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WINDOM WINS KOKOMO FINALE,
KOFOID COLLECTS INDIANA MIDGET WEEK TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (June 12, 2021)………With eight nights of racing over a 10-night span, the lengthiest and most rigorous Indiana Midget Week schedule in the 17-year history of the series bled into another day following a rain delay that pushed Saturday’s USAC Indiana Midget Week finale at Kokomo Speedway into the early hours of Sunday for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

For race winner Chris Windom, the agonizing wait couldn’t end soon enough as the Canton, Ill. native endured three consecutive nights of Indiana Midget Week misery before prevailing with a winning performance at the quarter-mile track, a venue which has hosted many of the latest USAC Triple Crown Club member’s career highlights, including pair of previous print car track championships and where he had most recently won with the USAC Midgets back in May.

For 2021 Indiana Midget Week champion Buddy Kofoid, the title came right on time for the Penngrove, Calif. driver who finished off his second IMW run with a first title in the mini-series after finishing third in the final tally in 2020. Coupled with an extension of his point lead in the season-long USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, Kofoid now holds a 47-point advantage and is fixed on translating his June success on an eight-race scale into a full-fledged run at the National title at year’s end.

Just four days prior, Windom led the IMW standings by double-digits and was riding a streak of three-straight top-three finishes. The three ensuing races leading into Kokomo saw results of 12th, 13th and 20th, which all but eliminated Windom’s hopes and dreams for an Indiana Midget Week title before he even set foot at Kokomo.

However, as has been the case throughout the entirety of his career, Kokomo was a sight for Windom’s sore eyes as he approached the final race of Indiana Midget Week. After midnight, he let it all hang out as he shot to the front just shy of the midway point and led the remaining 17 laps to earn his eighth career USAC National Midget feature victory and his third win in the last three years of Indiana Midget Week aboard his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“The last three nights have been some of the three crappiest I’ve had in a row in my career,” Windom acknowledged. “These guys have had to work every single day in this hot weather. It’s been a pretty crappy last three days for us and I know everybody was pretty down. But no one quit, and we came back. We had engine troubles after the heat, and they busted it to figure out what it was, and they got it fixed. I’m so happy to do this for these guys because they work so hard all week. Eight straight days is tough. We might not have won Indiana Midget Week, but we won the final night, and that’s all you can ask for at this point.”

Amid a block of eight races, night after night, it takes a lot of good fortune to avoid any missteps or heartaches. Kofoid was not immune as he had his share with a night at Circle City Raceway in round five in which he was involved in two separate incidents during the feature that thwarted a quality finish and wound up with him upside down when all was said and done.

However, Kofoid dug his way back to the top, and that’s just the place he finished in the standings after carving a path from 13th to 7th in Kokomo’s feature to secure the 2021 IMW points race and the crown by 20 points in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

The title was Kofoid’s first in Indiana Midget Week following a third-place finish in the points during his first try in 2020. His 2021 IMW championship was also the unprecedented sixth for car owner Keith Kunz following previous five previous triumphs: Christopher Bell (2013), Rico Abreu (2014-15), Spencer Bayston (2018) and Logan Seavey (2019).

“It was a fun week, but I’m glad it’s over now,” Kofoid said. “It’s stressful, from winning to getting upside down, to losing it, to winning again, to having today where we didn’t qualify great, finished second in the heat race, then started 13th while the guy I needed to beat (Logan Seavey) was on the front row. It was tough, but once I got by Logan, I just wanted the race to be over right there. That was a lot for me to handle.”

“I’m kind of at a loss for words; this is a really big win for me,” Kofoid continued. “Winning Indiana Midget Week is huge; it’s really tough to do. I owe it all to Jarrett (Martin), Grant (Penn) and Andrew (West), they do a hell of a job every time we hit the track. We’ve always got some sort of speed. I couldn’t do this without (car owners) Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby), Keith Kunz Motorsports, Mobil 1 and Toyota for letting us come out here and have some fun.”

Kofoid led the IMW standings by seven coming into the 30-lap A-Main over teammate and 16th place starting Daison Pursley, and 11 markers over second-place starter Seavey. Windom, meanwhile, started third in the event, which was pushed to a 12:25am EDT start due to a lengthy rain delay following Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying, which ultimately resumed with midgets getting back on track for hot laps at 10:18pm.

The opening sequence saw a spirited high/low contest between pole sitter Justin Grant and outside front row starter Seavey. The duo raced shoulder to shoulder for the first three laps with Grant edging Seavey at the line by a narrow margin for the first two before Seavey utilized the momentum off the top side to pace past Grant for the lead on lap three.

On the ninth lap, Grant had re-reeled in Seavey, getting underneath the 2019 IMW champ entering the third turn. Seavey, in turn, bobbled over the cushion, allowing Grant to slip by to retake the spot while Windom nearly overtook both in one swing, missing out on the lead by a wheel, but now garnered Grant’s full attention.

Windom maintained his front bumper’s presence to the left corner of Grant’s line of vision until, on the 14th circuit, Windom pulled up the wheels and whipped past Grant to lead by a car length at the line. Grant refused to go quietly into the night, and continued to cruise the top line, but it proved to be too far around as Windom rolled the bottom to perfection and held serve a half second ahead.

The race went caution free until lap 21 when 18th running Cannon McIntosh began to slow with mechanical trouble as the leaders began to bear down on him. Just as the yellow flag flew, 16th running Brenham Crouch glanced his right rear tire off the back straightaway wall at speed, sending him into a wild series of flips that landed the Rookie driver in turn three with smoke and steam billowing from his ride. Crouch walked away uninjured.

Following the restart with nine to go, the ending of the story was being illustrated, and Windom held the pen, as he pulled away to win by a 1.661 second margin over Grant, with Jason McDougal, Emerson Axsom and Thomas Meseraull rounding out the top-five.

In doing so, Windom became the first driver since Brady Bacon in 2017 to win consecutive USAC National Midget races at Kokomo. While on most occasions, Kokomo is won on the top, where Windom has mastered with a sprint car a copious amount of times, Windom had his CBI No. 89 operating so well on the low line at the quarter-mile dirt oval that there was no thought of changing anything up when he reached the front, no matter how fraught the initial desire to do so was.

“The way the track changed, the bottom was tough to hit right,” Windom explained. “But every time we’re here, it seems like we’re able to roll the bottom so well. I’m so used to running the top in a sprint car here, it’s kind of tough to change up and run the bottom in a midget but this thing just works so good down there. We won down there the last two times we’ve won here, so I wasn’t going to change anything up once I got the lead there.”

Following finishes of 21st, 19th and 24th in his three most recent series starts leading into Kokomo’s finale, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) saved his best for last by turning in his finest performance of 2021 Indiana Midget Week while piloting the RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota. His runner-up finish equaled his top performance of the year after also finishing second at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway in April.

Third-place Kokomo finisher Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) also made a much-needed recovery at Kokomo after suffering adversity the previous night at Gas City, with an axle snapping on him while running second on the final lap of the feature. Since McDougal has taken the wheel of the Robert Dalby Motorsports/RD Spring & Stamping – Walker Performance Filtration/Spike/Speedway Toyota at the beginning of the 2021 season, the “podium” finish at Kokomo turned out to be their best result thus far.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) advanced from his 11th starting spot to finish 5th in the feature, helping him to the ProSource Indiana Midget Week Passing Master title with a total of 47 cars passed throughout the entirety of the eight-race series.

Series Rookie of the Year contender Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) earned his first career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, clocking in with a lap of 13.112 seconds around Kokomo Speedway.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 12, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 17th USAC Indiana Midget Week – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/DIRT RACING WRAP UP QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.112; 2. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.215; 3. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-13.239; 4. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-13.278; 5. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.280; 6. Jonathan Shafer, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.332; 7. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.344; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.370; 9. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.379; 10. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.411; 11. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-13.434; 12. Corey Day, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-13.446; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-13.464; 14. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.489; 15. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.502; 16. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.509; 17. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-13.512; 18. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.514; 19. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.527; 20. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Johnson-13.572; 21. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.597; 22. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.633; 23. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-13.683; 24. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.697; 25. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-13.709; 26. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-13.735; 27. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-13.744; 28. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-13.792; 29. Trey Gropp, 00, MSW-13.916; 30. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BLS-14.122; 31. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-14.697; 32. Jordan Calendine, 38, Calendine-14.727; 33. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.867.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Taylor Reimer, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Trey Gropp. 2:17.776

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Jonathan Shafer, 7. Sam Johnson, 8. Travis Buckley. 2:14.472

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Hayden Williams, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Brian Carber, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Blake Brannon, 8. Glenn Waterland. 2:15.788

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Corey Day, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Austin Barnhill, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Jordan Calendine. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Brian Carber, 6. Jonathan Shafer, 7. Trey Gropp, 8. Austin Barnhill, 9. Blake Brannon, 10. Travis Buckley, 11. Taylor Reimer, 12. Chance Crum, 13. Sam Johnson, 14. Glenn Waterland, 15. Hayden Reinbold. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (3), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Jason McDougal (4), 4. Emerson Axsom (5), 5. Thomas Meseraull (11), 6. Corey Day (7), 7. Buddy Kofoid (13), 8. Chase Randall (6), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (18), 10. Logan Seavey (2), 11. Jerry Coons Jr. (15), 12. Kaylee Bryson (12), 13. Daison Pursley (16), 14. Bryant Wiedeman (8), 15. Cole Bodine (22), 16. Kyle Cummins (17), 17. Hayden Williams (21), 18. Jonathan Shafer (10), 19. Tanner Thorson (9), 20. Brenham Crouch (20), 21. Cannon McIntosh (19), 22. Brian Carber (14). NT

**Brenham Crouch flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Justin Grant, Laps 3-8 Logan Seavey, Laps 9-13 Justin Grant, Laps 14-30 Chris Windom.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-941, 2-Chris Windom-894, 3-Emerson Axsom-852, 4-Justin Grant-820, 5-Tanner Thorson-814, 6-Thomas Meseraull-802, 7-Daison Pursley-798, 8-Logan Seavey-781, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-732, 10-Jason McDougal-693.

FINAL USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-505, 2-Logan Seavey-485, 3-Daison Pursley-483, 4-Chris Windom-478, 5-Emerson Axsom-474, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-449, 7-Corey Day-446, 8-Thomas Meseraull-410, 9-Justin Grant-410, 10-Jason McDougal-389.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-83, 2-Thomas Meseraull-81, 3-Robert Ballou-60, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-55, 5-Brady Bacon-47, 6-Chris Windom-46, 7-Justin Grant-41, 8-Buddy Kofoid-41, 9-Emerson Axsom-35, 10-Brian Carber-34.

FINAL USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-47, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-43, 3-Hayden Williams-43, 4-Tanner Thorson-42, 5-Logan Seavey-41, 6-Emerson Axsom-39, 7-Daison Pursley-37, 8-Brian Carber-36, 9-Jason McDougal-26, 10-Brenham Crouch-25.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 11, 2021 – Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Sweet Springs, Missouri – John Hinck Championship – 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Jason McDougal

Fatheadz Eyewear / Dirt Racing Wrap Up Fast Qualifier: Chase Randall

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Corey Day

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Thomas Meseraull

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas Jr. (18th to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Daison Pursley

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Trey Gropp

John Hinck Championship Hard Work Award: Cole Bodine


KOFOID PUTS KIBOSH ON STREAK WITH
USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WIN AT GAS CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (June 11, 2021)………Entering Friday’s penultimate round of USAC Indiana Midget Week at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway, all the chatter revolved around who could step up and carry on the streak that had a different driver and team winning a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature in each of the last eight races, the longest such run of parity since 2009.

Buddy Kofoid and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports put the kibosh on that discussion, placing a period on the streak and writing their own exclamation point with a wire-to-wire victory, leading all 30 laps to become Indiana Midget Week’s first multi-time winner and ending the succession of new names in the winner’s column that had begun two months prior.

Not only did the Penngrove, Calif. driver open up his lead in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget series points to its widest margin of the season (68), he also rose to the top of the USAC Indiana Midget Week point standings, by a mere three points going into Saturday’s IMW finale at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

When he won the first race of IMW last Friday at Bloomington Speedway, Kofoid became the first three-time winner in the season-long series. Seven days later, he became the first four-time winner of 2021 in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I’m pumped to be the first repeat winner and to have another good night after two not-so-stellar nights,” Kofoid said. “To get number four with USAC this year is pretty damn cool. Earlier today, we kind of struggled and barely made it through the heat race but we were able to sneak in and, where I qualified, that really put me in a good spot. I knew I needed to get the jump because our cars just worked so good on the cushion.”

That they did, as did he, starting from the favorable outside position of the front row on this night where he quickly established himself at the head of the class on the opening lap. Fourth starting KKM teammate, Daison Pursley, followed suit, shadowing Kofoid on the top until turn three when Pursley biked and nearly encountered what could’ve been wildly disastrous for the IMW point leader coming in. Pursley landed on all fours, and his early second-place running position was immediately consumed up by pole sitter Jason McDougal.

Smooth sailing for Kofoid throughout the opening laps allowed him to stretch his lead to nearly two seconds by lap four, and holding serve, until lap nine. Just as the leaders began to barge into traffic, seventh running Justin Grant slowed atop turns one and two to initiate the first yellow flag of the feature. Although briefly returning from the work area, Grant pulled back to the pits for good after leaving a trail of fluid around the racing surface, just as the field was headed for the restart, sending him to a 24th place finish.

Axsom slid his way into second place past McDougal in turn one on the ensuing restart. Cannon McIntosh valiantly took his shot at reenacting the same maneuver a lap later in the same spot but was rebuffed by McDougal who thwarted the attempt by driving around the outside to seal himself into third for the time being.

Another yellow, this time on lap 13, halted the proceedings once again as a four-car tangle consumed the exit of turn four, and involved Chris Windom (10th), Jerry Coons Jr. (12th), Hayden Williams (15th) and Bryant Wiedeman (19th), all of whom stopped. Only Windom returned, albeit briefly, before finishing 20th, his third straight finish outside the top-ten after finishing within the first 10 in nine of his first 10 starts this season.

Meanwhile, Coons’ early exit came during a monumental night which saw the USAC career Triple Crown champion make his 400th career USAC National Midget feature start.

When racing resumed, the fiercest battle was for third with a pair of Oklahomans in Pursley and McDougal exchanging slide jobs. McDougal initially lost the position on the 14th lap but managed to power back past and hold a firm grip on third while Logan Seavey slotted into fourth.

McDougal dug in and tracked down second-running Axsom for the runner-up position on the 19th lap, giving the Robert Dalby Motorsports ride its best outing yet this year. A slight hiccup on the 21st lap saw McDougal bounce like a basketball on the high line of turn one but showed no hindrance and remained on the gas in his pursuit of the elusive Kofoid.

However, Kofoid was in another zip code at this juncture, possessing a lead of 3.5 seconds with 10 laps remaining. Although, the waters did prove to be a little testy for Kofoid who found himself in a bit of distress as he sought to circumvent the lapped traffic in the final third of the race.

With a tricky cushion between turns one and two, to go along with the current traffic situation, Kofoid navigated with a bit of trepidation, not wanting to hit the panic button and charge course from where he felt most at ease, despite those in plain view out in front of him running two-wide and throwing sliders on each other for positions deeper in the field.

“Traffic really made it tricky,” Kofoid admitted. “I kept looking to my left to see if second, or whoever, would be there. I didn’t want to pull to the bottom because I hadn’t run there all race. I felt the top was faster. I tried a slider once and it didn’t quite work. I looked to my left and didn’t see anyone there, so I just tried to keep my pace up. That had me pretty nervous with the traffic. The top was the best line, obviously, and everyone’s going to naturally migrate up there.”

From start to finish, this night belonged to Kofoid who checked out on the rest of the field to win by a 5.852 second margin. However, on the final lap, trouble befell second running McDougal whose axle snapped halfway down the back straightaway. The sudden monkey wrench sent McDougal’s car into an immediate loop before stopping in turn three. The visibly agitated McDougal was relegated to a non-indicative 15th place finish at the checkered.

McDougal’s final lap misfortune meant a slight bump up the results sheet for everyone else behind him. Axsom finished second in the final rundown while Seavey, Pursley and McIntosh rounding out the top-five in the end. The lasting result produced a tightened points race which finds Kofoid at the top by a slim three-point margin over Pursley.

“I told (crew chief) Jarrett (Martin) that I kind of look at the USAC Indiana Midget Week points as a race,” Kofoid stated. “It’s better to be the guy out front and in control. I told him I’d kind of like to have (the lead) back going into the final night. We ran pretty good at the Kokomo Grand Prix and, hopefully, we can keep it up and get another win tomorrow and, more importantly, take home this USAC Indiana Midget Week title.”

Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) has an admittedly distant shot to win the USAC Indiana Midget Week title, 43 points behind heading into Kokomo on Saturday where he won with the series earlier this April. Consistently running up front will take care of the points situation in an orderly fashion and no driver has been as consistent over his past three starts during IMW than has Axsom with a 4th at Circle City, a 3rd at Lincoln Park and a 2nd at Gas City in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Iron Born Studio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I definitely want to win the championship, but I want to win races just as much,” Axsom said. “Running second to Buddy is no joke; he’s the best in the business right now. I thought we were close at the start, but I got a little afraid of dialing myself out with the shocks. If we want to win races, we’ve got to take chances. Tomorrow night, if we’re in the same position, I’ll definitely be making those changes.”

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) advanced from 11th to 3rd in Friday night’s feature at Gas City to keep him among the prime contenders for the USAC Indiana Midget Week championship come Saturday night at Kokomo in his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota. Seeking his second career IMW title (2019), Seavey enters as the third-ranking IMW driver, just 12 points behind the leader, Kofoid.

“I’m just happy with our racecar,” Seavey said. “To get up to third after starting 11th is pretty good. I’ve just got to pick up the slack in the heat race and not put ourselves so far back. If we would’ve gotten through our heat race, we would’ve started in the second row or so. I’ve just got to put a full night together again; I haven’t done that the last few nights and it’s hindering our feature finishes. I’ve got to get a little better, but overall, it was a solid night and we’re still right there with these guys with one more night to go.”

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) returned to the track after winning Thursday’s Indiana Midget Week event at Lincoln Park. Whereas he started from the pole at LPS, the road wasn’t as easy to hoe at Gas City where he started 20th and managed a solid 8th place finish despite the trying circumstances to earn the KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger Award.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2021 – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana – 17th USAC Indiana Midget Week – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.191; 2. Corey Day, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-12.238; 3. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.266; 4. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-12.270; 5. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.272; 6. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-12.306; 7. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.318; 8. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.326; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-12.327; 10. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-12.339; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.362; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-12.381; 13. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-12.444; 14. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.473; 15. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-12.487; 16. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.493; 17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17s, Clauson Marshall-12.549; 18. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-12.553; 19. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-12.568; 20. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.577; 21. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.589; 22. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Johnson-12.602;; 23. Trey Gropp, 00, Mounce/Stout-12.603; 24. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-12.620; 25. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-12.629; 26. Jonathan Shafer, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.672; 27. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-12.720; 28. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-12.764; 29. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.805; 30. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.807; 31. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BLS-12.955; 32. Glenn Waterland, 11c, Waterland-13.554; 33. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-13.759; 34. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Chase Randall, 8. Hayden Williams, 9. Oliver Akard. 2:07.221

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Corey Day, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Austin Barnhill, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jonathan Shafer. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Trey Gropp, 2. Brenham Crouch, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Brian Carber, 7. Taylor Reimer, 8. Travis Buckley. 2:09.922

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Glenn Waterland, 8. Logan Seavey. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Hayden Williams, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Chase Randall, 8. Jonathan Shafer, 9. Chance Crum, 10. Ethan Mitchell, 11. Brian Carber, 12. Taylor Reimer, 13. Austin Barnhill, 14. Travis Buckley, 15. Blake Brannon, 16. Oliver Akard, 17. Glenn Waterland. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Emerson Axsom (5), 3. Logan Seavey (11), 4. Daison Pursley (4), 5. Cannon McIntosh (8), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15) , 7. Corey Day (6), 8. Tanner Thorson (20), 9. Kaylee Bryson (7), 10. Thomas Meseraull (14), 11. Trey Gropp (10), 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (19), 13. Cole Bodine (17), 14. Chase Randall (23-P), 15. Jason McDougal (1), 16. Brenham Crouch (3), 17. Ethan Mitchell (24-P), 18. Hayden Reinbold (22), 19. Kyle Cummins (16), 20. Chris Windom (12), 21. Jerry Coons Jr. (13), 22. Hayden Williams (21), 23. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 24. Justin Grant (9). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-882, 2-Chris Windom-814, 3-Tanner Thorson-781, 4-Emerson Axsom-781, 5-Daison Pursley-758, 6-Justin Grant-748, 7-Thomas Meseraull-740, 8-Logan Seavey-730, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-680, 10-Cannon McIntosh-662.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-446, 2-Daison Pursley-443, 3-Logan Seavey-434, 4-Emerson Axsom-403, 5-Chris Windom-398, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-397, 7-Corey Day-383, 8-Thomas Meseraull-348, 9-Cannon McIntosh-347 10-Tanner Thorson-345.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-83, 2-Thomas Meseraull-75, 3-Robert Ballou-60, 4-Brady Bacon-47, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-46, 6-Chris Windom-44, 7-Justin Grant-41, 8-Buddy Kofoid-35, 9-Emerson Axsom-34, 10-Brian Carber-34.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-42, 2-Logan Seavey-39, 3-Hayden Williams-39, 4-Thomas Meseraull-37, 5-Emerson Axsom-36, 6-Brian Carber-36, 7-Daison Pursley-31, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-30, 9-Brenham Crouch-25, 10-Kaylee Bryson-25.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 12, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – 17th USAC Indiana Midget Week – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Cannon McIntosh

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Ethan Mitchell

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Trey Gropp

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (20th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Cole Bodine

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Chase Randall

John Hinck Championship Hard Work Award: Hayden Reinbold


THORSON TROUNCES FIELD FOR 3RD CAREER
PUTNAMVILLE USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK VICTORY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (June 10, 2021)………A newly-constructed chassis delivered familiar results for Tanner Thorson on Thursday night at Lincoln Park Speedway as the Minden, Nev. collected his third career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory at the 5/16-mile track during round six of USAC Indiana Midget Week.

Thorson and Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports’ Thursday night domination also continued an unprecedented USAC Indiana Midget Week streak in the process.

With six IMW races complete, six different teams have now captured a feature victory: RMS Racing at Paragon; Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports at Bloomington; Tom Malloy at Lawrenceburg; Glenn Styres Racing at Tri-State; Clauson Marshall Racing at Circle City; and now Reinbold-Underwood at Lincoln Park. The previous record had been five different teams back in 2010.

Thorson, personally, had previously won at LPS in both 2016 and 2019, and his third win at the Putnamville, Ind. dirt oval tied him with Bryan Clauson as the winningest driver at the track in USAC National Midget competition.

A less than ideal first half of Indiana Midget Week, which saw results of 13th, 6th, 13th and 9th in his first four outings, led to a vent of frustration for Thorson and a desire to right the ship for the second half. Thorson went to work in the two “off” days between Indiana Midget Week races and pieced together a new ride.

The new version of the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – The Healing Tree/Spike/Stanton SR-11x debuted with a solid 16th to 8th run Wednesday night at Circle City Raceway, then truly hit its sweet spot at LPS, right within his comfort zone.

“It’s just a comfort feel,” Thorson explained. “It’s nothing really against that car or anything, but this is what I’ve built my whole setup around and everything I’ve accomplished over the last few years has been with this style of car and everything. We’ve got a lot of great people behind me, and it’s definitely been a struggle here lately, but it’s all coming forward. Stanton racing’s been working really hard to get this motor better and better for me. It’s not perfect but we’re getting there. This is definitely a little bit of a relief.”

Thorson’s 22 career USAC National Midget feature victories moved him past Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton and Ken Schrader on the all-time list and into a tie with Bobby East and Shorty Templeman for 27th all-time.

As fate would have it, two brand new Reinbold-Underwood cars started on the front row of the 30-lap feature with Thorson on the pole and series Rookie Chase Randall alongside. Last Saturday at Lawrenceburg, Randall took a high-flyer into the turn three catchfence during the feature but rebounded to win his first career USAC heat race Thursday at LPS and positioned himself on the outside of the front row for the main event.

Sliding up to the top in turns one and two, Thorson grabbed the initial lead from Randall, then opened up a sizable 1.856 sec. lead just four laps into the main when Justin Grant (18th) slid sideways at the entrance to the top of turn three. Kaylee Bryson (19th) got hard on the binders to avoid contact with Grant but wound up transferring the weight to the left side of the car with a 90-degree turn, which flipped her upside down. Both restarted with Grant finishing 19th and Bryaon 12th.

Once again, Thorson broke away on the ensuing restart, which presented him with another hefty 1.5 sec. advantage over Randall and Emerson Axsom. On lap nine, fourth-running Kevin Thomas Jr., a top-five finisher in three of his last four series starts, had his brakes lock up on him between turns one and two. Thomas slid to a stop with the rest of the field barreling behind him, able to avoid contact. Thomas restarted from the tail but drove all the way back to a sixth-place finish at race’s end.

Under yellow, 16th running Chris Windom slowed with a flat right rear tire. After a new wheel and tire were put on the defending series’ champion’s ride in the work area, he returned to pilot his car up to the 13th position at the finish, his lowest finish of the 2021 campaign thus far. Trey Gropp encountered his own issue moments later, still under yellow, following Windom’s, but wouldn’t be as fortunate, dropping out of the race.

Thorson’s restarts were something to marvel at as a two second difference between he and second running Randall developed past the halfway mark. Randall’s runner-up position wasn’t long for the world as a freight train consisting of Daison Pursley, Emerson Axsom and Buddy Kofoid stormed by Randall, who regained his footing by slotting into fifth.

A half lap later, the red flag was displayed when 11th running Brenham Crouch caught the turn four cushion and flipped over, concluding the Rookie driver’s night nine laps from the finish, relegating the Texan to a 20th place finish.

With the red closing up the gap between first and second, a sliver of hope remained for Pursley and Axsom to overtake race leader Thorson. A brief exchange of sliders saw Pursley secure second away from Axsom with five laps remaining. Suddenly, Pursley’s field of vision now had Thorson closer than he’d been all race, just a half second ahead.

However, that chapter came to a close quickly on lap 26 when Pursley bogged down on the turn two cushion, losing a full second’s worth of groundwork to Thorson, from a scant half second to what ultimately became an insurmountable 1.5 sec. margin.

Thorson maintained his presence at the head of the field for the remaining handful of laps before going on to collect his second feature win with the series in 2021 following a first score at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway in April.

Pursley finished second, 1.393 sec. behind, with Emerson Axsom third, Buddy Kofoid fourth and Corey Day fifth after starting 12th, earning himself KSE Racing Products/Irvin King Hard Charger honors one night after winning his first-ever series feature at Circle City.

Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) maintained his record as the only driver to finish inside the top-ten in all six IMW races run thus far: 7th at Paragon, 8th at Bloomington, 7th at Lawrenceburg, 4th at Tri-State, 9th at Circle City and a career-best USAC result of 2nd at Lincoln Park.

Pursley’s consistent performances have provided the second-year driver with a one-point lead in the Indiana Midget Week standings with just two races remaining aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/iBuyPower – TRD – Curb/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I was trying to chase (Thorson) down early on,” Pursley recalled. “I knew that, when I got into second, I probably needed a caution to catch Tanner in lapped traffic. But everyone’s so good here during Indiana Midget Week in the A-main field that it’s hard to catch lapped cars. I was really praying for a caution, and I got it, but I just made a mistake there in one and two and let him get back away.”

Twenty-four hours after finishing 4th at Circle City, Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) upped his best Indiana Midget Week result to a 3rd at Lincoln Park in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Keizer Aluminum Wheels/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I grew up watching (races at) Lincoln Park and it’s been known to have a big ol’ cushion,” Axsom explained. “I felt like we had a shot to win tonight and had a shot to win last night. I’ve been fast the first half of midget week but have just had a little bad luck. We’re fast at all these tracks we’ve been to. Daison and Tanner are really fast, and I felt like the results could’ve been different if any of the roles had been switched, if Tanner and I were racing and Daison was out front. We definitely have the speed, but you’ve got to have a perfect night to win a USAC race.”

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) earned a new 12-lap USAC National Midget track record of 2:47.227 at Lincoln Park Speedway during the Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature. Oddly enough, the track record was established rather than broken, since there had not been a single caution-free 12-lap race for the series at LPS in any of the series’ 21 previous appearances since 1979.

Logan Seavey’s Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time was the ninth of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, moving him past Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider and Jack Turner on the series’ fast time list while equaling A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr. and Jerry Weeks to rank 66th all-time.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2021 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 17th USAC Indiana Midget Week – 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-12.940; 2. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.991; 3. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.007; 4. Corey Day, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-13.012; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.056; 6. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.117; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.136; 8. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.139; 9. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.143; 10. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.161; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.192; 12. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.194; 13. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.233; 14. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-13.271; 15. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-13.289; 16. Brady Bacon, 21H, TKH-13.309; 17. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.314; 18. Jonathan Shafer, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.327; 19. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-13.348; 20. Ryan Timms, 85T, CBI-13.388; 21. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.392; 22. Trey Gropp, 00, MSW-13.392; 23. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-13.439; 24. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-13.450; 25. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-13.491; 26. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-13.503; 27. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17s, Clauson Marshall-13.526; 28. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-13.587; 29. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-13.668; 30. Max Guilford, 3NZ, Benic-13.892; 31. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.906; 32. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-13.984; 33. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Johnson-14.029; 34. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.115; 35. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BLS-14.118; 36. Michael Clark, 8, Clark-14.870.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Randall, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Hayden Williams, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Brian Carber, 9. Austin Barnhill. 2:15.214

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Trey Gropp, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Jonathan Shafer, 7. Max Guilford, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Brenham Crouch. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Chance Crum, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 9. Travis Buckley. 2:15.288

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Corey Day, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Sam Johnson, 8. Blake Brannon, 9. Michael Clark. 2:17.296

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Corey Day, 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Chance Crum, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Brian Carber, 8. Hayden Williams, 9. Jonathan Shafer, 10. Sam Johnson, 11. Cole Bodine, 12. Austin Barnhill, 13. Max Guilford, 14. Taylor Reimer, 15. Travis Buckley, 16. Hayden Reinbold, 17. Blake Brannon, 18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 19. Ethan Mitchell, 20. Michael Clark. 2:47.227 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (1), 2. Daison Pursley (6), 3. Emerson Axsom (3), 4. Buddy Kofoid (5), 5. Corey Day (12), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 7. Jason McDougal (8), 8. Chase Randall (2), 9. Ryan Timms (9), 10. Logan Seavey (10), 11. Thomas Meseraull (7), 12. Kaylee Bryson (16), 13. Chris Windom (14), 14. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 15. Chance Crum (22), 16. Jerry Coons Jr. (19), 17. Brian Carber (23-P), 18. Cannon McIntosh (13), 19. Justin Grant (17), 20. Brenham Crouch (11), 21. Brady Bacon (15), 22. Kyle Cummins (20), 23. Trey Gropp (21). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter.

**Kaylee Bryson flipped on lap 4 of the feature. Brenham Crouch flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-807, 2-Chris Windom-789, 3-Tanner Thorson-730, 4-Justin Grant-717, 5-Emerson Axsom-705, 6-Thomas Meseraull-691, 7-Daison Pursley-689, 8-Logan Seavey-659, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-618, 10-Cannon McIntosh-596.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-374, 2-Chris Windom-373, 3-Buddy Kofoid-371, 4-Logan Seavey-363, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-335, 6-Emerson Axsom-327, 7-Corey Day-319, 8-Justin Grant-307, 9-Thomas Meseraull-299, 10-Tanner Thorson-294.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-71, 2-Thomas Meseraull-71, 3-Robert Ballou-60, 4-Brady Bacon-47, 5-Chris Windom-44, 6-Justin Grant-41, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-37, 9-Buddy Kofoid-34, 8-Brian Carber-34, 10-Emerson Axsom-31.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Hayden Williams-35, 2-Brian Carber-35, 3-Thomas Meseraull-32, 4-Logan Seavey-31, 5-Emerson Axsom-31, 6-Daison Pursley-29, 7-Tanner Thorson-25, 8-Kaylee Bryson-23, 9-Brenham Crouch-22, 10-Max Guilford-22.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 11, 2021 – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, Indiana – 17th USAC Indiana Midget Week – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Chase Randall

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Randall

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Corey Day (12th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Chris Windom

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brian Carber

John Hinck Championship Hard Work Award: Chance Crum


IT’S ALL DAY’S NIGHT AT CIRCLE CITY;
BECOMES USAC MIDGETS’ YOUNGEST WINNER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 9, 2021)………At 15 years, 6 months and 12 days old, Corey Day became the youngest feature winner in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget history with a sterling performance Wednesday night in the series’ debut at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, round number five of USAC Indiana Midget Week.

Driving for Clauson Marshall Racing, it seems fitting that it’s Day who now owns the “youngest winner” handle. In 2018, Zeb Wise became the youngest series winner at 15 years, 8 months and 21 days old at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Pennsylvania, himself driving a Clauson Marshall-owned ride that night, same as Day.

Almost three years ago, Wise surpassed the former “youngest winner” title that had previously been held by Bryan Clauson, who became a first-time USAC National Midget winner at the age of 16 years, 3 months and 23 days in 2005 at Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway.

However, a close call while navigating the final turns of the final lap nearly spoiled what was a flawless performance by Day as he bounced not one, not two, but three times atop the cushion between turns three and four, before landing back on all fours and finishing out the last half-straightaway to earn his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win by a 0.423 second margin over Kevin Thomas Jr.

At a new venue, it takes teams a bit of time to fine-tune their set-ups to get their cars dialed in to the racing surface. Circle City is no exception to the rule, but one team that has figured out the quarter-mile dirt track faster than all others is Clauson Marshall Racing, winner of two All Star Circuit of Champions events on back-to-back nights at the track in May with driver Tyler Courtney, and now added on a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget triumph in their first outing at the place, the team’s 28th with the series and first of the 2021 campaign.

“(Car owner) Tim (Clauson) is amazing with midgets,” Day said. “I couldn’t have a better mentor or crew chief setting up my cars.”

After two Fatheadz fast qualifying times in the first half of USAC Indiana Midget Week at Bloomington and Lawrenceburg, a brief glimpse of the potential that Day carries was noticeably evident, and that someday in the distant future, Day’s breakthrough USAC victory would arrive.
As it turned out, less than a week following his first career start with the series, Day’s night did arrive aboard his Clauson Marshall Racing/ZMax – Driven2SaveLives/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. The son of west coast sprint car and midget racing standout Ronnie Day celebrated with a few exquisite donuts, a pump of the fist and an exuberant cage stand to put an exclamation point on the happenings.

A moment in Day’s heat race proved pivotal as he recovered from a late-race bobble and charged around the outside of Max Guilford to snag the fourth and final transfer spot by inches at the line. That move altered Day’s outlook, and positioned the Clovis, Calif. driver on the outside of the front row where he decidedly positioned himself on the high side while pole sitter Kevin Thomas Jr. worked the bottom.

On the fourth lap, disaster struck USAC National Midget point leader Buddy Kofoid while battling for the seventh position alongside Brenham Crouch and just behind his closest challenger in the points, Chris Windom. Kofoid tapped the rear bumper of Windom and spun to a stop between turns three and four, sending the National point leader to the rear of the 24-car field for the restart.

The high/low contest between Day and Thomas resumed after the yellow, but by lap nine, Day had separated himself from Thomas and constructed a 2.105 second lead by the 13th lap when the yellow fell for a tangle between turns one and two involving Justin Grant (11th), Brian Carber (13th) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (18th).

The lap 13 restart saw Emerson Axsom jet past Petry Motorsports teammate Thomas for 2nd and immediately begin to challenge Day for the race lead just before the yellow fell for 6th running Thomas Meseraull who stopped sideways in turn two.

Axsom fired the first shot toward Day on the 14th lap restart, sliding past for the lead in turn one. Day returned the favor by sliding Axsom back in turn three. Axsom loaded the cannons for another go in turn three on the 16th lap, but Day answered the bell again by cutting back underneath off turn four. Once more, the relentless Axsom went on the attack in turn three with another slide job of Day on lap 18 but was denied with the never-flinching Day racing back by to secure his position at the front.

“I’ve raced micros with him forever,” Day said of Axsom. “So, I know he’s going to race me clean and I’m going to race him clean back. When someone’s throwing a slide job, and you see them coming, you already go to diamond under him as soon as you see him. It’s fun racing clean like that. Emerson, he’d never take me out, so it’s cool racing with him.”

Meanwhile, Kofoid had driven from the tail back into the top-ten in just 15 laps, but on lap 19, he was in the process of trying to slide job Kaylee Bryson for the 9th position when Kofoid’s right rear dug into the service, sending him flipping. Bryson was also collected in the incident. Kofoid once again restarted, but only managed to get back to 19th, his first finish outside of the top-ten all season. Bryson finished 17th.

When racing resumed with 11 laps remaining, second-running Axsom tripped on the turn three and four curb, allowing Thomas to slip by for 2nd then bobbled in turn two on the following lap, which let both Brady Bacon and Brenham Crouch go by for 3rd and 4th. And Day was off again, posting a 2.025 sec. advantage for an all-certain victory with the white flag in sight.

However, Cannon McIntosh, running 13th, came to a halt in turn four to bring out the final yellow, thus setting up a green-white-checkered finish for the young Day to face. Day looked every bit the part of a veteran on the final restart, distancing himself from the pack with no challengers in close range behind and a clear view of the Indiana horizon ahead.

Instead, Day found himself trying to wrangle the car home in one piece as he did his best impression of a Professional Bull Rider to hang on for the final eight seconds, give or take a few. As his machine bounced through turns three and four, Thomas, Bacon and others ganged up a little bit closer, but as fate would have, Day’s car landed with the wheels pointed straight at the finish line, where he shot away to secure the victory over Thomas, Bacon, Axsom and Crouch.

Through five USAC Indiana Midget Week events thus far, five different winners have emerged from five different teams: Thomas Meseraull for RMS Racing at Paragon; Buddy Kofoid for Kunz/Curb-Agajanian at Bloomington; Logan Seavey for Tom Malloy at Lawrenceburg; Kyle Cummins for Glenn Styres at Tri-State; and now Corey Day for Clauson Marshall Racing at Circle City.

An odd night for many traditional front runners resulted in a shake up in both the Indiana Midget Week standings and the overall USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget title race. Windom maintains the Indiana Midget Week lead while Logan Seavey moved into second and Kofoid dropped back to third.

Windom, meanwhile, gained the lead in the USAC National Midget standings by a seven-point margin over Kofoid after trailing by seven coming in.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) earned his best finish of the 2021 USAC National Midget season with a 2nd in his Petry Motorsports/Gray Auto – FK Rod Ends/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota. It was KTJ’s third top-five finish in his last four starts, his best four-race span with the series this year.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla) missed the transfer in last Thursday’s Paragon USAC Indiana Midget Week opener, then ran 4th at Bloomington, took two nights off from the midget, then returned at Circle City on Wednesday to turn in his best series’ finish of the year, a 3rd place run aboard his TKH Motorsports/Dahmer Powertrain – Fatheadz Eyewear/Triple X/Stanton SR-11x. Bacon won the accompanying Midwest Sprint Car Series feature earlier in the evening at Circle City.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2021 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – 17th USAC Indiana Midget Week – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 21H, TKH-12.869 (New Track Record); 2. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-12.929; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 85, Central-12.960; 4. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.063; 5. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.079; 6. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.104; 7. Corey Day, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-13.109; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.153; 9. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.158; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.171; 11. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-13.276; 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17s, Clauson Marshall-13.277; 13. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.328; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, RMS-13.355; 15. Jonathan Shafer, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.358; 16. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.372; 17. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-13.389; 18. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-13.394; 19. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-13.408; 20. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-13.429; 21. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-13.470; 22. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.475; 23. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-13.610; 24. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.644; 25. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-13.662; 26. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.670; 27. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.786; 28. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.831; 29. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BLS-13.927; 30. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Johnson-13.928; 31. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.959; 32. Trey Gropp, 00, MSW-14.020; 33. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.050; 34. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.160; 35. Max Guilford, 3NZ, Benic-14.249; 36. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-14.613.; 37. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-14.873.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Cole Bodine, 7. Tyler Nelson, 8. Travis Buckley, 9. Blake Brannon, 10. Chase Randall. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Austin Barnhill, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Hayden Williams. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Taylor Reimer, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Corey Day, 5. Max Guilford, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Jonathan Shafer, 8. Bryant Wiedeman, 9. Brian Carber. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Oliver Akard, 8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 9. Trey Gropp. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Hayden Williams, 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 5. Brian Carber, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Bryant Wiedeman, 8. Max Guilford, 9. Chance Crum, 10. Blake Brannon, 11. Jonathan Shafer, 12. Ethan Mitchell, 13. Cole Bodine, 14. Tyler Nelson, 15. Oliver Akard, 16. Chase Randall, 17. Jarett Andretti, 18. Travis Buckley, 19. Austin Barnhill, 20. Hayden Reinbold, 21. Trey Gropp. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Corey Day (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 3. Brady Bacon (6), 4. Emerson Axsom (10), 5. Brenham Crouch (12), 6. Kyle Cummins (5), 7. Logan Seavey (22), 8. Tanner Thorson (16), 9. Daison Pursley (17), 10. Jerry Coons Jr. (4), 11. Hayden Williams (18), 12. Chris Windom (7), 13. Chase Randall (24-P), 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (15), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (23-P), 16. Brian Carber (20), 17. Kaylee Bryson (3), 18. Taylor Reimer (8), 19. Buddy Kofoid (9), 20. Thomas Meseraull (13), 21. Justin Grant (11), 22. Sam Johnson (14), 23. Cannon McIntosh (21), 24. Jason McDougal (19). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter.

**Hayden Reinbold flipped during qualifying. Hayden Williams flipped during the second heat. Bryant Wiedeman flipped during the third heat. Chance Crum flipped during the fourth heat. Trey Gropp flipped during the fourth heat. Travis Buckley flipped during the semi. Buddy Kofoid flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Corey Day.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-746, 2-Buddy Kofoid-739, 3-Justin Grant-686, 4-Tanner Thorson-655, 5-Thomas Meseraull-642, 6-Emerson Axsom-636, 7-Daison Pursley-611, 8-Logan Seavey-609, 9-Cannon McIntosh-562, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-558.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-330, 2-Logan Seavey-313, 3-Buddy Kofoid-303, 4-Daison Pursley-296, 5-Justin Grant-276, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-275, 7-Emerson Axsom-258, 8-Corey Day-255, 9-Thomas Meseraull-250, 10-Cannon McIntosh-247.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-71, 2-Thomas Meseraull-71, 3-Robert Ballou-60, 4-Brady Bacon-47, 5-Chris Windom-43, 6-Justin Grant-41, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-37, 8-Brian Carber-34, 9-Buddy Kofoid-33, 10-Emerson Axsom-31.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brian Carber-33, 2-Logan Seavey-31, 3-Emerson Axsom-30, 4-Thomas Meseraull-29, 5-Hayden Williams-28, 6-Tanner Thorson-25, 7-Brenham Crouch-22, 8-Daison Pursley-21, 9-Max Guilford-20, 10-Cannon McIntosh-19.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 10, 2021 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Indiana – 17th USAC Indiana Midget Week – 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Corey Day

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Taylor Reimer

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Brenham Crouch

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (22nd to 7th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Chase Randall

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Bryant Wiedeman

John Hinck Championship Hard Work Award: Logan Seavey


GAS CITY’S PENULTIMATE ROUND
OF INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PUSHES OFF FRIDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (June 9, 2021)………The second-ever race in USAC Indiana Midget Week history was held at Gas City I-69 Speedway back in 2005. On Friday night, June 11, the 1/4-mile dirt oval will serve as the host of the second-from-last race for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets’ eight-race mini-series.

Fourteen previous USAC Indiana Midget Week events have been held at Gas City, and three of its past winners, and a host of others, are geared up for the penultimate race of the series’ busiest week of the year: Justin Grant (2019), Tanner Thorson (2015) and Steve Buckwalter (2010).

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured the IMW round at Gas City in 2019, and also owns a 4th place result back in 2015. The reigning USAC Silver Crown driving champion also boasts a single USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory on his Gas City resume.

The first career USAC National Midget feature win for Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) came right at Gas City during Indiana Midget Week in 2015. The 2016 USAC National Midget champ was also 3rd at Gas City in 2017, 4th in 2020 and 5th in 2019 during IMW.

Similarly to Thorson, Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) earned his first career USAC National Midget feature triumph at Gas City during IMW, with his coming during 2010. The past ARDC Midget champ is expected to compete in the final four rounds of IMW this weekend, and Gas City happen to be one of his finest tracks, finishing 5th in both 2012-13, 7th in 2006, and was the fastest qualifier in both 2009 and 2012.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) won the only non-Indiana Midget Week event ever held at Gas City, but it just so happened to occur in the most recent visit by the series to the track in September of 2020. McIntosh did, however, nearly score the victory at Gas City’s IMW round in 2019, finishing 2nd.

Thomas Meseraull is the only driver who can claim a Midget victory at Gas City in 2021 after winning a USAC Regional Midget feature there in May. The two-time Gas City Sprint Car track champion also won a weekly sprint car race in May at GC and owns a best official result of 11th in IMW at Gas City, which came back in 2011.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has come close to knocking off an IMW win at Gas City, notching a runner-up result in 2017 and a 3rd back in 2007 to go along with a 7th in 2016 and a 10th in 2008 on a night in which he also earned fast qualifying honors. The three-time USAC National Sprint Car champion also won with that division at Gas City in his career and snared a recent BOSS Sprint Car feature win at GC in May of this year.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) snagged the Indiana Sprint Week feature at Gas City in 2020 and hopes to translate that performance to Indiana Midget Week this Friday night. The 2019 Indiana Midget Week & 2018 USAC National Midget champion did have a noteworthy performance at Gas City’s IMW round in 2020, though, setting quick time in qualifying before finishing 7th in the A-Main.

Defending USAC NOS Energy National Midget titlist Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) possesses a single USAC National Sprint Car win at Gas City. His IMW Gas City results sheet shows a best of 8th in 2011 to go along with a 9th in 2012, 9th in 2019 and 10th in 2007.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has earned two career USAC National Sprint Car wins at Gas City in his highly successful USAC career. KTJ’s results during Indiana Midget Week at Gas City have been ruled by misfortune and are in no way indicative of his capabilities with a 13th in 2015 serving as his best result to date.

Returning for a second Gas City IMW start are USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), a runner-up finisher in 2020. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal collected a 4th in 2019; Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson was 10th in 2020; Auckland, New Zealand’s Hayden Williams was 17th in 2015; Rossville, Indiana’s Cole Bodine was 18th in 2019; and Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley was 17th in 2020’s IMW stop at Gas City, although he did come back later in the season with the series to finish a solid 8th.

Looking for a first Indiana Midget Week feature start at Gas City are last Sunday’s first-time USAC National Midget winner at Tri-State, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), who finished 3rd at Gas City in September of 2020. Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) took 5th last September and was 2nd in this May’s USAC Regional race to Meseraull.

Tyler Nelson (Olathe, Kan.) scored a USAC Regional Midget feature win at Gas City in 2019. Nelson finished 21st last September ahead of 22nd Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and 23rd Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), all three of whom are eying their first Gas City IMW starts as is Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.).

The Rookie crop has shown a plethora of potential throughout Indiana Midget Week and have stepped up with some of their finest performances to date over the past week. Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) and Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) all made their USAC National Midget debuts last September at Gas City. Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) experienced GC for the first time with a 7th place showing in USAC Regional Midget back in May.

Brian Carber (Lewisberry, Pa.), Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.) and Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.) have all earned top-10 finishes in their young USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget careers. Blake Brannon (Morgan Hill, Calif.) has a resume that includes a USAC title on it with the 2016 Restricted HPD Midgets. All four drivers will be first-time Gas City visitors.

Friday’s Indiana Midget Week round at Gas City I-69 Speedway will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the Gas City Sprint Cars.

You can save $5 with purchase of advance tickets at www.TracPass.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be sold at the gate where general admission tickets are $30, and kids aged 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Pits open at 3pm EDT with grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

Every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

2021 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

2-Shane Cottle, Darren Hagen & Kyle Larson

1-Spencer Bayston, Steve Buckwalter, Jerry Coons Jr., Justin Grant, Brad Kuhn, Michael Pickens, Davey Ray & Tanner Thorson

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINNERS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

2005: Davey Ray (8/19)

2006: Shane Cottle (8/18)

2007: Shane Cottle (8/10)

2008: Brad Kuhn (8/6)

2009: Jerry Coons Jr. (6/10)

2010: Steve Buckwalter (6/16)

2011: Darren Hagen (6/8)

2012: Darren Hagen (6/13)

2013: Kyle Larson (6/12)

2015: Tanner Thorson (6/10)

2016: Spencer Bayston (6/1)

2017: Michael Pickens (6/7)

2019: Justin Grant (6/5)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/17)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/1/2016 - Rico Abreu - 12.048 - 74.701 mph

8 Laps - 6/10/2011 - Matt Smith - 1:39.76 - 72.173 mph

10 Laps - 6/5/2019 - Tyler Courtney - 2:05.54 - 71.690 mph

12 Laps - 6/17/2020 - Rico Abreu - 2:43.872 - 65.905 mph

PAST INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE RESULTS AT GAS CITY I-69 SPEEDWAY:

2005 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Davey Ray, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Michael Pickens, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Johnny Rodriguez, 7. A.J. Anderson, 8. Darren Jenkins, 9. John Wolfe, 10. Brian Gerster, 11. Critter Malone, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Jimmy Light, 14. Jimi Quin, 15. Tom Hessert III, 16. Mike Hess, 17. Jeremy Warren, 18. Greg Lueckert, 19. Josh Wise, 20. Matt Westfall, 21. Jason Yount, 22. Darren Hagen. NT

2006 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Jay Drake, 6. Josh Wise (#2 Dearing-Fuhr), 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Jacob Slotten, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Michael Pickens, 13. Cole Carter, 14. Jimi Quin, 15. Cody Brewer, 16. Brad Mosen, 17. Jimmy Light, 18. Ryan Durst, 19. Tom Hessert III, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Bryan Clauson, 22. Brad Loyet. NT

2007 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 7. Cole Whitt, 8. Brad Kuhn, 9. Gary Taylor, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Matt Westfall, 12. Danny Stratton, 13. Levi Jones, 14. Dave Ely, 15. Dustin Morgan, 16. Darren Hagen, 17. Kevin Swindell, 18. Critter Malone, 19. Gary Altig, 20. Davey Ray, 21. Bryce Townsend, 22. Russ Harper, 23. Daron Clayton, 24. Brad Loyet. NT

2008 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brad Kuhn, 2. Cole Whitt, 3. Davey Ray, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Levi Jones, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Josh Ford, 9. Brad Loyet, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Dustin Morgan, 12. Bobby East, 13. Casey Shuman, 14. Ricky Ehrgott, 15. Kody Swanson, 16. Danny Stratton, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Steve Buckwalter, 19. Matt Westfall, 20. Darren Hagen, 21. Chad Boat, 22. Shane Cottle, 23. Chris Windom, 24. Brad Sweet. NT

2009 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Brad Kuhn, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Ryan Kaplan, 6. Brad Loyet, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Josh Wise, 9. Matt Sherrell, 10. Bobby East, 11. Shane Hmiel, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Nathan High, 14. Kevin Swindell, 15. Cole Whitt, 16. Zach Daum, 17. Ricky Ehrgott, 18. Dene McAllan, 19. Kody Swanson, 20. Caleb Armstrong, 21. Levi Jones, 22. Dakoda Armstrong, 23. Steve Buckwalter, 24. Brad Sweet. NT

2010 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Steve Buckwalter, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Brad Kuhn. 4. Bobby East, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Caleb Armstrong, 9. Shane Hmiel, 10. Henry Clarke, 11. Alex Bowman, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Ryan Smith, 14. Chad Boat, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Levi Jones, 18. Matt Westfall, 19. Brent Beauchamp, 20. Shane Cottle, 21. Jerry Coons Jr. NT (NOTE: Thomas Meseraull’s car was disqualified after finishing second due to failing to pass post-race technical inspection)

2011 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Bobby East, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Kyle Larson, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Levi Jones, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Caleb Armstrong, 14. Ryan Smith, 15. Trevor Kobylarz, 16. Tanner Swanson, 17. Alex Bright, 18. Davey Ray, 19. Mario Clouser, 20. Dalton Armstrong, 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 22. Michael Pickens, 23. Billy Pauch Jr., 24. Levi Roberts. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Steve Buckwalter, 6. Davey Ray, 7. Trevor Kobylarz, 8. Alex Bright, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Rico Abreu, 11. Michael Pickens, 12. Bryan Clauson, 13. Brad Kuhn, 14. Caleb Armstrong, 15. Bobby East, 16. Levi Roberts, 17. Dillon Welch, 18. Mario Clouser, 19. Nick Wean, 20. Thomas Meseraull, 21. Chase Barber, 22. Daryn Pittman, 23. Nathan Smee, 24. Zach Daum. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Andrew Felker, 5. Steve Buckwalter, 6. Brad Mosen, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Brad Kuhn, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Levi Jones, 13. Michael Pickens, 14. Bobby East, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Alex Bright, 17. Brady Bacon, 18. Dillon Welch, 19. Caleb Armstrong, 20. Davey Ray, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Rico Abreu, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Thomas Meseraull. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Ryan Bernal, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Tyler Thomas, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Alex Bright, 15. Brad Mosen, 16. Nathan Smee, 17. Hayden Williams, 18. Gage Walker, 19. Brenden Bright, 20. Christopher Bell, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Steve Buckwalter, 24. Chett Gehrke. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Christopher Bell, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Shane Golobic, 9. Justin Peck, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Ryan Robinson, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Ryan Greth, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Gage Walker, 18. Tony DiMattia, 19. Tanner Thorson, 20. Dayne Kingshott, 21. Jimi Quin, 22. Holly Shelton, 23. Chase Johnson, 24. Dave Darland. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Pickens, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Tyler Thomas, 7. Brent Beauchamp, 8. Shane Golobic, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Alex Bright, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Holly Shelton, 14. Brenden Bright, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Jerry Coons, Jr., 18. Kyle Larson, 19. Ryan Robinson, 20. Zach Daum, 21. Courtney Crone, 22. Jake Neuman, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Chance Morton. NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (3), 3. Kyle Larson (5), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Tanner Thorson (7), 6. Tyler Courtney (15), 7. Zach Daum (12), 8. Tanner Carrick (13), 9. Chris Windom (23), 10. Zeb Wise (18), 11. C.J. Leary (1), 12. Logan Seavey (14), 13. Andrew Layser (22), 14. Holley Hollan (17), 15. Shane Golobic (6), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16), 17. Karsyn Elledge (10), 18. Cole Bodine (21), 19. Jesse Colwell (11), 20. Jerry Coons, Jr. (8), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (19), 22. Michael Pickens (9), 23. Chad Boat (20). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (14), 2. Buddy Kofoid (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (1), 4. Tanner Thorson (7), 5. Gio Scelzi (8), 6. Jake Neuman (11), 7. Logan Seavey (6), 8. Carson Macedo (10), 9. Tanner Carrick (4), 10. Kaylee Bryson (3), 11. Rico Abreu (13), 12. Justin Grant (19), 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5), 14. Daryn Pittman (16), 15. Chris Windom (18), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 17. Daison Pursley (23), 18. Shane Golobic (22), 19. Zach Daum (17), 20. Robert Dalby (24), 21. Brady Bacon (20), 22. Cole Bodine (21), 23. Cannon McIntosh (12), 24. Thomas Meseraull (15). NT

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMPIONS:

2005: Shane Cottle

2006: Shane Cottle

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Tracy Hines & Brad Kuhn

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Darren Hagen

2013: Christopher Bell

2014: Rico Abreu

2015: Rico Abreu

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Shane Golobic

2018: Spencer Bayston

2019: Logan Seavey

2020: Kyle Larson


JARETT ANDRETTI GETS USAC MIDGET RIDE
FOR CIRCLE CITY RACE HONORING DAD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (June 9, 2021)………The championship decider for USAC’s Indiana Midget Week comes down to the one and only Kokomo Speedway this Saturday night, June 12, to cap off the eighth and final race of the 2021 mini-series for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets.

The track has been conducive to producing some of the most spectacular moments and finishes in Indiana Midget Week history, with the most recent of those coming just last year.

Tanner Thorson’s charge late in the going allowed him to score a narrow victory in the Kokomo IMW round of 2020. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion who hails from Minden, Nev. finished 7th at Kokomo’s IMW that same year, was 8th in 2014 and 9th in 2017.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has secured multiple USAC National Midget feature wins at Kokomo in his career, including a last lap victory during the Kokomo Grand Prix in 2019, which followed up a stirring drive in the 2018 Indiana Midget Week race in which he reigned victorious. The 2016 Kokomo Sprint Car track champion also owns three USAC National Sprint Car wins at Kokomo.

Brady Bacon’s success at Kokomo dates back to 2006 where he was the victor of his first career USAC National Midget race during IMW at the age of 16. The Broken Arrow, Okla. driver’s list of accomplishments at the 1/4-mile dirt oval spans more than a decade-and-a-half with a two-night sweep of the Kokomo Grand Prix in 2017 and recently locking up the 2020 sprint car track championship. In IMW at Kokomo, the three-time USAC National Sprint Car titlist has been the fast qualifier in 2008, and finished 4th in 2016, 5th in 2017, 6th in 2013 and 2018, and 10th in 2014.

Like Bacon, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) burst onto the scene with a first career USAC National Midget victory at Kokomo, doing so earlier this year on April 30. For the 16-year-old, it was just his second career start in any type of car at Kokomo Speedway.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) followed up the next night on May 1 of this year with his second career win in USAC National Midget competition at Kokomo. In fact, he’s now won two of the last three series races at the track, having won last September’s Double Double. The 2010 and 2018 Kokomo Sprint Car track champ owns three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins at Kokomo. His Kokomo IMW resume includes a 3rd in 2020, 5th in 2012, 6th in 2011 and 10th in 2008. Windom also possesses a USAC Regional Midget win at Kokomo from 2016.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) won the USAC Regional Midget portion of the Kokomo Klash in 2020. He’s the owner of three career USAC National Sprint Car wins at the track and has finished inside the top-ten during Indiana Midget Week at Kokomo on two occasions, 9th in both 2010 and 2020.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is a two-time track champion at Kokomo in 2017 and 2019, owning a single USAC National Sprint Car win to his credit. He also collected a Kokomo sprint car victory at BC’s Indiana Double in late May. The reigning USAC Silver Crown champ turned in a best Kokomo IMW performance of 4th in 2017.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has seen success as both a USAC National Midget champ (2018) and an Indiana Midget Week champ (2019). He also knows success at Kokomo, having won a USAC National Sprint Car race there in 2019 and a 3rd place finish during the Indiana Midget Week round of his championship season in 2018.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has racked up three career USAC National Sprint Car victories at Kokomo, including his first in 2016. He recently debuted in USAC National Midget victory lane with his first win with the series last Sunday at Tri-State Speedway. At Kokomo during 2020 IMW, Cummins finished an impressive 5th and recently took the checkered again at Kokomo with a May Sprint Car win during the Kokomo Grand Prix.

Returning Kokomo Indiana Midget Week starters ready to rock in this Saturday’s finale include Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal (3rd in 2018); Royersford, Pennsylvania’s Steve Buckwalter (8th in 2008 & 2011); Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (10th in 2020); St. Peters, Missouri’s Sam Johnson (11th in 2018); Bixby, Oklahoma’s Cannon McIntosh (12th in 2020); Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley (15th in 2020); Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson (17th in 2020); Rossville, Indiana’s Cole Bodine (18th in 2020); Mooresville, North Carolina’s Ethan Mitchell (19th in 2020); and Olathe, Kansas’ Tyler Nelson (20th in 2016 & 2018).

An impressive crop of first-time Indiana Midget Week competitors are set to finish out their first experience with the eight-race series in 2021, some of whom do have a bit of Kokomo USAC Midget experience in last September’s event. Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) was 12th; Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) was 14th; Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) was 19th; and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) was 22nd.

They’ll be joined by first-time Kokomo competitors Brian Carber (Lewisberry, Pa.), Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.), Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), Hayden Williams (Auckland, N.Z.), Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), Blake Brannon (Morgan Hill, Calif.) and more.

Saturday’s Indiana Midget Week round at Kokomo Speedway will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the Kokomo Sprint Cars.

You can save $5 with purchase of advance tickets at www.TracPass.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be sold at the gate where general admission tickets are $30, kids aged 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Pits open at 3pm EDT with grandstands opening at 3pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm.

Every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

2021 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

KOKOMO INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS:

3-Bryan Clauson

1-Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Brad Kuhn, Kyle Larson,
Michael Pickens, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Tanner Thorson

KOKOMO INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINNERS:

2006: Brady Bacon (8/20)

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (8/12)

2008: Bryan Clauson (8/10)

2009: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2010: Brad Kuhn (6/20)

2011: Michael Pickens (6/12)

2012: Kyle Larson (6/17)

2013: Christopher Bell (6/16)

2014: Bryan Clauson (6/15)

2016: Rico Abreu (6/5)

2017: Spencer Bayston (6/11)

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (6/3)

2020: Tanner Thorson (6/21)

KOKOMO USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

7-Rich Vogler

6-Mel Kenyon

3-Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Jimmy Davies & Bob Wente

2-Chuck Arnold, Tyler Courtney, Bobby Grim, Page Jones, Mike McGreevy, Ken Schrader, Bob Tattersall, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Chris Windom

1-Tommy Astone, Emerson Axsom, Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Bud Bogard, Frank Burany, Pancho Carter, Danny Caruthers, Jimmy Caruthers, Tommy Copp, Rex Easton, Tony Elliott, Billy Engelhart, Gene Force, Darren Hagen, Gene Hartley, Jack Hewitt, Tracy Hines, Brad Kuhn, Lee Kunzman, Kyle Larson, Critter Malone, Don Meacham, Jerry Nuckles, Forrest Parker, Michael Pickens, Ron Shuman, Graham Standring, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Len Sutton, Shorty Templeman, Tanner Thorson, Sleepy Tripp, Jerry Weeks & J.J. Yeley

KOKOMO USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1956: Forrest Parker (7/28)

1957: Len Sutton (6/23) & Rex Easton (8/17)

1958: Frank Burany (5/24)

1959: Gene Force (5/29) & Shorty Templeman (7/12)

1960: Jimmy Davies (5/29), Bod Bogard (6/25), Gene Hartley (7/24) & Bob Wente (8/13)

1961: Jimmy Davies (5/29) & Jimmy Davies (7/30)

1962: Tommy Copp (6/30) & Bob Tattersall (7/29)

1964: Bob Wente (7/11)

1965: Mel Kenyon (5/30), Bobby Grim (6/26) & Bobby Grim (7/24)

1966: Chuck Arnold (5/29) & Bob Tattersall (8/27)

1967: Mike McGreevy (5/29), Chuck Arnold (6/17) & Mike McGreevy (7/22)

1968: Bob Wente (6/30) & Don Meacham (7/21)

1969: Lee Kunzman (5/31)

1970: Dave Strickland (5/30) & Tom Bigelow (8/1)

1971: Danny Caruthers (7/16) & Jimmy Caruthers (8/7)

1972: Pancho Carter (8/26)

1973: Billy Engelhart (7/14)

1975: Sleepy Tripp (7/9)

1976: Tommy Astone (7/7)

1977: Mel Kenyon (7/13)

1978: Ron Shuman (8/23) & Jerry Weeks (8/23)

1979: Mel Kenyon (6/14) & Mel Kenyon (7/11)

1980: Rich Vogler (6/11) & Rich Vogler (7/10)

1981: Rich Vogler (6/10) & Ken Schrader (7/8)

1982: Ken Schrader (6/10) & Mel Kenyon (7/7)

1983: Rich Vogler (6/8) & Rich Vogler (7/13)

1984: Jerry Nuckles (6/6)

1985: Rich Vogler (6/29)

1987: Mel Kenyon (6/24)

1988: Mike Streicher (6/22) & Rich Vogler (8/17)

1990: Graham Standring (8/8)

1991: Jack Hewitt (8/7)

1992: Page Jones (8/19)

1993: Critter Malone (8/11)

1994: Page Jones (7/27)

1995: Tony Elliott (8/23)

2000: Tracy Hines (8/27)

2003: J.J. Yeley (6/15)

2006: Brady Bacon (8/20)

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (8/12)

2008: Bryan Clauson (8/10)

2009: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2010: Brad Kuhn (6/20)

2011: Michael Pickens (6/12)

2012: Kyle Larson (6/17)

2013: Christopher Bell (6/16)

2014: Rico Abreu (4/11), Rico Abreu (4/12) & Bryan Clauson (6/15)

2015: Darren Hagen (4/11)

2016: Rico Abreu (6/5)

2017: Brady Bacon (4/8), Brady Bacon (4/9) & Spencer Bayston (6/11)

2018: Tyler Courtney (4/13) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (6/3)

2019: Tyler Courtney (4/5) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/6)

2020: Tanner Thorson (6/21) & Chris Windom (9/26)

2021: Emerson Axsom (4/30) & Chris Windom (5/1)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT KOKOMO SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 4/5/2019 - Dillon Welch 12.665 - 71.062 mph

8 Laps - 6/20/2010 - Steve Buckwalter - 1:51.62 - 64.505 mph

10 Laps - 4/5/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 2:10.06 - 69.199 mph

12 Laps - 4/13/2018 - Holly Shelton - 2:46.01 - 65.056 mph

PAST INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE RESULTS AT KOKOMO SPEEDWAY:

2006 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Jeremy Warren, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Cole Carter, 11. Brad Loyet, 12. Dustin Morgan, 13. Jay Drake, 14. Michael Lewis, 15. Josh Wise, 16. Michael Pickens, 17. Chase Barber, 18. Joe Liguori, 19. Adam Barth, 20. Tom Hessert III, 21. Brad Mosen, 22. Tracy Hines. NT

2007 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Kevin Swindell, 3. Brad Loyet, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brad Sweet, 7. Shane Hollingsworth, 8. Chuck Gurney Jr., 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Levi Jones, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Cole Carter, 14. Gary Altig, 15. Brad Mosen, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Tony Elliott, 18. A.J. Felker, 19. Danny Stratton, 20. Brad Kuhn, 21. Cole Whitt, 22. Davey Ray, 23. Gary Taylor. NT

2008 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Cole Whitt, 5. Levi Jones, 6. Bobby East, 7. Brad Loyet, 8. Steve Buckwalter, 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Brad Kuhn, 12. Danny Stratton, 13. Josh Ford, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Garrett Hansen, 16. Ricky Ehrgott, 17. Brady Bacon, 18. Dustin Morgan, 19. Brad Sweet, 20. Chad Boat, 21. Davey Ray, 22. Robert Ballou, 23. Zach Daum, 24. Dave Darland. NT

2009 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brad Kuhn, 4. Cole Whitt, 5. Kevin Swindell, 6. Kody Swanson, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Brent Beauchamp, 10. Caleb Armstrong, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Dene McAllan, 13. Thomas Meseraull, 14. Dakoda Armstrong, 15. Steve Buckwalter, 16. Henry Clarke, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Shane Hmiel, 19. Josh Wise, 20. Bobby East, 21. Darren Hagen, 22. Chad Boat, 23. Brad Sweet. NT

2010 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brad Kuhn, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Brad Loyet, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Chad Boat, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Shane Hmiel, 11. Matt Smith, 12. Zach Daum, 13. Levi Jones, 14. Chase Barber, 15. Mario Clouser, 16. Henry Clarke, 17. Bobby East, 18. Steve Buckwalter, 19. Kent Schmidt, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Caleb Armstrong, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

2011 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Pickens, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Steve Buckwalter, 9. Bobby East, 10. Blake Fitzpatrick, 11. Levi Roberts, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Dalton Armstrong, 14. Matt Smith, 15. Mario Clouser, 16. Chase Barber, 17. Jimmy Simpson, 18. Trevor Kobylarz, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Caleb Armstrong, 21. Danny Stratton, 22. Shane Cottle, 23. Shane Hollingsworth. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Darren Hagen, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8.Dave Darland, 9. Scott Hatton, 10. Rico Abreu, 11. Caleb Armstrong, 12. Dalton Armstrong, 13. Steve Buckwalter, 14. Davey Ray, 15. Trevor Kobylarz, 16. Nathan Smee, 17. Dillon Welch, 18. Michael Pickens, 19. Levi Jones, 20. Mario Clouser, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Alex Bright, 23. Chase Barber, 24. Zach Daum. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Brad Mosen, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Ryan Criswell, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Jaimie McKinlay, 18. Dillon Welch, 19. Tanner Thorson, 20. Alex Bright, 21. Rico Abreu, 22. Bobby East, 23. Tracy Hines, 24. Brad Kuhn. NT

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Michael Pickens, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Andrew Felker, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. Trey Marcham, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Garrett Aitken, 16. Parker Price-Miller, 17. Ronnie Gardner, 18. Brenden Bright, 19. Tyler Thomas, 20. Tyler Courtney, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Steve Buckwalter, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Isaac Chapple. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Christopher Bell, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Carson Macedo, 9. Davey Ray, 10. Ryan Robinson, 11. Shane Golobic, 12. Dayne Kingshott, 13. Chase Johnson, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Jimi Quin, 16. Ryan Greth, 17. David Budres, 18. Zach Daum, 19. Holly Shelton, 20. Tyler Nelson, 21. Gage Walker, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Michael Pickens, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Tanner Thorson, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Alex Bright, 12. Tanner Carrick, 13. Gage Walker. 14. Adam Pierson, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Ronnie Gardner, 17. Courtney Crone, 18. Tyler Thomas, 19. Jimi Quin, 20. Holly Shelton, 21. Davey Ray,22. Ryan Robinson. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Spencer Bayston (3), 3. Logan Seavey (9), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Tyler Thomas (10), 6. Brady Bacon (13), 7. Zeb Wise (5), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 9. Chad Boat (22), 10. Holly Shelton (14), 11. Sam Johnson (8), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (16), 13. Justin Grant (15), 14. Alex Bright (17), 15. Tyler Courtney (2), 16. Ryan Robinson (6), 17. Chase Jones (19), 18. Tanner Thorson (7), 19. Brayton Lynch (20), 20. Tyler Nelson (21), 21. Justin Dickerson (18), 22. Tanner Carrick (12). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (7), 2. Kyle Larson (5), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Clinton Boyles (3), 5. Kyle Cummins (15), 6. Rico Abreu (1), 7. Shane Golobic (13), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (20), 9. Thomas Meseraull (9), 10. Buddy Kofoid (22), 11. Justin Grant (19), 12. Cannon McIntosh (8), 13. Spencer Bayston (17), 14. Jake Neuman (21), 15. Daison Pursley (10), 16. Andrew Layser (12), 17. Kaylee Bryson (18), 18. Cole Bodine (11), 19. Ethan Mitchell (14), 20. Jason McDougal (16), 21. Tyler Courtney (4), 22. Tanner Carrick (6). NT

 

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK
LANDS AT LINCOLN PARK ON THURSDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (June 8, 2021)………A pair of prior Lincoln Park Speedway USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winners and past series champions head the cast of characters primed for round number five of Indiana Midget Week on Thursday night, June 10.

Reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), won at the Putnamville, Ind. 5/16-mile dirt oval back in June of 2020 during IMW. His midget record has been superb over the past decade at LPS, which has also been highlighted by a 4th on night one of IMW in 2020, and a pair of 5th place finishes in 2012 and 2019, along with a fast qualifying time in 2020.

Tanner Thorson’s miraculous drive from 15th to 1st at LPS in 2019 still stands as one of the most iconic drives in Indiana Midget Week history. The Minden, Nev. pilot also won at LPS during 2016 Indiana Midget Week en route to the USAC National Midget title that same year. He’s also been 2nd and 7th in 2020, 5th in 2018 and earned a quick time during qualifying in 2015.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has won twice in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at LPS, both of which came in 2020. In the midget, he was the fastest qualifier in 2016, finishing a best of 8th in 2017, and was also 9th in 2013.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) recently turned in his first career USAC National Midget win last Sunday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. While Cummins is noted for his mastery of Tri-State, he’s been a USAC National Sprint Car winner at LPS as well, doing so during Indiana Sprint Week in 2019. His lone LPS Midget appearance at LPS netted a 23rd place result in 2020.

Three Californians and Indiana Midget Week winners last week – Thomas Meseraull, Buddy Kofoid and Logan Seavey – will try to back up their recent victories with more success at LPS on Thursday.

San Jose’s Meseraull, last Thursday’s Paragon IMW winner, finished a best of 9th in 2011 and was 10th in both 2012 and 2020 rounds of IMW at LPS. Penngrove’s Kofoid, who scored last Friday’s go at Bloomington, was 3rd and 9th at LPS in 2020.

Sutter’s Seavey was 7th in 2018 and finished as the runner-up in 2019. However, a heat race crash last year during IMW at LPS required a few weeks of time on the sideline, a memory he put behind him when he won a local sprint car show there on May 22 of this year.

Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant and Jason McDougal have all been victorious in weekly sprint car racing at LPS over the years. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) was 3rd at LPS IMW in 2019 and 10th in 2015, and also snared a quick time in 2018. Grant (Ione, Calif.) was the runner-up of the IMW show at LPS in 2018, was 5th in 2017 as well as 7th and 9th in 2020. McDougal notched a sprint car triumph at LPS on May 15 of this year. He snagged a top-ten during IMW in 2019 with a 10th. In July of 2020, McDougal finished 2nd at LPS in a USAC Regional Midget feature.

Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) will finish out Indiana Midget Week by competing in the final four events. The 2010 ARDC Midget champ, wing sprint car standout and one-time IMW winner in 2010 at Gas City, has placed in the top-ten on five occasions at LPS during IMW, bested with a 5th in 2010, followed by a 6th in 2013, 7th in 2014, 7th in 2016 and 10th in 2011.

Among the lineup of LPS Indiana Midget Week returnees are Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), a 3rd and 6th place finisher each night in 2020. Auckland, New Zealand’s Hayden Williams made his first trip to Indiana Midget Week all the way back in 2015 and finished 13th. They’ll be joined by the LPS experienced Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) and Tyler Nelson (Olathe, Kan.), who was 4th in a USAC Regional Midget event there in April.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) has yet to make a USAC National Midget start at Lincoln Park. The April 30 Kokomo winner did, however, win the USAC Regional Midget race held there in 2020. Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) finished 5th in that same Regional Midget feature. Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) took 10th in the April 2021 Regional show.

Series Rookies with recent spectacular showings in the first half of Indiana Midget Week include Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), who set quick time at both Bloomington and Lawrenceburg, as well as top-ranking Rookie and 5th place Bloomington finisher Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), a 5th place finisher at Lawrenceburg. They’ll be making their LPS debuts as will fellow Rookies Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), Brian Carber (Lewisberry, Pa.), Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.), Blake Brannon (Morgan Hill, Calif.) and more.

Thursday’s Indiana Midget Week round at Lincoln Park Speedway will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the Lincoln Park Sprint Cars.

You can save $5 with purchase of advance tickets at www.TracPass.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be sold at the gate where general admission tickets are $30, kids aged 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 with kids aged 10 and under are free.

Pits open at 4:30pm EDT with grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm.

Every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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2021 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY:

3-Bryan Clauson

2-Tanner Thorson

1-Christopher Bell, Chad Boat, Dave Darland, Kyle Larson, Michael Pickens, Brad Sweet & Chris Windom

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINNERS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY:

2010: Brad Sweet (6/17)

2011: Bryan Clauson (6/9)

2012: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2013: Christopher Bell (6/13)

2014: Dave Darland (6/12)

2015: Bryan Clauson (6/11)

2016: Tanner Thorson (6/2)

2017: Michael Pickens (6/8)

2018: Chad Boat (5/31)

2019: Tanner Thorson (6/6)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/18) & Chris Windom (6/19)

USAC MIDGET WINS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY:

3-Bryan Clauson

2-Jay Drake, Tracy Hines & Tanner Thorson

1-Christopher Bell, Chad Boat, Lonnie Caruthers, Dave Darland, Tony Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kevin Olson, Johnny Parsons, Michael Pickens, Brad Sweet, Rich Vogler & Chris Windom

USAC MIDGET WINNERS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY:

1979: Johnny Parsons (5/5) & Lonnie Caruthers (9/15)

1985: Kevin Olson (6/14)

1988: Rich Vogler (9/11)

1997: Tracy Hines (9/6)

1998: Tony Elliott (9/5)

1999: Jay Drake (9/4)

2000: Jay Drake (9/2)

2001: Tracy Hines (9/1)

2010: Brad Sweet (6/17)

2011: Bryan Clauson (6/9)

2012: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2013: Christopher Bell (6/13)

2014: Dave Darland (6/12)

2015: Bryan Clauson (6/11)

2016: Tanner Thorson (6/2)

2017: Michael Pickens (6/8)

2018: Chad Boat (5/31)

2019: Tanner Thorson (6/6)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/18) & Chris Windom (6/19)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/6/2019 - Kyle Larson - 12.383 - 90.850 mph

4 Laps - 5/5/1979 - Steve Lotshaw - 55.770 - 80.689 mph

8 Laps - 6/9/2011 - Darren Hagen - 1:46.62 - 84.412 mph

10 Laps - 5/29/2018 - Holly Shelton - 2:11.64 - 85.460 mph

30 Laps - 6/12/2014 - Dave Darland - 6:59.80 - 80.395 mph

PAST INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE RESULTS AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY:

2010 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brad Sweet, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Steve Buckwalter, 6. Bobby East, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Caleb Armstrong, 9. Matt Smith, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Brad Loyet, 13. Shane Hmiel, 14. Henry Clarke, 15. Davey Ray, 16. Chad Boat, 17. Levi Jones, 18. Sean Dodenhoff, 19. Bryan Clauson, 20. Zach Daum, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Billy Pauch Jr., 23. Alex Bowman. NT

2011 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Brad Kuhn, 4. Bobby East, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Matt Smith, 12. Levi Jones, 13. Zach Daum, 14. Levi Roberts, 15. Mario Clouser, 16. Ryan Smith, 17. Tanner Swanson, 18. Caleb Armstrong, 19. Shane Hollingsworth, 20. Michael Pickens, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Trevor Kobylarz, 23. Chase Barber, 24. Hunter Schuerenberg. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Nathan Smee, 7. Bobby East, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Zach Daum, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Chris Bell, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Shane Hollingsworth, 14. Brad Kuhn, 15. Steve Buckwalter, 16. Ryan Criswell, 17. Alex Bright, 18. Davey Ray, 19. Dillon Welch, 20. Andy Malpocker, 21. Nick Wean, 22. Jerry Coons, Jr., 23. Michael Pickens, 24. Mario Clouser. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Brad Mosen, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Steve Buckwalter, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Brad Kuhn, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Michael Pickens, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Bryan Clauson, 13. Caleb Armstrong, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Dillon Welch, 16. Bobby East, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Tyler Thomas, 19. Darren Hagen, 20. Zach Daum, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Davey Ray, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Austin Brown. NT

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Michael Pickens, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Colten Cottle, 10. Garrett Aitken, 11. Nathan Smee, 12. Parker Price-Miller, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Thomas Meseraull, 15. Brady Bacon, 16. Zach Daum, 17. Tyler Courtney, 18. Ronnie Gardner, 19. Domain Ramsay, 20. Tanner Thorson, 21. Alex Bright, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Brenden Bright, 24. Kevin Thomas Jr. 10:55.15

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Darren Hagen, 7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Spencer Bayston, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Davey Ray, 12. Gage Walker, 13. Hayden Williams, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Nathan Smee, 17. Alex Bright, 18. Brad Mosen, 19. Colten Cottle, 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Ryan Bernal, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Steve Buckwalter. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Chad Boat, 11. Jake Neuman, 12. Ryan Greth, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Chase Johnson, 15. Holly Shelton, 16. Jimi Quin, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Tyler Nelson, 19. Brady Bacon, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Logan Jarrett, 22. David Budres, 23. Dayne Kingshott, 24. Shane Golobic. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Pickens, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Ryan Robinson, 12. Zach Daum, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Holly Shelton, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Tanner Carrick, 17. Brayton Lynch, 18. Ronnie Gardner, 19. Brent Beauchamp, 20. Tanner Thorson, 21. Gage Walker, 22. Ryan Greth. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps – starting position in parentheses) 1. Chad Boat (2), 2. Justin Grant (11), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Zeb Wise (4), 5. Tanner Thorson (1), 6. Spencer Bayston (9), 7. Logan Seavey (17), 8. Rico Abreu (12), 9. Ryan Robinson (22), 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. (13), 11. Brady Bacon (7), 12. Tanner Carrick (20), 13. Holly Shelton (16), 14. Jason McDougal (21), 15. Brayton Lynch (18), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 17. Matt Moore (10), 18. Sam Johnson (14), 19. Alex Bright (15), 20. Tyler Thomas (23), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (5), 22. Jake Neuman (24), 23. Ethan Mitchell (8), 24. Zane Hendricks (19). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (15), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Jerry Coons, Jr. (1), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 5. Chris Windom (14), 6. Shane Golobic (8), 7. Tyler Courtney (2), 8. Jesse Colwell (10), 9. Zach Daum (17), 10. Jason McDougal (18), 11. Zeb Wise (21), 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer (20), 13. Holley Hollan (23), 14. Justin Grant (11), 15. Michael Pickens (5), 16. Chad Boat (22), 17. Andrew Layser (12), 18. Tanner Carrick (9), 19. C.J. Leary (19), 20. Cole Bodine (24), 21. Kyle Larson (7), 22. Dillon Welch (13), 23. Thomas Meseraull (4), 24. Dave Darland (16). NT

2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (15), 2. Tanner Thorson (4), 3. Cannon McIntosh (1), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. Shane Golobic (13), 6. Zach Daum (2), 7. Justin Grant (18), 8. Chase Johnson (11), 9. Buddy Kofoid (5), 10. Clinton Boyles (8), 11. Rico Abreu (14), 12. Tyler Courtney (10), 13. Tanner Carrick (17), 14. Jake Neuman (3), 15. Daison Pursley (23), 16. Kaylee Bryson (20), 17. Cole Bodine (19), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 19. Maria Cofer (22), 20. Thomas Meseraull (7), 21. Carson Macedo (12), 22. Jason McDougal (9), 23. Brady Bacon (21). NT

2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Kyle Larson (6), 3. Buddy Kofoid (1), 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5), 5. Tanner Carrick (9), 6. Cannon McIntosh (13), 7. Tanner Thorson (3), 8. Clinton Boyles (17), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Thomas Meseraull (21), 11. Shane Golobic (10), 12. Zach Daum (16), 13. Chase Johnson (8), 14. Tyler Courtney (4), 15. Jason McDougal (22), 16. Jake Neuman (15), 17. Daison Pursley (11), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 19. Cole Bodine (18), 20. Kaylee Bryson (19), 21. Robert Dalby (23), 22. Maria Cofer (20), 23. Kyle Cummins (14). NT

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMPIONS:

2005: Shane Cottle

2006: Shane Cottle

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Tracy Hines & Brad Kuhn

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Darren Hagen

2013: Christopher Bell

2014: Rico Abreu

2015: Rico Abreu

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Shane Golobic

2018: Spencer Bayston

2019: Logan Seavey

2020: Kyle Larson


 


JARETT ANDRETTI GETS USAC MIDGET RIDE
FOR CIRCLE CITY RACE HONORING DAD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 8, 2021)………Twenty-seven years ago, John Andretti became the first to complete what came to be known as “The Double,” competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in a single day in May of 1994.

Twenty-seven years later, John’s son, Jarett Andretti, will take part in another “double,” honoring his father’s life and memory by competing in this Wednesday night’s inaugural John Andretti Memorial “Double” benefitting Race 4 Riley on June 9 at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Jarett Andretti will drive the RMS Racing #51 in the USAC Midget portion of the program at Circle City, round five out of eight during the 17th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week.

“One of the defining moments of my dad’s career was doing the double and starting that, and it means a lot to know that people had that much respect for dad and have that much respect to want to continue to help be part of his legacy after he’s gone,” Jarett said. “It’s great to be a part of this and it’s great to have another dirt track in Indiana, especially on the east side. We’ve kind of got them everywhere else. To have a track close to Indy is very beneficial; everyone always needs more places to race. They’re not popping up; they only seem to be going away. So, to have somebody pop one up is pretty awesome.”

On Monday and Tuesday, Jarett was testing a IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car to prepare for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen where he will team with cousin, Marco Andretti, and Oliver Askew for the event later this month.

The scenery will be somewhat familiar to Jarett on Wednesday, but not exactly. The brand-new Circle City Raceway has never hosted a USAC National Midget event before, and despite his dirt roots, Jarett has only competed in a dirt midget just once before, one month ago, in a USAC Regional Midget event at Gas City I-69 Speedway where he finished a solid 4th.

While Jarett’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career consists of 129 feature starts and 2014 Rookie of the Year honors, his USAC National Midget experience includes just one start, in 2012 at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway when the track was still paved, finishing 11th for RW Motorsports. In 2011, he won his heat race at the Indianapolis Speedrome, but rain came and washed out the night just as the field was lining up for the feature.

Jarett will get his first taste of USAC National dirt midget racing as a teammate to Thomas Meseraull and Justin Grant. Meseraull won the Indiana Midget Week opener at Paragon Speedway last Thursday and Grant, the defending USAC Silver Crown champion, is fourth in IMW standings coming in, making it a star-studded team which Jarett is excited to be a part of.

“I called (RMS Racing owner) Dave Estep and he said, ‘yeah, that’ll be great, come on out and we’ll put you in a car for the night.’ They have good cars, good motors, and they’ve won this week already. I really appreciate them running me at Gas City as well. It’s all pretty new to me, but I’ve got great teammates in Meseraull and Grant that can help me as much as they can.

At Gas City, I learned a tremendous amount,” Jarett continued. “A midget races pretty different than a sprint car, even though it’s just a smaller version of a it. Getting to race around Meseraull, (Emerson) Axsom and (Shane) Cottle helped me a lot in learning ways to pick up time and learning where you lose time as well. As similar as they look, they race totally different. Learning how to race it was the biggest gain for me, and those couple of notes I took from that night at Gas City can, hopefully, pay off on Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, John Andretti, whose racing career took him to a vast variety of disciplines from USAC to Indy Car to NASCAR, Sports Cars and even Top Fuel Dragsters, passed away January 30, 2020, at the age of 56, from colon cancer.

John, son of Aldo, nephew of Mario Andretti and first cousin to Michael and Jeff Andretti, had early success by capturing the 1983 USAC Regional Midget championship at the Indianapolis Speedrome on the strength of three victories. He collected another score at the Speedrome the following year in 1984.

In 1985, John broke through for a USAC National victory in a midget at Paragon (Ind.) Speedway for car owner Rollie Helmling and ended the season third in the final standings behind only Mel Kenyon and Rich Vogler.

In 1989, he posted a victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona alongside co-drivers Bob Wollek and Derek Bell, then went on to make 12 Indianapolis 500 starts and won the 1991 CART season opener at Surfer’s Paradise in Australia. Making the transition to stock cars, John won twice with the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona, Fla. in 1997 and at Martinsville, Va. in 1999.

In recent years, John could be found in the pit area on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Silver Crown trail with his son, Jarett, as the driver. Jarett has and will continue the legacy of his father’s footprint in racing a wide variety of cars and doing it with a cause. And, like his dad, Jarett’s roots lie on the dirt tracks in sprint cars and midgets, and he hasn’t forgotten them.

“Dad really enjoyed his time driving midgets and sprint cars here in Indiana and it really gave him the platform to get a prototype and Indy Car ride,” Jarett stated. “Wednesday’s event ties in the Race 4 Riley, which was very near and dear to dad and everybody in central Indiana, and I’m really excited about having those pieces come together and making this a reality.”

Wednesday’s Indiana Midget Week round at Circle City will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship & the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

You can save $5 with purchase of advance tickets at www.TracPass.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be sold at the gate where adult general admission tickets are $30 while kids aged 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Pits open at 3pm EDT with grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm

Circle City Raceway is located at 7300 East Troy Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46239.

Every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

 

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED:
INDIANA MIDGET WEEK (SO FAR)

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 8, 2021)………The crossed flags signify the halfway point of Indiana Midget Week 2021 and we’ve already witnessed the first last lap IMW victory in eight years, a first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner, newcomers making a name for themselves and, most importantly, all four races were run to completion despite the troublesome forecasts to open and close the first part of the 17th edition of the series.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) leads the Indiana Midget Week standings at the moment with four top-tens in four starts, including two 2nd place runs to go along with a 3rd. Only four previous times has a driver won the Indiana Midget Week title without a feature win: Shane Cottle (2005), Tracy Hines (2008), Bryan Clauson (2016) and Shane Golobic (2017).

At the moment, Windom, the reigning series champion, is in the driver’s seat to join a list six drivers who have won a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving championship, then followed up the next year with an Indiana Midget Week title: Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Brad Kuhn (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011), Rico Abreu (2015), Spencer Bayston (2018) and Logan Seavey (2019).

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) leads the overall USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget points by a slim seven-point margin over Windom. Like Windom, Kofoid, along with others, aim to double up by capturing both the USAC and Indiana Midget Week titles in the same season, something which has been accomplished five previous times: Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Bryan Clauson (2011), Darren Hagen (2012), Christopher Bell (2013) and Rico Abreu (2014).

We’ve gotten the chance already to see a first-time USAC National Midget winner in Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) at Tri-State Speedway last Sunday. He’s now one of 11 drivers to have won their first career USAC National Midget feature during Indiana Midget Week, joining National champions Christopher Bell, Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom, plus Kyle Larson, Shane Cottle, Brady Bacon, Steve Buckwalter and Johnny Rodriguez who’ve all done so.

Cummins is one of four drivers to have earned a career-best USAC National Midget feature finish that has also resulted in a top-ten this past week. Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) took 5th Saturday at Lawrenceburg while Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.) earned a 6th, just one spot behind Crouch in the order. USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year leader, Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), was 5th on Friday at Bloomington.

At Bloomington and Lawrenceburg, Day became the first driver to earn his first two Fatheadz USAC National Midget Fast Qualifying times in consecutive races since Logan Seavey in 2018 at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway and Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. Day and Windom are the only two drivers to earn fast qualifying times during Indiana Midget Week thus far with two apiece. Windom’s time of 13.377 beat Bryan Clauson’s 11-year-old one-lap track record for USAC Midgets at Tri-State.

At Paragon on Thursday, Thomas Meseraull led one lap and one lap only – the last one. The San Jose, Calif. native became the first driver since Kyle Larson at Gas City in 2013 to make a last lap pass for the win. Like Meseraull, Larson led just the final lap in that one as well. And, similarly, both had incidents in their post-race celebration. Larson’s series of donuts after the checkered flag resulted in him flipping the car. Meseraull, meanwhile, took a spill during his cage stand, losing his balance while standing atop the car before falling directly on his hip. In both cases, the celebration was only momentarily deterred.

Logan Seavey’s Lawrenceburg victory came on a historically successful night for the Sutter, Calif. driver. The 2019 Indiana Midget Week champion captured the USAC National Midget feature, then followed it up with a Lawrenceburg Sprint Car feature win less than an hour later. Just 24 hours after that, Kyle Cummins did the same exact thing at Tri-State, scoring an MSCS Sprint Car win, then jumping in the midget to win yet again at his home track.

Conversely to Meseraull leading the minimum one-lap in his win, both Cummins and Seavey led all but one of the 30 laps in their respective wins, 29 apiece, a number which leads all drivers in that category for Indiana Midget Week 2021.

Kofoid and Windom are the only drivers to finish inside the top-five in three of the four events thus far. Meanwhile, four pilots have finished their races inside the top-ten in all four IMW starts, including Kofoid, Windom, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.).

Pursley and Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) lead all with two heat race wins while a whopping 17 drivers have started all four feature events: Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Brenham Crouch, Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Justin Grant, Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.), Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C)., Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), Bryant Wiedeman, Hayden Williams and Chris Windom.

USAC Rookie Brian Carber (Lewisberry, Pa.) made the biggest advancement of any driver during the first half of Indiana Midget Week with a 22nd to 10th place run Saturday at Lawrenceburg.

Auckland, New Zealand’s Hayden Williams made his first trip out to Indiana Midget Week since 2015. Before 2021, his most recent USAC start resulted in a career-best 7th place finish at Lawrenceburg six years ago. He picked right up back in the top-ten six years later with a 10th in Thursday’s opener at Paragon.

Indiana Midget Week’s final four rounds get underway on four consecutive nights this week with the series’ debut at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 9; Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, June 10; Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday, June 11; and the finale at Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, June 12.

Tickets for all Indiana Midget Week events are available in advance at www.TracPass.com. By purchasing TracPass tickets in advance, you will save $5 on the price you’ll pay at the gate. Tickets will be on sale at the gate on each race day as well.

Each and every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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2021 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK STAT LEADERS

Driver Point Leader: Chris Windom

Most Feature Wins: 1-Kyle Cummins, Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull & Logan Seavey

Laps Led: 29-Kyle Cummins & Logan Seavey

Top-Fives: 3-Buddy Kofoid & Chris Windom

Top-Tens: 4-Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Daison Pursley & Chris Windom

Fast Qualifying Times: 2-Corey Day & Chris Windom

Heat Race Wins: 2-Daison Pursley & Kevin Thomas Jr.

Feature Starts: 4-Emerson Axsom, Brenham Crouch, Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Justin Grant, Trey Gropp, Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull, Cannon McIntosh, Ethan Mitchell, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson, Bryant Wiedeman, Hayden Williams & Chris Windom

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brian Carber (22nd to 10th)

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2021 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

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2021 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER

1 283 Chris Windom

2 270 Buddy Kofoid

3 256 Logan Seavey

4 247 Justin Grant

5 243 Daison Pursley

6 220 Thomas Meseraull

7 218 Cannon McIntosh

8 202 Kevin Thomas Jr.

9 189 Emerson Axsom

10 185 Jason McDougal

11 181 Kyle Cummins

12 180 Corey Day

13 170 Bryant Wiedeman

14 163 Tanner Thorson

15 162 Brenham Crouch

16 146 Hayden Williams

17 124 Trey Gropp

18 119 Brian Carber

19 116 Ethan Mitchell

20 114 Cole Bodine

21 97 Kaylee Bryson

22 90 Chase Randall & Chance Crum

24 80 Brady Bacon

25 56 Sam Johnson

26 51 Ryan Timms

27 40 Bryan Stanfill & Blake Brannon

29 36 Stephen Schnapf

30 31 Hayden Reinbold

31 30 Chett Gehrke

32 20 Max Guilford, Tyler Nelson & Travis Buckley

35 10 Michael Clark, Oliver Akard, Tommy Thompson, Aiden Purdue & Kendall Ruble

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2021 USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

1-Kyle Cummins (June 6 at Tri-State Speedway)

1-Buddy Kofoid (June 4 at Bloomington Speedway)

1-Thomas Meseraull (June 3 at Paragon Speedway)

1-Logan Seavey (June 5 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

29-Kyle Cummins & Logan Seavey

27-Cannon McIntosh

16-Chris Windom

15-Buddy Kofoid

2-Justin Grant

1-Thomas Meseraull & Daison Pursley

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TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

3-Buddy Kofoid & Chris Windom

2-Justin Grant, Thomas Meseraull, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Brady Bacon, Brenham Crouch, Kyle Cummins, Cannon McIntosh, Daison Pursley & Bryant Wiedeman

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TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

4-Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Daison Pursley & Chris Windom

3-Jason McDougal, Cannon McIntosh & Logan Seavey

2-Thomas Meseraull, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Tanner Thorson

1-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Kaylee Bryson, Brian Carber, Brenham Crouch, Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Bryant Wiedeman & Hayden Williams

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

2-Corey Day & Chris Windom

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HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

2-Daison Pursley & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Emerson Axsom, Cole Bodine, Chance Crum, Justin Grant, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Tanner Thorson, Bryant Wiedeman, Hayden Williams & Chris Windom

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ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI-FEATURE WINS

1-Brenham Crouch, Chase Randall, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Hayden Williams

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FEATURE STARTS

4-Emerson Axsom, Brenham Crouch, Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Justin Grant, Trey Gropp, Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull, Cannon McIntosh, Ethan Mitchell, Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson, Bryant Wiedeman, Hayden Williams & Chris Windom

3-Cole Bodine, Brian Carber, Jason McDougal & Chase Randall

2-Kaylee Bryson, Chance Crum & Sam Johnson

1-Brady Bacon, Hayden Reinbold, Stephen Schnapf, Bryan Stanfill & Ryan Timms

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GSP QUALITY DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE RACE

June 3: Paragon Speedway – Logan Seavey

June 4: Bloomington Speedway – Chris Windom

June 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Hayden Williams

June 6: Tri-State Speedway – Daison Pursley

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

June 3: Paragon Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (12th to 1st)

June 4: Bloomington Speedway – Emerson Axsom (22nd to 11th)

June 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brian Carber (22nd to 10th)

June 6: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS

June 3: Paragon Speedway – Tanner Thorson

June 4: Bloomington Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

June 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Tanner Thorson

June 6: Tri-State Speedway – Logan Seavey

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS

June 3: Paragon Speedway – Cole Bodine

June 4: Bloomington Speedway – Kaylee Bryson

June 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Chett Gehrke

June 6: Tri-State Speedway – Travis Buckley

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ALL-TIME INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS: (2005-2021)

9-Bryan Clauson & Kyle Larson

5-Christopher Bell

4-Rico Abreu & Tanner Thorson

3-Spencer Bayston, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Darren Hagen, Brad Kuhn & Michael Pickens

2-Jerry Coons Jr., Davey Ray, Logan Seavey, Brad Sweet & Chris Windom

1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Steve Buckwalter, Kyle Cummins, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rodriguez, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Swindell & Kevin Thomas Jr.

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ALL-TIME INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FAST QUALIFYING TIMES: (2005-2021)

9-Rico Abreu & Kyle Larson

5-Bryan Clauson

4-Chris Windom

3-Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Steve Buckwalter, Brad Sweet & Tanner Thorson

2-Christopher Bell, Jerry Coons Jr., Corey Day, Bobby East, Shane Golobic & Tracy Hines

1-Spencer Bayston, Tanner Carrick, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Justin Grant, Darren Hagen, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Michael Pickens, Logan Seavey, Danny Stratton & Kevin Thomas Jr.

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ALL-TIME INDIANA MIDGET WEEK DRIVER CHAMPIONS
2005: Shane Cottle, 2006: Shane Cottle, 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Tracy Hines, 2009: Bryan Clauson, 2010: Tracy Hines & Brad Kuhn, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Rico Abreu, 2016: Bryan Clauson, 2017: Shane Golobic, 2018: Spencer Bayston, 2019: Logan Seavey, 2020: Kyle Larson


 

DREVICKI RETURNS TO USAC EAST COAST VICTORY LANE AT WILLIAMS GROVE

By: Nick Fillman – USAC ECSC

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (June 4, 2021)………Steven Drevicki of Reading, PA found his way back to Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series presented by Capitol Renegade Victory Lane on Friday night at the Williams Grove Speedway. Drevicki defends his title as the only driver in series history to win at the Central Pennsylvania oval, and ends a five race run of Briggs Danner and Alex Bright finding victory lane.

Following heat race competition and the feature event redraw, Carmen Perigo Jr and Steve Buckwalter in his season debut, would share the front row for the twenty-five lap feature event. The initial green would quickly turn to yellow, then red as Joey Amantea, Aidan Borden, Mike Thompson, and Damon Paul were involved in an incident in turn one and two. While the yellow was being thrown, Lee Kauffman hopped over the right rear of another car down the backstretch and ended up flipping over the turn three wall. Kauffman would be ok following his incident on the backstretch.

Take two of the feature event green flag saw Carmen Perigo blast away to the lead of the feature event with Buckwalter, Kenny Miller and the rest of the field in tow. Steven Drevicki quickly made his way forward from his sixth place starting spot and was up to the third place position by lap three. Other drivers quickly on the move were ninth starting Alex Bright, and seventh starter Tommy Kunsman.

In the early stages of the feature event, Perigo held a manageable lead over Steven Drevicki, with Kenny Miller settling into third with some breathing room over the balance of the field. The battle was on for positions four through eight as Steve Buckwalter, Briggs Danner, Alex Bright, and Tommy Kunsman began to quickly trade positions back and forth. Around the half way point of the feature event Drevicki began to close in hard on the rear bumper of leader Carmen Perigo, with the rest of the top five still being under intense dispute. Alex Bright and Briggs Danner would trade the fourth position a number of times, with Bright edging Danner for the time being.

Drevicki drew even with Perigo for the lead on lap fifteen of the feature event but was unable to complete the pass on the outside lane of the speedway. The story changed on lap sixteen however, as Drevicki powered around the outside of Perigo to take the lead at the line. One lap after Drevicki moved into the lead, Kenny Miller lll utilized the low side of the speedway to work by Carmen Perigo and attempt to stay within reach of race leader Steven Drevicki.

Meanwhile, the battle for positions three through five remained ever intensifying as Briggs Danner would re-pass Alex Bright, and the two would draw in on the tail tank of Carmen Perigo, all the while catching both Miller and Drevicki at the front of the pack in lapped traffic. On lap twenty of the feature event the entire top five of the field was running in the same corner with Drevicki high, Miller low, Danner and Bright trading the high side and low side for positions three and four, with Perigo holding on in fifth, still within reach of the leader Drevicki.

With two laps to go, Briggs Danner found the low side of the speedway and worked by Kenny Miller for second, and quickly drew alongside race leader Steven Drevicki. The two would battle side by side for the race lead over the final two laps with Drevicki continuing to nail his line around the high side of the speedway, with Danner running a near perfect diamond maneuver through the corners.

As the leaders came into turns three and four on the final lap, Danner again dove down to the bottom of the speedway and attempted to pull alongside Drevicki once again. Drevicki would fend off the charge and win the drag race down the front-stretch and grab his first feature event win of the season. Alex Bright came home third following contact with Kenny Miller on the last lap of the feature event, with Miller unfortunately suffering damage resulting in a DNF. Carmen Perigo wound up fourth after the last turn scuffle, with Tommy Kunsman Jr keeping up his consistency and finishing fifth.

Steven Drevicki has not had the great start he is accustomed to so far on the 2021 tour, not gracing victory lane until Friday evening, and suffering a pair of finishes outside the top ten to go along with his three top fives. Drevicki will not be a full time series traveler in 2021 as he tests his merit against the USAC National Series for a number of events. Despite the up and down start, Drevicki finds himself third in series points, and has now collected his first feature win of the season. Drevicki is also the only driver who can claim credit for a victory at the Williams Grove Speedway. As the series heads to Lincoln tomorrow night, Drevicki is also, the only series feature event winner, and has plenty of experience at the Abbottstown oval.

Briggs Danner continues to impress as he came home with yet another finish on the podium. While never falling out of touch with the lead pack, Danner struggled some early on in the future event trying to explore different lanes around the Williams Grove Speedway in his first ever start. Danner found the bottom lane of the speedway and methodically picked his way through the top five, nearly grabbing his fourth victory of the season.

Alex Bright also kept his streak of finishing on the podium alive with a strong third place effort. Bright had been ahead of series points leader Briggs Danner early on in the feature event before Danner snuck by in the closing laps. Bright is not letting Danner get away on any given night in the feature event and continues to keep the rookie within his sights for the series points lead.

Carmen Perigo is a driver who pops in and out of series competition throughout the season but is always extremely competitive wherever and whenever he shows up. The veteran super sportsman driver who has been behind the wheel of non-winged sprint cars for the last number of seasons, lead more than the first half of Fridays feature event before relinquishing the lead to Steven Drevicki, and falling back to fourth. Perigo will continue to make starts here and there throughout the 2021 season and try to add his name to the list of series feature winners.

Rounding out the top five was rookie driver Tommy Kunsman who week after week consistency finishes inside the top ten. Kunsman seems to be stuck in the fourth to eight place positions as far as feature events are concerned, but if the consistency shown over the first six races of the season is any indication of what the rest of the year may be, the Bethlehem, PA driver could quickly find himself competing for feature event victories, and a shot at the series points title.

Ed Aikin nabbed his best finish of the season, along with driver Christian Bruno as both drivers finished inside the top ten, in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Heartbreak fell upon Kenny Miller lll who looked to be well on his way to a top four finish, until a last lap incident with Alex Bright resulted in a DNF. Miller has contended for wins in multiple events so far in 2021, but just has not been able to put together a full feature event. No doubt the two time feature winner in 2020 will contend for victories in the future and may even grab a few before the season is over.

Next up for the series is a second ever visit to the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA tomorrow night alongside the 410 winged sprint cars, and the ARDC Midgets.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS RACE RESULTS: June 4, 2021 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 21-Carmen Perigo [2]; 2. 19-Steven Drevicki [1]; 3. 20-Alex Bright [3]; 4. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [7]; 5. 17-Christian Bruno [5]; 6. 12w-Troy Fraker [4]; 7. 11-Mike Thompson [6]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 75-Steve Buckwalter [2]; 2. 5G-Briggs Danner [6]; 3. 7-Ed Aikin [4]; 4. 3BC-Nash Ely [7]; 5. 117-David Swanson [1]; 6. 17J-Jonathan Swanson [3]; 7. 88J-Joey Amantea [5]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 21K-Tommy Kunsman [1]; 2. 23m-Kenny Miller III [6]; 3. 83s-Billy Ney [5]; 4. 96-Lee Kauffman [4]; 5. 7B-Aidan Borden [3]; 6. 67-Jason Cherry [7]; 7. 57-Damon Paul [2]. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Steven Drevicki [6]; 2. Briggs Danner [5]; 3. Alex Bright [9]; 4. Carmen Perigo [1]; 5. Tommy Kunsman [7]; 6. Ed Aikin [8]; 7. Christian Bruno [13]; 8. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [10]; 9. Steve Buckwalter [2]; 10. Nash Ely [11]; 11. David Swanson [14]; 12. Jonathan Swanson [17]; 13. Joey Amantea [19]; 14. Kenny Miller III [4]; 15. Mike Thompson [20]; 16. Troy Fraker [16]; 17. Aidan Borden [15]; 18. Jason Cherry [18]; 19. Billy Ney [3]; 20. Lee Kauffman [12]; 21. Damon Paul [21]. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Carmen Perigo, Laps 16-25 Steven Drevicki.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS POINTS: 1-Briggs Danner-452, 2-Alex Bright-442, 3-Steven Drevicki-374, 4-Tommy Kunsman-356, 5-Nash Ely-307, 6-Kenny Miller III-298, 7-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-288, 8-Damon Paul-282, 9-Joey Amantea-267, 10-Mike Thompson-250.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS RACE: June 5, 2021 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, Pennsylvania

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Penske Shocks 1st Place: Steven Drevicki

Penske Shocks 2nd Place: Briggs Danner

Penske Shocks 3rd Place: Alex Bright

Ultra Shield 3rd Place: Alex Bright

Ultra Shield 8th Place: Bruce Buckwalter Jr.

 

 

BURKS BESTS USAC MWRA FIELD AT U.S. 36

By: Ray Cunningham

Osborn, Missouri (June 4, 2021)………Friday night at U.S. 36 Raceway, Topeka Kansas’ Wyatt Burks held off a stellar field of non-winged sprint car competitors to win his first USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association race of 2021.

Burks had previously won at Red Dirt in Meeker In Oklahoma’s USAC Sprint Series this year and had finished 3rd place at Double X Speedway in California, Mo. last Sunday night. For the “Sheriff” it was also his 8th career feature win in the series after 7 W’s in 2020.

The race Friday night would be hard fought throughout the pack with Battlefield, Missouri, driver Kory Schudy coming home second, for the second time in the three races conducted in MWRA competition in 2021 driving the JSR #28 of Jon Sawyer. While Edgerton, Kansas Chauffeur Mitchell Moore raced from 12th to 3rd, making his first podium for the MWRA in 2021.

After an accident on the front stretch at Double X Sunday, Spring Hill's Chad Goff would rebound nicely driving his red and white #9 to a 4th place finish at US 36, while Nixa’s Wesley Smith had a very eventful feature go racing the John Helm/WSR #12 to 5th place.

After earning high point honors following his exciting last turn, last lap heat win, Smith would roll a 3 sending him to the third row for the feature. Wesley from there worked his way up to second and was closing on Burks with two laps remaining when he tried a massive slider going into one. Unfortunately for Smith the effort failed, and he spun the white Helm/Smith effort. With three laps remaining after the restart Wesley would however work his way from the tail end to come home in 5th place.

Other MWRA racers on Friday night at the Osborn dirt track saw Gladstone’s Christopher Parkinson, Burks, Topeka’s Chris Morgan, and the before mentioned Smith take heat race wins.

While Tom Curran, Zack Clark, Chad Tye, Heath Murry, Tyler Burton, and Mark Lane would all advance to the 22 car A feature from the B. Olathe driver Clark would then move steadily thru the field going from 18th to finish 9th in the A main.

The MWRA will race again tonight at Bethany Speedway just up the road from US 36. And the program will also once again feature the winged 305 URSS Sprint Cars of Rick Salem. Friday night at Osborn, Wathena, Kansas driver Jay Russell would win that feature event.

Join us again tonight at Bethany Speedway located at the Northwest Missouri State Fairgrounds for round number 4 of the 2021 USAC MWRA campaign. Photo Courtesy of Caleb Harvey.

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USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 4, 2021 – U.S. 36 Raceway – Osborn, Missouri

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 81A-Chris Morgan [1], 2. 37-Brian Beebe [2], 3. 7JR-J.D. Black [5]; 4. 82-Christie Thomason [3]; 5. 03-Tyler Burton [4]; 6. 33L-Mark Lane [6]; 7. 7x-Lance Silvers [7]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 12-Wesley Smith [3]; 2. 41-Brad Wyatt [2]; 3. 28-Kory Schudy [5]; 4. 15E-Dakota Earls [6]; 5. 7m-Heath Murry [4]; 6. 22R-Chris Rupard [7]; 7. (DNF) 2-Kyle Lewis [1]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 65-Chris Parkinson [2]; 2. 18-Terry Richards [1]; 3. 69-Zach Sanders [3]; 4. 51-Mitchell Moore [6]; 5. 11x-Tom Curran [5]; 6. 52-Blake Bowers [4]. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 11w-Wyatt Burks [2]; 2. 9-Chad Goff [3]; 3. 82v-Vinny Ward [1]; 4. 74-Xavier Doney [5]; 5. 26-Zach Clark [6]; 6. 88-Chad Tye [4]. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Tom Curran [2]; 2. Zach Clark [1]; 3. Chad Tye [7]; 4. Heath Murry [4]; 5. Tyler Burton [3]; 6. Mark Lane [5]; 7. Kyle Lewis [8]; 8. Chris Rupard [9]; 9. Lance Silvers [10]; 10. Blake Bowers [6]. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets): 1. Wyatt Burks [3]; 2. Kory Schudy [7]; 3. Mitchell Moore [12]; 4. Chad Goff [1]; 5. Wesley Smith [5]; 6. Chris Parkinson [6]; 7. Brian Beebe [8]; 8. Vinny Ward [15]; 9. Zach Clark [18]; 10. Chris Morgan [4]; 11. Zach Sanders [13]; 12. Christie Thomason [16]; 13. Tyler Burton [21]; 14. Mark Lane [22]; 15. J.D. Black [2]; 16. Chad Tye [19]; 17. Tom Curran [17]; 18. Terry Richards [10]; 19. Xavier Doney [14]; 20. Heath Murry [20]; 21. Dakota Earls [11]; 22. Brad Wyatt [9]. NT

USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Wyatt Burks-540, 2-Kory Schudy-515, 3-Wesley Smith-510, 4-Zach Sanders-455, 5-Chris Parkinson-435, 6-Tom Curran-420, 7-Chad Goff-405, 8-Zach Clark-395, 9-Dakota Earls-345, 10-Xavier Doney-340.

NEXT USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACES: June 5, 2021 – Bethany Speedway – Bethany, Missouri

 

SMITH GETS REDEMPTION WITH USAC MWRA AT BETHANY

By: Ray Cunningham

Bethany, Missouri (June 5, 2021)………After a slide job went south Friday night going for the lead with two laps to go at U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., Nixa, Missouri’s Wesley Smith came back strong Saturday night to win at Missouri’s Bethany Speedway in the John Helm Racing/WSR Racing #12.

Trailing Smith at the finish was the “X Man” Odessa, Missouri’s Xavier Doney, in the Doney/Lawson Racing #74, “Q” Quinton Benson of Sweet Springs, Mo., racing the 15B, Battlefield, Missouri’s Kory Schudy, running the JSR Racing #28 of Jon Sawyer, and rounding out the top 5, after a slew of Missouri racers, was Topeka Kansas driver Chris Morgan in the 81A.

Running in positions 6 thru 10, Chris Parkinson finished 6th for the second night in a row. Nebraska driver Terry Richards came home in 7th, Chad Goff 8th, and the “Zach Attack” Zach Clark, and Zach Sanders rounding out the top-10.

Smith rebounded in the Helm #12 to win his first MWRA race in 2021 at Bethany, after winning at the same track last year in MWRA competition (his 4th win overall this season).

Rival Wyatt Burks of Topeka, Kan. wasn’t as fortunate. Burks dropped out of the contest on lap six in the 11w, relegating the defending champ to a 22nd place finish.

Benson was flirting with his first win in MWRA competition, and had another great outing, with Doney, the 15-year-old Rookie of the Year candidate, having his highest finish so far racing in USAC MWRA.

Earlier in the evening at the historic facility, which has conducted sprint car racing both non-winged and winged for decades, Spring Hill Kansas’ Kyle Lewis won the first heat race, Schudy the second, and Smith the final 8-lap heat race.

USAC MWRA travels back to Northwestern Missouri to race at I-35 Speedway in Winston next Saturday night June 12 for race number five of the 2021 campaign.

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USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 5, 2021 – Bethany Speedway – Bethany, Missouri

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 2-Kyle Lewis [1], 2. 81A-Chris Morgan [3], 3. 37-Brian Beebe [2], 4. 41-Brad Wyatt [5], 5. 65-Chris Parkinson [8], 6. 11-Danny Billings [7], 7. 17K-Braden Knipmeyer [4], 8. 15E-Dakota Earls [6]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 28-Kory Schudy [1], 2. 74-Xavier Doney [4], 3. 15B-Quinton Benson [6], 4. 9-Chad Goff [7], 5. 7m-Heath Murry [2], 6. 2J-Jason Billups [3], 7. 82-Christie Thomason [5]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 12-Wesley Smith [4], 2. 18-Terry Richards [3], 3. 11w-Wyatt Burks [6], 4. 26-Zach Clark [5], 5. 82v-Vinny Ward [1], 6. 69-Zach Sanders [7], 7. 03-Tyler Burton [2], 8. 7x-Lance Silvers [8]. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets): 1. Wesley Smith [3], 2. Xavier Doney [4], 3. Quinton Benson [1], 4. Kory Schudy [6], 5. Chris Morgan [7], 6. Chris Parkinson [10], 7. Terry Richards [8], 8. Chad Goff [9], 9. Zach Clark [13], 10. Zach Sanders [15], 11. Brad Wyatt [12], 12. Brian Beebe [11], 13. Kyle Lewis [5], 14. Heath Murry [16], 15. Danny Billings [14], 16. Jason Billups [18], 17. Braden Knipmeyer [20], 18. Dakota Earls [22], 19. Christie Thomason [19], 20. Vinny Ward [17], 21. Lance Silvers [21], 22. Wyatt Burks [2]. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: 31K-Dylan Kadous

USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Wesley Smith-710, 2-Kory Schudy-690, 3-Wyatt Burks-625, 4-Zach Sanders-600, 5-Chris Parkinson-600, 6-Chad Goff-560, 7-Zach Clark-545, 8-Xavier Doney-525, 9-Dakota Earls-450, 10-Tom Curran-420.

NEXT USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE: June 12, 2021 – I-35 Speedway – Winston, Missouri

 

 

BRIGHT CONQUERS LINCOLN FOR THIRD USAC EC WIN OF THE SEASON

By: Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC

Abbottstown, Pennsylvania (June 6th, 2021)………Alex Bright of Collegeville, PA, utilized a late race restart, and a bit of contact, to pass Steven Drevicki with only two laps to go and collect his third Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade.

Rookie Joey Amantea and Steven Drevicki led the field to green for the 25 lap feature on the initial start, with Drevicki quickly taking the lead. The caution flag would fly before the completion of lap one for Colin White, who went for a spin in turns one and two.

As the field came back to green again, Drevicki launched out into the lead with Amantea in tow, and Bright in third, but under heavy fire early from Christopher Allen Jr. Amantea fell to the clutches of Bright, and Allen a few laps later with Drevicki still leading as all three of the leaders were utilizing the high side of the speedway while the majority of the field ran around the bottom lane.

An extremely intense battle waged for positions four through six with Kenny Miller, Christian Bruno, and Damon Paul who were all over each other trading positions. Just behind them, yet another group of drivers in intense battle would see Briggs Danner, Ed Aikin, and Tommy Kunsman racing three wide for the back half of the top ten early on in the feature event.

Alex Bright made his first move for the race lead on lap eight, as he would throw a monster slider into turns three and four, but Drevicki would stab the breaks and dive underneath Bright for the race lead on the bottom side of the track and retain the race lead. Bright would continue to follow in the tire tracks of Drevicki for the next handful of laps at the half way point of the feature with Drevicki out front followed by Bright, Miller, Paul, Allen, and Christian Bruno in sixth.

With ten laps to go, Bright again threw a slide job on Drevicki for the race lead in turns three and four, and again Drevicki dove underneath Bright and retained the race lead. The two leaders began to encounter lapped traffic on lap eighteen, and just a couple of laps later, Bright once again threw a slide job on Drevicki in turn three and four, and yet again Drevicki held Bright off.

Competition for third through sixth remained as heavy as ever with Miller, Allen, Paul, and Bruno all over each other trying to gain a spot in the top five. Unfortunately for Allen, his great run came to an end on lap twenty-two as he would spin in turns three and four and bring out the caution flag. The caution on with only three to go would set up a battle to the finish between Drevicki and Bright for the feature event, with Miller set to pounce on the two if either made a mistake.

The green flag flew with three to go and Bright was all over Drevicki as the two went into turns one and two, Bright was all over the back bumper of Drevicki literally, as he would bump Drevicki twice down the back stretch getting him loose, as the two went into three and four. Bright dove to the bottom of Drevicki and took the lead with Drevicki diving underneath as they came to the line. Steven Drevicki took the lead going into turns one and two, but Bright would cross him over off the corner and retain the lead. Drevicki threw one last slider into turns three and four as the pair came to the white flag, but it did not stick as Bright would go on to collect his third feature event win of the 2021 season.

Alex Bright won two feature events last season on his way to being Rookie of the Year and is keeping the speed up in 2021 finishing on the podium in every event so far. Bright has now tied Danner for feature event wins on the season with both having three. The points battle will close even closer with Bright scoring the victory, and Danner finishing outside the top five. After Saturdays finish Bright and Hummer Motorsports have taken the lead by only six points over Danner. With only seven races down on the season, there is sure to be more battles between Bright, Drevicki, and Danner before the season is over.

Drevicki ended up in second in the feature event, which was not what the team was looking for after leading twenty-two laps of the feature event. Drevicki is not running for full time series points and is only looking for wins in the 2021 season. Drevicki will be hit and miss as the season goes on, and no doubt will continue to contend for wins.

Third place went to another driver who will not be full-time with the series in Kenny Miller lll. Miller was well on his way to a third place finish on Friday night at Williams Grove before late race contact with Alex Bright left him with a fourteenth place finish. Miller rebounded on Saturday night with yet another strong run inside the top three of the feature event and collecting a podium. Miller has been strong all season long and been inside the top five in nearly every feature event run during the season. Miller however has found some back luck with incidents that have been of his own doing, and some that are not. Miller may or may not start a few more feature events during the 2021 season, but we hope Miller will be able to join us full time in 2022.

Young Christian Bruno increased his career best finish on Saturday finishing fourth in Saturday’s feature event. Bruno had an incredibly strong weekend in limited starts thus far in the 2021 season finishing seventh at Williams Grove, and fourth at Lincoln. The sixteen year old driver has shown speed in everything he has driven so far in 2021, getting faster and faster in the sprint car, while consistently running up front in 600cc Micro Sprint competition.

Another driver who had a massive rebound on Saturday night was Damon Paul. Paul suffered mechanical issues all night on Friday at the Williams Grove Speedway. Paul and team finally got the car to run for the feature event, only to be collected in a lap one pile up in turns one and two. Paul rebounded on Saturday and finished third in his heat race, and had a solid run in fifth in Saturday’s feature event at Lincoln.

Extremely bad luck fell upon rookie driver Billy Ney on Saturday at Lincoln as the team unfortunately never made a lap at the speedway. The car would not fire, and Billy unfortunately had to relinquish his position starting on the pole of heat one and had to pack up and head home. Hopefully, the issue isn’t too bad for the exciting rookie, and he can continue to run with the series for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Another driver that was missing from action on Saturday was Bruce Buckwalter Jr. Bruce and team unfortunately discovered some engine issues following Friday nights feature at Williams Grove, and the team chose not to risk the engine running on Saturday at Lincoln until the team can get it properly looked at. We certainly hope the engine issues aren’t that bad and the team can get right back into action at Selinsgrove.

Two of our drivers made double duty starts in non-wing competition on Saturday at Lincoln with the ARDC Midget in the form of Tommy Kunsman and Steve Buckwalter. Kunsman and Buckwalter each won their heat race, with Buckwalter grabbing the feature event win. Kunsman and Buckwalter finished ninth and thirteenth in the USAC East Coast Feature, respectively.

Up next for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade, is a massive return to the Selinsgrove Speedway on Thursday June 17th, as the series will be running side by side with the stars and cars of the Amsoil, USAC National Sprint Car Series, during the annal USAC Eastern Storm. The special two division, non-winged sprint car doubleheader, will feature a number of drivers doing double duty in what is sure to be a special night of action.

As always, stay up to date with all of our breaking news, photos, and other information by following our socials. On Facebook at: USAC East Coast Sprint Cars, and on Twitter at: @USACecsc.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS RACE RESULTS: June 5, 2021 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 71-Chris Allen Jr. [7]; 2. 21K-Tommy Kunsman [6]; 3. 88J-Joey Amantea [3]; 4. 59-Steve Wilbur [5]; 5. 3BC-Nash Ely [4]; 6. 7B-Aidan Borden [2]; 7. 17J-Jonathan Swanson [8]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 20-Alex Bright [6]; 2. 17-Christian Bruno [3]; 3. 23m-Kenny Miller III [5]; 4. 117-David Swanson [4]; 5. 12-Blaine Emery [1]; 6. 75-Steve Buckwalter [7]; 7. 67-Jason Cherry [2]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 19-Steven Drevicki [1]; 2. 5G-Briggs Danner [3]; 3. 57-Damon Paul [4]; 4. 7-Ed Aikin [2]; 5. 32-Colin White [5]; 6. 12w-Troy Fraker [7]; 7. 22B-Jacob Balliet [6].

ALSO AT THE TRACK: 83s-Billy Ney

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Alex Bright [3]; 2. Steven Drevicki [2]; 3. Kenny Miller III [7]; 4. Christian Bruno [6]; 5. Damon Paul [4]; 6. Briggs Danner [8]; 7. Ed Aikin [12]; 8. Joey Amantea [1]; 9. Tommy Kunsman [9]; 10. Steve Wilbur [10]; 11. David Swanson [11]; 12. Nash Ely [13]; 13. Steve Buckwalter [17]; 14. Aidan Borden [16]; 15. Jonathan Swanson [19]; 16. Colin White [15]; 17. Jason Cherry [20]; 18. Chris Allen Jr. [5]; 19. Blaine Emery [14]; 20. Troy Fraker [18]; 21. Jacob Balliet [21]. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Steven Drevicki, Laps 23-25 Alex Bright.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-520, 2-Briggs Danner-514, 3-Steven Drevicki-449, 4-Tommy Kunsman-409, 5-Kenny Miller III-368, 6-Nash Ely-350, 7-Damon Paul-346, 8-Joey Amantea-322, 9-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-288, 10-Chris Allen Jr.-284.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS RACE: June 17, 2021 – Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Penske Shocks 1st Place: Alex Bright

Penske Shocks 2nd Place: Steven Drevicki

Penske Shocks 3rd Place: Kenny Miller III

Ultra Shield 3rd Place: Kenny Miller III

Ultra Shield 8th Place: Joey Amantea

Vahlco Wheels Hard Charger: Ed Aikin

 

 

CIRCLE CITY DEBUT UP NEXT FOR USAC'S INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ON WEDNESDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 7, 2021)………Ninety-three previous USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events have been held inside the city limits of Indianapolis, Indiana, but a first will occur on June 9 for round five of the 17th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week at Circle City Raceway, the newly-refurbished quarter-mile dirt oval located on the southeast side of Indy.

The inaugural John Andretti Memorial “Double” benefitting Race 4 Riley at Circle City Raceway is one of two first-time Indiana Midget Week events on this year’s schedule.

The most recent IMW showdown occurred at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, which made its debut on the IMW slate last Sunday and was won by a first-time USAC National Midget feature winner in Princeton, Indiana’s Kyle Cummins.

Six different tracks in Indianapolis have hosted USAC National Midget events: the original paved 16th Street Speedway between 1956-58; the dirt 16th Street Speedway between 1997-99; the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile between 1972-87; the paved indoor Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum between 1974-79; the paved Speedrome from 1958-2005; and, most recently, The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 2018-present.

Sleepy Tripp possesses the most USAC National Midget victories within Indianapolis, scoring 11 triumphs in a six-year span between 1975 and 1980.

Expected to compete on Wednesday at Circle for a winner’s share of $4,333 are a number of familiar faces who’ve won USAC National Midget features at other venues’ first times hosting the series over the years.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) won the debut at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway’s dirt oval in 2015 as well as the inaugural run at Arizona Speedway in 2019. Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), likewise, has won on two occasions at first-time USAC Midget venues, both in 2016, at Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas and at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Pennsylvania.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won the inaugural BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS in 2018 while Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) took the first ever stop at Susquehanna Speedway (now BAPS) in Pennsylvania. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) captured the first Sweet Springs, Mo. feature in 2018 while Meseraull, sight unseen, took care of business in the first race at California’s Merced Speedway in 2020.

With everyone basically on equal footing and no data to foretell who has shown the traits, the chops and the track record, so to speak, to run up front at Circle City, the common denominator among drivers who win races and compete for championships is the ability to adapt to changing conditions on the fly and thrive at tracks of various sizes, shape and banking.

The frontrunners of Indiana Midget Week are among that crop, including point leader Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), a 13-point leader over Friday’s Bloomington winner Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.). Seavey, third in points, was victorious at Lawrenceburg on Saturday.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) round out the top-five for the time being in IMW’s latest standings with four races remaining this week to decide the titlist at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 9; Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, June 10; Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday, June 11; and the finale at Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, June 12.

Wednesday’s Indiana Midget Week round at Circle City will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship & the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

You can save $5 with purchase of advance tickets at www.TracPass.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be sold at the gate where adult general admission tickets are $30 while kids aged 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Pits open at 3pm EDT with grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6pm

Circle City Raceway is located at 7300 East Troy Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46239.

Every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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2021 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN WINNER: Logan Seavey (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-706, 2-Chris Windom-699, 3-Justin Grant-657, 4-Thomas Meseraull-612, 5-Tanner Thorson-599, 6-Emerson Axsom-567, 7-Daison Pursley-558, 8-Logan Seavey-552, 9-Cannon McIntosh-533, 10-Jason McDougal-489.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-283, 2-Buddy Kofoid-270, 3-Logan Seavey-256, 4-Justin Grant-247, 5-Daison Pursley-243, 6-Thomas Meseraull-220, 7-Cannon McIntosh-218, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-202, 9-Emerson Axsom-189, 10-Jason McDougal-185.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-71, 2-Tanner Thorson-63, 3-Robert Ballou-60, 4-Brady Bacon-44, 5-Chris Windom-43, 6-Justin Grant-41, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-37, 8-Buddy Kofoid-33, 9-Brian Carber-30, 10-Kyle Cummins-26.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-27, 2-Emerson Axsom-24, 3-Brian Carber-24, 4-Justin Grant-17, 5-Kaylee Bryson-17, 6-Chris Windom-16, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-16, 8-Jason McDougal-16, 9-Tanner Thorson-16, 10-Hayden Williams-16.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS AT CIRCLE CITY RACEWAY: None

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINNERS AT CIRCLE CITY RACEWAY: None

CIRCLE CITY RACEWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS: None

CIRCLE CITY RACEWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS: None

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT CIRCLE CITY RACEWAY: None

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

11-Sleepy Tripp

7-Rich Vogler

4-Chuck Rodee & Shorty Templeman

3-Donnie Beechler

2-Teddy Beach, Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Gene Force, Gene Hartley, Mel Kenyon, Steve Knepper, Steve Lotshaw, Jeff Nuckles, Ricky Shelton, Johnnie Tolan, Jerry Weeks, Bob Wente,

1-George Amick, Brady Bacon, Billy Boat, Tony Bonadies, Gary Byers, Steve Cannon, Dana Carter, Lonnie Caruthers, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jimmy Davies, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Brian Gerster, Bobby Grim, John Heydenreich, Eddie Johnson, Jason Leffler, Mack McClellan, Andy Michner, Ken Nichols, Kevin Olson, Barry Reed, Bruce Robey, Ken Schrader, Ron Smoker, Cliff Spalding, Tom Steiner, Tony Stewart, Len Sutton, Bob Tattersall, Jack Turner, Billy Wease, Mauri Wilson & Zeb Wise

 

WINDOM TAKES OVER USAC'S
INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINT LEAD AT HALFWAY MARK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (June 7, 2021)………Chris Windom has charged into the Indiana Midget Week point lead with four races down and four to go this week June 9-12 as the halfway point has been reached for the 17th edition of the eight-race Hoosier State mini-series for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) has earned finishes of 9th at Paragon, 2nd at Bloomington, 3rd at Lawrenceburg and 2nd at Tri-State to thrust himself to the top of the IMW standings by 13 markers over Bloomington winner Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.). Lawrenceburg victor Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is third, 27 points behind Windom while Ione, California’s Justin Grant sits fourth and Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley is fifth.

Last Thursday’s opening night Paragon winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) is sixth in IMW points while Sunday’s most recent driver to celebrate a triumph, Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), is 11th in the standings.

Indiana Midget Week’s last four rounds fire off in succession this week with the series’ debut at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 9; Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, June 10; Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday, June 11; and the finale at Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, June 12.

Tickets for all Indiana Midget Week events are available in advance at www.TracPass.com. By purchasing TracPass tickets in advance, you will save $5 on the price you’ll pay at the gate. Tickets will be on sale at the gate on each race day as well.

Each and every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.


 

TRI-STATE MASTER CUMMINS WINS FIRST CAREER USAC MIDGET FEATURE
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (June 6, 2021)………As if you needed any more indication that, for all intents and purposes, Kyle Cummins practically owns Tri-State Speedway, the Princeton, Ind. driver was there to cement that fact in round four of Indiana Midget Week on Sunday night.

Cummins shot to the lead early, lost it, gained it back, then stood his ground in warding off constant pressure from reigning series champion Chris Windom down the stretch to earn his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature at his “home track.”

“To have Chris there behind me, that’s pretty nerve wracking because he’s pretty good in a midget,” Cummins admitted. “I just didn’t know what to do, but I felt like if I was going to win one, this would probably be the place to do it.”

Cummins’ prowess in a sprint car at the southwestern Indiana quarter-mile dirt oval has been well-established with numerous victories, and he recently collected his all-time leading sixth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at Tri-State in April of this year. He reiterated that fact by snaring the Midwest Sprint Car Series feature just moments before hopping in the midget for Sunday’s 30-lap main event.

Entering Sunday as one of the prime suspects to earn a first career USAC National Midget feature win, Cummins earned a career-best 3rd place finish with the series at Tri-State in 2019, then equaled that performance with another 3rd in 2020.

Progressing and finding comfort in the seat of a midget are paramount to setting the stage for a breakthrough victory, and Cummins has certainly done that over the past couple seasons, but admittedly shared that, in a way, they’re still flying by the seat of their pants trying to figure out the science of midget racing.

The process paid off at Tri-State in just his 17th career series start, becoming the second “first-time” USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner of the 2021 season, along with Emerson Axsom, taking his Ohsweken Speedway – Lucas Oil Center/Spike/Stanton SR-11x to its first USAC win for Ontario, Canada car owner Glenn Styres.

“Glenn Styres, I owe it all to him,” Cummins said. “He’s put the trust in me. We’ve only got 20 midget races under our belt, and we have no idea what we’re doing. Throughout Indiana Midget Week, we’ve been getting better and better every night.”

Cummins got to the front in a flash from his inside row two starting position, racing to the lead by overtaking an all Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports front row consisting of Daison Pursley and Buddy Kofoid. Pursley fought back to regain the lead briefly on the second lap before Cummins reemerged in front with a turn three slider on the third lap.

The first stoppage of the night occurred on the seventh lap when 16th running Ethan Mitchell clipped an infield tire and flipped heavily in turn four. The Mooresville, N.C. racer escaped without injury.

On the lap seven restart, sixth-starting Windom began to surge, moving from 5th to 3rd in one fell swoop, then slotted into second on lap nine after getting past Pursley for the position. In Windom’s pursuit of Cummins, the pair broke away from the rest of the field just as lapped traffic began to loom.

However, on the 20th lap, with Cummins and Windom on the cusp of fighting traffic, 21st running Kaylee Bryson clipped the turn four curb directly in front of the leaders. Simultaneously, Windom was in the process of passing for the lead, getting by Cummins just as the yellow flag flew.

Windom, thus, relinquished the position back to Cummins, but the frontrunners were plucked straight out of traffic, which completely altered the dynamic of the remainder of the race.

“The red came out at the perfectly wrong time,” Windom recalled. “I had just slid by him and kind of showed him where I was at, and he took away my line there and didn’t make any mistakes.”

Shortly after the restart, on lap 21, New Zealand’s Hayden Williams, running 13th, hooked an infield tire, causing a mechanical issue that instantly turned his car sharp right and straight into the path of 16th place Brenham Crouch who T-boned Williams, causing Williams to flip over. Crouch restarted and finished 15th, but it was no dice for Williams who was forced to exit with damage and a 21st place result.

The ensuing restart saw Cummins get relatively freed up and now the main focus turned to the joust for second, with Pursley now finding a second wind and driving around the outside of Windom to move into the runner-up spot for laps 21 and 22 before Windom catapulted himself back in front of Pursley on the 23rd circuit.

For the majority throughout, Cummins took a low entry into turns one and three and made a sweeping exit through the middle of turns two and four, preventing his challengers from making a banzai maneuver getting into the turns on each end of the track. A party of five swarmed Cummins, led by Windom two car lengths back along with the sudden emergence of Thomas Meseraull, Pursley, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Jason McDougal as well.

“I love just blowing it in there and throwing a slider,” Cummins explained. “I was better around the top, and once it got slick, I knew, because of the last couple years I’ve been here, if you get in front of them, it’s really hard to pass somebody in a midget. I think it’s due to the experience from that and getting the car right, I guess.”

None of the “swarm” was able to make much headway on Cummins who executed to perfection and became the 12th different driver to win a feature in each of Tri-State Speedway’s previous 12 USAC National Midget events since the first one held in 1969, won by two-time USAC National Midget champ, Mike McGreevy.

Cummins’ 0.570 second margin under the checkered flag came ahead of Windom, Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley and Kevin Thomas Jr.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) set the tone early in the evening, breaking the late, great Bryan Clauson’s 2010 one-lap USAC National Midget track record of 13.629 at Tri-State, establishing his own blistering mark of 13.377 in the CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Furthermore, Chris Windom moved into the Indiana Midget Week point lead by virtue of his runner-up performance and now possesses a 13-point lead over former leader, Buddy Kofoid, who dropped to second. Despite owning the IMW point lead through consistency with four races completed and four remaining, Windom is fatigued by having to stand by and watch someone else enjoy the spoils of victory following his second 2nd performance in the past three nights of IMW.

“I’m sick of running second,” Windom said point blank. “I felt like we had the best car there for most of the race. I had to try something there at the end to try and drive around the outside and it about cost me second. Sucks to be as fast as were and come home second. Wasn’t much we could do there, just keep plugging away and go after the midget week title.

Thomas Meseraull’s long-awaited first career USAC National Midget win came at Tri-State in October of 2020. While a win wasn’t quite in the cards for the San Jose, Calif. racer on Sunday night, a solid third-place result was in order following a heavy crash during the opening laps of Saturday’s feature at Lawrenceburg. Sunday, nonetheless, contained a sense of relief and redemption for the driver known as T-Mez.

“It’s the perfect place to come after you’ve banged your head,” Meseraull noted. “This place is always smooth, always kind of greasy, just hammer down and go. If the thing’s doing wheelies, you’ve got a good car, but we weren’t really doing wheelies. We were pretty good, though. I didn’t feel 100 percent today, but I gave it 110.”

Starting 9th, Meseraull was shuffled back to mid-pack by lap five, but dug in and steadily worked his way back into the forefront by race’s end aboard his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“We were so good in the beginning,” Meseraull said. “I got to racing with (Logan) Seavey and he kind of shut the door on me. I locked the brakes up and stalled the thing. It got started again, but I fell back to about 13th. This RMS Racing 7x is bad fast everywhere we go as long as I can keep it on all fours.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 6, 2021 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 17th Indiana Midget Week – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-13.377 (New Track Record); 2. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.405; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.691; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.706; 5. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.722; 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.730; 7. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.771; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.772; 9. Corey Day, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-13.775; 10. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.789; 11. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.807; 12. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.899; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.932; 14. Trey Gropp, 00, MSW-13.984; 15. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-13.985; 16. Kendall Ruble, 11, Martin-14.026; 17. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-14.055; 18. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-14.064; 19. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-14.113; 20. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.114; 21. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-14.125; 22. Stephen Schnapf, 11s, Martin-14.150; 23. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BLS-14.350; 24. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.380; 25. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-14.382; 26. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-14.631; 27. Aiden Purdue, 57D, McCreery-14.723.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Stephen Schnapf, 7. Brian Carber, 8. Cole Bodine, 9. Kendall Ruble. 2:21.269

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Trey Gropp, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Blake Brannon, 9. Travis Buckley. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Corey Day, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 7. Hayden Williams, 8. Kaylee Bryson, 9. Aiden Purdue. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Hayden Williams, 2. Stephen Schnapf, 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Brian Carber, 8. Travis Buckley, 9. Chance Crum, 10. Aiden Purdue, 11. Blake Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (3), 2. Chris Windom (6), 3. Thomas Meseraull (9), 4. Daison Pursley (1), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 6. Jason McDougal (15), 7. Cannon McIntosh (4), 8. Justin Grant (19), 9. Tanner Thorson (8), 10. Buddy Kofoid (2), 11. Corey Day (11), 12. Emerson Axsom (12), 13. Logan Seavey (5), 14. Cole Bodine (17), 15. Brenham Crouch (18), 16. Bryant Wiedeman (10), 17. Brian Carber (22), 18. Kaylee Bryson (21), 19. Trey Gropp (14), 20. Stephen Schnapf (20), 21. Hayden Williams (16), 22. Ethan Mitchell (13). NT

**Ethan Mitchell flipped on lap 7 of the feature. Hayden Williams flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Kyle Cummins, Lap 2 Daison Pursley, Laps 3-30 Kyle Cummins.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-706, 2-Chris Windom-699, 3-Justin Grant-657, 4-Thomas Meseraull-612, 5-Tanner Thorson-599, 6-Emerson Axsom-567, 7-Daison Pursley-558, 8-Logan Seavey-552, 9-Cannon McIntosh-533, 10-Jason McDougal-489.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-283, 2-Buddy Kofoid-270, 3-Logan Seavey-256, 4-Justin Grant-247, 5-Daison Pursley-243, 6-Thomas Meseraull-220, 7-Cannon McIntosh-218, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-202, 9-Emerson Axsom-189, 10-Jason McDougal-185.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-71, 2-Tanner Thorson-63, 3-Robert Ballou-60, 4-Brady Bacon-44, 5-Chris Windom-43, 6-Justin Grant-41, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-37, 8-Buddy Kofoid-33, 9-Brian Carber-30, 10-Kyle Cummins-26.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-27, 2-Emerson Axsom-24, 3-Brian Carber-24, 4-Justin Grant-17, 5-Kaylee Bryson-17, 6-Chris Windom-16, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-16, 8-Jason McDougal-16, 9-Tanner Thorson-16, 10-Hayden Williams-16.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 9, 2021 – Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana – 17th Indiana Midget Week – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Daison Pursley

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Chris Windom

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Hayden Williams

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Justin Grant (19th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

ProSource Hard Work Award: Brian Carber

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Travis Buckley


 


BEN WORTH MAKES MOST OF VENTURA RETURN

VENTURA, CA – JUNE 5, 2021… Racing past Shannon McQueen on the fourth lap, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) held off all challengers to take the feature win at Ventura Raceway. For Worth, his second career $1,200 USAC Western States Midget victory marked the 150th appearance for the series at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Hard charger Robby Josett, Shannon McQueen, Brody Fuson, and Blake Bower chased the 2019 Rookie of the Year to the checkered flags.

Point leader Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) opened the night by earning the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by clocking in with a time of 12.521 of the 15-car roster. The 2018 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion ran seventh in his heat race and flipped in the main event, resulting in a tenth place finish. Liggett heads to Merced’s July 9th event with a 36-point lead over the competition.

Starting fourteenth on the field, Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) scored the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a second place finish in the feature. The veteran driver qualified fourteenth overall, placed third in his heat race, and ranks twenty-first in points after his first start of 2021.

Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA) claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award with a thirteenth place finish in the main event. The rookie contender was sixth quick in time trials, took seventh in his heat race, and sits fifteenth in the standings despite running a limited schedule.

The 10-lap heat race victories went to C.J. Sarna (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), and Dylan Ito (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Second Heat). Sarna, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year, qualified seventh overall and scored eighth in the feature. Ito was twelfth fast in time trials and finished seventh at his home track.

After a break in the schedule, the USAC Western States Midgets will travel to Merced Speedway (Merced, CA) on Friday, July 9th, followed by an event at Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA) the following night. The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will share the spotlight at both shows.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 5, 2021 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.521; 2. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.669; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.937; 4. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-13.075; 5. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-13.107; 6. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-13.347; 7. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.378; 8. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-13.392; 9. David Prickett, 1NP, Nichols-13.486; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.509; 11. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.628; 12. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.629; 13. Kaleb Montgomery, 1X, LKK-13.732; 14. Robby Josett, 73B, Ford-13.733; 15. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sarna, 2. McQueen, 3. Worth, 4. Gardner, 5. Prickett, 6. Montgomery, 7. Liggett, 8. Hazleton. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ito, 2. Bower, 3. Josett, 4. Fuson, 5. Pankratz, 6. Leach, 7. Soares. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Ben Worth (4), 2. Robby Josett (14), 3. Shannon McQueen (1), 4. Brody Fuson (6), 5. Blake Bower (2), 6. David Prickett (11), 7. Dylan Ito (7), 8. C.J. Sarna (3), 9. Randi Pankratz (12), 10. Austin Liggett (8), 11. Ronnie Gardner (5), 12. Ron Hazelton (15), 13. Jarrett Soares (10), 14. Mike Leach Jr. (9), 15. Kaleb Montgomery (13). NT.
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**Hazelton flipped during qualifications. Leach flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Liggett flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 McQueen, Laps 4-30 Worth
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Robby Josett (14th to 2nd)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Jarrett Soares

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Austin Liggett-356, 2-Shannon McQueen-320, 3-Blake Bower-308, 4-Brody Fuson-285, 5-David Prickett-279, 6-Ben Worth-254, 7-C.J. Sarna-241, 8-Dylan Ito-190, 9-Terry Nichols-173, 10-Maria Cofer-159.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 9 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California

 

SEAVEY SERVES NOTICE WITH
INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WIN AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (June 5, 2021)………As the lone past Indiana Midget Week championship representative in Saturday night’s starting lineup at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Logan Seavey knows all too well what it takes to compete and win during this most intense and busy week(s) of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing.

The 2019 IMW titlist and one-time IMW race winner from Sutter, Calif. returned to form at the 3/8-mile oval to survive and withstand a late-race cascade of cautions and challenges served by way of current IMW point leader Buddy Kofoid, the very driver aiming to establish himself in the echelon Seavey positioned himself in just two years prior.

Seavey was succeeded at the beginning of the 2020 season by Kofoid in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 67, the team for which Seavey earned the bulk of his earliest USAC accolades and achievements, the likes of which included a 2018 National Midget championship as well.

For 2021, Seavey aligned himself with the Tom Malloy-owned outfit and, after an imbalanced early part to the schedule, the pairing seems to have hit its stride, earning their first win together and serving notice to the competition of their aspirations to capture the Indiana Midget Week title, which they trail now by only 14 points to Kofoid with three races complete and four more remaining.

The Lawrenceburg win was a longtime coming for Seavey who hadn’t won a USAC National Midget feature since 2019 at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. It’s the first occasion of what Seavey hopes will become an increasingly more often routine in his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota.

“This feels awesome,” Seavey exclaimed following his seventh career USAC National Midget win. “With Tom Malloy and Jerome (Rodela), Chris (Tramel) and Krieg Poland working so hard, this definitely wouldn’t even be possible. It’s been a couple years since I’ve won a national midget race and it feels really good. We’ve had so much speed and I just haven’t been getting the job done in the features. Tonight, we got to the lead early and we’re able to set our pace and show the speed this thing has had all year. I’m just glad I could get it done for these guys. They work so hard, and they have such a nice race car. I’m just lucky to be the one driving it.”

Seavey started third in the 22-car field but was already hustling his way past both front row occupiers from the word “go.” While outside front row starter Chris Windom disposed of pole sitter Thomas Meseraull to lead the opening lap, Seavey set sail up top and drove by Meseraull off turn four, then rocketed around Windom moments later for the lead exiting turn two on the second circuit and immediately constructed a more than one second advantage.

Trouble befell third-running Meseraull on the fifth lap when he jumped over the turn one cushion, tagged the outside wall and began flipping. Kevin Thomas Jr., with no place to escape, ran into the bottom of Meseraull’s racecar while it was still flipping down the racetrack. As a result, Meseraull was finished for the evening with damage too extensive while Thomas ultimately returned, finishing a distant 19th.

Time and time again on this evening, Seavey showed his strong suit on restarts where he was mostly unheeded as he launched away from his pursuers. Behind him, though, Chris Windom and Justin Grant were engaged in their own personal war after exchanging “White Castles” on both ends of the racetrack, lap after lap, on a loop.

That proved to be all to Seavey’s advantage as his interval jumped to one second, then a full two seconds and a half-straightaway as the laps clicked away amid a rapid pace before, during and in the post-aftermath of the halfway mark. In traffic, however, Windom sliced Kofoid’s lead in half to a mere second.

The length of Kofoid’s lead shrank substantially once more on the 19th lap when 11th running Bryant Wiedeman flipped after contacting the outer concrete in turns three and four. The series’ top-leading Rookie was uninjured in the incident, which came less than 24 hours following his best career USAC finish, a 5th at Bloomington Speedway.

With a clear, unhindered view from behind his visor, Seavey powered away on the restart while Windom and now third-running Windom went on the attack, relentlessly sliding each other without an ounce of hesitation on the tip of their minds in turns one and three. It was no holds barred between the two, with Kofoid able to corral the position just nine trips from the conclusion.

Less than a lap later, a flurry of carnage began to rear its ugly head when Daison Pursley (4th) and Chase Randall (5th) collided in the middle of turn four, sending Randall into a 180-degree spin before flipping over and flopping onto the left side of his car to bring out the red flag. Damage to Randall’s car appeared fairly insignificant at the time and, after a minute in the work area.

On the 22nd lap restart, Kofoid sent out a teaser by pulling alongside Seavey in turns one and two but was unable to make Seavey surrender the position in any manner whatsoever, which in turn, allowed Windom to distance himself once again from Kofoid.

Randall’s brief reemergence to the action was short-lived, however, as the Waco, Texas Rookie driver’s night went from bad to worse. As Randall entered the third turn on lap 24, an apparent part failure sent him into a nasty series of flips in turn three. An extraordinary amount of hang time resulted for Randall as he ricocheted off the top of the catchfence before seemingly falling from the sky and back to the track surface. Randall emerged from the wreckage physically okay following the pair of incidents but was finished for the evening, and for the weekend.

An open track awaited race leader Seavey for the restart with seven laps to go, but he was keenly aware that Lawrenceburg is a nesting ground for slide jobs on restarts, and he was in the ultimate sitting duck position. As the field rolled away to take the green, Seavey stretched out a big enough gap that Kofoid had no attack and no chance to fight for, at least for turns ones and two.

Following Seavey on the high side, as it turned out, Kofoid was setting up a turn three maneuver, and took his shot, firing a bomb across the bow of Seavey which briefly sent him to P1. However, Seavey was prepared in anticipation of the challenge, and already had his front bumper pointed back under Kofoid where he drove downhill to pull ahead, as it turned out, for good.

Seavey closed the account during the final six laps and cashed in to win his first USAC National Midget feature of the season, and first for car owner Tom Malloy over Kofoid, Windom, Grant and Brenham Crouch, who rounded out the top-five with a career-best USAC finish.

With the win, Seavey now stands second in the Indiana Midget Week standings and has placed himself into instant IMS championship contention. He’s got the ingredients, he’s got the car, he’s got the win in the bank, and he’s got the confidence after a flawless performance, which is just one of the several parts of the equation it’s going to take to win this eight-race in ten nights deal.

“It just takes speed all the time and not making too many big mistakes,” Seavey explained of what an Indiana Midget Week championship entails. “So far, that’s what we’re doing. Obviously, Buddy and Chris are doing the same thing. I think it’s going to come down to the wire this week and that’s a cool thing to have for the fans. I lost a lot of spots last night when I shouldn’t have, so I just have to minimize those kind of nights.”

There’s not much time to bask in the glory of an Indiana Midget Week victory like this one with the next race less than 24 hours away and a relatively long, lonesome highway voyage during the night staring square into their eyes. In fact, Seavey had less time than most Saturday night, hopping out of the midget and proceeding to win the accompanying sprint car feature to sweep the night.

With full momentum on his side, Seavey still took a moment to relish the importance of a substantial victory for he and his midget team.

“Indiana Midget Week is one of those bittersweet weeks,” Seavey admitted. “You win a race and tomorrow it doesn’t matter. You’re showing up to race again and you don’t really have the week to celebrate it. But it is really cool. These are big races to win and I’m glad I could get another one.”

Runner-up finisher Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) has known Seavey since he was a 6-year old as they grew up racing outlaw karts together. The two Californian’s have a deep respect for one another, and they were able to engage in a highly entertaining “slider-fest” without any contact, a place where the brand of racing is necessary in order to elevate yourself up the results sheet, which Kofoid did aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“At this place, you’ve got to throw them,” Kofoid said, referring to slide jobs. “There’s no other lane to run but the top, and the way to get in front of a guy is to slide up right back into his lane. Once it slicked off, we got going well and, I think we were close to even with him, but at a track like this, it’s really tough to be better in open air. I would’ve liked to have won this one; obviously would like to win any one.”

With winged sprint car experience and now a highly-successful midget foray under his belt on the high banks of Lawrenceburg, Kofoid has a readily apparent comfort level at the venue in which he now has placed right at the top of his ever-growing “favorites” list.

“This place is special because it’s so much fun; I enjoy coming here,” Kofoid revealed. “It’s big and fast and high banked and my love for it started in a wing sprint car, that’s where I came from. Running sprint cars here has been really fun and I’ve had pretty good success with the World of Outlaws the two times that I’ve done it. We’ve been good with the midget too, but I would’ve liked to have been one spot better. It’s another good points night and things are ticking good.”

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) earned his second consecutive top-three feature finish during Indiana Midget Week, taking third place in his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota, which came just one night after finishing 2nd at Bloomington.

Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) turned in a career-best 6th place qualifying result Saturday at Lawrenceburg, but had his race come to a spectacular end when he sucked his right rear tire into the wall and flipped wildly down the main straightaway during the semi-feature. Reinbold walked away from the wreckage under his own power.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 5, 2021 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – 17th Indiana Midget Week – 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Corey Day, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-14.750, 2. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-14.765, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.787, 4. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-14.826, 5. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-14.838, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.849, 7. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-14.872, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.906, 9. Trey Gropp, 00, MSW-14.912, 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.930, 11. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-14.975, 12. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.005, 13. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.022, 14. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-15.029, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-15.118, 16. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.167, 17. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-15.209, 18. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-15.216, 19. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-15.221, 20. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.230, 21. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-15.271, 22. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-15.316, 23. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-15.372, 24. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-15.401, 25. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.990, 26. Chett Gehrke, 37, Felker-16.481, 27. Tommy Thompson, 3T, Thompson-17.045.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Corey Day, 5. Bryant Wiedeman, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Chase Randall, 8. Chance Crum, 9. Blake Brannon. 2:01.212

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Hayden Williams, 9. Chett Gehrke. 2:03.605

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Brenham Crouch, 3. Cole Bodine, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Trey Gropp, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Brian Carber, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Tommy Thompson. 2:05.420

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Randall, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Chance Crum, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Hayden Williams, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Brian Carber, 8. Chett Gehrke, 9. Blake Brannon, 10. Tommy Thompson, 11. Hayden Reinbold, 12. Jason McDougal. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (3), 2. Buddy Kofoid (4), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Justin Grant (5), 5. Brenham Crouch (13), 6. Corey Day (6), 7. Daison Pursley (8), 8. Kaylee Bryson (19), 9. Cannon McIntosh (16), 10. Brian Carber (22), 11. Ethan Mitchell (15), 12. Emerson Axsom (7), 13. Tanner Thorson (14), 14. Chance Crum (18), 15. Hayden Williams (21), 16. Kyle Cummins (20), 17. Chase Randall (10), 18. Trey Gropp (11), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (12), 21. Cole Bodine (17), 22. Thomas Meseraull (1). NT

**Hayden Reinbold flipped during the semi. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Bryant Wiedeman flipped on lap 19 of the feature. Chase Randall flipped on lap 21 of the feature. Chase Randall flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chris Windom, Laps 2-30 Logan Seavey.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-657, 2-Chris Windom-619, 3-Justin Grant-603, 4-Tanner Thorson-545, 5-Thomas Meseraull-540, 6-Emerson Axsom-524, 7-Logan Seavey-503, 8-Daison Pursley-491, 9-Cannon McIntosh-473, 10-Jason McDougal-427.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-221, 2-Logan Seavey-207, 3-Chris Windom-203, 4-Justin Grant-193, 5-Daison Pursley-176, 6-Cannon McIntosh-158, 7-Thomas Meseraull-148, 8-Emerson Axsom-146, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-137, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-136.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-65, 2-Tanner Thorson-63, 3-Robert Ballou-60, 4-Brady Bacon-44, 5-Chris Windom-39, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-35, 7-Buddy Kofoid-33, 8-Justin Grant-30, 9-C.J. Leary-25, 10-Emerson Axsom-25.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-24, 2-Thomas Meseraull-20, 3-Brian Carber-16, 4-Hayden Williams-15, 5-Cannon McIntosh-14, 6-Tanner Thorson-14, 7-Buddy Kofoid-11, 8-Daison Pursley-11, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-11, 10-Kyle Cummins-11.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 6, 2021 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 17th Indiana Midget Week – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Hayden Williams

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Corey Day

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Chase Randall

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Brian Carber (22nd to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Thorson

ProSource Hard Work Award: Brian Carber

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Chett Gehrke

 

 

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF KOKOMO “SMACKDOWN”
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (June 5, 2021)………Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts has been named the title sponsor for the 10th annual Sprint Car Smackdown on August 26-27-28 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

A longtime supporter of USAC and open wheel dirt track racing, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, based out of Warsaw, Ind., is an authorized inTech Trailer, United, Featherlite, ATC, Legend, Alumitech, Haulmark, and EZ Go dealership in the northern part of the Hoosier state.

Tony Elliott and wife Cindy expanded the business after Tony’s racing career began winding down, a career which included two USAC National Sprint Car championships (1998 & 2000), plus eight Kokomo Speedway sprint car track titles and eight USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at Kokomo.

Since Tony’s passing, the business continues on with Cindy and Tony’s brother, Jim, and their support of the sport has never wavered.

This year’s Sprint Car Smackdown will be the biggest and best yet with an increased share of $15,000 for the winner of the final night along with increased payouts throughout the field for the three-night event.

“Smackdown” preliminary events on Thursday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Aug. 27 will feature complete programs for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, culminating in 30-lap feature races each night. Both nights will feature sprint cars only without a support class.

On the third and final night, Saturday, Aug. 28, the $15,000 to win 40-lap feature will close out the spectacular weekend in grand fashion, which will be preceded by heat races, the popular “King of the Hill” two-car races, and the final chance for drivers to lock themselves into a coveted spot for the A-Main.

In a change from recent years, USAC Regional Midgets will now serve as the support class to the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to form an enticing USAC doubleheader.

Tickets for Sprint Car Smackdown X are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (815) 468-8690. The three-day pass is $85, saving you $10 at the gate if purchased individually. Single-day tickets will be sold at the main ticket window on race days.

“Smackdown” has been a premier event on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship calendar since its inception in 2012. Chock full of highly competitive and unpredictable racing action, the annual late-summer weekend at the quarter-mile dirt oval, which is located about an hour north of Indianapolis, has been a fan favorite since its debut a decade ago.

Former winners of the final night of Sprint Car Smackdown include Bryan Clauson (2012), Dave Darland (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2016), Tyler Courtney (2017-19-20) and Justin Grant (2018).


BUDDY BLISTERS BLOOMINGTON
FOR FIRST INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (June 4, 2021)………They say you only get one shot at making a first impression.

In the ensuing moments after his first career Indiana Midget Week victory on Friday night, Buddy Kofoid let it be known that his initial impression of his first visit to Bloomington Speedway was that it was now on his personal list of favorite racetracks. And it’s easy to see why.

The Penngrove, California driver’s first Bloomington experience made an impression itself on the immediate and season-long outlook as well by becoming the first driver to earn a third USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win in 2021 while also extending his point lead in the series and rising to the top of the latest Indiana Midget Week standings.

Kofoid earned his stripes after prevailing in a near race-long duel with Chris Windom to earn his sixth career USAC National Midget feature win, and first at the 1/4-mile dirt oval in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

The win earned team owner Keith Kunz his 117th win with the USAC National Midget division, 16 behind all-time leader Steve Lewis’ 133, and his all-time leading fifth at Bloomington, all of which have come during Indiana Midget Week.

Getting a win during Indiana Midget Week is a source of pride for Kofoid, not only because of the stage, but because of what it took to earn it on Friday night.

“To win an Indiana Midget Week show is probably one of the bigger midget wins of my career,” Kofoid said. “It feels pretty good to beat some of the best, straight-up, head to head. I had a blast racing with Chris; that was so much fun. If you didn’t like that, I don’t know what to tell you. That was hard racing back and forth.”

Reigning series champion Windom established superiority at the beginning from his outside front row starting position, ducking underneath pole sitter and leading Rookie Bryant Wiedeman off turn two for the lead.

Windom controlled the first four laps until lap five when first time Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier Corey Day stopped in turn three to bring out the first yellow of the night. The Clovis, Calif. driver did not return to the lineup, and instead, dropped out with a 23rd place finish.

On the restart, third-starting Kofoid maneuvered past Wiedeman for second, then began his approach toward Windom, attempting to strike quickly and often with a slider on the bottom of turn three that came up short with Windom able to dodge the barrage for the time being, cutting back under off turn four to stave off Kofoid momentarily.

The detriment of showing a hand, but coming up short in executing completely, is that the leader can gain a sense of what line might be working in the trailing driver’s pursuit, then counteract that notion with a bit of defense of their own.

That’s what happened for Windom on the 10th lap when Kofoid’s bid came up short on the bottom of turns three and four. Windom altered his entry a tad lower to where he’d wind up sliding himself in the turns and, thus, prevented Kofoid from slipping by for the time being.

“When we ran the slider line in three and four and caught Chris, he saw it, then he started doing it,” Kofoid recalled. “I was like, ‘man,’ I don’t want to say it was game over, but I though it would be pretty hard to get to him after that. I figured pretty early in the race that the top was really far around into three and I figured that if I could be stuck enough as far as throttle control and keep it kind of straight up to the cushion, we’d have a shot to catch him pretty quickly,” Kofoid continued.

Throughout the middle stages of the 30-lapper, Windom and Kofoid matched each other punch for punch for the top spot with one’s small step being retaliated by a giant leap for mankind as the pair practically swapped their brief stays at the head of the field each turn of every lap.

Kofoid made the decisive move on the 15th lap with a demonstration of “how low can you go” which he delivered with a dive down toward the infield tire marker at the entry to turn one.

Following a yellow for the stoppage of Kyle Cummins on lap 20, Windom offered a swift reminder of his presence by sliding past Kofoid in turn one on the restart to lead once more. Nonetheless, a lap later, Kofoid mimicked the favor and returned to first with a similar turn one overtake to reinstate his name at the top of the leaderboard and stretching his lead to a full second mere moments later.

With six laps remaining, 16th running Chase Randall flipped atop the turn three and four cushion. He was uninjured. During the red flag period, Kofoid had several moments to contemplate and organize his thoughts for how to protect himself on the ensuing restart as well as some internal advice for the final mile-and-a-half stretch to the checkered.

“Those last six laps, I just told myself ‘don’t get tight, don’t get tight on the curb,’” Kofoid explained. “It worked out really good. The only time we got tight was that restart, and I thought I about gave it away right there. It shows how much speed this car has, to get it right back the next lap and keep on going.”

Windom presented his challenge under Kofoid in the first turn just after the drop of the green flag, but Kofoid kept his foot in it, never wavering from the cushion in turns one and two to drive back by Windom and secure his position in the lead. Windom searched the racing surface for an alternate path to get back into contention, altering his line to high in one and two and low in three and four.

Kofoid, who took 23 races to win his first USAC National Midget feature in September of 2020, carried onto to the win for the sixth time in the past 18 feature events with a 1.493 second margin of victory over Windom, Kevin Thomas Jr., Brady Bacon and Bryant Wiedeman, who earned a best career series finish by rounding out the top-five.

For Kofoid, it was his sixth career USAC National Midget win in his sixth different state following wins in Missouri (Sweet Springs), Arizona (Arizona Speedway), California (Bakersfield Speedway), Florida (Bubba Raceway Park), Oklahoma (Port City Raceway) and now Indiana (Bloomington Speedway).

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) earned his fifth top-three finish of the season with the series following a runner-up finish at Bloomington aboard his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“That was a lot of fun racing with him there,” Windom said of the battle with Kofoid. “We just kind of had to go where each other weren’t. When I was out front, I felt like I was a sitting duck in three and four. I didn’t feel like running the top was that great, but I saw him slide me there and I realized that was a better line. He was just a little better than us there and we couldn’t make quite as much as speed as him, but we’d get shots at him on the restarts and I felt like we had a really good run at it, but he was just a little bit better than us.”

“Through three and four, he could run that line a little bit better than I could and we were about the same speed through one and two,” Windom continued. “I just couldn’t quite figure out where to stick it just right through three and four. That’s where he got away from us. I tried the bottom there on the last restart, trying to make something happen, but it didn’t quite work either. I’m happy with the overall result from the night though.”

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) equaled his best result of the USAC National Midget season with a third-place run in his Petry Motorsports/Gray Auto – FK Rod Ends – Greber Racing Comp./Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota. Thomas also set a new 12-lap track record for the series at Bloomington with a time of 2:34.699 during the Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature, displacing the former record of 2:40.02 established by Logan Seavey in 2019.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) earned the KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger award by moving from his 22nd starting position to an 11th place finish in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Keizer Aluminum Wheels – Mobil 1/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota. Axsom’s time during qualifying was good enough for ninth overall but was disallowed due to him missing the scales following his time trial run.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 4, 2021 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – 17th Indiana Midget Week – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Corey Day, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-11.489; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-11.496; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-11.503; 4. Brady Bacon, 21H, TKH-11.559; 5. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-11.568; 6. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.586; 7. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-11.595; 8. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.602; 9. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.627; 10. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.640; 11. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-11.676; 12. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-11.702; 13. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-11.709; 14. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.729; 15. Trey Gropp, 00, MSW-11.746; 16. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-11.779; 17. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-11.789; 18. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.796; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-11.829; 20. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-11.844; 21. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-11.889; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.914; 23. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-11.929; 24. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffith-12.060; 25. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.077; 26. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-12.100; 27. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-12.164; 28. Chett Gehrke, 37, Felker-12.176; 29. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.199; 30. Max Guilford, 3NZ, Benic-12.330; 31. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-NT; 32. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-NT (Time of 11.620 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Hayden Williams, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Chase Randall, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Corey Day, 8. Ethan Mitchell. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Max Guilford, 8. Tyler Nelson. 2:07.284

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Trey Gropp, 7. Blake Brannon. 2:05.082

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Brian Carber, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Bryan Stanfill. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Corey Day, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Brian Carber, 6. Trey Gropp, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Chance Crum, 9. Chett Gehrke, 10. Max Guilford, 11. Ethan Mitchell, 12. Blake Brannon, 13. Tyler Nelson, 14. Hayden Reinbold, 15. Oliver Akard. 2:34.699 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (3), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 4. Brady Bacon (5), 5. Bryant Wiedeman (1), 6. Tanner Thorson (14), 7. Logan Seavey (6), 8. Daison Pursley (12), 9. Justin Grant (8), 10. Jason McDougal (4), 11. Emerson Axsom (22), 12. Cannon McIntosh (16), 13. Thomas Meseraull (20), 14. Brian Carber (15), 15. Ethan Mitchell (23-P), 16. Cole Bodine (9), 17. Hayden Williams (7), 18. Brenham Crouch (13), 19. Sam Johnson (21), 20. Chase Randall (19), 21. Kyle Cummins (18), 22. Trey Gropp (17), 23. Corey Day (10). NT

P represents a provisional starter

**Chase Randall flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Chris Windom, Laps 15-19 Buddy Kofoid, Lap 20 Chris Windom, Laps 21-30 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-581, 2-Chris Windom-549, 3-Justin Grant-533, 4-Thomas Meseraull-510, 5-Tanner Thorson-503, 6-Emerson Axsom-477, 7-Daison Pursley-431, 8-Logan Seavey-425, 9-Cannon McIntosh-424, 10-Jason McDougal-417.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-145, 2-Chris Windom-133, 3-Logan Seavey-129, 4-Justin Grant-123, 5-Thomas Meseraull-118, 6-Daison Pursley-116, 7-Jason McDougal-113, 8-Cannon McIntosh-112, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-110, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-103.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-65, 2-Tanner Thorson-62, 3-Robert Ballou-60, 4-Brady Bacon-44, 5-Chris Windom-39, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-35, 7-Buddy Kofoid-31, 8-Justin Grant-29, 9-Emerson Axsom-25, 10-C.J. Leary-23.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Emerson Axsom-22, 2-Thomas Meseraull-18, 3-Tanner Thorson-13, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-10, 5-Daison Pursley-9, 6-Buddy Kofoid-7, 7-Chris Windom-7, 8-Trey Gropp-7, 9-Max Guilford-7, 10-Cannon McIntosh-6.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 5, 2021 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – 17th Indiana Midget Week – 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Chris Windom

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Corey Day

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Hayden Williams

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Emerson Axsom (22nd to 11th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Thomas Meseraull

ProSource Hard Work Award: Emerson Axsom

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Kaylee Bryson

 

T-MEZ THRILLS WITH LAST CORNER PASS
TO WIN PARAGON IMW OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Paragon, Indiana (June 3, 2021)………From the drop of the green flag until his drop to the ground in his post-race celebration, Thomas Meseraull captivated the audience with a wildly entertaining Indiana Midget Week opener Thursday night at Paragon Speedway.

Meseraull charged from his 12th starting position to track down Cannon McIntosh on the final corner of the final lap, and with one swift move coming off turn four, the San Jose, California native delivered a dramatic last push to earn his first career Indiana Midget Week victory in his 28th IMW start.

Following the drama of the final lap, Meseraull delivered an encore performance of unintentional physical comedy when he lost his balance and fell from the top of his roll cage onto the ground below. Dusting himself off, and without hesitation, Meseraull joyously jumped to his feet ran full sprint toward the jubilant crowd with both arms raised in triumph.

All that came following an abundance of rainfall that moisturized the 3/8-mile dirt oval and pit area, making it a “cowboy up” surface with a skyscraper tall curb, which, at first, gave Meseraull a tad bit of trepidation. However, T-Mez was singing a triumphant tune at the conclusion of the evening despite having to dig his way through from deep in the field.

“This thing came out of the B-Main. We started 12th and drove by everybody,” Meseraull reiterated. “These types of tracks, where I really just wanted to go home when I got here, they seem to be the types of tracks that I run really good at. Hats off to everybody that helped get this thing in tonight.”

Meseraull became the second driver during the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season to win a feature after starting his race from the back half of the field. Buddy Kofoid began the April 10 race at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. from 16th and drove to the win.

After going winless in his first 88 USAC National Midget starts, since last Fall, Meseraull has now won four of his last 13 series appearances in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“(Crew chief) Donnie (Gentry) and I just click, (team owners) Dave Estep and Matt Estep, these guys give me the best of the best,” Meseraull praised. “We got Danny Drinan here and we’ve got the Dri-Bar on it. It seems to be really good in the rough, but I’m good too.”

Meseraull’s RMS teammate Justin Grant secured the lead for the first two laps of the 30-lap feature from the pole position. When Grant stumbled in turn two on the third lap, McIntosh was on the scene to capitalize, ducking under Grant for the top spot.

Grant stalked McIntosh relentlessly throughout the first half but, seemingly, each time he got nearer to McIntosh’s rear bumper, Grant would snag a fork in the road, halting his march dead in his tracks, forcing him to regroup and reload for another shot.

Nearing halfway, McIntosh’s brakes were throwing a shower of sparks from the left rear of the car as he navigated his way through the back end of the field. A lap 18 caution for a turn one spin by 13th running Brenham Crouch, however, brought about the feature’s lone caution period and, thus, removed the traffic factor of traffic.

McIntosh’s strong restart with 13 laps remaining allowed the Oklahoman to build a steady foundation in which to distance himself from the RMS duo of Grant and the suddenly emerging Meseraull. Nonetheless, within a couple of laps, the distance between the trio had shrunk to virtually nothing.

On the 22nd lap, Grant slid up the racetrack in turn four, opening the door for Meseraull to get a foothold underneath, then beat Grant to the bottom in turn one to gain the second position.

Meseraull’s only target now was chasing down McIntosh, which didn’t take long after McIntosh’s recovery from a bike in turn one with seven laps remaining. On lap 26, 28 and 29, Meseraull was able to pull even with McIntosh between turns one two but fell back in line behind McIntosh down the back straightaway while contemplating his next move on the chess board.

On the final lap, the same scene played out in turns one and two with Meseraull unable to find enough oomph to budge ahead of McIntosh. After settling in behind McIntosh exiting turn two, Meseraull played his hand slightly differently, taking his line a bit higher on entry into turn three while McIntosh sort of slid himself from bottom to top. With a slight diamond off the corner of turns three and four, Meseraull sped under and past McIntosh for the triumph just two car lengths in front at the line, 0.171 seconds ahead.

McIntosh equaled his best series finish of the season with a runner-up result in his Dave Mac Motorsports/DriveWFX.com – SBS Shocks – D.A. McIntosh/Spike/Speedway Toyota. Although understandably frustrated by the heartbreaking result, the Bixby, Okla. driver remained pleased with a finish they’ve sorely needed amid a somewhat inconsistent season.

“That one was really hard to watch slip away there off of four,” McIntosh admitted. “I felt like we had one of the best cars here tonight. I don’t know if T-Mez was just a little better there at the end, but I think we definitely had enough to hold him off. It’s so close down there with the grease, to the grip, and I saw him off of two; he was really close. I tried to block, but it just got a little tight on me, and I let it slip away. I had a really good starting spot in the feature, and we walked away there in the beginning, but just one little mistake in the end got us.”

Grant’s contrarily consistent campaign continued Thursday at Paragon with a 3rd place finish in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Mgmt. Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota. For the reigning USAC Silver Crown champion, it was his seventh consecutive top-seven USAC National Midget finish of the season.

Of note, in the third eight-lap heat race of the evening, Jason McDougal set a brand-new track record for the distance with the USAC National Midgets at Paragon, recording a time of 2:10.840, breaking the former record held by Wes Stafford, which was set in 1977, by nearly 11 full seconds.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 3, 2021 – Paragon Speedway – Paragon, Indiana – 17th Indiana Midget Week – 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-15.809; 2. Ryan Timms, 85, CBI-15.957; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-16.019; 4. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.086; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-16.134; 6. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-16.204; 7. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.239; 8. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-16.257; 9. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-16.369; 10. Hayden Williams, 1NZ, BSL-16.442; 11. Corey Day, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-16.443; 12. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.469; 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-16.477; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-16.490; 15. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-16.497; 16. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-16.515; 17. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.587; 18. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-16.646; 19. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-16.669; 20. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-16.670; 21. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffith-16.818; 22. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.875; 23. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-16.882; 24. Trey Gropp, 00, MSW-16.927; 25. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.939; 26. Brady Bacon, 21H, TKH-17.034; 27. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-17.038; 28. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-17.127; 29. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-17.200; 30. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-17.287; 31. Chett Gehrke, 37, Felker-17.587; 32. Stephen Schnapf, 11s, Martin-17.616; 33. Max Guilford, 3NZ, Benic-17.707; 34. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-18.241; 35. Michael Clark, 8, Clark-18.423.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Bryan Stanfill, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Kaylee Bryson, 9. Max Guilford. 2:14.907

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chance Crum, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Hayden Williams, 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Travis Buckley, 8. Emerson Axsom, 9. Blake Brannon. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Corey Day, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Tyler Nelson, 8. Chett Gehrke, 9. Michael Clark. 2:10.840 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Trey Gropp, 3. Chase Randall, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Stephen Schnapf, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Brian Carber. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Corey Day, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Cole Bodine, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Tanner Thorson, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Tyler Nelson, 12. Kaylee Bryson, 13. Blake Brannon, 14. Chett Gehrke, 15. Max Guilford, 16. Travis Buckley, 17. Stephen Schnapf, 18. Michael Clark. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (12), 2. Cannon McIntosh (2), 3. Justin Grant (1), 4. Buddy Kofoid (3), 5. Logan Seavey (4), 6. Jason McDougal (8), 7. Daison Pursley (7), 8. Emerson Axsom (13), 9. Chris Windom (6), 10. Hayden Williams (14), 11. Ryan Timms (5), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (9), 13. Tanner Thorson (23-P), 14. Kyle Cummins (17), 15. Corey Day (15), 16. Trey Gropp (22), 17. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 18. Chance Crum (10), 19. Sam Johnson (18), 20. Ethan Mitchell (21), 21. Hayden Reinbold (24-P), 22. Brenham Crouch (11), 23. Bryan Stanfill (20), 24. Chase Randall (19). NT

P represents a provisional starter

**Brenham Crouch flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Justin Grant, Laps 3-29 Cannon McIntosh, Lap 30 Thomas Meseraull.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-503, 2-Justin Grant-479, 3-Chris Windom-474, 4-Thomas Meseraull-467, 5-Tanner Thorson-446, 6-Emerson Axsom-429, 7-Cannon McIntosh-384, 8-Daison Pursley-375, 9-Jason McDougal-367, 10-Logan Seavey-363.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-75, 2-Cannon McIntosh-72, 3-Justin Grant-69, 4-Buddy Kofoid-67, 5-Logan Seavey-67, 6-Jason McDougal-63, 7-Daison Pursley-60, 8-Chris Windom-58, 9-Emerson Axsom-51, 10-Ryan Timms-51.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-60, 2-Thomas Meseraull-58, 3-Tanner Thorson-54, 4-Brady Bacon-43, 5-Chris Windom-39, 6-Buddy Kofoid-29, 7-Justin Grant-29, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-27, 9-C.J. Leary-23, 10-Jake Swanson-23.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-11, 2-Trey Gropp-6, 3-Emerson Axsom-5, 4-Hayden Williams-5, 5-Tanner Thorson-5, 6-Cole Bodine-5, 7-Jason McDougal-4, 8-Kyle Cummins-4, 9-Daison Pursley-3, 10-Chris Windom-3.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Logan Seavey

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Chris Windom

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chance Crum

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Brenham Crouch

KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Thomas Meseraull (12th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Thorson

ProSource Hard Work Award: Trey Gropp

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Cole Bodine


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

VENTURA HOSTS 150TH USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 1, 2021... This Saturday, June 5th, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States will battle at Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA) for the 150th time in series history. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the fifth point race will also showcase the California Lightning Sprints, WMR Western Midgets, VRA Hobby Stocks, and NMRA TQ 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. Tickets for the event ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE at venturaraceway.com. WALK UP TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD. For more information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE. Floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS: - ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. - California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus. - 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event. - FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY. - ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY. - TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY. - The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Since May 24, 1986, 149 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. When the series last visited the popular oval on November 28, 2019, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson won the 98-lap Turkey Night Grand Prix. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

After finishing second to Maria Cofer at Petaluma on May 15th, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) holds a 56-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, the 2018 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday night, Liggett will be looking for his fourth career USAC Western States Midget victory.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is second in the championship point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, the 2012 Champion scored tenth at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds after an early exit. With three top-10 finishes on the season, McQueen will have her sights on her first win at Ventura Raceway.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) has climbed to third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Piloting Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Solid Buy Guys Stealth, the leading rookie contender scored third at Petaluma Speedway. With three heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the year, Bower will be looking for his first win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

After running sixth at Petaluma, David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Monster Seal / Western Performance Spike, the 2012 Dirt Series has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. The veteran driver will have his sights on adding a Ventura feature win to his resume.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) sits fifth in the point standings. Driving Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, the rookie contender placed fourth at Petaluma Speedway. At press time, Fuson has posted two heat race wins and two top-10 finishes on the season. Brody will be looking to earn his first series win this Saturday night.

While Bower leads the chase for rookie honors, Fuson (Bakersfield, CA), Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA), Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), and Colton Raudman (Redding, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Ben Worth, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Kyle Beilman, Dylan Ito, Ron Hazelton, Alex Schutte, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Tickets for the event ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE at venturaraceway.com. WALK UP TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD. General Admission Adult tickets are $22, General Admission Senior (60 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $18. 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, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 USAC Western States Midget 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.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD.

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Johnny Cofer – 11.675 (11/18/95)

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-Kyle Larson, 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-Chase Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 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.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Mitchel Moles.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-305, 2. Shannon McQueen-249, 3. Blake Bower -243, 4. David Prickett-220, 5. Brody Fuson -214, 6. C.J. Sarna-184, 7. Ben Worth-176, 8. Terry Nichols-173, 9. Maria Cofer-159, 10. Mitchel Moles-148, 11. Kyle Beilman-133, 12. Dylan Ito-130, 13. Ron Hazelton-117, 14. Alex Schutte-113, 15. Colby Johnson -90, 16. Chase Johnson-83, 17. Jake Andreotti -77, 18. Ryan Bernal-75, --. Tony Gualda -75, 20. Davey Ray-72, 21. Jarrett Soares -71, 22. Max Adams -65, 23. Troy Rutherford-60, 24. Troy Morris III-50, --. Sparky Howard-50, 26. Beau Lemire-47, 27. Colton Raudman -41, 28. Jake Vermeer-27, 29. Robert Carson-11.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION March 27: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson) April 10: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles) April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett) May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer) June 5: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Dust Fever) July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA August 7: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial) September 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA October 9: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium) October 10: #Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA October 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA October 29: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Tom Tarlton Classic) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) This schedule is subject to change.

USAC Western States Midget Series

VENTURA HOSTS 150TH USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 1, 2021... This Saturday, June 5th, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States will battle at Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA) for the 150th time in series history. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the fifth point race will also showcase the California Lightning Sprints, WMR Western Midgets, VRA Hobby Stocks, and NMRA TQ 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. Tickets for the event ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE at venturaraceway.com. WALK UP TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD. For more information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE. Floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Since May 24, 1986, 149 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen Ventura wins. When the series last visited the popular oval on November 28, 2019, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson won the 98-lap Turkey Night Grand Prix. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

After finishing second to Maria Cofer at Petaluma on May 15th, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) holds a 56-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, the 2018 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday night, Liggett will be looking for his fourth career USAC Western States Midget victory.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is second in the championship point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, the 2012 Champion scored tenth at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds after an early exit. With three top-10 finishes on the season, McQueen will have her sights on her first win at Ventura Raceway.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) has climbed to third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Piloting Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Solid Buy Guys Stealth, the leading rookie contender scored third at Petaluma Speedway. With three heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the year, Bower will be looking for his first win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

After running sixth at Petaluma, David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Monster Seal / Western Performance Spike, the 2012 Dirt Series has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. The veteran driver will have his sights on adding a Ventura feature win to his resume.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) sits fifth in the point standings. Driving Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, the rookie contender placed fourth at Petaluma Speedway. At press time, Fuson has posted two heat race wins and two top-10 finishes on the season. Brody will be looking to earn his first series win this Saturday night.

While Bower leads the chase for rookie honors, Fuson (Bakersfield, CA), Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA), Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), and Colton Raudman (Redding, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Ben Worth, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Kyle Beilman, Dylan Ito, Ron Hazelton, Alex Schutte, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Tickets for the event ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE at venturaraceway.com. WALK UP TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD. General Admission Adult tickets are $22, General Admission Senior (60 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $18. 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, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 USAC Western States Midget 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.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD.

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Johnny Cofer – 11.675 (11/18/95)

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-Kyle Larson, 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-Chase Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 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.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Mitchel Moles.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-305, 2. Shannon McQueen-249, 3. Blake Bower -243, 4. David Prickett-220, 5. Brody Fuson -214, 6. C.J. Sarna-184, 7. Ben Worth-176, 8. Terry Nichols-173, 9. Maria Cofer-159, 10. Mitchel Moles-148, 11. Kyle Beilman-133, 12. Dylan Ito-130, 13. Ron Hazelton-117, 14. Alex Schutte-113, 15. Colby Johnson -90, 16. Chase Johnson-83, 17. Jake Andreotti -77, 18. Ryan Bernal-75, --. Tony Gualda -75, 20. Davey Ray-72, 21. Jarrett Soares -71, 22. Max Adams -65, 23. Troy Rutherford-60, 24. Troy Morris III-50, --. Sparky Howard-50, 26. Beau Lemire-47, 27. Colton Raudman -41, 28. Jake Vermeer-27, 29. Robert Carson-11.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 27: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
April 10: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer)
June 5: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Dust Fever)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 7: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
September 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 9: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium)
October 10: #Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 29: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Tom Tarlton Classic)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA)
This schedule is subject to change.

 

AN INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ORIGINAL:
LAWRENCEBURG ON TAP FOR ROUND #3 SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (June 2, 2021)………The foundation for Indiana Midget Week was forged at Lawrenceburg Speedway with the event’s first ever race being held at what was then a quarter-mile bullring.

Converted just a couple years later into its current 3/8-mile configuration, the southeastern Indiana venue has been a staple of the IMW series since the beginning, along with Gas City, hosting 14 events since 2005.

Event number 15 for IMW at Lawrenceburg arrives at the high banks this Saturday night, June 5, for round number three of the 17th annual edition of the series.

Canton, Ill. driver Chris Windom (CBI #89), one of seven career USAC Triple Crown champions, broke through for his first ever USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win in his 102nd career back in 2019. Windom also secured a 3rd during IMW at the Burg in 2012, a 4th in 2020 and a 7th in 2014, in addition to a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumph there in 2017.

San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull (RMS #7x) nearly scored a victory in the 2020 IMW round at Lawrenceburg, finishing 3rd after leading a race-high 21 laps. A late caution deterred his march to victory just four laps from the end, with both winner Kyle Larson and Buddy Kofoid getting by in the waning laps. Meseraull was also the fastest qualifier last year. He earned a USAC National Sprint Car win at Lawrenceburg in 2015 and, perhaps, a first IMW win awaits this Saturday night.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Petry #5) owns four career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins at Lawrenceburg over the years. The Cullman, Ala. native’s Indiana Midget Week performances there include three top-tens, topped by a 4th in 2015, a 9th in 2019 and a 10th in 2018.

Justin Grant (RMS #2J), likewise, possesses a record of four USAC National Sprint Car victories at Lawrenceburg in his career. A 7th place finish during IMW in 2017 at Lawrenceburg has been the best thus far for the Ione, Californian, although, he does own a fast qualifying time there during IMW in 2019.

Brady Bacon (TKH #21H) is the most recent USAC National series winner at Lawrenceburg, taking the Sprint Car feature back in April of this year, the Broken Arrow, Oklahoman’s third win with the series at the track. The three-time USAC National Sprint Car champion has had success in his IMW career at Lawrenceburg, finishing 2nd in 2013, 5th in 2014, 6th in 2008 & 2018 and 8th in 2019.

Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood #19T) has twice been a runner-up finisher during IMW at Lawrenceburg, in both 2017 and 2018. The 2016 USAC National Midget driving champion from Minden, Nev. also earned fast qualifying honors at Lawrenceburg’s IMW round in 2014 and was 4th in the 2019 feature.

Buddy Kofoid (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #67) shares the same team and car number as Lawrenceburg’s first Indiana Midget Week winner, Jay Drake, in 2005, who still serves with the team as its manager and driver coach. Penngrove, California’s Kofoid, the current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader, led the first five laps of the 2020 IMW appearance at Lawrenceburg en route to a 2nd place finish.

USAC National Midget (2018) and Indiana Midget Week champion (2019), Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey (Tom Malloy #25), took 3rd in the 2019 IMW feature at Lawrenceburg and 9th in 2018. Bixby, Oklahoma’s Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac #08) has made a pair of successful Lawrenceburg IMW appearances, earning 5th in 2019 and 6th in 2020 which rewarded him with hard charger honors after starting 22nd.

Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #71) burst onto the scene with a sterling 7th place performance during Lawrenceburg’s IMW feature in 2020. Rossville, Indiana’s Cole Bodine (Clauson Marshall #39BC) finished 8th that same night with Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal (Dalby #4) in 9th, New Berlin, Illinois’ Jake Neuman (Neuman #3N) 11th and Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #71K) 15th, all of whom were making their IMW debuts at Lawrenceburg.

New Zealand’s Hayden Williams makes his return trip to Indiana Midget Week this year after finishing 7th at Lawrenceburg in 2015. He’s one of three Kiwis set to make the trip to the Hoosier State for eight races over a 10-night span along with Travis Buckley and Max Guilford.

Mooresville, North Carolina’s Ethan Mitchell (Bundy Built #19m) has had his best statistical season yet in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing, sitting 13th in the standings and finished a career best 3rd at Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway in April. His best Lawrenceburg IMW performance came in 2018 with a 16th place result.

The veterans will all join first-time Lawrenceburg IMW competitors, and top-25 in points drivers, Kokomo Grand Prix opening night winner, Franklin, Indiana’s Emerson Axsom (Petry #15); top-ranking Rookie, Colby, Kansas’ Bryant Wiedeman (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #01); Waco, Texas’ Chase Randall (Reinbold-Underwood #19A); Lubbock, Texas’ Brenham Crouch (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #97); Gilbert, Arizona’s Hayden Reinbold (Reinbold-Underwood #19A); Pipersville, Pennsylvania’s Brian Carber (Hayward #19); Princeton, Indiana’s Kyle Cummins (Styres #3G); Clovis, California’s Corey Day (Clauson Marshall #47BC) and more.

Saturday’s Indiana Midget Week round at Lawrenceburg Speedway will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, Lawrenceburg Sprint Cars and Modifieds.

Fans can save $5 with purchase of advance tickets at www.TracPass.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be sold at the gate.

On Saturday, the pits open at 3pm EDT with grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

Every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

2021 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

3-Rico Abreu

2-Bryan Clauson

1-Spencer Bayston, Zach Daum, Jay Drake, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Kyle Larson, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell & Chris Windom

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

2005: Jay Drake (8/18)

2007: Kevin Swindell (8/11)

2008: Brad Sweet (8/9)

2009: Bryan Clauson (6/13)

2010: Tracy Hines (6/19)

2011: Bryan Clauson (6/11)

2012: Darren Hagen (6/16)

2013: Zach Daum (6/15)

2014: Rico Abreu (6/14)

2015: Rico Abreu (6/13)

2017: Rico Abreu (6/10)

2018: Spencer Bayston (6/2)

2019: Chris Windom (6/8)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/20)

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

3-Rico Abreu, Jimmy Davies & Rich Vogler

2-Bryan Clauson & Stevie Reeves

1-Spencer Bayston, Tom Bigelow, Zach Daum, Jay Drake, A.J. Foyt, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Steve Knepper, Kyle Larson, Kevin Olson, Mike Streicher, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1961: A.J. Foyt (8/4) & Jimmy Davies (9/10)

1964: Jimmy Davies (6/10)

1965: Jimmy Davies (5/9)

1986: Tom Bigelow (7/19)

1987: Stevie Reeves (6/6)

1988: Rich Vogler (5/21) & Rich Vogler (8/13)

1989: Kevin Olson (6/24) & Rich Vogler (10/8)

1990: Mike Streicher (7/7)

1991: Steve Knepper (5/11)

1993: Stevie Reeves (6/5)

2003: J.J. Yeley (6/1)

2005: Jay Drake (8/18)

2007: Kevin Swindell (8/11)

2008: Brad Sweet (8/9)

2009: Bryan Clauson (6/13)

2010: Tracy Hines (6/19)

2011: Bryan Clauson (6/11)

2012: Darren Hagen (6/16)

2013: Zach Daum (6/15)

2014: Rico Abreu (6/14)

2015: Rico Abreu (6/13)

2017: Rico Abreu (6/10)

2018: Spencer Bayston (6/2)

2019: Chris Windom (6/8)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/20)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 8/9/2008 - Bobby East - 13.660 - 98.829 mph

8 Laps - 8/9/2008 - Danny Stratton - 1:53.03 - 95.550 mph

12 Laps - 6/13/2009 - Steve Buckwalter - 2:59.60 - 90.200 mph

PAST INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE RESULTS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

2005 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Josh Wise, 3. Brad Kuhn, 4. Brian Gerster, 5. Jeremy Warren, 6. Teddy Beach, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Mat Neely, 10. A.J. Fike, 11. Mike Hess, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Bryce Townsend, 14. Danny Stratton, 15. Cole Carter, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Darren Jenkins, 18. Matt Westfall, 19. Bobby Grewohl, 20. Tom Hessert III, 21. Johnny Rodriguez, 22. Greg Lueckert, 23. Jimi Quin. NT

2007 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Swindell, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Brad Sweet, 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 7. Bobby East, 8. Dakoda Armstrong, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Jonathan Hendrick, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Brad Mosen, 13. Gary Taylor, 14. Davey Ray, 15. Shane Hollingsworth, 16. Chuck Gurney Jr., 17. Zach Daum, 18. Tom Hessert III, 19. Brad Kuhn, 20. Brad Loyet, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Cory Kruseman, 23. Jon Stanbrough, 24. Bryce Townsend. NT

2008 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brad Sweet, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Levi Jones, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Brad Loyet, 8. Kody Swanson, 9. Gary Altig, 10. Alfred Galedrige, 11. Bobby East, 12. Danny Stratton, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Cole Whitt, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Steve Buckwalter, 17. Garrett Hansen, 18. Adam Clarke, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Chris Windom, 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 22. Chad Boat. NT

2009 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Steve Buckwalter, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Brad Kuhn, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kody Swanson, 11. Bobby East, 12. Henry Clarke, 13. Caleb Armstrong, 14. Ricky Ehrgott, 15. Levi Jones, 16. Chase Barber, 17. Ryan Kaplan, 18. Dakoda Armstrong, 19. Dene McAllan, 20. Cole Whitt, 21. Kevin Swindell, 22. Mark Brown, 23. Josh Wise, 24. Zach Daum. NT

2010 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brad Loyet, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brad Kuhn, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Chase Barber, 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Caleb Armstrong, 11. Mario Clouser, 12. Shane Hmiel, 13. Henry Clarke, 14. Levi Roberts, 15. Brian Postle, 16. Murray Erickson, 17. Kent Schmidt, 18. Bobby East, 19. Darren Hagen, 20. Chad Boat, 21. Kellen Conover, 22. Brad Sweet. NT

2011 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Matt Smith, 7. Danny Stratton, 8. Bobby East, 9. Zach Daum, 10. Chase Barber, 11. Dalton Armstrong, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Levi Roberts, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Mario Clouser, 16. Billy Pauch Jr., 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Tanner Swanson, 19. Caleb Armstrong, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Trevor Kobylarz. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Kyle Larson, 6. Caleb Armstrong, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Brad Kuhn, 9. Michael Pickens, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Mario Clouser, 12. Davey Ray, 13. Scott Hatton, 14. Rico Abreu, 15. Levi Jones, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Dalton Armstrong, 19. Nathan Smee, 20. Ryan Criswell, 21. Trevor Kobylarz, 22. Jimmy Simpson, 23. Christopher Bell. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Bobby East, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Caleb Armstrong, 8. Andrew Felker, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Steve Buckwalter, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Levi Jones, 14. Tanner Thorson, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Christopher Bell, 17. Austin Brown, 18. Dillon Welch, 19. Tyler Thomas, 20. Rico Abreu, 21. Brad Mosen, 22. Michael Pickens, 23. Dalton Armstrong, 24. Brenden Bright. NT

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Zach Daum, 10. Brock Maskovich, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Andrew Felker, 13. Ronnie Gardner, 14. Brenden Bright, 15. Alex Bright, 16. Jaimie McKinlay, 17. Domain Ramsay, 18. Trey Marcham, 19. Alex Schutte, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Michael Pickens, 22. Tanner Thorson. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Hayden Williams, 8. Brad Mosen, 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Ronnie Gardner, 13. Chett Gehrke, 14. Brenden Bright, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Nick Rowe, 18. David Budres, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Alex Bright, 21. Spencer Bayston, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Ted Hines. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Holly Shelton, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Chad Boat, 11. Tanner Carrick, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Ryan Greth, 14. Trey Marcham, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Brayton Lynch, 19. Michael Pickens, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Alex Bright, 22. Adam Pierson. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps – starting position in parentheses) 1. Spencer Bayston (6), 2. Tanner Thorson (7), 3. Chad Boat (5), 4. Tyler Courtney (1), 5. Tanner Carrick (3), 6. Brady Bacon (9), 7. Rico Abreu (16), 8. Tyler Thomas (13), 9. Logan Seavey (2), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 11. Zeb Wise (10), 12. Jason McDougal (11), 13. Ryan Robinson (14), 14. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 15. Andrew Layser (21), 16. Ethan Mitchell (23), 17. Sam Johnson (22), 18. Matt Moore (18), 19. Zane Hendricks (12),20. Justin Grant (4), 21. Alex Bright (19), 22. Brayton Lynch (20), 23. Jerry Coons Jr. (17), 24. Holly Shelton (24). NT

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (5), 2. Chad Boat (15), 3. Logan Seavey (12), 4. Tanner Thorson (17), 5. Cannon McIntosh (8), 6. Zach Daum (13), 7. Shane Golobic (1), 8. Brady Bacon (9), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 11. Zeb Wise (22), 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 13. Jesse Colwell (21), 14. Andrew Layser (7), 15. Tyler Courtney (4), 16. Tanner Carrick (19), 17. Holley Hollan (20), 18. Cole Bodine (24), 19. Karsyn Elledge (16), 20. Michael Pickens (10), 21. Thomas Meseraull (14), 22. Jason McDougal (23), 23. Justin Grant (6), 24. Dave Darland (18). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (3), 2. Buddy Kofoid (2), 3. Thomas Meseraull (6), 4. Chris Windom (12), 5. Tyler Courtney (1), 6. Cannon McIntosh (22), 7. Kaylee Bryson (5), 8. Cole Bodine (15), 9. Jason McDougal (8), 10. Tanner Carrick (16), 11. Jake Neuman (18), 12. Noah Gass (19), 13. Zach Daum (23), 14. Clinton Boyles (9), 15. Daison Pursley (20), 16. Ronnie Gardner (13), 17. Brady Bacon (10), 18. Maria Cofer (4), 19. Justin Grant (11), 20. Brody Roa (21), 21. Landon Simon (17), 22. Shane Golobic (14), 23. Andrew Layser (7). NT

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMPIONS: (2005-2020)

2005: Shane Cottle

2006: Shane Cottle

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Tracy Hines & Brad Kuhn

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Darren Hagen

2013: Christopher Bell

2014: Rico Abreu

2015: Rico Abreu

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Shane Golobic

2018: Spencer Bayston

2019: Logan Seavey

2020: Kyle Larson

ALL-TIME INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS: (2005-2020)

9-Bryan Clauson & Kyle Larson

5-Christopher Bell

4-Rico Abreu & Tanner Thorson

3-Spencer Bayston, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Darren Hagen, Brad Kuhn, Michael Pickens

2-Jerry Coons Jr., Davey Ray, Brad Sweet & Chris Windom

1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Steve Buckwalter, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, Johnny Rodriguez, Logan Seavey, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Swindell & Kevin Thomas Jr.

 

 

DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 POWERED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK IS BACK AUG. 18-19 AT IMS \

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 2, 2021)………The BC39 is back.

Exciting United States Auto Club (USAC) NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship racing will return Wednesday, Aug. 18 and Thursday, Aug. 19 to The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink. The event is back for its third running after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a new calendar slot – the week after the NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader at IMS.

“Everyone missed the wheel-to-wheel action of the BC39 last year, and race fans have asked us since last summer when it’s returning to the schedule,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “It’s back – and better than ever. We can’t wait.

“This event delivers two nights of some of the most exciting racing you can see anywhere, and it also raises awareness for such an important cause, the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives. We also appreciate the continued support and promotion of USAC Midget racing and the BC39 by NOS Energy Drink.”

The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside Turn 3 at IMS will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

“Everyone at Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives is thrilled to see the BC39 return to its rightful place on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule,” said Taylor McLean, Bryan Clauson’s sister and marketing program specialist at Indiana Donor Network. “The Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink has not only become a destination event for teams but also a place for race fans to honor Bryan and share how their lives have been impacted by organ donation and transplantation. We cannot wait to celebrate not only Bryan’s legacy, but the legacy of all of those who decided to say yes.”

Brady Bacon (2018) and Zeb Wise (2019) have captured victories in the first two editions of the BC39.

Fans also can visit www.IMS.com/BC39 for more information about pit passes, camping and prepaid parking.

This year’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink also will be the conclusion of nearly a week of exciting action on the road course and The Dirt Track at IMS. The NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader takes place Aug. 13-15, with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR Xfinity Series conducting separate races Saturday, Aug. 14 and the NASCAR Cup Series racing on the IMS road course for the first time Sunday, Aug. 15.

Visit www.IMS.com for more information on tickets to all IMS events in 2021.


 

 

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY
MAKES INDIANA MIDGET WEEK DEBUT JUNE 6

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (June 2, 2021)………Never before has Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway hosted an Indiana Midget Week event, but its time will come this Sunday night, June 6, when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets pay a visit to the 1/4-mile dirt oval for round four of the eight-race series.

Nine venues have previously hosted an Indiana Midget Week event with Tri-State (June 6) and Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. (June 9) representing the 10th and 11th locations to hold an IMW race.

“First” and “new” are kind of common themes around these parts for the USAC National Midgets. Eleven previous appearances by the series at Tri-State since 1969 have produced a new winner each time, leaving us to wonder the possibilities of another first-time “Class Track” winner this Sunday.

After two decades of trying, Thomas Meseraull (RMS #7x) finally broke through for his first career USAC National Midget feature win at Tri-State last October. In five total Tri-State USAC Midget starts, the San Jose, Calif. driver has finished 10th in 2010, 3rd in 2011, 12th in 2012 and 8th in 2019. His 8th place finish in 2019 came after he led three laps just past halfway when he was involved in an incident while battling for the lead.

The winner that night in 2019 was Jason McDougal (Dalby #4) who scored the Harvest Cup midget victory, which consisted of one of the most furious battles in recent memory between he and Kevin Thomas Jr. The pair slugged it out during the 30-lap main event, exchanging the lead seemingly every single lap on both ends of the track, delivering slider after slider until the final bell tolled.

In all, the baton for the lead was passed between Thomas and McDougal, as well as Logan Seavey and Meseraull, officially speaking, six times at the line, but a whopping 26 times unofficially in the first 20 laps, until McDougal, of Broken Arrow, Okla., emerged with the lead for good 10 laps from the finish to score his second and most recent USAC National Midget win.

Brady Bacon (TKH #21H) of Broken Arrow, Okla., won the Hut 100 at TSS in 2012 and was 9th back in 2007. The three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has been victorious in a USAC Sprint race at TSS as well, winning in the Spring of 2015.

Princeton, Indiana’s Kyle Cummins (Styres #3G) recently picked up his all-time leading sixth USAC National Sprint Car victory at Tri-State in April of this year. He enters as one of the prime suspects to earn a first career USAC National Midget feature win, especially with his home track of Tri-State Speedway on the horizon. He finished a career-best 3rd with the USAC National Midgets at Tri-State in both 2019 and 2020.

Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood #19T) came within a half-car length of winning last fall’s USAC Midget race at TSS, just falling short of the victory behind Meseraull. The 2016 USAC National Midget champ from Minden, Nev. made an impressive charge in the 2019 A-Main at TSS, starting 17th and finishing 9th.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Petry #5) is a five-time USAC Sprint winner at TSS between 2013 and 2018. The Cullman, Ala. native finished 2nd to McDougal in 2019’s USAC Midget go at TSS, leading twice for a total of eight laps and was 6th in 2020 after starting 10th. This past Spring, he was the fastest qualifier at TSS for a USAC National Sprint Car event.

Chris Windom (CBI #89) was 16th in 2020 and 11th in 2019 in USAC National Midget competition at TSS, but the Canton, Ill. driver’s impressive 2nd place finish in the 100-lap USAC Midget feature at the track in 2012 stands as his best. The reigning USAC National Midget titlist, USAC career Triple Crown champion and final night Kokomo Grand Prix winner on May 1, won at Tri-State in a USAC National Sprint Car feature in the spring of 2017.

Opening night 2021 Kokomo Grand Prix winner Emerson Axsom (Petry #15) was the biggest mover in his TSS debut with the USAC National Midgets in October of 2020. After experiencing a mechanical issue in the semi-feature, the Franklin, Ind. driver and team used a provisional, then tore through the field in the 30-lapper, starting 23rd and finishing 5th.

Justin Grant (RMS #2J) earned KSE Racing Products hard charger honors in the 2019 TSS USAC Midget feature, ripping through the field to finish 5th after starting 16th. Grant took 8th in his latest USAC Midget escapade at TSS in 2020. The defending USAC Silver Crown champ from Ione, Calif. was the fastest qualifier twice in 2019 at TSS in USAC Sprint competition and was a 4th place finisher this past Spring.

Logan Seavey (Malloy #25) led the first seven laps of the 2019 USAC Midget race at TSS and finished 6th in the final rundown. The 2018 USAC National Midget champ and 2019 Indiana Midget Week king from Sutter, Calif. was superb in his USAC Sprint Car debut at Tri-State in the spring of 2018, qualifying 2nd and finishing 3rd. In August of 2020, during the Indiana Sprint Week finale at TSS, Seavey set fast time.

First-time USAC National Midget feature starts at TSS in 2020 were turned in by Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #71), 9th; Rossville, Indiana’s Cole Bodine (Clauson Marshall #39BC), 11th; USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader, Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #67), 12th; Waco, Texas’ Chase Randall (Reinbold-Underwood #19A), 13th; Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #71K) 19th; and Bixby, Oklahoma’s Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac #08), 20th.

Drivers aiming to compete in their first USAC National Midget feature at Tri-State this Sunday include top-ranking Rookie, Colby, Kansas driver Bryant Wiedeman (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #01); Mooresville, North Carolina’s Ethan Mitchell (Bundy Built #19m); Lubbock, Texas’ Brenham Crouch (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #97); New Berlin, Illinois native Jake Neuman (Neuman #3N); Gilbert, Arizona’s Hayden Reinbold (Reinbold-Underwood #19AZ); and Pipersville, Pennsylvania’s Brian Carber (Hayward #19).

Hayden Williams is one of a trio of New Zealand natives making the trip over from their native land to race in “The States” along with Travis Buckley and Max Guilford. All will be hoping to repeat the magic turned in by fellow New Zealander Barry Butterworth, who captured his one and only USAC National Midget feature win at Tri-State Speedway in 1979.

Sunday’s Indiana Midget Week round will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship & the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

You can save $5 with the purchase of advance tickets at www.TracPass.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be sold at the gate. Adult general admission tickets are $30, students aged 13-18 are $20 and kids aged 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Pits open at 3:30pm CDT with grandstands opening at 4:30pm, drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm.

Every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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2021 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

None

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINNERS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

None

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

1-Brady Bacon, Barry Butterworth, Lonnie Caruthers, Bryan Clauson, Zach Daum, Jason McDougal, Mike McGreevy, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Parsons, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Sleepy Tripp

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1969: Mike McGreevy (6/27)

1978: Sleepy Tripp (5/5)

1979: Johnny Parsons (6/15) & Barry Butterworth (8/24)

1980: Lonnie Caruthers (5/2)

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/12)

2010: Bryan Clauson (5/8)

2011: Zach Daum (5/21)

2012: Brady Bacon (6/2)

2019: Jason McDougal (10/19)

2020: Thomas Meseraull (10/10)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 5/8/2010 - Bryan Clauson - 13.629 - 66.036 mph

3 Laps - 6/27/1969 - Bob Tattersall - 50.000 - 54.000 mph

8 Laps - 6/8/2011 - Hunter Schuerenberg - 1:43.14 - 69.808 mph

10 Laps - 5/21/2011 - Thomas Meseraull - 2:20.38 - 64.112 mph

12 Laps - 10/19/2019 - Tanner Thorson - 2:59.89 - 60.037 mph

40 Laps - 6/15/1979 - Johnny Parsons - 11:07.40 - 53.941 mph

50 Laps - 6/27/1969 - Mike McGreevy - 14:15.27 - 51.563 mph


PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

2020: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (7), 2. Tanner Thorson (4), 3. Kyle Cummins (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (9), 5. Emerson Axsom (23*), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 7. Clinton Boyles (18), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Kaylee Bryson (22), 10. Chase Johnson (15), 11. Cole Bodine (2), 12. Buddy Kofoid (16), 13. Chase Randall (13), 14. Logan Seavey (17), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (21), 16. Chris Windom (6), 17. Jason McDougal (3), 18. Sam Johnson (14), 19. Daison Pursley (11), 20. Brady Bacon (19), 21. Andrew Layser (1), 22. Stephen Schnapf (8), 23. Cannon McIntosh (20). NT

2019: (Starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Kyle Cummins (7), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Justin Grant (16), 6. Logan Seavey (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 8. Thomas Meseraull (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (17), 10. Zeb Wise (19), 11. Chris Windom (11), 12. Tyler Thomas (8), 13. Jerry Coons, Jr. (13), 14. Robert Dalby (3), 15. Andrew Layser (10), 16. C.J. Leary (21), 17. Tanner Carrick (14), 18. Karsyn Elledge (9), 19. Critter Malone (15), 20. Jake Swanson (22), 21. Gio Scelzi (6), 22. Kendall Ruble (20).

2012: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Brett Anderson, 9. Levi Roberts, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Thomas Meseraull, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Mario Clouser, 15. Bobby East, 16. Caleb Armstrong, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Rico Abreu, 19. Cameron Hagin, 20. Dalton Armstrong, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Austin Brown, 23. Bubba Altig, 24. Chett Gehrke, 25. Colten Cottle, 26. Andy Malpocker, 27. Ryan Criswell, 28. Ted Hines, 29. Tyler Robbins, 30. Daniel Robinson, 31. Tracy Hines, 32. Mike Hess, 33. C.J. Leary, 34. Jimmy Simpson.

2011: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Caleb Armstrong, 8. Davey Ray, 9. Bobby East, 10. Kyle Larson, 11. Kellen Conover, 12. Levi Jones, 13. Mario Clouser, 14. Travis Berryhill, 15. John Campbell, 16. Levi Roberts, 17. Bubba Altig, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Tanner Swanson, 20. Kody Aldrich, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Jimmy Simpson, 24. Seth Motsinger, 25. Kent Schmidt, 26. Chase Barber, 27. Michael Koontz, 28. Tyler Robbins, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Mike Hess, 31. Brad Kuhn, 32. Doug Day, 33. Dalton Armstrong.

2010: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Shane Hmiel, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Dereck King, 7. Nick Knepper, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brad Loyet, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Henry Clarke, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Tim Siner, 14. Daniel Adler, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Kyle Hamilton, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Tyler Robbins, 19. Levi Jones, 20. Kent Schmidt, 21. Hud Cone, 22. Bobby East, 23. Tracy Hines, 24. Austin Brown, 25. Davey Ray, 26. Evan Lents, 27. Alex Bowman, 28. Darren Hagen, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Kellen Conover, 31. Andrew Felker, 32. Levi Roberts, 33. Travis Berryhill.

2007: 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Hud Cone, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Cole Carter, 7. Davey Ray, 8. Tom Hessert III, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Danny Stratton, 11. Kevin Swindell, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Mike Hess, 14. Bobby East, 15. Levi Jones, 16. Brad Loyet, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Mat Neely, 19. Gary Taylor, 20. Donnie Lehmann, 21. A.J. Felker, 22. Nick Knepper, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Josh Wise, 25. Dave Darland.

1980: 1. Lonnie Caruthers, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Johnny Parsons, 4. Sleepy Tripp, 5. Steve Lotshaw, 6. Jeff Heywood, 7. Mel Kenyon, 8. Bob Wente, 9. Nick Gojmeric, 10. Marty Davis, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Dave Keith, 13. Bob Bennett, 14. Kenneth Nichols, 15. Alan Brown, 16. Jerry Nuckles, 17. Tracy Potter, 18. Bob Carey, 19. Bobby Grim, Jr., 20. Jerry Harris.

1979: (8/24) 1. Barry Butterworth, 2. Sleepy Tripp, 3. Rich Vogler, 4. Bob Wente, 5. Mel Kenyon, 6. Steve Lotshaw, 7. Lonnie Caruthers, 8. Chuck Gurney, 9. Ken Schrader, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Nick Gojmeric, 13. Chris Cumberworth, 14. Jerry Weeks, 15. Kenneth Nichols, 16. Bob Bennett, 17. Bill Renshaw, 18. Stan Fox, 19. Dave Ray, 20. Danny Frye, Jr.

1979: (6/15) 1. Johnny Parsons, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Steve Lotshaw, 4. Dana Carter, 5. Rick Goudy, 6. Rich Vogler, 7. Wes Stafford, 8. Barry Butterworth, 9. Stan Fox, 10. Lonnie Caruthers, 11. Lee Carey, 12. Ken Schrader, 13. Terry Wente, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Steve Cannon, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Ron Mullen, 18. Bob Wente, 19. Jerry Nuckles, 20. Chuck Gurney.

1978: 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Ron Shuman, 3. Lonnie Caruthers, 4. Mel Kenyon, 5. Steve Cannon, 6. Larry Gates, 7. Jeff Heywood, 8. Mack McClellan, 9. Steve Lotshaw, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Ron Eden, 12. Dave Stoltz, 13. Bubby Jones, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Rich Vogler, 16. Jerry Weeks, 17. Stan Fox, 18. Chris Cumberworth, 19. Kevin Olson, 20. Wes Stafford.

1969: 1. Mike McGreevy, 2. Dave Strickland, 3. Roger West, 4. Les Scott, 5. Clark Templeman, 6. George McBeath, 7. Gary Irvin, 8. Dave Ward, 9. Bill Renshaw, 10. Sonny Ates, 11. Mel Cornett, 12. Rob Greentree, 13. Merle Bettenhausen, 14. Bob Tattersall, 15. Larry Kirkpatrick, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Jack Fitzpatrick, 18. Steve Troxell.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMPIONS: (2005-2020)

2005: Shane Cottle

2006: Shane Cottle

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Tracy Hines & Brad Kuhn

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Darren Hagen

2013: Christopher Bell

2014: Rico Abreu

2015: Rico Abreu

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Shane Golobic

2018: Spencer Bayston

2019: Logan Seavey

2020: Kyle Larson

ALL-TIME INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS: (2005-2020)

9-Bryan Clauson & Kyle Larson

5-Christopher Bell

4-Rico Abreu & Tanner Thorson

3-Spencer Bayston, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Darren Hagen, Brad Kuhn, Michael Pickens

2-Jerry Coons Jr., Davey Ray, Brad Sweet & Chris Windom

1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Steve Buckwalter, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, Johnny Rodriguez, Logan Seavey, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Swindell & Kevin Thomas Jr.

 

 

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK ROUND #2 ROCKETS INTO BLOOMINGTON ON FRIDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (June 1, 2021)………As one of the longest-tenured venues on the Indiana Midget Week schedule over the years, the absence of Bloomington Speedway on last season’s IMW schedule left a void for those who love the high speed thrill show that is synonymous with midget racing on the quarter-mile red clay in southern Indiana.

Both the fastest one-lap qualifying run and the fastest 30-lap feature in Indiana Midget Week history have taken place at Bloomington as well as some of the most memorable finishes in series’ history since its debut on the IMW schedule in 2008.

We will, perhaps, see a new, first-time Bloomington IMW feature winner pull into victory lane this Friday night, June 4, in the second round of the series featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. The question remains, which driver will it be?

Will it be the battle-tested winners of the sprint car wars at Bloomington like Thomas, Windom or Bacon? Is it the rising newcomers who may lack Bloomington experience, but are not lacking in desire and fearlessness like Kofoid or Axsom? Will it be the championship pedigree that elevates one to the top at Bloomington like Grant, Seavey or Thorson? Or will it be none of the above?

The mystery is ours to behold and the list of contenders extends as far as the eye can see.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) owns three career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories at Bloomington, including the most recent, in April of this season. Back in 2015, Thomas finished as the runner-up during Indiana Midget Week at Bloomington to winner Christopher Bell.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), likewise, has found a plethora of success at Bloomington in the USAC National Sprint Car division, winning twice in his career. His first USAC National Midget win at Bloomington has eluded him thus far after several close calls during Indiana Midget Week, including a runner-up finish in 2011, in addition to a 4th in 2014 & 2019, a 5th in 2012 and a 10th in 2008. In 2012, the USAC career Triple Crown champion was also the fastest qualifier during IMW at Bloomington.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has posted past successes in USAC Sprint Cars at Bloomington, winning once in 2019. He’ll compete in all eight Indiana Midget Week races this year aboard the TKH Motorsports No. 21H, looking to build upon his past IMW results at Bloomington that consists of a pair of 6th place results in 2017 & 2019, and a 7th in both 2008 & 2016.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a USAC National Midget winner earlier this year in Ocala, Fla., has a pair of top-ten IMW finishes at Bloomington, each of which came nearly a decade apart from each other, finishing 9th in 2010 and 8th in 2019.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), second in the standings, finished a best of 2nd during IMW at Bloomington in 2017. The reigning USAC Silver Crown champ also owns the 10-lap track record for USAC National Midgets at Bloomington, a 2:03.18 set in 2019.

Tenth in points is Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2019 Indiana Midget Week champion who used a runner-up finish that same year to elevate himself to IMW champ status. Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget titlist, possesses the 12-lap USAC Midget track record at Bloomington of 2:40.02, set in 2019.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, earned a best Bloomington IMW result of 5th in 2014. Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) earned his first career fast qualifying time and first career top-five finish during Bloomington IMW in 2019, taking 5th.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.) return to Bloomington IMW after previous starts. McDougal took 17th in 2019 while Neuman was 22nd back in 2015.

New Zealand’s Hayden Williams will return to Indiana Midget Week this year for the first time since 2015, a trip which included a 15th place result at Bloomington. He’ll be joined by fellow Kiwis Travis Buckley and Max Guilford as they make the pilgrimage to the U.S.A.

First-time Bloomington IMW feature starting hopefuls include a number of talented drivers with the ability to win any place, any time. Among them are current USAC National Midget point leader and two-time 2021 winner Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.); Kokomo Grand Prix opening night winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.); Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.); Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.); Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.); and Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.).

Series Rookies eying first career Bloomington Speedway feature starts in a midget include top-ranking Rookie Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Brian Carber (Pipersville, Pa.).

Bloomington’s Indiana Midget Week round will feature the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and Bloomington Sprint Cars.

Save $5 with purchase of advance tickets at www.TracPass.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be sold at the gate. Adult general admission tickets at the gate are $30 with ages 10 and under free. Pit passes are $35 for adults with ages 10 and under $15.

On Friday, the pits open at 4pm EDT with grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30 and hot laps at 6pm.

Every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

2021 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Jun 3: Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN

Jun 4: Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

Jun 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Jun 6: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Jun 9: Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Jun 10: Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jun 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jun 12: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

BLOOMINGTON INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS:

3-Christopher Bell

2-Tyler Courtney

1-Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Levi Jones, Brad Kuhn, Kyle Larson & Davey Ray

BLOOMINGTON INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINNERS:

2008: Davey Ray (8/8)

2009: Brad Kuhn (6/12)

2010: Shane Cottle (6/18)

2011: Kyle Larson (6/10)

2012: Levi Jones (6/15)

2013: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2014: Christopher Bell (6/13)

2015: Christopher Bell (6/12)

2016: Christopher Bell (6/3)

2017: Tyler Courtney (6/9)

2019: Tyler Courtney (6/7)

BLOOMINGTON USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

3-Christopher Bell

2-Tyler Courtney & Russ Gamester

1-Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, Brad Kuhn, Kyle Larson, Davey Ray, Stevie Reeves, Tony Stewart & Bob Tattersall

BLOOMINGTON USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1970: Bob Tattersall (10/3)

1992: Russ Gamester (6/26)

1993: Tony Elliott (6/18) & Stevie Reeves (8/27)

1994: Russ Gamester (6/24) & Tony Stewart (8/19)

2008: Davey Ray (8/8)

2009: Brad Kuhn (6/12)

2010: Shane Cottle (6/18)

2011: Kyle Larson (6/10)

2012: Levi Jones (6/15)

2013: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2014: Christopher Bell (6/13)

2015: Christopher Bell (6/12)

2016: Christopher Bell (6/3)

2017: Tyler Courtney (6/9)

2019: Tyler Courtney (6/7)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/3/2016 - Christopher Bell - 11.301 - 79.639 mph

8 Laps - 6/18/2010 - Dave Darland - 1:36.17 - 74.867 mph

10 Laps - 6/7/2019 - Justin Grant - 2:03.18 - 73.064 mph

12 Laps - 6/7/2019 - Logan Seavey - 2:40.02 - 67.492 mph

30 Laps - 6/9/2017 - Tyler Courtney - 6:57.95 - 64.601 mph

PAST INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE RESULTS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

2008 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Davey Ray, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Cole Whitt, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Gary Altig, 6. Brad Kuhn, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Jeff Bland Jr., 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Steve Buckwalter, 15. Bobby East, 16. Bradley Galedrige, 17. Dakoda Armstrong,18. Danny Stratton, 19. Brad Loyet, 20. Todd Wanless, 21. Josh Ford, 22. Chad Boat, 23. Bryan Clauson, 24. Dustin Morgan. NT

2009 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brad Kuhn, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Josh Wise, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Steve Buckwalter, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Brent Beauchamp, 10. Shane Hmiel, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Cole Whitt, 14. Kevin Swindell, 15. Nathan High, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Ryan Kaplan, 18. Levi Jones, 19. Cole Carter, 20. Dakoda Armstrong, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Matt Sherrell, 23. Brad Loyet, 24. Bobby East. NT

2010 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Brad Sweet, 5. Steve Buckwalter, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Brent Beauchamp, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Brad Kuhn, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Brad Loyet, 13. Matt Smith, 14. Billy Pauch, Jr., 15. Shane Hmiel, 16. Don Droud Jr., 17. Henry Clarke, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Matt Westfall, 20. Bobby East, 21. Davey Ray, 22. Caleb Armstrong. NT

2011 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Caleb Armstrong, 5. Bobby East, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Michael Pickens, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Brad Kuhn, 14. Nick Wean, 15. Davey Ray, 16. Trevor Kobylarz, 17. Tanner Swanson, 18. Matt Smith, 19. Kellen Conover, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Alex Bright, 22. Zach Daum, 23. Billy Pauch Jr., 24. Levi Roberts, NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Levi Jones, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Brad Kuhn, 7. Bobby East, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Rico Abreu, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Mario Clouser, 12. Alex Bright, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Chris Bell, 15. Trevor Kobylarz, 16. Nick Wean, 17. Nathan Smee, 18. Scott Hatton, 19. Caleb Armstrong, 20. Dillon Welch, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Michael Pickens, 23. Chase Barber, 24. C.J. Leary. NT

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Davey Ray, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Michael Pickens, 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Caleb Armstrong, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Austin Brown, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Tanner Thorson, 13. Brad Kuhn, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Ryan Criswell, 16. Dalton Armstrong, 17. Andrew Felker, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Dillon Welch, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Shane Cockrum. NT

2014 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Michael Pickens, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Parker Price-Miller, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Nathan Smee, 13. Trey Marcham, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Steve Buckwalter, 17. Seth Motsinger, 18. Justin Grant, 19. Brock Maskovich, 20. Alex Bright, 21. Tyler Courtney, 22. Brady Bacon, 23. Andrew Felker. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brad Mosen, 11. Davey Ray, 12. Brenden Bright, 13. Nathan Smee, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Hayden Williams, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Ryan Bernal, 18. Gage Walker, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Darren Hagen, 21. Ronnie Gardner, 22. Jake Neuman, 23. Alex Bright, 24. Isaac Chapple. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Rico Abreu, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Garrett Aitken, 14. Davey Ray, 15. Ryan Greth, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Austin Brown, 18. Jimi Quin, 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 20. David Budres, 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 22. Dayne Kingshott, 23. Zach Daum, 24. Holly Shelton. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Shane Golobic, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Chad Boat, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Gage Walker, 8. Rico Abreu, 9. Michael Pickens, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Ronnie Gardner, 14. Ryan Robinson, 15. Tanner Thorson, 16. Spencer Bayston, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Trey Marcham, 19. Tanner Carrick, 20. Alex Bright, 21. Tyler Nelson, 22. Davey Ray. 6:57.95 (New Track Record)

2019 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. Logan Seavey (8), 3. Chad Boat (5), 4. Chris Windom (22), 5. Ethan Mitchell (7), 6. Brady Bacon (9), 7. Michael Pickens (6), 8. Thomas Meseraull (2), 9. Andrew Layser (10), 10. Shane Golobic (18), 11. Zach Daum (24), 12. Zeb Wise (23), 13. Jerry Coons, Jr. (12), 14. Tanner Carrick (11), 15. Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 16. Jesse Colwell (21), 17. Jason McDougal (19), 18. Dave Darland (20), 19. Holley Hollan (16), 20. Justin Grant (1), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 22. Karsyn Elledge (3), 23. Noah Gass (17), 24. Tanner Thorson (14). NT

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMPIONS: (2005-2020)

2005: Shane Cottle

2006: Shane Cottle

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Tracy Hines & Brad Kuhn

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Darren Hagen

2013: Christopher Bell

2014: Rico Abreu

2015: Rico Abreu

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Shane Golobic

2018: Spencer Bayston

2019: Logan Seavey

2020: Kyle Larson

ALL-TIME INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS: (2005-2020)

9-Bryan Clauson & Kyle Larson

5-Christopher Bell

4-Rico Abreu & Tanner Thorson

3-Spencer Bayston, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Darren Hagen, Brad Kuhn, Michael Pickens

2-Jerry Coons Jr., Davey Ray, Brad Sweet & Chris Windom

1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Steve Buckwalter, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, Johnny Rodriguez, Logan Seavey, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Swindell & Kevin Thomas Jr.

 

 

PARAGON LAUNCHES 17TH ANNUAL INDIANA MIDGET WEEK THIS THURSDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Paragon, Indiana (June 1, 2021)………Entering last year’s Indiana Midget Week, it had been 35 years since we had last seen USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing at Paragon (Ind.) Speedway.

The generation-plus absence had provided us with a myriad of questions: How good a show will the midgets put on? With no previous midget experience at the track to stand on, who will be the frontrunners?

A year later, we now know that everything about it was a resounding success. What we witnessed in 2020 at the 3/8-mile dirt oval was something that lingered in our minds this past year, something that we can’t wait to feast our eyes on again in the 2021 Indiana Midget Week opener this Thursday, June 3, launching the 17th edition of the mini-series, which boasts its largest schedule ever with eight races in a 10-night span starting at Paragon.

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), who is not expected to compete in this year’s Indiana Midget Week, won Paragon’s opening round of IMW with a late-race pass of Tanner Thorson four laps from the finish to claim the victory. He also broke Mel Kenyon’s 35-year-old track record by more than a second-and-a-half with a 14.813 sec. lap.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) led a race-high 16 laps last year at Paragon before, ultimately, finishing 2nd behind Larson. The 2016 series champion owns four career Indiana Midget Week wins and is fourth in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget points entering the event.

Second in the series standings is reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), a two-time Indiana Midget Week feature victor, who blitzed from 12th to 4th in last year’s Paragon A-Main after winning the semi-feature earlier in the evening.

Justin Grant, the third ranking driver in series points coming in, took 5th in the 2020 Paragon feature event after starting 7th. The defending USAC Silver Crown champ and one-time IMW feature winner won his heat race earlier that same night.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was the biggest charger of them all at Paragon a year ago, driving to the victory in the C-Main, then went 15th to 4th in the semi and 22nd to 8th in the feature, picking up the ProSource Hard Work and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors all in one fell swoop. The 2019 Indiana Midget Week champ, and one-time IMW winner, was also the 2018 USAC National Midget titlist and is 10th in the series standings at the moment.

Current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) is eying his first career Indiana Midget Week victory after finishing 9th in the 2020 Paragon IMW opener.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is a one-time IMW opener in his own right. He finished 10th in his Paragon IMW run in 2020 after winning his heat race that same night.

Other feature starters from last year at Paragon looking to return to the lineup and contend for a win include San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull (11th), New Berlin, Illinois’ Jake Neuman (15th), Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley (16th), Rossville, Indiana’s Cole Bodine (17th), Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon (18th) and Bixby, Oklahoma’s Cannon McIntosh (24th). Pursley finished 3rd with the USAC Regional Midgets at Paragon in August of 2020.

Looking for better fortune this time around after missing the feature lineup last year at Paragon are current top-25 points runners Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) and Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.). Cummins finished 2nd with the USAC Regional Midgets at Paragon in August of 2020 with Bryson 4th and Reinbold 5th finishing just behind.

Top-20 points drivers hopeful to make their first Paragon IMW appearance a success are Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), who led all 20 laps en route to victory in an August 2020 appearance with the USAC Regional Midgets. Axsom also picked up his first USAC National Midget win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in April of this year.

He’s joined by top-ranking series Rookie Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), plus fellow Rookies of the Year contenders Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) and Brian Carber (Pipersville, Pa.). Crouch does have a bit of previous experience at Paragon, finishing 11th in the USAC Regional Midget feature held in 2020.

Thursday’s Indiana Midget Week round at Paragon features the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship along with the Paragon Sprint Cars.

Save $5 with purchase of advance tickets at www.TracPass.com. Tickets and pit passes will also be sold at the gate. Adult general admission tickets at the gate are $30 with ages 10 and under free. Pit passes are $35 for adults with ages 10 and under $15.

Pits open at 4pm EDT with grandstands opening at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30 and hot laps at 6pm.

Every Indiana Midget Week event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-436, 2-Chris Windom-416, 3-Justin Grant-410, 4-Tanner Thorson-409, 5-Thomas Meseraull-392, 6-Emerson Axsom-378, 7-Daison Pursley-315, 8-Cannon McIntosh-312, 9-Jason McDougal-304, 10-Logan Seavey-296.

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS AT PARAGON SPEEDWAY: 1-Kyle Larson

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINNERS AT PARAGON SPEEDWAY: 2020: Kyle Larson (6/16)

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT PARAGON SPEEDWAY: 1-John Andretti, Mel Kenyon, Kyle Larson & Johnny Parsons

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT PARAGON SPEEDWAY:

1977: Johnny Parsons (8/13)

1978: Mel Kenyon (9/8)

1985: John Andretti (6/19)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/16)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT PARAGON SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/16/2020 - Kyle Larson - 14.813 - 91.136 mph

8 Laps - 8/13/1977 - Wes Stafford - 2:21.83 - 76.148 mph

10 Laps - 6/19/1985 - Andy Hurtubise - 2:53.15 - 77.967 mph

PAST INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FEATURE RESULTS AT PARAGON SPEEDWAY:

2020 IMW FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Tanner Thorson (2), 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3), 4. Chris Windom (12), 5. Justin Grant (7), 6. Tanner Carrick (4), 7. Tyler Courtney (9), 8. Logan Seavey (22), 9. Buddy Kofoid (5), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 11. Thomas Meseraull (21), 12. Rico Abreu (11), 13. Zach Daum (19), 14. Shane Golobic (15), 15. Jake Neuman (14), 16. Daison Pursley (20), 17. Cole Bodine (24), 18. Brady Bacon (13), 19. Noah Gass (17), 20. Gio Scelzi (1), 21. Andrew Layser (23), 22. Chase Johnson (16), 23. Steve Buckwalter (18), 24. Cannon McIntosh (10). NT

INDIANA MIDGET WEEK CHAMPIONS: (2005-2020)

2005: Shane Cottle

2006: Shane Cottle

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Bryan Clauson

2010: Tracy Hines & Brad Kuhn

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Darren Hagen

2013: Christopher Bell

2014: Rico Abreu

2015: Rico Abreu

2016: Bryan Clauson

2017: Shane Golobic

2018: Spencer Bayston

2019: Logan Seavey

2020: Kyle Larson

ALL-TIME INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WINS: (2005-2020)

9-Bryan Clauson & Kyle Larson

5-Christopher Bell

4-Rico Abreu & Tanner Thorson

3-Spencer Bayston, Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Darren Hagen, Brad Kuhn, Michael Pickens

2-Jerry Coons Jr., Davey Ray, Brad Sweet & Chris Windom

1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Steve Buckwalter, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Jay Drake, Justin Grant, Tracy Hines, Levi Jones, Johnny Rodriguez, Logan Seavey, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Swindell & Kevin Thomas Jr.


 

WAGNER WINS HOCKETT TRIBUTE RACE AT DOUBLE X

By: Ray Cunningham

California, Missouri (May 30, 2021)………Sunday night at Double X Speedway, Lone Jack Mo. racer Jack Wagner won his first ever USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Car feature at Double X Speedway in California, Mo.

Wagner held at bay Wesley Smith of Nixa, Mo., Wyatt Burks of Topeka, Kan. Quinton Benson of Sweet Springs, Mo. and Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., who rounded out the top-five. Riley Kreisel, Tom Curran, Bradlee Ryun, Xavier Doney and Kory Schudy finished in positions 6th thru 10th in the 22-car feature event.

Wagner was a very popular winner on this night driving the JHR Hockett Racing No. 77 to the win in the Jesse Hockett Tribute Race which saw him pass Quinton Benson early in the feature on the bottom before later holding off spirited charges from Benson, and Wesley Smith, who marched through the field on the high side running the John Helm/WSR Racing No. 12 from 9th to 2nd.

Defending MWRA champion Wyatt Burks drove the family owned No. 11w to third place also running the high side around the Double X quarter mile while Riley Kreisel, the “Buzzsaw From Warsaw,” won the Hard Charger Award coming from 15th to 6th place, working the cushion from the back of the field.

In separate incidents during the 25-lap feature, Chris Parkinson and Chad Goff crashed on the front stretch. Both drivers were okay but, unfortunately, neither were able to restart. Later in the A feature, a spectacular wreck on the front stretch involving Cody Baker and Luke Howard led to both drivers walking away. Both cars were out of commission for the night.

Earlier in the program, which featured a 32-car field, Tyler Burton, Wagner, Curran and Doney won the four heat races with Cody Baker and Brad Wyatt taking twin B Feature victories.

The MWRA returns to action next Friday and Saturday night, June 4th and 5th, at U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. and at Bethany (Mo.) Speedway, respectively.

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USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 30, 2021 – Double X Speedway – California, Missouri

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 03-Tyler Burton [1], 2. 31K-Dylan Kadous [5], 3. 15B-Quinton Benson [7], 4. 31-Zach Daum [6], 5. 2-Mitchell Moore [4], 6. 7m-Heath Murry [2], 7. 9x-Jeff Seesholtz [3]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 77-Jack Wagner [2], 2. 11w-Wyatt Burks [3], 3. 28-Kory Schudy [4], 4. 9H-Cody Baker [1], 5. 91-Riley Kreisel [6], 6. 41-Brad Wyatt [5], 7. 52-Blake Bowers [7]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 11x-Tom Curran [1], 2. 9-Chad Goff [2], 3. 12-Wesley Smith [5], 4. 13-Brad Ryun [3], 5. 26-Zach Clark [6], 6. 33L-Mark Lane [4], 7. 7x-Lance Silvers [8], 8. 28B-Drake Barker [7]. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 74-Xavier Doney [7], 2. 65-Chris Parkinson [3], 3. 69-Zach Sanders [4], 4. 2H-Luke Howard [1], 5. 15E-Dakota Earls [2], 6. 82v-Vinny Ward [6], 7. 66m-Max Grogan [5]. NT

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Cody Baker [1], 2. Broc Elliott [8], 3. Mark Lane [4], 4. Jeff Seesholtz [7], 5. Blake Bowers [5], 6. Mitchell Moore [2], 7. Vinny Ward [3]. NT

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Brad Wyatt [3], 2. Dakota Earls [2], 3. Luke Howard [1], 4. Max Grogan [6], 5. Heath Murry [4], 6. Lance Silvers [5]. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Lane Stone (#ST1) & J.D. Black (#7JR)

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Jack Wagner [2], 2. Wesley Smith [9], 3. Wyatt Burks [8], 4. Quinton Benson [1], 5. Zach Daum [13], 6. Riley Kreisel [15], 7. Tom Curran [5], 8. Brad Ryun [14], 9. Xavier Doney [3], 10. Kory Schudy [11], 11. Zach Sanders [12], 12. Broc Elliott [19], 13. Zach Clark [16], 14. Dakota Earls [20], 15. Brad Wyatt [18], 16. Tyler Burton [6], 17. Mark Lane [21], 18. Dylan Kadous [4], 19. Cody Baker [17], 20. Luke Howard [22], 21. Chris Parkinson [7], 22. Chad Goff [10]. NT

USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Wesley Smith-340, 2-Wyatt Burks-340, 3-Kory Schudy-330, 4-Brad Ryun-325, 5-Zach Sanders-315, 6-Tom Curran-310, 7-Cody Baker-300, 8-Chris Parkinson-270, 9-Dakota Earls-255, 10-Zach Clark-245.

NEXT USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR RACES: June 4, 2021 – U.S. 36 Raceway – Osborn, Missouri

 

 

 

KODY SWANSON SWEEPS
CARB NIGHT CLASSIC WITH MIDGET WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 29, 2021)………A magical afternoon for Kody Swanson was made complete with a completely dominating performance in Saturday’s USAC Midget special event feature at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., which came on the heels of winning the USAC Silver Crown race earlier in the morning.

Swanson’s Carb Night Classic sweep marked the first time any driver had won multiple USAC features on the same day at Lucas Oil Raceway’s .686-mile paved oval since Dave Steele captured both ends of the Twin 25 midget features in 2002.

Kody, however, is the first driver to accomplish the feat in different types of racecars since the track’s construction 60 years ago in 1961.

The Kingsburg, California native’s Silver Crown win just hours prior came in his first start for the Doran Enterprises team. Although Kody did technically have one prior USAC Western States Midget start in 2011 for Rodela at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, his first appearance in Rodela’s immaculate pavement midget on this day produced a familiar winning feeling aboard the Jerome Rodela/Rodela Fabrication – Trench Shoring Company/Gerhardt/Ed Pink Toyota.

“I can’t say enough about (this team),” Swanson exclaimed. “Everyone puts in a ton of effort, and this has got to be the nicest midget there ever was, and it deserves to win races. Jerome (Rodela) has done nothing but be ahead of the game on his end. I’m thankful that he let me be a part of this.”

Swanson dominated from start to finish in the nearly caution-free feature which saw only one incident, a turn four spin by Bob Guess in turn four on the fifth lap.

The lead steadily increased as the race marched on, leading by 4.125 with 10 laps remaining, then upped the ante even further in the final laps, closing with a curb-stomping 8.604 second margin at the finish line over Thomas Meseraull, Bobby Santos, younger brother Tanner Swanson and Justin Grant.

For Kody, it was his 10th overall USAC triumph at Lucas Oil Raceway and his second ever midget win at the track. His first came all the way back during the 2010 season.

In Friday’s midget practice/qualifying, Ryan Shilkuski tagged the turn four wall, flipping him onto his roll cage and sending him sliding on his cage down the front straightaway. He was uninjured.

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USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: May 28-29, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Carb Night Classic

QUALIFYING: (Held on May 28) 1. Kody Swanson, 25, Rodela-21.023; 2. Justin Grant, 3, Bohanon-21.217; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-21.234; 4. Bobby Santos, 29, Seymour/West-21.248; 5. Kyle Hamilton, 4, Klatt-21.358; 6. Dalton Armstrong, 7A, C & A-21.564; 7. Jake Trainor, 8, Trainor-21.596; 8. Todd Bertrand, 47, Bertrand-21.638; 9. Tanner Swanson, 7K, Irwin/Petry-21.647; 10. Josh Wise, 55, Bowman-21.649; 11. Nick Hamilton, 7KR, Irwin/Petry-21.653; 12. Kyle O'Gara, 1BR, SFHR-21.807; 13. Trey Burke, 63, Dooling-21.939; 14. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-21.954; 15. Mario Clouser, 99, Guess-22.016; 16. Johnny Zych, 9, Zych-22.210; 17. Jesse Love, 5, Van Dyne-22.318; 18. Cole Carter, 7, Bertrand-22.383; 19. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Western Speed-22.398; 20. Blake Brannon, 40, Western Speed-22.448; 21. Nathan Byrd, 33, RayPro-22.802; 22. John Sluss, 14AJ, RayPro-23.043; 23. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-23.248; 24. Taylor Ferns, 55F, Ferns-23.646; 25. Ryan Shilkuski, 75, Shilkuski-24.632; 26. Brandon Maurer, 14, Maurer-25.728.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Thomas Meseraull (3), 3. Bobby Santos (4), 4. Tanner Swanson (6), 5. Justin Grant (2), 6. Jake Trainor (5), 7. Josh Wise (7), 8. Kyle O'Gara (9), 9. Cole Carter (15), 10. Nick Hamilton (8), 11. Cody Gerhardt (16), 12. Blake Brannon (17), 13. Johnny Zych (13), 14. Trey Burke (10), 15. Taylor Ferns (20), 16. Jesse Love (14), 17. John Sluss (19), 18. Todd Bertrand (12), 19. Annie Breidinger (11), 20. Nathan Byrd (18), 21. Bob Guess (22), 22. Ryan Shilkuski (21). NT

**Ryan Shilkuski flipped during practice/qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Kody Swanson.

NEXT USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT: June 17, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Track – Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming


 


NEW TEAM, NO PROBLEM FOR SWANSON
AT LOR USAC SILVER CROWN OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 29, 2021)………An offseason switch to a new team proved to be no issue whatsoever for Kody Swanson during Saturday morning’s Carb Night Classic USAC Silver Crown season opener at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. after rain pushed Friday night’s show to a rare 10am feature start time.

Just as he did for Nolen Racing in 2019’s opener in Memphis, Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) stormed right out of the gates on Saturday at LOR’s .686-mile paved oval to score his record-extending 31st career series victory, and sixth overall at Lucas Oil Raceway, equaling his brother as the all-time winningest Silver Crown driver at the track.

Swanson, in his Doran Enterprises/Glenn Farms – Lykins Energy Solutions/Beast/Lanci Ford, trailed early leader Bobby Santos for the first 63 circuits of the 100-lapper before taking advantage of a logjam in traffic on the bottom of turn three.

From that point forward, after maneuvering to the front, Swanson displayed total dominance down the stretch and, despite multiple late cautions, Swanson ably trounced the rest of the competition by a 4.219 second margin.

Swanson has actually now won at the Carb Night Classic in four of the past five seasons, winning in the Silver Crown car in 2017-18, with the Indy Pro Series in 2020 and again in the Crown car on Saturday morning. However, this one was extra special with a brand-new team fielding its first ever Silver Crown entry, and Kody responding to the challenge by making victory lane his home once again for the ninth time at LOR.

“We have a great race team here,” Swanson said. “It’s our first time with Doran Racing in the Silver Crown series and they worked their tails off to make this thing better every time. They didn’t give up. Early on (in the morning’s warm-up session), I didn’t think I had the car to keep up with (Santos) for a hundred laps. I just had to hope that maybe we had a chance at the end. Luckily, with traffic and the track changing some, maybe it came to us a little bit and gave us a chance. I’m so grateful for everyone that’s part of this team, everyone that supports it and my wife Jordan from the spotter’s stand.”

Santos found the early advantage after driving around the outside of Kody for the race lead on the opening lap. However, major trouble ensued just four laps into the contest. Nathan Byrd, making his USAC Silver Crown debut, flipped along the main straightaway before landing on all four wheels against the outside wall. Although the crash was wicked, Byrd walked away without injury.

Kody fell back a spot to third on the ensuing restart when Justin Grant slipped under for the runner-up spot in turn one, then Grant began his chase, closing the gap to within a couple lengths behind Santos as the two carved their way through traffic.

The second calamity of the morning occurred on the 17th lap when Jake Day, making his first Silver Crown start, and two-time Carb Night Classic winner Tanner Swanson, found themselves up against the outside wall between turns three and four.

Tanner had set quick time in Fatheadz Qualifying on the prior night before the rain came. However, during the combined practice/qualifying session, Tanner hit the turn one outside wall, causing heavy damage to the Bowman Racing ride. After initially scratching for the event, Tanner returned to race on Saturday, but a mechanical problem arose during the brief practice, forcing repairs which didn’t allow the team time to get on track until four laps had already been completed.

By lap 30, Santos had built his lead to over a second. At the same, though, Kody began to surge, racing to the inside of Grant in turn four, then completing the pass at the entrance to turn one on lap 39.

Passing halfway, Kody’s deficit still sat at nearly two seconds as he and Santos began to shred through more traffic, creating a two-car separation for them from the rest of the pack. Amid traffic, Swanson pounced, cutting Santos’ lead to two car lengths and anticipated just the right opportunity to make it his “winning time.”

“Lapped traffic is always on your side when you’re in second just because you get the opportunity to pick what the leader doesn’t,” Swanson explained. “We caught a couple cars racing other cars, which is part of doing it, and got the chance to see it unfold and pick whichever lane was left. Fortunately for us, it worked out.”

Worked out, it did, as Kody closed right to Santos’ rear bumper on the 63rd lap. Santos dove underneath the lapped cars of Logan Seavey and Kyle O’Gara in the first turn. Santos and Seavey nearly touched wheels in one and, at the exit of turn two, the door was open for Kody to duck underneath Santos. The two drag raced side-by-side into turn three with Kody coming out the other side as the race leader, immediately opening up a one second gap over Santos.

Two late cautions, both involving Kyle Robbins turn two spins on lap 73 and lap 86, briefly halted Kody’s torrid pace. Each time, however, Kody was unrivaled as he distanced himself from Santos and Grant with an open track void of another soul within his line of sight. Akin to qualifying laps in the end, Kody drove the point home by setting the fastest overall lap of the race at 21.297 seconds just nine laps from the finish.

At the checkered, Kody was once again on top, taking the victory over Bobby Santos, David Byrne, Justin Grant and Taylor Ferns, who was making her first USAC Silver Crown start since 2014.

The name’s listed above, along with Tanner Swanson, are several of the main stalwarts of the series on pavement who’ve been battling with Kody for series supremacy throughout much of the past decade. Kody doesn’t take it lightly with every single victory carrying a meaningful weight for him just based on the competition he regularly faces.

“That’s what makes winning these races special because you’ve got to beat some of the best in the country in any type of racing,” Kody stated. “Bobby (Santos) could be anywhere, whether he was at Indy or in NASCAR, he’s that caliber of a guy, and I think the same of Justin (Grant) and my brother, and many more within the series.”

Also, of note, 2019 Carb Night Classic winner Kyle Hamilton collided with the turn three wall during practice/qualifying on Friday, causing major damage to the right side of the car and forcing him to scratch despite qualifying 8th. He was uninjured.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 28, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Track – Carb Night Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-20.714; 2. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran-20.821; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-20.831; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.111; 5. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.115; 6. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-21.149; 7. Shane Cottle, 81, BCR-21.189; 8. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-21.226; 9. Nathan Byrd, 11, Hamilton/Byrd-21.292; 10. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-21.295; 11. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-21.309; 12. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-21.354; 13. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-21.397; 14. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-21.455; 15. Logan Seavey, 222, Rice-21.496; 16. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-21.586; 17. Kyle O'Gara, 1, SFHR-21.598; 18. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-21.667; 19. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-21.736; 20. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-21.796; 21. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-21.827; 22. Brian Gerster, 94, Myers-22.131; 23. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-22.251; 24. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-24.806; 25. Jake Day, 42, Day-25.884; 26. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (2), 3. David Byrne (3), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Taylor Ferns (8), 6. Jim Anderson (5), 7. Logan Seavey (12), 8. Shane Cottle (6), 9. Patrick Lawson (17), 10. Austin Nemire (13), 11. Kyle Robbins (10), 12. Kyle O'Gara (14), 13. Bryan Gossel (16), 14. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 15. Eric Gordon (11), 16. Matt Goodnight (15), 17. Annie Breidinger (18), 18. Jake Day (21), 19. Tanner Swanson (23), 20. Travis Welpott (9), 21. Nathan Byrd (7), 22. Dave Berkheimer (22), 23. Brent Yarnal (20). NT

**Nathan Byrd flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-63 Bobby Santos, Laps 64-100 Kody Swanson.

USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-70, 2-Bobby Santos-70, 3-David Byrne-64, 4-Justin Grant-61, 5-Taylor Ferns-58, 6-Jim Anderson-55, 7-Logan Seavey-52, 8-Shane Cottle-49, 9-Patrick Lawson-46, 10-Austin Nemire-43.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-60, 2-Tanner Thorson-54, 3-Thomas Meseraull-47, 4-Brady Bacon-43, 5-Chris Windom-39, 6-Buddy Kofoid-29, 7-Justin Grant-29, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-27, 9-C.J. Leary-23, 10-Jake Swanson-23.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 18, 2021 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Swanson

Hoosier Auto Race Fans Silver Crown Halfway Leader Award: Bobby Santos

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Bryan Gossel

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Patrick Lawson (17th to 9th)

 


CARB NIGHT CLASSIC POSTPONED
TO SATURDAY MORNING

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 28, 2021)………Friday night’s Carb Night Classic was hit by rain following qualifying, postponing USAC’s Silver Crown opener and Midget Special Event to Saturday morning, May 29, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Kody Swanson (Midget) and Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown) set the fastest times in their respective qualifying sessions before the precipitation fell.

Tanner’s quick time came with a price, though. During the combined practice/qualifying session, Tanner hit the turn one outside wall, causing heavy damage to the Bowman Racing ride.

The incident for Tanner was one of three during the abbreviated evening. Kyle Hamilton also collided with the turn three wall during Silver Crown practice/qualifying, causing major damage to the right side of the car.

In midget practice/qualifying, Ryan Shilkuski tagged the turn four wall, flipping him onto his roll cage and sending him sliding on his cage down the front straightaway.

All three drivers involved in the incidents were uninjured.

Wristbands from Friday night’s program can be used for re-entry on Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway. Adult tickets (age 13 and older) are $25 at https://lucasoilraceway.com/carbnightclassic/. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

On Saturday, the gates open at 9am EDT. The Carb Night Classic will resume, beginning with Silver Crown hot laps at 9:30am EDT followed by the 100-lap Silver Crown feature at 10am. Following the Silver Crown feature will be the programs for USF2000, Indy Pro and the Midgets, which will conclude the day’s racing festivities with a 30-lap main event.

Saturday’s USAC action will be live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 28, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Carb Night Classic

FATHEADZ QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-20.714; 2. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran-20.821; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-20.831; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.111; 5. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.115; 6. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-21.149; 7. Shane Cottle, 81, BCR-21.189; 8. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-21.226; 9. Nathan Byrd, 11, Hamilton/Byrd-21.292; 10. Taylor Ferns, 55, Ferns-21.295; 11. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-21.309; 12. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-21.354; 13. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-21.397; 14. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-21.455; 15. Logan Seavey, 222, Rice-21.496; 16. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-21.586; 17. Kyle O'Gara, 1, SFHR-21.598; 18. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-21.667; 19. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-21.736; 20. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-21.796; 21. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-21.827; 22. Brian Gerster, 94, Myers-22.131; 23. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-22.251; 24. Brent Yarnal, 29, Yarnal-24.806; 25. Jake Day, 42, Day-25.884; 26. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT.

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USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: May 28, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Carb Night Classic

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 25, Rodela-21.023; 2. Justin Grant, 3, Bohanon-21.217; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-21.234; 4. Bobby Santos, 29, Seymour/West-21.248; 5. Kyle Hamilton, 4, Klatt-21.358; 6. Dalton Armstrong, 7A, C & A-21.564; 7. Jake Trainor, 8, Trainor-21.596; 8. Todd Bertrand, 47, Bertrand-21.638; 9. Tanner Swanson, 7K, Irwin/Petry-21.647; 10. Josh Wise, 55, Bowman-21.649; 11. Nick Hamilton, 7KR, Irwin/Petry-21.653; 12. Kyle O'Gara, 1BR, SFHR-21.807; 13. Trey Burke, 63, Dooling-21.939; 14. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-21.954; 15. Mario Clouser, 99, Guess-22.016; 16. Johnny Zych, 9, Zych-22.210; 17. Jesse Love, 5, Van Dyne-22.318; 18. Cole Carter, 7, Bertrand-22.383; 19. Cody Gerhardt, 60, Western Speed-22.398; 20. Blake Brannon, 40, Western Speed-22.448; 21. Nathan Byrd, 33, RayPro-22.802; 22. John Sluss, 14AJ, RayPro-23.043; 23. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-23.248; 24. Taylor Ferns, 55F, Ferns-23.646; 25. Ryan Shilkuski, 75, Shilkuski-24.632; 26. Brandon Maurer, 14, Maurer-25.728.

 

 

SUMAR CLASSIC USAC SILVER CROWN OPENER AT TERRE HAUTE RAINED OUT

 Terre Haute, Indiana (May 27, 2021)………The Sumar Classic, scheduled for Thursday, May 27 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track has been postponed due to afternoon rainfall.

The event was to be the 2021 USAC Silver Crown season opener. Track Enterprises officials are working with USAC officials on a potential reschedule date.

Thirty-three USAC Silver Crown cars and drivers were in attendance for the 19th running of the Sumar Classic.

The USAC Silver Crown season resumes on Friday night, May 28, at the .686-mile paved oval of Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. The USAC Silver Crown cars will be joined by the Brown’s Oil Champion Midgets, Indy Pro Series and USF2000 Series.

Friday will mark the 51st appearance of USAC Silver Crown racing at Lucas Oil Raceway dating back to the series debut at the track in 1985, won by Rick Hood.

On Friday, gates open at 3pm EDT with midget practice taking place at 3-3:25pm & 4:50-5:15; Silver Crown practice at 3:30-3:55pm & 5:20-5:45pm; USF2000 practice form 4:05-4:20pm and Indy Pro 2000 practice from 4:25-4:40pm. Midget qualifying takes place from 5:50-6:20pm followed by Silver Crown qualifying from 6:25-6:55pm.

Opening ceremonies commence at 6:55-7:05pm with the main events immediately following: USF2000’s Freedom 75 at 7:05pm; the Indy Pro 2000 Freedom 90 at 8:05pm; the 30-lap Midget feature at 9:05pm and the finale, the 100-lap Silver Crown race at 9:35pm.

Adult tickets (age 13 and older) are $25 at https://lucasoilraceway.com/carbnightclassic/. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Lot 2 parking is $10, and camping is free. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

The USAC Silver Crown and Midget events will be LIVE on FloRacing at at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 27, 2021 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – Sumar Classic

EVENT RAINED OUT

DRIVERS IN ATTENDANCE: (33) Bryan Gossel (#06 Gossel) Chase Stockon (#3 Simmons) Jason McDougal (#6 Klatt) Kyle Robbins (#7 KR) Tyler Courtney (#9 Dyson) Jake Swanson (#10 DMW) Austin Nemire (#16 Nemire-Lesko) Chase Johnson (#17 Goodnight) Chris Phillips (#20 Nolen) Logan Seavey (#22 Rice) Mike Haggenbottom (#24 Haggenbottom) Kevin Thomas Jr. (#26 Pierce) C.J. Leary (#30 Leary) Dave Berkheimer (#31 Berkheimer) Ronnie Wuerdeman (#33 Wuerdeman) Matt Goodnight (#39 Goodnight) David Byrne (#40 Byrne) Brady Bacon (#53 Five Three) Matt Westfall (#54 Westfall) Jerry Coons Jr. (#55 Bateman) Dallas Hewitt (#57 Hewitt) Kip Hughes (#60 Hughes) Robert Ballou (#66 Rose) Kyle Cummins (#69 Pink 69 Racing) Shane Cockrum (#71 BLS) Casey Buckman (#74 C-Buck) Shane Cottle (#81 BCR) Tim Creech (#89 Fetter) Justin Grant (#91 Hemelgarn) Chris Windom (#97 Lein) Eric Gordon (#99 Armstrong) Jimmy Light (#123 Two-Three) Terry Babb (#188 Babb)

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 28, 2021 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Track – Carb Night Classic

 

 

TBJ Promotions' Midget Round Up at Airport Raceway Postponed Until June 18-19

Inside Line Promotions - OWASSO, Okla. (May 27, 2021) - The 6th annual Midget Round Up presented by the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau has been postponed until June 18-19.

The TBJ Promotions event held at Airport Raceway in Garden City, Kan., is being pushed back three weeks because of inclement weather that is invading the area this weekend.

The Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association will headline the midget portion of the doubleheader with NOW600 Series Winged 'A' Class and Restricted 'A' Class divisions in action each night as well.

"There are a lot of teams and fans traveling a long way to the Midget Round Up and this weekend's weather forecast looks terrible," TBJ Promotions Founder Tony Bruce Jr. said. "The best date that works for almost everyone to reschedule is June 18-19. The POWRi West group is in the midst of a busy schedule then, but we want to invite any POWRi drivers who want to compete to join us."

Tickets and times will remain the same for the Midget Round Up.

Tickets are $15 for adults on June 18 and $20 on June 19. Children ages 12-years-old and younger get in free both nights.

The front gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. each night.

There is limited reserved spectator parking at the track available. To purchase a spot, call 620-287-3695.

TBJ Promotions would like to thank the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Johnson Septic Tank Services, Jax Sports Grille, Direct Fireworks, Maupin's Truck Service, Rapid Cost and Lewis Motors for their continued support of the event.

TBJ PROMOTIONS -

TBJ Promotions is in its 12th year of showcasing marquee events. The featured event in 2021 is the 6th annual Midget Round Up, which is June 18-19 at Airport Raceway in Garden City, Kan. For more information, visit http://www.TBJPromotions.com.

 

WINDOM WINS WILD HULMAN CLASSIC
AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 26, 2021)………In the 51-year history of the Tony Hulman Classic, only a select few drivers have won the race on three occasions: Cary Faas, Levi Jones, and now Chris Windom, who snagged his third career rifle, and second straight, following a spirited duel Wednesday night at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) assumed the lead from racelong leader Justin Grant with just four laps remaining, which included a mix of wheel-to-wheel contact for both, broken hearts for one party and pure ecstasy for the other when all was said and done at the conclusion of the 30-lap main event.

Furthermore, Windom became just the fourth driver to win consecutive Tony Hulman Classics, joining Steve Butler (1987-88), Levi Jones (2008-09) and Robert Ballou (2015-16), while his seventh career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win at Terre Haute moved him to within one of Gary Bettenhausen and Jack Hewitt as the winningest driver in the history of the track.

However, in the present tense, akin to the 2020 season, the Hulman Classic provided a Shangri-La of sorts for Windom and his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – B & H Contractors – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar. For the second straight year, the event played host to the team’s first series win of the year.

“We’ve been trying to win a race all year long; we’ve been so close,” Windom exclaimed. “The crew has worked so hard to get us into this position. To put this car into victory lane here again, especially at the Hulman, is really cool.”

Windom’s nemesis throughout was Grant, who started from the pole, while Windom began his journey from the sixth position. Grant was poetic early on, constructing a commanding lead of nearly two seconds by the tenth lap while, simultaneously, Windom was working on Kyle Cummins for the runner-up spot, which he secured by diving underneath Cummins at the entry to turn three.

As soon as Windom raced into second, Grant’s interval over Windom melted like an ice cube in the sun as Windom caught up to Grant’s tail tank within three laps and commenced the pair’s negotiation through the back end of the field as they passed under the crossed flags signifying the halfway point.

As each opportunity at the lead flashed before Windom’s eyes, it was if somebody slapped his hands to keep him out of the cookie jar. First getting caught behind a lap car on lap 18, then blasting the turn four cushion on lap 19, Windom was relegated to constantly catching and regrouping rather than catching and passing for the time being.

With nine laps remaining, Windom found the clearance to a pathway to get by Grant. Windom set up a slider halfway down the back straightway and dove underneath Grant, up to the top, between turns three and four. Grant refused to let his guard down and ran his line without letting Windom occupying any of his space. That resulted in Windom sliding over the turn four curb and coerced him into having to play catch-up once more.

“I think we had, by far, the car to beat,” Windom believed. “It was just track position. Once I got to second, he was almost a straightaway up. Lapped traffic was so tough because he’d slide a guy and I’d have to follow him and lose time and I’d have to run him back down. It was all about slide jobs and trying to time it the right way. At this place, you get strung out so fast. You can’t follow a guy when he slides a guy. You’ve got to try to keep your momentum up and carry speed to get back to him in the next corner. You’ve got to go the opposite direction of where the other guy goes.”

Grant, a previous Don Smith Classic and Jim Hurtubise Classic winner who was in the midst of pursuing his quest in joining Windom and Chase Stockon as fellow winners of “the big three” USAC National Sprint Car events at Terre Haute, had fended off every challenge presented to him by Windom. That is, until lap 27.

Windom, mimicking his first attempt to pass Grant in turn three five laps earlier, threw the slider once again. However, the outcome found a completely different result the second time around. Windom’s right rear tire and Grant’s left front tire connected, sending Grant entirely airborne before landing on all fours, kissing the concrete wall, and powering on, albeit in the second position while Windom overtook first and sped away to an ultimate 2.607 second advantage and a surefire cinch to take the checkered flag at the point.

“That was such a fast-paced race,” Windom remarked. “I ran Justin down three or four times; I slid him once and he crossed me back over. It was so slick down there, the second time I went to slide him, I got super backed into it and I backed up into the front of him. I’m sorry to get into him there, but he would say the same thing. We’re out here racing for a living and not out here to make best friends with everybody.”

With Windom having the checkered in sight exiting turn four on the final lap, the race was relegated to a halt with 15th running Chase Johnson flipping into the outside turn four wall/fence just in front of Windom. That brought out the red flag and created a green-white-checkered scenario with Grant directly behind Windom on the ensuing restart.

Windom’s restart was smooth as silk as he shot away to a healthy advantage instantaneously while Grant’s dreams crumpled in turn two as he bumped the cushion, lost ground from second that ultimately dropped him back to fifth. All the while, Windom ran away with it to collect his 29th career USAC National Sprint feature win by a 1.939 sec. margin.

Windom’s win moved him into 16th on the all-time series win list alongside Kevin Thomas Jr. His victory total surpassed the total of 28 possessed by Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley.

Meanwhile, Grant (Ione, Calif.) was barely denied a first Hulman Classic victory in his own right, and he explained the moment that took him out of contention for the win and dropped him back to a fifth place finish at the close.

“I’ve been on the other side of that before and I leaned on Chris a few laps earlier,” Grant wrote in a tweet. “(I) can’t be mad. It knocked the (Jacob’s) ladder off and I was hanging on after that. Wish we could’ve gotten back after him on that restart.”

Finishing second was Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) in his Rock Steady Racing/Mid-America Safety Solutions – Project Oversight/Mach-1/Cummins Chevy, who had recently won his first career feature event at Terre Haute in early May with the Midwest Sprint Car Series. His previous career best Hulman Classic result came in a 9th place effort in 2017, a big boost to the driver’s confidence for competing on the half-mile dirt oval.

“This is kind of a win for us,” Cummins admitted. “Windom is unbelievable around here, and so is Brady. This is my first USAC podium here. Confidence here is all it takes, and I have a little bit now, so I can kind race with them, which makes it fun.”

Brady Bacon’s remarkable comeback story at the Hulman Classic was one that will be talked about for a long time to come. His night began with him earning his 40th career USAC National Sprint Car fast qualifying time, surpassing Levi Jones for fourth-place all-time. In the first heat race, however, Bacon nearly touched the clouds in a sky-high crash that sent him flipping viciously over the turn one wall aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

Following the incident, Bacon and the team rolled out the backup car that he had run as the primary late in 2020 at Terre Haute and again, most recently, earlier this month at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. Subsequently, the three-time series champ raced from the tail (14th) to finish 3rd and transfer to the B-Main. And, to cap it all off, he made another charge from his 9th starting spot to a 3rd place finish in the feature.

“I was pretty confident in my guys that everything was ready,” Bacon said. “I wasn’t really too nervous about going back out there. I knew I had to get by a lot of the slower cars in the B, and after a couple of laps, you get back into the rhythm and start thinking about how you can make your car even better.”

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 26, 2021 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 51st Tony Hulman Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.495; 2. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-19.884; 3. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-19.902; 4. Riley Kreisel, 91, DKR-19.938; 5. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-19.972; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-19.977; 7. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro/RayPro-20.191; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.228; 9. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-20.269; 10. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-20.274; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-20.360; 12. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-20.366; 13. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-20.366; 14. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-20.398; 15. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-20.410; 16. Brian VanMeveren, 24v, VanMeveren-20.518; 17. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.575; 18. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-20.653; 19. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-20.677; 20. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-20.691; 21. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Parker-20.704; 22. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-20.709; 23. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-20.815; 24. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, RMB-20.877; 25. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-20.918; 26. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-21.066; 27. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-21.077; 28. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-21.102; 29. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-21.180; 30. Ricky Lewis, 11L, Lewis-21.399; 31. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-21.588; 32. Joe Stewart, 19x, Stewart-26.687; 33. Dan Clodfelter, 19c, Clodfelter-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Anthony D’Alessio, 8. Nate McMillin. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Nick Bilbee, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Sterling Cling. 2:44.588

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Max Adams, 3. Mario Clouser, 4. Davey Ray, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Brandon Morin, 8. Matt Goodnight. 2:47.348

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Riley Kreisel, 3. Mitch Wissmiller, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Brian VanMeveren, 7. Paul Nienhiser, 8. Dan Clodfelter. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Paul Nienhiser, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Brandon Mattox, 10. Brian VanMeveren, 11. Matt Goodnight, 12. Nate McMillin, 13. Brandon Morin, 14. Dan Clodfelter. 4:19.929

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (6), 2. Kyle Cummins (3), 3. Brady Bacon (9), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7), 5. Justin Grant (1), 6. C.J. Leary (4), 7. Robert Ballou (15), 8. Jake Swanson (13), 9. Riley Kreisel (5), 10. Logan Seavey (10), 11. Tanner Thorson (22), 12. Chase Stockon (8), 13. Cole Bodine (11), 14. Davey Ray (2), 15. Matt Westfall (17), 16. Nick Bilbee (19), 17. Mario Clouser (20), 18. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 19. Brandon Mattox (24-), 20. Paul Nienhiser (23-P), 21. Chase Johnson (14), 22. Tye Mihocko (18), 23. Mitch Wissmiller (21), 24. Max Adams (16). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter.

**Brady Bacon & Anthony D’Alessio flipped during the first heat. Chase Johnson flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Justin Grant, Laps 27-30 Chris Windom.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-835, 2-Justin Grant-800, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-766, 4-Robert Ballou-718, 5-Chris Windom-717, 6-C.J. Leary-691, 7-Tanner Thorson-648, 8-Jake Swanson-645, 9-Chase Stockon-487, 10-Paul Nienhiser-472.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-60, 2-Tanner Thorson-54, 3-Thomas Meseraull-47, 4-Brady Bacon-43, 5-Chris Windom-39, 6-Buddy Kofoid-29, 7-Justin Grant-29, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-27, 9-C.J. Leary-23, 10-Jake Swanson-23.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 15, 2021 – Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – Eastern Storm

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Brady Bacon

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (22nd to 11th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Cole Bodine

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Paul Nienhiser

ProSource Hard Work Award Winner: Tanner Thorson

 

 

SEAVEY BIDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WITH RICE

 By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 26, 2021)………Logan Seavey, who received his introduction to USAC Silver Crown racing one year ago, solely on the dirt, will add pavement to the mix in 2021, as he attempts to earn Rookie of the Year honors with the series for Rice Motorsports.

Seavey’s Silver Crown season begins this Thursday, May 27, on the dirt at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track with his series debut on the pavement coming the following night, Friday, May 28, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

The Sutter, California native will attempt to become just the second driver to earn the Rookie of the Year award in USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in his career. Only 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion and 18-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Ryan Newman has previously achieved the feat.

Seavey previously won Rookie of the Year with the USAC Sprints and Midgets in 2018, with his Rookie midget campaign also netting him the overall series championship.

The results of Seavey’s first three career Silver Crown starts were superb in 2020 with a 10th at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, a 3rd at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and an 8th at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and was the lone Rookie to score top-tens in all three dirt races to finish 11th overall in the standings.

The hot start and the solid results have presented reasonably high expectations for the Seavey/Rice pairing to achieve even more success in the coming season, and Seavey believes the team is even more prepared for the challenge this year.

“I got into a car that worked the way it was supposed to,” Seavey recalled. “Everyone knew what to expect on the dirt and it was the same for me as a driver. The cars are a lot bigger and have a little bit less horsepower, which some people say is harder and some people say is easier. I don’t really know. It’s just a different racecar to me. For the most part, (the learning curve) wasn’t too hard. The length of the races is really cool to me; I really love the longer races. Overall, we had a really good first year and there really isn’t any reason we shouldn’t be able to back it up and run up front again.”

Car owner Robbie Rice is a veteran of three Silver Crown starts and 85 with the USAC National Sprint Cars as a driver during the 1990s and 2000s. Rice, the son of 1977 & 1981 Silver Crown champion Larry Rice, feels most confident in his third year as a series entrant with Seavey as his driver and a crew consisting of expert car builder Joe Devin and five-time USAC Western States Midget champion driver Ronnie Gardner.

“Rice Motorsports was coined by my dad over 25 years ago,” Robbie explained. “I’m extremely excited to start this new adventure in what was my dad's favorite division. Without the help of Fatheadz Eyewear and Lucas Oil Products, this wouldn't be possible. We’ve added a Beast pavement car to the team, to go along with our DRC dirt car and hope to learn a lot in 2021. Having the experience of Joe and Ronnie working on the cars, I feel confident we will give Logan the opportunity to showcase his driving skills in well prepared cars. Obviously, the pavement will be a huge learning curve this year for us, but we are ready for the challenge.“

Seavey’s pavement experience is limited to stock cars and late models, as well as laps in a Silver Crown test a couple weeks ago and admitted that it’ll be a learning curve for everybody on the team on that side of the equation, but they’re prepared to take on the task.

“Our main goal is to win a race on the dirt and to finish all the pavement races and get as many pavement laps in as possible,” Seavey stated. “Hopefully, a few races in on the pavement, or by the end of the year, we’ll be running with the front pack. It’s new for me and new for the team I’m racing with, so we’re pretty green and just trying to learn.”

On Thursday’s Sumar Classic at Terre Haute, the pits open at 2pm EDT, grandstands at 3pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Infield admission is $20. Pit passes are $35. Scott’s Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds will also be in action.

Advance tickets for both the Sumar Classic and the preceding night’s Tony Hulman Classic USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at Terre Haute on Wednesday, May 26, are on sale now at www.tracpass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate on each race day.

For Friday’s Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway, the gates open at 3pm EDT with midget practice taking place at 3-3:25pm & 4:50-5:15; Silver Crown practice at 3:30-3:55pm & 5:20-5:45pm; USF2000 practice form 4:05-4:20pm and Indy Pro 2000 practice from 4:25-4:40pm. Midget qualifying takes place from 5:50-6:20pm followed by Silver Crown qualifying from 6:25-6:55pm.

Opening ceremonies commence at 6:55-7:05pm with the main events immediately following: USF2000’s Freedom 75 at 7:05pm; the Indy Pro 2000 Freedom 90 at 8:05pm; the 30-lap Midget feature at 9:05pm and the finale, the 100-lap Silver Crown race at 9:35pm.

Adult tickets (age 13 and older) are $25 at https://lucasoilraceway.com/carbnightclassic/. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Lot 2 parking is $10, and camping is free. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

The Sumar Classic and the Carb Night Classic USAC Silver Crown events will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.


 


ROLLING THUNDER BOOK SIGNING
AT THURSDAY’S SUMAR CLASSIC
Terre Haute, Indiana (May 26, 2021)………Rolling Thunder authors Bob Mays, Richie Murray, Patrick Sullivan and John Mahoney will participate in a book signing of the newest hit racing reference dedicated to the history of the USAC Silver Crown series.

The book signing will take place from 5-6pm EDT on Thursday, May 27, by the USAC merchandise trailer in the midway behind the main grandstand at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track prior to the 2021 USAC Silver Crown season opener, which will take place later that night.

Rolling Thunder, the most comprehensive reference book ever produced on the USAC Silver Crown Series, has been printed and is now available at USAC’s merchandise trailer at each of the series’ National events.

With a foreword courtesy of the winningest driver in series history, five-time champion Kody Swanson, Rolling Thunder covers the tumultuous history of the USAC Silver Crown Series from its inception in 1971 through the 2020 season.

From the days of Al Unser, Mario Andretti and A. J. Foyt, through the glory days of Jack Hewitt, to the reign of Kody Swanson, the big cars have continued to capture the imagination of fans both young and old. Key moments, stories and memories amassed over the past 50 years are captured here in word and stunning images.

The 350-plus page hardcover book includes detailed season summaries and complete recaps for every race in addition to more than 350 pictures as seen through the lenses of several of auto racing’s finest photographers.

Furthermore, the histories of the USAC Silver Crown division’s racing counterparts are covered in the pages with a look back on the eras of the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) and Premier Racing Association (PRA).

You can also order your copy of Rolling Thunder now at www.coastal181.com, at www.sprintcarstuff.com and at Fastrack Publishing.

You can also order Rolling Thunder now by check or cash through Fastrack Publishing for the price of $49.95, plus $9 shipping and handling. Nebraska residents should also include $3.50 for NE sales tax.

If ordering through Fastrack, please send your money to:
Fastrack Publishing
5220 North 10th St.
Lincoln NE 68521

 

BYRNE’S FIRE LIT FOR REDEMPTION
AS 2021 USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON BEGINS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 25, 2021)………For pretty much every one of the 8 billion people around the world, the year 2020 was one everyone would soon like to write off like it didn’t even happen.

In the USAC Silver Crown world, no driver would like to forget 2020 as much as David Byrne does entering the season openers on Thursday, May 27, at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and on Friday, May 28, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. where he’d like to turn the new year into a tale of redemption.

Coming off his best statistical season in 2019, the Shullsburg, Wisconsin driver’s hopes of a solid beginning in 2020 were dashed before they even really got a chance to begin after Byrne flipped in turn three on the opening lap of the opening race at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway.

One week later, Byrne’s run at Salem came to an auspicious ending just eight laps into the 75-lapper at the paved high banks of Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Byrne was running 3rd when his car’s steering broke, sending him on a slow crawl back to pit lane and out early once again.

Byrne was absent from the next show at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway, ending his 41-race start streak in Silver Crown competition dating back to 2016. The next journey took them to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the Hoosier Hundred. Again, Byrne’s race would prove to be short lived.

Just 10 laps in, a major jumble up in turn two sent four-time Hoosier Hundred winner and seventh running Kody Swanson flipping along with 11th running Byrne and 14th running Austin Nemire. Byrne soared sky high after contact on the back straightaway before landing his car upside down atop the inside guardrail. Byrne was uninjured, but the story was far different for his dirt car. With the frame destroyed, the finale at the Illinois State Fairgrounds was out of the question for the team, ending his season early.

Byrne’s 2020 race results of 23rd, 19th and 27th, 16 total laps completed and a 33rd place finish in the final standings are unfathomable numbers for a driver that’s used to running inside the top-five and top-ten on a regular basis with the series and had slotted into the top-five in points during each of the prior four seasons: 5th in 2016 and 2017, 4th in 2018 and 3rd in 2019.

“I didn’t really know how the season was going to play out anyways,” Byrne said, referring to the long delayed start of the season until August and the ensuing unknowns due to COVID-19. “In hindsight, we probably just should’ve just taken the year off. I thought there would be an asterisk even if we did run really well because of all that was going on. But it didn’t really change how we felt about racing; it just lit the fire to do even better.”

In the meantime, Byrne became a new father and his family’s business, Bytec Resource Management, was booming, so otherwise, the year was a good one for Byrne off the track. After a year rife with black clouds and snake bites on the track, Byrne is ready to hit the button and party like it’s 2019, or even 2014.

“It was like a good reset, I guess,” Byrne admitted. “I wish we could’ve saved the dirt car we junked at the Indy Mile, but other than that, we’ll be better off from it after what we experienced.”

Byrne, a veteran of 62 career USAC Silver Crown starts since 2011, earned his most spectacular moment with the series at one of the venues looming this Friday night on the schedule, a last lap, last corner victory in 2014 over Tanner Swanson at Lucas Oil Raceway. It’s a feeling he’d like to revisit in 2021, and he feels confident he’ll be back on track in more ways than one throughout the coming season as he chases a series championship.

“We’ve got a brand new dirt car and, basically, a brand new pavement car which only ran a few laps at Salem. So, pretty much everything is brand new,” Byrne revealed. “Other than not getting our dirt frame a month-and-a-half ago, it hasn’t been too super hard of a winter for (Crew Chief) James “Chuy” Sandberg to put stuff back together. 2019 was great, and it’d be great to go back to 2014 too and win like we did at Lucas Oil Raceway to start off the season.”

As the driver of one of the most popular liveries on the circuit, Byrne will once again sport a similar design that driver Pancho Carter and car owner Steve Stapp used to capture the 1976 USAC National Sprint Car title with. The design was already meaningful when it debuted in 2017, and even more meaningful now following Stapp’s death in April of this year at the age of 80.

“We had a mutual respect,” Byrne said of Stapp, an inductee of both the USAC Hall of Fame and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. “He was a great guy, amazing at what he did, and he let us work out of his shop. It was a shock that he passed. He didn’t seem like he’d ever pass away after all that he’d been through and all the stories of his escapes from death throughout his life. Steve and the whole Stapp family believed in somebody like me who didn’t have much of a family background in racing. Chuy, his wife Susannah Stapp, and the whole Stapp family came along and kind of extended my career. The Stapp family is full of good people and they’ve really have helped us keep at it.”

On Thursday’s Sumar Classic at Terre Haute, the pits open at 2pm EDT, grandstands at 3pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Infield admission is $20. Pit passes are $35. Scott’s Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds will also be in action.

Advance tickets for both the Sumar Classic and the preceding night’s Tony Hulman Classic USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at Terre Haute on Wednesday, May 26, are on sale now at www.tracpass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate on each race day.

For Friday’s Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway, the gates open at 3pm EDT with midget practice taking place at 3-3:25pm & 4:50-5:15; Silver Crown practice at 3:30-3:55pm & 5:20-5:45pm; USF2000 practice form 4:05-4:20pm and Indy Pro 2000 practice from 4:25-4:40pm. Midget qualifying takes place from 5:50-6:20pm followed by Silver Crown qualifying from 6:25-6:55pm.

Opening ceremonies commence at 6:55-7:05pm with the main events immediately following: USF2000’s Freedom 75 at 7:05pm; the Indy Pro 2000 Freedom 90 at 8:05pm; the 30-lap Midget feature at 9:05pm and the finale, the 100-lap Silver Crown race at 9:35pm.

Adult tickets (age 13 and older) are $25 at https://lucasoilraceway.com/carbnightclassic/. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Lot 2 parking is $10, and camping is free. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

The Sumar Classic and the Carb Night Classic USAC Silver Crown events will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

 

 


INDIANA MIDGET WEEK TICKETS
ON SALE NOW AT TRACPASS.COM

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 24, 2021)………Advance tickets are now available for NOS Energy Drink Indiana Midget Week, the most rigorous and thrilling week of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing of the year, June 3-12, in the Hoosier State.

If you purchase your advance tickets for the eight races in ten nights series from www.TracPass.com, you’ll save $5 each over the price you’d pay at the gate on race day.

Walk-up tickets will be available at track on each race day of the 17th annual Indiana Midget Week series, expanded in 2021 from a six-race series to an eight-night smorgasbord at eight great dirt racing venues.

IMW begins on Thursday, June 3, at Paragon Speedway for the opener; followed by Bloomington Speedway on Friday, June 4; Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday, June 5; and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Sunday June 6 to close out the first weekend of action.

After a two-day breather, the series resumes at the brand-new Circle City Raceway Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 9, for the first series event held in Indianapolis since a date at the Speedrome in 2005. Closing out the IMW schedule on the ensuing nights are Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, Ind.) on Thursday, June 10; Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday, June 11, and the finale, at Kokomo Speedway, on Saturday, June 12.

2021 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:

Thursday, June 3: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, IN

Friday, June 4: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

Saturday, June 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

Sunday, June 6: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

Wednesday, June 9: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, June 10: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

Friday, June 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

Saturday, June 12: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN HITS THE PAVEMENT OF LOR FRIDAY FOR CARB NIGHT CLASSIC
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 24, 2021)………In last year’s Carb Night Classic, Tanner Swanson watched as his brother, Kody, scored the victory in his Indy Pro 2000 Series debut earlier in the evening.

Not to be outdone, younger brother, Tanner, turned “Carb Night” into the “Swanson Night Classic” for all intents and purposes, leading the final 60 circuits of the 100-lap race en route to becoming the winningest USAC Silver Crown driver at Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway with his sixth career triumph at the .686-mile paved oval, a record he had previously held with Kody and Mike Bliss.

One year later, as the series enters this Friday night’s Carb Night Classic on May 28 at LOR, Tanner still finds himself in the slick, black and yellow Bowman Racing #02, and alone at the top of the track’s Silver Crown win list. Kody, meanwhile, has found a new address in the Doran Racing No. 77, a pairing which makes its series debut with the five-time series champ aboard.

The 27 drivers in the lineup represent a wide mix of national champions, race winners, Carb Night Classic winners, and those looking to become part of that group. In fact, the 27 entries are the most for a pavement Silver Crown event since the Lucas Oil round in July of 2011, nearly a decade ago.

Among the 27 are nine past series race winners, five of which have previously won 100-lap races at Lucas Oil Raceway. Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) won the inaugural and the most recent editions of the Carb Night Classic in 2016 and 2020 while brother Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) went back-to-back in 2017-18. Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) was the Carb Night victor in 2019.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) owns four LOR Silver Crown wins while David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) has one. They’ll be joined by reigning series champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), as well as series winners Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.), plus 2018 USAC National Midget champion and Silver Crown Rookie, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

The Brothers Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) are the only two-time winners of the Carb Night Classic. Tanner is the only driver to finish on the podium in all five previous runnings of the event, finishing 3rd in 2017 after driving from 22nd to 2nd in 2018 and 17th to 2nd in 2019. Tanner was the fastest Carb Night qualifier in 2018 before opting to start from the tail of the field.

Kody, a 30-time career Silver Crown race winner, has won five of those at LOR. Kody has started on the pole for the past four Carb Night Classics, earning the fast qualifying time in 2017-19-20 and also slotted into the number one spot when Tanner elected to go to the tail for a bonus in 2018. Kody led all 100 in the 2017 Carb Night Classic and the final 99 in 2018. In 2016, Kody finished 2nd to Tanner, but has dropped out in each of the last two with mechanical problems after leading early.

Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) is the lone driver not named Swanson to win the Carb Night Classic, doing so in 2019 after securing the lead late in the going, with 27 to go, en route to his first, and still only, Silver Crown win. In 2020, Hamilton followed up his victory with a solid third-place finish.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) owns four USAC Silver Crown victories at LOR in 2009, twice in 2012 and again in 2017. He’s led three of the five Carb Night Classics thus far. He won the pole and led the first 80 in 2016 before mechanical trouble forced him to the sideline, and has finished 2nd, 4th, 3rd and 4th in each of the last four years in 2017-18-19-20, leading one lap early in 2018 and one lap late in 2019.

David Byrne, of Shullsburg, Wisc., is a past LOR Silver Crown winner, picking up the victory in last-lap fashion during the summer of 2014. He’s alternated 7th and 6th place runs throughout his Carb Night Classic career, finishing 7th in 2016, 6th in 2017, 7th in 2018 and 6th in 2019.

One of reigning series champion’s Justin Grant’s main goals this year is to win a pavement race in the Silver Crown division. He had his best career Carb Night finish of 4th in 2019, then was 5th in 2020 and took 6th in both 2016 and 2018.

Fortville, Indiana’s Eric Gordon is a three-time winner at LOR, all in a Sprint Car, back in 1990-91-92. The 1990 Milwaukee Silver Crown winner and nine-time Little 500 winner finished 9th at the Carb Night Classic in 2018, 5th in 2019 and turned in a 6th place performance in 2020’s 100-lap race, his lone start with the series last season.

New Castle, Indiana’s Kyle Robbins has made three previous Carb Night Classic starts but is looking for his first top-ten result in the event. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), a 2020 Silver Crown winner on the dirt at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, claimed his best Carb Night finish last year, an 11th.

Three-time Silver Crown winner Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) is the owner of four top-five finishes in his four career Carb Night Classic starts, including a 5th in 2016, 5th in 2017, 3rd in 2018 and a personal-best 2nd in 2020.

Carb Night Classic veterans in this year’s field include USAC Regional champions Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), 9th in 2019; 2014 USAC Pavement Midget champion, Beech Grove, Indiana’s Kyle O’Gara (19th in 2020); 2012 USAC D1 Midget champ Jim Anderson of Joliet, Ill. (8th in 2018).

Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) is a two-time USAC National Midget winner at LOR in 1994 and 1995. His Carb Night Classic debut delivered a 7th place result in 2019.

Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) was the hard charger at Carb Night in 2020, driving from 21st to earn a career-best 7th place finish and was also 10th in 2017. Pendleton, Indiana’s Travis Welpott was 11th in 2018 and Levittown, Pa.’s Mike Haggenbottom was 13th in 2019.

Among returnees are Winchester, Indiana’s Matt Goodnight (13th in 2020); 2019 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, Angola, Indiana’s Derek Bischak (15th in 2020); 2020 Rookie of the Year, Fort Collins, Colorado’s Bryan Gossel (21st in 2020); Dave Berkheimer (23rd in 2020); and Brent Yarnal (Phoenix, Ariz.), a veteran of 19 career USAC Southwest Sprint Car starts during the 2017-18 seasons who made his Silver Crown debut at Carb Night in 2020, finishing 24th.

Annie Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.) is one of two females in the field, along with Taylor Ferns. Breidinger, a three-time Silver Crown starter, finished 10th at LOR in 2017. Ferns, the 2011 USAC D1 Midget champ (Shelby Township, Mich.), a three-time LOR Silver Crown starter, returns to the series after a seven-year hiatus. She finished 10th at LOR in 2013 and owns the best finish by a female in Silver Crown history with a 4th at Eldora in 2013.

Logan Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, will make his pavement Silver Crown debut Friday at LOR. He tackled the dirt three times last year, finishing 10th, 3rd & 8th in three outings.

Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) and Jake Day (Abilene, Texas) aim to make their first ever career USAC Silver Crown starts on Friday. Byrd finished 20th in last year’s Midget portion of the Night Before the 500 at LOR.

A unique qualifying format will be utilized for the event with each driver running two laps consecutively with the average time over the course of two laps counting as the official qualifying time.

Friday will mark the 51st appearance of USAC Silver Crown racing at Lucas Oil Raceway dating back to the series debut at the track in 1985, won by Rick Hood.

On race day, gates open at 3pm EDT with midget practice taking place at 3-3:25pm & 4:50-5:15; Silver Crown practice at 3:30-3:55pm & 5:20-5:45pm; USF2000 practice form 4:05-4:20pm and Indy Pro 2000 practice from 4:25-4:40pm. Midget qualifying takes place from 5:50-6:20pm followed by Silver Crown qualifying from 6:25-6:55pm.

Opening ceremonies commence at 6:55-7:05pm with the main events immediately following: USF2000’s Freedom 75 at 7:05pm; the Indy Pro 2000 Freedom 90 at 8:05pm; the 30-lap Midget feature at 9:05pm and the finale, the 100-lap Silver Crown race at 9:35pm.

Adult tickets (age 13 and older) are $25 at https://lucasoilraceway.com/carbnightclassic/. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Lot 2 parking is $10, and camping is free. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

The USAC Silver Crown and Midget events will be LIVE on FloRacing at at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST: (27 DRIVERS)

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Gossel)

1 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Lawson)

6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR)

11 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Hamilton-Byrd)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Pierce)

29 BRENT YARNAL/Phoenix, AZ (Yarnal)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne)

42 JAKE DAY/Abilene, TX (Day)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran)

80 ANNIE BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn)

92 JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Kazmark)

94 BRIAN GERSTER/Fishers, IN (Myers)

99 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice)

PAST CARB NIGHT FEATURE RESULTS:

2016 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Tanner Swanson, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Robert Stout, 5. Aaron Pierce, 6. Justin Grant, 7. David Byrne, 8. Joe Axsom, 9. Shane Cockrum, 10. Joe Liguori, 11. Austin Nemire, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Jacob Wilson, 15. Bobby Santos, 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 17. Patrick Lawson. NT

2017 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Bobby Santos, 3. Tanner Swanson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Aaron Pierce, 6. David Byrne, 7. Kevin Studley, 8. A.J. Russell, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Patrick Lawson, 11. Toni Breidinger, 12. Joss Moffatt, 13. Troy Thompson, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Davey Hamilton Jr., 16. Bill Rose, 17. Joe Liguori, 18. Joe Axsom, 19. J.C. Bland, 20. Cody Gerhardt. NT

2018 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Tanner Swanson (22), 3. Aaron Pierce (6), 4. Bobby Santos (2), 5. Chris Windom (4), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. David Byrne (3), 8. Jim Anderson (8), 9. Eric Gordon (9), 10. Kyle Hamilton (21), 11. Travis Welpott (17), 12. Patrick Lawson (16), 13. Cody Gerhardt (14), 14. Dave Darland (13), 15. Kyle Robbins (11), 16. Toni Breidinger (15), 17. Matt Goodnight (12), 18. Bill Rose (18), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 20. Derek Bischak (20), 21. Austin Blair (10), 22. Mike Haggenbottom (19).

2019 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Hamilton (2), 2. Tanner Swanson (17), 3. Bobby Santos (4), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Eric Gordon (16), 6. David Byrne (6), 7. Brian Gerster (9), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 9. Austin Nemire (12), 10. Cody Gallogly (8), 11. Kyle Robbins (11), 12. John Heydenreich (15), 13. Mike Haggenbottom (14), 14. Chris Windom (5), 15. Derek Bischak (7), 16. Kody Swanson (1), 17. Matt Goodnight (13). NT

2020 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (2), 2. Aaron Pierce (7), 3. Kyle Hamilton (4), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Justin Grant (3), 6. Eric Gordon (6), 7. Patrick Lawson (21), 8. Russ Gamester (8), 9. Chris Windom (10), 10. Kody Swanson (1), 11. Shane Cottle (13), 12. Austin Nemire (14), 13. Matt Goodnight (15), 14. Travis Welpott (18), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (20), 16. Toni Breidinger (17), 17. Kyle Robbins (19), 18. Derek Bischak (11), 19. Kyle O’Gara (12), 20. John Heydenreich (9), 21. Bryan Gossel (22), 22. Jim Anderson (16), 23. Dave Berkheimer (24), 24. Brent Yarnal (23). 50:44.343

CARB NIGHT CLASSIC USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:

2-Kody Swanson & Tanner Swanson

1-Kyle Hamilton

CARB NIGHT CLASSIC USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS:

2016: Tanner Swanson (5/27)

2017: Kody Swanson (5/26)

2018: Kody Swanson (5/25)

2019: Kyle Hamilton (5/24)

2020: Tanner Swanson (8/21)

USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT IRP:

6-Tanner Swanson

5-Mike Bliss & Kody Swanson

4-Bobby Santos

3-Bobby East

2-Kenny Irwin Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader

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

USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT IRP:

1985: Rick Hood (7/13)

1986: Ken Schrader (7/13)

1987: Jeff Bloom (7/11)

1988: Bruce Field (7/9)

1989: Bob Cicconi (7/8) & Ken Schrader (7/8)

1990: George Snider (6/30)

1991: Johnny Parsons (6/29)

1992: Jim Keeker (6/27)

1993: Mike Bliss (6/26)

1994: Mike Bliss (8/4)

1995: Jim Keeker (8/2)

1996: Mike Bliss (5/18) & Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/31)

1997: Pat Abold (5/17) & Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/30)

1998: Tony Stewart (5/16) & Jason Leffler (7/29)

1999: Ryan Newman (5/22) & Dave Steele (8/4)

2000: Jason Leffler (5/20) & Russ Gamester (8/6)

2001: Mike Bliss (5/12) & Kasey Kahne (8/2)

2002: Mike Bliss (8/1)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/22) & Jason McCord (7/31)

2004: Jay Drake (8/5)

2005: Bobby East (8/4)

2006: Brian Tyler (8/3)

2007: Bobby East (7/26)

2008: Bobby East (7/24)

2009: Bobby Santos (7/23)

2010: Tracy Hines (7/22)

2011: Kody Swanson (7/28)

2012: Bobby Santos (5/19) & Bobby Santos (7/26)

2013: Tanner Swanson (7/27)

2014: Tanner Swanson (5/17) & David Byrne (7/24)

2015: Tanner Swanson (5/23) & Tanner Swanson (7/23)

2016: Tanner Swanson (5/27) & Kody Swanson (7/21)

2017: Kody Swanson (5/26) & Bobby Santos (7/20)

2018: Kody Swanson (5/25)

2019: Kyle Hamilton (5/24) & Kody Swanson (9/7)

2020: Tanner Swanson (8/21)

 

 

51ST TONY HULMAN CLASSIC KICKSTARTS BUSY WEEK AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 24, 2021)………The Beatles may have told us that happiness is a warm gun. However, the ultimate happiness very well may be the image of a driver holding the traditional rifle in victory lane after a hard earned win at the Tony Hulman Classic.

We know that’s how it’ll end on Wednesday night, May 26, following the conclusion of the 51st running of the Hulman Classic for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, but who will be the driver with both hands on the coveted rifle?

That’s the question that remains to be answered when the series arrives at the famed half-mile dirt oval for the 165th points race held since the USAC Sprint Cars’ 1957 debut at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds track.

The Hulman Classic is the longest annually-held USAC National Sprint Car event, being contested every year since the 1971 season with George Snider winning the inaugural edition. Over the past half-century, only two drivers have won the event three times: Levi Jones (2005-08-09) and Cary Faas (1992-94-98). Two drivers have a chance to join the exclusive club this Wednesday.

Chris Windom’s first win of the USAC season in 2020 came during the Tony Hulman Classic. To date, through 11 races in 2021, Windom finds himself in a similar place, sans a victory. However, the Hulman Classic could very well be the site of his breakthrough. After all, Windom has notched six top-fives in a row in the event: 2nd in 2015, 5th in 2016, 2nd in 2017, 4th in 2018, 2nd in 2019 and 1st in 2020.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) won twice with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars in 2020 at Terre Haute, the first of which captured his second career Hulman Classic triumph. He leads all expected entrants with six career series wins at the track. The 2017 USAC National Sprint Car champ has also tasted victory with the USAC Silver Crown division at Terre Haute in the 2017 Sumar Classic. At the Hulman, though, his prowess dates back more than a decade with a 5th place run in 2009. In 2011, he became the youngest ever Hulman Classic winner at the age of 20, a record that still stands to this day.

It's difficult to win the Hulman Classic in consecutive years with only three drivers going back-to-back during the first 50 years: Steve Butler (1987-88), Levi Jones (2008-09) and Robert Ballou (2015-16). Ballou also comes in as the series’ most recent winner, on May 8 at Eldora. Ballou, the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car titlist, has won both of his Terre Haute USAC Sprint Car races during the Hulman.

In 2019, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), broke through to capture his first win in the Tony Hulman Classic. The win gave the veteran driver, who grew up in nearby Sullivan, Ind., the rare trifecta at Terre Haute by winning the “big three” USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races held there in his career: the Jim Hurtubise Classic in 2012, the Don Smith Classic in 2016 and the Hulman Classic in 2019, an exemplary feat that only he and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) have accomplished in their careers.

Stockon has been consistently consistent, so to speak, at the Hulman Classic in recent years with a 5th in 2014, then stringing together a current run of top-five finishes in each of his past four starts in the event: a 3rd in 2017, a 5th in 2018, a win in 2019 and a 3rd in 2020.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) won the 2017 running of the Tony Hulman Classic and has had his share of front running efforts over the past decade in the event with runner-up results in both 2014 and 2018. He also won once more at Terre Haute back in 2013 during Indiana Sprint Week in a tenacious last lap battle with Dave Darland. In the 2020 event, Thomas earned a 7th place result.

Current point leader Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) recorded the fastest time ever by a USAC Sprint Car driver at Terre Haute during the 2014 Hulman Classic, a 19.225 second lap around the half-mile. He also set the quickest time at the 2016 and 2020 Hulman Classics. As fate would have it, every time Bacon sets quick time at the Hulman Classic, he goes on to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship that same season. The three-time series champ and two-time Terre Haute USAC Sprint winner (2014 & 2018), however, is seeking his first Hulman Classic triumph after four career top-four runs: 2nd (2013), 3rd (2014) and 4th (2016-2017).

Like Bacon, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has won at Terre Haute, but a win in the Hulman Classic still eludes him. Grant won the Jim Hurtubise Classic (2019) and Don Smith Classic (2020) USAC Sprint Car features at Terre Haute in recent seasons and he’s also a past Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute, capturing the headlines in a 2018 Sumar Classic victory there. He earned his best career Hulman Classic finish with a 2nd in 2020. He was also 5th in 2019.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is seeking his first Hulman Classic score as well. He was the fastest qualifier at the Hulman Classic in 2019 but has yet to record a top-five feature finish in his Hulman Classic career. The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion knows how to get around the place as evidenced by his 2016 Silver Crown win at the Terre Haute Action Track as well as his 4th place finish last July during the Don Smith Classic.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) had a fine run in his initial Hulman Classic start in 2020, winning his heat race and finishing 4th in the 30-lap feature, which was his best career series result at the time, since eclipsed by a 2nd at Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway in June of 2021. Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the winner at Big Diamond, likewise, made his Hulman Classic debut in 2020, picking up 6th in the A-Main. Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) was a top-ten runner in his first Hulman Classic experience in 2020 as well, taking home 8th.

One-time USAC National Sprint Car winner Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) took 11th in the 2020 Hulman Classic while last year’s USAC National Most Improved Driver, Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) was just one spot behind Westfall in 12th. Mattox made his very first career USAC National Sprint Car feature start at the 2010 Tony Hulman Classic.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), a winner on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail this season at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, also recently won with the Midwest Sprint Car Series at Terre Haute during the first weekend of May. He finished a best of 9th at the Tony Hulman Classic in 2017.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) enters Wednesday's Hulman Classic on a hot streak, winning at the local level in Indiana with the Baldwin Brothers Sprint Car, first on Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, and again on Sunday at Kokomo Speedway. Baldwin won the Hulman Classic as an owner in 2011 with driver Chris Windom. For Seavey, Wednesday will mark his first career Hulman Classic appearance.

The 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), aims to make his first Hulman Classic start on Wednesday. Rogers took 3rd with MSCS at Terre Haute in May of this year.

One piece of the USAC National Sprint Car Rookie class for 2021 is Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.), who is also making his first Hulman Classic appearance. He currently stands 9th in the series standings, two spots behind fellow Rookie Tanner Thorson in 7th. Nienhiser, the 2019 MOWA winged sprint car champ, recently captured his first career sprint car win without a wing earlier this month at Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois.

This group, and many more, will duke it out for the prize and prestige of winning the 51st Tony Hulman Classic at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 26, which will also have the Scott’s Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds at the event.

Pits open at 2pm EDT, grandstands at 3pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Infield admission is $15. Pit passes are $30.

Advance tickets for both the Tony Hulman Classic and the following night’s Sumar Classic USAC Silver Crown race at Terre Haute on Thursday, May 27, are on sale now at www.tracpass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate on each race day.

The Tony Hulman Classic will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-763, 2-Justin Grant-734, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-697, 4-Robert Ballou-659, 5-Chris Windom-635, 6-C.J. Leary-628, 7-Tanner Thorson-602, 8-Jake Swanson-591, 9-Paul Nienhiser-449, 10-Chase Stockon-440.

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC WINS:

1971: George Snider

1972: Bruce Walkup

1973: Joe Saldana

1974: Gary Bettenhausen

1975: Pancho Carter

1976: Jan Opperman

1977: James McElreath

1978: Dick Tobias

1979: Pancho Carter

1980: Eddie Leavitt

1981: Sheldon Kinser

1982: Chet Johnson

1983: Jack Hewitt

1984: Rick Hood

1985: Ron Shuman

1986: Rich Vogler

1987: Steve Butler

1988: Steve Butler (Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1989: Rich Vogler (Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1990: Jeff Bloom (Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1991: Eric Gordon (Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1992: Cary Faas

1993: Dave Darland

1994: Cary Faas

1995: Jack Hewitt

1996: Doug Kalitta

1997: J.J. Yeley

1998: Cary Faas

1999: Terry Pletch

2000: Jay Drake

2001: Tracy Hines

2002: Jon Stanbrough

2003: J.J. Yeley

2004: Cory Kruseman

2005: Levi Jones

2006: Daron Clayton

2007: Jon Stanbrough

2008: Levi Jones

2009: Levi Jones

2010: Jerry Coons Jr.

2011: Chris Windom

2012: Bud Kaeding

2013: Jerry Coons Jr.

2014: Dave Darland

2015: Robert Ballou

2016: Robert Ballou

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018: Tyler Courtney

2019: Chase Stockon

2020: Chris Windom

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC WINS:

3-Cary Faas & Levi Jones

2-Chris Windom, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, Jack Hewitt, Jerry Coons, Jr, Jon Stanbrough, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Robert Ballou & Steve Butler

1-Bud Kaeding, Chase Stockon, Chet Johnson, Cory Kruseman, Daron Clayton, Dick Tobias, Doug Kalitta, Eddie Leavitt, Eric Gordon, Gary Bettenhausen, George Snider, James McElreath, Jan Opperman, Jay Drake, Jeff Bloom, Joe Saldana, Kevin Thomas Jr., Rick Hood, Ron Shuman, Sheldon Kinser, Terry Pletch, Tracy Hines, Tyler Courtney & Bruce Walkup

2020 TONY HULMAN CLASSIC FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Justin Grant (5), 3. Chase Stockon (7), 4. Jake Swanson (8), 5. Carson Short (14), 6. Tanner Thorson (10), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 8. Max Adams (2), 9. Brandon Morin (18), 10. Anton Hernandez (9), 11. Matt Westfall (11), 12. Brandon Mattox (15), 13. Chris Phillips (19), 14. Kendall Ruble (12), 15. Nate McMillin (20), 16. Steve Thomas (21), 17. Dustin Smith (16), 18. Brady Bacon (6), 19. C.J. Leary (22), 20. Nick Bilbee (13), 21. Mitchell Davis (17), 22. Mitch Wissmiller (3). NT

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS: (164 Points Races & 1 Special Event)

8-Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

6-Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

5-Jim Hurtubise, Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

4-Bud Kaeding & Roger McCluskey

3-Don Branson, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons, Jr, Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Cary Faas, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Joe Saldana & Chase Stockon

2-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Cory Kruseman, Johnny Rutherford, Dick Tobias, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Bruce Walkup & Greg Weld

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

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)

2020: Chris Windom (7/1), Justin Grant (7/29) & Chris Windom (9/18)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK:

1 Lap - 5/21/2014 - Brady Bacon - 19.225 - 93.628 mph

4 Laps - 5/4/1986 - Larry Gates - 1:36.18 - 74.860 mph

6 Laps - 5/17/2003 - Kurt Gross - 2:07.21 - 84.899 mph

8 Laps - 10/12/2012 - Hunter Schuerenberg - 2:39.40 - 90.339 mph

10 Laps - 6/17/2000 - Jon Stanbrough - 3:29.13 - 86.071 mph

12 Laps - 9/10/2011 - Jon Stanbrough - 4:02.90 - 88.925 mph

30 Laps - 5/29/1998 - Cary Faas - 10:56.90 - 82.204 mph

40 Laps - 5/4/1975 - Pancho Carter - 15:52.96 - 75.554 mph

50 Laps - 8/13/1967 - Rollie Beale - 22:41.72 - 66.093 mph

 

 

BRIGHT OUTDUELS DANNER FOR SELINSGROVE WIN

By: Nick Fillman – USAC ECSC

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (May 22, 2021)………Alex Bright of Collegeville, PA utilized a late race restart on lap twenty-two to pull off a slide job on race leader Briggs Danner to collect his second win of the 2021 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series presented by Capitol Renegade tour.

Nash Ely and Briggs Danner were the front row of the second ever feature event to be contested under the USAC East Coast banner at the Selinsgrove Speedway. When the initial green flag flew, Briggs Danner quickly moved his way passed Nash Ely for the feature event lead and began to set sail on the rest of the field. Ely held on to second early on with Alex Bright quickly moving his way into the third place position by the end of lap three from his fifth place starting spot.

By lap five of the feature event Danner would have an incredible lead by over a straightaway, and would also begin to catch, and lap, cars at the tail end of the field. Bright had moved his way into the second place spot, with Nash Ely, Kenny Miller, and Carmen Perigo the top five. A mad flurry of action would take place in positions six through ten with drivers like Steven Drevicki, Bruce Buckwalter Jr, Mark Smith, and Tommy Kunsman trading positions constantly among themselves just outside of the top five.

The first caution flag of the feature event would fall on lap ten of the feature event as Jason Cherry spun to a stop on the exit of turn four. The caution erased massive lead that Danner had built up over the hard charging Bright and bunch the field together just short of the half way point in the feature. The restart on lap ten featured Danner leading Bright, Perigo, Ely, Miller, Smith, and Drevicki.

The lap ten restart saw Briggs Danner execute to perfection and gap Alex Bright down the front stretch, leaving Bright to fend off a turn one dive bomb attempt from Carmen Perigo for second. Bright would have the necessary speed to cross Perigo over and retain the second place position as they exited turn two. Mark Smith made quick work on the restart moving from sixth to fourth, and Steven Drevicki following along as he worked his way into the fifth place position by the half way point.

Danner continued to lead Alex Bright as the two leaders began to encounter lapped traffic again, with both drivers, and the top half of the field, pounding the cushion around the outside of the Selinsgrove Speedway. Danner had some difficulty with lapped cars the second time around, leading to Bright catching up as the two worked through the back of the field. On lap twenty Bright was locked in on the rear of race leader Briggs Danner and began to show his nose to the inside trying to make a move for the lead. Bright would get alongside Danner on more than one occasion, with Danner out pacing Bright on the high side to retain the race lead. Danner had re-established a three to four car length lead on lap twenty-one as Bright was caught behind a lapped car allowing Danner to slip away.

On lap twenty-two Colby Womer would make contact in turn two and stop on the outside of the speedway, setting up a three lap dash to the finish. Danner held the lead over Bright, Perigo, Mark Smith, and Kenny Miller lll. Miller had moved back into fifth at the time of the caution as fifth place runner Steven Drevicki slowed with a flat right rear tire and would not return.

The final restart of the feature event saw Bright glued to the rear bumper of Briggs Danner as the two came to the green flag off of turn four. Bright immediately dove to the inside of Danner as they entered turn one, completing the slide job on Danner for the race lead. Bright executed the last three laps on the cushion to perfection, pulling out and away from Danner for his second feature event win of the season. Danner came home second over: Carmen Perigo, Mark Smith, and Kenny Miller lll.

The win for Alex Bright was his second on tour of 2021, and fourth career with the series. Despite Bright’s comfortability on short tracks, it was his third win on a half mile track that featured a cushion around the outside of the speedway. Two of Bright’s other wins came at the Port Royal Speedway, which is similar to size and shape to the Selinsgrove Speedway. Bright mentioned in victory lane that once he had captured the second place position, he was happy to see the caution flag fly, as he could not even see race leader Briggs Danner thanks to the massive lead he had established. The win for Bright brings him within one of Danner’s season total and will close the gap between the two at the top of the points standings.

Briggs Danner came home in a strong second place on Saturday night in what was sure to be a bittersweet finish after leading twenty-two laps of the feature event. Danner has had incredible consistency thus far in the season, with extremely limited laps in a non-wing sprint car, and even fewer at some of the tracks he has raced at thus far. With a lot of racing left to go on the series trail in 2021, Danner has plenty more opportunities to add wins to his collection and have a serious shot at the series title.

Carmen Perigo made his second feature event start of the 2021 season after son Brett was in the car last weekend at the Bedford Speedway. Perigo has many laps at the Selinsgrove Speedway, and utilized that to his advantage during the evening. Perigo cruised to a heat two win early on in the night and worked his way from eight to finish third in the feature event. Perigo nearly competed the pass on Bright for second on the lap ten restart, but ultimately ended up with a respectable third.

Mark Smith completed a successful weekend with a fourth place effort on Saturday night at a track where he had more laps and experience than anyone in the pit area. Mark won the United Racing Club winged 360 feature event on Friday night at the Big Diamond Speedway and backed up his speed with the non-winged car on Saturday. Smith has been a feature winner on many occasions at Selinsgrove in a winged car but is still searching for his first USAC East Coast Victory. Luckily for Mark, the series makes two more visits to Selinsgrove before the conclusion of the season.

Kenny Miller rounded out the top five in the feature event and is yet another driver who has continued to impress in limited starts. Miller was a two time winner on the series trail in 2020, but is still looking, and working for his first victory of 2021. Miller and team fought off some early evening engine issues, to leave the Selinsgrove speedway with another top five run in his first ever start at the speedway. Miller was well on his way to a top five at Grandview last weekend before clipping the inside wall and crashing out of second. While Miller will not be competing full time with the series in 2021, the speed and consistency the team has shown so far has been extremely impressive. Look for Miller to contend for more feature event wins during the rest of the season, and potentially in 2022.

Special thanks go out to Mike Heffner and the entire Selinsgrove Speedway for starting twenty-four cars in the feature event after losing one car during the night of racing due to an engine malfunction.

Up next for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade will be the first trip of the season to the Big Diamond Speedway on Friday, May 28th. As a reminder, the series event scheduled for the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds on May 27th has been postponed and rescheduled for July 16th along with the URC winged 360 sprint cars.

As always, follow along with our social media pages for all the latest photos, updates, and news from the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series. On Twitter at: @USACecsc, and on Facebook at, USAC East Coast Sprint Cars.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS RACE RESULTS: May 22, 2021 – Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, 3 redraw, all transfer, starting positions in brackets) 1. 19-Steven Drevicki [1], 2. M1-Mark Smith [8], 3. 5G-Briggs Danner [9], 4. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [2], 5. 88J-Joey Amantea [4], 6. 17-Christian Bruno [6], 7. 10m-Mike Meyers [3], 8. 07-Colby Womer [5], 9. 117-David Swanson [7]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, 3 redraw, all transfer, starting positions in brackets) 1. 21-Carmen Perigo [4], 2. 23m-Kenny Miller III [3], 3. 21K-Tommy Kunsman [7], 4. 7-Ed Aikin [2], 5. 17J-Jonathan Swanson [1], 6. 7B-Aidan Borden [6], 7. 67-Jason Cherry [8], 8. 12W-Troy Fraker [5]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, 3 redraw, all transfer, starting positions in brackets) 1. 71-Chris Allen Jr. [3], 2. 3BC-Nash Ely [5], 3. 20-Alex Bright [7], 4. 57-Damon Paul [4], 5. 83s-Billy Ney [6], 6. 12-Blaine Emery [8], 7. 11-Mike Thompson [2], 8. 96-Lee Kauffman [1]. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Alex Bright [5], 2. Briggs Danner [2], 3. Carmen Perigo [9], 4. Mark Smith [3], 5. Kenny Miller III [4], 6. Nash Ely [1], 7. Chris Allen Jr. [8], 8. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. [10], 9. Tommy Kunsman [7], 10. Damon Paul [12], 11. Christian Bruno [16], 12. Ed Aikin [11], 13. Joey Amantea [13], 14. Mike Thompson [21], 15. Jonathan Swanson [14], 16. Billy Ney [15], 17. Jason Cherry [20], 18. Blaine Emery [18], 19. Mike Meyers [19], 20. David Swanson [24], 21. Aidan Borden [17], 22. Troy Fraker [23], 23. Steven Drevicki [6], 24. Colby Womer [22]. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Briggs Danner, Laps 22-25 Alex Bright.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS POINTS: 1-Briggs Danner-378, 2-Alex Bright-372, 3-Steven Drevicki-297, 4-Tommy Kunsman-290, 5-Nash Ely-259, 6-Damon Paul-257, 7-Kenny Miller III-256, 8-Chris Allen Jr.-249, 9-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-234, 10-Joey Amantea-228.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS RACE: May 28, 2021 – Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, Pennsylvania

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Penske Racing Shocks First Place Certificate: Alex Bright

Penske Racing Shocks Second Place Certificate: Briggs Danner

Penske Racing Shocks Third Place Certificate: Carmen Perigo

Ultra Shield Third Place Certificate: Carmen Perigo

Ultra Shield Eighth Place Certificate: Bruce Buckwalter Jr.

 

 

BRODY ROA WINS 70TH RUNNING OF SALUTE TO INDY AT PERRIS

PERRIS, CA – MAY 22, 2021… Leading the final eight laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) emerged victorious at the “70th Running of the Salute to Indy” at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa’s win marked his first $2,500 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the campaign. Hard charger R.J. Johnson, fast qualifier Matt Mitchell, new point leader “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. followed Brody to his ninth career triumph.

Making his first start of the season, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) claimed the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with a twenty-first to second place run. The five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion qualified 23rd overall and finished second to Gardner in his heat race.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, CA) opened the program by earning the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 16.363 over the 26-car roster. With his eighth fast time, Mitchell moves into a tie with “The Cowboy” Tony Jones, Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Ripper’ Rip Williams for eighth overall in series qualifying. The 2014 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion placed third in his heat race before rebounding from a seven car tangle to score third in the main event.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Roa (Flowdynamics First Heat), Gardner (Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Second Heat), and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (All Coast Construction Third Heat). Eddie Tafoya Jr. took the checkered flags in the 12-lap semi-main event.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) took home the Shawn McDonald Memorial Qualifying Award by timing in sixth quick overall. The eldest son of Hall of Fame Driver “The Ripper” Rip Williams placed third in his heat race and led the opening 10 laps from the pole position. Unfortunately, a seven car tangle on lap twenty-two knocked him out of contention for the 30-lap feature win. Williams recovered to finish eleventh in the feature.

“Speedy” Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) claimed the night’s Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature Award with a sixth place finish in the “Salute to Indy.” The 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year was thirteenth fast in time trials and ran second to Roa in his heat race.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Verne Sweeney (Lomita, CA) scored the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.” The former Ascot Park racer qualified seventeenth overall, finished seventh in his heat race, and transferred to the feature by taking seventh in the semi-main event.

The non-winged 410 sprints will return to Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, June 19th.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 22, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “70th Running of the Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.363; 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.417; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.517; 4. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.538; 5. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.713; 6. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.737; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.759; 8. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.788; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.812; 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.875; 11. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-16.895; 12. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-16.972; 13. Stevie Sussex, 12AZ, Allen-16.990; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 11C, Turner/Wheeler-17.119; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.135; 16, Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-17.258; 17. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.277; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.379; 19. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.399; 20. Daylin Perreira, 21P, Perreira-17.586; 21. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.663; 22. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-17.740; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.940; 24. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.097; 25. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.114; 26. James Heling, 23, Bellegante-19.037

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Sussex, 3. Mitchell, 4. L.Williams, 5. Tafoya, 6. Hodges, 7. Grabowski, 8. Reynolds, 9. Dyer. NT

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Johnson, 3. Gansen, 4. Bender, 5. Davis, 6. Edwards, 7. Sweeney, 8. Perreria, 9. Heling. NT

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Malcolm, 3. C.Williams, 4. T.Williams, 5. Hix, 6. Rayborne, 7. Sexton. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Tafoya, 2. Davis, 3. Hix, 4. Edwards, 5. Grabowski, 6. Dyer, 7. Sweeney, 8. Rayborne, 9. Reynolds, 10. Hodges, 11. Perreira, 12. Heling. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (7), 2. R.J. Johnson (21), 3. Matt Mitchell (6), 4. Damion Gardner (5), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (14), 6. Stevie Sussex (13), 7. Chris Gansen (8), 8. A.J. Bender (2), 9. Tommy Malcolm (9), 10. Jake Hodges (15), 11. Cody Williams (1), 12. Kyle Edwards (11), 13. Verne Sweeney (16), 14. Austin Grabowski (18), 15. Jonas Reynolds (20), 16. Trent Williams (12), 17. Jeff Dyer (22), 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (10), 19. Logan Williams (3), 20. Austin Williams (4), 21. Joel Rayborne (19), 22. Steve Hix (17). NT
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**Hix flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 C.Williams, Laps 11-22 Gardner, Laps 23-30 Roa.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (21st to 2nd)
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL QUALIFYING AWARD: Cody Williams
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: Stevie Sussex
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Verne Sweeney

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-425, 2-Austin Williams-388, 3-Brody Roa-369, 4-Chris Gansen-360, 5-Tommy Malcolm-314, 6-Cody Williams-301, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-253, 8-Matt Mitchell-252, 9-A.J. Bender-223, 10-Austin Grabowski-215.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 19 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

 

 

COONS TABBED BY BATEMAN TO COMPETE AT USAC'S SUMAR CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 21, 2021)………Jerry Coons Jr. stands fourth all-time in USAC Silver Crown starts with 176, but after a nearly two-year absence, the USAC career Triple Crown champion will make his return to the series aboard Patty Bateman’s No. 55 in the Sumar Classic on Thursday night, May 27, at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

At press time, Coons (Tucson, Ariz.) plans to compete for the Bateman team at three USAC Silver Crown events in 2021, starting at Terre Haute, in addition to the dirt miles at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Aug. 21 and the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds on Sept. 4.

Coons now resides in Greencastle, Ind. and recently started his own business – Fish Window Cleaning – which covers the western Indiana territory. While building the business up and working with his 12-year-old son, Cale, who competes in A-Class Micro Sprints, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for his own racing but does give him a little freedom of choice to compete at tracks and events in which he has a personal fondness for.

“With Cale racing, I’m really trying to concentrate on him,” Coons explained. “I feel guilty when I’m at a racetrack racing on a Saturday night, and he’s not, when he could be. I still enjoy (racing) and I do miss being at a racetrack three, four, five times a week during the summer. Some of the racetracks, sometimes, aren’t what I’d go to if I didn’t have to, so I’m definitely being a little bit selective on that sometimes.”

Terre Haute is certainly one of those places that fits that mold for Coons, who’s won three career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features on the half-mile, including his very first there in 1999.

At the Sumar Classic, Coons has finished as the runner-up twice in 2008 and 2012, 3rd in 2014 and 2015, and took 5th in 2017. In the most recent Sumar Classic run in 2018, he started on the front row and led the opening 10 laps. In fact, the first of his 176 career Silver Crown starts came at Terre Haute in 1998, finishing 10th and capturing Rookie of the Race honors for car owner Ralph Potter.

For Coons, the 2008 Silver Crown champ, Terre Haute simply suits his style.

“I’ve always enjoyed Terre Haute. I think because I grew up running at Manzanita Speedway’s half-mile, I’ve always liked the half-miles,” Coons said of the now-defunct Phoenix, Arizona track. The first time I ever ran at Terre Haute was in a USAC National Midget race for (car owner) Larry Martz. I was leading with five to go when we ran out of fuel, so right off the bat, I felt good at Terre Haute. We’re usually decent there whether it’s in a Silver Crown car and the Sprint Car. We haven’t had any wins in the Silver Crown car there, but we’re always battling up front.”

Coons’ most recent Silver Crown appearance came during the 2019 Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds for Bateman. Coons qualified 4th in the 38-car field but was forced to drop out with a throttle linkage issue just 44 laps into the 100-lapper.

His one and only previous appearance for Bateman came in a last minute deal that same night when the team’s regular driver, Casey Shuman, was forced to miss the race due to his commitments as the World of Outlaws Late Models series director, whose race was postponed by rain to the following day, creating a conflict with Du Quoin.

Despite his race concluding short of halfway that night at Du Quoin, Coons knew the Bateman team and the No. 55 were special. Getting to victory lane next Thursday at Terre Haute would be extra special for Coons in a myriad of ways, especially for the team who has soldiered on with the series after their driver, and Patty’s husband, Randy Bateman, passed away in 2017 due to ALS.

“The car was great; they had just put together that new DRC and it’s a beautiful racecar,” Coons recalled. “It’s a great situation. Patty’s great, as is Wade (Seiler) who takes care of the car. They’re there to do well, but also to have fun. She’s called me as we’re getting ready for Terre haute asking, ‘what do you want to do here?’ Anything I’ve wanted to do, she’s all on board and ready to go. Not that we really needed to do anything, because the car is a really good racecar. I’m really looking forward to getting in it and running for her; she’s just a great person. Whether we get a win or not, there’s tough competition, but I think we have a good shot at it. To see her in victory lane, it would be very special.”

The 19th running of the Sumar Classic will also feature the Scott's Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds. Pits open at 2pm EDT, grandstands at 3pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Infield admission is $20. Pit passes are $35.

Track Enterprises, the promotion company for the Terre Haute Action Track, has also announced a three-day SUPERTICKET, which includes general admission for all three days of the Week of Indy events at Terre Haute for just $75, a $15 savings off the single day prices.

For advance sale Wednesday/Thursday tickets or the 3-day SUPERTICKET, visit www.tracpass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gates on each race day.

The race will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

 

 

 

$200,000-PLUS PURSE AWAITS AT HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (May 20, 2021)………In excess of $200,000 are up for grabs during the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals at the Brandon, South Dakota 1/3-mile dirt oval on September 10-11-12, 2021.

Each preliminary night of racing on September 10-11 will feature an A-Main’s winner share of $5,000 and $500 to start for both the USAC AMSOIL National 410 c.i. Sprint Cars as well as the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets.

For Championship Night on Sunday, September 12, all lineups will be based off the accumulation of points earned throughout the first two nights and two new champions will be crowned with each being rewarded a $20,000 payday for their efforts. A-mains for both divisions on Championship Night will also reward starters with a minimum of $1,000 to start.

Additionally, substantial contingency awards throughout the weekend will be released as we get closer to the event.

The previously announced format will feature an enormous amount of racing action on three consecutive nights for the USAC AMSOIL National 410 c.i. Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, culminating with feature events for both series on each night of the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals.

Nights one and two will showcase a unique format that begins with each driver drawing and placing themselves into a group to qualify, and then race, followed by heat race inversions, last chance qualifiers and large field inversions for both the Midget and Sprint Car divisions.

During the final night – Championship Night – there will be no qualifying held, as heat race lineups will be determined by points from nights one and two, placing extra competition into the heats in order to gain valuable points, then concludes with a 40-lap feature for the Sprint Cars and a 100-lap main event for the Midgets.

Huset’s Speedway was recently purchased by longtime sprint car owner, and more recent track owner Tod Quiring, and is under the management of Doug Johnson who also manages Quiring’s other recent acquisition, the Jackson Motorplex.

“We are extremely excited for the USAC Nationals at Huset’s Speedway in September,” said Johnson, the General Manager of Huset’s Speedway. “The return of USAC to Huset’s is long overdue. I’ve known Matt Wood since he started his sprint car operation with his son, Cole. Matt has assembled a first-class team to run this event, and we are honored that he chose to host this event at Huset’s Speedway. The format they have created is going to be really exciting for the fans and the purse over $200,000 is incredible.”

The event is the highest paying event of the 2021 USAC National season and ranks as one of the highest purses for an event in USAC’s 66-year history.

Only twice in USAC’s history have series events been held at Huset’s. Kenny Irwin Jr. won the midget debut there in 1996 while Chad Boespflug swept both nights of a 410 sprint car meet at the track in 2016.

Tickets for all three nights of the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals are on sale now at www.USACnationals.com.

 

 

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS PRESENTED BY CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS

Saturday, May 22 at Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania)

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania………The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars make their way back to Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway this Saturday night, May 22.

The series made its debut at Selinsgrove last August and will be featured three times this season at the track. The race last year, run in conjunction with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Bill Holland Classic, was won by Brady Bacon.

Selinsgrove Speedway will present the first four division show of the season at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, featuring the USAC East Coast wingless 360 sprint cars, PASS/IMCA 305 sprint cars, limited late models, and roadrunners on A&A Auto Stores Night.

The open wheel portion of the show will feature a 25-lap feature for the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars and a 20-lap main event for the winged 305 sprints. The limited late models will make their third start of the season in a 20-lap feature, with the roadrunners going 12 laps in distance for the fourth time this year.

May 22 will also be Family Night with students ages 17 and under admitted free for general admission seating. Adult tickets are $15 with pit passes $30 apiece. Track gates will open at 5pm EDT with qualifying at 7pm followed by racing.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS POINTS: 1-Briggs Danner-305, 2-Alex Bright-296, 3-Steven Drevicki-266, 4-Damon Paul-209, 5-Nash Ely-197, 6-Kenny Miller III-191, 7-Chris Allen Jr.-189, 8-Joey Amantea-187, 9-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-180, 10-Mike Thompson-178.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CARS

Saturday, May 22 at Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, California)

Perris, California (May 20, 2021)………The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to their “home track,” Perris Auto Speedway, this Saturday, May 22nd for the “Salute to Indy.”

Promoted by Don Kazarian, the prestigious event will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars at “America’s Premier Dirt Track.” The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds.

Tickets for the event are only available online at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7 and walk up tickets will not be sold. The front gates will open at 5:00pm PDT and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Located at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or by calling 951.940.0134.

For those that cannot be at the races, the race will be streamed live on FloRacing.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Austin Williams-353, 2-Damion Gardner-351, 3-Chris Gansen-302, 4-Brody Roa-291, 5-Tommy Malcolm-261, 6-Cody Williams-7-Max Adams-195, -Danny Faria Jr.-195, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-192, 10-Austin Grabowski-179.


 

LAKESIDE USAC SPRINTS RAINED OUT
Kansas City, Kansas (May 20, 2021)………USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car doubleheader weekend at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., scheduled for May 21-22, has been rained out.

Word from track owner Pete Howey and event promoter Track Enterprises is that due to the extensive precipitation that has accumulated throughout the week at the 4/10-mile dirt oval, and with a forecast calling for thunderstorms later Thursday and throughout the night into Friday, the track and the facility grounds would be too saturated to conduct this weekend’s racing events.

The pair of races were to be the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars’ first visit to Lakeside since 2017, and the first co-sanctioned event between three of USAC’s Sprint Car series: National, the Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association and Wingless Sprints Oklahoma.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season continues next Wednesday night, May 26, with the 51st running of the Tony Hulman Classic at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track. Pits open at 2pm EDT, grandstands at 3pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Infield admission is $15. Pit passes are $30.

Advance tickets for both the Tony Hulman Classic and the following night’s Sumar Classic USAC Silver Crown race at Terre Haute on Thursday, May 27, are on sale now at www.tracpass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate on each race day.

USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma now travels to The New Tulsa Speedway in Oklahoma for their next event on Friday, May 28. The USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association heads to Double X Speedway in California, Mo. on Sunday, May 30.

 

KEVIN THOMAS JR. & PIERCE TEAM UP
FOR USAC'S SUMAR CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 20, 2021)………The first of Kevin Thomas Jr.’s 16 career USAC Silver Crown starts came at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track in 2015, and the famed half-mile will also be the site of his very next start on Thursday, May 27, during the 19th running of the Sumar Classic.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) will compete in the 100-lap race at Terre Haute in Sam Pierce’s No. 26. The ride has been synonymous with driver Aaron Pierce behind the wheel for the past decade-and-a-half, but Thomas, the victor of 29 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature events, will take over the wheel of the ride for Terre Haute.

Seeking his first career USAC Silver Crown triumph after five runner-up finishes between 2018-19, Thomas is eager to find victory lane for the initial time with the series and feels his pairing with Pierce gives him a great shot.

“I think this is a good opportunity for me,” Thomas said. “They’ve got really good stuff, a good engine, good chassis, good mechanics, and everybody that works on them at the shop throughout the week along with Davey (Jones) on the weekends. I think it’s as good of a shot of any that I’ve had. I’ve had some pretty good rides and just haven’t got the deal done yet. I think if there’s an opportunity to do it again, I’m in that one.”

Many of Thomas Jr.’s most memorable USAC moments have come with Davey Jones serving as his crew chief, including two victories in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division thus far in 2021. However, the Sumar Classic will mark the first time Thomas and Jones, the 2019 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year, will work together in USAC Silver Crown competition.

“I assume it would be like anything else,” Thomas anticipates. “He’s a pretty intelligent dude when it comes to racecars; he’ll get it figured out. Just like the sprint car side, we struggled a little bit and got some things figured out. I don’t think Silver Crown will be any different between him and me. We have good communication between the two of us and, whenever it comes down to at-racetrack scenarios, I think we jell pretty good.”

Thomas has won twice with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Terre Haute, in both 2013 and 2017. His lone Silver Crown performance at the track came in a 10th place run back in 2015. Silver Crown cars, by comparison to a Sprint Car, are heavier, hold a lot more fuel and the distance of 100 laps in a Silver Crown car is more than three times longer than a 30-lap Sprint Car race around Terre Haute.

While there are certainly some differences, as well as similarities in some ways, Thomas feels the experience he has will allow him to compensate for those particular differences in areas that are starker than others.

“It’s just a racecar,” Thomas stated. “You just get out there and drive it, and whatever it gives you, it gives you, and if you can win the race, go do that. I think the Silver Crown cars on the half-mile tracks are pretty good for us, and whenever you get Davey and I together on the communication side, it’s good for us. We’ll go out there, give it our best and try to win the race.”

The Sumar Classic will also feature the Scott's Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds. Pits open at 2pm EDT, grandstands at 3pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Infield admission is $20. Pit passes are $35.

Track Enterprises, the promotion company for the Terre Haute Action Track, has also announced a three-day SUPERTICKET, which includes general admission for all three days of the Week of Indy events at Terre Haute for just $75, a $15 savings off the single day prices.

For advance sale Wednesday/Thursday tickets or the 3-day SUPERTICKET, visit www.tracpass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gates on each race day.

The race will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

 

JOHNSON SET FOR USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Ind. (May 19, 2021)………Penngrove, California’s Chase Johnson will make his first career USAC Silver Crown appearance during the series’ season opening Sumar Classic on Thursday night, May 27, at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

Johnson will debut with the series aboard the Goodnight Racing No. 17, which was driven in 2020 by Chris Windom to a 3rd place finish in the standings.

A standout in USAC western competition in recent seasons as a winner with the West Coast Sprint Cars, Western States Midgets and, most recently, with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on May 8, Johnson will finally realize a dream of getting into the seat of a big car.

“Running a Silver Crown car is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Johnson revealed. “They are so unique and special, then to add the history on top of that, makes it really cool. I love the history of the sport and enjoy it. To do this with a completely new and different type of car, and to have that challenge, is what I’m looking forward to.”

The Terre Haute Action Track isn’t foreign to the 26-year-old wheelman who has made two previous sprint car starts at the half-mile dirt oval. His first came during USAC’s Indiana Sprint Week in 2020, finishing 21st after experiencing a mechanical issue.

His most recent Terre Haute start came with the Midwest Sprint Car Series on May 2 where he won his heat race and finished a solid 6th in the feature for Goodnight Racing, with whom Johnson has made six previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature starts for between 2018-2021.

Before you finish first, you must first finish. That’s the mantra for Johnson as he makes his first step into Silver Crown racing where his plan, first and foremost, is to make it to the finish line in one piece.

“I want to complete all of the laps; that’s the biggest goal,” Johnson stated. “Watching a lot of these races, it seems like that’s a tough thing to do, especially for Rookies. To take care of your equipment and be there at the end of the race is what I want to accomplishment. I’m confident in myself and my team that the results will come if we do that.”

The race marks the 20th ever visit by the USAC Silver Crown series to the western Indiana track since 1980. The venue, longtime known as the Action Track, has a history that dates back USAC’s formative years in 1956, and prior to that with its predecessor, AAA. Johnson is proud to be a part of the series and the track’s historic heritage.

“Terre Haute has a special history in the state of Indiana and a lot of history in Silver Crown racing too,” Johnson said. “It will be pretty cool. A huge thank you to Goodnight Racing, Benic Enterprises and all of our great supporters who have made this possible. I’m grateful for the opportunity and excited to take advantage of the moment.”

The Sumar Classic will also feature the Scott's Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds. Pits open at 2pm EDT, grandstands at 3pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Infield admission is $20. Pit passes are $35.

Track Enterprises, the promotion company for the Terre Haute Action Track, has also announced a three-day SUPERTICKET, which includes general admission for all three days of the Week of Indy events at Terre Haute for just $75, a $15 savings off the single day prices.

For advance sale Wednesday/Thursday tickets or the 3-day SUPERTICKET, visit www.tracpass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gates on each race day.

The race will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.


 


BALLOU GETS USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVE
FOR ROSE AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 19, 2021)………After a nearly four-year absence from the series, Robert Ballou will make his return to USAC Silver Crown racing on Thursday, May 27, as the driver of the Bill Rose Racing No. 66 for the Sumar Classic at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) possesses 13 career USAC Silver Crown starts, the most recent of which came in 2017 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. Two past Sumar Classic starts for Ballou have produced finishes of 8th in 2012 and 11th in 2016.

A two-time winner of the Tony Hulman Classic during his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship season of 2015, and again in 2016, Ballou enters the “Week of Indy” at Terre Haute on a bit of a roll following his first USAC Sprint victory in almost three years back on May 8 at Eldora.

The confidence in Ballou’s voice is unmistakable, and with the 51st Tony Hulman Classic for USAC Sprint Cars at Terre Haute the night before on Wednesday, May 26, preceding the Sumar, Ballou hopes to carry the momentum into the half-mile and translate that into Silver Crown success as well.

“Where I’m at with my racecar and, racing as a whole, I feel way better than I have in a long time,” Ballou said, referring to his recovery from an arm injury suffered in a 2019 sprint car crash at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. “I’ve been catching, but now I’m finally pitching. Obviously, this is an offensive game and if you’re on the defense all the time, it’s not all that fun. I feel like I’m headed in the right direction, so I think it’ll help just getting the run the sprint car the night before. Hopefully, everything goes decent there that that rhythm can carry over.”

As one who’s experienced both a USAC National Sprint Car championship and 30 victories throughout his career, Ballou contrasted the differences between running a Sprint Car for 30 laps and a Silver Crown car for 100 laps at Terre Haute, and how much Silver Crown racing has changed from the time he watched as child to his first series experiences behind the wheel to today.

“The (Silver Crown) cars are so much heavier,” Ballou said. “Over the years, they’ve begun to make them more like a sprint car and it’s sped the pace up quite a bit. It’s more like a long sprint car race now where these guys push the issue the whole time whereas, in years past, I remember when I was a kid at the Cal Expo mile, I’d watch Chuck Gurney ride around for the first 60-75 laps and then give her hell. The cars are better, the shocks are better, the engines are better, and I think you can push the envelope nearly the whole time. Before, I don’t know if you could.”

Car owner Bill Rose is no stranger to USAC racing as a driver and car owner. His 59 career Silver Crown starts rank inside the top-50 while his 273 National Sprint Car starts stand 22nd all-time. As a driver, Rose (Plainfield, Ind.) has scored multiple USAC Sprint victories in his career at Paragon (Ind.) Speedway in 1997 and at Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park in 1999.

Rose’s best career Silver Crown finish as a car owner, unofficially, came during the 2018 Sumar Classic at Terre Haute with driver Chris Windom, who started 13th and finished 4th. The “unofficial” status stems from the Rose No. 66 being renumbered to the Nolen Racing No. 17 prior to the start of the feature after mechanical issues plagued the Nolen Racing ride.

The Sumar Classic will also feature the Scott's Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds. Pits open at 2pm EDT, grandstands at 3pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Infield admission is $20. Pit passes are $35.

Track Enterprises, the promotion company for the Terre Haute Action Track, has also announced a three-day SUPERTICKET, which includes general admission for all three days of the Week of Indy events at Terre Haute for just $75, a $15 savings off the single day prices.

For advance sale Wednesday/Thursday tickets or the 3-day SUPERTICKET, visit www.tracpass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gates on each race day.

 

SUNSHINE TEAMS WITH DYSON FOR
TERRE HAUTE USAC SILVER CROWN OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (May 19, 2021)………Tyler Courtney will take the wheel of Chris Dyson’s potent No. 9 when the 2021 USAC Silver Crown season opens with the Sumar Classic on Thursday night, May 27, at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) owns 16 career USAC Silver Crown starts, the last 12 of which have been with team owner Hans Lein. Due to Courtney’s commitments across the racing landscape, which includes recent wins with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the All Star Circuit of Champions, Courtney was unable to commit to a full slate of dirt Silver Crown events for 2021. Chris Windom was announced as Lein’s driver for the 2021 campaign during the offseason.

With Courtney now a Silver Crown free agent, so to speak, Chris Dyson Racing crew chief Sean Michael immediately made Courtney his first call, and his last call, to put a deal together to run the Sumar Classic at Terre Haute.

“Sean called me to ask if I could do the first race, and maybe the last one, so I’m excited to team up with them and, hopefully, have continued success with the Silver Crown series,” Courtney revealed. “I’ve been close to winning a bunch of races but have only won just a couple. Hopefully, I can win another one here in the little bit of Silver Crown racing we get to do this year.”

Courtney, the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion and 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget titlist, has won three times in USAC Sprint Car competition at Terre Haute’s half-mile dirt oval between 2018-2019. Two of his Silver Crown starts have come at Terre Haute, resulting in a 12th place finish in 2015 and a 3rd in 2018 after starting on the pole.

Courtney’s 3rd place run in 2018 came after an early race spin forced him to charge from the back of the pack to reach the “podium.” He knows he can win, knows he has the equipment, and is eager to try and get the job done at the famed Wabash Valley Fairgrounds track.

“To win this would be really cool. It’s the Sumar classic; it’s another Don Smith legacy that pays homage to their Indy 500 runs with him and his partner (Chapman Root),” Courtney said, referring to Smith, the longtime Action Track promoter and Terre Haute businessman.

“I think any Silver Crown race you can win is really cool, but to win a Silver Crown race at Terre Haute is even cooler,” Courtney said. “Obviously, that’s the only goal going in there since I’m not running for the championship; the goal is to try and go win the race. That adds a little bit of different pressure, but a little bit less pressure at the same time.”

Courtney’s two career USAC Silver Crown wins, at Eldora (2017) and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (2019), are matched by that of his crew chief for Terre Haute, Sean Michael. Michael won twice as a crew chief and entrant on the USAC Silver Crown trail in 2020 with driver Kyle Larson, winning at both the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Team owner Dyson, a two-time American Le Mans Series driving champion himself, hopes to get back behind the wheel of a Silver Crown car again in the future – he’s a veteran of seven series starts – but his racing commitments as a standout driver in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli have kept him out of the Silver Crown cockpit for the time being.

In the meantime, Dyson is and has been committed to fielding a car in the Silver Crown series for other talented drivers, namely Kevin Thomas Jr. and Jason McDougal in recent years, who’ve each taken the Dyson No. 9 to top-five finishes. For the Sumar, however, Courtney was given the call and Dyson is elated to have him in the seat.

“Sean and I have been talking for a while; Buddy Kofoid was going to do all the dirt Silver Crown events, but his manufacturer commitments have kind of limited what he can run with us and he’s welcome back with us whenever we can run him,” Dyson explained. “Tyler was Sean’s first call and we’re delighted to have him with us, and he’ll put on a hell of a show. He always runs up front and he’s determined to come back and have a good run. Our main aim is to win races since we’re not necessarily running for the points.”

The Sumar Classic will also feature the Scott's Custom Colors DIRTcar Modifieds. Pits open at 2pm EDT, grandstands at 3pm, hot laps at 6:30pm with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Infield admission is $20. Pit passes are $35.

Track Enterprises, the promotion company for the Terre Haute Action Track, has also announced a three-day SUPERTICKET, which includes general admission for all three days of the Week of Indy events at Terre Haute for just $75, a $15 savings off the single day prices.

For advance sale Wednesday/Thursday tickets or the 3-day SUPERTICKET, visit www.tracpass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gates on each race day.

The race will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “SALUTE TO INDY”
By Lance Jennings

MAY 17, 2021... The cars and stars of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to their “home track,” Perris Auto Speedway, this Saturday, May 22nd for the “Salute to Indy.” Promoted by Don Kazarian, the prestigious event will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars at “America’s Premier Dirt Track.” The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. Tickets for the event are only available online at tix.com and walk up tickets will not be sold. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. Located at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California, more event information can be found at perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134. For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- THE 2019 RULE BOOK WILL BE FOLLOWED in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver)
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: THE HOOSIER 105/18 HTW RIGHT REAR TIRES ARE NOW USAC/CRA LEGAL. The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are also legal with the series. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.

The annual "Salute to Indy" has been a Southern California tradition going back to 1948 when Dempsey Wilson claimed the checkered flags with the original California Racing Association. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval brought the tradition back and NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley scored the victory. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg won the 2019 race over Jake Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, and R.J. Johnson. The event winner’s list is at the bottom of this release.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 224 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 47 “home track” wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. On April 24th, Gardner won his fourth “Sokola Shootout” and a complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to the sixth point race, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) holds a slim two-point margin over the competition. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams claimed a sixth place finish at Bakersfield Speedway on April 8th. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes and 11 feature laps led to his credit. Austin is a two-time winner (2016 and 2018) of the “Salute to Indy” and will be looking for the tenth victory of his career.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner ran second to Chase Johnson at Bakersfield. To date, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has posted one feature win, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led in the campaign. The eight-time champion leads all drivers with eighty-four USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on winning his fifth (2003, 2004, 2014, 2017) “Salute to Indy.”

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) sits third in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen charged from thirteenth to fourth at Bakersfield Speedway. The veteran driver is having his best start of the season by posting one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the year. Chris will be looking to earn the first win of his career this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa scored a fourth place run at Bakersfield. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion has three top-10 finishes and 47 feature laps led on the season. Brody has eight career wins and will have his sights on adding his name to the “Salute to Indy” winner’s list.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) is fifth in the championship point standings. Driving Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating Maxim, Malcolm raced from eighteenth to eleventh at Bakersfield Speedway. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes and will be looking for his first USAC/CRA win this Saturday night.

Heading to Perris Auto Speedway, Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA), Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA), Ikaika O’Brien (Oahu, HI), and Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Mitchell, Verne Sweeney, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Austin Liggett, Steve Hix, Logan Williams, Joel Rayborne, Eddie Tafoya Jr., “Speedy” Stevie Sussex, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Pit passes are available and grandstand tickets are only available online at tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7. THERE WILL BE NO WALKUP SALES FOR THE EVENT. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. 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, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD.

"SALUTE TO INDY" WINNERS: 1948-Dempsey Wilson, 1949-Bob Denny, 1950-NO RACE, 1951-NO RACE, 1952-Colby Scroggin, 1953-Bob Denny, 1954-Harry Stockman, 1955-Rosie Roussel, 1956-Art Bisch, 1957-Ray Clark, 1958-Bud Rose, 1959-Roy Prosser, 1960-NO RACE, 1961-Jack Brunner, 1962-Colby Scroggin, 1963-Billy Cantrell, 1964-Hal Minyard, 1965-NO RACE, 1966-Bruce Walkup, 1967-Bob Hogle, 1968-Billy Wilkerson, 1969-Billy Wilkerson, 1970-NO RACE, 1971-Dick Zimmerman / Don Hamilton, 1972-Billy Wilkerson, 1973-Billy Wilkerson, 1974-Jimmy Oskie, 1975-Clark Templeman, 1976-Mike Shaw, 1977-John Redican, 1978-Dean Thompson / Tony Simon, 1979-Bobby Olivero, 1980-Bubby Jones / Dean Thompson / Dean Thompson, 1981-Dean Thompson / Dean Thompson, 1982-Dean Thompson / Bubby Jones, 1983-Rip Williams / Bubby Jones, 1984-Bubby Jones, 1985-Eddie Wirth, 1986-Bubby Jones, 1987-Mike Sweeney, 1988-Lealand McSpadden, 1989-Brad Noffsinger, 1990-Ron Shuman, 1991-NO RACE, 1992-NO RACE, 1993-NO RACE, 1994-NO RACE, 1995-NO RACE, 1997-Cory Kruseman, 1998-Mike Kirby, 1999-Troy Rutherford, 2000-Richard Griffin, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Mike Kirby, 2003-Damion Gardner, 2004-Damion Gardner, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Blake Miller, 2008-RAIN, 2009-Blake Miller, 2010-David Cardey, 2011-Matt Mitchell, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Matt Mitchell, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Austin Williams, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Austin Williams, 2019-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2020-CANCELLED. (Some events were two day shows or twin main events.)

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Max Adams, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Ryan Timmons.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 47-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-Brady Bacon, 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-C.J. Leary, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Williams-353, 2. Damion Gardner-351, 3. Chris Gansen-302, 4. Brody Roa-291, 5. Tommy Malcolm-261, 6. Cody Williams-253, 7. Max Adams-195, --. Danny Faria Jr.-195, 9. Charles Davis Jr.-192, 10. Austin Grabowski -179, 11. Matt Mitchell-176, 12. Verne Sweeney-168, 13. A.J. Bender-167, 14. Ryan Timmons -166, 15. Matt McCarthy-164, 16. Jake Hodges -159, 17. Austin Liggett-149, 18. Steve Hix-148, 19. Austin Ervine-128, 20. Rick Hendrix-119, 21. Davey Ray-105, 22. Troy Rutherford-97, 23. Ikaika O'Brien -96, 24. Logan Williams-91, 25. Joel Rayborne-90, 26. Brent Owens -82, 27. Chase Johnson-78, 28. Tanner Boul -75, 29. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-68, 30. Stevie Sussex-63, 31. Nate Shank-58, 32. Cal Smith-53, 33. Dan Taylor-47, 34. Kyle Edwards-47, 35. Trent Williams-44, ---. James Herrera-44, 37. Tyler Hatzikian-42, 38. Jeff Dyer-40, 39. Travis Buckley-36, 40. Kaleb Montgomery-32, 41. James Heling-31, 42. Tom Hendricks-28, 43. Shane Sexton-20.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

NIENHISER EMBRACES THE LEARNING CURVE
IN ROOKIE USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 18, 2021)………Being a Rookie on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail is a challenge on many fronts for any driver who takes on the task of a full season for the initial time.

Facing stiff competition and several successive nights and weeks on the road, away from home, are a way of life, and are to be expected, throughout a rigorous schedule that ranges from coast-to-coast across the nation.

Now mix-in the yet unmentioned aspect of trying to learn a completely new discipline by shedding the wing and going without one, and the learning curve becomes a little more obtuse.
That’s the battle Paul Nienhiser has taken head-on in 2021.

Nienhiser, the 2019 MOWA champion with the wing, made the transition during the offseason to take on the USAC schedule with Owensville, Indiana based KO Motorsports.

Thus far, the Chapin, Illinois driver’s first 11 races with USAC have appeared akin to the lines on a Richter scale. Some peaks and some valleys; highwater marks and humbling nights – it’s all part of the process in getting to the top of the game.

Nienhiser enters this weekend’s pair of USAC National Sprint Car events at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on May 21-22, after a career-best performance at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on May 8 with a 5th place feature finish and a 9th place standings in the current series’ points, second best in the Rookie class behind Tanner Thorson (7th).

Nienhiser’s first career sprint car win without the wing of any kind came a week after Eldora during a non-sanctioned race at his home track of Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway. Not only was it a notable triumph for him personally, being that he lives within a stone’s throw from the racetrack, but it symbolized more of a plan that’s beginning to come to fruition.

“A win is a win; they’re great anywhere,” Nienhiser said. “It wasn’t a USAC win, which is at the top of our list, but I think it gave me a little justification to myself that I can do this.”

One factor Nienhiser has displayed regularly is resiliency. In April, during the second round of Keystone Invasion at Big Diamond Speedway in Pennsylvania, a disastrous night saw him crash in the first turn on his qualifying run. If that wasn’t a rough enough start, after pulling out the backup car, Nienhiser biked in the same exact spot during his heat race, resulting in him flipping hard through turns one and two.

The team called it a night and decided to regroup for the next afternoon’s race on the tour after a season of hard lessons were packed into less than an hour in real time for Nienhiser in regard to where the limits of the racecar are.

“(I learned) how hard you can push the issue in, say, qualifying, and on a heavier track,” Nienhiser said. “In a wing car, you’re carrying more speed and I’m trying to find that threshold, for lack of a better term, and I think I found it at Big Diamond after really trying to throw off a burner in qualifying. I kind of realized I had to dial it back a little bit.”

Nienhiser and KO got dialed back in for the next afternoon at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa., rebounding with a solid 9th place result in the feature following a setback during a heat race incident.

To start the year, Nienhiser remarked that the biggest thing for him was when he looked at the USAC schedule and realized how many tracks he was going to be visiting for the first time. His best performances show him as a quick study, and one who, in time, can pick up those pieces of those past experiences and continuously improve his showing.

For example, Lawrenceburg (7th) and Eldora (5th) are his two best performances of the USAC campaign – two high-speed dirt tracks that Nienhiser has previously competed at with the wing, giving credence that the deeper he gets into the USAC season and seeing tracks for the second and third occasion, Nienhiser may soon rise from competing for top-fives and top-tens to a contending for feature wins.

“At the beginning of the year, there were about three-quarters of the tracks I’ve never been to in my career,” Nienhiser recalled. “I’m looking forward to going back to them after our first run. I feel confident in myself in how we ran the first time around, and that we’ll be really strong the second time out now that we have a place to start as far as the chassis goes.”

Nienhiser notes the on-the-fly adjustments as being a critical part of the game, and practically having to learn and re-train his brain from the instincts and habits that have been ingrained in him during his time behind the wheel of a wing sprint car for the past several years.

“Everything that I think of in the racecar seems to be backwards,” Nienhiser admitted. “As far as like shock setups and things, especially in the longer races where the track changes a lot, I’m not as adept at changing my shock knobs inside the car, but I think I’m getting better at that.”

With his first win without a wing and first career top-five USAC finish in his pocket by mid-May, Nienhiser’s stock is on the rise.

“The trend looks pretty good for us so, hopefully, we’re past most of those growing pains and we can just be making tweaks from here on out. It’s just a testament to where we’re at and I think it’s only going to get better.”

Tickets will be available at the gate on each race day. However, tickets can also be purchased in advance at www.TracPass.com. One-day general admission tickets are on sale now for $25. Two-day general admission tickets are $45. Tickets for children aged 12-15 are $10 per day while kids aged 11 and under are admitted for free.

Pit passes are available at the track as well as on www.TracPass.com. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Two-day pit passes can be purchased for $60. One-day pit passes for children aged 6 and under are $15.

Both nights, registration and pit gates open at 3pm CDT with the grandstands/ticket office opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing. Friday’s action will also include E-Mods and Mod Lites, while Saturday’s event card will have the E-Mods.

For more information on the event, visit USAC’s official website at www.USACracing.com. You can also visit the race promoter’s website at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling their office at (217) 764-3200. You may check out the track’s website directly by clicking www.lakesidespeedway.net or by calling at (913) 299-9206.

 

 

CARB NIGHT CLASSIC USAC SILVER CROWN & MIDGET ENTRY LISTS REVEALED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (May 18, 2021)………Entry lists for both the USAC Silver Crown and Midget divisions have been revealed for the Friday night, May 28, Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

A field of 27 Silver Crown cars and 28 Midgets have pre-entered for the event at the .686-mile paved oval on the Friday leading up to Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Among the 27 Silver Crown entries are nine past series race winners, five of which have previously won 100-lap races at Lucas Oil Raceway. Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) won the inaugural and the most recent editions of the Carb Night Classic in 2016 and 2020 while brother Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) went back-to-back in 2017-18. Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) was the Carb Night victor in 2019.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) owns four LOR Silver Crown wins while David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) has one. They’ll be joined by reigning series champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), as well as series winners Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.), plus 2018 USAC National Midget champion and Silver Crown Rookie, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

Of the 28 drivers on the list for the Brown’s Oil Service Champion Midgets, eight will be pulling double-duty by competing in the Silver Crown cars as well, including Grant, K. Hamilton, Santos, K. Swanson and T. Swanson, as well as Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.), Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) and Kyle O’Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.). Santos won the most recent midget race held at LOR last August.

Josh Wise, a NASCAR Cup Series veteran and the 2005 USAC National Midget and 2006 USAC National Sprint Car champion, will be in action aboard a midget owned by four-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner Alex Bowman.

On race day, gates open at 3pm EDT with midget practice taking place at 3-3:25pm & 4:50-5:15; Silver Crown practice at 3:30-3:55pm & 5:20-5:45pm; USF2000 practice form 4:05-4:20pm and Indy Pro 2000 practice from 4:25-4:40pm. Midget qualifying takes place from 5:50-6:20pm followed by Silver Crown qualifying from 6:25-6:55pm.

Opening ceremonies commence at 6:55-7:05pm with the main events immediately following: USF2000’s Freedom 75 at 7:05pm; the Indy Pro 2000 Freedom 90 at 8:05pm; the 30-lap Midget feature at 9:05pm and the finale, the 100-lap Silver Crown race at 9:35pm.

Adult tickets (age 13 and older) are $20 in advance at https://lucasoilraceway.com/carbnightclassic/ ($25 starting May 21). Pit passes are $35 apiece. Lot 2 parking is $10 and camping is free.

The USAC Silver Crown and Midget events will be LIVE on FloRacing at at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST: (27 DRIVERS)

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Gossel)

1 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Lawson)

6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR)

11 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Hamilton-Byrd)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott)

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Pierce)

29 BRENT YARNAL/Phoenix, AZ (Yarnal)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne)

42 JAKE DAY/Abilene, TX (Day)

55 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran)

80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn)

92 JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Kazmark)

94 BRIAN GERSTER/Fishers, IN (Myers)

99 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Bischak)

222 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice)

MIDGET ENTRY LIST: (28 DRIVERS)

DALTON ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (Armstrong)

TODD BERTRAND/Suffield, CT (Bertrand)

BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan, Hill, CA (Western Speed)

NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (RayPro)

ANNIE BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger)

TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Dooling)

COLE CARTER/Brownsburg, IN (Bertrand)

MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Guess)

TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Ferns)

CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Western Speed)

JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Bohanon)

KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt)

NICK HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Irwin-Petry)

JESSE LOVE/Menlo Park, CA (VanDyne)

BRANDON MAURER/Sherman, IL (Maurer)

THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS)

KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR)

BRET SANDERSON/Gary, IN (Sanderson)

BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (Seymour)

RYAN SHILKUSKI/Spring Valley, IL (Shilkuski)

JOHN SLUSS/Indianapolis, IN (RayPro)

KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Studley)

KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Rodela)

TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Irwin-Petry)

JAKE TRAINOR/Medway, MA (Trainor)

CARSON WARE/Greensboro, NC (RayPro)

JOSH WISE/Riverside, CA (Bowman)

JOHN ZYCH/Mendon, MA (Zych)


 


LAKESIDE DOUBLE-DIP BRINGS
USAC SPRINTS’ RETURN TO K.C. FRI-SAT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kansas City, Kansas (May 17, 2021)………Lakeside Speedway doubles the ante with USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing x2 at the 4/10-mile dirt oval in Kansas City, Kan. this Friday and Saturday night, May 21-22, with a massive field of drivers from USAC’s National series, the Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association and Wingless Sprints Oklahoma.

A car count in excess of 40 is expected to be on hand for the pair of events, which feature elevated purses for both night’s A-Mains with $6,000-to-win and $600 to start on Friday night and a $7,500 winner’s share and $600 to start on Saturday night.

Both events will be full points paying shows for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars; appearance points only for USAC MWRA; and will be a non-points, special event for USAC WSO.

The weekend presents the first visit for the series to Lakeside since 2017, and it’s the third instance of this young season in which multiple features will be contested at one track during a single weekend: Feb. at Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park and in early May at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

Eldora was the most recent on the series calendar, and it was a classic with Robert Ballou prevailing for the first time with USAC in nearly three years. The Rocklin, Calif. driver also enters this weekend as the lone multi-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner at Lakeside, with successive scores during his 2015 championship season and again in 2016. Ballou also holds Lakeside’s 8-lap USAC Sprint track record of 2:17.20, set in 2017.

Reigning USAC National Sprint Car champion and current point leader Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is also the reigning USAC Sprint winner at Lakeside, which came in 2017 when he led all 30 laps. In fact, in Bacon’s four series starts at Lakeside, in addition to his win, he’s finished 3rd in 2015, and was 2nd on both nights in 2016, the latter of which he led a race-high 19 laps before seeing the win slip away with two laps remaining.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) owns the one-lap USAC Sprint Car track record of 16.438 at Lakeside, set in 2017. In fact, he was also the fastest qualifier on night one at Lakeside in 2016. He’s yet to finish outside the top-six in his four attempts at Lakeside with a best of 2nd in 2015, plus 4th place results on night two in 2016 and in 2017, with the 6th place finish coming on night one of 2016.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has finished inside the top-five in three of his four Lakeside USAC starts, with a best of 3rd in each of his last two appearances in 2016 and 2017. The 2017 series champ was the hard charger of the feature that same year after starting 9th. He was also 5th on the first night of Lakeside in 2016, fresh off a runner-up finish in a Silver Crown car at Gateway and a four-seater plane ride from St. Louis to Kansas City earlier that day.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) won his heat race and finished 2nd in his only previous Lakeside USAC Sprint start in 2017. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) owns two top-ten finishes in his two Lakeside USAC appearances, taking a personal best 5th in 2015, plus a heat race win and a 7th place feature finish in 2017.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ, has been a consistent top-ten finisher in his four previous runs at Lakeside, bested with a 6th in 2017 to go along with a 7th in 2015, and an 8th & 9th across two nights in 2016.

Rob Caho Jr. (Wyoming, Minn.) has started three USAC National Sprint races at Lakeside with a best of 13th in 2016. Robert Bell (Colfax, Iowa) has made one USAC National Sprint feature start at Lakeside, a 16th in 2017.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car regulars making first Lakeside appearances include two-time 2021 winner and leading Rookie of the Year candidate Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and fellow Rookie Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) who earned his best career series finish of 5th in his most recent start at Eldora.

The 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), is also making his first Lakeside appearance as well as 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) and one-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio).

USAC National regulars will be joined by a number of representatives from the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association and USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma, both of which are the co-sanctioning series for the event.

Reigning MWRA titlist Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.) has made one previous USAC National start at Lakeside, finishing 16th in 2016. In 2020 with MWRA at Lakeside, Burks never finished outside the top-two in three starts, winning in August and finishing as the runner-up in both June and October.

Multiple WSO champions are on the path to Lakeside with defending champ Ty Hulsey (Collinsville, Okla.) making the trip as well as 2018 and 2019 champ Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.), as are fellow series regulars J.C. Wilson (Coweta, Okla.), Harlan Hulsey (Owasso, Okla.) and Craig Carroll (Collinsville, Okla.), all of whom will be making their USAC debuts at Lakeside.

Three-time POWRi WAR Sprint Car champion Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, Mo.) has made feature starts in all four of his previous Lakeside USAC National appearances dating to 2015 where he captured a semi-feature victory. His 11th in 2016 has been his best feature result with the National series at Lakeside. He enters the weekend as the most recent winner among all drivers at Lakeside, taking last October’s MWRA Special Event there.

Cody Baker (Lone Jack, Mo.) won MWRA’s 2021 season opener at Missouri’s Nevada Speedway just two weeks ago and leads the series standings entering the weekend’s pair of races. He finished a best of 2nd with MWRA at Lakeside in August of 2020.

Kory Schudy (Battlefield, Mo.) won the first-ever MWRA race in 2020 at I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo. His 5th place MWRA finish in October of 2020 is his best performance thus far at Lakeside. He’s made two USAC National Sprint starts this year, both in Ocala, Fla., finishing a best of 14th on night two.

Wesley Smith (Billings, Mo.) is a multi-time winner with MWRA, both of which came in 2020 at a points race in Bethany, Mo. and once more in a non-points special event in Grain Valley, Mo. He finished 4th with MWRA at Lakeside in both August and October of 2020.

Chad Goff (Spring Hill, Kan.) is an MWRA winner who’s making his way to Lakeside this weekend after reigning supreme with the series at Central Missouri Speedway in July of 2020.
Chris Parkinson (Gladstone, Mo), the 2014 WAR Sprint Car champion, has made three previous USAC National starts at Lakeside with a pair of 15th place results in 2016 serving as his best. The third generation of the legendary Parkinson family, grandson of Ralph and son of Junior, Chris finished 4th with MWRA at Lakeside in June of 2020.

Jack Wagner (Lone Jack, Mo.) made his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car start at Knoxville, Iowa in 2020, finishing 20th. He aims for his first series starts at Lakeside this weekend after finishing 5th there last August with MWRA.

A number of MWRA regulars are expected to make the voyage to Lakeside to try to crack their first career USAC National Sprint Car feature starting lineup, including Braydon Cromwell (Lone Jack, Mo.), Brad Wyatt (Kearney, Mo.), Sam Wagner (Lone Jack, Mo.), Vinny Ward (Springfield, Ill.), Dylan Kadous (Topeka, Kan.), Drake Barker (Kansas City, Mo.), Zack Clark (Olathe, Kan.), Mark Lane (Grain Valley, Mo.), J.D. Black (Grain Valley, Mo.), Luke Howard (Overland Park, Kan.), Xavier Doney (Odessa, Mo.), Kyle Lewis (Spring Hill, Kan.), Heath Murry (Tonganoxie, Kan.), Dakota Earls (Independence, Mo.) and Chad Tye (Independence, Mo.).

Tickets will be available at the gate on each race day. However, tickets can also be purchased in advance at www.TracPass.com. One-day general admission tickets are on sale now for $25. Two-day general admission tickets are $45. Tickets for children aged 12-15 are $10 per day while kids aged 11 and under are admitted for free.

Pit passes are available at the track as well as on www.TracPass.com. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Two-day pit passes can be purchased for $60. One-day pit passes for children aged 6 and under are $15.

Both nights, registration and pit gates open at 3pm CDT with the grandstands/ticket office opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing. Friday’s action will also include E-Mods and Mod Lites, while Saturday’s event card will have the E-Mods.

For more information on the event, visit USAC’s official website at www.USACracing.com. You can also visit the race promoter’s website at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling their office at (217) 764-3200. You may check out the track’s website directly by clicking www.lakesidespeedway.net or by calling at (913) 299-9206.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-763, 2-Justin Grant-734, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-697, 4-Robert Ballou-659, 5-Chris Windom-635, 6-C.J. Leary-628, 7-Tanner Thorson-602, 8-Jake Swanson-591, 9-Paul Nienhiser-449, 10-Chase Stockon-440.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT LAKESIDE:

1 Lap - 7/29/2017 - Chase Stockon - 16.438 - 109.502

8 Laps - 7/29/2017 - Robert Ballou - 2:17.20 - 104.956

10 Laps - 7/6/2001 - Jay Drake - 2:58.19 - 101.016

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY:

2-Robert Ballou

1-Brady Bacon, Don Branson, Tony Elliott, Kenny Irwin Jr., Arnie Knepper, Jud Larson, Jim Mahoney, Thomas Meseraull, Smokey Snellbaker, Robbie Stanley, Dave Steele, Brian Tyler, Greg Weld, Carl Williams, Doug Wolfgang & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY:

1963: Don Branson (9/1)

1965: Jud Larson (7/23)

1966: Arnie Knepper (7/15)

1967: Greg Weld (7/7)

1968: Carl Williams (7/5)

1978: Doug Wolfgang (7/8)

1981: Smokey Snellbaker (6/5)

1991: Jim Mahoney (9/13)

1992: Robbie Stanley (6/5)

1995: Kenny Irwin Jr. (9/15)

1996: Dave Steele (4/12)

1998: Brian Tyler (4/24)

2001: Tony Elliott (7/6) & J.J. Yeley (7/7)

2015: Robert Ballou (4/26)

2016: Robert Ballou (6/25) & Thomas Meseraull (6/26)

2017: Brady Bacon (7/29)

PAST LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY USAC SPRINT RESULTS AT “NEW” LAKESIDE ON DIRT:

2001 NIGHT ONE FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Tony Elliott, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Bill Rose, 4. Robbie Rice, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. J.J. Yeley, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Derek Davidson, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Clay Klepper, 12. Jonathan Vennard, 13. Gregg Dillion, 14. Dustin Smith, 15. Tracy Hines, 16. Craig Dori, 17. Ed Carpenter, 18. Dickie Gaines. NT

2001 NIGHT TWO FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. J.J. Yeley, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Bill Rose, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Derek Davidson, 8. Robbie Rice, 9. Tony Elliott, 10. Ed Carpenter, 11. Jonathan Vennard, 12. Gregg Dillion, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Craig Dori, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Dickie Gaines, 17. Dustin Smith, 18. Clay Klepper. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Casey Shuman, 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Jarett Andretti, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Danny Thoman, 15. Riley Kriesel, 16. Ryan Kitchen, 17. Josh Stephens, 18. Mike Moore, 19. Chris Parkinson, 20. Ricky Stangl, 21. Warren Johnson, 22. Bret Mellenberndt. NT

2016 NIGHT ONE FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Aaron Farney, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Riley Kreisel, 12. Clinton Boyles, 13. Bret Mellenberndt, 14. Joe Bares, 15. Chris Parkinson, 16. Rob Caho, Jr., 17. Kenny Potter, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Mike Ell, 21. Warren Johnson. NT

2016 NIGHT TWO FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Landon Simon, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 13. Rob Caho, Jr., 14. Max McGhee, 15. Chris Parkinson, 16. Wyatt Burks, 17. Terry Richards, 18. Clinton Boyles, 19. Riley Kreisel, 20. Danny Thoman, 21. Kenny Potter, 22. Warren Johnson. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Brandon Stevenson, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Patrick Budde, 14. Rob Caho, Jr., 15. Terry Richards, 16. Robert Bell, 17. Steve Thomas, 18. Riley Kreisel, 19. Mike Sosebee, 20. Ryan Kitchen. NT


 


$10,000-TO-WIN USAC MIDGETS
JULY 17 AT FAIRBURY, NEB.

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (May 17, 2021)………What was initially billed to be bigger and better than ever, is now even bigger and even better with the payout increased to $10,000-to-win and $500 to start for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets on Saturday night, July 17, at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway.

The Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation, co-sanctioned by USAC and the Rocky Mountain Midget Association, will feature over $40,000 in total purse money at the 1/5-mile dirt oval between the back-to-back nights of events on Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17.

Local businesses in the area have stepped up to contribute to the event’s purse purely based on their love for having USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing at Jefferson County Speedway, which has been a staple of the series’ summertime schedule since 2016.

The Midwest Midget Championship at Jefferson County will serve as the final races of a recently expanded Mid-America Midget Week with five races in four states across seven nights between July 11-17.

Mid-America Midget Week begins on July 11 at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, followed by a July 13 date at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway; July 14 at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas; then concludes with two nights at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 16-17.

The NOW 600/JayHusker Non-Wing and Restrictor Micros will also be in action for the final four events of “MAMW” at Red Dirt, Solomon Valley, and both nights at Jefferson County.

The confines of Jefferson County Speedway make it one of the raciest bullrings on the USAC tour and an equalizer for all competitors across the board. Past winners of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events at Jefferson County Speedway include Chad Boat (2016), Tanner Thorson (2017), Justin Grant (2018), Jason McDougal (2019), Tyler Courtney (2019 & 2020) and Chris Windom (2020).

This year’s Midwest Midget Championship event kicks off on Thursday, July 15, at Jefferson County Speedway with an open practice for all race teams from 5-7pm CDT followed by a shrimp boil and BBQ at 8pm for all teams, crews, fans, etc. at the campground on the north side of the track.

On Friday, July 16, the first night of racing for the Midwest Midget Championship features the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets competing 30 laps for $3,000 to win. The Midwest Midget Championship finale on Saturday, July 17, will feature midget pilots gunning for the $10,000 prize awarded to the victor of the 40-lap main event.

Gates open at 5pm CDT with racing scheduled for 7pm on both July 16-17. General admission tickets are $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. High school students and younger are just $5. Reserved seating is $25 (available online only in two-day packages). Reserved seating tickets are available online at www.JeffersonCountySpeedway.com under the "Buy Tickets" tab.

General admission tickets will be sold the day of show at the main grandstand gate starting at 5pm CDT and will not be limited. Reserved seating is only available as pre-sale only, as listed above.

All access pit passes will not be limited and will be available at the pit gate on the day of show only.

There will be a free concert after the races both nights at the beer garden.

Camping with electric and water hookups is available just a few hundred feet from the track by reserving online at www.JeffersonCountySpeedway.com under the "Buy Tickets" tab.

 

NEW ZEALAND’S GUILFORD SET
FOR INDIANA MIDGET WEEK RUN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 17, 2021)………Auckland, New Zealand’s Max Guilford will compete in all eight nights of the upcoming NOS Energy Drink Indiana Midget Week series June 3-12 in the Hoosier state.

Guilford has been a familiar sight to American fans over the past couple of seasons, particularly in the Midwest, where he’s competed regularly in midget and sprint car events at the local level as well an occasional run on the USAC national trail in both series.

In early May, the GDR King Chassis midget that Guilford has been utilizing in New Zealand midget competition this season, was shipped overseas to the United States, making his run at Indiana Midget Week for 2021 a reality.

“Putting this car together has been a pretty mammoth effort,” read a statement on the Guilford Motorsport 79A Facebook page. “We’d like to firstly thank Cindy Elliott and the Tony Elliott foundation for providing Max with the opportunity to even think about entering a car in this event. Ivent and Tim Stone have also played a massive role in finishing this project off.”

Guilford made his Indiana Midget Week debut in 2018 for A.J. Felker Racing and is eager to return this summer aboard the 3NZ, which carries sponsorship from the Tony Elliott Foundation, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, Ivent and Smart Water.

An expanded NOS Energy Drink Indiana Midget Week has its largest slate of events ever in 2021 with eight races during a 10-night span over two weekends beginning at Paragon Speedway on June 3, followed by Bloomington Speedway on June 4, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 5 and, for the first time ever during IMW, Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., on June 6.

After a two-day hiatus, the series resumes at the brand-new Circle City Raceway on June 9, with Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. up next on June 10, Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 11 and the finale, at Kokomo Speedway, on June 12.


GEOFF ENSIGN POWERS TO PETALUMA WIN

PETALUMA, CA – MAY 15, 2021… After recovering from mechanical problems, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, CA) led all 25-laps to claim victory at Petaluma Speedway. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign raced to his fourth career $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph. Former champion Austin Liggett, hard charger Ryan Timmons, top qualifier Cody Fendley, and new point leader D.J. Johnson followed Ensign to the checkered flags.

Following a passing point format, rookie of the year contender Cody Fendley was the night’s Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier. The young driver won the heat race (Extreme Mufflers Heat Race) and placed third in the qualifying race at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Timmons, the 2016 rookie of the year, earned the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third place finish after starting fifth.

After scoring fifth in the main event, Johnson emerged with a 24-point advantage over Liggett. Liggett finished second to Maria Cofer in the companion USAC Western States Midget feature.

Ensign also powered to victory in the program’s 10-lap qualifying race, sponsored by Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars.

On Saturday, June 12th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway for the annual “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial.” The popular USAC Western States Midgets will join the action at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 15, 2021 Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cody Fendley (#73C Russell), 2. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 3. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 4. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 5. Cody Smith (#5 Smith), 6. Kyle Edwards (#39 Edwards), 7. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder). NT.

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. Liggett, 3. Fendley, 4. Timmons, 5. Johnson, 6. Smith. NT.

FEATURE: (25 laps, with starting positions) 1. Geoff Ensign (1), 2. Austin Liggett (3), 3. Ryan Timmons (5), 4. Cody Fendley (4), 5. D.J. Johnson (2), 6. Cody Smith (6). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Ensign.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Ryan Timmons (5th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-D.J. Johnson-205, 2-Austin Liggett-181, 3-Ryan Timmons-176, 4-Brody Roa-161, 5-Kaleb Montgomery-137, 6-Cody Fendley-132, 7-Tanner Boul-117, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-110, --Kyle Edwards-110, 10-Ryan Bernal-83.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 12 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

 

 

Danner Completes “Weekend Sweep” With First Ever Grandview Victory Views: 0 0 Danner Completes “Weekend Sweep” With First Ever Grandview Victory

Bechtelsville, PA. May 15th, 2021. Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC.

For the second night in a row, rookie driver Briggs Danner drove his way into Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, victory lane. The second victory for Danner is his third of the season, allowing Danner to also continue add to his series points lead.

Kenny Miller lll and Damon Paul brought the field to green for the twenty-five lap feature event, the second ever event contested by the series at the Grandview Speedway. Paul moved passed Miller for the race lead with Miller in second, and Danner third. At the completion of lap two, Danner had moved by both Miller and Paul and taken the feature event lead. Steven Drevicki was also on the move from his eight place starting spot and was into fifth by lap four.

The first caution event of the night would fly on lap seven as Christopher Allen spun in the middle of turns three and four. The restart of the feature event saw Danner continue to lead over, Kenny Miller, Damon Paul, Steven Drevicki and Bruce Buckwalter Jr. As the field went green and drivers began to make more moves inside the top ten, with Alex Bright being up to the sixth place position from his eleventh place starting spot. Rookie driver Tom Savage suffered a right rear tire failure on lap nine, and slow on the front street to bring out the second caution event of the evening.

Danner again nailed his restart on lap nine following the caution, and remained ahead of Kenny Miller lll, who was under heavy fire from three time champion Steven Drevicki. Damon Paul, Alex Bright, and Bruce Buckwalter continued to round out the top five of the feature event with heavy contention for the remainder of the positions inside of the top ten.

A red flag was thrown on lap fourteen of the feature event when Eric Jennings went for a wild series of flips through corners three and four. The caution flag had initially been displayed for the slowing car of Ed Aikin in the middle of turns three and four following a collapsed front end on the Aikin machine due to contact with an infield tire.

Danner again lead the field to the green flag for the restart on lap fourteen with Miller, Drevicki, Bright, and Buckwalter in tow. The field was able to score another lap before the caution flag would fly yet again as Kenny Miller lll clipped the inside wall, causing a front end failure sending the car into the infield down the back stretch before making contact with an infield light pole barrier.

The restart on lap fifteen featured the heaviest competition for Briggs Danner of the evening with Steven Drevicki restarting second, and Alex Bright third. The top three in series points starting nose to tail had the opportunity to battle amongst themselves for the feature event win. Unfortunately for Damon Paul, his solid run inside the top ten came to an end on the lap fifteen restart as Paul spun coming off of turn four collecting: Jonathan Swanson, Mike Thompson, and Blaine Emery. Emery would be able to re-fire for the remainder of the feature event.

Briggs Danner lead the field to the green flag again on the lap fifteen restart with Drevicki and Bright in tow with ten laps to go for the feature event win. Drevicki found a lane that worked to his advantage for a handful of laps running in the middle of the speedway, getting alongside Danner on more than one occasion before the track began to lay rubber along the inside groove.

Danner held off the advances of Steven Drevicki as Alex Bright tried to make it a three car battle for the lead, and collected his second feature event win of the weekend adding to his resume of USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series victories. Steven Drevicki defended a last lap move by Alex Bright for second, with Bruce Buckwalter, and Tommy Kunsman rounding out the top five.

Briggs Danner is no stranger to Grandview Speedway as the nineteen year old rookie has a large number of laps at the speedway behind the wheel of a 358 modified, and a handful of laps at Grandview with a 410 sprint car in USAC National Series competition. Danner found victory lane with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series again for the third time in 2021, and fourth time of his career. Three of the four victories for Danner have come in his first ever trip with a sprint car in his debut. Danner also has an incredible run of four feature wins in eight event attempts since his debut in September of 2020. Danner’s sponsor of E Schneider & Sons matched the winners share of tonights feature event, with Danner collecting a $3,000 payday.

Steven Drevicki was able to get things back on track after an unfortunate incident at Bedford ended his shot at a double podium weekend. While Drevicki will not be full time with the series and will be making multiple USAC National series starts throughout the season, Drevicki finds himself third in points not far out of the points championship contention.

Alex Bright continued his consistency Saturday night, backing up his runner up finish on Friday at the Bedford Speedway. Bright make contact with the right rear of Kenny Miller lll in their heat race early on in the night missing out on the redraw by one position. Bright started the feature event in eleventh, and despite a broken bolt on the bird-cage following early feature contact with the outside wall, Bright maintained and finished a strong third.

Bruce Buckwalter Jr had quite the weekend with the series, but the teams hard work and resilience paid off with a strong fourth place effort on Saturday night. The team fought fueling issues all night on Friday night at the Bedford Speedway, resulting in a 21st place finish. The team worked hard all day until late in the afternoon diagnosing the problem, fixing their fueling issue, discovering an issue in the rear end of the car, and making it to the track in time for the nights event. Buckwalter collected his fist heat race win of the season, and ran a smooth and clean race resulting in a well earned fourth place effort.

Rounding out the top five of the feature event field would be Tommy Kunsman, who counties to impressive in his rookie season behind the wheel of a sprint car. The former midget regular, and many time micro sprint feature event winner, has been extremely impressive since making the move to join the series. Kunsman currently sits fourth in the series points standings, and is beginning to knock on the door of his first podium. With plenty of racing left in the 2021 season, a podium finish and potentially more could be on the horizon for the Bethlehem, PA driver.

While not finishing inside the top five on Saturday night, Nash Ely ended up sixth one spot shy of a double top five weekend. Rookie Ely scored his career best finish on Friday night at Bedford, and backed up his speed with a solid top six run in his first ever 360 sprint car start at Grandview.

Thirty different drivers entered a Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade series event this weekend between Bedford and Grandview. A sign of growth and development in the series that will hopefully only continue to grow as the season goes on with both increased car counts, and heightened competition on the track surface.

Up next for the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is the second ever visit to the wide and fast Selinsgrove Speedway. Last season the series made it debut at the historic oval with Brady Bacon invading the field and grabbing the feature event victory over Steven Drevicki.

The USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series will also be having a round table discussion at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing on Sunday, May 16th discussing the growth and development of wingless sprit car racing on the east coast.

As always, follow along with our social media pages for all the lates news, updates, and alerts on facebook at: USAC East Coast Sprint Cars, and on Twitter at: @USACECSC

USAC East Coast at Grandview Results:

Heat 1 (10 laps, 5 Qualify, 3 Redraw): 1. 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr, 2. 83S Billy Ney, 3. 17J Jonathan Swanson, 4. 7 Ed Aikin, 5. 3BC Nash Ely, 6. 27 Craig Pellegrini, 7. 11 Mike Thompson, 8. 12 Blaine Emery (DNS).

Heat 2 (10 laps, 5 Qualify, 3 Redraw): 1. 19 Steven Drevicki, 2. 5G Briggs Danner, 3. 23M Kenny Miller lll, 4. 20 Alex Bright, 5. 71 Chris Allen Jr, 6. 16CW Eric Jennings, 7. 75 Lou Cicconi, 8. 64 Rich Carnathan.

Heat 3 (10 laps, 5 Qualify, 3 Redraw): 1. 21K Tommy Kunsman, 2. 22B Troy Betts, 3. 57 Damon Paul, 4. 10M Mike Meyers, 5. 38S Tom Savage, 6. 88J Joey Amantea, 7. 117 David Swanson, 8. 67 Jason Cherry.

Semi Feature (10 laps, 5 Qualify): 1. 27 Craig Pellegrini, 2. 16CW Eric Jennings, 3. 12 Blaine Emery, 4. 67 Jason Cherry, 5. 88J Joey Amantea, 6. 117 David Swanson, 7. 75 Lou Cicconi, 8. 64 Rich Carnathan (DNS).

Feature Event (25 Laps): 1. 5G Briggs Danner, 2. 19 Steven Drevicki, 3. 20 Alex Bright, 4. 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr, 5. 21K Tommy Kunsman, 6. 3BC Nash Ely, 7. 22 Troy Betts, 8. 10M Mike Meyers, 9. 83S Billy Ney, 10. 67 Jason Cherry, 11. 27 Craig Pellegrini, 12. 88J Joey Amantea, 13. 12 Blaine Emery, 14. 57 Damon Paul, 15. 17J Jonathan Swanson, 16. 11 Mike Thompson, 17. 23M Kenny Miller lll, 18. 71 Christopher Allen Jr, 19. 7 Ed Aikin, 20. 16CW Eric Jennings, 21. 38S Tom Savage.

Feature lap leaders: Damon Paul (1). Briggs Danner (2-25).

Penske Racing Shock Certificate Winners: Briggs Danner, Steven Drevicki, and Alex Bright.

Ultra Shield Racing Products Certificate Winners: Steven Drevicki (2nd), Mike Meyers (8th).

Top Ten in Points heading into Selinsgrove on May 22nd: 1. 5G Briggs Danner 305 2. 20 Alex Bright 296 -9 3. 19 Steven Drevicki 266 -39 4. 21K Tommy Kunsman 238 -67 5. 57 Damon Paul 209 -96 6. 3BC Nash Ely 197 -108 7. 23M Kenny Miller 191 -114 8. 71 Chris Allen Jr 189 -116 9. 88J Joey Amantea 187 -118 10. 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr 180 -125

 

MARIA COFER GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT PETALUMA

PETALUMA, CA – MAY 15, 2021… Starting from the pole position, Maria Cofer (Macdoel, CA) led all 25-laps to score the Saturday night victory at Petaluma Speedway. Racing the family owned #57 Tule Vista Ranches Spike, Cofer earned her third $1,200 USAC Western States Midget win at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Point leader Austin Liggett, Blake Bower, top qualifier Brody Fuson, and hard charger C.J. Sarna rounded out the top-five drivers.

Using a passing point format, rookie of the year contender Brody Fuson emerged as the Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier. The young driver finished second to Sarna in the first heat race and won the first qualifying race.

Rebounding from a dramatic flip in the first qualifier, Sarna claimed the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fifth place run from seventh.

By virtue of his second place finish, Liggett left Petaluma with a 56-point lead over the Shannon McQueen. McQueen, the 2012 champion, and her crew made repairs from an earlier flip to score tenth in the main event.

The 10-lap heat race victories went to Sarna (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), and Bower (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Second Heat).

The 10-lap qualifier wins were taken by Fuson (Ultra Shield Race Products / Rod End Supply First Qualifier), and Cofer (Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Second Qualifier).

On Saturday, June 5th, the USAC Western States Midgets will headline the action packed card at Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA).

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

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

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 15, 2021 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.J. Sarna (#20 Sarna), 2. Brody Fuson (#51 Carlile), 3. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen), 4. Terry Nichols (#1NP Nichols), 5. Beau Lemire (#14 Lemire), 6. Sparky Howard (#17 Thurston). NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Blake Bower (#9 Boscacci), 2. David Prickett (#22Q Neverlift), 3. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 4. Maria Cofer (#57 Cofer), 5. Robert Carson (#99 Segur). NT.

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Nichols, 3. Howard, 4. Lemire, 5. McQueen, 6. Sarna. NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Cofer, 2. Liggett, 3. Bower, 4. Prickett. NT.

FEATURE: (25 laps, with starting positions) 1. Maria Cofer (1), 2. Austin Liggett (2), 3. Blake Bower (3), 4. Brody Fuson (4), 5. C.J. Sarna (7), 6. David Prickett (5), 7. Terry Nichols (6), 8. Sparky Howard (9), 9. Beau Lemire (10), 10. Shannon McQueen (8). NT.
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**McQueen and Sarna flipped during the first qualifier.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Cofer.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: C.J. Sarna (7th to 5th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Austin Liggett-305, 2-Shannon McQueen-249, 3-Blake Bower-243, 4-David Prickett-220, 5-Brody Fuson-214, 6-C.J. Sarna-184, 7-Ben Worth-176, 8-Terry Nichols-173, 9-Maria Cofer-159, 10-Mitchel Moles-148.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: June 5 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California


 

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: May 14, 2021 – Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 11w-Wyatt Burks [1], 2. 16-Anthony Nicholson [7], 3. 1-Justin Zimmerman [6], 4. 20-Shon Deskins [4], 5. 3c-Roy Larkin [2], 6. 8x-Austin Shores [3], 7. 91-Cody Price [5], 8. 7D-David Baxter [8]. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 24c-Craig Carroll [5], 2. 24H-Ty Hulsey [3], 3. 21-Harlan Hulsey [2], 4. 15-Jeremy Jonas [1], 5. 79-Tim Kent [4], 6. 4-Joshua Tyre [6], 7. 35-J.C. Wilson [8], 8. 58-T.J. Cain [7]. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. 53-Brett Wilson [1], 2. 48-Caden McCreary [2], 3. 1-Paul White [4], 4. 99K-Dane Fields [3], 5. T1-Kade Taylor [5], 6. 6-Alison Slaton [6], 7. 51-Ryan Dean [7]. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Wyatt Burks [2], 2. Brett Wilson [3], 3. Ty Hulsey [1], 4. Justin Zimmerman [4], 5. Paul White [8], 6. Austin Shores [19], 7. Anthony Nicholson [5], 8. Cody Price [21], 9. Harlan Hulsey [9], 10. Dane Fields [11], 11. Craig Carroll [6], 12. Shon Deskins [10], 13. Caden McCreary [7], 14. Kade Taylor [13], 15. Jeremy Jonas [12], 16. Joshua Tyre [16], 17. Alison Slaton [17], 18. Ryan Dean [20], 19. J.C. Wilson [18], 20. Roy Larkin [15], 21. Tim Kent [14], 22. T.J. Cain [23], 23. David Baxter [22]. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Wyatt Burks.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Brett Wilson-292, 2-Ty Hulsey-265, 3-Craig Carroll-250, 4-Harlan Hulsey-235, 5-J.C. Wilson-202, 6-David Baxter-193, 7-Wyatt Burks-150, 8-Eric Matthews-119, 9-Spencer Martinez-108, 10-T.J. Cain-88.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACES: May 21-22, 2021 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas – Non-Points Special Event

 

 

BRIGGS DANNER VICTORIOUS IN USAC EC SERIES RETURN TO BEDFORD

By: Nick Fillman – USAC ECSC

Bedford, Pennsylvania (May 14, 2021)………Briggs Danner of Allentown, Pennsylvania collected the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade victory at the Bedford Speedway in the series first feature event since 2019.

After the conclusion of heat race action, and the completion of the redraw, Brody Adamsky, and Briggs Danner would share the front row for the twenty-five lap feature event at the Bedford Speedway. Danner would grab the lead on the initial start of the feature event with Adamsky, Drevicki, Billy Ney, Kenny Miller and Alex Bright in close pursuit.

Alex Bright would make quick work on the bottom side of the speedway in the opening two laps, working his way into the third place position behind Steven Drevicki. The caution flag would fly on lap three for Bruce Buckwalter who would slow to a stop on the back straightaway after fighting mechanical issues all evening.

Danner would lead the field to green on the lap three restart and maintain a comfortable lead over Steven Drevicki and Alex Bright as they tried to reel in the teenage rookie driver. Meanwhile, outside of the top five, drivers would battle for positions inside the top ten with the lead five cars remaining relatively single file.

The red flag would fly on lap five of the feature event as Brody Adamsky, who had been running within the top six of the field, made heavy contact with the tire wall outside of the speedway in turns three and four. Adamsky would walk away from the accident scene under his own power.

The top five for the restart on lap five would be relatively the same with Danner leading Steven Drevicki, Alex Bright, Kenny Miller, and Mark Smith. Once the green flag flew again on the feature event, the top five would begin to string out around the top side of the speedway.

Just as the field was beginning to catch lapped traffic on lap thirteen, a spinning Blaine Emery would cause a caution, and the chance for Drevicki, Bright, or Miller to try and take their shot at the top spot. Danner would again execute a flawless restart keeping both the hard charging Drevicki and Bright at bay as the laps would continue to click off.

The fast way around the Bedford Speedway was on the cushion all the way around the half mile oval, with Danner taking it a step further and running above the cushion nearly against the guardrail, especially in turns one and two. By lap twenty-one the leaders would again begin to catch lapped traffic, with Danner having a bit of difficulty maneuvering passed some of the tail end of the field.

Danner would make his way by a couple of tail end cars with Drevicki a few car lengths away with only a handful of laps remaining. Steven Drevicki entered turn one hot on the heels of Lee Kauffman and made contact with Kauffman’s car in turns one and two sending Drevicki for a spin on lap twenty-four.

A “Green-White-Checkered” would ensue to settle the top spot for the feature event, in the first series feature at Bedford since the fall of 2019. This time, Danner would not quite get the same restart as he had, as Alex Bright stayed right on the tail tank of Danner as the two dove into turns one and two. Bright would stay on the heels of Danner as the pair entered three and four, with Bright throwing a massive slide job on Danner for the top spot off of turn four.

Danner would power off of the top side of the speedway in turns three and four and hold off Alex Bright to collect his first career victory at the Bedford Speedway, in his first career start. Alex Bright would finish second ahead of: Kenny Miller, Mark Sith and Nash Ely.

Briggs Danner collected his second feature event win of the 2021 season and is coming off of a successful “Keystone Invasion” with the USAC National Sprint Car Series, nabbing a quick time at the Grandview Speedway. It has also recently been announced that the Bill Gallagher team has purchased a midget for Danner to do select events in, adding to the young drivers already full plate of racing.

Alex Bright continued his consistency that was presented throughout the entire 2020 USAC East Coast season and continued off of their win at the Port Royal Speedway in the last feature event run before having a few weeks off. Like Danner, Bright was another driver who found a great deal of success with the USAC National Sprint Cars and their “Keystone Invasion” as Bright would score his personal best national sprint finish, along with a pair of hard charger awards.

Kenny Miller lll rounded out the podium on Friday night and had yet another impressive showing. While the Millersville University Student will not be full time with the series in 2021, any time Miller enters the pit area, he is a threat for the victory.

Mark Smith was a surprise entrant on the night who ended up with a solid finish. Smith has dabbled with non-wing racing throughout the east coast and Midwest over the last few seasons. Smith collected his heat race victory and ran a strong race inside the top five.

Rounding out the top five was another rookie driver, Nash Ely. Each time out Ely has become more and more comfortable behind the wheel of his 3BC entry and made three of the four USAC National Tour shows a few weeks ago. Look for the speed and confidence of Ely to only improve and expand as the weeks go on.

The next event for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade is tomorrow evening, May 15th at the Grandview Speedway, where another driver will look to grab the first series victory at the track since 2019.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS RACE RESULTS: May 14, 2021 – Bedford Speedway – Bedford, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. 20-Alex Bright, 2. 83s-Billy Ney, 3. 23m-Kenny Miller lll, 4. 11-Mike Thompson, 5. 75-Lou Cicconi Jr., 6. 12E-Blaine Emery, 7. 96-Lee Kauffman, 8. 3H-Heidi Hedin. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. 5G-Briggs Danner 2. 19-Steven Drevicki, 3. 3BC-Nash Ely, 4. 57-Damon Paul, 6. 67-Jason Cherry, 7. 12w-Troy Fraker. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. M1-Mark Smith, 2. 21K-Tommy Kunsman, 3. 19A-Brody Adamsky, 4. 71-Chris Allen Jr., 5. 88J-Joey Amantea, 6. 21-Brett Perigo, 7. 27-Craig Pellegrini. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Briggs Danner, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Kenny Miller III, 4. Mark Smith, 5. Nash Ely, 6. Chris Allen, 7. Damon Paul, 8. Tommy Kunsman, 9. Mike Thompson, 10. Joey Amantea, 11. Steven Drevicki, 12. Lee Kauffman, 13. Blaine Emery, 14. Troy Fraker, 15. Jason Cherry, 16. Lou Cicconi Jr., 17. Brett Perigo, 18. Craig Pellegrini, 19. Brody Adamsky, 20. Billy Ney, 21. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 22. Heid Hedin. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Briggs Danner.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS POINTS: 1-Briggs Danner-228, 2-Steven Drevicki-191, 3-Damon Paul-168, 4-Chris Allen Jr.-158, 5-Kenny Miller III-156, 6-Joey Amantea-145, 7-Mike Thompson-145, 8-Nash Ely-138, 9-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-111, 10-Jason Cherry-104.

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL TRAILERS RACE: May 15, 2021 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Penske Racing Shocks First Place Certificate: Briggs Danner

Penske Racing Shocks Second Place Certificate: Alex Bright

Penske Racing Shocks Third Place Certificate: Kenny Miller III

Ultra Shield Third Place Certificate: Kenny Miller III

Ultra Shield Eighth Place Certificate: Tommy Kunsman

 

 

52 PASSES PUTS BALLOU ATOP USAC PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER STANDINGS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 12, 2021)………The most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner, Robert Ballou, is also the leader of USAC’s ProSource Passing Master standings entering mid-May.

The Rocklin, Calif. native has advanced a total of 52 positions during the 2021 USAC National season, all of which have come during USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition.

Last Saturday night’s $10,000 #LetsRaceTwo winner at Ohio Eldora Speedway has finished higher than his starting position in eight of his 11 series starts.

In three of those starts, Ballou advanced the most positions to earn KSE Racing Products Hard Charger of the Race honors: 22nd to 9th at Lawrenceburg; 20th to 10th at Bloomington; and 13th to 3rd at Grandview.

Rounding out the top-five of the Passing Master standings are San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull (47); Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson (43); Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon (37); and Canton, Illinois’ Chris Windom (34), who is the reigning Passing Master titlist.

Longtime USAC supporter ProSource has posted a $2,500 reward to the driver who passes the most total cars during feature events for Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and NOS Energy Drink National Midgets throughout USAC’s 2021 National season.

2021 PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER STANDINGS:

(As of May 12)

52-Robert Ballou

47-Thomas Meseraull

43-Tanner Thorson

37-Brady Bacon

34-Chris Windom

29-Justin Grant & Buddy Kofoid

24-Kevin Thomas Jr.

23-C.J. Leary

22-Bryant Wiedeman

21-Paul Nienhiser

18-Jake Swanson

17-Steven Drevicki & Chase Stockon

16-Isaac Chapple, Kyle Cummins & Jadon Rogers

13-Jake Neuman

12-Brian Carber, Briggs Danner & Ethan Mitchell

11-Cannon McIntosh

10-Max Adams, Brenham Crouch, Kendall Ruble & Mark Smith

9-Emerson Axsom, Tanner Carrick, Noah Gass & Scotty Weir

8-Jason McDougal

6-Jacob Denney & Matt Westfall

5-Clinton Boyles & Daison Pursley

4-Sam Johnson

3-Dave Darland, Ricky Lewis & Hayden Reinbold

2-Nick Bilbee, Mario Clouser, Brandon Mattox, Chase Randall & Logan Seavey

1-Kaylee Bryson, Matt Goodnight & Critter Malone

 

SWEET SPRINGS POSTPONED;
WILL KICK OFF EXTENDED USAC MID-AMERICA MIDGET WEEK JULY 11

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (May 13, 2021)………A forecast of showers during the morning hours on Friday, followed by more rain in the afternoon and night on Saturday, has forced postponement of this weekend’s John Hinck Championship USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

The event has been rescheduled for Sunday night, July 11, and will feature an elevated purse!
Sweet Springs will now lead off an action-packed Mid-America Midget Week with five races in four states in a span of seven nights.

Following Sweet Springs, the Mid-America Midget Week tour resumes Tuesday, July 13 at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla., Wednesday, July 14 at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kan., and conclude with two dates on Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17, at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb.

Four previous USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events have been held at Sweet Springs’ 1/6-mile dirt oval, and were won by Logan Seavey (2018), Tanner Carrick (2019), Cannon McIntosh (2020) and Buddy Kofoid (2020).

Additional details on payout, tickets and event times for the July 11 event at Sweet Springs will be announced soon.

 

 

STEEL-IT ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH USAC
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (May 13, 2021)………STEEL-IT Brand Coatings, a premier line of chemically-engineered, high performance anti-corrosion coatings, has partnered with the United States Auto Club starting with the 2021 campaign.

STEEL-IT has continuously raised the bar in the industry for nearly half a century by making powder coat a thing of the past. Trusted worldwide Since 1974, STEEL-IT has provided extraordinary performance in numerous applications across diverse industries including: Architecture & Construction; Food Processing; Automotive; Powersports/Motorsports; Aerospace; and countless DIY projects.

“STEEL-IT is a leader in developing cutting-edge performance coatings that specifically supply protection for some of the most important parts on a racing car, and developing a partnership with them aligns perfectly with USAC's DNA,” said Kevin Miller, CEO of USAC.

When you want to win, you have to have the best. STEEL-IT Brand Coatings distinguishes themselves as a polyurethane product that is weldable, and incorporates custom-engineered, 316L stainless steel micro-flakes into all of its products. Applying STEEL-IT is akin to spraying, brushing, or rolling on a stainless steel barrier shield that provides outstanding resistance in aggressive indoor and outdoor environments.

ABOUT USAC RACING

Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) remains the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today’s largest racing series, including its own suite of circle track series in Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget racing, in addition to Road Racing, Off Road and Powersports, boasting a competitor base of more than 17,000 at more than 1,000 sanctioned events globally. For more info on USAC, visit www.usacracing.com.

ABOUT STEEL-IT

Headquartered in Lancaster, Massachusetts, STEEL-IT’s product line includes Aerosols, Polyurethane Coating, Epoxy Coating and High Solids Epoxy Coating. The polyurethane products are weldable, and in fabrication settings, whether these are automotive, machinery, or countless other applications where repairs and add-ons are required, there is no need to strip off the existing coating. Just weld right on STEEL-IT where the damage is in order to save hours of time. Visit www.STEEL-IT.com for more information.

 

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS INVADE PETALUMA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 11, 2021... This Saturday, May 15th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will rumble at Petaluma Speedway (Petaluma, CA) for their third point race of the season. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the open wheel card will also showcase the USAC Western States Midgets, point race will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, WMR Western Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. The Pit Gates will open at noon, The Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2021 ENGINE RULES: Legal ASCS spec cylinder head w/ 2 3/16 Injector/Restrictor; or 2 3/16 with any open legal head. All Open head must be within 1 degree of OEM Head. All heads ASCS and Open must be Chevy 23 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Ford 20 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Dodge 18 degree plus or minus 1 degree.
- 2021 WEIGHT RULE: 1,475 lbs. with driver for cars with an open cylinder head. Cars with an ASCS cylinder head must weigh 1,450 lbs. including driver.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and VRA Sprint Cars. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Entering Saturday’s event, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted five USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign won the July 29, 2017 debut and Ryan Timmons won the last appearance on October 17, 2020. Ensign and Austin Liggett lead all drivers with two Petaluma wins as “The Human Highlight Reel” set the 1-lap track record of 13.728 at the debut. The series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

After winning at Tulare on April 17, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has taken over the point lead. Piloting the May Motorsports’ #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane Maxim, Roa has one Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Award, two heat race victories, one hard charger award, two top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led on the season. The 2016 Champion has seven career wins and will be looking to add Petaluma to his win list.

Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA) has climbed to second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #3 Mission Country Properties / David Crye Maxim, Montgomery scored a third place finish at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the young driver has posted two top-10 finishes and 8 feature laps led in the campaign. Kaleb has one career series win and will have his sights on a victory this Saturday night.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, CA) is tied for second in the chase for the championship. Driving his #33 Bill’s Tire Service of Pacheco / The Halstead Real Estate Eagle, Johnson led the first five laps at Tulare before finishing second to Roa. At press time, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, and two top-10 finishes on the season. Johnson will have his sights on earning his third series win at Petaluma Speedway.

Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA) has risen to fourth in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X, Boul ran fifth at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and two top-10 finishes on the year. Tanner will be looking for his first victory at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Maxim, Faria placed eighth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. At press time, the two-time champion has two top-10 finishes and will have his sights on his twelfth series win.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Cody Fendley (Placerville, CA), Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA), and Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Timmons, Austin Liggett, Shawn Arriaga, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, Bruno Bianci, Norm Johns, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $20 and Senior Tickets (65 & Over) are $16. Military Tickets are $16, Junior Tickets (12-15) are $12, Children Tickets (6-12) are $12, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Geoff Ensign – 13.728 (07/29/17)

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brody Roa.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Geoff Ensign, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-161, 2. Kaleb Montgomery-137, 3. D.J. Johnson-137, -. Tanner Boul-117, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-110, 6. Ryan Timmons-106, 7. Austin Liggett-102, 8. Kyle Edwards-98, 9. Ryan Bernal-83, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-66, 11. Brody Fuson -60, 12. Cody Fendley -57, 13. James Herrera-53, 14. Jarrett Soares -49, 15. Nate Schank -44, 16. Logan Calderwood -44, 17. Jake Hodges-41, 18. Tuesday Calderwood -38
19. Trent Carter-34.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
April 3: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
April 10: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 12: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 26: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Dust Fever)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 7: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
September 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 19: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
October 9: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium)
October 10: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 16: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
November 26: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (TNGP / Battle at the Beach #4 / SE)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

THE STORYLINES: SWEET SPRINGS’ JOHN HINCK CHAMPIONSHIP USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (May 11, 2021)………There are many adjectives you can toss out to describe the type of racing USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets produce at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex entering this Friday and Saturday’s, May 14-15, John Hinck Championship.

However, just a look at the lap leader summary and the margin of victory for each year from 2018-2020 will provide you with nearly all the information you’ll need to gather your conclusion for the anticipated excitement of Friday’s $4,000-to-win and Saturday’s $6,000 winner’s share feature events.

Sweet Springs is wild. It’s unpredictable. It’s good to the last drop.

Those are the adjectives, but now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

In the series’ inaugural run at Sweet Springs in 2018, Logan Seavey made the winning pass on Cole Bodine with just four laps remaining. In 2019’s return, Tanner Carrick made it to the front with just three laps remaining in a topsy-turvy finish. On night one of 2020, Cannon McIntosh tracked down Chris Windom on the final lap to win the race by a nose, the closest finish of the entire 2020 USAC season at 0.056 seconds.

On night two at Sweet Springs in 2020, Buddy Kofoid endured a ferocious charge from McIntosh three-quarters of the race in, then had to hold off the then-reigning champ Tyler Courtney to score the win, which as it turned out, was the 6th closest finish of the year 0.180 seconds.

In fact, Sweet Springs was the only track to have multiple races within the top-six closest USAC finishes of 2020.

Three past Sweet Springs USAC Midget winners are on board for this weekend’s events: the first, Logan Seavey and the two most recent, Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid.

All three of those drivers, along with Tanner Carrick in 2019, have one thing in common – they all drove and won at Sweet Springs for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, giving the venerable team an undefeated 4-0 record at the 1/6-mile dirt oval entering the weekend.

Current series point leader, Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), found redemption in his Sweet Springs debut in 2020. In the night one opener, Kofoid’s race was over just a half-lap in after he and Justin Grant went for mighty flip down the back straightaway, ending both driver’s evenings. Kofoid returned the following night to lead the final 12 laps en route to scoring his long-awaited first career series win.

Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) made headlines in 2020 with her first career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time with the series at Sweet Springs for KKM/Curb-Agajanian. By doing so, she became just the fifth female to accomplish the feat in the 66-year history of the USAC National Midget division. Her best Sweet Springs result came with a 10th in 2020.

Eying first career Sweet Springs USAC National Midget starts are leading series Rookie of the Year contenders Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) as well as Jonathan Shafer (Ashland, Ohio), all of whom make up half of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports’ six-car lineup for the weekend.

Shafer, aiming to make his first-ever USAC National Midget feature start, finished 3rd with the USAC Midwest Regional Midgets at Circus City Speedway in Peru, Ind. during August of 2020. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, now driving Tom Malloy’s No. 25, was the fastest qualifier and feature winner in the inaugural Sweet Springs race back during his championship season.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) was the lone driver to lead both nights at Sweet Springs in 2020. He led just one, the final one, on night one, then led 14 and was in a position to win before being involved in a late incident while battling for the lead with Kofoid, ultimately dropping McIntosh back to 12th at the checkered. He’ll pilot the family owned Dave Mac Motorsports No. 08 throughout the weekend.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will drive for Terry and Kelly Hinck’s TKH Motorsports team this weekend at Sweet Springs. Terry and Kelly are the sons of the race’s namesake, John Hinck. Bacon last competed in the event in 2019, also for Hinck. That same night, Bacon picked up the accompanying micro sprint feature at Sweet Springs for TKH. Bacon finished a best of 4th in the midget at Sweet Springs in 2018.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) holds the 10-lap USAC National Midget track record at Sweet Springs with a 2:03.358, set on night one in 2020. His best feature results came in a 9th place performance in 2018.

Reigning series champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters as the most recent feature winner on the tour, at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on May 1. Windom was the fastest qualifier at Sweet Springs in 2019 and has been on the “podium” in all three of his starts there, finishing 3rd in 2019 and again on night two in 2020. His runner-up result on night one of 2020 came in bitter fashion after being passed on the outside by Cannon McIntosh on the final corner.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has finished inside the top-ten in both of his Sweet Springs starts, finishing 5th and 9th on back-to-back nights in 2020. Meseraull, an early season winner in Ocala, Fla., recently won a USAC Midwest Regional Midget feature last Friday at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway, on his birthday, in fact.

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) did likewise at Sweet Springs. His two top-ten results at Sweet Springs in 2020 came in consecutive 6th place finishes. Edging closer to his first career USAC National win, Pursley hopes to join Carrick and Kofoid as the third driver to earn his first career USAC National Midget win at Sweet Springs.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), a series winner at Port City in April, has made three starts at Sweet Springs. The 2016 USAC National Midget champ’s two most recent runs have been his two best, a 4th on night one and a 10th on night two in 2020.

Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) has made three Sweet Springs starts with a 17th as his best on night two of 2020. His last two starts in April resulted in back-to-back top-tens, a career-best 3rd at Port City and an 8th in the opener at the Kokomo Grand Prix.

Clinton Boyles and Joe Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) are the only father-son duo who will compete in this weekend’s events. Clinton, a 2016 POWRi WAR Sprint Car champ and 2018 Gas City Sprint Car track champ, led the opening lap on night one at Sweet Springs in 2020, but a mechanical problem dropped him out early. His best Sweet Springs result came a night later with an 8th.

Joe Boyles, meanwhile, is a three-time Southern Midget Racing Series champion in his own right, and finished 13th during his sole Sweet Springs USAC start in 2019.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is back in the Robert Dalby Motorsports No. 4, this weekend. McDougal finished a best of 4th in 2019 while Dalby finished 8th behind the wheel on night one in 2020.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) returns to Sweet Springs after two previous starts, which resulted in a best finish of 6th in 2019.

Missouri’s Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) won his heat race in 2019 and earned a best feature result of 12th in 2018.

Kokomo Grand Prix’s 2020 opening night winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) made two starts at Sweet Springs in 2020, finishing 13th and 15th on night one and two, respectively.

Chad Winfrey (Gladstone, Mo.) returns to Sweet Springs after collecting an 18th in 2019 while Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.) made single start, on night two of 2020, taking 20th.

Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports Rookies Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) are each planning on making their first Sweet Springs USAC feature starts as are Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.), twice a top-ten finisher with the series in April at Port City, as well as Trevor Howard (Overland Park, Kans.), Branigan Roark (Columbia, Mo.) and Kameron Key (Warrensburg, Mo.).

General admission tickets for both nights at Sweet Springs are $20 with children age 12 and under free. On Friday, USAC member pit passes are $25 with non-members $30. On Saturday, USAC member pit passes are $30 with non-members $35. Advance event tickets are on sale now at www.TracPass.com and will also be available at the gate on both race days.

The event will also feature the Non-Wing Outlaw Micro Sprints, paying $450 to win on Friday and $1,000 to win on Saturday.

On Friday, the pits will be swept at 3:30pm CDT with front gates opening at 5pm and hot laps at 7pm.

On Saturday, the pits will be swept at 3pm CDT with front gates opening at 4pm and hot laps at 6pm.

Both nights of the John Hinck Championship at Sweet Springs will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-436, 2-Chris Windom-416, 3-Justin Grant-410, 4-Tanner Thorson-409, 5-Thomas Meseraull-392, 6-Emerson Axsom-378, 7-Daison Pursley-315, 8-Cannon McIntosh-312, 9-Jason McDougal-304, 10-Logan Seavey-296.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT SWEET SPRINGS:

1 Lap - 9/4/2020 - Tyler Courtney - 11.863 - 50.577 mph

10 Laps - 9/4/2020 - Justin Grant - 2:03.358 - 48.639 mph

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT SWEET SPRINGS MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX:

1-Tanner Carrick, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh & Logan Seavey

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT SWEET SPRINGS MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX:

2018: Logan Seavey (7/15)

2019: Tanner Carrick (7/14)

2020: Cannon McIntosh (9/4) & Buddy Kofoid (9/5)

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN MISSOURI:

3-Mike McGreevy, Henry Pens & Bob Wente

2-Danny Frye, Arnie Knepper, Steve Knepper, Bob Tattersall & Rich Vogler

1-Steve Cannon, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Jerry Coons Jr., Tommy Copp, Jimmy Davies, Jay Drake, Rex Easton, A.J. Foyt, Steve Gennetten, Buddy Kofoid, Jason Leffler, Jerry McClung, Cannon McIntosh, Andy Michner, J.R. Miller, Richard Powell, Stevie Reeves, Logan Seavey, Dave Strickland, Joe Walter & Terry Wente

PAST FEATURE RESULTS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT SWEET SPRINGS:

2018 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (7), 2. Cole Bodine (1), 3. Ryan Robinson (5), 4. Brady Bacon (4), 5. Tyler Courtney (3), 6. Christopher Bell (14), 7. Spencer Bayston (21), 8. Tanner Carrick (2), 9. Justin Grant (12), 10. Chad Boat (11), 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 12. Sam Johnson (13), 13. Zach Daum (19), 14. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 15. Brayton Lynch (24), 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 17. Holly Shelton (23), 18. Riley Kreisel (9), 19. Tyler Thomas (20), 20. Zane Hendricks (15), 21. Kyle Craker (18), 22. Jake Neuman (17), 23. Karter Sarff (16), 24. Jason McDougal (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Bodine, Laps 5-12 Carrick, Laps 13-36 Bodine, Laps 37-40 Seavey.

2019 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tanner Carrick (5), 2. Zeb Wise (9), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Chad Boat (15), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 7. Jerry Coons, Jr. (16), 8. Daniel Robinson (23), 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 10. Andrew Layser (2), 11. Cole Bodine (17), 12. Tyler Courtney (3), 13. Joe Boyles (20), 14. Chad Frewaldt (21), 15. Casey Hicks (22), 16. Logan Seavey (1), 17. Brady Bacon (12), 18. Chad Winfrey (18), 19. Clinton Boyles (14), 20. Ethan Mitchell (13), 21. Sam Johnson (10), 22. Curtis Spicer (19), 23. Tanner Thorson (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Andrew Layser, Laps 3-37 Tyler Courtney, Laps 38-40 Tanner Carrick.

2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (13), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Tyler Courtney (10), 4. Tanner Thorson (11), 5. Thomas Meseraull (5), 6. Daison Pursley (12), 7. Andrew Felker (17), 8. Robert Dalby (8), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Kaylee Bryson (14), 11. Spencer Bayston (4), 12. Andrew Layser (21), 13. Emerson Axsom (1), 14. Ace McCarthy (20), 15. Trey Marcham (22), 16. Noah Gass (19), 17. Jesse Love (15), 18. Cole Bodine (18), 19. Ethan Mitchell (23), 20. Chase Johnson (16), 21. Clinton Boyles (2), 22. Buddy Kofoid (6), 23. Justin Grant (9). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Clinton Boyles, Laps 2-16 Tanner Carrick, Laps 17-29 Chris Windom, Lap 30 Cannon McIntosh.

2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (7), 2. Tyler Courtney (2), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Tanner Carrick (11), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Daison Pursley (4), 7. Andrew Layser (19), 8. Clinton Boyles (3), 9. Thomas Meseraull (16), 10. Tanner Thorson (23), 11. Jesse Love (13), 12. Cannon McIntosh (5), 13. Trey Marcham (14), 14. Chase Johnson (9), 15. Emerson Axsom (15), 16. Kaylee Bryson (10), 17. Ethan Mitchell (24), 18. Noah Gass (18), 19. Justin Grant (1), 20. Trey Gropp (22), 21. Cole Bodine (17), 22. Ace McCarthy (21), 23. Andrew Felker (20), 24. Robert Dalby (12). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Tyler Courtney, Laps 15-28 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 29-40 Buddy Kofoid.


 

AUSTIN LIGGETT LEADS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS TO PETALUMA
By Lance Jennings

MAY 10, 2021... After a break in the schedule, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States will clash at Petaluma Speedway (Petaluma, CA) this Saturday, May 15th. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the fourth point race will also feature the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars, WMR Western Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. The Pit Gates will open at noon, The Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE). Floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- PETALUMA SPEEDWAY HAS A MANDATORY COMPETITOR COVID-19 WAIVER FORM AT petaluma-speedway.com/covid-waiver.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Heading into Saturday’s race, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted twelve USAC Western Midget races. Shane Golobic won the October 6, 2012 debut and Frankie Guerrini topped the last appearance on October 24, 2020. Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three wins as Gardner, the five-time champion, set the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013. The series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

After winning at Tulare on April 17th, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) holds a 23-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, the 2018 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes and 27 feature laps led on the season. Liggett will be looking for his fourth career USAC Western States Midget victory this Saturday night.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, the 2012 Champion scored a third place finish at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. With three top-10 finishes on the year, McQueen will have her sights on her first victory at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

After finishing second at the Tulare County Fairgrounds, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) has climbed to third in the point standings. Piloting Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, the 2019 Rookie of the Year has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes on the season. At Petaluma, Worth will be looking for the second triumph of his career.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) sits fourth in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Racing Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Solid Buy Guys Stealth, the leading rookie contender scored fourteenth at Tulare after an early exit. With two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season, Bower will have his sights on his first win at Petaluma.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the championship point standings. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Monster Seal / Western Performance Spike, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion finished thirteenth at Tulare after an early exit. With two top-10 finishes, Prickett will be looking to add the Petaluma trophy to his collection.

While Bower leads the chase for rookie honors, Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA), Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, CA), Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), and Colton Raudman (Redding, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Kyle Beilman, Dylan Ito, C.J. Sarna, Ron Hazelton, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $20 and Senior Tickets (65 & Over) are $16. Military Tickets are $16, Junior Tickets (12-15) are $12, Children Tickets (6-12) are $12, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget 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.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Ronnie Gardner – 14.200 (10/05/13)

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

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Mitchel Moles.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-228, 2. Shannon McQueen-205, 3. Ben Worth-176, 4. Blake Bower -167, 5. David Prickett-159, 6. Mitchel Moles-148, 7. Brody Fuson -139, 8. Kyle Beilman-133, 9. Dylan Ito-130, 10. C.J. Sarna-124, 11. Ron Hazelton-117, --. Terry Nichols-117, 13. Alex Schutte-113, 14. Colby Johnson -90, 15. Chase Johnson-83, 16. Maria Cofer-81, 17. Jake Andreotti -77, 18. Ryan Bernal-75, --. Tony Gualda -75, 20. Davey Ray-72, 21. Jarrett Soares -71, 22. Max Adams -65, 23. Troy Rutherford-60, 24. Troy Morris III -50, 25. Colton Raudman -41, 26. Jake Vermeer-27.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 27: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
April 10: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 5: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 12: #Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Dust Fever)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 7: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
September 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 9: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium)
October 10: #Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 29: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Tom Tarlton Classic)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA)
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FORMAT REVEALED FOR HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS SEPT. 10-11-12
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (May 10, 2021).........The format for all three nights of the inaugural Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals has been revealed for the event at the Brandon, South Dakota 3/8-mile dirt oval on September 10-11-12, 2021, which features a purse in excess of $200,000.

The three-night spectacular begins with preliminary nights on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and USAC AMSOIL National 410 c.i. Sprint Car doubleheaders.

On “Championship Night,” Sunday, September 12, a full slate of racing awaits. All lineups will be based off the accumulation of points earned throughout the first two nights and two new champions will be crowned with each being rewarded a $20,000 payday for their efforts. Both A-mains on Championship Night will also reward starters with a minimum of $1,000 to start.

Nights one and two will showcase a unique format that begins with each driver drawing and placing themselves into a group to qualify, and then race, followed by heat race inversions, last chance qualifiers and large field inversions for both the Midget and Sprint Car divisions.

During the final night, Championship Night, there will be no qualifying held, as heat race lineups will be determined by points from nights one and two, placing extra competition into the heats in order to gain valuable points, then concludes with a 40-lap feature for the Sprint Cars and a 100-lap main event for the Midgets.

“Our format will be similar to the one we ran for the inaugural Hangtown 100 and has been used for years at the Trophy Cup,” event promoter Matt Wood stated. “I have always wanted to bring midgets to Huset’s. Joining forces with USAC and getting a chance to host the USAC Nationals with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and USAC AMSOIL National Non-Wing 410 Sprint Cars at such a premier facility is every promoters dream.”

Wood thanks track owner Tod Quiring and General Manager Doug Johnson for the opportunity to bring such an exciting event to one of the best and nicest facilities in America and, with everything added up, Wood chalks this event up as one of the majors on the USAC tour at a premier racetrack with a star-studded cast of drivers and teams all with their eyes fixed on capturing the biggest prize of the year, one that simply cannot be missed out on.

“There’s nothing about this event that isn’t perfect.” Wood exclaimed. “The checklist includes Huset’s Speedway, one of the country’s top dirt track facilities; the Huset’s Speedway fan base; one of the premier sanctioning bodies in racing today, USAC, with USAC Midgets and USAC Non-Wing 410 Sprint Cars all racing for over $200,000 in cash. This is a must-attend event!”

The event is the highest paying event of the 2021 USAC National season. Tickets for all three nights of the event are on sale now at www.USACnationals.com.

Only twice in USAC’s history have series events been held at Huset’s. Kenny Irwin Jr. won the midget debut there in 1996 while Chad Boespflug swept both nights of a 410 sprint car meet at the track in 2016.

Seeing an uncertain future in recent years, Huset’s Speedway was rescued and purchased by longtime sprint car owner and, more recently, track owner Tod Quiring, and is under the management of Doug Johnson, who also manages Quiring’s other track acquisition, the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota.

Wood, a long time sprint car and midget team owner, who recently joined forces with USAC and entered the promotion side of things with the inaugural running of the Hangtown 100 in Placerville, Calif. in 2019, is also the promoter of the USAC Nationals.

Additional details about the more than $200,000 total purse and contingency awards will be released in the future.

2021 HUSET’S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS FORMAT:

(NIGHTS ONE & TWO)

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.
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 & Two A-Main. All others to Night One & Two 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 & Two 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. LCQ cars will line up by points behind direct transfers out of heats. Top 12 in total points will line up inverted. The next 6 in total points transferring directly out of the heats will line up 13 – 18 straight up. LCQ transfers will line up behind heat race transfers straight up based on points. 100 points awarded to the A-Main first place and minus 2 per position thereafter.

(CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT)

No Qualifying. Lineups based on total points from night one and night two (CUMULATIVE).

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 4 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. Yellow laps counted for first 50 laps.

**Ties in overall points will revert to qualifying times.

**Promoter reserves the right to add provisionals to the Championship Night A-Main.

**Possible mandatory fuel stop between laps 40-50 of Championship Night A-Main.

 

USAC SPRINTS’ RETURN TO PARAGON
RESCHEDULED FOR AUG. 22

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Paragon, Indiana (May 10, 2021)………Save the date! The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will return to Indiana’s Paragon Speedway on Sunday night, August 22.

The date is a makeup for the originally planned event on April 18, which was rained out prior to hot laps and delayed the series’ return for their first appearance at Paragon’s 3/8-mile dirt oval since 1998. Thirty-seven sprint cars were signed in for the April event before the rain came.

Tickets purchased through the track for the April USAC event at Paragon can be used for the Aug. 22 event, as well as at Paragon, Bloomington Speedway and Lincoln Park Speedway at any race during the 2021 season.

Paragon has hosted 19 previous USAC National Sprint Car appearances by the series dating back to 1981. Steve Butler has the most USAC Sprint wins at the track with three while Derek Davidson won the most recent, in 1998, which was his first career series victory.

The first two USAC Sprint races held at Paragon resulted in two first-time series winners in Rick Hood (1981) and Chuck Amati (1982) while the last three did so as well, with Kevin Briscoe (1997), Bill Rose (1997) and Davidson (1998) all notching their firsts. Seven of the 19 races have produced first-time USAC winners with those five, plus Brad Doty (1988) and Joe Gaerte (1988) also doing the same. The August 22 race will undoubtedly produce a first-time Paragon winner under USAC sanction.

Paragon’s race will bookend an exciting weekend of USAC action, ranging from the miles to the bullrings. The USAC Silver Crown National Championship takes on the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the Bettenhausen 100 on Saturday afternoon, August 21, with Paragon to follow on Sunday night, August 22 for the return of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing.

At Paragon, pits will open at 2:30pm Eastern, grandstands at 3:30pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5pm.

At the gate on race day, general admission tickets are $25 while children aged 10 and under are free. USAC member pit passes are $25 apiece & $30 for non-members, with kids aged 10 and under $15.

Flag-to-flag coverage of the event from Paragon Speedway will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.


 


CHASE JOHNSON TRIUMPHS AT BAKERSFIELD

BAKERSFIELD, CA – MAY 8, 2021… Taking the lead in the last corner, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) scored his first AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the year at Bakersfield Speedway. Making his first start in the May Motorsports’ #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane Maxim, Johnson became the fourth driver to win using a 360 cubic-inch iron block engine. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, fast qualifier Brody Roa, Chris Gansen, and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams followed Chase to the checkered flags.

Johnson and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) tied for the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award. Chase ran from sixteenth to victory, while Faria powered from twenty-second to seventh. Point leader “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams took home the Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature award with a sixth place finish..

Starting on the pole position, former Ascot racer Verne Sweeney led the opening four circuits. Troy Rutherford took over the top spot and led until contact with a slower car knocked both drivers out of the race. With nine laps down, Gardner inherited the lead and looked for his second win in a row. Charging from sixteenth, Johnson had other ideas and scored his third career feature win with USAC/CRA.

Roa topped the night’s Woodland Auto Display Qualifying by posting a time of 13.223 over the 23-car roster. That marked the sixth quick time of his career.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Johnson (Flowdynamics First Heat), Austin Williams (Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Second Heat), and Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (All Coast Construction Third Heat).

The non-winged 410 sprints will return to action on Saturday, May 22nd at Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA) for the annual “Salute to Indy.”

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, In Memory of Shawn McDonald, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 8, 2021 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.223; 2. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.236; 3. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.438; 4. A.J. Bender, 21B, Bender-13.450; 5. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-13.563; 6. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-13.610; 7. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-13.714; 8. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-13.832; 9. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-13.837; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-13.862; 11. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.864; 12. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-13.918; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.919; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.965; 15. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-14.106; 16. Chase Johnson, 8M, May-14.196; 17. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-14.283; 18. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.487; 19. Austin Ervine, 21, AJ-14.700; 20. Travis Buckley, 21K, Kruseman-14.845; 21. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-15.218; 22. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-NT; 23. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gardner, 3. Gansen, 4. Roa, 5. Bender, 6. C.Williams, 7. Ervine. NT

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Hix, 3. McCarthy, 4. Timmons, 5. Grabowski, 6. Buckley, 7. Hodges. NT

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. L.Williams, 3. Rutherford, 4. Sweeney, 5. Faria, 6. Owens, 7. O’Brien, 8. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Chase Johnson (16), 2. Damion Gardner (3), 3. Brody Roa (6), 4. Chris Gansen (13), 5. Cody Williams (10), 6. Austin Williams (5), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (22), 8. Jake Hodges (8), 9. Steve Hix (14), 10. A.J. Bender (7), 11. Tommy Malcolm (18), 12. Austin Ervine (19), 13. Austin Grabowski (17), 14. Brent Owens (21), 15. Travis Buckley (20), 16. Ryan Timmons (11), 17. Ikaika O’Brien (9), 18. Logan Williams (15), 19. Troy Rutherford (4), 20. Verne Sweeney (1), 21. James Herrera (12), 22. Matt McCarthy (2).. NT

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**Rayborne flipped during qualifying. O’Brien flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Sweeney, Laps 5-9 Rutherford, Laps 10-29 Gardner, Lap 30 Johnson.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGERS: Chase Johnson (16th to 1st) and Danny Faria Jr. (22nd to 7th)

SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: Austin Williams

BILLSJERKY.COM HARD LUCK AWARD: James Herrera

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Austin Williams-353, 2-Damion Gardner-351, 3-Chris Gansen-302, 4-Brody Roa-291, 5-Tommy Malcolm-261, 6-Cody Williams-7-Max Adams-195, -Danny Faria Jr.-195, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-192, 10-Austin Grabowski-179.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 22 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Salute to Indy”


BALLOU IS BACK,
WINS ELDORA’S #LETSRACE TWO BY A CAR LENGTH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 8, 2021)………One-thousand, fifty-six days. That’s how long it had been since Robert Ballou last experienced the thrill of a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory entering Saturday’s #LetsRaceTwo night cap at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

Thirty laps. That’s how long it took the Rocklin, Calif. native to return to the USAC win column for the first time since June 17, 2018 at Pennsylvania’s BAPS Motor Speedway.

To be more succinct, Eldora’s second #LetsRaceTwo A-Main of the day came down to the final five laps with Ballou fending off a furious charge courtesy of the seemingly unstoppable Tyler Courtney, who won the matinee earlier in the day, and had won every series race at the track dating back to 2018, a span of five races.

With a USAC record sixth-straight at The Big E in sight and the lap count dwindling, Courtney tracked down Ballou in short order, throwing everything in his arsenal to get by Ballou. At the line, the two past USAC National Sprint Car driving champions were separated by a single car length with Ballou prevailing over Courtney in what was the closest finish of the series’ season – 0.085 sec. – a win worth $10,000 for Ballou.

In reality, Ballou’s road back to the top is immeasurable. Shortly after the BAPS win, Ballou suffered a compound fracture of his right arm in a sprint car crash at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. Sidelined for a substantial stretch of time in which he endured both the pain and the rehab, the climb back has been leading to this crescendo at a venue in which he’s earned six of his 30 career wins with the series.

“It’s been a few years,” Ballou noted. “I broke my arm after my last win, and it’s been a humbling experience. You’re either on top or you’re on the bottom. There’s nobody that has more dedication in this sport than my team and my guys and everyone that’s behind me. We have a never-give-up attitude and we never back down.”

However, to get back on top, there are countless hurdles to overcome, and Ballou encountered one more just prior to the feature following a dominant heat race win earlier in the night, one that attempted to derail them and decide their fate prematurely.

“After that heat race, apparently, we blew up that brand new engine,” Ballou stated. “So, we thrashed until the (USAC officials) blew the (eight-minute horn). We got the motor changed, and with everybody here back at the trailer, it was a full-out team effort, and it was down to the wire. We got the thing started and still had a bunch of changes to make to try and keep up with this race track.”

Ballou’s entire crew and family on hand became involved in the process of the engine swap and had the Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy ready to roll off from the pole position while Courtney pushed off from the seventh position.

The afternoon feature saw Ballou finishing second to a dominant Courtney. The tables were turned in the night session with Ballou blasting away to his own early race superiority while Courtney took on the role of chaser.

By midway, Ballou was already making his way through lapped traffic, high, low and anywhere in between to build as much of a cushion as he could. Meanwhile, Courtney had carved his way to second by Chris Windom on the 15th lap, but still found himself a full straightaway behind and combing through the same traffic that Ballou, himself, had recently cleared.

By lap 23, Ballou’s full straightaway lead over Courtney had been sheared to a half-straight. Two laps later, the lead was a mere two car lengths, setting up a frenzied run to the finish. With both running the fence, the classic, patented Eldora slide job was at the forefront of Courtney’s repertoire as he tried to deliver the knell to Ballou twice between turns one and two with four laps remaining, then again with three to go. Yet, Ballou kept his foot on the throttle and escaped Courtney’s jabs utilizing the momentum up top.

On the 28th lap, the two encountered the lapped car of Isaac Chapple running the middle line entering turn three. Ballou dove low underneath Chapple while Courtney stayed up top. Ballou attempted to slide past Chapple and reclaim the high line up to the wall. Ballou first cleared Chapple by inches, then he and Courtney banged wheels, with Ballou’s right rear meeting face-to-face with Courtney’s left front. Courtney ricocheted off the wall, straightened it out, ducked low, then followed Ballou nose-to-tail into one.

Courtney shadowed Ballou all the way around the half-mile high banked dirt oval as the pair made their way to the white flag. Seemingly awaiting Courtney’s final slider attempt in turn one, instead, Courtney bounced his right rear off the fourth corner concrete coming to the white, stifling his plans, and putting him back into line on the high side just behind in his endless pursuit of Ballou.

On the final lap, Courtney remained behind Ballou by two car lengths, opting to tail Ballou to the top in turn three, then cut under off four. Ballou was smooth, steady and steadfast, and powered off the fourth corner to defeat Courtney by a car length to notch the win with Courtney second, Chris Windom third, series point leader Brady Bacon fourth and Paul Nienhiser scoring a best career USAC finish to round out the top-five.

Just hours after Courtney reached USAC Sprint Car victory number 30, Ballou reached the same number for 14th on the all-time list. Similarly, earlier in the day, Courtney became the first three-time #LetsRaceTwo feature winner, which Ballou matched later in the night. Both also swapped finishing position with Ballou the runner-up to Courtney in the afternoon and vice versa at night.

Ballou knew he still had what it takes to be at the level of winning consistently and being the thick of the championship race, but he also knew he needed the equipment to match. Safe to say, he’s found his match.

“Everyone’s questioning my ability to do this, but I just said, ‘if we can get a car that I can get comfortable with, we’ll be on top,’” Ballou said. “We switched to a Triple X chassis and got a couple new Don Ott engines and we’re just trying to plug away.”

Courtney was aiming to make USAC history on this night aboard his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Turbo – ZMax/Spike/Chevy. A 6th consecutive USAC National Sprint Car win at Eldora would’ve made him the first driver ever to win that many in a row at a single track in series’ history. His five-straight USAC Sprint winning streak at one track gives him the shared distinction with Jim Hurtubise (1960-62 at Terre Haute) and Steve Chassey (1979 at Winchester).

Furthermore, Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) came a car length short of becoming the 21st driver to win multiple USAC National Sprint Car feature races on a single calendar day, and the first since to do so since Bud Kaeding at Terre Haute in 2001. Only twice had a driver won two USAC Sprint Car races in one day at Eldora: Pancho Carter in 1976 and Billy Cassella in 1979.

Besides Ballou and Courtney, Windom (Canton, Ill.) was the lone other driver to record two top-five finishes on Saturday. Windom earned a 5th in the afternoon and a 3rd at night in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – B & H Contractors – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) moved ahead of Pancho Carter by earning his 31st career Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Saturday night. That moved Thomas into a tie with Sheldon Kinser for 9th on the all-time series list in that category.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 8, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.441; 2. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.486; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.494; 4. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.516; 5. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.547; 6. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-15.574; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.596; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.601; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.615; 10. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.633; 11. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-15.635; 12. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.636; 13. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-15.772; 14. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-15.867; 15. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-15.867; 16. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-15.914; 17. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-16.000; 18. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.056; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-16.151; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.185; 21. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-16.186; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.375; 23. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-16.473; 24. Chris Phillips, 6, Phillips-16.637; 25. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.698; 26. Jack James, 99, James-16.728; 27. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-16.853; 28. Tyler Kendall, 20, Kendall-16.883.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Max Adams, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Dallas Hewitt, 10. Tyler Kendall. 2:12.797

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Korbyn Hayslett, 6. Jack James, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Evan Mosley, 9. Chase Stockon. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Paul Nienhiser, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Carmen Perigo, 8. Chris Phillips, 9. Paul Dues. 2:18.958

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Matt Goodnight, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Max Adams, 5. Paul Dues, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Chris Phillips, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Evan Mosley, 10. Tyler Kendall, 11. Jack James, 12. Logan Seavey. 3:39.912

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (7), 3. Chris Windom (3), 4. Brady Bacon (5), 5. Paul Nienhiser (8), 6. Justin Grant (2), 7. C.J. Leary (9), 8. Jake Swanson (11), 9. Isaac Chapple (16), 10. Steven Drevicki (17), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 12. Max Adams (14), 13. Paul Dues (22), 14. Matt Westfall (10), 15. Dallas Hewitt (21), 16. Stevie Sussex (12), 17. Matt Goodnight (18), 18. Chris Phillips (20), 19. Carmen Perigo (15), 20. Korbyn Hayslett (19), 21. Jadon Rogers (13), 22. Tanner Thorson (4). 9:30.305

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-763, 2-Justin Grant-734, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-697, 4-Robert Ballou-659, 5-Chris Windom-635, 6-C.J. Leary-628, 7-Tanner Thorson-602, 8-Jake Swanson-591, 9-Paul Nienhiser-449, 10-Chase Stockon-440.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-52, 2-Thomas Meseraull-47, 3-Tanner Thorson-43, 4-Brady Bacon-37, 5-Chris Windom-34, 6-Buddy Kofoid-29, 7-Justin Grant-29, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-24, 9-C.J. Leary-23, 10-Bryant Wiedeman-22.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 21-22, 2021 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas – 4/10-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: C.J. Leary

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Paul Nienhiser

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Paul Dues (22nd to 13th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Paul Dues

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brandon Mattox

Top Gun Fastest Heat Race Winner: Robert Ballou

 

SUNSHINE SLAYS #LETSRACETWO FIELD;
EQUALS USAC RECORD WITH 5TH STRAIGHT AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 8, 2021)………Amid Tyler Courtney’s amazing string of success at Eldora Speedway, perhaps none were more impressive than the performance he put on at the high-banked half-mile oval on Saturday afternoon to score his fifth consecutive triumph with the series at The Big E dating to 2018, this one worth $10,000.

Courtney led all 30 circuits from start to finish after starting from the pole in his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Turbo – ZMax/Spike/Chevy, living up to his sponsor’s name by putting all but the top-six finishers a lap down at the finish line, thrashing the 22-car field in a caution-free race in which the Indianapolis, Ind. racer made USAC history.

By winning his fifth consecutive feature event at Eldora, Courtney became just the third driver in USAC National Sprint Car history to win five-in-a-row at one track. Jim Hurtubise won five-straight at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track between 1960-62 and Steve Chassey did the same with five successive at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1979.

“It’s very special,” Courtney said. “I never could’ve imagined winning one race at Eldora, let alone five in a row. We’ve got something figured out at this place. I love coming back here. Thanks to (promoter) Roger (Slack) and (track owner) Tony Stewart and everybody here at Eldora for putting up the extra money for the USAC guys.”

Additionally, Courtney became just the 14th driver to win at least 30 career USAC National Sprint Car features. His 30th moved him ahead of Robert Ballou and Kevin Thomas Jr. for 14th on the all-time list.

Saturday’s event represented the first leg of Eldora’s first USAC National Sprint Car single day double feature since 1980. Extensive rainfall on Friday night created an extremely moistrous track surface, forcing postponement following qualifying, and shifting the remainder of the event to Saturday afternoon.

A rare daytime dirt show – a more common occurrence in decades past – presented a challenging racetrack to navigate. However, the conditions proved to be no barrier for Courtney.

By lap six of the 30-lap feature, Courtney had ramped up his lead to a full straightaway and was thrust into lapped traffic only eight laps in as he slipped through a four-wide, turn one sandwich alongside Carmen Perigo, Tanner Thorson and Stevie Sussex to extend his advantage.

High-riding on the paper-thin cushion located just inches from the outside concrete, Courtney whipped around traffic with mere inches to spare at moments, many times opting to go a lane higher than the car in front of him rather than throwing a slide job. However, he performed all of the above with perfect precision before reengaging his highwire act up against the concrete.

On the 28th lap, Courtney remained adamant to put an exclamation point on this one, rather than chocking up down the stretch, he split between the already lapped car of Brandon Mattox and the newly lapped car of 7th running Kevin Thomas Jr. and was beginning to bear down on 6th running Brady Bacon when the checkered flag flew.

Courtney wound up a whopping 5.477 seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Robert Ballou with Jadon Rogers, Justin Grant and Chris Windom rounding out the top-five.

“You always want to beat everybody,” Courtney admitted. “It’s really a combination of everything. We qualified really well and had great track position. Everything had to go perfect last night to catch the invert and sit on the front row. That makes the night go a lot smoother when you can start up front and run your own race from the drop of the green and have a really good car at the same time.”

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) earned his best series finish of the season, finishing as the runner-up to Courtney aboard his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy. For the 2015 series champ, it was his ninth consecutive top-ten finish in his last nine feature starts, tops in the series.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) had an impressive Eldora Speedway debut, finishing 3rd in his Randy Edwards/Edwards Concrete Construction – Auto Wheel & Rim – Engler/DRC/SPEC Chevy. It was second consecutive “podium” finish after earning a career best 2nd place result on April 17 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

In Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, held on Friday night before the rain, Brady Bacon earned his 39th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car fast qualifying time, tying him with Levi Jones for fourth all-time in series history.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 7-8, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Held on May 7) 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.006; 2. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-15.029; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.240; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.330; 5. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-15.420; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.481; 7. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.497; 8. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-15.544; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.650; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.660; 11. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.667; 12. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-15.711; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.761; 14. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.766; 15. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-15.947; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.955; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.004; 18. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-16.072; 19. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-16.158; 20. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.167; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.197; 22. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-16.365; 23. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-16.380; 24. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-16.475; 25. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.511; 26. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-16.609; 27. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-16.955; 28. Jack James, 99, James-17.034.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Steven Drevicki, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Evan Mosley, 9. Dallas Hewitt, 10. Jack James. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Carmen Perigo, 8. Korbyn Hayslett, 9. Ryan Barr. 2:21.620

INDY METAL FINISHING/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Paul Nienhiser, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Ryan Thomas, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Paul Dues, 9. Max Adams. 2:22.526

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Isaac Chapple, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Korbyn Hayslett, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Carmen Perigo, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Ryan Barr, 8. Paul Dues, 9. Evan Mosley, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Jack James, 12. Max Adams, 13. Ryan Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Robert Ballou (4), 3. Jadon Rogers (2), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Brady Bacon (6), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 8. Chase Stockon (11), 9. Matt Westfall (10), 10. Logan Seavey (5), 11. C.J. Leary (7), 12. Isaac Chapple (16), 13. Jake Swanson (14), 14. Paul Nienhiser (12), 15. Dallas Hewitt (21), 16. Steven Drevicki (18), 17. Brandon Mattox (13), 18. Tanner Thorson (17), 19. Stevie Sussex (15), 20. Carmen Perigo (19), 21. Korbyn Hayslett (20), 22. Ryan Barr (22).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tyler Courtney.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-692, 2-Justin Grant-673, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-646, 4-Robert Ballou-581, 5-Tanner Thorson-571, 6-C.J. Leary-571, 7-Chris Windom-562, 8-Jake Swanson-535, 9-Chase Stockon-425, 10-Paul Nienhiser-383.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-52, 2-Thomas Meseraull-47, 3-Tanner Thorson-43, 4-Brady Bacon-36, 5-Chris Windom-34, 6-Buddy Kofoid-29, 7-Justin Grant-29, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-24, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-22, 10-C.J. Leary-21.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 8, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track - #LetsRaceTwo

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Isaac Chapple

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Isaac Chapple

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Dallas Hewitt (21st to 15th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jake Swanson

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Paul Dues


 


ELDORA’S #LETSRACETWO POSTPONED;
DOUBLE USAC FEATURES TO RUN SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 7, 2021)………Extensive rainfall during Friday night’s #LetsRaceTwo program at Eldora Speedway resulted in the track surface on the half-mile dirt oval being unable to be worked into a safe racing condition, necessitating postponement of the conclusion of the event to Saturday, May 8, which will feature double A-Mains for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

On Saturday, pits open at noon ET, with spectator gates opening at 1pm and hot laps at 2:30pm, followed by heat races, prelims and the 30-lap feature from night one. After a track rework, the night two program will begin approximately an hour following the first feature, then proceed with an entirely new, complete program consisting of hot laps, qualifying, heat races, semi-feature and the second 30-lap feature of the evening.

Cold temperatures in the low 40s dramatically slowed the drying process on Friday night/Saturday morning, which made the bottom half of the racetrack unusable as the event entered the hours of 1 and 2am ET despite extensive effort by the Eldora Speedway track crew.

Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars was completed on Friday night with Brady Bacon earning his 39th career fast qualifying time with the series, tying him with Levi Jones for fourth all-time in series history. Qualifying results will seed the lineups for the heat races beginning at 2:30pm ET on Saturday.

All wristbands from Friday night’s event are valid for Saturday’s resumption of the night one program. At the conclusion of the first feature, the pits and grandstands will be swept and new tickets and new pit passes will be needed for re-entry.

On Saturday, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars from Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 7, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.006; 2. Logan Seavey, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-15.029; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.240; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.330; 5. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-15.420; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.481; 7. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.497; 8. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-15.544; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.650; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-15.660; 11. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.667; 12. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-15.711; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.761; 14. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.766; 15. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-15.947; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.955; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.004; 18. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-16.072; 19. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-16.158; 20. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.167; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.197; 22. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-16.365; 23. Korbyn Hayslett, 1H, Hayslett-16.380; 24. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-16.475; 25. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.511; 26. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-16.609; 27. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-16.955; 28. Jack James, 99, James-17.034.

REMAINDER OF EVENT POSTPONED TO SATURDAY

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-631, 2-Justin Grant-605, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-586, 4-Tanner Thorson-543, 5-C.J. Leary-522, 6-Robert Ballou-506, 7-Chris Windom-499, 8-Jake Swanson-491, 9-Chase Stockon-370, 10-Paul Nienhiser-341.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 8, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track - #LetsRaceTwo

 

 

USAC REGIONAL RACING PREVIEW: (MAY 7-8)

USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGETS

Friday, May 7 – Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, Indiana)

Gas City, Indiana………The USAC Midwest Regional Midgets make a stop at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway this Friday, May 7.

Shane Cottle, who captured the Gas City Sprint Car championship in 2004 and 2009, leads the USAC Midwest Regional Midget standings following his victory on April 24 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Adam Taylor (Dwight, Ill.) won the lone series event at Gas City in 2020.

Sprint Cars, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets will also be in action.

Pits open at 3pm eastern, with grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm followed by racing. Adult general admission tickets are $15 with kids 12 and under free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-78, 2-Bryan Stanfill-71, 3-Billy Lawless-70, 4-Tyler Nelson-69, 5-Abby Hohlbein-63, 6-Chett Gehrke-59, 7-Jeff Beasley-58, 8-Justin Davis-51, 9-Kayla Roell-50, 10-Chance Crum-49.

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USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGETS

Friday, May 7 – Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, Illinois)

Lincoln, Illinois………The USAC Engler IMRA SpeeD2 Midgets will be back in action this Friday night, May 7 at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway. The event will mark the first ever appearance by the series at the racy quarter-mile dirt oval.

Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.) led the final four laps en route to last weekend’s victory at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Mark McMahill (Peoria, Ill.) enters the weekend as the series point leader.

Pits open at 4pm central with grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm with racing immediately following. The event will also feature Midgets, Pro Lates, Mods, Sportsman and Hornets.

Grandstand admission is $18, while kids 11 and under are free. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the track on race day.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mark McMahill-146, 2-Brent Burrows-129, 3-Kevin Battefeld-109, 4-Jake Sollenberger-104, 5-Charles Kunz-103, 6-John Heitzman-98, 7-Will Armitage-81, 8-Andy Baugh-78, 9-Jake Neuman-77, 10-Abby Hohlbein-73.

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AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CARS

Saturday, May 8 – Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, California)

Bakersfield, California………This Saturday, May 8th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will make their only appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA).

Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" will also feature Mini Stocks and Mod Lites. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds.

The Pit Gates will open at 2:30pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm.

Located at 5001 North Chester Extension, more event information can be found at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or calling 661.393.3373.

For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Austin Williams-285, 2-Damion Gardner-277, 3-Chris Gansen-235, 4-Brody Roa-216, 5-Tommy Malcolm-212, 6-Max Adams-195, 7-Cody Williams-192, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-192, 9-Matt Mitchell-176, 10-Austin Liggett-149.

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USAC WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CARS

Saturday, May 8 – Nevada Speedway (Nevada, Missouri)

By: Ray Cunningham

Nevada, Missouri………Saturday Night, May 8th, the stars and cars of the Midwest Wingless Racing Association visit “Nevada” for the first time to open up their 2021 campaign!

The Missouri 1/4 mile semi banked dirt track, located 100 miles South of Kansas City, and just off highway 49, has long been a destination for some of the best local modified and stock car racing in the area.

In 2021 the MWRA bring non winged sprint cars, featuring the best cars and drivers from the Heartland to Nevada, population (8,300).

Nevada Speedway, has long been a hidden gem in the “Show Me State”, and will feature the ladies and gentlemen of the MWRA coming off a spectacular campaign in 2020! Featuring a championship battle that came down to the final checkered flag to decide the outcome! But only after a tie breaker gave the championship to the “Sheriff” Wyatt Burks driving the late Don Rumsey’s 11w of Topeka, Kansas, winning first place hardware over Cornhusker legend Don Droud Jr. running the Mark Burch 1M.

While Wesley Smith driving the John Helm #12, Chris Parkinson, and Brian Scott Beebe, would round out the top 5 in points.

Mark Lane won the ROY in 2020 racing with the MWRA. With teenage gunner Dakota Earls taking the Most Improved, and the Lawman Chad Goff, Kyle Lewis, and Brad Wyatt, finishing in the top 10. During a unforgettable first season for this Midwest USAC Series.

Join us Saturday, May 8th, at Nevada Speedway, for the fire breathing MWRA Non Winged Sprints! Along with the B Mods, Pure Stocks, and Mini Stocks, in a program that will kick of the MWRA 2021 season in a big way.

Can’t make it in person? Catch the action on www.RacinBoys.com.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS PRESENTED BY CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS

Saturday, May 8 – Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, Delaware)

Delmar, Delaware………The USAC East Coast Sprint Cars presented by Capitol Custom Trailers resumes its season with round three of the 2021 campaign at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar.

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) leads the standings entering the event following his victory in the most recent event at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) stands two points behind Bright after winning the season opener in April at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway.

Kenny Miller III (Morgantown, Pa.) recorded his first series victory in the 2020 trip to Delaware International after last race pass, leading just the final three laps.

Saturday at Delaware, the Delaware Dirt Modifieds, Super Late Models, AC Delco PSC Modifieds, RUSH Late Model Series and Modified Lites join the action.

Gates open at 5pm eastern with racing at 7pm. Adult tickets are $20 with children aged 13 and under free. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $5 for children 7-13 Pits and free for children aged 6 and under.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS PRESENTED BY CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILER POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-152, 2-Briggs Danner-150, 3-Steven Drevicki-143, 4-Tommy Kunsman-116, 5-Damon Paul-111, 6-Chris Allen Jr.-98, 7-Joey Amantea-98, 8-Mike Thompson-94, 9-Jonathan Swanson-93, 10-Ed Aikin-92.

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA

Saturday, May 8 – Oklahoma Sports Park (Ada, Oklahoma)

Ada, Oklahoma………USAC Wingless Sprint Oklahoma is raring to get the 2021 season underway this Saturday, May 8, at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada.

Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.), the 2018-19 series champion, led all 20 laps in last year’s visit to Ada.

Gates open at 5pm central with racing beginning at 7:30pm. The event will also showcase Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Economy Mods, Economy Mod Jr. and Sport Mods. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children aged 11-15, and free for children aged 10 and under. Pit passes are $30.

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USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGETS

Saturday, May 8 – Bear Ridge Speedway (Bradford, Vermont)

Bradford, Vermont………The USAC Dirt Midget Association season launches on Saturday, May 8, at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont.

Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) drove from 13th to win the 2020 series opener at Bear Ridge. The third-place finisher that same night, Seth Carlson (Stafford, Conn.) raced away with a series high five feature victories throughout the year – all at Bear Ridge – to capture the title.

Pits open at 3pm eastern with gates opening at 5pm and racing at 6pm. Adult tickets are $12 with kids aged 11 and under just $2. The age 62 and over crowd is $10. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

 

 

HEAVY RAIN FORECAST PUSHES RICH VOGLER CLASSIC TO JULY 22

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Winchester, Indiana (May 6, 2021)………The hype for the return of USAC and the Rich Vogler Classic to the high banks of Winchester Speedway is intense. Due to heavy rain forecasted for Sunday, that return will have to wait.

The Rich Vogler Classic, for the USAC Silver Crown Series, is now scheduled for Thursday, July 22.

Due to not only the rain, but also frigid temperatures, Winchester Speedway, Elite Racing Promotions and USAC felt it was important to give families as much of an opportunity as possible to make other plans to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday.

The 100 lap mid-week race on July 22 will now be under the lights of the World’s Fastest Half Mile to give it a feel of the ol’ Thursday Night Thunder for USAC.

“I think it is great that we have a chance to harken back to a Golden Era of USAC racing by having a Thursday night event,” said Brady Bacon of Elite Racing Promotions. “Logistically, the date fits in nicely as the only USAC Silver Crown race in the month of July and leads into an exciting two week stretch of open wheel racing in Indiana.”

“We had so much momentum coming into the weekend, but for the benefit of the racers and the fans, some of whom were coming a long distance for the race, we didn’t want to wait any longer with a forecast that kept getting worse,” said Bob Dillner, Promoter of Winchester Speedway. “We are excited, however, for this race to be held the night before Indiana Sprint Week. It’ll give fans a unique chance to see Silver Crown cars at Winchester before watching a week’s worth of great USAC Sprint Car racing.”

Fans who purchased advance tickets online will still be able to use those tickets on Thursday, July 22. Fans wanting to purchase tickets for the Rich Vogler Classic at Winchester Speedway can do so by visiting winchesterspeedway.com/tickets. For more information, please email tiffany@winchesterspeedway.com.

The USAC Silver Crown season resumes on the dirt with the Sumar Classic on Thursday night, May 27, at the half-mile Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind.

For more information regarding the event, please visit the track’s website at www.winchesterspeedway.com. You can follow @FastestHalfMile on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to like the Winchester Speedway Facebook page. For additional info on the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, go to www.usacracing.com.

 

 

TOP USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE GOSSEL ENTERS SOPHOMORE SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Winchester, Indiana (May 5, 2021)………Bryan Gossel jumped into the USAC Silver Crown cars with both feet in 2020. Donning zero previous Silver Crown experience and just as few laps without a wing atop his car after chasing ASCS and Winged Sprint Cars on dirt and pavement throughout the majority of his career.

At the end of the first Silver Crown season, Gossel stood ahead of all other first year drivers in the point standings and was the lone Rookie to start all five events.

Right from the get-go, in the season opener at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, Gossel’s intention in the early stages of practice and qualifying was to take care of the equipment and be there at the end. Despite qualifying 19th in the 24 car field, Gossel remained true to his plan, preserving his tires, keeping his nose clean and avoiding the setbacks that were so prevalent for others throughout the 74-lap race during the night.

At the checkered flag, Gossel had advanced 15 positions to finish 4th, creating a historical statistical significance as one of just 36 drivers to finish inside the top-five in his first career start. It’s something that had been done previously by the likes of USAC National champions A.J. Foyt, Rick Hood, Ken Schrader, Brady Bacon, Pancho Carter, Gary Bettenhausen, Jimmy Caruthers and Jeff Gordon.

With the first practice session, the first qualifying run and the first full race completed, Gossel reflected on the process of knocking each element out of the way on his path to learning and getting increasingly comfortable in his new digs.

“It was all about getting those firsts out of the way and finding out what I could actually do with the car and how hard I could drive it without being stupid, as a blunt way of putting it,” Gossel explained. “Getting all those firsts out the way definitely sets us up to do better this year. Just learning how to run 100 laps too; I think the most I’d ever run before was 40, maybe 50. I hit the gym hard and prepared myself to be physically ready.”

Freshman year lessons were challenging at times with clutch troubles dogging the Fort Collins, Colo. driver in the ensuing pavement races at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

“All the extra work that goes into having a Silver Crown car – the starters, the clutches and stuff like that. Getting all that ready was the biggest hurdle,” Gossel noted. “Especially with the pavement car because I don’t think we finished one of the pavement races and had a mechanical failure every time out there. That definitely hurt our performance and just struggling to finish races isn’t fun.”

A turn four crash during the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the penultimate race of the year put Gossel’s shot at Rookie of the Year in the balance with just one final race looming at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile in mid-October. On a cold and blustery day, Gossel recalls it vividly for the challenge and the ultimate perseverance to reach their season’s goal.

“That was a lot of work just to get there,” Gossel recalled. “After crashing the car, we put it together. Then, we had a transmission issue from the crash the race before which it bent something internally in the transmission. That put us behind, then the brakes were not good in that car, which made it not so fun to drive or as competitive as I wanted it to be.”

Gossel managed the hand he was dealt, and much as he learned in Selinsgrove, he had found how hard to push, when to push, and, ultimately, finished the finale. After checking with USAC officials on the final point tally in the post-race, Gossel discovered his name to be five points ahead of Logan Seavey’s in the Rookie standings, clinching himself a place in the record books.

“That was the cherry on top,” Gossel exclaimed. “It was a dream come true to get Rookie of the Year and getting going with the series. It was just so much fun and made it all worthwhile.”

Gossel, the cousin of past Huset’s Speedway (S.D.) and Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex sprint car champion Marlon Jones, took on the Silver Crown series as a way to step up in competition while also creating himself a more manageable schedule to balance between his on-track activities and his role as the president of BG Automotive. So far, so good, and he likes what he sees with his personal enthusiasm for the sport matched by those in the Silver Crown series.

“The amount of fans and press that were there was pretty cool to have, and that solidified why I came to the series,” Gossel explained. “Having 12 Silver Crown races to run instead of running 60 to 100 nights a year, and where I’m at in life, it’s just fun going out to have fun and run against a higher level of competition to make myself better. I knew the level of competition was going to be tough no matter what, and to have some of the finishes I did made me feel pretty good.”

For many of his racing years, Gossel has been a combined owner, driver and crew chief. Prior to the 2020 season, the 44-year-old driver added the fountain of knowledge of Scot Hersh as his crew chief. Hersh, a Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee in his own right, helped guide a bevy of USAC National Midget winners in his time and found great success with driver Mike Gregg in Rocky Mountain Midget competition as well as with USAC.

As it turned out, Gossel’s Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honor positioned him as the first Colorado driver to win USAC National Rookie of the Year since Mike Gregg, who did so in the midget division in 1973.

Gossel constructed a new dirt car for the 2021 season, and basically rebuilt the pavement car in addition to swapping out transmissions with a little bit of fab work thrown in, completely going through his cars via a fine tooth comb with the crew around him, a group of people he’s prideful of having in his corner.

“I feel so blessed to be around these people and have help that I have,” Gossel beamed. “That has been so phenomenal. I’ve been after Scot to help me for like 20 years, and to have his help and his connections, and to have (car builder and USAC Hall of Famer) Bob East allowing me to keep my stuff in his shop, to have all those connections, it’s like ‘holy cow,’ this is pretty cool.”

Gossel will compete on the full USAC Silver Crown National Championship tour again in 2021, beginning with this Sunday afternoon’s Rich Vogler Classic at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway.

On race day at Winchester, the pits open at 9am ET with the drivers meeting set for 10am, practice at 11am, Fatheadz Qualifying at 1pm, a driver’s autograph session at 2pm, opening ceremonies at 3pm and the 100-lap main event at 3:30pm.

Reserved seats are $30 apiece, while general admission tickets are $20, and just $10 for children aged 6 to 12. Tickets are available in advance at www.winchesterspeedway.com/tickets.

The race will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

 

THE ULTIMATE WEEKEND: BORDER WARS AT ELDORA & WINCHESTER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Throughout the latter half of the 1990s and into the decade of the 2000s, the USAC National Sprint Car schedule was filled to the gills with numerous trips to both Eldora Speedway and Winchester Speedway, making up about a third of the schedule between the two in several years.

Both blazingly fast half-mile, high-banked racetracks – one dirt and pavement – are where the bravest toiled, and where legends were made out of mere mortals in the pursuit of becoming the greatest of their generation.

The separation by those unfazed by the task at hand at these two storied venues and those who have a slight hesitance are more cavernous than the separation of just 30 miles between the two tracks which are divided right down the middle by the Ohio/Indiana state line.

However, for one weekend a year, Eldora and Winchester were paired together on the same weekend, an event succinctly christened as “Border Wars.” Race the sprint car at Eldora on Saturday night, grab a couple hours rest, rub the sleep out of the eyes when the sun rose and immediately get back to it on Sunday morning at Winchester.

What once seemed like a forlorn tale of yesteryear’s events gone by the wayside, will return this weekend, in a slightly different manner with a pair of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races at Eldora on Friday and Saturday night, May 7-8, followed by a Sunday morning, May 9, visit to Winchester for the USAC Silver Crown season opener.

The first official Border Wars weekend with the USAC National Sprint Cars came in 1995 with the most recent taking place in 2008. The path to a championship in those days was to be a consistent frontrunner on both dirt and pavement surfaces. Border Wars was a mini championship in itself, spread across a less than 24-hour period that was conducive to producing a foreshadow of the eventual USAC National series champion.

In fact, four of the nine Eldora/Winchester Border Wars weekend champions eventually did go on to capture that year’s USAC National Sprint Car driving title, including the first three: Tony Stewart (1995) and Brian Tyler (1996-1997). In fact, Tyler was the ultimate Border Wars king, winning its championship on four occasions during a five year span in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000.

Oddly enough, just like his 1996 season in which he became a USAC champion without a single victory during the 27-race campaign, Tyler came up empty handed without a Border Wars feature triumph. Tracy Hines tagged himself in Border Wars championship runs in 1999, 2002 and 2003. Cole Whitt owned the final one in 2008.

Only one driver has ever doubled-up with a dirt and pavement win at Eldora and Winchester during Border Wars – Tracy Hines, a Winchester winner in 2000 and an Eldora victor in 2008. Dave Steele (3 wins at Winchester) and Kevin Doty (2 at Eldora) also won multiple times, albeit at a single track.

Eldora Border Wars single time winners include while Frankie Kerr (1996), Kevin Huntley (1997), Derek Davidson (1999), Dave Darland (2000), J.J. Yeley (2002) and Boston Reid (2003). The list of Winchester one-timers during Border Wars consists of Kenny Irwin Jr. (1995), Chet Fillip (1997), Brad Armstrong (1998), Michael Lewis (2003) and Darren Hagen (2008).

Of note, half of the 1997 and 2002 Border Wars events were rained out with the other leg rescheduled for later in the year. Plus, there were a few years of Border Wars in which Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park was involved (2001) as well as Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway from 2004-2007 and in 2012.

However, the true heart and soul of Border Wars weekend began with Eldora and Winchester over a quarter-century ago. And, although there’s no point standings involved and includes different series, there are still a handful of drivers planning to double-dip in both, including Justin Grant, Logan Seavey and Matt Goodnight.

That brings a smile to my face and a warmth of nostalgia to my mind, back to when I was a kid traveling the two-lane state roads from track-to-track with my dad at the wheel.

Sleep be damned; rest can take a break. We were there to catch our favorite drivers in our favorite type of racecars tackle our dearest and most treasured racetracks during a short time span with such a short drive/ride between the two.

It was a home away from home for one glorious weekend each year all those moons ago and remains so today. Nothing could’ve been finer then and nothing could be finer now.

This Friday and Saturday at Eldora, ticket sales begin at the main gate and turn 4 at 1:30pm ET; the turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm; the spectator gates open at 2pm; and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing for both divisions immediately following. Tickets for the dream doubleheader, featuring USAC and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars together on consecutive nights, are on sale now at https://eldoraspeedway.com/tickets. All seats are reserved. If the capacity level isn’t met during pre-sales prior to the race, tickets will be available at the gate.

Sunday at Winchester, the pits open at 9am ET with the drivers meeting set for 10am, practice at 11am, Fatheadz Qualifying at 1pm, a driver’s autograph session at 2pm, opening ceremonies at 3pm and the 100-lap main event at 3:30pm. Reserved seats are $30 apiece, while general admission tickets are $20, and just $10 for children aged 6 to 12. Tickets are available in advance at www.winchesterspeedway.com/tickets.

All of this weekend’s races will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

ELDORA/WINCHESTER BORDER WAR WINNERS & CHAMPIONS:

1995 Champion: Tony Stewart 4/1/1995: Eldora Speedway / Kevin Doty 4/2/1995: Winchester Speedway / Kenny Irwin Jr.

1996 Champion: Brian Tyler 8/7/1996: Eldora Speedway / Frankie Kerr 8/8/1996: Winchester Speedway / Dave Steele

1997 Champion: Brian Tyler 5/4/1997: Winchester Speedway / Chet Fillip 6/22/1997: Eldora Speedway / Kevin Huntley

1998 Champion: Brian Tyler 5/2/1998: Eldora Speedway / Kevin Doty 5/3/1998: Winchester Speedway / Brad Armstrong

1999 Champion: Tracy Hines 5/1/1999: Eldora Speedway / Derek Davidson 5/2/1999: Winchester Speedway / Dave Steele

2000 Champion: Brian Tyler 4/29/2000: Eldora Speedway / Dave Darland 4/30/2000: Winchester Speedway / Tracy Hines

2002 Champion: Tracy Hines 4/28/2002: Winchester Speedway / Dave Steele 5/26/2002: Eldora Speedway / J.J. Yeley

2003 Champion: Tracy Hines 5/3/2003: Eldora Speedway / Boston Reid 5/4/2003: Winchester Speedway / Michael Lewis

2008 Champion: Cole Whitt 6/12/2008: Winchester Speedway / Darren Hagen 6/14/2008: Eldora Speedway / Tracy Hines

 

THE BREAKDOWN:
WINCHESTER’S USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Winchester, Indiana (May 4, 2021)………Sunday afternoon’s 30th anniversary of the inaugural Rich Vogler Classic is special in a myriad of ways.

First, Sunday again brings to the forefront our remembrance of the winningest driver in USAC’s history at 171 victories.

Furthermore, Sunday brings about the long-awaited return of USAC racing to the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway high banks for the first time in a decade.

Additionally, Sunday brings about something that our eyes have never seen before – USAC Silver Crown cars roaring around Winchester Speedway.

Constructed in 1914, these 37 degree banks have hosted the most courageous and lionhearted drivers throughout the past century. This Sunday, May 9, the bravest of the brave put their mental and physical focus to the test for 100 laps, a distance a USAC event at Winchester hasn’t traveled in a half-century.

The lone four USAC main events with a 100-lap duration were sprint car races held between 1965 and 1968 and won by some of the all-time greatest names in the sport in any area: Johnny Rutherford (1965), Al Smith (1966), Sammy Sessions (1967) and Larry Dickson (1968).

While none of the drivers of today have 100 straight laps of experience at Winchester under their belts, many do have on-track exposure in racing conditions. While the bulk of the first two decades of the Vogler Classic were held at Winchester, with recent stops at the Indianapolis Speedrome, and throughout the past decade, has been an annual USAC Silver Crown event hosted by Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. Among the winners of the Vogler race expected to be part of Sunday’s field are Bobby Santos (2012 & 2017), David Byrne (2014) and Kody Swanson (2016 & 2019).

In fact, a total of 22 different drivers have acknowledged their intentions to compete on Sunday. Some of them will be seeing Winchester Speedway in person for the first time ever. Others have some experience. Some have massive amounts of experience.

One of those drivers who nearly laps the field in terms of USAC experience at Winchester is Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.). Gordon’s Winchester USAC career dates back to 1989. Since then, he’s made 49 career USAC Sprint starts and 3 career USAC Midget starts at the track. Two of those 49 USAC Sprint races have resulted in winning performances, in 1991 and 1995, which are among his 35 top-tens and 23 top-fives there and includes 4 runner-up finishes, 6 thirds, 5 fourths and 6 fifths. His car owner, Brad Armstrong, also has winning experience at Winchester, scoring a USAC Sprint victory there as a driver in 1998.

Speaking of winning experience at Winchester, Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) has that too. He won the King of the Wing Sprint Car round there in 2013 and was victorious in a photo finish during an ESPN televised USAC National Midget race in 1995. His stat line reads 22 USAC Sprint Car starts and 17 USAC Midget starts at Winchester dating back to 1992. Nine of his midget starts resulted in top-tens along with three top-fives. His best performances in the midget realm, outside of his win, were a 4th in 1994 and 1996. Gerster put 17 USAC Sprint Car top-tens and 9 top-fives on the board at Winchester with a best of 2nd in 1999 while earning three quick times with the series between 1999-2000, the first of which came during the Rich Vogler Classic.

Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) has made seven USAC Sprint starts and two USAC Midget starts at Winchester dating back to 2000. Pierce earned three USAC Sprint top-tens with the best being an 8th in 2011. In winged sprint car competition at Winchester, he finished 2nd with the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series in 2012 to go along with a 4th in 2013 and a 5th in 2014. His most recent Winchester outing resulted in a 4th without the wing with the Auto Value Super Sprints in 2019.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) finished in the 3rd position, just ahead of Pierce in the 2019 Winchester race. The first of Santos’ three USAC Sprint starts at Winchester came in 2011 with his best result being a 6th in 2011.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) finished just behind Santos and Pierce in 2019 at Winchester, taking 5th. His three most recent appearances prior to 2019 at Winchester came in the seat of a USAC Sprint Car in 2008 where he collected results of 14th, 10th and 13th.

Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), the all-time USAC Silver Crown king with 30 wins, 31 fast qualifying times and five driving championships, has won on the similarly high banked track in southern Indiana, Salem Speedway, in five consecutive years between 2016-2020. At Winchester, the experience level is less plentiful with a pair of USAC Sprint Car starts to his name, a 10th in 2010 and a 4th in 2011.

The Winchester experience of Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.) goes back to the late 1990s with the USAC National Midgets. The 1993 UMRA TQ Midget champion finished 11th & 20th in 1998 as well as 17th, 13th and 11th in 1999.

Winchester, Indiana’s own Matt Goodnight finished 5th with the King of the Wing Sprint Car Series at Winchester in 2016. Meanwhile, Kyle O’Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.) won his heat race, led the opening 7 laps and finished 6th with the Auto Value Super Sprints, without the wing, at Winchester in 2019.

Several drivers will be making their first career visits to Winchester on Sunday. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) took to the track just as well as one possibly could in last Sunday’s open practice, recording the only lap in the 14 second bracket, a 14.997 second run, which translates to a 120.024 mph average.

David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.) is a past Rich Vogler Classic winner in his own right back in 2014 at Lucas Oil Raceway, which remains his lone victory with the series. Fellow one-time series winner Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) is prepared for his first run at Winchester on Sunday, after mastering pavement tracks such as Lucas Oil Raceway to score his only Silver Crown win in 2019 as well as the tight quarters of Anderson (Ind.) Speedway as the winner of the Little 500 in 2017.

Joining them will be a slew of first-time Winchester visitors, including 2020 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.) and Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), whose grandfather, Jerry Nemire, competed at Winchester regularly between the 1960s through the 1990s, plus Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Toni Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.), USAC D1 and STARS Midget champion Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.), Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) and first-time Silver Crown competitor Jake Day (Abilene, Texas).

On race day, the pits open at 9am ET with the drivers meeting set for 10am, practice at 11am, Fatheadz Qualifying at 1pm, a driver’s autograph session at 2pm, opening ceremonies at 3pm and the 100-lap main event at 3:30pm.

Reserved seats are $30 apiece, while general admission tickets are $20, and just $10 for children aged 6 to 12.

The race will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

ENTRY LIST FOR THE RICH VOGLER CLASSIC: (22 DRIVERS)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO

1 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL

6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN

22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI

42 JAKE DAY/Abilene, TX

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA

80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

92 JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL

94 BRIAN GERSTER/Fishers, IN

99 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN

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)

2001: Dane Carter (Midget)

2002: Dave Steele (Sprint)

2003: Michael Lewis (Sprint)

(Indianapolis Speedrome)

2004: Teddy Beach (Midget) & Bryan Clauson (Kenyon Midget)

(Winchester Speedway)

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)

2019: Kody Swanson (Silver Crown)

2020: Not Held

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN: #LETSRACETWO AT ELDORA
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 4, 2021)………No track has hosted more USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events than Eldora Speedway with 201.

No track will punch as much high-profile sprint car racing action into two nights than the famed half-mile dirt oval this coming weekend for a pair of consecutive evenings of USAC and NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8.

The two USAC events will pay $10,000-to-win each night, and four past #LetsRaceTwo winners will be vying for the big checks, including two-time winners Robert Ballou and Justin Grant, and one-time victors Brady Bacon and Chris Windom.

Both Ballou and Grant have shared #LetsRaceTwo wins in the same years of 2015 and 2017 with Ballou winning the opener in the inaugural edition, and Grant taking the second night. In 2017, the two Californians flip-flopped by winning the opposite nights.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) boasts a total of five USAC Sprint wins at Eldora dating back to 2007, tied for 9th all-time with Dave Darland and Jac Haudenschild. The latter of the two victories in 2017 came in a heroic effort in his second race back from devastating injuries suffered in a racing crash the year before. Coupled with his pair of #LetsRaceTwo victories, the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ was a runner-up finisher in 2018 and holds a pair of 5th place results in 2015 and 2018. Ballou also holds the 8-lap track record for USAC Sprint Cars at Eldora with a time of 2:05.51, set on 4/21/2012.

Grant (Ione, Calif.), likewise, is a USAC Sprint Car track record holder at Eldora, turning 30 laps in 8:26.25 to best the field during his first #LetsRaceTwo victory in 2015, which came on a last lap pass of C.J. Leary in traffic. Grant, a three-time USAC Sprint winner at Eldora, also captured a 4-Crown score in 2016 sandwiched between his two #LetsRaceTwo triumphs in 2015 and 2017. The reigning USAC Silver Crown champion took 4th in both 2017 and 2018’s #LetsRaceTwo and was the fastest qualifier in the most recent event held in 2019.

Current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Brady Bacon won the #LetsRaceTwo opener in 2018. He’s won twice at Eldora in USAC Sprint Car competition, also taking a 4-Crown matinee in 2014, and a Silver Crown score in 2019. The three-time USAC Sprint champ from Broken Arrow, Okla. has finished inside the top-five in each of his past five #LetsRaceTwo starts, including 3rd in 2017, a 4th in 2018 as well as a pair of 3rds in both 2019 runs. In the event, he’s also finished as the runner-up in 2016 and 5th in 2016 and was the fastest qualifier on both nights in 2017.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) possesses his own #LetsRaceTwo victory lane story at Eldora back in 2018. The USAC career Triple Crown champion’s Eldora USAC stats have been sublime with another Sprint victory in 2013 as well as a couple of Silver Crown wins in 2013 and 2016. At #LetsRaceTwo, Windom’s stats display top-five finishes in each of his last five starts, notching a finish in each position across the board: 1st in 2018, 2nd in 2017, 3rd in 2018, 4th in 2019 and 5th in 2019. Add onto that a fast qualifying time for Windom during the 2016 race.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has won both a USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown feature at Eldora, in 2017 and 2018, respectively, but, as of yet, hasn’t cracked victory lane at #LetsRaceTwo. He’s been oh-so-close over the years in the event, finishing 2nd four times, including 2015, 2016 and on both nights in 2019. The 2019 series champ has been the fastest qualifier on three occasions, in 2018 and twice in 2019, and also owns a 3rd place result in 2015 and a 4th in 2016.

Matt Westfall’s success at Eldora runs the gamut from open wheel cars to fendered machines. The Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver won his lone USAC National Sprint Car feature at “The Big E” in 2006. He backed that up with a pair of Eldora track championships in a modified in 2014 and in a late model in 2015. His latest #LetsRaceTwo run resulted in his best finish in the event, a 6th in 2019. He was also 8th in 2018. The 1998 NAMARS Midget titlist is also the holder of USAC’s 6-lap Sprint Car track record at Eldora, a 1:37.56 set on 6/19/2004.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has only finished outside the top-ten once in 10 career #LetsRaceTwo starts, anchored by a personal-best 3rd place result in 2018 and 4th place runs in 2017 and 2019, plus a 6th in 2017, a 7th in both 2018 and 2019, a 9th in 2015 and 2016, and a 10th in 2015. Twice, Stockon was the fastest qualifier at #LetsRaceTwo, both occurring on back-to-back nights in 2015.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is another driver highly eager to experience that breakthrough moment to win his first USAC race at Eldora, finishing 2nd in the Silver Crown car in both 2018 and 2019. His 3rd place result in 2017 is the best of his #LetsRaceTwo finishes. KTJ was also 5th in 2018, 6th in both 2018 and 2019, 8th in 2019, and 10th in 2015. He garnered fast time honors once at #LetsRaceTwo in 2018.

Past USAC National Sprint Car Rookies of the Year, Scotty Weir (2006) and Stevie Sussex (2017), will also make returns to #LetsRaceTwo. Weir (Marion, Ind.) finished a best of 9th in 2017 and 10th in 2016 while Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.) took 7th in his only previous event start in 2017.

A pair of past USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champions, Tanner Thorson and Logan Seavey, will make their first USAC National Sprint Car appearances on the famed half-mile this weekend.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the leading Rookie of the Year candidate with the series, has won two of his last three USAC Sprint Car starts, the first two of his career, during Keystone Invasion in Pennsylvania in April. The 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion took 2nd in a midget at Eldora in 2016, and was 4th in 2015, 5th in 2017, 6th in 2013 and 10th in 2019, and also made his first career USAC Silver Crown start at the track in 2015.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will compete for Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian this weekend at Eldora. The instantly recognizable orange No. 5 has competed on the USAC trail won at #LetsRaceTwo in 2018 with Windom driving, and this year, has made four USAC Sprint Car starts with Dave Darland behind the wheel. Darland is on the mend after suffering a stroke on April 23. Seavey, however, does have Eldora experience in both a midget and in a NASCAR Truck. In the truck, he led a race-high 53 laps before finishing 8th and, in the midget, he finished 3rd in both 2018 and 2019, leading three laps late in the latter of the two events.

Making USAC National Sprint Car debuts at Eldora this weekend are 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), 2019 MOWA Sprint Car titlist Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) and 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.). Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, is eying his first USAC Sprint Car feature start at Eldora. He’s returning to Eldora for the first time since enduring a hard crash during qualifying for the first ever #LetsRaceTwo event in 2015.

This Friday and Saturday at Eldora, ticket sales begin at the main gate and turn 4 at 1:30pm ET; the turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm; the spectator gates open at 2pm; and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing for both divisions immediately following.

Tickets for the dream doubleheader, featuring USAC and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars together on consecutive nights, are on sale now at https://eldoraspeedway.com/tickets. All seats are reserved. If the capacity level isn’t met during pre-sales prior to the race, tickets will be available at the gate.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars from Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing both nights at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-625, 2-Justin Grant-602, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-586, 4-Tanner Thorson-543, 5-C.J. Leary-522, 6-Robert Ballou-502, 7-Chris Windom-499, 8-Jake Swanson-491, 9-Chase Stockon-370, 10-Paul Nienhiser-341.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY:
1 Lap - 9/22/2006 - Jerry Coons Jr. - 14.712 - 122.349
4 Laps - 7/29/1962 - Don Davis - 1:22.39 - 87.389
6 Laps - 6/19/2004 - Matt Westfall - 1:37.56 - 110.701
8 Laps - 4/21/2012 - Robert Ballou - 2:05.51 - 114.732
10 Laps - 8/6/2005 - Bill Rose - 2:40.19 - 112.367
12 Laps - 4/1/2006 - Jay Drake - 3:10.23 - 113.547
15 Laps - 8/7/2004 - Josh Wise - 4:42.31 - 95.640
30 Laps - 5/9/2015 - Justin Grant - 8:26.25 - 106.667
40 Laps - 6/10/1972 - Sam Sessions - 12:27.59 - 96.309
50 Laps - 10/6/1974 - Pancho Carter - 16:57.72 - 88.433

ALL-TIME #LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT WINS:
2-Robert Ballou, Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant
1-Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Bryan Clauson & Chris Windom

ALL-TIME #LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT WINNERS:
2015: Robert Ballou (5/8) & Justin Grant (5/9)
2016: Bryan Clauson (5/6) & Chad Boespflug (5/7)
2017: Justin Grant (5/12) & Robert Ballou (5/13)
2018: Brady Bacon (5/11) & Chris Windom (5/12)
2019: Tyler Courtney (5/10) & Tyler Courtney (7/17)

ALL-TIME ELDORA USAC SPRINT CAR WINS

1. (13) Jack Hewitt

2. (9) Larry Dickson & Tracy Hines

4. (7) Pancho Carter & Rich Vogler

6. (6) Bubby Jones, Rollie Beale & Tom Bigelow

9. (5) Dave Darland, Jac Haudenschild & Robert Ballou

12. (4) Jay Drake, Kevin Doty, Kevin Huntley, Sam Sessions, Steve Butler, Tony Elliott & Tyler Courtney

19. (3) Billy Cassella, Frankie Kerr, Greg Weld, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jud Larson, Justin Grant, Lee Kunzman, Rick Hood, Rob Chaney, Sheldon Kinser

30. (2) Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Bud Kaeding, Chris Windom, Derek Davidson, Don Branson, Gary Bettenhausen, George Snider, Jan Opperman, Larry Cannon, Larry Rice, Levi Jones, Mickey Shaw, Steve Kinser

44. (1) Allen Crowe, Arnie Knepper, Bill Puterbaugh, Boston Reid, Brad Sweet, Brian Tyler, Bryan Clauson, Byron Reed, C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Clark Templeman, Danny Smith, Dave Peperak, Dickie Gaines, Don Nordhorn, Eddie Leavitt, Jackie Howerton, Jerry Poland, Jimmy Sills, Joe Saldana, Johnny Rutherford, Jon Stanbrough, Kyle Larson, Mario Andretti, Matt Westfall, Red Riegel, Rick Ungar, Robbie Stanley, Roger McCluskey, Stan Bowman, Terry Shepherd, Thomas Meseraull, Tony Stewart & Tray House

ALL-TIME ELDORA USAC SPRINT WINNERS:

1962: Stan Bowman (4/22) & Roger McCluskey (7/29)

1963: Allen Crowe (5/12)

1964: Johnny Rutherford (4/5) & Jud Larson (7/5)

1965: Jud Larson (4/18), Jud Larson (5/9), Red Riegel (7/3) & Don Branson (10/17)

1966: Arnie Knepper (4/3), Larry Dickson (4/17), Don Branson (7/3) & Mario Andretti (9/4)

1967: Rollie Beale (4/16), Mickey Shaw (7/2) & Rollie Beale (7/22)

1968: Rollie Beale (4/7), Larry Dickson (7/20) & Mickey Shaw (9/29)

1969: Tom Bigelow (4/6), Larry Cannon (6/8) & Greg Weld (7/26)

1970: Gary Bettenhausen (4/5), Greg Weld (5/2), Larry Dickson (7/25), Greg Weld (8/15) & Larry Dickson (9/11)

1971: Gary Bettenhausen (4/4), Sammy Sessions (6/12), Larry Dickson (7/24) & Bill Puterbaugh (9/19)

1972: Rollie Beale (4/2), Sammy Sessions (6/10), Lee Kunzman (7/22), Jerry Poland (9/17), Sammy Sessions (10/22) & Don Nordhorn (10/22)

1973: George Snider (4/1), Sammy Sessions (4/29), Lee Kunzman (8/11), Pancho Carter (9/16), Lee Kunzman (10/21) & Pancho Carter (10/21)

1974: Jan Opperman (3/31), Bruce Walkup (7/13), Pancho Carter (10/6) & Larry Cannon (10/6)

1975: Tom Bigelow (4/13), Rollie Beale (6/21), Billy Cassella (7/12), Rollie Beale (10/5) & Larry Dickson (10/5)

1976: Sheldon Kinser (3/28), Larry Dickson (4/11), Jackie Howerton (6/19), Clark Templeman (6/20), Jan Opperman (7/10), Tom Bigelow (8/7), Pancho Carter (9/19), Tom Bigelow (10/9), Pancho Carter (10/10) & Pancho Carter (10/10)

1977: Tom Bigelow (4/10), Bubby Jones (4/17), George Snider (4/17), Tom Bigelow (6/18), Bruce Walkup (6/19), Pancho Carter (7/9), Bubby Jones (9/18), Eddie Leavitt (10/9) & Bubby Jones (10/9)

1978: Joe Saldana (6/17) & Bubby Jones (9/17)

1979: Bubby Jones (4/29), Bubby Jones (6/2), Larry Rice (8/25), Billy Cassella (10/14) & Billy Cassella (10/14)

1980: Rich Vogler (4/6), Larry Dickson (7/26), Sheldon Kinser (10/12) & Larry Dickson (7/12)

1981: Dave Peperak (4/25), Sheldon Kinser (6/20), Rich Vogler (7/3) & Steve Kinser (10/11)

1982: Jack Hewitt (4/24), Jac Haudenschild (7/17) & Steve Kinser (10/3)

1983: Rich Vogler (6/4) Jack Hewitt (8/2) & Jack Hewitt (9/25)

1984: Jac Haudenschild (4/1), Steve Butler (4/28), Rick Hood (7/14) & Jack Hewitt (8/16)

1985: Jac Haudenschild (4/27), Rick Hood (4/28) & Larry Rice (10/6)

1986: Rich Vogler (4/5), Rick Hood (4/26) & Rich Vogler (9/28)

1987: Rich Vogler (3/28), Rick Ungar (4/25), Rich Vogler (6/13) & Tony Elliott (9/27)

1988: Jac Haudenschild (3/27), Jack Hewitt (4/23), Jack Hewitt (5/14), Jack Hewitt (6/18), Steve Butler (7/16) & Steve Butler (9/25)

1989: Steve Butler (9/24)

1990: Jack Hewitt (4/7) & Jack Hewitt (9/30)

1991: Jack Hewitt (9/22)

1992: Terry Shepherd (3/28) & Danny Smith (10/4)

1993: Robbie Stanley (3/27), Jack Hewitt (8/11) & Tony Elliott (10/3)

1994: Frankie Kerr (4/2), Tray House (6/25), Frankie Kerr (8/10) & Kevin Doty (9/25)

1995: Kevin Doty (4/1), Byron Reed (8/9) & Tony Stewart (9/23)

1996: Frankie Kerr (8/7) & Jimmy Sills (9/28)

1997: Kevin Huntley (3/29), Kevin Huntley (6/22), Brian Tyler (8/6) & Jack Hewitt (9/20)

1998: Kevin Doty (5/2), Dave Darland (5/24), Kevin Doty (6/20) & Jack Hewitt (9/26)

1999: Derek Davidson (3/27), Derek Davidson (5/1), Tracy Hines (5/30), Tracy Hines (7/28) & Dave Darland (9/25)

2000: Jay Drake (4/1), Dave Darland (4/29), Tony Elliott (5/28) & Tracy Hines (9/30)

2001: Tracy Hines (4/28), Jay Drake (6/22), J.J. Yeley (6/23) & Bud Kaeding (9/22)

2002: J.J. Yeley (5/26), Tony Elliott (6/22) & Bud Kaeding (9/21)

2003: Boston Reid (5/3), J.J. Yeley (5/25), Jon Stanbrough (6/21) & Jac Haudenschild (9/20 – SE)

2004: Jay Drake (6/19), Kevin Huntley (8/7) & Dickie Gaines (9/25)

2005: Jay Drake (4/30), Rob Chaney (5/29), Kevin Huntley (6/18), Rob Chaney (8/6) & Levi Jones (9/24)

2006: Jerry Coons, Jr. (4/1), Rob Chaney (4/29), Matt Westfall (6/17) & Tracy Hines (9/23)

2007: Robert Ballou (4/28) & Robert Ballou (9/22)

2008: Tracy Hines (5/10), Tracy Hines (6/14) & Brad Sweet (9/20)

2009: Jerry Coons, Jr. (4/11) & Jerry Coons, Jr. (9/26)

2010: Robert Ballou (5/12) & Levi Jones (9/25)

2011: Kyle Larson (9/24)

2012: Tracy Hines (4/21), Dave Darland (7/28) & Tracy Hines (9/22)

2013: Chris Windom (9/21)

2014: Dave Darland (4/19) & Brady Bacon (9/21)

2015: Robert Ballou (5/8), Justin Grant (5/9) & Thomas Meseraull (9/26)

2016: Bryan Clauson (5/6), Chad Boespflug (5/7) & Justin Grant (9/24)

2017: Justin Grant (5/12), Robert Ballou (5/13) & C.J. Leary (9/23)

2018: Brady Bacon (5/11), Chris Windom (5/12) & Tyler Courtney (9/22)

2019: Tyler Courtney (5/10), Tyler Courtney (7/17) & Tyler Courtney (9/28)

#LETSRACETWO USAC SPRINT RESULTS (2015-PRESENT):

2015 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Dave Darland, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Landon Simon, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Matt Goodnight, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Dallas Hewitt, 19. Jake Simmons, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Dustin Smith. NT

2015 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Aaron Farney, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Chris Windom, 12. Dallas Hewitt, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kody Swanson, 15. Adam Cruea, 16. Brandon Whited, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Robert Bell, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Jerry Coons Jr. 8:26.25

2016 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kody Swanson, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Scotty Weir, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Carson Short, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Cody Gardner, 22. Robert Ballou, 23. Jarett Andretti, 24. Tony DiMattia. NT

2016 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Carson Short, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Brandon Whited, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Dallas Hewitt, 16. Tony DiMattia, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. Max McGhee, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Matt Westfall, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Chris Windom, 23. Robert Ballou. NT

2017 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dallas Hewitt, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Chad Wilson, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Dustin Smith, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Corey Smith, 23. Nick Bilbee. NT

2017 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Corey Smith, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Mario Clouser, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Kyle Simon, 22. Toby Alfrey. NT

2018 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (8), 2. Robert Ballou (1), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Justin Grant (10), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 6. Tyler Courtney (3), 7. Chase Stockon (5), 8. Dave Darland (12), 9. C.J. Leary (4), 10. Kyle Cummins (11), 11. Joe Stornetta (9), 12. Nick Bilbee (14), 13. Dallas Hewitt (16), 14. Matt Westfall (15), 15. Chad Wilson (18), 16. Paul Dues (17), 17. Isaac Chapple (13), 18. Chad Boespflug (7), 19. Carmen Perigo (19), 20. Matt Goodnight (20). 9:24.44

2018 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Chase Stockon (3), 4. Brady Bacon (10), 5. Robert Ballou (8), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Matt Westfall (12), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Dallas Hewitt (14), 11. Dave Darland (11), 12. Paul Dues (20), 13. Chad Boespflug (9), 14. Carmen Perigo (18), 15. Chad Wilson (17), 16. Isaac Chapple (13), 17. Riley VanHise (21), 18. Bill Rose (16), 19. Matt Goodnight (19), 20. Joe Stornetta (1), 21. Justin Grant (7). NT

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (7), 2. C.J. Leary (6), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Carson Short (3), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 7. Chase Stockon (4), 8. Justin Grant (1), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. Isaac Chapple (18), 11. Ty Tilton (17), 12. Nick Bilbee (20), 13. Matt Westfall (16), 14. Dustin Smith (21), 15. Carmen Perigo (15), 16. Brian VanMeveren (23), 17. Matt Goodnight (22), 18. Dustin Ingle (19), 19. Josh Hodges (14), 20. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 21. Chad Boespflug (13), 22. Robert Ballou (8). 23. Dave Darland (11). NT

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Brady Bacon (3), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Matt Westfall (10), 7. Tom Harris (18), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 9. Zane Hendricks (8), 10. Isaac Chapple (13), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Scotty Weir (17), 13. Carson Short (7), 14. Jason McDougal (11), 15. Dustin Christie (14), 16. Dave Darland (15), 17. Brody Roa (12), 18. Matt Goodnight (21), 19. Michael Fischesser (22), 20. Corey Smith (20), 21. Justin Grant (6), 22. Brian VanMeveren (23), 23. Kody Swanson (16). NT

 


 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 3, 2021... This Saturday, May 8th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will make their only appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA). Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" will also feature Mini Stocks and Mod Lites. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. The Pit Gates will open at 2:30pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm. Located at 5001 North Chester Extension, more event information can be found at bakersfieldspeedway.com or calling 661.393.3373. For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- THE 2019 RULE BOOK WILL BE FOLLOWED in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver)
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: THE HOOSIER 105/18 HTW RIGHT REAR TIRES ARE NOW USAC/CRA LEGAL. The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are also legal with the series. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.

Since October 23, 2004, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted four AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won that night and is tied with “The Demon” Damion Gardner with two victories at the speedway. “The Demon” won the last appearance on May 11, 2019 and holds the 1-lap track record of 12.356 that was set on March 12, 2005. The Bakersfield series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fifth point race, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) holds an eight-point advantage over the competition. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams led eleven laps of the April 24th “Sokola Shootout” at Perris before finishing second to Gardner. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has four top-10 finishes and 11 feature laps led to his credit. Austin is tied for ninth in series wins and will be looking for the tenth victory of his career.

After winning his fourth “Sokola Shootout,” “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has climbed to second in the point standings. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #1 Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner has posted one feature win, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in the campaign. The eight-time champion leads all drivers with eighty-four USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights taking over the point lead with a win at Bakersfield.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) has climbed to third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen scored a ninth place finish at Perris on April 24th. To date, the veteran driver has one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the year. Chris will be looking to claim his first USAC/CRA win this Saturday night.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks fourth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa scored twentieth at Perris Auto Speedway after an early exit due to mechanical problems. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two top-10 finishes and 47 feature laps led on the season. Brody is tied for thirteenth in series wins and will have his sights on the ninth victory of his career.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) sits fifth in the championship point standings. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Rockstar Coatings Maxim, Malcolm raced from tenth to fifth at the “Sokola Shootout.” To date, the young driver has three top-10 finishes and will be looking for his first USAC/CRA win at Bakersfield.

Heading to Bakersfield Speedway, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA), and Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Mitchell, Austin Liggett, Verne Sweeney, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Matt McCarthy, A.J. Bender, Steve Hix, Joel Rayborne, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Logan Williams, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $20, Kids Tickets (6 to 12) are $10, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. For more event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Max Adams, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ryan Timmons.

BAKERSFIELD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Cory Kruseman.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Williams-285, 2. Damion Gardner-277, 3. Chris Gansen-235, 4. Brody Roa-216, 5. Tommy Malcolm-212, 6. Max Adams-195, 7. Cody Williams-192, -. Charles Davis Jr.-192, 9. Matt Mitchell-176, 10. Austin Liggett-149, 11. Verne Sweeney-140, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-139, 13. Austin Grabowski (R)-138, 14. Ryan Timmons (R)-134, 15. Matt McCarthy-127, 16. Rick Hendrix-119, 17. A.J. Bender-117, 18. Jake Hodges (R)-106, 19. Davey Ray-105, 20. Steve Hix-95, 21. Austin Ervine-87, 22. Joel Rayborne-80, 23. Tanner Boul-75, 24. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-68, 25. Troy Rutherford-64, --. Ikaika O'Brien-64, 27. Stevie Sussex-63, 28. Logan Williams-59, 29. Nate Schank-58, 30. Cal Smith-53, 31. Dan Taylor-47, --. Kyle Edwards-47, 33. Brent Owens (R)-44, --. Trent Williams-44, 35. Tyler Hatzikian-42, 36. Jeff Dyer-40, 37. Kaleb Montgomery-32, 38. James Heling-31, 39. Tom Hendricks-28, 40. James Herrera-20, --. Shane Sexton-20.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

INCREASED PAYOUT UP FOR GRABS IN LAKESIDE’S USAC SPRINT RETURN MAY 21-22
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kansas City, Kansas (April 29, 2021)………”We’re going to Kansas City. Kansas City, here we come.”

That’s the tune the competitors of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will soon be singing when the series makes its seventh and eighth ever appearances at Lakeside Speedway's 4/10-mile under its dirt iteration on Wolcott Drive in Kansas City, Kan. for two-straight nights of action on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22.

An increased payout will be at the forefront both nights with $6,000-to-win and $600 to start Friday’s feature, while Saturday’s A-Main event posts a $7,500 top prize with $600 to start.

The event is co-sanctioned by three different USAC series sharing the bill: the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, the Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association and Wingless Sprints Oklahoma.

The weekend on dirt will feature a pair of full-points shows for the National series. However, for MWRA, the race will pay feature points only while, for WSO, the event will be considered a non-points, special event. E-Mods and Mod Lites will also be on the event card for both race days.

Previous USAC National Sprint Car feature winners on the dirt at Lakeside include Tony Elliott (2001), J.J. Yeley (2001), Robert Ballou (2015 & 2016), Thomas Meseraull (2016) and Brady Bacon (2017).

Tickets will be available at the gate on each race day. However, tickets can also be purchased in advance at www.TracPass.com. One-day general admission tickets are on sale now for $25. Two-day general admission tickets are $45. Tickets for children aged 12-15 are $10 per day while kids aged 11 and under are admitted for free.

Pit passes are available at the track as well as on www.TracPass.com. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Two-day pit passes can be purchased for $60. One-day pit passes for children aged 6 and under are $15.

Both nights, registration and pit gates open at 3pm CDT with the grandstands/ticket office opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing. Friday’s action will also include E-Mods and Mod Lites, while Saturday’s event card will have the E-Mods.

For more information on the event, visit USAC’s official website at www.USACracing.com. You can also visit the race promoter’s website at www.trackenterprises.com or by calling their office at (217) 764-3200. You may check out the track’s website directly by clicking www.lakesidespeedway.net or by calling at (913) 299-9206.

 

SEAVEY TO DRIVE BALDWIN’S 5
AT ELDORA’S #LETSRACETWO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (May 3, 2021)………Logan Seavey will compete for Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars take on Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and #LetsRaceTwo for consecutive nights of $10,000-to-win events this Friday and Saturday, May 7-8.

The instantly recognizable orange No. 5 has competed on the USAC trail this year with Dave Darland at the wheel, making four starts with the series between February and April. Darland is on the mend after suffering a stroke on April 23. Over the past weekend, Jadon Rogers had wheeled the car in local Indiana competition.

Seavey has yet to pilot a sprint car before at Eldora. However, he does have experience of the slightly different variety in a midget, as well as in a NASCAR Truck Series event. The Sutter, Calif. native led a race-high 53 laps before finishing 8th with the truck. In the midget, he finished 3rd in both 2018 and 2019, leading three laps late in the latter of the two events.

The 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion and two-time career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner eyes this weekend’s Sprint Car double, just one of the several Big E experiences he’s highly anticipating competing in throughout the year.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Seavey said. “I plan on racing at Eldora quite a bit this year between the three USAC Sprint Car races, two Midget races and two Silver Crown races. Just the more races I can get there, the better. I really enjoy it. The first time I went there in a truck, I didn’t think I was going to have fun and didn’t think I’d really figure it out or be good there, but it was pretty natural.”

Seavey has made six USAC National Midget starts this year as a full-time competitor with the series. He’s made 42 career USAC Sprint Car starts and was the 2018 co-Rookie of the Year with the series. Seavey relishes the opportunity and hopes there’s more on the horizon with the same team that captured the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car entrant championship with driver Chris Windom.

“For now, it’s kind of race whenever we can deal, and just feel everybody out and see what we all want to do and go from there,” Seavey explained of his pairing with the Baldwin team. “We’re just going to go with the flow, race and see how it goes, and then put some more races on the schedule from there. I didn’t have much on the sprint car schedule to start the year. Opportunities come about and you have to jump on them. Baldwin has really nice stuff, and (crew chief) Derek (Claxton) has had a lot of success there at Eldora also. I think it’s going to be a good race, and I think I’ve got a pretty good piece.”

#LetsRaceTwo debuted in 2015 at Eldora. Among the past winners are Robert Ballou (2015 & 2017), Justin Grant (2015 & 2017), Bryan Clauson (2016), Chad Boespflug (2016), Brady Bacon (2018), Chris Windom (2018) and Tyler Courtney (2019). Windom’s 2018 #LetsRaceTwo triumph came behind the wheel of the Baldwin ride.

This Friday and Saturday at Eldora, ticket sales begin at the main gate and turn 4 at 1:30pm ET; the turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm; the spectator gates open at 2pm; and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing for both divisions immediately following.

Tickets for the dream doubleheader, featuring USAC and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars together on consecutive nights, are on sale now at https://eldoraspeedway.com/tickets. All seats are reserved. If the capacity level isn’t met during pre-sales prior to the race, tickets will be available at the gate

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars from Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing both nights at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 


 

GRANT HITS 120 MPH AVG. TO TOP WINCHESTER USAC SILVER CROWN PRACTICE
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Winchester, Indiana (May 2, 2021)………Justin Grant blistered Winchester (Ind.) Speedway with a 120 mph lap average, setting the quickest time in Sunday afternoon’s open practice for the USAC Silver Crown National Championship in preparation for the debut of the big cars on the half-mile paved oval next Sunday afternoon, May 9.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) was one of 12 cars that took an official time during Sunday’s practice. A field of 22 cars and drivers are expected to compete in the Rich Vogler Classic the following week, and Grant, the defending series champion has already turned heads with his time of 14.997 seconds, translating to an average speed of 120.024 mph.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) was second overall in practice at 15.257 with David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wis.) third at 15.493, Kyle O’Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.) fourth at 15.607 and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) rounding out the top-five at 15.629. O’Gara turned the most laps during the afternoon session with 95.

Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.), Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ind.) and Hank Lower (Angola, Ind.) also took practice runs as well on Sunday.

Shane Cottle did not participate in practice but will be the pilot of the Curtis Williams-owned No. 81 for race day after Lower, the four-time Sprints on Dirt champ and former track record holder at Winchester, was in the seat for practice.

Those dozen, plus five-time series champion Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), series race winners Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) and Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), plus 2020 Rookie of the Year Bryan Gossel (Fort Collins, Colo.), along with Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Rookie Jake Day (Abilene, Texas), Toni Breidinger (Hillsborough, Calif.) and Jim Anderson (Joliet, Ill.) are among those ready to compete in next Sunday’s race.

On race day, the pits open at 9am ET with the drivers meeting set for 10am, practice at 11am, Fatheadz Qualifying at 1pm, a driver’s autograph session at 2pm, opening ceremonies at 3pm and the 100-lap main event at 3:30pm.

Reserved seats are $30 apiece, while general admission tickets are $20, and just $10 for children aged 6 to 12.

The race will be shown LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: May 2, 2021 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Indiana – Fatheadz Eyewear Rich Vogler Classic Presented by The Pallet Builder – 1/2-Mile Paved Oval

PRACTICE: 1. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-14.997; 2. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-15.257; 3. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-15.493; 4. Kyle O’Gara, 1, SFHR-15.607; 5. Eric Gordon, 99, Armstrong-15.629; 6. Brian Gerster, 94, Myers-15.691; 7. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-15.732; 8. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-15.903; 9. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-16.119; 10. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-16.338; 11. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-16.604; 12. Hank Lower, 81, Williams-18.477.

 

 

WINDOM CHIMES IN FOR FIRST WIN OF THE USAC MIDGET SEASON AT KOKOMO GP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (May 1, 2021)………Through his first five USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts in 2021, Chris Windom had finished 2nd once, 3rd twice and 4th on one other occasion.

Standing in front of the gates of victory, but unable to pick the lock, as fate would have it, the reigning series champ just needed to head back to the site of his most recent victory 14 races prior, to where he’s a past track champ and a frequent winner of sprint car and midget races for the past decade-and-a-half – home sweet home, AKA Kokomo Speedway.

One such feather that the Canton, Ill. native had, thus far, been unable to put in his cap, prior to Saturday night, was a triumph in the Kokomo Grand Prix where he held prior bests of 3rd in 2019 and 4th in 2014.

Nevermore, said the reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, as he overtook Daison Pursley for the lead for good on the fifth lap, changed his plan of attack mid-stream when the likes of Tanner Thorson began to bear down on him, then kept a hard-charging Buddy Kofoid at bay down the stretch, to tally a mark in the win column for the first time in this calendar year in his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Windom’s 7th career series win moved him into 92nd on the all-time win list alongside Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton and Johnnie Tolan.

“(Car owner) Chad Boat had this thing so good to run the bottom,” Windom said. “I could run the top too when I needed to; it was a lot of fun. It’s been a frustrating year, but we’ve been wanting to win a race, and we finally got one the third weekend in.”

For the second consecutive night at Kokomo, Windom started his race from the pole position. However, he was keen on not allowing the opening laps play out in a similar fashion to the night before as it did with first-time series winner Emerson Axsom. This time, Windom outpaced outside front row starter Chase Randall into turn one, nestling his right rear tire on the sweet spot of the curb as he led the pace on the opening lap.

Soon after, third-starting Pursley emerged, occupying the bottom while Windom hung topside. The classic high/low duel quickly became an exchange of barbs on lap five when Pursley slid Windom into turn three, forcing Windom to crossover and divert low at the exit of turn four and sling back to the top past Pursley by the time the pair hit turn two.

Windom made his first commitment around the infield tires on lap seven as he panned downward in turn one. However, Pursley went even lower, and took the shorter route ahead of Windom, albeit very briefly.

By the time the duo made their way into turn three, Windom, standing three car lengths in arrears by the middle of the back straightaway, made a beeline straight from the bottom of turn three to the top of turn four, sliding just in front of Pursley, forcing Pursley to hiccup ever so slightly on the cushion, getting sideways, and lifting the front wheels off the surface, allowing Windom to slip away.

The moment was short-lived, however, when the yellow flag flew shortly thereafter for a flat left rear tire on 13th place running Ethan Mitchell. After replacing the tire in the work area during the caution period, Mitchell returned to finish 16th.

A gnarly curb saw several drivers bucking their way through turns one and two on the top side, yet Windom remained smooth as silk. Just when it appeared as if the top was the surefire bet for Windom, he hedged his bet when a charge on the bottom led by Tanner Thorson began to make the case for a different path to victory. With the pearly white nose of Thorson’s No. 19T rapidly closing and fully visible in the corner of Windom’s left eye, Windom said “sayonara” to the top and began a re-dedication to the bottom.

The move paid immediate dividends, upping Windom’s advantage from mere tenths to over a second with half of the 30 laps scored and half more remaining.

“I wanted to make the top work there early and make it interesting, but I saw those guys coming on the bottom and I had to jump down there and take the line away,” Windom explained. “This car is so good, that even though it’s so slow around the bottom, it’s just so much faster to do it. It was Just a technical track, and with how big that curb was, a midget doesn’t really run on it super well. You have to hit it perfect to be fast up there and it’s hard to hit it perfect for 30 laps. So, I got down in a safe spot.”

Pursley’s impressive run came to a shrieking halt on the 17th lap when the 4th place driver was bit by the cushion between turns one and two, which forced him onto the bike, two-wheeling his car before the right side wheels snagged and sent him barrel-rolling twice, then flipping him over once more nose-to-tail before coming to a rest, ending a relatively tough evening for the Oklahoman who also found himself upside-down in true Tommy Tipover style in practically the same spot in the third heat race.

On the lap 17 restart, Windom and Thorson stayed low while third-running Kevin Thomas Jr. and fourth-running Buddy Kofoid were the only takers of the high line who were running inside the top-ten at the moment. Thomas briefly strayed but found his way back to the bottom soon after while Kofoid was unwavering in his loyalty to the top and went about passing by means of going where everybody else simply wasn’t.

Kofoid rode the fence in turns one and two and implanted four in the fluff entering turn three to jet from 4th to 2nd in one big move on lap 21 around the outside of both Thomas and Thorson, the very same lap in which Kofoid turned the fastest single lap of the race.

Now the race was on between Kofoid, the current series point leader, and his pursuit of the defending champion, Windom. Kofoid carved down the margin to a single second with five laps remaining, but Windom was on rails and, with Kofoid’s subsequent bobble on the turn four cushion, that sealed the deal for Windom to secure the victory by a 1.736 second margin over Kofoid, Thomas, Thorson and Friday night winner Emerson Axsom, who also earned his first career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time with the series earlier in the night.

Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) finished as the runner-up in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota for his fourth top-three feature finish in six starts with the series this season.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) was the biggest mover in the event aboard his Petry Motorsports/Gray Auto – FK Rod Ends – Greber Racing Components/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, wheeling it from his 13th starting position to a 3rd place finish, which was his best result with the series this year.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 1, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Grand Prix – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.371; 2. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.382; 3. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.391; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.405; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.417; 6. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.424; 7. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.434; 8. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-13.479; 9. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.494; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.497; 11. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.503; 12. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.520; 13. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.529; 14. Jason McDougal, 4A, RAMS-13.540; 15. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.568; 16. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.582; 17. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.67; 18. Clinton Boyles, 14s, RAMS-13.726; 19. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffith-13.782; 20. Brandon Waelti, 3w, Martin-14.181.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Chase Randall, 6. Bryan Stanfill, 7. Thomas Meseraull. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Brandon Waelti. 2:20.144

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Clinton Boyles. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Buddy Kofoid (8), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 4. Tanner Thorson (7), 5. Emerson Axsom (6), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. Logan Seavey (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (11), 9. Brenham Crouch (16), 10. Kyle Cummins (4), 11. Cannon McIntosh (12), 12. Chase Randall (2), 13. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 14. Clinton Boyles (18), 15. Jason McDougal (15), 16. Ethan Mitchell (10), 17. Hayden Reinbold (17), 18. Brandon Waelti (20), 19. Daison Pursley (3), 20. Bryan Stanfill (19). NT

**Daison Pursley flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Chris Windom, Laps 3-4 Daison Pursley, Laps 5-30 Chris Windom.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-436, 2-Chris Windom-416, 3-Justin Grant-410, 4-Tanner Thorson-409, 5-Thomas Meseraull-392, 6-Emerson Axsom-378, 7-Daison Pursley-315, 8-Cannon McIntosh-312, 9-Jason McDougal-304, 10-Logan Seavey-296.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-50, 2-Thomas Meseraull-47, 3-Tanner Thorson-43, 4-Brady Bacon-36, 5-Chris Windom-30, 6-Buddy Kofoid-29, 7-Justin Grant-29, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-23, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-22, 10-C.J. Leary-21.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 14-15, 2021 – Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Sweet Springs, Missouri – John Hinck Championship – 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Logan Seavey

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Emerson Axsom

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas Jr. (13th to 3rd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Bryant Wiedeman

 

AXSOM GRINDS OUT FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN
AT KOKOMO GP OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (April 30, 2021)………Kokomo Speedway has been a special place and the Kokomo Grand Prix has been a special race for Petry Motorsports in recent times.

In the last Kokomo Grand Prix held prior to Friday, in 2019, the team’s namesake, Scott Petry, captured his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory as a car owner.

Less than two years later, in Friday night’s Kokomo Grand Prix opener, Petry was a firsthand witness to one of his pilots, Emerson Axsom, experiencing his very own first career triumph with the series in the seat of one of his cars.

The 16-year-old Axsom, from Franklin, Ind., was dominant from start to finish, leading all 30 laps around the quarter-mile dirt oval in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends – Keizer Aluminum Wheels – Mobil 1/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, a win which came in just his 23rd career USAC start.

However, it was the 11th career start, back in September of 2020, which stuck in Axsom’s craw.

Despite growing up less than an hour and a half from the pit gate at Kokomo Speedway, Axsom never once turned a wheel at Kokomo Speedway prior to that race last Fall where he charged up to 4th midway through the feature before falling off the pace and out of the race when his kill switch broke.

While that particular race was one he’d rather forget, Friday will forever be engrained in the category of which he’ll always remember.

“I’ve always wanted to do what I’m doing right now; it’s a blast,” Axsom exclaimed. “I couldn’t be happier with the team I’m on and the way we’re doing it. And to do this with my dad by my side, there’s nothing better. I just can’t thank Scott (Petry) enough for this opportunity to run such a great racecar. After this, I’m even more pumped for the rest of the season.”

Young Emerson grew up racing with his father and mentor, Joe, a successful shoe in stock car racing on paved high banked racetracks such as Salem Speedway in Southern Indiana, and also an eight-time starter with the USAC Silver Crown series. Yet Emerson couldn’t resist the pull of open wheel dirt racing, attending Midget races at places like Kokomo and Eldora by the time he was 10 years old.

Axsom, himself, cut his racing teeth in quarter midgets and the amount of success was immense, winning the 2016 USAC .25 Midget Light 160 Paved and USAC .25 Midget Formula Mod Paved championships before, ultimately, making the transition to micro sprints where he scored a hefty payout in The Big Dance at U.S. 24 Speedway in Logansport, Ind. and garnered a memorable winged outlaw main event at the Tulsa Shootout.

Just six days prior to Friday’s Kokomo Grand Prix opener, Axsom notched his first career POWRi Midget win at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

And, as it turned out, just as it always has before, even more success was never too far away, such as it was on Friday night.

Axsom started from the outside of the front row alongside pole sitter Chris Windom, the defending USAC National Midget titlist, 2018 Kokomo Sprint Car track champ and winner of the most USAC National Midget race at Kokomo in September 2020.

No evidence of sweaty palms or any sort of intimidation was evident in Axsom who crossed over from the outside to the inside, swiping past Windom to grab the early lead into turn one. When Windom slid back by in turn three, Axsom responded in kind by driving back under Windom at the exit of turn four to recapture the lead.

However, fourth-starting Daison Pursley doubled-up by sliding past both Windom and Axsom in one fell swoop in turn one on the second lap. Pursley’s maneuver proved short-lived, however, as Axsom raced back by Pursley at the bottom of turn three and quickly built up a 1.5 second advantage.

“I knew that if I got out front and could run my own race, we’d be good,” Axsom explained. “To pass Chris, he’s raced here a ton and he’s really good here, and I figured he’d slide me into one, so I was ready for that. Once I was able to cross him over, I just hit my marks and it worked out well from there.”

On the fifth lap, early mover and shaker Brenham Crouch, who had ridden the high line from 6th to 4th, brought out the lone red flag of the night. Crouch biked on the cushion at the entry to turn one, landed on all fours and appeared to have it saved. Nonetheless, the car continued to drift up the racetrack, smacking the right side wheels against the outside wall between turns one and two, causing him to barrel roll twice. Crouch walked away uninjured but was finished for the evening.

On the ensuing restart, several front running contenders had their shots at winning eliminated. Third running Pursley surrendered with a flat left rear tire in an incident that resulted in Buddy Kofoid (5th) spinning in turn two and collecting Kyle Cummins (6th). Pursley and Cummins spent time in the work area for repairs during the yellow period. All three restarted from the tail with Kofoid racing back to 5th, Pursley to 6th and Cummins to 12th at the checkered.

Axsom withstood a Windom slider attempt on the second lap five restart, and instantly opened up another sizable lead of nearly two seconds, with new second place runner Cannon McIntosh whittling away at Axsom’s lead. McIntosh chopped the Axsom gap to a mere second with five laps remaining, but was unable to get any closer than that, as the two frontrunners broke free from traffic and entered the clear.

Securing the victory when all was said and done was Axsom, who became the first “first-time” USAC National Midget feature winner since Thomas Meseraull in October of 2020. Axsom was followed to the line by McIntosh, Windom, Justin Grant and Kofoid.

McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) earned, by far, his best finish of the year, taking 2nd in his Dave Mac Motorsports/DriveWFX.com – SBS Shocks – D.A. McIntosh/Spike/Speedway Toyota. His previous best finish with the series in 2021 had been 8th at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. after starting the year with three finishes outside the top-ten.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished inside the top-four for the fourth time in five starts with the series this season, scoring a 3rd place result in his CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink – PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Logan Seavey's Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time was the eighth of his USAC National Midget career, tying him for 72nd all-time alongside Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sam Sessions, George Snider and Jack Turner.

Meanwhile, Kevin Thomas Jr.’s 9th place finish on Friday came in his 100th career USAC National Midget feature start.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 30, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Grand Prix – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING RESULTS: 1. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-13.022; 2. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.110; 3. Jason McDougal, 4A, RAMS-13.165; 4. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-13.179; 5. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.190; 6. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.243; 7. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-13.275; 8. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-13.282; 9. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-13.297; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-13.298; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3G, Styres-13.332; 12. Clinton Boyles, 14s, RAMS-13.339; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.345; 14. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.377; 15. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.414; 16. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.423; 17. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.479; 18. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-13.556; 19. Bryan Stanfill, 75AU, Griffith-13.893; 20. Brandon Waelti, 3w, Martin-14.670.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Bryan Stanfill. 2:18.613

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Brandon Waelti, 7. Hayden Reinbold. 2:21.385

INDY METAL FINISHING / INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Ethan Mitchell, 5. Clinton Boyles, 6. Jason McDougal.

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Emerson Axsom (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (3), 3. Chris Windom (1), 4. Justin Grant (9), 5. Buddy Kofoid (8), 6. Daison Pursley (4), 7. Tanner Thorson (17), 8. Ethan Mitchell (12), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 10. Thomas Meseraull (16), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (7), 12. Kyle Cummins (14), 13. Logan Seavey (10), 14. Clinton Boyles (15), 15. Hayden Reinbold (18), 16. Brandon Waelti (20), 17. Bryan Stanfill (19), 18. Chase Randall (5), 19. Brenham Crouch (6), 20. Jason McDougal (11). NT

**Brenham Crouch flipped on lap five of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Emerson Axsom.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-361, 2-Justin Grant-345, 3-Tanner Thorson-340, 4-Chris Windom-340, 5-Thomas Meseraull-338, 6-Emerson Axsom-309, 7-Daison Pursley-285, 8-Cannon McIntosh-266, 9-Jason McDougal-264, 10-Logan Seavey-236.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-50, 2-Thomas Meseraull-44, 3-Tanner Thorson-40, 4-Brady Bacon-36, 5-Chris Windom-30, 6-Justin Grant-29, 7-Buddy Kofoid-23, 8-C.J. Leary-21, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 10-Paul Nienhiser-18.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 1, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Grand Prix – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Daison Pursley

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (17th to 7th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey


 


6-GRAND TO WIN AT FAIRBURY, NEBRASKA'S
MIDWEST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP JULY 15-17

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (April 29, 2021)………This summer marks the sixth annual appearance for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, July 15-17, at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway, and the event is primed to be bigger and better than ever, paying $6,000-to-win and $500 to start the final night’s feature.

The winning payout for the Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation, co-sanctioned by USAC and the Rocky Mountain Midget Association, will feature over $40,000 in total purse money with the winner’s share elevated to $6K in honor of the sixth consecutive year of the 1/5-mile dirt oval hosting the series.

The Midwest Midget Championship has continued to grow in each year of its existence, and this year, it tops a new mark with its highest payout yet and has quickly become a marquee event not only for the teams, racers and fans, but especially to those within the community.

“Our entire crew is dedicated to making this show one of the premier events in the country,” event promoter Cody Brewer said. “The USAC drivers are the best in the world, and it's our job to make sure they have a good track and a cool event so they can showcase their talents. We are also super thankful for the support from the local community and also the fans that come from all over the country to support these drivers.”

Past winners of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events at Jefferson County Speedway include Chad Boat (2016), Tanner Thorson (2017), Justin Grant (2018), Jason McDougal (2019), Tyler Courtney (2019 & 2020) and Chris Windom (2020).

This year’s event kicks off on Thursday, July 15, with an open practice for all race teams from 5-7pm CDT followed by a shrimp boil and BBQ at 8pm for all teams, crews, fans, etc. at the campground on the north side of the track.

On Friday, July 16, the first night of racing for the Midwest Midget Championship features the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets competing 30 laps for $3,000 to win while the N.O.W. (National Open Wheel) 600 Series/JayHusker co-sanctioned Non-Wing and Restrictor Micros will also be in competition.

The Midwest Midget Championship finale on Saturday, July 17, will feature the same divisions as the previous night with midget pilots gunning for the $6,000 prize, culminating with a 40-lap main event.

Gates open at 5pm CDT with racing scheduled for 7pm on both July 16-17. General admission tickets are $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. High school students and younger are just $5. Reserved seating is $25 (available online only in two-day packages). Reserved seating tickets are available online at www.JeffersonCountySpeedway.com under the "Buy Tickets" tab.

General admission tickets will be sold the day of show at the main grandstand gate starting at 5pm CDT and will not be limited. Reserved seating is only available as pre-sale only, as listed above.

All access pit passes will not be limited and will be available at the pit gate on the day of show only.

There will be a free concert after the races both nights at the beer garden.

Camping with electric and water hookups is available just a few hundred feet from the track by reserving online at www.JeffersonCountySpeedway.com under the "Buy Tickets" tab.


USAC SPRINTS TO BATTLE FOR $10K
EACH NIGHT AT ELDORA'S #LETSRACETWO MAY 7-8

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (April 28, 2021)………Each night of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing at Eldora Speedway on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, will now pay $10,000 to win at the famed half-mile dirt oval in western Ohio.

Tickets for the dream doubleheader, featuring USAC and the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars together on consecutive nights, are on sale now at https://eldoraspeedway.com/tickets.

#LetsRaceTwo is the latest of several USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events to feature raised purses in 2021. February’s Winter Dirt Games finale at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. was to pay $10,000-to-win before it was washed out by rain. Four $6,000-to-win events were added to the schedule and contested during the recent Keystone Invasion of Pennsylvania.

Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway’s third annual Corn Belt Clash on July 10 will pay $20,000-to-win, and $20,000 more will be up for grabs during the Sept. 10-11-12 Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in Brandon, South Dakota. The final night of Sprint Car Smackdown X on Aug. 28 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway will serve $15,000-to-win. Furthermore, the Sept. 18 Haubstadt Hustler at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway has upped its winner’s share to $12,000.

Two-hundred-one previous USAC National Sprint Car points races have been held at Eldora Speedway since 1962, making it the most frequented track in the history of the series.

#LetsRaceTwo debuted in 2015 at Eldora. Among the past winners are Robert Ballou (2015 & 2017), Justin Grant (2015 & 2017), Bryan Clauson (2016), Chad Boespflug (2016), Brady Bacon (2018), Chris Windom (2018) and Tyler Courtney (2019), who enters riding a record four-race winning streak with the series at Eldora dating to 2018.

Friday and Saturday at Eldora, ticket sales begin at the main gate and turn 4 at 1:30pm ET; the turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm; the spectator gates open at 2pm; and hot laps begin at 6pm with qualifying and racing for both divisions immediately following.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars from Eldora can be watched LIVE on FloRacing both nights at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

 

KOKOMO GRAND PRIXVIEW:
USAC MIDGETS SLING IT AT KOKOMO THIS WEEKEND

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (April 28, 2021)………It’s been two years since we’ve experienced the Kokomo Grand Prix - two heart palpitating, intensely, outrageous nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing packed into one weekend, on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, at a venue, Kokomo Speedway, which has routinely delivered many of the most memorable races from start-to-finish since the series debuted at the quarter-mile in 1956.

Take for example the most recent Kokomo Grand Prix showdown we witnessed in April 2019. Following an incident on the final lap of the Kokomo Sprint Car race that preceded the Midget feature, perhaps it was fate that Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Justin Grant met again in some form or fashion.

Justin Grant got the best of Thomas in the sprint tilt, picking up the victory following a last-lap, side-by-side battle that wound up with Thomas on his head on the back straightaway before Thomas hurriedly made a beeline to the opposite end of the track to confront Grant.

When cooler heads prevailed, as luck would have it, a look at the starting lineup showed the same two drivers starting side-by-side in the second row of the midget main, setting the stage for round two of the duel which once again came down to the final lap, but this time with the outcome the mirror opposite.

KTJ ran down Grant late in the going and, on the final corner of the final lap, reversed his fortunes with redemption, nipping Grant by half a front wheel at the stripe – or 0.015 seconds to be precise.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) hopes what would be his 100th career USAC National Midget start this weekend will be equally memorable in a pair of shows, each of which pay $4,000-to-win. He currently stands at 99. The 2016 Kokomo Sprint Car track champ has found victory lane numerous times at the track over the years, including twice in USAC Midgets in the Indiana Midget Week round of 2018 and the KGP in 2019.

At the Kokomo GP alone, Thomas has also had a 4th on night one of 2017; 5th place runs in 2017 and 2019, plus 6th place results on both nights in 2014 and a 10th in 2018. He’s also led each of the past two Kokomo GP features, pacing the field for 14 circuits on night one and the final lap on night two in 2019. He led five back in 2014.

Thomas is the lone past Kokomo Grand Prix winner expected to compete in this year’s event. However, a number of other challengers have previously found their share of successes in USAC Midget competition at Kokomo: Chris Windom and Tanner Thorson.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) won the most recent series race at Kokomo in Sept. 2020 after starting 14th. The 2018 Kokomo Sprint Car track titlist is the only driver to lead laps in both of last year’s USAC Midget features at Kokomo, notching nine in June of 2020 and the final eight in September later in the season. His best KGP result came in 2019 where he finished 3rd, to go along with a 4th in 2014, a 6th in 2019 and a 7th in 2017. He also corralled a USAC Regional Midget win at Kokomo in 2016.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) is on a roll in everything USAC related. He enters Kokomo this weekend as the most recent USAC National Midget winner on April 11 at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. and has been victorious in two of his three most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts last weekend. He also won at Kokomo in USAC Midget in June of 2020 and was the Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier in Sept. 2020. His KGP results have been stellar with runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2017, and a pair of 3rd places in 2015 and 2017. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion finished 10th in the first ever KGP in 2014 and led six laps back in 2017.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) came oh-so-close to a first USAC National Midget win at Kokomo on the final night of the Grand Prix in 2019, leading a race-high 22 laps until Kevin Thomas Jr. slid his way past on the final corner of the final lap for the victory. The two-time Kokomo Sprint Car champ in 2017 and 2019 also took a 5th in the midget in 2018 and 6th in 2017.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a USAC National Midget winner at Ocala earlier this February recently picked up a USAC Regional Midget victory at Kokomo in Oct. of 2020 during the Kokomo Klash. Meseraull finished a best of 7th at the Kokomo GP in 2019 and was the hard charger in 2018, moving from 16th to 8th. He collected another top-10 with a 10th in the 2019 KGP.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) made two successful appearances at the Kokomo GP in 2019, finishing 2nd on night one and 4th on night two after leading the first seven laps. After making his first four starts of the season for Robert Dalby Motorsports, McDougal will be making the jump over to RAMS Racing for Kokomo GP weekend as a teammate to Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.), a 4th place finisher himself at Kokomo during the Indiana Midget Week round in 2020.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) owns three top-ten finishes at the Kokomo Grand Prix, bested by a 6th on night one of 2019. The 2018 USAC National Midget champion also garnered an 8th on night two of 2019 and, in his first ever KGP appearance in 2018, he led 10 laps and finished 7th.

Several drivers are aiming to make their first Kokomo Grand Prix feature starts, including USAC National Midget point leader Buddy Kofoid. The Penngrove, Calif. native is the only multi-time winner of the season with the series, taking victories at both Ocala and Port City. Another victory this weekend would make him the first driver ever to win races at the first three venues on the USAC National Midget schedule in a season. Last year’s series Rookie of the Year has made two Kokomo USAC National Midget starts at Kokomo, both in 2020, taking 10th in June and 5th in Sept.

Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) enters the Kokomo GP on the heels of his best career USAC National Midget feature result, a 3rd on April 11 at Port City. His lone Kokomo Grand Prix start resulted in an 18th place finish on night one of 2019.

In addition to Kofoid, drivers with Kokomo USAC Midget experience, but none yet at the Kokomo GP, also include three-time Kokomo USAC Sprint winner Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), 5th during Indiana Midget Week at Kokomo in June 2020; plus Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) 4th in Sept. 2020; Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), a heat winner and 11th place finisher in Sept. 2020; Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), 17th in Sept. 2020; and series veteran Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.).

Rookie of the Year contenders who have Kokomo USAC Midget experience include the leading Rookie in the standings at the moment, Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), 14th in Sept. 2020; Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), 19th in Sept. 2020; Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas), 12th in Sept. 2020; and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), 22nd in Sept. 2020. Fellow Rookie Brian Carber (Pipersville, Pa.) will make his Kokomo debut after finishing 2nd in his first ever series start at Port City in April.

Advance tickets are available for sale right now at www.TracPass.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate on both race days.

On Friday at Kokomo, all gates open at 3pm ET, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 & kids 12 and under are free. USAC member pit passes are $30 apiece and $35 for non-members.

On Saturday, all gates open at 3pm ET, drivers meeting at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 & kids 12 and under are free. USAC member pit passes are $30 apiece and $35 for non-members.

Both nights of the Kokomo Grand Prix will air LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-295, 2-Thomas Meseraull-288, 3-Tanner Thorson-281, 4-Justin Grant-276, 5-Chris Windom-270, 6-Jason McDougal-234, 7-Emerson Axsom-233, 8-Daison Pursley-221, 9-Cannon McIntosh-192, 10-Logan Seavey-190.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT KOKOMO SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 4/5/2019 - Dillon Welch - 12.665 - 71.062 mph

8 Laps - 6/20/2010 - Steve Buckwalter - 1:51.62 - 64.505 mph

10 Laps - 4/5/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 2:10.06 - 69.199 mph

12 Laps - 4/13/2018 - Holly Shelton - 2:46.01 - 65.056 mph

KOKOMO GRAND PRIX WINNERS:

2014: Rico Abreu (4/11) & Rico Abreu (4/12)

2015: Darren Hagen (4/11)

2016: Rained Out

2017: Brady Bacon (4/8) & Brady Bacon (4/9)

2018: Tyler Courtney (4/13)

2019: Tyler Courtney (4/5) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/6)

2020: COVID-19 Out

KOKOMO GRAND PRIX WINS:

2-Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon & Tyler Courtney

1-Darren Hagen & Kevin Thomas Jr.

KOKOMO USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

7-Rich Vogler

6-Mel Kenyon

3-Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Jimmy Davies & Bob Wente

2-Chuck Arnold, Tyler Courtney, Bobby Grim, Page Jones, Mike McGreevy, Ken Schrader, Bob Tattersall & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

1-Tommy Astone, Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Bud Bogard, Frank Burany, Pancho Carter, Danny Caruthers, Jimmy Caruthers, Tommy Copp, Rex Easton, Tony Elliott, Billy Engelhart, Gene Force, Darren Hagen, Gene Hartley, Jack Hewitt, Tracy Hines, Brad Kuhn, Lee Kunzman, Kyle Larson, Critter Malone, Don Meacham, Jerry Nuckles, Forrest Parker, Michael Pickens, Ron Shuman, Graham Standring, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Len Sutton, Shorty Templeman, Tanner Thorson, Sleepy Tripp, Jerry Weeks, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

KOKOMO USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1956: Forrest Parker (7/28)

1957: Len Sutton (6/23) & Rex Easton (8/17)

1958: Frank Burany (5/24)

1959: Gene Force (5/29) & Shorty Templeman (7/12)

1960: Jimmy Davies (5/29), Bod Bogard (6/25), Gene Hartley (7/24) & Bob Wente (8/13)

1961: Jimmy Davies (5/29) & Jimmy Davies (7/30)

1962: Tommy Copp (6/30) & Bob Tattersall (7/29)

1964: Bob Wente (7/11)

1965: Mel Kenyon (5/30), Bobby Grim (6/26) & Bobby Grim (7/24)

1966: Chuck Arnold (5/29) & Bob Tattersall (8/27)

1967: Mike McGreevy (5/29), Chuck Arnold (6/17) & Mike McGreevy (7/22)

1968: Bob Wente (6/30) & Don Meacham (7/21)

1969: Lee Kunzman (5/31)

1970: Dave Strickland (5/30) & Tom Bigelow (8/1)

1971: Danny Caruthers (7/16) & Jimmy Caruthers (8/7)

1972: Pancho Carter (8/26)

1973: Billy Engelhart (7/14)

1975: Sleepy Tripp (7/9)

1976: Tommy Astone (7/7)

1977: Mel Kenyon (7/13)

1978: Ron Shuman (8/23) & Jerry Weeks (8/23)

1979: Mel Kenyon (6/14) & Mel Kenyon (7/11)

1980: Rich Vogler (6/11) & Rich Vogler (7/10)

1981: Rich Vogler (6/10) & Ken Schrader (7/8)

1982: Ken Schrader (6/10) & Mel Kenyon (7/7)

1983: Rich Vogler (6/8) & Rich Vogler (7/13)

1984: Jerry Nuckles (6/6)

1985: Rich Vogler (6/29)

1987: Mel Kenyon (6/24)

1988: Mike Streicher (6/22) & Rich Vogler (8/17)

1990: Graham Standring (8/8)

1991: Jack Hewitt (8/7)

1992: Page Jones (8/19)

1993: Critter Malone (8/11)

1994: Page Jones (7/27)

1995: Tony Elliott (8/23)

2000: Tracy Hines (8/27)

2003: J.J. Yeley (6/15)

2006: Brady Bacon (8/20)

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (8/12)

2008: Bryan Clauson (8/10)

2009: Bryan Clauson (6/14)

2010: Brad Kuhn (6/20)

2011: Michael Pickens (6/12)

2012: Kyle Larson (6/17)

2013: Christopher Bell (6/16)

2014: Rico Abreu (4/11), Rico Abreu (4/12) & Bryan Clauson (6/15)

2015: Darren Hagen (4/11)

2016: Rico Abreu (6/5)

2017: Brady Bacon (4/8), Brady Bacon (4/9) & Spencer Bayston (6/11)

2018: Tyler Courtney (4/13) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (6/3)

2019: Tyler Courtney (4/5) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (4/6)

2020: Tanner Thorson (6/21) & Chris Windom (9/26)

PAST KOKOMO GRAND PRIX RESULTS:

2014 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Zach Daum, 9. Shane Hollingsworth, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Andrew Felker, 13. Parker Price-Miller, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Davey Ray, 17. Daniel Robinson, 18. Austin Brown, 19. Darren Hagen, 20. Shane Cottle, 21. Justin Peck, 22. Taylor Ferns, 23. Spencer Bayston, 24. Seth Motsinger, 25. Alex Bright, 26. Colten Cottle. NT

2014 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Tyler Thomas, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Zach Daum, 9. Parker Price-Miller, 10. Shane Hollingsworth, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Seth Motsinger, 14. Davey Ray, 15. Chris Windom, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Michael Pickens, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Alex Bright, 20. Steve Buckwalter, 21. Jake Blackhurst, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Austin Brown, 24. Caleb Armstrong, 25. Brady Bacon, 26. Spencer Bayston. NT

2015 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Steve Buckwalter, 5. Davey Ray, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Tyler Thomas, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Shane Hollingsworth, 12. Gage Walker, 13. Zach Daum, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Spencer Bayston, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Jim Radney, 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 19. Ryan Greth, 20. Kevin Thomas Jr., 21. Alex Bright, 22. Justin Peck. NT

2017 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Justin Grant, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Tyler Thomas, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Ryan Robinson, 11. Chad Boat, 12. Holly Shelton, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Alex Bright, 15. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 16. Jake Neuman, 17. Tanner Carrick, 18. Brayton Lynch, 19. Tyler Nelson, 20. Shane Golobic. NT

2017 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Shane Golobic, 9. Ryan Robinson, 10. Holly Shelton, 11. Davey Ray, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Alex Bright, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Tyler Nelson, 16. Jake Neuman, 17. Brayton Lynch, 18. Ryan Greth, 19. Chad Boat, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Chase Jones, 23. Tanner Carrick. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Chad Boat (8), 3. Brady Bacon (7), 4. Spencer Bayston (3), 5. Justin Grant (6), 6. Zeb Wise (12), 7. Logan Seavey (2), 8. Thomas Meseraull (16), 9. Ryan Robinson (4), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 11. Holly Shelton (9), 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 13. Dave Darland (20), 14. Andrew Felker (17), 15. Jerry Coons Jr. (18), 16. Brayton Lynch (15), 17. Tanner Carrick (10), 18. Kyle Craker (14), 19. Gage Walker (23). 20. Alex Bright (21), 21. Tyler Thomas (11), 22. Chase Jones (22), 23. Kyle Schuett (19), 24. Matt Moore (24). NT

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Jason McDougal (3), Chris Windom (4), 4. Zeb Wise (12), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 6. Logan Seavey (8), 7. Thomas Meseraull (2), 8. Dillon Welch (7), 9. C.J. Leary (5), 10. Tanner Carrick (16), 11. Dave Darland (21), 12. Chad Boat (10), 13. Tyler Thomas (20), 14. Jesse Colwell (11), 15. Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 16. Andrew Layser (15), 17. Holley Hollan (14), 18. Ethan Mitchell (24), 19. Cole Bodine (22), 20. Karsyn Elledge (23), 21. Zane Hendricks (18), 22. Jerry Coons, Jr. (17), 23. Justin Peck (19), 24. Tony DiMattia (9). NT

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. Justin Grant (3), 3. Zeb Wise (6), 4. Jason McDougal (2), 5. C.J. Leary (8), 6. Chris Windom (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (12), 8. Logan Seavey (13), 9. Tyler Courtney (5), 10. Thomas Meseraull (10), 11. Jesse Colwell (15), 12. Chad Boat (7), 13. Jake Neuman (16), 14. Ace McCarthy (14), 15. Dillon Welch (11), 16. Andrew Layser (22), 17. Holley Hollan (17), 18. Jerry Coons, Jr. (20), 19. Zane Hendricks (19), 20. Cole Bodine (21), 21. Tanner Carrick (9), 22. Sterling Cling (24), 23. Dave Darland (18), 24. Ethan Mitchell (23). NT

 

 

SCOURING THE STATS: USAC MIDGETS APR. 27, 2021 EDITION
 

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (April 27, 2021)………Buddy Kofoid enters this weekend’s two-night Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, Friday-Saturday, April 30-May 1, as the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader.

This will be the Penngrove, Calif. native’s first Kokomo Grand Prix, although two previous outings in the midget at Kokomo have produced a 10th and a 5th as well as three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts in which he notched three consecutive top-fives.

No driver in USAC National Midget history has won at the first three venues on the series schedule in a single year. Following a February win in the Ocala, Fla. season opener and another victorious instance at Port City Raceway in Oklahoma, Kofoid would become the first ever to achieve the feat with a triumph at Kokomo this weekend, which provides him with not one, but two opportunities.

Kofoid is thus far the only driver with multiple victories this season, which has elevated Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports to the entrant standings lead.

Kofoid, last year’s series Rookie of the Year, leads practically all statistical categories that have to do with feature racing with 52 laps led, three top-five results and four top-tens in four starts.

Kofoid, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Ocala night two winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) have finished inside the top-ten in all four appearances this season. Grant, Kofoid and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), meanwhile, have raced to three top-fives in four starts.

Kofoid’s KKM teammate Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) leads all Rookies as the 11th place driver overall in the standings. Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), a winner last time out at Port City on Apr. 11, has set quick time twice, the only driver to do so.

Speaking of Thorson, only one driver has won multiple USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget features before the end of April in a season. That was none other than A.J. Foyt in 1961. If Thorson can win this Friday night’s Kokomo Grand Prix opener, he’d become the first to do so since Indy’s first four-time winner did them same a half-century ago. Thorson won his first two career USAC National Sprint Car features last weekend during Keystone Invasion at Big Diamond Speedway and Path Valley Speedway Park.

Meseraull and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) are the only individuals with two heat race wins this season, while 13 different drivers have started all four feature events in 2021: Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), Daison Pursley, Chase Randall (Waco, Texas), Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson, Bryant Wiedeman and Chris Windom.

Kofoid’s run on Apr. 10 at Port City Raceway, which saw him win from the 16th starting position, was the furthest back any driver won from since the start of the 2015 season.

Thorson’s win at Port City on Apr. 11 was the 21st of his USAC National Midget career, which surpassed the great A.J. Foyt’s 20 career tallies to move a tie with Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton and Ken Schrader for 29th all-time.

Kofoid’s Port City win netted him his fifth career series victory, the last four of which came in a span of seven starts dating back to last season. The most recent in that span moved him into 115th all-time in series wins alongside Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Justin Grant, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jerry Weeks.

Cannon McIntosh’s fast qualifying time on Apr. 10 at Port City was the fourth of his career while Meseraull’s on Apr. 11 was just the 2nd of his two-decade career with the series.

Kevin Thomas Jr.’s next feature start, meanwhile, will mark the 100th of his USAC National Midget career. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) captured the most recent edition of the Kokomo Grand Prix by a the length of a front bumper over Grant in April 2019.

On Friday at Kokomo, all gates open at 3pm ET, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 & kids 12 and under are free. USAC member pit passes are $30 apiece and $35 for non-members.

On Saturday, all gates open at 3pm ET, drivers meeting at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 & kids 12 and under are free. USAC member pit passes are $30 apiece and $35 for non-members.

Both nights of the Kokomo Grand Prix will air LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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2021 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Point Leader: Buddy Kofoid

Owner Champion: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67

Leading Rookie Driver in Points: Bryant Wiedeman

Most Feature Wins: 2-Buddy Kofoid

Laps Led: 52-Buddy Kofoid

Top-Fives: 3-Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid & Chris Windom

Top-Tens: 4-Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid & Thomas Meseraull

Fast Qualifying Times: 2-Tanner Thorson

Heat Race Wins: 2-Thomas Meseraull & Daison Pursley

Feature Starts: 4-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Jason McDougal, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Daison Pursley, Chase Randall, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson, Bryant Wiedeman & Chris Windom

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st)

2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Tulsa, OK

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Apr 30: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

May 1: Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

May 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Sweet Springs, MO

May 15: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Sweet Springs, MO

Jun 3: (I) Paragon Speedway – Paragon, IN

Jun 4: (I) Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, IN

Jun 5: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

Jun 6: (I) Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Jun 9: (I) Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN

Jun 10: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, IN

Jun 11: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Jun 12: (I) Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN

Jul 13: (M) Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK

Jul 15: (M) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE

Jul 16: (M) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE

Jul 17: (M) Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE

Aug 3: (E) Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA

Aug 4: (E) Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA

Aug 5: (E) Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, NJ

Aug 6: (E) Bloomsburg Fairgrounds – Bloomsburg, PA

Aug 7: (E) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway – Newmanstown, PA

Sep 5: Angell Park Speedway – Sun Prairie, WI

Sep 10: Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

Sep 11: Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

Sep 12: Huset's Speedway – Brandon, SD

Sep 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gas City, IN

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Oct 8: Wayne County Speedway – Wayne City, IL

Oct 9: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN

Nov 12: TBA – TBA

Nov 13: TBA - TBA

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

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(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(E) represents an Eastern Midget Week event

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 295 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2 288 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

3 281 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

4 276 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

5 270 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

6 234 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

7 233 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

9 221 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

9 192 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

10 190 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

= USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 295 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

2 288 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)

3 276 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2J)

4 270 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

5 234 Robert Dalby Motorsports, Chico, Calif. (#4)

6 233 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#15)

7 221 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71K)

8 192 Dave Mac Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

9 190 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25)

10 173 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#01)

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 173 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

2 145 Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

3 110 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

4 98 Brian Carber, Pipersville, Pa.

5 75 Taylor Reimer, Bixby, Okla.

6 69 Trey Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

7 54 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.

8 52 Jacob Denney, Springfield, Ohio

9 50 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

50 Emilio Hoover, Broken Arrow, Okla.

50 Oliver Akard, Fort Myers, Fla.

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2021 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

2-Buddy Kofoid (Feb 6 at Bubba Raceway Park & Apr 10 at Port City Raceway)

1-Thomas Meseraull (Feb 8 at Bubba Raceway Park)

1-Tanner Thorson (Apr 11 at Port City Raceway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

52-Buddy Kofoid

30-Thomas Meseraull

27-Logan Seavey

18-Tanner Thorson

9-Sam Johnson

4-Justin Grant

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

3-Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid & Chris Windom

2-Thomas Meseraull, Daison Pursley & Tanner Thorson

1-Emerson Axsom, Brian Carber, Jason McDougal, Ethan Mitchell & Logan Seavey

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

4-Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid & Thomas Meseraull

3-Emerson Axsom, Jason McDougal, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

2-Tanner Carrick, Kyle Jones, Joe B. Miller, Daison Pursley & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Brian Carber, Cannon McIntosh, Ethan Mitchell, Jake Neuman, Logan Seavey & Bryant Wiedeman

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

2-Tanner Thorson

1-Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull & Kevin Thomas Jr.

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HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Indy Metal Finishing & Indy Race Parts)

2-Thomas Meseraull & Daison Pursley

1-Emerson Axsom, Jonathan Beason, Chase Elliott, Sam Johnson, Cannon McIntosh, Max McLaughlin, Ethan Mitchell, Taylor Reimer, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tyler Thomas & Chris Windom

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C-MAIN WINS

1-Jacob Denney & Chance Morton

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SEMI-FEATURE WINS

2-Emerson Axsom

1-Justin Grant & Jason McDougal

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FEATURE STARTS

4-Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Jason McDougal, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Daison Pursley, Chase Randall, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson, Bryant Wiedeman & Chris Windom

3-Brenham Crouch, Sam Johnson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Jonathan Beason, Kaylee Bryson, Brian Carber, Tanner Carrick, Chase Elliott, Kyle Jones, Joe B. Miller, Kade Morton, Jake Neuman, Alex Sewell & Ryan Timms

1-Steve Buckwalter, Jacob Denney, Trey Gropp, Trey Marcham, Ace McCarthy, Max McLaughlin, Taylor Reimer, Daniel Robinson & Tyler Thomas

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Tanner Carrick (14th to 8th)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Daison Pursley (10th to 5th)

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st)

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Chris Windom (13th to 4th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Bryant Wiedeman

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Logan Seavey

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Daison Pursley

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Emerson Axsom

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS

Feb 6: Bubba Raceway Park – Andrew Felker

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park – Emilio Hoover

Apr 10: Port City Raceway – Brenham Crouch

Apr 11: Port City Raceway – Noah Harris

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Tony Stewart

16. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

19. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart

20. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kyle Larson, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

27. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

29. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton, Ken Schrader & Tanner Thorson

34. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

35. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

38. [18 wins] Tyler Courtney & Dave Steele

40. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

42. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

48. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

49. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

53. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman & Stevie Reeves

57. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

63. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

69. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

75. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

79. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner & Josh Wise

92. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

101. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Arnie Knepper, Logan Seavey, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr., Roger West & Chris Windom

115. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

128. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward, & Zeb Wise

160. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

193. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

227. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook Jr., Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (93) Mel Kenyon

2. (84) Rich Vogler

3. (77) Jimmy Davies

4. (72) Bob Wente

5. (43) Mike McGreevy

6. (38) Tracy Hines, Dave Strickland & Bob Tattersall

9. (36) Johnny Parsons

10. (33) Chuck Rodee

11. (29) Jimmy Caruthers

12. (28) Tommy Astone & Kevin Olson

14. (27) Parnelli Jones

15. (26) Jason Leffler

16. (25) Gary Bettenhausen

17. (24) Gene Hartley

18. (22) Stan Fox

19. (21) Don Branson, Tony Stewart & Shorty Templeman

22. (20) Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East & Bobby Grim

26. (19) Jay Drake, Kyle Larson & Tanner Thorson

29. (17) Dave Steele & Mike Streicher

31. (16) Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw & Bobby Olivero

36. (15) Tom Bigelow, Billy Cantrell, Tyler Courtney, Bob McLean & Les Scott

41. (14) Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Jeff Gordon & Kenny Irwin Jr.

45. (13) George Benson, Jimmy Knight & J.J. Yeley

48. (12) Larry Rice & Josh Wise

50. (11) Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet & Sleepy Tripp

60. (10) George Amick, Brady Bacon, Pancho Carter, Allen Crowe, Billy Vukovich & Leroy Warriner

66. (9) A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr. & Jerry Weeks

72. (8) Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider & Jack Turner

80. (7) Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Rex Easton, Ray Elliott, Allen Heath, Billy Mehner, Andy Michner, Henry Pens, Lowell Sachs, Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

91. (6) Chad Boat, Burt Foland, Brian Gerster, Mike Gregg, Kyle Hamilton, Lee Kunzman, Jerry McClung, Ron Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Kevin Thomas Jr., Don Vogler & Billy Wood

102. (5) Merle Bettenhausen, Billy Boat, Steve Cannon, Ray Crawford, Kevin Doty, Ronnie Duman, Aaron Fike, Rick Goudy, Jeff Heywood, Eddie Johnson, Steve Knepper, Brad Kuhn, Andy Linden, Bobby Santos, Chris Shultz, Billy Shuman, Chuck Weyant & Mauri Wilson

121. (4) Johnny Anderson, Caleb Armstrong, Sonny Ates, Gary Byers, Dane Carter, Joe Corrigan, Zach Daum, Mike Fedorcak, Robby Flock, Danny Frye, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jim Hettinger, Arnie Knepper, Chuck Marshall, Cannon McIntosh, Danny McKnight, Jeff Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Gary Ponzini, Richard Powell, Porky Rachwitz, Ricky Shelton, Tom Steiner, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Roger West, Chris Windom & Zeb Wise

150. (3) Bob Cicconi, Cole Carter, Don Anderson, Donnie Beechler, Dwight Brown, Hank Butcher, Harry Beck, Jack Calabrase, Larry Dickson, Mario Clouser, Steve Buckwalter, Tony Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Gene Force, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Bob Hare, Ted Hines, P.J. Jones, Greg Leffler, Grier Manning, Mack McClellan, Johnny Moorhouse, Kenneth Nichols, Jerry Nuckles, Tim Pangborn, Forrest Parker, Johnnie Parsons, Johnny Roberts, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Ruby, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Tom Sellberg, Dale Swaim, Johnnie Tolan & Dillon Welch

189. (2) Sherman Armstrong Jr., Jack Bates, Gays Biro, Art Bisch, Dan Boorse, Tanner Carrick, Bill Chennault, Paul Clark, Bob Cortner, Chris Cumberworth, Bob Davison, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Nick Fornoro Jr., Gene Gennetten, Elmer George, Joe Giba, Ron Gregory, Ted Hartley, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Shane Hmiel, Eddie Jackson, Bubby Jones, Dick Jones, Page Jones, Ronnie Kaplan, Johnny Kay, Walt Kennedy, Michael Lewis, Brad Loyet, Jim Mahoney, Jim McClean, Roger McCluskey, Sarah McCune, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Earl Motter, Ken Nichols, Hank Nykaza, Steve Paden, Danny Pens, Michael Pickens, Parker Price-Miller, Levi Roberts, Johnny Rodriguez, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer, Ryan Scott, Jigger Sirois, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Russ Sweedler, Buddy Taylor, George Tichenor, Bud Tingelstad, Steve Troxell, Bobby Unser, Billy Wease, Ken Weiland, Cole Whitt & Carl Williams

252. (1) Bobby Allen, Al Alpern, Chuck Amati, John Andretti, Capp Arnold, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Tony Ave, Steve Barth, Dave Bartlett, Todd Barton, John Batts, Jim Beckley, Daniel Bedford, Dick Betts, Nick Bohanon, Tony Bonadies, Johnny Boyd, Kaylee Bryson, Bob Burbridge, Larry Cannon, Roy Caruthers, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Duke Cook, Jay Cornell, A.J. Davis, Duke DeRosa, Danny Ebberts, Bob Ellingham, Dean Erfurth, Russ Faucett, Sarah Fisher, Dan Ford, Josh Ford, Danny Frye Jr., Jim Gates, Johnny Gavin, Roy Gillhamer, Roy Graham, Bob Gregg, Mike Groff, Chuck Gurney Jr., Gene Gurney, Butch Haisman, Davey Hamilton, Garrett Hansen, Bob Harkey, Alex Harris, Scott Hatton, Jac Haudenschild, Jim Hemmings, Al Henderson, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hill, Larry Hillerud, Bob Hogle, Shane Hollingsworth, Bill Homeier, Rick Hood, Wally Hostettler, Billy Hughes, Jeff Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gary Irvin, Bob Jesser, Ronnie Johncox, Paul Jones, Jack Jordan, Brent Kaeding, Gary Kanawyer, Jim Keeker, Harry Kern, Jimmy Kirk, Danny Kladis, George Kladis, Clay Klepper, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kojis, Bill Kollman, Jim Lauri IV, Buddy Lee, Donnie Lehmann, Bob Lithgow, Eddie Loomis, Jim Bob Luebbert, Dave Lundy, Carson Macedo, Jim Malloy, Bobby Marshman, Larry McCloskey, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden, Al Miller, J.R. Miller, Stephanie Mockler, Davey Moses, Mike Mosley, Brad Noffsinger, Danny O'Neill, Jan Opperman, Junior Parkinson, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Bill Puterbaugh, Jon Rahe, Bill Randall, Norm Rapp, Keith Rauch, Dickie Reese, Bill Renshaw, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Jack Runyon, John Sarna, Gio Scelzi, Chase Scott, Shane Scully, Roy Seidenstricker, Holly Shelton, Dean Shirley, Tony Simon, C.L. Smith, Bob Spoo, J.P. Standley, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Bob Twitty, Al Unser, Don Weaver, Terry Wente, Gene Weyant, Johnny White, Newt White, Eric Wilkins & Don Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS

1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS

1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson-Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid


 


SHOW ME USAC MIDGETS:
SWEET SPRINGS’ JOHN HINCK CHAMPIONSHIP MAY 14-15

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (April 27, 2021)………Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex delivers two-straight nights of action-packed USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing on the 1/6-mile dirt bullring on Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, for the John Hinck Championship.

Both nights at Sweet Springs will feature full events for the series with hot laps, qualifying, heat races, last chance showdowns and feature events, with Friday’s 30-lap A-Main paying $4,000-to-win and Saturday’s 40-lap A-Main awarding $6,000 to the victor.

Four previous USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events have been held at Sweet Springs, all of which featured memorable late-race duels for the win.

Logan Seavey captured the inaugural running in 2018 with the winning pass coming four laps from the finish. Tanner Carrick won his first career series race in 2019 just three laps from the conclusion.

Last year, on the opening night at Sweet Springs, Cannon McIntosh won the race with a stirring last lap maneuver to score the victory. On the second night, Kofoid thrived to fend off and defeat past series champion Tyler Courtney to the checkered during the final laps to score his first career series triumph.

Sweet Springs will welcome the sport’s top stars in mid-May, including past series champions Tanner Thorson-2016 (Minden, Nev.), Logan Seavey-2018 (Sutter, Calif.) and Chris Windom-2020 (Canton, Ill.) as well as 2021 series winners Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), plus 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), and series race winners Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and many more!

General admission tickets for both nights at Sweet Springs are $20 with children age 12 and under free. On Friday, USAC member pit passes are $25 with non-members $30. On Saturday, USAC member pit passes are $30 with non-members $35. Advance event tickets are on sale now at www.TracPass.com and will also be available at the gate on both race days.

The event will also feature the Non-Wing Outlaw Micro Sprints, paying $450 to win on Friday and $1,000 to win on Saturday.

Hot laps will begin at 7pm CDT on Friday and at 6pm CDT on Saturday with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

Both nights of the John Hinck Championship at Sweet Springs will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.


 

 

2 OUT OF 3 AIN’T BAD:
THORSON WINS PATH VALLEY KEYSTONE INVASION FINALE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Spring Run, Pennsylvania (April 25, 2021)………After his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on Friday night at Big Diamond, Thorson established that he’s not willing to settle for just being the top Rookie with the series. His ideals involve winning races and winning a championship.

As it turned out, Thorson wasn’t even open to settling for a single victory over the weekend. He wanted more.

It took 13 starts for Thorson to become a first-time winner and just two more starts for the Minden, Nevada native to become a two-time winner with the series, scoring the victory in Sunday’s Keystone Invasion finale at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa.

Sandwiched between the two winning performances was an 18th place dropout on Saturday at BAPS Motor Speedway, putting Thorson in the position of having to bounce back Sunday in the series’ first ever event at Path Valley aboard his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – CSI – MVT/Spike/Stanton Chevy.

“We had to bounce back after last night’s run,” Thorson said. “What can I say? These guys are working hard to get me comfortable enough to be able to bang the curb, run in the slick and run anywhere. Our motor package and our cars are really good. Hats off to crew members (Tyler Ransbottom), Connor (Ridge) and (Austin French). I can’t thank car owner Andy Reinbold enough for giving me the opportunity to run this.”

With it being the first series event held at Path Valley, several drivers came in lacking prior experience at the Spring Run, Pa. quarter-mile. That wasn’t the case for Tanner Thorson.

In three previous USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts there, Thorson led a total of 31 laps, was the fastest qualifier in 2015 and, that same year, led the first 13 laps of the feature. In 2017, Thorson was in position again to win at Path Valley, pacing the field for 18 laps and was leading when contact in turn four coming to the checkered flag sent him spinning out of the lead. An ultimately better result came about for Thorson in 2019 with a 4th place finish.

Thorson drew comparisons of Path Valley to a larger version of Port City Raceway. After all, it was exactly two weeks earlier that Thorson won a USAC National Midget feature at the 1/8-mile Port City track in Tulsa, Okla. Small track, bigger track, Thorson has come up big in recent weeks and felt he had the upper hand coming into Path Valley.

“I think anytime you can run somewhere, whether it’s a midget, a sprint car, a wing car, it seems to help,” Thorson explained. “I definitely like this place; it’s definitely my cup of tea.”

Thorson started from the outside of the front row with Saturday’s BAPS winner, C.J. Leary, on the pole, for the 40-lapper. Thorson got the launch, breaking away from the pack initially, while a three-car scramble ensued just behind involving Chase Stockon, Chris Windom and Leary.

Exiting turn two on second lap, Windom attempted to split the gap between Stockon and Leary, but the gap closed soon thereafter with Windom serving as the meat in the sandwich, with Stockon launching over Windom’s left front wheel and Leary ramping over Windom’s right front wheel simultaneously, resulted in Windom’s front end being knocked, Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier Brady Bacon spinning to a stop, and 12th starting Timmy Buckwalter flipping over. He was uninjured.

Windom and Buckwalter were knocked out of the race while Bacon restarted from the tail and drove to a 12th place finish.

When racing resumed, Thorson led the charge around the top with Leary stalking in the shadows until the 19th lap when Leary slid past Thorson from the bottom of turn three to the curb at the exit of turn four. Thorson tried to return the favor in turns one and two, pulling dead even with Leary. Leary then lost his footing atop the turn two cushion, allowing Thorson to scoot past under into three. Leary limboed even lower and cleared Thorson to the top of four.

The race’s outlook turned on a dime when, moments later, Thorson fired another slider on the high-riding Leary into turn one, ultimately resulting in contact between Thorson’s right rear and Leary’s left front. Leary, now on the wrong side of the cush, throttled out of the proverbial quicksand, but now found himself in third as Justin Grant shot underneath to snag second.

By lap 23, Leary had gathered himself and was engaged in a ferocious battle with Grant when he tripped the turn three cushion. As he bounced like a basketball in the fluff, fourth-running Kevin Thomas Jr. tried to avoid, but ramped his right rear over the left front of Leary, which pre-empted Leary’s evening on the hook.

En route to the 30th lap, Thorson was well in command. However, this was 40, and the 2016 USAC National Midget champ still had traffic to grapple with around the tight confines. Though bottled-up periodically, Thorson executed with relative ease, despite having to cut to the bottom with two laps remaining where traffic was running in the mid to high lanes. Thorson and the lapped car of Briggs Danner glanced rubber at the bottom of the first turn, though it was more of a case of “no harm, no foul,” when all was said and done for both.

Thorson finished off the triumph by becoming the third multi-time winner of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, following Kevin Thomas Jr. and Brady Bacon. Grant finished second with Kevin Thomas Jr. third, KSE Racing Products/Irvin King Hard Charger Alex Bright fourth (from 18th), and Brandon Mattox rounding out the top-five with his first top-five result of the season.

Also of note, with his 38th career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time in USAC National Sprint Car competition earlier in the night, Bacon passed Larry Dickson for fifth on the all-time list.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 25, 2021 – Path Valley Speedway Park – Sprint Run, Pennsylvania – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Keystone Invasion

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.943 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.036; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-11.067; 4. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-11.088; 5. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-11.147; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.157; 7. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-11.166; 8. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-11.207; 9. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-11.250; 10. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-11.290; 11. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-11.306; 12. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.310; 13. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.320; 14. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-11.345; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-11.353; 16. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady/Mach-1-11.451; 17. Nash Ely, 3BC, Franckowiak-11.475; 18. Ricky Lewis, 11L, Lewis-11.499; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Hogue-11.592; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-11.621; 21. Briggs Danner, 5G, Gallagher-11.665; 22. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-11.775; 23. Mike Meyers, 10m, Meyers-11.994; 24. Tom Savage, 38s, Savage-12.131.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Mark Smith, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Thomas Meseraull. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Paul Nienhiser, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Nash Ely, 6. Carmen Perigo, 7. Isaac Chapple , 8. Mike Meyers. 2:00.41 (New Track Record)

INDY METAL FINISHING/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Brandon Mattox, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Ricky Lewis, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Briggs Danner, 8. Tom Savage. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Isaac Chapple, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Briggs Danner, 8. Mike Meyers, 9. Tom Savage. 2:28.157 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (2), 2. Justin Grant (6), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 4. Alex Bright (18), 5. Brandon Mattox (7), 6. Jake Swanson (11), 7. Steven Drevicki (14), 8. Robert Ballou (8), 9. Thomas Meseraull (20), 10. Chase Stockon (3), 11. Carmen Perigo (10), 12. Brady Bacon (9), 13. Paul Nienhiser (13), 14. Mark Smith (16), 15. Briggs Danner (22), 16. Isaac Chapple (21), 17. Nash Ely (17), 18. Matt Westfall (15), 19. Ricky Lewis (19), 20. C.J. Leary (1), 21. Chris Windom (4), 22. Timmy Buckwalter (12). NT
**Timmy Buckwalter flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Tanner Thorson, Laps 19-20 C.J. Leary, Laps 21-40 Tanner Thorson.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-625, 2-Justin Grant-602, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-586, 4-Tanner Thorson-543, 5-C.J. Leary-522, 6-Robert Ballou-502, 7-Chris Windom-499, 8-Jake Swanson-491, 9-Chase Stockon-370, 10-Paul Nienhiser-341.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-50, 2-Thomas Meseraull-38, 3-Brady Bacon-36, 4-Tanner Thorson-30, 5-Chris Windom-30, 6-Justin Grant-24, 7-C.J. Leary-21, 8-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 9-Buddy Kofoid-20, 10-Paul Nienhiser-18.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 7-8, 2021 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, Ohio – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track - #LetsRaceTwo

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Brandon Mattox

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Brady Bacon

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Brandon Mattox

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Brady Bacon

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Alex Bright (18th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Paul Nienhiser

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Mike Meyers

Top-Finishing 360 c.i. Engine: Mark Smith (14th)

 

 

DAMION GARDNER SHINES AT PERRIS “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”

PERRIS, CA – APRIL 24, 2021… Using slower traffic to his advantage, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) slipped by “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams on the nineteenth lap and sailed to victory at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner earned his first AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the year at the annual “Sokola Shootout.” Point leader Williams, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm followed the eight-time champion to the checkered flags.

“Speedy” Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) claimed the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with fourteenth to sixth place run. The former USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year also took home the Shawn McDonald Memorial Feature award.

Starting on the pole position, Cody Williams was looking for his first “home track” victory and led the first seven circuits. Facing heavy pressure from his brother Austin, Cody’s dreams were dashed as “The Big Game Hunter” took over the top spot. Once out front, Austin set a fast pace until reaching lapped traffic. With cars racing two and three wide in front of the leaders, Austin’s progress was slowed and the sixth starting Gardner mounted a challenge. As both drivers sliced through the traffic, Gardner emerged with the lead and swept the show for his 84th series win.

For the fourth consecutive race, Gardner claimed the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 16.20 over the 24-car roster. That marked the series leading 95th fast time award for “The Demon.”

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Gardner (Flowdynamics First Heat), Sussex (Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Second Heat), and Cody Williams (All Coast Construction Third Heat).

The traditional 410 sprints are back in action on Saturday, May 8th at the Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, California.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 24, 2021 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Sokola Shootout”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.20; 2. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.33; 3. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.38; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.56; 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51, Tafoya-16.59; 6. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.62; 7. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-16.62; 8. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.66; 9. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.79; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.81; 11. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.83; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.89; 13. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-16.90; 14. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-16.94; 15. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.96; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.23; 17. Austin Grabowski, 72, Graboowski-17.23; 18. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.48; 19. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-17.50; 20. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.58; 21. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-17.72; 22. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.85; 23. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-18.03; 24. James Heling, 23, Bellegante-19.56.

FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Sweeney, 3. Roa, 4. Malcolm, 5. Edwards, 6. T.Williams, 7. Smith, 8. Hendricks, 2.57.87.

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. L.Williams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Tafoya, 5. Bender, 6. Rayborne, 7. Taylor, 8. Grabowski. NT.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Gansen, 3. Davis, 4. McCarthy, 5. Hix, 6. Hendrix, 7. Heling, 8. Owens. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6), 2. Austin Williams (5), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 4. Cody Williams (1), 5. Tommy Malcolm (10), 6. Stevie Sussex (14), 7. Logan Williams (11), 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (2), 9. Chris Gansen (9), 10. Kyle Edwards (13), 11. Trent Williams (7), 12. Steve Hix (15), 13. Matt McCarthy (12), 14. Joel Rayborne (19), 15. Brent Owens (17), 16. Cal Smith (21), 17. James Heling (23), 18. Tom Hendricks (18), 19. Dan Taylor (22), 20. Brody Roa (3), 21. A.J. Bender (8), 22. Verne Sweeney (16), 23. Rick Hendrix (20). NT
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**Hendrix flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 C.Williams, Laps 8-18 A.Williams, Laps 19-30 Gardner.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (14th to 6th)
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL QUALIFYING AWARD: Cody Williams
SHAWN McDONALD MEMORIAL FEATURE AWARD: Stevie Sussex

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Austin Williams-285, 2-Damion Gardner-277, 3-Chris Gansen-235, 4-Brody Roa-216, 5-Tommy Malcolm-212, 6-Max Adams-195, 7-Cody Williams-192, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-192, 9-Matt Mitchell-176, 10-Austin Liggett-149.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 8 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California


LEARY LEADS FORD TO FIRST USAC SPRINT WIN
IN A DECADE AT BAPS MATINEE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

York Haven, Pennsylvania (April 24, 2021)………C.J. Leary withstood a bevy of bombs fired at him from both Justin Grant and Chris Windom down the stretch to score his first victory of the 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season during a rare matinee performance on Saturday for the series at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa., round three of Keystone Invasion.

In the process, Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) also provided the first victory by a Ford engine with the series since Bobby East’s triumph at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway in July of 2011.

Furthermore, Leary’s win gave car owner Bill Michael his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory. Michael, of Chino Valley, Ariz., took his team on the road with the USAC National series for the first time this year after previously winning a record 39 USAC Southwest Sprint Car features, most notably with driver R.J. Johnson, while earning an unprecedented four consecutive USAC Southwest Sprint Car championships between 2013-16.

“It’s huge for Bill and me,” Leary exclaimed. “With a new team, you obviously want to win right out of the box, but he let me build whatever I wanted. He said you can build whatever chassis and whatever shocks you want, but the only thing he made sure of was that we were going to run a Ford. The objective is to win a championship and he wanted to give it his best shot. Bill Michael, he’s a helluva guy.”

Leary and Michael’s first racing foray together came in March of 2020, when the pair swept both nights of USAC CRA/Southwest competition at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz., providing them the confidence right off the bat that they truly had something there that could become truly special on the racetrack.

Now, with a National win in their back pockets, the duo feels that, as the lone rangers in the Ford camp, if they were to consistently find that sweet spot as the season moves along, they’d have a leg-up on the rest of the field in their Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Valvoline/DRC/Cressman Ford.

The car, driver and engine were inserted into a tricky test during the afternoon affair, which had been pushed forward by four hours due to a high probability of inclement weather in the forecast for later that night during the originally scheduled race time.

With track position a cornerstone on this particular day, outside front row starter Leary took control of the 30-lap race from the get-go, driving by pole sitter Matt Westfall in the first two corners while Chase Stockon, then a few laps later, Justin Grant, slotted into second before glancing off the turn two guardrail on a slicked off, but racy surface around the 4/10-mile dirt oval.

Leary was gone at that point, snipping his way through traffic with a full-straightaway lead in hand by lap 12. Attempting to maneuver through a clogged artery of the racetrack, Leary dissected his way high and low around the competition, and at times, teetering over the cushion, and brushing Hoosier rubber with the likes of Thomas Meseraull, which momentarily put Leary precariously sideways in turn three at the midway point.

With Grant cutting Leary’s lead in half, a yellow for debris in turn two reset the deck and cleared the traffic from Leary’s path. Yet, as it turned out, traffic was arguably a safer position to reside in rather than being in the role of “sitting duck” as the leader on a restart.

There, Grant shot his shot with a slider in turn one, going all the way past Leary, and over the turn two cushion, which opened the door for both Robert Ballou and Windom to skate by, though Windom quickly snared second from Ballou with a slide job of his own in turn three moments later.

All that was a major help for Leary who raced away from the skirmish behind him with a clear view ahead.

“After Justin bombed me getting into one, I thought he was going to get upside down and collect me and whoever else was behind me,” Leary said. “I turned, crossed him over, and got back out in clear air, and I felt we had the car to beat on an open track. Even in lapped traffic, I felt pretty solid.”

However, the “great escape” that netted Leary a massive 5.467 sec. advantage was short lived when, on lap 21, Ricky Lewis (14th) and Brandon Mattox (15th) collided in turn one, flipping both over. Joey Biasi (18th) also got caught up in the melee, spinning to a stop. All drivers involved were uninjured.

During the red flag period, Leary received a message from his dear old dad, Chuck Leary, a winner himself in the USAC Silver Crown series who’s been in a similar position a time or two behind the wheel and was there on this occasion to lend a bit of a “heads up.”

“After the red came out, my dad ran all the way around the racetrack to tell me to be prepared on the restart for another bomb. He told me to think about protecting and sliding yourself. I contemplated for three or four minutes while riding around whether or not I should slide myself or keep doing what I was doing. As it turned out, I slid myself and almost gave it away.”

Windom, from the second position, used a massive run off turn two to set himself up for a slider attempt on Leary in turn three. Windom cleared Leary but snagged the cushion. Leary turned down underneath Windom and the two banged wheels, with Leary getting himself back into the lead while Windom fell to third and Grant ducked under to regain second.

“Chris actually made a mistake getting into three and four, and over rotated, and I think he thought I was going to be coming around the outside of him,” Leary explained. “He cleared me by a mile, but we made contact and I just drove off from there, and in clear air, our car was so good.”

Not close enough to fire any more ammo nor close enough to levy a credible challenge following that juncture, Grant and Windom could only look in the distance as Leary pulled away for a 2.651 sec. victory over Grant, Windom, KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger Alex Bright (from 16th) and point leader Brady Bacon, who rounded out the top-five.

The win was the first of Leary’s career with USAC in the state of Pennsylvania in what was his ninth trip to compete in the Keystone State. It was also the 2019 series champion’s 12th overall win with the series, tying him with Eric Gordon for 46th on the all-time list.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished 2nd in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, by far his best run of the week in Pennsylvania following 13th and 9th place finishes over the past two nights at Grandview and Big Diamond, respectively.

Same for Windom (Canton, Ill.) who equaled his best finish of the season (3rd) aboard his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – B & H Contractors – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar just one night after his 21-race streak of top-ten finishes with the series came to a close.

Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) earned his first career fast qualifying time with the series, and also became the third consecutive Pennsylvanian to record fast time during Fatheadz Qualifying this week following Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) at Grandview, and Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) at Big Diamond. Drevicki, the three-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion, finished a career-best 7th in the feature.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 24, 2021 – BAPS Motor Speedway – York Haven, Pennsylvania – 4/10-Mile Dirt Track – Keystone Invasion

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-19.349; 2. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-19.425; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-19.595; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-19.639; 5. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-19.802; 6. Ricky Lewis, 11L, Lewis-19.908; 7. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-19.926; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-19.927; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.036; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-20.110; 11. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-20.149; 12. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-20.181; 13. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-20.187; 14. Mike Meyers, 10m, Meyers-20.351; 15. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-20.376; 16. Nash Ely, 3BC, Franckowiak-20.383; 17. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.412; 18. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-20.439; 19. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-20.559; 20. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady/Mach-1-20.731; 21. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Hogue-20.741; 22. Troy Fraker, 12w, Fraker-20.882; 23. Briggs Danner, 5G, Gallagher-21.130; 24. Billy Ney, 83s, Ney-21.332; 25. Tom Savage, 38s, Savage-21.370.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Nash Ely, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Joey Biasi, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Tom Savage, 9. Troy Fraker. 2:42.437

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Mark Smith, 8. Mike Meyers. 2:45.519

INDY METAL FINISHING/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Billy Ney, 6. Paul Nienhiser, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Ricky Lewis. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Isaac Chapple, 2. Mark Smith, 3. Ricky Lewis, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Paul Nienhiser, 7. Joey Biasi, 8. Mike Meyers, 9. Troy Fraker, 10. Tom Savage. 3:26.334

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Justin Grant (5), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. Alex Bright (16), 5. Brady Bacon (11), 6. Robert Ballou (8), 7. Steven Drevicki (6), 8. Jake Swanson (13), 9. Paul Nienhiser (15), 10. Thomas Meseraull (22), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 12. Chase Stockon (3), 13. Matt Westfall (1), 14. Mark Smith (18), 15. Isaac Chapple (12), 16. Briggs Danner (20), 17. Nash Ely (19), 18. Tanner Thorson (14), 19. Ricky Lewis (10), 20. Brandon Mattox (9), 21. Joey Biasi (17), 22. Billy Ney (21). NT

**Ricky Lewis and Brandon Mattox flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-576, 2-Justin Grant-522, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-512, 4-C.J. Leary-494, 5-Tanner Thorson-467, 6-Chris Windom-466, 7-Robert Ballou-445, 8-Jake Swanson-429, 9-Chase Stockon-320, 10-Paul Nienhiser-298.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-50, 2-Brady Bacon-36, 3-Chris Windom-30, 4-Tanner Thorson-29, 5-Thomas Meseraull-27, 6-C.J. Leary-21, 7-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 8-Justin Grant-20, 9-Buddy Kofoid-20, 10-Paul Nienhiser-18.
NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 25, 2021 – Path Valley Speedway Park – Spring Run, Pennsylvania – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Briggs Danner

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Steven Drevicki

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Isaac Chapple

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Alex Bright (16th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Matt Westfall

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Mike Meyers

Top-Finishing 360 c.i. Engine: Mark Smith (14th)

 

THORSON SHINES IN FIRST
USAC SPRINT WIN AT BIG DIAMOND

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (April 23, 2021)………Tanner Thorson made clear his intentions to not just be known as the “top Rookie” with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars; he let it be known he’d rather be the top dog of the series as not only a contender for feature wins, but also for a title run.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) took the first step on Friday night during the second stop on the Keystone Invasion tour in the series’ first visit in nine seasons to Pottsville, Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway, grinding his way around the outside of racelong leader Jake Swanson with 11 laps remaining to score his first career victory with the series in just his 13th career start aboard the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – CSI – MVT/Spike/Stanton Chevy.

“This is not something in which I’d settle and be okay with just winning Rookie of the Year,” Thorson admitted. “We aren’t here for that. We’re here for the championship in the sprint car and the midget. We’re not done going forward; that’s for damn sure. We’re getting faster and faster and it’s just going to get better from here.”

In doing so, Thorson kept intact a run of first-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winners at Big Diamond dating back to 2007. All four drivers that have won with the series at the 3/8-mile dirt oval, in fact, captured their first series victory at Big Diamond: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2007), Cole Whitt (2008) and Chris Windom (2010). Whitt repeated his Big Diamond triumph in 2009 while Windom did the same in 2012.

Thorson, the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion and owner of 21 wins in the smaller-statured cars, started the 30-lap feature from the outside of the front row. Jake Swanson powered to the lead from the pole position, besting the all-Arizona based team front row with Swanson (#21AZ) gapping Thorson (#19AZ) in the early stages to the tune of a full second.

On the fourth lap, trouble ensued when 10th running Thomas Meseraull got sideways in turn four, collecting Robert Ballou (11th) and brand-new 10-lap track record holder Brandon Mattox (12th). Ballou escaped the melee and continued on while Mattox got the worst end of it, spiraling and flipping over. Meseraull’s evening was also finished. All drivers involved were uninjured.

Swanson, also seeking his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory on this night, blasted away from Thorson on the lap five restart, but nearing the halfway point, the interval had closed up with Thorson sniffing high and low for a way around Swanson. Thorson took a run at Swanson, diving to the bottom of turn one and sliding up, to no avail, but stayed right near the back bumper of Swanson when the two made slight contact halfway down the back straightaway.

After first-time USAC National Sprint Car feature starter Nash Ely stopped to bring out a caution on lap 16, during the yellow, Thorson showed a little bit of gamesmanship, pulling alongside Swanson to indicate he was in his presence, among other things.

As the green flag was displayed for the restart, Thorson was relentless, poking his nose to Swanson’s left and right before committing to the top all the way around turns one and two on the 20th lap, which propelled him around Swanson to secure the lead exiting the second turn.

A spin by series Rookie Ricky Lewis clamped down on Thorson’s 1.247 second advantage with just five laps remaining, resetting the deck and placing Thorson in a position to have to defend his throne up front from a potential haymaker. Swanson knew he had one shot, and one shot only. He took that shot at the entrance to turn one on the final, lap 27 restart, throwing it to the bottom and sliding up toward Thorson, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the position.

Thorson shuffled away without any qualms the remainder of the way, becoming the first “first-time” winner with the series since Stephen Schnapf on June 14, 2020, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Thorson copped a 0.951 second interval at the finish over Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr., Brady Bacon and C.J. Leary.

“It feels good,” an elated Thorson said. “We’ve been working hard to get our car better and better and more comfortable for me. I don’t have very many starts, especially compared to all these guys, but I knew we could do it based off my past results where I was able to beat them. It’s just a matter of me getting comfortable.”

Most of Thorson’s previous experiences in sprint cars have come with a wing atop his car, but now, after a partial schedule one year ago and a full run this year, the experience level has gradually increased, which has coincided with his increased level of confidence.

“We’re making progress,” Thorson acknowledged. “This is the most comfortable I’ve been yet. A lot of that just comes with laps. There are many variables that go into making this car fast. We’re fast, but we weren’t “just there.” It’s all about fine-tuning the little things and we’ve just got to be faster and faster every time we go out.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), who initially wasn’t even intending to make the trek out to Pennsylvania this week due to engine problems in his regular ride, teamed up with car owner Joe Daming, renumbered the car to #21AZ and has promptly recorded his two best finishes of the year in the last two races, a 5th a Grandview on Thursday and a career-best 2nd place result on Friday at Big Diamond after leading a race-high 19 laps in his Team AZ Racing/Daming Excavating – USW Cat Construction – RSS Industries/DRC/Tranter Chevy.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) turned in yet another fine performance, backing up Thursday’s 2nd place finish at Grandview with a 3rd on Friday at Big Diamond aboard the KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper – McDonald’s – KT Construction Services/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

Meanwhile, 11 of the 26 cars in during the Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying session at Big Diamond broke the former USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car track record of 15.237 seconds, set by Levi Jones in 2012. Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) led all challengers on this night with a time of 14.924, his third fast qualifying time of the season in just four series appearances this year.

USAC East Coast Sprint Car standouts Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) and Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) each had solid performances once again. Danner won his heat race and finished a career-best 7th at Big Diamond after setting quick time and finishing 9th the previous night at Grandview. Bright took 8th at Big Diamond, finishing his second consecutive night inside the top-ten after recording a 7th at Grandview on Thursday.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 23, 2021 – Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, Pennsylvania – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – Keystone Invasion

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.924 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.951; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.961; 4. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.976; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Hogue-15.075; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.078; 7. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.078; 8. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-15.081; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.196; 10. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-15.213; 11. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-15.220; 12. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.347; 13. Briggs Danner, 5G, Gallagher-15.438; 14. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-15.510; 15. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.572; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.590; 17. Nash Ely, 3BC, Franckowiak-15.597; 18. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-15.610; 19. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-15.647; 20. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-15.759; 21. Kenny Miller III, 23m, Miller-15.819; 22. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady/Mach-1-15.892; 23. Kyle Lick, 8, Lick-15.935; 24. Ricky Lewis, 11L, Lewis-16.518; 25. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-NT; 26. Brody Adamsky, 19A, Adamsky-NT (Time of 16.360 disallowed due to a right rear tire violation).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Briggs Danner, 2. Isaac Chapple, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Timmy Buckwalter, 8. Mark Smith, 9. Paul Nienhiser. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Nash Ely, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Joey Biasi, 8. Kyle Lick, 9. Brody Adamsky. 2:06.045

INDY METAL FINISHING/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Brandon Mattox, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Carmen Perigo, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Kenny Miller III, 8. Ricky Lewis. 2:05.481 (New Track Record)

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, shortened to 9 laps due to crash, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Kenny Miller III, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Mark Smith, 8. Kyle Lick, 9. Brody Adamsky, 10. Joey Biasi. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (2), 2. Jake Swanson (1), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 4. Brady Bacon (5), 5. C.J. Leary (4), 6. Robert Ballou (12), 7. Briggs Danner (7), 8. Alex Bright (19), 9. Justin Grant (3), 10. Timmy Buckwalter (10), 11. Chris Windom (13), 12. Chase Stockon (8), 13. Steven Drevicki (14), 14. Matt Westfall (15), 15. Kenny Miller III (20), 16. Isaac Chapple (16), 17. Mark Smith (21), 18. Carmen Perigo (18), 19. Ricky Lewis (22), 20. Nash Ely (17), 21. Thomas Meseraull (11), 22. Brandon Mattox (9). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Jake Swanson, Laps 20-30 Tanner Thorson.

**Paul Nienhiser flipped during the first heat. Joey Biasi flipped during the semi. Kyle Lick flipped during the semi. Brandon Mattox flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-513, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-464, 3-Justin Grant-444, 4-Tanner Thorson-433, 5-C.J. Leary-416, 6-Chris Windom-394, 7-Robert Ballou-382, 8-Jake Swanson-374, 9-Kyle Cummins-286, 10-Chase Stockon-274.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-48, 2-Brady Bacon-30, 3-Tanner Thorson-29, 4-Chris Windom-26, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 6-Buddy Kofoid-20, 7-C.J. Leary-20, 8-Justin Grant-17, 9-Jadon Rogers-16, 10-Thomas Meseraull-15.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 24, 2021 – BAPS Motor Speedway – York Haven, Pennsylvania – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Justin Grant

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Timmy Buckwalter

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Briggs Danner

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Brandon Mattox

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Timmy Buckwalter

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Alex Bright (19th to 8th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Steven Drevicki

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Kyle Lick

Top-Finishing 360 c.i. Engine: Mark Smith


 


BACON BANKS 4TH STRAIGHT
GRANDVIEW USAC SPRINT SCORE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (April 22, 2021)………In this era, few drivers have demonstrated their domination of a single racetrack as well as Brady Bacon has with Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway over his past four visits to the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

On a chilly Thursday night in the lid lifter for Keystone Invasion, the three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion stoked the fires once again on his hot streak, winning his fourth-straight series race at the track after previous “dubs” in 2017, 2018 and 2019, an extraordinary feat that has only been accomplished by those at the top of the game, a group in which the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver certainly belongs.

Bacon’s fourth consecutive triumph at a single track in USAC National Sprint Car competition places him in an exclusive group which consists of only nine other individuals throughout the history of the division. Two have won five-in-a-row at one venue: Jim Hurtubise - Terre Haute Action Track (1960-1962) and Steve Chassey - Winchester Speedway (1979-1979).

Meanwhile seven more have won four consecutive at one place: Bryan Clauson - Bloomington Speedway (2013-2016); Tyler Courtney - Eldora Speedway (2018-2019); Mike Bliss - Indianapolis Raceway Park (1994-1994); Tracy Hines - Indianapolis Raceway Park (2000-2001); Robert Ballou - Perris Auto Speedway (2014-2015); Bubby Jones - Terre Haute Action Track (1979-1979) and Dave Steele - Winchester Speedway (1998-1999).

Bacon’s $6,000 victory aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy, also netted him his 37th career USAC National Sprint Car win, tying him with fellow three-time series champion Sheldon Kinser for ninth all-time.

Bacon tracked down race leader Kevin Thomas Jr. on the 22nd lap of Thursday’s 40-lap feature. Bacon then withstood a late resurgence by Thomas to win his second series feature of the 2021 season.

The main event was the latest in a series of captivating Bacon/Thomas duels of late, which showed shades of the 2018 Grandview round in which Bacon led, then lost the lead late to Thomas, only to regain it back at the end. And it was just one week ago at Bloomington where Thomas led the majority, gave up the lead to Bacon, then regained it with three laps left en route to the score.

“This has turned into one of our better tracks,” Bacon said, an understatement to be sure. “I look forward to coming here and I’m really happy to get another win here.”

Bacon started third while outside front row starter Thomas scooted away from Bacon as well as pole sitter Brandon Mattox. Just two laps in, Thomas was up a half-straightaway, and by lap four, his advantage was a full-straightaway as he laid an early hurtin’ on the 23-car field.

On the eighth lap, Bacon was able to clear Mattox for second with a swift move under the 2020 USAC National Most Improved driver exiting the fourth corner. By then, however, Thomas was barely visible within Bacon’s scope, 4.8 seconds ahead.

Trouble for others spelled the closure of Thomas’ substantial early-race advantage when sixth-running Chris Windom got completely sideways between turns one and two. While Windom was in the process of getting out of shape, seventh running Thorson, with nowhere to go, tapped the back of Windom’s rear bumper, sending Windom around and to a stop.

Windom restarted at the tail and raced his way back to 10th, continuing his string of 21 consecutive top-ten finishes with the series dating back to July of 2020.

Bacon’s newfound track position paid major dividends as he draped his car all over that of Thomas for the next several circuits and immersed himself entirely in lapped traffic. Then, on lap 22, Bacon diamonded turns three and four, and swooped between the inside wall and Thomas off turn four to escape with the lead. Then, Bacon succinctly drove from the bottom of four straight to the top in turn one across the nose of Thomas to steal the line away and drive off to a one second lead during the ensuing laps.

“I knew if I could get to second, and that there’d probably be a yellow, I didn’t have to worry about tracking him down,” Bacon described of his pursuit of Thomas. “I just kind of worked him over in lapped traffic and I figured that, once we’re on an open track, I could keep enough of a good pace to not let him get underneath me or slide me. The bottom just wasn’t quite there like it sometimes is. I knew if I just made some good laps and didn’t mess up, I’d be okay.”

Bacon threaded his way through the back of the pack, decisively splitting between Joey Biasi and Ricky Lewis in turn one, while leaving Thomas stifled behind them and allowing Bacon to check out momentarily until a stoppage moments later on lap 29 when three-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion, and 16th running, Steven Drevicki, emerged unhurt following a flip between turns three and four.

A clear track for Bacon up front didn’t necessarily foreshadow clear sailing as Thomas remained within earshot throughout the final 11 lap run. Thomas remained three to four car lengths back while Bacon continued maintained a steady pace up front. Traffic was relatively trouble free for Bacon as he navigated the high line while the lappers stayed the course and laid low, creating a clean path to a 0.814 sec. margin of victory.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) took second with Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) third, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) fourth and Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) fifth.

Thomas, the lone multi-time winner on the USAC National Sprint Car trail prior to Bacon on Thursday night, finished in the runner-up spot in his KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper – McDonald’s – KT Construction Services/DRC/Speedway Chevy. However, after leading a race-high 21 laps, Thomas felt as if this night very easily could’ve win number three.

“I felt like I gave that one away,” Thomas stated. “We had a good car; Brady and I were equal there by the end. To that point, not making the right moves on lapped cars was a big mistake on my end. It’s frustrating, and I just don’t really have words for it. But it’s good when your pissed off about second. I just have to do a little better on my end. They gave me a winning racecar and I didn’t do it.”

Ballou connected the dots to earn his best finish of the 2021 season, finishing third in a KSE Racing Products Hard Charger performance after advancing 10 positions from his 13th starting spot. The final spot on the podium equaled his best career Grandview USAC finish of 3rd back in 2011. It was the series-leading third time in six races that Ballou has been rewarded for his hard charging ways in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Berks Western Telecom – Rossie Feed & Grain/Triple X/Ott Chevy.

“Last weekend, I finally wrapped my head around what the problem was with what we were doing with the car and got it changed,” Ballou explained. “We weren’t a whole lot better qualifying, but the car is reacting to the changes now, where before, we were catching instead of pitching. We’ve made some small gains now and I think we can end up in victory lane.”

Allentown, Pennsylvania's Briggs Danner earned his first career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars earlier in the night. The multi-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner turned a lap of 13.571 around the 1/3-mile.

Furthermore, Alex Bright’s (Collegeville, Pa.) time of 2:24.412 in Simpson Race Products heat race one broke the 10-lap USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car track record at Grandview, which had been held by Mat Neely since the series' first race at the track in 2007. Neely's time was 2:27.30.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 22, 2021 – Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – Keystone Invasion

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Briggs Danner, 5G, Gallagher-13.571; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.789; 3. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-13.886; 4. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-13.926; 5. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.953; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.964; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.069; 8. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.071; 9. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.131; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.148; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.162; 12. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.185; 13. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-14.199; 14. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.273; 15. Ricky Lewis, 11L, Lewis-14.276; 16. Alex Bright, 20, Hummer-14.313; 17. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.359; 18. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.364; 19. Steven Drevicki, 19s, DeGre-14.369; 20. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Hogue-14.389; 21. Nash Ely, 3BC, Franckowiak-14.523; 22. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady/Mach-1-14.601; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-14.602; 24. Kenny Miller III, 23m, Miller-14.750; 25. Rich Mellor, 3x, Wasitowski-15.344.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Steven Drevicki, 6. Briggs Danner, 7. Paul Nienhiser, 8. Rich Mellor, 9. Mark Smith. 2:24.412 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Joey Biasi, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Isaac Chapple. 2:27.060

INDY METAL FINISHING/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Kenny Miller III, 7. Nash Ely, 8. Ricky Lewis. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Briggs Danner, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Paul Nienhiser, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Kenny Miller III, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Ricky Lewis, 8. Nash Ely, 9. Rich Mellor. 3:01.832

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (3), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 3. Robert Ballou (13), 4. Tanner Thorson (6), 5. Jake Swanson (5), 6. C.J. Leary (12), 7. Alex Bright (8), 8. Timmy Buckwalter (4), 9. Briggs Danner (10), 10. Chris Windom (7), 11. Brandon Mattox (1), 12. Paul Nienhiser (11), 13. Justin Grant (14), 14. Chase Stockon (16), 15. Thomas Meseraull (20), 16. Matt Westfall (18), 17. Joey Biasi (9), 18. Ricky Lewis (17), 19. Carmen Perigo (15), 20. Kenny Miller III (22), 21. Steven Drevicki (19), 22. Isaac Chapple (21), 23. Mark Smith (23) (P).

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Steven Drevicki flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 22-40 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-442, 2-Justin Grant-393, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-388, 4-Tanner Thorson-357, 5-C.J. Leary-351, 6-Chris Windom-348, 7-Robert Ballou-320, 8-Jake Swanson-301, 9-Kyle Cummins-286, 10-Paul Nienhiser-241.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-42, 2-Brady Bacon-29, 3-Tanner Thorson-28, 4-Chris Windom-24, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 6-Buddy Kofoid-20, 7-C.J. Leary-20, 8-Justin Grant-17, 9-Jadon Rogers-16, 10-Thomas Meseraull-15.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 23, 2021 – Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, Pennsylvania – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Chris Windom

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Briggs Danner

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Alex Bright

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Joey Biasi

Indy Metal Finishing / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Briggs Danner

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (13rd to 3rd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Justin Grant

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Nash Ely

 

PERRIS & BAKERSFIELD UP NEXT FOR USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 23, 2021... After a break in the schedule, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back at Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA) tomorrow, April 24th. The popular half-mile oval had been shut down due to covid restrictions and last hosted the series on November 9, 2019. Race fans will not want to miss the “Sokola Shootout” and GRANDSTAND TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE at tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7. More event information can be found at perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

Series director Tony Jones has announced that the Saturday, May 1st race scheduled at Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA) has been cancelled. Like Perris, the seaside oval had been closed due to covid restrictions and now has plans to reopen in June. Discussions with other track promoters to fill the date were not successful.

On Saturday, May 8th, the non-winged 410s will head to Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA) for their fifth point race of the campaign. “The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" last hosted USAC/CRA on May 11, 2019 and “The Demon” Damion Gardner was victorious. More race information can be found at bakersfieldspeedway.com or calling 661.393.3373.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Williams-207, 2. Max Adams-195, 3. Damion Gardner-193, 4. Brody Roa-184, 5. Chris Gansen-182, 6. Matt Mitchell-176, 7. Tommy Malcolm-149, -. Austin Liggett-149, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-139, 10. Ryan Timmons (R)-134, 11. Austin Grabowski (R)-127, 12. Cody Williams-122, 13. Charles Davis Jr.-118, 14. Verne Sweeney-110, 15. Jake Hodges (R)-106, 16. Davey Ray-105, 17. Rick Hendrix-93, 18. A.J. Bender-90, 19. Austin Ervine-87, 20. Matt McCarthy-85, 21. Tanner Boul (R)-75, 22. Troy Rutherford-64, --. Ikaika O'Brien-64, 24. Nate Schank (R)-58, 25. Steve Hix-52, 26. Tyler Hatzikian (R)-42, --. Joel Rayborne-42, 28. Jeff Dyer-40, 29. Kaleb Montgomery-32, 30. Dan Taylor-20, --. James Herrera-20, --. Shane Sexton-20, --. Cal Smith-20, 34. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-12, 35. Brent Owens (R)-10.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC REGIONAL RACING PREVIEW: (APRIL 23-24)

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA:

Friday, April 23 – Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, Oklahoma)

Saturday, April 24 – Enid Speedway (Enid, Oklahoma)

Meeker, Oklahoma………USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma opens up its fourth season at the place where it all began – Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma – this Friday night, April 23, followed by the weekend’s capper, Saturday night, April 24, at Enid (Okla.) Speedway.

The series makes its 10th appearance at Red Dirt, which has served as an omen of sorts over the past three seasons with each titlist also winning a race at Red Dirt that same year: Brett Wilson (2018-19) and Ty Hulsey (2020).

Wilson is the lone driver to win USAC WSO features at both Red Dirt and Enid, which he won at near the end of the 2020 season.

On Friday night, gates open at 6pm CDT with the drivers meeting at 6:40pm and racing at 7:30pm. General admission tickets are $15 with high school students and younger just $5 (must show student ID). Kids 5 and under are free. Tailgate area is $80 per carload (max of 8 people, and everyone must be in the vehicle and only one ice chest per vehicle). Pit passes are $30 (5 years and younger are only $10). Joining USAC WSO is the Mod/B-Mod Shootout, Pure Stocks, Hornet/Tuners, Non-Wing Micros and Mini Mods.

On Saturday, pits open at 3pm CDT with front gates opening at 4pm and racing at 7:30pm. Adult tickets are $15, and $12 for seniors, military and students age 12-15. Children under the age of 12 are free. Sooner Sprints, A-Modifieds, Sport Mods, Factory Stocks and Hot Shots are also on the card.

USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGETS:

Saturday, April 24 – Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, Indiana)

Putnamville, Indiana………USAC’s Midwest Regional Midget division travels to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. for its season opener this Saturday night, April 24.

Emerson Axsom captured the most recent USAC Midwest Regional Midget feature event at Lincoln Park in July 2020. Chett Gehrke captured the 2020 season title.

Each event will utilize an open format, allowing both current National and SpeeD2 engines. Each feature race on the schedule will pay $1,200 to win and $125 to start along with tow money for non-qualifiers.

All events on the schedule will pay points toward the USAC Midwest Regional Midget standings and a champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the season.

Sprint Cars, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Bombers are in action as well at LPS on Saturday. Pits open at 3pm ET, stands at 5pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. General admission tickets are $20 for adults with children age 10 and under free. Pit passes are $35 for adults and free for ages 10 and under.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CARS:

Saturday, April 24 – Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, California)

Perris, California………This Saturday, April 24th, the cars and stars of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will make their triumphant return to Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA).

Promoted by Don Kazarian, the “Sokola Shootout” will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm.

Pit passes are available and grandstand tickets are only available online at www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7. THERE WILL BE NO WALKUP SALES FOR THE EVENT. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds.

Located at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

For those that cannot be at the races, you can watch live on FloRacing.

USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGETS:

Saturday, April 24 – Spoon River Speedway (Canton, Illinois)

Canton, Illinois………USAC IMRA SpeeD2 Midgets make their 2021 season debut Saturday night, April 24, at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill.

Seven Spoon River stops were made in 2020 with reigning champion Bryan Stanfill and two-time champ Andy Baugh winning twice apiece. Cody Gerdes, Shane Morgan and Will Armitage each won once.

The Renegades of Dirt, Pro Late Models, E-Mods, Hornets and Street Stocks are also in action. Pits open at 2pm (CT), stands at 5pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. General admission tickets are $20 while children age 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGETS:

Saturday, April 24 – Atomic Speedway (Waverly, Ohio)

Waverly, Ohio………For just the second time ever, Atomic Speedway will host USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget racing this Saturday night, April 24.

Chett Gehrke captured the series’ Atomic debut last September while Jacob Denney went on to win the series title.

Saturday is Open Wheel Night at Atomic with 410 c.i. Winged Sprint Cars, Modifieds and Sport Mods also in competition.


 

 

SUNDAY’S PATH VALLEY USAC SPRINT EVENT
TO AIR ON-DEMAND ONLY ON FLORACING

Spring Run, Pennsylvania………The Keystone Invasion finale this Sunday night, April 25, at Path Valley Speedway in Spring Run, Pa., featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, will not air live on FloRacing, and instead will be made available on-demand following the event’s completion that same night.

Due to internet bandwidth issues in this area of Pennsylvania (and in an effort to give you, the fans, the best viewing experience possible), FloRacing and USAC have come to an agreement to provide crystal-clear footage on-demand and not take any chances with any potential limited video quality issues.

Although the Path Valley event will not be streamed live, the full program will be available as quickly as possible following the conclusion of the event, exclusively on FloRacing.

The fourth and final round of Keystone Invasion at Path Valley will also feature the Wingless Super Sportsman. Pits open at noon Eastern, front gates at 2pm and hot laps at 5pm. General admission tickets are $25 and kids age 10 & under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Prior to watching the Path Valley event on-demand on FloRacing, you can follow along to all the action with live timing on Race Monitor and live updates on USAC’s social media channels: USAC Racing on Facebook and @usacnation on both Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

WITH IRON MAN STREAK OVER, STOCKON LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 21, 2021)………They say the only constant in life is change.

One of the constants throughout the past several years has been the presence of Chase Stockon in the starting lineup for a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature.

Another common refrain is that all good things must come to an end at one point or another in life, in competition, or otherwise.

That’s what made the posted feature lineup on the date of April 16, 2021, at Indiana’s Bloomington Speedway seem a bit startling. For the first time in nearly a decade, the name “Chase Stockon” was nowhere to be found.

One of the finest achievements of longevity, perseverance and pure grit in the history of the series – an all-time record of 324 consecutive feature starts since the beginning of the 2012 series season – was over.

As it turned out, Stockon’s Cal Ripken Jr.-like streak had concluded in a somewhat similarly unexpected manner as the Baltimore Orioles infielder’s consecutive Major League Baseball start streak of 2,632. Ripken’s run ended when he opted out of the lineup on his own terms.

For Stockon, it was, and it wasn’t, in terms of opting out on his own terms. A rugged start to the 2021 season had seen nary a finish inside the top-ten nor a competitive run in his first four outings.

A starting spot in the feature at Lawrenceburg on April 3 was salvaged by the use of a provisional, which afforded Stockon a position at the tail of the lineup preceding the fateful Bloomington round on April 16 where a 10th place finish in the semi-feature resulted in another missed transfer spot. All expectations were inevitably that Stockon and the KO Motorsports team would utilize one of the provisionals they had at their disposal.

Then word came from the pit area that the team had rejected the use of a provisional, thus ending the ultimate “Iron Man” run.

“We knew it was inevitable that one of these days, this streak was going to come to an end, whether it was because I was ready to quit racing full-time or it was because of circumstances, kind of like what happened at Bloomington,” Stockon said.

Shockwaves were sent throughout the pit area, the crowd and the press box when the closure of one of the most iconic runs in the history of USAC became a reality, but the team had an ulterior plan.

Over the offseason, the 2020 Indiana Sprint Week championship driver and team combo built a new car and intended to try out a few new ideas on it. Stockon admitted he didn’t really want to change too much because, after all, they were pretty good down the stretch in 2020, winning twice and being in contention for the series title entering the season finale after pairing up full-time in early July of that year.

However, things simply haven’t worked out with the new car to start the season. With a best finish of 11th through four events, the results weren’t trending in the intended direction.

When push came to shove at Bloomington, the bold decision was made to forgo the use of a provisional. Instead, the team all agreed, on the spot, that they’d much rather right the ship now rather than wait any longer, sacrificing their goals in the short-term for what they want to accomplish in the long run with the season still young, but still with a tad bit of reservation.

“There’s always a little bit of doubt and that we should keep that streak alive,” Stockon stated. “We’re obviously still having fun doing what we’re doing, but it was somewhat miserable at the same time not running how we expected to be running. It isn’t very good on the guys or the driver in that situation, and we thought it would be best to go to work and get competitive again.”

That pivotal moment came at the beginning of a stretch of seven scheduled races in 10 days for the team. Even though they knew they had an all-nighter awaiting them at the team’s Owensville, Ind. shop, between two races, that ultimately lasted until 4am, they had a feeling they needed to make changes now or endure a long and taxing next week-and-a-half on the road.

“It came to that point at Bloomington where we were struggling with a lot of issues, and we decided to throw all our eggs in one basket and regroup, and that’s what we did,” Stockon explained. (Crew member) D.J. Ott, (team manager) Kent Schmidt and I, we all decided that we needed to do something different. We couldn’t just continue to do the same thing and expect different results. We came back down to the shop that same night, stripped the car down, and put last year’s car together. I guess you could say that we put the old car together and expected the old results, and that’s we got.”

Stockon and KO’s subsequent evening at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on April 17 was much more to their liking, resulting in a season-best third-place finish in the feature, bringing about a boost of confidence and a newfound outlook on the short-term and the long-term heading into four races in four nights this weekend, April 22-25, in Pennsylvania.

“After running the way we did at Haubstadt, there’s a lot of guys who’d say that that’s to be expected because that’s our home track,” Stockon said. “But on the same token, if you’re off down there, you’re a second off the pace or more. Running that well and being in contention late in the race, and just being in the conversation, that boosted everyone’s confidence and put us in a good spot going forward.”

Stockon, the 14-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner, has a little more pep in his step after Haubstadt now that he officially has a feature starting streak of one at this point. However, the Fort Branch, Ind. driver doesn’t mind at this juncture. It’s more of a weight off his shoulder without having the record in the back of his thoughts, a record of which he had long since passed with his 285th straight series start at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 2019, surpassing five-time series champ Levi Jones in that regard.

“We had a few people mad at us for making that decision,” Stockon recalled. “But it’s a relief not having to worry about it or hearing about it, and just being able to go to the racetrack and be Chase Stockon again, not the “Iron Man” or “record holder.” But we’ve also had people comment and say, ‘well, I guess it’s time to start the streak over again.’ The last 10 years have been a lot of fun, but it’s also been a grind. If it ever gets to the point where somebody beats that record, kudos to them. All of us – the guys who’ve been with me throughout the years and the guys here at KO Motorsports – knows what it takes to achieve that.”

With the streak in the rearview, Stockon looks to get back into top form as a consistent race winning contender and championship contender, but he’s not hesitant to take one last look over his shoulder to see what the streak has meant to him and those around him who’ve helped him along the way.

“I never thought we’d be able to do something quite that drastic,” Stockon admitted. “I’ve been fortunate to have a car prepared for the racetrack with funding, and it’s one of the things I had while running my own car most of the last 10 years with a lot of help from Tom Burkey and Superior Tank & Trailer. My wife was there for the whole deal, and so was D.J. It’s really a testament to their dedication and what we’ve all been able to accomplish together. That’s the cool part about it. Reflecting back on it, that’s the thing that’s most humbling.”

Stockon and KO Motorsports now gear up for a trip to Pennsylvania for the inaugural Keystone Invasion featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, starting Thursday, April 22 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa.; Friday, April 23 at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa.; Saturday, April 24 at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa.; and the finale on Sunday, April 25 at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 19, 2021... This Saturday, April 24th, the cars and stars of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will make their triumphant return to Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA). Promoted by Don Kazarian, the “Sokola Shootout” will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. Pit passes are available and grandstand tickets are only available online at tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7. THERE WILL BE NO WALKUP SALES FOR THE EVENT. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. Located at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134. For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- THE 2019 RULE BOOK WILL BE FOLLOWED in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver)
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: THE HOOSIER 105/18 HTW RIGHT REAR TIRES ARE NOW USAC/CRA LEGAL. The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are also legal with the series. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.

When the checkered flags waved at Perris on November 9, 2019, no one could imagine that the world would soon be fighting a pandemic and racing would be silenced at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Now, this Saturday, the traditional USAC/CRA 410s are back for their 224th “home track” appearance since March 6, 2004. Forty-two different drivers have claimed victory and “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads with 46 “home track” wins. The 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012 and a complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular race on the West Coast since "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural show at Manzanita Speedway on March 17, 2001. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the event has grown to also honor former driver Mark Sokola and their contributions to racing. Last year’s event was cancelled, but Richard Vander Weerd topped the 2019 show, followed by R.J. Johnson, Brody Roa, A.J. Bender, and fast qualifier Gardner. The “Sokola Shootout” win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) holds a twelve-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams placed seventh at the March 26th show at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes and will be looking for the tenth victory of his career.

After winning at Kern County on March 13th and Tulare on March 26th, Max Adams (Loomis, CA) ranks second in championship points. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Cam 2 Blue Blood Racing Oil / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Adams has also posted one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led. The 2016 Rookie of the Year has four wins to his credit and primarily races in the Midwest.

After finishing second to Adams at Tulare, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has climbed to third in the point chase. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 Carman Incorporated Spike, Gardner has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, and two top-10 finishes on the season. The eight-time champion has 84 wins and will have his sights on his fourth “Sokola Shootout” victory.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa finished thirteenth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Fresh off two 360 wins, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking to make the “Sokola Shootout” his ninth career USAC/CRA win.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) ranks fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen placed ninth at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. To date, the veteran driver has one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the year. Chris will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA win at the “Sokola Shootout.”

Heading to Perris Auto Speedway, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA), and Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Mitchell, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Verne Sweeney, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Steve Hix, Jeff Dyer, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Logan Williams, Trent Williams, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Pit passes are available and grandstand tickets are only available online at tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7. THERE WILL BE NO WALKUP SALES FOR THE EVENT. The show will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. 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, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Timmons.

SOKOLA CLASSIC / SHOOTOUT WINNERS: 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Jeremy Sherman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Mike Kirby, 2006-Mike Kirby, 2007-Not Held, 2008-Not Held, 2009-Rickie Gaunt, 2010-Damion Gardner, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Nic Faas, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Bryan Clauson, 2017-Richard Vander Weerd, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Richard Vander Weerd, 2020-CANCELLED.

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-Brady Bacon, 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-C.J. Leary, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Williams-207, 2. Max Adams-195, 3. Damion Gardner-193, 4. Brody Roa-184, 5. Chris Gansen-182, 6. Matt Mitchell-176, 7. Tommy Malcolm-149, -. Austin Liggett-149, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-139, 10. Ryan Timmons (R)-134, 11. Austin Grabowski (R)-127, 12. Cody Williams-122, 13. Charles Davis Jr.-118, 14. Verne Sweeney-110, 15. Jake Hodges (R)-106, 16. Davey Ray-105, 17. Rick Hendrix-93, 18. A.J. Bender-90, 19. Austin Ervine-87, 20. Matt McCarthy-85, 21. Tanner Boul (R)-75, 22. Troy Rutherford-64, --. Ikaika O'Brien-64, 24. Nate Schank (R)-58, 25. Steve Hix-52, 26. Tyler Hatzikian (R)-42, --. Joel Rayborne-42, 28. Jeff Dyer-40, 29. Kaleb Montgomery-32, 30. Dan Taylor-20, --. James Herrera-20, --. Shane Sexton-20, --. Cal Smith-20, 34. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-12, 35. Brent Owens (R)-10.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE REPLACES HOOSIER HUNDRED ON MAY 27

Indianapolis, Indiana (April 20, 2021).........USAC announced today that the Hoosier Hundred event scheduled to be held May 27 will move to Terre Haute under the new event name, “Sumar Classic.”

The Indiana State Fair Commission is converting the State Fairgrounds Mile “Track of Champions” from a dirt surface to an all-weather track made of crushed limestone, which allows for year-round harness training and racing and a more efficient parking plan for the Indiana State Fair and other events held at the Fairgrounds year round.

The resulting effect of the surface conversion is that auto racing event will no longer be held at the track, and thus, signals the moving of the 66th running of the Hoosier Hundred, originally scheduled to be held on Thursday night, May 27.

However, USAC Silver Crown racing will be in competition on Thursday night, May 27, at western Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track with the 19th edition of the Sumar Classic, a 100-lap event at one of the most iconic half-mile dirt tracks in auto racing.

“While we were informed this time would eventually come, it is a tough pill to swallow the news of the track’s conversion, ending auto racing at the historic fairgrounds,” USAC Executive Vice President Levi Jones explained. “However, we’re excited to be racing the Silver Crown cars now at Terre Haute and the preceding night there with Sprint Cars. You can’t pass up two-straight nights of USAC racing at Terre Haute!”

The Sumar Classic arrives as part of one of the marquee weeks of activity for USAC at the Terre Haute Action Track with the 51st Tony Hulman Classic for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Wednesday night, May 26, followed by the 19th Sumar Classic for the USAC Silver Crown series on Thursday night, May 27.

Opened in 1952, the Terre Haute Action Track has long possessed a foothold in the lexicon of motorsports history and has played a major role in producing many of the greatest names in racing throughout the 20th and 21st centuries who’ve won there. The Sumar Classic began in 1995 and introduced the return of champ car racing at Terre Haute following a lengthy hiatus. The tradition has carried on ever since with a traditional date on the USAC Silver Crown calendar. Justin Grant won the most recent running of the Sumar Classic in 2018 while 2019 was rained out and the 2020 race was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The history of the Indiana State Fairgrounds dates back well over a century. On June 20, 1903, Barney Oldfield drove a Henry Ford-designed "999" to the first sub-one-minute lap ever on a one-mile racetrack at 59.6 seconds. In 1917, Oldfield, the 1905 AAA National Champion, prevailed in a match race versus 1915 Indianapolis 500 winner Ralph DePalma.

In 1946, under the AAA National Championship banner, the one and only “Indianapolis 100” was held, with Rex Mays taking the victory. Seven years later, in 1953, a new, long-lasting tradition began with the inaugural running of the “Hoosier Hundred” won by Bob Sweikert.

The Hoosier Hundred had been scheduled annually since 1953, with only a handful of interruptions due to inclement weather. It was one of the oldest, most tradition-rich racing events on the planet. Many of its winners have gone to achieve legendary status in auto racing with a list that includes A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti who are among the seven drivers to have won both the Hoosier Hundred and the Indianapolis 500 in their careers along with Bob Sweikert, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones and Al Unser.

In 2020, Elk Grove, California’s Kyle Larson put on a stirring drive as he raced to his first victory in the Hoosier Hundred after starting all the way back in 22nd on the grid.

Over the years, the Indy Mile has been home to a myriad of USAC racing events, including Sprint Car, Midget and Stock Car races. In the early-1980s, the “Hulman Hundred” for Silver Crown cars was created, which was added to the schedule as a second annual race for the series at the track each year from 1981-1995.

Ticket information and detailed times for the Hulman Classic and Sumar Classic will be released soon. For more information, visit www.terrehauteactiontrack.net.


 


AUSTIN LIGGETT MAKES STATEMENT AT TULARE

TULARE, CA – APRIL 17, 2021… After a furious battle with Mitchel Moles, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) inherited the lead on lap 15 and streaked to victory at Thunderbowl Raceway. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett earned his third career $1,200 USAC Western States Midget win over fast qualifier Ben Worth, Shannon McQueen, hard charger Jake Andreotti, and Moles.

From the pole position, Dylan Ito was looking for his first win and led the opening circuit. Up from fourth, last week’s winner Moles took command from Ito on the next lap. Within a few laps, the fifth starting Liggett began to apply pressure and the battled back and forth with Moles for the lead. A red flag halted the action on lap fourteen for flips by Alex Schutte and Ito who were running in the top five. Both drivers walked away, but their night was over.

On the restart, Moles set the pace, but spun in the first turn on the tricky surface. Everyone avoided contact and the Hanford “Open Wheel Madness” winner restarted at the tail of the field. Liggett was now in control and got a great jump on the field. While positions shuffled behind him and attrition became a factor, Austin escaped from all challengers and took the checkered flags at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. With the 30-lap win, Liggett extended his point lead over the competition.

Worth, the 2019 Rookie of the Year, opened the night by setting the top mark in Woodland Auto Display Qualifying with a time of 15.803 over the 15-car roster.

Slated to start fifteenth, Jake Andreotti overcame early mechanical issues and scored the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a fourth place finish.

The 10-lap heat race victories went to Liggett (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), and Moles (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Second Heat).

The “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States Series will take a break before returning to action at Petaluma Speedway (Petaluma, CA) on Saturday, May 15th. The fourth point race will also feature the popular USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars.

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

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

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 17, 2021 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-15.803; 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.958; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.993; 4. Tony Gualda, 73X, Ford-16.070; 5. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-16.179; 6. Mitchel Moles, 21, Tarlton-16.283; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.378; 8. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.416; 9. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-16.541; 10. Terry Nichols, 1NP, Nichols-16.599; 11. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-16.698; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-17.407; 13. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-17.666; 14. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-NT; 15. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Ito, 3. Beilman, 4. McQueen, 5. Worth, 6. Hazelton, 7. Fuson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Moles, 2. Schutte, 3. Bower, 4. Prickett, 5. Sarna, 6. Nichols, 7. Gualda. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (5), 2. Ben Worth (7), 3. Shannon McQueen (3), 4. Jake Andreotti (15), 5. Mitchel Moles (4), 6. Brody Fuson (9), 7. C.J. Sarna (10), 8. Kyle Beilman (2), 9. Terry Nichols (11), 10. Alex Schutte (6), 11. Dylan Ito (1), 12. Ron Hazelton (13), 13. David Prickett (12), 14. Blake Bower (14). NT
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**Gualda flipped on lap 9 of the second heat. Schutte and Ito flipped on lap 14 of the feature. Gualda did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Ito, Laps 2-8 Moles, Lap 9 Liggett, Laps 10-14 Moles, Laps 15-30 Liggett.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Andreotti (15th to 4th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Austin Liggett-228, 2-Shannon McQueen-205, 3-Ben Worth-176, 4-Blake Bower-167, 5-David Prickett-159, 5-Ben Worth-99, 6-Mitchel Moles-148, 7-Brody Fuson-139, 8-Kyle Beilman-133, 9-Dylan Ito-130, 10-C.J. Sarna-124.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: May 15 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

 

CUMMINS SPRINGS FORWARD LATE
TO WIN SHOWDOWN AT TRI-STATE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (April 17, 2021)………At Tri-State Speedway, Kyle Cummins has long since honed his knack for taking the most extraordinary moments and making them seem almost routine.

Not to be taken for granted, but it's almost what many have come to expect from the track's most dominant wheelman over the last decade at the southern Indiana quarter-mile dirt oval.

Sure, we’ve become so accustomed to the plethora of highlight reel performances by the Princeton, Indiana native, but possibly none have been as impressive as Saturday night’s drive to victory from the 11th starting position in which he ran down Jadon Rogers just four laps from the finish to score his first career Spring Showdown triumph, co-sanctioned by USAC and MSCS.

Cummins had won practically every named race at Tri-State, but the first eight editions of the Spring Showdown had eluded him thus far. His sixth career USAC victory at Tri-State made him the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at Tri-State, breaking a three-way tie he had held with Kevin Thomas Jr. and Daron Clayton at five.

Six of Cummins’ 10 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories have come at the Haubstadt, Ind. track, and hitting the double-digit mark in terms of wins with the series also pushed him past Mario Andretti, Kyle Cummins, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg and Robbie Stanley on the all-time series win list.

Cummins’ journey entailed continuous alterations, trials and errors and improvements on the car throughout the course of the evening following qualifying, the heat race, and even prompted a well-placed phone call to his father, Mark, a sprint car hero himself at Tri-State during the decades of the 1980s and 1990s.

“I didn’t know if we had a shot or not,” Cummins admitted. “At the beginning of the night, we had a mag going bad, and my team kept working and working and working. Every time we came in, we kept trying something, trying something, and I even called my dad at home, and he came down right after qualifying. Once he made it here, we got everything switched up.”

Pole sitter Chase Stockon came out with a prominent bit of mental fire after his all-time record streak of 324 consecutive USAC National Sprint Car feature starts was snapped the previous night at Bloomington when the Fort Branch, Ind. pilot missed the transfer.

During an all-nighter that lasted until 4am into the wee hours of Saturday morning, Stockon and the KO Motorsports team pieced together last year’s successful car and headed to Tri-State where the team was triumphant in its most recent USAC start last September, and to jump off the self-described struggle bus that had plagued the team since the beginning of the new season.

Stockon led the opening five laps while team manager and on-track teammate Kent Schmidt rallied to second and began to challenge him for the race lead. Meanwhile, fifth starting Jadon Rogers hustled his way up into the thick of the battle and, ultimately, worked his way underneath Stockon to gain the top spot on lap six.

Rogers, the 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, finished as the runner-up to Stockon last Fall at Tri-State for his best career result to that point. Additionally, Rogers was wheeling a car for the very same Randy Edwards owned team that was victorious in the most recent Spring Showdown in 2020 with first-time winner Stephen Schnapf, a feat Rogers was hoping to repeat on this night.

By mid-race, Rogers had opened up a 4.5 second lead as he aggressively attacked his way through lapped traffic to provide himself a healthy advantage over Stockon and the steadily emerging Cummins who had suddenly entered the top-five. Despite adaptively acclimating himself to his current situation amid the thick of traffic, in theory, the successive pair of cautions just after midway effectively provided Cummins an opportunity to catch up, settle in, regroup, and gain more positions without the hindrance of traffic thrust into his sight.

On the 21st lap, Cummins paced his way by Stockon for the second position, and just moments later, a yellow fell for the spinning duo of Paul Nienhiser (16th) and Chet Williams (18th) in between turns one and two. That provided Rogers another clear track out in front, thus making traffic practically an afterthought at that point. However, it did also pose Cummins an unobstructed shot at Rogers, mono y mono, just those two, down to the stripe for the win.

Rogers couldn’t afford to make a mistake on the ensuing restart with nine laps remaining, as he rode the high line and Cummins displayed the entirety of his car just a smidge to the left of Rogers field of vision. Rogers was pretty much flawless over the next five laps as Cummins wasn’t able to make much headway on the bottom.

With four laps remaining, the car of Carson Short slowed dramatically in front of the leaders on the front straightaway to bring out the yellow flag, setting up one final shot and one final opportunity for Cummins to give it a go.

“When I got to second, I felt pretty good on the bottom, and then Jadon stepped it up another gear, and went around the top and I wasn’t going to catch him,” Cummins revealed. “As soon as the yellow happened, I moved the shocks a little bit and I just knew I had to blaze her in there, and just keep my momentum up.”

Cummins didn’t waste a second of his time blazing it in there on the lap 27 restart, sliding up in front of Rogers in turn one soon after the drop of the green. Rogers quickly countered and tossed his machine to the bottom of turn three, sliding by Cummins in the process, but leaving room for Cummins to race back by underneath to reassume the position and never relent over the final three laps, ultimately stretching his lead out to 1.323 seconds at the finish line.

“That was probably one of my most exciting wins down here in a long time because I had to battle, I had to change my line, run the top, run the bottom, I actually had to pull some tear-offs tonight. All in all, just an unbelievable night,” an ecstatic Cummins stated in victory lane.

Rogers equaled his best career USAC National Sprint Car finish of 2nd in his Randy Edwards/Edwards Concrete Construction – Auto Wheel & Rim – Engler Machine/DRC/SPEC Chevy while Stockon recorded his first top-10 finish of the 2021 season, finishing 3rd in his KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere – Superior Tank & Trailer – Ravens/Velocity/Fisher Chevy.

Justin Grant took 4th while Brady Bacon rounded out the top-five with a 5th. Bacon, the series point leader, remains the only driver to finish inside the top-five in all five of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts thus far this season.

During Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Kevin Thomas Jr. moved into the top-10 all-time in career fast qualifying times with the USAC National Sprint Cars. His 30th fast time moved him into a tie with Pancho Carter for 10th all-time.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 17, 2021 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Spring Showdown

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/CHAD’S AUTOMOTIVE WHEEL REPAIR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.008; 2. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-14.074; 3. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.129; 4. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.140; 5. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.152; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.190; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.214; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.256; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.290; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.359; 11. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.361; 12. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.377; 13. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-14.387; 14. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.410; 15. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-14.433; 16. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.473; 17. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-14.526; 18. Stephen Schnapf, 11, Martin-14.620; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.685; 20. Nic Harris, N2, Harris-14.733; 21. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.904; 22. Carson Short, 2E, Epperson-14.955; 23. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.985; 24. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-15.098; 25. Ricky Lewis, 11L, Lewis-15.250; 26. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.345; 27. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-15.416; 28. Stan Beadles, 84, Beadles-15.436; 29. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-15.438; 30. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-15.485; 31. Sam Scott, 7s, Scott-15.845; 32. Anton Hernandez, 27, Densford-16.028; 33. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, RMB-16.053; 34. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-16.299; 35. Ryan Bond, 7R, Bond-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kendall Ruble, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Aric Gentry, 6. Paul Nienhiser, 7. Max Adams, 8. Ricky Lewis, 9. Mitch Wissmiller. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Stephen Schnapf, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brandon Morin, 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 8. Eric Perrott, 9. Carson Short. 2:22.837

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brandon Mattox, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Collin Ambrose, 8. Sam Scott, 9. Ryan Bond. 2:26.491

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Critter Malone, 3. Kent Schmidt, 4. Chet Williams, 5. Stan Beadles, 6. Nic Harris, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Anton Hernandez. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Paul Nienhiser, 2. Max Adams, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Carson Short, 6. Nic Harris, 7. Cole Bodine, 8. Ricky Lewis, 9. Brandon Morin, 10. Stan Beadles, 11. Collin Ambrose, 12. Matt Westfall, 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 14. Anton Hernandez, 15. Sam Scott, 16. Mitch Wissmiller, 17. Eric Perrott, 18. Ryan Bond, 19. Aric Gentry. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (11), 2. Jadon Rogers (5), 3. Chase Stockon (1), 4. Justin Grant (7), 5. Brady Bacon (8), 6. Robert Ballou (12), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 8. Tanner Thorson (13), 9. Kendall Ruble (19), 10. Chris Windom (4), 11. Jake Swanson (2), 12. Max Adams (15), 13. Critter Malone (14), 14. Kent Schmidt (3), 15. Paul Nienhiser (22), 16. C.J. Leary (16), 17. Cole Bodine (23) (P), 18. Carson Short (21), 19. Shane Cottle (17), 20. Chet Williams (18), 21. Nic Harris (20), 22. Brandon Mattox (10), 23. Aric Gentry (24) (P), 24. Stephen Schnapf (9). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Chase Stockon, Laps 6-26 Jadon Rogers, Laps 27-30 Kyle Cummins.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-364, 2-Justin Grant-349, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-316, 4-Chris Windom-297, 5-C.J. Leary-293, 6-Tanner Thorson-287, 7-Kyle Cummins-286, 8-Robert Ballou-249, 9-Jake Swanson-234, 10-Jadon Rogers-223.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-32, 2-Brady Bacon-27, 3-Tanner Thorson-26, 4-Chris Windom-24, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 6-Buddy Kofoid-20, 7-Justin Grant-16, 8-Jadon Rogers-16, 9-Kyle Cummins-14 10-C.J. Leary-14.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 18, 2021 – Paragon Speedway – Paragon, Indiana – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Nic Harris

Fatheadz Eyewear / Chad’s Automotive Wheel Repair Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Stephen Schnapf

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Brandon Mattox

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Paul Nienhiser

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Kyle Cummins (11th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Critter Malone

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Cole Bodine

Everything Dirt Racing Hard Luck Award: Stephen Schnapf


BRODY ROA TRIUMPHS AT THE THUNDERBOWL

TULARE, CA – APRIL 17, 2021… In dominating fashion, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) nearly swept the USAC West Coast Sprint Car event at Thunderbowl Raceway. Racing the #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane Maxim, Roa gave the May Motorsports team their first $1,500 series win ahead of D.J. Johnson, Austin Liggett, Ryan Timmons, and Kyle Edwards.

Roa, the 2016 Champion, was the night’s Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier, won the heat race, ran fourth in the qualifier, was the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger, and emerged as the new point leader.

Starting on the pole position, Johnson led the first five circuits until Roa took over from sixth. Once out front, Brody set a blistering pace at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on his way to the seventh victory of his career.

With nine cars signed in, a passing point’s format was used. The 10-lap victories went to Roa (Extreme Mufflers Heat Race) and Tanner Boul (Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars Qualifier). The top six drivers in passing points were Roa, Boul, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Kaleb Montgomery, Timmons, and Johnson.

On Saturday, May 15th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will head to Petaluma Speedway (Petaluma, CA) for their third point race of the season. The popular USAC Western States Midgets will join the card at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 17, 2021 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brody Roa (#8M May), 2. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 3. Kaleb Montgomery (#3 Montgomery), 4. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Faria), 6. Tanner Boul (#99T Boul), 7. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 8. James Herrera (#5J Herrera), 9. Kyle Edwards (#39 Edwards). NT

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Boul, 2. Timmons, 3. Faria, 4. Roa, 5. Montgomery, 6. Liggett, 7. Johnson, 8. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, with starting positions) 1. Brody Roa (6), 2. D.J. Johnson (1), 3. Austin Liggett (7), 4. Ryan Timmons (2), 5. Kyle Edwards (9), 6. Kaleb Montgomery (3), 7. James Herrera (8), 8. Danny Faria Jr. (4), 9. Tanner Boul (5). NT
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**Edwards flipped on lap 1 the first feat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Johnson, Laps 6-25 Roa.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (6th to 1st)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-161, 2-Kaleb Montgomery-137, --D.J. Johnson-137, 4-Tanner Boul-117, 5-Danny Faria Jr.-110, 6-Ryan Timmons-106, 7-Austin Liggett-102, 8- Kyle Edwards-98, 9-Ryan Bernal-83, 10-Jace Vander Weerd-66.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 15 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California


KTJ THROWS CHANGE-UP
TO WIN BLOOMINGTON’S LARRY RICE CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (April 16, 2021)………Sometimes you’ve got to roll with what got you there in the first place. And, on those occasions when you change up the plan mid-stream, you’ve got to find your way back.

Kevin Thomas Jr. checked the boxes on all of the above throughout Friday night’s 30-lap Larry Rice Classic USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

Religiously trekking around the 1/4-mile on the top in turns one and two, and on the bottom of turns three and four, Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) ventured down low on a late restart with six laps remaining, losing the lead to Brady Bacon in the process, then raced his way back to the front past Bacon with three laps remaining to become the first multi-time winner with the series this season.

Keep in mind that, over the past two seasons, Thomas had won a grand total of two USAC Sprint Car features. With a pair of victories under his hat in just four appearances (Ocala & Bloomington), it’s marked a sea change of confidence and expectations for the driver of the KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper – McDonald’s – KT Construction Services/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

“It’s very important, for me especially,” Thomas noted. “It’s one of those things. I got to get rolling and I’ve got to have that confidence that I’ve not had for the last couple years. (Crew chief) Davey (Jones) brings that to me. He’s kind of my safety blanket, and Jason (McDougal) and A.J. (Parker) as well. They got my season turned around last year in a pretty swift manner, so I have a lot of trust in those guys.”

“You’ve just got to be on kill,” Thomas continued. “That’s just kind of the way it is. You’ve got to be very aggressive, you’ve got to be smart, and you’ve got to have a good racecar. Brady (Bacon) is going to be a pain in my butt all year; Grant, Windom, Leary, they’re all going to be equal pains. We’ve just got to be the best that we can be every single night and it’ll work itself out. We’ll win the races that we’re supposed to and, hopefully, win half the ones we’re not supposed to. Tonight might’ve been one of those.”

Thomas’ triumph was the fourth of his USAC Sprint Car career at Bloomington, which made him the second winningest driver of all-time with the series at the track, trailing only Bryan Clauson’s five. In fact, the very first of Thomas’ 29 career series wins came at Bloomington in 2012.

Speaking of which, Thomas’ 29th career victory elevated him into 14th place on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list, surpassing the win totals of series champions Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Levi Jones, Chris Windom and J.J. Yeley, all of whom have won 28.

Thomas started on the outside of the front row, yet it was pole sitter Shane Cottle who got to the point initially. Cottle led the opening lap before Thomas swiftly drove around the outside of Cottle in turns one two, nipping Cottle at the line at the conclusion of lap two. Thomas raced around the circumference of Cottle in turns one and two on the third circuit, then made a beeline for the bottom of turn three, stealing Cottle’s line and would remain on the same path for much of the remainder of the race.

While the majority of the 24-car driver lineup was deciphering whether to find traction high or low, Bacon had another idea to cut through the middle, slicing his way up to the second position and would continually press the issue with Thomas for the balance of the joust.

Bacon went on the offensive, riding the high line all the way around while Thomas swapped from high to low as he navigated each end of the racing surface. Bacon was able to stay within reach, but Thomas was “steady as he goes” on his current course.

However, with six laps remaining, 20th running Sterling Cling was uninjured after riding out a series of barrel rolls off the edge of the turn four banking. He walked away uninjured.

During the red flag period, Thomas surveyed the track and made the decision to alter his plan of attack.

“When we stopped there for that red, in one and two, I was like, ‘there’s a lot of moisture down here,’” Thomas recalled. “I know I was getting through one and two well, but I didn’t know if it was going to hold up. I knew it was getting thin off two. I was hanging a little bit, so I changed my line.”

After one lap following the restart, Thomas darted back to the high line in turns one and two, but that opened the door for Bacon to stick a foot into as he dove into turn one and slid up in front of Thomas in turn two to snare the lead. Thomas pretty much was required to commit himself to the bottom now, or otherwise follow Bacon’s lead and accept his fate of staring at the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69’s rear bumper.

“It’s a line I hadn’t been running,” Thomas explained. “I went down there, clipped the infield tire, got really tight and gave the lead up to Brady, and I just had to really work for it and focus on hitting my marks and doing what I was doing for the other 20 some odd laps. I don’t know if that was the right thing to do but we did still end up winning the race. That’s a lot to do with the racecar. It went wherever I wanted it to go. I just had to not screw up.”

Racing is a game of concentration as much as it is anything else, and Thomas set his focus on racing the racetrack before being reactionary to what hand his competition was ultimately going to show.

“I never saw Brady until he passed me,” Thomas reasoned. “The way I was running the top in one and two, I didn’t ever look left to see who was under me or if I could see anybody because it was pretty big up there, and treacherous, so I had to really make sure I was paying attention. I had that feeling that somebody was there, and somebody was coming.”

That somebody was Bacon who was now executing the middle/top as Thomas persistently dug his way on the low. With three to go, while exiting turn four, Bacon drifted just a tad high as Thomas nailed his four rubber soles to the huggy pole and shot off the corner in a might to clear Bacon and immediately jumped back to the top in turn one, back to his safe place where all had been relatively smooth for the first 24 laps.

Onward Thomas went unchallenged for the remaining two trips around as he locked up a 1.479 sec. margin victory over Bacon, Kyle Cummins, Cottle and Chris Windom.

A frightening incident at the finish line on the final lap saw Carson Garrett (13th) and Mario Clouser (14th) make wheel-to-wheel contact which sending Garrett careening nose first into the front straightaway wall before flipping over. Garrett climbed from the racecar under his own power but was later transferred to a local hospital for further observation.

Perhaps the most incredible of all longevity streaks in the history of USAC National Sprint Car racing came to an end Friday night at Bloomington when Chase Stockon finished 10th in the semi-feature, coming up shy of a transfer spot to the feature event. Although the team did have a provisional starting position available, they elected not to utilize it. Thus, Stockon’s all-time record streak of 324 consecutive feature starts in USAC National Sprint Car competition was over, a record which dated back to every series race run since 2012.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 16, 2021 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Larry Rice Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT ONE: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.232; 2. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-11.269; 3. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-11.316; 4. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-11.418; 5. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-11.479; 6. Logan Seavey, 17GP, Dutcher-11.483; 7. Shane Cottle, 74x, Hodges-11.520; 8. Dave Darland, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-11.535; 9. Carson Short, 2E, Epperson-11.540; 10. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.606; 11. Carson Garrett, 15KO, KO-11.623; 12. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-11.655; 13. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-11.684; 14. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro/RayPro-11.695; 15. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-11.712; 16. Brent Beauchamp, 11, LB-11.721; 17. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-11.727; 18. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-11.797; 19. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.811; 20. Hunter O'Neal, 77, O'Neal-11.823; 21. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.895; 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-11.914.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FLIGHT TWO: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-11.297; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.326; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.391; 4. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-11.416; 5. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-11.476; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-11.540; 7. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-11.563; 8. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-11.611; 9. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.622; 10. Ricky Lewis, 11L, Lewis-11.752; 11. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-11.768; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.796; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-11.859; 14. A.J. Hopkins, 04, Burton-11.873; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.016; 16. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-12.102; 17. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Parker-12.136; 18. Jake Bland, 20, Bland-12.331; 19. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-12.337; 20. Ted Kirkpatrick, 63LK, Sturgeon-12.969; 21. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-13.187.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Garrett, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Carson Short, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Max Adams, 6. Travis Berryhill, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Brady Short, 9. Jadon Rogers, 10. Sterling Cling. 2:00.740

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Cole Bodine, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Mario Clouser, 6. Brent Beauchamp, 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 8. Hunter O’Neal, 9. Davey Ray, 10. Brandon Morin, 11. Logan Seavey. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Paul Nienhiser, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Brayden Fox, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Eric Perrott, 11. Harley Burns. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Robert Ballou, 3. A.J. Hopkins, 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Jake Bland, 8. Ricky Lewis, 9. Ted Kirkpatrick, 10. Braxton Cummings. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Brent Beauchamp, 2. Braxton Cummings, 3. Brady Short, 4. Sterling Cling, 5. Jake Bland, 6. Brandon Morin, 7. Harley Burns, 8. Hunter O’Neal, 9. Eric Perrott, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 11. Ted Kirkpatrick. 2:14.284

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Max Adams, 4. Mario Clouser, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Davey Ray, 9. Isaac Chapple, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Brent Beauchamp, 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Matt Goodnight, 14. Jadon Rogers, 15. Travis Berryhill, 16. Matt Westfall, 17. Brady Short, 18. Braxton Cummings. 2:40.395

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 2. Brady Bacon (5), 3. Kyle Cummins (7), 4. Shane Cottle (1), 5. Chris Windom (4), 6. Tanner Thorson (11), 7. C.J. Leary (9), 8. Justin Grant (6), 9. Scotty Weir (16), 10. Robert Ballou (20), 11. Jake Swanson (13), 12. Dave Darland (15), 13. Carson Garrett (8), 14. Mario Clouser (10), 15. Tye Mihocko (22), 16. Paul Nienhiser (3), 17. Carson Short (17), 18. Max Adams (12), 19. Cole Bodine (19), 20. Brayden Fox (14), 21. Matt Westfall (23) (P), 22. A.J. Hopkins (21), 23. Sterling Cling (24) (P), 24. Ricky Lewis (18). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

**Logan Seavey flipped during the second heat. C.J. Leary flipped during the third heat. Sterling Cling flipped on lap 24 of the feature. Carson Garrett flipped on the lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Shane Cottle, Laps 2-25 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 26-27 Brady Bacon, Laps 28-30 Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-298, 2-Justin Grant-280, 3-C.J. Leary-255, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-252, 5-Chris Windom-243, 6-Tanner Thorson-233, 7-Kyle Cummins-210, 8-Robert Ballou-192, 9-Jake Swanson-186, 10-Paul Nienhiser-160.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-26, 2-Brady Bacon-24, 3-Chris Windom-24, 4-Tanner Thorson-21, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 6-Buddy Kofoid-20, 7-C.J. Leary-14, 8-Justin Grant-13, 9-Jadon Rogers-13, 10-Jake Neuman-13.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 17, 2021 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Tye Mihocko

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Justin Grant

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Carson Garrett

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Paul Nienhiser

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

KSE Racing Products / B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (20th to 10th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Carson Garrett

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Brandon Mattox

 

KEYSTONE INVASION TRAIL
LEADS USAC SPRINTS TO PATH VALLEY APRIL 25

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Spring Run, Pennsylvania (April 15, 2021)………Finally! The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars will have their opportunity to tussle on the high banked, quarter-mile, Appalachian Mountain backdropped Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa.

The Sunday night, April 25, show will conclude a tantalizing stretch of seven races in 10 nights for the series, and the Path Valley date will, itself, conclude the four-race Keystone Invasion mini-series throughout Pennsylvania, which tours through Grandview Speedway on April 22, Big Diamond Speedway on April 23 and BAPS Motor Speedway on April 24 prior to the curtain closer at Path Valley.

Just once has Path Valley appeared on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar, when it was part of Eastern Storm in 2013, and was ultimately rained out. However, three USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events have been held there, in 2015-17-19.

Many fans may harken back to CRA’s nationwide tour which took the wingless sprint cars to Path Valley in 1992, a race won by Frankie Kerr. In the field that night were USAC luminaries and race winners such as Tony Elliott (3rd), Rusty McClure (7th) and Jack Hewitt (10), just to name a few.

With no previous USAC Sprint Car experiences to base off of, it is a necessity to note that several of the expected Keystone Invasion entries do have a bit of past midget encounters at Path Valley, meaning a couple handfuls of these pilots won’t enter the bullring completely “green” to this particular test.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) is the leading Rookie of the Year candidate in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division. He’s led a total of 31 laps in three starts with the midgets at PV. He was the fastest qualifier in 2015 and, that same year, he led the first 13 laps of the feature before being passed by Rico Abreu on a mid-race restart. While battling for 2nd, Thorson and Kevin Thomas Jr. made contact, sending Thorson spinning to a stop, eventually returning and finishing 9th.

In 2017, Thorson was in position again to win at Path Valley, pacing the field for 18 laps and was leading when contact between he and Tyler Courtney in turn four coming to the checkered flag sent Thorson spinning out of the lead and from the brink of victory. An ultimately better result came about for Thorson in 2019 with a 4th place finish.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished 2nd in his Path Valley debut Midget run in 2019 while Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has made one previous Path Valley Midget appearance, winning his heat, then finishing 15th in the 2017 feature. The result was not indicative of his performance, however, as he was running 4th on the final lap when he flipped while getting caught up in the aforementioned late-race skirmish between Thorson and Courtney.

With five laps remaining in the 2017 Midget show, Brady Bacon led a single lap before trouble ensued with his car slowing atop the fourth turn cushion. Bacon restarted after taking his car to the work area and returned to finish 9th.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has made two USAC Midget starts at Path Valley, winning his heat race and finishing 3rd in 2015, then took 14th in the latest round there in 2019.

Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) has had a fair amount of success in his three Midget experiences at Path Valley. The 2012 ARDC Midget champ and 2018 co-USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year captured the semi and a 6th place result in 2017, and a 9th in 2019.

In his USAC Midget experiences at Path Valley, Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.), the three-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion, captured a semi-feature victory and a 10th place finish in 2015. In 2019, the back-to-back ARDC titlist in 2014-15 recorded a 16th place result.

First-time Path Valley visitors include USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champions, Rocklin, California’s Robert Ballou (2015) and Greenfield, Indiana’s C.J. Leary (2019). The USAC National Sprint Car division’s all-time ironman in terms of consecutive feature starts, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), will be teamed with top USAC Rookie contenders Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) and Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.).

Ten-time USAC National Sprint Car winner – one of which came in Pennsylvania (Lincoln Speedway) – Thomas Meseraull will be on hand for a full Keystone Invasion run in Tim Hogue’s No. 39, along with 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox and Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio).

The Wingless Super Sportsman king of Path Valley, Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) will be joined by fellow Pennsylvanians and USAC East Coast Sprint Car winners Joey Biasi (Mary D, Pa.) and Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.), as well as Quaker State native Brandon Spithaler (Evans City, Pa.) and New Jersey’s Craig Pellegrini (Buena, N.J.).

The fourth and final round of Keystone Invasion at Path Valley will also feature the Wingless Super Sportsman. Pits open at noon Eastern, front gates at 2pm and hot laps at 5pm. General admission tickets are $25 and kids age 10 & under are free. Pit passes are $35.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS TAP BAPS FOR PENULTIMATE KEYSTONE INVASION ROUND ON APRIL 24
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

York Haven, Pennsylvania (April 15, 2021)………Several of USAC’s eastern tours of the past decade have included a foray to BAPS Motor Speedway, the 3/8-mile dirt oval located just a stone’s throw from the Susquehanna River in York Haven, Pa.

However, for the last two years, due to weather and COVID, the roar of the engines for USAC at BAPS has remained silent. That’s all in the distant past at this point with the series’ sixth ever appearance at the track coming up on Saturday night, April 24, the penultimate round of the inaugural Keystone Invasion.

The BAPS showdown is preceded by USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car dates at Grandview Speedway on Thursday, April 22, Big Diamond Speedway on Friday, April 23, and followed by the conclusion of four-straight events in Pennsylvania on Sunday, April 25, at Path Valley Speedway Park.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) is the lone multi-time USAC National Sprint Car winner at BAPS, recording victories in both 2015 and 2018, his most recent victory with the series. The 2015 USAC champion has alternated 1st and 5th place finishes in his four total outings at BAPS, with a 5th in both 2013 and 2016. He set quick time en route to victory in 2015. His time of 9:37.32 for 30 laps remains the USAC National Sprint Car track record for that distance at BAPS.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has finished inside the top-two in two of his three most recent BAPS USAC Sprint starts. The USAC career Triple Crown champion recorded a victory at BAPS in 2016 and finished 2nd in 2018. He sandwiched between those two runs with a fast qualifying time and 9th place result in 2017, equaling his 9th place result back in 2015.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) notched his one victory at BAPS in last-lap, last corner thrilling fashion during a 2017 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature. His USAC Sprint starts at the track have been solid, but a victory has remained elusive thus far, with three top-ten finishes: 7th in 2015, 3rd in 2017 and 9th in 2018.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has been excellent at BAPS with a 4th in 2016 and a 2nd in 2017 as his bests. His eight-lap heat race time of 2:27.93 from 2016 is the standard for that distance for USAC Sprints at BAPS.

Likewise, for Kevin Thomas Jr. and Chase Stockon, who’ve both finished in the runner-up position at BAPS, just at Meseraull has, but have come up just short of a victory so far. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) has finished inside the top-10 in all four of his BAPS starts with a 2nd in 2013, 4th in 2018, 5th in 2017 and 10th in 2015, in addition to a fast qualifying time in 2018.

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has started all five BAPS USAC Sprint Car features. His 2nd place run in 2016 was his best, but he’s also added a 3rd in 2015, a 7th in 2018 and an 8th in 2017 to his BAPS resume.

Three-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) notched a 3rd at BAPS in 2016, 4th in 2017, 8th in 2018 and 10th in 2013. Fellow USAC Sprint champ, from 2019, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) earned a best placing of 6th at BAPS in 2016.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) owns two USAC Sprint starts at BAPS: 16th in 2016 and 14th in 2018. Pennsylvanians have held their own at BAPS with Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.), the 2018 co-Rookie of the Year for the USAC National Sprint Cars, finished 5th in the feature that same year. USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown veteran Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) has made two BAPS starts: 16th in 2016 and 20th in 2018. USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner Joey Biasi (Mary D, Pa.) took 22nd in 2013 and 18th in 2018.

Leading USAC National Sprint Car Rookie Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) led 11 laps and finished 2nd in a wild scramble to the finish during a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature in 2017 but hasn’t yet made a USAC Sprint Car start at BAPS. Three-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champ Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) has been a frontrunner at BAPS in ARDC Midget competition.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), seventh in USAC National Sprint Car points, will make his debut in the east along with series Rookie of the Year contenders Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) and Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), plus 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), Pennsylvania standouts Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.), Brandon Spithaler (Evans City, Pa.), New Jersey’s Craig Pellegrini (Buena, N.J.) and more!

Round number three of Keystone Invasion at BAPS will also feature the BAPS Super Sportsman and Superior Homes Extreme Stocks. Pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, seniors are $20, students 13-17 are $10, kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

The entire event from BAPS will be streamed with flag-to-flag coverage live, exclusively on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS AT BAPS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

2-Robert Ballou

1-Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney & Chris Windom

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS AT BAPS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

2013: Shane Cottle (6/9)

2015: Robert Ballou (6/7)

2016: Chris Windom (6/12)

2017: Tyler Courtney (6/18)

2018: Robert Ballou (6/17)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT BAPS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/12/2016 - Bryan Clauson - 16.753 - 85.955 mph

8 Laps - 6/12/2016 - Thomas Meseraull - 2:27.93 - 77.875 mph

12 Laps - 6/17/2018 - Tony DiMattia - 3:52.20 - 74.419 mph

30 Laps - 6/17/2018 - Robert Ballou - 9:37.32 - 74.829 mph

BAPS MOTOR SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS:

2013 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Brent Marks, 9. Daron Clayton, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Dalten Gabbard, 14. Mark Bitner, 15. Billy Pauch, Jr., 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Tyler Courtney, 18. Kyle Moody, 19. Dan Mazy, 20. Tim Glatfelter, 21. Michael Hamer, 22. Joey Biasi, 23. Mark Smith. NT

2015 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Tracy Hines, 15. Brett Arndt, 16. J.R. Berry, 17. Logan Jarrett, 18. Trevor Kobylarz, 19. C.J. Leary, 20. Kyle Cummins, 21. Casey Shuman, 22. Richard Vander Weerd. NT

2016 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Max McGhee, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Golobic, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Mark Smith, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Tom Harris, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Kyle Moody, 16. Carmen Perigo, 17. Dustin Smith, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Bryan Clauson, 22. Harris Kohen. NT

2017 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Shane Golobic, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Alex Bright, 15. Kyle Moody, 16. Matt Westfall, 17. Jerry Coons, Jr., 18. Kyle Robbins, 19. Tony DiMattia, 20. Gary Rooke, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Trevor Kobylarz. NT

2018 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (4), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 5. Timmy Buckwalter (7), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Chase Stockon (12), 8. Brady Bacon (10), 9. Justin Grant (16), 10. Jarett Andretti (3), 11. Chad Boespflug (8), 12. Thomas Meseraull (17), 13. C.J. Leary (13), 14. Matt Westfall (14), 15. Zach Daum (11), 16. Tony DiMattia (15), 17. Isaac Chapple (2), 18. Joey Biasi (20), 19. Kyle Moody (21), 20. Carmen Perigo (18), 21. Dan Shetler (22), 22. Jerry Coons, Jr. (19). 9:37.32 (New Track Record)


 

 

GRANDVIEW LAUNCHES USAC SPRINT CAR KEYSTONE INVASION APRIL 22

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (April 15, 2021)………It’s so good, we have to go twice!

The first of two trips out east, and two visits for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars to Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway this season, arrives Thursday night, April 22, as the opener for the inaugural Keystone Invasion, featuring four races in four nights at Grandview, Big Diamond Speedway (April 23), BAPS Motor Speedway (April 24) and Path Valley Speedway Park (April 25).

The biggest storyline coming into Grandview’s 40-lapper is Brady Bacon’s prowess of the 1/3-mile dirt oval, which has seen him win three consecutive USAC National Sprint Car races at the track. The three-time series champ from Broken Arrow, Okla. won in 2017-18-19, with last season’s run being “COVID-ed” out. Bacon has not finished outside of the top-ten in any of his seven Grandview USAC Sprint starts, with 5th place results in 2007 & 2014, an 8th in 2016 and a 9th in 2013.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) reigned as the king at Grandview by winning in 2014. He also topped time trials as the fastest qualifier in both 2017 and 2019. He also finished 10th in 2010 and 5th in 2013 and has rolled sevens in each of his last three Grandview starts with a 7th place finish in 2017-18-19.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has snagged a USAC National victory at Grandview in his career, but that came in a midget in 2019. Windom has been banging on the door year-after-year for a first Sprint Car victory at Grandview and hasn’t finished outside the top-seven there since 2008! He finished as the runner-up in both 2008 & 2011 and has taken 3rd in four consecutive tries at Grandview in 2016-17-18-19. The career USAC Triple Crown champ was 4th in both 2010 & 2012 and 7th in both 2013-14.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has been a frequent frontrunner at Grandview with four consecutive top-five finishes in his last four starts, including a 2nd in 2016, 4th in 2017, 2nd again in 2018 and 5th in 2019. The 2021 season opening winner in Ocala, Fla. also finished 3rd in 2012 and 9th in 2014 at Grandview, and his qualifying time there of 13.360 sec. from 2012 still stands as the all-time USAC National Sprint Car one-lap track record. He was 6th in the midget race at Grandview in 2019.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) enters Grandview with a string of five-straight top-8 finishes, including three 6th place finishes in that span in 2016-17-19, and 8th place results in 2014 & 2018. In 10 Grandview USAC Sprint Car starts, the 2015 series champion finished inside the top-ten in eight of them, finishing 6th in the series’ debut at the track in 2007, 9th in 2012 and his personal best, a 3rd in 2011.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has earned two career USAC National Sprint Car top-fives at Grandview, with bests of 4th in 2014 and 5th in 2017. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ was 8th in his most recent Grandview appearance in 2019 and 10th in 2018.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) owns just two top-ten/top-five finishes at Grandview, but they were both impressive performances. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ finished 2nd behind Bacon at Grandview in both 2017 and 2019. His most recent trip to the east was highly successful, scoring the Eastern Storm title in 2019.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) will compete in the four Keystone Invasion races in the Tim Hogue owned No. 39, a familiar ride during Eastern Storm for drivers such as Dave Darland, Jerry Coons Jr., Richard Vander Weerd and others in recent years. Meseraull finished a best of 4th at Grandview in 2016 and 9th in 2018.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) has made three starts in USAC National Sprint Car competition at Grandview over the past decade. His first has been his best thus far, finishing 10th in 2013. In his two most recent appearances, he was 11th in 2017 and 12th in 2018.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) does have Grandview experience in his USAC career, winning his heat race and finishing 4th there with the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in 2019. He’s the leading Rookie in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, and his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports car finished 2nd in its most recent go at Grandview with driver C.J. Leary in 2019.

Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) enters as the dominator of the East Coast Regional Sprint Car racing scene in recent years, capturing the championship for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars presented by Capitol Custom Trailers in three consecutive seasons between 2018-2020, earning 12 victories along the way. The 2014-15 ARDC Midget champion raced with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Grandview in 2019 where he was 13th and, with the National Midgets there in 2019, was 17th.

Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) got off to a hot start with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Ocala, Fla. this past February, recording fast time during Fatheadz Qualifying on both nights. At Grandview, Buckwalter was victorious with the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars in May 2019. That same season, during Eastern Storm, he took 21st after flipping wildly down the main straightaway during the feature.

Fellow Pennsylvanians Joey Biasi, Kyle Lick and Carmen Perigo have all been regulars with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Grandview. Biasi (Mary D, Pa.) has made six starts between 2012-19, finishing 15th in 2012, 2014 and 2019. Lick (Lehighton, Pa.) was the 20th place finisher in both 2018 and 2019. Wingless Sportsman Sprint superstar Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) has twice made starts, finishing a best of 18th in 2019.

Add those to a number of drivers eying first-time Grandview USAC National Sprint Car feature starts, including 2021 Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.), 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contenders Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) and Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), Eastern Storm veteran Craig Pellegrini (Buena, N.J.) and two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature starter Brandon Spithaler and more.

On Thursday, 358 Modifieds will also be on the event card. Gates open at 5pm Eastern with the drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm.

Adult admission tickets are $30, children 6 to 11 are $10 and children 5 and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $40.

Advance tickets are available by calling (443) 513-4456. Please speak clearly and provide your first and last name and the number of tickets you need. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the WILL CALL window on race night. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30pm. Advance tickets orders can be processed up to the day before the race. Advance tickets will NOT be available on race day. Bring exact change when purchasing your advance tickets, general admission tickets and Pit Passes.

The Grandview Keystone Invasion event will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY:

3-Brady Bacon

2-Bryan Clauson & Levi Jones

1-Daron Clayton, Bobby East, Jesse Hockett & Chase Stockon

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY:

2007: Levi Jones (6/6)

2009: Jesse Hockett (6/2)

2010: Levi Jones (6/1)

2011: Bobby East (5/31)

2012: Bryan Clauson (6/5)

2013: Daron Clayton (6/5)

2014: Chase Stockon (6/3)

2016: Bryan Clauson (6/7)

2017: Brady Bacon (6/13)

2018: Brady Bacon (6/14)

2019: Brady Bacon (6/11)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY: 1 Lap - 6/5/2012 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 13.360 - 89.731 mph

8 Laps - 6/13/2017 - Isaac Chapple - 1:52.46 - 85.278 mph

10 Laps - 6/6/2007 - Mat Neely - 2:27.30 - 81.458 mph

12 Laps - 6/11/2019 - Jason McDougal - 3:01.48 - 79.268 mph

GRANDVIEW USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS:

2007 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Levi Jones, 2. Brady Short, 3. Billy Pauch, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 8. Dave Darland, 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Jesse Hockett, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Josh Weller, 13. Jimmy Light, 14. Mike Martin, 15. Mat Neely, 16. Lucas Wolfe, 17. Bob Ream Jr., 18. Daron Clayton, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Kevin Swindell, 21. Brad Sweet, 22. John Heydenreich. NT

2008 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Jesse Hockett, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Dave Darland, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Damion Gardner, 10. Cole Whitt, 11. Brad Sweet, 12. Henry Clarke, 13. Billy Pauch, 14. Darren Hagen, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Bud Kaeding, 18. Josh Weller, 19. Kevin Swindell, 20. Steve Petry. NT

2010 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Levi Jones, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Henry Clarke, 8. Ricky Williams, 9. Bill Rose, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Mark Bitner, 12. J.R. Berry, 13. Kyle Moody, 14. Johnny Mackison, 15. Shane Hmiel, 16. Kyle Robbins, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Josh Weller, 19. J.C. Bland, 20. Jeff Geiges, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Jonathan Swanson, 23. Steve Petry. NT

2011 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bobby East, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Casey Shuman, 5. Dave Darland, 6, Jon Stanbrough, 7, Levi Jones, 8. Mark Bitner, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Travis Rilat, 13. Keith Bloom Jr., 14. Justin Grant, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Kyle Moody, 17. Daron Clayton, 18. Kyle Robbins, 19. Brent Marks, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Wes McIntyre, 22. Coleman Gulick. NT

2012 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Chris Windom, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Darren Hagen, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Robert Ballou, 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Bobby East, 13. Chase Stockon, 14. Mark Smith, 15. Joey Biasi, 16. Kyle Moody, 17. Mike Gular, 18. Damion Gardner, 19. Jonathan Hendrick, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Mark Bitner, 22. Coleman Gulick. NT

2013 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Daron Clayton, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Matt Westfall, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Mark Smith, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Nick Drake, 15. Mark Bitner, 16. Joey Biasi, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Trevor Utt, 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 20. Brent Marks, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Robert Ballou, 23. Billy Pauch, Jr. NT

2014 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Shane Cockrum, 12. Bryan Clauson, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Mark Smith, 15. Joey Biasi, 16. Mark Bitner, 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 18. Dalten Gabbard, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Daron Clayton, 21. Chad Boespflug, 22. Landon Simon. NT

2016 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Max McGhee, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Tony DiMattia, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Shane Golobic, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Jerry Coons, Jr., 17. Landon Simon, 18. Mark Smith, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Joey Biasi. NT

2017 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Matt Westfall, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Thomas Meseraull, 14. Alex Bright, 15. Kyle Robbins, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Tony DiMattia, 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 21. Chandler Leiby, 22. Joey Biasi. NT

2018 FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 3. Chris Windom (4), 4. Tyler Courtney (12), 5. Jarett Andretti (6), 6. Chad Boespflug (2), 7. Chase Stockon (7), 8. Robert Ballou (10), 9. Thomas Meseraull (8), 10. Justin Grant (9), 11. Dave Darland (16), 12. Matt Westfall (18), 13. C.J. Leary (11), 14. Isaac Chapple (21), 15. Tony DiMattia (5), 16. Zach Daum (13), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 18. Jerry Coons, Jr. (15), 19. Joey Biasi (17), 20. Kyle Lick (22), 21. Trevor Kobylarz (20), 22. Carmen Perigo (19). NT

2019 FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Chris Windom (9), 4. Tyler Courtney (3), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 6. Robert Ballou (8), 7. Chase Stockon (6), 8. Justin Grant (1), 9. Jason McDougal (11), 10. Chad Boespflug (15), 11. Ryan Godown (18), 12. Carson Short (14), 13. Steven Drevicki (7), 14. Dave Darland (13), 15. Joey Biasi (16), 16. Bill Balog (20), 17. Isaac Chapple (22), 18. Carmen Perigo (12), 19. Trevor Kobylarz (17), 20. Kyle Lick (21), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (10), 22. Dustin Christie (19). NT

 

BIG DIAMOND SHINES FOR ROUND #2 OF USAC SPRINT KEYSTONE INVASION APRIL 23

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (April 15, 2021)………It’s been nearly a decade since the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars have paid a visit to Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, but a new era begins as the hiatus comes to an end on Friday night, April 23, for the second round of Keystone Invasion.

The four-race Pennsylvania mini-series begins Thursday, April 22, at Grandview Speedway, before heading to Big Diamond for the first time since 2012 and concludes the weekend with stops at BAPS Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 24, and Path Valley Speedway Park on Sunday, April 25.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters on a two-race winning streak at Big Diamond, albeit with the most recent victory occurring nine years prior. However, Big Diamond has been a special venue for the USAC career Triple Crown champ who won his very first career USAC National Sprint Car feature at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in 2010, then backed it up in the revisit there in 2012 with another triumph. In five Big Diamond starts, Windom hasn’t finished outside the top-ten with 9th place runs in 2007 and 2008 to go along with a 10th in 2008.

Series point leader and three-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has two Big Diamond starts to his credit, both of which were top-ten runs, anchored by a 9th in 2008 and a 10th in 2007.

Robert Ballou has had many fine days in sprint car racing, earning the 2015 Eastern Storm crown as well as the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car championship. However, Big Diamond has not treated the Rocklin, Calif. driver kindly in his four previous appearances, finishing a best of 15th in 2007 and 2008, a 16th in 2009 and a 21st in 2012.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) won his heat race and finished 13th in his lone venture to Big Diamond back in 2008. Meseraull will be competing throughout the duration of Keystone Invasion aboard the Tim Hogue No. 39.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) debuted at Big Diamond during his first foray to the east in 2010, turning in a heat race victory and an 11th place result in that night’s feature. In the ensuing visit to Big Diamond in 2012, it was a proud night for Stockon who achieved his first career USAC “podium” finish with a 3rd place result behind Windom and Tracy Hines.

C.J. Leary’s (Greenfield, Ind.) Rookie Year with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars brought him to Big Diamond in 2012 where he finished 13th. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) finished that same night with a 22nd place result. Joey Biasi (Mary D, Pa.) collected a 19th that evening as well. Biasi captured a USAC East Coast Sprint Car win at Big Diamond in 2018.

As you see, USAC hasn’t been completely absent from Big Diamond in recent years with the club’s Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars presented by Capitol Trailers making eight appearances between 2018-20. Among them are Keystone Invasion competitors Steven Drevicki and Timmy Buckwalter, who have each won once there.

Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) has won a total of three USAC East Coast Sprint Car races at Big Diamond in 2019-20, while Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) snagged a win of his own there in 2019. USAC East Coast Sprint regulars Ryan Godown, Alex Bright and Kenny Miller III have all won at Big Diamond with the series in recent years as well.

Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, Pa.) has four top-five finishes with the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars over the past two seasons with a 3rd and 4th in 2019 and a 3rd and 5th in 2020. Likewise, Craig Pellegrini (Buena, N.J.) has made two USAC EC Big Diamond starts with a best of 17th in 2019. Kyle Lick (Lehighton, Pa.) earned a solid 6th with the East Coast series there in 2018. Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) debuted with the East Coast Series at Big Diamond late in 2020, but had some misfortune, ending his night early following the heat race.

Making their Big Diamond debuts are some of the series’ heaviest hitters who reside in the top-ten of the standings, including 2020 USAC Silver Crown champ Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), leading USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender and 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), plus 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.).

They’ll be joined by USAC National Sprint Car feature winner Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), top series Rookies Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.), Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), a USAC National Sprint Car feature starter, twice over, Brandon Spithaler (Evans City, Pa.), and many more!

The event will also feature Modifieds and Roadrunners at the event. Pits open at 5pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 5:30pm and hot laps at 7pm.

Adult admission tickets are $30, children 11-12 are $10, kids 10 and under are free and active military with valid ID are free.

The entire event from Big Diamond will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY:

2-Cole Whitt & Chris Windom

1-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY:

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6/7)

2008: Cole Whitt (6/5)

2009: Cole Whitt (6/4)

2010: Chris Windom (6/4)

2012: Chris Windom (6/8)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 6/8/2012 - Levi Jones - 15.237 - 88.600 mph

8 Laps - 6/8/2012 - Tracy Hines - 2:07.640 - 84.613 mph

30 Laps - 6/8/2012 - Chris Windom - 8:36.250 - 78.450 mph

BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE RESULTS:

2007 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Levi Jones, 3. Daron Clayton, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Dustin Morgan, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Chris Windom, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Jesse Hockett, 12. Lucas Wolfe, 13. Kevin Swindell, 14. Jimmy Light, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Bob Ream Jr., 17. Mat Neely, 18. Billy Pauch, 19. Brad Sweet, 20. Brady Short, 21. J.J. Yeley, 22. Neil Shepherd. NT

2008 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cole Whitt, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Darren Hagen, 7. Brad Sweet, 8. Bob Ream, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Thomas Meseraull, 14. Brady Short, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Dustin Morgan, 17. Chad Boat, 18. Shane Golobic, 19. Shane Cottle, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Jesse Hockett, 22. Billy Pauch. NT

2009 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cole Whitt, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Jesse Hockett, 7.; Bryan Clauson, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Brad Sweet, 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Scotty Weir, 14. Kevin Swindell, 15. Henry Clarke, 16. Robert Ballou, 17. Mark Bitner, 18. Ryan Smith, 19. Billy Pauch, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Chad Trout, 22. Steve Petry. NT

2010 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Ricky Williams, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Henry Clarke, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Mark Bitner, 10. Kyle Robbins, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. J.R. Berry, 14. J.C. Bland, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Johnny Mackison, 17. Steve Petry, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Casey Shuman, 20. Beau Binder, 21. Shane Hmiel. NT

2012 FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Levi Jones, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Bobby East, 12. Coleman Gulick, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Hunter Schuerenberg, 15. Jonathan Hendrick, 16. Mark Smith, 17. Billy Pauch, Jr., 18. Mark Bitner, 19. Joey Biasi, 20. Mike Gular, 21. Robert Ballou, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 8:36.25

 

 

USAC REGIONAL SERIES PREVIEW: APRIL 16-17, 2021

Four USAC Regional Sprint Car divisions, plus the USAC Western States Midgets are in action this Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, in the states of Pennsylvania, and Nebraska and California!

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS: Friday, April 16 – Bedford Speedway (Bedford, Pennsylvania)

Bedford, Pennsylvania………The Rapid Tire USAC East Sprint Cars make their third trip to Pennsylvania’s Bedford Speedway this Friday night, April 16.

Three-time and defending series champion Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) won the inaugural series race at Bedford in 2018 while Eddie Strada captured the victory there in 2019.

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) won last week’s East Coast feature at Port Royal, Pa. and leads the standings coming into Bedford. Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) won the opener at Bridgeport, N.J. on April 3 and is second in the standings, just ahead of Drevicki in third.

Late Models, Semi Lates, Modifieds and Pure Stocks will also be in action. Gates open at 5pm with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30. Adult tickets are $15 while kids 12 and under free. Pit passes are $25 apiece.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-152, 2-Briggs Danner-150, 3-Steven Drevicki-143, 4-Tommy Kunsman-116, 5-Damon Paul-111, 6-Chris Allen Jr.-98, 7-Joey Amantea-98, 8-Mike Thompson-94, 9-Jonathan Swanson-93, 10-Ed Aikin-92.

USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION / USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA: Saturday, April 17 – Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, Nebraska) – Non-Points Special Event

Fairbury, Nebraska………USAC’s Midwest Wingless Racing Association and Wingless Sprints Oklahoma series will duel at the 1/5-mile bullring of Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway this Saturday, April 17.

The events marks the season openers for both series, but the special will not pay points toward the season’s championship race. Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kans.) enters the season as the reigning MWRA champ while Ty Hulsey (Owasso, Okla.) notched the 2020 WSO title.

The 7th Annual Roy Cooley Memorial will feature Sprint Cars and the JayHusker Micro Sprints. Pits open at Noon CT with grandstands opening at 2pm, drivers meeting at 3pm and racing at 4pm.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, with high school students and younger just $5. Kids age 5 and under are free. All access pit passes are $30. A bonfire pit party will be held at the track after the races and everyone is invited!

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS: Saturday, April 17 – Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare, California)

Tulare, California………The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, April 17th, at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California.

Promoted by Steve Faria, the second point race will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets for an exciting night of racing.

The front gates open at 4:00PM PT, hot laps are scheduled for 5:00PM, time trials at 6:00PM, and racing will start at 7:00PM. The event will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds.

Located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more event information can be found at www.thunderbowlraceway.com or calling 559.688.0909. Floracing.com will be on hand to broadcast a live stream of the races.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS: Saturday, April 17 – Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare, California)

Tulare, California………This Saturday, April 17th, the USAC Western States Midgets will tackle the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California.

Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will host the third round of competition along with the popular USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

The front gates open at 4:00PM PT, hot laps are scheduled for 5:00PM, time trials at 6:00PM, and racing will start at 7:00PM. The event will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds.

Located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets at the Tulare County Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at thunderbowlraceway.com or calling 559.688.0909. Floracing.com will be on hand to broadcast a live stream of the races.

 


23 YEARS LATER:
USAC SPRINTS RETURN TO PARAGON SUNDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

July 25, 1998 – where were you? Saving Private Ryan was the number one movie at the box office and Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” was still dominating the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Not to mention, at that time, many of today’s racing stars were still in quarter midgets, diapers, or still years down the road.

That date also marked the most recent occasion the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars competed at Indiana’s Paragon Speedway, the 3/8-mile dirt oval just southwest of Indianapolis, a near 23-year absence which ends this Sunday, April 18, with the return of the series.

Paragon has hosted 19 previous appearances by the series dating back to 1981. Steve Butler has the most USAC Sprint wins at the track with three while Derek Davidson won the most recent, in 1998, which was his first career series victory.

Funny enough, the first two USAC Sprint races held at Paragon resulted in two first-time series winners in Rick Hood (1981) and Chuck Amati (1982) while the last three did so as well, with Kevin Briscoe (1997), Bill Rose (1997) and Davidson (1998) all notching their firsts. Seven of the 19 races have produced first-time USAC winners with those five, plus Brad Doty (1988) and Joe Gaerte (1988) also doing the same.

This Sunday’s race will undoubtedly produce a first-time Paragon winner under USAC sanction. However, numerous of the expected entrants for the event have experienced their fair share of success over the years at the track which first hosted racing in 1954.

A.J. Hopkins (Brownsburg, Ind.) is a prime candidate to join the list of drivers to win their first USAC Sprint features at Paragon. Hopkins captured the 2020 track championship there with five victories and he won twice more back in 2019.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) has made seven USAC Sprint Car starts at Paragon, dating back to his first appearance in 1987. He’s won at Paragon before, locally, back in 1991. With USAC, he’s been a consistent frontrunner at the tricky paperclip shaped track with a 3rd in 1994 as his best performance to go along with 4th place finishes in 1996 and 1998, plus a pair of 7th place results in 1995 and 1997, and an 8th, also in 1997. He set quick time during qualifying back in 1996.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has posted 12 victories at Paragon between 2003 and 2019. Winning sprint car races at Paragon is a family tradition with his father, Mark Cummins, winning in a winged sprint car there in 1990-91.

Early in his career, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) earned the sprint car track championship at Paragon in 2008. Stockon grabbed a handful of victories at Paragon between 2005-11 before heading onto the USAC National Sprint Car trail full-time starting in 2012.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) captured the 68-lap Chuck Amati Classic races in 2010 and 2013, and one of his very first sprint car victories came as a 14-year-old at Paragon back in 2005. More recently, Windom scored a semi-feature win and a 4th place finish with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in June of 2020.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) has earned a pair of victories at Paragon himself in both the 2015 King of Indiana Sprint Car Series (KISS) race as well as the 2018 Chuck Amati Classic.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) has been a frequent winner at Paragon over the last couple of years, winning twice in 2020 and four times in 2019.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) has found his way to victory lane too at Parago, with a pair of Chuck Amati Classic scores in 2011 and 2016 in addition to another victory at Paragon in 2011.
Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has won twice at Paragon, including the 2017 Chuck Amati Classic and the 2011 KISS event. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) captured a Paragon win in 2013. Jordan Kinser (Bedford, Ind.) has triumphed seven times between 2013 and 2019. Brandon Morin (Jasonville, Ind.) has two victories at Paragon in 2012 and 2017 while Ricky Lewis (Ventura, Calif.) in 2020 and Travis Berryhill (American Canyon, Calif.) in 2019 have each won once.

Several more of this weekend’s expected Sprint Car entries competed in the 2020 Indiana Midget Week round at Paragon, including 2nd place finisher Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) who led a race high 16 laps. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) won his heat and finished 5th. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) raced from the C to the B to the A where he started 22nd and finished 8th. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) won his heat and finished 10th while Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) took 17th and Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) finished 18th. Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ, also competed, but flipped during his heat race.

Harley Burns’ (Brazil, Ind.) father, Eric Burns, won at Paragon on four occasions between 1996-2001. Brayden Fox’s (Avon, Ind.) father, Brad Fox, competed numerous times at Paragon and the car, the famed white No. 53, was a perennial winner throughout the mid to late 2000s everywhere, including Paragon.

They join a slew of talented individuals who’ve made their mark in the sport, including USAC National Sprint champion C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), USAC and World of Outlaws winner Carson Short (Marion, Ill.), MOWA champ Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.), USAC National Midget winner Davey Ray (Davenport, Iowa), past USAC CRA Rookies of the Year Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) and Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.), plus multi-time Sprint Car feature winners Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.), USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) and more!

On Sunday at Paragon, pits open at 2:30pm ET, grandstands at 3:30pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5pm. Advance tickets are on sale at www.TracPass.com. Tickets & pit passes will also be available at the gates. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. USAC Member pit passes are $25 apiece & $30 for non-members, with kids age 10 and under $15.

Flag-to-flag coverage of the event from Paragon Speedway will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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PARAGON SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

3-Steve Butler

2-Jack Hewitt & Jon Stanbrough

1-Chuck Amati, Kevin Briscoe, Derek Davidson, Brad Doty, Joe Gaerte, Rick Hood, Kelly Kinser, Sheldon Kinser, Bill Rose, Ken Schrader, Kevin Thomas & Rich Vogler

PARAGON SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1981: Rick Hood (9/9)

1982: Chuck Amati (5/15) & Rich Vogler (7/28)

1983: Ken Schrader (4/17), Jack Hewitt (7/27) & Kelly Kinser (9/15)

1984: Steve Butler (7/19) & Steve Butler (8/15)

1985: Sheldon Kinser (7/3)

1987: Steve Butler (8/29)

1988: Brad Doty (5/7) & Joe Gaerte (9/9)

1994: Kevin Thomas (6/4)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/8)

1996: Jon Stanbrough (7/6) & Jon Stanbrough (7/27)

1997: Kevin Briscoe (7/5) & Bill Rose (7/26)

1998: Derek Davidson (7/25)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT PARAGON SPEEDWAY

1 Lap - 7/27/1996 - Mark Cassella - 14.886 - 90.689 mph

6 Laps - 8/15/1984 - Leon Thickstun - 1:36.130 - 84.261 mph

8 Laps - 7/19/1984 - Sheldon Kinser - 2:06.560 - 85.335 mph

10 Laps - 7/27/1983 - Bill Tyler - 2:44.670 - 81.982 mph

12 Laps - 7/6/1996 - Kevin Thomas - 3:30.760 - 76.865 mph

 

SATURDAY’S SPRING SHOWDOWN BRINGS
USAC SPRINTS BACK TO THE CLASS TRACK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Four past Spring Showdown winners head the field for this Saturday night’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car / Midwest Sprint Car Series co-sanctioned event, April 17, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana.

The 47th USAC National Sprint Car event held at the -mile dirt oval also marks the ninth edition of the Spring Showdown, which had its inaugural running captured by Hunter Schuerenberg in 2012.

Tri-State begins a sensational weekend of USAC National Sprint Car racing at three classic southern Indiana venues, beginning with the Friday, April 16 trip to Bloomington Speedway, then it’s onto Tri-State Speedway on Saturday and Paragon Speedway on Sunday, April 18.

Just two drivers have started all eight previous Spring Showdown events: two local favorites Chase Stockon and Kyle Cummins. Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) was the victor of the most recent USAC National Sprint Car event at Tri-State in September 2020. The series’ ironman led the final 19 laps to win in 2016. In fact, he’s never finished worse than 11th in the Spring Showdown, with a 3rd in 2013 and 5th place finishes in both 2012 & 2015 among his bests. Stockon also possesses the 12-lap track record for the series at TSS, a 2:42.02 set on 9/14/2013.

It’s almost hard to believe, but Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), who’s won just about everything under the sun at Tri-State, has never won the Spring Showdown. He’s been quick time once, in 2016, finished 2nd once, also in 2016, and finished 3rd in 2015 for his best career results in the event.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) is the lone multi-time winner of the event, capturing victories in both 2013 and 2018, and has only finished outside the top-ten once. He also boasts 3rd place results in both 2012 and 2020.

Both Cummins and Thomas own five wins apiece in USAC National Sprint Car competition at Tri-State, which is tied with Daron Clayton for the most all-time.

Brady Bacon and Chris Windom have also been victorious in the Spring Showdown once in their careers. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), the three-time USAC National Sprint Car king, scored the Spring Showdown in 2015 and was 2nd the year prior in 2014. Windom (Canton, Ill.) notched his victory in the 2017 event, and was 6th in both 2018 and 2020.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) is a two-time winner at Tri-State with the USAC National Sprint Cars, earning back-to-back wins in 2015. The first of those two visits to victory lane resulted in a 30-lap track record, a mark of 7:31.50 that was set on 7/18/2015 and still stands to this day. B. Short has never finished outside the top-ten in his seven Spring Showdown starts, with 4th place results in 2013-15-17, and a 5th in 2014, the best on his resume in the event.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) was victorious with USAC at Tri-State in July of 2014, his lone win at the track under USAC sanction thus far. He’s been the runner-up at the Spring Showdown on three occasions, in 2013, 2015 and again in 2020 for his best finish of last year’s season.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) will wheel the Epperson Racing No. 2E in this weekend’s USAC National Sprint Car triple, which also includes stops on Friday at Bloomington and Sunday at Paragon. Short has finished inside the top-11 in all six of his Spring Showdown starts, including three top-fives in his last four: 3rd in 2016, 5th in 2017 and 4th in 2020. He’s also the only driver to have both his first career USAC National Sprint Car and World of Outlaws wins come at TSS. He finished 8th with the Outlaws last Saturday at TSS.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has made a start in each of the past seven Spring Showdown features, leading a lap and finishing 5th in 2016, then setting fast time in qualifying, leading a race-high 14 laps and finishing in the runner-up position in 2018 behind Kevin Thomas Jr.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has been solid in his past three Spring Showdown runs, all of which have resulted in top-five finishes: a 3rd in 2017, a 5th in 2017 and another 5th in 2020.

Several returnees aim to shine in Saturday’s Spring Showdown once again after satisfying results in recent years. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) took 3rd in 2018, while 2020 series Rookie of the Year Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) was 9th in 2020. Kent Schmidt (Owensville, Ind.) was 10th in 2016.

Five-time USAC National Sprint Car winner Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) returns after finishing 2nd at TSS during Indiana Sprint Week last season. He joins four-time Spring Showdown starters Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Donny Brackett (Fort Branch, Ind.); three-time starters Chet Williams (Newburgh, Ind.) and Aric Gentry (Robards, Ky.); two-time starter Brandon Morin (Jasonville, Ind.) and one-time starters Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.), Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) and Chayse Hayhurst (Evansville, Ind.).

First-time Spring Showdown starting hopefuls include top USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contenders Tanner Thorson, Paul Nienhiser and Carson Carson Garrett. Thorson (Minden, Nev.) finished 2nd in last October’s Harvest Cup USAC National Midget feature. Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) has wing sprint car experience at Tri-State, including just last weekend with the World of Outlaws. Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) made his first ever sprint car appearance in 2020 at Tri-State.

Additional drivers aiming to make a first Spring Showdown start are three-time TSS USAC Midget starter Mario Clouser as well as Critter Malone (Pittsboro, Ind.), a 4th place finisher in his most recent USAC Sprint start at TSS last September. Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) made his first and only USAC Sprint start at TSS in 2015, plus a USAC National Midget start in 2019. Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) led the opening three laps and finished 11th with the USAC Midgets at TSS in 2020.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.) will make the trip from out west to TSS this weekend, just as he often did in 2020, making his first TSS USAC Sprint start in last September’s Haubstadt Hustler. But the 2019 USAC CRA and Southwest Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will shoot for his first Spring Showdown start on Saturday along with TSS regulars Ryan Bond (Haubstadt, Ind.) and Eric Perrott (Sumner, Ill.).

On Saturday at Tri-State, pits open at 3pm CT, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) $20 & children 12 and under free.

Flag-to-flag coverage of the event be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

PAST SPRING SHOWDOWN WINNERS:

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2014: Daron Clayton

2015: Brady Bacon

2016: Chase Stockon

2017: Chris Windom

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2019: Rained Out

2020: Stephen Schnapf

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:

5-Daron Clayton, Kyle Cummins & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

4-Cory Kruseman

3-Rick Hood

2-Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Jon Stanbrough & Chase Stockon

1-Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Blake Fitzpatrick, Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Casey Riggs, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1983: Rick Hood (9/4)

1984: Steve Butler (5/28) & Rick Hood (9/2)

1988: Kenny Jacobs (8/7)

1989: Rick Hood (6/3)

2000: Cory Kruseman (7/30)

2001: Tony Elliott (5/13) & Jay Drake (7/22)

2002: Tracy Hines (5/19) & Cory Kruseman (7/21)

2003: J.J. Yeley (7/20)

2004: Cory Kruseman (7/18)

2005: Cory Kruseman (7/17)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/15) & Daron Clayton (9/2)

2007: Daron Clayton (7/21)

2008: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/19)

2009: Levi Jones (7/18)

2010: Blake Fitzpatrick (7/17)

2011: Damion Gardner (7/16) & Casey Riggs (9/17)

2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (5/12), Jon Stanbrough (7/21) & Daron Clayton (9/15)

2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5/11) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/14)

2014: Daron Clayton (4/26), Robert Ballou (7/19) & Daron Clayton (9/13)

2015: Brady Bacon (4/18), Brady Short (7/18) & Brady Short (9/19)

2016: Chase Stockon (4/16), Carson Short (7/16) & Kyle Cummins (9/17)

2017: Chris Windom (4/15), Kyle Cummins (7/15) & Kevin Thomas, Jr., (9/16)

2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/28), Dave Darland (7/28) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/15)

2019: Kyle Cummins (7/27) & Kyle Cummins (9/14)

2020: Stephen Schnapf (6/14), Kyle Cummins (8/2) & Chase Stockon (9/19)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 7/30/2000 - Levi Jones - 12.644 - 71.180 mph

6 Laps - 7/07/2005 - Hud Cone - 1:20.59 - 67.006 mph

8 Laps - 7/15/2006 - Shane Hollingsworth - 1:49.6565.664 mph

10 Laps - 9/2/2006 - Dave Darland - 2:09.026 - 9.757 mph

12 Laps - 9/14/2013 - Chase Stockon - 2:42.02 - 66.658 mph

30 Laps - 7/18/2015 - Brady Short - 7:31.50 - 59.801 mph

 


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 13, 2021... This Saturday, April 17th, the USAC Western States Midgets will tackle the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will host the third round of competition along with the popular USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. The front gates open at 4:00PM, hot laps are scheduled for 5:00PM, time trials at 6:00PM, and racing will start at 7:00PM. The event will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. Located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets at the Tulare County Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at thunderbowlraceway.com or calling 559.688.0909. Floracing.com will be on hand to broadcast a live stream of the races over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted nine USAC Western Midget races. P.J. Jones won the September 7, 1988 debut and Alex Schutte topped the last appearance on April 14, 2018. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Michael Faccinto, Robby Flock, Ronnie Gardner, Tracy Hines, Trey Marcham, and Sleepy Tripp have also claimed victory at Tulare. As this writing goes to press, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010 and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

After running third at last Saturday’s “Open Wheel Madness” at Hanford, Austin Liggett (Linden, CA) leads the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Austin has two top-10 finishes and 11 feature laps led on the season. The 2018 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will be looking for the third USAC Western Midget victory of his career.

With a fifth place run at the Kings County Fairgrounds, Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) has climbed to second in the point chase. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, the 2012 Champion has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday night, McQueen will have her sights on her first victory at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, CA) ranks third in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Racing Tony Boscacci’s #9 Orland Public Auto Auction / Solid Buy Guys Stealth, the leading rookie contender charged from eighth to fourth at Hanford. With two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the season, Bower will be looking to earn his first win this Saturday night.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Monster Seal / Western Performance Spike, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion raced from twelfth to an eighth place finish at Hanford. With two top-10 finishes on the year, Prickett will have his sights on adding a Tulare victory to his resume.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA) ranks fifth in the point standings. Piloting Dean Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth finished ninth at Hanford’s “Open Wheel Madness.” To date, the 2019 Rookie of the Year has one top-10 finish and will be looking for the second win of career at Tulare.

While Bower leads the chase for rookie honors, Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA), Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA), Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA), and Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dylan Ito, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Kyle Beilman, Ron Hazelton, C.J. Sarna, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Alex Schutte, Jake Vermeer, and more.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $20 and Bleacher Seats are $15. Senior Grandstand Tickets are $18 and Bleacher Seats are $13. Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $10 and Bleacher Seats are $8. Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget 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.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD.

TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-P.J. Jones, 1-Trey Marcham, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Sleepy Tripp.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Mitchel Moles.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-146, 2. Shannon McQueen-136, 3. Blake Bower (R)-126, 4. David Prickett-117, 5. Ben Worth-99, 6. Colby Johnson (R)-90, 7. Chase Johnson-83, 8. Dylan Ito-82, 9. Maria Cofer-81, --. Mitchel Moles-81, 11. Brody Fuson (R)-80, 12. Kyle Beilman-78, 13. Ron Hazelton-75, --. Ryan Bernal-75, 15. Davey Ray-72, 16. Jarrett Soares (R)-71, 17. C.J. Sarna-68, --. Terry Nichols-68, 19. Max Adams (R)-65, 20. Troy Rutherford-60, -- Tony Gualda (R)-60, 22. Alex Schutte-58, 23. Troy Morris III (R)-50, 24. Colton Raudman (R)-41, 25. Jake Vermeer-27, 26. Jake Andreotti (R)-16.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 27: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
April 10: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Mitchel Moles)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 5: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 12: #Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Dust Fever)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 7: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
September 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 9: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium)
October 10: #Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 29: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Tom Tarlton Classic)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA)
This schedule is subject to change.

 

RED CLAY AWAITS USAC SPRINTS
FRIDAY AT BLOOMINGTON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (April 13, 2021)………The springtime appearance of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on the red clay of Bloomington Speedway has been a familiar sight over the past decade.

With the early season absence of a year ago in the rearview mirror, the series is set to kick off a trifecta of southern Indiana races this weekend with Bloomington leading off on Friday, April 16, followed by Tri-State Speedway on Saturday, April 17 and Paragon Speedway on Sunday, April 18.

With just three races in the books for 2021, the mid-April races launch the series into overdrive with a trio this weekend, and four more the following week in Pennsylvania for Keystone Invasion. That means it’s real now, and an early season awakening, or slumber, could spell the fate for those wanting to get their season rolling in the right direction.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is fourth in the standings after finishes of 9th, 9th and 3rd in his three most recent series starts in 2021. The USAC career Triple Crown champion ended a nine-year absence from Bloomington Speedway’s victory lane in USAC Sprint Car competition during the Fall of last year by leading the final 28 laps en route to victory. He also won back in 2011 and set fast time in 2013.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leads the standings following his victory on April 3 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. The three-time series champ won his first Bloomington USAC Sprint Car race in April of 2019. Bacon earned the 30-lap USAC Sprint track record at Bloomington that same night at 6:47.18. No driver owns more USAC National Sprint Car fast qualifying times at Bloomington than Bacon with five.

Second in points, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has finished inside the top-four of all three series events this year, including a win on the second night at Ocala. Just like Bacon, Grant similarly boasts finishes of 1st, 2nd and 4th. The 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion finished a career-best 3rd at Bloomington in the summer of 2019, and finished 8th in his most recent USAC Sprint appearance there last fall.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), a Bloomington USAC Sprint Car feature winner in July of 2018, owns three career quick times with the series at Bloomington and also possesses the series’ one-lap track record at the quarter-mile oval at 10.685 sec, set in April 2019. The 2019 series champion won his heat race and finished 7th in his latest Bloomington appearance last Fall. He led the first five laps and finished as the runner-up at Lawrenceburg on April 3.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) set quick time and finished 3rd last Fall with the USAC Sprint Cars at Bloomington. The season opening Ocala, Fla. winner has won on three different occasions with the series at Bloomington, including his very first career series victory in 2012 as well as in 2017 along with a last-lap win in 2019. His three scores at Bloomington are tied for the most among active drivers alongside Dave Darland. Bryan Clauson leads all-time with five. Thomas also owns Bloomington’s 10-lap track record for the series at 1:51.72, set in April 2017.

Leading USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) hasn’t yet made an appearance with the series at Bloomington in his career. Sixth in the standings entering Bloomington, Thorson has, however, made six career USAC National Midget starts at the track between 2013-2019, with a best finish of 5th in 2014 while earning fast qualifying time that same night. He also enters the weekend as the most recent USAC National winner, taking the checkered in last Sunday’s Midget feature at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), the 2012 USAC CRA Sprint Rookie of the Year and 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion, just recently made his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature start at Bloomington in the Fall of 2020, finishing 13th. Swanson, a recent west coast transplant to his new residence of Danville, Ind., is one of 15 drivers to compete in all three feature events thus far with the series in 2021 and stands seventh in the points.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), moved from his 17th starting position to finish 9th in last Fall’s USAC National Sprint Car race at Bloomington. The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champion has been a perennial hard charger throughout his career, moving from 22 to 9th at Lawrenceburg in his most recent USAC start on April 3. Ballou currently ranks 8th in the series standings.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) is the only driver to lead laps in each of the two most recent USAC National Sprint Car features at Bloomington. He nearly won the Summer 2019 Indiana Sprint Week round, leading a lap at the midway point, then spun to a stop while trying to avoid contact. He led the first two circuits en route to a runner-up finish behind Windom last Fall, and is 9th in USAC points coming in.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) made his first appearance inside the top-ten of the USAC National Sprint Car standings after setting quick time and finishing 6th at Lawrenceburg on April 3. The 2020 series Rookie of the Year finished 15th at Bloomington last Fall.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) owns the 12-lap USAC Sprint Car track record at Bloomington, set in April of 2017 at 2:20.84, and was the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger last Fall with a 13th to 4th performance. Stockon won the non-sanctioned Josh Burton Memorial at Bloomington in September 2020.

Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) has recorded three Bloomington USAC National Sprint Car victories during his illustrious career in 2007, 2013 and 2018. The 2018 win of which was the moment he became the first driver to reach both the 60-win mark with the series as well 700 starts! Most recently with USAC at Bloomington, Darland finished 8th after starting 13th in July of 2019 and finished 11th from 16th in Sept. 2020.

Making his USAC debut in the Epperson Racing No. 2E at Bloomington this Friday night is Carson Short (Marion, Ill.). The one-time USAC National Sprint Car winner set quick time at Bloomington with USAC in 2017.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), likewise, will be making his debut with a new ride in USAC competition aboard the Michael Dutcher Motorsports No. 17GP. The 2018 USAC National Midget champ has been superb throughout his career at Bloomington, finishing 3rd in his first Bloomington USAC Sprint appearance in 2018 and 2nd in his first USAC Midget run there in 2019.

Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 Most Improved USAC National Driver, earned the first of his two career USAC National Sprint Car top-five finishes at Bloomington Speedway, taking 5th there in 2019.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) has been a USAC National feature winner at Bloomington, in a midget, during the 2010 season. He won his heat race in the USAC Sprint Cars’ most recent Bloomington appearance seven months ago, as did Jordan Kinser (Bedford, Ind.) and Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), a 2019 USAC Regional Midget feature winner at Bloomington, all of whom are expected to compete this Friday.

Brady Short, Brent Beauchamp and Davey Ray have all won USAC National feature races at Bloomington. Short (Bedford, Ind.) won his first career USAC National Sprint Car race there in 2006. Beauchamp (Fairland, Ind.) won his first with the series at Bloomington in 2016 and started on the pole and finished 5th last Fall. Ray (Davenport, Iowa) captured a USAC National Midget win at Bloomington in 2008. Ray’s most recent USAC Sprint start at Bloomington came in 2004 where he finished 9th.

A.J. Hopkins (Brownsburg, Ind.) captured Bloomington’s track championship in 2020 and is a multi-time winner there on the local level and remains a prime contender to breakthrough and win his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature this weekend.

Brayden Fox (Avon, Ind.) has a team that has won twice with USAC at Bloomington, first with father Brad Fox in 1997 and again with Jon Stanbrough in 2010. Fox made his first start with the series at Bloomington in 2020, finishing 20th.

Max Adams (Marion, Ind.) and Brandon Morin (Jasonville, Ind.) look to make a return to the starting field of a USAC Sprint Car event at Bloomington after doing so in recent years, while a bevy of drivers aim to make their first series start at the track, including USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contenders Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) and Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), Bloomington USAC National Midget veterans Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) and Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), plus Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.), Ricky Lewis (Ventura, Calif.), Harley Burns (Brazil, Ind.), Eric Perrott (Sumner, Ill.), 2019 USAC CRA and Southwest Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.), Travis Berryhill (American Canyon, Calif.) and more!

This Friday at Bloomington, pits open at 3pm ET, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Advance tickets are on sale at TracPass.com. Due to county regulations, the capacity is limited to 50 percent, and the county has a mask mandate in effect. If online sales hit the capacity number, there will not be tickets sold at the gate. General admission tickets are $25 while children age 10 and under are free. USAC Member pit passes are $25 apiece & $30 for non-members, with kids age 10 and under $15.

The event will be streamed LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-224, 2-Justin Grant-220, 3-C.J. Leary-195, 4-Chris Windom-179, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-174, 6-Tanner Thorson-173, 7-Jake Swanson-144, 8-Robert Ballou-142, 9-Kyle Cummins-138, 10-Jadon Rogers-135.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 FEATURE RESULTS: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (2), 2. Kyle Cummins (4), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 4. Chase Stockon (13), 5. Brent Beauchamp (1), 6. Stevie Sussex (5), 7. C.J. Leary (9), 8. Justin Grant (24), 9. Robert Ballou (17), 10. Brady Bacon (14), 11. Dave Darland (16), 12. Dakota Jackson (18), 13. Jake Swanson (22), 14. A.J. Hopkins (3), 15. Jadon Rogers (20), 16. Carson Short (15), 17. Shane Cottle (7), 18. Anton Hernandez (12), 19. Sterling Cling (8), 20. Brayden Fox (19), 21. Jordan Kinser (10), 22. Brady Short (21), 23. Logan Seavey (11), 24. Brandon Mattox (23). NT

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

5-Bryan Clauson

3-Dave Darland & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Chris Windom, Kevin Briscoe & Tony Elliott

1-A.J. Anderson, Bob Kinser, Bobby East, Brad Fox, Brady Bacon, Brady Short, Brent Beauchamp, C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Cory Kruseman, Hunter Schuerenberg, J.J. Yeley, Jack Hewitt, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas, Larry Martin, Rich Vogler, Rick Hood, Sheldon Kinser & Tracy Hines

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT TRACK RECORDS AT BLOOMINGTON SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 4/12/2019 - C.J. Leary - 10.685 - 84.230 mph

6 Laps - 7/25/2003 - Kent Christian - 1:13.96 - 73.012 mph

8 Laps - 7/18/2008 - Jesse Cramer - 1:36.63 - 74.511 mph

10 Laps - 4/14/2017 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 1:51.72 - 80.559 mph

12 Laps - 4/14/2017 - Chase Stockon - 2:20.84 - 76.683 mph

30 Laps - 4/12/2019 - Brady Bacon - 6:47.18 - 66.310 mph


 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS THUNDER AT TULARE SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 12, 2021... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, April 17th, at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Promoted by Steve Faria, the second point race will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets for an exciting night of racing. The front gates open at 4:00PM, hot laps are scheduled for 5:00PM, time trials at 6:00PM, and racing will start at 7:00PM. The event will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. Located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more event information can be found at thunderbowlraceway.com or calling 559.688.0909. Floracing.com will be on hand to broadcast a live stream of the races over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2021 ENGINE RULES: Legal ASCS spec cylinder head w/ 2 3/16 Injector/Restrictor; or 2 3/16 with any open legal head. All Open head must be within 1 degree of OEM Head. All heads ASCS and Open must be Chevy 23 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Ford 20 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Dodge 18 degree plus or minus 1 degree.
- 2021 WEIGHT RULE: 1,475 lbs. with driver for cars with an open cylinder head. Cars with an ASCS cylinder head must weigh 1,450 lbs. including driver.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and VRA Sprint Cars. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK.
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- 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 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted 43 USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 14.984 on March 17, 2017. Tristan Guardino won the last Tulare visit on June 7, 2019 on his way to the championship. The series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

After a hard fought opening night at Hanford, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, CA) sits atop the point standings. Driving the Matt Wood Racing #17W Elk Grove Ford / NOS Energy Drink entry, Bernal posted his eighteenth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, ran second to Brody Fuson in his heat race, led 14 feature laps, and claimed the thirty-seventh victory of his career. With 14 Tulare wins to his credit, it is unknown if Bernal will be in action this Saturday night at the Thunderbowl.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the May Motorsports’ #8M Fastenal / Coopers Propane Maxim, Roa qualified second overall, won the Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars Second Heat Race, and placed third in the main event. The 2016 Champion has six career West Coast victories and will be looking to add Tulare to his resume.

Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #3 Mission Country Properties / David Crye Maxim, Montgomery was sixth quick in time trials, finished third in his heat race, led 8 feature laps, and ran second at Hanford. Kaleb has one career series win and will have his sights on a victory at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, CA) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving his #33 Unsponsored Eagle, Johnson won Hanford’s Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Race and finished fifth in the main event. The 2013 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will be looking for his third series win this Saturday night.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, CA) is tied for fourth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd qualified ninth overall, placed fourth in his heat race, led 8 feature laps, and scored fourth at the Kings County Fairgrounds. The 2010 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will have his sights on the ninth USAC West Coast victory of his career.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Cody Fendley (Placerville, CA), Jarrett Soares (Gilroy, CA), and Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tanner Boul, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jake Hodges, Ryan Timmons, Kyle Edwards, Austin Liggett, Trent Carter, James Herrera, Nick Diani, and more.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $20 and Bleacher Seats are $15. Senior Grandstand Tickets are $18 and Bleacher Seats are $13. Kids (6-12) Grandstand Tickets are $10 and Bleacher Seats are $8. Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at 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, 2020-NO AWARD.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Ryan Bernal.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 14-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ryan Bernal-83, 2. Brody Roa-77, 3. Kaleb Montgomery-74, 4. D.J. Johnson-66, -. Jace Vander Weerd-66, 6. Brody Fuson (R)-60, 7. Tanner Boul-59, 8. Cody Fendley (R)-57, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-51, 10. Jarrett Soares (R)-49, 11. Nate Schank (R)-44, --. Logan Calderwood (R)-44, 13. Jake Hodges-41, 14. Ryan Timmons-39, --. Kyle Edwards-39, 16. Tuesday Calderwood (R)-38, 17. Austin Liggett-36, 18. Trent Carter-34.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
April 3: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
April 10: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 12: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 26: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Dust Fever)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 7: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
September 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 19: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
October 9: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium)
October 10: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 16: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
November 26: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (TNGP / Battle at the Beach #4 / SE)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BRIGHT REPEATS IN USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS’ RETURN TO PORT ROYAL
 

By: Nick Fillman, USAC ECSC

Port Royal, Pennsylvania (April 10, 2021)………In the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series presented by Capitol Renegade return to the Port Royal Speedway Alex Bright of Collegeville, PA was able to repeat as the feature winner once the checkered flags flew, joining Briggs Danner as drivers to replicate their series wins on the 2021 tour.

Carmen Perigo, and Alex Bright would lead the field to the green for the twenty-five lap feature event with Bright grabbing the lead on lap one. Perigo would initially hang on to the second place position, before Steven Drevicki would work his way into the runner up spot by lap three.

While the top two on the field would separate themselves from the majority of the pack, and absolute hornets’ nest would ensue from about the fourth position to the end of the top ten. Cars two, and three wide trading positions left and right early on in the feature event. By at the conclusion of lap five Bright and Drevicki would hold a sizable lead on the field over Carmen Perigo, Rookie Colin White, and Briggs Danner. Nash Ely, Damon Paul, Chris Allen Jr. and a number of other cars would continue to wage an all-out war for positions six through ten as drivers jockeyed for position.

On lap eight the first caution flag of the event would fly as Colin White would spin out of the top four in turn one and two, with the field somehow missing the stopped car in the middle of the speedway. The restart would set up another shot for Drevicki to try and close the gap on Bright for the race lead with Perigo, Danner and Allen rounding out the top five.

Drevicki would hold close on Bright off of the restart as both drivers would pound the razor thin cushion around the high side of the speedway. Drevicki would continue to gain on Bright and be all over the tail tank of the Hummer Motorsports entry before tagging the wall in turns one and two and losing time to the leader Bright.

Heartbreak came on lap seventeen as Kenny Miller III tagged the wall in turns one and two and went for a wild flip while running in the third place spot. Miller had started nineteenth after a heat race crash would send him to the B Main. The restart would be set up with Bright still leading Drevicki over Briggs Danner, Joey Biasi, and Chris Allen Jr.

Bright would again get a great restart with Drevicki not backing down utilizing the middle groove of the speedway to try and get by Bright for the race lead. Behind the two leaders who again separated themselves from the field, Joey Biasi, Briggs Danner, and Chris Allen Jr. would trade third through fifth lap after lap. The red flag would again fly on lap twenty-one as Colin White went for a flip in turns three and four. White had rebounded from the tail of the field up to the eleventh spot before grabbing the wall in three and four.

The restart with four to go would set up one last shot for drivers within the top five to make their last moves to better their positions. Bright would nail his restart yet again with Drevicki in tow, but rather than try and attack on Bright for the lead, Drevicki would have to fend off the challenge of Briggs Danner for second. Biasi and Danner would trade the third spot back and forth, while Bright would distance himself from Drevicki for the race lead.

As the field came to the checkers Alex Bright would go on to win his third career USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series Feature, and second at the Port Royal Speedway over: Steven Drevicki, Briggs Danner, Joey Biasi, and Chris Allen Jr.

The win for the Hummer Motorsports team should come as no surprise as Bright utilized the same skill set as he did in the series previous appearance at Port Royal last August. Bright and Drevicki were among the only two drivers to be all the way against the small cushion and guardrail all the way around the Port Royal Speedway. Bright has started his quest for the series championship on the right foot by picking up a second place finish, and now his first feature event win of 2021.

Steven Drevicki would again come up bridesmaid on the night at Port Royal, but not for a lack of effort. Drevicki had worked his way all to the back bumper of Bright before an unfortunate run-in with the wall in turns one and two. From that point on in the feature event, Drevicki did not appear to have the same speed as earlier in the feature, and for good reason as the team discovered the right front of the axle in the number nineteen entry was severely bent following the contact with the fence. Drevicki and team will get things repaired and try again next week at Bedford before the USAC National series comes to town at the end of April.

Briggs Danner continued his consistency by finishing third in the feature event, in his series debut at the Port Royal Speedway. The nineteen year old rookie has been extremely impressive every time he straps in behind the wheel of the Bill Gallagher number 5G entry. Danner was not quite fast enough to catch the two leaders but held his own against some of the best drivers in the series.

Joey Biasi made his season debut at the Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, and was rewarded with a top five finish. Biasi started the feature event in the tenth spot and worked his way through the pandemonium that was occurring inside the top ten during the feature event. Biasi nearly got by Danner for third before the final red flag on the feature event flew. Biasi and team are fast each and every time the enter the pit area for a series event and will be ones to watch as the season goes on.

Chris Allen Jr. continued his reputation of consistency by grabbing the final spot in the top five. While Allen was inside the top ten last week at the Bridgeport Speedway, contact during a caution would end his bid at grabbing the win, leaving him with a 19th place finish to start the season. A big rebound would be given to Allen and team as he would run a solid, and smooth event coming home with a well-earned top five finish.

The night would see some carnage as three drivers would get upside-down in a rare occurrence for the series. Shawn Donath would suffer a steering arm failure in hot laps sending his car for a wild tumble in turns three and four. While Kenny Miller lll, and Colin White would see their impressive nights come to an end following contact with the outside wall. Both drivers and their teams will go to work and have their cars repair for the next event.

Twenty-Eight cars would enter the pit area on Saturday afternoon for the early start time event due to potential weather. Heavy mist would plague the speedway for most of the afternoon before the sun would ultimately make an appearance during hot laps. A big thank you goes out to all of the teams who made the tow out to the Port Royal Speedway with the questionable weather forecast and put on a fantastic event for all of the fans in attendance and watching live online.

Next up for the Rapid Tire Services, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade, is the first appearance of the season at the legendary Bedford Fairgrounds on Friday, April 16th.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 10, 2021 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, 6 qualify, 3 redraw) 1. 5G-Briggs Danner, 2. M1-Mark Smith, 3. 3BC-Nash Ely, 4. B1-Joey Biasi, 5. 19-Brody Adamsky, 6. 7B-Aidan Borden, 7. 23-John Stehman, 8. 67-Jason Cherry, 9. 12w-Troy Fraker. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, 6 qualify, 3 redraw) 1. 71-Chris Allen Jr., 2. 32-Colin White, 3. 57-Damon Paul, 4. 11-Mike Thompson, 5. 21K-Tommy Kunsman, 6. 96-Lee Kauffman, 7. 7-Ed Aikin, 8. 10m-Mike Meyers. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, 6 qualify, 3 redraw) 1. 20-Alex Bright, 2. 19-Steven Drevicki, 3. 21-Carmen Perigo, 4. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 5. 17J-Jonathan Swanson, 6. 117-David Swanson, 7. 83s-Billy Ney, 8. 88J-Joey Amantea, 9. 23m-Kenny Miller lll. NT

SEMI: (8 laps, 6 qualify, 3 redraw) 1. Kenny Miller lll, 2. Ed Aikin, 3. John Stehman, 4. Mike Meyers, 5. Jason Cherry, 6. Joey Amantea, 7. Billy Ney, 8. Troy Fraker, 9. Christian Bruno, 10. Shawn Donath. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Briggs Danner, 4. Joey Biasi, 5. Chris Allen Jr., 6. Carmen Perigo, 7. Damon Paul, 8. Tommy Kunsman, 9. Ed Aikin, 10. Mike Thompson, 11. Nash Ely, 12. Lee Kauffman, 13. Jonathan Swanson, 14. Brody Adamsky, 15. Jason Cherry, 16. Aidan Borden, 17. John Stehman, 18. Joey Amantea, 19. Mike Meyers, 20. David Swanson, 21. Colin White, 22. Kenny Miller III, 23. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 24 Mark Smith. NT

 

THORSON TAKES REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD
TO FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN IN T-TOWN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 11, 2021).........Last November at Arizona Speedway, Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports found itself two laps away from winning its first ever USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature only to have the rug pulled out from underneath them on the final green-white-checkered restart.

The driver that denied them that maiden victory that night was Tanner Thorson.

Fast forward to Sunday night, just five months later, and Thorson is now the pilot for the Reinbold-Underwood team. How fitting it was that the driver who stole the prize from them on that particular night was ultimately the one who finally delivered the long sought after reward.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) led the final 18 laps in just his second start aboard the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – The Healing Tree/Spike/Stanton SR-11x to score his first series victory of the season in the 2nd annual Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway.

Technically serving as both the opener and closer of the T-Town Midget Showdown, the event had been postponed to Sunday following heavy storms that fell just after Friday night’s Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying session. Forty-eight hours later, Thorson was standing in victory lane for the 21st time in his USAC National Midget career, moving him past A.J. Foyt for 29th on the all-time list.

The combination of Thorson and Reinbold-Underwood on the midget side of the equation came on April 2 after competing for Dave Mac Motorsports in the first two events of the season at Ocala, Fla. in February.

The transition to a new midget team was made a tad more seamless due to Thorson’s already-established role as Reinbold-Underwood’s full-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver in 2021, and also because of Thorson’s newly-developed investment with the team, making an offer that team co-owner Andy Reinbold couldn’t refuse.

“I wanted to own my own racecar and own my own motor,” Thorson explained. “Andy’s really close with me, and we’re good friends outside of racing. I gave him the offer to team up and he took it on. I own the racecar and he owns everything else. It’s awesome to get back into victory lane in another racecar, and just continue the speed that we have.”

Thorson relates having a certain peace of mind with being hands-on in the operation, along with crewmembers Tyler Ransbottom, Connor Ridge and Austin French, and with the assistance of Gary Stanton on his engines, who he relates as “like a grandpa” to him.

“I’m big on being able to work on my own racecar at the shop and at the track,” Thorson said. “I like being able to maintenance it myself; that’s something that’s good for my mind when I go out there and race. It’s nothing against anybody else, I just like to have that control because I am a control freak. Everybody that’s been part of this team is great and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year. I know we’ve got a fast racecar, but I’ve still got to fine tune it. It’s not where I want it to be, by any means. We’re going after the title.”

It sure looked just fine on Sunday night. However, an 11th place finish in Saturday’s feature was not what they had in mind for their debut, which ended Thorson’s series-leading streak of 16 consecutive top-ten finishes dating to last July, which funny enough, began with a victory at a dirt track in the state of Oklahoma (Red Dirt Raceway).

A similar streak established at a Sooner State dirt track is just what Thorson hopes can bring him back to the top of the USAC National Midget championship battle when all is said and done in 2021 and reclaim the crown he last wore in 2016.

Thorson started fourth in the 24-car field and watched as pole sitter Justin Grant established the lead during the opening three laps. However, third-starting Sam Johnson was nipping at his heels throughout and was able to slip underneath Grant and lead the first nine laps of his USAC National Midget career while Thorson grabbed second from Grant on the 10th lap.

On the 13th lap, however, Johnson slid off the bottom line in turn one, opening the door for Thorson to drive underneath Johnson, suctioning his car to the bottom and moving himself into the lead where he remained for much of the rest of the way, despite the urges to run wide open on the cushion such as he did the night before.

“Patience kind of bit me last night,” Thorson admitted. “I was wanting to just get up and rip the top because everybody was putting on the bottom. I fell back a few spots because of it, and I knew I wasn’t going to let that happen again tonight. I just learned from my mistake. I’d rather be running the top more than the bottom. I wouldn’t say I’m the best on the bottom, but I am pretty freaking good.”

Heartbreak hit Johnson on the 17th circuit when he spun to a stop in turn four while running second. He restarted but finished 23rd.

By the 21st lap, Daison Pursley, the previous night’s micro sprint winner at Port City, was on the move, getting to the fourth position with Kevin Thomas Jr. in his crosshairs. Entering turn three, Pursley went low for the slider, just as Thomas snagged the cushion. The two forces collided as a result, sending Thomas spinning and Pursley flipping and landing perpendicular with the front bumper pointed to the skies. Thomas was out, while Pursley restarted, finishing 18th.

From there on, Thorson was dominant, opening up an instant half-straightaway lead. However, Grant was able to slightly reel in Thorson on the final lap but was unable to get by with Thorson closing out a 0.297 second victory over Grant, Ethan Mitchell, Chris Windom and Logan Seavey.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) earned his best finish of the season, taking second in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Serv./Spike/Speedway Toyota.

In his 31st career series start, Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) scored the best finish of his USAC National Midget career, a 3rd aboard his Bundy Built Motorsports/QRC – Mark 4 – Walker Filtration – Arai/Spike/Bundy Built Honda, which put three different engine manufacturers on the podium: Stanton, Toyota and Honda.

Meanwhile, ninth place finisher Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.) advanced a total of 37 positions over the two nights of USAC National Midget racing at Port City, which garnered him the honor of ProSource Passing Master for the T-Town Midget Showdown.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 9 & 11, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Held on April 9) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.474; 2. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-9.508; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-9.545; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.561; 5. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-9.564; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-9.568; 7. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-9.580; 8. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-9.588; 9. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.592; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-9.596; 11. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-9.607; 12. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-9.612; 13. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.620; 14. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.639; 15. Tanner Berryhill, 17, Berryhill-9.641; 16. Joe B. Miller, 49, Lewis-9.650; 17. Alex Sewell, 8, Sewell-9.673; 18. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-9.677; 19. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-9.695; 20. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.704; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-9.713; 22. Kyle Jones, 7u, Tri-Fecta-9.723; 23. Jacob Denney, 35, Petry-9.732; 24. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.750; 25. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-9.762; 26. Ace McCarthy, 00, MSW-9.770; 27. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.780; 28. Jesse Colwell, 14H, MSW-9.794; 29. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Ripper-9.829; 30. Ryan Timms, 84, CBI-9.838; 31. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-9.875; 32. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-9.927; 33. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-9.997; 34. Trey Gropp, 21KS, Ripper-10.017; 35. Kevin Bayer, 91K, Bayer-10.031; 36. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-10.032; 37. Noah Harris, 20H, Harris-10.048; 38. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Johnson-10.099; 39. Chad Frewaldt, 4c, Frewaldt-10.141; 40. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-10.244; 41. Kevin Brewer, 47K, Walrus/Brewer-10.292; 42. Kyle Wilson, 05, Wilson-10.298; 43. Zac Millikin, 3ps, Hunt-10.380; 44. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-10.386; 45. Curtis Jones, 10x, Jones-10.563; 46. Kurt Stellhorn, 17x, Stellhorn-10.635; 47. Glenn Bratti, 24T, Bratti-10.736; 48. Cade Cowles, 70, Gariss-NT; 49. Ryan Bickett, 17H, Bickett-NT; 50. Gage Laney, 14H, MSW-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Jake Neuman, 3. Alex Sewell, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Noah Harris, 8. Emilio Hoover, 9. Chance Morton, 10. Curtis Jones, 11. Kevin Brewer. 1:42.326

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Kyle Jones, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Ryan Timms, 6. Tyler Thomas, 7. Emerson Axsom, 8. Ace McCarthy, 9. Trey Gropp, 10. Cade Cowles, 11. Kyle Wilson. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Jacob Denney, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Tanner Berryhill, 7. Brian Carber, 8. Bryant Wiedeman, 9. Kevin Bayer, 10. Zac Millikin, 11. Chad Frewaldt. 1:43.121

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ethan Mitchell, 2. Joe B. Miller, 3. Sam Johnson, 4. Jonathan Beason, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Kade Morton, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Taylor Reimer, 9. Gage Laney, 10. Ryan Bickett, 11. Oliver Akard. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Chance Morton, 2. Kevin Bayer, 3. Trey Gropp, 4. Noah Harris, 5. Taylor Reimer, 6. Cade Cowles, 7. Curtis Jones, 8. Ryan Bickett, 9. Oliver Akard, 10. Kyle Wilson, 11. Kevin Brewer, 12. Zac Millikin. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Ace McCarthy, 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 7. Noah Harris, 8. Chance Morton, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Trey Gropp, 11. Tanner Berryhill, 12. Brian Carber, 13. Emilio Hoover, 14. Hayden Reinbold, 15. Gage Laney, 16. Kevin Bayer, 17. Brenham Crouch, 18. Ryan Timms. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Ethan Mitchell (9), 4. Chris Windom (13), 5. Logan Seavey (5), 6. Thomas Meseraull (6), 7. Buddy Kofoid (11), 8. Cannon McIntosh (8), 9. Joe B. Miller (15), 10. Kyle Jones (19), 11. Jake Neuman (18), 12. Jonathan Beason (14), 13. Emerson Axsom (10), 14. Jacob Denney (20), 15. Jason McDougal (12), 16. Ace McCarthy (21), 17. Chase Randall (17), 18. Daison Pursley (7), 19. Brian Carber (24) (P), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (22), 21. Ryan Timms (23) (P), 22. Alex Sewell (16), 23. Sam Johnson (3), 24. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter.

**Zac Millikin flipped during practice. Gage Laney flipped during the semi. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Justin Grant, Laps 4-12 Sam Johnson, Laps 13-30 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-295, 2-Thomas Meseraull-288, 3-Tanner Thorson-281, 4-Justin Grant-276, 5-Chris Windom-270, 6-Emerson Axsom-233, 7-Daison Pursley-221, 8-Cannon McIntosh-192, 9-Logan Seavey-190, 10-Bryant Wiedeman-173.

OVERALL PROSOURCE MIDGET PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-24, 2-Brady Bacon-21, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 4-Buddy Kofoid-20, 5-Tanner Thorson-16, 6-Robert Ballou-16, 7-Justin Grant-13, 8-Jadon Rogers-13, 9-Jake Neuman-13, 10-C.J. Leary-12.

T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Joe B. Miller-37, 2-Buddy Kofoid-21, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-18, 4-Jacob Denney-17, 5-Brian Carber-16, 6-Kyle Jones-16, 7-Noah Harris-16, 8-Cade Cowles-14, 9-Tanner Thorson-13, 10-Chris Windom-13.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 30-May 1, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Grand Prix – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Ace McCarthy

ProSource T-Town Midget Showdown Passing Master: Joe B. Miller (37)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Thomas Meseraull

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Ethan Mitchell

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Emerson Axsom

KSE Racing Products / Dragonfly Aviation Hard Charger: Chris Windom (13th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Emerson Axsom

Saldana Racing Products / OpenWheel101.com First Non-Transfer: Noah Harris

ProSource Hard Work Award: Bryant Wiedeman

 

 

 SUPER KOFOID: BUDDY CHARGES FROM 16TH TO WIN AT PORT CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 10, 2021)………At a track he described as his personal kryptonite following his first visit a year ago, Buddy Kofoid played the part of Superman to a T Saturday night at Port City Raceway, charging his way from his 16th starting position to win the 50-lap opener of the Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation.

For his efforts, Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) earned $8,151 all in a night’s work at the Tulsa, Okla. 1/8-mile dirt oval, the largest payday of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career thus far.

Kofoid became the third different driver in as many years to win two of the first three USAC National Midget features to begin a season, following Tyler Courtney in 2019 and Tanner Thorson in 2020. Kofoid also won the season opener in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park in the Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

In his debut at Port City in 2020, Kofoid finished 8th and 11th on each of the two nights, which he readily admitted were not up to par with his expectations. Those expectations were undoubtedly met, and exceeded, on this particular night.

“I’m glad to be the first repeat USAC winner, but to also win at a track that bit us, or at least that we struggled at. It was our kryptonite, a little bit,” Kofoid explained. “Jarett (Martin), Grant (Penn) and Andrew (West) did a really good job with the car. We’ve found so much speed. This is the same car I ended last year with; it’s kind of old faithful, and it’s just going really good.”

Kofoid qualified three cars from the end of the line in the 48-car field, clocking in 13th fastest overall, but felt his best opportunity was to win the heat in order to secure a surefire top-ten starting spot. Instead, the plan came up one spot short, finishing 2nd to Tyler Thomas in the first heat and relegating him to a 16th place starting spot on an elbows up, no rest for the weary type of racetrack.

“When I saw that I started 16th, I thought, ‘oh this is going to be tough. Hopefully, we can get a top-ten out of this.’”

Kofoid didn’t spend much time getting himself acclimated to the back, climbing his way into the top-ten by lap four while Logan Seavey, a hard charger himself from 19th to 2nd a year ago at Port City, led the way at the head of the field.

Trouble was in the cards for several in the early going with Tyler Thomas clipping a sideways Ryan Timms on the third lap while racing for 8th, which sent Thomas flipping in turn three. Thomas restarted from the tail, but retired from the race shortly thereafter, finishing 24th. On the ensuing restart, defending series champion and 3rd place running Chris Windom spun in turn two, collecting Kevin Thomas Jr. in the skirmish. Both restarted from the back with Windom charging up to 12th and Thomas up to 10th.

Daison Pursley, a micro sprint winner just prior to the start of the midget feature, was on a mission early, climbing his way into 2nd on the bottom when he clipped a turn four infield tire, nearly causing him to flip. Once he landed on all fours, it was apparent that his left rear tire was flat, sending him to the work area before returning to finish 13th.

Ryan Timms, making his first career series start, became the newest challenger to the throne, sliding by Seavey briefly for the lead in turn three on lap eight. Justin Grant snuck under Timms for the position three laps later on the 11th circuit, sending Timms back to third with a surging Thomas Meseraull on the trail just behind in fourth.

On lap 13, disaster struck for Timms as Meseraull attempted a slide job under Timms entering turn three. The resulting meeting of wheels involved contact between the two, which sent Timms flipping hard toward the outside wall while Meseraull escaped with the position. Timms’ night was finished with a heavy amount of right front damage.

The surface was tricky with Seavey rolling the bottom in turns one and two and riding the cushion at the top in turns three and four, while Meseraull surpassed Grant and stayed tried and true to the high line – for the most part. Meseraull took his shot at Seavey for the lead with a slider in turn three but couldn’t make it stick as Seavey drove back underneath the 2018 series champ exiting turn four.

With Meseraull and Grant mired in a tussle for second, the duo of Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid barged into the top-five fray, surrounded by a mix of frontrunning foes and lapped traffic. McIntosh, who earlier had set the fastest qualifying time, and was now fourth in the order, ultimately saw the demise of his quality performance as he and 22nd running Brenham Crouch made contact while trying to squeeze to the bottom of turn one, sending McIntosh into a spin and stop. After restarting, McIntosh finished 8th.

Under yellow, when all seemed to quiet down on the western front, race leader Logan Seavey stopped in turn two with a battery issue. He eventually was able to refire, albeit briefly, for the restart at the back of the pack, but dropped out just laps later with a 21st place finish.

With Kofoid now running second, and figurative blood in the water, he raced his way past Grant on the bottom in turn three one lap after the restart on the 29th circuit to snare the lead, while Meseraull too sped around Grant on lap 32 for the second spot. Yet Kofoid felt like he had on Superman’s cape, with his car able to go anywhere he wanted, any place, any time.

“I was good on the top early when people didn’t really recognize that the top was good, especially in three and four,” Kofoid revealed. “I moved down at the right time on the bottom, and then found the bottom in three and four out front by myself, and I was able to use that to pick off some of the leaders, then I was able to move back to the top of three and four. At the end of the day, I could move around wherever I wanted.”

Although Meseraull was able to continuously hound Kofoid for the lead between laps 30 and 39, by lap 40, Kofoid had completely stretched his lead out to a full second, an interval which remained consistent despite a bevy of competition standing in his path on his preferred line. But Kofoid was able to freely move his car to where he needed to put it with pinpoint precision to maintain his relatively comfortable advantage.

Kofoid noted that he simply found the different areas of the track at just the right time, and at the end of the day, he was just going to go where they weren’t.

“Starting 16th with USAC, alone, at any track is tough,” Kofoid said. “But, especially here at Port City where it’s one of the smallest tracks we go to and one of the closest and hardest racing tracks. You can never get away from anyone, as opposed to bigger places where you can kind of check out. But here, it feels like you’re always in some kind of constant battle.”

Kofoid prevailed in every battle on this night, closing out his victory with a 0.808 sec. margin of victory over the late-surging Brian Carber, who was making his first career USAC National Midget appearance. Meseraull took third while Jason McDougal was fourth and Justin Grant rounded out the top-five.

The hot start, the series point lead and complete, total confidence has provided Kofoid a clear focus on his prevailing goal, which has never wavered in what he has considered to be the best start to a season in his career so far.

“My focus is the championship,” Kofoid said. “I want nothing more than to win a USAC national championship. We’ve started off right, and there’s some things we’ve got to work on, but we’re heading in the right direction and our cars just race really good.”

Brian Carber (Pipersville, Pa.) turned in one of the most impressive USAC National Midget debuts in recent times with a runner-up finish in his Hayward Motorsports/B & H Contractors – Stanton Racing Engines – Byrd – FK/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

“This place blew off and got really wide, and there’s a lot of guys that can rotate the top pretty well,” Carber said. “We had some difficulties throughout the race, but I started working the shocks and began to migrate to the bottom and just set it up for the bottom. I followed Buddy (Kofoid) in the beginning, and he knows how to race. This SR-11, it honks, and I’m pretty proud of the whole team and everyone that’s on this deal. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be here.”

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) had an eventful evening as he wrestled at the front in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota, riding the high line as long as it lasted en route to a third-place result.

“You pretty much just hang your elbows up and go for it here,” Meseraull said. “I’m pretty stoked at that run. When it goes to the bottom, you don’t expect T-Mez to win races. I was up there just trying to sell shirts.”

Also of note, Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.) raced from the C to the B to the A where he finished 7th in Saturday night’s feature. Along the way, Miller passed a total of 30 cars to take the lead of the ProSource T-Town Midget Showdown Passing Master standings entering Sunday’s finale at Port City.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 10, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING RESULTS: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-9.426; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-9.526; 3. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-9.550; 4. Ryan Timms, 84, CBI-9.601; 5. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.604; 6. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-9.618; 7. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-9.618; 8. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-9.629; 9. Kyle Jones, 7u, Tri-Fecta-9.635; 10. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-9.648; 11. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-9.667; 12. Andrew Deal, 15D, Deal-9.682; 13. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.687; 14. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-9.692; 15. Ace McCarthy, 00, MSW-9.695; 16. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-9.700; 17. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.725; 18. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.736; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.750; 20. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-9.753; 21. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.775; 22. Alex Sewell, 8, Sewell-9.788; 23. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-9.818; 24. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-9.822; 25. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.826; 26. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.839; 27. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-9.861; 28. Jesse Colwell, 14H, MSW-9.864; 29. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-9.902; 30. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-9.904; 31. Trey Gropp, 21KS, Ripper-9.919; 32. Joe B. Miller, 49, Lewis-9.932; 33. Jacob Denney, 35, Petry-9.939; 34. Tanner Berryhill, 17, Berryhill-10.012; 35. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-10.049; 36. Chase McDermand, 40m, McDermand-10.062; 37. Chad Frewaldt, 4c, Frewaldt-10.156; 38. Kevin Bayer, 91K, Bayer-10.176; 39. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Ripper-10.187; 40. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-10.187; 41. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Johnson-10.222; 42. Curtis Jones, 10x, Jones-10.307; 43. Ryan Bickett, 17H, Bickett-10.327; 44. Kurt Stellhorn, 17x, Stellhorn-10.357; 45. Kevin Brewer, 47K, Walrus/Brewer-10.369; 46. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-10.381; 47. Zac Millikin, 3ps, Hunt-10.386; 48. Cade Cowles, 70, Gariss-NT (Time of 10.176 disallowed due to a right rear tire violation).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Jacob Denney, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Kyle Jones, 9. Austin Barnhill, 10. Chad Frewaldt, 11. Kevin Brewer, 12. Chance Morton. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brian Carber, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 7. Tanner Berryhill, 8. Kevin Bayer, 9. Curtis Jones, 10. Casey Hicks, 11. Ethan Mitchell, 12. Alex Sewell. 1:40.369

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chase Randall, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Trey Marcham, 5. Ace McCarthy, 6. Trey Gropp, 7. Emilio Hoover, 8. Kade Morton, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Zac Millikin, 11. Ryan Bickett, 12. Jake Neuman. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jonathan Beason, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Joe B. Miller, 6. Andrew Deal, 7. Taylor Reimer, 8. Jesse Colwell, 9. Chase McDermand, 10. Cade Cowles, 11. Oliver Akard, 12. Kurt Stellhorn. 1:40.040

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Jacob Denney, 2. Joe B. Miller, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Tanner Berryhill, 5. Trey Gropp, 6. Chad Frewaldt, 7. Emilio Hoover, 8. Kevin Bayer, 9. Curtis Jones, 10. Zac Millikin, 11. Cade Cowles, 12. Kevin Brewer, 13. Kade Morton, 14. Oliver Akard, 15. Ryan Bickett, 16. Casey Hicks, 17. Kurt Stellhorn, 18. Austin Barnhill. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Joe B. Miller, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Kyle Jones, 6. Alex Sewell, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Ace McCarthy, 9. Jacob Denney, 10. Ethan Mitchell, 11. Jake Neuman, 12. Hayden Reinbold, 13. Jesse Colwell, 14. Chance Morton, 15. Tanner Berryhill, 16. Andrew Deal, 17. Taylor Reimer, 18. Chase McDermand. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (16), 2. Brian Carber (14), 3. Thomas Meseraull (9), 4. Jason McDougal (12), 5. Justin Grant (11), 6. Kyle Jones (13), 7. Joe B. Miller (21), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 9. Emerson Axsom (7), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 11. Tanner Thorson (17), 12. Chris Windom (2), 13. Daison Pursley (3), 14. Trey Marcham (24), 15. Jonathan Beason (10), 16. Sam Johnson (20), 17. Alex Sewell (19), 18. Cannon McIntosh (6), 19. Chase Randall (15), 20. Ethan Mitchell (23), 21. Logan Seavey (1), 22. Brenham Crouch (22), 23. Ryan Timms (4), 24. Tyler Thomas (8). NT

**Austin Barnhill flipped during the C-Main. Casey Hicks flipped during the C-Main. Andrew Deal flipped during the semi. Tyler Thomas flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Ryan Timms flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Logan Seavey, Lap 28 Justin Grant, Laps 29-50 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-241, 2-Thomas Meseraull-228, 3-Chris Windom-206, 4-Tanner Thorson-204, 5-Justin Grant-203, 6-Emerson Axsom-192, 7-Daison Pursley-186, 8-Bryant Wiedeman-149, 9-Cannon McIntosh-135, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-131.

OVERALL PROSOURCE MIDGET PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-21, 2-Bryant Wiedeman-19, 3-Buddy Kofoid-16, 4-Robert Ballou-16, 5-Chris Windom-15, 6-Justin Grant-13, 7-Tanner Thorson-13, 8-Jadon Rogers-13, 9-C.J. Leary-12, 10-Brian Carber-12.

T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Joe B. Miller-30, 2-Buddy Kofoid-16, 3-Brian Carber-13, 4-Trey Marcham-13, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-12, 6-Jacob Denney-11, 7-Zac Millikin-9, 8-Cade Cowles-9, 9-Jason McDougal-8, 10-Sam Johnson-8.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 11, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – T-Town Midget Showdown – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP High Performance Award: Trey Marcham

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tyler Thomas

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Jonathan Beason

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products / Dragonfly Aviation Hard Charger: Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Daison Pursley

Saldana Racing Products / OpenWheel101.com First Non-Transfer: Brenham Crouch

ProSource Hard Work Award: Joe B. Miller

 

 

MITCHEL MOLES GETS FIRST USAC WESTERN MIDGET WIN AT HANFORD

HANFORD, CA – APRIL 10, 2021… Taking control from Austin Liggett on the tenth circuit, Mitchel Moles (Fresno, CA) earned his first USAC Western States Midget win at Hanford’s “Open Wheel Madness.” Driving the Matt Wood Racing owned #07W Elk Grove Ford Spike, Moles topped the $1,200 Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) co-sanctioned event at Keller Auto Speedway. Ryan Bernal, point leader Liggett, Blake Bower and Shannon McQueen rounded out the top-five.

Looking for her first win at the Kings County Fairgrounds, Maria Cofer led the first circuit. After a wild flip in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature, Liggett dashed those hopes and led the “mighty midgets” until Moles took command. Despite several caution flags, Mitchel shook free from all challengers and added his name to the record books.

Moles began the night by setting the top mark in Woodland Auto Display Qualifying with a time of 15.935 over the 20-car roster.

Starting nineteenth in the main event, Colton Raudman (Redding, CA) scored the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a twelfth place finish. After his first start of the season, the rookie contender left Hanford ranked twenty-fourth in championship points.

The 8-lap heat race victories went to Bernal (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Bower (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Second Heat), and Colby Johnson (Ultra Shield Race Products / Rod End Supply Third Heat).

Next Saturday, April 17th, the USAC Western States Midgets will invade the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. The third point race will also feature the popular USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars.

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

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

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