter Dave Darland for the initial lead. Darland countered back underneath Windom exiting turn two with nary a credit card's width separating the two to retake the position, albeit briefly. Windom reloaded and returned fired as he dove to the inside guardrail in turn three to snag the lead for good.

Windom opened up a near straightaway advantage by lap eight when the action slowed for Kevin Thomas Jr. who stopped at the entrance to turn three with a flat right rear tire while running 11th at the time. Thomas restarted and worked his way back to a 7th place finish.

On the ensuing restart, recent California to Indiana transplant Jake Swanson and Carson Short, in his debut for Michael Dutcher Motorsports, locked horns in turn two while tussling for the 8th position, with Short's front bumper and Swanson's rear bumper becoming connected as they grinded to a stop midway down the back straightaway. Both restarted with Short finishing 11th and Swanson 15th.

By halfway, Windom was cruising, notching a 10-car length advantage of 1.5 sec. as traffic from the tail end of the lead lap cars loomed. With the preferred top groove mostly occupied, Windom had to split, dip and dive to escape from the snarling clutches of the ever-closing pack in which Darland was the closest. With 10 to go, the gap between Windom and Darland had been cut in half until Windom flew underneath Tye Mihocko in turn three, then split between Max Adams and Jonathan Vennard to regain what he had nearly lost, negotiating the fine high-wire balancing act between patience and urgency throughout.

"Toward the end of the race, it got really technical to pass lapped cars because it was so slick to the cushion," Windom relayed. "When you went to slide somebody, you had nothing to stop you but that little cushion or the wall. You really had to pick and choose your battles there. You had to get to the lapped car to slide them. A couple times, I had the wrong timing and the wrong spacing on them, and I had to tuck in behind them rather than throw a slider that wasn't going to clear them. That was making me nervous because I figured everyone was coming at that point. Once I cleared those guys, I figured the next guys behind me would have to do the same thing I just did, so I just tried to stay calm and hit my marks as much as possible."

With Windom now in the clear, he gained his largest lead of the race at 2.252 sec. until the advantage was eradicated by a turn two Swanson spin on the 24th lap, which brought out the final caution of the night. While Windom was already seeing a clear path ahead, the yellow gave new life to the rest of the top-five contenders in Darland, along with past Hurtubise Classic winners Justin Grant, Robert Ballou and Brady Bacon, who were plucked out of their fight with traffic and provided a new shot at the leader.

However, none of that deterred Windom who forcefully put his foot down and ended all thoughts of being beaten on this occasion as he took off to claim his second Terre Haute USAC Sprint Car feature win of 2020 by a 0.752 sec. margin over Darland, Grant, Ballou and Bacon. Tuna, Windom's new dog, joined the victory lane celebration in the first race the pup has ever attended.

Logan Seavey, whose Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports car had suffered a mechanical issue during hot laps, was forced into a backup car for the team. After a qualifying run in the backup which bellowed popping and sputtering noises throughout both laps, the car did not meet the minimum weight requirements in post qualifying tech inspection. After that misfortune, the team's night turned around with Seavey transferring through his heat race to earn the $200 ProSource Hard Work Award, then advanced from his 22nd starting spot to finish 9th in the feature to score KSE Racing Products / The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger honors.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 18, 2020 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - Jim Hurtubise Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.061; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.246; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.421; 4. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-20.453; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.455; 6. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-20.469; 7. Anton Hernandez, 36, Darland-20.489; 8. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-20.516; 9. Carson Short, 17GP, Dutcher-20.549; 10. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-20.588; 11. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-20.606; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-20.608; 13. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-20.652; 14. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-20.672; 15. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-20.685; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-20.715; 17. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-20.818; 18. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-20.821; 19. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-20.833; 20. Clinton Boyles, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-21.032; 21. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-21.073; 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-21.108; 23. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-21.109; 24. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-21.171; 25. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-21.315; 26. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.489; 27. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, RMB-21.584; 28. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-21.707; 29. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-22.044; 30. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-24.386; 31. Will Barnett, 88, Barnett-NT; 32. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-(Time of 21.616 disallowed - light at the scales).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Justin Grant, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Carson Short, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Nate McMillin, 7. Matt McCarthy. 2:48.253

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. J.J. Hughes, 7. Kyle Robbins, 8. Will Barnett. 2:48.235

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Max Adams, 5. Anton Hernandez, 6. Jonathan Vennard, 7. Evan Mosley, 8. Austin Williams. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Aric Gentry, 7. Chris Phillips. 2:49.914

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Anton Hernandez, 2. Jonathan Vennard, 3. J.J. Hughes, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Matt McCarthy, 9. Kyle Robbins, 10. Evan Mosley, 11. Chris Phillips, 12. Robert Bell, 13. Nate McMillin, 14. Will Barnett. 4:28.048

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (3), 2. Dave Darland (1), 3. Justin Grant (2), 4. Robert Ballou (4), 5. Brady Bacon (5), 6. Shane Cottle (9), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Logan Seavey (22), 10. Anton Hernandez (8), 11. Carson Short (10), 12. Clinton Boyles (19), 13. Austin Williams (18), 14. J.J. Hughes (14), 15. Jake Swanson (12), 16. Jadon Rogers (17), 17. Tye Mihocko (16), 18. Max Adams (21), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (20), 20. Brandon Mattox (11), 21. Jonathan Vennard (15), 22. C.J. Leary (6). NT

**C.J. Leary flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Chris Windom.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,456, 2-Brady Bacon-1,454, 3-Chase Stockon-1,408, 4-C.J. Leary-1,379, 5-Justin Grant-1,378, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,197, 7-Carson Short-1,107, 8-Dave Darland-1,055, 9-Kyle Cummins-969, 10-Logan Seavey-961.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-137, 2-Shane Cottle-86, 3-Tanner Thorson-83, 4-Kyle Cummins-78, 5-Justin Grant-76, 6-Logan Seavey-76, 7-Cannon McIntosh-69, 8-Andrew Layser-65, 9-Chase Stockon-63, 10-Kyle Larson-62.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 19, 2020 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Haubstadt Hustler - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Dave Darland

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Anton Hernandez

KSE Racing Products / The Frolic Bar & Grill Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (22nd to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Austin Williams

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Sterling Cling

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Chase Stockon

ProSource Hard Work Award: Logan Seavey

HARF 6th Place Finisher in Honor of Bob Laycock Sr.: Shane Cottle

 

 

EDDIE TAFOYA TAKING FAMILIAR ROAD BACK TO INDIANA FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES RACES

(Chino, CA, September 17, 2020) For Southern California sprint car racer Eddie Tafoya Jr., the road between the west coast and Indiana is starting to look as familiar as Central Avenue in his hometown of Chino, California. For the third time in the last two months, the 23-year-old racer is making the long trek back to the Hoosier State to compete in Friday’s Jim Hurtubise Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track and Saturday’s Haubstadt Hustler at the Tri-State Speedway.
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2020 was supposed to be a big year on the track for Tafoya and his father, Eddie Sr. Jr. was set for his second full season in the USAC/CRA Series after winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2019. Sr., a past draft choice of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates was planning on racing at their home track, Perris Auto Speedway, in the Senior Sprint Car Series. However, the ongoing COVID crisis has prevented racing in California. Thus, the only racing for the duo has all been done by Eddie Jr.

Tafoya has appeared one time each on Terre Haute and Tri-State. That was in July on his first trip to race in Indiana during Indiana Sprint Week. At Terre Haute, which is a big, bad fast half-mile, he was anything but intimidated, qualifying 20th in the 42-car field. He was sixth in his heat race and only missed the transfer to the feature by two spots in the B Main. A few nights later in his initial appearance at Tri-State Speedway, the Chino Hills, California resident only qualified 33rd out of 40 cars. Things improved when racing began when he only missed the transfer to the A main by one spot out of his heat race. In the B main, he battled with some of the legends of Midwest racing for the final transfer spot. He seesawed in and out of the transfer spots before finishing eighth. The tenacity displayed in that B main garnered a lot of attention for the west coast racer.

Three weeks ago, Tafoya turned in his best Indiana appearance with a late-race charge that saw him advance from his mid-pack starting spot to take the final transfer into the A main at the 9th Annual Smackdown at the Kokomo Speedway. Fifty-drivers started the three-night event and only 23 qualified for the finale. Eddie Tafoya Jr. was one of them and he placed 19th in the prestigious 40-lapper.

If things go well for Tafoya and the Specialty Fasteners team this weekend, they may hang around Indiana for a week to race at I-69 Gas City Speedway and “Indiana’s Baddest Bullring,” Kokomo Speedway, on September 25th and 26th.

Fans who cannot get away to watch Tafoya in Indiana can catch all the action live on the Flo Racing website. For details, please click on the following link. https://www.floracing.com/

Information on the Terre Haute Action Track and Tri-State Speedway is listed below.

Terre Haute Action Track – 3901 S. US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47802 – (217) 764-3200 - https://terrehauteactiontrack.net/

Tri-State Speedway – 9981 South U.S. Highway 41, Haubstadt, IN 47639 – (812) 768-5995 - https://www.tristatespeedway.com/index.php

Tafoya and his team would like to thank the following sponsors for being a part of the 2020 racing effort. Specialty Fasteners, Circle Track Performance, Sprint Car Driving Experience, DRC Chassis, Ryder Racing Engines, and Benic Enterprises.

This release produced by Scott Daloisio. (909) 226-7768 or E-mail mailto:sdaloisiosports@gmail.com

 

 

ONE-TRACK MIND: USAC SPRINT CAR DOMINANCE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 17, 2020).........Every now and then, a driver, car, and team are absolutely hooked up at a certain track, and for a time being, that combination becomes practically unbeatable there.

Tis the case in USAC Sprint Car history. One man who became synonymous with dominance at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track nearly six decades, is a name that still resonates today, Jim Hurtubise, a man who won five in a row at the western Indiana half-mile dirt oval between 1960 and 1962, cementing a legacy that brought him fame and ultimately brought him to induction in both the National Sprint Car and USAC Halls of Fame.

It is Hurtubise's memory we honor this Friday night, September 18, when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars make their way to the legendary Wabash Valley Fairgrounds track at Terre Haute for the 21st running of the event, an event which has resumed its place as an annual stop on the series' calendar over the past decade.

No driver in the six decades since has surpassed "Herk's" mark of five consecutive USAC Sprint Car wins at a single track. However, it has been equaled once back in 1979 when Steve Chassey and the Jet Rod Roadster terrorized the high banks with five-straight at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

Seven more drivers have rung up four-in-a-row in USAC Sprint Car competition at one singular track. While eight of the nine drivers who won at least four-straight at a venue did so at a half-mile track, impressively, Bryan Clauson achieved the feat on the quarter-mile Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway between 2013 and 2016.

The same year as Chassey's Winchester run, Bubby Jones had a lockdown of Terre Haute for much of 1979, winning four consecutive USAC Sprint races, and also garnered a USAC Midget victory there amidst the stretch that year in the Hut 100.

Dave Steele was a wizard of the banks of Winchester with four-straight between 1998-99 for car owner Johnny Vance's Aristocrat Products ride. Mike Bliss hammered the competition at Indianapolis Raceway Park, sweeping all four events there in 1994 aboard Glen Niebel's V6-powered entry. Tracy Hines did likewise at IRP over two seasons in 2000-01 for Bob Gratton.

Robert Ballou shredded the Oval Nationals field in 2014-15 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, which bookended a memorable USAC National Sprint Car championship season for him during the 2015 season.

At press time, there are currently two ongoing streaks of three or more that remain active, and both involve Tyler Courtney. Courtney became the first driver to win four USAC Sprint Car races consecutively at Eldora Speedway between 2018-19. He also carries a three-race winning streak in the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway throughout the 2018-19 campaigns.

Pits open for Friday's Jim Hurtubise Classic at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track at 3pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. is a 50% capacity event. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gates. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Pits open Saturday at 3pm Central, with grandstands opening at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm.

You can watch Friday Hurtubise Classic and Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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CONSECUTIVE USAC SPRINT CAR WINS AT ONE TRACK:

5 IN A ROW:

Jim Hurtubise - Terre Haute Action Track (1960-1962)

Steve Chassey - Winchester Speedway (1979-1979)

4 IN A ROW:

Bryan Clauson - Bloomington Speedway (2013-2016)

Tyler Courtney - Eldora Speedway (2018-Present)

Mike Bliss - Indianapolis Raceway Park (1994-1994)

Tracy Hines - Indianapolis Raceway Park (2000-2001)

Robert Ballou - Perris Auto Speedway (2014-2015)

Bubby Jones - Terre Haute Action Track (1979-1979)

Dave Steele - Winchester Speedway (1998-1999)

3 IN A ROW:

Tyler Courtney - Arizona Speedway (2018-Present)

Eric Gordon - Berlin Raceway (1990-1992)

Parnelli Jones - Dayton Speedway (1960-1961)

Jud Larson - Eldora Speedway (1964-1965)

Bubby Jones - Eldora Speedway (1978-1979)

Jack Hewitt - Eldora Speedway (1988-1988)

Steve Butler - Eldora Speedway (1988-1989)

Jack Hewitt - Eldora Speedway (1990-1991)

Brady Bacon - Grandview Speedway (2017-2019)

Tom Bigelow - Indiana State Fairgrounds (1977-1977)

Parnelli Jones - Indianapolis Raceway Park (1961-1961)

Dave Steele - Indianapolis Raceway Park (1997-1997)

Tracy Hines - Indianapolis Raceway Park (1998-1999)

Jack Hewitt - Kokomo Speedway (1984-1989)

Dave Darland - Kokomo Speedway (2013-2014)

Bobby East - Mansfield Motorsports Speedway (2003-2007)

Tom Bigelow - Minnesota State Fair Speedway (1974-1975)

Jud Larson - New Bremen Speedway (1964-1964)

Bubby Jones - New Bremen Speedway (1979-1979)

Mario Andretti - Oswego Speedway (1966-1967)

Gary Bettenhausen - Salem Speedway (1970-1971)

Rich Vogler - Salem Speedway (1978-1978)

Roger McCluskey - Terre Haute Action Track (1966-1966)

Gary Bettenhausen - Terre Haute Action Track (1968-1969)

Levi Jones - Terre Haute Action Track (2005-2005)

Rollie Beale - Toledo Speedway (1971-1972)

J.J. Yeley - Twin Cities Raceway Park (2002-2004)

A.J. Foyt - Williams Grove Speedway (1963-1964)

Pancho Carter - Winchester Speedway (1973-1974)

Pancho Carter - Winchester Speedway (1977-1978)

Robbie Stanley - Winchester Speedway (1993-1994)

Doug Kalitta - Winchester Speedway (1994-1994)

Tracy Hines - Winchester Speedway (1999-2000)

 

 

STOCKON & BACON EXTEND HISTORIC
YEARLY USAC SPRINT WINNING STREAKS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 17, 2020).........In USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing, it's a tough chore just putting 30 laps together to win a feature race. Now, multiply doing that deed year-after-year-after-year. The drivers who've done that are amongst the greatest in the sport.

As we enter this weekend's pair of races in Indiana, Fri., Sept. 18 at the Terre Haute Action Track and Sat., Sept. 19 at Tri-State Speedway, two drivers this year have elevated themselves amongst those greats to reach the top-10 in terms of consecutive seasons with at least one USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory: Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., has already won five times with the series this year, and with doing so, has now won in 10 consecutive seasons dating back to 2011. He's one of only five drivers to accomplish the feat with a decade-straight of winning each year, joining the man who tops them all at 13 years, Sheldon Kinser (1974-1986).

The bittersweetness in Kinser's tale is that the streak very well could've extended even further had his 1987 season not been cut short with his cancer diagnosis which resulted in his death a year later in 1988.

Jack Hewitt (1988-1999) and Dave Darland (2005-2016) each earned streaks of 12 consecutive winning USAC Sprint Car seasons. Bacon's present and active run of 10 years is equaled with Tom Bigelow (1972-1981).

With his victory last Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) extended his winning streak with the series to nine years, dating back to the 2012 season, which equaled A.J. Foyt (1959-1967), Steve Butler (1984-1992) and Tracy Hines (1998-2006).

Along with Bacon and Stockon, four more drivers have extended their winning streaks to new heights past the five-year or more club: Justin Grant (2014-Present), Chris Windom (2015-Present), Tyler Courtney (2016-Present) and C.J. Leary (2016-Present).

Six different drivers have recorded two separate streaks of at least five years in length: Gary Bettenhausen (1968-72 & 1974-78), Rich Vogler (1978-83 & 1986-90), Tony Elliott (1991-96 & 1998-2002), Dave Darland (1997-2001 & 2005-16), Tracy Hines (1998-2006 & 2008-14) and Jack Hewitt (1982-86 & 1988-1999), who won in 17 out of 18 seasons during that stretch.

Pits open for Friday's Jim Hurtubise Classic at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track at 3pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. is a 50% capacity event. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gates. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Pits open Saturday at 3pm Central, with grandstands opening at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm.

You can watch Friday Hurtubise Classic and Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH A USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WIN:
(As of Sept. 17, 2020)

13 YEARS IN A ROW
Sheldon Kinser (1974-1986)

12 YEARS IN A ROW
Jack Hewitt (1988-1999)
Dave Darland (2005-2016)

10 YEARS IN A ROW
Tom Bigelow (1972-1981)
Brady Bacon (2011-Present)

9 YEARS IN A ROW
A.J. Foyt (1959-1967)
Steve Butler (1984-1992)
Tracy Hines (1998-2006)
Chase Stockon (2012-Present)

8 YEARS IN A ROW
Pancho Carter (1973-1980)
Bud Kaeding (2000-2007)
Bryan Clauson (2009-2016)

7 YEARS IN A ROW
Larry Dickson (1966-1972)
Rollie Beale (1970-1976)
Bruce Walkup (1972-1978)
Jay Drake (2000-2006)
Tracy Hines (2008-2014)
Justin Grant (2014-Present)

6 YEARS IN A ROW
Greg Leffler (1975-1980)
Rich Vogler (1978-1983)
Tony Elliott (1991-1996)
Jerry Coons, Jr. (2005-2010)
Levi Jones (2007-2012)
Jon Stanbrough (2009-2014)
Chris Windom (2015-Present)

5 YEARS IN A ROW
Parnelli Jones (1960-1964)
Don Branson (1962-1966)
Gary Bettenhausen (1968-1972)
Sam Sessions (1971-1975)
Gary Bettenhausen (1974-1978)
Jack Hewitt (1982-1986)
Rich Vogler (1986-1990)
Chet Fillip (1994-1998)
Dave Darland (1997-2001)
Tony Elliott (1998-2002)
Dave Steele (2001-2005)
Robert Ballou (2014-2018)
Thomas Meseraull (2015-2019)
Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2015-2019)
Tyler Courtney (2016-Present)
C.J. Leary (2016-Present)

 

 

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series to Make Merced Speedway Debut in November

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Merced, CA)- While 2020 has made racing nearly nonexistent at Merced Speedway, the track is pleased to announce another big event on the horizon as the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series will make their first ever appearance at the facility on November 24th and 25th along with 600cc Micro’s and Winged 360’s.

“It has been a tough year, but to bring in the ASCS National Tour back in March, and now to get the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series in November is really special,” S&S Promotions GM Doug Lockwood said. “We are still finalizing the details, and hoping to obtain additional sponsors, but we are really excited for this opportunity.”

As it sits now Tuesday November 24th will act as a practice day for the Midgets, and a full event for the Micro 600’s. Wednesday night will see the Winged 360’s join the card for a complete racing program, as the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series will also compete in a non-points paying complete program for the first time ever at the Central California bullring.

With the event just coming together earlier this week the Midget race will pay a standard USAC purse as of now, however the track is seeking additional marketing partners.

“We want this to be a fun two-day event, so we are looking at a couple of different avenues on how to bolster this first ever show at Merced Speedway,” Lockwood added. “We will release more details for the Micro and Winged 360 race as well, we just wanted to get word out so people can mark the date on their schedules.”

Currently the Merced Speedway grandstands remain closed, but both nights will stream LIVE on FloRacing.

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Merced Speedway is located at 900 Martin Luther King Drive Merced, CA 95341.

 

 

REMAINDER OF USAC'S NATIONAL SCHEDULE IS SET

Speedway, Indiana (September 15, 2020).........The remainder of USAC's 2020 National schedule has been set for the months of September, October and November with 5 Sprint Car, 10 Midget and 2 Silver Crown events on the calendar with several marquee races and three championships to be decided.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship race has been tight with only nine points separating leader Brady Bacon and Chris Windom with the top-four all within 40 points entering the two events this weekend, Friday, Sept. 18 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track for the 21st running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic and the Saturday, Sept. 19 Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Back-to-back nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink Midget doubleheaders greet competitors on Friday, Sept. 25 at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway for the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives Double Double.

USAC's National Sprint Car season concludes with the Saturday, Oct. 3 running of the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, marking the first time the season will conclude in the Midwest since 2002.

The USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series slate has just two races remaining, one on pavement and one on dirt. First up is the Hemelgarn Racing / Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, at the paved oval of Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio.

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18, the classic Bettenhausen 100 is on at the one-mile dirt oval at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. - the first time in its history that the Springfield Mile will serve as the Silver Crown season finale. Grandstand capacity for the Springfield event is limited to 20 percent.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season finishes up with a flurry of activity that consists of 10 races in four different states. Following the Gas City/Kokomo "Double Double" on Sep. 25-26, the series moves onto another weekend double with races on Friday, Oct. 9 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. for the Jason Leffler Memorial. That's followed the next night by the Harvest Cup on Saturday, Oct. 10 just across the border at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

From there, the traditional pilgrimage to the west takes the Midgets to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the Western World Championships on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, which will also feature the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars in a midget/sprint doubleheader each night.

A mini-California Midget Week begins just days later with four consecutive nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing, beginning at Bakersfield Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Tee-straight nights on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, Nov. 19-20-21 brings the series to Placerville Speedway for the second running of the Hangtown 100, which concludes the season with a 100-lap finale. Grandstand admission is not allowed at any of the Bakersfield or Placerville events, pit access only.

The Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway will not be contested during the 2020 season. Advance tickets purchased for the 2020 Oval Nationals will be good for the 2021 Oval Nationals.

Furthermore, the traditional USAC Night of Champions banquet at the Indiana Roof Ballroom will not be held this year.

Tickets for USAC's September events can be purchased in advance at www.usactickets.com. Stay tuned to USAC's website at www.usacracing.com and social media sites for further ticket and event info for the races during the months of October and November.

REMAINING USAC NATIONAL EVENTS

Sep. 18: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN

Sep. 19: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN

Sep. 25: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Gas City I-69 Speedway / Gas City, IN

Sep. 25: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Gas City I-69 Speedway / Gas City, IN

Sep. 26: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN

Sep. 26: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN

Oct. 3: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN

Oct. 4: USAC Silver Crown - Toledo Speedway / Toledo, OH

Oct. 9: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Wayne County Speedway / Wayne City, IL

Oct. 10: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN

Oct. 18: USAC Silver Crown - Illinois State Fairgrounds / Springfield, IL *20% Capacity Limit*

Nov. 13: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (With USAC CRA Sprints) - Arizona Speedway / San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov. 14: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (With USAC CRA Sprints) - Arizona Speedway / San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov. 17: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Bakersfield Speedway / Bakersfield, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 19: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway /Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 20: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 21: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

 

 

USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT ADDED AT MERCED NOV. 25

Merced, California (September 15, 2020).........A non-points special event for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets has been added to the schedule to close out the 2020 season at California's Merced Speedway on Wednesday night, November 25.

The $3,000-to-win event marks the debut of the series at the quarter-mile, semi-banked dirt oval located in the San Joaquin Valley. Under the USAC banner, USAC Western States Midgets have competed at Merced twice, both in 2019, with Austin Liggett and Robert Dalby each winning features. Liggett also scored the victory in the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car debut later during the 2019 season.

The festivities will begin at Merced on Tuesday, November 24, with midget practice and micro sprint racing. On Wednesday, a full midget event at Merced will be joined by winged 360 sprint cars.

While the pit area will be open, the grandstands will be closed for both nights at Merced on Nov. 24-25.

The Merced event arrives at the tail end of a busy stretch of USAC Midget racing out west. With Merced only being able to host three events thus far in 2020, in addition to the cancellation of this year's traditional Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, Merced promoter Doug Lockwood is thrilled to bring the midgets out for another date on California soil.

The traditional pilgrimage takes the Midgets to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the Western World Championships on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, which will also feature the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars in a midget/sprint doubleheader each night.

A mini-California Midget Week begins just days later with four nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing in a five-day span, beginning at Bakersfield Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Three-straight nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20-21, bring the series to Placerville Speedway for the second running of the Hangtown 100, which concludes the points season with a 100-lap finale. Grandstand admission is not allowed at any of the Bakersfield or Placerville events, pit access only.

Further details on times and pit pass prices for the Merced events will be announced shortly. The event can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

REMAINING USAC NATIONAL EVENTS

Sep. 18: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN

Sep. 19: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN

Sep. 25: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Gas City I-69 Speedway / Gas City, IN

Sep. 25: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Gas City I-69 Speedway / Gas City, IN

Sep. 26: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN

Sep. 26: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN

Oct. 3: USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN

Oct. 4: USAC Silver Crown - Toledo Speedway / Toledo, OH

Oct. 9: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Wayne County Speedway / Wayne City, IL

Oct. 10: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN

Oct. 18: USAC Silver Crown - Illinois State Fairgrounds / Springfield, IL *20% Capacity Limit*

Nov. 13: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (With USAC CRA Sprints) - Arizona Speedway / San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov. 14: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (With USAC CRA Sprints) - Arizona Speedway / San Tan Valley, AZ

Nov. 17: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Bakersfield Speedway / Bakersfield, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 19: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway /Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 20: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 21: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

Nov. 25: USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (Non-Points Special Event) - Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA *No Grandstands, Pits Only*

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS EYE PETALUMA RETURN SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Petaluma Speedway this Saturday, September 19th, for a special non-points event. Promoted by Rick Faeth, Super Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Mini Stocks will join the action packed showcase. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The listed right rear tires are also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The Hoosier Medium is also legal with the VRA Sprint Car Series.
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

Despite unhealthy air quality forcing officials to cancel last Saturday’s show, Petaluma Speedway has held three USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. 2018 Champion Austin Liggett has topped the last two races and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the July 29, 2017 debut after setting the track record of 13.728.

When the series last visited the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds on August 8th, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) claimed the twelfth win of his career. Fast qualifier Colby Johnson, “BT Express” Bradley Terrell, “Wild” Billy Aton, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Shayna Ensign, Ryan Timmons, Matthew Haulot, Glenn Bryan, and Ricky Brophy rounded out the top-10 drivers.

The USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets will clash at the fast 3/8-mile on October 3rd and 24th. Both events are part of the “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge.”

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

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, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC West Coast Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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-Tristan Guardino.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Austin Liggett.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Geoff Ensign.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 19: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC RACE PREVIEW: 9/18/2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (September 14, 2020).........Justin Grant remembers going a long way in his first visit to the Terre Haute Action Track in 2010.

In September of 2019, the Ione, Calif. native showed he's come a long way in another aspect since his humbling introduction to the famed western Indiana half-mile nearly a decade earlier, winning the 20th running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, which at the time was his first Sprint Car win of any kind at the track.

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

Grant, a 2018 Sumar Classic Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute, won again with the USAC Sprints in the series' most recent trip to Terre Haute in late July of 2020. Grant had experienced the Hurtubise Classic top-five on just one other occasion prior to 2019, a 4th in 2017. He enters this Friday's race aiming to claw his way back into the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title hunt after leading the standings for much of the year. Grant now sees himself in 5th coming into the week but is still just 79 points back.

The 2019 Jim Hurtubise Classic, however, presented him a topsy-turvy turn of events to begin his night. Shortly after racing from 5th to 1st to win the first heat race, on his cooldown lap, Grant encountered trouble, without warning, that nearly spelled complete disaster.

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

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

Other drivers expected to compete in this Friday's 21st running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic who've also experienced good fortune in the event include past winners Chris Windom (2011-16-17), Brady Bacon (2014 & 18), Chase Stockon (2012) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Windom (Canton, Ill.) is second in the series' point standings entering Friday's event, just nine points out of the lead. He's tied with 1990's inaugural event winner, Jack Hewitt, as a three-time Hurtubise Classic winner. With one more, he'd become the all-time winningest driver of the event. His five career Terre Haute USAC Sprint wins are tied with the namesake of the event, Jim Hurtubise, for sixth all-time. Windom has procured six top-fives in his Hurtubise Classic career with three wins, plus a 2nd in 2015, a 3rd in 2018 and a 4th in 2019, the same night he also notched the fastest qualifying time. He was also the victor of a mid-August MSCS Sprint race at Terre Haute.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leads the point standings following his series-leading 5th win of the year last Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. A pursuant of a third USAC National Sprint Car title, Bacon's Hurtubise Classic prowess shows four more top-ten results in addition to his two victories, a 2nd in 2013, a 7th in both 2016-17 and a 9th in 2015.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has been behind the wheel of some of those spectacular moments at Terre Haute. He's been a fast qualifier for the Hurtubise Classic on three occasions in 2010-17-18. The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ has also finished as the runner-up in the event three times in addition to his victory; he was 2nd in 2012-14-18 and also had top-five rides in 2010-11 where he finished 5th.

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), along with Windom, are the only two drivers to win the Tony Hulman Classic, the Don Smith Classic and the Jim Hurtubise Classic USAC Sprint events at Terre Haute in their careers. Stockon bagged a Hurtubise victory during late in the 2012 season. He's finished inside the top-ten of the Hurtubise Classic in eight consecutive seasons with a 4th in 2016, 5th in 2014, 6th in 2017, 7th twice in 2015 & 19, 8th in 2018 and 9th in 2013. He was also the fastest qualifier in 2016.

Dave Darland has won nearly every single big event on the USAC calendar in his National Sprint Car Hall of Fame career. Darland owns the record for most Hurtubise Classic feature starts, appearing in the A-Main lineup 15 times between 1992-2019. The 1999 series champion has been oh-so-close to a victory in the event on numerous occasions, but has eluded his resume thus far, which includes a pair of USAC Sprint wins at Terre Haute in 1993 and 2014. He finished runner-up in the "Hurtubise" in both 1998 & 2010, was 3rd in 1997 & 2015, 5th in 2012-13 among his six top-fives. Darland also possesses a total of 12 top-tens in those 15 starts.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), who has had a resurgent year with victories in both USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint competition, owns three career top-ten finishes at the Hurtubise Classic with a 4th as his best in 2014 along with a 6th in 2018 and 7th in 2010.
Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) had three solid results last weekend with a trio of top-seven runs in three starts. He was the runner-up to Grant in the 2019 Hurtubise Classic, which was his best career finish in the event. He ran 5th in 2018 and was also 6th in 2015 and 10th in 2012. He was the fastest qualifier for the "Hurtubise" in 2013.

Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has climbed himself right back into the mix for the series title, trailing by just 40 points now in fourth. A past Sumar Classic Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute in 2016, Leary has finished inside the top-five of each of the past two Hurtubise Classics, taking 4th in 2018 and 5th in 2019. His string of top-tens in the event is five years running with an 8th in 2015, and 9th place results in 2016 and 2017.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) aims to make his first Hurtubise Classic start this Friday. His first career Terre Haute appearance in late July was a successful venture, winning the semi-feature and finishing 7th in the feature. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) and Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas), likewise, are both Hurtubise Classic Rookies. Hernandez won his heat and finished 10th in July's Hulman Classic at Terre Haute. Rogers leads the Rookie standings, however, by a 41-point margin entering the weekend's events.

Meanwhile, Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned his best Hurtubise Classic run of 8th in 2019 while Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), 11th in points, is looking for his first top-ten performance in the event after a top-ten run last Saturday at Lincoln Park.

The event honors the late, great Jim Hurtubise, the 1993 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee who achieved what seemed nearly impossible, winning five consecutive USAC National Sprint Car feature events at Terre Haute between 1960 and 1962.

Hurtubise, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., stood the racing world on its ears in 1960 when he flirted with the 150 mph barrier at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was that year's Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. National Championship wins for Hurtubise came at Sacramento, Calif., Langhorne, Pa. and Springfield, Ill. (twice), before suffering serious burns in an accident at Milwaukee, Wisc. in 1964.

He was the last driver to wheel a front-engine car at the Indianapolis 500 in 1968. A spectacular Sprint Car racer, he won 14 USAC features and was also an accomplished stock car veteran. He won the 1966 Atlanta 500 NASCAR Cup race.

Pits open for Friday's Jim Hurtubise Classic at 3pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

You can watch Friday Hurtubise Classic LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,384, 2-Chris Windom-1,375, 3-Chase Stockon-1,351, 4-C.J. Leary-1,344, 5-Justin Grant-1,305, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,139, 7-Carson Short-1,061, 8-Dave Darland-979, 9-Kyle Cummins-969, 10-Logan Seavey-909.

PAST JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC WINNERS: 1990: Jack Hewitt, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Rusty McClure, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Tray House, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Kevin Thomas, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Tony Jones, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Chris Windom, 2012: Chase Stockon, 2013: Jerry Coons, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Brady Bacon, 2019: Justin Grant

JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC WINS:

1. (3) Jack Hewitt (1990-91-95) & Chris Windom (2011-16-17)

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

4. (1) Robert Ballou (2015), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2013), Tony Elliott (1998), Justin Grant (2019), Tray House (1994), Tony Jones (1999), Rusty McClure (1992), Jon Stanbrough (2010), Robbie Stanley (1993), Chase Stockon (2012), Kevin Thomas (1996) & J.J. Yeley (1997)

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS: (164 Points Races)

8-Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

6-Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser & J.J. Yeley

5-Jim Hurtubise, Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough, Rich Vogler & Chris Windom

4-Bud Kaeding & Roger McCluskey

3-Don Branson, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons, Jr, Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Cary Faas, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Joe Saldana & Chase Stockon

2-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Cory Kruseman, Johnny Rutherford, Dick Tobias, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Bruce Walkup & Greg Weld

1-Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Mel Cornett, Larry Dickson, Ed Elisian, Tony Elliott, Aaron Farney, A.J. Foyt, Richard Griffin, Chuck Gurney, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tray House, Chet Johnson, Tony Jones, Doug Kalitta, Frankie Kerr, Steve Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, James McElreath, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Jan Opperman, Terry Pletch, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Sam Sessions, Ron Shuman, George Snider, Robbie Stanley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas & Bobby Unser

 

 

HAUBSTADT HUSTLER RACE PREVIEW: 9/19/2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (September 15, 2020).........In recent times, nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and Kyle Cummins winning at Tri-State Speedway. Or so it seems, at least.

Cummins, of Princeton, Ind., continued his immaculate season at the quarter-mile dirt oval in Haubstadt, Ind. during the 2019 Haubstadt Hustler en route to an undefeated season in a sprint car at TSS.

At that time 12 months ago, it was his seventh feature win in seven tries as he picked up his second career Haubstadt Hustler victory after collecting the $10,000-to-win 40-lap feature co-sanctioned by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Series. He'd eventually win all nine of his sprint car starts during the 2019 season at the track.

This Saturday night, September 19, in the 13th annual Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State, Cummins comes in as the most recent USAC winner at Tri-State, capturing the Indiana Sprint Week round there on August 2. Unsurprisingly, his resume at the Haubstadt Hustler is top-notch. His two victories in 2016 & 19 are joined by a 2nd in 2017, a 3rd in 2010 & 14 and a 5th in 2013.

The only driver to have achieved more Haubstadt Hustler victories than Cummins is Kevin Thomas Jr. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) has won the event three times, in 2013-17-18, and his five overall USAC Sprint Car feature wins at Tri-State are tied with Cummins and Daron Clayton as the most all-time. Thomas also collected a 2nd at the Hustler in 2015, plus a 4th in 2016 and a 7th in 2012.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) notched the victory in the 2015 Haubstadt Hustler, one of his two career USAC Sprint wins at "The Class Track." He's also recorded runner-up finishes in the inaugural edition of the event in 2008 and again in 2013, a 3rd in 2009, a 7th in 2017 and 9th in 2019.

Five more drivers - Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Chase Stockon and Chris Windom - have prior USAC National Sprint Car wins at Tri-State but are seeking a first Haubstadt Hustler triumph this Saturday. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won there in early 2015. The two-time USAC National Sprint champ's Haubstadt Hustler record has a 3rd in 2013, 4th in 2015, 5th in 2011, 8th in 2014 & 19 and a 9th in 2016.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), won the 2014 Indiana Sprint Week finale at TSS. He's come close twice to taking home the top honors at the Haubstadt Hustler, finishing 2nd in 2014, 3rd in 2012, 7th in both 2015 & 18 and 8th in 2017. The 2015 USAC National Sprint titlist notched a fast qualifying time at the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler.

Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) made the journey to victory lane in the 2018 ISW finale at TSS. That same year, the 1999 series champion equaled his best Haubstadt Hustler result with a 4th, which he also achieved in 2012. A 6th place finish in 2015 is among one of his four top-ten results in the event as well as 9th in 2009.

Chase Stockon, from nearby Fort Branch, Ind., captured his lone TSS USAC Sprint score in the Spring of 2016. The southwestern Indiana track also holds a special place in his racing career as it was the location where he clinched the Indiana Sprint Week title earlier this year back in August. His Haubstadt Hustler stat sheet displays constant consistency with eight top-tens during the decade of the 2010s, with three consecutive 5th place runs between 2014-15-16 serving as his best to go along with a 6th in 2013, a 7th in 2019, an 8th in both 2010 & 18 and a 10th in 2012.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) corralled his TSS USAC victory nearly one year to the day of Stockon's in April of 2017. His five top-tens in the Haubstadt Hustler have had him pilot his ride to 5th in both 2012 and 2019, plus a 6th in 2016-17 and 8th in 2015.

Drivers who've been successful in year's past at the Haubstadt Hustler who are primed to score a first victory in the event include C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), who's led 44 total laps over the past two installments of the race that led to finishes of 2nd in 2018 and 3rd in 2019, which serve as his two best performances. The reigning series champ also took home 9th place results in 2015 & 17.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was the fastest qualifier at the 2019 Haubstadt Hustler, but ran into trouble just before midway of the feature event, ending his best run as of yet in the event. His best final placement at the "Hustler" came in 2016 where he finished 8th followed by a 10th in 2017.

Veteran Critter Malone (Pittsboro, Ind.) has annually made the haul to TSS to compete in USAC Sprint Car events throughout the past decade. At the Haubstadt Hustler, the two-time USAC National Midget feature winner turned in his best performance yet in the 2019 race, finishing 6th. The son of former longtime USAC Chief Starter Shim Malone was 7th in 2010 and 10th in 2011 at the "Hustler."

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), a winner if both USAC National Sprint and Silver Crown competition in 2020, was a personal-best 3rd in the 2016 Haubstadt Hustler to go along with a 10th in 2013. Dakota Jackson (Elizabethtown, Ind.) put in his best career USAC result in the 2015 race, finishing 3rd. Likewise, Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.) punched in a career best 4th with USAC in the 2019 race.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will be making his first career Haubstadt Hustler appearance this Saturday. He set fast time during qualifying for the Indiana Sprint Week round at TSS in August, ultimately finishing 12th in the main event. His first ever USAC Sprint Car ride at Tri-State resulted in a 3rd place finish in the Spring of 2018. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), a 9th place TSS finisher this past June, leads the USAC National Sprint Car Rookie point standings by 41 points over Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas). Rogers enters as a Haubstadt Hustler Rookie himself as does Hernandez. Rogers' ride, the Randy Edwards #61m, won its first USAC National Sprint Car feature this past June with Stephen Schnapf as the driver.

Garrett Aitken (Paris, Ill.) is another driver who has yet to make a Haubstadt Hustler appearance. His performance at TSS during Indiana Sprint Week came as he posed a fierce challenge to Cummins for the lead before finishing 4th, his best career USAC result.

The $10,000-to-win event will utilize the format regularly utilized by the Midwest Sprint Car Series. The night will be led off by group qualifying to set the heat race lineups and conclude with a 40-lap feature event.

USAC and MSCS have co-sanctioned the event since 2011. The first three events held in 2008-09-10 came under the MSCS banner solely. Jeff Bland Jr. was victorious in the inaugural Haubstadt Hustler in 2008.

This is a 50% capacity event. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gates. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Pits open Saturday at 3pm Central, with grandstands opening at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm.

You can watch Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

HAUBSTADT HUSTLER WINNERS: 2008: Jeff Bland Jr., 2009: Bryan Clauson, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Casey Riggs, 2012: Daron Clayton, 2013: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2014: Daron Clayton, 2015: Brady Short, 2016: Kyle Cummins, 2017: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2019: Kyle Cummins

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS

5-Daron Clayton, Kyle Cummins & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

4-Cory Kruseman

3-Rick Hood

2-Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short & Jon Stanbrough

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Blake Fitzpatrick, Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Casey Riggs, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS

1983: Rick Hood (9/4)

1984: Steve Butler (5/28) & Rick Hood (9/2)

1988: Kenny Jacobs (8/7)

1989: Rick Hood (6/3)

2000: Cory Kruseman (7/30)

2001: Tony Elliott (5/13) & Jay Drake (7/22)

2002: Tracy Hines (5/19) & Cory Kruseman (7/21)

2003: J.J. Yeley (7/20)

2004: Cory Kruseman (7/18)

2005: Cory Kruseman (7/17)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/15) & Daron Clayton (9/2)

2007: Daron Clayton (7/21)

2008: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/19)

2009: Levi Jones (7/18)

2010: Blake Fitzpatrick (7/17)

2011: Damion Gardner (7/16) & Casey Riggs (9/17)

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (5/12), Jon Stanbrough (7/21) & Daron Clayton (9/15)

2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5/11) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/14)

2014: Daron Clayton (4/26), Robert Ballou (7/19) & Daron Clayton (9/13)

2015: Brady Bacon (4/18), Brady Short (7/18) & Brady Short (9/19)

2016: Chase Stockon (4/16), Carson Short (7/16) & Kyle Cummins (9/17)

2017: Chris Windom (4/15), Kyle Cummins (7/15) & Kevin Thomas, Jr., (9/16)

2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/28), Dave Darland (7/28) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/15)

2019: Kyle Cummins (7/27) & Kyle Cummins (9/14)

2020: Stephen Schnapf (6/14) & Kyle Cummins (8/2)

 

 

DREVICKI COLLECTS WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY CHECKERS
 

By: Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC

Winchester, Virginia (September 12, 2020)………Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. continued his winning ways and incredible streak of consecutive top five finishes, by becoming the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series’ first ever feature event winner at the Winchester Speedway in Virginia.

In a recently rescheduled event at Winchester, 17 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast 360 sprint cars entered the pit area of the speedway for the series’ first ever trip to the high banked Virginia oval. The speedway has a long history of open wheel action, as the ARDC Midgets made many appearances to the speedway over the years.

In heat race action, Billy VanInwegen would collect a convincing heat race number one victory, with Kyle Spence and last week’s winner Kenny Miller lll in third making the redraw. Heat number two saw veteran driver Carmen Perigo grab the win, with Drevicki in second, and Alex Bright taking the third and final redraw spot.

Following the redraw for the feature event, Kenny Miller lll and Carmen Perigo would share the front row for the 25 lap feature event, with Drevicki pulling the worst pill and starting sixth.

As the field went green, the slick surface and banks of the speedway lead to an extremely bunched field with drivers fighting hard to gain as many spots as possible. Billy VanInwegen would be the first to try and utilize the top side of the speedway, but it would not work to his liking.

Steven Drevicki was the early car on the move, diving underneath Miller, Spence, and VanInwegen and beginning his move toward the front. By lap five Drevicki had moved into third, with Alex Bright in Second, and Carmen Perigo leading the way.

On lap nine of the feature event, Drevicki was able to make the move around the outside of Alex Bright into turns one and two and take over the second spot and begin to reel in race leader Carmen Perigo.

As the field approached the halfway point of the feature event, it was clear that Perigo and Drevicki were the class of the field, with Bright losing ground in third, along with the rest of the field.

Bruce Buckwalter Jr., a former midget winner at the speedway, was locked in a tight battle with Kyle Spence for the last position inside the top five, with Spence continually holding off the advances of Buckwalter.

Lap sixteen would see the field beginning to encounter the back half of the field, with Perigo continuing to lead Drevicki, with Bright, Miller, and Kyle Spence rounding out the top five.

By lap 20, Drevicki was all over the back bumper of the Treyco Heavy Industrial 21 of Carmen Perigo, waiting for a moment to pounce and make his move for the race lead. Perigo was beginning to have problems exiting the corners of the speedway, with Drevicki opening up his line trying to dive underneath Perigo to take the lead.

As the two leaders encountered the lapped car of Lee Kauffman, Drevicki was side by side with Perigo for the race lead. On lap 23, Drevicki was able to dive underneath Perigo for the race lead into turns one and two. Try as he might, Perigo was not able to get back by Steven Drevicki, as Drevicki went on to collect his fourth series victory of 2020.

Drevicki has been the driver to beat all season long leading the points from the first event of the season at Orange County. Drevicki is no stranger to Winchester Speedway Victory Lane, as he collected an ARDC Midget victory in the past. The win for Drevicki, means that the Reading, PA driver continues to be the only repeat winner on the series trail in 2020, with four feature event wins (Orange County, Big Diamond, Williams Grove, and Winchester).

Carmen Perigo Jr is not a series regular, but the veteran driver with over thirty years of driving experience is always a threat to win whenever he enters the pit area. The Stoystown, PA driver has made starts with the USAC Silver Crown Series in 2020, and in USAC East Coast Action Perigo has four feature starts with three top fives, and four top ten’s.

Series rookie Alex Bright is also no stranger to the banks of the Winchester Speedway with prior midget experience like Drevicki and Buckwalter. Bright collected his first feature event win at the Port Royal Speedway on August 22nd, and has been consistent with five top fives, in his five feature event starts.

Since joining the series, Kenny Miller lll has finished 12th, collected his first series victory, and now a second solid top five run. The former micro sprint champion has been nothing but impressive in the three events he has run since joining the series and continues to gain experience at every track the series travels too. Look for Miller to be a threat at the series remaining events, and on the tour in 2021.

Kyle Spence had previously made plans to head to Illinois to race his micro sprint on Saturday but returned to the seat of the Dave Betts 22 entry on Saturday night. Spence was rewarded with a top five feature event finish following a hard fought battle with Bruce Buckwalter Jr. Spence is yet another of the extremely impressive rookies that the series has gained in 2020, and a feature event win is on the horizon for Spence.

While the season may be winding down, three massive events remain on the series schedule for 2020. First, is a stop to the all-new Bridgeport Speedway as a part of the Danny Serrano Memorial weekend. On October 2nd, the series makes our second visit to the always entertaining Georgetown Speedway where Ryan Watt was the winner in July. Finally, the series will end the season with a pair of 20 lap features at the Big Diamond Speedway on October 9th, where a champion will be crowned for 2020.

With plenty of action left to go for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series be sure to follow along on our social media sites, and our website for all the latest news and other series information.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 12, 2020 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Virginia

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top three redraw) 1. 5G-Billy VanInwegen, 2. 22-Kyle Spence, 3. 23m-Kenny Miller lll, 4. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 5. 17J-Jonathan Swanson, 6. 17m-Christian Bruno, 7. 71-Chris Allen Jr., 8. 9D-Kevin Darling, 9. 67-Jason Cherry. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top three redraw) 1. 21-Carmen Perigo, 2. 19-Steven Drevicki, 3. 20-Alex Bright, 4. 54-Joey Amantea, 5. 33B-Bill Unglert, 6. 23-John Stehman, 7. 117-David Swanson, 8. 96-Lee Kauffman. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Carmen Perigo, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Kenny Miller lll, 5. Kyle Spence, 6. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 7. Billy VanInwegen, 8. Christian Bruno, 9. Bill Unglert, 10. Chris Allen Jr., 11. Kevin Darling, 12. Jonathan Swanson, 13. Joey Amantea, 14. David Swanson, 15. John Stehman, 16. Jason Cherry, 17. Lee Kauffman.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Carmen Perigo, Laps 24-25 Steven Drevicki.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-665, 2-Chris Allen Jr.-544, 3-Bill Unglert-520, 4-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-404, 5-Ryan Quackenbush-341, 6-Christian Bruno-332, 7-Jonathan Swanson-308, 8-Kyle Spence-294, 9-Jason Cherry-265, 10-Carmen Perigo-263.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 26, 2020 – Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, New Jersey

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 2ND PLACE: Carmen Perigo

KEIZER WHEELS 3RD PLACE: Alex Bright

KING RACING PRODUCTS 6TH PLACE: Bruce Buckwalter Jr.

ULTRA SHIELD PRODUCTS 8TH PLACE: Christian Bruno

RACING OPTICS “STARTING FROM THE REAR”: Jason Cherry


 

WAIT NO MORE:
STOCKON WINS AT LPS FOR FIRST OF 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (September 12, 2020).........Exactly six weeks after basking in the limelight as the Indiana Sprint Week champion,, Chase Stockon finally achieved that long sought after first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season during the first of two features run Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

While Stockon's triumph won't officially go in in the books as an official Indiana Sprint Week victory, it did come in an event that resumed Saturday, having been suspended for a month and a half following a heavy storm on the final night of July when it was then part of the ISW series, the night in which nearly all the preliminary events had been completed.

"I know it's a bit delayed, but I'm definitely glad to get another (Indiana) Sprint Week win," Stockon said with a grin.

The win also continued one of the most impressive streaks with the series by a driver who is known for setting records. Stockon, the series' "Ironman" from Fort Branch, Ind., in making his 316th consecutive feature start, ran his annual checkmark in the win column to nine consecutive years, picking up a USAC win each year since the 2012 season, an active streak that is second only by Brady Bacon's 10 straight years dating back to 2011.

Stockon's 13th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win surpassed Eric Gordon and tied both Don Branson and Steve Chassey for 43rd all-time.

Lincoln Park is the place where Stockon began his driver/owner relationship with KO Motorsports in terms of USAC competition back in early July. A pair of top-five runs in the KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere - Ravens Manufacturing - AMSOIL/Velocity/Fisher Chevy that weekend has led Stockon to elevate his game and put him in contention for a first career series title, while also providing the KO team its first career USAC victory on Saturday at LPS.

Pole sitter Stockon initially shared the front row alongside Darland, the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at the 5/16-mile dirt oval with six victories. Stockon grabbed the early lead while Darland fought with Carson Short before emerging with the second position in the early going.

Meanwhile, defending series champ and fourth starting C.J. Leary made the topside work to his liking and surged up through the thick to beat Stockon to the line by one car length at the stripe on the 10th lap. Stockon called it a comeback and was able to stick even Steven with Leary at the exit of turns two and four before, ultimately eking out his own one car length advantage at the conclusion of lap 14.

As Leary fought to regain the position, Stockon nipped Leary again at the line under the crossed flags indicating halfway to completion of the 30-lap feature. Nonetheless, Leary was undeterred, digging in to supplant Stockon from the top of the throne once again by a single car length at the line. That proved short lived as Stockon gained a big drive off the bottom of four to re-corral the race lead once and for all on the 17th circuit.

In that instant, it became more than just a two-horse race with Darland, Logan Seavey and Brady Bacon each joining the fray along with Leary, while Stockon suddenly left his home on the bottom to try the top. Darland nearly took advantage of Stockon's switch with 10 laps remaining by securing the bottom line, just missing out on leading the 20th lap by inches.

Darland became pinned behind the car of Colten Cottle on the tail end of the lead lap on the bottom of turn two as he raced side-by-side with Leary for the race lead. Nose-to-tail contact was made between Darland and C. Cottle, sending Cottle sideways and veering off into the infield to maintain control while Darland lost his stride of momentum, allowing Seavey to shoot the gap into second.

A lap later, the event's fastest qualifier, Brent Beauchamp, slowed to a stop on the back straightaway to end the lengthy green flag run and restack the deck in a single file manner without the aid, or hindrance of traffic, in the distance. Stockon continued to tiptoe around the tires of the infield variety when racing resumed with nine laps left. Darland followed Stockon on the limbo line while Bacon jostled into third on lap 24, then to the runner-up spot on lap 25 when Darland left the door open on the bottom of turn two for Bacon to scoot on by.

Bacon made every attempt to try to reel himself into lead contention at the end, but a slight issue with a cut tire placed him into conservation mode instead of attack mode for the final five-lap run to the checkered. Searching high and also stalking the bottom, Bacon couldn't catch Stockon, who was the picture of perfection on the low line to win by a 0.819 second margin over Bacon, Darland, Leary and Seavey.

"I could feel those guys breathing on me there toward the end of the race. I was just trying to hit my marks and make no mistakes," Stockon revealed after leading a race-high 25 laps. "The topside around here was just a little bit too far around for me tonight."


Chase Stockon has now picked up a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win in nine consecutive years, an active streak that dates back to 2012 and is second only to Brady Bacon's 10-year winning streak which started in 2011.
(David Nearpass Photo)


Bacon's journey from 8th to 2nd earned him B & W Auto Mart / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native's Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy."

"We got a cut in our tire there at the end," Bacon explained. "I kind of felt it getting soft, so I had to get a little conservative. It was really good on the bottom of three and four and I hadn't been down there as much as them, so I didn't exactly know what to do. We were better than them in one and two, but (Stockon) got to start in front and keep his nose clean. We might've used our stuff up a little bit to get there."

Darland's best 2020 USAC finish came in a 3rd place performance Saturday night for the driver who earned a pair of Lincoln Park Speedway Sprint Car track championships during the 1990-91 seasons, piloting the EZR-Curb-Agajanian/Marchand's Window Tinting - Fox Paving - Windmill Grill/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

"We had a good race, but those guys just beat me a little bit," Darland said. "I didn't really want to see that yellow; traffic was going to help me. We were decent, but they were too. I knew Chase wouldn't screw up too many times too often. Then brady came through and he had a good racecar too. There on that yellow, I was just hoping I could run real low around one and two on the restart and maybe get Chase out in the slick or something, but it was better to be up in the middle off turn two. He was in the right spot and he knew what he was doing, so there's always a lot going through your mind of just what you're going to do and what's going to happen. It didn't work out for the win, but we had a good run, a good finish and we're happy about that."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 31 & September 12, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Brent Beauchamp, 34B, Olson-12.688; 2. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.716; 3. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-12.784; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.800; 5. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-12.848; 6. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-12.851; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-12.915; 8. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.922; 9. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-12.981; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.994; 11. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.019; 12. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-13.051; 13. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-13.074; 14. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-13.081; 15. Jake Bland, 20B, Bland-13.112; 16. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.162; 17. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-13.167; 18. Logan Hupp, 69JM, Gindling-13.232; 19. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-13.238; 20. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.251; 21. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.264; 22. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-13.306; 23. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-13.631; 24. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-13.654.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.392; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.595; 3. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-12.632; 4. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-12.653; 5. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-12.802; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.869; 7. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-12.913; 8. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-12.940; 9. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-12.941; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.947; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.949; 12. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-12.955; 13. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-13.085; 14. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-13.118; 15. Max Adams, 37, Felker-13.141; 16. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.167; 17. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-13.211; 18. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-13.242; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.248; 20. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.427; 21. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-13.469; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.584; 23. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-14.290; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.375.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Colten Cottle, 6. Tony DiMattia, 7. Brandon Morin, 8. Kurt Gross, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Jonathan Vennard, 11. Jake Bland, 12. Shelby VanGilder. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Carson Short, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Dustin Smith, 8. Chayse Hayhurst, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 10. Logan Hupp, 11. Jadon Rogers, 12. Travis Berryhill. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Matt McDonald, 9. Matt Westfall, 10. Harley Burns, 11. Evan Mosley. 2:49.862

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Chris Phillips, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Max Guilford, 8. Brayden Fox, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Robert Bell, 12. A.J. Hopkins. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Matt McDonald, 2. Brandon Morin, 3. Logan Hupp, 4. Max Guilford, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Harley Burns, 9. Chayse Hayhurst, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 11. Robert Bell, 12. Charles Davis Jr., 13. Kurt Gross. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, final 4 laps completed on Sept. 12, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brandon Mattox, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brayden Fox, 4. Mario Clouser (#69JM), 5. Colten Cottle, 6. Max Adams, 7. Brandon Morin, 8. Matt McDonald, 9. Chris Phillips, 10. Tony DiMattia, 11. Chase Johnson, 12. Anton Hernandez, 13. Max Guilford, 14. Jonathan Vennard, 15. Evan Mosley, 16. Dustin Smith, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Jake Bland. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses, completed on Sept. 12) 1. Chase Stockon (1), 2. Brady Bacon (8), 3. Dave Darland (2), 4. C.J. Leary (4), 5. Logan Seavey (6), 6. Shane Cottle (7), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 8. Chris Windom (13), 9. Carson Short (3), 10. Kyle Cummins (12), 11. Robert Ballou (9), 12. Brandon Mattox (17), 13. Stevie Sussex (16), 14. Brayden Fox (10), 15. Justin Grant (18), 16. Mario Clouser (#69JM) (22), 17. Thomas Meseraull (15), 18. Brent Beauchamp (5), 19. Jake Swanson (14), 20. Max Adams (20), 21. Aric Gentry (#17) (21), 22. Colten Cottle (19), 23. Jadon Rogers (23). NT

**Justin Grant flipped during qualifying. Nate McMillin flipped during qualifying. Travis Berryhill flipped during the second heat. A.J. Hopkins flipped during the fourth heat. Jake Bland flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Chase Stockon, Laps 10-13 C.J. Leary, Laps 14-15 Chase Stockon, Lap 16 C.J. Leary, Laps 17-30 Chase Stockon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,311, 2-Chase Stockon-1,309, 3-Brady Bacon-1,305, 4-C.J. Leary-1,264, 5-Justin Grant-1,260, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,068, 7-Carson Short-1,051, 8-Dave Darland-949, 9-Kyle Cummins-927, 10-Logan Seavey-899.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-135, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Kyle Cummins-78, 4-Justin Grant-76, 5-Shane Cottle-69, 6-Andrew Layser-65, 7-Logan Seavey-63, 8-Kyle Larson-62, 9-Robert Ballou-59, 10-Chase Stockon-55.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 12, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Shane Cottle

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Brandon Mattox

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Brady Bacon (8th to 2nd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Stevie Sussex

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brandon Morin

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Jake Swanson

 

BACON BACK TO THE TOP
OF THE USAC SPRINT POINTS WITH LPS TRIUMPH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (September 12, 2020).........Brady Bacon and Lincoln Park Speedway have been a perfect match for each other ever since a mag issue sidelined he and the Dynamics, Inc. team prior to the start of the feature back on July 3.

Since that point, Bacon reeled off a victory there the following night, then recorded a runner-up finish in the first feature on Saturday, followed up by another victory in the second feature of the doubleheader to close out Saturday night at LPS with just about the best result any driver/team could ask for.

And, to add the cherry on top, Bacon and Dynamics, Inc. reclaimed the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver and owner point leads in the process after entering the weekend atop the standings, but falling back to third in the pecking order following a 10th place result Friday at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

"Lincoln Park - two features in one day, a first and a second," Bacon exclaimed. "You can ask for a little better than that but not much better. We'll definitely take it after we struggled last night at Bloomington."

The victory was Bacon's 34th in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, putting him just one behind Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for 10th all-time. Though Bacon leads the points, he aims not to just merely "point race." He intends to win races and let the points sort out however they may, and he's accomplished that better than anyone else in the series this year with the victory marking the Broken Arrow, Okla. driver's series-leading fifth triumph of the year.

"We're pretty fortunate to be in the battle at all," Bacon said. "We had some mistakes early in the year. To even be in the hunt, we're pretty fortunate for than and that other people had some misfortune. So, we're just taking it a day at a time, just going out here and winning races. Obviously, you have that in the back of your mind when you see other guys struggling a little bit. You kind of have to put it in a little bit of a conservative mode and not do anything stupid, but at the same time, you want to go out and win races."

Bacon started the second 30-lap feature from fifth on the grid, but it was frequent Lincoln Park weekly winner A.J. Hopkins taking off to the early advantage from the pole position for the first two corners on the opening lap. However, it was a resurgent Kevin Thomas Jr. who secured the lead on the opening lap, powering to the front with a big run off the top of turn four to lead by a car length at the line.

Bacon dropped back to 7th during the opening laps, cruising the top early on as he sought to figure out the best path forward to get to the front until discovering a trail a little bit lower than seemingly everyone in front of him was chasing.

"I got a little worried there at the beginning," Bacon admitted. "The top kind of got rolled in, then I thought, 'you know what, it's going to get dirty up there. They aren't going to be able to run up there.' So, I just started rolling the bottom, rolling the bottom and it came in and we got to hitting that bottom off turn two."

Trouble ensued for Hopkins, however on lap eight as he, C.J. Leary and Mario Clouser were involved in a fight for 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Leary slid past Hopkins for 2nd off turn four. Behind him, however, Clouser's right front wheel climbed Hopkins' left rear, which resulted in damage to the left side nerf bar of Hopkins' ride and a flat left rear tire, ending Hopkins' night prematurely with a 22nd place result.

When racing resumed, Leary took the fight right to Thomas for the race lead. Leary drove by Thomas with a slider in turn three on the lap eight restart, providing him the lead at the line by a half car length. However, Thomas replied with a slider of his own in turn one, reclaiming the position, albeit briefly, before Leary ducked back under exiting turn two to retake the spot, which he'd hold throughout the mid-portion of the race.

As Thomas and Clouser chased Leary on the topside, Bacon utilized the catfish line to 3rd by Clouser on the tenth lap, then to 2nd by Thomas on the 13th lap. Another three-lap increment later, Bacon wheeled the Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy No. 69 underneath Leary in turn two on lap 16 to snare the lead once and for all, and the timing couldn't have been any better from Bacon's point of view.

"We're able to get to the lead, then it started laying rubber," Bacon recalled. "So, I thought we were pretty safe. I was worried about it laying rubber on the top, but you can't really give up what you're doing when you're in the lead."

Bacon stayed the course for the entirety of the second half of the event, hitting the bottom lap after lap. The top-four began to drift to the bottom of the surface as they tried to keep pace with Bacon as he continued to pull away from the rest of the field.

Shane Cottle, who started 17th and won at LPS with USAC back in early July, found the bottom early, and proceeded to drive all the way up to 3rd place with 10 laps remaining as Thomas opened the door by pushing up at the exit of turn two.

For Bacon, it was three sails to the wind as he posted a full-straightway advantage with five laps to go while beginning the process of entering the tail end of the field in traffic.

Despite that fact, Bacon's lead never dwindled as he executed a victorious performance with precision to score his third career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at LPS after earlier winning in 2015 and now twice with the series in 2020. He also captured a non-sanctioned Sprint Car victory at LPS in June of this year.

At the checkered, Bacon was 3.964 seconds ahead of Leary, Cottle, Thomas and Friday night's Bloomington winner Chris Windom. Cottle's 3rd place performance netted him B & W Auto Mart / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for the night after starting 17th in the feature.

Leary's series-leading fifth fast time of the year during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying was the 28th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, surpassing Dave Steele and Chase Stockon for sole possession of 12th all-time.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 12, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.624; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-12.700; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.951; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.961; 5. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-13.021; 6. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.084; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.130; 8. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.177; 9. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-13.237; 10. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-13.245; 11. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.246; 12. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.308; 13. Ricky Lewis, 11, Lewis-13.312; 14. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.323; 15. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.342; 16. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-13.564; 17. Josh Cunningham, 17c, Cunningham-13.627; 18. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-13.667; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.815; 20. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-13.832; 21. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.871; 22. Jesse Vermillion, 5v, Vermillion-13.971; 23. Robert Carrington, 34c, Carrington-14.202; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.752.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.885; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.083; 3. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.122; 4. Max Adams, 37, Felker-13.151; 5. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.178; 6. Anton Hernandez, 17GP, Dutcher-13.189; 7. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.240; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 2E, Epperson-13.268; 9. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.333; 10. Blake Vermillion, 73, Vermillion-13.378; 11. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.388; 12. Brent Beauchamp, 34B, Olson-13.454; 13. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.454; 14. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-13.462; 15. Ben Knight, 16K, Knight-13.602; 16. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-13.691; 17. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-13.745; 18. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-13.787; 19. Shey Owens, 17s, SNO-13.814; 20. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.831; 21. Alec Sipes, 20, Bland-13.868; 22. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-13.953; 23. Michael Clark, 8, Clark-14.807; 24. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. A.J. Hopkins, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Shane Cockrum, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Ricky Lewis, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Brayden Fox, 10. Josh Cunningham, 11. Chris Phillips, 12. Robert Carrington. 2:21.084

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Matt McDonald, 8. Aric Gentry, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Slater Helt, 11. Robert Bell, 12. Jesse Vermillion. 2:22.755

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Mario Clouser, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Carson Short, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Alec Sipes, 9. Michael Clark, 10. Ben Knight, 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 12. Shey Owens. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brent Beauchamp, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Anton Hernandez, 4. Brandon Morin, 5. Nate McMillin, 6. Blake Vermillion, 7. Colten Cottle, 8. Max Adams, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Harley Burns, 11. Travis Berryhill. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Josh Cunningham, 2. Slater Helt, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Chris Phillips, 5. Matt McDonald, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Nate McMillin, 8. Ben Knight, 9. Alec Sipes, 10. Michael Clark, 11. Harley Burns, 12. Robert Carrington, 13. Robert Bell, 14. Shey Owens. 2:39.068

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Max Adams, 4. Chris Phillips, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Matt Westfall, 10. Josh Cunningham, 11. Carson Short, 12. Travis Berryhill, 13. Ricky Lewis, 14. Anthony D'Alessio, 15. Slater Helt, 16. Blake Vermillion, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Logan Seavey. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (5), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Shane Cottle (17), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 5. Chris Windom (2), 6. Mario Clouser (8), 7. Jake Swanson (10), 8. Tye Mihocko (7), 9. Jadon Rogers (18), 10. Brandon Mattox (15), 11. Chase Stockon (19), 12. Justin Grant (11), 13. Brent Beauchamp (9), 14. Max Adams (16), 15. Kyle Cummins (3), 16. Chris Phillips (22), 17. Matt Westfall (23), 18. Thomas Meseraull (21), 19. Brandon Morin (20), 20. Anton Hernandez (13), 21. Dave Darland (12), 22. A.J. Hopkins (1), 23. Robert Ballou (14). NT

**Logan Seavey flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 8-15 C.J. Leary, Laps 16-30 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,384, 2-Chris Windom-1,375, 3-Chase Stockon-1,351, 4-C.J. Leary-1,344, 5-Justin Grant-1,305, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,139, 7-Carson Short-1,061, 8-Dave Darland-979, 9-Kyle Cummins-969, 10-Logan Seavey-909.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-135, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Shane Cottle-83, 4-Kyle Cummins-78, 5-Justin Grant-76, 6-Cannon McIntosh-69, 7-Andrew Layser-65, 8-Chase Stockon-63, 9-Logan Seavey-63, 10-Kyle Larson-62.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 18, 2020 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - Jim Hurtubise Classic

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: A.J. Hopkins

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tye Mihocko

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Mario Clouser

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Brent Beauchamp

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Shane Cottle (17th to 3rd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Brent Beauchamp

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brayden Fox

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Anthony D'Alessio

 

 

WINDOM TAKES VICTORY
& USAC SPRINT POINT LEAD AT BLOOMINGTON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (September 11, 2020).........After a victory slipped through his fingertips on the final lap of a midget race last weekend, Chris Windom was determined not to play it as conservatively this time around in Friday's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

"I learned that lesson last week in the midget race," Windom testified after taking the lead at Bloomington on third lap from Kyle Cummins, then held off Cummins' pesky resurgence down the stretch to claim his 27th career USAC National Sprint Car feature win, equaling him with Kevin Thomas Jr. for 18th all-time.

The triumph was Windom's second career USAC score at Bloomington, and first since the 2011 season in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - OilFire - B & H Contractors/DRC/Claxton Mopar. On that occasion, Windom rolled the bottom to victory. This time, the path required a road of a different kind.

"I've always felt like I've been pretty good here; I just never got that second USAC win," Windom explained. "Notoriously, I feel like I'm better at running the bottom here, but it was cool to get a win running the top."

In the process, Windom took over the point lead in the new USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, making it two different series he currently leads along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Windom came into the night 2nd, trailing by four points to Bacon, but the beginning of the feature also saw him trailing in an unexpected way. The first two tries at the start of the feature saw both instances aborted by race officials. Windom, who was determined to have jumped both starts, was moved back a row from his 2nd place starting position to the outside of row two when the green flag finally put the race into motion.

Cummins, who had been elevated into Windom's slot on the front row, stepped out to the early lead around the outside of pole sitter Brent Beauchamp in turn three on the opening lap. As Beauchamp slid up the track on entry in the third turn, Windom ducked under to move back into 2nd with Cummins just ahead.

On the third lap, the door swung wide open for Windom as Cummins slid up the racing surface himself in turn two. Windom cut under and took off with the lead like a thief in the night.

From there forward, Windom constructed a one second lead that ultimately ballooned to two seconds as he cut through lapped traffic in the midst of the middle stages of the 30-lap main event. All the while, Windom was persuaded by his surroundings to change his exploration route, and adjusting accordingly on the fly.

"I was running the bottom early on and I felt like we had really good speed," Windom recalled. "The longer the race went on, the track started going away. It was tough to run the bottom because there was grease and it was slick. If you didn't hit it just right, you'd lose all your time in the corners. I felt like, once I got to lapped traffic, some of the lapped cars were maintaining speed up top so I thought the top was probably the better place to go. So, I moved up at the point."

Windom's multiple second lead evaporated on the 19th lap when 10th running Sterling Cling levitated over the banking between turns three and four, landing on all fours before coming to a complete stop to bring out the yellow.

That instance changed the ballgame for Windom, and for Cummins too, who now had a shot at redemption without the hindrance of traffic. Just the open road and thoughts of victory racing through his mind. Cummins took a run on the bottom of turns one and two on the lap 19 restart, pulling even alongside with Windom for the length of the back straightaway. Windom utilized the constant speed of the high line in this case and ripped around Cummins to put a lockdown on the position.

"I knew Kyle was going to be good here; he's always good here," Windom reinforced. "They can get their car really good about anywhere through the middle. He showed that on that restart where he was able to slide up next to me, but I felt that if I stayed on the top and didn't make a mistake, the momentum was going to prevail."

Three stoppages occurred in the stretch run during the final 12-lap run, including one for Shane Cottle who went up in smoke with an engine issue while running in the 5th position with five laps remaining, plus Anton Hernandez's flip over the turn three banking on lap 25. On each said restart, Windom's theory proved true, as he carried the momentum topside to establish a five-car length lead on what would be the final, lap 25 restart.


The triumph was Chris Windom's second career USAC score at Bloomington, and first since the 2011 season in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - OilFire - B & H Contractors/DRC/Claxton Mopar. It was his 27th career USAC National Sprint Car feature win, equaling him with Kevin Thomas Jr. for 18th all-time.
(David Nearpass Photo)


However, Cummins began to inch closer to Windom on each successive circuit, and coming to the white flag, Cummins took aim for the race lead in turn three. Nonetheless, with one shot to take and one shot only, Cummins fired that shot with an attempted slider on the bottom of the third turn that sent him sliding straight up the racetrack as Windom opened up his advantage to secure the position once and for all.

"I actually didn't see him," Windom said, referring to Cummins on his bid for the lead. "I was focused hard on not running off the curb there. I knew he was probably close if he was hitting the bottom just right, but I was watching and waiting until I saw someone. If I had to dive down, I was going to dive down, but I felt if I kept running smooth laps up there, we were going to be okay."

Windom's margin of victory was 0.948 as his second series victory of 2020 propelled him to the point lead by 23 points over Chase Stockon. Cummins finished 2nd - his fifth consecutive top-2 finish with the series dating back to August 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. finished 3rd, his best result with the series since mid-June. Stockon was 4th after starting 13th to earn KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger honors. Brent Beauchamp finished 5th and has top-seven results in all three of his USAC starts this season.

Kevin Thomas Jr., meanwhile, earned the 29th quick time of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career during Fatheadz Qualifying Friday night at Bloomington. That puts KTJ just one behind Pancho Carter for 10th all-time in that category.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 11, 2020 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-11.326; 2. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-11.509; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.535; 4. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-11.545; 5. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-11.576; 6. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-11.616; 7. Brent Beauchamp, 34B, Olson-11.626; 8. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.632; 9. Anton Hernandez, 17GP, Dutcher-11.647; 10. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-11.656; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.676; 12. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-11.694; 13. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.719; 14. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-11.719; 15. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.719; 16. Dakota Jackson, 17G, On The Gass-11.729; 17. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-11.778; 18. Zach Hampton, 35, Hampton-11.858; 19. Jonathan Vennard, 54, KO-11.880; 20. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-11.891; 21. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.905; 22. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-11.939; 23. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.941; 24. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-11.957; 25. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.964; 26. Brady Short, 11p, Short/Pottorff-11.987; 27. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-12.000; 28. Alec Sipes, 20, Bland-12.038; 29. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.128; 30. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-12.153; 31. Chris Phillips, 6, Phillips-12.367; 32. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.114.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Brayden Fox, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Anton Hernandez, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Carson Short, 8. Brandon Mattox. 1:58.936

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Brady Short, 7. Harley Burns, 8. Zach Hampton. 2:01.754

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jordan Kinser, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jonathan Vennard, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Chris Phillips. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Sterling Cling, 2. Dave Darland, 3. A.J. Hopkins, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Alec Sipes, 8. Robert Bell. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Carson Short, 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Anton Hernandez, 5. Brady Short, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Jonathan Vennard, 11. Alec Sipes, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Harley Burns, 14. Zach Hampton, 15. Robert Bell, 16. Chris Phillips. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Kyle Cummins (4), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 4. Chase Stockon (13), 5. Brent Beauchamp (1), 6. Stevie Sussex (5), 7. C.J. Leary (9), 8. Justin Grant (24), 9. Robert Ballou (17), 10. Brady Bacon (14), 11. Dave Darland (16), 12. Dakota Jackson (18), 13. Jake Swanson (22), 14. A.J. Hopkins (3), 15. Jadon Rogers (20), 16. Carson Short (15), 17. Shane Cottle (7), 18. Anton Hernandez (12), 19. Sterling Cling (8), 20. Brayden Fox (19), 21. Jordan Kinser (10), 22. Brady Short (21), 23. Logan Seavey (11), 24. Brandon Mattox (23). NT

**Zach Hampton flipped during the semi. Anton Hernandez flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Kyle Cummins, Laps 3-30 Chris Windom.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,255, 2-Chase Stockon-1,232, 3-Brady Bacon-1,230, 4-Justin Grant-1,224, 5-C.J. Leary-1,196, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,010, 7-Carson Short-1,000, 8-Dave Darland-880, 9-Kyle Cummins-878, 10-Logan Seavey-833.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-130, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Kyle Cummins-76, 4-Justin Grant-73, 5-Cannon McIntosh-69, 6-Shane Cottle-68, 7-Andrew Layser-65, 8-Kyle Larson-62, 9-Logan Seavey-62, 10-Robert Ballou-59.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 12, 2020 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - "Double Features"

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Shane Cottle

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Jordan Kinser

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Sterling Cling

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Chase Stockon (13th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jake Swanson

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Isaac Chapple

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Robert Ballou

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

SATURDAY’S USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CLASH AT PETALUMA IS POSTPONED
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020... Officials with Petaluma Speedway and the United States Auto Club (USAC) have announced the Saturday’s race (September 12) at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has been postponed. Track promoter Rick Faeth and USAC are working on a make-up date for the event.

“Petaluma Speedway regrettably announces that tomorrow night’s scheduled races are being postponed due to a predicted AQI (Air Quality Index) in excess of 350 reaching a classification level of "Hazardous." Foremost in this decision is the health, safety, and well-being of the competitors, sponsors, broadcast crew, staff, and the neighborhood as a whole. Petaluma Speedway will continue to operate as a good community partner and we will work with the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds Staff to find a potential makeup date for tomorrow's event,” said Faeth.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series is scheduled to return to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday, September 19th.

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, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC West Coast Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 19: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN RETURNS TO SPRINGFIELD
OCT. 18 FOR BETTENHAUSEN 100

(Springfield, IL) Just when it looked like all hope was gone to see race cars at either of the Illinois mile tracks in 2020, Track Enterprises officials are thrilled to announce that auto racing will indeed take place at the Springfield Mile.

The ARCA Menards Series will race on Sunday, October 4, while the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series will compete on Sunday, October 18.

The two races were originally scheduled for their annual dates on the final weekend of the Illinois State Fair, however, with COVID-19 cancelling the fair, the races also fell off the schedule. Continued talks between Track Enterprises promoter, Bob Sargent, as well as officials from the Illinois State Fair have made the rescheduled dates a reality.

"We really feel fortunate to have events this year at one of our Illinois miles. The month of October should be really fun with these historic events," stated Bob Sargent.

The Sunday, October 4 event will feature the ARCA Menards Series in the Illinois Truck & Equipment Allen Crowe 100 in addition to the DIRTcar Sportsman in their edition of the Fall Nationals. On Sunday, October 18, the USAC Silver Crown Series will compete in the Bettenhausen 100. Both events will be held in the early afternoon hours.

Just like the recent American Flat Track motorcycle event, grandstand ticket sales will be limited to 20% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. In addition, face coverings will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and multiple hand washing and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue.

To ensure a ticket, fans are encouraged to order online starting Tuesday, September 15th, at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling the office at 217-764-3200.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series
USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

SAN TAN VALLEY’S “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC” IS CANCELLED
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020... Officials with the United States Auto Club (USAC) and Arizona Speedway have announced that the October 3rd “Hall of Fame Classic” has been cancelled. Featuring the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, the San Tan Valley event remains a popular race going back to the days of Manzanita Speedway.

USAC and the track promoters are working on options for rescheduled events once racing resumes.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Component Repair Company, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr., 2019-Brody Roa.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET MAKE-UP SHOW SET FOR OCTOBER 3RD
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020... Last Sunday’s cancelled “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race” at Petaluma with the USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will be made up on Saturday, October 3rd.

The Sunday show was cancelled after track promoter Rick Faeth received a direct request from Petaluma’s Mayor and City Manager. The management at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds promised a makeup race and worked with Faeth to secure a new date.

The October 3rd event will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the October 3rd and 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA. Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the October 3rd points. Ties are broken by qualifying results. A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.

Petaluma’s 3/8-mile oval will host the traditional 360s of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday, September 12th and 19th.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for the United States Auto Club (USAC). In addition, you can visit the USAC Western States Midget social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SPECIAL EVENTS:
October 3: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1 / Non-Points)
October 10: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
October 24: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA).
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

USAC SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP TOP-4 SEPARATED BY 18 POINTS ENTERING SEPTEMBER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 10, 2020).........No other season in recent memory can match the closeness of this year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship battle entering the month of September.

The standings currently have the top-four drivers separated by just 18 points, and the top-5 separated by a mere 46 points coming into the Fri., Sept. 11 event at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and the Sat., Sep. 12 twin features at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) took over the point lead in the series' most recent race at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on Aug. 29 and enters this weekend's three-race slate with a four-point lead over Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.). Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is just seven points out of the lead in third and Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) sits just 18 markers back in fourth. Defending champ C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) lurks in the shadows just 46 tallies behind the leader.

Digging through the USAC National Sprint Cars' past point standings at this juncture entering the month of September has revealed that there has not been another year in the past 37 seasons that even approaches the proximity between the top-four and top-five drivers in the standings. Prior to 1983, the race-by-race points records were unavailable.

The prior closest gap between first and fourth since over those past 37 seasons came in 2014, a 92-point difference between first and fourth, just 74 points more than the difference this year. Of note, 24 races were held to this point in the season back in 2014 while 19 have been held this year.

Among the top-five, the 116-point interval between first and fifth in 1986 was the prior closest in that span. Keep in mind, however, the number of races on the 1986 season's schedule has long been surpassed by the amount of races run to this point already in 2020.

Below, you'll see the full rundown of all the point differentials between first and fourth, plus first and fifth, between 1983-present for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 4pm ET, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece, with kids age 10 and under $15. You may use your Bloomington Speedway Indiana Sprint Week tickets if they have not been used for the Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Sprint Week Show. Modifieds are also on the event card.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids 10 and under free.

At Lincoln Park, the racing program will have the last four laps of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car semi-feature and the 30-lap feature from the rained out July event, plus another full USAC Sprint event featuring qualifying, heat races, last chance races and a second 30-lap feature. Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in action.

Tickets will be available at the gate, but you can purchase your tickets in advance at http://usactickets.com.

All three events will streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINT RACES ENTERING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER:

1983: Top-4 separated by 183, Top-5 separated by 196

1984: Top-4 separated by 265, Top-5 separated by 272

1985: Top-4 separated by 411, Top-5 separated by 457

1986: Top-4 separated by 99, Top-5 separated by 116

1987: Top-4 separated by 145, Top-5 separated by 195

1988: Top-4 separated by 204, Top-5 separated by 221

1989: Top-4 separated by 215, Top-5 separated by 244

1990: Top-4 separated by 387, Top-5 separated by 599

1991: Top-4 separated by 566, Top-5 separated by 575

1992: Top-4 separated by 245, Top-5 separated by 337

1993: Top-4 separated by 279, Top-5 separated by 352

1994: Top-4 separated by 162, Top-5 separated by 316

1995: Top-4 separated by 177, Top-5 separated by 232

1996: Top-4 separated by 199, Top-5 separated by 387

1997: Top-4 separated by 577, Top-5 separated by 589

1998: Top-4 separated by 445, Top-5 separated by 451

1999: Top-4 separated by 609, Top-5 separated by 851

2000: Top-4 separated by 236, Top-5 separated by 245

2001: Top-4 separated by 170, Top-5 separated by 309

2002: Top-4 separated by 453, Top-5 separated by 480

2003: Top-4 separated by 544, Top-5 separated by 721

2004: Top-4 separated by 236, Top-5 separated by 414

2005: Top-4 separated by 124, Top-5 separated by 143

2006: Top-4 separated by 139, Top-5 separated by 152

2007: Top-4 separated by 300, Top-5 separated by 356

2008: Top-4 separated by 100, Top-5 separated by 158

2009: Top-4 separated by 216, Top-5 separated by 336

2010: Top-4 separated by 232, Top-5 separated by 269

2011: Top-4 separated by 151, Top-5 separated by 152

2012: Top-4 separated by 128, Top-5 separated by 245

2013: Top-4 separated by 157, Top-5 separated by 215

2014: Top-4 separated by 92, Top-5 separated by 223

2015: Top-4 separated by 149, Top-5 separated by 241

2016: Top-4 separated by 241, Top-5 separated by 344

2017: Top-4 separated by 178, Top-5 separated by 184

2018: Top-4 separated by 221, Top-5 separated by 244

2019: Top-4 separated by 177, Top-5 separated by 178

2020: Top-4 separated by 18, Top-5 separated by 46

 

 

LINCOLN PARK USAC SPRINT CAR
TWIN FEATURE PREVIEW: 9/12/2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (September 9, 2020).........The highly-anticipated Lincoln Park Speedway twin feature event featuring double A-Mains for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship arrives this Saturday night, September 12, at the 5/16-mile dirt oval in Putnamville, Ind.

The twin feature format presents a rarity with this being the first such event for the series in nine years and only the third in the past quarter century. More prevalent during the decade of the 1970s, 64 previous USAC National Sprint Car events have been held with multiple features held at the same track within the same day.

This scenario came to fruition due to the rain suspended event from July 31 at Lincoln Park where precipitation fell with four laps remaining in the semi-feature. Saturday's event will pick up with the resumption of those final four laps of the semi followed by the 30-lap feature, with lineups based on the heat race results from July 31 and the semi-feature finish from earlier Saturday night. Heat races were won by Shane Cottle, Robert Ballou, Brady Bacon and Logan Seavey, who was also the night's fastest qualifier.

At the completion of the first feature, an entirely new USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car program will begin from scratch with qualifying followed by heat races, last chance races and another 30-lap feature, as is the standard format.

Two complete USAC National Sprint Car programs have been run to completion at Lincoln Park this season. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) captured the July 3 round, leading the last 23 laps to score his first career Lincoln Park USAC victory.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) emerged as the winner on July 4 following a see-saw battle with Justin Grant and C.J. Leary that saw the closest 1-2-3 finish of the season. Bacon led a race-high 16 total laps but re-emerged with the lead with only three laps to go to earn his second LPS USAC Sprint triumph after earlier winning during the 2015 season. Bacon also won the Sprint Car portion of Indiana Midget Week at LPS back in June.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led both of those races, finishing 2nd on July 3 and 3rd on July 4. He led on two non-consecutive occasions for two laps in the first meeting, then led the first 14 on the Independence Day race. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), meanwhile, finished 4th on July 3 and 2nd on July 4. The defending series champ led one-lap late on the fourth but lost the lead back to Bacon with three to go.

Along with Cottle and Bacon, past Lincoln Park USAC National Sprint winners in the lineup include 1990-91 track titlist Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), a 7th place finisher on July 4 and a six-time series winner there in 1997-98-99-2005-12-18, which stands as the most for any driver at LPS.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has won on three occasions with USAC at LPS, in 2014-16-17, while Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), winner of three of the last four USAC Sprint races, was the victor at LPS in July of 2019.

Chase Stockon (Ft. Branch, Ind.) has been on a roll of consistency of late, knocking out top-ten runs on the norm to rise near the top of the standings entering September. It was at LPS where Stockon began his run with KO Motorsports on the USAC trail, finishing 5th on July 3 and 4th on July 4.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was a 3rd place runner there on July 3 and was also a winner of an Indiana Midget Week round there in June. Meanwhile, LPS hot shoe A.J. Hopkins (Brownsburg, Ind.) was 6th on July 3 and has been a winner twice on the local level with the sprint car there in 2020, back in June and in the most recent event held last Saturday.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has also won twice at Lincoln Park this season, once in July and again in August with the Midwest Sprint Car Series. Thomas finished 8th at LPS with USAC back in early July. Dakota Jackson (Elizabethtown, Ind.) earned a 9th place run with USAC on July 3, the same night that Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) led five laps early in the 30-lap feature. Short finished 10th the following night. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), meanwhile, scored his best USAC finish of the year, a 9th on July 4 at LPS.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) took honors as the fastest in Fatheadz Qualifying on July 3, his first fast time of his career with the series. He won locally at Lincoln Park in early August and is engaged in a fierce battle with Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) for the position as the top Rookie in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings. Hernandez, who'll wheel Michael Dutcher's No. 17GP this weekend, is four points ahead of Rogers coming in.

Brent Beauchamp (Fairland, Ind.) added a fast qualifying time to his USAC resume at LPS on July 4, his first in eight seasons with the series. Two solid runs marked the occasion in early July for Beauchamp with a 7th on the third and a 6th on the fourth. The 2012 and 2017 LPS track champion has won twice locally this season, once in June and again in August.

The September date marks a rare visit by the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars to Lincoln Park at this time of the season. Only three previous series events have been held during the ninth month on the calendar, including the first in 1981 won by Sheldon Kinser; a 1985 visit won by Steve Butler; and the most recent September stop in 2010, won by Jon Stanbrough.

The Lincoln Park event is the bookend of a three-race slate this weekend for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars which kicks off Friday, Sept. 11 at Bloomington Speedway and continues Saturday, Sept. 12 with double features at LPS.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids 10 and under free. Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in action.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 4pm ET, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece, with kids age 10 and under $15. You may use your Bloomington Speedway Indiana Sprint Week tickets if they have not been used for the Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Sprint Week Show. Modifieds are also on the event card.

Tickets will be available at the gate for all of this weekend's events, but you can also purchase your tickets in advance at http://usactickets.com.

All three events will streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.

LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORDS:

1 Lap: 7/26/2018 - Brady Bacon - 12.276 - 91.642 mph

6 Laps: 8/23/1997 - Bill Rose - 1:22.90 - 81.423 mph

8 Laps: 7/29/2001 - Bryon Walters - 1:46.75 - 84.309 mph

10 Laps: 7/16/2017 - Chris Windom - 2:10.33 - 86.319 mph

12 Laps: 7/14/2014 - Jon Stanbrough - 2:40.15 - 84.296 mph

ALL-TIME LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS

(6) Dave Darland

(5) Sheldon Kinser

(3) Robert Ballou

(2) Brady Bacon, Steve Butler, Jerry Coons Jr., Jay Drake, Cory Kruseman & Jon Stanbrough

(1) Chuck Amati, Chad Boespflug, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Brad Fox, Dickie Gaines, Jack Hewitt, Kelly Kinser & Brady Short

ALL-TIME LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS:

1981: Sheldon Kinser (9/16)

1983: Kelly Kinser (5/25) & Sheldon Kinser (8/24)

1984: Chuck Amati (5/23) & Sheldon Kinser (7/18)

1985: Sheldon Kinser (5/4) & Steve Butler (9/7)

1986: Steve Butler (5/17) & Sheldon Kinser (8/23)

1997: Jack Hewitt (7/27) & Dave Darland (8/23)

1998: Dave Darland (7/26) & Brad Fox (8/15)

1999: Dave Darland (7/24)

2000: Jay Drake (7/29)

2001: Jon Stanbrough (7/21)

2002: Cory Kruseman (7/20)

2003: Jay Drake (7/19)

2004: Cory Kruseman (7/17)

2005: Dave Darland (7/19)

2010: Dickie Gaines (7/24) & Jon Stanbrough (9/10)

2012: Dave Darland (7/22)

2013: Chad Boespflug (7/4) & Bryan Clauson (7/18)

2014: Jerry Coons, Jr. (7/4) & Robert Ballou (7/17)

2015: Jerry Coons, Jr. (7/4) & Brady Bacon (7/16)

2016: Robert Ballou (7/1) & Brady Short (7/14)

2017: Robert Ballou (7/16)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/6) & Dave Darland (7/26)

2019: Kyle Cummins (7/25)

2020: Shane Cottle (7/3) & Brady Bacon (7/4)

 

 

TWIN FEATURES HAVE LONG HISTORY WITH USAC SPRINTS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (September 9, 2020).........In a bygone era, multiple USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races held in a single day at one track wasn't all that unusual. In fact, 64 such events have taken place over the past six decades, and will occur again once more this Saturday night, Sept. 12, when two 30-lap A-Mains will be showcased at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

The twin feature format is more of a rarity in recent years with this being the first double event for the series in nine years since the Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in 2011. It's also only the third event like this in the past quarter century.

Such as it is this Saturday at Lincoln Park, this double feature format was born out of necessity due to an earlier rain out. This year's scenario came to fruition due to the rain suspended event from July 31 at Lincoln Park where precipitation fell with four laps remaining in the semi-feature.

Saturday's event will begin with qualifying for the "new" event, then pick up with the resumption of the makeup event beginning with the final four laps of the semi which leads into the 30-lap makeup feature, with lineups based on the heat race results from July 31 and the semi-feature finish from earlier Saturday night.

At the completion of the first feature, the "new" event will resume with heat races, last chance races and another 30-lap feature, as is the standard format.

Twin features for the USAC National Sprint Cars were much more prevalent during the decade of the 1970s. The highwater mark for said events was seven during the 1977 season.

On 17 occasions, a driver has swept both ends of the twin features, but none more often than Pancho Carter who did it four times, three times at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway alone in 1973-76-77 as well as at Ohio's Eldora Speedway in 1976. Tom Bigelow is the only driver to achieve twin feature sweeps multiple times, doing so in 1974 on pavement at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and on dirt in 1977 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Other twin feature "sweepers" include Jim Hurtubise at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway in 1961; Roger McCluskey at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1966; Mario Andretti at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway in 1967; Greg Weld at the Reading (Pa.) Fairgrounds in 1968; and Sammy Sessions at the small track at Pocono (Pa.) International Raceway in 1969.

A.J. Foyt earned his final two USAC National Sprint Car victories on the same night in 1974 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Marvin Carman, conversely, earned the only two wins of his career with USAC on the same afternoon at Winchester in 1975. Steve Chassey doubled up at Winchester in 1979 as did Billy Cassella at Eldora that same season. Doug Wolfgang made a rare USAC appearance with a wing, winning twin 15-lappers at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois back in 1991, while Bud Kaeding heated up a cool fall night at Terre Haute with a sweep in 2001.

Over the years, 20 different tracks have hosted twin USAC National Sprint Car events on the same calendar day, including the likes of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, which hosted the most with 14. Other hosts include Pennsylvania's Langhorne Speedway, the Arizona State Fairgrounds, Terre Haute, Oswego, New Bremen (Ohio) Speedway, Dayton (Ohio) Speedway, Reading, Pocono, the New York State Fairgrounds, Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway, Eldora, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Salem (Ind.) Speedway, North Carolina's 311 Speedway, Tri-City, Perris and even two Canadian venues, Cayuga International Speedway and Mosport's Ascot North in Bowmanville, Ont.

Interestingly, there have even been six "Triplet" events with three USAC National Sprint Car features in one day, truly the test of man and machine as they put their own, and the car's, physical endurance to the max. Four triplets were held annually at the Indiana State Fairgrounds between 1976 and 1979. Once, in 1977, Tom Bigelow captured two of the three events at the Indy Mile, winning the first and third features, 33 and 34 laps in length, respectively.

Dayton Speedway hosted a single USAC Sprint triplet in 1967 with Sonny Ates taking the first and third feature wins of the trio while Billy Cassella captured the first and third features at Winchester during a 1974 meet.

The next chapter of twin races arrives at Lincoln Park, which is the bookend of a three-race slate this weekend for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars that kicks off Friday, Sept. 11 at Bloomington Speedway and continues Saturday, Sept. 12 with double features at LPS.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids 10 and under free. Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in action.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 4pm ET, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece, with kids age 10 and under $15. You may use your Bloomington Speedway Indiana Sprint Week tickets if they have not been used for the Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Sprint Week Show. Modifieds are also on the event card.

Tickets will be available at the gate for all of this weekend's events, but you can also purchase your tickets in advance at http://usactickets.com.

All three events will streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR "TWIN FEATURE" EVENTS:

8/27/1961: Langhorne, PA - Langhorne Speedway WINNERS: Jim Hurtubise & Jim Hurtubise

4/7/1963: Langhorne, PA - Langhorne Speedway WINNERS: A.J. Foyt & Roger McCluskey

1/26/1964: Phoenix, AZ- Arizona State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Don Branson& A.J. Foyt

6/19/1966: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track WINNERS: Roger McCluskey & Roger McCluskey

6/11/1967: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track WINNERS: Bobby Unser & Greg Weld

7/16/1967: Oswego, NY- Oswego Speedway WINNERS: Mario Andretti & Mario Andretti

8/27/1967: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Billy Vukovich & Mike Mosley

10/15/1967: Dayton, OH - Dayton Speedway WINNERS: Sonny Ates, Larry Dickson & Sonny Ates

6/30/1968: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Sammy Sessions & Mike Mosley

7/15/1968: Oswego, NY- Oswego Speedway WINNERS: Mike Mosley & Sammy Sessions

7/27/1968: Reading, PA- Reading Fairgrounds Speedway WINNERS: Greg Weld & Greg Weld

8/25/1968: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Larry Dickson & Gary Bettenhausen

8/3/1969: Pocono, PA - Pocono International Raceway WINNERS: Sammy Sessions & Sammy Sessions

10/26/1969: Syracuse, NY - New York State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Gary Bettenhausen & Bill Puterbaugh

6/13/1970: Nazareth, PA - Nazareth National Speedway WINNERS: Gary Bettenhausen & Don Nordhorn

10/17/1971: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Rollie Beale & Gary Bettenhausen

10/24/1971: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Cy Fairchild & Johnny Parsons

10/15/1972: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Charlie Masters

10/22/1972: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Sammy Sessions & Don Nordhorn

6/8/1973: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Billy Shuman & Don Nordhorn

7/29/1973: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Lee Kunzman & Sammy Sessions

8/27/1973: St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair Speedway WINNERS: Tom Sneva & Tom Bigelow

10/14/1973: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Pancho Carter

10/21/1973: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Lee Kunzman & Pancho Carter

5/24/1974: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: A.J. Foyt & A.J. Foyt

8/24/1974: St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair Speedway WINNERS: Rollie Beale & Pancho Carter

8/25/1974: St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Tom Bigelow

10/6/1974: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Larry Cannon

10/13/1974: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Billy Cassella, Johnny Parsons & Billy Cassella

5/23/1975: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Joe Saldana & George Snider

8/17/1975: New Bremen, OH - New Bremen Speedway WINNERS: Bruce Walkup & Larry Dickson

8/30/1975: St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Joe Saldana

10/5/1975: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Rollie Beale & Larry Dickson

10/12/1975: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Marvin Carman & Marvin Carman

6/4/1976: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Larry Dickson

7/31/1976: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Sheldon Kinser, Bruce Walkup & Pancho Carter

10/10/1976: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Pancho Carter

10/17/1976: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Pancho Carter

4/17/1977: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Bubby Jones & George Snider

5/27/1977: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Tom Bigelow

5/30/1977: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Tom Bigelow

7/2/1977: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter & Tom Bigelow

7/4/1977: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Dana Carter

10/9/1977: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Eddie Leavitt & Bubby Jones

10/16/1977: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Pancho Carter & Pancho Carter

5/26/1978: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Lealand McSpadden, Billy Cassella & Dick Tobias

5/29/1978: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Billy Cassella

9/4/1978: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Rich Vogler

10/15/1978: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Bruce Walkup & Pancho Carter

5/25/1979: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds WINNERS: Tom Bigelow, Bubby Jones & Billy Cassella

6/17/1979: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Tom Bigelow & Pancho Carter

7/22/1979: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Greg Leffler & Steve Chassey

9/3/1979: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Steve Chassey & Steve Chassey

10/14/1979: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Billy Cassella & Billy Cassella

10/21/1979: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Steve Chassey & Tom Bigelow

6/16/1980: Cayuga, Canada - Cayuga International Speedway WINNERS: Steve Chassey & Tom Bigelow

10/12/1980: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway WINNERS: Sheldon Kinser & Larry Dickson

10/26/1980: Winchester, IN - Winchester Speedway WINNERS: Gary Bettenhausen & Tom Bigelow

10/16/1982: Madison, NC - 311 Speedway WINNERS: Ken Schrader & Sheldon Kinser

9/17/1989: Bowmanville, ONT, CAN - Mosport's Ascot North WINNERS: Wayne Hammond & Gary Fedewa

6/12/1991: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway WINNERS: Doug Wolfgang & Doug Wolfgang

8/23/1998: Salem, IN - Salem Speedway WINNERS: Brian Tyler & Jay Drake

10/20/2001: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track WINNERS: Bud Kaeding & Bud Kaeding

11/5/2011: Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway WINNERS: Chris Windom & Damion Gardner

 

 

GAS CITY & KOKOMO TO HOST USAC SPRINT-MIDGET "DOUBLE DOUBLE" SEPT. 25-26

Speedway, Indiana (September 8, 2020).........For the first time ever in series history, back-to-back nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheaders greet the dirt tracks of the Hoosier state for the Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives "Double Double" on Friday, Sept. 25, at Gas City I-69 Speedway and on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Kokomo Speedway.

Each night of racing at the "Double Double" will feature a pair of $5,000-to-win events for both the sprint cars and midgets. The upcoming "Double Double" marks unprecedented territory as never before have the two series teamed up for doubleheaders on consecutive days on multiple dirt tracks in the state of Indiana.

The last doubleheader of any sort for USAC's National Sprint Car and Midget series on a dirt track in Indiana came 17 years ago in 2003 at Lawrenceburg. Furthermore, a USAC National Sprint Car and National Midget doubleheader has never before taken place at either Gas City or Kokomo.

Gas City has hosted 34 previous USAC National Sprint Car events and 14 with the Midgets on its quarter-mile track. Logan Seavey won the most recent Sprint race back in July while Kyle Larson scored the Midget feature win in June.

Meanwhile, Kokomo's history with USAC dates to the club's origins in 1956, with 73 previous USAC National Midget events held as well as 66 with the Sprints. Tanner Thorson triumphed in Midget competition there in June while Kyle Cummins (twice), C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney have won USAC Sprint races at the quarter mile in 2020.

The last USAC National Sprint/Midget, points-paying double of any kind in Indiana occurred in 2009 on the paved oval at Salem. The most recent USAC National points-paying Sprint/Midget doubleheader on two-straight calendar days came in 1990 at Winchester on Saturday and Salem on Sunday.

Tickets for the 2020 Indiana Donor Network Driven2SaveLives "Double-Double" will be available at www.usactickets.com. Times and more details on these events will become available soon on USAC's social media outlets and on the series' official website at www.usacracing.com.

 

 

RACE PREVIEW:
BLOOMINGTON USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

9/11/2020

Bloomington, Indiana (September 8, 2020).........It will have been well over a full calendar year since the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship last laid eyes on the red clay of Bloomington Speedway when the series arrives this Friday, September 11, on the quarter-mile oval.

That most recent race at Bloomington became one of the all-time classics in the near century-long history of the southern Indiana oval that began its racing heritage in 1923.

In that one during the summer of 2019, Kevin Thomas Jr. led three different times for a total of 13 laps, but it was one final lap that decided his fate.

After swapping the lead multiple times down the stretch, on the final lap, the Cullman, Ala. native refused to lose and rocketed around the outside of Jason McDougal in turns one and two, locked up the bottom in three and four and raced to his third Bloomington ISW victory following previous triumphs in 2012 and 2017.

The 2012 triumph was the first of Thomas' 27-career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins. His three at Bloomington are tied for the most among active drivers alongside Dave Darland. Bryan Clauson leads all-time with five.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) resides 8th in the series standings, one spot behind Thomas. The 1999 series champion's Bloomington victories came in 2007, 2013 and 2018. The 2018 win of which was the moment he became the first driver to reach both the 60-win mark with the series as well 700 starts! Most recently with USAC at Bloomington, Darland finished 8th after starting 13th in July of 2019.

The wild USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship battle has tightened up to unprecedented portions with Brady Bacon leading a top-four that is separated by just 18 points, with 5th standing just 46 behind. All members in that party of five have had their share of Bloomington success.

Point leader Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won his first career Bloomington USAC Sprint Car race in April of 2019. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), who trails Bacon by four points, is a past series winner at Bloomington all the way back in 2011.

Third in the standings in Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), seven points out of the lead, who had led the standings for much of the year. Grant finished 3rd at Bloomington in the summer of 2019. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), 5th in the points pecking order, is himself a Bloomington USAC Sprint winner during July of 2018. Chase Stockon (Ft. Branch, Ind.), 18 points out of the USAC Sprint championship lead in 4th, just won the non-sanctioned Josh Burton Memorial at Bloomington last Friday. Stockon also holds the track's 12-lap track record for USAC Sprints.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) set quick time at Bloomington with USAC in 2017. He's 6th in the standings. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has been superb in limited showings at Bloomington. Seavey, 9th in points, was 3rd in his first Bloomington USAC Sprint appearance in 2018 and 2nd in his first USAC Midget run there in 2019.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), a winner of three of the past four USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events, nearly won the most recent Bloomington round last summer, leading a lap at the midway point, then spun to a stop while trying to avoid contact.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has been a USAC National feature winner at Bloomington, but it came in a midget during the 2010 season. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) had his best career USAC National Sprint Car performance last summer at Bloomington, finishing 5th. It's been since last April that Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), the 2015 series champion, last competed at Bloomington in USAC competition, finishing inside the top-ten in the spring of 2019.

Not only is the points race at the top of the standings heated, but so is the Rookie of the Year battle. Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) leads Jadon Rogers by a mere four points entering Bloomington. Hernandez will be making his debut behind the wheel of the Michael Dutcher Motorsports No. 17GP.

No driver owns more USAC National Sprint Car fast qualifying times at Bloomington than Brady Bacon with five. Bacon earned the 30-lap USAC Sprint track record at Bloomington in April of 2019 at 6:47.18. C.J. Leary, who owns three career quick times with the USAC Sprints at Bloomington, possesses the series' one-lap track record there at 10.685 sec.

Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 4pm ET, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:45pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece, with kids age 10 and under $15. You may use your Bloomington Speedway Indiana Sprint Week tickets if they have not been used for the Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Sprint Week Show. Modifieds are also on the event card.

The Bloomington event kicks of three-race slate this weekend for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars Friday, Sept. 11 at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 12 with double features at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Saturday at Lincoln Park, pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids 10 and under free.

At Lincoln Park, the racing program will have the last four laps of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car semi-feature and the 30-lap feature from the rained out July event, plus another full USAC Sprint event featuring qualifying, heat races, last chance races and a second 30-lap feature. Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in action.

Tickets will be available at the gate for all of this weekend's events, but you can purchase your tickets in advance at http://usactickets.com.

All three events will streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,182, 2-Chris Windom-1,178, 3-Justin Grant-1,175, 4-Chase Stockon-1,164, 5-C.J. Leary-1,136, 6-Carson Short-964, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-935, 8-Dave Darland-832, 9-Logan Seavey-806, 10-Kyle Cummins-800.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

5-Bryan Clauson

3-Dave Darland & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Kevin Briscoe & Tony Elliott

1-A.J. Anderson, Bob Kinser, Bobby East, Brad Fox, Brady Bacon, Brady Short, Brent Beauchamp, C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Chris Windom, Cory Kruseman, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley, Jack Hewitt, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas, Larry Martin, Rich Vogler, Rick Hood, Sheldon Kinser & Tracy Hines

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS BATTLE AT PETALUMA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 7, 2020... This Saturday, September 12th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to Petaluma Speedway for a special non-points event. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the action packed card will also feature Modifieds, WMR Western Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The listed right rear tires are also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The Hoosier Medium is also legal with the VRA Sprint Car Series.
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

To date, Petaluma Speedway has held three USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. 2018 Champion Austin Liggett has topped the last two shows and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the July 29, 2017 debut after setting the track record of 13.728.

When the series last visited the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds on August 8th, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) claimed the twelfth win of his career. Fast qualifier Colby Johnson, “BT Express” Bradley Terrell, “Wild” Billy Aton, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Shayna Ensign, Ryan Timmons, Matthew Haulot, Glenn Bryan, and Ricky Brophy rounded out the top-10 drivers.

The traditional 360 sprint cars will return to Petaluma on Saturday, September 19th. The USAC Western States and BCRA Midgets will clash at the fast 3/8-mile on October 24th for the “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race.”

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

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, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC West Coast Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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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-Tristan Guardino.

2020 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Austin Liggett.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Geoff Ensign.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS:
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 19: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Non-Points)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 6, 2020 – Bethany Speedway – Bethany, Missouri

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 65-Chris Parkinson (4), 2. 15B-Quinton Benson (3), 3. 41-Brad Wyatt (7), 4. 82-Christie Thomason (1), 5. 95-Tommy Rockwell (6), 6. 38-Austin Couch (5), 7. 7x-Lance Silvers (2).

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 37-Brian Beebe (2), 2. 1m-Don Droud Jr. (6), 3. 15E-Dakota Earls (1), 4. 82v-Vinny Ward (3), 5. 48-Neal Matuska (5), 6. 36-Chris Couch (7).

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 11w-Wyatt Burks (2), 2. 69-Zach Sanders (3), 3. 12-Wesley Smith (4), 4. 42-Warren Johnson (5), 5. 33L-Mark Lane (1), 6. 88-Chad Tye (6).

ALSO AT THE TRACK: 2K-Kyle Lewis

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Don Droud Jr. (2), 2. Wyatt Burks (3), 3. Brian Beebe (4), 4. Neal Matuska (14), 5. Dakota Earls (9), 6. Zach Sanders (8), 7. Chris Parkinson (1), 8. Chad Tye (18), 9. Mark Lane (17), 10. Austin Couch (16), 11. Vinny Ward (11), 12. Warren Johnson (10), 13. Wesley Smith (6), 14. Brad Wyatt (7), 15. Christie Thomason (13), 16. Chris Couch (12), 17. Lance Silvers (19), 18. Doug Cook (20), 19. Tommy Rockwell (15), 20. Quinton Benson (5).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Don Droud Jr., Lap 5 Brian Beebe, Laps 6-25 Don Droud Jr.

FINAL USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Wyatt Burks-2,080, 2-Don Droud Jr.-2,080, 3-Wesley Smith-1,975, 4-Chris Parkinson-1,800, 5-Brian Beebe-1,455, 6-Mark Lane-1,355, 7-Dakota Earls-1,350, 8-Chad Goff-1,300, 9-Kyle Lewis-1,300, 10-Brad Wyatt-1,250.

 

 

SWEET, SWEET VICTORY:
KOFOID WINS FIRST AT SWEET SPRINGS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (September 5, 2020).........After pounding on the door all throughout his Rookie USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget campaign, Buddy Kofoid finally bust through that door for his first career feature victory with the series on Saturday night at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

With four second-place finishes to his name in USAC National Midget competition this year, the time seemed nigh for the Penngrove, Calif. native to reach the top of the totem pole. Patience is a virtue, and the 18-year-old displayed it in droves, and was primed to strike when the opportunity arose, leading the final 12 laps en route to becoming the initial first-time series winner of the 2020 season.

"We've been working on this one for a long time," an elated Kofoid stated. "To finally be able to put a USAC win on my resume, quite a few people have done it, but not very many people have, at the same time. To finally do it, especially for this team, the most prestigious midget team in the world, is really special."

Kofoid's triumph came just one night following a rough-and-tumble opening lap that saw him barrel-roll three times down the back straightaway during the first night at Sweet Springs. After walking away dejected and dour, Kofoid looked on as his teammate, Cannon McIntosh, won KKM's first USAC race of the year, adding fuel to Kofoid's yearning for his next shot just 24 hours later.

"I knew we were fast enough last night, and we were starting in a really good position," Kofoid recalled. "It's kind of hard to say now, but yesterday, I felt like I was good enough to maybe contend for a win. I kind of got crashed on the first half-lap, which really hurt us for points, but also my pride a little bit. To come back and get redemption is really cool."

To win is to beat the best, and Kofoid endured and dodged every single arrow shot his way from the likes of his teammates to the defending series champ, all while having to start from the seventh position on the grid at the 1/6-mile dirt bullring.

As it turned out, indeed it was the defending champ, Tyler Courtney, who slung himself out to the early race lead from his outside front row starting position.

The first stoppage of the night arrived on the sixth lap and involved 14th running Andrew Felker who bounced his way through turn one before flipping over, an incident which also collected Robert Dalby and Thomas Meseraull. Meseraull was the only of the three who resumed and raced back to a 9th place result.

By lap 10, Kofoid had worked his way to 3rd and began waging war with Justin Grant for the runner-up position. The two swapped sliders for the next three circuits until the two made contact on lap 12 in turn four, which sent Grant sideways and dropped him through the pack. Meanwhile, Friday night's Sweet Springs winner Cannon McIntosh slipped by both Grant and Kofoid to take 2nd.

On the restart following Kaylee Bryson's turn one flip on the 15th lap, McIntosh surged to the lead by the time the pair hit the back straightaway, utilizing the bottom of the surface to ride past Courtney, then proceeded to open up a two second advantage out front as the race reached its halfway point.

Kofoid caught Courtney on the 28th lap through the thick of the traffic and slid by Courtney for 2nd at the exit of turn four. A moment and one lap later, 11th running Tanner Thorson was stopped backwards in turn one, bringing out the caution, thus clearing the traffic away from the leader, McIntosh, but put Kofoid right on his tail for the restart.

The chase Kofoid put on McIntosh didn't last long as Kofoid hit the bottom of turn three on the ensuing lap 29 restart and slid past McIntosh, clearing him for the number one spot at the exit of turn four.

A resurgent McIntosh returned to pose a threat to Kofoid once again for the lead on the 34th lap, setting up his slider into turn three with a full head of steam. However, instead, McIntosh clipped the turn three infield berm with left front tire, sending him sliding to a stop on the topside of turns three and four. With his bid for a repeat victory vanished, McIntosh restarted and finished 12th.

Kofoid then had to withstand multiple restarts down the stretch, the final one coming with three laps remaining with Courtney now assuming the role of the shadow in 2nd. Courtney followed Kofoid the first circuit, then found a run off of turn two coming to the white flag that allowed him to close rapidly on Kofoid, thus setting up what turned out to be his one and only, final haymaker.

Courtney threw his machine hard to the bottom of three before sliding up toward Kofoid up against the cushion. With no sense of rattle or hesitation, Kofoid never blinked, kept his foot on the throttle and denied Courtney the lead by racing back around on the outside of turn four. Courtney, meanwhile, banked off the turn four cushion and lost too much ground to make another run for the win on the final lap as Kofoid raced away and edged Courtney by two car lengths at the line.

After a 27-race winless drought in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports was ended on Friday night by McIntosh, it took just one more night for the next victory to arrive for the Columbus, Ind. based team who made it an undefeated 4-for-4 in terms of USAC Midget feature victories at Sweet Springs after previous triumphs by Logan Seavey (2018) and Tanner Carrick (2019), and Kofoid was going to give everything and do whatever the task required to continue the winning streak.

"When we were taking the white, he threw a slider and when I saw him, I pretty much said 'I'm not lifting,'" Kofoid remembered. "I was already committed and just squeaked by. (Courtney) even said, 'I don't know how you got by.' At the end of the day, I just wanted it badly and I was going to do anything it took to do that."

Earlier, in Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Kofoid's KKM teammate, Kaylee Bryson, became the first female to set fast time during a USAC National Midget event since Holly Shelton in 2018 at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans., also driving for KKM. Bryson later established the 12-lap USAC National Midget track record at Sweet Springs during the Indy Race Parts/Indy Metal Finishing semi-feature at 2:31.066.

Furthermore, Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion, set a new 10-lap USAC National Midget track record at Sweet Springs with a time of 2:03.300 during Simpson Race Products heat race one.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 5, 2020 - \Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.159; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-12.174; 3. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.237; 4. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.238; 5. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-12.242; 6. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.250; 7. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.255; 8. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-12.264; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.270; 10. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-12.279; 11. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.325; 12. Jesse Love, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.325; 13. Spencer Bayston, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.342; 14. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-12.345; 15. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-12.347; 16. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.388; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.392; 18. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-12.519; 19. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-12.528; 20. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.536; 21. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-12.618; 22. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.631; 23. Andrew Felker, 44s, Shields-12.675; 24. Chad Winfrey, 321, Winfrey-12.802; 25. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-12.830; 26. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.867; 27. Joe Boyles, 98B, Boyles-12.977; 28. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-NT; 29. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-(Time of 12.371 disallowed due to minimum weight requirements).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Andrew Felker, 10. Hayden Reinbold. 2:03.300 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Trey Marcham, 3. Noah Gass, 4. Clinton Boyles, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Chad Winfrey, 8. Joe Boyles, 9. Tanner Thorson. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Johnson, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jesse Love, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Trey Gropp, 8. Ace McCarthy, 9. Gage Rucker. 2:03.884

INDY RACE PARTS / INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Cole Bodine, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Andrew Felker, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Ace McCarthy, 7. Trey Gropp, 8. Gage Rucker, 9. Ethan Mitchell, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Chad Winfrey, 12. Joe Boyles. 2:31.066 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (7), 2. Tyler Courtney (2), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Tanner Carrick (11), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Daison Pursley (4), 7. Andrew Layser (19), 8. Clinton Boyles (3), 9. Thomas Meseraull (16), 10. Tanner Thorson (23), 11. Jesse Love (13), 12. Cannon McIntosh (5), 13. Trey Marcham (14), 14. Chase Johnson (9), 15. Emerson Axsom (15), 16. Kaylee Bryson (10), 17. Ethan Mitchell (24), 18. Noah Gass (18), 19. Justin Grant (1), 20. Trey Gropp (22), 21. Cole Bodine (17), 22. Ace McCarthy (21), 23. Andrew Felker (20), 24. Robert Dalby (12). NT

**Andrew Felker flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Kaylee Bryson flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Tyler Courtney, Laps 15-28 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 29-40 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,268, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,234, 3-Buddy Kofoid-1,167, 4-Tanner Thorson-1,163, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,069, 6-Tanner Carrick-956, 7-Daison Pursley-901, 8-Cole Bodine-779, 9-Andrew Layser-764, 10-Justin Grant-680.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-129, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Kyle Cummins-74, 4-Justin Grant-73, 5-Cannon McIntosh-69, 6-Shane Cottle-68, 7-Andrew Layser-65, 8-Kyle Larson-62, 9-Logan Seavey-62, 10-Daison Pursley-54.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kaylee Bryson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Spencer Bayston

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Chase Johnson

Indy Race Parts / Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Gage Rucker

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Andrew Layser (19th to 7th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Trey Marcham

 

 

McINTOSH THE LAST CORNER, LAST LAP HERO
AT SWEET SPRINGS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (September 4, 2020).........In the moments leading up to the final lap, Cannon McIntosh figured a chance at victory was just out of the realm of possibility in Friday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Yet, all it takes to win is to lead just one inch, a foot, a yard. A valiant effort by the 17-year-old Bixby, Okla. native saw McIntosh erase a late-race one-second lead held by Chris Windom as Windom dealt with a throng of traffic on the final lap. McIntosh ripped around the outside of turn four to nip Windom at the stripe by a half-car length for the victory - the only corner, the only lap McIntosh led throughout the evening.

"I thought when he got to traffic, I was too far out of reach," McIntosh admitted. "We got the white flag and I went into one as hard as I possibly could and kind of gained on him. He went to the bottom and followed the lapped car and I just sailed it off into three and four through the middle as hard as I could, and it was just enough to get him."

McIntosh's triumph was the second of his USAC National Midget career, and first outdoors, after winning his first contest 18 months earlier indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Moreover, since joining the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports juggernaut at the beginning season, the team as a whole had yet to win a USAC race, last doing so with the series in July of 2019, 14 months ago. The victory made it three wins for the KKM team in three tries, keeping their winning tradition alive at the 1/6-mile dirt oval after previous victories with Logan Seavey in 2018 and Tanner Carrick in 2019.

"We've been winless all year with USAC, and I saw that stat today, and I was like, 'well, that's some pressure,'" McIntosh noted. "It motivated me to keep the streak going for the team. We were all wondering if we were going to get one this year. It's finally here, but I'm hoping that just opened the lid for a ton more to come. I've been striving as hard as I can to get that win and everyone on this team has been working hard to make that happen. Tonight, the cards finally laid into place."

Starting 13th in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/TRD - Mobil1 - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota was McIntosh, who made his way into ninth on the opening lap, then gained one additional position per lap until reaching the top-five on lap five and the top-three on the seventh circuit.

However, in the midst of McIntosh's surge was a bit of mayhem, particularly on an opening lap tangle when contact on the back straightaway between Buddy Kofoid and Thomas Meseraull sent 6th starting Kofoid sideways in front of 9th starting Justin Grant. Grant dug in the nose and somersaulted twice before landing hard on the tail tank as Chris Windom drove underneath the airborne Grant. Meanwhile, Kofoid barrel-rolled three times after the contact. Both Grant and Kofoid were okay, but out of the race as a result.

Local talent, Clinton Boyles of Greenwood, Mo., led the opening lap from his outside front row position as he aimed to become the first Missouri-born winner with the USAC National Midgets since Steve Gennetten in 1989. Yet, reigning Sweet Springs winner Tanner Carrick rode the bottom past pole sitter Emerson Axsom and Carrick to lead the second lap.

On lap four, Boyles' bid for victory fell to the wayside as he slowed to a stop with mechanical trouble. He'd return to the lineup briefly but dropped out by lap eight after a turn four incident with Ethan Mitchell, ultimately finishing 21st.

Carrick led for much of the first half, displaying resiliency in holding off 7th starting Windom for many of those laps before Windom snagged the position with a turn one slider on the 17th lap. Carrick dropped back to 9th at the checkered but remained the only driver to lead laps and finish inside the top-ten during all three previous USAC National Midget features at Sweet Springs dating back to 2018.

The driver mimicking Windom's moves was McIntosh who repeated Windom's same turn one slider and turn three door close a lap later on the 18th go-around to slot into second and give chase to Windom.

Moments later, the second red flag of the feature occurred when series Rookie Chase Johnson, running 10th at the time, flipped at the entrance of turn three. He was okay.

From the restart onward, McIntosh's pursuit of Windom proved futile as Windom opened up his lead to over a second at the drop of a hat once racing resumed with a clear track ahead, running the cushion between turns one and two and on the bottom in turns three and four.

With five to go, McIntosh had managed to knock a tenth off Windom's one second lead, but time was running short. However, lapped traffic loomed, forcing Windom to have to untangle himself from a web in order to find victory for a fourth time with the series in 2020.

On the final lap, McIntosh quickly ate up the ground between he and Windom and was just three car lengths back in turn three when Windom went to the bottom at the entry to the third turn, slotting in between the cars of Mitchell and Cole Bodine running at the tail.

McIntosh staked his car in the middle groove, unfettered without any obstruction, and admitted that he was "pretty much swinging for the fences" at that moment, gassing his machine around Windom on the outside of turn four, beating Windom to the stripe to earn the victory over Windom, Tyler Courtney, Tanner Thorson and Thomas Meseraull.


Cannon McIntosh's victory made it three wins for the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team in three tries, keeping their winning tradition alive at the 1/6-mile dirt oval in Sweet Springs, Mo. after previous victories with Logan Seavey in 2018 and Tanner Carrick in 2019.
(Rich Forman Photo)


What it takes to win is to be there in the end, and ultimately lead the most important lap, the final one, even it takes 29 and three-quarters of a lap to get there. That's what counts the most in the stat sheet and in the wallet.

"I was making a run there; I made mistakes down there in one and two, then he'd pull away, I'd get him back, then he'd pull away again," McIntosh remembered. "I didn't think there was going to be a chance; the bottom was the preferred line and he moved down there and got stuck. I didn't think the middle was going to hold me, but I think it threw enough (dirt) up there to where I could get enough momentum to get around him."

Windom gained three points to up his lead to 34 in his pursuit of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, finishing in the runner-up position in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota. However, points were not of the utmost concern to the Canton, Ill. driver in the immediate moments following the race.

"I don't even think about points after leading the whole race like that and not getting the win," Windom admitted. "I felt like we were good the whole time. I got to lapped traffic there late and wasn't really sure where to go. I hadn't run the top in three and four the whole race. I kind of got forced up there and started missing my marks in one and two. I went to the bottom on the last corner to protect and he just ran a really good lap around the top and got by us clean there. There's not much to say other than he outran me in three and four. I just kept it low and too slow just thinking we had it wrapped up there, but obviously you never do until the end."

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2020 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.863 (New Track Record); 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.941; 3. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.955; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.964; 5. Spencer Bayston, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.028; 6. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-12.043; 7. Clinton Boyles, 98, RMS-12.050; 8. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.051; 9. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-12.061; 10. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.082; 11. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.093; 12. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.101; 13. Jesse Love, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.102; 14. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-12.138; 15. Andrew Felker, 44s, Shields-12.184; 16. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.220; 17. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.263; 18. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.286; 19. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.340; 20. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-12.400; 21. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-12.400; 22. Ace McCarthy, 28, Dave Mac-12.403; 23. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce-12.436; 24. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.478; 25. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-12.487; 26. Riley Kreisel, 56AP, Young-12.491; 27. Chad Winfrey, 321, Winfrey-12.649; 28. Andy Bishop, 11, Harris-12.658; 29. Joe Boyles, 98B, Boyles-12.755; 30. Gage Rucker, 19G, Hayward-12.779; 31. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.954; 32. Branigan Roark, 4c, Shields-12.976; 33. Mark Billings, 60E, Billings-13.136.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Jesse Love, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Trey Marcham, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Joe Boyles, 9. Mark Billings. 2:03.358 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Ace McCarthy, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Gage Rucker, 8. Riley Kreisel. 2:04.393

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Dalby, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Andrew Felker, 4. Clinton Boyles, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Chad Winfrey, 7. Sam Johnson, 8. Trey Gropp. 2:03.745

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Noah Gass, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Andy Bishop. 2:07.145

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Trey Marcham, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Riley Kreisel, 9. Chad Winfrey, 10. Gage Rucker, 11. Hayden Reinbold, 12. Joe Boyles, 13. Andy Bishop, 14. Mark Billings. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (13), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Tyler Courtney (10), 4. Tanner Thorson (11), 5. Thomas Meseraull (5), 6. Daison Pursley (12), 7. Andrew Felker (17), 8. Robert Dalby (8), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Kaylee Bryson (14), 11. Spencer Bayston (4), 12. Andrew Layser (21), 13. Emerson Axsom (1), 14. Ace McCarthy (20), 15. Trey Marcham (22), 16. Noah Gass (19), 17. Jesse Love (15), 18. Cole Bodine (18), 19. Ethan Mitchell (23), 20. Chase Johnson (16), 21. Clinton Boyles (2), 22. Buddy Kofoid (6), 23. Justin Grant (9). NT

**Sam Johnson flipped during the fourth heat. Buddy Kofoid & Justin Grant flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Chase Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Clinton Boyles, Laps 2-16 Tanner Carrick, Laps 17-29 Chris Windom, Lap 30 Cannon McIntosh.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,194, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,160, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,115, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,089, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,021, 6-Tanner Carrick-892, 7-Daison Pursley-842, 8-Cole Bodine-753, 9-Andrew Layser-708, 10-Justin Grant-650.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-126, 2-Tanner Thorson-83, 3-Kyle Cummins-74, 4-Justin Grant-73, 5-Cannon McIntosh-69, 6-Shane Cottle-68, 7-Kyle Larson-62, 8-Logan Seavey-62, 9-Daison Pursley-54, 10-Andrew Layser-53.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 5, 2020 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tyler Courtney

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chris Windom

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Robert Dalby

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Ethan Mitchell

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Cannon McIntosh (13th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Emerson Axsom

 

 

SUNDAY’S USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET SHOW AT PETALUMA IS CANCELLED

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 4, 2020... Petaluma Speedway and United States Auto Club (USAC) officials have announced that Sunday’s (September 6) USAC Western States & Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midget show has been cancelled.

Track promoter Rick Faeth received a direct request from Petaluma’s Mayor and City Manager to cancel Sunday’s “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race” at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds management has promised a makeup date that should be announced soon.

Petaluma’s 3/8-mile oval will host the traditional 360s of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday, September 12th and 19th.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 updates, visit usacracing.com as well as the various social media for the United States Auto Club (USAC). In addition, you can visit the USAC Western States Midget social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ----------------------------------------------- NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SPECIAL EVENTS: TBA: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race) October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA October 24: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race)

 

 

40-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET KINGS

Sweet Springs, Missouri (September 3, 2020)………This weekend’s USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheader at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex begins with a 30-lap feature event on Friday, September 4, and concludes with a 40-lap feature in the finale on Saturday, September 5.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) already owns three 40-lap USAC National Midget feature wins in four opportunities during the 2020 campaign, at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla., plus victories at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. and at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. His six total 40-lap triumphs with the series are most of any active driver.

To top things off, Courtney also owns the lone 40-lap USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, last Saturday’s Smackdown IX finale at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has won the only other 40-lap USAC National Midget feature this season on the second and final night at Port City back in May. Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) with three and defending Sweet Springs winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) are among the other expected entries for Sweet Springs with previous 40-lap scores. Rich Vogler leads all with 33 USAC National Midget wins that were 40 laps in distance.

Pits open for this Friday and Saturday’s races at Sweet Springs, Mo. each night at 3pm ET with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting set for 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults with pit passes $35 apiece. Two-night tickets are now on sale at www.usactickets.com. Order early and you’ll receive a free USAC Midget T-shirt. Outlaw Micros are also on the event card both nights.

You can watch both nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing from Sweet Springs, Mo. live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

40-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS:

(As of Sept. 3, 2020)

33-Rich Vogler

32-Mel Kenyon

30-Sleepy Tripp

20-Bob Tattersall

17-Bob Wente

11-Dave Strickland

10-Tracy Hines

9-Johnny Parsons, Ken Schrader & Steve Cannon

8-Jimmy Davies

7-Bobby Olivero, Bryan Clauson & Kevin Olson

6-Gary Bettenhausen, Larry Rice, Pancho Carter, Parnelli Jones, Tommy Astone & Tyler Courtney

5-Dave Darland, Lee Kunzman, Merle Bettenhausen, Mike McGreevy & Robby Flock

4-Billy Cantrell, Billy Engelhart, Bobby East, Chuck Rodee, Donnie Beechler, Jason Leffler, Jimmy Caruthers, Kasey Kahne, Larry Patton, Page Jones, Ricky Shelton, Russ Gamester, Stevie Reeves, Tom Bigelow & Tony Elliott

3-A.J. Foyt, Andy Michner, Dave Strickland, Jr., Jan Opperman, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jerry Weeks, John Batts, Ken Nichols, Lonnie Caruthers, Mack McClellan, Mike Gregg, Ron Shuman, Stan Fox, Steve Lotshaw, Tanner Thorson

2-Billy Boat, Billy Vukovich, Bobby Marshman, Brian Gerster, Bubby Jones, Chuck Arnold, Chuck Gurney, Cotton Farmer, Dana Carter, Danny Caruthers, Darren Hagen, Don Branson, Don Meacham, Henry Pens, Jeff Gordon, Justin Grant, Jerry McClung, Jim Hettinger, Josh Wise, Larry Dickson, Logan Seavey, Mike Fedorcak, Mike Streicher, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Rick Hood, Roger McCluskey, Roger West, Ryan Newman, Sam Sessions, Steve Knepper, Teddy Beach, Terry Farrar, Tom Steiner & Tony Stewart

1-Allen Heath, Arnie Knepper, Barry Butterworth, Billy Mehner, Bob Hauck, Bobby Grim, Brad Sweet, Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Buddy Taylor, Burt Foland, Caleb Armstrong, Chad Boat, Christopher Bell, Chuck Weyant, Dan Drinan, Danny McKnight, Dave Ray, Dave Steele, Davey Ray, David Gough, Dean Billings, Doug Wolfgang, Dwight Brown, Eddie Johnson, Gene Gennetten, Gene Hartley, Greg Leffler, Hank Butcher, J.J. Yeley, Jack Calabrase, Jack Hewitt, Jay Drake, Jeff Heywood, Jeff Nuckles, Jerry Nuckles, Jigger Sirois, Jim Beckley, Jim Hines, Jim Keeker, Jimmy McCune, Jimmy Sills, Joe Gaerte, Joe Saldana, John Andretti, John Heydenreich, Johnnie Tolan, Johnny Cofer, Johnny Riva, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Kevin Koch, Kody Swanson, Kyle Larson, Leo Tucker, Mel Cornett, Michael Lewis, Mike Bliss, Porky Rachwitz, Randy Koch, Richard Powell, Rick Goudy, Rico Abreu, Ron Smoker, Sam Isenhower, Shane Hmiel, Spencer Bayston, Steve Troxell, Tanner Carrick, Tom Sellberg, Tommy Copp, Tyler Thomas, Wally Pankratz, Warren Mockler & Zeb Wise

 

 

USAC STRENGTHENS ITS LEADERSHIP TEAM WITH THE ADDITION OF INDUSTRY INSURANCE AUTHORITY LAURA HAUENSTEIN

SPEEDWAY, IN (September 3rd, 2020) - The United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) announced today the addition of Laura Hauenstein to the sanctioning body's leadership team.

Laura will join USAC Racing as Risk & Compliance Manager - overseeing the insurance needs of the expanding portfolio of racing series under USAC's sanction.

Laura comes to USAC with an unparalleled background and portfolio of experience in motorsports insurance, having worked extensively in nearly every capacity as a leading agent and broker for multiple insurance carriers representing an array of clients throughout auto racing.

She has over 20 years of experience in the motorsports industry, working tirelessly for organizations to streamline processes by developing the programs that are beneficial to them and their teams.

Some of Laura's career highlights in motorsports have included:

* Working collaboratively with a key carrier, she successfully built the second largest insurance program in U.S. motorsports;

* Helped to revolutionize how motorsports policies are structured by developing a groundbreaking approach to underwriting; and

* Has functioned as an underwriter with line of authority in motorsports.

Most importantly, Laura is widely viewed across motorsports as a staunch advocate for members of the racing world regardless of size and experience.

In her new capacity at USAC, Laura will offer enhanced oversight of risk management at the series, track and participant levels where her responsibilities will include forming and managing new guidelines working in the industry under the various state-issued COVID-19 protocols.

Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) has established 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 portfolio of circle track series in Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget racing (quarter midgets), road racing, karting, off-road and rally events, just to name a few. USAC has over 17,000 competitors racing at more than 1,000 sanctioned events globally.

 

 

KOFOID TURNING HEADS WITH PERFORMANCES OF HISTORICAL PROPORTIONS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 2, 2020)………Buddy Kofoid’s performance last weekend during Sprint Car Smackdown IX at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway turned some heads with three top-five finishes in what were his first three career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts.

A 4th place finish in Thursday’s preliminary was followed by another 4th on the second prelim night on Friday, then the Penngrove, Calif. native concluded the weekend with a 5th in the Saturday night finale.

Three consecutive top-five finishes to start off a USAC Sprint Car career is a rarity. That got us (me) to wondering how rare of an occurrence this is. A small sampling of just looking at the former USAC National Sprint Car champions shows just how few and far between performances like Kofoid’s are among even those particular drivers who achieved greatness throughout their careers.

Just three times has a former champion driver started his USAC National Sprint Car career with three top-five feature finishes. Roger McCluskey, the 1963 and 1966 series champ, finished 4th, 1st and 2nd in his first three National series starts in 1961 for owner Mari Hulman-George at Reading, Pa., Williams Grove in Pa. and at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. It should be noted that McCluskey was a Rookie with USAC in 1960, finishing 8th in Eastern and 4th in the Midwest standings when the USAC Sprint trail was divided regionally.

Gary Bettenhausen, the two-time USAC National Sprint champ in 1969 and 1971, showed his abilities right out of the box during the 1967-68 seasons for three different car owners in his first three starts! Gary B took 3rd at California’s Ascot Park late in 1967 aboard the Knox & Hill No. 30, then opened up 1968 with runner-up finishes at both Reading, Pa. in A.J. Watson’s No. 2 and at New Bremen, Ohio for Willie Davis in the No. 24.

Three decades later, in 1998, the eventual 2004 USAC National Sprint Car champion, Jay Drake, was just getting his first taste of competition with the series after earlier winning USAC TQ Midget titles in 1990-91 and the USAC Western States Midget crown in 1996, and had already established himself as a premier racer on the USAC National Midget circuit, finishing 3rd in the 1997 standings.

Drake’s prowess during that ’98 Sprint season started on the pavement as he piloted the CED Motorsports No. 7c to a 3rd at Winchester, Ind., a 5th on the mile at Phoenix, Ariz. and a 4th at Indianapolis Raceway Park after setting quick time.

All drivers made their names in the sport in time with loads of race wins and championships, thus cementing their legacy within the sport and in USAC history. One thing all had in common was a hot start to their career. Only time will tell what Buddy Kofoid will end up accomplishing. But so far, so good.

The listing below shows how all the USAC National Sprint Car champions fared in their first three career series starts.

This weekend sees Kofoid hop back into the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget where he’s seeking victory number one after four 2nd place finishes thus far this season through 17 starts. This weekend presents a doubleheader for two consecutive nights of Midget racing action at the 1/6-mile dirt oval of Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Pits open each night at 3pm ET with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting set for 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults with pit passes $35 apiece. Two-night tickets are now on sale at www.usactickets.com. Order early and you’ll receive a free USAC Midget T-shirt. Outlaw Micros are also on the event card both nights.

You can watch both nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing from Sweet Springs, Mo. live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

FIRST 3 FEATURE FINISHES FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CHAMPIONS:

1961 Champion: Parnelli Jones (2nd, 11th & 3rd in 1961)

1963 & 1966 Champion: Roger McCluskey (4th, 1st & 2nd in 1961)

1964 Champion: Don Branson (3rd, 5th & 6th in 1961)

1965 Champion: Johnny Rutherford (11th, 5th & 6th in 1962)

1967 Champion: Greg Weld (4th, 9th & 1st in 1965)

1968 & 1970-1975 Champion: Larry Dickson (8th, 6th & 5th in 1965)

1969 & 1971 Champion: Gary Bettenhausen (3rd, 2nd & 2nd in 1967-1968)

1972 Champion: Sam Sessions (10th, 8th & 8th in 1965)

1973 Champion: Rollie Beale (12th, 13th & 14th in 1965)

1974-1976 Champion: Pancho Carter (11th, 11th & 16th in 1971)

1977-1981-1982 Champion: Sheldon Kinser (22nd, 2nd & 3rd in 1973)

1978 Champion: Tom Bigelow (7th, 12th & 9th in 1967)

1979 Champion: Greg Leffler (18th, 17th & 12th in 1973-1974)

1980 & 1989 Champion: Rich Vogler (14th, 24th & 11th in 1975)

1983 Champion: Ken Schrader (11th, 5th & 4th in 1981)

1984-1985 Champion: Rick Hood (2nd, 22nd & 1st in 1981)

1986-1987-1988-1990 Champion: Steve Butler (3rd, 17th & 14th in 1983)

1991-1992-1993 Champion: Robbie Stanley (6th, 16th & 10th in 1987-1988)

1994 Champion: Doug Kalitta (9th, 12th & 8th in 1991-1992)

1995 Champion: Tony Stewart (7th, 6th & 8th in 1991)

1996 & 1997 Champion: Brian Tyler (18th, 9th & 14th in 1990)

1998 & 2000 Champion: Tony Elliott (14th, 4th & 17th in 1982)

1999 Champion: Dave Darland (24th, 17th & 15th in 1986-1987)

2001 & 2003 Champion: J.J. Yeley (12th, 9th & 7th in 1997)

2002 Champion: Tracy Hines (9th, 4th & 9th in 1997)

2004 Champion: Jay Drake (3rd, 5th & 4th in 1998)

2005-2007-2009-2010-2011 Champion: Levi Jones (16th, 11th & 20th in 1998-1999)

2006 Champion: Josh Wise (21st, 6th & 1st in 2004)

2008 Champion: Jerry Coons Jr. (7th, 9th & 4th in 1999)

2012 & 2013 Champion: Bryan Clauson (3rd, 10th & 3rd in 2005)

2014 & 2016 Champion: Brady Bacon (5th, 3rd & 7th in 2006)

2015 Champion: Robert Ballou (14th, 20th & 15th in 2006)

2017 Champion: Chris Windom (15th, 18th & 22nd in 2007)

2018 Champion: Tyler Courtney (20th, 13th & 23rd in 2012-2013)

2019 Champion: C.J. Leary (20th, 14th & 13th in 2012)

 

 

TOLEDO SPEEDWAY APPROVED FOR FANS, USAC SILVER CROWN RACE ON FOR OCT. 4

Toledo, Ohio (September 1, 2020)………Toledo Speedway management has received permission to conduct racing events with spectators in the grandstands.

Toledo Speedway is finalizing plans to host race teams with fans in the grandstands for the Sunday, October 4, Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic USAC Silver Crown event. Grandstand ticketing will be limited to 1,500 with a standard admission price for all events of $25 per person, with specified seating locations to ensure social distancing and presale offering contactless purchasing.

With limited seating for each event, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 1 at 9am ET. All tickets are $25 each, and tickets will ONLY be available online at www.toledospeedway.com.

In accordance with the August 19 State of Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order, Toledo Speedway’s plan for strict adherence to the guidelines outlined has resulted in approval by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department for limited spectator attendance in the grandstands.

As a priority, the safety and health of participants, spectators and employees will require all attendees to follow guidelines posted at www.toledospeedway.com as a condition for admission.

USAC’s tradition of racing at Toledo Speedway dates back to the 1960s, and on October 4, the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series will be on hand as scheduled. The Rollie Beale Classic will also include racing for four divisions of ARCA stock cars featuring local drivers—the ARCA Sportsman, ARCA Street Stock, ARCA Figure-8 and ARCA Factory Stock classes. The afternoon season finale will have the spectator gates opening at Noon ET and racing starting at 2pm.

 

 

USAC REGIONAL RACING PREVIEW: SEPT. 5-6, 2020

WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CARS

A Labor Day weekend two-fer awaits the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars Saturday, Sept. 5 at I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo. and Sunday, Sept. 6 at Bethany (Mo.) Speedway.

Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kans.) has won the last two at I-35 in July and August and has won five of the last six points races with the series overall. Burks and one-time MWRA winner Don Droud Jr. are knotted up at the top of the standings entering the event.

Wesley Smith (Billings, Mo.), also a one-time series winner in 2020, took the victory at Bethany back in June and remains in title contention, just 20 points behind both Burks and Droud.

Pits open Saturday at I-35 at 4:30pm CT, with grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm, hot laps at 6:30pm and racing at 7pm.

Sunday at Bethany, pits open at 4:30pm CT, grandstands at 5:30pm, hot laps at 7:15pm and racing at 8pm. E-Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Sport Mods and B-Modifieds are also on the event card. General admission tickets are $20, seniors (62+) and military (w/ID) are $18 and kids 12 & younger are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Wyatt Burks-1,695, 2-Don Droud Jr.-1,695, 3-Wesley Smith-1,675, 4-Chris Parkinson-1,535, 5-Chad Goff-1,125, 6-Kory Schudy-1,115, 7-Brian Beebe-1,110, 8-Kyle Lewis-1,095, 9-Mark Lane-1,065, 10-Dakota Earls-1,050.

RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS

The Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars return to the first state this Saturday night, September 5, at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Dela.

Point leader, and two-time and defending champion, Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) has won twice at Delaware Int’l in both 2018 and 2019. Chris Allen Jr. (Wrightstown, N.J.) won there in 2019 and he resides in the second position in the series points entering Saturday’s race.

Gates open at 5pm ET with hot laps at 6:45pm. General admission is $20, with ages 13 & under free. Pit passes are $30 with ages 7-13 at $5 and ages 6 & under free. Delaware Big Block Modifieds, AC Delco Modifieds, Rush Late Models, Mod-Lites and Super Trucks are also in on the action.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-514, 2-Chris Allen Jr.-436, 3-Bill Unglert-405, 4-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-298, 5-Ryan Quackenbush-289, 6-Christian Bruno-247, 7-Joey Biasi-243, 8-Jonathan Swanson-238, 9-Jason Cherry-209, 10-Heidi Hedin-191.

MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGETS:

USAC’s Midwest Thunder Midget series makes its debut run at Atomic Speedway in Waverly, Ohio this Saturday night, Sept. 5.

Three-time and defending champion Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) has won three of the last four series features, and Tod Creager of Brewhouse Drive Thru Racing team would like to see someone else take the win. Creager has put up a $200 bounty payable to the driver who can defeat Leffel by taking the feature win. In his three victories, Leffel has made the winning pass on lap 18, 14, and 16 of 20.

Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won the series’ last race in the state of Ohio more than years ago at Waynesfield.

Leffel’s teammate, Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), holds a miniscule two-point lead in the standings over Adam Taylor (Dwight, Ill.) entering the event.

Pits open at 3pm ET, front gates at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm. General admission is $15 while seniors are $12. Pit passes are $30, with children age 6-10 $20 and children under age 6 are free. Sprint Cars, UMP Modifieds, Sport Mods and Legends will also be on hand.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jacob Denney-546, 2-Adam Taylor-544, 3-Stratton Briggs-490, 4-Chett Gehrke-471, 5-Abby Hohlbein-414, 6-Zack Gingerich-410, 7-Aaron Leffel-399, 8-Ian Creager-387, 9-Gunnar Lucius-381, 10-Alex Watson-379.

DMA SPEED2 MIDGETS

Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. signals a return to action for the USAC DMA SpeeD2 Midget series this Saturday night, September 5.

It’s been a back-and-forth year throughout the season, literally. Through six races, Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) and Seth Carlson (Stafford, Conn.) have alternated victories going Hull-Carlson-Hull-Carlson-Hull-Carlson during the stretch.

Carlson holds command of the series standings entering the event by a health 63-point margin.

Pits open at 3pm ET with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 6pm. General admission tickets are $12 with seniors age 62+ $10 and kids 11 & under $2. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. The night also features the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, C.A. Miller Limited Late Models, Dirt Stockers and Peanut’s Auto LLC Four Cylinders Four Cylinder Madness.

USAC DIRT MIDGET ASSOCIATION POINTS: 1-Seth Carlson-445, 2-Justin Phillips-382, 3-Brandon Piastka-378, 4-Manny Dias-374, 5-Will Hull-353, 6-Justin Sheridan-351, 7-Melvin Pierson-299, 8-Jeff Horn-296, 9-Floyd Billington-270, 10-Tim West-268.

ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGETS

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, September 6, the Engler IMRA SpeeD2 Midget series is back at its home base of Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill.

The track has produced five different feature winners throughout its first six IMRA events, with Cody Gerdes (Eureka, Ill.), Bryan Stanfill (Brea, Calif.), Shane Morgan (Creve Coeur, Ill.) and Will Armitage (Athens, Ill.) taking singular victories while point leader Andy Baugh (Mason City, Ill.) is the only two-time winner at The Spoon.

Pits open at Noon ET, gates at 3:30pm, hot laps at 6pm with racing to follow. General admission is $25, with ages 10 and under free. All pit passes are $40. DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Pro Late Models, DIRTcar Hornets are also competing that night.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-751, 2-Bryan Stanfill-740, 3-Will Armitage-716, 4-Chris Adrien-596, 5-Mark McMahill-511, 6-Kevin Battefeld-491, 7-Jake Sollenberger-483, 8-Tyler Roth-384, 9-Bart Andrews-251, 10-Cody Gerdes-249.

WESTERN STATES MIDGETS

This Sunday, September 6th, the cars and stars of the USAC Western States and BCRA (Bay Cities Racing Association) Midget Series will clash at Petaluma Speedway.

Promoted by Rick Faeth, the co-sanctioned special event / non-point race will also feature Dwarf Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks.

The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Sunday’s show will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the September 6th and October 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA.

Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the September 6th points. Ties are broken by qualifying results.

A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit www.westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

PETALUMA HOSTS USAC & BCRA MIDGET CHALLENGE RACE #1 THIS SUNDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 1, 2020... This Sunday, September 6th, the cars and stars of the USAC Western States and BCRA (Bay Cities Racing Association) Midget Series will clash at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the co-sanctioned special event / non-point race will also feature Dwarf Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream over the internet.

Sunday’s show will be the first of two “West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge” races. Extra prize money will be up for grabs to the top-five drivers in points from the September 6th and October 24th events at Petaluma. The mini-series will pay $1,000-to-win, $700-for-2nd, $500-for-3rd, $350-for-4th, and $250-for-5th. To be eligible, racers must be members in good standing with either USAC or BCRA. Points will be tallied using the USAC championship point schedule and ties will be broken by the October 24th qualifying times. If the October 24th show is cancelled, the prize money will be halved and awarded by the September 6th points. Ties are broken by qualifying results. A special thanks goes to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, and everyone behind the scenes for their generous support. For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, visit westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- 2020 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, 14272530-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted ten USAC Western States Midget races and five different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three wins with Gardner, the five-time champion, setting the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013. The series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

When the “mighty midgets” last visited Petaluma on July 18th, Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) outdueled Austin Liggett to score the ninth victory of his career. Liggett, Cory Elliott, fast qualifier Ben Worth, hard charger C.J. Sarna, Terry Nichols, Mike Leach Jr., Robert Carson, Ben Weisz, and Floyd Alvis rounded out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma’s 3/8-mile oval will host the traditional 360s of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday, September 12th and 19th.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Due to the local health department regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the GRANDSTANDS ARE CLOSED for the event. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Alex Schutte, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Shane Golobic.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SPECIAL EVENTS:
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #1)
October 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
October 24: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (West Coast Stock Car / Motorsports Hall of Fame Challenge Race #2)

 

SWEET SPRINGS PREVIEW:
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS - SEPT. 4-5, 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (September 1, 2020).........Most times, it seems the only thing predictable in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing is unpredictability. And sometimes when you think you know what's about to transpire, that's when everything turns on its head. At times, literally.

After the last two years of wild finishes at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, the series returns this Friday and Saturday night, September 4-5, for a doubleheader weekend at the 1/6-mile dirt oval featuring a 30-lap feature on Friday and a 40-lap finale on Saturday.

Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick found out all about that turn of unpredictability in last year's trip to Sweet Springs where he became one of five first-time USAC National Midget winners during the 2019 season, the most in more than a decade.

Carrick actually ran in the 5th position with just three laps remaining as race leader Tyler Courtney snagged the turn three cushion, flipping him over. On Courtney's rebound, second-running Logan Seavey clipped his own right front wheel against Courtney's tail tank before stopping, eliminating both from victory.

That slotted Carrick into third on the final restart with three to go. While Chris Windom and Jason McDougal were duking it out for the lead, Carrick rolled the bottom to pull ahead to the lead by the time they hit turn three. Carrick slid up in front of Windom to the top, while Windom charged to the bottom as Carrick nipped Windom at the stripe by three-quarters of a car length before going on to his first career victory in his 54th series start.

Interestingly, Carrick is the only driver expected for this weekend's Sweet Springs who has finished inside the top-ten in both of his previous starts with the series at the 1/6-mile dirt oval. The 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver also finished 8th in 2018.

It brings to mind of who could be the next, like Carrick, to earn his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory. The series has not seen a first-time winner thus far this year, but there are a few individuals who very well could be contenders in changing that.

Leading series Rookie Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) has done everything but win in his initial campaign in 2020. He's finished as the runner-up four times in 17 starts and resides 3rd in the series standings coming in. Just last week at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, Kofoid earned three top-five finishes in his first three career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car appearances.

Seventh in the standings and also seeking a first USAC victory is Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), the 2017 USAC Micro Sprint champion. Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), 5th in the standings, is a one-time winner with the series in 2019, although that victory came indoors; his first outdoor victory awaits.

Kofoid, Pursley, McIntosh and 3rd place Caney Valley finisher Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) are all on the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team, which has gone two-for-two in USAC Midget competition at Sweet Springs with Seavey winning for the team in 2018 and Carrick in 2019.

Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) is 9th in the standings. He led his first two career laps with the series at the start of the 2019 Sweet Springs feature before finishing 10th. Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) had a career-best finish of 2nd at Sweet Springs in 2018, leading his first career laps, a race-high 28 in fact, before finishing 2nd. Bodine also took a heat win and an 11th in 2019.

USAC Midwest Regional Midget point leader Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) has been impressive in limited appearances too, finishing a career-best 2nd in July at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. while also finishing 5th at Caney (Kans.) Valley Speedway the following night.

Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.) went 22nd to 6th at that same Caney Valley race in July and enters Sweet Springs for the first time with USAC this weekend.

Series point leader Chris Windom is on the cusp of finishing out the third leg of the USAC Triple Crown, leading the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget points entering Sweet Springs. He finished 3rd in 2019 and also holds the one-lap series' track record of 11.951 at the track.

The rapidly closing Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) trails Windom in the standings by just 31 points. Courtney earned the series championship one year ago and has won four of the last five races with the series in Nebraska, Kansas and Pennsylvania twice. He was 5th at Sweet Springs in 2018 and 12th in 2019 after leading a race-high 35 of 40 laps before flipping on the turn three cushion with just three laps to go.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) is fourth in the standings after earning four wins this season with the series. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion started 6th in the 2019 feature at Sweet Springs but was involved in an opening lap stack-up in turn three that sent Thorson flipping, knocking him out of the race with a 23rd place finish.

USAC Silver Crown point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished 9th in his lone Sweet Springs appearance in 2018. He won once earlier this year in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition with a May 23 victory at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. on a similarly sized bullring with a race that was 40 laps in length, just as this Saturday's race at Sweet Springs will be.

The RMS Racing team will bring both Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) to Sweet Springs this weekend. Boyles finished 19th in his lone appearance there in 2019 while Meseraull makes his debut at the track. Both have finished inside the top-five with the series in 2020 with Boyles 4th at Kokomo and Meseraull 3rd at Lawrenceburg, both during Indiana Midget Week.

Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) has started both Sweet Springs features, finishing 12th in 2018 and 21st in 2019. Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) took 20th in 2019.

This weekend marks the 40th and 41st events held by the USAC National Midgets in the state of Missouri. Mike McGreevy, Henry Pens and Bob Wente own the most victories of all with three apiece. Of this weekend's expected Sweet Springs entries, only Carrick has previously earned a USAC National Midget victory in the Show Me state.

Pits open each night at 3pm ET with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting set for 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults with pit passes $35 apiece. Two-night tickets are now on sale at www.usactickets.com. Order early and you'll receive a free USAC Midget T-shirt. Outlaw Micros are also on the event card both nights.

You can watch both nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing from Sweet Springs, Mo. live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,119, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,088, 3-Buddy Kofoid-1,056, 4-Tanner Thorson-1,047, 5-Cannon McIntosh-944, 6-Tanner Carrick-838, 7-Daison Pursley-783, 8-Cole Bodine-725, 9-Andrew Layser-663, 10-Justin Grant-619.

MISSOURI USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:
3-Mike McGreevy, Henry Pens & Bob Wente

2-Danny Frye, Arnie Knepper, Steve Knepper, Bob Tattersall & Rich Vogler

1-Steve Cannon, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Jerry Coons Jr., Tommy Copp, Jimmy Davies, Jay Drake, Rex Easton, A.J. Foyt, Steve Gennetten, Jason Leffler, Jerry McClung, Andy Michner, J.R. Miller, Richard Powell, Stevie Reeves, Logan Seavey, Dave Strickland, Joe Walter & Terry Wente

PAST SWEET SPRINGS USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:
2018: Logan Seavey (7/15)
2019: Tanner Carrick (7/14)

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TRACK RECORDS AT SWEET SPRINGS:
1 Lap: 7/14/2019 - Chris Windom - 11.951 - 50.205 mph
12 Laps: 7/15/2018 - Brady Bacon - 2:05.78 - 47.702 mph

 

 

SMACKDOWN IX IS ALL SUNSHINE FOR A 3RD TIME

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 29, 2020).........Snakebitten is a word that has been used to describe Tyler Courtney's misfortunes at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway throughout the 2020 season. It's almost hard to imagine that fact for a driver who has become synonymous with victory lane at the track in recent years.

Courtney rediscovered the fountain of success once again Saturday night in the Sprint Car Smackdown IX finale at Kokomo, a track in which he had won at six times in his USAC National career between sprint cars and midgets, and an event in which he had hoisted the coveted champion's belt at twice before in 2017 and 2019.

The Indianapolis, Ind. native tracked down Brady Bacon 13 laps from the conclusion to score his 28th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory, equaling the total of fellow series champions Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley for 15th all-time, in his efforts worth $11,000 aboard his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Turbo - CSI - ZMax - Schoenfeld/Spike/Rider Chevy.

In the process, Courtney became the second driver ever to win Smackdown three times in his career, joining the series', and Kokomo's, winningest sprint car driver, Dave Darland, who won three-straight in 2013-14-15.

"Dave's a guy I grew up watching and I watched him win all three of his Smackdowns," Courtney recalled. "To tie a guy like that here at his home track, it's just unreal. I never would've thought that, when I started racing sprint cars, or started racing Smackdown nine years ago, that I'd even win one of these things, let alone three. To tie a guy like Dave Darland is something that will probably take a while to sink in."

Back to the snakebitteness, however, the two-time USAC National champion had encountered trouble three separate times while leading or running second at the track in USAC competition this year. During Indiana Midget Week, he flipped while leading two-thirds of the way through. During Indiana Sprint Week, he clipped a turn two infield tire while leading, sending him spinning and stopping just three laps from the finish. In Thursday's Smackdown opener, while running second, contact with a lapped car flattened Courtney's tire, putting him out of contention for victory once again.

"I told my guys I'll take a little bit of bad luck from the last three races if it meant I could win this one," Courtney said. "This is one you put on the calendar, especially when we were putting our schedule together this year with us not running full-time. We had a gameplan coming into tonight and stuck to it and it worked out. We got a technical racetrack and it almost bit me a little bit, but somehow, I made it through a couple of those situations, and it worked out."

Courtney started sixth on the grid for the 40-lap feature, and for much of the first half of the race, remained relatively stagnant, holding the fifth position nearing the midway point. Up front, however, the night's B & W Auto Mart "King of the Hill" winner and pole sitter, Brady Bacon, was in control of the 23-car field as C.J. Leary and Kyle Cummins gave chase in second and third, respectively.

The first of two reds during the feature was displayed on the ninth lap when 19th running Carson Short rode out a flip down the front straightaway from which he walked away unscathed.

Under the ensuing stoppage, 12th running Justin Grant's misfortune continued when his car didn't re-fire following the red, ending his night prematurely with a 21st place finish.

When racing resumed, Cummins, who was aiming to become the first driver to win four USAC Sprint races in a row since Rick Hood in 1985, made his way to 2nd past Leary while race Rookie Buddy Kofoid, in just his 3rd career series start, flexed his muscle to take 3rd as Leary got shuffled back to 4th.

The second and final red flag period of the feature arrived on lap 15 when 14th running Clinton Boyles barrel rolled near the outside wall in turn four. The incident also collected the 15th place car of Jake Swanson who spun and stopped in the melee. Both were uninjured, but both were finished for the remainder of the evening.

On the race's resumption on the 15th lap, Cummins showed Bacon a nose below in turn two, then did so again on the 16th lap. However, quickly shooting into the frame was Courtney, who had exploded from 5th to 3rd on the restart, then was just within arm's reach of both Cummins in 2nd and Bacon, the race leader, as the top-three ran nose-to-tail on the topside on lap 17.

"We were getting close to halfway there and I knew I needed to start making my moves and not let Brady (Bacon) get too far out because his car was pretty good and Cummins was running 2nd, and obviously, he's been good the first two nights," Courtney explained. "I wanted to get by those guys and be able to run my own race. I could tell when I was running behind them that I was a lot better, so I knew if I could just get out and make some clean laps, I'd probably be all right."

Courtney's next move came on the 21st lap when he slid past Cummins for second in turn four, gliding from the bottom of turn three all the way up to the outside concrete at the exit of turn four to complete the pass, then, in no time, was challenging Bacon for the race lead.

Courtney hounded Bacon, the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ, for the next several circuits, seemingly stalking his prey as he readied himself to pounce on any inkling of a misstep. That came on the 28th circuit when Bacon snagged his right rear tire on the lip exiting turn two, knocking him slightly askew as Courtney shot under to snag the lead going away. A reeling Bacon slipped back to 2nd, 3rd and 4th over the next three laps as Cummins, then a resurging Leary, slotted back into the top-three.

"Brady messed up a little bit off two, and I got by him closely, but we got by clean," Courtney remembered. "I just put the hammer down and tried to put a gap between us because I knew my car was better."

Courtney quickly gapped his challengers with a 3.6 sec. advantage as he worked traffic around the quarter mile with the race dwindling down to the final four laps.


Tyler Courtney's victory Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway was the 28th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, equaling him with fellow series champions Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley for 15th all-time.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)


With the race, and victory, seemingly in hand, Courtney had a couple "moments" down the stretch while possessing a fairly substantial gap between he and Cummins. None bigger than the one he experienced in turn one coming to the white flag as he got some airtime after hitting the cushion, and nearly knocked down the wall and dumped the No. 7BC, before gathering it up and motoring on, albeit while his heart was in the process of skipping a beat.

"That was wild," Courtney exclaimed. "I got in, biked and got tight up on the wall and thought, 'Oh my god, you're really going to throw it away with three laps to go. Come on.' Luckily, I got down off that and made a couple clean laps at the end. I love Kokomo. I love Smackdown. It was a really, really cool night."

That "really, really cool night" concluded with Courtney taking a 3.699 sec. margin of victory in the end over Cummins, Leary, Bacon and Kofoid. For Courtney, it was his seventh career USAC National victory at Kokomo, and his five career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at the track have him third on the all-time list, trailing only the two greatest masters in Kokomo Speedway history, Dave Darland (9) and Tony Elliott (8).

Earlier in the evening, Bacon became the first three-time B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill champion in a series of two-car, three-lap elimination races to determine the starting field. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) defeated Leary in the final round to win the pole, after previously doing so in both 2014-15.

Meanwhile, a big shuffle in the points saw Grant fall from first to third while Bacon shot from third to first. In fact, the top-four in the standings are only separated by a mere 18 points with Bacon leading Chris Windom (-4), Grant (-7) and Chase Stockon (-18).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 29, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Sprint Car Smackdown IX

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#9K KT), 3. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 4. Carson Short (#71p Daigh-Phillips), 5. Dakota Jackson (#17 On The Gass), 6. Stevie Sussex (#77w Wingo), 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (#51T Tafoya), 8. Brian VanMeveren (#24 VanMeveren), 9. Chris Phillips (#6p Phillips). 2:17.410

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 2. Clinton Boyles (#57 Hazen), 3. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Team AZ), 4. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 5. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 6. Chase Jones (#11AG Gray), 7. Damion Gardner (#5 Baldwin), 8. Max Adams (#5m Adams), 9. Jack James (#99 James). NT

AUTOMETER THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland (#36d EZR/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#47c Davis), 3. Shane Cottle (#74x Hodges), 4. Tyler Thomas (#17GP Dutcher), 5. Austin Williams (#92 Sertich), 6. Jadon Rogers (#61m Edwards), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5T Mihocko), 8. Anthony D'Alessio (#01 D'Alessio), 9. Corey Smith (#77 LG), 10. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). NT

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL QUARTERFINALS: #8 C.J. Leary (#30 Leary) defeats #1 Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady); #4 Thomas Meseraull (#47 Eades) defeats #5 Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall/Newman); #3 Buddy Kofoid (#19A Reinbold/Underwood) defeats #6 Chase Stockon (#5s KO) & #2 Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics) defeats #7 Chris Windom (#19 Hayward)

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL SEMIFINALS: #8 C.J. Leary defeats #4 Thomas Meseraull & #2 Brady Bacon defeats #3 Buddy Kofoid

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL FINALS: #2 Brady Bacon defeats #8 C.J. Leary
INDY RACE PARTS / INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (15 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Carson Short, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Dakota Jackson, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Max Adams, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Austin Williams, 9. Colten Cottle, 10. Chris Phillips, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Anthony D'Alessio, 13. Brian VanMeveren, 14. Jadon Rogers, 15. Jack James, 16. Chase Jones, 17. Tye Mihocko. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Kyle Cummins (5), 3. C.J. Leary (2), 4. Brady Bacon (1), 5. Buddy Kofoid (3), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Logan Seavey (10), 8. Thomas Meseraull (4), 9. Chase Stockon (7), 10. Shane Cottle (17), 11. Tyler Thomas (18), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 13. Dave Darland (11), 14. Robert Ballou (9), 15. Dakota Jackson (21), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (14), 17. Brandon Mattox (20), 18. Jadon Rogers (23), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 20. Clinton Boyles (13), 21. Jake Swanson (16), 22. Justin Grant (15), 23. Carson Short (19). NT

**Chase Jones flipped during the semi. Carson Short flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Clinton Boyles flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Brady Bacon, Laps 28-40 Tyler Courtney.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-1,182, 2-Chris Windom-1,178, 3-Justin Grant-1,175, 4-Chase Stockon-1,164, 5-C.J. Leary-1,136, 6-Carson Short-964, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-935, 8-Dave Darland-832, 9-Logan Seavey-806, 10-Kyle Cummins-800.

FINAL SMACKDOWN PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-22, 2-Tyler Thomas-16, 3-Brady Bacon-10, 4-Kyle Cummins-9, 5-Tyler Courtney-9, 6-Justin Grant-9, 7-Buddy Kofoid-7, 8-Chase Stockon-7, 9-Jake Swanson-7, 10-Shane Cottle-7.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-121, 2-Tanner Thorson-76, 3-Kyle Cummins-74, 4-Justin Grant-73, 5-Shane Cottle-68, 6-Kyle Larson-62, 7-Logan Seavey-62, 8-Cannon McIntosh-57, 9-Robert Ballou-51, 10-Daison Pursley-48.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 11, 2020 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY & AWARD WINNERS:

Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Winning Bonus: Tyler Courtney

Smackdown IX Rookie of the Year: Buddy Kofoid

ProSource Smackdown IX Passing Master: Chris Windom

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Dave Darland

Indy Race Parts / Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: Tyler Thomas

KSE Racing Products/Circus City Speedway/Irvin King Hard Charger: Shane Cottle (17th to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Dave Darland

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Max Adams

ProSource Hard Work Award: Dakota Jackson

 

 

CUMMINS CONNECTS AGAIN
FOR 2ND STRAIGHT SMACKDOWN IX PRELIM WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 28, 2020).........Entering Friday's second night of Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo Speedway, no driver had ever swept victories on both prelim nights of the event.

And then came Kyle Cummins, who became the first to accomplish the feat after earlier capturing Thursday's opener. In fact, dating back to early August of this year, Friday marked the Princeton, Indiana driver's third consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, the first to "triple-up" in nearly four years with the series with Chris Windom being the most recent in late 2016.

Despite a similar victory just 24 hours earlier at Kokomo, Cummins' Friday night's score had the now nine-time series winner even more jubilant than did his most recent winning effort aboard the Rock Steady Racing/Mid-America Safety Solutions - Greenwell Auto Body - Lucas Oil Center/Mach-1/Foxco Chevy.

"Oh definitely," Cummins exclaimed when asked if this win had him even more excitable than Thursday's score. "Last night, we started a little bit back and then we got the lead, then it was just running it as hard as you can. Even though that one was exciting, everybody was in this one until the end tonight."

Always changing, always evolving, Cummins and team refused to rest on their laurels of success from the night before, and instead, tried a different approach to their setup for the 30-lapper which saw them occupy the outside of the front row. However, things weren't exactly hunky-dory in the early stages with the approach, which ultimately worked.

"At the beginning of the race, I was too tight to even get close to the cushion, so I knew I wasn't going to mess with it," Cummins revealed. "The whole time, I knew I was hanging, hanging, hanging, I'm out leading, and if they pass me on the top, then I'll move up. But I was not going to go up until then."

However, a lack of rhythm marked the first several laps of the feature with a number of cautions stifling the action. On the opening lap, an incident between turns three and four stacked up four past Kokomo Sprint Car track champions running near the front of the field. Third-running Shane Cottle biked entering turn three, and when he landed, collected series point leader Justin Grant (4th), Dave Darland (9th) and C.J. Leary (11th). All eventually rejoined the field.

On the second lap resumption, a turn two kerfuffle involving four cars collected Brandon Mattox (17th), Robert Ballou (18th), Matt Westfall (19th) and Damion Gardner (21st). Only Westfall did not restart.

In the meantime, Cummins, who was the first driver to get dunked in the water tank for charity earlier in the day, made a splash on track as he rocketed around pole sitter Carson Short to occupy the lead on the opening lap. On lap four, Kevin Thomas Jr. was on the move as he slid under Short in turn three for 2nd while Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier Thomas Meseraull instantaneously went topside around Short for third.

A lap seven incident involved two perennial frontrunners who had already encountered their share of trouble early on. Grant flipped at the exit of turn four, which collected Ballou, who also made contact with the outside front straightaway wall after glancing off Grant's flipping car. Both drivers were okay, but Grant's incident did tighten up the series points race with the top-four of Grant, Chris Windom, Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon separated by just 34 points.

Under yellow, second running Kevin Thomas Jr. slowed to a stop on the front straightaway. After a push around the track, his race came to an early end as he was pushed back to the pits without re-firing, ultimately finishing 21st in the 24-car field.

On the lap eight restart, Cummins soon reestablished his half-straightaway lead (1.7 sec.), which he'd retain until just before the middle stages of the event while those behind him jockeyed for position from second on back.

Following a yellow on lap 14 for the slowing Anthony D'Alessio, running 19th at the time, the restart saw Meseraull, now 2nd, go on the attack, pouncing on Cummins for the lead with a turn three slider. As Meseraull slid past and up to the top at the exit of turn four, Cummins ducked back underneath to retake the lead at the stripe. There, Cummins withstood the challenge, then quickly reopened his half-straightaway lead once again.

A see-saw battle for 2nd between Meseraull and Windom developed with Windom gaining the upper hand and the runner-up position on lap 19 with a diamond maneuver off the top of three to the bottom of four to drive past Meseraull for 2nd, then put on the chase for Cummins and the race lead.

A slight stumble in turn two by Cummins on the 21st lap allowed Windom to close up the gap to Cummins to under a second and quickly shrinking. With five to go, Windom was now draped over Cummins, pulling ahead of Cummins on the back straightaway by a car length momentarily as the two sped into the third turn, Cummins occupying the low line and Windom working up top as the pair began to encounter traffic.

"When the lapped cars got there, I kind of moved up a little bit and that made me better in three and four for sure," Cummins explained. "I was better through three and four in the middle, but I went to the top in one and two and just kind of floated it in to make sure everything was alright. I had just gotten into the cushion and I saw Chris (Windom) there, then I knew I had to hustle a little bit harder."

Coming to the line with four to go, however, Cummins drifted up off turn four in front of Windom while working around the car of Dustin Smith at the tail end of the lead lap. That stifled Windom's drive of momentum at the top and vice versa'd each driver's role with Cummins now high and Windom low. Windom edged ahead off two but was slightly boxed in behind Smith while Cummins established a line right through the middle to lock down the lead as Windom remained just two car lengths back.

The throng of traffic allowed Cummins to discover something on the surface of the quarter-mile dirt oval, much to his liking, while also elevating his game in crunch time.


Dating back to early August, Friday marked Kyle Cummins' third consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, the first to "triple-up" in nearly four years with the series with Chris Windom being the most recent in late 2016
(Brandon Murray Photo)


"The lapped car took me all the way up to the cushion in three and four," Cummins remembered. "I ran around there, and it was even better than it was in the middle. Even in one, I got a little sideways; I just didn't want to get in there and hop the front end. I knew as long as I did that, I could keep my nose down and at least beat them through three and four. Once I saw a nose (from Windom) right there at the end, I picked it up those last couple laps. I could've really went pretty hard and I could've probably picked it up a little bit if I had seen him a little bit earlier."

Windom fired his shots at Cummins in the final laps, but could never quite get enough of a run to reel in Cummins for the taking, Instead, it was Cummins taking it all for his own, closing out his third career Kokomo USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory over Windom, Tyler Courtney, Buddy Kofoid and Brady Bacon.

Cummins is at the head of the class in terms of points after the first two nights of Smackdown IX, and is one of eight drivers locked into Saturday night's 40-lap feature event and also the B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill along with Brady Bacon, Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull, Tyler Courtney, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom and C.J. Leary.

"I'm glad it worked out how it did," Cummins said. "It's pretty exciting driving under the checkered flag there to get that one and winning too. But I'm here to win three, and to really put a staple on it."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 28, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Sprint Car Smackdown IX

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.155; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.218; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.271; 4. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.285; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.317; 6. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.336; 7. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.352; 8. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.421; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.422; 10. Damion Gardner, 5, Baldwin-13.507; 11. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.510; 12. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.516; 13. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.516; 14. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.517; 15. Chase Jones, 11AG, Gray-13.628; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.645; 17. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-13.648; 18. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.673; 19. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.725; 20. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.765; 21. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-13.836; 22. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.840; 23. Cody Gardner, 9G, Appco-14.139; 24. Cole Bodine, 57x, Bodine/Crow-14.217; 25. Robert Brown Jr., 13, Brown-14.615.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-13.086; 2. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.142; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.249; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.296; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.320; 6. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.498; 7. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-13.589; 8. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-13.633; 9. Bill Balog, 17B, Lein-13.645; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.659; 11. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.660; 12. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.698; 13. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.728; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 47c, Davis-13.729; 15. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-13.872; 16. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.884; 17. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.894; 18. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.910; 19. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.943; 20. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.999; 21. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-14.042; 22. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-14.069; 23. Brandon Long, 02, Long-14.131; 24. Jack James, 99, James-14.599; 25. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Logan Seavey, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Kyle Shipley, 9. Noah Gass, 10. Brian VanMeveren, 11. Cody Gardner, 12. Robert Brown Jr., 13. Chase Jones. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Carson Short, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Anthony D'Alessio, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Clinton Boyles, 9. Cole Ketcham, 10. Brayden Fox, 11. Cole Bodine, 12. Brandon Mattox. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Bill Balog, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Tyler Thomas, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Dakota Jackson, 8. Max Guilford, 9. Matt Goodnight, 10. Dustin Smith, 11. Brandon Long, 12. Tye Mihocko. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Max Adams, 8. Jadon Rogers, 9. Chris Phillips, 10. Dustin Clark, 11. Jack James, 12. Colten Cottle. NT

THE FROLIC BAR & GRILL C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 2. Brian VanMeveren, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Clinton Boyles, 5. Brayden Fox, 6. Max Guilford, 7. Chris Phillips, 8. Noah Gass, 9. Kyle Shipley, 10. Brandon Long, 11. Dustin Smith, 12. Jack James, 13. Cody Gardner, 14. Matt Goodnight, 15. Robert Brown Jr. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Anthony D'Alessio, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Dakota Jackson, 8. Max Adams, 9. Chase Jones, 10. Brandon Mattox, 11. Clinton Boyles, 12. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 13. Jadon Rogers, 14. Charles Davis Jr., 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Brian VanMeveren, 18. Sterling Cling. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (2), 2. Chris Windom (9), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Buddy Kofoid (11), 5. Brady Bacon (13), 6. Tyler Thomas (14), 7. C.J. Leary (12), 8. Chase Stockon (10), 9. Thomas Meseraull (6), 10. Dave Darland (8), 11. Carson Short (1), 12. Bill Balog (18), 13. Logan Seavey (15), 14. Jake Swanson (20), 15. Stevie Sussex (16), 16. Brandon Mattox (21), 17. Damion Gardner (23), 18. Dustin Smith (22), 19. Shane Cottle (4), 20. Anthony D'Alessio (17), 21. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 22. Justin Grant (3), 23. Robert Ballou (24), 24. Matt Westfall (19). NT

**Brian VanMeveren flipped during the semi. Justin Grant flipped on lap 7 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Kyle Cummins.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-1,152, 2-Chris Windom-1,123, 3-Brady Bacon-1,121, 4-Chase Stockon-1,118, 5-C.J. Leary-1,072, 6-Carson Short-941, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-896, 8-Dave Darland-795, 9-Logan Seavey-754, 10-Kyle Cummins-733.

SMACKDOWN POINTS: (Top-8 locked into Saturday night's feature) 1-Kyle Cummins-697, 2-Brady Bacon-666, 3-Buddy Kofoid-654, 4-Thomas Meseraull-646, 5-Tyler Courtney-633, 6-Chase Stockon-631, 7-Chris Windom-625, 8-C.J. Leary-608.

SMACKDOWN PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-20, 2-Brady Bacon-10, 3-Tyler Thomas-9, 4-Justin Grant-9, 5-Buddy Kofoid-7, 6-Chase Stockon-7, 7-Jake Swanson-7, 8-Kyle Cummins-6, 9-Robert Ballou-6, 10-C.J. Leary-6.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-119, 2-Tanner Thorson-76, 3-Justin Grant-73, 4-Kyle Cummins-71, 5-Kyle Larson-62, 6-Shane Cottle-61, 7-Logan Seavey-59, 8-Cannon McIntosh-57, 9-Robert Ballou-51, 10-Daison Pursley-48.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 29, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Sprint Car Smackdown IX

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Winning Bonus: Kyle Cummins

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Thomas Meseraull

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Dave Darland

The Frolic Bar & Grill C-Main Winner: Eddie Tafoya Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

KSE Racing Products/Circus City Speedway/Irvin King Hard Charger: Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Dakota Jackson

Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier: Anthony D'Alessio

ProSource Hard Work Award: Robert Ballou

 

 

CUMMINS CLUTCHES SMACKDOWN NIGHT #1 AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 27, 2020).........Without a caution on the aborted initial start of Thursday night's feature at Kokomo Speedway, Kyle Cummins said he felt like he would've had the lead coming out of turn four on that opening lap. That came, albeit while starting sixth on the grid in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Smackdown IX opener at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

The Princeton, Ind. native was confident that the symbiosis between his car and his abilities were such to make that a reality. With an opening lap caution forcing him to try it again, Cummins only took a mere four laps to attain 2nd, and just 13 laps to assume the lead from Tyler Courtney.

Cummins then stifled a late-race challenge courtesy of Brady Bacon on a green-white-checkered finish to score the victory, his second straight with the series and the eighth of his career, equaling Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford and Joe Saldana for 55th all-time.

While Cummins' well-established dominance of Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. is known far and wide, where he won earlier this August during the Indiana Sprint Week finale, Thursday's victory marked the second of his USAC career at Kokomo, the very same venue he won his first career USAC Sprint feature at in 2016.

Cummins credits the "little bitty" things that got him to this point, a first career triumph during Sprint Car Smackdown. The changes aren't anything he considers "out of control," nothing the naked eye can see per se, but a few turns of the wrench here and there that have led to another celebration for him in victory lane.

"We've actually been experimenting and trying different stuff all year," Cummins revealed. "Last year, we had a great year, but there were things we struggled at that I wanted to get better at. We just decided everywhere we've been going, we've been trying something a little different here and there. We kept our same stuff at Tri-State Speedway, but everywhere else, we've kind of ventured out to some different stuff. We're slowly getting a handle on it, which is making me a lot more comfortable to drive it as hard as I can at the beginning and at the end instead of just the end."

At the beginning, Cummins was simply hooked up. The night's Fatheadz Fast Qualifier was on the move when a stackup in turn two near the tail of the field saw Shane Cottle get turned around in turn two, stopping to bring out the yellow. Meanwhile, provisional starter Carson Short also stopped with trouble after being involved in the incident, ending his evening along with Stevie Sussex's as well

A complete restart forced Cummins back to his original starting position outside row three for the restart, which saw him utilize his rapid fire, methodical approach on the first four laps of the feature, moving up one spot per lap to the 2nd position by lap four to post a challenge to 2017 & 2019 Smackdown champion, Tyler Courtney, throughout much of the first half of the 30-lap event.

From lap five onward, Cummins was all over Courtney like white on rice as he stalked the two-time USAC National champion around the quarter-mile and the two swapping lines high/low as Courtney fought to stay in control and Cummins sought an avenue past.

On the 11th and 12th lap, Cummins found a bit of a groove that witnessed him getting a run on the bottom underneath Courtney for the position exiting turn four, ultimately coming up short in his bid by a single car length at the line each time. On the 13th circuit, however, Cummins got the run he needed after putting together a high-quality set of turns in one and two, pulling even alongside Courtney on the back straightaway before surpassing him on the bottom of three and four to make the pass stick and overtake the top position.

As Cummins performed his high-wire act on the topside of the racetrack in traffic throughout the second half of the race, Courtney remained just three car lengths behind in second with only three laps remaining.

As Courtney diamonded off turn one on lap 28, he encountered the lapped cars of Damion Gardner and Tyler Thomas in turn two. With the gap between Gardner and Thomas closing rapidly, Courtney and Thomas made contact with Courtney's left rear tire ramping over Thomas' right front. The result sent Courtney sideways and plowed into by the incoming Shane Cottle while second-running Bacon became airborne and bouncing off the track surface twice. Thomas, meanwhile, stopped backward with a collapsed front end.

Bacon, along with Cottle, continued onward. However, Courtney's left rear tire was now flat, forcing him to the work area where his crew changed the tire before ultimately returning to finish 15th. It was yet another Kokomo heartbreak for Courtney who has now encountered trouble three separate times while leading or running second at the track in USAC competition this year. During Indiana Midget Week, he flipped while leading two-thirds of the way through. And during Indiana Sprint Week, he clipped a turn two infield tire while leading and spun just three laps from the finish.

The first attempt at the resumption of racing saw fourth-running Kevin Thomas Jr. suffer heartbreak of his own on the 28th lap when he slowed on the front straightaway before stopping in turn two, ending a solid run for the 2016 Smackdown winner and Kokomo track champion, thus setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

When racing resumed, Bacon showed his involvement in the incident did not hamper the drive of his car or himself personally as he dug in on the bottom, surging off the final set of corners to nearly pull even with Cummins. As the two raced to the line side-by-side, with Cummins ahead by a wheel at the stripe, the two were greeted by the yellow flag instead of the checkered flag due to Bill Balog performing a 360-degree spin in turn two, which by rule, instantly brought out the yellow flag each time. Balog ultimately came to a complete stop.

Cummins then stifled a late-race challenge courtesy of Brady Bacon on a green-white-checkered finish to score the victory, his second straight with the series and the eighth of his career, equaling Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford and Joe Saldana for 55th all-time. (Rich Forman Photo)

Cummins' sight of Bacon underneath him in turn four just before the yellow was a bit of a surprise to him, as it turned out.

"I felt like on the restarts, I was pretty good," Cummins admitted. "I was loose in traffic, but I was holding them off, so I didn't want to do much different. I thought if I could just keep my momentum up, they couldn't pass me because it was super slick getting in both corners. Coming off four, it was slick on the bottom, and I didn't want to get hung up in there. I just thought I could run more through the middle. I got in there, got it turned and here he came on the bottom. Then, I figured the bottom must be pretty good!"

"It was a little nerve wracking," Cummins continued. "When I was coming through three and four, I thought I was fine. All of a sudden, here he comes up and I'm pretty sure I had him at the line if it would've went checkered then, but it feels better when you win and they're not right to the side of you."

Under the caution, Cummins made a few final adjustments both on the car and with his approach.

"I took a half turn out of both front shocks just to say I did something and give myself just a little bit extra," Cummins said. "Then, I slowed my entry down just a little bit in both corners and was going to make him pass me on the top. I wanted to stay a little bit more in the moisture down the back stretch and just not open it up for him to drive by me."

All went according to Cummins' blueprint when racing resumed, remaining closer to the bottom and denying Bacon any sensation of daylight to take advantage of underneath Cummins at the exits of turn two and four.

Cummins staved off the competition to capture the victory by 0.259 sec. over Bacon and Robert Ballou, who rounded out the podium. Outside front row starter Buddy Kofoid, making his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car debut, finished 4th, while 2019 Smackdown opening night winner, Thomas Meseraull, rounded out the top-five.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 27, 2020 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Sprint Car Smackdown IX

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.957; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.998; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.093; 4. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.159; 5. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.214; 6. Bill Balog, 17B, Lein-13.216; 7. Damion Gardner, 5, Baldwin-13.300; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.316; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 47c, Davis-13.439; 10. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.478; 11. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.545; 12. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-13.547; 13. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.577; 14. Cody Gardner, 9G, Appco-13.649; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.663; 16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.680; 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-13.689; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.689; 19. Max Guilford, 79BT, Goodnight-13.701; 20. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-13.708; 21. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.716; 22. Chase Jones, 11AG, Gray-13.736; 23. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-13.868; 24. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.176; 25. Robert Brown Jr., 13, Brown-NT.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.024; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.070; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.086; 4. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.167; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-13.246; 6. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.260; 7. Stevie Sussex, 77w, Wingo-13.416; 8. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-13.439; 9. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.475; 10. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.524; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.524; 12. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Team AZ-13.526; 13. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-13.539; 14. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-13.551; 15. Cole Bodine, 57x, Bodine/Crow-13.592; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-13.609; 17. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.614; 18. Dustin Smith, 77, LG-13.648; 19. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-13.700; 20. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.741; 21. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.792; 22. Jack James, 99, James-14.343; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.780; 24. David Hair, 44, Hair-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Colten Cottle, 8. Anthony D'Alessio, 9. Dustin Clark, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr. 2:18.708

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Bill Balog, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Max Adams, 6. Noah Gass, 7. Chase Jones, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Cole Ketcham, 10. Kyle Shipley, 11. Cody Gardner, 12. Brian VanMeveren. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Austin Williams, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Brayden Fox, 11. Cole Bodine, 12. Robert Bell. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Carson Short, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Dustin Smith, 10. Chris Phillips, 11. Jack