USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

PELKEY LEADS SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO CANYON SATURDAY

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Ariz., currently the leader in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series standings, will compete basically in his "back yard" this Saturday as the series returns with the "4th Annual Canyon Clash" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria.

Pelkey started the campaign with a victory at Peoria, then added a runner-up finish behind R.J. Johnson at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. He finds himself two points ahead of Johnson in the latest tally.

Johnson, who took second in the March 29 opener, needs a victory Saturday to become USAC's winningest Arizona driver ever. He is currently tied with Bryan Clauson for that distinction, both with a dozen career Arizona wins. R.J.'s lone Arizona win this year so far, however, came in the USAC Western Midgets at Peoria in February.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-Josh Pelkey-136, 2-R.J. Johnson-134, 3-Shon Deskins-131, 4-Tye Mihocko-93, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-92, 6-Bruce St. James-86, 7-Nick Aiuto-84, 8-Michael Curtis-81, 9-Josh Shipley-76, 10-Mike Martin-76.

 

 

HPD MIDGETS AT GAS CITY & LAS VEGAS;

HUNTER #1 AT SHENANDOAH

USAC's Midwest and Western HPD Midget Series resume action this weekend. The Midwest series visits Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway Friday, while the Western participants will compete at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Bullring Saturday.

Scott Hunter of Wald Lake, Mich. is the new point leader in USAC's Eastern HPD Midget Series after winning Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Shenandoah Speedway. He passed Tyler Corriher on lap 21 and led the rest of the way to beat fast qualifier Blaine Leydig, Chris Lamb, Calvin Carroll and Jessica Bean. Corriher led the first 20 laps. Hunter is now two laps ahead of Lamb entering a May 9 race at Altamahaw, N.C.

Patrick Bruns leads the Midwest series to Gas City for the first of five races at the quarter-mile dirt oval. Shawn Buckley sits atop the Western series as it prepares for the second of nine 2014 Las Vegas appearances. Lady driver Christine Breckenridge won there on April 5.

2014 HPD USAC Eastern Midget Standings: 1-Scott Hunter-251, 2-Chris Lamb-249, 3-Blaine Leydig-234, 4-Calvin Carroll-214, 5-Tyler Corriher-206, 6-Jessica Bean-194, 7-Nikki Carroll-163, 8-Fletcher Wulf-134, 9-Eric Lewis-112, 10-Jake Nelke-85.

2014 HPD USAC Midwest Dirt Midget Standings: 1-Patrick Bruns-135, 2-Aaron Schuck-129, 3-Austin Nemire-120, 4-Bill Kriegbaum-56, 5-Alex Watson-1.

2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Shawn Buckley-303, 2-Toni Breidinger-179, 3-Ashley Hazelton-147, 4-Dylan Noble-144, 5-Joel Rayborne-138, 6-Bryant Dawson-132, 7-Cody Jessop-127, 8-Tom Patterson-104, 9-Annie Breidinger-99, 10-Jesse James Burks-85.

 

 

WEST COAST & CLASSIC SPRINTS AT KINGS & THUNDERBOWL

USAC's West Coast and Western Classic Sprint cars combine for this weekend's back-to-back races at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. and Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.

Friday's race at Hanford is the second of six slated this year at the 3/8-mile dirt track which hosted the West Coast Sprints in March. The race is the "Verne Brasel Classic."

Jace Vander Weerd, currently second in the West Coast series standings, 12 behind Markus Niemela, won the March 29 Hanford race. Niemela was fourth.

Saturday's race at Tulare is the second of five at the one-third dirt oval. Dennis Howell, ninth in the latest West Coast series standings, won at Tulare in March.

Geoff Ensign currently sits atop the 2014 USAC Western Classic series, five points ahead of defending series champion Ryan Bernal. Ensign recorded a pair of second-place finishes at Calistoga, Calif. last month, while Bernal scored a victory and added a third-place.

2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Markus Niemela-227, 2-Jace Vander Weerd-215, 3-Troy Rutherford-212, 4-Nic Faas-193, 5-Matt Mitchell-190, 6-Danny Faria Jr.-185, 7-Richard Vander Weerd-168, 8-Landon Hurst-157, 9-Dennis Howell-148, 10-Austin Liggett-130.

2014 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Standings: 1-Geoff Ensign-130, 2-Ryan Bernal-125, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-115, 4-Nic Faas-113, 5-Trevor Schmid-102, 6-Matt Mitchell-92, 7-Marty Hawkins-92, 8-Landon Hurst-89, 9-Jace Vander Weerd-84, 10-Terry Schank Jr.-84.

 

 

SPRINTS AT GAS CITY FRIDAY, HAUBSTADT SATURDAY;

DARLAND TAKES "BRANSON-LARSON" & BREAKS USAC RECORD!

Dave Darland leads the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars to a pair of Indiana ovals this weekend, topping the 2014 series standings after his first National victory of the season. Friday night's race is at the Gas City I-69 Speedway, while Saturday's "Spring Showdown" race, co-sanctioned by MSCS, is at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

Darland broke the all-time USAC record for consecutive years with at least one National victory in each of the last 22 years by taking Saturday night's "Don Branson-Jud Larson Classic" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. His win eclipsed the previous record he shared with A.J. Foyt and Mel Kenyon, each of whom also recorded USAC National feature wins in 21 consecutive years.

Darland dueled with Chase Stockon, trading the lead back and forth before finally taking command on lap 12. He then paced the final 19 laps in his Racers Advantage Store/Frank Daigh DRC/Foxco Chevy. Stockon took second ahead of Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons Jr. and ProSource fast qualifier Brady Bacon. The win was the first at Eldora for Darland's car owners Steve and Carla Phillips, while it was Dave's 14th at Eldora in various series.

The win was Darland's 48th in USAC National Sprint competition, leaving him just four short of Tom Bigelow's all-time leading total of 52.

Hines, who has 45 career National Sprint wins, competed in his 998th USAC National feature event at Eldora, with his 1,000th now possibly targeted for Saturday night's event at Haubstadt. He would become only the second driver in USAC history to reach that lofty total, matching the achievement Darland reached earlier this year.

Kevin Thomas Jr. won both Haubstadt races last year and one at Gas City. Jon Stanbrough also scored a Gas City win last year.

2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Dave Darland-254, 2-Chase Stockon-233, 3-Justin Grant-227, 4-Bryan Clauson-226, 5-Brady Bacon-225, 6-Tracy Hines-204, 7-Jon Stanbrough-195, 8-Robert Ballou-153, 9-Chris Windom-152, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-146.

 

 

HPD USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 19, 2014 - Shenandoah, Virginia - Shenandoah Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Blaine Leydig, 21, Leydig-15.493; 2. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.784; 3. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-15.786; 4. Tyler Corriher, 12, Corriher-15.795; 5. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.35; 6. Jessica Bean, 6, Lamb-15.994; 7. Nikki Carroll, 5, Carroll-16.142.

FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Scott Hunter, 2. Blaine Leydig, 3. Chris Lamb, 4. Calvin Carroll, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Tyler Corriher, 7. Nikki Carroll. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Corriher, Laps 11-30 Hunter.

NEW HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS:1-Hunter-251, 2-Lamb-249, 3-Leydig-234, 4-C.Carroll-214, 5-Corriher-206, 6-Bean-194, 7-N.Carroll-163, 8-Fletcher Wulf-134, 9-Eric Lewis-112, 10-Jake Nelke-85.

NEXT HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE:May 9 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

DAMION GARDNER CLAIMS THIRD STRAIGHT USAC/CRA VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – APRIL 13, 2014... Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner raced to his third consecutive Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory of the campaign. Taking the lead from Matt Mitchell on lap four and battling with Mike Spencer, Gardner claimed the $2,500 “So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular” at Perris Auto Speedway. Fast qualifier Spencer, Mitchell, Nic Faas, and Austin Williams rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Damion Gardner nearly swept Saturday’s program. Qualifying second out of the 28 cars in the pit area, the defending champion also won his 10-lap heat race, sponsored by DJ Safety. After claiming his series leading 28th Perris victory (49th overall), Damion left USAC/CRA’s “home track” with a 29 point advantage over the competition. In addition to his third main event win, Gardner has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and 45 feature laps led in 2014.

Briefly grabbing the lead from Gardner on lap 20, Mike Spencer of Temecula had to settle for second on this night. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran fourth in his heat race. The five-time champion has climbed to third in the point chase with one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led to his credit.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell had an excellent start from third and took command of the first three laps.
Piloting his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises Maxim, Mitchell continued to race hard and traded slide jobs with Spencer before claiming third at the finish line. After posting sixth quick in time trials and running fourth in his heat race, the 2-time “Salute to Indy” winner sits fourth in the standings with three top-10 finishes.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach scored fourth in the “So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular.” Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Faas qualified third overall and scored second in his heat race. The 2008 Rookie of the Year is currently second in the USAC/CRA point chase with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes on the year.

Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams charged to fifth in the Perris 30-lap main event after starting eighth. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was fifth fast in time trials, placed fifth in his heat race, and claimed second in the semi-main. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and one top-10 finish on the season.

Logan Williams of Yorba Linda earned his first USAC/CRA Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics "Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth place run from twenty-second. Piloting Jack Jory’s #5 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Stinger, Williams qualified twenty-sixth overall, ran eighth in his heat race, and placed ninth in the semi-main.

San Marcos’ A.J. Bender raced to his first career USAC/CRA heat race victory in the Extreme Mufflers sponsored event. Driving the family owned #21 K&R Motorsports / Rosson Racing DRC, Bender was sixteenth quick in time trials and ran fourteenth in the main event. The California Lightning Sprint Car veteran has his sights on moving up the ranks with USAC/CRA.

“The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Racing Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Bullet, Kruseman qualified ninth overall and finished eighth in the 30-lap feature. The 2006 Champion has climbed to eighth in point standings with two heat race victories and one top-10 finish.

Norco’s Ronnie Gardner won the night’s 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Piloting his #93 Esslinger Engineering / Six8 Motorsports Sled, Gardner was fourth fast in time trials, took fifth in his heat race, and finished eleventh in the main event. The defending USAC Western Midget Champion has one heat race victory, one top-10 finish, and two feature laps led on the year.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, May 3rd, at Perris Auto Speedway. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

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

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA).
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
April 12, 2014 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "So-Cal Sprint Car Spectacular"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS:
1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.307; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.350; 3. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.401; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-16.548; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.573; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.663; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.703; 8. Gary Taylor, 04G, Cook-16.712; 9. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-16.975; 10. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-16.803; 11. Cody Swanson, 36, Springstead-16.878; 12. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-16.898; 13. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-16.953; 14. Seth Wilson, 6W, Wilson-16.956; 15. Corey Ballard, 34, Ballard-16.975; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.996; 17. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.053; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.075; 19. Greg Alexander, 72, Tyler-17.193; 20. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-17.329; 21. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.509; 22. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.735; 23. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-17.744; 24. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.761; 25. Jeremy Ellertson, 98x, Ellertson-18.053; 26. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-18.162; 27. Gary Potter, 6P, Potter-19.197; 28. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps)
1. A.J. Bender, 2. David Bezio, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Greg Alexander, 7. J.J. Ercse, 8. Tony Everhart, 9. Jeremy Ellertson. 2:52.54

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps)
1. Damion Gardner, 2. Seth Wilson, 3. Gary Taylor, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Cody Swanson, 7. Kenny Perkins, 8. Logan Williams, 9. Jesse Denome. 2:49.61

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps)
1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Nic Faas, 3. Rickie Gaunt, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Verne Sweeney, 6. Corey Ballard, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Cal Smith, 9. Gary Potter. 2:52.03

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps)
1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Greg Alexander, 5. Corey Ballard, 6. J.J. Ercse, 7. Verne Sweeney, 8. Kenny Perkins, 9. Logan Williams, 10. Cal Smith, 11. Jesse Denome, 12. Tony Everhart, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Chris Gansen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Damion Gardner (5th), 2. Mike Spencer (6th), 3. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 4. Nic Faas (4th), 5. Austin Williams (8th), 6. Gary Taylor (1st), 7. Rickie Gaunt (12th), 8. Cory Kruseman (9th), 9. Brody Roa (2nd), 10. Cody Swanson (11th), 11. Ronnie Gardner (7th), 12. Greg Alexander (19th), 13. Logan Williams (22nd), 14. A.J. Bender (16th), 15. Verne Sweeney (18th), 16. J.J. Ercse (13th), 17. Kenny Perkins (20th), 18. Cody Williams (17th), 19. Seth Wilson (14th), 20. David Bezio (10th), 21. Corey Ballard (15th), 22. Cal Smith (21st). NT
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**Chris Gansen flipped during the semi. Cody Williams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Matt Mitchell, Laps 4-30 Damion Gardner.
KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Logan Williams (22nd to 13th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1-Damion Gardner-215, 2-Nic Faas-184, 3-Mike Spencer-171, 4-Matt Mitchell-159, 5-Gary Taylor-143, 6-R.J. Johnson-108, 7-Brody Roa-103, 8-Cory Kruseman-97, 9-Cody Williams-97, 10-Jake Swanson-92.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
May 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
May 10: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
May 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy / $3,000-to-Win)
June 14: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
June 27: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
June 28: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
July 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Firecracker 40 / $3,000-to-Win)
July 5: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
August 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 5: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic / $2,750-to-Win)
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $20,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

HPD MIDGET SERIES IDLE THIS WEEK;

BRUNS TAKES 2; LAMB(2), HUNTER & NOBLE ALSO SCORE

USAC's HPD Midget Series are idle this week, awaiting events at Gas City, Ind. April 25 (Midwest). Las Vegas, Nev. April 26 (Western) and Altamahaw, N.C. May 9 (Eastern).

Patrick Bruns, fresh off back-to-back Midwestern victories last week, leads that series to Gas City I-69 Speedway April 25. Bruns, of Champaign, Ill., led the last six laps of Friday's Kokomo 12-lapper, then led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's race too. On Friday he beat Matt Schuck and Austin Nemire. Saturday he beat Aaron Schuck, Nemire and Bill Kriegbaum.

Dylan Noble of Clovis, Calif. led the final six laps to win Saturday's 30-lap USAC Western Pavement HPD Midget race at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. He passed Cody Jessop on lap 25 and led to the checkered ahead of Jessop, Toni Breidinger, Shawn Buckley and Duke Love. Buckley lad the first 19 laps.

Chris Lamb and Scott Hunter captured 25-lap USAC Eastern HPD Midget races Saturday afternoon at Ace Speedway. Lamb, from Colfax, N.C., passed Tyler Corriher on lap two and led the rest of the way to win the first 25-lapper over Blaine Leydig, Corriher, Hunter and Calvin Carroll. In the second 25, Hunter passed Corriher on lap two and led the rest of the way to beat Lamb, Corriher, C.Carroll and Jessica Bean.

Lamb led wire-to-wire to win Friday night's 25-lap series opener at Ace Speedway. He was trailed at the checkered flag by fast qualifier Hunter, Leydig, Calvin Carroll and Bean.

2014 HPD USAC Midwest Dirt Midget Standings: 1-Patrick Bruns-135, 2-Austin Nemire-120, 3-Aaron Schuck-65, 4-Matt Schuck-64, 5-Bill Kriegbaum-56, 6-Alex Watson-1.

2014 HPD USAC Eastern Midget Standings: 1-Chris Lamb-193, 2-Scott Hunter-186, 3-Blaine Leydig-171, 4-Calvin Carroll-159, 5-Tyler Corriher-158, 6-Jessica Bean-145, 7-Fletcher Wulf-134, 8-Nikki Carroll-121, 9-Eric Lewis-112, 10-Jake Nelke-85.

2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Shawn Buckley-303, 2-Toni Breidinger-179, 3-Ashley Hazelton-147, 4-Dylan Noble-144, 5-Joel Rayborne-138, 6-Bryant Dawson-132, 7-Cody Jessop-127, 8-Tom Patterson-104, 9-Annie Breidinger-99, 10-Jesse James Burks-85.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT CANYON APRIL 26;

JOHNSON WINS QUEEN CREEK'S "SPRING FLING"

Josh Pelkey remains atop the USAC Southwest Sprint Car standings, despite defending series champion R.J. Johnson's feature victory at Queen Creek, Ariz. last Saturday. Pelkey holds a two-point lead over Johnson going into an April 26 race at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Johnson. of Phoenix, Ariz., led the last 25 laps to win Saturday night's 30-lap "Spring Fling" for USAC's Southwest Sprint Cars at Arizona Speedway. He grabbed the lead from Pelkey on lap six and led the rest of the way in his Bill Michaels entry. Pelkey finished second ahead of Shon Deskins, Charles Davis Jr. and Matt Rossi. Mike Martin led the opening lap.

Pelkey won the last Southwest event at Peoria, in March.

2014 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-Josh Pelkey-136, 2-R.J. Johnson-134, 3-Shon Deskins-131, 4-Tye Mihocko-93, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-92, 6-Bruce St. James-86, 7-Nick Aiuto-84, 8-Michael Curtis-81, 9-Josh Shipley-76, 10-Mike Martin-76.

 

 

CRA SPRINTS RETURN TO THE PAS MAY 3;

GARDNER GRABS ANOTHER PERRIS VICTORY

Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. continues atop the standings in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series after recording his 48th career series victory last Saturday night at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Gardner passed Matt Mitchell on lap four and led the rest of the way to beat Mike Spencer, Mitchell, who led the first three laps, Nic Faas and Austin Williams. Gardner piloted the Mark Alexander Scott Sales Company/J & D Performance Spike.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars return to the PAS May 3, where Gardner will carry a 31-point lead over Faas in the current standings.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-215, 2-Nic Faas-184, 3-Mike Spencer-171, 4-Matt Mitchell-159, 5-Gary Taylor-143, 6-R.J. Johnson-108, 7-Brody Roa-103, 8-Cory Kruseman-97, 9-Cody Williams-97, 10-Jake Swanson-92.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

April 12, 2014 – Queen Creek, Arizona –Arizona Speedway – “Spring Fling”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27N Aiuto), 5. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 6. Carson Ditsch (#96 Ditsch), 7. Mark Morin (#28 Morin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Alex Pettas (#T164 Pettas), 6. Michael Woodruff (#83 Woodruff), 7. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Rick Ziehl (#0SR Ziehl), 5. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Josh Pelkey, 3. Shon Deskins, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Matt Rossi, 6. Bruce St. James, 7. Nick Auito, 8. Tye Mihicko, 9. Josh Shipley, 10. Rick Ziehl, 11. Michael Curtis, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Brian Hosford, 14. Alex Pettas, 15. Chris Bonneau, 16. Mike Colegrove, 17. Mike Martin, 18. Michael Woodruff, 19. Carson Ditsch, 20. Mark Morin. NY

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: April 26 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park - “Canyon Clash”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 12, 2014 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "So-Cal Sprint Car Spectacular"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.307; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.350; 3. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.401; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-16.548; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.573; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.663; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.703; 8. Gary Taylor, 04G, Cook-16.712; 9. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-16.975; 10. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-16.803; 11. Cody Swanson, 36, Springstead-16.878; 12. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-16.898; 13. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-16.953; 14. Seth Wilson, 6w, Wilson-16.956; 15. Corey Ballard, 34, Ballard-16.975; 16. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.996; 17. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.053; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.075; 19. Gtreg Alexander, 72, Tyler-17.193; 20. Kenny Perkins, 0k, Perkins-17.329; 21. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.509; 22. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.735; 23. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-17.744; 24. Kyle Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.761; 25. Jeremy Ellertson, 98x, Ellertson-18.053; 26. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-18.162; 27. Gary Potter, 6x, Potter-19.197; 28. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Bezio, 3. Roa, 4. Spencer, 5. R.Gardner, 6. Alexander, 7. Ercse, 8.Everhart, 9. Ellertson. 2:52.54

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Wilson, 3. Taylor, 4. C.Williams, 5. A.Williams, 6. C.Swanson, 7. Perkins, 8. L.Williams, 9. Denome. 2:49.61

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kruseman, 2. Faas, 3. Gaunt, 4. Mitchell, 5. Sweeney, 6. Ballard, 7. Gansen, 8. Smith, 9. Potter. 2:52.03

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. R.Gardner, 2. A.Williams, 3. C.Swanson, 4. Alexander, 5. Ballard, 6. Ercse, 7. Sweeney, 8. Perkins, 9. L. Williams, 10. Smith,11. Denome, 12. Everhart, 13. Ellertson, 14. Gansen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer,3. Matt Mitchell, 4. NIc Faas, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Gary Taylor, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Cody Swanson, 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12. Greg Alexander, 13. Logan Williams, 14. A.J. Bender, 15. Verne Sweeney, 16. J.J. Ercse, 17. Kenny Perkins, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Seth Wilson, 20. David Bezio, 21. Cory Ballard, 22. Cal Smith. NT

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**Gansen flipped during the semi. A.Williams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Mitchell, Laps 4-30 D.Gardner.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-D.Gardner-215, 2-Faas-184, 3-Spencer-171, 4-Mitchell-159, 5-Taylor-143, 6-R.J. Johnson-108, 7-Roa-103, 8-Kruseman-97, 9-C.Williams-97, 10-Jake Swanson-92.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE:May 3, 2013 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

HPD USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 12, 2014 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dylan Noble, 10, Noble-14.952, 2. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-14.981; 3. Duke Love, 3, Love-15.006, 4. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.273; 5. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.353; 6. Tom Patterson, 9, Patterson-15.407; 7. Ashley Hazelton, 32a, Hazelton-15.437; 8. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.813; 9. Jesse James Burks, 51, Burks-15.584; 10. Joey Rayborne, 2U, USAC-16.590.

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Noble, 2. Love, 3. Jessop, 4. Hazelton, 5. Burks. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Buckley, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. Patterson, 4. A.Breidinger, 5. Rayborne. NT

FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Dylan Noble, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Shawn Buckley, 5. Duke Love, 6. Annie Breidinger, 7. Joel Rayborne, 8. Tom Patterson, 9. Ashley Hazelton, 10. Jesse James Burks. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Buckley, Laps 20-24 Jessop, Laps 25-30 Noble.

NEW HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS:1-Buckley-303, 2-T.Breidinger-179, 3-Hazelton-147, 4-Noble-144, 5-Rayborne-138, 6-Bryant Dawson-132, 7-Jessop-127, 8-Patterson-104, 9-A.Breidinger-99, 10-Burks-85.

NEW HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:1-Buckley-303, 2-T.Breidinger-179, 3-Hazelton-147, 4-Noble-144, 5-Rayborne-138, 6-Bryant Dawson-132, 7-Jessop-127, 8-Patterson-104, 9-A.Breidinger-99, 10-Burks-85.

NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE:April 26 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

HPD USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

 April 12, 2014 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. 2. Blaine Leydig, 21, Leydig-15.704; 2. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.716; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.804; 4. Tyler Corriher, 12, Corriher-15.887; 5. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-15.935; 6. Nikki Carroll, 5, Carroll-15.961; 7. Fletcher Wulf, 4, Wulf-15.979; 8. Jessica Bean, 6, Lamb-15.980; 9. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-16.042; 10. Eric Lewis, 28, Lamb-16.174;

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Corriher, 2. Hunter, 3. N.Carroll, 4. Wulf, 5. Nelke. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Lamb, 2. Leydig, 3. C.Carroll, 4. Bean, 5. Lewis. NT

FIRST FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Blaine Leydig, 3. Tyler Corriher, 4. Scott Hunter, 5. Calvin Crroll, 6. Fletcher Wulf, 7. Jessica Bean, 8. Jake Nelke, 9. Nikki Carroll, 10. Eric Lewis.

SECOND FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Scott Hunter, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Tyler Corriher, 4. Calvin Carroll, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Nikki Carroll, 7. Blaine Leydig, 8. Fletcher Wulf, 9. Eric Lewis. NT

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FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Corriher, Laps 2-25 Lamb.

SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Corriher, Laps 2-25 Hunter.

NEW HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS:1-Lamb-193, 2-Hunter-186, 3-Leydig-171, 4-C.Carroll-159, 5-Corriher-158, 6-Bean-145, 7-Wulf-134, 8-N.Carroll-121, 9-Lewis-112, 10-Nelke-85.

NEXT HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE:May 9 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

HPD USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 12, 2014 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

HEAT RACE: (8 Laps) 1. Aaron Schuck (#53 Schuck), 2. Patrick Bruns (#83 Bruns), 3. Austin Nemire (#91 Nemire), 4. Bill Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum). NT

FEATURE: (12 Laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Aaron Schuck, 3. Austin Nemire (#91 Nemire), 4. Bill Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Bruns.

NEW HPD MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET POINTS:1-Bruns-135, 2-Nemire-120, 3-A.Schuck-65, 4-Matt Schuck-64, 5-B.Kriegbaum-56, 6-Alex Watson-1.

NEXT HPD MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET RACE:April 25 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway

 

 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 12, 2014 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix" - (Co-Sanctioned by POWRi)

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dave Darland, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-13.319; 2. Caleb Armstrong, 4, Klatt-13.359; 3. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.447; 4. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.533; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17x, KBR-13.538; 6. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.611; 7. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-13.630; 8. Tyler Courtney, 11, Wilke-13.653; 9. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.664; 10. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling-13.682; 11. Michael Pickens, 3F, RFMS-13.707; 12. Darren Hagen, 56, Hmiel-13.763; 13. Chris Windom, 3, RFMS-13.772; 14. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.786; 15. Austin Brown, 7, KBR-13.840; 16. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.854; 17. Parker Price-Miller, 9P, Ronk-13.869; 18. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-13.879; 19. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-13.896; 20. Brady Bacon, 99, BBR-13.906; 21. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.909; 22. Spencer Bayston, 39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-13.942; 23. Jake Blackhurst, 25x, Blackhurst-14.012; 24. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-14.021; 25. Shane Hollingsworth, 85, Hollingsworth-14.035; 26. Jerry Coons, Jr., 57K, Ecker-14.080; 27. Davey Ray, 33, RayPro-14.088; 28. Ryan Criswell, 11R, R&C-14.174; 29. Seth Motsinger, 2, KBR-14.176; 30. Shane Cottle, 57x, Ecker-14.207; 31. Kyle Lick, 10, Moore-14.272; 32. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-14.294; 33. Stratton Briggs, 2s, Briggs-14.308; 34. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.362; 35. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-14.491; 36. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-14.493; 37. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-14.614; 38. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 83, Buckwalter-14.658; 39. Justin Grosz, 99G, Grosz-14.687; 40. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-14.697; 41. Justin Peck, 5x, Peck-14.737; 42. Derek Holmwood, 17H, Holmwood-14.741; 43. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey-14.843; 44. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.855; 45. Robby Parish, 7K, Irwin-15.019.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S.Buckwalter, 2. Windom, 3. Darland, 4. Price-Miller, 5. Daum, 6. K.Thomas, 7. Hollingsworth, 8. Chapple, 9. Briggs, 10. Motsinger, 11. Parish, 12. Peck. 2:19.94

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Clauson, 3. Thorson, 4. Bright, 5. Armstrong, 6. S.Cottle, 7. Bell, 8. Coons, 9. Neuman, 10. Holmwood, 11. B.Buckwalter. 2:22.23

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Blackhurst, 2. Pickens, 3. Brown, 4. Abreu, 5. Felker, 6. Ferns, 7. Lick, 8. Ray, 9. Robinson, 10. Grosz, 11. Bailey. 2:18.90

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Cottle, 2. Bacon, 3. Hines, 4. Courtney, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Hagen, 7. Wean, 8. Gehrke, 9. Criswell, 10. Dickerson, 11. Leer. NT

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Neuman, 2. Gehrke, 3. Peck, 4. Robinson, 5. Grosz, 6. Holmwood, 7. Briggs, 8. Parish, 9. Dickerson, 10. Leer, 11. Chapple, 12. B.Buckwalter. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. K.Thomas, 3. Hagen, 4. Armstrong, 5. T.Thomas, 6. Daum, 7. Felker, 8. Hollingsworth, 9. Ray, 10. S.Cottle, 11. Criswell, 12. Gehrke, 13. Motsinger, 14. Lick, 15. Coons, 16. Ferns, 17. Neuman, 18. Wean, 19. Peck, 20. Robinson.

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Tyler Thomas, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Zach Daum, 9. Parker Price-Miller, 10. Shane Hollingsworth, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Seth Motsinger, 14. Davey Ray, 15. Chris Windom, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Michael Pickens, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Alex Bright, 20. Steve Buckwalter, 21. Jake Blackhurst, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Austin Brown, 24. Caleb Armstrong, 25. Brady Bacon, 26. Spencer Bayston.

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**Chapple flipped in the Qualifying Race. Peck flipped in the Semi. Bayston flipped on lap 2 of the Feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Courtney, Laps 4-8 K.Thomas, Laps 9-13 Bell, Laps 14-40 Abreu.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Abreu-139; 2-Bell-125; 3-Hines-114; 4-Thorson/K.Thomas-102; 6-Darland-94; 7-Windom-89; 8-Daum-84; 9-Clauson-80; 10-T.Thomas-75.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: May 9 - Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway - "Hut Hundred"

 

 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 11, 2014 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix" - (Co-sanctioned by POWRi)

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dave Darland, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-13.299; 2. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.365; 3. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.416; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling-13.517; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.572; 6. Justin Grant, 35, Gardner-13.602; 7. Caleb Armstrong, 4, Klatt-13.631; 8. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.658; 9. Chris Windom, 3, RFMS-13.699; 10. Michael Pickens, 3F, RFMS-13.725; 11. Parker Price-Miller, 9P, Ronk-13.735; 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 57K, Ecker-13.772; 13. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.778; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.780; 15. Shane Hollingsworth, 85, Hollingsworth-13.792; 16. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.806; 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17x, KBR-13.832; 18. Brady Bacon, 99, BBR-13.853; 19. Tyler Courtney, 11, Wilke-13.857; 20. Davey Ray, 33, RayPro-13.894; 21. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-13.986; 22. Shane Cottle, 57F, Ecker-14.010; 23. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-14.027; 24. Austin Brown, 7, KBR-14.052; 25. Spencer Bayston, 39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-14.073; 26. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-14.100; 27. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-14.117; 28. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-14.135; 29. Daniel Robinson, 57, McCreery-14.152; 30. Justin Peck, 5x, Peck-14.256; 31. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.274; 32. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-14.361; 33. Seth Motsinger, 2, KBR-14.394; 34. Kyle Lick, 10, Moore-14.700; 35. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey-14.722; 36. Derek Holmwood, 17H, Holmwood-14.737; 37. Justin Grosz, 99G, JGR-14.766; 38. Stratton Briggs, 2s, Briggs-14.795; 39. Jake Blackhurst, 25x, Blackhurst-14.805; 40. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-15.089; 41. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-15.236; 42. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-15.554; 43. Gary Bradley, 4x, Bradley-16.301; 44. Ryan Criswell, 11R, R&C-NT; 45. Darren Hagen, 56, Hmiel-NT; 46. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Darland, 4. Ferns, 5. Hagen, 6. T. Thomas, 7. Thorson, 8. Bayston, 9. Motsinger, 10. Grosz, 11. Gipson, 12. Robinson.

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S. Cottle, 2. Bell, 3. Bacon, 4. Peck, 5. Grant, 6. Felker, 7. Lick, 8. Briggs, 9. Bright, 10. Pickens, 11. Buckwalter, 12. Leer.

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C. Cottle, 2. Courtney, 3. Abreu, 4. Hollingsworth, 5. Armstrong, 6. Blackhurst, 7. Chapple, 8. Bailey, 9. Bradley, 10. Price-Miller, 11. Neuman.

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Clauson, 3. Hines, 4. Daum, 5. Brown, 6. Gehrke, 7. Wean, 8. Holmwood, 9. Dickerson, 10. Criswell, 11. Coons.

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Felker, 3. Motsinger, 4. Lick, 5. Blackhurst, 6. Holmwood, 7. Briggs, 8. Dickerson, 9. Bradley, 10. Leer, 11. Gipson, 12. Grosz.

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Bright, 3. Coons, 4. Brown, 5. Hagen, 6. Robinson, 7. Motsinger, 8. T. Thomas, 9. Bayston, 10. Wean, 11. Lick, 12. Chapple, 13. Felker, 14. Armstrong, 15. Pickens, 16. Grant, 17. Neuman, 18. Gehrke, 19. Buckwalter, 20. Price-Miller.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Zach Daum, 9. Shane Hollingsworth, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Andrew Felker, 13. Parker Price-Miller, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Davey Ray, 17. Daniel Robinson, 18. Austin Brown, 19. Darren Hagen, 20. Shane Cottle, 21. Justin Peck, 22. Taylor Ferns, 23. Spencer Bayston, 24. Seth Motsinger, 25. Alex Bright, 26. Colten Cottle.

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**Buckwalter flipped in the Semi. Pickens flipped in the Semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Abreu.

NEW HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bell-70; 2-Darland-69; 3-Bell-66; 4-Windom-59; 5-Hines-54; 6-CLauson-52; 7-Daum-44; 8-Thorson-39; 9-Coons-33; 10-Felker-29.

NEXT HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: April 12 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix" (Co-sanctioned by POWRi)

 

 

HPD USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 11, 2014 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.670; 2. Blaine Leydig, 21, Leydig-15.726; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.805; 4. Tyler Corriher, 12, Corriher-15.905; 5. Jessica Bean, 6, Lamb-15.993; 6. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-16.069; 7. Fletcher Wulf, 4, Wulf-16.094; 8. Nikki Carroll, 5, Carroll-16.169; 9. Eric Lewis, 28, Lamb-16.198; 10. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-16.252.

FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Scott Hunter, 3. Blaine Leydig, 4. Calvin Carroll, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Fletcher Wulf, 7. Jake Nelke, 8. Eric Lewis, 9. Tyler Corriher, 10. Nikki Carroll. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Lamb.

NEW HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS:1-Lamb-64, 2-Hunter-63, 3-Leydig, 59, 4-C.Carroll-52, 5-Bean-50, 6-Wulf-45, 7-Nelke-42, 8-Lewis-39, 9-Corriher, 39, 10-N.Carroll-33.

NEXT HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE:April 12 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

HPD MIDGETS AT MADERA, KOKOMO & ACE;

BRECKENRIDGE GETS VICTORY #1 AT LVMS

USAC's Eastern, Midwestern and Western HPD Midgets all are in action this coming weekend.

The Eastern Series gets under way at Ace Speedway in Altamont, N.C. with back-to-back races on Friday and Saturday nights. Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, as part of its "Kokomo Midget Grand Prix," hosts the Midwestern HPD Midgets Friday and Saturday, also opening that series for the season. The Western series resumes at Madera (Calif.) Speedway.

History was made at Las Vages (Nev.) Motor Speedway's Bullring by female driver Christine Breckenridge of Irvine, Calif., who became the 26th female driver to win a USAC feature race by taking Saturday's 30-lap Western HPD Midget feature. She passed fast qualifier Michael Fanelli on lap 11 and led the rest of the way to beat Jeff Kelley, Fanelli, Shawn Buckley and Marina Turner. She's the first female USAC feature winner in nearly a year.

2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Shawn Buckley-239, 2-Bryan Dawson-132, 3-Toni Breidinger-115, 4-Ashley Hazelton-106, 5-Joel Rayborne-92, 6-Jake Swanson-73, 7-Christine Breckenridge-73, 8-Dillon Noble-70, 9-Jeff Kelley-69, 10-Michael Fanelli-67.

 

 

JOSH PELKEY LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO QUEEN CREEK “SPRING FLING”
By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – APRIL 9, 2014... This Saturday, April 12th, the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their first of six appearances of 2014 at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark, the “3rd Annual Spring Fling” will also showcase X-Mods, Pure Stocks, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:15pm and Racing at the popular 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm.

Since April 2013, six USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with three feature wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (2) and “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1). Martin scored a popular victory in last year’s “Spring Fling” and Davis won the inaugural event sanctioned by the ASCS Canyon Region.

After winning the March 29th “Season Opener” at Canyon Speedway Park, Josh Pelkey of Peoria holds a 3 point advantage over the competition. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, the former ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 41 feature laps led on the year. Josh will have his sights on claiming his third career USAC SouthWest victory at the “Spring Fling.”

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #20 MP Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins claimed third in the Canyon main event and won the program’s second heat race. Entering Saturday’s action, the veteran driver has five top-10 finishes on the season and will be looking to add the “Spring Fling” to his win list.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix is third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the defending series champion powered his way to second at Canyon after starting seventh. To date, Johnson has one hard charger award and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, R.J. will have his sights on claiming his series leading twelfth career feature win at Arizona Speedway.

Surprise’s Tom Ogle sits fourth in the point standings. Driving his #48 RSS Industries / JT Engineering machine, Ogle raced to fourth in the March 29th feature after starting eleventh. The veteran driver will be looking to score his first USAC SouthWest triumph this Saturday at Queen Creek.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert is currently fifth in the championship point chase. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals RSS, Reinbold placed fifth in the Canyon main event after starting ninth. Noted as one of the tallest drivers on the circuit, the veteran driver has one semi-main win on the season. Andy will have his sights on adding Saturday’s first place trophy to his collection.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Michael Curtis, Lonnie Oliver, Nick Aiuto, Tom Lee, Josh Shipley, Michael Woodruff, Mike Bonneau, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brian Hosford, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children 6 and under are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
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SPRING FLING WINNERS:
2012-Charles Davis Jr., 2013-Mike Martin.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Josh Pelkey-71, 2. Shon Deskins-68, 3. R.J. Johnson-62, 4. Tom Ogle-57, 5. Andy Reinbold-54, 6. Tye Mihocko-49, 7. Mike Martin-48, 8. Michael Curtis-47, 9. Lonnie Oliver-46, 10. Nick Aiuto-37, 11. Tom Lee-34, 12. Josh Shipley-33, --. Michael Woodruff-33, 14. Mike Bonneau-30, 15. Bruce St. James-28, --. Brian Hosford-28, --. Charles Davis Jr.-28, 18. Mike Morin-21, 19. Matt Rossi-5, 20. Mike Colegrove-2

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
April 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 3: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
May 10: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Mother’s Day Race)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 25: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 7: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
June 14: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 28: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
July 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Summer Slam)
August 1: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 2: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 13: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 14: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 15: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 29: **El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
August 30: **Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
August 31: **Tularosa Speedway - Tularosa, NM (Border Tour)
September 6: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
September 20: Central Arizona Raceway - Casa Grande, AZ
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
October 11: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
October 18: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
November 1: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

HISTORIC USAC/CRA & OUTLAW SPRINT CAR EVENT AP PERRIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – APRIL 9, 2014... This Saturday, April 12th, history will be made at Perris Auto Speedway as the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the famed World of Outlaw STP Sprint Cars will share the same card. The “So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular” will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints as fans can witness the final appearance of 20-time Outlaw Champion “The King” Steve Kinser at "America's Premier Dirt Track." Advance tickets with a free World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at www.woosprint.com or by calling 877.395.8606. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, USAC/CRA time trials will start at 5:45pm, and racing is scheduled begin at 7:15pm.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The April 12th “So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular” at Perris is the last race that competitors can run the Hoosier HTW/HT2 Right Rear Tire. After that date, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. Fuel-injected iron-block 360 sprints must use the Hoosier 105/16 Medium and carbureted spec sprints can still use their local track legal Hoosier tires with USAC/CRA.

Since March 2004, 161 USAC/CRA Sprint Car races have been held at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Two-time champion and current point leader The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 27 “home track” feature wins followed by Mike Spencer (24), “The Cowboy” Tony Jones (19), “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman (17), and Nic Faas (9). Twenty-five other drivers have claimed Perris victories and Faas holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.833 set on February 25, 2012.

Heading into Saturday’s historic show, Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner holds a 20 point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / J&D Performance Spike, Gardner has scored wins at Canyon (February 28th) and Perris (March 15th). In addition, “The Demon” has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and 18 feature laps led on the season. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will have his sights on his series leading 49th career triumph this Saturday night.

After claiming third at the March 15th “Sokola Shootout,” Nic Faas of Huntington Beach has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the former USAC Western Midget Champion has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Last Saturday, Faas won a USAC Western Classic feature at Calistoga and will be looking for his eleventh career USAC/CRA victory at the “So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular.”

Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson ranks third in the USAC/CRA standings. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion finished ninth at Perris on March 15th and ran second at Canyon. Johnson has 5 feature laps led in 2014 and will miss Saturday’s action to compete at Arizona Speedway with the SouthWest series.

Mike Spencer of Temecula has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer led eleven laps at Perris before scoring second at the checkered flags. To date, the five-time champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and one heat race victory heading into the third point race of the season. Mike will be looking to score his 35th career USAC/CRA victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell sits fifth in the championship points. Driving his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises Maxim, the former USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year ran fourth in the “Sokola Shootout.” With two top-10 finishes on the year, Mitchell has also raced with the USAC West Coast and Western Classic Sprint Cars in 2014. This Saturday, Matt will have his sights on his sixth USAC/CRA triumph at his “home track.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Brody Roa, Ronnie Gardner, Richard Vander Weerd, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Logan Williams, Austin Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, “The Ripper” Rip Williams, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. For more racetrack information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-142; 2. Nic Faas-122; 3. R.J. Johnson-108; 4. Mike Spencer-103; 5. Matt Mitchell-99; 6. Gary Taylor-92; 7. Jake Swanson-91; 8. Josh Pelkey-79; 9. Cody Williams-75; 10. Brody Roa-61; 11. Charles Davis Jr.-58; 12. Ronnie Gardner-52; --. Richard Vander Weerd-52; 14. Josh Hodges-51; 15. Cory Kruseman-50; --. Mike Martin-50; 17. Colby Copeland-40; 18. Logan Williams-39; 19. Dave Darland-37; 20. Austin Williams-34.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 12: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular)
May 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
May 10: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
May 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy / $3,000-to-Win)
June 14: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
June 27: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
June 28: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
July 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Firecracker 40 / $3,000-to-Win)
July 5: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
August 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 5: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic / $2,750-to-Win)
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $20,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

HPD MIDGETS AT LAS VEGAS, KOKOMO & ACE;

BRECKENRIDGE GETS VICTORY #1 AT LVMS

USAC's Eastern, Midwestern and Western HPD Midgets all are in action this coming weekend.

The Eastern Series gets under way at Ace Speedway in Altamont, N.C. with back-to-back races on Friday and Saturday nights. Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, as part of its "Kokomo Midget Grand Prix," hosts the Midwestern HPD Midgets Friday and Saturday, also opening that series for the season. The Western series resumes at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway's Bullring, site of last Saturday's history-making race.

The history was made by female driver Christine Breckenridge of Irvine, Calif., who became the 26th female driver to win a USAC feature race by taking Saturday's 30-lap Western HPD Midget feature at Las Vegas. She passed fast qualifier Michael Fanelli on lap 11 and led the rest of the way to beat Jeff Kelley, Fanelli, Shawn Buckley and Marina Turner. She's the first female USAC feature winner in nearly a year.

2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Shawn Buckley-239, 2-Bryan Dawson-132, 3-Toni Breidinger-115, 4-Ashley Hazelton-106, 5-Joel Rayborne-92, 6-Jake Swanson-73, 7-Christine Breckenridge-73, 8-Dillon Noble-70, 9-Jeff Kelley-69, 10-Michael Fanelli-67.

 

 

HANFORD APRIL 25 NEXT FOR WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINTS;

FAAS, BERNAL SPLIT CALISTOGA "CLASSIC" SPOTLIGHT

Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. hosts the next round in the 2014 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Series, slated April 25 at the 3/8-mile dirt track. The series continues the next night, April 26, at the one-third mile dirt Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.

Geoff Ensign emerged from last weekend's races with a five-point lead in the most recent series standings. Ensign finished second in Saturday's feature at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway, then backed it up with another second the following night at the same track.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car regular Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, Calif. grabbed Saturday's 20-lapper at Calistoga. He took the lead at the start and led all 20 laps in the Keith Ford Berry Pack/King Racing Products Spike/Nogrady to beat Ensign, Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd and Marty Hawkins. Driver Bradley Terrell was transported to a local hospital after suffering a broken leg during a heat race crash.

Defending USAC Western Classic Sprint Champion Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. won Sunday's 20-lap feature at Calistoga, wheeling the Mike Phulps Core Power/DMI Race Products ART/S & S. He passed Trevor Schmid on lap three and led the rest of the way to beat Ensign, Richard Vander Weerd, Landon Hurst and Jace Vander Weerd.

2014 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Standings: 1-Geoff Ensign-130, 2-Ryan Bernal-125, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-115, 4-Nic Faas-113, 5-Trevor Schmid-102, 6-Matt Mitchell-92, 7-Marty Hawkins-92, 8-Landon Hurst-89, 9-Jace Vander Weerd-84, 10-Terry Schank Jr.-84.

 

 

"SO-CAL SPRINT CAR SPECTACULAR" SATURDAY AT PERRIS

Defending AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Champ Damion Gardner has a 20-point lead over Nic Faas in the 2014 standings and would like nothing better than to increase his lead over Mike Spencer in the all-time list of USAC/CRA race winners at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in this Saturday night's "So-Cal Sprint Car Spectacular" at the half-mile dirt oval.

Gardner has 27 career PAS victories, compared to 25 for Spencer, and won the March 15 Perris opener.

Spencer currently rests fourth in the standings, 39 behind Gardner as he aims for a record-setting sixth series championship.

Faas is the most recent USAC winner of the three, having won this past Saturday night's USAC Western Classic Sprint race at Calistoga, Calif.

Other former Perris USAC/CRA winners who may compete Saturday include Cory Kruseman (17), Faas (8), Rip Williams (7), Matt Mitchell (4) and R.J. Johnson (1).

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-142. 2-Nic Faas-122, 3-R.J. Johnson-108, 4-Mike Spencer-103, 5-Matt Mitchell-99, 6-Gary Taylor-92, 7-Jake Swanson-91, 8-Josh Pelkey-79, 9-Cody Williams-75, 10-Brody Roa-61.

 

 

"HALL OF FAME CLASSIC" MAY 17 IN INDIANAPOLIS;

SWANSON LEADS ALL BUT 2 LAPS TO WIN "SUMAR CLASSIC"

The May 17 USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. is round two of the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Series and will feature the 12 new inductions into USAC's Hall of Fame.

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. will take a three-point lead over Tracy Hines into the May 17 race as a result of his victory in Sunday's "Sumar Classic" 100-lap race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Swanson started second in the race next to pole-starter Hines and proceeded to lead the first 35 laps in his Radio Hospital Maxim/Hampshire. He relinquished the lead to Chris Windom on a restart for lap 36 and Hines led lap 37 before Swanson returned to the front to lead the final 63 laps for the victory.

Hines took second at the checkered flag ahead of Jerry Coons Jr., Bobby East and Zach Daum.

Rounding out the "top-10" were Shane Cockrum, Dave Darland, A.J. Fike, John Hunt and Joe Liguori.

The victory was Swanson's fourth in Silver Crown competition, meaning that the search for the series' 100th different race winner will continue on May 17 at Indianapolis.

2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Kody Swanson-63, 2-Tracy Hines-60, 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-54, 4-Bobby East-51, 5-Zach Daum-48, 6-Shane Cockrum-45, 7-Dave Darland-42, 8-A.J. Fike-39, 9-John Hunt-36, 10-Joe Liguori-33.

 

 

SPRINTS EYE ELDORA'S "BRANSON/LARSON" APRIL 19;

GRANT TAKES LAWRENCEBURG SPRINT

The "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" is next up for the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series, slated April 19 at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Dave Darland, the 2013 series runner-up, holds a one-point lead over Justin Grant in the latest standings after Grant and Darland finished 1-2 in Saturday night's midwestern opener at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

Grant, of Ione, Calif., who scored his initial USAC victory two years ago at Lawrenceburg, got past Jon Stanbrough on a 28th-lap restart and paced the final three laps in his Mark Hery Racing S & H Nerf Bars DRC/Claxton Chevy. Darland, who led the first nine laps of the race, took second ahead of Jerry Coons Jr., Brady Bacon and Stanbrough, who led 18 laps of the feature.

Stanbrough, who appeared headed for victory until the final restart, would have tied Darland as the winningest USAC Sprint drivers at Lawrenceburg had he won the race.

Tracy Hines, who failed to finish at Lawrenceburg, enters the April 19 Eldora race as the defending "Branson/Larson" winner, since he won in 2012 and last year's race was rained out.

2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Dave Darland-183, 2-Justin Grant-182, 3-Chase Stockon-171, 4-Bryan Clauson-169, 5-Brady Bacon-167, 6-Jon Stanbrough-146, 7-Tracy Hines-138, 8-Chris Windom-118, 9-Robert Ballou-113, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-108.

 

 

USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 6, 2014 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 3. Trevor Schmid (#2 Schmid), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 5. Terry Schank Jr (#1 Gleason), 6. Matt Mitchell (#42 Cheney). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 2. Nic Faas (#73X Ford), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Scott Hall (#77J Campanile), 5. Marty Hawkins (#3M Hawkins), 6. Landon Hurst (#179 Hurst). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Geoff Ensign, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Landon Hurst, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Trevor Schmid, 7. Matt Mitchell, 8. Nic Faas, 9. Marty Hawkins, 10. Terry Schank Jr., 11. Scott Hall, 12. D.J. Johnson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Schmid, Laps 3-20 Bernal.

NEW WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ensign-130. 2-Bernal-125. 3-R.Vander Weerd-115, 4-Faas-113, 5-Schmid-102, 6-Mitchell-92, 7-Hawkins-92, 8-Hurst-89, 9-J,Vander Weerd-84, 10-Schank-84.

NEXT WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT RACE: April 25 - Hanford, CA - Kings Speedway - "Verne Brasel Classic"

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS:

 April 6, 2014 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-21.112; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.159; 3. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.422; 4. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-21.455; 5. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-21.467; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-21.534; 7. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.869; 8. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-22.045; 9. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-22.063; 10. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-22.144; 11. Christopher Bell, 21, Team Six-R-22.221; 12. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.245; 13. Joe Liguori, 99, RPM/Gormly-22.511; 14. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-22.520; 15. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-22.850; 16. Dakota Jackson, 33, Jackson-22.865; 17. John Hunt, 91, Hunt-23.082; 18. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-23.088; 19. Jarett Andretti, 14, McQuinn-23.231; 20. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-23.335; 21. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Bobby East, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Dave Darland, 8. A.J. Fike, 9. John Hunt, 10. Joe Liguori, 11. Jacob Wilson, 12. Patrick Lawson, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Aaron Pierce, 15. Caleb Armstrong, 16. Christopher Bell, 17. Davey Ray, 18. Dakota Jackson, 19. Taylor Ferns, 20. Jake Simmons, 21. Jarett Andretti. NT

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**Simmons flipped during practice. Jackson flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Swanson, Lap 36 Windom, Lap 37 Hines, Laps 38-100 Swanson.

NEW SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-63, 2-Hines-60, 3-Coons-54, 4-East-51, 5-Daum-48, 6-Cockrum-45, 7-Darland-42, 8-Fike-39, 9-Hunt-36, 10-Liguori-33.

NEXT SILVER CROWN RACE: May 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "USAC Hall of Fame Classic"

 

 

HPD USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

 April 5, 2014 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Fanelli, 19, Fanelli-15.417; 2. Christine Breckenridge, 26, Breckenridge-15.534; 3. Jeff Kelley, 55x, Kelley-15.600; 4. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-15.652; 5. Marina Turner, 98t, Turner-16.051; 6. Ashley Hazelton, 32, Hazelton-16.173; 7. Joel Rayborne, 2U, USAC-17.453; 8. Jaime Belfiore, 11 Belfiore-NT

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Kelley, 2. Fanelli, 3. Turner. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Breckenridge, 2. Buckley, 3. Hazelton, 4. Rayborne. NT

FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Christine Breckenridge, 2. Jeff Kelley, 3. Michael Fanelli, 4. Shawn Buckley, 5. Marina Turner, 6. Ashley Hazelton, 7. Joel Rayborne. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Fanelli, Laps 11-30 Breckenridge,

NEW HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS:1-Buckley-239, 2-Bryan Dawson-132, 3-Toni Breidinger-115, 4-Hazelton-106, 5-Rayborne-92, 6-Jake Swanson-73, 7-Breckenridge-73, 8-Dillon Noble-70, 9-Kelley-69, 10-Fanelli-67.

NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE:April 12 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 5, 2014 - Calistoga, California - Calistoga Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Terry Schank Jr (#1 Gleason), 2. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 3. Landon Hurst (#179 Hurst), 4. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 5. Marty Hawkins (#3M Hawkins), 6. Scott Hall (#77J Campanile), 7. Billy Aton (#26 Aton), 8. Bradley Terrell (#5X McMichael). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Nic Faas (#73X Ford), 3. Trevor Schmid (#2 Schmid), 4. Matt Mitchell (#42 Cheney), 5. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 7. Jim Richardson (#8 Richardson). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Nic Faas, 2. Geoff Ensign, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Marty Hawkins, 6. Trevor Schmid, 7. Matt Mitchell, 8. Terry Schank Jr., 9. Scott Hall, 10. Jim Richardson, 11. D.J. Johnson, 12. Landon Hurst, 13. Jace Vander Weerd. NT

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**Aton and Terrell flipped during the first heat. Terrell taken to a local hospital after suffering a broken leg.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Faas.

NEW WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT POINTS: 1-Faas-67, 2-Ensign-65, 3-Bernal-59, 4-R.Vander Weerd-54, 5-Hawkins-52, 6-Schmid-51, 7-Mitchell-47, 8-Schank-47, 9-Hall-39, 10-Johnson-38.

NEXT WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT RACE: April 6 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 5, 2014 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jon Stanbrough, 37RW, Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star-13.727; 2. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-13.823; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.851; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.902; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 41, SST-13.924; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.955; 7. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips-13.955; 9. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-14.076; 9. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-14.107; 10. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-14.122; 11. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.158; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI Racing-14.203; 13. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-14.251; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star-14.269; 15. Brady Short, 11p,Pottorff-14.271; 16. Parker Price-Miller, 9p, Ronk-14.300; 17. Jeff Bland Jr., 04, Burton-14.323; 18. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-14.340; 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20N, Schuerenberg/Nolen-14.343; 20. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.401; 21. Shane Cockrum, 66, Amati-14.405; 22. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-14.413; 23. Wes McIntyre, 83, McIntyre-14.443; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.444; 25. Dalten Gabbard, 5, Baldwin-14.454; 26. Chad Boespflug, 98, Boespflug-14.478; 27. Logan Hupp, 94, Hupp-14.558; 28. Daron Clayton, 3R, Byram-14.570; 29. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-14.626; 30. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.631; 31. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.731; 32. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-14.810; 33. Bradley Sterrett, 90, Sterrett-14.833; 34. Mike Terry Jr., 85, Terry-14.940; 35. Dustin Webber, 9x, Webber-15.051; 36. Bobby East, 5E, Klatt-15.061; 37. Mitch Wissmiller, 1W, Wissmiller-15.364; 38. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-15.455; 39. Eric Semple, 25, Semple-15.926; 40. Adam Cruea, 83c, Cruea-16.489; 41. Matt Westfall, 54, Best Performance-NT; 42. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Meseraull, 3. Swanson, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Cockrum, 6. Gabbard, 7. Bland, 8. Ted Hines, 9. Sterrett. 10. Moore. 1:58.42

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Windom, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Weir, 5. Bacon, 6. Thomas, 7. Jarrett, 8. Boespflug, 9. Terry, 10. Wilson. 1:55.15

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Coons, 4. Darland, 5. Hupp, 6. Short, 7. McIntyre, 8. Farney, 9. Webber, 10. Semple. 1:57.00

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Andretti, 3. Hery, 4. Leary, 5. Clayton, 6. Simon, 7. Gurley, 8. Price-Miller, 9. East, 10. Cruea. 1:57.95

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Thomas, 3. Gurley, 4. Cockrum, 5. Price-Miller, 6. Jarrett, 7. Simon, 8. Bland, 9. Short, 10. Gabbard, 11. Farney, 12. Sterrett, 13. Terry, 14. Wilson, 15. Webber, 16. Cruea, 17. Semple, 18. Hupp, 19. McIntyre, 20. Ted Hines, 21. Clayton, 22. Boespflug, 23. Moore. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Logan Jarrett, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Travis Hery, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Shane Cockrum, 17. Parker Price-Miller, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Chris Gurley, 21. Kevin Thomas Jr., 22. Thomas Meseraull. NT

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Ted Hines flipped during the semi. Thomas flipped on the 8th lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Darland, Laps 10-28 Stanbrough, Laps 29-30 Grant.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Darland-183, 2-Grant-182, 3-Stockon-171, 4-Clauson-169, 5-Bacon-167, 6-Stanbrough-146, 7-Tracy Hines-138, 8-Windom-118, 9-Ballou-113, 10-Schuerenberg-108.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: April 19 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

 

 

EAST & BELL FIGHT FOR SILVER CROWN CAR OWNER SUPREMACY

Defending USAC Silver Crown Champion Bobby East and defending Honda USAC National Midget Dirt Champion Christopher Bell will continue the fight for their car owner's supremacy in the Silver Crown series this Sunday when they compete in the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, who own East's car, has 29 career wins, while Team 6R, owners of Bell's entry, has 27. No other team has reached the 20-plus plateau in the 43 previous years of Silver Crown racing.

Sunday will be the series' 373rd event since 1971. East has two of the Stewart/Curb-Agajanian wins, while Bell hopes to add his name to the Team 6R winners list. East's last Silver Crown win came at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado last year.

Team 6R, headquartered in Zionsville, Ind., scored its first win with Jim Keeker at Phoenix, Ariz. in 1992. Subsequent winners for the team have included Jack Hewitt, Brian Tyler, Dave Steele, Tanner and Kody Swanson. Tyler posted Team 6R's last Silver Crown win at Springfield, Ill. in 2011. Stewart's winners started with Jason Leffler at Phoenix in 2000 and other winners include Kasey Kahne, J.J. Yeley, Dave Steele, Josh Wise, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Levi Jones, Bryan Clauson and East.

Sunday's 100-lap race will headline a full afternoon of racing, beginning with practice at 4 pm. The UMP Modifieds share Sunday's slate, with NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace competing in the Modified series. The first feature race is scheduled for 7 pm at the half-mile dirt oval.

 

 

KENNYS SPICE TERRE HAUTE ACTION THIS SUNDAY;

SCHRADER, WALLACE TO COMPETE IN UMP MODIFIEDS

Former USAC Silver Crown Champion Ken Schrader and NASCAR star Kenny Wallace will compete in the UMP Modifieds Sunday as part of the "Sumar Classic" activities at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Both will also participate in an autograph session prior to the racing action.

Schrader's lone USAC victory at Terre Haute came in a Late Model race in 1986 but he is no stranger to the half-mile oval, having competed in Silver Crown, Sprints, Midgets, Late Models and Modifieds, and he's among favorites to win Sunday's UMP feature.

Wallace, a quarter century NASCAR vet, should offer Schrader a challenge in Sunday's modified race. A noted television color commentator, he doesn't lack in terms of fan appeal.

Sunday's UMP race accompanies the "Sumar Classic" 100-lap USAC Silver Crown Championship race, the opening race of the 2014 season.

Schrader, USAC's 1982 Silver Crown Champion, scored his only dirt-track Silver Crown win at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio the next year. He followed with five pavement wins, three at Phoenix and two at Indianapolis Raceway Park between 1986 and 1990.

Practice is slated to begin at 4 pm Sunday, with the first feature event at 7.

 

 

4 MORE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED;

LARSON, HOFFMAN, SACHS & BEALE GET NOD

Rollie Beale, Gus Hoffman, Jud Larson and Eddie Sachs emerged the winners in USAC's recent social media poll to complete the 2014 list of inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame.

The four inductees received the most votes from a select list of 16 candidates and will join eight previously-announced inductees in the ceremony which accompanies USAC's May 17 "Hall of Fame Classic" Silver Crown Championship race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind.

Previously-announced inductees include (alphabetically) George Bignotti, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Norm Nelson, Don Smith, Bob Stroud, Rodger Ward and Bob Wente.

Rollie Beale won USAC's prestigious National Sprint Car championship in 1973 and scored 32 race victories during his illustrious career. One of the most respected drivers in USAC history, Rollie retired in 1977 and joined the USAC officiating crew, eventually becoming chief steward for both the Silver Crown and National Sprint Car series for many years. In 1991 he was awarded USAC's Ross Hadley award for dedication to the sport. A competitor in USAC Championship cars as well, he posted a ninth-place at Trenton, N.J. in 1968. He is listed 10th in the all-time USAC Sprint Car winners list and was enshrined in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996. Arguably, one of his biggest career wins came in the prestigious "Little 500" at Anderson, Ind. in 1966. He passed away at the age of 84 this February.

Gus Hoffman was the patriarch of the famed Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. family from Ohio who have amassed an all-time USAC Sprint Car record 83 National wins, dating back to Jim Hemmings' victory at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway in 1961. They own nine USAC National Sprint titles, coming in 1989-1992-1993-1996-1997-1999-2002-2004 and 2008. Fondly referred to as "old timer," Gus' USAC victories actually started in 1957 when Don Branson won a Midwest race at New Bremen, Ohio. The list of race winners under the Hoffman banner attests to Gus' contribution: Hemmings, Larry Cannon, Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Robbie Stanley, Cary Faas, Kenny Irwin Jr., Andy Michner, Dave Darland, Brian Tyler, Tracy Hines, Jon Stanbrough, Jerry Coons Jr., Daron Clayton, Kyle Larson, Brady Bacon and Darren Hagen.

Jud Larson excelled in both USAC's National Championship cars and Sprint Cars before meeting an untimely end in a 1966 Sprint car accident at Reading, Pa. He claimed 15 USAC Sprint Car victories and added seven wins in the Championship cars. He took the 1956 Sacramento 100 and added wins at DuQuoin, Ill. and the Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis, Ind. in 1957 and at Atlanta, Ga. and Phoenix, Ariz. in 1958 plus non-point wins at Williams Grove, Pa. in 1957 and 1958. In his Indianapolis 500 debut in 1958 he finished a creditable eighth. In 1964 he finished second to Don Branson in the 1964 USAC National Sprint Car standings.

Eddie Sachs was truly the "Crown Price of Racing" and was revered by participants and fans alike. Prior to perishing in a crash during the 1964 Indianapolis 500, Sachs excelled on the high-banked ovals in the sprint cars, winning 10 races in the 1950s, including the 100-lap 1957 "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" at Salem, Ind. In Championship cars he posted wins at Atlanta, Ga. in 1956, Langhorne, Pa. and the Hoosier Hundred at Indianapolis, Ind. in 1957, Syracuse, N.Y. in 1959 and four races at Trenton, N.J. in 1959, 1960 and 1961. Very versatile, he also won a couple of 200-mile USAC Stock Cars races at the famed Milwaukee MIle in 1961. He nearly won the 1961 Indianapolis 500, finishing second to A.J. Foyt, then returned to take third in 1962. He also won four USAC Midget races. He coined the phrase "If you can't win, be spectacular."

 

 

WINDOM SEEKING SILVER CROWN REPEAT SUNDAY

Chris Windom became USAC's 99th Silver Crown Championship race winner last September when he won the season-closing "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. He'd like nothing better than to repeat when the 2014 series debuts Sunday in the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

The 2013 Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" finished second to Bobby East in last year's standings and hopes to move one notch up the ladder this year, piloting the RW/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Curb Records/Driver Racing Oil Beast/Toyota.

The Canton, Ill. veteran has a dozen Silver Crown starts and already has five "top-fives." The 2011 Indiana Sprint Week Champion has also recorded nine wins in the tough Sprint car ranks. In 2006 he won USAC's Kenyon Midget title.

"Terre Haute is one of my favorite stops of the year," says Windom. "I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the RW #17 this weekend."

Chris will face formidable competition on Sunday, where practice starts at 4 pm and racing begins at 7.

Former "Sumar Classic" champion Dave Darland (2008) headlines an all-star cast which includes defending series king Bobby East, 2013 USAC National Dirt Midget Champion Christopher Bell, former series champs Tracy Hines and Jerry Coons Jr. and a host of drivers hoping to become USAC's 100th different Silver Crown feature race winner.

Josh Wise holds the 1-lap Terre Haute Silver Crown track record of 20-139 seconds set in 2005 and Gary Bettenhausen's 1980 100-lap race record of 50:37.20 still stands as the 100-lap mark.

The UMP Modifieds will also be in action Sunday making for a variety of racing action on the fast Terre Haute dirt.

 

 

JACE VANDER WEERD WINS HANFORD’S “GARY JACOB MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

HANFORD, CA – MARCH 30, 2014... Regaining command after a Michael Pickens spin, Visalia’s Jace Vander Weerd sailed to the “Gary Jacob Memorial” triumph at Hanford’s Kings Speedway. With the victory, Vander Weerd became the fourth different USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature winner in the four point races held to date. Fast qualifier Nic Faas, hard charger Matt Mitchell, Markus Niemela, and Pickens followed Jace to the checkered flags.

Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Jace Vander Weerd earned his fourth career series win, tying Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for eighth overall. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year led the first eleven circuits before Pickens powered to the lead. As slower traffic was a factor, Pickens lengthened his advantage before a heartbreaking miscue in the fourth turn dashed his hopes for a win. With the door now opened, Vander Weerd grabbed his second win at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Earlier in the program, Jace qualified sixth out of the twenty-four racers in attendance and placed second in his heat race. With the “Jacob Memorial” win, Vander Weerd ranks second in points as the series will take a break until returning to Hanford on April 25th.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach had a strong performance at Hanford and claimed second in the 30-lap feature. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Faas nearly swept the show, earning his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and winning the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The former USAC Western Midget Champion left Kings Speedway fourth in the West Coast point standings.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from twenty-first. Driving his #37 MPD Racing / ART Enterprises Maxim, Mitchell rebounded from a flip in time trials to score fourth in his heat race. The USAC/CRA standout is currently fifth in the point chase heading to the “Verne Brasel Classic” at Hanford.

Point leader Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland took fourth in the Kings Speedway feature. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Niemela was third quick in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. As this writing goes to press, last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year holds a twelve point advantage over the competition.

Making his first career USAC West Coast Sprint Car start, Auckland, New Zealand’s Michael Pickens led ten laps of the main event before scoring fifth at the checkered flags. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81S Christian Stover Foundation / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Pickens was looking to score the “Jacob Memorial” win until spinning his machine on lap twenty-one. Restarting at the back, the veteran Midget racer sliced through the field to salvage his night with a strong finish. Earlier, Michael qualified fifth, took second in his heat race, and left Hanford twenty-third in the standings.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia raced to victory in the 10-lap Deist Safety Heat Race #2. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard was second quick in time trials and scored sixteenth in the feature after mechanical problems ended his night. The 2011 Champion ranks seventh in the point chase heading to the “Verne Brasel Classic.”

After mechanical issues with his personal vehicle stranded Santa Rosa’s Marty Hawkins an hour drive from the racetrack, the young driver claimed the Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3 victory. Arriving in time to practice his #3M Blakely Landscaping / The Toiyabe Group Maxim, Hawkins qualified eighteenth and scored ninth in the feature after starting sixteenth. Running twelfth in points, Marty plans to compete with the USAC Western Classic Sprints this weekend at Calistoga.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to Hanford’s Kings Speedway on Saturday, April 25th, for the “Verne Brasel Classic.” The event will also feature Wing Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, and IMCA Stock Cars. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.kingsspeedway.net or calling (559) 584-RACE (7223).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, VanLare Steering Repair, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
March 29, 2014 – Hanford, California – Kings Speedway – “Gary Jacob Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS:
1. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-15.435; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.626; 3. Markus Niemela, 73, Ford-15.686; 4. D.J. Netto, 88N, Netto-15.710; 5. Michael Pickens, 81S, Watt-15.737; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.867; 7. Troy Rutherford, 81, Watt-15.923; 8. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-15.927; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 2, Bowman-16.173; 10. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-16.291; 11. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.328; 12. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-16.425; 13. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.427; 14. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.651; 15. Matt Day, 97, Day-16.664; 16. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-16.716; 17. Davey Pombo, 14, Pombo-16.755; 18. Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-16.761; 19. Garrett Long, 38, Long-16.771; 20. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.821; 21. Robert Nuckles, 27, Nuckles-17.879; 22. Connor Kassik, 26, Kassik-NT; 23. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-NT; 24. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps)
1. Nic Faas, 2. Troy Rutherford, 3. D.J. Netto, 4. Ricky Kirkbride, 5. Landon Hurst, 6. Garrett Long, 7. Trent Carter. NT

DEIST SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps)
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Davey Pombo, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Chris Ennis, 6. Barnes, 7. Jeff Sibley, 8. Dennis Howell. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps)
1. Marty Hawkins, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Markus Niemela, 5. Jesse Denome, 6. Matt Day, 7. Robert Nuckles. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Jace Vander Weerd (1st), 2. Nic Faas (6th), 3. Matt Mitchell (21st), 4. Markus Niemela (4th), 5. Michael Pickens (2nd), 6. Troy Rutherford (7th), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 8. Landon Hurst (13th), 9. Marty Hawkins (16th), 10. Davey Pombo (17th), 11. Ricky Kirkbride (10th), 12. Chris Ennis (18th), 13. Jeff Sibley (11th), 14. Jesse Denome (12th), 15. Robert Nuckles (20th), 16. Richard Vander Weerd (5th), 17. Matt Day (15th), 18. D.J. Netto (3rd), 19. Kevin Barnes (14th), 20. Garrett Long (19th), 21. Dennis Howell (8th). NT
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**Liggett and Mitchell flipped during qualifications. Carter flipped during first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Jace Vander Weerd, Laps 12-21 Michael Pickens, Laps 22-30 Jace Vander Weerd.
KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Matt Mitchell (21st to 3rd)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Markus Niemela-227, 2. Jace Vander Weerd-215, 3. Troy Rutherford-212, 4. Nic Faas-193, 5. Matt Mitchell-190, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-185, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-168, 8. Landon Hurst-157, 9. Dennis Howell-148, 10. Austin Liggett-130, 11. Kevin Barnes-94, 12. Marty Hawkins-90, 13. Chris Ennis-79, --. Brody Roa-79, 15. Davey Pombo-72, 16. Garrett Long-69, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-68, 18. Jeff Sibley-67, 19. Rusty Carlile-65, 20. J.J. Yeley-64.

2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 25: #Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Verne Brasel Classic)
April 26: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 16: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
May 17: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 31: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
June 7: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 21: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
July 19: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
August 2: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Billet Cup / $2,500-to-Win)
August 8: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 9: #Chowchilla Speedway - Chowchilla, CA
September 27: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Western Classic Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

JOSH PELKEY SPRINTS TO CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – MARCH 30, 2014... Taking command on lap three after Mike Bonneau crashed, Peoria’s Josh Pelkey led the rest of the way to claim Saturday’s “Season Opener” at Canyon Speedway Park. The $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory marked the second career series triumph for the 1997 Arizona Champion. Defending champion R.J. Johnson, Shon Deskins, Tom Ogle, and Andy Reinbold followed Pelkey to the checkered flags in front of the packed house.

Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Josh Pelkey sailed to victory in front of his hometown fans after starting fourth. The veteran driver placed second in his heat race and entered the main event third in passing points. With the feature win, Josh holds a three point advantage heading to Arizona Speedway’s “Spring Fling” on April 12th.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix took second in the “CSP Season Opener” after starting seventh. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson claimed fourth in his 8-lap heat race and ranked seventh in passing points. As this writing goes to press, the second generation driver is currently third in the point standings.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins ran third in the 30-lap feature after starting sixth. Piloting his #20 MP Environmental / Spike Chassis entry, Deskins raced to victory in the program’s second heat race and was the high point driver entering the main event. Shon ranks second in the championship points heading to Arizona Speedway.

Tom Ogle of Surprise had a strong performance at Canyon by racing to fourth from the eleventh starting spot. Driving his #48 RSS Industries / JT Engineering machine, Ogle placed third in this heat race and started the main event eleventh in passing points. Currently fourth in the series standings, Tom will be looking for a breakthrough victory at the April 12th “Spring Fling.”

Gilbert’s Andy Reinbold placed fifth at the checkered flags after starting ninth. Racing Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals RSS, Reinbold scored third in his heat race and ranked ninth in passing points. Noted as one of the tallest drivers on the circuit, Andy left Canyon fifth in the SouthWest point standings.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place finish after starting fifteenth. Piloting his #16 PPG Professional Paints / Desert Building Supply Maxim, Martin scored sixth in his heat race after an early exit and ranked seventeenth in passing points. “The Magic Man” sliced his way forward in the feature to salvage his night and is now seventh in the standings.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. claimed victory in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving the Massey Motorsports owned #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis entered the feature ranked fourth in passing points but left the main event after the first lap, scoring eighteenth. Tied for fifteenth in series points, the five-time Arizona champion will be looking to rebound at Queen Creek.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko of Peoria won the program’s third 8-lap heat race. Racing the family owned #5 RSS Industries / Old World Brewery machine, Mihocko was second in passing points entering the main event. The young driver claimed ninth in the season opener and is currently seventh in the USAC SouthWest points.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, April 12th at Queen Creek's Arizona Speedway for the "Spring Fling." The action packed card will also feature X-Mods, Mod Lites, and Bombers. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE RESULTS: March 29, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “CSP Season Opener”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 3. Michael Woodruff (#83 Woodruff), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Lonnie Oliver (#7T Oliver), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Mike Morin (#28 Morin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27N Aiuto), 6. Tom Lee (#53 Lee), 7. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Josh Pelkey (4th), 2. R.J. Johnson (7th), 3. Shon Deskins (6th), 4. Tom Ogle (11th), 5. Andy Reinbold (9th), 6. Mike Martin (15th), 7. Lonnie Oliver (12th), 8. Michael Curtis (1st), 9. Tye Mihocko (5th), 10. Nick Aiuto (14th), 11. Tom Lee (16th), 12. Josh Shipley (13th), 13. Michael Woodruff (8th), 14. Bruce St. James (18th), 15. Brian Hosford (10th), 16. Mike Bonneau (2nd), 17. Mike Morin (17th), 18. Charles Davis Jr. (3rd) NT ---------------------------- **Mike Martin flipped during the third heat. **Mike Bonneau and Bruce St. James flipped during the feature.

 

 

USAC Silver Crown Pool Kicks off Sunday!

(March 31, 2014) - Interested in earning the title of "USAC Silver Crown Fan of the Year"? Want a chance to win prizes from each USAC Silver Crown race?

Your chance for all that starts this Sunday with Round One of the Inaugural USAC Silver Crown Pool. And, entry to this Pool is FREE, so no reason not to take your shot at the big win.

Conducted in similar style to the popular Chili Bowl Pool among others, the USAC Silver Crown Pool will include six driver groups for each of the eleven events on the series schedule with Pool winners crowned for each event and ultimately a season-long Pool champion that will be crowned "USAC Silver Crown Fan of the Year" and earn a pair of tickets to USAC's Night of Champions awards banquet.

Selection sheets along with rules and points breakdown for this Sunday's Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute action track are attached in both Excel and PDF formats. Simply make one selection from each of the six groups, fill in the tiebreaker and get your entry to lonniewheatley@gmail.com by 4:00 p.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. CDT) on Sunday, April 6.

The winner of Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Pool Round One will win a Hoosier Racing Tire jacket and toboggan.

Inaugural USAC Silver Crown Pool Schedule:

Round One - April 6 (Terre Haute Action Track)

Round Two - May 17 (Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis)

Round Three - May 22 (Indiana State Fairgrounds)

Round Four - June 14 (Gateway Motorsports Park)

Round Five - June 29 (Memphis International Raceway)

Round Six - July 24 (Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis)

Round Seven - August 1 (Belleville High Banks)

Round Eight - August 16 (Illinois State Fairgrounds)

Round Nine - August 31 (DuQuoin State Fairgrounds)

Round Ten - September 20 (Eldora Speedway)

Round Eleven - October 11 (New York State Fairgrounds)

 

 

WESTERN HPD PAVEMENT MIDGETS AT LVMS SATURDAY;

MADERA HPD FEATURE TO JAKE SWANSON

Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway's Bullring hosts this Saturday's USAC HPD Western Midget race. It's the first of 10 scheduled races at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Shawn Buckley leads the 2014 standings after finishing fourth in Sunday's race at Madera, Calif. He is 46 points ahead of Bryant Dawson, winner of five races at LVMS during 2013.

Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Sunday's "Smokey Hanoian Classic" USAC HPD Western Midget race at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. Dillon Noble, the fastest qualifier, finished second ahead of Cody Jessop, Buckley and Tom Patterson.

Sunday's race was USAC's 150th at Madera Speedway.

2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Shawn Buckley-178, 2-Bryant Dawson-132, 3-Toni Breidinger-115, 4-Jake Swanson-73, 5-Dillon Noble-70, 6-Cody Jessop-62, 7-Tom Patterson-58, 8-Ron Hazelton-54, 9-Wally Pankratz-54, 10-Antonia Boscacci-53.

 

 

WESTERN MIDGETS EYE BAKERFIELD DIRT MAY 3;

DARRIN SNIDER GRABS "SMOKEY HANOIAN CLASSIC"

The Honda USAC Western Midgets switch to the dirt May 3 for the next event at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

Darrin Snider of Lakeport, Calif. won Sunday's "Smokey Hanoian Classic" Honda USAC Western and BCRA Midget race at the paved Madera Speedway. Driving the S & K Automotive/Reynolds Truck & Crane Beast/Ford, Snider led all 30 laps to beat fast qualifier Chad Nichols, Michael Snider, Nick Chivello and Alex Schutte.

The victory puts Snider atop the standings, three points ahead of Nichols after the opening event.

The next pavement race for the Honda Western Midgets is June 7 at Madera.

2014 HONDA USAC Western Midget Pavement Standings: 1-Darrin Snider-73, 2-Chad Nichols-70, 3-Nick Chivello-58, 4-Alex Schutte-53, 5-Jarid Blondel-50, 6-Jake Swanson-43, 7-Scott Pierovich-39,

 

 

WEST COAST SPRINTS RETURN TO HANFORD APRIL 25;

RUTHERFORD GRABS KINGS 30-LAPPER

Finnish driver Markus Niemela will lead the USAC West Coast sprint Cars back to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., where Saturday night he finished fourth in a 30-lap race. Niemela's point lead stands at 12 over Jace Vander Weerd, Saturday's feature winner.

Vander Weerd, of Visalia, Calif., led the final nine laps in his Vander Weerd Construction/Stone Gate Development Maxim/Lawrence. He passed Michael Pickens on lap 22 and led the rest of the way to beat fast qualifier Nic Faas, Matt Mitchell, Markus Niemela and Pickens. Vander Weerd led the first 11 laps before Pickens led the next 10.

The win was Vander Weerd's first at Hanford and his third in series history.

2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Markus Niemela-227, 2-Jace Vander Weerd-215, 3-Troy Rutherford-212, 4-Nic Faas-193, 5-Matt Mitchell-190, 6-Danny Faria Jr.-185, 7-Richard Vander Weerd-168, 8-Landon Hurst-157, 9-Dennis Howell-148, 10-Austin Liggett-130.

 

 

DARLAND, HINES CHASE HISTORY AT LAWRENCEBURG

Dave Darland and Tracy Hines, second and fourth respectively in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car standings, continue their pursuit of all-time USAC records this Saturday when the series makes its 2014 Midwest debut at the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

Darland has 47 victories and Hines 45 as they continue to challenge all-time series leader Tom Bigelow's record of 52. Hines also continues his pursuit of 1,000 USAC National feature starts, currently at 993, while Darland became the first to reach the 1,000 plateau in February.

Defending series champion Bryan Clauson has a four-point lead over Darland after winning the most recent series race, at Ocala, Fla. in February. Chase Stockon is three points behind Darland in third and just one point ahead of Hines in fourth.

Darland also leads the all-time list of USAC winners at Lawrenceburg with six, compared to Jon Stanbrough's five. Stanbrough is currently eighth in the 2014 standings.

Clauson is also the most recent USAC winner at Lawrenceburg. Kevin Thomas Jr. won twice at the "Burg" in 2103.

2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-125; 2-Dave Darland-121; 3-Chase Stockon-118; 4-Tracy Hines-117; 5-Justin Grant-114; 6-Brady Bacon-111; 7-Shane Cottle-106; 8-Jon Stanbrough-87; 9-Chris Windom-84; 10-Robert Ballou-74.

 

 

5 SEEK REPEAT TERRE HAUTE GLORY

IN SUNDAY'S "SUMAR CLASSIC" SILVER CROWN OPENER

Three Indiana drivers and one each from Illinois and Arizona will try to rekindle past victory at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track when the "Sumar Classic" USAC Silver Crown Championship opener unfolds Sunday at the half-mile dirt oval.

The five drivers have a combined 15 victories at the storied oval, dating from 1993-2013!

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. and Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind., who are battling for numerous all-time USAC records, each have four wins at Terre Haute. Darland won the 1993 Tony Hulman Classic Sprint race, the 1999 and 2003 Hut Hundred Midget races and the 2008 Sumar Classic. Hines won the 1999 and 2003 Jan Opperman Sprint races plus the 2001 Tony Hulman Classic and Hut Hundreds.

Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. won a 1999 Sprint race, plus the 2010 and 2013 Tony Hulman Classics. Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. took the 2011 Tony Hulman Classic and Jim Hurtubise Sprints. Defending Silver Crown Champion Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. was the 2004 Hut Hundred winner and the 2012 Sumar Classic champ.

Darland just surpassed the 1,000 mark in total USAC National starts, while Hines is rapidly closing on that milestone. Darland has 90 total USAC National feature wins to his credit, while Hines is at 88.

Sunday's 100-lap "twilight" race should get the green at around 7 pm, following practice at 4 pm and qualifying.

A field of 24 cars is slated for the 100-lap race and drivers will be aiming at Josh Wise's 1-lap track qualifying record of 89.379 mph. Gary Bettenhausen established the 100-lap Terre Haute Silver Crown record of 50 minutes, 37.20 seconds in 1980.

Drivers A.J. Fike, Aaron Pierce and Kody Swanson also have previous USAC Silver Crown victories to their credit, while Sunday's field will include more than a dozen drivers seeking their initial series start.

 

 

USAC WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS (Co-sanctioned by BCRA):

March 30, 2014 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Smokey Hanoian Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chad Nichols, 17, Nichols-13.995; 2. Darrin Snider, 2k, Snider-14.087; 3. Michael Snider, 6k, Snider-14.249; 4. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.290; 5. Jake Swanson, 5, VanDyne/Swanson-14292; 6. Nick Chivello, 27, Blackwell-14.358; 7. Alex Schutte, 17k, Schutte-14.518; 8. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-14.600; 9. Gary Conterno, 55, Conterno-14.852; 10. Mark Maliepaard, 51, Morris-15.030; 11. Floyd Alvis, 18, Alvis-15.243; 12. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-15.337.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Nichols, 3. M.Snider, 4. Schutte, 5. Conterno, 6. Alvis. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. D.Snider, 2. Pierovich, 3. Chivello, 4. Blondel, 5, Maliepaard, 6. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darrin Snider, 2. Chad Nichols, 3. Michael Snider, 4. Nick Chivello, 5. Alex Schutte, 6. Jarid Blondel, 7. Gary Conterno, 8. Mark Paliepaard, 9. J.R. Williams, 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Floyd Alvis, 12. Scott Pierovich. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 D.Snider.

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-D.Snider-73, 2-Nichols-70, 3-Chivello-58, 4-Schutte-53, 5-Blondel-50, 6-Swanson-43, 7-Pierovich-39,

NEXT USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE (Pavement): June 7 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

HPD USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

March 30, 2014 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Smokey Hanoian Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dillon Noble, 10, Noble-14.856; 2. Jake Swanson, 59, Frazin-14.913; 3. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-15.056; 4. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.437; 5. Tom Patterson, 9, Patterson-15.673; 6. Antonia Boscacci, 3, USAC-15.766; 7. Jesse Burks, 51, Burks-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Noble, 3. Buckley, 4. Jessop. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Patterson, 2. Boscacci, 3. Burks. NT

FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Dillon Noble, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Shawn Buckley, 5. Tom Patterson, 6. Antonia Boscacci, 7. Jesse Burks. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Swanson.

NEW HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS:1-Buckley-178, 2-Bryant Dawson-132, 3-Toni Breidinger-115, 4-Swanson-73, 5-Noble-70, 6-Jessop-62, 7-Patterson-58, 8-Ron Hazelton-54, 9-Wally Pankratz-54, 10-Boscacci-53.

NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE:April 5 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

March 29, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “CSP Season Opener”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 3. Michael Woodruff (#83 Woodruff), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Lonnie Oliver (#7T Oliver), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Mike Morin (#28 Morin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27N Aiuto), 6. Tom Lee (#53 Lee), 7. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Shon Deskins, 4. Tom Ogle, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Lonnie Oliver, 8. Michael Curtis, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Nick Aiuto, 11. Tom Lee, 12. Josh Shipley, 13. Michael Woodruff, 14. Bruce St. James, 15. Brian Hosford, 16. Mike Bonneau, 17. Mike Morin, 18. Charles Davis Jr. NT

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**Martin flipped during the third heat. Bonneau and St. James flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-2 Bonneau, Laps 3-30 Pelkey.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: April 12 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Spring Fling”

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 29, 2014 – Hanford, California – Kings Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-15.435; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.626; 3. Markus Niemela, 73, Ford-15.686; 4. D.J. Netto, 88N, Netto-15.710; 5. Michael Pickens, 81S, Watt-15.737; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.867; 7. Troy Rutherford, 81, Watt-15.923; 8. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-15.927; 9.Danny Faria Jr., 2, Bowman-16.173; 10. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-16.291; 11. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.328; 12. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-16.425; 13. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.427; 14. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.651; 15. Matt Day, 97, Day-16.664; 16. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-16.716; 17. Davey Pombo, 14, Pombo-16.755; 18. Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-16.761; 19. Garrett Long, 38, Long-16.771; 20. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.821; 21. Robert Nuckles, 27, Nuckles-17.879; 22. Connor Kassik, 26, Kassik-NT; 23. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-NT; 24. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faas, 2. Rutherford, 3. Netto, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Hurst, 6. Long, 7. Carter. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Pickens, 3. Pombo, 4. Mitchell, 5. Ennis, 6. Barnes, 7. Sibley, 8. Howell. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hawkins, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Faria, 4. Niemela, 5. Denome, 6. Day, 7. Nuckles. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Nic Faas, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Markus Niemela, 5. Michael Pickens, 6. Troy Rutherford, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Landon Hurst, 9. Marty Hawkins, 10. Davey Pombo, 11. Ricky Kirkbride, 12. Chris Ennis, 13. Jeff Sibley, 14. Jesse Denome, 15. Robert Nuckles, 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 17. Matt Day, 18. D.J. Netto, 19. Kevin Barnes, 20. Garrett Long, 21. Dennis Howell. NT

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**Liggett and Mitchell flipped during qualifications. Carter flipped during first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 12-21 Pickens, Laps 22-30 J.Vander Weerd.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 25 – Hanford, CA – Kings Speedway – “Verne Brasel Classic”

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR "SEASON OPENER" AT CANYON SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – MARCH 25, 2014... This Saturday, March 29th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will open their 2014 point season Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park. Joining the action packed "CSP Season Opener" will be the popular Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, and AMA Modlites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. The track will also host an open practice session on Wednesday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Since January 2013, the fast 1/3-mile facility has hosted twenty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with six triumphs and Bryan Clauson has five victories. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland has three feature wins and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has claimed two main events. Brady Bacon, Colby Copeland, Mike Spencer, and Richard Vander Weerd have one victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

After winning his first USAC Sprint Car Championship, Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson is back in Bill Michaels’ potent #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman. Last season, the second generation driver led the series with eleven feature wins, five dash wins, and 328 feature laps led. In addition, R.J. had nine heat race victories, three hard charger awards, and twenty-three top-10 finishes. Johnson will be looking to start his championship bid with another win this Saturday night.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye ranked second in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led the series with one fast time award (tied), eleven heat race victories, two semi-main wins, and twenty-five top-10 finishes. The five-time state champion also had six feature wins, four dash wins, three hard charger awards, and 117 feature laps led in 2013. “Chargin” Charles” will have his sights on claiming the $1,500 victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin placed third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin had one feature win, one fast time award, seven heat race victories, one semi-main win, twenty-one top-10 finishes and 24 feature laps led to his credit. “The Magic Man” has championship aspirations and will be a threat to win at Canyon.

Ronnie Clark of Tucson claimed fourth in the point standings. Racing the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark did not win a main event but had three heat race victories, one hard charger award, and fifteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, Ronnie will be looking for a breakthrough victory in the “CSP Season Opener.”

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins ran fifth in the championship point chase. Driving his #20 Performance Plus / Bell Racing Spike, Deskins did not win a feature but scored one fast time award, eight heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the year. The veteran driver will be one of the favorites to win Saturday’s 30-lap main event.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Chris Bonneau, Steven Harms, Tom Ogle, Stevie Sussex, “Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., Michael Curtis, Justin Quinn, “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Tom Lee, Colby Copeland, Jody Wirth, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
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2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 29: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (CSP Season Opener)
April 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
April 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 3: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
May 10: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Mother’s Day Race)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 25: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 7: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
June 14: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 28: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
July 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Summer Slam)
August 1: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 2: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 13: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 14: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 15: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 29: **El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
August 30: **Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
August 31: **Tularosa Speedway - Tularosa, NM (Border Tour)
September 6: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
September 20: Central Arizona Raceway - Casa Grande, AZ
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
October 11: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
October 18: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
November 1: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR "SEASON OPENER" AT CANYON SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – MARCH 25, 2014... This Saturday, March 29th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will open their 2014 point season Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park. Joining the action packed "CSP Season Opener" will be the popular Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, and AMA Modlites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. The track will also host an open practice session on Wednesday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Since January 2013, the fast 1/3-mile facility has hosted twenty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with six triumphs and Bryan Clauson has five victories. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland has three feature wins and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. has claimed two main events. Brady Bacon, Colby Copeland, Mike Spencer, and Richard Vander Weerd have one victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

After winning his first USAC Sprint Car Championship, Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson is back in Bill Michaels’ potent #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman. Last season, the second generation driver led the series with eleven feature wins, five dash wins, and 328 feature laps led. In addition, R.J. had nine heat race victories, three hard charger awards, and twenty-three top-10 finishes. Johnson will be looking to start his championship bid with another win this Saturday night.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye ranked second in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led the series with one fast time award (tied), eleven heat race victories, two semi-main wins, and twenty-five top-10 finishes. The five-time state champion also had six feature wins, four dash wins, three hard charger awards, and 117 feature laps led in 2013. “Chargin” Charles” will have his sights on claiming the $1,500 victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin placed third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin had one feature win, one fast time award, seven heat race victories, one semi-main win, twenty-one top-10 finishes and 24 feature laps led to his credit. “The Magic Man” has championship aspirations and will be a threat to win at Canyon.

Ronnie Clark of Tucson claimed fourth in the point standings. Racing the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark did not win a main event but had three heat race victories, one hard charger award, and fifteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, Ronnie will be looking for a breakthrough victory in the “CSP Season Opener.”

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins ran fifth in the championship point chase. Driving his #20 Performance Plus / Bell Racing Spike, Deskins did not win a feature but scored one fast time award, eight heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the year. The veteran driver will be one of the favorites to win Saturday’s 30-lap main event.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Chris Bonneau, Steven Harms, Tom Ogle, Stevie Sussex, “Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., Michael Curtis, Justin Quinn, “The Kid” Tye Mihocko, Tom Lee, Colby Copeland, Jody Wirth, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
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2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 29: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (CSP Season Opener)
April 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
April 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 3: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
May 10: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Mother’s Day Race)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 25: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 7: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
June 14: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 28: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
July 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Summer Slam)
August 1: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 2: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 13: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 14: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 15: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 29: **El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
August 30: **Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
August 31: **Tularosa Speedway - Tularosa, NM (Border Tour)
September 6: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
September 20: Central Arizona Raceway - Casa Grande, AZ
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
October 11: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
October 18: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
November 1: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES:
- #77M R.J. Johnson. 2013 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion. Photo by Patrick Shaw / Backed In Photography.

 

 

"FULL FIELD" GEARING UP FOR "SUMAR CLASSIC;"

BAKERS DOZEN EYE HISTORIC SILVER CROWN #100

More than a dozen drivers are scheduled to seek their initial USAC Silver Crown Championship victory April 6 when the "Sumar Classic" unfolds at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. If one can find victory lane they will become the series' 100th different race winner in its 44 years! Pre-entries already suggest a "full field" for the 100-lap race.

Former Silver Crown winners Bobby East, A.J. Fike, Tracy Hines, Chris Windom, Dave Darland, Aaron Pierce, Kody Swanson and Jerry Coons Jr. are among entered drivers at Terre Haute. East is the defending series champion and Windom became the 99th different series winner at last year's "4-Crown Nationals" in Ohio. Pierce holds the ultimate series race record of 159.211 mph, established at Homestead, Fla. in 2006.

Competing for the title of 100th race winner will be drivers from Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, Michigan and Florida.

Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla. won last year's Honda USAC National Midget Dirt title and finished eighth in his Silver Crown debut at DuQuoin in 2013. Taylor Ferns of Shelby Township, Mich. is the winningest female driver in USAC history and won the 2011 USAC D1 Midget crown. Ferns was 4th at Rossburg, Ohio and 5th at DuQuoin in 2013.

Joe Liguori of Tampa, Fla., grandson of long-time USAC driver Ralph Liguori, won USAC's 2009 Midwest and USAC/UMARA Ford Focus titles and finished seventh in last year's "4-Crown" Silver Crown finale.

Jarett Andretti, son of John Andretti, competed in five events last year and notched an eighth-place at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Caleb Armstrong of New Castle, Ind., winner of USAC's 2011 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Midget spectacular, is slated for his initial Silver Crown start at Terre Haute, along with Jake Simmons of Terre Haute, Dakota Jackson of Elizabethtown, Ind., John Hunt of Tulsa, Okla. and Grant Simpson of Avoca, Ill.

Jacob Wilson of Crawfordsville, Ind. is a former "Joe James-Pat O'Connor" Sprint Car winner and has previous series experience, as do Illinois drivers Randy Bateman of Murphysboro and Shane Cockrum of Benton. Cockrum strung together "top-5" finishes in the final three Silver Crown races of last year.

Illinois driver Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville posted a 10th at Rossburg, Ohio last year in his third series start.

 

 

"HANOIAN CLASSIC" WESTERN MIDGET OPENER AT MADERA

Saturday night's "Smokey Hanoian Classic" includes both the Honda USAC Western and BCRA Midgets and the USAC HPD Western Pavement Midgets. It's the first of four scheduled USAC/BCRA Midget events at the one-third mile oval.

The race kicks off the 2014 USAC Western Midget campaign at a track where 2013 Honda USAC Western Midget Pavement Champion Chad Nichols excelled. Nichols, of Colma, Calif., scored a victory, a second and a pair of thirds in six Madera starts on his way to the title.

Nick Chivello grabbed three straight wins and closed the 2013 season with a second, all at Madera, while Kody Swanson also found victory lane at the track in 2013.

Other Madera podium finishers during 2013 included David Goodwill, Dan Gundo, Kevin Morris, Scott Pierovich. Darrin Snider and Tanner Swanson.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINT RACE BEGINS AT PEORIA SATURDAY

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. officially opens defense of his 2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car championship when the series returns to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Saturday. It's billed as the CSP Opener" although the Southwest Sprint cars competed in six races there in January and February.

Dave Darland scored three wins during the "Copper on Dirt," while Brady Bacon, Colby Copeland and Richard Vander Weerd also scored victories.

Johnson notched a pair of thirds, a sixth, a seventh and a 10th in his five starts during the "non-point" events earlier this year.

Last year Johnson grabbed five wins, a second and a third in nine Peoria starts on his way to his first USAC crown. Other Southwest Sprint point-race winners last year were Charles Davis Jr. (2), Bryan Clauson (2) and Mike Spencer.

 

 

"GARY JACOB MEMORIAL" SATURDAY AT KINGS;

RUTHERFORD TAKES LAST-LAP BAKERSFIELD VICTORY!

Finland driver Markus Niemela is the new point leader in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car series which continues this Saturday night in the "Gary Jacob Memorial" at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

Niemela finished third in last Saturday's race at Bakersfield, Calif. and enters the Hanford race seven points ahead of Troy Rutherford, who won Saturday's race at Bakersfield.

Rutherford, of Ojai Calif., scored a spectacular last-lap victory at Bakersfield in the Steve Watt JD Machine Tech/AAA Propane Maxim/Chevy. He fought off the late-race challenge of Nic Faas, who finished second after leading at the white-flag! Four drivers led the race, with Austin Liggett taking the first five laps and Niemela the next 12. Faas led for nine laps and Rutherford two before they swapped the final two laps. Niemela took third at the checkered flag ahead of Danny Faria Jr. and fast qualifier Jace Vander Weerd

Niemela scored a second and a third in five Hanford starts last year. Rutherford was among the 2013 Hanford winners, as were Richard Vander Weerd and Danny Faria Jr. (twice each) and Ryan Bernal.

2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Markus Niemela-167, 2-Troy Rutherford-160, 3-Jace Vander Weerd-147, 4-Danny Faria Jr.-137, 5-Dennis Howell-134, 6-Richard Vander Weerd-134, 7-Matt Mitchell-131, 8-Austin Liggett-130, 9-Nic Faas-122, 10-Landon Hurst-114.

 

 

MADERA'S "SMOKEY HANOIAN CLASSIC" SATURDAY

Bryant Dawson leads the USAC HPD Western Midget standings as the series visits Madera (Calif.) Speedway's "Smokey Hanoian Classic" this Saturday night. Also on the race card are the Honda Western USAC and BCRA Midgets.

Dawson is undefeated so far in 2014 USAC Western HPD pavement racing, having won races at Blythe, Calif. and Lake Havasu City Ariz. He also posted the fastest qualifying time at both events.

Dawson also was the fastest qualifier for both 2013 Madera races but finished second each time behind respective winners Jarid Blondel and Jake Swanson.

2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Bryant Dawson-132, 2-Shawn Buckley-118, 3-Toni Breidinger-115, 4-Ron Hazelton-55, 5-Wally Pankratz-54, 6-Steve Myers-52, 7-J.R. Williams-50, 8-Annie Breidinger-49, 9-Joel Raybourne-45, 10-Jet Davison-2.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 22, 2014 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.597; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-12.616; 3. Nic Faas, 73X, Ford-12.661; 4. Troy Rutherford, 81, Watt-12.668; 5. Markus Niemela, 73, Ford-12.868; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-12.939; 7. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-12.968; 8. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.039; 9. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-13.083; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.122; 11. Davey Pombo, 14, Pombo-13.145; 12. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-13.150; 13. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-13.191; 14. Danny Faria Jr., 2, Bowman-13.216; 15. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-13.245; 16. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-13.250; 17. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-13.429; 18. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-13.550; 19. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-13.863; 20. Matt Day, 97, Day-13.984; 21. Garrett Long, 38, Long-14.179; 22. Connor Kassik, 26, Kassik-14.464; 23. Seth Hancock, 51S, Hancock-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carlile, 2. Ennis, 3. Rutherford, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Roa, 6. Carter, 7. Day. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Liggett, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Niemela, 5. Pombo, 6. Boles, 7. Long, 8. Howell. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hurst, 2. Faas, 3. Sibley, 4. Barnes, 5. Kirkbride, 6. Mitchell, 7. Kassik. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Nic Faas, 3. Markus Niemela, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Landon Hurst, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Dennis Howell, 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 11. Kevin Barnes, 12. Ricky Kirkbride, 13. Luke Boles, 14. Chris Ennis, 15. Davey Pombo, 16. Garrett Long, 17. Matt Day, 18. Rusty Carlile, 19. Jeff Sibley, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Connor Kassik, 22. Trent Carter. NT

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**Liggett and Carlile flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Liggett, Laps 6-17 Niemela, Laps 18-26 Faas, Laps 27-28 Rutherford, Lap 29 Faas, Lap 30 Rutherford.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 29 – Hanford, CA – Kings Speedway – “Gary Jacob Memorial”

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS HEADLINE BAKERSFIELD ACTION THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – MARCH 18, 2014... This Saturday, March 22nd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their only appearance of 2014 at Bakersfield Speedway. The third point race of the season will also feature the popular Sport Mods, American Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing set for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval."

Since April 2009, the Bakersfield facility has hosted ten West Coast Sprint Car events. Davey Pombo leads all drivers with three feature wins, as Peter Murphy, Craig Stidham, Ricky Kirkbride, Bud Kaeding, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Bernal, and Danny Faria Jr. have one victory.

Heading into Saturday’s action, Tracy’s Austin Liggett sits atop the standings with a four point advantage. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. Spike, Liggett ran eighth last Friday at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. The 2012 Rookie of the Year won the March 6th “Sin City Showdown” at Las Vegas and will be looking to add Bakersfield to his win list.

Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland is second in the chase for the championship. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Niemela earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed sixth in the Tulare feature. Last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year and current Bakersfield track record holder will have his sights on his first West Coast victory.

After claiming his first series win at Tulare, Rancho Palos Verdes’ Dennis Howell has climbed to third in the point standings. Driving the family owned #62 San Pedro Auto Body / Howell-Meyer Racing Maxim, Howell has one heat race victory and 30 feature laps led to his credit. The USAC Western Midget Series graduate will be looking to continue his winning ways at Bakersfield Speedway.

Troy Rutherford of Ojai ranks fourth in the West Coast point chase. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 JD Machine Tech / AAA Propane Maxim, Rutherford rebounded from a heat race tangle to claim ninth at Tulare. The former VRA Champion has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season as he will have his sights on a feature win at Bakersfield.

Currently fifth in the standings, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd almost won the Tulare feature before settling for second. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, the 2011 Champion won the $5,000 “Winter Challenge” finale at Canyon Speedway on February 1st. Vander Weerd won his first Bakersfield start on March 23, 2013 and will be looking for another $1,500 main event win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jace Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Marty Hawkins, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Kevin Barnes, Garrett Long, Trent Carter, Jeff Sibley, "The Wild Child" Chris Ennis, “The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride, Matt Day, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $14, Military tickets (with ID) are $14, Kids tickets (12-6) are $6, and Children’s 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, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, VanLare Steering Repair, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Austin Liggett-110; 2. Markus Niemela-106; 3. Dennis Howell-97; 4. Troy Rutherford-91; 5. Richard Vander Weerd-90; 6. Jace Vander Weerd-88; 7. Matt Mitchell-82; 8. Danny Faria Jr.-78; 9. J.J. Yeley-64; --. Landon Hurst-64; 11. Mike Spencer-60; 12. Bud Kaeding-58; 13. Nic Faas-54; 14. Josh Pelkey-52; 15. Marty Hawkins-46; 16. Charles Davis Jr.-44; 17. Rusty Carlile-40; --.Kevin Barnes-40; 19. Mike Martin-37; 20. Brody Roa-36.

2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 22: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 29: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Gary Jacob Memorial)
April 25: #Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Verne Brasel Classic)
April 26: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 16: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
May 17: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 31: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
June 7: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 21: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
July 19: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
August 2: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Billet Cup / $2,500-to-Win)
August 8: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 9: #Chowchilla Speedway - Chowchilla, CA
September 27: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Western Classic Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

8 INITIAL 2014 USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED;

4 ADDITIONAL INDUCTEES TO BE DETERMINED BY FAN VOTE

The initial eight 2014 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame have been announced and four more, selected by popular vote from a list of 16 eligibles distributed through social mediums, will be announced April 15.

The third annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held May 17 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. in conjunction with the annual USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" Silver Crown Championship race.

The eight-member class of inductees announced today includes five drivers, a race organizer, an official and a chief mechanic. They are (alphabetically) George Bignotti, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Norm Nelson, Don Smith, Bob Stroud, Rodger Ward and Bob Wente.

George Bignotti was one of America's premier chief mechanics and earned seven victories in the Indianapolis 500, along with six National Championships. He started his career as a Midget car owner who occasionally drove himself. He worked with such stalwart drivers as Freddie Agabashian, Marvin Burke, Johnny Boyd, Earl Motter and Bob Sweikert. Agabashian won the 1947 and 1948 BCRA titles and Boyd won the 1951 title in Bignotti cars. His Indianapolis 500 victories came in 1961 and 1964 (A.J. Foyt), 1966 (Graham Hill), 1970 and 1971 (Al Unser), 1973 (Gordon Johncock) and 1983 (Tom Sneva). In 1964 he and Foyt swept the first seven races of the National Championship season and won 10 of 13 races that year! Bignotti passed away September 27, 2013 in Las Vegas.

Don Branson, USAC's 1959 Midwest and 1964 National Sprint Car Champion, began racing in 1946 and in 1955 he won the final AAA race in an indoor Midget event at Fort Wayne, Ind. A stellar Championship-car and Sprint car veteran, he also excelled in the Midgets, twice winning the Hut Hundred (in 1958 and 1966). He also won the first Midget race at what was then known as Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1961. The 1964 USAC National Sprint Car Champ scored 13 victories before losing his life in a 1966 accident at Gardena, Calif. Affectionately called "Gramps," he competed in eight Indianapolis 500s and finished fourth in 1960 and fifth in 1963. His seven Championship-car wins were part of 85 "top-10s." He is a member of both the National Sprint Car and Midget Halls of Fame.

Larry Dickson owns three USAC National Sprint Car Championships, 1968, 1970 and 1975 and formed half of the feared "Larry and Gary Show" with Gary Bettenhausen, swapping first and second place point finishes between 1968 and 1971. His 45 career Sprint wins are tied with Tracy Hines for fourth on the all-time USAC list. In 1975 he also added the prestigious "Little 500" to his victory list at Anderson, Ind. In eight Indianapolis 500 starts he scored a ninth-place finish in 1969. A 1990 inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, he was among their inaugural class! A versatile driver, he even drove a Ford Torino in the Daytona 500 and ran in the "top-10" before retiring with engine woes. He added a pair of wins in the USAC Silver Crown series.

Already a winner under the AAA banner, Norm Nelson went on to win 35 events in the USAC Stock Car series, earning the season's championship in 1960, 1965 and 1966. He was also runner-up four times and third in three other seasons in addition to having already been runner-up under AAA sanction in 1950. Nelson always fielded his own equipment and after switching from Ford to Chrysler in 1963, he typically fielded a second car for such outstanding drivers as Roger McCluskey (won the USAC title in 1969 and 1970), A. J. Foyt (runner-up in 1963), Jim Hurtubise (won NASCAR's Atlanta 500 in 1966), Paul Goldsmith and Lloyd Ruby. As a car entrant, Nelson won USAC's seasonal championship six times and was runner-up five times. A longtime USAC Board member, he passed away on November 8, 1988.

Don Smith was a thinker and he came up with a lot of good promotional ideas He kept a notepad by his bed and whenever he came up with an idea, he'd jot it down. And one of his really big ideas was the famed "Tony Hulman Classic" USAC Sprint spectaculars. He was the Director of Racing at the Terre Haute Action Track from 1953 through 1980 and scheduled the inaugural "Classic" for 1971. For the next decade, he presided over one of the most prestigious and richest USAC events at the half mile dirt oval. Sprint racing by USAC's best, Hollywood celebrities, and the huge "Driver Appreciation Dinner" made for one spectacular weekend. The centerpiece of the "Dinner", which was discontinued after Hulman's death in 1977, was the Calcutta-style auction of drivers who had qualified during preliminary races earlier in the day. The money pool was split evenly between the bidders and the Hulman Classic feature race purse, swelling it well beyond the USAC average. The city's merchants wholeheartedly supported the event and the local Terre Haute Tribune-Star even published a 32 page Sunday supplement the weekend before the big race. And, adding to the prestige of the event, ABC-TV sent their "Wide World of Sports" team to cover the event each year. His tenure at the Indiana State Fairgrounds helped maintain the rich tradition of the prestigious "Hoosier Hundred." His leadership at the Terre Haute First National Bank and First Financial Corporation was legendary and he is revered among the sport.

Hardly known at all by the race fans, but extremely highly regarded by the participants, the gravel-voiced but fatherly Bob Stroud seemed to have had two separate careers as a USAC official. After many years with AAA in several disciplines, he was named USAC's full-time Midget division supervisor on January 1, 1960 and for the next decade became so totally devoted to that series that associates were astonished when at the end of the 1970 season he agreed to take over the USAC Stock Car series. It was an entirely different cast of characters, but Stroud quickly won them over, his rapport with participants and race track promoters alike always having been second to none. Always a strong advocate for fairness in competition and safety, he retired at the end of the 1976 season due to ill health and passed away on July 24, 1981 but he supervised hundreds of USAC events spanning two decades.

One of the greatest drivers of all-time, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward (1959 and 1962) had an amazing run in USAC National Championship competition, never finishing lower than fifth in the final point standings for seven straight seasons between 1958 and 1964. Champion in 1959 and 1962 (edging A. J. Foyt in the latter year), Ward finished runner-up in 1960, 1963 and 1964, each time to Foyt. He also ranked third in 1961 and fifth in 1958, winning a total of 24 USAC National Championship races between 1957 and 1966. The versatile Ward, who was an excellent road racer, also won five USAC Stock Car races and in very limited appearances with Midgets, won four major events. A magnificent spokesman for the sport in general, Ward served for several years on the USAC Board of Directors and as a part owner and founding partner of Indianapolis Raceway Park, designed both the road course and the 5/8-mile oval in place to this day. He passed away on July 5, 2004

Bob Wente won USAC's National Midget Championship in 1963 after scoring runner-up point finishes for three consecutive seasons. A member of the inaugural group inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1984, he scored 78 USAC National Midget wins, third to Mel Kenyon's all-time record 111 and Rich Vogler's 95. Wente made his Midget racing debut in 1954 and was the 1960 USAC Midwest Midget Champ, losing the National title by just 9.75 points to Jimmy Davies. He won the 1961 USAC Indoor title and in 1969 and 1976 won the "Night Before the 500" classic. In 1963 he won the "Hut Hundred." He posted a USAC Sprint win at Winchester, Ind. In his only Indianapolis 500 start he came from 32nd starting position to finish 9th in a car prepared by his Midget mechanic Bob Higman. Bob, who passed away on August 12, 2000, had three sons, all of whom competed in USAC Midget competition.

Online voting for the final four inductees is now available by accessing the following link: http://www.usacracing.com/component/k2/item/3719-2014-usac-hof-induction-vote.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER SWEEPS “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT” AT THE PAS!
By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – MARCH 16, 2014... Taking the lead from Mike Spencer on lap 14, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord sliced his way through heavy traffic to claim Saturday’s “Sokola Shootout” at Perris Auto Speedway. Earning an extra $500 bonus from AMA Plastics, Gardner’s second straight Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph was worth $3,000 for his efforts. Spencer, Nic Faas, Matt Mitchell, and Ronnie Gardner followed “The Demon” to the checkered flags.

Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Damion Gardner swept the night’s program and earned the first “Dean Thompson Award” of the campaign. The defending champion out-qualified the 31 cars in the pit area and claimed his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of 2014. Damion won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and would leave Perris with a 20 point advantage over the competition.

Temecula’s Mike Spencer led eleven laps of the feature before taking second at the finish. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer closed to within striking distance in the closing laps until Gardner split heavy traffic with a daring move. The five-time champion was third quick in time trials and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. With his runner-up finish, Mike took home an extra $300 from AMA Plastics and has climbed to fourth in the point standings.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach placed third in the “Sokola Shootout.” Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Faas qualified second overall and won the program’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The former USAC Western Midget Champion earned an extra $200 from AMA Plastics and ranks second in the USAC/CRA point chase.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell battled hard to run fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises Maxim, the hard charger was fourth quick in time trials and scored third in his heat race. Mitchell currently sits fifth in championship points as the series will take a short break in the schedule.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco led the first two laps of the main event before scoring fifth in the “Sokola Shootout.” Driving his #93 Esslinger Engineering / Six8 Motorsports Sled, Gardner qualified eighth overall and won the Pyrotect Racing Cells Heat Race #4. The defending USAC Western Midget Champion left Perris Auto Speedway twelfth in the standings.

Corona’s “The Cadillac” Cody Williams earned the night's Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics "Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from twentieth. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was twenty-first quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The former National Rookie of the Year is currently ninth in the point chase.

Brody Roa of Huntington Beach won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Piloting the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Spike, Roa qualified ninth overall, placed fifth in his heat race, and scored eleventh in the main event. As this writing goes to press, the former Wagsdash Champion sits tenth in the point standings.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier HTW/HT2 Right Rear Tires can be run at the next race (4/12 Perris). At Perris Auto Speedway’s May 3rd show, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. Fuel-injected iron block 360 sprints must use the Hoosier 105/16 Medium and carbureted spec sprints can still use their local track legal Hoosier tires with USAC/CRA.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, April 12th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the “So-Cal Sprint Car Spectacular.” The event will mark the first time in history that the USAC/CRA 410s will race on the same card with the famed World of Outlaw Sprints. The PAS Senior Sprints will join the action on the “Power of Purple Night and The Drive to $100,000.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

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

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA).
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
March 15, 2014 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "Sokola Shootout"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS:
1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.290; 2. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.414; 3. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.500; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.567; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.572; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.581; 7. Gary Taylor, 04G, Cook-16.647; 8. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-16.714; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.807; 10. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-16.842; 11. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-16.849; 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.850; 13. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-16.867; 14. Corey Ballard, 34, Ballard-16.901; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.955; 16. Cody Swanson, 36, Springstead-17.018; 17. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.088; 18. Johnathon Henry, 17, Henry-17.143; 19. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.276; 20. Seth Wilson, 6W, Wilson-17.294; 21. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.396; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.527; 23. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-17.562; 24. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.588; 25. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-17.819; 26. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.115; 27. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-18.194; 28. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-18.404; 29. Jeremy Ellertson, 98X, Ellertson-18.423; 30. Gary Potter, 6X, Potter-18.731; 31. Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps)
1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Cory Kruseman, 7. Jesse Denome, 8. Jeremy Ellertson. 2:55.14

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps)
1. Nic Faas, 2. David Bezio, 3. Johnathon Henry, 4. Corey Ballard, 5. Verne Sweeney, 6. Gary Potter, 7. Austin Williams, 8. Tony Everhart. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps)
1. Mike Spencer, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. A.J. Bender, 4. Josh Pelkey, 5. Gary Taylor, 6. Logan Williams, 7. J.J. Ercse. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS HEAT RACE #4: (10 laps)
1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Cody Swanson, 5. Seth Wilson, 6. Cal Smith, 7. Chris Gansen. 2:53.97

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps)
1. Brody Roa, 2. Gary Taylor, 3. Cory Kruseman, 4. Seth Wilson, 5. Verne Sweeney, 6. Logan Williams, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Cal Smith, 9. Tony Everhart, 10. Jeremy Ellertson, 11. Gary Potter. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Damion Gardner (6th), 2. Mike Spencer (4th), 3. Nic Faas (5th), 4. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 5. Ronnie Gardner (1st), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (11th), 7. Jake Swanson (2nd), 8. Josh Pelkey (10th), 9. R.J. Johnson (14th), 10. Cody Williams (20th), 11. Brody Roa (8th), 12. Gary Taylor (7th), 13. Cory Kruseman (12th), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (16th), 15. Johnathon Henry (17th), 16. David Bezio (9th), 17. Cody Swanson (15th), 18. Logan Williams (22nd), 19. Corey Ballard (13th), 20. Seth Wilson (19th), 21. Verne Sweeney (21st), 22. A.J. Bender (18th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Ronnie Gardner, Laps 3-13 Mike Spencer, Laps 14-30 Damion Gardner.
KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Cody Williams (20th to 10th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-142; 2. Nic Faas-122; 3. R.J. Johnson-108; 4. Mike Spencer-103; 5. Matt Mitchell-99; 6. Gary Taylor-92; 7. Jake Swanson-91; 8. Josh Pelkey-79; 9. Cody Williams-75; 10. Brody Roa-61; 11. Charles Davis Jr.-58; 12. Ronnie Gardner-52; --. Richard Vander Weerd-52; 14. Josh Hodges-51; 15. Cory Kruseman-50; --. Mike Martin-50; 17. Colby Copeland-40; 18. Logan Williams-39; 19. Dave Darland-37; 20. Austin Williams-34.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 12: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular)
May 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
May 10: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
May 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy / $3,000-to-Win)
June 14: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
June 27: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
June 28: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
July 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Firecracker 40 / $3,000-to-Win)
July 5: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
August 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 5: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic / $2,750-to-Win)
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $20,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WEST COAST SPRINTS EYE SATURDAY AT BAKERSFIELD;

HOWELL TAKES TULARE THRILLER!

Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway hosts the next USAC West Coast Sprint race Saturday. Austin Liggett will take a four-point lead over Markus Niemela into the race.

Liggett finished eighth in Friday night's 30-lap race at Tulare (Calif.) Thunderbowl Raceway, a race won by Dennis Howell.

Howell, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., earned his initial series victory at Tulare, beating Richard and Jace Vander Weerd to the checkered flag in one of the most exciting races in series history. Howell officially led all 30 laps although he withstood strong challenges in the closing laps from both Vander Weerds.

Howell, who became the second driver to score his initial series win this year, piloted the San Pedro Auto Body/Howell Meyer Racing Maxim/SRE to the win. Defending series champion Danny Faria Jr. finished fourth ahead of fifth-place finisher Bud Kaeding.

Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Bernal and Danny Faria Jr. all scored victories at Bakersfield last year.

2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Austin Liggett-110, 2-Markus Niemela-106, 3-Dennis Howell-97, 4-Troy Rutherford-91, 5-Richard Vander Weerd-90, 6-Jace Vander Weerd-88, 7-Matt Mitchell-82, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-78, 9-Landon Hurst-64, 10-J.J. Yeley-64.

 

 

DENNIS HOWELL SPRINTS TO FIRST VICTORY AT TULARE
By Lance Jennings

TULARE, CA – MARCH 16, 2014... In one of the most dramatic finishes in series history, Dennis Howell of Rancho Palos Verdes emerged with his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph. Officially leading all 30 laps, Howell faced numerous challenges from Jace and Richard Vander Weerd to earn the $1,500 victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Bud Kaeding followed Howell to the checkered flags.

Despite numerous caution flags in the main event, the final laps were worth the price of admission. Driving the family owned #62 San Pedro Auto Body / Howell-Meyer Racing Maxim, Dennis Howell was under constant attack from Jace Vander Weerd. Jace had briefly taken the lead with a turn three “slide job,” only to have Dennis counter and regain the top spot. Jace’s twin brother Richard, the 2011 Champion, entered the fray and quickly took over second. Charging forward, Richard used a similar turn three slider and took command from Howell. As Dennis countered, Richard had troubles with the treacherous cushion and it was a scramble for the lead. Howell regained the lead and slipped away from the Vander Weerd brothers to claim victory in front of the large Tulare crowd.

With the triumph, Dennis Howell became the second first time feature winner in as many races. The graduate from the USAC Western Midget Series qualified fifth out of twenty-one cars and also won the 8-lap Deist Safety Heat Race #2. Howell left Thunderbowl Raceway ranked third in points as the series invades Bakersfield this Saturday.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd gave a valiant effort for the win, but had to settle for second. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard was third quick in time trials and won the 8-lap Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The former champion has climbed to fifth in the point standings heading to Bakersfield Speedway.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia challenged Howell throughout the main event before scoring third at the finish. At one point, the pilot of the #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim was side-by-side with Howell at the start-finish line as they raced into to the first corner. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year had qualified sixth overall, ran third in his heat race, and is currently sixth in the point chase.

Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from tenth. Racing Junior Bowman’s #2 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Bullet, Faria timed in tenth fast and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. As this writing goes to press, the defending champion has climbed to eighth in the standings.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell took fifth at the checkered flags. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Kaeding qualified fourth overall and placed second in his heat race. The 2012 Champion will race with the series as his schedule allows and is currently twelfth in the West Coast standings.

With one lap held during the Woodland Auto Display Time Trials, Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland earned his first fast time award of the season. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Niemela ran third in his heat race and placed sixth in the 30-lap feature. Last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is second in the championship chase, four points behind Austin Liggett.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will be back in action this Saturday, March 22nd, at Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, California. The action packed showcase will also feature Sport Mods, American Stocks, and Mini Stocks. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, VanLare Steering Repair, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
March 14, 2014 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS:
1. Markus Niemela, 73, Ford-15.225; 2. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.385; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.425; 4. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.538; 5. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-15.594; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.640; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.671; 8. Troy Rutherford, 81, Watt-15.738; 9. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.016; 10. Danny Faria Jr., 2, Bowman-16.040; 11. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.101; 12. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-16.256; 13. Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-16.299; 14. Connor Kassik, 26, Kassik-16.307; 15. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.398; 16. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-16.534; 17. Jonathan Logan, 32, Evett/Logan-16.630; 18. Garrett Long, 38, Long-16.912; 19. Robert Nuckles, 27, Nuckles-17.756; 20. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-18.370; 21. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-18.561; 22. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-20.337; 23. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-20.344.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps)
1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Markus Niemela, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Marty Hawkins, 6. Rusty Carlile, 7. Tony Everhart, 8. Robert Nuckles. NT

DEIST SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps)
1. Dennis Howell, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Jonathan Logan, 4. Connor Kassik, 5. Jeff Sibley, 6. Chris Ennis, 7. Troy Rutherford. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps)
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Kevin Barnes, 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 4. Landon Hurst, 5. Trent Carter, 6. Garrett Long, 7. Jim Richardson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Dennis Howell (2nd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (1st), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (10th), 5. Bud Kaeding (3rd), 6. Markus Niemela (6th), 7. Marty Hawkins (13th), 8. Austin Liggett (7th), 9. Troy Rutherford (8th), 10. Kevin Barnes (15th), 11. Matt Mitchell (5th), 12. Landon Hurst (9th), 13. Garrett Long (18th), 14. Trent Carter (12th), 15. Jonathan Logan (17th), 16. Robert Nuckles (19th), 17. Jim Richardson (21st), 18. Rusty Carlile (20th), 19. Tony Everhart (16th), 20. Chris Ennis (11th), 21. Jeff Sibley (22nd), 22. Connor Kassik (14th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Dennis Howell.
KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (10th to 4th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Austin Liggett-110; 2. Markus Niemela-106; 3. Dennis Howell-97; 4. Troy Rutherford-91; 5. Richard Vander Weerd-90; 6. Jace Vander Weerd-88; 7. Matt Mitchell-82; 8. Danny Faria Jr.-78; 9. J.J. Yeley-64; --. Landon Hurst-64; 11. Mike Spencer-60; 12. Bud Kaeding-58; 13. Nic Faas-54; 14. Josh Pelkey-52; 15. Marty Hawkins-46; 16. Charles Davis Jr.-44; 17. Rusty Carlile-40; --.Kevin Barnes-40; 19. Mike Martin-37; 20. Brody Roa-36.

2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 22: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 29: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Gary Jacob Memorial)
April 25: #Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Verne Brasel Classic)
April 26: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 16: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
May 17: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 31: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
June 7: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 21: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
July 19: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
August 2: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Billet Cup / $2,500-to-Win)
August 8: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 9: #Chowchilla Speedway - Chowchilla, CA
September 27: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Western Classic Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

CRA SPRINTS RETURN TO PERRIS APRIL 12;

"THE DEMON" CLAIMS SOKOLA SHOOTOUT

Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, after hosting Saturday night's "Sokola Shootout," also hosts the next AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race on April 12. Defending series champion Damion Gardner has emerged as the early point leader, 20 points ahead of 2013 third-place driver Nic Faas.

Gardner, of Concord, Calif., won Saturday's 30-lapper. He took the lead in his Scott Sales Company/Advanced Racing Suspension Spike/J & D from Mike Spencer on lap 14 and led the final 16 laps to beat Spencer, Faas, Matt Mitchell and Ronnie Gardner, who led the first two laps before Spencer led laps 3-13.

The defending series champion was also the fastest qualifier and won his heat race. His victory extended his all-time USAC/CRA lead to 27 races, compared with Spencer's 25.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-142. 2-Nic Faas-122, 3-R.J. Johnson-108, 4-Mike Spencer-103, 5-Matt Mitchell-99, 6-Gary Taylor-92, 7-Jake Swanson-91, 8-Josh Pelkey-79, 9-Cody Williams-75, 10-Brody Roa-61.

 

 

WESTERN HPD PAVEMENT MIDGETS RESUME 3/29 AT MADERA;

DAWSON 2-FOR-2 AFTER LAKE HAVASU 50-LAPPER

Bryant Dawson of Phoenix, Ariz. will try to remain undefeated in 2014 when the USAC HPD Western Midget Series resumes March 29 at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. He leads Shawn Buckley by 14 points in the new standings after winning Saturday night's 50-lap feature at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Dawson passed Wally Pankratz on lap two and led the rest of the way to beat Buckley, Toni Breidinger, Pankratz and Steve Myers.

Dawson recorded five wins on his way to last year's championship, but none came at Madera. The 2013 HPD winners at Madera were Jarid Blondel and Jake Swanson.

2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Bryant Dawson-132, 2-Shawn Buckley-118, 3-Toni Breidinger-115, 4-Ron Hazelton-55, 5-Wally Pankratz-54, 6-Steve Myers-52, 7-J.R. Williams-50, 8-Annie Breidinger-49, 9-Joel Raybourne-45, 10-Jet Davison-2.

 

 

WEST COAST SPRINTS EYE MARCH 23 AT BAKERSFIELD;

HOWELL TAKES TULARE THRILLER!

Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway hosts the next USAC West Coast Sprint race March 23. Austin Liggett will take a four-point lead over Markus Niemela into the race.

Liggett finished eighth in Friday night's 30-lap race at Tulare (Calif.) Thunderbowl Raceway, a race won by Dennis Howell.

Howell, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., earned his initial series victory at Tulare, beating Richard and Jace Vander Weerd to the checkered flag in one of the most exciting races in series history. Howell officially led all 30 laps although he withstood strong challenges in the closing laps from both Vander Weerds.

Howell, who became the second driver to score his initial series win this year, piloted the San Pedro Auto Body/Howell Meyer Racing Maxim/SRE to the win. Defending series champion Danny Faria Jr. finished fourth ahead of fifth-place finisher Bud Kaeding.

2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Austin Liggett-110, 2-Markus Niemela-106, 3-Dennis Howell-97, 4-Troy Rutherford-91, 5-Richard Vander Weerd-90, 6-Jace Vander Weerd-88, 7-Matt Mitchell-82, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-78, 9-Landon Hurst-64, 10-J.J. Yeley-64.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 15, 2014 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Sokola Shootout”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.290; 2. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.414; 3. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.500; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.567; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.572; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.581; 7. Gary Taylor, 04G, Cook-16.647; 8. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-16.714; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.807; 10. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-16.842; 11. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-16.849; 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.850; 13. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-16.867; 14. Corey Ballard, 34, Ballard-16.901; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.955; 16. Cody Swanson, 36, Springstead-17.018; 17. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.088; 18. Johnathon Henry, 17, Henry-17.143; 19. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.276; 20. Seth Wilson, 6w, Wilson-17.294; 21. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.396; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98, Sweeney-17.527; 23. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-17.562; 24. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.588; 25. Jesse Denome, 6, Denome-17.819; 26. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.115; 27. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-18.194; 28. Kyle Smith, 39, Smith-18.404; 29. Jeremy Ellertson, 98x, Ellertson-18.423; 30. Gary Potter, 6x, Potter-18.731; 31. Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. C.Williams, 4. J.Swanson, 5. Roa, 6. Kruseman, 7. Denome, 8. Ellertson. 2:55.14

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faas, 2. Bezio, 3. Henry, 4. Ballard, 5. Sweeney, 6. Potter, 7. A.Williams, 8. Everhart. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Gardner, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. C.Swanson, 5. Wilson, 6. Smith, 7. Gandsen. 2:53.97

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Johnson, 3. Bender, 4. Pelkey, 5. Taylor, 6. L.Williams, 7. Ercse. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Taylor, 3. Kruseman, 4. Wilson, 5. Sweeney, 6. L.Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. Smith, 9. Everhart, 10. Ellertson, 11. Potter. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Nic Faas, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Josh Pelkey, 9. R.J. Johnson, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Brody Roa, 12. Gary Taylor, 13. Cory Kruseman, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Johnathon Henry, 16. David Bezio, 17. Cody Swanson, 18. Logan Williams, 19. Corey Ballard, 20. Seth Wilson, 21. Verne Sweeney, 22. A.J. Bender. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 D.Gardner, Laps 3-13 Spencer, Laps 14-30 D.Gardner.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-D.Gardner-142. 2-Faas-122, 3-Johnson-108, 4-Spencer-103, 5-Mitchell-99, 6-Taylor-92, 7-J.Swanson-91, 8-Pelkey-79, 9-C.Williams-75, 10-Roa-71.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: April 12, 2013 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

HPD USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

March 15, 2014 - Lake Havasu City, Arizona - Havasu 95 Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryant Dawson, 99, Dawson-15.431; 2. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-15.677; 3. Steve Myers, 88, Myers-17.787; 4. Wally Pankratz, 98, Blondel-15.923; 5. Jet Davison, 32, Pankratz-16.506; 6. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-NT; 7. Toni Breidinger, 89, Breidinger-NT; 8. Joel Rayborne, 2U, USAC-NT.

DASH: (4 Laps) 1. Dawson, 2. Buckley, 3. Pankratz, 4. Myers. NT

FEATURE: (50 Laps) 1. Bryant Dawson, 2. Shawn Buckley, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Wally Pankratz, 5. Steve Myers, 6. Joel Rayborne. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Pankratz, Laps 2-50 Dawson.

NEW HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS:1-Dawson-132, 2-Buckley-118, 3-T.Breidinger-115, 4-Ron Hazelton-55, 5-Pankratz-54, 6-Myers-52, 7-J.R. Williams-50, 8-A.Breidinger-49, 9-Raybourne-45, 10-Davison-2.

NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE:March 29 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 14, 2014 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Markus Niemela, 73, Ford-15.225; 2. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.385; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.425; 4. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.538; 5. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-15.594; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.640; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.671; 8. Troy Ruterford, 81, Watt-15.738; 9. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.016; 10. Danny Faria Jr., 2, Bowman-16.040; 11. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.101; 12. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-16.256; 13. Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-16.299; 14. Connor Kassik, 26, Kassik-16.307; 15. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.398; 16. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-16.534; 17. Jonathan Logan, 32, Evett/Logan-16.630; 18. Garrett Long, 38, Long-16.912; 19. Robert Nuckles, 27, Nuckles-17.756; 20. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-18.370; 21. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-18.561; 22. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-20.337; 23. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-20.344.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Kaeding, 3. Niemela, 4. Liggett, 5. Hawkins, 6. Carlile, 7. Everhart, 8. Nuckles. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Howell, 2. Mitchell, 3. Logan, 4. Kassik, 5. Sibley, 6. Ennis, 7. Rutherford. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Barnes, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Hurst, 5. Carter, 6. Long, 7. Richardson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dennis Howell, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Markus Niemela, 7. Marty Hawkins, 8. Austin Liggett, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Kevin Barnes, 11. Matt Mitchell, 12. Landon Hurst, 13. Garrett Long, 14. Trent Carter, 15. Jonathan Logan, 16. Robert Nuckles, 17. Jim Richardson, 18. Rusty Carlile, 19. Tony Everhart, 20. Chris Ennis, 21. Jeff Sibley, 22. Connor Kassik. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Howell.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 22 – Bakersfield, CA – Bakersfield Speedway

 

 

DARLAND 1ST "SUMAR CLASSIC" ENTRY AT TERRE HAUTE

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., who seems to set new all-time USAC records nearly every time he sits behind the wheel, is the first driver listed on an entry for the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Series opening "Sumer Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track April 6.

Darland could become the first driver to win at least one USAC National feature victory in 22 consecutive seasons. Earlier this year he became the first USAC driver to win at least one race in 22 consecutive years with his West Coast/Southwest Sprint wins at Peoria, Ariz.

His February 20 appearance in the "Winter Dirt Games" AMSOIL USAC Sprint race at Ocala, Fla. was his 1,000th National start, which established another first.

Darland will pilot the Marc Longworth MRT-Marco/Longworth Enterprises entry in the race which marks the 14th appearance for Silver Crown cars at the half-mile dirt oval. The first saw Gary Bettenhausen win a 100-lapper in 1980, then the Sumar tradition began in 1995. Rain has forced cancellation three times since 2007 and no race was held in 2009.

"I'm really looking forward to Terre Haute," says Darland, whose 14 career Silver Crown wins rank fifth on the all-time list. "The track has a long history and makes for great racing, between the cushion and the bottom groove and it's one of my favorites. My new car owner Marc Longworth, doesn't have a long history but he has some good people who have been around this series for a while with some success. Last year, Matt Westfall finished second at Eldora and Justin Grant was sixth in the Hoosier Hundred in the car, so I'm pumped about 2014."

Darland remains the only driver to win all three of the Terre Haute USAC "classics:" the Sumar Classic Silver Crown race, the Tony Hulman Classic Sprint race and the Hut Hundred Midget race (which has since moved to Granite City, Ill.).

The April 6 race will be a 100-lap contest and Darland will be the most recent "active" winner. He won in 2008, while Levi Jones, who won in 2010, will not compete.

Former race winners include Donnie Beechler (1995 and 1997), Kevin Thomas (1996), Tony Elliott (1998 and 2002), Jack Hewitt (1999), J.J. Yeley (2003). Brian Tyler (2004), Josh Wise (2005) and Bud Kaeding (2006).

The race opens an ambitious 11-race calendar featuring seven races on dirt and four on pavement, concluding with the October 11 return to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. In between, races will occur in Indianapolis, Ind., Madison, Ill., Millington, Tenn., Belleville, Kans., Springfield, Ill., DuQuoin, Ill. and Rossburg, Ohio.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS RETURN TO PERRIS SATURDAY FOR "SOKOLA SHOOTOUT"
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – MARCH 11, 2014... This Saturday, March 15th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Perris Auto Speedway for the “12th Annual Sokola Shootout." Joining the traditional 410 cubic-inch powered racecars will be the winged California Lightning Sprints, PAS Senior Sprints, and Young Gun Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, with racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" to begin at 7:00pm.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular West Coast event since March 17, 2001 when "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural race at Manzanita Speedway. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the event has grown to also recognize his family and their contributions to racing. This Saturday night, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Mike Spencer, and Nic Faas will be looking to join Jeremy Sherman and Mike Kirby as the only two-time winners of the "Sokola Shootout."

Opening his title defense with a victory at Canyon Speedway Park, Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / J&D Performance Spike, Gardner outdueled R.J. Johnson and Gary Taylor to lead the final laps of the “Copper On Dirt” preliminary feature. “The Demon” won the “Sokola Shootout” in 2010 and will be looking for his series leading 27th “home track” win (48th overall) this Saturday night at Perris.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona is second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion took the lead from Gary Taylor on lap 24 before claiming second at the checkered flags. Johnson placed tenth in last year’s point chase and will have his sights on adding the “Sokola Shootout” to his resume.

Making his first start in Gerry Cook’s #4X Lucas Oil / Beaver Stripes RSS, Snohomish, Washington’s Gary Taylor sits third in points. Taylor officially led the first twenty-three laps of the main event before scoring third on February 28th. At press time, it is unknown if the versatile driver will be in action at Perris Auto Speedway.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing the Massey Motorsports #50X RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, the five-time Arizona Champion placed fourth in the “Copper On Dirt” preliminary feature. Last season, the USAC SouthWest regular ran eighteenth in USAC/CRA points and made several Perris starts in Gerry Cook’s #4X RSS entry.

Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas is fifth in the series point standings. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the former USAC Western Midget Champion scored sixth at Canyon Speedway Park. The Perris 1-lap track record holder will be looking for his second “Sokola Shootout” win and his eleventh career USAC/CRA victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Matt Mitchell, Brody Roa, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Mike Spencer, Austin Williams, Logan Williams, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, J.J. Ercse, Chris Gansen, “The Ripper” Rip Williams, Ronnie Gardner, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, Seth Wilson, and more.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier HTW/HT2 Right Rear Tires can be run at the next two dates (3/15 Perris, and 4/12 Perris). At Perris Auto Speedway’s May 3rd show, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. Fuel-injected iron block 360 sprints must use the Hoosier 105/16 Medium and carbureted spec sprints can still use their local track legal Hoosier tires with USAC/CRA.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets are $20, Active Military, Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134.

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

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
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SOKOLA CLASSIC / SHOOTOUT WINNERS:
2001-Tony Jones; 2002-Jeremy Sherman; 2003-Jeremy Sherman; 2004-Cory Kruseman; 2005-Mike Kirby; 2006-Mike Kirby; 2007-Not Held; 2008-Not Held; 2009-Rickie Gaunt; 2010-Damion Gardner; 2011-Mike Spencer; 2012-Nic Faas; 2013-Bryan Clauson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-68, 2. R.J. Johnson-65, 3. Gary Taylor-60, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-58, 5. Nic Faas-55, 6. Josh Hodges-51, 7. Mike Martin-50, 8. Jake Swanson-42, 9. Colby Copeland-40, 10. Matt Mitchell-39, 11. Dave Darland-37, 12. Brody Roa-36, --. Cody Williams-36, 14. Josh Pelkey-35, 15. Mike Spencer-34, 16. Austin Williams-33, 17. Logan Williams-21, --. Cory Kruseman-21, 19. Michael Curtis-19, --. J.J. Ercse-19.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 12: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular)
May 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
May 10: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
May 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy / $3,000-to-Win)
June 14: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
June 27: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
June 28: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
July 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Firecracker 40 / $3,000-to-Win)
July 5: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
August 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 5: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic / $2,750-to-Win)
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $20,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO TULARE
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – MARCH 10, 2014... This Friday, March 14th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will invade Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The event will mark the second point race of the campaign and the first of five appearances at the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also showcase the famed World of Outlaw Sprints as the front gates will open at 4:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Since March 2010, seventeen USAC West Coast Sprint Car races have been held at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Ryan Bernal and Bud Kaeding are tied for the series lead with four main event wins and Richard Vander Weerd has three victories. Other Tulare winners are NASCAR driver Kyle Larson (2), 2010 Champion Craig Stidham (2), Dean Alexander (1), and Peter Murphy (1).

After claiming his first win last Thursday at Las Vegas, Tracy’s Austin Liggett sits atop the USAC West Coast and “Grudge Series” point standings. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. Maxim, Liggett took the lead from NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley on lap three and stormed to the 25-lap victory. The 2012 Rookie of the Year and Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner will be looking to extend their point lead with a Tulare feature win.

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix’ Arizona is second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Piloting Tom Lee’s #53 Farrier Services Company Spike, Yeley led the first two laps at Las Vegas and fell back to fourth before a late race surge claimed the runner-up finish. The former USAC Triple Crown Champion is back on the NASCAR circuit and will not be in action at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Mike Spencer of Temecula ranks third in the championship point standings. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, last year’s “Grudge Series” Champion scored third at Las Vegas after Richard Vander Weerd missed the post-race inspection. At press time, it is unknown if the five-time USAC/CRA Champion will compete this Friday night at Tulare.

Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / Kings Racing Products Spike, Faas charged to a fourth place finish at Las Vegas after starting seventeenth. The former USAC Western Midget Champion will have his sights on his first USAC West Coast victory this Friday night.

Troy Rutherford of Ojai is fifth in the USAC West Coast standings. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 JD Machine Tech / AAA Propane Maxim, Rutherford won the third heat race and claimed sixth last Thursday at Las Vegas. The former VRA Champion is getting settled in his new ride and will be looking for his second West Coast triumph at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Markus Niemela, Matt Mitchell, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Jace Vander Weerd, Dennis Howell, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Richard Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Kevin Barnes, “The Rickster" Ricky Kirkbride, Marty Hawkins, "The Wild Child" Chris Ennis, Matt Day, and more.

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Grandstand Tickets are $45, Bleacher Seats are $40, and all seats are RESERVED. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at (559) 688-0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, VanLare Steering Repair, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Austin Liggett-66, 2. J.J. Yeley-64, 3. Mike Spencer-60, 4. Nic Faas-54, 5. Troy Rutherford-53, 6. Josh Pelkey-52, 7. Markus Niemela-49, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-44, 9. Matt Mitchell-39, 10. Mike Martin-37, 11. Brody Roa-36, 12. Jimmy Crawford-34, 13. Landon Hurst-30, 14. Jace Vander Weerd-27, --. Dennis Howell-27, 16. Michael Faccinto-24, --. A.J. Bender-24, --. Rusty Carlile-24, 19. Richard Vander Weerd-21, 20. Danny Faria Jr.-19

2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 22: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 29: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Gary Jacob Memorial)
April 25: #Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Verne Brasel Classic)
April 26: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 16: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
May 17: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 31: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
June 7: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 21: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
July 19: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
August 2: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Billet Cup / $2,500-to-Win)
August 8: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 9: #Chowchilla Speedway - Chowchilla, CA
September 27: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Western Classic Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

GARDNER, SPENCER DUEL SPICES "SOKOLA SHOOTOUT" AT THE PAS

Defending AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Champion Damion Gardner and five-time series king Mike Spencer continue their battle for the all-time Perris Auto Speedway victory lead Saturday when the series visits the half-mile southern California oval for the "Sokola Shootout."

Honoring the memory of the Sokola family and longtime CRA and USAC coordinator Gary Sokola, the race opens the 2014 Perris USAC calendar and Gardner, of Concord, Calif. leads the all-time PAS victory list at 26. Spencer has 25 and each notched a victory last year.

Gardner opened the 2014 USAC/CRA calendar with a victory in the February 28 "Copper on Dirt" main event at Peoria, Ariz. Spencer, after posting the fastest qualifying time, finished a disappointing 16th.

Other CRA regulars who scored 2013 PAS wins include Nic Faas, Matt Mitchell and Cory Kruseman, all among possible favorites Saturday.

Spencer leads in the all-time list of Perris USAC/CRA lap leaders, with 644 laps in 39 races.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-68, 2-R.J. Johnson-65, 3-Gary Taylor-60, 4-Charles Davis Jr.-58, 5-Nic Faas-55, 6-Josh Hodges-51, 7-Mike Martin-50, 8-Jake Swanson-42, 9-Colby Copeland-40, 10-Matt Mitchell-39.

 

 

PAVEMENT HPD MIDGET "50" AT LAKE HAVASU SATURDAY;

WET GROUNDS FORCE CHOWCHILLA CANCELLATION

Defending HPD USAC Pavement Midget Champion Bryant Dawson of Phoenix, Ariz. leads the series to round two Saturday at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Saturday's feature will be a 50-lapper, making it one of the longest races of the season.

Dawson won last year's Lake Havasu opener and notched five wins and five seconds on his way to the 2013 title. He also won this year's series opener at Blythe, Calif. February 8.

Shawn Buckley, who sits third in the current series points, took third at Lake Havasu a year ago.

Rains and wet grounds forced cancellation of Sunday's dirt race at Chowchilla (Calif.) Speedway. It marked the fourth time in nine years that wet grounds have forced a USAC cancellation at Chowchilla.

USAC officials and race organizers at Havasu 95 have decided to postpone Saturday's originally-scheduled Honda Western Midget Pavement race n lieu of a fall race at the Arizona oval. "We feel this is in the best interests of the series competitors and fans in order to insure a competitive field of participants," says USAC Western Chief Steward Dave Lewis.

2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Bryant Dawson-66, 2-Toni Breidinger-61, 3-Shawn Buckley-56, 4-Ron Hazelton-55, 5-J.R. Williams-50, 6-Annie Breidinger-48.

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT WINS LAS VEGAS “SIN CITY SHOWDOWN”
By Lance Jennings

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 7, 2014... Taking the lead from J.J. Yeley on lap three, Tracy, California’s Austin Liggett claimed the “3rd Annual Sin City Showdown” at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Thursday’s $2,500 “Grudge Series” victory was Liggett’s first USAC West Coast & SouthWest Sprint Car triumph as Yeley, Mike Spencer, Nic Faas, and Josh Pelkey rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. Maxim, Austin Liggett earned the feature win in his first start at the 1/2-mile oval. Joining Bud Kaeding and Bryan Clauson as winners of the “Sin City Showdown,” the 2012 USAC West Coast Rookie of the Year ran third in his heat race before starting third in the main event. Currently sitting atop the “Grudge Series” and West Coast standings, Austin will return to action this Friday as the West Coast Sprints invade Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway.

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Arizona led the opening laps of the feature before taking second at the checkered flags. Racing Tom Lee’s #53 Farrier Services Company Spike, Yeley placed second in his 8-lap heat race before starting on the pole position. The NASCAR driver and former USAC Triple Crown Champion had fallen back to fourth before charging forward with a late race surge.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer scored third in the Las Vegas 25-lap feature after Richard Vander Weerd missed the post-race tech inspection. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA Champion started fifth in the “Sin City Showdown” and took third in his heat race. Last season’s Grudge Series Champion ranks third in the point chase as the mini-series resumes September 27th at Canyon Speedway Park.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, California charged to fourth in the main event from the seventeenth starting spot. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / Kings Racing Products Spike, the former USAC Western Midget Champion took sixth in his heat race. Faas had been slated to start on the pole position of the semi-main before the “last chance race” was scratched.

Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey scored fifth in the “Sin City Showdown” after starting fifteenth. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / NAPA Auto Parts Maxim, the 1997 ASCA Champion placed fifth in his heat race. Currently sixth in West Coast and Grudge Series points, Pelkey will compete in the SouthWest Series opener at Canyon Speedway Park on March 29th.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eight place run from twenty-third. Racing his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises Maxim, the USAC/CRA standout had won the program’s third heat race, but missed the tech inspection, resulting in a penalty.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental Services RSS, the five-time Arizona Champion took ninth at the checkered flags. Davis left Las Vegas eighth in the West Coast and Grudge Series standings. Like Pelkey, the veteran driver will start his campaign for the SouthWest championship on March 29th.

Visalia California’s Richard Vander Weerd was awarded the 8-lap Deist Safety Heat Race #2 victory after Matt Mitchell missed the tech inspection. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, the 2011 West Coast Champion had raced up to second in the main event after starting sixth. After taking third at the finish, Vander Weerd was penalized to twenty-third on the scorecard after missing the tech inspection. Richard will be looking to rebound at Tulare in a special Friday night event.

Making his first start in Steve Watt’s #81 JD Machine Tech / AAA Propane Maxim, Troy Rutherford of Ojai, California won the Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The former VRA Champion scored sixth in the “Sin City Showdown” and will be looking to contend for the USAC West Coast Series crown in 2014. Rutherford left The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway fifth in the standings.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on Friday, March 14th, at Tulare, California's Thunderbowl Raceway. The action packed card will also showcase the famed World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and advance tickets are on sale. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The 2014 point season for the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be held on Saturday, March 29th at Peoria, Arizona's Canyon Speedway Park. The "Championship Opener" will also feature Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, and AMA Modlites. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedway.com or call 602.258.7223.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, VanLare Steering Repair, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
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USAC WEST COAST & SOUTHWEST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
March 6, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada – The Dirt Track At Las Vegas Motor Speedway
"3rd Annual Sin City Showdown"

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. J.J. Yeley (#53 Lee), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (#2 Bowman), 4. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Nic Faas (#73X Ford), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 9. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

DEIST SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps)
1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 2. Michael Faccinto (#81S Watt), 3. Mike Spencer (#7 Priestley), 4. A.J. Bender (#12B Bender) 5. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 6. Landon Hurst (#179 Hurst), 7. Georgie Morris (#2K Kruseman), NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps)
1. Troy Rutherford (#81 Watt), 2. Markus Niemela (#73 Ford), 3. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 4. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Rusty Carlile (#51 Carlile), 7. Dennis Howell (#62 Howell), 8. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 9. Reece Goetz (#9R Goetz). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Austin Liggett (3rd), 2. J.J. Yeley (1st), 3. Mike Spencer (5th), 4. Nic Faas (17th), 5. Josh Pelkey (15th), 6. Troy Rutherford (2nd), 7. Markus Niemela (8th), 8. Matt Mitchell (23rd - #37 Mitchell), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (4th), 10. Mike Martin (9th), 11. Brody Roa (12th), 12. Jimmy Crawford (10th), 13. Landon Hurst (18th), 14. Dennis Howell (19th), 15. Jace Vander Weerd (16th), 16. Rusty Carlile (13th), 17. A.J. Bender (14th), 18. Michael Faccinto (7th), 19. Georgie Morris (22nd), 20. Tye Mihocko (20th), 21. Mike Colegrove (21st), 22. Danny Faria Jr. (11th), 23. Richard Vander Weerd (6th). NT
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**Reece Goetz and Shon Deskins flipped during the third heat.
**Danny Faria Jr. flipped during feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 J.J. Yeley, Laps 3-25 Austin Liggett
KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Matt Mitchell (23rd to 8th)

USAC WEST COAST / GRUDGE SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1. Austin Liggett-66, 2. J.J. Yeley-64, 3. Mike Spencer-60, 4. Nic Faas-54, 5. Troy Rutherford-53, 6. Josh Pelkey-52, 7. Markus Niemela-49, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-44, 9. Matt Mitchell-39, 10. Mike Martin-37, 11. Brody Roa-36, 12. Jimmy Crawford-34, 13. Landon Hurst-30, 14. Jace Vander Weerd-27, --. Dennis Howell-27, 16. Michael Faccinto-24, --. A.J. Bender-24, --. Rusty Carlile-24, 19. Richard Vander Weerd-21, 20. Danny Faria Jr.-19

2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 22: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 29: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Gary Jacob Memorial)
April 25: #Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Verne Brasel Classic)
April 26: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 16: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
May 17: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 31: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
June 7: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 21: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
July 19: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
August 2: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Billet Cup / $2,500-to-Win)
August 8: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 9: #Chowchilla Speedway - Chowchilla, CA
September 27: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Western Classic Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 29: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (CSP Season Opener)
April 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
April 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 3: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
May 10: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Mother’s Day Race)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 25: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 7: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
June 14: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 28: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
July 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Summer Slam)
August 1: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 2: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 13: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 14: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 15: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 29: **El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
August 30: **Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
August 31: **Tularosa Speedway - Tularosa, NM (Border Tour)
September 6: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
September 20: Central Arizona Raceway - Casa Grande, AZ
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
October 11: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
October 18: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
November 1: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST & SOUTHWEST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 6, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada – The Dirt Track At Las Vegas Motor Speedway – "3rd Annual Sin City Showdown"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. J.J. Yeley (#53 Lee), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (#2 Bowman), 4. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Nic Faas (#73X Ford), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 9. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 2. Michael Faccinto (#81S Watt),3. Mike Spencer (#7 Priestley), 4. A.J. Bender (#12B Bender) 5. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 6. Landon Hurst (#179 Hurst), 7. Georgie Morris (#2K Kruseman), NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford (#81 Watt), 2. Markus Niemela (#73 Ford), 3. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 4. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Rusty Carlile (#51 Carlile), 7. Dennis Howell (#62 Howell), 8. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 9. Reece Goetz (#9R Goetz). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. J.J. Yeley, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Nic Faas, 5. Josh Pelley, 6. Troy Rutherford, 7. Markus Niemela, 8. Matt Mitchell (#37 Mitchell), 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Mike Martin, 11. Brody Roa, 12. Jimmy Crawford, 13. Landon Hurst, 14. Dennis Howell, 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 16. Rusty Carlile, 17. A.J. Bender, 18. Michael Faccinto, 19. Georgie Morris, 20. Tye Mihocko, 21. Mike Colegrove, 22. Danny Faria Jr., 23. Richard Vander Weerd. NT

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**Goetz and Deskins flipped during the third heat. Faria flipped during feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Yeley, Laps 3-25 Liggett

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 14 – Tulare, CA – Thunderbowl Raceway

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 29 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park

 

 

WESTERN HPD DIRT MIDGETS OPEN AT CHOWCHILLA

Hopefully the fourth time will be the charm as the one-third mile dirt Chowchilla (Calif.) Speedway hosts the USAC HPD Dirt Midgets this Sunday afternoon. Weather conspired to force cancellation of USAC events scheduled there in 2007, 2009 and 2012.

Sunday's race opens the 2014 dirt calendar for the USAC HPD Midgets. Bakersfield (Calif.) driver Cory Elliott emerged as the 2013 series champion and is expected to compete at Chowchilla and defend his title.

Jarid Blondel, who finished sixth in last Friday's Honda USAC Western Midget opener, won last year's 2013 USAC HPD Midget overall championship.

Elliott won three races during the 2013 dirt campaign, which also included a trio of seconds, a fourth and a fifth.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER WINS 47TH USAC/CRA FEATURE AT CANYON
By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – MARCH 2, 2014... In one of the most dramatic opening night races, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California slipped by R.J. Johnson and Gary Taylor to lead the final two laps and claim Friday’s “Copper On Dirt” feature. Recording his 47th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car win, the defending series champion earned the $2,500 victory at Canyon Speedway Park and sits atop the point standings. Johnson, Taylor, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Josh Hodges followed Gardner to the checkered flags as rain would cancel Saturday’s program.

Making a rare appearance with USAC/CRA, Gary Taylor outdueled pole sitter Charles Davis Jr. to grab the early command. Looking for his first series victory, the veteran driver began to inch away from the field as track conditions were changing with every passing lap. Gardner, Johnson, and fast qualifier Mike Spencer gave chase as Taylor increased his advantage to a near straightaway lead. Entering lapped traffic, Spencer broke through to second and began to reel in the leader. Closing to within striking distance, Spencer challenged Taylor for the top spot, but the leader continued to hold strong.

On lap 24, Spencer saw opening in turn one and executed “slide job” that misfired and resulted in a 360-spin. Remaining under power, a caution flag had come out and the five-time champion had to tag the field per USAC rules. Now in second, R.J. Johnson took advantage of the restart and powered past Taylor to take to the lead. Gary stayed close to Johnson and Gardner entered the skirmish two laps later. Racing through slower traffic, the three racers became locked in a torrid battle for the top spot. “The Demon” emerged with the lead and took the white flag before claiming the season opening victory.

Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, “The Demon” Damion Gardner was fifth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” left Canyon with a three-point advantage heading to Perris Auto Speedway for the “Sokola Shootout” on March 15th.

After leading five laps, Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson had to settle for second in the Canyon Speedway main event. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion timed in fourth fast on the night and ran fourth in his heat race. Johnson will have a short week, as he is expected to compete on Thursday in Las Vegas’ “Sin City Showdown” in USAC 360 action.

Making his first start in Gerry Cook’s #4X Lucas Oil / Beaver Stripes RSS, Gary Taylor of Snohomish, Washington claimed third in Friday’s “Copper On Dirt” feature. Qualifying sixth and taking fourth in his heat race, Taylor officially led the first twenty-three laps of the main event. The versatile driver made some new fans with his Friday night performance at Canyon.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. scored fourth in the 30-lap main event. Racing the Massey Motorsports #50X RSS Industries / MPe RSS, the five-time Arizona Champion timed in eighth fast and claimed second in his heat race. Like Johnson, look for Davis to compete in Las Vegas on Thursday night in the USAC 360 “Grudge Series” opener.

Josh Hodges of Tijeras, New Mexico earned the night's Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics "Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from eleventh. Driving the family owned #74X Parts Plus / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges qualified eleventh and placed sixth in his heat race. The young driver is sixth in points as he gains valuable experience with and without a wing before heading to the Midwest.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer out-qualified the 21 car field and earned the first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of 2014. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer claimed second in his heat race and nearly took the lead from Taylor before the heartbreaking spin. Scoring sixteenth, Mike is fifteenth in points as USAC/CRA returns to their “home track” on March 15th.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified sixteenth overall and scored fourteenth in the main event. The former Rookie of the Year is currently sixteenth in points and will be looking for the “Sokola Shootout” victory at Perris.

Ventura, California’s “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman raced to victory in the DJ Safety Heat Race #3. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Bullet, Kruseman was fourteenth in time trials and scored twenty-first in the feature after mechanical issues ended his night. The 2006 Champion is tied for seventeenth in the standings and will have his sights on rebounding at Perris with his 35th career USAC/CRA win.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria Arizona won the program’s Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Piloting Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / NAPA Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey qualified fifteenth overall and claimed thirteenth in the main event. The 1997 ASCA Champion is fourteenth in the standings and is another driver expected to compete in Thursday’s “Sin City Showdown.”

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier HTW/HT2 Right Rear Tires can be run at the next two dates (3/15 Perris, and 4/12 Perris). At Perris Auto Speedway’s May 3rd show, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. Fuel-injected iron block 360 sprints must use the Hoosier 105/16 Medium and carbureted spec sprints can still use their local track legal Hoosier tires with USAC/CRA.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, March 15th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the “Sokola Shootout.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

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

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA).
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS:
February 28, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Copper On Dirt”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS:
1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.476; 2. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-13.810; 3. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.814; 4. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.942; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.968, 6. Gary Taylor, 4X, Cook-14.027; 7. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-14.071, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50X, Massey-14.078; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.109; 10. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.137; 11. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-14.211; 12. Dave Darland, 45, Grady-14.268; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.330; 14. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley- 14.399; 15. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-14.406; 16. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.456; 17. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-14.675; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.783; 19. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.862; 20. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-17.488; 21. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps)
1. Austin Williams, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Colby Copeland, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Logan Williams. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps)
1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Nic Faas, 5. J.J. Ercse, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Michael Curtis. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (8 laps)
1. Josh Pelkey, 2. Cody Williams, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Gary Taylor, 5. Mike Martin, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chris Gansen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Damion Gardner (3rd), 2. R.J. Johnson (4th), 3. Gary Taylor (2nd), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (1st), 5. Josh Hodges (11th), 6. Nic Faas (5th), 7. Mike Martin (7th), 8. Jake Swanson (10th), 9. Colby Copeland (8th), 10. Matt Mitchell (13th), 11. Dave Darland (12th), 12. Cody Williams (9th), 13. Josh Pelkey (15th), 14. Austin Williams (16th), 15. Brody Roa (21st), 16. Mike Spencer (6th), 17. Logan Williams (19th), 18. Michael Curtis (20th), 19. J.J. Ercse (17th), 20. Chris Gansen (18th), 21. Cory Kruseman (14th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Gary Taylor, Laps 24-28 R.J. Johnson, Laps 29-30 Damion Gardner.
KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (11th to 5th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-68, 2. R.J. Johnson-65, 3. Gary Taylor-60, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-58, 5. Nic Faas-55, 6. Josh Hodges-51, 7. Mike Martin-50, 8. Jake Swanson-42, 9. Colby Copeland-40, 10. Matt Mitchell-39, 11. Dave Darland-37, 12. Brody Roa-36, --. Cody Williams-36, 14. Josh Pelkey-35, 15. Mike Spencer-34, 16. Austin Williams-33, 17. Logan Williams-21, --. Cory Kruseman-21, 19. Michael Curtis-19, --. J.J. Ercse-19.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 12: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular)
May 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
May 10: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
May 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy / $3,000-to-Win)
June 14: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
June 27: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
June 28: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
July 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Firecracker 40 / $3,000-to-Win)
July 5: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
August 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 5: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic / $2,750-to-Win)
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $20,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC PRODUCT CERTIFICATION & TESTING EXPANSION IN 2014

With almost 60 years experience in vehicle testing, automotive certification, product comparison, and Land Speed Record Certification, the United States Auto Club is prepared to expand its highly respected certification program in 2014. In addition to raising the activity and awareness of the services previously performed, USAC will develop a talent pool of drivers to be utilized for performance driving duties worldwide.

Under the guidance of USAC Executive VP Jason Smith, USAC looks to maintain the integrity it has demonstrated in testing and results reporting by utilizing the experience of the most respected individuals in the industry. USAC Record Trials Certification Director David Petrali will continue to perform the Land Speed Record run certification and testing coordination. Former USAC VP Tommy Hunt is bringing lifelong experience in the automotive and motorsports industry to secure and coordinate new programs. Ten-time USAC driving champion and precision and stunt driver Tony Hunt will also add his expertise to the new Performance Driving program.

"I'm extremely pleased to spearhead this program that has been such a staple to the United States Auto Club and to expand it into the performance driving category. Some of the best performance drivers in the world have participated in the ranks of USAC and I look forward to finding opportunities for them to utilize their talents," says Smith.

The previous USAC repertoire includes major programs involving nearly every top American and foreign automobile manufacturer with speed, maneuverability, braking, towing load and general performance tests. Also, many original equipment and aftermarket parts certification and comparison programs have been produced. From a 100,000 mile production car world record run, to the Bonneville Salt Flats, to fork lift comparisons, to battery longevity, USAC's testing programs have spanned a wide variety of products and endorsements. Not the least of these were the spectacular 700-mph-plus runs by Andy Green and the Thrust SSC which broke the land sound barrier in 1997.

"The team we have in place and the experience they bring will be able to serve the automotive industry and product certification category in a top-level fashion," says Smith. "I remember seeing truck commercials as a kid with the tag line 'It's USAC Tested Tough,' and we want that to return and assure quality to the consumer.

The new performance driving initiative will create a pool of extraordinary driving talent available to execute a wide variety of programs, including new product performance endorsements, commercial exposure, precision and stunt film work, along with testing and certification business.

USAC's long history of service to the motorsports and motoring community includes a vast array of programs which have spanned the country and impacted nearly every facet of operations. Petrali alone has supervised countless programs, including the World Land Speed Record activity.

Hunt's expertise from a coordinational and executive standpoint has been a valuable asset for USAC for the past three decades, while Tony's exemplary career behind the wheel has placed him among the all-time greats in that category while earning him a revered position as a USAC ambassador.

The Petrali and Hunt offices are located in California although initial contact and implementation of these programs and initiatives will be coordinated through the USAC Headquarters at 4910 W. 16th Street, Speedway, Ind. Contact information for Jason Smith is jason@usacracing.com.

 

 

WESTERN HPD DIRT MIDGETS OPEN AT CHOWCHILLA

Hopefully the fourth time will be the charm as the one-third mile dirt Chowchilla (Calif.) Speedway hosts the USAC HPD Dirt Midgets this Saturday night. Weather conspired to force cancellation of USAC events scheduled there in 2007, 2009 and 2012.

Saturday's race opens the 2014 dirt calendar for the USAC HPD Midgets. Bakersfield (Calif.) driver Cory Elliott emerged as the 2013 series champion and is expected to compete at Chowchilla and defend his title.

Jarid Blondel, who finished sixth in last Friday's Honda USAC Western Midget opener, won last year's 2013 USAC HPD Midget overall championship.

Elliott won three races during the 2013 dirt campaign, which also included a trio of seconds, a fourth and a fifth.

 

 

PERRIS NEXT UP FOR CRA MARCH 15;

GARDNER WINS "COPPER ON DIRT" THRILLER; RAIN TAKES SATURDAY

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars resume action March 15 at Perris (Auto) Speedway and defending series champion Damion Gardner carries the early point lead into that race after winning at Peoria, Ariz. Friday night.

Gardner, of Concord, Calif., led the final two laps of the opening race at the 7th "Copper on Dirt" at Canyon Speedway Park. He passed R.J. Johnson on the white flag lap and withstood the challenges of Johnson and Gary Taylor to put his Scott Sales/Advanced Racing Suspension Spike/J & D in victory lane. Johnson was second ahead of Taylor, Charles Davis Jr. and Josh Hodges. Taylor led the first 23 laps and Johnson led the next five before Gardner took over.

Rains and flooding in the Phoenix area forced cancellation of Saturday night's "Copper on Dirt" finale.

Gardner's Peoria victory was his 47th in USAC/CRA history. The all-time series leader also has a record 26 Perris USAC/CRA wins compared to five-time series champion Mike Spencer's 25. Each won a race at the PAS last year.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Standings: 1-Damion Gardner-68, 2-R.J. Johnson-65, 3-Gary Taylor-60, 4-Charles Davis Jr.-58, 5-Nic Faas-55, 6-Josh Hodges-51, 7-Mike Martin-50, 8-Jake Swanson-42, 9-Colby Copeland-40, 10-Matt Mitchell-39.

 

 

LAKE HAVASU HOSTS PAVEMENT MIDGETS MARCH 15;

JOHNSON WIRE-TO-WIRE AT CANYON; SATURDAY A WASH

Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. hosts the next Honda USAC Western Midget race March 15, while the dirt portion of the calendar resumes May 3 at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. led all 20 laps to win Friday night's dirt opener at the 7th "Copper on Dirt" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Driving the Weiler Farms/Pecon Builders Spike/Fontana, he was trailed at the checkered flag by Alex Schutte, Trey Marcham, Terry Goodwin and Jake Swanson. Defending series champion Ronnie Gardner's car was plagued by mechanical ills all night. Chad Nichols flipped during the feature.

Johnson's victory tied Bryan Clauson with 12 wins as the winningest USAC drivers in Arizona history.

The Lake Havasu City event marks the first time the Western Midget series has visited the track which has hosted numerous HPD USAC Midget events.

2014 Honda USAC Western Midget Dirt Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-71, 2-Alex Schutte-67, 3-Trey Marcham-66, 4-Jake Swanson-59, 5-Terry Goodwin-53, 6-Jaird Blondel-51, 7-Chad Nichols-46, 8-Ronnie Gardner-39.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

February 28, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Copper On Dirt”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.476; 2. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-13.810; 3. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.814; 4. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.942; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.968, 6. Gary Taylor, 4X, Cook-14.027; 7. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-14.071, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50X, Massey-14.078; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.109; 10. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.137; 11. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-14.211; 12. Dave Darland, 45, Grady-14.268; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.330; 14. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley- 14.399; 15. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-14.406; 16. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.456; 17. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-14.675; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.783; 19. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.862; 20. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-17.488; 21. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Spencer, 3. Mitchell, 4. Johnson, 5. Copeland, 6. Swanson, 7. L.Williams. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kruseman, 2. Davis, 3. Gardner, 4. Faas, 5. Ercse, 6. Hodges, 7. Curtis. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Pelkey, 2. C.Williams, 3. Darland, 4. Taylor, 5. Martin, 6. Roa, 7. Gansen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Gary Taylor, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Nic Faas, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Colby Copeland, 10. Matt Mitchell, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Cody Williams, 13. Josh Pelkey, 14. Austin Williams, 15. Brody Roa, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Logan Williams, 18. Michael Curtis, 19. J.J. Ercse, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. Cory Kruseman. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Taylor, Laps 24-28 Johnson, Laps 29-30 Gardner.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: March 1 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park - "Copper On Dirt”

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT RACE RESULTS:

February 28, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Copper On Dirt”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-14.250, 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.256, 3. Jake Swanson, 5, Van Dyne/Swanson-14.367, 4. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.425, 5. Jarid Blondell, 98, Blondell-14.534, 6. Chad Nichols, 17, Nichols-14.988, 7. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-15.173, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-NT, 9. Jeff Perry, 28X, Perry-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Swanson, 3. Marcham, 4. Schutte, 5. Blondell, 6. Nichols, 7. Goodwin, 8. Gardner. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Alex Schutte, 3. Trey Marcham, 4. Terry Goodwin, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Jarid Blondell, 7. Chad Nichols, 8. Ronnie Gardner. NT

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**Nichols flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Johnson.

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS:

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT RACE: March 1 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park - "Copper On Dirt”

 

 

LAS VEGAS HOSTS USAC “GRUDGE SERIES” OPENER MARCH 6TH
By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – FEBRUARY 27, 2014... On Thursday, March 6th, the powerful USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars will invade The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sponsored by Hoosier Tire and the Hose Advantage Store, the $2,500-to-win "3rd Annual Sin City Showdown" will kick-off the three-race “Grudge Series" and will feature drivers from Arizona, California, and New Mexico. The famed World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will share the spotlight as the spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:15pm.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the "Sin City Showdown" is special non-point event for the SouthWest Sprints and opens the chase for the West Coast championship. Bud Kaeding won the inaugural event in 2012 and went on the claim the West Coast crown. Last season, USAC National Champion Bryan Clauson piloted Mike Martin’s team car to the 25-lap main event victory. As this writing goes to press, promoters Kevin Montgomery and Chris Kearns are looking for additional sponsorship to increase the “Grudge Series” point fund.

After winning Canyon’s “Brawl For It All” and the “360 Oval Nationals” at Perris, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California won the “Grudge Series” championship. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA champion also scored fourteenth in last year “Sin City Showdown.” Spencer will be one of the favorites to watch as he goes for the $2,500 Las Vegas jackpot.

Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson had a career season in 2013, earning the USAC SouthWest crown and claiming second in the “Grudge Series.” Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson was second at Las Vegas, scored fifteenth at Canyon, and ran sixth at Perris. R.J. will be looking to start his season with a nice payday in Las Vegas.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix, Arizona ranked third in the mini-series point chase. Piloting his #20 Spike sponsored by Performance Plus, Deskins set a new 1-lap qualifying track record at Canyon Speedway. In the three races, the veteran driver ran fifth at Las Vegas, claimed fourth at Canyon, and scored twenty-second at Perris. On March 6th, Shon will have his sights on adding the “Sin City Showdown” to his win list.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. set a new 1-lap track record at Perris and took fourth in the “Grudge Series” points. Driving the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, the five-time Arizona Champion was sixth at Las Vegas, placed fifth at Canyon, and scored seventeenth at Perris. “Chargin” Charles will be looking to score the $2,500 victory at Las Vegas.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin from Yuma, Arizona placed fifth in the mini-series standings. Racing his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin claimed tenth at Las Vegas, Canyon, and Perris. “The Magic Man” will have his sights adding the Las Vegas winner's trophy to his collection.

Bryan Clauson, Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Bernal, Colby Copeland, and Brody Roa rounded out the top-10 in “Grudge Series” points. Other drivers expected to be in action are “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Jace Vander Weerd, Josh Pelkey, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Andy Reinbold, and many more.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Advance General Admission tickets are on sale for $39 at www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets and Children (12 & Under) are FREE.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).
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“SIN CITY SHOWDOWN” WINNERS:
2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson.

GRUDGE SERIES CHAMPIONS:
2012-Ryan Bernal. 2013-Mike Spencer.

2014 USAC GRUDGE SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 6: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win)
September 27: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC SouthWest & West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.


 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS OPEN 6TH POINT SEASON AT LAS VEGAS
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – FEBRUARY 26, 2014... On Thursday, March 6th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will open their sixth point season at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Co-sanctioned with the USAC SouthWest Sprints, the "3rd Annual Sin City Showdown" is also the opening round of the three-race "Grudge Series." Sponsored by Hoosier Tire and the Hose Advantage Store, the action packed card will also showcase the famed World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:15pm.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the $2,500-to-win "Sin City Showdown" will feature drivers from California, Arizona, and New Mexico on the large 1/2-mile oval. In 2012, Bud Kaeding served notice to the competition and began his championship bid with a Las Vegas triumph. Last season, USAC National Champion Bryan Clauson claimed the 25-lap main event and added The Dirt Track at LVMS to his resume.

Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton earned the 2013 series championship. Recording three feature wins, Faria also had one fast time award, nine heat race victories, four dash wins, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 110 feature laps led to his credit. “Hollywood” will be looking to start his title defense with a $2,500 victory at the “Sin City Showdown.”

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd ranked second in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard had six main event wins, four fast time awards, five heat race victories, three dash wins, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 124 feature laps led. The 2011 Champion scored a $5,000 triumph at Canyon Speedway on February 1st and will have his sights on the Las Vegas jackpot.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell ran third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving Junior Bowman's #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the former champion scored three heat race victories, two dash wins, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led. As this writing goes to press, Kaeding had secured a full-time winged sprint car ride in Northern California.

Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland placed fourth in the point chase. After driving for Steve Watt, Niemela has switched to Keith Ford’s Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike in 2014. Last season, Markus earned three fast time awards, five heat race victories, two dash wins, two hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led. Niemela will be looking for his first series win at the “Sin City Showdown.”

“The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile had a late season surge to claim fifth in the point standings. Piloting his #51 SouthWest Contractors / N.T.S. Incorporated Bullet, Carlile had one heat race victory, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led. The 2009 “Cotton Classic” Champion will be looking for the $2,500 jackpot at Las Vegas.

Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, Tracy’s Austin Liggett, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst, Fresno’s Kevin Barnes, and Oakdale’s Jeff Sibley (tied) rounded out the top-10 in points. Other drivers expected to be in action are “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Mike Spencer, Brody Roa, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, R.J. Johnson, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Colby Copeland, Shon Deskins, Andy Reinbold, and many more.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Advance General Admission tickets are on sale for $39 at www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets and Children (12 & Under) are FREE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Deist Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, SouthWest Contractors, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USACwc360).
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2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 6: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
March 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 22: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 29: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Gary Jacob Memorial)
April 25: #Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Verne Brasel Classic)
April 26: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 16: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
May 17: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 31: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
June 7: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 21: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
July 19: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
August 2: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Billet Cup / $2,500-to-Win)
August 8: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 9: #Chowchilla Speedway - Chowchilla, CA
September 27: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Western Classic Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL SPRINTS EYE APRIL 5 RACE AT LAWRENCEBURG;

BACON, CLAUSON SNARE OCALA OPENERS; DARLAND REACHES 1,000!

Defending two-time AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Champion Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. will continue his pursuit of a third consecutive series championship when the series resumes April 5 at the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. Clauson won last September's race at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Clauson hopes to join Steve Butler, Robbie Stanley and Levi Jones as drivers who have strung together three straight titles. He enters the Lawrenceburg race with a four-point lead over 2013 series runner-up Dave Darland after winning Saturday night's "Winter Dirt Games V" finale at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Clauson trailed Justin Grant for the first 22 laps, then led the final eight circuits in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Chevy Performance Beast/Kistler. Grant took second ahead of Chase Stockon, Darland and Robert Ballou.

Clauson finished seventh in Thursday night's Ocala opener behind race winner Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. Bacon passed Tracy Hines on lap 18 and led the rest of the 30-lap race in the Mean Green/Lykins Oil Triple X/Stanton Mopar to give car owner Dynamics, Inc. its all-time record 83rd series feature victory. Hines led 16 laps and finished second ahead of Darland, Shane Cottle and Stockon.

Darland, who led a lap on Thursday, celebrated his all-time USAC record 1,000th National feature start and was presented an Oakley Watch by USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller.

Bacon was Thursday's Pro Source fastest qualifier and Kody Swanson paced Pro Source qualifying on Saturday. Each fast qualifying record was worth a $200 bonus from Pro Source. Friday's races were rained out.

2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-125; 2-Dave Darland-121; 3-Chase Stockon-118; 4-Tracy Hines-117; 5-Justin Grant-114; 6-Brady Bacon-111; 7-Shane Cottle-106; 8-Jon Stanbrough-87; 9-Chris Windom-84; 10-Robert Ballou-74.

 

 

GARDNER OPENS CRA DEFENSE AT PEORIA'S "COPPER ON DIRT"

Damion Gardner begins defense of his 2013 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car title this weekend at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. The 7th "Copper on Dirt" features both the USAC/CRA Sprints and Honda Western Midgets in USAC "doubleheaders" both Friday and Saturday at the 3/8-mile dirt oval near Phoenix. IMCA Modified and West Coast and CDM Late Model competition also is on tap during the two nights.

Charles Davis Jr. and R.J. Johnson are seeking to return to the top of the all-time USAC Arizona winners' list. Each have 11 as opposed to Bryan Clauson's 12 and both are expected to be top challengers for Gardner this weekend.

Gardner leads the all-time list of USAC/CRA winners with 46 victories. Five came last year on his way to his second series title. He has eight career USAC wins in the Grand Canyon State, but none at Canyon. He won five times at Manzanita Park in Phoenix, twice at Yuma and once at Tucson.

Johnson, the Phoenix driver who won 11 USAC races in Arizona last year and claimed USAC's Southwest Sprint Car Championship, won five races at Peoria in 2013.

Mike Spencer, the 5-time AMSOIL USAC/CRA Champ from Temecula, Calif., plans to be among top contenders this weekend. He won last year's "Brawl for it All" grudge series race at Canyon. He's expected to team up with Cory Kruseman this weekend.

Two day discounted tickets may be purchased in advance and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found online at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/?page_id=879 or by calling the Canyon Speedway office at 602-258-7223.

 

 

"COPPER ON DIRT" OPENS WESTERN MIDGET SLATE

The 2014 Honda USAC Western Midget slate debuts this weekend in the 7th "Copper on Dirt" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. The Midgets share the weekend billing with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and West Coast and CDM Late Model competition on Canyon's 3/8-mile dirt oval located near Phoenix.

Defending Honda Western Midget titlist Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. hopes to pick up where he left off last year, a year which yielded nine feature wins among 15 podium finishes in 21 starts. He'll be seekingp his initial wins in the state when action unfolds Friday and Saturday nights.

Jake Swanson David Prickett, Scott Pierovich and Shannon McQueen rounded out the "top-five" in last year's Honda USAC Western Midget standings.

Last year's "Copper on Dirt" Midget competition was swept by Bryan Clauson, who also posted three of the four "Copper on Dirt" Sprint wins last year as well.

Two day discounted tickets may be purchased in advance and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found online at: http: //www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/?page_id=879 or by calling the Canyon Speedway office at 602-258-7223.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

February 22, 2014 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games V"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-14.261; 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20N, Schuerenberg/Nolen-14.345; 3. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-14.367; 4. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-14.375; 5. Shane Cockrum, 66, Wade-14.410; 6. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-14.434; 7. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.697; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.712; 9. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-14.750; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.755; 11. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.820; 12. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.847; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-14.890; 14. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.910; 15. Jon Stanbrough, 37RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-14.936; 16. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.987; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-15.001; 18. Mark Smith, 1M, Mach1-15.010; 19. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-15.126; 20. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-15.129; 21. Dalten Gabbard, 5, Baldwin-15.170; 22. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.205; 23. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-15.291; 24. Casey Shuman, 21x, Pollock-15.369; 25. Chris Jones, 59, Powell-15.405; 26. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-15.612; 27. Derek Hastings, 32M, Marshall-15.816; 28. Matt Westfall, 54, Best Performance-16.107; 29. Steve Irwin, 2M, Marshall-16.125; 30. Collin Cabre, 12c, Cabre-16.147; 31. Mike Weber, 22, Weber-16.658; 32. Frank Carlsson, 20x, Carlsson-16.765.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Gabbard, 3. Andretti, 4. Swanson, 5. Thomas, 6. Cockrum, 7. Irwin, 8. Jones. 1:59.14

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Bacon, 3. Leary, 4. Ballou, 5. Hines, 6. Moore, 7. Cabre, 8. Schuerenberg. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Wissmiller, 3. Grant, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Windom, 6. Short, 7. Hastings, 8. Weber. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2 .Shuman, 3. Jarrett, 4. Stockon, 5. Hery, 6. Farney, 7. Carlsson, 8. Westfall. 1:56.22

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Cockrum, 3. C.Short, 4. Thomas, 5. Windom, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. Farney, 8. Hery, 9. Cabre, 10. Hastings, 11. Irwin, 12. Carlsson, 13. Moore, 14. Jones, 15. Weber. 3:01.02

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Kody Swanson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Mark Smith, 18. Dalten Gabbard, 19. Carson Short, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. NT

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**Schuerenberg flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Grant, Laps 23-30 Clauson.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Clauson-125; 2-Darland-121; 3-Stockon-118; 4-Hines-117; 5-Grant-114; 6-Bacon-111; 7-Cottle-106; 8-Stanbrough-87; 9-Windom-84; 10-Ballou-74.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: April 5 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway

 

 

CANYON’S “7TH ANNUAL COPPER ON DIRT" STARTS 11TH USAC/CRA SEASON
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – FEBRUARY 20, 2014... The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will kick off their eleventh season on Friday, February 28th at Canyon Speedway’s “7th Annual Copper On Dirt.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the popular two-day event will also feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets, IMCA Modifieds, and West Coast vs. CDM Late Models. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm with racing scheduled for 7:00pm.

With roots going back to the legendary Manzanita Speedway, NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the inaugural “Copper On Dirt” in 2007. Shane Cottle and Darren Hagen also claimed Manzanita checkered flags before Levi Jones won in 2010 at Tucson’s USA Race Park. Last year, the race was revived at Canyon Speedway and R.J. Johnson earned the popular home track victory. The festivities for the “7th Annual Copper On Dirt” will begin on Thursday night with an open practice from 6-9pm.

After returning from the Midwest, Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner raced to his second USAC/CRA Championship. Driving Mark Alexander's #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Gardner led the series with five main event wins and had four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, ten heat race victories, one dash win, one Last Man Standing Dash win, one semi-main win, twenty top-10 finishes, and 108 feature laps led. “The Demon” will be looking to start his title defense with a victory at the “Copper On Dirt.”

Mike Spencer of Temecula ranked second in the final point standings. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer had one feature win, seven Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one dash win, one hard charger award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led. The five-time champion will have his sights on regaining the crown with a victory at Canyon Speedway.

Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas finished third in the USAC/CRA point chase. After driving for Mark Alexander, Faas will race Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike in 2014. Last season, Nic earned four feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one semi-main win, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led. The former USAC Western Midget Champion will be looking to score his 11th career USAC/CRA win at the “Copper On Dirt.”

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda claimed fourth in the championship point standings. Driving his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises machine, Mitchell won his second “Salute to Indy” and had four heat race victories, one semi-main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 58 feature laps led to his credit. The former USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first main event triumph at Canyon Speedway.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding placed fifth in the championship points. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion had one feature win, one heat race victory, one dash win, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led. At press time, Kaeding had secured a full-time winged sprint car ride in Northern California.

Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams of Yorba Linda, Buena Park’s Brody Roa, Ryan Bernal of Hollister, and Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson round out the top-10 in points. Other drivers expected to be in action are R.J. Johnson, “The Ripper” Rip Williams, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Seth Wilson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Ronnie Gardner, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, and many 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. Two-day and single-day advance tickets are on sale now and VIP Suite tickets are also available. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE). In you cannot attend the event, the “7th Annual Copper On Dirt” will also be available live on pay per view at www.thecushion.com.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier HTW/HT2 Right Rear Tires can be run at the first four dates (2/28 Canyon, 3/1 Canyon, 3/15 Perris, and 4/12 Perris). At Perris Auto Speedway’s May 3rd show, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. Fuel-injected iron block 360 sprints must use the Hoosier 105/16 Medium and carbureted spec sprints can still use their local track legal Hoosier tires with USAC/CRA.

Officials with the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are looking for marketing partners and associate sponsors to join their Racer Contingency Program. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
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COPPER ON DIRT NON-WING SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
2007-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008-Shane Cottle, 2009-Darren Hagen, 2010-Levi Jones, 2013-R.J. Johnson.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
February 28: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Copper on Dirt)
March 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Copper on Dirt / $3,000-to-Win)
March 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 12: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular)
May 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
May 10: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
May 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy / $3,000-to-Win)
June 14: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
June 27: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
June 28: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
July 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Firecracker 40 / $3,000-to-Win)
July 5: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
August 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 5: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic / $2,750-to-Win)
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $20,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

February 20, 2014 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games V"

QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.564; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.704; 3. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-14.733; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.819; 5. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-14.956; 6. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-14.997; 7. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-15.031; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-15.050; 9. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-15.076; 10. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-15.084; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-15.125; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 37RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-15.160; 13. Matt Westfall, 54, Best Performance-15.225; 14. Carson Short, 21, Short-15.232; 15. Mark Smith, 1M, Mach1-15.236; 16. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.281; 17. Casey Shuman, 21x, Pollock-15.366; 18. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-15.375; 19. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-15.418; 20. Shane Cockrum, 66, Wade-15.504; 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20N, Schuerenberg/Nolen-15.540; 22. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-15.541; 23. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.549; 24. Dalten Gabbard, 5, Baldwin-15.562; 25. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-15.658; 26. Derek Hastings, 32M, Marshall-15.738; 27. Steve Irwin, 2M, Marshall-15.753; 28. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-15.846; 29. Collin Cabre, 12c, Cabre-15.974; 30. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-16.170; 31. Chris Jones, 59, Powell-16.558; 32. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-16.853; 33. Frank Carlsson, 20x, Carlsson-17.110; 34. Mike Weber, 22, Weber-18.193.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Grant, 4. Bacon, 5. Shuman, 6. Cabre, 7. Swanson, 8. Carlsson, 9. Westfall. 2:05.08

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Darland, 3. Stockon, 4. Hery, 5. Jarrett, 6. Hastings, 7. Chambers, 8. C. Short, 9. Weber. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Short, 3. Andretti, 4. Smith, 5. Windom, 6. Farney, 7. Jones, 8. Irwin. 2:04.80

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Thomas, 4. Leary, 5. Cockrum, 6. Moore, 7. Wissmiller, 8. Gabbard. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Westfall, 3. C. Short, 4. Shuman, 5. Cockrum, 6. Wissmiller, 7. Gabbard, 8. Swanson, 9. Farney, 10. Hastings, 11. Jones, 12. Carlsson, 13. Cabre, 14. Chambers, 15. Moore. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Chris Windom, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Mitch Wissmiller, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Mark Smith, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Travis Hery, 19. Carson Short, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Brady Short, 22. Matt Westfall. NT

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**Wissmiller flipped in Heat 4. Ballou & B. Short flipped on lap 9 of the Feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hines, Lap 2 Darland, Laps 3-17 Hines, Laps 18-30 Bacon.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-71; 2-Hines-67; 3-Darland-62; 4-Cottle/Stockon-59; 6-Clauson-56; 7-Stanbrough-46; 8-Schuerenberg-43; 9-Leary-39; 10-Windom-37.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: February 21 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games V"

 

 

“COPPER ON DIRT” OPENS 32ND HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET SEASON
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – FEBRUARY 20, 2014... On Friday, February 28th, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will open their 32nd season at Canyon Speedway’s “7th Annual Copper On Dirt.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the popular two-day event will also feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and West Coast vs. CDM Late Models. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm with racing scheduled for 7:00pm.

Founded in 2007, Cory Kruseman, Darren Hagen, and Brad Sweet earned their “Copper On Dirt” victories at the legendary Manzanita Speedway. After Manzanita closed their doors, Sweet and NASCAR driver Kyle Larson claimed the checkered flags at Tucson's USA Race Park. Last year, the race was revived at Canyon Speedway and Bryan Clauson scored both main event triumphs. The festivities for the “7th Annual Copper On Dirt” will begin on Thursday night with an open practice from 6-9pm.

On the strength of nine main event wins, Norco’s Ronnie Gardner claimed the overall and dirt series championships in 2013. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner also had six fast time awards, one track record, two heat race victories, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 186 feature laps led. The defending champion will be looking for his first Arizona victory and adding the “Copper On Dirt” to his resume.

Jake Swanson of Anaheim ranked second in the overall and dirt series point standings. Piloting three different cars (Swanson #05 Stealth, Van Dyne/Swanson #05 Edmunds, and Kruseman #89K Spike) throughout 2013, Swanson recorded one feature win, one fast time award, one track record, five heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will have his sights on a feature win at Canyon Speedway.

Fresno’s David Prickett scored third in the USAC Western Midget and Dirt Series point chase. The driver of the Neverlift Motorsports' #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike had one fast time award, one track record, six heat race victories, one semi-main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led on the season. David has parked his racing operation to support his newborn daughter and cover any impending medical costs. The Neverlift Motorsports Team has announced that their inventory is for sale.

Scott Pierovich of Alamo ended his campaign fourth in the overall point chase and tied for eighth in the dirt series. The pilot of the family owned #35 Mid Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike earned one fast time award, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led. Scott will be looking to claim his fourth career USAC Western Midget triumph at the “Copper On Dirt.”

Tehachapi’s Shannon McQueen ran fifth in the overall points and fourth in the dirt championship. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen scored one fast time award, one heat race victory, three hard charger awards, and eight top-10 finishes. The 2012 Champion will have her sights on adding Canyon Speedway to her win list.

Atascadero’s Randi Pankratz, Cody Swanson of Norco, Manteca’s Nick Chivello, Rico Abreu of Rutherford, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham rounded out the top-10 in the points. Other drivers expected to be in action are Kyle Edwards, R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, Stevie Sussex, Rick Shuman, Terry Goodwin, and many 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. Two-day and single-day advance tickets are on sale now and VIP Suite tickets are also available. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE). In you cannot attend the event, the “7th Annual Copper On Dirt” will also be available live on pay per view at www.thecushion.com.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets).
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2014 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
February 28: Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway (Copper On Dirt)
March 1: Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park (Copper On Dirt)
May 3: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
May 31: Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway
July 5: Santa Maria, CA - Santa Maria Speedway (Party At The Coast)
July 19: *Hanford, CA - Kings Speedway (Jim Evett Memorial)
August 9: *Petaluma, CA - Petaluma Speedway (John Soares Classic)
August 30: Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (Louie Vermeil Classic)
August 31: Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: *Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup Race Of Champions)
September 20: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
September 27: Visalia, CA - Plaza Park Raceway
November 20: #Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway (Western World Championships)
November 21: #Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway (Western World Championships)
November 22: #Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway (Western World Championships)
November 27: #Perris, CA Perris Auto Speedway (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.

2014 HONDA USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 15: Havasu 95 Speedway - Lake Havasu, AZ (JW Mitchell Memorial)
March 29: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Smokey Hanoian Classic)
June 7: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
July 12: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Gerhardt Classic 100-laps)
September 13: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Harvest Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BIGGER RACES, BIGGER PURSES FOR USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS IN 2014
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – FEBRUARY 19, 2014... As the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars enter their eleventh season, the traditional 410s will compete for more prize money than in recent seasons. As this writing goes to press, half of the 24 races will pay an increased purse as promoters are still working on special events like Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” and Canyon’s “Hall of Fame Classic.”

While the Friday night preliminary of season opening “7th Annual Copper on Dirt” at Canyon Speedway will pay $2,500-to-win, the winner of the March 1st finale will earn $3,000. Track Promoter Kevin Montgomery has continued to make improvements to the facility and has bigger things planned for the season ending “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Perris Auto Speedway’s Don Kazarian has recently announced that the “19th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” will pay a minimum of $20,000-to-win with a total purse approaching $100,000. In addition, the “Salute to Indy” and “Firecracker” main events have returned to 40-laps and will pay $3,000-to-win and $400-to-start. The purse for the “Salute to Indy” and “Firecracker” shows are listed at the end of this release.

USAC Western Operations Director Chris Kearns has negotiated that the majority of “out of town” shows will pay $2,750-to-win and $350-to-start. Starting with USAC/CRA’s return to Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway on May 10th, this includes the Watsonville-Petaluma doubleheader in June, the July 5th event at Santa Maria, the Chico, Watsonville, and Santa Maria “California Sprint Week” races, and Hanford’s “Cotton Classic.”

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS:
The Hoosier HTW/HT2 Right Rear Tires can be run at the first four dates (2/28 Canyon, 3/1 Canyon, 3/15 Perris, and 4/12 Perris). At Perris Auto Speedway’s May 3rd show, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. Fuel-injected iron block 360 sprints must use the Hoosier 105/16 Medium and carbureted spec sprints can still use their local track legal Hoosier tires with USAC/CRA.

Officials with the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are looking for marketing partners and associate sponsors to join their Racer Contingency Program. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA).
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SALUTE TO INDY & FIRECRACKER 40 PURSE:
1) $3,000, 2) $1500, 3) $1200, 4) $850, 5) $750, 6) $650, 7) $550, 8) $500, 9) $450, 10) $400, 11) $400, 12) $400, 13) $400, 14) $400, 15) $400, 16) $400, 17) $400, 18) $400, 19) $400, 20) $400, 21) $400, 22) $400. Non-Transfers=$100.

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
February 28: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Copper on Dirt)
March 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Copper on Dirt / $3,000-to-Win)
March 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 12: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular)
May 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
May 10: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
May 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy / $3,000-to-Win)
June 14: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
June 27: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
June 28: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
July 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Firecracker 40 / $3,000-to-Win)
July 5: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
August 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 5: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic / $2,750-to-Win)
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $20,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

KT DEFENDS "FUN AT FASTIMES" TITLE MARCH 15 IN INDY

Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. was one of three drivers to record seven AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car victories last year. But there's another 2013 victory he'll try to repeat March 15 when the 17th "Fun at Fastimes" three-hour indoor karting enduro unfolds in Indianapolis, Ind.

Thomas took fifth in the 2013 AMSOIL standings after stringing together three consecutive wins on two separate occasions, one during the popular "Indiana Sprint Week." On March 15 he'll be among 10 USAC drivers who will anchor teams competing on the spectacular two-level "Fastimes" road course located at 3455 Harper Road in northeastern Indianapolis.

Thomas will be joined as team captains by Jon Stanbrough, Jimmy Parsons, Patrick Bruns, Chase Barber, Billy Wease, Dave Darland, Hunter Schuerenberg, Dillon Welch and J.T. Stapp. Darland (2000), Stapp (2005) and Wease (2012) are also former "Fun at Fastimes" champions.

Teams are being finalized, the teams participating for prizes in the event which is organized by the USAC Benevolent Foundation and sponsored by the Tony Stewart Foundation and benefits injured or needy participants and their families with ties to USAC and the Indy Racing League. A maximum of eight team members are required, with no less than five serving as drivers. A total of $800 is the mandatory donation for inclusion as a participating team, with additional donations encouraged and appreciated.

"This is our 17th year for this worthwhile event," says USAC Benevolent Foundation Executive Director Bill Marvel. "This event and the Annual Womens Charity Golf Tournament held each May have raised nearly a half million dollars."

Former team captain or co-captain champions of this event include: Tracy Hines (1997, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2008), Ted Hines (1998, 2001, 2003 and 2004), Kent Christian (2004 and 2007), Kevin Besecker (1997), Tony Elliott (1998), Johnny Parsons III and Stevie Reeves (1999), Dave Darland (2000), Dickie Gaines and Bobby East (2002), J.T. Stapp (2005), Levi Jones (2006), and Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (2007). Jerry Coons Jr. and Shannon McIntosh (2010), Bobby Santos III (2011) and Billy Wease (2012).

Individual and team entries are available by contacting Bill Marvel, event coordinator, at 606-787-0243 or 859-749-0646 or billmarvel@gmail.com. Individual entry fees are $100 per driver, with the entrant being assigned to a team of his/her choice.

Entries will be available at the USAC offices in Speedway, Ind. and brochures are being mailed to over 200 potential participants. Entries must be mailed to Fun at Fastimes, c/o Bill Marvel, 7921 Pineywood Ct., Indianapolis, IN 46214.

A drivers meeting and team pictures precede the 12:30 pm green flag on March 15. Registration is scheduled from 11 to 11:45 am and the mandatory drivers meeting is at 12 noon. The minimum age for competitors is 16 and drivers 16 and 17 must have liability waivers signed by parents to compete.

Medals will be awarded for championship performances and a special team award is also planned for the winning team. Entries officially close at noon on Friday, March 7, so those wishing to participate are urged to call the numbers listed here.

Fun at Fastimes is located near the southeast corner of 96th Street and North Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, Ind., one block north of the North Keystone exit from I-465, next to Woodland Bowl.

 

 

OCALA WEBCAST STARTS WITH FREE PRACTICE VIEW TONIGHT!

Race fans locked into their homes by the extreme weather which has engulfed the Midwest recently can sit back tonight, relax, and enjoy the heart-pounding excitement of AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars as they prepare for the "Winter Dirt Games V" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

The special four-night presentation of the opening USAC National racing event of the 2014 racing season begins with a free look at tonight's practice session from the 3/8-mile dirt oval. Per-per-view starts Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday on the USAC website at usacracing.com.

Single race nights are priced at $19.99 per night, while a special three-night package is priced at $39.98. Special pricing for USAC Racing TV subscribers is available at $14.99 per night or $29.98 for the three-night package, which means the third night is virtually free.

Signup is now open for Bubba Raceway Park pay-per-view. If you are currently a USACRacing.TV subscriber you will need to visit www.usacracing.tv/S-PPV_BubbaRacewayPark.html to sign up for the PPV program. You will need to go back to this URL each night that you want to watch.

If you are currently not a USAC Racing.TV subscriber, you will need t visit www.usacracing.TV/S-PPV_BubbaRacewayPark.html to sign up for the PPV Broadcast. You will need to go back to this URL each night that you want to watch.

Defending AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Champion Bryan Clauson will open defense of his title in the "Winter Dirt Games V" against the nation's top open-wheel pilots.

 

 

CLAUSON READY FOR DEFENSE, SEEKS ELUSIVE 3RD-STRAIGHT TITLE

Only three drivers in the history of the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship have achieved the feat of back-to-back-to-back titles, but Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson will start the 2014 season on Thursday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida with that exact result in mind.

After recovering from four missed races due to other commitments to win his first championship with the Corey Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian Racing #7 in 2012, Clauson stepped into the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #20 for 2013 and picked up where he left off. Seven wins each season and both championships now present him with the opportunity to join Steve Butler, Robbie Stanley, and Levi Jones as the only drivers to take three-straight.

"Walking into an organization like that, where they have a tradition of winning championships, is a lot of pressure. To step in and go through the process, with the downs and ups of the season, it was satisfying and a lot of fun to work ourselves into form and contend for the championship. I'm excited about some changes we made through last season and in the offseason, so hopefully we can come out even stronger and defend it," Clauson said.

The TSR operation was no stranger to success and championships, as Jones won four-of-five championships before Clauson broke through in 2012. The 2013 season posed a legitimate test, however, as the team saw changes in nearly every area. In addition to the change in the seat, only Brad Mariscotti remained from the crew, and the team switched to Beast Chassis. For the first race of the year, car builder Bob East joined the team as an advisor and Warren Beard completed the crew assembled by race director Jimmy Carr. East would become a full-time addition early in the season.

Despite winning their first race out of the box in a spirited battle with Dave Darland, the beginning of the season was self-described as "challenging." Still, the group found enough footing for Clauson to take his second-straight "Eastern Storm" title in early June using consistent finishes, as a second win on the season was still lacking.

"Each driver is so different. The characteristics of the way Bryan drives a car versus Levi before him are just not the same. Luckily, we meshed together pretty well from the start. It took us a little while to marry everything together and figure out exactly what Bryan likes, and that's when we started to see better results," Mariscotti said.

The wins finally flooded in when the biggest week of the season came, as Clauson took back-to-back wins to close "Indiana Sprint Week" at Putnamville and Bloomington and steal the week-long championship. Two races later, he opened up "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo (IN) Speedway by slicing from 14th to win without the aid of a caution. By the time Clauson won at Little Rock, Arkansas in early September, he had tied Darland for the point lead.

To close out the championship, they backed up a big win in the final Midwest race of the season at Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway with another in the first night at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. As Darland had difficulties, Clauson was steady and dueled with Darland at the "Oval Nationals" as he narrowly missed a win in the final race of the season while clinching the title in the process.

Not only was it Clauson's fourth career National title (joining his two National Midget championships), it was the first Sprint Car title for former racer East, who has achieved numerous titles in both Midget and Silver Crown competition as crew chief and team manager.

"The Sprint Car title was definitely a focus, after we got going. It was the only one that I hadn't won, and I wanted to do that. It was a lot of fun; it's the first series in so long where I had no other cars (chassis customers) competing, so I could totally concentrate on our team. It was a great group to race with. We believed in each other, and confidence makes a big difference," East said.

Clauson, who now sits tied for 16th all-time with 25 career National Sprint Car wins, also relished the opportunity to win with his new group.

"I always dreamed of working with Bob, but never really thought it would be on the sprint car side. When I was coming up, he was king of the midgets. To have an opportunity to work with him and get the chance to win the sprint car championship with him was cool. The chemistry he and Brad had, being friends even outside of racing, helped a lot. Bob wasn't necessarily supposed to work with us all year, but after Ocala it was obvious that we would be good together," Clauson said.

For Mariscotti, it was a slightly different point-of-view, but the level of satisfaction was similar.

"It meant a lot for me, personally, as the only guy still there from all our other championships. And we were able to win the Silver Crown championship, too, with Bobby (East). To be able to go out with a new driver and a really small team, it felt great to do it again," Mariscotti said.

As the top six pairings from last season remain intact for 2014, along with some strong additions pursuing the full schedule, Clauson knows a target will be on them as they try to defend the crown with their Chevrolet Performance - Curb #20 Beast/Kistler.

"It looks like the National Sprint Car bunch is as strong as I can remember it being, and we know that other teams have gotten better in the off-season, so we'll have to start a little quicker and be even better than last year to do it again," Clauson said.

Thursday's season opener at Ocala kicks off "Winter Dirt Games V," which is preceded by a practice night Wednesday evening. Tickets are still available for advance purchase at BubbaRacewayPark.com while an online pay-per-view is offered at USACracing.tv and further information about the race, including post-race coverage, will be found at USACracing.com.

 

 

OCALA SPRINTS, ALL USAC MIDGETS TARGETED FOR PRO SOURCE MONEY

Buck and Betty Rice of Pro Source Professional Project Resources in Grand Saline, Texas have once again exhibited their support of USAC and grass roots racing with monetary fast qualifier postings for the upcoming "Winter Dirt Games V" AMSOIL National Sprint races at Ocala, Fla. and the entire 2014 Honda National Dirt and Honda Pavement Midget Series.

Each fast qualifier at this week's February 20-21-22 Ocala Sprint races will earn a $200 Pro Source bonus. All 2014 Honda USAC Midget fast qualifiers will earn a $100 Pro Source bonus, while the driver who accumulates the most fast times over the course of the Midget season will earn a $2,000 bonus!

These postings continue a long history of Pro Source involvement with USAC participants. "We are so blessed to have Buck and Betty among USAC's most enthusiastic supporters," says USAC's Jason McCord.

The Honda USAC National Midget Series opens with the April 11-12 "Kokomo Grand Prix" in Indiana, while the Honda Pavement Midget series gets under way May 24 with the "Night Before the 500" classic at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

 

 

OCALA SPRINTS SPORT "NEW LOOK" FOR 2014 THIS WEEK

The AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series debuts this week at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. with new faces, new teams and new sponsors as participants begin their quest for USAC records and championships.

The "Winter Dirt Games V," part of Bubba Raceway Park's 3rd Annual Bubba Army "Winter Nationals," features the top 2013 USAC drivers and some new stars in three consecutive nights of heart-pounding action on the D-shaped 3/8-mile dirt oval. A 30-lap feature caps Thursday, Friday and Saturday action.

It marks the fourth straight year the USAC stars have competed at Ocala. Bryan Clauson, winner of last year's opener, will return to defend his 2013 AMSOIL National championship and will again face the challenge of two-time 2013 Ocala winner Tracy Hines and drivers Dave Darland and Kevin Thomas Jr., who, like Clauson, each scored seven feature wins last year. Darland wound up as the 2013 series runner-up, Thomas was fifth and Hines was sixth.

Darland and Hines are actively pursuing the all-time USAC National Sprint Car victory mark, held for three decades by Tom Bigelow at 52. Darland has 47 and Hines 45. Darland also hopes to break the record of A.J. Foyt and Mel Kenyon, who each scored at least one USAC National win in 21 consecutive years. He previously topped the Foyt and Kenyon records with his 22nd straight year in a USAC victory lane earlier this year at Peoria, Ariz. but that was not in a National feature. In addition, Darland owns 99 total (National and Regional) USAC career wins, so he is eyeing the magic 100 this week. Only Foyt, Kenyon and Rich Vogler previously reached that figure.

Jon Stanbrough, who was third to Clauson and Darland in the 2012 AMSOIL standings, will debut at Ocala with a new team, partnering with Kevin Thomas Jr. in a two-car assault on the title.

Former USAC Champion Levi Jones, who holds the all-time record for consecutive series starts at a remarkable 227, will be on hand, not in a driving role, but as crew chief for Jarett Andretti as Jarett and his father John pursue USAC glory in the 2014 AMSOIL series.

In addition to Clauson and Hines, previous Ocala USAC Sprint winners include Damion Garner and Darren Hagen. Gardner has three Ocala wins to his credit, while Clauson and Hines have two and Hagen one.

Florida's spot in USAC history is solidified as it hosted the first-ever USAC Sprint race in 1956, won by Bob Sweikert, the previous year's Indianapolis 500 winner, at West Palm Beach.

Advance tickets for "Winter Dirt Games V" are available at BubbaRacewayPark.com and live pay-per-view will be available through USACracing.tv! Stay tuned to both websites for more details. Practice night on Wednesday the 19th kicks off the action.

 

 

WESTERN HPD DIRT OPENER MARCH 9 AT CHOWCHILLA;

LOVE TAKES KERN COUNTY EXHIBITION

The 2014 HPD USAC Western Dirt Midget Series debuts March 9 at Chowchilla (Calif.) Raceway, while the HPD Western Pavement Midget Series resumes March 15 at part of the "J.W. Mitchell Spring Classic" at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., an event also showcasing the Honda USAC Western Pavement Midgets.

On Sunday afternoon, the HPD Western Pavement Midgets competed in a non-points "exhibition" race at the new Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. and Duke Love of Redwood City, Calif. emerged with the 25-lap feature victory on the facility's quarter-mile oval.

Love passed Shawn Buckley on lap eight and led the rest of the way to beat Buckley, Toni Breidinger, Annie Breidinger and Cody Jessop, who posted the fastest qualifying time.

The Chowchilla race marks USAC's return there after a 21-year hiatus. Havasu hosted a pair of USAC races last year, won by Bryant Dawson and Chris Lamb.

 

 

HPD USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET "Special Event" EXHIBITION RACE RESULTS:

February 16, 2014 - Bakersfield, California - Kern County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-13.667; 2. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-13.789; 3. Wally Pankratz, 32, Pankratz-13.909; 4. Duke Love, 3, Love-14.139; 5. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.433; 6. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.455.

FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Duke Love, 2. Shawn Buckley, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Annie Breidinger, 5. Cody Jessop, 6. Wally Pankratz. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Buckley Laps 8-25 Duke.

NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE:March 15 - Lake Havasu City, AZ - Havasu 95 Speedway - "J.W. Mitchell Spring Classic:

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDROME RETURNS WITH MAY 23 HPD MIDWEST MIDGETS

The Indianapolis Speedrome, USAC's most active track through its first 58 years, returns May 23 after a three-year hiatus, hosting the USAC HPD Midwest Pavement Midget Series. The series will return to the one-fifth paved oval for a repeat performance August 30.

A total of 496 USAC events have graced the facility since USAC's debut in 1956 and the track is expected to host its historic 500th USAC race in the near future. No other race track is close in terms of total USAC events.

New ownership and a new race organizer are in place for the historic track, located on the southeast edge of the capital city. Former Indy-Car chief mechanic and team manager Larry Curry will handle the reins for co-owners Pete Watson and Jeff Hammel with an emphasis on returning the oval to prominence in the open-wheel racing community. Numerous improvements are planned, including resurfacing.

"As the new managing partner of the Speedrome I would like to say we are all very excited about having the HPD USAC midgets on our schedule for two races in 2014," says Curry. "All of the new owners are very committed to returning the Speedrome to its prominence of years past where USAC was a large part of the midget racing. We all want this to be the start of a great new era of midget racing at the track."

Gene Hartley, winner of USAC's inaugural event at Fort Wayne, Ind. in 1956, also had the distinction of grabbing the first USAC checkered flag at the Speedrome, in August of 1958. The ensuing years of various forms of USAC racing have produced 163 different winners, led by six-time Speedrome Midget Champion Michael Lang, who posted 53 victories. All-time USAC leaders Rich Vogler and Mel Kenyon recorded 32 and 21 victories respectively, while Ross Rankine grabbed the last Speedrome feature in 2011.

"Obviously we are delighted to be able to return to the Indianapolis Speedrome," echoes USAC's Eric Rankine. "No track has as much USAC history as it does and it feels like home to be back. I'm, sure it will be a fun experience for us and our participants."

 

 

ACCELERATED PURSE SPIKES HAVASU'S "MITCHELL CLASSIC"

Discount Tire and Havasu 95 Speedway are proud to announce the "JW Mitchell Spring Classic," presented by Pit Boss Jacks and Roy Miller Freight Lines March 15 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. USAC Western Midget participants will benefit from an accelerated purse structure and additional incentives in the event which includes the Honda Western Pavement Midgets and the HPD Midgets.

The Honda Western Pavement Midgets make their 2014 pavement points debut on the quarter-mile paved oval located on the south edge of Lake Havasu City, home of the world famous London Bridge. The HPD Western Midgets, which opened at Blythe, Calif. last weekend, will share the "doubleheader" billing.

The feature Midget victory will be worth $2,000, which includes the $1,000 increased make possible by the Pit Boss and Roy Miller bonuses. A $300 increase for second place brings that finish to a total of $900, while a $200 bonus for third brings that posting to $625 and fourth will pay $500 after the $150 boost from the sponsorships.

Tow money, to be paid in cash the night of the race, totals $200 per car for the Honda Midgets and $150 per car for the HPD Midgets.

"We are pleased to be able to offer our participants these increased prizes," says USAC Western Coordinator Chris Kearns. "I expect increased car counts for this special tribute to J.W Mitchell and his legacy. I thank all who contributed to this enhanced event and extend best wishes for all of our Western participants."

Havasu 95 Speedway has previously hosted a dozen USAC HPD Midget events but the March 15 program marks the inaugural appearance of the Honda USAC Western Midgets. Bryant Dawson and Chris Lamb won USAC's last Havasu 95 appearances, taking the HPD Midget races in 2013.

 

 

COCKRUM, ANDRETTI AMONG ROOKIES AT OCALA;

NEW COMBINATIONS READY FOR 2014

The offseason is always a time of change for drivers and teams alike in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. Four of the top-five in 2013 were new combinations in their first year of racing together.

This year, the turnover has been down somewhat, and most of the changes from last season include teams that are already quite familiar with one another. At the same time, a fresh batch of rookies is ready to make a splash in the season opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida February 20-21-22.

Silver Crown and Midget competitor Shane Cockrum looks to complete the entire National schedule as a rookie for Amati Racing, which was a winner twice in 2013 with veteran Jon Stanbrough. Cockrum finished in the top-five three times last season in Silver Crown competition and joins a familiar team for his first foray into the Sprint Car schedule.

"My dad (Cliff Cockrum) ran for a lot of years and (car owner) Shane Wade's grandpa is Chuck Amati. So there was a lot of history there and a little bit of a rivalry. We've become good friends in recent years and kicked around the idea of getting together. Without racing a whole lot, we had a pretty good year last year and he is giving me the opportunity to take the next step," said the new driver of the Marion Underground Construction - Shane Wade Enterprises #66 J&J, adding "We get along great and have a great full-time mechanic, Jeff Peterson, so we're gonna race against the best in the business and take on that challenge. I'm confident we can run with them, as long as we get our program fine-tuned and get enough seat time for me."

Jarett Andretti, another recognizable face in the Silver Crown Series last season, tries to build on his five Sprint Car appearances from last year that peaked with a tenth-place finish at Eldora Speedway in September. He heads to Florida with a formidable crew chief in his corner on the Window World - Indy Trading Post #18 Spike.

"We wanted to take another step with our sprint car program and we've known Levi Jones for a couple years now, so we contacted him and he was on board. His credentials speak for themselves and I think his perspective on things can help us improve where we need to. I really like the dirt sprint car and the power it brings. There's no feeling like throwing a 900-horsepower car sideways. We want to perform this year when the eyes are on us; I think we have some experience now and are taking the steps we need to in the off-season to get better," Andretti said.

After winning last year's "Four Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, Jeff Walker Racing and Chris Windom continue their re-kindling as the new season begins. The duo won the 2010 Perris (CA) "Oval Nationals" before spending more than two seasons apart prior to their reunion last season.

2012 National Series feature winner Justin Grant also returns to a comfortable seat, that with Mark Hery Racing. The duo separated last season after taking the #40 to a win during "Indiana Sprint Week" at Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway, which was the first National win for both of them.

Casey Shuman, who began the 2012 season with Rick Pollock before splitting in late May, will again drive the #21x out of Illinois after beginning their season at Peoria, Arizona's Canyon Speedway Park for the "Winter Challenge."

Other rookies expected to compete on a frequent basis include Arizona driver Dalten Gabbard, who is slated to drive for Baldwin Brothers Racing, Midwest-based teenagers Aaron Farney and Carson Short, along with Texas driver Nathan Moore.

Advance tickets for "Winter Dirt Games V" are available at BubbaRacewayPark.com and live pay-per-view will be available through USACracing.tv! Stay tuned to both websites for more details. Practice night on Wednesday the 19th kicks off the action.

 

 

ANDERSON LATEST PAVEMENT MIDGET ADDITION

Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, a USAC staple for participants for the past half-century, has joined the fold for 2014 as part of the Honda USAC Pavement Midget Series, which released its preliminary schedule today. Additional events are in the negotiation stage and will be announced when firm.

Anderson joins Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Motor Speedway and Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway hosting pavement Midget races this season, while negotiations are ongoing with the re-organized Indianapolis Speedrome and other Midwestern facilities regarding schedule additions.

"We are pleased to welcome Anderson to the calendar," says series coordinator Eric Rankine. "A.J. Foyt's victory in the 1960 debut at the quarter-mile oval began a long tradition of open-wheel racing at the historic track and we look forward to returning there in September."

The September 6 Anderson race is among five already finalized for 2014. The annual "Night Before the 500" classic currently kicks off the slate May 24, followed by a July 24 race at LOR. The Kalamazoo race is scheduled August 16 and the Columbus race, currently the finale, is September 13.

Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. won last year's USAC Pavement Midget crown, his fourth in four seasons! Last year's competition for the championship featured a final-race "shootout" between Hagen and Tracy Hines which wasn't determined until the final corner of the final lap of the final race!

Preliminary 2014 Honda USAC Pavement Midget Schedule

May 24 - Indianapolis, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

July 24 - Indianapolis, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

August 16 - Kalamazoo, MI/Kalamazoo Motor Speedway

September 6 - Anderson, IN - Anderson Speedway

September 13 - Columbus, OH/Columbus Motor Speedway

 

 

DARLAND CHASES WIN RECORD, CHAMPIONSHIP WITH PHILLIPS MOTORSPORTS

It was yet another year with new surroundings for Dave Darland in 2013. "The People's Champ," as he has become affectionately known, came off a six-win runner-up season with Jeff Walker Racing in 2012 and had to find a new home.

That came in the form of Phillips Motorsports, with owners Steve & Carla Phillips still looking for their first USAC win. After nearly delivering that win in the first race of the season in Ocala, Florida after a frenzied battle with Bryan Clauson, the collaboration celebrated in victory lane at Bloomington (IN) Speedway's "Larry Rice Classic" in May with their first victory.

They picked up steam as the season progressed, trading blows with Clauson and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team as the championship hung in the balance. Although Darland and the #71P fell short of the title, they picked up six more wins, including some of the biggest on the schedule in the Kokomo (IN) "Sprint Car Smackdown" and the year-ending "Oval Nationals" in Perris, California.

"It was an incredible yearthat makes us look back and say 'Wow, did we really do that?' Our goal at the start of the year was to win a race and keep ourselves in the top-10. To win like that and take such big events, it was just a lot of fun. We better enjoy this, because it's hard to have a season like that and who knows if it will happen again," Steve Phillips said.

Not only did the combination finish as the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship runner-up, both sides received other accolades. Steve Phillips garnered the "Crew Chief of the Year" award while Darland was named the first winner of the "Jason Leffler Award," an honor bestowed on the Lincoln, Indiana native for his appreciation of the sport's history and his representation of the sport, much in the same way as Leffler.

"Jason was a great race car driver and a great person, so it was really meaningful to be the first recipient of that award. I enjoy open-wheel racing and try to do the best I can. He was younger than me, but we grew up together in a way, racing on the same teams and whatnot. It feels good to have so many friends and fans and have people think of me like that," Darland said, adding, "Last year was a lot of fun and a great accomplishment for us to do so well. Nobody expected that, probably not even us. It's rewarding to have a season like that with our little team."

Seven wins in 2013 have elevated Darland into rarified air, now sitting second all-time in National Sprint Car wins. The 47-year-old is just five behind leader Tom Bigelow, and has leapt two ahead of Tracy Hines as the two vie for the top of the charts. Darland also looks to make 2014 the 22nd consecutive year with a USAC National win, which would break a tie with A.J. Foyt and Mel Kenyon for the longest streak all-time.

"That's never been the kind of thing I dwell on, but it's cool to hear things like that when people talk about it. I've had a lot of great teams like the Phillips family that have helped me along the way. I'm looking forward to racing with them again and trying to win some more. We have a lot of fun and hopefully we can have some of the good luck we had last year," Darland said.

Phillips Motorsports navigated last season's schedule despite a lack of major sponsorship, and they continue to seek backing for the upcoming season. Steve Stroud of Racer's Advantage Store in Phoenix returns to assist the team, as well as Frank Daigh, Surf-N-Sprint, Jockish Flowers, Ealey Trucking, BT Miller Farms, Maaco of Lafayette Road, Fatheadz Eyewear, Pallet Builders, Lucas Oil, Super Shox, Greene's Truck & Auto, and Rod End Supply. They continue to use DRC Chassis and Foxco Engines.

"There were so many good things that happened to us last year - I never dreamed of winning "Crew Chief of the Year" and we finished second and won big races - the good thing is we left something on the table that we want. Now we can try harder to go after the championship this season. We have more drive than ever. There are lofty goals there, and we still just need to line up the funding to get us to the end. Carla and Brenda (Darland's wife), especially, have worked really hard at that, and we just have to come up with some more help," Steve Phillips said.

After a practice night on February 19th, the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship runs three consecutive nights at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida February 20-21-22. Advance tickets are available at BubbaRacewayPark.com and additional information concerning the event will be forthcoming at USACracing.com.

 

 

"SPECIAL" NON-POINTS RACE SUNDAY AT KERN COUNTY;

DAWSON SWEEPS BLYTHE HPD MIDGET OPENER

Phoenix, Ariz. driver Bryant Dawson opened defense of his 2013 HPD USAC Pavement Midget championship with a 25-lap feature victory Saturday afternoon at Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, Calif. He posted the fastest qualifying time, won the dash and led the final 12 laps of the main event for the win.

The HPD Western Pavement Midgets visit the new Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. this coming Sunday in a "special event" which does not offer series points. The next pavement series race is slated March 15 at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Dawson trailed Shawn Buckley for the firat 13 laps at Blythe but led the rest of the way to beat Toni Breidinger, Ashley Hazelton, Buckley and J.R. Williams.

Dawson won the first four races of the 2013 series and added another win and five seconds on his way to the title.

2014 USAC HPD Western Midget Pavement Standings: 1-Bryant Dawson-66, 2-Toni Breidinger-61, 3-Shawn Buckley-56, 4-Ashley Hazelton-55, 5-J.R. Williams-50, 6-Annie Breidinger-48.

 

 

23 WASHINGTON HPD MIDGET DATES RELEASED

The 2014 USAC HPD Washington Midget calendar includes 23 events, six of which will serve as "exhibition" races at Deming Speedway. The series kicks off at Deming May 2 and the opening points race unfolds the next night at Skagit Speedway in Alger.

A total of five races are slated at Skagit, while Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma will host 10 events, including the series finale September 27. Races are also scheduled at Sunset Speedway in Banks, Oregon and Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Defending champion of the Washington series is Chase Goetz of Snohomish, Wash., who captured a remarkable 13 wins in 16 starts last season.

The 2014 USAC Washington HPD Midget Schedule:

May 2 - Deming, WA (SE)

May 3 - Alger, WA

May 10 - Elma, WA

May 17 - Elma, WA

May 24 - Elma, WA

May 31 - Elma, WA

June 6 - Deming, WA (SE)

June 7 - Alger, WA

June 14 - Elma, WA

June 20 - Deming, WA (SE)

June 21 - Alger, WA

June 28 - Alger, WA

July 5 - Elma, WA

August 1 - Deming, WA (SE)

Augsut 2 - Alger, WA

August 9 - Banks, OR

August 15 - Elma, WA

August 16 - Elma, WA

September 6 - Cottage Grove, OR

September 13 - Elma, WA

September 19 - Deming, WA (SE)

September 20 - Deming, WA (SE)

September 27 - Elma, WA

(SE)=Special Event - No points

 

 

6 WESTERN USAC CHAMPIONS HIGHLIGHT SANTA MARIA FETE

Damion Gardner, Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Bernal, Ronnie Gardner, Chad Nichols and Cory Elliott celebrated 2013 USAC Western driving championships at Saturday night's Western "Night of Champions" banquet at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Museum of Flight.

Damion Gardner, of Concord, Calif., won last year's AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint title, while Faria, of Tipton, Calif., won the West Coast Sprint crown. Bernal, of Hollister, Calif., was the Western Classic Sprint king, while Honda Western Midget titles went to Ronnie Gardner, of Norco, Calif. (dirt) and Nichols, of Colma, Calif. (pavement). Cory Elliott of Bakersfield, Calif. was also crowned USAC's HPD Western Ignite Midget champion.

Car owner champions also feted Saturday included Mark Alexander (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints), Faria Motorsports (West Coast), Josh Ford Motorsports (Western Classic Sprints) and Six-8 Motorsports, Burbank, Calif. (Honda Western Midgets).

Rookies of the Year were also honored and included Markus Niemela of Finland (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints), Landon Hurst of Riverdale, Calif. (West Coast Sprints), D.J. Johnson of Stockton, Calif. (Western Classic Sprints) and Trey Marcham (Honda Western Midgets).

Earning Crew Chief of the Year" honors were Steve Alexander (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints), Vinny Lattner (West Coast Sprints), Jimmy May (Western Classic Sprints) and Mitchell Johnson (Honda Western Midgets).

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif., who posted a pair of "podium" finishes during the season, earned the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car "Most Improved Driver" award.

Two traditional "special" awards, the Walt Johnson Award and the Joe Lynch Award, were presented to principals of Six-8 Motorsports, which included Walt and Mitchell Johnson and Ronnie Gardner.

USAC Western Racing Series coordinator Chris Kearns served as the emcee for the affair which was held at the museum located at the former Allan Hancock Air Field.

 

 

HPD USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

February 8, 2014 - Blythe, California - Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryant Dawson, 99, Clark-14.117; 2. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-14.591; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.946; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.668; 5. J.R. Williams, 55, Bowman-NT; 6. Ashley Hazelton, 32, Hazelton-NT.

DASH: (4 Laps) 1. Dawson, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Hazelton, 4. T.Breidinger. NT

FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Bryant Dawson, 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Ashley Hazelton, 4. Shawn Buckley, 5. J.R. Williams, 6. Annie Breidinger. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Buckley, Laps 14-25 Dawson.

NEW HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS:1-Dawson-66, 2-T.Breidinger-61, 3-Buckley-56, 4-Hazelton-55, 5-Williams-50, 6-A.Breidinger-48.

NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE:February 16 - Bakersfield, CA - Kern County Raceway Park - "Special Event - No Points"

NEXT HPD WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS RACE:March 15 - Lake Havasu City, AZ - Havasu 95 Speedway

 

 

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TO SPONSOR USAC/CRA, WEST COAST, AND WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT FAST TIME AWARD

By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA - FEBRUARY 6, 2014... Officials with the Amsoil USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Series are proud to announce that the Woodland Auto Display will sponsor the Fast Time Award in 2014. Drivers that set fast time in qualifications will earn an extra $100 for their efforts.

Located at the Municipal Airport in Paso Robles, California, the Woodland Auto Display opened their doors on July 19, 2009. The facility houses a rotating series of racing history, including Sprint Cars, NASCAR Stock Cars, Modifieds, Super Modifieds, and Midgets. In addition, many exotic, classic, and muscle cars are available for viewing. As part of the Estrella Warbirds Museum, the Woodland Auto Display is at 4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles, California, 93443. For more information, visit www.ewarbirds.org/automotive/woodland.shtml.

Perhaps best known in Sprint Cars for sponsoring the Billy and Anne Wilkerson owned team, Dick Woodland and his family have supported racing for many years. Piloting the famed Wilkerson #11,"The Flying Shoe" Ron Shuman won the inaugural SCRA Championship in 1994. Danny Lewis, Rip Williams, Tim Green, Mike Sweeney, Jeremy Sherman, Damion Gardner, Mike Kirby, and Brad Noffsinger have also raced for Wilkerson.

Last season, five-time champion Mike Spencer led all USAC/CRA drivers with seven fast time awards and also paced the Western Classic Sprints with two co-sanctioned fast times. In USAC West Coast Sprint action, 2011 Champion Richard Vander Weerd led the series with four fast time awards.

The eleventh season for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will kickoff on Friday, February 28th with the two day "Copper On Dirt" at Canyon Speedway. The Peoria, Arizona facility will also host the Honda USAC Western Midgets, West Coast Shootout Late Models, and IMCA Modifieds. Advance tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-7223 (RACE). For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will begin their sixth point season on Thursday, March 6th with the “Sin City Showdown” at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Co-sanctioned with the USAC SouthWest Sprints, the event will also showcase the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds. For more event and ticket information, visit www.lvms.com/dirt or call (702) 644-4444. For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

The fourth season for the USAC Western Classic Racing Series will open on Saturday, April 5th with a doubleheader at Calistoga Speedway. On that weekend, the scenic 1/2-mile oval will also feature the popular Word of Outlaw Sprint Cars. For ticket and event information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org.com or call (916) 773-7225. For more information on the USAC Western Classic Racing Series, visit www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WesternClassicSprints), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_WCRS).

 

 

STANBROUGH JOINS THOMAS JR. TO FORM 2-CAR SPRINT TEAM

Over the last few seasons, Michael Dutcher has become known as one of the top mechanics in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing. The California native continued his streak of strong seasons last year, as he partnered with Cullman, Alabama driver Kevin Thomas, Jr. to reel off seven wins and finish fifth in the season-long championship. This year, they step it up a notch more, as Jon Stanbrough has joined them in a second entry, with both vying for the National Championship.

Thomas was a relative newcomer in 2012, securing a sponsor and becoming "Most Improved Driver" after a season that included his initial win, which came at Bloomington Speedway during "Indiana Sprintweek." Fairly late in the offseason before the 2013 season, Thomas and Dutcher collaborated and formed an explosive team that saw stretches as hot as any USAC Sprint Car team in memory.

"It was a breakout year for me. I had been around a few years and hadn't had much success, but I got with a great couple of guys who really believed in me and had confidence that I could win. I'd never had that much before. The cars were spectacular all season, and it was a big year for me to learn how to win and learn about losing and try to build off that for this year," Thomas said.

The Michael Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star Motorsports #17RW with Thomas at the wheel won three straight races in April as the Midwest season opened, and they ran off another three-race streak in the middle of the ultra-competitive "Indiana Sprintweek" at Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, and Terre Haute. They capped it off with the $10,000-to-win "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway.

For this year, everything is back in place for that duo, and the ante has been upped even higher with the announcement that veteran Jon Stanbrough will drive the #37RW as they take on the schedule with a two-car team.

"Jon Stanbrough and I have been friends for a long time, and we got enough of a sponsorship package proposed that we couldn't turn down the opportunity. We've wanted to race together for a long time, and this year it finally came together. We had a great year last year, and I think adding Jon can only make us better," Dutcher said of the latest addition.

Stanbrough has been one of the strongest dirt sprint car drivers of the past two decades, as he has racked up 31 USAC National Sprint Car wins, which sits just one out of a tie for tenth all-time. The 46-year-old has been a constant threat for the championship, particularly since the series went to dirt races only. Despite a small schedule, Stanbrough notched two victories last year: "Sprintweek" at Gas City and the "Ultimate Challenge" at Oskaloosa's Southern Iowa Speedway.

"I'm not usually one to get excited, but I've got high hopes. I want to get back to winning more than I have the last couple years. I'm a history buff with sprint car racing and all that, but truthfully I haven't thought about the numbers much lately. When I was younger, before I even won a USAC race, I just wanted to win one. Then once you win, you want to win ten, and then twenty...that never really ends, and I just want to keep winning," Stanbrough said.

Stanbrough and Dutcher worked together for just a few races in 2009, where they ran for Terry Riggs' Indiana Underground Construction team, which returns as a sponsor on this year's car. After nearly winning the Perris (CA) "Oval Nationals" before a U-joint failure, their final race together ended in victory at the Tulare (CA) Thunderbowl Raceway "Pacific Coast Nationals."

"I'm confident in him (Dutcher), that he'll give me a fast car and nothing falls off the car. We've worked really well together in the past. I've been around a long time, and I know things don't always go the way you want them to go. I know they have been together a little bit now, and Kevin has been around long enough that we all know what we're here to do," Stanbrough said.

Thomas expects to draw a little from his elder teammate as the 22-year old hopes to build on his 2013 season and improve on the areas that held him back in the chase for the championship.

"I'm a fiery driver, and Jon is obviously a guy who has been around and is calm and level-headed. I know he'll have a good effect on me. We know we can win, and my confidence is really high with this team. But I've got to find the consistency that guys like Bryan (Clauson), Dave (Darland), and Brady (Bacon) have. I wasn't necessarily expecting to win right away like that last year, and after we had a hot streak, I kinda expected to win every race, or thought we should. The mindset of racking up podium and top-fives is key for me to be able to compete with those guys," Thomas said.

With a two-car team on the road, Dutcher shifts his focus from compiling the funds to field both entries over to preparing both cars for ultra-competitive drivers. Black Jack Oil Company, Rotondo Weirich, and Tri-Star Motorpsorts return as major supporters of both cars, and other substantial additions have been made with MP Environmental Services, Griffin's Propane, and Indiana Underground. The team will continue to utilize Maxim Chassis and Fisher Racing Engines.

"I've been fortunate to be involved with two sprint car titles and a Silver Crown championship, and this team is going for that along with as many wins as we can get. I think we have the crew to do it, with A.J. Bray and the McGhees, Mike and Sammy. It's a lot of work, even for one car, but we're used to that. I think we can handle any challenge, and we're ready. I really can't wait to get to Ocala and fire this thing up," Dutcher said.

Both teams will unload for practice night on February 19th to open "Winter Dirt Games V" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. The three-night show will follow on February 20-21-22 with complete shows each evening. Advance tickets are available at BubbaRacewayPark.com with more news forthcoming about the event at USACracing.com.

 

 

19 MIDWEST HPD MIDGET DATES LISTED ON PRELIMINARY CALENDAR

The 2014 USAC HPD Midwest Midget calendar reflects 19 events, while additional races are under negotiation and will be announced when firm.

"We are looking at some exciting additional events which should create heightened competition and increased exposure this year," says HPD Midget coordinator Eric Rankine. "As those are finalized they will be released to enhance the schedules announced today. We had a tremendous battle for championships in 2013 and we expect another banner year for participants in 2014."

The Midwest dirt schedule debuts April 11 and 12 as part of the "Kokomo Grand Prix" in conjunction with the Honda USAC National Midgets at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. Three weeks later the Midwest pavement schedule kicks in with back-to-back Ohio races May 2 and 3 at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia and Columbus Motor Speedway.

The eight-race dirt slate includes five races at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, including the June 11 "Indiana Midget Week" date, plus a July 26 race at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway as part of the "Little Hoosier 100" activities.

Pavement racing includes Michigan races at Kalamazoo Motor Speedway and Berlin Raceway in Marne, Toledo (Ohio) Speedway and a return to the Indianapolis (Ind.) Speedrome at the end of August.

June 20 and 21 Eastern HPD Midget races in North Carolina are listed as "special" non-points events for the Midwest participants.

Defending USAC HPD Midwest Midget Champions are Cooper Clouse (paved) and Gage Walker (dirt).

The 2014 USAC Midwest HPD Dirt Midget Schedule:

April 11 - Kokomo, IN April 12 - Kokomo, IN April 25 - Gas City, IN May 16 - Gas City, IN June 11 - Gas City, IN July 11 - Gas City, IN July 26 - Plymouth, IN September 26 - Gas City, IN

The 2014 USAC Midwest HPD Pavement Midget Schedule:

May 2 - Xenia, OH May 3 - Columbus, OH May 31 - Kalamazoo, MI June 13 - Xenia, OH Jone 20 - Altamahaw, NC (SE) June 21 - Hickory, NC (SE) June 28 - Marne, MI July 2 - Toledo, OH August 16 - Kalamazoo, MI August 30 - Indianapolis, IN (Speedrome) September 13 - Columbus, OH

 

 

REJUVENATED SCHUERENBERG LOOKS TO RETURN TO WINNING IN 2014

Hunter Schuerenberg of Sikeston, Missouri teamed with Hank Byram's Rock Steady Racing team to become one of the winningest combinations in AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing in 2011 and 2012. The duo clicked off six wins in that span and were contenders on a nightly basis.

After a consistent start to 2013 that saw them in the middle of a tight point race, the latter half of the year became a struggle that ended with the two parting ways and Schuerenberg piecing together a sparse schedule over the season's final few months.

A busy offseason now has Schuerenberg ready to start strong this season, as he and long-time Silver Crown entrant Gene Nolen have combined forces, along with a multitude of other backers, to assemble a team that Schuerenberg hopes will get him back in the win column.

"It's been a big deal for me to get somebody like Gene Nolen involved, someone that's been in the sport for so long and knows so much about it. He's a great guy who just loves to race. We've become good friends already and things have come together well. The things he brought to the equation were kind of the last things I needed to make everything happen. So many people have stepped up to help out. And not just help me, but Jake (Argo, crew chief) who stuck his neck out to get some things together, too," Schuerenberg said of his fledgling operation.

The 24-year old tallied seven top-fives and 14 top-tens in 18 USAC races with Rock Steady during 2013, but his union with the #35 team ended after "Indiana Sprintweek" in July. From there, Schuerenberg raced for three other teams but endured three horrific crashes, including in USAC action at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa for the "Ultimate Challenge" and during Kokomo (IN) Speedway's "Sprint Car Smackdown II."

"The end of last year is the most frustrated I have ever been in racing, period. It's a scary feeling to be at the point of seriously considering getting out. I'd had a string of bad luck, bad accidents, and just a really unfortunate couple months in racing. After having a DNF in a local show at Gas City, chaplain Dave Cochran came up to me in the infield and I was about as defeated as I could be. He told me to pray about it and see where that takes you," Schuerenberg said.

From there, Schuerenberg decided that he wanted to take things into his own hands and find partners to build his own operation.

"I was at a low point there, but I knew I wanted to try to put something together of my own, and a guy named Mark Downey knew what I was going through and got the ball rolling with a little financial help. He is a fan, and it meant a lot to me that he would want to contribute to me staying around. That was pretty much the start of the snowball that has been building since then," Schuerenberg said.

Schuerenberg leaned on many relationships harbored over a career that has now spanned eight seasons of dirt sprint car racing, both with USAC and locally. Schuerenberg began with his family's team as a 16-year old in 2006, notching finishes of third in Wheatland, Missouri and a seventh at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio before getting his first hired ride in 2007. Seven USAC wins have accumulated since then (including his first, for Jeff Walker Racing in 2008).

"There's so many good people in this sport. Guys like Roger Tapy, who gave me my first ride, and Ron Gorby, who has helped me for quite a few years now, and Gene Franckowiak, my engine guy for the last few years and someone who has become a great friend. There's been people like that who don't have a fortune but have worked hard for what they have, and that is kind of the attitude that's become infectious and rubbed off on me," Schuerenberg said.

Schuerenberg lists a myriad of supporters in his endeavor: Gene Nolen, Ron Gorby's Howard Johnson, Gene Franckowiak, Mach-1 Chassis, Competition Suspension, AFCO, Rider Racing Engines, DMI, Roof Bolt Express, MPHG Promotions, Mark Downey, Smith Precision Products, Butlerbuilt, Wesco Trailers, BMRS, Performance Coating, Indy Race Parts, Keizer Wheels, Dynatech, and AMSOIL among others.

New crew chief Argo comes on board to make the decisions on the car, which Schuerenberg welcomes.

"We just wanna make this work, and have something we can call our own. I've always admired his meticulousness and his attitude at the track. He's a calm guy, and I'm looking forward to focusing on racing and having him give me a fast car. He hasn't been around a long time, but he's a super smart guy and I'm really confident we can win a bunch together," Schuerenberg concluded.

The #20N Mach-1/Rider opens its season with the February 20-22 "Winter Dirt Games V" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Advance tickets are available at BubbaRacewayPark.com and more information will be released concerning the event through USACracing.com.

--USAC--

 

 

NEW SPONSOR, RENEWED ENERGY PROPEL HINES TO OCALA

Tracy Hines shies away from talk of his inclusion among the greats in USAC racing history. The New Castle, Indiana veteran has amassed some of the most staggering statistics in the organization's annals dating back to 1956, but he is still focused on the task at hand.

"I'm kind of a 'live-in-the moment, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately' guy, and lately my last runs in a sprint car were ninth at Perris. I know what the Achilles heel of our program is, and that's our short-track stuff, so our goal is to turn that around this year. We've been able to take some steps in the offseason to hopefully get us better there and give us a chance to win more races," Hines said.

Hines' self-run team is even more ready to take on the challenging schedule in 2014, after adding partners in the off-season and strengthening his full-time crew. The team continues to utilize DRC Chassis along with Stanton Racing Engines.

"The biggest thing is our new partner, The Carolina Nut Company, coming on board as our primary sponsor. Between that and the support of our returning and other new sponsors, we were able to make some upgrades. We added Taylor Courtney as a full-time employee. We completed another car to start the year, and we found some powerplants that we believe will put us in the hunt, week in and week out. We bought some Chevys for this year, and Stanton will still do all our engine work," Hines said.

The primary sponsorship from The Carolina Nut Company that adorns his car and trailer with new colors is joined by Hansen's Welding, Elliott's Custom Trailers, MPH Promotions, and Turbines, Inc. for the coming season.

Hines led off last season at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida with two wins in three races. From there, however, he was unable to visit victory lane again.

Those two wins elevated the 41-year old to a tie for third on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with 45 scores, just one behind the legendary Jack Hewitt and seven behind leader Tom Bigelow. Going into this season, Hines sits tied for fourth after Dave Darland put together a streak of wins during 2013 to vault to second with 47 triumphs.

"There wasn't much pressure to catch those guys until Dave passed me, and that frankly got me pissed off," Hines joked, adding, "So now I gotta get on a hot streak like he got on. That's why we're gearing up to go out and win some races. We're prepared as we can be to go do it, so we gotta give it our best shot to go do that this year."

"There wasn't much pressure to catch those guys until Dave passed me, and that frankly got me pissed off, so I gotta get on a hot streak like he got on. That's why we're gearing up to go out and win some races. We're prepared as we can be to go do it, so we gotta give it our best shot to go do that this year," Hines said.

That all starts with "Winter Dirt Games V" at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida from February 20-22, where Hines took the final two nights in 2013.

"I'm not sure I should go down and win this year, after I won there last year and didn't win any more. Maybe I wanna run second all three nights," Hines quipped, adding, "We had a good combination last year, and caught things just right those two nights. Florida is a slightly different animal. Usually, you're trying to hook up to a mostly sand base, but he's added some clay, both last year and this year. We'll just have to see how that's changed," Hines said.

He will look for a strong start to the AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship, a title he secured in 2002. He lacks only a National Midget championship to join the "Triple Crown Club" and also ranks the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" for midgets and the ultra-grueling "Indiana Sprint Week" as two goals still on his career hit list.

Details for "Winter Dirt Games V" along with advance tickets are available at BubbaRacewayPark.com.

 

 

USAC WESTERN CHAMPIONS HONORED SATURDAY IN SANTA MARIA

USAC's 2013 Western racing champions will receive accolades Saturday night at the annual USAC Western "Night of Champions," to be held at the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, located at 3015 Airpark Drive in Santa Maria, Calif. Happy hour begins at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:30 and the awards ceremonies.

The top-10 in USAC's AMSOIL CRA Sprint, West Coast Sprint, Honda Western Midget and Honda Western Western Dirt Midget series will be honored, along with the top-5 in the Western Classic Sprints and Honda Western Pavement Midgets.

Driver champions headlining the recipients are Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL CRA Sprints), Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. (West Coast Sprints), Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. (Western Classic Sprints), Ronnie Gardner of Corona, Calif. (Honda Western and Western Dirt Midgets) and Chad Nichols of Colma, Calif. (Honda Western Pavement Midgets).

Saturday night's event had originally been scheduled in Santa Ynez but was moved to Santa Maria in recent weeks.

In addition to the point position awards, special awards will also include the Billy Wilkerson and Walt Johnson Awards, CRA Crew Chief of the Year and Most Improved Driver and series Rooike of the Year Awards.

--USAC--

 

 

WESTERN HPD MIDGETS DEBUT AT BLYTHE SATURDAY

The 2014 USAC HPD Western Midget calendar reflects 32 dates (19 on pavement and 13 on dirt), beginning with this Saturday's opener at Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway at Blythe, Calif.

Jarid Blondel and Bryant Dawson earned 2013 USAC Championships. Blondel won the 2013 Western title and Dawson was the 2013 Western Pavement king. Saturday's race will be the first for USAC's HPD Midgets since Jake Swanson's victory in 2011.

Blondel scored 2013 victories at Madera, Calif. and Las Vegas, Nev., while Dawson notched five wins at Las Vegas.

Previous Blythe USAC HPD Midget winners, in addition to Swanson, include Nic Faas, Michael Faccinto, Cody Gerhardt, Justin Hommel, Connor Kassik, Ian Miille and Matt Triplett,

Saturday's race opens a pavement campaign which includes races at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu, Ariz., Madera (Calif.) Speedway and the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Bullring. The 2014 Western HPD Midget slate has 13 races at five California venues, including Ocean Speedway Chowchilla, Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, Lemoore Raceway, Santa Maria Speedway and Bakersfield Speedway.

The 2014 USAC HPD Western Midget Calendar:

February 8 - Blythe, CA/Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway (P)

March 9 - Chowchilla, CA/Ocean Speedway Chowchilla (D)

March 15 - Lake Havasu City, AZ/Havasu 95 Speedway (P)

March 29 - Madera, CA/Madera Speedway (P)

April 5 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

April 12 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

April 26 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

May 3 - Madera, CA/Madera Speedway (P)

May 17 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

June 7 - Madera, CA/Madera Speedway (P)

June 20 - Visalia, CA/Plaza Park Raceway (D)

June 27 - Visalia, CA/Plaza Park Raceway (D)

June 28 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

July 11 - Visalia, CA/Plaza Park Raceway (D)

July 12 - Madera, CA/Madera Speedway (P)

August 2 - Visalia, CA/Plaza Park Raceway (D)

August 3 - Lemoore, CA/Lemoore Raceway (D)

August 9 - Madera, CA/Madera Speedway (P)

August 22 - Visalia, CA/Plaza Park Raceway (D)

August 30 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

August 31 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

September 6 - Santa Maria, CA/Santa Maria Speedway (D)

September 13 - Madera, CA/Madera Speedway (P)

September 20 - Bakersfield, CA/Bakersfield Speedway (D)

September 21 - Chowchilla, CA/Ocean Speedway Chowchilla (D)

October 4 - Lemoore, CA/Lemoore Raceway (D)

October 18 - Madera, CA/Madera Speedway (P)

October 24 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

October 25 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

November 14 - Visalia, CA/Plaza Park Raceway (D)

November 15 - Visalia, CA/Plaza Park Raceway (D)

November 22 - Las Vegas, NV/LVMS Bullring (P)

 

 

DARLAND TAKES "WINTER CHALLENGE" TITLE; FINAL 3 WINS TO COPELAND, DARLAND & VANDER WEERD

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. emerged as the champion of the six-race "Winter Challenge" series, posting three victories and a second on his way to a five-point margin over runner-up Josh Pelkey. The USAC West Coast/Southwest Sprint Car events were all held at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Darland's third win came in Friday night's 30-lapper as he piloted Casey Minks' Mesilla Valley Transportation/Shark Racing Engines Eagle to victory over Josh Hodges, Nic Faas, Mike Martin and Pelkey. Darland led the first 10 and last 13 laps, while Hodges led seven laps during mid-race.

Colby Copeland of Roseville, Calif. won Thursday's 30-lapper, leading wire-to-wire in his Ted Williams Bandit Racing/Marks Bolts Maxim. Charles Davis Jr. was second ahead of Richard Vander Weerd, Shon Deskins and Casey Shuman.

Saturday's finale found Vander Weerd, of Visalia, Calif., passing Darland on lap 15 and leading to the checkered flag in his Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim. Darland led the first 14 laps and finished second ahead of Pelkey, Davis and Hodges.

The USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint cars resume action in another non-points "special event" March 6 in the "Sin City Showdown" at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

The 2014 USAC racing calendar now focuses on the February 20-22 Bubba Army "Winter Nationals" AMSOIL National Sprint Car events at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

 

 

DARLAND TAKES "WINTER CHALLENGE" TITLE; FINAL 3 WINS TO COPELAND, DARLAND & VANDER WEERD

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. emerged as the champion of the six-race "Winter Challenge" series, posting three victories and a second on his way to a five-point margin over runner-up Josh Pelkey. The USAC West Coast/Southwest Sprint Car events were all held at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Darland's third win came in Friday night's 30-lapper as he piloted Casey Minks' Mesilla Valley Transportation/Shark Racing Engines Eagle to victory over Josh Hodges, Nic Faas, Mike Martin and Pelkey. Darland led the first 10 and last 13 laps, while Hodges led seven laps during mid-race.

Colby Copeland of Roseville, Calif. won Thursday's 30-lapper, leading wire-to-wire in his Ted Williams Bandit Racing/Marks Bolts Maxim. Charles Davis Jr. was second ahead of Richard Vander Weerd, Shon Deskins and Casey Shuman.

Saturday's finale found Vander Weerd, of Visalia, Calif., passing Darland on lap 15 and leading to the checkered flag in his Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim. Darland led the first 14 laps and finished second ahead of Pelkey, Davis and Hodges.

The USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint cars resume action in another non-points "special event" March 6 in the "Sin City Showdown" at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

The 2014 USAC racing calendar now focuses on the February 20-22 Bubba Army "Winter Nationals" AMSOIL National Sprint Car events at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

 

 

USAC WESTERN CHAMPIONS HONORED SATURDAY IN SANTA MARIA

USAC's 2013 Western racing champions will receive accolades Saturday night at the annual USAC Western "Night of Champions," to be held at the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, located at 3015 Airpark Drive in Santa Maria, Calif. Happy hour begins at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:30 and the awards ceremonies.

The top-10 in USAC's AMSOIL CRA Sprint, West Coast Sprint, Honda Western Midget and Honda Western Western Dirt Midget series will be honored, along with the top-5 in the Western Classic Sprints and Honda Western Pavement Midgets.

Driver champions headlining the recipients are Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL CRA Sprints), Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. (West Coast Sprints), Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. (Western Classic Sprints), Ronnie Gardner of Corona, Calif. (Honda Western and Western Dirt Midgets) and Chad Nichols of Colma, Calif. (Honda Western Pavement Midgets).

Saturday night's event had originally been scheduled in Santa Ynez but was moved to Santa Maria in recent weeks.

In addition to the point position awards, special awards will also include the Billy Wilkerson and Walt Johnson Awards, CRA Crew Chief of the Year and Most Improved Driver and series Rookie of the Year Awards.

 

 

RICHARD VANDER WEERD CLAIMS $5,000 “WINTER CHALLENGE” FINALE

By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – FEBRUARY 2, 2014... Taking the lead from Dave Darland on lap 15, Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California led the rest of the way to claim Saturday’s finale of the “3rd Annual Winter Challenge.” The $5,000 USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car triumph at Canyon Speedway marked Vander Weerd’s first victory in the “Copper State.” Darland, who won the six-race mini-series championship, Josh Pelkey, Charles Davis Jr., and Josh Hodges followed Vander Weerd to the checkered flags.

Starting fourth in the main event, Richard Vander Weerd took the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim to his first USAC SouthWest main event win. Earning the series best fifteenth West Coast feature win in the process, Richard also won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. In only three starts, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion ran sixteenth in points with one feature win, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, three top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led.

Pacing the field form the pole position, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana finished second in the 30-lap main event. Driving Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Darland won the program’s second heat race and earned the “Winter Challenge” crown by five points. The former USAC National Champion closed out a successful trip with three feature wins, five heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 80 feature laps led.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey gave a valiant effort for the mini-series title to score third after starting sixth. Piloting Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey won the night’s fourth heat race and finished second in the “Winter Challenge” standings. The 1997 ASCA Champion left Canyon Speedway with one heat race victory, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye stormed to fourth in the Saturday finale from the twelfth spot. Driving the Massey Motorsports owned #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran fourth in his heat race and placed third in the point standings. The five-time Arizona Champion had two heat race victories and five top-10 finishes in the “Winter Challenge” series.

After finishing second on Friday, Tijeras, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges claimed fifth in the main event after starting tenth. Racing the family owned #74X Napa Auto Parts / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges took second in his heat race and ran seventh in the point chase. The 2009 ASCS SouthWest Rookie of the Year had five top-10 finishes and 7 feature laps led in the mini-series.

Tempe’s Stevie Sussex earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place finish after starting nineteenth. Driving Bob Price’s #4 Performance Transmission / Beaver Stripes RSS, Sussex placed sixth in his heat race and took third in the semi to earn a transfer spot. The young hard charger ran fourteenth in the standings with two top-10 finishes during the “Winter Challenge.”

Kenny Perkins of Oak Hills, California fought off all challengers to win the night’s third 8-lap heat race. Piloting the family owned #0K Howell Drilling / Sprint Car Driving Experience Victory, Perkins also scored eleventh in the 30-lap main event. Running three races, the second generation driver wrapped up the “Winter Challenge” twenty-third in points.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon won the 10-lap semi-main. Piloting his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear / Tel Star Communications Triple X, Bacon claimed fifth in his heat race and raced to ninth in the feature after starting seventeenth. The former Western World Champion ran ninth in the mini-series with one feature win, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will take a break before returning to action on Thursday, March 6th at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The $2,500-to-win “3rd Annual Sin City Showdown” will open the “Grudge Series” and will also feature the World of Outlaw Sprints and IMCA Modifieds. For more event and ticket information, visit www.lvms.com/dirt or call (702) 644-4444.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 1, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 5. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 6. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 7. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 5. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 6. Michael Woodruff (#83 Woodruff), 7. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Will Perkins (#0 Perkins), 7. David Dykes (#55NM Dykes). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 5. James Aragon (#57X Stone), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Michael Curtis, 5. James Aragon, 6. Jason Grady, 7. Michael Woodruff, 8. David Dykes, 9. Mitch Mack, 10. Will Perkins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 2. Dave Darland (1st), 3. Josh Pelkey (6th), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (12th), 5. Josh Hodges (10th), 6. Shon Deskins (14th), 7. R.J. Johnson (5th), 8. Nic Faas (11th), 9. Brady Bacon (17th), 10. Stevie Sussex (19th), 11. Kenny Perkins (7th), 12. Michael Curtis (20th), 13. Jason Grady (22nd), 14. Mike Colegrove (9th), 15. Mike Martin (18th), 16. Tye Mihocko (3rd), 17. Matt Rossi (8th), 18. Colby Copeland (13th), 19. Andy Reinbold (2nd), 20. James Aragon (21st), 21. Jace Vander Weerd (16th), 22. Josh Shipley (15th). NT ---------------------------- **Casey Shuman flipped during the second heat. **Michael Curtis flipped during the fourth heat. **Mitch Mack and Will Perkins flipped during the semi. **Colby Copeland and Mike Colegrove flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Dave Darland, Laps 15-30 Richard Vander Weerd. HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (19th to 10th)

FINAL WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS: 1-Dave Darland-357, 2-Josh Pelkey-352, 3-Charles Davis Jr,-294, 4-Casey Shuman-280, 5-R.J. Johnson-267, 6-Nic Faas-264, 7-Josh Hodges-251, 8-Shon Deskins-245, 9-Brady Bacon-243, 10-Mike Martin-220, 11-Tye Mihocko-210, ---Colby Copeland-210, 13-Aaron Reutzel-199, 14-Stevie Sussex-195, 15-Ryan Bernal-181, 16-Richard Vander Weerd-180, 17-Michael Curtis-158, 18-Jace Vander Weerd-129, 19-Jason Grady-125, 20-Jimmy Crawford-122.

NEXT SOUTHWEST “SPECIAL EVENT” & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 6 – Las Vegas, NV – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – "Sin City Showdown"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

 February 1, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 5. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 6. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 7. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 5. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 6. Michael Woodruff (#83 Woodruff), 7. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Will Perkins (#0 Perkins), 7. David Dykes (#55NM Dykes). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 5. James Aragon (#57X Stone), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Martin, 3. Sussex, 4. Curtis, 5. Aragon, 6. Grady, 7. Woodruff, 8. Dykes, 9. Mack, 10. W.Perkins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Nic Faas, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Kenny Perkins, 12. Michael Curtis, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Mike Colegrove, 15. Mike Martin, 16. Tye Mihocko, 17. Matt Rossi, 18. Colby Copeland, 19. Andy Reinbold, 20. James Aragon, 21. Jace Vander Weerd, 22. Josh Shipley. NT

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**Shuman flipped during the second heat. Curtis flipped during the fourth heat. Mack and Perkins flipped during the semi. Copeland and Colegrove flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Darland, Laps 15-30 R.Vander Weerd.

FINAL WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Darland-357, 2-Pelkey-352, 3-Davis-294, 4-Shuman-280, 5-Johnson-267, 6-Faas-264, 7-Hodges-251, 8-Deskins-245, 9-Bacon-243, 10-Martin-220.

NEXT SOUTHWEST “SPECIAL EVENT” & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 6 – Las Vegas, NV – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – "Sin City Showdown"

 

 

DAVE DARLAND GOES 3-FOR-5 AT CANYON SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – FEBRUARY 1, 2014... After finishing eighth on Thursday, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana returned to his winning ways at Peoria’s Canyon Speedway. Outdueling young Josh Hodges, Darland earned $2,000 for his third USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car triumph of the “3rd Annual Winter Challenge.” Hodges, Nic Faas, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Josh Pelkey followed the veteran driver to Friday’s checkered flags. The six-race mini-series will end tonight with a $5,000-to-win main event with racing starting at 5pm.

Starting on the pole position, Dave Darland led the first ten laps before Hodges powered to the lead. Racing Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, the former USAC National Champion regained command on lap eighteen and was not to be denied. Also winning the night’s third 8-lap heat race, Darland has taken over the point lead with a six point advantage going into the final night. To his credit, “The People’s Champion” has recorded three feature wins, four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 66 feature laps led after five events.

Charging from seventh, Tijeras, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges battled hard with Darland to grab the lead but had to settle for second on this night. Piloting the family owned #74X Napa Auto Parts / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges finished second in his heat race and is currently eighth in the point standings. The 2009 ASCS SouthWest Rookie of the Year has four top-10 finishes and 13 feature laps led in the “Winter Challenge.”

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, California had his best “Winter Challenge” finish with a third place run. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Faas scored second in his heat race and has climbed to fifth in the point chase. Getting settled in his new ride, the 2008 USAC Western Midget Champion has three top-10 finishes in five races at Canyon Speedway.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin had his best night of the mini-series by racing to fourth from the eleventh starting spot. Piloting his #16 PPG Industrial Coatings / Desert Building Materials Maxim, Martin claimed fourth in his heat race and is now tied for tenth in the point standings. To date, the former “Hall of Fame Classic” winner has one semi-main win and two top-10 finishes at the 1/3-mile facility.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria stormed to fifth in the 30-lap main event after starting thirteenth. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey claimed second in his heat race and is currently second in “Winter Challenge” points. Looking for his first win of 2014, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place finish after starting twenty-first. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard placed sixth in his heat race and fifth in the 10-lap semi-main. In limited starts, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion sits eighteenth in the mini-series points with two top-10 finishes.

Thursday’s feature winner Colby Copeland of Roseville, California took the victory in the program’s first 8-lap heat race. Piloting Ted Williams’ #74 Bandit Racing / Marks Bolts #74 Maxim, Copeland scored fourteenth in Friday night’s 30-lap main event. Currently twelfth in the “Winter Challenge” points, the former “Salute to Indy” winner has three heat race victories, one top-10 finish, and 30 feature laps led at Canyon.

Ventura, California’s Jimmy “Neutron” Crawford won his second 8-lap heat race of the mini-series. Driving his #51X Twister-X / Pro Shocks Triple X, Crawford scored seventeenth in the feature after a flip ended his night. The 2002 VRA Champion is now seventeenth in the “Winter Challenge” standings as he looks to rebound after a tough night of racing.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California drove to victory in the fourth 8-lap heat race. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Jace placed eighth in the 30-lap main event. In limited appearances, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is nineteenth in the point chase with two heat race wins and two top-10 finishes.

In his first start of the “Winter Challenge,” Gilbert’s Andy Reinbold won the 10-lap semi-main. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals RSS, Reinbold placed fifth in his heat race and scored thirteenth in the feature after starting seventeenth. Noted as one of the tallest sprint car drivers in the nation, Andy is twenty-eighth in the point standings.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action Saturday, February 1st, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. The final round of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Mini Sprints, and Renegades. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: January 31, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 4. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 5. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 7. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 8. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. Michael Woodruff (#83 Woodruff), 3. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller), 4. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold), 6. James Aragon (#57X Stone), 7. Taylor Walton (#77X Hockett). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 2. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 6. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 7. Will Perkins (#0 Perkins). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: David Dykes (#55NM Dykes).

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold, 2. Shon Deskins, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Mike Colegrove, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Jason Grady, 7. James Aragon, 8. Mitch Mack, 9. Will Perkins, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Charles Davis Jr. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Dave Darland (1st), 2. Josh Hodges (7th), 3. Nic Faas (3rd), 4. Mike Martin (11th), 5. Josh Pelkey (13th), 6. Casey Shuman (14th), 7. Richard Vander Weerd (21st), 8. Jace Vander Weerd (4th), 9. Shon Deskins (18th), 10. R.J. Johnson (19th), 11. Tye Mihocko (8th), 12. Michael Curtis (12th), 13. Andy Reinbold (17th), 14. Colby Copeland (5th), 15. Kenny Perkins (10th), 16. Josh Grady (16th), 17. Jimmy Crawford (2nd), 18. Aaron Reutzel (6th), 19. Mike Colegrove (20th), 20. Jason Grady (22nd), 21. Michael Woodruff (9th), 22. Stevie Sussex (15th). NT ---------------------------- **Taylor Walton flipped during the third heat. **Charles Davis Jr. flipped during the semi. **Aaron Reutzel, Jimmy Crawford, Jason Grady, and Josh Grady flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Dave Darland, Laps 11-17 Josh Hodges, Laps 18-30 Dave Darland. HARD CHARGER: Richard Vander Weerd (21st to 7th)

NEW WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS: 1-Dave Darland-290, 2-Josh Pelkey-284, 3-Casey Shuman-277, 4-Charles Davis Jr.-238, 5-Nic Faas-219, 6-R.J. Johnson-213, 7-Brady Bacon-203, 8-Josh Hodges-196, 9-Shon Deskins-194, 10-Aaron Reutzel-193, ---Mike Martin-193, 12-Colby Copeland-182, 13-Tye Mihocko-179, 14-Ryan Bernal-178, 15-Stevie Sussex-159, 16-Michael Curtis-127, 17-Jimmy Crawford-120, 18-Richard Vander Weerd-108, 19-Jace Vander Weerd-107, 20-Josh Grady-95, ---Jason Grady-95.

2014 WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE: DATE - TRACK - LOCATION February 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($5,000-to-Win)

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

 January 31, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 4. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 5. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 7. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 8. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. Michael Woodruff (#83 Woodruff), 3. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller), 4. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold), 6. James Aragon (#57X Stone), 7. Taylor Walton (#77X Walton). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 2. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 6. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 7. Will Perkins (#0 Perkins). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: David Dykes (#55NM Dykes).

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Reinbold, 2. Deskins, 3. Johnson, 4. Colegrove, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Ja.Grady, 7. Aragon, 8. Mack, 9. W.Perkins, 10. Bacon, 11. Bernal, 12. Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Nic Faas, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. Casey Shuman, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Michael Curtis, 13. Andy Reinbold, 14. Colby Copeland, 15. Kenny Perkins, 16. Josh Grady, 17. Jimmy Crawford, 18. Aaron Reutzel, 19. Mike Colegrove, 20. Jason Grady, 21. Michael Woodruff, 22. Stevie Sussex. NT

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**Walton flipped during the third heat. Davis flipped during the semi. Reutzel, Crawford, Ja.Grady, and Jo.Grady flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Darland, Laps 11-17 Hodges, Laps 18-30 Darland.

NEW WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Darland-290, 2-Pelkey-284, 3-Shuman-277, 4-Davis-238, 5-Faas-219, 6-Johnson-213, 7-Bacon-203, 8-Hodges-196, 9-Deskins-194, 10-Reutzel-193.

NEXT SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE: February 1 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

January 30, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 2. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock), 3. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller), 4. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 7. Tony Everhart (#55 Everhart), 8. David Dykes ( #55NM Dykes), 9. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., (#50 Massey), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 3. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 4. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 5. Michael Woodruff (#83 Woodruff), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Taylor Walton (#77X Walton), 8. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 9. Will Perkins (#0 Perkins). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 2. Nic Faas (#73 Faas), 3. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 8. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 9. Josh Grady (#12J Grady). NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Martin, 2. Crawford, 3. Pelkey, 4. Walton, 5. Woodruff, 6. K.Perkins, 7. Jo.Grady, 8. Everhart, 9. Dykes, 10. W.Perkins, 11. Bernal. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Colby Copeland, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Shon Deskins, 5. Casey Shuman, 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Josh Pelkey, 10. Mike Colegrove, 11. Nic Faas, 12. Stevie Sussex, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Mike Martin, 15. Michael Curtis, 16. Kenny Perkins, 17. Taylor Walton, 18. Michael Woodruff, 19. Aaron Reutzel, 20. Jimmy Crawford, 21. Jason Grady, 22. Mitch Mack. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Copeland.

NEW WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Davis-235, 2-Pelkey-231, 3-Shuman-226, 4-Darland-221, 5-Bacon-198, 6-Johnson-177, 7-Bernal-176, 8-Reutzel-164, 9-Faas-155, 10-Deskins-154.

NEXT SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE: January 31 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

 

 

JOSH PELKEY LEADS “WINTER CHALLENGE” RETURN TO CANYON SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – JANUARY 28, 2014... After a break in the schedule, the “3rd Annual Winter Challenge” will resume Thursday for three nights of action at Peoria’s Canyon Speedway. Featuring the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars, drivers have traveled from Indiana, Oklahoma, California, New Mexico, Texas, and Minnesota to battle with a talented roster from Arizona. At the halfway point, twenty-five drivers have taken the green flag and Peoria’s Josh Pelkey leads the six-race mini-series point chase. Promoter Kevin Montgomery has raised an impressive purse that will pay $2,000-to-win on Thursday and Friday nights, with $5,000 up for grabs at Saturday’s finale. Racing will start at 5pm on Thursday and Friday and is scheduled to begin at 7pm on Saturday.

After scoring a second, fourth, and third place finish in Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Josh Pelkey holds a 15 point advantage over the competition. The 1997 ASCA Champion has led 13 main event laps and will be among the favorites to watch at Canyon Speedway. Pelkey will have his sights on his first win of the season and claiming the “Winter Challenge” crown.

The hottest driver in the “Winter Challenge” has been Lincoln, Indiana’s Dave Darland. Piloting Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, “The People’s Champion” has won the last two 30-lap features and is second in the standings. Making history in the process, Darland has at least one main event win in twenty-two consecutive seasons of USAC competition. This accomplishment broke a three-way tie with A.J. Foyt (1959-79) and Mel Kenyon (1962-82). Scoring twenty-second on opening night, Dave has three heat race victories and 43 feature laps led to his credit. The former USAC National Champion will be looking to continue his hot streak and winning Saturday’s $5,000 finale.

Currently sitting third in point chase is R.J. Johnson of Phoenix. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion has recorded two thirds and a sixth place finish. With two drives from deep in the field, the second generation driver earned last Saturday’s Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” with a fifteenth to third place run. Johnson had a career season in 2013 with 12 USAC Sprint Car wins and he will have his sights on adding the mini-series title to his resume.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal is fourth in the point standings. Driving Casey Minks’ #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal ran fifth on opening night from fifteenth, placed second to teammate Darland on Saturday, and took fourth last Sunday from tenth. The defending USAC Western Classic Champion has 17 feature laps led during the “Winter Challenge” and will be looking to add Canyon Speedway to his win list.

Rattlesnake Bend’s Casey Shuman is fifth in the mini-series points. Piloting Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, the second generation driver has a fourth, twelfth, and fifth place finish at Canyon Speedway. To date, Shuman has one heat race victory and will have his sights on adding several “Winter Challenge” trophies to his collection

Five-time Arizona Champion “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Friday winner Brady Bacon of Oklahoma, Texas’ Aaron Reutzel, Josh Hodges of New Mexico, and California’s Nic Faas round out the top-ten in points. Other drivers expected to compete are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Shon Deskins, Dalten Gabbard, former VRA Champion Jimmy “Neutron” Crawford, Colby Copeland, Michael Curtis, and many more.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Thursday, January 30th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #4 of the “Winter Challenge” mini-series will also feature the popular IMCA Modifieds. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). -------------------------------------------------------------- WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS: 1-Josh Pelkey-194, 2-Dave Darland-179, 3-R. J. Johnson-177, 4-Ryan Bernal-174, 5-Casey Shuman-166, 6-Charles Davis Jr.-164, 7-Brady Bacon-151, 8-Aaron Reutzel-139, 9-Josh Hodges-129, 10-Nic Faas-117, 11-Tye Mihocko-110, 12-Mike Martin-109, 13-Stevie Sussex-106, 14-Shon Deskins-98, 15-Dalten Gabbard-84, 16-Jimmy Crawford-76, 17-Colby Copeland-75, 18-Michael Curtis-65, 19-Mitch Mack-65, 20-Josh Grady-64, 21-Jason Grady-62, 22-David Dykes-36, 23- Matt Rossi-24, 24-Mike Rux Jr.-19, 25-Ryan Linder-9.

2014 WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE: DATE - TRACK - LOCATION January 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win) January 31: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win) February 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($5,000-to-Win)

 

 

USAC MANDATES NEW DIRT SPRINT CAR TIRE RULE FOR 2014

By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – JANUARY 28, 2014... For the 2014 campaign, the United States Auto Club (USAC) has mandated a unified tire rule for all of their dirt sprint car divisions. Currently used by the USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprints, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium has been chosen as the official right rear tire. Competitors with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC Western Classic Series will have several races to use their older inventory of Hoosier HTW/HT2s before the change goes into effect. The changeover for the USAC National Series must be made May 1st.

USAC/CRA competitors can run the HTW/HT2s at their first four dates (2/28 Canyon, 3/1 Canyon, 3/15 Perris, and 4/12 Perris). At the May 3rd race at Perris Auto Speedway, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. Fuel injected iron block 360 sprints must use the Hoosier 105/16 Medium and carbureted spec sprints can still use their local track legal Hoosier tires with USAC/CRA.

The USAC Western Classic Sprints can use the Hoosier HTW/HT2s at their first two shows (4/5 Calistoga and 4/6 Calistoga). Starting with the April 25th show at Kings Speedway, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Carbureted Spec Sprints can still use their track legal Hoosier tires with the Western Classic Sprints.

Starting at the March 6th event at Las Vegas, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire for the USAC West Coast Sprints. The Hoosier DT3, RC3, and VRA tires are no longer legal and all four corners must be Hoosier. Carbureted Spec Sprints can still use their track legal Hoosier tires with the West Coast Sprints.

In the Midwest, the MSCS Sprints and several Indiana tracks (Bloomington, Gas City, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Lincoln Park, Terre Haute, and Tri-State) will also adopt the Hoosier Medium 105/16.

The Hoosier Medium 105/16 is used throughout the country and is currently the required spec tire for: USAC (Southwest Sprints and West Coast Sprints) ASCS (American Sprint Car Series - All Divisions) USCS (United Sprint Car Series) SOD (Sprints on Dirt) Attica, OH (Weekly 410 and 305 Sprints) Fremont, OH (Weekly 410 and 305 Sprints) Knoxville, IA – (Weekly 360 and 305 Sprints) UMSS (Upper Midwest Sprint Series) NCRA (National Championship Racing Association) MOWA (Midwest Open Wheel Association)

The Hoosier Medium 105/16 is an option tire for: World of Outlaws All Star Circuit of Champions IRA (Interstate Racing Association) NOSA (Northern Outlaw Sprint Association) OVSCA (Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association) VRA (Ventura Racing Association) Perris, CA (Seniors & Young Guns)

The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be held February 8th at the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, 3015 Airpark Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455. Catered by Stinky’s Grill, tickets are $45 and the event is open to all racers, crew members, family, and friends. Hotel and ticket information is posted on the event flyer that can be downloaded at: www.westcoastsprintcars.com/images/fpposter14/14banquet.jpg or www.westcoastsprintcars.com/images/fpposter14/14banquet.pdf. The deadline to submit your entries is February 4th.

Officials with the Amsoil USAC/CRA, USAC Western Classic, and West Coast Sprint Car Series are looking for marketing partners and associate sponsors to join their Racer Contingency Programs. If you or your company would like to become part of the groups, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).

For more information on the USAC Western Classic Racing Series, visit www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WesternClassicSprints), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_WCRS).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).

 

 

30 EASTERN HPD MIDGET DATES RELEASED

The 2014 USAC Eastern HPD Midget calendar contains 30 dates from April through November, encompassing more than a dozen different venues in five states.

The season opens with an April 5 race at Orange County Speedway in Durham, N.C. and concludes with the John Blewett III North/South Shootout at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. October 31 and November 1.

In between are events in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and a pair of races in New York. The New York venues are Spencer Speedway in Williamson August 1 and Oswego Speedway August 2.

An Eastern "Midget Week" is also planned, to include a June 17 race in Charlotte, plus August 20 and 21 races at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. and Franklin County Speedway in Callaway, N.C.

Other venues on the calendar include Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina, Concord (NC) Motor Speedway, Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, N.C., Southern National Motorsports in Kenly, N.C., Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va. And the September 13 East/Midwest shootout at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.

"Kyle McGowan, our Eastern HPD Midget supervisor, has done a remarkable job of assembling the schedule," says USAC Developmental coordinator Eric Rankine. "It's a great mix of venues and offers a great challenge to those bidding for the 2014 championship."

Dates listed as "TBA" will be announced as they become firm.

The 2014 USAC Eastern HPD Midget Schedule:

April 5 - Durham, NC

April 25 - Anderson, SC

April 26 - Durham, NC

May 9 - Altamahaw, NC

May 10 - Concord, NC

May 22 - Charlotte, NC

May 24 - Durham, NC

May 31 - Asheboro, NC

June 17 - Charlotte, NC

June 20 - Altamahaw, NC

June 21 - Callaway, VA

June 27 - Raleigh, NC

July 4 - TBA

July 5 - TBA

July 11 - Anderson, SC

July 12 - Kenly, NC

July 25 - Altamahaw, NC

August 1- Williamson, NY

August 2 - Oswego, NY

August 15 - Altamahaw, NC

August 16 - Hickory, NC

August 22 - Raleigh, NC

August 23 - Concord, NC

September 13 - Columbus, OH

September 20 - Hickory, NC

October 4 - Coeburn, VA

October 10 - Altamahaw, NC

October 11 - Altamahaw, NC

October 31 - Asheboro, NC

November 1 - Asheboro, NC

 

 

“THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION” STRIKES AGAIN AT CANYON

By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – JANUARY 27, 2014... After winning the Saturday night feature, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana continued his winning ways at Canyon Speedway. Leading all 30-laps to claim the third leg of the six-race “3rd Annual Winter Challenge,” Darland earned $3,000 for his Sunday night victory. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Josh Pelkey, Ryan Bernal, and Casey Shuman rounded out the top-five as the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Thursday.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Dave Darland outdueled Casey Shuman to take command at the fast 1/3-mile oval. Piloting Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, “The People’s Champion” sailed to victory as the action was furious behind the leader. After winning the third 8-lap heat race and main event, the veteran driver has climbed to second in the “Winter Challenge” point chase. At the halfway point, Darland has recorded two feature wins, three heat race victories, and 43 feature laps led.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. sliced his way to second in the main event after starting ninth. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second in his heat race and is currently sixth in the point standings. To date, the five-time Arizona Champion has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the “Winter Challenge.”

Josh Pelkey of Peoria had another solid night at Canyon Speedway with a third place run from fifth. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey was second in his heat race and continues to lead the point standings. The former ASCA Champion has three top-5 finishes and 13 feature laps led in the mini-series.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal charged from tenth to score fourth at the checkered flags. Driving Casey Minks’ #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal placed third in his heat race and is currently fourth in the “Winter Challenge.” After three events, the defending USAC Western Classic Champion has three top-5 finishes and 17 feature laps led.

Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend fought hard to take fifth in the Sunday night feature. Piloting Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, Shuman was second in his heat race and is currently fifth in the standings. To date, the second generation driver has one heat race victory and two top-5 finishes.

Clute, Texas’ Aaron Reutzel earned his the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place finish after starting twentieth. Racing Bob Miller’s #21A Car Parts Machine / BC Fundz J&J, Reutzel was seventh in his heat race and is now eighth in the “Winter Challenge” standings.

“The Kid” Tye Mihocko of Peoria won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and scored thirteenth in the feature. Driving the family owned #5 Old World Brewery / RSS Industries entry, the young driver sits eleventh in the point standings and is gaining valuable experience. To date, Mihocko has one semi-main win and one top-10 finish in the “Winter Challenge.”

Roseville, California’s Colby Copeland raced to victory in the program’s second heat race. Piloting the Ted Williams’ owned #74 Bandit Racing / Marks Bolts Maxim, Copeland also scored twentieth in the main event after an early exit. The former “Salute to Indy” winner has had a tough “Winter Challenge” and is currently seventeenth in the point standings.

Before racing resumes, the Brunswick Lanes in Glendale will host the 2014 Winter Challenge Bowling Tournament on Tuesday, January 28th. Located at 17210 North 59th Avenue, warm-ups will start at 6:30pm and the tournament will begin at 7:00pm.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Thursday, January 30th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #4 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature the popular IMCA Modifieds. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: January 26, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 3. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 4. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 7. David Dykes (#52NM Dykes), 8. Jason Grady (#45 Grady). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 2. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 5. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks), 4. Dalten Gabbard (#5D Baldwin), 5. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 6. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Dave Darland (2nd), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (9th), 3. Josh Pelkey (5th), 4. Ryan Bernal (10th), 5. Casey Shuman (1st), 6. R.J. Johnson (6th), 7. Aaron Reutzel (20th), 8. Stevie Sussex (7th), 9. Josh Hodges (12th), 10. Mike Martin (19th), 11. Nic Faas (11th), 12. Brady Bacon (17th), 13. Tye Mihocko (4th), 14. Michael Curtis (18th), 15. Jason Grady (22nd), 16. Shon Deskins (15th), 17. Jimmy Crawford (16th), 18. Josh Grady (8th), 19. David Dykes (21st), 20. Colby Copeland (3rd), 21. Dalten Gabbard (13th), 22. Mitch Mack (14th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Dave Darland. HARD CHARGER: Aaron Reutzel (20th to 7th)

WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS: 1-Josh Pelkey-194, 2-Dave Darland-179, 3-R. J. Johnson-177, 4-Ryan Bernal-174, 5-Casey Shuman-166, 6-Charles Davis Jr.-164, 7-Brady Bacon-151, 8-Aaron Reutzel-139, 9-Josh Hodges-129, 10-Nic Faas-117, 11-Tye Mihocko-110, 12-Mike Martin-109, 13-Stevie Sussex-106, 14-Shon Deskins-98, 15-Dalton Gabbard-84, 16-Jimmy Crawford-76, 17-Colby Copeland-75, 18-Michael Curtis-65, 19-Mitch Mack-65, 20-Josh Grady-64.

2014 WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE: DATE - TRACK - LOCATION January 28: Brunswick Lanes - Glendale, AZ (Bowling Tournament, 7pm) January 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win) January 31: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win) February 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($5,000-to-Win)

 

 

3 "WINTER CHALLENGE" FINALES THIS WEEK AT CANYON;

DARLAND TAKES 2 & SETS USAC MARK; BACON GETS OPENER

The third "Winter Challenge" for USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars concludes this week with Thursday, Friday and Saturday races at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Saturday's finale offers $5,000 to win and if last week's races are any indicator, Dave Darland will be the man to beat.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., swept Saturday and Sunday night 30-lappers in his Casey Minks machine, leading all 30 laps Sunday night after passing teammate Ryan Bernal on lap 18 Saturday. Saturday's victory established a new all-time record for drivers with at least one USAC win in consecutive years, marking the 22nd straight year Darland has found a USAC victory lane. He breaks the tie he shared at 21 with A.J. Foyt (1959-1979) and Mel Kenyon (1962-1982).

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. won Friday night's "Winter Challenge" opener, racing from 13th starting spot to pass Josh Pelkey on lap 14 and lead the final 17 laps in his Fatheadz Eyewear Triple X. Pelkey took second ahead of 2013 USAC Southwest Champ R.J. Johnson, Casey Shuman and 2013 USAC Western Classic Champ Ryan Bernal. Darland was eliminated from competition in a first-lap tangle after winning his heat race.

Trailing Darland Saturday were Bernal, Johnson, Pelkey and Bacon. On Sunday Charles Davis Jr. picked up the runner-up spot ahead of Pelkey, Bernal and Shuman.

Pelkey emerged from the three races as the early leader in the "Winter Challenge" standings, 15 ahead of Darland, with Johnson holding down third.

WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Josh Pelkey-194, 2-Dave Darland-179, 3-R.J. Johnson-177, 4-Ryan Bernal-174, 5-Casey Shuman-166, 6-Charles Davis Jr.-164, 7-Brady Bacon-151, 8-Aaron Reutzel-139, 9-Josh Hodges-129, 10-Nic Faas-117.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

January 26, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 3. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 4. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 7. David Dykes (#52NM Dykes), 8. Jason Grady (#45 Grady). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 2. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 5. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks), 4. Dalten Gabbard (#5D Baldwin), 5. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 6. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Casey Shuman, 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Aaron Reutzel, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Josh Hodges, 10 Mike Martin, 11. Nic Faas, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Jason Grady, 16. Shon Deskins, 17. Jimmy Crawford, 18. Josh Grady, 19. David Dykes, 20. Colby Copeland, 21. Dalten Gabbard, 22. Mitch Mack. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Darland.

WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Pelkey-194, 2-Darland-179, 3-Johnson-177, 4-Bernal-174, 5-Shuman-166, 6-Davis-164, 7-Bacon-151, 8-Reutzel-139, 9-Hodges-129, 10-Faas-117.

NEXT SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE: January 30 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

 

 

DAVE DARLAND MAKES USAC HISTORY AT CANYON SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – JANUARY 26, 2014... Taking the lead from teammate Ryan Bernal on lap 18, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana won the second night of the six-race “3rd Annual Winter Challenge.” The veteran driver earned $2,000 for his first USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Bernal, R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, and Brady Bacon followed Darland to the checkered flags as the racers will return to the fast 1/3-mile oval for Sunday’s $3,000 payday,

According to Dick Jordan, USAC historian and Vice President of Communications, Darland’s Saturday night victory marks his 22nd consecutive season with a victory in USAC competition. This accomplishment set a new record and broke a three-way tie with A.J. Foyt (1959-1979) and Mel Kenyon (1962-82).

Driving Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Dave Darland rebounded from a tough opening night to win the 30-lap feature after starting fourth. Also winning the night’s second 8-lap heat race, “The People’s Champion” has now climbed to fifth in the mini-series points with two heat race victories, one top-10 finish, and 13 main event laps led.

Taking command from pole-sitter Tye Mihocko at the green flag, Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal had to settle for second on this night. Piloting Casey Minks’ #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal ran fourth in his heat race and is currently third in the “Winter Challenge.” To date, the defending USAC Western Classic Champion has two top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led to his credit.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run after starting fifteenth. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion placed sixth in his heat race and is now fourth in the “Winter Challenge” points. Entering Sunday’s action at Canyon Speedway, Johnson has recorded two top-10 finishes.

After finishing second on opening night, Josh Pelkey of Peoria raced to fourth in the Saturday feature after starting seventh. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey was second in his heat race and sits atop the mini-series point chase. With two top-10 finishes and 13 feature laps led, the former ASCA Champion will be looking to claim Sunday’s $3,000 victory.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon ran fifth in the 30-lap main event after starting eighth. Piloting his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear / Tel Star Communications Triple X, Bacon placed third in his heat race and is currently second in the “Winter Challenge.” To date, the former Western World Champion has one feature win, one hard charger award, two top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye drove to victory in the program’s first 8-lap heat race. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran seventh in the feature and is now seventh in the mini-series point standings. Heading to the third round of the “Winter Challenge,” the five-time Arizona Champion has two top-10 finishes.

Driving Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, Rattlesnake Bend’s Casey Shuman won the night’s third 8-lap heat race. After scoring twelfth in the 30-lap feature, the veteran driver is currently sixth in the point chase with one top-10 finish.

In his second Canyon Speedway start, Mitch Mack of East Grand Forks, Minnesota took his first checkered flags by winning the 10-lap semi-main. Piloting the family owned #92 J&J, Mack finished seventeenth in the main event and is now eighteenth in points. A regular on the winged NOSA sprint car circuit, the grandson of former Outlaw driver Don Mack is adjusting to racing without a wing.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action tonight, January 26th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #3 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Mini Sprints, and Modlites. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). --------------------------------------------------------------

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: January 25, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., (#50 Massey), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 4. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks), 5. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller), 6. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 7. Dalten Gabbard (#5D Baldwin), 8. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 6. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 7. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 8. David Dykes (#55NM Dykes). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 6. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Ryan Linder (#9 Linder/Whitney). NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Mitch Mack, 2. Dalten Gabbard, 3. Michael Curtis, 4. Colby Copeland, 5. Josh Grady, 6. David Dykes, 7. Jason Grady, 8. Ryan Linder. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Dave Darland (4th), 2. Ryan Bernal (2nd), 3. R.J. Johnson (15th), 4. Josh Pelkey (7th), 5. Brady Bacon (8th), 6. Aaron Reutzel (16th), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 8. Tye Mihocko (1st), 9. Nic Faas (14th), 10. Josh Hodges (9th), 11. Mike Martin (3rd), 12. Casey Shuman (6th), 13. Dalten Gabbard (18th), 14. Shon Deskins (13th), 15. Stevie Sussex (11th), 16. Jimmy Crawford (10th), 17. Matt Rossi (12th), 18. Michael Curtis (19th), 19. Mitch Mack (17th), 20. David Dykes (22nd), 21. Josh Grady (21st), 22. Colby Copeland (20th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Bernal, Laps 18-30 Darland. HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (15th to 3rd)

WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS: 1-Josh Pelkey-124, 2-Brady Bacon-119, 3-Ryan Bernal-117, 4-R.J. Johnson-114, 5-Dave Darland-109, 6-Casey Shuman-109, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-100, 8-Aaron Reutzel-95, 9-Josh Hodges-89, 10-Nic Faas-82, 11-Mike Martin-74, 12-Shon Deskins-73, 13-Tye Mihocko-67, 14-Dalten Gabbard-66, 15-Stevie Sussex-62, 16-Jimmy Crawford-54, 17-Colby Copeland-48, 18-Mitch Mack-47, 19-Josh Grady-40, 20-Jason Grady-38.

2014 WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE: DATE - TRACK - LOCATION January 26: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($3,000-to-Win) January 28: Brunswick Lanes - Glendale, AZ (Bowling Tournament, 7pm) January 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win) January 31: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win) February 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($5,000-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

January 25, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., (#50 Massey), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 4. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks), 5. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller), 6. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 7. Dalten Gabbard (#5D Baldwin), 8. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 6. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 7. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 8. David Dykes ( #55NM Dykes). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 6. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Ryan Linder (#9 Linder/Whitney). NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Mack, 2. Gabbard, 3. Curtis, 4. Copeland, 5. Jo.Grady, 6. Dykes, 7. Ja.Grady, 8. Linder. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Josh Pelkey, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Aaron Reutzel, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Nic Faas, 10. Josh Hodges, 11. Mike Martin, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Dalten Gabbard, 14. Shon Deskins, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Jimmy Crawford, 17. Matt Rossi, 18. Michael Curtis, 19. Mitch Mack, 20. David Dykes, 21. Josh Grady, 22. Colby Copeland. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Bernal, Laps 18-30 Darland.

WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Pelkey-124, 2-Bacon-119, 3-Bernal-117, 4-Johnson-114, 5-Darland-109, 6-Shuman-109, 7-Davis-100, 8-Reutzel-95, 9-Hodges-89, 10-Faas-82.

NEXT SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE: January 26 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – "2014 Winter Challenge"

 

 

BRADY BACON STORMS TO CANYON “WINTER CHALLENGE” VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – JANUARY 25, 2014... Starting thirteenth, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma took command from Josh Pelkey on lap 14 to claim opening night of the “3rd Annual Winter Challenge.” For his efforts, the former Western World Champion earned $2,000 for scoring Friday’s USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway. Pelkey, R.J. Johnson, Casey Shuman, and Ryan Bernal rounded out the top-five drivers as the second leg of the six-race mini-series gets underway tonight.

Piloting his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear / Tel Star Communications Triple X, Brady Bacon raced to the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors at Kevin Montgomery’s 1/3-mile facility. Earning his first USAC SouthWest/West Coast triumph and scoring fourth in his heat race, the versatile driver is the current “Winter Challenge” point leader.

From the pole position, Peoria’s Josh Pelkey shook free from Casey Shuman and led the first thirteen circuits before taking second in the main event. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, the former ASCA Champion ran second in his heat race and trails Bacon by a single point heading to Saturday night’s action.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix charged from fourteenth to claim third at the checkered flags. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the defending USAC SouthWest Champion ran sixth in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. As this writing goes to press, Johnson is currently third in the “Winter Challenge” standings.

Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend fought hard to score fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Rick Pollock’s #21X Greenwell Auto Body / Bates Commodities Inc. Maxim, Shuman also took fourth in his heat race. Now a regular in the Indiana Sprint Car scene, Casey sits fourth in the mini-series point chase.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal raced to fifth at Canyon Speedway after stating fifteenth. Making his first start in the Casey Minks owned #111 Champion Auto & Truck Recyclers / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, Bernal placed sixth in his heat race. The defending USAC Western Classic Champion is currently sixth in the “Winter Challenge” standings.

Now racing out of Indianapolis, Indiana, Dalten Gabbard won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving the Baldwin Brothers #5D Fox Paving / Chances Are Maxim, Gabbard ran sixteenth in the main event. The Peoria native left the speedway running fourteenth in the point standings.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana raced to victory in the second heat race. Racing Casey Minks’ #1X Mesilla Valley Transportation / Shark Racing Engines Eagle, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion scored twenty-second in the feature after an early exit. After the first round, Darland is in a three-way tie for eighteenth in points.

Ventura, California’s Jimmy “Neutron” Crawford won the third 8-lap heat race. Piloting his #51X Twister X / Steve Gresham Racing Engines Triple X, the former VRA Champion ran twentieth in the feature after problems ended his night. Like Darland, Crawford is tied for eighteenth in the “Winter Challenge.”

“The Kid” Tye Mihocko won the program’s 10-lap semi-main event. Driving the family owned #5 Old Word Brewery / RSS Industries machine, the young driver was seventh in his heat race before scoring eighteenth in the main event. Mihocko left Canyon tied with Darland and Crawford in the standings.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action tonight, January 25th, at Canyon Speedway in Peoria. Round #2 of the “Winter Challenge” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Mini Sprints, and Modlites. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: January 24, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalten Gabbard (#5D Baldwin), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 4. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 5. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller), 6. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 7. Ryan Linder (#9 Linder/Whitney), 8. Davis Dykes (#55NM Dykes). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Mike Rux Jr. (#22 Rux), 4. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks), 7. Stevie Sussex (#4 Price), 8. Josh Grady (#12J Grady). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 4. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock), 5. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Michael Curtis, 3. Mike Martin, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Mitch Mack, 6. Josh Grady, 7. David Dykes, 8. Ryan Linder. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Brady Bacon (13th), 2. Josh Pelkey (1st), 3. R.J. Johnson (14th), 4. Casey Shuman (2nd), 5. Ryan Bernal (15th), 6. Josh Hodges (9th), 7. Aaron Reutzel (16th), 8. Shon Deskins (12th), 9. Nic Faas (8th), 10. Charles Davis Jr. (7th), 11. Stevie Sussex (20th), 12. Mike Martin (19th), 13. Jason Grady (10th), 14. Mitch Mack (21st), 15. Josh Grady (22nd), 16. Dalten Gabbard (4th), 17. Colby Copeland (5th), 18. Tye Mihocko (17th), 19. Michael Curtis (18th), 20. Jimmy Crawford (3rd), 21. Mike Rux Jr. (11th), 22. Dave Darland (6th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Josh Pelkey, Laps 14-30 Brady Bacon. HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (13th to 1st)

WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS: 1-Brady Bacon-65, 2-Josh Pelkey-64, 3. R.J. Johnson-57, 4-Casey Shuman-56, 5-Josh Hodges-52, 6-Ryan Bernal-51, 7-Aaron Reutzel-46, 8-Shon Deskins-43, 9-Nic Faas-42, 10-Charles Davis Jr.-40, 11-Jason Grady-32, 12-Stevie Sussex-32, 13-Mike Martin-31, 14-Dalten Gabbard-29, 15-Mitch Mack-26, 16-Colby Copeland-25, 17-Josh Grady-24, 18-Dave Darland-21, --Jimmy Crawford-21, --Tye Mihocko-21.

2014 WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE: DATE - TRACK - LOCATION January 25: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win) January 26: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($3,000-to-Win) January 28: Brunswick Lanes - Glendale, AZ (Bowling Tournament, 7pm) January 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win) January 31: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win) February 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($5,000-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS:

 January 24, 2014 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalten Gabbard (#5D Baldwin), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Nic Faas (#73 Ford), 4. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 5. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller), 6. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 7. Ryan Linder (#9 Linder/Whitney), 8. Davis Dykes ( #55NM Dykes). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#1X Minks), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Mike Rux Jr. (#22 Rux), 4. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Ryan Bernal (#111 Minks), 7. Stevie Sussex (#4 Edwards), 8. Josh Grady (#12J Grady). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jimmy Crawford (#51X Crawford), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 4. Casey Shuman (#21X Pollock), 5. Mitch Mack (#92 Mack), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mihocko, 2. Curtis, 3. Martin, 4. Sussex, 5. Mack, 6. Jo.Grady, 7. Dykes, 8. Linder. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Josh Pelkey, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Casey Shuman, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Aaron Reutzel, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Nic Faas, 10. Charles Davis Jr., 11. Stevie Sussex, 12. Mike Martin, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Mitch Mack, 15. Josh Grady, 16. Dalten Gabbard, 17. Colby Copeland, 18. Tye Mihocko, 19. Michael Curtis, 20. Jimmy Crawford, 21. Mike Rux Jr., 22. Dave Darland. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Pelkey, Laps 14-30 Bacon.

WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: January 25 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – "Winter Challenge"

 

 

2014 DEBUTS WITH CANYON'S "WINTER CHALLENGE"

The 3rd Annual "Winter Challenge" opens this week at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. as USAC participants begin the 2014 racing season. Six races in nine nights are planned at the 3/8-mile dirt oval showcasing the stars of USAC's Southwest and West Coast Sprint Car Series.

Defending champions of the two USAC series are R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest) and Danny Faria Jr. of Visalia, Calif. (West Coast). Johnson recorded 10 victories in 21 starts in 2013, while Faria had seven "podiums" including three feature wins in 16 West Coast appearances.

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind., the 2013 AMSOIL USAC National Champion, is the defending "Winter Challenge" king, while Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. won the inaugural 2012 title.

Hines scored three "Winter Challenge" feature wins in 2012 and Clauson won three this past year. Other "Winter Challenge" feature winners have included Charles Davis Jr. (2 in 2013), Jon Stanbrough in 2013 and R.J. Johnson in 2013.

This year's events commence on Friday night, January 24 and continue Saturday and Sunday nights. The finales are Thursday and Friday (Jan. 30-31) and the $5,000-to-win race Saturday, February 1.

In 18 USAC Sprint events at Canyon during 2013, Johnson and Clauson each won seven times! Davis won twice, while 5-time USAC/CRA Sprint Champ Mike Spencer and National veteran Chase Stockon also earned wins.

Despite the fact that the "Winter Challenge" races do not carry championship points toward either series, the Canyon races have produced memorable races in the two previous events.

The Southwest Sprint Car points race officially commences March 16 at Peoria, while the West Coast Sprint point race kicks in March 15 and 16 at Tulare, Calif.

 

 

 

VENUE CHANGE FOR USAC WESTERN AWARDS BANQUET

The Awards Banquet on February 8th for the USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and USAC Western Classic Sprints, plus the USAC Western Midgets has been moved. It will now be held at:

Santa Maria Museum of Flight 3015 Airpark Drive Santa Maria, CA 93455

The event will be catered by Stinky’s Grill in Santa Maria. Hotel and ticket information is posted on the attached flyer that can also be downloaded at:

http://www.westcoastsprintcars.com/images/fpposter14/14banquet.jpg http://www.westcoastsprintcars.com/images/fpposter14/14banquet.pdf

In addition to the special awards for each series, the following drivers will be honored:

WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CARS 5th- Geoff Ensign, 4th- Tony Hunt, 3rd- DJ Johnson, 2nd- Shauna Hogg, 1st- Ryan Bernal

WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGETS 5th- Tanner Swanson, 4th- Dan Gundo, 3rd- Scott Pierovich, 2nd- Nick Chivello, 1st-Chad Nichols

WESTERN DIRT MIDGETS 10th- Bryan Clauson, 8th- Trey Marcham (tie), 8th- Scott Pierovich (tie), 7th- Rico Abreu, 6th- Cody Swanson, 5th- Randi Pankratz, 4th- Shannon McQueen, 3rd- David Prickett, 2nd- Jake Swanson, 1st- Ronnie Gardner

WESTERN MIDGETS 10th- Trey Marcham, 9th- Rico Abreu, 8th- Nick Chivello, 7th- Cody Swanson, 6th- Randi Pankratz, 5th- Shannon McQueen, 4th- Scott Pierovich, 3rd- David Prickett, 2nd- Jake Swanson, 1st- Ronnie Gardner

WEST COAST SPRINT CARS 10th- Kevin Barnes (tie), 10th- Jeff Sibley (tie), 9th- Landon Hurst, 8th- Austin Liggett, 7th- Jace Vander Weerd, 6th- Ryan Bernal, 5th- Rusty Carlile, 4th- Markus Niemela, 3rd- Bud Kaeding, 2nd- Richard Vander Weerd, 1st- Danny Faria Jr.

CRA SPRINT CARS 10th- Bryan Clauson, 9th- Ryan Bernal, 8th- Brody Roa, 7th- Cody Williams, 6th- Austin Williams, 5th- Bud Kaeding, 4th- Matt Mitchell, 3rd- Nic Faas, 2nd- Mike Spencer, 1st- Damion Gardner

 

 

2014 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET PREVIEW & SCHEDULE
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – JANUARY 9, 2014... Celebrating their 32nd season, the Honda USAC Western Midgets are poised for twenty-one races in 2014. Starting February 28th with Canyon Speedway’s “Copper On Dirt,” the “mighty midgets” will showcase 16 races on dirt and 5 shows on pavement. Returning to Bakersfield, Madera, Santa Maria, Petaluma, Calistoga, Chico, Plaza Park, and Perris, the regional group has added Lake Havasu, Tulare, and Hanford to their schedule.

Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona will host five races on the calendar. On February 28th, the season opening “Copper On Dirt” has two nights of action with the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and West Coast Late Models. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the fast 1/3-mile oval will also feature the USAC National Series for three nights in November at the “47th Annual Western World Championships.” Last season, Bryan Clauson scored three victories at Canyon, while Christopher Bell and Darren Hagen also won main events. For more details on the Peoria, Arizona shows, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

On March 15th, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will make their series debut at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Promoted by Bill Rozhon, the 1/4-mile pavement oval will feature the “J.W. Mitchell Memorial” with USAC Ignite Midgets, Arizona Vintage Racing Association, and Factory Stocks. For more information on the Lake Havasu date, check out www.havasu95speedway.com.

The “mighty midgets” will make four appearances at Kenny Shepherd's Madera Speedway in 2014. Co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA), the "Fastest 1/3-Mile in the West" will host the “Smokey Hanoian Classic” on March 29th, the June 7th “Pombo/Sargent Classic,” the “Gerhardt Classic” is July 12th, and the “Harvest Classic” on September 13th. Last season, Nick Chivello claimed three victories on the Madera pavement, while Kody Swanson, 2-time USAC Western Pavement Champion Chad Nichols, and Darin Snider also celebrated wins. For more details on the races at the Madera County Fairgrounds, visit www.racemadera.com.

Scott Schweitzer's Bakersfield Speedway has two dates on the schedule. "The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" will host the USAC Western Midgets on May 3rd and September 20th. Last March, Cody Swanson recorded his first series win, while Ronnie Gardner won the September feature on his way to the championship. For more details on the Bakersfield races, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com.

On May 31st, the regional series will make their only appearance at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. On that night, Steve Faria’s lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will also spotlight the USAC West Coast and Western Classic Sprint Cars. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the facility last hosted the Western Midgets on November 13, 2010 when Tracy Hines won the Pacific Coast Nationals. For more information on the Tulare event, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com.

Leased by the United States Auto Club (USAC), Santa Maria Speedway has one race on the calendar. On July 5th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and Mini Stocks will join the “Party At The Coast.” Last May, Jake Swanson earned his first series victory at the “The West’s Best Short Track.” For more details on the Santa Maria show, visit www.racesantamariaspeedway.com.

Scott Woodhouse's Kings Speedway in Hanford will host one race on the schedule. Co-sanctioned with the BCRA Midget Series, the July 19th “Jim Evett Memorial” will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds, the 3/8-mile oval last hosted the Western Midgets on May 19, 2012 when Ryan Bernal claimed the main event. For more information on the Hanford show, check out www.kingsspeedway.net.

Promoted by Rick Faeth, Petaluma Speedway will host the “3rd Annual John Soares Classic” on August 9th. Co-sanctioned with the BCRA Midgets, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will also showcase the Joe Hunt Wingless Sprints, BCRA Midget Lites, and Vintage Midgets. Last Season, Ronnie Gardner set a new 1-lap track record and won both features at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. For more details on the Petaluma event, check out www.petaluma-speedway.com.

The USAC Western Midgets will invade the scenic Calistoga Speedway for two nights of action at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Starting August 30th during Labor Day weekend, "7th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic" will also host the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, vintage cars, an autograph session, auctions, wine tasting, and more. Last season, Rico Abreu and Kyle Larson earned popular victories at the famed 1/2-mile oval. For more information on the Calistoga dates, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org or www.louievermeilclassic.net.

On Thursday, September 4th, the “mighty midgets” will return to Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions," the BCRA co-sanctioned event will also showcase the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. Last September, Ronnie Gardner added the popular 1/4-mile oval at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds to his win list. For more details on the Chico show, check out www.silverdollarspeedway.com.

The USAC Western Midgets will return Visalia's Plaza Park Raceway on September 27th. Promoted by Scott Woodhouse, the 1/5-mile oval has showcased Micro Sprints for over twenty-five years. Last June, Ronnie Gardner joined Rusty Rasmussen and Wally Pankratz as series winners at the Central Valley facility. For more information on the Plaza Park race, check out www.plazaparkraceway.com.

Don Kazarian's Perris Auto Speedway will showcase the "74th Turkey Night Grand Prix" on November 27th. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Midgets, the Thanksgiving event will close out the racing season and the champions will be crowned. Last year, Dave Darland won the 98-lap race and joined Mel Kenyon and Stan Fox as the only drivers to win the event on both dirt and pavement. For more details on the Perris date, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets).
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2014 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
February 28: Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway (Copper On Dirt)
March 1: Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park (Copper On Dirt)
May 3: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
May 31: Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway
July 5: Santa Maria, CA - Santa Maria Speedway (Party At The Coast)
July 19: *Hanford, CA - Kings Speedway (Jim Evett Memorial)
August 9: *Petaluma, CA - Petaluma Speedway (John Soares Classic)
August 30: Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (Louie Vermeil Classic)
August 31: Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: *Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup Race Of Champions)
September 20: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
September 27: Visalia, CA - Plaza Park Raceway
November 20: #Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway (Western World Championships)
November 21: #Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway (Western World Championships)
November 22: #Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway (Western World Championships)
November 27: #Perris, CA Perris Auto Speedway (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.

2014 HONDA USAC WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 15: Havasu 95 Speedway - Lake Havasu, AZ (JW Mitchell Memorial)
March 29: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Smokey Hanoian Classic)
June 7: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
July 12: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Gerhardt Classic 100-laps)
September 13: *Madera Speedway – Madera, CA (Harvest Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

JOHNNY RUTHERFORD TO RECEIVE USAC HALL OF FAME PLAQUE

JANUARY 17 DURING TULSA NMARHoF INDUCTION CEREMONIES

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford of Fort Worth, Texas will receive his 2013 USAC Hall of Fame recognition plaque January 17 in Tulsa, Okla. as part of the festivities surrounding this year’s National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

“Lone Star J.R.,” as Rutherford is affectionately known, captured Indianapolis 500s in 1974, 1976 and 1980 and won USAC’s National Sprint Car title in 1965. He added the USAC Indy Car crown in 1980. A multiple Hall of Fame member, he also won three Indianapolis 500 poles and scored 20 Championship car wins and eight in USAC Sprints. In 1986 he added the Michigan 500 to his resume and he’s also a five-time IROC veteran. USAC’s 2000 Roger McCluskey Award winner has had heavy involvement as a driver coach and pace car driver for Indy Car events and in 1963 set a world qualifying record during NASCAR stock car competition at Daytona Beach, Fla. He followed that by winning his initial NASCAR start – a 100-miler at Daytona!

Rutherford was among a dozen 2013 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame who were originally scheduled to be honored during May at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. That event, part of the USAC “Hall of Fame” Silver Crown Championship race activity, was cancelled due to weather and extended activity that evening at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Therefore, plaques have been distributed to the recipients in the days and weeks since and the Tulsa venue provided the opportunity for J.R.’s presentation, to be emceed by nationally-renowned broadcaster Pat Sullivan.

The Friday, January 17 ceremony will be held in the Exchange Center, located on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds to the north of the Chili Bowl Midget race venue, and it begins at 11 a.m. Inductees into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame to be honored include Wayne Adams, Emil Andres, George Benson, Dan Boorse, Dominic Distarce, Les Kimbrell, Cletus “Cowboy” O’Rourke and Jigger Sirois.

Inducted into USAC’s Hall of Fame during 2013 including Rutherford were: Earl Baltes, Henry Banks, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Jack Hewitt, Al and Bobby Unser, A.J. Watson, Don White and Bob Wilke.

 

 

2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR PREVIEW & SCHEDULE
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA - DECEMBER 19, 2013... USAC Western Operations Director Chris Kearns has released the upcoming 2014 schedule for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. Entering their eleventh season, the traditional 410s will have twenty-four events, starting with the "Copper on Dirt" and closing with the "Hall of Fame Classic" at Canyon Speedway. The regional group will battle on the clay ovals of Perris, Watsonville, Santa Maria, and Calistoga, while returning to Ventura, Petaluma, Chico, and Hanford. In addition, the USAC/CRA Sprints will be featured in their first “California Sprint Week,” a five-race showcase in eight nights at four tracks. As this writing goes to press, Kearns is looking for sponsors to build a point fund for the special mini-series.

Kevin Montgomery's Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona will host four dates on the schedule. Starting February 28th, the season opening “Copper on Dirt” has two nights of action with the Honda USAC Western Midgets, IMCA Modifieds, and West Coast Late Models. The “Copper on Dirt” will pay $2,500-to-win on Friday and $3,000-to-win the Saturday finale. USAC/CRA will return to the fast 1/3-mile oval on November 14th and a champion will be crowned at the two-day “Hall of Fame Classic.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Sprints, the popular event also honors legendary racers from the “Copper State.” Last season, Bryan Clauson scored two victories, while R.J. Johnson and Chase Stockon also won at Canyon. For more details on the Peoria, Arizona shows, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

Don Kazarian's Perris Auto Speedway will showcase ten races on the 2014 calendar. USAC/CRA’s "home track" will continue to feature special events like the “Sokola Shootout” on March 15th and the “So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular” on April 12th with the World of Outlaws. The 40-lap “Salute to Indy” on May 24th and the July 4th “Firecracker 40” will have an increased purse. The "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" is August 16th and the "Glenn Howard Classic" will be held September 13th. Beginning November 7th, the USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprints will clash for two nights at the prestigious “19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals.” Last season, Nic Faas led all drivers with four “home track” wins, as Bryan Clauson, Damion Gardner, Matt Mitchell, and Cory Kruseman earned Perris victories. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland tied Bud Kaeding by scoring his third “Oval Nationals” triumph at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. For more information on the Perris events, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com.

The traditional 410 sprint cars will return to Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway on May 10th. Paying $2,750-to-win and $350-to-start, the 1/5-mile oval at the Ventura County Fairgrounds last hosted USAC/CRA on September 25, 2010. On that night, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman earned his series leading sixth win at his hometown track. For more information on the Ventura race, visit www.venturaraceway.com.

John Prentice's Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will showcase two dates on the schedule. The Friday night shows at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on June 27th and September 5th will pay $2,750-to-win and $350-to-start. The June show will open a doubleheader with Petaluma, while the September race will be fourth leg of the inaugural “California Sprint Week.” Last season, “The Demon” Damion Gardner claimed a dramatic last lap victory and Marty Hawkins earned his first win at the popular 1/4-mile oval. For more details on the Watsonville shows, visit www.oceanspeedway.com.

Promoted by Jim Soares and managed by Rick Faeth, Petaluma Speedway will feature USAC/CRA on June 28th. Paying $2,750-to-win and $350-to-start, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California,” last hosted the powerful 410s on June 19, 2010. At that race, Mike Spencer set a new 1-lap track record at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and won the 30-lap main event. For more information on the Petaluma show, check out www.petaluma-speedway.com.

Leased by the United States Auto Club (USAC), Santa Maria Speedway will feature two dates on the calendar. Paying $2,750-to-win and $350-to-start, the 1/3-mile facility will host races on July 5th and September 6th. The July date will also showcase the Honda USAC Western Midgets and the September show will be the “Championship Night” of the “California Sprint Week.” Last season, “The Demon” Damion Gardner and Ryan Bernal celebrated their victories at “The West’s Best Short Track.” For more details on the Santa Maria races, visit www.racesantamariaspeedway.com.

The scenic Calistoga Speedway will open the “California Sprint Week” with two nights of action at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Starting August 30th during Labor Day weekend, the "7th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic" will also host the Honda USAC Western Midgets, vintage cars, an autograph session, auctions, wine tasting, and more. Last August, Bud Kaeding and Kyle Larson earned hard fought victories at the famed 1/2-mile oval. For more information on the Calistoga shows, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org or www.louievermeilclassic.net.

On Thursday, September 4th, the powerful 410s will return to Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions," the third race of the “California Sprint Week” will pay $2,750-to-win and $350-to-start. On September 8, 2011, Kyle Larson won USAC/CRA’s only appearance at the 1/4-mile oval on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. For more details on the Chico event, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com.

The USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford on October 11th. Paying $2,750-to-win and $350-to-start, the “29th Annual Cotton Classic” will also feature the winged 410 King of the West Sprints. In their last visit to the 3/8-mile oval on May 19, 2012, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. earned his first series win from twelfth. For more information on the Hanford show, visit www.kingsspeedway.net.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet will be February 8th at the Chumash Casino Resort Hotel in Santa Ynez. More details and ticket information will be released as soon as possible. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series in 2014, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA).
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2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
February 28: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Copper on Dirt)
March 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Copper on Dirt)
March 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 12: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular)
May 3: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
May 10: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 14: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
June 27: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
June 28: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
July 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Firecracker 40)
July 5: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA
August 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: #Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
August 31: #Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: #Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 5: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
September 6: #Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic)
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
# = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

INAUGURAL LEFFLER AWARD GOES TO DAVE DARLAND

The inaugural presentation of the brand-new USAC “Jason Leffler Award” highlighted last Friday night’s USAC “Night of Champions” National Awards Dinner in Indianapolis, Ind. and winner Dave Darland was the surprise and deserving recipient.

Darland, fondly referred to as “The People’s Champion.” has competed in USAC racing for the past quarter-century and earned numerous competition awards and championships. A model of integrity who has truly earned the respect of the entire motorsports fraternity, is genuinely appreciative of being the award’s first recipient, having known and befriended Leffler during his USAC racing career.

Leffler, who captured USAC National championships in the Silver Crown Series (1998) and the Midget Series (1997-98-99), was fatally injured in a racing accident in New Jersey in June. The award, which will become an annual fixture at the USAC “Night of Champions,” is presented “in recognition of Jason’s intense appreciation of the sport’s history reflected in his professionalism and outstanding representation as an ambassador of the United States Auto Club, exhibiting the same standard of ideals upheld by the late Jason Leffler during his USAC racing career.”

Darland is one of only five drivers to have earned the distinction as a USAC “Triple Crown Champion.” The others, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Pancho Carter and Jerry Coons Jr., also earned championships in all three of USAC’s National series during the careers.

The 1997 Silver Crown Champ, 1999 Sprint Car Champ and 2001-02 Midget king was also USAC’s inaugural “Super License” champion in 1999, earning more National points than any other driver. Winner of the “Jimmy Caruthers Award” for similar personal attributes in 2003, he now ranks fourth all-time in terms of USAC National feature wins with 90, including 47 in the Sprint cars, which ranks second behind Tom Bigelow’s 52. He also now has an all-time record of 551 USAC Sprint car starts, which have produced 142 podium finishes.


2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR PREVIEW & SCHEDULE
By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – DECEMBER 17, 2013... USAC Western Operations Director Chris Kearns has released the upcoming schedule for the West Coast Sprint Car Series. The Central California traditional sprints are set for twenty-six nights of action, starting with the "3rd Annual Winter Challenge" and closing with the "47th Western World Championships" at Canyon Speedway. Returning to the clay ovals at Las Vegas, Tulare, Bakersfield, Hanford, and Perris, the group will co-sanction seven events with the USAC Western Classic Sprints and will make their debuts at Watsonville and Chowchilla.

Kevin Montgomery's Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona will showcase ten dates on the calendar. Starting on January 24th, the non-point "Winter Challenge" will feature six races in nine nights with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The $2,500-to-win "Brawl For It All" on September 27th is the second leg of the popular "Grudge Series" and the "Western World Championships" will pay $7,500-to-win on the final night. Last season, Bryan Clauson won five main events, R.J. Johnson claimed two features, and Mike Spencer celebrated a victory at the fast 1/3-mile oval. For more information on the Canyon events and the "Winter Challenge" mini-series, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

The 2014 point season for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will kickoff at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6th. The “3rd Annual Sin City Showdown" is the first race of the "Grudge Series" with the USAC SouthWest Series and will pay $2,500-to-win. Held during NASCAR weekend, the special Thursday night program will also feature the famed World of Outlaw Sprint Cars on the large 1/2-mile oval. Last March, Clauson continued his hot streak from the Winter Challenge and claimed the jackpot in front of a packed house. For more details on the Las Vegas race, visit www.lvms.com/dirt.

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway will host five dates on the schedule. Starting on Friday, March 14th with the World of Outlaws, the West Coast Sprints will tackle Steve Faria’s lightning fast 1/3-mile on April 26th, May 17th (with the USAC Western Classic Racing Series), May 31st, and June 21st. Last season, Ryan Bernal earned three victories at Tulare and Richard Vander Weerd added two feature wins to his resume. For more information on the Tulare events, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com.

On March 22nd, the USAC West Coast Sprints will make their only appearance at Scott Schweitzer's Bakersfield Speedway. Last March, Markus Niemela set a new track record while Vander Weerd, Bernal, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. claimed main event wins at the "The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For more details on the Bakersfield race, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com.

Scott Woodhouse's Kings Speedway in Hanford has five dates on the calendar. Beginning with the “Gary Jacob Memorial” on March 29th, the traditional 360s will return to the 3/8-mile facility on April 25th (with the USAC Western Classic Racing Series), June 7th, July 19th, and August 2nd for the “3rd Annual Billet Cup.” Last season, Vander Weerd and Faria scored two victories, while Bernal and Troy Rutherford also won at Kings Speedway. For more information on the Hanford events, visit www.kingsspeedway.net.

Located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, John Prentice's Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will host two dates on the schedule. The Friday, May 16th and August 8th races at the popular 1/4-mile facility are co-sanctioned with the USAC Western Classic Sprints. As two of the most anticipated dates on the calendar, it should be noted that Ocean Speedway has a strict noise/muffler rule. All competitors must run quiet mufflers for those events. For more details on the Watsonville shows, visit www.oceanspeedway.com.

On August 9th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first appearance at Chowchilla Speedway. A new promotion team at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds have made improvements to the 1/3-mile facility, including new clay for the racing surface. For more information on the Chowchilla date, visit www.chowchillaautoracing.com.

After a successful debut, the USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprints will clash at Don Kazarian's Perris Auto Speedway on November 6th. The $2,500-to-win finale of the "Grudge Series" will open the "19th Annual Oval Nationals." A series champion will be crowned at the event and with both USAC/CRA and the USAC National Series in town, many talented drivers from across the country are expected to compete. For more information on the race at Perris, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series in 2014, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360).
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2014 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
January 24: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $2,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
January 25: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $2,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
January 26: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $3,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
January 30: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $2,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
January 31: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $2,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
February 1: *Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $5,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
March 6: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
March 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 22: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
March 29: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Gary Jacob Memorial)
April 25: #Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
April 26: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 16: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
May 17: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 31: #Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
June 7: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 21: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
July 19: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
August 2: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Billet Cup / $2,500-to-Win)
August 8: #Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 9: #Chowchilla Speedway - Chowchilla, CA
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Western Classic Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

4 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT FRIDAY'S 58th "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" CELEBRATION

Friday night's 58th USAC "Night of Champions" National Awards Dinner held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. spotlighted four drivers who claimed 2013 National championships.

Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind., Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. and Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. repeated as titlists, while rookie Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla. earned his first USAC National crown.

East was the 2013 TRAXXAS Silver Crown champ, while Clauson repeated as the AMSOIL National Sprint Car king. Hagen (pavement) and Bell (dirt) prevailed in the Honda National Midget Series.

Car owner champions for 2013 celebrated Friday were Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian for the Traxxas Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car series, Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian as the Honda National Dirt Midget champs and RFMS Motorsports as the top owner in the Honda National Dirt Midget series. Acknowledged as repeat National "Triple Crown" car owners were Mike Curb and Cary Agajanian.

Keys to the City of Indianapolis from Mayor Gregory A. Ballard were presented to East, Clauson, Bell and Hagen in recognition of their 2013 National Championships.

Emcee Pat Sullivan orchestrated the presentations, which included driver and car entrant champions, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved Drivers and special award recipients.

Among items presented to the 2013 champions were trophies, plaques, Oakley timepieces, Hoosier jackets, medallions, and personalized remote-control trucks and TRAXXAS cars.

Sprint Car driving champions in addition to the aforementioned included Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints), Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. (West Coast Sprints), R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest Sprints) and Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. (Western Classic Sprints).

Other 2013 champions included Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. (Honda Western Midgets), Chad Nichols of Colma, Calif. (Western Pavement Midget), Joe Krawiec of Bristol, Conn. (DMA Midget), Gage Walker of Fairland, Ind. (HPD Midwest Dirt Ignite Midget), Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio (HPD Midwest Pavement Ignite Midget), Jarid Blondel of Orange, Calif. (HPD Western Ignite Midget), Bryant Dawson of Phoenix, Ariz. (HPD Western Pavement Ignite Midget), Cory Elliott of Bakersfield, Calif. (HPD Western Dirt Ignite Midget), Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. (HPD Eastern Ignite Midget) and Chase Goetz of Snohomish, Wash. (HPD Washington Ignite Midget). Drivers Garrett Saunders of Lakeville, Ind. (Restricted) and Billy Cribbs of Muncie, Ind. (Open) were lauded as champions of USAC's inaugural TRAXXAS 600 Sprint Series.

Honored as USAC Honda .25 Midget National Champions as a result of their "Generation Next Tour" titles were pavement drivers Tyler Ankrum of Colton, Calif. (Heavy 160, Senior Animal, Light World Formula and Heavy AA), Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, N.C. (Heavy World Formula), Brandon Grosso of Belle Mead, N.J. (Heavy Honda), Light 160 and Light AA), Andrew Molleur of Shelton, Conn. (Light Mod), Jake Nelke of Manahawkin, N.J. (Unrestricted Animal), Justin Oplinger of Mt. Holly, N.C. (Junior Honda), Chase Randall of Waco, Tex. (Junior Animal) and Famous Rhodes of Parkland, Fla. (Senior Honda). Dirt champions honored were Calvin Carroll of Andover, N.J. (Light Mod), Briggs Danner of Allentown, Pa. (Senior Honda and light World Formula), Brittany Erlsten of Pocono Pines, Pa (Heavy Honda and Heavy World Formula), Hanna Flood of Limerick, Pa. (Heavy 160), Andrew Layser of Collegeville, Pa. (Light 160), Kenny Miller of Birdsboro, Pa. (Senior Animal) and Steven Snyder Jr. of Rising Sun, Md. (Junior Honda and Junior Animal).

USAC President Kevin Miller presented USAC Special Appreciation Awards to SFI Foundation (corporate) and David Abreu of Rutherford, Calif. (individual) for their contributions and dedicated service to the racing community.

Long-time USAC employee and supporter Bill Marvel of Liberty, Ky. was presented USAC's prestigious Roger McCluskey Award of Excellence, recognizing his commitment to the overall sport of auto racing and his numerous contributions to USAC.

USAC's 2013 National "Race Organizer of the Year" award was presented to the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks Race Committee.

Car owner and long-time USAC supporter Mike Curb revealed the winner of the resurrected "Mike Curb Super License Award" and its $5,000 cash bonus. Tracy Hines earned the most points of all drivers participating in USAC's 2013 National racing series.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. earned the 2013 USAC Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" honor. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. was honored as the National Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year" and the Bob Stroud Memorial National Midget "Rookie of the Year" Award for the National Midget Series went to Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla.

Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. was named USAC "Most Improved" National Driver of 2013.

USAC's 2013 "Mechanical Achievement of the Year" award went to Steve Phillips of Indianapolis, Ind., who guided Dave Darland's drive to the runner-up position in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.

Also honored for their 2013 championships at Kutztown, Pa.'s ActionTrack USA, which operated under the USAC banner in 2013, were Kenny Brightbill of Shillington, Pa. (Sunoco SpeedSTRs), Jay Hartman of Flagtown, N.J. (Pioneer Pole Buildings 600 Micro Sprints), Danny Buccafusca of Rockaway, N.J. (NAPA AllStar Slingshots) and Ross Perchak of Hazelton, Pa. (270 Micro Sprints).

Second and third-place drivers and car entrants in USAC's National racing series also received their year-end recognition and awards.

All USAC driving champions were also presented one-year memberships by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR PREVIEW & SCHEDULE
By Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – DECEMBER 13, 2013... After a successful campaign, USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series Director Kevin Montgomery has released the 2014 schedule. Showcasing thirty-nine nights of action, the Arizona based group will start with the "3rd Annual Winter Challenge" and close with the $7,500-to-win "Western World Championships" at Canyon Speedway Park. In addition, the traditional sprint cars will clash in the special events like the “Grudge Series,” “Freedom Tour,” and “Border Tour” in Nevada, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, and California.

Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria will host seventeen dates on the calendar. Beginning January 24th, the "home track" for the USAC SouthWest Sprints will battle the USAC West Coast Series at the "3rd Annual Winter Challenge.” Featuring six races in nine nights, the non-point "Arizona Speed Week” will pay at least $2,000-to-win each night and the February 1st winner will take home $5,000. The “CSP Season Opener” is set for March 29th and the “Canyon Clash” is April 26th. The popular two-day “Salute To Indy” will start May 24th and the “Father’s Day Classic” is scheduled for June 14th. The “Summer Slam” will be July 26th and “The Brawl For It All” will return on September 27th. “The Southwest Championships” is October 18th and a champion will be crowned at the “47th Annual Western World Championships” which begins on November 20th. On the strength of six of his eleven wins at Canyon, R.J. Johnson earned the series title in 2013. For more information on the Canyon events and the "Winter Challenge" mini-series, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

On March 6th, the "Sin City Showdown" at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will open the "Grudge Series" with the USAC West Coast Sprints. Held during NASCAR weekend and featuring the famed World of Outlaw Sprint Cars, the special Thursday non-point event will pay a $2,500 jackpot. Last March, Bryan Clauson raced to the feature win at the large 1/2-mile facility. For more details on the Las Vegas race, check out www.lvms.com/dirt.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande has two dates on the schedule. The USAC Southwest Sprints will invade the 3/8-mile clay oval on March 22nd for the “Pinal County Fair Race” and will return on October 4th. Last season, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Josh Pelkey, R.J. Johnson, and Matt Rossi claimed victory at the popular facility. For more information on the Casa Grande events, visit www.centralazraceway.com.

Starting with the "Spring Fling" on April 12th, Jonah Trussel's Arizona Speedway has six races on the calendar. The 3/8-mile facility in Queen Creek has become a second home to the series and will host the May 10th “Mother’s Day Race,” June 7th, July 12th, September 6th, and November 1st shows. Last season, Mike Martin, R.J. Johnson, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. celebrated their wins in victory circle. For more details on the Queen Creek dates, check out www.arizonaspeedway.net.

On May 3rd, the USAC SouthWest Sprints will make their first of five visits to Bugs Norbury’s Prescott Valley Raceway. New to the series, the 1/3-mile oval located on the Yavapai County Fairgrounds will also host the traditional sprints on June 28th, the “Rick Stewart Memorial” on August 1st and 2nd, and October 11th. As this writing goes to press, the track has an official website under construction.

The powerful sprint cars will make their debut at Lawton Speedway on Wednesday, August 13th. Opening the popular four-race “Freedom Tour,” the high-banked 1/4-mile oval regularly hosts Champ Sprints and is a featured stop for the ASCS Sooner Region. Paying $2,500-to-win and $250-to-start, the Lawton race is one of the most anticipated dates on the schedule. For more details on the Lawton, Oklahoma show, check out www.lawtonspeedway.com.

The following night, August 14th, the “Freedom Tour” will return to Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Located on the historic Route 66, local driver Danny Smith scored a popular $2,500 victory at the fast 1/4-mile oval after starting tenth. For more information on the Creek County date, visit www.creekcountyspeedway.co.

On Friday, August 15th, C. Ray Hall's 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas will host the third night of the "Freedom Tour." Last season, “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl traveled from New Mexico to claim the $2,500 feature win at the 3/8-mile clay oval. For more information on the 81 Speedway race, visit www.81speedway.org.

For the second year in a row, Dodge City Raceway Park will showcase the finale of the “Freedom Tour.” Promoted by former racer Tommie Estes Jr., the large 3/8-mile oval will host the USAC SouthWest Sprints on Saturday, August 16th. Last season, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. and “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl added DCRP to their win list. For more details on the Dodge City, Kansas race, check out www.dodgecityraceway.com.

Royal Jones' El Paso Speedway Park will open the three-race “Border Tour” on Friday, August 29th. Co-sanctioned with the New Mexico Racing Association (NMMRA), the event is the only appearance for the traditional sprints in the "Lone Star State." When the 3/8-mile oval hosted the Arizona-New Mexico "clash" last July, R.J. Johnson raced to the main event win. For more information on the El Paso, Texas race, visit www.epspeedway.com.

Also promoted by Royal Jones, Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces will host the second night of the “Border Tour.” On Saturday, August 30th, the USAC Southwest and NMMRA Sprints will battle on the 5/16-mile oval. Last July, “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl claimed a popular win in front of his hometown fans. For more details on the Las Cruces, New Mexico event, check out www.snmspeedway.com.

The USAC-NMMRA “Border Tour” will close at Tularosa Speedway on Sunday, August 31st. New to the SouthWest Sprints and a stop on the NMMRA calendar, the fast 3/8-mile facility will host one of the “must see” dates of the 2014 season. For more information on the Tularosa, New Mexico show, visit www.whitesandsspeedway.com.

On Thursday, November 6th, Don Kazarian's Perris Auto Speedway will host the $2,500-to-win finale of the "Grudge Series." Co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Series, the show at the 1/2-mile oval will kick off the prestigious "19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals." Last season, five-time USAC/CRA Champion Mike Spencer raced to victory and with other drivers from the USAC National and USAC/CRA sprints in town, many surprise guests will join the battle. For more information on the Perris, California date, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com.

The Awards Banquet for the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be held at the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame on January 4th.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
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2014 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
January 24: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $2,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
January 25: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $2,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
January 26: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $3,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
January 30: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $2,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
January 31: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $2,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
February 1: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Winter Challenge / $5,000-to-Win / Non-Points)
March 6: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
March 22: Central Arizona Raceway - Casa Grande, AZ (Pinal County Fair Race)
March 29: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (CSP Season Opener)
April 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
April 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 3: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
May 10: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Mother’s Day Race)
May 24: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
May 25: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute To Indy)
June 7: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
June 14: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Father’s Day Classic)
June 28: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
July 12: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Summer Slam)
August 1: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 2: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ (Rick Stewart Memorial)
August 13: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 14: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 15: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 16: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)
August 29: **El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
August 30: **Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
August 31: **Tularosa Speedway - Tularosa, NM (Border Tour)
September 6: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
September 27: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series)
October 4: Central Arizona Raceway - Casa Grande, AZ
October 11: Prescott Valley Raceway - Prescott Valley, AZ
October 18: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
November 1: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points)
November 20: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 21: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 22: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

2014 USAC NATIONAL SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

USAC’s National racing schedules were announced today and distributed at the annual Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Honda National Midget schedules contain 71 events in 16 states, beginning with the February 20-21-22 “Winter Dirt Games” Sprint races in Ocala, Fla. and concluding with the November 27 “Turkey Night Grand Prix” Midget race at Perris, Calif.

The Honda USAC National Pavement Midget schedule is currently being finalized and will be released soon.

Defending series champions are Bobby East (Silver Crown), Bryan Clauson (AMSOIL Sprint), Christopher Bell (National Dirt Midget) and Darren Hagen (National Pavement Midget).

2014 USAC Silver Crown Schedule

April 6- Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute Action Track

May 17 - Indianapolis, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

May 22 - Indianapolis, IN/Indiana State Fairgrounds

June 14 - Madison, IL/Gateway Motorsports Park

June 29 - Millington, TN/Memphis International Raceway

July 24 - Indianapolis, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

August 1 - Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks

August 16 - Springfield, IL/Illinois State Fairgrounds

August 31 - DuQuoin, IL/DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

September 20 - Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway

October 11 - Syracuse, NY/New York State Fairgrounds

 

2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Schedule

February 20 - Ocala, FL/Bubba Raceway Park

February 21 - Ocala, FL/Bubba Raceway Park

February 22 - Ocala, FL/Bubba Raceway Park

April 5 - Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway

April 19 - Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway

April 25 - Gas City, IN/Gas City I-69 Speedway

April 26 - ##Haubstadt, IN/Tri-State Speedway

May 2 - Eagle, NE/Eagle Raceway

May 3 - McCool Junction, NE/Junction Motor Speedway

May 21 - Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute Action Track

June 3 - #Bechtelsville, PA/Grandview Speedway

June 4 - #New Oxford, PA/Lincoln Speedway

June 5 - #New Egypt, NJ/New Egypt Speedway

June 7 - #Port Royal, PA/Port Royal Speedway

June 8 - #Newberrytown, PA/Susquehanna Speedway Park

June 20 - Superior, WI/AMSOIL Speedway

June 21 - Spring Valley, MN/Deer Creek Speedway

June 22 - Sun Prairie, WI/Angell Park Speedway

July 4 - Putnamville, IN/Lincoln Park Speedway

July 11 - @Gas City, IN/Gas City I-69 Speedway

July 12 - @Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

July 13 - @Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway

July 16 - @Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute Action Track

July 17 - @Putnamville, IN/Lincoln Park Speedway

July 18 - @Bloomington, IN/Bloomington, IN

July 19 - @Haubstadt, IN/Tri-State Speedway

August 21 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

August 22 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

August 23 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

August 29 - Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute Action Track

September 13 - ##Haubstadt, IN/Tri-State Speedway

September 20 - Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway

September 27 - Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway

November 7 - Perris, CA/Perris Auto Speedway

November 8 - Perris, CA/Perris Auto Speedway

November 14 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway Park

November 15 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway Park

#=Eastern Storm

##=Co-sanctioned by MSCS

@=Indiana Sprint Week

 

2014 Honda USAC National Dirt Midget Schedule

April 11 - ##Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

April 12 - ##Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

May 9 - Pontoon Beach, IL/Tri-City Speedway

May 10 - ##Belleville, IL/Belle-Clair Speedway

June 11 - @Gas City, IN/Gas City I-69 Speedway

June 12 - @Putnamville, IN/Lincoln Park Speedway

June 13 - @Bloomington, IN/Bloomington Speedway

June 14 - @Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway

June 15 - @Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway

July 5 - #Sun Prairie, WI/Angell Park Speedway

July 6 - #Sun Prairie, WI/Angell Park Speedway

July 29 - Beloit, KS/Solomon Valley Raceway

July 31 - Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks

August 2 - Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks

August 17 - #Sun Prairie, WI/Angell Park Speedway

September 20 - Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway

October 2 - Pontoon Beach, IL/Tri-City Speedway

October 3 - Pontoon Beach, IL/Tri-City Speedway

October 4 - Pontoon Beach, IL/Tri-City Speedway

November 20 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway Park

November 21 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway Park

November 22 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway Park

November 27 - Perris, CA/Perris Auto Speedway

@=Indiana Midget Week

#=Co-sanctioned by Powri and Badger

##=Co-sanctioned by Powri

 

 

ANDY HILLENBURG, ERIC RANKINE JOIN RESTRUCTURED USAC STAFF

Andy Hillenburg of Rockingham, N.C. and Eric Rankine of Brownsburg, Ind. are the latest members of USAC's restructured organizational team for 2014 and beyond. Their addition begins USAC's move to re-focus on its core racing series and create expansion of its marketing and merchandising efforts.

Hillenburg's new post is Director of Competition for the Silver Crown Championship Series, while Rankine becomes Director of Competition for the developmental HPD Series and will oversee technical aspects of the .25 Midget series.

Continuing to lead USAC racing series in addition to Hillenburg and Rankine will be Jason McCord (AMSOIL National Sprints and Honda National Midgets), Chris Kearns (Western Operations) and Kyle McCain (Honda .25 Midgets).

Jason Smith will spearhead USAC's newly restructured "sanctioned services," including a variety of motorsports disciplines and venues, encompassing the following: TORC (The Off-Road Championship), Robby Gordon Stadium Super Trucks, Red Bull Frozen Rush, Ultra4 Racing, Rally America, the America Adventure, IMS sanctions and USAC testing.

The 50-year-old Hillenburg is a former series competitor who, despite the lack of a victory, enjoyed a measure of success as a Silver Crown driver. Between 1985 and 1991 he scored 23 "top-10s" in 40 starts, topped by third-place finishes at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 1987 and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1989. His best point finish was fifth in 1988. In 1988 he was leading six laps from the finish of the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield, Ill. when his fuel supply ran short. Two years later he suffered a heartbreaking flat right-rear tire after leading the first 96 laps of the "Hoosier 100" in Indianapolis.

"I look forward to the task at hand," says Hillenburg, "that of preserving the rich heritage of this truly American motorsports treasure, while expanding and enhancing the product. I feel the 2014 series schedule released this week begins that process and I am excited about this unique opportunity. In the coming months I will continue to foster the relationships I feel will solidify the foundation which will allow this series to succeed."

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., he won Indiana quarter-midget championships from 1975-1979. In 1995 he won the ARCA Super Car Championship. That same year, and also in 1997, he won the series' premier event, the Daytona ARCA 200. He served as a test driver for the IROC series and in 2000 competed in the Indianapolis 500, finishing 28th. He has 16 NASCAR Cup starts, nine NASCAR Nationwide starts and four in the NASCAR Truck Series. In 1999 he posted a third-place finish in the NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway, driving for Joe Gibbs.

In 1981 Andy was granted, by USAC's Roger McCluskey, the first legal drivers license under the age of 18.

He also operates the Fast Track High Performance Driving School and has appeared in the movies, most notably The Dale Earnhardt Story, Herbie: Fully Loaded and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. In 2007 he purchased North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. and is credited with resurrecting the track.

Rankine, whose son Ross owns four championships in the highly-competitive developmental Midwest Midget arena, presided over Rankin Manufacturing, a Structural Steel company in New London, Ohio for a quarter-century and actually competed in Sprint races in the 1980s and 1990s, winning the 1995 and 2000 Fremont (Ohio) Speedway track championship. In 2005 his son Ross began in quarter-midgets, then graduated to USAC's Focus series in 2009.

Instrumental in the origination of USAC's highly-successful Honda .25 Midget racing program and a fixture in the years since, Rankine has spent considerable recent time helping develop the Honda K-24 engine which debuted with Gage Walker driving in 2013. The basic 2012 Honda Civic crate motor is now available for use in the USAC HPD Midget Series.

"I basically live 24 hours a day and seven days a week for auto racing," says Rankine. "I have some ideas to improve the sport and will work diligently to do just that. I want to give back to the sport and I can think of no better way to support grass roots racing than working under the USAC banner."

 

 

DARLAND DODGES TROUBLE TO WIN 73RD “TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX”

Perris, California.…..Dave Darland added to his legacy and joined select company in Thursday night’s 73rd “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Perris Auto Speedway. The Lincoln, Indiana veteran avoided a late-race mishap for leader Damion Gardner to win the 98-lap classic and join Mel Kenyon and Stan Fox as the only drivers to win the Thanksgiving race on both dirt and pavement.

Darland took the lead a lap after halfway but appeared to be headed for a runner-up finish until Gardner lost a left-rear wheel on lap 95. He maneuvered the final four circuits unchallenged and won by .823-seconds in the Keith Ford-owned King Racing Products – A&A Precision Machine #73 Ellis/Fontana.

“It was definitely a roller-coaster race. Gardner was definitely strong, and it looked like he had it won. We were lucky to get past him when he broke and it was the break we needed. It’s great to win this race on dirt after winning it before on pavement. I’ve had a great time running for Keith & Josh Ford and their crew chief Jimmy May, so I’m happy to get them their first Turkey Night win. This place has been pretty good to me,” Darland said.

Parker Price-Miller took the pole with a new track record of 16.889 seconds, and it was fellow race rookie Andrew Felker beating him off the front row to take the early lead. Felker led comfortably in the early going, as cars diced behind him. The first 26 laps went green, as Darren Hagen moved to the second spot ahead of Caleb Armstrong, Brad Sweet, and Darland.

The race fought through some cautions after that point, with torrid racing at the front while under green. The front five raced under a blanket, and Darland finally slid his way into the lead on lap 50. The next lap, Felker jumped the cushion and shredded his left-rear tire.

After that, the groove moved to the high side as Gardner threw a slide-job on Hagen for the second spot. Those two swapped spots as the race hit lap 75, after which yellows were no longer counted.

With 17 to go, Hagen stopped with issues and left the fight up front to Darland, Gardner, Sweet, Armstrong, and a hard-charging Zach Daum. On the restart, Gardner threw the big slider on Darland for the lead and it stuck, despite Darland trying a cross-over off turn-two. 2013 Honda National Dirt Midget champion Christopher Bell then joined the action with the top-five, but he stopped on lap 85 and retired from the event.

As the race went green for ten straight laps, Gardner was unrivaled at the front as Darland and Armstrong raced for second. Sweet and Gardner went at it for fourth at the same time. Coming to complete lap 95, Gardner lost his left-rear wheel in turn-four and stopped suddenly right in front of Darland and Armstrong, who narrowly missed him.

On the final restart, Darland got the jump as Sweet took advantage of Armstrong’s slow restart to vie for second. He held off Armstrong but had nothing for the lead, finishing second in the Esslinger Engineering – Factory Kahne #67z Breka/Esslinger.

2011 Turkey Night champ Armstrong finished a strong third in the C&A Motorsports – Winfield #7c Beast/Stanton Toyota. Daum ended up fourth in the Daum Crop Insurance – Weld Wheels #5D Eagle/Stanton Toyota, and 2013 Western Midget champ Ronnie Gardner rounded out the top-five in the Baldozier Racing – Schroeder Torsion Bars #68 Stewart/Esslinger.

“Don Basile Rookie of the Race” honors went to Tanner Thorson, who finished tenth.

HONDA USAC NATIONAL & WESTERN DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 28, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – 73rd “Turkey Night Grand Prix”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Parker Price-Miller, 9P, Ronk-16.889; 2. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-16.958; 3. Brad Sweet, 67z, Kahne-17.1014; 4. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-17.037; 5. Caleb Armstrong, 7c, C&A-17.051; 6. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-17.119; 7. Chris Windom, 3, RFMS-17.140; 8. Darren Hagen, 56A, Hmiel-17.155; 9. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-17.169; 10. Nick Drake, 55x, Cline-17.228; 11. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.230; 12. Dalton Armstrong, 7A, C&A-17.245; 13. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Johnson-17.265; 14. Damion Gardner, 4, Klatt-17.304; 15. Bryan Clauson, 39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-17.306; 16. Nic Faas, 25, Rodela-17.324; 17. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-17.357; 18. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.361; 19. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-17.378; 20. Rico Abreu, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.402; 21. Mike Spencer, 51s, Fly-17.424; 22. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-17.441; 23. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-17.445; 24. Jake Swanson, 05, VanDyne/Swanson-17.447; 25. Danny Stratton, 56P, Hmiel-17.454; 26. Ricky Shelton, 15, Neverlift-17.470; 27. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-17.473; 28. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.476; 29. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 72, Ford-17.487; 30. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-17.539; 31. Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-17.588; 32. Kevin Swindell, 71x, Ronk-17.627; 33. Brad Kuhn, 10, Cook-17.643; 34. Thomas Meseraull, 0, Lamott-17.659; 35. Kyle Edwards, 39K, Edwards-17.659; 36. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-17.670; 37. Trey Marcham, 37, McQueen-17.679; 38. Jac Haudenschild, 73x, Ford-17.749; 39. Cody Swanson, 71s, Swanson-17.755; 40. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-17.897; 41. Rick Hendrix, 12, Hendrix-18.116; 42. Joey Fabozzi, 84, Fabozzi-18.158; 43. Terry Nichols, 45, Neverlift-18.202; 44. Kyle Smith, 55K, Smith-18.320; 45. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-18.440; 46. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-18.503; 47. Tony Everhart, 55T, Everhart-18.866; 48. Danny Ebberts, 2, Boyd-NT (time of 18.326 disallowed).

FIRST B MAIN : (12 laps) 1. Daum, 2. Pierovich, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Stratton, 5. Spencer, 6. Clauson, 7. C. Swanson, 8. K. Thomas, 9. Marcham, 10. Golobic, 11. Edwards, 12. Goodwin, 13. Kuhn, 14. Blondel, 15. Hendrix, 16. Nichols, 17. Everhart.

SECOND B MAIN : (12 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. McQueen, 3. Thorson, 4. Faas, 5. J. Swanson, 6. Swindell, 7. Haudenschild, 8. Meseraull, 9. Simas, 10. Johnson, 11. Chivello, 12. Ennis, 13. Fabozzi, 14. Ebberts, 15. Smith, 16. Pankratz, 17. Shelton.

FEATURE: (98 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. Nic Faas, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Rico Abreu, 9. Mike Spencer, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Brad Kuhn, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 16. Nick Drake, 17. Danny Stratton, 18. Parker Price-Miller, 19. Dalton Armstrong, 20. Trey Marcham, 21. Christopher Bell, 22. Andrew Felker, 23. Taylor Ferns, 24. Darren Hagen, 25. Shannon McQueen, 26. Cody Swanson, 27. Kevin Swindell, 28. Jac Haudenschild, 29. Chris Windom, 30. Scott Pierovich, 31. Bryan Clauson, 32. Thomas Meseraull, 33. Randi Pankratz. -------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1 **Kuhn flipped on the start of 1st B Main. Shelton flipped in the 2nd B Main. C. Swanson flipped on lap 78.

FINAL HONDA NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bell-1,101; 2-Clauson-984; 3-Hagen-921; 4-Hines-920; 5-Abreu-873; 6-Jerry Coons, Jr.-770; 7-Daum-758; 8-Felker-709; 9-Kuhn-667; 10-C.Armstrong-650.

 

 

USAC SEASON CONCLUDES THURSDAY AT PERRIS AS “TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” REACHES 73

Thursday night’s 73rd “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway concludes the 2013 USAC racing season. Drivers Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla. and Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. are poised to celebrate Honda championships. Bell leads the National Dirt standings and Gardner leads the Western points. The titles would be the first for both.

Thursday’s 98-lap race continues a tradition begun in 1934 and spanning a variety of southern California facilities. After a 1996 race at Perris won by Billy Boat, it returned to the half-mile dirt oval for last year’s classic, captured by Kyle Larson.

The history of the race features many highlights, including Ron Shuman’s amazing record eight victories and Boat’s three wins in success at three different venues. Champions include Indianapolis 500 winners Bill Vukovich, Johnnie Parsons, A.J. Foyt and Parnelli Jones as well as USAC’s all-time National Midget leader Mel Kenyon and recent stars Jason Leffler and Tony Stewart and 2013 USAC National Champions Bobby East (Silver Crown) and Bryan Clauson (Sprint).

Clauson has established himself as one of those to beat Thursday after amassing 22 total UAC feature wins this season. That’s the second-largest single-season victory total in USAC history behind the 24 of J.J. Yeley in 2003.

Darren Hagen established the one-lap track record drivers will seek during qualifications. His pole-winning lap last year was 17.025 seconds. Hagen earned his fourth consecutive Honda USAC National Pavement title this year.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-1,088; 2-Bryan Clauson-971; 3-Darren Hagen-908; 4-Tracy Hines-889; 5-Rico Abreu-834; 6-Jerry Coons Jr.-770; 7-Zach Daum-707; 8-Andrew Felker-691; 9-Brad Kuhn-640; 10-Tanner Thorson-614.

2013 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Scott Pierovich-693, 5-Shannon McQueen-595, 6-Randi Pankratz-498, 7-Cody Swanson-458, 8-Nick Chivello-450, 9-Trey Marcham-400, 10-Rico Abreu-397.

2013 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Shannon McQueen-595, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Trey Marcham-400, 9-Rico Abreu-397, 10-Bryan Clauson-382.

 

 

PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY HOSTS THURSDAY’S “73RD TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX”

By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – NOVEMBER 25, 2013... After rain washed out last weekend’s races in Yuma, the cars and stars of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will battle at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. Presented by Agajanian Promotions and Oval Entertainment, the 98-lap “73rd Turkey Night Grand Prix” on Thursday, November 28th, is co-sanctioned with the Honda USAC National Midgets. The popular WRA Vintage Cars will also be on display at “America’s Premier Dirt Track” as the Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 2:00pm, Time Trials at 6:00pm, and Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:15pm.

Since Bob Swanson took the checkered flags at Gilmore Stadium in 1934, the TNGP has been a “must win” race for drivers from across the country. While other famed venues like Gardena, Speedway 605, Saugus, Bakersfield, Ventura, and Irwindale have hosted the TNGP, the event is perhaps best known by race fans at the legendary Ascot Park. In 1996, the 1/2-mile oval of Perris Auto Speedway first hosted the “granddaddy of all midget races” and Billy Boat of Phoenix, Arizona claimed his second of three-straight “Thanksgiving Classics.” Last year, the historic event returned to Perris clay after going to pavement in 1999 and Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson added his name to the record books. Many famous names in racing have won the TNGP and the complete win list is posted at the end of this release.

Seven-time USAC Western Midget Series Champion Ron “Sleepy” Tripp will serve as the event’s Grand Marshall. The career leader in series main event wins with 104 victories, Tripp was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1986, the National Midget Auto Racing Museum Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Legends of Ascot in 2004. It is estimated that Sleepy has over 250 midget triumphs across the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.

Starting at 2:30pm, an hour long autograph session featuring this year’s competitors will be held on the track’s front straightaway. At 3:30pm, Tripp, along with other racing heroes and TNGP winners will join a special “Legends Autograph Session” in the Sports Bar on the main concourse.

Heading into the season finale, Ronnie Gardner of Norco has a 320-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, the point leader recorded a 17th, 14th, and 9th place finish at Canyon Speedway Park’s Western World Championships. The 2013 campaign has been a career year for Gardner as he has a lock on both the dirt and overall Western series crowns. With nine feature wins, six fast time awards, two heat race victories, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 186 feature laps led, Ronnie will be looking to join the record books with at TNGP victory.

Anaheim’s Jake Swanson ranks second in the USAC Western Dirt and overall series point standings. Piloting three different cars (Swanson #05 Stealth, Van Dyne/Swanson #05 Edmunds, and Kruseman #89K Spike) throughout 2013, Swanson returned to the family owned ride and missed the first two Canyon features while claiming 14th in the finale. Last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year scored his first career series win at Santa Maria on May 11th and has earned one fast time award, five heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led. Jake will have his sights on the Thanksgiving night feature win behind the wheel of a brand new racecar.

David Prickett of Fresno sits third in the USAC Western Midget and Dirt Series point chase. The driver of the Neverlift Motorsports' #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike has one fast time award, six heat race victories, one semi-main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led on the season. David has parked his ride due to the impending medical costs for his unborn daughter’s needed heart surgery and everyone with the USAC Western office sends their best wishes, thoughts, and prayers to the Prickett family. The Neverlift Motorsports Team will support other drivers at the Turkey Night Grand Prix before selling the team’s inventory.

Alamo’s Scott Pierovich is currently fourth in the overall point chase and seventh in the dirt series. The pilot of the family owned #35 Mid Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike did not compete at the Western World Championships at Canyon. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has yet to win a USAC main event in 2013, but has one fast time award, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led in the campaign. Scott will have his sights on scoring his fourth career USAC Western Midget win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Shannon McQueen of Tehachapi is fifth in the overall points and ranks fourth in the dirt championship. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon ran 16th, 20th, and 16th at the Western World Championships. Last year’s champion has yet to claim a USAC main event win in 2013, but has one fast time award, one heat race victory, three hard charger awards, and eight top-10 finishes on the season. McQueen will be looking to end her season on a high note with a victory at the Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Among the other Western series drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Cody Swanson, Nick Chivello, Trey Marcham, Terry Nichols, Kyle Edwards, Alex Schutte, Britton Bock, Sean Dodenhoff, and more. At press time, Nic Faas, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and “The Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild will also be on hand. Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell sits atop the USAC National point standings and ranks among the top-twenty drivers in the Western Dirt Midget Series. Bryan Clauson, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Rico Abreu, Jerry Coons Jr., Zach Daum, Andrew Felker, Brad Kuhn, and Tanner Thorson round out the top-10 in the National point chase.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are on sale and Reserved Tickets are $50, while General Adult tickets are $40 and $19 for Children (6-12). Camping is available for $25 at the fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134. In addition, Loudpedal Productions and Turn Two Media have partnered to bring a pay per view feed of the Turkey Night Grand Prix. With a 100-mile blackout radius from the racetrack, “The Cushion” will host the live stream for $24.95 on their website, www.thecushion.com.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets). ----------------------------------------------- TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX WINNERS: 1934-Bob Swanson; 1935-Ted Sizemore; 1936-Ronney Householder; 1937-Ronney Householder; 1938-Bob Swanson; 1939-Mel Hansen; 1940-Roy Russing; 1941-Roy Russing; 1945-Danny Oakes; 1946-Perry Grimm; 1947-Johnny McDowell; 1948-Bill Vukovich; 1949-Perry Grimm; 1950-Bill Zaring; 1955-Johnnie Parsons; 1956-Edgar Elder; 1957-George Amick; 1958-Joe Garson; 1959-Tony Bettenhausen; 1960-A.J. Foyt; 1961-A.J. Foyt; 1962-Billy Cantrell; 1963-Mel Kenyon; 1964-Parnelli Jones; 1965-Dick Atkins; 1966-Parnelli Jones; 1967-Gary Bettenhausen; 1968-Sam Sessions; 1969-George Benson; 1970-Gary Bettenhausen; 1971-Bill Englehart; 1972-Tony Simon; 1973-Bill Englehart; 1974-Danny McKnight; 1975-Mel Kenyon; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Gary Patterson; 1978-Rick Goudy; 1979-Ron Shuman; 1980-Ron Shuman; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Ron Shuman; 1983-Kevin Olson; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Brent Kaeding; 1986-Warren Mockler; 1987-Ron Shuman; 1988-Chuck Gurney; 1989-Chuck Gurney; 1990-Stan Fox; 1991-Stan Fox; 1992-Ron Shuman; 1993-Ron Shuman; 1994-Jordan Hermansader; 1995-Billy Boat; 1996-Billy Boat; 1997-Billy Boat; 1998-Jay Drake; 1999-Jason Leffler; 2000-Tony Stewart; 2001-Dave Steele; 2002-Michael Lewis; 2003-Dave Steele; 2004-Bobby East; 2005-Jason Leffler; 2006-Billy Wease; 2007-Dave Darland; 2008-Bobby Santos; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Bryan Clauson; 2011-Caleb Armstrong; 2012-Kyle Larson.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Scott Pierovich-693, 5-Shannon McQueen-595, 6-Randi Pankratz-498, 7-Cody Swanson-458, 8-Nick Chivello-450, 9-Trey Marcham-400, 10-Rico Abreu-397.

HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Shannon McQueen-595, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Trey Marcham-400, 9-Rico Abreu-397, 10-Bryan Clauson-382.

HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-1,088; 2-Bryan Clauson-971; 3-Darren Hagen-908; 4-Tracy Hines-889; 5-Rico Abreu-834; 6-Jerry Coons Jr.-770; 7-Zach Daum-707; 8-Andrew Felker-691; 9-Brad Kuhn-640; 10-Tanner Thorson-614.

2013 USAC WESTERN MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 28: ***Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- *** = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midget Series.

ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES: #71K Kyle Larson – 2012 Turkey Night Grand Prix Winner. Photo by Steve Lafond / Tear-Off Heaven Fotos.

 

 

BRYAN CLAUSON DOUBLES UP AT CANYON’S WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CHRISTOPHER BELL AND DARREN HAGEN WIN PRELIMS

 by Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – NOVEMBER 19, 2013... Taking the lead off the final corner, Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson scored a dramatic victory at the 46th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships presented by the Racers Advantage Store.” Not only did Clauson earn the $7,500 Honda USAC National/Western Midget Car triumph, he claimed the $7,500 USAC SouthWest/West Coast Sprint finale, and won an additional $5,000 bonus for his efforts at Canyon Speedway Park. Friday night winner Darren Hagen, Thursday night winner Christopher Bell, Tracy Hines, and Dave Darland followed the USAC National Sprint Champion to the checkered flags.

Piloting the CTR/BCI/Curb/Agajanian #39 Mobil 1 / Curb Records Spike, Bryan Clauson made history at Canyon Speedway Park with his accomplishments at the Western World Championships. Beford scoring his sixth Honda USAC Western Midget feature, Clauson had recorded a third place finish on Thursday’s opener and earned “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors on Friday with a fifth place run after starting twentieth.

With the Saturday night $7,500 victory in his sights, Darren Hagen of Riverside, California had to settle for second. Racing the 5ive-6ix Inc. #56 Great Clips / Fatheadz Eyewear Beast, Hagen scored fourth in the Thursday night main event before claiming his third career USAC Western Midget victory on Friday.

Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell claimed third in the Western World finale. Driving the Kunz/Curb/Agajanian #71 Toyota TRD Bullet, the USAC National Midget point leader won the Thursday night feature and placed third in the Friday night main event. Bell is marching closer to earning the national title and rookie of the year honors in 2013.

Brad Kuhn, USAC Western point leader Ronnie Gardner, and Jake Swanson had strong runs in the Saturday finale. Kuhn, by virtue of his sixth place finish had earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors behind the wheel of Mason Cook’s #10 Willits Towing & Recovery / Speedy Signs Beast.

Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois earned the Thursday night “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a twenty-second to seventh place run. Racing the family owned #5D Daum Corp Insurance / Weld Wheels Eagle, Daum scratched from the Friday main event and scored twenty-fourth in the Saturday feature.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series will travel to Yuma, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway for two nights of action. Starting Friday, November 22nd, the 2-day showcase will also feature the popular West Coast Late Model Shootout Series. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call (928) 344-1563.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets). -------------------------------------------------------------- SATURDAY FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Bryan Clauson (1st), 2. Darren Hagen (2nd), 3. Christopher Bell (6th), 4. Tracy Hines (7th), 5. Dave Darland (4th), 6. Brad Kuhn (16th), 7. Tyler Thomas (10th), 8. Mike Spencer (11th), 9. Ronnie Gardner (19th), 10. Andrew Felker (14th), 11. Tanner Thorson (9th), 12. Chris Windom (18th), 13. Caleb Armstrong (8th), 14. Jake Swanson (24th), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (22nd), 16. Shannon McQueen (12th), 17. Trey Marcham (25th), 18. Aaron Reutzel (17th), 19. Dalton Armstrong (23rd), 20. Parker Price-Miller (15th), 21. Nick Drake (13th), 22. Brady Bacon (3rd), 23. Taylor Ferns (21st), 24. Zach Daum (20th), 25. Rico Abreu (5th). ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Hagen, Laps 5-22 Bell, Laps 23-29 Hagen, Lap 30 Clauson HARD CHARGER: Brad Kuhn (16th to 6th)

FRIDAY FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Darren Hagen (4th), 2. Brady Bacon (6th), 3. Christopher Bell (5th), 4. Rico Abreu (1st), 5. Bryan Clauson (20th), 6. Caleb Armstrong (7th), 7. Dave Darland (3rd), 8. Tanner Thorson (11th), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (10th), 10. Brad Kuhn (16th), 11. Tyler Thomas (17th), 12. Bobby East (9th), 13. Tracy Hines (12th), 14. Ronnie Gardner (13th), 15. Andrew Felker (23rd), 16. Mike Spencer (21st), 17. Parker Price-Miller (14th), 18. Trey Marcham (24th), 19. Dalton Armstrong (15th), 20. Shannon McQueen (8th), 21. Taylor Ferns (18th), 22. R.J. Johnson (22nd), 23. Levi Roberts (19th), 24. Chris Windom (2nd). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Hagen, Laps 3-9 Abreu, Laps 10-16 Hagen, Laps 17-18 Bacon, Laps 19-30 Hagen. HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson (20th to 5th)

THURSDAY FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Christopher Bell (3rd), 2. Brady Bacon (7th), 3. Bryan Clauson (12th), 4. Darren Hagen (5th), 5. Rico Abreu (4th), 6. Tracy Hines (6th), 7. Zach Daum (22nd), 8. Dave Darland (9th), 9. Brad Kuhn (20th), 10. Mike Spencer (18th), 11. Caleb Armstrong (8th), 12. R.J. Johnson (10th), 13. Tanner Thorson (1st), 14. Nick Drake (19th), 15. A.J. Felker (17th), 16. Shannon McQueen (2nd), 17. Ronnie Gardner (11th), 18. Parker Price-Miller (13th), 19. Trey Marcham (21st), 20. Tyler Thomas (15th), 21. Chris Windom (16th), 22. Taylor Ferns (14th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Thorson, Laps 8-30 Bell. HARD CHARGER: Zach Daum (22nd to 7th)

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Scott Pierovich-693, 5-Shannon McQueen-595, 6-Randi Pankratz-498, 7-Cody Swanson-458, 8-Nick Chivello-450, 9-Trey Marcham-400, 10-Rico Abreu-397.

HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-shannon McQueen-595, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Trey Marcham-400, 9-Rico Abreu-397, 10-Bryan Clauson-382.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 22: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ November 23: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ November 28: ***Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- *** = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midget Series. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS INVADE COCOPAH SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – NOVEMBER 20, 2013... Following the Western World Championships, the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will invade Yuma, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway for two nights of action. Starting this Friday, November 22nd, the fast 3/8-mile oval will also host the popular West Coast Late Model Shootout Series. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

Friday’s show will mark the 2nd appearance of the “mighty midgets” to the Yuma facility. Robby Flock claimed the inaugural visit to the track (then known as Yuma Speedway) on November 3, 1989. This weekend, drivers will be looking to set a new track record and gain momentum heading to the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris.

Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner of Norco has a 320-point advantage over the competition. Following a 17th, 14th, and 9th place finish at Canyon Speedway Park, Gardner has a lock on both the dirt and overall series crowns. To date, the point leader has six fast time awards, two heat race victories, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 186 feature laps led on the season. Ronnie has had a career season and will be one of the favorites to watch.

Anaheim’s Jake Swanson ranks second in the USAC Western Dirt and overall series point standings. Returning to the family owned #05 Honda Racing / Goodwine Glass Stealth, Swanson missed the first two Canyon features and claimed 14th in the Saturday finale. Currently, last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one fast time award, five heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led. Jake will be looking to finish his season on a high note with a feature victory.

David Prickett of Fresno sits third in the Western Midget and Dirt Series point chase. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports' #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett did not compete in the Western World Championships. Last year’s Western Dirt Series Champion has one fast time award, six heat race victories, one semi-main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. David has announced that due to impending medical costs for his unborn daughter’s needed heart surgery, he will park his operation and sell the team’s inventory after the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Everyone with the USAC Western office sends their best wishes, thoughts, and prayers to the Prickett family.

Alamo’s Scott Pierovich is currently fourth in the overall point chase and seventh in the dirt series. The pilot of the family owned #35 Mid Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike missed the action at Canyon Speedway Park. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has yet to win a USAC main event in 2013, but has one fast time award, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led in the campaign. Scott will have his sights on his fourth career USAC Western Midget victory at Yuma.

Shannon McQueen of Tehachapi is fifth in the overall points and ranks fourth in the dirt championship. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon ran 16th, 20th, and 16th in the Western World Championships. Last year’s champion has yet to claim a USAC main event win in 2013, but has one fast time award, one heat race victory, three hard charger awards, and eight top-10 finishes on the season. McQueen will be looking to add another main event victory to her win list.

Cocopah Speedway is located at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona. For more event and ticket information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call (928) 344-1563.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets). ----------------------------------------------- 2013 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Scott Pierovich-693, 5-Shannon McQueen-595, 6-Randi Pankratz-498, 7-Cody Swanson-458, 8-Nick Chivello-450, 9-Trey Marcham-400, 10-Rico Abreu-397.

2013 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Shannon McQueen-595, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Trey Marcham-400, 9-Rico Abreu-397, 10-Bryan Clauson-382.

2013 USAC WESTERN MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 22: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ November 23: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ November 28: ***Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- *** = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midget Series. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WESTERN MIDGETS AT COCOPAH THIS WEEKEND; CLAUSON ADDS "WESTERN WORLD" MIDGETS TO BANNER YEAR; PEORIA PRELIMS TO BELL & HAGEN

The 2013 Honda USAC Western Midget Series heads for its penultimate round this weekend as it visits Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Ariz. Complete events are slated Friday and Saturday as Norco, Calif.'s Ronnie Gardner continues his drive to his first USAC driving title.

Gardner landed a ninth-place finish in last Saturday's "Western World Championships" National/Western feature at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. and emerged with an insurmountable 320-point lead over Jake Swanson in both the overall and dirt Western standings.

It's been nearly a quarter-century since Robby Flock won the only USAC Midget race ever in Yuma, at Yuma Speedway in 1989. The USAC Sprint cars races at Cocopah the past two seasons.

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. scored a sensational last-corner victory over Darren Hagen to win Saturday night's "Western World Championships" 30-lap feature at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. The win was one of three Clauson posted during the three-night USAC Sprint and Midget extravaganza which brought his season USAC win total to 22. That ranks him second all-time in single-season wins behind J.J. Yeley's 24 from 2003.

Clauson led only the final lap in his Corey Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian Mobil 1 Spike/Esslinger to edge Darren Hagen and Christopher Bell to the checkered flag. Tracy Hines and Dave Darland rounded out the "top-five." Hagen led 11 laps and Bell 18 before Clauson's last-lap heroics.

Hagen and Bell captured the Friday and Thursday prelims at Peoria. Hagen piloted Shane Hmiel's 5IVE-6IX, Inc. Great Clips/Fatheadz Eyewear Beast/Esslinger to Friday's 30-lap win over Brady Bacon, Bell, Rico Abreu and Clauson. Hagen led 21 laps, including the last 12 after passing Bacon, who led two laps. Abreu also led seven laps.

Bell led the final 23 laps of Thursday's 30-lapper in his Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Toyota TRD Bullet/Speedway Toyota to beat Bacon, Clauson, Hagen and Abreu. Tanner Thorson, Bell's teammate along with Abreu, led the first seven laps of the race.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-1,088; 2-Bryan Clauson-971; 3-Darren Hagen-908; 4-Tracy Hines-889; 5-Rico Abreu-834; 6-Jerry Coons Jr.-770; 7-Zach Daum-707; 8-Andrew Felker-691; 9-Brad Kuhn-640; 10-Tanner Thorson-614.

2013 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Scott Pierovich-693, 5-Shannon McQueen-595, 6-Randi Pankratz-498, 7-Cody Swanson-458, 8-Nick Chivello-450, 9-Trey Marcham-400, 10-Rico Abreu-397.

2013 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,185, 2-Jake Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-shannon McQueen-595, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Trey Marcham-400, 9-Rico Abreu-397, 10-Bryan Clauson-382.

 

 

JOHNSON TAKES SOUTHWEST TITLE & PEORIA PRELIM; CLAUSON SWEEPS FRIDAY, SATURDAY "WESTERN WORLD" SPRINTS

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. capped his 2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car championship with a victory in last Friday's "Western World Championships" opener at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. He finished eighth in Saturday night's 30-lap finale at Peoria but finished the season with a 122-point cushion over runner-up Charles Davis Jr.

Davis struggled through the Peoria races, failing to land a "top-10" finish, but took the runner-up point spot by 141 points over third-place Mike Martin.

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. was the star of last weekend's Peoria spectacular, taking both Friday and Saturday's Southwest and West Coast Special Event Sprint features. He drove the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Chevy Performance/Curb Records Beast/Kistler and led wire-to-wire to win Friday's 30-lap prelim over Tracy Hines, Jon Stanbrough, Chad Boespflug and Kevin Thomas Jr.

Saturday, Clauson passed Johnson on lap four and led the rest of the 30-lap race to beat Brady Bacon, Boespflug, Dave Darland and Hines. The win completed a $20,000 night for him as he also swept to victory with a last-lap pass in the Midget feature. The wins brought his 2013 USAC victory total to 22, which puts him second all-time in terms of single-season USAC Wins. J.J. Yeley set the all-time mark of 24 in 2003.

Johnson led all 30 laps Thursday in the Bill Michaels Kodiak Products/Beal's Auto Body Sherman/Marcum Ford to beat Bacon, Jerry Coons Jr., Darland and Aaron Reutzel.

FINAL 2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS:1-R.J. Johnson-1,273, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1,151, 3-Mike Martin-1,010, 4-Shon Deskins-893, 5-Ronnie Clark-893, 6-Josh Pelkey-797, 7-Andy Reinbold-795, 8-Brian Hosford-669, 9-Bruce St. James-644, 10-Mike Bonneau-626.

 

 

USAC HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 16, 2013 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 46th "Western World Championships"

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson (67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Shannon McQueen (7, McQueen), 3. Parker Price-Miller (9P, Ronk), 4. Taylor Ferns (55, Ferns), 5. Jake Swanson (05, Van Dyne/Swanson), 6. Dalton Armstrong (7A, C&A), 7. Rick Shuman (22, Shuman), 8. Stevie Sussex (1AZ, Sussex).

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (91T, Thomas), 2. Nick Drake (55x, Cline), 3. Brad Kuhn (10, Cook), 4. Chris Windom (3, RFMS), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (3F, RFMS), 6. Trey Marcham (37, McQueen), 7. Terry Goodwin (2G, Goodwin), 8. Kyle Edwards (39x, Edwards).

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Mike Spencer (57, Ecker), 2. Andrew Felker (11A, Felker), 3. Aaron Reutzel (91A, Thomas), 4. Ronnie Gardner (68, Johnson), 5. Bobby East (4, Klatt), 6. Levi Roberts (2, Roberts), 7. Zach Daum (5D, Daum).

DASH : (6 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Darren Hagen (56, Hmiel), 3. Brady Bacon (99, Ronk), 4. Dave Darland (73, Ford), 5. Rico Abreu (67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Christopher Bell (71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Tracy Hines (24, Parker), 8. Caleb Armstrong (7c, C&A).

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Gardner, 3. Daum, 4. Ferns, 5. Coons, 6. Marcham, 7. Roberts, 8. D. Armstrong, 9. East, 10. Swanson, 11. Goodwin, 12. Shuman, 13. Edwards.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brad Kuhn, 7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Mike Spencer, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Andrew Felker, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Caleb Armstrong, 14. Jake Swanson, 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Trey Marcham, 18. Aaron Reutzel, 19. Dalton Armstrong, 20. Parker Price-Miller, 21. Nick Drake, 22. Brady Bacon, 23. Taylor Ferns, 24. Zach Daum, 25. Rico Abreu. -------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Hagen, Laps 5-22 Bell, Laps 23-29 Hagen, Lap 30 Clauson

NEW HONDA NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bell-1,088; 2-Clauson-971; 3- Hagen-908; 4-Hines-889; 5-Abreu-834; 6-Coons-770; 7-Daum-707; 8-Felker-691; 9-Kuhn-640; 10-Thorson-614.

NEW HONDA WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,185, 2-Swanson-865, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-McQueen-595, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Marcham-400, 9-Abreu-397, 10-Clauson-382.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 22-23 - Yuma, AZ - Cocopah Speedway

NEXT HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: November 28 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - 73rd "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST (SE) SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

November 16, 2013 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “46th Western World Championships”

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Steven Harms (#60 Harms), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Johnny Shelton Jr. (#9S Shelton), 6. Jacob Hawkins (#28 Morin), 7. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#97 Norman), 9. Tom Lee (#53 Lee), 10. Connor Kassik (#26 Kassik), 11. James Aragon (#57X Stone), 12. Josh Grady (#12J Grady). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Tracy Hines (#21 Pollock), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 3. Dave Darland (#73 Ford), 4. Chad Boespflug (#74X Hodges), 5. Bryan Clauson (#20 Stewart), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (#4G Cook), 7. Jon Stanbrough (#20S Deskins), 8. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR). NT

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Casey Shuman (#77 Hockett), 4. Mike Spencer (#7M Priestley), 5. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 6. Gary Taylor (#68 Beal), 7. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 8. Stevie Sussex (#57 Stone), 9. Jimmy Crawford (#3X Crawford), 10. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 11. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 12. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 13. Shelton, 14. Rossi, 15. Harms, 16. Bonneau, 17. Ryan Linder (#9 Linder/Whtiney). NT

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 2. Thomas, 3. Bradley Terrell #5V VanLare), 4. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Dalten Gabbard (#5 Baldwin), 7. Parker Price-Miller (#9P Ronk), 8. Josh Shipley (#2X Bishop), 9. Rick Ziehl (#41W Williams), 10. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 11. Pelkey, 12. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller), 13. Michael Curtis (11C Turner/Wheeler), 14. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 15. Hawkins, 16. Lundy, 17. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 18. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Casey Shuman, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. R.J. Johnson, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Ronnie Clark, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Gary Taylor, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Geoff Ensign, 15. Dalten Gabbard, 16. Charles Davis Jr., 17. Mike Colegrove, 18. Mike Spencer, 19. Parker Price-Miller, 20. Mike Martin, 21. Bradley Terrell, 22. Tom Ogle. NT

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

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 7-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422.

 

 

USAC HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 15, 2013 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 46th " Western World Championships"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Caleb Armstrong, 7c, C&A-14.218; 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Ronk-14.220; 3. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.229; 4. Darren Hagen, 56, Hmiel-14.266; 5. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-14.297; 6. Chris Windom, 3, RFMS-14.300; 7. Rico Abreu, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.361; 8. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.393; 9. Bobby East, 4, Klatt-14.404; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3F, RFMS-14.421; 11. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.434; 12. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-14.435; 13. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Johnson-14.533; 14. Parker Price-Miller, 9P, Ronk-14.539; 15. Dalton Armstrong, 7A, C&A-14.541; 16. Brad Kuhn, 10, Cook-14.552; 17. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.567; 18. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.570; 19. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-14.602; 20. Levi Roberts, 2, Roberts-14.607; 21. Trey Marcham, 37, McQueen-14.639; 22. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-14.654; 23. Kyle Edwards, 39x, Edwards-14.663; 24. Bryan Clauson, 39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-14.677; 25. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-14.691; 26. Mike Spencer, 57, Ecker-14.709; 27. Nick Drake, 55x, Cline-14.747; 28. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.755; 29. Aaron Reutzel, 91A, Thomas-14.881; 30. Jake Swanson, 05, VanDyne/Swanson-14.997; 31. Rick Shuman, 22, Shuman-15.447.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. East, 3. Gardner, 4. Darland, 5. Marcham, 6. C. Armstrong, 7. Felker, 8. Reutzel. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Daum, 3. Windom, 4. Coons, 5. Pelkey, 6. Spencer, 7. Price-Miller, 8. Swanson. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Abreu, 3. Thorson, 4. Ferns, 5. Edwards, 6. D. Armstrong, 7. Drake, 8. Shuman. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Hagen, 3. Roberts, 4. Hines, 5. McQueen, 6. Kuhn, 7. Johnson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Kuhn, 2. C. Armstrong, 3. D. Armstrong, 4. Spencer, 5. Johnson, 6. McQueen, 7. Price-Miller, 8. Pelkey, 9. Drake, 10. Swanson, 11. Shuman, 12. Reutzel, 13. Marcham, 14. Edwards, 15. Felker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Caleb Armstrong, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Brad Kuhn, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Bobby East, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Ronnie Gardner, 15. Andrew Felker, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Parker Price-Miller, 18. Trey Marcham, 19. Dalton Armstrong, 20. Shannon McQueen, 21. Taylor Ferns, 22. R.J. Johnson, 23. Levi Roberts, 24. Chris Windom. NT ---------------------------- **Marcham flipped during the Semi. McQueen flipped during the Semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Hagen, Laps 3-9 Abreu, Laps 10-16 Hagen, Laps 17-18 Bacon, Laps 19-30 Hagen.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bell-1,034; 2-Clauson-911; 3- Hagen-851; 4-Hines-838; 5-Abreu-821; 6-Coons-747; 7-Daum-694; 8-Felker-658; 9-Kuhn-595; 10-Thorson-583.

NEW HONDA WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,149, 2-J.Swanson-840, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-McQueen-574, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Abreu-384, 9-Marcham-381, 10-Terry Nichols-357.

NEXT HONDA USAC NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 16 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 46th "Western World Championships"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST (SE) SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

November 15, 2013 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “46th Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Casey Shuman (#77 JHR), 2. Tracy Hines (#21 Pollock), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Chad Boespflug (#74X Hodges), 5. Mike Spencer (#7M Priestley), 6. Jacob Hawkins (#28 Morin), 7. Dustin Cormany (#18 Deskins), 8. Rick Ziehl (#41W Williams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#20 Stewart), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Jimmy Crawford (#3X Crawford), 4. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 5. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 6. Steven Harms (#60 Harms), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 8. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough (#20S Deskins), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#97 Norman), 6. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 7. Johnny Shelton Jr. (#9S Shelton). NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Spencer, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Curtis, 5. Ziehl, 6. Wirth, 7. Harms, 8. Pelkey.

SECOND QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Grady 2. Shuman, 3. Hines, 4. Mihocko, 5. Ensign, 6. Shelton, 7. Hawkins, 8. Hosford.

THIRD QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Martin, 3. Thomas, 4. Crawford, 5. Reinbold, 6. Cormany, 7. Lundy.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Casey Shuman, 7. Rick Ziehl, 8. Geoff Ensign, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Brian Hosford, 12. Jacob Hawkins, 13. Jody Wirth, 14. Mike Spencer, 15. Andy Reinbold, 16. Jason Grady, 17. Mike Martin, 18. Matt Lundy, 19. Michael Harms, 20. Jimmy Crawford, 21. Johnny Shelton Jr., 22. Dustin Cormany, 23. Josh Pelkey (DNS).

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**Pelkey flipped during the first qualifier. Cormany flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Clauson.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 7-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST & WESTCOAST SPRINT RACE: November 16 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “46th Annual Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 14, 2013 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - 46th " Western World Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.874; 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.893; 3. Darren Hagen, 56, 5IVE-6IX-13.910; 4. Rico Abreu, 67k, Kunz-14.010; 5. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz-14.011; 6. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.084; 7. Caleb Armstrong, 7c, C& A-14.097; 8. Dave Darland, 73, Ford-14.129; 9. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz-14.145; 10. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.147; 11. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six-Eight-14.164; 12. Bryan Clauson, 39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-14.232; 13. Parker Price-Miller, 9p, Ronk-14.256; 14. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-14.261; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.276; 16. Chris Windom, 3, RFMS-14.304; 17. Andrew Felker, 11a, Felker-14.315; 18. Mike Spencer, 57, Ecker-14.325; 19. Dalton Armstrong, 7a, C & A-14.342; 20. Nick Drake, 55x, Cline-14.382; 21. Stevie Sussex, 1az, Sussex-14.489; 22. Jake Swanson, 05, Swanson/VanDyne-14.515; 23. Brad Kuhn, 10, Cook-14.517; 24. Trey Marcham, 37, McQueen-14.545; 25. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.613; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-14.647; 27. Bobby East, 4, Klatt-14.698; 28. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-14.748; 29. Aaron Reutzel, 91a, Thomas-14.768; 30. Rick Shuman, 22az, Shuman-14.853; 31. Josh Pelkey, 12jr, Allen-15.021.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Felker, 2. Bell, 3. Hines, 4. Thorson, 5. Price-Miller, 6. Daum, 7. Reutzel, 8. Sussex. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Ferns, 3. Johnson, 4. McQueen, 5. Swanson, 6. Edwards, 7. Shuman. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Kuhn, 3. Thomas, 4. Gardner, 5. C.Armstrong, 6. Pelkey, 7. East, 8. D.Armstrong. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Windom, 3. Drake, 4. Abreu, 5. Marcham, 6. Darland, 7. Goodwin. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Darland, 3. C.Armstrong, 4. Price-Miller, 5. Daum, 6. Marcham, 7. Swanson, 8. Pelkey, 9. Edwards, 10. East, 11. Reutzel, 12. D.Armstrong, 13. Sussex, 14. Shuman, 15. Goodwin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brad Kuhn, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Caleb Armstrong, 12. R.J. Johnson, 13. Tanner Thorson, 14. Nick Drake, 15. A.J. Felker, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Ronnie Gardner, 18. Parker Price-Miller, 19. Trey Marcham, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Taylor Ferns. NT ---------------------------- **Shuman flipped during the second heat. Ferns flipped on the first lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Thorson, Laps 8-30 Bell.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bell-968, 2-Clauson-855, 3-Hines-806, 4-Hagen-781, 5-Abreu-709, 6-Jerry Coons Jr.-706, 7-Daum-687, 8-Felker-635, 9-Kuhn-556, 10-Thorson-538.

NEW HONDA WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,118, 2-J.Swanson-839, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Scott Pierovich-693, 5-McQueen-560, 6-Randi Pankratz-498, 7-Cody Swanson-458, 8-Nick Chivello-450, 9-Marcham-364, 10-Terry Nichols-357.

NEXT HONDA USAC NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 15 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - 46th " Western World Classic"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST (SE) SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

November 14, 2013 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “46th Western World Championsips”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 2. Parker Price-Miller (#9P Ronk), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Dave Darland (#73 Ford), 6. Gary Taylor (#68 Beal), 7. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 8. Stevie Sussex (#57 Stone). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (#4G (Cook), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Josh Shipley (#2X Bishop), 4. Ryan Linder (#9 Linder/Whitney), 5. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams), 6. James Aragon (#57X Stone), 7. Tom Lee (#53 Lee), 8. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 9. Connor Kassik (#26 Kassik). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 3. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 4. Bradley Terrell (#5V VanLare), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 7. Aaron Reutzel (#21A Miller), 8. Joe Ramaker (#98X Ramaker), 9. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi). NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Taylor, 3. Davis, 4. Clark, 5. Coons, 6. Bacon, 7. Lee, 8. Kassik, 9. Grady. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Copeland, 2. Terrell, 3. Johnson, 4. Ream, 5. Sussex, 6. Reutzel, 7. Rossi, 8. Shipley, 9. Bonneau. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Ogle, 2. Deskins, 3. Colegrove, 4. Linder, 5. Price-Miller, 6. Dalten Gabbard (#5D Baldwin), 7. St.James, 8. Aragon, 9. Ramaker. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Reutzel, 2. Gabbard, 3. St.James, 4. Shipley, 5. M.Bonneau, 6. Grady, 7. Aragon, 8. Lee, 9. Kassik, 10. Rossi, 11. Ramaker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Aaron Reutzel, 6. Mike Colegrove, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Bradley Terrell, 9. Gary Taylor, 10. Tom Ogle, 11. Parker Price-Miller, 12. Bob Ream Jr., 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Josh Shipley, 15. Ronnie Clark, 16. Josh Grady, 17. Shon Deskins, 18. Colby Copeland, 19. Ryan Linder, 20. Mike Bonneau, 21. Charles Davis Jr., 22. Dalten Gabbard. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 7-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST & WESTCOAST SPRINT RACE: November 12 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “46th Annual Western World Championships”

 

 

“46TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS” ON TAP AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – NOVEMBER 12, 2013... After a break in the schedule, the Honda USAC Western Midget Series is set to invade Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Starting this Thursday, November 14th, the popular 1/3-mile clay oval will host the “46th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships presented by the Racers Advantage Store.” The three-day co-sanctioned event with the Honda USAC National Midgets will also feature the USAC SouthWest and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

In addition to the $7,500-to-win Midget purse on Saturday, Montgomery has secured a special bonus for the “Western World Championships.” If the winning Midget driver can also win the Sprint Car feature ($7,500-to-win), a $5,000 bonus from E&K Construction will raise the impressive payday to $20,000. As this writing goes to press, about 30 “mighty midgets” have pre-entered the historic race and the entry list is posted at the end of this release.

The USAC Midget entries will race each night and the Thursday and Friday preliminaries will follow a standard format with time trials, heat races, and features. Points will be kept and the top eight will be locked into the $7,500-to-win finale. Those eight drivers will have a “Revenge Draw” to determine a Passing Masters Dash where the finish will set the first four rows of the main event. The remaining cars will lineup according to points for the balance of the feature event and the semi-main.

Thursday’s event will mark the 4th appearance of the Honda USAC Western Midgets at Canyon Speedway Park. Kyle Larson won last November’s “Desert Classic” and Bryan Clauson swept both nights of the “Copper on Dirt” in early March. With valuable championship points up for grabs and a talented roster on hand, you will not want to miss the “Western World Championships.”

Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner of Norco has a 256-point advantage over the competition. The point leader earned his ninth series victory on October 5th at Petaluma Speedway by claiming the 101-lap “John Soares Classic.” To date, Gardner has six fast time awards, two heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 186 feature laps led on the season. Ronnie will be looking to add the Western World to his win list as he marches to both the overall and dirt series championships.

Anaheim’s Jake Swanson ranks second in the championship standings. It has been a tough season for the May 11th Santa Maria winner as he did not compete in the “Soares Classic.” Piloting three different cars (Swanson #05 Stealth, Van Dyne #05 Edmunds, and Kruseman #89K Spike), last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has earned one fast time award, five heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led. At press time, Swanson is entered in the Western World as he looks to finish his season on a high note.

David Prickett of Fresno sits third in the Western Midget point chase. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports' #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett scored seventeenth at Petaluma Speedway. Currently, last year’s Western Dirt Series Champion has yet to win a USAC feature in 2013, but has one fast time award, six heat race victories, one semi-main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. David has announced that due to impending medical costs for his unborn daughter’s needed heart surgery, he will park his operation and sell the team’s inventory after the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Everyone with the USAC Western office sends their best wishes, thoughts, and prayers to the Prickett family.

Alamo’s Scott Pierovich is currently fourth in the overall point chase and seventh in the dirt series. The pilot of the family owned #35 Mid Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike jumped into an unfamiliar car and claimed seventeenth in the “John Soares Classic.” As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has yet to win a USAC main event in 2013, but has one fast time award, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led in the campaign. At Canyon, Scott will have his sights on his fourth career USAC Western Midget victory and earning the $7,500 payday.

Shannon McQueen of Tehachapi is fifth in the overall points and ranks fourth in the dirt championship. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon placed fourth in the 101-lap Petaluma feature. Last year’s champion has yet to claim a USAC main event win in 2013, but has one fast time award, one heat race victory, three hard charger awards, and eight top-10 finishes on the season. McQueen will be looking to claim the “Western World” victory and score one of the biggest triumphs of her career.

Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell sits atop the National points and is tied for nineteenth in the Western Dirt Midget Series. Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines, Darren Hagen, Jerry Coons Jr., Rico Abreu, Zach Daum, Andrew Felker, Brad Kuhn, and Tanner Thorson round out the top-10 in the National point chase.

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. Single Day Adult Tickets are $20 for Thursday and Friday and $25 on Saturday. Three Day Adult Tickets are $65, Three Day VIP Suite Tickets are $95 and All Access Passes are $110. Advance tickets are on sale now and for more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets). ----------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC MIDGET ENTRIES: 0 Johnny Murdock (Kaufman, TX), 3 Darren Hagen (Riverside, CA), 3 Chris Windom (Canton, IL), 4 Bobby East (Brownsburg, IN), 5D Zach Daum (Pocahontas, IL), 7 Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA), 7A Dalton Armstrong (New Castle, IN), 7C Caleb Armstrong (New Castle, IN), 9P Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo, IN), 10 Brad Kuhn (Avon, IN), 11A Andrew Felker (Carl Junction, MO), 12 Josh Pelkey (Peoria, AZ), 15 David Prickett (Fresno, CA), 24 Tracy Hines (Wilkinson, IN), 35 Scott Pierovich (Alamo, CA), 37 Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, OK), 39 Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN), 39 Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, CA), 51 R.J. Johnson (Phoenix, AZ), 55 Tony Everhart (El Cajon, CA), 55 Taylor Ferns (Shelby Twp, MI), 67 Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV), 67X Rico Abreu (Rutherford, CA), 68 Ronnie Gardner (Norco, CA), 71 Christopher Bell (Norman, OK), 73 Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN), 91T Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, OK), 99 Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK), Mike Spencer (Temecula, CA), Stevie Sussex (Phoenix, AZ), Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA), Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, CA)

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1094, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Scott Pierovich-693, 5-Shannon McQueen-533, 6-Randi Pankratz-498, 7-Cody Swanson-458, 8-Nick Chivello-450, 9-Terry Nichols-357, 10-Trey Marcham-348, 11-Frankie Guerrini-330, 12-Chad Nichols-321, 13-Jonathan Henry-301, 14-Kyle Edwards-295, 15-Dan Gundo-279, 16-Rico Abreu-270, 17-Alex Schutte-254, 18-Tanner Swanson-242 19-Kody Swanson-212, 20-Bryan Clauson-204.

HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1094, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Shannon McQueen-533, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Terry Nichols-357, 9-Trey Marcham-348, 10-Johnathon Henry-301, 11-Kyle Edwards-295, 12-Rico Abreu-270, 13-Alex Schutte-254, 14-Frankie Guerrini-222, 15-Bryan Clauson-204, 16-Tanner Thorson-144, 17-Kody Swanson-140, ---Nick Chivello-140, 19-Ryan Bernal-125, ---Christopher Bell-125.

HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-899, 2-Bryan Clauson-793, 3-Tracy Hines-749, 4-Darren Hagen-718, 5-Jerry Coons Jr.-706, 6-Rico Abreu-653, 7-Zach Daum-644, 8-Andrew Felker-604, 9-Brad Kuhn-515, 10-Tanner Thorson-506, 11-Caleb Armstrong-480, 12-Alex Bright-346, 13-Bobby East-299, 14-Austin Brown-246, 15-Dalton Armstrong-220, 16-Levi Jones-132, 17-Davey Ray-122, 18-Dillon Welch-98, 19-Taylor Ferns-92, 20-Johnny Murdock-38.

2013 USAC WESTERN MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 14: ***Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships) November 15: ***Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships) November 16: ***Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-win) November 22: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ November 23: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ November 28: ***Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- *** = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midget Series. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BELL, GARDNER HOPE TO EXTEND MIDGET LEADS IN “WESTERN WORLD” AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

Honda USAC Midget Series point leaders Christopher Bell (National) and Ronnie Gardner (Western) will be out to protect their 2013 series point leads this weekend when the two series combine for part of Canyon Speedway Park’s 46th “Western World Championships” in Peoria, Ariz.

Bell, of Norman, Okla., is a National series rookie but has stormed to a 106-point lead over Bryan Clauson on the strength of five victories and five other podium finishes in 16 starts aboard the Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian entry. His wins include the “Belleville Midget Nationals,” the “Gold Crown Midget Nationals,” the “Chad McDaniel Memorial,” and the “Indiana Midget Week” title.

Gardner, of Norco, Calif., has sped to a 256-point cushion over Jake Swanson in the Western Overall and dirt standings with 15 podium finishes, including nine victories. He enters Peoria with a string of four consecutive wins in the SIX-EIGHT Racing entry.

Clauson will try to increase his 2013 USAC feature victory total in all series as he pursues an all-time single-season mark. He has 19 wins in National and regional competition so far, including four National and two Western Midgets. The two Western Midget wins came at Canyon in March!

This week’s Canyon events (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), include the USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint cars. The Southwest Sprints will compete for points while the West Coast Sprint involvement is listed as a “special event.”

The Honda Western Midgets complete the 2013 campaign with events at Yuma, Ariz. Nov. 22-23 and Perris, Calif. Nov. 28. The Nov. 28 “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Perris closes out the 2013 Honda National Midget series.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-899, 2-Bryan Clauson-793, 3-Tracy Hines-749, 4-Darren Hagen-718, 5-Jerry Coons Jr.-706, 6-Rico Abreu-653, 7-Zach Daum-644, 8-Andrew Felker-604, 9-Brad Kuhn-515, 10-Tanner Thorson-506.

2013 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,094, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Scott Pierovich-693, 5-Shannon McQueen-533, 6-Randi Pankratz-498, 7-Cody Swanson-458, 8-Nick Chivello-450, 9-Terry Nichols-357, 10-Trey Marcham-348.

2013 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,094, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Shannon McQueen-533, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Terry Nichols-357, 9-Trey Marcham-348, 10-Johnathon Henry-301.

 

 

WESTERN IGNITE FINALE SATURDAY AT LVMS BULLRING; LAMB TAKES HAVASU 30-LAPPER

The 2013 HPD USAC Western Ignite Pavement series concludes this coming Saturday night at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Bullring and drivers Bryant Dawson and Jarid Blondel are set to put a cap on respective 2013 championships.

Blondel sits atop the Western overall standings while Dawson is the leader in the Western Pavement points entering the season finale.

Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. captured last Saturday night’s 30-lapper at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He took the lead from Tyler Ankrum on lap 12 and led the rest of the way to beat Ankrum, Blondel, Dawson and Michael Fanelli. Ankrum led the first 11 laps and Lamb was the fastest qualifier.

2013 WESTERN HPD PAVEMENT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-756, 2-Jarid Blondel-690, 3-Shawn Buckley-617, 4-Christine Breckenridge-614, 5-Michael Fanelli-576, 6-Cody Jessop-411, 7-Marina Turner-405, 8-Ron Hazelton-311, 9-Jake Swanson-258, 10-Chris Lamb-201.

2013 WESTERN HPD IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-1,182, 2-Christine Breckenridge-1,023, 3-Bryant Dawson-756, 4-Shawn Buckley-617, 5-Cory Elliott-596, 6-Michael Fanelli-576, 7-Cody Jessop-411, 8-Marina Turner-405, 9-Parker Colston-385, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.

 

 

JOHNSON, DAVIS EYE SOUTHWEST SPRINT TITLE AT CANYON; 3-NIGHT PROGRAM ALSO CARRIES WEST COAST “SPECIAL” STATUS

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. and Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. will settle their 2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car title chase this week as Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. hosts the 46th “Western World Championships.”

The three-night program (Thursday-Friday-Saturday) carries full Southwest points and is also listed as a “special event” for the West Coast Sprints. In addition, the program includes Honda USAC National/Western Midgets each night.

Johnson and Davis have had four 1-2 finishes so far this year, each winning two of those. Johnson has four Peoria wins, a second and a third in 2013, while Davis has two wins and two seconds at the track.

In 19 total Southwest races this year Johnson has had 16 podiums, which include nine feature wins! Davis has been on the podium 13 times, with five total race wins.

In their ongoing battle for the lead in terms of all-time USAC feature wins in the state of Arizona, Davis leads with 11 to Johnson’s 10, while 2013 AMSOIL National Champ Bryan Clauson has nine.

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion Danny Faria Jr. posted three late-series wins but he has not competed at Peoria this season.

2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,161, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1,104, 3-Mike Martin-965, 4-Shon Deskins-860, 5-Ronnie Clark-827, 6-Josh Pelkey-788, 7-Andy Reinbold-765, 8-Bryan Hosford-629, 9-Chris Bonneau-625, 10-Bruce St. James-614.

FINAL 2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-930, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-903, 3-Bud Kaeding-862, 4-Markus Niemela-677, 5-Rusty Carlile-665, 6-Ryan Bernal-661, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-609, 8-Austin Liggett-545, 9-Landon Hurst-492, 10-Kevin Barnes-440.

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

Nomember 9, 2013 – Lake Havasu City, Arizona – Havasu 95 Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 5a, Ankrum-14.838; 2. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-14.934; 3. Michael Fanelli, 19, Fanelli-15.046, 4. Tyler Ankrum, 7a, Ankrum-15.210; 5. Bryant Dawson, 99, Clark-15.277; 6. Christine Breckenridge, 28, Breckenridge-15.659; 7. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-15.890.

FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Tyler Ankrum, 3. Jarid Blondel, 4. Bryant Dawson, 5. Michael Fanelli, 6. Christine Breckenridge, 7. Shawn Buckley. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Ankrum, Laps 12-30 Lamb.

NEW HPD WESTERN IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Blondel-1,182, 2-Breckenridge-1,023, 3-Dawson-756, 4-Buckley-617, 5-Cory Elliott-596, 6-Fanelli-576, 7-Cody Jessop-411, 8-Marina Turner-405, 9-Parker Colston-385, 10-Wally Pankratz-322. NEW HPD WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET POINTS: 1-Dawson-756, 2-Blondel-690, 3-Buckley-617, 4-Breckenridge-614, 5-Fanelli-576, 6-Cody Jessop-411, 7-Marina Turner-405, 8-Ron Hazelton-311, 9-Jake Swanson-258, 10-Lamb-201.

NEXT HPD WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET RACE: November 16 – Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

DAVE DARLAND WINS 18TH ANNUAL OVAL NATIONALS AT PERRIS

By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – NOVEMBER 4, 2013... Grabbing the lead at the drop of the green flag, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana led all 40 laps to win the “18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, the $15,000 victory at Perris Auto Speedway was Darland’s third Oval Nationals triumph, tying Bud Kaeding’s event record. With seven career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car wins, “The People’s Champion” ties Rickie Gaunt and Danny Sheridan for tenth overall on the series win list. Bryan Clauson, Mike Spencer, Chase Stockon, and Brady Bacon rounded out the top-five drivers

Driving the Phillips Motorsports’ #71P Racers Advantage Store / Jockish Flowers DRC, Dave Darland entered the night sixth in event points as he ran second in the “Super 6 Dash.” Clauson challenged the veteran Darland for the top spot, but could not take command. With the victory, “The People’s Champion” finished second in USAC National points and twenty-seventh in the USAC/CRA standings with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led to his credit.

Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson has to settle for second at the Oval Nationals. Piloting the Tony Stewart Racing / Curb-Agajanian owned #20 Chevy Performance Beast, Clauson won the USAC National Sprint Car Championship and claimed third in the dash. Placing eleventh in USAC/CRA points after splitting time in Mike Martin’s #16B, Bryan has three feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, eight top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led in 2013.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California scored third in the Oval Nationals. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer entered the night fifth in event points and won the “Super 6 Dash.” Finishing second in the USAC/CRA point chase, the five-time champion closed out 2013 with one feature win, seven Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led.

Elizabethtown, Indiana’s Chase Stockon ran fourth in the 40-lap main event. Driving the 32-TBI Racing #32 Superior Tank & Trailer DRC, the “Hall of Fame Classic” winner was second in event points and did not start the dash, scoring sixth. Placing fourth in National points, the former MSCS Rookie of the Year ranked twenty-third in USAC/CRA standings with one feature win, two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led on the season.

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma finished fifth in the finale of the Oval Nationals. Piloting the famed Hoffman Dynamics Inc. #69 Mean Green / Lykins Oil Triple X, Bacon was fourth in event points and scored fifth in the dash. Ranked third in National standings, the versatile driver finished twenty-eighth in the USAC/CRA chase with one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led in the campaign.

After taking a provisional, Yorba Linda, California’s Austin Williams earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a twelfth place run from twenty-sixth. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / Persall Masonry Spike, Williams qualified nineteenth, scored fourth in his heat race, and scored sixth in the second semi-main. Wrapping up 2013 sixth in the USAC/CRA chase, the former Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, three Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main wins, eleven top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the year.

With six drivers locked into the main event, Tracy Hines of New Castle, Indiana earned his second career USAC/CRA Fast Time and earned the $600 Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award. Driving his #4 Carolina Nut Company / Hansen’s Welding DRC, the former USAC Champion was third in his heat race, won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main, and finished tenth in the feature. Tracy claimed sixth in the National Series and placed twenty-sixth in USAC/CRA points with four top-10 finishes.

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd overcame engine problems the previous night to win the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion was ninth quick in time trials and scored thirteenth in the main event. Finishing thirteenth in USAC/CRA standings, Richard had two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Indiana raced to victory in the DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the veteran driver qualified tenth and ran ninth in the 40-lap main event. Claiming eleventh in USAC National points and ranked thirty-seventh with USAC/CRA, Jon has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, and one top-10 finish in limited CRA action.

Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner drove to his series leading tenth heat race victory by claiming the Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, the newly crowned USAC/CRA champion was fifteenth fast in time trials and placed seventh in the main event. Gardner closed out his championship run with five main event wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, one Last Man Standing Dash Win, one Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, twenty top-10 finishes, and 108 feature laps led.

Subbing for J.J. Ercse, Jake Swanson of Anaheim, California raced to victory in the Circle Track Performance Heat Race #4. Piloting John Springstead’s #14 Day Construction / Frank’s Fab Shop Sherman with 360 power, last season’s Rookie of the Year qualified sixteenth and scored twenty-seventh in the feature after an early exit.

Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. won the 12-lap Rod End Supply Semi-Main #2. Racing the Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star Motorsports #17RW Black Jack Oil Maxim, Thomas was second quick in time trials, placed third in his heat race, and scored sixth in the feature after starting sixteenth. Ranked fifth in USAC National standings and thirty-first with USAC/CRA, Kevin had one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and two top-10 finishes in CRA action.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA). ------------------------------------------------------- USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 2, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All-Coast Construction

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: (Minus top-6 Friday points – no points) 1. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-16.483; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star-16.623; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.708; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.753; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.761; 6. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-16.763; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.806; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.832; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.861; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-16.865; 11. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.868; 12. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-16.882; 13. John Aden, 7A, Aden-16.919; 14. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.924; 15. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-16.936; 16. Jake Swanson, 14, Springstead-16.960; 17. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.962; 18. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-16.969; 19. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.999; 20. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.025; 21. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-17.038; 22. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-17.092; 23. Johnny Bluntach, 58, Bluntach-17.103; 24. Cody Swanson, 14J, Springstead-17.118; 25. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-17.160; 26. Greg Alexander, 72, Tyler-17.179; 27. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-17.201; 28. Tyler Courtney, 23C, Courtney/BRAT-17.206; 29. Charles Davis Jr., 4G, Cook-17.209; 30. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.238; 31. Billy Blinn, 26, Blinn-17.264; 32. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.277; 33. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.298; 34. Wes McIntyre, 21B, Duinkerken-17.324; 35. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.354; 36. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-17.357; 37. Seth Wilson, 1X, Wilson-17.369; 38. Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-17.397; 39. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.401; 40. Austin Stone, 29X, Stone-17.412; 41. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-17.461; 42. Johnathon Henry, 39, Cal-Sun-17.681; 43. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.800; 44. Chris Gansen, 4C, Gansen-17.968; 45. David Cardey, 92, Sertich-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps-no points) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Matt Mitchell, 6. D.J. Johnson, 7. Charles Davis Jr. 2:51.88

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps-no points) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Chris Windom, 5. Cory Kruseman, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Greg Alexander, 8. Bruce St. James. 2:51.67

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps-no points) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Justin Grant, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Johnny Bluntach, 8. Billy Blinn. 2:46.58

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE 4: (10 laps-no points) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Nick Drake, 4. A.J. Bender, 5. Cody Swanson, 6. David Bezio, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Tyler Courtney. NT

“SUPER-6 DASH”: (6 laps-no points) 1. Mike Spencer (#50 Chaffin), 2. Dave Darland (#71p Phillips), 3. Bryan Clauson (#20 Stewart/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Nic Faas (#4x Alexander), 5. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics). NOTE: Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI) did not start.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI-MAIN #1: (12 laps-no points) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Ronnie Gardner, 5. David Cardey, 6. Ryan Bernal, 7. Markus Niemela, 8. Nick Drake, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Kenny Perkins, 11. Greg Alexander, 12. Trent Williams, 13. Billy Blinn, 14. Austin Stone. 15. Bruce St. James, 16. Landon Hurst. 3:29.20

ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN #2: (12 laps-no points) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Verne Sweeney, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Wes McIntyre, 11. Seth Wilson, 12. Andy Reinbold, 13. Johnathon Henry, 14. Johnny Bluntach, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. D.J. Johnson, 17. Cody Swanson. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Dave Darland (2nd), 2. Bryan Clauson (3rd), 3. Mike Spencer (1st), 4. Chase Stockon (6th), 5. Brady Bacon (5th), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16th), 7. Damion Gardner (7th), 8. Chris Windom (20th), 9. Jon Stanbrough (9th), 10. Tracy Hines (15th), 11. Cory Kruseman (24th), 12. Austin Williams (26th), 13. Richard Vander Weerd (14th), 14. C.J. Leary (18th), 15. Brody Roa (10th), 16. Bud Kaeding (19th), 17. Nic Faas (4th), 18. Matt Mitchell (17th), 19. Robert Ballou (11th), 20. R.J. Johnson (13th), 21. Jace Vander Weerd (27th), 22. David Cardey (22nd), 23. Cody Williams (23rd), 24. Justin Grant (8th), 25. Ronnie Gardner (21st), 26. Nick Drake (25th), 27. Jake Swanson (12th). NT ---------------------------------------- **David Bezio flipped during the fourth heat race. **Justin Grant flipped on lap 23 of the feature. **Nick Drake, Austin Williams, and Jace Vander Weerd used provisionals.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Darland. KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (26th to 12th)

FINAL AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-D.Gardner-1,300, 2-Spencer-1,167, 3-Faas-1,157, 4-Mitchell-866, 5-Kaeding-809, 6-A.Williams-796, 7-C.Williams-770, 8-Roa-701, 9-Bernal-557, 10-R.J. Johnson-501.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Clauson-1948, 2-Darland-1,885, 3-Bacon-1,770, 4-Stockon-1,698, 5-Thomas-1,657, 6-Hines-1,538, 7-Ballou-1,449, 8-Windom-1,217, 9-Courtney-1,029, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000.

 

 

NIC FAAS GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT OVAL NATIONALS PRELIM

By Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – NOVEMBER 4, 2013... Taking the lead from the outside of the front row, Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, California lead all 30 laps to win Saturday’s preliminary of the “18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, the $5,000 victory at Perris Auto Speedway was Faas’ 10th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car win, tying Mike Kirby and Rip Williams. Chase Stockon, Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, and Mike Spencer chased Nic to the checkered flags.

Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Nic Faas qualified fifth out of the fifty-three cars in the pit area and won the Weld Racing Heat Race #5. The former USAC Western Midget Champion set a torrid pace at his “home track” as he scored his fourth win of the campaign and became the Oval Nationals point leader.

Elizabethtown, Indiana’s Chase Stockon claimed second in the 30-lap feature. Driving the 32-TBI Racing #32 Superior Tank & Trailer DRC, the “Hall of Fame Classic” winner was seventh quick in time trials and won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2. With his runner-up finish, Stockon was locked in to the “Super Six” for Saturday’s finale.

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma scored third in the Friday night feature. Piloting the Hoffman Dynamics Inc. #69 Mean Green / Lykins Oil Triple X, Bacon qualified fourth and placed second in his heat race. Brady ranked fourth in event points and locked himself into Saturday’s A-Main.

Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson placed fourth in the Friday night preliminary. Driving the Tony Stewart Racing / Curb-Agajanian owned #20 Chevy Performance Beast, Clauson was third fast in time trials and won the Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The USAC National Sprint point leader sat third in Oval Nationals point standings.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California claimed fifth at the checkered flags. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, the defending Oval Nationals Champion qualified second overall and finished second in his heat race. Spencer left Friday ranked fifth in event points and locked into the “Super Six” dash.

Lincoln, Indiana’s “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland set his first career USAC/CRA Fast Time and extra $600 for the Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award. Driving the Phillips Motorsports’ #71P Racers Advantage Store / Jockish Flowers DRC, the veteran driver placed third in his heat race and claimed seventh in the main event. Dave claimed sixth in event points and joined the “Super Six.”

David Bezio of El Cajon, California won the 10-lap SBI Fuel Systems C-Main Event. Piloting his #37X Inga Bezio Salon / SC Grafix Ellis, the California Lightning Sprint graduate timed in forty-third quick and scored eleventh in the semi-main after starting twenty-third.

Canton, Illinois’ “The Bear” Chris Windom raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. At the helm of Jeff Walker’s #11 Jam-It-In Storage / Hoosier Tire Maxim, Windom qualified twenty-first and placed nineteenth in the 30-lap main event.

“The Madman” Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California won the Circle Track Performance Heat Race #4. Racing his #12 Indy Race Parts / Maxim Chassis machine, the former Sprint Bandits TnT Champion was twenty-fourth fast and scored twenty-third in the preliminary feature.

Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. With the victory, the pilot of Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike secured his 2013 USAC/CRA Championship. “The Demon” narrowly missed joining the “Super Six” after qualifying sixth, running fifth in his heat race, and scoring sixth in the feature.

After taking a provisional, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams of Yorba Linda, California earned the night’s Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifteenth place run from twenty-fifth. Williams was nineteenth quick in time trials, ran seventh in his heat race, and placed seventh in the semi-main.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA). ------------------------------------------------------- USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 1, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All-Coast Construction

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-16.126; 2. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.329; 3. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-16.376; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.398; 5. Nic Faas, 4, Alexander-16.518; 6. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-16.555; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-16.615; 8. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-16.754; 9. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.773; 10. David Cardey, 92, Sertich-16.776; 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-16.790; 12. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.796; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.822; 14. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.828; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.833; 16. Tracy Hines, 4X, Hines-16.843; 17. Danny Faria, Jr., 17V, Faria-16.843; 18. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.865; 19. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.866; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.869; 21. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-16.908; 22. Tyler Courtney, 23C, Courtney/BRAT-16.995; 23. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-17.018; 24. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.034; 25. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-17.138; 26. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-17.148; 27. Jake Swanson, 14, Springstead-17.152; 28. Wes McIntyre, 21B, Duinkerken-17.152; 29. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.156; 30. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-17.161; 31. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.176; 32. Austin Stone, 29X, Coffman-17.190; 33. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-17.202; 34. Charles Davis, Jr., 4G, Cook-17.222; 35. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.233; 36. Cody Swanson, 14J, Springstead-17.255; 37. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.259; 38. John Aden, 7A, Aden-17.309; 39. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.314; 40. Seth Wilson, 1X, Wilson-17.336; 41. Johnny Bluntach, 58, Bluntach-17.398; 42. Billy Blinn, 26, Blinn-17.432; 43. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.432; 44. Chris Gansen, 4C, Gansen-17.533; 45. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.559; 46. Johnathon Henry, 39, Cal-Sun-17.618; 47. Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-17.626; 48. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-17.900; 49. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.999; 50. Greg Alexander, 72, Tyler-NT; 51. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-NT; 52. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-NT; 53. Shon Deskins, 20s, Deskins-NT. (NOTE: J.J. Ercse also in car #14)

SBI FUEL SYSTEMS C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. David Bezio, 2. Billy Blinn, 3. Johnny Bluntach, 4. Trent Williams, 5. Kenny Perkins, 6. Johnathon Henry, 7. Greg Alexander, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Bruce St. James, 10. Chris Gansen. 2:58.17

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Dave Darland, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Markus Niemela, 8. Cody Swanson. 2:53.38

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. A.J. Bender, 7. Austin Stone, 8. Jake Swanson. 2:53.89

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Nick Drake, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. John Aden, 7. Wes McIntyre, 8. D.J. Johnson. 2:56.04

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE 4: (10 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Landon Hurst, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Cody Williams, 8. R.J. Johnson. 2:57.36

WELD RACING HEAT RACE 5: (10 laps) 1. Nic Faas, 2. Rip Williams, 3. Verne Sweeney, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. David Cardey, 6. Seth Wilson, 7. Austin Williams, 8. Jace Vander Weerd. 2:54.78

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Brody Roa, 4. David Cardey, 5. Ronnie Gardner, 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Cody Williams, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Landon Hurst, 10. Charles Davis Jr., 11. David Bezio, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Wes McIntyre, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. D.J. Johnson, 16. Trent Williams, 17. Seth Wilson, 18. Austin Stone, 19. Markus Niemela, 20. A.J. Bender, 21. Cody Swanson, 22. Billy Blinn, 23. Johnny Bluntach, 24. John Aden. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Nic Faas (2nd), 2. Chase Stockon (1st), 3. Brady Bacon (3rd), 4. Bryan Clauson (4th), 5. Mike Spencer (5th), 6. Damion Gardner (7th), 7. Dave Darland (6th), 8. Matt Mitchell (10th), 9. Tracy Hines (15th), 10. Justin Grant (11th), 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8th), 12. Bud Kaeding (17th), 13. Jon Stanbrough (20th), 14. C.J. Leary (13th), 15. Cody Williams (25th), 16. Danny Faria, Jr. (14th), 17. R.J. Johnson (24th), 18. Brody Roa (22nd), 19. Chris Windom (19th), 20. Nick Drake (18th), 21. Verne Sweeney (16th), 22. Ronnie Gardner (26th), 23. Robert Ballou (21st), 24. Austin Williams (12th), 25. David Cardey (9th), 26. Rip Williams (23rd). NT ---------------------------------------- **Markus Niemela flipped during the Semi-Main. **Austin Williams & David Cardey flipped on lap 5 of the Feature. **Ryan Bernal scratched from the Feature. **Cody Williams & R.J. Johnson used Provisionals.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Nic Faas. KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Cody Williams (25th to 15th)

 

 

MIKE SPENCER WINS PERRIS “360 OVAL NATIONALS” & GRUDGE SERIES CROWN!

by Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – NOVEMBER 3, 2013... After claiming the “Brawl For It All” win at Canyon, Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer earned the “Grudge Series” Championship by winning the “360 Oval Nationals” at Perris Auto Speedway. The Thursday night $2,500 victory was the second USAC SouthWest & West Coast Series main event win for the five-time USAC/CRA Champion. Matt Mitchell, Ryan Bernal, Brody Roa, and Jon Stanbrough rounded out the top-five drivers.

Dash winner Richard Vander Weerd set the pace and led the first four circuits. Charging from the third starting spot, Spencer took command from Vander Weerd as he looked to score his “home track” feature win. USAC National Champion Bryan Clauson had other plans and used a turn three “slide job” to grab the top spot on lap 20. The pair raced hard through slower traffic until Clauson climbed the wall of the northern corners that knocked him out of contention. From there, Spencer powered to the 30-lap main event triumph and won the first “360 Oval Nationals” eagle trophy.

Racing the Mark Priestley owned #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, Mike Spencer clinched the “Grudge Series” crown with his second win of the year. Qualifying third out of the thirty-five cars in attendance, Mike placed second in his heat race and ran third in the dash. Heading to Canyon’s “Western World Championships,” Spencer has one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, two top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led in SouthWest action.

In his first USAC SouthWest appearance of 2013, Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California piloted his own #37 MPD Racing / ART Enterprises Maxim to second in the “360 Oval Nationals” after starting twelfth. The USAC/CRA standout was seventeenth quick in time trials and won the first 8-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race.

Making his first USAC start behind the wheel of Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Red Line Oil Maxim, Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal scored third at Perris Auto Speedway. The USAC Western Classic Champion qualified eleventh, won the Racers Advantage Store Heat Race #3, and ran fourth in the dash. To date, Bernal has two Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in 2013.

In his first SouthWest appearance, Brody Roa of Buena Park, California earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from twenty-first. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Spike, Roa was twenty-fifth fast in time trials, fifth in his heat race, and third in the first semi-main.

Avon, Indiana’s Jon Stanbrough charged to fifth at Perris after starting seventeenth. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the veteran driver qualified fourth, scored eighth in his heat race, and won the first 10-lap Semi-Main. Currently, Stanbrough has one Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victory, one semi-main win, five top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led on the year.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona set a new track record and earned his first Fast Time Award of 2013. Racing the Massey Motorsports #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, the five-time Arizona Champion was third in his heat race, ran sixth in the dash, and scored seventeenth in the feature after a tangle ended his night. Currently second in the SouthWest point chase, Davis has six feature wins, eleven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, four Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash Wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-five top-10 finishes, and 117 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura, California raced to victory in the Racers Advantage Store Heat Race #2. Driving his #21K Lucas Oil / Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School “Breast Cancer Awareness” Spike, Cory was eighteenth quick in time trials and claimed eighteenth in the main event. To date, the future Hall of Fame driver has one top-10 finish in SouthWest action.

Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson scored the 8-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race #4 triumph. Piloting the Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the USAC SouthWest point leader qualified twelfth and scored sixth in the main event. As this writing goes to press, Johnson has ten feature wins, eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash Wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 295 feature laps led.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California won the night’s Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash and led the first four laps of the main event. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was ninth fast in time trials, ran second in his heat race, and placed eighth in the feature. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, six top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in SouthWest action.

Verdemont Heights’ Don Gansen raced to victory in the program’s second semi-main. Piloting the Gansen Engineering #7G Trench Shoring / Dynamic Powder Coating Maxim, the former California Lightning Sprint Champion qualified nineteenth, placed fifth in his heat race, and claimed fifteenth in the main event.

On Thursday, November 14th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Kevin Montgomery's Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona for three nights of action. The non-point Sands Chevrolet “46th Annual Western World Championships” presented by the Racers Advantage Store will also showcase the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and the Honda USAC National Midget Series. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR “Special Event” RACE RESULTS: October 31, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All-Coast Construction

TIME TRIALS: 1. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-16.739 (New Track Record); 2. Bryan Clauson, 16B, Martin-16.767; 3. Mike Spencer, 7, Priestley-16.851; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-16.902; 5. Johnathon Henry, 17, Henry-16.949; 6. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-16.966; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-17.004; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.035; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.045; 10. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.136; 11. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.137; 12. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michaels-17.160; 13. Jimmy Crawford, 3X, Crawford-17.169; 14. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-17.223; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.242; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.265; 17. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.285; 18. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-17.297; 19. Don Gansen, 7G, Gansen-17.348; 20. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.361; 21. Tom Hendricks, 14K, Kruseman-17.364; 22. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-17.394; 23. Victor Davis, 13, Davis-17.416; 24. Bob Ream Jr., 8, BRAT-17.457; 25. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.067; 26. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-17.487; 27. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-17.533; 28. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-17.548; 29. A.J. Bender, 12, Bender-17.578; 30. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.601; 31. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.639; 32. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-17.645; 33. Austin Stone, 29X, Coffman-17.730; 34. Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-19.313; 35. Stevie Sussex, 57, Stone-NT.

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps) 1. Matt Mitchell, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Tom Hendricks, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Jimmy Crawford, 7. Johnathon Henry, 8. Austin Stone, 9. A.J. Bender. 2:22.74

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps) 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Shon Deskins, 3. Dennis Howell, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Colby Copeland, 6. Landon Hurst, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Jeff Sibley, 9. Kenny Perkins. 2:21.28

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #3: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Troy Rutherford, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Don Gansen, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Trent Williams, 8. Victor Davis, 9. J.J. Ercse. 2:20.70

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #4: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Bob Ream Jr., 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Mike Martin, 5. Chris Ennis, 6. Bruce St. James, 7. Andy Reinbold, 8. Jon Stanbrough. NT

SUNOCO FUELS PASSING MASTERS DASH: (6 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Troy Rutherford, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Bryan Clauson. 1:46.46

SEMI-MAIN #1: (10 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Landon Hurst, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Colby Copeland, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Austin Stone, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. J.J. Ercse, 9. Trent Williams, 10. A.J. Bender. 2:56.95

SEMI-MAIN #2: (10 laps) 1. Don Gansen, 2. Jonathan Henry, 3. Jimmy Crawford, 4. Andy Reinbold, 5. Chris Ennis, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Victor Davis, 8. Jeff Sibley. 3:03.31

HOSE ADVANTAGE STORS FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Mike Spencer (3rd), 2. Matt Mitchell (12th), 3. Ryan Bernal (4th), 4. Brody Roa (21st), 5. Jon Stanbrough (17th), 6. R.J. Johnson (9th), 7. Troy Rutherford (5th), 8. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 9. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 10. Mike Martin (11th), 11. Dennis Howell (15th), 12. Bryan Clauson (8th), 13. Tom Hendricks (14th), 14. Bob Ream Jr. (16th), 15. Don Gansen (18th), 16. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 18. Cory Kruseman (13th), 19. Johnathon Henry (20th), 20. Jimmy Crawford (22nd), 21. Landon Hurst (19th), 22. Shon Deskins (7th). NT ----------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Richard Vander Weerd, Laps 5-19 Mike Spencer, Laps 20-27 Bryan Clauson, Laps 28-30 Mike Spencer. HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (21st to 4th)

FINAL GRUDGE SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Mike Spencer-170, 2-R.J. Johnson-146, 3-Shon Deskins-138, 4-Charles Davis Jr.-137, 5-Mike Martin-119, 6-Bryan Clauson-105, 7-Richard Vander Weerd-105, 8-Ryan Bernal-99, 9-Colby Copeland-89, 10-Brody Roa-88, 11-Bruce St. James-83, 12-Cory Kruseman-72, ---Bob Ream Jr.-72, ---Jace Vander Weerd-72, 15-Matt Mitchell-65, 16-Josh Pelkey-62, 17-Rusty Carlile-58, 18-Jon Stanbrough-55, 19-Rick Ziehl 53, 20-Troy Rutherford-48.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1161, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1104, 3-Mike Martin-965, 4-Shon Deskins-860, 5-Ronnie Clark-827, 6-Josh Pelkey-786, 7-Andy Reinbold-767, 8-Brian Hosford-629, 9-Chris Bonneau-625, 10-Bruce St. James-614, 11-Mike Bonneau-589, 12-Steven Harms-474, 13-Bryan Swinehart-373, 14-Thomas Ogle-367, 15-Bob Ream Jr.-341, 16-Jody Wirth-335, 17-Stevie Sussex-331, 18-James Aragon-329, 19-Justin Quinn-320, 20-Michael Curtis-319.

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-930, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-903, 3-Bud Kaeding-862, 4-Markus Niemela-677, 5-Rusty Carlile-665, 6-Ryan Bernal-661, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-609, 8-Austin Liggett-545, 9-Landon Hurst-492, 10-Kevin Barnes-440, 11-Jeff Sibley-440, 12-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 13-Marty Hawkins-335, 14-Matt Day-302, 15-Chris Ennis-289, 16-Dennis Howell-270, 17-D.J. Netto-268, 18-Troy Rutherford-258, 19-Andy Ferris-251, 20-Kolby Araki-231.

2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 14: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships) November 15: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships) November 16: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES: 360 Oval Nationals Podium. (L-R) Ryan Bernal (3rd), Mike Spencer (1st), Matt Mitchell (2nd). Photo by Scott Sheldon / SprintCarScotty.com.

 

 

IGNITES “LIGHT UP” LAKE HAVASU SATURDAY

In the shadow of the London Bridge, USAC’s HPD Western Ignite Midgets will compete in their 2013 penultimate round Saturday night as they tackle Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Point leaders Bryant Dawson (pavement) and Jarid Blondel (overall) will continue their pursuit of 2013 HSAU HPD Western Ignite championships on the track’s tricky quarter-mile paved oval.

Dawson, of Phoenix, Ariz., sits 67 points ahead of Blondel in the pavement standings with two races remaining. The series finale is November 16 at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Bullring. Blondel has a commanding lead of 151 points over Christine Breckenridge in the overall Western points.

Dawson returns to the site of a March victory when he beat Michael Fanelli, Shawn Buckley and Blondel to the checkered flag.

2013 WESTERN HPD PAVEMENT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-703, 2-Jarid Blondel-636, 3-Shawn Buckley-570, 4-Christine Breckenridge-568, 5-Michael Fanelli-524, 6-Cody Jessop-411, 7-Marina Turner-405, 8-Ron Hazelton-311, 9-Jake Swanson-258, 10-George Blacker-197.

2013 WESTERN HPD IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-1,128, 2-Christine Breckenridge-977, 3-Bryant Dawson-703, 4-Cory Elliott-596, 5-Shawn Buckley-570, 6-Michael Fanelli-524, 7-Cody Jessop-411, 8-Marina Turner-405, 9-Parker Colston-385, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SPRINTS CONCLUDE AT PEORIA NOV. 14-16; SPENCER TAKES WCSP/SWSP “GRUDGE SERIES” AT PERRIS

Drivers from USAC’s West Coast and Southwest Sprint Car series converge on Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. for the 46th “Western World Championships” November 14-16 in conclusion to the 2013 calendar, with series points on the line for the Southwest participants.

The two series combined for last Friday night’s West Coast/Southwest “Budweiser Oval Nationals” special event at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, won by Mike Spencer.

Spencer, of Temecula, Calif., emerged as the 2013 “Grudge Series” Champion after winning Thursday’s 30-lapper at the PAS, driving the Roy Miller Freightlines/Sander Engineering Bullet. He took the lead from Richard Vander Weerd on lap five, lost it to Bryan Clauson on lap 27, then outduelled Clauson in the closing laps to lead the final three for the win. Matt Mitchell finished second ahead of Ryan Bernal, Brody Roa and Jon Stanbrough after Clauson slid wide in turn four, slipping to 12th at the finish.

2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,161, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1,104, 3-Mike Martin-965, 4-Shon Deskins-860, 5-Ronnie Clark-827, 6-Josh Pelkey-788, 7-Andy Reinbold-765, 8-Bryan Hosford-629, 9-Chris Bonneau-625, 10-Bruce St. James-614.

2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR FINAL STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-930, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-903, 3-Bud Kaeding-862, 4-Markus Niemela-677, 5-Rusty Carlile-665, 6-Ryan Bernal-661, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-609, 8-Austin Liggett-545, 9-Landon Hurst-492, 10-Kevin Barnes-440.

 

 

CLAUSON, GARDNER CLAIM USAC CHAMPIONSHPS; DARLAND TAKES $15,000” BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS” VICTORY; FAAS WINS FRIDAY’S PERRIS PRELIM

Bryan Clauson and Damion Gardner locked up 2013 USAC championships Saturday night as the 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” concluded at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway with Dave Darland in victory lane!

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., grabbed the $15,000 winner’s share after taking the 40-lap AMSOIL USAC National and CRA Sprint car finale but Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind., and Gardner, of Concord, Calif., shared the spotlight after earning their respective second series championships. Clauson’s National title was his second in a row and Gardner had previously won the 2005 CRA crown.

Darland led all 40 laps of Saturday’s race, presented by All Coast Construction. His Racers Advantage/Jockish Flowers DRC/Foxco was trailed by Clauson, Spencer, Chase Stockon and Brady Bacon. The win solidified Darland’s runner-up National point standing and Spencer’s finish vaulted him to second in the final CRA points, ending his five-year series reign.

The National car owner’s championship was Stewart’s 18th USAC title (including seven Sprint and seven Silver Crown owner and four driver titles), while it extended the Curb-Agajanian excellence as USAC series champions.

Following Spencer’s 30-lap victory in Thursday’s West Coast/Southwest “special event” at Perris, the National/CRA Sprint cars completed the “Budweiser Oval Nationals” with Friday’s 30-lap race, won by Nic Faas, and Saturday’s Darland victory.

Faas, of Huntington Beach, Calif., paced all 30 laps in his Scott Sales Company/Competition Suspension Spike/J & D to beat Stockon, Bacon, Clauson and Spencer.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Bryan Clauson-1948, 2-Dave Darland-1,885, 3-Brady Bacon-1,770, 4-Chase Stockon-1,698, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,657, 6-Tracy Hines-1,538, 7-Robert Ballou-1,449, 8-Chris Windom-1,217, 9-Tyler Courtney-1,029, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,300, 2-Mike Spencer-1,167, 3-Nic Faas-1,157, 4-Matt Mitchell-866, 5-Bud Kaeding-809, 6-Austin Williams-796, 7-Cody Williams-770, 8-Brody Roa-701, 9-Ryan Bernal-557, 10-R.J. Johnson-501.

 

 

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 2, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All-Coast Construction

QUALIFICATIONS: (Minus top-6 Friday points – no points) 1. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-16.483; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star-16.623; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.708; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.753; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.761; 6. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-16.763; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.806; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17v, Faria-16.832; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.861; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-16.865; 11. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.868; 12. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-16.882; 13. John Aden, 7a, Aden-16.919; 14. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.924; 15. Damion Gardner, 4a, Alexander-16.936; 16. Jake Swanson, 14, Springstead-16.960; 17. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.962; 18. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-16.969; 19. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.999; 20. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.025; 21. Ryan Bernal, 73x, Ford-17.038; 22. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-17.092; 23. Johnny Bluntach, 58, Bluntach-17.103; 24. Cody Swanson, 14J, Springstead-17.118; 25. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-17.160; 26. Greg Alexander, 72, Tyler-17.179; 27. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-17.201; 28. Tyler Courtney, 23c, Courtney-17.206; 29. Charles Davis Jr., 4G, Cook-17.209; 30. Bruce St. James, 7k, St. James-17.238; 31. Billy Blinn, 26, Blinn-17.264; 32. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.277; 33. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.298; 34. Wes McIntyre, 21B, Duinkerken-17.324; 35. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.354; 36. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-17.357; 37. Seth Wilson, 1x, Wilson-17.369; 38. Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-17.397; 39. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.401; 40. Austin Stone, 29x, Stone-17.412; 41. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-17.461; 42. Johnathon Henry, 39, Cal-Sun-17.681; 43. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.800; 44. Chris Gansen, 4c, Gansen-17.968; 45. David Cardey, 92, Sertich-NT.

FIRST QUALIFYING HEAT: (10 laps-no points) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Ballou, 3. Hines, 4. Bernal, 5. Mitchell, 6. Johnson, 7. Davis. 2:51.88 SECOND QUALIFYING HEAT: (10 laps-no points) 1. Stanbrough, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Thomas, 4. Windom, 5. Kruseman, 6. Kaeding, 7. Alexander, 8. St. James. 2:51.67 THIRD QUALIFYING HEAT: (10 laps-no points) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Grant, 3. Leary, 4. A.Williams, 5. C.Williams, 6. R.Gardner, 7. Bluntach, 8. Blinn. 2:46.58 FOURTH QUALIFYING HEAT: (10 laps-no points) 1. J.Swanson, 2. Roa, 3. Drake, 4. Bender, 5. C.Swanson, 6. Bezio, 7. Faria, 8. Courtney. NT

“SUPER-6 DASH”: (6 laps-no points) 1. Mike Spencer (#50 Chaffin), 2. Dave Darland (#71p Phillips), 3. Bryan Clauson (#20 Stewart/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Nic Faas (#4x Alexander), 5. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics). NOTE: Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI) did not start.

B MAIN #1: (12 laps-no points) 1. Hines, 2. Mitchell, 3. Kaeding, 4. R.Gardner, 5. Cardey, 6. Bernal, 7. Niemela, 8. Drake, 9. J.Vander Weerd, 10. Perkins, 11. Alexander, 12. T.Williams, 13. Blinn, 14. Stone. 15. St. James, 16. N.Hurst.. 3:29.20

B MAIN #2: (12 laps-no points) 1. Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. Windom, 4. Kruseman, 5. C.Williams, 6. A.Williams, 7. Sweeney, 8. Davis, 9. Bender, 10. McIntyre, 11. Wilson, 12. Reinbold, 13. Henry, 14. Bluntach, 15. C.Gansen, 16. D.J. Johnson, 17. C.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Cory Kruseman, 12. Austin Williams, 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Brody Roa, 16. Bud Kaeding, 17. Nic Faas, 18. Matt Mitchell, 19. Robert Ballou, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Jace Vander Weerd, 22. David Cardey, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Justin Grant, 25. Ronnie Gardner, 26. Nick Drake, 27. Jake Swanson. NT ---------------------------------------- **Bezio flipped during the fourth qualifying heat. Grant flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Darland.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Clauson-1948, 2-Darland-1,885, 3-Bacon-1,770, 4-Stockon-1,698, 5-Thomas-1,657, 6-Hines-1,538, 7-Ballou-1,449, 8-Windom-1,217, 9-Courtney-1,029, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-D.Gardner-1,300, 2-Spencer-1,167, 3-Faas-1,157, 4-Mitchell-866, 5-Kaeding-809, 6-A.Williams-796, 7-C.Williams-770, 8-Roa-701, 9-Bernal-557, 10-R.J. Johnson-501.

 

 

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 1, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All-Coast Construction

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-16.126; 2. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.329; 3. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-16.376; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.398; 5. Nic Faas, 4x, Alexander-16.518; 6. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-16.555; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-16.615; 8. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-16.754; 9. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.773; 10. David Cardey, 92, Tredder-16.776; 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-16.790; 12. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.796; 13. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.822; 14. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.828; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.833; 16. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-16.843; 17. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Faria-16.843; 18. Bud Kaeding, 29, BZE-16.865; 19. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.866; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.869; 21. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-16.908; 22. Tyler Courtney, 23c, Courtney/BRaT-16.995; 23. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-17.018; 24. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.034; 25. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-17.138; 26. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-17.148; 27. Jake Swanson, 14, Springstead-17.152; 28. Wes McIntyre, 21B, Duinkerken-17.152; 29. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.156; 30. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-17.161; 31. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.176; 32. Austin Stone, 29x, Coffman-17.190; 33. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-17.202; 34. Charles Davis, Jr., 4G, Cook-17.222; 35. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.233; 36. Cody Swanson, 14J, Springstead-17.255; 37. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.259; 38. John Aden, 7A, Aden-17.309; 39. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.314; 40. Seth Wilson, 1x, Wilson-17.336; 41. Johnny Bluntach, 58, Bluntach-17.398; 42. Billy Blinn, 26, Blinn-17.432; 43. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.432; 44. Chris Gansen, 4c, Gansen-17.533; 45. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.559; 46. Johnathon Henry, 39, Cal-Sun-17.618; 47. Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-17.626; 48. Andrew Reinbold, 19, Underwood-17.900; 49. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.999; 50. Greg Alexander, 72, Tyler-NT; 51. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, V ander Weerd-NT; 52. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-NT; 53. Shon Deskins, 20s, SDR-NT. (NOTE: J.J. Ercse also in car #14)

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Bezio, 2. Blinn, 3. Bluntach, 4. T.Williams, 5. Perkins, 6. Henry, 7. Alexander, 8. Reinbold, 9. St. James, 10. Gansen. 2:58.17

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Thomas, 3. Darland, 4. Hines, 5. D.Gardner, 6. Roa, 7. Niemela, 8. C.Swanson. 2:53.38

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Spencer, 3. Grant, 4. Faria, 5. Courtney, 6. Bender, 7. Stone, 8. J.Swanson. 2:53.89

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Mitchell, 3. Kaeding, 4. Drake, 5. R.Gardner, 6. Aden, 7. McIntyre, 8. D.J. Johnson. 2:56.04

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Leary, 4. Bernal, 5. Hurst, 6. Davis, 7. C.Williams, 8. R.J. Johnson. 2:57.36

FIFTH HEAT: (12 laps) 1. Faas, 2. R.Williams, 3. Sweeney, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Cardey, 6. Wilson, 7. A.Williams, 8. J.Vander Weerd. 2:54.78

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. A.Williams, 3. Roa, 4. Cardey, 5. R.Gardner, 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. C.Williams, 8. J.Swanson, 9. Hurst, 10. Davis, 11. Bezio, 12. Courtney, 13. McIntyre, 14. J.Vander Weerd, 15. D.J. Johnson, 16. T.Williams, 17. Wilson, 18. Stone, 19. Niemela, 20. Bender, 21. C.Swanson, 22. Blinn, 23. Bluntach, 24. Aden. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Nic Faas, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Matt Mitchell, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Bud Kaeding, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Cody Williams, 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Brody Roa, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Nick Drake, 21. Verne Sweeney, 22. Ronnie Gardner, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Austin Williams, 25. David Cardey, 26. Rip Williams. NT ---------------------------------------- **Niemela flipped during the semi. A.Williams & Cardey flipped on lap 5 of the Feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faas.

NEW USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Clauson-1,891; 2-Darland-1,825; 3-Bacon-1,722; 4-Stockon-1,647; 5-Thomas-1,612; 6-Hines-1,505; 7-Ballou-1,434; 8-Windom-1,178; 9-Courtney-1,028; 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-D.Gardner-1,258, 2-Faas-1,138, 3-Spencer-1,113, 4-Mitchell-849, 5-Kaeding-788, 6-A.Williams-767, 7-C.Williams-757, 8-Roa-678, 9-Bernal-556, 10-R.Williams-490.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 2 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All-Coast Construction

 

 

USAC WEST COAST & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR “Special Event” RACE RESULTS:

October 31, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All-Coast Construction

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-16.739; 2. Bryan Clauson, 16B, Martin-16.767; 3. Mike Spencer, 7, Priestley-16.851; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-16.902; 5. Johnathon Henry, 17, Henry-16.949; 6. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-16.966; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-17.004; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.035; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.045; 10. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-17.136; 11. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.137; 12. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michaels-17.160; 13. Jimmy Crawford, 3x, Crawford-17.169; 14. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-17.223; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.242; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.265; 17. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.285; 18. Cory Kruseman, 21k, Kruseman-17.297; 19. Don Gansen, 7G, Gansen-17.348; 20. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.361; 21. Tom Hendricks, 14k, Kruseman-17.364; 22. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-17.394; 23. Victor Davis, 13, Douglas-17.416; 24. Bob Ream Jr., 8, BRAT-17.457; 25. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.067; 26. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-17.487; 27. J.J. Ercse, 14, Springstead-17.533; 28. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-17.548; 29. A.J. Bender, 12, Bender-17.578; 30. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.601; 31. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-17.639; 32. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-17.645; 33. Austin Stone, 29X, Coffman-17.730; 34. Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-19.313; 35. Stevie Sussex, 57, Stone-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. C.Davis, 4. Hendricks, 5. Roa, 6. Crawford, 7. Henry, 8. Stone, 9. Bender. 2:22.74

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kruseman, 2. Deskins, 3. Howell, 4. Clauson, 5. Copeland, 6. Hurst, 7. C.Gansen, 8. Sibley, 9. Perkins. 2:21.28

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Spencer, 3. Rutherford, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. D.Gansen, 6. Sussex, 7. Williams, 8. V.Davis, 9. Ercse. 2:20.70

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Ream, 3. Faria, 4. Martin, 5. Ennis, 6. St. James, 7. Reinbold, 8. Stanbrough. NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Spencer, 4. Bernal, 5. Rutherford, 6. C.Davis, 7. Deskins, 8. Clauson. 1:46.46

B MAIN #1: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Hurst, 3. Roa, 4. Copeland, 5. Sussex, 6. Stone, 7. St. James, 8. Ercse, 9. Williams, 10. Bender. 2:56.95

B MAIN #2: (10 laps) 1. D.Gansen, 2. Henry, 3. Crawford, 4. Reinbold, 5. Ennis, 6. C.Gansen, 7. V.Davis, 8. Sibley. 3:03.31

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Matt Mitchell, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Troy Rutherford, 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Mike Martin, 11. Dennis Howell, 12. Bryan Clauson, 13. Tom Hendricks, 14. Bob Ream Jr., 15. Don Gansen, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Charles Davis Jr., 18. Cory Kruseman, 19. Johnathon Henry, 20. Jimmy Crawford, 21. Landon Hurst, 22. Shon Deskins. NT ----------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 5-19 Spencer, Laps 20-27 Clauson, Laps 28-30 Spencer.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: November 14-16 – “Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park - 46th Annual “Western World Championships”

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR “Special Event”: November 14-16 – “Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park - 46th Annual “Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC/CRA CAMPAIGN WRAPS UP AT 18TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS

By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – OCTOBER 28, 2013… This Friday and Saturday, the cars and stars of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian's Perris Auto Speedway for the "18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by All Coast Construction." Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, over forty entries from across the country will compete in the prestigious $15,000-to-win event. The popular winged California Lightning Sprints and the PAS 360 Senior Sprints will join the action at "America's Premier Dirt Track."

The festivities will begin on Wednesday, October 30th, with a special practice session. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. The concession stand will be open with $2 pizza and $2 beers for sale. The following night, Perris Auto Speedway will host the “360 Oval Nationals” featuring the USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprint Cars. Several USAC National and USAC/CRA regulars are expected to compete in the “Grudge Series” finale that will pay $2,500-to-win and $300-to-start. In addition, there will be Halloween contests for kids and adults, while candy will be given away to kids around the facility.

This year, longtime race fan Shawn McDonald will serve as Grand Marshall. For racers, extra bonuses will be up for grabs. Sponsored by Woodland Auto Display, an extra $600 will be collected by the driver that earns the Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award on both nights. Thanks to All Coast Construction, the top four 360 cubic-inch powered sprints on Friday and Saturday will earn an extra bonus. The top 360 will earn $750, second will take home $350, third will receive $250 and the fourth 360 will pocket $150. In addition, the Ray Scheetz Mechanic of the Race Award will also be presented.

Heading into the Oval Nationals, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord holds a 140 point advantage as he closes in on his second Amsoil USAC/CRA Championship. Driving Mark Alexander's #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Gardner scored fifth and eighth at Canyon Speedway Park’s 2-day “Hall of Fame Classic.” Currently, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has five feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, one dash win, one Last Man Standing Dash win, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 108 feature laps led. “The Demon” will have his sights on claiming his third Oval Nationals victory.

Gardner’s teammate, Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas is second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Faas placed nineteenth and fourteenth at Canyon Speedway Park. This season, the former USAC Western Midget Series Champion has three feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led. Nic will be looking to claim his 10th career USAC/CRA main event triumph at the Oval Nationals.

Mike Spencer of Temecula sits third in the Amsoil USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer scored third and fifteenth at the “Hall of Fame Classic.” Currently, the five-time champion has one feature win, seven Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led. Last year’s Oval Nationals Champion will have his sights on adding another eagle trophy to his collection with his 35th career USAC/CRA victory.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell is fourth in the championship point standings. Driving his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises entry, Mitchell ran twelfth and thirteenth at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the former USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 58 feature laps led to his credit. Matt will be looking to win his 6th USAC/CRA main event at the Oval Nationals.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell is fifth in USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion did not compete at the “Hall of Fame Classic.” Entering Friday’s race, Kaeding has one feature win, one heat race victory, one dash win, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led in 2013. Bud will have his sights on winning his fourth Budweiser Oval Nationals and scoring his seventh career USAC/CRA main event victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Brody Roa, Ryan Bernal, "The Ripper" Rip Williams, R.J. Johnson, Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, “Dynamite” David Cardey, "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Seth Wilson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and more. Local 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars are welcome to race with USAC/CRA. The 360s can run their local approved Hoosier tires, but must meet series tech standards and race track muffler rules.

Ranking 13th with USAC/CRA, Bryan Clauson also leads the Amsoil USAC National Sprint point standings. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tracy Hines, “The Madman” Robert Ballou, “The Bear” Chris Windom, Tyler Courtney, and Hunter Schuerenberg round out the top-10 drivers. Other National drivers expected to race at Perris are Jon Stanbrough, Justin Grant, and Nick Drake.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are on sale and Friday General Adult tickets are $30 and $8 for Children (6-12). Saturday General Adult tickets are $30 and $12 for Children (6-12). 3-Day General Adult passes are $60 and $20 for Children (6-12). 3-Day Reserved Adult passes are $85 and $$35 for Children (6-12). For more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134. Camping is available for $25 at the fairgrounds.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rugged Radios, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA). To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ------------------------------------------------------- OVAL NATIONALS CHAMPIONS: 1996-Jimmy Sills; 1997-Rip Williams; 1998-Rodney Argo; 1999-Rickie Gaunt; 2000-Tony Jones; 2001-Bud Kaeding; 2002-Bud Kaeding; 2003-Cory Kruseman; 2004-Cory Kruseman; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Dave Darland; 2007-Bud Kaeding; 2008-Jesse Hockett; 2009-Damion Gardner; 2010-Chris Windom; 2011-Damion Gardner; 2012-Mike Spencer.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,208, 2-Nic Faas-1,068, 3-Mike Spencer-1,053, 4-Matt Mitchell-803, 5-Bud Kaeding-753, 6-Austin Williams-751, 7-Cody Williams-734, 8-Brody Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Rip Williams-470, 11-R.J. Johnson-459, 12-Richard Vander Weerd-447, 13-Bryan Clauson-380, 14-Jace Vander Weerd-332, 15-David Cardey-330, 16-Cory Kruseman-321, 17-Rickie Gaunt-315, 18-Charles Davis Jr.-279, 19-Seth Wilson-274, 20-Mike Martin-364.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,828; 2-Dave Darland-1,771; 3-Brady Bacon-1,658; 4-Chase Stockon-1,582; 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,574; 6-Tracy Hines-1,464; 7-Robert Ballou-1,413; 8-Chris Windom-1,155; 9-Tyler Courtney-1,027; 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000, 11-Shane Cottle-952, 12-Jon Stanbrough-885, 13-Justin Grant-678, 14-C.J. Leary-631, 15-Nick Drake-620, 16-Jerry Coons Jr.-559, 17-Kyle Cummins-413, 18-Christopher Bell-370, 19-Scotty Weir-361, 20-Levi Jones-332.

2013 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK – LOCATION November 1: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals) November 2: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.

 

 

CHASE STOCKON WINS CANYON’S HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

by Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – OCTOBER 27, 2013... After taking the lead from pole-sitter Tracy Hines, Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, Indiana dominated the Saturday finale of the “13th Annual Hose Advantage Store Hall of Fame Classic.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, the Canyon Speedway Park victory was the first Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of his career. Hines, Justin Grant, R.J. Johnson, and “The Madman” Robert Ballou followed Stockon to the checkered flags.

Piloting the 32-TBI Racing #32 Superior Tank & Trailer DRC, Chase Stockon qualified second out of the thirty cars in attendance and finished second in his heat race. Starting sixth in the main event, the young hard charger slipped by Hines on the second lap. Hitting his marks on the changing track surface, the former MSCS Rookie of the Year added the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his win list. Chase is currently fourth in the National Series and twenty-eighth in CRA points with one heat race victory, one top-10 finish, and 29 feature laps led with USAC/CRA.

For the second night in a row, New Castle, Indiana’s Tracy Hines ran second at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving his #4 Carolina Nut Company / Hansen’s Welding DRC, the veteran driver was eighth fast in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. In his second USAC/CRA start, Hines ranks sixth in the National Series and twenty-seventh in the CRA point standings. In USAC/CRA action, Tracy has two top-10 finishes and one feature lap led.

Justin Grant of Ione, California scored third in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” Racing the Baldwin Brothers Racing #5 Fox Paving / Kercher Engines Maxim, Grant qualified fifth and ran second to Michael Curtis in his heat race. In his third USAC/CRA appearance, Justin is thirteenth in National points and thirty-first in CRA standings with one top-10 USAC/CRA finish to his credit.

Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson earned his first Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from fourteenth. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, the USAC SouthWest point leader was sixteenth fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. To date, Johnson ranks eleventh in the CRA point chase with one feature win, four heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led.

“The Madman” Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California raced to fifth at Canyon after starting thirteenth. Driving his #12 Indy Race Parts / Maxim Chassis machine, the former Sprint Bandits TnT Champion qualified fifteenth and claimed third in his heat race. In two nights of action, Robert is seventh in the National Series and twenty-ninth in CRA points. Ballou has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes with USAC/CRA.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California earned his seventh Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA Champion scored seventh in his heat race, placed second in the semi-main, and claimed fifteenth in the feature after restarting at the back. Currently, Mike is third in the CRA standings with one feature win, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led.

Cottonwood, Arizona’s Michael Curtis scored his first USAC/CRA victory by winning the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting Kevin Turner and Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, the SouthWest regular was seventeenth quick in time trials and scored twenty-third in the main event.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana won the program’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving the Phillips Motorsports’ #71P Racers Advantage Store / Jockish Flowers DRC, Darland qualified tenth and scored twentieth in the main event. Currently second in USAC National and tied for thirty-fourth in the CRA standings, the veteran driver has two heat race victories, one top-10 finish, and 2 feature laps led with USAC/CRA.

Broken Arrow’s Brady Bacon won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Driving the Hoffman Dynamics Inc. #69 Mean Green / Lykins Oil XXX, Bacon was nineteenth fast in time trials and placed eleventh in the feature. Ranking third with USAC National and thirty-seventh with CRA, Brady has twenty feature laps led in USAC/CRA action.

Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Indiana raced to victory in the SBI Fuel Systems / Weld Racing Heat Race #4. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the veteran driver qualified twenty-fourth and scored twelfth in the feature after starting twenty-first. To date, Stanbrough is twelfth in the National standings and ranks forty-third with CRA. In limited USAC/CRA action, he has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win to his credit.

Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson slipped by Mike Spencer on the last corner to win the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Piloting the Tony Stewart Racing / Curb-Agajanian owned #20 Chevy Performance Beast, Clauson was fourth fast in time trials, ran fifth in his heat race, and placed seventh in the main event. The USAC National point leader ranks thirteenth with USAC/CRA on the strength of three feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led.

Starting this Friday, November 1st, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will close out their 2013 season with two nights of action at Perris Auto Speedway. A champion will be crowned at the “18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by All Coast Construction.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA). ------------------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS: October 26, 2013 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – 13th Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.747; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.775; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-13.842; 4. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-13.891; 5. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.924; 6. Nic Faas, 4X, Alexander-13.959; 7. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-13.972; 8. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-14.032; 9. Tyler Courtney, 23C, Courtney/BRaT-14.078; 10. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-14.085; 11. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.105; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.124; 13. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.131; 14. Mike Bonneau, 29, Bonneau-14.154; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.186; 16. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.194; 17. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.200; 18. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-14.200; 19. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.218; 20. Charles Davis Jr., 4G, Cook-14.237; 21. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.271; 22. Josh Pelkey, 12A, Allen-14.272; 23. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-14.299; 24. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-14.303; 25. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-14.437; 26.Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-14.443; 27. Shon Deskins, 20X, SDR-14.448; 28. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-14.558; 29. Andrew Reinbold, 19, Reinbold-14.673; 30. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-14.702.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Rip Williams, 5. Mike Martin, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Andy Reinbold. 1:56.21

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Nic Faas, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. Mike Bonneau, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Bruce St. James. 1:53.51

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Nick Drake, 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Shon Deskins. 1:54.29

SBI FUEL SYSTEMS / WELD RACING HEAT RACE 4: (8 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Tom Ogle. 1:54.23

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. Nick Drake, 7. Matt Mitchell, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Bruce St. James, 10. Andy Reinbold, 11. Shon Deskins, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. Mike Bonneau, 14. Tom Ogle. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Chase Stockon (6th), 2. Tracy Hines (1st), 3. Justin Grant (4th), 4. R.J. Johnson (14th), 5. Robert Ballou (13th), 6. Chris Windom (2nd), 7. Bryan Clauson (8th), 8. Damion Gardner (16th), 9. Austin Williams (11th), 10. Josh Pelkey (19th), 11. Brady Bacon (17th), 12. Jon Stanbrough (21st), 13. Matt Mitchell (23rd), 14. Nic Faas (3rd), 15. Mike Spencer (7th), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (18th), 17. Rip Williams (22nd), 18. Nick Drake (20th), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5th), 20. Dave Darland (10th), 21. Cody Williams (24th), 22. Tyler Courtney (9th), 23. Michael Curtis (15th), 24. Mike Martin (12th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hines, Laps 2-30 Stockon. KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (14th to 4th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,208, 2-Nic Faas-1,068, 3-Mike Spencer-1,053, 4-Matt Mitchell-803, 5-Bud Kaeding-753, 6-Austin Williams-751, 7-Cody Williams-734, 8-Brody Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Rip Williams-470, 11-R.J. Johnson-459, 12-Richard Vander Weerd-447, 13-Bryan Clauson-380, 14-Jace Vander Weerd-332, 15-David Cardey-330, 16-Cory Kruseman-321, 17-Rickie Gaunt-315, 18-Charles Davis Jr.-279, 19-Seth Wilson-274, 20-Mike Martin-364.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,828; 2-Dave Darland-1,771; 3-Brady Bacon-1,658; 4-Chase Stockon-1,582; 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,574; 6-Tracy Hines-1,464; 7-Robert Ballou-1,413; 8-Chris Windom-1,155; 9-Tyler Courtney-1,027; 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000, 11-Shane Cottle-952, 12-Jon Stanbrough-885, 13-Justin Grant-678, 14-C.J. Leary-631, 15-Nick Drake-620, 16-Jerry Coons Jr.-559, 17-Kyle Cummins-413, 18-Christopher Bell-370, 19-Scotty Weir-361, 20-Levi Jones-332.

2013 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK – LOCATION November 1: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals) November 2: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.

 

 

BRYAN CLAUSON SCORES FRIDAY USAC OPENER AT CANYON

by Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – OCTOBER 27, 2013... Racing past Dave Darland on lap twenty-three, Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana claimed the opening night feature of the “13th Annual Hose Advantage Store Hall of Fame Classic.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, the 30-lap victory at Canyon Speedway Park was Clauson’s eighth career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph. Tracy Hines, Mike Spencer, Kevin Thomas Jr., and “The Demon” Damion Gardner rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving the Tony Stewart Racing / Curb-Agajanian owned #20 Chevy Performance Beast, Bryan Clauson earned his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by out-qualifying the thirty car field. Finishing second to Robert Ballou in his heat race, the USAC National point leader claimed his third USAC/CRA feature of 2013 from sixth.

New Castle, Indiana’s Tracy Hines ran second in the Canyon main event after starting seventh. Piloting his #4 Carolina Nut Company / Hansen’s Welding DRC, the veteran driver was seventh quick in time trials and placed third in his 8-lap heat race.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California ran third in the Friday night preliminary and was the highest finishing driver from the “Golden State.” Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA Champion qualified fifth and scored fourth in his heat race.

Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. earned his first Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from twentieth. Driving the Dutcher / Rotondo Weirich / Tri-Star Motorsports’ #17RW Maxim, Thomas timed in twenty-seventh fast, ran seventh in his heat race, and took second in the semi-main.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California raced to fifth in the main event after starting thirteenth. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, the USAC/CRA point leader qualified fourteenth and won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2.

Rocklin, California’s “The Madman” Robert Ballou won the program’s first heat race, sponsored by Extreme Mufflers. Racing his #12 Indy Race Parts / Maxim Chassis machine, Ballou was seventeenth quick in time trials and scored eighth in main event after starting sixteenth.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Driving the Phillips Motorsports’ #71P Racers Advantage Store / Jockish Flowers DRC, Darland qualified third and took over the feature lead on lap twenty-one after Brady Bacon spun in the fourth turn. Briefly holding the lead, the veteran driver had to settle for sixth at the checkered flags.

Elizabethtown, Indiana’s Chase Stockon won the night’s Weld Racing / SBI Fuel Systems Heat Race #4. Racing the 32-TBI Racing #32 Superior Tank & Trailer DRC, Stockon was eighth fast in time trials and placed fourteenth in the main event.

Making his first start in Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Indiana won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. The veteran driver qualified tenth overall, ran seventh in his heat race, and scored twenty-fourth in the feature after an early tangle ended his night.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA). ------------------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS: October 25, 2012 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – 13th Annual Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-13.647; 2. Nic Faas, 4X, Alexander-13.650; 3. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-13.694; 4. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-13.748; 5. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.822; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.833; 7. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-13.929; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.937; 9. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.017; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-14.018; 11. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-14.020; 12. Josh Pelkey, 12A, Allen-14.080; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.158; 14. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-14.187; 15. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.212; 16. Charles Davis, Jr., 4G, Cook-14.215; 17. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.232; 18. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.255; 19. Mike Bonneau, 29, Bonneau-14.311; 20. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.320; 21. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.321; 22. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-14.327; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.406; 24. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.478; 25. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-14.481; 26. Bruce St. James, 7K, St.James-14.499; 27. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-14.548; 28. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-14.586; 29. Shon Deskins, 20X, SDR-14.741; 30. Tyler Courtney, 23C, Courtney/BRAT-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Matt Rossi. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Nic Faas, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Rip Williams, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Bruce St. James. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Mike Bonneau. NT

WELD RACING / SBI FUEL SYSTEMS HEAT RACE 4: (8 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Josh Pelkey, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Nick Drake, 5. Michael Curtis, 6. Tom Ogle, 7. Cody Williams. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Jon Stanbrough, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Tom Ogle, 7. Michael Curtis, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Mike Bonneau, 10. Bruce St. James, 11. Austin Williams, 12. Rip Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Bryan Clauson (6th), 2. Tracy Hines (7th), 3. Mike Spencer (2nd), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (20th), 5. Damion Gardner (13th), 6. Dave Darland (4th), 7. Josh Pelkey (12th), 8. Robert Ballou (16th), 9. Tyler Courtney (22nd), 10. Nick Drake (3rd), 11. Mike Martin (17th), 12. Matt Mitchell (14th), 13. Brady Bacon (1st), 14. Chase Stockon (8th), 15. Justin Grant (9th), 16. Austin Williams (23rd), 17. R.J. Johnson (18th), 18. Tom Ogle (21st), 19. Nic Faas (5th), 20. Cody Williams (24th), 21. Charles Davis Jr. (15th), 22. Josh Hodges (19th), 23. Chris Windom (11th), 24. Jon Stanbrough (10th). NT ---------------------------- **Davis flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Windom flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bacon, Laps 21-22 Darland, Laps 23-30 Clauson. KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (20th to 4th)

ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES: - #20 Bryan Clauson in Canyon victory circle. Photo by Mike Grosswendt / surfnsprint.com

 

 

LAKE HAVASU HOSTS IGNITES NOVEMBER 9; SWANSON “SWEEPS” LVMS WEEKEND!

Bryant Dawson and Jarid Blondel continue to lead USAC HPD Western Ignite Midget standings after last weekend’s Friday and Saturday night races at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Bullring. The series now gears up for a November 9 date at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. before returning to LVMS to close out the campaign November 16.

Dawson holds a 67-point pavement lead over Blondel while Blondel is a comfortable 151 points ahead of Christine Breckenridge in the overall standings.

Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. swept to a pair of victories at Las Vegas driving the Winn Frazin entry. He caught HPD Eastern Ignite Champion Chris Lamb on lap 28 Friday and led the final three laps, then led the last 18 laps Saturday after passing Dawson on lap 13.

Lamb was second Friday ahead of Dawson, Shawn Buckley and Blondel. Dawson was second Saturday ahead of Lamb, Buckley and Blondel.

2013 WESTERN HPD PAVEMENT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-703, 2-Jarid Blondel-636, 3-Shawn Buckley-570, 4-Christine Breckenridge-568, 5-Michael Fanelli-524, 6-Cody Jessop-411, 7-Marina Turner-405, 8-Ron Hazelton-311, 9-Jake Swanson-258, 10-George Blacker-197.

2013 WESTERN HPD IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-1,128, 2-Christine Breckenridge-977, 3-Bryant Dawson-703, 4-Cory Elliott-596, 5-Shawn Buckley-570, 6-Michael Fanelli-524, 7-Cody Jessop-411, 8-Marina Turner-405, 9-Parker Colston-385, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.

 

 

NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT FINALES UNFOLD AT THE PAS IN 18TH “BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS;” CLAUSON, STOCKON TAKE “HALL OF FAME” WINS AT PEORIA

Saturday night’s 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” finale at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway offers the winner a $15,000 payday but it’s likely the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Championship is tantamount for Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. and Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. as they prepare for the series finales. Clauson has a 59-point lead over Darland after last weekend’s Hose Advantage “Hall of Fame” races at Peoria, Ariz. where Clauson was the Friday night winner.

Darland entered the weekend at Canyon Speedway Park just 13 points in arrears but slipped after Friday’s sixth-place finish. A pair of skirmishes during Saturday’s feature relegated him to a 20th-place finish.

Darland was leading Friday’s race on Friday until Clauson took over on lap 23. The National point leader paced the final eight circuits for his 19th USAC feature victory of the year (including regional wins). Trailing Clauson’s Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Chevy Performance/Curb Records Beast/Kistler were Tracy Hines, Mike Spencer, Kevin Thomas Jr. and AMSOIL USAC/CRA point leader Damion Gardner.

Chase Stockon, of Elizabethtown, Ind., earned his first National victory of the season Saturday, leading the final 18 laps in his Superior Tank & Trailer/Crescent Electric Supply DRC/Fisher. He passed Hines on lap two and led the last 29 laps to beat Hines, Justin Grant, USAC Southwest Sprint leader R.J. Johnson and Robert Ballou.

Brady Bacon led the first 20 laps of Friday’s race but finished 13th at the checkered flag.

The “Budweiser Oval Nationals” at Perris presented by All Coast Construction opens with Thursday night’s USAC West Coast/Southwest Sprint Car “Grudge Series” event. The AMSOIL National and CRA Sprints take over Friday and Saturday, concluding the 2013 campaign for both series.

Gardner, of Concord, Calif., enters the Perris finales with a 140-point USAC/CRA point lead over teammate Nic Faas. They recorded Peoria finishes of fifth and eighth (Gardner) and 19th and 14th (Faas).

2013 AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,828; 2-Dave Darland-1,771; 3-Brady Bacon-1,658; 4-Chase Stockon-1,582; 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,574; 6-Tracy Hines-1,464; 7-Robert Ballou-1,413; 8-Chris Windom-1,155; 9-Tyler Courtney-1,027; 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000.

2013 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,208, 2-Nic Faas-1,068, 3-Mike Spencer-1,053, 4-Matt Mitchell-803, 5-Bud Kaeding-753, 6-Austin Williams-751, 7-Cody Williams-734, 8-Brody Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Rip Williams-470.

 

 

PERRIS WEEKEND OPENS THURSDAY WITH USAC WEST COAST/SOUTHWEST “GRUDGE SERIES”

Thursday night’s USAC West Coast/Southwest Sprint Car “Grudge Series” event at Perris (Calif.) Auto Perris kicks off the three-night 18th Annual “Budweiser Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction.

Showcasing stars of USAC’s West Coast and Southwest 360 Sprint series, the race is a non-points “special event” for both series. The West Coast campaign concluded October 12 at Hanford, Calif., although “special events” remain at Perris and at Peoria, Ariz. November 14-16. The Southwest series is also involved in both the Perris and Peoria events, with points being awarded at Peoria.

Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. emerged as the 2013 West Coast Champion, while R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. leads the current Southwest standings. Johnson’s lead over runner-up Charles Davis Jr. is 57 points.

Faria has not competed at Perris this year, while Johnson has five USAC/CRA outings at the half-mile dirt oval, his best finish being a seventh.

Perris Auto Speedway continues with AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA competition on Friday and Saturday nights, closing out the “Budweiser Oval Nationals,” with Saturday night’s feature winner claiming a check for $15,000!

2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,161, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1,104, 3-Mike Martin-965, 4-Shon Deskins-860, 5-Ronnie Clark-827, 6-Josh Pelkey-788, 7-Andy Reinbold-765, 8-Bryan Hosford-629, 9-Chris Bonneau-625, 10-Bruce St. James-614.

2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR FINAL STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-930, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-903, 3-Bud Kaeding-862, 4-Markus Niemela-677, 5-Rusty Carlile-665, 6-Ryan Bernal-661, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-609, 8-Austin Liggett-545, 9-Landon Hurst-492, 10-Kevin Barnes-440.

 

 

SWANSON COMPLETES LVMS IGNITE “SWEEP”

Las Vegas, NV……..Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. led the final 18 laps to win Saturday night’s 30-lap HPD USAC Western Ignite Midget feature at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring, completing a weekend “sweep.” Friday night’s winner beat Bryant Dawson to the line Saturday, trailed by Chris Lamb, Shawn Buckley and Jarid Blondel. Christine Breckenridge, Lamb and Dawson all led laps before Swanson took over.

HPD USAC WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET RACE RESULTS: October 26, 2013 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 59, Frazin-15.576; 2. Chris Lamb, 11, Ankrum-15.597; 3. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-15.652; 4. Christine Breckenridge, 26B, Breckenridge-15.671; 5. Bryant Dawson, 99, Dawson-15.714; 6. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.745; 7. Jeff Kelley, 55x, Kelley-15.756; 8. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-15.760; 9. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.795; 10. Tyler Ankrum, 7a, Ankrum-15.878; 11. Michael Fanelli, 19, Fanelli-15.908; 12. Ron Hazelton, 32, Hazelton-16.502; 13. Marina Turner, 98t, Turner-16.582; 14. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-16.979.

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Dawson, 3. Buckley, 4. Kelley, 5. Jessop, 6. Fanelli, 7. Turner. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Breckenridge, 2. Blondel, 3. Lamb, 4. T.Breidinger, 5. Ankrum, 6. Hazelton, 7. A.Breidinger. NT

FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Bryant Dawson, 3. Chris Lamb, 4. Shawn Buckley, 5. Jarid Blondel, 6. Christine Breckenridge, 7. Jeff Kelley, 8. Cody Jessop, 9. Michael Fanelli, 10. Tyler Ankrum, 11. Toni Breidinger, 12. Marina Turner, 13. Ron Hazelton, 14. Annie Breidinger. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Breckenridge, Laps 2-7 Lamb, Laps 8-12 Dawson, Laps 13-30 Swanson.

NEW HPD WESTERN IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Blondel-1,128, 2-Breckenridge-977, 3-Dawson-703, 4-Cory Elliott-596, 5-Buckley-570, 6-Fanelli-524, 7-Jessop-411, 8-Turner-405, 9-Parker Colston-385, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.

NEW HPD WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET POINTS: 1-Dawson-703, 3-Blondel-636, 3-Buckley-570, 4-Breckenridge-568, 5-Fanelli-524, 6-Jessop-411, 7-Turner-405, 8-Hazelton-311, 9-Swanson-258, 10-George Blacker-197.

NEXT HPD WESTERN IGNITE MIDGET RACE: November 9 – Lake Havasu City, AZ – Havasu 95 Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

October 26, 2013 – Peoria, Arziona – Canyon Speedway Park – 13th Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.747; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.775; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-13.842; 4. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-13.891; 5. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.924; 6. Nic Faas, 4x, Alexander-13.959; 7. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-13.972; 8. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-14.032; 9. Tyler Courtney, 23c, Courtney/BRaT-14.078; 10. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-14.085; 11. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.105; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.124; 13. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.131; 14. Mike Bonneau, 29, Bonneau-14.154; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.186; 16. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.194; 17. Michael Curtis, 11c, Curtis-14.200; 18. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-14.200; 19. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.218; 20. Charles Davis, Jr., 4G, Cook-14.237; 21. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.271; 22. Josh Pelkey, 12A, Allen-14.272; 23. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-14.299; 24. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-14.303; 25. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-14.437; 2 6. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.443; 27. Shon Deskins, 20x, SDR-14.448; 28. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-14.558; 29. Andrew Reinbold, 19, Reinbold-14.673; 30. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-14.702.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Curtis, 2. Grant, 3. Courtney, 4. R.Williams, 5. Martin, 6. C.Williams, 7. Spencer, 8. Reinbold. 1:56.21

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Faas, 3. Gardner, 4. Stockon, 5. Pelkey, 6. Bonneau, 7. Hodges, 8. St. James. 1:53.51

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Windom, 3. Ballou, 4. Thomas, 5. Drake, 6. Mitchell, 7. Deskins. 1:54.29

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Davis, 3. Johnson, 4. Hines, 5. Clauson, 6. A.Williams, 7. Ogle. 1:54.23

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Spencer, 3. A.Williams, 4. Martin, 5. Pelkey, 6. Drake, 7. Mitchell, 8. C.Williams, 9. St. James, 10. Reinbold, 11. Deskins, 12. Hodges, 13. Bonneau, 14. Ogle. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Justin Grant, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Austin Williams, 10. Josh Pelkey, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Matt Mitchell, 14. Nic Faas, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Charles Davis, Jr., 17. Rip Williams, 18. Nick Drake, 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 20. Dave Darland, 21. Cody Williams, 22. Tyler Courtney, 23. Michael Curtis, 24. Mike Martin. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hines, Laps 2-30 Stockon.

NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Clauson-1,828; 2-Darland-1,771; 3-Bacon-1,658; 4-Stockon-1,582; 5-Thomas-1,574; 6-Hines-1,464; 7-Ballou-1,413; 8-Windom-1,155; 9-Courtney-1,027; 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,208, 2-Faas-1,068, 3-Spencer-1,053, 4-Mitchell-803, 5-Bud Kaeding-753, 6-A.Williams-751, 7-C.Williams-734, 8-Brody Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-R.Williams-470.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: November 1-2 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway –18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

October 25, 2012 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – 13th Annual Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-13.647; 2. Nic Faas, 4x, Alexander-13.650; 3. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-13.694; 4. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-13.748; 5. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.822; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.833; 7. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-13.929; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.937; 9. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.017; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 73, Ford-14.018; 11. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-14.020; 12. Josh Pelkey, 12A, Allen-14.080; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.158; 14. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-14.187; 15. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.212; 16. Charles Davis, Jr., 4G, Cook-14.215; 17. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.232; 18. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.255; 19. Mike Bonneau, 29, Bonneau-14.311; 20. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.320; 21. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.321; 22. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-14.327; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.406; 24. Michael Curtis, 11c, Curtis-14.478; 25. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.481; 26. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-14.499; 27. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-14.548; 28. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-14.586; 29. Shon Deskins, 20x, SDR-14.741; 30. Tyler Courtney, 23c, Courtney/BRAT-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Clauson, 3. Grant, 4. Spencer, 5. A.Williams, 6. Hodges, 7. Deskins, 8. Rossi. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faas, 3. Bacon, 4. Martin, 5. R.Williams, 6. Courtney, 7. Stanbrough, 8. St. James. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Johnson, 3. Hines, 4. Windom, 5. Thomas, 6. Mitchell, 7. Bonneau. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Pelkey, 3. Davis, 4. Drake, 5. Curtis, 6. Ogle, 7. C.Williams. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Thomas, 3. Mitchell, 4. Hodges, 5. Courtney, 6. Ogle, 7. Curtis, 8. Deskins, 9. Bonneau, 10. St. James, 11. A.Williams, 12. R.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Josh Pelkey, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Nick Drake, 11. Mike Martin, 12. Matt Mitchell, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Austin Williams, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Tom Ogle, 19. Nic Faas, 20. Cody Williams, 21. Charles Davis, Jr., 22. Josh Hodges, 23. Chris Windom, 24. Jon Stanbrough. NT ---------------------------- **Davis flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Windom flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bacon, Laps 21-22 Darland, Laps 23-30 Clauson.

NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,779; 2-Darland-1,750; 3-Bacon-1,619; 4-Thomas-1,550; 5-Stockon-1,512; 6-Hines-1,402; 7-Ballou-1,359; 8-Windom-1,103; 9-Courtney-1,008; 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000. NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,163, 2-Faas-1,035, 3-Spencer-1,021, 4-Mitchell-776, 5-Bud Kaeding-753, 6-C.Williams-721, 7-A.Williams-713, 8-Brody Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-447.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: October 26 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – 13th Annual Hose Advantage Store “Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

HPD USAC WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 25, 2013 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryant Dawson, 99, Dawson-15.478; 2. Chris Lamb, 11, Ankrum-15.575; 3. Jake Swanson, 59, Frazin-15.595; 4. Christine Breckenridge, 26B, Breckenridge-15.651; 5. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-15.660; 6. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-15.752; 7. Michael Fanelli, 19, Fanelli-15.809; 8. Tyler Ankrum, 7a, Ankrum-15.824; 9. Jeff Kelley, 55x, Kelley-15.833; 10. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.863; 11. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.941; 12. Ron Hazelton, 32, Hazelton-16.210; 13. Marina Turner, 98t, Turner-16.527; 14. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-16.892.

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Dawson, 3. Fanelli, 4. Kelley, 5. Buckley, 6. Jessop, 7. Turner. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Lamb, 2. Breckenridge, 3. Blondel, 4. Hazelton, 5. Ankrum, 6. T.Breidinger, 7. A.Breidinger. NT

FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Bryant Dawson, 4. Shawn Buckley, 5. Jarid Blondel, 6. Christine Breckenridge, 7. Jeff Kelley, 8. Michael Fanelli, 9. Tyler Ankrum, 10. Cody Jessop, 11. Ron Hazelton, 12. Toni Breidinger, 13. Marina Turner, 14. Annie Breidinger. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Blondel, Laps 4-27 Lamb, Laps 28-30 Swanson.

NEW HPD WESTERN IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Blondel-1,073, 2-Breckenridge-921, 3-Dawson-637, 4-Cory Elliott-296, 5-Buckley-509, 6-Fanelli-485, 7-Parker Colston-385, 8-Turner-374, 9-Jessop-368, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.

NEW HPD WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET POINTS: 1-Dawson-637, 2-Blondel-581, 3-Breckenridge-512, 4-Buckley-509, 5-Fanelli-485, 6-Turner-374, 7-Jessop-368, 8-Hazelton-281, 9-George Blacker-197, 10-Swanson-184.

NEXT HPD WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET RACE: October 26 – Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

CLAUSON SEEKING #19 & 20 AT PEORIA FRIDAY, SATURDAY

Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. hosts the 13th Annual Hose Advantage “Hall of Fame Classic” this weekend as the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car series compete in back-to-back Friday and Saturday night programs.

Bryan Clauson and Damion Gardner will try to protect their respective point leads as they look forward to the November 1-2 series finales at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Clauson’s National lead is a tenuous 13 points over Dave Darland, while Gardner has a somewhat comfortable 99-point lead over Nic Faas in the USCA/CRA standings.

Clauson has a half-dozen feature wins, three seconds and two thirds, while Darland also has a half-dozen wins, three seconds and three thirds. Gardner’s season has yielded five wins, five thirds and two seconds. Faas has three wins, three seconds and four thirds.

Clauson is in the midst of one of USAC’s most victorious seasons. His 18 wins in various series rank fifth all-time in USAC single-season history. J.J. Yeley has the record of 24 from 2003, while Sleepy Tripp had 20 in 1988. A.J. Foyt (1961) and Jay Drake (2000) each logged 19 total wins.

2013 AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,706, 2-Dave Darland-1,693, 3-Brady Bacon-1,585, 4-Kevin Thomas-1,496, 5-Chase Stockon-1,479, 6-Tracy Hines-1,339, 7-Robert Ballou-1,312, 8-Chris Windom-1,085, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000, 10-Tyler Courtney-971.

2013 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,107, 2-Nic Faas-1,008, 3-Mike Spencer-960, 4-Bud Kaeding-753, 5-Matt Mitchell-745, 6-Cody Williams-708, 7-Austin Williams-692, 8-Brody Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-447.

 

 

WESTERN HPD IGNITE SEASON “DOUBLE” AT LVMS

Bryant Dawson of Phoenix, Ariz. enters this weekend’s 2013 USAC HPD Western Ignite Pavement Midget doubleheader at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Bullring with a 44-point lead over Jarid Blondel. Racing is slated both Friday and Saturday nights.

Dawson and Blondel account for all five LVMS feature wins the season. Dawson has five wins and three seconds in the eight Western pavement races, while Blondel has two wins, two seconds, a third and two fourths.

Blondel leads the overall Western HPD Ignite standings by 152 points entering this weekend’s events. The final Western Pavement event is slated November 16 at LVMS.

2013 WESTERN HPD PAVEMENT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-570, 2-Jarid Blondel-526, 3-Christine Breckenridge-457, 4-Shawn Buckley-452, 5-Michael Fanelli-440, 6-Marina Turner-345, 7-Cody Jessop-332, 8-Ron Hazelton-245, 9-George Blacker-197, 10-Annie Briedinger-116.

2013 WESTERN HPD IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-1,018, 2-Christine Breckenridge-866, 3-Cory Elliott-596, 4-Bryant Dawson-570, 5-Shawn Buckley-452, 6-Michael Fanelli-440, 7-Parker Colston-385, 8-Marina Turner-345, 9-Cody Jessop-332, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.

 

 

WESTERN HPD IGNITE SEASON FINALES AT LVMS

Bryant Dawson of Phoenix, Ariz. enters this weekend’s 2013 USAC HPD Western Ignite Pavement Midget finales at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Bullring. Racing is slated both Friday and Saturday nights.

Dawson has a 44-point lead over Jarid Blondel going into the two final races. Dawson and Blondel account for all five LVMS feature wins the season. Dawson has five wins and three seconds in the eight Western pavement races, while Blondel has two wins, two seconds, a third and two fourths.

Blondel leads the overall Western HPD Ignite standings by 152 points entering this weekend’s final events.

2013 WESTERN HPD PAVEMENT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-570, 2-Jarid Blondel-526, 3-Christine Breckenridge-457, 4-Shawn Buckley-452, 5-Michael Fanelli-440, 6-Marina Turner-345, 7-Cody Jessop-332, 8-Ron Hazelton-245, 9-George Blacker-197, 10-Annie Briedinger-116.

2013 WESTERN HPD IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-1,018, 2-Christine Breckenridge-866, 3-Cory Elliott-596, 4-Bryant Dawson-570, 5-Shawn Buckley-452, 6-Michael Fanelli-440, 7-Parker Colston-385, 8-Marina Turner-345, 9-Cody Jessop-332, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.

 

 

OCTOBER 31 “SPECIAL EVENT” AT PERRIS; ARIZONA #10 FOR JOHNSON AT QUEEN CREEK

The USAC Southwest Sprint Car series concludes November 14-16 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. but not before a “special event” October 31 opening the “Budweiser Oval Nationals” at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Point leader R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. scored his 10th Arizona USAC victory on 2013 Saturday night at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek. Driving the Bill Michaels Kodiak Products/Beal’s Auto Body Sherman/Ford, Johnson passed Josh Pelkey on lap 18 and led the final eight laps to beat Pelkey, Charles Davis Jr., Mike Bonneau and Andy Reinbold.

Davis led the first 10 laps, Pelkey led the next seven and Johnson led the rest.

Johnson will take a 57-point lead over Davis into the three-night series finales at Peoria.

FINAL 2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,161, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1,104, 3-Mike Martin-965, 4-Shon Deskins-860, 5-Ronnie Clark-827, 6-Josh Pelkey-788, 7-Andy Reinbold-765, 8-Bryan Hosford-629, 9-Chris Bonneau-625, 10-Bruce St. James-614.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

October 19, 2013 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 7. J.T. Imperial (#57X Stone). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Ryan Linder (#9 Linder/Whitney), 7. Tom Lee (#53 Lee). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 2. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 3. Steven Hams (#60 Harms), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 6. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 7. Joshua Williams (#74 Williams). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Pelkey, 3. Rossi, 4. Deskins, 5. Reinbold, 6. Lundy, 7. Wirth, 8. Bonneau. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Josh Pelkey, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Mike Bonneau, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Ryan Linder, 7. Matt Lundy, 8. Bob Ream Jr., 9. Ronnie Clark, 10. Mike Martin, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Jordan Stetson, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Steven Harms, 15. Brian Hosford, 16. Tom Lee, 17. Joshua Williams, 18. Shon Deskins, 19. Jody Wirth, 20. J.T. Imperial, 21. Matt Rossi. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Davis, Laps 11-17 Pelkey, Laps 18-25 Johnson.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: October 31 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Oval Nationals” - Grudge Series (SE)

 

 

CANYON’S 2-DAY "HALL OF FAME CLASSIC" BEGINS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – OCTOBER 16, 2013… After a break in the schedule, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Starting Friday, October 25th, the 2-day “13th Annual Hose Advantage Store "Hall of Fame Classic" is co-sanctioned with the USAC National Sprints and have an incredible roster of talent from California, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Midwest. The popular Challenge Cup Sprint Cars and Mini Sprints will join the showcase as the spectator gates will open at 4:00pm with racing at 7:00pm.

The festivities will begin on Wednesday, October 23rd, with the annual “Hall of Fame Kickoff Party.” Starting at 6:00pm, the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum and Motorsports Hall of Fame will host the popular event. Located at 3534 E. Broadway Road in Phoenix, the “Hall of Fame Kickoff Party” is open to the public. The following night, Canyon Speedway Park will host an open practice from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Heading into the “Hall of Fame Classic,” Canyon Speedway Park has played host to six Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. Indiana’s Bryan Clauson has three victories, sweeping the October Classic in 2011 and winning the 2013 season opener. Last year, Dave Darland won the “Hall of Fame Classic” opener and “The Magic Man” Mike Martin led every lap in a 360-powered car to win the $5000 finale. On March 2nd, R.J. Johnson scored a popular Arizona victory at the “Copper On Dirt.”

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord leads the USAC/CRA point chase and has a 99 point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Gardner finished third in Perris’ “Glenn Howard Classic” on September 14th. Currently, the 2005 Champion has five feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one dash win, one Last Man Standing Dash win, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 108 feature laps led. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will be looking for his 47th career USAC/CRA victory at the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Gardner’s teammate, Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas is second in the championship points. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Faas won his third feature of the year at the “Glenn Howard Classic.” To date, the 2008 USAC Western Midget Champion has four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps to his credit. Nic will have his sights on his 10th USAC/CRA main event win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Mike Spencer of Temecula sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer placed second in the Perris Auto Speedway main event. The five-time USAC/CRA champion has one feature win in 2013, along with six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led in the campaign. Mike will be looking to add the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his win list and record his 35th series victory.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding is fourth in the series point chase. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion raced to fourth in the “Howard Classic” after starting fourteenth. Kaeding scored the August 31st win at Calistoga and has one heat race victory, one dash win, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led. Bud will have his sights on the 7th USAC/CRA feature win of his career at the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda is fifth in chase for the championship. At Perris, the driver of the #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises entry flipped in qualifying and scored twenty-second in an unfamiliar car. Mitchell won the May 25th “Salute To Indy” at Perris and has four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 58 feature laps led to his credit. Matt will be looking for the 6th USAC/CRA triumph of his career at Canyon Speedway Park.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Austin Williams, Brody Roa, "The Ripper" Rip Williams, R.J. Johnson, "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, Seth Wilson, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and more. Local 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars are welcome to race with USAC/CRA. The 360s can run their local approved Hoosier tires, but must meet series tech standards and race track muffler rules.

Running 19th with USAC/CRA, Bryan Clauson also leads the Amsoil USAC National Sprint point standings. Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, Kevin Thomas Jr., Chase Stockon, Tracy Hines, Robert Ballou, Chris Windom, Hunter Schuerenberg, and Tyler Courtney round out the top-10 drivers. Other National drivers expected to race at Canyon are Jon Stanbrough, Justin Grant, and Nick Drake.

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. On race day, tickets will be $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Platinum Reserved Seats are $5 more per night and VIP Suite tickets are also available. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rugged Radios, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA). ------------------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,107, 2-Nic Faas-1,008, 3-Mike Spencer-960, 4-Bud Kaeding-753, 5-Matt Mitchell-745, 6-Cody Williams-708, 7-Austin Williams-692, 8-Brody Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-447, 11-Rip Williams-445, 12-R.J. Johnson-376, 13-Jace Vander Weerd-332, 14-David Cardey-330, 15-Cory Kruseman-321, 16-Rickie Gaunt-315, 17-Seth Wilson-274, 18-Markus Niemela-262, 19-Bryan Clauson-258, 20-Charles Davis Jr.-232.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Bryan Clauson-1706, 2-Dave Darland-1693, 3-Brady Bacon-1585, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1496, 5-Chase Stockon-1479, 6-Tracy Hines-1339, 7-Robert Ballou-1312, 8-Chris Windom-1085, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-1000, 10-Tyler Courtney-971, 11-Shane Cottle-952, 12-Jon Stanbrough-831, 13-C.J. Leary-631, 14-Justin Grant-586, 15-Nick Drake-561, 16-Jerry Coons Jr.-559, 17-Kyle Cummins-413, 18-Christopher Bell-370, 19-Scotty Weir-361, 20-Levi Jones-332.

 

 

ARIZONA SPEEDWAY HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS THIS SATURDAY

by Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – OCTOBER 16, 2013... This Saturday, October 19th, the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their sixth and final appearance of the year at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark, the action packed card will also showcase Pure Stocks, AMA Mod Lites, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:15pm and Racing at the popular 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm.

Heading into Saturday’s event, three different drivers have scored main event wins at Arizona Speedway. Series point leader R.J. Johnson and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. have stood in victory lane on two occasions. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin claimed the feature win on April 13th and with valuable points up for grabs, a talented roster of drivers will be ready for action.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson has a 55 point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson finished second last Saturday at Casa Grande. Currently, the point leader has nine feature wins, eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 287 feature laps led on the season. R.J. will have his sights on the feature win as he continues his championship bid.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye is second in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored fourth in the main event at Central Arizona Raceway. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has six feature wins, eleven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 107 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles” will be looking for another Queen Creek victory and gain championship points on Johnson.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin placed third last Saturday night. Currently, the USAC “Hall of Fame Classic” winner has one feature win, one fast time award, seven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led. On Saturday, “The Magic Man” will have his sights on adding the winner’s trophy to his collection.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix is fourth in the championship point standings. Driving his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars Spike, Deskins raced to sixth at Queen Creek after starting tenth. The Canyon 1-lap track record holder has yet to win a USAC SouthWest feature, but has eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and eight feature laps led in 2013. The veteran driver will be one of the favorites to win the 30-lap main event on Saturday.

Tucson’s Ronnie Clark is fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark scored fifteenth at Central Arizona Raceway. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has yet to claim a main event win, but has three Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, Ronnie will be looking for a breakthrough victory at Arizona Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Steven Harms, Tom Ogle, James Aragon, Michael Curtis, “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., Jody Wirth, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children 6 and under are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call (480) 926-6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1098, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1043, 3-Mike Martin-928, 4-Shon Deskins-838, 5-Ronnie Clark-786, 6-Josh Pelkey-721, 7-Andy Reinbold-711, 8-Chris Bonneau-625, 9-Brian Hosford-602, 10-Bruce St. James-579, 11-Mike Bonneau-530, 12-Steven Harms-443, 13-Bryan Swinehart-373, 14-Thomas Ogle-367, 15-Stevie Sussex-331, 16-James Aragon-329, 17-Justin Quinn-320, 18-Michael Curtis-319, 19-Jody Wirth-313, 20-Bob Ream Jr.-297.

 

 

MATT ROSSI GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT CASA GRANDE

 by Lance Jennings

CASA GRANDE, AZ – OCTOBER 13, 2013... Leading all 30 laps, Matt Rossi of Phoenix added his name to the winner’s list with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. By winning Saturday’s $1,500 triumph at Central Arizona Raceway, Rossi became the ninth different winner of the campaign. Point leader R.J. Johnson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Josh Pelkey followed Matt to the checkered flags.

Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / Advanced Engine Components Ellis, Matt Rossi finished third in his heat race and second in the dash. Making his first start of the season, Matt currently sits thirty-fifth in the point chase heading to Saturday’s action at Queen Creek.

Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson had a solid night with a runner-up finish at Central Arizona Raceway. Racing the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the series point leader claimed third in his heat race and fifth in the dash. Johnson left Casa Grande with a 55 point lead, nine feature wins, eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 287 feature laps led.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma scored third in the Casa Grande main event. Driving his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin ran second in his heat race and placed third in the dash. To date, the USAC “Hall of Fame Classic” Champion is third in the point chase with one feature win, one fast time award, seven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the season.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. raced to fourth in the 30-lap feature after starting eighth. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion won the night’s second 8-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race and placed eighth in the dash. Currently second in the standings, Davis has six feature wins, eleven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 107 feature laps led.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria earned his first “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place finish after starting fifteenth. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, the former ASCA Champion scored eighth in his heat race and was not eligible for the dash. Pelkey ranks sixth in the standings with one feature win, four Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, two Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, one semi-main win, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 77 feature laps led in 2013.

Phoenix’s “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James won his second Racers Advantage Store Heat Race of the season. Racing his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Bell Helmets Maxim, St. James claimed fourth in the dash and scored ninth in the main event. “The Radio Flyer” is currently tenth in points on the strength of one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, eight top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the year.

Brian Hosford of Gilbert claimed his second Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win of the campaign. Piloting Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Maxim, Hosford ran second in his heat race and placed tenth in the main event. Brian left Central Arizona Raceway ninth in the SouthWest standings with two hard charger awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led to his credit.

This Saturday, October 19th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series make their last appearance of the season at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Pure Stocks, Mod Lites, and Bombers will join the action packed card and for more event information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE RESULTS: October 12, 2013 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Raceway

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Steven Harms (#60 Harms), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 8. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen). NT

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 4. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 7. Tom Lee (#53 Lee). NT

SUNOCO RACE FUELS PASSING MASTERS DASH: (6 laps) 1. Brian Hosford, 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Mike Martin, 4. Bruce St. James, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Jody Wirth, 7. Steven Harms, 8. Charles Davis Jr. NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove)

HOSE ADVANTAGE STORE FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Matt Rossi (2nd), 2. R.J. Johnson (5th), 3. Mike Martin (3rd), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (8th), 5. Josh Pelkey (15th), 6. Shon Deskins (10th), 7. Andy Reinbold (13th), 8. Matt Lundy (12th), 9. Bruce St. James (4th), 10. Brian Hosford (1st), 11. Steven Harms (7th), 12. Tom Lee (14th), 13. Mike Bonneau (11th), 14. Jody Wirth (6th), 15. Ronnie Clark (9th). NT ---------------------------- **Wirth, Deskins, and Clark flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Matt Rossi. HARD CHARGER: Josh Pelkey (15th to 5th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1098, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1043, 3-Mike Martin-928, 4-Shon Deskins-838, 5-Ronnie Clark-786, 6-Josh Pelkey-721, 7-Andy Reinbold-711, 8-Chris Bonneau-625, 9-Brian Hosford-602, 10-Bruce St. James-579, 11-Mike Bonneau-530, 12-Steven Harms-443, 13-Bryan Swinehart-373, 14-Thomas Ogle-367, 15-Stevie Sussex-331, 16-James Aragon-329, 17-Justin Quinn-320, 18-Michael Curtis-319, 19-Jody Wirth-313, 20-Bob Ream Jr.-297.

2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION October 19: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ October 31: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points) November 14: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships) November 15: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships) November 16: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

VANDER WEERD WINS “COTTON CLASSIC” & FARIA WINS USAC WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP

by Lance Jennings

HANFORD, CA – OCTOBER 13, 2013... After Kyle Hirst suffered mechanical problems, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd led the last two laps to score the “28th Annual Cotton Classic” victory. For Vander Weerd, the $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car win at Kings Speedway was his sixth triumph of 2013. This effort ties Peter Murphy’s single season win record and also ties Ryan Bernal as the series win leader with 14 victories. Weld Racing Fast Qualifier Markus Niemela, Hirst, Bud Kaeding, and Matt Mitchell followed Richard to the checkered flags. After finishing eighth in the main event, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. earned the series championship.

With five official lead changes, the “Cotton Classic” was one of the most hotly contested features of the season. D.J. Netto, who won both the USAC West Coast and King of the West dashes, led the first lap of the “Cotton Classic.” Markus Niemela took command on the next circuit, but had to contend with a surging Kyle Hirst. Niemela and Hirst raced back and forth for the top spot until Kyle secured the lead on lap nine. Hirst, looking for his first USAC West Coast win, was running away from the field. Then, a suspected suspension problem on lap 28 dramatically slowed the leader. From there, Vander Weerd took over and powered to his series leading sixth victory at Hanford.

Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard Vander Weerd closes out the year second in points. The 2011 Champion qualified second out of the 27 cars in attendance, won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2, and claimed fifth in the dash. After adding the “Cotton Classic” to his win list, Vander Weerd leads the series with six feature wins, four Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards (tied), seventeen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led. In addition, Richard has five heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, and one Competition Suspension Inc. Rod End Supply Semi-Main win.

After leading early in the main event, Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland slipped by Hirst to finish second at Hanford. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Niemela earned his third Weld Racing Fast Time Award of the season, placed second in his heat race, and scored second in the dash. Markus finished fourth in the standings with five heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led to his credit.

After dominating the main event, Elk Grove’s Kyle Hirst scored third in the “Cotton Classic” with a wounded car. Making his first start of the year in Dennis Roth’s #51T Roth Enterprises / Revcon Suspension KPC, Hirst was fifth quick in time trials, second in his heat race, and fourth in the dash.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell scored fourth in the season’s point finale at Hanford. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the 2012 Champion qualified sixth, placed third in his heat race, and scored eighth in the dash after a tangle. Kaeding ends the point season third in the standings with three heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell earned the night’s BR Motorsports / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from fifteenth. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the USAC/CRA standout was twenty-sixth in time trials and third in his heat race. In limited starts, Mitchell finished twenty-fifth in points with one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and two top-10 finishes.

Max Adams of Loomis won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the family owned #5X A.R.T. Speed Equipment / Motowear International ART, Adams qualified thirteenth, and ran seventh in the 30-lap feature. In limited appearances, Max ranked thirty-fourth in the point standings with two top-10 finishes.

After winning the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3 and claiming sixth in the feature, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst earned “Rookie of the Year” honors. Piloting the family owned #179 Kings River Commodities / Duinkerken Farms Maxim, Hurst was ninth quick in time trials and ran seventh in the dash. Finishing ninth in points, Landon has two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led.

D.J. Netto of Hanford won his second 6-lap Woodland Auto Display Dash of the campaign. Racing the family owned #88N Netto Ag. Inc. / Van De Pol Enterprises KB, Netto qualified third, placed fifth in his heat race, and scored twenty-first in the feature after an early exit. Ranking seventeenth in points, D.J. has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led in 2013.

Before clinching the season championship, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. won the 10-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria was eighth quick in time trials, scored ninth in his heat race, and raced to eighth in the feature after starting sixteenth. To date, “Hollywood” has three feature wins, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, nine heat race victories, four Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 110 feature laps led on the year.

On Thursday, October 31st, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their first appearance at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. The $2,500-to-win "360 Oval Nationals" is the final round of the "Grudge Series" with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS: October 12, 2013 – Hanford, California – Kings Speedway – “Cotton Classic”

WELD RACING TIME TRIALS: 1. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-15.663; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.883; 3. D.J. Netto, 88N, Netto-16.031; 4. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-16.056; 5. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.113; 6. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.174; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.181; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.183; 9. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.301; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.360; 11. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.380; 12. Koen Shaw, 92JR, Shaw-16.520; 13. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-16.587; 14. Austin Stone, 29X, Coffman-16.625; 15. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.652; 16. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-16.669; 17. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.16.673; 18. Gary Paulson, 51P, Paulson-16.706; 19. Matt Day, 97, Day-17.211; 20. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-17.223; 21. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-17.233; 22. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.291; 23. Seth Hancock, 51S, Hancock-17.329; 24. Hobie Conway, 3K, Kruseman-17.935; 25. Robert Nuckles, 27, Nuckles-18.320; 26. Matt Mitchell, 73, Ford-NT; 27. Quintin Crye, 5, Fowzer-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps) 1. Max Adams, 2. Markus Niemela, 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Dennis Howell, 6. Matt Day, 7. Steve Hix, 8. Jeff Sibley, 9. Robert Nuckles. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Austin Stone, 5. Trent Carter, 6. Kevin Barnes, 7. Rusty Carlile, 8. Seth Hancock, 9. Danny Faria Jr. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps) 1. Landon Hurst, 2. Gary Paulson, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Chris Ennis, 5. D.J. Netto, 6. Koen Shaw, 7. Quintin Crye, 8. Jim Richardson. NT

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY DASH: (6 laps) 1. D.J. Netto, 2. Markus Niemela, 3. Dennis Howell, 4. Kyle Hirst, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Austin Liggett, 7. Hurst, 8. Bud Kaeding. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Rusty Carlile, 3. Jeff Sibley, 4. Koen Shaw, 5. Quintin Crye, 6. Kevin Barnes, 7. Jim Richardson, 8. Steve Hix, 9. Robert Nuckles, 10. Seth Hancock, 11. Matt Day. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (5th), 2. Markus Niemela (2nd), 3. Kyle Hirst (4th), 4. Bud Kaeding (8th), 5. Matt Mitchell (15th), 6. Landon Hurst (7th), 7. Max Adams (10th), 8. Danny Faria Jr. (16th), 9. Rusty Carlile (17th), 10. Austin Stone (11th), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (9th), 12. Gary Paulson (13th), 13. Chris Ennis (12th), 14. Quintin Crye (20th), 15. Koen Shaw (19th), 16. Jeff Sibley (18th), 17. Austin Liggett (6th), 18. Kevin Barnes (21st), 19. Trent Carter (14th), 20. Jim Richardson (22nd), 21. D.J. Netto (1st), 22. Dennis Howell (3rd). NT ---------------------------- **Matt Day and Seth Hancock flipped during the semi. **Austin Liggett flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 D.J. Netto, Laps 2-3 Markus Niemela, Lap 4 Kyle Hirst, Laps 5-8 Markus Niemela, Laps 9-28 Kyle Hirst, Laps 29-30 Richard Vander Weerd BR MOTORSPORTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Matt Mitchell (15th to 5th)

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-930, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-903, 3-Bud Kaeding-862, 4-Markus Niemela-677, 5-Rusty Carlile-665, 6-Ryan Bernal-661, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-609, 8-Austin Liggett-545, 9-Landon Hurst-492, 10-Kevin Barnes-440, 11-Jeff Sibley-440, 12-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 13-Marty Hawkins-335, 14-Matt Day-302, 15-Chris Ennis-289, 16-Dennis Howell-270, 17-D.J. Netto-268, 18-Troy Rutherford-258, 19-Andy Ferris-251, 20-Kolby Araki-231.

2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION October 31: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points) November 14: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points) November 15: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points) November 16: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win / Non-Points) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

37TH “BELLEVILLE NATIONALS” ANCHORS 2014 KANSAS USAC “SPEED WEEK”

The success of last year’s “Belleville Midget Nationals” at the storied Belleville High Banks in Kansas has heightened anticipation for the 2014 return of the three-night USAC racing festival at the North Central Kansas Free Fair.

The 37th edition of the “Belleville Midget Nationals” extravaganza will again open with a complete Thursday night, July 31 Honda USAC National Midget program, including qualifying, heats and feature event, and also will include preliminary practice for the USAC Silver Crown machines. Friday’s August 1 program is devoted to the big Silver Crown cars and their qualifications and main event, while the “Belleville Midget Nationals” finale is slated for Saturday, August 2.

In addition, the return of the “Chad McDaniel Memorial” USAC Honda National Midget event at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. is targeted for that week leading up to the Belleville festivities. Last year’s inaugural USAC race at Beloit was captured by Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla., who also led a podium sweep of last year’s “Belleville Midget Nationals” for the potent Midget team of Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian. Bell appears on his way to a possible first USAC Honda National Midget Series title this year.

Last year’s Belleville Silver Crown race met with rave reviews and exciting action as Tracy Hines powered to victory on the half-mile dirt oval. It extended the series’ history of half-mile competition which has included events at numerous venues across the country.

“We are indeed excited about returning to Belleville in 2014,” says USAC’s James Spink. “The fans answered with a resounding approval rating after the 2013 event and we look forward to an even better program this coming year.”

Stay tuned to www.usacracing.com and www.highbanks.org for more information regarding this signature event on the 2014 calendar.

The 2014 USAC Silver Crown Championship and Honda National Midget Series calendars are currently being finalized and will be released soon.

 

DIRT MIDGETS RESUME AT PEORIA IN NOVEMBER; HAGEN TAKES COLUMBUS & NATIONAL PAVEMENT TITLE

Darren Hagen wrapped up one USAC National Midget championship Saturday night and another will be finalized in November races in the West. The Honda USAC National Midget Dirt title hinges on the outcome of races November 14-16 at Peoria, Ariz. and November 28 at Perris, Calif.

Hagen, of Riverside, Calif., locked up his fourth consecutive Honda USAC National Midget Pavement crown with his wire-to-wire 40-lap feature victory in Saturday night’s “Battle in the Buckeye State” at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.

Hagen started next to pole-starter Tracy Hines as the two entered the race in a tie for the championship. Hines eventually finished second as Hagen paced all 40 laps in his Liberty Village/McGladrey & Pullen Beast/Esslinger Ford. Caleb Armstrong was third, ahead of Dalton Armstrong and Taylor Ferns at the checkered flag.

Hagen’s four pavement titles give him a total of six USAC crowns when added to the 2012 National and National Dirt championships.

The final margin of victory for Hagen was three points over Hines, with Bobby Santos third in the final standings after finishing sixth at Columbus.

FINAL 2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Darren Hagen-477, 2-Tracy Hines-474, 3-Bobby Santos-438, 4-Kyle O’Gara-398, 5-Kyle Hamilton-373, 6-Dalton Armstrong-361, 7-Caleb Armstrong-329, 8-Christopher Bell-317, 9-Taylor Ferns-237, 10-Tanner Swanson-220.

 

 

LEYDIG TOPS AT CMS; TITLES TO CLOUSE & LAMB

Cooper Clouse and Chris Lamb finalized 2013 USAC HPD Ignite Midget championships Saturday night as the Midwest Pavement and Eastern series concluded at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.

Clouse, of Ohio City, Ohio, finished sixth to beat Wil Raber by 59 points in the final Midwest Pavement tally, while Lamb, of Colfax, N.C., was 12th at Columbus, finishing with a comfortable 240-point edge over Eastern series runner-up Raber.

Blaine Leydig of Carlisle, Pa. led all but one lap of Saturday’s 30-lap Columbus feature in his Leydig Racing Beast. Scott Hunter, Raber, Austin Nemire and Gage Walker rounded out the “top-five.”

HPD Ignite Midget activity now centers on the October 25-26 and November 16 Western races at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Bullring.

FINAL 2013 MIDWEST HPD PAVEMENT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Cooper Clouse-589, 2-Wil Raber-530, 3-Austin Nemire-476, 4-Natasha Cox-347, 5-Gage Walker-313, 6-Calvin Carroll-281, 7-Jack Cross-266, 8-Nikki Carroll-263, 9-Chris Lamb-251, 10-Ricky Bowers-175.

FINAL 2013 EASTERN HPD IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-1,393, 2-Wil Raber-1,153, 3-Tyler Corriher-1,130, 4-Blaine Leydig-1,007, 5-Calvin Carroll-931, 6-Ryan Krachun-881, 7-Nikki Carroll-837, 8-Justin Whittall-684, 9-Billy Gaule-681, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SPRINT FINALE AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY SATURDAY; ROSSI WIRE-TO-WIRE IN CASA GRANDE SPRINT

This Saturday night’s race at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. continues the 2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car campaign, which is slated to conclude November 14-16 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Following Saturday’s race, the series conducts special events Oct. 31 at Perris, Calif. and full points races November 14-16 at Peoria, Ariz. The Perris race, part of this year’s “Budweiser Oval Nationals,” is also a “non-points” West Coast event, while the Peoria races also carry West Coast “special event” status.

R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. are separated by 55 points with 68 points available Saturday.

Matt Rossi of Peoria, Ariz. led all 30 laps to score an upset in last Saturday night’s race at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande. Johnson took second ahead of Mike Martin, Davis and Josh Pelkey.

Rossi, the first driver ever to win a Sprint race at Arizona Speedway, is expected to be among favorites Saturday.

2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,098, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-1,043, 3-Mike Martin-928, 4-Shon Deskins-838, 5-Ronnie Clark-786, 6-Josh Pelkey-723, 7-Andy Reinbold-709, 8-Chris Bonneau-625, 9-Brian Hosford-602, 10-Bruce St. James-579.

 

 

PERRIS “SPECIAL EVENT” OCT. 31 FOR WEST COAST SPRINTS; VANDERWEERD TAKES “COTTON CLASSIC; FARIA GRABS TITLE

USAC’s West Coast Sprint Car championship concluded Saturday night at Hanford, Calif. but series participants will convene October 31 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for a special “non-points” event on the opening night of the 2013 “Budweiser Oval Nationals.”

Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. emerged as the 2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion after finishing eighth in last Saturday night’s “Cotton Classic” at Kings Speedway. He finished the series with a 27-point cushion over series runner-up Richard Vander Weerd, who won Saturday’s race.

Vander Weerd, of Visalia, Calif., outlasted a late-race battle with fast qualifier Markus Niemela and Kyle Hirst to take the 30-lap “Cotton Classic” series finale, while Niemela took second ahead of Hirst, Bud Kaeding and Matt Mitchell. Vander Weerd led the final two laps of the race in his Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim/Shark after Niemela and Hirst had traded the lead for the previous 27 laps.

FINAL 2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-930, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-903, 3-Bud Kaeding-862, 4-Markus Niemela-677, 5-Rusty Carlile-665, 6-Ryan Bernal-661, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-609, 8-Austin Liggett-545, 9-Landon Hurst-492, 10-Kevin Barnes-440.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

October 12, 2013 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Steven Harms (#60 Harms), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 7. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 8. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 4. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 7. Tom Lee (#53 Lee). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Hosford, 2. Rossi, 3. Martin, 4. St. James, 5. Johnson, 6. Wirth, 7. Harms, 8. Davis. NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Mike Colegrove (#17 Colegrove)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Matt Rossi, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Mike Martin, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. Shon Deskins, 7. Andy Reinbold, 8. Matt Lundy, 9. Bruce St. James, 10. Brian Hosford, 11. Steven Harms, 12. Tom Lee, 13. Mike Bonneau, 14. Jody Wirth, 15. Ronnie Clark. NT ---------------------------- **Wirth, Deskins, and Clark flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Rossi.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,098, 2-Davis-1,043, 3-Martin-928, 4-Deskins-838, 5-Clark-786, 6-Pelkey-723, 7-Reinbold-709, 8-Chris Bonneau-625, 9-Hosford-602, 10-St. James-579.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: October 19 – Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

October 12, 2013 – Hanford, California – Kings Speedway – “Cotton Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-15.663; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.883; 3. D.J. Netto, 88N, Netto-16.031; 4. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-16.056; 5. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.113; 6. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.174; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.181; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.183; 9. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.301; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.360; 11. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.380; 12. Koen Shaw, 92JR, Shaw-16.520; 13. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-16.587; 14. Austin Stone, 29X, Coffman-16.625; 15. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.652; 16. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-16.669; 17. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.16.673; 18. Gary Paulson, 51P, Paulson-16.706; 19. Matt Day, 97, Day-17.211; 20. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-17.223; 21. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-17.233; 22. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.291; 23. Seth Hancock, 51S, Hancock-17.329; 24. Hobie Conway, 3K, Kruseman-17.935; 25. Robert Nuckles, 27, Nuckles-18.320; 26. Matt Mitchell, 73, Ford-NT; 27. Quintin Crye, 5, Fowzer-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Niemela, 3. Liggett, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Howell, 6. Day, 7. Hix, 8. Sibley, 9. Nuckles. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Hirst, 3. Mitchell, 4. Stone, 5. Carter, 6. Barnes, 7. Carlile, 8. Hancock, 9. Faria. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hurst, 2. Paulson, 3. Kaeding, 4. Ennis, 5. Netto, 6. Shaw, 7. Crye, 8. Richardson. NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Netto, 2. Niemela, 3. Howell, 4. Hirst, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Liggett, 7. Hurst, 8. Kaeding. NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Carlile, 3. Sibley, 4. Shaw, 5. Crye, 6. Barnes, 7. Richardson, 8. Hix, 9. Nuckles, 10. Hancock, 11. Day. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Markus Niemela, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Matt Mitchell, 6. Landon Hurst, 7. Max Adams, 8. Danny Faria Jr., 9. Rusty Carlile, 10. Austin Stone, 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Gary Paulson, 13. Chris Ennis, 14. Quintin Crye, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Jeff Sibley, 17. Austin Liggett, 18. Kevin Barnes, 19. Trent Carter, 20. Jim Richardson, 21. D.J. Netto, 22. Dennis Howell. NT

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**Day and Hancock flipped during the semi. Liggett flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Netto, Laps 2-3 Niemela, Lap 4 Hirst, Laps 5-8 Niemela, Laps 9-28 Hirst, Laps 29-30 R.Vander Weerd

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: October 31 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Oval Nationals” - Grudge Series (SE)

 

 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 12, 2013 – Columbus, Ohio – Columbus Motor Speedway – “Battle in the Buckeye State”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Hamilton-13.423; 2. Caleb Armstrong, 7c, C & A-13.517; 3. Nick Hamilton, 32, Hamilton-13.538; 4. Kyle O’Gara, 27, RW/Curb-Agajanian-13.552; 5. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.623; 6. Bobby Santos, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-13.628; 7. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-13.635; 8. Dalton Armstrong, 7a, C & A-13.646; 9. Bryan Nuckles, 59, Nuckles-13.657; 10. Darren Hagen, 3, RFMS-13.698; 11. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.732; 12. Austin Prock, 41, Prock-13.798; 13. Tyler Edwards, 56, 56 Inc.-13.798; 14. Jim Anderson, 36, Guess-13.811; 15. Mike Larrison, 501, Hamilton-13.949; 16. Bret Sanderson, 66, Sanderson-14.722;

FIRST “SCRAMBLE” HEAT: (12 laps) 1. Hines, 2. K.Hamilton, 3. Bell, 4. Ferns, 5. N.Hamilton, 6. Nuckles, 7. Larrison, 8. Edwards. 2:44.35

SECOND “SCRAMBLE” HEAT: (12 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Santos, 3. C.Armstrong, 4. D.Armstrong, 5. O’Gara, 6. Anderson, 7. Prock, 8. Sanderson. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Dalton Armstrong, 5. Taylor Ferns, 6. Bobby Santos, 7. Bryan Nuckles, 8. Nick Hamilton, 9. Jim Anderson, 10. Kyle Hamilton, 11. Austin Prock, 12. Kyle O’Gara, 13. Mike Larrison, 14. Tyler Edwards, 15. Bret Sanderson. NT --------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Hagen.

FINAL HONDA USACNATIONAL PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hagen-477, 2-Hines-474, 3-Santos-438, 4-O’Gara-398, 5-K.Hamilton-373, 6-D.Armstrong-361, 7-C.Armstrong-329, 8-Bell-317, 9-Ferns-237, 10-Tanner Swanson-220.

 

 

HPD IGNITE USAC EASTERN/MIDWEST PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 12, 2013 – Columbus, Ohio – Columbus Motor Speedway – “Battle in the Buckeye State”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.235; 2. Scott Hunter, 12a, Corriher-14.293; 3. Tyler Corriher, 12, Corriher-14.337; 4. Chris Lamb, 8, Radical-14.341; 5. Nick Hamilton, 1, Steele-14.363; 6. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-14.390; 7. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire-14.395; 8. Joey Greening, 17G, Greening-14.439; 9. Blaine Leydig, 21, Leydig-14.450; 10. Wil Raber, 3, Hocevar-14.475; 11. Billy Gaule, 22, Gaule-14.477; 12. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-14.484; 13.Ricky Bowers, 42, Bowers-14.545; 14. Adam Thomason, 74, Thomason-14.576; 15. Natasha Cox, 19, Cox-14.625; 16. Toby Alfrey, 14a, Clouse-14.782; 17. Nikki Carroll, 5c, Carroll-14.882; 18. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-14.976; 19. Jack Cross, 17c, Griffith-15.188.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gaule, 2 Leydig, 3. N.Hamilton, 4. Nemire, 5. Walker, 6. Corriher, 7. Bowers, 8. Cox, 9. N.Carroll, 10. Cross. 1:55.97

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clouse, 2. C.Carroll, 3. Lamb, 4. Hunter, 5. Greening, 6. Thomason, 7. Alfrey, 8. Allison. 1:57.01

FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Blaine Leydig, 2. Scott Hunter, 3. Wil Raber, 4. Austin Nemire, 5. Gage Walker, 6. Cooper Clouse, 7. Billy Gaule, 8. Calvin Carroll, 9. Adam Thomason, 10. Joey Greening, 11. Nikki Carroll, 12. Chris Lamb, 13. Tyler Corriher, 14. Natasha Cox, 15. Ricky Bowers, 16. Toby Alfrey, 17. Nolan Allison, 18. Jack Cross, 19. Nick Hamilton. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Leydig, Lap 12 Nemire, Laps 13-30 Leydig.

FINAL HPD IGNITE USAC MIDWEST PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Clouse-589, 2-Raber-528, 3-Nemire-476, 4-Cox-347, 5-Walker-313, 6-C.Carroll-281, 7-Cross-266, 8-N.Carroll-263, 9-Lamb-251, 20-Bowers-175.

FINAL HPD IGNITE USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-1,593, 2-Raber-1,153, 3-Corriher-1,130, 4-Leydig-1,007, 5-C.Carroll-931, 6-Ryan Krachun-881, 7-N.Carroll-837, 9-Justin Whitt1ll-681, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED AT HANFORD'S "COTTON CLASSIC"

by Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – OCTOBER 8, 2013... This Saturday, October 12th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their sixth and final appearance of the year at Hanford’s Kings Speedway. The “28th Annual Cotton Classic” is the last point race of the season and a champion will be crowned. The Kings County Fairgrounds will also showcase the popular King of the West 410 Sprint Cars and Vintage Super Modifieds. The Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:30pm.

Track Promoter Scott Woodhouse is offering $500 to the driver that sweeps the “Cotton Classic.” To get the bonus, the driver must set fast time, win their heat race, win the Woodland Auto Display Dash, and win the feature. In the five previous races at Hanford, Danny Faria Jr. has won the last two events, capturing the Jim Evett and Jim Turner Memorials. Troy Rutherford won the July 20th feature and Richard Vander Weerd scored the June 8th victory. On May 11th, Ryan Bernal earned the 40-lap “Billet Cup” main event win.

Heading into Saturday’s action, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton has a 57 point advantage over the competition. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria claimed second in the September 21st “Harry Talbot Memorial” at Tulare. Currently, the point leader has three feature wins, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, nine heat race victories, four Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 110 feature laps led to his credit. On Saturday, “Hollywood” and Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner will be looking to win the “Cotton Classic” and claim the championship. .

Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd is second in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard won Tulare’s “Harry Talbot Memorial.” On the strength of five main event wins, four Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one semi-main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 118 feature laps led, Vander Weerd can still win the title. The 2011 Champion will be looking to add the “Cotton Classic” to his win list and claim another series crown.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell sits third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing Junior Bowman's #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Bud was running away with the “Talbot Memorial” lead before contact with a slower car on the final lap ended his night. Scoring fifteenth, last year’s champion has yet to claim a West Coast series victory in 2013, but has three heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led. On Saturday, Kaeding will be looking to earn the $1,500 payday and add the “Cotton Classic” trophy to his collection.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is fourth in the point chase. The 2-time Santa Maria track champion did not compete at Tulare and has parted ways with the Josh Ford Motorsports team. To date, Bernal has five main event wins, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led. At press time, it is unknown if Ryan has secured another ride for the “Cotton Classic” and USAC/CRA standout Matt Mitchell will pilot the JFM #73.

“The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile has climbed to fifth in the point standings. Piloting his #51 SouthWest Contractors / N.T.S. Incorporated Bullet, Carlile raced to sixth at Tulare after starting twelfth. As this writing goes to press, the 2009 “Cotton Classic” champion has yet to score a feature win in 2013, but has one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led. At Hanford, “The Bakersfield Bullet” will have his sights on a breakthrough main event victory.

Currently ninth in the point standings, Landon Hurst of Riverdale leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Oakdale’s Jeff Sibley is 22 points behind Hurst and ranks eleventh in the standings. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Markus Niemela, Jace Vander Weerd, Austin Liggett, Kevin Barnes, Matt Day, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Andy Ferris, Kolby Araki, and more.

Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Grandstand tickets are $28 for Reserved Tickets and General Admission Tickets are $25. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.kingsspeedway.net or call (559) 584-RACE (7223).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). ----------------------------------------------- COTTON CLASSIC WINNERS: 2009-Rusty Carlile, 2010-Terry Schank Jr., 2011-Peter Murphy, 2012-Ryan Bernal.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 6-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422, 11-Jeff Sibley-417, 12-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 13-Marty Hawkins-335, 14-Matt Day-301, 15-Troy Rutherford-258, 16-Chris Ennis-257, 17-Andy Ferris-251, 18-Dennis Howell-250, 19-D.J. Netto-247, 20-Kolby Araki-231.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS CLASH AT CASA GRANDE THIS SATURDAY

by Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – OCTOBER 8, 2013... This Saturday, October 12th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their fourth and final appearance of the year at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, the event will also showcase Mini Sprints, X-Mods, and AMA Modlites. The Spectator Gates will open at 4pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will begin at 7:00pm.

Each of the three previous visits have produced different winners. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 23rd feature and Josh Pelkey claimed the June 22nd victory. On September 14th, point leader R.J. Johnson added Casa Grande to his win list. Many talented drivers are expected at Central Arizona Raceway as they look to claim the $1,500 main event and earn valuable championship points.

Heading into Saturday’s action, Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson holds a 51 point advantage over the competition. Driving the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson led the first 21 laps of the September 28th “The Brawl For It All” before a broken steering arm bolt ended his night. Scoring fifteenth at Canyon, the point leader has nine feature wins, eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 287 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. will be looking to repeat as a Casa Grande winner and continue his championship bid.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye is second in the point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis raced to fifth at Canyon after starting eleventh. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has six feature wins, ten Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 107 feature laps led. At Casa Grande, the veteran driver will have his sights a feature win and cutting into Johnson’s point lead.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin is third in the championship points. Racing his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin claimed tenth in Canyon’s “Brawl For It All.” As this writing goes to press, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, one fast time award, seven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led. On Saturday, Mike will be looking to earn the $1,500 payday and add the winner’s trophy to his collection.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix is fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars Spike, Deskins set a new track record and placed fourth in the Canyon 30-lap main event. The veteran driver has yet to win a USAC SouthWest feature, but has eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and eight feature laps led on the season. Shon will have his sights on adding Central Arizona Raceway to his win list.

Tucson’s Ronnie Clark sits fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark ran fifteenth in the September 28th main event. The veteran driver has yet to claim a main event win in 2013, but has three Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes on the season. Ronnie will be looking for a breakthrough feature win this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Steven Harms, Tom Ogle, James Aragon, Michael Curtis, “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., Jody Wirth, and more.

Central Arizona Raceway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 S. 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 $12, Senior and Military tickets are $10, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralazraceway.com or call (520) 574-8515.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,035, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-984, 3-Mike Martin-867, 4-Shon Deskins-789, 5-Ronnie Clark-760, 6-Josh Pelkey-672, 7-Andy Reinbold-667, 8-Chris Bonneau-625, 9-Brian Hosford-562, 10-Bruce St. James-535, 11-Mike Bonneau-500, 12-Steven Harms-407, 13-Bryan Swinehart-373, 14-Tom Ogle-367, 15-Stevie Sussex-331, 16-James Aragon-329, 17-Justin Quinn-320, 18-Michael Curtis-319, 19-Bob Ream Jr.-297, 20-Jody Wirth-283.

 

 

$500 BONUS TO DRIVER THAT SWEEPS COTTON CLASSIC AT HANFORD

by Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – OCTOBER 8, 2013... Officials with Kings Speedway and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series have confirmed that a special bonus will be available this Saturday night. Track Promoter Scott Woodhouse will offer $500 to the driver that sweeps the USAC West Coast portion of the “28th Annual Cotton Classic.” To get the bonus, the driver must set fast time, win their heat race, win the Woodland Auto Display Dash, and win the main event.

Saturday’s “Cotton Classic” is the final point race of the season for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. leads the championship chase and Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia has a shot at the crown. In addition, the Rookie of the Year battle will be settled between Riverdale’s Landon Hurst and Jeff Sibley of Oakdale.

The winged King of the West Sprint Cars and Vintage Super Modifieds will share the spotlight. The Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:30pm. Among the other USAC drivers expected to be in action are Bud Kaeding, “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Markus Niemela, Jace Vander Weerd, Austin Liggett, Kevin Barnes, Matt Day, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Andy Ferris, Kolby Araki, Matt Mitchell, and more.

Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Grandstand tickets are $28 for Reserved Tickets and General Admission Tickets are $25. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.kingsspeedway.net or call (559) 584-RACE (7223).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). ----------------------------------------------- COTTON CLASSIC WINNERS: 2009-Rusty Carlile, 2010-Terry Schank Jr., 2011-Peter Murphy, 2012-Ryan Bernal.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 6-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422, 11-Jeff Sibley-417, 12-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 13-Marty Hawkins-335, 14-Matt Day-301, 15-Troy Rutherford-258, 16-Chris Ennis-257, 17-Andy Ferris-251, 18-Dennis Howell-250, 19-D.J. Netto-247, 20-Kolby Araki-231.

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER WINS “SOARES CLASSIC” AT PETALUMA

by Lance Jennings

PETALUMA, CA – OCTOBER 6, 2013... Taking the lead from Greg Bragg on lap 74, Norco’s Ronnie Gardner scored the “2nd Annual John Soares Classic” victory at Petaluma Speedway. The special 101-lap main event was the ninth Honda USAC Western Midget victory for Gardner as he ties Dave Darland, Bobby East, Kasey Kahne, and Rich Vogler on the series win list. Shane Golobic, Bragg, Shannon McQueen, and Taylor Simas followed the point leader to the checkered flags.

Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner out-qualified the twenty-two car field, earned his sixth fast time award, and broke his old track record set in June. With the top-10 in qualifying earning direct transfers to the feature, Gardner did not have to compete in an 8-lap heat race. The former USAC/CRA Most Improved Driver left Petaluma with a 256 point advantage with two heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 186 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Fremont Flyer” Shane Golobic motored past Bragg to claim second in the “Soares Classic.” Piloting Doug Bock’s #26 Carson R&D / Astro Titanium Spike, Golobic qualified fifteenth overall and won the night’s first heat race. In limited Honda USAC Western Midget action, the versatile driver has one feature win, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the season.

After leading the first 73 laps, Greg Bragg of Visalia had to settle for third at Petaluma. Driving the Dave Thurston owned #11 Bruce Thurston Enterprises Spike, Bragg was seventh fast in time trials and did not have to run a heat race. The former California Lightning Sprint Car Champion has earned two heat race victories, one semi-main win, five top-10 finishes, and one hard charger award in limited appearances.

Tehachapi’s Shannon McQueen claimed fourth in Petaluma’s 101-lap main event. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, the defending series champion qualified second fast and sat out heat race action. Currently fourth in the point chase, McQueen has one fast time award, one heat race victory, three hard charger awards, and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Taylor Simas of Orland scored fifth in the “John Soares Classic.” Racing the Doug Bock owned #62 Carson R&D / Astro Titanium Spike, Simas was fifth quick in time trials and did not have to run a heat race. As this writing goes to press, the Wingless Spec Sprint graduate has six top-10 finishes in USAC Western Midget action.

San Jose’s Nick Foster Jr. raced to victory in the program’s second heat race. Driving Dave LaMott’s #0 Finishline Construction / Power-Up Concrete Pumping TCR, Foster qualified sixteenth and placed sixth in the “Soares Classic.” In limited USAC appearances, the veteran driver has one top-10 finish on the season.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series will take a break, returning to action on November 14th for the 3-day “Western World Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park. Co-sanctioned with the Honda USAC National Midgets, the Peoria, Arizona events will also showcase the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets). -------------------------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2013 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – 2nd “John Soares Classic” – Co-sanctioned with BCRA

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.200 (New Track Record); 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.420; 3. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-14.491; 4. David Prickett, 15, Neverlift-14.525; 5. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-14.532; 6. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.561; 7. Greg Bragg, 11, Thurston-14.644; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.665; 9. Alex Schutte, 28, Morris-14.774; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.779; 11. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-14.786; 12. Gary Conterno, 55, Conterno-14.939; 13. Terry Nichols, 45, Neverlift-14.948; 14. Pete Davis, 00, Davis-14.951; 15. Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-15.143; 16. Nick Foster Jr., 0, LaMott-15.296; 17. Floyd Alvis, 11X, Alvis-15.319; 18. Sparky Howard, 3, Howard-15.731; 19. Bill Lindsey, 8X, Lindsey-15.433; 20. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-15.585; 21. Michael Donaldson, 9, Donaldson-16.116; 22. Rick Holbrook, 2, Holbrook-16.805.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps – no points) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Bill Lindsey, 3. Floyd Alvis, 4. Gary Conterno, 5. Michael Donaldson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps – no points) 1. Nick Foster Jr., 2. Pete Davis, 3. Sparky Howard, 4. J.R. Williams, 5. Terry Nichols. NT

FEATURE: (101 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Greg Bragg, 4. Shannon McQueen, 5. Taylor Simas, 6. Nick Foster Jr., 7. Randi Pankratz, 8. Sparky Howard, 9. Gary Conterno, 10. Floyd Alvis, 11. J.R. Williams, 12. Chris Ennis, 13. Alex Schutte, 14. Michael Donaldson, 15. Frankie Guerrini, 16. Scott Pierovich (#00), 17. David Prickett, 18. Bill Lindsey, 19. Rick Holbrook, 20. Nick Chivello. NT ------------------------ **Scott Pierovich flipped during qualifying. **Terry Nichols flipped during the second heat. **Nick Chivello flipped on the first lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-73 Greg Bragg, Laps 74-101 Ronnie Gardner.

NEW HONDA WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,094, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Shannon McQueen-533, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Terry Nichols-357, 9-Trey Marcham-348, 10-Johnathon Henry-301.

 

 

“COTTON CLASSIC” WEST COAST SPRINT FINALE AT KINGS

Danny Faria Jr. hopes to put the lid on a 2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Car title Saturday in the “Cotton Classic” series points finale at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

Faria has posted two wins, a second, a third and a fourth in five Hanford outings this season. He leads Richard Vander Weerd, who has a won, a second and a third at Kings this year, by 57 points in the standings.

Bud Kaeding, third in the latest points, has a pair of seconds, a third and a fourth so far this year at Kings, while Ryan Bernal, fourth in the standings, also has a 2013 Kings victory to his credit.

Troy Rutherford also has a Kings victory, but the focus Saturday will certainly be on Faria and his drive to the title. Faria’s dominance in recent races has resulted in a six-race string of three wins and three seconds!

2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 6-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422.

 

 

PAVEMENT MIDGET FINALE AT COLUMBUS SATURDAY; BELL GRABS $10,000 “GOLD CROWN NATIONALS” VICTORY ABREU, CLAUSON TAKE TRI-CITY PRELIMS

Tracy Hines and Darren Hagen square off for the 2013 Honda USAC National Pavement championship Saturday at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway, but they should keep an eye on challenger Bobby Santos in their quest for the title.

The series concludes in CMS’ Season Finale Fun Fest and Hines and Hagen are tied for the point lead entering the final race. Santos is just 24 points behind with 74 points available.

The Columbus program also includes the final race for the Honda USAC Midwest and Eastern Ignite Midget series.

Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla. won Sunday night’s 5th “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” championship and the $10,000 winner’s share for his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill. He assumed the lead on lap 10 after passing Bryan Clauson, who eventually retired with oil line problems. Bell then led the final 41 laps of the 50-lap race in his Toyota TRD Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Danny Stratton took second in the finale, which was delayed from Saturday by rain. Rico Abreu rebounded from a flip on the 31st lap to end up third at the checkered flag ahead of Zach Daum and Alex Bright.

Abreu, of Rutherford, Calif., captured Thursday night’s “Gold Crown” prelim, leading all 25 laps in his Toyota TRD Bullet/Speedway Toyota to beat Clauson, Bell, Daum and Darren Hagen. On Friday night Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind., was the winner, leading the final 20 laps after passing Daum on lap six in his Corey Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 Spike/Esslinger. Abreu was second, followed by Hines, Daum and Bell.

The “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” was co-sanctioned by USAC and POWRi.

Hines won at Columbus in 2010, while the last USAC National Midget race at CMS was won by Kyle Hamilton in 2011.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-899; 2-Bryan Clauson-793; 3-Tracy Hines-749; 4-Darren Hagen-718; 5-Rico Abreu-707; 6-Jerry Coons Jr.-706; 7-Zach Daum-644; 8-Andrew Felker-604; 9-Brad Kuhn-515; 10-Tanner Thorson-506.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Tracy Hines-409, 2-Darren Hagen-409, 3-Bobby Santos-385, 4-Kyle O’Gara-361, 5-Kyle Hamilton-327, 6-Christopher Bell-309, 7-Dalton Armstrong-305, 8-Caleb Armstrong-264, 9-Tanner Swanson-220, 10-Taylor Ferns-184.

 

 

EAST/MIDWEST HPD IGNITE SERIES CONCLUDE SATURDAY

Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio and Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. have their eyes set on closing out 2013 HPD USAC Ignite Midget championships this Saturday night at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.

Clouse has a 61-point lead over Wil Raber entering the final Midwest Pavement event, while Lamb’s lead over Raber in the Eastern standings is an insurmountable 256.

Saturday’s Columbus program is in conjunction with the Honda USAC National Pavement Midget finale and closes out both the Midwest Pavement and Eastern Ignite calendars.

Lamb has already posted a dozen victories in Eastern competition, while Clouse has four wins, two seconds and a third in the seven Midwest races this year.

2013 MIDWEST HONDA PAVEMENT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1- Cooper Clouse-535, 2-Wil Raber-474, 3-Austin Nemire-420, 4-Natasha Cox-321, 5-Gage Walker-255, 6-Jack Cross-249, 7-Calvin Carroll-235, 8-Nikki Carroll-232, 9- Chris Lamb-213, 10-Ricky Bowers-150.

2013 EASTERN HONDA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-1,355, 2-Wil Raber-1,099, 3-Tyler Corriher-1,096, 4-Blaine Leydig-940, 5-Calvin Carroll-885, 6-Ryan Krachun-881, 7-Nikki Carroll-806, 8-Justin Whittall-684, 9-Billy Gaule-631, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT CENTRAL ARIZONA RACEWAY

USAC Southwest point leaders R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. lead the series to this Saturday’s race at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande, the fourth series outing at the 3/8-mile dirt oval this year.

Johnson, who enjoys a 51-point lead over Davis entering Saturday’s event, has a win and a second in the three Casa Grande races this season. Davis has also recorded a win and a second, while Josh Pelkey, sixth in the latest point tally, has the other victory.

Five points races remain on the 2013 Southwest calendar, so the title remains up for grabs. Johnson’s nine Southwest wins this year have included eight offering points, while five of Davis’ six wins have also produced points.

2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,035, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-984, 3-Mike Martin-867, 4-Shon Deskins-789, 5-Ronnie Clark-760, 6-Josh Pelkey-674, 7-Andrew Reinbold-665, 8-Chris Bonneau-625, 9-Brian Hosford-562, 10-Bruce St. James-535.

 

 

WESTERN MIDGETS PREP FOR NOV. 14-16 PEORIA RACES; GARDNER ADDS “JOHN SOARES CLASSIC” TO VICTORY TOTAL

The “Western World Championships” on November 14-16 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. are next up for the Honda USAC Western Midgets as their 2013 season winds down toward its conclusion November 28 at Perris, Calif.

Series point leader Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. continues to dominate the standings, now enjoying a 266-point margin over Jake Swanson in the most recent points.

Gardner won Saturday night’s 101-lap “John Soares Classic” at Petaluma (Calif.) Speedway. Taking the lead from Greg Bragg on lap 74, he led the final 28 laps in his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Engineering Stewart/Esslinger for his fourth win in his last five outings and ninth win this season! Shane Golobic finished second ahead of Bragg, Shannon McQueen and Taylor Simas.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,094, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-David Prickett-733, 4-Shannon McQueen-533, 5-Randi Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Scott Pierovich-400, 8-Terry Nichols-357, 9-Trey Marcham-348, 10-Johnathon Henry-301.

 

 

USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 6, 2013 – Pontoon Beach, Illinois – Tri-City Speedway – 5th “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” – (Co-sanctioned by POWRi)

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps – no points) 1. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#2 Steele), 3. Chris Windom (#3F RFMS), 4. Jake Blackhurst (#25 Blackhurst), 5. Brady Bacon (#11 Wilke), 6. Caleb Armstrong (#7c C&A), 7. Dave Darland (#17 RW/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Parker Price-Miller (#9P Ronk), 9. Austin Brown (#7 Brown), 10. Tim Buckwalter (#52 Buckwalter), 11. Billy Wease (#10x Moore), 12. Daniel Robinson (#57 McCreery), 13. Dave Camfield Jr. (#4x Meents), 14. Tyler Robbins (#5H Hoppe). NT

B-MAIN #2: (15 laps – no points) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Hemler), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (#63 Dooling), 3. Brad Kuhn (#10 Cook), 4. Danny Stratton (#56A Hmiel), 5. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 6. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 7. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Jonathan Beason (#36 Beason), 9. Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), 10. Dalton Armstrong (#7A C&A), 11. Ryan Criswell (#11R R&C), 12. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 13. Dalton Camfield (#10c Camfield), 14. Taylor Ferns (#55 Ferns). NT

DASH: (8 laps – no points) 1. Bryan Clauson (#39 Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Rico Abreu (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Darren Hagen (#3 RFMS), 5. Chris Bell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Shane Cottle (#56P Hmiel). NT

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Chris Bell, 2. Danny Stratton, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Parker Price-Miller, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Andrew Felker, 14. Caleb Armstrong, 15. Tim Buckwalter, 16. Jake Blackhurst, 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Billy Wease, 19. Dalton Armstrong, 20. Brenden Bright, 21. Austin Brown, 22. Tyler Thomas, 23. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 24. Tanner Thorson, 25. Shane Cottle, 26. Bryan Clauson, 27. Chris Windom. NT ---------------------------------------- **Abreu and Blackhurst flipped on lap 31 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Clauson, Laps 10-50 Bell.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Bell-899; 2-Clauson-793; 3-Hines-749; 4-Hagen-718; 5-Abreu-707; 6-Coons-706; 7-Daum-644; 8-Felker-604; 9-Kuhn-515; 10-Thorson-506.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE (PAVEMENT): October 12 – Columbus (OH) Motor Speedway NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE (DIRT): November 14-16 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC HONDA WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 5, 2013 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – 2nd “John Soares Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, SIX-EIGHT-14.200; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.420; 3. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-14.491; 4. David Prickett, 15, Neverlift-14.525; 5. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-14.532; 6. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.561; 7. Grag Bragg, 11, Thurston-14.644; 8. Frankie Guerinni, 63, Guerinni-14.665; 9. Alex Schutte, 28, Morris-14.774; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.779; 11. Nich Chivello, 27, Chivello-14.786; 12. Gary Conterno, 55, Conterno-14.939; 13. Terry Nichols, 45, Neverlift-14.948; 14. Pete Davis, 00, Davis-14.951; 15.Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-15.143; 16. Nick Foster Jr., 0, Foster-15.296; 17. Floyd Alvis, 11x, Alvis-15.319; 18. Sparky Howard, 3, Howard-15.731; 19. Bill Lindsey, 8x, Lindsey-15.433; 20. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-15.585; 21. Michael Donaldson, 9, Donaldson-16.116; 22. Rick Holbrook, 2, Holbrook-16.805.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps – no points) 1. Golobic, 2. Lindsey, 3. Alvis, 4. Conterno, 5. Donaldson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps – no points) 1. Foster, 2. Davis, 3. Howard, 4. Williams, 5. Nichols. NT

FEATURE: (101 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Greg Bragg, 4. Shannon McQueen, 5. Taylor Simas, 6. Nick Foster Jr., 7. Randi Pankratz, 8. Sparky Howard, 9. Gary Conterno, 10. Floyd Alvis, 11. J.R. Williams, 12. Chris Ennis, 13. Alex Schutte, 14. Michael Donaldson, 15. Frankie Guerinni, 16. Scott Pierovich (#00), 17. David Prickett, 18. Bill Lindsey, 19. Rick Holbrook, 20. Nick Chivello. NT ------------------------ **Pierovich flipped during qualifying. Nichols flipped during the second heat. Chivello flipped on the first lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-73 Bragg, Laps 74-101 Gardner.

NEW HONDA WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,094, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-Prickett-733, 4-McQueen-533, 5-Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Pierovich-400, 8-Nichols-357, 9-Trey Marcham-348, 10-Johnathon Henry-301.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 14-16 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park

 

 

USAC HONDA WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 5, 2013 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – 2nd “John Soares Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, SIX-EIGHT-14.200; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.420; 3. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-14.491; 4. David Prickett, 15, Neverlift-14.525; 5. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-14.532; 6. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.561; 7. Grag Bragg, 11, Thurston-14.644; 8. Frankie Guerinni, 63, Guerinni-14.665; 9. Alex Schutte, 28, Morris-14.774; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.779; 11. Nich Chivello, 27, Chivello-14.786; 12. Gary Conterno, 55, Conterno-14.939; 13. Terry Nichols, 45, Neverlift-14.948; 14. Pete Davis, 00, Davis-14.951; 15.Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-15.143; 16. Nick Foster Jr., 0, Foster-15.296; 17. Floyd Alvis, 11x, Alvis-15.319; 18. Sparky Howard, 3, Howard-15.731; 19. Bill Lindsey, 8x, Lindsey-15.433; 20. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-15.585; 21. Michael Donaldson, 9, Donaldson-16.116; 22. Rick Holbrook, 2, Holbrook-16.805.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps – no points) 1. Golobic, 2. Lindsey, 3. Alvis, 4. Conterno, 5. Donaldson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps – no points) 1. Foster, 2. Davis, 3. Howard, 4. Williams, 5. Nichols. NT

FEATURE: (101 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Greg Bragg, 4. Shannon McQueen, 5. Taylor Simas, 6. Nick Foster Jr., 7. Randi Pankratz, 8. Sparky Howard, 9. Gary Conterno, 10. Floyd Alvis, 11. J.R. Williams, 12. Chris Ennis, 13. Alex Schutte, 14. Michael Donaldson, 15. Frankie Guerinni, 16. Scott Pierovich (#00), 17. David Prickett, 18. Bill Lindsey, 19. Rick Holbrook, 20. Nick Chivello. NT ------------------------ **Pierovich flipped during qualifying. Nichols flipped during the second heat. Chivello flipped on the first lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-73 Bragg, Laps 74-101 Gardner.

NEW HONDA WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,094, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-Prickett-733, 4-McQueen-533, 5-Pankratz-498, 6-Cody Swanson-458, 7-Pierovich-400, 8-Nichols-357, 9-Trey Marcham-348, 10-Johnathon Henry-301.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 14-16 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park

 

 

USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 4, 2013 – Pontoon Beach, Illinois – Tri-City Speedway – 5th “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” – (Co-sanctioned by POWRi)

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Taylor Ferns (#55 Ferns), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Hemler), 3. Parker Price-Miller (#9P Ronk), 4. Caleb Armstrong (#7c C&A), 5. Ryan Criswell (#11R R&C), 6. Jonathan Beason (#36 Beason), 7. Dave Darland (#17 RW/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Tyler Robbins (#5H Hoppe), 9. Dave Camfield Jr. (#4x Meents). 2:01.72 SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (#63 Dooling), 2. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 3. Rico Abreu (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Chris Windom (#3F RFMS), 5. Bobby East (#4 Klatt), 6. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 7. Tim Buckwalter (#52 Buckwalter), 8. Danny Frye (#5 Frye). 2:01.15 THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Austin Brown (#7 Brown), 2. Chris Bell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Darren Hagen (#3 RFMS), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#2 Steele), 5. Shane Cottle (#56P Hmiel), 6. Brady Bacon (#11 Wilke), 7. Danny Stratton (#56A Hmiel), 8. Darren Kingston (#94 Kingston). 2:01.16 FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#39 Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Dalton Armstrong (#7A C&A), 3. Jake Blackhurst (#25 Blackhurst), 4. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 5. Billy Wease (#10x Moore), 6. Ross Rankine (#39x Rankine), 7. Dalton Camfield (#10c Camfield), 8. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). 2:02.27 FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 2. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Brad Kuhn (#10 Cook), 5. Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), 6. Logan Hupp (#38 Gardner), 7. Daniel Robinson (#57 McCreery), 8. John Campbell (#19 Campbell). 2:01.72

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Stratton, 2. Windom, 3. Robbins, 4. Campbell, 5. Kingston, 6. Dave Camfield Jr., 7. Dalton Camfield, 8. Frye. 2:58.41

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Daum, 3. Abreu, 4. Hines, 5. Felker, 6. Ferns. 1:34.68

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Kuhn, 3. Bacon, 4. T.Thomas, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Beason, 7. Stratton, 8. Darland, 9. Windom, 10. East, 11. Hupp, 12. Robinson, 13. C.Cottle, 14. B.Bright, 15. Buckwalter, 16. Robbins, 17. Rankine, 18. Criswell, 19. Babb, 20. Campbell. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Chris Bell, 6. Darren Hagen, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Brad Kuhn, 9. Caleb Armstrong, 10. Alex Bright, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Danny Stratton, 14. Andrew Felker, 15. Jonathan Beason, 16. Jake Blackhurst, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Tyler Thomas, 19. Taylor Ferns, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Austin Brown, 22. Dalton Armstrong, 23. Parker Price-Miller, 24. Billy Wease, 25. Bobby East. NT

**Price-Miller flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Daum, Laps 6-25 Clauson.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Bell-839; 2-Clauson-780; 3-Hines-730; 4-Hagen-682; 5-Coons-667; 6-Abreu-653; 7-Daum-593; 8-Felker-577; 9-Thorson-493; 10-Kuhn-486.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: October 5 – Pontoon Beach, IL – Tri-City Speedway – 5th “Gold Crown Midget Nationals”

 

 

USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 3, 2013 – Pontoon Beach, Illinois – Tri-City Speedway – 5th “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” – (Co-sanctioned by POWRi)

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jonathan Beason (#36 Beason), 2. Brady Bacon (#11 Wilke), 3. Rico Abreu (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Bubba Altig (#33 Davis), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (#63 Dooling), 6. Logan Hupp (#38 Gardner), 7. Tyler Robbins (#5H Hoppe), 8. John Campbell (#19 Campbell), 9. Ross Rankine (#39x Rankine). 1:59.33 SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Cottle (#56P Hmiel), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#2 Steele), 3. Caleb Armstrong (#7c C&A), 4. Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), 5. Bryan Clauson (#39 Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Dave Darland (#17 RW/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 8. Ryan Criswell (#11R R&C), 9. Dalton Camfield (#10c Camfield). 2:04.38 THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 3. Jake Blackhurst (#25 Blackhurst), 4. Taylor Ferns (#55 Ferns), 5. Dalton Armstrong (#7A C&A), 6. Billy Wease (#10x Moore), 7. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 8. Darren Kingston (#94 Kingston). 1:58.83 FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#3F RFMS), 2. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 3. Chris Bell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Brad Kuhn (#10 Cook), 5. Darren Hagen (#3 RFMS), 6. Danny Frye (#5 Frye), 7. Daniel Robinson (#57 McCreery), 8. Dave Camfield Jr. (#4x Meents). NT FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 2. Bobby East (#4 Klatt), 3. Danny Stratton (#56A Hmiel), 4. Austin Brown (#7 Brown), 5. Alex Bright (#77 Hemler), 6. Parker Price-Miller (#9P Ronk), 7. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 8. Tim Buckwalter (#52 Buckwalter). 1:59.71

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. C.Cottle, 2. T.Thomas, 3. Babb, 4. Buckwalter, 5. Criswell, 6. Rankine, 7. Kingston, 8. Campbell, 9. Dave Camfield Jr., 10. Dalton Camfield. 2:33.35

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cottle, 3. Thorson, 4. Abreu, 5. East, 6. Beason. 1:31.13

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. Blackhurst, 2. Kuhn, 3. Stratton, 4. Hagen, 5. Darland, 6. A. Bright, 7. Price-Miller, 8. Brown, 9. Altig, 10. Wease, 11. T.Thomas, 12. Babb, 13. D.Armstrong, 14. Robinson, 15. Hupp, 16. Robbins, 17. C.Cottle, 18. Frye, 19. B.Bright, 20. Buckwalter. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Chris Bell, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Alex Bright, 8. Caleb Armstrong, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Brad Kuhn, 12. Jake Blackhurst, 13. Bobby East, 14. Austin Brown, 15. Tanner Thorson, 16. Andrew Felker, 17. Jonathan Beason, 18. Brady Bacon, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Tyler Thomas, 22. Taylor Ferns, 23. Chris Windom, 24. Parker Price-Miller, 25. Danny Stratton. NT ----------------------------------- **Camfield, Jr. flipped during the fourth heat, Thorson flipped on lap 22 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Abreu.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1- Bell-791; 2-Clauson-720; 3-Hines-676; 4-Coons-648; 5-Hagen-637; 6-Abreu-596; 7-Felker-552; 8-Daum-542; 9-Thorson-492; 10-Kuhn-447.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: October 4 – Pontoon Beach, IL – Tri-City Speedway – 5th “Gold Crown Midget Nationals”

 

RYAN BERNAL, KATLYNN LEER SELECTED FOR 2013 NASCAR/REV RACING “DRIVE FOR DIVERSITY” COMBINE

A pair of United States Auto Club (USAC) drivers are among those selected to participate in this year’s “Drive for Diversity Combine,” organized by NASCAR and Rev Racing and conducted October 21-23.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. and Katlynn Leer of Moulton, Iowa are the USAC drivers who will compete at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. In a rigorous on-and-off track evaluation process for the opportunity to join the NASCAR D4D program and compete for Rev Racing during the 2014 season.

Bernal, 19, has already landed a USAC driving title for 2013, claiming the USAC Western Classic Sprint Car honors. He also sits fourth in the USAC West Coast Sprint standings and his eight feature victories this year include three at Tulare, Calif., plus wins at Watsonville, Bakersfield, Placerville, Santa Maria and Hanford, Calif.

Leer, 14, one of USAC’s top distaff prospects, compiled a string of “top-10s” in seven races to open the 2013 Honda USAC Midwest Ignite Midget campaign. That included a second-place finish at Gas City, Ind. in June after posting the fastest qualifying time for a similar race at Gas City in April.

USAC driver Kyle Larson is among previous graduates in the annual Combine, the first step in identifying and developing the future stars of the sport.

“The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, approaching its 10th anniversary, has contributed to the success of some of the most promising young drivers and we are proud of the USAC drivers selected to take part in this unique opportunity,” says USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller.

“We are excited about this year’s group of Combine participants,” said Max Siegel, owner/CEO of Rev Racing. “They represent a great cross-section of talent and experience, and any one of them would make a great addition to the 2014 Drive for Diversity team.”

 

 

PETALUMA HOSTS 101-LAP “2ND ANNUAL JOHNNY SOARES CLASSIC”

by Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – OCTOBER 2, 2013... This Saturday, October 5th, the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will invade Petaluma Speedway for the “2nd Annual Johnny Soares Classic.” The 101-lap “shootout” with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) will award $1,500 to the main event winner. The BCRA Midget Lites, Vintage Midgets, and Hardtops will join the action packed card at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California.” The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 5:00pm, and Racing is set to begin at 6:30pm.

COMPETITOR NOTE: Tarps are mandatory under all race cars in the pit area at Petaluma Speedway.

Saturday’s event will mark the 3rd Honda USAC Western Midget show at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Fremont’s Shane Golobic won the inaugural 101-lap classic last October 6th and point leader Ronnie Gardner raced to victory on June 15th.

After claiming his eighth series win last Saturday at Ventura, Ronnie Gardner of Norco holds a 190 point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner has five fast time awards, two heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 158 feature laps led on the year. Ronnie has his sights on the championship and will be looking to add the “Soares Classic” to his win list.

Anaheim’s Jake Swanson ranks second in the Western Dirt point standings. At Ventura, Swanson jumped behind the wheel of Cory Kruseman’s #89K Lucas Oil / MavTV Spike and took second at the checkered flags. Currently, the May 11th Santa Maria winner has one fast time award, five heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led to his credit. Last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking to gain valuable points with a main event win at Petaluma.

David Prickett of Fresno sits third in the dirt series point chase. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports' #15 Crysalli Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett scored third in the “Battle at the Beach.” Last year’s Western Dirt Series Champion has yet to win a USAC feature in 2013, but has one fast time award, six heat race victories, one semi-main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led. David will have his sights at claiming the $1,500 payday at Petaluma’s “Soares Classic.”

Tehachapi’s Shannon McQueen is fourth in the dirt championship points. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon placed thirteenth in last week’s race at Ventura. To date, last year’s champion has yet to claim a main event win in 2013, but has one fast time award, one heat race victory, three hard charger awards, and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, McQueen will be looking to win the “Johnny Soares Classic.”

Cody Swanson of Norco is fifth in the Western Dirt Series. Racing the family owned #71 Edmunds Auto Research / K&N Filters machine, Swanson led the first twelve laps before scoring eleventh at Ventura. As this writing goes to press, the March 30th Bakersfield winner has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Cody will miss Saturday’s race at Petaluma to compete in a 360 Sprint Car at Ventura Raceway.

Among the other USAC drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Scott Pierovich, Terry Nichols, Trey Marcham, Johnathon Henry, Frankie Guerrini, Nick Chivello, Britton Bock, Sean Dodenhoff, and more. Floyd Alvis leads the BCRA standings with Gary Conterno, J.R. Williams, Kevin Morris, Darin Snider, David Goodwill, Bill Lindsey, Michael Snider, Nick Chivello, and Greg Bragg rounding out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $10, and Junior Tickets are $10. For more information, visit the track's website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call (530) 626-3680.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets). ----------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,028, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-David Prickett-711, 4-Shannon McQueen-477, 5-Cody Swanson-458, 6-Randi Pankratz-456, 7-Scott Pierovich-378, 8-Terry Nichols-356, 9-Trey Marcham-348; 10-Johnathon Henry-301.

BCRA MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1-Floyd Alvis-1350, 2-Gary Conterno-1276, 3-J.R. Williams-1203, 4-Kevin Morris-1062, 5-Darin Snider-1057, 6-David Goodwill-880, 7-Bill Lindsey-830, 8-Michael Snider-732, 9-Nick Chivello-672, 10-Greg Bragg-630.

 

 

MIKE SPENCER WINS “BRAWL FOR IT ALL” AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

 by Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – SEPTEMBER 29, 2013... After a broken bolt in the steering arm sidelined R.J. Johnson, Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer led the final 9 laps to claim the “2nd Annual Brawl For It All.” The $2,500 feature win at Canyon Speedway Park was the first USAC SouthWest & West Coast Series triumph for the five-time USAC/CRA Champion. Colby Copeland, Josh Pelkey, Shon Deskins, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. followed Spencer to the checkered flags.

Racing Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, Mike Spencer shadowed Johnson and shook free from Mike Martin and Colby Copeland to remain second. After inheriting the lead, the ninth fast qualifier managed to keep Copeland at bay and score the 30-lap victory. After finishing second in his heat race and winning his first Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash, Mike left Canyon third in the “Grudge Series” point chase.

Colby Copeland of Roseville, California pressured Spencer for the top spot, but had to settle for second. Piloting the Ted Williams owned #74 Bandit Racing / Marks Bolts Maxim, Copeland was second fast in time trials, ran fifth in his heat race, and scored fifth in the dash. Currently fifth in the “Grudge Series,” Colby is 28th in USAC SouthWest competition with one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and five top-10 finishes.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey raced from twelfth to score third in front of his hometown fans. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey qualified thirteenth, won the second 8-lap Racer Advantage Store Heat Race, and was not eligible for the dash. The former ASCA Champion ranks ninth in the “Grudge Series” and is sixth in SouthWest points with one Hose Advantage Store Feature win, four Racer Advantage Store Heat Race wins, two Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, one semi-main win, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 77 feature laps led.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix claimed fourth in the “Brawl For It All” after starting eighth. Piloting his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars Spike, Deskins was fast qualifier on the night, setting a new track record and one of eight cars ahead of Mike Martin’s old standard. After claiming fifth in his heat race and eighth in the dash, Shon is the new “Grudge Series” point leader and is fourth in the SouthWest standings. To date, the veteran driver has eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and eight feature laps led in 2013.

Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. scored fifth after starting eleventh. Davis qualified fourteenth overall, won the first 8-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race, and missed the dash. Currently second in both the “Grudge Series” and SouthWest points, the five-time state champion has six Hose Advantage Store Feature wins, ten Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 107 feature laps led.

Brian Hosford of Gilbert earned his second “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place finish after starting eighteenth. Driving Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Maxim, Hosford was nineteenth fast in time trials, seventh in his heat race, and third in the semi-main. Brian sits fifteenth in the “Grudge Series” and ninth in the SouthWest standings with one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win and seven top-10 finishes. Tucson’s Ronnie Clark raced to victory in the night’s third 8-lap Racers Advantage Store Heat Race. Piloting the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars entry, Clark qualified eighteenth and scored fourteenth in the “Brawl For It All.” Ronnie is twenty-first in the “Grudge Series” and ranks fifth in SouthWest points with three Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes on the season.

“The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl of Las Cruces, New Mexico won the night’s 12-lap semi main. Racing the Gary Williams owned #41W EKR Heating & Cooling / Sutton Signs & Graphics Maxim, Ziehl was third quick in time trials, sixth in his heat race, and ran sixth in the feature after starting sixteenth. The multi-time ASCS Champion is twelfth in the “Grudge Series” and twenty-seventh in the SouthWest points with three Hose Advantage Store Feature wins, five Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, two Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, six top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led.

On Saturday, October 12th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to action at Casa Grande's Central Arizona Raceway. The action packed card will also feature Pure Stocks, Mini-Sprints, X-Mods, and AMA Modlites. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralazraceway.com or call 520.574.8515.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2013 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Brawl for it All – Grudge Series”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-13.827; 2. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-13.834; 3. Rick Ziehl, 41W, Williams-13.881; 4. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-13.946; 5. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.026; 6. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michaels-14.028; 7. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.049; 8. Mike Bonneau, 29, Bonneau-14.070; 9. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-14.100; 10. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-14.143; 11. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.162; 12. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-14.179; 13. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-14.212; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-14.212; 15. Damion Gardner, 4JR, Reagles-14.213; 16. Steven Harms, 60, Harms-14.240; 17. Ryan Linder, 9X, Linder/Whitney-14.285; 18. Ronnie Clark, 6, Clark-14.333; 19. Brian Hosford, 32B, Weber-14.389; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.451; 21. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.713; 22. Mark Morin, 28, Morin-15.399; 23. James Aragon, 57X, Stone-15.541; 24. Bob Ream Jr., 8, BRAT-NT; 25. Tom Lee, 53, Lee-NT

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Chris Bonneau, 3. Tom Ogle, 4. Bruce St. James, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Steven Harms, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Tom Lee. 9. Mark Morin. NT

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Mike Bonneau, 4. Ryan Linder, 5. Colby Copeland, 6. James Aragon, 7. Michael Curtis. NT

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #3: (8 laps) 1. Ronnie Clark, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Andy Reinbold, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Rick Ziehl, 7. Bob Ream Jr., 8. Matt Lundy. NT

SUNOCO RACE FUELS PASSING MASTERS DASH: (6 laps) 1. Mike Spencer, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Mike Bonneau, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Colby Copeland, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. Shon Deskins. NT

SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Rick Ziehl, 2. Michael Curtis, 3. Brian Hosford, 4. Bob Ream Jr., 5. Matt Lundy, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Steven Harms, 8. James Aragon, 9. Tom Lee, 10. Mark Morin. NT

HOSE ADVANTAGE STORE FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Mike Spencer (1st), 2. Colby Copeland (5th), 3. Josh Pelkey (12th), 4. Shon Deskins (8th), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (11th), 6. Rick Ziehl (16th), 7. Brian Hosford (18th), 8. Bob Ream Jr. (19th), 9. Tom Ogle (9th), 10. Mike Martin (6th), 11. Bruce St. James (7th), 12. Michael Curtis (17th), 13. Steven Harms (22nd), 14. Ronnie Clark (15th), 15. R.J. Johnson (2nd), 16. Ryan Linder (14th), 17. Matt Lundy (20th), 18. Chris Bonneau (4th), 19. Tye Mihocko (21st), 20. Damion Gardner (13th), 21. Mike Bonneau (3rd), 22. Andy Reinbold (10th). NT ---------------------------- **Chris Bonneau flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 R.J. Johnson, Laps 22-30 Mike Spencer. HARD CHARGER: Brian Hosford (18th to 7th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,035, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-984, 3-Mike Martin-867, 4-Shon Deskins-789, 5-Ronnie Clark-760, 6-Josh Pelkey-672, 7-Andy Reinbold-667, 8-Chris Bonneau-625, 9-Brian Hosford-562, 10-Bruce St. James-535, 11-Mike Bonneau-500, 12-Steven Harms-407, 13-Bryan Swinehart-373, 14-Tom Ogle-367, 15-Stevie Sussex-331, 16-James Aragon-329, 17-Justin Quinn-320, 18-Michael Curtis-319, 19-Bob Ream Jr.-297, 20-Jody Wirth-283.

GRUDGE SERIES SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Shon Deskins-117, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-106, 3-Mike Spencer-99, 4-R.J. Johnson-93, 5-Colby Copeland-88, 6-Bruce St. James-82, 7- Mike Martin-81, 8-Bryan Clauson-66, 9-Josh Pelkey-62, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-59, 11-Rusty Carlile-58, 12-Rick Ziehl-53, 13-Cory Kruseman-47, 14-Andy Reinbold-44, 15-Brian Hosford-44, 16-Bud Kaeding-42, 17-Tom Ogle-42, 18- Bob Ream Jr.-40, 19-Ryan Bernal-37, 20-Brody Roa-35.

2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION October 12: Central Arizona Raceway - Casa Grande, AZ October 19: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ October 31: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series / Non-Points) November 14: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships) November 15: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships) November 16: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SPRINTS EYE CANYON IN LATE-OCTOBER; CLAUSON TAKES LAWRENCEBURG’S $10,000!

Bryan Clauson extended his AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car point lead to 13 points as a result of Saturday night’s 30-lap victory at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. He will take that lead over Dave Darland into October 25-26 races at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind., raked in the $10,000 winner’s share of Saturday’s “City of Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals,” leading the final 14 laps in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Chevy Performance/Curb Records Beast/Kistler. Chase Stockon took second ahead of Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Justin Grant.

Stockon led the first six laps, yielded to Darland on lap seven, then led the next nine before Clauson finally took over. The win was Clauson’s sixth in the AMSOIL National series this year and his 17th USAC feature win in all series.

The 13th USAC Hose Advantage Hall of Fame Classic at Peoria will be followed by the 2013 season finales November 1-2 – the 18th “Budweiser Oval Nationals” at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Point Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,706, 2-Dave Darland-1,693, 3-Brady Bacon-1,583, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,494, 5-Chase Stockon-1,479, 6-Tracy Hines-1,339, 7-Robert Ballou-1,312, 8-Chris Windom-1,083, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000, 10-Tyler Courtney-971.

 

 

KRAWIEC THE CHAMP AFTER VIETS TAKES DMA FINALE

Joe Krawiec of Bristol, Conn. became a two-time USAC DMA Midget Champion Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., finishing second in the 40-lap series finale and emerging with a seven-point margin over defending champion Kevin Chaffee in the final standings.

Scott Viets of East Granby, Conn. won the 40-lap finale, passing Krawiec on lap 33 and leading the final eight laps of the race. Chaffee was third ahead of Scott Holcomb and Dean Christensen.

Adam Pierson led the first 13 laps before Josh Sunn led the next five. Krawiec then led 14 before yielding to Viets.

FINAL 2013 USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Joe Krawiec-824, 2-Kevin Chaffee-817, 3-Scott Viets-808, 4-Adam Pierson-789, 5-Josh Sunn-750, 6-Scott Holcomb-696, 7-Ray Miller-642, 8-Dean Christenson-635, 9-Adam Whitney-601, 10-Tim Gallant-594.

 

 

COLUMBUS HOSTS EAST/MIDWEST FINALE OCT. 12; WALKER, GOETZ CLAIM 2013 IGNITE TITLES; GREENING, LEYDIG, RABER, KRACHUN WIN, RAIN CLAIMS ELMA

USAC’s Honda Ignite Midget series are idle this weekend as the Midwest Pavement and Eastern series gear up for their 2013 series finale, October 12 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.

Chase Goetz of Snohomish, Wash. is the 2013 Honda USAC Washington Ignite Midget Champion following Saturday night’s series finale rainout at Grays Harbor Raceway. Goetz concluded the series with 13 feature victories, a second and a third in 16 starts!

Joey Greening scored his initial Honda USAC Midwest Ignite feature win Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway as second-place finisher Gage Walker wrapped up the 2013 Midwest Ignite Dirt championship. Greening, of Beaver Creek, Ohio, passed Austin Nemire on lap six and led the final 20 laps to win the 25-lapper in his Alfrey Motorsports Center Beast. Walker, of Indianapolis, Ind., took second ahead of Adam Thomason, Cooper Clouse and Nemire.

Blaine Leydig and Wil Raber captured 25-lap Honda USAC Ignite Midget wins Friday night at Ace Speedway. Leydig, of Carlisle, Pa., scored initial USAC feature win in the opener, leading the final 16 laps after passing series point leader Chris Lamb, who finished second ahead of Ryan Krachun, Raber and Tyler Corriher. Corriher, who led the first eight laps, also led the first four laps of the closer before yielding to winner Raber, of Otsego, Mich., who led the last 21 laps to beat Leydig, Lamb, Corriher and Calvin Carroll.

Krachun, of Neshanic Station, N.J., led all 35 laps to win Saturday night’s Honda USAC Eastern Ignite Midget race at Hickory Motor Speedway. Series point leader Lamb finished second ahead of Corriher, fast qualifier Leydig and Fletcher Wolfe.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-1,018, 2-Christine Breckenridge-866, 3-Cory Elliott-596, 4-Bryant Dawson-570, 5-Shawn Buckley-452, 6-Michael Fanelli-440, 7-Parker Colston-385, 8-Marina Turner-345, 9-Cody Jessop-332, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Cory Elliott-522, 2-Jarid Blondel-492, 3-Christine Breckenridge-409, 4-Parker Colston-385, 5-Wally Pankratz-322, 6-Clayton Ruston-222, 7-Brennan Rogers-164, 8-Michael Steele-160, 9-Randi Pankratz-114, 10-Ariel Biggs-112.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-570, 2-Jarid Blondel-526, 3-Christine Breckenridge-457, 4-Shawn Buckley-452, 5-Michael Fanelli-440, 6-Marina Turner-345, 7-Cody Jessop-332, 8-Ron Hazelton-245, 9-George Blacker-197, 10-Annie Breidinger-116.

FINAL 2013 MIDWEST HONDA DIRT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gage Walker-808, 2-Cooper Clouse-720, 3-Austin Nemire-650, 4-Joey Greening-579, 5-Toby Alfrey-546, 6-John Heydenreich-473, 7-Stratton Briggs-467, 8-Adam Thomason-371, 9-Katlynn Leer-361, 10-Emmy Gray-240.

2013 EASTERN HONDA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-1,355, 2-Wil Raber-1,099, 3-Tyler Corriher-1,096, 4-Blaine Leydig-940, 5-Calvin Carroll-885, 6-Ryan Krachun-881, 7-Nikki Carroll-806, 8-Justin Whittall-684, 9-Billy Gaule-631, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442.

FINAL 2013 WASHINGTON HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase Goetz-1,074, 2-Garrett Thomas-937, 3-Ariel Biggs-866, 4-Todd Hartman-569, 5-Jeremy Miller-514, 6-Dougie James-406, 7-Annika Johanson-364, 8-Madison Hess-358, 9-Tristin Thomas-348, 10-Robby Vaughn-310.

 

 

WESTERN MIDGETS AT PETALUMA SATURDAY; GARDNER WINS VENTURA 30-LAPPER

Petaluma (Calif.) Speedway is this Saturday night’s venue for the Honda USAC Western Midget Series but it remains to be seen if anybody can unseat Ronnie Gardner at the head of the pack after Gardner scored his eighth feature victory of the 2013 campaign last Saturday night at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

Gardner has raced off to a 190-point lead over Jake Swanson in the latest points entering the Petaluma race. When the series last visited the 3/8-mile dirt Petaluma oval Gardner was the winner!

Gardner, of Norco, Calif., captured the 30-lap Ventura feature in his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Engineering Stewart. He passed Cody Swanson on lap 13 and led the final 18 laps to beat Jake Swanson, David Prickett, Cory Kruseman and Trey Marcham.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-1,028, 2-Jake Swanson-838, 3-David Prickett-711, 4-Shannon McQueen-477, 5-Cody Swanson-458, 6-Randi Pankratz-456, 7-Scott Pierovich-378, 8-Terry Nichols-356, 9-Trey Marcham-348; 10-Johnathon Henry-301.

 

 

HANFORD, CASA GRANDE NEXT; SPENCER GRABS “BRAWL FOR IT ALL”

USAC’s West Coast and Southwest Sprint Cars resume action October 12, the West Coast series at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. and the Southwest series at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande. Drivers Danny Faria Jr. (West Coast) and R.J. Johnson (Southwest) will try to protect their respective point leads in the October 12 races, Faria trying to close out the West Coast campaign as the series reaches its final stop.

Five-time AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Champion Mike Spencer of Temecula, Calif. won Saturday night’s 30-lap “Brawl for It All” Grudge Series sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. He passed R.J. Johnson on lap 22 and led the rest of the way in his Mark Priestley Roy Miller Freightlines/Sander Engineering Bullet to beat Colby Copeland, Josh Pelkey, fast qualifier and new track record holder Shon Deskins and Charles Davis Jr. The race offered points toward the Southwest Sprint series and was a “special” non-points event for the West Coast Sprints.

Faria’s West Coast lead stands at 57 points over Richard Vander Weerd entering the Hanford finale, while Johnson, after finishing 15th at Peoria, continues to hold a 49-point lead over Charles Davis Jr. in the Southwest points.

2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,035, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-984, 3-Mike Martin-867, 4-Shon Deskins-789, 5-Ronnie Clark-760, 6-Josh Pelkey-674, 7-Andrew Reinbold-665, 8-Chris Bonneau-625, 9-Brian Hosford-562, 10-Bruce St. James-535.

 

 

3-NIGHT “GOLD CROWN MIDGET NATIONALS” THIS WEEKEND

The 5th DuPont “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill. unfolds this weekend at the 3/8-mile dirt oval located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

Three nights of intense Midget racing featuring stars and cars of the Honda United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Series and Powri will offer more than $70,000 in prize money and valuable points toward both series championships. Preliminary events are Thursday and Friday (25-lap features) and the 40-lap finale is Saturday.

Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla. enters the weekend with a 74-point margin over Bryan Clauson with 180 points available in the three nights of racing. Tracy Hines trails Clauson by just two points.

Clauson has posted a remarkable 17 USAC wins in various USAC racing series this year, while Bell has led the Honda USAC National Midget series with four wins.

Kyle Larson won last year’s “Gold Crown” title, while previous champions have been Darren Hagen, Levi Jones and Jerry Coons Jr.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-737, 2-Bryan Clauson-663, 3-Tracy Hines-661, 4-Jerry Coons Jr.-612, 5-Darren Hagen-589, 6-Rico Abreu-536, 7-Andrew Felker-531, 8-Zach Daum-491, 9-Tanner Thorson-469, 10-Brad Kuhn-416.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 28, 2013 – Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Adam Pierson, 76M, Manafort-N/A; 2. Josh Sunn, 76, Manafort-N/A; 3. Tim Gallant, 33, Gallant-N/A; 4. Ray Miller, 1w, Miller-N/A; 5. Chris Stockham, 5, Stockham-N/A; 6. Kevin Chaffee, 6, Matczak-N/A; OTHERS AT THE TRACK: Scott Veits, 2, Miller-N/A; Joe Krawiec, 4, Matczak-N/A; Scott Holcomb, 47, Myers/Miller-N/A; Dean Christensen, 69, Miller-N/A; Mike Chaffee, 18c, Chaffee-N/A; Frank Malec, 6x, Malec-N/A; Dylan Duhaime, 57, Duhaime-N/A; Adam Whitney, 12, Whitney-N/A; Jamie Spalding, 93, Spalding-N/A; Vince Lucca, 11, Lucca-N/A; Denny Zimmerman, 3, Matczak-N/A; Danny Gugini, 0, Peck-N/A; Randy Cabral, 10, Cabral-N/A; David Rose Jr., 11, Rose-N/A; Jeff Horn, 1R, Mossman-N/A.

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Scott Veits, 2, Joe Krawiec, 3. Kevin Chaffee, 4. Scott Holcomb, 5. Dean Christensen, 6. Tim Gallant, 7. Ray Miller, 8. Chris Stockham, 9. Mike Chaffee, 10. Josh Sunn, 11. Frank Malec, 12. Dylan Duhaime, 13. Adam Whitney, 14. Jamie Spalding, 15. Vince Lucca, 16. Denny Zimmerman, 17. Danny Cugini, 18. Adam Pierson, 19. Randy Cabral, 20. David Rose Jr., 21. Jeff Horn. --------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Adam Pierson, Josh Sunn, Joe Krawiec and Scott Viets. Laps N/A.

FINAL USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Krawiec-824, 2-K.Chaffee-817, 3-Viets-808, 4-Pierson-789, 5-Sunn-750, 6-Holcomb-696, 7-Miller-642, 8-Christenson-635, 9-Whitney-601, 10-Gallant-594.

 

 

HONDA USAC EASTERN IGNITE MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

 September 28, 2013 – Hickory, North Carolina – Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Blaine Leydig, 21, Leydig-15.205; 2. Tyler Corriher, 12, Corriher-15.228; 3. Ryan Krachun, 29, Krachun-15.250; 4. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.298; 5. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-15.396; 6. Fletcher Wolfe, 4, Wolfe-15.741; 7. Billy Gaule, 22, Gaule-15.781; 8. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.034; 9. Tyler Ankrum, 8, Ankrum-16.183; 10. Nikki Carroll, 5, Carroll-16.636; 11. Wil Raber, 3, Hocevar-NT; 12. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-NT.

FEATURE: (35 Laps) 1. Ryan Krachun, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Tyler Corriher, 4. Blaine Leydig, 5. Fletcher Wolfe, 6. Mike Ward, 7. Calvin Carroll, 8. Nikki Carroll, 9. Nolan Allison, 10. Wil Raber, 11. Billy Gaule, 12. Tyler Ankrum. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Krachun.

NEW EASTERN HONDA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-1,355, 2-Raber-1,099, 3-Corriher-1,096, 4-Leydig-940, 5-C.Carroll-885, 6-Krachun-881, 7-N.Carroll-806, 8-Justin WHittall-684, 9-Gaule-631, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442.

NEXT EASTERN HONDA MIDGET RACE: October 12 – Columbus (OH) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC HONDA WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 28, 2013 – Ventura, California – Ventura Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Swanson (#89k Kruseman), 2. Cory Kruseman (#38 Kruseman), 3. Josh Lakatos (#4x Lakatos), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen), 5. Cody Swanson (#71 Swanson), 6. Bruce Douglas (#31 Douglas), 7. Rick Hendrix (#12 Hendrix). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. David Prickett (#15 Neverlift), 2. Markus Niemela (#81 Watt), 3. Ronnie Gardner (#68 SIX-EIGHT), 4. Terry Nichols (#45 Neverlift), 5. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 6. Trey Marcham (#37 McQueen), 7. Kyle Smith (#55 Smith). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. David Prickett, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. Terry Nichols, 7. Randi Pankratz, 8. Kyle Smith, 9. Josh Lakatos, 10. Rick Hendrix, 11. Cody Swanson, 12. Markus Niemela, 13. Shannon McQueen, 14. Bruce Douglas. NT ------------------------ **Douglas flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 C.Swanson, Laps 13-30 Gardner.

NEW HONDA WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,028, 2-J.Swanson-838, 3-Prickett-711, 4-McQueen-477, 5-C.Swanson-458, 6-Pankratz-456, 7-Scott Pierovich-378, 8-Nichols-356, 9-Marcham-348; 10-Johnathon Henry-301.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: October 5 – Petaluma (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST (SE) SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2013 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Brawl For It All” – “Grudge Series”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-13.827 (New Track Record); 2. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-13.834; 3. Rick Ziehl, 41W, Williams-13.881; 4. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-13.946; 5. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.026; 6. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michaels-14.028; 7. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.049; 8. Mike Bonneau, 29, Bonneau-14.070; 9. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-14.100; 10. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-14.143; 11. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.162; 12. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-14.179; 13. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-14.212; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-14.212; 15. Damion Gardner, 4JR, Reagles-14.213; 16. Steven Harms, 60, Harms-14.240; 17. Ryan Linder, 9X, Linder/Whitney-14.285; 18. Ronnie Clark, 6, Clark-14.333; 19. Brian Hosford, 32B, Weber-14.389; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.451; 21. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.713; 22. Mark Morin, 28, Morin-15.399; 23. James Aragon, 57X, Stone-15.541; 24. Bob Ream Jr., 8, BRAT-NT; 25. Tom Lee, 53, Lee-NT

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. C.Bonneau, 3. Ogle, 4. St. James, 5. Deskins, 6. Harms, 7. Hosford, 8. Lee. 9. Morin. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Pelkey, 2. Martin, 3. M.Bonneau, 4. Linder, 5. Copeland, 6. Aragon, 7. Curtis. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clark, 2. Spencer, 3. Gardner, 4. Reinbold, 5. Johnson, 6. Ziehl, 7. Ream, 8. Lundy. NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Johnson, 3. M.Bonneau, 4. C.Bonneau, 5. Copeland, 6. Martin, 7. St. James, 8. Deskins. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ziehl, 2. Curtis, 3. Hosford, 4. Ream, 5. Lundy, 6. Mihocko, 7. Harms, 8. Aragon, 9. Lee, 10. Morin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Colby Copeland, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Shon Deskins, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Rick Ziehl, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Bob Ream Jr., 9. Tom Ogle, 10. Mike Martin, 11. Bruce St.James, 12. Michael Curtis, 13. Steven Harms, 14. Ronnie Clark, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Ryan Linder, 17. Matt Lundy, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Tye Mihocko, 20. Damion Gardner, 21. Mike Bonneau, 22. Andy Reinbold. NT

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**C.Bonneau flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Johnson, Laps 22-30 Spencer.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 7-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422.

“GRUDGE SERIES” SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: October 12 – Casa Grande, AZ – Central Arizona Raceway

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: October 12 – Hanford, CA - Kings Speedway – “Cotton Classic”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 28, 2013 – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – Lawrenceburg Speedway – “City of Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-13.308; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, BDutcher/RW/Tri-Star-13.335; 3. Gary Taylor, 40, Hery-13.368; 4. Shawn Westerfield, 89, Westerfield-13.394; 5. Justin Grant, 27a, Elson-13.425; 6. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips-13.427; 7. Matt Westfall, 54, Best Performance-13.445; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.449; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.480; 10. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.501; 11. Chad Boespflug, 17, McGhee-13.590; 12. Jarett Andretti, 18a, Andretti-13.602; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.620; 14. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-13.634; 15. Daron Clayton, 35, Byram-13.637; 16. Kyle Cummins, 21x, Pollock-13.643; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.665; 18. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-13.694; 19. Scotty Weir, 18, Keen-13.707; 20. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-13.710; 21. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-13.717; 22. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.733; 23. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.748; 24. Tyler Courtney, 23c, Courtney-13.787; 25. Logan Hupp, 9H, Hupp-13.817; 26. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-13.841; 27. Thomas Meseraull, 41, SST-13.938; 28. Landon Simon, 2, Kennedy-14.024; 29. Ethan Barrow, 15, Barrow-14.088; 30. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-14.088; 31. Brett Burdette, 17B, Burdette-14.108; 32. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.479; 33. David Applegate, 11a, Applegate-14.609; 34. Ron Combs, 51, Slinkard-14.888; 35. Cody Gardner, 6, Gardner-14.948; 36. Mike Weber, 22w, Weber-15.013; 37. Eric Semple, 25, Semple-15.500.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Moffatt, 3. Clauson, 4. Grant, 5. Coons, 6. Hupp, 7. Applegate, 8. Semple, 9. Barrow. 1:53.07

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Ted Hines, 3. Darland, 4. Windom, 5. Thomas, 6. Robbins, 7. Ballou, 8. Drake, 9. Combs. 1:52.29

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Weir, 3. Clayton, 4. Taylor, 5. Jarrett, 6. Westfall, 7. Meseraull, 8. Burdette, 9. Gardner. 1:52.81

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Courtney, 3. Stockon, 4. Westerfeld, 5. Andretti, 6. Cummins, 7. Simon, 8. Hery, 9. Weber. 1:51.91

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Thomas, 3. Coons, 4. Andretti, 5. Westfall, 6. Cummins, 7. Ballou, 8. Jarrett, 9. Robbins, 10. Meseraull, 11. Simon, 12. Drake, 13. Applegate, 14. Hupp, 15. Weber, 16. Semple, 17. Gardner, 18. Hery, 19. Combs. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Gary Taylor, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Shawn Westerfeld, 12. Daron Clayton, 13. Kyle Cummins, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Joss Moffatt, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Ted Hines, 20. Scotty Weir, 21. Tyler Courtney, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Matt Westfall. 7:25.97 --------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Stockon, Laps 7 Darland, Laps 8-16 Stockon, Lap 17-30 Clauson.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,706, 2-Darland-1,693, 3-Bacon-1,583, 4-Thomas-1,494, 5-Stockon-1,479, 6-Tracy Hines-1,339, 7-Ballou-1,312, 8-Windom-1,083, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000, 10-Courtney-971.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: October 25 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park

 

 

HONDA USAC EASTERN IGNITE MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 27, 2013 – Altamahaw, North Carolina – Ace Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Blaine Leydig, 21, Leydig-15.790; 2. Wil Raber, 3, Hocevar-15.944; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.956; 4. Ryan Krachun, 29, Krachun-15.969; 5. Jeremy Frankoski, 12a, Brown-16.069; 6. Tyler Corriher, 12, Corriher-16.107; 7. Nikki Carroll, 5, Carroll-16.333; 8. Fletcher Wulf, 4, Wulf-16.516; 9. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-17.049; 10. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-NT; 11. Tyler Ankrum, 8, Ankrum-NT.

FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Blaine Leydig, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Ryan Krachun, 4. Wil Raber, 5. Tyler Corriher, 6. Jeremy Frankoski, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Calvin Carroll, 9. Nikki Carroll, 10. Fletcher Wulf. NT

SECOND FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Wil Raber, 2. Blaine Leydig, 3. Chris Lamb, 4. Tyler Corriher, 5. Calvin Carroll, 6. Nikki Carroll, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Fletcher Wulf, 9. Ryan Krachun, 10. Jeremy Frankoski. NT --------------------------------------------------

FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Corriher, Lap 9 Lamb, Laps 10-25 Leydig. SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Corriher, Laps 5-25 Raber.

NEW EASTERN HONDA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-1,295, 2-Raber-1.066, 3-Corriher-1,037, 4-Leydig-883, 5-C.Carroll-843, 6-Krachun-817, 7-N.Carroll-767, 8-Justin Whittall-684, 9-Billy Gaule-600, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442.

NEXT EASTERN HONDA MIDGET RACE: September 28 – Hickory, NC – Hickory Motor Speedway

 

 

HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 27, 2013 – Gas City, Indiana – Gas City I-69 Speedway

HEAT RACE: (8 Laps) 1. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 2. Cooper Clouse (#14 Clouse), 3. Adam Thomason (#74 Thomason), 4. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 5. Joey Greening (#17G Greening), 6. Austin Nemire (#91 Nemire-Yager), 7. Ryan Moran (#2 Moran), 8. Toby Alfrey (#11 Alfrey), 9. Bill Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum). NT

FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Joey Greening, 2. Gage Walker, 3, Adam Thomason, 4. Cooper Clouse, 5. Austin Nemire, 6. Ryan Moran, 7. John Heydenreich, 8. Bill Kriegbaum, 9. Toby Alfrey. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Nemire, Laps 6-25 Greening.

FINAL HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Walker-808, 2-Clouse-720, 3-Nemire-650, 4-Greening-579, 5-Alfrey-546, 6-Heydenreich-473, 7-Stratton Briggs-467, 8-Thomason-371, 9-Katlynn Leer-361, 10-Emmy Gray-240.

 

 

5TH GOLD CROWN MIDGET NATIONALS AT TRI-CITY OCT. 3-5

Cars and stars of the United States Auto Club (USAC) and Powri will combine forces once again in the St. Louis, Mo. area October 3-5 for one of America’s most entertaining and lucrative Midget racing extravaganzas. It’s the 5th Annual Gold Crown Midget Nationals at Kevin and Tammy Gundaker’s Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill.

Offering some $70,000 in Midget prizes, including Saturday night’s $10,000 to win, the three night racing program offers a little of everything for the race fan. The MOWA 410 winged sprint cars compete on Friday and the supporting event on Saturday is the Powri Micros.

Hot on the heels of the highly-successful “Belleville Bash” at the nearby Belleville (Ill.) High Banks, USAC and Powri expect a stellar field of entries for the “Gold Crown,” which in just four previous years has grown in stature and produced spectacular memories.

Former championship teams Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, RFMS Racing, Shane Hmiel and Wilke-Pak Racers are expected to again challenge for the 2013 Gold Crown title. Drivers Christopher Bell, Rico Abreu and Tanner Thorson, who swept the “Belleville Midget Nationals” in Kansas in August, are Kunz/Curb-Agajanian regulars, while 2012 USAC National Champion and 2010 Gold Crown champion Darren Hagen heads the RFMS team and 2012 Hut Hundred king Brady Bacon tops the Wilke-Pak entry. Hmiel was the 2011 Gold Crown champion with now retired driver Levi Jones, who is expected to be operating in a team capacity this year. Drivers Shane Cottle and Danny Stratton will lead the Hmiel team this year. Kyle Larson earned the 2012 “Gold Crown” title for Kunz/Curb-Agajanian, while Jerry Coons Jr. was the inaugural winner in the Wilke-Pak entry.

Bell, of Norman, Okla., appears headed for a banner season, leading the USAC National Dirt standings and the competition for “Rookie of the Year.” His teammate Abreu won last year’s “Rookie” honors and won the recent “4-Crown Nationals” Midget title.

Pit gates open each night at 3 pm, with general admission gate opening at 5 and racing at 7. Kids 12 and under are admitted free each night with paid adult admission. Free camping and parking are also available. All tickets are general admission with no reserved seating.

 

 

CANYON HOSTS SECOND ROUND OF “GRUDGE SERIES” THIS SATURDAY

 by Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – SEPTEMBER 25, 2013... This Saturday, September 28th, Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona will host the “2nd Annual Brawl For It All.” Paying $2,500-to-win and $300-to-start, the second round of the “Grudge Series" will feature the USAC West Coast and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. Sponsored by Hoosier Tire, Southwest Contractors, and the Hose Advantage Store, the action packed event will also showcase the LoanMart Challenge Cup Sprints, Mini Sprints, and AMA Modlites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm, then Time Trials, with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

The non-point "Brawl For It All" will feature drivers from Arizona, California, and New Mexico as they tackle the fast 3/8-mile oval. Last season, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. out-dueled Ryan Bernal to score the popular victory. Bernal claimed the inaugural "Grudge Series" championship and over $15,000 was distributed from the point fund. Promoters Kevin Montgomery and Chris Kearns are looking for more prize money in 2013 and Perris Auto Speedway will host this year’s finale at the prestigious Oval Nationals.

Heading into Saturday's event, Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson leads the point chase of the 3-race "Grudge Series.” Piloting Mike Martin's #16B Ultimate Offroad / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Clauson scored the Las Vegas “Sin City Showdown” victory on March 7th. Clauson is in a tight point battle with the USAC National Sprints and will miss Saturday’s action to compete at Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona is second in the “Grudge Series” point standings. Driving the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the USAC SouthWest point leader ran second at the “Sin City Showdown.” On September 14th, Johnson raced from fourteenth at Casa Grande to score his ninth SouthWest victory of the year. R.J. also claimed USAC/CRA’s “Copper On Dirt” and will be looking to add Saturday’s “Brawl For It All” to his win list.

Sitting third in the USAC mini-series is Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard finished third at Las Vegas after starting ninth. Last Saturday, the 2011 West Coast Champion scored his fifth main event win of the year at Tulare’s “Harry Talbot Memorial.” Currently second in West Coast points, Vander Weerd has a shot to win another crown and could miss the “Brawl For It All.”

“The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile is fourth in the “Grudge Series” point chase. Driving his #51 SouthWest Contractors / N.T.S. Incorporated Bullet, the California driver led the first thirteen laps of the “Sin City Showdown” before settling into fourth. The former Cotton Classic Champion has climbed to fifth in West Coast points after finishing sixth in last Saturday’s “Talbot Memorial.” With twelve top-10 finishes to his credit, Rusty has not won a feature in 2013 and may miss Saturday’s action at Canyon.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix, Arizona is fifth in the mini-series point standings. Piloting his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars entry, Deskins scored fifth at the Las Vegas “Sin City Showdown.” Currently fourth in SouthWest points, the veteran driver raced to third from twelfth at Casa Grande on September 14th. Shon has not won a USAC feature in 2013, but claimed an unsanctioned victory at Show Low on August 31st. This Saturday, Deskins will be looking to break through with a $2,500 victory at Canyon.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are 5-time USAC/CRA Champion Mike Spencer, 5-time Arizona Champion “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., multi-time ASCS Champion “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Colby Copeland, Ronnie Clark, Andy Reinbold, Josh Pelkey, "Bullet" Bob Ream Jr., and many more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $15 with $2 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). ----------------------------------------------- BRAWL FOR IT ALL WINNERS: 2012-Charles Davis Jr.

USAC GRUDGE SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Bryan Clauson-66, 2-R.J. Johnson-65, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-59, 4-Rusty Carlile-58, 5-Shon Deskins-56, 6-Charles Davis Jr.-50, 7-Cory Kruseman-47, 8-Bruce St. James-43, 9-Bud Kaeding-42, 10-Mike Martin-39, 11-Ryan Bernal-37, 12-Brody Roa-35, 13-Mike Spencer-32, 14-Jace Vander Weerd-31, 15-Andy Reinbold-26, 16-Trevor Cooper-24, 17-Stevie Sussex-22, 18-Colby Copeland-22, 19-James Aragon-19.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 6-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422, 11-Jeff Sibley-417, 12-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 13-Marty Hawkins-335, 14-Matt Day-301, 15-Troy Rutherford-258, 16-Chris Ennis-257, 17-Andy Ferris-251, 18-Dennis Howell-250, 19-D.J. Netto-247, 20-Kolby Araki-231.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1007, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-928, 3-Mike Martin-825, 4-Shon Deskins-728, 5-Ronnie Clark-727, 6-Andy Reinbold-649, 7-Josh Pelkey-610, 8-Chris Bonneau-601, 9-Brian Hosford-518, 10-Bruce St. James-496, 11- Mike Bonneau-481, 12-Steven Harms-379, 13-Bryan Swinehart-373, 14-Stevie Sussex-331, 15-James Aragon-329, 16-Tom Ogle-325, 17-Justin Quinn-320, 18-Michael Curtis-287, 19-Jody Wirth-283, 20-Bob Ream Jr.-257.

 

 

8-FOR-8 TIES 23-YEAR-OLD SILVER CROWN RECORD

The TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series, which has earned the title as one of America’s most competitive major racing series according to Auto Racing Analysis in New York which tracks such information, lived up to its hype in 2013.

The eight different winners in eight races marked the first time in 23 years that nobody had repeated during a calendar year. In 1990 nine drivers accomplished that feat in nine races.

Drivers Bobby East, Levi Jones, Bobby Santos, Tanner Swanson, Tracy Hines, A.J. Fike, Chris Urish and last Saturday’s “4-Crown Nationals” winner Chris Windom all tasted victory during the season.

East repeated as the champion by only six points over the fast-closing Windom, but East’s title also produced a record-extending 16th USAC National Championship for Tony Stewart, whose Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team hoisted the championship tropies at Eldora. Stewart’s crowns include four as a driver and 12 as a car owner in USAC’s three National series.

“Wow, what a great season. Eight winners in eight races shows the competitive balance of the diverse Silver Crown series,” states USAC’s James Spink. “Not only did we have eight different winners but a championship that came down to the last lap of the last race!”

Windom became the 99th different race winner in TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown history, a span of 372 races over 43 years.

The 2014 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series schedule is being finalized now and is expected to be announced in early October.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 28, 2013 – Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Scott Veits, (#2 Miller), 2. Joe Krawiec (#4 Matczak), 3. Kevin Chaffee (#6 Matczak), 4. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 5, Adam Pierson (#76M Manafort), 6. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 7., Josh Sunn (#76 Manafort), 8. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 9. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 10. Jamie Spalding (#93 Spalding), 11. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 12. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 13. Tyler Rivard (37 Rivard), 14. Dylan Rock (#49 Rock), 15. Denny Zimmerman (#3 Matczak), 16. Seth Carlson (#17 Carlson), 17. Frank Malek (#6x Malek), 18. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 19. Jeff Champaigne (#77 Champaigne). NT --------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Holcomb, Laps 19-25 Viets.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Krawiec-764, 2-K.Chaffee-756, 3-Viets-748, 4-Pierson-723, 5-Sunn-685, 6-Holcomb-636, 7-Miller-579, 8-Christenson-575, 9-Whitney-541, 10-Gallant-530.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: September 28 – Bradford, VT – Bear Ridge Speedway

 

DMA MIDGETS CONCLUDE SATURDAY AT BRADFORD; VIETS SNAGS BEAR RIDGE 25-LAPPER

The 2013 USAC DMA Midget series concludes this Saturday at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. Two former champions and a third challenger are the top threats to take the title. Defending champion Kevin Chaffee trails 2011 titlist Joe Krawiec by eight points, with Scott Viets just 16 out of the lead.

Viets, of East Granby, Ct., led the last seven laps of Saturday’s race after passing Scott Holcomb on lap 19. Krawiec finished second ahead of Chaffee, Dean Christenson and Adam Pierson. Saturday’s race awarded “double” points.

This Saturday’s race offers Krawiec or Chaffee an opportunity to crack the winner’s circle for the first time this year! Krawiec has four seconds and a third in 2013, while Chaffee has two seconds and three thirds.

2013 USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Joe Krawiec-764, 2-Kevin Chaffee-756, 3-Scott Viets-748, 4-Adam Pierson-723, 5-Josh Sunn-685, 6-Scott Holcomb-636, 7-Ray Miller-579, 8-Dean Christenson-575, 9-Adam Whitney-541, 10-Timothy Gallant-530.

 

 

IGNITES IN INDIANA, NORTH CAROLINA & WASHINGTON; ELLIOTT TAKES BAKERSFIELD & DIRT TITLE

Indiana, North Carolina and Washington all host Honda USAC Ignite Midget races this week. The Midwest Dirt series concludes Saturday at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, while the Washington series concludes Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. Eastern Ignite races are slated Friday at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. and Saturday at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Gage Walker leads Cooper Clouse by 81 points entering Saturday Midget finale at Gas City, while Chase Goetz’ Washington lead stands at 137 points over Garrett Thomas entering the Grays Harbor event. Chris Lamb has a healthy point lead in the Eastern series with just three races remaining.

Cory Elliott of Bakersfield, Calif. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night’s USAC Honda Western Ignite Midget race at Bakersfield Speedway. The victory finalized Cory Elliott's drive to the 2013 Honda USAC Western Dirt Ignite Midget championship! Jarid Blondel was second ahead of Parker Colston, Michael Steele and Christine Breckenridge.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-1,018, 2-Christine Breckenridge-866, 3-Cory Elliott-596, 4-Bryant Dawson-570, 5-Shawn Buckley-452, 6-Michael Fanelli-440, 7-Parker Colston-385, 8-Marina Turner-345, 9-Cody Jessop-332, 10-Wally Pankratz-322.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Cory Elliott-522, 2-Jarid Blondel-492, 3-Christine Breckenridge-409, 4-Parker Colston-385, 5-Wally Pankratz-322, 6-Clayton Ruston-222, 7-Brennan Rogers-164, 8-Michael Steele-160, 9-Randi Pankratz-114, 10-Ariel Biggs-112.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-570, 2-Jarid Blondel-526, 3-Christine Breckenridge-457, 4-Shawn Buckley-452, 5-Michael Fanelli-440, 6-Marina Turner-345, 7-Cody Jessop-332, 8-Ron Hazelton-245, 9-George Blacker-197, 10-Annie Breidinger-116.

2013 MIDWEST HONDA DIRT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gage Walker-743, 2-Cooper Clouse-662, 3-Austin Nemire-599, 4-Joey Greening-515, 5-Toby Alfrey-509, 6-Stratton Briggs-467, 7-John Heydenreich-426, 8-Katlynn Leer-361, 9-Adam Thomason-311, 10-Emmy Gray-240.

2013 EASTERN HONDA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-1,180, 2-Wil Raber-950, 3-Tyler Corriher-937, 4-Blaine Leydig-760, 5-Calvin Carroll-756, 6-Ryan Krachun-724, 7-Nikki Carroll-686, 8-Justin Whittall-684, 9-Billy Gaule-600, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442,

2013 WASHINGTON HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase Goetz-1,074, 2-Garrett Thomas-937, 3-Ariel Biggs-866, 4-Todd Hartman-569, 5-Jeremy Miller-514, 6-Dougie James-406, 7-Annika Johanson-364, 8-Madkison Hess-358, 9-Tristin Thomas-348, 10-Robby Vaughn-310.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK SATURDAY

This Saturday’s “Brawl for it All” USAC Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park is round two of the “Grudge Series” and while it offers full points for the USAC Southwest Sprint Series it is also listed as a “special event” non-points race on the West Coast Sprint calendar.

R.J. Johnson takes a 79-point Southwest lead over Charles Davis Jr. into Saturday’s race. The two have dominated the 2013 series, Johnson winning nine times and Davis six.

R.J. has won five times at Canyon this year and Davis twice. Mike Martin currently sits third in the series standings.

2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,007, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-928, 3-Mike Martin-825, 4-Shon Deskins-728, 5-Ronnie Clark-727, 6-Andy Reinbold-647, 7-Josh Pelkey-612, 8-Chris Bonneau-601, 9-Brian Hosford-518, 10-Mike Bonneau-496.

 

 

WEST COAST “SPECIAL EVENT” AT PEORIA SATURDAY; FARIA, VANDER WEERD WIN “MEMORIAL” RACES

A non-points “Special Event” is on tap Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars as they join with the USAC Southwest Sprint cars, which will compete for full series points.

Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. continues atop the West Coast standings, with the final points race October 12 at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

Faria won Friday night’s 6th “Jim Turner Memorial” at Kings Speedway in Hanford. Faria led the final 22 laps of the 30-lapper in his Johnson Calf Pens/DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike/Reitz. Markus Niemela led the first two laps, Faria led the next four and Richard Vander Weerd led two before Faria took over. Bud Kaeding finished second, while Richard Vander Weerd was third. Troy Rutherford and Austin Liggett were fourth and fifth.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif. captured Saturday night’s 30-lap “Harry Talbot Memorial” USAC West Coast Sprint race at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. He led the last two laps after Kaeding was involved with a lapped car on the white-flag lap while leading. Trailing Vander Weerd’s Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim/Shark at the checkered flag were series point leader Faria, Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd and D.J. Netto.

2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-887, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-830, 3-Bud Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Rusty Carlile-626, 7-Markus Niemela-607, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-573, 8-Austin Liggett-520, 9-Landon Hurst-439, 10-Kevin Barnes-422.

 

 

WESTERN MIDGETS AT VENTURA SATURDAY; BAKERSFIELD MIDGETS ALSO GO TO GARDNER

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. will try to continue his drive to the 2013 Honda USAC Western Midget Dirt championship this Saturday when the series visits the Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

Gardner won last Saturday night’s 40-lap feature at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Company Stewart/Esslinger. He took the lead from David Prickett on lap 24 and led the final 17 laps to beat Prickett, Sean Dodenhoff, Trey Marcham and Shannon McQueen.

Gardner has won two of the races already contested at Ventura this year. In July he finished second to Cory Kruseman.

Gardner’s point lead entering Saturday’s Ventura race stands at 189 as the 2013 season winds down.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-962, 2-Jake Swanson-773, 3-David Prickett-649, 4-Shannon McQueen-444, 5-Cody Swanson-424, 6-Randi Pankratz-410, 7-Scott Pierovich-378, 8-Terry Nichols-306, 9-Johnathon Henry-301, 10-Trey Marcham-297.

 

 

SPRINTS HEAD FOR LAWRENCEBURG SATURDAY; WINDOM GRABS “4-CROWN,” CLAUSON’S LEAD JUST 2!

This Saturday’s race at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway features another showdown between AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car point leaders Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland, They enter the race just two points apart after Darland finished third and Clauson fourth in Saturday night’s “4-Crown Nationals” feature at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. won Saturday’s Eldora feature in his Jam-It-In Storage/Hoosier Tire Maxim/Claxton. He only led one lap, but it was the 30th and last one after race leader Tracy Hines flipped exiting turn four on the final lap!.

Daron Clayton led the first 24 laps but he too flipped, on lap 25. Hines then led the next five laps until his misfortune.

Trailing Windom in the finish at Eldora were Jac Haudenschild, Darland, Clauson and Robert Ballou. Darland passed Clauson for third on the final lap of the race.

Five races remain in the 2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car series. Following Saturday’s Lawrenceburg race are two October races at Peoria, Ariz. and two in November at Perris, Calif.

2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Point Standings: 1-Brian Clauson-1,634, 2-Dave Darland-1,632, 3-Brady Bacon-1,543, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,435, 5-Chase Stockon-1,416, 6-Tracy Hines-1,318, 7-Robert Ballou-1,287, 8-Chris Windom-1,045, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000, 10-Shane Cottle-952.

 

 

PONTOON BEACH’S GOLD CROWN NEXT; ABREU WINS “4-CROWN MIDGET – ELDORA’S 100TH USAC WINNER!

Christopher Bell continues to lead the Honda USAC National Dirt Midget Series which resumes October 3-4-5 in the “Gold Crown Nationals” at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Calif.

Bell has a 74-point lead in the new standings over Bryan Clauson, who suffered mechanical problems in last Saturday night’s “4-Crown Nationals” feature at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, a race in which Bell finished second.

Rico Abreu of Rutherford, Calif. led a 1-2 finish for the Kunz Motorsports/Curb Agajanian team at Eldora, becoming the 100th different USAC race winner in Eldora’s storied history. He took over the lead after Clauson’s misfortune on lap seven and led the rest of the 25-lap distance despite constant pressure from Bell. Tracy Hines finished third, ahead of Bobby East and Dave Darland.

Hines’ finish enabled him to climb to within just two points of Clauson and he trails Bell by just 76 entering the point-rich Pontoon Beach weekend.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-737, 2-Bryan Clauson-663, 3-Tracy Hines-661, 4-Jerry Coons Jr.-612, 5-Darren Hagen-589, 6-Rico Abreu-536, 7-Andrew Felker-531, 8-Zach Daum-491, 9-Tanner Thorson-469, 10-Brad Kuhn-416.

 

 

WINDOM WINS “4-CROWN,” EAST REPEATS AS CHAMPION

Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team celebrated their second consecutive TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown championship Saturday night after Bobby’s sixth-place finish in the “4-Crown Nationals” finale at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio left him with a six-point margin over series runner-up Chris Windom.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., passed East on lap four and led the rest of the 50-lap race to win in the RW Motorsports/Mike Curb-Agajanian Rotondo Weirich/Curb Records Beast/Wallace Toyota. Matt Westfall finished second ahead of Shane Cockrum, Taylor Ferns and Dave Darland.

East led the first three laps and protected his “top-10” run in the Chevrolet Performance/Curb Maxim/Kistler as the race wore on. Tracy Hines, who was second on the white-flag lap, flipped exiting turn four but escaped injury.

Windom’s win made him the eighth different race winner in eight 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown races.

Final 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Bobby East-387, 2-Chris Windom-381, 3-Tracy Hines-359, 4-Jerry Coons Jr.-359, 5-Kody Swanson-349, 6-A.J. Fike-272, 7-Brian Tyler-249, 8-Taylor Ferns-213, 9-Shane Hollingsworth-182, 10-Shane Cockrum-165.

 

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 21, 2013 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Speedway – “Harry Talbot Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Matt Mitchell, 73, Ford-15.639; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.873; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.876; 4. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.920; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.925; 6. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-15.931; 7. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-16.000; 8. D.J. Netto, 88N, Netto-16.004; 9. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.019; 10. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-16.080; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.280; 12. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.359; 13. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.673; 14. Austin Stone, 29X, Coffman-16.716; 15. James Sweeney, 11X, Lewis-16.844; 16. Luke Keegan, 1NZ, Kaeding-17.174; 17. Garrett Long, 38, Long-17.324; 18. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-17.355; 19. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-17.756; 20. Matt Day, 97, Day-17.783; 21. Andy Ferris, 4J, Ferris-NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Niemela, 2. Kaeding, 3. Mitchell, 4. Adams, 5. Barnes, 6. Richardson, 7. Keegan. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Netto, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Liggett, 4. Stone, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Day, 7. Long. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Rutherford, 3. Hurst, 4. Sweeney, 5. Carlile, 6. Sibley. NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Niemela, 2. Netto, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Kaeding, 5. Mitchell, 6. Rutherford, 7. Faria, 8. Liggett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. D.J. Netto, 6. Rusty Carlile, 7. Matt Mitchell, 8. Troy Rutherford, 9. Jim Richardson, 10. Kevin Barnes, 11. James Sweeney, 12. Matt Day, 13. Jeff Sibley, 14. Luke Keegan, 15. Bud Kaeding, 16. Austin Stone, 17. Landon Hurst, 18. Markus Niemela, 19. Max Adams. NT ---------------------------- **Ferris flipped during qualifications. Long flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 14-28 Kaeding, Laps 29-30 R.Vander Weerd.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Faria-887, 2-R.Vander Weerd-830, 3-Kaeding-804, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Carlile-626, 7-Niemela-607, 7-J.Vander Weerd-573, 8-Liggett-520, 9-Hurst-439, 10-Barnes-422.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: September 28 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park (SE)

 

 

USAC HONDA WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 21, 2013 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, SIX-EIGHT-13.210; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.412; 3. Trey Marcham, 37, McQueen-13.477; 4. Cody Swanson, 71, Swanson-13.507; 5. David Prickett, 15, Neverlift-13.576; 6. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-13.605; 7. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-13.625; 8. Bobby Michnowicz, 21jr. Michnowicz-13.813; 9. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.816; 10. Dan Hillberg Jr., 49, Hillberg-13.868; 11. Terry Nichols, 45, Neverlift-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ennis, 2. Gardner, 3. Marcham, 4. R.Pankratz, 5. Prickett, 6. Nichols. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. C.Swanson, 3. McQueen, 4. Hillberg, 5. Michnowicz. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. David Prickett, 3. Sean Dodenhoff, 4. Trey Marcham, 5. Shannon McQueen, 6. Terry Nichols, 7. Chris Ennis, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Bobby Michnowicz, 10. Dan Hillberg Jr., 11. Cody Swanson. NT ------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Prickett, Laps 24-40 Gardner.

NEW HONDA WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-962, 2-Jake Swanson-773, 3-Prickett-649, 4-McQueen-444, 5-C.Swanson-424, 6-R.Pankratz-410, 7-Scott Pierovich-378, 8-Nichols-306, 9-Johnathon Henry-301, 10-Marcham-297.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 28 – Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

HONDA IGNITE USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 21, 2013 – Bakersfield, California– Bakersfield Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Wally Pankratz, 37, Pankratz-14.531; 2. Parker Colston, 64, Colston-14.577; 3. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-14.621; 4. Michael Steele, 92, Steele-14.655; 5. Christine Breckenridge, 26, Breckenridge-14.740; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.789; 7. Jet Davison, 59, Davison-14.851.

HEAT RACE: (8 Laps) 1. Blondel, 2. W.Pankratz, 3. Steele, 4. Elliott, 5. Colston, 6. Breckenridge, 7. Davison. NT

FEATURE: (20 Laps) 1. Cory Elliott, 2. Jarid Blondel, 3. Parker Colston, 4. Michael Steele, 5. Christine Breckenridge, 6. Jet Davison, 7. Wally Pankratz. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Elliott.

NEW HONDA IGNITE USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Blondel-1,018, 2-Breckenridge-866, 3-Elliott-596, 4-Bryant Dawson-570, 5-Shawn Buckley-452, 6-Michael Fanelli-440, 7-Colston-385, 8-Marina Turner-345, 9-Cody Jessop-332, 10-W.Pankratz-322. NEW HONDA IGNITE USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Elliott-522, 2-Blondel-492, 3-Breckenridge-409, 4-Colston-385, 5-W.Pankratz-322, 6-Clayton Ruston-222, 7-Brennan Rogers-164, 8-Steele-160, 9-Randi Pankratz-114, 10-Ariel Biggs-112.

NEXT HONDA IGNITE USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET RACE: October 19 – Sana Maria (CA) Speedway

 

 

TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS:

September 21, 2013 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 32nd “4-Crown Nationals”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-16.517; 2. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-16.598; 3. Christopher Bell, 21, Six-R-16.749; 4. Matt Westfall, 19, Longworth-16.750; 5. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-16.879; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW/Curb-Agajanian-17.031; 7. Kody Swanson, 25, Sachs-17.163; 8. Mitch Wissmiller, 7, RW/Curb-Agajanian-17.200; 9. Dave Darland, 26, Pierce-17.207; 10. Shane Cockrum, 15, Hardy-17.589; 11. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-17.817; 12. Joe Liguori, 99, Gormly-18.137; 13. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-18.140; 14. Jarett Andretti, 14, McQuinn-18.267; 15. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-18.413; 16. John Hunt, 91, Hunt-18.509; 17. Jerry Nemire, 176, Nemire-18.763; 18. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-19.024; 19. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-19.255; 20. Robert Ballou, 63, DePalma-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Shane Cockrum, 4. Taylor Ferns, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Bobby East, 7. Joe Liguori, 8. Kody Swanson, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Patrick Lawson, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Jerry Nemire, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 15. Christopher Bell, 16. Tad Roach, 17. John Hunt, 18. Kellen Conover, 19. Mitch Wissmiller, 20. Chris Urish. NT -------------------------------- **Ballou flipped during practice. Hines flipped on lap 49 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 East, Laps 4-50 Windom.

FINAL TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-East-387, 2-Windom-381, 3-Hines-359, 4-Coons-359, 5-Swanson-349, 6-A.J. Fike-272, 7-Brian Tyler-249, 8-Ferns-213, 9-Shane Hollingsworth-182, 10-Cockrum-165

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 21, 2013 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 32nd “4-Crown Nationals”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-15.088; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.341; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.414; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips-15.431; 5. Jac Haudenschild, 22s, Simon-15.489; 6. Daron Clayton, 35, Byram-15.528; 7. Justin Grant, 27a, Elson-15.583; 8. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-15.608; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E. Edison-15.617; 10. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-15.619; 11. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Tate/Wade-15.656; 12. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-15.669; 13. Matt Westfall, 54, Best Performance-15.732; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. 17RW, Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star-15.736; 15. Kyle Cummins, 21x, Pollock-15.739; 16. Dallas Hewitt, 2m, Marshall-15.777; 17. Scotty Weir, 18, Keen-15.779; 18. Wes McIntyre, 83, McIntyre-15.816; 19. Gary Taylor, 40, Hery-15.841; 20. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-15.908; 21. Mike Brecht, 9x, SC-15.929; 22. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.021; 23. Jarett Andretti, 18a, Andretti-16.112; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-16.202; 25. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-16.247; 26 . Tyler Courtney, 23c, Courtney-16.279; 27. Tim Hunter, 5m, Walters-16.281; 28. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-16.329; 29. Mike Miller, 82, Miller-16.366; 30. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-16.386; 31. Adam Cruea, 83x, Cruea-16.520; 32. Brandon Whited, 15, French-16.548; 33. Derek Hastings, 32m, Marshall-16.957; 34. Mike Galajda, 2x, Galajda-17.214; 35. Toby Alfrey, 5a, Alfrey-17.577; 36. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-NT.

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Brecht, 3. Westfall, 4. Haudenschild, 5. Hastings, 6. Weir, 7. Miller, 8. Coons, 9. Hall. 2:11.83

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Clayton, 2. Windom ,3. Bacon, 4. Thomas, 5. McIntyre, 6. Farney, 7. Courtney, 8. Galajda, 9. Leary. NT

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Taylor, 2. Stockon, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Cummins, 5. Andretti, 6. Cruea, 7. Hunter, 8. Alfrey, 9. Grant. 2:14.41

FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Rose, 3. Clauson, 4. Drake, 5. Hewitt, 6. Jarrett, 7. Whited, 8. Darland. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Hewitt, 2. Darland, 3. Hall, 4. Grant, 5. Andretti, 6. McIntyre, 7. Leary, 8. Miller, 9. Cruea, 10. Whited, 11. Farney, 12. Hunter, 13. Courtney, 14. Jarrett, 15. Alfrey, 16. Galajda, 17. Hastings, 18. Coons. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Gary Taylor, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Mike Brecht, 12. Wes McIntyre, 13. Kyle Cummins, 14. Bill Rose, 15. Matt Westfall, 16. Luke Hall, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Nick Drake, 19. Tyler Courtney, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Daron Clayton, 22. Mike Miller, 23. Chase Stockon, 24. Brady Bacon, 25. Dallas Hewitt, -------------------------------- **Bacon flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Clayton flipped on lap 25 of the feature. Hines flipped on the 30th lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Clayton, Laps 25-29 Hines, Lap 30 Windom.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Clauson-1,634, 2-Darland-1,632, 3-Bacon-1,543, 4-Thomas-1,435, 5-Stockon-1,416, 6-Hines-1,318, 7-Ballou-1,287, 8-Windom-1,045, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000, 10-Shane Cottle-952.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: September 28 – Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway

 

 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 21, 2013 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 32nd “4-Crown Nationals”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.441; 2. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-16.476; 3. Darren Hagen, 3, RFMS-16.523; 4. Dave Darland, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-16.534; 5. Bryan Clauson, 39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-16.570; 6. Bobby East, 4, Klatt-16.587; 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 63, Dooling-16.607; 8. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.665; 9. Brad Kuhn, 10, Cook-16.667; 10. Brady Bacon, 5, Wilke-Pak-16.709; 11. Dalton Armstrong, 7a, C & A-16.775; 12. Caleb Armstrong, 7c, C & A-16.831; 13. Chris Windom, 3F, RFMS-16.843; 14. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.873; 15. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-16.973; 16. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-17.128; 17. Shane Cockrum, 14c, Cockrum-17.135; 18. Justin Grosz, 99, Grosz-17.620; 19. Stratton Briggs, 10B, SBM-17.707; 20. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-19.073.

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Abreu, 3. Coons, 4. Darland, 5. Cockrum, 6. D.Armstrong, 7. Conover. 2:21.11

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Clauson, 3. Hines, 4. C.Armstrong, 5. Bright, 6. Grosz. NT

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Bacon, 3. Hagen, 4. East, 5. Ferns, 6. Briggs. 2:17.32

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Bobby East, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Alex Bright, 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Caleb Armstrong, 11. Taylor Ferns, 12. Shane Cockrum, 13. Stratton Briggs, 14. Dalton Armstrong, 15. Chris Windom, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Kellen Conover. NT -------------------------------- **Kuhn flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Clauson, Laps 7-25 Abreu.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bell-737, 2-Clauson-663, 3-Hines-661, 4-Coons-612, 5-Hagen-589, 6-Abreu-536, 7-Andrew Felker-531, 8-Zach Daum-491, 9-Thorson-469, 10-Kuhn-416.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET RACE: October 3-5 – Pontoon Beach, IL – Tri-City Speedway – “Gold Crown Midget Nationals”

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

September 20, 2013 – Hanford, California – Kings Speedway – “Jim Turner Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. D.J. Netto, 88N, Netto-15.761; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.800; 3. Matt Mitchell, 73, Ford-15.807; 4. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.825; 5. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-15.881; 6. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-15.921; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.233; 8. Andy Ferris, 4J, Ferris-16.329; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.339; 10. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-16.498; 11. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-16.592; 12. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.601; 13. Kolby Araki, 30K, Araki-16.638; 14. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.698; 15. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-16.710; 16. Luke Keegan, 1NZ, Kaeding-16.821; 17. Austin Stone, 29X, Coffman-17.272; 18. Garrett Long, 38, Long-17.281; 19. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-17.320; 20. Robert Nuckles, 27, Nuckles-18.358; 21. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-22.212.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Araki, 3. Netto, 4. Kaeding, 5. Carlile, 6. Richardson, 7. Keegan. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Niemela, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Stone, 4. Ferris, 5. Adams, 6. Liggett, 7. Barnes. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Sibley, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Hurst, 5. Long, 6. Nuckles, 7. Rutherford. NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Niemela, 3. Mitchell, 4. Kaeding, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Netto, 7. Ferris, 8. Hurst. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. Austin Liggett, 6. Landon Hurst, 7. Rusty Carlile, 8. D.J. Netto, 9. Austin Stone, 10. Max Adams, 11. Jeff Sibley, 12. Kevin Barnes, 13. Luke Keegan, 14. Kolby Araki, 15. Robert Nuckles, 16. Matt Mitchell, 17. Andy Ferris, 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 19. Garrett Long, 20. Markus Niemela, 21. Jim Richardson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Niemela, Laps 3-6 Faria, Laps 7-8 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 9-30 Faria.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: September 21 – Tulare, CA – Thunderbowl Raceway – “Harry Talbot Memorial”

 

 

“4-CROWN” HISTORY ABOUNDS AT ELDORA

A number of milestones and significant accomplishments are targets at this Saturday’s 33rd USAC “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

The only event featuring all three of USAC’s National racing series, the “4-Crown” showcases the TRAXXAS Silver Crown, AMSOIL Sprint Cars and Honda National Midgets, culminating with three spectacular feature events on one of America’s most spectacular half-mile dirt tracks. The Midgets open with a 25-lapper, followed by a 30-lap Sprint race and the 50-lap Silver Crown race.

Drivers Jack Hewitt (1998) and Kyle Larson (2011) own victories in all three races in a single year! Dave Darland and Jerry Coons Jr. also own wins in all three, Darland scoring Midget wins in 1999 and 2004, Sprints in 1999 and Silver Crown in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 and Coons winning MIdgets in 2010, Sprints in 2009 and Silver Crown in 2007.

Tracy Hines and Bryan Clauson hope to join that illustrious list this weekend. Hines needs a Silver Crown win, while Clauson needs Midget and Sprint wins. Obviously, anybody else who could repeat the Hewitt and Larson sweeps could also join the list.

Another possibility Saturday is the 100th USAC oval-track feature winner at Eldora. Since the first race in 1962, a total of 99 drivers have won USAC races at Eldora. Honda National Midget Dirt point leader Christopher Bell is among drivers who will have the first shot at becoming the historic 100th winner.

Darland has tied Jack Hewitt on the all-time list of “4-Crown Nationals” podium finishes, with 21 total. A “top-three” finish in any of the three races Saturday would vault Dave to the top of that list.

In the TRAXXAS Silver Crown Series, nobody has repeated as a winner this year. Seven races in seven events leads into Saturday’s race where a different winner would complete a series which hasn’t seen all different winners in 23 years. Jimmy SIlls won the 1990 series title when there were nine different winners!

Hewitt is the all-time leader in terms of “4-Crown” wins. In addition to his 1998 sweep, he also added a 1993 Midget win, Sprint wins in 1983, 1990, 1991 and 1997 and Silver Crown wins in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995 and 1996. Ironically, the last of his 15 “4-Crown wins came in his 1998 sweep!

Closing out Saturday’s historic night will be the five-way “shootout” for the 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Championship.

USAC drivers competing in all three legs of Saturday’s events will gather for a one-hour autograph session in the Eldora “fan zone” from 3-4 pm Saturday.

Practice gets under way at 5 pm and racing starts at 8. Track records targeted will be Josh Wise’s 2006 Silver Crown lap of 15.334 seconds, Jerry Coons Jr.’s 2006 Sprint record of 14.712 and Mike Hess’ 2004 Midget record of 15.801.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEATS UP AT HANFORD & TULARE

 by Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – SEPTEMBER 17, 2013... The cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are getting ready to battle in a special Central Valley doubleheader. This Friday, September 20th, Scott Woodhouse’s Kings Speedway in Hanford will host the “6th Annual Jim Turner Memorial.” The following night, the traditional sprints will tackle Steve Faria’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare for the inaugural “Harry Talbot Memorial.”

Friday's point race honors Jim Turner, a veteran driver from Fresno that succumbed to injuries from a racing accident in late September 2007. Turner, who started racing motorcycles at age 10, won many main events and graduated to Sprint Cars in 1970. Racing with and without a wing from the Central Valley until 1985, Jim returned to motorcycle racing for twenty years. In 2005, Turner purchased another Sprint Car and enjoyed his time at the clay ovals until that fateful day. Scott Woodhouse, Kings Speedway, and the USAC West Coat Sprint Car Series are proud to honor his memory with the annual event.

The “Jim Turner Memorial” will mark the fifth USAC West Coast appearance of the year at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Ryan Bernal won the May 11th “Billet Cup” feature and Richard Vander Weerd scored the victory on June 8th. Troy Rutherford claimed his first series win on July 20th and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. won the August 3rd “Jim Evett Memorial.” The action packed card will also feature the winged Rebel Cup Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, and Vintage Cars. The Spectator Gates will open at 5:30pm and Racing is set to begin at 6:30pm.

Saturday’s show at Tulare pays respect to Harry Talbot, who worked alongside promoter Steve Faria at the Thunderbowl Raceway. Harry was a vital part of the track’s operation until his passing earlier this year after battling an illness. Steve Faria, Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, and the USAC West Coat Sprint Car Series will honor his memory at the inaugural race.

The “Harry Talbot Memorial” is the last USAC West Coast Sprint Car show of the season at Tulare. Ryan Bernal scored three main event wins, claiming victory on March 15th, March 16th, and April 20th. Richard Vander Weerd snapped Bernal’s hot streak by taking the checkered flags on April 13th. Saturday’s “Talbot Memorial” will also showcase the winged King of the West Sprint Cars and Vintage Hard Tops. The Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials is scheduled at 6:30pm, and Racing is will begin at 7:00pm.

After winning back-to-back shows at Hanford and Bakersfield, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. has a 44 point lead over the competition. Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, three Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 84 feature laps led to his credit. “Hollywood” and Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner will be looking to continue their championship bid with wins at Hanford and Tulare.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell has climbed to second in the point standings. Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the defending champion finished second at Bakersfield on September 7th. To date, Kaeding has yet to win a West Coast feature, but has three heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season. Bud will be looking to gain valuable points with victories at Hanford and Tulare.

Sitting third in USAC West Coast points is Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd. At Bakersfield, the driver of the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim scored third in the main event after starting seventh. Currently, the 2011 champion has four main event wins, four Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 101 feature laps led in 2013. Vander Weerd will have his sights on adding the billet trophies from Hanford and Tulare to his collection.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is fourth in the point chase. The 2-time Santa Maria track champion did not compete at Bakersfield and has parted ways with the Josh Ford Motorsports team. To date, Bernal has five main event wins, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led. At press time, it is unknown if Ryan has secured another ride for the Central Valley doubleheader and USAC/CRA standout Matt Mitchell will pilot the JFM #73.

Running fifth in the USAC West Coast standings is Rauma, Finland’s Markus Niemela. The pilot of Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Lost Reality Maxim did not compete in the September 7th event at Bakersfield. Currently, the hard charging driver has yet to win a feature, but has two Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, eight top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led. Niemela has returned to his native Finland and may miss the Hanford and Tulare events.

Currently tenth in the point standings, Landon Hurst of Riverdale leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Oakdale’s Jeff Sibley, Terra Bella’s Trent Carter, Springville’s Seth Hancock, and Garrett Long of Springville are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Jace Vander Weerd, 2012 Rookie of the Year Austin Liggett, Kevin Barnes, Matt Day, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Andy Ferris, Kolby Araki, Jonathan Logan, Troy Rutherford, D.J. Netto, Max Adams, “Mr. Excitement” Andy Forsberg and more.

Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California at 801 South 10th Avenue. Adult Tickets are $15 with discounts available for Seniors (55+), Military (with I.D.), and Children 7-12. Kids 6 and under are FREE at all non-special events. Advance tickets are on sale now and camping is available on the fairgrounds. For more event information, visit www.kingsspeedway.net or call (559) 584-RACE (7223).

Tulare's Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $20 and $18 for General Admission tickets. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at (559) 688-0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). ----------------------------------------------- JIM TURNER MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2008-Justin Grant, 2009-Richard Vander Weerd, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-Wes Gutierrez, 2012-Bud Kaeding.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-750, 2-Bud Kaeding-706, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-695, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Markus Niemela-559, 6-Rusty Carlile-531, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-495, 8-Austin Liggett-404, 9-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 10-Landon Hurst-363, 11-Kevin Barnes-354, 12-Jeff Sibley-349, 13-Marty Hawkins-335, 14-Matt Day-269, 15-Chris Ennis-257, 16-Dennis Howell-250, 17-Andy Ferris-226, 18-Kolby Araki-199, 19-Brody Roa-187, 20-Jonathan Logan-183.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON SOARS TO CASA GRANDE VICTORY

by Lance Jennings

CASA GRANDE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 15, 2013... USAC SouthWest Sprint point leader, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix continued his winning ways last Saturday night. This time, the former state Midget Champion raced from fourteenth to claim the $1,500 victory at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Raceway. For Johnson, the 30-lap feature win was his ninth triumph of the campaign over “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Shon Deskins, Aaron Reutzel, and “The Magic Man” Mike Martin.

Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash Winner Josh Pelkey dominated the Casa Grande feature from the pole position. Leading from the green flag, Pelkey’s quest for his second win of the season ended on lap 25 after contact with slower traffic. Five-time Arizona Champion Charles Davis Jr. led the next circuit, but Johnson took over on lap twenty-seven and sailed to the checkered flags.

Driving the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson scored his first victory since July 19th at El Paso. In Casa Grande action, Johnson rebounded from a fifth place finish in his heat race that left him ineligible for the dash. Starting fourteenth in the main event, R.J. earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an impressive run. The point leader left Central Arizona Raceway with a 79 point advantage along with eight heat race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 266 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading lap 26, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. had to settle for second in the Casa Grande main event. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won his series leading ninth Racer Advantage Store Heat Race and scored third in the dash. “Chargin” Charles is currently second in the point chase with six Hose Advantage Store feature wins, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-two top-10 finishes, and 107 feature laps led in 2013.

Phoenix’s Shon Deskins had one of his strongest drives of the campaign with a third place run from twelfth at Central Arizona Raceway. Piloting his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars machine, Deskins placed fourth in his heat race and missed the dash. To date, the veteran driver sits fourth in the championship points with eight heat race victories, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the year.

Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas scored fourth in his USAC SouthWest debut at Casa Grande after starting eighth. Driving the #21 Car Parts Machine J&J, the ASCS driver claimed second in his heat race and finished eighth in the dash. Reutzel left Central Arizona Raceway tied for 34th in the point standings.

Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma placed fifth in the Casa Grande main event. Racing his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin won his seventh Racer Advantage Store Heat Race and scored fifth in the dash. Currently running third in points, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, one fast time award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the season.

Mike Bonneau of Phoenix won the night’s first 8-lap Racer Advantage Store Heat Race. Piloting his #29 Priced Right Auto Sales XXX, Bonneau finished seventh in the dash and claimed seventh in the 30-lap feature. To date, Mike is eleventh in points with three heat race victories, one Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash win, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in the campaign.

Peoria’s Josh Pelkey won his second Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash at Central Arizona Raceway. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts DRC, Pelkey ran third in his heat race and controlled the feature until the lap 25 contact. Scoring fifteenth in the main event, the former ASCA Champion is seventh in points with one feature win, three heat race victories, one semi-main win, 15 top-10 finishes, and 77 feature laps led.

On Saturday, September 28th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to action at Kevin Montgomery's Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The $2,500-to-win "Brawl For It All" is the second round of the "Grudge Series" with the USAC West Coast Sprints and will also feature the LoanMart Challenge Cup Sprint Cars, Modlites, and Mini Sprints. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2013 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Raceway

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps) 1. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. James Aragon (#57X Stone), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Steven Harms (#60 Harms), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth). NT

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Tom Lee (#53 Lee). NT

RACERS ADVANTAGE STORE HEAT RACE #3: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., (#50 Massey), 2. Aaron Reutzel (#21 Reutzel), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 7. Kyle Danielson (#1K Danielson). NT

SUNOCO RACE FUELS PASSING MASTERS DASH: (6 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey, 2. Chris Bonneau, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Mike Martin, 6. Bruce St. James, 7. Mike Bonneau, 8. Aaron Reutzel. NT

HOSE ADVANTAGE STORE FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (14th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (3rd), 3. Shon Deskins (12th), 4. Aaron Reutzel (8th), 5. Mike Martin (5th), 6. Mike Bonneau (7th), 7. Matt Lundy (10th), 8. Andy Reinbold (9th), 9. Ronnie Clark (13th), 10. Michael Curtis (16th), 11. Jordan Stetson (18th), 12. Bruce St. James (6th), 13. Tom Lee (21st), 14. Steven Harms (17th), 15. Josh Pelkey (1st), 16. Tye Mihocko (15th), 17. Chris Bonneau (2nd), 18. Kyle Danielson (20th), 19. James Aragon (11th), 20. Brian Hosford (4th), 21. Jody Wirth (19th). ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Josh Pelkey, Lap 26 Charles Davis Jr., Laps 27-30 R.J. Johnson. HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (14th to 1st)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-1007, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-928, 3-Mike Martin-825, 4-Shon Deskins-728, 5-Ronnie Clark-727, 6-Andy Reinbold-649, 7-Josh Pelkey-610, 8-Chris Bonneau-601, 9-Brian Hosford-518, 10-Bruce St. James-496, 11- Mike Bonneau-481, 12-Steven Harms-379, 13-Bryan Swinehart-373, 14-Stevie Sussex-331, 15-James Aragon-329, 16-Tom Ogle-325, 17-Justin Quinn-320, 18-Michael Curtis-287, 19-Jody Wirth-283, 20-Bob Ream Jr.-257.

 

 

NIC FAAS WINS GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL AT THE PAS!

 by Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA – SEPTEMBER 15, 2013... Taking the lead from Mike Spencer on lap 22, Nic Faas of Huntington Beach won the “6th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris Auto Speedway. For Faas, Saturday’s hotly contested $2,500 feature win was the third Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory of the campaign. Spencer, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Bud Kaeding, and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman followed Nic to the checkered flags.

Damion Gardner led the opening laps before third starting Cory Kruseman took over on lap three. Looking for his second straight Perris win, Kruseman led the next nine circuits before Mike Spencer powered to the lead from the outside line. Nic Faas chased down the five-time champion and took command on the twenty-second lap. Spencer battled back and took advantage of a Faas bicycle off the turn four cushion to take over on the next lap. Unfortunately for Mike, a caution flag erased the lead change and Nic regained the top spot. From there, the 2008 Rookie of the Year hit his marks and ran away from the field to claim his ninth career USAC/CRA victory.

Racing the #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Nic Faas earned the 40th career USAC/CRA victory for car owner Mark Alexander. Earlier in the program, Nic recorded his fourth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season and ran second in his heat race. Currently second in points, Faas also has four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 58 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading ten laps, Temecula’s Mike Spencer looked to have regained command from Faas before a yellow flag erased his efforts. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified second, placed second in his heat race, and had to settle for second in the “Glenn Howard Memorial.” To date, last year’s Oval Nationals Champion is third in the standings with one feature win, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord led the first two laps before scoring third in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, the “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” was fourth quick in time trials and won his series leading eighth heat race in the Extreme Mufflers event. Currently leading the USAC/CRA point chase, “The Demon” has five main event wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, one Last Man Standing Dash win, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 108 feature laps led on the year.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding earned his first Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from fourteenth at Perris. Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Bud qualified fifteenth and won his first heat race of 2013, claiming the D.J. Safety sponsored event. To date, last year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion is fourth in points with one feature win, one dash win, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led.

“The Kruser” Cory Kruseman of Ventura took fifth in the “Howard Memorial” after leading laps three to eleven. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Bullet, the 2006 Champion was fifth fast in time trials and third in his heat race. In limited starts, Kruseman is fifteenth in the standings with one feature win, two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in 2013.

Apple Valley’s “Mr. Excitement” John Aden raced to victory in the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Piloting his #7A 777 Race Cars “house car,” the former Victorville Sprint Car Champion qualified sixteenth overall and scored twentieth in the feature after a flip ended his night. Aden walked away uninjured and sits thirty-fourth in points as this writing goes to press.

David Bezio of El Cajon won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Racing his #37X Inga Bezio Salon / SC Grafix Ellis, the California Lightning Sprint graduate was eighth fast in time trials, fifth in his heat race, and claimed sixteenth in the main event. Heading to Canyon’s “Hall of Fame Classic,” Bezio is twenty-second in USAC/CRA standings.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will take a break in the schedule before heading to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Starting Friday, October 25th, the two night "Hall of Fame Classic" is also co-sanctioned with the USAC National Sprint Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA). ------------------------------------------------------- USAC AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Glenn Howard Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Nic Faas, 4, Alexander-16.279; 2. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.285; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.578; 4. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-16.635; 5. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-16.654; 6. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-16.708; 7. David Cardey, 92, Sertich-16.710; 8. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-16.827; 9. Greg Alexander, 72, Tyler-16.854; 10. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-16.869; 11. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.888; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.894; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.927; 14. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.90515. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-17.084; 16. John Aden, 7A, Aden-17.184; 17. Seth Wilson, 1X, Wilson-17.245; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.282; 19. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.303; 20. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.445; 21. Cody Swanson, 14, Springstead-17.463; 22. John Bluntach, 58, Bluntach-17.495; 23. Jimmy Crawford, 3X, Crawford-17.665; 24. Toby Sampson, 82, Sampson-18.275; 25. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.754; 26. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Nic Faas, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Rip Williams, 5. David Cardey, 6. A.J. Bender, 7. Jimmy Crawford, 8. Seth Wilson. NT

D.J. SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Cory Kruseman, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. David Bezio, 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Cody Swanson, 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 9. Tobey Sampson. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps) 1. John Aden, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Rickie Gaunt, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Greg Alexander, 7. Johnny Bluntach, 8. Mike Collins. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. David Bezio, 2. Brody Roa, 3. David Cardey, 4. Seth Wilson, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Mitchell, 7. Cody Swanson, 8. Greg Alexander, 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Johnny Bluntach, 11. Mike Collins, 12. Tobey Sampson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Nic Faas (6th), 2. Mike Spencer (5th), 3. Damion Gardner (4th), 4. Bud Kaeding (14th), 5. Cory Kruseman (3rd), 6. Rip Williams (1st), 7. Brody Roa (7th), 8. Greg Alexander (10th), 9. Cody Williams (12th), 10. Rickie Gaunt (2nd), 11. Richard Vander Weerd (17th), 12 Jace Vander Weerd (9th), 13. Seth Wilson (16th), 14. Danny Faria Jr. (15th), 15. Johnny Bluntach (21st), 16. David Bezio (11th), 17. A.J. Bender (19th), 18. Cody Swanson (20th), 19. David Cardey (8th), 20. John Aden (13th), 21. Austin Williams (18th), 22. Matt Mitchell (22nd). NT ------------------------------ **David Cardey and Matt Mitchell flipped during qualifying. **John Aden flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Damion Gardner, Laps 3-11 Cory Kruseman, Laps 12-21 Mike Spencer, Lap 22-30 Nic Faas. KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Bud Kaeding (14th to 4th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,107, 2-Nic Faas-1,008, 3-Mike Spencer-960, 4-Bud Kaeding-753, 5-Matt Mitchell-745, 6-Cody Williams-708, 7-Austin Williams-692, 8-Brody Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-447.

 

 

CLAUSON-DARLAND BATTLE CONTINUES AT “4-CROWN NATIONALS;” K.T. GRABS $10,000 “HAUBSTADT HUSTLER”

Saturday’s 33rd “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio will feature the continuing battle for the 2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car championship. Three drivers are locked in a close race for the point lead entering Saturday’s race, part of a USAC “tripleheader” also featuring the TRAXXAS Silver Crown cars and Honda National Midgets.

Bryan Clauson, the winningest driver in 2013 USAC racing with 16 total feature wins in various series, has bolted back to the front in the standings following a ninth-place finish in last Saturday night’s “Haubstadt Hustler” at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. He leads Dave Darland by just five points after Darland suffered mechanical problems, finishing 21st at Haubstadt.

Brady Bacon is third in the standings and is now just 56 points behind the leader after taking third at Haubstadt.

Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. became the winningest AMSOIL National Sprint winner of 2013 with his seventh victory in Saturday’s $10,000-to-win race at Haubstadt. He trailed Brady Short until lap 27, then led the last 14 laps in his Mike Dutcher/RW/Tri-Star – Black Jack Oil Maxim/Fisher. Short took second ahead of Bacon, Jon Stanbrough and Kyle Cummins.

Tracy Hines, sixth in the latest points, is the defending three-time “4-Crown” Sprint champion, while former race winners Darland and Robert Ballou are also expected to be in Saturday’s field.

2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Point Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,577; 2-Dave Darland-1,572; 3-Brady Bacon-1,521; 4-Kevin Thomas-1,396; 5-Chase Stockon-1,392; 6-Tracy Hines-1,291; 7-Robert Ballou-1,231; 8-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000; 9-Chris Windom-980; 10-Shane Cottle-952.

 

 

SCENARIOS ABOUND IN PENULTIMATE DMA RACE

This Saturday’s penultimate 2013 USAC DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. offers so many title scenarios they are difficult to document.

The series concludes September 28 but five drivers are mathematically in the title chase going into this Saturday’s race.

Inaugural series champion Joe Krawiec has a tenuous two-point lead over defending champion Kevin Chaffee, while Scott Viets sits just 22 back of the leader. Red-hot Adam Pierson has bolted into title contention and is only 23 points out of the lead, while Josh Sunn is 49 back in fifth.

Pierson’s five wins are by far the most this year. Actually nobody else has been able to repeat and none of the three point leaders has been able to score a victory! Sunn is one of five drivers with a single win.

Since 74 points are on the table this Saturday, any of the five could feasibly be on top of the standings entering the finale.

2013 USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Joe Krawiec-650, 2-Kevin Chaffee-648, 3-Scott Veits-628, 4-Adam Pierson-627, 5-Josh Sunn-601, 6-Scott Holcomb-546, 7-Ray Miller 545, 8-Dean Christensen-473, 9-Adam Whitney-469, 10-Dylan Duhaime-462.

 

 

PEORIA NEXT FOR SOUTHWEST SPRINTS; R.J. TAKES CASA GRANDE!

Canyon Speedway Park hosts the next event for the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars, on September 28. Point leaders R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. enter that race separated by 79 points in the latest standings after they finished 1-2 in last Saturday’s race at Casa Grande, Ariz.

Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., recorded his ninth victory of the 2013 campaign Saturday night at Central Arizona Raceway. He snatched the lead from Davis on lap 27 and led the final four laps to beat Davis, Shon Deskins, Aaron Reutzel and Mike Martin. Josh Pelkey had led the first 25 laps of the race.

Johnson’s victory was his ninth in USAC racing in Arizona, two behind all-time leader Davis, who has 11.

2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-1,007, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-928, 3-Mike Martin-825, 4-Shon Deskins-728, 5-Ronnie Clark-727, 6-Andy Reinbold-647, 7-Josh Pelkey-612, 8-Chris Bonneau-601, 9-Brian Hosford-518, 10-Mike Bonneau-496.

 

 

WESTERN IGNITES AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY; DAWSON #1 AT LVMS, 13 FOR GOETZ IN WASHINGTON

Honda USAC Ignite Midget racing centers on this Saturday’s race at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. Jarid Blondel (Western) and Cory Elliott (Western Dirt) are the respective point leaders heading into Bakersfield.

Bryant Dawson of Phoenix, Ariz. won Saturday night’s Honda USAC Western Ignite Pavement feature at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring. He took the lead from Blondel on lap 27 and led the final four laps to beat Shawn Buckley, Cody Jessop, Ron Hazelton and Michael Fanelli. Jessop led the first three laps and Blondel the next 23.

The Western pavement series resumes October 25 at the LVMS oval.

Honda USAC Washington Ignite Midget point leader Chase Goetz posted his 13th feature win of the year Saturday night, leading all 25 laps at Grays Harbor Raceway. Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame fast qualifier Garrett Thomas finished second ahead of Ariel Biggs, Madison Hess and Jeremy Miller. Tristin Thomas was the NWSPRINTCARHISTORY Rookie of the Race and Michael Millard was the SPEEDMART Hard Charger.

The Washington series continues September 28 at the Elma oval.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-949, 2-Christine Breckenridge-813, 3-Bryant Dawson-570, 4-Cory Elliott-530, 5-Shawn Buckley-452, 6-Michael Fanelli-440, 7-Marina Turner-345, 8-Cody Jessop-332, 9-Parker Colston-322, 10-Wally Pankratz-267.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Cory Elliott-456, 2-Jarid Blondel-423, 3-Christine Breckenridge-356, 4-Parker Colston-322, 5-Wally Pankratz-267, 6-Clayton Ruston-222, 7-Brennan Rogers-164, 8-Randi Pankratz-114, 9-Ariel Biggs-112, 10-Michael Steele-100.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-570, 2-Jarid Blondel-526, 3-Christine Breckenridge-457, 4-Shawn Buckley-452, 5-Michael Fanelli-440, 6-Marina Turner-345, 7-Cody Jessop-332, 8-Ron Hazelton-245, 9-George Blacker-197, 10-Annie Breidinger-116.

2013 MIDWEST HONDA DIRT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gage Walker-743, 2-Cooper Clouse-662, 3-Austin Nemire-599, 4-Joey Greening-515, 5-Toby Alfrey-509, 6-Stratton Briggs-467, 7-John Heydenreich-426, 8-Katlynn Leer-361, 9-Adam Thomason-311, 10-Emmy Gray-240.

2013 EASTERN HONDA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-1,180, 2-Wil Raber-950, 3-Tyler Corriher-937, 4-Blaine Leydig-760, 5-Calvin Carroll-756, 6-Ryan Krachun-724, 7-Nikki Carroll-686, 8-Justin Whittall-684, 9-Billy Gaule-600, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442,

2013 WASHINGTON HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase Goetz-1,074, 2-Garrett Thomas-937, 3-Ariel Biggs-866, 4-Todd Hartman-569, 5-Jeremy Miller-514, 6-Dougie James-406, 7-Annika Johanson-364, 8-Madkison Hess-358, 9-Tristin Thomas-348, 10-Robby Vaughn-310.

 

 

WESTERN MIDGETS AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY; SNIDER WINS “HARVEST CLASSIC,” NICHOLS TAKES PAVED TITLE

Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway hosts the Honda USAC Western Dirt Midgets Saturday and Ronnie Gardner will try to continue his drive to the 2013 series title. He’s already posted a dozen “podium” finishes, including six wins. One of his seconds came at Bakersfield in a race earlier this year won by Cody Swanson.

Darin Snider and Chad Nichols shared the spotlight at Madera (Calif.) Speedway Saturday night, Snider winning the 30-lap "Harvest Classic" Honda USAC Western Midget feature and Nichols emerging as the 2013 Western Midget Pavement Champion. The race was co-sanctioned by BCRA.

Snider, of Kelseyville, Calif., wheeled the Lauren Snider Beast into the lead on lap eight, after Tanner Swanson had led the first seven laps. Nick Chivello, Nichols, Michael Snider and Scott Pierovich rounded out the “top-five” at the finish.

Nichols, of Colma, Calif., finished the pavement series with an 11-point lead over Chivello.

Gardner’s point margin over Jake Swanson entering Saturday’s dirt series race at Bakersfield is a comfortable 116 markers.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-889, 2-Jake Swanson-773, 3-David Prickett-586, 4-Shannon McQueen-385, 5-Cody Swanson-383, 6-Scott Pierovich-378, 7-Randi Pankratz-366, 8-Johnathon Henry-301, 9-Kyle Edwards-295, 10-Rico Abreu-270.

FINAL HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Chad Nichols-321, 2-Nick Chivello-310, 3-Scott Pierovich-293, 4-Dan Gundo-279, 5-Tanner Swanson-209, 6-Ken Nichols-132, 7-Frankie Guerrini-108, 8-Kody Swanson-72.

 

 

KINGS-TULARE COMBO “BIG” FOR 4 TITLE HOPEFULS

This weekend’s races at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. (Friday) and Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. (Saturday) will be pivotal for four drivers seeking the 2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Car title.

Danny Faria Jr., on the strength on back-to-back wins at Hanford and Bakersfield, has spurted to a 44-point lead over Bud Kaeding in the latest standings. Richard Vander Weerd is third, 55 points in arrears and Ryan Bernal is 89 behind.

Faria’s wins were his first two of the season, while Kaeding is still seeking his first of 2013 in the West Coast series. Vander Weerd has four wins this year and Bernal has five.

Bernal, Troy Rutherford and Faria are the 2013 Kings winners so far this year, while Bernal has dominated at Tulare, winning three times. Vander Weerd also won at Tulare.

A total of 148 points are up for grabs in the two weekend events, giving plenty of opportunity for Faria’s chasers to make advancement.

Only one point-paying race remains on the 2013 calendar after this weekend, the October 12 “Cotton Classic” at Hanford, although five non-point events are also on the remaining series calendar.

2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-750, 2-Bud Kaeding-706, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-695, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Markus Niemela-559, 6-Rusty Carlile-531, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-495, 8-Austin Liggett-404, 9-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 10-Landon Hurst-363.

 

 

CRA “IDLE” UNTIL LATE OCTOBER; FAAS WINS “GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL”

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, Calif. has more than a month to ponder his latest position in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car standings. The series resumes activity October 25-26 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

Faas scored a hard-fought victory in Saturday night’s 30-lap “Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. He was the third leader in the race and passed Mike Spencer on lap 22 to lead the final nine laps for the win over Spencer, Damion Gardner, Bud Kaeding and Cory Kruseman. Gardner, Kruseman and Faas all led during the race. Faas piloted the Mark Alexander Scott Sales Company/CSI Shocks Spike/J &D.

The victory leaves Faas 99 points behind Gardner with four races remaining. Five-time series champion Spencer’s runner-up finish Saturday puts him third in the new standings, 147 points back of Gardner.

2013 AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,107, 2-Nic Faas-1,008, 3-Mike Spencer-960, 4-Bud Kaeding-753, 5-Matt Mitchell-745, 6-Cody Williams-708, 7-Austin Williams-692, 8-Brody Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-447.

 

 

QUINTET BATTLE FOR TITLE IN “4-CROWN” SILVER CROWN FINALE

Five drivers enter Saturday night’s 33rd “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio with a mathematical chance of winning the 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Championship.

Defending Champion Bobby East leads the parade, holding a five-point lead over 2008 champ Jerry Coons Jr. Tracy Hines, the 2000 champ, sits third in the standings, only 16 back. Chris Windom and Kody Swanson, each seeking their initial Silver Crown titles, are 21 and 29 behind respectively, with a total of 66 points available Saturday.

It’s been 23 years since an entire Silver Crown series had all different winners, but that could end this year since seven different drivers have won in the seven races held to date. In 1990 there were 10 winners in 10 events.

East and Hines have found victory lane this season but Coons, Windom and Swanson could complete the diversified winners list for 2013 with an Eldora win. Coons won the “4-Crown” Silver Crown race in 2007.

The 50-lap Silver Crown race completes Saturday’s USAC lineup at the half-mile oval, which includes a 25-lap Honda National Midget race and a 30-lap AMSOIL National Sprint race.

Added incentive Saturday will be the record-tying $1,000-to-start minimum purse for a dirt-track Silver Crown race.

2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings: 1-Bobby East-339, 2-Jerry Coons Jr.-334, 3-Tracy Hines-323, 4-Chris Windom-318, 5-Kody Swanson-310, 6-A.J. Fike-272, 7-Brian Tyler-249, 8-Shane Hollingsworth-182, 9-Taylor Ferns-162, 10-David Byrne-127.

 

 

MIDGETS OPEN SATURDAY’S 33RD “4-CROWN NATIONALS”

The Honda USAC National Midgets kick off this Saturday’s 33rd “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The point lead will be up for grabs as drivers Christopher Bell and Bryan Clauson continue their battle for the 2013 championship.

Bell, with four victories, leads the Midget Dirt series by 37 points over Clauson, who has three 2013 wins to his credit. Clauson has never won the “4-Crown” Midget race but has won two of the last three “4-Crown” Silver Crown races.

Kyle Larson won the last two “4-Crown” Midget features.

Bell’s victories are part of seven posted by the Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team this year. Rico Abreu has a pair of wins and Kyle Larson opened the Dirt series in a Kunz/Curb-Agajanian entry back in June. Bell’s wins include the Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals and a pair of wins he posted on his way to the “Indiana Midget Week” championship.

2013 HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Christopher Bell-672; 2-Bryan Clauson-635; 3-Tracy Hines-596; 4-Jerry Coons Jr.-564; 5-Darren Hagen-543; 6-Andrew Felker-531; 7-Zach Daum-491; 8-Rico Abreu-463; 9-Tanner Thorson-416; 10-Brad Kuhn-415.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

September 14, 2013 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. James Aragon (#57X Stone), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Steven Harms (#60 Harms), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Tom Lee (#53 Lee). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., (#50 Massey), 2. Aaron Reutzel (#21 Reutzel), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 7. Kyle Danielson (#1K Danielson). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Pelkey, 2. C.Bonneau, 3. Davis, 4. Hosford, 5. Martin, 6. St. James, 7. M. Bonneau, 8. Reutzel. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Shon Deskins, 4. Aaron Reutzel, 5. Mike Martin, 6. Mike Bonneau, 7. Matt Lundy, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Ronnie Clark, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Jordan Stetson, 12. Bruce St. James, 13. Tom Lee, 14. Steven Harms, 15. Josh Pelkey, 16. Tye Mihocko, 17. Chris Bonneau, 18. Kyle Danielson, 19. James Aragon, 20. Brian Hosford, 21. Jody Wirth.

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Pelkey, Lap 26 Davis, Laps 27-30 Johnson.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: September 28 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park - “Brawl For It All” – “Grudge Series”

 

 

HONDA WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS:

September 14, 2013 – Madera, California – Madera Speedway – “Harvest Classic” - Co-sanctioned by BCRA

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chad Nichols, 29, Team 17/Eskesen-13.972; 2. Tanner Swanson, 4, Rosen-14.000; 3. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-14.066; 4. Darin Snider, 2k, Snider-14.080; 5. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.229; 6. Michael Snider, 6k, Snider-14.294; 7. Dan Gundo, 6x, Gundo-14.357; 8. David Goodwill, 88, Arata-14.650 ;9. Gary Conterno, 55, Conterno-14.654; 10. Floyd Alvis, 18, Alvis-14.853; 11. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.078.

FIRST HEAT: (6 laps) 1. Chivello, 2. Nichols, 3. Pierovich, 4. Conterno, 5. Gundo, 6. Williams. NT

SECOND HEAT: (6 laps) 1. D.Snider, 2. Swanson, 3. Goodwin, 4. M.Snider, 5. Alvis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darin Snider, 2. Nick Chivello, 3. Chad Nichols, 4. Michael Snider, 5. Scott Pierovich, 6. David Goodwill, 7. Dan Gundo, 8. Gary Conterno, 9. Floyd Alvis, 10. Tanner Swanson, 11. J.R. Williams. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Swanson, Laps 8-30 D.Snider.

FINAL HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nichols-321, 2-Chivello-310, 3-Pierovich-293, 4-Gundo-279, 5-T.Swanson-209, 6-Ken Nichols-132, 7-Frankie Guerrini-108, 8-Kody Swanson-72.

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

 September 14, 2013 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryant Dawson, 99, Dawson-NA; 2. Jarid Blondel, 98, Blondel-NA; 3. Christine Breckenridge, 26, Breckenridge-NA; 4. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-NA; 5. Michael Fanelli, 19, Fanelli-NA; 6. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-NA; 7. Ron Hazelton, 32, Hazelton-NA; 8. Marina Turner, 98T, Turner-NA; 9. Jamie Belfiore, 93, Belfiore-NA; 10. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-NA.

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Dawson, 2. Breckenridge, 3. Fanelli, 4. Hazelton. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Blondel, 2. Buckley, 3. Jessop, 4. Turner, 5. Breidinger. NT

FEATURE: (30 Laps) 1. Bryant Dawson, 2. Shawn Buckley, 3. Marc Jessop, 4. Ron Hazelton, 5. Michael Fanelli, 6. Christine Breckenridge, 7. Annie Breidinger, 8. Jarid Blondel, 9. Marina Turner. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Jessop, Laps 4-26 Blondel, Laps 27-30 Dawson.

NEW HONDA WESTERN IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Blondel-949, 2-Breckenridge-813, 3-Dawson-570, 4-Cory Elliott-530, 5-Buckley-452, 6-Fanelli-440, 7-Turner-345, 8-Jessop-332, 9-Parker Colston-322, 10-Wally Pankratz-267.

NEW HONDA WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET POINTS: 1-Dawson-570, 2-Blondel-526, 3-Breckenridge-457, 4-Buckley-452, 5-Fanelli-440, 6-Turner-345, 7-Jessop-332, 8-Hazelton-245, 9-George Blacker-197, 10-Breidinger-116.

NEXT HONDA WESTERN IGNITE (PAVEMENT) MIDGET RACE: October 25 – Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

HONDA IGNITE USAC WASHINGTON DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

 September 14, 2013 – Elma, Washington – Grays Harbor Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Garrett Thomas, 14, Thomas-16.456; 2. Chase Goetz, 91, Goetz-16.567; 3. Ariel Biggs, 11E, Emery-16.589; 4. Todd Hartman, 21, Hartman-16.957; 5. Lee St. Paul, 2, St. Paul-17.082; 6. Jeremy Miller, 44, Miller-17.115; 7. Tristin Thomas, 3s, Stewart-17.123; 8. Madison Hess, 5, Sherwood-17.193; 9. Michael Millard, 23, Millard-17.316; 10. Annika Johanson, 27, Johanson-NT.

HEAT RACE: (10 Laps) 1. G.Thomas, 2. Biggs, 3. Goetz, 4. Miller, 5. St. Paul, 6. Hess, 7. Hartman, 8. T.Thomas, 9. Johanson, 10. Millard. NT

FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Chase Goetz, 2. Garrett Thomas, 3. Ariel Biggs, 4. Madison Hess, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Todd Hartman, 7. Michael Millard, 8. Lee St. Paul, 9. Tristin Thomas, 10. Annika Johanson. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Goetz.

NEW HONDA IGNITE WASHINGTON DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goetz-1,074, 2-G.Thomas-937, 3-Biggs-866, 4-Hartman-569, 5-Miller-514, 6-Dougie James-406, 7-Johanson-364, 8-Hess-358, 9-T.Thomas-348, 10-Robby Vaughn-310.

NEXT HONDA IGNITE WASHINGTON DIRT MIDGET RACE: September 28 – Elma, WA – Grays Harbor Raceway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 14, 2013 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Glenn Howard Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nic Faas, 4, Alexander-16.279; 2. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.285; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.578; 4. Damion Gardner, 4a, Alexander-16.635; 5. Cory Kruseman, 7, Priestley-16.654; 6. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-16.708; 7. David Cardey, 92, Sertich-16.710; 8. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-16.827; 9. Greg Alexander, 72, Tyler-16.854; 10. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-16.869; 11. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.888; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.894; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.927; 14. Danny Faria Jr., 17v, Faria-16.90515. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-17.084; 16. John Aden, 7a, Aden-17.184; 17. Seth Wilson, 1x, Wilson-17.245; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.282; 19. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.303; 20. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.445; 21. Cody Swanson, 14, Springstead-17.463; 22. John Bluntach, 58, Bluntach-17.495; 23. Jimmy Crawford, 3x, Crawford-17.665; 24. Toby Sampson, 82, Sampson-18.275; 25. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.754; 26. Jeremy Ellertson, 98 , Ellertson-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faas, 3. Faria, 4. R.Williams, 5. Cardey, 6. Bender, 7. Crawford, 8. Wilson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kaeding, 2. Spencer, 3. Kruseman, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Bezio, 6. Mitchell, 7. C.Swanson, 8. R.Vander Weerd, 9. Sampson. NJT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Aden, 2. A.Williams, 3. C.Williams, 4. Gaunt, 5. Roa, 6. Alexander, 7. Bluntach, 8. Collins. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bezio, 2. Roa, 3. Cardey, 4. Wilson, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Mitchell, 7. C.Swanson, 8. Alexander, 9. Bender, 10. Bluntach, 11. Collins, 12. Sampson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Nic Faas, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Cory Kruseman, 6. Rip Williams, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Greg Alexander, 9. Cody Williams, 10. Rickie Gaunt, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12 Jace Vander Weerd, 13. Seth Wilason, 14. Danny Faria Jr., 15. Johnny Bluntach, 16. David Bezio, 17. A.J. Bender, 18. Cody Swanson, 19. David Cardey, 20. John Aden, 21. Austin Williams, 22. Matt Mitchell. NT ------------------------------ **Cardey and Bezio flipped during qualifying. Aden flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Gardner, Laps 3-11 Kruseman, Laps 12-21 Spencer, Lap 22 Faas, Lap 23 Spencer, Laps 24-30 Faas.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1,107, 2-Faas-1,008, 3-Spencer-960, 4-Kaeding-753, 5-Mitchell-745, 6-C.Williams-708, 7-A.Williams-692, 8-Roa-659, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-R.Vander Weerd-447.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 25-26 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 14, 2013 – Haubstadt, Indiana – Tri-State Speedway – “Haubstadt Hustler” – Co-Sanctioned by MSCS

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#71P Phillips), 2. Blake Fitzpatrick (#10 Fitzpatrick), 3. Kyle Cummins (#21x Pollock), 4. Kurt Gross (#1x Gross), 5. Chase Stockon (#32 32/TBI), 6. Tyler Courtney (#23c Courtney/Anderson), 7. Daron Clayton (#35 Byram), 8. Bradley Sterrett (#90 Leer). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tracy Hines (#4 Hines), 2. Bryan Clauson (#20 Stewart/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Brady Short (#11P Pottorff), 4. Wes McIntyre (#83 McIntyre), 5. Jeff Bland, Jr. (#04 Burton), 6. Aric Gentry (#21G Gentry). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 2. Seth Parker (#38P Parker), 3. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 4. Carson Short (#21 Short), 5. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 6. Chet Williams (#38 Williams), 7. Kevin Chambers (#18 DC). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#17RW Dutcher/RW/TriStar), 2. Shane Cottle (#2 Epperson), 3. Jon Stanbrough (#66 Wade), 4. A.J. Hopkins (#14 Hopkins), 5. Chris Babcock (#35x Babcock), 6. Kent Schmidt (#5K Schmidt). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Clayton, 3. Hopkins, 4. Courtney, 5. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 6. Bland, 7. Babcock, 8. Sterrett, 9. Schmidt, 10. Gentry, 11. Williams, 12. Chambers. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Braylon Fitzpatrick (#3 Fitzpatrick).

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Brady Short, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Daron Clayton, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Blake Fitzpatrick, 13. Jeff Bland, Jr., 14. Bradley Sterrett, 15. Nick Drake, 16. Carson Short, 17. Chase Briscoe, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Tyler Courtney, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Wes McIntyre, 23. Seth Parker. NT -------------------------------- **Hopkins flipped on the final lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 B.Short, Laps 27-40 Thomas.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Clauson-1,577; 2-Darland-1,572; 3-Bacon-1,521; 4-Thomas-1,396; 5-Stockon-1,392; 6-Hines-1,291; 7-Ballou-1,231; 8-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000; 9-Chris Windom-980; 10-Cottle-952.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: September 21 – Rossburg, OH – Eldora Speedway – “4-Crown Nationals”

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS INVADE CENTRAL ARIZONA RACEWAY

by Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – SEPTEMBER 10, 2013... This Saturday, September 14th, the powerful USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Raceway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, the “Law Enforcement Appreciation Night” will also showcase Pure Stocks, X-Mods, and Dwarf Cars. The Spectator Gates will open at 4pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval is set to begin at 7:00pm.

The “Law Enforcement Appreciation Night” marks the third race of the campaign at Casa Grande. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the main event on March 23rd and Josh Pelkey claimed victory on June 22nd. Many talented drivers are expected at Central Arizona Raceway as they look for the $1,500 feature win at the popular clay oval.

After leading twenty-three laps at Queen Creek last Saturday, USAC SouthWest point leader R.J. Johnson of Phoenix had to settle for second. Racing the Bill Michaels owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson has an 80 point advantage with eight feature wins, eight heat race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, one hard charger award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 262 feature laps led. On Saturday, the former Arizona Midget Champion will be looking to extend his point lead with a win at Casa Grande.

Fresh off recording his sixth win of 2013 last Saturday, Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the point chase. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis has eight heat race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on gaining valuable points with another victory.

Sitting third in the championship points is “The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma. Piloting his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin was sixth in the Queen Creek main event. To date, the USAC National “Hall of Fame Classic” Champion has one feature win, one fast time award, six heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led. “The Magic Man” will be looking to celebrate a feature win at Central Arizona Raceway.

Tucson’s Ronnie Clark is fourth in the USAC SouthWest points. Driving the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark scored fifth at Arizona Speedway. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has yet to claim a main event win, but has two heat race victories and twelve top-10 finishes on the season. At Casa Grande, Ronnie will have his sights on adding the main event trophy to his collection.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix is fifth in the point standings. Racing his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars entry, Deskins raced to seventh after starting nineteenth at Queen Creek. Like Clark, the veteran driver has yet to win a USAC SouthWest feature, but has eight heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and eight feature laps led in 2013. Shon will be looking to score a breakthrough victory at Casa Grande this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Andy Reinbold, Josh Pelkey, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Bryan Swinehart, Stevie Sussex, James Aragon, Tom Ogle, Justin Quinn, Jody Wirth, “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. Michael Curtis, and more.

Central Arizona Raceway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 S. 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 $12, Senior and Military tickets are $10, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralazraceway.com or call (520) 574-8515.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-943, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-863, 3-Mike Martin-769, 4-Ronnie Clark-686, 5-Shon Deskins-669, 6-Andy Reinbold-604, 7-Josh Pelkey-581, 8-Chris Bonneau-575, 9-Brian Hosford-498, 10-Bruce St. James-461, 11- Mike Bonneau-428, 12-Bryan Swinehart-373, 13-Steven Harms-351, 14-Stevie Sussex-331, 15-James Aragon-329, 16-Tom Ogle-325, 17-Justin Quinn-320, 18-Jody Wirth-268, 19-Bob Ream Jr.-257, 20-Michael Curtis-250.

 

 

PERRIS HOSTS “6TH ANNUAL GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL” SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – SEPTEMBER 10, 2013… This Saturday, September 14th, the powerful cars of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. The “6th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial" will also showcase the PAS Senior 360 Sprint Cars, California Lightning Sprints, and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars presented by The Sprint Car Driving Experience. The spectator gates at the "Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing" will open at 5:00pm and racing will start at 7:00pm.

Saturday's event honors Glenn Howard, considered by many in the industry as a "racer's racer." Throughout his involvement in racing, Glenn served as a crew member, driver, car owner, sponsor, official, and business man. 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 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are proud to honor Glenn's memory with the annual event.

Heading into Saturday, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord holds a 107 point advantage over the competition. Racing Mark Alexander's #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Gardner scored second and twenty-second in the 2-day “Louie Vermeil Classic” at Calistoga. To date, the 2005 Champion has five feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one dash win, one Last Man Standing Dash win, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will be looking for his 47th career USAC/CRA victory at the “Glenn Howard Memorial.”

Gardner’s teammate, Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas is second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, Faas claimed fifth and eighth at Calistoga Speedway. The 2011 “Glenn Howard Memorial” winner has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the season. Nic will have his sights on making Saturday’s race the 9th USAC/CRA feature win of his career.

Sitting third in the USAC/CRA point chase is Mike Spencer of Temecula. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer ran third and fourth at the “Louie Vermeil Classic.” The five-time USAC/CRA champion has one feature win, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 38 feature laps led. Last year’s “Howard Memorial” winner will be looking score his 35th career USAC/CRA main event victory.

Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell is fourth in chase for the championship. Driving his #37 MPD Racing / A.R.T. Enterprises entry, Mitchell ran eleventh and ninth at Calistoga. The former USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 58 feature laps led to his credit. Matt will have his sights on the sixth USAC/CRA triumph of his career at the “Glenn Howard Memorial.”

After winning the $7,500 opening night feature and running second in the Calistoga finale, Bud Kaeding of Campbell is fifth in USAC/CRA points. Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion has 40 feature laps led, one dash win, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, and eleven top-10 finishes on the season. Kaeding will be looking for his fifth career USAC/CRA win at the “Glenn Howard Memorial.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Brody Roa, Richard Vander Weerd, "The Ripper" Rip Williams, “Dynamite” David Cardey, Jace Vander Weerd, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman, Seth Wilson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and many more. Local 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars are welcome to race with USAC/CRA. The 360s can run their local approved Hoosier tires, but must meet series tech standards and race track muffler rules.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. General Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, and $5 for Children (6-12). For more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134. Camping is available for $25 at the fairgrounds.

To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. In addition, Perris Auto Speedway offers a live pay per view feed at www.circletracknetwork.com and the live feed is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm PST.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rugged Radios, Rod End Supply, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA). ------------------------------------------------------- GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2008-Tony Jones; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Cory Kruseman; 2011-Nic Faas; 2012-Mike Spencer.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1042, 2-Nic Faas-935, 3-Mike Spencer-896, 4-Matt Mitchell-726, 5-Bud Kaeding-694, 6-Austin Williams-672, 7-CodyWilliams-666, 8-Brody Roa-610, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-415; 11-Rip Williams-395; 12-R.J. Johnson-376; 13-David Cardey-313; 14-Jace Vander Weerd-298; 15-Rickie Gaunt-276; 16-Cory Kruseman-265; 17-Markus Niemela-262; 18-Bryan Clauson-258; 19-Seth Wilson-246; 20-Charles Davis Jr.-232.

 

 

DANNY FARIA JR. SPRINTS TO BAKERSFIELD VICTORY

by Lance Jennings

BAKERSFIELD, CA – SEPTEMBER 8, 2013... After a break in the schedule, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. continued his winning ways at Bakersfield Speedway. Leading all 30-laps, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leader claimed his second $1,500 win of the campaign. Bud Kaeding, fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd and Mike Spencer followed Danny to the checkered flags.

Starting on the pole position, Faria hit his marks throughout the Bakersfield main event. Preferring to run the bottom groove, “Hollywood” also had excellent restarts after each caution flag. With a changing track surface, Danny was able to shake free from the challenges of Austin Liggett, Brody Roa and Bud Kaeding.

Piloting his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. almost swept the Bakersfield program. Qualifying eighth out of 20 cars, the Evett Memorial Champion won the 8-lap D.J. Safety Heat Race #2 and scored his third Woodland Auto Display Dash victory. “Hollywood” left Bakersfield with a 44 point lead with one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led to his credit.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell raced to second in the Bakersfield feature after starting fifth. Driving Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the defending champion was second fast in time trials, second in his heat race, and fifth in the dash. The 3-time Oval Nationals Champion has taken over second in the point chase with three heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season.

Starting seventh in the main event, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd placed third in the 30-lap main event. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, the 2011 Champion earned his series leading fourth Weld Racing Fast Time Award, ran fourth in his heat race, and claimed seventh in the dash. Now third in the standings, Vander Weerd has four main event wins, four heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 101 feature laps led.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia claimed fourth at Bakersfield Speedway. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year qualified third, ran fourth in his heat race, and was eighth in the dash. To date, Vander Weerd is seventh in points with three heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, and seven top-10 finishes on the year.

Making a rare USAC West Coast appearance, Temecula’s Mike Spencer scored fifth in the Bakersfield feature. Driving Mark Priestley’s #7M Roy Miller Freight Lines / Sander Engineering Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA Champion was sixth quick in time trials, second in his heat race, and second in the dash.

Chris Gansen of Verdemont Heights earned the BR Motorsports / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a twelfth place run from twentieth. Racing the family owned #7G Trench Shoring / Dynamic Powder Coating Maxim, Gansen missed time trials and was sixth in his heat race. Running a limited schedule, Chris has one top-10 finish in 2013.

Ojai’s Troy Rutherford won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the former VRA Champion qualified tenth overall and scored fifteenth in the feature after his second stop. In limited starts, Rutherford has one feature win, as 28 feature laps led, two top-10 finishes, and one Weld Racing Fast Time Award on the season.

“The Wild Child” Chris Ennis of Bakersfield drove to victory in the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Driving his new #86 Spy Optics / Bell Helmets Spike, Ennis was twelfth quick in time trials and placed tenth in the main event. The 2010 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will prepare for a rare Hanford-Tulare doubleheader. On September 20th, Kings Speedway will host the “Jim Turner Memorial” on a rare Friday night show with Rebel Cup Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, and Vintage Cars. More information can be found at www.kingsspeedway.net or calling (559) 584-RACE (7223).

The following night, September 21st, the “Harry Talbot Memorial” will be held at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The winged King of the West Sprint Cars and Vintage Hard Tops will join the action packed card. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call (559) 688-0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2013 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WELD RACING TIME TRIALS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.597; 2. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.631; 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.642; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.675; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.680; 6. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-15.754; 7. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-15.860; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.880; 9. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-15.887; 10. Troy Rutherford, 73, Ford-15.928; 11. Austin DeBlauw, 65, DeBlauw-16.184; 12. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.341; 13. Adam Frith-Smith, 62, Frith-Smith-16.448; 14. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.666; 15. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-16.706; 16. Garrett Long, 38, Long-16.726; 17. Matt Day, 97, Day-16.844; 18. Bill Jones, 16, Jones-17.042; 19. Terry Nichols, 33, Nichols-NT; 20. Chris Gansen, 7G, Gansen-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Landon Hurst, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Garrett Long, 6. Adam Frith-Smith, 7. Terry Nichols. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Matt Day, 5. Barnes, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Austin DeBlauw. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps) 1. Chris Ennis, 2, Mike Spencer, 3. Jeff Sibley, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Rusty Carlile, 6. Bill Jones. NT

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY DASH: (6 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Landon Hurst, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Jace Vander Weerd. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (1st), 2. Bud Kaeding (5th), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (7th), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 5. Mike Spencer (2nd), 6. Rusty Carlile (9th), 7. Austin Liggett (3rd), 8. Jeff Sibley (13th), 9. Landon Hurst (6th), 10. Chris Ennis (11th), 11. Brody Roa (4th), 12. Chris Gansen (20th), 13. Matt Day (15th), 14. Garrett Long (14th), 15. Troy Rutherford (10th), 16. Austin DeBlauw (16th), 17. Bill Jones (18th), 18. Kevin Barnes (12th), 19. Terry Nichols (19th), 20. Adam Frith-Smith (17th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Danny Faria Jr. BR MOTORSPORTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Chris Gansen (20th to 12th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-750, 2-Bud Kaeding-706, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-695, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Markus Niemela-559, 6-Rusty Carlile-531, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-495, 8-Austin Liggett-404, 9-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 10-Landon Hurst-363.

 

 

Perris Auto Speedway

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

(Perris, CA, September 9, 2013) The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars return to “The Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing,” Perris Auto Speedway, this Saturday night, September 14th, for the 6th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial. In addition to the USAC/CRA Series, the California Lightning Sprint Cars and PAS Senior Sprints will also be in action and the first season PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars will stage their final event of the year. Spectator gates for the night of racing and family fun will open at 5:00 PM and the first race will be at 7:00.

Back from the injury list, Ventura’s Cory Kruseman won the last USAC/CRA race at The PAS on August 17th. It was the legendary stars track leading 53rd win on the famous half-mile clay oval. Kruseman, who will turn 43-years-old next week, bested the Mark Alexander team of Damion Gardner of Concord and 2013 Cal State Fullerton graduate Nic Faas of Huntington Beach for the win.

Cory Kruseman and the Mark Priestley team after winning the main event at Perris Auto Speedway on August 17th. Media, please feel free to publish this photo and the other one in this release and please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

Despite having not won in the last five races, Gardner and Faas still sit on top of the championship standings. Gardner, the “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver,” last won a USAC/CRA main at Santa Maria on June 15. Faas’ last victory was on July 4th at The PAS.

Gardner leads Faas by 107-points heading into Saturday’s race. Five-time defending champion Mike Spencer of Temecula is third and trails Gardner by 146-points. Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell and three time Budweiser Oval Nationals champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell are fourth and fifth. After Saturday’s race at The PAS, only four races remain on the 2013 schedule. The October 25th and 26th 13th Annual Hose Advantage Hall of Fame Classic at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona and the 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by All Coast Construction, at The PAS on November 1st and 2nd.

Saturday’s race will be the 18th in the series in 2013. Gardner leads all drivers with 5 wins followed by Faas and Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana who each have two. Kruseman, Spencer, Mitchell, Kaeding, R.J. Johnson, Marty Hawkins, Ryan Bernal and Kyle Larson have one win each. Larson won the series last race, the 6th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic at Calistoga, two days after the announcement that he was moving up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to replace Juan Pablo Montoya in the Target #42 for Genesis Racing.

 

 

“GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL” SATURDAY FOR CRA AT THE PAS; TRULLI WINS “GOLD CUP” CLASSIC, TITLE GOES TO BERNAL

Damion Gardner leads the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint cars to this Saturday night’s “Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. He has a comfortable 107-point lead over teammate Nic Faas.

Jimmy Trulli of Placerville, Calif. won Thursday night’s 30-lap USAC Western Classic Sprint finale at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., part of the track’s “Gold Cup” program. Trulli and his S & S Automotive/El Dorado Fence S & S/Chevy led all 30 laps to beat Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal, Kyle Hirst and fast qualifier Geoff Ensign.

Bernal, of Hollister, Calif., finishing third Thursday, emerged as the 2013 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Champion with a 50-point margin over runner-up Shauna Hogg, who was 14th at Chico.

Faas is the only driver this year to repeat at the PAS, while Gardner and defending series champ Mike Spencer continue to lead the all-time Perris USAC/CRA victory totals with 26 and 24 respectively.

FINAL USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ryan Bernal-532, 2-Shauna Hogg-482, 3-D.J. Johnson-426, 4-Tony Hunt-401, 5-Geoff Ensign-132, 6-Landon Hurst-113, 7-Bud Kaeding-112, 8-Gordon Rodgers-94, 9-Marty Hawkins-86, 10-Austin Liggett-78.

2013 AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,042, 2-Nic Faas-935, 3-Mike Spencer-896, 4-Matt Mitchell-726, 5-Bud Kaeding-694, 6-Austin Williams-672, 7-Cody Williams-666, 8-Brody Roa-610, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-415.

 

 

“HAUBSTADT HUSTLER” SATURDAY AT TRI-STATE; POINT LEADERS DARLAND, CLAUSON STAR IN ARKANSAS!

The AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car point leaders head for Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. Saturday for the $10,000-to-win “Haubstadt Hustler,” co-sanctioned by MSCS. Last weekend, Dave Darland and Bryan Clauson continued their battle for the 2013 title by sweeping the Arkansas races at Little Rock and West Memphis.

Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind., got by Kyle Cummins on lap eight and led the final 23 laps Friday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock to beat Kevin Thomas Jr., Brady Bacon, Cummins and Tim Crawley. Clauson piloted the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Chevy Performance/Curb Records Beast/Kistler.

Saturday’s 30-lapper at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis went to Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., driving the Phillips Motorsports Racer’s Advantage DRC/Foxco. He took the lead on lap 34 when leader Clauson spun, then led the final seven laps to beat Jon Stanbrough, Tyler Courtney, Tracy Hines and Keaton Dobbs, as Clauson came back to take sixth. Local drivers Zach Pringle and Dobbs led the opening laps before Clauson took over on lap seven.

Drivers Chase Stockon and Courtney earned Pro Source fast qualifying awards in the two Arkansas events.

2013 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Point Standings: 1-Dave Darland-1,559; 2-Bryan Clauson-1,541; 3-Brady Bacon-1,467; 4-Chase Stockon-1,347; 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-1,336; 6-Tracy Hines-1,252; 7-Robert Ballou-1,200; 8-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000; 9-Chris Windom-980; 10-Tyler Courtney-923.

 

 

MINIMUM SILVER CROWN PURSE INCREASE FOR ELDORA

TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown participants in the September 21 “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio will be competing for minimum starting purses matching the record in series dirt-track history!

Last place in the 50-lap feature at Eldora will offer $1,000-to-start, up $300 from last year’s minimum payoff. The victory will be worth $8,000.

The “4-Crown Nationals” will pit five drivers in a last-chance battle for the series crown, which will be determined at the conclusion of the 50-lap race. A total of 66 points are available and just 29 separate drivers Bobby East, Jerry Coons Jr., Tracy Hines, Chris Windom and Kody Swanson. Windom and Swanson are seeking their initial TRAXXAS Silver Crown series championships.

“We are pleased to post this minimum purse increase, which reflects the efforts of all involved to augment this series as we move forward,” says series coordinator James Spink. “We hope this is the first step toward similar increases in the future as we continue to develop the series and re-energize the car counts which have been a challenge during the past season.”

For history’s sake, the $1,000 starting money figure matches the 1989 and 1990 postings for the “Golden State 100” in Sacramento, Calif. The 1971 and 1972 Hoosier Hundreds in Indianapolis also resulted in minimum payouts of at least $1,000 but that was augmented by television money.

The last time the TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown series offered starting prizes of $1,000 or more was in 2009 at Phoenix International Raceway on the pavement.

 

 

DMA MIDGETS RETURN TO BRADFORD SEPT. 21; PIERSON NOTCHES 5TH DMA WIN AT BEAR RIDGE

Two races remain in the 2013 USAC DMA Midget calendar, September 21 and 28 at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. Only 49 points separate the top five drivers in the standings and the top two are just two points apart!

Inaugural series champion Joe Krawiec has assumed the lead, only two points ahead of defending series titlist Kevin Chaffee. Scott Viets, Adam Pierson and Josh Sunn also are within shot of the leaders.

Pierson continued his mastery of his home town track Saturday. He passed Krawiec on lap 20 and led the last six laps to beat Krawiec, Ray Miller, Viets and Jamie Spalding. The victory was Pierson’s fifth this year at Bear Ridge.

2013 USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Joe Krawiec-650, 2-Kevin Chaffee-648, 3-Scott Veits-628, 4-Adam Pierson-627, 5-Josh Sunn-601, 6-Scott Holcomb-546, 7-Ray Miller 545, 8-Dean Christensen-473, 9-Adam Whitney-469, 10-Dylan Duhaime-462.

 

 

LVMS BULLRING & GRAYS HARBOR NEXT; BRUNS SWEEPS ILLINI IGNITE FEATURES

Nevada and Washington host Honda USAC Ignite Midget races this week. Saturday’s race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring sees Bryant Dawson entering the race with a 22-point lead over Jarid Blondel. Chase Goetz holds a commanding lead in the Washington series which visits Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma Saturday.

Patrick Bruns of Champaign, Ill. swept a pair of Illinois races for the USAC Midwest Dirt Ignite Midget series last weekend. Driving his Cain’s Marine Welding/Tin Cup RV Park Beast, he won Friday at Kankakee County Speedway and Saturday at Macon Speedway.

Bruns passed Mike Gass on lap 17 and led the final four laps for the win at Kankakee over Gass, Gage Walker, Joey Greening and Cooper Clouse, who led the first four laps of the race. He led all 20 laps at Macon to beat Clouse, Greening, Gage Walker and Toby Alfrey.

Walker will take and 81-point lead into the Midwest Dirt finale September 27 at Gas City (Ind.) Speedway.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jarid Blondel-897, 2-Christine Breckenridge-757, 3-Cory Elliott-530, 4-Bryant Dawson-496, 5-Shawn Buckley-385, 6-Michael Fanelli-384, 7-Parker Colston-322, 8-Marina Turner-304, 9-Marc Jessop-271, 10-Wally Pankratz-267.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Cory Elliott-456, 2-Jarid Blondel-423, 3-Christine Breckenridge-356, 4-Parker Colston-322, 5-Wally Pankratz-267, 6-Clayton Ruston-222, 7-Brennan Rogers-164, 8-Randi Pankratz-114, 9-Ariel Biggs-112, 10-Michael Steele-100.

2013 WESTERN HONDA IGNITE PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bryant Dawson-496, 2-Jarid Blondel-474, 3-Christine Breckenridge-401, 4-Shawn Buckley-385, 5-Michael Fanelli-384, 6-Marina Turner-304, 7-Cody Jessop-271, 8-George Blacker-197, 9-Ron Hazelton-189, 10-Jake Swanson-112.

2013 MIDWEST HONDA DIRT IGNITE MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gage Walker-743, 2-Cooper Clouse-662, 3-Austin Nemire-599, 4-Joey Greening-515, 5-Toby Alfrey-509, 6-Stratton Briggs-467, 7-John Heydenreich-426, 8-Katlynn Leer-361, 9-Adam Thomason-311, 10-Emmy Gray-240.

2013 EASTERN HONDA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-1,180, 2-Wil Raber-950, 3-Tyler Corriher-937, 4-Blaine Leydig-760, 5-Calvin Carroll-756, 6-Ryan Krachun-724, 7-Nikki Carroll-686, 8-Justin Whittall-684, 9-Billy Gaule-600, 10-Matt Lundstrom-442,

2013 WASHINGTON HONDA IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase Goetz-1,003, 2-Garrett Thomas-866, 3-Ariel Biggs-801, 4-Todd Hartman-519, 5-Jeremy Miller-460, 6-Dougie James-406, 7-Annika Johanson-331, 8-Tristin Thomas-311, 9-Robby Vaughn-310, 10-Madison Hess-304.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SPRINTS AT CASA GRANDE SATURDAY; DAVIS GRABS QUEEN CREEK BATTLE

Central Arizona Raceway hosts this Saturday’s USAC Southwest Sprint Car race and series point leaders R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. again share the favorites spotlight. The Casa Grande, Ariz. track is one which has eluded Johnson so far this year as he leads Davis by 80 points in the latest standings. Davis and Josh Pelkey have been the winners there so far this year.

Davis, of Buckeye, Ariz., emerged victorious in Saturday night’s race at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz., surviving a late-race duel with Johnson. The two leaders swapped the lead back and forth at the end, Johnson taking the lead on the white-flag lap, then Davis regaining it on the final lap for the win in his Massey Motorsports RSS Industries/Rod End Supply RSS/Don Ott. Johnson finished second ahead of Bruce St. James, Ryan Linder and Ronnie Clark.

The win for Davis extended his lead as the winningest USAC driver in the state of Arizona. The win was his 11th in the Grand Canyon State.

2013 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-943, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-863, 3-Mike Martin-769, 4-Ronnie Clark-686, 5-Shon Deskins-669, 6-Andy Reinbold-602, 7-Josh Pelkey-583, 8-Chris Bonneau-575, 9-Brian Hosford-498, 10-Bruce St. James-461.

 

 

“HARVEST CLASSIC” SATURDAY AT MADERA; GARDNER EXTENDS LEAD WITH “GOLD CUP” VICTORY

This Saturday’s “Harvest Classic” at Madera (Calif.) Speedway completes the 2013 Honda USAC Western Pavement Midget slate and Chad Nichols enters the race with a 13-point lead over Nick Chivello. Scot Pierovich is just 17 back and Dan Gundo is 21 back. Saturday’s race is co-sanctioned by BCRA.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. continues to extend his Honda USAC Western Midget point lead as he sped to victory in Thursday night’s 30-lap “Gold Cup” feature at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. Gardner and his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Engineering Stewart led the final 22 laps after passing Johnathon Henry on lap nine. Series points runner-up Jake Swanson finished second ahead of Scott Pierovich, Matt Streeter and Henry.

The Honda USAC Western Dirt Midget series resumes September 21 at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

Chivello has won twice and Nichols once in the four races held so far this year at Madera.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Ronnie Gardner-889, 2-Jake Swanson-773, 3-David Prickett-586, 4-Shannon McQueen-385, 5-Cody Swanson-383, 6-Scott Pierovich-378, 7-Randi Pankratz-366, 8-Johnathon Henry-301, 9-Kyle Edwards-295, 10-Rico Abreu-270.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1- Chad Nichols-254, 2-Nick Chivello-241, 3-Scott Pierovich-237, 4-Dan Gundo-233, 5-Tanner Swanson-164, 6-Ken Nichols-132, 7-Frankie Guerrini-108, 8-Kody Swanson-72.

 

 

HANFORD, TULARE NEXT FOR WEST COAST SPRINTS; POINT LEADER FARIA TAKES BAKERSFIELD

Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. can breathe a little easier this weekend as the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series takes a hiatus until September 20-21 when it visits Hanford and Tulare, Calif. for back-to-back races.

Faria has spurted to a 44-point lead over Bud Kaeding in the latest standings, partly as a result of last Saturday night’s 30-lap victory at Bakersfield, Calif.

Faria led all 30 laps at Bakersfield in his Johnson Calf Pens/DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike/Downing, beating Kaeding, fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd and Mike Spencer to the checkered flag.

In four races at each upcoming track, Faria was the last of four winners at Hanford. The others were Ryan Bernal, Richard Vander Weerd and Troy Rutherford. At Tulare, Bernal has won three times and Vander Weerd once.

2013 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria Jr.-750, 2-Bud Kaeding-706, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-695, 4-Ryan Bernal-661, 5-Markus Niemela-559, 6-Rusty Carlile-531, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-495, 8-Austin Liggett-404, 9-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 10-Landon Hurst-363.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 7, 2013 – Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ray Miller (#1 Miller), 2. Joe Krawiec (#4 Matczak), 3. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 4. Scott Veits, (#2 Miller), 5. Kevin Chaffee (#6 Matczak), 6. Adam Pierson (#76M Manafort), 7. John Heydenreich (#5 Matczak), 8. Josh Sunn (#76 Manafort), 9. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 10. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Champaigne (#77 Champaigne), 2. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 3. Tyler Rivard (37 Rivard), 4. Jamie Spalding (#93 Spalding), 5. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 6. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 7. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 8. Dylan Rock (#49 Rock), 9. Vince Lucca (#11 Lucca). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Joe Krawiec, 3. Ray Miller, 4. Scott Veits, 5. Jamie Spalding, 6. Jeff Champagne, 7.John Heydenreich, 8. Kevin Chaffee, 9. Josh Sunn, 10. Adam Whitney, 11. Scott Holcomb, 12. Mike Chaffee, 13. Jeff Horn, 14. Vince Lucca, 15. Tyler Rivard, 16. Timothy Gallant, 17. Dylan Rock, 18.. Dylan Duhaime. NT --------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Rivard, Laps 18-19 Krawiec, Laps 20-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Krawiec-650, 2-K.Chaffee-648, 3-Veits-628, 4-Pierson-627, 5-Sunn-601, 6-Holcomb-546, 7-Miller 545, 8-Christensen-473, 9-Adam Whitney-469, 10-Duhaime-462.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: September 21 – Bradford, VT – Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

September 7, 2013 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 2. Bryan Swinehart (#68 Beal), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Steven Harms (#60 Harms), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 8. Mark Morin (#28 Morin), 9. Ryan Linder (#9 Linder). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 8. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 9. James Aragon (#57X Stone). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Mike Colegrove (#17M Colegrove), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 6. Tom Lee (#53 Lee), 7. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 8. Luke Keegan (#21 Keegan). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. St. James, 3. C.Bonneau, 4. Davis, 5. Swinehart, 6. M.Bonneau, 7. Curtis, 8. Clark. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Lundy, 2. Hosford, 3. Deskins, 4. Harms, 5. Linder, 6. Lee, 7. Keegan, 8. Morin, 9. Wirth. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Bruce St. James, 4. Ryan Linder, 5. Ronnie Clark, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Josh Pelkey, 10. Steven Harms, 11. Michael Curtis, 12. Brian Hosford, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Tom Lee, 15. Jordan Stetson, 16. Josh Shipley, 17. Bryan Swinehart, 18. Mike Bonneau, 19. Chris Bonneau, 20. Mike Colegrove, 21. Bob Ream Jr., 22. Matt Lundy. NT

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**C.Bonneau and Swinehart flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Johnson, Laps 23-28 Davis, Lap 29 Johnson, Lap 30 Davis.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: September 14 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Raceway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

September 7, 2013 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.597; 2. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.631; 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.642; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.675; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.680; 6. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-15.754; 7. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-15.860; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.880; 9. Rusty Carlile, 51, Carlile-15.887; 10. Troy Rutherford, 73, Ford-15.928; 11. Austin DeBlauw, 65, DeBlauw-16.184; 12. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.341; 13. Adam Frith-Smith, 62, Frith-Smith-16.448; 14. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.666; 15. Jeff Sibley, 18, Watt-16.706; 16. Garrett Long, 38, Long-16.726; 17. Matt Day, 97, Day-16.844; 18. Bill Jones, 16, Jones-17.042; 19. Terry Nichols, 33, Nichols-NT; 20. Chris Gansen, 7G, Gansen-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Roa, 3. Hurst, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Long, 6. Frith-Smith, 7. Nichols. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Kaeding, 3. Liggett, 4. Day, 5. Barnes, 6. Gansen, 7. DeBlauw. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ennis, 2, Spencer, 3. Sibley, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Carlile, 6. Jones. NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Spencer, 3. Liggett, 4. Roa, 5. Kaeding, 6. Hurst, 7. R.Vander Weerd, 8. J. Vander Weerd. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Rusty Carlile, 7. Austin Liggett, 8. Jeff Sibley, 9. Landon Hurst, 10. Chris Ennis, 11. Brody Roa, 12. Chris Gansen, 13. Matt Day, 14. Garrett Long, 15. Troy Rutherford, 16. Austin DeBlauw, 17. Bill Jones, 18. Kevin Barnes, 19. Terry Nichols, 20. Adam Frith-Smith. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faria.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: September 20 – Hanford, CA – Kings Speedway – “Jim Turner Memorial”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 7, 2013 – West Memphis, Arkansas – Riverside International Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tyler Courtney, 23c, Courtney/Anderson-13.023; 2. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-13.065; 3. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips-13.080; 4. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-13.081; 5. Derek Hagar, 9, Conrad-13.093; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.138; 7. Zach Pringle, 14z, Mobbs-13.379; 8. Jerod Roller, 5, Roller-13.442; 9. Keaton Dobbs, 15K, Dobbs-13.478; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Wade-13.479; 11. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-13.482; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.492; 13. Tim Crawley, 88, Ward-13.549; 14. Kyle Cummins, 21x, Pollock-13.554; 15. Anthony Nicholson, 16, Nicholson-13.733; 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-13.785; 17. Ronnie Howard, 44, Howard-13.796; 18. Chad Jones, 40, Chambliss-13.881; 19. Jordon Mallett, 14, Mallett-13.892; 20. Wade Oliver, 58, Pyles-14.454; 21. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-NT; 22. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-NT (time of 13.969 disallowed).

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Crawley, 2. Thomas, 3. Pringle, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Clauson, 6. Courtney, 7. Williams, 8. Mallett. 2:19.46

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Howard, 3. Roller, 4. Drake, 5. Hines, 6. Hagar, 7. Oliver. 2:16.99

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Nicholson, 2. Ballou, 3. Darland, 4. Dobbs, 5. Bacon, 6. Jones, 7. Stockon. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Keaton Dobbs, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Derek Hagar, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Nick Drake, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Jordon Mallett, 12. Chet Williams, 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 14. Tim Crawley, 15. Kyle Cummins, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Anthony Nicholson, 18. Ronnie Howard, 19. Wade Oliver, 20. Zach Pringle, 21. Chad Jones, 22. Jerod Roller. NT -------------------------------- **Roller flipped on the start of the Feature. Pringle flipped on lap 2 of the Feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Pringle, Laps 2-6 Dobbs, Laps 7-33 Clauson, Laps 34-40 Darland.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Darland-1,559; 2-Clauson-1,541; 3-Bacon-1,467; 4-Stockon-1,347; 5-Thomas-1,336; 6-Hines-1,252; 7-Ballou-1,200; 8-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000; 9-Chris Windom-980; 10-Courtney-923.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: September 14 – Haubstadt, IN – Tri-State Speedway (co-sanctioned with MSCS)

 

 

HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 7, 2013 – Macon, Illinois – Macon Speedway

HEAT RACE: (8 Laps) 1. Austin Nemire (#91 Nemire-Yager), 2. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 3. Joey Greening (#17G Greening), 4. Patrick Bruns (#83 Bruns), 5. Mike Gass (#52 Gass), 6. Cooper Clouse (#14 Clouse), 7. Aaron Schuck (#53 Schuck), 8. Brad Eastin (#5 Eastin), 9. Toby Alfrey (#11 Alfrey). NT

FEATURE: (20 Laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Cooper Clouse, 3. Joey Greening, 4. Gage Walker, 5. Toby Alfrey, 6. Austin Nemire, 7. Aaron Schuck, 8. Brad Eastin, 9. Mike Gass. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bruns.

NEW HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Walker-743, 2-Clouse-662, 3-Nemnire-599, 4-Greening-515, 5-Alfrey-509, 6-Stratton Briggs-467, 7-John Heydenreich-426, 8-Katlynn Leer-361, 9-Adam Thomason-311, 10-Emmy Gray-240.

NEXT HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET RACE: September 27 – Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway

 

 

Honda USAC Western Midget Series

RONNIE GARDNER STRIKES GOLD AT SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY
by Lance Jennings

CHICO, CA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2013... Taking the lead from Johnathon Henry on lap nine, Norco’s Ronnie Gardner roared his sixth Honda USAC Western Midget victory of 2013. The BCRA co-sanctioned “Cavalcade of Gold Cup Memories” was Gardner’s first triumph at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Jake Swanson, Scott Pierovich, Matt Streeter and Henry followed the USAC point leader to the checkered flags.

Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner raced to victory after starting sixth in the 30-lap feature. The former USAC/CRA Most Improved Driver earned his third straight fast time award (4th overall) by out-qualifying the twenty car field. Scoring third in his heat race, Ronnie continues to lead the point chase with two heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 123 feature laps led to his credit.

Jake Swanson of Anaheim placed second in Chico’s “Cavalcade of Gold Cup Memories.” Piloting the Van Dyne / Swanson #05 Ram Bull Racing / Goodwine Glass Edmunds, Swanson qualified third overall and claimed second in his heat race. The May 11th Santa Maria winner is currently second in points with one fast time award, four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the year.

Alamo’s Scott Pierovich raced the family owned #35 Mid-Coast Trans / Good Guys Spike to third in the main event. The veteran driver was second fast in time trials and claimed third in his 8-lap heat race. Pierovich left Chico sixth in the dirt series points with 28 feature laps led, nine top-10 finishes, and three heat race victories in 2013.

Matt Streeter of Galt claimed fourth in the Thursday night Gold Cup feature. Driving his #14JR T&T Trucking / Simpson Race Products Spike, Streeter timed in eighth quick and won the night’s second heat race. In limited starts, the former BCRA Midget Champion has two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

After leading the opening eight laps, Stockton’s Johnathon Henry ran fifth in the “Cavalcade of Gold Cup Memories.” Piloting Mike Sala’s #19W Weldway Incorporated / Sala Construction Spike, Henry qualified sixth and placed fifth in his heat race. The 2011 Louie Vermeil Classic winner sits eighth in the dirt standings with nine feature laps led and three top-10 finishes.

Tehachapi’s Shannon McQueen earned her third “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run after starting sixteenth. The driver of the #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike was fifth fast in time trials and scored seventh in her heat race. As this writing goes to press, the defending champion is fourth in dirt points with one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and one fast time award.

“The Fremont Flyer” Shane Golobic won the night’s first heat race at Silver Dollar Speedway. Racing Doug Bock’s #26 Carson R&D / Astro Titanium Spike, Golobic qualified fourth and scored seventeenth in the main event after a crash ended his night. In limited starts, the World of Outlaw Sprint Car feature winner has four top-10 finishes, 60 feature laps led, and one main event win in 2013.

Greg Bragg of Visalia scored the victory in the night’s third heat race. Driving Dave Thurston’s #11 Bruce Thurston Enterprises Spike, Bragg was twelfth quick in time trials and took eleventh in the 30-lap main event. The multi-time California Lightning Sprint Champion has four top-10 finishes, one semi-main win, and two heat race victories on the season.

On Saturday, September 14th, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will tackle the pavement at Madera Speedway. Co-sanctioned with the BCRA Midget Series, the “Harvest Classic” will also feature the Pabst Blue Ribbon Winged World Series, NCMA Sprint Cars, Vintage Super Modifieds, Valley Sportsman, Tractor Pulls, and the Bigfoot Monster Truck. For more event and ticket information, visit www.racemadera.com or call 559-673-RACE.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets).
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HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
September 5, 2013 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway – “Cavalcade of Gold Cup Memories” - (Co-Sanctioned by BCRA)

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.511; 2. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.585; 3. Jake Swanson, 05, Swanson-14.661; 4. Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-14.755; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.841; 6. Johnathon Henry, 19W, Sala-14.916; 7. Sean Becker, 19S, Sala-14.961; 8. Matt Streeter, 14JR, Streeter-15.088; 9. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-15.090; 10. Alex Schutte, 28, Morris-15.249; 11. David Prickett, 15, Neverlift-15.312; 12. Greg Bragg, 11, Thurston-15.327; 13. Trey Marcham, 37, McQueen-15.375; 14. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-15.460; 15. Robbie Whitchurch, 82, Whitchurch-15.656; 16. Darin Snider, 6, Snider-16.086; 17. Gary Conterno, 55, Conterno-16.447; 18. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.599; 19. Floyd Alvis, 11X, Alvis-17.049; 20. Rick Holbrook, 2, Holbrook-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Shane Golobic, 2. Trey Marcham, 3. Ronnie Gardner, 4. Alex Schutte, 5. Sean Becker, 6. Floyd Alvis, 7. Darin Snider. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Matt Streeter, 2. Frankie Guerrini, 3. Scott Pierovich, 4. David Prickett, 5. Gary Conterno, 6. Rick Holbrook, 7. Shannon McQueen. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Greg Bragg, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Taylor Simas, 4. Robbie Whitchurch, 5. Johnathon Henry, 6. J.R. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 2. Jake Swanson (4th), 3. Scott Pierovich (5th), 4. Matt Streeter (7th), 5. Johnathon Henry (2nd), 6. Sean Becker (1st), 7. Alex Schutte (9th), 8. Shannon McQueen (16th), 9. Taylor Simas (8th), 10. Greg Bragg (11th), 11. David Prickett (10th), 12. Trey Marcham (12th), 13. Frankie Guerrini (13th), 14. Darin Snider (17th), 15. Robbie Whitchurch (14th), 16. Floyd Alvis (19th), 17. Shane Golobic (3rd), 18. Gary Conterno (15th), 19. J.R. Williams (18th), 20. Rick Holbrook (20th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Johnathon Henry, Laps 9-30 Ronnie Gardner.
HARD CHARGER: Shannon McQueen (16th to 8th)

HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1-Ronnie Gardner-889, 2-Jake Swanson-773, 3-David Prickett-586, 4-Shannon McQueen-385, 5-Cody Swanson-383, 6-Scott Pierovich-378, 7-Randi Pankratz-366, 8-Johnathon Henry-301, 9-Kyle Edwards-295, 10-Rico Abreu-270.

2013 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
September 14: **Madera Speedway - Madera, CA (Harvest Classic)
September 21: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
September 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 5: **Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (Soares Classic)
November 14: ***Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 15: ***Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: ***Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 22: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ
November 23: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ
November 28: ***Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Midget Series.
** = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midget Series.
*** = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midget Series.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 6, 2013 – Kankakee, Illinois – Kankakee County Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Mike Gass (#52 Gass), 2. Cooper Clouse (#14 Clouse), 3. Aaron Schuck (#53 Schuck), 4. Adam Thomason (#74 Thomason),5. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 6. Brad Eastin (#5 Eastin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Patrick Bruns (#83 Bruns), 2. Joey Greening (#17G Greening), 3. Austin Nemire (#91 Nemire-Yager), 4. Danny Drogemiller (#76 Drogemiller), 5. Toby Alfrey (#11 McGhee). NT

FEATURE: (20 Laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Mike Gass, 3. Gage Walker, 4. Joey Greening, 5. Cooper Clouse, 6. Austin Nemire, 7. Danny Drogemiller, 8. Adam Thomason, 9. Aaron Schuck, 10. Brad Eastin, 11. Toby Alfrey. NT --------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Clouse, Laps 5-16 Gass, Laps 17-20 Bruns.

NEW HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Walker-674, 2-Clouse-590, 3-Nemire-536, 4-Stratton Briggs-467, 5-Greening-445, 6-Alfrey-442, 7-John heydenreich-426, 8-Katlynn Leer-361, 9-Thomason-300, 10-Emmy Gray-240.

NEXT HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET RACE: September 7 – Macon (IL) Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 6, 2013 – Little Rock, Arkansas – I-30 Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.092; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.193; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher/RW/TriStar-13.330; 4. Bryan Clauson, 20, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-13.337; 5. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-13.496; 6. Nick Drake, 55, Cline-13.687; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.728; 8. Kyle Cummins, 21x, Pollock-13.744; 9. Tyler Courtney, 23c, Courtney/Anderson-13.773; 10. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-13.781; 11. Derek Hagar, 9, Conrad-13.787; 12. Tim Crawley, 88, Ward-14.100; 13. Keaton Dobbs, 15K, Dobbs-14.128; 14. Zach Pringle, 14z, Mobbs-14.138; 15. Anthony Nicholson, 16, Nicholson-14.166; 16. Jerod Roller, 5, Roller-14.179; 17. Jacob Pringle, 2J, Mobbs-14.186; 18. Jordon Mallett, 14, Mallett-14.224; 19. Joe Young, 12T, Young-14.308; 20. Brad Bowden, 39, Bowden-14.447; 21. Tommy Snellgrove, 4T, Snellgrove-14.547; 22. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-14.570; 23. Cody Gardner, 1G, Gardner-14.591; 24. Johnny Gardner, 31G, Gardner-14.674; 25. Rick Pringle, 38, Pringle-14.786; 26. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.915.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Darland, 3. Dobbs, 4. Young, 5. Roller, 6. Moore, 7. R. Pringle, 8. Ballou, 9. Stockon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Z. Pringle, 2. Bacon, 3. Cummins, 4. Hines, 5. Hagar, 6. Bowden, 7. C. Gardner, 8. Williams, 9. J. Pringle. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Crawley, 2. Thomas, 3. Nicholson, 4. Courtney, 5. Drake, 6. Mallett, 7. Snellgrove, 8. J. Gardner. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. C. Gardner, 3. Mallett, 4. Snellgrove, 5. Moore, 6. R. Pringle, 7. Williams, 8. Stockon, 9. J. Pringle, 10. Bowden, 11. J. Gardner. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Tim Crawley, 6. Zach Pringle, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Tyler Courtney, 9. Derek Hagar, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jordon Mallett, 12. Joe Young, 13. Anthony Nicholson, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Keaton Dobbs, 16. Nick Drake, 17. Chet Williams, 18. Nathan Moore, 19. Jerod Roller, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Rick Pringle, 22. Cody Gardner, 23. Tommy Snellgrove. -------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Cummins, Laps 8-30 Clauson.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Clauson/Darland-1,489; 3-Bacon-1,430; 4-Stockon-1,323; 5-Thomas-1,302; 6-Hines-1,192; 7-Ballou-1,154; 8-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,000; 9-Chris Windom-980; 10-Shane Cottle-919.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: September 7 – West Memphis, Arkansas – Riverside International Speedway

 

 

USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 5, 2013 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Geoff Ensign, 5v, VanLare-14.354; 2. Ryan Bernal, 93, Gardner-14.379; 3. Bud Kaeding, 73, Ford-14.519; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.544; 5. Andy Forsberg, 7c, Forsberg-14.559; 6. Kyle Hirst, 29, Croft-14.610; 7. Andy Gregg, 14R, Arnold-14.631; 8. Chad Boespflug, 14, Pierson-14.652; 9. Jimmy Trulli, 33t, Trulli-14.657; 10. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleason-14.802; 11. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.809; 12. Herman Klein, 42x, Klein-14.818; 13. Brett Rollag, 27, Rollag-14.846; 14. Max Adams, 5x, Adams--14.928; 15. Taylor Simas, 7, Simas-14.989; 16. Shawn Wright, 99x, Wright-15.068; 17. Tony Hunt, 56, Phulps-15.114; 18. Jason York, 3F, Finkenbinder-15.118; 19. Scott Hall, 56k, Phulps-15.158; 20. Koen Shaw, 88k, Shaw-15.209; 21. Tim Sherman, 1jr, Sherman-15.249; 22. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-15.532; 23. Shauna Hogg, 5, Hogg-15.639; 24. Rowdy McClenon, 13, McClenon-15.671; 25. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rollag, 2. Ensign, 3. Wright, 4. Liggett, 5. Aton, 6. Gregg, 7. Richardon, 8. Hall, 9. Schank. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Johnson, 3. Forsberg, 4. Shaw, 5. Bernal, 6. Hogg, 7. Adams, 8. Hunt. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Trulli, 2. Simas, 3. Kaeding, 4. Klein, 5. McClenon, 6. York, 7. Sherman, 8. Hirst. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Schank, 2. Bernal, 3. York, 4. Hall, 5. Hunt, 6. Sherman, 7. Hogg, 8. Aton, 9. Richardson, 10. Gregg, 11. McClenon, 12. Hirst. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jimmy Trulli, 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Kyle Hirst, 5. Geoff Ensign, 6. Tony Hunt, 7. Andy Gregg, 8. D.J. Johnson, 9. Herman Klein, 10. Brett Rollag, 11. Koen Shaw, 12. Bud Kaeding, 13. Billy Aton, 14. Shauna Hogg, 15. Rowdy McClenon, 16. Jason York, 17. Terry Schank Jr., 18. Andy Forsberg, 19. Taylor Simas, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Tim Sherman Jr., 22. Jim Richardson, 23. Scott Hall, 24. Shawn Wright. NT ---------------------------- **Wright flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Trulli.

FINAL USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bernal-532, 2-Hogg-482, 3-Johnson-426, 4-Hunt-401, 5-Ensign-132, 6-Landon Hurst-113, 7-Kaeding-112, 8-Gordon Rodgers-94, 9-Marty Hawkins-86, 10-Liggett-78.

 

 

USAC HONDA WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 5, 2013 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, SIX-EIGHT-14.511; 2. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.585; 3. Jake Swanson, 05, Swanson-14.661; 4. Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-14.755; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.841; 6. Johnathon Henry, 19w, Sala-14.916; 7. Sean Becker, 19s, Sala-14.961; 8. Matt Streeter, 14jr, Streeter-15.088; 9. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-15.090; 10. Alex Schutte, 28, Morris-15.249; 11. David Prickett, 15, Neverlift-15.312; 12. Gregg Bragg, 11, Thurston-15.327; 13. Trey Marcham, 37, McQueen-15.375; 14. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-15.460; 15. Robbie Whitchurch, 82, Whitchurch-15.656; 16. Darin Snider, 6, Snider-16.086; 17. Gary Conterno, 55, Conterno-16.447; 18. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.599; 19. Floyd Alvis, 11x, Alvis-17.049; 20. Rick Holbrook, 2, Holbrook-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Marcham, 3. Gardner, 4. Schutte, 5. Becker, 6. Alvis, 7. Snider. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Streeter, 2. Guerrini, 3. Pierovich, 4. Prickett, 5. Conterno, 6. Holbrook, 7. McQueen. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bragg, 2. J.Swanson, 3. Simas, 4. Whitchurch, 5. Henry, 6. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Scott Pierovich, 4. Matt Streeter, 5. Johnathon Henry, 6. Sean Becker, 7. Alex Schutte, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Taylor Simas, 10. Greg Bragg, 11. David Prickett, 12. Trey Marcham, 13. Frankie Guerrini, 14. Darin Snider, 15. Robbie Whitchurch, 16. Floyd Alvis, 17. Shane Golobic, 18. Gary Conterno, 19. J.R. Williams, 20. Rick Holbrook. NT ------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Henry, Laps 9-30 Gardner.

NEW HONDA WESTERN DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-889, 2-J.Swanson-773, 3-Prickett-586, 4-McQueen-385, 5-Cody Swanson-383, 6-Pierovich-378, 7-Randi Pankratz-366, 8-Henry-301, 9-Kyle Edwards-295, 10-Rico Abreu-270.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 21 – Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

DANNY FARIA JR. LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO BAKERSFIELD

by Lance Jennings

SANTA MARIA, CA – SEPTEMBER 5, 2013... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will make their final appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway. The Saturday, September 7th, event will also feature the popular Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 4:00pm with Racing set for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval."

In the five year history of the West Coast Sprint Car Series, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted nine events with the traditional sprint cars. Davey Pombo won the first of three main events on April 25, 2009 and other Bakersfield winners are Peter Murphy, Craig Stidham, Bud Kaeding, Richard Vander Weerd, and Ryan Bernal. Vander Weerd won the March 23rd feature and Bernal claimed victory on April 27th.

After winning the August 3rd “Jim Evett Memorial” at Hanford, Tipton’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. has a 21 point lead over the competition. Driving his #17V Johnston Calf Pens / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria has one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led to his credit. On Saturday, “Hollywood” and Crew Chief Vinnie Lattner will be looking extend their point lead by adding Bakersfield to their win list.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister is second in the point standings. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bernal scored fifth at Hanford after starting twenty-third. To date, the 2-time Santa Maria track champion has five main event wins, one Weld Racing Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led. Ryan has parted ways with the Josh Ford Motorsports team and may miss the action at Bakersfield.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding sits third in the championship points. Racing Junior Bowman's #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, the defending champion ran third in the “Jim Evett Memorial.” Kaeding has yet to score a West Coast victory in 2013, but has three heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led to his credit. Bud won last Saturday’s $7,500 USAC/CRA “Vermeil Classic” opener at Calistoga and will be looking to add Saturday’s trophy to his collection.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia is fourth in the West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard set fast time and ran second at the “Evett Memorial” after starting fourteenth. The 2011 Champion has four main event wins, three Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, two Woodland Auto Display Dash wins, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rode End Supply Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 101 feature laps led. Vander Weerd won at Bakersfield in his first start at the 1/3-mile facility and will have his sights on another feature win.

Sitting fifth in the USAC West Coast standings is Markus Niemela of Rauma, Finland. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Lost Reality Maxim, Niemela was second quick and scored sixteenth at Kings Speedway. The hard charging driver has yet to win a feature this season, but has two Weld Racing Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Woodland Auto Display Dash win, eight top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led. Niemela has returned to his native Finland and may miss the Bakersfield event.

Currently twelfth in the point standings, Landon Hurst of Riverdale leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Oakdale’s Jeff Sibley, Terra Bella’s Trent Carter, Springville’s Seth Hancock, and Garrett Long of Springville are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Bakersfield Bullet” Rusty Carlile, Jace Vander Weerd, 2012 Rookie of the Year Austin Liggett, Marty Hawkins, Kevin Barnes, Matt Day, Andy Ferris, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Kolby Araki, Jonathan Logan, Don Gansen, Chris Gansen, Terry Nichols, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $15, Kids tickets (12-6) are $5, and Children’s 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 would like to thank Southwest Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/pages/USAC-West-Coast-Sprint-Car-Series/369549755817) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USACwc360). ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Danny Faria, Jr.-682, 2-Ryan Bernal 661, 3-Bud Kaeding-637, 4-Richard Vander Weerd-630, 5-Markus Niemela-559, 6-Rusty Carlile-482, 7-Jace Vander Weerd-435, 8-Ricky Kirkbride-377, 9-Austin Liggett-354, 10-Marty Hawkins-335, 11-Kevin Barnes-333, 12-Landon Hurst-321, 13-Jeff Sibley-304, 14-Dennis Howell-250, 15-Matt Day-237, 16-Andy Ferris-226, 17-Chris Ennis-216, 18-Kolby Araki-199, 19-Jonathan Logan-183, 20-Brody Roa-146.

 

R.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO QUEEN CREEK

by Lance Jennings

PEORIA, AZ – SEPTEMBER 5, 2013... After racing in Oklahoma and Kansas for the “Freedom Tour,” the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series have returned to the “Copper State.” This Saturday, September 7th, the traditional sprints will invade Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark, the action packed card will also showcase Pure Stocks, AMA Mod Lites, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:15pm and Racing at the popular 3/8-mile oval is scheduled to begin at 7:15pm.

Saturday’s event will mark the fifth appearance at Arizona Speedway for the USAC SouthWest Sprints. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin claimed inaugural race on April 13th, R.J. Johnson has two wins, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. claimed victory on June 8th. With valuable points up for grabs, Saturday’s race could play a key role in the championship chase.

With eight wins on the season, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix has an 82-point advantage over the competition. Driving Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson did not race in the “Freedom Tour.” To date, the former Arizona Midget Champion has seven heat race victories, four Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 239 feature laps led to his credit. On Saturday, R.J. will be looking to return to victory circle at Arizona Speedway.

Buckeye’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports' #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the August 23rd “Freedom Tour” show at Dodge City Raceway Park. The five-time Arizona Champion has five main event wins, eight heat race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty top-10 finishes, and 99 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on the feature win and gaining points on Johnson.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma is third in the point standings. Piloting his #16 Ultimate Offroad / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin’s best “Freedom Tour” finish was at Wichita, Kansas where he scored fifth. The USAC National “Hall of Fame Classic” winner has one feature win, one fast time award, six heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led. “The Magic Man” will be looking to add Saturday’s trophy to his collection.

Tucson’s Ronnie Clark sits fourth in the championship points. Driving the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark did not compete in the inaugural “Freedom Tour.” The veteran driver has yet to claim a main event, but has two heat race victories and eleven top-10 finishes in the campaign. On Saturday, Ronnie will be looking for a breakthrough win at Queen Creek.

Shon Deskins of Phoenix is fifth in the point chase. Racing his #20 Performance Plus / Ellis Race Cars entry, Deskins best “Freedom Tour” run was seventh at Dodge City on August 24th. Like Clark, the veteran driver has yet to win a USAC SouthWest feature, but has eight heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, eleven top-10 finishes, and eight feature laps led. At Queen Creek, Shon will have his sights on claiming the main event victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Andy Reinbold, Chris Bonneau, Josh Pelkey, Brian Hosford, Mike Bonneau, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Bryan Swinehart, Stevie Sussex, James Aragon, Tom Ogle, Jody Wirth, “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children 6 and under are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call (480) 926-6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINT STANDINGS: 1-R.J. Johnson-878; 2-Charles Davis Jr.-796; 3-Mike Martin-720; 4-Ronnie Clark-632; 5-Shon Deskins-625; 6-Andy Reinbold-560; 7-Chris Bonneau-555; 8-Josh Pelkey-539; 9-Brian Hosford-466; 10-Mike Bonneau-403; 11-Bruce St. James-399; 12-Bryan Swinehart-347; 13-Stevie Sussex-331; 14-James Aragon-329; 15-Tom Ogle-325; 16-Justin Quinn-320; 17-Steven Harms-317; 18-Jody Wirth-267; 19-Bob Ream Jr.-240; 20-Michael Curtis-212.

 

 

KYLE LARSON SCORES $10,000 LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC SPRINT CAR FINALE

by Lance Jennings

CALISTOGA, CA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2013... After competing in Atlanta the day before with the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson led the final two laps to claim the “6th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Sunday’s $10,000 USAC Western Classic and Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph at Calistoga Speedway was Larson’s third career WCRS victory. Bud Kaeding, Austin Williams, fast qualifier Mike Spencer, and Bradley Terrell rounded out the top five drivers.

Taking the lead from Mike Spencer on lap twenty eight, Kyle Larson raced to a popular victory at the Napa County Fairgrounds after starting eighth. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Larson qualified eighth out of 34 cars and won the SBI Fuel Systems Heat Race #4 in his first start of the campaign.

After winning the previous night, Bud Kaeding of Campbell raced from tenth to finish second in the “Louie Vermeil Classic.” Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion was tenth fast in time trials and ran second in his heat race. Bud left Calistoga eighth in WCRS points with two feature wins, four top-10 finishes, one Kaeding Performance / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and 32 feature laps led to his credit.

Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams had a strong finish with a late race charge to claim third at the checkered flags. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified fourth and claimed second in his heat race. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes in Western Classic competition.

Mike Spencer of Temecula ran fourth in the Sunday finale after leading twenty-one laps. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA champion took command from leading rookie contender D.J. Johnson on lap eight. Earlier in the night, Spencer earned his second Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Currently, Mike is third in the USAC/CRA point chase with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes with the WCRS.

For the second straight night, Sebastopol’s Bradley Terrell earned the Kaeding Performance / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from twenty-first. Driving the family owned #43 Millhouse Glass / Papa Enterprises A.R.T., Terrell was twenty-first quick in time trials and was second to Mike Spencer in his heat race. In addition, the Petaluma veteran driver earned his second $1,000 bonus for having the highest finishing 360 at Calistoga.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord won the program’s 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, the USAC/CRA point leader qualified fourteenth and was penalized for missing the scales after the main event, resulting in a twenty-third place finish. “The Demon” has one feature win, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the season.

For the second night in a row, Galt’s Matt Streeter won an 8-lap event at Calistoga, this time claiming the Competition Suspension Inc. / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Piloting his #14JR T&T Trucking / Simpson Racing Products Maxim, the former BCRA Midget Champion was nineteenth fast and scored sixteenth in the main event.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach won his first 12-lap Rod End Supply Semi-Main of 2013. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, the former USAC Western Midget Champion qualified second and placed fifth in his heat race. Nic left Calistoga second in USAC/CRA points, but has three top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led with the WCRS.

On Thursday, September 5th, the USAC Western Classic Sprint Cars will compete in their season finale at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway during the “60th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions.” The “Cavalcade of Gold Cup Memories” will also showcase the Honda USAC Western and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets, Dwarf Cars, and Vintage Cars. Located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, reserved tickets are $30 and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call (530) 350-7275.

The USAC Western Classic Racing Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, and Saldana Racing Products 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 USAC Western Classic Racing Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WesternClassicSprints) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_WCRS). ------------------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA & WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT RACE RESULTS: September 1, 2013 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “6th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY TIME TRIALS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-19.504; 2. Nic Faas, 4, Alexander-19.598; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.831; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-20.085; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-20.109; 6. Geoff Ensign, 5V, VanLare-20.113; 7. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-20.138; 8. Kyle Larson, 73X, Ford-20.241; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-20.352; 10. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-20.359; 11. Kyle Hirst, 83, Tiner-20.370; 12. Andy Forsberg, 7C, Geaney-20.426; 13. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-20.526; 14. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-20.535; 15. Tim Barber, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.535; 16. Bryan Clauson, 16B, Martin-20.577; 17. Colby Copeland, 23, Melgoza-20.643; 18. Chad Boespflug, 14, Pierson/Vertullo-20.766; 19. Matt Streeter, 14JR, Streeter-20.865; 20. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-21.040; 21. Bradley Terrell, 43, Terrell-21.060; 22. Tony Hunt, 56, Phulps-21.062; 23. James Sweeney, 11, Lewis-21.411; 24. Klint Simpson, 84, Simpson-21.473; 25. Evan Pardo, 21, Spear-21.618; 26. Scott Hall, 56K, Hall-21.757; 27. Trevor Schmid, 2X, Schmid-21.847; 28. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-21.948; 29. Shauna Hogg, 5, Hogg-21.959; 30. Tim Sherman Jr., 1JR, Sherman-21.998; 31. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-22.290; 32. Sparky Howard, 5D, VanLare-22.439; 33. Tom Baker, 3T, Baker-23.282; 34. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps) 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Bradley Terrell, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Colby Copeland, 6. Shauna Hogg, 7. Evan Pardo, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Tom Baker. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Tony Hunt, 4. Geoff Ensign, 5. Nic Faas, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Scott Hall, 8. Tim Sherman Jr. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps) 1. Matt Streeter, 2. Brody Roa, 3. D.J. Johnson, 4. Kyle Hirst, 5. James Sweeney, 6. Trevor Schmid, 7. Tim Barber, 8. Jim Richardson. NT

SBI FUEL SYSTEMS HEAT RACE 4: (8 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Andy Forsberg, 5. Mike Martin, 6. Terry Schank Jr., 7. Klint Simpson, 8. Sparky Howard. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Nic Faas, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Colby Copeland, 5. Terry Schank Jr., 6. Tim Barber, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Klint Simpson, 9. Tim Sherman Jr., 10. Evan Pardo, 11. Trevor Schmid, 12. James Sweeney, 13. Scott Hall, 14. Jim Richardson, 15. Shauna Hogg, 16. Sparky Howard, 17. Tim Barber. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Kyle Larson (8th), 2. Bud Kaeding (10th), 3. Austin Williams (4th), 4. Mike Spencer (6th), 5. Bradley Terrell (21st), 6. Geoff Ensign (2nd), 7. Bryan Clauson (16th), 8. Nic Faas (7th), 9. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 10. Brody Roa (5th), 11. Colby Copeland (17th), 12. Chad Boespflug (18th), 13. Andy Forsberg (12th), 14. Cody Williams (9th), 15. Ronnie Gardner (13th), 16. Matt Streeter (19th), 17. Terry Schank Jr. (20th), 18. Tony Hunt (22nd), 19. Tim Barber (15th), 20. D.J. Johnson (1st), 21. Kyle Hirst (11th), 22. Damion Gardner (14th). NT ---------------------------- **Scott Hall flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 D.J. Johnson, Laps 8-28 Mike Spencer, Laps 29-30 Kyle Larson. KAEDING PERFORMANCE / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Bradley Terrell (21st to 5th)

USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Ryan Bernal-470, 2-Shauna Hogg-456, 3-D.J. Johnson-380, 4-Tony Hunt-355, 5-Landon Hurst-113, 6-Gordon Rodgers-94, 7-Marty Hawkins-86, 8-Bud Kaeding-73, 9-Geoff Ensign-71, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-68.

2013 USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)

 

 

RICO ABREU WINS SATURDAY $10,000 CALISTOGA FEATURE

by Lance Jennings

CALISTOGA, CA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2013... After taking command from Shane Golobic on lap nine, Rico Abreu of Rutherford won the opening night of the “6th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” The $10,000 Honda USAC Western Midget victory at Calistoga Speedway was Rico’s second career series triumph. Ryan Bernal, point leader Ronnie Gardner, Shane Golobic, and Cody Swanson followed Abreu to the checkered flags.

Piloting the #67K Kunz Motorsports / Curb-Agajanian Toyota TRD Bullet, Rico Abreu qualified third out of the 27 entries and won the night’s third heat race. Starting fourth in the 25-lap main event, Abreu stayed within striking distance until making his move on lap nine. With car owner Keith Kunz turning the wrenches, last year’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” Champion also won the opening night of the Belleville Midget Nationals.

Hollister’s Ryan Bernal claimed second in the Saturday night feature after starting fifth. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, the 2-time Santa Maria sprint car champion was second fast in time trials and placed second in his heat race. In limited appearances, Bernal has two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Ronnie Gardner of Norco claimed third in the Calistoga main event after starting sixth. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner earned his second fast time award of the year and was fourth in his heat race. To date, the overall and dirt series point leader had five main event wins, two heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 101 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Fremont Flyer” Shane Golobic scored fourth at the checkered flags. The pilot of Doug Bock’s #26 Carson R&D / Astro Titanium Spike grabbed the lead from Johnathon Henry on the second circuit before surrendering the lead to Abreu on lap nine. Earlier in the program, the World of Outlaw Sprint Car feature winner qualified sixth and ran second in his heat race. In limited starts, Shane has one feature win, three top-10 finishes, and 58 feature laps led in 2013.

Cody Swanson of Norco came home fifth in the main event after starting fifteenth. Racing the family owned #71 Edmunds Auto Research / K&N Filters Edmunds, the March 30th Bakersfield winner was eighteenth fast in time trials and ran third in his heat race. To date, Swanson has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led on the year.

Atascadero’s Randi Pankratz earned her second “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from eighteenth. Driving the Wally Pankratz owned #8 HASA Pool Products / Trench Shoring Edmunds, Randi qualified eleventh and ran sixth in her heat race. With five top-10 finishes, Pankratz also has 9 feature laps led on the season.

Alex Schutte of Rohnert Park raced to victory in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Piloting the Morris Motorsports’ #28 Morris Insurance Agency / Bruce’s Body Shop Spike, the 2010 Champion was eighteenth quick in time trials and placed tenth in the main event. In limited appearances, Schutte has two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Manteca’s Nick Chivello won the second heat race of the evening at Calistoga. Racing the family owned #27 Vic Hubbard’s Auto Parts / Red Top Electric Spike, Chivello qualified seventeenth and scored twenty-fourth in the feature after an early flip. With three pavement wins on the season, Nick also has three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 108 feature laps led.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series would like to thank Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Rugged Radios, and Western Performance Parts for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC HONDA WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 31, 2013 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “6th Louie Vermeil Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-20.759; 2. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-21.013; 3. Rico Abreu, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-21.035; 4. Johnathon Henry, 55, Neverlift-21.301; 5. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-21.305; 6. Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-21.328; 7. Tanner Thorson, 67X, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-21.340; 8. Scott Buckley, 7NZ, Buckley-21.372; 9. Nic Faas, 25, Rodela-21.466; 10. David Prickett, 15, Neverlift-21.552; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-21.616; 12. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-21.705; 13. Alex Schutte, 28, Morris-21.943; 14. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-21.985; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-22.032; 16. Jake Swanson, 05, Van Dyne/Swanson-22.066; 17. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-22.118; 18. Cody Swanson, 71, Swanson-22.194; 19. Pete Davis, 00, Davis-22.311; 20. Mike Gehringer, 27X, Gehringer-22.818; 21. Scott Kinney, 27C, Blackwell-23.157; 22. Jim Christian, 0, LaMott-24.841; 23. Lance Hallmark, 8H, Hallmark-NT, 24. Terry Nichols, 45, Neverlift-NT, 25. Quintin Crye, 27B, Blackwell-NT, 26. Terry Nichols, 35X, Pierovich-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Ronnie Gardner, 5. Johnathon Henry, 6. David Prickett, 7. Jim Christian, 8. Pete Davis. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Chivello, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Scott Buckley, 4. Scott Pierovich, 5. Taylor Simas, 6. Randi Pankratz, 7. Mike Gehringer, 8. Lance Hallmark. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Kyle Edwards, 5. Britton Bock, 6. Scott Kinney, 7. Nic Faas. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Rico Abreu (4th), 2. Ryan Bernal (5th), 3. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 4. Shane Golobic (1st), 5. Cody Swanson (15th), 6. Scott Buckley (8th), 7. Randi Pankratz (18th), 8. Jake Swanson (13th), 9. Scott Pierovich (2nd), 10. Alex Schutte (10th), 11. Taylor Simas (11th), 12. Pete Davis (19th), 13. Jim Christian (22nd), 14. Kyle Edwards (12th), 15. Britton Bock (9th), 16. Scott Kinney (21st), 17. Mike Gehringer (20th), 18. Nic Faas (16th), 19. Johnathon Henry (3rd), 20. Lance Hallmark (23rd), 21. Terry Nichols (#35x – 24th), 22. Tanner Thorson (7th), 23. David Prickett (17th), 24. Nick Chivello (14th). NT ---------------------------- **Nick Chivello, David Prickett, and Nic Faas flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Jonathan Henry, Laps 2-8 Shane Golobic, 9-25 Rico Abreu. HARD CHARGER: Randi Pankratz (18th to 7th)

 

 

CLASSICS PART OF “GOLD CUP” AT CHICO THURSDAY; BK, LARSON TAKE “VERMEIL CLASSIC” VICTORIES

Ryan Bernal leads the USAC Western Classic Sprint cars to Thursday night’s “Gold Cup” race at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. Bernal enters the series finale with a 14-point lead over Shauna Hogg.

The Western Classics joined the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint cars for last weekend’s 6th “Loiue Vermeil Classic” at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway and Bernal posted a fourth-place finish in Saturday night’s 30-lapper.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. won Saturday night’s 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CCRA Sprint race at Calistoga. He took the lead from series point leader Damion Gardner on lap 16 and led the rest of the way in his Buster & Ziggy Enterprises/Kaeding Performance Maxim/Reitz. Gardner took second ahead of fast qualifier Mike Spencer, Bernal and Nic Faas.

Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, Calif. completed a “sweep” of Sunday’s 6th “Louie Vermeil Classic” USAC features at Calistoga, winning the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA & Western Classic Sprint feature after previously winning the 25-lap Midget race. He passed Spencer on the white-flag lap and led the last two laps of the Sprint race in his Keith Ford Berry Pack/King Racing Products Special to beat Kaeding, Austin Williams, fast qualifier Spencer and Bradley Terrell.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint cars resume action September 14 in the “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

2013 AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,042, 2-Nic Faas-935, 3-Mike Spencer-896, 4-Matt Mitchell-726, 5-Bud Kaeding-694, 6-Austin Williams-672, 7-Cody Williams-666, 8-Brody Roa-610, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-415.

2013 USAC WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Ryan Bernal-470, 2-Shauna Hogg-456, 3-D.J. Johnson-380, 4-Tony Hunt-355, 5-Landon Hurst-113, 6-Gordon Rodgers-94, 7-Marty Hawkins-86, 8-Bud Kaeding-73, 9-Geoff Ensign-71, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-68.

 

 

KYLE LARSON WINS $10,000 LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC AT CALISTOGA

by Lance Jennings

CALISTOGA, CA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2013... In dramatic fashion, Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson led the final two laps to claim the “6th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” at Calistoga Speedway. It was a night to remember for the NASCAR driver as he not only won the $10,000 Amsoil USAC/CRA and Western Classic Sprint Car feature, Kyle also won the $10,000 USAC Western Midget main event. Bud Kaeding, Austin Williams, Mike Spencer, and Bradley Terrell followed Larson to the checkered flags.

Taking the lead from Mike Spencer on lap twenty eight, Kyle Larson earned his second career USAC/CRA victory after starting eighth. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Larson qualified eighth out of 34 cars and won the Weld Racing / SBI Fuel Systems Heat Race #4 in his first start of 2013.

After winning the previous night, Bud Kaeding of Campbell raced from tenth to finish second in the “Louie Vermeil Classic.” Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion was tenth fast in time trials and ran second in his heat race. Bud left Calistoga fifth in points with one feature win, one dash win, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led.

Yorba Linda’s Austin Williams had a strong finish with a late race charge to claim third at the checkered flags. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified fourth and claimed second in his heat race. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is sixth in the standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, three Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main wins, ten top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the year.

Mike Spencer of Temecula ran fourth in the Sunday finale after leading twenty-one laps. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, the five-time champion earned his sixth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. To date, Mike is third in the USAC/CRA point chase with one feature win, five heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign.

For the second straight night, Sebastopol’s Bradley Terrell earned the Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from twenty-first. Driving the family owned #43 Millhouse Glass / Papa Enterprises A.R.T., Terrell was twenty-first quick in time trials and was second to Mike Spencer in his heat race. In addition, the Petaluma veteran driver earned his second $1,000 bonus for having the highest finishing 360.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord won the program’s 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, the USAC/CRA point leader qualified fourteenth and was penalized for missing the scales after the main event, resulting in a twenty-third place finish. Currently, “The Demon” has five main event wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one dash win, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led to his credit.

For the second night in a row, Galt’s Matt Streeter won a USAC/CRA 8-lap event, this time claiming the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Piloting his #14JR T&T Trucking / Simpson Racing Products Maxim, the former BCRA Midget Champion was nineteenth fast and scored sixteenth in the main event.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach won his first 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. Spike, the former USAC Western Midget Champion qualified second and placed fifth in his heat race. Nic left Calistoga second in points with two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led in 2013.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, September 14th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling (951) 940-0134. To catch all of the action of the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Loudpedal Productions has DVD videos available for purchase. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. In addition, Perris Auto Speedway offers a pay per view feed of every event at www.circletracknetwork.com.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/USAC_CRA). ------------------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA & WESTERN CLASSIC SPRINT RACE RESULTS: September 1, 2013 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “6th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-19.504; 2. Nic Faas, 4, Alexander-19.598; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.831; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-20.085; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-20.109; 6. Geoff Ensign, 5V, VanLare-20.113; 7. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-20.138; 8. Kyle Larson, 73X, Ford-20.241; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-20.352; 10. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-20.359; 11. Kyle Hirst, 83, Tiner-20.370; 12. Andy Forsberg, 7C, Geaney-20.426; 13. Ronnie Gardner, 93, Gardner-20.526; 14. Damion Gardner, 4A, Alexander-20.535; 15. Tim Barber, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.535; 16. Bryan Clauson, 16B, Martin-20.577; 17. Colby Copeland, 23, Melgoza-20.643; 18. Chad Boespflug, 14, Pierson/Vertullo-20.766; 19. Matt Streeter, 14JR, Streeter-20.865; 20. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-21.040; 21. Bradley Terrell, 43, Terrell-21.060; 22. Tony Hunt, 56, Phulps-21.062; 23. James Sweeney, 11, Lewis-21.411; 24. Klint Simpson, 84, Simpson-21.473; 25. Evan Pardo, 21, Spear-21.618; 26. Scott Hall, 56K, Hall-21.757; 27. Trevor Schmid, 2X, Schmid-21.847; 28. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-21.948; 29. Shauna Hogg, 5, Hogg-21.959; 30. Tim Sherman Jr., 1JR, Sherman-21.998; 31. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-22.290; 32. Sparky Howard, 5D, VanLare-22.439; 33. Tom Baker, 3T, Baker-23.282; 34. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (8 laps) 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Bradley Terrell, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Colby Copeland, 6. Shauna Hogg, 7. Evan Pardo, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Tom Baker. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (8 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Tony Hunt, 4. Geoff Ensign, 5. Nic Faas, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Scott Hall, 8. Tim Sherman Jr. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE 3: (8 laps) 1. Matt Streeter, 2. Brody Roa, 3. D.J. Johnson, 4. Kyle Hirst, 5. James Sweeney, 6. Trevor Schmid, 7. Tim Barber, 8. Jim Richardson. NT

WELD RACING / SBI FUEL SYSTEMS HEAT RACE 4: (8 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Andy Forsberg, 5. Mike Martin, 6. Terry Schank Jr., 7. Klint Simpson, 8. Sparky Howard. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Nic Faas, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Colby Copeland, 5. Terry Schank Jr., 6. Tim Barber, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Klint Simpson, 9. Tim Sherman Jr., 10. Evan Pardo, 11. Trevor Schmid, 12. James Sweeney, 13. Hall, 14. Richardson, 15. Shauna Hogg, 16. Sparky Howard, 17. Tim Barber. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Kyle Larson (8th), 2. Bud Kaeding (10th), 3. Austin Williams (4th), 4. Mike Spencer (6th), 5. Bradley Terrell (21st), 6. Geoff Ensign (2nd), 7. Bryan Clauson (16th), 8. Nic Faas (7th), 9. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 10. Brody Roa (5th), 11. Colby Copeland (17th), 12. Chad Boespflug (18th), 13. Andy Forsberg (12th), 14. Cody Williams (9th), 15. Ronnie Gardner (13th), 16. Matt Streeter (19th), 17. Terry Schank Jr. (20th), 18. Tony Hunt (22nd), 19. Tim Barber (15th), 20. D.J. Johnson (1st), 21. Kyle Hirst (11th), 22. Damion Gardner (14th). NT ---------------------------- **Scott Hall flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 D.J. Johnson, Laps 8-28 Mike Spencer, Laps 29-30 Kyle Larson. KEIZER WHEELS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Bradley Terrell (21st to 5th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,042, 2-Nic Faas-935, 3-Mike Spencer-896, 4-Matt Mitchell-726, 5-Bud Kaeding-694, 6-Austin Williams-672, 7-Cody Williams-666, 8-Brody Roa-610, 9-Ryan Bernal-551, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-415.

 

 

 


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