USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

October 21, 2018 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - 5th "Jason Leffler Memorial"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 6. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 7. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Brian Grogan (#7G Grogan), 9. Brian Jones (#51B Jones). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#74 Tucker/Boat), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 3. Cole Bodine (#39 Clauson Marshall), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cannon McIntosh (#08 McIntosh), 6. David Budres (#23 Budres), 7. Karsyn Elledge (#83 Tucker/Boat), 8. Ray Seach (#31 Budres). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson Marshall/Wood), 3. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Dave Darland (#7D Estep), 5. Jonathan Beason (#8J Hard Eight), 6. Russ Gamester (#51 G & R), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), 8. Travis Young (#11y Young). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 3. Holley Hollan (#35 Petry), 4. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Garrett Thomas (#56y Fifty6x), 7. Daryn Pittman (#21 Pittman), 8. Chase Jones (#33 RayPro). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Jason McDougal (#15 Petry), 3. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Daniel Robinson (#91 Harris), 5. McKenna Haase (#85 Tucker/Boat), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 8. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x). NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Darland, 3. Bodine, 4. Coons, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Grant, 7. Chisholm, 8. Young, 9. Budres, 10. Haase, 11. Klaasmeyer. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Bell, 3. Wise, 4. Bacon, 5. Shelton, 6. R. Robinson, 7. Hollan, 8. Johnson, 9. Elledge, 10. B. Jones. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Neuman, 3. Beason, 4. Carrick, 5. Bright, 6. D. Robinson, 7. O'Gara, 8. Seach, 9. G. Thomas. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Boat, 3. Bayston, 4. Gamester, 5. Daum, 6. Mitchell, 7. Lynch, 8. Grogan, 9. McIntosh, 10. C. Jones. NT

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Budres, 2. Haase, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Seach, 5. Grogan, 6. Elledge, 7. G. Thomas, 8. Young. NT

SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Daum, 4. Shelton, 5. R. Robinson, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Gamester, 8. Hollan, 9. O'Gara, 10. McIntosh, 11. Seach, 12. Johnson, 13. Budres, 14. Chisholm, 15. Mitchell, 16. Elledge, 17. D. Robinson, 18. Lynch. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Thomas (2), 2. Chad Boat (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Justin Grant (16), 5. Jonathan Beason (18), 6. Christopher Bell (7), 7. Spencer Bayston (8), 8. Zeb Wise (12), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (17), 11. Ryan Robinson (21), 12. Cole Bodine (11), 13. Sam Johnson (23), 14. Alex Bright (14), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 16. Brady Bacon (6), 17. Tanner Carrick (15), 18. Dave Darland (13), 19. Jake Neuman (5), 20. Holly Shelton (20), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (22), 22. Jason McDougal (1), 23. Zach Daum (19).

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**Jones flipped during the fourth qualifier. Klaasmeyer flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 McDougal, Laps 4-40 T. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jonathan Beason (18th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Sam Johnson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Russ Gamester

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-911, 2-Bacon-793, 3-Boat-781, 4-Courtney-773, 5-Grant-772, 6-Bayston-766, 7-Carrick-727, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-579, 10-Robinson-544.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 17 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - "November Classic"

 

 

GRANT WINS CRA 30-LAP "OVAL NATIONALS" TUNEUP AT PERRIS

Perris, CA........Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. passed Jake Swanson on lap nine and led the rest of the way Saturday in a final tuneup for the upcoming "Oval Nationals" at Perris Auto Speedway. Trailing Grant in the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint feature were Damion Gardner, Thomas Meseraull, Brody Roa and Austin Williams. Gardner sliced Roa's point lead to just 20 points in the process.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.354; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.369; 3. Austin Williams, 2 Jory-16.631; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.705; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.765; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 77M, Michael-16.818; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.866; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.895; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.939; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.970; 11. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.006; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.235; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.263; 14. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.289; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.372; 16. A.J. Bender, 42, Cheney-17.434; 17. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.543; 18. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.567; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.624; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98E, Ellertson-17.630; 21. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.951; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.117; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.193; 24. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.389.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Swanson, 3. Grant, 4. Malcolm, 5. C.Williams, 6. Bender, 7. Sweeney, 8. Ervine. 2:58.99

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. Chapple, 5. Johnson, 6. Waitman, 7. Ellertson, 8. Marshall. 2:57.77

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. A.Williams, 4. Meseraull, 5. Gansen, 6. Everhart, 7. Rayborne, 8. Dyer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Austin Liggett, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Isaac Chapple, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Logan Williams, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Randy Waitman, 15. Matt McCarthy, 16. Verne Sweeney, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 21. Austin Ervine, 22. Tony Everhart, 23. Max Adams. NT --------------------------- **Dyer flipped during the third heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Roa, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-30 Grant

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (6th to 1st)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-1,362, 2-Gardner-1,342, 3-A.Williams-1,176, 4-C.Williams-1,065, 5-Swanson-1,012, 6-Johnson-945, 7-Adams-943, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9-L.Williams-834, 10-Gansen-783.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 2 & 3 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "51st Western World Championships" - co-sanctioned with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars

 

 

MIHOCKO LEADS FINAL 3 TO TAKE "RACE FOR THE CURE" AT PEORIA

Peoria, AZ........Tye Mihocko of Peoria, Ariz. won Saturday night's "Race for the Cure" Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint race at his home track, Canyon Speedway Park. He led the final three laps after Stevie Sussex, who led laps 21-27, flipped. Mike Martin finished second, while Rick Ziehl was third ahead of Asa Kesterson and Sussex, who was placed fifth.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Race For The Cure"

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 5. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 6. Austin Kuehl (#34X Team AZ), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 8. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Kuehl, 2. Sussex, 3. Davis, 4. Martin, 5. Ziehl, 6. Kesterson, 7. Most, 8. Mihocko. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Rick Ziehl, 4. Asa Kesterson, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Tyler Most, 7. Austin Kuehl, 8. Charles Davis Jr. NT ---------------------------- **Davis and Sussex flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Kuehl, Laps 4-20 Martin, Laps 21-27 Sussex, Laps 28-30 Mihocko.

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (5th to 1st)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-1,168, 2-Mihocko-1,057, 3-Martin-1,014, 4-Michael Curtis-802, 5-Matt Lundy-691, 6-Chris Bonneau-666, 7-R.J. Johnson-558, 8-Most-558, 9-Andy Reinbold-546, 10-Dennis Gile-541.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 27 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway - "Howl-O-Ween Bash"

 

 

SANTA MARIA DIRT FINALE CANCELLED

Santa Maria, CA........Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Dirt finale was cancelled, leaving Tyler Slay as the 2018 series champion. The pavement series resumes October 27-28 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway

RACE CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENTRIES -----------------------------

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Adam Lemke-1,128, 2-Joey Iest-895, 3-Johnny Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-509, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Toni Breidinger-302, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Ashley Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryant Bell-127.

FINAL USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Tyler Slay-361, 2-Adam Lemke-323, 3-Joey Iest-272, 4-Ashley Heredia-146, 5-Keoni Texeira-137, 6-Ariel Biggs-82, 7-Jimmy May-75, 8-Blake Brannon-70, 9-James Prickett-69, 10-Mike Leach-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACES: October 27-28 - Stockton (CA) 99 Speedway

 

 

LEFFLER MEMORIAL LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV SUNDAY

Wayne City, Illinois.........Speed Shift TV will have live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets' return to Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, for the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial" this Sunday, October 21.

The event honors the memory of the late, four-time USAC National champion with a 40-lap finale that offers $10,000 big ones to the winner. It's also the final race for the series in the Midwest this season.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval has been home to the event since 2013 with such winners as Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon, who returns as the reigning winner of the "Leffler Memorial."

Along with Oklahomans Bacon and Pittman, plus Illinoisan Daum, expect to see a jam-packed, talented lineup of 2018 series winners, including point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. and Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. along with Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, Ione, California's Justin Grant and Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise as well as reigning series champ Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. and Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala.

The race will be held utilizing a format awarding position advancement through the prelims. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events, concluding with the 40-lap A-Main. The event will offer 10 appearance points toward this year's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings.

The $10,000-to-win event will have the pits open at noon on raceday. The front gates open at 2pm with cars hitting the track at 4pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids age 12 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Live video will be on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You may also listen to the race via live audio on the USAC app. Furthermore, full coverage of the race will be available, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ the day following the race.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

ROA-GARDNER USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR BATTLE RESUMES AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 16, 2018... The championship battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series resumes this Saturday, October 20th, at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the nineteenth point race will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. The spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track." will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 209 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 45 main event wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. This season, Gardner and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams lead all drivers with two “home track” victories and Justin Grant triumphed on June 23rd. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to Perris, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 30-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa charged from fourteenth to third at Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic” on September 29th. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led to his credit. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid with a victory this Saturday night.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored his fifth win of the season at Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, eleven heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has eighty career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a Perris triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point chase. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams finished eighth in the September 29th “Hall of Fame Classic.” To date, Williams has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career wins and will be looking for another “home track” victory.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams finished tenth in the San Tan Valley, Arizona main event. At press time, the 2010 Victorville Champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson won the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” opener and scored fifth the following night. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, three Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led on the season. Jake has two career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to earn his first win at Perris.

Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, R.J. Johnson, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Verne Sweeney, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Austin Liggett, Trent Williams, Justin Grant, “T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1292, 2. Damion Gardner-1262, 3. Austin Williams-1108, 4. Cody Williams-1012, 5. Jake Swanson-947, 6. Max Adams-912, 7. R.J. Johnson- 898, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-789, 10. Chris Gansen-750, 11. Tommy Malcolm-600, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-436, 15. Joel Rayborne-401, 16. Austin Ervine-359, 17. Verne Sweeney-309, 18. Matt Rossi-258, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-256, 20. Austin Liggett-252.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LEFFLER MEMORIAL RETURNS SUNDAY TO WAYNE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois.........The USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets will race in the memory of four-time USAC National champion Jason Leffler this Sunday, October 21, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, for the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial."

The event positions itself as the final Midwest series' race this season before heading west for California to round out the year, providing fans in the area one last time to enjoy the action before the sun sets on the 2018 racing calendar.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval has been home to the event since 2013 with such winners as Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., who returns as the reigning winner of the "Leffler Memorial."

In that event, Bacon led the final 33 laps to capture an emotional victory - the first for car owner Frank Manafort and a meaningful win for USAC Hall of Fame crew chief and car builder Bob East who guided Leffler to two of his three USAC National Midget titles as well as a Silver Crown championship.

It's been an intensely competitive season with no single driver earning more than two victories. Series point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. has won both of his races on bullrings this year at a pair of one-sixth mile venues - the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin and at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. Sunday will mark Seavey's "Leffler Memorial" debut on the one-eighth-mile in Wayne City.

Second through eighth in the points is a log jam involving seven drivers and five different teams separated by only 82 points. Bacon is second, 118 behind the leader, with multi-time winner Chad Boat of Phoenix, Arizona trailing in third just 12 points behind Bacon.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney (4th in points) is the most recent winner in the series, taking the checkered at Eldora Speedway in September and is one of three Clauson Marshall Racing drivers in the top-ten of the standings. All three of the CMR drivers have been in victory lane this season with Courtney taking a pair at Kokomo and Eldora. Justin Grant, the only driver this season to win in all three USAC National divisions, is fifth in the standings. The Ione, Calif. driver won in July at Jefferson County Speedway in Nebraska. Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. (9th in points) made a spectacular return after being sidelined for two months due to injury, winning the Pennsylvania Midget Week opener at Lanco and becoming the youngest winner in the history of the series. It was the 2016 "Leffler Memorial" where the CMR team made its debut, finishing 20th with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Reigning series champ Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. has been in the same boat as Wise, suffering an injury that put him on the shelf for a little while, but returned full speed with authority in the most recent race at Eldora where he ran up front until a major shunt took him out of contention. He stands sixth in the standings along with fellow Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammates Tanner Carrick of Lincoln, Calif. (7th) and Foresthill, California's Ryan Robinson (10th) also in the top-ten of the points.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. is eighth in points for Joe Dooling's team which won the 2015 edition of the "Leffler Memorial" at Wayne City with driver Bryan Clauson. Thomas leads the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, but has also found success in the midgets, winning at both Kokomo and at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans.

The race honors the late, great Jason Leffler. In the late 1990s, Leffler made tracks big and small his personal playground as he raced to three consecutive Midget titles in 1997-98-99 and 19 career USAC National Midget feature wins in some of the most prestigious races, including the "Belleville Midget Nationals," "Hut Hundred," "Copper World Classic," "Summer Sizzle," "Turkey Night Grand Prix," and the "Night Before the 500" between 1997 and 2005. Though Leffler may have been small in stature, his legacy in the sport of midget racing remains that of a giant.

The Wayne City dirt oval is a true bullring, regularly producing spectacular wheel-banging, ultra-competitive action that has become the norm on this southern Illinois soil nestled between farmland during this harvest season.

The race will be held utilizing a format awarding position advancement through the prelims. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events, concluding with the 40-lap A-Main. The event will offer 10 appearance points toward this year's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings.

The $10,000-to-win event will have the pits open at noon on raceday. The front gates open at 2pm with cars hitting the track at 4pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids age 12 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35 apiece.

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-901, 2-Brady Bacon-783, 3-Chad Boat-771, 4-Tyler Courtney-763, 5-Justin Grant-762, 6-Spencer Bayston-756, 7-Tanner Carrick-717, 8-Tyler Thomas-701, 9-Zeb Wise-569, 10-Ryan Robinson-534.

PAST "JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL" WINNERS: 2013: Zach Daum, 2014: Daryn Pittman, 2015: Bryan Clauson, 2016: Brady Bacon

 

 

NOLAN ALLISON WINS DELAYED "RODNEY COOK CLASSIC"

Altamahaw, NC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. won Sunday night's 35-lap "Rodney Cook Classic" at Ace Speedway. The race had been delayed one day after power outages plaqued the facility after Hurricane Michael. Jake Garcia finished second ahed of Jessica Bean, Chris Lamb and Neal Allison.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: October 14, 2018 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway - "Rodney Cook Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Murray, 22, Murray-15.552; 2. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.615; 3. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.617' 4. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.645; 5. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.675; 6. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.762; 7. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-15.780; 8. Levi Riffle, 75, Riffle-15.855; 9. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16.110; 10. Doug Patton, 39, Patton-25.309'

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jake Garcia, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Chris Lamb, 5. Neal Allison, 6. Connor Gross, 7. Alex Murray, 8. Levi Riffle, 9. Jordan Empie, 10. Doug Patton. NT --------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS:Laps 1-5 Layser. Lap 6 Nolan Allison, Lap 7 Layser, Laps 8-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-788, 2-Nolan Allison-745, 3-Neal Allison-722, 4-Jordan Empie-592, 5-Sam Hatfield-481, 6-Connor Gross-438, 7-Chris Lamb-425, 8-Levi Riffle-327, 9-Dameron Taylor-245, 10-Alex Murray-180.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: October 27 - Spotsylvania, Va. - Dominion Raceway

 

 

SWANSON SIGNS WITH NOLEN RACING FOR 2019 USAC SILVER CROWN RUN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Whiteland, Indiana.........Four-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson has signed with Nolen Racing to run the full 2019 USAC Silver Crown schedule.

Kingsburg, California's Swanson, who set the all-time Silver Crown wins record with his 24th victory last August at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, became a free agent following the closure of DePalma Motorsports earlier this week, whom he had raced for since the 2013 season and had accumulated 21 career wins with.

The Whiteland, Indiana-based Nolen Racing team has won 11 career Silver Crown races since the 1991 season with drivers Johnny Parsons, Jim Keeker, Tony Elliott, Shane Hollingsworth and Chris Windom. However, the team has yet to claim its first Silver Crown title. This past year, Nolen ran two cars full-time, finishing third and fifth in the series' standings with drivers Windom and Jerry Coons, Jr., respectively.

For 2019, the team will run one car on the Silver Crown trail for Swanson, who in 2018, raced a Gene Nolen-owned car to victory at the Payless Little 500, a grueling, 500-lap sprint car race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway. The win was Swanson's second in the race and Nolen's first.

Swanson scored five wins in a row this past summer, setting a new mark for consecutive triumphs. Interestingly enough, Swanson's run was stopped by a Nolen Racing car, which was driven by Windom to two-straight wins on the Illinois miles in Springfield and Du Quoin.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV HAS USAC SPRINTS LIVE FROM TERRE HAUTE THIS FRIDAY

Terre Haute, Indiana (October 10, 2018).........The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' final Midwest race of the season will be LIVE on Speed Shift TV this Friday, October 12, from the Terre Haute Action Track!

The "Wabash Clash" will feature a class field of top guns, three of which are entangled in a tight championship race separated by only 62 points. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings. Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, second in the standings, has won twice already at Terre Haute this season and is aiming to become the first driver since Levi Jones in 2005 to win three at Terre Haute in a single season. Chris Windom of Canton, Ill., is third in the standings, 62 back, and leads all active drivers with four career USAC Sprint wins at the famed half-mile.

Also on board to clash along the Wabash are Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon, who won the series' most recent stop at Terre Haute in September. Dave Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., is the winningest driver in the history of the series and returns to the site of where victory numero uno occurred for him in 1993. Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon is a two-time USAC Sprint Car winner at Terre Haute in 2012 and again in 2016.

C.J. Leary has not yet won in a USAC Sprint Car at Terre Haute, but is a veteran of victory lane in a Silver Crown car there back in 2016. The hottest driver in the series of late has been Justin Grant of Ione, Calif, who's won two of the last three. Like Leary, he's looking to break into the win column for the first time at Terre Haute in a USAC Sprint Car, but he did win in a Silver Crown car back in April of this year.

Coverage of the race will also be LIVE on the USAC app with free audio. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

If you're heading to the track, general admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

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THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK; A LEGENDARY PLACE FOR LEGENDARY RACERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........The Terre Haute Action Track is complete with legends. But, perhaps even more so, it's those drivers who make the Terre Haute Action Track a legend itself.

After all, the drivers who've won on the Terre Haute half-mile make up the top-16 on the list of all-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winners. That inherently means that these drivers get the job done pretty much anywhere they go regardless of the track and it's the racing heroes who've made the Action Track spectacular over the past six decades.

Terre Haute is the home of the next stop on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule this Friday, October 12, for the "Wabash Clash." The 160th points race for the series at Terre Haute will feature today's USAC racing heroes, ones who have established their track record of success at the famed western Indiana venue.

You can even trace all the way back to 30th in all-time USAC National Sprint career victories - Jerry Coons, Jr. and Bud Kaeding. Yep, they've both won at Terre Haute. But none have reached victory lane here more than Gary Bettenhausen and Jack Hewitt with eight apiece. Unsurprisingly, both reside in the top-eight in all-time USAC Sprint wins. Bettenhausen is eighth with 40 wins and Hewitt fourth after notching 46 victories.

All the drivers in between in terms of all-time wins - Dave Darland, Tom Bigelow, Tracy Hines, Larry Dickson, Pancho Carter and Bryan Clauson - have won at Terre Haute too.

Among the drivers expected to compete Friday at Terre Haute, nobody owns more victories in the seat of a USAC Sprint Car than Canton, Ill. driver Chris Windom with four scores. All those victories have come in the Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5, with a pair in 2011 and another two tacked on to his tally in October of 2016 and September of 2017.

There's five of who have won twice apiece at Terre Haute, including Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., who just won there at the most recent visit in September. He has a shot to become the second driver this season to win two-straight USAC Sprint Car races at Terre Haute, equaling what Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. did during May and July of this year for his first two career triumphs at the famed track. There have never been multiple repeat winners within a single season of USAC Sprint Car racing at Terre Haute.

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland has an interesting attribute in that his two career USAC Sprint Car wins at Terre Haute came 21 years apart from each other (1993-2014). No other driver has even come close to equaling that record of success, endurance and longevity.

It took a while for series point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. to return to Terre Haute victory lane once again at Terre Haute last October, four years following his breakthrough in 2013 in which he engaged in a wild late-race duel with Darland to get the win. Chase Stockon also took a four-year gap between his two, first coming in 2012 and then again in the summer of 2016 for the Fort Branch, Indiana driver at the track he considers home sweet home.

None of these are a given to win this Friday. The unpredictability of racing is a big reason of why we love this stuff. In fact, 19 drivers have earned their first career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Terre Haute including Jim Hurtubise (1961), Bobby Marshman (1963), Gary Bettenhausen (1968), Jim McElreath (1970), George Snider (1971), Joe Saldana & Mel Cornett (1973), Sheldon Kinser (1974), Chuck Gurney (1976), Chet Johnson (1982), Rusty McClure (1992), Darland (1993), J.J. Yeley (1997), Tony Jones, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Terry Pletch (1999), Richard Griffin (2000) and Aaron Farney (2015).

Additionally, you have those current established stars who've yet to have their breakthrough at Terre Haute in USAC National Sprint Car competition, including C.J. Leary and Justin Grant, both of whom have won in a Silver Crown car there, plus Carson Short and Kyle Cummins among others.

Perhaps a new hero of the Action Track will emerge. Perhaps it will be one from a crop of drivers who'll reaffirm their position as an Action Track hero of today. Either way, the storyline writes itself as it has time and time again - 159 times before.

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday, October 12, with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

General admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

Fans can watch Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

ALL-TIME TERRE HAUTE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

(8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

(6) J.J. Yeley, Bubby Jones & Sheldon Kinser

(5) Jim Hurtubise, Jon Stanbrough, Levi Jones & Rich Vogler

(4) Bud Kaeding, Chris Windom & Roger McCluskey

(3) Cary Faas, Daron Clayton, Don Branson, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Joe Saldana, Pancho Carter, Rick Hood, Steve Butler & Tracy Hines

(2) Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Chase Stockon, Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Dick Tobias, Greg Weld, Johnny Rutherford, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow & Tyler Courtney

(1) A.J. Foyt, Aaron Farney, Andy Linden, Billy Cassella, Bobby Marshman, Bobby Unser, Brad Sweet, Bryan Clauson, Charlie Masters, Chet Johnson, Chuck Gurney, Doug Kalitta, Ed Elisian, Eddie Leavitt, Eddie Sachs, Frankie Kerr, George Snider, James McElreath, Jan Opperman, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Kevin Thomas, Larry Dickson, Larry Rice, Mel Cornett, Richard Griffin, Robbie Stanley, Ron Shuman, Rusty McClure, Sam Sessions, Steve Chassey, Steve Kinser, Terry Pletch, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tony Elliott, Tony Jones & Tray House

 

 

DEPALMA MOTORSPORTS LEAVES ON TOP AFTER 5 STRAIGHT SILVER CROWN TITLES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lima, Ohio (October 9, 2018).........DePalma Motorsports, one of the most iconic and successful teams in the history of the USAC Silver Crown series, is riding into the sunset on top of their game, announcing that their 2018 championship season was the last for the Lima, Ohio-based team.

It concludes a magical five-year run with Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. DePalma Motorsports itself won the Silver Crown owner title each year they had Swanson as their full-time driver between 2014 and 2018. Swanson himself won Silver Crown driving titles in the DePalma No. 63 in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

The accomplishment of five consecutive series titles set by the team had never been seen before in the series, snapping the series record for streaking (four) set by Bob East/Tony Stewart Racing between 2002 and 2005 as well as Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, which grabbed four in a row from 2010 to 2013.

Along the way, Swanson and the DePalmas rewrote the record book, one of which Silver Crown participants will be chasing for years and years. Regardless of dirt or pavement, the combo was always up front.

This past year, Swanson and the DePalmas won five-straight races, breaking Jack Hewitt's long-standing, 32-year-old record of four-straight Silver Crown wins set in 1986. The last of Swanson's five wins, at Indiana's Salem Speedway, was the ultimate. Kody drove to his 24th career victory in the Silver Crown Champ Car Series, overtaking the top spot on the all-time win list.

With all that said, the accolades and the broken records have put the DePalmas at the pinnacle of the sport, but it's the people of racing that car owner Tony DePalma is going to miss the most.

"I've met a lot of good people in this sport and built a lot of great relationships," DePalma said. "It's been a pleasure to know a lot of people in this sport and it's really one of the most rewarding things besides, obviously, winning races. It's been really neat to get to know Kody's family and friends over the last several years. It's also fun to get to know our competitors. Yeah, they're the people we competed against, but most of them I view as friends. That's the most rewarding thing."

DePalma returned to Silver Crown racing in 2002, inheriting his uncle Ralph's stable of race cars after his passing. DePalma owned cars had notable runs with driver Mike Brecht in the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, turning in a 3rd in 2004 and a 2nd in 2006.

Following his father Jim's passing, the cars were mothballed so to speak before the family team returned in 2010, then hit the circuit full steam when they put Swanson full-time in the seat for the 2014 season and quickly found the magic touch that Tony's father and uncle used to claim the 1984 Silver Crown owner title with driver Dave Blaney.

The familiar sight of the No. 63 up front has been commonplace, and it will certainly be a change to see for those in the stands and those on the track, but also to the DePalma team.

"No doubt about it, we're going to miss it," DePalma admitted. "'We're going to miss the camaraderie, the anticipation and the anxiety of competing. We were always pretty stoked and focused, and it was a standing joke of 'hey, pass the bottle of antacid.' We were really uptight about each and every race, but that's part of the reason we did well is because we put so much into it."

The team put all they had into it and then some as they raised their game to exemplary heights. However, DePalma felt now was the right time to make the exit for a myriad of reasons.

"I saw my kids starting to miss things with their kids; that was one piece of it," DePalma began. "There are other things I want to pursue and have started to put into motion a little bit. I'm missing some of the things I shouldn't be missing. Long story short, what took me over the edge was, what a better exit point than this? We were going to have to exit at some point in time anyway. Maybe it's premature, but I've always believed, when I've looked at athletes in various sports, I've always scratched my head thinking 'why didn't you get out when you were on top?'"

As crazy as it seems now, Kody was still seen as primarily a "pavement specialist" at the time and was tabbed as the driver for the blacktop while he searched for rides on the dirt to prove himself as a capable shoe. He recorded a 2nd, 5th and another 2nd in the first three pavement outings for DePalma during that initial season together in 2013. For 2014, Kody was handed the keys to both the pavement and dirt rides and he hasn't missed a beat since, reeling off 21 wins together with the DePalmas, more than any other driver/team combination in the history of the series.

"These last five years and the relationships that my family and I have had with the DePalma family and this team have been career and life changing," Swanson said. "When we met, I may have been more at a breaking point than a crossroads in my career, and along with a few other key people, this family and race team gave me a chance to continue and an incredible opportunity to be part of something special. Over the years we were blessed to gel as a team, but developed further than that, and into a family of our own. Everyone that has been involved has gotten along together so well. We have developed relationships personally that treat each other like family, maybe even better in some cases, and has become a team that almost any and every other would pale in comparison to."

"I am extremely grateful to have raced and become friends with each and every member of this team, and for the sacrifices that each of them, and their families, have made as part of this team," Swanson continued. "It has been such a unique situation, and something not easily found in an entire team across any sport. Everyone involved gave it their all, without hesitation, and wanted to compete together for all the right reasons. We all wanted to do our best, and everyone put in all the effort they could to try to win races together. You simply can't ask for anything more than that in a team, and what we've been able to accomplish together has been incredible and something I am so thankful for my family and I to have been a part of."

 

 

YOUNG USAC SPRINT STARS CLIMBING ALL-TIME WIN LIST

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

One of the most fun things for a stat geek to look up is, you guessed it, stats. One of the more interesting stats for a fan of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing and an appreciation of its history is the list of career feature wins.

As we ride into a venue that has played a large part of that history, Indiana's Terre Haute Haute Action Track, this Friday, October 12 for the "Wabash Clash," one aspect of the list that has been quite noticeable this year is the rise of a few of the series' young stars up the rankings and compare how they stack up with those who came before them.

Notably, you can look to the top-four drivers in the USAC National Sprint Car points: Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom and Brady Bacon. All drivers who are in their prime, in their 20s, living it up on the track in the glory days of today.

With six victories this season, Cullman, Alabama's Thomas has climbed into the top-20 alongside legends A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey with 23 career wins, which he's racked up in a hurry. Seven last year and six already this year with six races remaining has put him at 13 over the past two years. With another season or two of putting up similar numbers, KT would find himself in the top-10 all-time in a hurry where Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler stand tied with 35 wins apiece.

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., has the "lowest" total of the bunch with 16, but relatively, he's just getting started. He's already picked off 10 this year to climb to 32nd on the list, tied with Damion Gardner. Courtney's already become a part of the record book this past September at the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, marking the tenth occasion a driver has reached at least 10 series wins in a season.

Windom is an already-established USAC star who's collected two national championships to his ever-growing resume. The 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 Sprint Car champ, who hails from Canton, Ill., has steadily worked his way up the list to 28th with 19 career wins with three triumphs this season.

When Bacon won recently at Terre Haute in September, the victory sent him to 22 career wins for 23rd place on the list, equaling Rick Hood, Bubby Jones and Sam Sessions. That score was the fourth of the season for the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver in his own Brady Bacon Racing No. 99.

Of course, they're all chasing the king of USAC National Sprint Cars, the one who's made more starts (731) and earned more victories (62) than any driver in the history of the series and lies fifth in the current standings right behind this group. He's had a resurgent year with three wins and definitely appears capable of pushing his records further out of reach for all those who trail him.

One thing all these drivers have in common is they've won at the Terre Haute Action Track in the seat of a USAC National Sprint Car. To be the best, you're going to have to tame one of the most legendary racetracks of them all. This Friday night, each will have a chance to do that as they not only climb up the all-time USAC rankings, but those of The Action Track as well.

Windom's won there four times. Bacon, Thomas and Courtney have two as does Darland. Odds are one of these will be part of the headline this time come Friday.

Despite that, future wins and successes can't be predicted, and drivers have to be at or near the top of their game for a long-time to put up the kinds of numbers Darland has. Thomas, Courtney, Windom and Bacon have sustained their successes for a while now and show no signs of slowing down. Time can only tell what the future will hold, but first things first. We'll see who tames Terre Haute first this Friday, shall we?

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday, October 12, with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

General admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

Fans can watch Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS:

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

9. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

10. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

12. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

13. [28 wins] Robert Ballou, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

16. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

18. [25 wins] Steve Butler & Jay Drake

20. [23 wins] A.J. Foyt, Roger McCluskey & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

23. [22 wins] Brady Bacon, Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions

27. [21 wins] Greg Weld

28. [19 wins] Chris Windom

29. [17 wins] Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones & Bud Kaeding

32. [16 wins] Tyler Courtney & Damion Gardner

34. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler

38. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman & Bruce Walkup

42. [13 wins] Don Branson & Steve Chassey

44. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

45. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Greg Leffler & Chase Stockon

48. [10 wins] Justin Grant & Tony Stewart

50. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

53. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

58. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, C.J. Leary, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

69. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

77. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh & Cole Whitt

93. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

104. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Ralph Liguori, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

126. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

155. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Bill Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jason McDougal, Jim McElreath, Bobby Olivero, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Jiggs Peters, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter, Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth


 

4TH ANNUAL JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 SET FOR DEC. 15 IN Du QUOIN

Du Quoin, Illinois (October 8, 2018).........The fourth running of the "Junior Knepper 55" returns to the USAC Midget calendar on Saturday, December 15 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

"Derek and I are very excited to announce the fourth running of the "Junior Knepper 55," Nick Knepper said. "The previous versions of this event have been tremendous, and we will continue to build upon our past successes. I'd like to thank my family, friends, and USAC for the continued support. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Southern Illinois Center on December 15th."

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

In 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team. In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps.

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Cars are scheduled to get on track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups. Event times, ticket prices and additional information will be announced in the near future.

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WABASH CLASH BRINGS USAC SPRINTS
TO TERRE HAUTE FRIDAY FOR MIDWEST FINALE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........The Midwest season finale for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars can be a bittersweet symphony. So much good racing, yet so little time remains to witness it as the clock winds down on 2018.

But, as it is with racing and stick and ball sports, when time runs short in a close battle, the pressure and intensity increase, which rises the crowd to its feet to see who's up to the challenge and who will succeed.

This Friday, October 12, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points battle comes to a head at the Hoosier State's lone half-mile dirt oval, the Terre Haute Action Track, for the "Wabash Clash" with the top-three in the standings separated by a mere 62 markers.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings by 34 points over Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. Thomas has won twice at Terre Haute in his USAC Sprint Car career, first taking the checkered in 2013 and once again in October of 2017. Thomas has scored six wins on the trail this year as he seeks his first USAC National title and the 12th owner title for Dynamics, Inc.

Courtney is the winningest driver in the series this year with 10 victories as he aims to track down Tom Bigelow's single-season win record of 14, set in 1977 with just six races remaining. Among the ten victories this season are a pair at Terre Haute, back in May and July. With another victory Friday, Courtney would become the first driver since Levi Jones in 2005 to win three USAC National Sprint Car features at Terre Haute in a season.

Windom is third in the standings, 62 back, and in search of becoming the first back-to-back series champ since 2012 and 2013. Terre Haute has been a playground of success for the Canton, Ill. driver over the years. He has four wins in USAC Sprint Car competition at Terre Haute, including twice in 2011, and once each in October of 2016 and in September of 2017.

Behind the race between the top-three is a battle for fourth that involves four drivers separated by just 43 points back to seventh: Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, C.J. Leary and Chase Stockon.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon may be fourth and out of contention for a third series title, but the 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist remains a threat to win any race down the stretch. Bacon is the most recent victor at Terre Haute back in September where he led the remaining 25 laps to score his second career victory at the track following his first win there in 2014.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., is the all-time leader in terms of USAC National Sprint Car victories with 62, yet only two of those have come at the track where the 1999 series champ made his series debut in 1986. The first of those two victories came in 1993, where he earned his first career series win. It took 21 years for him to follow it up with another score in 2014. He was in contention last October at Terre Haute, recording fast qualifying time, winning his heat and nearly pulling off another win at the famed half-mile.

Leary led the first five laps in September's round at Terre Haute on his way to a fourth-place finish. Leary's won once this season at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, but the Greenfield, Ind. driver has been on a bit of run lately despite a spill at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway in September. From the time of the last Terre Haute race leading into Lawrenceburg, Leary had put together finishes of 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd and 2nd. Leary is a past USAC winner at Terre Haute, capturing the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown race in 2016.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon is a two-time USAC Sprint Car winner at Terre Haute in 2012 and again in 2016. He won the season-opening race in Ocala, Fla. back in February, but hasn't found victory lane since. It was near this point last year in which Stockon found his second wind, ripping off a pair of victories to close out his season on a strong note. Along with his current consecutive starts streak that leads all drivers, Stockon has the longest current streak of top-five finishes in the final USAC National Sprint standings, dating to 2013.

Interestingly, the top-eight in the series standing have all won in USAC National competition at Terre Haute, including the hottest driver in the series of late, Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. Grant won the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown race earlier this April for his first win at Terre Haute. Grant has won two of the last three USAC National Sprint Car features after a 59-race winless drought with victories at Indiana's Kokomo and Lawrenceburg Speedways to close out the month of September.

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday, October 12, with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

General admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

Fans can watch Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2397, 2-Tyler Courtney-2363, 3-Chris Windom-2335, 4-Brady Bacon-2081, 5-Dave Darland-2063, 6-C.J. Leary-2043, 7-Chase Stockon-2038, 8-Justin Grant-1947, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Isaac Chapple-1383.

ALL-TIME TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

(8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

(6) J.J. Yeley, Bubby Jones & Sheldon Kinser

(5) Jim Hurtubise, Jon Stanbrough, Levi Jones & Rich Vogler

(4) Bud Kaeding, Chris Windom & Roger McCluskey

(3) Cary Faas, Daron Clayton, Don Branson, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Joe Saldana, Pancho Carter, Rick Hood, Steve Butler & Tracy Hines

(2) Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Chase Stockon, Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Dick Tobias, Greg Weld, Johnny Rutherford, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow & Tyler Courtney

(1) A.J. Foyt, Aaron Farney, Andy Linden, Billy Cassella, Bobby Marshman, Bobby Unser, Brad Sweet, Bryan Clauson, Charlie Masters, Chet Johnson, Chuck Gurney, Doug Kalitta, Ed Elisian, Eddie Leavitt, Eddie Sachs, Frankie Kerr, George Snider, James McElreath, Jan Opperman, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Kevin Thomas, Larry Dickson, Larry Rice, Mel Cornett, Richard Griffin, Robbie Stanley, Ron Shuman, Rusty McClure, Sam Sessions, Steve Chassey, Steve Kinser, Terry Pletch, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tony Elliott, Tony Jones & Tray House

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

Santa Maria, CA........Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. locked up the 2018 USAC West Coast Sprint car championship Saturday night, while Ryan Timmons of Pleasant Hill, Calif. won the series finale, leading all 30 laps at Santa Maria Raceway. Tristan Guardino finished second in the final race as Trent Carter took third ahead of Danny Faria Jr. and Steve Hix.

October 6, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Championship Night” – co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.661; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-13.874; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.011; 4. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-14.153; 5. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.283; 6. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.287; 7. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.312; 8. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.319; 9. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.321; 10. Ryan Timmons, 29T,Timmons-14.458; 11. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.461; 12. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.470; 13. Kyler Shaw, 92, Shaw-14.486; 14. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.608; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.636; 16. Bill Jones, 16J, Herrera-14.727; 17. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-14.866; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-15.061; 19. Tyler Most, 3, Most-15.163; 20. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.439; 21. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-15.615; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-16.348.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Guardino, 3. Timmons, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Ky.Shaw, 6. Jones, 7. Ervine, 8. Most. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Rutherford, 3. Cling, 4. Carter, 5. Hendricks, 6. Bock, 7. Herrera. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Wiley, 2. Liggett, 3. McQueen, 4. Mihocko, 5. Ko.Shaw, 6. Edwards, 7. Stolz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Timmons, 2. Tristan Guardino, 3. Trent Carter, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Steve Hix, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Kyler Shaw, 8. Koen Shaw, 9. Britton Bock, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. James Herrera, 12. Ricky Kirkbride, 13. Austin Ervine, 14. Kyle Edwards, 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Tyler Most, 17. Troy Rutherford, 18. Tom Hendricks, 19. Brandon Wiley, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Ryan Stolz, 22. Bill Jones. NT ---------------------------- **Rutherford flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Timmons SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: James Herrera (20th to 11th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 21&22 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “Turkey Night Grand Prix” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

Santa Maria, CA........Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget race at Santa Maria Raceway, protecting his series points lead in the process. Alex Schutte finished second to stay close in the standings, with Maria Cofer, Cody Swanson and Jake Swanson rounding out the "top-five" at the finish.

October 6, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.155; 2. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-14.179; 3. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-14.208; 4. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-14.263; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.306; 6. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-14.418; 7. Frankie Guerrini, 9F, Dodenhoff-14.468; 8. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-14.473; 9. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-14.577; 10. Buddy Kofoid, 73, Ford-14.583; 11. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.676; 12. Michelle Decker, 7, McQueen-15.272; 13. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.416; 14. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman,15.528; 15. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15, Hazelton-16.107; 16. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. C.Swanson, 3. Dalby, 4. J.Swanson, 5. Guerrini, 6. Sarna, 7. Nichols, 8. Hazelton-Heredia. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cofer, 2. Faccinto, 3. Prickett, 4. Anderson, 5. Decker, 6. Kofoid, 7. Beilman, 8. Josett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Alex Schutte, 3. Maria Cofer, 4. Cody Swanson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Frankie Guerrini, 8. David Prickett, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Michelle Decker, 11. Kyle Beilman, 12. Daniel Anderson, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15. Buddy Kofoid, 16. Robby Josett. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faccinto.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Beilman (14th to 11th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: October 27 – Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

 

WILSON WINS TITLE AS SMITH GRABS OKLAHOMA FINALE

Meeker, Okla.,,,,,,,,Bratt Wilson of Sapulpa, Okla. is the 2018 USAC Wingless Sprnts Oklahoma Champion following a nail-biting finish in the series finale Friday night at Red Dirt Raceway. Wilson finished 10th in the 25-lap feature but it was good enough to edge Cameron Hagin by four points and Danny Smith by 12 in the final tally. Smith, of Sapulpa, won the feature over Johnny Kent, Hagin, Ty Hulsey and Tim Kent.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2018 - Meeker, Oklahoma - Red Dirt Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 2. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 3. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 4. Jeffery Newell (#22X Newell), 5. Ryan Dean (#79x Dean), 8. Donovan Wise (#83 Taylor), 7. Duane Forsgren (#16 Forsgren). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Tyre II (#T16 Tyre). 2. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 3. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 4. Noah Gass (#20G Gass), 5. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 6. David McDuffee (#43 McDuffie), 7. Ryan Padgett (#98 Padgett). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 2. Casey Wills (#31X Wills), 3. Joshua Tyre (#4 Admire), 4. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 5. Jerry Jumper (#3X Jumper), 6. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 7. Roy Entze II (#2E Entze). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Danny Smith, 2. Johnny Kent, 3. Cameron Hagin, 4. Ty Hulsey, 5. Tim Kent, 6. Noah Gass, 7. Ryan Padgett, 9. Jeffery Newell, 9. Craig Carroll, 10. Brett Wilson, 11. Cody Jarvis, 12. Roy Entze II, 13. Michael Tyre II, 14. Donovan Wise, 15. Jerry Jumper, 16. Daune Forsgren, 17. David McDuffee, 18. Grant Wresche, 19. Casey Wills, 20. Ryan Dean. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Smith.

FINAL USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Wilson-1,360, 2-Hagin-1,356, 3-Smith-1,348, 4-J.Kent-1,286, 5-Tyre II-1,282, 6-Wills-1,207, 7-Carroll-1,082, 8-Wresche-1,034, 9-Jarvis-1,005, 10-Hulsey-934.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 3, 2018... The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water is back in action this Saturday, October 6th at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the ninth point race will also showcase the USAC West Coast vs Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Saturday event will be the 38th appearance of the “mighty midgets” at Santa Maria Raceway. Ron “Sleepy” Tripp, the all-time series leader with 104 victories, won the Santa Maria debut on May 11, 1985 and leads all drivers with six wins. In the last two appearances, Michael Faccinto was victorious on April 28th and “The Demon” Damion Gardner topped the August 11th “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” J.R. Lawson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.667, set on August 26, 1995 and a complete series win list at Santa Maria is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Santa Maria, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) holds a slim 11-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto led five laps at Ventura on September 15th before running second to Ronnie Gardner. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael has seven career victories and will be looking to continue his championship bid with another Santa Maria triumph.

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte finished sixteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, six heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight wins to his credit and will have his sights on the Saturday night victory.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) is third in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. Racing his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett rebounded to score third in Ventura’s September 17th main event. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led to his credit. Josett has four series wins and will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby led the first three laps at Ventura Raceway before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. Robert will have his sights on his first series win at Santa Maria.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth USAC Western States Midget point standings. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #24X Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett scored ninth in the September 15th main event. At press time, the 2012 Western Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led on the year. David has one USAC win and will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Currently ninth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Shannon McQueen, Clayton Ruston, Randi Pankratz, Frankie Guerrini, Marvin Mitchell, Maria Cofer, Dylan Ito, Jake Swanson, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Terry Nichols, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Military, Seniors, and Student (17-13) Tickets are $15, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Shane Golobic, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner.

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

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-552, 2. Alex Schutte-541, 3. Robby Josett-514, 4. Robert Dalby-451, 5. David Prickett-420, 6. C.J. Sarna-399, 7. Ronnie Gardner-370, 8. Shannon McQueen-334, 9. Kyle Beilman-319, 10. Clayton Ruston-310, 11. Randi Pankratz-306, 12. Frankie Guerrini-272, 13. Marvin Mitchell-262, 14. Ryan Bernal-260, 15. Maria Cofer-233, 16. Dylan Ito-184, 17. Daniel Anderson-181, 18. Cory Elliott-146, 19. Jake Swanson-138, 20. Bryan Drollinger-123.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

AUSTIN LIGGETT LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA “CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 3, 2018... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, October 6th. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “Championship Night” is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

In addition to crowning the USAC West Sprint Car Champion, Saturday’s “Championship Night” will also celebrate the local Santa Maria track champions. Last year, Jake Swanson earned the series title, Trent Carter took his second Santa Maria crown, and Tristan Guardino led all 30-laps to score the main event win.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-six West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. In the last three appearances, Troy Rutherford claimed the April 28th show, Austin Liggett topped the June 9th “Ron Otto Memorial,” and Bernal scored the August 11 “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. A complete series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

Entering the final point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has a 63-point lead over the competition and could be the first driver to earn rookie of the year honors (2012) and the championship. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett scored twelfth in the August 25th feature at Ventura’s “Battle at the Beach Race #3.” To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the year. Austin has seven career wins and will be looking to celebrate a “Championship Night” victory.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) is second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won Ventura’s “Battle at the Beach Race #3.” At press time, the micro sprint graduate has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 49 feature laps led to his credit. With five career wins, Tristan will have his sights on his second “Championship Night” triumph and a shot at the crown.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons charged from twelfth to second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Heading to the fourteenth point race, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, Ryan will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen raced from sixteenth to eighth at Ventura’s August 25th main event. At press time, the 2012 USAC Western Midget Champion has eleven top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led on the year. Shannon will race double duty with the USAC Western States Midgets and will have her sights on her first sprint car win at Santa Maria Raceway.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) is fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix had a solid fourth place finish at Ventura Raceway. To date, Steve has one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Hix will be looking to earn his first series feature win at the “Championship Night.”

Currently seventh in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Koen Shaw, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Troy Rutherford, Brandon Wiley, Trent Carter, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, Matt Day, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, CA) leads the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Car point standings. Ryan Stolz, Jordan Linson, James Herrera, Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Kaleb Montgomery, Matt Day, Brandon Wiley, and Shannon McQueen round out the top-10 in points.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Military, Seniors, and Student (17-13) Tickets are $15, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

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

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

CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT WINNERS: 2017-Tristan Guardino.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Timmons.

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

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-895, 2-Tristan Guardino-832, 3-Ryan Timmons-763, 4-Shannon McQueen-684, 5-Steve Hix-657, 6-Koen Shaw-632, 7-Britton Bock-562, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-556, 9-Austin Ervine-486, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 11-Ryan Bernal-437, 12-Jace Vander Weerd-433, 13-Ryan Stolz-428, 14-Troy Rutherford-338, 15-Jake Swanson-312, 16-Brandon Wiley-311, 17-Trent Carter-225, 18-Kaleb Montgomery-213, 19-Kyle Smith-183, 20-Kyle Edwards-180.

2018 SANTA MARIA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Trent Carter-202, 2-Ryan Stolz-180, -Jordan Linson-180, 4-James Herrera-174, 5-Austin Liggett-130, 6-Tristan Guardino-118, 7-Kaleb Montgomery-112, -Matt Day-112, 9-Brandon Wiley-110, 10-Shannon McQueen-108, 11-Koen Shaw-106, 12-Steve Hix-103, -Ryan Timmons-103, 14-Britton Bock-98, 15-Austin Ervine-97, 16-Ryan Bernal-81, 17-Danny Faria Jr.-75, 18-Patrick Frisco-65, 19-Troy Rutherford-64, 20-Tanner Thorson-44.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FRIDAY'S RED DIRT FINALE FACES 3 USAC WSO HOPEFULS

Meeker, Oklahoma.........Friday's USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma finale at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. will showcase the battle for series supremacy between three primary drivers. Point leader Brett Wilson has a 29-point lead over Cameron Hagin and a 52-point lead over Danny Smith as those three are expected to fight for the crown Friday.

Wilson has three wins and a third in nine starts, while Hagin, lacking a feature win, has a second and three thirds in 10 starts. Smith has three wins and a pair of seconds.

Friday's race will be the fifth at Red Dirt this year. Winners so far have been Wilson, Smith, Andrew Deal and Johnny Kent.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Brett Wilson-1,250, 2-Cameron Hagin-1,221; 3-Danny Smith-1,198, 4-Michael Tyre-1,178, 5-Johnny Kent-1,144, 6-Casey Wills-1,115, 7-Cody Jarvis-997, 8-Craig Carroll-969, 9-Grant Wresche-940, 10-Kyle Clark-931.

 

 

USAC EASTERN SPEED2S HEAD FOR DURHAM SATURDAY

Durham, North Carolina (October 3, 2018).........Jessica Bean leads the USAC Eastern Speed2 Midgets to this Saturday night's race at Orange County Speedway in Durham, N.C. She enjoys a 29-point lead over Nolan Allison entering the race.

Mitchell Davis of Auburn, Ill. won Sunday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget finale at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill., while Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. laid claim to the 2018 series championship. Trailing Mitchell Sunday were Sean Murphy, Brent Burrows, Tyler Roth and Daltyn England. Karter Sarff led the first 14 laps before Davis led the final six.

Alex Watson of Columbus, Ohio won Saturday night's USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget finale at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway. Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio finished third and claimed the 2018 series championship. Cory Guingrich finished second Saturday ahead of Leffel, Jon Steed and Kevin Blue.

Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. won Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. Joey Iest, Adam Lemke, Elvis Rankin and Johnny Nichols rounded out the top five.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-652, 2-Nolan Allison-623, 3-Neal Allison-599, 4-Jordan Empie-494, 5-Sam Hatfield-481, 6-Connor Gross-315, 7-Chris Lamb-286, 8-Dameron Taylor-245, 9-Levi Riffle-223, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-1,165, 2-Shane Morgan-909, 3-Brent Burrows-762, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Kurt Mueller-653, 6-Jake Sollenberger-629, 7-Daltyn England-605, 8-Kevin Battefeld-590, 9-Tyler Roth-486, 10-Sean Murphy-474.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-786, 2-Alex Watson-635, 3-Stratton Briggs-602, 4-Jon Steed-565, 5-Cory Guingrich-520, 6-Jon Watson-482, 7-Chett Gehrke-432, 8-Kyle Kreigbaum-350, 9-Kevin Blue-322, 10-Trey Osborne-278.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-1,164, 2-Joey Iest-895, 3-Johnny Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-509, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Toni Breidinger-302, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryant Bell-127.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-805, 2-Joey Iest-631, 3-Johnny Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Toni Breidinger-302, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Bryant Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

GARDNER & SWANSON SHINE AT USAC/CRA “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 1, 2018... Securing the lead from R.J. Johnson on lap seventeen, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) streaked to last Saturday’s “Hall of Fame Classic” victory at Arizona Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner earned his fifth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Logan Seavey, hard charger Brody Roa, Johnson, and Friday night winner Jake Swanson.

As the green flag waved, outside front row starter Johnson grabbed the early lead. Despite a few caution flags, Johnson maintained the top spot and led the first ten laps at the San Tan Valley clay oval. Charging from sixth, Gardner powered to the lead on the next circuit but Johnson had other plans. Reclaiming the top spot on the following lap and looking for his first win of the campaign, R.J. led the next five laps in the Moose Racing #92 Triple X. “The Demon” returned the favor for the lead and held off a late surge by Seavey and Roa to take the checkered flags.

Gardner swept the Saturday night finale by setting his sixth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time, winning the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and claiming the 80th series win of his career. With twenty-one racers in the pit area, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) topped the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3 and earned the Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with a third place run from nineteenth.

Friday’s opening night of the “Hall of Fame Classic” belonged to Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA). Starting on the pole position and despite losing his brakes, Swanson led all 30-laps in John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC. Swanson’s win marked the first USAC/CRA triumph for Team AZ Racing and the second career victory for their driver. Roa, Gardner, Johnson, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) began the “Hall of Fame Classic” be earning his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time aboard the Reinbold / Underwood #19S AME Electrical Spike. Matt Rossi (Glendale, AZ) topped the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, Gardner won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2, and Malcolm claimed the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, AZ) dropped two cylinders of his 360 engine and earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with an eleventh place run from eighteenth.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will take a break and return to action on Saturday, October 20th at Perris Auto Speedway. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the nineteenth point race will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Bullet Impressions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 28&29, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

9/28 FRIDAY SAN TAN VALLEY FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Austin Williams, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. Matt Rossi, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Zack Madrid, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Logan Williams, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Logan Seavey, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Austin Ervine. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Swanson
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Bruce St. James (18th to 11th)
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9/29 SATURDAY SAN TAN VALLEY FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Brody Roa, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Austin Williams, 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Bruce St. James, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Logan Williams, 18. Matt Lundy, 19. Austin Ervine, 20. Matt Rossi, 21. Joel Rayborne. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Johnson, Lap 11 Gardner, Laps 12-16 Johnson, Laps 17-30 Gardner.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (14th to 3rd)
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1292, 2. Damion Gardner-1262, 3. Austin Williams-1108, 4. Cody Williams-1012, 5. Jake Swanson-947, 6. Max Adams-912, 7. R.J. Johnson- 898, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-789, 10. Chris Gansen-750, 11. Tommy Malcolm-600, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-436, 15. Joel Rayborne-401, 16. Austin Ervine-359, 17. Verne Sweeney-309, 18. Matt Rossi-258, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-256, 20. Austin Liggett-252.
2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC MIDGETS ADDED TO WINTER DIRT GAMES
TO OPEN 2019 USAC SEASON IN FLORIDA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida.........The season-opening kickoff to USAC's 2019 National calendar has expanded with the addition of USAC Midget National Championship racing to the February festivities at Bubba Raceway Park along with the annual appearance by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

"Winter Dirt Games has annually been one of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' greatest traditions over the past decade," said Levi Jones, USAC Series Coordinator. "The addition of USAC National Midgets to the event adds makes it even that much bigger. This is truly going to be a can't-miss event, and what a way it will be to open up the 2019 USAC season!"

The Midgets will make their debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, the first appearance by the series in the Sunshine State in five seasons.

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

While "Winter Dirt Games" has certainly proven to be a top-notch event among drivers seeking to get their season started off on the right foot, it's also been the same for fans who exit the winter weather for a much-needed foray into the "Sunshine State" to witness the most competitive racing series' lone appearance in the state during the year.

"This is one of those events that everybody circles on their calendars," track owner Tom Bean said. "Next year, it's getting even bigger and better with two premier USAC divisions on board and I'm beyond thrilled to get the 2019 season started in a big way."

Twenty-one USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at the track since 2011. Chase Stockon won the 2018 season opener at Ocala while Tyler Courtney captured the next two. Bryan Clauson is the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at Bubba's with four victories in four different seasons. Damion Gardner has won three times while Tracy Hines, Brady Bacon, Courtney and Robert Ballou have each scored a pair of victories. Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Justin Grant, Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

Meanwhile, USAC Midget events in the Florida has been few and far between since the inception of the club in 1956. Only seven times have USAC Midgets ventured to Florida over the years. The most recent occasion was on the pavement at New Smyrna Speedway in 2013, won by Bobby Santos and Kyle Larson. The first USAC Midget races in Florida came in a week span during 1963. Johnny Riva and Bob Wente were victorious at Palmetto Speedway while Chuck Rodee and Wente also picked up victories at Golden Gate Speedway. It was another 42 years before the series returned in 2005 for a non-points special event at Orlando Speed World Speedway, won by Josh Wise.

Additional info on the events will be made public in the coming months.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS TREK TO MISSOURI & KANSAS FOR DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND AT LAKE OZARK & LAKESIDE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........Nearing the end of the season, a team has one of two directions to go. They can rise to the occasion or wither on the vine.

This past weekend, we saw at least two drivers rise to the occasion when they needed it the most: Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas, Jr., who are hitting their respective strides as the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars move into the month of October where two races lie ahead this weekend west of the Mississippi.

Friday, October 5, the series aims its compass toward Eldon, Missouri and Lake Ozark Speedway for its first trip to the 1/3-mile dirt oval since 2006. The following night, Saturday, October 6, Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans. returns to the docket for its 19th all-time appearance on the series schedule.

Grant was in a different scenario last year at this point. Heading into October of 2017, Grant was the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint point leader and gunning for the title while Thomas had no points weighing on his shoulders, just winning races were on his mind. This time, the roles are reversed as Thomas holds a 34-point lead in the standings with just eight races remaining and Grant can play the spoiler.

After a tumultuous first seven months of the season, Grant and TOPP Motorsports finally broke through this past weekend with a pair of $10 Grand wins at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway for their first two victories of the season.

Meanwhile, Thomas' weekend started out sluggish with a 10th at Kokomo. He followed it up with his sixth score of the season at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, then added a fifth at Lawrenceburg to punctuate the weekend and stay afloat atop the points in his quest for a first USAC National title.

Momentum is a huge player toward the end of the year. Some find it, and some are seemingly like a ship without a rudder. It behooves the drivers who found the "Big Mo" to avoid doing their Sir Isaac Newton impressions and come back to Earth at this point. This weekend's lone trips to Lake Ozark and Lakeside could be the catalyst in who goes up and who goes down as we hit the balance of the season.

Jerry Coons, Jr. won the most recent series outing at Lake Ozark in 2006 for Dynamics, Inc., the team that Thomas has taken to the threshold of a possible 12th USAC National Sprint Car title at year's end. The only other USAC regular expected to compete in this Friday's race to have USAC Sprint Car experience at Lake Ozark, Dave Darland, finished third that day. The only other occasion the series has visited the Show-Me State this season was a September race won by Jason McDougal at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars have made the trip to Missouri 24 previous times with Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. winning the most recent occasion in 2017 at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly.

Courtney stands second in points ahead of Canton, Illinois native and St. Louis resident Chris Windom, who's 62 behind leader Thomas while Brady Bacon resides in fourth, out of the race for the title, but by no means has he bowed out of competition for winning races. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon won last summer at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans., host of this Saturday's race.

There have been 18 previous appearances at the new and old Lakeside Speedways, on both the dirt and pavement, by the series since its first race there in 1963, won by Don Branson. Coming into Saturday night's event, 14 of the 18 past winners at Lakeside are either USAC champions, National Sprint Car Hall of Famers (NSCHOF) or, in some cases, both.

Branson, a 1994 NSCHOF inductee, kicked it off with a Lakeside victory in 1963. By that point, the Rantoul, Illinois driver had already established himself as one of the greats with a USAC Midwest Sprint Car title from 1959 already affixed to his resume. A year following his Lakeside win, Branson captured the National Sprint Car championship and is one of five to achieve honors as a member of the NSCHOF to go along with a USAC National title and a USAC Sprint Car feature win at Lakeside, including Greg Weld, Robbie Stanley and Tony Elliott.

USAC National Champions make up the next group of Lakeside winners. Kenny Irwin, Jr. and Dave Steele never became National Sprint Car titlists. Irwin earned the 1996 National Midget title while Steele was the king of Silver Crown in 2004 and 2005. However, the two were standouts in the sprint car ranks throughout their careers, primarily on the pavement. Lakeside fit them to a T during the 1990s when the track's surface was converted to asphalt and those two took advantage by winning in consecutive years: Irwin in 1995 and Steele in 1996.

Two-time USAC Sprint champ Brian Tyler (1996-97) was the final winner on the Lakeside pavement in 1998. USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley snared a win following the return to dirt in 2001. Robert Ballou, the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ, is the only driver to have scored multiple USAC Sprint wins at Lakeside, tallying consecutive triumphs in 2015 and 2016.

Jud Larson, a NSCHOF inductee in 1992, took Lakeside in 1965. "Outlaw" sprint drivers who made the bulk of their hall of fame careers mainly with the wing - Doug Wolfgang and Smokey Snellbaker - made a rare stop with USAC to win Lakeside in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

Highly successful standout drivers in their own right, 5-time Indy 500 starter/5-time USAC Midget winner Arnie Knepper (1966 Lakeside winner) and six-time Indy 500 starter Carl Williams (1968) won on the old Lakeside Speedway half-mile. Five-time USAC Sprint winner Jim Mahoney (1991), 2016 winner Thomas Meseraull (8 USAC Sprint wins) each have risen to the top at the "new" Lakeside Speedway that opened in 1989.

Grant (8th in points) ran second at Lakeside in 2017 ahead of Windom, Chase Stockon (7th in points), Courtney, Leary (6th in points). Before the last two weekends, the best career USAC finish by Isaac Chapple (10th in points) was a 22nd to 7th charge at Lakeside in 2016. The surging Chapple got a 3rd at Eldora, then followed up with another 3rd at Gas City after leading the first 25 laps of the contest.

Friday at Lake Ozark, pit gates open at 3pm while the front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting is slated for 6:30pm with cars on track at 7pm. Adult tickets are $18, senior & military are $16 and kids 7-13 years old are $5. Kids 6 and under are FREE! Adult pit passes are $30, while children's pit passes are $20 for kids age 6-13 years and $3 for small ones age 5 and under.

Saturday at Lakeside, pit gates open at 4:30pm and the front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting is a go for 6pm with cars set to hit the track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, children age 12 and under are FREE. Seniors over the age of 65, plus military and students with proper ID are $15. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $10 for children 6 and under. General admission terrace seats are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military. Kids age 6-12 are $8 and 5 and under are FREE. Suite seats are $40 for adults, $20 for kids age 7-12 and $10 for 6 and under.

As with every USAC National race, you can catch both races on-demand a day following the completion of the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can listen to the race live on the USAC app, plus follow along with all the action on USAC's social media channels on Twitter: @usacnation, Facebook: USAC Racing and Instagram: @usacnation.

 

 

DAVIS TAKES CANTON FINALE; BAUGH GRABS IMRA CHAMPIONSHIP

Canton, IL........Mitchell Davis of Auburn, Ill. won Sunday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget finale at Spoon River Speedway, while Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. laid claim to the 2018 series championship. Trailing Mitchell Sunday were Sean Murphy, Brent Burrows, Tyler Roth and Daltyn England. Karter Sarff led the first 14 laps before Davis led the final six.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry),2. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 3. Sean Murphy (#5M Murphy), 4. Daltyn England (#19E England), 5. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 6. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 7. Tori Smirh (#18 Smith), 8. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 2. Charlie Kunz (#27 Kunz), 3. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 4. Mark McMahill (57 McMahill), 5. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 6. Patrick Ryan (#23 Ryan). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#51R Johnson), 2. Karter Sarff (#6B Baugh), 3. Austin Archdale (#7x Mahan), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Tyler Roth (#18 Roth), 6. Christopher Adrien (#21 Adrien). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis, 2. Sean Murphy, 3. Brent Burrows, 4. Tyler Roth, 5. Daltyn England, 6. Kevin Battefeld, 7. Jeff Sparks, 8. Tori Smith, 9. Patrick Ryan, 10. Kurt Mueller, 11. John Heitzman, 12. Shane Morgan, 13. Charlie Kunz, 14. Karter Sarff, 15. Austin Archdale, 16. Mark McMahill, 17. Christopher Adrien, 18. Jeremy Hull, 19. Scott Koerner, 20. Andy Baugh. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Carter, Laps 15-20 Davis.

FINAL ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-1,165, 2-Morgan-909, 3-Burrows-762, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Mueller-653, 6-Jake Sollenberger-629, 7-England-605, 8-Battefeld-590, 9-Roth-486, 10-Murphy-474.

 

 

MONEYMAN GRANT CASHES 10K
ONCE AGAIN AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Justin Grant's wait to win his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the season didn't take nearly as long as it took to get his first.

Following his first series victory in nearly 16 months on Thursday, the Ione, Calif. native only had to endure two more nights to tally up his next triumph, Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The waiting may be the hardest part, but patience does reap its own rewards in the end. For the second time in three nights, Grant pocketed 10-grand by virtue of his victory in the TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - The Bow Foundation/Maxim/TOPP Gaerte.

"It's been a rough year and we can definitely use the money at the Grant household. We're happy to have it," Grant said with a laugh. "To win one race that pays anything against these guys right now is awesome. To win a couple big ones in a single weekend, you can't ask for better than that. I feel like a sprint car driver again. I'm having a blast and remembering why I do this stuff now."

Grant pushed to the lead from his outside front row starting spot around pole sitter Dave Darland on the initial lap, but any early momentum he gained was stifled when C.J. Leary found trouble in turn one on the second lap, sending him into a wild flip and a not-so-graceful landing. Leary, who had earlier set fast time, won his heat and had moved from sixth to fourth on the opening lap, gingerly exited his war-torn machinery and would ultimately have to take a visit for X-rays on his neck and back.

On the ensuing restart, second-running Bacon put his tail up on the fence and used a diamond move to run Grant down like a cheetah tracking down a gazelle, blowing by Grant for the lead midway down the back straightaway. Grant fought back, trying to slide underneath Bacon, but each time, Bacon's diamond shined brighter than 10 karats, pulling away and stretching out his lead until Brandon Spithaler's turn four spin and small flare-up flame brought out the caution on lap 12. Grant now had a reprieve and he wasn't going to let it go to waste.

"I was running the bottom in (turns) three and four and shortcutting it to the cushion, staying out of the holes getting into one," Grant recalled. "But I was kind of hanging off two. I knew I was hanging there, but I didn't know if you could run in above the holes or through the holes into one and two and diamond down. And I knew Leary had gotten into the fence in one, so I figured that's what he had done. So, I was a bit hesitant to try it. When Brady drove by us doing the diamond off two, I followed him for a few laps and figured out how our car wanted to get through there to do it right. I felt like we were nipping at his lead a little bit."

Grant immediately rared back his axe and took his first swing in turn one on the lap 12 restart, sliding up in front of Bacon briefly for the point. Bacon got back by, but Grant had wrapped his lasso to the #99 of Bacon by then. When push came to shove at the exit of turn four on the 13th lap, Grant was there to capitalize and move his way back into the lead.

"On the restart, I was able to get in, slide him and chalk him up," Grant remembered. "He went to block the slider into three and got to bouncing and we were able to sneak by. I felt like his car was a little better in turns one and two and I was freed up enough to run three and four hard and he just got to bouncing. Once we figured out how to use the holes in one and two and get the diamond down off two, I felt really good and I didn't know if anybody had anything for us once we got rolling in that line. I couldn't do it faster than how I was doing it. Every time during the cautions, I started to settle down in the seat and I reminded myself I've got no stake in points in this deal and I really need the money. It's 10-grand to win. If there's a night to hang one in the fence trying to win, this is the night."

As Bacon tussled with Courtney for the second spot, Grant gained some leeway to a one-second-plus lead until lap 22 when lapped traffic came into play. Grant was in expert mode as he navigated through the back part of the field, keeping Bacon at an arm's length distance entering the final five laps.

The distance became closer and nearer, with Bacon cutting the interval to eight tenths, six tenths and, finally, four tenths. On the final lap, Bacon had one more bullet in the chamber as he followed Grant into turn one. However, his right rear caught the outer concrete, took a hop and skip that was enough for Grant to gain back his breathing space, which he used to secure his second USAC National Sprint Car victory of the season (and the weekend) and the 10th of his career, tying him with Tony Stewart for 48th all-time.

"It's been a rough year and we can definitely use the money at the Grant household. We're happy to have it. To win one race that pays anything against these guys right now is awesome. To win a couple big ones in a single weekend, you can't ask for better than that. I feel like a sprint car driver again. I'm having a blast and remembering why I do this stuff now." - Justin Grant (Ryan Sellers Photo)

After a seven-month dry spell in USAC competition since Grant and TOPP paired up at the beginning of the 2018 season, the two have finally found the recipe for success that so many felt this combo was capable of all along.

"We've been gaining on them a little bit around Indiana Sprint Week time," Grant explained. "The big kick is we found stuff with the cars and got our engine program ripping a lot better. The motors are hitting really hard now and it's just letting me do a lot of stuff that I couldn't do before. I can get in the cushion and I've got enough motor to get myself out of trouble now. Between that, having a few good runs and getting some confidence going, we're feeling like we know what we're doing again."

Bacon finished second ahead of Courtney, Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr. Windom had to move to a backup car after a violent flip during qualifying in his primary, picking up hard charger honors after racing from 18th to 4th. Thomas, meanwhile, had his point lead clenched up to 34 points over Courtney in second and 62 in front of Windom in third.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway were C.J. Leary (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Carson Short (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Brian VanMeveren (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2018 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.877; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.946; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.954; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.998; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.028; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.105; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.122; 8. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.181; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.207; 10. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-14.238; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.267; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.271; 13. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.351; 14. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-14.383; 15. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.391; 16. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.457; 17. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.506; 18. Justin Peck, 04, Burton-14.535; 19. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.549; 20. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.563; 21. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-14.585; 22. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-14.741; 23. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.754; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.808; 25. Brandon Spithaler, 77, Gagliardi-14.942; 26. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. Jackson, 3. Grant, 4. Cottle, 5. Stockon, 6. VanMeveren, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Spithaler, 9. Bilbee. 2:00.05

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Short, 2. Westfall, 3. Andretti, 4. Darland, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Windom, 7. DiMattia, 8. Rodgers, 9. Courtney. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Gaines, 3. Hodges, 4. Peck, 5. McDougal, 6. Chapple, 7. Hewitt, 8. Abrams. 1:57.93

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Chapple, 4. Hewitt, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Spithaler, 7. Bilbee, 8. VanMeveren, 9. DiMattia, 10. Abrams, 11. Rodgers. 2:58.67

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Chris Windom (18), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Jarett Andretti (11), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Isaac Chapple (8), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Dakota Jackson (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (16), 15. Matt Westfall (14), 16. Justin Peck (15), 17. Jason McDougal (12), 18. Shane Cottle (10), 19. Dickie Gaines (17), 20. Brandon Spithaler (21), 21. C.J. Leary (6). NT
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**Windom flipped during qualifying. Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-12 Bacon, Laps 13-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (18th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brian VanMeveren

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brian VanMeveren

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2397, 2-Courtney-2363, 3-Windom-2335, 4-Bacon-2081, 5-Darland-2063, 6-Leary-2043, 7-Stockon-2038, 8-Grant-1947, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1383.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 5 - Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, Missouri

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 29, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.439; 2. Logan Seavey, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-15.535; 3. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.557; 4. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.791; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.834; 6. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.897; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-15.916; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.936; 9. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.947; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.962; 11. Austin Willams, 2, Jory-15.982; 12. Zack Madrid, 15, Fly-16.142; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.247; 14. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.265; 15. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.270; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.319; 17. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.865; 18. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-17.078; 19. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-17.365; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-19.867; 21. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. Martin, 4. L.Williams, 5. McCarthy, 6. Rossi, 7. Ervine. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Seavey, 3. Davis, 4. C.Williams, 5. A.Williams, 6. Mihocko, 7. Rayborne. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. Madrid, 5. St. James, 6. Gansen, 7. Lundy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Brody Roa, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Austin Williams, 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Bruce St. James, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Logan Williams, 18. Matt Lundy, 19. Austin Ervine, 20. Matt Rossi, 21. Joel Rayborne. NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Johnson, Lap 11 Gardner, Laps 12-16 Johnson, Laps 17-30 Gardner. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (14th to 3rd)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 20 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

BREIDINGER #1 IN MADERA SPEED2S

Madera, CA........Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. won Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera Speedway. Joey Iest, Adam Lemke, Elvis Rankin and Johnny Nichols rounded out the top five.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-14.464; 2. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-14.596; 3. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.605; 4. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-14.910; 5. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-NT.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps): 1. Breidinger, 2. Lemke, 3. Rankin, 4. Iest, 5. Michols. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Adam Lemke, 4. Elvis Rankin, 5. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Iest, Laps 3-30 Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,164, 2-Iest-895, 3-Nichols-535, 4-Blake BBrannon-509, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Breidinger-302, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryan Bell-127.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-805, 2-Iest-631, 3-Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Breidinger-302, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Bryant Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: October 27-28 - Stockton (CA) 99 Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 29, 2018 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.877; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.946; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.954; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.998; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.028; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.105; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.122; 8. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.181; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.207; 10. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-14.238; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.267; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.271; 13. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.351; 14. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-14.383; 15. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.391; 16. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.457; 17. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.506; 18. Justin Peck, 04, Burton-14.535; 19. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.549; 20. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.563; 21. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-14.585; 22. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-14.741; 23. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.754; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.808; 25. Brandon Spithaler, 77, Gagliardi-14.942; 26. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. Jackson, 3. Grant, 4. Cottle, 5. Stockon, 6. VanMeveren, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Spithaler, 9. Bilbee. 2:00.05

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Short, 2. Westfall, 3. Andretti, 4. Darland, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Windom, 7. DiMattia, 8. Rodgers, 9. Courtney. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Gaines, 3. Hodges, 4. Peck, 5. McDougal, 6. Chapple, 7. Hewitt, 8. Abrams. 1:57.93

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Chapple, 4. Hewitt, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Spithaler, 7. Bilbee, 8. VanMeveren, 9. DiMattia, 10. Abrams, 11. Rodgers. 2:58.67

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Chris Windom (18), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Jarett Andretti (11), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Isaac Chapple (8), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Dakota Jackson (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (16), 15. Matt Westfall (14), 16. Justin Peck (15), 17. Jason McDougal (12), 18. Shane Cottle (10), 19. Dickie Gaines (17), 20. Brandon Spithaler (21), 21. C.J. Leary (6). NT ---------------------------- **Windom flipped during qualifying. Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-12 Bacon, Laps 13-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (18th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brian VanMeveren

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brian VanMeveren

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2397, 2-Courtney-2363, 3-Windom-2335, 4-Bacon-2081, 5-Darland-2063, 6-Leary-2043, 7-Stockon-2038, 8-Grant-1947, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1383.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 5 - Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, Missouri

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

San Tan Valley, AZ........Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. won the opening night feature of the "Hall of Fame Classic" at Arizona Speedway, leading all 30 laps. AMSOIL USAC/CRA point leader Brody Roa finished second ahead of Damion Gardner, R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. Night two is scheduled Saturday.

September 28, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Logan Seavey, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-15.150; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.212; 3. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.215; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.237; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.299; 6. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.363; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.388; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.394; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.412; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.484; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-15.517; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.520; 13. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.605; 14. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-15.699; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-15.766; 16. Zack Madrid, 15, Fly-15.865; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.921; 18. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.932; 19. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.163; 20. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.352; 21. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-16.984.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. Davis, 3. Swanson, 4. Madrid, 5. A.Williams, 6. Seavey, 7. Rayborne. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Mihocko, 3. Roa, 4. McCarthy, 5. C.Williams, 6. Lundy, 7. Faria. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Johnson, 3. L.Williams, 4. St. James, 5. Martin, 6. Gansen, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Austin Williams, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. Matt Rossi, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Zack Madrid, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Logan Williams, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Logan Seavey, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Austin Ervine. NT ---------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Swanson SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Bruce St. James (18th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 29 – Arizona (AZ) Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

THOMAS A REBEL WITH A CAUSE IN GAS CITY'S JAMES DEAN CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana.........James Dean was a rebel, one not exactly keen on following the rules. At least that's how the 1950s movie star's iconic roles were portrayed on the silver screen.

Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway's "James Dean Classic," Kevin Thomas, Jr. showed his rebellious side, not being content to follow in second. Instead, he strayed from the path and created his own way to glory for his sixth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the year, moving himself into the top-20 all-time in series wins with 23, equaling legends A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.

Thomas ran second behind Isaac Chapple in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Jonathan Byrd/DRC/Speedway Chevy for the first 25 circuits of the 30-lap feature, but steadily worked the top line until it became his red carpet, then drove around Chapple for the lead with five laps remaining to capture his second career USAC win at the quarter-mile dirt oval and first since 2013.

"Being in the second spot makes you move around, even if you don't want to, and even if the bottom is the preferred line or the top, whatever it may be," Thomas explained. "You have to move around and search, maybe use a slower line, but make it faster. We searched and searched and searched, tried two, three, four different times, different lines, different corners. It's not that we even found the faster line. I think he just slipped up a little bit there in turns three and four and that let us get by. We were just on the right part of the racetrack at the right time."

Thomas started fourth, yet managed to get up to the front in quick fashion as he and outside front row starter Chapple split around pole sitter Jason McDougal heading into turn one to occupy the top-two spots with Chapple up front and Thomas trailing just behind.

The two would be Elmer's-glued to each other for the first two-thirds of the event as Chapple worked the middle-to-low line and Thomas danced around, top and bottom, in search of his own groove that would carry him to the front.

By the 19th lap, Thomas' began to enjoy the fruits of his labor, finally finding consistent bite up top, relentlessly carving out the top groove to close within striking distance of Chapple while heavy lapped traffic loomed. However, the traffic game would be scrapped from the table when Dallas Hewitt spun to a stop off the banking between turns three and four, forcing Thomas to reset his gameplan on the fly.

"We were closing in on traffic pretty fast," Thomas recalled. "You're sizing him up when you're in clean air. When you see lapped traffic, you start thinking other things. Is this line blocked whenever I get there or am I going to have to follow him? You know around about how many laps you have left, at least within two or so. I knew we were closing in on halfway and I started seeing lapped traffic. I didn't want to get stuck and then have to ride around on the bottom and not be able to maneuver. Then the caution came out and then you have to reset. You have to do what you've been doing to get past him. On restarts, we weren't that good because the top didn't have the momentum right off the bat, so it took me a minute to get to him. If I follow him and he makes a mistake, then we both make a mistake."

Once racing resumed, Thomas picked up right where he left off, ripping the top, while Chapple was nearly flawless on the bottom, taking the shortest road travelled in search of his first career series victory, just two races removed following the 2016 series Rookie of the Year's best career finish of third at Eldora.

All it took was one less-than-perfect corner entry for Chapple and Thomas was there to pounce, driving around Chapple for the point on the outside on lap 26 to snare the lead before cruising away virtually unchallenged for victory while a chaotic final two-lap scramble behind him developed.

"Being in the second spot makes you move around, even if you don't want to, and even if the bottom is the preferred line or the top, whatever it may be," Thomas explained. "You have to move around and search, maybe use a slower line, but make it faster." - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

C.J. Leary got by Chapple for second with two to go, then McDougal put in his bid to steal away third from Chapple on the final lap. The two seemingly locked horns entering turn three. Still entangled, the seventh-place car of Josh Hodges plowed into McDougal. Chapple broke free and managed to drive away while McDougal and Hodges saw their solid days at the office crumble to a stop on the bottom of turns three and four. McDougal and Hodges were relegated to 18th and 19th place finishes, respectively, as a result. Meanwhile, Dallas Hewitt found himself upside down in turn two, an incident from which he walked away unscathed.

Leary ran second ahead of Chapple, Chris Windom and Chase Stockon to round out the top-five.

Thomas bounced back from a less-than-stellar result the night before at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway where he scored a tenth and saw his point lead vanish. But the Cullman, Ala. driver was jubilant as he got back on the proverbial horse at Gas City, earning his second win in the last four series races after a three-month winless drought. The recent outings have helped him surge to a 37-point lead entering Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway ahead of Tyler Courtney who had a tumultuous night, starting and finishing 17th. Windom sits third, 59 points out of the lead.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kyle Cummins (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dustin Ingle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kyle Cummins (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2018 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - "James Dean Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.988; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.016; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.078; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.144; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.242; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.251; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.263; 8. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-12.272; 9. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-12.293; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Meseraull-12.297; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.302; 12. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.327; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.346; 14. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.347; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-12.382; 16. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-12.422; 17. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.427; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-12.442; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-12.453; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.493; 21. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-12.495; 22. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-12.553; 23. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.603; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-12.603; 25. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-12.731; 26. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-12.748; 27. Billy Cribbs, 16, Cribbs-12.782; 28. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-12.900; 29. Luke Harbison, 40, Harbison-13.261; 30. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-13.312; 31. Jack James, 99J, James-13.353; 32. Bob McMillin, 5m, McMillin-13.358; 33. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Boyles, 3. Windom, 4. Cottle, 5. Grant, 6. Westfall, 7. T. Hewitt, 8. Harbison. 2:03.21

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. D. Hewitt, 3. Bacon, 4. Leary, 5. Hery, 6. Meseraull, 7. Rodgers, 8. VanMeveren. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cummins, 2. K. Thomas, 3. McDougal, 4. DiMattia, 5. Goodnight, 6. Hodges, 7. Cribbs, 8. James. 2:03.79

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ingle, 2. Darland, 3. Short, 4. Stockon, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Cockrum, 7. Abrams, 8. McMillin. 2:05.02

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Hodges, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Westfall, 5. Meseraull, 6. T. Hewitt, 7. Abrams, 8. Cockrum, 9. Cribbs, 10. Hery, 11. Rodgers, 12. Harbison, 13. McMillin, 14. James, 15. VanMeveren, 16. Goodnight. 2:30.38

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Isaac Chapple (2), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. Dave Darland (12), 7. Kyle Cummins (18), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Tyler Thomas (8), 10. Clinton Boyles (20), 11. Shane Cottle (9), 12. Matt Westfall (13), 13. Brady Bacon (14), 14. Carson Short (16), 15. Tyler Hewitt (22), 16. Tony DiMattia (15), 17. Tyler Courtney (17), 18. Jason McDougal (1), 19. Josh Hodges (11), 20. Dallas Hewitt (21), 21. Dustin Ingle (19), 22. Thomas Meseraull (10). NT ---------------------------- **D. Hewitt flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Chapple, Laps 26-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Bacon

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Matt Westfall

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Garrett Abrams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2330, 2-Courtney-2293, 3-Windom-2271, 4-Leary-2006, 5-Darland-2003, 6-Bacon-2002, 7-Stockon-1982, 8-Grant-1871, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1334.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 29 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

 

 

GRANT FINALLY REACHES "THE TOPP"
AT SMACKDOWN VII

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Fifty-nine races. 482 days. That's how long it had been since Justin Grant last reached USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane coming into Thursday night's "Sprint Car Smackdown VII" finale at Kokomo Speedway.

Likewise, it had been 43 races and 398 days since TOPP Motorsports last found victory lane themselves, incidentally enough at the "Smackdown" finale in 2017 with driver Tyler Courtney.

Fittingly, the conclusion of this 40-lap main event came down to Grant and Courtney, but it was Grant who ultimately pulled through to become the first driver in 2018 to win in all three USAC National divisions: Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget.

After a tumultuous year that's been plagued by misfortune and a seemingly endless cloud of bad luck, twas time for the turnstiles of fortune to change. Over their last handful of outings, Grant and the TOPP team discovered a little bit of lightning in a bottle, but still, that black cloud remained steadfast, casting a shadow of doubt.

The sun finally broke through those clouds for a change, and shined brightly on the Ione, Calif. native driver and the Rochester, Indiana-based team as they persevered for their first USAC win since pairing up at the beginning of the season.

"These last couple weeks, this TOPP Motorsports car has really been ripping and it's been a lot of fun to drive," Grant explained. "This race has always eluded me. I'm so excited to be up here and so happy to do it for these guys. They've got an awesome racecar. It's about time I lived up to their results from last year. It's been a rough year, but I told a few people this week that if I didn't win a race all year, but I got to win Smackdown, it would all be worth it."

Grant made his initial overture as a prime contender when he was victorious in the "King of the Hill" two-car shootout, which placed him on the pole for the feature. Grant appeared to have a nice jump on the start, yet Dave Darland was able to beat him to the point in turn one. Grant powered back, returning the favor by gracing the low line into turn three, then sliced up in front of Darland to retake the lead. From that point forward, Grant was nearly unattainable, laying down a one-second lead on Darland and the rest of the field in the early stages.

Just past midway, Grant was carving up lapped traffic like a Thanksgiving Day turkey as he dipped low and swung high to split his way through the blockade of racecars. A near close call came just moments later as he slid into turn two near Clinton Boyles. Grant's rear bumper and Boyles' front bumper sliced each other, but neither was worse for the wear and remained on course without harm.

Meanwhile, current third-place runner and defending race winner Courtney played the role of Pacman, chomping the interval down until he was in the same vicinity as Darland on lap 22 where he dove to the bottom, three-wide alongside Darland and Boyles, emerging at the exit of turn two with the second position and seeking the lead as Grant no longer was able to hide.

Once Courtney got to second, he was like Heinz - in catchup mode - as he cut tenths off here and there like a butter knife through a stick of Land O'Lakes. But, suddenly, Courtney's charge was placed on hold. Fifth-running Chris Windom had encountered a flat right-rear tire on his ride, which sent him to the work area for a fresh set of rubber during the night's lone yellow flag.

"It's been a rough year, but I told a few people this week that if I didn't win a race all year, but I got to win Smackdown, it would all be worth it." - Justin Grant (Travis Branch Photo)

For the lap 30 restart, lapped traffic was clear, and an open track became a warm, welcomed sight. However, Grant and Courtney were separated by the lapped car of Scotty Weir. Grant set sail smoothly, cutting through the middle of the track, then running a consistent line of the top in turns one and two and the bottom in turns three or four while Courtney proceeded to swap lines to take on the challenge of reeling in Grant.

Courtney was only able to make up so much down the stretch as Grant was spot-on lap-after-lap, never missing a beat on his way to a 1.036 second win and a $10,000 payday. Courtney took second ahead of Hard Charger C.J. Leary, Rookie of the Race Jason McDougal and Brady Bacon.

"That's the best I've ever felt at this place," Grant admitted. "The car was on rails. I could use the cushion if I wanted to and I could rip right below it if I felt like it. It was really incredible. It was fun to drive. Lapped traffic had me pretty worried, but I felt like we were pretty good, and I could pick my way through. Restarts had me more worried than anything. Tyler's been a roll this year and a lot of times that momentum will let you do things you normally couldn't do. I was a little worried about holding him off on restarts, but it all worked out."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Kokomo Speedway were Logan Seavey (Simpson Race Products/Competition Suspension, Inc. First Qualifying Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Justin Grant (Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches King of the Hill Winner), C.J. Leary (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Hard Charge & B & W Auto Mart Pass Master & Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Second Qualifying Race), Chris Windom (Weld Cool Move of the Race), Chad Boespflug (STIDA.com Hard Luck Award) and Jason McDougal (Wilwood Brake Kit & Arizona Sport Shirts/Kick-It Rookie of the Race).

Tyler Courtney retook the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead with 10 events remaining. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver now holds a seven-point advantage over Kevin Thomas, Jr., who finished 10th. Windom is third in the standings, making up a little bit of ground, trailing by 58 points behind Courtney.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2018 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey (#5B Briscoe), 2. Kyle Cummins (#3c EZR/Cummins), 3. Scotty Weir (#22 Simon), 4. Dakota Jackson (#3 Jackson), 5. Carson Short (#5CB Briscoe), 6. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 7. Brian VanMeveren (#24x VanMeveren). NT

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 4. Clinton Boyles (#57 Hazen), 5. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR/Chapple), 6. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 7. Shane Cottle (#5G Goacher), 8. Corey Smith (#66s CS). 2:11.57

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES "KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: Jason McDougal (#71p Daigh/Phillips) defeats Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall Newman). Dave Darland (#36D Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian) defeats Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon). Tyler Thomas (#2E Epperson) defeats Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#69 Dynamics). Justin Grant (#4 TOPP) defeats Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin). Round 2: Darland defeats McDougal. Grant defeats T. Thomas. Final Round: Grant defeats Darland.

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. C.J. Leary (10), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Brady Bacon (6), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Dave Darland (2), 8. Tyler Thomas (3), 9. Chase Stockon (12), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 11. Jarett Andretti (14), 12. Dakota Jackson (15), 13. Logan Seavey (9), 14. Kyle Cummins (11), 15. Scotty Weir (13), 16. Carson Short (17), 17. Isaac Chapple (18), 18. Clinton Boyles (16), 19. Tyler Hewitt (20), 20. Corey Smith (23), 21. Brian VanMeveren (21), 22. Shane Cottle (22), 23. Landon Simon (19). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary (10th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Logan Seavey

B & W AUTO MART PASS MASTER: C.J. Leary

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Courtney-2256, 2-K. Thomas-2249, 3-Windom-2198, 4-Bacon-1959, 5-Darland-1941, 6-Leary-1929, 7-Stockon-1916, 8-Grant-1816, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1261.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 28 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - "James Dean Classic"

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

DAVIS & MARTIN TOP SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CSP
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018... Starting on the outside of the front row, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) raced past Andy Reinbold with five laps remaining to win last Saturday’s “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental Services RSS, Davis scored his ninth Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph of the campaign. Hard charger “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Reinbold, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Colton Hardy chased the point leader to the checkered flags. The 30-lap victory was the 30th career USAC SouthWest win for the five-time Arizona sprint car champion.

Using a rare qualifying format, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, AZ) opened Saturday’s action by topping the charts in the Beaver Stripes Time Trials. Davis and Reinbold claimed the 8-lap heat race victories as Mihocko posted his third hard charger award of 2018 with a ninth to second place run in the feature.

Friday’s opening night of the “Southwest Championships” belonged to “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ). Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American Flowtech Maxim, Martin powered by Kyle Shipley on the second circuit and led the rest of the way to earn his first win of the season. Davis, R.J. Johnson, Mihocko, and Reinbold rounded off the top-five drivers as “The Magic Man” earned his sixth career series victory.

Johnson, St. James, and Matt Lundy won their 8-lap heat races as Johnson posted his second Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of the year. With a fifteenth to ninth place run in the main event, Michael Curtis claimed his second hard charger award of the season.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will take a break in the schedule before returning to Canyon Speedway Park on October 20th for the “Race For The Cure.” The action packed card will also feature Dwarf Cars, Modlites, and CSP Non-Wing Micro Sprints. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 21&22, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships”

9/21 FRIDAY CANYON FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Colton Hardy, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Sterling Cling, 12. Tyler Most, 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Asa Kesterson, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Mike Waddle. NT
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**Keefer flipped during the second heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Shipley, Laps 2-30 Martin.
HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (15th to 9th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson.
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9/22 SATURDAY CANYON FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Andy Reinbold, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Colton Hardy, 6. Bruce St. James, 7. Tyler Merrill, 8. Asa Kesterson, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Tyler Most, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Michael Curtis. NT
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**Bonneau & Curtis flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Reinbold, Laps 26-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (9th to 2nd)
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-1105, 2. Tye Mihocko-979, 3. Mike Martin-936, 4. Michael Curtis- 802, 5. Matt Lundy-691, 6. Chris Bonneau-666, 7. R.J. Johnson- 558, 8. Andy Reinbold-546, 9. Dennis Gile-541, 10. Tyler Most-502, 11. Josh Pelkey-436, 12. Sterling Cling- 346, 13. Zack Madrid-288, 14. Bruce St. James-249, 15. Kyle Shipley-225, 16. Colton Maroney-206, 17. Tyler Adams-200, 18. Colton Hardy-190, 19. Asa Kesterson-179, 20. Ronnie Clark-175.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

BALLOU SUSPENDED FOR REMAINDER OF 2018 USAC SEASON

On September 24th, the United States Auto Club Competition Committee held a comprehensive review regarding numerous actions conducted by Robert Ballou, a USAC National Sprint Car competitor. These actions follow several discussions between USAC and Ballou during the 2016 and 2017 USAC racing season, in which similar actions were repeated. All of Ballou's actions reviewed were deemed detrimental to the sport of auto racing.

On September 25th, a meeting was held with Mr. Ballou, along with key industry track partners, to discuss the repeated concerns.

The findings of the Competition Committee and action taken is as follows under USAC Rule 10.32:

Continued violations of USAC Competition Rules and Procedures have imposed harm and risk to the viability of the USAC National Sprint Car Series. As such, the United States Auto Club has imposed the following fines and penalties for the 2018-2019 seasons for Robert Ballou:

1. Prohibited from all USAC competition for the remainder of calendar year 2018.

2. Forfeiture of USAC annual points funds presented by AMSOIL for recognition of Championship points.

3. Competition allowed in USAC Racing in 2019 under probation with zero tolerance for similar actions.

These fines and penalties are effective immediately.

 

 

IMRA, MIDWEST SPEED2S CLOSE AT SPOON RIVER, MONTPELIER; WESTERN AT MADERA

Two USAC Speed2 Midget championships conclude this week. The Midwest Thunder series concludes Friday at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway while the Engler IMRA series finishes up Saturday at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. The USAC Western Speed2s also compete Saturday at Madera (Calif.) Speedway

Shane Morgan of Creve Coeur, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Sean Murphy, Andy Baugh, Daniel Robinson and Tyler Roth trailed at the finish.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. won Saturday night's USAC Laquerre's Sports DMA Midget finale at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., while Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. secured his initial USAC driving championship after finishing second in the 45-lap three-segment feature event. Joe Krawiec was third, followed by Seth Carlson and Mike Chaffee.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-1,023,-2-Will Hull-1,010, 3-Joe Krawiec-1,006, 4-Seth Carlson-932, 5-Derek O'Hearn-916, 6-Adam Whitney-790, 7-Justin Phillips-779. 8-Mike Chaffee-685, 9-Jeff Horn-614, 10-Brandon Emerson-577.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-1,062, 2-Shane Morgan-862, 3-Brent Burrows-690, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Jake Sollenberger-629, 6-Kurt Mueller-606, 7-Daltyn England-542, 8-Kevin Battefeld-531, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Tyler Roth-421.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-722, 2-Alex Watson-565, 3-Stratton Briggs-556, 4-Jon Steed-504, 5-Cory Guingrich-453, 6-Jon Watson-439, 7-Chett Gehrke-432, 8-Kyle Kriegbaum-319, 9-Trey Osborne-278, 10-John Heydenreich-268.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-1,089, 2-Joey Iest-818, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Johnny Nichols-471, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Toni Breidinger-218, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryant Bell-127.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-730, 2-Joey Iest-546, 3-Johnny Nichols-471, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Toni Breidinger-218, 7-Bryant Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-883, 2-Joe Krawiec-869, 3-Will Hull-856, 4-Derek O'Hearn-804, 5-Seth Carlson-794, 6-Adam Whitney-720, 7-Justin Phillips-672, 8-Brandon Emerson-577, 9-Mike Chaffee-565, 10-Jeff Horn-530.

 

 

USAC SPRINT TRIPLEHEADER HITS KOKOMO-GAS CITY-LAWRENCEBURG THIS WEEKEND

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sure, Indiana Sprint Week has already passed us by just the same as the sun has set on the summertime.

Entering Fall, why not an Indiana Sprint Weekend to keep the fires burning, and oh, how they have burned with spectacular action with a special breed of competitors laying the groundwork for an entertaining stretch as we wind down the clock on the Midwest racing calendar.

This week's slate of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition takes us to three Hoosierland racetracks in a three-night span, Thursday, Sept. 27, at Kokomo Speedway, Friday, Sept. 28 at Gas City I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 29 at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The leadoff is Kokomo for "Take 3" of "Sprint Car Smackdown VII," which resumes after two previous tries that were doomed by rain. The two prelim races for "Smackdown" in late August produced another tally mark for the winningest series driver this year with the series, Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., as well as a first-time winner in Collinsville, Okla. driver Tyler Thomas.

Past final night winners in the "Smackdown" field include three-time victor Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. (2016) and reigning winner Courtney (2017).

Rarely does an event truly live up to its moniker, but last year's "Smackdown" finale was an apt description of how the final laps and post-race theatrics unfolded. Courtney utilized a slider to grab the lead from race-long leader Tyler Thomas on the final green-white-checkered, but it took quite a while and a wild set of circumstances to get there.

After fighting engine issues early on in the night, Courtney encountered a maze that took just two laps, but resulted in jubilation for some, heartbreak for others and grass stains for a few who rolled around in the infield after voicing their displeasure with the way things played out down the stretch.

The unique "Smackdown" format will feature qualifying races, plus the "King of the Hill" two-car, three lap shootouts that pits the top-8, locked in A-Main drivers competing for their starting spots in the night's A-Main, which leads into the last chance races and concludes with the 40-lap A-Main.

The top-8 drivers locked into Thursday's feature include "Smackdown" point leader Courtney, second-place Justin Grant, Tyler Thomas, Brady Bacon, Darland, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and Jason McDougal, who, along with T. Thomas, is the only other first-time winner with the series.

C.J. Leary leads the B & W Auto Mart Passing Master Award standings, passing a total of 16 cars throughout the preliminary and feature events throughout the two nights of "Smackdown" run thus far.

Thursday at Kokomo, all gates open at 3pm. Cars hit the track at 6pm with racing to immediately follow. Additionally, a program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program. General admission tickets are $35. Kids 10 & under tickets are free with paid adult (general admission only). Pit passes for all ages are $45.

Three-day "Smackdown" ticketholders must turn in their wristband at the ticket window in exchange for a new one. Tickets that were already redeemed are NOT valid for re-entry. It is only the wristband that will be accepted as a rain check, no exceptions.

Friday's "James Dean Classic" marks the series' return to the Gas City I-69 Speedway quarter-mile oval for the first time since July of 2017 when Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary emerged with the victory in a wild one, passing Robert Ballou with five laps remaining to score the win.

Expected entrants for Friday's race who've been victorious in a USAC event at Gas City include Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. (2006 & 08), Darland (2009 & 11), K. Thomas, (2013), Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. (2015), Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Ind. (2015), Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. (2016), Courtney (2016) and Leary (2017).

The victories for Cottle, Weir and Courtney were each their first visits to victory lane in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition.

Gas City's pits open at 3pm, front gates at 4:30pm and cars on track for hot laps at 6:25pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 while kids 12 and under are free and pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg Speedway concludes the frenetic month of September for the series as it heads to the speedy 3/8-mile dirt oval for one final time in 2018. As has been the case on ten occasions already this season, Courtney was the victor in the last series' visit in July during "Indiana Sprint Week." Courtney also won the series' most recent race in last Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

Courtney is the tenth driver to join the elite double-digit club of drivers who've won 10 or more USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features in a single season: Tom Bigelow (14 wins in 1977), J.J. Yeley (13 in 2003) & Robert Ballou (13 in 2015), Larry Dickson (12 in 1968) & Pancho Carter (12 in 1976), Bubby Jones (11 in 1979), Dickson (10 in 1970), Carter (10 in 1977) & Jay Drake (10 in 2000).

Past "Fall Nationals" winners aiming to duplicate that performance this Saturday include Chase Stockon (2012) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2017). Thomas disposed of fellow second row starter Leary, then front row combatants Ballou and Grant in a rapid-fire succession of precision with an outside move off turn two that propelled him from fourth to first on the opening lap, leading all 30 circuits on his way to victory.

Lawrenceburg's pits open at 3pm, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm with opening ceremonies slated for 7pm. Adult tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 apiece for all ages.

Five drivers have won at all three tracks on the docket this weekend, including Courtney, Leary, Darland, K. Thomas and Stockon.

The upcoming events mark the 61st appearances by the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Kokomo, the 31st at Gas City and the 61st at Lawrenceburg.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars made their debut at Kokomo on July 22, 1981 with Tom Bigelow capturing the victory in the Gohr Distributing No. 56. The first visit to Lawrenceburg on September 18, 1983 found Danny Milburn collecting the victory aboard the Stenger Leasing/Southside Ready Mix No. 3. Gas City made its first appearance on the schedule in 2002 when Cory Kruseman snagged the win behind the wheel of the Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 67.

The all-time winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver at Kokomo is Dave Darland with nine. Darland also owns the most at Lawrenceburg with seven. Jon Stanbrough tops the list with six at Gas City.

All three races will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and available to watch on-demand a day after the event is run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can listen to all USAC National events live on the USAC app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2206, 2-Courtney-2189, 3-Windom-2143, 4-Bacon-1901, 5-Darland-1889, 6-Stockon-1870, 7-Leary-1865, 8-Ballou-1771, 9-Grant-1746, 10-Chapple-1232.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV BRINGS LIVE COVERAGE OF USAC TRIPLEHEADER WEEKEND

Speedway, Indiana (Sept. 26, 2018).........Speed Shift TV will provide live coverage via pay-per-view of all three of this weekend's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship races in the Hoosier State from Kokomo, Gas City and Lawrenceburg.

The renewal of the "Sprint Car Smackdown VII" finale resumes Thursday, September 27, at Kokomo Speedway. The series then moves onto Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday, September 28, for the "James Dean Classic." The busy weekend stretch concludes Saturday, September 29, with the "Fall Nationals" from Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The field for the weekend includes all the top stars of USAC Sprint Car racing, featuring a close battle for the championship between Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney and Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom, who are all separated by 63 points.

Additional top guns include Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), plus Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who both recently broke into the win column for the first time in their USAC careers.

Thursday at Kokomo, cars hit the track at 6pm with racing to immediately follow. A program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program a Kokomo. Friday at Gas City, cars get on track for hot laps at 6:25pm. Saturday at Lawrenceburg, hot laps are set for 6pm.

In addition to the live stream on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/, each of three events will be available to watch on-demand a day after the events are run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. As always, you can listen to all USAC National events live on the USAC app.

USAC LINKS

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Subscribe to www.loudpedal.tv to view replays of this year's races as well as historical USAC action from the past.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS INVADE ARIZONA SPEEDWAY FOR “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018... After battling at the Perris “Glenn Howard Classic,” the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will head to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona for two nights of action. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the annual “Hall of Fame Classic” starts this Friday, September 28th and will also feature the San Tan Ford Sprint Cars and winged micro sprints. On Saturday, the track will also host a special legends autograph session, including this year’s inductees to the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535 SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78 FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101 COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S B&B: FRAC-0375S SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since November 4, 2016, Arizona Speedway has held four AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events as part of the “Western World Championships” with the AMSOIL USAC National Series. Chris Windom leads all drivers with 2 main event wins and the 1-lap track record of 14.625 was set by “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug on November 5, 2016. A complete series win list at the San Tan Valley oval is at the end of this release.

Originally a 410 Non-Winged Sprint Car race sanctioned by SCRA in 2000, the “Hall of Fame Classic” has been an Arizona tradition going back to the legendary Manzanita Speedway. “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural race and the event has since been a part of the USAC/CRA, USAC National, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules. Sherman, Damion Gardner, Bryan Clauson, and R.J. Johnson are tied with two “Hall of Fame Classic” victories. The event winner’s list is at the end of the release.

A special autograph session will be held on Saturday with many Arizona racing legends and Frank McDaniel will serve as Grand Marshall. Terry Belcher Sr., Dennis Matousek, Jim Rogers, Marty Wilcox, and Eric Wilkins will be inducted into the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. Bob Bishop, Chuck Buckman, Larry Clark, Wayne Gibson, Ricky Johnson, Mike Leslie, Mickey Meyer, Marty Miller, Jimmy Norman, “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman, and “The Ripper” Rip Williams will join the inductees at the autograph session and meet the fans.

Entering the seventeenth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 44-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led thirteen laps and finished second in last Saturday’s “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the “California Sprint Week” Champion has of three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to add the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his resume.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won his fourth “Glenn Howard Classic” last Saturday night. At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has four feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has seventy-nine USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with Arizona Speedway wins.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams finished third at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. Austin has seven career wins and will be looking sweep the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams set fast time and rebounded from a mid-race tangle to score eighth at Perris. At press time, the former Victorville Champion has four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on adding Arizona Speedway to his win list.

Max Adams (Loomis, CA) sits fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams raced from tenth to sixth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led to his credit. Max has two career USAC/CRA wins and will be in contention for the “Hall of Fame Classic” victories.

Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, R.J. Johnson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $20, Senior Tickets are $20, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

SANDS CHEVROLET HALL OF FAME CLASSIC WINNERS: 2000-Jeremy Sherman, 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Damion Gardner, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Mike Kirby, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Danny Sheridan, 2008-Cancelled, 2009-Not Held, 2010-Not Held, 2011-Bryan Clauson, 2012-Mike Martin, 2013-Chase Stockon, 2014-Bryan Clauson, 2015-Mike Spencer, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chris Windom, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Chase Stockon.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1145, 2. Damion Gardner-1101, 3. Austin Williams-993, 4. Cody Williams-927, 5. Max Adams-912, 6. Jake Swanson-802, 7. R.J. Johnson-758, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-748, 9. Logan Williams-716, 10. Chris Gansen-684, 11. Ryan Bernal-527, 12. Tommy Malcolm-497, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-357, 15. Joel Rayborne-347, 16. Verne Sweeney-309, 17. Austin Ervine-307, 18. Austin Liggett-252, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-251, 20. Matt Rossi-178.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

DAMION GARDNER WINS PERRIS “11TH GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018... Taking advantage on a restart, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) slipped past Brody Roa on lap 20 and stormed to last Saturday’s “11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner earned $2,500 by claiming his fourth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the season. Point leader Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, hard charger A.J. Bender, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

After Perris starter Kevin Winters waved the green flag, third starting R.J. Johnson raced past front row starters Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm and Brody Roa to grab the early lead. Looking for his first USAC/CRA win of 2018, Johnson led the first six laps before Roa took charge. Once out front, the newly crowned “California Sprint Week” Champion set a torrid pace and reached slower traffic.

While Roa maintained control, the battle for the other top-ten spots was furious. However, a couple of cautions halted the action, including and a red flag for a Johnson flip that also collected fast qualifier “The Cadillac” Cody Williams. Now in second, the fifth starting Gardner was in the runner-up spot and challenged for the lead on the restart. Roa battled back and held strong, but “The Demon” grabbed the top spot. Once out front, Gardner extended his advantage, but heavy lapped traffic a few laps later would hamper the leaders. Roa was closing the gap, but Gardner sliced his way through the traffic to score his fourth “Howard Classic” and 79th USAC/CRA triumph.

Earlier in the program, “The Demon” Damion Gardner qualified second out of nineteen racers and won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. The six-time champion heads to Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic” ranked second in the point chase with five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, nine heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led.

After leading thirteen laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) finished second in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was fifth quick in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. The point leader left the Lake Perris Fairgrounds with a 44-point lead on the strength of three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) scored third in the Perris Auto Speedway main event. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams qualified third overall and placed second to Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. Currently sitting third in the point standings, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and feature laps led in the campaign.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, CA) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with fourth place run from eighteenth. Racing the family owned #21 K&R Motorsports / Rosson Racing DRC, Bender was eighteenth fast in time trials and finished fourth in his heat race. At press time, the 2008 CLS Rookie of the Year is thirteenth in USAC/CRA point standings with five top-10 finishes to his credit.

Starting ninth, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) claimed fifth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Driving Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Faria qualified ninth overall and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. To date, the two-time USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion is eighth in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led in 2018.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) began the night by earning his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams also won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and rebounded to score eighth in the main event. At press time, the former Victorville Champion sits fourth in the standings with four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action for two nights starting Friday, September 28th at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. In addition to a legends autograph session, the annual “Hall of Fame Classic” will also feature the San Tan Ford Sprint Cars and winged mini sprints. Located at the ET Motopark, more event and ticket information can be found at www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Bullet Impressions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.479; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.672; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.778; 4. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.844; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.844; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.000; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.022; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.039; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.048; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.111; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.259; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.689; 13. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.042; 14. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.050; 15. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-18.188; 16. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.235; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-19.260; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-NT, 19. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. Gansen, 5. Marshall. 2:57.19

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. McCarthy, 5. Rayborne, 6. Ervine. 2:57.80

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. A.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. Bender, 5. Sweeney, 6. Smith. 2:59.15

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (5th), 2. Brody Roa (2nd), 3. Austin Williams (4th), 4. A.J. Bender (18th), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 6. Max Adams (10th), 7. Logan Williams (8th), 8. Cody Williams (6th), 9. Tommy Malcolm (1st), 10. Chris Gansen (7th), 11. Verne Sweeney (12th), 12. Matt McCarthy (11th), 13. Gary Marshall Jr. (16th), 14. Austin Ervine (17th), 15. Joel Rayborne (14th), 16. Cal Smith (15th), 17. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 18. Eddie Tafoya (13th). NT
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**Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Johnson, Laps 7-19 Roa, Laps 20-30 Gardner.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: A.J. Bender (18th to 4th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1145, 2. Damion Gardner-1101, 3. Austin Williams-993, 4. Cody Williams-927, 5. Max Adams-912, 6. Jake Swanson-802, 7. R.J. Johnson-758, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-748, 9. Logan Williams-716, 10. Chris Gansen-684, 11. Ryan Bernal-527, 12. Tommy Malcolm-497, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-357, 15. Joel Rayborne-347, 16. Verne Sweeney-309, 17. Austin Ervine-307, 18. Austin Liggett-252, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-251, 20. Matt Rossi-178.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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MORGAN #1 IN SPOON RIVER IMRA MIDGETS

Canton,IL........Shane Morgan of Creve Couer, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. Sean Murphy, Andy Baugh, Daniel Robinson and Tyler Roth gtrailed at the finish.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 2. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 3. Daniel Robinson (#6B Baugh), 4. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 5. Ryan Patrick (#23 Patrick). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 2. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 3. Charlie Kunz (#27 Kunz), 4. Tyler Roth (#18 Roth), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Justin Behrens (#17 Behrens). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sean Murphy (#5M Murphy), 2. A.J. Hill (#51R Johnson), 3. Tori Smirh (#18 Smith), 4. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 5. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 6. Christopher Adrien (#21 Adrien). 7. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Daltyn England (#19E England),

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Shane Morgan, 2. Sean Murphy, 3. Andy Baugh, 4. Daniel Robinson, 5. Tyler Roth, 6. A.J. Hill, 7. Brent Burrows, 8. Tori Smith, 9. Justin Behrens, 10. Scott Koerner, 11.Jake Sollenberger, 12. Ryan Patrick, 13. John Heitzman, 14. Kevin Battefeld, 15. Dave Baugh, 16. Christopher Adrien, 17. Jeff Sparks, 18. Charlie Kunz. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Morgan.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-1,062, 2-Morgan-862, 3-Burrows-690, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Sollenberger-629, 6-Kurt Mueller-606, 7-England-542, 8-Battefeld-531, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Roth-421.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 RACE: September 28 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

HULL TAKES DMA FINALE; TITLE TO GOFF

Bradford, VT........Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. won Saturday night's USAC Laguerre's Sports DMA Midget finale at Bear Ridge Speedway while Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. secured his initial USAC driving championship after finishing second in the 45-lap three-segment feature event. Joe Krawiec was third, followed by Seth Carlson and Mike Chaffee.

USAC LAGUETTE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Seth Carlson, 2, Matczak-15.045; 2. Will Hull, 3, Matczak-15.120; 3. Joe Krawiec, 1B. Miller-15.143; 4. Dan Douville, 7x, Douville-15.171; 5. Josh Harrington, 96, Harrington-15.323; 6. Jason Goff, 19J, Goff-15.359; 7. Mike Chaffee, 18c, Chaffee-15.441; 8. Tim Gallant, 33, Gallant-15.456; 9. Justin Phillips, 1m, Miller-15.491; 10. Jeff Horn, 1A, Mossman-15.588; 11. Robert White, 68, White-15.622; 12. Derek O'Hearn, 55, Matczak-15.642; 13. Tim West, 23, West-16.669; 14. Adam Whitney, 12, Whitney-NT; 15. Alex Rose, 11, Rose-NT.

FEATURE: (45 laps) 1. Will Hull, 2. Jason Goff, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Seth Carlson, 5. Mike Chaffee, 6. Derek mO'Hearn, 7. Tim Gallant, 8. Dan Douville, 9. Justin Phillips, 10. Josh Harrington, 11. Adam Whitney, 12. Robert White, 13. Tim West, 14. Adam Whtney, 15. Alex Rose. NT ---------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Segment #1: Laps 1-10 Krawiec; Segment #2: Laps 1-8 O'Hearn, Laps 9-15 Hull; Segment #3: Laps 1-10 Gallant, Laps 11-20 Carlson.

FINAL LAGUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-1,023,-Hull-1,010, 3-Krawiec-1,006, 4-Carlson-932, 5-O'Hearn-916, 6-Whitney-790, 7-Phillips-779. 8-Chaffee-685, 9-Horn-614, 10-Brandon Emerson-577.

 

 

DAVIS WINS "SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS" CLOSER

Peoria, AZ........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. passed Andy Reinbold on lap 26 and led the final five laps to win Saturday's USAC Southwest Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park. Tye Mihocko took second ahead of Andy Reinbold, Mike Martin and Colton Hardy,

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships"

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.219; 2. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.496; 3. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.554; 4. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.612; 5. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-15.702; 6. Asa Kesterson, 18, Kesterson-15.761; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.798; 8. Andy Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-15.852; 9. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-16.031; 10. Tyler Merrill, 88, Merrill-16.191; 11. Tyler Most, 3, Most-16.749; 12. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Hardy, 3. St. James, 4. Cling, 5. Mihocko. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Reinbold, 2. Martin, 3. Bonneau, 4. Kesterson, 5. Merrill, 6. Most. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Andy Reinbold, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Colton Hardy, 6. Bruce St. James, 7. Tyler Merrill, 8. Asa Kesterson, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Tyler Most, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Michael Curtis. NT ---------------------------- **Bonneau & Curtis flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Reinbold, Laps 26-30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (9th to 2nd)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-1,105, 2-Mihocko-979, 3-Martin-936, 4-Curtis-802, 5-Matt Lundy-691, 6-Bonneau-666, 7-R.J. Johnson-558, 8-Reinbold-546, 9-Dennis Gile-541, 10-Most-502.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 20 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Race For The Cure"

 

SWANSON REWRITES THE RECORD BOOKS
ON WAY TO 4TH SILVER CROWN DRIVING TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Unprecedented is a word you don't hear that often in racing that much. After all, if you've been around for a while, you see records that may seem untouchable, or so many of us thought.

When Kody Swanson and the DePalma Motorsports teamed up in 2013, they basically created their own record book, one of which Silver Crown participants will be chasing for years and years.

Saturday night at Eldora Speedway, Swanson completed his fourth USAC Silver Crown season championship in one of the most dominant seasons of all, capturing the title by a grand total of 82 points. Not a single time throughout the season did the Kingsburg, Calif. native trail the points race.

It was August 18 before Swanson even had a race where he finished outside of the top-two! Prior to that, he began the season with two-straight runner-up finishes - two races in which he led a chunk of late in the going. Then, he proceeded to reel off five victories in a row during a midsummer stretch that saw him win four times on the pavement and once on the dirt, on half-mile speedways and on one-mile tracks, at Ohio's Toledo Speedway, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway and Indiana's Salem Speedway.

Regardless of where you saw the series run, the No. 63 car was normally up front. The five-in-a-row broke a long-standing, 32-year-old record of four-straight Silver Crown wins set by Jack Hewitt, who also made car No. 63 wrenched by Bob Hampshire the dominant force in the sport a generation before. Sometimes it seems that as fast as the world moves, some things seem to stay the same.

The last of those five wins, at Salem, was the ultimate. Kody drove to his 24th career victory in the Silver Crown Champ Car Series, overtaking the top spot on the all-time win list. Hewitt had previously held the record for just shy of three decades.

All the personal accolades are nice, but the one that Kody may very well be the proudest of is the record achieved for DePalma Motorsports. The Lima, Ohio-based family gave him a shot six years ago when his racing career was at a crossroads.

As crazy as it seems now, Kody was still seen as primarily a "pavement specialist" at the time and was tabbed as the driver for the blacktop while he searched for rides on the dirt to prove himself as a capable shoe. He recorded a 2nd, 5th and another 2nd in the first three pavement outings for DePalma during that initial season together in 2013. For 2014, Kody was handed the keys to both the pavement and dirt rides and he hasn't missed a beat since, reeling off 21 wins together in the past five years and the four season titles.

Each of the five years Kody has been the full-time driver for the DePalma family, they have won the championship. It's another accomplishment we've not seen before in the series, snapping the series record for streaking (four) set by Bob East/Tony Stewart Racing between 2002 and 2005 as well as Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, which grabbed four in a row from 2010 to 2013.

It's a season-long goal for Kody and the DePalma's every year, and Kody takes a lot of pride in the chance to drive this car for this team and be able to make history together.

"When I got the chance to drive for them the first time, their goal was to try to win the championship or run as high as they could in the points," Swanson recalled. "I was just pavement only at the time. But the following year, I got the chance to run for them full-time and we won our first title together - my first and theirs. It's so special to get five-in-a-row for them to become the first in history to do that. It's great to be a part of this, but I try so hard to do a good job for this team. To be a part of this team record is as special as anything else to me."

 

LEARY LEAVES NOTHING ON THE TABLE
IN ELDORA SILVER CROWN VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........C.J. Leary felt he gave one away earlier Saturday night in the USAC Sprint Car portion of the 37th "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

When the time came for him to set foot in his USAC Silver Crown car for the season finale, he made it his life's mission to not let another golden opportunity slip through his fingers.

"The top was so treacherous, I kept making little mistakes and throwing the right front into it," Leary recalled. "I thought I gave the race away three or four times. This racecar was bad fast, and I had a bad fast sprint car too. But the driver stepped on it in that one."

Leary's hunger was palpable after finishing second in the sprinter. You would've had to use a jackhammer to crack that lingering "What if" thought out of his head throughout the 50-lap Silver Crown finale. He wasn't going to let anything go to chance; he was going to put this race in his own hands and be on the attack on the cushion. Although, the cushion at this particular moment of the night was an unmovable concrete wall.

"I'm always one to bang the boards," Leary admitted. "The top's the best place to run here at Eldora. The guy who can throw his nut sack over his shoulder and just haul it around here is normally the winner. I'm just glad to be standing down here and have the car in one piece after banging off the fence for the 50 laps."

Leary had his work cut out for him, starting the race from the eighth position in his Chuck & Tammi Leary/Leary Construction - GreenTech Lubricants/DRC/1-Way Toyota, while Shane Cottle took off from the pole to lead early despite a rough going for others in the field that created a bevy of stoppages within the first eight laps.

On the third lap, David Byrne flipped into the catchfence between turns three and four to bring out the first red flag. Chris Windom, the victor of the two most recent series races, had a rear end break on him just as he was poised to snag the race lead on the seventh circuit. A lap later, defending race winner Tyler Courtney's bid to sweep the three USAC divisions in a single night came to an abrupt end after tagging the turn one wall and flipping. Both Byrne and Courtney were uninjured.

As he had done throughout the night, Leary was on a mission, sliding into second past Jerry Coons, Jr. in turn one on the 15th go-around. By the time the two hit the back straight, Kevin Thomas, Jr. entered the fray and also ripped past Coons to move into third. Thus began what would be a familiar refrain for the remaining 33 laps - Leary and Thomas side-by-side!

As the two found their distinctive grooves - Leary heaving his car around the top against the outside wall and Thomas keeping his car straight as an arrow through the middle - they were able to cut Cottle's lead down substantially from a second-plus to pretty much nil within a handful laps.

Leary pulled the bow first, sliding by Cottle momentarily in turn two on lap 30 with Thomas crashing the party as well. Cottle re-emerged with the lead at the line as the trio crossed the stripe three-wide.

Shuffle, repeat, shuffle, repeat like an old five-disc CD changer your grandparents might still own, that was the name of the game. Thomas initially gained the lead on lap 31, controlled three laps before Leary blasted by around the outside. Two laps later, Leary repainted the turn one wall with rubber after blasting the concrete, allowing Thomas to sneak back by for another three-lap stint at the front.

"I'm always one to bang the boards," Leary admitted. "The top's the best place to run here at Eldora. The guy who can throw his nut sack over his shoulder and just haul it around here is normally the winner. I'm just glad to be standing down here and have the car in one piece after banging off the fence for the 50 laps." (Rich Forman Photo)

Leary again was pestering Thomas around the top, coming back to snare the lead on lap 39, but for nary one trip around the half-mile - by a half-car-length - before bouncing off the turn one wall again, handing the race back over to Thomas for one lap. Leary once again roared back to reclaim the lead the following time around, then led for four laps before battering the turn one wall again, allowing Thomas to take the advantage with six laps remaining.

Leary was relentless, ripping the topside around Thomas off turn four coming to the stand with three laps to go, beating Thomas by the mere diameter of a wheel. Thomas, never doubting, made one last ditch run at Leary into turn one, nearly getting the deed done, but Leary cleared Thomas by as much as the thickness of a five o'clock shadow exiting turn two.

All that stood in Leary's way between he and a first series victory since Terre Haute in 2016 was a triumvirate of lapped cars. However, they were all hugging the bottom, which was more of a bugaboo to Thomas' middle line than it was to Leary skimming the fence.

Leary was untouched the remainder of the way to win his second career Silver Crown race by a half-second over Thomas, a second-place finisher for the third race in a row. Pole sitter Cottle finished third in front of an impressive fourth-place run in Jason McDougal's series' debut while new, four-time series champ Kody Swanson rounded out the top-five.

"Winning these Silver Crown races are the crown jewel," Leary said. "Winning sprint car races are cool, but these are my favorite races to run. This is a dream come true tonight."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 21-22, 2018 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-16.764; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-16.888; 3. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-16.935; 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-16.993; 5. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.993; 6. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-16.998; 7. Jason McDougal, 9, Dyson-17.002; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.011; 9. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.118; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 56, Foxco-17.146; 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.179; 12. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-17.250; 13. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-17.306; 14. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-17.333; 15. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-17.543; 16. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-17.554; 17. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-17.714; 18. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-17.765; 19. Aaron Schuck, 53, Five-Three-18.034; 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-18.513; 21. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-19.076; 22. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-NT, 23. Dave Darland, 43, Felker/Nix-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (8), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 3. Shane Cottle (1), 4. Jason McDougal (7), 5. Kody Swanson (5), 6. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 7. Justin Grant (12), 8. Brady Bacon (4), 9. Kyle Robbins (11), 10. Jacob Wilson (16), 11. Austin Nemire (15), 12. Bill Rose (20), 13. Steve Buckwalter (#53) (19), 14. Matt Goodnight (9), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 16. Dave Darland (23), 17. Travis Welpott (14), 18. Chris Fetter (18), 19. Dave Berkheimer (21), 20. Aaron Pierce (22), 21. Tyler Courtney (6), 22. Chris Windom (3), 23. David Byrne (13). NT
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**Byrne flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Courtney flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Cottle, Laps 31-33 Thomas, Laps 34-35 Leary, Laps 36-38 Thomas, Lap 39 Leary, Lap 40 Thomas, Laps 41-44 Leary, Laps 45-46 Thomas, Laps 47-50 Leary.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Steve Buckwalter

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-641, 2-Grant-559, 3-Windom-526, 4-Byrne-462, 5-Coons-433, 6-Robbins-372, 7-Welpott-348, 8-Goodnight-344, 9-Bobby Santos-329, 10-Nemire-327.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 22, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.479; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.672; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.778; 4. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.844; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.844; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.000; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.022; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.039; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.048; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.111; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.259; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.689; 13. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.042; 14. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.050; 15. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-18.188; 16. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.235; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-19.260; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-NT, 19. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. Gansen, 5. Marshall. 2:57.19

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. McCarthy, 5. Rayborne, 6. Ervine. 2:57.80

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. A.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. Bender, 5. Sweeney, 6. Smith. 2:59.15

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Austin Williams, 4. A.J. Bender, 5. Danny Faria Jr., 6. Max Adams, 7. Logan Williams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Verne Sweeney, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Gary Marshall Jr., 14. Austin Ervine, 15. Joel Rayborne, 16. Cal Smith, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Eddie Tafoya. NT --------------------------- **Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Johnson, Laps 7-19 Roa, Laps 20-30 Gardner. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: A.J. Bender (18th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 28&29 – Arizona (AZ) Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

COURTNEY CHARGES TO MIDGET SCORE AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Tyler Courtney picked up right where he left the "4-Crown Nationals" stage one year ago, following up a walk-off homer in the Silver Crown race last year with a dominating performance in the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget event Saturday night at Eldora Speedway.

The Indianapolis, Ind. native set the tone early, recording quick time in time trials, winning his heat and then leading the final 16 laps to capture the victory worth $5000 in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

Courtney launched his assault from the outside of the third row and quickly cracked the whip as he moved up through the field to second behind teammate Justin Grant by the fifth lap and brought along a challenger with him in Spencer Bayston.

Courtney and Bayston exchanged sliders as they tussled for the runner-up spot, while Bayston, the reigning series champ and race winner, showed no rust and no hesitation in his return from a leg injury suffered in an August sprint car crash.

However, Bayston's bid for a repeat win came to a crashing halt on the tenth lap as he was tucked in behind Courtney in turn one. On entry, Bayston tagged his right rear rubber against the outside wall and partook in a horrifying incident that mangled his Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian ride. Bayston emerged from the mangled wreckage, but was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

On the ensuing restart, Courtney wasted no time, delivering a slider immediately into turn one past Grant. Grant retaliated and made a run back at Courtney as they battled side-by-side for the remainder of lap 10 before he tried his hand at returning the favor in turn one. Instead, Grant slid up the hill in turn two as he attempted to slide up in front of Courtney, but it wasn't quite enough to slow down Courtney, who plucked out a straightaway lead down the stretch.

Nothing would interrupt Courtney in the waning laps as he powered away for a 4.8 second victory, the fifth of his career and second of the year in the series, over Grant, KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger Logan Seavey (from 13th), Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tanner Carrick.

Courtney's victory allowed the Clauson Marshall Racing bunch to break the stranglehold that the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team had possessed coming into the event, winning six of the last seven and the last three-in-a-row.

"Tim (Clauson) and everybody at Clauson Marshall Racing gave me one heck of a car," Courtney exclaimed in victory lane. "Anytime you get to win at Eldora, it's special. To do it during 4-Crown is even cooler."

"Tim (Clauson) and everybody at Clauson Marshall Racing gave me one heck of a car," Courtney exclaimed in victory lane. "Anytime you get to win at Eldora, it's special. To do it during 4-Crown is even cooler." (Ryan Sellers Photo)

Rico Abreu, the 2016 winner of the midget portion of the '4-Crown,' was involved in an accident during hot laps that also included Chris Baue. The 2014 USAC National Midget champ from St. Helena, Calif. was evaluated at the Premier Health Infield Care Center at Eldora and transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner, ProSource Fast Qualifier & Saldana Racing Products Sweep), Zeb Wise (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Logan Seavey (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Chad Boat (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher). -------------------------------------

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th"4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson-Marshall-16.475; 2. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson-Marshall-16.603; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-16.610; 4. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-16.610; 5. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-16.638; 6. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.720; 7. Spencer Bayston, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.744; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-16.752; 9. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-16.761; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-16.798; 11. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.803; 12. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.806; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.853; 14. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.853; 15. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry-16.899; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.911; 17. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.924; 18. Chris Windom, 35, Petry/Goff-16.938; 19. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-16.991; 20. Hank Davis, 42, Franklin-17.141; 21. Chase Jones, 33, RayPro-17.287; 22. Andrew Layser, 35L, Bright-17.365; 23. Chris Baue, 35x, Baue-18.809; 24. Rich Drangmeister, 18, Drangmeister-23.387.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Seavey, 3. Johnson, 4. Bayston, 5. Boat, 6. Coons, 7. Davis. 2:16.49

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Wise, 2. McDougal, 3. Thomas, 4. Robinson, 5. Grant, 6. Windom, 7. Jones. 2:18.76

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Carrick, 3. Bright, 4. Shelton, 5. Bacon, 6. Hendricks, 7. Layser. 2:19.52

FEATURE: (25 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Logan Seavey (13), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 5. Tanner Carrick (12), 6. Holly Shelton (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 8. Ryan Robinson (11), 9. Jason McDougal (14), 10. Brady Bacon (4), 11. Hank Davis (19), 12. Sam Johnson (16), 13. Chad Boat (3), 14. Zane Hendricks (9), 15. Chase Jones (20), 16. Alex Bright (18), 17. Andrew Layser (21), 18. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 19. Chris Windom (17), 20. Spencer Bayston (7), 21. Zeb Wise (5). NT ---------------------------- **Bayston flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Grant, Laps 10-25 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER: Logan Seavey (13th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chad Boat

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-901, 2-Bacon-783, 3-Boat-771, 4-Courtney-763, 5-Grant-762, 6-Bayston-756, 7-Carrick-717, 8-Thomas-701, 9-Wise-569, 10-Robinson-534.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 21 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - "Jason Leffler Memorial"


 

 

SUNSHINE STRIKES 10 WITH ELDORA SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........To get to double-digits in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win column, you must win at Eldora Speedway.

Maybe it's an omen, a harbinger or what have you, but history tells us as much.

Courtney reiterated that fact Saturday night during the 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV, marking just the tenth occasion a driver has reached at least 10 series wins in a season and the 10th of those select drivers in that club to win at Eldora during their banner year.

Tom Bigelow (14 wins), J.J. Yeley & Robert Ballou (13), Larry Dickson & Pancho Carter (12), Bubby Jones (11), Dickson, Carter & Jay Drake (10) each got it done at Eldora on their magical seasons. Now you can add a little "Sunshine" to that list.

However, the ride to get there on this night was a tad turbulent early on as the team ran into mechanical issues that forced them to swap out the engine for another bullet following qualifying. It seemed to do the trick as Courtney walloped the competition in his heat race, then proceeded to decimate the field for much of the 30-lapper in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy until having to hold off a late surge from hard-charging C.J. Leary left that fairytale ending hanging in the balance momentarily.

Courtney started from the pole position, but it was 2007 "4-Crown" USAC Sprint Car winner Robert Ballou who eked into the lead from his outside front row starting spot to lead the opening lap with Leary and Courtney in tow.

As Leary trailed Ballou, the reigning "4-Crown" Sprint Car winner was amidst a battle with Courtney for second. Courtney threaded the dot of the i around the outside of Leary in turn two. Leary then snagged the concrete and spun completely around down the back straightaway and somehow, someway, avoided catastrophe as the entire field missed him, allowing him to restart, although he would now have to come from the tail in 22nd.

Following the restart, Courtney made his surge, sliding past Ballou entering the third turn. Ballou countered with an uppercut to the chin and clung to his grip of the lead as the pair crossed the line. Courtney reloaded and fired his next shot, sliding to the lead past Ballou entering turn one. By lap 10, Courtney's advantage was a full-straight ahead of Ballou.

Ballou's bid to get back into the game hit a literal snag on the 14th lap when he clipped the turn two outside wall and spun around to a stop, ending his evening earlier than anticipated. That moved Justin Grant into second where he and the hard-charging Leary took a full head a steam at running down Courtney. Grant found the demise of his night in the same spot that took caught Leary and Ballou earlier in turn two. Grant's car churned against the concrete along the back straight before grinding to a halt with four laps remaining.

Leary was in second behind Courtney for the lap 27 restart, but a challenge to Courtney's throne was discarded almost immediately as Courtney blitzed to a good jump when action resumed. The only race for position was behind Courtney as Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Isaac Chapple roamed three-wide at times for the runner-up position.

It was all to Courtney's advantage, however, as he drove away to his tenth series win of the year and joined Jack Hewitt, Kyle Larson, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland as the fifth driver to win in a Midget, USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown car during his "4-Crown" career.

Leary finished second ahead of Chapple, who scored a career-best third-place result. Point leader Thomas was fourth ahead of Chris Windom.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway were Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & ProSource Fast Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Nick Bilbee (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Timmy Buckwalter (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Scotty Weir (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th"4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.607; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.799; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.976; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.997; 5. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-16.035; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.088; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.103; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.110; 9. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.156; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.197; 11. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-16.208; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-16.214; 13. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-16.277; 14. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-16.287; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-16.296; 16. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.301; 17. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-16.331; 18. Dickie Gaines, 44x, Soudrette-16.374; 19. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.394; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.494; 21. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.571; 22. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-16.641; 23. Joe Liguori, 44, Liguori-16.686; 24. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-16.731; 25. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-16.832; 26. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.899; 27. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-16.919; 28. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-16.926; 29. Bill Rose, 320, Kissel-16.988; 30. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-16.992; 31. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-17.081; 32. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-17.093; 33. Matt Cooley, 19, Cooley-17.120; 34. Josh Cunningham, 63, Cunningham-17.235; 35. Mike Burkin, 79, Mahoney-17.236; 36. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-17.245; 37. Barney Craig, 71c, Craig-17.250; 38. Jack James, 99J, James-18.578; 39. Ken Drangmeister, 27, Drangmeister-19.007.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Westfall, 3. Bacon, 4. Buckwalter, 5. Cottle, 6. Boespflug, 7. J. Wilson, 8. Rose, 9. Cooley, 10. Craig. 2:16.59

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Darland, 3. Windom, 4. Bilbee, 5. Chapple, 6. Goodnight, 7. Gaines, 8. Cunningham, 9. James. 2:16.45

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. Ballou, 3. Jackson, 4. Gentry, 5. Smith, 6. Welpott, 7. Burkin, 8. Drangmeister, 9. Liguori, 10. Hewitt. 2:15.28

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Ingle, 3. McDougal, 4. Tilton, 5. Perigo, 6. Stockon, 7. Weir, 8. C. Wilson, 9. Whited. 2:16.89

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Gaines, 2. Cottle, 3. Stockon, 4. Perigo, 5. Chapple, 6. J. Wilson, 7. Weir, 8. Whited, 9. Burkin, 10. Goodnight, 11. Rose, 12. C. Wilson, 13. Smith, 14. Craig, 15. Welpott, 16. Cunningham, 17. Cooley, 18. Drangmeister, 19. James, 20. Boespflug. 3:44.08

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Isaac Chapple (10), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Chris Windom (3), 6. Chase Stockon (7), 7. Dave Darland (14), 8. Nick Bilbee (19), 9. Dickie Gaines (16), 10. Brady Bacon (9), 11. Carmen Perigo (15), 12. Shane Cottle (21), 13. Dakota Jackson (11), 14. Matt Westfall (18), 15. Dustin Ingle (17), 16. Ty Tilton (20), 17. Justin Grant (6), 18. Jason McDougal (12), 19. Robert Ballou (2), 20. Aric Gentry (22), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (13), 22. Jacob Wilson (8). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Ballou, Laps 3-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER: Nick Bilbee (19th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Timmy Buckwalter

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Scotty Weir

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2206, 2-Courtney-2189, 3-Windom-2143, 4-Bacon-1901, 5-Darland-1889, 6-Stockon-1870, 7-Leary-1865, 8-Ballou-1771, 9-Grant-1746, 10-Chapple-1232.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 27 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

 

MARTIN "MAGIC" PREVAILS AT PEORIA

Peoria, AZ........"Magic" Mike Martin of Yuma, Ariz. led all but one lap to win Friday night's "Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships" USAC Southwest Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park. Series point leader Charles Davis Jr. was second ahead of R.J. Johnson, Tye Mihocko and Andy Reinbold.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 21, 2018 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 2. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 5. Rick Shuman (#25 Shuman). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Colton Hardy, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Sterling Cling, 12. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Asa Kesterson, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Rick Shuman. NT ---------------------------- **Keefer flipped during the second heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Shipley, Laps 2-30 Martin.

HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (15th to 9th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-1,027, 2-Mihocko-908, 3-Martin-865, 4-Curtis-763, 5-Lundy-691, 6-Bonneau-614, 7-Johnson-558, 8-Gile-541, 9-Reinbols-474, 10-Most-456.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 22 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships"

 

 

COTTLE CORRALS SILVER CROWN POLE AT ELDORA

Rossburg, Ohio.........Shane Cottle scored the pole for Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV USAC Silver Crown Champ Car race at Eldora Speedway.

In Friday's qualifying session, the Kansas, Illinois native recorded a lap of 16.764, topping the 22-car field to start from the first position in the 50-lapper, which concludes the night of action that also offers up complete programs for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Cottle will be joined on the front row by Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. Coons' Nolen Racing teammate Chris Windom, whose won the two most recent events on the Silver Crown calendar, will line up third alongside Brady Bacon. Series champ Kody Swanson and defending race winner Tyler Courtney occupy row three, with newcomer Jason McDougal and C.J. Leary taking row four with Matt Goodnight and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounding out the top-ten qualifiers in row five.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am, spectator gates open at noon, a USAC autograph session will take place from 3-4pm in the fan zone, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Saturday's full events will have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN "4-CROWN" WINNERS: 1981: Steve Kinser, 1982: Ron Shuman, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1985: Larry Rice, 1986: Jack Hewitt, 1987: Larry Rice, 1988: Jack Hewitt, 1989: Jack Hewitt, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Steve Butler, 1993: Ron Shuman, 1994: Jack Hewitt, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Jack Hewitt, 1997: Kevin Huntley, 1998: Jack Hewitt, 1999: Jimmy Sills, 2000: J.J. Yeley, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Brian Tyler, 2004: Dave Darland, 2005: Dave Darland, 2006: Mat Neely, 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Dave Darland, 2009: Dave Darland, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Jerry Coons Jr., 2015: Christopher Bell, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Tyler Courtney

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-583, 2-Justin Grant-507, 3-Chris Windom-503, 4-David Byrne-439, 5-Jerry Coons, Jr.-378, 6-Bobby Santos-329, 7-Kyle Robbins-326, 8-Travis Welpott-319, 9-Matt Goodnight-309, 10-Austin Nemire-286.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-16.764 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-16.888 3. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-16.935 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-16.993 5. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.993 6. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-16.998 7. Jason McDougal, 9, Dyson-17.002 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.011 9. Matt Goodnight, 39, 17.118 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 56, Foxco-17.146 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.179 12. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn- 13. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-17.306 14. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-17.333 15. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-17.543 16. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-17.554 17. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-17.714 18. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-17.765 19. Aaron Schuck, 53, Five-Three-18.034 (Car will be raced by Steve Buckwalter on Saturday) 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-18.513 21. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-19.076 22. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-NT

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS HEADLINE CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK’S “SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018… This Friday and Saturday, September 21st & 22nd, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Canyon Speedway Park for the “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships.” Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the Peoria, Arizona oval will also showcase the Allscapes Stock Cars, Desert Restorations IMCA Hobby Stocks, Modlites, and Micro Sprints, The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. In addition, there will be an open practice at the track on Thursday, September 20th, starting at 7:30pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-one Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen “home track” victories, including the February 3rd “Steve Stroud Memorial” and May 27th “Salute to Indy.” “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 31st “Easter Eggstravaganza” and the May 26th “Salute to Indy” opening night. Fourteen different drivers have claimed victory at Canyon Speedway Park and a complete series track win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the thirteenth point race, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) has a stout 118-point lead over the competition. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis earned his eighth win of the year at Arizona Speedway’s “Lealand McSpadden Classic” on September 8th. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has also posted eight heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 247 feature laps led on the year. Davis has twenty-nine series wins and will be looking to sweep the “Southwest Championships.”

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko ran third in the September 8th “Lealand McSpadden Classic.” At press time, “The Bull” has one feature win, three heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led to his credit. Tye will have his sights on gaining valuable points with his first wins at Canyon Speedway Park.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin ran second to Charles Davis Jr. at the “McSpadden Classic.” To date, “The Magic Man” has posted four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led on the season. Mike has five career USAC SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Southwest Championships” to his resume.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) ranks fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis led the first five laps at the “McSpadden Classic” before finishing sixth at the checkered flags. At press time, Michael has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year. Curtis will have his sights on joining the USAC SouthWest winner’s list at Canyon Speedway Park.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) has climbed to fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Piloting his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X, Lundy scored eighth in the September 8th main event. To date, Matt has one heat race victory and twelve top-10 finishes to his credit. Lundy will be looking to claim his first series win at the “SouthWest Championships.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Bonneau, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, Zack Madrid, Sterling Cling, Colton Maroney, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, 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. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 and over) are $15, Active Military (with ID) tickets are $15, and Kids tickets (11 and under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows)
19-R.J. Johnson, 9-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 8-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-954, 2. Tye Mihocko-835, 3. Mike Martin-786, 4. Michael Curtis-713, 5. Matt Lundy-637, 6. Chris Bonneau-556, 7. Dennis Gile-503, 8. R.J. Johnson-480, 9. Josh Pelkey-436, 10. Tyler Most-417, 11. Andy Reinbold-411, 12. Zack Madrid-288, 13. Sterling Cling-245, 14. Colton Maroney-206, 15. Tyler Adams-200, 16. Ronnie Clark-175, 17. Austin Kuehl-174, 18. Jake Swanson-172, 19. Joe Scheopner-166, 20. Rick Shuman-165.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS IN GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL SATURDAY AT PERRIS!

(Perris, CA, September 19, 2018) Perris Auto Speedway will send the summer out with a bang this Saturday night, September 22nd, with the 11th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. The PAS Senior & Young Gun Sprints will also be a part of the card and the dazzling Western Racing Association vintage cars will be on hand. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 7:00.

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Glenn Howard Memorial this Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

Saturday’s race honors the late Glenn Howard, who was part of the Southern California racing scene for more than 50 years as a driver, car owner, official, racing business owner and innovator. He helped hundreds of drivers in their careers. Ironically, Saturday’s race will be 11-years to the day that Howard passed away

“This race is huge for so many of our drivers,” promoter Don Kazarian said on Tuesday. “Glenn did so much for the sport. When you think about it, there was nothing he did not or could not do. But, I think the reason most drivers want to win it is the fact that he helped everybody. He just wanted to make the sport better for everyone and that is exactly what he did for a very long time. Even though he passed away quite a few years ago, his impact is still felt in the sport and it always will be. It is an honor to host his memorial race at The PAS.”

Three of the favorites in Saturday’s race will be the top three in the USAC/CRA Series point standings, Brody Roa of Garden Grove, Concord’s Damion Gardner and “The Big Game Hunter,” Austin Williams of Yorba Linda. Williams, whose first ever sprint car race at The PAS was in the inaugural Glenn Howard Memorial in 2008, is the only driver with more than one (he has two wins) USAC/CRA win at The PAS this year. Gardner and Ion, California’s Justin Grant, have one win each.

Both of Williams PAS victories this year came after Gardner and Roa tangled and crashed in their heated battle for the 2018 championship.

“It is unfortunate for those guys, but I don’t know exactly what happened if they took each other out or it was a racing incident,” a happy Williams told the crowd after winning The PAS main event five-weeks ago. “I stole another one from them two guys. I will take them any way I can get them. It sure feels good to get over here (on the victory podium).”

In addition to making his debut at The PAS ten-years ago in the Glenn Howard Memorial, Williams, 27, also won the race in 2016. Gardner is the all-time leading winner in the race having taken home the hardware in 2014, 2015 and last year. Gardner’s former teammate on the Mark Alexander team, Nic Faas, is the only other driver with more than one win in the race on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval. He posted his wins in 2011 and 2013. Tony Jones, the late Bryan Clauson, Cory Kruseman and Mike Spencer have one win each in the Howard Memorial.

The PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprints will be contesting their next to last race of 2018 on Saturday night. Former Speedway Motorcycle racer and Wheel2Wheel Raceway promoter John Aden, who resides in Apple Valley, leads defending champion Richard McCormick of Canyon Country by 14-points going into Saturday’s Senior Sprint (drivers 45 and older) race. Things are quite different in the Young Guns (drivers 14-25 with no prior sprint car experience) where Eddie Tafoya Jr. of Chino Hills has a commanding 97-point advantage over Apple Valley’s Austin Brundage.

Adult tickets for Saturday’s USAC/CRA race are $25.00. Seniors 65 and over get in for $20.00. For active military members with proper id, teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12, it is just $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.

Fans who would like to make it a full Saturday of racing can take in the So Cal Oval Karters and SoCal Mowers race at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway at noon. The first year dirt oval track is located about 200 feet outside the fourth turn at The PAS. Admission to the kart race is free.

Advance tickets for all PAS events, including this Saturday and November’s 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction, are available 24 hours a day online at https://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For fans who do not want to buy advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window each race night.

Amsoil USAC/CRA Points

1. Brody Roa – Garden Grove, CA – 1069

2. Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 1018

3. Austin Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 918

4. Cody Williams – Corona, CA – 864

5. Max Adams – Loomis, CA – 851

PAS Senior Sprints

1. John Aden – Apple Valley, CA – 253

2. Richard McCormick – Canyon Country, CA - 239

3. Ed Schwarz – Santa Fe Springs, CA - 211

4. Rick Hendrix - Palmdale, CA - 204

5. Eddie Williams – El Segundo, CA – 160

PAS Young Guns

1. Eddie Tafoya Jr. – Chino Hills, CA - 252

2. Austin Brundage – Apple Valley, CA - 155

3. Ricky Lewis – Oxnard, CA – 115

3. Tyler Most – Peoria, AZ - 115

5. Amanda Roberson – Ramona, CA - 112

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2017 season. All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Flowdynamics, Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental, Green Sheet, Greg Smith Equipment, Harley’s Custom Cycles, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Indiana Truck Salvage, K2 Displays, K&N Engineering, Living Water’s Hospice, Luke’s Transmission, Moreno Valley Magazine of Values, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pole Position, Precision Engine of Temecula, PrintItNow.com, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Trench Shoring, Valley News and Vista Paint.

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Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the So Cal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

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2018 Perris Auto Speedway

September 22nd "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Guns Sprint Cars

October 6th - 14th SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAIR

October 20th USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Guns Sprint Cars

October 27th PASSCAR "Champions Night” - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and Modifieds

November 7th Oval Nationals Practice

November 8th 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction" USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

November 9th 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction" USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

November 10th 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction" USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “11TH ANNUAL GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018... After a hard fought “California Sprint Week,” the cars and stars of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, September 22nd. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and WRA Vintage Cars. The spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track." will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “Medium” is also the legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 208 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 44 main event wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. In the four previous races of 2018, Gardner topped the April 21st “Sokola Shootout” and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams won the May 26th “Salute to Indy.” USAC National driver Justin Grant claimed the June 23rd main event and Williams scored the August 18th “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” win. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Saturday's event honors Glenn Howard who is considered by many in the industry as a "racer's racer." Throughout his involvement in racing, Glenn had served as a crew member, driver, car owner, sponsor, official, and businessman. Howard's So-Cal Performance was recognized as a major parts supplier to racers across the globe for many years. In 1993, Glenn became the first president of the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) and helped to build the foundation of the nationally respected club. After his term was over, Howard remained active in motorsports until his passing in September 2007. Kazarian, Perris Auto Speedway, and the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are proud to honor Glenn's memory with the annual event and the winner’s list is at the end of the release.

Entering the sixteenth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 51-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa won the six-race “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week” mini-series and claimed victory at Watsonville on September 7th. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 74 feature laps led to his credit. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to add the “Glenn Howard Classic” to his resume.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner tied for third in the “California Sprint Week” and won at Calistoga on September 1st. At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has three feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 129 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has seventy-eight USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on his fourth "Glenn Howard Classic” win.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams finished second to Roa in the “California Sprint Week” mini-series. To date, Williams has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career wins and will be looking for his second “Glenn Howard Classic” triumph.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams placed fourth in the “California Sprint Week” standings. At press time, the 2010 Victorville Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Max Adams (Loomis, CA) sits fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams placed sixth in the “California Sprint Week” standings. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led. Max has two series wins and will be in contention for the “Howard Classic” victory.

Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, R.J. Johnson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Verne Sweeney, Jace Vander Weerd, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Trent Williams, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC/MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2008-Tony Jones, 2009-Bryan Clauson, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Nic Faas, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Nic Faas, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Austin Williams, 2017-Damion Gardner.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 44-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Justin Grant, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1069, 2. Damion Gardner-1018, 3. Austin Williams-918, 4. Cody Williams-864, 5. Max Adams-851, 6. Jake Swanson-802, 7. R.J. Johnson-719, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-682, 9. Logan Williams-658, 10. Chris Gansen-636, 11. Ryan Bernal-527, 12. Tommy Malcolm-444, 13. A.J. Bender-406, 14. Matt McCarthy-313, 15. Joel Rayborne-310, 16. Austin Ervine-269, 17. Verne Sweeney-264, 18. Austin Liggett-252, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-251, 20. Matt Rossi-178.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

4-CROWN NATIONALS ELDORA USAC SILVER CROWN PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........The big cars of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series are known for endurance races. One-hundred miles, tire and fuel conservation and being in position at the end usually dictate how the race will unfold.

This Saturday's 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV at Eldora Speedway is about as close to a sprint race as you can get. It's 50 laps around a half-mile, all out, for the finale of the series' 48th season.

Kody Swanson has virtually locked up an unprecedented fourth series championship. With a 76-point lead and a max of 76 points on the table, all the Kingsburg, Calif. native has to do is sign-in (worth 10 appearance points) and the title is his.

At that point, Swanson is basically playing with house money, taking the pressure of "points racing" out of the equation and allowing him to affix his sole focus to the steering wheel and the pedals as he searches for his first Silver Crown win, the only dirt track on this year's Silver Crown schedule that he hasn't yet won at.

Only three drivers have recorded a win at Eldora on their road to a championship when the "4-Crown" has been the finale: Jack Hewitt in 1986, Steve Butler in 1992 and Chris Windom in 2016.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. is one of only four drivers to have won in all three of USAC's National open wheel divisions during the "4-Crown" (Jack Hewitt, Kyle Larson & Dave Darland). Coons scored his wins in 2007 and 2014 for two different teams. He's still angling for that first Silver Crown win for Gene Nolen's team, which too is eager to breakthrough for the first time at Eldora.

Barriers that have stood in the way of Nolen and victory at a track that has eluded his pilots have already been busted this year by Coons teammate, Chris Windom. The Canton, Ill. driver has won the past two Silver Crown races, both on the Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and Du Quoin. Capturing Springfield was a first for both Nolen and Windom. The Du Quoin score was the first for the team there this millennium, following wins in 1992 and 1999. Windom, the two-time "4-Crown" Silver Crown winner and series champ, finished second in 2017.

The driver Windom chased to the line was Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., who drove himself and his Hans Lein-owned ride to both their first Silver Crown wins as driver and owner, respectively. He joins an interesting list of drivers to earn their first Silver Crown triumph at the "Big E:" Steve Kinser (1981), Danny Smith (1982), Ron Shuman (1982), Ken Schrader (1983), Steve Butler (1990), Kevin Huntley (1997), Mat Neely (2006), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2007), Bryan Clauson (2010), Chris Windom (2013) and Christopher Bell (2015).

Justin Grant, a 2016 "4-Crown" Sprint Car winner, is a surefire bet to be a threat in the Champ Car. The Ione, California driver won the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in April in his Hemelgarn Racing mount. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon won in May in a Sprint Car at Eldora and finished fifth in last year's Eldora Silver Crown ride.

On Friday, September 21, the Silver Crown Champ Car Series will lead off the USAC portion of the event with practice and single car qualifying along with complete shows for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and the Eldora Stock Cars.

Friday's event will begin at 6pm with World of Outlaws practice and qualifying, Silver Crown practice, stock car hot laps, followed by Silver Crown qualifying, all preceding the opening ceremonies and the remainder of the night's racing activities.

The Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session the following day, Saturday, September 22, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Friday, pits open at 1:30pm and spectator gates open at 2pm. General admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and $10 for ages 12 & under.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am, spectator gates open at noon, a USAC autograph session will take place from 3-4pm in the fan zone, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Saturday's full events will have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN "4-CROWN" WINNERS: 1981: Steve Kinser, 1982: Ron Shuman, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1985: Larry Rice, 1986: Jack Hewitt, 1987: Larry Rice, 1988: Jack Hewitt, 1989: Jack Hewitt, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Steve Butler, 1993: Ron Shuman, 1994: Jack Hewitt, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Jack Hewitt, 1997: Kevin Huntley, 1998: Jack Hewitt, 1999: Jimmy Sills, 2000: J.J. Yeley, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Brian Tyler, 2004: Dave Darland, 2005: Dave Darland, 2006: Mat Neely, 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Dave Darland, 2009: Dave Darland, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Jerry Coons Jr., 2015: Christopher Bell, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Tyler Courtney

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-583, 2-Justin Grant-507, 3-Chris Windom-503, 4-David Byrne-439, 5-Jerry Coons, Jr.-378, 6-Bobby Santos-329, 7-Kyle Robbins-326, 8-Travis Welpott-319, 9-Matt Goodnight-309, 10-Austin Nemire-286.

 

 

4-CROWN NATIONALS ELDORA USAC SPRINT CAR PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........C.J. Leary seems more than poised for a breakout performance this Saturday in the 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV at Eldora Speedway.

He's led in four of the past six races for a total of 69 laps, 38 more than any other driver during that span. The results have been there: a 2nd, 6th, 6th, 4th and 2nd. Yet, none of those include a 1st, a cage stand, a check or one of the other many spoils of victory.

Those "spoils" were something the Greenfield, Indiana driver got to experience in full effect last year after grabbing his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "4-Crown" triumph at Eldora.

Leary is among six past winners expected to compete in Saturday's stacked field, including Dave Darland (1999), Robert Ballou (2007), Chris Windom (2013), Brady Bacon (2014) and Justin Grant (2016).

Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, has been a revelation this year, scoring three victories and is fifth in points. Rocklin, California's Ballou has scored five of his 28 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins at Eldora, including the first three of his career back in 2007 & 2010. Windom, of Canton, Ill., got his in 2013, then won again in the Silver Crown car at Eldora in 2016. Ione, California's Grant punched in a W back in 2016.

The points race is tighter than a Chinese Finger Trap, with no driver in the top-three able to separate themselves from each other at the top. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings by 21 following his victory last Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. His venerable Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 has scored five wins in the "4-Crown' over the years, including 1999 with Darland, 2006 with Tracy Hines, 2009 with Jerry Coons, Jr., 2011 with Kyle Larson and 2014 with Bacon.

Tyler Courtney runs second in the standings behind Thomas and is having a banner year that includes a series-high nine wins. A victory Saturday at Eldora would put him on an exclusive list of drivers who've won double-digit races in a single season along with Tom Bigelow (14), J.J. Yeley & Robert Ballou (13), Larry Dickson & Pancho Carter (12), Bubby Jones (11), Dickson, Carter & Jay Drake (10).

Courtney's current tally of nine wins in a season is tied for the tenth winningest season in the history of the series, equaling Parnelli Jones (1961), Roger McCluskey (1966) and Rick Hood (1985).

One thing all those drivers have in common is that they've won a USAC National Sprint Car feature at Eldora in the very same year they accumulated double-digit wins. Courtney has yet to win at Eldora this season and Saturday marks his last shot. Bacon and Windom won the two most recent trips to Eldora back in May of this year.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., is third in points, only 54 out of the lead as he seeks his second career series title.

Leary's bid for a repeat USAC Sprint Car win at the "4-Crown" has been duplicated five previous times by Steve Kinser in 1981-82, Steve Butler in 1988-89, Jack Hewitt in 1990-91 & 1997-98 and Bud Kaeding in 2001-02.

This Saturday's event will mark the 199th USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race held at Eldora Speedway, which is the most appearances at any track in series history.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am, spectator gates open at noon, a USAC autograph session will take place from 3-4pm in the fan zone, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Saturday's full events will have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

PAST "4-CROWN NATIONALS" USAC SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1981: Steve Kinser, 1982: Steve Kinser, 1983: Jack Hewitt, 1985: Larry Rice, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Tony Elliott, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Steve Butler, 1990: Jack Hewitt, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Danny Smith, 1993: Tony Elliott, 1994: Kevin Doty, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Jimmy Sills, 1997: Jack Hewitt, 1998: Jack Hewitt, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tracy Hines, 2001: Bud Kaeding, 2002: Bud Kaeding, 2004: Dickie Gaines, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Tracy Hines, 2007: Robert Ballou, 2008: Brad Sweet, 2009: Jerry Coons Jr., 2010: Levi Jones, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Tracy Hines, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Thomas Meseraull, 2016: Justin Grant, 2017: C.J. Leary

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kevin Thomas-2132, 2-Tyler Courtney-2111, 3-Chris Windom-2078, 4-Brady Bacon-1852, 5-Dave Darland-1830, 6-Chase Stockon-1810, 7-C.J. Leary-1786, 8-Robert Ballou-1739, 9-Justin Grant-1703, 10-Isaac Chapple-1167.

 

 

4-CROWN NATIONALS ELDORA USAC MIDGET PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Midgets on the high banks of Eldora Speedway are breathtakingly spectacular and that's what this Saturday's 37thrunning of the "4-Crown Nationals" will surely provide when the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets make their lone annual trip to the legendary half-mile.

Series point leader Logan Seavey may technically be a Rookie as he eyes his first career midget start at Eldora. But the 21-year-old Sutter, Calif. native appears as that in name only as he carries a 98-point lead into the race on the strength of consistency with a pair of wins in Du Quoin, Ill. and Sweet Springs, Mo. In July, Seavey made his initial expedition of Eldora a memorable one, leading 53 laps on his way to an eighth-place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut.

Among his Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammates are 2016 "4-Crown" midget winner Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Calif., who always offers a thrill at Eldora. In that 2016 race, the 2014 USAC National Midget champ swept the night, recording fast time, winning his heat, and then dominating the feature.

Rico takes over the helm of the straight No. 97 while reigning series champ and 2017 race winner Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. will give it a go in the No. 97K, returning to the seat following injuries suffered in an August racing accident.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon has been on a roll of late, winning 15-grand in a midget at the #BC39 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, becoming a father for the third time and then winning the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, all within a nine-day span.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. heads a talent-loaded Petry Motorsports bunch who've all found a bevy of success. The USAC Triple Crown champ won the 2010 midget portion of the "4-Crown." He'll be joined by upstart Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver Jason McDougal, who will be laying his eyes on Eldora Speedway for the first time ever this weekend. Chris Windom, a past winner in the Sprint and Silver Crown portions of the "4-Crown," joins in a third Petry car for a run to add a third prong to his crown.

Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat knows how to get it done on the fast, half-mile dirt ovals as evidenced by his three career victories on the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks. He's currently fourth in points with two wins on the season. He finished fourth and led a lap back in 2016.

Justin Grant, of Ione, Calif., was the victor of the Sprint Car feature at the 2016 "4-Crown," but the versatile wheelman has shown the ability to get the job done in any division, winning this year in both a Silver Crown car and a Midget, which he did for the Clauson Marshall Racing crew in Fairbury, Neb. in July. His teammates are a stacked bunch too! Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney has won nine times in a sprint car with USAC in 2018 and he's the reigning winner of the Silver Crown 50-lapper at Eldora a year ago. Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise has turned some heads this season in his Rookie campaign, winning in August at Lanco in Pennsylvania to become the youngest winner in the history of the series, then followed that up with a charge from 18th to 1st in the Pursuit Race during the "BC39."

The Dooling No. 63 is a familiar sight in victory lane, doing so already twice this year with Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. at the controls. Back in 2014, the ride captured the "4-Crown" with Bryan Clauson at the wheel. Thomas is looking to notch his first career Eldora Speedway win.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am, spectator gates open at noon, a USAC autograph session will take place from 3-4pm in the fan zone, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Saturday's full events will have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS AT THE "4-CROWN NATIONALS:" 1981: Ken Schrader, 1982: Rich Vogler, 1983: Johnny Parsons, 1985: Rich Vogler, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Jack Hewitt, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Robby Flock, 1990: Stan Fox, 1991: Jeff Gordon, 1992: Johnny Parsons, 1993: Jack Hewitt, 1994: Steve Knepper, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Tracy Hines, 1997: Jay Drake, 1998: Jack Hewitt, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Jay Drake, 2004: Dave Darland, 2005: Danny Stratton, 2006: Tracy Hines, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: J.J. Yeley, 2009: Brad Sweet, 2010: Jerry Coons Jr., 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Kyle Larson, 2013: Rico Abreu, 2014: Bryan Clauson, 2015: Christopher Bell, 2016: Rico Abreu, 2017: Spencer Bayston

 

 

DAVIS #1 IN QUINCY IMRA SPEED2S

Quincy, IL........Mitchell Davis led all 18 laps to win Sunday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Quincy Raceways. Andy Baugh was second ahead of Bart Andrews, Jeremy Hull and Jeff Sparks.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2018 - Quincy, Illinois - Quincy Raceways

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#37 Raymond), 2. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 3. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 4. Bart Andrews (#69 Trone), 5. Mark Billings (#60E Billings), 6. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman), 7. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks). NT

FEATURE: (18 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis, 2. Andy Baugh, 3. Bart Andrews, 4. Jeremy Hull, 5. Jeff Sparks, 6. Mark Billings, 7. John Heitzman. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Davis.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-1,064, 2-Shane Morgan-784, 3-Robby McQuinn-662, 4-Brent Burrows-630, 5-Kurt Mueller-606, 6-Jake Sollenberger-584, 7-Daltyn England-532, 8-Kevin Battefeld-492, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Gedd Ross-410.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 RACE: September 22 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

McDOUGAL TO MAKE SILVER CROWN DEBUT FOR DYSON AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Jason McDougal has been tabbed as the driver for the Chris Dyson Racing No. 9 when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series arrives at Eldora Speedway September 21-22 for the 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV.

Dyson, a two-time American LeMans Series champ, has been a frequent competitor with USAC in 2018, serving a dual role as both a car owner and driver. In June, his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car won the "Eastern Storm" finale at New York's Weedsport Speedway. He's also made three Silver Crown starts as a driver, finishing 13th at both Springfield and Du Quoin.

However, Dyson has a conflict that will not allow him to be behind the wheel of his Silver Crown car as a driver, instead competing in a Trans Am race at Virginia International Raceway where he is competing for a series title.

So, in came the call as to who to put in the seat for Eldora.

"(Crew Chief) Sean Michael and I were thinking about who we could put in the car," Dyson recalled. "We reached out to Kevin Thomas, Jr., who drove our midget at the Chili Bowl this year, and he suggested that we take a look at Jason McDougal. Sean and I happened to be out at Pevely the night before our Silver Crown race at Du Quoin. We met with Jason and visited him, then went up to the stands and watched him win his heat race from fifth on the grid, then he went out and won the feature. I thought that was a pretty solid audition!"

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's McDougal was victorious in just eighth start on that September 1 race, proving he is a quick study in his first year in sprint cars.

His only experience with Silver Crown cars came as the spotter for Kevin Thomas, Jr. a month ago at the Springfield Mile, finishing second. Now comes another big test as McDougal jumps behind the wheel of a Silver Crown for the first time ever.

"I've actually never been to Eldora before," McDougal admitted. "I'm pretty pumped to go there in general. I'd never been to a Crown race until this year and they're pretty awesome. It's a long race and you've got a long time, but I've got some patience. And I think I'll be pretty good at conserving my tires."

McDougal hits the Eldora half-mile for the first time on Friday, September 21, when the Silver Crown cars lead off the USAC portion of the event with practice and single car qualifying along with complete shows for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and the Eldora Stock Cars.

Friday's event will begin at 6pm with World of Outlaws practice and qualifying, Silver Crown practice, stock car hot laps, followed by Silver Crown qualifying, all preceding the opening ceremonies and the remainder of the night's racing activities.

On Saturday, September 22, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Friday, pits open at 1:30pm and spectator gates open at 2pm. General admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and $10 for ages 12 & under.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am and spectator gates open at noon. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Friday night's action will be available LIVE via audio on the USAC app. Saturday's full events will also have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

 

 

POINT LEADER GOFF WINS AT LEGION

Rumney, NH........USAC Laguette's Sports DMA Speed2 Midget point leader Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. won Friday night's feature at Legion Speedway. Will Hull took second ahead of Joe Krawiec, Jeff Horn and Robert White.

USAC LAGUETTE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2018 - Rumney,New Hampshire - Legion Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 3. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 4. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller), 5. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 6. Will Hull (#3 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Horn (#A-1 Mossman), 2. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee). 3. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 4. Brandon Emerson (#8 Emerson), 5. Robert White (#68 White), 6. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Jason Goff, 2. Will Hull, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Jeff Horn, 5. Robert White, 6. Adam Whitney, 7. Derek O'Hearn, 8. Tim Gallant, 9. Brandon Emerson, 10. Mike Chaffee, 11. Seth Carlson, 12. Justin Phillips. NT ---------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps N/A (Will update later)

NEW LAGUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-883, 2-Krawiec-869, 3-Hull-856, 4-O'Hearn-804, 5-Carlson-794, 6-Whitney-720, 7-Phillips-672, 8-Emerson-577, 9-Chaffee-565, 10-Horn-530.

NEXT USAC LAGUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: September 22 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

WEYANT GRABS SPOON RIVER IMRA MIDGET FEATURE

Canton, IL........Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill. won Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget feature at Spoon River Speedway. He passed Shane Morgan on lap 15 and led to the checkered to beat Tyler Roth, Andy Baugh, Brent Burrows and Jason Allen.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 2. Tyler Roth (#18 Roth), 3. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Daltyn England (#19E England), 7. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 8. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 2. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 3. Korey Weyant (#51R Johnson), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Ryan Patrick (#23 Patrick), 6. Charlie Kunz (#27 Kunz), 7. Blake Haynes (#9B Haynes). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchel Davis (#37 Raymond), 2. Jason Allen (#28 Allen), 3. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 4. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 5. Tori Smirh (#18 Smith), 6. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 7. Christopher Adrien (#21 Adrien). NT

FEATURE: (24 laps) 1. Korey Weyant, 2. Tyler Roth, 3. Andy Baugh, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Jason Allen, 6. Charlie Kunz, 7. Scott Koerner, 8. Jeff Sparks, 9. Jeff Mallonee, 10. Jeremy Hull, 11. Tori Smith, 12. Dave Baugh, 13. Jake Sollenberger, 14. Blake Haynes, 15. Shane Morgan, 16. John Heitzman, 17. Kurt Mueller, 18. Mitchell Davis, 19. Ryan Patrick, 20. Christopher Adrien, 21. Dalytn England, 22. Kevin Battefeld. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Morgan, Laps 15-24 Weyant.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-991, 2-Morgan-784, 3-Robby McQuinn-662, 4-Burrows-630, 5-Mueller-606, 6-Sollenberger-584, 7-England-523, 8-Battefeld-483, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Gedd Ross-410.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 RACE: September 16 - Quincy (IL) Raceways

 

 

LEMKE EXTENDS WESTERN LEAD WITH MADERA VICTORY

Madera, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all but the first lap to win Saturday night's "Harvest Classic" USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera Speedway. Joey Iest, Toni Breidinger, Elvis Rankin and Bryant Bell rounded out the "top-five."

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 46th Annual "Harvest Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-14.828; 2. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-14.876; 3. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.004; 4. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-15.113; 5. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.359; 6. Bryant Bell, 00, Jessop-15.854.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps): 1. Breidinger, 2. Iest, 3. Lemke, 4. Rankin, 5. Nichols, 6. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Elvis Rankin, 5. Bryant Bell, 6. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Rankin, Laps 2-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,089, 2-Iest-818, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Nichols-471, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Breidinger-218, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bell-127.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-730, 2-Iest-546, 3-Nichols-471, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Breidinger-218, 7-Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 22 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway

 

 

LEFFEL SCORES 3RD MIDWEST WIN AT MONTPELIER

Montpelier, IN........Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio scored his third victory of the 2018 USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 campaign Saturday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway. He passed Stratton Briggs on lap 10 and led the final 11 laps for the win over Jon Steed, Alex Watson, Briggs and Cory Guingrich.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2018 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 2. Jon Steed (#7s Steed), 3. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 4. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 5. Cory Guingrich (#11G Guingrich), 6. Jon Watson (#25 Watson), 7. Kevin Blue (#7DW Blue), 8. Tyler Key (#5c Key), 9. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 10. Blake Vermillion (#73 Vermillion), 11. Brent Watson (17K Watson), 12. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 13. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 14. Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 15. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 16. Don Bigelow (#4 Bigelow), 17. Jim Dues (#3D Dues), 18. Tom Hunt (#12 Hunt). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Briggs, Laps 10-20 Leffel.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-722, 2-A.Watson-565, 3-Briggs-556, 4-Steed-504, 5-Guingrich-453, 6-J.Watson-439, 7-Chett Gehrke-432, 8-Kriegbaum-319, 9-Trey Osborne-278, 10-John Heydenreich-268.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: September 29 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

 September 15, 2018 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-11.757; 2. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-11.968; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-11.983; 4. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.085; 5. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-12.122; 6. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.144; 7. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.225; 8. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.278; 9. Tristan Thomas, 1P, Nichols-12.445; 10. Tristan Guardino, 16K, Kruseman-12.559; 11. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-12.695; 12. Bruce Hiroshima, 55, Hiroshima-12.756; 13. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-12.838; 14. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.948; 15. Keoni Texeira, 73T, Ford-12.972; 16. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-13.070; 17. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15, Hazelton-13.851; 18. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-13.972; 19. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-NT; 20. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-NT; 21. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Faccinto, 3. Josett, 4. Prickett, 5. Guardino, 6. Drollinger, 7. Leach. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Beilman, 3. Ito, 4. Ruston, 5. Hazelton-Heredia, 6. Swanson, 7. Pankratz. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Thomas, 3. McQueen, 4. Sarna, 5. Hiroshima, 6. Texeria, 7. Anderson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Robby Josett, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Shannon McQueen, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. C.J. Sarna, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. David Prickett, 10. Clayton Ruston, 11. Daniel Anderson, 12. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 13. Mike Leach Jr., 14. Kyle Beilman, 15. Dylan Ito, 16. Alex Schutte, 17. Bruce Hiroshima, 18. Bryan Drollinger, 19. Tristan Thomas, 20. Randi Pankratz, 21. Keoni Texeira. NT ----------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Dalby, Laps 4-8 Faccinto, Laps 9-30 Gardner. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 6th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: October 6 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

THOMAS EMERGES FROM THE WRECKAGE
TO CELEBRATE 3RD HAUBSTADT HUSTLER WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana.........An unprecedented accomplishment deserves an unprecedented celebration in Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s book.

Just moments after taking the checkered flag to become the first three-time winner of the "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway, Thomas found himself sandwiched between a pile of racecars in turn one with heavy damage to the front end of his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Jonathan Byrd/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

If it had been one lap earlier, it would've been a devastating heartbreaker for the Cullman, Alabama driver. Instead, it created a memorable celebration from the makeshift turn one junkyard as he emerged from the top of the roll cage to high-five his roommate and third-place finisher Jason McDougal who stacked his ride alongside that of Thomas.

"I've never had that happen. That was something special," Thomas exclaimed. "Immediately, I was kind of pissed off because I probably tore some crap up. But, at the end of the day, I'm the only person to win this race three times. I instantly went from a little frustrated to super pumped. When I got out, it was just a front end. We just won $10,000; we'll put another front end on it."

"Standing up in the middle of the corner on a wrecked racecar and doing a cage stand, it's not normal, but we got the job done," Thomas reflected. "Standing up on the four-wheeler with the crowd going nuts, that's something that'll definitely go down as something special in my memory, something that we'll still be talking about 10 years from now with our friends."

Thomas' voyage to get there began from the third spot behind front row starters Kent Schmidt and C.J. Leary. Schmidt sprinted to the lead on the opening lap, narrowly eclipsing Leary at the line by a foot. However, Leary took sole ownership of the lead entering turn one and would have a Master Lock on the spot for the bulk of the 40-lapper.

As Leary shined through much of the early stages, the night's most gnarly incident occurred on the 13th lap when third-running Schmidt's machine broke entering the third turn. Fourth-running and previous night's Terre Haute winner Brady Bacon was trailing just behind, but with nowhere to go, ramped over Schmidt's left rear wheel, snapped around backwards and flipped over. He was okay and, miraculously, restarted the race from the tail, ultimately finishing 14th.

Throughout the middle stages and within ten to go, Leary was in control, upping his lead to more than a second and a half while Thomas and McDougal duked it out for second. However, as can and will happen often in racing, lapped traffic came into play, at moments being a benefit to Leary and other times, ehh, not so much.

With four laps remaining, as soon as Leary's pace was stifled in traffic, it was almost as if you could hear the theme from the movie Jaws playing in the distance. As Leary drifted just a tad high off turn four, Thomas stuck his ride underneath Leary's, pulling side-by-side along each other in a drag race to the line to snare the lead, one in which he would not relinquish.

Thomas got a bit sideways between turns three and four coming to the checkered, but it was no harm, no foul, as he straightened it out, stood on the gas and finished out his fifth win of the year, followed by Leary, McDougal in his first ever visit to Tri-State, while Dave Darland and Carson Short rounded out the top-five.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. takes his second Tri-State Speedway USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year in front of a packed house Saturday night in the "Haubstadt Hustler." (Neil Cavanah Photo)

"I've been in the same situation the past couple of weeks," Thomas admitted. "Leading is not necessarily the best place to be. C.J. skated up just a little bit off four and kind of got caught behind a lapped car. We were able to get up underneath him and beat him to one. As narrow as the track was, it wasn't necessarily blocking, but you could run a safe line where you don't have to run balls out and you can still make your car work and it makes it really hard to pass you. It's just one of those mind games. We were just trying to figure out the racetrack and it all played out in our favor tonight. We could do it all over again tomorrow and C.J. probably wins this race. We had a good racecar and luck on our side, finally."

Though he carried the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead coming into Tri-State, Thomas' name was MIA on the winners' list for quite a while. He was certainly well aware that it had been just a few days shy of three months since his last triumph. He's had many a good run, qualified well - 14 fast times, in fact - but just wasn't able to get over the hump. Now with a win under his belt and a 21-point advantage in the standings, he's now back at the top of his game heading to next Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway where he knows the gameplan.

"You have to win races in order to win this deal," Thomas point blanked. "Sunshine (Tyler Courtney) is right behind and he wins every three races it seems like. If you're not winning races, eventually those third places aren't going to do the job. With the way this championship is going, the consistency is what's got us back to the lead, but if you want to secure that lead, you're going to have to win. You have to score the most points every single night and you have to run away with it. As good as they are, when you have one bad night, have one flat tire, or have one little thing go wrong, there's 30 points. You have to give yourself a cushion. You can't bank on a 10-point cushion getting you through the year because it ain't."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway were Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Stephen Schnapf (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Carson Short (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chet Williams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kendall Ruble (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2018 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Haubstadt Hustler" (Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series)

QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.810; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.829; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.847; 4. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.904; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.906; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.920; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.960; 8. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.966; 9. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.979; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.979; 11. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-13.989; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.046; 13. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-14.058; 14. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.073; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.085; 16. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-14.112; 17. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-14.260; 18. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-14.287; 19. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.310; 20. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-14.331; 21. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.341; 22. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.378; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.411; 24. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.456; 25. Josh Hodges, 11H, Pottorff/Short-14.564; 26. Daron Clayton, 5o, Schmidt-14.739; 27. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.748; 28. Shawn Arriaga, 56, Arriaga-14.759; 29. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.817; 30. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-14.950; 31. Chad Boespflug, 11p, Pottorff/Short-15.147; 32. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-15.237; 33. James Lyerla, 11, JL-15.328; 34. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-16.021.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Leary, 3. Cummins, 4. Brackett, 5. Gentry, 6. DiMattia, 7. Boespflug, 8. Mattox, 9. Hayhurst. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Schnapf, 2. Schmidt, 20 Ballou, 4. Chapple, 5. Clayton, 6. Arriaga, 7. Hodges, 8. Sussex, 9. Ambrose. 2:18.38

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Darland, 3. Stockon 4. Short, 5. Williams, 6. Jackson, 7. Budde, 8. Perrott. 2:19.48

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. McDougal, 3. Grant, 4. Courtney, 5. Ruble, 6. Malone, 7. Wallace, 8. Lyerla. 2:16.96

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Clayton, 2. Gentry, 3. Williams, 4. Ruble, 5. Malone, 6. DiMattia, 7. Jackson, 8. Hodges, 9. Boespflug, 10. Mattox, 11. Lyerla, 12. Budde, 13. Arriaga, 14. Hayhurst, 15. Perrott, 16. Wallace, 17. Sussex. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Jason McDougal (8), 4. Dave Darland (7), 5. Carson Short (15), 6. Tyler Courtney (16), 7. Robert Ballou (10), 8. Chase Stockon (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Donny Brackett (13), 11. Stephen Schnapf (5), 12. Isaac Chapple (14), 13. Chet Williams (19), 14. Brady Bacon (6), 15. Critter Malone (21), 16. Kendall Ruble (20), 17. Chris Windom (4), 18. Daron Clayton (17), 19. Justin Grant (12), 20. Tony DiMattia (22), 21. Brandon Mattox (23), 22. Kent Schmidt (1), 23. Aric Gentry (18). NT
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**Bacon flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Schmidt, Laps 2-36 Leary, Laps 37-40 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Carson Short (15th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chet Williams

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kendall Ruble

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-2132, 2-Courtney-2111, 3-Windom-2078, 4-Bacon-1852, 5-Darland-1830, 6-Stockon-1810, 7-Leary-1786, 8-Ballou-1739, 9-Grant-1703, 10-Chapple-1167.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 22 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

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RANKIN TAKES "HARVEST CLASSIC" OPENER AT MADERA

Madera, CA........Elvis Rankin of Evergreen, Colo. won Friday night's "Harvest Classic" USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at Madera Speedway. He passed Johnny Nichols on lap five and led the rest of the way for the 25-lap win. Adam Lemke finished second ahead of Toni Breidinger, Joey Iest and Austin Carter.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 46th Annual "Harvest Classic"

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Adam Lemke (#98 Lemke), 2. Joey Iest (#17 Iest), 3. Elvis Rankin (#54 Rankin), 4. Austin Carter (#00 Jessop), 5. Toni Breidinger (#26 Breidinger), 6. George Tuttle (#98x Tuttla), 7. Johnny Nichols (#14 Nichols). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Elvis Rankin, 2. Adam Lemke, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Joey Iest, 5. Austin Carter, 6. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Nichols, Laps 5-25 Rankin.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,009, 2-Iest-739, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Nichols-410, 5-Tyler Slay-369, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 8-Breidinger-140, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Ariel Biggs-82.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-650, 2-Iest-467, 3-Blake Brannon-439, 4-Nichols-410, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Breidinger-140, 7-Ethan Lesser-68, 8-Bryant Bell-65, 9-Carter-63, 10-Tuttle-13.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 15 - Madera (CA) Speedway - 46th Annual "Harvest Classic"

 

 

JOHNNY KENT WINS "RED DIRT DERBY"

Meeker, OK........Johnny Keny of Kiefer, Okla. passed Cameron Hagin on lap six and led the rest of the way to win Friday's "Red Dirt Derby" USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature. Alex DeCamp finished second ahead of Cameron Hagin, Danny Smith and Jeffery Newell.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2018 - Meeker, Oklahoma - Red Dirt Raceway - "Red Dirt Derby"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 2. Dannyn Smith (#5$ Smith), 3. Alex DeCamp (#84 DeCamp), 4. Roy Entze II (#2E Entze), 5. Brian Harvey (#29H Harvey), 6. Patrick Prescott (#5P Prescott), 7. Ryan Dean (#79x Dean). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Casey Wills (#31X Wills), 2. Warren Fields (#1 Fields), 3. Jeffery Newell (#22X Newell), 4. Ben Frey (#24 Frey), 5. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 6. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 7. Taylor Peterson (#96 Peterson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 2. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 3. Tanner Conn (#78 Conn), 4. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 5. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 6. Michael Tyre II (#T16 Tyre). 7. Jordan Weaver (#5X Weaver). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Johnny Kent, 2. Alex DeCamp, 3. Cameron Hagin, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Jeffery Newell, 6. Tanner Conn, 7. Brett Wilson, 8. Kyle Clark, 9. Tim Kent, 10. Taylor Peterson, 11. Michael Tyre II, 12. Cody Jarvis, 13. Graant Wresche, 14. Warren Fields, 15. Ben Frey, 16. Brian Harvey, 17. Roy Entze II, 18. Patrick Prescott, 19. Casey Wills, 20. Ryan Dean, 21. Jordan Weaver. NT ------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Hagin, Laps 6-25 J.Kent.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Wilson-1,250, 2-Hagin-1,221; 3-Smith-1,198, 4-Tyre-1,176, 5-J.Kent-1,144, 6-Wills-1,115, 7-Jarvis-997, 8-Craig Carroll-969, 9-Wresche-940, 10-Clark-931.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 5 - Meeker, OK - Red Dirt Speedway


 

BACON POURS IT ON IN HURTUBISE CLASSIC VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........It's certainly been a whirlwind week-plus of highs for Brady Bacon.

Last Thursday, he picked up a victory worth $15,000 in the BC39 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Monday, he became a father for the third time with the birth of daughter, Linley. And Friday, he hit the jackpot once again, winning his second career "Jim Hurtubise Classic" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at the Terre Haute Action Track.

"They say when it rains, it pours, and we needed some rain on our crops at home," Bacon said. "This has been a good little stretch. For some reason, new kids bring a lot of wins it seems like. We've won two championships the year the last two kids were born and now we got this one. We can win a lot of money from here to the end of the year with a lot of big paying races, so this is a good time to get momentum."

Bacon rolled off fifth in his own Brady Bacon Racing/Fatheadz Eyewear - Tel-Star Technologies/Triple X/Rider Chevy. Pole sitter Shane Cottle set the pace into turn one on the opening lap, but it was outside front row starter C.J. Leary who won the race to turn three to grab the lead where he'd remain for the first five circuits.

On lap six, Nick Bilbee and Josh Hodges tangled in turn one, sending Bilbee hard into the outside concrete to bring out the first stoppage of the night. Both were uninjured, but both were finished for the evening.

The caution closed the gap between Leary and the rapidly climbing Bacon for the lap six restart. Leary held the advantage when racing returned to green, but Bacon was close enough to apply pressure. Leary drifted a bit high on the exit of four and Bacon was there to capitalize on the bottom, ripping the lead away and, immediately, carving out a half-straightaway lead nearing the halfway point when Dave Darland slowed to a stop in turn two on lap 13.

When action resumed, second-place Robert Ballou was able to stay in touch with Bacon, bouncing along the bottom between turns three and four as he trailed five car lengths back.

The 2014 (Bacon) and 2015 (Ballou) "Hurtubise" winners were now set one/two with Bacon relentlessly attacking the top lap-after-lap, four wheels above the cush as Ballou put the chase on. But, with six laps remaining, Bacon nearly lost all those gains on the track and nearly gained a migraine, getting completely sideways between turns one and two. Bacon gathered up his mount and motored on, while Ballou was unable to erase any ground.

"They say when it rains, it pours, and we needed some rain on our crops at home. This has been a good little stretch. For some reason, new kids bring a lot of wins it seems like. We've won two championships the year the last two kids were born and now we got this one. We can win a lot of money from here to the end of the year with a lot of big paying races, so this is a good time to get momentum." (Dallas Breeze Photo)

"We were kind of getting in above the cushion and got up a little too high," Bacon explained. "There must've been a big clump up there or some heavy stuff and it caught us and turned us sideways. Luckily, we were able to get it pointed straight."

What first appeared like a bout of misfortune turned into good fortune for the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native as he simultaneously danced with lapped traffic with Ballou hot on the trail.

"I squeezed by the 11 car (James Lyerla) and there wasn't a whole lot of extra room," Bacon recalled. "I had all four wheels above the cushion. But when things are going your way, you can get by with stuff that maybe you shouldn't be able to. Sometimes that's just the way it works and I'm glad it's my turn right now."

Tenth-running Justin Grant's car went up in smoke with five laps remaining to bring out the final yellow. On the ensuing restart, Bacon had the buffer of a lapped car in Isaac Chapple between he and Ballou to break away with any increment of a gain he could pocket. Bacon was as precise as the arc of an Olympic high diver while Ballou got around Chapple with relative ease, but he was playing catchup now and Bacon had no intentions of getting run down on this night, holding a steady interval and never missing a beat down the stretch to win for the 22nd time in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, tying him for 22nd on the all-time list alongside Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions.

"We've struggled by my standards here this year," Bacon admitted. "We made some changes of what we thought would make it better and we really had a good racecar. I had a new shock on that we were trying tonight, and it was really good. We could stick anywhere we wanted at the beginning of the race and had a lot of grip into the center. That dictates your speed here, and I could carry momentum and not have to overdrive it to carry a lot of speed. We used our tire up a little bit, but that's kind of part of it here. I felt like if someone challenged me I could've gone a little bit harder, but it was nice to be able to get to the front as quick as we did."

Contingency award winners Friday night at the Terre Haute Action Track were Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Carson Short (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2018 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.621; 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-19.746; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.877; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-19.941; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.017; 6. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-20.062; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-20.099; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.126; 9. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-20.182; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.184; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.188; 12. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-20.197; 13. Carson Short, 21, RCM-20.211; 14. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-20.234; 15. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-20.353; 16. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-20.399; 17. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-20.444; 18. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-20.579; 19. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-20.712; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.788; 21. James Lyerla, 11, JL-20.801; 22. Shawn Arriaga, 56, Arriaga-21.010; 23. Gabe Griffith, 37, Griffith-22.112; 24. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-22.413.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. Short, 4. Courtney, 5. Rose, 6. Grant, 7. VanMeveren, 8. Arriaga. 2:45.44

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Hodges, 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. Leary, 5. Chapple, 6. McMillin, 7. Andretti, 8. Griffith. NT

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Bilbee, 3. McDougal, 4. Cottle, 5. Stockon, 6. Sussex, 7. Lyerla, 8. Budde. 2:47.59

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (5), 2. Robert Ballou (6), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (12), 6. Shane Cottle (1), 7. Tyler Courtney (3), 8. Chase Stockon (4), 9. Stevie Sussex (11), 10. Jason McDougal (17), 11. Jarett Andretti (10), 12. Bill Rose (15), 13. Isaac Chapple (19), 14. James Lyerla (20), 15. Shawn Arriaga (21), 16. Brian VanMeveren (18), 17. Patrick Budde (23), 18. Carson Short (13), 19. Justin Grant (9), 20. Dave Darland (8), 21. Gabe Griffith (22), 22. Nick Bilbee (14), 23. Josh Hodges (16). NT
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**McMillin flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Leary, Laps 6-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (12th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Carson Short

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2062, 2-Courtney-2056, 3-Windom-2049, 4-Bacon-1817, 5-Darland-1769, 6-Stockon-1761, 7-Leary-1719, 8-Ballou-1687, 9-Grant-1678, 10-Chapple-1128.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 15 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Haubstadt Hustler"

 

TOP DRIVERS HAVE FOUND SUCCESS
AT BOTH TERRE HAUTE AND TRI-STATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

On a Venn Diagram, there's certainly not many similarities that will appear in the overlapping closed curves when comparing the Terre Haute Action Track and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

After all, as the naked eye can see, Terre Haute is a large, sweeping half-mile while Tri-State is a quarter-mile paperclip. One takes roughly 20 seconds to get around and one, is, say, about seven or eight seconds shorter.

However, these two celebrated Hoosier-state speedways both require drivers to be on the gas and up on the wheel at all times. And that'll be the showcase when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars hit Terre Haute this Friday, Sept. 14, for the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" and Tri-State on Saturday, Sept. 15, for the "Haubstadt Hustler."

Though the similarities are few, no less than 16 drivers have found victory lane at both venues with the USAC National Sprint Cars over the years, namely Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Daron Clayton, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Levi Jones, Cory Kruseman, Jon Stanbrough, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and J.J. Yeley.

What do these individuals have in common? Well, for starters, let's take a look at the collection of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championships this group has racked up. Bacon has two (2014-16), Ballou has one (2015), Butler has four (1986-87-88-90), Darland has one (1999), Drake has one (2004), Elliott has two (1998-2000), Hines has one (2002), Hood has two (1984-85), Jones has five (2005-07-09-10-11), Windom has one (2017) and Yeley has two (2001-03).

To put those facts into a neatly-wrapped package, those drivers who've won at both Terre Haute and Tri-State account for nine of the 12 most recent USAC National Sprint Car champions over the past two decades.

The ones who weren't champions with the series are some of the most accomplished drivers of their eras. Clayton has run a partial schedule for the better part of a decade and has never chased a title with USAC. Kruseman is an SCRA champ, USAC/CRA champ, Western States Midget champ and two-time Indiana Sprint Week titlist. Stanbrough ranks ninth on the all-time win list alongside Rich Vogler, but never chased a championship during his illustrious career. Stockon is one of the most consistent drivers of the past decade, finishing in the top-five of the standings in five consecutive years. Thomas currently leads the series standings heading into this weekend's pair of races.

Don't be surprised to see someone double up this weekend with as versatile as these front runners are, with a tight points race on hand involving the top-three of Thomas, Tyler Courtney and Windom separated by a scant 18 points. However, that versatility also could bode well for a wide swath of drivers to get the job done at either/or with Bacon, Ballou, Clayton, Darland, Stockon, Thomas and Windom, among others all expected to be at the forefront when the checker falls.

Meanwhile, Courtney has yet to win at Tri-State, nor have the likes of Kyle Cummins or Carson Short won at Terre Haute to complete the double-dip. But don't count them out. As good as the legend, Darland, has been throughout his career, no one was more surprised and elated to win at Tri-State than himself back in July at the last Tri-State visit by the series.

"I just won at Haubstadt," Darland exclaimed at the time. "It's unbelievable! I never thought I'd say that."

As good as this season's been with the points battle and two young emerging talents winning two of the last three races in Tyler Thomas at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August and Jason McDougal in Pevely, Mo. Back in early September, there's nothing more that can't be believed in 2018.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, a FREE pit party will take place from 4 to 6pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet drivers, get autographs, take pictures prior to the on-track action. The drivers meeting will begin at 6pm with cars set to hit the track at 6:30pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 11 and under are free.

Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

You can listen to both races LIVE on the USAC app. A day later after each event is run, you can watch complete flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1997, 2-Tyler Courtney-1996, 3-Chris Windom-1979, 4-Dave Darland-1738, 5-Brady Bacon-1735, 6-Chase Stockon-1704, 7-C.J. Leary-1651, 8-Justin Grant-1650, 9-Robert Ballou-1606, 10-Isaac Chapple-1087.

 

 

USAC SPRINT DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND SLIDES INTO TERRE HAUTE AND HAUBSTADT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

A USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car doubleheader weekend in the state of Indiana begins a stretch of five consecutive weekends of racing that could be the ascent for some and the downfall for others in the championship chase as we watch, with a keen eye, toward those drivers occupying the top-three of the standings.

Entering the weekend's races Friday, Sept. 14 at the Terre Haute Action Track and Saturday, Sept. 15 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the points by a single over Tyler Courtney while reigning champ Chris Windom is just 18 out of the lead.

Unsurprisingly, each of these three drivers combined have won the five most recent stops by the series at Terre Haute, which kicks off this weekend's activities with the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" on the legendary half-mile in which the man for whom the race is named, "Herk," was unstoppable on the half-mile from late 1960 through the 1962 season where he was an undefeated 5 and 0, incidentally, the same as these current three drivers have between them.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., a three-time winner and the possessor of the last two "Hurtubise Classic" trophies in 2016 and 2017. Cullman, Alabama's Thomas won the combined "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic" in October of 2017. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., meanwhile, has dominated the Action Track this season, winning in both May and July. Thomas was 2nd and 5th in each of those two races while Windom scored a 4th and a 6th, respectively.

It was the "Hurtubise" weekend last year in which Windom began his surge, carrying a 93-point deficit into Terre Haute. Following his win, Windom was consistently spectacular, eventually surging to the point lead and the series title in succession.

Additionally, Windom and Thomas were the lone drivers to win at both Terre Haute and Haubstadt during the 2017 season. Thomas won again at Haubstadt this Spring while Windom led the first 23 laps before giving way to Darland during the summer visit to the southern Indiana quarter-mile. The tricky paperclip-shaped track hasn't been as kind to Courtney, with 12th and 9th place results in the two visits this season.

Like Thomas and Windom, recent series champions Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California and Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma have mastered the task of winning at both the Wabash Valley half-mile fairgrounds oval and at the two dragstrips connected by a pair of turns in southwestern Indiana. So have USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland and Chase Stockon, who is seeking his first victory since the 2018 season opener in Ocala, Fla.

Past "Jim Hurtubise Classic" winners at Terre Haute include: 1990: Jack Hewitt, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Rusty McClure, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Tray House, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Kevin Thomas, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Tony Jones, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Chris Windom, 2012: Chase Stockon, 2013: Jerry Coons, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Chris Windom.

Past victors of the $10,000-to-win "Haubstadt Hustler," co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series, are 2008: Jeff Bland, Jr., 2009: Bryan Clauson, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Casey Riggs, 2012: Daron Clayton, 2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2014: Daron Clayton, 2015: Brady Short, 2016: Kyle Cummins, 2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, a FREE pit party will take place from 4 to 6pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet drivers, get autographs, take pictures prior to the on-track action. The drivers meeting will begin at 6pm with cars set to hit the track at 6:30pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 11 and under are free.

Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

You can listen to both races LIVE on the USAC app. A day later after each event is run, you can watch complete flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1997, 2-Tyler Courtney-1996, 3-Chris Windom-1979, 4-Dave Darland-1738, 5-Brady Bacon-1735, 6-Chase Stockon-1704, 7-C.J. Leary-1651, 8-Justin Grant-1650, 9-Robert Ballou-1606, 10-Isaac Chapple-1087.


 


SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 8, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “3rd Annual Lealand McSpadden Classic”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Rick Shuman (#25 Shuman), 6. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Colton Maroney (#68 Maroney), 6. Tyler Merill (#88 Merrill), 7. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood).

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Mike Martin, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Bruce St. James, 6. Michael Curtis, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Matt Lundy, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Joe Scheopner, 11. Tyler Most, 12. Tyler Merill, 13. Colton Maroney, 14. Rick Shuman. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Curtis, Laps 6-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (4th to 1st)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: September 21 & 22 – Peoria, Arizona –Canyon Speedway Park – “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships”

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 8, 2018 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway At Kings Fairgrounds - “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-16.167; 2. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.199; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.244; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.625; 5. Jace VanderWeerd, 88, 16.644; 6. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.660; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.673; 8. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.690; 9. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-16.787; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.789; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.933; 12. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.988, 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.018; 14. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.203; 15. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-17.279; 16. Shayna Sylvia, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.291; 17. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.462; 18. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.750; 19. Austin Ervine, AJ, 18.042.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Faria, 3. Roa, 4. Swanson, 5. Sylvia, 6. Ervine, 7. A.Williams. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. L.Williams, 3. R.J.Johnson, 4. Gansen, 5. Rayborne. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Garnder, 2. Bernal, 3. C.Johnson, 4. Adams, 5. Ensign, 6. Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Brody Roa, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Max Adams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Koen Shaw, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Cal Smith, 14. Joel Rayborne, 15. Shayna Sylvia, 16. Ryan Bernal, 17. Geoff Ensign, 18. Chase Johnson, 19. Austin Ervine. NT
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**C.Johnson flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Roa, Laps 6-30 Vander Weerd.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (17th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

FINAL BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Roa-426, 2-A.Williams-406, 3-Gardner-377, --Faria-377, 5-Bernal-375, 6-Adams-337, 7-C.Williams-323, 8-C.Johnson-322, 9-L.Williams-302, 10-R.J.Johnson-297.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 22 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Glenn Howard Classic”

 

 

TYLER "SLAYS" FIELD AT SANTA MARIA

Santa Maria, CA........Tyler Slay of Watsonville, Calif. won Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at Santa Maria Raceway, beating Adam Lemke and Elvis Rankin to the checkered flag.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 8, 2018 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Adam Lemke (#41 Lemke), 2. Elvis Rankin (#54 Rankin), 3. Tyler Slay (#15 Breidinger). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Tyler Slay, 2. Adam Lemke, 3. Elvis Rankin. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: (N/A) Will update later

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-934, 2-Joey Iest-671, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Slay-361, 5-Johnny Nichols-353, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Ashley Hazeelton-Heredia-146, 8-Keoni Texeira-137, 9-Ariel Biggs-82, 10-Jimmy May-75.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Slay-361, 2-Lemke-357, 3-Joey Iest-272, 4-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 5-Keoni Texeira-137, 6-Ariel Biggs-82, 7-Jimmy May-75, 8-Blake Brannon-70, 9-James Prickett-69, 10-Mike Leach-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 14 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

LEMKE WINS AT KERN COUNTY

Bakersfield, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. won Friday night's 20-lap USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Elvis Rankin, Tyler Slay and Joey Iest rounded out the "top-five."

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2018 - Bakersfield, California - The Dirt Track at Kern County

HEAT RACE (8 laps) 1. Tyler Slay (#15 Breidinger), 2. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia (#5 Hazelton), 3. Joey Iest (#17 Iest), 4. Elvis Rankin (#54 Rankin), 5. Adam Lemke (#41 Lemke). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 3. Elvis Rankin, 4. Tyler Slay, 5. Joey Iest. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A (Will update later)

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-859, 2-Iest-671, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Johnny Nichols-353, 5-Slay-285, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Hazelton-Heredia-146, 8-Keoni Texeira-137, 9-Ariel Biggs-82, 10-Jimmy May-75.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Slay-285, 2-Lemke-284, 3-Iest-272, 4-Hazelton-Heredia-146, 5-Keoni Texeira-137, 6-Ariel Biggs-83, 7-Jimmy May-75, 8-Blake Brannon-70, 9-James Prickett-69, 10-Mike Leach-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 8 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 7, 2018 – Watsonville California – Ocean Speedway - “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

Watsonville, CA........Brody Roa of Garden Grove, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Friday night's "California Sprint Week" AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Ocean Speedway. Ryan Bernal took second ahead of Chase Johnson, Max Adams and fast qualifier Austin Williams.

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.955; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.049; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.091; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-13.101; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-13.140; 6. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-13.162; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.165; 8. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.193; Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.225; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.271; 11. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-13.300; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.315; 13. Shayna Sylvia, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.342; 14. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.388; 15. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-13.412; 16. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-13.528; 17. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.589; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-14.048; 19. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-14.289.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.J.Johnson, 2. L.Williams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sylvia, 5. Gansen, 6. Bernal, 7. Rayborne. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Shaw, 3. Faria, 4. Adams, 5. Ensign, 6, Gardner. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Liggett, 3. C.Williams, 4. Ervine, 5. Aton, 6. C.Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Max Adams, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Damion Gardner, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Billy Aton, 12. Koen Shaw, 13. Geoff Ensign, 14. R.J. Johnson, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. Shayna Sylvia, 17. Joel Rayborne, 18. Austin Ervine, 19. Austin Liggett. NT --------------------------- **Gardner flipped during second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Roa SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (13th to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Roa-359, 2-A.Williams-346, 3-Bernal-337, 4-Faria-300, 5-Gardner-298, 6-C.Johnson-289, 7-Adams-279, 8-C.Williams-266, 9-L.Williams-256, 10-R.J.Johnson-248.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 8 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

BACON BANKS $15,000 BC39 VICTORY AT IMS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........Brady Bacon has won quite a few big races thus far in his racing career, but Thursday night, he put himself into a stratosphere unclaimed by any other: feature winner on the dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native made his winning move in traffic with just eight laps remaining to score the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink victory worth $15,000, his first series win of 2018.

But if you're going to win one, and only one, all year, make it one to remember. Bacon relishes that fact for not only himself, but for his FMR Racing crew who've been through the battlefields with him for four years now, a group of individuals he doesn't take for granted.

"This is definitely up at the top," Bacon exclaimed. "It's a first-year event, but it's the first win on the dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and no one can ever take that away. Obviously, there's a lot of things that make it special for me, the team, Bob (East), Brad (Noffsinger) and Frank (Manafort). As many years as those guys have been together and to still be winning, it's an honor to work with guys like that. To still want to work this hard takes a lot to be at the top. They've done all the work, made the investment in me and still think I'm at the top. This one's probably going to take a while to sink in."

After a lengthy rain delay that pushed the evening's event back several hours, the A-Main pushed off just after midnight for the Inaugural 39-lap race where Bacon set forth all the way back in the seventh position.

Pole sitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. was masterful early, spurting out front from the drop of the green to lead the first baker's dozen of laps, working the bottom as Tyler Courtney blitzed the top just about one to two car lengths behind Thomas in a lap-after-lap battle for supremacy.

Thomas created some separation between he and Courtney in the first-third of the event until a six-car melee ensued between turns three and four on the 14th lap, resulting in Tucker Klaasmeyer toppling over on the 14th lap. He was uninjured and did not restart.

The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Mike Roth Photo)

Once racing resumed, second-place Bacon made his presence felt as a contender, serving as Thomas' largest foil thus far, putting pressure on the Alabama driver as the two gapped the field.

On the 20th lap, Bacon fired his first shot across the bow, going stride-to-stride with Thomas into turn three, but Thomas was able to muscle his way back to the bottom to secure the line and the position. Bacon's move for the lead seemed imminent and, a lap later, he took another jab at Thomas off turn two, this time pulling the wheels off the ground, with a tad too much tightness at the moment, as his Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms - Mobil 1/Beast/Toyota roared to life.

The pressure was on Thomas as the pair hit lapped traffic. Thomas' line swung a little wider off the bottom as time wore on while Bacon's arching line stuck him to the bottom on exit like glue. Thomas' lead clung to life as he ripped from the high side of four off exit, swinging low like a sweet chariot across the nose of Bacon into turn one on lap 24 to retain the lead.

Traffic was plentiful on the bottom, forcing Thomas and Bacon to occupy the unclaimed high side nearing ten to go as Chad Boat suddenly entered the fray in third. Thomas slid out in turn four on lap 31 as Bacon tethered himself to the bottom and powered to the lead by a car length at the start/finish line. Thomas immediately darted to the bottom entering turn one as both he and Bacon put on a dueling Tokyo drift display through the corner while Boat emerged on the bottom to make it three-wide for the race lead down the back straight entering turn three.

"He wasn't leaving the door open for me until it got a little slicker," Bacon recalled. "He kept opening it wider and wider, and I was getting a better run. I just had to time it right. I got under him once and I thought I might've given it away by not staying in front of him. We were able to put enough pressure on him and made him think and move around a little bit, which allowed me to sneak underneath him. It was not over by any means because he had a really good racecar too and traffic could've gone in a number of ways."

BC39 winner #76m Brady Bacon goes wheels up while battling for the lead with Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Rich Forman Photo)

Indeed, it did, as Bacon remained on the high side and established some personal space, climbing the ladder to the top and ever-so-slightly, subtly pinning Thomas and Boat behind the lappers between turns one and two.

Boat's attack was relentless, and Bacon had to be as suave as possible down the stretch. The veteran two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ was unflappable, keeping Boat at bay in the final laps to win by a half-second over Boat, Thomas, Courtney and KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger Christopher Bell from 17th.

"I thought we had a really good car from the start," Bacon explained. "I knew I was going to be a little tight at the beginning. We had some wheelies going on, but I knew it was going to come to me. I could see some black come in on the track. We had a really good line where we could throw it sideways and come off straight on the bottom."

Bacon, who is expecting to become a father once again in the coming weeks with baby number three on the way, is eager to look at the big picture of things through what has been a tumultuous season in some ways with switching Sprint Car teams in the middle of the season and a series of misfortunes in the Silver Crown car despite being strong the majority of time, but without the results to show for. The results came through Thursday at IMS as he and his crew came to the forefront to notch down a prestigious victory.

"It's been a season of adversity and overcoming obstacles," Bacon detailed. "Having a solid deal here in the midget helps a lot. Everyone who's involved has pitched in and done their part above and beyond what anyone should expect anyone to do.

Driver Robert Dalby of Anaheim, Calif. was transported to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for non-life-threatening injuries following his accident during the fourth qualifying race.

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 6, 2018 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson Marshall/Wood), 4. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 5. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 6. Cole Bodine (#57BC Clauson Marshall), 7. Anton Hernandez (#11A Gray), 8. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 9. Karsyn Elledge (#83 Tucker/Boat), 10. Roy Caruthers (#5x Boyle), 11. Austin Langenstein (#7CG Seven), 12. Jesse Vermillion (#5v Vermillion). NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. Jason McDougal (#15 Petry), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Ryan Smith (#67R SFHR), 8. Riley Kreisel (#37K Felker), 9. Ray Seach (#31 Budres), 10. Presley Truedson (#5T Daum), 11. Olivia Bennett (#77x Bennett), 12. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built). 2:06.99

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 2. David Budres (#23 Budres), 3. Critter Malone (#7CH Seven), 4. Brian Karraker (#29J Jarrett), 5. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Terry Babb (#37 Felker), 7. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 8. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 9. C.J. Leary (#5 Baldwin), 10. Trey Osborne (#11T Taylor), 11. Travis Young (#11Y Young), 12. Matt Lux (#7K K & R), 13. Chase McDermand (#57B Ecker). NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Dillon Welch (#99p Ronk), 3. Zane Hendricks (#27z Tucker/Boat), 4. Matt Westfall (#54 Bordner), 5. Dakota Jackson (#17D Koontz), 6. Korey Weyant (#99w Mounce), 7. Jeb Sessums (2NDHarris), 8. Andy Bradley (#49 Bradley), 9. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 10. Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett), 11. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 12. Kyle May (#39 May), 13. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery). NT

FIFTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 2. Andrew Layser (#35L Bright), 3. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 4. Davey Ray (#33 RayPro), 5. Austin O'Dell (#97A O'Dell), 6. Russ Gamester (#51 Gamester), 7. Glenn Waterland (#11c Waterland), 8. Alex Schriever (#25s Davis), 9. Tyler Shoemaker (#1T Mounce), 10. Landon Cassill (#21x Shuman), 11. Bryan Drollinger (#71x Drollinger). NT

SIXTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17s Clauson Marshall), 2. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson Marshall/Wood), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 4. Matt Sherrell (#2D Harris), 5. Braydan Willmington (#89 RayPro), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFHR), 7. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 8. Brian Peterson (#7p Peterson), 9. Chase Jones (#33c RayPro), 10. Payton Pierce (#37x Felker). NT

SEVENTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), 2. Shane Cottle (#1ST Saucier), 3. Andrew Felker (57A Ecker), 4. Gio Scelzi (#25x Malloy), 5. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 6. Chris Baue (#35x Baue), 7. Kevin Studley (#57K Studley), 8. Robby Spino (#46 Johnson), 9. Maria Cofer (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 10. John Heydenreich (#22 Heydenreich), 11. McKenna Haase (#14s RAMS), 12. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz). NT

EIGHTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#35 Petry), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 5. J.J. Yeley (#63D Dooling), 6. Dave Darland (#1BR SFHR), 7. Dylan Peterson (#25p Peterson), 8. Carson Garrett (#15c Garrett), 9. David Prickett (#24x Neverlift), 10. Chris Urish (#77u Casson), 11. J.B. Gilbert (#56Y Fifty6x), 12. Conor Daly (#1 LSR), 13. Nate Foster (#57F Foster). 2:09.30

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Johnny Petrozelle (#8c Cornell), Casey Shuman (#4A RAMS), Logan Arnold (#43 Arnold), Rich Drangmeister (#18 Drangmeister), Zach Daum (#5D Daum), Nick Hamilton (#32 Hamilton) & Shane Cockrum (#91 Harris)

FEATURE: (39 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (7), 2. Chad Boat (10), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Christopher Bell (17), 6. Alex Bright (8), 7. Justin Grant (6), 8. Holly Shelton (9), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (5), 10. Ryan Robinson (3), 11. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (11), 12. Chris Windom (22), 13. Logan Seavey (23), 14. Zeb Wise (14), 15. Shane Cottle (13), 16. Jason McDougal (25), 17. Maria Cofer (24), 18. Terry Babb (20), 19. Brayton Lynch (4), 20. David Budres (19), 21. Brian Karraker (21), 22. Tyler Thomas (18), 23. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 24. Jake Neuman (16), 25. Dillon Welch (12), 26. Dave Darland (26). NT
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**Young flipped during the third qualifier. Dalby flipped during the fourth qualifier. Klaasmeyer flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 K. Thomas, Laps 31-39 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Christopher Bell (17th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Logan Seavey

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 22 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th Annual "4-Crown Nationals"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 6, 2018 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway - “Gold Cup Race of Champions / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.865; 2. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.055; 3. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.105; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.165; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-14.168; 6. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-14.210; 7. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-14.313; 8. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-14.364; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-14.416; 10. Ron Laplant, 69, Laplant-14.439; 11. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhaus-14.441; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.445; 13. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-14.452; 14. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-14.476; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.484; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.536; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.553; 18. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-14.599; 19. Shayna Sylvia, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.709; 20. Richard Brace Jr., 2R, Brace-14.801; 21. Cody Jessop, 35, Grier-14.934; 22. Nick Larson, 24N, Larson-15.053; 23. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.098; 24. David Johnson, 16, Johnson-18.198.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. C.Williams, 3. Adams, 4. A.Williams, 5. Laplant, 6. Sylvia, 7. Larson, 8. Copeland. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Ensign, 3. Gansen, 4. Shaw, 5. McCarthy, 6. Swanson, 7. Paulson, 8. Brace. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. R.J.Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. C.Johnson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Faccinto, 7. Jessop, 8. D.Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Johnson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Colby Copeland, 4. Koen Shaw, 5. Logan Williams, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. R.J. Johnson, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Max Adams, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Ryan Bernal, 13. Cody Williams, 14. Geoff Ensign, 15. Shayna Sylvia, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Cody Jessop, 18. Gary Paulson, 19. Ron Laplant, 20. Richard Brace Jr., 21. David Johnson, 22. Matt McCarthy, 23. Nick Larson, 24. Danny Faria Jr. NT --------------------------- **Gardner flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 C.Johnson, Laps 3-10 Gardner, Laps 11-28 Copeland, Laps 29-30 C.Johnson. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (23rd to 9th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Roa-281, 2-A.Williams-276, 3-Bernal-264, 4-Gardner-245, 5-Faria-237, 6-C.Johnson-221, 7-Adams-214, 8-C.Williams-207, 9-L.Williams-206, 10-R.J.Johnson-205.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 7 – Watsonville, California – Ocean Speedway – “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

RYAN NEWMAN TO RACE VANCE/ARISTOCRAT
CROWN CAR IN SATURDAY 'S VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Ryan Newman has been tabbed as the driver to wheel the Johnny Vance/Aristocrat Products No. 2 this Saturday, September 8, when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series makes its second and final appearance of the season for the "Rich Vogler Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Newman, whose racing accolades include the 1999 USAC Silver Crown title, plus the 2008 Daytona 500 and 2013 Brickyard 400 crowns, has been a regular competitor in the "Vogler Classic" in recent years. He's a recipient of the Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship, plus a past winner of the event in 2000.

The car is in tribute to a number of individuals who influenced Newman, namely Vance, whose car Newman raced to Vance's final USAC National Sprint Car victory at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2000. Vance passed away in June of 2017.

Additionally, the late Dave Steele was a frequent winner in the Vance machine in the late 1990s. Prior to Newman, Bryan Clauson was the final driver to make laps in Vance's Silver Crown car during a test a LOR. Plus, the man the race honors this Saturday is Rich Vogler, who was the first one to wheel a Vance-owned car in USAC competition.

Last year, Newman and company brought the car out to LOR in its familiar, immaculate black, yellow and red scheme. He started sixth, but bowed out only 30 laps into the 100-lapper with handling issues and had to settle for an 18th place finish.

The significance of LOR to Newman and Vance is in special as well. In fact, the .686-mile paved oval is where Vance won his final USAC race as a car owner, with Tracy Hines in a Silver Crown event in July of 2010.

It's also the venue that hosted both Newman's first career USAC National Midget victory in 1997 as well as his initial Silver Crown triumph in 1999.

Fittingly, LOR (Indianapolis Raceway Park as it was known at the time) was the location of Newman's first USAC Sprint Car start for Vance in August of 1999, a second-place finish behind Vance's former driver, Dave Steele.

The 40-year-old South Bend, Indiana native has become one of the most successful drivers to transition from USAC to stock cars during his 17-year career as a full-time competitor in NASCAR's premier series that includes 18 wins, 51 poles and a 2nd place points finish in 2014.

Newman's among a star-studded cast entered for Saturday's "Vogler Classic," including past LOR Silver Crown winners Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Russ Gamester and David Byrne along with past champs Kody Swanson, Chris Windom, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland, plus 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton and current top Rookie Kyle Robbins, among many others.

Pits open at noon, with practice set for 3pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. The race will be live via pay-per-view on http://www.Speed51.com/ and tape-delayed for a later airing on MAVTV.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of race, at the gate, adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

"RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST:
02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)
2 RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Johnny Vance Racing)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
31 (R) DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (Felker/Nix Racing)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
60 (R) CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
80 (R) TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
81 (R) CODY GALLOGLY/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 (R) JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Gene Kazmark)
96 (R) AUSTIN BLAIR/Fairview Heights, IL (Blair Racing)
98 DAVEY HAMILTON, JR./Boise, ID (RPM/Fred Gormly)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

WISE WINS PURSUIT,
BRIGHT HIGH POINT MAN IN BC39 OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........Wednesday's opening night of the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink began a new era of racing at the Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, set inside turn three of the surrounding world-famous 2.5-mile paved oval.

15-year-old Zeb Wise captured the victory in the Stoops Pursuit, a 20-lap elimination race in which you would be eliminated if you were passed. Coming to the white flag, the Angola, Ind. native went on the offense, sliding by Alex Bright in turn four on the penultimate lap to win the $1500 payday. In doing so, he put the 39BC in victory lane at the BC39, a fitting tribute to the late, great USAC champ in which the event is named for.

In preliminary action, Tyler Courtney completed an IMS Dirt Track version of a spin and win to become the first official winner of a race at the quarter-mile dirt oval, sliding to halt midway through the ten-lapper while leading, but the Indianapolis, Ind. driver got up on the wheel and drove it back to the front to capture the win in heat race one. Meanwhile, David Prickett and Tyler Nelson were involved in a tangle that resulted in a double-flip. Both walked away.

In heat race two, Macdoel, California's Maria Cofer, subbing for the injured Spencer Bayston, became the first female winner in the history of the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, getting to the point on the second lap from her outside front row starting spot.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. shot from fifth to first by lap two and never looked back, dominating heat race three to take the victory.

Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. wired the field in heat race four, leading all 10 laps to score the victory. Behind him, a torrid battle ensued as Dillon Welch ripped the fence lap after lap alongside Brian Karraker, but Karraker was able to get the spot to finish second on the final lap behind Cottle.

Tucker Klaasmeyer drove from seventh to first by halfway as the Paola, Kansas driver cruised to a two-second victory in heat race five.

An enthralling heat six saw USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley and Shane Golobic dip and dive, exchanging the front spot numerous times, with Yeley spraying the concrete with soil as he flirted with the turn two concrete each time he exited turn two in his journey to victory lane.

Jason McDougal and Steve Buckwalter banged wheels, nerf bars, you name it, in their torrid battle for the lead for the majority of heat race seven. A wheel-to-wheel, slider fest raged on until McDougal slipped on the berm near the end. Buckwalter, of Royersford, Pa. took control and raced on to victory. Zach Daum walked away from a turn two flip during the heat.

When Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell starts from the pole, it's trouble for pretty much everyone else. The 2013 USAC National Midget champ put it to the competition, winning heat race eight handily.

It was a tale of two different lines in heat nine between Chad Boat and Tyler Thomas. But, the difference in this one was the two repeatedly swapped the lead back and forth, exchanging slider after slider after slider before Collinsville, Oklahoma's Thomas rode the rim in turn four to nip Boat at the line for the victory.

Foresthill, California's Ryan Robinson controlled heat race 10 from the outset, leading every lap despite starting fifth. Brayton Lynch followed suit, advancing from eighth to a second-place finish, rapidly closing on Robinson during the final laps as Robinson biked it on the cushion and motored on.

Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. was the lone winner from the back row, taking heat race 11 from the ninth starting spot after engaging in a furious battle with Davey Ray in the early going. Bright became the night's high-point man heading into Thursday's finale.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. made a late rally to challenge Brady Bacon on the final lap, but Bacon, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ out of Broken Arrow, Okla. was perfect, leading the final nine laps to win heat race 12.

The "BC39" continues Thursday night, September 6 at IMS with the final events taking place, beginning with the eight qualifying races before moving into the main events and concluding with the 39-lap A-Main. The pits open at 8am, drivers meeting in the pagoda at 3pm and cars hitting the track at 5pm. All times Eastern.

The event will be streamed LIVE via pay-per-view on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ while LIVE audio can be heard for FREE on the USAC app. A one-hour show recapping both nights of the "BC39" will air this Friday, September 7, at 6pm Eastern on NBC Sports.

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 5, 2018 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Dave Darland (#1BR SFHR), 3. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 4. Matt Lux (#7K K & R), 5. Payton Pierce (#37x Felker), 6. Brian Peterson (#7p Peterson), 7. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 8. David Prickett (#24x Neverlift), 9. Bryan Drollinger (#71x Drollinger). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Maria Cofer (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 3. Chris Windom (#35 Petry), 4. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 5. Zane Hendricks (#27z Tucker/Boat), 6. Shane Cockrum (#91 Harris), 7. Austin O'Dell (#97A O'Dell), 8. Presley Truedson (#5T Daum), 9. Kyle May (#39 May). 2:15.21

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 3. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Cole Bodine (#57BC Clauson Marshall), 5. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 6. Chris Urish (#77u Casson), 7. McKenna Haase (#14s RAMS), 8. John Heydenreich (#22 Heydenreich), 9. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Shane Cottle (#1ST Saucier), 2. Brian Karraker (#29J Jarrett), 3. Dillon Welch (#99p Ronk), 4. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Kevin Studley (#57K Studley), 6. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 7. Andy Bradley (#49 Bradley), 8. Jesse Vermillion (#5v Vermillion), 9. Billy Wease (#12w Wease). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Terry Babb (#37 Felker), 3. Casey Shuman (#4A RAMS), 4. Andrew Felker (57A Ecker), 5. Karsyn Elledge (#83 Tucker/Boat), 6. Critter Malone (#7CH Seven), 7. Braydan Willmington (#89 RayPro), 8. Nate Foster (#57F Foster), 9. Landon Cassill (#21x Shuman). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.J. Yeley (#63D Dooling), 2. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson Marshall/Wood), 3. Chase Jones (#33c RayPro), 4. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 6. Dakota Jackson (#17D Koontz), 7. Gio Scelzi (#25x Malloy), 8. Rich Drangmeister (#18 Drangmeister), 9. Tracy Hines (#11 Leader Card). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Steve Buckwalter (#0 Buckwalter), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Matt Westfall (#54 Bordner), 4. Jason McDougal (#15 Petry), 5. David Budres (#23 Manic), 6. Riley Kreisel (#37K Felker), 7. Dylan Peterson (#25p Peterson), 8. Roy Caruthers (#5x Boyle), 9. Zach Daum (#5D Daum). NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Korey Weyant (#99w Mounce), 3. Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett), 4. Tyler Shoemaker (1T Mounce), 5. Carson Garrett (#15c Garrett), 6. Anton Hernandez (#11A Gray), 7. Glenn Waterland (#11c Waterland), 8. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 9. Chris Baue (#35x Baue). NT

NINTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 5. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFHR), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Olivia Bennett (#77x Bennett), 8. Jeb Sessums (2ND Harris). NT

TENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 3. Russ Gamester (#51 Gamester), 4. Ryan Smith (#67R SFHR), 5. Andrew Layser (#35L Bright), 6. Chase McDermand (#57B Ecker), 7. Logan Arnold (#43 Arnold), 8. Johnny Petrozelle (#8c Cornell), 9. Conor Daly (#1 LSR). 2:17.93

ELEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Travis Young (#11Y Young), 3. Davey Ray (#33 RayPro), 4. Trey Osborne (#11T Taylor), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Alex Schriever (#25s Davis), 7. J.B. Gilbert (#56Y Fifty6x), 8. Robby Spino (#46 Johnson), 9. Nick Hamilton (#32 Hamilton). NT

TWELFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17s Clauson Marshall), 3. C.J. Leary (#5 Baldwin), 4. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson Marshall/Wood), 5. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 6. Matt Sherrell (#2D Harris), 7. Joey Moughan (#29 Casson), 8. Ray Seach (#31 Budres), 9. Austin Langenstein (#7CG Seven). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Michael Koontz (#17K Koontz)

STOOPS PURSUIT RACE: (20 laps) 1. Wise, 2. Bright, 3. Stenhouse, 4. Yeley, 5. Coons, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Lynch, 8. Westfall, 9. Cottle, 10. Boat, 11. Weyant, 12. Young, 13. Lux, 14. Jones, 15. R. Robinson, 16. Bacon, 17. T. Thomas, 18. Karraker, 19. Babb, 20. Cofer, 21. Buckwalter, 22. C. Bell, 23. Grant, 24. Courtney, 25. K. Thomas. NT

REMAINDER OF PROGRAM TO BE COMPLETED THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
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**Koontz flipped during practice. Prickett and Nelson flipped during the first heat. Daum flipped during the seventh heat. Sessums flipped during the ninth heat. C. Bell and Jones flipped during the pursuit.

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-830, 2-Bacon-732, 3-Bayston-728, 4-Boat-727, 5-Grant-689, 6-Courtney-679, 7-Carrick-652, 8-K. Thomas-634, 9-Wise-533, 10-R. Robinson-480.

BC39 POINTS: 1-Bright-160, 2-Klaasmeyer-155, 3-Babb-153, 4-Weyant-148, 5-Lynch-148, 6-Courtney-145, 7-K. Thomas, 8-R. Robinson-145, 9-Wise-143, 10-Buckwalter-135.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 6 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

DAVIS LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO “LEALAND MCSPADDEN CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 5, 2018… After running Casa Grande’s 2-day “Hank Arnold Memorial, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, September 8th, at Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “3rd Annual Lealand McSpadden Classic” is the fifth of seven appearances at the fast 3/8-mile oval. The action packed card at the San Tan Valley oval will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

Originally a winged 360 race, the “Lealand McSpadden Classic” honors the Arizona racing legend and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver. Starting his career at the famed Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, McSpadden raced Super Modifieds before graduating to the Arizona Racing Association (ARA) Sprint Cars. Known for his “on the gas” driving style, “The Tempe Tornado,” earned his first ARA win in 1972 and claimed the series championship in 1975. In 1977, the fan favorite won 25 main events at Manzanita racing sprint cars, midgets, sprint buggies, stocks, and super-modifieds. After being hired to run Gary Stanton’s “house car,” McSpadden raced across the country and was very fast and competitive. This brought him national attention and racing opportunities with the United States Auto Club (USAC) and the World of Outlaws, where he claimed a victory at California’s Ascot Park in 1978.

Throughout the years, “The Tempe Tornado” had a flexible work schedule that allowed him stay home and race as he chose. Whether it was a sprint car, midget, or silver crown car, it was not uncommon to see McSpadden race with the California Racing Association (CRA), Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC), USAC, World of Outlaws, United Sprint Association (USA), Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA), and various open competition shows. By the time he retired from racing in 1996, Lealand had won over 200 main events, most notably the Western World Championships (1978, 1993, 1995), Dirt Cup (1981, 1984), Copper World Classic (1988 Sprint Car), Chili Bowl Midget Nationals (1991), and the Hulman Hundred (1992). Along the way, “The Tempe Tornado” also won the 1992 CRA and 1995 SCRA Sprint Car Championships.

After winning both nights of the “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Casa Grande, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) heads to Arizona Speedway with a stout 117-point lead. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis is inching closer to his first series crown on the strength of seven feature wins, seven heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 222 feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has 28 SouthWest wins and will be looking add the “Lealand McSpadden Classic” trophy to his collection.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko has one feature win, three heat race victories, three Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led in the campaign. “The Bull” won at San Tan Valley on April 28th and will have his sights on adding his name to the “McSpadden Classic” winner’s list.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin has four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led to his credit. The 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year has five series wins and will be looking to earn another victory at Arizona Speedway.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, eleven top-10 finishes and 5 feature laps led on the season. The young driver will have his sights on earning his first sprint car win this Saturday night.

After running seventh in the “Arnold Memorial” finale, Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) has climbed to fifth in the point chase. Racing his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X, Lundy has posted one heat race victory and eleven top-10 finishes in the campaign. The Challenge Cup / Napa sprint car veteran will be looking to score his first USAC victory at the “McSpadden Classic.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Bonneau, Dennis Gile, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Tyler Most, Zack Madrid, Colton Maroney, Sterling Cling, Mason Keefer, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Brent Yarnal, Larry Kesterson, Rick Shuman, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

LEALAND McSPADDEN CLASSIC WINNERS: 2016-Billy Chester, 2017-Jesse Baker.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 18-R.J. Johnson, 7-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 7-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1.Charles Davis Jr.-869, 2. Tye Mihocko-752, 3. Mike Martin-702, 4. Michael Curtis-648, 5. Matt Lundy-583, 6. Chris Bonneau-488, 7. R.J. Johnson-480, 8. Dennis Gile-440, 9. Josh Pelkey-436, 10. Andy Reinbold-397, 11. Tyler Most-373, 12. Zack Madrid-288, 13. Tyler Adams-200, 14. Sterling Cling-196, 15. Ronnie Clark-175, 16. Austin Kuehl-174, 17. Jake Swanson-172, 18. Colton Moroney-165, 19. Kyle Shipley-162, 20. Mason Keefer-156.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Classic)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SATURDAY'S RICH VOGLER CLASSIC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST REVEALED

Brownsburg, Indiana.........A field of 22 cars is expected for this Saturday's, September 8, USAC Silver Crown "Rich Vogler Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with former race winners and champions across the board.

Past LOR Silver Crown winners Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Ryan Newman, Russ Gamester and David Byrne are entered along with past champs K. Swanson, Newman, Chris Windom, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland, plus 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton and current top Rookie Kyle Robbins, among many others.

Pits open at noon, with practice set for 3pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. The race will be live via pay-per-view on http://www.Speed51.com/ and tape-delayed for a later airing on MAVTV.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of race, at the gate, adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

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"RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST:
02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)
2 RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Johnny Vance Racing)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
60 (R) CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
80 (R) TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
81 (R) CODY GALLOGLY/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 (R) JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Gene Kazmark)
96 (R) AUSTIN BLAIR/Fairview Heights, IL (Blair Racing)
98 DAVEY HAMILTON, JR./Boise, ID (RPM/Fred Gormly)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

HAMILTON JR. TO RACE FOR RPM/GORMLY IN SATURDAY'S VOGLER CLASSIC

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Davey Hamilton, Jr. will make his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car season debut this Saturday, September 8, when the series returns to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the "Rich Vogler Classic."

The 21-year-old Boise, Idaho native will compete in a familiar car, the No. 98 for the RPM/Fred Gormly team, which captured the 2016 Silver Crown title with driver Chris Windom. Hamilton made four starts for the team during the 2017 season with a best finish of 5th at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and a 9th at Lucas Oil Raceway, the .686-mile paved oval where he made his first series start in 2014, and the home of this Saturday's 100-lap event.

"I'm so excited to be back racing in the Silver Crown Series," Hamilton said. "To get to return with a great team like RPM/Fred Gormly at a place where my Silver Crown career began is such a thrill and I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do this Saturday night."

The son of 11-time Indy 500 starter, Davey Hamilton, has just five career Silver Crown starts, but has plans in the works to make more frequent appearances in the big cars among his racing endeavors in the coming years.

Hamilton gives thanks to Jonathan Byrd's, Mister Quik Home Services and Hoosier Tire for the opportunity to compete in the penultimate race of the 2018 Silver Crown season. Kody Swanson won the first appearance at LOR in May ahead of brother Tanner Swanson who charged from 22nd to 2nd and was challenging for the win during the final laps.

A field of 22 cars is expected for the event with former race winners and champions across the board. Past LOR Silver Crown winners Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Ryan Newman, Russ Gamester and David Byrne are entered along with past champs K. Swanson, Newman, Chris Windom, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland, plus 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton and current top Rookie Kyle Robbins, among many others.

Pits open at noon, with practice set for 3pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. The race will be live via pay-per-view on http://www.Speed51.com/ and tape-delayed for a later airing on MAVTV.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of race, at the gate, adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 3, 2018 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.311; 2. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.358; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.413; 4. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.449; 5. John Clark, 12J, Clark-14.450; 6. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.457; 7. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-14.468; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-14.489; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.530; 10. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-14.530; 11. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-14.642; 12. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.699; 13. Nick Larson, 24N, Larson-14.780; 14. Max Adams, 3T, Finkenbinder-14.806; 15. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-14.849; 16. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.859; 17. Shayna Sylvia, 3F, Finkenbinder-15.021; 18. Shawn Arriaga, 56J, Arriaga-15.102; 19. Ricky Brophy, 3, Brophy-15.621; 20. Richard Brace Jr., 2R, Brace-29.895; 21. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. R.J.Johnson, 3. Gardner, 4. McCarthy, 5. C.Williams, 6. Larson, 7. Brophy. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Faria, 3. Gansen, 4. Ensign, 5. Clark, 6. Sylvia. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. C.Johnson, 3. L.Williams, 4. A.Williams, 5. Arriaga, 6. Paulson, 7. Brace. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Austin Willams, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Logan Williams, 9. Max Adams, 10. Geoff Ensign, 11. R.J. Johnson, 12. Richard Brace Jr., 13. Shayna Sylvia, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. John Clark, 16. Nick Larson, 17. Chase Johnson, 18. Ricky Brophy, 19. Gary Paulson, 20. Jake Swanson, 22. Shawn Arriaga. NT --------------------------- **Clark flipped during qualifications. Swanson flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bernal. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Richard Brace Jr. (20th to 12th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bernal-217, 2-A.Williams-213, 3-Roa-208, 4-Faria-204, 5-Gardner-190, 6-Adams-165, 7-C.Williams-163, 8-Ensign-150, 9-R.J.Johnson-149, 10-L.Williams-144

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 6 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway – “Gold Cup Race of Champions / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

GAS CITY & KOKOMO THE HOT TICKET FOR USAC SPRINTS THIS FRI./SUN.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

An Indiana state double-dip for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars is on tap this weekend with a pair of events on Friday, September 7, at Gas City I-69 Speedway and Sunday, September 9, at Kokomo Speedway.

The Gas City trip marks the return of the series to the quarter-mile oval for the first time since July of 2017 when Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary emerged with the victory in a wild one, passing Robert Ballou with five laps remaining to score the win.

Thirty USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events have been held at Gas City since debuting on the schedule in 2002. Expected entrants for Friday's race who've been victorious in a USAC event at Gas City include Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. (2006 & 08), Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. (2009 & 11), Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. (2013), Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. (2015), Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Ind. (2015), Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. (2016), Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. (2016) and Leary (2017).

The victories for Cottle, Weir and Courtney were each their first visits to victory lane in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition. Speaking of that fact, the most recent occasion the series was on Hoosier state soil produced a first-time winner as well in Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas, who won at Kokomo a couple weeks back on the second night of "Sprint Car Smackdown VII." The following night's finale was rained out and will be made up this Sunday at Kokomo Speedway.

The unique format will feature qualifying races, plus the "King of the Hill" two-car, three lap shootouts that pits the top-8, locked in A-Main drivers competing for their starting spots in the night's A-Main, which leads into the last chance races and concludes with the 40-lap A-Main.

The top-8 drivers locked into Sunday's feature include "Smackdown" point leader Tyler Courtney, winner of last Friday's Sprint feature at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. Justin Grant is second ahead of Tyler Thomas, Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and Jason McDougal, who was victorious for the first time in USAC competition last Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, then followed it up with a local win at Kokomo.

C.J. Leary leads the B & W Auto Mart Passing Master Award standings, passing a total of 16 cars throughout the preliminary and feature events throughout the two nights of "Smackdown" run thus far.

Friday night at Gas City, the pits open at 3pm, front gates at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 while kids 12 and under are free and pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, all gates open at 2pm. Cars hit the track at 5pm with racing to immediately follow. Additionally, a program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program. General admission tickets are $35. Kids 10 & under tickets are free with paid adult (general admission only). Pit passes for all ages are $45.

Three-day "Smackdown" ticketholders must turn in their wristband at the ticket window in exchange for a new one. Tickets that were already redeemed are NOT valid for re-entry. It is only the wristband that will be accepted as a rain check, no exceptions.

The Kokomo race will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Both Gas City and Kokomo will be available to watch on-demand a day after the event is run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ and you can listen to both live on the USAC app.

 

 

SILVER CROWN STARS ARRIVE SATURDAY AT LOR FOR VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana.........The penultimate USAC Silver Crown Champ Car race on the 2018 calendar brings the series back to the blacktop for the final time this year on the tricky, paved .686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway, located west of Indianapolis Saturday, September 8, for the "Rich Vogler Classic."

Over the last decade, the three dominant figures at the track in Silver Crown competition at LOR have been namely brothers Tanner Swanson, Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos.

Tanner put on a show back in May's "Carb Night Classic" at LOR, opting to start from the tail for a chance at a substantial bonus payday, driving from 22nd to 2nd, coming up just short to Kody at the checkered. Tanner, of Kingsburg, Calif., owns a pair of "Vogler Classic" wins in 2013 and 2015 among his five wins at LOR in the Silver Crown car, tied with Mike Bliss for the most all-time at the track that's hosted USAC events annually since its 1961 opening.

Kody has collected four wins over that span at LOR, including the 2016 "Vogler Classic." Kody, also from Kingsburg , Calif., recently surpassed Jack Hewitt as the winningest Silver Crown driver of all-time with his 24th win in the most recent pavement Silver Crown race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in August. Kody holds a commanding 76-point advantage in the standings as he aims to claim an unprecedented fourth career Silver Crown title.

Franklin, Massachusetts' Bobby Santos is the lone driver not named Kody Swanson to win one on the pavement this season. While Kody has won the last four, Santos captured the opener at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. in April. Santos has triumphed on four occasions at LOR, including last year's "Vogler Classic."

The lone active driver outside of that three to have barged into victory line at LOR in that span is Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne, who was victorious in one of the most memorable finishes in the long history of the series. Byrne charged like a madman following the final restart with less than 10 laps to go, then ran down Tanner Swanson on the final corner of the final lap to win the 2014 "Vogler Classic" in what remains his only Silver Crown win to date. Byrne currently resides in the fourth spot in the standings.

The "Rich Vogler Classic" has a rich history that dates to 1991 and was run for many years at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Expected entrants for Saturday's round at LOR who also have wins in the "Vogler Classic" there are past Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind. in 2000 and Dave Darland in 2005.

Newman also claimed his first career Silver Crown victory right at LOR in the Spring of 1999 on his way to the series title.

Greenfield, Indiana's Eric Gordon has made a successful return to competition this season on the pavement. The nine-time "Little 500" winner collected three USAC National Sprint Car victories at LOR, one each in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. had a solid top-five finish in this past May's Silver Crown go at LOR. The 2016 series champ has raced to victory in the Silver Crown series' two most recent outings on the Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and Du Quoin. The win was his first for longtime car owner Gene Nolen, who himself possesses a pair of victories at LOR with drivers Johnny Parsons in 1991 and Jim Keeker in 1995.

Windom has the third spot in the points coming into LOR, one position behind Ione, California's Justin Grant who's substantially stepped up his game on the pavement with two poles at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway and Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway.

Windom's teammate Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. has started on the front row in the past two races and is fifth in points. Kyle Robbins tops the Rookie of the Year race at seventh in the standings, seven ahead of Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott in eighth.

Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget champ, won the Silver Crown stop at LOR back in the summer of 2000. Jim Anderson, of Joliet, Illinois, a 4thplace finisher at Madison in June, returns to the place where he made his first series start, an 8th, in May. Past Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind. is back along with USAC's all-time winningest female driver Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. and two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner Bill Rose of Plainfield, Ind.

Pits open at noon, with practice set for 3pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. The race will be live via pay-per-view on http://www.Speed51.com/ and tape-delayed for a later airing on MAVTV.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of race, at the gate, adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

 

 

BC39 TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV SEPT. 5-6

Speedway, Indiana.........Speed Shift TV will have exclusive live flag-to-flag coverage via pay-per-view of the September 5-6 Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink USAC P1 Insurance National Midget race from the new dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The broadcasts will begin at 5pm Eastern on both Wednesday and Thursday of the "BC39."

This is a cannot-miss event with an entry list boasting an unprecedented 118 drivers from coast-to-coast and around the globe, a USAC National Midget record for a single race.

The lineup literally contains an entire field of past USAC National Midget feature winners, 24 in total, and eight past series champs including Dave Darland (2001 & 2002), Tracy Hines (2015), Christopher Bell (2013), Tanner Thorson (2016), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006 & 2007), Russ Gamester (1989), Spencer Bayston (2017) and J.J. Yeley (2013), who've all won feature events.

In addition, USAC Midget feature winners entered for the "BC39" include Steve Buckwalter, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Tyler Courtney, Critter Malone, Billy Wease, Justin Grant, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Shane Golobic, John Heydenreich, Davey Ray, Zeb Wise, Kevin Thomas, Jr., current series point leader Logan Seavey, Brady Bacon and Chad Boat.

Plus, you have a number of successful drivers who've yet to break into a USAC National Midget victory lane such as C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, Matt Westfall, Shane Cockrum, Tyler Thomas, the most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car last weekend at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright.

Yeley is the lone driver in the field to have competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 during his career. However, he's not the only one with stock car experience on the famed 2.5-mile paved oval surrounding the ¼-mile dirt track. Eight-time Brickyard starter Landon Cassill plans to make his USAC debut at the "BC39."

Five-time Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly of Noblesville, Indiana has recently announced his intentions to make his USAC National Midget debut in the "BC39" for Landon Simon Racing.

Chase Briscoe has a plethora of experience of the fendered variety as well dirt track, open wheel cars. He combined those two talents to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' stop at Eldora Speedway in July.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 5pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 5pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets and all the race info can be found on http://www.TheBC39.com/.

Additionally, NBC Sports will broadcast a one-hour recap of the "BC39" on Friday, September 7, at 6pm Eastern.

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 2, 2018 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

DAVIS SWEEPS "HANK ANOLD MEMORIAL" AT CASA GRANDE
 
Casa Grande, Ariz.........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. won Sunday night's 25-lap "Hank Arnold Memorial" USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint race at Central Arizona Speedway. He also won there Saturday. On Sunday, Ronnie Clark took second ahead of Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau and Tye Mihocko.

HEAT RACE: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 5. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 8. Colton Maroney (#68 Maroney), 9. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 10. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Ronnie Clark, 3. Mike Martin, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Michael Curtis, 7. Matt Lundy, 8. Tyler Most, 9. Andy Reinbold, 10. Colton Maroney. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Reinbold, Laps 2-18 Clark, Laps 19-25 Davis. HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (6th to 1st) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 8 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Lealand McSpadden Tribute”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 2, 2018 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

Calistoga, CA........Colby Copeland of Roseville, Calif. scored a surprise victory in Sunday's 30-lap "Louie Vermeil Classic" at Calistoga Speedway, leading all 30 laps to beat Brody Roa, Chase Johnson, Austin Williams and Ryan Bernal. Roa vaulted back into the series point lead as a result.

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.701; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.735; 3. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-19.747; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-19.818; 5. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-19.876; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-19.876; 7. Max Adams, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.124; 8. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-20.138; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-20.192; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-20.202; 11. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-20.255; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-20.286; 13. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-20.305; 14. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-20.325; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-20.526; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.639; 17. Nick Larson, 24N, Larson-20.647; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-20.892; 19. Shayna Sylvia, 3T, Finkenbinder-20.894; 20. Richard Brace Jr., 2R, Brace-21.013; 21. Zack Lynskey, 7N, Lynskey-21.243; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-21.646; 23. Cody Jessop, 35, Grier-21.964; 24. Johnathon Henry, 8, Richardson-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Gardner, 3. Gansen, 4. Swanson, 5. Ensign, 6. Adams, 7. Sylvia, 8. Ervine. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. C.Williams, 4. Copeland, 5. R.J.Johnson, 6. Larson, 7. Jessop, 8. Brace. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. A.Williams, 3. Faria, 4. C.Johnson, 5. McCarthy, 6. Lynskey, 7. L.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Colby Copeland, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Austin Liggett, 9. Cody Williams, 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 11. Max Adams, 12. R.J. Johnson, 13. Logan Williams, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Zack Lynskey, 16. Matt McCarthy, 17. Shayna Sylvia, 18. Cody Jessop, 19. Nick Larson, 20. Austin Ervine, 21. Jake Swanson, 22. Richard Brace Jr., 23. Damion Gardner. NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Copeland SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (14th to 5th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Roa-142, 2-Bernal-139, 3-A.Williams-137, 4-Faria-133, 5-Gardner-117, 6-Adams-111, 7-Liggett-110, 8-Copeland-108, 9-C.Johnson-105, 10-Ensign-102.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 3 – Petaluma (CA) Speedway – “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

September 2, 2018 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

Calistoga, CA........Shane Golobic of Fremont, Calif. followed Saturday night's "Louie Vermeil Classic" win with a repeat victory in Sunday night's feature at Calistoga Speedway. Michael Faccinto took second ahead of Ryan Bernal, Alex Schutte and Robby Josett.
 

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-19.877; 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-20.159; 3. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-20.281; 4. Robby Josett, 9F, Dodenhoff-20.567; 5. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-20.602; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-20.620; 7. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-20.728; 8. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-20.852; 9. Johnathon Henry, 3F, Finkenbinder-21.110; 10. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-21.564; 11. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-23.455; 12. Kyle Beilman, 2, Josett-24.817; 13. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-28.063.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Golobic, 3. Faccinto, 4. Henry, 5. Mitchell, 6. Bernal. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Josett, 3. Dalby, 4. Prickett, 5. Sarna, 6. Beilman. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Alex Schutte, 5. Robby Josett, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. David Prickett, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Johnathon Henry, 11. Marvin Mitchell, 12. Randi Pankratz, 13. Kyle Beilman. NT ----------------------- **Bernal flipped during the first heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Josett, Laps 6-20 Golobic SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (11th to 3rd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: September 15– Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

WINDOM'S PLAN COMES TOGETHER IN Du QUOIN TED HORN 100 VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Every driver, every team has a plan when they enter the ring for 100 miles of USAC Silver Crown racing at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Sometimes those plans go awry and sometime those plans come to fruition. Then again, other times, the way things play out don't fit into either of those columns. Sometimes, you must take advantage of the hand you're dealt and see where it goes.

That was how Chris Windom's Sunday night played out down the stretch for the topsy-turvy conclusion to the latest edition of the "Ted Horn 100."

Not one, but two race leaders ran out of fuel during the final 13-lap stretch and the Canton, Illinois driver was poised to pounce, leading the final six laps to win his second "Ted Horn 100" in the last three years. He also became the first driver in a decade, since Brian Tyler in 2008, to sweep both Silver Crown races on the Illinois dirt miles of Du Quoin and Springfield in the same year.

Windom started eighth in the 30-car field aboard his Gene Nolen Racing/KECO Coatings/Maxim/Tranter Chevy. Meanwhile, up front, his teammate and outside front row starter Jerry Coons, Jr. notched the top spot, maneuvering around the outside of pole sitter Jacob Wilson to lead the opening six circuits.

Brady Bacon was a man in motion early on, riding the high line from the fourth starting spot to the lead past Coons on lap seven.

The race came to a halt on the 15th lap when J.C. Bland's rear axle snapped, sending him flipping over the inside guardrail on the back straightaway nearing the entrance to turn three.

The ensuing restart was a Flying Wallendas high wire act between Bacon and C.J. Leary, both running the fence at a torrid pace as they separated themselves from the pack until the second and final stoppage of the night on lap 34 when series Rookie Austin Mundie flipped it over in turn one and walked away unscathed.

When the time came to restart, race leader Bacon's car was unable to fire. His car was pushed to the infield without power and, being unable to restart due to a clutch issue, retired for the remainder of the evening.

That gave the lead to Leary who was a rocket right out of the box in his second race for the DMW Motorsports team, riding the high line to perfection and constantly extending his lead, up to over three seconds by the halfway point. As the laps wound down to 40 to go and 30 to go, Leary maintained a lead of between two and three seconds, with Windom in third another 10 whole seconds back.

While Windom had an inkling that both Leary and Courtney would run into issues with fuel, he wasn't exactly sure if or when he had to turn up the wick to catch them as he remained disciplined at his own pace.

"It's really hard in that situation," Windom explained. "I didn't know when to pick it up because we never got a caution. There really wasn't a right time to. I don't feel like I've really learned that until this year. You really have to pace yourself. It may not always work out but, nine times out of ten, it's going to work out because the pace those guys tried setting there, I didn't think was sustainable for 100 laps."

Chris Windom's triumph also added a third Du Quoin Silver Crown victory to car owner Gene Nolen's list of accomplishments, previously scoring wins with Johnny Parsons in 1992 and Tony Elliott in 1999. (Dallas Breeze Photo)

The furious pace on the long green flag run and running the high line for the entire duration of the race would soon rear its ugly head with 15 laps remaining. Courtney began to pulley the once untouchable Leary, ultimately passing the sputtering Leary on the 88th lap exiting turn two. Leary slowed considerably, but was able to nurse his ride home the rest of the way for a seventh place finish.

Now, Courtney was in control, and he too had no hesitation of letting up anytime soon, stretching his advantage over Windom to 5.4 seconds with six laps to go just before the proverbial rug got pulled out from beneath the Indianapolis, Indiana driver and his bid to claim his first win on a mile.

On lap 95, Courtney's thirsty engine sputtered off turn four, coasting down the front straightaway and gave way to Windom who had planned to be in contention at the end, but most probably not in the manner it ultimately did.

"I didn't think the race was going to play out that way," Windom admits. "I didn't think we'd go green for that long. I thought we'd get a caution with 20 or 30 to go, then I'd be able to race them for the lead. It never came, so then I started thinking with 20 to go that, with the pace they're setting, there's no way they're going to last. I got a little more nervous when there were 13 to go and they were still 13 seconds ahead of me. Finally, my spotter came over the radio and said the No. 10 and then the 97 was slowing. So, I knew it was our race to lose at that point."

"I moved down and tried to conserve fuel then because I started getting nervous that I was going to run out," Windom continued. These races are different every time. You never know what you're going to get. I don't think I've ever ran a Crown race at that pace for that long. I tried to manage it as long as I could. I've had to learn the hard way a lot of times here while leading. I've run out of fuel and crashed multiple times. I tried to take what I've learned from the past and put it to use here today."

That experience ultimately paid off for Windom, the 2016 series champ, as he was able to bring home his eighth career Silver Crown score to move into sole possession of 14th on the all-time list. The triumph also added a third Du Quoin Silver Crown victory to car owner Gene Nolen's list of accomplishments, previously scoring wins with Johnny Parsons in 1992 and Tony Elliott in 1999.

Same as Springfield, Windom led only a scant number of laps (15 in total between there and Du Quoin) but came away with two monster victories on his racing resume. Also similar was Kevin Thomas, Jr. finishing in the runner-up spot. Shane Cockrum took third ahead of Justin Grant with Kody Swanson rounding out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds were Mike Haggenbottom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chris Dyson (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher) and Terry James (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2018 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

QUALIFYING: 1. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-30.214; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-30.286; 3. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-30.343; 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-30.452; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 56, Foxco-30.474; 6. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-30.605; 7. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-30.650; 8. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-30.670; 9. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-30.737; 10. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-30.739; 11. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-30.744; 12. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-30.806; 13. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-30.847; 14. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.077; 15. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-31.183; 16. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-31.193; 17. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-31.214; 18. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-31.296; 19. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-31.408; 20. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-31.856; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-31.874; 22. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-31.911; 23. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-31.941; 24. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-32.199; 25. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-32.275; 26. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-32.311; 27. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-32.340; 28. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-32.418; 29. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-32.792; 30. Terry Babb, 34, Morford-32.922; 31. Keith Burch, 24, Burch-33.090; 32. A.J. Fike, 14, McQuinn-33.125; 33. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-33.415; 34. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-33.778; 35. Jackie Burke, 33, Burke-33.807; 36. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-35.851; 37. Danny Long, 44, Long-NT; 38. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-NT.

LAST CHANCE RACE: (12 laps) 1. Haggenbottom, 2. Dyson, 3. Bland, 4. Burch, 5. Babb, 6. Weyant, 7. James, 8. Welpott, 9. Buckwalter, 10. Burke. 6:41.75

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (8), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Shane Cockrum (14), 4. Justin Grant (9), 5. Kody Swanson (12), 6. David Byrne (6), 7. C.J. Leary (3), 8. Austin Nemire (17), 9. Joey Moughan (15), 10. Kyle Robbins (7), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (25), 12. Bill Rose (22), 13. Chris Dyson (26), 14. Tyler Courtney (11), 15. Shane Cottle (16), 16. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 17. Jacob Wilson (1), 18. Joe Liguori (13), 19. Keith Burch (28), 20. Patrick Lawson (21), 21. Brady Bacon (4), 22. Matt Goodnight (20), 23. Chris Urish (10), 24. Austin Mundie (19), 25. Terry Babb (29), 26. Brian Tyler (24), 27. Korey Weyant (30), 28. J.C. Bland (27), 29. Russ Gamester (23), 30. Jeff Swindell (18). NT ------------------------------ **Bland flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Mundie flipped on lap 34 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Coons, Laps 7-34 Bacon, Laps 35-87 Leary, Laps 88-94 Courtney, Laps 95-100 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Mike Haggenbottom (25th to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chris Dyson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Terry James

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-583, 2-Grant-507, 3-Windom-503, 4-Byrne-439, 5-Coons-378, 6-Bobby Santos-329, 7-Robbins-326, 8-Welpott-319, 9-Goodnight-309, 10-Nemire-286.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE September 8 - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - Brownsburg, Indiana - "Rich Vogler Classic"

 

LEFFEL EXTENDS POINT LEAD WITH MONTPELIER SCORE

Montpelier, IN........Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio extended his lead in the USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget series standings with Saturday night's 20-lap feature victory at Montpelier Motor Speedway. He grabbed the lead from Alex Watson on lap nine and never looked back as Watson came home second ahead of Strattion Briggs, Jon Steed and Gunnar Lucius.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 1, 2018 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 1. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 3. Stratton Briggs (Briggs #71) ,4. Jon Steed (#11T Taylor), 5. Gunnar Lucius (#22L Lucius), 6. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 7. Kevib Blue ($DW7 Blue), 8. Brent Watson (#17k Watson), 9. Don Bigelow (#4B Bigelow), 10. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bifgelow), 11. Kenny Key (#5c Key), 12. Zach Guingrich (#11G Guingrich), 13. Ben Taylor (#11T Taylor), 14. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 15. Tom Hunt (#12 Hunt). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 A.Watson, Lap 5 Leffel, Laps 6-8 A.Watson, Laps 9-20 Leffel.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-652, 2-A.Watson-501, 3-Briggs-495, 4-Steed-437, 5-Chett Gehrke-432, 6-Cory Guingrich-395, 7-Jon Watson-384, 8-Trey Osborne-278, 9-Kriegbaum-273, 10-John Heydenreich-268.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: September 8 - Canton, Ill. - Spoon River Speedway - w/IMRA

 

 

McDOUGAL WINS FIRST WITH LATE RACE PASS OF ROOMIE AT I-55

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Pevely, Missouri.........Back at the end of May, Jason McDougal moved from his Broken Arrow, Oklahoma home to the state of Indiana to further his racing career.

Sight unseen, at the invitation of fellow racer Kevin Thomas, Jr., McDougal became roommates with Thomas and his wife Whitney at their home.

Fast forward to Saturday night and the final restart with five laps remaining in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car debut at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. McDougal put his Daigh-Phillips Motorsports/DRC/Foxco Chevy up on the rail and outdueled Thomas on the final restart with five laps remaining to pick up his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory.

It's been quite a run for McDougal who has quickly made a name for himself in the USAC ranks over the past handful of months, an opportunity he said wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the driver he defeated on night two of the Brandt "River Town Showdown."

"It was actually his idea for me to be here," McDougal explained. "He gave me this opportunity, honestly, to be doing this right now. Without him, I wouldn't be here. I know he's down on himself right now for losing, but I know, deep down, he's proud."

Initially, it was McDougal who held the point on the opening lap by mere inches as he tussled to and fro with Chase Stockon for the first three laps, with Stockon emerging at the forefront as an incident in turn three shook up the look at the front when Thomas and Robert Ballou made contact battling for the third position in turn three.

Thomas took a hop, skip and a jump before landing on all fours and motoring on. Meanwhile, Ballou took the worst of it, sliding sideways to a stop in the middle of turn three. He restarted from the tail and made a miraculous charge back through the field to a third-place finish by race's end.

By lap 12, the leaders had hit L.A. rush hour construction zone traffic with cars spread from the inside wall to the outside concrete, leaving not much room for the frontrunners to maneuver. It would take precise precision, which Thomas used to thread the eye of the needle between Stockon and the lapped car of Chuck Walker in turn three on lap 13 to grab the lead. Stockon went down swinging, racing back to the bottom, wheel-to-wheel with Thomas until Thomas secured the position.

In the scramble, you could throw an electric blanket over the top seven, which ultimately was tail-ended by McDougal where he had dropped to and would remain throughout the midway point. McDougal steadily worked his way back toward the front, to fourth by lap 18 and to third by the 19th lap behind Thomas and now Courtney, the previous night's winner in Granite City, Ill., who threw multiple figurative punches at Thomas with a slider in turn one on the 21st lap to take the lead before Thomas returned the favor in turn four to reclaim the spot later that same lap.

On the 25th lap, one of the most frightening incidents of the season occurred as Walker climbed the front straightaway wall and got into the catch fencing in turn one, tearing down several posts and links as he helicoptered across the track upside down with pieces and parts of his yellow racecar strewn about the property.

Walker climbed out of the wreckage and walked away under his own power with a severely damaged machine. The ensuing carnage resulted in a nearly one-hour red flag period, forcing drivers to sit, wait, and ponder what they would do on this final restart.

McDougal and the team decided not to make a single mechanical change during the open red, but there was a benefit to it all for McDougal that wasn't associated with bringing out any tools or tool accessories.

McDougal became the second driver in the last three races to pick up his first career series victory, joining fellow Okie Tyler Thomas, who won just eight days earlier at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)

"Honestly, having that long red kind of helped," McDougal said. "I was getting a little tired on that long green run. I knew I had to concentrate, hit my marks and not worry about what everyone else was going to do. We had it rolling pretty good early and we were trying the top. After the first couple of laps, it seemed like it went right around the bottom and I fell back, then the top picked back up. We were pretty consistent all night around the top."

And so, the stage had been set with the established Thomas leading the young, upstart McDougal for the final restart.

While Thomas stayed tried and true to the bottom of the track, McDougal simply threw caution to the wind and ripped the top with relentless abandon, surging past Thomas with four laps to go. Thomas hung on tightly and tried not to let go of his fading grip of the lead, but McDougal had his ride and the topside of the racetrack working in unison, like a bullet train on a monorail.

McDougal was flawless with the laps dwindling and wouldn't be denied on this particular night, bringing home his first checkered flag with USAC. McDougal became the second driver in the last three races to pick up his first career series victory, joining fellow Okie Tyler Thomas, who won just eight days earlier at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. New series point leader, by one, Thomas, finished second ahead of Ballou, Courtney and Justin Grant.

It was only McDougal's fourth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race in the No. 71p for Steve and Carla Phillips, owners of 17 series wins with Darland between 2013 and 2015.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 were Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Korey Weyant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Jadon Rogers (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 1, 2018 - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Pevely, Missouri - Brandt "River Town Showdown"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.440; 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.548; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.626; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.719; 5. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.797; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.842; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.868; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.869; 9. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.977; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.983; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.032; 12. Joe B. Miller, 51B, Miller-13.107; 13. Jadon Rogers, 14J, Rogers-13.144; 14. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-13.203; 15. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-13.392; 16. Scottie Gretzmacher, 16G, Gretzmacher-13.424; 17. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.432; 18. Korey Weyant, 99w, Weyant-13.569; 19. Wade Seiler, 7s, Seiler-13.608; 20. Chuck Walker, 55, Walker-13.878; 21. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-14.381; 22. Adam Parmeley, 21B, Parmeley-14.854.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ballou, 2. Windom, 3. Darland, 4. Courtney, 5. Rogers, 6. Seiler, 7. Parmeley. 1:44.38 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Williams, 3. Grant, 4. Leary, 5. Bacon, 6. Clouser, 7. Walker. 1:45.85

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Chapple, 3. Stockon, 4. Weyant, 5. Wissmiller, 6. Budde, 7. Miller. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Robert Ballou (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Justin Grant (11), 6. C.J. Leary (8), 7. Dave Darland (7), 8. Chris Windom (10), 9. Chase Stockon (1), 10. Korey Weyant (18), 11. Isaac Chapple (9), 12. Mario Clouser (14), 13. Jadon Rogers (13), 14. Chet Williams (17), 15. Scottie Gretzmacher (16), 16. Patrick Budde (21), 17. Adam Parmeley (22), 18. Wade Seiler (19), 19. Chuck Walker (20), 20. Brady Bacon (5), 21. Joe B. Miller (12), 22. Mitch Wissmiller (15). NT ---------------------------- **Walker flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 McDougal, Laps 2-12 Stockon, Laps 13-14 Thomas, Laps 15-16 Stockon, Laps 17-26 Thomas, Laps 27-30 McDougal.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Korey Weyant (18th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jadon Rogers

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jadon Rogers

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-1997, 2-Courtney-1996, 3-Windom-1979, 4-Darland-1738, 5-Bacon-1735, 6-Stockon-1704, 7-Leary-1651, 8-Grant-1650, 9-Ballou-1606, 10-Chapple-1087.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 7 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 1, 2018 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-21.054; 2. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-21.163; 3. Tanner Thorson, 3C, Lamar-21.616; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-21.621; 5. Max Adams, 3F, Finkenbinder-21.637; 6. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-21.691; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-21.697; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-21.745; 9. Cody Jessop, 35, Grier-21.876; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-21.880; 11. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-21.971; 12. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-22.001; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-22.007; 14. Johnathan Henry, 8, Richardson-22.012; 15. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-22.171; 16. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-22.232; 17. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-22.243; 18. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-22.337; 19. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-22.488; 20. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-22.499; 21. Nick Larson, 24, Larson-22.787; 22. Shayna Silvia, 3T, Finkenbinder-23.080; 23. Richard Brace Jr., 2R, Brace-23.081; 24. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-23.252; 25. Zack Lynskey, 7N, Lynskey-23.259; 26. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-23.347.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Roa, 2. A.Williams, 3. Bernal, 4. Gardner, 5. Liggett, 6. Gansen, 7. Lyskey, 8. Sylvia, 9. Ervine. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Adams, 3. Swanson, 4. Faria, 5. C.Johnson, 6. Henry, 7. Aton, 8. McCarthy, 9. Brace. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Copeland, 2. Ensign, 3. Jessop, 4. R.Johnson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Vander Weerd, 7. Larson, 8. Thorson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Max Adams, 6. Brody Roa, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Austin Liggett, 9. Logan Williams, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. Cody Williams, 12. Geoff Ensign, 13. Cody Jessop, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Johnathon Henry, 16. Billy Aton, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Chris Gansen, 19. Shayna Silvia, 20. Richard Brace Jr., 21. Austin Ervine, 22. Chase Johnson, 23. Zack Lynskey, 24. Colby Copeland, 25. Nick Larson, 26. Tanner Thorson. NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Faria, Laps 22-25 Gardner SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Matt McCarthy (26th to 10th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Gardner-81, 2-Bernal-73, 3-Faria-72, 4-A.Williams-68, 5-Adams-67, 6-Roa-63, 7-R.J.Johnson-58, 8-Liggett-53, 9-L.Williams-50, 10-C.Williams-49.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 2 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

September 1, 2018 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-21.835; 2. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-21.884; 3. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-22.206; 4. Alex Schutte, 28, Schute/McElwee-22.218; 5. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-22.591; 6. Robby Josett, 9F, Dodenhoff-22.672; 7. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-22.804; 8. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-22.954; 9. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-23.015; 10. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-23.167; 11. Johnathon Henry, 3F, Finkenbinder-23.179; 12. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-23.470; 13. Max Adams, 2, Josett-23.629; 14. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-24.061; 15. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-NT; 16. Tanner Thorson, 3C, Lamar-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. D.Golobic, 3. S.Golobic, 4. Dalby, 5. Pankratz, 6. Beilman, 7. Henry, 8. Adams. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Schutte, 3. Prickett, 4. Bernal, 5. Gardner, 6. Sarna, 7. Mitchell. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Alex Schutte, 4. Robby Josett, 5. David Prickett, 6. Marvin Mitchell, 7. Dustin Golobic, 8. Michael Faccinto, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Kyle Beilman, 12. Tanner Thorson, 13. Johnathon Henry, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Max Adams, 16. Robert Dalby. NT ----------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Schutte, Laps 8-20 S.Golobic. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (10th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: September 2 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 1, 2018 - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Pevely, Missouri - Brandt "River Town Showdown"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.440; 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.548; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.626; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.719; 5. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.797; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.842; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.868; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.869; 9. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.977; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.983; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.032; 12. Joe B. Miller, 51B, Miller-13.107; 13. Jadon Rogers, 14J, Rogers-13.144; 14. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-13.203; 15. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-13.392; 16. Scottie Gretzmacher, 16G, Gretzmacher-13.424; 17. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.432; 18. Korey Weyant, 99w, Weyant-13.569; 19. Wade Seiler, 7s, Seiler-13.608; 20. Chuck Walker, 55, Walker-13.878; 21. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-14.381; 22. Adam Parmeley, 21B, Parmeley-14.854.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ballou, 2. Windom, 3. Darland, 4. Courtney, 5. Rogers, 6. Seiler, 7. Parmeley. 1:44.38 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Williams, 3. Grant, 4. Leary, 5. Bacon, 6. Clouser, 7. Walker. 1:45.85

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Chapple, 3. Stockon, 4. Weyant, 5. Wissmiller, 6. Budde, 7. Miller. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Robert Ballou (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Justin Grant (11), 6. C.J. Leary (8), 7. Dave Darland (7), 8. Chris Windom (10), 9. Chase Stockon (1), 10. Korey Weyant (18), 11. Isaac Chapple (9), 12. Mario Clouser (14), 13. Jadon Rogers (13), 14. Chet Williams (17), 15. Scottie Gretzmacher (16), 16. Patrick Budde (21), 17. Adam Parmeley (22), 18. Wade Seiler (19), 19. Chuck Walker (20), 20. Brady Bacon (5), 21. Joe B. Miller (12), 22. Mitch Wissmiller (15). NT ---------------------------- **Walker flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 McDougal, Laps 2-12 Stockon, Laps 13-14 Thomas, Laps 15-16 Stockon, Laps 17-26 Thomas, Laps 27-30 McDougal.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Korey Weyant (18th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jadon Rogers

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jadon Rogers

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-1997, 2-Courtney-1996, 3-Windom-1979, 4-Darland-1738, 5-Bacon-1735, 6-Stockon-1704, 7-Leary-1651, 8-Grant-1650, 9-Ballou-1606, 10-Chapple-1087.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 7 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

 


 

NOLAN ALLISON ACE AT ACE

Altamahaw, N.C.........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. won Friday night's 35-lap USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Ace Speedway, leading the final 31 laps after passing Johnny Petrozelle on laps five. Jessica Bean took second ahead of Neal Allison, Connor Gross and Petrozelle.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 31, 2018 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.832; 2. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-15.875; 3. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.017; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-16.056; 5. Johnny Petrozelle, 9, Race Gear-16.175; 6. Levi Riffle, 75, Riffle-16.230; 7. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16.261; 8. J.J. Horstman, 8, Race Gear-16.521; 9. Doug Patton, 39, Race Gear-17.147.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Connor Gross, 5. Johnny Petrozelle, 6. Jordan Empie, 7. J.J. Horstman, 8. Levi Riffle, 9. Doug Patton. NT --------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Petrozelle, Laps 5-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-649, 2-Nolan Allison-608, 3-Neal Allison-583, 4-Empie-483, 5-Sam Hatfield-481, 6-Gross-301, 7-Chris Lamb-286, 8-Dameron Taylor-245, 9-Riffle-210, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: September 1 - Robersonville, N.C. - East Carolina Motor Speedway

 

 

COURTNEY DELIVERS A STONE COLD PERFORMANCE IN GRANITE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois.........Tyler Courtney hasn't visited Tri-City Speedway that often throughout his racing career. In fact, Friday night marked just the fourth visit to the 3/8-mile dirt oval for the Indianapolis, Indiana driver. But, each time, it's been in a different type of car, from a micro, to a midget and to a winged sprint car.

Yet, it doesn't seem to matter what type of track Courtney visits this year. If it has a victory lane, seemingly, Courtney knows how to find his way there after 30 laps, which he did again for the ninth time this season in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, leading the final 21 laps and warding off an all-out assault from Brady Bacon and Kevin Thomas, Jr. during the final laps to score his 15th career series win on night one of the Brandt "River Town Showdown" in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy. The triumph ties him with Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler for 33rd all-time.

Courtney rolled off from the fourth-starting position, while C.J. Leary rocketed around the outside of pole sitter Chase Stockon to occupy the top spot off turn two on the opening lap, where he would remain for the first nine circuits.

On the tenth lap, Courtney seized the opportunity, diving to the bottom of turn one and sliding up in front of Leary to capture the lead. Leary surged back toward Courtney and the two made contact off the exit of turn two, sending Courtney sideways down the back straightaway. Courtney recovered as Leary made an attempt to reclaim his once-owned land up front to no avail.

Following a yellow for Kyle Stearns losing a wheel on his machine with 10 laps complete, Courtney was dominant up front with a clear track ahead of him after the lap 11 restart, breaking away to a 1.5 second advantage in the ensuing laps. Meanwhile, a jostling of position took place just behind with Bacon slipping by Leary for second off turn two on the 14th lap and, moments later, Thomas getting around Leary for the third position.

With less than ten to go, Courtney began to find himself mired in a minefield of traffic. As the heart rate began to race and the interval began to shrink, the plot thickened. One false step and the race could be handed over to the surging Bacon. Courtney took every action and reaction he could to stay afloat, splitting between the lapped cars of Daron Clayton and Mario Clouser entering turn one with six laps remaining to create some sorely-needed separation and buy a little bit of time.

"The lapped cars didn't want to go a lap down," Courtney recalled. "They're racing and doing their job. It's part of it. You have to get around them and just hope that you get around them at the right time and hope the guy behind you is going to struggle as well. Tonight, that wasn't the case. Once I got around him, he seemed to be right on my butt."

With four laps to go, Courtney drifted into turn one to split between lappers Isaac Chapple and Jadon Rogers. As Courtney swung wide, Bacon was glued to the bottom and found the drive to surge ahead to the lead briefly. Moments later, at the exit of two, Courtney looked like a rock in a slingshot, finding the grip to blast back past Bacon around the outside of the back straight to retake the lead.

Like Rockwell, Courtney felt like somebody, namely Bacon, was watching him and his every move, so he figured he'd better take action sooner rather than later.

"I knew someone had to be close because I wasn't getting through (turns) one and two very well, but I didn't know what else to do," Courtney replayed. "He showed me a nose there and I thought he was running all the way at the bottom. So, I went down to the bottom and he drove around me on the outside. I was kind of like, 'man, I don't know what to do here.' Luckily, we had a yellow there where I could regroup and look at the track a little better. I knew I was going to have to protect and I knew the (Thomas) was going to race (Bacon) really hard, which, obviously, played in our favor."

Tyler Courtney picked up his 15th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win Friday night at Tri-City Speedway, tying him with Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson and Brian Tyler for 33rd all-time. (Rich Forman Photo)

One lap later, the two switched roles entering turn one. Courtney stuck to the bottom and Bacon swept out wide from the bottom of one to the top of two. Bacon found the traction on the topside of the exit of turn two to pull ahead entering the third turn, but Courtney slid up in front of Bacon to maintain the top spot just as the yellow flew for an incident involving fifth-place running Justin Grant and Clouser between turns one and two, setting up one final restart for the win.

"Three laps are a lot with the guys we got in the series right now," Courtney admitted. "I knew they were going to have to be three perfect ones."

Courtney got a good jump on the field, but it was Thomas who was the one to watch down the stretch as he put himself right into contention for the victory, shooting past Bacon off turn four with two laps to go, then running down and applying some serious pressure to Courtney.

Courtney admits those final laps following the restart weren't exactly perfect, but they got the job done, holding off one final attempt by Thomas into turn three on the final go-around to win his ninth race of the year over Thomas, Bacon, Robert Ballou and Dave Darland.

Courtney became only the second driver in the last 15 seasons to have nine USAC National Sprint Car wins before the end of August and the first since Ballou's nine at this same juncture in 2015. Ballou eventually tallied up 13 total wins, second-most in a single season behind Tom Bigelow's record 14 in 1977.

Also, of note, Courtney became the newest series point leader by a single marker over Windom. Just six points behind the leader in the third position is Thomas in one of the closest point races in the history of the sport.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Tri-City Speedway were Isaac Chapple (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Jason McDougal (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zach Daum (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Joe B. Miller (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Daron Clayton (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chet Williams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Patrick Budde (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 31, 2018 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-14.316 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-14.529; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.536; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.596; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.631; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.638; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.697; 8. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.699; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.809; 10. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-14.851; 11. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.854; 12. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.860; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.942; 14. Jadon Rogers, 14J, Rogers-15.171; 15. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-15.182; 16. Joe B. Miller, 51B, Miller-15.221; 17. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-15.284; 18. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-15.543; 19. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-15.640; 20. Wade Seiler, 7s, Seiler-15.758; 21. Kyle Stearns, 87, Stearns-15.781; 22. Adam Parmeley, 21B, Parmeley-16.582; 23. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-16.622; 24. Daron Clayton, 5o, Schmidt-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Stockon, 4. Courtney, 5. Wissmiller, 6. Miller, 7. S. Thomas, 8. Paremeley. 2:00.69

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Darland, 3. Clouser, 4. Windom, 5. Bacon, 6. Rogers, 7. Seiler, 8. Budde. 1:59.12 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daum, 2. Leary, 3. Ballou, 4. Schmidt, 5. Williams, 6. Stearns, 7. Grant. 2:02.90

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Miller, 2. Clayton, 3. Grant, 4. Rogers, 5. Seiler, 6. S. Thomas, 7. Stearns, 8. Budde, 9. Parmeley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Robert Ballou (9), 5. Dave Darland (11), 6. Chris Windom (3), 7. Zach Daum (12), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Chase Stockon (1), 10. Joe B. Miller (16), 11. Isaac Chapple (13), 12. Daron Clayton (22), 13. Chet Williams (18), 14. Mario Clouser (17), 15. Kent Schmidt (15), 16. Jadon Rogers (14), 17. Steve Thomas (19), 18. Jason McDougal (8), 19. Wade Seiler (20), 20. C.J. Leary (2), 21. Mitch Wissmiller (10), 22. Kyle Stearns (21). NT ---------------------------- **Clayton flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Leary, Laps 10-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Daron Clayton (22nd to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chet Williams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Patrick Budde

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-1924, 2-Windom-1923, 3-K. Thomas-1918, 4-Bacon-1703, 5-Darland-1680, 6-Stockon-1651, 7-Leary-1591, 8-Grant-1586, 9-Ballou-1531, 10-Chad Boespflug-1084.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 1 - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Pevely, Missouri - Brandt "River Town Showdown"

 

 

50 BIG LAPS FOR SUNDAY'S RED DIRT WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA!

The battle for the 2018 USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma championship faces a huge weekend, with enhanced prize money and a big extended 50-lap feature event at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

Thanks to the assistance of Hoosier Tires, Tri-State Claims of Oklahoma, Barksdale Automotive, Green Turf Sod, Machine Services, Boyd's Racing Engines, Downtown Digital Design, Annette Leesekamp, Jim Carr, Hardwood Innovations and Stinger Chassis, Sunday's race will be laced with unprecedented competition as drivers jostle for positions with the series conclusion in sight in October at Red Dirt.

Red Dirt Raceway promoters Cody & Melissa Brewer appreciate the added assistance of Jet Starr with Bagwell Dixie Co., Rick Kohn of Hardwood Innovations and Leon Brownlee of Tri-State Claims and Boyd's Racing Engines as the event salutes the memory of "The Flying Dutchman," the father of Jim Carr.

Gates open at 4 pm Sunday, with racing at 6. General admission is just $15, with kids under 54 inches tall FREE in the grandstand! Pit passes are $30.

Don't miss this special event, the first of three at Red Dirt which will close out the 2018 campaign.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Danny Smith-1,068, 2-Brett Wilson-1,066, 3-Craig Carroll-969, 4-Cameron Hagin-964, 5-Casey Wills-929, 6-Michae Tyre II-926, 7-Johnny Kent-894, 8-Ty Hulsey-804, 9-Cody Jarvis-783, 10-Grant Wresche-771.

 

 

4 SPEED2 MIDGET RACES IN 3 STATES ON TAP THIS WEEK

Four races in three states occur in USAC's Speed2 Midget series this weekend.

Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. hosts Friday's Eastern series race, then ventures Saturday to East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, N.C. The Midwest Thunder series returns to Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway Saturday and the Engler IMRA Speed2 series will compete at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Saturday.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Conn. took the lead on the white flag lap and led to the finish to win last Saturday night's USAC DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. Adam Whitney took second ahead of Joe Krawiec, Jeff Horn and Derek O'Hearn. Only 20 points separate the top-four in the latest series points.

Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. led all 35 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway. Sam Hatfield took second ahead of series point leader Jessica Bean, Connor Gross and Alex Murray.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-735, 2-Joe Krawiec-724, 3-Will Hull-723, 4-Seth Carlson-715, 5-Derek O'Hearn-677, 6-Justin Phillips-598, 7-Adam Whitney-585, 8-Brandon Emerson-486, 9-Mike Chaffee-468, 10-David Moniz-421.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-570, 2-Nolan Allison-532, 3-Neal Allison-515, 4-San Hatfield-481, 5-Jordan Empie-428, 6-Chris Lamb-286, 7-Dameron Taylor-245, 8-Connor Gross-235, 9-Levi Riffle-160, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-855, 2-Shane Morgan-668, 3-Robby McQuinn-662, 4-Kurt Mueller-572, 5-Jake Sollenberger-510, 6-Brent Burrows-498, 7-Daltyn England-479, 8-Blake Buchholz-432, 9-Kevin Battefeld-424, 10-Gedd Ross-410.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-582, 2-Alex Watson-434, 3-Chett Gehrke-432, 4-Stratton Briggs-431, 5-Cory Guingrich-395, 6-Jon Watson-384, 7-Jon Steed-376, 8-Trey Osborne-278, 9-John Heydenreich-268, 10-Kyle Kriegbaum-248.

 

 

1ST OF 3 RED DIRT OKLAHOMA SPRINT RACES OPENS SUNDAY

Meeker, Oklahoma.........Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. opens a three-race stretch which will close out the 2018 USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma campaign, hosting the series this Sunday night, September 2.

Only two points separate Danny Smith and Brett Wilson in the latest standings, with Craig Carroll third in the points entering the final three races.

Wilson won the series opener at Red Dirt in March and Cameron Hagin won there in May. Rain forced cancellation of the last Red Dirt outing in June.

The Meeker oval will host September 7 and October 5 races to complete the 2018 series schedule.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Danny Smith-1,068, 2-Brett Wilson-1,066, 3-Craig Carroll-969, 4-Cameron Hagin-964, 5-Casey Wills-929, 6-Michael Tyre II-926, 7-Johnny Kent-894, 8-Ty Hulsey-804, 9-Cody Jarvis-783, 10-Grant Wresche-771.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS EYE CASA GRANDE’S “HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 29, 2018… The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday and Sunday (September 1st & 2nd) at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the annual “Hank Arnold Memorial” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, Bombers, and Power 600 Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

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

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted eleven USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 23, 2013 debut and leads the series with five victories, including the last March and April shows. R.J. Johnson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.058 on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the tenth point race, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) heads to Casa Grande with a stout 97-point lead. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis has five feature wins, six heat race victories, three Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 191feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has 25 SouthWest wins and will be looking to sweep the “Hank Arnold Memorial.”

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko has one feature win, two heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led in the campaign. “The Bull” will have his sights on adding his name to the “Hank Arnold Memorial” winner’s list.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, ten top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led to his credit. The 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year has five series wins and will be looking to claim the $1,500 paydays.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led on the season. The young driver will have his sights on earning his first series win at Central Arizona Speedway.

Five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) is fifth in point chase. Racing both the Reinbold/Underwood #19 Spike and Bobby Martin’s #51 Sherman, Johnson has four feature wins, three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, six top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led. Johnson will miss the “Hank Arnold Memorial” to race in California with the USAC/CRA 410 sprints.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, Josh Pelkey, Chris Bonneau, Zack Madrid, Andy Reinbold, Tyler Most, Sterling Cling, Mason Keefer, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Brent Yarnal, Larry Kesterson, Rick Shuman, and more.

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

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

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

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 5-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 5-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-709, 2. Tye Mihocko-612, 3. Mike Martin-577, 4. Michael Curtis-510, 5. R.J. Johnson-480, 6. Matt Lundy-476, 7. Dennis Gile-440, 8. Josh Pelkey-436, 9. Chris Bonneau-361, 10. Zack Madrid-288, 11. Andy Reinbold-283, 12. Tyler Most-274, 13. Tyler Adams-200, 14. Sterling Cling-196, 15. Austin Kuehl-174, 16. Jake Swanson-172, 17. Kyle Shipley-162, 18. Mason Keefer-156, 19. Matt Rossi-155, 20. Brent Yarnal-149.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

USAC RECORD 118 MIDGETS OFFICIALLY ENTERED FOR BC39

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........The final entry list is set for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink and, man, it's extraordinary!

When the entry period concluded at noon on Wednesday, 118 USAC P1 Insurance Nationals Midgets had entered the September 5-6 event at the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway Dirt Track, toppling the record book for most cars to ever to enter a USAC National Midget event in its 63 years of history.

The all-time highest car count in the series came in 1990 when 109 competed in the final race at the famed Ascot Park half-mile in Gardena, California for the annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

The lineup literally contains an entire field of past USAC National Midget feature winners, 24 in total, and eight past series champs including Dave Darland (2001 & 2002), Tracy Hines (2015), Christopher Bell (2013), Tanner Thorson (2016), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006 & 2007), Russ Gamester (1989), Spencer Bayston (2017) and J.J. Yeley (2013), who've all won feature events.

In addition, USAC Midget feature winners entered for the "BC39" include Steve Buckwalter, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Tyler Courtney, Critter Malone, Billy Wease, Justin Grant, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Shane Golobic, John Heydenreich, Davey Ray, Zeb Wise, Kevin Thomas, Jr., current series point leader Logan Seavey, Brady Bacon and Chad Boat.

Plus, you have a number of successful drivers who've yet to break into a USAC National Midget victory lane such as C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, Matt Westfall, Shane Cockrum, Tyler Thomas, the most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car last weekend at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright.

Yeley is the lone driver in the field to have competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 during his career. However, he's not the only one with stock car experience on the famed 2.5-mile paved oval surrounding the ¼-mile dirt track. Eight-time Brickyard starter Landon Cassill plans to make his USAC debut at the "BC39."

Chase Briscoe has a plethora of experience of the fendered variety as well dirt track, open wheel cars. He combined those two talents to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' stop at Eldora Speedway in July.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 5pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 5pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets and all the race info can be found on http://www.TheBC39.com/.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRES. BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRY LIST
(118 Cars Entered)

0 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
1BR DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1c BRANDON STEVENSON/Holstein, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Daryl Saucier)
1T TYLER SHOEMAKER/Bloomington, IL (Jay Mounce)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3D RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 ®C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Baldwin Brothers Racing)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
5T PRESLEY TRUEDSON/Kennedy, MN (Daum Motorsports)
5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7B AUSTIN BROWN/Belleville, IL (Factory BOSS Racing)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG AUSTIN LANGENSTEIN/Scranton, PA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
7K MATT LUX/Manilla, IN (K & R Racing)
7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
8c JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Curt Cornell)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11A ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Brandon Gray)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
12 J.B. GILBERT/Charleston, IL (J.B. Gilbert)
12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14J HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Factory BOSS Racing)
14s McKENNA HAASE/Des Moines, IA (RAMS Racing)
14x JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
19m ®ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
21T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Steve Reynolds/Rip Jetson)
21x LANDON CASSILL/Cedar Rapids, IA (Brooke Shuman)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)
23 DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (David Budres)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
25x GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
29J BRIAN KARRAKER/Dongola, IL (Tony Jarrett)
31 RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (David Budres)
33 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Team RayPro)
33c CHASE JONES/Indianapolis, IN (Team RayPro)
35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)
35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
37 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (A.J. Felker Racing)
37x PAYTON PIERCE/Bridgeport, TX (A.J. Felker Racing)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
43 LOGAN ARNOLD/Franklin, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (G & R Racing)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
57A ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Bill Ecker)
57B CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Bill Ecker)
57BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57F NATE FOSTER/Greenwood, IN (Nate Foster)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67R RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
71½ ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77x OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 ®KYLE CRAKER/Lewisberry, PA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
97 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Springfield, IL (Pat O'Dell)
99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
99w KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Jay Mounce)
TBA TBA/TBA (Landon Simon Racing)
**(R) represents a USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

GUARDINO WINS WILD VENTURA BATTLE AT THE BEACH
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 27, 2018... Regaining the lead on lap twenty-five, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) sailed to last Saturday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3” triumph at Ventura Raceway. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino claimed his second $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature win of the campaign over Ryan Timmons, Kyle Smith, Steve Hix, and Charlie Butcher.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Tristan Guardino grabbed the early lead and was pressured by polesitter Austin Liggett. Liggett, the new track record holder, took command on the eighth circuit as he looked to sweep the program. Once out front, Austin reached slower traffic and was soon challenged by defending champion Jake Swanson. The leaders raced in close quarters on the 1/5-mile oval and Liggett was knocked into the infield on lap sixteen. Swanson became the new race leader but soon faced a resurging Guardino. As the laps counted down, Swanson began to struggle with his car and bounced off the fourth turn wall, coming to a stop. From there, Guardino shook free from a charging Ryan Timmons to win the VRA co-sanctioned main event.

Tristan Guardino began the night by qualifying second out of the eighteen car field and winning the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. At press time, Tristan is second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 49 feature laps led to his credit.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) charged from twelfth to score second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons was sixth fast in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year is third in points with one feature win, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) raced from seventh to third in the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #3. Driving the family owned #55 Roy’s Towing / California RV Service Spike, Smith qualified thirteenth overall and finished third in his heat race. Kyle leads the VRA point standings and has his sights on his fourth track championship.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) had a solid night at Ventura Raceway with a fourth place finish. Piloting his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix was fifth quick in time trials and ran second to Guardino in his heat race. At press time, Steve ranks fifth in the point chase with one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year.

Charlie Butcher (Santa Barbara, CA) had his best USAC West Coast run win a fifth place finish after starting fourteenth. Racing his #96 BRC Race Engines entry, Butcher qualified eighth overall and scored fifth in his heat race.

Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) earned his second Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from eighteenth. Driving the AJ Motorsports’ #51 Pritchett Metal Products / Healthy Soil entry, Ervine was ninth fast in time trials and scored sixth in his heat race. The rookie contender is ninth in the point standings with three top-10 finishes.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, set a new track record, won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and scored eleventh in his heat race. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, the point leader left Ventura with two feature wins, two Woodland Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led.

Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, CA) raced to victory in the Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #39E Safehouse Security / Day Construction Stinger, Edwards qualified twelfth overall and scored fifteenth in the main event.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will take a break in their schedule and will return to action on Saturday, October 6th at Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, the “Championship Night” is the final point race of the year. The event will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232 for more information.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 25, 2018 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “Battle at the Beach Race #3” – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-11.983 (New Track Record); 2. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.077; 3. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.091; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.155; 5. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.161; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.170; 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.286; 8. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.405; 9. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-12.623; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-12.627; 11. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-12.670; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.674; 13. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.682; 14. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.725; 15. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-12.736; 16. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.818; 17. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-14.926; 18. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Ellertson, 3. Smith, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Hendricks, 6. McQueen. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Hix, 3. Hendrix, 4. Bock, 5. Butcher, 6. Bishop. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Edwards, 2. Rutherford, 3. Swanson, 4. Timmons, 5. Stolz, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 2. Ryan Timmons (12th), 3. Kyle Smith (7th), 4. Steve Hix (5th), 5. Charlie Butcher (14th), 6. Tom Hendricks (13th), 7. Austin Ervine (18th), 8. Shannon McQueen (16th), 9. Ryan Stolz (15th), 10. Joey Bishop (17th), 11. Jake Swanson (9th), 12. Austin Liggett (1st), 13. Jeremy Ellertson (4th), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 15. Kyle Edwards (3rd), 16. Rick Hendrix (8th), 17. Troy Rutherford (6th), 18. Britton Bock (11th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Guardino, Laps 8-16 Liggett, Laps 17-24 Swanson, Laps 25-30 Guardino
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Ervine (18th to 7th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-895, 2-Tristan Guardino-832, 3-Ryan Timmons-763, 4-Shannon McQueen-684, 5-Steve Hix-657, 6-Koen Shaw-632, 7-Britton Bock-562, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-556, 9-Austin Ervine-486, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-441.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

CALISTOGA’S LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC ON TAP FOR USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 28, 2018... The cars and stars of the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water are gearing up for the richest dates on the schedule. Starting this Saturday, September 1st, “the mighty midgets” will tackle Calistoga Speedway for the 2-night “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Paying an outstanding purse of $6,000-to-win and $600-to-start each night, the events at the famed 1/2-mile are a big part of the championship point chase.

Also showcasing the AMSOIL USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars, the popular 2-day event will have many pre-race festivities such as a vintage car show, raffles, wine tasting, silent auctions, and beer garden events for fans to enjoy. The Spectator Gates at the Napa County Fairgrounds will open at 4:00pm with racing set to begin at 5:30pm each night.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 2, 1993, twenty-eight USAC Western States Midget races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Rico Abreu leads all drivers with six wins and Spencer Bayston set the 1-lap qualifying record of 19.676 on September 3, 2017. A complete series win list at Calistoga is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the sixth point race, Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) holds a slim 18-point lead over the competition. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte scored twelfth at Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” on August 11th. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight career series wins and will be looking to add the “Louie Vermeil Classic” to his resume.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto claimed fifth at Santa Maria Raceway. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Winner has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael seven career victories and will have his sights on Calistoga’s $6,000 paydays.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) sits third in the Western States Midget point standings. Racing his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett charged from twelfth to sixth in the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” To date, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. Josett has four series wins and will be looking to add the “Louie” trophy to his collection.

After running second to “The Demon” Damion Gardner at Santa Maria, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby has four top-10 finishes and 14 feature laps led on the year. Robert will have his sights on his first USAC triumph at Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic.”

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, CA) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini scored fifteenth at Santa Maria after an early flip. To date, the 2015 BCRA Champion has two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. Frankie has one career USAC victory and will be looking to claim victory at Calistoga Speedway.

Currently twelfth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Clayton Ruston, David Prickett, C.J. Sarna, Randi Pankratz, Marvin Mitchell, Ronnie Gardner, Ryan Bernal, Ron Hazelton, Cody Swanson, Tanner Thorson, and more.

Calistoga Speedway is located on the Napa County Fairgrounds at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California. Reserved Adult tickets are $40, General Admission Adult Tickets are $35. Kids Tickets (6-12) are $10, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at
www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: 1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC MIDGET WINNERS: 2008-Johnny Rodriguez, 2009-Josh Ford, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Johnathon Henry, 2012-Rico Abreu, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014- Christopher Bell, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Michael Faccinto, 2017-Rico Abreu.

CALISTOGA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 6-Rico Abreu, 4-Billy Boat, 2-Johnny Rodriguez, 2-Tanner Thorson, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jim Keene, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Evan Margeson, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Scott Pierovich, 1-Tony Stewart.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Alex Schutte-352, 2. Michael Faccinto-334, 3. Robby Josett-303, 4. Robert Dalby-285, 5. Frankie Guerrini-272, 6. Shannon McQueen-269, 7. Clayton Ruston-262, 8. David Prickett-248, 9. C.J. Sarna-243, 10. Maria Cofer-233, 11. Randi Pankratz-195, 12. Kyle Beilman-193, 13. Marvin Mitchell-160, 14. Ronnie Gardner-154, 15. Ryan Bernal-151, 16. Cory Elliott-146, 17. Dylan Ito-145, 18. Daniel Anderson-138, 19. Bryan Drollinger-93, 20. Austin Liggett-81.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / $6,000-to-win)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / $6,000-to-win)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

“5TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK” OPENS SATURDAY AT CALISTOGA
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 28, 2018... The powerful AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are ready for the “5th Annual Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week.” The six-race mini-series at five different tracks will open this Saturday, September 1st, at Calistoga’s “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” over two nights. From there, the traditional 410s will tackle the clay ovals of Petaluma, Chico, Watsonville, and Hanford. As this writing goes to press, the Calistoga events will pay a minimum of $6,000-to-win ($600-to-start) and the other shows will pay $3,000-to-win ($300-to-start). With valuable points up for grabs, the “California Sprint Week” will play a major factor in the chase for the championship.

Thanks to Bullet Impressions – onefasttee.com, the winner of the “California Sprint Week” point standings will earn $500, second will take home $300, and third will make $200. Last season, forty-nine drivers took the green flag and “The Demon” Damion Gardner emerged with his third mini-series crown in four years.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “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 an entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. Full season and single event USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: (Calistoga & Hanford Legal)
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

PETALUMA/CHICO/WATSONVILLE MUFFLER RULES: Petaluma, Chico, and Watsonville have a tougher sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the ONLY LEGAL MUFFLER for Petaluma and Watsonville. The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the preferred/recommended muffler at Chico and cars with other mufflers will be checked for sound. If the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete.

PETALUMA PITS TARP RULE: At Petaluma, tarps are mandatory under all race cars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Entering the “Louie Vermeil Classic,” there have been six different winners and eight drivers have claimed fast time honors. The chase for the championship is heating up as Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has taken over the point lead and carries a 3-point advantage. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Jake Swanson, Max Adams, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, R.J. Johnson, A.J. Bender, and Chris Gansen round out the top-10 drivers.

On September 1st and 2nd, Calistoga Speedway will host the “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Promoted by HMC Promotions, the highly anticipated event honors the former NARC director and will also have a vintage car show, driver autograph session, raffle, wine tasting, silent auction, and a beer garden for fans to enjoy. Since August 30, 2008, twenty USAC/CRA races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds and Ryan Bernal and Rico Abreu lead all drivers with 3 wins. On September 3, 2017, Ryan Bernal broke the 19-second barrier for non-winged sprints and set the 1-lap track record at the scenic half-mile by posting a time of 18.869. The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets and Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Mike Spencer; 2010-Damion Gardner; 2011-Mike Spencer; 2012-Kyle Hirst, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014-Rico Abreu, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Thomas Meseraull, 2017-Rico Abreu.

CALISTOGA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 3-Rico Abreu, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Kevin Swindell, 1-Robert Ballou, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Tim Kaeding, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

CALISTOGA PURSE: (EACH NIGHT) 1. $6000, 2. $3000, 3. $2000, 4. $1400, 5. $1200, 6. $1000, 7. $850, 8. $800, 9. $750, 10. $700, 11. $650, 12. $600, 13-22. $600.

CALISTOGA 360 BONUS: (EACH NIGHT) 1. $850, 2. $500, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $100.

On Monday, September 3rd, the “California Sprint Week” will shift to Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the “The Fastest 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has showcased six USAC/CRA events. Mike Spencer leads all drivers with two victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 13.457 on September 7, 2015. The action packed card will also feature Modifieds and Super Stocks. The front gates will open at 4:00pm and Racing is set for 6:00pm. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

PETALUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Mike Spencer, 1-David Cardey, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Austin Williams.

After a short break, the popular mini-series will continue on Thursday, September 6th, at Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Held during the "65th Gold Cup Race of Champions," the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds has hosted five USAC/CRA appearances. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 13.353 on September 8, 2016. Winged 360 Sprint Cars will share the spotlight in the “Platinum Cup” with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

CHICO AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Kyle Larson.

The following night, Friday, September 7th, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will host the fourth round of the northern tour. Promoted by John Prentice, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds oval has held ten USAC/CRA events and Mike Spencer leads all drivers with three triumphs. “The Demon” Damion Gardner set the 1-lap qualifying record of 12.500 on September 5, 2014. American Stocks, Four Bangers, and Police-N-Pursuit will join the action as qualifying starts at 6:00pm. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com/oceanspeedway or call 831.688.7223.

WATSONVILLE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Mike Spencer, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Cory Kruseman, 1-Marty Hawkins, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds will host the finale of the “California Sprint Week” on Saturday, September 8th. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the event marks the eleventh USAC/CRA appearance at the Kings County Fairgrounds. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and Bud Kaeding set the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.793 on November 12, 2011. The action packed card will also feature the Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, and Mod Lites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

HANFORD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Ricci Faria, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, Bullet Impressions, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS: 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Austin Liggett.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-643, 2. Damion Gardner-640, 3. Cody Williams-542, 4. Jake Swanson-541, 5. Max Adams-513, 6. Austin Williams-512, 7. Tommy Malcolm-444, 8. R.J. Johnson-422, 9. A.J. Bender-406, 10. Chris Gansen-367, 11. Logan Williams-356, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-305, 13. Verne Sweeney-264, 14. Joel Rayborne-240, 15. Matt Rossi-178, 16. Trent Williams-171, 17. Matt McCarthy-167, 18. Austin Ervine-162, 19. Ryan Bernal-152, 20. Tye Mihocko-149.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 



USAC SILVER CROWN MAGIC RETURNS TO Du QUOIN THIS SUNDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Simply put. The one-mile dirt oval at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds is magical.

The view of the moonlight dancing off the water in the infield and the thunderous roar of a full field of USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars reverberating off the covered grandstand is enough to make the hair on your neck stand up straight.

Du Quoin has been a staple of the USAC schedule since the club's founding in 1956, and, prior to that, with AAA dating to 1948, has routinely produced magic when it comes to the on-track action as well.

This Sunday, September 2, the series makes its third and final visit of the year to a classic one-mile dirt oval. The legendary Southern Illinois track known as the "Magic Mile" always seems to pull a barnburner out of its hat at the "Ted Horn 100."

Last year's race definitely fit into that category with Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson flipped on the figurative switch in his patented style with ten laps remaining, passing Jeff Swindell in traffic to win his second career "Ted Horn 100," and first since his first career series victory in 2010.

This year, Swanson is among eight past "Ted Horn 100" winners in the 42-car field, the largest car count since 2002. In fact, last year's top-three all included past race winners. Runner-up finisher Shane Cockrum of nearby Benton, Ill. was a popular winner back in 2014 and 2015. Germantown, Tennessee's Jeff Swindell may have finished third in 2017, but he was the show for a good portion, leading 68 laps and nearly pulling off his first win at the track in 27 years.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. was victorious on the most recent one-mile dirt race back in August at the Illinois State Fairgrounds where he also guided Gene Nolen's car to its first win on the Springfield mile. Nolen's cars have won at Du Quoin twice, but not since the 1990s with Johnny Parsons in 1992 and Tony Elliott in 1999. Windom captured his lone Du Quoin score in 2016 aboard RPM/Fred Gormly's machine.

Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester is back in the familiar No. 51, which is the same combo that won at Du Quoin in the daylight back in 1997. Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. won in a white and red colored car for Contos Racing in 2007 and will sport the same colors this Sunday in Curtis Williams' No. 81.

It's been a decade since Brian Tyler won at Du Quoin, but the Pleasant Garden, North Carolina driver is hungrier than ever in the Galas Racing No. 12 in which he led in until midway at this year's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Elkhart, Illinois driver Chris Urish led only three laps in the 2013 Du Quoin race, but those were the ones that counted the most as he earned his lone Silver Crown victory.

Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. finished sixth last year and owns the second spot in the series points heading into Du Quoin, 79 behind leader Swanson. David Byrne is fourth in the standings behind Windom in third. Byrne had a 28th place result in last year's 100-miler, dropping out after 41 laps with engine trouble.

USAC Triple Crown champs Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. (5th in points) and Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland (15th in points) have both had a victory at Du Quoin elude them over their legendary careers. Coons ran fifth last year after winning the pole position. Darland, meanwhile, started 12th and finished 12th.

A tight Rookie points race has emerged following Kyle Robbins strong sixth place run at the Springfield mile. The New Castle, Ind. racer is now only 26 behind Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott is the battle. Veteran Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind. is sandwiched between the two in points in the eighth spot.

Windom, Cockrum, Urish and Cottle are all Illinois natives who've struck gold at Du Quoin over the years and are among the 10 from the Land of Lincoln to enter along with Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville), J.C. Bland (Springfield), Joey Moughan (Springfield), Terry Babb (Decatur), A.J. Fike (Galesburg) and Korey Weyant (Springfield).

Pits and registration open at 1pm. The ticket office and grandstands open at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5pm to 6:10pm. Qualifying is set for 6:30pm. The Qualifying race is scheduled for 7:15pm. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 7:45pm with the 100-mile "Ted Horn 100" green flag set for 8:15pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advanced children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult are $30. Children 11 and under are $10. Adult pit passes are $35 apiece. Pit passes for children 11 and under are $20.

If you miss it live or want to watch all the action again, catch it one http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ with on-demand coverage the very next day. You can also listen to flag-to-flag coverage LIVE on the USAC app.

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"TED HORN 100" ENTRY LIST: (42 Cars Entered)
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing)
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL (Bland Brothers Enterprises)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Mickey Meyer)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Swanson Racing)
23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)
24 (R) KEITH BURCH/Farmington, MO (Keith Burch)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Joey Moughan)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 JACKIE BURKE/Houston, TX (Jackie Burke)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
41 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dave & Dennis McQuinn)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
56 (R) KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Fetter Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Gene Kazmark)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

TED HORN 100 Du QUOIN SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST RELEASED

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The entry list for Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series' "Ted Horn 100" at the one-mile Du Quoin State Fairgrounds dirt oval has been released with 41 cars filling up the sheet!

Pits and registration open at 1pm on raceday, Sunday, September 2. The ticket office and grandstands open at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5pm to 6:10pm.

Qualifying is set for 6:30pm. The Qualifying race is scheduled for 7:15pm. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 7:45pm with the 100-mile "Ted Horn 100" green flag set for 8:15pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advanced children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult are $30. Children 11 and under are $10. Adult pit passes are $35 apiece. Pit passes for children 11 and under are $20.

If you miss it live or want to watch all the action again, catch it on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ with on-demand coverage the very next day. You can also listen to flag-to-flag coverage LIVE on the USAC app.

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"TED HORN 100" ENTRY LIST:
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing)
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL (Bland Brothers Enterprises)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Mickey Meyer)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Swanson Racing)
23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)
24 (R) KEITH BURCH/Farmington, MO (Keith Burch)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Joey Moughan)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 JACKIE BURKE/Houston, TX (Jackie Burke)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
41 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dave & Dennis McQuinn)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
56 (R) KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Fetter Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Gene Kazmark)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
(R) = USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS GO TO THE RIVER FOR SHOWDOWN AT GRANITE CITY AND PEVELY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two-hundred and fourteen years following Lewis and Clark's departure from the eastern edge of the Mississippi River where they began their expedition of the newly-acquired land to the west, a new crop of adventurers is eager to make their mark on their march to the Arch.

Names such as Thomas, Windom, Courtney, Leary, Stockon, Ballou, Darland, Bacon, Grant and Chapple are among the explorers of today in search of a path that will take them to victory lane in this weekend's "River Town Showdown" presented by Brandt, a two-night rendezvous taking place at a pair of venues not seen before by the stars of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing: the 3/8-mile version of Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. on Friday, August 31 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. on Saturday, September 1.

The first stop of the "River Town Showdown" brings the Sprint Cars to Tri-City for the first time since 2006, which was also the last time the series made its way to the state of Illinois. However, this is the first stop for the series on the newer 3/8-mile configuration. All 19 previous visits by the series came on the old half-mile track between 1967 and 2006 with winners Greg Weld, Ralph Liguori, Rick Hood, Randy Standridge, Kelly Kinser, Steve Butler, Sammy Swindell, Jack Hewitt, Danny Smith, Doug Wolfgang, Tony Stewart, Jay Drake, Troy Rutherford and Josh Wise.

Likewise, it's the 52nd stop for the series in the "Land of Lincoln." The last driver born east of the Mississippi River to win a USAC National Sprint Car points-paying feature in Illinois was Indiana's Derek Davidson who won at Red Hill Raceway in Sumner back in 1998. The last Illinois native to win in his home state was Randy Standridge of Springfield, who won at his home track of Springfield Speedway in 1987.

Saturday's voyage to Pevely, Missouri's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 is the first trip for USAC to the high-banked quarter-mile in 30 years, a late model race won by Willy Kraft. However, no open wheel cars under USAC sanctioning have hit the track there. In fact, this will mark just the 20th visit by the USAC National Sprint Cars to Missouri.

I-55 is one of three first-time venues on the series' calendar this year. In 2017, the Sprints hit two tracks for the first time. Justin Grant won at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway and Tyler Courtney was victorious at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. The first two new venues the series hit back in June during "Eastern Storm" were won by Kevin Thomas, Jr. at Brigdeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. and Thomas Meseraull at New York's Weedsport Speedway.

Additionally, Courtney was the winner of the series' last visit to the "Show-Me State" last season at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly.

Current St. Louis, Mo. resident Chris Windom, originally from Canton, Ill., leads a tight-knit, three-driver chase for the title by 15 markers over last Thursday's Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway winner Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. resides third in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, 23 points out of the lead, coming into this weekend's races.

Two-time series champ Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. is fourth ahead of Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, who leads all drivers with 62 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories.

Chase Stockon, the season-opening winner at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., is sixth ahead Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind., followed by the surging Justin Grant, of Ione, Calif. Ninth is Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou, who possesses 28 career USAC National Sprint Car wins, second only to Darland in terms of wins among active drivers. Ballou is a past winner with USAC in the state of Missouri back in 2012 at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo. Rounding out the top-ten is 2016 Rookie of the Year Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind.

Extra cash is up for grabs at both Tri-City and I-55 with the winner's share being bumped up to $6000 and the minimum start money being expanded to $600.

Friday at Tri-City gets underway with pits opening at 3pm, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Pit passes for USAC members are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Saturday at I-55 gets started with pits opening at 2pm, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Pit passes for USAC members are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

If you miss the live show or want to watch again, you're in luck! http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ has you covered with on-demand coverage of all the night's action the very next day. You can also listen to flag-to-flag coverage LIVE on the USAC app.

 

 

USAC RECORD 109 MIDGETS ENTERED FOR BC39

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........The car count for the Driven 2 Save Lives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink has exceeded the century mark and is now flirting with the record books, hitting a whopping 109 cars on the latest tally for the September 5-6 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget spectacular on the new dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 109 entries received thus far equals the long-standing record of cars for a USAC National Midget event, which was set in 1990 when that same number competed in the final race at the famed Ascot Park half-mile in Gardena, California for the annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

The newest entries include those from four-time USAC National Midget feature winner Davey Ray of Davenport, Iowa, three-time USAC National Midget victor Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois and Johnny Petrozelle of Denton, North Carolina, a regular with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and fifth-place finisher at this year's "Hoosier Hundred."

Previously announced entries include the nine filed by the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team, which features a loaded lineup of 2013 USAC National Midget and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Christopher Bell of Broken Arrow, Okla. and current series point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. among others.

The Clauson Marsahall Racing team's All-Star cast includes five drivers who've reached USAC National Midget victory lane in their careers. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. and series Rookie Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. have all won this season. Multi-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss. and 2017 "Indiana Midget Week" champ Shane Golobic of Fremont, Calif. round out the lineup along with one to be announced entry.

The Dooling/Hayward two-car lineup includes the only driver to have won multiple races in both a USAC National Midget and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car this season in Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. The team also has in its stables the most recent driver to win all three USAC National titles in a single season, J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Arizona, also a veteran of both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400.

The Petry/Goff trio has USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., 2016 USAC Silver Crown/2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and Rookie sensation Jason McDougal of Broken Arrow, Okla.

As you scroll down through the list of entries, it's a who's who of USAC Midget racing, including 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, USAC Triple Crown champ Tracy Hines, two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon and 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson.

Nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher will field a car for Dave Darland, the winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver of all-time. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner champion Baldwin Brothers Racing will field Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, a recent "Indiana Sprint Week" winner at Bloomington Speedway, in their familiar orange No. 5.

Last Friday's "Sprint Car Smackdown VII" winner Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. will be in his familiar No. 91T. Meanwhile, ARDC Midget champion and current USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. has entered his own No. 77 in which he recently raced to 2nd and 4th place finishes during "Pennsylvania Midget Week."

Also entered are a couple of drivers who've risen to the occasion on the biggest of stages. Shane Cottle of Kansas, Illl. captured titles during the first two editions of "Indiana Midget Week" in 2005 and 2006. Noblesville, Indiana's Billy Wease, the 2006 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner, has signed in to drive the Amanda Wease No. 12w. Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania's John Heydenreich will be in the saddle of his own No. 22. "Hot Rod," as he is known, captured victory in the 1987 "Hut 100," held that year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Twenty-two drivers on the list have raced to at least one victory in USAC's National Midget division, including Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Darland, Cottle, Daum, Courtney, Critter Malone (Pittboro, Ind.), Hines, Wease, Grant, Stenhouse, Golobic, Bell, Thorson, Heydenreich, Coons, Ray, Wise, K. Thomas, Yeley, Seavey, Bacon and Boat.

Entries continue to pour in each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39. The cutoff for entering is noon this Wednesday, Aug. 29.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRES. BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRY LIST
(109 cars as of August 27, 2018)

0 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
1BR DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1c BRANDON STEVENSON/Holstein, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Daryl Saucier)
1T TYLER SHOEMAKER/Bloomington, IL (Jay Mounce)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3D RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 ®C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Baldwin Brothers Racing)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
5T PRESLEY TRUEDSON/Kennedy, MN (Daum Motorsports)
5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7B AUSTIN BROWN/Belleville, IL (Factory BOSS Racing)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG TBA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
8c JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Curt Cornell)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11A ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Brandon Gray)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
12 J.B. GILBERT/Charleston, IL (J.B. Gilbert)
12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14J HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Factory BOSS Racing)
14s McKENNA HAASE/Des Moines, IA (RAMS Racing)
14x JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
19m ®ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
21T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Steve Reynolds/Rip Jetson)
21x TBA/TBA (Brooke Shuman)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
25x GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
29J BRIAN KARRAKER/Dongola, IL (Tony Jarrett)
33 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Team RayPro)
33c CHASE JONES/Indianapolis, IN (Team RayPro)
35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)
35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
43 LOGAN ARNOLD/Franklin, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
57A ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Bill Ecker)
57B CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57F NATE FOSTER/Greenwood, IN (Nate Foster)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67R RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77x OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 ®KYLE CRAKER/Lewisberry, PA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
97 TBA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Springfield, IL (Pat O'Dell)
99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
99w KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Jay Mounce)
TBA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
**(R) = a USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

BITNER WINS AT PORT ROYAL; DREVICKI TAKES EAST COAST TITLE

Port Royal, PA........Mark Bitner of Columbus, New Jersey led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's USAC East Coast Sprint finale, but second-place finisher Steven Drevicki polished off the 2018 series championship. Eddie Strada, Chandler and Joey Biasi rounded out the "top-five" at the finish.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS: August 25, 2018 - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 2. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 3. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 4. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 5. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 6. Joe Kata (#B1x Biasi), 7. Jason Cherry (#67c Cherry). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 2. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 3. Trey Hivner (#7 TH Racing), 4. Chris Allen Jr. (#71 Allen), 5. Trevor Kobylarz (#14B Kobylarz), 6. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 7. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Mark Bitner, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Chandler Leiby, 5. Joey Biasi, 6. Bill Unglert, 7. Chris Allen Jr., 8. Eric Jennings, 9. Ryan Quackenbush, 10. Joe Kata, 11. Trey Hivner, 12. Jason Cherry, 13. Trevor Kobylarz, 14. Brian Riccio. NT ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bitner.

FINAL USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-512, 2-Biasi-468, 3-Strada-452, 4-Leiby-439, 5-Ryan Godown-347, 6-Bitner-323, 7-Kobylarz-320, 8-Quackenbush-316, 9-Unglert-283, 10-Jennings-273.

 

 

NOLAN ALLISON TOPS EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGETS AT DILLON

Dillon, SC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, North Carolina led all 35 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Dillon Motor Speedway. Sam Hatfield took second ahead of Jessica Bean, Connor Gross and Alex Murray.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 25, 2018 - Dillon, South Carolina - Dillon Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Sam Hatfield, 9, Hatfield-16.618; 2. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.639; 3. Alex Murray, 8, Hatfield-16.657; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-16.686; 5. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-16,696; 6. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.721; 7. Eric Lewis, 28, Lewis-16.792; 8. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16,905; 9. Levi Riffle, 75, Riffle-17.321,

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Sam Hatfield, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Connor Gross, 5. Alex Murray, 6. Neal Allison, 7. Jordan Empie, 8. Levi Riffle, 9. Eric Lewis. NT -------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-570, 2-Nolan Allison-532, 3-Neal Allison-515, 4-Hatfield-481, 5-Empie-428, 6-Chris Lamb-286, 7-Dameron Taylor-245, 8-Gross-235, 9-Riffle-160, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: August 31 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 25, 2018 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “Battle at the Beach Race #3” – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-11.983 (New Track Record); 2. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.077; 3. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.091; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.155; 5. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.161; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.170; 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.286; 8. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.405; 9. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-12.623; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-12.627; 11. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-12.670; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.674; 13. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.682; 14. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.725; 15. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-12.736; 16. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.818; 17. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-14.926; 18. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Ellertson, 3. Smith, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Hendricks, 6. McQueen. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Hix, 3. Hendrix, 4. Bock, 5. Butcher, 6. Bishop. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Edwards, 2. Rutherford, 3. Swanson, 4. Timmons, 5. Stolz, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino, 2. Ryan Timmons, 3. Kyle Smith, 4. Steve Hix, 5. Charlie Butcher, 6. Tom Hendricks, 7. Austin Ervine, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Ryan Stolz, 10. Joey Bishop, 11. Jake Swanson, 12. Austin Liggett, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Kyle Edwards, 16. Rick Hendrix, 17. Troy Rutherford, 18. Britton Bock. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Guardino, Laps 8-16 Liggett, Laps 17-24 Swanson, Laps 25-30 Guardino SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Ervine (18th to 7th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 6 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway – “Championship Night”

 

 

TYLER THOMAS FINDS SMACKDOWN REDEMPTION AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana........."Smackdown" can find a way to toy with one's emotions from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows on occasion.

Tyler Thomas has lived on both ends of the spectrum within the last calendar year, seeing near-certain victory slip from his grasp at the last moment in 2017. But the Collinsville, Okla. native decided to place fate into his own hands Friday, leading the final half of night two of "Smackdown VII" to earn his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory. Meanwhile, his victory was also the first USAC score for longtime series car owner and sponsor Epperson Racing.

"I don't even know what to say; I'm kind of scatterbrained right now," a stunned T. Thomas exclaimed. "Thank you, Tony Epperson, Millie and their entire family for giving me a shot. Our first outing was Indiana Sprint Week and we kind of had a rough week. It hasn't been that easy this week either, but we sure as hell got the job done tonight."

The combination had shown speed in their limited appearances together over the last month, but luck never seemed to find its way to them until Friday where he launched his 30-lap assault from the outside of the second row.

Robert Ballou owned the first lap, riding the cushion to a 10-car-length advantage by the conclusion of lap one and would own the first half of the feature as well, occupying the top spot for the first 15 laps. Meanwhile, T. Thomas worked his way up to second on the opening lap, getting around Justin Grant and Jarett Andretti to slot into the runner-up position behind Ballou.

"I was just trying to follow Robert there for the first half of the race and maybe wait until the end to make a move," Thomas explained. "I really just wanted to finish and lock it in for tomorrow. (The track) was tricky and I about turned it over myself in (turns) one and two."

It was a true test of skill and bravery in turn two, which sucked in a number of victims throughout the night. Clinton Boyles flipped on his lid on the tenth lap. Then, just three laps later, Andretti tagged the turn two concrete while running third and began flipping wildly. Fourth-place runner Kevin Thomas, Jr. had no time to react and mashed into Andretti's ride mid-tumble and began flipping as well. Both drivers walked away unharmed. Thomas actually restarted following repairs in the work area and finished with a 14th place result.

When action resumed, Ballou appeared unfazed up front, riding by his lonesome until the 16th circuit when he too gnashed the turn two wall of voodoo and flipped. He walked away uninjured. By virtue, T. Thomas inherited the lead for the lap 16 restart, but he assumed control with none other than Tyler Courtney on his tail tank. He being the winner of the past three "Smackdown" features dating to 2017, not to mention last year's Saturday night finale in which he defeated T. Thomas for the win on the final restart.

T. Thomas' and his new Maxim chassis were determined to not let history repeat itself down the stretch as Courtney inched forward ever closer in the final laps until 2017 series Rookie of the Year Stevie Sussex became the fourth and final flipper of the feature within the confines of the turn two concrete from which he walked away.

T. Thomas was keen on making patience and focus his mantra in the latter stages, easier to say than to do in a pressurized environment, with a first victory cooling on the window sill, just within sight and with all five senses stimulated.

"For the last half, I really focused on calming down and maybe enter slower and not hit the wall as hard," T. Thomas said. "It's really hard to do when you're leading, and you haven't won yet."

On the final lap with Courtney in hot pursuit, T. Thomas banged the turn two wall on exit, thrusting his machine forward with a bit of bite down the back straightaway. However, the rubber to concrete meeting for Courtney in turn two was just a little too much, knocking his car slightly askew on exit, thus allowing T. Thomas a sliver of separation that he utilized to complete his arduous task of finally, finally breaking into victory lane in USAC National competition after numerous heartbreaks.

Coming off his victory a night earlier, Courtney was second ahead of Grant, Brady Bacon and Dave Darland.

Those five, incidentally, are also the top-five in cumulative "Smackdown VII" points, locking them into Saturday night's feature and King of the Hill Qualifying session along with K. Thomas, Chris Windom and Jason McDougal.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Kokomo Speedway were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Hard Charger), Shane Cottle (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chris Windom (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), C.J. Leary (Saldana Racing Products/High Side Designs First Non-Transfer) and Scotty Weir (Hoosier Racing Tire Perseverance Award).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 24, 2018 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.740; 2. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-12.988; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.036; 4. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-13.058; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.079; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.117; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.130; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.133; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.146; 10. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.147; 11. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.148; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.171; 13. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.178; 14. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.204; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.269; 16. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-13.369; 17. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-13.369; 18. Carson Short, 5CB, Briscoe-13.370; 19. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.394; 20. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.451; 21. Dakota Jackson, 3R, Rock Steady-13.503; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.568; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-13.577; 24. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.580; 25. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.596; 26. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-13.613; 27. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.685; 28. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.703; 29. Dallas Hewitt, 18x, Keen-13.754; 30. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.756; 31. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.832; 32. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.013; 33. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-14.146; 34. Joe Liguori, 44, Liguori-14.245; 35. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.375; 36. Gabe Griffith, 37, Griffith-14.943.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. K. Thomas, 2. S. Cottle, 3. Grant, 4. Windom, 5. Cummins, 6. C. Cottle, 7. Hewitt, 8. Dues, 9. Jackson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Ballou, 3. Chapple, 4. Short, 5. Boyles, 6. Seavey, 7. Weir, 8. Ketcham, 9. Liguori. 2:15.36

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Darland, 3. Andretti, 4. Mattox, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Westfall, 7. Williams, 8. VanMeveren, 9. Smith. 2:18.24

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Sussex, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Stockon, 5. Karraker, 6. DiMattia, 7. Perigo, 8. Griffith, 9. Leary. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Boyles, 2. Seavey, 3. Cummins, 4. Weir, 5. Westfall, 6. Jackson, 7. Leary, 8. C. Cottle, 9. Buckwalter, 10. Hewitt, 11. Williams, 12. Smith, 13. Ketcham, 14. Perigo, 15. Dues, 16. DiMattia, 17. Karraker, 18. Liguori, 19. VanMeveren, 20. Griffith. 2:56.50

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Thomas (4), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Justin Grant (3), 4. Brady Bacon (9), 5. Dave Darland (10), 6. C.J. Leary (22), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Chris Windom (12), 9. Chase Stockon (17), 10. Carson Short (16), 11. Logan Seavey (7), 12. Matt Westfall (14), 13. Shane Cottle (15), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 15. Kyle Cummins (8), 16. Scotty Weir (21), 17. Dakota Jackson (18), 18. Isaac Chapple (19), 19. Stevie Sussex (24), 20. Timmy Buckwalter (23), 21. Robert Ballou (2), 22. Jarett Andretti (1), 23. Clinton Boyles (13), 24. Brandon Mattox (20). NT ---------------------------- **Jackson flipped during the first heat. Boyles flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Andretti and K. Thomas flipped on lap 13 of the feature. Sussex flipped on lap 27 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Ballou, Laps 16-30 T. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS HARD CHARGER: Chase Stockon (17th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shane Cottle

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/HIGH SIDE DESIGNS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: C.J. Leary

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Chris Windom

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-1861, 2-Courtney-1846, 3-K. Thomas-1838, 4-Bacon-1630, 5-Darland-1615, 6-Stockon-1599, 7-Leary-1560, 8-Grant-1531, 9-Ballou-1464, 10-Chad Boespflug-1084.

NEW "SMACKDOWN VII" POINTS: 1-Courtney-332, 2-Grant-321, 3-T. Thomas-313, 4-Bacon-312, 5-Darland-308, 6-K. Thomas-295, 7-Windom-293, 8-McDougal-292, 9-Cummins-277, 10-Stockon-270.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 25 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

 

 

 

COURTNEY CHARGES TO SMACKDOWN NIGHT 1
VICTORY AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Throughout the 2018 season, it almost seems as if Tyler Courtney owns a share of land down in the infield at the start/finish line. With eight USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories to his credit, his footprint has already been imprinted on several different victory lanes this year.

However, the one victory lane he seems to have a stranglehold of lately is Kokomo Speedway on "Smackdown" weekend.

In Thursday night's "Smackdown VII" opener, the Indianapolis, Indiana driver became the first to win three consecutive "Smackdown" features, winning the final two nights of last year's edition before capturing his latest, leading the final 11 laps after sliding past last year's opening night victor C.J. Leary on the way to his 14th career series victory, tying him with the likes of Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup on the all-time list aboard the Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy.

Leary slid up to the lead on the opening lap from his pole starting position, while Courtney slotted into the fourth spot. By lap four, though, Courtney was applying the pressure on the winningest "Smackdown" driver of all-time, Dave Darland, for second. After swapping the spot with Darland multiple times, Courtney reemerged with the second position, clearing Darland off turn four.

However, Courtney immediately found himself having to overcome a substantial deficit as Leary set the tone up front. By the time Leary reached lapped traffic, Courtney remained a half-straightaway back, ripping the top along with Leary as lapped traffic tethered themselves to the bottom of the racetrack.

Little by little, Courtney found his rhythm and began to close the gap on Leary just a few ticks at a time when seventh-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. slowed to a stop in turn three with a flat right rear tire. At the time, Leary and Courtney were separated by less than a second, but those two held an advantage in excess of 7.5 seconds over third when the yellow flew.

When you're mired in lapped traffic, a yellow flag can go one of two ways: it can either clear out the traffic that's holding you up or it can clear up the traffic that your opponent could've gotten caught behind. Either way, Courtney feels like it this was his race to win.

"I didn't really need a caution," Courtney admits. "You get in a rhythm there and you don't know if you're going to be able to get back in that rhythm. You just kind of hit and miss, especially when it's tricky like it was on the top. I felt like we were better, and we could've gotten him without a caution, but the caution definitely didn't hurt, and I was able to get back into my rhythm."

On the lap 20 restart, some may have expected Courtney to deliver his slider on the entry into turn one, but instead, he waited patiently and saved his for the next go-around after he built his momentum through three and four, ultimately pulling the trigger entering turn one on the 21st circuit, sliding up the top past Leary for the race lead.

"I couldn't really get a good restart off four," Courtney explained. "I just couldn't get enough grip off the bottom and he could always pull me a little bit. I knew if I could maintain it through one and two, I was really good through three and four, so I maintained through one and two and I got a run through three and four and felt like I was going to have a good enough run to clear him by what I felt was a fair enough amount, and we did. I expected a slider; he threw one and I stayed in it and drove around him. From there, I just got to run my own race there for the last ten laps."

Thursday night "Smackdown VII" winner Tyler Courtney. (Travis Branch Photo)

Nonetheless, Leary remained in hot pursuit of Courtney as he tried to get himself back in the game, but while exiting turn four, Leary's right rear tire kissed the concrete wall. As he ramped up the wall and the fence, it appeared certain he was going on his lid, but that was not the case as he miraculously landed back on all fours and kept on going, albeit two spots further behind the leader with the lap counter melting away.

Down the stretch, Courtney underwent a couple of challenges that he successfully overcame following his ricochet off the turn two wall on lap 23. From that point, he withstood a restart that saw Justin Grant and Brady Bacon enter the fray, thought they were not able to hang as Courtney who drove away for a 3.656 second margin of victory over Leary, who made a miraculous comeback to move from fourth to second in the final four laps past Grant and Bacon. Bacon was third ahead of Grant and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Chris Windom.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Kokomo Speedway were Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cottle (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Hard Charger), Scotty Weir (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Dakota Jackson (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Matt Westfall (Saldana Racing Products/High Side Designs First Non-Transfer), Josh Hodges (Hoosier Racing Tire Perseverance Award) and Chad Boespflug (High Side Designs First Flipper).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 23, 2018 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.643; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.699; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.738; 4. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.826; 5. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-12.842; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-12.866; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.900; 8. Chad Boespflug, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.909; 9. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.963; 10. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.988; 11. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.022; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.060; 13. Dakota Jackson, 3R, Rock Steady-13.065; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.069; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.111; 16. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-13.136; 17. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-13.157; 18. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-13.174; 19. Carson Short, 5CB, Briscoe-13.218; 20. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.270; 21. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.307; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.310; 23. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.318; 24. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-13.345; 25. Dallas Hewitt, 2, Hewitt-13.388; 26. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.436; 27. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.439; 28. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.470; 29. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.488; 30. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.548; 31. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.593; 32. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-13.710; 33. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.911; 34. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-13.926; 35. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-14.362.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. S. Cottle, 2. Bacon, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Grant, 5. Hodges, 6. Westfall, 7. Jackson, 8. Hewitt, 9. VanMeveren. 2:13.69

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Weir, 3. Chapple, 4. Stockon, 5. Cummins, 6. DiMattia, 7. Andretti, 8. Williams, 9. Dues. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Leary, 3. Courtney, 4. Short, 5. Sussex, 6. C. Cottle, 7. Karraker, 8. Wilson, 9. Ballou. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Buckwalter, 3. McDougal, 4. Perigo, 5. Boyles 6. Mattox, 7. Seavey, 8. Boespflug. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Cummins, 2. Ballou, 3. Seavey, 4. Jackson, 5. Andretti, 6. Hodges, 7. Westfall, 8. Boyles, 9. C. Cottle, 10. DiMattia, 11. Mattox, 12. Karraker, 13. Sussex, 14. Hewitt, 15. Wilson, 16. Williams, 17. Dues, 18. VanMeveren. 2:47.54

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Brady Bacon (8), 4. Justin Grant (6), 5. Chris Windom (10), 6. Dave Darland (3), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Kyle Cummins (7), 9. Tyler Thomas (2), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 11. Chase Stockon (9), 12. Jarett Andretti (13), 13. Scotty Weir (17), 14. Carson Short (18), 15. Logan Seavey (15), 16. Tony DiMattia (24), 17. Dakota Jackson (12), 18. Isaac Chapple (20), 19. Carmen Perigo (21), 20. Robert Ballou (14), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (19), 22. Shane Cottle (16), 23. Josh Hodges (22), 24. Matt Westfall (23). NT
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**Boespflug flipped during the fourth heat. Buckwalter flipped after the checkered flag in the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Leary, Laps 21-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (8th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Scotty Weir

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/HIGH SIDE DESIGNS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Matt Westfall

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-1807, 2-K. Thomas-1789, 3-Courtney-1767, 4-Bacon-1561, 5-Darland-1550, 6-Stockon-1548, 7-Leary-1505, 8-Grant-1459, 9-Ballou-1433, 10-Boespflug-1084.

NEW "SMACKDOWN VII" POINTS: 1-Courtney-166, 2-Leary-161, 3-Grant-161, 4-Bacon-157, 5-Darland-157, 6-Windom-152, 7-K. Thomas-151, 8-T. Thomas-148, 9-Cummins-147, 10-McDougal-145.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 24-25 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

 

 

EASTERN & DMA SPEED2s COMPETE THIS WEEK IN S.C. & VT

Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. (DMA) and Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina (Eastern) are the two venues hosting USAC Speed2 Midget racing this Saturday, August 25.

Jason Goff (DMA) and Jessica Bean (Eastern) will lead their respective series to this Saturday's action.

Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. He was trailed by Mitchell Davis, Shane Morgan, Sean Murphy and Brent Burrows. The series continues September 2 at Spoon River.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Conn. is now 4-For-5 after winning Friday night's 20-lap USAC DMA Speed2 Midget feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta N.Y. Derek O'Hearn was second ahead of Jason Goff, Adam Whitney and Joe Krawiec.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-680, 2-Seth Carlson-666, 3-Joe Krawiec-654, 4-Will Hull-648, 5-Derek O'Hearn-617, 6-Justin Phillips-543, 7-Adam Whitney-514, 8-Mike Chaffee-468, 9-Brandon Emerson-443, 10-Randy Higginson-421.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-503, 2-Nolan Allison-461, 3-Neal Allison-455, 4-Sam Hatfield-408, 5-Jordan Empie-376, 6-Chris Lamb-286, 7-Dameron Taylor-245, 8-Connor Gross-172, 9-Levi Riffle-111, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-855, 2-Shane Morgan-668, 3-Robby McQuinn-662, 4-Kurt Mueller-572, 5-Jake Sollenberger-510, 6-Brent Burrows-498, 7-Daltyn England-479, 8-Blake Buchholz-432, 9-Kevin Battefeld-424, 10-Gedd Ross-410.

 

 

DREVICKI-BIASI-STRADA SHOOTOUT AT PORT ROYAL FINALE SATURDAY

Port Royal, Pennsylvania.........Steven Drevicki, Joey Biasi and Eddie Strada will square off for the 2018 USAC East Coast Sprint Car championship this Saturday, August 25, at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.

Drevicki is the only repeat winner this season, taking the opener at Delaware International Speedway and the June 8 race at Bedford (Pa.) Speedway. Biasi is the most recent winner, at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. on July 20. Strada won at New Egypt, N.J. July 7.

Drevicki's lead over Biasi stands at 33 points, while Strada is a distant 58 points back.

Open Wheel Madness II/Locust Grove Retirement Senior Citizens Night/$1 Hot Dog Night gets underway with racing starting at 7pm. General admission tickets are $15, students are $7 and pit passes are $30 each.

Rain claimed Saturday night's scheduled race at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-438, 2-Joey Biasi-405, 3-Eddie Strada-380, 4-Chandler Leiby-370, 5-Ryan Godown-347, 6-Trevor Kobylarz-279, 7-Ryan Quackenbush-267, 8-Mark Bitner-246, 9-Bill Unglert-222, 10-Eric Jennings-220.

 

 

BC39 CAR COUNT HITS 100 FOR SEPT. 5-6 EPIC AT IMS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........One-hundred cars form the epic pre-entry list for the September 5-6 Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink on the new dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway featuring the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets.

Among the latest entries are the nine filed by the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team, which features a loaded lineup that includes 2013 USAC National Midget and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Christopher Bell of Broken Arrow, Okla., 2017 USAC National Midget titlist Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. and current series point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif.

The remainder of the KKM lineup includes females Holly Shelton (Sacramento, Calif.) and Mario Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) as well as 2017 series Rookie of the Year Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) and Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.).

Also entered are a couple of drivers who've risen to the occasion on the biggest of stages. Noblesville, Indiana's Billy Wease, the 2006 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner, has signed in to drive the Amanda Wease No. 12w. Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania's will be in the saddle of his own No. 22. "Hot Rod," as he is known, captured victory in the 1987 "Hut 100," held that year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa's Landon Cassil has started the last eight runnings of the Brickyard 400, but will now take his talent to the dirt track located inside turn three of IMS aboard a midget owned by Brooke Shuman.

The number of entries is rapidly closing in on the record car count for USAC National Midgets set in 1990 when 109 drivers competed in the "Turkey Night Grand Prix," which was the final race held at California's Ascot Park. The all-time record of cars for any USAC National event is 138 Sprint Cars, set in the 2003 "Mopar Million" at Eldora Speedway.

Among the others entered previously include a venerable who's who of USAC Midget racing, including 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, USAC Triple Crown champ Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and J.J. Yeley, who is also a veteran of both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, plus Monster Energy NASCAR Cup multi-time winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom, two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon and 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson.

Nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher will field a car for Dave Darland, the winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver of all-time. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner champion Baldwin Brothers Racing will field Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, a recent "Indiana Sprint Week" winner at Bloomington Speedway, in their familiar orange No. 5. ARDC Midget champion and current USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. has entered his own No. 77 in which he recently raced to 2nd and 4th place finishes during "Pennsylvania Midget Week."

Entries are continuing to be filed each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39 until the cutoff on Wednesday, August 29 at noon eastern.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRES. BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRY LIST
(100 cars as of August 23, 2018)

0 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
1BR DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1c BRANDON STEVENSON/Holstein, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier)
1T TYLER SHOEMAKER/Bloomington, IL (Jay Mounce)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3D RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 ®C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Baldwin Brothers Racing)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7B AUSTIN BROWN/Belleville, IL (Factory BOSS Racing)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG TBA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11A ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Brandon Gray)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
12 J.B. GILBERT/Charleston, IL (J.B. Gilbert)
12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14s McKENNA HAASE/Des Moines, IA (RAMS Racing)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
21T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Steve Reynolds/Rip Jetson)
21x LANDON CASSILL/Cedar Rapids, IA (Brooke Shuman)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
25x GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
29 JOEY MOUGAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)
35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
43 LOGAN ARNOLD/Franklin, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
57A ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Bill Ecker)
57B CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57F NATE FOSTER/Greenwood, IN (Nate Foster)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67R RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77x OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 KYLE CRAKER/Lewisberry, PA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Springfield, IL (Pat O'Dell)
99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
99w KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Jay Mounce)
TBA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
**(R) represents a USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Rookie of the Year contender.

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USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH #3” AT VENTURA

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 22, 2018... With two point races left on the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, August 25th, at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “Automotive Racing Products (ARP) Battle at the Beach Race #3” is the third of five appearances at Ventura and the final tune-up for November’s “Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Co-sanctioned with the VRA 360 Sprint Cars, the action packed card will also showcase VRA Senior Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and the NMRA TQ Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535 SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78 FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101 COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S B&B: FRAC-0375S SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held ten West Coast 360 Sprint Car races. Eight different drivers have claimed victory, led by defending champion Jake Swanson and Ryan Bernal with two main event wins. Swanson set a new 1-lap track record of 12.007 on June 30th and point leader Austin Liggett won the 30-lap feature. Bernal topped the July 14th main event and a complete series win list at Ventura is at the end of this release.

Heading to the thirteenth point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) is within reach of his first series championship with a 93-point advantage and sits third in ARP points. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett charged from seventeenth to score fifth at Santa Maria on August 11th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led. Austin has seven career triumphs and will be looking to add another $1,500 Ventura win to his resume.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) ranks second in the USAC West Coast and eighth in the ARP point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino ran third in Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” At press time, the young driver has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. With four career wins, Tristan will have his sights on gaining valuable points with another victory this Saturday night.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship and third in ARP points. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons scored sixteenth at Santa Maria after mechanical issues forced an early exit. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. Ryan will be looking to claim the second win of his career at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is tied for fourth in championship point chase and sits tenth in ARP points. Racing Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen placed sixth in Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” At press time, the 2011 USAC Western States Midget Champion has ten top-10 finishes and four laps led on the year. This Saturday night, Shannon will have her sights on her first sprint car win at Ventura Raceway.

After scoring eighth at Santa Maria, Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) has moved into a tie for fourth in the point standings and eleventh in the ARP chase. Driving the family owned #88K Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw has two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The versatile driver will be looking to breakthrough at Ventura and claim his first series triumph.

Currently eighth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA), Brent Owens (Covina, CA), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Bernal, Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) leads the VRA Sprint Car point standings. “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Rick Hendrix, Charlie Butcher, Jake Swanson, Ryan Timmons, Joey Bishop, Austin Liggett, Brandon Wiley, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. round out the top-10 in points.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Timmons.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-842, 2-Tristan Guardino-749, 3-Ryan Timmons-690, 4-Koen Shaw-632, -Shannon McQueen-632, 6-Steve Hix-587, 7-Danny Faria Jr.-546, 8-Britton Bock-530, 9-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 10-Ryan Bernal-437, 11-Austin Ervine-431, 12-Jace Vander Weerd-390, 13-Ryan Stolz-378, 14-Brandon Wiley-311, 15-Troy Rutherford-298, 16-Jake Swanson-265, 17-Trent Carter-225, 18-Kaleb Montgomery-213, 19-James Herrera-170, 20-Kyle Edwards-139.

VRA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-1110, 2. Jeremy Ellertson-990, 3. Rick Hendrix-680, 4. Charlie Butcher-630, 5. Jake Swanson-455, 6. Ryan Timmons-445, 7. Joey Bishop-430, 8. Austin Liggett-420, 9. Brandon Wiley-410, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-345, 11. Troy Rutherford-340, 12. Tristan Guardino-315, 13. Ryan Stolz-305, 14. Tom Hendricks-305, 15. Kyle Edwards-295, --. Shannon McQueen-295, 17. Koen Shaw-285, 18. Ryan Bernal-260, --. Brody Roa-260, --. Guy Woodward-260.

ARP BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-455, 2. Ryan Timmons-445, 3. Austin Liggett-420, 4. Kyle Smith-360, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-345, 6. Troy Rutherford-340, 7. Rick Hendrix-330, 8. Tristan Guardino-315, 9. Jeremy Ellertson-300, 10. Shannon McQueen-295, 11. Koen Shaw-285, 12. Ryan Bernal-260, 13. Charlie Butcher-250, 14. Brandon Wiley-240, 15. Britton Bock-230, 16. Kaleb Montgomery-220, 17. Tyler Edwards-205, 18. Matt Stewart-175, 19. Slater Helt-160, 20. Tom Hendricks-155.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE August 25: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3) October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night) November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points) ----------------------------------------------- ** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints. # = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.


 

WINDOM WAXES FIELD IN #GYATK NIGHT AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Fresh off his win at the Springfield Mile, Chris Windom turned up the wick Wednesday, leading all 27 laps to win #GYATK Night at Kokomo Speedway, the kickoff to "Sprint Car Smackdown VII."

It was the Canton, Illinois native's third career win during "Smackdown" week, following victories in 2012 and 2015. He came into the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Special Event" leading both the USAC and Kokomo point standings. Though USAC points were not up for grabs on this night, Windom made it a point to grab a victory as he hits his stride coming into the late-summer stretch.

Windom snagged the lead right from the start from the pole position aboard his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar. Brady Bacon swiftly followed suit, splitting between Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant in turn three to move from fourth to second before being shuffled back to sixth.

Nearing halfway, Windom was glued to the bottom of the racing surface as he led a two-car breakaway in front of Courtney as third-place Grant and fourth-running Dave Darland challenged each other on the topside a half-straightaway back.

By the 13th lap, Windom had reached lapped traffic. However, with the lappers occupying the low line, Windom took the bull by the horns and took his orange No. 5 to the top to drive around the gridlock.

Courtney remained on the bottom and was able to pull within a wheel of Windom at the line at the conclusion of lap 14. Courtney seemed poised to rip the spot away, but snagged a hole on the bottom of turn two that disrupted his momentum and allowed Windom to break away.

Anywhere Windom saw a gap between lapped machinery, he was eager to get back to the bottom ASAP. Yet, Windom appeared comfortable running the fence as he's done so many times before at the Kokomo bullring. During the final laps, the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ was forced to the top again as he swung around the trio of Scotty Weir, Stevie Sussex and Carson Short with relative ease.

The intense pace saw Windom lap half the field in a caution-free feature, leading all 27 circuits on his way to victory over Courtney, Grant, Darland and Bacon.

"That was a lot of fun," Windom exclaimed. "This track was so good, you could run top and bottom. I wasn't sure the top would work when I got to lapped traffic, but I was able to get it working. I saw Tyler's nose down there a few times, so I knew I had to stay up on the wheel. It's awesome to be able to win this race in honor of Bryan Clauson. I've had so many good battles with him here and I ran second to him a lot."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2018 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "#GYATK Night"

QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.843; 2. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.918; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.936; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.976; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.149; 6. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.191; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.198; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.237; 9. Dakota Jackson, 3R, Rock Steady-13.247; 10. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.255; 11. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.260; 12. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.279; 13. Chad Boespflug, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.291; 14. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-13.327; 15. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.372; 16. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.427; 17. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.450; 18. Carson Short, 5CB, Briscoe-13.555; 19. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.560; 20. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-13.615; 21. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.637; 22. Jake Scott, 1, Thickstun-13.661; 23. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.692; 24. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-13.787; 25. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.803; 26. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.840; 27. Dallas Hewitt, 2, Hewitt-13.849; 28. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-13.855; 29. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.856; 30. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Meseraull-13.886; 31. Dustin Webber, 9, Webber-13.938; 32. Josh Cunningham, 63, Cunningham-13.943; 33. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-13.983; 34. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-14.019; 35. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-14.023; 36. Korey Weyant, 44w, Liguori-14.071; 37. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.216; 38. Pat Giddens, 26, Giddens-14.242; 39. Cap Henry, 14, Wilson-14.294; 40. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-14.321; 41. Adam Wilfong, 45, Wilfong-14.392; 42. Brandon Spencer, 22, Spencer-14.403; 43. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-14.447; 44. Buddy Lowther, 31, Lowther-14.493; 45. Colin Parker, 33, Scott-14.564; 46. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.663; 47. Jackson Slone, 16, Slone-14.769; 48. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-14.774; 49. Luke Harbison, 40, Harbison-14.809; 50. Bryar Schroeter, 21s, Schroeter-14.876; 51. Jeff Nanny, 60, Cunningham-15.024; 52. David Hair, 44, Hair-15.156; 53. Parker Frederickson, 34, Frederickson-15.893; 54. Rick Rhodes, 58, Frederickson-16.004.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Weir, 3. Chapple, 4. Karraker, 5. Perigo, 6. Mattox, 7. Frederickson, 8. Harbison, 9. Rhodes. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Meseraull, 4. DiMattia, 5. Weyant, 6. Seavey, 7. Cunningham, 8. Spencer, 9. Nanny. 2:11.81

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Ballou, 3. Buckwalter, 4. McDougal, 5. T. Hewitt, 6. Cooley, 7. Hery, 8. Henry, 9. C. Short. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Darland, 3. Stockon, 4. Sussex, 5. D. Hewitt, 6. Cummings, 7. Lowther, 8. Slone, 9. Hair. 2:08.99

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. S. Cottle, 2. Andretti, 3. Boyles, 4. Williams, 5. Scott, 6. Mosley, 7. Wilfong, 8. Parker, 9. Dues. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Jackson, 5. C. Cottle, 6. Webber, 7. Giddens, 8. Schroeter, 9. Westfall. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Short, 2. Hery, 3. Henry, 4. Cunningham, 5. Giddens, 6. Spencer, 7. Frederickson, 8. Wilfong, 9. Parker, 10. Nanny, 11. Lowther, 12. Dues, 13. Rhodes, 14. Schroeter, 15. Hair, 16. Harbison, 17. Slone. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Sussex, 2. Short, 3. Jackson, 4. Williams, 5. DiMattia, 6. McDougal, 7. C. Cottle, 8. Karraker, 9. Hery, 10. Seavey, 11. Mattox, 12. D. Hewitt, 13. Cummings, 14. T. Hewitt, 15. Henry, 16. Webber, 17. Weyant, 18. Perigo, 19. Scott, 20. Mosley, 21. Cooley, 22. Cunningham. NT

FEATURE: (27 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (2), 3. Justin Grant (3), 4. Dave Darland (9), 5. Brady Bacon (4), 6. Robert Ballou (8), 7. C.J. Leary (11), 8. Shane Cottle (5), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 10. Jarett Andretti (10), 11. Clinton Boyles (15), 12. Carson Short (19), 13. Stevie Sussex (18), 14. Scotty Weir (7), 15. Chase Stockon (14), 16. Isaac Chapple (12), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (13), 18. Dakota Jackson (20), 19. Chad Boespflug (16), 20. Tony DiMattia (22), 21. Chet Williams (21), 22. Thomas Meseraull (17). 6:10.53
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**Westfall flipped during the sixth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Windom

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 23-24-25 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

AUSTIN WILLIAMS MAKES MOST OF PERRIS RETURN
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 20, 2018... Inheriting the lead with five laps remaining, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) held off all challengers to win last Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” at Perris Auto Speedway. Debuting Jack Jory’s brand new #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams earned $4,000 by claiming his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the campaign. Max Adams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, hard charger “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and new point leader Brody Roa chased Austin to the checkered flags.

August 4th Santa Maria winner Max Adams took the early lead from the outside front row starting spot. Looking for his first win at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, Adams’ hopes were dashed when “The Demon” Damion Gardner took command on the fourth lap. Starting sixth, Gardner was poised to sweep the night’s action and set a torrid pace. As the laps counted down and lapped traffic was becoming a factor, Brody Roa mounted a charge and powered to the lead on lap twenty-four. Roa began to inch away but Gardner rallied on the next circuit and closed the gap.

Now within striking distance, Gardner executed a “slide job” in the north corners for the lead that resulted in series of flips for his machine and collected the second running Roa. All drivers were ok, Roa returned to action, and “The Demon’s” mount could not be repaired in time. Third running Austin Williams became the new leader and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan had to give up his second starting spot with a flat tire. Once out front, “The Big Game Hunter” was not to be denied and scored the seventh series win of his career.

Thanks to Perris Auto Speedway infield announcer Chris Holt and supporters, there were extra cash bonuses up for grabs throughout the night. Through Holt’s efforts, Austin Williams earned an extra $1,500 by topping the Perris 30-lap main event. Williams began the night by qualifying fourth out of twenty-two racers, scoring fourth in the special dash, and placed third in his heat race. The second generation driver ranks sixth in the point standings with two feature wins, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led.

After leading the first three laps, Max Adams (Loomis, CA) scored one of his best finishes at Perris with a second place run. Piloting his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams was seventh fast in time trials and won the 10-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. The 2016 Rookie of the Year sits fifth in the point chase with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led on the season.

Starting seventh, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) returned to the Perris podium with a third place finish at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified third overall, place third in the special dash, and scored sixth in his heat race. The former Victorville Champion has climbed to third in the standings with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign.

For the second race in a row, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) earned the Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with fourth place run from twelfth. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Faria was fourteenth quick in time trials and ran second to Max Adams in his heat race. The two-time USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion is currently twelfth in USAC/CRA points with two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes.

After being involved in the lap 25 tangle, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) rebounded from the back to score fifth in the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa qualified second overall, placed second in the special dash, and won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. The new point leader heads to Northern California with a slim 3-point lead on the strength of two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the season.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) began the night by earning his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of 2018 and pocketed the extra $500 Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Honors. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won three of the four phases of the Junior Kurtz Memorial Trophy Dash, won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and scored seventeenth in the feature. Now second in points, the six-time champion has two feature wins, six heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led on the year.

On Saturday, September 1st, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will kickoff the fifth “California Sprint Week” at Calistoga Speedway. Located on the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, California, the “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” will also feature the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, and Vintage cars. More event information can be found at www.calistogaspeedway.org or calling 916.773.7225.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.662; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.764; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.885; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.104; 5. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-17.118; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.165; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.310; 8. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.496; 9. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.500; 10. Logan Williams, 5. Jory-17.541; 11. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.584; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.613; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.635; 14. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.660; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.733; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.894; 17. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.259; 18. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.939; 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-19.431; 20. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-19.756; 21. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-NT, 22. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ MEMORIAL TROPHY DASH: (4 3-lap dashes) 1. Gardner-11pts, 2. Roa-7pts, 3. C.Williams-4pts, 4. A.Williams-2pts.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Malcolm, 3. A.Williams, 4. Mihocko, 5. Gansen, 6. Rayborne. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Johnson, 3. Sheridan, 4. Sweeney, 5. Marshall, 6. Rossi, 7. Bender. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Faria, 3. T.Williams, 4. Ervine, 5. Stewart, 6. C.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Williams (4th), 2. Max Adams (2nd), 3. Cody Williams (7th), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (12th), 5. Brody Roa (5th), 6. Tommy Malcolm (10th), 7. R.J. Johnson (8th), 8. Danny Sheridan (3rd), 9. Chris Gansen (13th), 10. Tye Mihocko (1st), 11. Matt Stewart (15th), 12. Randy Waitman (19th), 13. Verne Sweeney (14th), 14. Austin Ervine (18th), 15. Gary Marshall Jr. (17th), 16. Joel Rayborne (16th), 17. Damion Gardner (6th), 18. A.J. Bender (11th), 19. Matt Rossi (20th), 20. Trent Williams (9th). NT
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**Gardner flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Adams, Laps 4-23 Gardner, Laps 24-25 Roa, Laps 26-30 A.Williams.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (12th to 4th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-643, 2. Damion Gardner-640, 3. Cody Williams-542, 4. Jake Swanson-541, 5. Max Adams-513, 6. Austin Williams-512, 7. Tommy Malcolm-444, 8. R.J. Johnson-422, 9. A.J. Bender-406, 10. Chris Gansen-367, 11. Logan Williams-356, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-305, 13. Verne Sweeney-264, 14. Joel Rayborne-240, 15. Matt Rossi-178, 16. Trent Williams-171, 17. Matt McCarthy-167, 18. Austin Ervine-162, 19. Ryan Bernal-152, 20. Tye Mihocko-149.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

CATCH SMACKDOWN FROM KOKOMO LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV

Kokomo, Indiana.........Speed Shift TV will have LIVE coverage of all four nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing this week from Kokomo Speedway on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

The week begins with a FREE stream of Wednesday's opening night of racing Speed Shift TV's Facebook page, August 22, at Kokomo for #GYATK Night, a special, non-points-paying USAC Sprint Car event that concludes with a 27-lap feature in memory of Bryan Clauson, winner of the "Sprint Car Smackdown I" in 2012.

"Smackdown" officially begins Thursday and Friday, August 23-24, serving as the opening two nights of a full-show with each night concluding with a 30-lap feature, leading into Saturday night's $10,000-to-win finale on August 25.

Last year's Saturday night A-Main was one for the ages with Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas coming oh, so close to breaking through for his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory.

On the final lap, with victory a near certainty for the Collinsville, Oklahoma native, the yellow flag flew for the spun car of Brady Bacon in turn four. By rule, that set up a green-white-checker, two-lap dash situation.

It became a duel between the two unrelated Thomases - Tyler and Kevin Jr. - when racing resumed. K. Thomas attempted a slider for the lead in turn one on the restart to no avail as T. Thomas sped away once again. On the final lap, T. Thomas banged the turn two wall with the right rear. Just behind him, mimicking the same concrete kiss was K. Thomas, who snagged it just a bit harder and flipped wildly to end his bid at a repeat "Smackdown" victory.

On the next GWC try, while battling Chris Windom and Tyler Courtney for the race lead, T. Thomas' right rear hurdled Windom's left front, sending Windom sideways as T. Thomas continued on. Third-running Courtney couldn't completely avoid the carnage either and ramped over the nose of Windom, tearing off the nose of Windom's car and sending him into a 360-degree spin and ending his race.

During the yellow, Windom took umbrage with T. Thomas. T. Thomas was mandated by officials to stop for a safety check to remove Windom's steering wheel that was stuck in the left side nerf bar of his car before he could continue at the front of the pack.

Some say the third time is the charm, but that would not be the case for T. Thomas on the third attempt at a GWC finish. T. Thomas changed up the plan and went topside off turn four on the lap 39 restart. Courtney shadowed every T. Thomas movement until turn one when he took the middle and reared back for his shot at the race lead, this time pulling it off successfully and going on to win his first feature event at Kokomo, the site of his first career series start.

On Wednesday night for #GYATK Night, general admission is free. Pit passes for all ages are $30. Allstar Performance will sponsor all drivers' pit pass cost for the night. ($30 per driver). All gates open at 3pm. Draw closes at the USAC trailer at 6:15pm. The drivers meeting will take place in front of the main grandstands at 6:20pm. Cars hit the track at 6:45pm.

On Thursday and Friday, general admission tickets are $25. Kids 10 & under ticket are free with paid adult (general admission only). Pit passes for all ages are $35. All gates open at 3pm. Cars hit the track at 6pm.

For the Saturday night finale, general admission tickets are $35. Kids 10 & under tickets are free with paid adult (general admission only). Pit passes for all ages are $45. All gates open at 3pm. Cars hit the track at 6:15pm. Racing will immediately follow hot laps. Additionally, a program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program.

All four nights of racing at Kokomo will also be available on-demand a day later on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can listen to each and every event live on the USAC app.

 

BC39 ENTRY LIST OVER 90!
USAC TO CUTOFF ENTRIES AUG. 29

Speedway, Indiana.........The entry list for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink has surged to over 90 drivers for the September 5-6 event at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

At this rate, the event would be the largest car count for a USAC P1 Insurance National Midget race since the final event held at Ascot Park in 1990 when 109 drivers competed in the "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

Entries are continuing to be filed each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39.

However, the cutoff for all drivers and teams entering to compete in the "BC39" will be Wednesday, August 29 at noon. Pit passes will continue to be sold through raceday at http://www.BC39.com/.

Tickets are still available for both nights of the "BC39" that feature a plethora of racing. The first ever night race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place Wednesday, September 5 with hot laps, 12 heart-stopping heat races and a unique pursuit race hitting the quarter-mile dirt oval.

On Thursday, September 6, hot laps, qualifying races and the last chance races will feed into the 39-lap A-Main for which the winner will take home $15,000, the most of any midget race in the USA, among a purse and incentives that total over $70,000.

Pit passes do not include a seat in either the reserved grandstands located right next to the track or general admission stands, so grab yours now!

Pit passes, reserved and general admission tickets can be purchased online at http://www.TheBC39.com/ or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

Among the others entered previously include a venerable who's who of USAC Midget racing, including NASCAR stars Kyle Larson, 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, USAC Triple Crown champ Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and J.J. Yeley, who is also a veteran of both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, plus Monster Energy NASCAR Cup multi-time winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Christopher Bell, USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey, two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon, 2016 USAC National Midget champ Tanner Thorson and 2017 USAC National Midget champ Spencer Bayston.

Nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher will field a car for Dave Darland, the winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver of all-time. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner champion Baldwin Brothers Racing will field Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, a recent "Indiana Sprint Week" winner at Bloomington Speedway, in their familiar orange No. 5. ARDC Midget champion and current USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. has entered his own No. 77 in which he recently raced to 2nd and 4th place finishes during "Pennsylvania Midget Week."

 

 

BC39 CAR COUNT HITS 86
AS PAST CHAMP THORSON FILES ENTRY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........Eighty-six is the count thus far on the latest entry list update for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink USAC P1 Insurance National Midget event on September 5-6 at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Among the newest entries is 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev., who will take the reins of the Steve Reynolds/Rip Jetson No.21 for the race on the new quarter-mile oval dirt oval, located inside turn three of the world-famous 2.5-mile oval.

Thorson has competed in four series events this season, all coming during "Indiana Midget Week," finishing in the top-five twice with a 5th at Lincoln Park Speedway and a 2nd at Lawrenceburg Speedway. His 12 career series wins are tied with, among others, 1990 series champ and five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon.

Also part of the new crop of entries is the "Royersford Rocket," Steve Buckwalter, a USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature winner at Gas City I-69 Speedway and ARDC Midget champ, both happening in 2010. Buckwalter is a versatile wheelman, currently a regular on the dirt portion of the Silver Crown circuit and a standout in winged sprint cars in Pennsylvania.

Among the others entered previously include a venerable who's who of USAC Midget racing, including NASCAR stars Kyle Larson, 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, USAC Triple Crown champ Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and J.J. Yeley, who is also a veteran of both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, plus Monster Energy NASCAR Cup multi-time winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Christopher Bell, USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey, two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon and 2017 USAC National Midget champ Spencer Bayston.

Nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher will field a car for Dave Darland, the winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver of all-time. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner champion Baldwin Brothers Racing will field Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, a recent "Indiana Sprint Week" winner at Bloomington Speedway, in their familiar orange No. 5. ARDC Midget champion and current USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. has entered his own No. 77 in which he recently raced to 2nd and 4th place finishes during "Pennsylvania Midget Week."

Entries are continuing to be filed each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRES. BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRY LIST
(86 cars as of August 20, 2018)

0 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
1 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
1BR DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier)
1T TYLER SHOEMAKER/Bloomington, IL (Jay Mounce)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3D RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 ®C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Baldwin Brothers Racing)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG TBA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11A ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Brandon Gray)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
12 J.B. GILBERT/Charleston, IL (J.B. Gilbert)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
21x TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Steve Reynolds/Rip Jetson)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
25x GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)
35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57A ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Bill Ecker)
57B CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57F NATE FOSTER/Greenwood, IN (Nate Foster)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
69 RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
77x OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
99w KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Jay Mounce)
TBA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
**(R) represents a USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

SMACKDOWN VII BRINGS 4 NIGHTS OF THRILLS TO KOKOMO AUG. 22-25

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 20, 2018)........."Smackdown VII" enters its seventh year at Kokomo Speedway on Aug. 22-25 as one of the premier events on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar.

The Wednesday, Aug. 22 festivities begin with #GYATK Night, a non-points "Special Event" for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars which features free grandstand admission to all fans and a free http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ broadcast to all.

Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24, serve as the opening two dishes leading into Saturday's main course on Aug. 25, which offers up a $10,000 reward to the winner.

Last year's Saturday night finale illustrated the importance of winning the event and gave credence to the levels of what individuals will put on the line to win "Smackdown."

Tyler Courtney won on two nights of last year's Smackdown, including last year's finale. Rarely does an event truly live up to its moniker, but Saturday night's "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" was an apt description of how the final laps and post-race theatrics unfolded. Courtney utilized a slider to grab the lead from race-long leader Tyler Thomas on the final green-white-checkered, but it took quite awhile and a wild set of circumstances to get there.

After fighting engine issues early on in the night, Courtney encountered a maze that took just two laps, but resulted in jubilation for some, heartbreak for others and grass stains for a few who rolled around in the infield after voicing their displeasure with the way things played out down the stretch.

Many of the main players from last year's finale find themselves in new situations than they were last year in terms of machinery, colors and numbers, but still eager to find "Smackdown" glory.

Courtney has been sensational in 2018, winning seven times with the series and riding third in points in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing No. 7BC, 33 out of the lead in the standings. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver made his USAC Sprint Car debut right at Kokomo earlier in the decade and, just this past April, won the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget "Kokomo Grand Prix."

Second in points is 2016 "Smackdown" winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala., a four-time winner on the circuit this year aboard the famed Dynamics, Inc. No. 69. Thomas is second only to Dave Darland in terms of "Smackdown" weekend feature victories. Three of them came in 2016 when he was victorious on the first #GYATK Night, then won Friday's prelim and Saturday's main event. In 2017, he returned to victory lane on #GYATK Night for the second consecutive year.

Lincoln, Indiana's Darland, meanwhile, is the master of "Smackdown," having won three of them in three-straight years between 2013 and 2015. He's the winningest driver in "Smackdown" history with five, including prelim night wins in 2013 and 2014. He's sixth in points with three wins this season to push his record career win total in the series to 62.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. has delivered consistency throughout the season to glide to the top of the points. He's won three, in May at Ohio's Eldora Speedway, as well as back-to-back wins in June at Williams Grove and Port Royal in Pennsylvania. Along the way this summer, he's been crowned the champ of Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week for the second time in his career.

C.J. Leary has won prelim night events at "Smackdown" the past two years and is prime to strike gold this Saturday. He's eighth in points and is coming off a dominating victory at Bloomington Speedway in the penultimate round of "Indiana Sprint Week" back in July.

Back in 2015, Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou (7th in points) and Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon (5th in points) picked up their lone victories on prelim nights of "Smackdown."

Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas came absurdly close to breaking through for his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win in last year's Saturday night finale, but he's still looking. He will attack Kokomo in this weekend's events wheeling the Epperson No. 2E.

Thomas simply dominated from the drop of the green every single time action resumed, using the turn two wall as an extension of the racing surface by tapping the right rear rubber against the concrete to propel himself down the back straightaway.

On the final lap, with victory a near certainty for the Collinsville, Oklahoma native, the yellow flag flew for the spun car of Brady Bacon in turn four. By rule, that set up a green-white-checker, two-lap dash situation.

It became a duel between the two unrelated Thomases - Tyler and Kevin Jr. - when racing resumed. K. Thomas attempted a slider for the lead in turn one on the restart to no avail as T. Thomas sped away once again. On the final lap, T. Thomas banged the turn two wall with the right rear. Just behind him, mimicking the same concrete kiss was K. Thomas, who snagged it just a bit harder and flipped wildly to end his bid at a repeat "Smackdown" victory.

On the next GWC try, Chris Windom was lined up right on the tail tank of T. Thomas in the second position. Windom had no doubt in his mind what his plan was as he immediately dove to the bottom of one to successfully slide up in front of T. Thomas on the top midway between turns one and two. T. Thomas once again hooked the wall, but recovered and was able to slide past Windom into turn three as did Courtney nearly simultaneously. Dropping to third momentarily, Windom, using a diamond pattern off turn three, miraculously dove from the top to the bottom from turn three to four to drive underneath both drivers to reclaim the lead as the white flag waved.

Windom once again slid up to the top in front of both Courtney and T. Thomas running side-by-side in turn one. T. Thomas rocketed around the outside of Courtney first, then nudged the turn two wall with the right rear and split between Courtney and Windom off of two. T. Thomas pulled alongside Windom down the back straight and the two made contact!

T. Thomas' right rear hurdled Windom's left front, sending Windom sideways as T. Thomas continued on. Third-running Courtney couldn't completely avoid the carnage either and ramped over the nose of Windom, tearing off the nose of Windom's car and sending him into a 360-degree spin and ending his race.

During the yellow, Windom took umbrage with T. Thomas. T. Thomas was mandated by officials to stop for a safety check to remove Windom's steering wheel that was stuck in the left side nerf bar of his car before he could continue at the front of the pack.

Some say the third time is the charm, but that would not be the case for T. Thomas on the third attempt at a GWC finish. T. Thomas changed up the plan and went topside off turn four on the lap 39 restart. Courtney shadowed every T. Thomas movement until turn one when he took the middle and reared back for his shot at the race lead, this time pulling it off successfully. T. Thomas tried to counter to the inside, but lost momentum between turns one and two, but still had one remaining breath left in the tank.

With the white flag in the air, T. Thomas went to the bottom of one and aimed for his last shot, sliding wheel-to-wheel beside Courtney between one and two, so close you could hardly slide a credit card between each's tires. Courtney anticipated the action, but kept his foot in it and sped around the outside of T. Thomas to remain in front where he would finish off the victory.

On Wednesday night for #GYATK Night, general admission is free. Pit passes for all ages are $30. Allstar Performance will sponsor all drivers' pit pass cost for the night. ($30 per driver). All gates open at 3pm. Draw closes at the USAC trailer at 6:15pm. The drivers meeting will take place in front of the main grandstands at 6:20pm. Cars hit the track at 6:45pm.

On Thursday and Friday, general admission tickets are $25. Kids 10 & under ticket are free with paid adult (general admission only). Pit passes for all ages are $35. All gates open at 3pm. Cars hit the track at 6pm.

For the Saturday night finale, general admission tickets are $35. Kids 10 & under tickets are free with paid adult (general admission only). Pit passes for all ages are $45. All gates open at 3pm. Cars hit the track at 6:15pm. Racing will immediately follow hot laps. Additionally, a program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program.

All four nights of racing at Kokomo will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. All races will also be available on-demand a day later on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can listen to each and every event live on the USAC app.

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WEYANT GETS 1ST USAC SCORE AT CANTON

Canton IL........Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. He was trailed by Mitchel Davis, Shane Morgan, Sean Murphy and Brent Burrows. The series continues September 2 at Spoon River.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Korey Weyant (#51R Johnson), 2. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 3. Mitchel Davis (#37 Raymond), 4. Tori Smith (#18 Smith), 5. Daltyn England (#19E England), 6. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 7. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sean Murphy (#5M Murphy), 2. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 3. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 4. Charlie Kunz (#27 Kunz), 5. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 6. Kyle Kriegbaum #12 Kriegbaum). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 2. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 3. Bart Andrews (#69 Trone), 4. Jason Allen (#28 Allen), 5. Mark McMahill (#57 McMahill), 6. Blake Haynes (#9B Haynes). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Korey Weyant, 2. Mitchel Davis, 3. Shane Morgan, 4. Sean Murphy, 5. Brent Burrows, 6. Kurt Mueller, 7. Bart Andrews, 8. Jason Allen, 9. Jake Sollenberger, 10. Dave Baugh, 11. Mark McMahill, 12. Tori Smith, 13. Jeff Sparks, 14. Daltyn England, 15. Charlie Kunz, 16. Kyle Kriegbaum, 17. Blake Haynes, 18. Andy Baugh, 19. Kevin Battefeld. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Weyant.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-855, 2-Morgan-668, 3-Robby McQuinn-662, 4-Mueller-572, 5-Sollenberger-510, 6-Burrows-498, 7-England-479, 8-Blake Buchholz-432, 9-Battefeld-424, 10-Gedd Ross-410.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 RACE: Septeber 2 - Cantn, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

AUSTIN WILLIAMS #1 ON "HALL OF FAME NIGHT"

Perris, CA.........Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, Calif. won Saturday night's 30-lap "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Perris Auto Speedway. He passed Brody Roa five laps from the finish and led the rest of the way to beat Max Adams, Cody Williams, Danny Faria Jr. and Roa. Roa's finish enabled him to pass Damion Gardner for the point lead after Gardner flipped during the feature.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2018 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "California Racers Hall of Fame Night"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.662; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.764; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.885; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.104; 5. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-17.118; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.165; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.310; 8. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.496; 9. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.500; 10. Logan Williams, 5. Jory-17.541; 11. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.584; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.613; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.635; 14. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.660; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.733; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.894; 17. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.259; 18. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.939; 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-19.431; 20. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-19.756; 21. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-NT, 22. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ MEMORIAL TROPHY DASH: (4 3-lap dashes) 1. Gardner-11pts, 2. Roa-7pts, 3. C.Williams-4pts, 4. A.Williams-2pts.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Malcolm, 3. A.Williams, 4. Mihocko, 5. Gansen, 6. Rayborne. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Johnson, 3. Sheridan, 4. Sweeney, 5. Marshall, 6. Rossi, 7. Bender. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Faria, 3. T.Williams, 4. Ervine, 5. Stewart, 6. C.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Max Adams, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Brody Roa, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Danny Sheridan, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Matt Stewart, 12. Randy Waitman, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Austin Ervine, 15. Gary Marshall Jr., 16. Joel Rayborne, 17. Damion Gardner, 18. A.J. Bender, 19. Matt Rossi, 20. Trent Williams. NT --------------------------- **Gardner flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Adams, Laps 4-23 Gardner, Laps 24-25 Roa, Laps 26-30 A.Williams.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (12th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-643, 2-Gardner-640, 3-C.Williams-542, 4-Swanson-541, 5-Adas-513, 6-A.Williams-512, 7-Malcolm-444; 8-ohnson-422; 9-Bender-406, 10-Gansen-367.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 1&2 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway - "11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic/California Sprint Week"

 

 

CAMPBELL SCORES HOMETOWN WIN AT 81 SPEEDWAY

Wichita, KS........Jeremy Campbell of Wichita, Kans. led the final nine laps to win Saturday night's "Freedom Tour" Sands USAC Southwest Sprint race at 81 Speedway after passing Charles Davis Jr. on lap 22. Davis took second ahead of Kyle Clark, T.J. Artz and Dennis Gile.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2018 - Wichita, Kansas - 81 Speedway - "6th Annual Freedom Tour"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Michelle Decker (#7 Decker), 3. Terry Richards (#18 Richards), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Daylin Perreira (#98AZ Perreira), 8. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 3. Jeremy Campbell (#10C Campbell), 4. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 5. Mike Woodruff (#17 Woodruff), 6. T.J. Artz (#57 Artz), 7. Tyson Hall (#5X Hall). NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Richards, 3. Smith, 4. Hagin, 5. Martin, 6. Artz, 7. Clark, 8. Hall. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Campbell, 2. Bonneau, 3. Gile, 4. Decker, 5. Lundy, 6. Perreira, 7. Woodruff. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jeremy Campbell, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Kyle Clark, 4. T.J. Artz, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Cameron Hagin, 7. Michelle Decker, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Danny Smith, 10. Chris Bonneau, 11. Terry Richards, 12. Matt Lundy, 13. Daylin Perreira, 14. Tyson Hall, 15. Mike Woodruff. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Campbell, Laps 11-21 Davis, Laps 22-30 Campbell.

HARD CHARGER: Kyle Clark (12th to 3rd)

BEAVER STRIPES TOP QUALIFIER: Cameron Hagin

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: September 1-2 - Casa Grande, AZ - Central Arizona Speedway - "Hank Arnold Memorial"

 

 

WINDOM WINS "BETTENHAUSEN 100"

Springfield, IL........Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. won Saturday's "Bettenhausen 100" USAC Sillver Crown Championship race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, making the winning move on the backstretch, passing Kevin Thomas Jr. on lap 92. He led the rest of the way and posted a 10-length advantage for the victory. Thomas finished second after leading 42 laps, whi;e defending race winner Justin Graant took third ahead of Jacob Wilson and pole starter Jerry Coons Jr.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2018 - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds - "Bettenhausen 100"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-30.875; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePama-31.128; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr, 56, Foxco-31.273; 4. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-31.681; 5. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.689; 6. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-31.731; 7. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-31.923; 8. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-32.010; 9. C.J. Leary, 10, Meyer- 32.012; 10. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wllson-32.046; 11. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-32.073; 12. Dave Darland, 92, Kazmark-32.082; 13. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-32.341; 14. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-32.725; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-33.068; 16. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-33.443; 17. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-33.490; 18. Neil Shepherd, 04, Shepherd-33.510; 19. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-33.585; 20. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-33.634; 21. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-33.763; 22. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-33.844; 23. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-33.885; 24. Johnny Petrozelle, 8, Cornell/Petrozelle-33.975; 25. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-34.000; 26. Brian Tyler, 12, Galsa-34.102; 27. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.308; 28. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-34.314; 29. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-34.460; 30. Terry Babb, 34, Morford-34.496; 31. A.J. Fike. 41, McQuinn-34.604; 32. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-35.016; 33. Ken Schrader, 14, McQuinn-35.040; 34. Keith Burch, 24, Burch-35,296; 35. Travis Welpott, 118, Welpott/Gorman-35.657; 36. Jackie Burke, 33, Burke-36.068; 37. Dave Berkheimer, 31. Berkheimer-41.088; 38. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-NT; 39. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-NT; 40. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-NT; 41. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-NT; 42. Danny Long, 44, Long-NT; 43. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-NT.

LAST CHANCE RACE: (12 laps) 1. Byrne, 2. Urish, 3. Babb, 4. Dyson, 5. Burch, 6. Lawson, 7. Welpott, 8. Burke, 9. James, 10. Weyant, 11. Fike (#14), 12. Berkheimer. NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (13), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Jacob Wilson (10), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (1), 6. Kyle Robbins (7), 7. Joe Liguori (19), 8. Austin Nemire (16), 9. Joey Moughan (11), 10. David Byrne (25), 11. Brady Bacon (8), 12. Mike Haggenbottom (20), 13. Chris Dyson (28), 14. Chris Urish (26), 15. Russ Gamester (21), 16. Keith Burch (29), 17. Travis Welpott (31), 18. J.C. Bland (23). 19. Matt Goodnight (15), 20. Tyler Courtney (4), 21. Jeff Swindell (18), 22. C.J. Leary (9), 23. Shane Cockrum (5), 24. Neil Shepherd (17), 25. Dave Darland (12), 26. Kody Swanson (2), 27. Johnny Petrozelle (22), 28. Bill Rose (14), 29. Patrick Lawson (30), 30. Brian Tyler (24). 31. Terry Babb (27). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-1-44 Courtney, Laps 45-49 Thomas, Laps 50-54 Courtney, Laps 55-91 Thomas, Laps 92-100 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: David Byrne (#25th-10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chris Dyson

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-525, 2-Grant-446, 3-Windom-433, 4-Byrne-384, 5-Coons-347, 6-Bobby Santos-329, 7-Welpott-309, 8-Goodnight-288, 9-Robbins-283, 10-Aaron Pierce-239.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE September 2 - DuQuoin, IL - DuQuoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

 

 

HULL 4-FOR-5 AFTER MALTA SCORE

Malta, NY........Will Hull of Plainfield, Conn. is now 4-For-5 after winning Friday night's 20-lap USAC DMA Speed2 Midget feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Derek O'Hearn was second ahead of Jason Goff, Ada Whitney and Joe Krawiec.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 17, 2018 - Malta, New York - Albany-Saratoga Speedway - "Nostalgia Night at The Great Race Place"

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Will Hull (#3 Matczak) 2. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 3. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 4. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 5. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 6. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 7. Randy Higginson (#84 Higginson), 8. David Moniz (#9m Moniz), 9. Brandon Emerson (#88 Emerson), 10. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 O'Hearn, Laps 9-20 Hull.

NEW USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-680, 2-Carlson-666, 3-Krawiec-654, 4-Hull-648, 5-O'Hearn-617, 6-Phillips-543, 7-Whitney-514, 8-Mike Chaffee-468, 9-Emerson-443, 10-Higginson-421.

NEXT USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: August 25 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

BC39 ENTRY LIST UP TO 76
AS DARLAND, LEARY AND BRIGHT SIGN IN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........The latest flurry of entries has pushed the driver roster for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink to 76 for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget event that will be held September 5-6 at the new Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Among those are three entries from the team owned by nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher. Leading the group for SFHR is USAC's all-time winningest AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver Dave Darland, who recently won a pair of races during "Indiana Sprint Week." The Lincoln, Indiana native is the only driver to reside in the top-ten on all three of USAC's National series' win lists, ranking 10thwith 30 career USAC National Midget feature victories.

Darland will be joined on the team by World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions winner Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, Pa. and 2014 USAC Pavement Midget Series champion Kyle O'Gara of Beech Grove, Ind.

Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner champion Baldwin Brothers Racing will field Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, a recent "Indiana Sprint Week" winner at Bloomington Speedway, in their familiar orange No. 5. Earlier this season, Leary was behind the wheel of Brandon Gray's No. 11A, which will be driven at IMS by Anton Hernandez of Arlington, Texas.

ARDC Midget champion and current USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. has entered his own No. 77 in which he recently raced to 2nd and 4th place finishes during "Pennsylvania Midget Week."

Former USAC announcer and current Fox Sports and MRN personality Dillon Welch jumps into a midget on occasion, but never skips a beat getting up to speed. The 2016 "Chili Bowl" Saturday night A-Main starter will wheel the No. 99p for car owner Kami Ronk.

Jay Mounce has entered two cars for USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown veteran Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill. and Tyler Shoemaker of Bloomington, Ill.

Among the others entered previously include a venerable who's who of USAC Midget racing, including NASCAR stars Kyle Larson, 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, USAC Triple Crown champ Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and J.J. Yeley, who is also a veteran of both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, plus Monster Energy NASCAR Cup multi-time winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Christopher Bell, AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars' winningest driver, Damion Gardner, USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey, two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon and 2017 USAC National Midget champ Spencer Bayston.

Entries are continuing to be filed each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRES. BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRY LIST
(76 cars as of August 14, 2018)

1 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier)
1T TYLER SHOEMAKER/Bloomington, IL (Jay Mounce)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 ®C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Baldwin Brothers Racing)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG TBA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11A ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Brandon Gray)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
25x DAMION GARDNER/Concord, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)
35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
68 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (SFH Racing Development)
69 RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
77x OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
99w KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Jay Mounce)
TBA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

 

 

FIRST-TIME WINNERS AT SPRINGFIELD
TRANSLATE TO USAC CHAMPS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois.........When Justin Grant took the checkered flag in the 2017 running of the "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, it was a culmination of a dream afternoon for the Ione, Calif. native.

Not only did he capture a victory in one of the most prestigious events on the schedule, he joined a list of some of the most successful racers in the history of the series who earned their first career USAC Silver Crown victory right on the Springfield Mile, host of this Saturday's USAC Silver Crown event.

The lineage of the Silver Crown series goes back to 1971, when the dirt tracks on the National Championship trail were split into their own division. By that point, A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti were already Indianapolis 500 winners and household names. But, their first official Silver Crown wins came after that point when they came out to play in the dirt with Foyt picking up the win in 1971 and Andretti doing so in 1973. Both would win their lone Silver Crown titles a year following their first series victory with Foyt taking the crown in 1972 and Andretti in 1974.

Between 1977 and 1979, all three "Bettenhausen 100" winners celebrated their first career Silver Crown victories at Springfield. In 1977, Larry Rice captured win number one at Springfield on his way to the Silver Crown title aboard the LeFevre No. 5. In 1978, Gary Bettenhausen won his first at Springfield, then two years later, was a first-time Silver Crown champ in 1980. Bobby Olivero took the reins of his first Silver Crown triumph at Springfield in 1979 en route to his first Silver Crown championship later that same year.

Thirty years would go by before another driver would win his first series race at Springfield when Cole Whitt wired all 100 laps for the victory. Eight years later, in 2017, Grant would reach his way to the promised land, holding off Kody Swanson and Jeff Swindell on a late restart to capture the victory, the third consecutive Californian to do the Springfield/first Silver Crown win combo.

Springfield seems to breed champions. All but Whitt in that span went on to capture the Silver Crown title within the next two years. Even then, when Whitt won at Springfield, he was the reigning USAC National Midget champ from 2008.

Prior to the formation of the Silver Crown series, Springfield's heritage as part of the AAA National Championship schedule goes all the way back to 1934 when Billy Winn captured the first of his two Springfield scores. Tony Willman and Emil Andres followed with their first series wins on the Illinois State Fair soil in 1938 and 1939, respectively.

In a span between the years of 1950 and 1960, five more joined the group, including Paul Russo in 1950, Bill Schindler (1952), Rodger Ward (1953), while Sam Hanks scored later in 1953. Jim Packard earned his lone Champ Car victory at Springfield in 1960, just five weeks before his untimely death in a midget crash in Fairfield, Ill.

Hanks carried on to win the title in 1953 following his win, while Ward would have to wait another six years before grabbing the first of his two USAC National titles in 1959.

At least in the USAC era, a driver enjoying the spoils of victory for the initial time in his career at Springfield has seemingly proved a boon to future success, almost immediately. Grant is still a relative newcomer at this Silver Crown game, amidst in his third full year. He finished a career-high fourth in points a year ago and, this year already, has won at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and is second in points, albeit a mountainous 126 points behind Kody Swanson.

Perhaps Grant's success will translate into a championship soon enough, but first things first, winning back-to-back at Springfield this Saturday is the goal, something that's only been accomplished on 11 occasions: Billy Winn (1934-35), Tony Bettenhausen (1950-51), Jimmy Bryan (1955-56), Jim Hurtubise (1961-62), A.J. Foyt (1964-65), Mario Andretti (1973-74), Chuck Gurney (1984-85, 89-90-91), Jack Hewitt (1986-87), Brian Tyler (2004-05), A.J. Fike (2012-13) and Kody Swanson (2014-15).

Eight of those 11 drivers were already, or eventually became USAC National champions. Something in the cards down the line for Grant? Maybe. Only time will tell.

On Saturday, registration and pits will open at 7am, grandstands and ticket office at 9pm, Silver Crown practice at 10am, two-lap qualifying at 11:30am, Sportsman hot laps at noon, Silver Crown semi at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm and the "Bettenhausen 100" at 2pm.

Advanced adult tickets are $25. Day of Race Adult 12 and older tickets are $30. Children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35. Children pit passes (11 and under) are $20. Infield tickets for adults are $20.00. Children 6-11 are $5. Children under 5 are FREE!

You can listen to all the action LIVE on the USAC App or watch on-demand within a day of the race at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"BETTENHAUSEN 100" ENTRY LIST:
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing)
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL (Bland Brothers Enterprises)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Mickey Meyer)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Swanson Racing)
23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)
24 (R) KEITH BURCH/Farmington, MO (Keith Burch)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Joey Moughan)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 JACKIE BURKE/Houston, TX (Jackie Burke)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
41 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dave & Dennis McQuinn)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (SET Racing)
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Bateman Racing)
56 (R) KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
88 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Fetter Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Gene Kazmark)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS HEAD TO PERRIS FOR “CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 13, 2018... This Saturday night, August 18th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, California Lightning Sprint Cars, and the Western Racing Association Vintage Cars (Display). 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.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “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. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 207 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. Thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory, led by “The Demon” Damion Gardner with 44 main event wins. The 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. In the three previous races of 2018, Gardner topped the April 21st “Sokola Shootout,” “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams won the May 26th “Salute to Indy,” and Justin Grant claimed the June 23rd main event. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

The "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" continues the rich tradition of honoring those that have contributed to Sprint Car Racing in Southern California. The popular event began in 1996 as the “Jack Kindoll Classic” and when the gates open at 5:00pm, there will be a special autograph session at the PAS Sports Bar. At press time, legends Jimmy Oskie, Brad Noffsinger, Eddie Wirth, Shane Carson, John Redican, Stan Atherton, Jeff Heywood, and Mike Spencer have confirmed that they will be in attendance. There are rumors of more surprise guests for fans to meet and greet at the autograph session.

Led by Perris and Ascot infield announcer Chris Holt, additional prize money has been raised for Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Thanks to the Wilkerson Family and the Woodland Auto Display, Saturday’s “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award” winner will earn $600. For the fastest four qualifiers that accept the challenge, the “Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash” will have a $2,000 purse. The dash will consist of four 3-lap races in which all drivers will rotate their starting spots and the high point driver will $1,000. Second will earn $500, third will pay $300, and fourth will take home $200.) For the heat races, former CRA driver Mark Atchison and AMA Plastics have donated $1,200 ($300-to-win each heat race) in prize money. In addition, Holt has raised over $4,000 in lap money and an extra $1,500 for the main event. A special thanks goes out to Chris Holt and everyone that donated to the event.

Entering the ninth point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 25-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner rebounded after an early flat tire to score fifth at Santa Maria on August 4th. To date, “The Demon” has two feature wins, five heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has seventy-seven USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to claim his fifth "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" win.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa had early brake problems at Santa Maria and finished third after starting at the back. At press time, The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit. With five career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will have his sights on adding the "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil Center Triple X, Swanson flipped in the Santa Maria feature and scored fifteenth. To date, the defending USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in the campaign. Jake and the Moose Racing Team have parted ways and it is unknown if Swanson will be in action this Saturday night.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was involved in an early tangle and rebounded to claim eighth at Santa Maria. At press time, the 2010 Victorville Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA win and will have his sights on his first triumph at Perris Auto Speedway.

After winning the August 4th Santa Maria feature, Max Adams (Loomis, California) has climbed to fifth in the point standings. Driving his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led. The 2016 Rookie of the Year has two career wins and will be looking to win the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.”

Currently ranked fourteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, R.J. Johnson, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Verne Sweeney, Matt McCarthy, “T-Dub” Trent Williams, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT / JACK KINDOLL CLASSIC WINNERS: 1996-Lee Brewer Jr., 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Cory Kruseman, 1999-Richard Griffin, 2000-Cory Kruseman, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Steve Ostling, 2003-Lance Gremett, 2004-Rickie Gaunt, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Cory Kruseman, 2008-Damion Gardner, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Cory Kruseman, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Max Adams, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Austin Williams.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 44-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Austin Williams, 2-Justin Grant, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-597, 2-Brody Roa-572, 3-Jake Swanson-530, 4-Cody Williams-471, 5-Max Adams-438, 6-Austin Williams-433, 7-Tommy Malcolm-382, 8-A.J. Bender-377, 9-R.J. Johnson-363, 10-Logan Williams-346, 11-Chris Gansen-317, 12-Danny Faria Jr.-237, 13-Verne Sweeney-222, 14-Joel Rayborne-206, 15-Matt McCarthy-167, 16-Ryan Bernal-152, 17-Matt Rossi-150, 18-Richard Vander Weerd-148, 19-Trent Williams-142, 20-Charles Davis Jr.-133.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT "FREEDOM TOUR" OPENS WEDNESDAY AT LITTLE ROCK
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 13, 2018... The Arizona based Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are heading to “America’s Heartland” for the “6th Annual Freedom Tour.” With each night paying $2,500-to-win and $250-to-start, the non-point, four-race mini-series will be held over four nights at three different racetracks. The tour will kickoff on Wednesday, August 15th, at Little Rock, Arkansas’ I-30 Speedway and Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Oklahoma will host the following night’s action. Friday’s third round and Saturday’s finale will be held at the 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas.

Entering Wednesday’s event, five-time series champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the “Freedom Tour” with five victories. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) has four triumphs while Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, Oklahoma), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona), and “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl (Las Cruces, New Mexico) are with two wins. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma), Mike Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona), Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico), and Danny Smith (Sapulpa, Oklahoma) have a single victory.

Last year, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the Little Rock mini-series opener behind the wheel of the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries car. The following night, Blake Hahn took top honors at Creek County Speedway in his #52 Lucas Oil entry. R.J. Johnson claimed Wichita’s third round in Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products Sherman and Davis earned the Saturday night finale at 81 Speedway.

Looking for his first USAC SouthWest championship, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has a 97-point advantage over the competition. “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Michael Curtis, R.J. Johnson, Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, Josh Pelkey, Chris Bonneau, and Zack Madrid round out the top-10 drivers. At press time, Davis and Johnson are tied for the series lead with four victories on the season. Gile, Mihocko, and California’s Brody Roa have one win during the campaign.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their second appearance at I-30 Speedway on Wednesday, August 15th. Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) took the lead from R.J. Johnson on lap 29 to score his first Arkansas win. Located at 12297 Interstate 30 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the high banked 1/4-mile oval will also spotlight the IMCA Modifieds and Factory Stocks. Adult tickets are $15 and kids 6-12 are $1 when accompanied by an adult. For more details, visit www.i-30speedway.com or call 501.455.4567.

The following night, August 16th, the “Freedom Tour” will return to Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Danny Smith won the 2013 debut and other wins were scored by Blake Hahn (2), Brady Bacon, and R.J. Johnson. Located on the historic Route 66 at 18450 West Highway 66, the semi-banked 1/4-mile oval will also feature Dwarf Cars and POWRi West Midgets. Adult tickets are $20, Kids (11-14) are $10, and Children (10 & under) are FREE. For more information, visit www.creekcountyspeedway.co or call 918.693.7223 (RACE).

81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas will host the third night (Friday, August 17th) and the Saturday finale of the "Freedom Tour." “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl claimed the 2013 debut, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin won the next two years, and rain claimed the 2016 event. R.J. Johnson and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. celebrated victories at the famed racetrack last season. Located at 100 West 77th Street North, the 3/8-mile clay oval will also showcase the AAA Modifieds, Rookie Modifieds, and Thumpers on Friday. Saturday’s action packed card will also feature NCRA Modifieds and Modlites. Friday Adult tickets are $15 and Children (11 & under) are FREE. Saturday Adult tickets are $20 and Children (11 & under) are FREE. For more details, visit www.race81speedway.com or call 316.755.1781.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

USAC SOUTHWEST “FREEDOM TOUR” WINS: 5-R.J. Johnson, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Blake Hahn, 2-Mike Martin, 2-Rick Ziehl, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Bonneau, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Danny Smith.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-709, 2. Tye Mihocko-612, 3. Mike Martin-577, 4. Michael Curtis-510, 5. R.J. Johnson-480, 6. Matt Lundy-476, 7. Dennis Gile-440, 8. Josh Pelkey-436, 9. Chris Bonneau-361, 10. Zack Madrid-288, 11. Andy Reinbold-283, 12. Tyler Most-274, 13. Tyler Adams-200, 14. Sterling Cling-196, 15. Austin Kuehl-174, 16. Jake Swanson-172, 17. Kyle Shipley-162, 18. Mason Keefer-156, 19. Matt Rossi-155, 20. Brent Yarnal-149.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
August 15: I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FIELD OF 40+ GUNS FOR SATURDAY'S BETTENHAUSEN 100 AT SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (August 13, 2018).........A field of 40-plus USAC Silver Crown Champ Car drivers are expected to compete in this Saturday's "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

From top-to-bottom, the list includes seven Silver Crown championships, 13 "Bettenhausen 100" victories and 97 total Silver Crown wins, with 15 states represented.

One of those past race winners includes reigning "Bettenhausen 100" winner Justin Grant. The Ione, California native led 79 laps and staved off a hard-charge by Kody Swanson in the final laps, including a green-white-checkered finish, to capture his first career Silver Crown victory. In the process, he became the first driver to get his first series win at the Springfield Mile since fellow Californian Cole Whitt in 2009.

Two-time "Bettenhausen 100" winner Kody Swanson arrives as the white-hot talent, one who's been undefeated in Silver Crown competition since the beginning of May, earning a Silver Crown record five consecutive victories over that span. Along the way, the Kingsburg, Calif. driver has constructed a 126-point lead over Grant in the standings. His victory on the paved high banks of Indiana's Salem Speedway last Saturday was the 24thof his Silver Crown career, breaking Jack Hewitt's 30-year old record as the winningest Silver Crown driver of all-time.

Brian Tyler owns four "Bettenhausen 100" wins. In last year's race, the Pleasant Garden, N.C. driver shot to the front in a hurry and led 21 laps through the middle portion of the race before a gear issue halted his spectacular ride. In the last mile dirt race at the "Hoosier Hundred" on the Indy Mile, Tyler led 27 laps, and was leading, before a massive accident in turn one ended their night.

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, a three-time winner on the Springfield Mile, has teamed up with Illinois car owner Gene Kazmark to compete in the "Bettenhausen 100." Darland leads all drivers in series history with 198 career starts entering the event and has made five starts in 2018 with a best finish of 9th in May's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds after charging from the 28th starting spot.

Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester, the 1998 victor, aims to make his 25th "Bettenhausen 100" start. The 1989 USAC National Midget champ owns victories in all three USAC national divisions throughout his decorated racing career as he guns for Springfield win
number two in the familiar red No. 51.

A.J. Fike is a familiar face in Illinois State Fairgrounds' victory lane, earning back-to-back Silver Crown victories in 2012 and 2013 as well as an ARCA Stock Car triumph in 2015. The Galesburg, Illinois driver makes his return to Springfield behind the wheel of Dave and Dennis McQuinn's No. 41 alongside teammate and 1982 Silver Crown champ Ken Schrader of Fenton, Missouri, who's among five past Silver Crown titlists in the field, including Dave Darland (1997), 2017 pole sitter Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. (2008), Swanson (2014-15-17) and Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. (2016). Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon is looking for Silver Crown victory number one.

Drivers who've broken into victory lane in year's past, but are seeking to get their first triumph at Springfield include C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind., who will debut Mickey Meyer's new hand-lettered No. 10. Germantown, Tennessee's Jeff Swindell charged from 28th to 3rd last year at Springfield will be joined by David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Windom and Fike are among the nine Illini entered to run along with two-time Du Quoin Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum (Benton), one-time Du Quoin winner Shane Cottle (Kansas), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville), J.C. Bland (Springfield), Joey Moughan (Springfield), Terry Babb (Decatur), Chris Urish (Elkhart) and Korey Weyant (Springfield).

Weyant is one of 11 series Rookies entered, along with leading series Rookie Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) Neil Shepherd (Warsaw, Ind), Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Johnny Petrozelle (Denton, N.C.), Chris Dyson (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), Keith Burch (Farmington, MO), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Austin Mundie (Dallas, Texas) and Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.).

The Rookie crop is complemented by a competitive group of veterans racing into Springfield such as Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Joe Liguori (Tampa, Fla.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Jackie Burke (Houston, Texas), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Casey Shuman (Tempe, Ariz.), Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.), Chris Fetter (Troy, Mo.) and Danny Long (Bonne Terre, Mo.).

On Saturday, registration and pits will open at 7am, grandstands and ticket office at 9pm, Silver Crown practice at 10am, two-lap qualifying at 11:30am, Sportsman hot laps at noon, Silver Crown semi at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm and the "Bettenhausen 100" at 2pm.

Advanced adult tickets are $25. Day of Race Adult 12 and older tickets are $30. Children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35. Children pit passes (11 and under) are $20. Infield tickets for adults are $20.00. Children 6-11 are $5. Children under 5 are FREE!

You can listen to all the action LIVE on the USAC App or watch on-demand within a day of the race at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"BETTENHAUSEN 100" ENTRY LIST:
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing)
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL (Bland Brothers Enterprises)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Mickey Meyer)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Swanson Racing)
24 (R) KEITH BURCH/Farmington, MO (Keith Burch)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Joey Moughan)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 JACKIE BURKE/Houston, TX (Jackie Burke)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
41 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dave & Dennis McQuinn)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (SET Racing)
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Bateman Racing)
56 (R) KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
88 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Fetter Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Gene Kazmark)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender.

USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” This Week!

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (August 13, 2018) – The time is here!

Sprint Car racing fans throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas will get their best 2018 dose of “traditional” non-wing Sprint Car racing action with this week’s Sixth Annual USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour”.

The four-race mini-series takes place over the course of four nights beginning on Wednesday night at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway before moving on to Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s Creek County Speedway on Thursday night and then culminating with two big nights at Park City, Kansas’ 81 Speedway near Wichita on Friday and Saturday.

Plenty of prize money is up for grabs as well with a $2,500 winner’s share hanging in the balance over all four nights along with $250-to-start for each feature event.

Current USAC Southwest Sprint Car points leader Charles Davis, Jr., of Buckeye, AZ, leads the southwest contingent that includes the likes of Mike Martin, Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Shon Deskins, Chris Bonneau, Matt Lundy and Bobby Seals among others.

Best known as “Chargin’ Charles”, Charles Davis, Jr., topped last year’s opening leg at I-30 Speedway before parking it once again at the 81 Speedway beer garden in the Saturday night finale to run his career “Freedom Tour” win total to four triumphs.

The southwest forces will face a stout crop of local contenders at each stop with Tim Crawley leading the I-30 Speedway charge on Wednesday night after a strong runner-up finish in last year’s event.

Sapulpa’s Blake Hahn defended his home turf at Creek County Speedway for the second time in three years last August while Wichita’s Jeremy Campbell sheds his wings to defend his preferred 81 Speedway clay.

Others expected to take on the travelers over at least portions of the week include Sapulpa’s Danny Smith, Andrew Deal, Jonathan Beason, Kyle Clark, Forrest Sutherland, Michelle Decker, Tim Kent, Casey Wills, Anthony Nicholson, David Stephenson and more.

In five previous years of USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour” competition, nine different drivers have earned feature wins in 19 events. R.J. Johnson leads the way with five triumphs while Charles Davis, Jr., has picked off four wins after taking two-of-four last year. Rick Ziehl, Mike Martin and Blake Hahn have each notched two wins with single “Freedom Tour” triumphs going to Danny Smith, Brady Bacon, Mike Bonneau and Josh Hodges.

2018 USAC Southwest Sprint Cars Sixth Annual “Freedom Tour” Schedule:

Wednesday, August 15 – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR), Racing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults with children 6-12 just $1 when accompanied by an adult. Past Winners: Charles Davis, Jr. (2017). For more information, check online at https://i-30speedway.com/.

Thursday, August 16 – Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK), Racing at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults with children 11-14 just $10 and kids 10 and under free. Past winners: Danny Smith (2013), Brady Bacon (2014), Blake Hahn (2015), R.J. Johnson (2016), Blake Hahn (2017). For more information, check online at http://www.creekcountyspeedway.co/.

Friday and Saturday, August 17-18 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS), Racing at 7:00 p.m. on both nights. Tickets are $15 for adults on Friday and $20 on Saturday with children 11 and under free on both nights. Past Winners: Rick Ziehl (2013), Mike Martin (2014), Mike Martin (2015), Mother Nature (2016), R.J. Johnson (2017 Friday night), Charles Davis, Jr. (2017 Saturday night). For more information, check online at http://www.race81speedway.com/.

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

 

 

DARLAND RIDES AGAIN AT SPRINGFIELD SATURDAY FOR KAZMARK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (Aug. 13, 2018).........Dave Darland, a three-time winner on the Springfield Mile, has teamed up with car owner Gene Kazmark to compete in this Saturday's "Bettenhausen 100" USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Darland leads all drivers in series history with 198 career starts entering the event on the one-mile dirt oval and has made five starts in 2018 with a best finish of 9th in May's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds after charging from the 28th starting spot.

Kazmark's No. 92 will make its debut appearance on the dirt this season after a pair of strong performances on the pavement with driver Jim Anderson, who finished 8th at Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway in May and 4th at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin back in June.

Darland has won the "Bettenhausen 100" on three occasions, in 1997, 1999 and 2003. His three Springfield Champ Car wins are tied for third all-time with driver Rodger Ward, Al Unser, Mario Andretti and Tony Bettenhausen. Darland leads all drivers in terms of mileage completed at Springfield with 1951 and could become the first driver to break 2000 this Saturday.

Additionally, Darland tops the list with the most times running at the finish (15) and has completed the full 100-mile distance on 13 occasions, tied for the lead. He's also tied for the most top-10's at Springfield, earning 13th of them throughout his career.

The 1997 champion's 14 career wins ranks sixth in series history alongside seven-time Springfield Silver Crown winner Chuck Gurney. Darland, who leads all drivers with 62 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins, made the field for his first "Bettenhausen 100" in 1991, starting 24th and finishing 33rd for car owner Frank Faurote.

Kazmark's Joliet, Illinois-based team competed with the Silver Crown series full-time with Chris Windom last season, scoring a victory in the 2017 season opener at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Darland and the Kazmark team are among the 40-plus entries expected for Saturday's event, which traces its roots with AAA and USAC Championship racing back to Billy Winn's victory in 1934.

On Saturday, registration and pits will open at 7am, grandstands and ticket office at 9pm, Silver Crown practice at 10am, qualifying at 11:30am, Sportsman hot laps at noon, Silver Crown semi at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm and the "Bettenhausen 100" at 2pm.

You can listen to all the action LIVE on the USAC App or watch on-demand within a day of the race at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

HULL WINS AGAIN AT BEAR RIDGE

Bradford, VT........Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. scored his fourth victory of the 2018 USAC Laquerre's Sports DMA Speed2 Midget campaign Saturday night, taking the 25-lapper at Bear Ridge Speedway. Adam Whitney finished second ahead of Derek O'Hearn, Joe Krawiec and Seth Carlson.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 11, 2018 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Randy Higginson (#84 Higginson), 2. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller), 3. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 4. Robert White (#68 White), 5. Mike Chaffee (#18c Miller), 6. Brandon Emerson (#8 Emerson). NT SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 2. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 3. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 4. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 5. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 6. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 7. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 8. Alex Rose (#11 Rose). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Will Hull, 2. Adam Whitney, 3. Derek O'Hearn, 4. Joe Krawiec, 5. Seth Carlson, 6. Jason Goff, 7. Justin Phillips, 8. Jeff Horn, 9. Bobby White, 10. Randy Higginson, 11. Mike Chaffee, 12. Manny Dias, 13. Brandon Emerson, 14. Hunter Garduno (#88 Garduno). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps N/A (yet to come) NEW USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-616, 2-Carlson-611, 3-Krawiec-596, 4-Hull-578, 5-O'Hearn-550, 6-Phillips-550, 7-Chaffee-468. 8-Whitney-453, 9-Emerson-397, 10-Dias-379.

NEXT USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: August 17 - Malta, NY - Albany Saratoga Speedway

 

 

MORGAN TOPS SPOON RIVER IMRA SPEED2S

Canton, IL........Shane Morgan of Cree Coeur, Ill. won Saturday night's 20-lap Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. Completing the "top-five" were Kurt Mueller, Brent Burrows, Dave Baugh and Broc Hunnell.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 11, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Broc Hunnell (#37 Raymond), 2. Kurt Mueller (#83 Muueller). 3. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 4. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 5. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 6. Jason Allen (#28 Allen), 7. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 8. Blake Haynes (#9B Haynes). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Triplett (#51R Johnson), 2. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 3. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Tori Smith (#18 Smith), 5. Daltyn England (#19E England), 6. Tyler Roth (#18 Roth). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Shane Morgan, 2. Kurt Mueller, 3. Brent Burrows, 4. Dave Baugh, 5. Broc Hunnell, 6. Jake Sollenberger, 7. Tori Smith, 8. Daltyn England, 9. Jeff Mallonee, 10. Jason Allen, 11. Brett Triplett, 12. Blake Haynes, 13. Andy Baugh, 14. Tyler Roth, 15. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Mueller, Laps 2-20 Morgan.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-822, 2-Robby McQuinn-662, 3-Morgan-597, 4-Mueller-509, 5-Sollenberger-461; 6-England-440, 7-Burrows-433, 8-Blake Buchholz-432, 9-Gedd Ross-410, 10-Battefeld-391.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 RACE: August 12 - Quincy (IL) Quincy Raceways

 

 

BRIGGS LEADS ALL 20 AT MONTPELIER

Montpelier, IN........Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway. Alex Watson took second ahead of Cory Guingrich, series leader Aaron Leffel and Jon Steed.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 11, 2018 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow)

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Stratton Briggs (Briggs #71), 2. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 3. Cory Guingrich (Guingrich #11G), 4. Aaron Leffel (Taylor #11L), 5. Jon Steed (#7s Steed), 6. Kevin Blue (Blue #7DW), 7. Tom Hessel (#7T Hessel), 8. Jon Watson (Watson #25), 9. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 10. Tyler Keys (#5c Keys), 11. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 12. Don Bigelow (#4 Bigelow), 13. Brent Watson (17K Watson), 14. Brandon Watson (#29 Watson). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Briggs.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-582. 2-A.Watson-434, 3-Chett Gehrke-432, 4-Briggs-431, 5-Guingrich-395, 6-J.Watson-384, 7-Steed-376, 8-Trey Osborne-278, 9-John Heydenreich-268, 10-Kriegbaum-248.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: September 1 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

LEMKE WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN AT MADERA

Madera, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister. Calif. extended his lead in the USAC Western Speed2 Midget overall and pavement standings after winning Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Madera Speedway. Joey Iest was second ahead of Johnny Nichols, Ethan Lesser and Bryant Bell. Lesser was making his first start of the year after taking a hiatus from the series.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: August 11, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-14.764; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.794; 3. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.172, 4. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-15.519; 5. Bryant Bell, 00x, Jessop-15.670.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Iest, 2. Lemke, 3. Nichols, 4. Bell, 5. Lesser. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Johnny Nichols, 4. Ethan Lesser, 5. Bryant Bell. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-785, 2-Iest-607, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Nichols-353, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Tyler Slay-216, 7-Keoni Texeira-137, 8-Ariel Biggs-82, 9-Jimmy May-75, 10-Toni Briedinger-72.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-575, 2-Blake Brannon-439, 3-Iest-399, 4-Nichols-353, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Tony Briedinger-72, 7-Lesser-68, 8-Bell-65.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 7 - Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - "So-Cal Super Nationals"

 

 

LAMB WINS "SUMMER JAM" SPEED2 AT SWANSBORO

Swansboro, NC........Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. captured Saturday night's 35-lap "Summer Jam" USAC Eastern Speed2 feature at Carteret County Speedway. Nolan Allison was second, followed by Connor Gross, fast qualifier Jessica Bean and Neal Allison.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET Special Event RACE RESULTS: August 11, 2018 - Swansboro, North Carolina - Carteret County Speedway - "Summer Jam"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jessica Bean. 5, Radical-16.246; 2. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.259; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-16.308; 4. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.442; 5. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.500; 6. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-16.587; 7. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16.966.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Nolan Allison, 3. Connor Gross, 4. Jessica Bean, 5. Neal Allison, 6. Sam Hatfield, 7. Jordan Empie. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Gross, Laps 19-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-503, 2-Nolan Allison-461, 3-Neal Allison-455, 4-Hatfield-408, 5-Empie-376, 6-Lamb-286, 7-Dameron Taylor-245, 8-Gross-172, 9-Levi Riffle-111, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: August 25 - Dillon (SC) Motor Speedway

 

 

SMITH BACK IN POINT LEAD AFTER ADA SPRINT WIN

Ada, OK........Danny Smith of Sand Springs, Okla. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Oklahoma Sports Park. His victory left back on thop of the series standings by two over Brett Wilson. Cameron Hagin was second Saturday ahead of Wilson, Tim Kent and Bryan Debrick.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 11, 2018 - Ada, Oklahoma - Oklahoma Sports Park

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 2. Bryan Debrck (#10 Debrick), 3. Robert Sellers (#21C Cothran), 4. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 5. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 6. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre), 7. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 8. David McDuffie (#43 McDuffie), 9. Jared Baird (#22 Barksdale). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 2. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 3. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), 4. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 5. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 6. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 7. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn), 8. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Danny Smith, 2. Cameron Hagin, 3. Brett Wilson, 4. Tim Kent, 5. Bryan Debrick, 6. Casey Wills, 7. Robert Sellers, 8. David Stephenson, 9. Michael Tyre II, 10. Ty Hulsey, 11. Craig Carroll, 12. Johnny Kent, 13. Cody Jarvis, 14. Grant Wresche, 15. David McDuffee, 16. Jared Baird, 17. Justin Dunn. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Smith.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Smith-1,068, 2-Wilson-1,066, 3-Carroll-969, 4-Hagin-964, 5-Wills-929, 6-Tyre-926, 7-J.Kent-894, 8-Hulsey-804, 9-Jarvis-783, 10-Wresche-771.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 2 - Meeker, OK - Red Dirt Raceway

 

 

SWANSON BECOMES WINNINGEST SILVER CROWN DRIVER WITH SALEM SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Salem, Indiana.........On a night when he was in a class of his own on the Salem Speedway high banks, Kody Swanson put himself in a class of his own in the record books.

The Kingsburg, California native led the 59th "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" from start to finish in a landslide, perhaps the best on-track performance he's displayed of all 24 of his series victories, to surpass Jack Hewitt and become the USAC Silver Crown division's winningest driver.

Swanson set additional records, including notching his fifth consecutive series win, which passed the four-straight wins accomplished by Hewitt in 1986 and Tom Bigelow between 1975 and 1976. His third-straight "James/O'Connor" triumph slotted him into exclusive company as only the second driver to win that many consecutively. Pancho Carter won four-in-a-row between 1974 and 1977.

Twenty-one of those 24 wins have come behind the wheel of the DePalma Motorsports/Bob Hampshire-wrenched No. 63. Hampshire was also the crew chief on Hewitt's win streak and the majority of his Silver Crown wins over the years. Swanson is quick to credit his crew on the Lima, Ohio-based team. It's something he doesn't take for granted.

"It's so hard to believe," Swanson exclaimed. "It's what you dream about and what you wish for, but you never really give it a real chance. Silver Crown cars have long been my favorite, so to be on that list is special, let alone be at the top. But I didn't do it alone, though. Not a single one."

After all the preparation and anticipation between races, the anxiousness and butterflies dissipate once the green flag drops. It becomes all business. Swanson was proficient right from the outset, setting quick time in qualifying, then jumping out to the lead at the start.

David Byrne was pretty much the lone challenger to Swanson's throne early on, driving through an impressive shower of sparks that engulfed the nighttime sky to second by lap four and was routinely challenging for the race lead throughout the first third of the 75-lapper.

Following a lap 15 yellow for a slowing Matt Goodnight, Byrne remained relentless on the lone restart of the night, diving inside Swanson multiple times to no avail before slotting back in as the leader of the high-wire act displayed by Swanson's pursuers, followed by Bobby Santos, Chris Windom and Jerry Coons, Jr.

Between laps 30 and 40, Swanson extended his lead from a mere half-second to a 2.5 second challenge as he cut through the lapped traffic with the precision of a laser-guided missile.

#63 Kody Swanson battles #07 Jacob Wilson during Saturday "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. (Sean Cavanah Photo)

On the 53rd lap, Windom grabbed second from Santos and began shrinking Swanson's lead ever so slightly over the next handful of laps. Yet, the shrinkage didn't last long, and Swanson opened up the lead once again, upping the interval to over six seconds and a near half-straightaway advantage that would simply not be overcome, challenging and lapping cars that were competing for the lead with him seemingly just moments earlier.

Swanson was flawless all night long, winning by just a tick under 8.5 seconds, and setting a new 75-lap track record in the process, over Windom, Santos, Coons and a career-best finish for Kyle Hamilton.

You couldn't script a better performance than Swanson showcased on a fairytale night in which the record books were cast aside, and a new edition was published. From dirt to pavement, this team seems to be on the same page much more often than not and Saturday night's performance at Salem certainly showed.

"Salem is such a tough and challenging racetrack, not only physically as a driver, but man it's hard on everything to have a car that will be good the whole race," Swanson said. "These guys go the distance for me every time and we do it together. My wife and I drive to the shop and put in the effort with them. As far as a team, we're all in it together. That's what makes it so special."

There are many things that make Swanson appreciate the efforts of his crew, including his spotter, and wife, Jordan. But it's the competition that keeps Swanson and crew challenging themselves to be better every time they hit the racetrack.

"Part of the reason every win is special in Silver Crown is because of who you're racing against," Swanson said. "Everyone's here. Our crew goes the extra mile and they're always trying something to get better because you know they are. Every win is special because they're all great competitors and they're here to win just like any of us. If you're going to beat them, you're going to have to put in the extra time and you're going to have to have a little bit of luck too."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 11, 2018 - Salem Speedway - Salem, Indiana - Discover Scott County "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" presented by Kentuckiana Ford Dealers

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.001; 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20, Nolen-16.186; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-16.264; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-16.298; 5. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-16.353; 6. Eric Gordon, 21, Armstrong-16.479; 7. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-16.493; 8. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-16.540; 9. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-16.566; 10. Dave Darland, 32, Williams/Wright-16.922; 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.061; 12. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-17.194; 13. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.329; 14. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-17.434; 15. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker/Nix-18.008; 16. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-18.497; 17. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-19.065; 18. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-20.881; 19. Terry James, 16, Logan-NT

FEATURE: (75 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Bobby Santos (3), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 5. Kyle Hamilton (7), 6. Justin Grant (8), 7. Jacob Wilson (9), 8. David Byrne (4), 9. Dave Darland (10), 10. Travis Welpott (12), 11. John Heydenreich (15), 12. Mike Haggenbottom (16), 13. Patrick Lawson (14), 14. Eric Gordon (6), 15. Matt Goodnight (13), 16. Toni Breidinger (17), 17. Kyle Robbins (11), 18. Cody Gallogly (18), 19. Terry James (19). 24:06.27 (New Track Record) ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-75 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: John Heydenreich (15th to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Patrick Lawson

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-508, 2-Grant-382, 3-Windom-363, 4-Byrne-341, 5-Santos-329, 6-Coons-286, 7-Welpott-280, 8-Goodnight-263, 9-Aaron Pierce-239, 10-Robbins-228.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE August 18 - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Illinois - "Bettenhausen 100"

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 11, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “32nd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” – co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-13.634; 2. Tanner Thorson, 3C, Lamar-13.810; 3. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.840; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-13.880; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.884; 6. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-13.906; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.017; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-14.059; 9. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.104; 10. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-14.198; 11. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-14.238; 12. Matt Day, 97, Day-14.314; 13. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-14.403; 14. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-14.432; 15. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-14.502; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.727; 17. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.856; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.074.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Bernal, 3. Montgomery, 4. Shaw, 5. Bock, 6. Hix. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Thorson, 3. Stolz, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Herrera, 6. Liggett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. McQueen, 3. Carter, 4. Ervine, 5. Day, 6. Linson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Tristan Guardino, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Austin Liggett, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Trent Carter, 8. Koen Shaw, 9. Ryan Stolz, 10. Ricky Kirkbride, 11. Steve Hix, 12. Britton Bock, 13. Austin Ervine, 14. James Herrera, 15. Jordan Linson, 16. Ryan Timmons, 17. Matt Day, 18. Kaleb Montgomery. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Thorson, Laps 11-30 Bernal SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (17th to 5th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: August 25 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

August 11, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “32nd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 25, Rodela-13.713; 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.822; 3. Tanner Thorson, 3C, Lamar-13.868; 4. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-13.983; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.064; 6. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-14.068; 7. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.117; 8. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-14.122; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-14.132; 10. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.153; 11. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-14.194; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-14.280; 13. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-14.371; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.391; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.595; 16. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-14.703; 17. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.343; 18. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-NT; 19. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2, Dalby, 3. Faccinto, 4. Guerrini, 5. Beilman, 6. Anderson. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. McQueen, 3. Ruston, 4. Pankratz, 5. Ito, 6. Prickett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Cofer, 3. Thorson, 4. Josett, 5. Sarna, 6. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Robert Dalby, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Maria Cofer, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Robby Josett, 7. Clayton Ruston, 8. Daniel Anderson, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Alex Schutte, 13. David Prickett, 14. Shannon McQueen, 15. Frankie Guerrini, 16. Kyle Beilman, 17. Dylan Ito. NT ----------------------- **Ito, Beilman, and Guerrini flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Cofer, Laps 7-30 Gardner SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Daniel Anderson (16th to 8th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: September 1&2 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 11, 2018 - Salem Speedway - Salem, Indiana - Discover Scott County "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" presented by Kentuckiana Ford Dealers

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.001; 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20, Nolen-16.186; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-16.264; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-16.298; 5. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-16.353; 6. Eric Gordon, 21, Armstrong-16.479; 7. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-16.493; 8. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-16.540; 9. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-16.566; 10. Dave Darland, 32, Williams/Wright-16.922; 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.061; 12. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-17.194; 13. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.329; 14. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-17.434; 15. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker/Nix-18.008; 16. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-18.497; 17. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-19.065; 18. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-20.881; 19. Terry James, 16, Logan-NT

FEATURE: (75 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Bobby Santos (3), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 5. Kyle Hamilton (7), 6. Justin Grant (8), 7. Jacob Wilson (9), 8. David Byrne (4), 9. Dave Darland (10), 10. Travis Welpott (12), 11. John Heydenreich (15), 12. Mike Haggenbottom (16), 13. Patrick Lawson (14), 14. Eric Gordon (6), 15. Matt Goodnight (13), 16. Toni Breidinger (17), 17. Kyle Robbins (11), 18. Cody Gallogly (18), 19. Terry James (19). 24:06.27 (New Track Record)
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: John Heydenreich (15th to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Patrick Lawson

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-508, 2-Grant-382, 3-Windom-363, 4-Byrne-341, 5-Santos-329, 6-Coons-286, 7-Welpott-280, 8-Goodnight-263, 9-Aaron Pierce-239, 10-Robbins-228.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE August 18 - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Illinois - "Bettenhausen 100"


 

 

HOT ROD HEYDENREICH ENTERS SATURDAY'S
JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL

Salem, Indiana.........John Heydenreich has signed on to drive A.J. Felker Racing's USAC Silver Crown car when the series hits the high banks this Saturday, August 11, at Salem Speedway for the 59th running of the "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial."

The Bloomsburg, Pa. driver is one of 18 drivers in series history to have started at least 100 races. The 1998 "Rocky Mountain Classic" Silver Crown winner at Colorado's Pikes Peak International Raceway reached the triple digits in his most recent start, in 2016, at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. This Saturday's race will mark Heydenreich's first appearance in the "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" since competing in the midget portion of the 2000 event.

Heydenreich's Felker Racing ride will have a familiar look, sporting the cherry red colors and the No. 43 seen for so many years on Ricky Nix's cars. Felker purchased the combo car from Nix last year just prior to his passing and decided to keep the car pretty much the same out of respect.

The very same car, sponsored by Ricky Nix Tire Service, Eddie Gilstrap Motors and Nick Bohannon LLC, ran on the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt in the "Hoosier Hundred" earlier this May with driver Daniel Robinson.

Car owner Felker is a longtime midget racer himself, winning on the banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, but has yet to strike gold at Salem, located just about 45 minutes from his home in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Additional entries for Saturday's 75-lap race on the .555-mile paved oval are four past series champs, including two-time and defending "James/O'Connor" winner Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, California. The three-time series champ (2014-15-17) leads the standings in the DePalma Motorsport No. 63 as he aims to win an unprecedented fifth series race in a row become the winningest driver in the history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series. He's currently tied with Jack Hewitt at 23 career triumphs.

The three additional Silver Crown champs in the field include the pair out of the Gene Nolen Racing stable: Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, fresh off a two-win performance at "Indiana Sprint Week" will wheel the No. 32 for Williams & Wright Racing.

The field is also stacked with a bevy of USAC National feature winners. Among them are 2008 "James/O'Connor" winner Jacob Wilson of Crawfordsville, Ind., Salem first-timer Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind., 2000 winner Eric Gordon of Greenfield, Ind., Phoenix winner Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass., the driver who recorded the fastest official Silver Crown lap, Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind., 2014 Lucas Oil Raceway last-lap winner David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisc. and Terre Haute victor Justin Grant of Ione, Calif.

The Discover Scott County "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" presented by Kentuckiana Ford Dealers featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks gets underway with the opening of the pit area at 1pm, the opening of the front gates at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3pm, practice at 3:30pm, qualifying at 5:45pm and racing at 7pm.

Adult and teen reserve tickets are $23. Tickets for kids age 7-12 are $5 with ages 6 and under getting in for free.

Fans can listen to the race live on the USAC app or catch video of the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://www.twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

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"JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL" ENTRY LIST:
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
16 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Dr. Jim Logan)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
80 (R) TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
81 (R) CODY GALLOGLY/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Rookie of the Year contender.

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BC39 ENTRY LIST NEARS 70!
USAC CHAMPS YELEY, COONS, WINDOM, GARDNER ENTER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........The entry list for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink continues to grow by leaps and bounds as the car count has now reached 67 on the latest tally for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget event that will be held September 5-6 at the new Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

J.J. Yeley is a veteran of both the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, but this year, he'll take his talents to the dirt bullring at IMS aboard Joe Dooling's No. 63D as a teammate to Kevin Thomas, Jr. Yeley, of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of USAC's most prolific drivers with four national titles, including a sweep of the Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget championships in 2003.

Fellow Arizona native Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson has earned all three USAC National titles in his illustrious career as well. He teams up on the Petry Motorsports team alongside a driver who's two-thirds of the way there, 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom of Canton, Ill., plus Rookie Jason McDougal of Broken Arrow, Okla.

Concord, California's Damion Gardner is the USAC/CRA Sprint Car division's most decorated driver in wins (77) and championships (6) and is the current point leader in search to his sixth consecutive crown. He will take the wheel of Tom Malloy's No. 25 for the BC39.

Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. has won twice this season in USAC P1 Insurance National Midget competition, once during "Indiana Midget Week" at Lincoln Park Speedway in May and again in the latest stop at BAPS Motor Speedway last Sunday in the "Pennsylvania Midget Week" finale. His father, Billy, was the pole sitter for the 1998 Indianapolis 500.

Fremont, California's Shane Golobic is a past USAC National Midget winner indoors in the 2016 season opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. One year later, he was the "Indiana Midget Week" champion. He's part of a star-studded Clauson-Marshall Racing lineup that also includes Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Zeb Wise, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and a driver to be announced.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Roy Caruthers, who was victorious in the 1988 Hoosier Dome Invitational Midget race, is a surprise addition to the entry list with Boyle Racing Headquarters listed as the entrant.

Entries are continuing to be filed each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRESENTED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRIES

(67 cars as of August 8, 2018)

1 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG TBA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
25x DAMION GARDNER/Concord, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)
35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
TBA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

 

 

 

USAC CHAMP WINDOM LANDS BC39 RIDE WITH PETRY

Speedway, Indiana.........Chris Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist, has landed a midget ride for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink September 5-6 at the Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Canton, Illinois driver will team up with Petry Motorsports and the Tony Elliott Foundation to run the Petry Excavating - Bolted Spine Designs/Spike/Speedway Toyota No. 35 for the mega event, featuring the largest purse in USAC P1 Insurance National Midget racing this season.

Windom is one three drivers entered for Petry Motorsports in the "BC39," alongside USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. and Rookie sensation Jason McDougal of Broken Arrow, Okla.

Windom has made one appearance in a USAC National Midget event in 2018 back in April at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. He leads the USAC National Sprint Car standings with three victories, plus titles in both "Eastern Storm" and "Indiana Sprint Week." He's currently third in USAC's Silver Crown standings.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA’S “32ND ANNUAL BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL”

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 7, 2018... The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, August 11th. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, the “32nd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” is the third of four appearances at “The West’s Best Short Track.” The action packed card will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, Mini Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and the Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535 SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78 FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101 COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S B&B: FRAC-0375S SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Saturday's event honors Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race car builder, and crew chief at Santa Maria. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bud built Stock Cars in the late 1950s and wrenched for Al Smith's Super Modified. When the Santa Maria track opened in 1964, Stanfield served as crew chief for several teams and later drove in the Limited Stock Car division. In 1978, Bud started a family owned Modified and Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen. The low budget team built their own cars for several years and enjoyed moderate success. Unable to find the sponsorship needed to rebuild the team's equipment, Stanfield became the crew chief for Mike Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors Racing Sprint Car, Knopf had immediate results with several fast times and strong finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14, 1984, Bud was struck by an out of control sprinter that came off the track. After having brain surgery and spending a month in a coma, Stanfield would later succumb to his injuries. Since then, Santa Maria Raceway continues to honor the memory of a racer's racer- Bud Stanfield.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-five West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with five victories. In the last two appearances, Troy Rutherford claimed the April 28th show, and Austin Liggett topped the June 9th “Ron Otto Memorial.” On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. A complete series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

With three point races remaining on the schedule, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) has a 106-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett lead the July 28th Bakersfield main event for 22 laps before scoring third at the checkered flags. To date, the point leader has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led on the year. The 2012 Rookie of the Year has seven career triumphs and will be looking to add the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” to his win list.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) is second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino was Bakersfield’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger with a second place run from ninth. At press time, the micro sprint graduate has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. With four career wins, Tristan will have his sights on Saturday’s $1,500 payday.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons earned his first career win at Bakersfield Speedway on July 28th. Heading to the twelfth point race, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and eight top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Ryan will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, California) has climbed to fourth in the West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #88K Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw charged from eighth to fifth in the July 28th feature. With two hard charger awards and seven top-10 finishes on the season, Shaw will be looking to claim his first main event win this Saturday night.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) is fifth in the championship point standings. Racing Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen raced to a sixth place finish at Bakersfield after starting eleventh. At press time, the 2012 USAC Western Midget Champion has nine top-10 finishes on the season and will have her sights on her first sprint car win at Santa Maria.

Currently seventh in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, California), Brent Owens (Covina, California), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, Matt Day, and more.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) also leads the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Car point standings. Trent Carter, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, Steve Hix, Koen Shaw, Jordan Linson, Ryan Stolz, Shannon McQueen, Austin Ervine, and Brandon Wiley round out the top-10 in points.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

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

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

BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2000-Greg Porte, 2004-Danny Sheridan, 2005-Peter Murphy, 2006-Davey Pombo, 2007-Greg Porte, 2008-Danny Faria Jr., 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-Danny Sheridan, 2012-Ryan Bernal, 2013-Richard Vander Weerd, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Jace Vander Weerd, 2017-Max Adams.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Timmons.

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

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-779, 2-Tristan Guardino-673, 3-Ryan Timmons-651, 4-Koen Shaw-578, 5-Shannon McQueen-569, 6-Steve Hix-543, 7-Britton Bock-487, 8-Danny Faria Jr,-477, 9-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 10-Jace Vander Weerd-390.

2018 SANTA MARIA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-91, 2. Trent Carter-76, 3. Tristan Guardino-74, 4. Ryan Timmons-72, 5. Steve Hix-70, -. Koen Shaw-70, 7. Jordan Linson-68, -. Ryan Stolz-68, 9. Shannon McQueen-68, 10. Austin Ervine-66, --. Brandon Wiley-66.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE August 11: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial) August 25: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3) October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night) November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points) ----------------------------------------------- ** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints. # = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

ENTRY LIST RELEASED FOR SATURDAY'S JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL

Salem, Indiana.........The entry list for this Saturday, August 11th's 59th "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" at Salem Speedway has been released, featuring a slew of the most accomplished drivers in USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series racing.

The list has four past series champs, including two-time and defending "James/O'Connor" winner Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, California. The three-time series champ (2014-15-17) leads the standings in the DePalma Motorsport No. 63 as he aims to win an unprecedented fifth series race in a row become the winningest driver in the history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series. He's currently tied with Jack Hewitt at 23 career triumphs.

The three additional Silver Crown champs in the field include the pair out of the Gene Nolen Racing stable: Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, fresh off a two-win performance at "Indiana Sprint Week" will wheel the No. 32 for Williams & Wright Racing.

The field is also stacked with a bevy of USAC National feature winners. Among them are 2008 "James/O'Connor" winner Jacob Wilson of Crawfordsville, Ind., Salem first-timer Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind., 2000 winner Eric Gordon of Greenfield, Ind., Phoenix winner Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass., the driver who recorded the fastest official Silver Crown lap, Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind., and Terre Haute victor Justin Grant of Ione, Calif.

The Discover Scott County "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" presented by Kentuckiana Ford Dealers featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks gets underway with the opening of the pit area at 1pm, the opening of the front gates at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3pm, practice at 3:30pm, qualifying at 5:45pm and racing at 7pm.

Adult and teen reserve tickets are $23. Tickets for kids age 7-12 are $5 with ages 6 and under getting in for free.

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"JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL" ENTRY LIST: 07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing) 2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson) 6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises) 7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing) 16 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Dr. Jim Logan) 17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing) 18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing) 20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing) 21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing) 22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing) 24 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing) 26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce) 32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing) 39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing) 40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing) 63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports) 80 (R) TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing) 81 (R) CODY GALLOGLY/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams) 91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing) (R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Rookie of the Year contender.

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SWANSON EYES SILVER CROWN CAREER WIN RECORD SATURDAY AT SALEM

Salem, Indiana.........The number 23 has stood proudly for three decades, but in this Saturday's 59th annual "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial," one of USAC's most coveted records could be scratched from the books with a new name added to the top in Kody Swanson.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., comes into this weekend's 75-lapper at Salem Speedway tied with Jack Hewitt as the winningest USAC Silver Crown driver of all-time at 23 victories. And there might not be a more proper place to accomplish the feat than Salem, where Kody has owned the spotlight since the series returned to the high banks in 2016.

On both occasions, the three-time Silver Crown champ started from the pole position, breaking Rich Vogler's 28-year-old one-lap record in 2016, then upping the ante in 2017 when he broke his own one-year-old record in qualifying.

Although Swanson was victorious on both occasions, by no means were either of those a shoe-in with Aaron Pierce serving as the thorn to Swanson. Pierce led 50 laps in 2016 before spinning while leading with just 15 laps remaining. The following year, Pierce took control at the front for the first 30 circuits before relinquishing the lead to Swanson.

Incidentally, just one year ago, Swanson's Salem score moved him to second all-time in Silver Crown wins with 18 and now stands with a shot at number one at the same track a mere 364 days later.

Swanson might as well be "The Eraser" as he's overtaken just about every significant record with the series in recent seasons. There's the track records, the shot at 24 wins and the pursuit of an unprecedented fourth Silver Crown title.

Plus, no driver has won five in a row which Swanson could achieve Saturday at Salem following triumphs at Ohio's Toledo Speedway, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway and Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway.

Speaking of streaks, in 2017, Swanson raced to his second-straight "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" win, which had only been done three times before by the likes of Parnelli Jones (1960-61) and Brian Gerster (2014-15). Pancho Carter (1974-75-76-77) stands alone at the top with four wins in as many years.

The Discover Scott County "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" presented by Kentuckiana Ford Dealers featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks gets underway with the opening of the pit area at 1pm, the opening of the front gates at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3pm, practice at 3:30pm, qualifying at 5:45pm and racing at 7pm.

Adult and teen reserve tickets are $23. Tickets for kids age 7-12 are $5 with ages 6 and under getting in for free.

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BOAT PAINTS IT BLACK
IN BAPS PA MIDGET WEEK CLOSER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

York Haven, Pennsylvania.........Chad Boat's switch from white to black was akin to the flick of a light switch in Sunday night's USAC P1 Insurance National and Eastern "Pennsylvania Midget Week" finale at BAPS Motor Speedway.

There was no trepidation whatsoever, however. The Phoenix, Arizona driver and his team rolled the black car out of the hauler at the 3/8-mile dirt oval with a myriad of confidence after a palate of struggles plagued them in the white ride during recent trips to Mid-America and the launch of the Pennsylvania swing.

Boat led all 30 laps and was undeniably dominant from start to finish despite a lengthy open-red situation that may have seemed like a three-hour tour to him as he sat in his seat, anticipating the final six-lap stretch.

However, Boat, as he had done time and time again on each restart throughout the 30-lapper, motored away from the competition to win his eighth career series feature.

"Honestly, we've been struggling these last five races," Boat admitted. "We knew we had this car sitting here and we knew it was fast. We ran it the last race of 'Indiana Midget Week' at Kokomo in early June, so, we said 'why not?' Obviously, when you're struggling, you have to change something. We brought it out and it worked. We have a lot of confidence in our cars, so there wasn't any worry."

Boat immediately grabbed the lead on the start from his outside front row starting position, surging past point leader and pole sitter Logan Seavey on the initial lap to gain a lengthy advantage that would be the theme throughout the whole deal.

The first stoppage for a calamity occurred on the eighth lap when series Rookie and fifth-running Kyle Craker flipped between turns three and four, catching up Tyler Courtney and Spencer Bayston in the carnage as well. Miraculously, all three were able to restart.

Throughout the mid-portion, Boat partook in no less than eight starts and restarts following yellows and reds, but each time, it would play out in a similar manner with Boat running roughshod on the field and splitting away.

"I knew the start would be crucial with Logan (Seavey)," Boat recalled. "On a big track like this, clean air is huge. Not from the standpoint of changing the car setup, but just being able to run your own race and not being in traffic, being able to run anywhere you want and do whatever you want to do with the car. I knew that was going to be huge, and once I got out front, I just tried to run my race. Obviously, with the restarts, I couldn't see behind me to see how close or how far they were. I never really saw anyone, so I kind of knew I was okay. But all the restarts had me worried."


Chad Boat (middle) stands in BAPS Motor Speedway victory lane following his "Pennsylvania Midget Week" win alongside 2nd place finisher Zeb Wise (right) and 3rd place Brady Bacon (left). (Chad Warner Photo)



The only one able to hang in Boat's neighborhood for more than a moment was Saturday night's Lanco winner Zeb Wise. On the lap 23 restart, he set up shop about four lengths from the tail of Boat, but Boat slammed that opening for opportunity and was gonzo once again.

Two laps later, the final stoppage came in the most serious accident of the night when ninth-place Kenny Miller flipped over the turn three guardrail, coming to a rest upside down nestled between the back side of the wall and the sponsor billboards. Though Miller was awake and alert when emergency personnel arrived at the scene, he was transported via ambulance for further observation.

The ensuing cleanup and the transportation of Miller led to a lengthy, 40-minute red flag period in which crews were permitted to tend to their machines to tinker and make adjustments that could alter the outcome of the race.

Boat knew what he had to do. He had to run six laps as hard as he could - six qualifying laps as he put it - to close out the contest. However, with all the talent behind the wrenches entering the fray to make their impact, it became an open invitation to get beat, as Boat points out. But, that didn't kill the vibe in the driver who's won seven of his eight career races in the month of August, three of which have come in the "Keystone State."

"I was pretty confident in what we had," Boat said. "But we made a couple changes just because Zeb was coming and, obviously, the track had changed since the beginning of the race, so we could tighten it up a little bit. The big thing was just keeping me comfortable where I could run that high line and make speed up there."

It didn't make a difference before or after the changes during the red, Boat was headed out of Pennsylvania with a fatter wallet and another trophy in his case as he once again throttled away from Wise on the restart, closing out a pretty flawless performance with a 1.812 second victory over Wise, Brady Bacon, Eastern point leader Alex Bright and Tanner Carrick.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at BAPS Motor Speedway were Spencer Bayston (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Andrew Layser (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zeb Wise (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kyle Craker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).


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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 5, 2018 - BAPS Motor Speedway - York Haven, Pennsylvania - 4th Annual "Pennsylvania Midget Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-18.257; 2. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian- 18.298; 3. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-18.305; 4. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-18.316; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-18.339; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-18.345; 7. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-18.352; 8. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-18.428; 9. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-18.494; 10. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-18.584; 11. Andrew Layser, 35, Bright-18.803; 12. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-18.834; 13. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini-18.856; 14. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-18.917; 15. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, BundyBuilt-18.965; 16. Kenny Miller, 23m, Miller-19.104; 17. Ryan Wilson, 29, Clover-19.696; 18. Jason Rice, 57, Rice-20.069; 19. Brett Conkling, 0NJ, Conkling-20.347; 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-NT; 21. Brett Arndt, 12, Heckman-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to feature) 1. Bayston, 2. Bacon, 3. Craker, 4. Seavey, 5. Miller, 6. Conkling. 2:30.50

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to feature) 1. Layser, 2. Bright, 3. Carrick, 4. Lynch, 5. Courtney, 6. Wilson, 7. Arndt. 2:29.98

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to feature) 1. Wise, 2. Boat, 3. Grant, 4. Jackson, 5. Mitchell, 6. Rice. 2:28.72 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chad Boat (2), 2. Zeb Wise (8), 3. Brady Bacon (3), 4. Alex Bright (7), 5. Tanner Carrick (5), 6. Andrew Layser (10), 7. Adam Pierson (12), 8. Spencer Bayston (6), 9. Logan Seavey (1), 10. Shawn Jackson (11), 11. Jason Rice (17), 12. Kenny Miller (15), 13. Kyle Craker (9), 14. Tyler Courtney (19), 15. Ethan Mitchell (14), 16. Brayton Lynch (13), 17. Ryan Wilson (16), 18. Brett Conkling (18), 19. Justin Grant (4). NT
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**Craker flipped on lap 8 of the feature. Miller flipped over the turn 3 guardrail on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boat.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Zeb Wise (8th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Craker

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-820, 2-Bacon-722, 3-Bayston-718, 4-Boat-717, 5-Grant-679, 6-Courtney-669, 7-Carrick-642, 8-Thomas-624, 9-Wise-523, 10-Ryan Robinson-470.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bright-1138, 2-Layser-1093, 3-Jackson-990, 4-Miller-908, 5-Pierson-901, 6-Wilson-581, 7-Ryan Greth-578, 8-Conkling-558, 9-Rice-544, 10-John Anderika-456.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 5-6 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: September 7 - Linda's Speedway - Jonestown, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

FANS FINALIZE 2018 USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES; JASON LEFFLER & THE SHANNON BROTHERS COMPLETE THE INDUCTION LIST

USAC's recent social media poll to complete the 2018 list of inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame has resulted in inductions for driver Jason Leffler and Ohio car owner brothers Bob and Gene Shannon.

The new inductees received the most votes from a select list of 14 candidates and will join six previously-announced inductees in the ceremony which accompanies the September 5-6 Drive2SaveLives "BC 39" USAC P1 Insurance National Midget race on the brand new dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Previously-announced 2018 inductees include (alphabetically) Mike Devin, Tony Elliott, Paul Goldsmith, Bill Lipkey, Troy Ruttman and Jimmy Sills.

Leffler, who raced out of Long Beach, Calif. until his demise in a sprint car crash at Bridgeport, N.J. in 2013, earned a trio of USAC National Midget Championships in 1997-98-99 and capped his USAC career with a 1998 USAC Silver Crown title. He won six Silver Crown races and captured 19 trophies in the National Midget series. A winner of the famed "Copper World Classic" at Phoenix, Ariz. and 2-time winner of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Gardena, Calif., he also won the famed Belleville Midget Nationals in 1997. Leffler also excelled in a variety of disciplines, including scoring victories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. In 2000 he competed in the Indianapolis 500. In 2003 he was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

The Shannon Brothers of Dayton, Ohio earned 45 total USAC National feature victories with a variety of drivers. They also won the 1972 USAC National Midget Car Owner title with driver Larry Rice. Gene Force scored their initial victory at Lansing, Mich. in 1958 and Dane Carter was the final winner at Rossburg, Ohio in 1976. Other winners included Bob McLean, Bob Wente, Sam Sessions, Dave Strickland, Bill Engelhart and Pancho Carter. Sessions won the 1968 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Gardena, Calif. in a Shannon entry and Pancho won the 1975 "Hut Hundred" in the Shannon car. The brothers were enshrined in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1991.

 


 

GEHRKE BACKS UP FRIDAY WIN WITH SATURDAY'S "JACK HEWITT CLASSIC"

Waynesfield, OH........Chett Gehrke of Broken Arrow, Okla. led the final 10 laps to win Saturday night's 20-lap "Jack Hewitt Classic" USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget race at Waynesfield Raceway Park. Alex Watson, Aaron Leffel, Jon Steed and Jac Nickles completed the "top-five" at the finish.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 4, 2018 - Waynesfield, Ohio - Waynesfield Raceway Park - "Jack Hewitt Classic"

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), Jody Paul (#5 Paul), Adam Schmenk (#6x Schmenk), Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), Brandon Watson (#29 Watson), Tom Hessel (#7T Hessel), Don Bigelow (#48 Bigelow), Justin Kirk (#22k Kirk), Reed Salony (#22R Salony), Mike Hessel (#7m Hessel), and Bryce Dues (#3D Dues).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Chett Gehrke (Gehrke #11c), 2. Alex Watson (Watson #3), 3. Aaron Leffel (Taylor #11L), 4. Jon Steed (#7s Steed), 5. Jac Nickles (#31 Nickles), 6. Brad Strunk (#23s Strunk), 7. Brad Racer (#22B Racer), 8. Cory Guingrich (Guingrich #11G), 9. Trey Osborne (Taylor #11T), 10. Stratton Briggs (Briggs #71), 11. Anthony Haas (Haas #81), 12. Ron Coleman (#44 Coleman), 13. Gunnar Lucius (#22L Lucius), 14. Nick Daugherty (#14 Daugherty), 15. Andrew Heitkamp (#4 Heitkamp), 16. Ryan Barr (#21B Barr), 17. Jon Watson (Watson #25), 18. Becca Stiefel (#32B Stiefel), 19. Tayte Williamson (#88 Williamson), 20. Matt Freedman #90 Freedman). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Steed, Laps 4-5 Lucius, Laps 6-8 Gehrke, Laps 9-10 Lucius, Laps 11-20 Gehrke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-521, 2-Gehrke-432, 3-A.Watson-367, 4-Briggs-461, 5-J.Watson-335, 6-Guingrich-331, 7-Steed-318, 8-Osborne-278, 9-John Heydenreich-268, 10-Kriegbaum-197.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: August 11 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

WISE RETURNS FROM THE DL TO BECOME USAC'S YOUNGEST WINNER IN LANCO PA MIDGET WEEK OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Newmanstown, Pennsylvania.........For the past two months, Zeb Wise waited patiently on the sidelines with a broken collarbone, watching as the summer racing months passed him by without a steering wheel in his grasp.

The long-awaited return for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Rookie came Saturday night during the "Pennsylvania Midget Week" opener at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.

To some, after a long layoff from any circumstance in life, the prevailing thought would be to ease your way back in, dip the those into the water per se, working back in at a tepid pace to get reacclimated to the setting.

No such reacclimating period existed for the young Angola, Indiana native as he slipped on his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Vision Collision - Priority Aviation/Spike/Stanton SR-11 like a comfortable pair of shoes right from the get-go, working his way past reigning series champ Spencer Bayston with 11 laps remaining to win his first career USAC feature.

"I really wasn't expecting to win tonight, to be completely honest," a humble Wise said. "I figured it would take a little time to get back used to. I've always felt comfortable at this track; I've ran a micro here. After qualifying, I thought we might have a shot and we were pretty solid in the heat race. Then, once I got into the lead in the feature, I got into a zone and didn't look back."

At the start, though, it was Kevin Thomas, Jr. racing into the lead from the outside of the front row, sliding in front of series point leader Logan Seavey to take the top spot on the opening lap. Thomas would break away for a half-straightaway lead by the third lap before the first of a brigade of stoppages put the action to a halt when Brayton Lynch and Kenney Johnson collided in turn three on the fourth lap.

Following the restart, Tyler Courtney and Brady Bacon walloped each other in turn four while battling for the fifth position, sending Courtney into a barrel roll. Not only would Courtney return the race, he would race his way back into the top-ten by the end of the 40-lap main event.

Bacon's misfortune came as part of a tumultuous event on lap 17 as Thomas worked lapped traffic, clipping Andrew Layser on the bottom of turn three and sending KTJ sideways toward the top of the track. Bacon had no room to escape the quagmire and flipped to produce another red before rejoining the fray.

That put Bayston in the lead where he would crack open a full-straightaway lead on the ensuing restart while Seavey, Wise and Grant tussled for the second, third and fourth positions as they worked to wade through the lapped traffic that formed a three-car buffer between Bayston and his nearest competition on the restart.

Wise pulled off the slider on Seavey in turn two on the 21st lap while Grant squeaked by the outside of Seavey for third exiting turn four a half-lap later. Grant's charge to the front would be stifled when the lapped car of Kevin Woody, Jr. slipped sideways in turn three. Grant tagged him, sending him into a series of flips that also collected top-five-running Timmy Buckwalter.

After a minor tangle between Chad Boat, Brenden Bright and Jason Rice between turns one and two on lap 28, finally, for Wise, the seas began to part with no lapped traffic separating he and Bayston on the restart.

"I followed Spencer for a little bit," Wise recalled. "I knew if we got into lapped traffic, I wasn't going to get by him. It was just so tight through traffic. Even if there are cars running the bottom, there's really no way to throw a slider. A slider would already be tight, let alone when there's a car on the bottom."

Wise put the full assault on Bayston, sliding him in turn three on lap 29 for the lead, momentarily. Bayston would return the favor in turn three on the following lap, however, Wise countered to the inside and recaptured the flag to secure the spot at the top of the leaderboard.

At 15 years, 8 months & 21 days old, Zeb Wise surpassed the late Bryan Clauson as the youngest driver to win a National feature in the history of USAC. Clauson won his first in a USAC Midget at the age of 16 years, 3 months and 23 days on October 8, 2005 at Ohio's Columbus Motor Speedway. (Michael Fry Photo)

Yet, at a place like this, there's no time to rest on your laurels, set the dials on cruise control and let it ride. Lanco is basically a dirt track jungle with rabid, ravenous racecar drivers salivating at the opportunity to eat you alive if given the opportunity.

Everybody and everything is in play at all times on this 1/8-mile speed bowl. Case in point: Courtney, Bacon and Grant are among the three drivers who flipped during the feature who recovered to finish in the top-ten, perhaps the only occasion of that occurring in USAC history. Courtney finished 10th. Bacon, who flipped on lap 16, finished 5th and Grant, who flipped on the 25th lap, came home with a 7th place finish.

"Anywhere we go with the USAC Midgets, there's no time to rest, especially with a veteran like Spencer," Wise said. "He's a great racecar driver. I knew he'd be there the whole time and, as soon as I passed him, he wanted it back. I think that goes for any racecar driver."

Bayston began reeling Wise in as the laps wore down to two to go, searching high low and middle as the leaders encroached constant traffic. Bayston peeked to the outside on the back straight while Wise refused to relinquish a single grain of sand, trying to split that grain between the two lappers, tapping Kenny Miller around who, in turn, collected Bayston.

Meanwhile, in one of the most amazing, unspeakable moments that you'll ever see, outside of a Travis Pastrana, Evel Knievel, Joie Chitwood or Tommy Bartlett show, occurred when Seavey put "four on the fence" and literally drove on the chain link, completely horizontal, between turns three and four to avoid the carnage unscathed.

On the final restart, Wise had clamped down the lead with vise grips as he drove to a one-second win over hard-charging USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright and USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey, followed by a career-best result for Adam Pierson while Brady Bacon rounded out the top-five.

The victory for Wise was also monumental in the realm of auto racing history as no driver that young has ever won a National Series feature under the USAC banner. At 15 years, 8 months and 21 days old, Wise surpasses the former record held by the late Bryan Clauson, who won his first in a USAC Midget at the age of 16 years, 3 months and 23 days on October 8, 2005 at Ohio's Columbus Motor Speedway.

Wise accomplished the feat in none other than the No. 39BC, the same number that was synonymous with Bryan, sports his initials and is owned by Bryan's father, Tim.

"I'm kind of speechless," Wise acknowledged. "I didn't even know Bryan had that record before me. To do it in the 39BC is very cool. He's the one who picked me, so I'm glad to get a win for him. I know he's watching up there and I'm sure he's happy. Thank you, Bryan, for everything you did for me."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway were Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Logan Seavey (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Andrew Layser (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Brayton Lynch (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 4, 2018 - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Newmanstown, Pennsylvania - 4th Annual "Pennsylvania Midget Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.129 (New Track Record); 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.136; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-10.293; 4. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.324; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-10.332; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.376; 7. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-10.446; 8. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.487; 9. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini-10.612; 10. Timmy Buckwalter, 29, Seymour-10.653; 11. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-10.667; 12. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-10.704; 13. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.836; 14. Kenny Miller, 23m, Miller-10.965; 15. Tommy Kunsman, 21, TK-11.014; 16. Kenney Johnson, 46, Johnson-11.053; 17. Kevin Woody, Jr., 0, Buckwalter-11.053; 18. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, BundyBuilt-11.231; 19. Andrew Layser, 35, Bright-11.265; 20. Jason Rice, 57, Rice-11.365; 21. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-11.428; 22. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-11.544; 23. John Anderika, 96, Anderika-14.464; 24. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to feature) 1. Boat, 2. Bayston, 3. Wise, 4. Grant, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Johnson, 7. Layser, 8. B. Bright. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Carrick, 3. Thomas, 4. A. Bright, 5. Miller, 6. Woody, 7. Rice. 1:46.75 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Mitchell, 3. Bacon, 4. Lynch, 5. Pierson, 6. Kunsman, 7. Jackson. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Zeb Wise (3), 2. Alex Bright (11), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Adam Pierson (9), 5. Brady Bacon (4), 6. Tanner Carrick (8), 7. Justin Grant (7), 8. Andrew Layser (19), 9. Spencer Bayston (6), 10. Tyler Courtney (5), 11. Chad Boat (13), 12. Kenny Miller (14), 13. Brayton Lynch (12), 14. Ethan Mitchell (18), 15. Tommy Kunsman (15), 16. Shawn Jackson (21), 17. Jason Rice (20), 18. Brenden Bright (22), 19. Timmy Buckwalter (10), 20. Kevin Woody, Jr. (17), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 22. Kenney Johnson (16). NT ---------------------------- **Courtney flipped on lap 4 of the feature. Bacon flipped on lap 16 of the feature. Grant flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Thomas, Laps 17-28 Bayston, Laps 29-40 Wise.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Andrew Layser (19th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brayton Lynch

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-769, 2-Bayston-655, 3-Bacon-648, 4-Grant-644, 5-Boat-639, 6-Courtney-628, 7-K. Thomas-614, 8-Carrick-573, 9-Ryan Robinson-470, 10-Jerry Coons, Jr.-464.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 5 - BAPS Motor Speedway - York Haven, Pennsylvania - "Pennsylvania Midget Week"

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 4, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.621; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.666; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.679; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.687; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.720; 6. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.792; 7. Chris Gansen 4G, Gansen-13.801; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-13.893; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.964; 10. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-13.991; 11. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.086; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.139; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.188; 14. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-14.450; 15. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.857; 16. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.035; 17. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-15.156.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Gardner, 3. Sweeney, 4. Roa, 5. Gansen, 6. C.Williams, 7. Herrera, 8. L.Williams. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Swanson, 3. McCarthy, 4. A.Williams, 5. Bender, 6. Faria, 7. Ervine, 8. Rayborne, 9. Wiley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Max Adams, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Brody Roa, 4. A.J. Bender, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Logan Williams, 7. Verne Sweeney, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Austin Williams, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. Joel Rayborne, 12. James Herrera, 13. Chris Gansen, 14. Tommy Malcolm, 15. Jake Swanson, 16. Brandon Wiley, 17. Austin Ervine. NT
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**Rayborne flipped during the second heat race. Swanson flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Adams
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (9th to 2nd)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: August 18 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

 

 

GEHRKE CAPTURES GAS CITY SPEED2 FEATURE

Gas City, IN........Chett Gehrke of Broken Arrow, Okla. led all 20 laps to win Friday night's USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget race at Gas City I-69 Speedway. Series point leader Aaron Leffel finished second ahead of Cory Guingrich, Stratton Briggs and Jon Watson.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 3, 2018 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Back to School Bash"

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Mark Nieft Jr. (#20N Nieft).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Chett Gehrke (Gehrke #11c), 2. Aaron Leffel (Taylor #11L), 3. Cory Guingrich (Guingrich #11G), 4. Stratton Briggs (Briggs #71), 5. Jon Watson (Watson #25), 6. Trey Osborne (Taylor #11T), 7. Anthony Haas (Haas #81), 8. Anthony Foster (#5J), 9. Brent Watson (17K Watson), 10. Kevin Blue (Blue #7DW), 11. Kyle Kriegbaum (Kriegbaum #12), 12. Don Bigelow (#48 Bigelow), 13. Tyler Keys (#5c Keys), 14. Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 15. Jon Steed (#7s Steed), 16. Tayte Williamson (#88 Williamson), 17. Brandon Watson (#29 Watson), 18. Brad Strunk (#23s Strunk). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Gehrke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-457, 2-Gehrke-362, 3-Briggs-318, 4-J.Watson-306, 5-Alex Watson-300, 6-Guingrich-282, 7-Johy Heydenreich-268, 8-Steed-257, 9-Osborne-232, 10-Kriegbaum-197.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: August 4 - Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park - "Jack Hewitt Classic"

 

 

Big Weekend Events the Focus of PRIME TIME Live Coast to Coast brought to you by McCarthy Auto Group

Inside Line Promotions - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 2, 2018) - PRIME TIME Live Coast to Coast brought to you by McCarthy Auto Group continues to gain traction as a one-stop spot for live coverage of short-track racing events each weekend.

The free show, which airs on the RacinBoys website, Facebook Live and YouTube TV channels, focuses on grass-roots racing by providing instant updates and unique access, including Victory Lane interviews, correspondent connections and cut-ins to Pay-Per-View videos, from races around the country.

The 28th annual 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank this Thursday through Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, is one of many marquee events this weekend. Other races on the docket include: the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in Missouri for the Ironman 55; USAC National midgets in Pennsylvania; ASCS regional competition in Montana; and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series in Wisconsin to name a few.

Follow the RacinBoys social media accounts for updated times of when to tune in on both Friday and Saturday night.

Additionally, PRIME TIME Live Coast to Coast brought to you by McCarthy Auto Group is seeking correspondents to provide updates for tracks and series. To learn more about becoming a correspondent, email RacinBoys@RacinBoys.com.

While the show is free to watch, RacinBoys will continue to operate its unique premium membership to its website.

A RacinBoys premium membership encompasses all content, including live A Main video from Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by SawBlade.com races, special highlight videos and live audio broadcasts of events for the Lucas Oil NOW600 National Micro Series, the ASCS Red River Region, the ASCS Warrior Region, the United Rebel Sprint Car Series, the Northwest Focus Midget Series and Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. The cost is only $6.50 per month or $50 per year.

RacinBoys will offer free, live audio from the 28th annual 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank each night at Knoxville Raceway. RacinBoys will also stream all post-race press conferences each night following the free audio broadcasts. There will be no live video of the A Main as The Cushion is broadcasting live Pay-Per-View from the event.

Additionally, United Rebel Sprint Series races on Thursday at Thayer County Speedway in Deshler, Neb., and on Friday and Saturday at Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kan., for the 305 Belleville Sprint Nationals along with the Northwest Midget Focus Series show on Saturday at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., will have live audio broadcasts on RacinBoys.

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TYLER "SLAYS" FIELD IN VENTURA SPEED2S

Ventura, CA........Tyler Slay of Watsonville, CA scored his first USAC win Wednesday night at the Ventura County Fair. He passed Randi Pankratz on lap nine and led the rest of the way to win the 20-lapper over Jimmy May, Keoni Texeira, Joey Iest and Mike Leach.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: August 1, 2018 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - "Ventura County Fair"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jimmy May (#73 McCluney), 2. Randi Pankratz (#1 Pankrratz), 3. Tres Van Dyne (#37 Pankratz), 4. Adam Lemke (#41 Lemke). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Keoni Texeira (#22R Neverlift), 2. Tyler Slay (#15 Breidinger), 3. Chris Tramel (#26 Tramel), 4. Mike Leach (#33 Leach), 5. Joey Iest (#17 Iest). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Tyler Slay, 2. Jimmy May, 3. Keoni Texeira, 4. Joey Iest, 5. Mike Leach, 6. Tres Van Dyne, 7. Randi Pankratz, 8. Chris Tramel, 9. Adam Lemke. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Pankratz, Laps 9-20 Slay,

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-703, 2-Iest-526, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Johnny Nichols-279, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Slay-216, 7-Texeira-137, 8-Ariel Biggs-82, 9-May-75, 10-Toni Breidinger-72.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Slay-216, 2-Lemke-210, 3-Iest-208, 4-Texeira-137, 5-Ariel Biggs-82, 6-May-75, 7-Ashley Heredia-72, 8-Blake Brannon-70, 9-James Prickett-69, 10-Leach-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: August 11 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

RYAN TIMMONS GETS FIRST WIN AT BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

JULY 30, 2018... Last Saturday night, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) earned his first career USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph at Bakersfield Speedway. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons claimed the eleventh point race over fast qualifier Tristan Guardino, point leader Austin Liggett, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, and Koen Shaw.

After daytime temperatures reached triple digits during the day and a full moon on display in the night sky, officials reworked the track surface prior to the main event. This gave the drivers two grooves of racing that was met with praise after the checkered flags.

Going for this third win of the season, Austin Liggett started on the pole position and set a torrid pace on the outside lane. While some racers were struggling with the Bakersfield clay, Ryan Timmons closed within striking distance for the top spot. A Timmons bobble gave Liggett some breathing room, but Ryan quickly regrouped and began to apply pressure. Liggett led the first twenty-two laps until Timmons executed a successful “slide job” in the third turn to grab the top spot.

Looking for his first series win, Timmons was able to shake free from his challengers, but slower traffic would become a factor. As the leader’s progress slowed, Liggett and fast qualifier Tristan Guardino were gaining ground. Guardino slipped by Liggett for second and briefly raced three wide with Timmons and a slower car. Timmons managed to hold onto the lead and sailed to his first main event victory.

Before starting on the outside of the front row of the feature, Ryan Timmons qualified fourth out of a season low twelve cars and won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply second heat race. While scoring several podium finishes in the last few races, Timmons put it all together at Bakersfield to become the 49th different driver to claim a USAC West Coast win. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year is third in points with two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) earned Bakersfield’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from ninth. In the night of firsts, Guardino raced the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim to his career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and scored fifth in his heat race. At press time, Tristan ranks second in points with one feature win, five heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year.

After leading the first twenty-two laps, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) had to settle for third at Bakersfield. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett was third quick in time trials and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The point leader heads to Santa Maria with a 106-point advantage on the strength of two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led to his credit.

Making his first start in three years, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride (Bakersfield, California) placed fourth at his hometown track. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #87 American Fabrication / Fred Cummings Motorsports Spike, Kirkbride qualified ninth overall and ran second to Liggett in his heat race.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, California) raced from eighth to fifth in the Bakersfield return. Racing the family owned #88K Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw was second fast in time trials and ran fourth in his heat race. To date, Koen has taken over fourth in the point chase with two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, August 11th, at Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water, Mini Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232 for more information.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 28, 2018 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.473; 2. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.544; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.691; 4. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.749; 5. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-13.848; 6. Matt Day, 97, Day-14.008; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.023; 8. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.169; 9. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-14.176; 10. Austin Ervine, 57, AJ-14.984; 11. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.675; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Kirkbride, 3. Herrera, 4. Bock, 5. Guardino, 6. McQueen. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Hix, 3. Day, 4. Shaw, 5. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Timmons (2nd), 2. Tristan Guardino (9th), 3. Austin Liggett (1st), 4. Ricky Kirkbride (3rd), 5. Koen Shaw (8th), 6. Shannon McQueen (11th), 7. Steve Hix (4th), 8. Britton Bock (7th), 9. Matt Day (6th), 10. Austin Ervine (10th), 11. James Herrera (5th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Liggett, Laps 23-30 Timmons. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tristan Guardino (9th to 2nd)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Liggett-703, 2-Guardino-596, 3-Timmons-570, 4-McQueen-511, 5-Shaw-510, 6-Hix-484, 7-Faria-477, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 9-Bock-431, 10-Jace Vander Weerd-390.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS RETURN TO SANTA MARIA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

JULY 31, 2018... This Saturday, August 4th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will make their last appearance of the year at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the eighth point race will also feature Sport Mods, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and QRC Outlaw Karts. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 1:00pm, the front gates open at 4:00pm, time trials are scheduled for 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “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. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since June 18, 2005, Santa Maria Raceway has held twenty-four USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and sixteen different drivers have claimed victory. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with three wins and Brody Roa topped the “Doug Fort Memorial” on July 7th. “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.230 on June 14, 2008 and a complete Santa Maria USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to Santa Maria, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 31-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner ran second to Brody Roa at Santa Maria’s “Doug Fort Memorial.” To date, “The Demon” has two feature wins, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has seventy-seven USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to extend his point lead with his third Santa Maria win.

After winning the “Doug Fort Memorial,” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion just returned from Indiana Sprint Week and will have his sights on his sixth career USAC/CRA win.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Phil & Eileen King Triple X, Swanson placed seventh at Santa Maria on July 7th. At press time, the defending USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in the campaign. Fresh from Indiana Sprint Week, Jake will be looking to claim his second USAC/CRA victory this Saturday night.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) ranks fourth in the point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams led most of the “Doug Fort Memorial” before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. To date, the 2010 Victorville Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. “The Cadillac” earned his only USAC/CRA win at the 2010 “Doug Fort Memorial” and will have his sights on the $3,000 victory.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) has risen to fifth in the championship point chase. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams scored third in the July 7th main event. At press time, the 2009 USAC/CRA Co-Rookie of the Year has one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led to his credit. “The Big Game Hunter” has six USAC/CRA victories and will be looking for another winning trophy for his collection.

Tied for thirteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are R.J. Johnson, Max Adams, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Verne Sweeney, James Herrera, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $25, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children tickets (5 & under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com.

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

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

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

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Austin Williams.

SANTA MARIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Rickie Gaunt, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Rip Williams.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-530, 2. Brody Roa-499, 3. Jake Swanson-487, 4. Cody Williams-413, 5. Austin Williams-377, 6. R.J. Johnson-363, 7. Max Adams-359, 8. Tommy Malcolm-339, 9. A.J. Bender-312, 10. Logan Williams-290, 11. Chris Gansen-276, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-167, 13. Verne Sweeney-164, ---. Joel Rayborne-164, 15. Ryan Bernal-152, 16. Matt Rossi-150, 17. Richard Vander Weerd-148, 18. Trent Williams-142, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 20. Austin Liggett-120.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Tanner Carrick Runs Fifth at Ocean Speedway

PETERSEN MEDIA: Sneaking in another weekend of winged sprint car action in California before returning to the USAC grind, Tanner Carrick finished fifth on Friday night at Ocean Speedway before rebounding to finish 12th with the King of the West Series on Saturday night after being involved in a late incident.

“It was another fun weekend racing the sprint car,” Tanner Carrick said. “Huge thanks to Clark Riolo and everyone that works on this car for giving me great cars both nights.”

Carrick kicked his weekend off Friday night as he made a return trip to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA. Timing the CVC/Cemex/Interstate Oil backed No. 83T entry second fastest in qualifying time trials.

Lining up in the second row of his heat race, the Lincoln, CA wheelman would finish fourth which would be good enough to get him into the Dash. A sixth place finish in the Dash would put Carrick in the third row for the 30-lap feature event.

When the race came to life, hard contact from another competitor would leave Carrick’s entry a little beat up, but he would be able to race on. Spending much of his night racing inside the Top-Five, Carrick would battle drivers like Cole Macedo, Koen Shaw, and Ryan Bernal as he put forth an impressive effort.

Despite his car being beat up and damaged, Carrick would close his night with his third sprint car Top-Five finish of the season.

Bolting his 410ci power plant into his TCR entry for Saturday night, Carrick and company would take the trip to Placerville Speedway to take on the King of the West Series.

After timing in eighth quickest in time trials, Carrick would be forced into the semi after a tough go in his heat race. Cruising to a win in the ‘B’, Carrick would advance to the feature event where he would roll off the starting grid in the ninth position.

Falling out of the Top-10 when the race came to life, gaining spots back in the early goings would be tough with the bottom groove being the preferred line. Following a non-stop 20-lap green flag run, a lap 21 restart would see Carrick and Nathan Rolfe get together causing nose wing damage to Carrick’s entry.

Able to restart after a quick trip to the work area, Carrick would pick up a handful of positions in the race’s final nine laps and he was able to cap his weekend off with a 12th place finish.

“I am just thankful for the chance to run at home as much as we do when the schedule allows,” Carrick added. “It is a ton of fun, and I looking forward to getting back into the midget this week after running really well the last few weeks.”

Tanner Carrick would like to thank CVC, Cemex, Interstate Oil, Conti, Harris and Sloan, Emerald, Timberworks Construction, Arai, and Spike Chassis for their support.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts: 19, Wins: 0, Top 5’s: 3, Top 10’s: 10

ON TAP: Carrick is now set to reunite with Keith Kunz Motorsports and the USAC National Midget Series as they invade PA starting on Thursday night at Path Valley Speedway, Friday night at Linda’s Speedway, Saturday night at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, and Sunday at BAPS Motor Speedway.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay up to speed with Tanner Carrick by following him on Twitter @Carrick_Tanner or @CarrickMotorsp1, and by clicking over to www.tannercarrick.com.

 

 

4TH PA MIDGET WEEK BRINGS 4 RACES IN 4 NIGHTS TO THE KEYSTONE STATE FOR YOU

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Pennsylvania Midget Week begins its fourth annual edition this week as the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets head to the Keystone State for four-straight nights at four different tracks for four events co-sanctioned by the USAC Eastern Midgets.

The series commences this Thursday, August 2 with the opener at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, followed by stops at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown on Friday, August 3, Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway on Saturday, August 4 and the finale, Sunday, August 5 at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven.

Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat equaled the most wins in the history of PA Midget Week by scoring a pair of victories in the four-race series last year with late-race heroics on a green-white-checker restart in a memorable one at Path Valley and a dominating performance at Linda's.

Justin Grant, of Ione, Calif., was impressive in a wild finish at BAPS last year when the top-two drivers encountered trouble on the cushion on the final corner of the final lap, allowing Grant to scoot by for the victory. Meanwhile, Tanner Thorson doubled-up with a second consecutive victory at Lanco. Rico Abreu won the first two events in 2015 at Path Valley and Lincoln.

Both Boat and Grant have already achieved victory lane status with the series in 2018 with Boat winning the Lincoln Park Speedway round of Indiana Midget Week in May and Grant capturing the inaugural "Midwest Midget Championship" at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway.

In ten races, eight different drivers have already tasted the spoils of victory with only Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Sutter, California's Logan Seavey doing the feat twice. Thomas won at Kokomo Speedway during "Indiana Midget Week," then returned two races later to win his second "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Kansas.

Seavey, meanwhile, has been a Rookie sensation, winning the opener at the Southern Illinois Center in March, then returning in July to win the most recent race at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. For the bulk of the season, Seavey has been atop the standings and currently holds a 100-point lead and is in the driver's seat to be just the third driver to become a USAC National Midget champion in his first season, along with Danny Caruthers in 1971 and Christopher Bell in 2013.

Behind Seavey in the standings is the reigning series champ Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. Bayston's been solid in racing midget "weeks" this season already, picking up the "Indiana Midget Week" title in June in addition to a victory at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

Boat, Grant and Thomas occupy spots three, four and five in the standings ahead of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon in sixth, Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney in seventh, followed by Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick, Foresthill, California's Ryan Robinson and Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr.

Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. has been a staple of the USAC National Midget scene for several years now, but he's made his home in victory lane of USAC's Eastern Midget division this year with three victories, two of which have come at BAPS. His teammate, Andrew Layser of Collegeville, Pa., leads the points, though, by 15 markers.

Bradford, Vermont's Adam Pierson has kicked things into gear lately by winning the two most recent Eastern races and is sixth in points. Tommy Kunsman, Jr. won the season opener at Linda's while Steven Drevicki tallied a win at Bedford. Shawn Jackson, Kenny Miller and Ryan Greth reside third through fifth in the points behind Layser and Bright.

Thursday at Path Valley, the drivers meeting will take place at 6pm with cars hitting the track at 6:30pm.

Friday at Linda's, the drivers meeting will take place at 6pm with cars hitting the track at 6:30pm.

Saturday at Lanco, the pits open at 4pm. Front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 6pm with cars hitting the track at 6:30pm.

Sunday at BAPS, pits open at 4pm, grandstands at 4:30pm, the drivers meeting will take place at 6pm with cars hitting the track at 6:30pm.

The race Saturday at Lanco will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. All four races will be available on-demand, a day later on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

BC39 ENTRY LIST UP TO 54;
LARSON, BELL, BAYSTON, SEAVEY ENTER FOR KKM

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........The latest entry list for the Inaugural Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink has been released. Fifty-four drivers and cars are now entered thus far for the September 5-6 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget race on the quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Highlighting the latest to throw their hat in the ring is the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team, which has entered a whopping nine cars for the event. The impressive lineup includes Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla., 2017 USAC National Midget champ Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. and current National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., plus series regulars Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.), Holly Shelton (Sacramento, Calif.), Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Sam Johnson (St. Peters, MO).

Also among the newest entries are two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, two-time USAC National Midget feature winner Critter Malone of Pittsboro, Ind., series front runner Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. and 2012 USAC Western States Midget champ David Prickett of Fresno, Calif.

Those in addition to the previous make up the 54 driver - and continuously growing - lineup for the two-night event. Clauson Marshall Racing has entered four drivers, including 2018 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature winners Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. and Justin Grant of Ione, Calif., plus series Rookie Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. and NASCAR's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss.

USAC Triple Crown champs Tracy Hines and Jerry Coons, Jr. have each filed their entries. New Castle, Indiana's Hines returns to the Leader Card Racers team, the same team that won the Indianapolis 500 three times in 1959 and 1962 with Rodger Ward and in 1968 with Bobby Unser.

Tucson, Arizona's Coons is part of a three-car assault from the Petry/Goff Motorsports team, joined by Rookie sensation Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and the number 35 car for a driver yet to be named.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., the only driver to win multiple times on both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC P1 Insurance National Midget circuit in 2018, has entered in Joe Dooling's No. 63.

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Ind., two-time Du Quoin Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), NASCAR Truck Series standout Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) and USAC Eastern Midget point leader Andrew Layser of Collegeville, Pa. are among residents of a stellar field.

Entries are continuing to be filed each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 PRESENTED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRY LIST
(54 cars as of July 31, 2018)

1 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
7 BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG TBA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
35 TBA (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
35x ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)


 

ALEX BRIGHT NEW EASTERN LEADER AFTER BAPS VICTORY

York Haven, PA........Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. is the new leader in the 2018 USAC Eastern Midget standings after winning Saturday night's 15-lap feature at BAPS Motor Speedway. He passed Brenden Bright on lap nine and led the final seven laps to beat Adam Pierson, Brenden Bright, Ryan Wilson and Andrew Layser to the checkered flag. Bright now leads Layser by five points going itno an August 2 race at Spring Run, Pa.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 28, 2018 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - BAPS Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Adam Pierson (#74M Mancini), 3. Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), 4. Ryan Wilson (#29 Wilson), 5. Andrew Layser (#35 Bright), 6. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 7. Shawn Jackson (#7 Jackson), 8. Brett Arndt (#12 Heckman), 9. Chris Dyson (#20D Dyson), 10. John Anderika (#96 Anderika). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Miller, Laps 4-8 B.Bright), Laps 9-15 A.Bright.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-A.Bright-887, 2-Layser-882, 3-Jackson-842, 4-Miller-752, 5-Pierson-688, 6-Ryan Greth-578, 7-Wilson-523, 8-Brett Conkling-502, 9-Anderika-431, 10-Arndt-428.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 2 - Spring Run, PA - Path Valley Speedway

 

 

DARLAND DOES IT AGAIN AT HAUBSTADT;
WINDOM WEARS ISW CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana.........For Dave Darland, there aren't many things that one could say would surprise him. After all, the man's seen it all and done it all in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing throughout his storied career.

However, Saturday night in the NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" finale, "The People's Champ" did something that surprised even himself - winning at Tri-State Speedway - a track that has proven to be a bugaboo in his craw over the past three decades.

Meanwhile, the driver Darland passed to score Saturday's 20th career ISW victory was none other than Chris Windom, who came into the feature cradling a 15-point lead over reigning champ Kevin Thomas, Jr., meaning a fifth-place finish or better would secure the ISW title regardless of what KTJ did, no questions asked, no fuss, no muss.

Windom held the exclamation point for the bulk of the 30-lap main event from his outside front row starting spot. For a driver who astonishingly hasn't won an ISW race or title since 2011, what better way to plant the flag of punctuational nomenclature than by winning the feature and being fitted for the crown on the same night.

Chase Stockon dogged Windom like a Baskerville Hound as the two pounced toward lapped traffic by lap 10, Stockon did his dirty work through the middle while Windom scraped the lower groove in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar. Stockon was taking a peek around the outside of Windom when the first yellow flag fell for the stopped car of Daron Clayton in turn four.

A restart near midway saw Windom and Stockon separated by the lapped car of Mario Clouser, one who had the speed to run the quickest lap of the race at the time and was able to race wheel-to-wheel with Windom until clearing the scene and gaining his lap back.

A handful of laps later, Kokomo ISW winner Thomas Meseraull flipped nose-to-tail off turn four into the catch fencing while running ninth. He was okay, but not his car nor was Ballou's ride, which experienced severe trauma on the front end.

On the ensuing lap 19 restart, Darland surged from third to second past Stockon with a turn one slider. The race was on and here came pride up the backstretch in the form of the Goodnight Racing-Curb-Agajanian/Curb Records - The Pallet Builder/Maxim/Claxton Chevy.

Darland sheared into Windom's lead each trip around the quarter-mile dirt oval and, on lap 24, sharpened his blades and made the attack on Windom with a slider in turn one to snag the lead.

"I hadn't thought much about Chris running for the championship, but I knew he was" Darland admitted. "I didn't want to screw him, obviously. I gave him a clean slider. There's good sliders and there's bad. If you give the guy the option of either lifting or cutting down or fill the gap, that's the only thing you can do."

"I honestly wasn't expecting that big of a slider," Windom recalled. "The track started moving around a bit. I started running the bottom in the first half and I felt like it was slowing down quite a bit. It's tough leading here because you don't really know where to go. I tried to get to the top, but Dave got by us and his car was really hooked up tonight. It was going to be tough to run him down and I don't think I really had anything for him unless I really wanted to start pressuring him. I was looking at the big picture there and thought I was in a really good spot in second behind him. I just rode it out after I didn't think I had anything for him.

One lap later, on lap 25, Clouser's car was found spun backwards close to the outside wall between turns one and two, just in front of the leaders. Windom had to take evasive action, but escaped without any harm.

If being passed for the lead in the closing laps wasn't enough of a Pepto moment for Windom, surely the final five laps following the restart would need a little relief. However, Windom had his CPU set on Expert Mode and remained in check, unfazed as he locked up the second spot with KTJ in fourth, enough of a point cushion to add Indiana Sprint Week titlist to his ever-growing resume.

All the while, up front, Darland was putting the hurtin' on the field, locking up his second victory in a three-day span for his record-extending 62nd career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win. Windom finished second ahead of Stockon, K. Thomas and C.J. Leary.

"I just won at Haubstadt," Darland exclaimed. "It's unbelievable! I never thought I'd say that. It's a great feeling to win here, let alone anywhere. Haubstadt is an exceptionally good feeling for me because we usually suck here. I had a great racecar and had to take advantage of it. You don't get a chance to win here very often. I just wanted to win, man, like Jason Johnson's famous line from Knoxville a couple years ago."

Windom followed up June's "Eastern Storm" title with a NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" championship in a little in over a span of a month to become just the third driver to accomplish both tasks in a single season (Bryan Clauson in 2013 and Robert Ballou in 2015). Windom was rewarded with a $5000 first-place prize check for winning ISW, plus his second custom, hand-made Bridgeport Rocker courtesy of John and Terri Youngs of Vincennes, Indiana.

"It's so special to do this again with (team owners) Kenny and Margo Baldwin" Windom beamed. "We really wanted to come out and win this race tonight, but looking at the big picture, we wanted another Sprint Week title. It took a huge effort from everybody this week to have the finishes we did. (Crew Chief) Derek Claxton had this thing great all week. It never had any failures. That's what it takes to come out here and win these titles. Everybody else on the team, and all our sponsors, we couldn't do it without all them. We're just really consistent right now. That's what it takes."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Bell Helmets Fast Time Award), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Stephen Schnapf (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Carson Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Daron Clayton (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Scotty Weir (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 28, 2018 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 31stNOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

BELL HELMETS QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.378; 2. Chad Boespflug, 11p, Pottorff/Short-13.593; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.605; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.639; 5. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.663; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.720; 7. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.740; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.752; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.760; 10. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.789; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.827; 12. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-13.830; 13. Daron Clayton, 5o, Schmidt-13.837; 14. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.846; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.856; 16. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.897; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-13.923; 18. Kendall Ruble, 17K, Ruble-13.955; 19. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.973; 20. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.046; 21. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-14.066; 22. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.079; 23. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-14.083; 24. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.100; 25. R.J. Johnson, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.109; 26. Clinton Boyles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.114; 27. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.126; 28. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.127; 29. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.144; 30. Brandon Mattox, 2v, Fitzpatrick-14.201; 31. Critter Malone, 7c, Seven-14.219; 32. Kody Swanson, 23, Karraker-14.274; 33. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.289; 34. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.309; 35. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.331; 36. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-14.373; 37. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.495; 38. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.698; 39. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.776; 40. Alec Sipes, 99s, Sipes-15.042; 41. Travis Thompson, 28, Mattox/Nigg-14.841; 42. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.498.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Darland, 3. Clayton, 4. K. Thomas, 5. Ballou, 6. Ambrose, 7. Weir, 8. Brackett, 9. Bell, 10. Roa, 11. Johnson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Williams, 3. Short, 4. Buckwalter, 5. Cummins, 6. Ruble, 7. Schmidt, 8. Mattox, 9. Boespflug, 10. Boyles, 11. Thompson. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Schnapf, 2. Leary, 3. Grant, 4. Bacon, 5. Hodges, 6. Malone, 7. Andretti, 8. Gentry, 9. Chapple, 10. Wallace. 2:18.91

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Cottle, 3. Stockon, 4. DiMattia, 5. Clouser, 6. Sipes, 7. J. Swanson, 8. K. Swanson, 9. Jackson, 10. Morin. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Malone, 2. Mattox, 3. Ambrose, 4. Schmidt, 5. K. Swanson, 6. Wallace, 7. Thompson, 8. Brackett, 9. Sipes, 10. Bell, NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Hodges, 2. Boespflug, 3. Cummins, 4. Andretti, 5. Clouser, 6. Ruble, 7. Weir, 8. J. Swanson, 9. Chapple, 10. Schmidt, 11. Ballou, 12. Boyles, 13. Mattox, 14. Malone, 15. Roa, 16. Johnson, 17. Ambrose, 18. Jackson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Darland (3), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Chase Stockon (4), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 5. C.J. Leary (10), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. Kyle Cummins (8), 8. Josh Hodges (9), 9. Tyler Courtney (1), 10. Stephen Schnapf (18), 11. Brady Bacon (21), 12. Chad Boespflug (7), 13. Carson Short (22), 14. Daron Clayton (12), 15. Kendall Ruble (17), 16. Isaac Chapple (24), 17. Jarett Andretti (14), 18. Chet Williams (20), 19. Mario Clouser (19), 20. Tony DiMattia (15), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (13), 22. Robert Ballou (23), 23. Thomas Meseraull (16), 24. Shane Cottle (11). NT
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**Jackson flipped during the semi. Meseraull flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Windom, Laps 24-30 Darland.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (21st to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Carson Short

BELL HELMETS FAST TIME AWARD: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Scotty Weir

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Daron Clayton

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-1741, 2-K. Thomas-1733, 3-Courtney-1687, 4-Stockon-1502, 5-Bacon-1490, 6-Darland-1484, 7-Leary-1431, 8-Ballou-1407, 9-Grant-1387, 10-Boespflug-1074.

FINAL NOS ENERGY DRINK "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" POINTS: 1-Windom-500, 2-K. Thomas-479, 3-Darland-442, 4-Leary-437, 5-Courtney-427, 6-Stockon-416, 7-Bacon-410, 8-Grant-379, 9-Meseraull-292, 10-Short-291.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 22 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "#GYATK Night" (Special Event)

 

O'HEARN #1 IN BEAR RIDGE 25-LAP DMA MIDGET

Bradford, VT........Derek O'Hearn of Crampton, N.H. led all but two laps to win Saturday night's 25-lap USAC DMA Speed2 Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. He took the lead on lap three and led the rest of the way to beat Seth Carlson, Jason Goff, Adam Whitney and Will Hull. Carlson now trails Goff by just three points entering the August 11 race at Bear Ridge.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 28, 2018 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 2. Brandon Emerson (#88 Emerson), 3. Mike Chaffee (#18c Miller), 4. Matt Covey (#26 Covey), 5. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller), 6. Robert White (#68 White). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 3. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 4. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 5. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 6. Daniel Moniz (#9 Moniz), 7. Dan Douville (#7 Douville), 8. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Hunter Garduno (#88 Garduno).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Jason Goff, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Will Hull, 6. Joe Krawiec, 7. Jeff Horn, 8. Dan Douville, 9. David Moniz, 10. Justin Phillips, 11. Robert White, 12. Matt Covey, 13. Brandon Emerson, 14. Mike Chaffee. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Chaffee, Laps 3-25 O'Hearn. NEW USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-554, 2-Carlson-551, 3-Krawiec-527, 4-Hull-504, 5-O'Hearn-480, 6-Phillips-441, 7-Chaffee-423, 8-Whitney-384, 9-Emerson-357, 10-Manny Dias-337.

NEXT USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: August 11 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

TIMMONS BRIDESMAID NO MORE, WINS AT BAKERSFIELD!

Bakersfield, CA........Ryan Timmons of Pleasant Hill. Calif. finally scored his first USAC West Coast Sprint victory Saturday night, winning the 30-lap feature at Bakersfield Speedway. He passed series leader Austin Liggett on lap 22 and led the rest of the way to beat Tristan Guardino, Liggett, Ricky Kirkbride and Koen Shaw.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 28, 2018 - Bakersfield, California - Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.473; 2. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.544; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.691; 4. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.749; 5. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-13.848; 6. Matt Day, 97, Day-14.008; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.023; 8. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.169; 9. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-14.176; 10. Austin Ervine, 57, AJ-14.984; 11. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.675; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Kirkbride, 3. Herrera, 4. Bock, 5. Guardino, 6. McQueen. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Hix, 3. Day, 4. Shaw, 5. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Timmons, 2. Tristan Guardino, 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Ricky Kirkbride, 5. Koen Shaw, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Steve Hix, 8. Britton Bock, 9. Matt Day, 10. Austin Ervine, 11. James Herrera. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Liggett, Laps 23-30 Timmons.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Tristan Guardino (9th to 2nd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Liggett-779, 2-Guardino-673, 3-Timmons-651, 4-Shaw-578, 5-McQueen-569, 6-Hix-543, 7-Bock-487, 8-Danny Faria Jr,-477, 9-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 10-Jace Vander Weerd-390.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: August 11 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway - "Bud Stanfield Memorial" - co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprints


 

WILSON NOTCHES 3RD OKLAHOMA SPRINT WIN AT CREEK COUNTY

Sapulpa, OK........Brett wilson of Coweta, Okla. scored his third win on the Wingless Oklahoma Sprint season Friday night at Creek County Speedway, leading all 25 laps to beat Chance Morton, Cameron Hagin, Danny Smith and Craig Carroll. The series now targets August 11 when they compete at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada, Okla.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 27, 2018 - Sapulpa, Oklahoma - Creek County Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), 2. Chance Morton (#7M Morton), 3. Dillon Laden (#18 Laden), 4. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 5. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 6. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 7. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 8. Joshua Tyre (#4 Tyre). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre), 2. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 3. Noah Harris (#20H Lewis), 4. Zach Chappell (#22X Cash), 5. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), 6. Kevin Cummings (#97 Cummings), 7. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 8. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Blake Hahn (#55H McGhee), 2. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 3. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 4. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 5. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 6. Joe Wood Jr. (#3 Wood), 7. Davd McDuffie (#43 McDuffie), 8. Will Scribner (#54 Lemmons). NT NT

B-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Deal, 2. J.Kent, 3. Cummings, 4. Jarvis, 5. Wood, 6. Scribner, 7. Wresche, 8. McDuffee, 9. Dunn, 10. J.Tyre. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Brett Wilson, 2. Chance Morton, 3. Cameron Hagin, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Craig Carroll, 6. Casey Wills, 7. Joe Wood Jr., 8. Noah Harris, 9. Blake Hahn, 10. Michael Tyre II, 11. Johnny Kent, 12. Dillon Laden, 13. Andrew Deal, 14. Ty Hulsey, 15. Tim Kent, 16. Zach Chappell, 17. Cody Jarvis, 18. Will Scribner, 19. David Stephenson, 20. Kevin Cummings. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Wilson.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Wilson-931, 2-Smith-918, 3-Carroll-861, 4-Hagin-822, 5-Tyre II-813, 6-Wills-807, 7-J.Kent-788, 8-Hulsey-694, 9-Kyle Clark-690, 10-Jarvis-679.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: August 11 - Ada, OK - Oklahoma Sports Park

 

LEARY DOCUMENTS A 30 FOR 30 PERFORMANCE AT BLOOMINGTON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana.........C.J. Leary displayed complete domination Friday night at Bloomington Speedway in the penultimate round of NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week," leading all 30 laps in his traditional No. 30 sprinter to win his very first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature event of the year in his Leary Racing/Leary Construction - Highsmith Guns - Gray Auto/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

ISW has been akin to a personal ATM for the Greenfield, Indiana driver who scored a pair of victories during the 2017 series. Admittedly, Bloomington hasn't been as welcoming to Leary as your local neighborhood Walmart greeter. The quarter-mile of red clay has been a challenge throughout his career and, coming into the night, did not foretell that a winning performance was one of the tarot cards he would pull.

"Rolling into Bloomington tonight, I didn't really expect to win," Leary admitted. "It's been one of the tougher tracks throughout my career. I grew up racing here and have a lot of experience here, but it just isn't one my better racetracks. The racetrack was hammer down, had a big cushion and we just ripped it for 30 laps and didn't make any mistakes. I've only won one other feature here and the track was very similar. This is right up my alley, big cushion and just get up there and rip it. Just let it all hang on the line."

By the fifth lap, Leary appeared as if he was one of the competitors on the 200cc level of Mario Kart, breaking away to a straightaway lead and was already working his way through lapped traffic by the eighth lap.

On lap 10, the first stoppage of the main event occurred as Robert Ballou and Tyler Courtney engaged for the ninth position. The two made contact off turn four with Courtney ramping over the left front wheel of Ballou. Courtney became airborne before landing on all fours and continuing. Ballou slid sideways in the path of Justin Grant, who just barely clipped Ballou's right rear tire and dumped it over. A small fire broke out following Grant's exodus, but was extinguished shortly thereafter by the safety crew.

The lap 11 restart saw Leary resume right where his memory card had saved prior to the stoppage, instantly blitzkrieging back out to a straightaway lead over Kevin Thomas, Jr. by the midway point. The only thing that kept Leary from putting this one on ice were the red flags, the second of which arrived on the 18th lap when Carson Short walked away uninjured after banging the cushion and flipping wildly over the turn two banking.

For better or worse, the stoppages may have come at just the right time for Leary, who avoided toiling in lapped traffic for too long and had an open road and the horizon laid out in front of him.

"I really expected lapped traffic to be tougher than it was tonight," Leary thought. "The yellows and the reds kept us out of heavy traffic, though. But there at the end, I saw KT on the restart and became a little worried that the bottom might be a little faster. I kept running the top, got my momentum up and going and tried to not make any mistakes."

Thomas was indeed ready to mount a challenge on the restart with 12 laps remaining, pulling side-by-side with Leary for the lead for a half lap, but the interlude was brief, and Leary maintained the advantage. Leary became the tank engine rather than Thomas down the stretch as he put his car on the rail up top and opened the lead to a straightaway once again.

Leary was unaccompanied for the position for the time being, but like Bob Seger searching for love in the 1970s, someday lapped traffic was going to accomp'ny him. However, Leary had a plan.

Bloomington winner C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Indiana is joined in victory lane by 2nd place finisher Kevin Thomas, Jr. (left) and 3rd place Chris Windom (right). (Ryan Sellers Photo)

"Once the flagman showed me five to go, I could tell I was reeling in the tail end of the field again," Leary recalled. "I backed it down a little bit just to try to stay in clean air so they couldn't come up and disturb my line. I wanted to rip that white flag lap one more time just to make sure there was no possible way of getting a slide job or getting anyone rolling the bottom there at the end."

Leary closed out the near-flawless performance with a 1.046 second advantage over Thomas at the finish line, followed by Windom, Thomas Meseraull and Courtney.

Windom brings an 18-point lead in the ISW standings over Thomas into Saturday's finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt. Courtney (-52) sits third ahead of Leary (-53) and Bacon (-61).

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bloomington Speedway were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Bell Helmets Fast Time Award & KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Isaac Chapple (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Carson Short (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Scotty Weir (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Shane Cockrum (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tyler Thomas (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Chad Boespflug (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 27, 2018 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 31st NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Sheldon Kinser Memorial"

BELL HELMETS QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-11.244; 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-11.245; 3. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.313; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-11.397; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.453; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-11.519; 7. Jeff Bland, Jr., 18w, Waltz-11.531; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.539; 9. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.544; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.587; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-11.606; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.631; 13. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-11.657; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.658; 15. Shane Cockrum, 45, Lawrence-11.732; 16. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-11.733; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-11.740; 18. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.741; 19. R.J. Johnson, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-11.770; 20. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-11.776; 21. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-11.823; 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-11.834; 23. Carson Short, 21, RCM-11.842; 24. Chad Boespflug, 11p, Pottorff/Short-11.857; 25. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-11.874; 26. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-11.885; 27. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-11.901; 28. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.905; 29. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-11.960; 30. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-11.968; 31. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-12.023; 32. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.129; 33. Brandon Mattox, 2v, Fitzpatrick-12.159; 34. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.170; 35. Josh Cunningham, 63, Cunningham-12.210; 36. Travis Thompson, 28, Mattox/Nigg-12.268; 37. Alec Sipes, 99s, Sipes-12.425; 38. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-12.510; 39. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-12.808; 40. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-22.591.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. Windom, 3. Stockon, 4. K. Thomas, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Barksdale, 7. Buckwalter, 8. Mattox, 9. J. Swanson, 10. Sipes. 1:59.52

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. Jackson, 3. Meseraull, 4. Andretti, 5. DiMattia, 6. Bacon, 7. Westfall, 8. Morin, 9. Hodges, 10. Underwood. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Short, 2. Johnson, 3. Cockrum, 4. Bland, 5. Beauchamp, 6. Cummins, 7. Cottle, 8. K. Swanson, 9. Cunningham, 10. Bell. 1:59.31

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Weir, 2. Grant, 3. Darland, 4. Kinser, 5. Ballou, 6. Courtney, 7. Boespflug, 8. Thompson, 9. Chambers. 1:59.31

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Roa, 2. Mattox, 3. K. Swanson, 4. Westfall, 5. Cunningham, 6. Chambers, 7. Sipes, 8. Underwood, 9. Bell. 2:03.93

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Cummins, 3. Courtney, 4. T. Thomas, 5. Beauchamp, 6. Ballou, 7. Boespflug, 8. Buckwalter, 9. Roa, 10. DiMattia, 11. J. Swanson, 12. Morin, 13. Cottle, 14. Mattox, 15. K. Swanson, 16. Hodges, 17. Westfall, 18. Barksdale. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Thomas Meseraull (4), 5. Tyler Courtney (9), 6. Brady Bacon (7), 7. Chase Stockon (5), 8. Robert Ballou (10), 9. Jeff Bland, Jr. (3), 10. Brent Beauchamp (8), 11. Kyle Cummins (11), 12. Tyler Thomas (13), 13. Shane Cockrum (15), 14. Timmy Buckwalter (23), 15. Dave Darland (16), 16. Isaac Chapple (17), 17. Jarett Andretti (14), 18. Carson Short (21), 19. Scotty Weir (20), 20. Justin Grant (12), 21. Jordan Kinser (22), 22. Dakota Jackson (18), 23. R.J. Johnson (19), 24. Tony DiMattia (24). NT
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**Grant flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Short flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Leary.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shane Cockrum

BELL HELMETS FAST TIME AWARD: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Chad Boespflug

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Tyler Thomas

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-1666, 2-K. Thomas-1661, 3-Courtney-1633, 4-Bacon-1444, 5-Stockon-1429, 6-Darland-1405, 7-Ballou-1384, 8-Leary-1366, 9-Grant-1322, 10-Boespflug-1027.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" POINTS: 1-Windom-425, 2-K. Thomas-407, 3-Courtney-373, 4-Leary-372, 5-Bacon-364, 6-Darland-363, 7-Stockon-343, 8-Grant-314, 9-Meseraull-261, 10-Ballou-257.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 28 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 31st Annual NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

DARLAND DELIVERS ISW CAREER WIN #19 AT LINCOLN PARK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana.........When thumbing through the major statistical categories of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing history, Dave Darland is the name that'll most likely appear at the top of every list you lay your eyes on.

He's the only driver to reach 60+ wins, the only driver to start at least 700+ feature events and the only driver to win a USAC-sanctioned feature in 26 consecutive seasons.

Thursday night's round five of NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" provided the Lincoln, Indiana driver with one more treasure to add to his overflowing cup of accolades: the first driver to reach 19 ISW wins. Darland wired all 30 laps in relatively dominant fashion at Lincoln Park Speedway for his first ISW win since 2014 aboard the Goodnight Racing-Curb-Agajanian/Curb Records - The Pallet Builder/Maxim/Claxton Chevy.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Darland as the victory came at the same place he won his very first ISW feature, back in 1990. In the process, he became the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at the 5/16-mile dirt oval, breaking a tie with the great Sheldon Kinser for his sixth win there, all of which have come during ISW.

Yet, despite racking up victory after victory over the decades, the truth is that all of them mean just as much to him, whether it was win number one or win number 61 in USAC competition.

"It was just as satisfying as my first 60," Darland exclaimed. "We've been struggling a bit; we've been good for a fifth or a fourth or a tenth recently. We've been running okay, we just couldn't get over the hump. A good starting spot was key, which gave us an open track. The yellows came out at just the right time and kept me from getting in lapped traffic. Everything just went well for me tonight."

Darland raced to the point from the outside of the front row on the opening lap as Chad Boespflug diced and julienned with Kevin Thomas, Jr. for second with an exchange of sliders until Thomas cleared away for the position in turn two on lap two.

In an instant, Darland established a ten-car length advantage over Thomas until lap seven when Brandon Mattox spun to a stop, backwards in turn one. Darland's theme would repeat itself like the three chords of an AC/DC song, churning out a consistent, dominating riff on every occasion the field was closed up for a restart, which he did again on the lap eight resumption, putting himself in a class of his own with another near half-straightaway lead until leading series Rookie Timmy Buckwalter flipped over the turn three cushion on the 13th lap.

On the ensuing lap 14 restart, Darland's performance would hit a literal snag in turn one, akin to a broken guitar string in the midst of a mind-bending guitar solo in front of a packed house. Darland was able to recover quickly, though, strumming along the cushion to get back in tune with the beat and slide back into the rhythm after Thomas nearly Wally Pipp'd him at the front.

"I really don't know why, but the right rear just snagged too hard in the middle of one and two down there and I lost the front end," Darland recalled. "After it pushed up in turn two, I was way slow in that corner and he gained a lot on me. I saw him slide under me down in three. It just takes a little time to get it back and it varies on the track conditions as to how long that takes, and we did."

It was basically no harm, no foul and Darland was quite confident in his ability and that of his racecar to get the mission accomplished.

"I knew I had the position and it was my race to lose," Darland said. "I had the lead and just didn't want to screw it up myself by overdriving the car. I just had to ease into the corners and pick up the cushion when I could and try to get the exit right, make distance on them and keeping those guys behind me."

Dave Darland (middle) celebrates his 19th NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" victory Thursday at Lincoln Park Speedway alongside 2nd place finisher Chris Windom (left) & 3rd place A.J. Hopkins (right). (David Nearpass Photo)

As Darland slipped away into the distance, Thomas became involved in a tussle with five-time Lincoln Park Speedway winner A.J. Hopkins for the second spot. The two made contact between turns three and four amidst the battle for position and Thomas eventually got shuffled like an iPod back to fifth and out of contention as Hopkins grabbed second and set his sights on Darland for the race lead.

After multiple yellows on lap 16 and lap 21 for spins by Brady Bacon and Brent Beauchamp, respectively, Darland was as smooth as a silkworm each time. But the battle raged on for second, specifically on the lap 21 variety, which had Windom attempt a slider on Hopkins for second. Instead, the two greeted each other with a sprint car version of a fist bump, sending Hopkins over the ledge and dropping him back to fifth for a moment before he clawed his way back to a third by race end.

Up front, though, Darland was making some sweet music of his own, greeted by a hero's cheer from the massive throng of fans on hand as he crossed the finish line, winning by nearly two seconds over Windom, Hopkins, Thomas and Justin Grant.

Meanwhile, Windom not only took over the ISW points lead, but stretched it out to 25 with two races remaining Friday at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt. Lawrenceburg and Terre Haute winner Tyler Courtney struggled mightily to a 21st place finish at Lincoln Park, dropping to fourth in the standings, 44 behind the leader. Thomas resides in second while Darland moved up to third, 30 points out of the lead.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Lincoln Park Speedway were Brady Bacon (Bell Helmets Fast Time Award), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Jordan Kinser (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Kyle Cummins (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Jake Swanson (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 26, 2018 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 31st NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

BELL HELMETS QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.276; 2. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-12.369; 3. Shane Cockrum, 45, Lawrence-12.425; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.436; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.473; 6. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J Motorsports-12.475; 7. Kody Swanson, 23, Karraker-12.478; 8. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-12.480; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.481; 10. Carson Short, 21, RCM-12.503; 11. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-12.522; 12. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-12.526; 13. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.527; 14. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.544; 15. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-12.597; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-12.625; 17. Chad Boespflug, 11p, Pottorff/Short-12.639; 18. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.670; 19. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-12.682; 20. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-12.709; 21. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.722; 22. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-12.725; 23. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.737; 24. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.761; 25. Jason McDougal, 21K, Krockenberger-12.766; 26. Brandon Mattox, 2v, Fitzpatrick-12.791; 27. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-12.818; 28. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.829; 29. Jerry Coons, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-12.849; 30. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-12.853; 31. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.854; 32. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.871; 33. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-12.886; 34. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.889; 35. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-12.912; 36. Jadon Rogers, 14J, Rogers-12.925; 37. Daron Clayton, 5o, Schmidt-12.931; 38. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-12.964; 39. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-12.967; 40. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-13.008; 41. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-13.041; 42. Travis Thompson, 28, Mattox/Nigg-13.053; 43. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-13.072; 44. R.J. Johnson, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.177; 45. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.581, 46. Brady Ottinger, 4B, 4J Motorsports-13.669; 47. Harley Burns, 12w, Burns/Maurer/Youngblood-14.084.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Boespflug, 2. Hodges, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Stockon, 5. Bacon, 6. Coons, 7. Barksdale, 8. J. Swanson, 9. Boyles, 10. Bell, 11. Clayton, 12. McDougal. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Short, 3. Darland, 4. Jackson, 5. Ballou, 6. Hopkins, 7. DiMattia, 8. T. Thomas, 9. Mattox, 10. VanGilder, 11. Ottinger, 12. Thompson. 2:12.84

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Leary, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Cummins, 5. Creech, 6. Cockrum, 7. S. Cottle, 8. Weir, 9. K. Swanson, 10. McMillin, 11. McDonald. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kinser, 2. Roa, 3. Windom, 4. Chapple, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Johnson, 7. C. Cottle, 8. Rogers, 9. Studley, 10. Meseraull, 11. Westfall. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Westfall, 2. Ballou, 3. DiMattia, 4. Boyles, 5. Barksdale, 6. Rogers, 7. McDonald, 8. Studley, 9. Johnson, 10. Thompson, 11. VanGilder, 12. Bell, 13. Burns, 14. Ottinger. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Bacon, 3. Hopkins, 4. Buckwalter, 5. Cockrum, 6. Mattox, 7. Ballou, 8. Meseraull, 9. C. Cottle, 10. Weir, 11. Westfall, 12. S. Cottle, 13. K. Swanson, 14. J. Swanson, 15. Creech, 16. Boyles, 17. Coons, 18. DiMattia. 2:57.07

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Darland (2), 2. Chris Windom (6), 3. A.J. Hopkins (10), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 5. Justin Grant (12), 6. Carson Short (3), 7. C.J. Leary (17), 8. Chad Boespflug (1), 9. Chase Stockon (5), 10. Brody Roa (18), 11. Kyle Cummins (22), 12. Jordan Kinser (14), 13. Isaac Chapple (20), 14. Robert Ballou (23), 15. Shane Cockrum (9), 16. Brady Bacon (7), 17. Brandon Mattox (19), 18. Timmy Buckwalter (11), 19. Brent Beauchamp (13), 20. Josh Hodges (15), 21. Tyler Courtney (21), 22. Dakota Jackson (16), 23. Tyler Thomas (8). NT ---------------------------- **Meseraull flipped during the fourth heat. Buckwalter flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Darland.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (22nd to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

BELL HELMETS FAST TIME AWARD: Brady Bacon

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Robert Ballou

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jake Swanson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-1595, 2-K. Thomas-1583, 3-Courtney-1570, 4-Bacon-1380, 5-Stockon-1369, 6-Darland-1366, 7-Ballou-1334, 8-Grant-1292, 9-Leary-1288, 10-Boespflug-1017.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" POINTS: 1-Windom-354, 2-K. Thomas-329, 3-Darland-324, 4-Courtney-310, 5-Bacon-300, 6-Leary-294, 7-Grant-284, 8-Stockon-283, 9-Short-213, 10-Ballou-207.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 27 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 31st Annual NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

DMA RETURNS TO BEAR RIDGE THIS SATURDAY

The USAC Speed2 Midgets focus on Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. this Saturday as the Laquerre's Sports DMA Midgets compete there for the sixth time this year. Will Hull has three wins there this year, including the last two, while Joe Krawiec and Jason Goff also have victories at Bear Ridge.

Sean Murphy earned his initial Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget victory Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Series leader Andy Baugh took second ahead of Robby McQuinn, Shane Morgan and Tyler Roth. The series continues August 4 at Spoon River.

Rain forced cancellation of Saturday's race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway, with the next Midwest Thunder race now slated August 3 at Gas City, Ind.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-485, 2-Seth Carlson-476, 3-Joe Krawiec-465, 4-Will Hull-442, 5-Derek O'Hearn-402, 6-Justin Phillips-394, 7-Mike Chaffee-382, 8-Manny Dias-337, 9-Randy Higginson-321, 10-Adam Whitney-317.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-704, 2-Robby McQuinn-622, 3-Shane Morgan-451, 4-Blake Buchholz-432, 5-Gedd Ross-410, 6-Kurt Mueller-365, 7-Jake Sollenberger-344; 8-Daltyn England-334, 9-Kevin Battefeld-314, 10-Brent Burrows-294.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-390, 2-Alex Watson-300, 3-Chett Gehrke-292, 4-John Heydenreich-268, 5-Stratton Briggs-257, 6-Jon Watson-248, 7-Jon Steed-224, 8-Cory Guingrich-218, 9-Trey Osborne-117, 10-Robby McQuinn-171.

 


 

DMA RETURNS TO BEAR RIDGE THIS SATURDAY

The USAC Speed2 Midgets focus on Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. this Saturday as the Laquerre's Sports DMA Midgets compete there for the sixth time this year. Will Hull has three wins there this year, including the last two, while Joe Krawiec and Jason Goff also have victories at Bear Ridge.

Sean Murphy earned his initial Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget victory Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Series leader Andy Baugh took second ahead of Robby McQuinn, Shane Morgan and Tyler Roth. The series continues August 4 at Spoon River.

Rain forced cancellation of Saturday's race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway, with the next Midwest Thunder race now slated August 3 at Gas City, Ind.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-485, 2-Seth Carlson-476, 3-Joe Krawiec-465, 4-Will Hull-442, 5-Derek O'Hearn-402, 6-Justin Phillips-394, 7-Mike Chaffee-382, 8-Manny Dias-337, 9-Randy Higginson-321, 10-Adam Whitney-317.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-704, 2-Robby McQuinn-622, 3-Shane Morgan-451, 4-Blake Buchholz-432, 5-Gedd Ross-410, 6-Kurt Mueller-365, 7-Jake Sollenberger-344; 8-Daltyn England-334, 9-Kevin Battefeld-314, 10-Brent Burrows-294.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-390, 2-Alex Watson-300, 3-Chett Gehrke-292, 4-John Heydenreich-268, 5-Stratton Briggs-257, 6-Jon Watson-248, 7-Jon Steed-224, 8-Cory Guingrich-218, 9-Trey Osborne-117, 10-Robby McQuinn-171.

 

 

SMITH-WILSON BATTLE SPICES FRIDAY'S CREEK COUNTY SPRINT

Danny Smith and Brett Wilson continue their torrid battle for the 2018 Wingless Sprints Oklahoma title this Friday when the series returns for its fourth appearance at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. Smith enters the race with a slim seven-point lead.

Smith scored a feature win at Creek County in May but his other two starts there have produced finished out of the top-10. Wilson has three top-10s at Creek County, including a fourth in May.

Craig Carroll, third in the standings, and Matt Sherrell are the other Creek County winners so far this year.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Danny Smith-788, 2-Brett Wilson-781, 3-Craig Carroll-736, 4-Michael Tyre II-703, 5-Kyle Clark-690, 6-Cameron Hagin-687, 7-Casey Wills-685, 8-Johnny Kent-680, 9-Grant Wresche-604, 10-Ty Hulsey-592.

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGETS BACK TO BAPS THIS SATURDAY

Alex Bright will try to stay undefeated in 2018 USAC Eastern Midget racing at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. this Saturday. He has won the two previous races there and trails series point leader Andrew Layser by 15 points entering the race. Layser has a fifth and a 10th at BAPS.

Adult tickets are $14, seniors are $12, students $5 and pit passes are $25 apiece. The pits open at 4pm, grandstands at 4:30pm and racing begins at 7pm. BAPS Motor Speedway is located at 690 York Rd, in York Haven, Pennsylvania.

Adam Pierson of Bradford, Vt. led the final 15 laps of Friday night's USAC Eastern Midget race at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa., passing Johnny Smith on laps six and leading the rest of the way. Bright finished second ahead of Smith, Ryan Wilson and Brenden Bright. Pierson emerged sixth in the current series points.

Layser and Bright are the only two drivers to post "top-10" finishes in every race so far this year.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET SERIES STANDINGS: 1-Andrew Layser-777, 2-Alex Bright-762, 3-Shawn Jackson-747, 4-Kenny Miller-652, 5-Ryan Greth-578, 6-Adam Pierson-568, 7-Brett Conkling-502, 8-Brett Wilson-419, 9-Jason Rice-1413, 10-Reed Salony-401.

 

 

COURTNEY COLLECTS TERRE HAUTE TOLL,
TAKES OVER ISW POINT LEAD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........What looked like a surefire runaway turned into an old-school dog-fight in the final laps of Wednesday's Dorsett Automotive "Don Smith Classic" / NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" round at the Terre Haute Action Track.

Tyler Courtney saw a nearly half-lap lead disappear in the final ten laps of the caution-free race, withstanding a Robert Ballou slider on the final lap to score his second ISW victory in the last three races.

It's another reward for what has truly been a momentous year for Courtney.

Coming into the year, the Indianapolis, Ind. driver possessed six career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins. Now just through July, he's already surpassed that, having tacked seven more onto his all-time total. No driver even had seven wins in all of 2017 with the series.

In the process, he's now taken the ISW point lead by a single marker with three races remaining and he's now won at Terre Haute twice this season. But this latest one is special for it coming in the raced named in honor of a man who believed in young Courtney's racing career some years back, helping him get started on this path that has ultimately led to a career year in 2018.

"This is really special," Courtney exclaimed. "Don (Smith) was one of my first sponsors and part of the reason I got to run my first Chili Bowl. He's passed away now, but he made a huge impact on this sport not only as a car owner and a promoter, but he would do anything for anybody. To get another win here at Terre Haute and then one in honor of him tonight, is pretty special."

Courtney began the main event from the fifth position, but the trek to the front appeared as if somebody lit a fuse on the Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Rider Chevy. By lap three, he took over the race lead from Kevin Thomas, Jr., who had chosen to rock the low limbo line around the half-mile dirt oval early on. Courtney stayed true to the top and sped by Thomas at the exit of four to secure the lead, though Thomas initially fought back, but to no avail, ultimately deciding to change lanes to the top and follow Courtney's fashion.

In just a few laps, Courtney extended the advantage to a half-straight, then to a full-straightaway by lap 12, putting a hurting on the competition and standing tall as the class of the field.

Meanwhile, flipping channels back to the battle for the second position, K. Thomas and Ballou were tussling for second on the 16th lap with Ballou first taking the spot, K. Thomas re-racking second momentarily with a slider in turn three, then Ballou countering to make second place his own off four.

Courtney rode the waves through lapped traffic with relative ease, at least initially, up on the cushion, and maintained a sizable half-lap lead with a mere seven laps to go. Yet, this thing was far from over as Courtney got caught up in a proverbial orange barrel zone, stuck where he was and unable to maneuver past others as smoothly as he was just moments ago while Ballou served as the sun's rays, evaporating every fluid ounce of a lead Courtney once held.

"I think it was me getting tentative through lapped traffic," Courtney admitted. "I saw a couple guys get over the cushion, in the wall over here, and just tried to make sure they weren't going to do anything too drastic. Dave (Darland) kind of changed lanes on me there and I had to whoa up. He was still racing for position, so he's got to do what he's got to do."

"This is really special. Don (Smith) was one of my first sponsors and part of the reason I got to run my first Chili Bowl. He's passed away now, but he made a huge impact on this sport not only as a car owner and a promoter, but he would do anything for anybody. To get another win here at Terre Haute and then one in honor of him tonight, is pretty special." - Tyler Courtney (Ryan Sellers Photo)

The sudden sea change was inescapable with Ballou crashing Courtney's party like a bear rifling through a picnic basket. With two laps remaining, Ballou was just one car-length separated from the tail-end of Courtney and sizing him up for one possible shot at glory.

In turn one of the final lap, Ballou fired that shot with a slide for life into turn one, darting to the bottom guardrail and drifting up the track side-by-side with Courtney. Courtney had just enough oomph to push off turn two and separate from Ballou, ultimately scoring the victory over Ballou Justin Grant, Brady Bacon and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

"I didn't see Robert until the middle of the corner and I knew it wasn't a lapped car," Courtney recalled. "I was like, 'Oh, I got to get down the back stretch as quickly as I can.' I knew he was going to be struggling getting off two sliding me like that. I knew I was going to have to be perfect in three and four to not risk anything and getting passed coming to the checkered."

Courtney's 13th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win tied him with Don Branson and Steve Chassey for 41st on the all-time list.

Courtney exited Terre Haute as the ISW point leader by just one over Windom, followed by K. Thomas, Bacon and Darland.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track were Chase Stockon (Bell Helmets Fast Time Award & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner) and Kyle Cummins (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).


 

T-MEZ TOO MUCH IN 2ND STRAIGHT KOKOMO ISW WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Thomas Meseraull has a knack for driving a variety of different cars to victory lane.

In 2017, he raced to three wins for three different teams and finished in the top-five for six different teams in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition.

In 2018, the story remains the same as he once again notched the victory at the Kokomo Speedway round of NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" for the Chase Briscoe Racing team. Just as he did last year, the San Jose, California native became the first and, thus far, only driver to win feature events for multiple teams following a victory for Chris Dyson Racing at New York's Weedsport Speedway in June.

But it took a slight unplanned change to get to that point as the team rolled a different machine out of the trailer than it had run in the first two ISW events, the white and red Briscoe family throwback design. Tuesday night, the blue and yellow ride hit the track, which Meseraull just so happens to be undefeated behind the wheel of this year.

"Originally, we were planning on running this car on the big tracks," Meseraull said. "We planned on running this at Lawrenceburg, but with the (Saturday) cancellation (at Kokomo), we just went ahead and ran it tonight. We didn't have a seat in this car, so we just were going with the red car. We're going to look at running this thing the rest of the week. The red and white car seemed to race a lot softer. It seemed to want to bite on entry. I've only driven the blue car two times and we're two for two in it. Sometimes you get that car that just seems to go. Whenever you show up in really good equipment, it's really hard not to run well."

It didn't take too long for fourth-starting Meseraull to pick his way to the front as he got by Grant initially, then diamonded off turn four to nip Jarett Andretti at the line for second by the completion of lap one.

The following lap saw the 30-lap main event's lone red flag as Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Jason McDougal and Chad Boespflug all became entangled in turn four, with Ballou taking the brunt of the misfortune, flipping over once, but walking away uninjured.

On the ensuing restart, first and second consisted of the two most recent Kokomo ISW winners in Cummins and Meseraull. Meseraull stuck the top and lurched around the outside of Cummins at the exit of four on lap three to reach the point, bringing Chris Windom along with him on the high side to second.

"The top looked good in the B and they had rolled it in really nice," Meseraull remembered. "Kyle Cummins was running the bottom and I knew I wasn't going to pass him on the bottom. The way the track had been getting really thick up top - I call it thick and loamy - where it's just like loose, thick dirt. I knew I just needed to get up there, get around him and get some distance on him. Anytime I get out front, I feel like I need to go. I need to go! I moved up top and the thing about bounced us upside down. I just sucked up it and was like, 'do it again!'

A lap 12 restart following a Carson Short spin saw Windom take a peek under Meseraull for the race lead to no avail, but the one on the charge was Chase Stockon, who rallied from sixth, and took over possession of second from Windom on the 13th lap.

Thomas Meseraull's victory Tuesday was his 2nd straight in NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" competition at Kokomo. (David Nearpass Photo)

With less than ten to go, Meseraull and Stockon formed a two-car breakaway as they entered lapped traffic. That forced Meseraull to alter his line, diving low and attempting to slide past traffic as Stockon lay in the shadows. Meseraull, though, was practically flawless, even with pressure being applied from Stockon underneath.

"I roll around the top better," Meseraull said matter of factly. The nights we have to run the bottom and we struggle, I pretty much just put that on me. I'm not one of the guys who's good at rolling the bottom. My expertise is at running the top. I'm running the top, I catch lapped traffic and they're all running my line. I'm not that much faster than them. I see guys up, but when you get the move over flag, you know somebody's coming and you've got to protect the lead."

Stockon remained close by, waiting to capitalize on any misstep through traffic by Meseraull. On the 27th lap, Meseraull swung high on the front straight, saw a crevice between the lapped cars of Isaac Chapple and McDougal entering turn one and split them on the bottom, then drifted back to the top. That pinned Stockon behind the two and allowed Meseraull to extend the gap and close out his eighth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory over Stockon, Justin Grant, new ISW point leader Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Kokomo Speedway were Dave Darland (Bell Helmets Fast Time Award), Jason McDougal (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Carson Short (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Timmy Buckwalter (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Jarett Andretti (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 24, 2018 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 31st NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

BELL HELMETS QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.968; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.971; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.976; 4. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-12.989; 5. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-13.005; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.029; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-13.049; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-13.077; 9. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.079; 10. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-13.098; 11. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.108; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.110; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.129; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.131; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.146; 16. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.174; 17. Jason McDougal, 21K, Krockenberger-13.190; 18. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.198; 19. Kody Swanson, 23, Karraker-13.214; 20. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.228; 21. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.264; 22. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.266; 23. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.294; 24. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.297; 25. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.329; 26. Tom Harris, 5E, Harris-13.336; 27. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-13.348; 28. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.391; 29. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.422; 30. R.J. Johnson, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.430; 31. Joe Bares, 19A, Bares-13.534; 32. Tyler Clem, 21x, Pollock-13.536; 33. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.568; 34. Brandon Mattox, 2v, Fitzpatrick-13.676; 35. Jordan Kinser, 5K, Kinser-13.704; 36. Travis Thompson, 28, Mattox/Nigg-13.961; 37. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.986.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Andretti, 3. Boyles, 4. Chapple, 5. Darland, 6. Bacon, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Hodges, 9. Westfall, 10. Bell. 2:13.51

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Leary, 2. Windom, 3. J. Swanson, 4. Cummins, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Johnson, 7. Mattox, 8. Harris, 9. Weir. 2:10.98

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Short, 2. K. Swanson, 3. Stockon, 4. Meseraull, 5. Jackson, 6. DiMattia, 7. Bares, 8. Barksdale, 9. Kinser. 2:12.24

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Ballou, 2. Courtney, 3. Roa, 4. Grant, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Boespflug, 7. Hewitt, 8. Clem, 9. Thompson. 2:17.52

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to feature) 1. K. Thomas, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Bacon, 4. Darland, 5. Hodges, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Boespflug, 8. Barksdale, 9. Jackson, 10. Westfall, 11. Harris, 12. Weir, 13. Hewitt, 14. DiMattia, 15. Mattox, 16. Johnson, 17. Clem, 18. Thompson, 19. Bell, 20. Kinser, 21. Bares. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (4), 2. Chase Stockon (6), 3. Justin Grant (3), 4. Chris Windom (5), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 6. Dave Darland (7), 7. Tyler Courtney (12), 8. Tyler Thomas (10), 9. C.J. Leary (14), 10. Josh Hodges (21), 11. Kyle Cummins (1), 12. Brady Bacon (11), 13. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 14. Brody Roa (16), 15. Kody Swanson (15), 16. Jake Swanson (17), 17. Chad Boespflug (23), 18. Matt Westfall (24), 19. Jason McDougal (13), 20. Carson Short (18), 21. Isaac Chapple (22), 22. Clinton Boyles (20), 23. Jarett Andretti (2), 24. Robert Ballou (19). NT ---------------------------- **Bares flipped during the semi. Ballou flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Cummins, Laps 3-30 Meseraull.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (21st to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Timmy Buckwalter

BELL HELMETS FAST TIME AWARD: Dave Darland

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jarett Andretti

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-1457, 2-Windom-1456, 3-K. Thomas-1448, 4-Bacon-1274, 5-Stockon-1268, 6-Darland-1241, 7-Ballou-1224, 8-Leary-1178, 9-Grant-1155, 10-Boespflug-923.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" POINTS: 1-Windom-215, 2-Darland-199, 3-Courtney-197,4-Bacon-194, 5-K. Thomas-194, 6-Leary-184, 7-Stockon-182, 8-Meseraull-149, 9-Grant-147, 10-Hodges-131.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 25 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 31st Annual NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

USAC WEST COAST 360 SPRINT CARS EYE BAKERSFIELD RETURN
By Lance Jennings

JULY 24, 2018... After a year off the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, July 28th, for their only appearance of 2018. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the eleventh point race will also feature Sport Mods, American Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 5:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY ON AUGUST 1ST. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since April 25, 2009, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted thirteen West Coast Sprint Car events. Nine different drivers have claimed victory, led by Davey Pombo with three wins. Troy Rutherford won the last Bakersfield show on March 19, 2016 and Jace Vander Weerd holds the 1-lap track record of 12.597 set on March 22, 2014.

Entering Saturday’s event, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) has a 107-point advantage over the competition. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett scored a tenth place finish at Ventura on July 14th. To date, the point leader has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the year. The 2012 Rookie of the Year has seven career wins and will be looking to add Bakersfield’s winning trophy to his collection.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) is second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino placed sixteenth in Ventura’s “Battle at the Beach.” At press time, the micro sprint graduate has one feature win, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. With four career wins, Tristan will have his sights on Bakersfield’s $1,500 payday.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons raced from twelfth to claim third at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Heading to Bakersfield, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Ryan will be looking to breakthrough for his first USAC West Coast main event win.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) is fourth in the championship point standings. Racing Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen finished seventeenth at Ventura on July 14th. At press time, the 2012 USAC Western Midget Champion has eight top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Shannon will have her sights on her first sprint car win at her hometown track.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, California) has climbed to fifth in the West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #88K Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw earned Ventura’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with a sixth place run from twenty-first. With two hard charger awards and six top-10 finishes on the season, Shaw will be looking to score his first main event win at Bakersfield.

Currently ninth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, California), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, California), Brent Owens (Covina, California), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, Matt Day, Ricky Kirkbride, and more.

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

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

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

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

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-703, 2. Tristan Guardino-596, 3. Ryan Timmons-570, 4. Shannon McQueen-511, 5. Koen Shaw-510, 6. Steve Hix-484, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-477, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 9. Britton Bock-431, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-390, 11. Ryan Bernal-357, 12. Austin Ervine-342, 13. Ryan Stolz-326, 13. Brandon Wiley-311, 15. Troy Rutherford-298, 16. Jake Swanson-265, 17. Kaleb Montgomery-174, 18. Trent Carter-167, 19. Kyle Edwards-139, 20. Max Adams-135.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
August 11: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

COURTNEY CHALKS UP ISW ROUND 2 AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Tyler Courtney withstood racelong challenges to his throne throughout Sunday's second round NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" feature at Lawrenceburg Speedway as the Indianapolis, Indiana native went on to score his series-leading sixth win of the year and his second career in ISW.

On paper, Courtney's two career ISW victories appear to be in stark contrast with each other. The one in 2016 at Gas City I-69 Speedway was his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win of his career. Courtney spun on the opening lap, restarted from the tail in 24th and drove to an unexpected and spectacular victory.

Sunday night at "The Burg," a glance at the stats show that Courtney started from the front row and led all 30 laps. Some say stats don't lie, but sometimes, yeah, they don't actually tell the whole story.

"I think the box score is going to make it look a lot easier than it really was tonight," Courtney pointed out. "I would say tonight was definitely a lot tougher (than the 2016 win). At the last one, I was committed to the bottom and I wasn't going anywhere else. If it didn't work, it didn't work. Tonight, I felt like I had to earn it a lot more than my last Sprint Week win, but they're never easy. I'm not going to say that one was too easy. After all, I had to drive by a guy by the name of Bryan Clauson to do that."

On the initial green, second-starting Courtney and pole sitter Boespflug went nerf bar to nerf bar for the bulk of the first two circuits, with Courtney officially pinning the tail on the first lap by a wheel before trouble ensued on the second lap.

Bloomington 2016 ISW winner Brent Beauchamp flipped over once in turn four after Carson Short got sideways in front of him and Thomas Meseraull clipped the front end of Beauchamp's ride. Beauchamp's crew made repairs in time for him to restart while Meseraull's night was finished.

Following the restart, Dave Darland became an instant challenger, pulling off a two-for-one deal by ripping past Shane Cottle and Boespflug to move from fourth to second on the totem pole in one move on the bottom of turn three. The USAC Triple Crown champ was eager to become the successor, dipping below Courtney on both ends of the racetrack to no avail as Courtney was able to muster enough mustard around the outside to maintain the advantage.

Courtney, meanwhile, wasn't merely satisfied with standing pat. Instead, he was searching, searching, high-low-bottom, whatever he felt could do to stay a step ahead to maintain possession of the coveted lead.

And how he did. Reigning Lawrenceburg ISW winner C.J. Leary was a sparkplug in the third and final frame, rolling by Darland on the inside of the third turn for third, then around the outside, around the outside of Cottle two laps later by the mid-point of the back straightaway. With a mere six to go, Leary began peeking a nose under and above Courtney, which got his attention and the proverbial book of mental notes out for the race to the checkered.

"We had a really good car to start the race and I think we faded a little bit there," Courtney admitted. "I was just kind of running the wrong lines. I felt like I had a good enough car there and could cruise for a little while, but I kept hearing somebody get closer and closer. Then, he finally made a move on me and I got to kind of see what he was doing, so I could change my line up and try to protect as good as possible."

On the 26th lap, Leary found a big wave to ride wheel-to-wheel to the inside of Courtney entering turn one. Leary let the car ride out at the exit of two, leaving a scant amount of room for Courtney to thread the needle between Leary's right-side tires and the concrete. Yet, Courtney stood his ground and regained the upper hand for the meantime as the relentless Leary threw the kitchen sink, the kit and even the kaboodle at him, sliding across Courtney's nose on lap 26 and 27, but each time, Courtney naysayed emphatically, countering back to the lead each time.

"There for a while, I think it was more of a protective line," Courtney recalled. "Then, I figured out how to run it harder so it could become more of a line that I wanted to run. You never want to admit you're protecting, but you got to do everything you can to win these races. It was tough, but we don't do this because it's easy. If it was easy, anyone could do it. Races like that are why we keep doing this. You got to dig down deep and it brings out the competitor in us that we all have and the reason why we do this sport."

Winner Tyler Courtney (middle) is joined by 2nd place finisher Kevin Thomas, Jr. (right) and 3rd place finisher Brady Bacon (left) in victory lane following Sunday's NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" round at Lawrenceburg Speedway. (Dallas Breeze Photo)


Following a red flag on the white flag lap that involved Cottle and Justin Grant colliding into the turn one wall and Isaac Chapple getting upside down, a green-white-checkered situation was at hand, pitting Leary right on Courtney's tail for the restart. Leary attempted a little mind game, tapping the back-bumper of Courtney under caution to give him a little reminder that he had company.

"I knew what he was trying to do," Courtney said. "We're professionals. We're hired to do what we do. But you got to keep those things out of your head. You got to do your job. I knew I was going to have to hit the bottom of one and two on the restart to make sure that was the only way they were going to get around me. I did my job there on the restart to protect myself and not let anybody slide me."

When the green flag fell, Courtney minded his P's and Q's, sprinting away to a healthy lead while Leary ran roughshod all the way up to the turn two wall, ultimately dropping to fifth at the end as Kevin Thomas, Jr. went on by for second.

This one would be Courtney's for the sixth time this season with the series, already equaling Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s series-leading six wins of 2017. Thomas was second ahead of Brady Bacon, Chris Windom and Leary.

Bacon remains the ISW point leader with a seven point leader over Windom, Courtney, Darland and Leary.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway were Nick Bilbee (Bell Helmets Fast Time Award), Carson Short (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Landon Simon (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Chase Stockon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 22, 2018 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 31st NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

BELL HELMETS QUALIFYING: 1. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-13.970; 2. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.989; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.115; 4. Shane Cottle, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.132; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-14.210; 6. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-14.211; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.236; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.244; 9. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-14.294; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.298; 11. R.J. Johnson, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.312; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.319; 13. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.355; 14. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.358; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-14.365; 16. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.365; 17. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-14.374; 18. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-14.377; 19. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.435; 20. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.435; 21. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.444; 22. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.447; 23. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.454; 24. Jerry Coons, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-14.476; 25. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.550; 26. Jason McDougal, 21K, Krockenberger-14.572; 27. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-14.623; 28. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-14.626; 29. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.672; 30. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.739; 31. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.787; 32. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.839; 33. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.842; 34. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.962; 35. Tyler Clem, 21x, Pollock-14.970; 36. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-15.057; 37. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-15.226; 38. Tony McVey, 7m, McVey-15.372; 39. Brandon Mattox, 2v, Fitzpatrick-15.382; 40. Travis Thompson, 28, Mattox/Nigg-15.618; 41. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.846; 42. Joe Stornetta, 4m, Dawkins-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Short, 2. Weir, 3. Ballou, 4. Bilbee, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Grant, 7. Kinser, 8. K. Swanson, 9. Cummins, 10. VanHise, 11. Bell. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Stockon, 3. McDougal, 4. Darland, 5. Chapple, 6. J. Swanson, 7. Beauchamp, 8. Jackson, 9. Westfall, 10. McVey. 2:31.72

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Simon, 2. Windom, 3. Leary, 4. Courtney, 5. Meseraull, 6. Johnson, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Mattox, 9. Andretti, 10. Clem. 2:31.05

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Hodges, 2. Coons, 3. Cottle, 4. Boespflug, 5. Roa, 6. DiMattia, 7. Barksdale, 8. Buckwalter, 9. Thompson, 10. Westerfeld. 2:32.25

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to Semi) 1. Westfall, 2. Andretti, 3. Buckwalter, 4. K. Swanson, 5. Clem, 6. VanHise, 7. McVey, 8. Thompson, 9. Bell, 10. Mattox. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to feature) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Roa, 3. J. Swanson, 4. Beauchamp, 5. Chapple, 6. Meseraull, 7. Grant, 8. Kinser, 9. Jackson, 10. T. Thomas, 11. Barksdale, 12. K. Swanson, 13. Cummins, 14. Westfall, 15. Andretti, 16. DiMattia, 17. Johnson, 18. Buckwalter. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 3. Brady Bacon (14), 4. Chris Windom (15), 5. C.J. Leary (4), 6. Dave Darland (5), 7. Robert Ballou (21), 8. Scotty Weir (13), 9. Brody Roa (10), 10. Josh Hodges (16), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (24), 12. Jake Swanson (12), 13. Chase Stockon (18), 14. Justin Grant (22), 15. Shane Cottle (3), 16. Isaac Chapple (9), 17. Jason McDougal (20), 18. Carson Short (11), 19. Brent Beauchamp (8), 20. Chad Boespflug (1), 21. Landon Simon (19), 22. Nick Bilbee (6), 23. Thomas Meseraull (17), 24. Timmy Buckwalter (23). NT
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**Stornetta flipped during qualifying. Beauchamp flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Chapple flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (21st to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chase Stockon

BELL HELMETS FAST TIME AWARD: Nick Bilbee

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Carson Short

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-1398, 2-Windom-1387, 3-K. Thomas-1381, 4-Bacon-1233, 5-Ballou-1193, 6-Stockon-1191, 7-Darland-1179, 8-Leary-1124, 9-Grant-1086, 10-Boespflug-894.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" POINTS: 1-Bacon-153, 2-Windom-146, 3-Courtney-138, 4-Darland-137, 5-Leary-130, 6-K. Thomas-127, 7-Stockon-105, 8-Short-92, 9-Ballou-91, 10-Hodges-87.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 24 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 31st Annual NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

POINT LEADER SCHUTTE TAKES "JACK LONDON HALL OF FAME NIGHT:

Petaluma, CA........Alex Schutte of Redding, Calif. extended his USAC Western States Midget point lead with a 30-lap feature sin in Saturday's "Jack London Hall of Fame Night" at Petaluma Speedway. David Prickett led the first 12 laps and finished second ahead of Michael Faccinto, Maria Cofer and Frankie Guerrini.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS: July 21, 2018 - Petaluma California - Petaluma Speedway - "Jack London Hall of Fame Night" - co-sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-15.339; 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.428; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.539; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.549; 5. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-15.577; 6. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-15.590; 7. Jackson Dukes, 2, Neverlift-15.772; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-15.834; 9. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-15.857; 10. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-15.890; 11. Robby Josett, 02, Josett-15.974; 12. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-16.050; 13. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.088; 14. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.147; 15. Ashley Hazleton-Heredia, 15, Hazelton-16.455; 16. Rick Cook, 7X, Cook-16.479; 17. Matt Sargent, 11, Thurston-16.556; 18. Ariel Biggs, 1P, Nichols-16.567; 19. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-16.919; 20. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-17.378; 21. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-23.546.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Sarna, 3. McQueen, 4. Ruston, 5. Cook, 6. Dukes, 7. Mitchell. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Josett, 3. Prickett, 4. Schutte, 5. Sargent, 6. Dalby. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Anderson, 2. Ensign, 3. Beilman, 4. Cofer, 5. Biggs, 6. Hazelton-Heredia, 7. Pankratz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. David Prickett, 3. Michael Faccinto, 4. Maria Cofer, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. Robby Josett, 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Kyle Beilman, 11. Marvin Mitchell, 12. Daniel Anderson, 13. Jackson Dukes, 14. Clayton Ruston, 15. Matt Sargent, 16. Ashley Hazleton-Heredia, 17. Shannon McQueen, 18. Ariel Biggs, 19. Robert Dalby, 20. J.R. Williams. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Prickett, Laps 13-30 Schutte.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Randi Pankratz (21st to 8th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS: 1-

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE August 11 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway - "Bud Stanfield Memorial"

 

BACON DODGES THE PLYMOUTH RAIN TO WIN ISW OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana.........Brady Bacon actually had multiple races to contend with at Friday night's NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week" opener at Plymouth Speedway.

First, there was the race against the persistent rain that doused the track's surface with a plethora of moisture and remained a looming threat throughout the feature event.

Secondly, the 30-lap affair consisted of two battles within one: one for the race lead and one he wasn't even aware of until he had already sewn up his third career ISW victory in his Brady Bacon Racing/Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts - Tony Elliott Foundation/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"We actually had a tire going down at the end," Bacon said. "It had a hole in it, but that actually helped me a little on the restart. I didn't know I had a hole in the tire until (the crew) told me after the race."

Urgency was at the forefront of matters on this night, but Bacon wasn't sweating it. It was already in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver's playbook regardless of the weather.

"I was trying to go as fast as I could," Bacon said. "I thought we had a decent window there. We got pushed off pretty quickly and the track didn't take long to work in. You try to get to the front as fast as you can always because you never know when a yellow's going to fall or when the track's going to change."

At the start of the 30-lapper, outside front row starter Chase Stockon raced to the lead outside pole sitter Isaac Chapple following a side-by-side battle into turns one and two.

Chapple instantly fought back on the following lap, driving to the inside of Stockon off the exit of two before Stockon stuck the point entering turn three where he paced the field for the entirety of the first half.

By the 15th circuit, Bacon had been making substantial gains a lane higher than Stockon. Stockon managed to fend off the Bacon charge by a wheel at the line to lead the lap. Stockon hurried into turn one, sliding up in front of Bacon. Bacon hunkered down underneath Stockon's lost momentum, snaring the lead for himself on the 16th lap.

"We were good through the middle in the heat race, but I wasn't sure it was going to come in during the feature," Bacon admitted. "It was packed down so hard and it was slicker than I thought it was going to be. Finally, it got worked in enough, so I opened my entry into (turn) one and was slowing down and hitting the bottom coming off and it was getting hard to do that. He kind of slipped up enough for me to get underneath him and stay clear of him."

Bacon made like a tree and got out of there as he stretched out his lead over Stockon. On the 21st lap, Chris Windom became a player in the game as he slipped past Stockon for second and went hunting after Bacon entering lapped traffic. Windom advanced on Bacon to pull within a couple car lengths from the lead. Bacon tussled with the lapped cars of Matt Westfall and Shane Cottle for a time before clearing the airway on lap 23.

The feature's lone yellow flag flew with six to go when 2015 ISW champ Robert Ballou was turned around on the back straightaway while running ninth.

"On the restart, I was a little afraid the top was starting to come in. I thought I was kind of a sitting duck there. I was able to not make too many big mistakes. I made a couple, but none big enough and we were able to hold them off." - Brady Bacon

On the lap 25 restart, wide open spaces on the highway lie ahead for Bacon with traffic not playing a role in how this one would be decided. Bacon ran the middle between turns three and four and the bottom of turns one and two with Windom on the scent a few car lengths back. Though Windom appeared to cut the interval down on the entry into the corner, Bacon always was able to launch off the exits to stretch it out time and time again.

Ultimately, Bacon would be unbeatable down the stretch as he defeated Windom by seven tenths of a second. Dave Darland ran third ahead of Justin Grant and KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger Tyler Courtney, who blitzed from 12th to a 5th place finish.

"I slipped up in lapped traffic a couple times and it slowed me down a little bit, but once I got by them, I knew it was going to be hard for anybody to pass me," Bacon said. "On the restart, I was a little afraid the top was starting to come in. I thought I was kind of a sitting duck there. I was able to not make too many big mistakes. I made a couple, but none big enough and we were able to hold them off."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Plymouth Speedway included C.J. Leary (Bell Helmets Fast Time Award), Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Brody Roa (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Shane Cockrum (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2018 - Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana - 31st NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

BELL HELMETS QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.996 (New Track Record); 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.006; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.039; 4. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.040; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.069; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.094; 7. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.123; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.138; 9. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.167; 10. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.219; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.241; 12. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-13.246; 13. Shane Cockrum, 17GP, Dutcher-13.312; 14. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.333; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-13.338; 16. Joe Stornetta, 4m, Dawkins-13.338; 17. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.370; 18. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.385; 19. R.J. Johnson, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.398; 20. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.434; 21. Brandon Mattox, 2v, Fitzpatrick-13.439; 22. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.454; 23. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-13.472; 24. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-13.474; 25. Shane Cottle, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.569; 26. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.593; 27. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.612; 28. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-13.612; 29. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.660; 30. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.680; 31. Braydan Willmington, 89BW, RayPro-13.692; 32. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.751; 33. Tyler Clem, 21x, Pollock-13.781; 34. Ted Hines, 12H, Hines-13.875; 35. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.910; 36. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-13.961; 37. Travis Thompson, 28, Mattox/Nigg-14.153.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Darland, 2. Leary, 3. Cottle, 4. Grant, 5. Mattox, 6. Cockrum, 7. Hodges, 8. Jackson, 9. Clem, 10. Thompson. 2:16.79

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Stockon, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Windom, 4. Courtney, 5. Roa, 6. Short, 7. J. Swanson, 8. Cummins, 9. Hines. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boespflug, 2. Meseraull, 3. Ballou, 4. Andretti, 5. DiMattia, 6. Johnson, 7. Willmington, 8. Bell, 9. K. Thomas. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Chapple, 3. Westfall, 4. K. Swanson, 5. Boyles, 6. Weir, 7. Robbins, 8. Stornetta, 9. T. Thomas. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Short, 4. Stornetta, 5. Hodges, 6. Roa, 7. DiMattia, 8. Cockrum, 9. Cummins, 10. Johnson, 11. Mattox, 12. J. Swanson, 13. Willmington, 14. Clem, 15. Bell, 16. Robbins, 17. Boyles, 18. Weir, 19. Thompson. 2:43.81 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (4), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Dave Darland (8), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Tyler Courtney (12), 6. Carson Short (9), 7. Chase Stockon (2), 8. C.J. Leary (6), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 10. Thomas Meseraull (13), 11. Isaac Chapple (1), 12. Tyler Thomas (11), 13. Brody Roa (18), 14. Josh Hodges (15), 15. Jarett Andretti (10), 16. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 17. Joe Stornetta (14), 18. Robert Ballou (22), 19. Chad Boespflug (19), 20. Kody Swanson (20), 21. Matt Westfall (17), 22. Shane Cottle (21), 23. Tony DiMattia (23). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Stockon, Laps 16-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (12th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brody Roa

BELL HELMETS FAST TIME AWARD: C.J. Leary

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Shane Cockrum

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-1323, 2-Windom-1319, 3-Thomas-1308, 4-Bacon-1161, 5-Stockon-1147, 6-Ballou-1135, 7-Darland-1114, 8-Leary-1056, 9-Grant-1051, 10-Boespflug-866.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" POINTS: 1-Bacon-81, 2-Windom-78, 3-Darland-72, 4-Grant-68, 5-Courtney-63, 6-Leary-62, 7-Stockon-61, 8-Short-57, 9-K. Thomas-54, 10-Meseraull-50.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 21 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 31st Annual NOS Energy Drink "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

PIERSON TOPS EASTERN MIDGETS AT BIG DIAMOND

Pottsville, PA........Adam Pierson of Bradford, Vt. led the final 15 laps of Friday night's USAC Eastern Midget race at Big Diamond Speedway, passing Johnny Smith on laps six and leading the rest of the way. Alex Bright finished second ahead of Smith, Ryan Wilson and Brenden Bright. The series resumes July 28 at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2018 - Pottsville, Pennsylvania - Big Diamond Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#74M Mancini), 2. Kenny Miller (#23 Miller), 3. Andrew Layser (#77x Bright), 4. Jason Rice (#57 Rice), 5. Steven Drevicki (#12 Heckman), 6. John Anderika (#96 Andrika), NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnny Smith (#4 Lesher), 2. Ryan Wilson (#29 Wilson), 3. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 4. Shawn Jackson (#7 Jackson), 5. Reed Salony (#22R Salony), 6. Brett Conkling (#0nj Conkling). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Brenden Bright (#92 Bright).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Johnny Smith, 4. Ryan Wilson, 5. Brenden Bright, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Shawn Jackson, 8. Steven Drevicki, 9. John Anderika, 10. Brett Conkling, 11. Jason Rice, 12. Reed Salony, 13. Kenny Miller. NT ------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Smith, Laps 6-20 Pierson.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-777, 2-A.Bright-762, 3-Jackson-747, 4-Miller-652, 5-Ryan Greth-578, 6-Pierson-568, 7-Brett Conkcling-502, 8-Wilson-419, 9-Rice-1413, 10-Salony-401.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 28 - York Haven, PA - BAPS Motor Speedway

 

 

BIG DIAMOND SPRINT GOES TO BIASI

Pottsville, PA........Joey Biasi of Mary D, Pa. won Friday night's 25-lap USAC East Coast Sprint race at Big Diamond Speedway. He passed Steven Drevicki on lap 12 and led the rest of the way to beat Drevicki, Trevor Kobylarz, Ryan Godown and Chandler Leiby. The series non heads for Saturday's race at Path Valley Speedway in Spring Run, Pa.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2018 - Pottsville, Pennsylvania - Big Diamond Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 2. Kyle Lick (#8 Lick), 3. Ryan Godown (#4 Freyer), 4. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 5. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 6. Carmen Perigo (#21 Stehman), 7. Trey Hivner (#7 TH Racing), 8. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 9. Chris Dyson (#20 Dysaon/Michael), 10. Bobby Sandt Jr, (#131). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 2. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 3. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 4. Coleman Gulick (#14c Gulick), 5. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 6. Chris Allen Jr. (#71 Allen), 7. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 8. Kyle Purks (#B1 Biasi), 9. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio), 10. Jason Cherry (#67c Cherry). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Joey Biasi, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Trevor Kobylarz, 4. Ryan Godown, 5. Chandler Leiby, 6. Kyle Lick, 7. Carmen Perigo, 8. Eddie Strada, 9. Bill Unglert, 10. Chris Allen Jr., 11. Coleman Gulick, 12. Eric Jennings, 13. Chris Dyson, 14. Trey Hivner, 15. Heidi Hedin, 16. Brian Riccio, 17. Jason Cherry, 18. Ryan Quackenbush, 19. Bobby Sandt Jr., 20. Kyle Purks. NT ------------------------------------------ **Quackenbush flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Drevicki, Laps 12-25 Biasi.

FRANK'S FINE SWINE & BEEF HARD CHARGER: Carmen Perigo (#11th-7th)

NEW USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-438, 2-Biasi-405, 3-Strada-380, 4-Leiby-370, 5-Godown-347, 6-Kobylarz-279, 7-Quackenbush-267, 8-Mark Bitner-246, 9-Unglert-222, 10-Jennings-220.

NEXT USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 21 - Spring Run, PA - Path Valley Speedway

 

 

FIRST BC39 ENTRY LIST RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana.........The initial entry list for the Inaugural Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink has been released. Thirty-two drivers and cars have entered thus far for September 5-6 race on the quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Clauson Marshall Racing has entered four drivers, including 2018 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature winners Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. and Justin Grant of Ione, Calif., plus series Rookie Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. and NASCAR's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss.

USAC Triple Crown champs Tracy Hines and Jerry Coons, Jr. have each filed their entries. New Castle, Indiana's Hines returns to the Leader Card Racers team, the same team that won the Indianapolis 500 three times in 1959 and 1962 with Rodger Ward and in 1968 with Bobby Unser.

Tucson, Arizona's Coons is part of a three-car assault from the Petry/Goff Motorsports team, joined by Rookie sensation Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and the number 35 car for a driver yet to be named.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., the only driver to win multiple times on both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC P1 Insurance National Midget circuit in 2018, has entered in Joe Dooling's No. 63.

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Ind., two-time Du Quoin Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), recent NASCAR Truck Series winner Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.) and USAC Eastern Midget point leader Andrew Layer of Collegeville, Pa. are among the residents of a stellar field thus far.

Entries are continuing to be filed each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRESENTED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK
ENTRY LIST

(32 cars as of July 19, 2018)

1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
5 CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
7 BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
35 TBA (Petry/Goff Motorsports)
35x ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TO AIR 5 OF THE 7 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK RACES LIVE

Speed Shift TV will stream five of the seven races live on pay-per-view for the 31st annual NOS Energy "Indiana Sprint Week."

Plymouth Speedway makes its debut on the ISW schedule as the opener on Friday, July 20, followed by Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 21 and Lawrenceburg on Sunday, July 22. Following a two-day break, the series resumes at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 25, at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 26, at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 27, and the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 28.

The series features the top guns of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars including point leader Tyler Courtney, reigning Indiana Sprint Week champ Kevin Thomas, Jr., defending USAC National Sprint titlist Chris Windom, Chase Stockon, 2016 ISW champ Brady Bacon, 2015 ISW champ Robert Ballou, three-time ISW champ Dave Darland, two-time 2017 ISW winner C.J. Leary, Justin Grant, Chad Boespflug, Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull and many, many more!

The Plymouth, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute and Bloomington rounds of ISW will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. The audio from all the events will be live for free on the USAC App. You can re-watch all the ISW races a day after they are run, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"ICE MAN" GULICK KNOCKS DOWN BRIDGEPORT EAST COAST MAIN

Swedesboro, NJ........Coleman Gulick of Bridgehampton, N.Y. won Tuesday night's 25-lap USAC East Coast Sprint race at Bridgeport Speedway. He passed Joey Biasi on lap five and led the rest of the way to beat Steven Drevicki, Ryan Godown, Biasi and Eddie Strada. The series continues Friday night at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 17, 2018 - Swedesboro, New Jersey - Bridgeport Speedway - "Three for All"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bill Unglert (#33b Unglert), 2. Coleman Gulick (#14c Gulick), 3. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 4. Steve Surniak (#1st Surniak), 5. Josh Swanson (#17j Swanson), 6. Heidi Hedin (#3h Hedin), 7. Bobby Sandt Jr. (#131 Sandt), 8. Larry Drake (#8 Drake). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 2. Kyle Lick (#8L Lick), 3. Trey Hivner (#7 TH Racing), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 5. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio), 6. Dean Conk Jr. (#115 Conk), 7. Zach Burd (#5z Burd), 8. Craig Pelligrini (#27c Pelligrini). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 3. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 4. Chris Allen Jr. (#71 Allen), 5. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 6. Ryan Godown (#4F Freyer), 7. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher). NT

CONSOLATION RACE: (12 laps) 1. Strada, 2. Godown, 3. Sandt, 4. Hedin, 5. Burd, 6. Pelligrini, Conk, 8. Drake. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Coleman Gulick, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Ryan Godown, 4. Joey Biasi, 5. Eddie Strada, 6. Trevor Kobylarz, 7. Bill Undlert, 8. Chris Allen Jr., 9. Eric Jennings, 10. Mark Bitner, 11. John Swanson, 12. Brian Riccio, 13. Zach Burd, 14. Bobby Sandt Jr., 15. Heidi Hedin, 16. Craig Pelligrini, 17. Trey Hivner, 18. Ryan Quackenbush, 19. Chandler Leiby, 20. Steve Surniak, 21. Kyle Lick. NT ------------------------------------------ **Leiby flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

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

FRANK'S FINE SWINE & BEEF HARD CHARGER: Ryan Godown (17th-3rd(

NEW USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-365, 2-Biasi-328, 3-Strada-323, 4-Leiby-307, 5-Godown-280, 6-Bitner-246, 7-Quackenbush-238, 8-Kobylarz-207, 9-Jennings-177, 10-Unglert-172.

NEXT USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 20 - Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway

 

 

DEVIN, ELLIOTT, GOLDSMITH, , LIPKEY, RUTTMAN, SILLS
FORM NUCLEUS OF 2018 USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES; CEREMONY SLATED AT IMS


Four drivers, a race organizer and a chief mechanic comprise the six initial 2018 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame. They will be joined by two additional inductees in a formal celebration of their accomplishments during an early-September USAC event in Indianapolis, Ind.

The official induction ceremony will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday, September 6, prior to USAC's Driven2SaveLives BC39 P1 Insurance National Midget race which will unfold on the brand-new IMS infield dirt oval. The festivities are all part of the buildup to IMS' Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR race, scheduled September 9. USAC's Hall of Fame inductees will also be saluted in a video tribute to be broadcast on the IMS jumbotrons in front of Thursday night's Midget crowd.

Highlighting the seventh annual USAC Hall of Fame inductions will be former USAC Technical Director and Chief Mechanic Mike Devin, USAC's first-ever race organizer Bill Lipkey, plus Indianapolis 500 champion Troy Ruttman, and USAC driving champions Tony Elliott, Paul Goldsmith and Jimmy Sills.

Online voting for the final two additional 2018 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame will be available on the USAC website soon at www.usacracing.com.

Devin, of San Gabriel, Calif., a mechanic, engine builder, chief mechanic and car owner, began with USAC in 1990 and coordinated the Saber car program, which eventually was purchased by the Japanese for usage at their multi-million dollar facility on the southern island of Japan, Autopolis. In 1991 he became USAC's Technical Director after serving as a chief mechanic with drivers Johnny Rutherford, Lloyd Ruby, Roger McCluskey and Johnny Parsons Jr. Prior to his retirement, he served as a USAC Vice-President, Technical Director and Director of Competition where his primary responsibilities were making rules for all racing divisions under USAC sanction, Involved was balancing new technologies, with their inherent costs, against the financial strengths of the participants and the entertainment quality of the series. Safety was a primary focus and he also managed the liability and participant accident insurance for USAC. He was Technical Director for the Indianapolis 500 from 1991 through 1996 and he was responsible for establishing the formula for car and engine construction for the fledgling Indy Racing League. He was responsible for safer chassis construction, implementing the impact recorders and the development of rear attenuators. Post-retirement duties included a Stewardship with the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis, FIA record attempts, the TORC Off Road Series and various other safety and rules related projects. Significant awards included the D.A. Lubricants Award and the USAC Mechanical Achievement Award, Eddie Edenburg Award for lifetime contributions, the Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Outstanding Race Official Award and the Lincoln Electric Lifetime Achievement Award.

Elliott, of Warsaw, Ind., was a two-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion (1998 and 2000) and excelled in USAC's Silver Crown cars as well. He posted 26 National Sprint car wins and five in Silver Crown competition, plus won nine USAC Midget races. Among the Silver Crown triumphs were 2000 and 2001 wins in the prestigious Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis, Ind. In 1999 he won USAC's "Indiana Sprint Week" title. For years he dominated the scene at his hometown track - the Kokomo Speedway. In 2015 he was one of four Warsaw men who perished in a private airplane accident.

Goldsmith, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., was USAC's 1961 and 1962 National Stock Car Champion. A six-time veteran of the Indianapolis 500, he finished 3rd in the 1960 classic and fifth in 1959. In 1958 he won the final race at the famed Daytona Beach, Fla. beach course. The oldest living member of the Indianapolis 500, Paul is a member of both the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. In 1953 he posted AMA victories at Daytona and Langhorne, Pa. and in 1955 he won his final AMA race at Schererville, Ind.

Lipkey, of Kokomo, Ind., organized and presented the first USAC race ever held, a Midget race indoors at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. on January 8, 1956. The long-time race organizer at the legendary Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, also organized races at Baer Field in Fort Wayne and staged numerous indoor events at the Fort Wayne facility where a recent ceremony was held unveiling a commemorative marker saluting the first USAC race. The Lipkey family was a staple at USAC events in the Midwest and Bill's son Vic served as USAC's chief starter on many occasions spanning various racing series. Bill served for many years on USAC's Advisory Board as the race organizer representative. In 1983 he received USCA's prestigious Jim Blunk Award in recognition of his contributions to the sport of Midget auto racing. Bill passed away at the age of 86 in 1999.

Ruttman, of Mooreland, Okla., earned international recognition as the 1952 winner of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. At his 1952 age of 22 years and 80 days he remains the youngest winner of the "500." He won his first race at age 15 in 1945 and two years later became the California Roadster Association Champion. He repeated that title in 1948 and also won the 1948 United Racing Association Blue Circuit (Offy) crown. In 1952 he finished as runner-up to Chuck Stevenson for the AAA National Championship. He was USAC's 1956 Short Track Stock Car Champion and in 1963 finished third behind Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt in a NASCAR championship race at Riverside, Calif. A 1992 inductee into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, he also was an inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1993, the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2002, the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. A spectacular Sprint racer on the famed Midwestern high-banks, he won the third leg of USAC's "Race of Two Worlds" Championship race at the Monza (Italy) Autodrome in 1957. He died in 1997.

Sills, of Placerville, Calif., was USAC's first three-time Silver Crown champion, in 1990, 1994 and 1996. Until surpassed by Dave Steele, he led the all-time standings for laps led in the Silver Crown series. A six-time champion of the prestigious "Dirt Cup" at Skagit, Wash., Sills won the 1978 "Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic" in Australia and is a former champion of the famed "Oval Nationals" at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, In 1982 he won the championship at Baylands Speedway in Fremont, Calif. and the following year scored a significant opening-night win in the famed "Knoxville Nationals" in Iowa. The leader of one of America's most renowned Sprint Car Racing Schools, Jimmy was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006 and in 2007 joined the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS RUMBLE AT PETALUMA
By Lance Jennings

JULY 16, 2018... The battle for the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water championship resumes this Saturday, July 21st, at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” is co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) and also features Winged 360 Sprint Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 4:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

NOTICE TO RACERS:
-WEIGHT RULE: The weight rule for the combined BCRA & USAC Western States Midget show is 1060 lbs.
-USAC POINTS: To earn USAC Western States Midget points at Petaluma, competitors must check in with USAC officials.
-USAC MEMBERSHIPS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.
-BCRA POINTS: For BCRA points, BCRA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE RECOGNIZED at this event.
-2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535.
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
-TARPS: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Saturday’s race honors Jack London, a famous car owner and mechanic dating back to the Offenhouser days of BCRA. As part of the festivities, the Bay Cities Racing Association will induct drivers Don Meaham and Chuck Stevenson, owner/drivers Rick Holbrook and John Mosekian, and official Peggy Holbrook into their Hall of Fame. Past winners of the popular race includes Michael Faccinto (twice) and Alex Schutte.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted seven USAC Western States Midget races and four different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and Michael Faccinto won last year’s “Hall of Fame Race.” Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013 and a complete Petaluma series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, Alex Schutte (Redding, California) holds a 25-point lead over the competition. Racing the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte briefly led the June 16th Bakersfield race before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. At press time, the 2010 champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season. Alex has seven career wins and will be looking to add another “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” to his resume.

After winning at Bakersfield on June 16th, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led in the campaign. The two-time “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” winner has seven career victories and will have his sights on another triumph at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) ranks third in the Western States Midget point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Boss, Shannon finished tenth at Bakersfield Speedway. At press time, the 2012 champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and three top-10 finishes on the year. McQueen has one USAC win and will be looking to gain valuable points with a victory this Saturday night.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) has risen to fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby scored fifth in the June 16th feature at Bakersfield. To date, the young driver has three top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his first USAC win at Petaluma Speedway.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, California) sits fifth in the point standings. Driving his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett earned the Bakersfield Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with an eleventh to third place run. With one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes to his credit, Robby will be looking for his fifth career win this Saturday at Petaluma.

Currently fourteenth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Frankie Guerrini, Clayton Ruston, C.J. Sarna, David Prickett, Marvin Mitchell, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Cody Swanson, and more.

Jesse Love (Menlo Park, California) leads the overall BCRA point standings. Maria Cofer, J.R. Williams, Chad Nichols, Mark Maliepaard, David Prickett, David Goodwill, Jerome Rodela, Cody Jessop, and Robert Dalby round out the top-10 in points.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $16, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $12, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $12, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: 1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

JACK LONDON HALL OF FAME RACE WINNERS: 2015-Michael Faccinto, 2016-Alex Schutte, 2017-Michael Faccinto.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Alex Schutte.

PETALUMA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Alex Schutte.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Alex Schutte-220, 2. Michael Faccinto-195, 3. Shannon McQueen-187, 4. Robert Dalby-183, 5. Robby Josett-180, 6. Frankie Guerrini-168, 7. Clayton Ruston-158, 8. Ronnie Gardner-154, 9. Cory Elliott-146, 10. C.J. Sarna-140, 11. David Prickett-133, 12. Marvin Mitchell-117, 13. Dylan Ito-112, 14. Kyle Beilman-109, 15. Randi Pankratz-96, 16. Maria Cofer-95, 17. Bryan Drollinger-93, 18. Austin Liggett-81, 19. Ryan Bernal-79, 20. Jake Swanson-75.

2018 BCRA MIDGET SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jesse Love-542, 2. Maria Cofer-531, 3. J.R. Williams-431, 4. Chad Nichols-365, -, Mark Maliepaard-365, 6. David Prickett-253, 7. David Goodwill-229, 8. Jerome Rodela-222, 9. Cody Jessop-219, 10. Robert Dalby-217, 11. Marvin Mitchell-210, 12. Jackson Dukes-205, -. Frankie Guerrini-205, 14. Floyd Alvis-164, 15. Scott Pierovich-147, 16. Cody Gerhardt-115, 17. Michael Faccinto-94, 18. Randi Pankratz-63, 19. Alex Schutte-25, --. Sean Dodenhoff-25.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
July 21: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Race)
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Justin Sanders and Dale Miller Motorsports Back in Victory Lane

PETERSEN MEDIA- After a couple of starts together ironing out some issues, Justin Sanders and Dale Miller Motorsports have proved to be quite the combination as the Sanders was able to put the potent No. 4SA machine back in victory lane for the second time in 2018.

“Dale Miller and his team really do a great job and gave me another great car on Saturday night,” Justin Sanders said. “It is pretty cool to get in their car and get them back in victory lane and become the first repeat winners at the track this year in only our fourth start together.”

Sanders would kick Saturday night off by timing the Thompson’s Auto/RedHawk Casino/Dale Miller Septic, Inc. backed entry in fourth fastest amongst the 20 cars that checked in for weekly point racing action.

Lining up in the second row of his heat race, the Aromas, CA driver would race his way to a third place finish and solidify himself a spot in the redraw. Having lady luck on his side, Sanders would find himself with the one pill, which meant he would lead the field to green for the 25-lap feature event.

When the 25-lap feature event came to life, Sanders would slip back to second as outside front row starter, Kalib Henry, was able to beat him into turn one. On a freshly manicured racing surface that saw two distinct grooves for the feature, Sanders would use the high side to race around Henry only to see the caution fly and negate his efforts.

Back underway in green flag conditions, Sanders would execute the same move on the restart as he used the cushion to sail around Henry off of turn two and put the Dale Miller Motorsports entry out front. A couple of scattered cautions would put the field on Sanders’ bumper, but on this night the kid from Aromas, CA would simply be too good as he went on to capture the second win of the season for Dale Miller Motorsports and his 10th overall win in 2018.

“It was a great night from start to finish, and I really have to thank Dale and Tara Miller for this great opportunity to run for them a handful of nights,” Sanders added. “It has been great so far, and hopefully we can get a couple more before the season is over.”

The Dale Miller Motorsports team would like to thank Thompson’s Auto, RedHawk Casino, Dale Miller Septic, Inc, El Dorado Hills Landscaping, Anrak Corporation, Frank’s Body Shop, Wion’s Powder Coating, Smith Titanium, King Racing Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Motion Media Wraps, Hangtown Sheet Metal and Fabrication, and Vortex Wings for their support.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 10, Wins- 2, Top-5’s-4, Top-10’s-6

ON TAP: Dale Miller Motorsports will sit idle for a couple of weeks before returning to Placerville Speedway on August 4th with Bubba DeCaires.

 

 

 

USAC SPEED2 MIDGETS SLIDE INTO SPOON RIVER AND MONTPELIER SATURDAY

Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. and Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway are the venues for USAC Speed2 Midget racing this Saturday, July 21. The Engler IMRA Midgets compete at Spoon River and the Midwest Thunder Midgets take on Montpelier. Andy Baugh leads the IMRA standings and Aaron Leffel is atop the Midwest Thunder points.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. led all but the opening lap to take Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Laquerre's Sports DMA Dpeed2 Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. He was followed by Derek O'Hearn, Adam Whitney, Jason Goff and Seth Carlson. The series continues July 28 at Bear Ridge.

Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio emerged the winner of Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway after Alex Watson's car slowed on a restart at lap 23. Watson slipped to fifth in the finish behind runner-up Bill Dunham, Zach Guingrich and Jon Steed. Series leader Aaron Leffel finished eighth.

Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all 15 laps to win Friday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. Joey Iest was second ahead of Tyler Slay and series rookie James Prickett. The next series race is August 1 at Ventura Raceway.

Last Saturday's Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Highland Rim Speedway in Ridgetop, Tenn. was cancelled. That series now prepares for an August 11 race at Carteret County Speedway in Swansboro, N.C.

Rain forced cancellation of Engler IMRA Speed2 Midget races last Saturday and Sunday night, respectively, at Spoon River Speedway and Quincy (Ill.) Raceways.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-485, 2-Seth Carlson-476, 3-Joe Krawiec-465, 4-Will Hull-442, 5-Derek O'Hearn-402, 6-Justin Phillips-394, 7-Mike Chaffee-382, 8-Manny Dias-337, 9-Randy Higginson-321, 10-Adam Whitney-317.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-629, 2-Robby McQuinn-558, 3-Blake Buchholz-432, 4-Gedd Ross-395, 5-Shane Morgan-383, 6-Jake Sollenberger-308, 7-Kurt Mueller-304, 8-Daltyn England-279, 9-Kevin Battefeld-261, 10-Brent Burrows-255.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-436, 2-Neal Allison-395, 3-Nolan Allison-389, 4-Sam Hatfield-350, 5-Jordan Empie-324, 6-Dameron Taylor-245, 7-Chris Lamb-212, 8-Levi Riffle-111, 9-Connor Gross-107, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-390, 2-Alex Watson-300, 3-Chett Gehrke-292, 4-John Heydenreich-268, 5-Stratton Briggs-257, 6-Jon Watson-248, 7-Jon Steed-224, 8-Cory Guingrich-218, 9-Trey Osborne-117, 10-Robby McQuinn-171.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-652, 2-Blake Brannon-509, 3-Joey Iest-461, 4-Johnny Nichols-279, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Tyler Slay-139, 7-Ariel Biggs-82, 8-Toni Breidinger-72, 9-Ashley Heredia-72, 10-James Prickett-69.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-159, 2-Joey Iest-143, 3-Tyler Slay-139, 4-Ariel Biggs-82, 5-Ashley Heredia-72, 6-Blake Brannon-70, 7-James Prickett-69, 8-Keoni Texeira-65, 9-David Prickett-17.

 

 

BRIGHT GOES FOR 2ND BIG DIAMOND USAC EASTERN MIDGET VICTORY FRIDAY

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (July 16, 2018).........Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Alex Bright has three USAC Eastern Midget wins this season, including one in May at Big Diamond Speedway, where the series returns this Friday night, July 20. His five top-10s have him third in the series standings, just 35 points out of the lead.

Andrew Layser is the series leader, 24 points ahead of Shawn Jackson entering Friday's race. Neither Layser nor Jackson have cracked the winners circle this year, but Layser has six top-10s in six starts and Jackson has a third and a fourth among his five top-10s.

In addition to Bright, 2018 winners have included Tommy Kunsman, Jr., Steven Drevicki and Adam Pierson.

USAC EASTERN MIDGET SERIES STANDINGS: 1-Andrew Layser-667, 2-Shawn Jackson-643, 3-Alex Bright-632, 4-Ryan Greth-578, 5-Kenny Miller-575, 6-Adam Pierson-428, 7-Brett Conkling-415, 8-Tommy Kunsman, Jr.-352, 9-Brett Arndt-338, 10-Jason Rice-325.

 

 

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT TRIPLEHEADER VISITS BRIDGEPORT, BIG DIAMOND & PATH VALLEY

The biggest week of the season for the USAC East Coast Sprint cars unfolds this week with three events in five nights.

It begins with Tuesday's race at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. on July 17. Friday, July 20, the series visits Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. and Saturday night, July 21, the venue is Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa.

Only Big Diamond has previously hosted the series, with Ryan Godown winning there in May.

These three races will certainly have a profound impact on the 2018 championship, with Steven Drevicki's point lead only 16 ahead of Chandler Leiby. Eddie Strada, the most recent series winner, is 29 out of the lead, tied with Joey Biasi.

Drevicki is the only repeat winner so far, taking races at Delmar, Del. and Bedford, Pa. Strada won the July 7 race at New Egypt, N.J.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-290, 2-Chandler Leiby-274, 3-Eddie Strada-261, 4-Joey Biasi-261, 5-Ryan Godown-213, 6-Ryan Quackenbush-206, 7-Mark Bitner-196, 8-Ryan Greth-165, 9-Trevor Kobylarz-146, 10-Carmen Perigo-127.

 

 

NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 16, 2018).........Seven races in seven nights represents more than just a stretch of Summer races on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar. It represents a moment in the season when the worlds of the top sprint car drivers in America and the largest crowds of the year collide in the Hoosier state for a momentous auto racing occasion.

NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week champion is the title that racers covet. It's the one that represents a drivers' will and pride over a week plus against drivers hanging it all on the line for their shot at glory, to be the representative of the most challenging achievements in sprint car racing.

Plymouth Speedway makes its debut on the ISW schedule as the opener on Friday, July 20, followed by Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 21 and Lawrenceburg on Sunday, July 22. Following a two-day break, the series resumes at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 25, at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 26, at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 27, and the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 28.

Point leader Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana leads the field into ISW. Courtney, who owns four wins on the season, earned his first career USAC victory in 2016 during ISW at Gas City.

Second in the standings is Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., who also owns four series victories in 2018. The defending champion of ISW grabbed his fifth career ISW victory in last year's stop at Bloomington.

Amazingly, Chris Windom hasn't won an ISW feature since 2011 at Terre Haute. But, all that means is that the 2011 ISW champ is overdue. Windom's been a champ on the Eastern Storm tour two consecutive tours and has won on three occasions this year on his way to a third place showing in the current standings.

Another past ISW champion, Robert Ballou, comes into this year's edition as the most recent ISW feature winner, capturing the 2017 finale at Lincoln Park. The Rocklin, California native possesses four career ISW triumphs, plus the 2015 title. He's already won at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania and holds down the fourth spot in the points.

Fifth in points, Chase Stockon has a pair of wins in his ISW career and has been a consistent front runner in the series, just as he has done this year, kicking off the season with a victory during "Winter Dirt Games" in Ocala, Fla.

Brady Bacon's ISW career includes a 2016 title and two victories to his credit. Bacon has been a force of late after returning to his own BBR No. 99 early in the season, reeling off wins at Ohio's Eldora Speedway and Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway.

No driver has more USAC National Sprint Car wins (60), starts (714) or ISW wins (18) than Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland. The USAC Triple Crown champ and three-time ISW titlist (1998, 2001 & 2007), who sits 7th in points, reached victory lane for the first time since the 2016 season back in April at Bloomington.

C.J. Leary had a breakout during ISW 2017 with back-to-back victories at Lawrenceburg and Gas City. This year, the Greenfield, Indiana driver is still looking for win number one in the family-owned No. 30 and occupies the eighth position in the standings.

Another multi-time winner on the USAC trail last year who's still aiming to reach victory lane for the initial time in 2018 is Ione, California's Justin Grant. Coming in ninth in points, Grant has enjoyed the thrill of victory on one occasion this season back in April during Silver Crown action at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track. Grant has a tally in the ISW win column back in 2012 at Lawrenceburg.

Chad Boespflug has not yet celebrated the spoils of victory during Indiana Sprint Week in his career. But ISW is where the Hanford, California driver's USAC career began, at Tri-State. He resides tenth in the series standings, eyeing his first victory of the season.

Additional notables include Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins (13th in points), who picked up his first career USAC victory during ISW at Kokomo in 2016. Top-ranked Rookie Timmy Buckwalter of Douglassville, Pa. resides 14th in points. San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull (15th in points) returns to the Chase Briscoe Racing team, with who he earned his first career ISW win a year ago at Kokomo. Carson Short of Marion, Ill. stamped his first and only USAC win to date at Tri-State during ISW in 2016.

Furthermore, series Rookie Joe Stornetta (Napa, Calif.) joins the fray with Australian car owner Robin Dawkins while Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) takes the wheel for Australia's Fitzpatrick Autosports. The past two USAC West Coast Sprint Car champs, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) and Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) will make the trek from the Golden State. Riding in from the Grand Canyon State of Arizona is five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) in the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports No. 19.

The Plymouth, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute and Bloomington rounds of ISW will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. The audio from all the events will be live for free on the USAC App. You can re-watch all the ISW races a day after they are run, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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ROOKIE SENSATION SEAVEY A BRIDESMAID NO MORE WITH SWEET SPRINGS SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri.........Second, second, second. That's what the Logan Seavey personal box score read night after night following three consecutive runner-up finishes leading into Sunday's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget debut at the Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Late in the game, it appeared Seavey would have another bridesmaid honor to add to his resume. But with four laps to go, the Rookie sensation from Sutter, California was in prime position to pounce when the door cracked open, slipping by fellow Rookie Cole Bodine to win the "John Hinck Championship."

"I got déjà vu there at the end; it feels pretty good to be on the other end of that," Seavey said. "My teammate Tanner Carrick showed me the top early in the race in (turns) three and four. I was able to make it work for a while and then I felt like the bottom started coming back in three and four. I just went to the bottom and watched what Cole was doing and found a little mistake he was making. Down the straightaways, he was coming up just a little too high. I was really coming by the end of the straightaway and just tried to get as close as I could, then when I was there, I dove underneath him and got to the entry before he did. It's just one of those deals when you're leading, it's hard to try to change up what you're doing."

Upstart Bodine, who had a mere six stars in a full midget prior to Sweet Springs, took the lead from the pole position for the first four circuits. On the fifth lap, Carrick powered around the outside of Bodine, sneaking by at the start/finish line where he would lead the next eight laps.

Bodine looked the part of a veteran on the 13th lap when he got the bottom mo working and was able to reengage the battle with Carrick, beating the 2017 series Rookie of the Year to the entry of turn one to recapture the lead.

On the 19th lap, seventh-starting Seavey was running fourth, and on the chase, when teammate Carrick stumbled atop turn two. Seavey got by underneath as Carrick jumped back on the horse, gaining all the ground back on the high road where, in turns one and two on lap 24, he did his best impersonation of an airplane tipping its wing to the crowd at an air show. Somehow, someway, Carrick avoided getting upside down, dropping from sixth to third and out of contention for the victory.

Meanwhile, Seavey capitalized to third and, two laps later, jumped past Bacon to secure the second spot behind leader Bodine. When Kyle Craker backed into turn three to bring out the caution on lap 30, the question was whether Bodine would be sufficient on the restarts with the point leader on his rear bumper.

On the ensuing restart, Bodine left the door slightly ajar, leaving a car width of daylight open on the bottom, but Seavey wasn't able to get there in time to snag the position. One lap later, though, Jake Neuman got upside down between turns one and two, forcing another Bodine restart.

This time, though, Bodine was flawless, sticking a doorstop underneath the crack in the doorway, keeping Seavey from making any kind of move on the lap 32 restart. Yet, Seavey didn't stand and wait by idly. Instead, he remained within a car length of Bodine for the next four laps until Bodine entered turn one a step off the bottom on lap 37.

Seavey has led the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings for all but one race this season and now holds a commanding 100-point lead as he aims to become just the third driver to win the championship in his first season, following in the footsteps of Danny Caruthers (1971) and Christopher Bell (2013). (Rich Forman Photo)

Seavey was able to get a hand in the cookie jar and the lid would not be reclosed as the two hit the back straightaway. Bodine was unable to get back to the bottom of turn three with Seavey's front bumper occupying the bottom lane, allowing Seavey to have total control of his destiny as he passed Bodine and led the remaining four laps to win by eight-tenths of a second over Bodine, Ryan Robinson, Brady Bacon and Tyler Courtney.

Seavey is a student of the game and, and the Rookie had his nose in the books as he observed Bodine's tendencies that he felt he could eventually take advantage of if the opportunity arose.

"On the restarts, he would pull up right about the flag stand and I was able to shoot underneath him there," Seavey detailed. "He would close the door just in time and I couldn't quite get all the way there. I kind of studied him and watched when he was making mistakes. I'm sure there were a lot of nerves running through his head when he's about to win his first USAC race. I was able to pounce right at the end. I moved down at the right time. It's a huge advantage when you're in second. You get to search and you're able to watch the leader and see what he's doing. You can always go back to that line if you need it."

Seavey has led the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings for all but one race this season and now holds a commanding 100-point lead as he aims to become just the third driver to win the championship in his first season, following in the footsteps of Danny Caruthers (1971) and Christopher Bell (2013).

"I definitely feel like I'm still a rookie," Seavey admits. "But at the same time, I get into these fast racecars and Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby) believe in me to win these races. I just have to do my job and run good, smart races and I was able to do that tonight. "I do struggle with these racetracks the first time, but at a place like this, I don't feel like I'm at a disadvantage. For the most part, by feature time, I feel like I should be adapted. That's what these guys brought me over to do, to win races, so I have to figure it out."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex were Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zach Daum (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tyler Thomas (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Spencer Bayston (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Maria Cofer (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2018 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - "John Hinck Championship"

QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.252 (New Track Record); 2. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-12.323; 3. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-12.446; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.447; 5. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.481; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.534; 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.606; 8. Riley Kreisel, 93K, DKR-12.772; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-12.772; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.784; 11. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.859; 12. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.880; 13. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.894; 14. Hudson O'Neal, 51B, Neuman-12.899; 15. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-12.911; 16. Wesley Smith, 44, Smith-12.935; 17. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.940; 18. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.980; 19. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-12.985; 20. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-12.989; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.008; 22. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-13.008; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.009; 24. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.017; 25. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.039; 26. Joe B. Miller, 51, Miller-13.056; 27. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.090; 28. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.124; 29. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-13.142; 30. Chase Porter, 81, Shields-13.157; 31. Casey Shuman, 4A, RAMS-13.319; 32. Presley Truedson, 5T, Daum-13.496; 33. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.576; 34. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.640; 35. Dave Darland, 21H, TKH-13.696; 36. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.697; 37. Clinton Boyles, 98, Boyles-13.892; 38. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-13.949; 39. Todd McVay, 89JR, McVay-NT; 40. Chad Winfrey, 321, Winfrey-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Neuman, 3. Johnson, 4. Boat, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Seavey, 7. Frewaldt, 8. Nelson, 9. Shelton, 10. Boyles. 2:05.78 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Craker, 3. McDougal, 4. Carrick, 5. O'Neal, 6. Miller, 7. Bell, 8. Porter, 9. Waterland, 10. Shapel. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Daum, 2. Bodine, 3. Hendricks, 4. Bayston, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Grant, 7. Darland, 8. Cofer, 9. Shuman. 2:11.31

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Sarff, 3. Coons, 4. Robinson, 5. Hollan, 6. Lynch, 7. Truedson, 8. Kreisiel, 9. Smith. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Shuman, 2. Truedson, 3. Frewaldt, 4. Darland, 5. Lynch, 6. Shapel, 7. Boyles, 8. Lynch. 2:18.45

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Seavey, 2. Grant, 3. Bell, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Kreisel, 7. Cofer, 8. Smith, 9. Hollan, 10. Shelton, 11. Shuman, 12. Miller, 13. Darland, 14. Nelson, 15. Truedson, 16. Frewaldt, 17. O'Neal, 18. Porter. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (7), 2. Cole Bodine (1), 3. Ryan Robinson (5), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Tyler Courtney (3), 6. Christopher Bell (14), 7. Spencer Bayston (21), 8. Tanner Carrick (2), 9. Justin Grant (12), 10. Chad Boat (11), 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 12. Sam Johnson (13), 13. Zach Daum (19), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 15. Brayton Lynch (24), 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 17. Holly Shelton (23), 18. Riley Kreisel (9), 19. Tyler Thomas (20), 20. Zane Hendricks (15), 21. Kyle Craker (18), 22. Jake Neuman (17), 23. Karter Sarff (16), 24. Jason McDougal (6). NT
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**Neuman flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Bodine, Laps 5-12 Carrick, Laps 13-36 Bodine, Laps 37-40 Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Spencer Bayston (21st to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Zach Daum

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-696, 2-Bayston-596, 3-Boat-590, 4-Grant-587, 5-K. Thomas-583, 6-Bacon-580, 7-Courtney-572, 8-Carrick-511, 9-Robinson-470, 10-Coons-464.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 2 - Path Valley Speedway Park - Spring Run, Pennsylvania - "Pennsylvania Midget Week"

 

 

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 15, 2018 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - "John Hinck Championship"

QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.252 (New Track Record); 2. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-12.323; 3. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-12.446; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.447; 5. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.481; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.534; 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.606; 8. Riley Kreisel, 93K, DKR-12.772; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-12.772; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.784; 11. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.859; 12. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.880; 13. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.894; 14. Hudson O'Neal, 51B, Neuman-12.899; 15. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-12.911; 16. Wesley Smith, 44, Smith-12.935; 17. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.940; 18. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.980; 19. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-12.985; 20. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-12.989; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.008; 22. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-13.008; 23. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.009; 24. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.017; 25. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.039; 26. Joe B. Miller, 51, Miller-13.056; 27. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.090; 28. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.124; 29. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-13.142; 30. Chase Porter, 81, Shields-13.157; 31. Casey Shuman, 4A, RAMS-13.319; 32. Presley Truedson, 5T, Daum-13.496; 33. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.576; 34. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.640; 35. Dave Darland, 21H, TKH-13.696; 36. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.697; 37. Clinton Boyles, 98, Boyles-13.892; 38. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-13.949; 39. Todd McVay, 89JR, McVay-NT; 40. Chad Winfrey, 321, Winfrey-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Neuman, 3. Johnson, 4. Boat, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Seavey, 7. Frewaldt, 8. Nelson, 9. Shelton, 10. Boyles. 2:05.78 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Craker, 3. McDougal, 4. Carrick, 5. O'Neal, 6. Miller, 7. Bell, 8. Porter, 9. Waterland, 10. Shapel. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Daum, 2. Bodine, 3. Hendricks, 4. Bayston, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Grant, 7. Darland, 8. Cofer, 9. Shuman. 2:11.31

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Sarff, 3. Coons, 4. Robinson, 5. Hollan, 6. Lynch, 7. Truedson, 8. Kreisiel, 9. Smith. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Shuman, 2. Truedson, 3. Frewaldt, 4. Darland, 5. Lynch, 6. Shapel, 7. Boyles, 8. Lynch. 2:18.45

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Seavey, 2. Grant, 3. Bell, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Kreisel, 7. Cofer, 8. Smith, 9. Hollan, 10. Shelton, 11. Shuman, 12. Miller, 13. Darland, 14. Nelson, 15. Truedson, 16. Frewaldt, 17. O'Neal, 18. Porter. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (7), 2. Cole Bodine (1), 3. Ryan Robinson (5), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Tyler Courtney (3), 6. Christopher Bell (14), 7. Spencer Bayston (21), 8. Tanner Carrick (2), 9. Justin Grant (12), 10. Chad Boat (11), 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 12. Sam Johnson (13), 13. Zach Daum (19), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 15. Brayton Lynch (24), 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 17. Holly Shelton (23), 18. Riley Kreisel (9), 19. Tyler Thomas (20), 20. Zane Hendricks (15), 21. Kyle Craker (18), 22. Jake Neuman (17), 23. Karter Sarff (16), 24. Jason McDougal (6). NT ---------------------------- **Neuman flipped on lap 32 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Bodine, Laps 5-12 Carrick, Laps 13-36 Bodine, Laps 37-40 Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Spencer Bayston (21st to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Zach Daum

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-696, 2-Bayston-596, 3-Boat-590, 4-Grant-587, 5-K. Thomas-583, 6-Bacon-580, 7-Courtney-572, 8-Carrick-511, 9-Robinson-470, 10-Coons-464.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 2 - Path Valley Speedway Park - Spring Run, Pennsylvania - "Pennsylvania Midget Week"

 

 

HULL REPEATS BEAR RIDGE DMA SPEED2 VICTORY

Bradford, VT........Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. led all the but the opening lap to take Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Laquerre;s Sports DMA Dpeed2 Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. He was followed by Derek O'Hearn, Adam Whitney, Jason Goff and Seth Carlson.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2018 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 2. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 3. Daniel Moniz (#9 Moniz), 4. Brandon Emerson (#88 Emerson), 5. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller), 6. Matt Covey (#26 Covey), 7. Mike Chaffee (#18c Miller). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 2. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 3. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 4. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 5. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 6. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 7. Randy Higginson (#84 Higginson). 8. Dan Douville (#7 Douville). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Will Hull, 2. Derek O'Hearn, 3. Adam Whitney, 4. Jason Goff, 5. Seth Carlson, 6. Joe Krawiec, 7. Jeff Horn, 8. Brandon Emerson, 9. Daniel Moniz, 10. Matt Covey, 11. Justin Phillips, 12. Randy Higginson, 13. Manny Dias, 14. Mike Chaffee, 15. Dan Douville. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 O'Hearn, Laps 2-25 Hull.

NEW USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-485, 2-Carlson-476, 3-Krawiec-465, 4-Hull-442, 5-O'Hearn-402, 6-Phillips-394, 7-Chaffee-382, 8-Dias-337, 9-Higginson-321, 10-Whitney-317.

NEXT USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: July 28 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

LEFFLER MEMORIAL JOINS USAC MIDGET SCHEDULE OCT. 21 IN WAYNE CITY, ILLINOIS

Wayne City, Illinois.........The USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets will race in the memory of Jason Leffler on Sunday, October 21 at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois, with the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial."

The event positions itself as the final series' race this season before heading west for California to round out the year, providing Midwest fans one last time to enjoy the action before the sun sets on the 2018 racing calendar. The event will offer appearance points toward this year's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval has been home to the event since 2013 with such winners as Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., who returns as the reigning winner of the "Leffler Memorial."

In that event, Bacon led the final 33 laps to capture an emotional victory - the first for car owner Frank Manafort and a meaningful win for USAC Hall of Fame crew chief and car builder Bob East who guided Leffler to USAC National Midget titles in 1997-98-99 and a Silver Crown championship in 1998.

Wayne County Speedway owner Doug Stringer is teaming up with new track promoter Jeremy Sneed and USAC to put orchestrate the event.

"I am beyond thrilled to announce the addition of a premier event such as the 'Jason Leffler Memorial' to the 2018 schedule," Sneed said. "USAC is a premier series and the National Midget division always puts on an outstanding show everywhere they travel, and we've seen that every time they've come to Wayne County."

In the late 1990s, Leffler made tracks big and small his personal playground as he raced to three consecutive Midget titles and 19 career USAC National Midget feature wins in some of the most prestigious races, including the "Belleville Midget Nationals," "Hut Hundred," "Copper World Classic," "Summer Sizzle," "Turkey Night Grand Prix," and the "Night Before the 500" between 1997 and 2005. Though Leffler may have been small in stature, his legacy in the sport of midget racing remains that of a giant.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval in Wayne City is a true bullring, regularly producing spectacular wheel-banging, ultra-competitive action that has become the norm on this southern Illinois soil nestled between farmland during this harvest season.

Event times and ticket prices will be announced soon.

 

 

WILSON WINS WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA FEATURE AT 81

Wichita, KS........Brett Wilson of Coweta, Okla. won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at 81 Speedway. He passed Danny Smith on lap 15 and set sail, leading the final 10 laps to beat Smith, Casey Wills, Craig Carroll and Johnny Kent. Wilson now trails Smith by only five points in the new series standings going into

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2018 - Wichita, Kansas - 81 Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Cummings (#97 Cummings), 2. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 3. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 4. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 5. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 6. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 7. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn). 8. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Moore (#22M Barksdale), 2. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 3. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 4. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre),5. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 6. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 7. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Brett Wilson, 2. Danny Smith, 3. Casey Wills, 4. Craig Carroll, 5. Johnny Kent, 6. Matt Moore, 7. Michael Tyre II, 8. Ty Hulsey, 9. Cameron Hagin, 10. Cody Jarvis,11. Grant Wresche, 12. Kevin Cummings, 13. Ryan Dean, 14. Justin Dunn, 15. Kyle Clark. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Smith, Laps 16-25 Wilson.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Smith-786, 2-Wilson-781, 3-Carroll-736, 4-Clark-715, 5-Tyre-703, 6-Hagin-687, 7-Wills-685, 8-Kent-680, 9-Wresche-604, 10-Hulsey-592.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: July 27 - Sapulpa, OK - Creek County Speedway

 

 

BRIGGS ENDS UP WITH MONTPELIER "THUNDER" VICTORY

Montpelier, IN........Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio emerged the winner of Saturday night's 25-lap USAC "Midwest Thunder" Speed2 Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway after Alex Watson's car slowed on a restart at lap 23. Watson slipped to fifth in the finish behind runner-up Bill Dunham, Zach Guingrich and Jon Steed. Series leader Aaron Leffer finished eight.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2018 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Stratton Briggs (Briggs #71), 2. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 3. Zach Guingrich (11G Guingrich), 4. Jon Steed (#7 Steed), 5. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 6. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 7. Kevin Blue (#7 Blue), 8. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 9. Brandon Watson (#29w Watson), 10. Jon Watson (#25 Watson), 11. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 12. Cory Guingrich (#11T Taylor), 13. Tyler Key (#5 Key). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Steed, Laps 3-22 A.Watson, Laps 23-25 Briggs.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-390, 2-A.Watson-300, 3-Chett Gehrke-292, 4-John Heydenreich-268, 5-Briggs-257, 6-J.Watson-248, 7-Steed-224, 8-C.Guingrich-218, 9-Trey Osborne-117, 10-Robby McQuinn-171.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: July 21 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 14, 2018 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “Battle at the Beach Race #2” – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-12.517; 2. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.661; 3. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.748; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-12.767; 5. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.770; 6. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.834; 7. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.860; 8. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-12.878; 9. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.923; 10. Tyler Edwards, 81X, Watt-12.927; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.976; 12. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.124; 13. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.130; 14. Matt Stewart, 33, Case-13.167; 15. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-13.180; 16. Tony Everhart, 55T, Everhart-13.197; 17. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-13.214; 18. Brent Owens, 71, Owens-13.323; 19. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-13.326; 20. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-13.357; 21. Michael Faccinto, 81, Watt-13.362; 22. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.394; 23. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-13.401; 24. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.427; 25. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.541; 26. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-13.555; 27. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-13.739; 28. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.822; 29. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.252; 30. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-15.323.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hendrix, 2. Butcher, 3. Montgomery, 4. Ellertson, 5. Faccinto, 6. McQueen, 7. Bender, 8. Ervine. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Swanson, 3. T.Edwards, 4. Woodward, 5. Owens, 6. Majors, 7. Stewart. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Guardino, 3. Smith, 4. Wiley, 5. Bock, 6. Helt, 7. Stolz. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS / ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Faria, 3. Timmons, 4. Everhart, 5. K.Edwards, 6. Hix, 7. Shaw. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (shortened to 4 laps) 1. Stewart, 2. Bock, 3. McQueen, 4. Majors, 5. Shaw, 6. Helt, 7. Bender, 8. Hix, 9. Faccinto, 10. Ervine, 11. K.Edwards, 12. Stolz, 13. Owens. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Ryan Timmons, 4. Tyler Edwards, 5. Matt Stewart, 6. Koen Shaw, 7. Slater Helt, 8. Rick Hendrix, 9. Danny Faria Jr., 10. Austin Liggett, 11. Kyle Smith, 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 13. Brandon Wiley, 14. Charlie Butcher, 15. Kalen Montgomery, 16. Tristan Guardino, 17. Shannon McQueen, 18. Troy Rutherford, 19. Britton Bock, 20. Cody Majors, 21. Tony Everhart, 22. Guy Woodward. NT
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**Stolz flipped on lap 1 of the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Swanson, Laps 20-30 Bernal.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (21st to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 28 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP UNFOLDS
IN GRANT FASHION

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska.........Justin Grant busted his way into the win column Saturday night in the Inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway to become the eighth different winner in the first nine races of the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget season.

It's admittedly been an up-and-down 2018 racing season for Justin Grant.

One year ago, the Ione, California native shot off the launching pad to become the first driver to win both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC P1 Insurance National openers in a single season.

This year hasn't exactly taken off like a rocket ship, save a Silver Crown victory at April's "Sumar Classic" in Terre Haute, Ind. But, following an MSCS victory last Saturday in Putnamville, Ind. and now garnering his first USAC Midget win in nearly a calendar year, the tide may very well have turned for Grant to create his own new narrative and make this "The Summer of Justin."

"This year's been a bit of a struggle on kind of more than one front for me," Grant acknowledged. "We picked up a win last week in a sprint car and, hopefully, it feels like things are starting to turn around and I can start putting these cars where they need to be, up front."

Grant was a force right from the get-go, powering off the top in his Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood/NOS Energy Drink - Elk Grove Ford/Spike/Stanton SR-11 to the lead past pole sitter and teammate Tyler Courtney on the opening lap as Courtney, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Logan Seavey tussled for the second spot in a three-wide manner just behind.

Just like the initial take off, Grant was smoking the field on each and every restart during the 40-lapper. The question that remained during the first half was whether anybody could overcome the deficit on a longer run, which never actually came to fruition.

Following a Jerry Coons, Jr. spin at the halfway point, Courtney was on Grant's tail for the ensuing restart, and three laps later, was peeking a nose underneath Grant entering turn one. Grant countered that action with an opposite and equal reaction, scooting down to the bottom line as he sensed the track, and the pressure, change.

"It's a little bit of both because you can tell when a lane's starting to slow down," Grant explained. "When I started out, I was on the top and I felt like (turns) three and four were starting to slow down. You start listening and looking for somebody coming on the other lane. I saw Sunshine slow on the bottom of one and two. When he pulled alongside me into one, I thought, 'okay it's time to abandon the top.' You kind of feel you need to anyway, and you're just waiting for confirmation to do it."

As Grant began to add some groundage between he and Courtney, Seavey came right at Courtney and the two made contact at the start/finish line on the 24th lap. Both continued without much interruption of any kind despite the close call.

Following a Zane Hendricks flip on lap 27, Grant once again was a monster on the restart, distancing himself from Courtney and Seavey as he played the balancing act of the high line in turns one and two and the bottom in three and four.

On the 30th go-around, Seavey managed to slip by Courtney by the width of a cat whisker between he, Courtney and the outside concrete at the stripe. Once Seavey found second, the race was off to find first as he roped in Grant in a fraction of a moment, eating up Grant's interval like a Number Muncher eats up an integer.

"This year's been a bit of a struggle on kind of more than one front for me," Grant acknowledged. "We picked up a win last week in a sprint car and, hopefully, it feels like things are starting to turn around and I can start putting these cars where they need to be, up front." (Rich Forman Photo)

On the 34th lap, Seavey used a large run off four to set up slider on Grant. Seavey slid past Grant up to the turn two curb. Grant immediately ducked underneath as Seavey pulled the wheels up, losing ground to Grant who dove to the bottom in turn three with a two-car length advantage.

"I went to the bottom and that was pretty good for a while," Grant said. "I started thinking, 'hey that's getting awfully slow in the center and the bottom down here,' so I was thinking about moving and Seavey fired a slider at me into one. You know he can't get that big of a run off the bottom behind you, so you knew you had to come from the top. We were able to cross him over and fire back to the top. Then, I think it was pretty smooth sailing from there."

A yellow flag for an incident involving Hendricks and third-place Courtney with five laps remaining put a stoppage to the battle at the front just as the leaders were opening the door to lapped traffic.

While Grant was in the midst of dancing with the unknowns of lapped traffic, he was pursuing it admirably. Yet, with the caution lights reflecting off his visor, Grant now had the exodus of gridlock and a restart, which he had displayed his prowess on time and time again, awaiting. Not that the choice was his to make, but the preference for Grant in this situation was a toss-up.

"I wasn't sure what I wanted," Grant admitted. "I felt like we were getting through lapped traffic really well. I felt like the guys had the car pretty good through the slick and I could really peel off the cushion and get by some of those lapped guys. I don't know how well they were able to do that behind me, but I felt pretty confident in my car doing it. But you never know with lapped traffic. You're relying on those guys to keep everything straight and pointed in the right direction. It's a bit more comfortable to be out in the open water and be able to just run hard."

The latter would be true once again, and Grant, for the umpteenth time, stomped the throttle and stomped the competition following the restart, to swat away any possible challenge that Seavey might have in store. Grant cruised the top down the stretch to a half-second victory, the third of his USAC National Midget career, over Seavey, K. Thomas, Tanner Carrick and Brady Bacon.

"These midget races are tough, and these midget racers are really tough," Grant praised. "Late race restarts can cause some havoc and you got to make sure and nail them. We got one there at the end and we were going to be out of lapped traffic 'til the end. I had to nail the restart and get out in front of those guys because you can pretty easily fade back to fifth or sixth in a lap or two if you catch a slider on a restart. I knew I had to get off good enough to be able to clear anything that anybody threw at me. I was pretty confident once we cleared turn two that I would be able to stay out front. The car was really good, and I was confident in that."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Jefferson County Speedway included Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chad Boat (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Maria Cofer (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner) and Brayton Lynch (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2018 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation

QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.742 (New Track Record); 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.747; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-10.781; 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-10.818; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.893; 6. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-10.908; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.959; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.968; 9. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-10.976; 10. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-11.008; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.053; 12. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-11.063; 13. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-11.091; 14. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.103; 15. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-11.266; 16. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.320; 17. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-11.358; 18. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-11.368; 19. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-11.817; 20. Dustin Weland, 88w, Weland-11.837; 21. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-11.934; 22. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-12.067; 23. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-12.715; 24. Olivia Bennett, 77, Bennett-13.635; 25. Dave Darland, 85, Central-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Bacon, 2. Courtney, 3. Seavey, 4. Bodine, 5. Hendricks, 6. B. Bennett, 7. Becker, 8. Coons, 9. Darland. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Bayston, 4. Carrick, 5. Johnson, 6. Weland, 7. Spicer, 8. Cofer. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Grant, 3. McDougal, 4. Lynch, 5. Craker, 6. L. Bennett, 7. Waterland, 8. O. Bennett. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Cofer, 2. Coons, 3. Weland, 4. L. Bennett, 5. Spicer, 6. B. Bennett, 7. Waterland, 8. Darland, 9. Becker. 1:59.34 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 4. Tanner Carrick (3), 5. Brady Bacon (10), 6. Jerry Coons, Jr. (7), 7. Jason McDougal (9), 8. Tyler Thomas (11), 9. Spencer Bayston (5), 10. Kyle Craker (15), 11. Cole Bodine (16), 12. Chad Boat (8), 13. Brayton Lynch (12), 14. Sam Johnson (14), 15. Tyler Courtney (1), 16. Maria Cofer (17), 17. Dustin Weland (19), 18. Glenn Waterland (20), 19. Lance Bennett (18), 20. Zane Hendricks (13), 21. Blaze Bennett (21), 22. Curtis Spicer (22). NT
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**Hendricks flipped on lap 27 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (10th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brayton Lynch

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-616, 2-Boat-542, 3-K. Thomas-541, 4-Bayston-539, 5-Grant-538, 6-Bacon-509, 7-Courtney-505, 8-Carrick-457, 9-Coons-423, 10-Ryan Robinson-398.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 15 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - "John Hinck Championship"

 

LEMKE TAKES DIRT LEAD WITH KERN COUNTY WIN

Bakersfield, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all 15 laps to win Friday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Joey Iest was second ahead of Tyler Slay and series rookie James Prickett. The next series race is August 1 at Ventura Raceway.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2018 - Bakersfield, California - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Slay (#15 Breidinger), 2. Adam Lemke (#41 0Lemke), 3. Joey Iest (#17 Iest), 4. James Prickett (#0FG Prickett). NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. JoeyIest, 3. Tyler Slay, 4. James Prickett. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-646, 2-Blake Brannon-509, 3-Iest-457, 4-Johnny Nichols-279, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Slay-134, 7-Ariel Biggs-82, 8-Toni Breidinger-72, 9-Ashley Heredia-72, 10-J.Prickett-66.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-153, 2-Iest-139, 3-Slay-134, 4-Ariel Biggs-82, 5-Ashley Heredia-72, 6-Blake Brannon-70, 7-J.Prickett-66, 8-Keoni Texeira-65, 9-David Prickett-17

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: August 1 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT 1 RAINED OUT

Fairbury, Nebraska.........Continuous rains that began to fall just before hot laps put an end to night one of the Inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway.

Racing will continue Saturday, July 14 at Jefferson County Speedway with the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets. The standard format will be utilized for the event, concluding with a 40-lap feature event.

Those in attendance at the track Friday night can retain their pit armbands or grandstand tickets for admission Saturday night, July 14.

Pits open at 2pm. Grandstands open at 5pm. Drivers meeting at 5:30pm. Cars on track at 6pm.

Full coverage of Saturday's race will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Live audio is available for free on the USAC App.

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2018 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Inaugural Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation

DRIVER AND CARS IN ATTENDANCE: Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), Brett Becker (#2B Becker), Curtis Spicer (# 4 Spicer), Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett), Blaze Bennett (#10B Bennett), Glenn Waterland (#11c Waterland), Jason McDougal (#15 Petry/Goff), Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson/Marshall/Wood), Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), Zane Hendricks (#27z Tucker/Boat), Maria Cofer (#35, Petry/Goff), Cole Bodine (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Kyle Craker (#76E FMR), Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), Dave Darland (#85 Central), Dustin Weland (#88w Weland), Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian).
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NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-537, 2-Boat-495, 3-Bayston-482, 4-K. Thomas-465, 5-Courtney-465, 6-Grant-460, 7-Bacon-443, 8-Robinson-398, 9-Carrick-389, 10-Zeb Wise-369.

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 14 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation.


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

BRODY ROA CHARGES TO SANTA MARIA VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

JULY 11, 2018... Slipping by “The Cadillac” Cody Williams on lap 28, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) scored last Saturday’s “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. For Roa, the $3,000 triumph was his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory of the campaign. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Cody Williams, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan followed Roa to the checkered flags.

Outside front row starter Jake Swanson led the first three laps, but a trip to the work area gave the top spot to “The Cadillac” Cody Williams. Facing changing track conditions, Williams set the pace until Roa took command on the twenty-eighth lap. From there, Roa led the rest of the way to earn the fifth USAC/CRA triumph of his career.

Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Brody Roa earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a win after starting tenth. The 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion qualified tenth out of nineteen cars and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Brody has climbed to second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit.

Starting fifth, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) challenged for the lead but had to settle for second in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner was second fast in time trials and won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. “The Demon” left Santa Maria with a 31-point lead on the strength of two feature wins, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) took third at Santa Maria after a hard fought battle. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified fourth overall and ran second to Roa in his heat race. At press time, “The Big Game Hunter” has risen to fifth in the standings with one feature win, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the season.

After leading 24 laps, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) fell back to fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was third quick in time trials and ran second to Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. “The Cadillac” heads to Santa Maria’s August 4th return ranked fourth in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign.

“Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) placed fifth in his return to USAC/CRA action. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport Triple X, Sheridan qualified eighth overall and placed third in his heat race. In limited starts, the former Bandit 360 Sprint Car Champion has one top-10 finish and 3 feature laps led on the year.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) earned his first career USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams scored fourth in his heat race and ran sixth in the 30-lap feature. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year is seventh in the point standings with six top-10 finishes to his credit.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) won the 10-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Making his first start in Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Faria was ninth quick in time trials and finished eighth in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” The two-time USAC West Coast 360 Champion ranks twelfth in USAC/CRA points with two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season.

On Saturday, August 4th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Nick Duggan’s Santa Maria Raceway. The eighth point race will also showcase Sport Mods, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and QRC Outlaw Karts. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $25 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 7, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Tenth Annual Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.522; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.591; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.598; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.864; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.871; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.889; 7. R.J. Johnson, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-13.918; 8. Danny Sheridan, 73T, Ford-13.923; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-13.972; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.991; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.146; 12. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.225; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.325; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.589; 15. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-14.649; 16. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.811; 17. Ryan Stolz, 72X, Ford-14.970; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.399; 19. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. A.Williams, 3. Johnson, 4. Adams, 5. Gansen, 6. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Sweeney, 3. Sheridan, 4. Swanson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. C.Williams, 3. Bender, 4. Malcolm, 5. Marshall, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (10th), 2. Damion Gardner (5th), 3. Austin Williams (3rd), 4. Cody Williams (4th), 5. Danny Sheridan (8th), 6. Max Adams (6th), 7. Jake Swanson (2nd), 8. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 9. Tommy Malcolm (1st), 10. Logan Williams (11th), 11. Chris Gansen (13th), 12. Joel Rayborne (19th), 13. R.J. Johnson (7th), 14. Austin Ervine (18th), 15. James Herrera (16th), 16. A.J. Bender (12th), 17. Verne Sweeney (14th), 18. Gary Marshall Jr. (15th), 19. Ryan Stolz (17th). NT
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**Marshall flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-27 C.Williams, Laps 28-30 Roa
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (10th to 1st)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-530, 2. Brody Roa-499, 3. Jake Swanson-487, 4. Cody Williams-413, 5. Austin Williams-377, 6. R.J. Johnson-363, 7. Max Adams-359, 8. Tommy Malcolm-339, 9. A.J. Bender-312, 10. Logan Williams-290, 11. Chris Gansen-276, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-167, 13. Verne Sweeney-164, ---. Joel Rayborne-164, 15. Ryan Bernal-152, 16. Matt Rossi-150, 17. Richard Vander Weerd-148, 18. Trent Williams-142, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-133, 20. Austin Liggett-120.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
August 4: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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JULY 13-14 MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP
ENTRY LIST RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska.........The entry list for this Friday and Saturday's "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway is star-studded with four USAC National champions and a multitude of race winners littered throughout the driver lineup for the inaugural July 13-14 event.

Among those are a pair of USAC Triple Crown champs in Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), plus2017 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget titlist Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) and two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

Four USAC National winners aside from Bayston have filed their entries including point leader and Du Quoin winner Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Kokomo Grand Prix winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Midget Week victor Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Kevin Thomas, Jr., the only driver to reach victory lane twice this season, at Kokomo's Indiana Midget Week round as well as Wednesday's "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), a USAC Silver Crown winner at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, is one of three Clauson Marshall Racing entries.

USAC National Midgets have raced at Jefferson County's 1/5-mile dirt oval in each of the past two seasons. Boat (2016) and Tanner Thorson scored each of those victories. The event will mark the third and fourth appearance for the series at the Fairbury, Nebraska track with the first night on Friday paying $3000 to win the feature, leading into Saturday night's finale which sees the ante upped to $5000 for the main event winner.

The race is part of the Jefferson County Fair and features non-wing micro sprints on the card. Pits open at 2pm and the front gates open at 5pm. Qualifying begins at 6:30pm with racing scheduled to commence at 7pm. Grandstand tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 54 inches tall and under. Pit passes are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

You can catch the race via pay-per-view LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen to LIVE audio for free on the USAC App. All USAC National races can be viewed again on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY LIST
1K Brayton Lynch/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
2 Bob Harr/Arvada, CO (Hamilton Motorsports/Halarr Racing)
2B Brett Becker/Odessa, TX (Brett Becker)
4 Curtis Spicer/Marysville, KS (Spicer RaceCraft)
7 Troy Simpson/Ft. Collins, CO (Hamilton Motorsports)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
10 Lance Bennett/Parker, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
10B Blaze Bennett/Parker, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11c Glenn Waterland/Broomfield, CO (Hayley Waterland)
15 ®Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry-Goff Motorsports)
17BC Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry-Goff Motorsports)
27z ®Zane Hendricks/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
35 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Petry-Goff Motorsports)
39BC Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
63 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
67 ®Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian)
72 ®Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian)
76E Kyle Craker/Lewisberry, PA (FMR Racing)
76m Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 Payton Pierce/Bridgeport, TX (Wayne Simmons)
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Central Motor Sports)
88w Dustin Weland/Parker, CO (Dustin Weland Racing)
91T Tyler Thomas/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian)

 

 

KTJ SCORES SECOND CAREER "CHAD McDANIEL MEMORIAL" AT SOLOMON VALLEY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Beloit, Kansas.........Prior to Wednesday night's 9th annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial," the last appearance of Kevin Thomas, Jr. at Solomon Valley Raceway in 2015 resulted in a victory.

Likewise, the most recent appearance of Joe Dooling's No. 63 at Solomon Valley in 2016 resulted in a victory.

When you blend the ingredients of Thomas, Dooling and Solomon Valley, it's bound to be a recipe for success.

The Cullman, Alabama native became the first repeat winner of the 2018 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget season, leading all 30 laps on his way to a second "Chad McDaniel Memorial" win.

However, the road to victory lane from the pole position wasn't as smooth and pretty as it may appear on paper. Thomas admits that he was playing with fire on multiple occasions, nearly throwing away a surefire victory despite an otherwise perfect performance.

At the beginning, though, Thomas was flawless, grabbing the lead by a wheel at the line after battling with outside front row starter Logan Seavey for the entirety of the first lap. When Seavey stumbled at the exit of turn four on lap two, Thomas capitalized and immediately posted a half-straightaway lead. By the eighth lap, Thomas had already entered lapped traffic with a full-straightaway advantage.

With half the 30-lap distance in the rearview and Thomas on full Rad Racer cruiser mode, the beginning of the second half would prove topsy-turvy up front.

On the lap 16 restart following a Tyler Thomas flip, second-running Seavey clipped the turn two infield tire, losing ground that was all to Ryan Robinson's advantage as he took possession of second from Seavey and initiated his pursuit of K. Thomas.

However, on the 18th lap, K. Thomas got completely sideways between turns three and four. Robinson had nowhere to go and rammed into the side of the K. Thomas machine, kickstarting Thomas back into action, but accepting the brunt of the misfortune as he stopped at the edge of the infield to bring out the yellow. Robinson would restart from the tail and manage a 13th place finish by race's end.

Thomas knew he got away with one on this occasion, but that's racing, and on a bullring like Solomon Valley, it's sometimes a vicious part of the game.

"You had to be aggressive tonight because there were holes you had to get through to keep your tires spinning," Thomas recalled. "You couldn't go in there half-cocked. I did a few times and it about cost me the race. It was unfortunate for Ryan Robinson. He got turned around because of my mistake. That's small track racing. He did nothing wrong. It's just unfortunate that happened to him."

"There's a lot of depth and it's hard to win a midget race right now. It's so tough. You've got to be on your game and you can't make mistakes, and if you do make a mistake, you just got to hope for the best. Tonight, we got lucky with one of my mistakes and still ended up winning the race, but nine out of ten times, that doesn't happen." - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Brandon Anderson Photo)

Seavey got a reprieve and returned to second for the lap 18 restart, but Thomas was money once again, distancing himself from Seavey and, ultimately, widening the gap to a full-straightaway with five laps remaining as he tussled with lapped traffic, escaping with relative ease.

Thomas was in complete control down the stretch as he raced to his fourth career USAC National Midget feature win and his second at the quarter-mile in the north central Kansas birthplace of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward. Second went to Seavey, followed by Justin Grant, Jason McDougal and Tanner Carrick rounding out the top-five.

"Bryan (Clauson)'s won this race a couple times and I've won this race a couple times now," Thomas reflected. "To win it the second time in the 63 that he won in, and in memory of Chad McDaniel, there's a lot of emotions running into one victory lane. I'm very humbled by the opportunity I've gotten with this team. Being able to win these races is something I can't even speak of."

Coming into Wednesday night's race, seven different winners had reached victory lane in the first seven events of the season, the longest such streak since 1987. Yet, Thomas was keen on putting an end to that factoid by winning his second series feature in his last three outings following a triumph in the "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Kokomo Speedway in June.

To Thomas, the fact that the season reached the mid-point of July to find a repeat winner, shows the talent and depth of the field he faces every time he steps into a USAC Midget, making each victory that more meaningful to him.

"Some people complain about midget racing," Thomas begins. "They say they run into each other too much or they drive disrespectfully. You've got a lot of people out there with a lot of talent and a lot of good racecars. It's good racing. Sometimes you get into people and that's not the way racing should be, but you're racing on fifth and quarter-miles, really small tracks. It's bound to happen. I'd like to see anybody else who complains about it get out here and do it and not run into something. You've got a lot of kids out here with a lot of talent. There's a lot of depth and it's hard to win a midget race right now. It's so tough. You've got to be on your game and you can't make mistakes, and if you do make a mistake, you just got to hope for the best. Tonight, we got lucky with one of my mistakes and still ended up winning the race, but nine out of ten times, that doesn't happen."

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Solomon Valley Raceway included Tucker Klaasmeyer (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Zane Hendricks (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Maria Cofer (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner) and Ryan Robinson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 11, 2018 - Solomon Valley Raceway - Beloit, Kansas - 9th Annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

QUALIFYING: 1. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.944 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-12.033; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.137; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.172; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.176; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.177; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-12.177; 8. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-12.179; 9. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.225; 10. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-12.243; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.274; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.331; 13. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.377; 14. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.452; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.476; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.545; 17. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-12.548; 18. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-12.649; 19. Dave Darland, 85, Central-12.785; 20. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.798; 21. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-12.951; 22. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.977; 23. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-13.330; 24. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.553; 25. Kyle Pfeifer, 54p, Pfeifer-13.570; 26. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.908; 27. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-14.636.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Bayston, 4. Robinson, 5. Shelton, 6. Darland, 7. Hollan, 8. Craker, 9. Pfeifer. 2:09.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Hendricks, 2. McDougal, 3. Boat, 4. Bacon, 5. Grant, 6. Johnson, 7. Waterland, 8. Spicer, 9. Lynch. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Cofer, 2. Coons, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Carrick, 5. Seavey, 6. Bodine, 7. Shapel, 8. Becker, 9. Courtney. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Craker, 3. Darland, 4. Bodine, 5. Hollan, 6. Johnson, 7. Shapel, 8. Spicer, 9. Waterland, 10. Lynch, 11. Becker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Logan Seavey (2), 3. Justin Grant (5), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Tanner Carrick (9), 6. Holly Shelton (6), 7. Chad Boat (3), 8. Tyler Courtney (7), 9. Kyle Craker (10), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 11. Spencer Bayston (13), 12. Brady Bacon (11), 13. Ryan Robinson (4), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (12), 15. Maria Cofer (17), 16. Zane Hendricks (16), 17. Holley Hollan (20), 18. Cole Bodine (21), 19. Sam Johnson (19), 20. Dave Darland (18), 21. Tyler Thomas (14), 22. Shaun Shapel (22). NT ---------------------------- **Pfeifer flipped during the first heat. Lynch flipped during the semi. T. Thomas flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tucker Klaasmeyer (15th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Robinson

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-537, 2-Boat-495, 3-Bayston-482, 4-K. Thomas-465, 5-Courtney-465, 6-Grant-460, 7-Bacon-443, 8-Robinson-398, 9-Carrick-389, 10-Zeb Wise-369.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 13-14 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation

 

 

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2018 - Solomon Valley Raceway - Beloit, Kansas - 9th Annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

QUALIFYING: 1. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.944 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-12.033; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.137; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.172; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.176; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.177; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-12.177; 8. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-12.179; 9. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.225; 10. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-12.243; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.274; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.331; 13. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.377; 14. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.452; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.476; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.545; 17. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-12.548; 18. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-12.649; 19. Dave Darland, 85, Central-12.785; 20. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.798; 21. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-12.951; 22. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.977; 23. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-13.330; 24. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.553; 25. Kyle Pfeifer, 54p, Pfeifer-13.570; 26. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.908; 27. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-14.636.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Bayston, 4. Robinson, 5. Shelton, 6. Darland, 7. Hollan, 8. Craker, 9. Pfeifer. 2:09.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Hendricks, 2. McDougal, 3. Boat, 4. Bacon, 5. Grant, 6. Johnson, 7. Waterland, 8. Spicer, 9. Lynch. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Cofer, 2. Coons, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Carrick, 5. Seavey, 6. Bodine, 7. Shapel, 8. Becker, 9. Courtney. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Craker, 3. Darland, 4. Bodine, 5. Hollan, 6. Johnson, 7. Shapel, 8. Spicer, 9. Waterland, 10. Lynch, 11. Becker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Logan Seavey (2), 3. Justin Grant (5), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Tanner Carrick (9), 6. Holly Shelton (6), 7. Chad Boat (3), 8. Tyler Courtney (7), 9. Kyle Craker (10), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 11. Spencer Bayston (13), 12. Brady Bacon (11), 13. Ryan Robinson (4), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (12), 15. Maria Cofer (17), 16. Zane Hendricks (16), 17. Holley Hollan (20), 18. Cole Bodine (21), 19. Sam Johnson (19), 20. Dave Darland (18), 21. Tyler Thomas (14), 22. Shaun Shapel (22). NT
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**Pfeifer flipped during the first heat. Lynch flipped during the semi. T. Thomas flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tucker Klaasmeyer (15th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Robinson

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-537, 2-Boat-495, 3-Bayston-482, 4-K. Thomas-465, 5-Courtney-465, 6-Grant-460, 7-Bacon-443, 8-Robinson-398, 9-Carrick-389, 10-Zeb Wise-369.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 13-14 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation

 

 

BELL SCORES KUNZ'S 100TH USAC MIDGET WIN AT USAC'S RED DIRT DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Meeker, Oklahoma.........In the illustrious history of Keith Kunz's tenure as a car owner, no individual has won more USAC National Midget feature events than Christopher Bell. Perhaps it was most fitting that it was Bell who drove Kunz's machine to victory lane for the 100th time with the series at "Tuesday Night Thunder" in USAC 's Red Dirt Raceway debut.

The Norman, Oklahoma native drove to his 22nd USAC National Midget victory Tuesday, tying Bobby East and Shorty Templeman in career wins as he moved into the top-25 on the all-time list.

Just as fitting may have been the fact that Bell did it in front of his home state crowd, which saw the series visit the Sooner State for the first time since 1975, in his Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian/TRD - IWX/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"It's just really cool to see how many people were here," Bell said. "USAC hasn't been here for a long time. Honestly, Oklahoma's dying for professional motorsports, so it's nice for USAC to be able to come in here."

While the eyes of many were affixed on the first sight of USAC Midget in the state in over four decades, even Bell had not laid eyes on Red Dirt Raceway since a brief session there earlier in the decade.

"I tested here one time after the Chili Bowl in maybe 2011 or 2012," Bell recalled. "I'm pretty sure it was an abandoned racetrack back then. I hadn't seen the place since (track promoter) Cody (Brewer) had redone it. It was pretty perfect. They got it to where we could run all the way to the very top and all the way on the very bottom. You couldn't ask for more."

You would have never known that fact by watching Bell after he laid down fast time in qualifying, then picked his way through the field and into second by the ninth lap of the 30-lap feature as his KKM teammates Ryan Robinson, Tanner Carrick and Logan Seavey each took their turn at the front of the pack.

Each driver found multiple ways to navigate to the front, with Robinson up top, Carrick crawling on the bottom and Seavey finding the bottom on the sixth lap to grab the lead. Meanwhile, Bell was searching, taking any avenue he could find as he swapped sliders with Robinson to move into second behind point leader and race leader Seavey. Bell rode the top as he attempted to reel in Seavey, yet Carrick wasn't quite finished yet, as he drove underneath Bell to retake second momentarily.

"I knew my car was really good from the get go," Bell said. "We had that yellow and, next thing you know, the 71K (Carrick) is leading me. I didn't even see him go by me! But I knew he started seventh, so I figured the bottom must be there. He was really good. He could run down. He could run up. It was just a matter of me getting my momentum built up top for me to get by."

Christopher Bell (middle), the winner of "Tuesday Night Thunder" at Red Dirt Raceway, is joined by Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammates Logan Seavey (right) who finished 2nd and Tanner Carrick (left) who finished 3rd. (Richard Bales Photo)

Though a bit stunned, Bell stood his ground and drove back past Carrick on lap 14 to move back into second just prior to a yellow flag for Dave Darland, whose car slowed to a stop between turns three and four. With a clear track and a clear mind, Bell had just himself and Seavey to deal with.

Briefly, for a lap following the lap 15 restart, Bell followed Seavey on the bottom, but that was not in his long-term plans as he quickly whipped back up to the top with a hard-charging Carrick right on his tail tank entering turn one. The bottom at first seemed the place to be with Seavey holding about a ten car length lead, but that gap would narrow steadily over the ensuing laps as Bell stayed the course, ripping the lip.

On the 19th lap, his work would pay dividends as Bell finally surged ahead just prior to hitting heavy lapped traffic where the 2013 series champ diced from top to bottom to escape the clutches of Seavey's return.

"I think it was A, me gaining momentum and B, figuring out the top," Bell said regarding the why he was able to run down Seavey. "I figured out a trick in where I could kind of open up my entry into (turn) three on the top and that helped me gain a lot of speed off of four. I figured it out a little bit and it was a matter of just not making mistakes. It was very treacherous right on the lip in one and two. It had some character, had some bounce to it, and I was trying to not go over."

Bell appeared to be well on his way to victory when Ace McCarthy spun between turns three and four, setting a three-lap sprint to the finish. Bell led the field high through three and four prior to taking the green, then darted to the bottom in turn one, disallowing any chance of Seavey throwing a slider for the lead.

"Logan was really good on the bottom," Bell pointed out. "I felt really good on the bottom earlier in the race. It was just a combination of things. The top was getting really thin and it was pretty rough up there. Then, on the restart, the tire pressure is going to be a little bit lower. I'm thinking about how I don't want my tire to be low and get up there and bounce over. I felt good on the top of three and four, so I was just going to go to the bottom of one and try and drive off hard, then go back to the top in three."

Bell did just that, punctuating his first USAC start of the year with a W by a tick over half a second in front of Seavey, Carrick, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon.

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Red Dirt Raceway included Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Spencer Bayston (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Ryan Robinson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 10, 2018 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma - "Tuesday Night Thunder"

QUALIFYING: 1. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.558 (New Track Record); 2. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.597; 3. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-13.628; 4. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.647; 5. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-13.697; 6. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.727; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.767; 8. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.837; 9. Jonathan Beason, 8K, Hard Eight-13.880; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.881; 11. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry/Goff-13.898; 12. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.081; 13. Ace McCarthy, 28, Two-Eight-14.092; 14. Dave Darland, 85, Central-14.122; 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-14.137; 16. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.216; 17. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-14.260; 18. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.274; 19. Travis Scott, 2s, Scott-14.332; 20. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.443; 21. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.461; 22. Cannon McIntosh, 08, McIntosh-14.472; 23. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.483; 24. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-14.508; 25. Holley Hollan, 14, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.559; 26. Maria Cofer, 35, Petry/Goff-14.607; 27. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.693; 28. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-14.799; 29. Payton Pierce, 77, Simmons-14.915; 30. Todd McVay, 89JR, McVay-15.098; 31. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-16.117; 32. Shaun Shapel, 84s, Shapel-17.065; 33. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. Bell, 3. Grant, 4. McCarthy, 5. Craker, 6. Beason, 7. Hollan, 8. Pierce, 9. Becker. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. T. Thomas, 2. McIntosh, 3. Darland, 4. Bacon, 5. Coons, 6. Carrick, 7. Cofer, 8. McVay. 2:24.03

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. K. Thomas, 3. McDougal, 4. Courtney, 5. Johnson, 6. Scott, 7. Spicer, 8. Hendricks. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bayston, 2. Shelton, 3. Robinson, 4. Seavey, 5. Bodine, 6. Marcham, 7. Lynch. 2:25.98

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Carrick, 2. Coons, 3. Craker, 4. Beason, 5. Hendricks, 6. Cofer, 7. Johnson, 8. Hollan, 9. Scott, 10. Becker, 11. Pierce, 12. Lynch, 13. Marcham, 14. Spicer, 15. Bodine, 16. McVay. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (6), 2. Logan Seavey (5), 3. Tanner Carrick (7), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 5. Brady Bacon (3), 6. Justin Grant (4), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (14), 9. Spencer Bayston (18), 10. Tyler Courtney (2), 11. Chad Boat (19), 12. Holly Shelton (15), 13. Ryan Robinson (1), 14. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 15. Tyler Thomas (17), 16. Brayton Lynch (24), 17. Jonathan Beason (9), 18. Cannon McIntosh (20), 19. Zane Hendricks (8), 20. Kyle Craker (16), 21. Cole Bodi