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NOS ENERGY DRINK USAC NATIONAL & USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 20, 2019 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – “Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100”

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chase Johnson (#25X Malloy), 2. Ben Worth (#5G Alexander), 3. Daison Pursley (#9 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Jake Swanson (#73K Ford), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5 Petry) , 8. Dave Darland (#71R Morris), 9. Jonathan Beason (#68 Six8), 10. Blake Bower (#10B Boscacci/Walker). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Michael Pickens (#1NZ RMS), 3. Gio Scelz (#84 Tucker/Boat)i, 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry), 5. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Jason McDougal (#76M FMR), 7. Cory Elliott (#11E Elliott), 8. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 9. Robert Carson (#99X Segur). NT

AUTOMETER / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 3. Michael Faccinto (#47M Morris), 4. Ryan Bernal (#77W Wood), 5. Spencer Bayston (#19 Hawyard), 6. Dillon Welch (#81 Tucker/Boat), 7. Thomas Meseraull (#7X RMS), 8. C.J. Sarna (#20 Sarna), 9. Dylan Ito (#73 Ford). NT

INDY RACE PARTS / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle Larson (#1K Larson), 2. Christopher Bell (#84X Tucker/Boat), 3. Ethan Mitchell (#08M Dave Mac), 4. Colby Copeland (#27W Wood), 5. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Zeb Wise (#49BC Clauson/Marshall), 7. Tony Gualda (#18K Kruseman), 8. Kaidon Brown (#97W Wood), 9. Colby Johnson (#71M Morris). NT

NOS ENERGY DRINK / PYROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Colton Heath (#99 Stewart), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Buddy Kofoid (#98 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Brad Sweet (#67Z Kahne), 5. Rico Abreu (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17JR Clauson/Marshall), 7. Brady Bacon (#76E FMR), 8. Jake Morgan (#19W Sala), 9. David Prickett (#15DJ Neverlift). NT

AMSOIL / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andrey Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Aaron Reutzel (#87 Tucker/Boat), 3. Kyle Cummins (#2G Yeley/Styres), 4. Shane Golobic (#17W Wood), 5. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 6. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 7. Gage Rucker (#11K Kruseman), 8. Kiely Ricardo (#3F Finkenbinder), 9. Jake Bubak (#27 Bourke). NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS C-MAIN: (15 laps) 1. Kofoid, 2. Worth, 3. Mitchell, 4. Darland, 5. Co.Johnson, 6. Sarna, 7. Beason, 8. Pankratz, 9. Bower, 10. Rucker, 11. Ricardo, 12. Carson, 13. Gualda, 14. Brown, 15. Bubak, 16. Cummins, 17. Morgan, 18. Ito. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS SEMI: (20 laps) 1. Sweet, 2. Swanson, 3. Windom, 4. Courtney, 5. Wise, 6. McIntosh, 7. Dalby, 8. Pursley, 9. Layser, 10. Ch.Johnson, 12. Heath, 13. Klaasmeyer, 14. Kofoid, 15. Hollan, 16. Worth, 17. Mitchell, 18. Darland, 19. Elliott, 20. Grant. NT

ROYAL TRUCK BODY FEATURE: (100 laps, with starting positions) 1. Kyle Larson (10), 2. Christopher Bell (13), 3. Tanner Carrick (6), 4. Ryan Bernal (19), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (14), 6. Dillon Welch (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (24), 9. Spencer Bayston (9), 10. Michael Pickens (16), 11. Logan Seavey (12), 12. Aaron Reutzel (4), 13. Chris Windom (23), 14. Colby Copeland (20), 15. Jason McDougal (3), 16. Brady Bacon (1), 17. Thomas Meseraull (17), 18. Buddy Kofoid (28), 19. Jake Swanson (22), 20. Justin Grant (27), 21. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 22. Jesse Colwell (8), 23. Shane Golobic (7), 24. Zeb Wise (25), 25. Brad Sweet (21), 26. Rico Abreu (18), 27. Tucker Klassmeyer (26), 28. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5) NT.
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**Morgan flipped during the C-main. Wise flipped on lap 4 of the feature. Abreu and Golobic flipped on lap 50 of the feature. Reutzel flipped on lap 51 of the feature. Thomas flipped on lap 55 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Bacon, Laps 3-17 Reutzel, Laps 18-34 Seavey, Laps 35-100 Larson
KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (24th to 8th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Chris Windom

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,951, 2-Logan Seavey-1,780, 3-Chris Windom-1,779, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,719, 5-Zeb Wise-1,679, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,506, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,484, 8-Jason McDougal-1,409, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,363, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-747, 2-Cory Elliott-718, 3-David Prickett-566, 4-Ben Worth-550, 5-C.J. Sarna-533, 6-Shannon McQueen-524, 7-Austin Liggett-458, 8-Jake Swanson-448, 9-Wally Pankratz-428, 10-Kyle Beilman-372.

NEXT NOS ENERGY DRINK USAC NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 23 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – “November Classic”


 

GIO CASHES IN ON NIGHT #1 OF HANGTOWN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 19, 2019).........It was easy to see the strides Gio Scelzi had made in his recent outings aboard a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget.

Just last weekend, the Fresno, Calif. native broke into the top-10 for the first time with the series in his fifth start, a ninth-place finish, and admitted that it's a different kind racing than he's used to and that it will take time to compete with the best drivers of this discipline.

In his sixth start Tuesday night at California's Placerville Speedway, Scelzi took a giant step up in his midget game, leading all 30 laps en route to victory on night one of the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 in the series debut at the 1/4-mile dirt oval.

It was just four races ago that Scelzi assumed the seat of the potent Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota that had been a front runner on the USAC Midget trail for the past four seasons with Chad Boat at the controls before he stepped out of the seat and into the role of mechanic and car owner.

It appears Scelzi had finally found the comfort zone in a midget, joining Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom, Jason McDougal and Tanner Carrick to become the fifth first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner of 2019, the most in a single season since 2008 when there were six.

Scelzi also became the 14th different series winner of the season, the most in a year since that same 2008 season.

"It's pretty humbling to run just a handful of these races and win," Scelzi said. "It's taken awhile to get comfortable in these cars and I'm still not very comfortable."

Scelzi is used to being ahead of the curve. At the age of 17, he's already become the youngest sprint car winner in the history of the World of Outlaws, Williams Grove Speedway and Knoxville Raceway. Two years ago, in 2017, he became the youngest winner in King of the West/NARC history right at Placerville.

Scelzi seemed at home right from the start as he took control from the onset of the feature event from his outside front row starting position. Meanwhile, nearing midway, a two-pack of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian pilots, Jesse Colwell and eighth-starting Logan Seavey tussled for second as Scelzi held strong up front.

On a lap 14 restart, Seavey was in a hurry to get things done as he hounded Colwell, trying everything in the book to get a run on Colwell to no avail until lap 19 when Seavey slipped by his teammate for the runner-up spot with full intentions now set on reeling Scelzi in. Seavey sought avenues high, low and middle to find his way by Scelzi, but the son of the four-time NHRA champ was smooth as silk on the top side.

A number of cautions slowed the activity down the stretch, including a four-car incident that found Cannon McIntosh tipped on his side on the 21st lap. Following the incident, Scelzi blitzed away from Seavey on the ensuing restart to construct a half-straightaway lead of more than eight-tenths of a second with a surefire victory within his grasp until Michael Pickens' car came to a rest backwards in turn one.

In turn, that bunched up the field and allowed Seavey, a driver with a year's worth of past sprint car racing experience at Placerville under his belt, a few more shots at the race leader. Three perfect laps were all that it was going to take for Scelzi to defeat the 2018 series champ.

Seavey tried with all his might a slider into the first turn on Scelzi without success but found a diamond in the rough in turn three. Seavey drove it high to the top of three, then turned down toward the bottom of turn four to "diamond" the corner and gain ground on Scelzi to help propel him past in turn one.

"I was kind of searching all race," Seavey admitted. "I started on the top, then went to the bottom in one and two. I kind of found that the diamond off four was good. I just tried everything I could, but I think I needed a little bit of a longer run there. Our cars normally get better and better as they go. We never really got a run longer than three or four laps."

On the 30th and final circuit, Seavey fired his last Bullet by Spike in the chamber toward Scelzi, coming up short, and allowing Scelzi to break away for good to score a 0.647 second victory over Seavey, Colwell, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Kyle Larson (from 23rd) with Shane Golobic rounding out the top-five.

"Track position was big for me," Scelzi explained. "Seavey's really good and all the guys behind me were really good. I made so many mistakes off four, I saw someone on the bottom and I just didn't know where to go. I just tried to keep doing what I was doing."

Though Seavey came up just a tad short in the winner's column, he leads the overall Hangtown 100 standings heading into Wednesday's $20,000-to-win finale at Placerville, which also pays $12,000 to the driver who accumulates the most points over the two nights. For Seavey, Tuesday's run was just setting up for Wednesday.

"Overall, a good night," Seavey said. "I would've loved to win this thing, but at the end of the day, this race is about tomorrow and that's our goal."

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Placerville Speedway were:

Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Tyler Courtney (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Cory Elliott (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Kyle Larson (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Thomas Meseraull (Indy Race Parts/Ultra Shield Race Products Fourth Heat Winner)

Jake Swanson (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Dillon Welch (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier)

Zeb Wise (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2019 - Placerville Speedway - Placerville, California - Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-11.979 (New Track Record); 2. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.998; 3. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.028; 4. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.064; 5. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.078; 6. Spencer Bayston, 19, Hayward-12.120; 7. Christopher Bell, 84x, Tucker/Boat-12.162; 8. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.165; 9. Brady Bacon, 76E, FMR-12.178; 10. Ryan Bernal, 77w, Wood-12.212; 11. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-12.232; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.244; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.254; 14. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-12.269; 15. Chase Johnson, 25x, Malloy-12.270; 16. Aaron Reutzel, 87, Tucker/Boat-12.279; 17. Brad Sweet, 67z, Kahne-12.285; 18. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.289; 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.297; 20. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.302; 21. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.336; 22. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-12.338; 23. Buddy Kofoid, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.366; 24. Colton Heath, 99, Stewart-12.377; 25. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.380; 26. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.389; 27. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.401; 28. Michael Faccinto, 47m, Morris-12.403; 29. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.416; 30. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.421; 31. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.428; 32. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.481; 33. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.488; 34. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-12.507; 35. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.510; 36. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.520; 37. Kaidon Brown, 97w, Wood-12.527; 38. Jake Morgan, 19w, Sala-12.540; 39. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Styres/Yeley-12.564; 40. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-12.571; 41. Jake Swanson, 73K, Ford-12.579; 42. Dave Darland, 71R, Morris-12.589; 43. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.675; 44. Colby Johnson, 71m, Morris-12.687; 45. Ethan Mitchell, 08m, Dave Mac-12.688; 46. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-12.768; 47. Jonathan Beason, 68, Six8-12.779; 48. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-12.829; 49. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.915; 50. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.946; 51. Tony Gualda, 18K, Kruseman-12.996; 52. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.145; 53. Kiely Ricardo, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.447; 54. Robert Carson, 99x, Segur-13.520; 55. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-NT; 56. Blake Bower, 10B, Boscacci/Walker-NT; 57. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature, * represents a transfer) 1. *Brady Bacon, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. *Dillon Welch, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Colton Heath, 6. *Rico Abreu, 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Dylan Ito, 9. Gage Rucker. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Kaidon Brown, 3. *Jason McDougal, 4. *Cannon McIntosh, 5. Randi Pankratz, 6. C.J. Sarna, 7. Jake Morgan, 8. Ben Worth, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Zeb Wise. NT

AUTOMETER/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Jake Swanson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. *Tanner Carrick, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. *Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 6. Jonathan Beason, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Kiely Ricardo, 9. Maria Cofer, 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Thomas Meseraull, 2. Jake Bubak, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. *Jesse Colwell, 5. *Shane Golobic, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Christopher Bell, 8. David Prickett, 9. Tony Gualda. 2:08.680 (New Track Record)

NOS ENERGY DRINK/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Robert Dalby, 2. *Spencer Bayston, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Holley Hollan, 5. *Aaron Reutzel, 6. Robert Carson, 7. Colby Johnson, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Kyle Larson. NT

AMSOIL/SALDANA RACING PROUCTS SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Colby Copeland, 2. *Michael Pickens, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. *Logan Seavey, 5. Gio Scelzi, 6. Brad Sweet, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Buddy Kofoid, 9. Blake Bower. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS FIRST LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Gio Scelzi, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Buddy Kofoid, 8. Holley Hollan, 9. Ethan Mitchell, 10. Robert Carson, 11. Dylan Ito, 12. Jonathan Beason, 13. Blake Bower. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS SECOND LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Ben Worth, 9. Kaidon Brown, 10. Kiely Ricardo, 11. Jake Morgan, 12. Randi Pankratz, 13. David Prickett. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS THIRD LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Colton Heath, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Jake Bubak, 8. Tony Gualda, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Gage Rucker, 11. Colby Johnson, 12. Maria Cofer. NT

PURE CROP 1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Gio Scelzi (2), 2. Logan Seavey (8), 3. Jesse Colwell (1), 4. Kyle Larson (23), 5. Shane Golobic (3), 6. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5), 7. Spencer Bayston (11), 8. Tanner Carrick (6), 9. Jason McDougal (7), 10. Aaron Reutzel (17), 11. Dillon Welch (12), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (18), 13. Brady Bacon (10), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Christopher Bell (15), 16. Ryan Bernal (24), 17. Rico Abreu (16), 18. Dave Darland (25), 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 20. Jake Swanson (19), 21. Robert Dalby (14), 22. Colby Copeland (20), 23. Brad Sweet (21), 24. Michael Pickens (4), 25. Justin Grant (26), 26. Cannon McIntosh (22). NT

**Justin Grant flipped during qualifying. Jason McDougal, Zeb Wise and C.J. Sarna flipped during the second heat. Mario Cofer flipped during the third heat. Colby Johnson flipped during the fifth heat. Buddy Kofoid flipped during the fifth heat. Randi Pankratz and David Prickett flipped during the second last chance qualifier. Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gio Scelzi.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Larson (23rd to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Bacon

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS: Tyler Courtney, Zeb Wise & Cory Elliott

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,901, 2-Logan Seavey-1,730, 3-Chris Windom-1,729, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,669, 5-Zeb Wise-1,629, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,456, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,434, 8-Jason McDougal-1,359, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,313, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-697, 2-Cory Elliott-668, 3-Shannon McQueen-524, 4-David Prickett-516, 5-Ben Worth-500, 6-C.J. Sarna-483, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 8-Jake Swanson-398, 9-Randi Pankratz-378, 10-Kyle Beilman-372.

NEW HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-161, 2-Gio Scelzi-157, 3-Spencer Bayston-154, 4-Jesse Colwell-153, 5-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.-150, 6-Shane Golobic-149, 7-Tanner Carrick-149, 8-Jason McDougal-147, 9-Dillon Welch-146, 10-Kyle Larson-142.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 20, 2019 - Placerville Speedway - Placerville, California - Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 - 1/4-mile dirt oval

 

 

BAKERSFIELD NOVEMBER CLASSIC RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 18, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and California's Bakersfield Speedway have a history that dates back six decades. The history between the two roars back to life this coming Saturday, November 23, for the third-straight autumn to contest the November Classic, co-sanctioned by the USAC Western States Midgets.

Davey Moses won the first trip by the USAC National Midgets in the summer of 1959. Over that period, 20 series races have been held at the lightning-quick 1/3-mile dirt oval with Jay Drake and Billy Vukovich serving as the winningest drivers with the series at Bakersfield.

This Saturday's driver roster for the event features the defending November Classic winner at Bakersfield, Logan Seavey. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) won last year in grand style by driving around Rico Abreu in the fourth turn on the 30th and final lap to score the victory and lock up the series title in one fell swoop in his first start with the series at the track.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) has a large 171-point lead in the standings entering the final four-race stretch which begins earlier this week, November 19-20, at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway. The 2018 USAC National Sprint Car champ and 2019 runner-up was 4th at Bakersfield in 2017, then won his heat and took 22nd in 2018.

Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) made his first career USAC National Midget appearance in 2017 at Bakersfield where he won his heat and finished 19th. He took 20th in 2018 but is entering Bakersfield coming off two impressive runs at Western World, a 2nd on the first night and 3rd in the finale.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) made his debut midget run in 2017 a solid one with a 10th place finish. He upped his result to a 6th at Bakersfield in 2018 and is one of three expected entrants for Saturday's race who've finished within the top-10 in each of the last two years along with Shane Golobic and Spencer Bayston.

Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) was 3rd at Bako in 2018 and 6th in 2017. The 2017 USAC National Midget points runner-up, one-time series winner and 2017 Indiana Midget Week champion is versatile, with a recent World of Outlaws win in September at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway to his credit.

Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) the 2017 USAC National Midget champion, returns with Hayward Motorsports for the entirety of the California Midget swing this month. He collected a runner-up finish in 2017 and a 4th in 2018 in his two Bakersfield visits with the series.

Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), the 2014 USAC National Midget champ, took 2nd a year ago in heartbreaking fashion at Bakersfield after leading 29 and ¾ circuits of the 30-lap main event.

NASCAR and dirt track racing star Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) is one of 13 different winners on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget campaign in 2019, the most since 2010, and is among those looking to return to victory lane after picking up his 16th career series win earlier this June in Joliet, Ill.

Newly-crowned eight-time USAC/CRA Sprint Car champ Damion Gardner is entered for Bakersfield aboard Terry Klatt's No. 4. The Concord, Calif. driver has won each of the last two USAC/CRA Sprint Car features at Bakersfield in 2017 and 2019.

Like Golobic, Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) is a winner on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car trail this year. His ride, the Tucker/Boat Motorsports No. 84, set fast time in qualifying at Bakersfield a year ago and finished 5th. Scelzi recorded his first top-ten USAC National Midget run last Saturday at Arizona, a 9th.

Seventh in series points, Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) has extensive experience at Bakersfield, topping off with a 3rd place run there in 1998. The USAC Triple Crown champ was also 15th in 1999 and 11th in 2018. Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) was a top-ten runner with the USAC National Midgets at Bakersfield in 2000, finishing 7th, and was 25th the year prior in 1999.

Two-time 2019 USAC National Midget winners Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), a winner last Friday at Arizona Speedway, will make their Bakersfield USAC Midget debuts. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) each finished in the top-ten in their first visits to the track in 2018 with McDougal taking 9th and Klaasmeyer 10th.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) captured his first, and to date, only career USAC Western States Midget win earlier this April at Bakersfield, leading the final nine laps en route to victory.

The Western States Midget championship battle is tight with only 29 points separating point leader Robert Dalby and Cory Elliott. Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) finished 16th in 2018 and 20th in 2017 against National competition. Elliott (Bakersfield, Calif.) is a four-time USAC Ford Focus Midget feature winner at Bakersfield between 2012-2014 while Randi Pankratz won there in a Focus Midget in 2015.

On Saturday, California Lightning Sprints and Hobby Stocks join the Midgets. Pits open at 2pm Pacific, gates at 3pm and racing at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $16. Seniors 65+ and Military are $14. Kids 6-12 are $8. Kids 5 and under are free.

Watch all the action LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing and listen to LIVE audio on the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,851, 2-Logan Seavey-1,680, 3-Chris Windom-1,679, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,619, 5-Zeb Wise-1,579, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,406, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,384, 8-Jason McDougal-1,309, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,263, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-647, 2-Cory Elliott-618, 3-Shannon McQueen-524, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-433, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348.

BAKERSFIELD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:
1. (3) Jay Drake & Billy Vukovich
3. (2) Ron Shuman & Sleepy Tripp
5. (1) Brady Bacon, Billy Boat, Dave Darland, Terry Farrar, Jordan Hermansader, Page Jones, Davey Moses, Logan Seavey, Frank Secrist & Rich Vogler

BAKERSFIELD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:
1959: Davey Moses (8/2)
1966: Frank Secrist (8/14) & Billy Vukovich (9/11)
1967: Billy Vukovich (7/2) & Billy Vukovich (7/16)
1974: Sleepy Tripp (11/24)
1988: Rich Vogler (11/11)
1989: Sleepy Tripp (11/18)
1990: Terry Farrar (11/17)
1991: Page Jones (11/23)
1992: Ron Shuman (11/26)
1993: Ron Shuman (11/25)
1994: Jordan Hermansader (11/24)
1995: Billy Boat (11/23)
1997: Jay Drake (11/22)
1998: Jay Drake (11/26)
1999: Dave Darland (11/20)
2000: Jay Drake (11/18)
2017: Brady Bacon (11/18)
2018: Logan Seavey (11/17)

BAKERSFIELD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS: (2017-2018)

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

2018: 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Rico Abreu (2), 3. Shane Golobic (6), 4. Spencer Bayston (11), 5. Chad Boat (7), 6. Tanner Carrick (13), 7. Brady Bacon (4), 8. Holly Shelton (25), 9. Jason McDougal (21), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (9), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 12. Cole Bodine (23), 13. Cody Swanson (17), 14. Sam Johnson (8), 15. Dustin Golobic (3), 16. Robert Dalby (24), 17. Alex Schutte (16), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. C.J. Sarna (26), 20. Zeb Wise (5), 21. Ryan Robinson (10), 22. Tyler Courtney (15), 23. Sterling Cling (19), 24. Michael Faccinto (14), 25. Justin Grant (12), 26. Michael Pickens (20).

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RESULTS: (2019)
APRIL 6, 2019: 1. Ben Worth (1), 2. Jake Swanson (5), 3. Michael Faccinto (2), 4. Austin Liggett (4), 5. David Prickett (15), 6. Cory Elliott (11), 7. Alex Schutte (10), 8. Shannon McQueen (7), 9. C.J. Sarna (14), 10. Kyle Beilman (8), 11. Dylan Ito (18), 12. Ricky Lewis (12), 13. Marvin Mitchell (21), 14. Bryan Drollinger (16), 15. Randi Pankratz (17), 16. Cody Swanson (6), 17. Terry Nichols (13), 18. Mike Leach Jr. (19), 19. Robert Dalby (3), 20. Kyle Heckman (20).

 

 

TURKEY NIGHT GP ENTRY LIST SURGES PAST 70 ENTRIES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 19, 2019).........The driver lineup for the Nov. 28th Turkey Night Grand Prix at California's Ventura Raceway has surged above 70 entrants for the 79th running of the famed event featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets.

The car count hasn't exceeded 70 since 1992, and this year's class of entries is not only stocked with quantity, but immense quality.

The lone past Turkey Night Midget winner in the field is 2012 and 2016 victor Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.). He's joined by a slew of USAC National champions who have filed their entries, including Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.).

In addition to that bunch, a number of recent winners on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car trails are gunning for glory at Ventura: Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) and Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas) have all won on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series campaign in 2019.

Leading the USAC Western contingent in the event are newly-crowned eight-time USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.), Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), plus 2019 series winners Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) as well as USAC Western Regional champions Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, Calif.), David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) and Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.).

Thirteen states are represented with Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wyoming presenting drivers. Three different countries are represented with Michael Pickens (New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Australia) making the trip to the states for the event.

USAC Midget practice and USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars will kick off the Turkey Night festivities on Wednesday, November 27 and conclude Thursday night, November 28 with the finales for the West Coast/VRA Sprints and the 98-lap main event for the midgets.

Advance tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
(Updated November 19, 2019)
07x Troy Morris III/Bakersfield, CA (Trinity Motorsports)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
08m Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NP Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1p Audra Sasselli/Selma, CA (NP Motorsports)
1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing)
3F TBA (Ted Finkenbinder)
4 Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Klatt Enterprises)
4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
F5 Troy Rutherford/Ojai, CA (Wayne Simmons)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
9H Emilio Hoover/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
15 Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)
15DJ David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15x Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
20AZ Shon Deskins/Waddell, AZ (Shon Deskins Racing)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
c27 Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
31B Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports)
33p Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr.)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
55 Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
55T Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA (Tony Everhart)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Johnny Cofer)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frank Guerrini)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67x Britton Bock/Fresno, CA (Mike Bock)
68 Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71D Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71s Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Marcie Campbell)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
73T Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Ford)
73x Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA (Keith Ford)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
78 Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Mona Liggett)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
85 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
98 Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)

 

 

HANGTOWN 100 IS FIRST 100-LAP USAC MIDGET RACE IN 7 YEARS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 18, 2019).........One-hundred lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races are a rarity these days. In fact, this week's inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 from California's Placerville Speedway is the first such event in seven seasons, a race won by Brady Bacon at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway in 2012.
Races of that length can create a completely different aspect to the event that you don't see in standard 30 or even 40 lap events. There's the patience part of it, the concentration throughout the duration of 100 laps, the ever-changing track conditions and the preservation of equipment.

Of course, those particular things go hand-in-hand with any event on any track, but you can multiply the impact of each aspect when it comes to 100 laps.

One-hundred lappers used to be commonplace in USAC National Midget racing. For instance, in the first year of the club in 1956 alone, 30 such races of that distance were held, including the very first USAC event ever held, at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. and won by Gene Hartley.

Between 1956 and 1959, at least 16 100-lap races were held each year from indoor bullrings to dirt half-miles such as Williams Grove and Terre Haute and even to one-mile pavement venues such as the Milwaukee Mile.

By the decade of the 1970s, the 100-lappers began to gradually fade and became mostly confined to early season indoor events, the Hut 100 and the Turkey Night Grand Prix, which remained traditions into the new century until the demise of the Hut 100 and the alteration of Turkey Night's length to 98 laps in honor of J.C. Agajanian and family whose No. 98 cars were legendary both at Indianapolis and on the short tracks of the west coast throughout the mid-20th century.

The 1990s never had a year in which there were more than four 100-lap races, with only a 1992 event at Wisconsin's Hales Corners Speedway won by Page Jones breaking the mold as an outlier long-distance race outside of the norm of indoor, Hut and TNGP events, and wouldn't happen again at an outlier venue until 2003 at Madera (Calif.) Speedway, won by J.J. Yeley.

The Indiana short paved tracks of Anderson and the Speedrome held their own 100 lap events in the mid-to-late 2000s. When the Hut 100 moved to the quarter-mile dirt oval of Indiana's Tri-State Speedway between 2010-2012, it served as the last event of the distance until this week.

Brady Bacon, a recent winner in the series last Saturday at Arizona Speedway and an entrant for the Hangtown 100, won the last 100-lap USAC National Midget race, held at Tri-State seven years ago and will be a contender once more at Placerville.

After 381 100-lap USAC National Midget races between 1956-2018, Rich Vogler has the most in the category with 16 during his illustrious USAC career. Perhaps Bacon, perhaps somebody new will join a lengthy list of winners of a tradition renewed.

On Tuesday, drivers will draw for qualifying placement at the VIP tent at 1:30pm Pacific, drivers/car owner meeting at 3:30pm, autograph session at 4pm behind grandstands, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 5:45pm.

On Wednesday, an autograph session will take place at 3:30pm behind the grandstands, drivers/car owner meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 6pm.

Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets.

A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather. To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.com and follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100.

Also competing both nights and rounding out the card will be the Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors.

Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party in the concession area with burritos, drinks, music and a lot of fun to be had. All fans and racers are encouraged to attend.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

100-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINS:
1. (16) Rich Vogler

2. (15) Mel Kenyon

3. (13) Gary Bettenhausen

4. (12) Jimmy Davies

5. (9) Gene Hartley, Ron Shuman & Shorty Templeman

8. (8) Mike McGreevy & Bob Wente

10. (7) Chuck Rodee, Bob Tattersall, Sleepy Tripp & Jack Turner

14. (6) Tony Bettenhausen & Jimmy Knight

16. (5) Ronnie Duman, Billy Engelhart, Gene Force, Bobby Grim, Eddie Johnson & Johnnie Tolan

22. (4) George Amick, Don Branson, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, A.J. Foyt, Bob McLean, Bobby Olivero, Kevin Olson, Johnny Parsons, Larry Rice & Leroy Warriner

33. (3) Chuck Arnold, George Benson, Tom Bigelow, Billy Boat, Frank Burany, Hank Butcher, Jimmy Caruthers, Bobby East, Burt Foland, Billy Garrett, Parnelli Jones, Jason Leffler, Steve Lotshaw, Johnnie Parsons, Eddie Sachs, Ken Schrader, Les Scott, Tony Stewart & Rodger Ward

52. (2) Alan Brown, Barry Reed, Bill Homeier, Billy Cantrell, Billy Mehner, Billy Vukovich, Billy Wease, Bob Hare, Bubby Jones, Chuck Gurney, Chuck Weyant, Cliff Spalding, Dana Carter, Dave Darland, Dave Steele, Davey Moses, Don Meacham, Earl Motter, Jay Drake, Jerry Nuckles, Johnny Baldwin, Johnny Boyd, Lee Kunzman, Len Sutton, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Sam Isenhower, Stan Fox, Teddy Beach, Tracy Hines & Warren Mockler

83. (1) Bill Chennault, Bill Kollman, Blake Hollingsworth, Bob Harkey, Bob Veith, Bobby Marshman, Brady Bacon, Brent Kaeding, Bruce Walkup, Bryan Clauson, Bud Clemons, Cole Whitt, Dale Swaim, Danny McKnight, Danny Oakes, Danny Pens, Darren Hagen, Don Horvath, Donnie Beechler, Forrest Parker, Gary Byers, Gary Patterson, Gary Ponzini, George Snider, Harry Beck, Henry Pens, J.J. Yeley, Jeff Gordon, Jerry McClung, Jerry Stone, Jerry Weeks, Jimmy Kirk, Jimmy Reece, Joe Garson, John Meyers, Johnny Moorhouse, Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny White, Jordan Hermansader, Ken Nichols, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Kevin Doty, Larry Dickson, Larry Patton, Lloyd Ruby, Michael Lang, Michael Lewis, Mike Fedorcak, Mike Hess, Ned Spath, Page Jones, Porky Rachwitz, Rick Goudy, Steve Cannon, Steve Knepper, Stevie Reeves, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Verne Harriman & Zach Daum


NUMBER OF 100-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS RACES:
(381 between 1956-2018)
1956 (30)
1957 (22)
1958 (19)
1959 (16)
1960 (19)
1961 (9)
1963 (12)
1964 (14)
1965 (23)
1966 (11)
1967 (8)
1968 (5)
1969 (13)
1970 (13)
1971 (10)
1972 (8)
1973 (6)
1974 (6)
1975 (10)
1976 (9)
1977 (11)
1978 (3)
1979 (6)
1980 (3)
1981 (3)
1982 (4)
1983 (6)
1984 (5)
1985 (7)
1986 (4)
1987 (5)
1988 (6)
1989 (6)
1990 (4)
1991 (3)
1992 (3)
1993 (3)
1994 (2)
1995 (2)
1996 (2)
1997 (2)
1998 (2)
1999 (2)
2000 (2)
2001 (2)
2002 (2)
2003 (3)
2004 (4)
2005 (3)
2006 (2)
2007 (0)
2008 (2)
2009 (0)
2010 (2)
2011 (1)
2012 (1)
2013 (0)
2014 (0)
2015 (0)
2016 (0)
2017 (0)

 

 

HANGTOWN 100 USAC MIDGET RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 17, 2019).........If you're going to make a first impression, make it a big one! The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets make their debut at California's Placerville Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19-20, for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, the richest event in the history of the series with a total purse of over $150,000 for the two-night spectacular.

Tuesday's PureCrop1 main event on November 19 will pay $5,000 to the 30-lap main event winner and features the top-12 cars in combined points throughout the night, starting inverted on the grid.

Wednesday night's 100-lap Royal Truck Body feature on November 20 will pay a whopping $20,000 to the victor on the 1/4-mile red clay oval. The overall points champion throughout the two nights will take home a $12,000 bonus.

Sixty (60) USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets are on the entry list for the event, many of whom have never competed in a USAC-sanctioned midget event at Placerville.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) has won in both a midget and sprint car at Placerville, wining most recently with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in September. He also was a victor with the USAC Western States Midgets at Placerville in 2013 and 2017. He had a 2nd place Western States run in 2016 with an additional midget win this past June at his self-described "favorite racetrack in the world."

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup star Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) has won twice in a midget at Placerville this year alone in both August and September, and finished 7th with WoO in September. He picked up his 16th career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory this past June at The Dirt Oval at Route 66.

Eleven-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner and 2019 World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion, Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, Calif.), won the WoO round at Placerville in 2018 and, in September, picked up wins in his dash and heat race.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) captured last Saturday's Western World Championships midget race at Arizona Speedway. He took 7th in a USAC Western States Midget race at Placerville in 2016.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year and 2019 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year, led a race-high 23 laps in September's WoO feature at Placerville before finishing 2nd behind Golobic.

Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, ran 8th in September with WoO at Placerville. Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), who picked up his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win in July at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, finished 19th with WoO at Placerville in September.

The top-nine in the NOS Energy Drink National Midget point standings will all be making their USAC debuts at Placerville this week, including point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), who carries a hefty 171-point lead into the event ahead of 2018 series champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), two-time USAC National champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and 2019 BC39 winner Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), all of whom are within the top-five in series points.

Carrick, along with USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), two-time 2019 series winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and ninth-place points holder Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) will join top series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), 2016 USAC National Midget titlist Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and 2007 BCRA Midget champ Justin Grant among those making USAC Midget debuts at Placerville.

Furthermore, first-time Placerville USAC Midget combatants include 2019 Shamrock Classic winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), 2019 Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Driver of the Year Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), international racing stars Michael Pickens (Auckland, New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Sydney, Australia), plus USAC National champions Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) and Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), USAC Sprint and Midget winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), two-time NASCAR Cup winner and two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champ Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), 2019 WoO Sprint winner Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) and two-time Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car titlist Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas), as well as 2019 USAC Western States Midget feature winners Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) and Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.).

Several of the West Coast contingent have extensive experience at Placerville behind the wheel of a midget, including Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), a BCRA winner at the track in 2018. Her father, 1994 Western States Midget champion Johnny Cofer finished 6th in the first USAC Western States Midget event at Placerville in 1996.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) took home a 5th place result in the Western States Midget stop at Placerville in 2013 and was 5th again this past August with BCRA. Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) was 19th with Western States in 2013, 6th in 2016 and 14th in 2017. Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.), the 2018 USAC Western States Midget champion, has been a consistent front runner at Placerville with the series, earning finishes of 5th in 2016 and 6th in 2017. He's had finishes of 4th in August and 5th in September in a pair of 2019 Placerville midget starts.

Current USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) leads the standings over Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, Calif.) by just 29 markers entering the event, which will pay appearance points only, 50 each night. Dalby took 19th in 2016 USAC action at Placerville and 9th in 2017. He was 2nd in June of this year in a midget at the track. Elliott, meanwhile, was 17th in 2016, a solid 3rd in 2017, and was 4th in June and 3rd in August of this year.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, Calif.) finished 10th in both 2016 and 2017 with the USAC Western States Midgets. Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) the 2019 Fremont (Ohio) Speedway Sprint Car track champion who made his USAC National Midget debut this past weekend at Arizona, finished 11th in a 2017 USAC Western States Midget race at Placerville. Two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Car champion (2013-14) Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) took 18th in that 2017 round. Jake Morgan (Fair Oaks, Calif.), meanwhile, earned a 3rd place result in a midget at Placerville in June. The versatile Colby Copeland (Roseville, Calif.) competed in both a midget and with WoO in September, scoring a 3rd in the midget and 20th in the sprint car.

On Tuesday, drivers will draw for qualifying placement at the VIP tent at 1:30pm Pacific, drivers/car owner meeting at 3:30pm, autograph session at 4pm behind grandstands, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 5:45pm.

On Wednesday, an autograph session will take place at 3:30pm behind the grandstands, drivers/car owner meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 6pm.

Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets.

A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather.

Also competing both nights and rounding out the card will be the Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors.

Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party in the concession area with burritos, drinks, music and a lot of fun to be had. All fans and racers are encouraged to attend.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST:
(60 Entries)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
08m Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1G Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS, LLC)
4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS, LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
10B Blake Bower/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci & Chris Walker)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
11K Gage Rucker/Truxton, MO (Cory Kruseman)
15 TBA/TBA (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17JR Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
18K Tony Gualda/Hollister, CA (Cory Kruseman)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19T Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Sala Racing)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47m Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Del Morris)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Cofer Racing)
63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frankie Guerrini)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67z Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne)
68 Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71m Colby Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris)
71R Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Del Morris)
71x TBA/TBA (RMS, LLC)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
76E Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)
99x Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
TBA (Matt Wood Racing)

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,851, 2-Logan Seavey-1,680, 3-Chris Windom-1,679, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,619, 5-Zeb Wise-1,579, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,406, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,384, 8-Jason McDougal-1,309, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,263, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-647, 2-Cory Elliott-618, 3-Shannon McQueen-524, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-433, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348.

PAST PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RESULTS:

1996: 1. Jimmy Sills, 2. Shane Scully, 3. John Starks, 4. Terry Tarditi, 5. Brian Tuey, 6. Johnny Cofer, 7. Scott Hansen, 8. Joey Tynan, 9. Tom DuPont, Jr., 10. Pat Bliss, 11. Tom Boune.

2013: 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Sean Dodenhoff, 3. Ronnie Gardner, 4. Matt Streeter, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Greg Bragg, 7. Taylor Simas, 8. Gary Conterno, 9. David Prickett, 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 11. Brett Felkins, 12. Scott Pierovich, 13. Nick Foster Jr., 14. Pete Davis, 15. Bill Lindsey, 16. Nick Chivello, 17. Jonathan Grinell, 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 19. Randi Pankratz, 20. Shannon McQueen, 21. Terry Nichols.

2016: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Randi Pankratz, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Britton Bock, 9. Taylor Simas, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Tyler Dolacki, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Brian Gard, 14. Maria Cofer, 15. Matt Streeter, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Cory Elliott, 18. Courtney Crone, 19. Robert Dalby, 20. Nate Wait, 21. Danny Carroll, 22. Dustin Golobic.

2017: Shane Golobic, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Courtney Crone, 5. Alex Schutte, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Mason Daniel, 8. David Prickett, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Buddy Kofoid, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Randi Pankratz, 15. Dustin Golobic, 16. Geoff Ensign, 17. Nate Wait, 18. Ryan Bernal.

 

 

LEARY'S LANDMARK SEASON NETS USAC SPRINT TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 16, 2019).........Was there any more indicative way of how C.J. Leary and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports achieved their USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship than how they performed in Saturday night's season finale at Arizona Speedway?

The team rolled off the trailer for the second night of Western World and clicked off fast time during qualifying, then won their heat race from the third row and finished off with a solid top-five run. Night-after-night, track-after-track, Leary and crew chiseled the competition with their unrelenting consistency.

Their 11 fast qualifying times rank as the third most ever in a single USAC National Sprint Car season behind only Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s 15 in 2018 and Tom Bigelow's 14 in 1978. Along the way, the team accrued a series-high 32 top-ten finishes in 34 starts and series-high-equaling 25 top-five finishes.

It's an astonishing stat line for a team and driver of any caliber in any particular year, let alone by a team that had never run the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule prior to 2019 and a team who's core players were not a cohesive unit at this point one calendar year ago.

A deal was struck late last year which brought the youthful and talented Leary on board to take the wheel along with highly successful winning crew chief Davey Jones turning the wrenches. At that point, a winning combination was born.

"We've just been really consistent all year long," Leary explained. "Davey's given me a fast hot rod night in and night out. I just felt like if we got through Pennsylvania, we'd have a good shot at getting the championship because Pennsylvania's always been my weak link."

Leary steam rolled through the first part of the season when all the bugs and kinks are yet to be ironed out and the working relationships between driver, crew and owner are still in the development process. Fairly quickly, a team can tell if they'll eventually sink or swim with what they have. From its initial appearances, the team could've swam the entire Atlantic Ocean with as good as they were right out of the box.

The team won their third night out in Ocala, Fla. in February, then took over a point lead they wouldn't relinquish following the first night of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora in May. The team powered through the aforementioned Eastern Storm swing through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, finishing 2nd, 5th and 3rd to collect the mini-series title.

The magic continued through the eight-race stretch in July through the Hoosier State to earn an Indiana Sprint Week title, the third driver to win both Eastern Storm, ISW and the USAC National Sprint title within a single year after Bryan Clauson (2013) and Robert Ballou (2015). Through the summer heat in Indiana, Leary and company took six top-fives and eight top-tens and reached a season-high 134-point lead following the Bloomington round of ISW in July.

The team's first finish outside the top ten didn't arrive until late August at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway when Leary biked it while running fourth on the first night of Sprint Car Smackdown. However, the team was able to withstand the minor setback and continued their flourishing ways with a firm grip of a 100-plus point lead for two months of the season.

That is, until late September's 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora where Leary was involved in a tangle with Chris Windom while running fourth, which relegated him to a 22nd place finish while Courtney earned max points with a sweep of the night, narrowing the canyon in the championship race to 58, the closest margin seen since June, three months earlier.

From there, the pressurized race was switched on with the reigning titlist in Courtney beaming with confidence as he chased the rabbit in Leary that hadn't been rattled points-wise in quite some time. But Leary responded enviably with a 4th in the Midwest finale at Lawrenceburg, before grabbing a 5th in the opener at Perris, followed by a 10th there the following night and a much-needed sigh of relief victory on the final night of the Oval Nationals to close out the penultimate weekend.

Once the page was turned for the final race set at Arizona Speedway, Courtney solidified his contention for a title on the first night of Western World by picking up qualifying points, then racing from the tail to win his heat. Leary checked mate and collected eight points of his own for a heat win after a ho-hum sub-top-10 qualifying run by his standards. Courtney raced to victory in the night's main event while Leary managed a 6th. A solid run in most cases, but in this instance, it was a net 15-point loss for Leary, who took a 26-point interval into Saturday's last call.

Locked-in Leary snared fast time for six points and nabbed a heat win for eight points while Courtney earned three qualifying points but was forced to swap the engine from his ride following mechanical trouble during his time trial run. Courtney took second in his own heat race, setting up a final showcase between the two Indiana born and bred racers.

Courtney went all in, exclaiming to his crew before the start that he was either going to bring back a trophy or a steering wheel, implying he was going for broke with an oath to take care of the factors he was in control of while Leary just had to manage 11th or better to lock up the crown.

Leary hung right there comfortably smack dab in the middle of the top-ten for the duration of the 30 laps, never once falling out of the hunt and below the Mendoza line. Meanwhile, Courtney delivered on his promise, bringing home the Western World trophy. All the while, Leary was like clockwork. When the clock struck midnight on the season, he was right there where he needed to be.

As a result, Leary became USAC's newest first-time champion, as did crew chief Davey Jones and the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports team. At the age of 23, Leary became the third youngest USAC National Sprint Car driver champion behind only Bryan Clauson and Levi Jones and, at age 23, has realized a life-long dream of becoming a USAC championship.

"The pressure coming into tonight was eating at me, so I'll take a breather and let this sink in," Leary exhaled. "It's definitely something to be proud of. It's something I've been wanting since I was a little kid. It definitely didn't happen overnight. This is my eighth year on the USAC National tour and to be standing up here means the world to me."

Also fitting is how it all came full circle. The discussion of the formation of the Arizona-based team began a year ago in Perris, Calif., and one year later, Leary became a first-time Oval Nationals winner at Perris and a first-time championship right in his car owner's homeland in the Grand Canyon State.

"We've toured all over the United States, and to end here in (car owner) Andy's (Reinbold) backyard, I think it's pretty special," Leary said. "He has all his friends, family, his co-workers, everybody's out here supporting him as a race team. Andy and his whole family have taken us in like family and have put us up in their house and just went racing. It's pretty cool, I think I can relate a lot to my own race team. It's a family affair and I'm just glad to get it done for Andy, his dad Rex, and the whole AME crew. I can't say enough for these guys. They've made this year pretty special for me."

For Reinbold, despite his team's relative lack of experience on the National trail, he had full confidence in the team he surrounded himself with. One that he expected, back in December, January and February, would be standing on the podium just as they were Saturday night at Arizona Speedway.

"Honestly, absolutely," Reinbold deadpanned when asked whether he expected to be standing on the stage as a champion. "The team that we put together, all of our partners, all of our sponsors, our family, everybody believed from the beginning. It was a little tough at the very beginning down in Florida with the new cars, the Spike cars. They were used to the DRC. But once we all bought into it, we got rolling and C.J. was just wonderful in driving and hitting his marks all year long. It was amazing."

2019 C.J. LEARY USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS:

FEATURE WINS: 2 - Feb 16 at Bubba Raceway Park & Nov 9 at Perris Auto Speedway

FEATURE LAPS LED: 102

TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES: 25

TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES: 32

FAST QUALIFYING TIMES: 11

HEAT RACE WINS: 12

FEATURE STARTS: 34

CAREER FEATURE WINS: 9


 

COURTNEY SPRINTS TO BACK-TO-BACK WESTERN WORLD WINS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 16, 2019).........One year ago, Tyler Courtney had a view from the other side of the spectrum at the season finale. There, his nearest combatant in the title chase collected a feature win while he celebrated a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship.

Saturday's 2019 season finale at Arizona Speedway found the Indianapolis, Ind. in the polar opposite position where he was the one standing in victory lane with a tinge of bittersweetness surrounding him. He earned a second-straight Western World Championships Sprint Car crown, and second victory in as many nights, but in the end, came up 18 points shy of a second-straight series crown behind C.J. Leary.

While Courtney was elated in one sense by picking up his series-leading ninth victory of the 2019 season and the 26th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, tying him with Tony Elliott and Dave Steele for 18th all-time, he couldn't help but have the end result of the championship weigh on his mind before a celebration of victory came to mind.

"What's going through my mind is that we lost the championship," Courtney said. "These guys worked their tails off all year to put us in contention for it. For the year, we just didn't get it there. We know what it's like to be the champions and especially for the first time, it's truly something special and I hope they get to enjoy it."

Entering the 30-lap feature, that landscape had been laid out. If Leary finished 11th or better, the championship would be his regardless of where Courtney finished. With that on his mind, Courtney took care of the aspect he was fully in control of.

"I told (the crew) before the feature pushed off that I was going to bring back either the trophy or the steering wheel," Courtney explained. "We brought home the trophy. To sweep the weekend in a sprint car is really cool. To win Western World in back-to-back years is pretty cool too. But second in the championship sucks. We did all we could do. We came out here and we won the race tonight. That's nothing to hang our head on. For the season, nine wins on the year is pretty special. Winning any USAC race is tough with the competition we have year-in and year-out. It's incredible."

Courtney started fifth and worked his way into third by the opening lap and into the runner-up spot by lap five while pole sitter Josh Hodges, then the evening's midget feature winner Brady Bacon, exchanged control at the front of the field.

On the 13th lap, Bacon ripped into traffic, threading needles as he scooted around the outside of Chris Gansen off turn four to escape a rapidly closing Courtney who, just moments before, had trailed by 1.5 sec., but had whittled it down to breadcrumbs by the halfway mark.

Courtney ran down Bacon in traffic, sliding underneath the two-time series champ between turns three and four to nab the position. Bacon immediately went back to work on the bottom of turn one under Courtney and emerged as the new leader at the exit of turn two.

Courtney had momentum in his back pocket, catching up to race side-by-side with Bacon into turn three on lap 17 where the two touched wheels - Bacon's right rear and Courtney's left rear - popping Courtney airborne before landing on all fours and continuing on, albeit while watching Bacon drive back by to the lead.

Courtney immediately jumped back on the bull and made a beeline from the top of turn four to the middle of turn one where the two nearly made contact again as Bacon slid above the cushion. However, Bacon made a quick recovery and turned down off two to dart back under Courtney and into the lead by turn three. The following lap was a rinse and repeat situation as Courtney slid Bacon in one while Bacon ducked back under and reassumed the top spot off two.

On the 20th lap, Bacon raced into one with Courtney a half car length behind. This time, the last car on the lead lap, Charles Davis, Jr., was to the outside of Bacon between turns one and two. As Bacon drifted to the inside of Davis, he wasn't able to slide all the way to the curb in order to propel him down the back straightaway. As Bacon slid through the middle, Courtney stuck the line under Bacon and opened up an eight-car-length advantage with ten laps remaining.

By lap 25, however, Bacon had reeled in Courtney to within a couple car lengths distance when Justin Grant and Jason McDougal found trouble in turn two. Grant landed upside down and walked to the ambulance under his own power for further observation.

During the red flag period, steam began to pour from Courtney's resting car, which was revealed to be a result of a hole in the radiator. Earlier in the night, Courtney and the team qualified fourth, but were forced to swap out the engine before their heat race in the Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy.

Friday night's Western World midget winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. was the man on the move on the lap 25 restart, sliding past Bacon in turn one for the second position as Bacon faded into a distant third. Meanwhile, Courtney had gapped Thomas and Bacon to the tune of two seconds until a last lap yellow for a flat left rear tire on Chase Stockon necessitated a yellow flag.

A green-white-checkered finish wasn't enough to knock Courtney off his game as he utilized a solid restart to distance himself from the pack once and for all, taking the checkered by a 1.299 sec. margin over Thomas, Bacon, Chris Windom and C.J. Leary, whose fifth place finish secured himself a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver championship.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway were:

Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-a-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner)

Dustin Clark (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Second Heat Winner)

Dennis Gile (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

R.J. Johnson (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/Butlerbuilt Seats Third Heat Winner)

C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner)

Jason McDougal (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier)

Brody Roa (KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Jake Swanson (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner)

Austin Williams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.007; 2. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.007; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.010; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.020; 5. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.073; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.079; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-15.089; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.093; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.100; 10. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-15.105; 11. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-15.153; 12. Eric Wilkins, 34w, Grau/Burkhart-15.182; 13. Jason McDougal, 34, Grau-15.233; 14. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.271; 15. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.290; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.329; 17. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.366; 18. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.378; 19. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.420; 20. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.422; 21. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.440; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-15.502; 23. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.502; 24. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-15.543; 25. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-15.596; 26. Zack Madrid, 51m, Johnson-15.607; 27. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.610; 28. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-15.721; 29. Michael Curtis, 11c, Turner/Wheeler-15.744; 30. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-15.795; 31. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.014; 32. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-16.472.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Charles Davis, Jr., 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 8. Michael Curtis. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dustin Clark, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Zack Madrid. 8. Tanner Carrick. 2:07.366

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Noah Gass. 2:07.655

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Eric Wilkins, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Chris Gansen, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Frank Rodgers III. 2:08.698

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Charles Davis, Jr., 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Kyle Shipley, 13. Noah Gass, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Frank Rodgers III, 16. Stevie Sussex. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 3. Brady Bacon (2), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Damion Gardner (4), 7. Josh Hodges (1), 8. Jake Swanson (8), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Brody Roa (22), 11. Stevie Sussex (23), 12. R.J. Johnson (18), 13. Austin Williams (20), 14. Chase Stockon (13), 15. Thomas Meseraull (21), 16. Eric Wilkins (11), 17. Dustin Clark (17), 18. Chris Gansen (14), 19. Chris Bonneau (19), 20. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (15), 21. Justin Grant (7), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Charles Davis, Jr. (24), 24. Hunter Schuerenberg (12). NT

**Justin Grant flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Josh Hodges, Laps 2-15 Brady Bacon, Lap 16 Tyler Courtney, Laps 17-19 Brady Bacon, Laps 20-30 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (22nd to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Austin Williams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dennis Gile

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jason McDougal

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,327, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,309, 3-Brady Bacon-2,136, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2,136, 5-Justin Grant-2,116, 6-Chris Windom-2,115, 7-Chase Stockon-2,032, 8-Jason McDougal-1,588, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,489, 2-Austin Williams-1,418, 3-Brody Roa-1,302, 4-Jake Swanson-1,234, 5-Chris Gansen-911, 6-Tommy Malcolm-887, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-837, 8-R.J. Johnson-753, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-706, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-683.

FINAL SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-1,083, 2-R.J. Johnson-1,065, 3-Stevie Sussex-1018, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-976, 5-Jake Swanson-800, 6-Austin Williams-659, 7-Mike Martin-655, 8-Damion Gardner-616, 9-Chris Bonneau-517, 10-Matt Lundy-500.

 

BACON IS WESTERN WORLD MIDGET KING

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 16, 2019).........Regardless of the type of car or the venue, Brady Bacon has a knack for winning at the Western World Championships.

Entering Saturday night's 52nd Western World finale at Arizona Speedway, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native had previously earned four final night victories in a 360 c.i. sprint car, first in 2009 and 2010 in Tucson, then again in 2016 and 2018 at Arizona.

Now you can add a victory in a midget to his Western World resume after leading all 30 laps of the feature to earn his fifth overall final night win in the event and his first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory since the inaugural BC39 in Indianapolis during the 2018 season.

While waiting to be pushed off for the feature, Bacon did a last-minute check of his surroundings and keyed in on some of the tire setups he saw on the competitors around him. The observation gave him a second thought and an 11th hour decision was made and put into action just prior to the start.

"The guys gave me a good car," Bacon praised. "We made a last-minute decision there in staging. I was checking everybody else's tires out and I'm like, I got to make a change here because they didn't quite do as much track work as we were expecting. Western World has always been good to me at several different racetracks. It was good to me again tonight."

Bacon launched from the outside of the front row in his FMR Racing/TRD - Black Watch Farms - Mobil 1/Beast/Speedway Toyota, taking the lead on the opening lap while a scramble for position ensued among the balance of the top-five.

Outside second row starter Logan Seavey slotted into second on the first lap and engaged in his race-long pursuit of Bacon. Seavey trekked through the middle in one and two and the top side of three and four in his chase toward Bacon. Seavey attempted to slide Bacon multiple times in turn one during the first third of the race to no avail as Bacon smoothly rode the cushion to fend off the Seavey challenge.

Just before midway, the top-four of Bacon, Seavey, Zeb Wise and Tyler Courtney ran in close-quarters nose-to-tail when a series of accidents slowed the action. Series Rookie Jesse Colwell was the first to take a tumble in turn two on the 15th lap. On the ensuing restart, Colwell's Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammate Tucker Klaasmeyer was the next to find trouble, flipping in the same area of the second turn.

Rookie Karsyn Elledge took the most serious spill of the event, flipping high and violently down the front straightway several times on the 17th lap. Colwell, Klaasmeyer and Elledge all walked away from their respective incidents under their own power.

The cushion was building up, and the path to victory was narrowing with rubber on the entry into the corners. Seavey consistently cut through the middle and was able to steer his car up to the cushion where it worked just as well. Seavey was able to drive up right to the tail of Bacon but was unable to faze the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion.

"We biked up a couple times," Bacon recalled. "That cushion was getting really big. It was so slick up to it, you could hit it really easy, then I almost didn't catch the rubber there at the end. I moved down, I think, just in time. I don't know how close he was getting to me, but if he found it first, he was probably catching me pretty quickly."

Seavey needed either a really good run into the corner or needed Bacon to make a mistake, both of which seemed to be just out of reach. Bacon held smooth and steady and closed out his first series victory of the year to become just the second driver in 2019 to win main events in all three of USAC's National series, joining Tyler Courtney.

Bacon triumphed with a 0.482 sec. margin at the checkered over Seavey, Wise, Courtney and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Rico Abreu who started 18th.

Bacon's eighth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win tied him for 79th all-time alongside Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner and Josh Wise.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were:

Rico Abreu (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Jerry Coons, Jr. (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier)

Robert Dalby (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Shannon McQueen (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Daison Pursley (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts/Butlerbuilt Seats Semi Winner)

Zeb Wise (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.725; 2. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-15.742; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.751; 4. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.765; 5. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.771; 6. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.776; 7. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.780; 8. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.783; 9. Brady Bacon, 76E, FMR-15.811; 10. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.821; 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.823; 12. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.853; 13. Buddy Kofoid, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.864; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.871; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.899; 16. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-15.914; 17. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.932; 18. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Styres/Yeley-15.943; 19. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.974; 20. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.007; 21. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.016; 22. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.025; 23. Conor Daly, 15, Petry-16.065; 24. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.072; 25. Thomas Meseraull, 13, Gile-16.177; 26. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.352; 27. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.535; 28. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Karsyn Elledge, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Brett Becker, 10. Chris Windom. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Jesse Colwell, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Conor Daly, 9. Holley Hollan. NT

AUTOMETER/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Gio Scelzi, 7. Noah Gass, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. C.J. Sarna. 2:10.938

INDY RACE PARTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Gio Scelzi, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Holley Hollan, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Conor Daly, 7. Karsyn Elledge, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Cory Elliott, 10. Noah Gass, 11. Brett Becker, 12. C.J. Sarna, 13. Shannon McQueen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Logan Seavey (4), 3. Zeb Wise (1), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Rico Abreu (18), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 7. Chris Windom (9), 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 9. Gio Scelzi (8), 10. Tanner Carrick (13), 11. Andrew Layser (11), 12. Daison Pursley (16), 13. Shannon McQueen (22), 14. Holley Hollan (19), 15. Kyle Cummins (17), 16. Noah Gass (23), 17. Conor Daly (20), 18. Karsyn Elledge (7), 19. Jason McDougal (15), 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 21. Jesse Colwell (3), 22. Buddy Kofoid (12), 23. Thomas Meseraull (21). NT

**Holley Hollan flipped during the second heat. Jesse Colwell flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Tucker Klaasmeyer flipped on the lap 15 restart. Karsyn Elledge flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Rico Abreu (18th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shannon McQueen

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Robert Dalby

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,851, 2-Logan Seavey-1,680, 3-Chris Windom-1,679, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,619, 5-Zeb Wise-1,579, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,406, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,384, 8-Jason McDougal-1,309, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,263, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-647, 2-Cory Elliott-618, 3-Shannon McQueen-524, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-433, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: November 19-20, 2019 - Placerville Speedway - Placerville, California - Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 - 1/4-mile dirt oval

 

 

THOMAS STEERS TO WESTERN WORLD NIGHT #1 MIDGET SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 15, 2019).........Since his car first rolled off the trailer for practice one night earlier, Kevin Thomas, Jr. has had the propensity to be quick in a midget around Arizona Speedway.

That tendency carried into Friday night's Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford where Thomas led all 30 laps and fought off a hard-charging Zeb Wise who nearly ripped away the victory in the final laps of first ever visit for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets to the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) found the groove to become the fastest driver in practice on Thursday, then admits his lackluster (by his standards) qualifying run put him in position to capitalize for his second series victory of the year and the sixth of his career in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends - McDonald's - Dr. Pepper/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"We've been working so hard with our team all year. Everything kind of aligned tonight," Thomas explained. "We've been fast right out of the box, but I screwed up there in qualifying. I screwed up just good enough to get us on the front row."

Thomas was 10th quickest in qualifying, and by virtue of four different drivers missing the transfer through their heat races, that moved Thomas up to the pole position for the 30-lap A-Main, a fortuitous circumstance that Thomas took full advantage of.

From the get-go, Thomas utilized the bottom to lead early while Wise, celebrating his 17th birthday on this day, drove under outside front row starter Gio Scelzi on the bottom of turn two to take second. All the while, Thomas had constructed a one-plus second lead, which he had to rebuild no less than four times in the first half of the race following a bevy of yellows.

Thomas commanded the race for the bottom with much of the top-five aligned in formation behind him while a couple of takers at the back end of the top-ten took the high road to no avail.

The lead for Thomas had grown to 1.438 seconds with 10 laps remaining when traffic loomed on the bottom, creating a possible scenario which could've forced the leaders off the bottom and into the unknown during the latter stages of the race.

The possible consternation subsided as 21st running Thomas Meseraull slowed to bring about a caution, erasing Thomas' advantage, but put him in position with the lead, a clear track and the lapped car of C.J. Sarna between he and second-running Zeb Wise for the lap 21 restart.

Wise disposed of Sarna and quickly went to work on Thomas, this time sticking with and roping in the leader with the laps waning. Wise was just a half car length back and to the left of Thomas as the two raced side-by-side across the stripe on lap 28. Thomas zipped back to the bottom line to slam the door on Wise entering turn one.

September's BC39 winner, Wise, stayed right within touch of Thomas, quite literally, with Wise's front bumper making slight contact with the left side of Thomas' rear bumper at the exit of two.

On the final lap, Wise entered the first turn right on the rear chrome of Thomas. However, at the exit of the second turn, Thomas found the grip to propel away from Wise by roughly four car lengths getting into turn three. Thomas rounded the corner and headed for home with a 0.656 second victory in hand over Wise while Tanner Carrick, Logan Seavey and Carson Macedo occupied the remainder of the top-five.

In victory lane, Thomas was greeted by a steer, and eagerly accepted a ride from the animal in victory lane to the delight of the sizable crowd on hand.

"I know Zeb wanted to win on his birthday," Thomas admitted. "But he raced me clean and he had a chance right there to probably stuff it in on me getting into one, I think. It was just good hard racing by everybody."

For Wise, it was a valiant effort that saw him come just shy of picking up his fourth series win of the year.

"We'd been about the same speed the whole race," Wise said. "There at the end, I tried some stuff with my shocks. We were good enough; I just think I showed him the line in three and four and he moved down. I had a chance there, but Kevin and I always race each other clean, so I wasn't going to try anything there."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were:

Brady Bacon (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Jesse Colwell (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Kyle Cummins (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Tucker Klaasmeyer (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Andrew Layser (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner)

Carson Macedo (Butlerbuilt Seats Semi Winner)

Shannon McQueen (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Daison Pursley (Indy Race Parts/Pyrotech Racing Cells Fourth Heat Winner)

Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.426 (New Track Record); 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.456; 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.472; 4. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.543; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.549; 6. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-15.556; 7. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.578; 8. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.605; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.628; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.643; 11. Brady Bacon, 76E, FMR-15.656; 12. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.680; 13. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.692; 14. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.692; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.706; 16. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.707; 17. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-15.772; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.837; 19. Conor Daly, 15, Petry-15.879; 20. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.898; 21. Thomas Meseraull, 13, Gile-15.944; 22. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.005; 23. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.058; 24. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.112; 25. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.286; 26. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Styres/Yeley-16.334; 27. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.454; 28. Ron Hazelton, 15H, Hazelton-16.748; 29. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-21.095; 30. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. C.J. Sarna, 8. Marvin Mitchell. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jesse Colwell, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Karsyn Elledge, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Brett Becker. 2:07.777 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Conor Daly, 4. Zeb Wise, 5. Noah Gass, 6. Cory Elliott, 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Gio Scelzi, 4. Holley Hollan, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Ron Hazelton. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. C.J. Sarna, 9. Marvin Mitchell, 10. Ron Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Zeb Wise (3), 3. Tanner Carrick (4), 4. Logan Seavey (6), 5. Carson Macedo (8), 6. Rico Abreu (7), 7. Chris Windom (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (5), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 10. Brady Bacon (10), 11. Jason McDougal (15), 12. Gio Scelzi (2), 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer (23), 14. Kyle Cummins (21), 15. Jesse Colwell (19), 16. Cory Elliott (22), 17. Andrew Layser (12), 18. Holley Hollan (20), 19. Robert Dalby (9), 20. Daison Pursley (17), 21. Conor Daly (16), 22. C.J. Sarna (24), 23. Thomas Meseraull (18), 24. Karsyn Elledge (13), 25. Marvin Mitchell (23). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Kevin Thomas, Jr.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (21st to 14th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tucker Klaasmeyer

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Shannon McQueen

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,779, 2-Chris Windom-1,623, 3-Logan Seavey-1,606, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,554, 5-Zeb Wise-1,507, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,359, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,327, 8-Jason McDougal-1,277, 9-Chad Boat-1,255, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,234.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-637, 2-Cory Elliott-608, 3-Shannon McQueen-487, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-423, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford

 

 

SUNSHINE SURVIVES AND THRIVES IN WESTERN WORLD SPRINT OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 15, 2019).........Entering the final weekend of the year trailing by 44 points in the USAC AMSOIL National standings, Tyler Courtney's goal was simple. Win a championship.

Simple enough. But to do that, you've got to persevere under pressure and tense situations that may arise around you. You've also got to avoid catastrophe whether it's by your own doing or avoiding the calamities around you in order to maximize your points.

Courtney checked all those boxes on Friday night in the opener for the 52nd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway to win his eighth series feature of 2019 and the 25th of his career, tying him with Steve Butler, Jay Drake and Chris Windom for 20th all-time.

"We came here this weekend to do one thing, and that's win a championship," Courtney reiterated. "You've got to do that by winning races. We may have fallen into one a little bit here, but you've got to be lucky just as much as you've got to be good."

Courtney, the defending Western World champion, started the feature from 5th, where he had a front row seat for a 30-lap war of attrition that plagued many of the front runners for a variety of reasons.

Chris Windom mostly dominated from the pole position for much of the first half of the event following a lap one stoppage for fast qualifier and heat race one winner Logan Seavey who slowed with a mechanical issue on the opening circuit and was sidelined for the remainder of the evening.

In reverse of the midget race that proceeded the sprint feature, the groove was up on the fence where Windom led the charge around the 1/3-mile dirt oval while National championship contenders Courtney and point leader C.J. Leary ran 6th and 11th, respectively, with Courtney throwing a shower of sparks from brakes in the turns for the time being.

Just before midway, second-running Justin Grant had caught Windom, taking a peek underneath Windom on both ends of the track just as the ring of rubber began to take hold on the top side.

Grant successfully made the pass of Windom stick in turn one on the 17th lap with the two making contact, Grant's rear to Windom's front bumper. Windom fell back behind Grant, but it didn't take long for him to fire his next shot in turn one two laps later to reclaim the lead.

On the 21st lap, Grant brought the heat once again with a turn one slider across the nose of Windom to secure the top spot with less than 10 to go. Grant became the locomotive pulling the train with Windom and midget feature winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. now closing in rapidly in third.

On the very next lap, the unthinkable happened. As the top-three entered the middle of turns one and two, they approached the lapped car of Kyle Shipley, whose right rear tire was pouring smoke off the corners. As Shipley rounded turn two, he drifted high off the rubber, half-spinning right into the path of not only Grant, but also second-running Windom, third-place Thomas and fourth place Schuerenberg, who all plowed into Shipley's stopped car.

Just behind, resting near the outside turn two wall was 10th running Chase Stockon and point leader Leary. With only nine laps remaining, Leary's pursuit of a championship seemed to be in peril. However, he restarted and managed to wheel back to 6th at the checkered following a slew of attrition and tire wear that developed down the stretch.

Windom and Schuerenberg were out, and Thomas dropped out a few laps later, while Grant, Leary, Stockon rejoined the fray. USAC/CRA Sprint standout Austin Williams inherited the lead with Brady Bacon and Courtney now residing in his shadow.

However, Williams bid for a first career USAC National feature win came to a bitter end with just five laps to go as his right rear tire gave way in turn 4 while a melee involving the cars of Jake Swanson, Thomas Meseraull, Max Adams, Brody Roa and a helicoptering R.J. Johnson ensued behind him.

The restart put Bacon up front ahead of Courtney. Bacon assumed control, setting the pace until three laps to go when 19th running Chris Gansen slowed to a stop in turn four with a flat right rear of his own. When racing resumed, 4th running Damion Gardner and 12th place Kevin Thomas, Jr. were the next to fall to the wayside with flat tires. Under caution, the cords on Bacon's right rear became readily apparent, thus placing him in the unenviable role of sitting duck on the lap 29 restart.

Courtney smelled blood in the water and went on the offensive, sliding underneath Bacon in turn one to grab the lead. Just mere moments later, Bacon slowed to a crawl with the plodding sound of flat right rear rubber entering his ear.

Courtney was now in his Shangri-La for the final restart and where he'd stay for good, encountering no trouble at the end en route to victory over a hard-charging Justin Grant, who returned from the earlier incident to finish 2nd. Jason McDougal was 3rd ahead of KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Charles Davis, Jr. in 4th (from 16th) and Stevie Sussex rounding out the top-five.

With the victory, Courtney has now closed the gap to 26 entering Saturday's finale in the race for the 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship.

"Our team hasn't given up all year," Courtney praised the crew of his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy. "We've been behind the eight ball ever since the first race in Florida when we ran 18th, but these guys never give up and they gave me a great racecar again. One more night to try and seal this deal up and we're just excited about the momentum we've got."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were:

Chris Bonneau (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-a-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner)

Charles Davis, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Second Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Damion Gardner (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

C.J. Leary (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/Butlerbuilt Seats Third Heat Winner)

Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner)

Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier)

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner)

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-14.763; 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-14.881; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.960; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.967; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.008; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.057; 7. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.064; 8. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-15.072; 9. Jason McDougal, 34, Grau-15.105; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.113; 11. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.157; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.182; 13. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.191; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.205; 15. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.217; 16. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.252; 17. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.259; 18. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-15.266; 19. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.266; 20. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-15.281; 21. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.286; 22. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.332; 23. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-15.339; 24. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-15.446; 25. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.447; 26. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-15.540; 27. Sterling Cling, 34c, Cling-15.541; 28. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.628; 29. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.696; 30. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-15.698; 31. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.816; 32. Michael Curtis, 11c, Turner/Wheeler-15.867; 33. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-16.957; 34. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-NT; 35. Zack Madrid, 15m, Madrid-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Chris Gansen, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Frank Rodgers III, 8. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis, Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Kyle Shipley, 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Noah Gass. 2:06.413

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Max Adams, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Dustin Clark, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Tye Mihocko. 2:04.285 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chris Windom, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Michael Curtis. 2:05.195

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Dustin Clark, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Michael Curtis, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Noah Gass, 14. Frank Rodgers III, 15. Tommy Malcolm, 16. Sterling Cling, 17. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Justin Grant (4), 3. Jason McDougal (9), 4. Charles Davis, Jr. (16), 5. Stevie Sussex (24), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Josh Hodges (13), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Austin Williams (2), 10. Tommy Malcolm (23), 11. Jake Swanson (10), 12. Thomas Meseraull (18), 13. Damion Gardner (14), 14. R.J. Johnson (15), 15. Max Adams (21), 16. Chris Gansen (19), 17. Brady Bacon (12), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 19. Brody Roa (20), 20. Chris Windom (1), 21. Hunter Schuerenberg (7), 22. Kyle Shipley (22), 23. Dustin Clark (17), 24. Logan Seavey (6). NT

**Justin Grant flipped during the first heat. Sterling Cling flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Chris Windom, Laps 17-18 Justin Grant, Laps 19-20 Chris Windom, Lap 21 Justin Grant, Laps 22-25 Austin Williams, Laps 26-28 Brady Bacon, Laps 29-30 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis, Jr. (16th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Damion Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Chris Bonneau

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Eddie Tafoya, Jr.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,255, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,229, 3-Justin Grant-2,086, 4-Brady Bacon-2,064, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2,062, 6-Chris Windom-2,048, 7-Chase Stockon-1,992, 8-Jason McDougal-1,564, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,426. 2-Austin Williams-1,374, 3-Brody Roa-1,257, 4-Jake Swanson-1,180, 5-Chris Gansen-883, 6-Tommy Malcolm-872, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-814, 8-R.J. Johnson-706, 9-Richard Vander Weerd-683, 10-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-682.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-1,038, 2-R.J. Johnson-1,018, 3-Stevie Sussex-977, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-953, 5-Jake Swanson-746, 6-Mike Martin-655, 7-Austin Williams-615, 8-Damion Gardner-553, 9-Matt Lundy-500, 10-Chris Bonneau-487.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford

 

 

THOMAS LEADS MIDGETS IN WESTERN WORLD PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 14, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. recorded the fastest lap during USAC NOS Energy Drink National/Western States Midget open practice Wednesday night at Arizona Speedway in preparation for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16.

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas set the standard of 15.073 around the 1/3-mile dirt oval in the first ever visit for the series to Arizona Speedway aboard his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends - McDonald's - Dr. Pepper/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

Last year's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), was second fastest at 15.157, followed by 2014 series champ Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.) at 15.190, 2016 USAC Silver Crown/2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Chris Windom was fourth at 15.206 while 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint champ and current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounded out the top-five at 15.252.

Notables throughout the field include Jason McDougal (6th), Zeb Wise (8th), Brady Bacon (9th), Buddy Kofoid (10th), Jerry Coons, Jr. (11th) and Tanner Carrick (13th). USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby was 16th while 10th place 2019 Indianapolis 500 finisher Conor Daly was 18th.

Both this Friday and Saturday night, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

A practice night begins the festivities on Thursday, November 14. Adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $10 and kids 6 and under pit passes are free.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATION & WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRACTICE RESULTS: November 14, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

PRACTICE: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.073; 2. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.157; 3. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.190; 4. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.206; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.252; 6. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-15.261; 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.262; 8. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.295; 9. Brady Bacon, 76E, FMR-15.315; 10. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.391; 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.437; 12. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.443; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.498; 14. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.519; 15. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.539; 16. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.572; 17. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.721; 18. Conor Daly, 15, Petry-15.799; 19. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.818; 20. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.879; 21. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.938; 22. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.351; 23. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.511; 24. Thomas Meseraull, 13, Gile-17.006; 25. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Yeley/Styres-19.504.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATION & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: November 15-16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

LEARY TOPS WESTERN WORLD SPRINT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 14, 2019).........USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary got his weekend off on the right foot by setting the top lap during Wednesday night's USAC AMSOIL National/CRA/Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car open practice at Arizona Speedway in preparation for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) ripped around the 1/3-mile dirt oval with a top lap of 14.682 in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Foxco Chevy, just less than six-hundredths off the one-lap track record of 14.625 set by Chad Boespflug in 2016. Leary leads Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) by 44 points in the standings entering the weekend's final two-race set. Courtney was 4th in practice at 15.175.

Leary's teammate Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, Mo.) was second at 14.791, while Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) was third and Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) rounded out the top-five.

Both this Friday and Saturday night, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: November 14, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

PRACTICE: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.682; 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-14.791; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-15.056; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.175; 5. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-15.239; 6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.289; 7. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.315; 8. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-15.348; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.349; 10. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.370; 11. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-15.400; 12. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.441; 13. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-15.502; 14. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-15.571; 15. Zack Madrid, 15m, Madrid-15.756; 16. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-15.809.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 15-16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

MASSIVE TURKEY NIGHT MIDGET ENTRY LIST AWAITS VENTURA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 13, 2019).........As it stands now, the entry list for the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix is stacked to the gills with the number of cars, drivers and the amount of talent that will be on display for the prestigious event on Thanksgiving Night, November 28, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Entries are still rolling in at press time, but at the moment, the lone past Turkey Night Midget winner in the field is 2012 and 2016 victor Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.). He's joined by a slew of USAC National champions who have filed their entries, including Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.).

In addition to that bunch, a number of recent winners on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car trails are gunning for glory at Ventura: Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) and Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas) have all won on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series campaign in 2019.

Leading the USAC Western contingent in the event are Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), plus 2019 series winners Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) as well as USAC Western Regional champions Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, Calif.), David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) and Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.).

Thirteen states are represented thus far with Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wyoming presenting drivers. Three different countries are represented so far with Michael Pickens (New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Australia) making the trip to the states for the event.

USAC Midget practice and USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars will kick off the Turkey Night festivities on Wednesday, November 27 and conclude Thursday night, November 28 with the finales for the West Coast/VRA Sprints and the 98-lap main event for the midgets.

Advance tickets for the "79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix" are available online through venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
(Updated November 13, 2019)

07x Troy Morris III/Bakersfield, CA (Trinity Motorsports)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NP TBA (Kelly Nichols)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1p Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (Kelly Nichols)
1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing)
3F TBA (Ted Finkenbinder)
4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
15 Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)
15DJ David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15x Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
20AZ Shon Deskins/Waddell, AZ (Shon Deskins Racing)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
27x Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports)
31B Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports)
33p Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr.)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
55 Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
55T Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA (Tony Everhart)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Johnny Cofer)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67x Britton Bock/Fresno, CA (Mike Bock)
68 Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71D Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71s Cody Swanson/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
73x Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Ford)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
78 Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Mona Liggett)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
85 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)

 

 

TALENTED CROP TO DOUBLE UP AT WESTERN WORLD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 12, 2019).........This weekend's 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway presents a unique opportunity. An opportunity to showcase versatility in both a Sprint Car and a Midget on the same track on the same evening for two consecutive nights.

It's a rare breed who've been able to tame both beasts on the same night by winning both a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature and a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget A-Main event in the same show.

Each of the past two instances in which the double-dip sweep occurred, it was Tyler Courtney getting the job done, with both coming at Eldora's 4-Crown Nationals in September 2018 and again in September 2019.

Back in May of this year, Courtney was fast qualifier in both divisions and scored the Midget feature win while Chris Windom captured the Sprint Car leg of the night. Neither had the same fortune in the other feature that night; Courtney was 14th in the Sprint Car and Windom 12th in the Midget.

Both those two, as well as handful of others, are highly capable of doubling-up and winning both in one night, in addition to the likes of Kevin Thomas, Jr., Brady Bacon, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull and Logan Seavey this weekend.

The sweep has been accomplished 24 times to date in USAC National Sprint and National Midget doubleheaders and this crop of talent is certainly up to challenge to become the next. The first such USAC National Midget/National Sprint doubleheader came 43 years ago, in 1976, on the high banks of Eldora Speedway. Dana Carter took the Midget end of the deal while Clark Templeman scored the Sprint Car feature.

While no such USAC National Midget/Sprint sweeps occurred that particular night, there have certainly been their fair share of them over the years, including just a month and a half ago Eldora by Courtney. It wasn't exactly a clean sweep of all USAC events with Courtney not winning the Silver Crown portion and securing a three-tier sweep with the Silver Crown car included, which has only been done twice.

Kyle Larson not only got the Midget and Sprint glory that particular evening in 2011, he also capped off the night with a Silver Crown victory, same as Jack Hewitt did in 1998 at the same event, the only two times in which all three have been "swept" in the same night.

As far as USAC National/Sprint Midget sweeps go, the first one wasn't so much a sweep, but is recognized as one of the greatest feats in USAC history, at Indiana's Salem Speedway in 1977. Double features for both the Midgets and Sprint Cars were on tap that Memorial Day afternoon. Pancho Carter nailed down wins in both midget features, won the first Sprint Car feature, and came up just short in the second Sprint A-Main, finishing second to Tom Bigelow.

Ron Shuman did the deed a year later in 1978 at Reading, Pa., an Independence Day event which was televised on NBC. Just two sweeps occurred in the decade of the 1980s with Ken Schrader doubling up at Beaver Dam, Wisc. in 1982 and Rich Vogler getting a two-fer in 1986 at Eldora.

Jeff Gordon's shooting star was at peak levels in 1990 when he took both on the high banks of Salem in June, then finished up the year with another sweep at the similarly shaped and banked Winchester Speedway in November on his way to superstardom.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famers Hewitt and Dave Steele lead all drivers with three occasions in which they won both a USAC National Midget and National Sprint event at the same locale on the same day. Hewitt got his first right at Tri-City, host of this Friday's race, in 1991, then did it again in 1997 at Terre Haute, inheriting the Midget win following original winner Kevin Thomas' car failing post-race technical inspection. Hewitt's third and final came in the never-to-be-forgotten 4-Crown in 1998.

While Hewitt garnered all three on the dirt, Steele collected all of his three on the pavement, all within a calendar year, first at the one-mile track Nazareth, Pa. in 2003, again on a mile at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2004, and for the last time, just one month later, at Salem.

USAC Triple Crown champ, and Indy Racing League/NASCAR Cup Series titlist Tony Stewart took two at Eldora in 1995, as did future NHRA star Doug Kalitta in the season-ender at Winchester that same year. Dave Darland cashed in for two at Eldora in 1999.

Jay Drake got the first sweep of the new millennium, in 2001, during the Buckeye Nationals at Eldora, shown on ESPN2. J.J. Yeley added a pair of sweeps to his name within a month in 2002 on the pavement of Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then again on the dirt at Fremont, Ohio, where he flipped his Sprint Car in turn four while celebrating his big night.

Jerry Coons, Jr. landed both wins at Missouri's Lake Ozark Speedway in 2006. Bryan Clauson became the youngest to sweep, shortly after turning 17 years old, at Salem in 2006. Larson, meanwhile, became the latest to get three in one night along with Silver Crown, in 2011 at Eldora.

Both nights, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

A practice night begins the festivities on Thursday, November 14. Adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $10 and kids 6 and under pit passes are free.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

DRIVERS TO WIN A USAC NATIONAL MIDGET AND SPRINT FEATURE IN SAME DAY AT SAME TRACK:
5/30/1977: Salem Speedway - Pancho Carter
7/4/1978: Reading Fairgrounds - Ron Shuman
7/31/1982: Beaver Dam Raceway - Ken Schrader
9/28/1986: Eldora Speedway - Rich Vogler
6/17/1990: Salem Speedway - Jeff Gordon
11/4/1990: Winchester Speedway - Jeff Gordon
8/31/1991: Tri-City Speedway - Jack Hewitt
9/23/1995: Eldora Speedway - Tony Stewart
10/22/1995: Winchester Speedway - Doug Kalitta
10/4/1997: Terre Haute Action Track - Jack Hewitt
9/26/1998: Eldora Speedway - Jack Hewitt
9/25/1999: Eldora Speedway - Dave Darland
6/22/2001: Eldora Speedway - Jay Drake
5/3/2002: Hawkeye Downs Speedway - J.J. Yeley
6/20/2002: Fremont Speedway - J.J. Yeley
8/23/2003: Nazareth Speedway - Dave Steele
7/4/2004: Pikes Peak International Raceway - Dave Steele
8/14/2004: Salem Speedway - Dave Steele
6/9/2006: Lake Ozark Speedway - Jerry Coons Jr.
8/12/2006: Salem Speedway - Bryan Clauson
9/23/2006: Eldora Speedway - Tracy Hines
9/24/2011: Eldora Speedway - Kyle Larson
9/21/2018: Eldora Speedway - Tyler Courtney
9/28/2019: Eldora Speedway - Tyler Courtney

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS WILL BE CROWNED AT 52ND WESTERN WORLD
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 12, 2019... After a hard fought Perris Oval Nationals, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA, USAC National, and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champions will be crowned at Arizona Speedway’s “52nd Annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford.” Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the prestigious event opens with a practice session on Thursday, November 14th (6:00pm), followed by two nights (November 15 & 16) of intense racing that also features the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets and USAC Western States Midgets. Located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona, the spectator gates on Friday and Saturday will open at 3:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- WEIGHT RULE: 1,325 lbs. with driver.
- The USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Thursday, November 14th with a special practice session. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 6:00pm. Adult pit passes are $30 and Kids (7-12) pit passes are $10.

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. Last year, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney added his name to the winner’s list and Justin Grant won the opening night. The winner’s list of the Western World Championships is posted at the end of this release.

To date, there have been nine USAC/CRA events at the fast 1/3-mile clay oval. Since November 4, 2016, eight different drivers claimed victory, led by Chris Windom with two triumphs. R.J. Johnson win the “Hall of Fame Classic” on September 28th and “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug set the 1-lap track record of 14.625 on November 5, 2016. The track’s series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the twenty-second point race, there have been thirteen different winners with USAC/CRA. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has three victories, while “The Macho” Man Brady Bacon, Brody Roa, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jake Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams are tied with two wins. Josh Hodges, Chase Johnson, R.J. Johnson, C.J. Leary, Austin Liggett, and Troy Rutherford have one win on the season.

Heading to Arizona Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 59-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner finished third at last Saturday’s finale of the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the seven-time USAC/CRA champion has three feature wins, ten Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main Win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. “The Demon” leads all drivers with 83 series wins and will be looking for his first Western World triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored eighth in the Oval Nationals finale. At press time, “The Big Game Hunter” has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main Win, one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 USAC/CRA Co-Rookie of the Year is tied with Ryan Bernal, David Cardey, and Richard Vander Weerd with nine triumphs and will have his sights on taking the championship from Gardner.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits third in the championship point standings. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Roa had a twenty-sixth place finish last Saturday night. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 105 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan with eight USAC/CRA wins, the USAC SouthWest point leader will be looking to claim the Western World Championships.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson placed seventh at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led on the year. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, and Chris Windom with four victories and will be looking add the “Western World” to his resume.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen scored a twenty-third place finish at the Perris Oval Nationals. To date, Chris has posted two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. Gansen will have his sights on his first career USAC/CRA victory at Arizona Speedway.

Currently ranked ninth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Hunter Schuerenberg, Joel Rayborne, and more.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Jake Swanson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Matt Lundy, and Chris Bonneau round out the top-10 drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr., “The Bear” Chris Windom, Justin Grant, Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Carson Short, and Isaac Chapple round out the top-10 in points.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Advance Tickets are available and for more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Sammy Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom, 2017-Chase Stockon, 2018-Tyler Courtney.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Austin Williams.

SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chris Windom, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Justin Grant, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1382, 2. Austin Williams-1323, 3. Brody Roa-1227, 4. Jake Swanson-1133, 5. Chris Gansen-846, 6. Tommy Malcolm-829, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-745, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-683, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-672, 10. R.J. Johnson-670, 11. Matt McCarthy-655, 12. Steve Hix ®-589, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 14. Cody Williams-562, 15. Austin Liggett-545, 16. Mike Martin-519, 17. Stevie Sussex-517, 18. Jace Vander Weerd-483, 19. Verne Sweeney-421, 20. Chase Johnson-326.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1 Brody Roa-1008, 2. R.J. Johnson-982, 3. Stevie Sussex-919, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-884, 5. Jake Swanson-699, 6. Mike Martin-655, 7. Austin Williams-564, 8. Damion Gardner-509, 9. Matt Lundy-500, 10. Chris Bonneau-477, 11. Michael Curtis-433, 12. Matt Rossi-413, 13. Tommy Malcolm-353, 14. C.J. Leary-347, 15. Logan Seavey-309, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg-299, 17. Dennis Gile-285, 18. Josh Hodges-271
19. Richard Vander Weerd-256, 20. Matt McCarthy-243.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-2192, 2. Tyler Courtney-2148, 3. Brady Bacon-2029, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2027, 5. Chris Windom-2020, 6. Justin Grant-2012, 7. Chase Stockon-1935, 8. Jason McDougal-1493, 9. Carson Short-1361, 10. Isaac Chapple-1193, 11. Kyle Cummins-899, 12. Dave Darland-866, 13. Josh Hodges-795, 14. Dustin Clark ®-678, 15. Chad Boespflug-669, 16. Max Adams-665, 17. Robert Ballou-568, 18. Brian VanMeveren ®-549, 19. Thomas Meseraull-535, 20. Matt Westfall-512.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brady Bacon)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brady Bacon)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: C.J. Leary)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

ROA-JOHNSON CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE TO BE SETTLED AT WESTERN WORLD
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 12, 2019... The championships for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest, AMSOIL USAC/CRA, and USAC National Sprint Cars will be settled at Arizona Speedway’s “52nd Annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford.” Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the prestigious event opens with a practice session on Thursday, November 14th (6:00pm), followed by two nights (November 15 & 16) of intense racing that also features the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets and USAC Western States Midgets. Located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona, the spectator gates on Friday and Saturday will open at 3:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 USAC/CRA APPROVED MUFFLERS ARE LEGAL AT THE WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- WEIGHT RULE: 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Thursday, November 14th with a special practice session. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 6:00pm. Adult pit passes are $30 and Kids (7-12) pit passes are $10.

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. Last year, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney added his name to the winner’s list and Justin Grant won the opening night. The winner’s list of the Western World Championships is posted at the end of this release.

Entering the seventeenth point race, there have been eleven different winners. Indiana’s C.J. Leary leads all drivers with three victories, while “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, point leader Brody Roa and R.J. Johnson have two wins. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, and Stevie Sussex have one triumph in the campaign.

Heading to the “Western World,” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 26-point lead over the competition. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Roa scored a twenty-sixth place finish in last Saturday’s Perris Oval Nationals finale. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland and “The Real American” Matt Rossi with four SouthWest wins, Roa will be looking to win the SouthWest crown in victory circle.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Auto Museum / AME Electrical Contracting Sherman, Johnson charged to a fourteenth place run at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. At press time, the five-time champion has two feature wins, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. R.J. has fifty-seven USAC SouthWest victories and will have his sights on adding the “Western World” 410 trophy to his collection.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in championship point standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex placed twentieth in the Oval Nationals finale. To date, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led on the year. Stevie has 13 SouthWest victories and will be looking to win the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing his #47 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis ran sixteenth in last Saturday’s main event. At press time, the multi-time Arizona champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has 30 USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the Western World triumph.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to fifth in the championship points. Piloting the John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson scored a seventh place finish at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, two Beaver Stripes Fast Time Awards, one dash win, three heat race victories, one Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finish, and 38 feature laps led in the campaign. Jake has two career SouthWest wins and will be looking to score the Western World victory.

Currently ranked twenty-first in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Ryan Cully (Alger, WA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Matt Lundy, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, C.J. Leary, Dennis Gile, Sterling Cling, and more.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads a strong contingent with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, Eddie Tafoya Jr., and R.J. Johnson round out the top-10 drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr., “The Bear” Chris Windom, Justin Grant, Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Carson Short, and Isaac Chapple round out the top-10 in points.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Advance Tickets are available and for more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Sammy Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom, 2017-Chase Stockon, 2018-Tyler Courtney.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-C.J. Leary, 3-Brady Bacon, 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 19-R.J. Johnson, 8-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1 Brody Roa-1008, 2. R.J. Johnson-982, 3. Stevie Sussex-919, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-884, 5. Jake Swanson-699, 6. Mike Martin-655, 7. Austin Williams-564, 8. Damion Gardner-509, 9. Matt Lundy-500, 10. Chris Bonneau-477, 11. Michael Curtis-433, 12. Matt Rossi-413, 13. Tommy Malcolm-353, 14. C.J. Leary-347, 15. Logan Seavey-309, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg-299, 17. Dennis Gile-285, 18. Josh Hodges-271
19. Richard Vander Weerd-256, 20. Matt McCarthy-243.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1382, 2. Austin Williams-1323, 3. Brody Roa-1227, 4. Jake Swanson-1133, 5. Chris Gansen-846, 6. Tommy Malcolm-829, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-745, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-683, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-672, 10. R.J. Johnson-670, 11. Matt McCarthy-655, 12. Steve Hix ®-589, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 14. Cody Williams-562, 15. Austin Liggett-545, 16. Mike Martin-519, 17. Stevie Sussex-517, 18. Jace Vander Weerd-483, 19. Verne Sweeney-421, 20. Chase Johnson-326.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-2192, 2. Tyler Courtney-2148, 3. Brady Bacon-2029, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2027, 5. Chris Windom-2020, 6. Justin Grant-2012, 7. Chase Stockon-1935, 8. Jason McDougal-1493, 9. Carson Short-1361, 10. Isaac Chapple-1193, 11. Kyle Cummins-899, 12. Dave Darland-866, 13. Josh Hodges-795, 14. Dustin Clark ®-678, 15. Chad Boespflug-669, 16. Max Adams-665, 17. Robert Ballou-568, 18. Brian VanMeveren ®-549, 19. Thomas Meseraull-535, 20. Matt Westfall-512.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brady Bacon)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brady Bacon)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: C.J. Leary)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SPRINT CAR WESTERN WORLD PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 11, 2019).........The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title comes down to this: two events in two nights at Arizona Speedway where C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney are engaged in a battle separated by a mere 44 points entering this Friday and Saturday, November 15th and 16th's 52nd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford.

C.J. Leary enters the ring this weekend with the advantage after capturing the victory in last Saturday's Oval Nationals at California's Perris Auto Speedway following a 29-race winless streak. The Greenfield, Ind. driver has been the mark of consistency throughout 2019 with 30 top-ten finishes in 32 starts. In 2018, Leary was 6th on his prelim night and 3rd on the final night of Western World, the type of consistency it very well may require in order to lock up his first USAC title.

Tyler Courtney resides in the shadow of Leary in the points race. The reigning series champ from Indianapolis, Ind. comes in as the defending Western World Sprint Car winner where he led the final 13 laps en route to victory. He also finished as the runner-up in the prelude to the final the night before in 2018 behind Justin Grant. He has four-straight top-five runs at the Western World in a sprint car with a pair of 5th place finishes in 2017.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) won last year's prelim feature event in a decisive battle with Courtney in which the pair swapped the lead twice, and for the last time with five laps remaining. Grant led a total of 22 laps that night for his lone top-five USAC National Sprint Car run at Arizona Speedway during Western World. Grant won his first Western World feature in 360 competition on a prelim night in Tucson in 2015.

Brady Bacon dominated the first two rounds of the Oval Nationals last weekend at Perris, leading all 60 laps between the two nights. The Broken Arrow, Okla. native is a four-time Western World Sprint Car winner. He captured the non-wing sprint car portion of the event in 2009 and 2010 at Manzanita, then scored a pair of 360 Sprint wins in both 2016 and 2018 at Arizona, plus a prelim night in 2015 with the USAC Sprints at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) was the fastest qualifier for the final night of the 2017 Western World USAC National Sprint car event. One year ago, he took 5th on his prelim night for his best career result at the track, then followed up with an 8th place result in his most recent appearance on the final night.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) nearly swept all of Western World in 2016 after collecting both nights in the 410, a prelim win in the 360 and a 3rd on the final night. The 2017 USAC National Sprint Car champ also won the 360 Sprint final of Western World in 2017. He led the first four of last year's USAC National Sprint Car race at Arizona before finishing 4th.

Ironman Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) enters Western World with 292 consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts. He possesses two career USAC Sprint wins in the state of Arizona, including a Hall of Fame Classic win at Canyon in 2013 and the biggie, the Western World Crown in 2017 where he controlled the final 18 laps on the road to victory.

Leary's Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports team is not a stranger to victory lane at Arizona Speedway. The team collected its first USAC National Sprint Car feature victory on the prelim night of 2017 with driver Thomas Meseraull, who also earned fast time on the opening night of Western World in 2018. Meseraull has had several high-quality runs at Arizona with 3rd in the 2016 prelim and a runner-up finish on the final night of 2017.

Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports also scored a USAC Southwest Sprint Car victory earlier this April with Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ. Seavey also finished 10th and 5th in his Western World debut for the team in 2018.

Seven-time USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner is on the verge of an 8th crown in 2019 with a 59-point lead in the standings. The Concord, Californian won the second of three nights at Western World in 2005 when it was held at Manzanita. In recent years at the 3/8-mile Arizona Speedway, Gardner earned two 2nd place results in two successive nights at the 2016 Western World and was 3rd on the opening night last year along with fast qualifier honors on the first night of 2017.

Tijeras, New Mexico's Josh Hodges collected a prelim victory in the Western World 360 Sprint feature in 2015. One night later, current USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint point leader Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) celebrated a 2015 Western World win in the 360 Sprint division in 2015 at Tucson.

Arizona Speedway has been a mainstay for the USAC Southwest Sprint Car series with 41 events held since the 2013 season. No driver has won more times in a sprint car at the track than R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) who's taken the checkered 19 times in his career at the track, including twice this year in USAC CRA and Southwest competition. He scored a 360 prelim win during Western World at Canyon in 2013 and notched his top USAC National finish of 3rd on the final night in 2017.

Fellow expected entrants for this weekend's Western World, Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) is next in line with eight Southwest triumphs at Arizona, followed by Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.) at four, and Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Mike Martin (Yuma, Ariz.) with one apiece with the Southwest series. Martin pulled off a major feat in 2012 at Canyon by winning a USAC National Sprint car race with a 360 engine under the hood.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who was out of action last weekend following a turn one flip on the opening night of the Oval Nationals on Thursday, is expected to return. He was plagued by a bit of bad luck in his Rookie Western World run in 2018, finishing 24th in the prelim, then missing the show on the final night. McDougal is a two-time winner this year with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and once in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division where he'll be one of several drivers performing double-duty at Western World.

Both nights, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

A practice night begins the festivities on Thursday, November 14. Adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $10 and kids 6 and under pit passes are free.
If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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2018 WESTERN WORLD RESULTS

PRELIM FEATURE: 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Logan Seavey, 11. R.J. Johnson, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Thomas Meseraull, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Matt Rossi, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Josh Hodges, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Danny Faria Jr., 20. Tye Mihocko, 21. Ryan Bernal, 22. Joel Rayborne, 23. Logan Williams, 24. Jason McDougal. NT

FINAL NIGHT FEATURE: 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dave Darland, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Jake Swanson, 13. Brody Roa, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Brady Bacon, 16. Josh Hodges, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Danny Sheridan, 19. Matt Rossi, 20, Austin Williams, 21. Stevie Sussex, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Joel Rayborne, 24. Cody Williams. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,192, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,148, 3-Brady Bacon-2,029, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2,027, 5-Chris Windom-2,020, 6-Justin Grant-2,012, 7-Chase Stockon-1,935, 8-Jason McDougal-1,493, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,382, 2-Austin Williams-1,323, 3-Brody Roa-1,227, 4-Jake Swanson-1,138, 5-Chris Gansen-846, 6-Tommy Malcolm-829, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-745, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-683, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-672, 10-R.J. Johnson-670.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-1,008, 2-R.J. Johnson-982, 3-Stevie Sussex-919, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-884, 5-Jake Swanson-699, 6-Mike Martin-655, 7-Austin Williams-564, 8-Damion Gardner-509, 9-Matt Lundy-500, 10-Chris Bonneau-477.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINNERS:
1968: Bob Cleberg
1969: Bob Huebner
1970: Jerry McClung
1971: Jan Opperman
1972: Jan Opperman
1973: Earl Wagner
1974: Rick Ferkel
1975: Ron Shuman
1976: Bubby Jones
1977: Ron Shuman
1978: Lealand McSpadden
1979: Tim Green
1980: Jeff Swindell
1981: Ron Shuman
1982: Steve Kinser
1983: Steve Kinser
1984: Ron Shuman
1985: Steve Kinser
1986: Bobby Davis, Jr.
1987: Steve Kinser
1988: Mark Kinser
1989: Sammy Swindell
1990: Steve Kinser
1991: Danny Lasoski & Wayne Bennet (360 Sprint)
1992: Steve Kinser & Bob Ream, Jr. (360 Sprint)
1993: Lealand McSpadden
1994: Ron Shuman
1995: Lealand McSpadden & Ricky Johnson (360 Sprint)
1996: Steve Kinser
1997: Mark Kinser
1998: Tyler Walker
1999: Donny Schatz
2000: Jay Drake
2001: Jeremy Sherman
2002: Bud Kaeding (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)
2003: Tony Elliott (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)
2004: Bud Kaeding (USAC Sprint) & Josh Ford (360 Sprint)
2005: Dave Darland (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)
2006: Josh Wise (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)
2007: Jerry Coons, Jr. (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)
2008: Kevin Swindell (USAC Sprint) & Jesse Hockett (360 Sprint)
2009: Brady Bacon (360 Sprint) & Sammy Swindell (Winged)
2010: Brady Bacon (410 Sprint), R.J. Johnson (360 Sprint) & Donny Schatz (Winged)
2011: Tracy Hines (USAC Sprint) & Donny Schatz (Winged)
2012: Bryan Clauson & Wayne Johnson (Winged)
2013: Bryan Clauson (Sprint Car & Midget)
2014: Matt Rossi (360 Sprint) & Darren Hagen (Midget)
2015: Bryan Clauson (USAC Sprint) & Brody Roa (360 Sprint)
2016: Chris Windom (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)
2017: Chase Stockon (USAC Sprint) & Chris Windom (360 Sprint)
2018: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)

USAC SPRINT CAR POINTS RACE WINS IN ARIZONA:
1. (5) Bryan Clauson

2. (3) Jerry Coons, Jr.

3. (2) Dave Darland, Bud Kaeding, Chase Stockon, Kevin Swindell, Chris Windom & Josh Wise

4. (1) Mario Andretti, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Don Branson, Tyler Courtney, Bob East, Chet Fillip, A.J. Foyt, Damion Gardner, Justin Grant, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Levi Jones, Mike Martin, Lealand McSpadden, Thomas Meseraull, Andy Michner & Brian Tyler

 

 

 

HANGTOWN 100 DEADLINE LOOMING;
57 CARS ALREADY ENTERED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 11, 2019).........Last call has arrived for teams to register for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 on November 19-20 at California's Placerville Speedway at https://www.hangtown100.com/register-online.

Fifty-seven entries have already been received for the event, which features a $130,000 purse over two nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midget racing which concludes with a $20,000 to win 100-lap feature on the final night while the overall points champion receives a $12,000 bonus.

Among the entries thus far in the absolutely stacked lineup are recently-crowned World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champion Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, Calif.) and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standout and dirt track ace Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.).

USAC National champions Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.) have all entered into the fray.

Michael Pickens (Auckland, NZ) and Kaidon Brown (Sydney, AU) are international midget champs who'll take on the task along with 2019 World of Outlaws feature winners Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) and Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.), just to name a few of the heavy hitters featuring race winners and champions from coast-to-coast.

Tuesday's PureCrop1 main event on November 19th will be 30-laps, $5,000-to-win and features the top-12 cars in combined points inverted. Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party on the fairgrounds with food, drinks, a live band and a lot of fun to be had.

Wednesday night's Royal Truck Body A-main on November 20th will be 100-laps around the famed red clay oval with the winner picking up a $20,000 payday. The overall points champion for the two nights will pocket a $12,000 bonus.

Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets.

A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather. To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.com and follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST
(Updated November 11, 2019)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1G Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS, LLC)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS, LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
11K Gage Rucker/Truxton, MO (Cory Kruseman)
15 TBA/TBA (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
18K Tony Gualda/Hollister, CA (Cory Kruseman)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19T Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Sala Racing)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47m Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Del Morris)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Cofer Racing)
63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frankie Guerrini)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67z Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne)
68 Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71m Colby Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris)
71R Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Del Morris)
71x TBA/TBA (RMS, LLC)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
76E Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)
99x Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
TBA (Matt Wood Racing)
TBA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)

 

 

WESTERN WORLD USAC MIDGET PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 11, 2019).........It's been five years since the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets have graced the Grand Canyon State of Arizona where they return this weekend, Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 for the 52nd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford, a two-night doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

This weekend's trip to the Southwest will mark the first ever visit for midgets to the 3/8-mile dirt oval in San Tan Valley. Seventy-nine previous USAC National Midget events have been held in the state of Arizona, most recently won by Darren Hagen at Canyon Speedway Park in 2014. Mel Kenyon owns the most Arizona USAC National Midget feature victories with 7 between 1964-1980.

USAC National Midget racing in Arizona dates back to the inaugural season of USAC in 1956, and in fact, was the host of the fourth series race ever held, a 100-lapper won by Johnnie Tolan at South Mountain Speedway in Phoenix.

None of the expected entrants for this weekend's Arizona foray have ever won a USAC National Midget race in the state, including Arizonian Jerry Coons, Jr., who won his very first USAC-sanctioned feature in an Arizona Regional Midget event at Raven Raceway in his hometown of Tucson in 1987. He has won three times in USAC National Sprint Car competition in Arizona, all at the now-defunct Manzanita Speedway, including the 2007 Western World.

Coons will be joined by fellow Petry teammates Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Conor Daly at Western World. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) is looking to return to victory lane for the first time with the series since a last-lap victory at the Kokomo (Ind.) Grand Prix in April. Daly (Noblesville, Ind.), meanwhile, was a top-ten finisher in this past May's 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Daly has made three previous USAC Midget appearances, most recently at September's BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, recently finished 4th in his lone series appearance of the season in September at Eldora Speedway. He had a 4th place run at Western World, at Canyon, in 2013 and was fast qualifier on the second night of the event in 2014. His Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian lineup is stacked with eight entries in the stable, alongside 2018 series champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), an April USAC Southwest Sprint Car series winner at Arizona Speedway.

July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) and sprint car standout and KKM newcomers Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Calif.) and Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) who will both make their USAC debuts with the KKM team.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) holds a nearly insurmountable lead in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings with a 154-point advantage entering Western World. Courtney is in line to become just the third driver to capture his first career National Midget and National Sprint championships in consecutive years following Tony Stewart (1994-95) and Josh Wise (2005-06). Courtney captured the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of the 2018 Western World.

Courtney will be joined on the Clauson/Marshall Racing team by two-time series winner and past Silver Crown and National Sprint champion Chris Windom who resides second in the standings behind Courtney and swept both nights in a USAC National Sprint Car at Western World in 2016. Three-time 2019 series winner and BC39 victor Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) will join along with top series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.).

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won the last time the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets were in action back in mid-October at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., his second series victory of the season. His FMR Racing teammate in the midget for Western World is Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ in his own right in 2014 and 2016 and a four-time Western World winner, three times in a 360 Sprint in 2009-16-18 and in a USAC National Sprint Car in 2010.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) will be debuting a new Gene Gile-owned midget at Western World after competing in the team's sprint car throughout last weekend's Oval Nationals at Perris, Calif. Meseraull was victorious in a USAC National Sprint Car on the opening night of Western World in 2017.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has been spectacular this year in the Hoosier state, most notably at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. where he went 8-for-8 in a sprint car this season. He was tremendous in a midget there as well in October, finishing 3rd in just his third career USAC National Midget start. He'll drive a midget for car owner Jack Yeley at Western World.

Also joining on the fray are a pair of drivers who've found success on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series trail this season, including 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) for Tarlton Motorsports, a four-time winner with WoO in 2019 as well as one-time WoO winner Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) who'll once again take the wheel for Tucker/Boat Motorsports.

The Western States Midget contingent will be in force with point leader and three-time winner Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) leading the charge along with second-running Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, Calif.) and third-place Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.).

Both nights, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

A practice night begins the festivities on Thursday, November 14. Adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $10 and kids 6 and under pit passes are free.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,718, 2-Chris Windom-1,564, 3-Logan Seavey-1,534, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,478, 5-Zeb Wise-1,435, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,287, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,274, 8-Chad Boat-1,255, 9-Jason McDougal-1,229, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,193.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-611, 2-Cory Elliott-575, 3-Shannon McQueen-477, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-400, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Jake Swanson-348, 10-Marvin Mitchell-347.

PAST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS USAC MIDGET WINNERS: 2013: Bryan Clauson 2014: Darren Hagen

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN ARIZONA: 1. (7) Mel Kenyon

2. (3) Gary Bettenhausen, Bobby East, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Dave Steele & Tony Stewart

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

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


 

LEARY LANDS OVAL NATIONALS VICTORY AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (November 9, 2019).........In his seven previous Oval Nationals final night starts entering Saturday, C.J. Leary had never managed a finish better than 13th, a result hardly indicative of his performances throughout the years which have been plagued by the lack of Lady Luck's presence, including a mechanical issue that sidelined him while leading with 14 laps remaining one year ago.

The 2019 edition unfolded quite differently for the Greenfield, Ind. native on this particular evening, a story void of heartache, a story filled with triumph and joy.

Leary took over the lead with 24 laps remaining and mastered a rash of late-race restarts to capture the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at southern California's Perris Auto Speedway.

It was a much-needed win for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point leader and the crew of the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Foxco Chevy in a myriad of ways.

For one, almost inconceivably, it had been nearly nine months and 29 races since his most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory. Ironically, Leary's first win of the season came in the third race of the year in Ocala, Fla. Saturday's victory at Perris came in the third race from the conclusion of the series campaign.

Secondly, it provided a boon to a team in the midst of a close championship battle where every position means everything. Leary took care of that, earning max points with the win and gained 12 points on second-place Tyler Courtney in the title pursuit, 44 up, with two races remaining on the docket.

While Leary had experienced victory lane on Oval Nationals weekend prior to Saturday, that came during the 360 sprint portion in 2014. This one is special, however, considering how close he has come since then to notching a first 410 win at The PAS.

"Man, this is awesome," Leary exclaimed. "This race, I feel like, has escaped me three or four times in the past. I got the 360 Oval Nationals deal done a long time ago, but this definitely takes the cake. The white eagle is my favorite trophy to win."

Earlier in the evening, Leary captured victory in the six lap, six-car Super Six dash to claim the pole position for the 40-lap main event. However, outside front row occupant Chase Stockon ripped the top of turns one and two to take the lead on the opening circuit where he'd remain for the first 16 trips around the ½-mile until Leary utilized a drive off the bottom of turn two to grab the lead from Stockon on lap 17.

Leary opened up a three-car-length advantage over Stockon who was now involved in a tussle for second with Courtney, Brady Bacon and Chris Windom all under a proverbial blanket. Courtney dipped into turn three underneath Stockon to gain the second spot on the 23rd go-around and set forth toward Leary.

Leary and Courtney, who swapped the lead between them four times in last year's Oval Nationals final night feature, resumed their wrestling match in traffic for the top spot. On the 26th lap, Courtney almost parked it as he closed abruptly on Leary's tail tank at the entrance of turn three. Courtney slid sideways above the cushion, losing the 2nd and 3rd positions in the ensuing two laps to Stockon, then Bacon.

Thursday and Friday Perris winner Bacon was suddenly the man on the move as he began to track down Stockon for the second position until lap 29 when, unrelatedly, Max Adams came to a stop in turn two, necessitating a yellow flag. As Stockon slowed for the yellow, the trailing Bacon ramped over Stockon's left rear wheel and slid backwards to a stop without making wall contact. However, his bid for an Oval Nationals sweep was denied. He restarted from the tail, and eventually, worked his way back to a 12th place result at the checkered.

Down the stretch, several cautions wreaked havoc on Leary's flow with a flat right rear on teammate Logan Seavey's ride on lap 31, an Austin Liggett turn four flip on the 35th lap, a Justin Grant turn four spin on lap 37 and a debris caution for the exodus of bodywork on the nose of Damion Gardner's silver bullet. However, each time a stoppage occurred, Leary was superb on the restart, jaunting out to a three to four car length advantage each time, which no other seemed to have an answer for.

Chris Windom had worked his way underneath Stockon on the 33rd lap to get into contention with Leary, yet had to contend with preserving his second spot from the onslaught of attacks from both Stockon and Gardner in the waning laps, which went all to Leary's benefit as he closed out his ninth career series victory with a 1.624 second interval over Windom, Gardner, Stockon and Courtney.

Leary's ninth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory tied him with Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg and Robbie Stanley for 51st on the all-time series win list while also supplying Davey Jones with his sixth career Oval Nationals feature score as a crew chief.

"I never really thought we would've just run the bottom the whole time, but figured we'd make the switch to the top and I just kept pulling away. Davey was giving some good hand signals from the trailer," Leary recalled. "He and I put a lot of time into these racecars and to come out here and win this one is (sweet)."

A roller coaster Oval Nationals for Windom (Canton, Ill.) saw him finishing 2nd twice this weekend following Thursday and Saturday's runner-up results while a 25th place run is sandwiched between the two nights that wound up with a seemingly successful, yet bittersweet night for the 2010 Oval Nationals winner.

"We're definitely happy, but it's a little frustrating," Windom admitted. "I feel like we run second or third every year and have some sort of issue that puts us starting in the fourth or fifth row. Overall, we've overcame a lot in the last 24 hours. Everybody on this team has done a phenomenal job all weekend to get us here."

"I didn't have anything for C.J., obviously, at the end," Windom added. "I felt like I did in the middle part of the race when I was passing guys. One of those late race cautions, I don't know if our right rear tire sealed over or what happened for sure, but I had no grip to the center of the corner anymore and he could just pull through three and four so much better. I just couldn't get there."

Three-time Oval Nationals victor Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) came away with a third-place run, continuing his streak of top-ten finishes on Saturday night of the event to 11 years running that came one night after an uncharacteristic early race incident took him out of contention while running second.

"It's points, it's winning the Oval Nationals, all the cautions and running out of fuel is always a concern, then the hood blew off. I was really worried that would be the two laps I needed to finish the race," Gardner said. "Last year, we literally sputtered to the checkered and that was a lot of drama there, so I was worried about that."

"We were just really good the whole race," Gardner continued. "It was kind of tacky early, but at the end, we were really making ground. I got hung up behind a couple guys at the beginning and they were just kind of all over and it took me awhile to break free. Once I broke free, I ran those guys down from pretty far back. I knew they would be tough, there were five of them, so I just had to be patient, but that was all I had, that was it, I gave it all I had. I just didn't need the cautions at the end."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway were Damion Gardner (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier), Austin Liggett (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Muffler/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner & (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Max Adams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jace Vander Weerd (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-A-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner), Austin Williams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner & Tony Jones KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger), Cody Williams (ProSource Hard Work Award), Bill Rose (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer), Chris Bonneau (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and C.J. Leary (Sway-A-Way Racing Super Six Dash Winner & Jack Jory Halfway Leader).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 9, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction - ½-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.362; 2. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-16.406; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.491; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.527; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.543; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.553; 7. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-16.560; 8. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-16.684; 9. Bud Kaeding, 0, Williams-16.720; 10. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-16.752; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-16.777; 12. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-16.782; 13. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.827; 14. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.853; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.908; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.914; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.919; 18. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-16.929; 19. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-16.959; 20. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.992; 21. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.015; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.070; 23. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.077; 24. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.151; 25. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.153; 26. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.160; 27. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.399; 28. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.643; 29. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.818; 30. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-18.902; 31. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Steve Hix, 7. Verne Sweeney, 8. Joel Rayborne. 2:56.98

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Bill Rose, 8. Will Perkins. 2:54.48

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. 2:56.65

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Josh Hodges, 4. Charles Davis, Jr., 5. Cody Williams, 6. Dennis Gile. 2:56.28

SWAY-A-WAY RACING SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps, finishing order sets first three rows of the feature) 1. C.J. Leary (#19AZ Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 4. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 5. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall/Newman), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd). 1:43.99

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Charles Davis, Jr., 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 9. Verne Sweeney, 10. Steve Hix, 11. Will Perkins. 3:30.37

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Brody Roa, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Joel Rayborne, 10. Josh Hodges. 3:29.16

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (1), 2. Chris Windom (8), 3. Damion Gardner (7), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Tyler Courtney (5), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16), 7. Jake Swanson (13), 8. Austin Williams (15), 9. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 10. Bud Kaeding (17), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (9), 12. Brady Bacon (4), 13. Thomas Meseraull (11), 14. R.J. Johnson (21), 15. Tommy Malcolm (22), 16. Charles Davis, Jr. (19), 17. Max Adams (12), 18. Logan Seavey (10), 19. Justin Grant (3), 20. Stevie Sussex (20), 21. Josh Hodges (23), 22. Cody Williams (24), 23. Chris Gansen (25), 24. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (26), 25. Austin Liggett (14), 26. Brody Roa (18), 27. Chris Bonneau (28), 28. Hunter Schuerenberg (27). NT

**Austin Liggett flipped on lap 35 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Chase Stockon, Laps 17-40 C.J. Leary.

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Cody Williams

TONY JONES/KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS: Bill Rose & Chris Bonneau

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Austin Liggett

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,192, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,148, 3-Brady Bacon-2,029, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2,027, 5-Chris Windom-2,020, 6-Justin Grant-2,012, 7-Chase Stockon-1,935, 8-Jason McDougal-1,493, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,382, 2-Austin Williams-1,323, 3-Brody Roa-1,227, 4-Jake Swanson-1,138, 5-Chris Gansen-846, 6-Tommy Malcolm-829, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-745, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-683, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-672, 10-R.J. Johnson-670.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-1,008, 2-R.J. Johnson-982, 3-Stevie Sussex-919, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-884, 5-Jake Swanson-699, 6-Mike Martin-655, 7-Austin Williams-564, 8-Damion Gardner-509, 9-Matt Lundy-500, 10-Chris Bonneau-477.

FINAL PROSOURCE OVAL NATIONALS PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Bud Kaeding-17, 2-Austin Williams-15, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4-Damion Gardner-14, 5-Richard Vander Weerd-14, 6-Jake Swanson-14, 7-Justin Grant-13, 8-Brody Roa-13, 9-Chris Bonneau-13, 10-Chris Windom-12.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 15-16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK BACON DOES IT AGAIN AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (November 8, 2019).........It took Brady Bacon 27 starts over a span of 13 years to reach victory lane for the first time at California's Perris Auto Speedway on Thursday night.

It took just 24 hours for him to capture his second on Friday at night two of the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native delivered again on the southern California half-mile dirt oval for the second-straight night and became the first driver to repeat a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on back-to-back nights since himself in July at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway - the only driver to accomplish the feat this season.

The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion in 2014 and 2016 had to do it in a different style with a changed racing surface from the previous night, yet still preserved and persevered, leading all 30 laps in the process to score his sixth series win of 2019 and the 29th of his career, moving him past Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley and into a tie with Robert Ballou for 13th all-time.

"Last night was more my style of track than the one tonight which was something I don't necessarily excel at," Bacon admitted. "It was really rewarding, so I believe we're prepared for whatever tomorrow night throws at us. I'm proud of my guys for working hard. We weren't very good the last time we came here last year. We put our heads together and remembered as much as we could and put it with what we learned this year and it's obviously a pretty good package."

Bacon was originally slated to start 3rd on the grid, but a wild opening lap sequence would ultimately play into his favor. After the initial start was called back, the ensuing complete restart saw outside front row starter Tyler Courtney rip to the lead while pole sitter Damion Gardner slotted into second.

Exiting turn two, seven-time USAC/CRA champ Gardner ramped the K-Rail, up to the billboards, landed on his left side wheels, then bounced backward to a stop on the back straightaway. Steve Hix clipped Gardner's front end with his right rear wheel, signaling an end to the night for Hix and forced Gardner to the work area where repairs were made before sending him back into the fray, albeit four laps down when he returned.

The outside front row spot vacated by Gardner moved Bacon to the outside of the front row. Bacon got the upper hand of Courtney on the first try before a three-car melee between turns three and four involved fast qualifier Chris Windom, National point leader C.J. Leary and Jace Vander Weerd. Vander Weerd restarted while Leary took on new left rear rubber on his damaged mount in the work area. Windom, however, was not able to resume.

The third complete restart was the charm with Grant diving to the bottom and going three-wide alongside Courtney and Bacon down the front straight with Grant poking ahead into one briefly before Bacon blasted off the top to secure the lead exiting the second turn.

Grant was Bacon's closest pursuant throughout the 30-lapper where he maintained a presence about 2-3 car lengths back of Bacon on the topside. Bacon ably pushed forward to a near one-second advantage at the halfway point with lapped traffic drawing nearer and nearer.

On the 18th lap, an opportunity presented itself for Grant as Bacon installed his navigational tactics on the lapped car of Bill Rose. Bacon was briefly caught up, and while Grant was able to reel in and catch Bacon, he wasn't in the position to perform the pick and roll past both.

The track was quickening down the stretch with both Bacon and Grant reeling off their fastest laps of the race on the white flag lap. Bacon corralled the lapped car of Hunter Schuerenberg in the waning laps but could only stay stride-for-stride with him as Schuerenberg logged his fastest laps as well. The narrow strip of rubber right through the middle proved succulent and any mistake that pushed a driver out of the groove could prove costly track position wise.

"I tried to start feeling around, but the rubber was getting so heavy," Bacon explained. "I figured if I couldn't pass a lapped car, they probably couldn't pass me, and I just tried not to slip up out of the rubber or anything. I tried entering above it and turning down to try and get a run, but it was just so narrow, you had to stay in the rubber the whole time. We took care of our tires and our car was hooked up, so I wasn't spinning (the tires). We had plenty left, which is a testament to how hard they've been working and hopefully we can continue this the rest of the year."

Bacon finished it off flawlessly, leading laps 1 through 30 for the second night in a row en route to a 0.649 second victory over Grant, Courtney, Chase Stockon and top USAC/CRA finisher Austin Williams in fifth.

Bacon, along with Courtney, Grant, Richard Vander Weerd, C.J. Leary and Chase Stockon accumulated enough points over the first two nights to lock themselves into Saturday night's feature event where they will occupy the first three rows in the starting lineup. The lineup will be determined following the Super Six Dash - a six lap shootout involving the six drivers to determine the first six starting spots for the 40-lap finale.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Perris Auto Speedway were Chris Windom (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier & Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner), Richard Vander Weerd (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Muffler/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner & Richard Vander Weerd (KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger), Bill Rose (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat Winner), Austin Liggett (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat Winner & ProSource Hard Work Award), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-A-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner), Bud Kaeding (Sway-A-Way Racing Fifth Heat Winner), Logan Seavey (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Josh Hodges (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Brady Bacon (Jack Jory Halfway Leader)

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 8, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction - ½-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-16.835; 2. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.930; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.955; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.964; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-17.121; 6. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.136; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.146; 8. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-17.172; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-17.184; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.199; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.222; 12. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.264; 13. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-17.300; 14. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-17.361; 15. Bud Kaeding, 0, Williams-17.406; 16. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.428; 17. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.445; 18. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.470; 19. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-17.518; 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.594; 21. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.612; 22. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-17.615; 23. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-17.631; 24. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-17.656; 25. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.674; 26. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.690; 27. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-17.766; 28. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.784; 29. Donnie Gansen, 4D, Gansen-17.790; 30. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.793; 31. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.864; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.865; 33. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.888; 34. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-18.024; 35. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.082; 36. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-18.149; 37. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-18.328; 38. Jeremy Ellertson, 98J, Ellertson-18.383; 39. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-18.515; 40. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-18.824; 41. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-19.449.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Frank Rodgers III, 9. Chris Windom. 2:52.87

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bill Rose, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Verne Sweeney. 2.53.45

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Max Adams, 7. Steve Hix, 8. Jeremy Ellertson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Charles Davis, Jr., 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Donnie Gansen, 7. Matt McCarthy, 8. Cody Williams. NT

SWAY-A-WAY RACING FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Chris Gansen, 6. Joel Rayborne, 7. Will Perkins, 8. Dennis Gile. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Max Adams, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. Steve Hix, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Sterling Cling, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Verne Sweeney, 16. Joel Rayborne, 17. Frank Rodgers III, 18. Will Perkins. 3:41.72

EVELYN PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (3), 2. Justin Grant (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Chase Stockon (5), 5. Austin Williams (6), 6. Logan Seavey (13), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 8. Richard Vander Weerd (19), 9. Bud Kaeding (14), 10. C.J. Leary (12), 11. Max Adams (9), 12. Brody Roa (17), 13. Thomas Meseraull (20), 14. Stevie Sussex (22), 15. Austin Liggett (24), 16. Jace Vander Weerd (11), 17. Jake Swanson (10), 18. Hunter Schuerenberg (18), 19. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (26), 20. Damion Gardner (1), 21. Bill Rose (23), 22. Josh Hodges (25), 23. Charles Davis, Jr. (21), 24. Tommy Malcolm (16), 25. Chris Windom (7), 26. Steve Hix (27), 27. R.J. Johnson (15). NT

**Chase Johnson flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Austin Liggett

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Richard Vander Weerd (19th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Josh Hodges

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Logan Seavey

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,198, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,090, 3-Brady Bacon-1,990, 4-Justin Grant-1,987, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,973, 6-Chris Windom-1,947, 7-Chase Stockon-1,873, 8-Jason McDougal-1,493, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,318, 2-Austin Williams-1,274, 3-Brody Roa-1,204, 4-Jake Swanson-1,081, 5-Chris Gansen-823, 6-Tommy Malcolm-796, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-714, 8-Matt McCarthy-655, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-649, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-637.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-985, 2-R.J. Johnson-947, 3-Stevie Sussex-896, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-853, 5-Mike Martin-655, 6-Jake Swanson-647, 7-Austin Williams-515, 8-Matt Lundy-500, 9-Chris Bonneau-454, 10-Damion Gardner-445.

NEW PROSOURCE OVAL NATIONALS PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Richard Vander Weerd-14, 2-Brody Roa-13, 3-Justin Grant-12, 4-Chris Bonneau-12, 5-Hunter Schuerenberg-11, 6-Austin Liggett-11, 7-Logan Seavey-10, 8-Bud Kaeding-10, 9-Tyler Courtney-9, 10-Damion Gardner-8.

NEW OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-283, 2-Tyler Courtney-266, 3-Justin Grant-264, 4-Richard Vander Weerd-256, 5-C.J. Leary-245, 6-Chase Stockon-242, 7-Austin Williams-239, 8-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-239, 9-Damion Gardner-233, 10-Chris Windom-231.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 9, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction

 

PERRIS ELUSIVE NO MORE
FOR BACON AT OVAL NATS NIGHT #1

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (November 7, 2019).........In 26 previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts at Perris Auto Speedway, Brady Bacon was in contention in the majority of them, garnering 17 top-tens and nine top-fives between 2006 and 2018.

However, in start 27 on Thursday, Bacon finally tasted the sweet nectar of victory at the southern California ½-mile, leading all 30 laps from the pole position to capture opening night of the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction.
"I think we've run second on prelim nights probably five or six times and been in the top-five a couple times on the final night, so this is awesome to get this monkey off our back," a relieved Bacon said. "Now, we can just go ahead and win a couple more this weekend."

The long-awaited victory couldn't have come a moment too soon for the 2014 and 2016 series champ from Broken Arrow, Okla., who hadn't scored a triumph with the series since a two-night sweep of Iowa's Knoxville Raceway in July, four months ago in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Fatheadz Eyewear - Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"This late in the year, this win definitely helps going into the winter," Bacon admitted. "We had a dry spell, a little bit of bad luck, led at Lawrenceburg and stuff like that. Hopefully, we can kind of get that momentum we had earlier this summer and carry it on for the rest of the year."

Bacon started up front and was rarely challenged throughout the duration of the 30-lapper, save for a few instances in traffic later in the battle. However, at the start, Bacon slipped under outside front row starter Chris Windom and led the charge by a car-length by the time the pair hit the back straightaway.

The first stoppage came early when the two USAC National Sprint Car title contenders, C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney, collided in turn two on the fourth lap while battling for the fifth spot. The contact between Leary's right rear and the left side of Courtney's ride flattened Courtney's left rear-tire. As Courtney scrambled to regain control of his car, Leary's teammate, Logan Seavey, came upon the scene and struck Courtney, heavily damaging the front end of Seavey.

Both Courtney and Seavey returned to action following time in the work area. Seavey struggled to a 21st place result while Courtney charged back through the pack to take 8th, a night Courtney would soon rather forget after enduring a wild flip in turn three on the second lap of his qualifying run. Courtney's Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing team made extensive repairs to the car and returned with the very same car to win their heat a short time later.

When action resumed, Bacon jumped back out to a one-plus second lead while seven-time USAC/CRA champ Damion Gardner began to close on Windom for the runner-up position.

Nearing the midway point, and in the throes of lapped traffic, Gardner made the move to second with an inside pass of Windom in turns one and two, but was stifled after encountering the lapped car of Chris Gansen on the low line of three, forcing Gardner to throttle back and allowing Windom to surge ahead on the top side for the position.

Once Windom cleared Gardner, he began to rapidly reel in Bacon as the leader surfed inside the green room of a barrel wave, trying to keep unfazed with a heavy task on his horizon.

However, just as Windom sensed the smell of blood in the water, a spin by Dennis Gile in turn three removed traffic from the equation for the time being and supplied Bacon with room to maneuver, a clear mind and a clear track ahead with the lapped car of Eddie Tafoya, Jr. separating the top-two of Bacon and Windom on the restart.

Under yellow, Windom signaled for Tafoya to stay low on the track surface so the top shelf would be wide open for himself on the high line while in pursuit of Bacon. Windom resumed his chase of Bacon who held the advantage once again, but just as lapped traffic loomed, the yellow for the stopped car of three-time Oval Nationals winner and 10th running Bud Kaeding who rested backwards on the bottom berm of turn two with eight laps to go.

On lap 24, Windom came as close as he'd get all night to Bacon, pulling within a half-car length of Bacon on the bottom between turns one and two. Bacon held onto a firm Kung Fu grip of the lead exiting the second turn and began to inchworm away from Windom down the stretch.

Windom relentlessly tried to gain any ground he could to pounce on a possible Bacon misstep. But none were to be had by Bacon as Windom got above the cushion between turns three and four with four laps to go, disallowing another shot at Bacon.

Bacon finished off the deal with a 0.974 second victory, the fifth of his 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season and the 28th of his career with the series, moving him into a tie for 14th all-time with Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley.

"I thought we had a pretty good balance there," Bacon said. "We were good at the beginning, and still pretty good at the end. I felt like we were fading a little bit with those yellows at the end, but we'll make some adjustments and be ready (for Friday and Saturday)."

Windom (Canton, Ill.) had a solid 2nd place run in his Parallax Group-Goacher Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Parallax Power Supply/Twister/Claxton Mopar, earning his sixth consecutive top-five finish, which is the longest current active streak in the series.

"Overall, it was a really solid night," Windom stated. "Brady (Bacon) was better than us early on. I think, once we moved up there, we were just as good as him, but he was probably just a little better than us overall tonight. I was hoping we would stay in lapped traffic there and we could race with those guys, but he got the restarts right when he needed them. (My crew) has been working hard all night to get us in this position and I think we've got a good car for the rest of the weekend."

Third-place finisher Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, Calif.) may run a limited schedule, but he showed no inkling of any rust as he recorded his best USAC National Sprint Car feature finish since a 3rd place run on the final night of the Oval Nationals in 2016 in his Ron Vander Weerd/Vander Weerd Construction - Maxwell Industries/DRC/Shark Chevy.

"These guys run 60 races a year or more, but I've run probably about 15 to 20 this year so far," Vander Weerd explained. "But I run this track a lot more. Them racing a lot more is an advantage, but me running here more is an advantage too. (The car) was good at the end; we were a little too snug down in (turns) one and two, but it made up for it over in three and four where it was dry slick. Bacon and Windom are tough guys, so I can't complain about finishing 3rd behind them."

Gardner finished fourth while Leary rounded out the top-five and, in the process, upped his lead in the National standings from 47 to 55 over Courtney with four races remaining. Gardner, likewise, extended his CRA lead as did Brody Roa in the Southwest tally.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Perris Auto Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Muffler/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat Winner), Damion Gardner (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat Winner), Charles Davis, Jr. (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-A-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Sway-A-Way Racing Fifth Heat Winner), Max Adams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Austin Liggett (ProSource Hard Work Award), Brody Roa (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Hunter Schuerenberg (KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger), Chris Gansen (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Brady Bacon (Jack Jory Lap 15 Leader).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 7, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction - ½-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.362; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.407; 3. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.512; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.519; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-16.560; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.591; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.602; 8. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-16.639; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.643; 10. Bud Kaeding, 0, Williams-16.659; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.734; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-16.740; 13. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-16.745; 14. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.820; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.829; 16. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.884; 17. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.909; 18. Donnie Gansen, 4D, Gansen-16.949; 19. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.052; 20. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.057; 21. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.057; 22. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.060; 23. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-17.063; 24. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-17.084; 25. Jason McDougal, 42x, Cheney-17.087; 26. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.107; 27. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.145; 28. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.181; 29. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-17.252; 30. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.311; 31. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.408; 32. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.498; 33. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.610; 34. Jeremy Ellertson, 98J, Ellertson-17.654; 35. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.656; 36. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.671; 37. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.794; 38. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-18.034; 39. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.715; 40. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-NT; 41. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-NT; 42. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Matt McCarthy. 2:51.31

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Steve Hix, 8. Tye Mihocko. 2:52.85

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Max Adams, 6. Donnie Gansen, 7. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. 2:51.35

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis, Jr., 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 8. Joel Rayborne. NT

SWAY-A-WAY RACING FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Cody Williams, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Chase Johnson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Chris Gansen, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Donnie Gansen, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Jeremy Ellertson, 11. Steve Hix, 12. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 13. Bill Rose, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Joel Rayborne, 17. Frank Rodgers, 18. Verne Sweeney. NT

BILL PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (3), 4. Damion Gardner (4), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Justin Grant (11), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (7), 8. Tyler Courtney (5), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 10. Austin Williams (16), 11. Chase Stockon (14), 12. Hunter Schuerenberg (23), 13. Brody Roa (21), 14. Tommy Malcolm (17), 15. Jake Swanson (18), 16. Thomas Meseraull (12), 17. Bud Kaeding (10), 18. Cody Williams (15), 19. Charles Davis, Jr. (22), 20. Max Adams (13), 21. Logan Seavey (8), 22. Austin Liggett (24), 23. Stevie Sussex (19), 24. R.J. Johnson (20), 25. Josh Hodges (25), 26. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (28), 27. Chris Gansen (26), 28. Dennis Gile (27). NT

**Chase Johnson flipped during practice. Tyler Courtney flipped during qualifying. Jason McDougal and Sterling Cling flipped at the start of the fifth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Austin Liggett

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Hunter Schuerenberg (23rd to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brody Roa

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Chris Gansen

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Max Adams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,073, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,018, 3-Chris Windom-1,920, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,914, 5-Brady Bacon-1,913, 6-Justin Grant-1,913, 7-Chase Stockon-1,804, 8-Jason McDougal-1,493, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,288, 2-Austin Williams-1,205, 3-Brody Roa-1,160, 4-Jake Swanson-1,046, 5-Chris Gansen-813, 6-Tommy Malcolm-772, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-684, 8-Matt McCarthy-645, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-623, 10-R.J. Johnson-605.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-941, 2-R.J. Johnson-917, 3-Stevie Sussex-856, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-823, 5-Mike Martin-655, 6-Jake Swanson-612, 7-Matt Lundy-500, 8-Austin Williams-446, 9-Chris Bonneau-444, 10-Michael Curtis-433.

NEW PRO SOURCE OVAL NATIONALS PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Hunter Schuerenberg-11, 2-Justin Grant-8, 3-Brody Roa-8, 4-Chris Bonneau-8, 5-Austin Williams-6, 6-Chris Windom-5, 7-Damion Gardner-5, 8-Tyler Courtney-5, 9-Josh Hodges-5, 10-C.J. Leary-4.

NEW OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-144, 2-Brady Bacon-140, 3-Damion Gardner-140, 4-Richard Vander Weerd-136, 5-C.J. Leary-135, 6-Tyler Courtney-129, 7-Justin Grant-126, 8-Jace Vander Weerd-119, 9-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-117, 10-Chase Stockon-108.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 8-9, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction

 

 

THOMAS TOPS OVAL NATIONALS PRACTICE NIGHT

Perris, California (November 6, 2019).........Two-time and defending Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. picked up right where he left off the year before by recording the fastest overall lap during Wednesday night's practice session at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas, the 2017-2018 Oval Nationals winner, circled the ½-mile southern California clay with a lap of 16.214 seconds in his Hayward-Thomas Motorsports/McDonald's - Dr. Pepper/DRC/Speedway Chevy. Second quickest was 2010 "Ovals" winner Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) at 16.330, followed by Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) at 16.373, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) at 16.384, with Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounding out the top-five at 16.417.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) led the CRA contingent in sixth with a lap of 16.467. Two-time 2018 prelim night winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was eighth while three-time Oval Nationals winners Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) and Bud Kaeding (Campbell, Calif.) were 10th and 15th, respectively, out of the 31 cars that were in attendance Wednesday night.

More than 40 cars are entered for this year's Oval Nationals with three complete nights of racing action over the next three nights, November 7-8-9 at Perris. Cars hit the track at 5:30pm Pacific.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: November 6, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction

PRACTICE: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.214; 2. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-16.330; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.373; 4. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.384; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.417; 6. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.467; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.470; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.485; 9. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-16.534; 10. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.553; 11. Logan Seavey, 19x, Reinbold/Underwood-16.582; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.616; 13. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-16.653; 14. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-16.656; 15. Bud Kaeding, 0, Williams-16.660; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.728; 17. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-16.731; 18. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.775; 19. Jason McDougal, 42x, Cheney-16.777; 20. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.835; 21. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.900; 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.992; 23. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.999; 24. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.018; 25. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.028; 26. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.111; 27. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.197; 28. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.308; 29. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.727; 30. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-NT; 31. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-NT.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 7-8-9, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction


 


HERNANDEZ TO RUN USAC SPRINT TRAIL
WITH BALDWIN IN 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 6, 2019).........Driver Anton Hernandez will team up with car owner Ken Baldwin to chase the full 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and pursue Rookie of the Year honors with the series.

Hernandez, a native of Arlington, Texas, is a veteran of midgets and sprint cars with and without the wing, but this will mark his first foray into the realm of USAC Sprint Car racing, a culmination of a dream for the 21-year-old.

"On a scale from 1-10, I'm at 11," Hernandez exclaimed. "It's a dream come true. When I was little, running micros and go-karts, I always dreamed of running USAC. Now, it's come true. I'm excited and can't wait to get at it in February."

Baldwin has been one of the most successful car owners through the decade of the 2010s, most notably with driver Chris Windom. The Windom/Baldwin pairing won 16 USAC National Sprint Car feature races together as well as the 2017 series driver and owner championships.

At the end of the 2018 season, Baldwin sold all his equipment and exited racing altogether.

"I sold everything and said I'm never racing again. That didn't last," Baldwin admitted. "I just couldn't stand it. I had to get back in. We were sitting around the house one weekend and looked at each other and said, 'we shouldn't have quit.' So, here we go."

The combination of Hernandez and Baldwin sort of came out of left field, in a sense. It was a suggestion from another that got the ball rolling. Baldwin acknowledged he had never heard of Hernandez just months ago. The two got in contact with each other, but Baldwin said he couldn't put a driver in his car without seeing him run. In turn, Hernandez sent Baldwin about 30 videos of himself racing.

Baldwin, along with sponsor and friend, Bob Fox, watched the videos and said, "This kid can drive. We've got to get him in a car." Baldwin flew Hernandez to his Lafayette, Ind. shop and a deal was made to tackle the full USAC campaign next season.

The cars and engines for the team were recently ordered to prep for next season's run, which will include a full slate of USAC racing complimented by several local Indiana shows. Having championship caliber equipment right off the bat has Hernandez both thrilled and comforted.

"Knowing that you can trust the car 100% and being able to focus more as a driver than about what's going to happen to the car, that takes a lot of stress off," Hernandez said. "I'm going to be seeing a bunch of new tracks and a bunch of new faces next year and I'm ready for it."

Hernandez, a 2017 Tulsa Shootout winner in the 1200cc Mini Sprint division and multi-time 305 RaceSaver Sprint Car winner at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, joins the USAC tour beginning with the first weekend of action in 2020 at Bubba Raceway Park. Practice night starts it all on Wednesday, February 12, followed by three nights in a row of racing on Thursday, February 13, on Friday, February 14, and the finale on Saturday, February 15.

 

 

1991 USAC MIDGET CHAMP STREICHER PASSES

Speedway, Indiana (November 6, 2019).........Mike Streicher, the 1991 USAC National Midget driving champion, passed away Wednesday morning, November 6 from a heart attack. He was 62 years old.

Streicher was a success in nearly all facets of midget racing. The Findlay, Ohio native captured USAC National Midget championships on both the driver and team side as a mechanic and car builder.

In 1983, Streicher, with his father Jim, captured their first USAC National Midget owner title as mechanic for driver Rich Vogler. In 1988, at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway, Mike won the first of his seven (six points-paying) career USAC National Midget features.

Mike was victorious once again in 1989 in home state of Ohio at Barberton Speedway in Norton, Ohio, winding up 4th in the final standings. He then scored three more wins in 1990 with a major victory at the Hoosier Dome Invitational in Indianapolis, Ind., at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway and Kentucky's Florence Speedway, finishing 3rd in the series' driver points while the team notched its second owner title.

The following season, in 1991, Streicher had his breakout year, racing to victory at Kentucky's Richmond Raceway en route to the USAC National Midget driving title and the family's third owner championship. By doing so, he remains the most recent USAC National champion from the state of Ohio.

He won once more in 1992, fittingly, in the Buckeye state at Portsmouth Raceway Park.

Mike constructed the Hawk Chassis, which raced to countless Midget feature wins in USAC, NAMARS, ARCA, NEMA, ARDC, and other series. Streicher also served as a professor at University of Northwestern Ohio's motorsports program to educate future racers and mechanics and was instrumental in the development of the USAC .25 Midget program.


 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

ROA LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO PERRIS OVAL NATIONALS
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 4, 2019... The championship point chase for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will head to Perris Auto Speedway for the "24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction." Promoted by Don Kazarian, the prestigious event opens with a special practice session on Wednesday, November 6th, followed by three nights (November 7, 8, 9) of intense racing with the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. "America's Premier Dirt Track" is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 USAC/CRA APPROVED MUFFLERS ARE LEGAL AT THE OVAL NATIONALS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- WEIGHT RULE: 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 6th with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 5:00pm. The concession stands will be open with $2 pizza, $2 soda, and $2 beers. The fairgrounds will not charge for parking on practice night.

SPECTATOR GATES: The Front gates will open at 5:00pm on Thursday & Friday with Racing at 7:00pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open and 4:00pm, with Racing at 7:10pm.

DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION: An autograph session will be held on Saturday on the front straightaway from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

GRAND MARSHALS: Tom and Laurie Sertich, owners of the Moose Racing #92, will serve as Grand Marshals of the 24th Annual Oval Nationals. Currently in their 25th year as car owners, the team is enjoying a successful campaign with “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams behind the wheel. At press time, Williams ranks second in USAC/CRA points and eleventh in the SouthWest standings. The “Moose mobile” scored wins at the August 31st opening night of Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” and the September 21st “Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris. In addition, Williams has posted two USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Times, with the last award coming at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” at San Tan Valley, Arizona.

ENTRY LIST: Over 40 cars have entered the event, with more entries expected on race day. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release, courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway.

Since 1996, the Budweiser Oval Nationals has been one of the most prestigious events for non-wing sprint car racing across the country. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills won the inaugural event and there have been fifteen different drivers that have claimed the checkered flags. Bud Kaeding, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner lead all drivers with three Oval National wins. Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. has claimed the last two Oval Nationals and has a chance to become the only driver with three consecutive victories. The winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourteenth point race, there have been ten different winners. Point leader Brody Roa, R.J. Johnson, and C.J. Leary lead all drivers with two feature victories. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, and Stevie Sussex have one win on the season.

Heading to the “Oval Nationals,” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a slim 10-point lead over the competition. Racing Tanner Grau’s #34 Western Premier Hauling / Westin Diversified Maxim, Roa led six laps before scoring a fourth place finish at the October 26th “Howl-O-Ween Bash” at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland and “The Real American” Matt Rossi with four SouthWest wins, Roa will be looking to win the Oval Nationals aboard Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Auto Museum / AME Electrical Contracting Sherman, Johnson placed fifth at Casa Grande’s “Howl-O-Ween Bash.” At press time, the five-time champion has two feature wins, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. R.J. has fifty-seven USAC SouthWest victories and will have his sights on adding the “Oval Nationals” to his resume.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in championship point standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex had a tenth place finish at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led on the year. Stevie has 13 SouthWest victories and will be looking to win the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Honoring his father aboard the renumbered #47 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis charged from eleventh to second at Central Arizona Speedway. At press time, the multi-time Arizona champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has 30 USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the Oval Nationals victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the championship points. The pilot of the #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim skipped Casa Grande to regroup for the Oval Nationals and Western World Championships. To date, the 2012 “Hall of Fame Classic” champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” has seven SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the eagle trophy to his collection.

Currently ranked sixteenth in points, Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), Ryan Cully (Alger, WA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads a strong contingent with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt McCarthy, Eddie Tafoya Jr., and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. round out the top-10 drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, “The Bear” Chris Windom, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Carson Short, and Isaac Chapple round out the top-10 in points.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are available online and for more information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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2019 OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST: (courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway)
4-Damion Gardner, 4-Justin Grant, 4G-Chris Gansen, 5-Tye Mihocko, 5G-Chris Windom, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 7G-Don Gansen, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 12-Stevie Sussex, 12B-Joel Rayborne, 13G-Dennis Gile, 13M-Thomas Meseraull, 15-Chris Bonneau, 16-Mike Martin, 19-Kevin Thomas Jr., 19-Logan Seavey, 19AZ-C.J. Leary, 19S-Hunter Schuerenberg, 28M-Matt McCarthy, 32-Chase Stockon, 34AZ-Jake Swanson, 42-Brody Roa, 42X-Jason McDougal, 44-Cody Williams, 44-Jake Helsel, 47-Charles Davis Jr., 51-R.J. Johnson, 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®, 57-Steve Hix ®, 68-Chase Johnson, 69-Brady Bacon, 73T-Max Adams, 74X-Josh Hodges, 83-Austin Liggett, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Austin Williams, 98-Verne Sweeney, 98X-Jeremy Ellertson / Lawndale, CA / Jeremy Ellertson, 0-Bud Kaeding, Y69-Randy Waitman.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS WINNERS: 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, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-C.J. Leary, 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

PERRIS SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows): 1-Damion Gardner, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-897, 2. R.J. Johnson-887, 3. Stevie Sussex-828, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-790, 5. Mike Martin-655, 6. Jake Swanson-578, 7. Matt Lundy-500, 8. Chris Bonneau-434, 9. Michael Curtis-433, 10. Matt Rossi-413, 11. Austin Williams-401, 12. Damion Gardner-342, 13. Tommy Malcolm-256, 14. Dennis Gile-242, 15. Matt McCarthy-223, 16. Stephen Sanchez ®-208, 17. Josh Hodges-202, 18. Jonas Reynolds-201, 19. Isaac Chapple-200, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg-197.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1215, 2. Austin Williams-1160, 3. Brody Roa-1116, 4. Jake Swanson-1012, 5. Chris Gansen-790, 6. Tommy Malcolm-732, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-651, 8. Matt McCarthy-635, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-600, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 11. R.J. Johnson-575, 12. Steve Hix ®-546, 13. Mike Martin-519, 14. Richard Vander Weerd-508, 15. Cody Williams-495, 16. Austin Liggett-453, 17. Stevie Sussex-426, 18. Verne Sweeney-391, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-351, 20. A.J. Bender-307.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-2003, 2. Tyler Courtney-1956, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr.-1861, 4. Justin Grant-1850, 5. Chris Windom-1843, 6. Brady Bacon-1837, 7. Chase Stockon-1757, 8. Jason McDougal-1483, 9. Carson Short-1361, 10. Isaac Chapple-1193, 11. Kyle Cummins-899, 12. Dave Darland-866, 13. Josh Hodges-726, 14. Dustin Clark ®-678, 15. Chad Boespflug-669, 16. Robert Ballou-568, 17. Max Adams-566, 18. Brian VanMeveren ®-549, 19. Matt Westfall-512, 20. Timmy Buckwalter-435.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

USAC NATIONAL VS. CRA SPRINTS - A HISTORY OVERVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 4, 2019).........When the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars get together, it creates an extra dynamic to the racing program. Akin to a team going on the road in stick and ball sports, it pits one against the other on their "home turf" so to speak for bragging rights.

That's the stage that's been set for the next two weeks as the National teams head west to face off with CRA as well as the Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Cars for the Nov. 7-8-9 Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway and the Nov. 15-16 Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley.

Since the 2004 season, when CRA went under the sanctioning of USAC, they and the USAC National Sprint Cars have formally raced with each other 82 times. The CRA has held their own on occasion and have been victorious against National competition 17 times over the past 15 years, including in two of the past three years with drivers Damion Gardner (2016) and Brody Roa (2017) having the upper hand at Perris.

Bryan Clauson holds the record for most wins in head-to-head USAC National vs. CRA clashes with eight victories. Damion Gardner, Tony Jones and Mike Spencer lead the CRA contingent with three wins apiece in a battle that stands at 75 total victories for USAC National drivers over 29 for the CRA.

Some drivers fall into both categories as a representative of both the National and CRA divisions at one point in their career, such as Gardner, who is tied with Bryan Clauson as the winningest driver when the National and CRA series meet, with eight victories apiece. However, five of those eight wins for Gardner came when he was a National regular.

USAC vs. the CRA goes all the way back to the 1960 season when the USAC Sprints made their first venture west to California and Clovis Speedway. Don Davis defeated the USAC regulars that day in the D.K. Purvis No. 3 en route to that year's California Roadster Association title. The win proved to be his only USAC National Sprint Car victory, same as 12 other CRA regulars who got their single USAC win out west: Bob McCoy, Bob Hogle, Gary Patterson, Bobby Olivero, Eddie Wirth, Mike Sweeney, Mike Kirby, David Cardey, Rickie Gaunt, Garrett Hansen, Mike Martin and Roa.

Most of those individuals were stars in their own right and by no means a one-hit-wonder by holding the crown as a CRA driving titlist, including Hogle in 1963 & 1968, Bobby Olivero in 1975 (also a Silver Crown titlist in 1979), Wirth in 1985, Kirby in 1993 and Gaunt in 2004.

The USAC and original CRA first officially met at the conclusion of the 1984 for a pair of non-points special events at Manzanita Speedway and Ascot Park, entitled the "USAC/CRA Sprint Challenge Series." CRA regulars, Arizonian Lealand McSpadden and Californian Rip Williams, took respective victories. They eventually were both inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

The following year, the "USAC/CRA Sprint Challenge Series" expanded to venues throughout the country, beginning in the west to open the season before working its way through the Midwest and back home to conclude the year. Eleven races were held at eight different venues with Rick Hood claiming three victories at Phoenix, Arizona's Manzanita Speedway, Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas and State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. The 1985 opening night triumph at Manzanita was especially memorable, coming just five months after both of Hood's legs were broken in a freak accident when he was struck by a sprint car while walking through the infield to watch a practice session at the very same track.

Bubby Jones scored two at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kans. and at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. Single victories were owned by McSpadden (Manzanita), Wirth (Ascot Park), Sheldon Kinser (Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway), Ron Shuman (Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track), Mike Sweeney (Oklahoma's Lawton Speedway) and Bob East (Manzanita).

While CRA regulars took 6 of 11 victories that in '85, it was USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown champ Rick Hood earning the title by 34 points over Sweeney, Wirth, Brad Noffsinger and Steve Butler.

More informally, several of the top SCRA drivers made their way to the Hoosier state for "Indiana Sprint Week" in 1997 and 1998. Arizona's SCRA star J.J. Yeley burst onto the nationwide scene, winning back-to-back races at Kokomo and Terre Haute on his way to the ISW title. Throughout the week, five-time CRA champ Richard Griffin of Silver City, New Mexico was mesmerizing, going 6-for-6 as fast qualifier in his six appearances. In 1998, times were tougher for the west coast contingent during ISW as USAC regulars swept the six events and the title went to Dave Darland.

In 1999 and 2000, the Non-Wing World Championship arrived at the Terre Haute half-mile for a big payday and the ultimate showcase for sprint car supremacy. The battlefield proved pretty equal both years with eventual 2007 USAC/CRA champ Tony Jones capturing the victory on night one in 1999 with Jerry Coons, Jr. following up the next night with his first career series win as well. The final night saw the versatile, standout wing invader, Frankie Kerr, playing spoiler by taking the cash and the trophy back home to Ohio.

In 2000, the NWWC series returned to Terre Haute with Jay Drake dominating both of his designated nights, while Griffin nailed down his first series victory with a late-race pass of Kevin Briscoe.

The final matchup between USAC and SCRA for the NWWC arrived in 2003 for a three-race set in three consecutive nights. USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley scored at Terre Haute with Tracy Hines taking top honors at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway and California's Troy Rutherford taking the finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Will this year be the year that CRA stars get it done yet again on their home tracks? Viable candidates lie in waiting everywhere you look with Gardner, Austin Williams, Jake Swanson Richard Vander Weerd already winning this year at Perris, the latter three of which are seeking their first National win.

Meanwhile, R.J. Johnson has sealed the deal at Arizona in Southwest competition at Arizona. Mix in Roa, Stevie Sussex, Mike Martin, Charles Davis, Jr., Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Cody Williams and a whole host of others and you've got a bunch who can make some noise, following in the footsteps of their brethren who staked their claim on their home dirt against National competition.

The Oval Nationals at Perris begin with practice this Wednesday night, Nov. 6, at Perris at 5pm Pacific. Fans will be admitted free in the grandstands for the practice and the track will be serving $2 pizza, soda and beer. Three full nights of racing follow on Nov. 7-8-9.

Western World kicks off with practice night, Thursday night Nov. 14 at Arizona. For both nights of racing on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20 and kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC vs. CRA WINS:
USAC Regulars: (75 wins)
1. (8) Bryan Clauson
2. (6) Dave Darland
3. (5) Robert Ballou & Damion Gardner
5. (4) Jerry Coons, Jr., Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding & Chris Windom
9. (3) Justin Grant, Rick Hood, Chase Stockon & Kevin Swindell
13. (2) Jay Drake, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Jesse Hockett, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Josh Wise
19. (1) Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Tyler Courtney, Frankie Kerr, Sheldon Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Thomas Meseraull, Jon Stanbrough, Cole Whitt & J.J. Yeley

CRA Regulars: (29 wins)
1. (3) Damion Gardner, Tony Jones & Mike Spencer
4. (2) Nic Faas, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden & Rip Williams
8. (1) David Cardey, Bob East, Rickie Gaunt, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Mike Kirby, Mike Martin, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Ron Shuman, Mike Sweeney & Eddie Wirth

 

LARSON, COURTNEY, SWEET, WINDOM ENTER HANGTOWN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 5, 2019).........Two weeks remain until the start of the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, and already, the lineup is absolutely stacked with a multitude of talent from various disciplines throughout the racing world.

All are gunning for the top prize at California's Placerville Speedway which features over $130,000 in total prize money for the co-sanctioned USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midget event on November 19-20.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup star and versatile dirt track pilot Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) will debut his own No. 1K for the first time in USAC National competition. The 2011 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year captured a non-sanctioned midget victory in the car at Placerville in September.

Larson is joined by a host of others who are planning to make rare outdoor midget starts at the event, including 2017 Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the year Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), 11-time USAC National Midget winner Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, Calif.), two-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas) and Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.), all of whom have been winners on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car circuit in 2019.

What makes the event unique is that the talented bunch listed above gets the opportunity to face off against competitors who've been in the seat of a midget all year, including USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), plus series winners Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and against past series champs Spencer Bayston (2017) of Lebanon, Ind., Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev. (2016), Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. (2006-07) and Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. (2001-02).

Not to mention, the bucket of talent infused throughout the field continues to overflow with 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winners Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) and Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) versus top international midget racing stars Michael Pickens (Auckland, New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Sydney, Australia).

The USAC Western States Midget contingent is prepared to defend its home turf with the likes of series point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), 2018 champion Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.), recent Ventura winner Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), and regional USAC Sprint champs Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) and Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.).

Tuesday's PureCrop1 main event on November 19 will be 30-laps, $5,000-to-win and features the top-12 cars in combined points inverted. Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party on the fairgrounds with food, drinks, a live band and a lot of fun to be had.

Wednesday night's Royal Truck Body A-main on November 20 will be 100-laps around the famed red clay oval with the winner picking up a $20,000 payday. The overall points champion for the two nights will pocket a $12,000 bonus.

Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets.

A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather. To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.comand follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST: (As of Nov. 5, 2019)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1G Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Cory Elliott)
15 TBA/TBA (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19T Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Sala Racing)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
47m Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Del Morris)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Maria Cofer)
67z Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne)
68 Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)
71R Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Del Morris)
71x TBD
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
76E Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)
99 Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur)
TBA TBA/TBA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
TBA TBA/TBA (Matt Wood Racing)

 

 

USAC NATIONAL VS. CRA SPRINTS - A HISTORY OVERVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 4, 2019).........When the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars get together, it creates an extra dynamic to the racing program. Akin to a team going on the road in stick and ball sports, it pits one against the other on their "home turf" so to speak for bragging rights.

That's the stage that's been set for the next two weeks as the National teams head west to face off with CRA as well as the Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Cars for the Nov. 7-8-9 Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway and the Nov. 15-16 Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley.

Since the 2004 season, when CRA went under the sanctioning of USAC, they and the USAC National Sprint Cars have formally raced with each other 82 times. The CRA has held their own on occasion and have been victorious against National competition 17 times over the past 15 years, including in two of the past three years with drivers Damion Gardner (2016) and Brody Roa (2017) having the upper hand at Perris.

Bryan Clauson holds the record for most wins in head-to-head USAC National vs. CRA clashes with eight victories. Damion Gardner, Tony Jones and Mike Spencer lead the CRA contingent with three wins apiece in a battle that stands at 75 total victories for USAC National drivers over 29 for the CRA.

Some drivers fall into both categories as a representative of both the National and CRA divisions at one point in their career, such as Gardner, who is tied with Bryan Clauson as the winningest driver when the National and CRA series meet, with eight victories apiece. However, five of those eight wins for Gardner came when he was a National regular.

USAC vs. the CRA goes all the way back to the 1960 season when the USAC Sprints made their first venture west to California and Clovis Speedway. Don Davis defeated the USAC regulars that day in the D.K. Purvis No. 3 en route to that year's California Roadster Association title. The win proved to be his only USAC National Sprint Car victory, same as 12 other CRA regulars who got their single USAC win out west: Bob McCoy, Bob Hogle, Gary Patterson, Bobby Olivero, Eddie Wirth, Mike Sweeney, Mike Kirby, David Cardey, Rickie Gaunt, Garrett Hansen, Mike Martin and Roa.

Most of those individuals were stars in their own right and by no means a one-hit-wonder by holding the crown as a CRA driving titlist, including Hogle in 1963 & 1968, Bobby Olivero in 1975 (also a Silver Crown titlist in 1979), Wirth in 1985, Kirby in 1993 and Gaunt in 2004.

The USAC and original CRA first officially met at the conclusion of the 1984 for a pair of non-points special events at Manzanita Speedway and Ascot Park, entitled the "USAC/CRA Sprint Challenge Series." CRA regulars, Arizonian Lealand McSpadden and Californian Rip Williams, took respective victories. They eventually were both inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

The following year, the "USAC/CRA Sprint Challenge Series" expanded to venues throughout the country, beginning in the west to open the season before working its way through the Midwest and back home to conclude the year. Eleven races were held at eight different venues with Rick Hood claiming three victories at Phoenix, Arizona's Manzanita Speedway, Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas and State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. The 1985 opening night triumph at Manzanita was especially memorable, coming just five months after both of Hood's legs were broken in a freak accident when he was struck by a sprint car while walking through the infield to watch a practice session at the very same track.

Bubby Jones scored two at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kans. and at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. Single victories were owned by McSpadden (Manzanita), Wirth (Ascot Park), Sheldon Kinser (Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway), Ron Shuman (Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track), Mike Sweeney (Oklahoma's Lawton Speedway) and Bob East (Manzanita).

While CRA regulars took 6 of 11 victories that in '85, it was USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown champ Rick Hood earning the title by 34 points over Sweeney, Wirth, Brad Noffsinger and Steve Butler.

More informally, several of the top SCRA drivers made their way to the Hoosier state for "Indiana Sprint Week" in 1997 and 1998. Arizona's SCRA star J.J. Yeley burst onto the nationwide scene, winning back-to-back races at Kokomo and Terre Haute on his way to the ISW title. Throughout the week, five-time CRA champ Richard Griffin of Silver City, New Mexico was mesmerizing, going 6-for-6 as fast qualifier in his six appearances. In 1998, times were tougher for the west coast contingent during ISW as USAC regulars swept the six events and the title went to Dave Darland.

In 1999 and 2000, the Non-Wing World Championship arrived at the Terre Haute half-mile for a big payday and the ultimate showcase for sprint car supremacy. The battlefield proved pretty equal both years with eventual 2007 USAC/CRA champ Tony Jones capturing the victory on night one in 1999 with Jerry Coons, Jr. following up the next night with his first career series win as well. The final night saw the versatile, standout wing invader, Frankie Kerr, playing spoiler by taking the cash and the trophy back home to Ohio.

In 2000, the NWWC series returned to Terre Haute with Jay Drake dominating both of his designated nights, while Griffin nailed down his first series victory with a late-race pass of Kevin Briscoe.

The final matchup between USAC and SCRA for the NWWC arrived in 2003 for a three-race set in three consecutive nights. USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley scored at Terre Haute with Tracy Hines taking top honors at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway and California's Troy Rutherford taking the finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Will this year be the year that CRA stars get it done yet again on their home tracks? Viable candidates lie in waiting everywhere you look with Gardner, Austin Williams, Jake Swanson Richard Vander Weerd already winning this year at Perris, the latter three of which are seeking their first National win.

Meanwhile, R.J. Johnson has sealed the deal at Arizona in Southwest competition at Arizona. Mix in Roa, Stevie Sussex, Mike Martin, Charles Davis, Jr., Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Cody Williams and a whole host of others and you've got a bunch who can make some noise, following in the footsteps of their brethren who staked their claim on their home dirt against National competition.

The Oval Nationals at Perris begin with practice this Wednesday night, Nov. 6, at Perris at 5pm Pacific. Fans will be admitted free in the grandstands for the practice and the track will be serving $2 pizza, soda and beer. Three full nights of racing follow on Nov. 7-8-9.

Western World kicks off with practice night, Thursday night Nov. 14 at Arizona. For both nights of racing on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20 and kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC vs. CRA WINS: USAC Regulars: (75 wins) 1. (8) Bryan Clauson 2. (6) Dave Darland 3. (5) Robert Ballou & Damion Gardner 5. (4) Jerry Coons, Jr., Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding & Chris Windom 9. (3) Justin Grant, Rick Hood, Chase Stockon & Kevin Swindell 13. (2) Jay Drake, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Jesse Hockett, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Josh Wise 19. (1) Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Tyler Courtney, Frankie Kerr, Sheldon Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Thomas Meseraull, Jon Stanbrough, Cole Whitt & J.J. Yeley

CRA Regulars: (29 wins) 1. (3) Damion Gardner, Tony Jones & Mike Spencer 4. (2) Nic Faas, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden & Rip Williams 8. (1) David Cardey, Bob East, Rickie Gaunt, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Mike Kirby, Mike Martin, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Ron Shuman, Mike Sweeney & Eddie Wirth

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA, SOUTHWEST & NATIONAL SPRINTS CLASH AT PERRIS OVAL NATIONALS
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 2, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship heads to Perris Auto Speedway for the "24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction." Promoted by Don Kazarian, the prestigious event opens with a special practice session on Wednesday, November 6th, followed by three nights (November 7, 8, 9) of intense racing that also features the AMSOIL USAC National and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. "America's Premier Dirt Track" is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- WEIGHT RULE: 1,325 lbs. with driver.
- The USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 6th with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 5:00pm. The concession stands will be open with $2 pizza, $2 soda, and $2 beers. The fairgrounds will not charge for parking on practice night.

GRAND MARSHALS: Tom and Laurie Sertich, owners of the Moose Racing #92, will serve as Grand Marshals of the 24th Annual Oval Nationals. Currently in their 25th year as car owners, the team is enjoying a successful campaign with “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams behind the wheel. At press time, Williams ranks second in points and the “Moose mobile” scored wins at the August 31st opening night of Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” and the September 21st “Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris. In addition, Williams has posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, with the last award coming at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” at San Tan Valley, Arizona.

ENTRY LIST: Over 40 cars have entered the event, with more entries expected on race day. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release, courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway.

Since 1996, the Budweiser Oval Nationals has been one of the most prestigious events for non-wing sprint car racing across the country. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills won the inaugural event and there have been fifteen different drivers that have claimed the checkered flags. Bud Kaeding, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner lead all drivers with three Oval National wins. Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. has claimed the last two Oval Nationals and has a chance to become the only driver with three consecutive victories. The winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Entering the nineteenth point race, there have been eleven different winners with USAC/CRA. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has three victories, while Brody Roa, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jake Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams are tied with two wins. Josh Hodges, Chase Johnson, R.J. Johnson, Austin Liggett, and Troy Rutherford have one win on the season.

Heading to Perris Auto Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 55-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner led five laps at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” before scoring fourth at Arizona Speedway. To date, the seven-time USAC/CRA champion has three feature wins, nine Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main Win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. The three-time Oval Nationals winner (2009, 2011, 2016) leads all drivers with 83 series wins and will be looking to add another eagle trophy to his collection.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored a third place finish at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, “The Big Game Hunter” has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 USAC/CRA Co-Rookie of the Year is tied with Ryan Bernal, David Cardey, and Richard Vander Weerd with nine triumphs and will have his sights on joining his father (“The Ripper” Rip Williams”) on the Oval Nationals winner’s list.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits third in the championship point standings. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Roa had a ninth place finish at Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic.” To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 105 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan with eight USAC/CRA wins, the USAC SouthWest point leader will have his sights on the “Oval Nationals” victory.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson led sixteen laps at San Tan Valley before a flip resulted in an eighteenth place finish at the “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led on the year. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, and Chris Windom with four victories and will be looking add the “Oval Nationals” to his resume.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen scored a sixteenth place finish at the September 28th main event at San Tan Valley. To date, Chris has posted two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. Gansen is tied with Sterling Cling for twenty-third in SouthWest points and will have his sights on his first career USAC/CRA victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Currently ranked ninth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Jake Swanson, Matt Lundy, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, and “The Real American” Matt Rossi round out the top-10 drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, “The Bear” Chris Windom, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Carson Short, and Isaac Chapple round out the top-10 in points.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are available online and for more information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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2019 OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST: (courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway) 4-Damion Gardner, 4-Justin Grant, 4G-Chris Gansen, 5-Tye Mihocko, 5G-Chris Windom, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 7G-Don Gansen, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 12-Stevie Sussex, 12B-Joel Rayborne, 13G-Dennis Gile, 13M-Thomas Meseraull, 15-Chris Bonneau, 16-Mike Martin, 19-Kevin Thomas Jr., 19-Logan Seavey, 19AZ-C.J. Leary, 19S-Hunter Schuerenberg, 28M-Matt McCarthy, 32-Chase Stockon, 34AZ-Jake Swanson, 42-Brody Roa, 42X-Jason McDougal, 44-Cody Williams, 44-Jake Helsel, 47-Charles Davis Jr., 51-R.J. Johnson, 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®, 57-Steve Hix ®, 68-Chase Johnson, 69-Brady Bacon, 73T-Max Adams, 74X-Josh Hodges, 83-Austin Liggett, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Austin Williams, 98-Verne Sweeney, 98X-Jeremy Ellertson / Lawndale, CA / Jeremy Ellertson, 0-Bud Kaeding, Y69-Randy Waitman.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS WINNERS: 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, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Austin Williams.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 46-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 5-Austin Williams, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1215, 2. Austin Williams-1160, 3. Brody Roa-1116, 4. Jake Swanson-1012, 5. Chris Gansen-790, 6. Tommy Malcolm-732, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-651, 8. Matt McCarthy-635, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-600, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 11. R.J. Johnson-575, 12. Steve Hix ®-546, 13. Mike Martin-519, 14. Richard Vander Weerd-508, 15. Cody Williams-495, 16. Austin Liggett-453, 17. Stevie Sussex-426, 18. Verne Sweeney-391, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-351, 20. A.J. Bender-307.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-897, 2. R.J. Johnson-887, 3. Stevie Sussex-828, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-790, 5. Mike Martin-655, 6. Jake Swanson-578, 7. Matt Lundy-500, 8. Chris Bonneau-434, 9. Michael Curtis-433, 10. Matt Rossi-413, 11. Austin Williams-401, 12. Damion Gardner-342, 13. Tommy Malcolm-256, 14. Dennis Gile-242, 15. Matt McCarthy-223, 16. Stephen Sanchez ®-208, 17. Josh Hodges-202, 18. Jonas Reynolds-201, 19. Isaac Chapple-200, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg-197.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-2003, 2. Tyler Courtney-1956, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr.-1861, 4. Justin Grant-1850, 5. Chris Windom-1843, 6. Brady Bacon-1837, 7. Chase Stockon-1757, 8. Jason McDougal-1483, 9. Carson Short-1361, 10. Isaac Chapple-1193, 11. Kyle Cummins-899, 12. Dave Darland-866, 13. Josh Hodges-726, 14. Dustin Clark ®-678, 15. Chad Boespflug-669, 16. Robert Ballou-568, 17. Max Adams-566, 18. Brian VanMeveren ®-549, 19. Matt Westfall-512, 20. Timmy Buckwalter-435.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.
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USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

12 MORE SPRINT CAR ENTRIES FOR VENTURA TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 2, 2019... The competition continues to grow for the upcoming “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway. Just before the early entry deadline for 360 Sprint Cars, twelve more drivers have officially entered the November 27th and 28th “Thanksgiving Classic.” The special non-point USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Car events will close with the “ARP Battle at the Beach” mini-series finale and extra prize money will be up for grabs. Also featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National and Western States Midget Series, the prestigious event will draw a talented roster of drivers from across the nation.

Two-time (2013 & 2015) USAC West Coast Champion, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) will pilot Jim Richardson’s red #8 Wiesz Racing Engines DRC. Currently tied for third with Bud Kaeding and Austin Liggett with eleven West Coast wins, “Hollywood” ran a limited schedule in 2019 and finished thirteenth in points.

2017 USAC West Coast Champion, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ran tenth in points and will be at the helm of John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction DRC. Swanson has had a successful year by winning the February 28th West Coast “Las Vegas Showdown,” the Perris USAC/CRA & SouthWest “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” on August 17th, the Ventura West Coast & VRA “Battle at the Beach” on August 24th, and Calistoga’s USAC/CRA “Louie Vermeil Classic” on September 1st. Currently ranked thirteenth with five West Coast wins, Jake sits fourth in USAC/CRA and sixth in USAC SouthWest point standings.

2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) will drive Robbie and Gaye Allen’s orange #12 ABC Body Shop Maxim. At press time, Sussex is third in the USAC SouthWest point chase and scored his third “Hank Arnold Memorial” win at Casa Grande on May 18th. Stevie ranks third with thirteen SouthWest feature wins and has one West Coast triumph to his credit.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) has had an impressive season. Regularly competing with a wing in Northern California, Johnson won the March 16th Bakersfield West Coast feature, the September 2nd Petaluma USAC/CRA main event, and the October 26th USAC Western States Midget feature at Ventura. Johnson will pilot the family owned #24 Johnny Franklin Muffler Maxim at Ventura.

Fresh off his second VRA Championship (2016 & 2019), Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, CA) will be in action in his familiar black #15 Rick’s Gate Works Maxim. The veteran driver has also earned championships with the USAC TQ Midgets (1992), USAC Western States Midgets (1998), USAC Western Pavement Sprints (2002), and the Perris Senior Sprints (2013).

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) will race the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair Maxim at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. With two career USAC West Coast wins to his credit, the 2016 Rookie of the Year finished second to Tristan Guardino in the point standings.

Driving the family owned #3 Mission Country Properties Maxim, Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA) split his season between winged and non-winged racing. The young driver tied for twentieth in West Coast points and earned his first win at Santa Maria on October 5th.

“The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride (Bakersfield, CA) will pilot Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #87 American Fabrication Spike at Ventura. Running a limited schedule after a few seasons away from racing, Kirkbride placed sixteenth in points. “The Rickster” has one career West Coast victory to his credit, coming at Bakersfield on June 19, 2010.

Racing a limited schedule, Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga) tied for twentieth with Kaleb Montgomery in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving Jean and Russell Martin’s #71 Brea Towing Maxim, the rookie contender was running in fifth overall in VRA point standings.

Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA) will be at the helm of the family owned #38 Johnny Franklin Muffler Maxim at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Regularly competing with a wing, Johnson shed the airfoils with USAC/CRA at Petaluma on September 2nd and ran second to his brother Chase in his 360 powered car.

Salina, Oklahoma driver Tyler Edwards will pilot the Steve Hix owned #57 No Limit Powder Coating Triple X. Over the last few seasons, Edwards has made selected starts with the USAC West Coast Sprints and Western States Midgets.

Geoffrey Stole (Laton, CA) will return to USAC West Coast action at Ventura Raceway. Driving the family owned #09S Strole Farms Maxim, Stole finished second in 2010 rookie points (13th overall) before racing with a wing. Over the last few seasons, Geoffrey has run selected wing shows and without a wing with VRA, USAC West Coast, Santa Maria, and USAC/CRA.

The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com/2019/tn19.pdf.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- TURKEY NIGHT ENTRIES: Thursday, October 31st, was the deadline for the $50 early entry fee. The entry fee for later entries is $100, including entries submitted on raceday. USAC West Coast Sprint Car series rules will apply.
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier.
- Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads.
- The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

Advance tickets for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” are available online through venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2019 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
1S- Nate Schank / Santa Roa, CA / Janis Schank
2- J.J. Ringo / Morgan Hill, CA / Keller Motorsports
3- Kaleb Montgomery / Templeton, CA / Jason Montgomery
8- Danny Faria Jr. / Tipton, CA / Jim Richardson
12- Stevie Sussex / Tempe, AZ / Robbie & Gaye Allen
15- Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, CA / Rick Hendrix
15T- Tristan Guardino / Fremont, CA / Rick Guardino
17- Bruno Bianchi / Petaluma, CA / Dan Phillips
24- Chase Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Don Johnson
34AZ- Jake Swanson / Anaheim, CA / John Grau & Mike Burkhart
38- Colby Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Don Johnson
57- Tyler Edwards / Salina, OK / Steve Hix
71- Brent Owens / Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Russell & Jean Martin
81- Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, CA / Steve Watt
81M- Slater Helt / Harrisonville, MO / Steve Watt
81S- Michael Pickens / Auckland, NZ / Steve Watt
81T- Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN / Steve Watt
81X- Cody Majors / Simi Valley, CA / Steve Watt
83- Austin Liggett / Tracy, CA / Tim Liggett
87- Ricky Kirkbride / Bakersfield, CA / Bob & Toni Van Meter
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, CA / Boul Racing
09S- Geoffrey Strole / Laton, CA / Mark Strole

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

TURKEY NIGHT 360 DIRT SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Austin Liggett, 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

FINAL 2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-860, 2. Ryan Timmons-710, 3. Koen Shaw-622, 4. T.J. Smith-550, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-539, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-497, 7. Austin Liggett-468, 8. Austin Ervine-458, 9. Slater Helt ®-428, 10. Jake Swanson-400, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210, --. Kaleb Montgomery-210.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Kaleb Montgomery)
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

OVAL NATIONALS RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (October 31, 2019).........Made up our minds to make a new start, going to California with racing in our heart.

Golden state, here we come! The best of USAC's AMSOIL National, CRA and Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint divisions make the voyage to southern California's Perris Auto Speedway November 7-8-9 for the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) enters as the two-time and defending champion of the Oval Nationals and aims to become the first driver to reach three consecutive victories in the event. He's seen both ends of the spectrum in terms of Oval Nationals success with two wins and two finishes outside the top-20, despite leading numerous laps. He makes his return to Perris coming off a win in the most recent series event at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in early October.

Justin Grant swept both prelim nights during the 2018 Oval Nationals, leading a total of only four laps in the process before taking 8th in the Saturday night finale. The Ione, Calif. native and 2007 BCRA Midget champion also owns three standalone Perris CRA feature victories, once in 2017 and twice in 2018. He owns six final night starts at the Oval Nationals with a best finish of 2nd in 2017.

C.J. Leary enters as the National point leader with just one win to his credit thus far, back in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. He's looking for a hot streak to close out the year just as he opened up the season. He's won at Perris before, capturing the 360 Sprint portion of the Oval Nationals in 2014. In seven career Saturday night Oval Nationals 410 sprint starts, the Greenfield, Ind. driver has managed a best Saturday night result of 13th, which is not indicative of his performances to date, which included 11 laps led before experiencing mechanical trouble with 14 laps remaining in 2018.

USAC/CRA point leader Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) owns more starts, more championships and more USAC/CRA wins than any other driver. No driver has won more Oval Nationals final night main events than the three-time winner (2009-11-16) whose tally equals that of three-time event winners Dave Darland and Bud Kaeding. In 2016, the seven-time USAC/CRA champ became the most recent CRA series regular to notch a victory at the final night A-Main and owns the longest streak of top-ten finishes in the Saturday night finale with 10 dating back to 2009. He's already tasted victory at Perris this year with a win in July.

Brody Roa, a 2017 Oval Nationals prelim night winner, is the most recent non-USAC National series regular to capture a victory at the event. The 2009 USAC California Ford Focus Dirt Midget and 2016 West Coast Sprint Car champ from Garden Grove, Calif. leads the Southwest Sprint points by a slim 10-point margin over R.J. Johnson. Roa, who also resides 3rd in the CRA standings, won at Perris this past March. He has four-straight top-ten finishes in the Saturday night Oval Nationals finale, topping out with a 4th in 2016.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a topsy-turvy Oval Nationals last year, leading 66 of the 100 laps run throughout the three nights, with two 2nd place finishes in the prelims and a 4th on the final night. Despite the disappointment, Courtney was all smiles in the end, celebrating with champagne as the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion. He remains 47 points behind Leary in this year's point race with five events remaining. The only driver to win in all three USAC National divisions in 2019 has two career final night Oval Nationals starts, which have both come in each of the past two years, a 9th in 2017 and a 4th in 2018.

Along with Gardner and Darland, Bud Kaeding has earned three final night Oval Nationals victories in his career in 2001-02-07. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ from Campbell, Calif. is one of the most-tenured of all Oval Nationals participants with 16 starts to his credit. Kaeding, also a 1999 USAC Western States Sprint Car and 2012 West Coast Sprint champion pilot, has reeled off seven top-fives and 12 top-ten finishes dating to his most recent start during the 2018 edition where he finished 19th.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters this year's event with the longest streak of top-five finishes on the final night of the Oval Nationals with three. The 2017 USAC National Sprint champ took 2nd in 2016, followed by a 4th in 2017 and a 3rd in 2018. A veteran of nine starts, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown titlist won his first Oval Nationals main event in 2010 to become the youngest winner in race history at the age of 19.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) returns to the west coast and Perris Auto Speedway where he earned a USAC Western States Midget feature win in 2001. His four Oval Nationals final night starts produced a best of 8th in 2008 and fast qualifying time on Saturday night a year ago. The 2019 Gas City I-69 Speedway Sprint Car track champ has had a career year with 18 total wins in sprints with and without the wing and in midgets.

Ironman Chase Stockon has 289 consecutive series starts dating to 2012, seven of which include the Saturday night portion of the Oval Nationals. In his career at the Oval Nationals finale, he's had just one finish outside top-10. He was 2nd in last year's feature and was challenging for the victory on the final lap. The Fort Branch, Ind. native won the opening prelim night of the Oval Nationals in 2017.

A 10-start veteran of the Oval Nationals, Brady Bacon has scored four top-fives in those 10 appearances, including a best of 3rd in his second showing in 2007. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion from Broken Arrow, Okla. has a trio of 5th place finishes on the final night, first in his Rookie year of 2006, then again in 2013 and 2016.

Two-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner Jason McDougal came through the talent pipeline of Broken Arrow, Okla. His debut run at the "Ovals" last year resulted in a 22nd place finish on Saturday night. He's, thus far, tallied USAC National victories in the East (New Jersey), Midwest (Indiana) and the Great Plains (Nebraska), and seeks his first on the upcoming western swing.

Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, Mo.) has four Saturday night starts at the Oval Nationals in his career with a best of 12th in 2008 and 2011. Despite this year marking his first Oval Nationals appearance in three years, Schuerenberg has been no stranger to victory lane at Perris this season after capturing CRA's Salute to Indy main on the half-mile in May.

Schuerenberg, along with Leary and reigning USAC National Midget champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), form a stout three-driver lineup for the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports team at the Oval Nationals. Seavey made his debut last year, topping all race Rookies with a 6th place finish en route to co-USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors. Seavey mastered Indiana's Kokomo Speedway this past August for his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory.

Visalia, California's Richard Vander Weerd notched two CRA feature triumphs at Perris this past April and June. In seven Oval Nationals Saturday starts, he took a best of 3rd in 2016. Fellow Californian Jake Swanson of Anaheim won at Perris in August CRA competition. His four starts have produced a best of 15th in 2017 and a fast qualifying time on a 2016 prelim night.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was standing in victory lane the last time CRA made the trek to Perris in September. The son of 1997 Oval Nationals winner Rip Williams was quick time on the final night of the Oval Nationals in 2015 and had a 7th place run last year, his best result in nine starts. Five-time USAC Southwest Sprint champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) had a 10th place finish in 2016, his best in ten starts.

They'll be joined by 2019 CRA feature winners Josh Hodges (Tijeras, N.M.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and 2018 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.), along with Southwest series victor Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.), the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car road trip to the west begins November 7-8-9 at California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction. The season finale is set for Nov. 15-16 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships. All the action will be shown LIVE on FloRacing.

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST:
0 Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams)
4 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)
4x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander)
4G Chris Gansen/Verdemont Heights, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
5 Tye Mihocko/Peoria, AZ (Tye Mihocko)
5G Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing)
5x Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing)
7G Donnie Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
10 Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
12 Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (ABC Body Shop)
12B Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne)
13G Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile)
13m Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Gene Gile)
15 Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau)
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports)
19AZ C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19BS Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19s Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
28m Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy)
32 Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)
34 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau/Mike Burkhart)
42 Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney)
42x Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Dwight Cheney)
44 Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams)
44H Jake Helsel/Monroe, WA (Tony Helsel)
47 Charles Davis, Jr. Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr.)
51 R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson)
51T Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr.)
57 Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)
68 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)
69 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)
Y69 Randy Waitman/Ramona, CA (Randy Waitman)
73T Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)
74x Josh Hodges/Albuquerque, NM (Hodges Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett)
88 Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
92 Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom and Laurie Sertich)
98 Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy)
98x Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson)

 

 

4 PAST WINNERS SET FOR OVAL NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (October 29, 2019).........Four previous champions of the Oval Nationals are lasered-in on collecting another coveted eagle trophy for their mantle in the 24th annual running of the event November 7-8-9 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Two drivers, Bud Kaeding and Damion Gardner aim to become the first four-time winners in Oval Nationals history. Kaeding (Campbell, Calif.) won his three in 2001-2002-2007. The 2006-2007 USAC Silver Crown champ is one of the most-tenured of all Oval Nationals participants with 16 starts to his credit. Kaeding has reeled off seven top-fives and 12 top-ten finishes dating to his most recent start during the 2018 edition where he finished 19th.

No driver has made more starts in the Oval Nationals (17) than Damion Gardner, whose appearances in the event have all come in consecutive fashion since his Rookie campaign of 2002. The Concord, Calif. native accumulated Oval Nationals wins in 2009-2011-2016 where he became the most recent CRA series regular to notch a victory at the final night A-Main.

In addition to his most consecutive starts streak, Gardner owns the longest streak of top-ten finishes in the Saturday night finale with 10 dating back to 2009. He has nine top-five finishes and 12 overall top-ten finishes and arrives as leader of the CRA standings where he's in the midst of pursuing his eighth CRA driving title and seventh-straight.

Chris Windom, meanwhile, enters with the longest streak of top-five finishes on the final night of the Oval Nationals with three. The 2017 USAC National Sprint champ took 2nd in 2016, followed by a 4th in 2017 and a 3rd in 2018. A veteran of nine starts, Windom won his first in the event in 2010 to become the youngest winner in race history at the age of 19.

Three drivers have won two-straight on the final night of the Oval Nationals. However, none have three consecutive victories, which is the task that lies ahead for Kevin Thomas, Jr. at Perris. He's had his share of luck both good and bad at the Ovals over the years, but the last two years have gone just about to perfection during the dwindling laps with the Cullman, Ala. driver making the winning move during the final circuits of the 40-lapper.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car road trip to the west begins November 7-8-9 at California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction. The season finale is set for Nov. 15-16 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships. All the action will be shown LIVE on FloRacing.

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST: 0 Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams) 4 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports) 4x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander) 4G Chris Gansen/Verdemont Heights, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen) 5 Tye Mihocko/Peoria, AZ (Tye Mihocko) 5G Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing) 5x Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier) 7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing) 7G Donnie Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen) 10 Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd) 12 Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (ABC Body Shop) 12B Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne) 13G Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile) 13m Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Gene Gile) 15 Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau) 19 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports) 19AZ C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports) 19BS Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports) 19s Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports) 28m Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy) 32 Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing) 34 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau/Mike Burkhart) 42 Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney) 42x Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Dwight Cheney) 44 Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams) 44H Jake Helsel/Monroe, WA (Tony Helsel) 47 Charles Davis, Jr. Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr.) 51 R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson) 51T Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr.) 57 Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix) 68 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas) 69 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.) 69Y Randy Waitman/Ramona, CA (Randy Waitman) 73T Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports) 74x Josh Hodges/Albuquerque, NM (Hodges Motorsports) 83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett) 88 Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd) 92 Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom and Laurie Sertich) 98 Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy) 98x Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson)

PAST OVAL NATIONALS FINAL NIGHT FEATURE RESULTS:

1996: 1. Jimmy Sills

1997: 1. Rip Williams

1998: 1. Rodney Argo

1999: 1. Rickie Gaunt, 2. Cory Kruseman, 3. Tony Jones, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Mike English, 7. Steve Ostling, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Marc Hart, 10. Mike Boat, 11. John Scott, 12. Richard Griffin, 13. Rodney Argo, 14. Mike Kirby, 15. Jimmy Sills, 16. Alex Grigoreas, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Jay Drake, 19. Danny Sheridan, 20. Larry Brown, 21. Troy Cline, 22. Jeremy Sherman, 23. Rusty McClure, 24. Rip Williams.

2000: 1. Tony Jones, 2. Mike Kirby, 3. Richard Griffin, 4. Rip Williams, 5, John Scott, 6. Brent Kaeding, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Jeremy Sherman, 10. Jay Drake, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Steve Ostling, 13. Troy Rutherford, 14. Derek Davidson, 15. Bud Kaeding, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Jarrett Chaney, 18. Mike English, 19. Jimmy May, 20. Robby Flock, 21. Brad Noffsinger, 22. Danny Sheridan, 23. Tony Elliott, 24. Cary Faas.

2001: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Tony Jones, 3. Brent Kaeding, 4. J.J, Yeley, 5. Cory Kruseman, 6. John Scott, 7. Charles Davis, Jr., 8. Richard Griffin, 9. Jeremy Sherman, 10. Mike Kirby, 11. Troy Cline, 12. Steve Ostling, 13. Michael Hinrichsen, 14. Brian Venard, 15. Gary W. Howard, 16. Rickie Gaunt, 17. Troy Rutherford, 18. Rip Williams, 19. Rodney Argo, 20. Jarrett Chaney, 21. Tracy Hines, 22. Jerry Coons, Jr., 23. Danny Sheridan, 24. Tony Elliott.

2002: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Troy Rutherford, 3. J.J. Yeley, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Rip Williams, 7. Mike English, 8. Richard Griffin, 9. Mike Faria, 10. Cory Kruseman, 11. Charles Davis, Jr., 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Brent Kaeding, 15. Danny Faria, Jr., 16. Steve Ostling, 17. Dave Darland, 18. John Scott, 19. Rickie Gaunt, 20. Levi Jones, 21. Josh Wise, 22. Tony Jones, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Mike Kirby, 25. Adam Mitchell, 26. Cary Faas.

2003: 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Jeremy Sherman, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Richard Griffin, 6. Rickie Gaunt, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. J.J. Yeley, 9. Brent Kaeding, 10. Bill Rose, 11. Josh Wise, 12. John Scott, 13. Steve Ostling, 14. Andy Forsberg, 15. Brian Venard, 16. Jac Haudenschild, 17. Troy Rutherford, 18. Levi Jones, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Cary Faas, 21. Tony Elliott, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Adam Mitchell, 24. Rip Williams, 25. Troy Cline.

2004: 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Josh Ford, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Tony Elliott, 6. Mike Spencer, 7. Charles Davis, Jr., 8. Rip Williams, 9. Steve Ostling, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Danny Sheridan, 13. Brian Venard, 14. Brent Kaeding, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Troy Rutherford, 17. Greg Bragg, 18. Mike Kirby, 19. Damion Gardner, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Troy Cline, 22. Tom Hessert, 23. Brad Sweet, 24. Dickie Gaines, 25. Bobby Cody.

2005: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Rip Williams, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Mike Kirby, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Mat Neely, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Brad Sweet, 10. Josh Ford, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Josh Wise, 14. Jason York, 15. Rick Williams, 16. Tom Hessert III, 17. Jordan Hermansader, 18. Charles Davis Jr., 19. Seth Wilson, 20. Bryan Clauson, 21. Jon Stanbrough, 22. Jay Drake, 23. Alan Ballard, 24. Rickie Gaunt, 25. Dickie Gaines, 26. Danny Sheridan, 27. Cory Kruseman

2006: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Josh Wise, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Charles Davis Jr., 14. Tony Jones, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Rickie Gaunt, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. R.J. Johnson, 19. Mat Neely, 20. Danny Sheridan, 21. Garrett Hansen, 22. Alan Ballard, 23. Seth Wilson, 24. Greg Taylor, 25. Critter Malone, 26. Rip Williams, 27. Bobby Cody.

2007: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Casey Shuman, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jesse Hockett, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Danny Sheridan, 7. Cory Kruseman, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Tony Jones, 10. Cole Whitt, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 13. Blake Miller, 14. Charles Davis Jr., 15. Dustin Morgan, 16. Levi Jones, 17. David Cardey, 18. Josh Ford, 19. R.J. Johnson, 20. Tim Kaeding, 21. Damion Gardner, 22. Rip Williams, 23. Kevin Swindell, 24. Mike Spencer, 25. Rickie Gaunt, 26. Daron Clayton, 27. Dave Darland, 28. Troy Rutherford.

2008: 1. Jesse Hockett, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Kevin Swindell, 4. Brad Sweet, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Tony Jones, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Danny Sheridan, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Josh Ford, 16. Damion Gardner, 17. Tyler Brown, 18. Blake Miller, 19. David Cardey, 20. Rickie Gaunt, 21. Tracy Hines, 22. Levi Jones, 23. Cole Whitt, 24. Chris Windom, 25. R.J. Johnson, 26. Dustin Morgan, 27. Daron Clayton, 28. Shane Cottle.

2009: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Garrett Hansen, 7. Rip Williams, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Henry Clarke, 10. Brady Short, 11. Greg Bragg, 12. Keith Bloom Jr., 13. Danny Sheridan, 14. Ronnie Gardner, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Tony Jones, 17. David Cardey, 18. Blake Miller, 19. Kevin Swindell, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Cole Whitt, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Chad Boat, 24. Jon Stanbrough, 25. Matt Mitchell, 26. Darren Hagen.

2010: 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Bobby East, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Matt Mitchell, 9. Danny Sheridan, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Keith Bloom, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Casey Riggs, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Henry Clarke, 19. Kyle Larson, 20. Blake Fitzpatrick, 21. Rickie Gaunt, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Johnathon Henry, 24. Cody Williams, 25. Nic Faas, 26. Cory Kruseman, 27. Austin Williams.

2011: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Nic Faas, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Bobby East, 10. Cory Kruseman, 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Kyle Larson, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Cody Williams, 16. R.J. Johnson, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Ronnie Gardner, 19. Danny Sheridan, 20. John Aden, 21. Keith Bloom Jr., 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Matt Mitchell, 24. Richard Vander Weerd, 25. Brady Bacon, 26. Rip Williams.

2012: 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Ronnie Gardner, 11. Austin Williams, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Brody Roa, 14. Rip Williams, 15. Wes McIntyre, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Bud Kaeding, 18. David Bezio, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Johnathon Henry, 23. Richard Vander Weerd, 24. Troy Rutherford, 25. C.J. Leary, 26. David Cardey.

2013: 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.

2014: 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. Darren Hagen, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Rickie Gaunt, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Josh Pelkey, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 23. Garrett Hansen, 24. Geoff Ensign, 25. Nic Faas, 26. Justin Grant. NT

2015: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Ryan Bernal, 25. Aaron Farney, 26. Josh Hodges.

2016: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Austin Williams, 13. Joe Stornetta, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Austin Liggett, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Logan Williams, 25. Max Adams, 26. Josh Hodges, 27. Ryan Bernal.

2017: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Mike Spencer, 12. Austin Williams, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Cody Williams, 15. Jake Swanson, 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. Mike Martin, 19. Chris Gansen, 20. Dennis Gile, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Brady Bacon, 23. Max Adams, 24. Jace Vander Weerd, 25. Tommy Malcolm, 26. Richard Vander Weerd.

2018: (starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. Chase Stockon (4), 3. Chris Windom (8), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Damion Gardner (6), 6. Logan Seavey (15), 7. Austin Williams (14), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Brody Roa (10), 10. Chase Johnson (13), 11. Brady Bacon (7), 12. Danny Faria, Jr. (26), 13. Isaac Chapple (19), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (23), 15. C.J. Leary (1), 16. Logan Williams (25), 17. Chris Gansen (20), 18. Max Adams (11), 19. Bud Kaeding (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (12), 21. Cody Williams (22), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Josh Hodges (17), 24. A.J. Bender (24), 25. Austin Liggett (21), 26. Dave Darland (9).

 

 

YOUTHFUL AND EXPERIENCED:
LEARY AND COURTNEY CHASE USAC SPRINT TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 29, 2019).........When it comes to thinking about this year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship contenders - C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney, you most certainly wouldn't think of either of them as newcomers to the scene or flashes in the pan, would you?

Absolutely not. In fact, both drivers' first career series starts came during the 2012 season, giving each individual nearly eight years of experience apiece while racking up numerous starts with the division. Leary's 253 starts rank him 26th all-time while Courtney's 172 place him right on the cusp of breaking into the top-50 in all-time feature starts.

However, in the grand scope of the history of USAC's National Sprint Car division, in terms of age, both Leary and Courtney are on a rare track.

Series point leader Leary, at age 23, could become the sixth member of "Club 23," the exclusive group of drivers who've earned a USAC National Sprint Car driving title at 23 years old. Bryan Clauson remains the youngest champ of all-time at 23 years, 4 months and 19 days old in 2012.

Levi Jones was just 13 days older than Clauson when he won his first in 2005. Leary, at 23 years, 6 months and 30 days, would slot in third in terms of youngest series champs if he were to secure the title out west in the Nov. 7-8-9 Oval Nationals at California's Perris Auto Speedway and the Nov. 15-16 Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

Greg Weld (23 years, 8 months, 7 days) held the crown as the youngest champ from 1967 to 2005 before Jones took over the top spot. Jones' Tony Stewart Racing teammate Josh Wise (23 years, 9 months, 4 days) won the title in 2006 while Robbie Stanley collected the first of his three consecutive USAC Sprint titles in 1991 at 23 years, 10 months, 26 days old.

Courtney, meanwhile, became one of the youngest champions in his own right in 2018 at the age of 24. He trails Leary by 47 markers entering the five-race swing out west. But if he were to successfully complete the comeback, he'd become the fourth youngest driver to win his second career USAC National Sprint Car title after Clauson (2012-2013), Stanley (1991-1992) and Jones (2005 & 2007).

The youth movement in the USAC National Sprint Car division has been at the forefront for the past decade. Every single driving champion with the series since 2008 has been under the age of 30, making it 10 straight years thus far of a champion in his 20s.
It's a marked change from the past when only one driver under the age of 30 (28-year-old Ken Schrader in 1982) celebrated a championship between the years of 1980 and 1990.

On the flip side, only two drivers over the age of 40 have captured a USAC National Sprint Car driving championship: 44-year-old Don Branson in 1964 and 43-year-old Rollie Beale in 1973.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car road trip to the west begins November 7-8-9 at California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction. The season finale is set for Nov. 15-16 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships. All the action will be shown LIVE on FloRacing.

YOUNGEST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVING CHAMPIONS:
23: Greg Weld (1967), Robbie Stanley (1991), Levi Jones (2005), Josh Wise (2006) & Bryan Clauson (2012)
24: Pancho Carter (1974), Robbie Stanley (1992), Tony Stewart (1995), Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014) & Tyler Courtney (2018)
25: Robbie Stanley (1993), J.J. Yeley (2001) & Levi Jones (2007)
26: Pancho Carter (1976), Robert Ballou (2015), Brady Bacon (2016) & Chris Windom (2017)
27: Johnny Rutherford (1965), Gary Bettenhausen (1969), Greg Leffler (1979), J.J. Yeley (2003) & Levi Jones (2009)
28: Parnelli Jones (1961), Ken Schrader (1983) & Levi Jones (2010)
29: Parnelli Jones (1962), Gary Bettenhausen (1971), Brian Tyler (1996 & 1997) & Levi Jones (2011)
30: Larry Dickson (1968), Rich Vogler (1980), Steve Butler (1986), Doug Kalitta (1994) & Tracy Hines (2002)
31: Steve Butler (1987)
32: Larry Dickson (1970), Rick Hood (1984) & Steve Butler (1988)
33: Roger McCluskey (1963), Rick Hood (1985) & Dave Darland (1999)
34: Sheldon Kinser (1977) & Steve Butler (1990)
35: Jay Drake (2004)
36: Roger McCluskey (1966) & Jerry Coons Jr. (2008)
37: Sam Sessions (1972), Larry Dickson (1975) & Tony Elliott (1998)
38: Sheldon Kinser (1981)
39: Tom Bigelow (1978), Sheldon Kinser (1982), Rich Vogler (1989) & Tony Elliott (2000)
43: Rollie Beale (1973)
44: Don Branson (1964)


USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVING CHAMPIONS BY YEAR (WITH AGE):
1961: Parnelli Jones (28)
1962: Parnelli Jones (29)
1963: Roger McCluskey (33)
1964: Don Branson (44)
1965: Johnny Rutherford (27)
1966: Roger McCluskey (36)
1967: Greg Weld (23)
1968: Larry Dickson (30)
1969: Gary Bettenhausen (27)
1970: Larry Dickson (32)
1971: Gary Bettenhausen (29)
1972: Sam Sessions (37)
1973: Rollie Beale (43)
1974: Pancho Carter (24)
1975: Larry Dickson (37)
1976: Pancho Carter (26)
1977: Sheldon Kinser (34)
1978: Tom Bigelow (39)
1979: Greg Leffler (27)
1980: Rich Vogler (30)
1981: Sheldon Kinser (38)
1982: Sheldon Kinser (39)
1983: Ken Schrader (28)
1984: Rick Hood (32)
1985: Rick Hood (33)
1986: Steve Butler (30)
1987: Steve Butler (31)
1988: Steve Butler (32)
1989: Rich Vogler (39)
1990: Steve Butler (34)
1991: Robbie Stanley (23)
1992: Robbie Stanley (24)
1993: Robbie Stanley (25)
1994: Doug Kalitta (30)
1995: Tony Stewart (24)
1996: Brian Tyler (29)
1997: Brian Tyler (29)
1998: Tony Elliott (37)
1999: Dave Darland (33)
2000: Tony Elliott (39)
2001: J.J. Yeley (25)
2002: Tracy Hines (30)
2003: J.J. Yeley (27)
2004: Jay Drake (35)
2005: Levi Jones (23)
2006: Josh Wise (23)
2007: Levi Jones (25)
2008: Jerry Coons Jr. (36)
2009: Levi Jones (27)
2010: Levi Jones (28)
2011: Levi Jones (29)
2012: Bryan Clauson (23)
2013: Bryan Clauson (24)
2014: Brady Bacon (24)
2015: Robert Ballou (26)
2016: Brady Bacon (26)
2017: Chris Windom (26)
2018: Tyler Courtney (24)

 



McDOUGAL TEAMS WITH CHENEY FOR OVAL NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (October 28, 2019).........Jason McDougal has teamed up with Dwight Cheney to compete for the Glendora, Calif. based car owner in the November 7-8-9 Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will drive Cheney's No. 42x alongside teammate and current USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car point leader Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.).

McDougal is one of six drivers this season to win a feature in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions. McDougal won his second career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory earlier this June during Eastern Storm at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway.

McDougal has also won his first two career USAC National Midget feature events in 2019, capturing July's Mid-America Midget Week round at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., then putting on a spectacular show in his drive to victory just two weeks ago at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

McDougal has made two appearances in Cheney's sprint car this season in USAC/CRA and Southwest Sprint competition. He was 6th at Arizona's Canyon Speedway Park on March 8, then charged from his 13th starting spot to a 5th place finish the following night at Canyon.

In USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition this year, multiple drivers have been in the seat of Cheney's No. 42, namely Dave Darland and Scotty Weir. Danny Faria, Jr. and Jake Swanson have also wheeled Cheney's ride on the west coast this year with Swanson driving the car to fast time during qualifying and a third-place finish at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in May.

Cheney's No. 42 currently resides fourth in USAC/CRA owner points. Cheney owns two USAC/CRA victories as a car owner, with Darland in 2005 and with Max Adams in 2017.

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRIES
0 Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams)
4 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)
4x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander)
4G Chris Gansen/Verdemont Heights, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
5 Tye Mihocko/Peoria, AZ (Tye Mihocko)
5G Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing)
5x Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing)
7G Donnie Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
10 Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
12 Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (ABC Body Shop)
12B Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne)
13G Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile)
13m Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Gene Gile)
15 Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau)
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports)
19AZ C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19BS Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19s Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
28m Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy)
32 Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)
34 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau/Mike Burkhart)
42 Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney)
42x Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Dwight Cheney)
44 Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams)
44H Jake Helsel/Monroe, WA (Tony Helsel)
47 Charles Davis, Jr. Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr.)
51 R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson)
51T Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr.)
57 Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)
68 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)
69 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)
69Y Randy Waitman/Ramona, CA (Randy Waitman)
73T Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)
74x Josh Hodges/Albuquerque, NM (Hodges Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett)
88 Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
92 Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom and Laurie Sertich)
98 Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy)
98x Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson)

In addition to the three nights of racing, there will be a practice session at the track on November 6th beginning at 5:00 P.M. Fans will be admitted free in the grandstands for the practice and the track will be serving $2.00 pizza, soda and beer.

Tickets for the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals are available 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at https://pas.ti

 

 

THOMAS PURSUES 3RD CONSECUTIVE OVAL NATS WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (October 28, 2019).........In the 23-year history of the Oval Nationals, four drivers have been able to score two consecutive victories in the event at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

No driver, however, has found victory lane in three-straight years on the final night. Kevin Thomas, Jr. faces that opportunity on November 7-8-9 as the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction arrives at the southern California half-mile dirt oval for the 24th time.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., joined the likes of Bud Kaeding (2001-02), Cory Kruseman (2003-04) and Dave Darland (2005-06) as the winner of two consecutive Oval Nationals final nights a year ago at Perris, leading the final eight laps en route to victory. In 2017, Thomas captured the first of his two Oval Nationals triumphs, leading the final six circuits to get the big win.

Three-straight wins in the event would be an enormous accomplishment for Thomas, something of which Kaeding, Kruseman and Darland each took their shot at during the early to mid-2000s.

Kaeding, who guns for his fourth overall final night win in this year's Oval Nationals, won his first two in 2001 and 2002. He came the closest to accomplishing the feat in 2003, finishing 3rd behind winner Cory Kruseman on the final night. However, he did win the second preliminary night feature in 2003 to capture Oval Nationals victories, prelim or otherwise, three years running.

The 2003 score for Kruseman was the first of two-straight Oval Nationals wins for himself after another win the following year in 2004. He wound up 10th in 2002 prior to his pair of wins and 27th in 2005 as he pursued his third.

The all-time winningest driver in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint car history, Dave Darland, went back-to-back in 2005 and 2006. He was 10th in 2004 and 27th in 2007 at the bookends of his two wins.

Thomas has made a late-season surge in recent times with a win in his latest series outing at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in early October and has finished in the top-six in six of his last eight starts. The team he's equipped with is an Oval Nationals winning combination that's gotten the job done before with team owner Brodie Hayward the entrant for Bryan Clauson's winning performance on the final night in 2015, a race in which Thomas led the opening 22 laps of the 40-lap event.

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRIES
0 Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams)
4 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)
4x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander)
4G Chris Gansen/Verdemont Heights, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
5 Tye Mihocko/Peoria, AZ (Tye Mihocko)
5G Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing)
5x Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing)
7G Donnie Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
10 Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
12 Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (ABC Body Shop)
12B Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne)
13G Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile)
13m Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Gene Gile)
15 Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau)
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports)
19AZ C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19BS Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19s Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
28m Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy)
32 Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)
34 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau/Mike Burkhart)
42 Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney)
42x Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Dwight Cheney)
44 Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams)
44H Jake Helsel/Monroe, WA (Tony Helsel)
47 Charles Davis, Jr. Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr.)
51 R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson)
51T Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr.)
57 Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)
68 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)
69 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)
69Y Randy Waitman/Ramona, CA (Randy Waitman)
73T Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)
74x Josh Hodges/Albuquerque, NM (Hodges Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett)
88 Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
92 Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom and Laurie Sertich)
98 Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy)
98x Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson)

In addition to the three nights of racing, there will be a practice session at the track on November 6th beginning at 5:00 P.M. Fans will be admitted free in the grandstands for the practice and the track will be serving $2.00 pizza, soda and beer.

Tickets for the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals are available 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at https://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7.


 


C.J. LEARY ADDS CASA GRANDE “HOWL-O-WEEN BASH” TO RESUME

CASA GRANDE, AZ – OCTOBER 26, 2019… Starting sixth, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) charged to Saturday’s 25-lap “Howl-O-Ween Bash” victory at Central Arizona Speedway. Driving Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood’s #19S AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Leary earned his second $2,000 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the campaign. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Jake Swanson, point leader Brody Roa, and R.J. Johnson followed C.J. to the checkered flags.

Davis scored the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from eleventh. Matt Lundy pocketed an extra $100 for the AAA Car Buying 360 bonus at Pinal County Fairgrounds.

Earlier in the program, Logan Seavey set a new track record in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 14.948 over the 18-car roster.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Zach Madrid (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Eddie Tafoya Jr., (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and “The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Butlerbuilt Seats Third Heat Race).

Starting November 7th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprints at the 3-day “24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” at Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on southwessprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 26, 2019 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona – “Howl-O-Ween Bash”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.948 (New Track Record); 2. C.J. Leary, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-15.073; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.207; 4. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.465; 5. Sterling Cling, 34X, Cling-15.572; 6. Brody Roa, Grau-15.721; 7. Zach Madrid, 15M, Johnson-15.727; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.794; 9. Eric Wilkins, 4AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.835; 10. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.895; 11. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.072; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.092; 13. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.175; 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.330; 15. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-16.363; 16. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.524; 17. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-16.825; 18. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-17.496.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Madrid, 2. Roa, 3. Davis, 4. Sussex, 5. Seavey, 6. Lundy. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tafoya, 2. Shipley, 3. Leary, 4. Bonneau, 5. Cling, 6. Curtis. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mihocko, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. McCarthy, 5. Sanchez, 6. Wilkins. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, with starting positions) 1. C.J. Leary (6), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 3. Jake Swanson (3), 4. Brody Roa (2), 5. R.J. Johnson (5), 6. Logan Seavey (7), 7. Tye Mihocko (15), 8. Eric Wilkins (10), 9. Zach Madrid (1), 10. Stevie Sussex (4), 11. Chris Bonneau (9), 12. Matt McCarthy (13), 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (14), 14. Matt Lundy (16), 15. Sterling Cling (8), 16. Stephen Sanchez (18), 17. Michael Curtis (12), 18. Kyle Shipley (17). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Madrid, Laps 11-16 Roa, Laps 17-18 Swanson, Laps 19-25 Leary.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (11th to 2nd)
AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-897, 2-Johnson-887, 3-Sussex-828, 4-Davis-790, 5-Mike Martin-655, 6-Swanson-578, 7-Lundy-500, 8-Bonneau-434, 9-Curtis-433, 10-Matt Rossi-413.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 7-9 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” - co-sanctioned with AMSOIL USAC National & USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

 

CHASE JOHNSON GETS 1ST USAC MIDGET WIN AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – OCTOBER 26, 2019… Taking advantage of slower traffic, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) earned his first USAC Western States Midget win at Ventura Raceway. Racing Tom Malloy’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines King, Johnson slipped by Ben Worth on lap 13 and led the rest of the way to become the fifth first time winner in nine races. Worth, fast qualifier Cory Elliott, Shannon McQueen, and Josh Lakatos rounded out the top-five drivers.

Kyle Beilman earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a tenth place run from eighteenth. Randi Pankratz claimed her second Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Elliott posted his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year with a time of 13.112 over the 20-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Johnson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), point leader Robert Dalby (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Lakatos (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC Western States Midgets will battle the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets at the November 15th and 16th “52nd Annual Western World Championships” at Arizona Speedway. The AMSOIL USAC National, USAC/CRA, and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will join the action packed card at San Tan Valley, Arizona.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 26, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.112; 2. Robby Josett, 73K, Ford-13.137; 3. Josh Lakatos, 68, Six8-13.161; 4. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-13.306; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.340; 6. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.342; 7. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-13.427; 8. Brennan Rogers, 4, Dalby-13.538; 9. Shon Deskins, 20AZ, Deskins-13.545; 10. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.717; 11. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-13.745; 12. Terry Nichols, 1NP, Nichols-13.835; 13. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.848; 14. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-13.974; 15. Alex Grigoreas, 1X, LKK-14.188; 16. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-14.624; 17. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-21.151; 18. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-NT; 19. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-NT; 20. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Worth, 3. Elliott, 4. Hazelton, 5. Mitchell, 6. Sarna. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dalby (#4 Dalby), 2. McQueen, 3. Leach, 4. Josett, 5. Prickett, 6. Drollinger. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Lakatos, 2. Nichols, 3. Grigoreas, 4. Beilman, 5. Deskins, 6. Pankratz, 7. Ito. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Johnson (3), 2. Ben Worth (1), 3. Cory Elliott (6), 4. Shannon McQueen (2), 5. Josh Lakatos (4), 6. Robby Josett (5), 7. David Prickett (10), 8. C.J. Sarna (9), 9. Terry Nichols (11), 10. Kyle Beilman (18), 11. Dylan Ito (19), 12. Shon Deskins (8), 13. Randi Pankratz (7), 14. Robert Dalby (17), 15. Marvin Mitchell (15), 16. Mike Leach Jr. (13), 17. Ron Hazelton (12), 18. Alex Grigoreas (14), 19. Bryan Drollinger (16). NT
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**Sarna flipped on lap 5 of the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Worth, Laps 13-30 Johnson.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Beilman (18th to 10th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Randi Pankratz

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Dalby-600, 2-Elliott-575, 3-McQueen-477, 4-Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Worth-450, 7-Sarna-400, 8-Beilman-374, 9-Jake Swanson-348, 10-Mitchell-347.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: November 15 & 16 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “52nd Western World Championships” – co-sanctioned with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

GUARDINO & LIGGETT AMONG LATEST TURKEY NIGHT SPRINT CAR ENTRIES
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 24, 2019... Four more sprint car entries have arrived for the November 27th and 28th “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway. The non-point races for the USAC West Coast and VRA 360 Sprint Cars will close with the finale of the “ARP Battle of the Beach” mini-series. Also featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National and Western States Midget Series, the prestigious event will draw a talented roster of drivers from across the country.

Newly crowned USAC West Coast Champion, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) will be in action at the “Thanksgiving Classic.” Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino scored wins at Ventura (March 23rd), Tulare (June 7th), and Santa Maria (June 15th). In addition, he posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season.

Running a part time schedule, 2018 Champion Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) finished seventh in the USAC West Coast point standings. In six starts, Liggett posted four wins and two second place finishes in the campaign. With eleven victories to his credit, Austin is tied for third with former champions “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. and Bud Kaeding in series wins.

Northern California drivers Nate Schank (Santa Rosa) and Bruno Bianchi (Petaluma) have also entered the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Schank finished eleventh and Bianchi placed seventeenth at Petaluma on October 12th.

The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com/2019/tn19.pdf.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- TURKEY NIGHT ENTRIES: Thursday, October 31st, is the deadline for the $50 early entry fee. Any entry postmarked or received after October 31st will have a $100 entry fee. Entries submitted on raceday will be $100. USAC West Coast Sprint Car series rules will apply.
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier.
- Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads.
- The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

Advance tickets for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” are available online through venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2019 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
1S- Nate Schank / Santa Roa, CA / Janis Schank
2- J.J. Ringo / Morgan Hill, CA / Keller Motorsports
15T- Tristan Guardino / Fremont, CA / Rick Guardino
17- Bruno Bianchi / Petaluma, CA / Dan Phillips
81- Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, CA / Steve Watt
81M- Slater Helt / Harrisonville, MO / Steve Watt
81S- Michael Pickens / Auckland, NZ / Steve Watt
81T- Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN / Steve Watt
81X- Cody Majors / Simi Valley, CA / Steve Watt
83- Austin Liggett / Tracy, CA / Tim Liggett
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, CA / Boul Racing

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

TURKEY NIGHT 360 DIRT SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Austin Liggett, 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

FINAL 2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-860, 2. Ryan Timmons-710, 3. Koen Shaw-622, 4. T.J. Smith-550, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-539, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-497, 7. Austin Liggett-468, 8. Austin Ervine-458, 9. Slater Helt ®-428, 10. Jake Swanson-400, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210, --. Kaleb Montgomery-210.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Kaleb Montgomery)
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS HEADLINE CASA GRANDE’S “HOWL-O-WEEN BASH”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 23, 2019... This Saturday, October 26th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will headline the action at Central Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the “Howl-O-Ween Bash” is the last chance to catch the traditional 410 sprints at the Casa Grande, Arizona oval. The IMCA Modifieds, Modlites, and Power 600 Micro Sprints will join the action packed card. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. In addition, the young fans can “trick or treat” at the races. The track will host an Open Practice on Friday, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. For more event and ticket information, visit centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- 360 BONUS / AAA Car Buying is offering a $100 bonus to the highest finishing 360.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.
- The weight rule is 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted sixteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. Defending champion, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. leads all drivers with seven USAC victories at the 3/8-mile oval and Brody Roa set the 410 1-lap track record of 15.133 on May 18th. At the last two visits, Indiana’s C.J. Leary topped the March 2nd feature and Steve Sussex claimed the May 18th main event. The series Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the thirteenth point race, there have been ten different winners. Point leader Brody Roa and R.J. Johnson lead all drivers with two feature victories. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, C.J. Leary, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, and Stevie Sussex have one win on the season.

Heading to the “Howl-O-Ween Bash,” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a slim 9-point lead over the competition. Switching to Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Roa finished ninth at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 103 feature laps led to his credit. Roa is tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland and “The Real American” Matt Rossi with four SouthWest wins and will be looking to add a Casa Grande victory to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) is second in the USAC SouthWest championship standings. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Auto Museum / AME Electrical Contracting Sherman, Johnson won the “Hall of Fame Classic” on September 28th. To date, the five-time champion has two feature wins, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. R.J. has fifty-seven USAC SouthWest victories and will have his sights on his first “Howl-O-Ween Bash” triumph.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex ran second to Johnson at the “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led on the year. Stevie has 13 SouthWest victories and will be looking to win at Central Arizona Speedway.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis raced from twelfth to seventh at the “Hall of Fame Classic.” To date, the defending champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has 30 USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory of the season.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the championship points. Piloting his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin finished thirteenth at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the 2012 “Hall of Fame Classic” champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” has seven SouthWest wins and will be looking to claim his first triumph at the Pinal County Fairgrounds

Currently ranked twenty-second in points, Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), Ryan Cully (Alger, WA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Lundy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Dennis Gile, Sterling Cling, Zach Madrid, C.J. Leary, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, and more.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east seven miles to the fairgrounds. Adult Tickets are $20, Senior/Military tickets are $17, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

HOWL-O-WEEN BASH WINNERS: 2018-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

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

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-828, 2. R.J. Johnson-819, 3. Stevie Sussex-777, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-717, 5. Mike Martin-655, 6. Jake Swanson-507, 7. Matt Lundy-462, 8. Matt Rossi-413, 9. Michael Curtis-401, --. Austin Williams-401, 11. Chris Bonneau-388, 12. Damion Gardner-342, 13. Tommy Malcolm-256, 14. Dennis Gile-242, 15. Josh Hodges-202, 16. Jonas Reynolds-201, 17. Isaac Chapple-200, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg-197, 19. Daylin Perreira-194, 20. Chris Gansen-182.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 23, 2019... This Saturday, October 26th, the stars and cars of the USAC Western States Midget Series will battle at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the ninth point race is a tune-up for the upcoming “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Saturday’s event at the seaside 1/5-mile oval will also showcase VRA 360 Sprint Cars, VRA Dwarf Cars, California Lightning Sprints, and Focus/WMR Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, and Racing at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” is set for 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 3515-3030, 3615-3030, 3515-3030-8, 3615-3030-8, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375-S, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, FLOWMASTER: 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272530-78. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- The weight rule is 1,035 lbs. with driver and the USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since May 24, 1986, 147 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. On that night, Sleepy Tripp claimed the first of his series leading eighteen Ventura wins and Johnny Cofer set the 1-lap qualifying record (11.675) on November 18, 1995. This season, Robby Josett claimed the June 22nd feature and Robert Dalby earned his third consecutive victory on September 14th. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

To date, there have been five different winners with four earning their first triumph in 2019. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the April 6th Bakersfield season opener with Austin Liggett topping the April 20th Merced and April 27th Santa Maria features. Robby Josett claimed the June 22nd Ventura win and Maria Cofer earned her first victory at Petaluma on July 20th. Robert Dalby joined the winner’s list at Merced on June 27th and topped the last two point races (Santa Maria on August 10th and Ventura on September 14th.)

Heading to Ventura, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) has a 58-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Lucas Oil Spike, Dalby has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led on the year. This Saturday night, Robert will be looking for his fourth win in a row.

After running second to Dalby on September 14th at Ventura, Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. The 2015 Rookie of the Year has two career wins and will have his sights on his first triumph at Ventura Raceway.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) ranks third in the chase for the championship. The pilot of the family owned Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike skipped the last race but has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, six top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led on the season. The leading rookie contender will be looking to gain valuable points with a win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) sits fourth in the Western States Midget point standings. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #15DJ Monster Seal Tire Sealant / Western Performance Spike, Prickett finished 18th at Ventura after an early exit. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and five top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday night, David will have his sights on his first win of the season.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is fifth in the championship point standings. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen was Ventura’s fast qualifier and scored twentieth in the September 14th main event. To date, the 2012 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. Shannon will have her sights on her first win of the season at Ventura.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), Anthony Lopiccolo (Yorba Linda), Robert Carson (Concord, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Beau Lemire (Placerville, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Jake Swanson, Kyle Beilman, Marvin Mitchell, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Alex Schutte, Dylan Ito, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Ron Hazelton, Robby Josett, Bryan Drollinger, Alex Grigoreas, and more.

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

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Robert Dalby, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Ben Worth.

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 4-Robby Josett, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Christopher Bell, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Robert Dalby, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Tommy White.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Robert Dalby-557, 2. Cory Elliott-499, 3. Austin Liggett ®458, 4. David Prickett-410, 5. Shannon McQueen-407, 6. Ben Worth ®-376, 7. C.J. Sarna-348, -. Jake Swanson-348, 9. Kyle Beilman-326, 10. Marvin Mitchell-310, 11. Cody Swanson-309, 12. Randi Pankratz-289, 13. Alex Schutte-257, 14. Dylan Ito-209, 15. Michael Faccinto-207, 16. Maria Cofer-204, 17. Gage Rucker ®-199, 18. Troy Morris III ®-174, 19. Terry Nichols-157, 20. Mike Leach Jr. ®-142.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
April 20: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
June 22: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Robby Josett)
July 20: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer)
July 27: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Robert Dalby)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Robert Dalby)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Robert Dalby)
October 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.


 

 

HANGTOWN 100 FORMAT REVEALED

Placerville, California (October 21, 2019).........The format for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 on November 19-20, 2019, at California's Placerville Speedway has been announced.

The debut appearance for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will feature a Trophy Cup style format that has been slightly modified. The number one theme, however, will be larger than normal inverts and points on the line each time a driver hits the speedway.

On opening night drivers will draw randomly in a draft style format and then get to select which heat race to participate in and what order they will qualify in among that heat race. The qualifying draft will be available on Facebook Live by visiting the Placerville Speedway page. Drivers will have a 60-second time clock to decide where they want to be placed.

Heat races will feature an invert of eight with the winner and top-two in points transferring to the A-main, with all others heading into three Last Chance Qualifiers. The top-two finishers in each LCQ will transfer into the 30-lap Pure Crop 1 A-main, which will showcase the top-12 in points inverted.

During the final night there will be no qualifying held, as heat race lineups will be determined by points from night one. The top 20 in points after heats go to the A-main, positions 21-36 in points go to the B-Main, positions 37-52 in points go to the C-Main, and all others to the D-Main. To cap the evening the 100-lap Royal Truck Body main event will feature 24-cars with the top-12 in points inverted, followed by next eight in points lined straight up, followed by B-Main transfers 1-4. 150 points awarded for first place and minus 3 points per position thereafter.

The driver with the most total points after the night two A-Main will be the overall point champion. The overall Hangtown 100 points titlist will take home a $12,000 bonus, while the final nights A-main winner receives $20,000.

"We felt like an event such as the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 deserved a format that separated it from other shows around the country," commented Elk Grove Ford President Matt Wood. "Our format was designed with the fans in mind. Every time a driver hits the track, he or she is earning points. Our unique format makes every lap important and every race finish even more important."

2019 PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY HANGTOWN 100 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS FORMAT

PURE CROP 1 NIGHT ONE

Pill draw draft to determine order of heat race selection.

Heat race placement selection (driver picks which heat to participate in and the order to qualify in during a draft style event shown on Facebook Live).

Qualifying: All cars qualify - 6 groups determined by heat race. Cars will qualify in the order picked by drivers. 36 points will be given for fast time in each group, and minus three points per position thereafter.

Six 10 lap Heat Races: Top 8 cars inverted in heats by qualifying points/time. 36 points will be given for first place, and minus 3 points per position thereafter. Three cars - first place (regardless of point total), and the two highest in total points (total points include qualifying and heat points) in each heat - transfer to Night One A-Main. All others to Night One Last Chance Qualifiers.

Three 12 lap Last Chance Qualifiers: Total points from qualifying and heat race finishes will be used to line up LCQ's. Lineups will be straight up based on points. The top 3 in total points will start on the pole in each respective LCQ. The next 3 in total points will start outside pole in each respective LCQ, and so on. The top 2 from each LCQ will transfer to the Night One A-Main, but will not earn LCQ points. 50 points awarded for 3rd place minus 2 points for each position thereafter.

A-Main: 30 Laps, 24 Cars - 1st place and 2 highest in points from heat races plus 2 transfers from each LCQ. All cars, including LCQ transfers, will use total points to determine A-Main lineup. Top 12 in total points will line up inverted. The lowest 12 in total points will be lined straight up behind the 12 inverted cars. 100 points awarded to A-Main first place and minus 2 points per position thereafter.

ROYAL TRUCK BODY NIGHT TWO

No Qualifying. Lineups based on total points from night one.

Six 10 lap Heat Races: Top 8 cars inverted in heats by total points from night one. 36 points will be given for first place, and minus 3 points per position thereafter.

Total points will then be tallied to line up D, C, B, and A-Mains. Top 20 in points go to A-Main, positions 21-36 in points go to B-Main, positions 37-52 in points go to C-Main, and all others to D-Main.

D-Main: 10 Laps. Top 2 transfer to tail of C-Main. No points awarded.

C-Main: 15 Laps, 20 Cars. Top 4 transfer to tail of B-Main. No points awarded.

B-Main: 20 Laps, 20 Cars. Top 4 transfer to tail of A-Main. No points awarded.

A-Main: 100 Laps, 24 Cars. Top 12 inverted by points, followed by next 8 in points lined straight up, followed by B-Main transfers 1-4. 150 points awarded for first place and minus 3 points per position thereafter.

The driver with the most total points after the Night Two A-Main will be the overall point champion.

Ties in overall points will revert to qualifying times.

Promoter reserves the right to add provisionals to the Night Two A-Main.

Possible mandatory fuel stop between laps 40-50 of Night Two A-Main.

USAC Midgets have visited Placerville on four previous occasions, all coming under the Western States banner. Jimmy Sills, a Placerville native, won in 1996. Ronnie Gardner captured the victory in 2016. Shane Golobic is the lone two-time Placerville winner, racing to victory lane in 2013 and in the most recent event in 2017.

The "Hangtown 100" is part of an expanded western swing for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, which concludes the season with six events in Arizona and California during the month of November, all in conjunction with the USAC Western States Midgets.

The midgets return to the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on November 15-16 before the back-to-back nights at Placerville on November 19-20. The weekend finishes up at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on the 23rd for the "November Classic," which leads into the 79th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" on Thanksgiving night, November 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

Tickets for the Hangtown 100 can be reserved at https://www.hangtown100.com/.

Online registration utilizing Pay Pal is also now available by visiting https://www.hangtown100.com/register-online.

 

 

J-MAC MASTERS HAUBSTADT'S HARVEST CUP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 19, 2019).........As friends and former roommates, Jason McDougal and Kevin Thomas, Jr. have a bond that extends further than the racetrack. On the racetrack, though, each are routinely tough customers regularly waging battle against one another, giving no quarter in pursuit of triumph.

Yet even friends have their battles every now and again. Especially when you're among that special breed of individual who climbs behind the wheel of a racecar and is driven to succeed at the highest level.

Nowhere was that more evident than Saturday night's Harvest Cup at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. where the series made its return following a seven-year absence. The stage allowed the two to slug it out for a majority of the 30-lap main event, exchanging the lead seemingly every single lap on both ends of the track, delivering slider after slider until the final bell tolled.

The baton for the lead was passed between Logan Seavey, Thomas, McDougal and Thomas Meseraull officially speaking, six times at the line (26 times unofficially) until McDougal emerged with the lead for good 10 laps from the finish to score his second career series win and the second of the 2019 season.

"Midget racing is a blast here. I don't know why we don't come here more," McDougal exclaimed. "Racing with KTJ like that, you've got to be able to trust someone you know you can go back and forth with."

The feast of sliders began right from the initial green when reigning series champ Logan Seavey bolted to the lead from the pole position into turn one. Fourth-starting Thomas made his initial bid for the lead in turn three on the opening lap before Seavey cut back under off the fourth turn to lead the opening lap.

Meanwhile, back in the pack, Tucker Klaasmeyer endured a Tommy Tipover in turn four that brought out the night's only red flag. Klaasmeyer restarted after changing a flat left rear tire and made an impressive charge from 22nd to a 7th place finish at the checkered.

Following the restart, Seavey commanded the lead up front while Thomas and the emerging McDougal, who started 5th, began swapping the runner-up spot by lap five when McDougal moved into the spot. Two laps later, McDougal steered it deep into turn three, sliding past Seavey on the bottom and riding up over the cushion. That allowed Seavey to drive back by under McDougal while Thomas got past McDougal then took over the spot from Seavey on the eighth lap.

McDougal raced back to 2nd on lap nine, then turned up the wick on Thomas with a run off turn 4 under Thomas that moved him back to the lead by a half-car length on the 10th lap, but only momentarily, as Thomas powered back to the lead with a pair of crossovers of McDougal in turns one and three to sustain his grasp of the top spot.

Back and forth, the two attacked the quarter-mile dirt oval throughout the middle portion of the feature with McDougal repetitively diving to the bottom in turn three to nab the lead, but each time, Thomas answered by driving underneath McDougal exiting four and leading into turn one.

McDougal brought the hammer into the first turn each time, arching his car above the cushion before driving straight as an arrow down off the turn two banking with a run to the inside of Thomas in turn four. A lap 17 caution for Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier and 8th running Gio Scelzi, who slowed to a stop in turn one, put a brief hiatus to the chaos ensuing at the head of the pack.

On the restart with 13 to go, a new contender emerged in 12th starting Thomas Meseraull, himself a 3rd place finisher in the 2011 Hut 100 at Tri-State. Meseraull was in position to capitalize when Thomas slid by McDougal in turn two. McDougal and Thomas made slight bumper to bumper contact, both chocked it up, and Meseraull drove underneath both down the back straightaway and into the lead.

Meseraull withstood McDougal's relentless pursuit over the next few laps, countering each turn three slider delivered to him on laps 18-19-20 to retain the lead at the stripe. On the 21st lap, McDougal went into action with a slider under Meseraull in turn one. This time, Meseraull launched off turn two and entered turn three side-by-side under McDougal. The two aimed to occupy the same piece of ground at the same moment at the top of turn four with Meseraull's right front tire and McDougal's left rear meeting face-to-face, sending Meseraull backwards into the outside wall, thus ending his bid for victory, although he did return to finish 8th after restarting from the tail.

"T-Mez was a little upset with me for how I drove around him in three and four, but I didn't see anything wrong with it. He hit my left rear," McDougal said.

On the lap 21 restart, McDougal was gone, opening up a full-straightaway lead over Thomas and, for all intents and purposes, putting this one on ice as he ran his preferred line in the middle. With a clear track in his sight, McDougal set the fastest lap of the race on the 24th circuit and all was right in his world.

"Entering one is a little tricky, had a little hole getting into it, but once I got to racing with KTJ, every time he slid me, he pulled away and never got to the cushion. So, I pulled down the last few restarts and was actually better right through the middle."

However, a caution on lap 25 involving Karsyn Elledge and Jerry Coons, Jr. erased McDougal's advantage and put him in the position of having to deliver the same restart performance once again and avoid a potential race-changing slider from Thomas and now 3rd running Kyle Cummins who, earlier in the night, wrapped up his undefeated Tri-State season with his 8th sprint car win in as many appearances at the track in 2019.

The next try saw McDougal escape with an eight car length lead on the restart, but only briefly as Elledge spun to a stop on the bottom of turn four on the 26th lap, forcing yet another restart and putting him in a slightly precarious position, but he knew his FMR Racing/Panther Graphics South - TRD - Mobil 1 - FK Rod Ends/Beast/Speedway Toyota was working solidly, giving him the utmost confidence to finish the job.

"(Crew chief) Bob (East) always gives me a good car," McDougal complimented. "It's usually a little tight at the beginning, but we're always pretty hot the last 10-15 laps. I got a little nervous with the yellows we had going there. You always get nervous when you get three yellows like that. You don't want to restart the same like that, but obviously it was working. I switched up the entry on the restart a little bit, but other than that, I felt like I was pretty good."

The final, final restart was just as peachy for McDougal as he pulled away once, twice and third and for all, pulling out to a half-straight advantage on initial lap following the restart and securing the victory by a 2.752 second margin over Thomas, Cummins, point leader Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant.

Of note, Tanner Thorson's time of 2:59.89 set during the night's semi-feature, established a new 12-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget track record at Tri-State, eclipsing the mark set by Jerry Weeks 40 years earlier, in 1979, by nearly 17 seconds.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway were Gio Scelzi (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Sam Johnson (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) & Justin Grant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 19, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - Harvest Cup - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.951; 2. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-13.967; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.985; 4. Robert Dalby, 85, Tucker/Boat-14.020; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.148; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.177; 7. Kyle Cummins, 71x, RMS-14.207; 8. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.226; 9. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.242; 10. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.250; 11. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.287; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.291; 13. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.302; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.307; 15. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.342; 16. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-14.367; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-14.377; 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.460; 19. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.524; 20. Kendall Ruble, 11m, Martin-14.636; 21. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.658; 22. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-14.770; 23. Dakota Jackson, 43, Arnold-14.864; 24. C.J. Leary, 21KS, Reynolds-14.891; 25. Jake Swanson, 15s, Garrett-15.043; 26. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-15.108; 27. Cody Beard, 7, Beard-16.091.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Gio Scelzi, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Sam Johnson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Kendall Ruble, 8. Dakota Jackson, 9. Carson Garrett. 2:22.30

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Critter Malone, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Karsyn Elledge, 8. Tyler Nelson, 9. Cody Beard. 2:24.26

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Karsyn Elledge, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Zeb Wise, 6. Kendall Ruble, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Sam Johnson, 9. Tyler Nelson, 10. Carson Garrett, 11. Dakota Jackson. 2:59.89 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Kyle Cummins (7), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Justin Grant (16), 6. Logan Seavey (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 8. Thomas Meseraull (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (17), 10. Zeb Wise (19), 11. Chris Windom (11), 12. Tyler Thomas (8), 13. Jerry Coons, Jr. (13), 14. Robert Dalby (3), 15. Andrew Layser (10), 16. C.J. Leary (21), 17. Tanner Carrick (14), 18. Karsyn Elledge (9), 19. Critter Malone (15), 20. Jake Swanson (22), 21. Gio Scelzi (6), 22. Kendall Ruble (20). NT

**Tucker Klaasmeyer flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Logan Seavey, Laps 8-9 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Lap 10 Jason McDougal, Laps 11-16 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Lap 17 Jason McDougal, Laps 18-20 Thomas Meseraull, Lap 21-30 Jason McDougal.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (16th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jerry Coons, Jr.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Sam Johnson

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,718, 2-Chris Windom-1,564, 3-Logan Seavey-1,534, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,478, 5-Zeb Wise-1,435, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,287, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,274, 8-Chad Boat-1,255, 9-Jason McDougal-1,229, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,193.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 15-16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

LATE-RACE HEROICS NET COURTNEY LEFFLER MEMORIAL WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois (October 17, 2019).........Big track or small track, Tyler Courtney has seemingly excelled at venues of all dimensions throughout the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

Thursday night at the smallest track on the campaign, the 1/8-mile Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, Courtney delivered his second-straight late-race heroic effort, just weeks following his victory on the circuit's largest track, the 1/2-mile Eldora Speedway, where he emerged victorious in much the same manner.

Courtney chased defending Wayne City winner Tyler Thomas for 37 of the 40 laps before making the winning move with just three laps remaining to become the sixth different winner of the Jason Leffler Memorial in the six years of the event that honors the late, four-time USAC National champion.

"This is a big race. This is the Jason Leffler Memorial," Courtney exclaimed. "A lot of good guys have won this, and to add our name to the list, to go along with the rest of our season, it's been incredible."

And what a season it's been thus far. Courtney's Wayne City score was his eighth of the season, a number which makes him the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 1990 to win at least that many races in a single USAC National Midget season. His 13th career win with the series also elevated him to 51st on the all-time list alongside Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Stevie Reeves and Tanner Thorson.

Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) started the main from the third position behind front row combatants Tyler Thomas and Jason McDougal who, oddly enough, occupied the front row in last year's Leffler Memorial as well.

Thomas burst out to the lead on the opening lap while Courtney ducked underneath McDougal in turn two to take over the second position. Courtney stalked Thomas around the bottom for the first six laps until Thomas went topside and Courtney followed suit.

Nearing the halfway point, heavy traffic lie in wait for Thomas who went on the offensive, aggressively attacking and gaining track position at will as Courtney became mired in his own jam in the distance.

A red flag on lap 24 for September BC39 winner Zeb Wise's flip in turn four, that also involved Gio Scelzi and Thomas Meseraull while battling for 9th, restocked and cleared the path of the frontrunners, namely Thomas, much to his chagrin.

"I tend to go better when we're in traffic," Thomas explained. "I can kind of be a little bit more aggressive. I've got a good enough car and feel comfortable being aggressive in traffic. I was hoping we'd get there, we did just a little bit, but for those last 16 laps, we didn't really have any lapped cars to throw a wrench in the mix."

Meanwhile, the stoppage came to the benefit of Courtney after being stuck and spinning his figurative wheels in the thick of gridlock.

"The red flag helped me a lot because I was struggling to get by those guys to lap them," Courtney admitted. "He got by them but couldn't quite get clear of them. But it was hard for me to clear those guys and I was starting to race Jesse Colwell as (Thomas) got away."

The lapped car of top series Rookie Andrew Layser separated Thomas and Courtney on the lap 25 restart, and he quickly went to the bottom. Jason McDougal took the new beginnings to heart and charged from 4th and grabbed 2nd from Courtney. Layser was good enough on the bottom on his own, disallowing Courtney a slider opportunity for the time being as he followed in line.

"I went to the bottom on the restart and followed my teammate, Layser," Courtney recalled. "I got by the first lapped car and went back to the top where I needed to be. I thought we were going to clear Layser for a while, but he held his ground there. It was kind of hard to get a run to slide and get the right angle and not take us both out."

Courtney drove it deep into turn four on the 28th lap, sliding up in front of McDougal to retake the second spot and set forth on the trail toward Thomas. Courtney inched closer and closer to Thomas, trailing by one to two car lengths in the waning laps with less than five to go.

On the 38th lap, Courtney saw his opportunity, cutting down off turn four to rip between Layser and Thomas entering turn one. Courtney slid up in front of Thomas by the exit of two where the three briefly went three-wide midway down the back straightaway. Thomas cut through the middle and threw it in deep into turn four, nearly touching wheels with Courtney, as they jostled for the same real estate. Courtney never blinked, stayed on the throttle and hit the stripe with the lead in his clutches.

"That allowed us to get a run and I could get enough space to clear (Thomas)," Courtney said. "We slid back and forth a couple times and I was able to use Layser as a pick down the backstretch to make sure (Thomas) didn't slide me back, and all of a sudden, the white's flying."

Thomas took swings at Courtney on both ends of the racetrack coming to the white flag, to no avail, as he couldn't quite stifle Courtney's momentum on the high line with McDougal just behind in 3rd, ready to pounce at an opportune time to steal one away. "I'm so disappointed in myself for being too cautious those last five laps, trying not to mess up," Thomas said. "(Courtney) was right there and did a great job capitalizing on what I couldn't do. It was a great night; anytime you can be on the podium with USAC, it's always a good night."

Courtney embraced the challenge and embraced victory once again for a 0.972 victory over Thomas, McDougal, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Logan Seavey (from 19th) and Justin Grant rounding out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Wayne County Speedway were Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Cannon McIntosh (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Gio Scelzi (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Logan Seavey (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 17, 2019 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - Jason Leffler Memorial - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 2. Tanner Carrick #71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25, Petry), 5. Chase Jones (#68 SFHR), 6. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Andrew Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 8. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman). 1:51.74 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tanner Thorson (#19 Hayward), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Jason McDougal (#76m FMR), 4. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 5. Sam Johnson (#72 Johnson), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFHR), 7. Kyle Cummins (#71x RMS), 8. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard). NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Brady Bacon (#76E FMR), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 4. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 7. Garrett Thomas (#56 Chisholm), 8. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built). NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5 Petry), 3. Daryn Pittman (#21 Pittman), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Gio Scelzi (#84 Tucker/Boat), 6. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester), 7. Michael Klein (#10A Wallace), 8. Karsyn Elledge (#1 Tucker/Boat). 1:56.56

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Gio Scelzi, 3. Jake Neuman, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Holley Hollan, 6. Chase Jones, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Brady Bacon. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Oliver Akard. 2:20.77

THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Jesse Colwell, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Kyle O'Gara, 5. Russ Gamester, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Garrett Thomas. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Daniel Robinson, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Karsyn Elledge, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Michael Klein. NT

SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Zeb Wise, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Russ Gamester, 7. Holley Hollan, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Kyle O'Gara, 10. Karsyn Elledge, 11. Chase Jones, 12. Michael Klein, 13. Oliver Akard, 14. Tanner Thorson, 15. Garrett Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (3), 2. Tyler Thomas (1), 3. Jason McDougal (2), 4. Logan Seavey (19), 5. Justin Grant (6), 6. Chris Windom (10), 7. Brady Bacon (16), 8. Daryn Pittman (15), 9. Sam Johnson (13), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 11. Jesse Colwell (4), 12. Russ Gamester (21), 13. Gio Scelzi (11), 14. Daniel Robinson (8), 15. Zeb Wise (17), 16. Thomas Meseraull (12), 17. Tanner Carrick (7), 18. Jake Neuman (14), 19. Cannon McIntosh (22), 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 21. Andrew Layser (20), 22. Holley Hollan (23), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (9). NT

**Cannon McIntosh flipped during the third qualifier. Zeb Wise flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-37 Tyler Thomas, Laps 38-40 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Logan Seavey (19th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Gio Scelzi

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,651, 2-Chris Windom-1,515, 3-Logan Seavey-1,474, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,401, 5-Zeb Wise-1,391, 6-Chad Boat-1,255, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,253, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,229, 9-Jason McDougal-1,147, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,134.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 19, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - Harvest Cup - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

FIRST-TIME WINNERS MAKE MARK
ON 2019 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 16, 2019).........Everybody has to start somewhere. The same rings true for everybody who's ever won a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature. They've all earned that first win somewhere, some place.

Entering this weekend's double-dip over a three-night span, this season has already produced four first-time winners with the series, the most in any single year since 2008: Cannon McIntosh (Southern Illinois Center), Chris Windom (Lawrenceburg), Jason McDougal (Jefferson County) and Tanner Carrick (Sweet Springs).

This Thursday, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets enter the 1/8-mile bullring of Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. for the 6th running of the Jason Leffler Memorial, a race which was won by a first-time winner in Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) in 2018.

The namesake of the event, Leffler, was the winner of the second-ever race held at the "new" 16th Street Speedway, which was constructed inside the former Bush Stadium, home of AAA Baseball's Indianapolis Indians. That night in May of 1997 served as Leffler's first career series win, which was also the first for car owner Pete Willoughby, a team which has thrived since that night more than two decades ago, a team now known as Keith Kunz Motorsports.

Leffler's black No. 71 from his 1997 championship season remains relatively cosmetically unchanged from the cars campaigned by the team to this day for series Rookie Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), who is on the lookout for his first series win. The team's No. 71, with a K, was victorious this year with another first-time USAC winner, Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) joined an interesting and exclusive club of drivers who've won a USAC National Sprint Championship prior to winning their first career USAC National Midget feature race, along with Greg Leffler and Levi Jones.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the series heads across the border over to Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway for 10th ever appearance by the mighty midgets of USAC. Three of the first nine of those events have produced first-time USAC National Midget feature winners: New Zealand's Barry Butterworth (1979), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (2007) and Zach Daum (2011).

Many contenders lie in wait for their turn to live out their aspirations of joining the list of USAC National Midget winners. Among them are USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.), Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) and yes, 2013 World of Outlaws champ Daryn Pittman (Owasso, Okla.), who'll make his annual appearance at Thursday's Leffler Memorial.

On Thursday at Wayne City, pits open at 4pm Central, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship are Non-Wing 600 Outlaws, Non-Wing Restrictors & Non-Wing Jr. Sprints.

Saturday's Harvest Cup at Tri-State will also feature the Brandeis Midwest Sprint Car Series and MMSA Mini Sprints. Pits open at 2:30pm central, grandstands at 3:30pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students are $20 and age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

You can watch LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of both races on FloRacing. Live audio of the events can be heard on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on www.facebook.com/usacracing & www.twitter.com/USACNation and live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor and USAC apps.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FIRST TIME WINNERS

1956: Shorty Templeman, Jack Turner, Eddie Sachs, Gays Biro, Gene Force, Johnnie Tolan, Andy Linden, Chuck Rodee, Gene Hartley, George Amick, Jimmy Davies, Jimmy Knight, Leroy Warriner, Rex Easton, Tony Bettenhausen, Al Alpern, Al Herman, Bud Clemons, Chuck Weyant, Earl Motter, Edgar Elder, Forrest Parker, Jimmy Reece, Johnnie Parsons, Mel McGaughy & Rodger Ward

1957: Billy Garrett, Johnny Boyd, Len Sutton, A.J. Foyt, Danny Oakes, Frank Burany, Bill Chennault, Bob Tattersall, Don Branson, Hank Nykaza, Lloyd Ruby & Norm Hall

1958: Bill Homeier, Bob Wente, Eddie Johnson, Joe Garson, Jim Packard, Johnny Moorhouse, Johnny Roberts, Mauri Wilson, Russ Congdon & Tony Bonadies

1959: Cliff Spalding, Davey Moses, Tommy Copp, Bob McLean, Bob Veith, Dale Swaim, Don Boorse, Jiggs Peters, Johnny Baldwin, Larry McCloskey & Van Johnson

1960: Billy Cantrell, Billy Wood, Bobby Grim, Bud Bogard, Buddy Rackley, Dick Northam, Johnny White & Potsy Goacher

1961: Allen Crowe, Parnelli Jones, Porky Rachwitz, Arnie Knepper, Bobby Marshman, Danny Frye, Joe Walter & Verne Harriman

1962: Roger McCluskey, Mel Kenyon, Ronnie Duman, Dwight Brown, Harry Beck, Jim McElreath, Johnny Riva & Russ Moynagh

1963: Bobby Unser, Don Horvath, Allen Heath, Bob Harkey, Chuck Hulse, Dean Holden, Elmer George & Mike McGreevy

1964: Ray Elliott, Don Meacham, Bob Hogle, George Snider & Lowell Sachs

1965: Les Scott, Dick Atkins, George Benson, Henry Pens, Ned Spath & Sonny Ates

1966: Chuck Arnold, Billy Vukovich, Billy Mehner, Cotton Farmer, Larry Dickson, Dave Strickland, Frank Secrist, Mario Andretti & Tom Sellberg

1967: Gary Bettenhausen, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Bob Richards, Dutch Schaefer, Gene Roehl & Jimmy Caruthers

1968: Sam Sessions, Tom Bigelow, Burt Foland, Gene Pastor, Jigger Sirois, Lee Kunzman, Merle Bettenhausen, Paul Bates, Roger West & Steve Troxell

1969: Don Vogler, Billy Engelhart, Bill Kollman, Bruce Walkup, Hank Butcher, Larry Cannon & Larry Rice

1970: Jerry McClung, Mel Cornett & Johnny Parsons

1971: Danny Caruthers, Gary Ponzini, John Batts, Eddie Jackson, Jim McClean, Jimmy Kirk & Steve Cannon

1972: Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Rick Goudy, Danny O'Neill, J.P. Standley, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer & Tony Simon

1973: Bobby Olivero, Billy Shuman, Tommy Astone, Chuck Gurney, Jim Beckley, Leo Tucker & Mike Gregg

1974: Danny McKnight, Gary Byers, Richard Powell & Sleepy Tripp

1975: Dana Carter, Ken Nichols & Larry Patton

1976: Jan Opperman, Bruce Robey, Bubby Jones, Buddy Taylor, Steve Lotshaw & Tom Steiner

1977: Buddy Irwin, Gary Patterson, Jerry Nuckles, Jerry Stone, Ron Shuman & Roy Cook, Jr.

1978: Jeff Heywood, Jerry Weeks & Billy Cassella

1979: Lonnie Caruthers, Barry Butterworth, Jeff Nuckles & Stan Fox

1980: Ken Schrader, Dave Ray, Mack McClellan & Terry Wente

1981: Warren Mockler, Dave Strickland, Jr. & Gene Gennetten

1982: Alan Brown, Dick Pole, Doug Wolfgang & Greg Leffler

1983: Kevin Olson, Jim Hines, Mike Fedorcak, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Todd Forbes & Tommy White

1984: Bob Cicconi & Rick Hood

1985: Bruce Field, Barry Reed, Brent Kaeding, Drew Fornoro, John Andretti & Russ Gamester

1986: Blake Hollingsworth, John Heydenreich, Kevin Doty, Kevin Koch & Sam Isenhower

1987: Steve Knepper, Dan Boorse, Jack Hewitt, Lee Smith, Mike Appio & Stevie Reeves

1988: Jack Calabrase, Jim Keeker, Danny Pens, Dean Billings, J.R. Miller, Mike Streicher & P.J. Jones

1989: Robby Flock, Don Schilling, Jeff Gordon, Richard Myhre, Steve Gennetten & Terry Farrar

1990: Graham Standring, Jim Hettinger, John Meyers & Keith Rauch

1991: Page Jones, Donnie Beechler, Johnny Cofer, Michael Lang, Tony Elliott & Wally Pankratz

1992: Doug Kalitta, Kenneth Nichols, Dan Drinan, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Eric Wilkins & Joe Gaerte

1993: Andy Michner, Critter Malone, Jimmy Sills, Mike Bliss, Randy Tolsma, Tony Stewart & Tyce Carlson

1994: Brian Gerster, Jordan Hermansader, Page Jones & Ted Hines

1995: Billy Boat & Jack Runyon

1996: Tracy Hines, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Randy Koch

1997: Jason Leffler, Ryan Newman, Dave Darland & Jimmy McCune

1998: Ricky Shelton & Dave Steele

1999: Ed Carpenter, J.J. Yeley & Ron Smoker

2000: Kasey Kahne, Aaron Pollock, Dane Carter & Michael Lewis

2001: Bobby East & A.J. Fike

2002: Aaron Fike, Mike Hess, Ryan Scott & Teddy Beach

2003: Josh Wise

2004: Davey Ray, Billy Wease, David Gough, Ron Gregory & Travis Miniea

2005: Brad Kuhn, Bryan Clauson, Danny Stratton, Johnny Rodriguez & Scott Hatton

2006: Bobby Santos, Brady Bacon, Bud Kaeding, Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, Ryan Durst & Shane Cottle

2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Cory Kruseman, Levi Jones & Michael Pickens

2008: Brad Sweet, Cole Whitt, Bradley Galedrige, Brian Olson, Chuck Gurney, Jr. & Kody Swanson

2009: Caleb Armstrong

2010: Shane Hmiel, Steve Buckwalter & Tanner Swanson

2011: Kyle Larson & Zach Daum

2012: Kyle Hamilton

2013: Christopher Bell & Rico Abreu

2014: None

2015: Tanner Thorson & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

2016: Chad Boat, Shane Golobic & Spencer Bayston

2017: Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant

2018: Logan Seavey, Tyler Thomas & Zeb Wise

2019: Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom, Jason McDougal & Tanner Carrick

 

 

 

TRI-STATE HARVEST CUP USAC MIDGET RACE PREVIEW

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 14, 2019).........It's been seven years since the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship graced the quarter-mile dirt of Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., but this Saturday, October 19, the series is back at the racy southern Indiana oval as part of the Harvest Cup.

In nine previous appearances by the series dating back to its debut at Tri-State in 1969, no driver has repeated their USAC Midget victory. A new winner will likely emerge this Saturday night in the tenth trip to the track. Many others, meanwhile, will be making their midget debut at the tricky paperclip-shaped track.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is among those contenders. He has won in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car in each of the past two seasons at Tri-State but has not reached victory lane there yet this year. Thomas is currently tied for first with Daron Clayton in terms of all-time USAC Sprint wins at Tri-State with five. Thomas, the 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, ran 4th in POWRi Midget event at Tri-State in 2014.

The man with the lockdown on Tri-State Speedway in 2019 is Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.). He is 7-for-7 thus far this year in a Sprint Car at Tri-State, including two-for-two in the USAC rounds in July and September. Cummins, who made his first career USAC National Midget start in June at Montpelier, Ind., will make a rare Midget appearance and will pilot an RMS team car alongside teammate Thomas Meseraull.

Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) is a 10-time USAC National Sprint winner and a midget victor indoors last December at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. In three Tri-State midget races, he's finished 10th in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and 12th in 2012. He holds the Tri-State Speedway 10-lap track record of 2:20.38, set on May 21, 2011.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished 2nd in USAC's most recent midget appearance at Tri-State in 2012. The 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ is a winner at Tri-State in a sprint car, winning in the spring of 2017 en route to the series title. Windom, who's won his first two career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races in 2019 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway, was 5th in September's Haubstadt Hustler sprint race at Tri-State.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) recently took 2nd at the same Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State after earlier winning his heat, equaling his best career showing at the track after leading 12 laps and finishing as the runner-up spot in the 2016 edition of the event. He recently won both the USAC Midget and Sprint portion of September's 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora coming into his first midget try at Tri-State on Saturday.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has had a high rate of success in a sprint car over the years at Tri-State, but Saturday marks just his second midget race there. In fact, that first start in 2012 at Tri-State was Leary's first career USAC National Midget feature start, finishing 33rd. He won his heat and finished third in the recent Haubstadt Hustler sprint race in September. Leary was victorious three times with MSCS in 2018 at Tri-State, capturing the Sprint Stampede, the Hoosier Sprint Nationals and the Harvest Cup.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was the fastest qualifier in both July's Indiana Sprint Week and September's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State. He finished 3rd in July and was running 4th in September when he ramped over the infield tire off turn four. Grant was perfect in June at Gas City during June's Indiana Midget Week, leading all 30 laps on the way to his lone midget victory of the season.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was charging hard in September's Haubstadt Hustler until, with three laps to go, heartbreak befell him while running 4th after starting 21st, as he slowed to a stop in turn two, ending his night. McDougal was a 3rd place finisher at the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler and 9th in July in his two other previous USAC starts, all of which came in a sprint car for July's USAC Midget winner in Fairbury, Neb.

Two-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) was the fastest qualifier for the 2012 Hut 100 at Tri-State Speedway. He led 82 of the 100 laps and was in front on the white flag lap when a suspension piece on the left-rear went awry, relegating him to 6th at the finish. He's been strong in each of his other three USAC Midget starts at Tri-State with a 5th in 2007, 2nd in 2010 and 5th in 2011.

Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) has made three previous appearances at Tri-State in a sprint car and twice in a midget. He took 17th in the last USAC Midget event at Tri-State in 2012 and was 5th in a run with POWRi there in 2014. Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) made a pair of POWRi starts at Tri-State in 2015, a 13th and a 9th.

Reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was superb in his USAC Sprint Car debut at Tri-State in the spring of 2018, qualifying 2nd and finishing 3rd. September BC39 winner Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) had a solid run in his NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws debut last Sunday at Tri-State, finishing 14th. In Chad Boat's (Phoenix, Ariz.) two previous Tri-State USAC Sprint appearances, he qualified 2nd and 1st, and collected a 3rd place feature finish during the Indiana Sprint Week round in 2009.

Several drivers will be making their first trek to Tri-State this Saturday night, including July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), top Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.) and Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) among others.

Prior to Saturday's race at Tri-State, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will be in action on Thursday night, October 17, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

Saturday's Harvest Cup will also feature the Brandeis Midwest Sprint Car Series and MMSA Mini Sprints. Pits open at 2:30pm central, grandstands at 3:30pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students are $20 and age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

You can watch LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the Jason Leffler Memorial on FloRacing. Live audio of the event can be heard on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on www.facebook.com/usacracing & www.twitter.com/USACNation and live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor and USAC apps.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,601, 2-Chris Windom-1,465, 3-Logan Seavey-1,424, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,351, 5-Zeb Wise-1,341, 6-Chad Boat-1,255, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,203, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,179, 9-Jason McDougal-1,097, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,084.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS: 1. (1) Brady Bacon, Barry Butterworth, Lonnie Caruthers, Bryan Clauson, Zach Daum, Mike McGreevy, Johnny Parsons, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. & Sleepy Tripp

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS: 1969: Mike McGreevy (6/27) 1978: Sleepy Tripp (5/5) 1979: Johnny Parsons (6/15) & Barry Butterworth (8/24) 1980: Lonnie Caruthers (5/2) 2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5/12) 2010: Bryan Clauson (5/8) 2011: Zach Daum (5/21) 2012: Brady Bacon (6/2)

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

2012: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Brett Anderson, 9. Levi Roberts, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Thomas Meseraull, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Mario Clouser, 15. Bobby East, 16. Caleb Armstrong, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Rico Abreu, 19. Cameron Hagin, 20. Dalton Armstrong, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Austin Brown, 23. Bubba Altig, 24. Chett Gehrke, 25. Colten Cottle, 26. Andy Malpocker, 27. Ryan Criswell, 28. Ted Hines, 29. Tyler Robbins, 30. Daniel Robinson, 31. Tracy Hines, 32. Mike Hess, 33. C.J. Leary, 34. Jimmy Simpson.

2011: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Caleb Armstrong, 8. Davey Ray, 9. Bobby East, 10. Kyle Larson, 11. Kellen Conover, 12. Levi Jones, 13. Mario Clouser, 14. Travis Berryhill, 15. John Campbell, 16. Levi Roberts, 17. Bubba Altig, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Tanner Swanson, 20. Kody Aldrich, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Jimmy Simpson, 24. Seth Motsinger, 25. Kent Schmidt, 26. Chase Barber, 27. Michael Koontz, 28. Tyler Robbins, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Mike Hess, 31. Brad Kuhn, 32. Doug Day, 33. Dalton Armstrong.

2010: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Shane Hmiel, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Dereck King, 7. Nick Knepper, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brad Loyet, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Henry Clarke, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Tim Siner, 14. Daniel Adler, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Kyle Hamilton, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Tyler Robbins, 19. Levi Jones, 20. Kent Schmidt, 21. Hud Cone, 22. Bobby East, 23. Tracy Hines, 24. Austin Brown, 25. Davey Ray, 26. Evan Lents, 27. Alex Bowman, 28. Darren Hagen, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Kellen Conover, 31. Andrew Felker, 32. Levi Roberts, 33. Travis Berryhill.

2007: 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Hud Cone, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Cole Carter, 7. Davey Ray, 8. Tom Hessert III, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Danny Stratton, 11. Kevin Swindell, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Mike Hess, 14. Bobby East, 15. Levi Jones, 16. Brad Loyet, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Mat Neely, 19. Gary Taylor, 20. Donnie Lehmann, 21. A.J. Felker, 22. Nick Knepper, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Josh Wise, 25. Dave Darland.

1980: 1. Lonnie Caruthers, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Johnny Parsons, 4. Sleepy Tripp, 5. Steve Lotshaw, 6. Jeff Heywood, 7. Mel Kenyon, 8. Bob Wente, 9. Nick Gojmeric, 10. Marty Davis, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Dave Keith, 13. Bob Bennett, 14. Kenneth Nichols, 15. Alan Brown, 16. Jerry Nuckles, 17. Tracy Potter, 18. Bob Carey, 19. Bobby Grim, Jr., 20. Jerry Harris.

1979: (8/24) 1. Barry Butterworth, 2. Sleepy Tripp, 3. Rich Vogler, 4. Bob Wente, 5. Mel Kenyon, 6. Steve Lotshaw, 7. Lonnie Caruthers, 8. Chuck Gurney, 9. Ken Schrader, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Nick Gojmeric, 13. Chris Cumberworth, 14. Jerry Weeks, 15. Kenneth Nichols, 16. Bob Bennett, 17. Bill Renshaw, 18. Stan Fox, 19. Dave Ray, 20. Danny Frye, Jr.

1979: (6/15) 1. Johnny Parsons, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Steve Lotshaw, 4. Dana Carter, 5. Rick Goudy, 6. Rich Vogler, 7. Wes Stafford, 8. Barry Butterworth, 9. Stan Fox, 10. Lonnie Caruthers, 11. Lee Carey, 12. Ken Schrader, 13. Terry Wente, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Steve Cannon, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Ron Mullen, 18. Bob Wente, 19. Jerry Nuckles, 20. Chuck Gurney.

1978: 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Ron Shuman, 3. Lonnie Caruthers, 4. Mel Kenyon, 5. Steve Cannon, 6. Larry Gates, 7. Jeff Heywood, 8. Mack McClellan, 9. Steve Lotshaw, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Ron Eden, 12. Dave Stoltz, 13. Bubby Jones, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Rich Vogler, 16. Jerry Weeks, 17. Stan Fox, 18. Chris Cumberworth, 19. Kevin Olson, 20. Wes Stafford.

1969: 1. Mike McGreevy, 2. Dave Strickland, 3. Roger West, 4. Les Scott, 5. Clark Templeman, 6. George McBeath, 7. Gary Irvin, 8. Dave Ward, 9. Bill Renshaw, 10. Sonny Ates, 11. Mel Cornett, 12. Rob Greentree, 13. Merle Bettenhausen, 14. Bob Tattersall, 15. Larry Kirkpatrick, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Jack Fitzpatrick, 18. Steve Troxell.

 

 

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL RACE PREVIEW

Wayne City, Illinois (October 14, 2019).........Four past winners are in this year's lineup for the sixth running of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Jason Leffler Memorial this Thursday night, October 17, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) enters as the reigning race winner at 1/8-mile dirt bullring in southern Illinois. He led the final 37 laps of the 40-lap main event to score his first and, still only, career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win. Thomas earned an non-traditional sweep of sorts last year, winning his heat, his qualifying race and the feature in the same night.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) jumps back into the seat of a second FMR Racing car, which he has done on four occasions thus far this season. Bacon earned FMR's first career USAC win during the 2016 Leffler Memorial at Wayne City, leading the final 33 laps. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ also finished 6th in 2015 and won his heat in 2018 where he garnered a 16th place result.

Daryn Pittman (Owasso, Okla.) owns 85 wins on the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Circuit in addition to his 2013 series championship. He's been stellar behind the wheel of a midget in a brief number of appearances throughout his career, which includes a win in the 2014 Leffler Memorial. He won his qualifier and finished 4th in 2015.

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) captured victory in the first Leffler Memorial in 2013. He followed up his winning performance with a 5th in 2014 and a 3rd place result in 2015. He took 23rd in last year's race after being involved in an incident on the 16th lap of the feature.

Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), a winner in August at Path Valley during Pennsylvania Midget Week, finished in the runner-up spot to T. Thomas a year ago. The nine-time USAC National Midget feature winner was a victor of his qualifier in 2016 and his heat race in 2018 at Wayne City.

Series point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) took 3rd behind T. Thomas and Boat in last season's Leffler Memorial feature. Courtney is fresh off his season-leading 7th victory of the season last month at Eldora. He was 26th in his debut run in the event in 2015 and last year, won both his heat and qualifying race leading into the main.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif) notched a 4th place Leffler Memorial result in 2014 and repeated his 4th place performance again in 2018. This year's Gas City Indiana Midget Week winner captured the semi-feature win in 2018 and finished 13th in the inaugural Leffler Memorial in 2013.

BC39 winner Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) made his first start in the Leffler Memorial in 2018, finishing 8th ahead of fellow first-timers, Sutter, California's defending USAC National Midget champ Logan Seavey (9th), Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick (17th) and St. Peters, Missouri's Sam Johnson (13th). Johnson scored a victory in a USAC Midget Midwest Special Event at Wayne City in August, dominating all 20 laps for his first win aboard a Midget.

April's Kokomo Grand Prix winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has finished 10th in both of his Leffler Memorial starts in 2015 and 2018. Petry Motorsports teammate and two-time USAC National Midget titlist Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) was 10th in 2016 and 15th in 2018. Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.), a 2nd place finisher in this past June's USAC Midget Midwest Special event at Wayne City, won his heat in both 2015 and 2018, and finished 19th in the 2018 feature event.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) led the opening three laps of the 2018 Leffler Memorial. He experienced contact and spun to a stop while battling for 2nd midway through the 40-lapper. Like McDougal, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) paced the opening laps of the 2016 Leffler Memorial where he led the opening 7 laps, ultimately taking home a 4th place result. Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) plans to make his fourth Leffler Memorial start this Thursday after leading the opening 4 laps of the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season down in Ocala, Fla. in February.

Among those primed for their first Leffler Memorial starts include leading series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.).

On Thursday, pits open at 4pm Central, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship are Non-Wing 600 Outlaws, Non-Wing Restrictors & Non-Wing Jr. Sprints.

You can watch LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the Jason Leffler Memorial on FloRacing. Live audio of the event can be heard on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on www.facebook.com/usacracing & www.twitter.com/USACNation and live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor and USAC apps.

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JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2013: Zach Daum (8/28) 2014: Daryn Pittman (8/26) 2015: Bryan Clauson (10/23) 2016: Brady Bacon (10/20) 2018: Tyler Thomas (10/21)

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINS: 1. (1) Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman & Tyler Thomas

PAST JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL RESULTS:

2013: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cockrum, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Chett Gehrke, 7. Dereck King, 8, Andrew Felker, 9. Hud Cone, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Bobby East, 12. Parker Price-Miller, 13. Tyler Robbins, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Jake Blackhurst, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Chris Bell, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Tim Siner, 20. Colten Cottle, 21.Tyler Robbins, 22. Seth Motsinger.

2014: 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Christopher Bell. 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Rico Abreu, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Daniel Robinson, 15. Garrett Aitken, 16. Nick Knepper, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Colten Cottle, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Austin Brown, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Parker Price-Miller, 23. Seth Motsinger.

2015: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Payton Pierce, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Danny Stratton, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Anton Hernandez, 15. Ryan Robinson, 16. Tanner Thorson, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Dereck King, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Darren Hagen, 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 23. Austin Brown, 24. Spencer Bayston, 25. Justin Peck, 26. Tyler Courtney.

2016: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Justin Peck, 13. Grady Chandler, 14. Jonathan Beason, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Riley Kreisel, 17. Ryan Robinson, 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 19. Andy Malpocker, 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 21. Jake Neuman, 22. Brayton Lynch, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Colten Cottle, 25. Holly Shelton, 26. Jason McDougal, 27. Rico Abreu, 28. Gage Walker. NT

2018: 1. Tyler Thomas (2), 2. Chad Boat (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Justin Grant (16), 5. Jonathan Beason (18), 6. Christopher Bell (7), 7. Spencer Bayston (8), 8. Zeb Wise (12), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (17), 11. Ryan Robinson (21), 12. Cole Bodine (11), 13. Sam Johnson (23), 14. Alex Bright (14), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 16. Brady Bacon (6), 17. Tanner Carrick (15), 18. Dave Darland (13), 19. Jake Neuman (5), 20. Holly Shelton (20), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (22), 22. Jason McDougal (1), 23. Zach Daum (19).

 

 


 

AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS PETALUMA'S ADOBE CUP II

By: Lance Jennings

Petaluma, California (October 12, 2019).........Regaining the lead from T.J. Smith on lap 24, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) raced to victory at Petaluma Speedway's "Adobe Cup II."

Piloting a brand new family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking CS9, the 2018 champion earned his fourth USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the campaign. Billy Aton, rookie of the year J.J. Ringo, Caden Sarale, and newly crowned champion Tristan Guardino rounded out the top-five drivers.

Koen Shaw earned the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from nineteenth. Bradley Terrell scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish.

Making his first start in Jim Richardson's #8 Wiesz Race Engines DRC, Terrell also posted his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.728 over the 22-car roster.

The night's ten-lap heat race victories went to Cody Fendley (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Aton (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Ryan Timmons (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

Starting Wednesday, November 27th, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash for two nights at Ventura Raceway's non-point "79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix."

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 12, 2019 - Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, California - "Adobe Cup II"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Bradley Terrell, 8, Richardson-14.728; 2. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-14.783; 3. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-14.811; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.844; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.878; 6. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-14.892; 7. Cody Fendley, 73C, Russell-14.909; 8. Norm Johns, 32N, Johns-14.957; 9. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.997; 10. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-15.024; 11. Ricky Brophy, 3, Brophy-15.052; 12. Shawn Arriaga, 56, Arriaga-15.075; 13. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-15.108; 14. Ricky Lewis, 81, Watt-15.139; 15. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-15.369; 16. Nate Schank, 1S, Schank-15.391; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.405; 18. Bruno Bianchi, 17, Phillips-15.497; 19. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-15.603; 20. Danny Wagner, 32X, Johnson-15.698; 21. Roberto Kirby, 28, Kirby-15.909; 22. Glenn Bryan, 34B, Bryan-17.636.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fendley, 2. Mayhew, 3. Terrell, 4. Guardino, 5. Helt, 6. Schank, 7. Shaw. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Aton, 2. Lewis, 3. Liggett, 4. Brophy, 5. Ervine, 6. Kirby, 7. Johns. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Ringo, 3. Smith, 4. Sarale, 5. Arriaga, 6. Bianchi, 7. Bryan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (2), 2. Billy Aton (5), 3. J.J. Ringo (1), 4. Caden Sarale (15), 5. Tristan Guardino (3), 6. Koen Shaw (19), 7. Austin Ervine (17), 8. Ricky Brophy (11), 9. Norm Johns (8), 10. Hannah Mayhew (13), 11. Nate Schank (16), 12. Cody Fendley (7), 13. Bradley Terrell (6), 14. Ryan Timmons (9), 15. T.J. Smith (4), 16. Ricky Lewis (14), 17. Bruno Bianchi (18), 18. Shawn Arriaga (12), 19. Roberto Kirby (20), 20. Glenn Bryan (21), 21. Slater Helt (10). NT

**Lewis and Smith flipped on lap 25.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Liggett, Lap 23 Smith, Laps 24-30 Liggett.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (19th to 6th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Bradley Terrell

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-860, 2-Timmons-710, 3-Shaw-622, 4-Smith-550, 6-Mayhew-497, 7-Liggett-468, 8-Ervine-458, 9-Helt-428, 10-Jake Swanson-400.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 27 & 28 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - "79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix"
Creek County winner Craig Carroll.
(Richard Bales)

CARROLL CORRALS WSO FINALE; WILSON REPEATS AS CHAMP

Sapulpa, Oklahoma (October 12, 2019).........Craig Carroll won the finale while Brett Wilson wrapped up his second consecutive USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma driver championship Saturday night at Creek County Speedway.

Carroll (Collinsville, Okla.) drove to the front of the pack at the midway point of the 30-lap feature after Jeffrey Newell (Thunder Bay, Ontario) paced the opening 15 laps. Carroll carried on to his first WSO victory of the season over Wilson (Coweta, Okla.), Newell, Ty Hulsey (Owasso, Okla.) and Danny Smith (Sand Springs, Okla.).

With his 2nd place result, Wilson collected the series title by a 118-point margin over Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.).

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: October 12, 2019 - Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Oklahoma - Fall Fling

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets): 1. 7F-Brian McClelland, [1]; 2. 23A-Travis Ashwood, [3]; 3. 53-Brett Wilson, [4]; 4. 3C-Roy Larkin, [2]; 5. 24H-Ty Hulsey, [6]; 6. 77-J.C. Wilson, [7]; 7. 22Z-Zach Campbell, [5]

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets): 1. 23X-Ross Moore, [2]; 2. 54-Jeffery Newell, [6]; 3. 5$-Danny Smith, [4]; 4. 24-Ben Frey, [3]; 5. 911-Waylon Weaver, [7]; 6. 25-Kyle Admire, [1]; 7. 13$-Len Larkin, [5]

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets): 1. 7D-David Baxter, [1]; 2. 24C-Craig Carroll, [5]; 3. 6-Alison Slaton, [4]; 4. 55-Johnny Kent, [2]; 5. 97-Kevin Cummings, [3]; (DNS) 96-Taylor Peterson,

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in brackets): 1. Craig Carroll, [2]; 2. Brett Wilson, [7]; 3. Jeffery Newell, [1]; 4. Ty Hulsey, [12]; 5. Danny Smith, [8]; 6. Brian McClelland, [4]; 7. Alison Slaton, [9]; 8. Ben Frey, [11]; 9. Johnny Kent, [14]; 10. David Baxter, [5]; 11. Waylon Weaver, [10]; 12. Kevin Cummings, [16]; 13. Kyle Admire, [17]; 14. Len Larkin, [19]; 15. Ross Moore, [3]; 16. Roy Larkin, [13]; 17. J.C. Wilson, [15]; 18. Zach Campbell, [18]; 19. Travis Ashwood, [6]; 20. Taylor Peterson [20]

**Roy Larkin flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Ross Moore flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Jeffery Newell, Laps 16-30 Craig Carroll.

FINAL USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Brett Wilson-1,623, 2-Johnny Kent-1,505, 3-Cameron Hagin-1,354, 4-Waylon Weaver-1,354, 5-Danny Smith-1,335, 6-Ben Frey-1,302, 7-J.C. Wilson-1,219, 8-David Baxter-818, 9-Ryan Dean-736, 10-Tim Kent-713.
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AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS PETALUMA’S ADOBE CUP II

PETALUMA, CA – OCTOBER 12, 2019… Regaining the lead from T.J. Smith on lap 24, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) raced to victory at Petaluma Speedway’s “Adobe Cup II.” Piloting a brand new family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking CS9, the 2018 champion earned his fourth USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the campaign. Billy Aton, rookie of the year J.J. Ringo, Caden Sarale, and newly crowned champion Tristan Guardino rounded out the top-five drivers.

Koen Shaw earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from nineteenth. Bradley Terrell scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Making his first start in Jim Richardson’s #8 Wiesz Race Engines DRC, Terrell also posted his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.728 over the 22-car roster.

The night’s ten-lap heat race victories went to Cody Fendley (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Aton (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Ryan Timmons (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

Starting Wednesday, November 27th, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash for two nights at Ventura Raceway’s non-point “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 12, 2019 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “Adobe Cup II”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Bradley Terrell, 8, Richardson-14.728; 2. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-14.783; 3. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-14.811; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.844; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.878; 6. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-14.892; 7. Cody Fendley, 73C, Russell-14.909; 8. Norm Johns, 32N, Johns-14.957; 9. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.997; 10. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-15.024; 11. Ricky Brophy, 3, Brophy-15.052; 12. Shawn Arriaga, 56, Arriaga-15.075; 13. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-15.108; 14. Ricky Lewis, 81, Watt-15.139; 15. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-15.369; 16. Nate Schank, 1S, Schank-15.391; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.405; 18. Bruno Bianchi, 17, Phillips-15.497; 19. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-15.603; 20. Danny Wagner, 32X, Johnson-15.698; 21. Roberto Kirby, 28, Kirby-15.909; 22. Glenn Bryan, 34B, Bryan-17.636.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fendley, 2. Mayhew, 3. Terrell, 4. Guardino, 5. Helt, 6. Schank, 7. Shaw. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Aton, 2. Lewis, 3. Liggett, 4. Brophy, 5. Ervine, 6. Kirby, 7. Johns. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Ringo, 3. Smith, 4. Sarale, 5. Arriaga, 6. Bianchi, 7. Bryan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (2), 2. Billy Aton (5), 3. J.J. Ringo (1), 4. Caden Sarale (15), 5. Tristan Guardino (3), 6. Koen Shaw (19), 7. Austin Ervine (17), 8. Ricky Brophy (11), 9. Norm Johns (8), 10. Hannah Mayhew (13), 11. Nate Schank (16), 12. Cody Fendley (7), 13. Bradley Terrell (6), 14. Ryan Timmons (9), 15. T.J. Smith (4), 16. Ricky Lewis (14), 17. Bruno Bianchi (18), 18. Shawn Arriaga (12), 19. Roberto Kirby (20), 20. Glenn Bryan (21), 21. Slater Helt (10). NT ---------------------------- **Lewis and Smith flipped on lap 25.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Liggett, Lap 23 Smith, Laps 24-30 Liggett. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (19th to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Bradley Terrell

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-860, 2-Timmons-710, 3-Shaw-622, 4-Smith-550, 6-Mayhew-497, 7-Liggett-468, 8-Ervine-458, 9-Helt-428, 10-Jake Swanson-400.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 27 & 28 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 

WABASH CLASH USAC SPRINTS RAINED OUT;
SATURDAY'S WOO RACE STILL ON

Terre Haute, Indiana (October 11, 2019).........For the second year in-a-row, Mother Nature has nixed the Friday night portion of the Wabash Clash at the Terre Haute Action Track.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the DIRTcar Modifieds were scheduled to be on track. The Saturday portion, featuring the World of Outlaw NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and DIRTcar Modifieds, is still on as scheduled.

Rainfall moved into the Terre Haute area during the early morning hours on Friday and is expected to continue into the early evening. Dry and cooler conditions are expected to set in overnight into Saturday. With sunshine and highs expected to be around 60 on Saturday, the World of Outlaw portion of the event is still on as scheduled.

On Saturday, the pits will open at 2:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps at 6:30, and racing will take the green at 7:30. Tickets are available online at www.worldofoutlaws.com, by calling 844-DIRT-TIX, or at the gate on raceday.

For full information on Saturday's portion of the event, visit www.terrehauteactiontrack.net or www.worldofoutlaws.com.

USAC National action continues next week with a pair of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship events beginning with the Jason Leffler Memorial on Thursday, October 17, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. and again on Saturday, October 19, with The Harvest Cup at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Meanwhile, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship now makes its way out west for the final five events of the year, the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway on Nov. 7-8-9 and the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 15-16.

 

 

LAST DANCE FOR USAC SPRINTS IN THE MIDWEST AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (October 9, 2019).........The last dance. The last chance. One more time for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing in the Midwest before heading westward bound comes to Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track this Friday night, October 11.

Finishing the season out west has been a tradition for the series since the CRA Sprint Car division came under the USAC banner in 2004. This year's swing brings the club to California's Perris Auto Speedway for the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 7-8-9 and to Arizona Speedway for the Western World Championships on Nov. 15-16.

Since that point 15 years ago, several drivers have been able to ride the wave of momentum from east of the Mississippi to the west at the end of the year. This Friday's contest at Terre Haute could be the boon a team and driver are seeking to give them the extra boost on their haul to west.

In 2005, Dave Darland won the final Midwest race of the season on the paved high banks of Indiana's Winchester Speedway. The USAC Triple Crown champ carried the "mo" to the west immediately after where he won the final night of both the Oval Nationals and Western World, which was then held at the now-defunct Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz.

Levi Jones was the most consistent driver of his era, owning the Midwest finales in both 2010 and 2011 at Ohio's Eldora Speedway and Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway, respectively. Following his Eldora triumph in 2010, Jones captured the first night of Perris en route to the series title. In 2011, Jones followed up with a victory in the season finale, at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., which resulted in a second consecutive championship for the Olney, Ill. native.

Bryan Clauson controlled the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg in 2013, then set forth with another win in the Western World opener at Arizona's Canyon Speedway Park to start off the western trail. The end result was a second consecutive USAC National Sprint Car driving title. The ensuing year, in 2014, saw BC rack up a second-straight Fall Nationals score followed by a win in the finale at Canyon. Although, he'd settle for a second-place finish in the final series standings.

In recent years, Terre Haute has served as the Midwest season finale where, in 2016, Chris Windom snared a wild victory on the half-mile, then immediately swept the first two nights of Western World at the event's new home, Arizona Speedway.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. won at Terre Haute in October of 2017, then went on to capture the finale at Perris Auto Speedway's Oval Nationals. After a rain out at Terre Haute in 2018, in retrospect, Lawrenceburg served as the final showcase in the Midwest, where Justin Grant was in the midst of one of the hottest streaks of success in recent years. After The Burg, Grant won three of the next four out west, notching the opener at Arizona and doubling-up at Perris.

While success in the Midwest season finale isn't necessarily a make-or-break deal among the competitors, it certainly doesn't hurt to have good vibes as you stare through the windshield of the hauler on the trek to the west. And, of course, the alternative feeling isn't as ideal.

The warmer weather isn't merely an exclusive attribute of the west during this time of the year. The warm fuzzy feelings of success carried by a driver and team with them on the road almost makes one feel like they're already there, a notion that can very well begin this Friday at Terre Haute.

The Wabash Clash featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and DIRTcar Modifieds is this Friday, October 11, at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind. Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, adult reserved grandstands are $30. Children 11 and under general admission tickets are free, and $10 for reserved grandstand. Adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Friday's Wabash Clash can be watched LIVE exclusively on FloRacing. Fans can also listen to live audio on the USAC app and follow along with live time and scoring on both the Race-Monitor and USAC apps.

FINAL USAC SPRINT WINNERS BEFORE HEADING WEST:
(Since 2004)
2004: Jon Stanbrough (Dixie Speedway / Woodstock, Ga.)
2005: Dave Darland (Winchester Speedway / Winchester, Ind.)
2006: Daron Clayton (Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, Ind.)
2007: Robert Ballou (Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio)
2008: Brady Bacon (Winchester Speedway / Winchester, Ind.)
2009: Dave Darland (Winchester Speedway / Winchester, Ind.)
2010: Levi Jones (Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio)
2011: Levi Jones (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
2012: Chase Stockon (Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, Ind.)
2013: Bryan Clauson (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
2014: Bryan Clauson (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
2015: Thomas Meseraull (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
2016: Chris Windom (Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, Ind.)
2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, Ind.)
2018: Justin Grant (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT PETALUMA’S “ADOBE CUP II"
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 8, 2019... This Saturday, October 12th, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will battle at Petaluma Speedway for their final point race of the season. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the “Adobe Cup II” will also showcase Dwarf Cars (Twin 25s) and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates at “The Fastest 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 4:00PM, and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more details, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier.
- Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads.
- The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

To date, Petaluma Speedway has held one USAC West Coast Sprint Car event and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign scored the win and set the track record of 13.728 on July 29, 2017. Unfortunately, the May 18th race scheduled at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds was rained out.

Entering the thirteenth point race, there have been seven different winners. Tristan Guardino and Austin Liggett lead the series with three triumphs while Jake Swanson has two victories on the season. Chase Johnson, Kaleb Montgomery, Brody Roa, and Troy Rutherford have posted one win.

After finishing tenth last Saturday at Santa Maria, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has clinched the championship. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led to his credit. With eight victories, Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the win list and will be looking to add Petaluma to his resume.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) is second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons led the first eleven laps before scoring fourth at Santa Maria Raceway. At press time, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and nine top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on the third career USAC West Coast victory.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) ranks third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw placed seventh at Santa Maria after starting eleventh. To date, the versatile driver has one heat race victory and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday night, Koen will be looking to earn his first career USAC victory at Petaluma Speedway.

T.J. Smith (Fresno, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the May Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers Propane Maxim, Smith raced to second at Santa Maria after starting eighth. At press time, the former Santa Maria track champion has four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the season. T.J. has four career wins and will have his sights on his first victory of the campaign.

After his third place finish at Santa Maria, J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) has climbed to fifth in the West Coast point standings. Racing the Keller Motorsports’ #2 Firestone Brewery 805 / Crown Limousine Triple X, Ringo has one heat race victory, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, six top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the season. The leading rookie contender will be looking for his first USAC win this Saturday night.

While Ringo leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO), Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) and Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Jake Swanson, Austin Liggett, Steve Hix, Michael Faccinto, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Brandon Wiley, Kaleb Montgomery, Ricky Lewis, Shawn Arriaga, Ricky Brophy, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $18, Senior Grandstand Tickets are $14, Junior (6-11) Grandstand Tickets are $14 and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 707.763.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-794, 2. Ryan Timmons-667, 3. Koen Shaw-565, 4. T.J. Smith-507, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-467, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-447, 7. Austin Ervine-402, 8. Slater Helt ®-401, 9. Jake Swanson-400, 10. Austin Liggett-390, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Kaleb Montgomery)
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Adobe Cup II)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

TRIPP AND ZAROUNIAN NAMED TURKEY NIGHT GRAND MARSHALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (October 8, 2019).........USAC West Coast Midget racing legends Sleepy Tripp and Gary Zarounian have been named co-grand marshals for the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thanksgiving Night, November 28, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Tripp, of Costa Mesa, Calif., scored more USAC Midget victories (total National and Regional) than anyone in history. His total of 161 lists him third on the all-time USAC win list (all series) behind Rich Vogler (171) and A.J. Foyt (162). The 1986 National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee won a pair of USAC National Midget titles (1975 and 1976) and seven championships in USAC's Western Midget Series.

Tripp also earned notoriety for his exploits in New Zealand, which resulted in numerous major race victories and championships, including an amazing nine wins in the prestigious 50-Lap Classic at Auckland. In 1985 and 1987, he also won the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. In addition to his United States and New Zealand successes, his career also included victories in Australia and Canada.

Zarounian, of Visalia, Calif., whose family owned and operated car dealerships throughout central California, immersed himself in not only auto racing but also in numerous business ventures. The Zarounian team hired the best drivers in the business and their success was immense. In addition to eight USAC Silver Crown victories and 11 in the USAC National Midget wars, the team fielded cars for drivers like Tripp.

During the 1980s and 1990s the Tripp-Zarounian Western team was nearly unbeatable. Tripp won 78 USAC Western States Midget races aboard Zarounian's immaculately-prepared No. 67. In all, Zarounian cars won 88 total Western States Midget features between 1983 and 2000 with drivers Tripp, Ken Nichols, Jeff Gordon, Donnie Beechler, Pat Bliss and Tony Hunt. Nine of Zarounian's 88 victories came at Ventura Raceway, all with Tripp. Zarounian was previously inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2017.

The 2019 edition of the Turkey Night Grand Prix begins Wednesday, November 27 and closes out on Thursday, November 28, the 98-lap main event for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets. Also in action both nights are the USAC West Coast and VRA 360 Sprint Cars, who'll clash in special non-point races and the finale of the ARP Battle of the Beach mini-series.

Advance tickets for the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling (805) 648-7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

 

 

WABASH CLASH USAC SPRINT RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (October 7, 2019).........The final stretch of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season is about to commence, but first things first, it's time for one more round at western Indiana's legendary Terre Haute Action Track this Friday, October 11, for the Wabash Clash as the series bids adieu to the Midwest before heading west. in for the season closers in November.

The last time out at Terre Haute, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led all 30 laps to win September's Jim Hurtubise Classic for his first career sprint car score on the half-mile. In fact, he's won twice at Terre Haute under the USAC banner, capturing his first main event victory there in 2018's Sumar Classic Silver Crown 100-lapper. He's been a force at Terre Haute this year in USAC Sprint Car competition, finishing 5th in May, then leading a race-high 21 laps en route to a 2nd place finish in July.

Like Grant, series point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has won once at Terre Haute before in a Silver Crown car, doing so in the 2016 Sumar Classic. He's still seeking his first USAC Sprint win at Terre Haute, however, after setting quick time in May where he finished 9th after encountering late-race trouble. He won his heat and took 6th in July followed by a 5th place run in September.

Three-time Terre Haute USAC Sprint winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) stands a mere 47 points behind Leary in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship race with six events remaining. Courtney swept the night in July at Terre Haute by recording fast time, winning his heat race, then scoring the feature win where he led the final eight laps en route to the checkered. He also collected 3rd place results at Terre Haute in both May and September of this year, the latter of which he won his heat and was the night's hard charger after starting 9th.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is the series' most recent winner, connecting on his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season last Saturday at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. He's a two-time USAC Sprint winner at Terre Haute, first finding victory lane in 2013 and again in 2017 during the most recent October race at the track. He won his heats in both May and July and took home a 3rd place finish during July's feature and a 2nd in September.

Of Friday's expected entrants for the Wabash Clash, no driver owns more USAC Sprint victories at Terre Haute than Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) with four. He won twice in 2011, once again in October of 2016 and for the fourth time in the Fall of 2017. He also was victorious in a Silver Crown car at Terre Haute in 2017. He was 2nd in May at Terre Haute and 5th in July where he led the opening lap of the main. In September, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 Sprint champ was the Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifier and finished 4th.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) had his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumph occur right at Terre Haute in October of 2012. He's won twice since then at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds racetrack with the second coming in the summer of 2016 and, most recently, this past May where he led all 30 laps on his way to victory. In fact, he's led all 30 laps in all three of his Terre Haute USAC victories. He's already won the other three Terre Haute USAC Sprint Car races on the schedule - the Tony Hulman Classic, Jim Hurtubise Classic and Don Smith Classic, and a first Wabash Clash win on Friday would make him the first driver to accomplish the feat of winning all four.

Twice a winner at the Action Track with the USAC Sprint Cars is Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who won the final USAC Sprint races held at Terre Haute in both 2014 and 2018. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ in 2014 and 2016 was 6th in May and 4th in July, where he collected hard charger honors after starting from the 14th position.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was 7th in May and 6th in September at Terre Haute. Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) was the hard charger in May's Hulman Classic, finishing 10th after starting 16th. Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) collected an 8th in July in an impressive series debut at the track. Likewise, Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 8th in September at Terre Haute, beginning a stretch of three-straight top-ten finishes with the series that remains active coming into Friday's race. Josh Hodges (Tijeras, N.M.) notched a 9th in September with the series. Leading series Rookie Dustin Clark (Washington, Ind.) was 19th in July and 15th in September during his first two career appearances at Terre Haute.

Of note, it's been 20 years since at least four different drivers have claimed USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories at Terre Haute in a single season. Stockon, Courtney and Grant have already won this year entering Friday's race. In 1999, there were five different winners: Tracy Hines, Tony Jones, Jerry Coons, Jr., Frankie Kerr and Terry Pletch.

The Wabash Clash featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and DIRTcar Modifieds is this Friday, October 11, at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind. Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, adult reserved grandstands are $30. Children 11 and under general admission tickets are free, and $10 for reserved grandstand. Adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,003, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,956, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,861, 4-Justin Grant-1,850, 5-Chris Windom-1,843, 6-Brady Bacon-1,837, 7-Chase Stockon-1,757, 8-Jason McDougal-1,483, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193


TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS:
(162 Points Races & 1 Special Event)

1. (8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

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

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

10. (4) Bud Kaeding, Roger McCluskey & Chris Windom

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

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

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


TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
1957: Ed Elisian (6/16) & Andy Linden (8/18)
1958: Eddie Sachs (6/22) & Tommy Hinnershitz (8/17)
1959: Don Branson (6/21) & Jim McWithey (8/16)
1960: Don Branson (6/12) & Jim Hurtubise (8/21)
1961: Jim Hurtubise (6/11) & Jim Hurtubise (8/13)
1962: Jim Hurtubise (6/17) & Jim Hurtubise (8/12)
1963: Roger McCluskey (6/16) & Bobby Marshman (8/11)
1964: A.J. Foyt (6/14) & Don Branson (8/9)
1965: Johnny Rutherford (6/13) & Johnny Rutherford (8/15)
1966: Roger McCluskey (6/19), Roger McCluskey (6/19) & Roger McCluskey (9/14)
1967: Bobby Unser (6/11), Greg Weld (6/11), Rollie Beale (8/13) & Greg Weld (9/10)
1968: Gary Bettenhausen (6/16), Larry Dickson (8/11) & Gary Bettenhausen (9/8)
1969: Gary Bettenhausen (8/10) & Gary Bettenhausen (10/19)
1970: Jim McElreath (6/21), Dick Tobias (8/9) & Bruce Walkup (9/13)
1971: George Snider (5/1) & Gary Bettenhausen (8/8)
1972: Bruce Walkup (4/30), Charlie Masters (6/11) & Rollie Beale (8/19)
1973: Joe Saldana (5/5), Mel Cornett (6/9) 7 Sammy Sessions (8/5)
1974: Gary Bettenhausen (4/14) & Sheldon Kinser (8/4)
1975: Pancho Carter (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/1), Gary Bettenhausen (8/3) & Tom Bigelow (9/21)
1976: Jan Opperman (5/1), Tom Bigelow (6/6), Gary Bettenhausen (8/1) & Chuck Gurney (10/31)
1977: James McElreath (5/7), Sheldon Kinser (6/5), Bubby Jones (7/31) & Pancho Carter (9/25)
1978: Dick Tobias (5/6), Billy Cassella (6/4) & Bubby Jones (9/24)
1979: Pancho Carter (5/5), Bubby Jones (5/6), Bubby Jones (6/3), Bubby Jones (8/5) & Bubby Jones (9/23)
1980: Eddie Leavitt (5/3), Steve Chassey (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/29), Rich Vogler (8/3) & Rich Vogler (9/21)
1981: Sheldon Kinser (5/3), Rich Vogler (8/9) & Sheldon Kinser (9/7)
1982: Chet Johnson (5/9), Sheldon Kinser (6/20), Steve Kinser (8/8) & Larry Rice (9/5)
1983: Jack Hewitt (5/8), Rich Vogler (6/19) & Jack Hewitt (8/28)
1984: Rick Hood (6/10) & Steve Butler (8/26)
1985: Ron Shuman (5/5), Rick Hood (6/9) & Rick Hood (8/25)
1986: Rich Vogler (5/4) & Sheldon Kinser (8/3)
1987: Steve Butler (5/3) & Steve Butler (5/23)
1990: Jack Hewitt (7/8)
1991: Jack Hewitt (7/7)
1992: Rusty McClure (7/12) & Cary Faas (10/11)
1993: Dave Darland (5/2) & Robbie Stanley (7/11)
1994: Cary Faas (5/1) & Tray House (7/17)
1995: Jack Hewitt (4/30) & Jack Hewitt (7/16)
1996: Doug Kalitta (5/12), Kevin Thomas (7/12) & Jack Hewitt (10/5)
1997: J.J. Yeley (6/27), J.J. Yeley (7/23) & Jack Hewitt (10/4)
1998: Cary Faas (5/29) & Tony Elliott (8/14)
1999: Tracy Hines (5/8), Tony Jones (6/17), Jerry Coons, Jr. (6/18), Frankie Kerr (6/19) & Terry Pletch (7/21)
2000: Jay Drake (6/15), Richard Griffin (6/16), Jay Drake (6/18) & Jay Drake (7/28)
2001: Tracy Hines (5/19), Bud Kaeding (10/20) & Bud Kaeding (10/20)
2002: Jon Stanbrough (5/11), Cory Kruseman (7/27) & J.J. Yeley (10/5)
2003: J.J. Yeley (5/17), Tracy Hines (7/26), J.J. Yeley (8/14 Special Event) & J.J. Yeley (10/4)
2004: Cory Kruseman (5/22), J.J. Yeley (7/24) & Bud Kaeding (9/4)
2005: Levi Jones (7/22), Levi Jones (9/30) & Levi Jones (10/1)
2006: Daron Clayton (10/6) & Daron Clayton (10/7)
2007: Jon Stanbrough (5/19)
2008: Levi Jones (5/22)
2009: Levi Jones (5/21), Brad Sweet (7/15) & Jon Stanbrough (9/12)
2010: Jerry Coons, Jr. (5/27), Jon Stanbrough (7/14) & Jon Stanbrough (9/11)
2011: Chris Windom (7/13) & Chris Windom (9/10)
2012: Bud Kaeding (5/24), Daron Clayton (7/18) & Chase Stockon (10/12)
2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7/17) & Jerry Coons, Jr. (8/31)
2014: Dave Darland (5/21), Bryan Clauson (7/16) & Brady Bacon (9/18)
2015: Aaron Farney (7/15) & Robert Ballou (9/18)
2016: Robert Ballou (5/25), Chase Stockon (7/17) & Chris Windom (10/15)
2017: Chris Windom (9/15) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10/14)
2018: Tyler Courtney (5/23), Tyler Courtney (7/25) & Brady Bacon (9/14)
2019: Chase Stockon (5/22), Tyler Courtney (7/24) & Justin Grant (9/13)



GAMESTER GETS IT DONE AT GAS CITY

Gas City, Indiana (October 5, 2019).........Russ Gamester controlled Saturday night's Fall Festival of Speed from start to finish, leading all 25 laps to win the final USAC Midget Midwest Special Event of the season at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget champion from Peru, Ind., started from the pole position and ran away to a full-straightaway lead at the checkered over Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.), Alex Watson (Columbus, Ohio) and Cody Beard (Huntingburg, Ind.).

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USAC MIDGET MIDWEST SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - Fall Festival of Speed

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chett Gehrke (#10 Moore), 2. Cole Ketcham (#3E Martini/Ketcham), 3. Cody Beard (#7B Beard), 4. Jeff Beasley (#83B Beasley), 5. Zane Briggs (#10B Briggs), 6. Mark Nieft, Jr. (#20N Nieft), 7. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 8. Don Bigelow (#4B Bigelow), 9. Jon Steed (#7 Steed). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 2. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 3. Kyle Dager (#2 Briggs), 4. Jon Watson (#25 Watson), 5. Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), 6. Brent Watson (#17K Watson), 7. Nate Foster (#57F Foster), 8. Kevin Blue (#5T Blue), 9. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 10. Tim Key (#6 Key). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester), 2. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 3. Cory Guingrich (#42 Guingrich), 4. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 5. Chris Baue (#9 Baue), 6. Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer), 7. Jacob Denney (#11T Taylor), 8. Ryan Thomas (#17 Thomas), 9. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard), 10. Ian Creager (#36 Creager). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry), 2. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 3. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 4. Drew Rader (#74 Rader), 5. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 6. Ryan Irwin (#38 Irwin), 7. Bryce Dues (#23D Dues), 8. Zach Guingrich (#62 Guingrich), 9. Denny Smith (#66 Smith). NT

FIRST SEMI: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Baue, 2. Jacob Denney, 3. Zane Briggs, 4. Jeff Wimmenauer, 5. Oliver Akard, 6. Mark Nieft, Jr., 7. Ryan Thomas, 8. Tommy Bigelow, 9. Don Bigelow, 10. Ian Creager. NT

SECOND SEMI: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Nate Foster, 2. Gunnar Lucius, 3. Kevin Blue, 4. Brent Watson, 5. Chris Bounds, 6. Kyle Kriegbaum, 7. Zach Guingrich, 8. Bryce Dues, 9. Ryan Irwin, 10. Denny Smith, 11. Tim Key. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Nick Spiedel (#21 Spiedel)

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Russ Gamester, 2. Chett Gehrke, 3. Kendall Ruble, 4. Alex Watson, 5. Cody Beard, 6. Aaron Leffel, 7. Tyler Nelson, 8. Chis Baue, 9. Drew Rader, 10. Cole Ketcham, 11. Justin Dickerson, 12. Stratton Briggs, 13. Nate Foster, 14. Cory Guingrich, 15. Jon Watson, 16. Gunner Lucius, 17. Jacob Denney, 18. Jeff Beasley, 19. Emerson Axsom, 20. Kyle Dager.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Russ Gamester.
Winner Brett Wilson
(Jeff Taylor Photo)

WILSON JETS TO RED DIRT VICTORY

Meeker, Oklahoma (October 5, 2019).........Brett Wilson became the first driver to reach three victories on the 2019 USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma season after capturing the victory in Saturday night's 50-lap feature event at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

Series point leader and defending champ Wilson (Coweta, Okla.) started from the outside of the front row and followed early leader and pole sitter Jeffrey Newell for the first two circuits. Wilson went to the point on the third lap and held control for the remaining 48 laps to take the win over Danny Smith (Sand Springs, Okla.), Tanner Conn (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Waylon Weaver (Claremore, Okla.) and Alison Slaton (Edmond, Okla.).

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2019 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets) 1. 5$-Danny Smith, [2]; 2. 24X-T.J. Herrell, [4]; 3. 78-Tanner Conn, [7]; 4. 77-J.C. Wilson, [3]; 5. 13$-Len Larkin, [8]; 6. 62-James Shoun, [6]; 7. 7D-David Baxter, [1]; 8. 25-Kyle Admire, [5]

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets) 1. 55-Johnny Kent, [4]; 2. 54-Jeffrey Newell, [5]; 3. 24-Ben Frey, [7]; 4. 1-Warren Fields, [6]; 5. P78-Perry Pickard, [1]; 6. 98-Dane Fields, [2]; 7. 5-Cameron Hagin, [3]

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets) 1. 16S-Steven Shebester, [4]; 2. 53-Brett Wilson, [6]; 3. 6-Alison Slaton, [1]; 4. 51-Ryan Dean, [2]; 5. 911-Waylon Weaver, [3]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Jonas, [7]; 7. 97-Kevin Cummings, [5]

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting position in brackets) 1. Brett Wilson, [2]; 2. Danny Smith, [7]; 3. Tanner Conn, [5]; 4. Waylon Weaver, [14]; 5. Alison Slaton, [10]; 6. Dane Fields, [18]; 7. T.J. Herrell, [8]; 8. Warren Fields, [9]; 9. David Baxter, [21]; 10. Kyle Admire, [22]; 11. Len Larkin, [13]; 12. Steven Shebester, [4]; 13. Jeremy Jonas, [17]; 14. Johnny Kent, [3]; 15. Cameron Hagin, [20]; 16. Perry Pickard, [15]; 17. James Shoun, [16]; 18. Jeffrey Newell, [1]; 19. Ben Frey, [6]; 20. Ryan Dean, [12]; 21. J.C. Wilson, [11]; 22. Kevin Cummings, [19]

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Jeffrey Newell, Laps 3-50 Brett Wilson.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Brett Wilson-1,481, 2-Johnny Kent-1,392, 3-Cameron Hagin-1,354, 4-Waylon Weaver-1,246, 5-Danny Smith-1,210, 6-Ben Frey-1,186, 7-J.C. Wilson-1,123, 8-Ryan Dean-736, 9-Tim Kent-713, 10-Noah Harris-713.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACES: October 11-12, 2019 - Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Oklahoma

 

KALEB MONTGOMERY MASTERS SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA – OCTOBER 5, 2019… Taking the lead on the twelfth lap, Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA) fought off point leader Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, Brody Roa, and T.J. Smith to score his first career victory at Santa Maria Raceway. Piloting the family owned #3 Mission Country Properties / David Crye Maxim, Montgomery became the 52nd winning driver in USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series history. Smith, J.J. Ringo, Timmons, and Trent Carter followed Kaleb to the checkered flags.

Carter earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from twelfth. Missouri’s Slater Helt claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Earlier in the program, Guardino posted his fourth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 13.894 over the 15-car roster. After mechanical issues resulted in a tenth place finish in the feature, Tristan clinched the series championship.

The night’s ten-lap heat race victories went to Timmons (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Helt (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

By virtue of his third place finish in the main event, Ringo has taken over the rookie point lead from Hannah Mayhew by 20 points.

Next Saturday, October 12th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will travel to Petaluma Speedway for their final point race of the year at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.894; 2. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-13.923; 3. Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-13.941; 4. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-14.022; 5. Brody Roa, 8, Richardson-14.080; 6. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-14.128; 7. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-14.246; 8. Brandon Wiley, Team 33-14.254; 9. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.353; 10. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-14.371; 11. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-14.472; 12, Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.636; 13. Nick Diani, 17S, Diani-15.004; 14. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.166; 15, Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Roa, 3. Guardino, 4. Montgomery, 5. Shaw, 6. Owens, 7. Diani. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Helt, 2. Carter, 3. Wiley, 4. Ringo, 5. Smith, 6. Mayhew, 7. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Kaleb Montgomery (4), 2. T.J. Smith (8), 3. J.J. Ringo (5), 4. Ryan Timmons (1), 5. Trent Carter (12), 6. Brent Owens (9), 7. Koen Shaw (11), 8. James Herrera (14), 9. Brody Roa (3), 10. Tristan Guardino (6), 11. Austin Ervine (15), 12. Nick Diani (13), 13. Slater Helt (10), 14. Brandon Wiley (2), 15. Hannah Mayhew (7). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Timmons, Laps 12-30 Montgomery.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Trent Carter (12th to 5th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Slater Helt

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-794, 2-Timmons-667, 3-Shaw-565, 4-Smith-507, 5-Ringo-467, 6-Mayhew-447, 7-Ervine-402, 8-Helt-401, 9-Jake Swanson-400, 10-Austin Liggett-390.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 12 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “Adobe Cup II”

 

 

KTJ'S LOVIN' IT IN 2ND FALL NATIONALS WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (October 5, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. was bound and determined not to make any mistakes entering Saturday's Fall Nationals at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Exactly one week earlier at Eldora Speedway, the Cullman, Ala. native had a pair of chances, first in the sprint car feature where he led the first 18 laps of the 30-lap race before slapping the turn four wall and losing the lead. Later that same night, he was a dominant figure in the Silver Crown main, leading the first 40 circuits of the 50-lapper before wall contact again knocked him out of the lead.

Saturday at Lawrenceburg, flawless was the word that comes to mind in describing Thomas' run down the stretch to win his second Fall Nationals in the last three years, a $10,000 grand prize and his 27th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, moving him past Tony Elliott and Dave Steele and into a tie for 16th on the all-time list alongside Brady Bacon.

"I know our stuff's running really well and I like Lawrenceburg already," Thomas said. "For us to come down here and have speed right off the bat, it's just something we've been really working hard for this whole year. We've had our ups and downs, got a win and struggled a little bit. We've had pretty much every variation of luck and runs and what not. It's just nice for the hard work these guys have put in at the shop to show on the track."

Thomas began the race from the 5th position in his Hayward Thomas Motorsports/McDonald's - Dr. Pepper/DRC/Speedway Chevy while, up front, the two front row combatants - Justin Grant and Brady Bacon nearly met calamity as they took the green flag. Grant got sideways at the start/finish line, dropping back to 4th before working his way back to 3rd by the end of the initial lap while point leader C.J. Leary raced around the outside of Bacon to lead the opening two laps.

Bacon returned with authority on the third lap, driving back by Leary to retake the lead as Grant regathered himself to challenge Leary for the runner-up spot with Thomas in fourth just behind. Grant nabbed the second position with a turn one slider past Leary on the eighth lap, while Thomas followed suit with a similar move in the same spot for third past Leary on lap nine.

Meanwhile, Bacon set a blistering pace up front, turning the fastest lap of the race just moments prior on lap six and jetted into traffic with a 2.791 second lead by lap 12 when Aric Gentry slowed to bring out the first caution. That moved the front runners out of traffic and into clean air.

Bacon resumed his prowess at the front through the middle stages of the 30-lapper on this night which honored the memory of longtime car owner Richard Hoffman with whom Bacon drove for in his two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship seasons in 2014 and 2016.

On the 18th lap, a flat right rear on the car of three-time 2019 series winner Kyle Cummins necessitated another yellow flag as he stopped on the high side at the entrance of turn one. Moments later, under caution, the air from leader Bacon's tire, and his night, had deflated, handing over the lead to Grant as a result. Bacon drove to the work area for fresh rubber after leading a race-high 17 laps, then restarted from the tail and made a valiant effort to race back to a 7th place finish at the checkered.

The race was now in Grant's hands with 12 laps remaining as he sought to become the first driver ever to win three consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features at Lawrenceburg. With that said, restarting from the lead at this joint can be a precarious position to reside in, and second-running Thomas felt he was in the prime spot.

Grant slid himself into turn one on the lap 19 restart and drifted to the top of turn two while Thomas rode the lip, building his momentum as he came off the turn two banking and made his bid for the lead with a turn three slider past Grant. Grant countered Thomas off four and the pair raced side-by-side into down the front straight until Thomas slammed the door on Grant on the bottom of one. Both drifted wheel-to-wheel up to the top of the second turn when Thomas propelled off the lip and shot away to secure the point.

"Whenever you're at these places and you restart around the top, it opens up a lane for somebody to slide you," Thomas explained. "I got the luxury of being in second to witness that and seeing the run that you could get. I just never wanted to go back to a restart because I know he's going to throw it if he got the chance. I just didn't want to give him that chance."

That chance came just a lap later after Max Adams stopped on the low side of turns one and two, forcing a restart with just 10 laps remaining where Grant took his shot but came up snake eyes as he tried to slide by Thomas in turn one.

"Our car was really good, but if you get to racing, it doesn't really matter how good your car is, you might get shuffled back a few positions," Thomas noted. "I just wanted to make sure I got that jump getting into one, and our car was perfect. I could lean up right there against the cushion, put the pedal to the floor and just go. It was relatively simple to drive, and that says a lot for this place because it can be pretty taxing on you and the racecar and everything else."

Thomas' idea of an ideal track surface is slick to a cushion, and that's exactly what he got on this night which suited himself and his car nicely as he built up a three second lead while Grant and Leary traded slide jobs for four-straight trips around the 3/8-mile dirt oval between laps 21-24. Leary made one final attempt on Grant in three on lap 24, just narrowly missing as Grant drove around the outside to reemerge with the spot. Leary, meanwhile, left the door open for Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier Tyler Courtney to capitalize and slide past in turn one for 3rd on lap 25.


Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s win Saturday night at Lawrenceburg was his 27th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory, moving him past Tony Elliott and Dave Steele and into a tie for 16th on the all-time list alongside Brady Bacon.
(Dallas Breeze Photo)


One lap later, the most serious accident of the night occurred when first-time USAC Sprint Car feature starter Justin Owen jumped the cushion in turn four, slid down the track and collected the oncoming car of 2018 Lawrenceburg track champion Garrett Abrams who ramped over and flipped wildly as a result. Abrams walked away uninjured.

Under red and with four laps remaining, Thomas had time to think and ponder his next move and Grant's possible motives on the ensuing restart. It's a mental game of sorts to not let overthinking the situation come into play.

"Your mental state whenever you get four laps to go is to not make a mistake," Thomas said. "But if you think about it too long, you'll make a mistake. You just got to get going there, get through the first corner and then you get back in your rhythm. That first corner can be hell. If you make a wrong move or slip your tires on the restart, they're going to be there to pounce."

However, Thomas nailed it precisely, withstanding Grant's challenge and him in the distance to battle it out for second with Courtney who pounced for the runner-up position with three laps remaining then held off Grant's charge to retake 2nd a half-lap later in turn three.

Up front, Thomas had a comfy cushion over Courtney and a front row seat for the checkered flag where he became one of just five drivers to win at least four career USAC Sprint feature at Lawrenceburg, joining Dave Darland (7), Jon Stanbrough (5), Grant (4) and Jack Hewitt (4). Second went to Courtney 1.26 seconds back while Grant, Leary and Chris Windom rounded out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Kyle Cummins (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Dustin Clark (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Mario Clouser (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jarett Andretti (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Steve Thomas (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Fall Nationals - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.831; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.188; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.195; 4. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.238; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.261; 6. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.270; 7. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt/Wright-14.385; 8. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-14.403; 9. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.408; 10. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-14.431; 11. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.475; 12. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-14.484; 13. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.527; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.527; 15. Scotty Weir, 39, Goodnight-14.529; 16. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.560; 17. Dave Darland, 43m, Tibbits-14.692; 18. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-14.764; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.773; 20. Justin Owen, 4J, Owen-14.845; 21. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-14.897; 22. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-15.089; 23. Tyler Kendall, 20K, Kendall-15.200; 24. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-15.246; 25. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-15.488; 26. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-16.494.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Mario Clouser, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Max Adams, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Garrett Abrams, 8. Steve Thomas, 9. Joss Moffatt. 1:55.43

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Jarett Andretti, 3. Nick Bilbee, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Justin Owen, 6. Tyler Kendall, 7. Eric Perrott, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Dave Darland. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Dustin Clark, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. J.J. Hughes, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Aric Gentry, 8. Dustin Smith. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Garrett Abrams, 4. Dustin Smith, 5. Tyler Kendall, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Aric Gentry, 8. Steve Thomas, 9. Eric Perrott. 3:08.89

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. C.J. Leary (3), 5. Chris Windom (8), 6. Nick Bilbee (10), 7. Brady Bacon (2), 8. Jarett Andretti (13), 9. Scotty Weir (14), 10. Chase Stockon (4), 11. Josh Hodges (7), 12. Dustin Clark (16), 13. Mario Clouser (15), 14. Isaac Chapple (17), 15. Max Adams (9), 16. Dustin Smith (11), 17. J.J. Hughes (19), 18. Tyler Kendall (21), 19. Justin Owen (18), 20. Garrett Abrams (20), 21. Kyle Cummins (12), 22. Aric Gentry (22). NT

**Garrett Abrams flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 C.J. Leary, Laps 3-18 Brady Bacon, Laps 19-30 Kevin Thomas, Jr.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jarett Andretti (13th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Mario Clouser

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Steve Thomas

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kyle Cummins

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,003, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,956, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,861, 4-Justin Grant-1,850, 5-Chris Windom-1,843, 6-Brady Bacon-1,837, 7-Chase Stockon-1,757, 8-Jason McDougal-1,483, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 11, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - Wabash Clash - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

WINTER DIRT GAMES XI DATES SET FOR FEBRUARY 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (October 4, 2019).........The decade of the 2020s for USAC racing gets underway in grand fashion over two consecutive weekends in February of 2020 with National Sprint Car and Midget racing in the state of Florida at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park.

The festivities begin on Thursday, February 6, with a practice night for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, followed by two-straight nights of complete shows for the series at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track on Friday, February 7, and Saturday, February 8.

The action picks up again at Bubba's a few days later with USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship practice night on Wednesday, February 12, followed by three nights in a row of racing on Thursday, February 13, on Friday, February 14, and the finale on Saturday, February 15.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets made their debut at Bubba Raceway Park in 2018 with Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) sweeping both nights of feature events. Meanwhile, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars saw three different winners in as many nights during their Sunshine State trip with races won by Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.).

"Winter Dirt Games in February is one of USAC's best traditions and is always one of our most looked-forward-to events," said Levi Jones, USAC Series Coordinator. "Last year was a thrilling two weekends with the addition of Midgets to the lineup and it's made this great event even greater. What a way to open up the season under the sunshine with both Midget and Sprint Car racing!"

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

"This has become a must-see event that everybody circles on their calendars," track owner Tom Bean said. "We thoroughly enjoy the USAC fans and race teams that make the trip to Bubba Raceway Park each year for the Winter Dirt Games, and in 2020, the tradition continues while getting even bigger and better with two premier USAC divisions on board again. We can't wait to get the 2020 season started in a big way!"

Twenty-four USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at Bubba Raceway Park since 2011. Bryan Clauson remains the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at Bubba's with four victories in four different seasons. Damion Gardner has won three times while Grant, Tracy Hines, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney and Robert Ballou have each scored a pair of victories. Windom, Leary, Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

The first three USAC Sprint Car races ever held took place in Florida in February of 1956. Bob Sweikert won the first such race at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach, followed by Chuck Weyant at Jacksonville Speedway and Pat O'Connor at Medley Speedway in Miami.

Likewise, Florida and USAC Midget racing have a history dating back to the initial years of the club. Only 20 times have USAC Midgets ventured to Florida over the years. Prior to the 2018 visit to Bubba's, the series took part in a 11-race series entitled the Tangerine Tournament in early 1957. Jimmy Knight, Sonny McDaniel, Andy Linden, Al Keller, Al Alpern, Leroy Warriner and Len Duncan were among the winners held at several different Florida venues. Linden took home the overall Tangerine Tournament crown.

USAC Midgets took on the pavement of New Smyrna Speedway in 2013, won by Bobby Santos and Kyle Larson. The first USAC National Midget points races in Florida came in a week span during 1963. Johnny Riva and Bob Wente were victorious at Palmetto Speedway while Chuck Rodee and Wente also picked up victories at Golden Gate Speedway. It was another 42 years before the series returned in 2005 for a non-points special event at Orlando Speed World Speedway, won by Josh Wise.

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

 

 

THE SWEEP: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE USAC SPRINT HAT TRICK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 3, 2019).........Much ado is made about perfect games in the fields of baseball and bowling. However, a perfect game of sorts applies to the world of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing as well.

Like a pitcher throwing a complete game of hitless, walkless, runless, errorless baseball and a bowler rolling 12 straight strikes without a single pin left standing, a clean sweep with USAC involves setting fast time in qualifying, winning the first heat race, then adding the proverbial cherry on top with a feature victory, all within a single night.

That signifies the ultimate domination any driver can achieve in a racing night outside of leading every lap. Yet, in USAC, work has to be done to reach wins in heats and features for the fast qualifier due to the inversion, leaving a driver only 8 or 10 laps in the heat and 30 in the feature to race to first from their sixth starting position.

Over the past 16 months of action, only one driver has been able to pull off the accomplishment, Tyler Courtney, who has done it three teams over the last season-and-a-half, including last weekend at Eldora Speedway during the 4-Crown Nationals.

For Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), it was his third such sweep in that time period, all coming on three of the most famous half-mile dirt tracks in the USA, Iowa's Knoxville Raceway (2018), Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track (2019) and Ohio's Eldora Speedway (2019), quickly moving him up the charts of drivers with the most sweeps during their USAC Sprint career - a feat that's been done 113 times since 1961.

Now with three total sweeps in the series, Courtney has moved himself into a nine-way tie for third all-time, standing behind only the ultimate sweep king Rich Vogler (7), Parnelli Jones (6), Tom Bigelow, Larry Dickson and A.J. Foyt (5), Pancho Carter, Jack Hewitt, Jud Larson and Roger McCluskey (4) - all of whom are inductees into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Among the venues where sweeps have taken place the most, the high majority of them are on the big tracks, those a half-mile in length or longer where cars and drivers can stretch their legs and have the room and the time to maneuver around traffic. Not to mention, all tracks within the top-five on the list have tenure, with roots that date back to the earliest years of USAC.

No single track comes close to Indiana's Winchester Speedway in that regard with 21 sweeps, nearly one-fifth of all on the list. Of the current venues on this year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule, Eldora is the leader in the clubhouse with 10 sweeps while Terre Haute has nine of its own.

Interestingly, 62 of the sweeps occurred in the first two decades of USAC's National Sprint Car series between 1961 and 1979, nearly 55 percent of all that have ever happened. Only 51 sweeps have happened in the four decades since beginning in 1980.

Theories can vary in that regard as to why. The disparity in quality equipment among teams from top-to-bottom in those days may have been larger than it is now, with several displaying their ability throughout a schedule consisting solely of half-mile tracks both dirt and paved, making it seemingly easier for passing opportunities.

Once the schedule began implementing tracks shorter in length starting in 1981, sweeps became less prevalent and only 10 such sweeps have occurred on tracks less than a half-mile since that time, the most recent one happening in May of 2018 at the 3/8-mile Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway by Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.).

Thomas and Courtney, along with Brady Bacon (Knoxville 2011) and Dave Darland (2015 Eagle), are among the four active series drivers with a USAC Sprint sweep on their resume entering this Saturday's Fall Nationals at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway where a sweep has been performed just once, by Jack Hewitt in 1995 on the former quarter-mile configuration there. The series returns to the now 3/8-mile high-banked dirt oval this weekend.

Saturday is Pretty in Pink Night at the track. Wear a pink shirt to show support of Breast Cancer Awareness and receive a chance to win a $100 Kroger gift card from Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Pits open at 3pm Eastern, spectator gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 and up, $7 for ages 7-12 and free for children age 6 and under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for all ages.

The Fall Nationals can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR COMPLETE SWEEPS: (113 times - updated 10/2/2019) 4/23/1961: Roger McCluskey at Williams Grove Speedway 6/25/1961: Parnelli Jones at New Bremen Speedway 7/4/1961: Parnelli Jones at Salem Speedway 7/23/1961: Parnelli Jones at Dayton Speedway 8/6/1961: A.J. Foyt at Salem Speedway 7/8/1962: Parnelli Jones at Indianapolis Raceway Park 7/29/1962: Roger McCluskey at Eldora Speedway 9/7/1962: Jim Hurtubise at Lancaster Speedway 9/22/1962: Parnelli Jones at the Allentown Fairgrounds 3/24/1963: A.J. Foyt at the Reading Fairgrounds 6/2/1963: Roger McCluskey at New Bremen Speedway 8/4/1963: Don Branson at Salem Speedway 8/25/1963: Chuck Hulse at New Bremen Speedway 3/24/1964: A.J. Foyt at the Reading Fairgrounds 6/14/1964: A.J. Foyt at the Terre Haute Action Track 7/4/1964: Bud Tingelstad at Salem Speedway 7/5/1964: Jud Larson at Eldora Speedway 7/18/1964: A.J. Foyt at Williams Grove Speedway 8/2/1964: Parnelli Jones at Salem Speedway 4/4/1965: Jud Larson at the Reading Fairgrounds 4/18/1965: Jud Larson at Eldora Speedway 5/9/1965: Jud Larson at Eldora Speedway 7/4/1965: Don Branson at Salem Speedway 8/15/1965: Johnny Rutherford at the Terre Haute Action Track 9/19/1965: Bobby Unser at Baer Field Raceway 6/11/1966: Bobby Unser at Reading Fairgrounds 7/10/1966: Roger McCluskey at Winchester Speedway 5/28/1967: Bob Wente at Winchester Speedway 9/1/1967: Ralph Liguori at Tri-City Speedway 4/19/1968: Larry Dickson at Heidelberg Raceway 6/2/1968: Larry Dickson at Dayton Speedway 6/21/1968: Gary Bettenhausen at Heidelberg Raceway 7/5/1968: Carl Williams at Lakeside Speedway 7/26/1968: Gary Bettenhausen at Stafford Springs Speedway 4/27/1969: Cy Fairchild at New Bremen Speedway 6/19/1969: Gary Bettenhausen at Reading Fairgrounds 8/22/1969: Greg Weld at Stafford Springs Speedway 6/26/1970: Larry Dickson at Berlin Raceway 5/15/1971: Sammy Sessions at Indianapolis Raceway Park 6/11/1971: Sammy Sessions at Berlin Raceway 6/19/1971: Mitch Smith at Williams Grove Speedway 6/27/1971: Larry Dickson at Winchester Speedway 7/17/1971: Mitch Smith at Selinsgrove Speedway 5/13/1972: Tom Bigelow at Indianapolis Raceway Park 6/24/1973: Jan Opperman at Williams Grove Speedway 7/13/1973: Tom Sneva at Sharon Speedway 8/26/1973: Jerry Hansen at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds 9/29/1973: Tom Sneva at Tri-County Speedway 10/7/1973: Tom Sneva at New Bremen Speedway 5/5/1974: Tom Bigelow at Tri-County Speedway 7/28/1974: Pancho Carter at Winchester Speedway 3/23/1975: Larry Dickson at the Reading Fairgrounds 5/3/1975: Pancho Carter at the Terre Haute Action Track 6/21/1975: Rollie Beale at Eldora Speedway 11/20/1976: Gary Patterson at Ascot Park 4/3/1977: Tom Bigelow at Winchester Speedway 5/15/1977: Pancho Carter at Winchester Speedway 9/17/1978: Bubby Jones at Eldora Speedway 5/28/1979: Tom Bigelow at Dayton Speedway 6/2/1979: Bubby Jones at Eldora Speedway 9/2/1979: Steve Chassey at Winchester Speedway 9/3/1979: Steve Chassey at Winchester Speedway 5/10/1980: Pancho Carter at Indianapolis Raceway Park 8/23/1980: Tom Bigelow at Hartford Speedway Park 5/5/1982: Jac Haudenschild at Millstream Motor Speedway 6/5/1982: Sheldon Kinser at Knoxville Raceway 6/6/1982: Jeff Swindell at I-70 Speedway 8/20/1982: Rich Vogler at Santa Fe Speedway 6/4/1983: Rich Vogler at Eldora Speedway 6/19/1983: Rich Vogler at the Terre Haute Action Track 4/1/1984: Jac Haudenschild at Eldora Speedway 5/4/1986: Rich Vogler at the Terre Haute Action Track 6/20/1987: Kenny Jacobs at K-C Raceway 7/30/1988: Rich Vogler at Winchester Speedway 8/24/1989: Rich Vogler at Indianapolis Raceway Park 8/26/1989: Rich Vogler at Winchester Speedway 6/9/1990: Jeff Gordon at Indianapolis Raceway Park 7/14/1990: Jack Hewitt at Richmond Raceway 10/21/1990: Steve Butler at Winchester Speedway 7/7/1991: Jack Hewitt at the Terre Haute Action Track 8/31/1991: Jack Hewitt at Tri-City Speedway 7/17/1993: Mike Bliss at Indianapolis Raceway Park 5/14/1994: Mike Bliss at Indianapolis Raceway Park 5/26/1994: Doug Kalitta at Winchester Speedway 7/16/1994: Doug Kalitta at Winchester Speedway 8/14/1994: Mike Bliss at Winchester Speedway 4/2/1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. at Winchester Speedway 4/9/1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. at Salem Speedway 7/1/1995: Jack Hewitt at Lawrenceburg Speedway 9/15/1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. at Lakeside Speedway 9/16/1995: Tony Stewart at I-70 Speedway 4/12/1996: Dave Steele at Lakeside Speedway 7/26/1996: Kevin Thomas at Bloomington Speedway 5/22/1997: Brian Tyler at Winchester Speedway 8/27/1997: Doug Kalitta at Winchester Speedway 6/3/1998: Brian Tyler at Winchester Speedway 6/27/1998: Dave Steele at Winchester Speedway 8/15/1999: Ryan Newman at Winchester Speedway 5/6/2000: Jay Drake at Tri-City Speedway 6/10/2000: Tracy Hines at Indianapolis Raceway Park 8/11/2000: Jay Drake at Hartford Speedway Park 10/22/2000: Tracy Hines at Winchester Speedway 6/20/2002: J.J. Yeley at Fremont Speedway 5/17/2003: J.J. Yeley at the Terre Haute Action Track 6/18/2003: J.J. Yeley at Attica Raceway Park 7/26/2003: Tracy Hines at the Terre Haute Action Track 8/24/2005: Jay Drake at Tri-City Speedway 8/7/2011: Brady Bacon at Knoxville Raceway 4/24/2015: Dave Darland at Eagle Raceway 5/5/2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. at Plymouth Speedway 6/9/2018: Tyler Courtney at Knoxville Raceway 7/24/2019: Tyler Courtney at the Terre Haute Action Track 9/28/2019: Tyler Courtney at Eldora Speedway

SWEEPS IN USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR COMPETITION: (By Driver) 1. (7) Rich Vogler

2. (6) Parnelli Jones

3. (5) Tom Bigelow, Larry Dickson & A.J. Foyt

6. (4) Pancho Carter, Jack Hewitt, Jud Larson & Roger McCluskey

10. (3) Gary Bettenhausen, Mike Bliss, Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Tracy Hines, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Tom Sneva & J.J. Yeley

19. (2) Don Branson, Steve Chassey, Jac Haudenschild, Bubby Jones, Sammy Sessions, Mitch Smith, Dave Steele, Brian Tyler & Bobby Unser

28. (1) Brady Bacon, Rollie Beale, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Cy Fairchild, Jeff Gordon, Jerry Hansen, Chuck Hulse, Jim Hurtubise, Kenny Jacobs, Sheldon Kinser, Ralph Liguori, Ryan Newman, Jan Opperman, Gary Patterson, Johnny Rutherford, Tony Stewart, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Bud Tingelstad, Greg Weld, Bob Wente and Carl Williams.

SWEEPS IN USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR COMPETITION: (By Track) 1. (21) Winchester Speedway

2. (10) Eldora Speedway

3. (9) Indianapolis Raceway Park & Terre Haute Action Track

5. (7) Salem Speedway

6. (6) Reading Fairgrounds

7. (5) New Bremen Speedway

8. (4) Lakeside Speedway, Tri-City Speedway & Williams Grove Speedway

11. (3) Dayton Speedway & Knoxville Raceway

13. (2) Berlin Raceway, Hartford Speedway Park, Heidelberg Raceway, I-70 Speedway, Stafford Springs Speedway & Tri-County Speedway

19. (1) Allentown Fairgrounds, Ascot Park, Attica Raceway Park, Baer Field Raceway, Bloomington Speedway, Eagle Raceway, Fremont Speedway, K-C Raceway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Millstream Motor Speedway, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Plymouth Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Santa Fe Speedway, Selinsgrove Speedway & Sharon Speedway

 

 

LAWRENCEBURG FALL NATIONALS TO HONOR RICHARD HOFFMAN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (October 2, 2019).........This Saturday's Fall Nationals at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway will mark a tribute to Richard Hoffman, the venerable car owner from the winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car team of all-time, Hoffman Auto Racing, who passed away this past April at the age of 76.

Hoffman Auto Racing, and later, Dynamics, Inc., notched 11 career USAC National Sprint Car owner titles in 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2014 and 2016 with drivers Rich Vogler, Robbie Stanley, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon, who continues the legacy of the famed team to this day aboard the Mean Green No. 69.

Bacon and Richard immediately clicked and quickly found that each had the same desire and ethic required to win races and championships. It's a desire that led to Bacon becoming the team's winningest and longest-tenured driver in the nine-decade history of Hoffman Auto Racing, scoring the team's two most recent series championships and 19 USAC National Sprint Car wins, including one of the team's six USAC wins at Lawrenceburg.

"We had a great relationship over the years," Bacon said of Hoffman. "He gave me my entrance back into non-wing sprint car racing in 2013. We raced a few times before that, and I think we just got along really well. The Hoffmans, in general, are intense. They want to win, and they want to see someone put in as much effort and have as much drive in winning as they do. That was never an issue for us. We had our struggles at times and it's hard to get out of those slumps, but we were always able to do that and got two championships, which was awesome."

Along the way, lessons were learned by Bacon, many of which he applied to his own career as a car owner and driver.

"I just appreciate that I was taught things on what to spend your money on and what not to spend your money on," Bacon explained. "Obviously, their truck and trailer weren't on the top of the priority list. They always had good engines, always had good tires, always had fresh equipment and things like that. Their priorities were right, in my opinion. That's helped me now that I'm running some things on my own with my own equipment. It was a good run with Richard, and still being involved with the Hoffman's definitely created a unique friendship with the whole family. I'm definitely disappointed that he's not here with us anymore."

For Hoffman Auto Racing's VP of Marketing and Public Relations, Tim Waechter, he found once you're with the Hoffmans, you're forever a member of an exclusive group and create everlasting friendships, the kind he had with Richard.

"If you're part of the Hoffman team, you're part of the Hoffman team forever," Waechter said. "Richard was my best friend in life for the past 20 years. He was just such a competitor and we had so much time together as roommates on the road, talking about what happened that night and other things. He was just a great person, a very intelligent person and a competitor. Second just wasn't good enough; any driver can tell you that. Even up until the very end, he was so full of energy and passion for the sport like no other you ever seen."

Richard, of Milford, Ohio, began his racing career working for father Gus Hoffman's team in the initial season of USAC racing in 1956. Throughout the past six decades, Gus, Richard and, eventually, his son Rob, and Dynamics, Inc. would accumulate 120 USAC victories, dating back to Eddie Sachs' midget win at Ohio's Dayton Speedway in 1956 to Brady Bacon's four Sprint Car scores in 2019 at Indiana's Bloomington Speedway, Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway and twice at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway.

In addition to those listed above, a who's who list of the top drivers of the era won USAC Sprint car features in top-flight Hoffman sprinters, including Jim Hemmings, Larry Cannon, Steve Butler, Cary Faas, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Andy Michner, Brian Tyler, Jon Stanbrough, Daron Clayton, Kyle Larson, Darren Hagen, Chad Boespflug and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Whether it was on pavement on dirt, Hoffman cars are tough to beat from the paved high banks of Winchester and Salem, to the dirt tracks of Eldora and Terre Haute, Manzanita and Perris. All of which were conquered by Hoffman racecars.

Richard, a 2013 inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, was also an author of seven career USAC Silver Crown wins as a team owner, with Johnny Parsons, Pat Abold and Brian Tyler. With Tyler, the team claimed victory in the 1999 Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway.

Hoffman/Dynamics, Inc. also competed on the USAC Championship trail during the 1970s and 80s, making six starts with Larry Cannon (1974-76), Joe Saldana (1978-79), Jerry Sneva (1982) and Spike Gehlhausen (1984).

Pits open Saturday at Lawrenceburg at 3pm Eastern, spectator gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 and up, $7 for ages 7-12 and free for children age 6 and under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for all ages.

The Fall Nationals can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS RETURN TO SANTA MARIA RACEWAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 1, 2019... With two point races remaining, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, October 5th. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the twelfth point race is the last stop of the year for the traditional 360s at "The West's Best Short Track." The action packed card will also showcase Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at Santa Maria Raceway will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

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

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held forty West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384, just shy of the all-time 360 record of 13.354 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan on September 11, 2004. Defending champion Austin Liggett topped the April 27th and August 10th main events, while current point leader Tristan Guardino was victorious on June 15th. The series wins list at Santa Maria is at the end of this release.

Entering the twelfth point race, there have been six different winners. Tristan Guardino and Austin Liggett lead the series with three triumphs while Jake Swanson has two victories on the season. Chase Johnson, Brody Roa, and Troy Rutherford have posted one win as rain claimed the May 18th show at Petaluma.

Closing on his first championship, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) heads to Santa Maria with a stout 141-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino charged to a fourth place finish at Ventura on August 24th after starting tenth. To date, the point leader has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led. With eight victories, Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the series win list and will be looking for another win at Santa Maria.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons placed fifth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds after starting seventh. At press time, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and eight top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on the third career USAC West Coast victory.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw scored a twelfth place finish in the August 24th feature. To date, the versatile driver has posted one heat race victory and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday night, Koen will be looking to earn his first career USAC victory at Santa Maria Raceway.

After running third at Ventura, T.J. Smith (Fresno, CA) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the May Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers Propane Maxim, Smith has four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the season. The 2010 Santa Maria Track Champion has four career series wins and will have his sights on his first victory of 2019.

Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #43 C&G Farms / Fabwerx Maxim, Mayhew finished thirteenth at Ventura’s “Battle of the Beach Race #3.” At press time, the leading rookie contender has two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards and two top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 2017 Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion will be looking for her first USAC win this Saturday night.

While Mayhew leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO), Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA), and Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Austin Liggett, Austin Ervine, Troy Rutherford, Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Michael Faccinto, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Tom Hendricks, Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Brent Owens, James Herrera, Ricky Lewis, Kaleb Montgomery, and more.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

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

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-739, 2. Ryan Timmons-598, 3. Koen Shaw-509, 4. T.J. Smith-435, 5. Hannah Mayhew ®-408, 6. Jake Swanson-400, 7. J.J. Ringo ®-393, 8. Austin Liggett-390, 9. Austin Ervine-361, 10. Slater Helt ®-356, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Ryan Bernal-206, 20. Kyle Edwards-179.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Adobe Cup II)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LAWRENCEBURG FALL NATIONALS PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (September 30, 2019).........This Saturday's 63rd appearance by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway brings to us the 10th running of the Fall Nationals under USAC sanction on October 5.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) enters as the reigning Fall Nationals winner, leading the first lap and the final 18 laps in a spirited duel with Brady Bacon. He's riding a hot streak at The Burg as the winner of the two most recent series appearances, also capturing the win during July's Indiana Sprint Week round. In fact, four of Grant's 16 career USAC National Sprint wins have come at Lawrenceburg. He was also the fastest qualifier at Lawrenceburg during Indiana Midget Week in June. He has five top-five finishes at the Fall Nationals, including a 5th in 2013, a 4th in 2014, a 5th in 2016 and a 3rd in 2017.

The very first of Chase Stockon's 12 career USAC National Sprint Car victories came at the Fall Nationals in 2012. He's started all nine Fall Nationals under USAC sanction since 2009. The Fort Branch, Ind. native, who holds the ultimate ironman streak of 288 USAC National Sprint Car consecutive starts entering the weekend, also finished as the runner-up at the Fall Nationals in 2013.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has three career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at Lawrenceburg, twice in 2013 and again during the 2017 Fall Nationals. He also scored a 4th at the Fall Nationals in 2013, a runner-up finish in 2015 and a 5th place run in last year's event. He took a 4th in July at Lawrenceburg during Indiana Sprint Week.

Josh Hodges (Tijeras, N.M.) picked up his first and, thus far, only career USAC National Sprint Car feature win during the Fall Nationals in 2016. In fact, he's finished in the top-10 in all three of his Fall Nationals starts: 1st in 2016, 8th in 2017 and 10th in 2018. His 2016 run was the fastest 30-lap USAC Sprint Car race in the history of Lawrenceburg Speedway at 7:21.09.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) is the winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time with 62 wins. He also holds the record for most USAC Sprint Car wins at Lawrenceburg with seven dating back to 1998. In Fall Nationals' past, he's been 3rd in both 2013 and 2016 and was 6th a year ago. Additionally, he set quick time during qualifying in both in 2014 and 2017. The USAC Triple Crown champ's most recent victory at the track came on Sept. 14 in a Lawrenceburg Sprint program.

Brady Bacon's lone USAC National Sprint Car win at Lawrenceburg came during the summer of 2015. The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ from Broken Arrow, Okla. was the fastest qualifier at the 2011 Fall Nationals and has finished in the top-three in the event over the years, including 2nd in 2014, 4th in 2015 and a runner-up finish in 2018 where he led 11 laps.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the most recent USAC National Sprint Car feature winner last Saturday at Eldora Speedway where he became the first driver in the series this season to record a complete sweep of the night with fast qualifying time, a heat race win and a feature victory within a single night. The defending USAC Sprint champ has one career Lawrenceburg win with the series in 2018. He finished 5th in the Fall Nationals in 2017 and was 3rd in 2018.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader and 2013 Lawrenceburg Speedway track champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has finished in the top-three twice at the Fall Nationals in his career. He was 3rd in 2015 and 2nd in 2017. In both 2015 and 2018, he was the fastest qualifier at the Fall Nationals and was so again this past July at Lawrenceburg during Indiana Sprint Week where he raced to a 3rd place finish in the main event. He carries a 58-point lead in the series standings entering the event.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is the only driver to finish in the top-ten of all nine previous Fall Nationals run under the sanctioning of USAC, but the Spring 2017 winner remains on the hunt for his first Fall Nationals triumph. He was 3rd in 2009, 2nd in 2011, 2nd in 2012, 10th in 2013, 9th in 2014, 5th in 2015, 2nd in 2016, 7th in 2017 and 4th in 2018. He was 2nd in July at Lawrenceburg and was victorious there during Indiana Midget Week this past June.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was 17th during his first Fall Nationals run one year ago in 2018. The Bridgeport, N.J. Eastern Storm winner and Fairbury, Neb. Mid-America Midget week victor was 7th during his Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint Car return in July of this year. His Daigh/Phillips Motorsports team has been the fastest qualifier twice at the Fall Nationals, in 2014 with Darland and in 2016 with Stevie Sussex.

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) enters the Fall Nationals after reeling off a pair of top-tens last weekend at Gas City and Eldora where he finished 9th in both. The 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has made three past Fall Nationals starts, finishing a best of 9th one year ago.

Dustin Clark (Washington, Ind.) has taken command of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year battle. He plans to make his first career Fall Nationals appearance this Saturday at Lawrenceburg where he's made one previous series start, a 14th place finish this past July.

Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) has won three times at Lawrenceburg this season in weekly Sprint Car competition and finished 4th in the track's standings for 2019. He was the fastest qualifier in USAC Sprint Car competition at Lawrenceburg during the summer of 2018. A 14th place finisher last year at the Fall Nationals, his best result in the event was an 11th in 2017.

Saturday is Pretty in Pink Night at the track. Wear a pink shirt to show support of Breast Cancer Awareness and receive a chance to win a $100 Kroger gift card from Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Pits open at 3pm Eastern, spectator gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 and up, $7 for ages 7-12 and free for children age 6 and under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for all ages.

The Fall Nationals can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

USAC SPRINT CAR FALL NATIONALS WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY: 2009: Damion Gardner 2011: Levi Jones 2012: Chase Stockon 2013: Bryan Clauson 2014: Bryan Clauson 2015: Thomas Meseraull 2016: Josh Hodges 2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr. 2018: Justin Grant

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY: (61 Points Races, 1 Special Event) 1. (7) Dave Darland 2. (5) Jon Stanbrough 3. (4) Justin Grant & Jack Hewitt 5. (3) Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Clauson, Rick Hood & Kevin Thomas, Jr. 9. (2) Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, Danny Milburn & Brian Tyler 14. (1) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Jeff Bland, Jr., Mark Cassella, Jerry Coons, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Kevin Doty, Jay Drake, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, Logan Jarrett, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Rodney Ritter, Jr., Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Chris Windom, Josh Wise & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY: 1983: Danny Milburn (9/18) 1984: Rick Hood (6/9) & Danny Milburn (9/16) 1985: Rick Hood (6/8) 1986: Rick Hood (6/7) 1988: Jack Hewitt (6/4) 1989: Rodney Ritter, Jr. (7/1) 1992: Kevin Thomas (8/8) 1993: Jack Hewitt (7/10) 1994: Jon Stanbrough (6/18) 1995: Jack Hewitt (7/1) 1996: Mark Cassella (8/31) 1997: Brian Tyler (7/19) & Brian Tyler (8/30) 1998: Kevin Doty (5/30), Dave Darland (7/18) & Dave Darland (8/29) 1999: Kevin Briscoe (6/5), Jack Hewitt (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/28) 2000: Kevin Briscoe (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/26) 2001: Dave Darland (7/26) 2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/25) 2003: J.J. Yeley (5/31), Jay Drake (6/1) & Jon Stanbrough (7/24) 2004: Jon Stanbrough (7/22) 2005: Dickie Gaines (7/21) 2006: Jon Stanbrough (4/22) 2007: Levi Jones (4/21), Jon Stanbrough (7/11) & Dave Darland (7/12) 2008: Jeff Bland (7/9) & Brady Short (7/10) 2009: Josh Wise (4/18), Dave Darland (7/10), Jerry Coons Jr. (8/22 Special Event) & Damion Gardner (10/2) 2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (4/17) & Dave Darland (7/9) 2011: Robert Ballou (7/10), Levi Jones (10/1) 2012: Justin Grant (7/15) & Chase Stockon (9/29) 2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/6), Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/14) & Bryan Clauson (9/28) 2014: Justin Grant (4/5) & Bryan Clauson (9/27) 2015: Logan Jarrett (4/4), Brady Bacon (7/12) & Thomas Meseraull (10/3) 2016: Dave Darland (4/2), Bryan Clauson (7/10) & Josh Hodges (10/1) 2017: Chris Windom (4/1), C.J. Leary (7/9) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/30) 2018: Tyler Courtney (7/22) & Justin Grant (9/29) 2019: Justin Grant (7/21)

PAST FALL NATIONALS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY

2009 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Cole Whitt, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Jeff Bland Jr., 13. Nic Faas, 14. Bobby East, 15. Darren Hagen, 16. Casey Riggs, 17. Brady Short, 18. Bryan Clauson, 19. Jesse Hockett, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. John Memmer, 22. Chad Boat, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Chase Stockon. FAST QUALIFIER: Jon Stanbrough

2011 1. Levi Jones, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Casey Riggs, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Ted Hines, 9. Bobby East, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. Jac Haudenschild, 12. Brady Short, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Blake Fitzpatrick, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Matt Westfall, 17. Logan Hupp, 18. Chase Stockon, 19. Jonathan Hendrick, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Coleman Gulick, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Critter Malone. NT FAST QUALIFIER: Brady Bacon

2012 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Bobby East, 13. Logan Hupp, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Brady Short, 18. Wes McIntyre, 19. Dave Darland, 20. Jonathan Hendrick, 21. Dakota Jackson, 22. Daron Clayton, 23. Coleman Gulick. FAST QUALIFIER: Coleman Gulick

2013 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Gary Taylor, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Shawn Westerfeld, 12. Daron Clayton, 13. Kyle Cummins, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Joss Moffatt, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Ted Hines, 20. Scotty Weir, 21. Tyler Courtney, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Matt Westfall. FAST QUALIFIER: Bryan Clauson

2014 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jac Haudenschild, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. C.J. Leary, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Shane Cottle. NT FAST QUALIFIER: Dave Darland

2015 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Kody Swanson, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 19. Dustin Ingle, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Garrett Abrams, 22. Kyle Cummins. FAST QUALIFIER: C.J. Leary

2016 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Carson Short, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Nick Bilbee, 16. A.J. Hopkins, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Joss Moffatt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Drew Abel. 7:21.09 (NTR) FAST QUALIFIER: Stevie Sussex

2017 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Nick Bilbee, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Joss Moffatt, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Kyle Robbins, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Garrett Abrams, 18. J.J. Hughes, 19. Tony McVey, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Aric Gentry, 22. Shawn Westerfeld, 23. Chad Boespflug. NT FAST QUALIFIER: DaveDarland

2018 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Chris Windom (18), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Jarett Andretti (11), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Isaac Chapple (8), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Dakota Jackson (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (16), 15. Matt Westfall (14), 16. Justin Peck (15), 17. Jason McDougal (12), 18. Shane Cottle (10), 19. Dickie Gaines (17), 20. Brandon Spithaler (21), 21. C.J. Leary (6). NT FAST QUALIFIER: C.J. Leary

 

 

A CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR UNLIKE ANY OTHER FOR SWANSON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 28, 2019).........For Kody Swanson, 2019 was a year unlike any other. The record books will forever show the Kingsburg, Calif. driver having another dominant year with five wins in 10 races and adding an unprecedented fifth USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series title to his laundry list of accomplishments within the series.

They say stats never lie, which is true. However, stats don't always tell the whole story, a story that's had its ups and downs, peaks and valleys, heartaches and headaches, yet ended with the thrill of victory and another triumph in a year the 31-year-old driver calls gratifying.

"It's been a very challenging year," Swanson admitted. "The thing that's been great is these guys have been resilient. We won two pavement races with a backup car. Issues will happen in racing and you never know what will happen, but that's what makes it so gratifying to win a race or a title, when you overcame so much. These guys overcame an awful lot this year and they're champions with me."

It's a story that began over the offseason, when Kody's former team with which he had won four Silver Cronw driver's titles in a four-year-span, DePalma Motorsports, closed up shop and sent the hottest free agent on the hunt for a new ride.

He landed at Greenwood, Indiana-based Nolen Racing, the venerable team that had been winners with the series spanning from 1991 to 2018 with drivers Johnny Parsons, Jim Keeker, Tony Elliott, Shane Hollingsworth and Chris Windom.

After a rigorous offseason of prepping equipment, building a relationship with the crew, and adapting to the new environment in general, Swanson and the Nolen team were thrown into the proverbial heat of the fire at March's season opener in Memphis.

During Friday's practice that weekend, Swanson practiced both of Nolen's cars. They had their primary car pulled apart on pit lane during the session after a brand-new driveshaft dealt them trouble. Meanwhile, the team pulled out their backup and Swanson put some laps on it to make sure it was ready to run. Swanson jumped back into the primary with a new driveshaft and proceeded to set the fastest lap of the afternoon.

Fast forward to raceday on Saturday, Swanson took to practice back in the primary before encountering what he described as a fluke engine part issue. Nolen once again had to roll the backup car out where they tweaked on the chassis to get it to where Kody felt it was at its best. Enter qualifying and Swanson promptly put it on the pole position. Enter race time, and after dropping back following an early-race lead, Swanson dug his way back to lead the final 20 laps and score the victory.

"I'm exhausted; I'm elated; I don't even know what to feel," Swanson exclaimed at the time. "I'm very grateful. I haven't been to my day job since Tuesday. I could see the writing on the wall that we were already in a corner then. We had guys that were there into the wee hours of the morning with me almost every night this week, then back at it the next day, just digging for all we were worth to be ready. We got one ready and dug deep enough to get the other one ready just in case. You hate to think you'd ever have a failure and need it, but we did, and it was ready to come in off the bench and do a great job for us."

Granted, any victory is difficult to come by. Yet, Swanson always seems to make it look relatively easily, although the backstories certainly tell a different tale as was the case in round two at Ohio's Toledo Speedway in April. However, as with most success stories in racing, chapter one begins "Once upon a time..." somewhere in the race shop, with a crew burning the midnight oil with hour-after-hour of tedious maintenance and improvements. Or, perhaps, on the road, the setting may become a parking lot, as it was with Swanson and Nolen.

"The Nolen Racing 20 and everybody that's involved is just digging harder and harder," Swanson explained. "Yesterday, we worked in the parking lot for six-and-a-half hours before the rain came to make sure we'd be ready. Whether we liked it or not at the time, it's the kind of stuff like that that gives you a chance to finish 100 laps and a chance to win on race day."

Swanson did just that as the class of the field once again, winning the pole and wiring all 100 laps to capture his second-straight series victory to begin the new season at the Rollie Beale Classic.

Swanson was solid in his dirt debut with Nolen Racing in May's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, starting 4th and finishing 3rd. The following night, back on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., provided one of the team's most challenging moments of the season. On a restart just following the halfway mark of the 100-lapper, Swanson was leading after winning the pole for the third consecutive pavement race and all seemed right in Swanson and team's world. However, his car failed to launch on the lap 54 restart with an engine issue, handing over the lead to Kyle Hamilton who raced away to victory while Swanson settled for a 16th place finish.

Back to the drawing board, the team locked down and went straight to business with a 2nd on the dirt at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway and another pristine pole-starting/race-winning performance at Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway.

However, two weeks later on the high banks of Indiana's Salem Speedway, Swanson and Nolen Racing were thrust into a painfully familiar scenario. Right before the second round of practice began, crew member Chris Phillips noticed that water was coming through one of the nozzle filters. Engine builder Bill Tranter noticed it was a big issue as well, and Swanson was forced to hop out of the primary while the team quickly retrieved the backup car. Crew members Rick Laughlin and Dale Latty had worked on the backup car leading up to the event to make sure it was ready just in case it was needed.

In a matter of minutes, the backup car went from having travel tires on it to race tires that could be scuffed for qualifying. The time that was left only allowed for two laps of practice, which proved pivotal for Swanson to diagnose what needed to be done.

"In those two laps, I was able to find the things I didn't like about the racecar and what made me uncomfortable from the cockpit," Swanson explained. "Immediately, we came in and there was no 'hey, we're tired. You figure it out.' They all jumped in and continued to just battle it out to make it better."

Swanson described his qualifying run that day as an uncomfortable two laps. Yet, it was good enough for the four-time series champ to win the pole by more than three tenths of a second. Despite all that, Swanson had the hunger for more.

"After we qualified, I came in and wanted to change four shocks and four springs," Swanson recalled. "Not once did any of the guys give me any grief, like 'hey, don't be greedy.' They just kept after it."

Swanson promptly put the car on the pole and led wire-to-wire to capture his fourth consecutive Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial victory, equaling a feat previously only accomplished by Pancho Carter in 1974-75-76-77, the very same night he became the 19th driver to join the 100-start club in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series.

The following race on the dirt mile of the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend provided yet another grief-stricken scenario during practice, which saw the Nolen Racing team losing power to not one, but two different engines during practice. Fellow driver Patrick Lawson gave up his ride to Swanson for the main event where Swanson charged from 29th to 14th to earn KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors.

A short week followed and, six days later, the story was written in reverse as Swanson and Nolen executed their smoothest night of the year, getting back to the basics - racing and winning, which they did again for the fifth and final time of the season under the lights of Lucas Oil Raceway at the Rich Vogler Classic after pulling another engine out from under the bench, installing it in their designated backup car and leading all 100 laps.

At the Eldora finale, all Swanson had to do was present his car for the 50-lap feature event and the title was his. But Swanson is a racer and proceeded to knock out one of his better Eldora performances, starting 3rd and finishing 4th to wrap up the title by 60 points over Justin Grant.

The path to a championship isn't always a point A to point B process, although that's always the initial goal. And though it was certainly unlike any other year Swanson had experienced in his illustrious USAC Silver Crown career, the end result was as familiar as a comfortable pair of shoes. It's something we've become accustomed to - Kody Swanson standing on the stage celebrating a Silver Crown driver's championship where, Saturday night, at Eldora, he concluded the decade as the most decorated driver of the 2010s, and in the history of the series, perhaps the likes we will never see again to this extent.

KODY SWANSON'S 2019 USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON BY THE NUMBERS:

638: The number of points accumulated by Swanson during the 2019 season, ranks 1st among all drivers.

404: The number of laps led by Swanson during the 2019 Silver Crown season, 277 more than his nearest competitor, which ranks 1st among all drivers.

103: The number of starts Swanson now has in his Silver Crown career, which ranks 17th amongst all drivers in the history of the series.

82: The number of consecutive Silver Crown starts Swanson has made since 2012, which ranks 2nd all time behind Brian Tyler's 97 and 1st among all active drivers.

10: The number of 2019 Silver Crown starts, which is tied for 1st along with 8 other drivers.

8: The number of times Swanson finished in the top-five and top-ten during the 2019 season. His top-fives ranks 1st while his top-tens rank tied for 2nd.

5: The number of wins Swanson earned in 2019 as well the amount of Fatheadz Eyewear Pole Awards he's won and the number of Silver Crown driving championships he now has, all of which rank 1st among all drivers.

 

 

BACON BOLTS TO ELDORA SILVER CROWN TRIUMPH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 28, 2019).........Entering Saturday's USAC Silver Crown season finale at Eldora Speedway, the formula was simple. A 4th place finish or better by Brady Bacon was what he needed to secure Klatt Enterprises' first series owner title.

Bacon defied all notions of running "just good enough." His intentions were fully set on winning and closing the curtain on a banner year for himself and the Klatt team by capturing his second series victory of the season, and his career, leading the final 10 laps to sweep both victories on half-mile dirt tracks (Eldora and Williams Grove) on the Silver Crown schedule in 2019.

"We kind of struggled and everything else, so it was good to get a win here and get an owner's championship for these guys," Bacon said. "They worked hard to make huge improvements over the last year and we won two races this year. We were in the hunt every time. I'm really happy for them, and hopefully, we can keep winning these races the next few years."

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native started 4th in the 27-car field, the largest car count for a Silver Crown race at Eldora since 2008. However, pole winner Kevin Thomas, Jr., making his debut run in Chris Dyson Racing's mount, emerged with the lead on a first lap that saw the top-three of Thomas, Kody Swanson and Bacon battle three-wide off turn four.

Thomas, a 2nd place finisher in the previous year's 4-Crown Silver Crown feature, checked out in the early stages, building up a two second lead over Bacon and Swanson, who locked up an unprecedented fifth series driving title by starting the night's main event.

The first incident of the night occurred in turn one the ninth lap when Steve Buckwalter climbed the outside wall, creating heavy damage to the right front. The trailing John Heydenreich had nowhere to roam and slid sideways into Buckwalter who was at rest up against the outside wall. Both drivers were okay, but their cars were finished for the remainder of the evening.

On the ensuing restart, the game changed as Bacon began working the middle and was able to remain within arm's reach of Thomas. Just moments later, though, on lap 12, 6th running Jason McDougal looped his ride at the entrance of turn one. As McDougal sat helplessly in the middle of the racing surface, Midget and Sprint feature winner Tyler Courtney clobbered McDougal with his right rear wheel, seriously damaging both machines and ending both driver's nights and Courtney's bid for a USAC sweep at the 4-Crown.

With 13 laps remaining, Bacon tested the waters and slid through the middle to show a nose to the high-riding Thomas in turn one and then turn three as well. Bacon tried again two laps later in turn one, making up a bit of ground, but there wasn't enough zip to make the slide stick.

Entering the final 10 laps, Thomas clung to a three-car length lead over Bacon, until scraping his right-side wheels off the outside wall between turns three and four. As Thomas fought to break free from the wall's grasp, Bacon shot under and raced away scot-free with the lead and an eventual 1.931 second triumph over Thomas, Justin Grant, Swanson and Shane Cottle, who started all the way back in 24th.

For Thomas, it was another heartbreak for a driver who's been on the cusp of a first USAC Silver Crown victory for two consecutive seasons now. In fact, his result on Saturday was the fifth 2nd place finish of his Silver Crown career, moving him into the distinction as the driver with the most runner-up finishes without a series win, passing Dave Blaney, Pablo Donoso and Arnie Knepper on the list.

"We had a good chance of winning the sprint car race too, plugged it in the fence and broke a front end," Thomas recalled. "Luckily, we finished 4th there. And then we did it again. I don't ever run the fence, so I'm actually glad that I was at least up there to plug it in the fence. It was a long day, but it was a fun day. I think we got a 5th, a 4th and a 2nd. For somebody who's not very good here, I'll take it."

Contingency award winners Friday and Saturday night at Eldora Speedway were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Fatheadz Eyewear/ProSource Fast Qualifier), Matt Westfall (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger/Larry Rice High Performance Award & Rosewood Machine & Tool Precision Move of the Race) and Ronnie Wuerdeman (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 38th 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: (Completed on September 27) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9, Dyson-16.054; 2. Jason McDougal, 56, Foxco-16.070; 3. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-16.176; 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-16.250; 5. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-16.321; 6. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-16.366; 7. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire/Kemenah-16.445; 8. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-16.483; 9. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-16.523; 10. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-16.548; 11. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-16.562; 12. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-16.992; 13. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-17.048; 14. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-17.074; 15. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-17.078; 16. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-17.094; 17. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-17.138; 18. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-17.143; 19. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-17.192; 20. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-17.272; 21 Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-17.279; 22. Terry Babb, 34, Morford-17.378; 23. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-17.448; 24. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-17.456; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.569; 26. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-18.941; 27. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall/Marshall-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (4), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 3. Justin Grant (5), 4. Kody Swanson (3), 5. Shane Cottle (24), 6. Chris Windom (6), 7. Matt Westfall (27), 8. C.J. Leary (10), 9. Matt Goodnight (25), 10. Eric Gordon (19), 11. Chad Kemenah (7), 12. Jimmy Light (14), 13. Ronnie Wuerdeman (9), 14. Kyle Robbins (8), 15. David Byrne (13), 16. Bill Rose (16), 17. Mike Haggenbottom (21), 18. Travis Welpott (12), 19. Austin Mundie (18), 20. Terry Babb (22), 21. Austin Nemire (20), 22. Dave Berkheimer (26), 23. Jason McDougal (2), 24. Tyler Courtney (11), 25. Dallas Hewitt (17), 26. Steve Buckwalter (15), 27. John Heydenreich (23). 23:29.46

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Laps 41-50 Brady Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE AWARD HARD CHARGER: Matt Westfall (27th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ronnie Wuerdeman

ROSEWOOD MACHINE & TOOL PRECISION MOVE OF THE RACE: Matt Westfall

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES DRIVER POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-638, 2-Justin Grant-578, 3-David Byrne-489, 4-Eric Gordon-418, 5-Chris Windom-397, 6-Kyle Hamilton-381, 7-Bobby Santos-378, 8-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-366, 9-Mike Haggenbottom-357, 10-Kyle Robbins-355.

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES OWNER POINTS: 1-Klatt Enterprises #6-637, 2-Nolen Racing #20-613, 3-Hemelgarn Racing #91-578, 4-Byrne Racing #40-489, 5-Armstrong/Slinkard Racing #78-418, 6-Goodnight/Byrd Racing #17-378, 7-DJ Racing #22-378, 8-John Haggenbottom #24-357, 9-KR Racing #7-355, 10-Curtis Williams #81-347.

 

 

COURTNEY CONNECTS ON RECORD
4TH STRAIGHT ELDORA SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 28, 2019).........Tyler Courtney reached unprecedented territory following Saturday night's 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature.

Not even the likes of three-in-row winners Jud Larson, Bubby Jones, Jack Hewitt or Steve Butler can claim four consecutive USAC National Sprint Car victories at Eldora Speedway.

However, Courtney, the reigning series champ, can now claim the record as his own after winning his seventh series main event of the year, three of which have come at the famed half-mile, with Saturday's being the 24th of his career, moving him past A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey on the all-time list and into a tie for 22nd with Chris Windom.

"When you have guys like Jack Hewitt and Rich Vogler and all those guys that have ran here, for someone to never do four consecutive USAC National Sprint Car wins in a row here, is incredible," Courtney exclaimed. "To just even be compared to and having the opportunity to go for four in a row is pretty incredible. But now we get to put our name in the history books and hopefully come back in the spring for five in a row."

Just as he did in the midget throughout the night, Courtney was the rabbit everyone was chasing in his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy-powered sprinter. But he had to do a little chasing himself early on as Kevin Thomas, Jr. shot out to the lead from his pole starting position.

Sixth starting Courtney, meanwhile, was a rocket on the second lap as he exploded past Brady Bacon, Justin Grant and C.J. Leary on the back straightaway to move from 5th to 2nd before banging his right rear tire off the wall between turns there and four and settling into place in third behind leader Thomas and second-running Leary.

On lap six, Courtney gave it another shot, sliding past Leary in turn three to secure the 2nd position, and now had sights set on tracking down Thomas 1.6 seconds in the distance, which he had whittled down to just a tick over a half second by the tenth lap as they both rode the rail up against the outside wall.

Nearing the halfway point, traffic came into play and Thomas was determined to be the aggressor. Not wanting to play it safe and cautious, Thomas split hairs and threaded needles through the backend of the field as he sought his very own first career win at Eldora.

With 12 laps remaining, Thomas bounced the right rear off the outside wall between turns three and four, which sucked his right front wheel into the concrete at the exit of four, thus breaking the front end as a result. Thomas was now a sitting duck in the lead, and less than a lap later, Courtney made him pay, driving by Thomas on the bottom of three to grab the spot and construct an ever-growing lead.

With 10 to go, fourth-running Leary slid by third-running Thomas utilizing the bottom of turn one. As he drifted up in turn two, a surging Chris Windom had momentum up top, driving off turn two as both he and Leary clipped wheels, sending Leary spinning backwards into the outside wall leading with the left rear. Leary was unable to restart, sending the series point leader to a 22nd place result, only his second finish outside the top-ten in 28 starts this season.

Courtney broke out to a half-straightaway lead in the final stages and appeared primed for his second victory of the night despite a particularly hairy moment that caught his attention. Exiting turn two with two laps to go, Courtney hit the right rear against the wall, getting his right front airborne and glancing off the concrete before continuing on without too much of a hindrance to speak of. No harm, no foul as they say.

The final lap was as clean as a whistle for Courtney as he raced to a 1.424 second victory over Windom, Grant, Thomas and Bacon to extend his series-leading win total to seven.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Justin Grant (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Scotty Weir (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Matt Westfall (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger/Larry Rice High Performance Award), Chris Windom (Rosewood Machine & Tool Precision Move of the Race), Isaac Chapple (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Matt Goodnight (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Chris Phillips (ProSource Hard Work Award).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 38th 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.671; 2. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-16.780; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.832; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.917; 5. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.947; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-17.081; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-17.146; 8. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-17.153; 9. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.302; 10. Kory Crabtree, 60, Gagliardi-17.354; 11. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-17.378; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-17.384; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.393; 14. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-17.498; 15. Bill Rose, 6R, Rose-17.518; 16. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-17.520; 17. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.571; 18. Scotty Weir, 39G, Goodnight-17.579; 19. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-17.740; 20. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.811; 21. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-17.823; 22. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-17.995; 23. Kody Swanson, 20N, Nolen-18.111; 24. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-18.254; 25. Landon Simon, 23s, Simon-18.342; 26. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.401; 27. Jack James, 99, James-18.416; 28. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-18.656; 29. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-18.802; 30. Travis Welpott, 18T, Welpott/Gorman-18.809; 31. Tim Creech II, 2c, Creech-18.810; 32. Cody White, 26w, White-18.902; 33. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-18.912; 34. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-NT; 35. Scott Hampton, 51, Slinkard-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Max Adams, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Landon Simon, 8. Gage Etgen, 9. Steve Thomas. 2:26.54

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Chris Windom, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Corey Smith, 5. Kory Crabtree, 6. Dustin Clark, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Travis Welpott, 9. Korbyn Hayslett. 2:28.17

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Mario Clouser, 4. Nick Bilbee, 5. Kody Swanson, 6. Scott Hampton, 7. Jack James, 8. Tim Creech II, 9. Bill Rose. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dallas Hewitt, 4. Carmen Perigo, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Chris Phillips, 7. Brian Ruhlman, 8. Cody White. 2:29.58

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Kory Crabtree, 3. Dustin Clark, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Chris Phillips, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Scott Hampton, 9. Brian Ruhlman, 10. Kody Swanson, 11. Landon Simon, 12. Gage Etgen, 13. Jack James, 14. Travis Welpott, 15. Cody White, 16. Tim Creech II, 17. Steve Thomas, 18. Bill Rose, 19. Korbyn Hayslett. 3:54.09

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 5. Brady Bacon (3), 6. Dallas Hewitt (8), 7. Matt Westfall (16), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Isaac Chapple (13), 10. Nick Bilbee (18), 11. Carmen Perigo (15), 12. Jason McDougal (12), 13. Scotty Weir (17), 14. Mario Clouser (11), 15. Chris Phillips (22), 16. Dave Darland (20), 17. Dustin Clark (14), 18. Corey Smith (21), 19. Max Adams (9), 20. Kory Crabtree (10), 21. Josh Hodges (19), 22. C.J. Leary (2). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Laps 19-30 Tyler Courtney.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS CLEAN SWEEP: Tyler Courtney

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER: Matt Westfall (16th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Scotty Weir

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Matt Goodnight

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chris Phillips

ROSEWOOD MACHINE & TOOL PRECISION MOVE OF THE RACE: Chris Windom

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,934, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,876, 3-Chris Windom-1,781, 4-Justin Grant-1,780, 5-Brady Bacon-1,778, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,778, 7-Chase Stockon-1,705, 8-Jason McDougal-1,483, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,157.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 5, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Fall Nationals - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

COURTNEY CLAIMS THRONE IN 4-CROWN MIDGET MAIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 28, 2019).........Tyler Courtney had all the right moves in Saturday night's 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature, but when you're amidst a high-speed game of chess on the banks of Eldora Speedway, you've got to have all the right moves at just the right time.

That's among the laundry list of accomplishments the Indianapolis, Ind. driver achieved in becoming just the third driver to repeat a 4-Crown Midget feature victory, joining Rich Vogler in 1985-86 and Kyle Larson in 2011-12.

Yet it took everything in his might to prevail for the second time in as many years after waging war in a lap-after-lap classic Eldora patented slider-fest involving Tanner Carrick and Logan Seavey.

Seavey, the defending series champ, jumped to the initial lead on the opening lap, sliding to the top of turn one past both pole sitter Jerry Coons, Jr. and outside front row starter Carrick. Carrick quickly took control by turns three and four with a slider past his Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammate to take the lead.

The red flag came early in the 25-lap event, on lap five, when 12th running Jason McDougal walked away from a turn four flip.

When racing resumed, Seavey immediately went on the attack, sliding by Carrick. Carrick returned the favor on the other end, rinse and repeat, as the two teammates put on a spectacular show of who could make the other blink first.

Courtney cleared two-time 4-Crown Midget winner Rico Abreu for third on the seventh lap and closed in on the top two, riding the rim in formation behind Carrick and Seavey with two car lengths separating the freight train nearing the halfway point.

With 10 to go, Seavey made a breathtaking scoop to the bottom in turn three, climbing the stairs to the outside wall as he slid past Carrick, leading by a single car length at the line. Both Carrick and Courtney went double-barrel buckshot low into turn one nose to tail, sliding past Seavey, who countered underneath off turn two and drag raced Carrick into turn three, reclaiming the advantage.

Carrick went right back to the well and fired another shot on Seavey in turn three with eight to go, sliding by Seavey and drifting up, tapping the wall with his rear bumper as Seavey ducked under off turn four to narrowly nip Carrick at the line by a bumper.

Heading into one on the 19th lap side-by-side, Carrick clamped down on Seavey, driving to the middle on entry while Seavey went even lower. Both drifted high to the outside wall in turn two, but Carrick surged ahead to the lead the fight into turn three where Courtney split both Carrick and Seavey, threading the needle between turns three and four.

Seavey muscled his way back ahead of Courtney for second as the front runners worked their way by the lapped car of Andrew Layser. Courtney chose the low line under Layser on the back straightaway as Seavey's momentum was briefly stifled. Seavey came back at Courtney, both drifting wheel-to-wheel to the concrete with Courtney kissing the wall with his right rear tire and launching around the outside to secure second with now just five laps remaining.

On laps 22 and 23, Courtney went into action, slide jobbing Carrick into turn one. But, each time, Carrick had an answer, driving downhill off the second turn to beat Courtney into turn three to claw his way back into the lead.

However, coming to the white flag, Courtney went after Carrick once more in turn one, successfully pulling off the slider. Carrick drove low off two to pull even with Courtney midway down the back straightaway. Courtney used the lapped car of Karsyn Elledge as a sort of pick, closing up the alleyway that Carrick would've aimed for into turn three. Courtney distanced himself just enough on the final circuit, disallowing any chance of one final haymaker from Carrick into turn three to score his seventh series feature victory of the season and the 12th of his career over Carrick, Seavey, Rico Abreu and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

"I just tried to time my moves right, but Tanner kept coming back," Courtney explained. "He's turning into one heck of a driver. That one was a lot harder than I was hoping for, but this is Eldora and that's what this place is all about."

For Carrick, it was a story of "what could've been" after leading a race-high 20 laps.

"I ran that whole race as hard as I could," Carrick said. "It's just kind of a bummer. I got into lapped traffic there and Tyler squeezed me down into a lapped car and I lost all my momentum and my shot at getting back around him. There weren't enough laps to get my speed back up and going. This is a big momentum place, and once you're out front, you just keep going and you're good. It kind of sucks. I led a lot of laps there and came out with a second. Maybe next year."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear/ProSource Fast Qualifier, Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Rosewood Machine & Tool Precision Move of the Race), Rico Abreu (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Dave Darland (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger/Larry Rice High Performance Award).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 38th 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-16.880; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.023; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-17.025; 4. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.213; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.363; 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-17.400; 7. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-17.414; 8. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-17.444; 9. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-17.445; 10. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-17.597; 11. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-17.639; 12. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-17.645; 13. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-17.658; 14. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.662; 15. Dave Darland, 15, Petry-17.907; 16. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-17.909; 17. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-17.966; 18. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.980; 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-18.088; 20. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-18.227.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Sam Johnson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Jesse Colwell, 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Karsyn Elledge, 7. Ethan Mitchell. 2:25.21

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Holley Hollan. 2:27.42

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Tanner Carrick (2), 3. Logan Seavey (3), 4. Rico Abreu (5), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 6. Chris Windom (9), 7. Justin Grant (10), 8. Zeb Wise (8), 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 10. Tanner Thorson (7), 11. Chad Boat (11), 12. Holley Hollan (17), 13. Dave Darland (14), 14. Jesse Colwell (13), 15. Karsyn Elledge (19), 16. Andrew Layser (16), 17. Sam Johnson (15), 18. Jerry Coons, Jr. (1), 19. Jason McDougal (12). NT

**Jason McDougal flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Tanner Carrick, Laps 16-18 Logan Seavey, Laps 19-23 Tanner Carrick, Laps 24-25 Tyler Courtney.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS CLEAN SWEEP: Tyler Courtney

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE AWARD: Tucker Klaasmeyer (18th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

ROSEWOOD MACHINE & TOOL PRECISION MOVE OF THE RACE: Tyler Courtney

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,601, 2-Chris Windom-1,465, 3-Logan Seavey-1,424, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,351, 5-Zeb Wise-1,341, 6-Chad Boat-1,255, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,203, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,179, 9-Jason McDougal-1,097, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,084.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 17, 2019 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - Jason Leffler Memorial - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval


 


AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 September 28, 2019 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.903; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.179; 3. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.291; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-15.326; 5. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.360; 6. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-15.417; 7. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.425; 8. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.517; 9. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.540; 10. Zach Madrid, 15M, Johnson-15.542; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.588; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.618; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.620; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.705; 15. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.711; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.925; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.972; 18. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.084; 19. Jake Helsel, 44, Helsel-16.093; 20. Matt Stewart, 55, Everhart-16.328; 21. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.619; 22. Asa Kesterson, 18, Kesterson-16.704; 23. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-17.104.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tafoya, 2. Williams, 3. Madrid, 4. Malcolm, 5. Helsel, 6. Bonneau, 7. Gansen, 8. Kesterson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Gardner, 3. Johnson, 4. Martin, 5. McCarthy, 6. Stewart, 7. Hix, 8. Sanchez. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gile, 2. Davis, 3. Roa, 4. Sussex, 5. Cling, 6. Curtis, 7. Lundy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (8), 2. Stevie Sussex (4). 3. Austin Williams (6), 4. Damion Gardner (5), 5. Tommy Malcolm (3), 6. Zach Madrid (10), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 8. Sterling Cling (9), 9. Brody Roa (1), 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 11. Michael Curtis (18), 12. Steve Hix (17), 13. Mike Martin (14), 14. Dennis Gile (15), 15. Matt Lundy (21). 16. Chris Gansen (16), 17. Asa Kesterson (22), 18. Jake Swanson (2), 19. Jake Helsel (19), 20. Matt McCarthy (11), 21. Matt Stewart (20), 22. Chris Bonneau (7), 23. Stephen Sanchez (23). NT.
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**Swanson flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Swanson, Laps 7-11 Gardner, Laps 12-21 Swanson, Laps 22-30 Johnson.
SPECIALTY FASTENERS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (8th to 1st)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Mike Martin
AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1215, 2-Williams-1160, 3-Roa-1116, 4-Swanson-1012, 5-Gansen-790, 6-Malcolm-732, 7-Davis-651, 8-McCarthy-635, 9-Tafoya-600, 10-Danny Faria Jr.-583.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-828, 2-Johnson-819, 3-Sussex-777, 4-Davis-717, 5-Martin-655, 6-Swanson-507, 7-Lundy-462, 8-Rossi-413, 9-Curtis-401, 10-Williams-401.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 7-9 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” – co-sanctioned with AMSOIL USAC National & Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 26 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona– “Howl-O-Ween Bash”

 

KTJ WINS 4-CROWN POLE IN DYSON DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 27, 2019).........So far, so good. Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s debut in the Chris Dyson Racing USAC Silver Crown car went as smoothly as he could have planned for by winning the pole for Saturday night's season finale 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv at Eldora Speedway.

Thomas drew the final pill in the draw and, thus, was the final car to make a qualifying attempt in Friday's Fatheadz Eyewear time trial session. After a lengthy rain delay prior to practice, the Cullman, Ala. driver laid down the best lap of the night at 16.054 seconds, the fastest lap by a Silver Crown pole winner at Eldora since Mat Neely in 2006.

Thomas has yet to win a Silver Crown race in his career, finishing 2nd in last year's event at Eldora behind winner C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) who will start 10th on Saturday. Jason McDougal will start from the outside of the front row in the same Foxco Racing car that Thomas drove in last year's race. McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) finished 4th a year ago in Dyson's car.

Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) qualified 3rd and will clinch an unprecedented fifth USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series title by presenting at Saturday's main event. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) qualified 4th and will start alongside Swanson in the second row. Bacon's Klatt Enterprises team and Swanson's Nolen Racing team are involved in a tight series owner title race that is separated by only 15 points. A 4th place finish or better by Bacon in the Klatt car on Saturday will secure the owner's title.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), a 2016 Silver Crown champ and 4-Crown Silver Crown winner, will start 6th. Six-time Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) will lineup 7th. Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), a 2017 4-Crown Silver Crown winner, is slotted in 11th. Last year's pole winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) will start from the 24th spot in the 27-car field.

On Saturday, September 28, Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session leading into their 50-lap main event which will also feature complete shows for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING RESULTS: September 27, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 38th 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv

STARTING LINEUP
ROW 1:
1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9, Dyson-16.054
2. Jason McDougal, 56, Foxco-16.070

ROW 2:
3. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-16.176
4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-16.250

ROW 3:
5. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-16.321
6. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-16.366

ROW 4:
7. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire/Kemenah-16.445
8. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-16.483

ROW 5:
9. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-16.523
10. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-16.548

ROW 6:
11. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-16.562
12. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-16.992

ROW 7:
13. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-17.048
14. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-17.074

ROW 8:
15. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-17.078
16. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-17.094

ROW 9:
17. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-17.138
18. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-17.143

ROW 10:
19. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-17.192
20. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-17.272

ROW 11:
21. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-17.279
22. Terry Babb, 34, Morford-17.378

ROW 12:
23. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-17.448
24. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-17.456

ROW 13:
25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.569
26. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-18.941

ROW 14:
27. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall/Marshall-NT

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-577, 2-Justin Grant-514, 3-David Byrne-456, 4-Kyle Hamilton-381, 5-Bobby Santos-378, 6-Eric Gordon-375, 7-Chris Windom-342, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-328, 9-Kyle Robbins-320, 10-Austin Nemire-315.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: September 28, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 38th 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv

 

 

WINDOM A GAS CITY GIANT AT JAMES DEAN CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 26, 2019).........Gas City I-69 Speedway had greeted Chris Windom on numerous occasions throughout his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, 19 to be exact, since his debut at the quarter-mile dirt oval in 2007.

It's unfair to say that the track had been unkind to the Canton, Ill. driver over the years, with nine top-five finishes in those 19 previous starts coming into Thursday night's second running of the James Dean Classic. Yet, that one single, solitary victory had remained elusive.

Windom had trekked the road to Gas City many a time, but this time, he drove off as a winner there in USAC competition with a sterling performance, leading all 30 laps to score his fourth series victory of the season and the 25th of his career which tied Steve Butler and Jay Drake for 20th all-time.

Ultimately, Windom's persistence paid off, and now he can call himself a USAC winner at Gas City, finally.

"It seems like I've had countless podiums here," Windom recounts. "We've run 2nd or 3rd almost every USAC race here. To get that first one's pretty cool."

Windom set the tone right from the get-go, recording sixth quick time which would, if everything went to his plan through the prelims, would net him a starting spot up front. As it turned out, it was from the pole. But a good starting spot alone does not make or break a night, there's several variables to endure throughout 30 laps. Yet, being in the proverbial and literal driver's seat at the front of the field for the drop of the green does have its kicks.

"I knew I had to get a good jump on that initial start because the track was so hooked up," Windom explained. "It seemed that, if your car was good and you could get out and click off good laps, it was going to be tough to get by you."

That proved to be fortuitous for the 2017 series champ as he raced side-by-side with outside front row starter Kevin Thomas, Jr. through turns one and two at the start. Windom surged ahead under Thomas on the back straightaway and led entering the third turn. There, Thomas made slight contact with the rear bumper of Windom, forcing Thomas to get on the binders, dropping him from 2nd to 4th as Justin Grant and 2019 Gas City track champ Thomas Meseraull slipped by to snare 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at the conclusion of the opening lap.

A three-car tussle between Grant, Meseraull and Thomas ensued as Windom opened up a half second lead. Meseraull drove to 2nd by Grant on the fourth lap and held onto the spot until exiting the fourth corner on the sixth lap when both Grant and Thomas slipped by, and Meseraull began to slow dramatically with smoke billowing from his ride. The seven-time Gas City winner this year slid his car backward into the infield on the front straightaway as a small and brief fire broke out from the engine compartment, prematurely ending his night.

When racing resumed, Windom put on the same song and dance, running middle to bottom as he incrementally distanced himself from Grant as the race crossed the halfway point, which is where lapped traffic came into play. Windom worked his way under heat race winner Cole Ketcham first, then worked around the outside of Cody White and Dave Darland, all while maintaining a fairly healthy eight-tenths of a second advantage over Grant.

"I felt like I was setting a pretty fast pace around the middle to bottom," Windom remembered. "I was a little nervous to go to the top with how thick the cushion was. You don't have a choice when you catch lapped traffic. If you follow them, somebody's going to find a way around, so I moved to the top and we were maneuvering through lapped traffic pretty well."

Once Windom reached first-time USAC feature starter Harley Burns, Windom sought high and low, tiptoeing on his path to avoid getting caught out, sliding up and allowing the now not-so-distant Grant and Thomas, who were right on his rear bumper, to drastically close up the gap. Windom was eventually able to drive around Burns as were Grant and Thomas just moments before 7th running Scotty Weir spun in turn four, necessitating a yellow flag and bringing about a clear road ahead for Windom.

"You're always going to have that in lapped traffic," Windom said. "So, we did the best we could there, and we caught cautions at the times I wanted them. It doesn't seem to normally work out that way, but it did tonight. We just had to stay out front and hit our marks, and not get in too heavy of lapped traffic and make a wrong decision because, at that point, your kind of a sitting duck when you're the leader."

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

COURTNEY & PICKENS AMONG LATEST SPRINT CAR ENTRIES FOR 79TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019... More sprint car entries have arrived for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway. Set for November 27th and 28th, the USAC West Coast and VRA 360 Sprint Cars will clash in special non-point races and the finale of the “ARP Battle of the Beach” mini-series. Also featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National and Western States Midgets, the prestigious event will draw a talented roster of drivers from across the country.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN), the 2017 “Turkey Night” sprint car winner and defending AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Champion, heads an impressive stable fielded by Steve Watt. New Zealand Midget champion Michael Pickens (Auckland, NZ), Cody Majors (Simi Valley, CA), USAC West Coast rookie contender Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) will also drive a potent Steve Watt / Maxwell Industries entry.

USAC West Coast rookie contender Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA) has also submitted his entry for the Thanksgiving Classic. As this writing goes to press, Boul ranks fourth in the rookie point chase behind Hannah Mayhew, J.J. Ringo, and Helt.

ATTENTION RACERS: Thursday, October 31st, is the deadline for the $50 early entry fee. Any entry postmarked or received after October 31st will have a $100 entry fee. Entries submitted on raceday will be $100. The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” can be found at westcoastsprintcars.com/2019/tn19.pdf. USAC West Coast Sprint Car series rules will apply and the rule book can be found at westcoastsprintcars.com or usacracing.com.

Advance tickets for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” are available online through venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, October 5th at Santa Maria Raceway. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. For more event information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 805.710.4407.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2019 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
2- J.J. Ringo / Morgan Hill, CA / Keller Motorsports
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, CA / Boul Racing
TBA- Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN / Steve Watt
TBA- Slater Helt / Harrisonville, MO / Steve Watt
TBA- Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, CA / Steve Watt
TBA- Cody Majors / Simi Valley, CA / Steve Watt
TBA- Michael Pickens / Auckland, NZ / Steve Watt

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

TURKEY NIGHT 360 DIRT SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-739, 2. Ryan Timmons-598, 3. Koen Shaw-509, 4. T.J. Smith-435, 5. Hannah Mayhew ®-408, 6. Jake Swanson 400, 7. J.J. Ringo ®-393, 8. Austin Liggett-390, 9. Austin Ervine-361, 10. Slater Helt ®-356, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Ryan Bernal-206, 20. Kyle Edwards-179.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SUNSHINE EYES RECORD 4TH STRAIGHT ELDORA USAC SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 25, 2019).........In the long, storied history of Eldora Speedway, no individual has ever won four consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature events. That record is in jeopardy this Saturday night in the 38th running of the 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv.

Tyler Courtney has won each of the last three in the division at Eldora dating to last year's 4-Crown. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver then proceeded to win the next two in May and July of this season.

At the moment, his three-straight victories at The Big E equal four other drivers. Jud Larson was the first to reach three-in-a-row over a two-season span in 1964-65. Bubby Jones was the next in 1978-79.

There was an era of domination in the late 1980s and early 1990s when just two drivers stood in victory lane during a nine-race stretch between 1988 and 1991. Jack Hewitt had two non-consecutive three-race win streaks during that stretch, first coming in 1988, then sweeping the years of 1990-91 at the half-mile dirt oval. Steve Butler sandwiched three consecutive victories between Hewitt's streaks in 1988-89.

Larson saw his streak end with 12th place finish in 1965, a race won by Red Riegel. Jones' bid for four came short with a 6th in 1979 behind winner Larry Rice. Hewitt's first try for four in 1988 was a tough go, bowing out early and finishing last while Butler began a three-race win streak of his own that was upended by Hewitt in the 1990 USAC season opener. Hewitt's final try for four was the closest call of any his previous competitors, finishing 3rd in the 1992 dirt opener behind Terry Shepherd and Kevin Huntley.

By comparison, in USAC midget competition at Eldora, nobody has been victorious more than twice in a row. Meanwhile, in the Silver Crown cars at Eldora, only one driver has won three-in-a-row, Hewitt in 1994-95-96.

When your name is tossed around as matching or defeating records set by the likes of Larson, Bubby, Hewitt and Butler at Eldora, you're making history. And that's just what Courtney's up for this weekend.

The 4-Crown Nationals kicks off with Silver Crown practice and qualifying on Friday night, September 27, along with a complete show for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Pits open at 1:30pm Eastern, front gates at 2pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The following day, on Saturday, September 28, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app. LINKS Visit USAC's official website at www.USACracing.com.

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4-CROWN SILVER CROWN FIELD LARGEST SINCE 2008

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 25, 2019).........Three past winners are among the largest projected car count for a USAC Silver Crown race at Eldora Speedway in over a decade when the series comes to the half-mile high banks for this weekend's season finale, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28, in the 38th running of the 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv.

The 27 drivers entered would be the largest field for a Silver Crown race since the 2008 4-Crown, which featured 28 entries. This weekend's heavyweight bout for the Big Cars brings three past event winners in two-time victor, Canton, Ill. native Chris Windom (2013 & 2016), Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney (2017) and Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary (2018).

A tight title race is up for grabs in both the driver and owner categories. All Kody Swanson has to do is present at the start of the night's 50-lap main event and that'll clinch himself an unprecedented fifth driving title with the series. Justin Grant is second in the series standings, 63 points back. Grant could gain the maximum 76 points for the night if he were to gain the three bonus points for fast qualifying time, three extra for leading the most laps and 70 points for winning the race to get him to 590 total points for the season.

However, the minimum points that a driver can gain in the feature event is 13. If Kody were to finish last in the feature, he would still gain 13 points to lift him from 577 to 590 points. Though Swanson and Grant would be tied in that scenario, Swanson holds the tiebreaker due to his five feature wins throughout the 2019 Silver Crown season.

For the Silver Crown owner's title, the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 driven by Brady Bacon is in the driver's seat of the standings with a 15-point lead entering Saturday's contest. Of course, everything will be easier to sort out once the field is set following Friday's qualifying session, but regardless of whether Swanson and Nolen Racing earn maximum points this weekend, if Bacon finishes 3rd or better in Saturday's race, the Klatt team clinches the owner's title.

Windom, Courtney, Leary, Swanson and Bacon are among the ten past winners on the Silver Crown trail entered for this weekend's event along with David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.), Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.). The latter five, alongside Swanson and Bacon, are all seeking their first Eldora Silver Crown victories.

In addition, five Ohioans are ready for the battle, including six-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah (Alvada), 2014 USAC Midwest HPD Midget champion Austin Nemire (Sylvania), 2006 Eldora USAC Sprint feature winner Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill), Dallas Hewitt (Troy) and Ronnie Wuerdeman (Cincinnati).

The 4-Crown Nationals kicks off with Silver Crown practice and qualifying on Friday night, September 27, along with a complete show for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Pits open at 1:30pm Eastern, front gates at 2pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The following day, on Saturday, September 28, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

4-CROWN NATIONALS USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST (27 Drivers)
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire/Kemenah Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott/Gorman Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 ®RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)
47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Patty Butler)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall/Marshall Motorsports)
56 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Foxco Racing)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

4-CROWN USAC SPRINT CAR PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 25, 2019).........For the 201st time in series history, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship heads for the banks of Eldora Speedway this Saturday, September 28, for the 38th running of the 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv.

Tyler Courtney arrives as the defending winner of the event in 2018 and, in fact, has won the last three USAC National Sprint Car events at Eldora, picking up two more along the way in the spring and summer of this season. This Saturday, the Indianapolis, Ind. native could become the first driver to win four consecutive USAC National Sprint Car feature events at Eldora, whose history with the club dates back to 1962. He's also a three-time 4-Crown feature winner, winning in each division over the past two years.

Series point leader C.J. Leary has been steady and fast during the 4-Crown throughout his career, capturing the 2017 USAC Sprint Car portion as well as the Silver Crown main in 2018. In last year's 4-Crown Sprint feature, he finished as the runner-up after winning his heat earlier in the night. The Greenfield, Ind. driver has been right on the cusp of another Eldora victory this year, snagging Fast Qualifier honors twice and finishing 2nd in both Eldora USAC Sprint rounds.

Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon is twice a 4-Crown Sprint Car winner, winning the USAC portion in 2014 and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star feature in 2017. The Broken Arrow, Okla. driver won again in USAC Sprint Car competition at The Big E in the spring of 2018 and has been 3rd behind Courtney and Leary in both visits this year to the half-mile. He was 10th at the 4-Crown a year ago.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. remains on the hunt for his first career USAC feature victory at Eldora this coming Saturday. The Cullman, Ala. native was the only driver in last year's 4-Crown to finish all three USAC feature events inside the top-five. He was 4th in the midget main, won his heat race and finished 4th in the sprint race and was the runner-up in the Silver Crown race.

Justin Grant, a recent winner two weeks ago in the Jim Hurtubise Classic at Terre Haute, has been a frontrunner at Eldora throughout his career. The Ione, Calif. driver was the fastest USAC Sprint qualifier at last year's 4-Crown and won his heat race and was battling for 2nd in the feature with four laps remaining when he was involved in a grinding crash against the back-straightaway wall. He's a three-time USAC Sprint Car winner at Eldora in 2015-16-17, the 2016 being a 4-Crown score. He was fastest qualifier again at Eldora this past summer.

Chris Windom is a four-time Eldora USAC winner himself, three of which have come during the 4-Crown Nationals. He doubled-up in 2013, taking the Silver Crown and Sprint ends of the show. He dominated the Silver Crown event in 2016, then won again on the western Ohio soil in a Sprint Car in the spring of 2018. The Canton, Ill. native was 5th in the 4-Crown USAC Sprint feature last year and was 4th in the sprint and 5th in the summer of this year. In fact, he's finished in the top-five in each of his previous five Eldora USAC Sprint starts, the longest active streak among all drivers.

Dave Darland is one of the most decorated 4-Crown Nationals drivers of all-time. His seven feature victories in the event rank second only to Jack Hewitt with four Silver Crown wins, two Midget victories and a USAC Sprint score in 1999. He's won five USAC Sprint features at Eldora in his career, which ranks in the top-ten. The Lincoln, Ind. driver took 7th in last year's USAC Sprint 4-Crown main event.

Matt Westfall's biggest shining moment of his USAC Sprint Car career came right at Eldora where he raced to victory in June of 2006. The versatile veteran from Pleasant Hill, Ohio finished 14th in the 2018 4-Crown and ran a season-best 6th in July's 200th USAC Sprint Car event held at Eldora.

Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Carson Short, Isaac Chapple and Nick Bilbee are among those seeking their first USAC Sprint victories at Eldora.

Series ironman Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) was 6th at the 4-Crown in 2018 and finished 4th in the summer this year. McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was 18th in his 4-Crown USAC Sprint debut a year ago but did come home with a 4th in the Silver Crown car later that night. Short (Marion, Ill.) was 5th in the Spring of this year, his best run at Eldora. Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) earned the best finish of his USAC Sprint Car career at the 4-Crown in 2018, finishing 3rd. Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 8th in last year's 4-Crown, earning hard charger honors after starting 19th.

Dustin Clark and Brian VanMeveren carry on their battle for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors. Clark (Washington, Ind.) now holds a 28-point lead over VanMeveren (Woodbury, Minn.). Clark took 15th in his first trip to Eldora in July while VanMeveren was 16th in the spring and 22nd in July of this year.

The 4-Crown Nationals kicks off with Silver Crown practice and qualifying on Friday night, September 27, along with a complete show for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Pits open at 1:30pm Eastern, front gates at 2pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The following day, on Saturday, September 28, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,835, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,720, 3-Brady Bacon-1,647, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,637, 5-Justin Grant-1,629, 6-Chris Windom-1,626, 7-Chase Stockon-1,585, 8-Jason McDougal-1,381, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,058.

2018 4-CROWN USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS: 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Isaac Chapple (10), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Chris Windom (3), 6. Chase Stockon (7), 7. Dave Darland (14), 8. Nick Bilbee (19), 9. Dickie Gaines (16), 10. Brady Bacon (9), 11. Carmen Perigo (15), 12. Shane Cottle (21), 13. Dakota Jackson (11), 14. Matt Westfall (18), 15. Dustin Ingle (17), 16. Ty Tilton (20), 17. Justin Grant (6), 18. Jason McDougal (12), 19. Robert Ballou (2), 20. Aric Gentry (22), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (13), 22. Jacob Wilson (8). NT

ALL-TIME 4-CROWN USAC SPRINT CAR WINS: 1. (5) Jack Hewitt 2. (3) Tracy Hines 3. (2) Steve Butler, Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding & Steve Kinser 8. (1) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Kevin Doty, Dickie Gaines, Justin Grant, Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Larry Rice, Jimmy Sills, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Brad Sweet, Rich Vogler & Chris Windom

ALL-TIME 4-CROWN USAC SPRINT WINNERS: 1981: Steve Kinser (10/11) 1982: Steve Kinser (10/3) 1983: Jack Hewitt (9/25) 1985: Larry Rice (10/6) 1986: Rich Vogler (9/28) 1987: Tony Elliott (9/27) 1988: Steve Butler (9/25) 1989: Steve Butler (9/24) 1990: Jack Hewitt (9/30) 1991: Jack Hewitt (9/22) 1992: Danny Smith (10/4) 1993: Tony Elliott (10/3) 1994: Kevin Doty (9/25) 1995: Tony Stewart (9/23) 1996: Jimmy Sills (9/28) 1997: Jack Hewitt (9/20) 1998: Jack Hewitt (9/26) 1999: Dave Darland (9/25) 2000: Tracy Hines (9/30) 2001: Bud Kaeding (9/22) 2002: Bud Kaeding (9/21) 2004: Dickie Gaines (9/25) 2005: Levi Jones (9/24) 2006: Tracy Hines (9/23) 2007: Robert Ballou (9/22) 2008: Brad Sweet (9/20) 2009: Jerry Coons, Jr. (9/26) 2010: Levi Jones (9/25) 2011: Kyle Larson (9/24) 2012: Tracy Hines (9/22) 2013: Chris Windom (9/21) 2014: Brady Bacon (9/21) 2015: Thomas Meseraull (9/26) 2016: Justin Grant (9/24) 2017: C.J. Leary (9/23) 2018: Tyler Courtney (9/22)

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

SAN TAN VALLEY HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST VS. USAC/CRA $4,000-TO-WIN “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 24, 2019... The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars return to action this Saturday, August 28th at Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the $4,000-to-win "Hall of Fame Classic" is also a co-sanctioned grudge race with California’s AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. The San Tan Ford ASCS Desert Sprints will join the action and the track will host a special legends autograph session that includes this year’s Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- 360 BONUS / AAA Car Buying is offering a $100 bonus to the highest finishing 360.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.
- The weight rule is 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

The annual “Hall of Fame Classic” has been an Arizona tradition going back to 2000 at the legendary Manzanita Speedway. Originally sanctioned by the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA), “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural race and since then, the event has been a part of the USAC/CRA, USAC National, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules. Current USAC/CRA point leader, “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three “Hall of Fame Classic” victories and the event winner’s list is at the end of the release.

A special autograph session will be held with many Arizona racing legends and Larry Clark will serve as Grand Marshall. Jimmy Blanton, Keith Bryan, Russell Faucett, Keith Hall, Billy Hicks, Ricky Hood, Brent Kaeding, “The Tempe Tornado” Lealand McSpadden, Jerry Miller, Mark Passarelli, “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman, and Lonnie Sherman will meet and greet the race fans in attendance. They will be joined by Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees Bob Bishop, Ricky Davis, Chuck Forstie, Mike Pinney, and Bruce Robinson.

To date, there have been forty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races at the fast 1/3-mile clay oval. Since April 13, 2013, ten different drivers claimed victory, led by R.J. Johnson with 18 triumphs. Logan Seavey set the 1-lap track record of 14.714 on April 20th and the track’s series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the eleventh point race, there have been ten different winners. Point leader Brody Roa leads all drivers with two feature victories. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, R.J. Johnson, C.J. Leary, Martin, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, and Stevie Sussex have one win on the season.

Heading to the “Hall of Fame Classic,” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 32-point lead over the competition. Switching to Tanner Grau’s #34 Western Premier Hauling / Westin Diversified Maxim, Roa topped the September 14th “Southwest Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 103 feature laps led to his credit. Currently ranked third in USAC/CRA points, Roa is tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland and “The Real American” Matt Rossi with four SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) is second in the chase for the USAC SouthWest crown. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / AME Electrical Contracting Sherman, Johnson ran second to Roa at the “Southwest Championships.” To date, the five-time champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season. Sitting thirteenth in USAC/CRA points, R.J. has fifty-six USAC SouthWest victories and will have his sights on his third “Hall of Fame Classic” triumph.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex placed sixth in the Canyon Speedway Park main event. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led on the year. Currently ranked nineteenth in USAC/CRA standings, Stevie has 13 SouthWest victories and will be looking to win the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis finished fifth at Canyon’s “Southwest Championships.” To date, the defending champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. Currently placed eighth in USAC/CRA points, “Chargin” Charles has 30 USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory of the year.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin finished eighth in the “Southwest Championships.” At press time, the 2012 “Hall of Fame Classic” winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the year. Ranked fifteenth in USAC/CRA standings, “The Magic Man” has seven SouthWest wins and will be looking to claim another victory at Arizona Speedway.

Currently ranked twenty-second in points, Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Ryan Cully (Alger, WA), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Matt Lundy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Jonas Reynolds, Dennis Gile, Daylin Perreira, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, Justin Kierce and more.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads a strong contingent with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Eddie Tafoya Jr. round out the top-10 drivers.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $25, Senior Tickets are $25, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

FloSports has live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC WINNERS: 2000-Jeremy Sherman, 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Damion Gardner, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Mike Kirby, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Danny Sheridan, 2008-Cancelled, 2009-Not Held, 2010-Not Held, 2011-Bryan Clauson, 2012-Mike Martin, 2013-Chase Stockon, 2014-Bryan Clauson, 2015-Mike Spencer, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Damion Gardner.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 18-R.J. Johnson, 8-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-775, 2. R.J. Johnson-743, 3. Stevie Sussex-701, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-658, 5. Mike Martin-613, 6. Jake Swanson-470, 7. Matt Lundy-427, 8. Matt Rossi-413, 9. Chris Bonneau-362, 10. Michael Curtis-357, 11. Austin Williams-324, 12. Damion Gardner-269, 13. Josh Hodges-202, 14. Jonas Reynolds-201, 15. Isaac Chapple-200, 16. Dennis Gile-199, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg-197, 18. Daylin Perreira-194, 19. Tommy Malcolm-190, 20. Matt McCarthy-152.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1142, 2. Austin Williams-1083, 3. Brody Roa-1063, 4. Jake Swanson-975, 5. Chris Gansen-757, 6. Tommy Malcolm-666, 7. Matt McCarthy-608, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-592, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-549, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-508, 12. Steve Hix ®-505, 13. R.J. Johnson-499, 14. Cody Williams-495, 15. Mike Martin-477, 16. Austin Liggett-453, 17. Verne Sweeney-391, 18. Jace Vander Weerd-351, 19. Stevie Sussex-350, 20. A.J. Bender-307.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINTS BATTLE AT SAN TAN VALLEY’S $4,000-TO-WIN “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 24, 2019... After a hard fought “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will invade San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway this Saturday, September 28th. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the annual “Hall of Fame Classic” is also a co-sanctioned “grudge race” with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The San Tan Ford ASCS Desert Sprints will join the night’s card and the track will host a special legends autograph session that includes this year’s inductees to the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

The annual “Hall of Fame Classic” has been an Arizona tradition going back to 2000 at the legendary Manzanita Speedway. Originally sanctioned by the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA), “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural race and since then, the event has been a part of the USAC/CRA, USAC National, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules. Current point leader, “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three “Hall of Fame Classic” victories and the event winner’s list is at the end of the release.

To date, there have been eight USAC/CRA events at the fast 1/3-mile clay oval. Since November 4, 2016, seven different drivers claimed victory, led by Chris Windom with two triumphs. “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug set the 1-lap track record of 14.625 on November 5, 2016 and the track’s series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the eighteenth point race, there have been ten different winners with USAC/CRA. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has three victories, while Brody Roa, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jake Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams are tied with two wins. Josh Hodges, Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, and Troy Rutherford have one victory in the campaign.

Heading to Arizona Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 59-point lead. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner scored a third place finish in last Saturday’s “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, “The Demon” has three feature wins, nine Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main Win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 81 feature laps led on the season. Also ranked twelfth in USAC SouthWest points, the seven-time USAC/CRA champion leads all drivers with 83 wins and will be looking for his fourth “Hall of Fame Classic” victory.

Last Saturday, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) claimed his second win of the year at the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Ranked second in the point chase, the driver of Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. Currently sitting twelfth in USAC SouthWest standings, the 2009 USAC/CRA Co-Rookie of the Year is tied with Ryan Bernal, David Cardey, and Richard Vander Weerd with nine series wins and will have his sights on adding the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his resume.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits third in the championship point standings. Making his first start in Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Roa briefly led at Perris before scoring fifth at the checkered flags. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, three heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 105 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Dave Darland, Rickie Gaunt, and Danny Sheridan with eight USAC/CRA wins, the USAC SouthWest point leader is a threat to win his first “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson ran second to Austin Williams at the “Glenn Howard Classic.” To date, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led to his credit. Also ranked sixth in USAC Southwest points, Jake is tied with Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, and Chris Windom with four USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to score another victory at Arizona Speedway.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen raced from eighth to a sixth place finish at Perris Auto Speedway. At press time, Chris has posted two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. Also placed twenty-first in USAC SouthWest points, Gansen will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA triumph this Saturday night.

Currently ranked tenth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Joel Rayborne, and more.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Jake Swanson, Matt Lundy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Chris Bonneau, and Michael Curtis round out the top-10 drivers.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $25, Senior Tickets are $25, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC WINNERS: 2000-Jeremy Sherman, 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Damion Gardner, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Mike Kirby, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Danny Sheridan, 2008-Cancelled, 2009-Not Held, 2010-Not Held, 2011-Bryan Clauson, 2012-Mike Martin, 2013-Chase Stockon, 2014-Bryan Clauson, 2015-Mike Spencer, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Damion Gardner.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford.

SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chris Windom, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1142, 2. Austin Williams-1083, 3. Brody Roa-1063, 4. Jake Swanson-975, 5. Chris Gansen-757, 6. Tommy Malcolm-666, 7. Matt McCarthy-608, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-592, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-549, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-508, 12. Steve Hix ®-505, 13. R.J. Johnson-499, 14. Cody Williams-495, 15. Mike Martin-477, 16. Austin Liggett-453, 17. Verne Sweeney-391, 18. Jace Vander Weerd-351, 19. Stevie Sussex-350, 20. A.J. Bender-307.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-775, 2. R.J. Johnson-743, 3. Stevie Sussex-701, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-658, 5. Mike Martin-613, 6. Jake Swanson-470, 7. Matt Lundy-427, 8. Matt Rossi-413, 9. Chris Bonneau-362, 10. Michael Curtis-357, 11. Austin Williams-324, 12. Damion Gardner-269, 13. Josh Hodges-202, 14. Jonas Reynolds-201, 15. Isaac Chapple-200, 16. Dennis Gile-199, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg-197, 18. Daylin Perreira-194, 19. Tommy Malcolm-190, 20. Matt McCarthy-152.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN 4-CROWN RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 24, 2019).........The finale for the feast of racing at Eldora Speedway this Saturday night known as the 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv also presents the finale for the 2019 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season.

All Kody Swanson has to do is present at the start of the night's 50-lap main event and that'll clinch himself an unprecedented fifth driving title with the series. Justin Grant is second in the series standings, 63 points back. Grant could gain the maximum 76 points for the night if he were to gain the three bonus points for fast qualifying time, three extra for leading the most laps and 70 points for winning the race to get him to 590 total points for the season.

However, the minimum points that a driver can gain in the feature event is 13. If Kody were to finish last in the feature, he would still gain 13 points to lift him from 577 to 590 points. Though Swanson and Grant would be tied in that scenario, Swanson holds the tiebreaker due to his five feature wins throughout the 2019 Silver Crown season.

For the Silver Crown owner's title, the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 driven by Brady Bacon is in the driver's seat of the standings with a 15-point lead entering Saturday's contest. Of course, everything will be easier to sort out once the field is set following Friday's qualifying session, but regardless of whether Swanson and Nolen Racing earn maximum points this weekend, if Bacon finishes 3rd or better in Saturday's race, the Klatt team clinches the owner's title.

Kingsburg, California's Swanson, a 29-time series race winner, was 5th in last year's Eldora go. The half-mile remains the only track on the USAC Silver Crown schedule that Swanson hasn't yet won at. His best USAC finish at The Big E came in a sprint car where he was 2nd in 2015.

Fellow Californian Grant (Ione) was 7th last year at Eldora in the Champ Car. Grant has won three times in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at Eldora, including once in the 4-Crown in 2016.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon took an 8th last in the Crown Car at Eldora. He owns two USAC National Sprint Car wins there, including at the 2014 4-Crown. He won the All Star Sprint Car portion of the 4-Crown in 2016. This past June, he entered victory lane for the first time in Silver Crown competition at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary was spectacular in last year's 4-Crown Silver Crown race, leaving nothing on the table as he swapped the lead seven times with Kevin Thomas, Jr. over the final 20 laps to score the victory, the second of his career. He'll be competing in the same DRC/1-Way Toyota that won last year's event, but renumbered 10 under the DMW Motorsports banner.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. steps into the Chris Dyson Racing No. 9 for this Saturday's 4-Crown Silver Crown event. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) took the runner-up position behind Leary in last year's race and is eager to score both his first Silver Crown win and first Eldora USAC win in one fell swoop.

Jason McDougal drove the Dyson car last Fall to a 4th place finish in his series debut. This weekend, he steps into the Foxco No. 56 with which Thomas drove to the 2nd place finish at Eldora a year ago. Back in May, McDougal charged his way from 25th to 6th at the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in his second series start. Saturday would mark Silver Crown start number three for McDougal out of Broken Arrow, Okla.

May's Hoosier Hundred winner Tyler Courtney has been a dominant force at the 4-Crown over the past two seasons with victories in all three USAC divisions: Silver Crown in 2017 and both the Midget and Sprint features in 2018. The reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ from Indianapolis, Ind. also won the pole for the 2016 Silver Crown main at Eldora. His run last year came to a halt after flipping on the eighth lap of the 50-lap feature.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) led a race-high 30 laps in last year's event and finished 3rd after starting from the pole. Alvada, Ohio's Chad Kemenah is a multi-time Eldora track champion who had his best outing in his third and most recent Silver Crown appearance, starting 4th and finishing 9th at Du Quoin.

Chris Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown champ, has won twice in a champ car at Eldora, both in 2013 and in 2016, in addition to a pair of USAC Sprint wins in 2013 and 2018. He was 22nd after engine trouble befell his ride just five laps in during last year's Silver Crown race at Eldora.

David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) has had another solid Silver Crown season with a third place standing in series points entering Saturday. Last year at Eldora, trouble found him early on, flipping on lap three of the main event.

Past series feature winner Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.), 6th in series standings, is poised to make his first Silver Crown start at Eldora since 2001. Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) finished 15th in his Silver Crown debut run at Eldora last year and finished a career-best 4th at Williams Grove in June. New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins, the 2018 series Rookie of the Year, was 9th in his first run at Eldora in a Crown Car a year ago. Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), a veteran of all three USAC National divisions at Eldora, was 11th in the Crown car at the 2018 4-Crown.

The 4-Crown Nationals kicks off with Silver Crown practice and qualifying on Friday night, September 27, along with a complete show for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Pits open at 1:30pm Eastern, front gates at 2pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The following day, on Saturday, September 28, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session the following day, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES DRIVER POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-577, 2-Justin Grant-514, 3-David Byrne-456, 4-Kyle Hamilton-381, 5-Bobby Santos-378, 6-Eric Gordon-375, 7-Chris Windom-342, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-328, 9-Kyle Robbins-320, 10-Austin Nemire-315.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES OWNER POINTS: 1-Klatt Enterprises #6-567, 2-Nolen Racing #20-552, 3-Hemelgarn Racing #91-514, 4-Byrne Racing #40-456, 5-DJ Racing #22-378, 6-Armstrong/Slinkard Racing #78-375, 7-Goodnight/Byrd Racing #17-342, 8-John Haggenbottom #24-328, 9-KR Racing #7-320, 10-Nemire/Lesko Racing #16-315.

2018 ELDORA USAC SILVER CROWN RESULTS: 1. C.J. Leary (8), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 3. Shane Cottle (1), 4. Jason McDougal (7), 5. Kody Swanson (5), 6. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 7. Justin Grant (12), 8. Brady Bacon (4), 9. Kyle Robbins (11), 10. Jacob Wilson (16), 11. Austin Nemire (15), 12. Bill Rose (20), 13. Steve Buckwalter (#53) (19), 14. Matt Goodnight (9), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 16. Dave Darland (23), 17. Travis Welpott (14), 18. Chris Fetter (18), 19. Dave Berkheimer (21), 20. Aaron Pierce (22), 21. Tyler Courtney (6), 22. Chris Windom (3), 23. David Byrne (13). NT

USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY: 1. (8) Jack Hewitt 2. (4) Dave Darland 3. (2) Bryan Clauson, Chris Windom, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons, Jr., Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Steve Butler & Steve Kinser 11. (1) Brian Tyler, C.J. Leary, Christopher Bell, Danny Smith, Jimmy Sills, Ken Schrader, Kevin Huntley, Kyle Larson, Mat Neely & Tyler Courtney

USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY: 1981: Steve Kinser (4/26) & Steve Kinser (10/11) 1982: Danny Smith (4/25) & Ron Shuman (10/3) 1983: Ken Schrader (9/25) 1985: Larry Rice (10/6) 1986: Jack Hewitt (9/28) 1987: Larry Rice (9/27) 1988: Jack Hewitt (9/25) 1989: Jack Hewitt (9/24) 1990: Steve Butler (9/30) 1991: Jack Hewitt (9/22) 1992: Steve Butler (10/4) 1993: Ron Shuman (10/3) 1994: Jack Hewitt (9/25) 1995: Jack Hewitt (9/23) 1996: Jack Hewitt (9/28) 1997: Kevin Huntley (9/20) 1998: Jack Hewitt (9/26) 1999: Jimmy Sills (9/25) 2000: J.J. Yeley (9/30) 2001: J.J. Yeley (9/22) 2002: Brian Tyler (9/21) 2004: Dave Darland (9/25) 2005: Dave Darland (9/24) 2006: Mat Neely (9/23) 2007: Jerry Coons, Jr. (9/22) 2008: Dave Darland (9/20) 2009: Dave Darland (9/26) 2010: Bryan Clauson (9/25) 2011: Kyle Larson (9/24) 2012: Bryan Clauson (9/22) 2013: Chris Windom (9/21) 2014: Jerry Coons, Jr. (9/21) 2015: Christopher Bell (9/26) 2016: Chris Windom (9/24) 2017: Tyler Courtney (9/23) 2018: C.J. Leary (9/22)

 

 

RICO RIDES AGAIN IN A MIDGET AT 4-CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 24, 2019)......... Rico Abreu returns to the seat of a Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget this Saturday, September 28, at the 38th 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv from Eldora Speedway.

Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.) is a two-time 4-Crown midget feature winner, in 2013 and 2016. The 2014 USAC National Midget titlist swept the night in 2016, setting fast time, winning his heat race and leading all but the first lap of the feature en route to a dominant win.

In 2013, it was very nearly the same story as Abreu set quick time, finished 2nd in his heat, then led the final 19 laps to score the victory.

Abreu hasn't made an appearance with the series since the 2018 Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, Calif. His most recent Eldora midget visit in 2018 was an abrupt one after flipping during qualifying.

Abreu heads a six-driver Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian lineup along with defending series champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) who charged from 13th to a 3rd place finish in his Eldora Midget debut a year ago. Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) was 5th at Eldora last year while Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) won his heat race last year and took 7th in the feature. Meanwhile, KKM teammates Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) and Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will make their first appearances at Eldora.

The 4-Crown Nationals kicks off with Silver Crown practice and qualifying on Friday night, September 27, along with a complete show for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Pits open at 1:30pm Eastern, front gates at 2pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The following day, on Saturday, September 28, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session the following day, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

 

 

THOMAS ROLLS WITH DYSON AT 4-CROWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 24, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. will strap into the seat of the Chris Dyson Racing No. 9 for this Saturday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season finale at Eldora Speedway in the 38th running of the 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) took the runner-up position in last year's 4-Crown Silver Crown race and is eager to score both his first Silver Crown win and first Eldora USAC win in one fell swoop.

Thomas has made six Silver Crown starts this season, finishing in the top-ten in five of the events with a fast qualifying time and a runner-up finish in May's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds serving as his best.

The Dyson ride, meanwhile, finished 4th in last Fall's 4-Crown race with driver Jason McDougal at the controls. This year, the Dyson car has competed in four events, finishing in the top-ten once in the season opener at Memphis International Raceway with driver and team owner Chris Dyson, himself a two-time American Le Mans Series champion driver.

On dirt, the car was the fastest in practice at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds with driver Tanner Thorson behind the wheel before a crash in practice prematurely ended the team's night.

Thomas is one of USAC's premier drivers, tallying 26 career AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins and five NOS Energy Drink National Midget wins. He'll be one of several drivers pulling triple duty in Saturday's 4-Crown, piloting the Petry Motorsports No. 5 midget and the Hayward/Thomas Motorsports No. 19 sprinter.

Thomas is one of five drivers to win a feature event in both the AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series this year alongside Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Jason McDougal and Chris Windom.

The 4-Crown Nationals kicks off with Silver Crown practice and qualifying on Friday night, September 27, along with a complete show for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Pits open at 1:30pm Eastern, front gates at 2pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The following day, on Saturday, September 28, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session the following day, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

 

 

McDOUGAL AND FOXCO TEAM FOR ELDORA SILVER CROWN RUN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 24, 2019).........Jason McDougal has been named the driver of the Foxco Racing No. 56 for this Saturday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series finale at the 38th 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.tv from Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

One year ago, McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) made an impressive Silver Crown debut during the 2018 4-Crown Nationals, starting 7th and finishing 4th. His second series start may have been even more memorable as he captured victory in the qualifying race, then charged from his 25th starting position to a 6th place finish in this past May's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Saturday would mark just the third start of McDougal's Silver Crown career after being the top Rookie finisher in each of his first two starts.

The Foxco Racing machine has a highly-successful history in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, especially at Eldora, where the car has won on four occasions, in 2004-05-08-09, all with Dave Darland as the driver. Last fall at the 4-Crown, the Foxco ride led nine laps and finished 2nd in the 50-lap main event with driver Kevin Thomas, Jr.

McDougal will be pulling triple-duty in all three USAC National divisions at Eldora on Saturday. He'll pilot the FMR Racing No. 76m midget and the Daigh/Phillips Motorsports No. 71p sprint car.

McDougal has been a standout on both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget trails this season. He's one of five drivers to win a feature event in both series this year alongside Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Chris Windom.

McDougal won during June's Eastern Storm round at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway, his second career USAC Sprint win. He followed the victory up with his first career triumph in USAC's Midget division during Mid-America Midget Week at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway in July. He stands 8th in Sprint points and 9th in the Midget standings.

The 4-Crown Nationals kicks off with Silver Crown practice and qualifying on Friday night, September 27, along with a complete show for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Pits open at 1:30pm Eastern, front gates at 2pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The following day, on Saturday, September 28, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session the following day, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Saturday, pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

 

 

USAC MIDGET 4-CROWN RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 23, 2019).........Tyler Courtney has been a dominant force at Eldora Speedway over the past two years entering Saturday's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget portion of the 38th running of the 4-Crown Nationals presented by NKT.TV.

Since the Silver Crown race in September of 2017, Courtney has won five of the eight USAC National events held at the famed Rossburg, Ohio half-mile, including two-for-two in a sprint car this year and three of the four 4-Crown races in three different classes he's run in since that point.

Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) won the Silver Crown night cap in 2017, then was victorious in the midget and sprint portions of the 2018 running of the event. The current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader was particularly dominant in the midget in 2018, sweeping the evening's card by collecting fast time, a heat win and leading the final 16 laps of the night's 25-lap feature to score the victory.

Rico Abreu returns to the seat of a USAC Midget for the 4-Crown where he's a two-time winner with the series, in 2013 and 2016. The 2014 USAC National Midget titlist from St. Helena, Calif. heads a six-driver Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian lineup along with defending series champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) who charged from 13th to a 3rd place finish in his Eldora Midget debut a year ago. Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) was 5th at Eldora last year while Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) won his heat race last year and took 7th in the feature. Meanwhile, KKM teammates Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) and Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will make their first appearances at Eldora.

No driver has won more USAC National Midget feature events at Eldora than has Dave Darland, who's tied with Rich Vogler at five apiece. A pair of those five midget wins have come during the 4-Crown Nationals, in 1999 and 2004. He will drive the Petry Motorsports No. 15 as a teammate to Jerry Coons, Jr., the two-time USAC National Midget champ who possesses a 4-Crown midget win at Eldora in 2010. Coons (Tucson, Ariz.) has also won three times at Eldora in USAC Sprint Car and holds the one-lap track record in a USAC sprinter at The Big E, set in 2006.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. is tops among all Petry drivers in series points in 5th and has scored a victory with the series this year, a spectacular last lap, last corner victory at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in April. The Cullman, Ala. driver was 4th last year in the midget portion of the 4-Crown.

Justin Grant will be pulling triple-duty in the three USAC classes at the 4-Crown, including in the RAMS Racing No. 4A midget. He finished 2nd last year after leading the opening nine laps of the midget feature. He's already been in victory lane once with the midget this year in USAC competition, in June at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway.

Chris Windom, second in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings, is three times a 4-Crown winner, twice in a Silver Crown car in 2013 and 2016 and in a sprint car in 2013, but not yet in a midget. The four-time overall Eldora USAC winner (2 Silver Crown, 2 Sprint) from Canton, Ill. earned his first two career wins in a USAC Midget this year, at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway.

Fresh off his BC39 victory, and one of the hottest drivers in the series of late as a winner of three of the last five, Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) won his heat a year ago at Eldora and is joined by Clauson Marshall Racing teammate and leading series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) who will make his second 4-Crown appearance.

Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.) was a recent series winner during Pennsylvania Midget Week at Path Valley Raceway Park. He's had success at Eldora, leading a lap and finishing 4th in 2016 as his best. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was 9th last year in his first midget visit to the high banks of Eldora.

The 4-Crown Nationals kicks off with Silver Crown practice and qualifying on Friday night, September 27, along with a complete show for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. Pits open at 1:30pm Eastern, front gates at 2pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The following day, on Saturday, September 28, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session the following day, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.

pits open at 11am Eastern, spectator gates open at noon, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $39 for ages 13 & up and $9 for ages 12 & under.

The USAC portion of the 4-Crown can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,517, 2-Chris Windom-1,403, 3-Logan Seavey-1,350, 4-Zeb Wise-1,286, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,284, 6-Chad Boat-1,208, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,147, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,129, 9-Jason McDougal-1,069, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,034.

2018 4-CROWN NATIONALS USAC MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:
1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Logan Seavey (13), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 5. Tanner Carrick (12), 6. Holly Shelton (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 8. Ryan Robinson (11), 9. Jason McDougal (14), 10. Brady Bacon (4), 11. Hank Davis (19), 12. Sam Johnson (16), 13. Chad Boat (3), 14. Zane Hendricks (9), 15. Chase Jones (20), 16. Alex Bright (18), 17. Andrew Layser (21), 18. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 19. Chris Windom (17), 20. Spencer Bayston (7), 21. Zeb Wise (5). NT

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINS AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY:
1. (5) Dave Darland & Rich Vogler
3. (3) J.J. Yeley, Jack Hewitt & Jay Drake
6. (2) Johnny Parsons, Ken Schrader, Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu & Tracy Hines
11. (1) Bob Wente, Bobby East, Bobby Marshman, Brad Sweet, Bryan Clauson, Bubby Jones, Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Danny Stratton, Jeff Gordon, Jerry Coons, Jr., Joe Saldana, Kasey Kahne, Mel Kenyon, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Robby Flock, Spencer Bayston, Stan Fox, Steve Knepper, Tony Stewart & Tyler Courtney

4-CROWN USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS:
1981: Ken Schrader (10/11)
1982: Rich Vogler (10/3)
1983: Johnny Parsons (9/25)
1985: Rich Vogler (10/6)
1986: Rich Vogler (9/28)
1987: Jack Hewitt (9/27)
1988: Rich Vogler (9/25)
1989: Robby Flock (9/24)
1990: Stan Fox (9/30)
1991: Jeff Gordon (9/22)
1992: Johnny Parsons (10/4)
1993: Jack Hewitt (10/3)
1994: Steve Knepper (9/25)
1995: Tony Stewart (9/23)
1996: Tracy Hines (9/28)
1997: Jay Drake (9/20)
1998: Jack Hewitt (9/26)
1999: Dave Darland (9/25)
2000: Kasey Kahne (9/30)
2001: J.J. Yeley (9/22)
2002: Jay Drake (9/21)
2004: Dave Darland (9/25)
2005: Danny Stratton (9/24)
2006: Tracy Hines (9/23)
2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (9/22)
2008: J.J. Yeley (9/20)
2009: Brad Sweet (9/26)
2010: Jerry Coons, Jr. (9/25)
2011: Kyle Larson (9/24)
2012: Kyle Larson (9/22)
2013: Rico Abreu (9/21)
2014: Bryan Clauson (9/21)
2015: Christopher Bell (9/26)
2016: Rico Abreu (9/24)
2017: Spencer Bayston (9/23)
2018: Tyler Courtney (9/22)

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY:
1964: Bob Wente (6/13) & Bobby Marshman (8/29)
1969: Mel Kenyon (8/24)
1976: Dana Carter (6/20)
1977: Bubby Jones (6/19)
1979: Rich Vogler (4/29) & Joe Saldana (8/25)
1981: Ken Schrader (10/11)
1982: Rich Vogler (10/3)
1983: Ken Schrader (6/4) & Johnny Parsons (9/25)
1985: Rich Vogler (10/6)
1986: Rich Vogler (9/28)
1987: Jack Hewitt (9/27)
1988: Rich Vogler (9/25)
1989: Robby Flock (9/24)
1990: Stan Fox (9/30)
1991: Jeff Gordon (9/22)
1992: Johnny Parsons (10/4)
1993: Jack Hewitt (10/3)
1994: Steve Knepper (9/25)
1995: Tony Stewart (9/23)
1996: Tracy Hines (9/28)
1997: Jay Drake (9/20)
1998: Jack Hewitt (9/26)
1999: Dave Darland (9/25)
2000: Kasey Kahne (9/30)
2001: Jay Drake (6/22), Dave Darland (6/23) & J.J. Yeley (9/22)
2002: J.J. Yeley (6/22) & Jay Drake (9/21)
2003: Dave Darland (6/21)
2004: Bobby East (6/19) & Dave Darland (9/25)
2005: Dave Darland (6/18) & Danny Stratton (9/24)
2006: Tracy Hines (9/23)
2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (9/22)
2008: J.J. Yeley (9/20)
2009: Brad Sweet (9/26)
2010: Jerry Coons, Jr. (9/25)
2011: Kyle Larson (9/24)
2012: Kyle Larson (9/22)
2013: Rico Abreu (9/21)
2014: Bryan Clauson (9/21)
2015: Christopher Bell (9/26)
2016: Rico Abreu (9/24)
2017: Spencer Bayston (9/23)
2018: Tyler Courtney (9/22)

 

 

JAMES DEAN CLASSIC USAC SPRINT PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (September 23, 2019).........The last time the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars visited Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway in July, a sliver of a tip of a single strand of hair separated the top-two at the finish line.

This Thursday, September 26, USAC hits the quarter-mile dirt oval straight up I-69 for the second running of the James Dean Classic, which last year, was as memorable as any sock hop, soda pop, basketball and auto shop put together as Kevin Thomas, Jr. raced to victory in the waning laps with less than five to go to collect the win.

Thomas is fourth in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings with a single victory on his resume this year. However, the Cullman, Ala. native has won twice with USAC at Gas City in his career, first in 2013 and again in late 2018. Thomas has a good amount of success at Gas City, winning June's sprint race during Indiana Midget Week. He was fifth during Indiana Sprint Week in July and has won his heat race in both the midget and sprint each time he's hit the track with USAC at Gas City this season.

There hasn't been a more consistent finisher throughout the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season as well as the series' three most recent trips to Gas City than C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. Leary, the USAC National Sprint point leader, has finished in the top ten in all but one of his 26 feature starts in 2019, leading all drivers in that category. In his last three USAC Sprint appearances at Gas City, he's finished 1st, 2nd and 2nd. He won the ISW round in 2017 at Gas City and, just this past July, led 29.999 of the 30-lap ISW feature to finish 2nd by a whisker behind Shane Cottle.

For Tyler Courtney, Gas City is where his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career kicked into gear. The Indianapolis, Ind. native raced from dead last to win the 2016 ISW round after an opening lap spin. Each of the last three times Courtney's hit the track at Gas City in USAC competition, he's won his heat race, capturing the heat victory in last year's James Dean Classic as well as during IMW and ISW during 2019. This year, he leads both the USAC Sprint and Midget divisions in terms of heat race victories with a combined 19 between the two series.

Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon is a Gas City USAC Sprint winner, leading the final 14 laps to score the victory in the Spring of 2015. The Broken Arrow, Okla. driver finished 4th in July during the ISW round at Gas City.

Justin Grant enters Gas City fresh off a first career USAC Sprint win at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on September 13, a place where he had won before in a Silver Crown car. A similar situation awaits the Ione, Calif. native Thursday at Gas City where he led all 30 laps to score a win during Indiana Midget Week in June. He's yet to win a USAC Sprint Car feature at Gas City. He took 8th in last year's James Dean Classic and was 10th during ISW at Gas City in July.

Likewise, Chris Windom is seeking his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature triumph Thursday at Gas City. The Canton, Ill. driver was the fastest qualifier for the James Dean Classic in September of 2018 and went on to finish a solid 4th in that night's feature. He followed it up with a 3rd place run during ISW this past July.

Chase Stockon recently took over as the ultimate ironman of the USAC National Sprint Car division where he now stands alone at 286 consecutive starts in the series dating to 2012. The Fort Branch, Ind. resident won the ISW round at Gas City in 2015 and was 5th in last year's James Dean Classic.

Jason McDougal hasn't yet reached victory lane at Gas City with USAC, but he's been rock solid in each of his last three appearances there. In last year's James Dean Classic, the native of Broken Arrow, Okla. was battling for 3rd coming to the white flag when he was involved in a tangle that sent him to an 18th place finish. He was 4th in a midget during IMW this past June and 6th during ISW in July where he won his heat race as well.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), 9th in the USAC standings, was fast time this past July during Indiana Sprint Week, one of his three this year and seventh of his USAC National Sprint Car career where he owns one victory, in 2016, at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway.

Willow Branch, Indiana's Isaac Chapple nearly won his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature in the 2018 James Dean Classic, starting his night off with a heat race victory, then proceeded to lead the first 25 laps of the 30-lap event before finishing a career-best 3rd.

Two-time Gas City I-69 Speedway track champion Shane Cottle owns eight USAC National victories in his career. Five of the Kansas, Ill. driver's eight wins have come right at Gas City where he started 18th and captured the victory on the final lap of July's spectacular ISW round, nipping C.J. Leary at the line for his third USAC Sprint win there to go along with two USAC Midget victories.

Twice a USAC National Sprint Car winner at Gas City and 62-times a winner in USAC National Sprint Car competition, Dave Darland took 6th in last season's initial James Dean Classic. The Lincoln, Ind. driver was the top dog at Gas City in USAC National Sprint Car features at Gas City in 2009 and 2011.

Marion, Indiana's Scotty Weir, fourth in Gas City sprint car points, won his first and, thus far, only career USAC National Sprint Car feature in 2016 at Gas City. He won his heat race at Gas City in July during Indiana Sprint Week.

No driver has been more successful at Gas City this season than has Thomas Meseraull, a seven-time winner on the weekly level at the track in 2019 and is in position to secure the track title. He was a master on the opening night of Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August to tally a win in the USAC Sprint Car column this year as well.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill) and Tyler Hewitt (Marion, Ind.) have all won on the weekly sprint circuit at Gas City this year and will be tough to beat come Thursday.

On Thursday at Gas City, pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 12 and under are free and pit passes are $30 apiece.

The James Dean Classic can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,835, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,720, 3-Brady Bacon-1,647, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,637, 5-Justin Grant-1,629, 6-Chris Windom-1,626, 7-Chase Stockon-1,585, 8-Jason McDougal-1,381, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,058.

2018 JAMES DEAN CLASSIC FEATURE RESULTS:
(Starting position in parentheses)
1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Isaac Chapple (2), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. Dave Darland (12), 7. Kyle Cummins (18), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Tyler Thomas (8), 10. Clinton Boyles (20), 11. Shane Cottle (9), 12. Matt Westfall (13), 13. Brady Bacon (14), 14. Carson Short (16), 15. Tyler Hewitt (22), 16. Tony DiMattia (15), 17. Tyler Courtney (17), 18. Jason McDougal (1), 19. Josh Hodges (11), 20. Dallas Hewitt (21), 21. Dustin Ingle (19), 22. Thomas Meseraull (10). NT

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:
1. (6) Jon Stanbrough
2. (3) Shane Cottle & Tracy Hines
4. (2) Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley & Kevin Thomas, Jr.
9. (1) Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Cole Whitt, Daron Clayton, Jay Drake, Levi Jones, Scotty Weir & Tyler Courtney

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:
2002: Cory Kruseman (7/19)
2003: J.J. Yeley (5/30) & J.J. Yeley (7/18)
2004: Tracy Hines (4/30)
2005: Jay Drake (6/3) & Cory Kruseman (7/20)
2006: Shane Cottle & Jon Stanbrough (7/19)
2007: Jon Stanbrough (6/14), Daron Clayton (7/13) & Jon Stanbrough (7/14)
2008: Shane Cottle (4/18) & Cole Whitt (7/11)
2009: Dave Darland (4/17) & Levi Jones (7/11)
2010: Tracy Hines (4/16) & Jon Stanbrough (7/10)
2011: Hunter Schuerenberg (4/29) & Dave Darland (7/8)
2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (4/27) & Bryan Clauson (7/13)
2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/26) & Jon Stanbrough (7/12)
2014: Tracy Hines (4/25) & Jon Stanbrough (7/11)
2015: Brady Bacon (5/15) & Chase Stockon (7/10)
2016: Scotty Weir (5/20) & Tyler Courtney (7/8)
2017: C.J. Leary (7/10)
2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/28)
2019: Shane Cottle (7/18)


 


AUSTIN WILLIAMS GRABS PERRIS “GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL” VICTORY

PERRIS, CA – SEPTEMBER 21, 2019… Charging from ninth, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) took the lead from “The Demon” Damion Gardner on the 22nd lap and claimed the “12th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams claimed a hard fought main event and scored his ninth career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory. Jake Swanson, fast qualifier Gardner, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, and Brody Roa rounded out the top-five drivers.

Matt Stewart earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to seventh place run. Chris Bonneau claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the feature.

Earlier in the program, Gardner posted his 90th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 16.269 over the 21-car roster.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Gardner (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Swanson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and R.J. Johnson (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will travel to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley Arizona on Saturday, September 28th, for the “Hall of Fame Classic” with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 21, 2019 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “12th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.269; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.522; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.563; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.656; 5. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-16.705; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.748; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.761; 8. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.793; 9. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.830; 10. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-16.863; 11. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.933; 12. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.067; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.088; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.101; 15. Bill Rose, 6, Rose/Miller-17.287; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.299; 17. Matt Stewart, 55, Everhart-17.437; 18. Eric Englert, 35, Englert-17.797; 19. Chris Tramel, 58, Everhart-17.954; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-23.700; 21. Will Perkins, 50P, Perkins-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. C.Williams, 3. Tafoya, 4. Mitchell, 5. T.Williams, 6. Hix, 7. Tramel. 2:53.03.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Roa, 3. Stewart, 4. Timmons, 5. Sweeney, 6. Gansen, 7. McCarthy. 2:54.28.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. A.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. Rose, 5. Englert, 6. Bonneau, 7. Perkins. 2:58.16.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Williams (9), 2. Jake Swanson (5), 3. Damion Gardner (6), 4. Tommy Malcolm (1), 5. Brody Roa (2), 6. Chris Gansen (8), 7. Matt Stewart (17), 8. Bill Rose (15), 9. Trent Williams (10), 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 11. Matt McCarthy (14), 12. Verne Sweeney (11), 13. Chris Bonneau (12), 14. Eric Englert (18), 15. Steve Hix (16), 16. Chris Tramel (19), 17. R.J. Johnson (4), 18. Cody Williams (7), 19. Ryan Timmons (20), 20. Matt Mitchell (3), 21. Will Perkins (21). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Malcolm, Lap 4 Roa, Laps 5-8 Malcolm, Laps 9-10 Johnson, Laps 11-21 Gardner, Laps 22-30 A.Williams.
SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Matt Stewart (17th to 7th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Chris Bonneau

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1142, 2-A.Williams-1083, 3-Roa-1063, 4-Swanson-975, 5-Gansen-757, 6-Malcolm-666, 7-McCarthy-608, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-592, 9-Danny Faria Jr.-583, 10-Tafoya-549.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 28 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “Hall of Fame Classic” – co-sanctioned with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars

 

 

FATHERS AND SONS PART OF THE FABRIC OF SPRINGFIELD CHAMP CAR HISTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 19, 2019).........The lineage of father/son duos who've competed in AAA/USAC Championship Dirt Car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the past eight decades begins right there with the title of this Sunday's race: the Bettenhausen 100.

The family patriarch, 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Champion Tony Bettenhausen, won the pole twice at the Springfield Mile, both in 1950, and won three times in 10 starts in 1947-50-51. Tony's son Gary followed in a similar path, winning the race named for his father twice, in 1978 and 1983, in 19 starts at the one-mile dirt oval.

Racing is an endeavor with names and venues that connect the past to the current; not many places still in existence have as much overflowing history as does the Springfield Mile.

On this Sunday's driver entry list, Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary is the lone son of a father who competed in a USAC Silver Crown car at Springfield. His father Chuck, the 1995 series Rookie of the Year, made three starts, finishing a best of 7th in 1999. C.J., a 2015 series Rookie of the Year himself, has a best finish of 6th in the first of his three Springfield starts in 2015. They remain the only father/son to date to both win at least one Silver Crown main event.

After a glace at the history of AAA/USAC Champ Car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, which dates back to 1934, we've found no less than 21 sons who've joined their fathers as Champ Car starters at Springfield.

Johnnie Parsons, the 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner, was impressive at Springfield where he finished in the top-five on four occasions, winning the 1949 100-miler en route to the AAA title. Son Johnny made 27 starts at Springfield in a Champ Car, second only to George Snider. While Johnny never won, he was a three-time pole starter in 1975-94-95 and finished in the runner-up position behind Tom Bigelow.

The Carter family is the only three consecutive generation family of racers at Springfield in a Champ Car. Duane Carter started six, finishing a best of 7th in 1949. Duane's son Pancho made nine starts at Springfield, winning in his final appearance in 1980. Pancho's brother Dana was 12th in 1982, tops among his three starts. Pancho's two sons Dane and Cole each notched starts at Springfield. Dane made four with a 14th place result in 2003 while Cole started 3rd and finished 30th in his only appearance in 2005, his day ending early following a hard crash early on.

Two-time Indianapolis winner Bill Vukovich started 6th and finished 15th in his one Springfield start in 1951. Son Billy was a more frequent visitor, carving out 14 starts and a 3rd place finish in 1969.

Chuck Weyant was an 11th place finisher in both of his Springfield starts in 1954-59. Chuck's son Tony Weyant made a pair of starts, topping out with a 13th in 1980. Chuck is the great uncle of Springfield native Korey Weyant who will be in competition in his green/white No. 99 this Sunday at Springfield.

Eddie Sachs, a two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner and the 1958 USAC Midwest Sprint Car champion, finished as the runner-up at Springfield in 1960, was 3rd in 1956 and 7th in 1959. Son Eddie Sachs, Jr., made a single appearance in 1991, finishing 35th in the Bettenhausen 100.

Parnelli Jones, the 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner, won the pole at Springfield in 1961 and finished in the runner-up spot in 1962. Son Page's career was tragically cut short due to injury, but he did make one start at Springfield in 1994, starting 19th and finishing 28th, bowing out with an oil tank issue just 16 laps into the 100-lap race.

Texan Jim McElreath made 18 Springfield starts between 1962 and 1992. He won the pole for the race in 1965 and finished inside the top-five on six occasions with a best of 2nd in 1978. Son James made just three starts, starting 6th and finishing 4th during his best performance less than two months before his death in a sprint car crash at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Jim and James remain the only father/son to compete in the same Champ Car race at Springfield, something they did twice in 1976-77.

In 11 Springfield starts, 1975 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Bill Puterbaugh finished in the top-five twice, 5th in 1972 followed up by a best of 3rd in 1973. Son Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. was a top-five runner himself in 1998, finishing 5th, the best performance in his three starts.

Mike Mosely, a three-time Milwaukee Indy Car winner, started in the top-ten in both of his Springfield appearances with a best finish of 10th in 1970. His son, Mike Mosley, Jr. took home a 27th place result in his first and only Bettenhausen 100 run in 1998.

Eastern superstar Dick "Toby" Tobias came west to Springfield twice in the early 1970s, finishing 12th in 1972. His son, Rich Tobias, Jr., started the 100-miler seven times, finishing in the runner-up spot in 2004.

Arizonian Ron Shuman had three top-fives in his Springfield career, including a second-place result in 1983. Son Casey Shuman, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, has made two starts with a best result of 7th in 2015.

Shorty Templeman, who won the first three National Midget driving titles under the USAC banner in 1956-57-58, appeared twice at Springfield in a Champ Car, taking a 5th in 1961. Shorty's son Clark Templeman crossed the stripe in 8th in 1978 for his best run at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

USAC Hall of Famer Bob East made a pair of starts during his driving career with a 15th in 1978 as his top result. Son Bobby East went on to become a USAC National Midget champ in 2004 and twice a Silver Crown titlist in 2012-13. In four Springfield Champ Car starts, Bobby was at his best in his final start there, a 3rd, in 2014.

An 8th was Illinoisan Jerry Russell's best in eight Springfield starts, which came in his first try in 1984. Son Steven Russell took his shot at the Mile twice, earning a 14th in 2014.

Indy Car, NASCAR and drag racing veteran John Andretti had a solid debut in his lone Springfield start in 1985, scoring a 7th place finish. Jarett Andretti joined his father as a Springfield starter in 2013, racing home to a 12th place result.

West Coast Sprint Car racing legend Brent Kaeding came to the Midwest to tackle the Springfield Mile on three different occasions, taking 7th in 1986. His son, Bud Kaeding, was excellent in the Crown cars during his career, winning the series title in 2007. The Californian's best afternoon at Springfield came in the first of his nine starts, starting 4th and finishing 2nd in 2000.

Blake Hollingsworth made a pair of starts at Springfield, his 12th place start and 22nd place finish in 1993 was the better of the two. Son Shane Hollingsworth, the 2009 Hoosier Hundred victor, entered his name into the Bettenhausen 100 record book, winning the pole for the 2008 race and finishing 3rd.

Not often does the son make his debut at a racetrack before his father, but that's just the case with three-time NASCAR champ and four-time USAC National titlist Tony Stewart. Tony made four Springfield Silver Crown starts with a finish of 10th serving as his best, which came during his 1995 Triple Crown season. Tony's father Nelson Stewart dabbled in Silver Crown racing beginning in 2004, failing to qualify for the big show after missing the transfer in the qualifying race.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

FATHER AND SONS TO COMPETE IN A AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR EVENT AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS: John & Jarett Andretti Tony & Gary Bettenhausen Duane & Pancho/Dana Carter Pancho Carter & Dane/Cole Carter Bob & Bobby East Blake & Shane Hollingsworth Parnelli & Page Jones Brent & Bud Kaeding Chuck & C.J. Leary Jim & James McElreath Mike Sr. & Mike Mosley, Jr. Johnnie & Johnny Parsons Bill Sr. & Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. Jerry & Steven Russell Eddie & Eddie Sachs, Jr. Ron & Casey Shuman Nelson & Tony Stewart Shorty & Clark Templeman Dick & Rich Tobias, Jr. Bill & Billy Vukovich Chuck & Tony Weyant

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “12TH ANNUAL GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019... This Saturday, September 21st, the chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship returns to Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "12th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and the Western Racing Association Vintage Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

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

To date, there have been 219 USAC/CRA events at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Since March 6, 2004, 40 different drivers claimed victory at Perris, led by “The Demon” Damion Gardner with 46 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. During the last six visits, Richard Vander Weerd has two triumphs with other wins scored by Gardner, Brody Roa, Hunter Schuerenberg, and Jake Swanson. The series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Entering the seventeenth point race, there have been ten different winners. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has three victories, while Roa, Schuerenberg, Swanson, and Vander Weerd are tied with two wins. Josh Hodges, Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Troy Rutherford, and Austin Williams have one triumph on the season.

After winning at Santa Maria on September 7th and claiming the “California Sprint Week” crown by 1-point, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 62-point lead. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner has three feature wins, eight Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main Win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 70 feature laps led on the year. The seven-time champion leads all drivers with 83 USAC/CRA wins and will be looking for his fifth “Glenn Howard Classic” victory.

After running second to Gardner during “California Sprint Week” and at Santa Maria, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) has climbed to second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year is tied with Dave Darland, Rickie Gaunt, Brody Roa, and Danny Sheridan with eight series wins and will have his sights on his second “Glenn Howard Classic” triumph.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks third in the chase for the USAC/CRA championship. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was third in “California Sprint Week” points and finished sixteenth at Santa Maria. The 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, three heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led to his credit. It was recently announced that the #91R car was parked and Brody raced to last Saturday’s Peoria USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win in Tanner Grau’s #34 Maxim. Currently tied with Dave Darland, Rickie Gaunt, Danny Sheridan, and Austin Williams with eight USAC/CRA wins, Roa is a threat to win his first “Glenn Howard Classic.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson scored third at Santa Maria and placed fifth in “California Sprint Week” standings. To date, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led to his credit. Jake is tied with Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, and Chris Windom with four series wins and will be looking to add the “Glenn Howard Classic” to his resume.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen ran ninth at Santa Maria and placed tenth in the “California Sprint Week” standings. At press time, Chris has posted two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, six top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday night, Gansen will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA triumph at Perris Auto Speedway.

Currently ranked eleventh in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Matt McCarthy, Richard Vander Weerd, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, R.J. Johnson, Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd, Stevie Sussex, Verne Sweeney, Joel Rayborne, Trent Williams, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC/MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2008-Tony Jones, 2009-Bryan Clauson, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Nic Faas, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Nic Faas, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Austin Williams, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Austin Williams.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 46-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1064, 2. Austin Williams-1006, 3. Brody Roa-996, 4. Jake Swanson-895, 5. Chris Gansen-699, 6. Tommy Malcolm-598, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-592, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 9. Matt McCarthy-565, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-508, 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-500, 12. Mike Martin-477, 13. Steve Hix ®-469, 14. Cody Williams-461, 15. R.J. Johnson-458, 16. Austin Liggett-453, 17. Jace Vander Weerd-351, 18. Stevie Sussex-350, 19. Verne Sweeney-348, 20. A.J. Bender-307.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WILSON GOES FOR ILLINOIS DIRT MILE SWEEP SUNDAY AT SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 17, 2019).........Once you win one, you just can't stop. That's been the mantra for several drivers over the years who've tamed both the Du Quoin and Springfield miles in a single year.

This Sunday, September 22, in the 58th running of the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Jacob Wilson aims to join an illustrious group of drivers who've scored AAA/USAC Champ Car victories within a single calendar year at both Illinois venues.

Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) dominated the Ted Horn 100 at Du Quoin at the beginning of September, leading the final 59 laps to capture his first career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victory.

Prior to that, the feat of doubling up in the Land of Lincoln has been accomplished on 22 occasions by 15 different drivers and was done as recently as 2018 when Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) conquered both, leading a total of just 15 laps combined in his winning efforts.

Tony Bettenhausen was the first to win at both Springfield and Du Quoin back in 1951. He has the unique aspect of winning three between the two tracks that year, winning once at Springfield in August, then swept the Labor Day Champ Car weekend at Du Quoin, winning both Saturday's Ted Horn Memorial and Monday's Du Quoin 100. Tony's son, Gary, followed his father's footsteps to an Illinois mile track sweep in 1983.

Bettenhausen was one of four drivers to achieve the Springfield/Du Quoin sweep in the 1950s, followed by Sam Hanks (1953), Jimmy Bryan (1955-56) and Johnny Thomson (1958).

Supertex A.J. Foyt carried the torch into the decade of the 1960s and, like Bryan, did the deed twice in both 1964 and 1967, the same seasons he earned his second and third Indianapolis 500 victories, respectively.

Al Unser won Indy, Springfield and Du Quoin all within the same year in 1970 aboard Vel's Parnelli Jones' striking Johnny Lightning Special.

Mario Andretti went back-to-back as Unser's Vel's Parnelli Jones teammate in 1973 and 1974 at Springfield and Du Quoin. Just three weeks following his champ car victory at Du Quoin, Andretti, the eventual World Driving Champion in 1978, finished 7th in the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport in Formula One Grand Prix competition.

Only two drivers have swept Springfield and Du Quoin in the same season on three different occasions. Jack Hewitt went back-to-back at both in 1986-87 where he put a stranglehold on the dirt, winning eight of 13 across a two-year span on the dirt portion of the Silver Crown schedule in his two championship seasons.

Chuck Gurney notched three seasons of one-mile Illinois sweeps, first during his championship year of 1989 in the meticulous Junior Kurtz owned machine, followed by two more years of Illinoisan domination by the Californian in 1994 and 1996.

Paul White and J.J. Yeley swept Springfield and Du Quoin during their Silver Crown championship years as well in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Tracy Hines, who, like Yeley, went on to become a USAC Triple Crown champion, celebrated in victory lane at both venues in 2006.

Brian Tyler has five combined triumphs at Springfield (4) and Du Quoin (1). In 2008, his Bettenhausen 100 score at Springfield came in tandem with his lone win at Du Quoin two weeks later.

Wilson's opportunity awaits this Sunday. Some may have seen his Du Quoin performance as a startling revelation. However, he's shown year-after-year his growth into a sure-footed competitor on the dirt miles. He started 10th and finished 4th last year at Springfield, stormed from 31st to 11th in 2017, started 5th in 2015 and began the 100-miler from the front row in 2014.

By winning at Du Quoin, Wilson joined an amazing list of some of the who's who of Champ Car racing going back six decades. The same can be said for Springfield, whose heritage dates to 1934 with AAA. Getting both in one year would elevate him into a stratosphere known only to a few individuals. That opportunity awaits him this Sunday.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

WON AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR RACES AT BOTH SPRINGFIELD AND Du QUOIN IN SAME SEASON: 1951: Tony Bettenhausen 1953: Sam Hanks 1955: Jimmy Bryan 1956: Jimmy Bryan 1958: Johnny Thomson 1964: A.J. Foyt 1967: A.J. Foyt 1970: Al Unser 1973: Mario Andretti 1974: Mario Andretti 1983: Gary Bettenhausen 1986: Jack Hewitt 1987: Jack Hewitt 1989: Chuck Gurney 1993: Jack Hewitt 1994: Chuck Gurney 1996: Chuck Gurney 2001: Paul White 2002: J.J. Yeley 2006: Tracy Hines 2008: Brian Tyler 2018: Chris Windom

 

 

38 ENTRIES FOR SUNDAY'S BETTENHAUSEN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 17, 2019).........The entry list for Sunday's 58th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Brandt has been revealed with 38 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car drivers and teams ready to take on the legendary Springfield mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Five past Bettenhausen 100 winners are entered for the Sunday afternoon race. Among them is Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), who enters as the defending winner of the Bettenhausen 100 en route to a sweep of both Illinois dirt mile races on the schedule in 2018.

The two most recent drivers to go back-to-back at Springfield include A.J. Fike (Galesburg, Ill.) won consecutive runnings of the Bettenhausen 100 in both 2012-13 just as point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) did in 2014-15. Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) prepares for his 26th career start in the race, which ranks 3rd all-time and includes a triumph in 1998. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured the first of his two career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victories in 2017 at Springfield.

A handful of drivers have gotten the job done on the Land of Lincoln's other dirt mile, the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, but are seeking their first Springfield victories. Two-time Du Quoin Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), plus another pair of past Du Quoin Mile winners in Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) are up to the task. Jeff Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) is a three-time Silver Crown winner on dirt miles, twice at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and once at Du Quoin, but Springfield has eluded him thus far despite three 3rd place finishes in 1992-1993-2017.

Springfieldian Korey Weyant wowed fans with a high-wire ride on the cushion in the qualifying race at Springfield a year ago and joined by fellow Illinoisans Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), a 29th place finisher in 2018, and Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.), who took 31st in 2018, are ready to make an impression for the home crowd.

On the two occasions the Silver Crown cars graced a one-mile dirt oval this year, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the victor in May's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. He led a race-high 49 laps last year at Springfield. Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) won the most recent dirt event in a stellar performance for his first career series win at Du Quoin. He came home a strong 4th at Springfield a year ago.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has also won on the dirt this year, taking a wild last-lap victory at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway in June for his first career win in a Crown car. His Klatt Enterprises team holds a slim 15-point lead over Nolen Racing in the owner standings for the season.

Veteran Silver Crown winners seeking their first mile dirt victories on Sunday include C.J. Leary Greenfield, Ind., a two-time series winner seeking his first dirt mile victory. David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) finished 10th at Springfield a year ago. John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) will each return to Springfield after lengthy absences, Heydenreich (2007) and Gordon (2003).

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) led 42 laps and finished 2nd in 2018 at Springfield. Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) finished 5th at Springfield in 2015. Those veterans are joined by 2018 Bettenhausen 100 top-ten finishers, New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins (6th) and Sylvania, Ohio's Austin Nemire (8th), all of whom are gunning for their first career Silver Crown wins.

Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) is 8th in the standings and enters his second Bettenhausen 100 run after starting 20th and finishing 12th a year ago. Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) stands 12th in points and is coming off his best run of the year in the most recent dirt race, a 10th at Du Quoin.

Ohio's Matt Westfall will make his Silver Crown season debut Sunday at Springfield, which will mark the 2005 Eldora USAC Sprint winner's first start at Springfield since 2009 and his first Silver Crown appearance anywhere since 2013.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

BETTENHAUSEN 100 100 ENTRY LIST (38 DRIVERS)
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
14 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire/Kemenah Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott/Gorman Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Mark Swanson Encore Team)
23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 ®RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Patty Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Motorsports)
56 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender


 

HARD-CHARGERS HAVE DICED IT UP AT THE BETTENHAUSEN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 16, 2019).........Over the course of 100 miles, there's seemingly ample time for a driver to make a charge to the front even if he didn't quite qualify where he necessarily wanted to, especially at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, host of this Sunday afternoon's Bettenhausen 100 on September 22.

However, starting in front of the field gives that driver a theoretical head start on those in the thick of the pack - those who are trying to meet the pace instead of setting the pace themselves.

That scenario makes it a strain on driver, crew and equipment alike. Having to be in a constant chase mode requires running a race that is not wholly dictated by yourself compared to being the front runner. Many a Silver Crown driver will play it conservatively, only turning up the wick in the last 30 laps or so to make it a spring race.

Nonetheless, even at a conservative pace, tires can be used up throughout the course of 100 miles under the daylight if you're not careful.

One year ago at the Bettenhausen 100, Chris Windom feathered the limits of aggressiveness and restraint by working his way from the 13th starting spot in the 31-car field to win on the Springfield Mile, making the winning pass with just nine laps remaining.

It marked the tenth time in the 57 runnings of the Bettenhausen that a winning driver started outside the top-ten - 1964: A.J. Foyt (16), 1979: Bobby Olivero (13), 1987: Jack Hewitt (16), 1988: Steve Chassey (20), 1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (28), 2004: Brian Tyler (21), 2005: Brian Tyler (16), 2011: Brian Tyler (14) and 2015: Kody Swanson (16).

Irwin's impressive charge from 28th to 1st is the furthest back any winning driver has started in the 49-year history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series.

That means only one less winning driver has started outside the top-ten (10) than has a driver starting from the pole (11) in the history of the Bettenhausen 100 - a pole winner hasn't won at Springfield since Kody Swanson in 2014. Swanson won again in 2015 after setting fast qualifying time but was forced to start from 16th due to missing his place in the qualifying line.

It took until the sixth running of the Bettenhausen 100 before a driver won from the pole at Springfield - Don Branson in 1966, followed by 1976: Tom Bigelow, 1989: Chuck Gurney, 1990: Chuck Gurney, 1992: Jimmy Sills, 1998: Russ Gamester, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: Dave Darland, 2006: Tracy Hines, 2013: A.J. Fike and 2014: Kody Swanson.

Hines was untouchable in 2006, setting the still-standing track record mark of 29.305 sec. around the mile, which translates to a 122.846 mph average lap. He proceeded to lead all 100 laps that afternoon according to the record books, notching the victory following a failed post-race technical inspection of Dave Steele's car after he led the final 36 laps.

Is it better to start from the pole or to play the role of the chaser? It depends on the situation and the comfort level of the driver. On the dirt, Silver Crown winners this year have started 3rd (Tyler Courtney at the Indy Mile), 3rd (Brady Bacon at Williams Grove) and 6th (Jacob Wilson at Du Quoin). In fact, on dirt, a driver hasn't won from the pole since Swanson at the May 2018 Hoosier Hundred.

In that span, pole sitters have finished 5th (Jerry Coons, Jr. at Springfield 2018), 17th (Jacob Wilson at Du Quoin 2018), 3rd (Shane Cottle at Eldora 2018), 2nd (Kevin Thomas, Jr. at the Indy Mile 2019), 3rd (Justin Grant at Williams Grove 2019) and 3rd (Tyler Courtney at Du Quoin 2019).

Being on the pole is great and all with a nice clean start waiting for you without any traffic stacked in your path. But even, say starting from 28th, doesn't necessarily put you out of the game. That's what makes it entertaining, as the Springfield Mile has been resurgent in the last several years, producing unpredictability and a allotment of hard-chargers storming their way to the front to dice it up.

That unpredictability is what keeps us coming back and it's something you can predict come this Sunday.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

BETTENHAUSEN 100 FAST QUALIFIERS: 1961: Parnelli Jones - 34.17 1962: Roger McCluskey - 36.53 1963: A.J. Foyt - 33.75 1964: Rodger Ward - 33.82 1965: Jim McElreath - 32.89 1966: Don Branson - 33.04 1967: Larry Dickson - 33.82 1968: Al Unser - 34.96 1969: Greg Weld - 34.11 1971: Greg Weld - 34.86 1972: Lee Kunzman - 33.91 1973: Al Unser - 33.31 1974: Greg Weld - 34.20 1975: Johnny Parsons - 33.324 1976: Tom Bigelow - 34.798 1977: Thad Dosher - 34.847 1978: Bubby Jones - 35.570 1979: Steve Chassey - 33.773 1980: Larry Rice - 32.828 1981: Tom Bigelow - 32.660 1982: Sheldon Kinser - 32.449 1983: Steve Chassey - 31.932 1985: Joe Saldana - 31.144 1986: George Snider - 31.894 1987: Jeff Swindell - 30.919 1988: George Snider - 32.044 1989: Chuck Gurney - 31.711 1990: Chuck Gurney - 32.457 1991: Stan Fox - 31.559 1992: Jimmy Sills - 31.523 1993: Larry Dickson - 30.767 1995: Johnny Parsons - 31.936 1996: Robby Flock - 29.988 1997: Russ Gamester - 31.287 1998: Russ Gamester - 112.757 1999: Bill Rose - 31.768 2000: Tony Elliot - 30.221 2001: J.J. Yeley - 31.363 2002: J.J. Yeley - 30.534 2003: Dave Darland - 30.240 2004: Jerry Coons, Jr. - 30.362 2005: Josh Wise - 29.776 2006: Tracy Hines - 29.305 2007: Levi Jones - 30.316 (A) 2008: Shane Hollingsworth - 30.286 2009: A.J. Fike - 29.618 (B) 2011: Tracy Hines - 31.373 2012: Brian Tyler - 30.948 (C) 2013: A.J. Fike - 32.125 2014: Kody Swanson - 31.999 2015: Kody Swanson - 30.532 (D) 2017: Jerry Coons, Jr. - 29.988 2018: Jerry Coons, Jr. - 30.875

(A) Time set during practice, field lined up from practice times due to rain.

(B) A.J. Fike set fast time, but due to an invert procedure, Cole Whitt started in the first position.

(C) Brian Tyler set fast time, but due to an invert procedure, Kody Swanson started in the first position.

(D) Kody Swanson set fast time, but due to penalty, started 16th.

BETTENHAUSEN 100 WINNERS (Starting Position in Parentheses) 1961: Jim Hurtubise (4) 1962: Jim Hurtubise (2) 1963: Rodger Ward (4) 1964: A.J. Foyt (16) 1965: A.J. Foyt (5) 1966: Don Branson (1) 1967: A.J. Foyt (2) 1968: Roger McCluskey (4) 1969: Mario Andretti (2) 1970: Al Unser (6) 1971: A.J. Foyt (10) 1972: Al Unser (7) 1973: Mario Andretti (4) 1974: Mario Andretti (2) 1975: Al Unser (6) 1976: Tom Bigelow (1) 1977: Larry Rice (7) 1978: Gary Bettenhausen (5) 1979: Bobby Olivero (13) 1980: Pancho Carter (4) 1981: George Snider (9) 1982: Bobby Olivero (12) 1983: Gary Bettenhausen (2) 1984: Chuck Gurney (1) 1985: Chuck Gurney (3) 1986: Jack Hewitt (10) 1987: Jack Hewitt (16) 1988: Steve Chassey (20) 1989: Chuck Gurney (1) 1990: Chuck Gurney (1) 1991: Chuck Gurney (3) 1992: Jimmy Sills (1) 1993: Jack Hewitt (7) 1994: Chuck Gurney (7) 1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (28) 1996: Chuck Gurney (3) 1997: Dave Darland (3) 1998: Russ Gamester (1) 1999: Dave Darland (3) 2000: Jack Hewitt (8) 2001: Paul White (2) 2002: J.J. Yeley (1) 2003: Dave Darland (1) 2004: Brian Tyler (21) 2005: Brian Tyler (16) 2006: Tracy Hines (1) 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3) 2008: Brian Tyler (2) 2009: Cole Whitt (1) 2011: Brian Tyler (14) 2012: A.J. Fike (5) 2013: A.J. Fike (1) 2014: Kody Swanson (1) 2015: Kody Swanson (16) 2017: Justin Grant (2) 2018: Chris Windom (13)

BETTENHAUSEN 100 WINNERS BY STARTING POSITION:

1ST: (11 Times) 1966: Don Branson, 1976: Tom Bigelow, 1984: Chuck Gurney, 1989: Chuck Gurney, 1990: Chuck Gurney, 1992: Jimmy Sills, 1998: Russ Gamester, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: Dave Darland, 2006: Tracy Hines, 2009: Cole Whitt, 2013: A.J. Fike & 2014: Kody Swanson.

2ND: (8 Times) 1962: Jim Hurtubise, 1967: A.J. Foyt, 1969: Mario Andretti, 1974: Mario Andretti, 1983: Gary Bettenhausen, 2001: Paul White, 2008: Brian Tyler & 2017: Justin Grant

3RD: (6 Times) 1985: Chuck Gurney, 1991: Chuck Gurney, 1996: Chuck Gurney, 1997: Dave Darland, 1999: Dave Darland & 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

4TH: (5 Times) 1961: Jim Hurtubise, 1963: Rodger Ward, 1968: Roger McCluskey, 1973: Mario Andretti & 1980: Pancho Carter

5TH: (3 Times) 1965: A.J. Foyt, 1978: Gary Bettenhausen & 2012: A.J. Fike

6TH: (6 Times) 1970: Al Unser & 1975: Al Unser

7TH: (4 Times) 1972: Al Unser, 1977: Larry Rice, 1993: Jack Hewitt & 1994: Chuck Gurney

8TH: (1 Time) 2000: Jack Hewitt

9TH: (1 Time) 1981: George Snider

10TH: (2 Times) 1971: A.J. Foyt & 1986: Jack Hewitt

12TH: (1 Time) 1982: Bobby Olivero

13TH: (2 Times) 1979: Bobby Olivero & 2018: Chris Windom

14TH: (1 Time) 2011: Brian Tyler

16TH: (4 Times) 1964: A.J. Foyt, 1987: Jack Hewitt, 2005: Brian Tyler & 2015: Kody Swanson

20TH (1 Time) 1988: Steve Chassey

21ST: (1 Time) 2004: Brian Tyler

28TH: (1 Time) 1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr.

 

BETTENHAUSEN 100 REFIRES ON THE DIRT SUNDAY IN SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 16, 2019).........The glorious roar of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series returns to the iconic Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield this Sunday, September 22, for the 58th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Brandt, honoring the great racing family based out of Tinley Park, Ill.

Following August's washout, the date marks just the third time the Bettenhausen 100 will have been held in the month of September, following Chuck Gurney's victory in 1996 and Kody Swanson's triumph in 2014. Tony Bettenhausen, the 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Champion, won the first National Championship race held during September at the Springfield Mile in 1947 under AAA sanction.

This Sunday, look for a field chock full of talented veterans and hungry young lions prepared to make their mark in the 100-miler at the famed one-mile dirt oval.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters as the defending winner of the Bettenhausen 100 en route to a sweep of both Illinois dirt mile races on the schedule in 2018. Brian Tyler (Mt. Pleasant, NC) leads all drivers in the lineup with four Bettenhausen 100 victories in 2004-05-08-11. A.J. Fike (Galesburg, Ill.) won back-to-back Bettenhausen 100 races in 2012-13 just as Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) did in 2014-15. Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) prepares for his 26th career start in the race, which ranks 3rd all-time and includes a triumph in 1998. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured the first of his two career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victories in 2017 at Springfield.

A handful of drivers have gotten the job done on the Land of Lincoln's other dirt mile, the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, but are seeking their first Springfield victories. Two-time Du Quoin Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), plus another pair of past Du Quoin Mile winners in Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) are up to the task. Jeff Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) is a three-time Silver Crown winner on dirt miles, twice at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and once at Du Quoin, but Springfield has eluded him thus far despite three 3rd place finishes in 1992-1993-2017.

Springfieldian Korey Weyant wowed fans with a high-wire ride on the cushion in the qualifying race at Springfield a year ago and joined by fellow Illinoisans Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), a 29th place finisher in 2018, and Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.), who took 31st in 2018, are ready to make an impression for the home crowd.

On the two occasions the Silver Crown cars graced a one-mile dirt oval this year, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the victor in May's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. He led a race-high 49 laps last year at Springfield. Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) won the most recent dirt event in a stellar performance for his first career series win at Du Quoin. He came home a strong 4th at Springfield a year ago.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has also won on the dirt this year, taking a wild last-lap victory at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway in June for his first career win in a Crown car. His Klatt Enterprises team holds a slim 15-point lead over Nolen Racing in the owner standings for the season.

Veteran Silver Crown winners seeking their first mile dirt victories on Sunday include C.J. Leary Greenfield, Ind., a two-time series winner seeking his first dirt mile victory. David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) finished 10th at Springfield a year ago. John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) will each return to Springfield after lengthy absences, Heydenreich (2007) and Gordon (2003).

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) led 42 laps and finished 2nd in 2018 at Springfield. Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) finished 5th at Springfield in 2015. Those veterans are joined by 2018 Bettenhausen 100 top-ten finishers, New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins (6th) and Sylvania, Ohio's Austin Nemire (8th), all of whom are gunning for their first career Silver Crown wins.

Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) is 8th in the standings and enters his second Bettenhausen 100 run after starting 20th and finishing 12th a year ago. Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) stands 12th in points and is coming off his best run of the year in the most recent dirt race, a 10th at Du Quoin.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-577, 2-Justin Grant-514, 3-David Byrne-456, 4-Kyle Hamilton-381, 5-Bobby Santos-378, 6-Eric Gordon-375, 7-Chris Windom-342, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-328, 9-Kyle Robbins-320, 10-Austin Nemire-315.

AAA / USAC CHAMP CAR WINNERS AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS:
1934: Billy Winn
1935: Billy Winn
1936: Wilbur Shaw
1937: Mauri Rose
1938: Tony Willman
1939: Emil Andres
1940: Rex Mays
1947: Tony Bettenhausen
1948: Ted Horn & Myron Fohr
1949: Mel Hansen & Johnnie Parsons
1950: Paul Russo & Tony Bettenhausen
1951: Tony Bettenhausen
1952: Bill Schindler
1953: Rodger Ward & Sam Hanks
1954: Jimmy Davies
1955: Jimmy Bryan
1956: Jimmy Bryan
1957: Rodger Ward
1958: Johnny Thomson
1959: Len Sutton
1960: Jim Packard
1961: Jim Hurtubise
1962: Jim Hurtubise
1963: Rodger Ward
1964: A.J. Foyt
1965: A.J. Foyt
1966: Don Branson
1967: A.J. Foyt
1968: Roger McCluskey
1969: Mario Andretti
1970: Al Unser
1971: A.J. Foyt
1972: Al Unser
1973: Mario Andretti
1974: Mario Andretti
1975: Al Unser
1976: Tom Bigelow
1977: Larry Rice
1978: Gary Bettenhausen
1979: Bobby Olivero
1980: Pancho Carter
1981: George Snider
1982: Larry Dickson & Bobby Olivero
1983: Gary Bettenhausen
1984: Chuck Gurney
1985: Chuck Gurney
1986: Jack Hewitt
1987: Jack Hewitt
1988: Steve Chassey
1989: Chuck Gurney
1990: Chuck Gurney
1991: Chuck Gurney
1992: Jimmy Sills
1993: Jack Hewitt
1994: Chuck Gurney
1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr.
1996: Chuck Gurney
1997: Dave Darland
1998: Russ Gamester
1999: Dave Darland
2000: Jack Hewitt
2001: Paul White
2002: J.J. Yeley
2003: Dave Darland
2004: Brian Tyler
2005: Brian Tyler
2006: Tracy Hines
2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2008: Brian Tyler
2009: Cole Whitt
2011: Brian Tyler
2012: A.J. Fike
2013: A.J. Fike
2014: Kody Swanson
2015: Kody Swanson
2017: Justin Grant
2018: Chris Windom

 

ROA SPRINTS TO “SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS” WIN AT PEORIA

PEORIA, AZ – SEPTEMBER 14, 2019… Starting on the pole position, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) emerged victorious at Canyon Speedway Park’s “Southwest Championships.” Racing Tanner Grau’s #34 Westin Diversified / Western Premier Hauling Maxim, Roa claimed his second Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car main event of the season over R.J. Johnson, fast qualifier Hunter Schuerenberg, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Dennis Gile.

Matt Lundy scored the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a ninth place run from fourteenth. In addition, Lundy earned the AAA Car Buying 360 bonus at Canyon Speedway Park.

Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg had top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 14.38 over the 17-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Schuerenberg (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and Davis (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, September 28th at Arizona Speedway in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA co-sanctioned “Hall of Fame Classic.”.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on southwessprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2019 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “Southwest Championships”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.38; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-14.46; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.53; 4. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.56; 5. Zach Madrid, 15X, Johnson-14.77; 6. Brody Roa, 34, Grau-14.82, 7. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.01; 8. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.08; 9. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.20; 10. Justin Kierce, 43, Kierce-15.27; 11. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.30; 12. Dustin Burkhart, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.33; 13. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.63; 14. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.68; 15. Daylin Perreira, 21, Perreira-15.83; 16. Kyle Shipley, OG, Shipley-NT; 17. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Sussex, 3. Johnson, 4. Madrid, 5. Perreira, 6. St. James, 7. Sanchez, 8. Bonneau. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Martin, 3. Roa, 4. Gile, 5. Burkhart, 6. Lundy, 7. Kierce. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Brody Roa (1), 2. R.J. Johnson (4), 3. Hunter Schuerenberg (6), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 5. Dennis Gile (8), 6. Stevie Sussex (7), 7. Zach Madrid (2), 8. Mike Martin (3), 9. Matt Lundy (14), 10. Bruce St. James (11), 11. Stephen Sanchez (13), 12. Daylin Perreira (15), 13. Dustin Burkhart (12), 14. Chris Bonneau (9), 15. Justin Kierce (10). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Matt Lundy (14th to 9th)
AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-775, 2-Johnson-743, 3-Sussex-701, 4-Davis-658, 5-Martin-613, 6-Jake Swanson-470, 7-Lundy-427, 8-Matt Rossi-413, 9-Bonneau-362, 10-Curtis-357.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 28 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “Hall of Fame Classic” - co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA

 

 

ROBERT DALBY STAYS HOT AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – SEPTEMBER 14, 2019… Taking command from Cory Elliott on the tenth lap, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) led the rest of the way to claim the Saturday night win at Ventura Raceway. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Lucas Oil Spike, Dalby sailed to his third straight USAC Western States Midget victory over Elliott, rookie contender Ben Worth, polesitter Cody Swanson, and Kyle Beilman.

For the second race in a row, C.J. Sarna earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a tenth place run from nineteenth. In his first start of the campaign, Josh Lakatos scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Shannon McQueen posted her first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season with a time of 12.201 over the 21-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Jake Swanson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Cody Swanson (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Dalby (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

On Saturday, October 26th, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to action at Ventura Raceway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.201; 2. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.301; 3. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.332; 4. Jake Swanson, 73K, Ford-12.363; 5. Josh Lakatos, 68, Six8-12.420; 6. Robby Josett, 73X, 12.439; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, 12.504; 8. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-12.557; 9. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-12.597; 10. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.781; 11. Johnathon Henry, 1X, LKK-12.879; 12. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.888; 13. Anthony Lopiccolo, 21, Lopiccolo-13.021; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.106; 15. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.151; 16. Tyler Slay, 1P, Nichols-13.163; 17. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-13.204; 18. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.482; 19. Gage Rucker, 16K, Kruseman-13.556; 20. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.940; 21. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-16.148.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Swanson, 2. Elliott, 3. McQueen, 4. Lopiccolo, 5. Slay, 6. Rucker, 7. Beilman. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Swanson, 2. Henry, 3. Worth, 4. Pankratz, 5. Lakatos, 6. Sarna, 7. Leach. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Prickett, 3. Ito, 4. Hazelton, 5. Mitchell, 6. Drollinger, 7. Josett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Robert Dalby (4), 2. Cory Elliott (2), 3. Ben Worth (5), 4. Cody Swanson (1), 5. Kyle Beilman (10), 6. Johnathon Henry (11), 7. Robby Josett (8), 8. Anthony Lopiccolo (13), 9. Randi Pankratz (14), 10. C.J. Sarna (19), 11. Jake Swanson (3), 12. Dylan Ito (12), 13. Josh Lakatos (7), 14. Ron Hazelton (18), 15. Mike Leach Jr. (17), 16. Bryan Drollinger (15), 17. Tyler Slay (16), 18. David Prickett (9), 19. Marvin Mitchell (20), 20. Shannon McQueen (6). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 C.Swanson, Laps 2-9 Elliott, Laps 10-30 Dalby SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Sarna (19th to 10th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Josh Lakatos

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Dalby-557, 2-Elliott-499, 3-Austin Liggett-458, 4-Prickett-410, 5-McQueen-407, 6-Worth-376, 7-Sarna-348, 8-J.Swanson-348, 9-Beilman-326, 10-Mitchell-310.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 26 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

 

 

GRANT GAINS THE UPPER HAND AT HURTUBISE CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (September 13, 2019).........Justin Grant remembers going a long way in his first visit to the Terre Haute Action Track in 2010.

Friday night, the Ione, Calif. native showed he's come a long way in another aspect since his humbling introduction to the famed western Indiana half-mile nearly a decade earlier, winning the 20th running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, his first Sprint Car win of any kind at the track.

"In my first race here in 2010, I sailed it out of the park in turn one and I smashed a guy's Buick or Plymouth, or something, whatever it was," Grant recalled. "I made it a long way out there too. Terre Haute had my number for quite a while and it's taken me nine years to finally get a win here, but we did it, and it feels really good. At one point, it was probably my worst track on the tour. To come here and win, it means a lot to me personally."

Grant, a 2018 Sumar Classic Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute, had a topsy-turvy turn of events to begin his night. Shortly after racing from 5th to 1st to win the first heat race, on his cooldown lap, Grant encountered trouble, without warning, that nearly spelled complete disaster.

"We had a left front radius rod come apart, and you can't steer," Grant explained. "The axle rolls back and falls off the arm. I lifted off of (turn) two, and halfway down the back stretch, it started squirrelling all around and I thought 'Whoa, we got a problem here.' I knew the front end was falling out, and when you get on the brakes, it just folds them up. I was just trying to coast it to a stop; I got it whoa'd down pretty slow, then it dropped, and the frame rail dug in and it just turned me right into the inside wall. Luckily, it just front-bumpered into it. No harm, no foul. We brought it back, put a bolt in it and we were ready for the feature."

If the incident would've occurred one lap earlier, the outcome and the progression of the night could've been disastrously different. However, on this particular night, in the first ever USAC National event held simultaneously on Friday the 13th and with a full moon hovering overhead, perhaps good fortune was on his side.

Grant rolled off for the 30-lap feature from the third position, but it took no time flat for him to race his way into the lead, grooving the bottom past pole sitter Nick Bilbee in the first turn to secure the lead while 7th starting Jason McDougal charged all the way to 2nd by the conclusion of the opening lap, but a full second behind Grant.

In the ensuing laps, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Brady Bacon and Tyler Courtney had worked their way around McDougal to occupy positions 2-3-4 and formed a triumvirate in their pursuit to run down Grant with seven laps completed.

Grant was introduced to lapped traffic by the tenth lap, allowing Thomas to close the gap to under a second. The lapped cars of Dustin Christie and Aric Gentry battled for position in their own right, but Grant escaped from Thomas for the time being, maneuvering around the outside of Christie off turn four, then dove low, sliding by Gentry at the entrance of turn one.

Thomas kept Grant in check, and as Grant slid into the fluff on the outside of turn two on the 11th lap, Thomas used a massive run to drive by Gentry and charge into turn three side-by-side momentarily to the inside of Grant. Grant withheld the challenge and remained in control past halfway, until lap 18, when Thomas went on the attack once again, throwing a monster slider on Grant who was able to stand his ground and firm his grip of the lead as he split the lapped cars of Steve Thomas and Dustin Smith to sneak away and increase the interval to 2.5 seconds.

From that point forward, the crystal clear message was sent to Grant. There was no more time to be conservative and ride around as Grant stood up in the seat and regularly entered above the cushion as he began to assert his authority and rebuild his advantage.

Courtney, who had won three of the last five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features at Terre Haute entering the night, had carved his way into second under Thomas on the 21st lap. Meanwhile, Grant was sitting pretty up front with a comfortable lead in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Bow Foundation - Challenger Construction/Maxim/Claxton Chevy.

With just five laps remaining, however, Grant's two-plus second lead was deleted when two-time Jim Hurtubise Classic winner and 4th running Brady Bacon encountered trouble and heavy right-side damage, coming to a rest against the turn one wall.

"I didn't want to see that," Grant said of the yellow flag. "I knew I had gotten through lapped traffic pretty quickly for as thick it was. We were honestly in a pretty good rhythm. Here, you never want to see a yellow when you're leading. The front stretch is so long and so slick, and if you slide yourself, there's nothing off of two and you're a sitting duck. You can't block the slider; you just hope you get a good enough restart and you can beat the slider to the center."

Justin Grant's 16th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory moved him into a tie with Damion Gardner for 33rd on the all-time win list. The victory vaulted Grant past Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson and Brian Tyler on the same list.
(David Nearpass Photo)

Grant was fully prepared for the challenge that was going to be presented to him at the drop of the green flag from Courtney, the defending series champion. Courtney reared back on the start and fired his machine to the bottom in hope to slide up in front of Grant by turn two. Grant never wavered, kept his right foot on the throttle and squeezed through to the miniscule peak of daylight between Courtney to his inside and the concrete wall to his outside.

Courtney took his shot and sold out for the lead in the process, as Grant shot back out to a half-second advantage while Thomas took advantage of Courtney's loss of momentum exiting the second turn to move back to second. In the final laps, Thomas utilized a line lower than Grant's top side ride but wasn't able to get close enough to fire off a slide job for the top spot.

Grant, meanwhile, raced to his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points win of the season by 0.925 of a second over Thomas, Courtney, Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifier Chris Windom and series point leader C.J. Leary.

Grant's 16th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory moved him into a tie with Damion Gardner for 33rd on the all-time win list. The victory vaulted Grant past Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson and Brian Tyler on the same list.

Chase Stockon, who started 2nd and finished 7th in Friday's feature, reached a milestone by making his record 285th consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature start since the 2012 season, surpassing the previous record of 284 set by Levi Jones.

Contingency award winners Friday night at the Terre Haute Action Track were Chris Windom (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Carson Short (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Bill Rose (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Dustin Smith (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Eric Perrott (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 13, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 20th Jim Hurtubise Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-20.094; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-20.175; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-20.176; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.230; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.233; 6. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-20.275; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-20.288; 8. Carson Short, 21, RCM-20.302; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-20.437; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.458; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-20.520; 12. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-20.528; 13. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-20.652; 14. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, Barker-20.703; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.835; 16. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-20.889; 17. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-20.957; 18. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-21.117; 19. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.134; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-21.532; 21. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-21.913; 22. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-21.932; 23. Paul May, 71m, May-21.978; 24. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-22.026; 25. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-23.370; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-NT; 27. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Brian VanMeveren, 6. Kyle Robbins, 7. Jake Simmons, 8. Dustin Smith. 2:46.85

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Mitch Wissmiller, 6. Max Adams, 7. Aric Gentry, 8. Tye Mihocko. 2:48.36

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Nick Bilbee, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Dustin Christie, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Steve Thomas, 8. Eric Perrott. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Bill Rose, 2. Dustin Smith, 3. Aric Gentry, 4. Max Adams, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Kyle Robbins, 7. Steve Thomas, 8. Eric Perrott, 9. Jake Simmons. 3:41.71

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. C.J. Leary (4), 6. Jason McDougal (7), 7. Chase Stockon (2), 8. Nick Bilbee (1), 9. Josh Hodges (11), 10. Carson Short (8), 11. Max Adams (17), 12. Isaac Chapple (15), 13. Dustin Smith (13), 14. Kyle Robbins (19), 15. Dustin Christie (18), 16. Aric Gentry (22), 17. Steve Thomas (21), 18. Brady Bacon (10), 19. Tye Mihocko (20), 20. Brian VanMeveren (16), 21. Mitch Wissmiller (14), 22. Bill Rose (12). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Justin Grant

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

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dustin Smith

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Eric Perrott

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dustin Smith

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,771, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,653, 3-Justin Grant-1,606, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,602, 5-Brady Bacon-1,598, 6-Chris Windom-1,568, 7-Chase Stockon-1,533, 8-Jason McDougal-1,354, 9-Carson Short-1,324, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,035.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 14, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Haubstadt Hustler" - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

 

 


J.J. RINGO IS FIRST SPRINT CAR ENTRY FOR 79TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019... The first sprint car entry for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway has arrived. USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) is the first entry of the prestigious event set for November 27th and 28th.

At press time, the driver of the Keller Motorsports’ #2 Firestone Brewery / Crown Limousine Triple X ranks seventh in championship points and second to Hannah Mayhew in the rookie standings. Mayhew, the 2017 Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion, leads Ringo by fifteen points with two point races left on the schedule.

Despite missing four races, Ringo has posted one heat race victory, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, three top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in West Coast 360 action. On August 24th, Ringo had his best outing at Ventura, where he led 22 laps before running second to Jake Swanson at the checkered flags. The Morgan Hill driver is also a regular with Watsonville’s winged Taco Bravo 360 Ocean Sprints, where he ranks second to Bud Kaeding by one point.

The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” can be found at westcoastsprintcars.com/2019/tn19.pdf. The entry fee is $50 if received on or before October 31st. After October 31st, the entry fee is $100. USAC West Coast series rules will apply and the rule book can be found at westcoastsprintcars.com or usacracing.com.

Also featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National and Western States Midgets, advance tickets for the Thanksgiving classic are available online through venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, October 5th at Santa Maria Raceway. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. For more event information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 805.710.4407.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

TURKEY NIGHT 360 DIRT SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-739, 2. Ryan Timmons-598, 3. Koen Shaw-509, 4. T.J. Smith-435, 5. Hannah Mayhew ®-408, 6. Jake Swanson 400, 7. J.J. Ringo ®-393, 8. Austin Liggett-390, 9. Austin Ervine-361, 10. Slater Helt ®-356, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Ryan Bernal-206, 20. Kyle Edwards-179.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS CLASH AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are ready to battle this Saturday, September 14th, at Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the “Southwest Championships” will be the last visit of the year at the Peoria, Arizona oval. The event will also feature the Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Stock Cars, Modlites, and non-winged Micro Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Canyon Speedway Park. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- 360 BONUS / AAA Car Buying is offering a $100 bonus to the highest finishing 360.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.
- The weight rule is 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-eight Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen victories. In the four previous visits, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg, and California’s Brody Roa, and Arizona’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin claimed victory at the 1/3-mile oval. “The Demon” Damion Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 13.469 on March 9th and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the eleventh point race, there have been ten different winners. Gardner, Hodges, R.J. Johnson, C.J. Leary, Martin, Brody Roa, Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, and Stevie Sussex have claimed victory.

Heading to Peoria, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 32-point lead over the competition. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led nine laps before scoring fourth at the August 17th “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” at Perris. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has one feature win, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 73 feature laps led on the season. Fresh off running the USAC/CRA “California Sprint Week,” Roa will pilot Tanner Grau’s #34 Western Premier Hauling Maxim at CSP and will be looking to add the “Southwest Championships” to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / AME Electrical Contracting Sherman, Johnson placed ninth in the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” At press time, the five-time champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led in the campaign. R.J. has fifty-six career SouthWest victories as he sets his sights on another win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the chase for the USAC SouthWest championship. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex charged from twelfth to sixth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie has 13 career SouthWest victories and will be looking to win the “Southwest Championships.”

Returning from “California Sprint Week,” “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis finished seventeenth at Perris on August 17th. At press time, the defending champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the year. The 2018 “SouthWest Championships” Winner has 30 career SouthWest triumphs and will have his sights on his first victory of the year

After racing in California, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the SouthWest point standings. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin placed sixteenth at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the 2012 “Hall of Fame Classic” winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Magic Man” has seven career SouthWest wins and will be looking to earn a nice payday at Canyon Speedway Park.

Currently ranked twenty-third in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Jonas Reynolds, Daylin Perreira, Justin Kierce 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 $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS WINNERS: 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

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

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-698, 2. R.J. Johnson-666, 3. Stevie Sussex-639, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-584, 5. Mike Martin-554, 6. Jake Swanson-470, 7. Matt Rossi-413, 8. Matt Lundy-378, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-326, 11. Austin Williams-324, 12. Damion Gardner-269, 13. Josh Hodges-202, 14. Jonas Reynolds-201, 15. Isaac Chapple-200, 16. Tommy Malcolm-190, 17. Matt McCarthy-152, 18. Daylin Perreira-151, 19. Chris Gansen-149, 20. Dennis Gile-136.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS HEADLINE AT VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019... The quest for the USAC Western States Midget championship resumes this Saturday, September 14th, at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the eighth point race is the second of four appearances at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Saturday’s event will also showcase the VRA Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprints, and IMCA Modifieds. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, and Racing at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” is set for 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 3515-3030, 3615-3030, 3515-3030-8, 3615-3030-8, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375-S, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, FLOWMASTER: 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272530-78. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- The weight rule is 1,035 lbs. with driver and the USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since May 24, 1986, 146 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. On that night, Sleepy Tripp claimed the first of his series leading eighteen Ventura wins and Johnny Cofer set the 1-lap qualifying record (11.675) on November 18, 1995. When the series last visited the 1/5-mile oval on June 22nd, Robby Josett was victorious over Jake Swanson, Robert Dalby, Cody Swanson, and Michael Faccinto. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the eighth point race, there have been five different winners with four earning their first triumph. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the April 6th Bakersfield season opener with Austin Liggett topping the April 20th Merced and April 27th Santa Maria features. Robby Josett claimed the June 22nd Ventura win and Maria Cofer earned her first victory at Petaluma on July 20th. New point leader Robert Dalby joined the winner’s list at the Merced on June 27th and was back on top at Santa Maria on August 10th.

After winning Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” on August 10th, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) has a 17-point lead over the competition. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Lucas Oil Spike, Dalby has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led to his credit. Robert will be looking for his third win in a row this Saturday night at Ventura.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett finished eighth in the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” At press time, the leading rookie contender has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, six top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led on the season. The defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on regaining the point lead with a win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) ranks third in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott led fourteen laps at Santa Maria before scoring third at the checkered flags. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in the campaign. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first victory at Ventura Raceway.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) sits fourth in the Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q NP Motorsports / Masters Design & Construction Spike, Prickett ran twelfth in the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” after starting fifteenth. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and five top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday night, David will be looking to claim his first win of the season.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is fifth in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen charged to second in the Santa Maria feature after starting fifth. To date, the 2012 Champion has six top-10 finishes and will have his sights on her first win on the year at Ventura.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), Robert Carson (Concord, CA) Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Beau Lemire (Placerville, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Jake Swanson, Marvin Mitchell, Kyle Beilman, Alex Schutte, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Dylan Ito, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Ron Hazelton, Bryan Drollinger, and more.

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

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Robert Dalby, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Ben Worth.

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4- P.J. Jones, 4-Robby Josett, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Christopher Bell, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Tommy White.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Robert Dalby-475, 2. Austin Liggett ®-458, 3. Cory Elliott-425, 4. David Prickett-376, 5. Shannon McQueen-372, 6. C.J. Sarna-302, 7. Ben Worth ®-301, 8. Jake Swanson-296, 9. Marvin Mitchell-281, 10. Kyle Beilman-266, 11. Alex Schutte-257, 12. Cody Swanson-240, 13. Randi Pankratz-238, 14. Michael Faccinto-207, 15. Maria Cofer-204, 16. Gage Rucker ®-186, 17. Troy Morris III ®-174, 18. Dylan Ito-164, 19. Terry Nichols-157, 20. Mike Leach Jr. ®-107.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
April 20: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
June 22: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Robby Josett)
July 20: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer)
July 27: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Robert Dalby)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Robert Dalby)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

HAUBSTADT HUSTLER PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (September 9, 2019).........$10 Grand and 40 laps await this Saturday's field at Tri-State Speedway's Haubstadt Hustler, co-sanctioned by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has earned Haubstadt Hustler glory in each of the past two seasons and eyes his fourth win in the event. Last year, Thomas became the first three-time winner of the race, following his first triumph in 2013. In the 2018 "Hustler," Thomas went to the front with just four laps remaining to capture the big check in victory lane - an unusual ride to victory lane that came via a four-wheeler after being involved in a turn one pile up following the checkered flag.

With a single victory, Thomas would also rise to the top as the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver of all-time at Tri-State Speedway. He currently ranks tied for first at five wins apiece with Daron Clayton, a 2014 Haubstadt Hustler winner himself.

Like Clayton, a driver and track that have become synonymous with each other are Kyle Cummins and Tri-State Speedway. The Princeton, Ind. driver is six-for-six at the quarter-mile dirt oval this season in USAC and MSCS competition. The undefeated Cummins grabbed the number one spot with just four laps remaining from Stephen Schnapf in July's Indiana Sprint Week A-Main to claim his third USAC Sprint Car victory at Tri-State, one of which was the Haubstadt Hustler in 2016.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) collected his Haubstadt Hustler victory in 2015, taking the lead from Cummins with just five laps remaining to score his second USAC Tri-State triumph, both of which came in 2015. In the first score that year, Short set a 30-lap track record in the caution-free feature that stands to this day - 7 minutes and 31.5 seconds.

Chase Stockon, whose residence is just right down the road from the track in Fort Branch, Ind., won with USAC at Tri-State in 2016 and set fast time in the rained out June event. He finished 8th in the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler and was 4th this July during Indiana Sprint Week. He's also twice won in IMCA RaceSaver competition this year at Tri-State, going back-to-back with feature victories in July and August.

Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was victorious with USAC at Tri-State in 2015. He was 5th this past July at Indiana Sprint Week and is also a former winner in a USAC Midget at The Class Track, capturing the Hut 100 in 2012, leading only the final two laps.

The driver finishing 2nd in the 2012 Hut 100 behind Bacon in a Wilke-Pak Racing sweep was Chris Windom. The 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ from Canton, Ill. won his first visit of that season to Tri-State en route to the title.

2016 Indiana Sprint Week was not only a milestone for USAC, it was also for Carson Short who scored his first and, to date, only career AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win in the 10,000th USAC-sanctioned race. The Marion, Ill. driver was 5th in the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler.

Series point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) came within four laps of his first USAC Tri-State victory in last year's Haubstadt Hustler, leading a race-high 35 of the 40 laps before Thomas got by for the victory. Leary was victorious three times with MSCS in 2018 at Tri-State, capturing the Sprint Stampede, the Hoosier Sprint Nationals and the Harvest Cup.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 6th in the Haubstadt Hustler a year ago. His best showing in the event came in the 2016 race where he led 12 laps and finished in the runner-up spot behind Cummins. He remains on the hunt for his first career Tri-State victory.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was the fastest qualifier in July's USAC round at Haubstadt en route to a solid 3rd place result in the night's feature. Like Courtney, he's seeking his first Tri-State victory, as is Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a 3rd place finisher in the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler and 9th in July, as well as Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) who stands 10th in series points.

Stephen Schnapf, who's third in MSCS points entering Saturday, was impressive in his last USAC outing in July at Tri-State, leading 26 laps and finishing 2nd to Cummins, the best career USAC finish for the 2018 Midwest Madness victor at Tri-State.

Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler will have the UMP Modifieds in action as well. Pits open at 3pm Central, grandstands at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

The Haubstadt Hustler will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,702, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,581, 3-Brady Bacon-1,564, 4-Justin Grant-1,525, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,524, 6-Chris Windom-1,495, 7-Chase Stockon-1,472, 8-Jason McDougal-1,294, 9-Carson Short-1,273, 10-Isaac Chapple-991.

2018 HAUBSTADT HUSTLER FINISH: (Starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Jason McDougal (8), 4. Dave Darland (7), 5. Carson Short (15), 6. Tyler Courtney (16), 7. Robert Ballou (10), 8. Chase Stockon (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Donny Brackett (13), 11. Stephen Schnapf (5), 12. Isaac Chapple (14), 13. Chet Williams (19), 14. Brady Bacon (6), 15. Critter Malone (21), 16. Kendall Ruble (20), 17. Chris Windom (4), 18. Daron Clayton (17), 19. Justin Grant (12), 20. Tony DiMattia (22), 21. Brandon Mattox (23), 22. Kent Schmidt (1), 23. Aric Gentry (18). NT

HAUBSTADT HUSTLER WINNERS: 2008: Jeff Bland, Jr., 2009: Bryan Clauson, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Casey Riggs, 2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2014: Daron Clayton, 2015: Brady Short, 2016: Kyle Cummins, 2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:
1. (5) Daron Clayton & Kevin Thomas, Jr.
3. (4) Cory Kruseman
4. (3) Kyle Cummins & Rick Hood
6. (2) Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short & Jon Stanbrough
9. (1) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Blake Fitzpatrick, Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Casey Riggs, Carson Short, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
1983: Rick Hood (9/4)
1984: Steve Butler (5/28) & Rick Hood (9/2)
1988: Kenny Jacobs (8/7)
1989: Rick Hood (6/3)
2000: Cory Kruseman (7/30)
2001: Tony Elliott (5/13) & Jay Drake (7/22)
2002: Tracy Hines (5/19) & Cory Kruseman (7/21)
2003: J.J. Yeley (7/20)
2004: Cory Kruseman (7/18)
2005: Cory Kruseman (7/17)
2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/15) & Daron Clayton (9/2)
2007: Daron Clayton (7/21)
2008: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/19)
2009: Levi Jones (7/18)
2010: Blake Fitzpatrick (7/17)
2011: Damion Gardner (7/16) & Casey Riggs (9/17)
2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (5/12), Jon Stanbrough (7/21) & Daron Clayton (9/15)
2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5/11) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/14)
2014: Daron Clayton (4/26), Robert Ballou (7/19) & Daron Clayton (9/13)
2015: Brady Bacon (4/18), Brady Short (7/18) & Brady Short (9/19)
2016: Chase Stockon (4/16), Carson Short (7/16) & Kyle Cummins (9/17)
2017: Chris Windom (4/15), Kyle Cummins (7/15) & Kevin Thomas, Jr., (9/16)
2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/28), Dave Darland (7/28) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/15)
2019: Kyle Cummins (7/27)

 

 

JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (September 9, 2019).........Friday's Jim Hurtubise Classic begins a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car doubleheader weekend in the Hoosier state this Friday, September 13, at one of USAC's longest-tenured venues, the Terre Haute Action Track, which hosted its first USAC Sprint Car event more than six decades ago, in 1957.

Friday's race honors the most successful USAC Sprint Car driver in those early years at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds half-mile, Jim Hurtubise, who won five-straight between 1960 and 1962. "Herk," a 1993 inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, first had an event in his name at the Terre Haute Action Track in 1990, less than a year following his passing, a race won by Jack Hewitt.

This year, the event enters its 20th running with two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon scoring the most recent victory at the Hurtubise Classic last September. Bacon has had a notable run of success in the event as one of three drivers to win the Hurtubise Classic on multiple occasions, first winning in the Fall of 2014 aboard the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69. The Terre Haute USAC one-lap track record holder from Broken Arrow, Okla. aims to become the first driver to pilot the Dynamics, Inc. to victory lane at Terre Haute twice following previous singular victories by Robbie Stanley (1993), Tracy Hines (2003) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010).

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is one of the three multiple-time Hurtubise Classic winners alongside Hewitt and Bacon, capturing three in 2011-2016-2017. With one more victory on Friday, he would surpass Hewitt as the winningest Hurtubise Classic driver of all-time. Windom has won four times overall in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at Terre Haute and once in Silver Crown, plus his latest triumph there at the western Indiana dirt oval, scoring an MSCS win in August.

The very first win of Chase Stockon's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career came right at Terre Haute during the 2012 Jim Hurtubise Classic. The current Fort Branch, Ind. resident who grew up in nearby Sullivan, Ind., has three USAC Sprint wins overall at Terre Haute, including the Tony Hulman Classic in May of this year. This Friday, he hopes to become USAC's ultimate ironman. One more start would be his 285th consecutive with the USAC National Sprint Car division, surpassing Levi Jones for the longest such streak in series history.

Tyler Courtney was the victor in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division's most recent visit to Terre Haute in July during Indiana Sprint Week where he led the final nine laps for the victory. In fact, the Indianapolis, Ind. native swept the event, earning quick time in qualifying, winning his heat and pulling off the trifecta in the A-Main. Courtney has won three of the last five at Terre Haute and is the most recent winner in the series, in August at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

The last driver to win at Terre Haute before Courtney began his run of three out of five at the beginning of the 2018 season is Kevin Thomas, Jr. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) has won twice at the Action Track in USAC National Sprint competition. He emerged victorious after a scintillating battle with Dave Darland during the final laps of the ISW round in 2013, then reigned supreme near the end of 2017. Like Courtney, he's gunning for his first Hurtubise Classic win, where he finished 5th a year ago.

So is C.J. Leary, who's stood in victory lane once before with USAC at Terre Haute after scoring his first career National series win in a Silver Crown car at the Sumar Classic in 2016. Leary was 9th and 6th in his two Terre Haute starts this year en route to the 121-point lead in the series standings he holds entering Friday's race. The Greenfield, Ind. driver was quick time in qualifying at Terre Haute in May, one of his series-leading eight this year. He led the first five laps and finished 4th in the 2018 Hurtubise Classic.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led 21 laps and finished 2nd in the series appearance at Terre Haute in July. He took 5th in May and is 4th in the series standings entering Friday's event at Terre Haute where he has not yet won at in USAC competition. He owns two USAC National Sprint points-paying wins this season as well as a special event at Kokomo in August.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a winner in both USAC's National Sprint Car and Midget series in 2019, earned a 7th place finish in his Terre Haute USAC Sprint Car debut in 2018. He was 10th in his first Hurtubise Classic appearance last Fall and took 7th again in his return to Terre Haute this past May.

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) took 13th in his most recent Hurtubise Classic ride last September. The 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year was the hard charger at Terre Haute back in May, finishing 10th. He was 12th during the series return in July and resides 10th in the series standings.

The 163rd USAC Sprint Car event at the Terre Haute Action Track will also have the DIRTcar Modifieds on hand. Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

The Jim Hurtubise Classic will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates
on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,702, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,581, 3-Brady Bacon-1,564, 4-Justin Grant-1,525, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,524, 6-Chris Windom-1,495, 7-Chase Stockon-1,472, 8-Jason McDougal-1,294, 9-Carson Short-1,273, 10-Isaac Chapple-991.

JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC WINS:
1. (3) Jack Hewitt (1990-91-95) & Chris Windom (2011-16-17)

3. (2) Brady Bacon (2014-18)

4. (1) Robert Ballou (2015), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2013), Tony Elliott (1998), Tray House (1994), Tony Jones (1999), Rusty McClure (1992), Jon Stanbrough (2010), Robbie Stanley (1993), Chase Stockon (2012), Kevin Thomas (1996) & J.J. Yeley (1997)

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:
(161 Points Races)
1. (8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

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

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

10. (4) Bud Kaeding, Roger McCluskey & Chris Windom

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

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

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

**J.J. Yeley = 1 Non-Points Special Event Win

 

 

DAMION GARDNER WINS SANTA MARIA MAIN & CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CROWN

SANTA MARIA, CA – SEPTEMBER 7, 2019… When the checkered flag waved at Santa Maria Raceway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) emerged victorious and topped the 5-race “California Sprint Week” championship by one point. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner took command from Chris Gansen on the tenth lap and recorded his third AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the campaign (83rd career) over fast qualifier “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, Max Adams, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr.

Ryan Bernal earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with an eleventh to sixth place run. Troy Rutherford claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” and James Herrera scored the USAC 360 Bonus with a fourteenth place finish in the feature.

Williams also posted his fifth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 13.388 over the 19-car field.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to rookie contender Steve Hix (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Bernal (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and Davis (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, September 21st, for the “Glenn Howard Classic.”

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California – “California Sprint Week Finale”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.388; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.579; 3. Max Adams, 42X, Cheney-13.619; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.708; 5. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-13.761; 6. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.809; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.831; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-13.847; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-13.856; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-13.864; 11. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-13.993; 12. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.061; 13. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.226; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.237; 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.312; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.339; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-14.431; 18. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.487; Brandon Wiley, Team 33-14.445.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Roa, 3. A.Williams, 4. Gardner, 5. C.Williams, 6. Herrera, 7. Martin. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Johnson, 3. Faria, 4. Swanson, 5. Sweeney. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Tafoya, 3. Adams, 4. Gansen, 5. Wiley, 6. Rutherford. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Damion Gardner (3), 2. Austin Williams (6), 3. Jake Swanson (5), 4. Max Adams (4), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 6. Ryan Bernal (11), 7. Cody Williams (10), 8. Chase Johnson (2), 9. Chris Gansen (1), 10. Steve Hix (13), 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (15), 12. Verne Sweeney (14), 13. Troy Rutherford (12), 14. James Herrera (19), 15. Danny Faria Jr. (8), 16. Brody Roa (7), 17. Mike Martin (16), 18. Brandon Wiley (18), 19. Austin Ervine (17). NT ---------------------------- **Wiley flipped on lap 5 of the third heat. Faria flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Gansen, Laps 10-30 Gardner, SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (11th to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Troy Rutherford USAC 360 BONUS: James Herrera

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1064, 2-A.Williams-1006, 3-Roa-996, 4-Swanson-895, 5-Gansen-699, 6-Malcolm-598, 7-Davis-592, 8-Faria-583, 9-Matt McCarthy-565, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-508.

FINAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Gardner-328, 2-A.Williams-327, 3-Faria-306, 4-Johnson-306, 5-Swanson-301, 6-Roa-280, 7-Davis-267, 8-Bernal-246, 9-Austin Liggett-223, 10-Gansen-219.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 21 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Glenn Howard Classic”

 

 

KODY SWANSON A SMOOTH OPERATOR
AT RICH VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (September 7, 2019).........In a championship race that Kody Swanson has led since day one, it seems inconceivable the number of peaks and valleys he and Nolen Racing have endured and overcome throughout the season.

Six days earlier at Du Quoin, the team had not one, but two engines go south on them in practice and qualifying, forcing Swanson into another team's car that he had never set foot in prior to the green flag, riding to a 14th place finish.

Six days later, the story was written in reverse as Swanson and Nolen executed their smoothest night of the year. No backup cars, no engine changes, just back to the basics - racing and winning, which they did again for the fifth time this year in nine races, Saturday night under the lights of Lucas Oil Raceway at the Rich Vogler Classic.

"It's tough, on top of a short week to do it. It would've been a tough week anyway, let alone when you're down and trying to get going," Kody explained. "You can either wait for something good to happen to you or you can put the work in and try to help. I haven't been to my day job since Wednesday morning, gutting it out with the guys in the shop. Everyone who's a part of it has continued to give everything they could."

Swanson's victory, the record-extending 29th of his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series career, came after circumstances with the engine befell the team at Salem less than a month ago in the most recent pavement race. It was at Salem this week where the team made a decisive choice on the package they were going to bring to Lucas Oil Raceway.

"We had to pull (an engine) out from under the bench and put it in the backup car," Swanson said. "I've been part of a gentleman's agreement this year not to test at the places we're going to. We went to Salem, that's close to the shop and we're already done racing there, just to try to shake it down and make sure this one is still good. Afterward, we felt like our backup car was the better choice of the two. It was really good on starts and that's what we needed to try it."

Kody was knocked off the pole position by the final contestant of the Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying session, his younger brother Tanner Swanson, pitting the Kingsburg, Calif. siblings on the front row at the .686-mile paved oval where the two have had many a battle at the front of the pack for the past decade.

"We grew up together, so he knows all my tricks," Kody said of his younger brother. "He doesn't get rattled and everyone knows, when he comes to town, he's going to be a contender and probably the biggest threat."

Kody didn't allow Tanner to get an advantage in edgewise as he drove around Tanner in turns one and two on the opening lap to secure the lead. Back behind the brothers Swanson, May LOR winner Kyle Hamilton slid up in front of Justin Grant in the first urn to snare the third position.

The first and heaviest incident of the night came on the ninth lap when a rear end issue on the car of Cody Gallogly sent him hard into the turn two wall, resulting in his left rear wheel bouncing down the back straightaway without abandon before coming to a rest more than a half-straightaway in front of his damaged machine.

Through much of the first half of the 100-lapper, Tanner and Hamilton were locked down just a few car lengths behind Kody with the trio breaking away from the fourth-place car of Justin Grant by nearly half a lap as the top-three entered the throes of traffic. Swanson was the first to navigate between, under and around the traffic with precision, but Tanner and Hamilton cut through the chase to remain within a stone's throw of Kody.

On the 43rd lap, Annie Breidinger, making her first series start in over two years, spun exiting turn two. With Breidinger stopped, the trailing car of eighth-running Ryan Newman clipped his left front wheel into the left side of Breidinger's tail tank, heavily damaging Newman's front end and tearing off the rear bumper off Breidinger's machine. Breidinger restarted, but Newman, the 1999 Silver Crown champ, 2008 Daytona 500 winner and 2013 Brickyard 400 victor, was finished for the evening.

The most recent occasion Kody was in this exact position, leading a restart near the halfway point at LOR in May, his engine let go on him, putting him out of the race. This time around, Swanson was like match on a fire, extending his lead lap-after-lap from the lap 48 restart onward. Between laps 58 and 60 alone, Kody upped the interval between he and Tanner a half-second as traffic loomed once again. A Breidinger turn one spin resulted in a lap 69 restart for Kody which bunched up the field and would wind up being the closest the competition would get for the remaining 31 laps of the green flag run to the conclusion.

It seemed as if the longer the race went, the more Kody's car was changing and the more on top of it he became.

"Every stint, I drove the car a little bit different, using the throttle and the brake a little different and using the banking of the racetrack a little different, just trying to help my car be the best it could to try to get and keep the lead," Kody said.


Kody's fifth career LOR Silver Crown victory moved him into a three-way tie with Mike Bliss and brother Tanner Swanson for the most wins in series history at the track. It also marked Nolen Racing's third career USAC Silver Crown victory at LOR, and first since 1995 with Jim Keeker as the pilot. Nolen also won with Johnny Parsons in 1991.
(David Nearpass Photo)


Kody opened up the can to two seconds almost immediately, running away as he extended it to over three seconds by lap 84, then four, then five and, finally, 6.165 seconds when the checkered flag flew to score his second career Rich Vogler Classic victory, and first since 2016, over Tanner Swanson, Kyle Hamilton, Jim Anderson and a career-best fifth-place finish for five-time Indianapolis 500 veteran James Davison in his second career series start.

Kody's fifth career LOR Silver Crown victory moved him into a three-way tie with Mike Bliss and brother Tanner Swanson for the most wins in series history at the track. It also marked Nolen Racing's third career USAC Silver Crown victory at LOR, and first since 1995 with Jim Keeker as the pilot. Nolen also won with Johnny Parsons in 1991.

"What a part of history in the United States Auto Club this track has played, let alone to tie someone like Mike Bliss, who had the ultimate stranglehold on this place for so long and Tanner did too for a number of years," Kody exclaimed. I finally had to get better or (Tanner) was just going to continue to beat me all the time. I'm thankful to pick off a few whenever we could to make it up. To tie them with five is pretty special."

It's the ninth time the Swanson brothers have finished first and second in a USAC Silver Crown event, eight of which have come at LOR. Tanner won the first six of the Swanson one-two sweeps, while Kody has owned the upper hand in the last three.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway included Tanner Swanson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Kyle Robbins (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Annie Breidinger (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2019 - Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, Indiana - Rich Vogler Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-20.574; 2. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-20.633; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-20.668; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-20.805; 5. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-20.818; 6. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-20.860; 7. Ryan Newman, 2v, Bowman/Vance-20.876; 8. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-20.908; 9. James Davison, 11, DHR/Byrd-21.059; 10. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-21.218; 11. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-21.268; 12. Joe Liguori, 32, Williams & Wright-21.323; 13. Brian Gerster, 94, Ram-21.350; 14. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-21.591; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-21.605; 16. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-21.621; 17. Cameron Dodson, 25, Pierce-21.722; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-21.781; 19. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-21.852; 20. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-21.926; 21. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-22.668; 22. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-22.720; 23. Kyle O'Gara, 1, SFHR-NT; 24. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 25. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (2), 2. Tanner Swanson (1), 3. Kyle Hamilton (6), 4. Jim Anderson (10), 5. James Davison (9), 6. David Byrne (5), 7. Bobby Santos (3), 8. Justin Grant (4), 9. Chris Windom (11), 10. Kyle Robbins (20), 11. Joe Liguori (12), 12. Patrick Lawson (18), 13. Annie Breidinger (22), 14. Austin Nemire (14), 15. Matt Goodnight (15), 16. Eric Gordon (8), 17. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 18. John Heydenreich (21), 19. Ryan Newman (7), 20. Cameron Dodson (17), 21. Derek Bischak (23), 22. Cody Gallogly (16), 23. Brian Gerster (13), 24. Dave Berkheimer (24). 50:56.46
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Kody Swanson

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Robbins (20th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Annie Breidinger

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-577, 2-Justin Grant-514, 3-David Byrne-456, 4-Kyle Hamilton-381, 5-Bobby Santos-378, 6-Eric Gordon-375, 7-Chris Windom-342, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-328, 9-Kyle Robbins-320, 10-Austin Nemire-315.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: September 22, 2019 - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Illinois - Bettenhausen 100

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS MERCED USAC/CRA DEBUT

MERCED, CA - SEPTEMBER 6, 2019... Racing from fifth, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) slipped by Jake Swanson on the eleventh lap and sprinted to the Friday night "California Sprint Week" debut at Merced Speedway. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett scored his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph and became the tenth driver to win in fifteen races. The defending USAC West Coast Champion finished ahead of "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Chase Johnson, Brody Roa, and Swanson.

Ryan Bernal earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with an twentieth to eighth place run. Koen Shaw claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" and Colby Johnson scored the USAC 360 bonus for the second race in a row.

"The Demon" Damion Gardner also posted his 89th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and a new track record with a time of 12.085 over the 20-car field.

The night's 10-lap heat race victories went to Gardner (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Swanson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

On Saturday, September 7th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will head to Santa Maria Raceway for the fifth and final round of "California Sprint Week."

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 6, 2019 - Merced Speedway - Merced, California - "California Sprint Week Round #4"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.085 (New Track Record); 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.219; 3. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-12.478; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-12.544; 5. Colby Johnson, 38, Johnson-12.545; 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-12.568; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.580; 8, Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-12.599; 9. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-12.628; 10. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-12.765; 11. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-12.773; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-12.897; 13. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-12.901; 14. Mark Barroso, 78, Barroso-12.984; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.086; 16. Sean Watts, 98, Watts-13.169; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.170; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.295; 19. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-13.323; 20. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. Martin, 4. Faria, 5. McCarthy, 6. Watts, 7. Shaw. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Liggett, 3. Ch.Johnson, 4. Bernal, 5. Co.Johnson, 6. Barroso, 7. Ervine. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Williams, 2. Davis, 3. Gansen, 4. Hix, 5. Tafoya. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (5), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (3), 3. Chase Johnson (11), 4. Brody Roa (2), 5. Jake Swanson (1), 6. Austin Williams (9), 7. Damion Gardner (6), 8. Ryan Bernal (20), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 10. Colby Johnson (7), 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (8), 12. Mike Martin (13), 13. Koen Shaw (19), 14. Steve Hix (18), 15. Chris Gansen (12), 16. Sean Watts (16), 17. Mark Barroso (14), 18. Matt McCarthy (10), 19. Austin Ervine (17). ---------------------------- **McCarthy flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Swanson, Laps 11-30 Liggett

SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (20th to 8th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Koen Shaw

USAC 360 BONUS: Colby Johnson

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-986, 2-Roa-958, 3-Williams-927, 4-Swanson-821, 5-Gansen-647, 6-Malcolm-598, 7-McCarthy-565, 8-Faria-544, 9-Davis-526, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-508.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1- Faria-267, 2-Gardner-250, 3-Williams-248, 4-Ch.Johnson-248, 5-Roa-242, 6-Swanson-227, 7-Liggett-223, 8-Davis-201, 9-Bernal-183, 10-Gansen-167.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 7 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California - "California Sprint Week Finale"

 

 

WISE BRINGS THE 39BC HOME TO VICTORY AT BC39

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 5, 2019).........Before he had even laid eyes on The Dirt Track at IMS, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway had already occupied a special place within the heart of Zeb Wise.

He'd been triumphant in a quarter midget at the Battle at the Brickyard and also became the first ever winner on The Dirt Track at IMS in 2018, snagging the Stoops Pursuit.

After Thursday night's victory in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, the track became the showcase for a defining moment in the 16-year-old racer's burgeoning career where he led the final seven laps to score the biggest victory, and the richest payday ($15,000), of his young career.

One of the main influences on The Dirt Track at IMS becoming a reality was Bryan Clauson, the namesake of the BC39. Angola, Indiana's Wise has carried BC's spirit onward, driving for Bryan's father's Clauson/Marshall Racing team and piloting the No. 39BC on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail which he put into victory lane in front of a large throng of spectators on this memorable late summer night.

Wise's IMS story began earlier this decade when competing at The Battle at the Brickyard. It was there where Tim and Bryan Clauson, already a racing star in his own right, noticed Wise. When the time came, he was hand-picked by the Clausons to become a part of the team, leading him on the path to the biggest win of his career thus far.

"A lot of people don't know this, but Bryan and Tim, the first time they noticed me was at the quarter midget track that they run called Little Brickyard," Wise recalled. "That was the first time they ever got in contact with me. To carry over from the first time they saw me here, and now we're out there winning big races, it's very special not only to me, but probably even more special to the team."

Wise was in a hurry to get things done from his fifth starting spot at the drop of the green for the 39-lap main event. He whittled his way to second past Kevin Thomas, Jr. after the two clipped bumper to bumper off turn four when Thomas snagged the curb. Wise set up shop, went to the bottom and slid up in front of Thomas to pocket the runner-up spot.

Pole sitter Thomas Meseraull remained in control up front, keeping Wise in check a handful of car lengths back until the 18th lap. That's when a four-car quagmire ensued with Tucker Klaasmeyer first getting upside down, followed by Jerry Coons, Jr. plowing into Klaasmeyer and getting on his lid as well while Gio Scelzi and Cannon McIntosh also became entangled in the fray.

That's where it nearly came to a premature end for Meseraull, who made a hard left to avoid clipping the stopped car of McIntosh. Wise, just behind Meseraull, took evasive action as well, narrowly missing misfortune.

On the ensuing restart, Wise gained a full head of steam coming downhill off the top of turn two to zip by Meseraull for the race lead as Jason McDougal and Kyle Larson came in tandem to go to second and third as Meseraull slipped to fourth. A three-car chase at the front saw Larson go topside around McDougal for second and pounce when Wise bobbled atop the fourth turn cushion.

Larson instantaneously pointed his nose to the bottom and used a major run to slide across the nose of Wise into turn one, securing the lead off turn two. Moments later, however, Michael Pickens' car came to a stop in turn four, sending Larson back to second and returned Wise to the head of the field for the restart.

As he had done all throughout the night, Wise was a force on restarts, and was able to stretch it out to a half-straight lead by the back stretch on the lap 21 resumption. Nonetheless, Larson leashed Wise back in in no time and was clamped down on the shadow of Wise with less than 15 laps remaining.

On lap 28, Wise biked in turn three atop the cushion, which was basically be an extension of the outside concrete wall at that point. It was seemingly no harm, no foul, as Larson got on the binders to avoid contact with Wise. Both kept their foot in it and put their wills on the razor's edge in turn one as Larson attempted to slide Wise in turn one. With just enough room to fit the width of a midget and the thickness of two dimes between them, Wise never wavered from the top, kept his right foot on the hammer and escaped through the other side of the needle to hang onto the spot just before early race leader Meseraull flipped in turns three and four, concluding a promising run for the high-point man who led a race-high 18 laps.

On the following restart, all broke loose again, with Larson taking his run at Wise with a slider into turn three. By the time the two arrived at the exit of turn four, nowhere was there room to spare. Larson and Wise made contact, sending Wise ramping up the wall and landing on all fours while defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon snuck by on the bottom from fourth to first past McDougal, Larson and Wise to rip the lead away on lap 29.

Larson then slowed with a flat left rear tire to force a yellow flag, putting Wednesday's Stoops Pursuit winner/survivor out of contention for the win, although he did race back to a ninth-place finish. Meanwhile, Wise's mind was racing with concern over whether his race was in jeopardy, admitting he thought his race was over after the contact.

Following a lap 31 red flag for a McIntosh flip between turns three and four, Wise's curiosity grew stronger as he pondered what could be wrong at the moment with his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven2SaveLives - Sundollar Restoration/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"I knew something was wrong," Wise admitted. "Heck, I couldn't even hold it straight down the straightaways. I knew something was going on. We had a red flag there and the push truck driver came to me and I said, 'Dude, what is wrong with the front end?' He looked it over and said, 'Looks like you have a bent steering arm.' At that point, I knew it wasn't something serious, and that I didn't need to pull off the track because it was going to be a hazard or anything."

Experiencing a handful with his steering wheel in addition to the flurry of action surrounding him, Wise overcame and persevered, utilizing a lap 33 slide job to overtake Bacon for the lead and bring CMR teammate Chris Windom along with him on the bottom, who cranked down the shocks and lay in wait to capitalize on any mistake by Wise down the stretch.

In a race that changed its complexion frequently and without hesitation, FMR Racing teammates Bacon and McDougal had drifted back to fifth and sixth where they tangled on the front straightaway on lap 35, ending the team's bid for a repeat BC39 victory.

Racing resumed with Wise and Windom continuing their side-by-side joust as Christopher Bell entered the ring and was challenging both for the lead as he followed Wise on the high side of three where he bounced and buoyed his way atop turn three with three laps to go, bouncing the left side of his roll cage off the track surface before springing back up and landing on all fours, putting a premature end to his bid for a win with front end damage.

Wise used another strong restart to gain separation on the lap 37 restart ahead of CMR teammates Windom and Courtney (who started 20th). Windom on the low line and Courtney up top dug in during their proverbial fist fight for the runner-up spot. Windom began a slow fade as the bottom began to slicken and Courtney found the traction up top to pull ahead coming to the white flag.

Wise put an end to the dramatics, stamping his name in Indianapolis Motor Speedway lore on the final lap as he nailed the entry and exit to each end of the racetrack on the 39th circuit to win by 0.372 sec. over Courtney, Windom, Chad Boat and Logan Seavey.

After a beginning to the season that saw mixed results, Wise has won three of the last five in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, but none bigger than the one he earned Thursday night at IMS.

"We've been on such a hot streak lately," Wise said. "It doesn't matter where we go, you know we're a factor. When we came off that hot streak in Pennsylvania, I knew this was going to be the one that would really show what we've got, and we got it done."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at The Dirt Track at IMS were Tyler Thomas (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Zeb Wise (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Christopher Bell (AutoMeter Third Heat Qualifier Winner), Dillon Welch (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Qualifier Winner), Tyler Courtney (B & W Auto Mart/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Michael Pickens (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Cannon McIntosh (Duane & Sonja Alexander Last Transfer), Sam Johnson (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Jesse Colwell (Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Rookie of The Race & ProSource Passing Master).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 5, 2019 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 3. Kyle Larson (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 5. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 6. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 8. Jonathan Beason (#21FS Reynolds), 9. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 10. Mark Chisholm (#56x Chisholm), 11. Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer), 12. Conor Daly (#35 Petry), 13. Luke Howard (#00 Mounce), 14. Carson Garrett (#15x Garrett), 15. Ryan Hall (#2 Bush). NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. C.J. Leary (#21KS Reynolds), 4. Brady Bacon (#76E FMR), 5. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Cody Swanson (#71s Campbell), 7. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 8. Brent Beauchamp (#43 Arnold), 9. Andrew Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 10. Alex Bright (#1ST Saucier), 11. Chris Baue (#9 Baue), 12. Ray Seach (#54m Manic), 13. Rich Drangmeister (#3 Drangmeister), 14. Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett). NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5 Petry), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 6. Ace McCarthy (#28 Neuman), 7. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 8. David Prickett (#15DJ Neverlift), 9. Colten Cottle (#56AP Young), 10. Chris Jagger, Jr. (#32J Jagger), 11. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 12. Cody Weisensel (#20 Weisensel), 13. Trey Osborne (#61 Kenyon), 14. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Dillon Welch (#81 Tucker/Boat), 2. Spencer Bayston (#19 Hayward), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 5. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 6. David Budres (#23m Manic), 7. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 8. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 9. Karsyn Elledge (#1 Tucker/Boat), 10. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFHR), 11. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard), 12. Michael Klein (#10A Wallace), 13. Ken Drangmeister (#76 Drangmeister). NT

FIFTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Gio Scelzi (#85 Tucker/Boat), 2. Jason McDougal (#76m FMR), 3. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. J.J. Yeley (#2J Taylor), 5. Tony DiMattia (#50 TDM), 6. Kyle Jones (#7u Trifecta), 7. Steve Buckwalter (#25B Buckwalter), 8. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester), 9. Dave Darland (#15 Petry), 10. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 11. Matt Linder (#2x Bush), 12. Kevin Studley (#57K Studley), 13. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 14. Blaze Bennett (#77 Bennett). NT

SIXTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Michael Pickens (#1NZ RMS), 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17 Clauson/Marshall), 3. Chase Jones (#1BR SFHR), 4. Matt Westfall (#54 Bordner), 5. Sam Johnson (#72 Johnson), 6. Critter Malone (#7 Seven), 7. Austin O'Dell (#97A O'Dell), 8. Clinton Boyles (#9B Mounce), 9. Shannon McQueen (#15s Garrett), 10. Tommy Kouns (#11T Taylor), 11. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 12. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 13. Robert Bell (#71B Bell), 14. Billy Wease (#12w Wease). NT

FIRST D-MAIN: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-Main) 1. Jonathan Beason, 2. Jesse Colwell, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Karsyn Elledge, 5. Colten Cottle, 6. Randi Pankratz, 7. Kyle O'Gara, 8. Chris Baue, 9. Justin Dickerson, 10. Kevin Studley, 11. Kendall Ruble, 12. Ryan Hall, 13. Chris Jagger, Jr., 14. Rich Drangmeister, 15. Clinton Boyles, 16. Blaze Bennett, 17. Ray Seach, 18. Oliver Akard, 19. Brayton Lynch. NT

SECOND D-MAIN: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-Main) 1. Brent Beauchamp, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Tyler Nelson, 5. David Prickett, 6. Mark Chisholm, 7. Luke Howard, 8. Carson Garrett, 9. Aaron Leffel, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Cody Weisensel, 12. Lance Bennett, 13. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 14. Conor Daly, 15. Matt Linder, 16. Tommy Kouns, 17. Robert Bell, 18. Michael Klein, 19. Jeff Wimmenauer, 20. Ken Drangmeister. NT

C-MAIN: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the semi) 1. Sam Johnson, 2. Robert Dalby, 3. Kyle Jones, 4. Jesse Colwell, 5. Ace McCarthy, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Holley Hollan, 8. Nick Drake, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Brent Beauchamp, 12. Jonathan Beason, 13. Cody Swanson, 14. Alex Bright, 15. David Budres, 16. Critter Malone, 17. Russ Gamester, 18. Austin O'Dell, 19. Andrew Layser, 20. Ethan Mitchell. NT

SEMI: (20 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Chase Briscoe, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Sam Johnson, 8. Jesse Colwell, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Tony DiMattia, 11. Tanner Carrick, 12. Jake Neuman, 13. Ace McCarthy, 14. Zach Daum, 15. Kyle Jones, 16. Steve Buckwalter, 17. Robert Dalby, 18. Matt Westfall, 19. Chase Jones, 20. J.J. Yeley. NT

FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Zeb Wise (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (20), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Chad Boat (16), 5. Logan Seavey (14), 6. Jesse Colwell (24), 7. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (15), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 9. Kyle Larson (12), 10. Justin Grant (11), 11. Dillon Welch (8), 12. Tanner Carrick (23), 13. Michael Pickens (4), 14. Gio Scelzi (9), 15. Christopher Bell (17), 16. Brady Bacon (10), 17. Jason McDougal (7), 18. Cannon McIntosh (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (1), 20. Spencer Bayston (2), 21. Tyler Thomas (13), 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (19), 24. Chase Briscoe (21), 25. Jake Neuman (26), 26. C.J. Leary (25). NT
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**Alex Bright flipped during the second qualifying race. Jesse Colwell flipped during the third qualifying race. Robert Dalby flipped during the semi. Tucker Klaasmeyer and Jerry Coons, Jr. flipped on lap 19 of the feature. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 28 of the feature. Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 31 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 19-28 Zeb Wise, Laps 29-32 Brady Bacon, Laps 33-39 Zeb Wise.

ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Jesse Colwell

B & W AUTO MART/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (20th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Michael Pickens

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Sam Johnson

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,517, 2-Chris Windom-1,403, 3-Logan Seavey-1,350, 4-Zeb Wise-1,286, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,284, 6-Chad Boat-1,208, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,147, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,129, 9-Jason McDougal-1,069, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,034.

FINAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Jesse Colwell-34, 2-Tyler Courtney-23, 3-Zach Daum-18, 4-Chad Boat-16, 5-Dave Darland-16, 6-Logan Seavey-15, 7-Cannon McIntosh-13, 8-Sam Johnson-13, 9-Chris Windom-12, 10-Thomas Meseraull-12.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 28, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 4-Crown Nationals

 

 

RYAN NEWMAN RETURNS
FOR SATURDAY'S RICH VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 5, 2019).........Ryan Newman will return to the seat of a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car this Saturday night, September 7, in the Rich Vogler Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Newman, the 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion, has gone on to have a highly-successful Monster Energy NASCAR Cup career with 51 poles and 18 victories, including wins in the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400.

Newman (South Bend, Ind.) will drive the No. 2v for Bowman/Vance Racing on Saturday, a tribute to Johnny Vance, one of the most successful USAC car owners of all-time, earning three National car owner titles and 52 National wins. Newman raced in the USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series for Vance during the late 1990s-early 2000s.

Newman will race as a teammate to five-time Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown winner Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.). Newman himself earned both his first career USAC National Midget victory in 1997 as well as his initial Silver Crown triumph in 1999, both of which were televised on ESPN's "Saturday Night Thunder" program.

Pits open for the Rich Vogler Classic at noon eastern on Saturday, Sept. 7. Grandstands open at 3pm, Silver Crown practice at 4:15pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30pm and the green flag for the USAC Silver Crown main event slated for 7:45pm.

Advance general admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Race day general admission tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members.

Speed51 Super Select joins the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars on the event card.

The Rich Vogler Classic will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates
on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

ALL-TIME LUCAS OIL RACEWAY USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:
1. (5) Mike Bliss & Tanner Swanson
3. (4) Bobby Santos & Kody Swanson
5. (3) Bobby East
6. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader
10. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

PAST RICH VOGLER CLASSIC WINNERS:
(Winchester Speedway)
1991: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Don Schilling (Midget)
1992: Jim Mahoney (Sprint) & Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Midget)
1993: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Stevie Reeves (Midget)
1994: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)
1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)
1996: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
1997: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
1998: Chet Fillip (Sprint) & Ricky Shelton (Midget)
1999: Dave Steele (Sprint)
2000: Ryan Newman (Sprint) & Ryan Newman (Midget)
2002: Dave Steele (Sprint)
2003: Michael Lewis (Sprint)
2005: Dave Darland (Sprint)
2006: Bryan Clauson (Sprint)
2007: Marc Jessup (Sprint)
2008: Darren Hagen (Sprint)
2009: Tracy Hines (Sprint)
2010: Shane Hmiel (Sprint)
2011: Tracy Hines (Sprint)
(Indianapolis Raceway Park)
2012: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
2013: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
2014: David Byrne (Silver Crown)
2015: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown)
2016: Kody Swanson (Silver Crown)
2017: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown)

 

 

RICH VOGLER CLASSIC ENTRY LIST RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (September 5, 2019).........Six past USAC Silver Crown winners at Lucas Oil Raceway are entered for this Saturday's Rich Vogler Classic from the .686-mile paved oval west of Indianapolis.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) is a five-time Silver Crown winner at LOR and, with one more victory, would surpass Mike Bliss as the winningest Silver Crown driver in the history of the track, which has hosted Silver Crown racing regularly since 1985. He's a two-time victor of the Rich Vogler Classic 2013 and 2015.

Tanner's older brother, Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), leads the series points and is a four-time LOR Silver Crown winner with a Vogler Classic triumph back in 2016.

Like Kody, Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) is a four-time winner on the LOR oval with two Vogler Classic scores in 2012 and again in the most recent race back in 2017.

Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.) returns to make his first Silver Crown appearance in two seasons as a teammate to Tanner Swanson. Newman won his first career USAC National Midget feature (1997) and Silver Crown feature (1999) at LOR, then called Indianapolis Raceway Park. The 1999 Silver Crown champ is the lone driver in Saturday's field to have to won at the Vogler Classic's former home of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, sweeping the NAMARS Sprint/Midget doubleheader in 2000.

The last time Silver Crown visited LOR back in May, Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) raced to his first career Silver Crown victory. He will wheel the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 on Saturday, which took over the Silver Crown owner championship point race following a top-five run with the team's dirt driver, Brady Bacon, last Sunday at Du Quoin.

David Byrne's (Shullsburg, Wisc.) top Silver Crown moment came in the 2014 Rich Vogler Classic at LOR where he raced by Tanner Swanson on the final corner of the final lap to win his first series victory in spectacular fashion.

Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) has won in USAC Sprint Car competition at LOR while Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) tallied a pair of victories with the USAC Midget division at LOR.

Five-time Indianapolis 500 starter James Davison (Melbourne, Australia) aims to make his second Silver Crown series after a 9th place run at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in August.

Pits open for the Rich Vogler Classic at noon eastern on Saturday, Sept. 7. Grandstands open at 3pm, Silver Crown practice at 4:15pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30pm and the green flag for the USAC Silver Crown main event slated for 7:45pm.

Advance general admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Race day general admission tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members.

Speed51 Super Select joins the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars on the event card.

The Rich Vogler Classic will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

RICH VOGLER CLASSIC ENTRY LIST: (24 Drivers)
02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)
1 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
2V RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Bowman/Vance Racing)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
11 ®JAMES DAVISON/Melbourne, AU (DHR-Byrd Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
32 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 ®JOHN HEYDENREICH/Riverside, CA (A.J. Felker Racing)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
80 ®ANNIE BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
81 ®CODY GALLOGLY/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 ®JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)
94 BRIAN GERSTER 94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)
131 ®DEREK BISCHAK Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

LARSON THE LAST ONE STANDING IN BC39 STOOPS PURSUIT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 4, 2019).........Kyle Larson literally became the last man standing on the final lap of the Stoops Pursuit during Wednesday's opening night of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS.

On the last lap of the fifth and final segment of the 25-lap event, three drivers remained on track and were in contention for the victory after 22 of the 25 starters had been eliminated from competition in the unique format that sent drivers to the infield if they were passed or were involved in an accident.

Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.), Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) entered the back straightaway off turn two under a proverbial blanket on the last lap. Pickens dove underneath Larson entering turn three on the final lap. As both went for the same piece of real estate at the entrance of turn three, Pickens' right rear tire climbed Larson's left front, sending Pickens flipping wildly and Larson into a 360 spin at the edge of the infield.

Moments later, Grant seemed to have a clear path to victory on the top side, but instead, banged his right rear tire off the turn three wall, sending himself into a series of barrel rolls against the concrete.

Remember Larson? With a cloud of dust kicked up from the infield and his camber askew, he pointed his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Curb Records/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota in the right direction, tip-toed around the bottom of the fourth turn and gassed his way back to the finish line as the winner.

The unpredictable turn of events was reminiscent of a combination of both the 1976 Daytona 500 finish between Richard Petty/David Pearson as well as Danny Sullivan's spin-and-win on the same property at IMS back in 1985, earning Larson $2,100 for his efforts and being a part of one of the wildest moments in the century-plus history of racing on the IMS grounds.

"That was wild," Larson exclaimed. "I didn't know it was going to be that crazy of a race. On the second to last stage, Justin (Grant) got by and then (Jason) McDougal got by, and I knew I needed to get back to second to be able to run that last round."

"I was really good up top," Larson continued. "I knew if I got a good restart, I could get by Pickens. But this track was so racy that sliders were easy to throw. Michael (Pickens) was throwing everything he had at me. We made contact there on the back stretch. He was trying to park it on the bottom, and I was trying to do what I did the lap before, two laps before."

Wednesday marked the first night Larson had been on track in competition at The Dirt Track at IMS after not competing in last year's inaugural BC39 event.

"I was bummed I couldn't make it last year," Larson admitted. "I saw how exciting it was and said, 'screw it, I'm going to try to make it.' I made it to the Indy airport at 4:45 just in time for hot laps. It was worth it, though. I hope we can be up here again tomorrow."

The BC39 continues Thursday, Sept. 5, with the finale. The event will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2019 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Chase Briscoe, 5. Daniel Robinson, 6. Tyler Nelson, 7. David Prickett, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Ken Drangmeister. 2:08.04

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Karsyn Elledge, 3. Holley Hollan, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Clinton Boyles, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Ray Seach, 8. Shannon McQueen. 2:11.03

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Ace McCarthy, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Cody Weisensel, 7. Oliver Akard. 2:10.53

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Dillon Welch, 2. Justin Grant, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Kyle O'Gara, 5. Cody Swanson, 6. Brayton Lynch, 7. Justin Dickerson, 8. Chris Jagger, Jr., 9. Trey Osborne. 2:12.21

FIFTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Gio Scelzi, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Steve Buckwalter, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Austin O'Dell, 7. Conor Daly, 8. Robert Bell, 9. Blaze Bennett. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Billy Wease, 4. Chase Jones, 5. Kyle Jones, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Kendall Ruble, 8. Colten Cottle, 9. Michael Klein. NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Jake Neuman, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Tony DiMattia, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Chris Baue, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Jonathan Beason. NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Tyler Thomas, 5. Russ Gamester, 6. Mark Chisholm, 7. Kevin Studley, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Critter Malone. NT

NINTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Nick Drake, 5. Aaron Leffel, 6. David Budres, 7. Ryan Hall, 8. Rich Drangmeister, 9. Carson Garrett. NT

TENTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Jesse Colwell, 4. Luke Howard, 5. Jeff Wimmenauer, 6. Matt Linder, 7. Tommy Kouns, 8. John Heydenreich. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett)

STOOPS PURSUIT RACE: (25 Laps) 1. Kyle Larson (7), 2. Michael Pickens (3), 3. Justin Grant (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (17), 5. Jason McDougal (15), 6. Tanner Carrick (11), 7. Chris Windom (18), 8. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (16), 9. Chad Boat (2), 10. 19 Spencer Bayston (4), 11. 67 Logan Seavey (5), 12. Zach Daum (14), 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (19), 14. Jesse Colwell (1), 15. Gio Scelzi (10), 16. Jake Neuman (6), 17. Dillon Welch (9), 18. Zeb Wise (13), 19. Brady Bacon (20), 20. Christopher Bell (25), 21. Robert Dalby (24), 22. Kyle O'Gara (21), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (23), 24. Thomas Meseraull (8), 25. Chase Briscoe (22). NT ---------------------------- **Andrew Layser flipped during the sixth heat. Chris Baue flipped during the seventh heat.

STOOPS PURSUIT LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Chad Boat, Laps 6-20 Michael Pickens, Laps 21-22 Kyle Larson, Lap 23 Michael Pickens, Laps 24-25 Kyle Larson.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,517, 2-Chris Windom-1,403, 3-Logan Seavey-1,350, 4-Zeb Wise-1,286, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,284, 6-Chad Boat-1,208, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,147, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,129, 9-Jason McDougal-1,069, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,034.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-8, 2-Brady Bacon, Chris Windom, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Spencer Bayston-6, 6-Jerry Coons, Jr., Tanner Carrick & Logan Seavey-5.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 5, 2019 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink

 

 

iRACING USAC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF SEPT. 11

Speedway, Indiana (September 4, 2019).........The inaugural iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FloRacing kicks off on Wednesday, September 11. The nine-race schedule will see the non-winged sprint car series visit some of America's most iconic dirt ovals, starting and finishing with iRacing's newest addition, Fairbury Speedway.

"We're looking forward to adding the iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FLORacing to our slate of championship eSports competition," said iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations president Tony Gardner. "Wingless sprint cars produce some of the most exciting racing action anywhere in America, and we can't wait to see how the world's top iRacers will handle them with $10,000 on the line."

$10,000 is on the line for this year's participants, with a top prize of $6,000 to the winner, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third. Alongside the cash prize, the champion will receive a two-day experience at the Cory Kruseman Driving School, and recognition at USAC's end-of-season banquet. The remainder of the top 10 drivers in series points will receive iRacing credits.

The 2019 iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FLORacing schedule is as follows: September 11: Fairbury American Legion Speedway September 18: Kokomo Speedway September 25: Limaland Motorsports Park October 2: Eldora Speedway October 9: Knoxville Raceway October 16: Kokomo Speedway October 23: Williams Grove Speedway October 30: Limaland Motorsports Park November 6: Fairbury American Legion Speedway

All races will be broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network on Wednesday nights. Be sure to tune in to www.twitch.tv/iracing to watch the broadcasts.

For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iRacing.com. For more information on USAC, visit www.usacracing.com.

 

 

USAC WSO MAKES MONARCH DOUBLEHEADER DEBUT FRI./SAT.

Wichita Falls, Texas.........USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma makes its Monarch Motor Speedway debut this weekend, Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Wichita Falls, Texas track for rounds nine and ten of the 2019 season.

The series has ventured outside its namesake home state once this year, with Danny Smith (Sand Springs, Okla.) taking the checkered flag, one of two drivers to reach victory lane with the series twice this season along with Andrew Deal (Caney, Kans.).

Smith leads the standings by a relatively narrow 17 point margin over reigning USAC WSO champ Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.), followed by Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.), Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Waylon Weaver (Claremore, Okla.).

Larry's Marine Center had added additional sponsorship to the program, which pays $1,000 to win and $200 to start each night.

USAC WSO will be joined this weekend by POWRi West Midgets, RaceSaver 305 Sprints and Lonestar Dwarf Cars. Gates open at 6pm (Central), grandstands at 6:30pm, USAC/WSO drivers meeting at 7:30pm both nights. On Friday, hot laps begin at 8pm with racing at 8:30pm. On Saturday, hot laps are slated to start at 6:30pm.

General admission tickets are $20, Seniors and Military are $12, children age 6-11 are $5 and kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Danny Smith-1,068, 2-Brett Wilson-1,051, 3-Johnny Kent-1,024, 4-Cameron Hagin-1,002, 5-Waylon Weaver-896, 6-Ben Frey-834, 7-J.C. Wilson-804, 8-Tim Kent-713, 9-David Baxter-713, 10-Ryan Dean-646.
(Chad Warner Photo)


EAST COAST SPRINT CHAMP TO BE CROWNED IN DELAWARE FINALE

Delmar, Delaware.........A champion will be crowned at the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car season finale this Saturday, September 7, at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Delaware.

Point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) sits in the driver's seat of the standings with a 67-point lead entering Saturday's race and is gunning for a second consecutive series title.

Chris Allen, Jr. (Wrightstown, N.J.) won the most recent series visit to the track back in April, the lone win of the year for the driver who stands third in the standings behind point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) and Eddie Strada (Lake Ariel, Pa.), who won the series' most recent event in August at Bedford, Pa., his second victory of the year.

Drevicki won at Delaware in 2018 and ran 4th in April while Strada ran 3rd. Old Bridge, New Jersey's Bill Unglert (10th in points) took the runner up spot behind Allen in April while Carlisle, Pennsylvania's Chandler Leiby (4th in points) rounded out the top-five.

Gates open at 5pm Eastern with hot laps set for 6:45pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 while kids age 13 and under are free. Pit passes are $25 apiece.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-736, 2-Eddie Strada-669, 3-Chris Allen, Jr.-609, 4-Chandler Leiby-589, 5-Eric Jennings-488, 6-Ryan Quackenbush-471, 7-Timmy Buckwalter-428, 8-Joey Biasi-428, 9-Carmen Perigo-406, 10-Bill Unglert-362.
(John DaDalt Photo)


SPEED2 MIDGETS SLING DIRT IN ILLINOIS AND VERMONT SATURDAY

Speedway, Indiana (September 3, 2019).........A pair of USAC Speed2 Midget series are in action this Saturday night, September 7, in the states of Illinois and Vermont.

The Engler IMRA series makes its 11th trip of the season to Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Saturday for the 3rd annual 24-lap Aaron Hull Memorial. Five of point leader Andy Baugh's six season wins have come at Spoon River. Baugh (Mason City, Ill.) won the most recent series event Monday at Spoon River.

Baugh leads the standings in search of a second consecutive IMRA title, entering Saturday's race with a commanding 110-point lead over Tyler Roth (Springfield, Ill.) with just four races remaining in the 2019 season.

The penultimate round of the USAC DMA Speed2 Midget season comes to Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont this Saturday in the series' 10th visit of the year. Seth Carlson (Brimfield, Mass.) has captured three of his four DMA victories this season at Bear Ridge but stands third in the standings behind three-time Bear Ridge winner Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) and Joe Krawiec (Granby, Conn.), who remains on the hunt for his first triumph of the year. Hull leads the points by 48 markers heading in.

On Saturday at Spoon River, gates open at 3pm Central, grandstands at 5pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is $25, kids 10 and under are $5 and pit passes are $40. MOWA Sprint Cars, POWRi National Midgets and DirtCar Modifieds are in action along with the IMRA Speed2 Midgets.

Saturday at Bear Ridge, pits open at 3pm Eastern, gates open at 3pm and racing at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10, students 12-17 are $8, seniors 62+ are $8, kids 11 and under are $2 and pit passes are $25 apiece for members and $30 for non-members. Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, C.A. Miller Limited Late Models and Peanuts Auto Four Cylinders join the DMA Speed2 Midgets.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-846, 2-Tyler Roth-736, 3-Jake Sollenberger-720, 4-Mark McMahill-596, 5-Kevin Battefeld-578, 6-Brent Burrows-537, 7-Russell Johnston-511, 8-John Heitzman-483, 9-Jeff Sparks-483, 10-Patrick Ryan-481.

USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Will Hull-1056, 2-Joe Krawiec-1008, 3-Seth Carlson-963, 4-Justin Phillips-804, 5-Adam Whitney-774, 6-Manny Dias-751, 7-Jeff Horn-702, 8-Justin Sheridan-646, 9-Jeff Champagne-554, 10-Dan Douville-552.
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WEDNESDAY'S BC39 HEAT RACE LINEUPS SET

Speedway, Indiana (September 3, 2019).........Heat race lineups for Wednesday's Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink opening night have been set following Tuesday's Draft Party in which drivers and team members chose their heat race positions.

Ten heat races, each set for 10 laps of green flag action, are slated for the 88-car field. Each driver and car will hot lap in a group along with the competitors who are scheduled to start in their heat race. Ten groups will have one round of hot laps to begin the night.

Each car will gain points based on passing, which will determine starting positions for Thursday night's qualifying races. Points for the heats will be accumulated by finishing position and total number of positions gained or lost. Cars will be positioned into qualifying races Thursday based on the passing points accumulated in Wednesday's heats.

The Stoops Pursuit race Wednesday night is a 25-lap race split into five-lap segments. The field will include 24 starters - heat race winners plus the highest point earner in each heat are eligible, along with promoter's options. The starting lineup is inverted by fastest heat race time, with promoter's options starting at the rear. Every five laps, USAC will throw a competition flag, and cars with a net loss in position and the last-place car will be called to exit the track.

A checkered flag ends the final segment, with the winner earning $1,500 plus $100 for each position gained. All Stoops Pursuit participants also receive a free right-rear tire, courtesy of Hoosier.

On track action for the BC39 begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm Eastern and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event. Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

Both nights of the BC39 will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA - 57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL 8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA - 88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS 76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN - 5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN 76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK - 17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL 15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO - 1 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC 15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA - 67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK 9B CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO - 54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI 5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL - 7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK - 28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK 20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI - 10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO 39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN - 17 RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS 41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL - 25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ 08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN - 81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN 71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA - 21KS C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN 4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA - 21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN 1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL - 32J CHRIS JAGGER, JR./Warsaw, IN 61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 35 CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN - 85 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA 43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN - 77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO 27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS - 76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK 71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA - 25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA 97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 56AP COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL - 7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX 12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN - 47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA 5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL - 11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN 71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA - 1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN 10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA - 15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN 21FS JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK-21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK 3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL - 1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ 2J J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ - 9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps) 56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY - 7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN 21mc MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA - 84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ 57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN - 1ST ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA 67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA - 91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK 46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN

NINTH HEAT: (10 laps) 15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO - 23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI 19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC - 2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX 3 RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN - 97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA 55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC - 11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH 7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

TENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH - 2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA 00 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS - 15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN 11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN - 71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA 19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN - 22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA 31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA

 

 

BC39 FIRST-TIMERS ARE ROOKIES IN NAME ONLY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 3, 2019).........In only its second year of existence, no driver would have what you what call "extensive" experience at The Dirt Track at IMS entering this week's Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 4-5.
However, of the 90 drivers entered for this year's $15,000-to-win USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event, one-third of the field is a BC39 first-timer. Some of the drivers on the list are well established while some others are young guns just starting to make their name in the sport.

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) makes his first BC39 appearance this week. He owns 16 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victories in his career, including one this year in June at Joliet, Ill.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) is also a winner on the USAC Midget tour this season, capturing his first career victory in March indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, one of three top-five finishes in six starts this year.

The lone international driver in this year's field, Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) is a four-time USAC National Midget winner and one of the most successful Midget racing talents to come from New Zealand.

One of Pickens' RMS LLC teammates for the BC39 is Thomas Meseraull, a 10-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner who just recently tallied a win on the opening night of Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Kokomo Speedway. He's collected two career USAC Midget Special Event wins in his career, most recently at the Southern Illinois Center in December 2018.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has 13 wins in his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, including a stop in victory lane at Lincoln Park Speedway in June during Indiana Midget Week where the 2016 series champ started 15th.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.), the 2012 USAC Western States Midget champion, has made the long haul from the west coast Bakersfield, Calif. along with two-time USAC Western States Midget feature winner Cody Swanson (Norco, Calif.).

Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) are on their USAC National Midget Rookie campaigns and are, likewise, on their Rookie run at the BC39 this week for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian.

Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) has a USAC National Sprint Car win on his resume during Indiana Sprint Week in 2016 at Bloomington Speedway. Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was a top-five runner at Red Dirt Raceway in his only USAC Midget start of the year thus far during July's Mid-America Midget Week. Travis Berryhill (American Canyon, Calif.) was victorious during a Chili Bowl prelim in January 2017. Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) was the 2018 Gas City I-69 Speedway Sprint Car track champion.

This collection of talent are only Rookies by technicality. They can win anytime, anywhere, including this Wednesday and Thursday at IMS. And shhhh....don't tell. But when Brady Bacon won the BC39 last year, he was a Rookie too, as was the rest of the 110-driver field. So, as has been proven, it can be done.

On track action for the BC39 begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

FIRST-TIMERS AT THE 2019 DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 POWERED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK: (30 Drivers)
00 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
9B CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Jay Mounce)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace)
11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)
11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21FS JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
32J CHRIS JAGGER, JR./Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger, Jr.)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
56AP COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Olivia Bennett)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

 

 


CHASE JOHNSON WINS WILD PETALUMA FEATURE

PETALUMA, CA – SEPTEMBER 2, 2019… Starting seventh, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) took the lead from “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the 28th lap and claimed the Monday night “California Sprint Week” feature at Petaluma Speedway. Racing the Thomas Family #68 Fire Suppression Engineering / Pitstop USA Maxim, Johnson earned his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Colby Johnson, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Shawn Arriaga, and Brody Roa.

Arriaga earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with an eighteenth to fourth place run. “The Demon” Damion Gardner claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Chase Johnson also posted his second career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.471 over the 19-car field.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Brody Roa (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and Norm Johns (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will head to the Merced Speedway for the first time in series history on Friday, September 6th, for the fourth round of “California Sprint Week.”

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2019 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “California Sprint Week Round #3”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.471; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-14.660; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.767; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.770; 5. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.806; 6. Colby Johnson, 38, Johnson-14.813; 7. Jason McDougal, 56, Phulps-14.877; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.891; 9. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.895; 10. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-14.974; 11. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.026; 12. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.204; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.327; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.347; 15. Norm Johns, 32, Johns-15.412; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.625; 17. Ricky Brophy, 3, 15.635; 18. Tommy Malcolm, 5X,, Napier-16.503; 19. Shawn Arriaga, 56J, Arriaga-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Martin, 2. McDougal, 3. Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Tafoya, 6. Ch.Johnson. NT.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Swanson, 3. Gansen, 4. Davis, 5. Ensign, 6. Brophy. NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johns, 2. Gardner, 3. Hix, 4. McCarthy, 5. Co.Johnson, 6. Arriaga. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Chase Johnson (7), 2. Colby Johnson (9), 3. Austin Williams (4), 4. Shawn Arriaga (18), 5. Brody Roa (2), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (10), 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 8. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 9. Steve Hix (12), 10. Chris Gansen (14), 11. Norm Johns (15), 12. Ricky Brophy (17), 13. Damion Gardner (5), 14. Jake Swanson (6), 15. Geoff Ensign (8), 16. Jason McDougal (3), 17. Matt McCarthy (1), 18. Mike Martin (16). NT.
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**Martin flipped on lap 1 of the feature. McCarthy flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Roa, Laps 23-27 Faria, Laps 28-30 Ch.Johnson.
SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Shawn Arriaga (18th to 4th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Damion Gardner
USAC 360 BONUS: Colby Johnson

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-920, 2-Roa-890, 3-Williams-864, 4-Swanson-755, 5-Gansen-608, 6-Malcolm-588, 7-Richard Vander Weerd-542, 8-McCarthy-500, 9-Davis-469, 10-Faria-469.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Faria-192, 2-Williams-185, 3-Gardner-184, 4-Ch.Johnson-178, 5-Roa-174, 6-Swanson-161, 7-McDougal-159, 8-Davis-144, 9-Austin Liggett-141, 10-Ryan Bernal-129.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 6 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – “California Sprint Week Round #4”

 

 

CHAMP CARS BACK ON THE PAVEMENT IN VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (September 2, 2019).........The 26th edition of the Rich Vogler Classic arrives at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. this Saturday, September 7, for the sixth and final appearance of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series on pavement in 2019.

The pavement has been mostly dominated by one driver this season, point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), who's won the pole and the race at four of the five so far: Memphis, Toledo, Madison and Salem. However, the one missing from Swanson's resume this year is the .686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway where he once again won the pole and led the first 53 laps until dropping to the sideline with an engine issue while leading.

Hamilton took control from that point forward, leading all but one lap to score his first career series victory. It's been a career year in the series for the Danville, Ind. native with four top-five finishes in five starts.

Kody's younger brother Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) was a hard-charger after electing to start from the tail, then pitting, and restarting from the tail, and still managed to drive to second. He's a two-time Rich Vogler Classic winner himself in 2013 and 2015 and a five-time Silver Crown winner at LOR. With one more win at LOR, he would become the winningest Silver Crown driver at the track, breaking a tie with Mike Bliss.

Between Tanner and four-time winners Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), they have won 12 of the 14 Silver Crown races at LOR since 2011. Santos won the first Rich Vogler Classic at LOR with Silver Crown cars after the event moved from Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 2012. He won the most recent as well back in 2017 after last year's event was washed away by Mother Nature.

Since 2011, the only ones to break up the Tanner, Kody, and Santos stranglehold at LOR has been Hamilton and David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), who used a last-lap last corner pass of Tanner to win the 2014 Vogler Classic in dramatic fashion, his first and only series victory thus far.

Finishing behind Hamilton at the line in May's race was Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Justin Grant and Eric Gordon. Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) is a three-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner at LOR, taking victories in three-straight seasons in 1990-91-92. Gordon's Vogler Classic debut came in the inaugural 1991 edition, finishing 16th in both the sprint and midget features that afternoon at Winchester.

Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) finished 7th in May's race. His first two career USAC National Midget wins came at LOR in 1994-95. Gerster was fast qualifier in a sprint car at the Vogler Classic in 1999. He finished a best of 4th twice in the Vogler Classic, in a midget in 1996 and in a sprint car in 1997.

Pits open for the Rich Vogler Classic at noon eastern on Saturday, Sept. 7. Grandstands open at 3pm, Silver Crown practice at 4:15pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30pm and the green flag for the USAC Silver Crown main event slated for 7:45pm.

Advance general admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Race day general admission tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members.

Speed51 Super Select joins the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars on the event card.

The Rich Vogler Classic will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates
on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

ALL-TIME LUCAS OIL RACEWAY USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:
1. (5) Mike Bliss & Tanner Swanson
3. (4) Bobby Santos & Kody Swanson
5. (3) Bobby East
6. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader
10. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

PAST RICH VOGLER CLASSIC WINNERS:
(Winchester Speedway)
1991: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Don Schilling (Midget)
1992: Jim Mahoney (Sprint) & Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Midget)
1993: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Stevie Reeves (Midget)
1994: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)
1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)
1996: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
1997: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
1998: Chet Fillip (Sprint) & Ricky Shelton (Midget)
1999: Dave Steele (Sprint)
2000: Ryan Newman (Sprint) & Ryan Newman (Midget)
2002: Dave Steele (Sprint)
2003: Michael Lewis (Sprint)
2005: Dave Darland (Sprint)
2006: Bryan Clauson (Sprint)
2007: Marc Jessup (Sprint)
2008: Darren Hagen (Sprint)
2009: Tracy Hines (Sprint)
2010: Shane Hmiel (Sprint)
2011: Tracy Hines (Sprint)
(Indianapolis Raceway Park)
2012: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
2013: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
2014: David Byrne (Silver Crown)
2015: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown)
2016: Kody Swanson (Silver Crown)
2017: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown)

90 DRIVERS ON FINAL BC39 ENTRY LIST

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 2, 2019).........Ninety, count 'em, 90 drivers are on the final entry list for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on September 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS in Speedway, Ind.

The 90 entered drivers marks the third largest field for a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event in the past three decades, which includes 23 USAC National championships and 208 total USAC National Midget feature wins spread out among the 90 drivers, a stacked field from top-to-bottom who are gunning for the $15,000 prize awarded to the winner of the A-Main on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Among the 90 drivers entered are eight drivers who have extensive experience on the famed 2.5-mile oval surrounding the dirt track located in turn three of the infield.

Conor Daly (Noblesville, Ind.) and J.J. Yeley have each finished in the top-ten at the Indianapolis 500, Daly in this past May's race and Yeley in 1998. Yeley has also made eight Brickyard 400 starts, with fellow Brickyard starters Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.) ready to give the BC39 a go along with NASCAR Xfinity Series race veterans Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.) and Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), who finished as the runner-up in the inaugural BC39 in 2018. Meanwhile, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) made a start in this year's Freedom 100 Indy Lights race on Carb Day at IMS.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon is the reigning BC39 race winner from a year ago, leading the final nine laps to score the popular victory. Bacon is a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ in 2014 and 2016 and one of 11 past USAC National champs in the BC39 lineup, in addition to Yeley (2001 & 2003 Silver Crown, 2002-03 Sprint and 2003 Midget), Bell (2013 Midget) and Windom (2016 Silver Crown & 2017 Sprint).

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) is the defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist, while Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is the reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ. Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland (1997 Silver Crown, 1999 Sprint, 2001-02 Midget) and Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. (2008 Silver Crown, 2008 Sprint & 2006-07 Midget) are among the three USAC Triple Crown champs, along with Yeley, to have won all three USAC National championships throughout their career.
Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston (2017), Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson (2016) and Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester represent three more titles among eight previous USAC National Midget champions represented in the BC39 field.

Nearly one-third of the BC39 field has tallied a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory in their career, 28 drivers to be exact, led by Darland (30), Bell (23), Coons (19), Yeley (17), Larson (16), Thorson (13), Gamester (12), Courtney (11), Boat (9), Bacon (7), Seavey (6), Bayston (5), Stenhouse (5), Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), Ione, California's Justin Grant (4), Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania's John Heydenreich (4), Auckland, New Zealand's Michael Pickens (4), Pocahontas, Illinois's Zach Daum (3), Noblesville, Indiana's Billy Wease (3), Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise (3), Pittsboro, Indiana's Critter Malone (2), Windom (2), and single-race winners Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.).

Meanwhile, current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary and recent Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car Smackdown prelim night winner Thomas Meseraull are seeking their first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget points-paying victories. Meseraull has won a pair of non-points midget races in USAC competition, in 2004 at California's Irwindale Speedway and again in 2018 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

USAC Regional series champions are well-represented in the BC39 lineup, namely 2018 Eastern Midget titlist Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), 2017 Gulf Coast Speed2 Midget champ Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas), 2017-18 Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget champion Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) and 2009 Kenyon Midget champion Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.).

USAC's Western States Midgets have brought a strong contingent, including current series point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), a two-time winner with the series this year, along with 2012 overall series champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) and July Santa Maria winner Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), two of the five female drivers in this year's BC39 field. David Prickett was the 2012 Western States Midget Dirt champ while Cody Swanson (Norco, Calif.) is a two-time winner with the series.

Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.) established the 10-lap track record at The Dirt Track at IMS a year ago at 2:06.99. Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) leads all Rookie drivers in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point standings.

Brady Bacon captured the inaugural BC39 victory one year ago after starting 7th. He was followed in the top-ten by Chad Boat, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Christopher Bell, Alex Bright, Justin Grant, Holly Shelton, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Ryan Robinson. Rounding out the balance of the field were Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chris Windom, Logan Seavey, Zeb Wise, Shane Cottle, Jason McDougal, Maria Cofer, Terry Babb, Brayton Lynch, David Budres, Brian Karraker, Tyler Thomas, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Jake Neuman, Dillon Welch and Dave Darland.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. led the first 30 laps of the event and Bacon the final nine. Zeb Wise captured the 2018 Stoops Pursuit race on the opening night of the BC39.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (90 Drivers)
00 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2J J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Jeff Taylor)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3 RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7s JON STEED/Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9B CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Jay Mounce)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett)
10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)
11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
21F JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper)
21KS C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Team Ripper)
21m MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Team Ripper)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens)
23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
32J CHRIS JAGGER, JR./Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger, Jr.)
35 CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56AP COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Joe Johnson)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Olivia Bennett)
81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
TBA TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (TBA)

 

 

WILSON WHEELS TO FIRST SILVER CROWN WIN IN Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (September 1, 2019).........For the majority of his career, Jacob Wilson has been deemed a "pavement guy."

While that's certainly a testament to his skills on the asphalt where he's earned victories in the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial once and the Little 500 twice, most notably, it was a label that Wilson was anxious to shed.

Nevermind that he's been consistent on the dirt in recent years and even won the pole in his most recent appearance at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in 2018.

The Crawfordsville, Ind. driver erased the label Sunday night with a dominant victory in the Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, his first career triumph in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series in his 53rd career series start, leading the final 59 laps to notch the win 11 years following his lone career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on the Salem, Ind. high banks.

"I'm still a pavement guy, right," Wilson said with a grin. "We still joke about that. It became more apparent the last couple years that, if we did get our first win, it was going to be on the dirt, which is kind of weird. The pavement's still what I love but we just don't have as good of runs anymore."

"Man, this one is special," Wilson continued. "There's so many people that put effort into this thing. To get my brother his first win as a crew chief, to get (Matt) Hummel a win on this thing, my entire family and all the guys, it's special, that's for sure."

Wilson started from the seventh position to begin the 100-miler, which at first, became the race that just couldn't get going. Austin Nemire's car refused to turn on the first turn of the opening lap, sending the Sylvania, Ohio native helplessly into the outside wall. On the lap six restart, Levittown, Pennsylvania's Mike Haggenbottom tagged the turn two wall, sending him into a series of flips. Both drivers walked away from their incidents.

The third try was the charm as the race got into full swing with pole winner Tyler Courtney leading the way and Brady Bacon giving chase, both of whom have won with the series on dirt this year and were both in contention to win last year's Ted Horn 100.

Bacon applied constant pressure to Courtney until sailing around the outside of May Hoosier Hundred winner Tyler Courtney on the outside of turn two on the 19th lap for the race lead as Wilson pulled along to mount a challenge to Courtney for the runner-up spot before falling back into line in third.

Wilson stuck with Courtney for second, and on lap 26, threw his machine past the reigning USAC Sprint champ in turn one for the spot. Bacon's advantage held at five car lengths ahead of Wilson with a quarter of the race in the history books.

Nearing midway, Bacon and Wilson led a two-car breakaway to separate themselves from the pack. On lap 42, Wilson made his move, riding to the outside of Bacon off the fourth turn as the two went wheel to wheel under the flag stand. It became a case of who was going to be the last one to lift, with Wilson gaining the upper hand up top to drive around Bacon and open up a more than two second lead at the crossed flags as he invaded lap traffic.

"This thing was stuck so good, I knew we were going to be able to drive in deeper than Brady," Wilson explained. "It was just one of those deals where if he'd try to drive it in as well, it was a battle of who could get to the cushion and then who could get through the first corner first."

In the second half, Silver Crown races become a questioning of whether enough was saved on your end and whether others have saved fuel and tire-wise to make a run at you down the stretch. Wilson grappled with that as the field endured a long green flag run. In the midst of it, Courtney came alive on the 65th lap, ripping around Bacon in turns one and two for the second spot and cutting the gap to Wilson nearly in half, down to 2.4 seconds.

Despite that, Wilson was cruising with ease, on rails, with his Wilson Brothers Racing/D.D. Eyes - FK Indy/Maxim/Claxton Chevy whoa'd down to 80 percent of its full capability yet was still pulling away from the field. There's good and there's "too good." It's something which actually caused a bit of stress on the mind of Wilson.

"When you have a car this good, you never win with it," Wilson said. "Something always happens. You run out of fuel, you blow a tire, you lose an engine. There's always something that happens."

However, the team felt they had an ace up their sleeve, which worked in their favor. "(Crew chief and brother) Clint (Wilson) made the call to go with the hard compound, which not a lot people did, I don't think," Wilson explained. "It allowed me to kick it down once we needed to later in the race if I gapped back up. I could kick it down and not have to worry about the tires blowing off of it, just conserve fuel."

But there were several steps along the way to get to that point, namely traffic, where Wilson saw his advantage shrink from nearly three seconds to a second-and-a-half in a two-lap span at the start of the final quarter of the race as he navigated his way by the lapped cars of Chris Urish, Kody Swanson and Austin Mundie.

Wilson was patient, never forcing anything despite the closing deficit and was ultimately able to clear them all as Courtney walked the tightrope on the high line around the traffic, while Wilson gradually reconstructed his lead to three-plus seconds and Courtney became bound up in the throes of gridlock.

Eighth-running Brian Tyler, a 2008 Ted Horn 100 winner, went up in smoke with 14 laps remaining to bring out the yellow, erasing Wilson's gap in a sense, although four lapped cars remained between he and Courtney. With a clear track, Wilson tipped his cap and drove away once again, showing no ill effects from the breaking of his half-race-long stride.

"Once I took back off and (my spotter) had me at 20 car lengths at the end of the first lap, it kind of started to sink in there," Wilson remembered. "Then you start hearing every little noise in it, every little vibration, what's going to let go."

Jacob Wilson's first career triumph in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series camein his 53rd career series start. The win was his second in USAC National competition, 11 years following his lone career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on the Salem, Ind. high banks. (Dallas Breeze Photo)

Behind Wilson, Courtney and Bacon swapped second back-and-forth on laps 92 and 93 before regained the upper hand on lap 94. However, Justin Grant was the man on the move on the final restart, willing himself from eighth to fifth between laps 91 and 95, and an amazing fifth to second run in one fell swoop exiting turn two on lap 96.

Up front, Wilson sealed the deal, running seemingly half-throttle in preservation mode during the final laps, just in case. Yet, the gap widened as all his potential challengers were knee-deep in a scintillating battle for second.

Wilson closed it out to win by 6.330 seconds over Grant, Courtney, 1990 Du Quoin winner Jeff Swindell and Bacon. Wilson became the third first-time winner of the 2019 USAC Silver Crown season following Kyle Hamilton and Bacon.

Meanwhile, the point race tightened up following point leader Kody Swanson's mechanical gremlins throughout the night. His Nolen Racing team lost power to two different engines during practice. Patrick Lawson gave up his ride to Swanson for the main event where the four-time series champ charged from 29th to 14th to earn KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors.

Tanner Thorson, in his first USAC Silver Crown appearance since 2015, walked away from a vicious accident on the back straightway during practice in which his steering broke, sending him into the inside guardrail and practically splitting the car in half from the dash forward. He walked away uninjured.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds included Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Kody Swanson (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kyle Steffens (WIlwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 1, 2019 - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, Illinois - Ted Horn 100

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-30.627; 2. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-30.797; 3. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-30.845; 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 55, Bateman-31.100; 5. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire/Kemenah-31.123; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 56, Foxco-31.182; 7. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-31.454; 8. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-31.496; 9. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-31.617; 10. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-31.677; 11. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-31.715; 12. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-31.857; 13. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-31.886; 14. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-31.923; 15. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-31.932; 16. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-32.058; 17. Casey Buckman, 74, C-Buck-32.074; 18. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-32.333; 19. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-32.365; 20. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-32.409; 21. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-32.410; 22. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-32.467; 23. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-32.628; 24. A.J. Fike, 14, McQuinn-32.772; 25. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-32.773; 26. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-32.911; 27. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-32.937; 28. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-33.125; 29. Terry Babb, 34, Morford-33.442; 30. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-33.624; 31. Danny Long, 44, Long-34.571; 32. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-35.283; 33. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-NT; 34. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-NT; 35. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-NT; 36. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-NT; 37. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-NT; 38. Tanner Thorson, 9, Dyson-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jacob Wilson (6), 2. Justin Grant (8), 3. Tyler Courtney (1), 4. Jeff Swindell (13), 5. Brady Bacon (2), 6. Chris Windom (9), 7. David Byrne (10), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 9. Chad Kemenah (4), 10. Matt Goodnight (12), 11. Casey Buckman (15), 12. Jimmy Light (11), 13. Kyle Steffens (22), 14. Kody Swanson (#2 Lawson) (29), 15. Austin Mundie (17), 16. Chris Urish (7), 17. John Heydenreich (25), 18. A.J. Fike (21), 19. Travis Welpott (18), 20. Kyle Robbins (23), 21. Brian Tyler (19), 22. Bill Rose (28), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (3), 24. Dallas Hewitt (20), 25. Eric Gordon (16), 26. Ronnie Wuerdeman (31), 27. Mike Haggenbottom (14), 28. Terry Babb (24), 29. Dave Berkheimer (26), 30. C.J. Leary (30), 31. Austin Nemire (27). NT ------------------------------

**Tanner Thorson flipped during practice. Mike Haggenbottom flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Tyler Courtney, Laps 19-41 Brady Bacon, Laps 42-100 Jacob Wilson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kody Swanson (29th to 14th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Steffens

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-504, 2-Justin Grant-465, 3-David Byrne-401, 4-Eric Gordon-344, 5-Bobby Santos-326, 6-Kyle Hamilton-317, 7-Mike Haggenbottom-299, 8-Chris Windom-296, 9-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-293, 10-Austin Nemire-280.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: September 7, 2019 - Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, Indiana - Rich Vogler Classic

 

 

JAKE SWANSON REBOUNDS AT CALISTOGA

CALISTOGA, CA – SEPTEMBER 1, 2019… After crashing the previous night, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) reclaimed the lead from Ryan Bernal on lap 23 and won the Sunday “California Sprint Week” feature at Calistoga Speedway. Racing the John Grau and Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC, Swanson’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” triumph was his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the season. Bernal, Jason McDougal, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and fast qualifier Austin Liggett rounded out the top-five drivers.

“The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign. earned the Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to seventh place run. Mike Martin claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Austin Liggett scored his first career USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 19.666 over the 24-car roster.

The night’s 8-lap heat race victories went to “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Extreme Mufflers / Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Austin Williams (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products / Competition Suspension Inc. Second Heat), and Jace Vander Weerd (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will head to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds as Petaluma Speedway will host the third round of California Sprint Week for a rare Monday event on September 2nd.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 11, 2019 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, California – “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-19.666; 2. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-19.739; 3. Ryan Bernal, 24, Copeland-19.974; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.981; 5. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-19.986; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-19.991; 7. Bud Kaeding, 69, BK-20.093; 8. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-20.120; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-20.327; 10. Jason McDougal, 56, Phulps-20.360; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-20.479; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-20.489; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-20.524; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.544; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-20.554; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-20.621; 17. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.625; 18. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-20.743; 19. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-20.755; 20. Terry Schank Jr., 51, Sperry-20.764; 21. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-20.852; 22. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-20.966; 23. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-21.088; 24. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-23.350.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. McCarthy, 3. Kaeding, 4. Liggett, 5. McDougal, 6. Malcolm, 7. Tafoya, 8. Hix. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Williams, 2. Ensign, 3. Swanson, 4. Johnson, 5. Gansen, 6. Schank, 7. Martin, 8. Roa. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Davis, 4. Bernal, 5. Aton, 6. R.Vander Weerd, 7. Faccinto, 8. Morgan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (2), 2. Ryan Bernal (4), 3. Jason McDougal (10), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (1), 5. Austin Liggett (6), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 7. Geoff Ensign (17), 8. Damion Gardner (3), 9. Chase Johnson (5), 10. Richard Vander Weerd (9), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (15), 12. Brody Roa (11), 13. Mike Martin (23), 14. Matt McCarthy (13) (13), 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (16), 16. Chris Gansen (14), 17. Billy Aton (18), 18. Austin Williams (8), 19. Steve Hix (22), 20. Terry Schank Jr. (20), 21. Tommy Malcolm (19), 22. Jake Morgan (21), 23. Bud Kaeding (7), 24. Michael Faccinto (24). NT ---------------------------- **Malcolm and Schank flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Swanson, Laps 11-22 Bernal, Laps 23-30 Swanson. SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Geoff Ensign (17th to 7th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Mike Martin USAC 360 BONUS: Billy Aton

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-872, 2-Roa-824, 3-A.Williams-791, 4-Swanson-708, 5-Malcolm-578, 6-Gansen-559, 7-R.Vander Weerd-508, 8-McCarthy-500, 9-R.J. Johnson-458, 10-Davis-415.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Liggett-141, 2-Gardner-136, 3-Faria-132, 4-Bernal-129, 5-McDougal-121, 6-Swanson-14, 7-Williams-112, 8-R.Vander Weerd-111, 9-Roa-108, 10-Johnson-99.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 2 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “California Sprint Week”

 

 

BC39 DRAFT PARTY SET TO KICK OFF FESTIVITIES SEPT. 3

Speedway, Indiana (September 1, 2019).........The Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the night before the dirt flies at The Dirt Track at IMS with the BC39 Draft Party.

Make your way to USAC headquarters that evening, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night (Sept. 4) of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink.

All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters.

The kickoff event is a fan-friendly celebration with IMS, the Indiana Donor Network, USAC drivers and officials featuring drivers, displays, food and beverages. The party runs from 5:30pm Eastern to 8:30pm with the draft set to begin at 6:30pm.

USAC's headquarters are located at 4910 W 16th Street in Speedway, IN 46224.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Exactly 90 drivers are entered for the BC39, which pays $15,000 to win the Thursday, Sept. 5 A-Main, which was claimed by Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon during the inaugural edition of the BC39 in 2018.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

Both nights of racing at the BC39 and the USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be live on FloRacing.

 

 

USAC HALL OF FAME CEREMONY WEDNESDAY AT BC39

Speedway, Indiana (September 1, 2019).........The eighth USAC Hall of Fame ceremony will be held at The Dirt Track at IMS on the opening night, Wednesday, September 4, of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink between events for the second running of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event.

The Hall of fame ceremonies will coincide with heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race at IMS on September 4, honoring USAC's newest class of inductees for 2019 alongside Johnny Capels, Bryan Clauson, Dick Jordan and Dave Steele.

New Mexico native Capels is a five-time National Championship-winning chief mechanic, winning back-to-back USAC National Championships with driver Joe Leonard in 1971-72, plus USAC Champ Dirt Car titles with Al Unser in 1973, Mario Andretti in 1974 and as a chief mechanic/car owner for Pancho Carter in 1978. He was also victorious as a USAC Sprint Car driver in 1968 and served in the roles of USAC Senior VP and Director of Competition in 1992, USAC President and COO from 1997 to 2001 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for USAC from 2002 to 2010.

Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind. won 112 USAC races as a driver between 2004 and his 2016 passing and is one of just six drivers to reach the 100-win mark during his career with the club. Clauson ranks seventh on both the USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget wins list with 41 and 38 wins, respectively, in each division. He also scored two career USAC Silver Crown victories. He captured the overall USAC National Driver Championship in 2010-11-12, USAC National Midget championships in 2010-11 and USAC National Sprint Car titles in 2012 and 2013.

Jordan, of Brownsburg, Ind., was USAC's public/media relations man for over half a century from 1968 until his death in 2019, and it's safe to say, no individual has witnessed more USAC events than he. Jordan devoted his entire working life to publicizing the club's drivers and events, working with the media, as well as preserving the club's rich history with his thorough race reports, statistics and record-keeping. One of the most respected individuals in all racing media, the recognition Jordan received from around the racing world because of his contributions have been extensive.

Tampa, Fla. native Steele racked up one of the greatest careers in the history of USAC, ultimately becoming a two-time Silver Crown driving champion in 2004 and 2005 and one of the club's most accomplished drivers in the decades of the 1990 and 200s. Steele earned 60 USAC National victories, all of which came on pavement, including 16 Silver Crown, 26 National Sprint Car and 18 Midget. A two-time Little 500 winner at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway where he earned his final USAC win in 2009, Steele passed away in 2017 following a crash on the opening lap of a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series event at Florida's Desoto Speedway.

The USAC Hall of Fame began in 2012 and has previously inducted 80 individuals over the past seven years: J.C. Agajanian, Mario Andretti, Earl Baltes, Henry Banks, Rollie Beale, Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, George Bignotti, Tom Binford, Don Branson, Clint Brawner, Steve Butler, Jimmy Bryan, Duane Carter, Pancho Carter, Jimmy Caruthers, Russ Clendenen, Donald Davidson, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Frankie Delroy, Mike Devin, Larry Dickson, Bob East, Tony Elliott, A.J. Foyt, Paul Goldsmith, Chuck Gurney, Gene Hartley, Butch Hartman, Jack Hewitt, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Gus Hoffman, Lindsey Hopkins, Tony Hulman, Jim Hurtubise, Parnelli Jones, Don Kenyon, Mel Kenyon, Dick King, Sheldon Kinser, Jud Larson, Jason Leffler, Steve Lewis, Howard Linne, Bill Lipkey, Fred Lorenzen, Roger McCluskey, Rick Mears, Norm Nelson, Pat O'Connor, Kevin Olson, Roger Penske, Larry Rice, Lloyd Ruby, Johnny Rutherford, Troy Ruttman, Eddie Sachs, Ken Schrader, Bob & Gene Shannon, Jimmy Sills, Don Smith, Robbie Stanley, Steve Stapp, Tony Stewart, Bob Stroud, Bob Tattersall, Shorty Templeman, Johnny Thomson, Sleepy Tripp, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Rich Vogler, Rodger Ward, A.J. Watson, Bob Wente, Don White & Bob Wilke.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Exactly 90 drivers are entered for the BC39, which pays $15,000 to win the Thursday, Sept. 5 A-Main, which was claimed by Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon during the inaugural edition of the BC39 in 2018.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

Both nights of racing at the BC39 and the USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be live on FloRacing.

 

 

 

AUSTIN WILLIAMS WINS SHORTENED CALISTOGA FEATURE

CALISTOGA, CA – AUGUST 31, 2019… "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) held off a late challenge from Austin Liggett before the curfew ended the main event at Calistoga Speedway. Piloting Tom & Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror DRC, Williams earned his first AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature of the year over Liggett, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Brody Roa, and Richard Vander Weerd.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. earned the Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a sixteenth to sixth place run. Chris Gansen claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Gardner also scored the night’s Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award by posting a time of 19.240 over the 25-car roster.

The night’s 8-lap heat race victories went to Faria (Extreme Mufflers / Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Jake Swanson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products / Competition Suspension Inc. Second Heat), and Michael Faccinto (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back for the Sunday finale of the “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” at Calistoga Speedway

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfnsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 31, 2019 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, California – “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.240; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-19.377; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.660; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-19.685; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-19.782; 6. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-19.880; 7. Bud Kaeding, 69, BK-20.022; 8. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-20.057; 9. Jason McDougal, 56, Phulps-20.059; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-20.084; 11. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.088; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-20.109; 13. Ryan Bernal, 24, Copeland-20.124; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-20.147; 15. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-20.208; 16. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-20.351; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.359; 18. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-20.492; 19. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-20.510; 20. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-20.618; 21. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-20.687; 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-20.700; 23. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-20.730; 24. Terry Schank Jr., 51, Sperry-20.855; 25. Travis Moore, 11T, Moore-22.514.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Bernal, 3. Gardner, 4. Liggett, 5. Williams, 6. Kaeding, 7. Malcolm, 8. Tafoya, 9. Moore. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Gansen, 3. Ensign, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. McCarthy, 6. Martin, 7. Morgan, 8. Aton. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Johnson, 3. Davis, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. McDougal, 6. Roa, 7. Schank, 8. Hix. NT

FEATURE: (22 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Williams (8), 2. Austin Liggett (2), 3. Damion Gardner (6), 4. Brody Roa (7), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (4), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (16), 7. Bud Kaeding (9), 8. Jason McDougal (11), 9. Ryan Bernal (13), 10. Jace Vander Weerd (12), 11. Tommy Malcolm (19), 12. Matt McCarthy (10), 13. Chris Gansen (17), 14. Chase Johnson (3), 15. Terry Schank Jr. (24), 16. Billy Aton (20), 17. Steve Hix (21), 18. Mike Martin (14), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 20. Geoff Ensign (1), 21. Jake Swanson (5), 22. Michael Facicnto (15), 23. Charles Davis Jr. (18), 24. Jake Morgan (23), NT ---------------------------- **Swanson and Davis flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Ligget, Laps 14-22. SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (16th to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Chris Gansen USAC 360 BONUS: Billy Aton

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-812, 2-Roa-784, 3-A.Williams-756, 4-Swanson-630, 5-Malcolm-552, 6-Gansen-524, 7-R.Vander Weerd-462, 8-R.J. Johnson-458, 9-McCarthy-458, 10-C.Williams-405.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Williams-77, 2-Gardner-76, 3-Liggett-72, 4-Roa-68, 5-R.Vander Weerd-65, 6-Faria-63, 7-Kaeding-55, 8-Bernal-53, 9-McDougal-53, 10-J.Vander Weerd-48.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 1 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, California – “12th Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week”

 

 

CONOR DALY MAKES BC39 RETURN WITH PETRY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 30, 2019).........Conor Daly, a top-ten finisher in this past May's 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, has filed his entry to compete in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget in the September 4-5 Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS.

The 27-year-old Noblesville, Ind. native will take the wheel of the Petry Motorsports No. 35 for the second running of the event. Daly's ride, sponsored by Jonathan Byrd's Racing, FK Rod Ends and Keizer Wheels, will be part of a four-car stable for the Petry team alongside USAC standouts Kevin Thomas, Jr., Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr.
Daly is a veteran of 48 career NTT IndyCar Series starts, including six Indianapolis 500 appearances, starting 11th and finishing 10th in May. Just last weekend, he recorded a season-best finish of sixth in the IndyCar event at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Daly has made two previous USAC Midget appearances, both in 2018. His first race came in the inaugural BC39 for Landon Simon Racing with the most recent coming in the season finale indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, the Junior Knepper 55, for owner Jody Rosenboom.

Greenfield, Indiana-based Petry Motorsports has two cars and two drivers residing in the top-ten of USAC's NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) is fifth in the standings with one win to his credit, back in April, during the Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo Speedway. Coons, a two-time series champ, sits seventh in the standings with five top-fives and 14 top-ten finishes in 21 starts.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (89 Drivers)
00 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2J J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Jeff Taylor)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3 RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7s JON STEED/Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9B CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Jay Mounce)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett)
10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)
11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
21F JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper)
21KS C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Team Ripper)
21m MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Team Ripper)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens)
23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
32J CHRIS JAGGER, JR./Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger, Jr.)
35 CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56AP COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Olivia Bennett)
81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
TBA TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (TBA)

 

 

BC39 DEGREES OF SEPARATION WITH INDY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 29, 2019).........At a racetrack, everywhere you look, there's someone or something you can find that somehow connects to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

When it comes to IMS and the individuals involved either as a driver, crew member or car owner for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink September 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS, there seems to be several links between them, the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 or the NTT IndyCar Series.

Starting with the drivers on the BC39 lineup which, as it stands now, is closing on near 90 entries for the second running of the event, USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C) is the granddaughter of 1995 Brickyard 400 winner Dale Earnhardt and the niece of 17-time Brickyard 400 starter Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Elledge competes in the series for Tucker/Boat Motorsports. The Boat part of the team ownership belongs to Billy Boat, who won the pole for the 1998 Indianapolis 500. Billy's son and Elledge's teammate, 2018 BC39 second place finisher Chad Boat, competed in the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at IMS, starting 22nd and finishing 27th.

Making his Rookie start in the 1998 Indianapolis 500 in which Billy Boat started from the pole was J.J. Yeley, who started 13th and finished 9th in his lone Indy run in addition to eight Brickyard 400 starts and six Xfinity appearances at Indy. Yeley was also in the field for Chad Boat's lone Xfinity start at IMS as was Kyle Larson, a five-time Brickyard 400 starter himself who finished 5th in the race in 2016.

That 2016 Brickyard 400 also marked Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s best performance thus far in six starts, finishing 12th. Yeley's best Brickyard 400 start of 6th came in 2012, driving for Joe Gibbs. Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.) piloted Gibbs' NASCAR Xfinity Series car to a 7th place finish in his first IMS start.

Finishing just two spots behind him that day at IMS was Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), a winner of Eldora's NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway in 2018 after taking race the lead late from defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

Seavey drives for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian. Kunz, and brother Rusty (owner of Brayton Lynch's No. 1K), are the nephews of Chuck Weyant, a four-time Indianapolis 500 starter between 1955 and 1959. Curb-Agajanian, meanwhile has been associated with the Indianapolis 500 for more than half a century. Agajanian-owned cars won the 500 with Troy Ruttman in 1952 and Parnelli Jones in 1963. In recent years, the Curb-Agajanian team has been in Indianapolis 500 victory lane twice, with Dan Wheldon in 2011 and Alexander Rossi in 2016, both carrying the famed Agajanian family number of 98.

Keith Kunz Motorsports crewman Jay Drake made two Freedom 100 starts, finishing 4th in 2004 and 3rd in 2005. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.)'s run during this year's Freedom 100 Indy Lights race ended just three-quarters of a lap into the event after getting collected by a spinning car in front of him. Dave Darland and Russ Gamester, meanwhile, tested for Panther Racing's IRL team in 2000. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) competed on the IMS Road Course in July.

Chase Jones and Kyle O'Gara will compete for Sarah Fisher/Hartman Racing Development in the BC39, owned by nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Fisher. The Fisher/Hartman team fielded Josef Newgarden to a 9th place finish in the 2015 Indianapolis 500 and three wins on the IndyCar Series circuit. One of the crewmembers on the SFHR team for the BC39 is Greg Beck, whose Beck Motorsports team fielded entries in nine different Indianapolis 500 races with Hideshi Matsuda, Robbie Buhl, Dennis Vitolo, Billy Boat, Shinji Nakano, P.J. Jones, Stephan Gregoire and Alex Barron.

Clauson/Marshall Racing fielded Pippa Mann in this year's Indianapolis 500, starting 30th and finishing 16th. Mel Kenyon, owner of Trey Osborne's No. 61 at the BC39, scored four top-five finishes in his eight Indianapolis 500 starts with brother Don Kenyon as mechanic. Spike Gehlhausen, a crew member for BC39 driver Chris Baue's team, made five Indianapolis 500 starts as driver, finishing a best of 10thin 1979.

Alex Nalon, a Sprint Car racer himself, will be working as a crewman for Justin Dickerson at the BC39. Nalon's great grandfather Duke Nalon wheeled the famed Novi to the pole position at the Indianapolis 500 in 1949 and 1951. Randi Pankratz's father and car owner Wally Pankratz, a past USAC Western States Midget champion himself as a driver, attempted to qualify for a pair of CART races in late 1981 at Riverside, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz., suffering from mechanical trouble and an accident in practice that stifled his lone attempts in an IndyCar.

Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) made one Indy Lights start at the Nashville Super Speedway, finishing 9th. Dillon Welch has announced from pit road on numerous IndyCar broadcasts this season for NBC Sports, following in the footsteps of his father, Vince Welch, who has been a commentator for racing broadcasts, including the Indianapolis 500, for a number of years, and regularly serves as the host for the Indy 500 Fastest Rookie luncheon.

It all seems to tie in, doesn't it? Everywhere you look, there's a connection to the 2.5-mile oval at Indy. Most importantly, you'll find a racer in the pits and on the track who feels right at home at IMS. That's something you can count on finding at the BC39.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/ until midnight, Thursday, Aug. 29, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands.

Parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes. Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.
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TED HORN 100 ENTRY LIST REVEALED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 28, 2019).........Eight past Ted Horn 100 winners are among the 37 drivers prepared for action in this Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series race at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has captured two of the last three Ted Horn 100 victories, both of which he assumed the lead late in the race, just six laps from the end in 2018 and with three to go during the 2016 classic en route to a championship season.

USAC Silver Crown point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) owns a pair of Ted Horn 100 victories. He took the first of his record 28 series wins at Du Quoin in 2010 and raced to victory again in 2017. His team, Nolen Racing, has collected two Du Quoin victories, first with Johnny Parsons in 1992 and in 1999 with Tony Elliott.

Shane Cockrum, from nearby Benton, Ill., is one of two drivers to win back-to-back Champ Car races at Du Quoin and is the most recent to do so back in 2014 and 2015. He's finished in the top-five for six consecutive years at Du Quoin and Sunday's race marks the final event for the Hardy Boys Motorsports team at the Magic Mile, the team with whom Cockrum scored both victories.

Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) stunned the field with a victory in the 2013 Ted Horn 100, going to the lead after running in the third position with just four laps remaining to score his first career victory.

Brian Tyler (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.) has been a master of the one-mile dirt ovals in the Land of Lincoln, winning four times at Springfield and once, in 2008, at Du Quoin. He will wheel the Galas Motorsports No. 12, which has direct connections to Delrose/Holt Racing's six Silver Crown victories at Du Quoin with drivers Gary Bettenhausen and Jeff Swindell.

Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) won for Delrose/Holt in the 1990 race at Du Quoin. Nearly three decades later, he remains a threat to win. In both 2016 and 2017, Swindell led the most laps. He was in control for 55 laps in 2016, finishing 2nd after being passed for the lead with just three laps to go. In 2017, he led 68, finishing 3rd after leading until 10 laps remaining.

The very first of Peru, Indiana native Russ Gamester's six Silver Crown wins came at Du Quoin in 1997 where the 1989 USAC National Midget champion took over the lead with just 14 laps remaining to score the breakthrough victory.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) was dominant in his 2007 Du Quoin victory, leading all 100 laps from the pole position en route to his first career series victory. He again won the pole for the event the following year in 2008.

Past Silver Crown Series winners on the hunt for a first Du Quoin triumph include C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), who has led the race in each of the past two years, including a race-high 53 laps one year ago. He's joined by David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.), 2017 Springfield Mile winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), May's Hoosier Hundred winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) and two-time Springfield winner A.J. Fike (Galesburg, Ill.).

Nine different Illinois drivers have won at Du Quoin, including Tinley Park's Tony Bettenhausen (1949 & twice in 1951), Rantoul's Don Branson (1965), Danville's Bubby Jones (1976), Tinley Park's Gary Bettenhausen (twice in 1980, 1982, 1983 & 1988), Chicago's Rich Vogler (1981), Kansas' Shane Cottle (2007), Elkhart's Chris Urish (2013), Benton's Shane Cockrum (2014 & 2015) and Canton's Chris Windom (2016 & 2018).

Eight Illinoisans are set for combat Sunday at Du Quoin with the four past Ted Horn 100 winners Cottle, Urish, Cockrum and Windom joining Fike, Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.) and Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.)

Two past USAC National champions in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon (2014 & 16 Sprint) and Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson (2016 Midget) are entered. Bacon, a Williams Grove winner in June, led 28 laps a year ago at Du Quoin while Thorson is set to make his second Silver Crown start, and first at Du Quoin. Six-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) is ready to make his Du Quoin debut.

Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) won the pole for last year's race while Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) took the runner-up spot in the main event behind Windom and brings a streak of four-straight 2nd place finishes on dirt in Silver Crown competition into Du Quoin.

They are joined by fellow Silver Crown veterans Kyle Steffens (St. Louis, Mo.), Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Danny Long (Bonne Terre, Mo.), Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Casey Shuman (Tempe, Ariz.) and Chris Fetter (Troy, Mo.).

Robbins (2018) and Shuman (2016) are past series Silver Crown Rookies of the Year, joined by this year's crop of series rookies heading to Du Quoin, including Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Ronnie Wuerdeman (Cincinnati, Ohio), Austin Mundie (Dallas, Texas), Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio), Casey Buckman (Chandler, Ariz.) and Jimmy Light (West Springfield, Pa.). While a series Rookie, Mundie isn't a first-time to Du Quoin, finishing 24th in 2018.

Pits and registration open at 1pm, grandstands open at 4pm, practice at 5pm, qualifying at 6:30 with the Ted Horn 100 scheduled for an 8:15pm start. All times central.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On the day of the race, adults are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

Sunday's Ted Horn 100 will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

TED HORN 100 ENTRY LIST (37 Drivers)
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire/Kemenah Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Mark Swanson Encore Team)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 ®RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Patty Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Patty Bateman)
56 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
74 ®CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Motorsports)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Sammy Fetter)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

THORSON TABBED FOR DYSON'S RIDE AT Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 28, 2019).........Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, has been named the driver of the Chris Dyson Racing No. 9 for this Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds on September 1.

Thorson has made just one career start in his Silver Crown career, back in 2015 at Eldora Speedway's 4-Crown Nationals. The drive came in a last-minute substitute role for Michael Dutcher Motorsports, starting 19th and finishing 17th.

Thorson does have previous experience at the one-mile dirt oval in Du Quoin, starting 3rd and finishing 17th in ARCA Stock Car start in 2017.

Dyson's car has appeared in four Silver Crown events this season, all with team owner and driver Chris Dyson behind the wheel. Dyson finished a best of 9th in the opener on the pavement at Memphis in March. He was also 19th on the dirt mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in May after riding out a wild turn two accident late in the 100-miler. One year ago at Du Quoin, the CDR No. 9 charged from 26th to 13th with Dyson in the seat.

Dyson, a two time American Le Mans Series titlist who sits second in the Trans Am Series standings with two victories, is unable to compete at Du Quoin due to a racing conflict. Dyson maintains his support of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series by entering his car in as many races as possible this season even when not driving himself.

Thorson, of Minden, Nev., has made his name with USAC in the midget division where he owns 13 career NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins including the Turkey Night Grand Prix in 2015 and the Gold Crown Nationals in back-to-back years in 2015-16.

The latest of his USAC Midget victories came in spectacular fashion this past June during Indiana Midget Week at Lincoln Park Speedway where he charged from 15th to 1st to grab the win. The triumph came just three months following a serious multi-car highway accident in California that left him with a broken left arm and right foot, a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Pits and registration open at 1pm, grandstands open at 4pm, practice at 5pm, qualifying at 6:30 with the Ted Horn 100 scheduled for an 8:15pm start. All times central.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On the day of the race, adults are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

Sunday's Ted Horn 100 will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates
on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

 

 

USAC DOUBLEHEADER HISTORY COMES ALIVE FRIDAY AT TRI-CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (August 27, 2019).........The USAC doubleheader. An opportunity for a racer to showcase his or her versatile skills in multiple disciplines on one track in a single night. The chance for a rare breed to accomplish what so few individuals have done before them by succeeding and winning in both.

The stage awaits this Friday night, August 30, at Tri-City Speedway for the Brandt River Town Showdown, where both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars occupy the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Granite City, Ill. for a twin bill worth salivating over.

One such event has already been held at Tri-City earlier this year, with Tyler Courtney scoring the Midget portion and Chris Windom capturing the Sprint Car leg of the night. Neither had the same fortune in the other feature that night; Courtney was 14th in the Sprint Car and Windom 12th in the Midget.

Both, as well as handful of others, are highly capable of doubling-up and winning both in one night, including the likes of Windom, Courtney, C.J. Leary, Jason McDougal, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Zach Daum, just to name a few, this Friday night.

How likely are the odds a driver can win both in a single night? Well, it's been done before and can, and will, be done again. Is this Friday the night it happens once again when one can stand tall on center stage at the end of the night, claiming sole possession of victory lane for an entire night, their night.

The first such USAC National Midget/National Sprint doubleheader came 43 years ago, in 1976, on the high banks of Eldora Speedway. Dana Carter took the Midget end of the deal while Clark Templeman scored the Sprint Car feature.

While no such USAC National Midget/Sprint sweeps occurred on that night, there have certainly been their fair share of them over the years, 23 to be exact, including last Fall at the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora by Tyler Courtney.
It wasn't exactly a clean sweep of all USAC events with Courtney not winning the Silver Crown portion, a three-tier sweep which has only been done twice. Kyle Larson not only got the Midget and Sprint glory that particular evening, he also capped off the night with a Silver Crown victory, same as Jack Hewitt did in 1998 at the same event, the only two times in which all three have been "swept" in the same night.

As far as USAC National/Sprint Midget sweeps go, the first one wasn't so much a sweep, but is recognized as one of the greatest feats in USAC history, at Indiana's Salem Speedway in 1977. Double features for both the Midgets and Sprint Cars were on tap that Memorial Day afternoon. Pancho Carter nailed down wins in both midget features, won the first Sprint Car feature, and came up just short in the second Sprint A-Main, finishing second to Tom Bigelow.

Ron Shuman did the deed a year later in 1978 at Reading, Pa., an Independence Day event which was televised on NBC. Just two sweeps occurred in the decade of the 1980s with Ken Schrader doubling up at Beaver Dam, Wisc. in 1982 and Rich Vogler getting a two-fer in 1986 at Eldora.

Jeff Gordon's shooting star was at peak levels in 1990 when he took both on the high banks of Salem in June, then finished up the year with another sweep at the similarly shaped and banked Winchester Speedway in November on his way to superstardom.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famers Hewitt and Dave Steele lead all drivers with three occasions in which they won both a USAC National Midget and National Sprint event at the same locale on the same day. Hewitt got his first right at Tri-City, host of this Friday's race, in 1991, then did it again in 1997 at Terre Haute, inheriting the Midget win following original winner Kevin Thomas' car failing post-race technical inspection. Hewitt's third and final came in the never-to-be-forgotten 4-Crown in 1998.

While Hewitt garnered all three on the dirt, Steele collected all of his three on the pavement, all within a calendar year, first at the one-mile track Nazareth, Pa. in 2003, again on a mile at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2004, and for the last time, just one month later, at Salem.

USAC Triple Crown champ, and Indy Racing League/NASCAR Cup Series titlist Tony Stewart took two at Eldora in 1995, as did future NHRA star Doug Kalitta in the season-ender at Winchester that same year. Dave Darland cashed in for two at Eldora in 1999.
Jay Drake got the first sweep of the new millennium, in 2001, during the Buckeye Nationals at Eldora, shown on ESPN2. J.J. Yeley added a pair of sweeps to his name within a month in 2002 on the pavement of Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then again on the dirt at Fremont, Ohio, where he flipped his Sprint Car in turn four while celebrating his big night.

Jerry Coons, Jr. landed both wins at Missouri's Lake Ozark Speedway in 2006. Bryan Clauson became the youngest to sweep, shortly after turning 17 years old, at Salem in 2006. Larson, meanwhile, became the latest to get both in one night, in 2011 at Eldora.
Doubling-up hasn't been achieved since Larson eight years ago, but the opportunities haven't been as prevalent to achieve the feat outside of the 4-Crown since that time. That is, until this year.

One doubleheader at Tri-City has already been held back in May, while four more await both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, starting this Friday, Aug. 30, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill, followed by Eldora Speedway on Sept. 28 (with USAC Silver Crown), plus a back-to-back nights for the Western World Championships Nov. 15-16 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on Friday night, August 30, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Reserved Top 2 Rows: $30 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tri-City Speedway is located at 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040. You can reach the promotion team of Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200 and Tri-City Speedway at (618) 931-7836. For more information, visit the Track Enterprises website at http://www.trackenterprises.com/, the series website at http://www.usacracing.com/ and the track website at http://www.tricityspeedway.net/.

Friday's Brandt River Town Showdown will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

DRIVERS TO WIN A USAC NATIONAL MIDGET AND SPRINT FEATURE IN SAME DAY AT SAME TRACK:
5/30/1977: Salem Speedway - Pancho Carter
7/4/1978: Reading Fairgrounds - Ron Shuman
7/31/1982: Beaver Dam Raceway - Ken Schrader
9/28/1986: Eldora Speedway - Rich Vogler
6/17/1990: Salem Speedway - Jeff Gordon
11/4/1990: Winchester Speedway - Jeff Gordon
8/31/1991: Tri-City Speedway - Jack Hewitt
9/23/1995: Eldora Speedway - Tony Stewart
10/22/1995: Winchester Speedway - Doug Kalitta
10/4/1997: Terre Haute Action Track - Jack Hewitt
9/26/1998: Eldora Speedway - Jack Hewitt
9/25/1999: Eldora Speedway - Dave Darland
6/22/2001: Eldora Speedway - Jay Drake
5/3/2002: Hawkeye Downs Speedway - J.J. Yeley
6/20/2002: Fremont Speedway - J.J. Yeley
8/23/2003: Nazareth Speedway - Dave Steele
7/4/2004: Pikes Peak International Raceway - Dave Steele
8/14/2004: Salem Speedway - Dave Steele
6/9/2006: Lake Ozark Speedway - Jerry Coons Jr.
8/12/2006: Salem Speedway - Bryan Clauson
9/23/2006: Eldora Speedway - Tracy Hines
9/24/2011: Eldora Speedway - Kyle Larson
9/22/2018: Eldora Speedway - Tyler Courtney

 

 

J.J. YELEY, USAC TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP, ENTERS BC39

Speedway, Indiana (August 27, 2019).........J.J. Yeley, a veteran of the Indianapolis 500, an eight-time Brickyard 400 starter and six-time NASCAR Xfinity Series starter at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has filed his entry to compete in the Sept. 4-5 Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink.

Yeley and car owner Jeff Taylor become the 87th team entered for the $15,000-to-win event with the deadline for BC39 team entries looming on Thursday, August 29, at https://www.thebc39.com/.

Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) is one of USAC's most prolific drivers, earning 60 National series wins in his career (28 Sprint, 17 Midget and 15 Silver Crown). He became the second driver in USAC history to earn all three National titles within the same season in 2003, matching the feat accomplished by Tony Stewart in 1995. Along the way, Yeley collected five USAC National titles (2001 & 2003 Sprint, 2002 & 2003 Silver Crown and 2003 Midget).

Yeley finished a best of 9th at IMS in the 1998 Indianapolis 500 and is, thus far, the only driver to have competed in the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, the Xfinity race at IMS and the BC39 in his career.

Yeley joins John Heydenreich on the latest update of the entry list. The Bloomsburg, Pa. native won the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in 1990 and the Hut 100 in 1987. He's also one of 19 drivers to have accumulated over 100 starts in his USAC Silver Crown career.

The BC39 entry list is immensely talented from top to bottom, headlined by the likes of three past USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champs in Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) leading an eight-car assault from the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable, which also features May's NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), plus July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA), series Rookie Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.).

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), a veteran of just under 250 starts on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour, has an extensive background in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing, earning five wins and Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. In 2015, he won again indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Stenhouse started 11th and finished 11th in last year's BC39 for Clauson/Marshall Racing, with who he'll be competing for again, joined alongside CMR's full-time combatants, series point leader and six-time winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), two-time winners Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) along with leading series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.).

Stenhouse, a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion in 2011-12, has two career wins at the Cup level, both of which came in 2017 at Talladega and Daytona. He's also made starts in each of the last six editions of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line, finishing a best of 12th in 2016.

Defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon, along with July Fairbury, Neb. winner Jason McDougal, are a part of the Broken Arrow, Okla. connection teamed with FMR Racing for the race. Bacon, a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, led the final nine laps to capture the inaugural event a year ago.

Chase Briscoe, who'll pilot his own No. 5B in the event, has extensive experience in midget and sprint car racing, including an appearance at the BC39 in the inaugural event a year ago. Of late, however, the Mitchell, Ind. native has made a big name for himself in NASCAR's Truck and Stock Car divisions. The 2016 ARCA champion was a recent NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at Iowa Speedway in July and was also victorious with the series in the debut on the "Roval" at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018.

Briscoe made his debut on 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the series' stop in 2018, charging from his 22nd starting position to finish 9th in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Briscoe also owns a pair of victories in NASCAR's Gander Outdoors Truck Series, winning the finale at Homestead in 2017, then winning the Eldora Dirt Derby in 2018.

Two-time series champs Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) and Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) are part of an all-star Petry Motorsports cast that also features Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who led a race-high 30 laps and finished 3rd in last year's BC39 main event.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) took 7th in the 2018 BC39 and has already won once this season at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Midget Week, one of 12 different winners in the first 21 events of this season.

Among the newest entries for the event are a four-car team for Tucker/Boat Motorsports, led by last year's BC39 runner-up finisher Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), son of 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Billy Boat. He's joined by Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.), whose resume includes becoming the youngest ever winner with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as well as at both Knoxville Raceway and Williams Grove Speedway.

Talented racer/motorsports announcer Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.) is entered for Tucker/Boat, with whom he set a new one lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget track record at Kokomo Speedway this past April and finished 25th in last year's Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink. Series Rookie Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.) is set to make her second BC39 appearance this year. She is the granddaughter of 1995 Brickyard 400 winner Dale Earnhardt.

Elledge is one of five female drivers entered thus far for the BC39 along with Hollan, west coast drivers Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) and newly-entered Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), a recent USAC Western States Midget feature winner at California's Petaluma Speedway and 17th place finisher in last year's inaugural BC39 main event. She's on a three-car Team Ripper effort also featuring USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a 5th place finisher in his lone USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start this season in July at Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway.

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), a 2011 Hut 100 winner, has entered along with 2006 Turkey Night Grand Prix victor Billy Wease (Noblesville, Ind.).

Michael Pickens, the winningest driver from New Zealand in the history of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with four series wins, will roll with the RMS LLC team at the BC39 alongside teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a nine-time winner on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail and a winner of last December's Junior Knepper 55 Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.
USAC National Midget champion Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), a winner in all three of USAC's National divisions throughout his career with 12 National Midget wins, 6 Silver Crown victories and a single National Sprint Car triumph.

Making his BC39 debut is Cannon McIntosh, who burst onto the USAC scene in a big way this past March where he scored his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. In just six starts this season, the Bixby, Okla. driver has finished in the top-five on three occasions, including a runner-up finish at Gas City during Indiana Midget Week.

Also joining the list of BC39 entries is 2005 & 2006 Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) for car owner Bill Ecker. Cottle is a multi-time winner in all three of USAC's National divisions in his career and owns three career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins. This past July, he emerged victorious on the final lap in one of the closest races in USAC history in a photo finish at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Sprint Week.

Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion from Lebanon, Ind. is entered, along with 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), plus past USAC Western States Midget champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) among many others.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands.

Parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes. Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.
Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (87 cars as of 8/27/2019)
0 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST TBA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2J J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Jeff Taylor)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3 RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7s JON STEED/Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
9x TBA (Jay Mounce)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett)
10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)
11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14H TBA (Mike Dickerson)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
21F JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper)
21K C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Team Ripper)
21m MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Team Ripper)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens)
23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
35 TBA (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
56A COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Olivia Bennett)
81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
98 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
TBA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

“6TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK” OPENS AT CALISTOGA
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 26, 2019... Starting this Saturday, August 31st, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at the “6th Annual California Sprint Week.” The five-race mini-series at four different tracks over eight days will open with Calistoga’s two-day “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” From there, the traditional 410 sprints will tackle the Petaluma, Merced, and Santa Maria clay ovals. As this writing goes to press, the Calistoga events will pay a minimum of $6,000-to-win ($600-to-start, with bonuses) and the other shows will pay $3,000-to-win ($400-to-start). All five “California Sprint Week” races will have a $200 bonus to the highest finishing 360 from USAC. With valuable points up for grabs, the “California Sprint Week” will play a major role in the chase for the championship.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: (Calistoga, Merced, Santa Maria Legal) EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA LEGAL MUFFLERS: The Flowmaster “Suitcase” 53545-10 and the Spin Tech 1545P Super Stock ARE THE ONLY MUFFLERS ALLOWED AT PETALUMA SPEEDWAY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- DRIVER FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- TIRE RULE: Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- 360 SPRINT WEEK BONUS: There is a $200 bonus to the highest finishing 360 from USAC at all five “Sprint Week” races.
- PETALUMA PITS TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. Tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.
- MERCED OPEN PRACTICE: There will be an OPEN PRACTICE on Thursday, September 5th from 6-9PM. Pit Passes are $20 and the Pits will open at 4pm.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

Heading to the “Louie Vermeil Classic,” there have been seven different winners and four drivers have claimed fast time honors. The point chase is heating up as “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) holds 20-point advantage over the competition. 2018 California Sprint Week Champion Brody Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd round out the top-10 drivers.

Currently ranked sixteenth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

On August 31st and September 2nd, Calistoga Speedway will host the “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Promoted by HMC Promotions, the highly anticipated event honors the former NARC director and will also have a vintage car show, driver autograph session, raffle, wine tasting, silent auction, and a beer garden for fans to enjoy. Since August 30, 2008, twenty-two USAC/CRA races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds with Rico Abreu, Ryan Bernal, and Damion Gardner leading all drivers with 3 wins. On September 3, 2017, Ryan Bernal broke the 19-second barrier (18.869) for non-winged sprints and set the 1-lap track record at the scenic half-mile. The winged King of the West NARC 410 Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit calistogaspeedway.org or call 916.773.7225.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Mike Spencer; 2010-Damion Gardner; 2011-Mike Spencer; 2012-Kyle Hirst, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014-Rico Abreu, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Thomas Meseraull, 2017-Rico Abreu, 2018-Colby Copeland.

CALISTOGA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Rico Abreu, 3-Ryan Bernal, 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Kevin Swindell, 1-Robert Ballou, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Tim Kaeding, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

On Monday, September 2nd, the “California Sprint Week” will shift to Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the “The Fastest 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has showcased seven USAC/CRA events. Mike Spencer leads all drivers with two victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 13.457 on September 7, 2015. The action packed card will also feature Modifieds and Super Stocks. The front gates will open at 4:00pm and Racing is set for 6:00pm. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

PETALUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Mike Spencer, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-David Cardey, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Austin Williams.

After a break, the USAC/CRA Sprints will make their debut at Merced Speedway on Friday, September 6th. Promoted by Chris Shannon and Paul Stone, the 1/3-mile oval at the Merced County Fairgrounds will also feature Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Mini Late Models. There will be an OPEN PRACTICE on Thursday, September 5th from 6-9PM. Pit Passes are $20 and the Pits will open at 4pm. On raceday, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. Merced Speedway is located at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced, California and for more information, visit mercedspeedway.net or call 209.600.8382.

The following night, Saturday, September 7th, Santa Maria Raceway will host the fifth and final round of the tour. Promoted by Nick Duggan, "The West's Best Short Track" oval has held twenty-six USAC/CRA events with Ryan Bernal and Brody Roa leading all drivers with three triumphs. “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.230 on June 14, 2008. American Stocks, Mini Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and the NMRA TQ Midgets will join the action as qualifying starts at 5:00pm and Racing at 5:30pm. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more details, visit santamariaraceway.com or call 805.710.4407.

SANTA MARIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Max Adams, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Rickie Gaunt, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Rip Williams.

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

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

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS: 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Brody Roa.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-736, 2. Brody Roa-716, 3. Austin Williams-679, 4. Jake Swanson-594, 5. Tommy Malcolm-509, 6. Chris Gansen-480, 7. R.J. Johnson-458, 8. Matt McCarthy-415, 9. Cody Williams-405, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-397, 11. Stevie Sussex-350, 12. Charles Davis Jr.-325, 13. A.J. Bender-307, 14. Verne Sweeney-305, 15. Mike Martin-297, 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-289, 17. Danny Faria Jr.-277, 18. Steve Hix ®-270, 19. Jace Vander Weerd- 254, 20. Joel Rayborne-238.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW / $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW / $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW / $3,000-to-win, $400-to-start)
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW / $3,000-to-win, $400-to-start)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW / $3,000-to-win, $400-to-start)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC MIDGETS ROCK GRANITE CITY THIS FRIDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (August 26, 2019).........USAC's NOS Energy Drink National Midget division has a history with Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. that goes back nearly six decades, dating to Danny Frye's win in 1961 to Tyler Courtney's triumph in May of this year.

Yes, the names have changed since then, the cars have changed, and even the track has changed from a half-mile to its current 3/8-mile iteration. But, the spirit, the drive, and the will to win remain the same as it ever has entering this Friday's Brandt River Town Showdown on Aug. 30, a doubleheader that also features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Courtney was a dominant force in May's race at Tri-City where he recorded the fastest lap in qualifying, then took the lead with nine laps remaining to capture the victory, one of a series-leading six this year for the point leader from Indianapolis, Ind. The following night, he was quick time again before the cancellation of the event. He also was victorious in a visit to Tri-City by the USAC Sprint Cars back in 2018.

Clauson/Marshall Racing teammate Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was 12th in May but took that night's USAC Sprint Car portion of the event. This year has been a breakout USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season for the Silver Crown and National Sprint champ, earning his first two career victories with the series at Lawrenceburg, Ind. and at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway.

No driver has won more USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races at Tri-City Speedway than has Tanner Thorson. The Minden, Nev. Driver won five-straight between 2015 and 2016, which mark his five most recent appearances at the track after missing May's race while he was recovering from injuries sustained in a March highway accident. The 2016 series champ won in miraculous fashion in June after starting 15th in the Indiana Midget Week round at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Third in points is Logan Seavey, who finished second behind Courtney in May, after leading a race-high 13 laps. The three-time series winner in 2019 and reigning series champion won the series' most recent race at Lanco in Pennsylvania. Just last Friday, the Sutter, Calif. picked up his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on night two of Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) arrives at Tri-City coming off a recent string of success during Pennsylvania Midget Week in which he scored his first two wins of the season, first at Action Track USA, then again at Linda's Speedway, both of which came in dramatic fashion. He took fourth in his first trek to Tri-City in May and now resides fourth in the series standings.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) rounded out the top-ten in May's Midget run after leading the initial three laps at Tri-City but has run 2ndand 3rd in his two career USAC Sprint starts in 2018 and 2019, respectively, including leading six laps this year. He's 10th in the standings with a last-lap victory at Kokomo as his best run of the campaign.

Chad Boat is sixth in the points and took fifth back in May's event. The Phoenix, Ariz. driver broke through on the first of August for his first win of the season during Pennsylvania Midget Week at Path Valley Speedway Park and aims to close out a month in the same manner, a month in which he's garnered eight of his nine career series victories.

Aside from Courtney, Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) is the only other driver to reach victory lane in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event at Tri-City Speedway, doing so in 2008. He finished 6th in May, one his 14 top-ten finishes in 21 starts this season, which sees him 7th in the latest standings.

Windom, along with Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) are a trio of drivers who've each earned their first career series victories this season, Carrick in July at Sweet Springs, Mo., McDougal in July at Fairbury, Neb. and McIntosh in March at Du Quoin, Ill. McIntosh led all drivers as a 7th place finisher in May at Tri-City, earning hard charger honors after starting 18th. Meanwhile, Carrick took 13th as McDougal came home with a 17th.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is one a handful of drivers set to pull double-duty Friday night in both a midget and sprint car. Leary was 8thin May's midget main and 4th in the sprint A, earning the best average finish among the double-duty set with an average result of 6th.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on Friday night, August 30, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Reserved Top 2 Rows: $30 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tri-City Speedway is located at 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040. You can reach the promotion team of Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200 and Tri-City Speedway at (618) 931-7836. For more information, visit the Track Enterprises website at http://www.trackenterprises.com/, the series website at http://www.usacracing.com/ and the track website at http://www.tricityspeedway.net/.

Friday's Brandt River Town Showdown will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,467, 2-Chris Windom-1,353, 3-Logan Seavey-1,300, 4-Zeb Wise-1,236, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,234, 6-Chad Boat-1,158, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,097, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,079, 9-Jason McDougal-1,019, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-984.

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS AT TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY:

1961: Danny Frye (8/17)

1966: Billy Mehner (7/17), Bob Tattersall (7/31) & Don Meacham (9/11)

1967: Mel Kenyon (6/11) & Bob Tattersall (7/30)

1968: Bob Tattersall (7/7) & Bob Tattersall (9/28)

1969: Bob Wente (7/6), Mel Kenyon (7/20) & Les Scott (9/14)

1970: Larry Rice (7/5) & Jimmy Caruthers (9/20)

1971: Merle Bettenhausen (6/20)

1972: Pancho Carter (9/30)

1984: Tom Bigelow (9/1)

1985: Mel Kenyon (8/31)

1990: Russ Gamester (5/5), Jeff Gordon (7/3) & Jeff Gordon (9/1)

1991: Steve Knepper (4/27), Steve Knepper (7/3) & Jack Hewitt (8/31)

2000: J.J. Yeley (8/24)

2003: Tracy Hines (6/4)

2005: Josh Wise (8/24)

2008: Brad Sweet (Special Event on 10/9), Brad Sweet (Special Event on 10/10) & Jerry Coons, Jr. (10/11)

2010: Bryan Clauson (6/11), Darren Hagen (9/30), Darren Hagen (10/1) & Darren Hagen (10/2)

2011: Darren Hagen (10/6), Kyle Larson (10/7) & Levi Jones (10/8)

2012: Tracy Hines (10/4) & Kyle Larson (10/6)

2013: Rico Abreu (10/3), Bryan Clauson (10/4) & Christopher Bell (10/6)

2015: Tanner Thorson (9/4) & Tanner Thorson (9/5)

2016: Tanner Thorson (10/6), Tanner Thorson (10/7) & Tanner Thorson (10/8)

2019: Tyler Courtney (5/17)

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY:

1. (5) Tanner Thorson

2. (4) Darren Hagen & Bob Tattersall

4. (3) Mel Kenyon

5. (2) Bryan Clauson, Jeff Gordon, Tracy Hines, Steve Knepper & Kyle Larson

10. (1) Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell, Merle Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Jimmy Caruthers, Jerry Coons, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Danny Frye, Russ Gamester, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones, Don Meacham, Billy Mehner, Larry Rice, Les Scott, Bob Wente, Josh Wise, J.J. Yeley

 

 

NEARLY 200 WINS REPRESENTED IN BC39 LINEUP THUS FAR

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 26, 2019).........There's no questioning the difficulty of winning a feature event on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail.

One must be at the top of your game, up in the seat, and prepared for anything thrown in your direction, situationally or slider-wise.

There's no slouching on this year's 87-car, and growing, entry list for the Sept. 4-5 Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS. Nearly one-third of the field possesses a feature victory in the series, totaling 194 wins amongst 27 drivers.

Thirty of those 194 wins are held by 26th place BC39 finisher Dave Darland, which ranks the Lincoln, Ind. driver 11th all-time with the likes of Mick McGreevy and 12-time Indianapolis 500 starter Johnny Parsons.

Fifth place BC39 finisher in 2018, Christopher Bell owns 23 wins in the series and has been a constant of sustained success for much of the decade despite limited appearances over the past half-decade, winning nine of 26 starts since becoming a part-time USAC Midget competitor in 2015 following a championship run in 2013.

Jerry Coons, Jr. has routinely knocked out top-tens and top-fives with the series for more than two decades. The two-time series champion from Tucson, Ariz. finished 9th in the BC39 last year and possesses 19 series victories, most among all full-time series competitors.

Like Bell, Kyle Larson has been a semi-regular competitor on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget tour for much of the decade, but their talent supersedes the limited amount of seat time in a midget they have each year. The Elk Grove, Calif. native has been in position to win in three of his six series starts this season, winning once at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in June for the 16th of his career, and was challenging for the victory on the final lap at both Putnamville, Ind. and Kutztown, Pa.

Tanner Thorson made a miraculous comeback from injuries suffered in a road accident in March of this year. With the scars remaining visible and the determination burning inside of him, the 2016 series champ from Minden, Nevada, charged from 15th to 1st in Putnamville's round of Indiana Midget Week in June, the furthest back any driver has started and won from this year, his 13th in the series.

Russ Gamester's long and distinguished and career has seen wins in all three of USAC's National divisions, including 12 in the Midget series where he collected the 1984 series Rookie of the Year and the 1989 driver championship. Gamester (Peru, Ind.), along with Coons, completed IndyCar tests with Panther Racing in 2000 at Texas Motor Speedway, but never quite got their shot on the 2.5-mile oval.

Tyler Courtney has more than doubled his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win tally in just half a season in 2019, jumping from five to 11 victories in search of a first series title, leading the points as it stands now, just one year removed from claiming the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship.

Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat, son of 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter and 1998 Texas Indy Racing League winner Billy Boat, could be the next to reach the double-digit win club with the series after finishing second in the inaugural BC39, which would break a tie he holds with his father where they both stand at nine wins.

Defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) earned his seventh and most recent series victory at IMS last summer. Reigning series champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), 13th in 2018, has six while 2017 champ Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) has five alongside two-time NASCAR Monster Energy Cup winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), 11th in 2018, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), who led the first 30 laps of last year's BC39 before finishing 3rd.

The group of four-time winners is an eclectic bunch with 7th place BC39 finisher Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), 1990 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals victor John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Auckland, New Zealand's racing hero, Michael Pickens, the winningest driver from outside of the USA in USAC National Midget history.

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), 15th in 2018, is a part of the three-win club with 2013 Hut 100 winner Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), 2006 Turkey Night Grand Prix winner Billy Wease and last year's Stoops Pursuit winner at the BC39, Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), 14th in 2018.

Pittsboro's Critter Malone, whose father Shim was a long-time chief starter for USAC, has two National Midget victories to his credit, as does Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), 12th in 2018, who earned his first pair of wins this year after making more than 100-plus starts over the past decade before finally breaking through.

Those with just a single piece of USAC National Midget hardware in their trophy case are versatile Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown standout Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), 22nd in 2018, and three drivers who've each tallied victory number one this calendar year, Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), 16th in 2018, and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.).

With all that said, it takes just one win to put your name into the record book. And if that one just so happens to be the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, that's one that will not soon be forgotten by the driver, the team, the fans and, yes, the record book.

Teams can file their entry for the event at www.TheBC39.com, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands. Parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes. Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BY THE NUMBERS: (194 total USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Wins represented in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink Lineup) 1. [30 wins] Dave Darland 2. [23 wins] Christopher Bell 3. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr. 4. [16 wins] Kyle Larson 5. [13 wins] Tanner Thorson 6. [12 wins] Russ Gamester 7. [11 wins] Tyler Courtney 8. [9 wins] Chad Boat 9. [7 wins] Brady Bacon 10. [6 wins] Logan Seavey 11. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Kevin Thomas, Jr. 14. [4 wins] Justin Grant, John Heydenreich, Michael Pickens 17. [3 wins] Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Billy Wease & Zeb Wise 21. [2 wins] Critter Malone & Chris Windom 23. [1 win] Steve Buckwalter, Tanner Carrick, Jason McDougal, Cannon McIntosh & Tyler Thomas

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS IN THE BC39: 1989: Russ Gamester 2001: Dave Darland 2002: Dave Darland 2006: Jerry Coons, Jr. 2007: Jerry Coons, Jr. 2013: Christopher Bell 2016: Tanner Thorson 2017: Spencer Bayston 2018: Logan Seavey

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR IN THE BC39: 1984: Russ Gamester 2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 2008: Chad Boat 2009: Zach Daum 2011: Kyle Larson 2013: Christopher Bell 2014: Kevin Thomas, Jr. 2015: Spencer Bayston 2017: Tanner Carrick 2018: Logan Seavey

 

 

TED HORN 100 BRINGS MAGIC
TO THE Du QUOIN MILE SUNDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 26, 2019).........The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds have been a staple on the AAA and USAC Championship Car racing trail since 1948. Seven decades later, the spectacular sight of a full field of USAC Silver Crown cars rumbling down the front stretch of the one-mile dirt oval in southern Illinois sends a chill down the spine.

The chill, and the roar, returns this Sunday night, September 1, with the Ted Horn 100, honoring the late, great three-time AAA National Champion, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and 1947 Indianapolis 500 pole winner who finished in the top-four at the Brickyard in nine consecutive races between 1936 and 1948. He lost his life in the peak of his career in a racing accident at Du Quoin in October of 1948 at the age of 38.
Horn's legacy remains today as the namesake of the grand event where two-time race winner Chris Windom led only six laps in the 2018 edition, preserving his machinery down the stretch to win and complete the sweep of both Illinois dirt miles after winning at Springfield just weeks before. The Canton, Ill. driver won his first at Du Quoin in 2016 en route to the series title.

Local favorite Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill. finished 3rd in last year's Ted Horn 100 to earn his sixth-straight top-five finish at Magic Mile. The race will mark his final appearance for Hardy Boys Motorsports at Du Quoin where, together, they've earned two victories in 2014 and 2015, plus a 4th (2013), 5th (2016), 2nd (2017)