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TULARE HOSTS HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

MAY 28, 2015... This Saturday, May 30th, the “mighty midgets” of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will make their final appearance of the year at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the third point race will also showcase the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm and racing is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Saturday’s event will mark the seventh race in the history of the Honda USAC Western Midgets at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory on September 7, 1988 as Robby Flock, Sleepy Tripp, Tracy Hines, Trey Marcham, and Michael Faccinto have also earned wins at Tulare. At press time, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, California leads the standings with a four point advantage over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner scored eleventh at Tulare on May 2nd. To date, the two-time defending champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one top-10 finish, and 5 feature laps led. Currently tied with Jay Drake and Tommy White for twelfth on the series win list, Ronnie will be looking for his 13th feature victory.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham is second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham was ninth in the May 2nd Tulare feature. Heading to Tulare, the former Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes and 18 feature laps led to his credit. Trey is also racing with the USAC West Coast Sprints and will have his sights on adding both winning trophies to his collection.

Cody Swanson of Covina, California is tied for third in the Western Midget standings. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson raced to second at Tulare after starting fifth. To date, the former VRA Midget Champion has one top-10 finish in the campaign. Cody will be looking for his second career series win this Saturday night.

Delano, California’s “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols is tied with Swanson for third in the point chase. Racing the family owned #1P Neverlift Motorsports / Crysalli Water Spike, Nichols scored fifth at Tulare on May 2nd. With one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season, the former West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first win.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California sits fifth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen charged from ninth to score third in the May 2nd feature. Heading to Tulare, the 2012 Champion has one top-10 finish on the year and will be looking for her second career series victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Scott Pierovich, Brian Gard, Sean Dodenhoff, Steve Davis, Michael Faccinto, Nick Chivello, Tyler Dolacki, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Brady Bacon, and more. Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved tickets are $15 and General Admission seats are $13. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club’s website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook or Twitter pages. ----------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 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 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Ronnie Gardner.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-115, 2. Trey Marcham-111, 3. Cody Swanson-106, -.Terry Nichols-106, 5. Shannon McQueen-105, 6. Scott Pierovich-91, 7. Brian Gard-82, 8. Sean Dodenhoff-80, 9. Steve Davis-76, 10. Michael Faccinto-65, 11. Nick Chivello-57, --. David Prickett-57, --. Randi Pankratz-57, 14. Jack Hawley-46, 15. Jimmy Voitel-42, 16. Nate Waite-41, 17. Jeff Harrington-38, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-37, 19. Ricky Shelton-27, 20. Tyler Dolacki-25.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS HEADLINE TULARE OPEN WHEEL SHOWCASE

By Lance Jennings

MAY 28, 2015... This Saturday, May 30th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will clash at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the eighth point race will also showcase the Honda USAC Western Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Since March 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-five USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with nine wins and set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.133 on March 13th. Bud Kaeding (5), Richard Vander Weerd (3), Kyle Larson (2), Craig Stidham (2), Dean Alexander (1), Danny Faria Jr. (1), Dennis Howell (1), and Peter Murphy (1) have also earned feature wins. Saturday’s event will be the fourth of six dates at the lightning fast 1/3-mile, as Faria added the May 16th “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” to his resume.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

After moving to fifth on the series win list, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California sits atop the standings with a 52-point lead. Racing Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria has one feature win, one high point driver award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the year. The 2013 Champion is also racing with the USAC Midgets and will be looking to earn both winning trophies.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal is second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal led six laps of the Faria Memorial before taking second at the checkered flags. To date, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high-point driver awards, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 81 feature laps led. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on his series leading twenty-sixth career win.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California is third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd claimed ninth in the May 16th Faria Memorial. Heading to Tulare, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and seven top-10 finishes. Jace will be looking to make Saturday’s 30-lap feature his fifth career series victory.

Fresh off Saturday’s Perris USAC/CRA “Salute to Indy” triumph, Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd is fourth in the point chase. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd scored eleventh at Tulare on May 16th. To date, the 2011 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. At Tulare, Richard will have his sights on winning his seventeenth career West Coast main event.

After scoring third in the “Faria Memorial,” “Shifter” Landon Hurst of Riverdale, California has climbed to fifth in points. Driving the family owned #179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst has one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led in the campaign. Landon continues to impress as he looks for his first series win this Saturday night.

Currently seventh in points, Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. California’s Tristan Guardino, Shannon McQueen, and Ryan Timmons are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are D.J. Johnson, Jeff Sibley, Austin Liggett, Kevin Barnes, Jonathan Henry, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Max Adams, USAC National Champion Brady Bacon, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $15 and General Admission Seats are $13. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-436, 2. Ryan Bernal-384, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-347, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-333, 5. Landon Hurst-321, 6. D.J. Johnson-319, 7. Trey Marcham-303, 8. Tristan Guardino-242, 9. Jeff Sibley-217, 10. Austin Liggett-178, 11. Colby Copeland-166, 12. Bud Kaeding-155, 13. Troy Rutherford-145, 14. Kevin Barnes-142, 15. Brody Roa-125, ---. Shannon McQueen-125, 17. Matt Mitchell-114, 18. Johnathon Henry-104, 19. Tye Mihocko-99, 20. Chris Ennis-97.

 

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS & THUNDER ON THE HILL PRESENT. . . . . .

RUB RAILS & ROOSTER TAILS. . . . . .THE AMSOIL 9TH ANNUAL EASTERN STORM TO OPEN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY TUESDAY NIGHT, JUNE 2

Most race tracks want to avoid the storms, but Tuesday night, June 2 the Grandview Speedway and the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series is anxiously awaiting the return of the AMSOIL 9th Annual Eastern Storm for the USAC Non-Wing Sprint Cars and the ARDC Non-Wing Midgets. Gates open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM. If you have never seen non-wing sprint car racing, USAC at Grandview is a treat fill with rub rails and rooster tails. This special night of racing is also a salute to one of the all-time greats, Jesse Hockett, a two time USAC winner at Grandview who lost his life in a tragic accident in his garage in 2010.

Time trials and heat race qualifying for the USAC Non-Wing sprint cars will open the show followed by qualifying for the ARDC Non-Wing midgets. Be sure to get to the track on time, many race fans find the USAC times trials equally entertaining as the always action-packed feature events. The Jesse Hockett Classic will go a distance of 35 laps and pay a lucrative $6,000 to the event winner. The ARDC Midgets will close out the show with a 25 lap feature event.

Advance tickets for the Grandview Speedway Eastern Storm may be reserved by calling 443 513 4456. Please leave your name, number of tickets you need and a phone number. We will hold your tickets at the WILL CALL Window and you may pay for and pick up your tickets after 3:30 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstand at 4:30 PM with advance tickets going on sale at 5 PM.

Some nationally known drivers planning to make the visit to Grandview include Dave Darland of Lincoln, IN a ninety-nine time winner with USAC. Could he land his 100th win at Grandview. Casey Shuman of Tempe, AZ, Tracy Hines of New Castle, IN, Robert Ballou of Rocklin, CA, Jarett Andretti of Mooresville, NC, Jerry Coons Jr of Tucson, AZ, Logan Jarrett of Kokomo, IN, Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, IN and Justin Grant of Ione, CA are some of the pre entries.

Don’t forget, the AMSOIL Eastern Storm will move to the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA on Wednesday night, June 3 with a 7 PM starting time.

For additional information, please call Bob Miller at 443 513 4456.

 

 

SILVER CROWN CARS AT IOWA SPEEDWAY JUNE 20;

SWANSONS SHARE INDY SILVER CROWN GLORY

Kody Swanson (Left) and brother Tanner Swanson (Right) collected victories in USAC Silver Crown action last week. Kody won his second consecutive "Hoosier Hundred" on Thursday night while Tanner picked up his third win in the previous four races at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis after winning Saturday's "Day Before the 500."

The Swanson brothers swept to victories in last week's USAC Silver Crown races and Kody takes a 33-point lead over Aaron Pierce into round four of the series June 20 at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Kody, last year's series champion, won Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, while Tanner dominated Saturday afternoon's "Day Before the 500" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Kody trailed A.J. Fike for the first 67 circuits around the one-mile fairgrounds oval Thursday, then led the final 33 miles in his Radio Hospital/Hampshire Racing Engines Maxim/Chevy.

Tanner led all 100 laps of Saturday's race at Lucas Oil Raceway in his Banjo Liquid Handling Products/Bowman Elmore Beast/Chevy.

Pierce finished second to Kody in the "Hoosier Hundred" and was fifth in Satuday's race. Brian Tyler was spectacular in his third-place finish at the fairgrounds in a "borrowed" car! He subbed for driver Randy Bateman, started last and ended up on the podium after a stirring drive. Fike was fourth and Justin Grant fifth. Brady Bacon won the "Rookie of the Race" award.

Tanner nearly lapped the field Saturday as Kody took second and lapped drivers Bobby Santos, Jerry Coons Jr. and Pierce rounded out the top-five at the checkered flag.

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RACE RECAP

Brownsburg, Indiana......Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, California reclaimed his throne as dominator of USAC Silver Crown events at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, picking up his third victory in the last four series events at the .686 mile paved oval in Saturday afternoon's "Day Before the 500."

Tanner is familiar with running up front at the track, leading 385 of the last 386 laps of competition in the series at Lucas Oil Raceway dating back to July of 2013.

After a heartbreaking last lap defeat at the hands of David Byrne in last July's Silver Crown event at the track, Tanner decimated the field in his Bowman Racing/Banjo Liquid Handling Products - Bowman Elmore/Beast/Chevy, leading all 100 laps and lapping every driver in the field except older brother and 2nd place finisher Kody Swanson. The #02 car that Tanner sat behind the wheel of was a "backup" to Tanner's traditional #11 mount that was damaged in a scary incident in the series' season opening event at Toledo on May 1.

At the start, fast qualifier and pole sitter, Tanner, jumped out to the lead, but a lap two caution brought the action to an early halt when Jimmy Parsons' car came to a stop on the backstretch. After the restart, Tanner was able to continually extend his race lead with each ensuing lap.

The afternoon Indiana heat took a toll as the track temperatures climbed and a handful of cars in the 18-car starting field had dropped out of the race by the midway point as Tanner kept pace ahead of Bobby Santos, Kody Swanson, A.J. Fike, and Aaron Pierce.

Kody Swanson and Santos engaged in a lap-after-lap war, but on lap 61, Swanson was able to clear Santos with an outside pass to take the 2nd spot. Just four laps later, Jerry Coons, Jr. made an inside pass on Fike for fourth and Pierce got by Fike on the outside of turn two to get to fifth on the ensuing lap.

Up front, Tanner was never challenged, going on to win the 100-lap event by an astonishing 16.685 seconds over K. Swanson, Santos, Coons, Pierce, Fike, Hines, Byrne, Leary, and Nemire rounding out the top ten.

It was quite a return for Tanner after his spectacular somersault down Toledo Speedway's front straightaway just three weeks ago. The unknowns played into Tanner's mind, yet he still remained confident making his series return.

"The main thing was the unknown," Tanner admitted. "I was running the backup car and was just worried about how it would handle compared to our primary car."

The race was different for most of the Silver Crown competitors at Lucas Oil Raceway on this day as the traditional racing under the lights was replaced with racing under the sun; the first mid-day Silver Crown event at the track since August of 2000. Despite that fact, Tanner felt that the heat did not play a huge role.

"It was actually a lot like the night races here," Tanner proclaimed. "Of course, tire wear was a concern and my feet and knees definitely felt the effects of the sun, but the handling on my car didn't change much at all; it stayed consistent all day."

 

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 24, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 8. Ray Bishop (#20AZ Bishop), NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 2. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Bobby Marcum (#85 Marcum), 7. Dustin Burkhart (#22 Burkhart), 8. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Stevie Sussex (#13S Sussex), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 7. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 8. Katherine Aragon (#42 Aragon). NT

SEMI: (8 laps) 1. Gabbard, 2. Gile, 3. Reinbold, 4. Marcum, 5. Burkhart, 6. Aragon, 7. Mark Morin (#28 Morin), 8. McGullam. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Mike Colegrove, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Nick Aiuto, 7. Josh Pelkey, 8. Dalten Gabbard, 9. Josh Shipley, 10. Brian Hosford, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Mike Martin, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Dennis Gile, 15. Tom Ogle, 16. Bobby Marcum, 17. Dustin Burkhart, 18. Mike Bonneau, 19. Andy Reinbold, 20. Bruce St. James, 21. Katherine Aragon, 22. Michael Curtis. NT

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**St. James flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Colegrove, Laps 4-30 Johnson.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: June 13 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 23, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 8. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Michael Curtis (Turner/Wheeler), 3. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 7. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 3. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 7. Ray Bishop (#20AZ Bishop). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Bruce St. James, 6. Matt Rossi, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Dalten Gabbard, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Tom Ogle, 12. Josh Shipley, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Dennis Gile, 15. Mike Bonneau, 16. Koty McGullam, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Brian Hosford, 19. Mike Colegrove, 20. Nick Aiuto, 21. Ray Bishop, 22, Mark Morin. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Curtis, Laps 2-30 Sussex.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 24 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 23, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.354; 2. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.500; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.516; 4. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-16.584; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.645; 6. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.743; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.756; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.820; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.827; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.901; 11. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.920; 12. Cody Swanson, 93, Gardner-17.050; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.062; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.146; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.208; 16. Chad Boespflug, 42, Cheney-17.324; 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.555; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.591; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.641; 20. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.700; 21. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-17.798; 22. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-17.834; 23. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.343; 24. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.404.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. C.Williams, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Bender, 5. Gaunt, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Gansen, 8. Denome. 2:51.77

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Roa, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. T.Williams, 5. Ellertson, 6. Malcolm, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Colston. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. L.Williams, 3. Gardner, 4. Mitchell, 5. Sweeney, 6. C.Swanson, 7. Smith, 8. Sampson. 2:53.25

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 11. Cody Swanson, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Austin Smith, 14. Tommy Malcolm, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 17. Tobey Sampson, 18. Rickie Gaunt, 19. Damion Gardner, 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 21. Trent Williams, 22. Parker Colston, 23. Verne Sweeney, 24. Jesse Denome. NT

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**Ellertson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Mitchell, Laps 3-40 R.Vander Weerd

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: June 13 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

KODY SWANSON GOES BACK-TO-BACK WITH HOOSIER HUNDRED WIN

Indianapolis, Indiana...Kody Swanson etched his name in the record books as a two-time "Hoosier Hundred" winner on Thursday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, as he distanced himself from the field over the final laps to earn his tenth career Silver Crown Series victory, tying him for ninth on the all-time list with Mike Bliss and Gary Bettenhausen.

Swanson started from the pole after taking the ProSource "Fast Time Award," but a first-corner tangle slowed the initial start of the race, and A.J. Fike claimed the lead as the race finally hit a green-flag run. C.J. Leary went with him early as Swanson held down the third spot. He was looking for second on lap eleven when fourth-running Tracy Hines slowed to a stop on the backstretch, bringing out a yellow.

After the restart, Swanson went after Leary, taking the second spot on lap 22 and chopping into Fike's lead. Shane Cockrum was also quick early, as he battled for third with Leary. Meanwhile, Brian Tyler was on the move from the tail of the field after taking over Randy Bateman's ride for the feature when his original mount experienced engine issues. Tyler ran from 27th up to the top-ten by lap 40.

Just after that, the third caution of the night appeared. The race hit halfway with Fike and Swanson building a lead over Cockrum and Jerry Coons, Jr., who had disposed of Leary for the fourth spot. Steve Buckwalter was also on the move, as he had driven up to sixth after starting 16th. Tyler found himself in seventh on the yellow.

A few laps later, Buckwalter's night ended as he broke and met the turn-two concrete, flipping over and necessitating a red-flag period. Under red, both Leary and Dave Darland changed right-rear tires, costing them a one-lap penalty.

Swanson pressured Fike hard on the restart, but Fike was able to hold him off on lap 55. Behind them, Tyler was inside the top-five and passed Coons for the fourth spot.

Just as they completed lap 67, Swanson had a big run to the outside of Fike down the front-stretch, outracing him into the corner for the lead on lap 68. Tyler moved to third and began to run down Fike as the race hit the lap-75 mark. A caution on lap 84 set up an 11-lap race to the finish, and Swanson drew away from the field. Tyler jumped to the inside of Fike on lap 96 and made a daring move to take second. But Aaron Pierce was coming with him, and he wrestled the runner-up spot away from Tyler on the next lap.

With two laps to go, tenth-running race rookie Tyler Courtney lost a right-rear tire down the backstretch and brought out a final caution, setting up a two-lap race to the checkers. Swanson would not be threatened, however, and he motored to a 2.044-second victory over the final two laps in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

"I'm not a 'statement' kinda guy, but we answered some questions from others and from ourselves tonight. After last year, it was hard to know what this year would be like, especially with the tire change. Nobody had a year like last year since Hewitt in 1986, and I'm no Jack Hewitt. To find out that we can get it done again this year, it's exciting to me, and to win it a second time is just hard to believe. Every time we show up, I feel like we've got a shot to win, and it makes it a lot of fun. They worked really hard from last night when they were still assembling the engine - Bob Hampshire and Clark Lamme pulled an all-nighter and prepared a car capable of winning the Hoosier Hundred, which just sums up how incredible this DePalma family and team is," Swanson said.

Pierce completed his best ever "Hoosier Hundred" run, coming home second in the Sam Pierce Chevrolet - G&G Oil #26 Beast/Chevy.

"It's the best I've ever done here and the best I've ever done on the dirt, and it was a lot of fun. We are usually on the loose side of things in these dirt races, and we either burn the tire off or get into trouble. We kept it tight enough tonight and knew we'd be solid if we could keep the right-front tire on it. I probably used it up once I got to second and tried to catch Kody. I thought we were in pretty good shape catching the last caution, but there just wasn't enough left. I'm glad to see such a good field, and it's great that some guys are coming back," Pierce said.

Tyler's magical run ended on the podium as he picked up the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" in the Randy & Patty Bateman - Chance's Chassis Repair #55 Beast/Chevy.

"I've known Randy and them for a long time, and I knew they had a good car that wouldn't fall apart. It takes a couple laps to get a feel for the brakes, steering, and all that. I had to learn what I had, and I figured we could make our way up through there pretty decent. We get up through there, and get to second, and I think, 'Ya know, we might get this done.' I gotta say, it was a lot of fun to run up through there. There were a bunch of good racers here tonight, and it ended up being a good race, too," Tyler said.

Fike came home in the fourth spot aboard the RFMS Racing - Liberty Village #3 Beast/Foxco, while Justin Grant rounded out the top-five after starting 19th in his first outing with the Chris Carli Motorsports - Finish Line Racing Equipment #8 Beast/Chevy.

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USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: May 21, 2015 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Indiana State Fairgrounds - "Hoosier Hundred"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-33.223; 2. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-33.597; 3. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-33.816; 4. Tracy Hines, 98, RPM/Gormly-33.857; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-33.944; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-34.260; 7. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-34.399; 8. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-34.488; 9. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-34.503; 10. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-34.504; 11. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-34.537; 12. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-34.558; 13. Steven Russell, 14, McQuinn-34.630; 14. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.721; 15. Rickey Hood, 56, Foxco-34.847; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-34.853; 17. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-34.860; 18. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-34.876; 19. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-35.039; 20. Tyler Courtney, 153, Courtney-35.097; 21. Levi Jones, 57, Rogers-35.230; 22. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-35.583; 23. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-35.923; 24. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-36.109; 25. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-36.138; 26. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-36.738; 27. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-39.503; 28. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-NT; 29. Brian Tyler, 7, Classy Chassy-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Aaron Pierce, 3. Brian Tyler (#55), 4. A.J. FIke, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Rickey Hood, 8. Patrick Lawson, 9. Jacob Wilson, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Dave Darland, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 15. Rex Norris III, 16. David Byrne, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Steven Russell, 19. Terry James, 20. Russ Gamester, 21. Levi Jones, 22. Austin Nemire, 23. Shane Cottle, 24. Davey Ray, 25. Tracy Hines, 26. Chris Fetter, 27. Tad Roach. NT ------------------------------ **Buckwalter flipped on lap 55.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-67 Fike, Laps 68-100 Swanson.

 

 

CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK HOSTS “4TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO INDY”

By Lance Jennings

MAY 20, 2015... This Saturday and Sunday, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park for the “4th Annual Salute to Indy.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the two nights of action will also feature Mini Sprints, AZ Differential Pure Stocks, AMA Modlites, and Renegades. In addition, there will be an open practice session for all divisions on Friday from 6pm to 9pm. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm on both nights.

While fairly new to the Canyon Speedway Park, the "Salute to Indy" has been an Arizona tradition going back to the legendary Manzanita Speedway. In 1991, Ricky Johnson won the first of his record three Memorial Day Classics. Since then, Johnson’s record has been tied by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman, and last season by his son, R.J. Other past winners of the prestigious race are “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. (2), Mike Boat, Marty Miller, Josh Pelkey, Eric Wilkins, Casey Shuman, and Colby Copeland.

On January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park hosted the inaugural USAC SouthWest Sprint Car event. Since then, the non-winged 360 cubic-inch powered sprints have returned 35 more times. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with 11 series wins at Canyon, followed by Bryan Clauson (5), Ryan Bernal (4), Dave Darland (3), Charles Davis Jr. (3), and Josh Pelkey (2).

Heading into the “Salute to Indy,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona sits atop the standings with a 53-point advantage. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran sixth in last Saturday’s main event at Arizona Speedway. To date, the two-time defending champion has four main event wins, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, R.J. will be looking to earn his series leading 27th victory and continue his championship bid.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned his first win of the year last Saturday at Queen Creek. At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on gaining valuable points with his fourth “Salute to Indy” victory.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey finished third in last Saturday’s feature at Queen Creek. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and five top-10 finishes. Josh is currently fourth on the USAC SouthWest win list as he looks to add another “Salute to Indy” to his resume.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi is fourth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi fished second to Davis at Arizona Speedway. As this writing goes to press, the defending Western World Champion has one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Matt will have his sights on making the “Salute to Indy” his third career SouthWest victory.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the point standings. Racing Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex earned his third “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from nineteenth at Queen Creek. To date, the hard charging driver has one feature win, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Sussex will be looking to gain valuable points by winning at Canyon Speedway Park.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Colegrove, Shon Deskins, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Dennis Gile, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Koty McGullam, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

CANYON SALUTE TO INDY WINNERS: 2012-Colby Copeland, 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-384, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-331, 3. Josh Pelkey-314, 4. Matt Rossi-298, 5. Stevie Sussex-275, 6. Mike Colegrove-260, 7. Shon Deskins-256, 8. Mike Martin-243, 9. Brian Hosford-236, 10. Brice St. James-201, 11. Andy Reinbold-178, 12. Dennis Gile-160, 13. Tye Mihocko-152, 14. Josh Shipley-148, 15. Nick Aiuto-117, 16. Chris Bonneau-110, 17. Michael Curtis-103, 18. Mike Bonneau-101, 19. Koty McGullam-83, 20. Dalten Gabbard-82.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR 40-LAP “SALUTE TO INDY”

By Lance Jennings

MAY 20, 2015... This Saturday, May 23rd, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will battle at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.” “The Power of Purple Night” benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and the California Lightning Sprints. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The annual "Salute to Indy" has been a Southern California tradition going back to 1948 when Dempsey Wilson claimed the checkered flags with the original California Racing Association. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval kept the tradition alive and current NASCAR competitor J.J. Yeley scored the victory. Last year, “The Demon” Damion Gardner won his third “Salute to Indy” on his way to his third USAC/CRA Championship.

On March 6, 2004, Perris Auto Speedway hosted the inaugural USAC/CRA Sprint Car event. Since then, the traditional 410 cubic-inch powered sprints have returned their “home track” 172 more times. Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 33 series wins at Perris and Nic Faas holds the 1-lap track record of 15.833, set on February 25, 2012.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Per USAC/CRA rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

After charging from seventeenth to claim seventh at Ventura’s “All Coast Challenge,” Mike Spencer of Temecula, California has regained the point lead. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, the five-time champion will be looking to extend his six-point advantage by claiming his 36th career USAC/CRA main event.

Heading to Saturday’s “Salute to Indy,” Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner is second in the point chase. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner raced from twenty-third to score tenth in the May 9th feature at Ventura. To date, the defending champion has two main event wins, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. At Perris, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will have his sights on his 60th career USAC/CRA victory.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell finished a very close second to Richard Vander Weerd in the “All Coast Challenge.” Heading to Perris, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, six top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led. Currently tied with Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, and Blake Miller for thirteenth on USAC/CRA’s win list, Matt will be looking to win his third “Salute to Indy.”

After winning the $5,000 “All Coast Challenge,” Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd has climbed to fourth in points. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 71 feature laps led. Currently tied with Darren Hagen and Kevin Swindell for 18th on USAC/CRA’s win list, Vander Weerd will have his sights on adding the “Salute to Indy” to his resume.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California is currently fifth in the championship standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams scored third at Ventura Raceway. Entering Saturday’s race at Perris, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has four top-10 finishes on the season. With three career USAC/CRA victories to his credit, Austin will be looking for his first “home track” victory.

Currently tied with R.J. Johnson and David Bezio for twelfth in points, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Michael Curtis, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Tommy Malcolm are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Brody Roa, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, David Bezio, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, Chris Gansen, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, A.J. Bender, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, Cody Swanson, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets are $20, Active Military, Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

PERRIS "SALUTE TO INDY" WINNERS: 1996-J.J. Yeley; 1997-Cory Kruseman; 1998-Mike Kirby; 1999-Troy Rutherford; 2000-Richard Griffin; 2001-Mike Kirby; 2002-Mike Kirby; 2003-Damion Gardner; 2004-Damion Gardner; 2005-Cory Kruseman; 2006-Tony Jones; 2007-Blake Miller; 2008-RAIN; 2009-Blake Miller; 2010-David Cardey; 2011-Matt Mitchell; 2012-Mike Spencer; 2013-Matt Mitchell, 2014-Damion Gardner.

2015 USAC/CRA FEATURE WINNERS: 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Damion Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-371, 2. Damion Gardner-365, 3. Matt Mitchell-335, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-297, 5. Austin Williams-293, 6. Jake Swanson-272, 7. Brody Roa-208, 8. Cody Williams-179, 9. Logan Williams-148, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-138, 11. Brady Bacon-136, 12. R.J. Johnson-115, ---. Parker Colston-115, --.David Bezio-115, 16. Dave Darland-110, 17. Rickie Gaunt-93, 18. Mike Martin-92, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-88, 20. Josh Hodges-83.

 

 

CHARLES DAVIS JR. IS BACK ON TOP AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – MAY 18, 2015... Leading all 30 laps, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona earned his first USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the year. For Davis, the $1,500 victory at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway was his eleventh career series triumph. Matt Rossi, Josh Pelkey, high point driver R.J. Johnson, and Chris Bonneau rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting third, Charles Davis Jr. took command on the opening lap and dominated the main event. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Bruce St. James in his heat race and ranked fourth in the night’s passing points. After breaking R.J. Johnson’s four-race win streak, “Chargin” Charles is 53 points behind Johnson in the chase for the championship. To date, the five-time Arizona Champion has two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi came home second in the Queen Creek feature. Racing the family owned #02 the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi took third in his heat race and placed fifth in passing points. The Western World Champion heads to Canyon’s “Salute to Indy” ranked fourth in points with one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led to his credit.

After starting on the pole position, Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona scored third at Arizona Speedway. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey was second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race and was sixth in passing points. The 1997 ASCA Champion left Queen Creek sitting third in the point chase with one high point driver award, one heat race victory, and five top-10 finishes.

Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson claimed fourth in the feature after starting sixth. Piloting Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson won the night’s first heat race and earned his first high point driver award of the year. The point leader heads to the two-night “Salute to Indy” with four main event wins, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led on the year.

Chris Bonneau of Phoenix, Arizona charged from thirteenth to claim fifth in the Queen Creek main event. Racing his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales / XXX machine, Bonneau claimed fourth in his heat race and ranked thirteenth in passing points. In limited starts, the veteran driver is sixteenth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex earned his third “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from nineteenth. Driving Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex ran sixth in his heat race and placed nineteenth in passing points. To date, the hard charging driver is fifth in the standings with one feature win, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season.

Brian Hosford of Gilbert, Arizona raced to victory in the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Piloting Bernie Weber’s #22B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford placed second in passing points and finished twelfth in the main event. The veteran racer left Queen Creek sitting ninth in series points with two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Phoenix, Arizona’s “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James won the night’s third 8-lap heat race at Arizona Speedway. Piloting his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James was third in passing points and scored sixteenth in the main event. Heading to Canyon, “The Radio Flyer” is tenth in the standings with two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the year.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be back for two days of action starting May 23rd at Canyon Speedway Park’s “4th Annual Salute to Indy.” The showcase will also feature Mini Sprints, AZ Differential Pure Stocks, AMA Modlites, and Renegades. In addition, there will be an open practice session for all divisions on Friday from 6pm to 9pm. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 16, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 6. Katherine Aragon (#42 Aragon), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#4 Harland). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (3rd), 2. Matt Rossi (2nd), 3. Josh Pelkey (1st), 4. R.J. Johnson (6th), 5. Chris Bonneau (13th), 6. Stevie Sussex (19th), 7. Josh Shipley (7th), 8. Tye Mihocko (9th), 9. Mike Colegrove (10th), 10. Mike Bonneau (8th), 11. Shon Deskins (12th), 12. Brian Hosford (5th), 13. Mike Martin (17th), 14. Michael Curtis (18th), 15. Dennis Gile (11th), 16. Bruce St. James (4th), 17. Rick Shuman (20th), 18. Koty McGullam (14th), 19. Tom Ogle (15th), 20. Andy Reinbold (22nd), 21. Katherine Aragon (16th). NT ---------------------------- **Reinbold flipped during the feature. **Jonas Reynolds was slated to start 21st, but did not start

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex 19th to 6th.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-384, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-331, 3. Josh Pelkey-314, 4. Matt Rossi-298, 5. Stevie Sussex-275, 6. Mike Colegrove-260, 7. Shon Deskins-256, 8. Mike Martin-243, 9. Brian Hosford-236, 10. Brice St. James-201, 11. Andy Reinbold-178, 12. Dennis Gile-160, 13. Tye Mihocko-152, 14. Josh Shipley-148, 15. Nick Aiuto-117, 16. Chris Bonneau-110, 17. Michael Curtis-103, 18. Mike Bonneau-101, 19. Koty McGullam-83, 20. Dalten Gabbard-82.

 

 

DANNY FARIA JR. SPRINTS TO EMOTIONAL WIN AT TULARE

By Lance Jennings

TULARE, CA – MAY 17, 2015... After running second last year, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California added the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” to his resume. Culminating a twenty-two year quest, Faria honored his late brothers in perhaps the most emotional victory lane in USAC West Coast Sprint history. Claiming his first series win at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, “Hollywood” was followed by Bernal, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Troy Rutherford, and Tristan Guardino.

Starting fifth, Danny Faria Jr. piloted Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprise / SurfnSprint Spike past Ryan Bernal on lap sixteen. Shaking free from all challengers while bouncing through the ruts, the point leader earned his seventh career series triumph and moved to fifth on the win list. Earlier in the program, Danny qualified second out of the nineteen racers in the pit area and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Faria left Tulare with a 52-point lead on the strength of one feature win, one high point driver award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal earned his second DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eighth. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal was eighth quick in time trials and placed second to Faria in his heat race. Taking command from Tristan Guardino on the tenth circuit, Ryan was looking for his sixth win of the campaign. Six laps later, Ryan bounced his mount off the turn four cushion as Faria grabbed the top spot. Breaking a torsion bar stop in the late stages, Bernal was able to carry his car to second at the checkered flags. Heading back to Tulare on May 30th, the two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Champion is second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high point driver awards, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 81 feature laps led to his credit.

“Shifter” Landon Hurst of Riverdale, California scored third in the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” Driving the family owned #179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst was fifth quick in time trials and ran fourth in his heat race. The 2013 Rookie of the Year has climbed to fifth in the point chase with one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led on the year.

Ojai, California’s Troy Rutherford made the trip to the Central Valley and scored fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford qualified seventh overall and took second in his heat race after battling with Jeff Sibley. In limited starts, the former VRA Champion sits thirteenth in the point standings with two top-10 finishes on the season.

Rookie contender Tristan Guardino of Fremont, California led the first nine laps before taking fifth at Thunderbowl Raceway. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Guardino was sixth fast in time trials and ran second to D.J. Johnson in his heat race. The micro-sprint standout is currently eighth in championship points with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and three top-10 finishes.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the rookie contender was third in his heat race and scored sixteenth in the feature after an early exit. Marcham left the Faria Memorial ranked seventh in points with one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led.

Jeff Sibley of Oakdale, California won the first heat race of his sprint car career. Claiming the Extreme Mufflers sponsored event, Sibley piloted his #42N Haidlen Ford / A&A Cattle Spike to thirteenth in time trials and eighth in the main event from twelfth. Looking to move up the ranks, Jeff is currently ninth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes in the season.

Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson raced to victory in the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned #33 Unique Breeds / Proplant Farm Services Eagle, Johnson qualified ninth overall and placed sixth in the Faria Memorial. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year is sixth in the standings with two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will be back at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on May 30th. On that night, the Honda USAC Western Midgets and the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 16, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.053; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.076; 3. Matt Mitchell, 57, Hix-16.121; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.144; 5. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.170; 6. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.249; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.362; 8. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.369; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.423; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.427; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.703; 12. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.892; 13. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.905; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.936; 15. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-17.180; 16. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.855; 17. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-21.387; 18. Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-NT; 19. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Sibley, 2. Rutherford, 3. Marcham, 4. Majors, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Liggett. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Bernal, 3. Kaeding, 4. Hurst, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Richardson. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Guardino, 3. Mitchell, 4. Ennis, 5. McQueen, 6. Henry. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (5th), 2. Ryan Bernal (8th), 3. Landon Hurst (3rd), 4. Troy Rutherford (1st), 5. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 6. D.J. Johnson (9th), 7. Matt Mitchell (4th), 8. Jeff Sibley (12th), 9. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 10. Cody Majors (15th), 11. Richard Vander Weerd (7th), 12. Shannon McQueen (14th), 13. Bud Kaeding (13th), 14. Jim Richardson (16th), 15. Johnathon Henry (17th), 16. Trey Marcham (6th), 17. Chris Ennis (11th). NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Guardino, Laps 10-15 Bernal, Laps 16-30 Faria. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (8th to 2nd)

WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-436, 2. Ryan Bernal-384, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-347, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-333, 5. Landon Hurst-321, 6. D.J. Johnson-319, 7. Trey Marcham-303, 8. Tristan Guardino-242, 9. Jeff Sibley-217, 10. Austin Liggett-178, 11. Colby Copeland-166, 12. Bud Kaeding-155, 13. Troy Rutherford-145, 14. Kevin Barnes-142, 15. Brody Roa-125, ---. Shannon McQueen-125, 17. Matt Mitchell-114, 18. Johnathon Henry-104, 19. Tye Mihocko-99, 20. Chris Ennis-97.

 

 

Mechanical Woes Derail Richard Vander Weerd In Tulare, CA

PETERSEN MEDIA- Heading to the Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night after a huge win at the Ventura Raceway a week prior, Richard Vander Weerd would endure a frustrating night, that ultimately saw mechanical woes end his night a lap early.

“Saturday night was a night that I would like to put behind me as fast as possible,” Richard Vander Weerd admitted.

Taking to the high banked Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA on Saturday night with the USAC West Coast 360’s for the Chris and Brian Faria Memorial, Vander Weerd got his night started off by timing this Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Battery Worx No. 10 machine in fourth fastest.

Heat race action saw Vander Weerd involved in a tangle, and it would ultimately line him up in the fourth row for the A Main event on what was a tacky and rough Thunderbowl Raceway surface.

When the race went green, Vander Weerd carefully worked his way up to the fifth spot, as he began what would turn into an extended battle with Troy Rutherford. Trying everything he could to get the fourth spot, Vander Weerd would continue to run in the fifth position.

As the race drew to a close, Vander Weerd would make one final run at the fourth spot, until something went south under the hood of his machine, and he would come to a stop, and be credited with an 11th place finish.

“We had an okay car in the feature event, but we struggled some,” Vander Weerd added. “We did have a really good battle for the fourth spot, but unfortunately something went south, and we ended up with a DNF.”

Richard and his Vander Weerd Racing team would like to thank Vander Weerd Construction, Stonegate Development, Battery Worx, Mid-Valley Pipe, Basic Industries, Steve Watt Enterprises, FK Rod Ends, PXP Raceway and K&N for their support in 2015.

2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-15, Wins-4, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-9.

ON TAP: Richard will return to action on Saturday night as he heads to the Perris Auto Speedway in Lake Perris, CA on Saturday night.

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HOOSIER HUNDRED SPORTS NEW DRIVERS & COMBOS;

TWIN PEAKS "KICKOFF" TO BENEFIT SCHMIDT PARALYSIS FOUNDATION

An expanded lineup of cars and drivers for next Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" USAC Silver Crown race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis features several race "rookies" and some new driver-car combinations for 2015.

One of America's most revered traditions unfolds on the one-mile dirt oval with a 100-mile race expected to be pivotal in the early battle for USAC's Silver Crown championship. The race dates back to 1953 and remains an event near and dear to the hearts of participants and race fans alike.

Previously-announced series returns of USAC Champions Brian Tyler and Rickey Hood are joined by first-time "Hoosier Hundred" drivers Brady Bacon, C.J. Leary, Austin Nemire, Joey Moughan, Tyler Courtney and Steven Russell, plus new car assignments for former race winner Levi Jones and Sprint car standouts Justin Grant and Shane Cottle.

Courtney's entry signals the inaugural Silver Crown appearance of USAC's 2013 Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year" and follows a special benevolent appearance by Courtney on Tuesday at Twin Peaks Castleton Restaurant at 6880 E. 82nd St. That fund raiser will target proceeds to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. Courtney, team owner Tom Capie of Avon, Ind. and their car will be on hand to meet and greet attendees. A silent auction is also planned from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Defending USAC Sprint Car Champion Bacon, 2014 USAC Midwest HPD Midget Champion Nemire and Russell, son of long-time USAC driver Jerry Russell, will be among Hoosier Hundred rookies as will Moughan and Courtney. Bacon is in an entry from Paul Martens of Fairview, Okla. while Nemire's entry is fielded by 1996 Indianapolis 500 winning car owner Ron Hemelgarn. Russell will drive for Springfield, Ill. car owners Dennis and Dave McQuinn and Moughan, also from Springfield, is fielding his own car.

Jones, who finally triumphed in the Hoosier Hundred in 2013, will return in a new car fielded by Jack Rogers of Evansville, Ind. Grant, who won last Saturday's "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" Sprint race at Rossburg, Ohio, will pilot a new car fielded by Chris Carli of Elk Grove, Calif., while Cottle will drive a car fielded by Curtis Williams of Springfield, Ohio.

Thursday's race is part of a busy week of traditional USAC racing. The 45th "Tony Hulman Classic" Sprint race is scheduled Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track and Saturday afternoon's "Day Before the 500" Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway features the USAC Silver Crown cars in another 100-lap event.

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED, DAY BEFORE THE 500

SPOTLIGHT SILVER CROWN SERIES THIS WEEK

Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" and Saturday afternoon's "Day Before the 500" will be pivotal in the early battle for USAC's 2015 Silver Crown Championship.

Thursday's 100-mile race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds has tradition dating back to 1953, while Saturday's 100-lap race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis sports a new timetable for a tradition dating back to 1946.

Defending Silver Crown Champion Kody Swanson is the odds-on favorite to repeat his victory in Thursday's race and he and his brother Tanner figure to be among favorites for Saturday's race at the paved oval located in Brownsburg. Ind.

Kody's string of success that includes six victories in his last 11 Silver Crown races dates back to 2014 when he claimed the series crown, plus victories at both of this week's venues. He enters the week with a nine-point lead over Jacob Wilson after winning the May 1 "Rollie Beale Classic" at Toledo, Ohio.

An expanded field for Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" includes some surprises for race fans. Among the entries are USAC Champions Brian Tyler, who returns after a brief hiatus, and Rickey Hood, who returns after a lengthy hiatus.

Former "Hoosier Hundred" race winners Levi Jones, Jerry Coons Jr. and Dave Darland and previous Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown race winners Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos and Tracy Hines are also top prospects for victories this week.

Saturday's event in Brownsburg continues a long tradition while starting a new one. Formerly a night-time Midget race, the "Night Before the 500" classic become the "Day Before the 500" this year with Saturday's Silver Crown race starting at 1:15 pm following a 12:15 pm USF2000 race. A Pro Mazda race follows at 2:45 pm.

 

 

CRA'S "SALUTE TO INDY" AT THE PAS SATURDAY

The torrid battle for the 2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car title resumes this Saturday night as Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway salutes the Indianapolis 500 with its annual "Salute to Indy."

The three series point leaders have accounted for victories in the last three "Salute to Indy" feature events. Damion Gardner won last year, Matt Mitchell won in 2013 and Mike Spencer won in 2012.

Spencer, seeking a record sixth series title, holds a six-point lead over defending champ Gardner in the latest standings. Mitchell stands third, thirty behind Gardner entering Saturday's race.

Saturday's feature race is 40 laps around the half-mile dirt oval located east of Los Angeles.

 

 

DARLAND EYES #100 IN 45TH "TONY HULMAN CLASSIC" WEDNESDAY; BACON TAKES GAS CITY 30-LAPPER, HOFFMAN'S 89TH

Wednesday's "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track marks the 45th running of one of America's most traditional motorsports events. Debuting in 1971, the event has been a signature race for USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car participants.

Defending race winner Dave Darland is now USAC's all-time leader in terms of series victories, but another career milestone awaits Wednesday. He has 99 USAC wins in the three National series and a victory Wednesday would put him in select company with A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler and Mel Kenyon as the only drivers ever to reach the century plateau.

Darland led four laps in last Friday's "May Meltdown" at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, but finished third behind winner Brady Bacon and runner-up Thomas Meseraull. That kept Darland third in the latest series point standings entering Terre Haute.

Darland, who also won the "Tony Hulman Classic" in 1993, is expected to be joined Wednesday by former race winners Tracy Hines (2001), Jon Stanbrough (2002 and 2007), Daron Clayton (2006), Jerry Coons Jr. (2010 and 2013) and Chris Windom (2011). Darland, Stanbrough and Coons hope to join Cary Faas and Levi Jones as the only three-time race winners.

Bacon, the defending series champion from Broken Arrow, Okla., led the final 14 laps at Gas City to post the record 89th victory for his car owners, Dynamics, Inc./Hoffman Auto Racing. Meseraull finished second ahead of Darland, Stanbrough and C.J. Leary. Meseraull led the first 12 laps and was pressing Bacon at the finish. Bacon, who also claimed the ProSource fast qualifying award, piloted the Mean Green/Lykins Oil Triple X/Williams Mopar.

Robert Ballou continues to lead the standings and holds a slim two-point lead over Chase Stockon.

 

 

SOUTHWEST INVADES CANYON SATURDAY, SUNDAY;

DAVIS #1 AT QUEEN CREEK; FARIA TAKES TULARE'S "FARIA MEMORIAL"

USAC's Southwest Sprint cars invade Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. this weekend for the 4th Annual "Salute to Indy." Races are scheduled both Saturday and Sunday nights at the one-third mile dirt oval which will be celebrating 30 years this June.

Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. led all the way to win Saturday night's USAC Southwest Sprint feature at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. Matt Rossi took the runner-up spot ahead of Josh Pelkey, R.J. Johnson and Chris Bonneau. Johnson continues to lead the series standings.

USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leader Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. won Saturday night's 30-lap "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial" race at Thunderbowl Raceway. He took the lead from Ryan Bernal on lap 16 and led to the end to beat Bernal, Landon Hurst, Troy Rutherford and Tristan Guardino. Guardino led the first nine laps and Bernal the next six.

The West Coast series returns to action May 30 at Tulare.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 16, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 2. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 3. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 4. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 5. Kenny Johnson (#46 Johnson), 6. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 7. Vince Lucca (#50 Miller), 8. Joe Krawiec (#3 Matczak), 9. Rob Williams (#96 Williams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 2. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 4. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 5. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 6. Chris Donnelly (#17 Donnelly), 7. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 8. David Moniz (#9 Moniz). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Dean Christensen.

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Kenny Johnson, 2. Adam Pierson, 3. Scott Holcomb, 4. Josh Sunn, 5. Vince Lucca, 6. Ray Miller, 7. Jeff Horn, 8. Dean Christensen, 9. Adam Whitney, 10. Kevin Chaffee, 11. David Moniz, 12. Alex Rose, 13. Jeff Champagne, 14. Mike Chaffee. NT

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**Krawiec flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Holcomb, Laps 15-25 Johnson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Sunn-191, 2-Pierson-187, 3-Horn-160, 4-Johnson-154, 5-Christensen-154, 6-Whitney-147, 7-Miller-142, 8-K.Chaffee-139, 9-Lucca-126, 10-Holcomb-124.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: May 30 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 16, 2015 - Lemoore, California - Lemoore Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-11.962; 2. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-11.978; 3. Tom Paterson, 51, Paterson-12.125; 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-12.195; 5. Jet Davison, 59, Davison-12.266; 6. John Gerber, 11E, Elliott-12.298; 7. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-12.306; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Holmes-12.520; 9. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-12.625; 10 Antonia Bosacci, 44, Love-13.058.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Buckley, 2. Jessop, 3. Davison, 4. Paterson, 5. Love IV. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R. Hazelton, 2. A.Hazelton, 3. Dalby, 4. Gerber, 5. Bosacci. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Shawn Buckley, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Ashley Hazelton, 4. Ron Hazelton, 5. Jet Davison, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Jesse Love IV, 8. John Gerber, 9. Antonia Bosacci, 10. Tom Paterson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 A.Hazelton, Laps 8-25 Buckley.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-528, 2-A.Hazelton-419, 3-Dylan Nobile-398, 4-Love IV-391, 5-Annie Breidinger-353, 6-Toni Breidinger-339, 7-Paterson-332, 8-Buckley-294, 9-Davison-223, 10-Dalby-186.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-261, 2-R.Hazelton235, 3-Davison-223, 4-Jessop-203, 5-A.Hazelton-187, 6-Dalby-186, 7-Love IV-184, 8-Paterson-140, 9-Randi Pankratz-129, 10-Bosacci-86.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 30 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 16, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 6. Katerine Aragon (#42 Aragon), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#4 Harland). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Josh Shipley, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Mike Colegrove, 10. Mike Bonneau, 11. Shon Deskins, 12. Brian Hosford, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Bruce St. James, 17. Rick Shuman, 18. Koty McGullam, 19. Tom Ogle, 20. Andy Reinbold. NT

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**Reinbold flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: May 23 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute To Indy”

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 16, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.053; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.076; 3. Matt Mitchell, 57, Hix-16.121; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.144; 5. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.170; 6. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.249; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.362; 8. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.369; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.423; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.427; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.703; 12. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.892; 13. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.905; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.936; 15. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-17.180; 16. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.855; 17. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-21.387; 18. Johnathon Henry, 17, Shanoian-NT; 19. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sibley, 2. Rutherford, 3. Marcham, 4. Majors, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Liggett. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Bernal, 3. Kaeding, 4. Hurst, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Richardson. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Guardino, 3. Mitchell, 4. Ennis, 5. McQueen, 6. Henry. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Landon Hurst, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. Tristan Guardino, 6. D.J.Johnson, 7. Matt Mitchell, 8. Jeff Sibley, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Cody Majors, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Shannon McQueen, 13. Bud Kaeding, 14. Jim Richardson, 15. Johnathon Henry, 16. Trey Marcham, 17. Chris Ennis. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Guardino, Laps 10-15 Bernal, Laps 16-30 Faria.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: May 30 - Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 15, 2015 - Visalia, California - Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park.

QUALIFYING: 1. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-11.981; 2. David Prickett, 11E, Elliott-12.277; 3. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-12.315; 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-12.354; 5. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-12.403; 6. Robert Dalby, 4D, Holmes-12.553; 7. Jet Davison, 59, Davison-12.642; 8. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-12.697; 9. Antonia Bosacci, 44, Love-13.458; 10. Tom Paterson, 51, Paterson-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Hazelton, 2. Dalby, 3. Buckley, 4. Love IV, 5. R.Hazelton. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. Prickett, 3. Paterson, 4. Davison, 5. Bosacci. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. David Prickett, 2. Shawn Buckley, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Ron Hazelton, 5. Tom Paterson, 6. Jesse Love IV, 7. Antonia Bosacci, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Jet Davison, 10. Ashley Hazelton. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Jessop, Laps 4-25 Prickett.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-464, 2-Dylan,398, 3-A.Hazelton-355, 4-Annie Breidinger-353, 5-Love IV-345, 6-Toni Breidinger-339, 7-Paterson-290, 8-Buckley-220, 9-R.Hazelton-218, 10-Davison-167.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-187, 2-R.Hazelton-171, 3-Davison-167, 4-Jessop-139, 5-Love IV-138, 6-Dalby-135, 7-Randi Pankratz-129, 8-A.Hazelton-123, 9-Paterson-98, 10-Prickett-72.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 16 - Lemoore (CA) Raceway

 

 

Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma won Friday night's AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car feature at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway.

Gas City, Indiana...Brady Bacon held on in a frenetic 30-lapper Friday at Gas City I-69 Speedway, edging past a last-lap Thomas Meseraull slidejob through the final set of corners to take his third AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season.

Meseraull cut under fellow front-row starter Jon Stanbrough off turn-two to take the opening lead, as most of the field stuck to the bottom half of the quarter-mile. Dave Darland was on the move early, as he ducked past Stanbrough for the second spot on lap four.

A large lead for Meseraull was erased on lap eight with a caution for Kyle Robbins, and put Darland right on his tailtank. Darland finally cut the bottom underneath Meseraull for the lead on lap 13, but by that time Bacon had jumped to the top while C.J. Leary was running the high side from 16th into the top-ten.

Just as Bacon took the third spot, the caution flew just short of halfway. Darland decided to head to the high side on the restart, but Bacon was strong and looked underneath off turn-two for the lead on lap 17. He completed the pass on the other end and tried to separate himself from the pack.

Traffic was thick in front of Bacon, and Darland reeled him back in with less than ten laps to go. As Darland tried to scoot low, Meseraull stuck to the high side and squeezed past Darland off turn-two on lap 26 to retake the second spot. He ran down Bacon in the closing laps and drew to his back bumper as the duo took the white flag.

Bacon bobbled a bit into turn-three on the final set of corners as Meseraull tried the bottom, but it was Bacon with the momentum to win the race to the line by .403-seconds for his 11th career victory in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"I saw Thomas (Meseraull) at the end, and that got me a little nervous knowing he could get a decent run off the bottom, but we got a good enough run and got some good momentum back after a tough weekend at Eldora. We've had good cars, and tonight it was time to make something happen and take a chance up top. I couldn't get clear of that traffic for like four laps, and I had to try to putt around the bottom to clear them, which almost cost me the lead. I got back to the top and tried to keep my momentum up over the last few laps," said Bacon, who also set his fourth ProSource "Fast Time" of the year earlier in the night.

Meseraull completed an impressive performance for his best career finish in the second-spot aboard the Keen's Body Shop - Spirit Transport #18x DRC/Claxton.

"I just kept thinking 'I've got a shot at this. I probably should have tried to slide him into one, but I thought I'd wait for three. Brady is one of the best and moved down just enough to slide across three and hold me off. That's as close as I've ever gotten to winning a USAC show, and that's the goal for us. It was an awesome race, and I'm so happy to see Gas City this way. Racing up front with those guys, it's eat or be eaten and so much fun," Meseraull said.

Darland rounded out the top-three in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"I knew the top was looking good as the race went on, and I went up there after the mid-race restart, but I wasn't quite aggressive enough. We tried to get him back in traffic, but we just weren't in the right spot at the right time and ended up giving a spot back. We still got out of here with a third-place run, and the track was great and allowed us to race hard for the win tonight, so thanks to the O'Connors," Darland said.

Stanbrough held on for the fourth spot in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D, and Leary finished his drive from 16th by taking the fifth spot in the Leary Construction Company - Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 15, 2015 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.855; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-11.900; 3. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.987; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.018; 5. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-12.037; 6. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-12.093; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-12.132; 8. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.147; 9. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.162; 10. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-12.173; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-12.312; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-12.312; 13. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-12.318; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10E, Edison-12.333; 15. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-12.348; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.426; 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-12.444; 18. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-12.465; 19. Conner Donelson, 42, Donelson-12.530; 20. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-12.595; 21. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-12.603; 22. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-12.604; 23. Frank Flud, 41, SST-12.618; 24. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-12.688; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.734; 26. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.140; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.270; 28. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-14.349.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Cottle, 3. Bacon, 4. Stanbrough, 5. McGhee, 6. Gass, 7. Goodnight. 2:04.78

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Robbins, 3. Jarrett, 4. Coons, 5. Shuman, 6. Hines, 7. Ketcham. 2:06.17

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Farney, 3. Darland, 4. Meseraull, 5. Donelson, 6. Flud, 7. Bell. 2:03.84

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Ballou, 3. Spencer, 4. Leary, 5. Grant, 6. Gurley, 7. Hanft. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Hines, 3. Shuman, 4. McGhee, 5. Goodnight, 6. Donelson, 7. Flud, 8. Gass, 9. Gurley, 10. Ketcham, 11. Bell, 12. Hanft. 2:29.95

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Justin Grant, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Landon Simon, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Matt Goodnight, 21. Josh Spencer, 22. Conner Donelson. NT ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Meseraull, Laps 13-16 Darland, Laps 17-30 Bacon.

 

 

TULARE HOSTS CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

MAY 13, 2015... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action this Saturday, May 16th, at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” will also showcase the winged King of the West and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is one of the most prestigious dates on the USAC West Coast schedule. While this year’s event marks the twenty-second running of the race for winged sprints, Peter Murphy won the non-winged 360 memorial in 2009. The popular driver has been joined by Craig Stidham, Bud Kaeding, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Bernal on the winner’s list.

Since March 2010, twenty-four USAC West Coast Sprint Car races have been held at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with nine wins and set the new 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.133 on March 13th. Bud Kaeding (5), Richard Vander Weerd (3), Kyle Larson (2), Craig Stidham (2), Dean Alexander (1), Dennis Howell (1), and Peter Murphy (1) have also earned Tulare victories. Saturday’s event will be the third of six dates at the lightning fast 1/3-mile, as Kaeding raced to victory on March 13th and Bernal won the following night.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

After finishing third at Santa Maria on April 11th, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California sits atop the standings with a 43-point lead. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria has one high point driver award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. “Hollywood” will be looking to gain valuable points at Tulare with his seventh career West Coast victory.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal is second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Tri-L Mandarin Ranch / Core Power ART, Bernal has five main event wins on the season. In addition, the two-time Santa Maria track champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high-point driver awards, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led. At Tulare, Ryan will have his sights on his series leading twenty-sixth career win.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California is third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd took seventh in the Santa Maria feature. To date, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and six top-10 finishes on the season. Jace will be looking to claim the “Faria Memorial” as his fifth career series triumph.

Fresh off Saturday’s USAC/CRA “All Coast Challenge” win at Ventura, Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd sits fourth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd won the April 11th Santa Maria feature. Entering Saturday’s race, the 2011 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led. This Saturday, Richard will have his sights on winning his seventeenth career West Coast main event.

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is fifth in the championship point chase. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham placed fifth at Santa Maria. As this writing goes to press, the leading Rookie of the Year contender has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. Trey continues to impress as he looks for his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory.

While Marcham leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, and Shannon McQueen, and Colton Slack are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are D.J. Johnson, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Austin Liggett, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, Brody Roa, Max Adams, Johnathon Henry, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Matt Day, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $20 and General Admission Seats are $18. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

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

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING 360 WINNERS: 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Ryan Bernal.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-363, 2. Ryan Bernal-320, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-307, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-295, 5. Trey Marcham-270, 6. D.J. Johnson-266, 7. Landon Hurst-260, 8. Tristan Guardino-186, 9. Austin Liggett-175, 10. Jeff Sibley-70, 11. Colby Copeland-166, 12. Kevin Barnes-141, 13. Brody Roa-125, 14. Bud Kaeding-122, 15. Tye Mihocko-99, 16. Shannon McQueen-92, 17. Max Adams-91, 18. Troy Rutherford-87, 19. Jonathan Henry-78, 20. Chris Ennis-73.

 

 

USAC CHAMPS HOOD, TYLER RETURN FOR THE "HOOSIER HUNDRED"

Two of USAC's greatest champions, Rickey Hood of Phoenix, Ariz. and Brian Tyler of Mount Pleasant, N.C., will make their return to the USAC Silver Crown Championship Series to compete in next week's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Round two of the 2015 championship is scheduled Thursday night, May 21, and this year's expanded field provides a true challenge for Hood and Tyler. Tyler's last Silver Crown start came in the 2013 "Tony Bettenhausen 100" in Springfield, Ill. while 19 years have passed since Hood's last appearance, also at Springfield, in 1996.

Tyler, USAC's 1996 and 1997 National Sprint Car Champion, has more Silver Crown victories (17) than anybody with the exception of all-time series leader Jack Hewitt (23). Hood recorded seven Silver Crown victories during his 15-year career. Tyler also leads the all-time list of Silver Crown drivers with 187 career starts.

Hood won his first Silver Crown start, at the Indiana mile in 1982. Tyler, whose initial series start came in 1990, is still seeking his first victory at the Indianapolis track despite winning four times at the Springfield, Ill. mile and once on the Magic Mile at DuQuoin, Ill.

Hood won USAC's 1984 and 1985 Sprint crowns and added the 1985 Silver Crown title.

"I always had fun in the Silver Crown cars," he says. "Actually, I was subbing for Doug Wolfgang in that 1982 debut and that win was one of the most satisfying of my career."

Rickey, who competed in selected Arizona Sprint races in 2014, will pilot the Plastic Express/Jarvis Enterprises Beast/Chevy for car owner Galen Fox, who is no stranger to victory lane at the Indy mile. Now working daily at the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum and Motorsports Hall of Fame in Phoenix, Hood adds: "Galen (Fox) and I put this deal together and I'm really looking forward to it."

Tyler, who runs a fabrication and maintenance shop at his 30-acre North Carolina spread and services all types of farm vehicles, has always enjoyed the challenge of Silver Crown racing.

"The long races and the strategy needed to win have always intrigued me," he says. "I've run well at Indy, but it seems like something always happens late in the race there that puts me on the sidelines. Hopefully we can change all that this time around."

Tyler's car owner next Thursday also returns after a series hiatus. Californian Ray "Junior" Kurtz will field Tyler's Club 164 Beast/Chevy. Race fans will fondly remember the Kurtz entries driven to numerous Silver Crown victories by Chuck Gurney. Last year, Kurtz assisted Shane Cockrum in his victory at DuQuoin.

"I'm looking forward to working with Junior and Bill Simpson and hope we can finally land that elusive Indy win," adds Tyler.

Drivers will continue to chase Johnny Parsons' 20-year-old track qualifying record of 114.726 mph. when qualifying opens for the May 21 event. Kenny Jacobs established the existing 100-mile race record of 106.977 mph. in 1987.

The race is the first of two for the USAC Silver Crown cars next week. The "Day Before the 500" Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis will sport a 1:15 pm Silver Crown green flag.

 

 

Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

VANDER WEERD WINS DRAMATIC $5,000 ALL COAST CHALLENGE AT VENTURA

By Lance Jennings

VENTURA, CA – MAY 11, 2015... In one of the closest finishes in Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car history, Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California emerged victorious at Ventura Raceway. Besting Matt Mitchell in a photo finish, Vander Weerd’s 40-lap, $5,000 “All Coast Challenge” triumph was his third win of the campaign. Mitchell, Austin Williams, Brody Roa, and Ronnie Gardner chased Richard to the checkered flags.

After a near three year layoff, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan led the first 35-laps before contact with another car ended his night. Mitchell took command and while most competitors were content to run the low line, Vander Weerd made his charge from sixth on the outside groove. Vander Weerd was able to pressure the leader and with the checkered flag waving, Mitchell switched to the top. Vander Weerd crossed over to the bottom in the last corner and it was a drag race to the finish line. Vander Weerd surged past Mitchell by the narrowest of margins to claim the victory in front of the large crowd.

Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd began his night by earning the special $500 Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. After out-qualifying the other 49 racers in the pit area, the former USAC West Coast Champion scored fourth in his 10-lap heat race. Leaving Ventura with his fourth career USAC/CRA win, Vander Weerd has climbed to fourth in points with two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 71 feature laps led to his credit.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell had to settle for second in the All Coast Challenge. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell was fifth quick in time trials, ran third in his heat race, and led four laps of the main event. Heading to the May 23rd Salute to Indy at Perris, the defending USAC West Coast Champion is third in points with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California placed third in the 40-lap main event. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified twelfth overall and scored third in his heat race. The former rookie of the year left the Ventura County Fairgrounds ranked fifth in the point standings with four top-10 finishes on the season.

Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa had a solid night and claimed fourth in the All Coast Challenge. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was second fast in time trials and took third in his heat race. The former Wagsdash Champion is seventh in championship points with four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, California charged from ninth to finish fifth at Ventura Raceway. Racing his #93 Esslinger Engineering / Six8 Motorsports Sled, Gardner qualified seventh overall, placed seventh in his heat race, and was third in the semi-main. The 2-time defending USAC Western Midget Champion is currently twelfth in USAC/CRA points with two top-10 finishes on the year.

After using a provisional, Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson earned Jimbo McCoskey’s $500 DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from twenty-fourth. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, Swanson was twentieth quick in time trials and placed eighth in his heat race. The former rookie of the year is sixth in points with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and five top-10 finishes.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified twenty-first overall and charged to seventh in the main event from seventeenth. The five-time champion has reclaimed the point lead with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

Torrance, California’s “Super” Rickie Gaunt drove to victory in the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing David Miller’s #66 Tom Roberts Designs / Barnes Systems Eagle, Gaunt was fourteenth fast in time trials and scored twenty-first in the main event after an early exit. In limited action, the former SCRA Champion is currently seventeenth in points with one top-10 finish.

Making his first USAC/CRA start of 2015, Jimmy Crawford of Ventura, California won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Piloting his #51 Twister X / Steve Gresham Racing Engines Triple X, Crawford qualified twenty-third overall and placed twenty-fourth in the main event.

Simi Valley, California’s Tom Hendricks claimed victory in the 10-lap Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Pyrotect Racing Cells Heat Race #4. Driving his #14 Snap-On Tools / Cory Kruseman Sprint Car & Midget Driving School Viper, Hendricks was twenty-fourth quick in time trials and took sixteenth in the feature. In limited appearances, Tom is twenty-ninth on the point standings.

Trent Williams of Victorville, California made his first USAC/CRA start of the year and won the 8-lap Ultra Shield Race Products C-Main. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92M Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Buckley with 360 power, Williams qualified thirty-eighth overall and took nineteenth in the semi-main.

Ventura, California’s Greg Taylor grabbed the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main victory. Racing his 360 powered #7T Westco International Consulting / Clark Engineering Maxim, Taylor was fourth quick in time trials, ran sixth in his heat race, and placed sixth in the feature.

On Saturday, May 23rd, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the 40-lap “Salute to Indy.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 9, 2015 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “All Coast Challenge”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-12.351; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.439; 3. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-12.451; 4. Greg Taylor, 7T, Taylor-12.580; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-12.632; 6. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-12.652; 7. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-12.663; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.715; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 73, Ford-12.743; 10. Danny Sheridan, 9. McDonald-12.758; 11. Chris Wakim, 81M, Watt-12.813; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.824; 13. Mike Colegrove, 17, Colegrove-12.902; 14. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-12.936; 15. Johnathon Henry, 47, Gansen-12.947; 16. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-12.980; 17. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-13.012; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.026; 19. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-13.039; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.064; 21. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.074; 22. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-13.079; 23. Jimmy Crawford, 51, Crawford-13.110; 24. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-13.189; 25. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.213; 26. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.228; 27. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.242; 28. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.251; 29. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-13.359; 30. Kyle Smith, 55X, Smith-13.461; 31. David Taylor, 74, Taylor-13.482; 32. Hobie Conway, 2K, Kruseman-13.492; 33. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-13.529; 34. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-13.547; 35. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.569; 36. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-13.594; 37. R.J. Johnson, 91, Ferro-13.599; 38. Trent Williams, 92M, Sertich-13.639; 39. Ron Bach, 49, Bach-13.649; 40. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.721; 41. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-13.807; 42. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.831; 43. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-13.852; 44. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.898; 45. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.050; 46. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.057; 47. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinoza-14.086; 48. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.271; 49. Cal Smith, 39, Cal Sun-14.490; 50. Mike Trottochau, 16, Trottochau-16.206.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Rutherford, 3. Mitchell, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Colegrove, 6. Johnson, 7. Deskins, 8. Schuerenberg, 9. Bezio, 10. Boles. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Sheridan, 3. Roa, 4. Pelkey, 5. T.Williams, 6. Douglass, 7. K.Smith, 8. Woodward, 9. Gansen, 10. Kruseman. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Crawford, 2. Guardino, 3. Henry, 4. Faas, 5. D.Gardner, 6. D.Taylor, 7. Wakim, 8. Bach, 9. R.Gardner, 10. C.Williams. NT

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR / PYROTECT RACING CELLS HEAT RACE #4: (10 laps) 1. Hendricks, 2. Bernal, 3. A.Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Colston, 6. G.Taylor, 7. J.VanderWeerd. 8. Swanson, 9. Conway, 10. L.Williams. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. T.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Conway, 4. D.Taylor, 5. Majors, 6. Bender, 7. Sampson, 8. Bach, 9. Bezio, 10. Trottachau, 11. L.Williams, 12. Everhart, 13. Edwards, 14. C.Smith, 15. Ellertson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps) 1. G.Taylor, 2. Kruseman, 3. R.Gardner, 4. Colegrove, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Wakim, 8. Boles, 9. Woodward, 10. Douglass, 11. C.Williams, 12. K.Smith, 13. Johnson, 14. Gansen, 15. Deskins, 16. D.Taylor, 17. Conway, 18. Colston, 19. T.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 2. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 3. Austin Williams (1st), 4. Brody Roa (5th), 5. Ronnie Gardner (9th), 6. Greg Taylor (7th), 7. Mike Spencer (17th), 8. Jake Swanson (24th), 9. Troy Rutherford (20th), 10. Damion Gardner (23rd), 11. Cory Kruseman (8th), 12. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 13. Tristan Guardino (16th), 14. Mike Colegrove (12th), 15. Johnathon Henry (14th), 16. Tom Hendricks (19th), 17. Danny Sheridan (2nd), 18. Josh Pelkey (21st), 19. Ryan Bernal (15th), 20. Hunter Schuerenberg (11th), 21. Rickie Gaunt (13th), 22. Danny Faria Jr. (22nd), 23. Nic Faas (4th), 24. Jimmy Crawford (18th). NT ------------------------------------ **Gansen flipped during the second heat. C.Williams flipped during the third heat. Everhart flipped during the C-Main. Faas and Bernal flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Sheridan, Laps 36-39 Mitchell, Lap 40 R.Vander Weerd, DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (24th to 8th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-371, 2. Damion Gardner-365, 3. Matt Mitchell-335, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-297, 5. Austin Williams-293, 6. Jake Swanson-272, 7. Brody Roa-208, 8. Cody Williams-179, 9. Logan Williams-148, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-138, 11. Brady Bacon-136, 12. R.J. Johnson-115, ---. Parker Colston-115, --.David Bezio-115, 16. Dave Darland-110, 17. Rickie Gaunt-93, 18. Mike Martin-92, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-88, 20. Josh Hodges-83.

 

 

NEW TIMETABLE GREETS INDY'S "DAY BEFORE THE 500" CLASSIC;

USAC SILVER CROWN JOINS USF2000 AND PRO MAZDA

The 2015 "Day Before the 500" will sport a new look and feel this year as Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, located in nearby Brownsburg, Ind., hosts one of America's most traditional motorsports events May 23.

The USAC Silver Crown cars will make their debut in the event, which switches to day-time this year, with practice beginning at 8 am. The Cooper Tires USF2000 and Pro Mazda series return for the three-tiered program. The USF2000 feature is slated at 12:15 pm, followed by the Silver Crown 100-lapper at 1:15 and the Pro Mazda finale at 2:45.

The timetable change allows for race fans to experience more of the buildup to the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, scheduled May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The myriad of motorsports-related events has necessitated the changes but this new timetable should create a spectacular opportunity for race fans to absorb as much of the Indiana racing experience as possible.

The event, previously titled "Night Before the 500," has roots beginning in 1946 when Leroy Warriner and Benny Emerick swept to victory in Midget feature events at the 16th Street Speedway, which no longer exists.

Spanning the next 69 years, the race travelled from Indianapolis to Kokomo, Ind. (1959-1961), back to Indianapolis at the Speedrome (1962-1964), back to Kokomo (1965-1968), then to Indianapolis Raceway Park (1969-1971), the Indiana State Fairgrounds (1972-1973), IRP (1974-1978) and the Speedrome (1979) before returning to IRP in 1980. It has been held every year since at the speed plant which now calls Brownsburg home.

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. won the 2012 and 2014 USAC runnings which incorporated the Midgets. He is expected to return for the May 23 Silver Crown race, along with former "Night Before the 500" champions Bobby Santos and Tanner Swanson.

The race concludes a busy four-day USAC slate which opens with Wednesday night's 45th "Tony Hulman Classic" AMSOIL Sprint race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and continues with Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" Silver Crown race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Practice at Terre Haute starts at 6 pm and practice at the State Fairgrounds begins at 5.

 

 

ELECTRICITY IN THE AIR AT IMS WEDNESDAY

AS USAC PRESENTS THE PURDUE evGRANDPRIX

The innovative International Intercollegiate evGrandPrix unfolds this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the result of a joint venture with USAC and Purdue University as the event enters its fifth year.

Featuring electric-powered go-karts, the event annually includes vehicles constructed by colleges around the world competing in an educational contest during the month of May. Tech inspection today (Monday) will be followed by practice, qualifying and heat races on Tuesday. Wednesday's timetable begins with a preview at 10 am, followed by the driver's meeting at 11. The green flag for the 50-lap race on a specially constructed track located behind the Tower Suites will drop at 12:15 pm. An awards ceremony follows at 2:15.

The development of the go-karts with intentions to compete at IMS is fueled by individual ingenuity as well as driven by on-track testing and competition.

"USAC is excited about this partnership with Purdue," says USAC CEO Kevin Miller. "Obviously motorsports takes many forms and karting has produced many of our champions through the years. We are excited about what we can offer in terms of on-site assistance and media coverage for this event."

Prof. Jim Caruthers, Skidmore Prof. of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University is the academic lead for the evGrandPrix. Caruthers says, "The evGrandPrix has provided the opportunity for college students at Purdue as well as students at other colleges and universities across Indiana, the nation and the world to participate in the technology and excitement of motorsports. However, the most important feature of the evGrandPrix is that it provides an exciting, hands-on engineering design project that complements the material that students learn in their lecture classes."

The evGrandPrix was initiated as part of a multi-institution grant from the United States Department of Energy led by Purdue University in partnership with University of Notre Dame,University of Indianapolis,Ivy Tech Community College,Purdue University Calumet, andIndiana University Northwest.United States Department of Energy. This grant was awarded to create The Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium (I-AEVtec). The goal of this consortium is to educate and train the workforce needed to design, manufacture, and maintain advancedelectric vehiclesand the associated infrastructure. This goal includes creating online courses related to batteries, fuel cells, motors, controls, electric vehicles, and environmental impact. As part of this grant, Purdue created an event called the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix as a vehicle to provide students a hands-on experience to demonstrate their classroom knowledge - an event that is fun and gets their competitive juices flowing. The grant was part of the grants announced byPresident Obamaat a speech inElkhart, Indianain August 2009.

The Electric Vehicle Grand Prix is an event that allows students to get real experience with electric vehicles. The first evGrandPrix was held on April 18, 2010 at the Purdue Grand Prix go-kart track. Students joined a team either through a gp-kart build class or a student-organized team. Each team builds a battery-powered electric go-kart and races it in the event. Scoring is based upon a combination of race placement, engineering design, energy efficiency and community outreach. The 2010 race consisted of 80 laps and a batterychange. In 2011, a second event took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where teams began competing in the International evGrandPrix. In the 2013 International evGrandPrix, the event was split up into two races that allowed for different levels of competition.

Currently at Purdue, there are three classes being offered that relate directly to electric vehicles and the planning for a major event like the evGrandPrix - courses that cross multiple disciplines. They include "Introduction to Motorsports", "Electric Vehicle Technology" and "Event Planning."

 

 

WESTERN HPDs VISIT VISALIA & LEMOOORE

THIS WEEKEND

USAC's Western HPD Midget series resumes this weekend with races at Visalia and Lemoore, Calif.

Cody Jessop is the overall Western HPD leader and has a two-point lead over Dylan Nobile while Randi Pankratz has a three-point lead over Jet Davison in the Western Dirt standings entering Friday night's race at Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park in Visalia. Saturday night's race is at Lemoore Raceway.

Defending USAC Western HPD Champion Shawn Buckley and Davey Key were winners in 2014 races at Lemoore, while Sean Elliott and Ashley Hazelton scored a pair of Visalia wins last year. Sean Watts also scored a 2014 win at Visalia.

 

 

JOHNSON GOES FOR 5 AT QUEEN CREEK SATURDAY;

WEST COAST "CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL" SPRINTS AT TULARE

R.J. Johnson goes for an unprecedented fifth consecutive USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series victory this Saturday when the series visits Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz.

Johnson now has 24 series wins to his credit, including an April 18 win at Queen Creek. He also won three times at Arizona Speedway in 2013.

Charles Davis Jr. trails Johnson by 58 points in the most recent standings. He has "top-10" finishes in all five races conducted so far this year.

Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. hosts Saturday night's "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial" USAC West Coast Sprint car event where former champion Danny Faria, Jr. holds a 43-point lead over Ryan Bernal.

Five of Bernal's 22 career West Coast wins have come this year, including a March 14 victory at Tulare. UPCOMING EVENT INFO

DATE: Saturday, May 16, 2015

SERIES: USAC Southwest Sprint Cars

TRACK: Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona) - 1/3 Mile, High-Banked Dirt Oval

EVENT: Central Arizona College Student Night featuring the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars, X-Mods, Mod-Lites & Bombers

TRACK ADDRESS: 47346 N Ironwood Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

TRACK PHONE: (480) 926-6688

TRACK WEBSITE: www.arizonaspeedway.net

TICKETS: Grandstands: Adults $15 Seniors $12 Kids (7-12) $5 Kids 6 and under FREE!

Pit Passes:

Adults $30

Kids (7-12) $15

Kids (6 & Under) FREE!

Camping and Parking always FREE night of show!!!!!

 

 

GAS CITY (Friday) & TERRE HAUTE (May 20) UP NEXT;

BALLOU, GRANT STAR IN HISTORIC ELDORA WEEKEND

Robert Ballou of Rocklin, Calif. vaulted into a two-point lead over Chase Stockon in the new AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car standings after winning Friday night's 30-lap feature at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and taking fifth in Saturday night's "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" 30-lapper.

The series resumes this Saturday at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway before visiting the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track May 20 for the 45th "Tony Hulman Classic."

Ballou and his MPHG Promotions/Blakesley's Auto Maxim/Ott were unbeatable in leading all 30 laps Friday in the first appearance of the AMSOIL National Sprint cars in "doubleheader" conjunction with the World of Outlaws. The two-night event at Eldora was billed the "Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends" and it lived up to its advance billing with spectacular racing.

Jon Stanbrough finished second in Friday's race ahead of C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull and Tracy Hines as Stockon finished 10th.

Saturday's 30-lapper produced a dramatic finish as Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. caught Leary on the final lap for the victory in his Dick's Paint & Body/Knupp's Tire and Muffler DRC/Claxton Chevy. Leary, who continues to seek his first career series win, finished second ahead of Hines, Aaron Farney and Ballou. Leary had paced the first 29 circuits before Grant's last-lap pass.

Stockon earned ProSource Fast Qualifier awards both nights at the half-mile dirt oval.

 

 

CRA'S "SALUTE TO INDY" MAY 23 AT PERRIS;

VANDER WEERD WINS VENTURA'S

"ALL COAST CHALLENGE"

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif. passed Matt Mitchell coming off turn four on the final lap to win Saturday night's "All Coast Challenge" AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. (Scott Sheldon Photo)

Mike Spencer is back atop the standings in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car series and takes a six-point lead over defending series champion Damion Gardner into the May 23 "Salute to Indy" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Spencer, a five-time champion, finished seventh in Saturday night's 40-lap "All Coast Challenge" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway while Gardner finished 10th.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif. passed Matt Mitchell coming off turn four on the final lap to win at Ventura. Vander Weerd piloted his Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim Shark to the win in the event which drew 50 cars and drivers!

Vander Weerd was also the fastest qualifier. Mitchell finished second ahead of Austin Williams, Brody Roa and Ronnie Gardner. Danny Sheridan led the first 35 laps before Mitchell led 36-39 and Vander Weerd led the last lap.

Spencer is seeking a record sixth USAC/CRA title after sweeping championships from 2008-2012.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 9, 2015 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - "All Coast Challenge"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-12.351; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.439; 3. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-12.451; 4. Greg Taylor, 7T, Taylor-12.580; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-12.632; 6. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-12.652; 7. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-12.663; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.715; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 73, Ford-12.743; 10. Danny Sheridan, 9. McDonald-12.758; 11. Chris Wakim, 81M, Watt-12.813; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.824; 13. Mike Colegrove, 17, Colegrove-12.902; 14. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-12.936; 15. Johnathon Henry, 47, Gansen-12.947; 16. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-12.980; 17. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-13.012; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.026; 19. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-13.039; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.064; 21. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.074; 22. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-13.079; 23. Jimmy Crawford, 51, Crawford-13.110; 24. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-13.189; 25. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.213; 26. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.228; 27. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.242; 28. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.251; 29. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-13.359; 30. Kyle Smith, 55X, Smith-13.461; 31. David Taylor, 74, Taylor-13.482; 32. Hobie Conway, 2K, Kruseman-13.492; 33. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-13.529; 34. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-13.547; 35. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.569; 36. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-13.594; 37. R.J. Johnson, 91, Ferro-13.599; 38. Trent Williams, 92M, Sertich-13.639; 39. Ron Bach, 49, Bach-13.649; 40. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.721; 41. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-13.807; 42. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.831; 43. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-13.852; 44. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.898; 45. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.050; 46. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.057; 47. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinoza-14.086; 48. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.271; 49. Cal Smith, 39, Cal Sun-14.490; 50. Mike Trottochau, 16, Trottochau-16.206.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Rutherford, 3. Mitchell, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Colegrove, 6. Johnson, 7. Deskins, 8. Schuerenberg, 9. Bezio, 10. Boles. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Sheridan, 3. Roa, 4. Pelkey, 5. T.Williams, 6. Douglass, 7. K.Smith, 8. Woodward, 9. Gansen, 10. Kruseman. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Crawford, 2. Guardino, 3. Henry, 4. Faas, 5. D.Gardner, 6. D.Taylor, 7. Wakim, 8. Bach, 9. R.Gardner, 10. C.Williams. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hendricks, 2. Bernal, 3. A.Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Colston, 6. G.Taylor, 7. J.VanderWeerd. 8. Swanson, 9. Conway, 10. L.Williams. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. T.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Conway, 4. D.Taylor, 5. Majors, 6. Bender, 7. Sampson, 8. Bach, 9. Bezio, 10. Trottachau, 11. L.Williams, 12. Everhart, 13. Edwards, 14. C.Smith, 15. Ellertson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. G.Taylor, 2. Kruseman, 3. R.Gardner, 4. Colegrove, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Wakim, 8. Boles, 9. Woodward, 10. Douglass, 11. C.Williams, 12. K.Smith, 13. Johnson, 14. Gansen, 15. Deskins, 16. D.Taylor, 17. Conway, 18. Colston, 19. T.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Greg Taylor, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Cory Kruseman, 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 13. Tristan Guardino, 14. Mike Colegrove, 15. Johnathon Henry, 16. Tom Hendricks, 17. Danny Sheridan, 18. Josh Pelkey, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Rickie Gaunt, 22. Danny Faria Jr., 23. Nic Faas, 24. Jimmy Crawford. NT

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**Gansen flipped during the second heat. C.Williams flipped during the third heat. Everhart flipped during the C-Main. Faas and Bernal flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Sheridan, Laps 36-39 Mitchell, Lap 40 R.Vander Weerd.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 9, 2015 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “All Coast Challenge”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-12.351; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.439; 3. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-12.451; 4. Greg Taylor, 7T, Taylor-12.580; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-12.632; 6. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-12.652; 7. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-12.663; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.715; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 73, Ford-12.743; 10. Danny Sheridan, 9. McDonald-12.758; 11. Chris Wakim, 81M, Watt-12.813; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.824; 13. Mike Colegrove, 17, Colegrove-12.902; 14. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-12.936; 15. Johnathon Henry, 47, Gansen-12.947; 16. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-12.980; 17. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-13.012; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.026; 19. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-13.039; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.064; 21. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.074; 22. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-13.079; 23. Jimmy Crawford, 51, Crawford-13.110; 24. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-13.189; 25. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.213; 26. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.228; 27. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.242; 28. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.251; 29. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-13.359; 30. Kyle Smith, 55X, Smith-13.461; 31. David Taylor, 74, Taylor-13.482; 32. Hobie Conway, 2K, Kruseman-13.492; 33. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-13.529; 34. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-13.547; 35. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.569; 36. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-13.594; 37. R.J. Johnson, 91, Ferro-13.599; 38. Trent Williams, 92M, Sertich-13.639; 39. Ron Bach, 49, Bach-13.649; 40. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.721; 41. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-13.807; 42. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.831; 43. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-13.852; 44. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.898; 45. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.050; 46. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.057; 47. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinoza-14.086; 48. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.271; 49. Cal Smith, 39, Cal Sun-14.490; 50. Mike Trottochau, 16, Trottochau-16.206.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Rutherford, 3. Mitchell, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Colegrove, 6. Johnson, 7. Deskins, 8. Schuerenberg, 9. Bezio, 10. Boles. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Sheridan, 3. Roa, 4. Pelkey, 5. T.Williams, 6. Douglass, 7. K.Smith, 8. Woodward, 9. Gansen, 10. Kruseman. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Crawford, 2. Guardino, 3. Henry, 4. Faas, 5. D.Gardner, 6. D.Taylor, 7. Wakim, 8. Bach, 9. R.Gardner, 10. C.Williams. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hendricks, 2. Bernal, 3. A.Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Colston, 6. G.Taylor, 7. J.VanderWeerd. 8. Swanson, 9. Conway, 10. L.Williams. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. T.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Conway, 4. D.Taylor, 5. Majors, 6. Bender, 7. Sampson, 8. Bach, 9. Bezio, 10. Trottachau, 11. L.Williams, 12. Everhart, 13. Edwards, 14. C.Smith, 15. Ellertson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. G.Taylor, 2. Kruseman, 3. R.Gardner, 4. Colegrove, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Wakim, 8. Boles, 9. Woodward, 10. Douglass, 11. C.Williams, 12. K.Smith, 13. Johnson, 14. Gansen, 15. Deskins, 16. D.Taylor, 17. Conway, 18. Colston, 19. T.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Greg Taylor, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Cory Kruseman, 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 13. Tristan Guardino, 14. Mike Colegrove, 15. Johnathon Henry, 16. Tom Hendricks, 17. Danny Sheridan, 18. Josh Pelkey, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Rickie Gaunt, 22. Danny Faria Jr., 23. Nic Faas, 24. Jimmy Crawford. NT

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**Gansen flipped during the second heat. C.Williams flipped during the third heat. Everhart flipped during the C-Main. Faas and Bernal flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Sheridan, Laps 36-39 Mitchell, Lap 40 R.Vander Weerd,

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: May 23 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Salute To Indy”

 

 

GRANT DENIES LEARY IN MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND THRILLER AT ELDORA

TeeJay Crawford Photo

Rossburg, Ohio...Justin Grant threw a slidejob into turn-one on the final lap of Saturday night's 30-lap "Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends" finale for the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars to deny C.J. Leary his first-career win, picking up a thrilling victory to cap a busy weekend at Eldora Speedway. The Ione, California driver used a lapped car as a pick just past the white flag and came up in front of Leary, navigating the final half-lap to pick up his first win of the season.

Leary got the jump from the pole over Grant, and those two set off on a one-on-one duel through traffic for the entire green-to-checker distance. Behind them, Tracy Hines quickly moved to third as Robert Ballou came from seventh to assault rookie Aaron Farney for the fourth spot.

Chase Stockon, who set ProSource "Fast Time" for the second-straight night, was the man on the move early, coming from tenth into the top-five on lap nine with huge slide-jobs. Stockon got past Ballou and Farney in successive laps to take fourth on lap ten and set sail for Hines in the third spot.

Just past halfway, Stockon began to noticeably lose speed. He was fading back out of the top-five as up front, Leary and Grant stayed close as they drew away from Hines as the race hit its final ten laps. It appeared Grant may have lost his chance at the last-race when we he was held up in traffic with eight laps to go, but he rebounded and then turned his fastest lap of the race on lap 26.

As the duo hit two to go, Grant entered turn-one right on Leary's tailtank. He followed him into turn-three on the cushion but turned down the track on exit with a run to the flagstand. As they encountered two cars just ahead, Grant dove to the bottom and slid up with the lead, bringing home the Mark Hery Motorsports - Dick's Paint & Body #40 DRC/Claxton .511-seconds ahead. The race was completed in under eight and a half minutes.

"It's huge to win here and put my name on the list of guys who have won USAC sprint car races here," Grant said. "Eldora Speedway is such a special place, and it's awesome to be in that list of drivers. This car has always been fast here, with a lot of podiums and top-fives, but we finally pulled one off! We were basically flat-out all the way around tonight with the track being so smooth and fast on entry, which makes it tough to make a pass."

Leary again just missed out on his first series win, but finished an impressive weekend that saw him on the podium both nights in the Leary Construction Company - Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.

"I'm pretty heartbroken," Leary admitted. "To lead 29 and a quarter laps and lose it like that is tough to take. We just caught a car at the very worst spot, and Justin was back there and able to see it coming. Hats off to him for a great, clean move to beat us, but I just really hate to miss out on that first one for me and my team. The place was fast tonight, and it made it tough to get through traffic at times. We'll try not to be too down - running top-three both nights surely exceeded our expectations coming over here," Leary said.

Hines held onto third, nearly six seconds ahead of his closest challenger in his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy.

"We could stay right with them, but lapped traffic made a huge difference tonight and let them get away a little late in the race," Hines said. "Our package has been really consistently fast lately with so much grip, so I'm just trying to keep it free enough. It was tough to do much with guys as fast as it was, so you kinda had to hold your ground a lot. I was watching to see those guys have an issue with the cushion at some point, and give myself some room to avoid them and move past. We'll just keep our mind straight and keep digging," Hines said.

Farney notched his best career finish in the DCT Racing - Brettnacher Farms #15F Maxim/Ott, holding off Robert Ballou, who took over the point lead in the Blakesley Auto - MPHG Promotions #12 Maxim/Ott. He now sits two points ahead of Stockon, who wound up ninth.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 9, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.432; 2. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-16.544; 3. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-16.834; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.051; 5. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-17.063; 6. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.206; 7. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-17.224; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.375; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.408; 10. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-17.451; 11. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-17.498; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.511; 13. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.600; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-17.684; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.737; 16. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.741; 17. Adam Cruea, 83, Cruea-17.802; 18. Daron Clayton, 66, Amati-17.835; 19. Tyler Hewitt, 24p, Paul-17.916; 20. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.020; 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Grant, 3. Stockon, 4. D.Hewitt, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Swanson, 7. T.Hewi tt. 2:10.42

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. Darland, 4. Farney, 5. Cruea, 6. Whited, 7. Bell. 2:08.77

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Clayton, 3. Windom, 4. Hines, 5. Bacon, 6. Goodnight. 2:11.73

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Aaron Farney, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Chris Windom, 12. Dallas Hewitt, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kody Swanson, 15. Adam Cruea, 16. Brandon Whited, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Robert Bell, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Jerry Coons, Jr. 8:26.25 ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Leary, Lap 30 Grant.

 

BALLOU BLOWS AWAY FIELD TO WIN "MOTHER OF ALL SPRINT CAR WEEKENDS" NIGHT ONE FEATURE AT ELDORA

Rossburg, Ohio...Robert Ballou continued his hot stretch on Friday night as he wired the field to win the "Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends" opening 30-lapper for the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Eldora Speedway. It was the Rocklin, California native's fourth victory of the season in the Blakesley Auto - MPHG Promotions #12 Maxim/Ott.

"It's so hard to win these races, as good as everyone is up front right now, but when you catch that front row like tonight, you have to take advantage. We had obstacles from the beginning. The engine wasn't quite right in hot laps, but we decided to leave it for qualifying. After the heat, I knew we needed to change it to have a chance to win. So, we took the engine out of our back-up car and replaced the engine we had in the primary car to make it out there. They kept a lot of grip in it tonight, which surprised me some for running both divisions of sprint cars, and luckily we were strong enough. Our motors are really a strong point for us, and hopefully we can use that to keep us up front," Ballou said.

Ballou led the opening half as most of the field ran the top-side of the famed half-mile. The best battle developed for fourth, as Justin Grant and Thomas Meseraull went at it as they neared the halfway point. Grant tried to slide past Meseraull into turn-three on lap 15, but the two made contact and Grant ended up in the wall, ending his night.

Defending National Series champion Brady Bacon was on the move from his 11th starting spot, moving into the top-six and challenging Jerry Coons, Jr. for fifth, as Meseraull had moved by him for the third spot and C.J. Leary came along for fourth. On lap 24, Bacon got over the turn-two cushion and hit the wall, coming to a stop to bring out the final caution.

Over the final seven laps, Ballou was unchallenged as Stanbrough distanced himself from the rest of the field to take home the second spot in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.

"We didn't have anything for Robert tonight, but this is a good run for us here and good for my confidence here as this hasn't been one of my better places lately. We tried some things early in the night, and I was honestly shocked that we were as fast as we were in qualifying. We weren't that good, but we threw some things at it and had it pretty good for the feature. We've gotten better and better, finding what to do to the car to make it happy and make me happy," Stanbrough said.

Leary came on strong in the closing laps, pulling a slider on Meseraull to claim the final podium spot in the Leary Construction Company - Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.

"We finally started a little closer to the front, especially here, and it's huge just to be up in the clear and be able to see the cushion and the wall while you're racing guys. We moved forward, and a third is a really solid night for us here. Our confidence is high between running strong in these USAC races and picking off some local wins, and Derek (Claxton) has had the car great every night, so we'll try to keep it going," Leary said.

Meseraull made his opening night with USAC this season pay off as he finished fourth in the Keen's Body Shop - Spirit Medical Transport #18x DRC/Claxton, and Tracy Hines rounded out the top-five in his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy.

Chase Stockon set the night's ProSource "Fast Time" and came home tenth to retain his National point lead, which is now just six over Ballou.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 8, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.587; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 18x, Keen-15.833; 3. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-15.885; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-15.906; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.936; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.984; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.078; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-16.079; 9. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-16.086; 10. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-16.105; 11. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-16.110; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.148; 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.195; 14. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.198; 15. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-16.233; 16. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-16.238; 17. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-16.363; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-16.449; 19. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-16.598; 20. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-16.630; 21. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-16.636; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.640; 23. Chad Boespflug, 5, Baldwin-16.698; 24. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.704; 25. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-16.713; 26. Daron Clayton, 66, Amati-16.734; 27. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-17.391; 28. Adam Cruea, 83, Cruea-17.604; 29. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.664; 30. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Cottle, 3. Simon, 4. Thomas, 5. Leary, 6. Smith, 7. Whited, 8. Bell. 2:10.24

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. Meseraull, 4. Hines, 5. Goodnight, 6. Clayton, 7. Andretti. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Grant, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Simmons, 6. Jarrett, 7. Hery. 2:10.59

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Farney, 3. Swanson, 4. Hewitt, 5. Cruea, 6. Wolters, 7. Bacon. 2:13.64

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Bacon, 3. Goodnight, 4. Clayton, 5. Smith, 6. Simmons, 7. Wolters, 8. Whited, 9. Cruea, 10. Hery, 11. Bell. 3:20.69

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Dave Darland, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Landon Simon, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Matt Goodnight, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Dallas Hewitt, 19. Jake Simmons, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Dustin Smith. NT

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Mattox flipped during qualifying. Andretti flipped during the second heat. Bacon flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ballou.

 

VENTURA HOSTS USAC/CRA $5,000-TO-WIN “ALL COAST CHALLENGE” THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

MAY 6, 2015... This Saturday, May 9th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will travel to Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway for the highly anticipated “All Coast Challenge.” The special event will be capped off with a $5,000-to-win, $500-to-start, 40-lap main event. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track In America.”

A special thanks goes out to “Big” Mike Grosswendt and All Coast Construction for their support of the event. Mike has been a major supporter of Sprint Car racing on the West Coast for several years and his contributions are appreciated very much. Woodland Auto Display and Jimbo McCoskey have also bolstered the race and over 50 racers have entered the “All Coast Challenge.” In addition to the USAC/CRA contingencies, the fast qualifier will earn $500, the hard charger will take home $500, the winner will get $5,000 and a custom surfboard, second will pocket $2,500, and third will earn $1,250. The action packed 40-lap main event will pay $500-to-start.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Ventura Raceway has a strict 95db at 100 feet state mandated sound rule and track legal mufflers are Extreme Mufflers (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.) The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway.

Saturday’s “All Coast Challenge” will mark the 17th appearance of the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. “The Ripper” Rip Williams claimed the inaugural Ventura USAC/CRA main event on May 22, 2004 on his way to the championship. Since then, nine drivers have earned victories and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman leads all racers with six wins. Last season, “The Demon” Damion Gardner led all 30-laps at Ventura to score one of his eleven triumphs. “The Bullet” Blake Miller holds the 1-lap series record of 11.675, set on October 28, 2008. Ventura’s all-time 410 non-winged track record of 11.527 was posted on October 1, 1994 by “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman.

Heading to the “All Coast Challenge,” Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner has an eleven point advantage over the competition. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won his second feature of the year last Saturday at Perris. To date, the defending champion has three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will be looking to extend his point lead and earn his series leading 60th win on Saturday.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California ranks second in USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer led ten laps at Perris before scoring third at the checkered flags. To date, the five-time champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. At Ventura, Mike will have his sights on the $5,000 payday and claiming his 36th USAC/CRA triumph.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell is third in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell charged from thirteenth to finish sixth last Saturday night. At press time, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, five top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led. Currently tied with Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, and Blake Miller for thirteenth on USAC/CRA’s win list, Matt will be looking for his 7th feature victory.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California is tied for fourth in the point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams took fourth at Perris after starting seventh. Entering Saturday’s race, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. With three career USAC/CRA victories to his credit, Austin will have his sights on the $5,000 “All Coast Challenge” win.

After placing sixth last Saturday, Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson has tied Austin Williams for fourth in the point chase. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, Swanson has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, the 2012 Rookie of the Year will be looking for his first career USAC/CRA feature win at Ventura.

Currently tied for eleventh in points, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Michael Curtis, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Tommy Malcolm are also in contention.

As of May 5th, the entry list for Saturday’s “All Coast Challenge” is listed at the end of this release. Thanks to Scott Daloisio for the information.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $15, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are #15, Student tickets (with ID) are $15, Kids tickets (7-12) are $10, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- 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 USAC/CRA FEATURE WINNERS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Brady Bacon.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-332, 2. Mike Spencer-321, 3. Matt Mitchell-270, 4. Austin Williams-233, -. Jake Swanson-233, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-226, 7. Cody Williams-178, 8. Logan Williams-147, 9. Brody Roa-146, 10. Brady Bacon-136, 11. R.J. Johnson-114, --. Parker Colston-114, --. David Bezio-114, 14. Dave Darland-110, 15. Jace Vander Weerd-108, 16. Mike Martin-92, 17. Charles Davis Jr.-88, 18. Ronnie Gardner-85, 19. Josh Hodges-83, 20. Michael Curtis-77.

VENTURA ALL COAST CHALLENGE ENTRIES: 2-Austin Williams, 2K-Hobie Conway, 2X-Wally Pankratz, 4-Damion Gardner, 4G-Chris Gansen, 5-Logan Williams, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 7-Cory Kruseman, 7T-Greg Taylor, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 11-Troy Rutherford, 12-Josh Pelkey, 12B-Tobey Sampson, 13-Bruce Douglass, 14-Tom Hendricks, 15-Rick Hendrix, 16-Mike Martin, 16X-Mike Trottochau, 17-Mike Colegrove, 17V-Danny Faria Jr., 20-Shon Deskins, 21-A.J. Bender, 24-Guy Woodward, 37-Matt Mitchell, 37X-David Bezio, 39-Cal Smith, 39E-Kyle Edwards, 42N Jeff Sibley, 44-Cody Williams, 45C-Michael Curtis, 47-Johnathon Henry, 49-TBA, 50-Mike Spencer, 51-Jimmy Crawford, 52-Trent Williams, 54-Cody Majors, 55-Tony Everhart, 55X Kyle Smith, 56-Ryan Bernal, 56A-Luke Boles, 64-Parker Colston, 66-Rickie Gaunt, 73-Hunter Schuerenberg, 73X-Nic Faas, 74-David Taylor, 81-Tristan Guardino, 81M-Chris Wakim, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Jake Swanson, 93-Ronnie Gardner, 98-Jeremy Ellertson, 0K-Malyssa Perkins, 04-Luis Espinoza, TBA-Shaun Torbert.

 

 

MICHAEL FACCINTO CHARGES TO FIRST VICTORY AT TULARE

By Lance Jennings

TULARE CA – MAY 4, 2015... Starting tenth, Hanford, California’s Michael Faccinto took the lead from Trey Marcham on the fourth lap and sailed to victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. For Faccinto, the 30-lap triumph was his first career win with the Honda USAC Western Midget Series. Cody Swanson, Shannon McQueen, Brian Gard, and Terry Nichols rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting the #35F MF Motorsports’ Chevy powered Spike, Michael Faccinto and his crew thrashed to change a rear end early in the program. Missing time trials, the second generation driver officially placed fourteenth overall and rebounded to score fourth in his heat race. Earning the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors in the main event, Faccinto has climbed to tenth in points as the series returns to the Tulare on May 30th.

Cody Swanson of Norco, California raced to second in the 30-lap main event from fifth. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson qualified second out of the fifteen racers in the pit area. The former Bakersfield feature winner left Tulare ranked third in championship points.

Bakersfield, California’s Shannon McQueen charged from ninth to take third at Thunderbowl Raceway. Racing the family owned #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen was tenth fast in time trials and scored fifth in her heat race. Returning to Tulare on May 30th, the former champion sits fifth in the point standings.

Brian Gard of Kelseyville, California scored fourth at Tulare after starting seventh. Piloting the Arata Bros.’ #88 Storcks Garage / Cliff Marden Snap-On Tools Ellis, Gard qualified seventh overall and took fifth in his heat race. At press time, last year’s Chico Gold Cup winner is currently seventh in the point chase.

Delano, California’s “Panda Express” Terry Nichols finished fifth in Tulare’s main event. Driving the family owned #1P Neverlift Motorsports / Crysalli Water Spike, Nichols was ninth quick in time trials and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The former West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year left Tulare tied for third in the standings.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, California earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner ran fourth in his heat race and scored eleventh in the feature after an early exit. The defending champion has a four point advantage heading to the May 16th return to Tulare.

Manteca, California’s Nick Chivello raced to victory in the 8-lap DJ Safety Hat Race #2. Piloting the family owned #27 Rodgers Trucking / Vic Hubbard’s Auto Parts Spike, Chivello qualified sixth overall and placed sixth in the main event. The former rookie of the year left Tulare in a three-way tie for eleventh in the point chase.

On Saturday, May 30th, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will return to the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the showcase will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET). -------------------------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: May 2, 2015 - Tulare, California - Thunderbowl Raceway - "J.D. Heiskell Race Night"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-17.168; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-17.261; 3. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-17.270; 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-17.546; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 19W, Sala-17.600; 6. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-17.661; 7. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-17.780; 8. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-17.861; 9. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-17.987; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-17.991; 11. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-18.265; 12. Jack Hawley, 56, Hawley-18.615; 13. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-NT; 14. Michael Faccinto, 35F, Faccinto-NT; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 99, JK-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Marcham, 3. Faria, 4. Gardner, 5. Gard, 6. Pierovich, 7. Waite. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Chivello, 2. Dodenhoff, 3. Swanson, 4. Faccinto, 5. McQueen, 6. Davis. 7. Hawley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (10th), 2. Cody Swanson (5th), 3. Shannon McQueen (9th), 4. Brian Gard (7th), 5. Terry Nichols (8th), 6. Nick Chivello (1st), 7. Jack Hawley (13th), 8. Nate Waite (14th), 9. Trey Marcham (4th), 10. Scott Pierovich (12th), 11. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 12. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 13. Steve Davis (11th), 14. Sean Dodenhoff (3rd). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Marcham, Laps 4-30 Faccinto. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (10th to 1st)

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-115, 2. Trey Marcham-111, 3. Cody Swanson-106, -.Terry Nichols-106, 5. Shannon McQueen-105, 6. Scott Pierovich-91, 7. Brian Gard-82, 8. Sean Dodenhoff-80, 9. Steve Davis-76, 10. Michael Faccinto-65, 11. Nick Chivello-57, --. David Prickett-57, --. Randi Pankratz-57, 14. Jack Hawley-46, 15. Jimmy Voitel-42, 16. Nate Waite-41, 17. Jeff Harrington-38, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-37, 19. Ricky Shelton-27, 20. Tyler Dolacki-25.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON CONTINUES WINNING STREAK AT CANYON CLASH

 By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – MAY 4, 2015... Continuing to rewrite the record books, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona won the “5th Annual Canyon Clash” at Canyon Speedway Park. Saturday’s $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was Johnson’s fourth straight victory and the 26th win in series history. High point driver Josh Pelkey, Mike Colegrove, Brian Hosford, and Dalten Gabbard followed Johnson to the checkered flags.

Starting seventh, R.J. Johnson tied his series record of four consecutive victories for the second time. Driving Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran second to Mike Martin in his heat race, placing the defending champion seventh in the night’s passing points. With a late race charge, R.J. took command on the twenty-seventh lap from Stevie Sussex to seal the victory. The point leader extended his advantage to 58 points heading to Queen Creek on May 16th.

After posting high point driver honors on the night, Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey claimed second in the “Canyon Clash” from sixth. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey also won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. The former ASCA Champion left his home track ranked third in the standings.

Mike Colegrove of Peoria, Arizona charged to third from the eighth starting spot at Canyon. Racing his #17 Precision Tile / Ellis Race Cars entry, Colegrove took fourth in his heat race and was seated eighth overall in passing points. After a solid performance at Canyon, Mike heads to Arizona Speedway placed seventh in championship points.

Gilbert, Arizona’s Brian Hosford had one of his best showings with a fourth place finish in the “Canyon Clash.” Driving Bernie Weber’s #22B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford won his first 8-lap heat race of the campaign and ranked fifth in passing points. Currently sitting ninth in SouthWest points, Brian will be looking for his first victory at Queen Creek.

Dalten Gabbard of Peoria, Arizona claimed fifth at his hometown race track. Piloting the family owned #77 BG Chemicals / AZ Heat Trucking Maxim, Gabbard took second to Hosford in his heat race and placed third in passing points. Dalten left Saturday’s “Canyon Clash” ranked sixteenth in the chase for the championship.

Peoria, Arizona’s “The Bull” Tye Mihocko earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Beaver Stripes RSS, Mihocko was seventh in his heat race and placed nineteenth in passing points. The young driver heads to Arizona Speedway ranked fourteenth in series points.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona won the night’s third 8-lap heat race. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin placed fourth in passing points and scored nineteenth in the main event. The former Hall of Fame classic winner is eighth in points and will be looking to rebound at Queen Creek on May 16th.

On Saturday, May 16th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located at the ET Motopark, the event will also feature the X-Mods, ModLites, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 2, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Canyon Clash”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford, (#22B Weber), 2. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 3. Stevie Sussex (#13S Sussex), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (7th), 2. Josh Pelkey (6th), 3. Mike Colegrove (8th), 4. Brian Hosford (5th), 5. Dalten Gabbard (4th), 6. Andy Reinbold (11th), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (16th), 8. Tye Mihocko (19th), 9. Chris Bonneau (14th), 10. Bruce St. James (10th), 11. Dennis Gile (9th), 12. Shon Deskins (13th), 13. Mike Bonneau (20th), 14. Michael Curtis (17th), 15. Stevie Sussex (1st), 16. Matt Rossi (2nd), 17. Koty McGullam (18th), 18. Nick Aiuto (12th), 19. Mike Martin (3rd), 20. Josh Shipley (15th). NT ---------------------------- **Rossi and Deskins flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Rossi, Laps 23-26 Sussex, Laps 27-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (19th to 8th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-319, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-261, 3. Josh Pelkey-252, 4. Matt Rossi-233, 5. Stevie Sussex-227, 6. Shon Deskins-220, 7. Mike Colegrove-218, 8. Mike Martin-213, 9. Brian Hosford-194, 10. Bruce St. James-168, 11. Andy Reinbold-164, 12. Dennis Gile-133, 13. Nick Aiuto-117, 14. Tye Mihocko-107, 15. Josh Shipley-99, 16. Dalten Gabbard-82, 17. Michael Curtis-76, 18. Ryan Bernal-71, 19. Mike Bonneau- 65, 20. Matt Mitchell-62, --. Koty McGullam-62.

 

 

“THE DEMON” DAMION GARDNER IS BACK ON TOP AT PERRIS

By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – MAY 4, 2015... Powering past Mike Spencer on lap twelve, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California earned Saturday’s $2,500 victory at Perris Auto Speedway. For Gardner, the 30-lap feature win was his 59th career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph. Richard Vander Weerd, Spencer, Austin Williams, and fast qualifier Jake Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting fifth, Damion Gardner was able to break Vander Weerd’s two-race “home track” win streak. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second out of the twenty-one racers and finished second to Vander Weerd in his heat race. With the victory, “The Demon” extended his lead to eleven points heading to Saturday’s “All Coast Challenge” at Ventura.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd charged from eighth to claim second in the Perris main event. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was eighth quick in time trials and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. With two wins on the season, the former USAC West Coast Champion left Perris ranked sixth in the standings.

Looking for his first win of the campaign, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California led ten laps before taking third at the checkered flags. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified third overall and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. The five-time champion is currently second in championship points.

Yorba Linda, California’s Austin Williams raced from seventh to a fourth place finish at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was seventh fast in time trials and ran second to Matt Mitchell in his heat race. The former rookie of the year is tied for fourth in points and will be looking for his first Ventura win.

Jake Swanson of Anaheim, California took fifth in the Saturday night main event. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, Swanson claimed his fourth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran third in his heat race. Currently tied for fourth in the standings, the former rookie of the year has his sights on the $5,000 “All Coast Challenge” win.

Yorba Linda, California’s Anthony Lopiccolo earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth place run from twenty-first. Racing John & Evelyn Springstead’s #36 Jasper Ray Foundation / Trabuco Vaper Company Buckley, Lopiccolo qualified twenty-first and ran seventh in his heat race. The rookie of the year contender left his home track placed thirty-seventh in the standings.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell was thirteenth fast in time trials and scored sixth in the main event after starting thirteenth. The defending USAC West Coast Champion heads to Ventura’s All Coast Challenge third in points.

This Saturday, May 9th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will invade Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway for the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win, $500-to-start “All Coast Challenge.” Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, more event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 2, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.636; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.644; 3. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.669; 4. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.773; 5. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-16.806; 6. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.808; 7. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.849; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.873; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.023; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.052; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.155; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.179; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.203; 14. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.203; 15. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-17.547; 16. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-17.571; 17. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.600; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.900; 19. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.983; 20. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-18.048; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.722.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. A.Williams, 3. Swanson, 4. C.Williams, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Denome, 7. Smith. 2:52.06.

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Gardner, 3. Colston, 4. Bezio, 5. L.Williams, 6. Hendricks, 7. Everhart. 2:49.50.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Roa, 3. Bender, 4. Sweeney, 5. Gansen, 6. Ellertson, 7. Lopiccolo. 2:52.70.

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (5th), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (8th), 3. Mike Spencer (4th), 4. Austin Williams (7th), 5. Jake Swanson (6th), 6. Matt Mitchell (13th), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 8. David Bezio (2nd), 9. Logan Williams (14th), 10. Parker Colston (11th), 11. A.J. Bender (1st), 12. Chris Gansen (12th), 13. Anthony Lopiccolo (21st), 14. Tom Hendricks (20th), 15. Cody Williams (3rd), 16. Jeremy Ellertson (18th), 17. Jesse Denome (16th), 18. Brody Roa (9th), 19. Tony Everhart (17th), 20. Cal Smith (19th), 21. Verne Sweeney (15th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Bezio, Laps 2-11 Spencer, Laps 12-30 Gardner. DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Anthony Lopiccolo (21st to 13th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-332, 2. Mike Spencer-321, 3. Matt Mitchell-270, 4. Austin Williams-233, -. Jake Swanson-233, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-226, 7. Cody Williams-178, 8. Logan Williams-147, 9. Brody Roa-146, 10. Brady Bacon-136, 11. R.J. Johnson-114, --. Parker Colston-114, --. David Bezio-114, 14. Dave Darland-110, 15. Jace Vander Weerd-108, 16. Mike Martin-92, 17. Charles Davis Jr.-88, 18. Ronnie Gardner-85, 19. Josh Hodges-83, 20. Michael Curtis-77.

 

 

DMA MIDGETS CONTINUE MAY 16 AT BRADFORD;

SUNN SHINES IN BEAR RIDGE OPENER

Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. hosts all but one of this year's USAC DMA Midget races and is the May 16 venue when the series resumes.

Josh Sunn of White River Junction, Vt. won Saturday night's 20-lap USAC DMA Midget Series opener at Bradford. He passed Jeff Horn on lap eight and led the rest of the way to beat Adam Pierson, Horn, Adam Whitney and Dean Christensen.

Sunn's point lead after the opener stands at 12 points after last Saturday's event, one of five this year awarding "double points."

2015 USAC DMA Midget Point Standings: 1-Josh Sunn-136, 2-Adam Pierson-124, 3-Jeff Horn-116, 4-Dean Christensen-108, 5-Adam Whitney-106, 6-Kevin Chaffee-98, 7-Ray Miller-92, 8-Ken Johnson-90, 9-Lauryn Burd-76, 10-Vince Lucca-76.

 

 

HPDs OFF UNTIL MAY 15 AT VISALIA;

LAMB, STICKLE & McCARTHY EARN VICTORIES

USAC's HPD Midget series, coming off a busy week in which all three series competed, are idle this week awaiting a May 15 Western race at Keller Auto Speedway at Plaza Park in Visalia, Calif.

Tommy McCarthy of Mountain View, Calif. scored a pair of feature wins during Saturday night's "Vukovich Classic" at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. He won the 30-lap USAC Western HPD Midget main and the accompanying 15-lap Restricted HPD feature as well. In the HPD finale, he passed Toni Breidinger on lap 15 and led the rest of the way to beat Cody Jessop, Annie Breidinger, Dylan Nobile and Tom Paterson. He led all the way to win the Restricted feature over Jessop, Jesse Love IV, Ethan Lesser and Blake Brannon.

Jacob Stickle of Xenia, Ohio won Friday night's 20-lap USAC Midwest HPD Midget opener at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. He took the lead from Jacob Taylor on lap four and led the rest of the way in his Kreider Corporation/Willie's Sport Bar & Grill Hawk/Focus. Alex Watson took second ahead of Leffel and Taylor.

Saturday night's scheduled Midwest race at DeGraff, Ohio was postponed with track and USAC officials discussing a possible rescheduling later in the season. The next Midwest event is June 6 at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.

Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. won Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Eastern HPD Midget race at Franklin County Speedway. He passed Scott Hunter on lap five and led the rest of the way to beat Hunter, Jessica Bean, Calvin Carroll and Kyle Craker. Friday night's Eastern race at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. was rained out.

The Eastern series resumes action June 5 at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, N.C.

2015 HPD USAC Western Midget Standings: 1-Cody Jessop-400, 2-Dylan Nobile-398, 3-Annie Breidinger-353, 4-Toni Breidinger-339, 5-Ashley Hazelton-311, 6-Jesse Love IV-295, 7-Tom Paterson-236, 8-Ron Hazelton-159, 9-Shawn Buckley-151, 10-Randi Pankratz-129.

2015 HPD Western Midget Pavement Standings: 1-Dylan Nobile-398, 2-Annie Breidinger-353, 3-Toni Breidinger-339, 4-Cody Jessop-325, 5-Ashley Hazelton-232, 6-Jesse Love IV-207, 7-Tom Paterson-192, 8-Dezel West-94, 9-Joel Rayborne-89, 10-Ethan Lesser-78.

2015 HPD USAC Western Midget Restricted Standings: 1-Ethan Lesser-133, 2-Blake Brannon-122, 3-Jesse Love III-71. 4-Tommy McCarthy-68, 5-Jesse Love IV-67, 6-Cody Jessop-57.

2015 HPD USAC Eastern Midget Standings: 1-Chris Lamb-233, 2-Jessica Bean-212, 3-Scott Hunter-208, 4-Calvin Carroll-186, 5-Jake Nelke-175, 6-Kyle Craker-169, 7-Nikki Carroll-157, 8-Andrew Layser-154, 9-Sam Hatfield-133, 10-Matt Lundstrom-123.

2015 HPD USAC Midwest Midget Standings: 1-Jacob Stickle-60, 2-Alex Watson-57, 3-Aaron Leffel-54, 4-Jacob Taylor-51.

 

 

WESTERN MIDGETS RETURN TO TULARE MAY 30;

FACCINTO WINS THUNDERBOWL 30-LAPPER

Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. hosted the Honda USAC Western Midget Series last Saturday night and will be the site of the next race on May 30.

Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif., USAC's 2006 National Ford Focus Midget Champion, wheeled the MF Motorsports Spike/Chevy to victory in Saturday night's 30-lapper at Tulare on J.D. Heiskell Race Night.

Faccinto passed Trey Marcham on lap four and led the rest of the way to beat Cody Swanson, Shannon McQueen, Brian Gard and Terry Nichols. Series point leader Ronnie Gardner was the fastest qualifier, but finished 11th.

2015 Honda USAC Western Midget Standings: 1-Ronnie Gardner-115, 2-Trey Marcham-111; 3-Cody Swanson-106, 4-Terry Nichols-106, 5-Shannon McQueen-105, 6-Scott Pierovich-91, 7-Brian Gard-82, 8-Sean Dodenhoff-80, 9-Steve Davis-76, 10-Michael Faccinto-65.

 

 

MAY 21 "HOOSIER HUNDRED" NEXT FOR SILVER CROWN;

KODY SWANSON WINS "ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC"

The "Hoosier Hundred" is next on the calendar for USAC's Silver Crown Championship Series. The May 21 race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis continues a tradition now 62 years deep. Defending race winner Kody Swanson, last year's series champion, appears to again be the pre-race favorite after winning the 2015 series opener Friday night at Toledo, Ohio.

Swanson and the DePalma Motorsports Radio Hospital/Hampshire Racing Engines Beast/Chevy lead the 2015 standings after leading all 100 laps of Friday's Hemelgarn Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" at Toledo Speedway. Jacob Wilson finished second ahead of A.J. Fike, Jerry Coons Jr. and Aaron Pierce.

Swanson's brother Tanner had just inched ahead of Kody at the start/finish line at the end of lap 49 before he was involved in a spectacular crash into the catch fence in turn one. He emerged uninjured.

The victory was Swanson's sixth in his last 11 Silver Crown starts and he started from the pole after posting the ProSource fast qualifying time.

The May 21 Hoosier Hundred is part of a busy week for USAC participants which also includes the May 23 Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The May 23 race is slated to take the green flag at 1:30 p.m.

2015 USAC Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Kody Swanson-66, 2-Jacob Wilson-57, 3-A.J. Fike-54, 4-Jerry Coons Jr.-51, 5-Aaron Pierce-48, 6-David Byrne-45, 7-Austin Nemire-42, 8-Dave Baumgartner-39, 9-Tracy Hines-36, 10-Rex Norris III-33.

 

 

SOUTHWEST EYES QUEEN CREEK MAY 16;

JOHNSON NOW 4-IN-A-ROW AFTER "CANYON CLASH" VICTORY

Defending two-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car Champion R.J. Johnson will try to set a series record May 16 when the series returns to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. He is on a streak of four consecutive victories and could become the first driver to win five in a row.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., won Saturday night's 5th Annual "Canyon Clash" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Wheeling the Michaels entry, he took the lead with four laps remaining and led to the flag to beat Josh Pelkey, Mike Colegrove, Brian Hosford and Dalten Gabbard.

The win was Johnson's 22nd in USAC racing in the state of Arizona, another all-time record.

2015 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-319. 2-Charles Davis Jr.-261, 3-Josh Pelkey-252, 3-Matt Rossi-233, 5-Stevie Sussex-227, 6-Shon Deskins-220, 7-Michael Colegrove-218, 8-Mike Martin-213, 9-Brian Hosford-194, 10-Bruce St. James-168.

 

 

HISTORIC USAC/WoO "DOUBLEHEADERS" FRIDAY, SATURDAY AT ELDORA;

DARLAND SEEKS HISTORY-MAKING 100TH NATIONAL USAC WIN

What is being billed as the "Mother of all Sprint Car Weekends" unfolds this weekend at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and race fans will witness a historic first.

The AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series joins the World of Outlaws in the first "doubleheaders" ever for the two series. Both series compete both nights at the famed half-mile oval.

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., whose 55 career feature wins are an all-time series record, will seek his 100th USAC National feature victory in the two-night extravaganza. A victory would place him in the company of only three previous USAC drivers who achieved the century mark during their careers. A.J. Foyt scored 154, Rich Vogler grabbed 134 and Mel Kenyon 111.

Tracy Hines, who has 11 career Eldora wins to his credit, is also approaching the magic century mark. He ranks fifth on USAC's all-time National win list at 91.

Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, Ind. currently leads the series standings with "top-10" finishes in all 10 previous outings this season. He has a trio of runner-up finishes but continues to seek his first 2015 victory.

Robert Ballou, a three-time winner already in 2015, trails Stockon by just 37 points entering Friday night's race. Darland stands third in the standings, just one point behind Ballou.

2015 AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship Points: 1-Chase Stockon-591, 2-Robert Ballou-564, 3-Dave Darland-563, 4-Brady Bacon-559, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-503, 6-Jon Stanbrough-477, 7-Tracy Hines-453, 8-C.J. Leary-433, 9-Chris Windom-342, 10-Justin Grant-315.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS AT VENTURA SATURDAY;

GARDNER GETS CRA #59 AT PERRIS

Defending AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Champion Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. enters this Saturday night's race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway as the 2015 point leader and he'll try to repeat a victory he scored at Ventura last year.

Gardner recorded his 59th series win Saturday night at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. He passed Mike Spencer on lap 12 and led the rest of the way in his Mark Alexander Scott Sales Company/J & D Performance Spike and led the rest of the way to beat Richard Vander Weerd, Spencer, Austin Williams and Jake Swanson. David Bezio led lap one and Spencer 2-11.

Ventura has been one of USAC's staples for Western participants and Saturday's race will witness a continuing battle for the series point lead. Five-time champion Spencer trails Gardner by 11 points while 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion Matt Mitchell ranks third in the latest points.

Like Gardner, Vander Weerd has a pair of 2015 USAC/CRA wins and although sixth in the current standings, he could be among top threats for victory Saturday.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-332, 2-Mike Spencer-321, 3-Matt Mitchell-270, 4-Austin Williams-233, 5-Jake Swanson-233, 6-Richard Vander Weerd-226, 7-Cody Williams-178, 8-Logan Williams-147, 9-Brody Roa-146, 10-Brady Bacon-136.

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Tulare, California - Thunderbowl Raceway - "J.D. Heiskell Race Night"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-17.168; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-17.261; 3. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-17.270; 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-17.546; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 19W, Sala-17.600; 6. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-17.661; 7. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-17.780; 8. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-17.861; 9. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-17.987; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-17.991; 11. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-18.265; 12. Jack Hawley, 56, Hawley-18.615; 13. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-NT; 14. Michael Faccinto, 35F, Faccinto-NT; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 99, JK-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Marcham, 3. Faria, 4. Gardner, 5. Gard, 6. Pierovich, 7. Waite. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chivello, 2. Dodenhoff, 3. Swanson, 4. Faccinto, 5. McQueen, 6. Davis. 7. Hawley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Cody Swanson, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Brian Gard, 5. Terry Nichols, 6. Nick Chivello, 7. Jack Hawley, 8. Nate Waite, 9. Trey Marcham, 10. Scott Pierovich, 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12. Danny Faria Jr., 13. Steve Davis, 14. Sean Dodenhoff. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Marcham, Laps 4-30 Faccinto.

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-115, 2-Marcham-111; 3-C.Swanson-106, 4-Nichols-106, 5-McQueen-105, 6-Pierovich-91, 7-Gard-82, 8-Dodenhoff-80, 9-Davis-76, 10-Faccinto-65.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 30 - Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec (#3 Matczak), 2. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 3. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 4. Vincent Lucca (#50 Lucca), 5. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 6. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 2. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 3. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 4. Adam Pierson (#76M Manafort), 5. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 6. Ken Johnson (#46 Johnson), 7. Lauryn Byrd (#27 Burd). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1.Holcomb, 2. Christensen, 3. Sunn, 4. Krawiec, 5. Miller, 6. M.Chaffee. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Josh Sunn, 2. Adam Pierson, 3. Jeff Horn, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Dean Christensen, 6, Kevin Chaffee, 7. Ken Johnson, 8. Ray Miller, 9. Lauryn Burd, 10. Vince Lucca, 11. Mike Chaffee, 12. Alex Rose, 13. Joe Krawiec, 14. Scott Holcomb. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Horn, Laps 8-25 Sunn.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Sunn-136, 2-Pierson-124, 3-Horn-116, 4-Christensen-108, 5-Whitney-106, 6-K.Chaffee-98, 7-Miller-92, 8-Johnson-90, 9-Burd-76, 10-Lucca-76.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: May 16 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Tulare, California - Thunderbowl Raceway - "J.D. Heiskell Race Night"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-17.168; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-17.261; 3. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-17.270; 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-17.546; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 19W, Sala-17.600; 6. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-17.661; 7. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-17.780; 8. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-17.861; 9. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-17.987; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-17.991; 11. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-18.265; 12. Jack Hawley, 56, Hawley-18.615; 13. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-NT; 14. Michael Faccinto, 35F, Faccinto-NT; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 99, JK-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Marcham, 3. Faria, 4. Gardner, 5. Gard, 6. Pierovich, 7. Waite. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chivello, 2. Dodenhoff, 3. Swanson, 4. Faccinto, 5. McQueen, 6. Davis. 7. Hawley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Cody Swanson, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Brian Gard, 5. Terry Nichols, 6. Nick Chivello, 7. Jack Hawley, 8. Nate Waite, 9. Trey Marcham, 10. Scott Pierovich, 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12. Danny Faria Jr., 13. Steve Davis, 14. Sean Dodenhoff. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Marcham, Laps 4-30 Faccinto.

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-115, 2-Marcham-111; 3-C.Swanson-106, 4-Nichols-106, 5-McQueen-105, 6-Pierovich-91, 7-Gard-82, 8-Dodenhoff-80, 9-Davis-76, 10-Faccinto-65.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 30 - Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Canyon Clash”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford, (#22B Weber), 2. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 3. Stevie Sussex (#13S Sussex), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Josh Pelkey, 3. Mike Colegrove, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Dalten Gabbard, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Chris Bonneau, 10. Bruce St. James, 11. Dennis Gile, 12. Shon Deskins, 13. Mike Bonneau, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Matt Rossi, 17. Koty McGullam, 18. Nick Aiuto, 19. Mike Martin, 20. Josh Shipley. NT

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**Rossi and Deskins flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Rossi, Laps 23-26 Sussex, Laps 27-30 Johnson.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 16 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-15.625; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.661; 3. Tony Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.743; 4. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.881; 5. Tommy McCarthy, 44, Love-15.940; 6. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-16.053; 7. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-NT; 8. Marvin Mitchell, 25, Mitchell-NT.

RESTRICTED QUALIFYING: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-16.187; 2. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-16.446; 3. Blake Brannon, 98, Brannon-16.798.

RESTRICTED HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Love IV, 3. Lesser, 4. Brannon. NT

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nobile, 2. McCarthy, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Hazelton. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Paterson. NT

RESTRICTED FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Tommy McCarthy, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Ethan Lesser, 5. Blake Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tommy McCarthy, 2, Cody Jessop, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Dylan Nobile, 5. Tom Paterson, 6. Ashley Hazelton (#25 Mitchell), 7. Toni Breidinger, 8. Jesse Love IV, 9. Ethan Lesser. NT

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RESTRICTED FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 McCarthy.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 T.Breidinger, Laps 15-30 McCarthy.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-400, 2-Nobile-398, 3-A.Breidinger-353, 4-T.Breidinger-339, 5-A,Hazelton-311, 6-Love IV-295, 7-Paterson-236, 8-RonnHazelton-159, 9-Shawn Buckley-151, 10-Randi Pankratz-129.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-398, 2-A.Breidinger-353, 3-T.Breidinger-339, 4-Jessop-325, 5-A.Hazelton-232, 6-Love IV-207, 7-Paterson-192, 8-Dezel West-94, 9-Joel Rayborne-89, 10-Lesser-78.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RESTRICTED POINTS: 1-Lesser-133, 2-Brannon-122, 3-Jesse Love III-71. 4-McCarthy-68, 5-Love IV-67, 6-Jessop-57.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 15 - Visalia, CA - Plaza ParkSpeedway

 

 

USAC KING OF THE WING WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 2, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Vanderpool, 51, Penix-13.960, 2. Davey Hamilton Jr., 45, DJ-14.266; 3. Cody Gerhardt, 81, Gerhardt-14.494; 4. Davey Pombo, 9, Hamilton-14.497, 5. Anthony Simone, 10, Simone-14.612, 6. Anthony Pombo, 7p, Hamilton-15.044; 7. Bob Beck, 46, Beck-15.912; 8. Marvin Mitchell, 68, Mitchell-NT; 9. Dillon Hutchinson, 8, Hutchinson-NT; 10. Bill Copey, 60, Copey-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vanderpool, 2. Gerhardt, 3. Simone, 4. Beck. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hamilton, 2. D.Pombo, 3. A.Pombo, 4. Mitchell, 5. Hutchinson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Davey Hamilton Jr., 2. Kyle Vanderpool, 3. Anthony Simone, 4. Davey Pombo, 5. Marvin Mitchell, 6. Bob Beck, 7. Anthony Pombo. (Cody Gerhardt car disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection after finishing second) NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Hamilton.

NEW USAC KING OF THE WING WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Hamilton-65, 2-Vanderpool-64, 3-D.Pombo and Simone-56, 5-A.Pombo-49, 6-Beck & Mitchell-48, 8-Gerhardt-13, 9-Hutchinson-4, 10-Copey-1.

NEXT USAC KING OF THE WING REGIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 6- Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

 


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