USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 26, 2016 - Rumney, Hew Hampshire - Legion Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 2. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 3. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows). 4. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 5. Bob White (#3 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 2. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 3. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 4. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 5. Jeff Champagne (#15 Champagne). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Robert Tucker, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Manny Dias, 6. Bob White, 7. Dean Christensen , 8. Andy Barrows, 9. Seth Carlson, 10. Jeff Champagne. NT ---------------------------- **Christensen flipped on lap 7 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Dias, 8-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-907, 2-Sunn-872, 3-Whitney-744, 4-Christensen-734, 5-Tucker-647, 6-Champagne-590, 7-Ray Miller-556, 8-Dias-550, 9-Mark Cole-505, 10-Jeff Horn-481.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: August 27 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 27, 2016 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 2. Andrew Barrows (#64 Barrows), 3. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 4. Alex Rose (#11 Rose), 5. Jim Santa Maria (#5 Matczak), 6. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 7. Jeff Champagne (#10

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 2. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 4. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 5. Jeff Horn (#1A Mossman), 6. Amanda Habel (#09 Habel), 7. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 8. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 9. David Moniz (#9M Moniz). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Christensen, 2. Whitney, 3. Tucker, 4. Miller, 5. Barrows. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Robert Tucker, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Seth Carlson, 5. Jeff Champagne, 6. Adam Whitney, 7. Andrew Barrows, 8. Jim Santa Maria, 9. Jeff Horn, 10. Ray Miller, 11. Manny Dias, 12. Alex Rose, 13. Amanda Habel, 14. Kenney Johnson. NT ---------------------------- **Sunn flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Champagne, Laps 5-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-985, 2-Sunn-884, 3-Christensen & Whitney-805, 5-Tucker-722, 6-Champagne-650, 7-Miller-605, 8-Dias-594, 9-Horn-531, 10-Mark Cole-505.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: September 17 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

THOMAS TAKES 2 IN SPECTACULAR SMACKDOWN WEEKEND; CASHES IN $10K SATURDAY NIGHT FINALE AT KOKOMO

Kokomo, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. closed his weekend the same way it all began back on Thursday night - with his car parked in Bryan Clauson's victory lane at Kokomo Speedway.

Thomas, of Cullman, Alabama, put in a masterful performance Saturday night, crafting 40 flawless laps around the ¼-mile dirt oval on his way to his 12th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory - his second at the track in the last three nights - in "Sprint Car Smackdown V."

It was a sight to behold as Thomas ripped around Kokomo lap-after-lap with pristine perfection, taking the lead in the early-going from Tyler Courtney, then leading the final 35 laps to earn his first "Smackdown" championship night trophy in his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy.

"It's remarkable that I was perfect for 40 laps," said a surprised Thomas. "It's a struggle for me to get through a heat race some days. Yesterday, we were really struggling and wondered what we were going to do. We were hoping we were going to make the top-eight and, luckily, we did. We got a good starting spot and got a clean track in front of us. I was just able to hit my marks. I actually need to thank Robert Ballou for showing me the way around the lapped cars. I think the bottom in turns three and four were going away and he started ripping the top up there."

Thomas began the 40-lap affair from the fourth position in front of a packed house who looked on as Lauren Stewart - Bryan Clauson's fiancée - waved the green flag.

Courtney, who started on the pole by virtue of defeating Thomas Meseraull in the two-car, three-lap B&W Auto Mart "King of the Hill" championship earlier in the night, would take the early advantage after sliding up in front of outside front row starter Mesearull entering turn one at the start.

After leading the first lap by a miniscule margin, Courtney dove into turn one on the second lap, hiking the left rear in the process, which allowed Meseraull to pull ahead briefly on the bottom. Courtney was able to gather his wits and blasted around the outside of Meseraull out of turn two to regain the lead.

After another near dead heat at the line at the conclusion of lap two, all signs pointed toward this being yet another classic Kokomo barnburner between Courtney and Meseraull.

However, that notion would be short-lived as Meseraull shadowed Courtney at the exit of turn four on lap three. Without warning, Meseraull's car suddenly veered right, plowing into the outside wall and putting a severe hurt on the front end of the Michael Dutcher Motorsports no. 17GP. Meseraull was uninjured, but would be finished for the remainder of the night.

On the lap three restart, Courtney shot out to the lead once again as Chad Boespflug, who, just last week, bagged $60,000 in winnings at Badlands Motor Speedway in South Dakota, began to peek his nose underneath Thomas for the second spot. Together, the two began to close the gap between themselves and leader Courtney and, on lap six, Thomas was able to sneak by Courtney to take the point with an outside pass on the back straightaway. One lap later, Boespflug also slipped by Courtney to grab second. On the ninth lap, Zach Daum walked away from an end-over-end turn one flip that brought out the night's first red.

Working on the cushion in turns one and two and the bottom in turns three and four, Thomas put a little bit of distance between himself and the rest of the field as second-running Boespflug followed in suit nearly four car-lengths back when racing resumed. Kyle Robbins barrel-rolled his machine into turn one to bring out the night's second red flag on the 15th lap. He was uninjured, but the stoppage erased the more than one second lead Thomas had constructed in the early stages.

Thomas snaked the field around the turn four infield tires for the lap 15 restart. Yet, it was on the opposite portion of the racetrack where fourth-running Chris Windom began to make his charge. Windom put all four of his wheels above the cushion in turns one and two and on the entry to turn three before diamonding off to charge down the turn four banking.

Windom was the only frontrunner to put "four in the fluff," propelling him into contention and, on lap 19, Windom cut to the inside of turn four to take the third spot from Courtney. But, by that point, Thomas and Boespflug had broken away by a near-straightaway over third-running Windom.

That would not deter Windom in any way whatsoever as he quickly ate away the interval and, with less than ten laps remaining, was running right with Thomas and Boespflug as the trio encountered lapped traffic.

Thomas would have to run the final circuits to perfection. Any false move could prove costly as he laid it all on the line in lapped traffic. The pressure mounted for Thomas with both Boespflug and Windom chomping at the bit like a bulldog who smells a pork chop, ready to pounce in an instant.

Like a fighter pilot with laser focus, Thomas was precise, never wavering in traffic for a single iota while steadily increasing his lead during the final laps from roughly seven-tenths of a second with two to go to eight-tenths as he sped underneath the white flag.

Thomas rose to the occasion at the end to take his first career "Smackdown" championship night victory, ending Dave Darland's stranglehold of the event over the last three years while also joining inaugural winner Bryan Clauson as a winner of the $10,000 prize over Boespflug, Windom, Darland and July's Kokomo "Indiana Sprint Week" winner Kyle Cummins.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. won his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the 2016 season Saturday night at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway - his second victory of the weekend. (DAVID NEARPASS PHOTO)

Hanford's Boespflug came up just short of adding yet another big money triumph to his résumé in 2016, but had to settle for a solid second-place run in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/AMSOIL - Creative Finishing - Midwest Shades/Maxim/Claxton.

"This is the place where you run the hardest laps of any track you go to," Boespflug explained. "Hats off to Kevin (Thomas, Jr.); he was flawless. I gave everything I had. My guys worked their butts off tonight. They found a problem after the "King of the Hill" and were able to get that fixed. I'm glad to be on the podium, but I would've liked to have been one spot further up. He (Thomas) was just too good. I thought I had a little something when he stumbled in turn two. Kevin's been tough here, but, hopefully, one day I'll be able to get a win here."

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, had a strong campaign throughout the weekend, grabbing second and sixth-place finishes on Thursday and Friday, respectively, before scoring a third in Saturday night's finale in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar.

"They (Thomas and Boespflug) both ran almost perfect races," acknowledged Windom. "They never really bobbled. I was running my butt off trying to catch them up top. I think us three were so fast that we couldn't do much with each other. We caught lapped traffic and just had to follow each other. I want to thank everyone who helps us. They busted their butts all week. Thanks to the O'Connors and the fans for sticking it out in the rain. They did a hell of a job. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else four days in a row except here."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway included Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Tyler Courtney (B&W Auto Mart "King of the Hill" Winner) and Logan Jarrett (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 27, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown V"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Robert Ballou (#1 Ballou), 2. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 3. Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady), 4. Logan Jarrett (#29 Jarrett), 5. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR), 6. Tyler Thomas (#04 Burton), 7. Josh Spencer (#66J Spencer). 2:13.80

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11 Walker/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen), 3. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 4. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 5. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 6. Brian Karraker (#23K Karraker), 7. Tim Creech (#2c Creech). 2:13.45

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 2. Jon Stanbrough (#81 Stanbrough), 3. Brent Beauchamp (#34 Olson), 4. Colten Cottle (#1RL Lambertson), 5. Kyle Robbins (#17R Robbins), 6. Joe Bares (#19 TEST). 7. Cole Ketcham (#41K Ketcham). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Hunter Schuerenberg (#2E Epperson).

B & W AUTO MART "KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: Thomas Meseraull (#17GP Dutcher) defeated Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI); Chad Boespflug (#98E NineEight/EZR) defeated C.J. Leary (#66 Amati); Tyler Courtney (#23c TOPP) defeated Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin); Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#4J 4J Motorsports) defeated Justin Grant (#17 McGhee). Semi-Final: Meseraull defeated Boespflug and Courtney defeated Thomas Jr. Final Round: Courtney defeated Meseraull.

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (15 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Farney, 3. Jarrett, 4. C.Cottle, 5. Robbins, 6. Karraker, 7. Hewitt, 8. Chapple, 9. Spencer, 10. Bares, 11. Creech. 3:28.93 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Tyler Thomas, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Jarett Andretti, 18. Brent Beauchamp, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Colten Cottle, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Thomas Meseraull. NT -------------------------------- **Ketcham flipped during the third heat. Daum flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Robbins flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Courtney, Laps 6-40 K.Thomas Jr.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Tyler Thomas (18th-10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Bacon-2,092, 2-Ballou-1,919, 3-Stockon-1,859, 4-Meseraull-1,851, 5-Darland-1,748, 6-Boespflug-1,725, 7-Leary-1,702, 8-Windom-1,580, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,155.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (Special Event): September 2 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Bryan Clauson Celebration of Life"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 27, 2016 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway - "Pepsi Season Championship"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 2. Dave Anderson (#47 Anderson), 3. John Springer (#3x Springer), 4. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 5. Jason Goble (#55 Goble), 6. Kendra Leer (#70k Leer), 7. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 4. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Travis Pence (#01 Pence), 6. Ryan Jamison (#24 Hull). NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Hunter Lane, 2. Broc Hunnell, 3. Jeff Mallonee, 4. Dillon Morley, 5. Jake Sollenberger, 6. Travis Pence, 7. Kendra Leer, 8. Jason Goble, 9. John Springer, 10. Gedd Ross, 11. Dave Anderson, 12. Chase McDermand. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Anderson, Laps 3-15 Lane.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-1,202, 2-Morley-998, 3-Sollenberger-933, 4-Brent Burrows-868, 5-Mitchell Davis-833, 6-Andy Baugh-712, 7-Hunnell-682, 8-Lane-674, 9-McDermand-634, 10-Pemce-591.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 10 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 27, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.758; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander- 16.767; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.793; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16,823; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.865; 6. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.936; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.946; 8. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.952; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.101; 10. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-17.134; 11. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.187; 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.189; 13. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.223; 14. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.233; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.240; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.343; 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.634; 18. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.776; 19. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.887; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.995; 21. Kenny Perkins, 0, Perkins-18.254; 22. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-18.386; 23. Alexander Bissett, 23, Bellegante-NT; 24. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ TROPHY DASH: 1. D.Gardner (9pts.), 2. Johnson (8pts.), 3. Swanson (7pts.), 4. A.Williams (0pts.).

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Gansen, 4. Adams, 5. A.Sweeney, 6. Stewart, 7. J.Vander Weerd, 8. Sussex. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. C.Williams, 3. R.Gardner, 4. Roa, 5. Malcolm, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Ellertson. 2:52.30

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. L.Williams, 3. Swanson, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Spencer, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Perkins. 2:53.45.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Ronnie Gardner, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Cody Williams, 8. Mike Spencer, 9. Max Adams, 10. Jeremy Ellertson, 11. Anthony Lopiccolo, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 16. Andrew Sweeney, 17. Matt Stewart, 18. Stevie Sussex, 19. R.J. Johnson, 20. Kenny Perkins, 21. Cal Smith, 22. Tommy Malcolm, 23. A.J. Bender. NT

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**Bender flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-.28 Roa, Laps 29-30 D.Gardner

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Cody Williams (14th to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACES: September 3-4 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “9th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

August 27, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown V"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Robert Ballou (#1 Ballou), 2. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 3. Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady), 4. Logan Jarrett (#29 Jarrett), 5. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR), 6. Tyler Thomas (#04 Burton), 7. Josh Spencer (#66J Spencer). 2:13.80

CONPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11 Walker/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen), 3. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 4. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 5. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 6. Brian Karraker (#23K Karraker), 7. Tim Creech (#2c Creech). 2:13.45

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 2. Jon Stanbrough (#81 Stanbrough), 3. Brent Beauchamp (#34 Olson), 4. Colten Cottle (#1RL Lambertson), 5. Kyle Robbins (#17R Robbins), 6. Joe Bares (#19 TEST). 7. Cole Ketcham (#41K, Ketcham). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK:Hunter Schuerenberg (#2E Epperson).

B & W AUTO MART "KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: Thomas Meseraull (#17GP Dutcher) defeated Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI); Chad Boespflug (#98E NineEight/EZR) defeated C.J. Leary (#66 Amati); Tyler Courtney (#23c TOPP) defeayed Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin); Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#4J 4J Motorsports) defeated Justin Grant (#17, McGhee). Round 2: Meseraull defeated Boespflug and Courtney defeated Thomas Jr. Final Round: Courtney defeated Meseraull.

INDY RACE PARTS B MAIN: (15 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Farney, 3. Jarrett, 4. C.Cottle, 5. Robbins, 6. Karraker, 7. Hewitt, 8. Chapple, 9. Spencer, 10. Bares, 11. Creech. 3:28.93

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Tyler Thomas, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Jarett Andretti, 18. Brent Beauchamp, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Colten Cottle, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Thomas Meseraull. NT -------------------------------- **Ketcham flipped during the third heat. Daum flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Robbins flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Courtney, Laps 6-40 K.Thomas Jr.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Tyer Thomas (18th-10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Bacon-2,092, 2-Ballou-1,919, 3-Stockon-1,859, 4-Meseraull-1,851, 5-Darland-1,748, 6-Boespflug-1,725, 7-Leary-1,702, 8-Windom-1,580, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,155.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (Special Event): September 2 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Bryan Clauson Celebration of Life"

 

 

LEARY'S LONG WAIT IS OVER; WINS SMACKDOWN NIGHT TWO AT KOKOMO

Kokomo, Indiana.........Patience is a virtue and, over the last five seasons, no one has exhibited that more than C.J. Leary.

After watching five other drivers notch their first series victories this season, it was C.J.'s turn Friday night as he held off multiple mid-race challenges, then cruised his way to victory lane for his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on night two of "Sprint Car Smackdown V" at Kokomo Speedway.

In what was his 140th career series start, Leary led all 30 laps from the pole at Kokomo, but it was not nearly as easy as the box score would indicate. Leary had to hold off Thomas Meseraull and Tyler Courtney on a heavy, lightning-quick racetrack assisted by persistent rain throughout the evening.

Alongside his initial Silver Crown victory back in April at Terre Haute, Greenfield, Indiana's Leary became the first driver since Kyle Larson in 2011 to win both his first career USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car victories in the same season.

"I can't even put this into words right now," Leary said after taking the Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech to BC's victory lane. "I've been so close; I can finally say 'I parked it.' Bryan (Clauson) took a lot of wins away from me, but I can say it definitely made me better. Donnie and Cody (Gentry) had this thing on a rail. I got to thank Shane (Wade) for putting me in this car. This is unreal."

"When I caught lapped traffic, it got real hard seeing the cushion getting into (turn) one," Leary added. "There was a real fine line hitting the cushion just right. When I was by myself, the car was awesome. The racetrack was legendary tonight; it hasn't been like this in a while! Hats off to the track crew for working their butts off to let us race tonight and to you fans for sticking it out."

Michael Dutcher Motorsports' pilot Meseraull began the 30-lap feature from the pole position with Amati Racing's Leary alongside. Just one month ago, the two drivers were in the other's current ride before swapping teams just after the conclusion of "Indiana Sprint Week."

Meseraull beat Leary into turn one from the inside at the start, but Leary was able to use the high line to rocket off the turn two cushion to grab the lead, quickly distancing himself from Meseraull in the opening stages.

On the ninth lap, Gas City "Indiana Sprint Week" winner Courtney entered the fray, applying pressure to Meseraull for the second spot as the two followed Leary into the treacherous land of lapped traffic.

While negotiating backmarkers on the 13th lap, Meseraull stumbled on the turn two cushion, pulling the wheels off the ground briefly and opening the door for Courtney who darted alongside Meseraull, nearly making contact with each other as the two raced down the back straightaway. However, Meseraull was able to withstand the bullet to retain the second spot for the meantime.

Race leader Leary bounced off the thick turn two cushion on lap 15, forcing Meseraull, following just behind, to get on the binders, thus allowing Courtney to capitalize and grab second from Meseraull exiting turn two.

Meseraull dove to the bottom in turn one just after passing underneath flagman Tom Hansing's crossed flags indicating the halfway mark of the 30-lap feature as Leary went topside and Courtney played the role as the meat in a three-car sandwich in the middle. Leary would prevail off of turn two as the leader while Meseraull slotted back into second and Courtney slid to third on the back straight.

Leary again ricocheted off the turn two cushion one lap later. Meseraull cut underneath Leary exiting turn two, making contact with his right front tire and Leary's left rear which sent Meseraull's car on four-wheel drift sideways down the back straightaway. Courtney stood on the throttle, wheel-standing his way past Meseraull for second entering turn three, then beat him in a race back to the flagstand by a single car-length to take the position.

Moments later, seventh-running Chase Stockon encountered trouble as he slowed to a crawl around the quarter-mile speedway, bringing about the yellow flag and forcing a restart on with just 13 laps to go.

As Courtney bounced across the bottom of turn one on the lap 18 restart, it allowed Meseraull to get a run on Courtney that eventually garnered him the second spot coming out of turn four.

Courtney refused to cower, though, as he fought back to the outside of Meseraull entering turn one, but Courtney snagged the cushion with the right rear, snapping him hard right toward the wall and forcing him off the gas which dropped him back two positions. Yet, Courtney would get a reprieve when the yellow flag fell for a turn one tangle between Cole Ketcham and Tyler Hewitt.

Under the caution, second-running Meseraull's left rear tire was nearly completely flat, but he would remain on the track with the wounded rubber for the final 13 circuits. Leary spurted out front as the green flag flew, ringing the topside as Meseraull worked the middle and Courtney took to the bottom.

Leary began to put his stamp on this night in the ensuing laps, building up a nearly two second lead over Meseraull and Courtney by the time Hunter Schuerenberg's machine went up in smoke with six laps remaining.

But the caution would fail to deter Leary - the 2015 Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car track champion - as he would once again pull away from the field, extending his lead lap-after-lap during his final six trips around the oval to finally earn that coveted USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner trophy, defeating Meseraull, Courtney, Shane Cottle and Chad Boespflug at the finish.

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull took the Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Griffin's Propane - Indiana Underground/Maxim/Fisher on its best run of the season Friday night, earning a second place finish as well as picking up the most combined points on Thursday and Friday of "Smackdown" to lock himself into Saturday night's A-Main.

"We had a fast car," Meseraull said. "With about 15 laps to go, we had a tire go down or I felt like we could've won. It feels good to run second. We are locked in for tomorrow and that's the money night."

Like Leary and Meseraull, Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney also finds himself locked into Saturday night's feature after collecting third in his TOPP Motorsports/Maxim/Chevy.

"We were just a little tight on the short runs there," Courtney recalled. "We had a good 15-lap run right there when we got into lapped traffic. We were in the right place at the right time a couple times, but the yellows just came out at the wrong time, but it's a part of it. It's pretty cool to see another guy get his first win this year at a place like this. We're going to try to stop him from getting his second one tomorrow night and we'll try to park it here for BC. My thoughts and prayers are still with the Clausons. They've done a lot for me in my career. I definitely would not be standing here right now if it weren't for Bryan Clauson. I'm going to miss that guy a lot; I can't say enough about him. And thank you to the O'Connors for giving us a great racetrack after what looking like it was going to be a rainout. We don't have to do two shows tomorrow and we can just focus on tomorrow night for the "Smackdown" for 10 grand to win."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Kokomo Speedway included Chad Boespflug (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Zach Daum (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), Hunter Schuerenberg (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kyle Cummins (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown V" (Night Two)

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.109; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.158; 3. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.210; 4. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-13.215; 5. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.222; 6. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.248; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.290; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.309; 9. C.J. Leary, 66, Amati-13.379; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 17GP, Dutcher-13.386; 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.406; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.425; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.445; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.467; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.472; 16. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.498; 17. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.507; 18. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-13.512; 19. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.514; 20. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.579; 21. Brian Karraker, 23K, Karraker-13.581; 22. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.613; 23. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.628; 24. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.653; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.685; 26. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.757; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.765; 28. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.769; 29. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.775; 30. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-13.821; 31. Corey Smith, 66s, Smith-13.886; 32. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-13.893; 33. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.934; 34. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-13.992; 35. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-14.007; 36. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.131; 37. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.192; 38. Conner Donelson, 42, Donelson-14.196; 39. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-14.440; 40. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-14.618; 41. Shawn Miller, 14x, Miller-15.499; 42. Randy Johns, 27J, Johns-19.663; 43. Clinton Boyles, 2, Boyles-NT; 44. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Daum, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Karraker, 5. Simon, 6. C. Cottle, 7. Jarrett. 8. Martin, 9. Creech, 10. Miller, 11. Coons. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Stockon, 3. Cummins, 4. Westfall, 5. Ketcham, 6. Farney, 7. Robbins, 8. Spencer, 9. D. Smith. 2:14.91

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. Andretti, 4. Courtney, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Mattox, 8. T. Thomas, 9. Bares, 10. C. Smith. 2:16.35

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Bacon, 3. Grant, 4. T. Hewitt, 5. Windom, 6. S. Cottle, 7. Chapple, 8. Goodnight, 9. Moffatt, 10. Wilson. 2:15.62

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. C. Cottle, 2. T. Thomas, 3. D. Smith, 4. Goodnight, 5. Martin, 6. Bares, 7. Moffatt, 8. Wilson, 9. Miller. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Windom, 3. S. Cottle, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Ketcham, 6. K. Thomas, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Simon, 9. Robbins, 10. Farney, 11. Mattox, 12. C. Cottle, 13. Goodnight, 14. D. Smith, 15. Creech, 16. Chapple, 17. Spencer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Jarett Andretti, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Logan Jarrett, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Kyle Cummins, 14. Zach Daum, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Cole Ketcham, 19. Tyler Hewitt, 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Brian Karraker, 22. Matt Westfall. NT -------------------------------- **Coons flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Leary.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (20th to 10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Bacon-2,043, 2-Ballou-1,884, 3-Stockon & Meseraull-1,828, 5-Darland-1,687, 6-Boespflug-1,658, 7-Leary-1,656, 8-Windom-1,516, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,122.

NEW "SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN V" STANDINGS: 1-Meseraull-311, 2-Grant-308, 3-Windom-307, 4-Leary-305, 5-Boespflug-303, 6-Courtney-301, 7-K. Thomas-287, 8-Stockon-287, 9-Ballou-285, 10-Darland-283.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 27 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown V"

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

August 26, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown V" (Night Two)

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.109; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.158; 3. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.210; 4. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-13.215; 5. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.222; 6. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.248; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.290; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.309; 9. C.J. Leary, 66, Amati-13.379; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 17GP, Dutcher-13.386; 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.406; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.425; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.445; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.467; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.472; 16. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.498; 17. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.507; 18. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-13.512; 19. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.514; 20. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.579; 21. Brian Karraker, 23K, Karraker-13.581; 22. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.613; 23. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.628; 24. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.653; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.685; 26. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.757; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.765; 28. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.769; 29. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.775; 30. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-13.821; 31. Corey Smith, 66s, Smith-13.886; 32. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-13.893; 33. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.934; 34. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-13.992; 35. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-14.007; 36. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.131; 37. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.192; 38. Conner Donelson, 42, Donelson-14.196; 39. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-14.440; 40. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-14.618; 41. Shawn Miller, 14x, Miller-15.499; 42. Randy Johns, 27J, Johns-19.663; 43. Clinton Boyles, 2, Boyles-NT; 44. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Daum, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Karraker, 5. Simon, 6. C. Cottle, 7. Jarrett. 8. Martin, 9. Creech, 10. Miller, 11. Coons. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Stockon, 3. Cummins, 4. Westfall, 5. Ketcham, 6. Farney, 7. Robbins, 8. Spencer, 9. D. Smith. 2:14.91

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. Andretti, 4. Courtney, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Mattox, 8. T. Thomas, 9. Bares, 10. C. Smith. 2:16.35

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Bacon, 3. Grant, 4. T. Hewitt, 5. Windom, 6. S. Cottle, 7. Chapple, 8. Goodnight, 9. Moffatt, 10. Wilson. 2:15.62

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. C. Cottle, 2. T. Thomas, 3. D. Smith, 4. Goodnight, 5. Martin, 6. Bares, 7. Moffatt, 8. Wilson, 9. Miller. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Windom, 3. S. Cottle, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Ketcham, 6. K. Thomas, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Simon, 9. Robbins, 10. Farney, 11. Mattox, 12. C. Cottle, 13. Goodnight, 14. D. Smith, 15. Creech, 16. Chapple, 17. Spencer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Jarett Andretti, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Logan Jarrett, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Kyle Cummins, 14. Zach Daum, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Cole Ketcham, 19. Tyler Hewitt, 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Brian Karraker, 22. Matt Westfall. NT -------------------------------- **Coons flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Leary.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (20th to 10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Bacon-2,043, 2-Ballou-1,884, 3-Stockon & Meseraull-1,828, 5-Darland-1,687, 6-Boespflug-1,658, 7-Leary-1,656, 8-Windom-1,516, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,122.

NEW "SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN V" STANDINGS: 1-Meseraull-311, 2-Grant-308, 3-Windom-307, 4-Leary-305, 5-Boespflug-303, 6-Courtney-301, 7-K. Thomas-287, 8-Stockon-287, 9-Ballou-285, 10-Darland-283.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 27 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown V"

 

 

KEVIN THOMAS, JR. LAYS THE SMACKDOWN
ON NIGHT ONE AT KOKOMO

Kokomo, Indiana.........Kevin Thomas, Jr. stormed out of the gates on the opening lap and never looked back as he completely dominated all 30 laps to win Thursday night's "Sprint Car Smackdown V" USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship opener at Kokomo Speedway.

The victory was an emotional one for the Cullman, Alabama native as he became the first driver to roll onto the newly-redesigned victory lane adorned with the late Bryan Clauson's "BC" logo and, underneath, the words "Parked It" - a phrase that had become synonymous with Clauson throughout his legendary career.

"Winning tonight means everything," Thomas said in victory lane alongside his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy. "We'd come to this place and race for five dollars and this was a lot of people's 'place of worship,' not even just Bryan's. But it's special to pull into victory lane and see his name there. It's hard to hold the emotions back, but there's no real need to. Every time we showed up here, you knew you had to beat him and that was something that pushed all of us to strive for greatness here. I learned from him and studied what he did here, so it's special. I'm just glad we could 'park it.' As for the rest of our weekend, I'm really confident. We've raced here a lot this year, so we've seen about every different track condition that could present itself. That's definitely beneficial, I feel like, so I feel like if we stay out of trouble, we're going to have a good shot at winning this whole deal."

When the green flag dropped, Thomas shot out of a cannon from his pole starting position, sliding up in front of outside front row starter Chase Stockon into turn one to grab the lead and quickly distanced himself from the rest of the field.

On the third lap, tenth-running Cole Ketcham slowed to a creep down the front straightaway, creating a hairy moment in the middle of pack. Series point leader Brady Bacon and Jerry Coons, Jr. narrowly avoided catastrophe as they made contact with the rear of Ketcham's slowing machine. Bacon and Coons would continue on while Ketcham's night would come to a close.

On the lap three restart, Thomas once again affixed his no. 4J to the top of the leaderboard, but a fierce battle behind him commenced with Dave Darland and Stockon slugging it out for second.

Darland drove it deep into turn three, sliding right across the nose of Stockon with mere inches to spare in turn four, briefly taking the spot, but Stockon was able to counter, turning underneath Darland to beat the four-time track champ to the flag stand to reclaim second.

Darland followed in pursuit of Stockon into turn one as Chris Windom entered the fray on the bottom. Darland used a big run off the cushion at the top of turn two to split between Windom and Stockon down the back straight to grab second and began to set his sights on Thomas, who used the battle behind him to his advantage, extending his lead to one-and-a-half second by lap five.

By the tenth lap, Thomas' lead over Darland was a full-straightaway, while Windom and Stockon duked it out in a classic duel for third. Lap-after-lap, Windom and Stockon exchanged sliders as they sliced and diced their way past each other throughout much of the middle stages of the 30-lapper.

A yellow for the stopped car of Logan Jarrett erased Thomas' advantage, but on the restart, Thomas would have the lapped car of Aaron Farney as a buffer between himself and second-running Darland when racing resumed.

Not that Thomas needed the extra help on this particular night, but he would accept it nonetheless, as he pulled away once again on the restart to break away from the pack.

With eight laps to go, Windom began to flex his muscle, sliding past Darland on the bottom of turn four, then beating him in a drag race down the front straightaway to secure the second position. Yet, Windom still found himself over one second back of Thomas with just a handful of laps remaining as he used the bottom to chase down the leader up on the cush.

In the final laps, Windom was able to chip away at the gap between he and Thomas slowly and surely down low, but it would not be enough to run down Thomas as he dominated the contest for all 30 laps to take his second series win of 2016 (Brownstown, Ind.), his 11th career series win and second USAC victory at Kokomo Speedway (2013) over Windom, Darland, Stockon and Justin Grant.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. earned his second USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship victory of the season Thursday night in the
"Sprint Car Smackdown V" opener at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.
(RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois, a two-time Kokomo USAC winner and "Smackdown" preliminary night winner back in the event's inaugural year of 2012, made a solid charge to second at the checkered after a furious battle between himself and Stockon throughout much of the race in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar.

"I raced Chase (Stockon) hard, but clean, which was a lot of fun," Windom sail. "I think I just raced too hard for too long, though, which hurts because I think we had the best car. By the time we got to a position to track down KT, it was just too late. We'll take it from eighth tonight and we'll just have to try and qualify a little better to give us a better starting spot."

Kokomo Speedway legend Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana knocked out his eighth top-five series finish of the 2016 season, rounding out the podium in third in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton.

"We were better early in the race than we were late," Darland acknowledged. "I should've made some adjustments in the car, but I didn't. I didn't keep up with the track the way I should have, but the track was great. My guys have been teasing me all summer about not running the top enough, so I finally had enough and said 'I'm going up there.' We'll take this third, though, and try to just be a couple better tomorrow and Saturday."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Kokomo Speedway included Thomas Meseraull (ProSource Fast Qualifier), C.J. Leary (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jon Stanbrough (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Tyler Thomas (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), Hunter Schuerenberg (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner) and Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 25, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown V" (Night One)

PROSOURCE QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 17GP, Dutcher-13.205; 2. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.240; 3. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.263; 4. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-13.265; 5. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.270; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.304; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.338; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.343; 9. C.J. Leary, 66, Amati-13.353; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.381; 11. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.388; 12. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.417; 13. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.421; 14. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.455; 15. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.489; 16. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.523; 17. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.567; 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.593; 19. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.613; 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.624; 21. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.633; 22. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.636; 23. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.639; 24. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.664; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.665; 26. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.673; 27. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.698; 28. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.745; 29. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.758; 30. Clinton Boyles, 2, Boyles-13.762; 31. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.788; 32. Casey Shuman, 50x, Barnhill-13.817; 33. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.861; 34. Brian Karraker, 23k, Karraker-13.866; 35. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.924; 36. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-13.935; 37. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.998; 38. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-14.137; 39. Stuart Brubaker, 35, Brubaker-14.186; 40. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-14.222; 41. Corey Smith, 66s, Smith-14.225; 42. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-14.281; 43. Conner Donelson, 42, Donelson-14.429; 44. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.965; 45. Shawn Miller, 14x, Miller-15.226.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Hewitt, 3. Courtney, 4. Darland, 5. Meseraull, 6. Daum, 7. C.Cottle, 8. Simon, 9. Goodnight, 10. Creech, 11. C.Smith, 12. Miller. 2:17.08

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Coons, 3. Stockon, 4. Ballou, 5. Bacon, 6. Farney, 7. Boyles, 8. S.Cottle, 9. Karraker, 10. Westfall, 11. Wilson. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Boespflug, 3. Andretti, 4. K.Thomas, 5. Jarrett, 6. Cummins, 7. Clouser, 8. Chapple, 9. Martin, 10. Donelson, 11. Brubaker. 2:16.46

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Ketcham, 3. Grant, 4. Windom, 5. Mattox, 6. Bares, 7. Robbins, 8. D.Smith, 9. Spencer, 10. Bell, 11. Shuman. 2:15.00

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Karraker, 2. Chapple, 3. Spencer, 4. C.Smith, 5. Goodnight, 6. Martin, 7. Bares, 8. Donelson, 9. Brubaker, 10. Creech, 11. Westfall, 12. Wilson, 13. Miller, 14. Bell. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Meseraull, 3. Cummins, 4. Daum, 5. Jarrett, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Farney, 8. Karraker, 9. Boyles, 10. Chapple, 11. D.Smith, 12. Mattox, 13. Spencer, 14. Robbins, 15. Clouser, 16. S.Cottle, 17. Simon, 18. C.Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Jarett Andretti, 18. Tyler Hewitt, 19. Colten Cottle, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Logan Jarrett, 22. Isaac Chapple, 23. Zach Daum, 24. Cole Ketcham. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-30 K.Thomas.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Jon Stanbrough (19th-12th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Bacon-1,995, 2-Ballou-1,834, 3-Stockon-1,793, 4-Meseraull-1,753, 5-Darland-1,646, 6-Boespflug-1,588, 7-Leary-1,579, 8-Windom-1,458, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,112.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 26 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown V"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

EXTRA BONUSES HIGHLIGHT USAC/CRA “CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT” AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 24, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, August 27th, at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and the Western Racing Association vintage cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

The "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" continues the rich tradition of honoring those that have contributed to Sprint Car Racing in Southern California. The highly anticipated event began in 1996 as the popular “Jack Kindoll Classic” and when the gates open at 5:00pm, there will be a special autograph session at the PAS Sports Bar. At press time, legends Jimmy Oskie, Mike Sweeney, and Eddie Wirth have confirmed that they will be in attendance. There are rumors of more surprise guests for fans to meet and greet at the autograph session.

Led by Perris and Ascot infield announcer Chris Holt, additional prize money has been raised for Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Thanks to the Wilkerson Family and the Woodland Auto Display, Saturday’s “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award” winner will earn $600. For the fastest four qualifiers that accept the challenge, the “Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash” will have a $2,000 purse. The dash will consist of four 3-lap races in which all drivers will rotate their starting spots and the high point driver will pocket most of the purse. Holt has raised $3,700 in lap money for the main event and there will be a Hard Luck Award. Professional Racers Emporium is also donating Sunoco fuel certificates for the event. A special thanks goes out to Chris Holt and everyone that donated to the event.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 187 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 37 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. In the six previous “home track” shows, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, and California’s Austin Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, and Matt Mitchell have already claimed victory. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

Entering the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night,” there have been eight different winners in the eight previous races. Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits atop the standings and holds a 6-point lead after scoring twelfth at Perris on July 30th. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has posted one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has six career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to add the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson ran fourth in the Perris main event. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and eight top-10 finishes on the season. Jake will have his sights on earning his first career USAC/CRA win this Saturday night.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner led eight laps on July 30th and salvaged a ninth place finish after restarting at the back. To date, the four-time champion has five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year. ”The Demon” leads all drivers with 65 USAC/CRA wins and will be looking for his first victory of 2016.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa finished seventeenth at Perris Auto Speedway. As this writing goes to press, the newly crowned USAC West Coast Series Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the year. Brody has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” victory.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) ranks fifth in the championship chase. Piloting the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Sander Engineering Maxim, Spencer briefly held the lead on July 30th before restarting at the back and charging to seventh. To date, the five-time champion has eight top-10 finishes and 35 feature laps led on the season. Mike has 37 career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to claim his first win of the year.

Currently ranked ninth in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California), Trent Williams (Victorville, California), and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, A.J. Bender, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Anthony Lopiccolo, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, Stevie Sussex, and more.

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

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT / JACK KINDOLL CLASSIC WINNERS:
1996-Lee Brewer Jr., 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Cory Kruseman, 1999-Richard Griffin, 2000-Cory Kruseman, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Steve Ostling, 2003-Lance Gremett, 2004-Rickie Gaunt, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Cory Kruseman, 2008-Damion Gardner, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Cory Kruseman, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Austin Williams.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd-526, 2. Jake Swanson-520, 3. Damion Gardner-519, 4. Brody Roa-492, 5. Mike Spencer-489, 6. Austin Williams-464, 7. Cody Williams-342, 8. Logan Williams-336, 9. Max Adams-328, 10. Chris Gansen-319, 11. Jeremy Ellertson-315, 12. A.J. Bender-284, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-283, 14. Verne Sweeney-271, 15. Tommy Malcolm-267, 16. Andrew Sweeney-193, 17. Trent Williams-183, 18. Anthony Lopiccolo-157, 19. Josh Hodges-146, 20. Parker Colston-144.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
August 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction / $6,500-to-win minimum)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction / $6,500-to-win minimum)
September 5: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction / $3,000-to-win)
September 8: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction / $3,000-to-win)
September 9: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction / $3,000-to-win)
September 10: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction / $3,000-to-win)
September 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction / $5,000-to-win)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction / $5,000-to-win)
November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction / $25,000-to-win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BOESPFLUG FINISHES DREAM WEEKEND WITH 50K PAYDAY AT BADLANDS' "ROCK AND ROLL GOLD CUP"

Brandon, South Dakota.........As if his $10,000 win in Saturday's preliminary feature wasn't enough, it only proved to be the warm-up act for the biggest victory of Chad Boespflug's racing career after he swept the weekend's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car "Special Events" at Badlands Motor Speedway with an encore performance in Sunday night's inaugural "Rock and Roll Gold Cup" that netted him a hefty $50,000 payday.

Without USAC points on the line in this weekend's highly-anticipated event at Badlands, each driver had a one-track-mind on possessing the substantial winner's share at the end of the night.

That fact was evident from the get-go as one of the great big-money racers, Dave Darland, jumped out front from the pole position ahead of outside front-row starter Thomas Meseraull into turn one. Meseraull would fight back on the outside exiting two, pulling side-by-side next to Darland halfway down the back straightway with the two making slight wheel-to-wheel contact just prior to the entry to turn three.

By the second lap, fourth-starting Chad Boespflug made his presence felt for the second straight night, blitzing the inside of the racetrack past Meseraull for second in turn two, then setting sail for leader Darland.

On lap five, Boespflug slid smoothly past Darland for the lead between turns one and two, then rocketed down the back straight to quickly open up a wide gap between himself and the rest of the field, extending his lead to more than two seconds over Darland in the ensuing laps.

Meanwhile, a scramble for second ensued between a number of drivers including Darland, Meseraull, Justin Grant, Bud Kaeding, Ryan Bernal and Chase Stockon.

Meseraull was able to blast past Darland one lap later for second, although, by that point, Boespflug had expanded his lead to nearly a half-straightaway as he closed in on the tail end of the field.

With Meseraull on the chase, Boespflug narrowly averted calamity on lap 20. Encircled by lapped traffic as he worked his way down the front straightaway, Boespflug headed to the topside to dispose of Dylan Peterson in turn one just moments before Peterson lost control, sliding sideways to a stop in the middle of turn one and, in turn, collecting Matt Goodnight. Bret Mellenberndt was next in line with nowhere to go, punching his left front wheel into Goodnight's left rear, breaking the front end on Mellenberndt's machine as he slid backward up the banking between turns one and two.

In the incident, fifth-running Bernal ramped over the left rear of fourth-running Stockon as they threaded the needle between Goodnight, Mellenberndt and the outside concrete. Both Bernal and Stockon were able to continue without a hitch.

The yellow gave Boespflug a clear track ahead and a chance to catch his breath, but it placed second-running Meseraull right beside him on the lap 20 double-file restart.

However, Boespflug's patience would be tested as lap 20 seemed to last an eternity as back-to-back cautions on the attempted restart involving Dylan Peterson, whose front end was broken after another car ran over his left front wheel, and Chris Windom, who was turned around after contact with Robert Ballou, stopped the flow of action with just 16 laps left.

Boespflug's restarts during the stretch had been replayed ad nauseam when yellow-after-yellow fell, but the Hanford, California native was up to the task when it counted, shooting out to the advantage over Meseraull when action resumed while Grant was able to slide by Meseraull for second.

The top-two of Boespflug and Grant began to open it up as Bud Kaeding climbed his way to the third spot when Darland, running eighth, found himself turned around and pointed toward the inside back straightaway wall at the exit of turn two.

On the ensuing restart, Kaeding continued to row his way to the front on the inside berm, grabbing the second position from Grant as he chopped the interval between himself and leader Boespflug to mere car lengths.

Meseraull, who just a handful of laps earlier was challenging Boespflug for the lead, broke a Jacob's Ladder, which sent him dropping back through the field. On lap 26, while running sixth, Meseraull slapped the wall at the exit of turn four.

As Meseraull's machine rolled slowly and helplessly down the front straightaway, Aaron Farney ramped Meseraull's right rear wheel, but was miraculously able to keep the car from getting upside down after receiving a bit of air time.

However, much of the middle-pack in the field rapidly approached Meseraull's car, including Darland, Landon Simon, Rob Caho, Jr., Goodnight and Mike Martin, who all plowed in. Caho and Goodnight saw their nights conclude upside down while Martin somersaulted over the stacked-up cars, landing just inside the infield pit area at the turn one wall opening. All drivers involved would walk away uninjured.

With 10 to go, the double-file restart put Boespflug on the pole alongside Bud Kaeding. Kaeding, who had made his charge to the front on the bottom, was now relegated to the top. Kaeding had intentions to get to the bottom as soon as he could after the green flag waved, falling in line behind Boespflug low into turn one.

Boespflug swapped lines on each end of the 3/8-mile dirt oval, hitting the bottom in turns one and two and the cushion in turns three and four as he began to distance himself from the field.

On the 29th lap, Grant glided by Bud Kaeding for the second spot and began shadowing Boespflug's every move during the final six laps, but was never able to make much headway as Boespflug operated the racetrack with precision, flawlessly steering his way to victory lane for the second consecutive night at Badlands to take the largest payday of his career in the highest-paying USAC Sprint Car race since the 2005 "Mopar Thunder" at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway, a race won by Rob Chaney.

Following Boespflug to the finish line were Grant, Kaeding, Bernal and Stockon.

Boespflug's two-night run in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/AMSOIL - Creative Finishing - Midwest Shades/Maxim/Claxton at Badlands pocketed him $60,000, allowing him to bask in the riches of the highest-paying USAC race of the season and the highest-paying auto racing event in the history of the state of South Dakota.

"This is awesome," Boespflug exclaimed. "To sweep the weekend is unbelievable. I knew it was going to be tough just because we had so many good guys here, but hats off to my crew. They busted their butts for me. I knew I was good on the bottom in turns one and two and (crew chief) Davey (Jones) told me under that last red that all I needed to do was just pick my line. I felt like we were really good everywhere, so I stuck with what I felt in the seat. I knew we needed to get a good restart, so I honed in on nailing turn four coming back to the green. We lost a little ground through the middle part of the race, but by the end, I could really stay on the cushion and rotate the corner well. I'm just so happy. I think we'll probably stay tonight now and have a little celebration."

Ione, California's Justin Grant followed up Saturday night's impressive third-place debut in the no. 17 with a runner-up finish on Sunday night in the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco. "I got to the front and, once again, the double-file restarts killed us," Grant admitted. "I kept getting shuffled back and then I'd make my way forward, and then we'd have a yellow again. It just seemed like we kept taking one step forward and then two backwards. I was right there on Chad (Boespflug) probably three or four times and then we'd have a red or something. It was just frustrating because I think that should be us with that big check. Thanks to the McGhee family for letting me run their car, especially Sam for putting in so much work to make it bad fast and capable of winning."

Bud Kaeding, of Campbell, California, was briefly in contention for his first USAC Sprint Car victory since a Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track triumph in 2012, but had to settle for a solid third-place-run in his Kevin Rudeen/Hagar Reality - Lunstra Motorsports/KPC/Shaver.

"On that last restart, we would've obviously preferred to be on the bottom," Kaeding said. "All my good starts throughout the race were down there. I honestly just let him go on that last one just so I could tuck down behind him. I thought he was going to go to the top in turn one, but Davey Jones had been watching me and kind of told Chad where he needed to be, so he took my line away in turn one. That cost us a couple spots, but we got going again and got to third. We'll take a third, though. I haven't run a USAC (National Sprint Car) race in probably three or four years, so it feels good to be competitive with these guys with a team and car that aren't normally running non-wing. It was a good time and a great event; I just feel bad for the people who didn't come out."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Badlands Motor Speedway included Dustin Smith (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Mark Dobmeier (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: August 21, 2016 - Brandon, South Dakota - Badlands Motor Speedway - "Rock and Roll Gold Cup" Championship Night

FEATURE SCRAMBLE: (12 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11 Walker/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#17GP Dutcher), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Chad Boespflug (#98E NineEight/EZR), 5. Justin Grant (#17 McGhee), 6. Bud Kaeding (#26 Rudeen), 7. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 8. Chase Stockon (#32 TBI), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#4J 4J Motorsports), 10. Brady Short (#11p Pottorff). NT

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 2. Tim Kaeding (#3 Lunstra), 3. Dylan Peterson (#25 Peterson), 4. Aaron Reutzel (#87 Reutzel), 5. Justin Jacobsma (#10 Jacobsma), 6. Chuck McGillivray (#101 McGillivray), 7. Clinton Bruns (#7 Bruns), 8. Doug Martens (#51 Martens), 9. Rob Sharits (#14 Davis), 10. Donovan Peterson (#11xs Metal Worx). NT

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dustin Smith (#77 Smith), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Brady Short, 9. Scotty Weir (#39w Goodnight), 10. Robert Ballou (#1 Ballou), 11. Dave Darland, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Mark Dobmeier (#13 Grinch), 14. Alex Schriever (#0 Davis), 15. Landon Simon, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Chris Windom (#11w Walker/Curb-Agajanian), 18. Matt Goodnight (#39 Goodnight), 19. Rob Caho, Jr. (#78 Caho), 20. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 21. Bret Mellenberndt (#97 Mellenberndt), 22. Dylan Peterson, 23. Tim Kaeding, 24. Aaron Reutzel. NT ---------------------------- **Goodnight, Caho and Martin flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Darland, Laps 5-35 Boespflug.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dustin Smith (13th to 6th)

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 24 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Bryan Clauson Celebration of Life" - "Special Event"

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS:

August 21, 2016 - Brandon, South Dakota - Badlands Motor Speedway - "Rock and Roll Gold Cup" Championship Night

FEATURE SCRAMBLE: (12 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11 Walker/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#17GP Dutcher), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Chad Boespflug (#98E NineEight/EZR), 5. Justin Grant (#17 McGhee), 6. Bud Kaeding (#26 Rudeen), 7. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 8. Chase Stockon (#32 TBI), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#4J 4J Motorsports), 10. Brady Short (#11p Pottorff). NT

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 2. Tim Kaeding (#3 Lunstra), 3. Dylan Peterson (#25 Peterson), 4. Aaron Reutzel (#87 Reutzel), 5. Justin Jacobsma (#10 Jacobsma), 6. Chuck McGillivray (#101 McGillivray), 7. Clinton Bruns (#7 Bruns), 8. Doug Martens (#51 Martens), 9. Rob Sharits (#14 Davis), 10. Donovan Peterson (#11xs Metal Worx). NT

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dustin Smith (#77 Smith), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Brady Short, 9. Scotty Weir (#39w Goodnight), 10. Robert Ballou (#1 Ballou), 11. Dave Darland, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Mark Dobmeier (#13 Grinch), 14. Alex Schriever (#0 Davis), 15. Landon Simon, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Chris Windom (#11w Walker/Curb-Agajanian), 18. Matt Goodnight (#39 Goodnight), 19. Rob Caho, Jr. (#78 Caho), 20. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 21. Bret Mellenberndt (#97 Mellenberndt), 22. Dylan Peterson, 23. Tim Kaeding, 24. Aaron Reutzel. NT ---------------------------- **Goodnight, Caho and Martin flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Darland, Laps 5-35 Boespflug.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dustin Smith (13th to 6th)

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 24 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Bryan Clauson Celebration of Life" - "Special Event"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE RESULTS:

August 20, 2016 – Dodge City, Kansas – Dodge City Raceway Park – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeremy Campbell (#10C Campbell), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Harli White (#17W White), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Mark Chisholm (#56X Chisolm), 7. Ryan Padgett (#98 Padgett), 8. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jordon Mallett (#14 Mallett), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 5. Anthony Nicholson (#16X Nicholson), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Zach Blurton (#2J Blurton). NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Hodges, 3. Johnson, 4. Deskins, 5. Mallett, 6. Blurton, 7. Mihocko. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Nicholson, 2. Campbell, 3. Gile, 4. White, 5. McQueen, 6. Padgett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Shon Deskins, 4. Jeremy Campbell, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Anthony Nicholson, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Jordon Mallett, 10. Zach Blurton, 11. Ryan Padgett, 12. Harli White, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Mark Chisholm, 15. Andrew Deal. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Johnson, Laps 17-23 Hodges, Laps 24-25 Johnson, Laps 26-30 Hodges.

HARD CHARGER: Shon Deskins (10th to 3rd)

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: September 2 – El Paso, Texas – Western Tech Speedway Park – “Border Tour”

 

 

BOESPFLUG THE BADLANDS MASTER ON NIGHT ONE OF ROCK AND ROLL GOLD CUP

Brandon, South Dakota.........Chad Boespflug had no intentions of running second Saturday night. In fact, he skipped running second altogether after using a swift maneuver to double-dip on a restart with nine laps remaining, moving from third to first in one fell swoop before speeding away to victory and a nice $10,000 paycheck in a rare USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car, non-points "Special Event" on the preliminary night of the inaugural "Rock and Roll Gold Cup" at Badlands Motor Speedway.

Chase Stockon led much of the early-going, dominating in the opening laps from his outside front row starting position. Just a bit past halfway through the 25-lap feature, Justin Grant, who just 24 hours earlier had won in his debut in the Sam McGhee number 17 during a weekly show at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, began dramatically cutting into Stockon's advantage.

Meanwhile, fifth-starting Boespflug had worked his way up to third, using an inside turn four pass to rip the position from Thomas Meseraull on the 13th lap and began to forge ahead toward Stockon and Grant, running one-two.

A Mike Martin turn four spin with nine laps left set up a double-file restart with Stockon and Grant occupying the front row. Heading into turn one, Stockon and Grant nearly touched wheels, allowing Boespflug to capitalize, grabbing second from Grant after starting on the inside of row two for the restart.

However, the move would be all for naught after Landon Simon went for a wild ride down the back straightaway on the first lap of the restart, getting upside down to bring out the feature's first red flag. Simon would walk away from the scene uninjured.

On the ensuing double-file restart attempt, Stockon and Grant once again hit the cushion entering turn one, but Boespflug was able to quickly slip past Grant for second, then utilized a massive run off of turn two to shoot past Stockon on the inside for the lead as the field hit the back straightaway.

Stockon fought back from the punch, using the inside lane to pull side-by-side with Boespflug off of turn four. Boespflug got a bid sideways on the high-side exit, nearly making contact with Stockon as the two raced to the flag stand with Boespflug able to secure the spot.

Boespflug was a jet in the forthcoming laps, opening up a comfortable lead over Stockon and Grant. Yet those comfortable leads would quickly disappear after a pair of red flags in the final laps stifled his get-away.

With five laps to go, Brady Bacon's challenging night came to an end after pushing up into the turn two wall and bouncing the right rear tire off the concrete, resulting in the series point leader barrel-rolling his self-owned machine a handful of times atop the turn two cushion. Though his race for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship would be unharmed due to this weekend's events not counting toward the season title, his attempt at pulling off the double on Sunday night - winning both the winged sprint car and the USAC Sprint Car features for a $125,000 total prize - took a significant blow.

On the restart, Boespflug instantly pulled away from the field once again, setting him up for an easy cruise to victory. But, just as Boespflug saw the white in the air from the flagstand, the flag would be switched out for the red as South Dakota's own Bret Mellenberndt found himself upside down up against the wall between turns one and two, surrounded by a pair of Goodnight cars driven by Matt Goodnight and Scotty Weir. All drivers were uninjured.

On the single-file, green-white-checkered restart on lap 24, Boespflug once again got a nice jump, but Stockon was able to hang within close range.

As Boespflug and Stockon passed under the white flag, Stockon gave it one last shot, throwing his number 32 hard on the bottom into turn one, briefly pulling alongside the inside of Boespflug as the pair hit turn two. But, with the momentum in Boespflug's favor up top, Stockon was unable to make the move stick as Boespflug pulled away on the back straight, navigating the final two corners to perfection to claim his fourth USAC Sprint Car victory of the 2016 season over Stockon, Grant, Meseraull and Brady Short.

Hanford, California's Boespflug led the final nine laps in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/AMSOIL - Creative Finishing - Midwest Shades/Maxim/Claxton to take the victory in USAC's seventh ever visit to the state of South Dakota and the first since a 1996 USAC National Midget race won by Kenny Irwin, Jr. at Badlands back when it was known as Huset's Speedway

"I just wanted to hit my marks on that last restart," Boespflug said. "Our car was great, but I just had to make sure I didn't get over the cushion. I may have left the door open for Chase when I slid myself going down the backstretch, but I gave it all I had. I couldn't push the pedal down any further than I did coming off of turn two on that last restart. We fine-tuned it under the open red, but we were awesome before then. We timed it perfectly being in second with five to go and getting a single file restart. That helped us a lot. We weren't even sure if we wanted to come out here, but I'm pretty glad we did."

Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon led the first 16 circuits before yielding to Boespflug in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher. Despite the runner-up position in the feature, Stockon leads the point standings by six markers over Boespflug in the USAC portion of the "Rock and Roll Gold Cup" heading into Sunday's $50,000-to-win finale.

"On the restarts, I chose the bottom because I didn't want to leave myself vulnerable going into turn one," Stockon affirmed. "Being the leader, I kind of felt like a sitting duck, but I tried to make the best decision possible just to keep those guys behind me. I think ultimately, though, Chad was better than us and we got to him on that restart and just got pinched into turn one., which, when you're racing for this much money, that's just the way it goes. We started second, ran second. We're locked in for tomorrow, so we're where we want to be at. We had to run the cushion and that's not usually my forte, so we'll take second tonight."

Grant, of Ione, California, didn't sit behind the wheel of the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco until Friday, just one night prior to the opening USAC event at Badlands. However, after a last lap, last corner victory at Bloomington, the decision was made by the team to make the long road trip from southern Indiana to South Dakota - a decision they sure didn't regret.

"Sam (McGhee) gave me an awesome car," Grant exclaimed. "We should've won; we just needed things to play out differently. The double-file restarts hurt because we had to start on the outside most of the time. Chad could get under us and I had to fight him for a lap or two, but by the time I would get to Chase, the yellow would come back out and I'd have to start over. We just never really got a good green flag run to work Chase over and when he would bobble, it seemed like I was always stuck under his left rear, which would open the door back up for Chad. But we had a great car and we're locked in. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow (Sunday)."

Contingency award winners at Badlands Motor Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Justin Grant (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Dustin Smith (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: August 20, 2016 - Brandon, South Dakota - Badlands Motor Speedway - "Rock and Roll Gold Cup" Preliminary Night

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-12.711; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.732; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 17GP, Dutcher-12.745; 4. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-12.780; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-12.836; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-12.863; 7. Bud Kaeding, 26, Rudeen-12.898; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-12.944; 9. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-12.950; 10. Scotty Weir, 39w, Goodnight-13.028; 11. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.038; 12. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.040; 13. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-13.046; 14. C.J. Leary, 66, Amati-13.056; 15. Chris Windom, 11w, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.058; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.088; 17. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-13.114; 18. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.121; 19. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.139; 20. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.164; 21. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-13.185; 22. Mark Dobmeier, 13, Grinch-13.389; 23. Tim Kaeding, 3, Lunstra-13.439; 24. Aaron Reutzel, 87, Reutzel-13.601; 25. Dylan Peterson, 25, Peterson-13.602; 26. Donovan Peterson, 11xs, Metal Worx-13.857; 27. Clinton Bruns, 7, Bruns-13.858; 28. Chuck McGillivray, 101, McGillivray-13.957; 29. Doug Martens, 51, Martens-13.960; 30. Justin Jacobsma, 10, Jacobsma-14.043; 31. Rob Sharits, 14, Davis-14.472; 32. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-NT; 33. Leon DeBoer, 2, DeBoer-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Boespflug, 3. Bernal, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Dobmeier, 6. Martin, 7. Jacobsma, 8. Donovan Peterson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Darland, 3. Weir, 4. Windom, 5. Ballou, 6. T. Kaeding, 7. Bruns, 8. Sharits. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. B. Kaeding, 3. Simon, 4. Smith, 5. Goodnight, 6. Reutzel, 7. McGillivray. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Farney, 3. Short, 4. Schriever, 5. Caho, 6. Dylan Peterson, 7. Martens. NT

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. Dobmeier, 2. T. Kaeding, 3. Dylan Peterson, 4. Bacon, 5. Reutzel, 6. Bruns, 7. McGillivray, 8. Donovan Peterson, 9. Jacobsma, 10. Sharits, 11. Martens. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Brady Short, 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Dustin Smith, 14. Mark Dobmeier, 15. Rob Caho, Jr., 16. Tim Kaeding, 17. Mike Martin, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Alex Schriever, 20. Scotty Weir, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Brady Bacon, 23. Dylan Peterson, 24. Landon Simon. NT ---------------------------- **Leary flipped during qualifying. Simon flipped on lap 17 of the feature. Bacon flipped on lap 21 of the feature. Mellenberndt flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Stockon, Laps 17-25 Boespflug.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (18th to 8th)

NEW USAC BADLANDS "ROCK AND ROLL GOLD CUP" POINTS: 1-Stockon-493, 2-Boespflug-487, 3-Grant-484, 4-Meseraull-481, 5-Thomas-475, 6-Short-448, 7-Darland-445, 8-Bernal-436, 9-B. Kaeding-433, 10-Farney-426.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 21 - Brandon, South Dakota - Badlands Motor Speedway - "Rock and Roll Gold Cup"

 

R.J. JOHNSON SCORES 40TH USAC SOUTHWEST WIN AT CREEK COUNTY

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 18, 2016... Taking command from Dennis Gile on the twenty-eighth lap, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) claimed the checkered flags at Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s Creek County Speedway. Continuing to write series history, Johnson’s fourth $2,500 USAC SouthWest “Freedom Tour” win marked his 40th career triumph and the eighth victory of the season. In addition, the three-time champion set a new record with five consecutive main event wins. Josh Hodges, Gile, Koby Barksdale, and Shon Deskins rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body entry, R.J. Johnson dominated the event and swept the program. The three-time series champion began his night by winning the night’s third 8-lap heat race, claiming the night’s top-qualifier award out of 33 racers, and won the main event from sixth.

After running third at Lawton, Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) had a last lap pass to claim second at Creek County. Racing the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges placed fourth in his heat race and ranked fifth in the night’s passing points.

Starting on the pole position, Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) led the first twenty-seven laps before falling to third at Creek County. Piloting the family owned #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile ran second to Jordon Mallett in his heat race and ranked sixth in passing points.

Koby Barksdale (Norman, Oklahoma) charged from ninth to score fourth at the second round of the “Freedom Tour.” Driving his #22 entry, the veteran driver won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and was seated ninth in passing points.

Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) had another solid night at the “Freedom Tour” with a fifth place finish. Racing his #20 Spike Chassis / Performance Plus Engines Maxim, Deskins ran second to Koby Barksdale in his heat race and ranked fourth in passing points.

In his first USAC SouthWest start, Alex DeCamp (Locust Grove, OK) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from nineteenth. Piloting his #84 machine, DeCamp scored ninth in his heat race and was seated nineteenth in passing points.

For the second night in a row, Jordon Mallett (Greenbrier, Arkansas) won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving his #14 machine, Mallett ranked eighth in passing points and claimed eleventh at Creek County Speedway.

Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) won the night’s fourth heat race in his first USAC SouthWest start. Racing his #5H entry, Hagin ranked second in passing points and seventeenth in the feature after an early exit.

Kyle Clark (Sand Springs, Oklahoma) raced to victory in the night’s first 12-lap semi-main. Piloting his #9$ machine, Clark scored fourth in his heat race and charged from fifteenth to score eighth in the feature.

Anthony Nicholson (Bartlett, Tennessee) took the checkered flags in the night’s second 12-lap semi-main. Driving his #16X entry, Nicholson placed fifth in his heat race and charged to tenth in the main event after starting sixteenth.

The “4th Annual Freedom Tour” will continue to 81 Speedway (Wichita, Kansas) and will close this Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park (Dodge City, Kansas).

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE RESULTS:

August 18, 2016 – Sapulpa, Oklahoma – Creek County Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)

1. Jordon Mallett (#14 Mallett), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Wyatt Burks (#11W Burks), 4. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. David Stephenson (#22S Stephenson), 7. Cody Brewer (#96 Brewer), 8. Brian McClelland (#87F McClelland), 9. Alex DeCamp (#84 DeCamp). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)

1. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Kade Morton (#8M Morton), 4. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 5. Layne Himebaugh (#24L Himebaugh), 6. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 7. Kyle Chady (#57 Chady), 8. Tim Kent (#79 Kent). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)

1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Craig Carroll (#24C Carroll), 3. Blake Hahn (#52 Hahn), 4. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), 5. Anthony Nicholson (#16X Nicholson), 6. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 7. Grant Wresche (#13W Wresche), 8. Casey Wills (#31 Wills). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps)

1. Cameron Hagin (#5H Hagin), 2. Waylon Weaver (#92 Weaver), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 5. Jamie McDonald (#3 McDonald), 6. Kevin Cummings (#97 Cummings), 7. William Scribner (#54 Scribner), 8. David Dutton (#23 Dutton). NT

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps)

1. Clark, 2. Wilson, 3. DeCamp, 4. Kent, 5. Scribner, 6. Morton, 7. McClelland, 8. Cummings, 9. Smith. NT

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps)

1. Nicholson, 2. Himebaugh, 3. Deal, 4. Chady, 5. Wresche, 6. McDonald, 7. Brewer, 8. Dutton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)

1. R.J. Johnson (6th), 2. Josh Hodges (2nd), 3. Dennis Gile (1st), 4. Koby Barksdale (9th), 5. Shon Deskins (3rd), 6. Tye Mihocko (4th), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (13th), 8. Kyle Clark (15th), 9. Alex Decamp (19th), 10. Anthony Nicholson (16th), 11. Jordon Mallett (8th), 12. Layne Himebaugh (18th), 13. Wyatt Burks (14th), 14. Brett Wilson (17th), 15. Shannon McQueen (10th), 16. Blake Hahn (7th), 17. Cameron Hagin (5th), 18. Andrew Deal (20th), 19. Waylon Weaver (12th), 20. Craig Carroll (11th). NT

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**Wills flipped during the third heat. Brewer flipped during the second semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Gile, Laps 28-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Alex DeCamp (19th to 9th)

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

DATE - TRACK - LOCATION

August 19: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)

August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / $2,500-to-Win / Non-Points)

September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)

September 17: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ

October 15: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ

October 22: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)

October 29: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ

November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)

November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)

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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.

This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR (Special Event) RACE RESULTS:

August 18, 2016 – Sapulpa, Oklahoma – Creek County Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jordon Mallett (#14 Mallett), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Wyatt Burks (#11W Burks), 4. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. David Stephenson (#22S Stephenson), 7. Cody Brewer (#96 Brewer), 8. Brian McClelland (#87F McClelland), 9. Alex DeCamp (#84 DeCamp). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Kade Morton (#8M Morton), 4. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 5. Layne Himebaugh (#24L Himebaugh), 6. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 7. Kyle Chady (#57 Chady), 8. Tim Kent (#79 Kent). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Craig Carroll (#24C Carroll), 3. Blake Hahn (#52 Hahn), 4. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), 5. Anthony Nicholson (#16X Nicholson), 6. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 7. Grant Wresche (#13W Wresche), 8. Casey Wills (#31 Wills). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5H Hagin), 2. Waylon Weaver (#92 Weaver), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 5. Jamie McDonald (#3 McDonald), 6. Kevin Cummings (#97 Cummings), 7. William Scribner (#54 Scribner), 8. David Dutton (#23 Dutton). NT

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Clark, 2. Wilson, 3. DeCamp, 4. Kent, 5. Scribner, 6. Morton, 7. McClelland, 8. Cummings, 9. Smith. NT

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Nicholson, 2. Himebaugh, 3. Deal, 4. Chady, 5. Wresche, 6. McDonald, 7. Brewer, 8. Dutton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Dennis Gile, 4. Koby Barksdale, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Kyle Clark, 9. Alex Decamp, 10. Anthony Nicholson, 11. Jordon Mallett, 12. Layne Himebaugh, 13. Wyatt Burks, 14. Brett Wilson, 15. Shannon McQueen, 16. Blake Hahn, 17. Cameron Hagin, 18. Andrew Deal, 19. Waylon Weaver, 20. Craig Carroll. NT

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**Wills flipped during the third heat. Brewer flipped during the second semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Gile, Laps 28-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Alex DeCamp (19th to 9th)

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE: August 19 – Wichita, Kansas – 81 Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

 

 

THREE ILLINI AMONG THOSE LOOKING TO STOP SWANSON AT SPRINGFIELD SATURDAY

Kody Swanson enters Saturday's "Bettenhausen 100" on a history-making run in the 2016 USAC Silver Crown Series slate. One Illinois driver currently in the top 10 in the USAC Silver Crown title chase and one just outside the top 10 along with one past winner of the event from Illinois are among the drivers favored to de-rail the "Swanson Express."

California's Swanson enters the Bettenhausen with the past two USAC Silver Crown national championships in his pocket. He currently leads the point standings with a reasonable chance at three consecutive championships, something no driver has accomplished since the championship dirt cars split from the national trail in 1971. He won his third consecutive Hoosier Hundred in May joining Jimmy Bryan and Al Unser as the only men to win three in a row. Swanson can join the late Tony Bettenhausen and Chuck Gurney as the only drivers to win three consecutive championship races at Springfield should he win Saturday.

In 2014, he became just the 14th driver since 1953 to be able to claim he had won the Hoosier Hundred, Bettenhausen 100 and Ted Horn 100 at DuQuoin. Even fewer men (Jimmy Bryan, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Jack Hewitt) can claim they won all three in the same year.

Swanson has had that opportunity for the past two years with only DuQuoin eluding his grasp. He comes to Springfield with a chance at claiming all three again. However, the driver trailing him in the Silver Crown title chase along with the driver currently 11th in the point standings have an excellent chance at winning Saturday's classic.

Canton's Chris Windom won the event at Williams Grove and is currently second in points just 13 behind Swanson. All of Windom's series wins have come on half-mile tracks and the west-central Illinois driver would like nothing better than to capture one of the prestigious mile fairground events. Windom ran second for a portion of last year's race and led 17 laps before Swanson scooted by for the win. The driver who led the first 40 laps of the 2015 Bettenhausen can't be counted out either. Shane Cockrum of Benton is 11th in points running a limited schedule in 2016. He has three series victories, one at Terre Haute in the 2015 Sumar Classic and his 2014-2015 victories at DuQuoin mark as some of the most emotional and memorable in series history.

Two-time Bettenhausen (2012-13) victor A.J. Fike of Galesburg became an Illinois State Fair favorite when he became the first central Illinois driver since 1966 to claim the Bettenhausen 100. Not only does Fike enter his favorite track with a good chance to claim his third Bettenhausen win, he made history last year when he became just the fifth driver to post a dirt car and stock car win at Springfield by winning the Allen Crowe 100 on Sunday.

Other former winners expected for the Bettenhausen include Russ Gamester (1998) and Brian Tyler (2004-05-08-11) who returns driving for long time entrant Bob Galas. USAC regulars expected include last year's Bettenhausen 100 polesitter Justin Grant, two-time Hoosier Hundred winner Jerry Coons Jr., 2007 Ted Horn 100 winner Shane Cottle, second generation driver Casey Shuman, third generation drivers Joe Ligouri and Austin Nemire and past USAC Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon.

Entrants from Illinois include Springfield's Joey Moughan and J.C. Bland, Chris Urish from Elkhart, Terry Babb from Decatur, Patrick Lawson from Edwardsville and Tad Roach from Granite City. Zach Daum of Pocahontas also returns for Springfield car owner Dennis McQuinn.

The 55th Bettenhausen 100 is part of a two-day race program on the last weekend of the Illinois State Fair that features USAC Silver Crown championship dirt cars Saturday and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Sunday. On Saturday, August 20 registration and pits will open at 7:00 AM, grandstands and ticket office at 9:00, Silver Crown practice at 10:00, qualifying at 11:30, UMP Sportsman hot laps at 12:00 noon, Silver Crown semi at 12:30, UMP Sportsman heats at 1:00, and the Bettenhausen 100 at 2:00.

JAY HARDIN - TRACK ENTERPRISES

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UPCOMING USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT INFO:

DATE: Saturday, August 20, 2016

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Championship

TRACK: Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) - 1-mile dirt oval

EVENT: "Bettenhausen 100" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Championship and Sportsman

STARTING TIMES: 7:00 AM Pits & Registration, 9:00 AM Ticket Office & Grandstands, 9:30 AM Drivers Meetings, 10:00-11:10 AM Silver Crown Practice, 11:30 AM Silver Crown Qualifying, 12:00 PM Sportsman Hotlaps, 12:30 PM Silver Crown B-Main, 1:00 PM Sportsman Heats, 1:30 PM Pre-Race Ceremonies, 2:00 PM USAC Silver Crown 55th Annual "Bettenhausen 100"

TICKETS: RESERVED SEATING: Advance Tickets (Presale) - $25 Adults, $10 Children 11 & Under. Race Day (At Gate) - $30 Adults, $10 Children 11 & Under. INFIELD TICKETS - $20 Adults, $5 Children 11 & Under. PIT PASSES - $35 Adults, $20 Children 11 & Under

Tickets are on sale at the Illinois State Fair ticket office at (217) 782-1979 or call Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200.

TRACK ADDRESS: 801 E. Sangamon Ave, Springfield, IL 62706

TRACK PHONE: (217) 782-1979 or (217) 764-3200.

TRACK WEBSITE: http://trackenterprises.com/

MEDIA COVERAGE: Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE RESULTS:

August 17, 2016 – Lawton, Oklahoma – Lawton Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jordon Mallett (#14 Mallett), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 5. Layne Himebaugh (#24L Himebaugh), 6. Nick Bates (#11 Bates), 7. Harli White (#17 White). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Anthony Nicholson (#16X Nicholson), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Shawn Bloomquist (#14X Bloomquist), 6. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 7. Ryan Padgett (#98 Padgett). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Andrew Deal (#15D Deal), 4. Cody Brewer (#96 Brewer), 5. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 6. Craig Carroll (#24C Carroll), 7. Ryan Anderson (#22R Anderson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Andrew Deal, 3. Josh Hodges, 4. Shon Deskins, 5. Anthony Nicholson, 6. Jordon Mallett, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 9. Koby Barksdale, 10. Casey Wills, 11. Harli White, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Layne Himebaugh, 14. Mike Martin, 15. Shawn Bloomquist, 16. Cody Brewer, 17. Shannon McQueen, 18. Ryan Anderson, 19. Nick Bates. 20. Brian Padgett, 21. Craig Carroll. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Nicholson, Laps 9-23 Johnson, Lap 24 Deal, Laps 25-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Harli White (19th to 11th)

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE: August 18 – Sapulpa, Oklahoma – Creek County Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

 

 

37 CARS & DRIVERS ENTERED FOR SATURDAY'S "BETTENHAUSEN 100" AT SPRINGFIELD

EVENT: 57th "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois)

DATE: Saturday, August 20, 2016

STARTING TIMES: Practice: 10am. ProSource Qualifying: 11:30am., Sportsman races: Noon. Silver Crown B-Main: 1pm. "Bettenhausen 100:" 2pm.

37 CARS, 37 DRIVERS

00 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL Terry Babb/APT Powder Coating - Flat-Out Ministries/Beast/Chevy

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN Wilson Brothers Racing/Jet Star - Anderson Transport/Beast/Claxton Toyota

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL Patrick Lawson/Petroff Companies - RC Storm Water/DRC/Wesmar Chevy

3 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL RFMS Racing/Liberty Village - McGladrey/Beast/Foxco

5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL Bland Brothers Enterprises/Sam's Speed Shop - Bland Brothers Enterprises/Drinan/BBE Chevy

8 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA Chris Carli/Joe's Racing Products - Wilwood Engineering/DRC/Claxton Chevy

12 BRIAN TYLER/Mount Pleasant, NC Galas Motorsports/Galas Motorsports/Beast/Galas Chevy

14 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL Dennis & Dave McQuinn/McQuinn Motorsports - Cashless Racing/JR-1/Chevy

18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY Kenny Gentry/Engler Machine & Tool - KVKK Racing/Beast/Gentry Chevy

20 JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN Swanson Racing/Jet Star - Rosewood Machine & Tool/Beast/Chevy

23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO Todd Satterthwaite/Todd's Machine Shop/Magnum/Chevy

25 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA Eddie Sachs Racing/Mecum Auctions - Checkered Flag Tavern/Beast/Team RAYPRO Chevy

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN Sam Pierce/Sam Pierce Chevrolet - Tom Cherry Mufflers/Beast/Pierce Chevy

27 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN Carla & Steve Phillips/Roberts Tech Jobs - Greg Hubler Chevrolet/Phillips/Foxco Chevy

29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL Joey Moughan/Conaway Handyman Service - Moughan Electric/Maxim/Claxton Mopar

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN Leary-6R Racing/Leary Construction - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Toyota

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA Berkheimer Racing/Subway Auto Body - Cease Auctioneers/Drinan/Chevy

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI Byrne Racing/Stoops Freightliner-Truck Country - Bytec Resource Management/J & D/Chevy

41 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN McQuinn Motorsports/Cashless Racing/JR-1/Chevy

44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO Danny Long/Farmington Auto Plaza - DMR Motorsports/Beast/Chevy

48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK Paul Martens/Martens Machine Shop/Maxim/Kistler Chevy

53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA SET Racing/Heroes West Sports Grill/Beast/Brown Chevy

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ Patty Bateman/Circle K Convenience Stores/Beast/Chevy

58 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL Ralph Liguori/Sunshine Trailer Park - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/DRC/Kercher Chevy

63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy

66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN Bill Rose/Rose/Beast/Claxton

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL Hardy Boys Motorsports/Financial Transportation Services - Infinity Shocks/Maxim/Brown Chevy

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL Chris Urish/Elkhart Fertilizer - Pacesetter Solutions/Beast/Foxco Chevy

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN Curtis Williams/Roger Williams Precision Engines - QS Components/Maxim/Chevy

84 TAD ROACH/Granite City, IL Scott Spivey/Lloyd Racing Enterprises - Malibu Art Tile & Stone/Stealth/Chevy

86 JACKIE BURKE/Katy, TX Jackie Burke/JTS Wireless/Shores/Chevy

88 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO Fetter Tile LLC/Fetter Tile - F & S Collision Repair/Beast/TMS Chevy

91 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH Hemelgarn Enterprises/Hemelgarn Enterprises/J & J/Ford

98 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Maxim/J & D

120 HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

201 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Twister/Tranter Chevy

USAC SILVER CROWN TRACK RECORDS at the Illinois State Fairgrounds 1 Lap: 8/19/06 - Tracy Hines - 29.305 (122.846mph) 100 Miles: 8/22/87 - Jack Hewitt - 56:07.00 (106.920mph)

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UPCOMING USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT INFO:

DATE: Saturday, August 20, 2016

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Championship

TRACK: Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) - 1-mile dirt oval

EVENT: "Bettenhausen 100" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Championship and Sportsman

STARTING TIMES: 7:00 AM Pits & Registration, 9:00 AM Ticket Office & Grandstands, 9:30 AM Drivers Meetings, 10:00-11:10 AM Silver Crown Practice, 11:30 AM Silver Crown Qualifying, 12:00 PM Sportsman Hotlaps, 12:30 PM Silver Crown B-Main, 1:00 PM Sportsman Heats, 1:30 PM Pre-Race Ceremonies, 2:00 PM USAC Silver Crown 55th Annual "Bettenhausen 100"

TICKETS: RESERVED SEATING: Advance Tickets (Presale) - $25 Adults, $10 Children 11 & Under. Race Day (At Gate) - $30 Adults, $10 Children 11 & Under. INFIELD TICKETS - $20 Adults, $5 Children 11 & Under. PIT PASSES - $35 Adults, $20 Children 11 & Under

Tickets are on sale at the Illinois State Fair ticket office at (217) 782-1979 or call Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200.

TRACK ADDRESS: 801 E. Sangamon Ave, Springfield, IL 62706

TRACK PHONE: (217) 782-1979 or (217) 764-3200.

TRACK WEBSITE: http://trackenterprises.com/

MEDIA COVERAGE: Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation

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THORSON'S LAST CORNER PASS CAPS SPIN AND WIN PERFORMANCE IN WILD LANCO USAC MIDGET DEBUT
Newmanstown, Pennsylvania.........It took two whole days to finally get underway, but once it did, the 2016 "Pennsylvania Midget Week" opener was well worth the wait.

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson recovered from a lap four spin, carved his way from the tail-end of the field, setting him up for a last lap, last corner slide job on teammate Spencer Bayston to take an improbable USAC Midget National Championship/ARDC feature win Tuesday night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.

A heavy shower in the late afternoon hours doused the Lanco surface with moisture, creating a lightning quick and gnarly racing surface for USAC's debut at the 1/8-mile dirt bullring.

Thorson got the jump from his outside front row starting position at the start of the 30-lap main event, using the topside to glide around Pennsylvania Midget star Alex Bright for the top spot who, along with Brady Bacon, formed a three-car breakaway in the opening laps.

However, on lap four, Thorson entered the first turn and promptly looped it all by his lonesome, bringing about a yellow flag and relegating him to the back of the pack where he would restart 19th with 27 laps to go.

Alex Bright would inherit the lead from Thorson and, throughout the middle portion of the race, would firmly establish himself as the man to beat as a hornet's nest of cars developed behind him in a battle for the lead as he resisted a challenge from the winner of three of the last four series races, Chad Boat.

Nearing the halfway mark, leading series rookie Carson Macedo threw a big slider for the second position on Boat, but Boat was able to slide him back to retain the spot as the two drag raced into turn one.

Yet, Boat's magnificent run of seven-straight top-five finishes would take a severe blow on lap 17 when he slid sideways through the middle of turns three and four while battling Macedo, coming to rest in the middle of the racetrack without making contact. Boat would restart.

On the lap 17 restart, Bright snaked the field down low to the green as Macedo jumped to the top, but just as quickly as it began, the red flag was displayed for an upside down Gage Walker who tipped it over against the guardrail between turns one and two.

On the ensuing restart, Bright chose the middle route into turns one and two while Macedo rode the cushion, but as Macedo began to line up a slider on Bright for the lead in the third turn, action slowed yet again as the yellow flag dropped for a backwards Holly Shelton between turns one and two.

Fourth-running Brady Bacon was involved in a tangle in the fourth turn on lap 18 that also collected top-10 runners Steve Buckwalter and Kenney Johnson. Johnson would be the only driver unable to restart.

Macedo was getting better and better as the race wore on, but yellow after yellow halted his procession to the front, keeping him at bay in the second position with just 13 laps to go.

But, on the following restart, Macedo hounded Bright for the top spot. Two accomplished racers - Bright, a Chili Bowl prelim winner and Macedo, a World of Outlaws feature winner - each duked it out for their first career USAC win with less than ten to go.

On lap 21, Macedo made his move, diamonding off turn two and rocketing down the banking to grab the lead from Bright as the two sprinted down the back straight. Bright counter-punched, slipping back by Macedo briefly in turn one before Macedo shot back by Bright to secure the point.

Heartbreak ensued for Bright shortly after losing the lead when his right rear tire deflated, forcing him into the infield with just a handful of circuits left after leading all drivers with 17 laps led during the feature.

With just four laps to go, Macedo, Bayston and now Thorson, who had charged his way back to the front from the tail, led the field to the restart. Macdeo maintained his high-side presence into turn one while Bayston dove to the bottom to slide up in front of Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Macedo for the lead.

As soon as Bayston cleared Macedo between turns one and two, Macedo hit the brakes with the intention of changing direction on a dime, dipping underneath Bayston and driving away on the back straight as Bayston's momentum carried him to the outside turn two wall.

However, Macedo's car stalled before he could put the notion into action, coming to a stop in the middle of turn two to bring out the yellow once again and, thus, moved Thorson to second, directly behind his teammate and race leader Bayston with just four laps remaining.

Bayston exploded off the starting blocks for a solid restart on lap 27 as he gapped himself from Thorson, but that proved to be short-lived as Thorson quickly reeled Bayston back in, putting him in prime position to pounce in a moment's notice.

As Thorson shadowed Bayston's every move, coming to the white flag, Bayston got a big bite coming off of turn two, pulling a wheelstand half the length of the back straight away, yet still maintaining his ever-dwindling lead over Thorson as the two entered the final lap.

Bayston and Thorson held court on the topside of turns one and two after receiving flagman Warren Alston's white flag, but Thorson, who proved to have the fastest car throughout the main event, appeared to be waiting for just the right moment to make the move, leaving no chance for Bayston to return the favor.

As Bayston entered turn three through the middle, Thorson aimed his machine like a dart from the mid-point of the back straight toward the bottom of turns three and four at full throttle, pitching the car sideways and sliding up in front of Bayston at the exit of turn four. That slowed Bayston's momentum and pulled his front wheels off the ground as he got back on the gas, allowing Thorson to nail the bullseye and finish out the last 30 feet to the flagstand in front to record the astonishing spin and win victory by .296 seconds over Bayston, Tyler Thomas, Jim Radney and Ryan Robinson.

Incidentally, it was the first time a last corner pass for the lead was made on the final lap in a USAC National Midget feature since Thorson lost the lead to teammate Rico Abreu at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin's Angell Park Speedway in July of 2015.

Thorson's last lap heroics led to his third win of the season after June victories at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. and Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., tying him with Boat for the most series victories during the 2016 season in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I didn't think there'd be any way we could get back to the front after the spin," Thorson admitted. "I just misjudged my angle into the corner and got a little too sideways and spun it out. I'm just so happy we could do this for Bryan (Clauson). The track smoothed out a lot throughout the night and there were a lot of guys up top, but I never felt like we needed to get up there because we were strong enough running middle to bottom. We've all been itching to race this week, but it was worth the wait for this. We parked it for Bryan."

Despite Bayston's final lap heartbreak, the Lebanon, Indiana driver was able to extend his series point lead to 55 over Boat and 65 over Bacon after both encountered misfortune at Lanco, recording a second-place run in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I never felt like I was good enough to really be in the lead; it just fell into our hands," Bayston acknowledged. "But, I still hate to let it slip away at the end. Tanner was really good, but this was elbows up tonight. I just feel bad. Second is okay, but I want to win and when it's right there in front of you and you don't deliver, it's pretty frustrating. Regardless, we're glad to put on a show for Bryan. We know he's cheering us on from heaven."

Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas could finally breathe a sigh of relief after his long, strange trip to "Pennsylvania Midget Week" had him stuck in Dayton, Ohio for the previous two days with mechanical issues on their motorhome, making it just in time to Lanco to take third after starting 11th in his Tyler Thomas Motorsports/BT Machine - AirGroup/Spike/Esslinger.

"It's been a rough start to our week with motorhome problems getting out here, but we had a great car tonight," said a relieved Thomas. "The track was awesome and gave us a multi-groove surface we could race on. Tanner (Thorson) went by me like I was standing still, so it was impressive. One of these days, it'll be us in victory lane, but we're putting together some good runs here lately, and the more we're up there, the better chance we'll have to grab one."

Contingency award winners at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway included Carson Macedo (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race winner), Gage Walker (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race winner), Brady Bacon (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Holly Shelton (Indy Race Parts Semi-Feature winner) and Brenden Bright (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 16, 2016 - Newmanstown, Pennsylvania - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" (co-sanctioned by ARDC)

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.208; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.406; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-10.578; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.579; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.604; 6. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-10.615; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.642; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-10.644; 9. Jim Radney, 95, Radney-10.648; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 27, Heffner-10.738; 11. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.765; 12. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-10.799; 13. Brett Wanner, 44, Fisher-10.811; 14. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-10.889; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-10.904; 16. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-10.926; 17. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-10.973; 18. Kenney Johnson, 46x, Johnson-11.018; 19. Kyle Spence, 25K, Spence-11.032; 20. Tommy Kunsman, 21, Kunsman-11.205; 21. Jamie Speers, 74, Speers-11.277; 22. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-11.319; 23. Josh Heckman, 12, Heckman-11.332; 24. Justin Grosz, 99G, Grosz-11.595; 25. Eric Heydenreich, 11, Heydenreich-11.732; 26. Brett Arndt, 46, Arndt-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Macedo, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Robinson, 5. Kobylarz, 6. B. Bright, 7. Wanner, 8. Spence, 9. Heydenreich. 1:50.63

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. Bayston, 3. Thorson, 4. Wean, 5. Heckman, 6. Greth, 7. Shelton, 8. Kunsman, 9. Arndt. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Thomas, 3. A. Bright, 4. DiMattia, 5. Radney, 6. Grosz, 7. Johnson, 8. Speers. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Wanner, 3. Kunsman, 4. B. Bright, 5. Heydenreich, 6. Arndt, 7. Johnson, 8. Spence, 9. Grosz, 10. Speers. 2:15.80

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Jim Radney, 5. Ryan Robinson, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Brenden Bright, 8. Tommy Kunsman, 9. Holly Shelton, 10. Carson Macedo, 11. Steve Buckwalter, 12. Tony DiMattia, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Brett Arndt, 15. Alex Bright, 16. Josh Heckman, 17. Kenney Johnson, 18. Gage Walker, 19. Justin Grosz, 20. Eric Heydenreich, 21. Nick Wean, 22. Brett Wanner, 23. Trevor Kobylarz. NT
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**Arndt flipped during hot laps. Walker flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Thorson, Laps 4-20 A. Bright, Laps 21-26 Macedo, Laps 27-29 Bayston, Lap 30 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: B. Bright (19th to 7th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-879, 2-Boat-824, 3-Bacon-814, 4-Thorson-804, 5-Bryan Clauson-720, 6-Macedo-718, 7-Robinson-612, 8-Thomas-561, 9-Shelton-550, 10-Greth-442.

NEW USAC PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Bayston-89, 2-Thorson-88, 3-Thomas-81, 4-Robinson-76, 5-Radney-75, 6-Boat-73, 7-Macedo-66, 8-Shelton-60, 9-Bacon-59, 10-Buckwalter-57.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 17 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" (co-sanctioned by ARDC)

RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

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USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

4-RACE USAC SOUTHWEST "4TH ANNUAL FREEDOM TOUR" OPENS WEDNESDAY
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 15, 2016... The Arizona based USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are heading to “America’s Heartland” for the “4rd Annual Freedom Tour.” With each night paying $2,500-to-win, the non-point, four-race mini-series will kickoff on Wednesday, August 17th, in Lawton, Oklahoma. Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Oklahoma will host the following night’s action and the tour continues to Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The “Freedom Tour” will be run under the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. Engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver.

MUFFLER RULE: Mufflers (any type, including inserts) will be required for Lawton Speedway and Creek County Speedway, but not for 81 Speedway or Dodge City Raceway Park.

Entering Wednesday’s event, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona), R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona), and “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl (Las Cruces, New Mexico) are tied for the Freedom Tour lead with two victories. Other past Freedom Tour winners are Danny Smith, Brady Bacon, Mike Bonneau, and Blake Hahn.

Last year, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the series opener at Lawton, Oklahoma behind the wheel of the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries entry. The following night, Blake Hahn took his #52 Lucas Oil / CSR Garage Eagle to the checkered flags. Heading to Kansas, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin returned to victory lane at Wichita in his #16 Sherwin-Williams Maxim and R.J. Johnson added Dodge City to his resume in the #77M Kodiak Products Sherman.

Looking for his fourth straight USAC SouthWest championship, R.J. Johnson has a 107-point advantage. Davis, Martin, Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, and Josh Pelkey round out the top-10 drivers. Johnson leads all drivers with six victories on the year and will be going for this fourth straight triumph. Sussex (5), Bryan Clauson (4), and Josh Hodges (2) have also celebrated wins during the campaign.

The USAC SouthWest Sprints will make their third appearance at Lawton Speedway on Wednesday, August 17th. R.J. Johnson won the 2014 visit and Charles Davis Jr. scored last year’s opener. Located at 3501 South Sheridan Road in Lawton, Oklahoma, the semi-banked 1/4-mile oval regularly hosts Champ Sprints and is a featured stop for the ASCS Sooner Region Sprints. The POWRi West Midgets will share the spotlight and Johnson will be among the drivers doing double duty. For more details, visit www.lawtonspeedway.com or call 580.355.6417.

The following night, August 18th, the “Freedom Tour” will return to Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Danny Smith won the 2013 debut and other wins were scored by Brady Bacon and Blake Hahn. Located on the historic Route 66 at 18450 West Highway 66, the semi-banked 1/4-mile oval is also home to Champ Sprints, Micro Sprints, and special events with the ASCS Sooner Region. The POWRi West Midgets and Dwarf Cars will share the action packed showcase. For more information, visit www.creekcountyspeedway.co or call 918.693.7223 (RACE).

On Friday, August 19th, 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas will host the third night of the "Freedom Tour." “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl claimed the 2013 debut and “The Magic Man” Mike Martin has won the last two years. Located at 100 West 77th Street North, the 3/8-mile clay oval regularly features NCRA 360 Sprints, local 360 Sprints, and 305 Sprints. The Wix Filters / Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts “Harold Leep Memorial” will also feature POWRi West Midgets. For more details, visit www.race81speedway.org or call 316.755.1781.

Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas will host the “Freedom Tour” finale on Saturday, August 20th. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the Dodge City debut and other wins were taken by “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl, Mike Bonneau, and R.J. Johnson. Located at 11322 110 Road, the large 3/8-mile oval hosts URSS, NCRA, ASCS Sooner, and World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. The POWRi West Midgets will share the action packed card. For more information, visit www.dodgecityraceway.com or call 620.225.3277.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

USAC SOUTHWEST “FREEDOM TOUR” WINS:
2-Charles Davis Jr., 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Mike Martin, 2-Rick Ziehl, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Bonneau, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Danny Smith.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-R.J. Johnson, 5-Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-903, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-796, 3. Mike Martin-740, 4. Matt Rossi-736, 5. Stevie Sussex-640, 6. Nick Aiuto-639, 7. Tye Mihocko-614, 8. Dennis Gile-546, 9. Andy Reinbold-533, 10. Josh Pelkey-500, 11. Chris Bonneau-442, 12. Brian Hosford-441, 13. Landon Cling-408, 14. Bruce St. James-346, 15. Michael Curtis-345, 16. Dustin Burkhart-330, 17. Shon Deskins-320, 18. Tom Ogle-241, 19. Matt Lundy-192, 20. Jonas Reynolds-190.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
August 17: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 13, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway - "Speed 2 Summer Sizzle Series"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns (#10B Full Throttle), 2. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 3. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 4. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 5. Jason Walls (#10 Walls), 6. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 7. Jimmy Picardi (#15s Picardi). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Probst (#99 Probst), 2. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 3. Austin Archdale (#2A Archdale), 4. Dalton England (#19E England), 5. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 6. Mike Cusack Jr. (#7 Cusack), 7. Ron Cusack (#33 Cusack). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 6. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 7. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 8. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Ryan Probst, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Austin Archdale, 5. Andy Baugh, 6. Brent Burrows, 7. Dillon Morley, 8. Broc Hunnell, 9. Shane Morgan, 10. Jason Walls, 11. Dalt0on England, 12. Mike Cusack Jr., 13. Todd Baker, 14. Mitchell Davis, 15. Jake Sollenberger, 16. Jeremy Hull, 17. Jimmy Picardi, 18. Dave Baugh, 19. Gedd Ross, 20. Jeff Mallonee, 21. Hunter Lane, 22. Ron Cusack. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Bruns, Lap 19 Probst, Laps 20-24 Bruns, Laps 25-26 Probst, Laps 27-30 Bruns.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-1,131, 2-Morley-932, 3-Sollenberger-870, 4-Burrows-868, 5-Davis-833, 6-A.Baugh-712, 7-Hunnell-609, 8-Lane-596, 9-McDermand-593, 10-Travis Pence-532.

FINAL SPEED 2 SUMMER SIZZLE SERIES POINTS: 1-Davis-256, 2-Mallonee-236, 3-Lane-230, 4-Chett Gehrke-225, 5-Hunnell-200, 6-Morley-198, 7-Burrows-196, 8-McDermand-172, 9-Bruns-155, 10-Ross-154.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: August 20 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Meet the Drivers Night"

 

 

MOTHER NATURE CLAIMS "PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK" OPENER AT SUSQUEHANNA

York Haven, Pennsylvania.........Heavy rains just prior to ProSource Qualifying forced cancellation of Sunday night's "Pennsylvania Midget Week" USAC Midget National Championship/ARDC opener at Susquehanna Speedway.

It was to mark the series' first ever visit to the track after rains cancelled last year's Susquehanna event as well.

Brady Bacon recorded the fastest time in hot laps on Sunday with a time of 17.504 seconds.

"Pennsylvania Midget Week" continues Monday night, Aug. 15 at Path Valley Speedway Park before heading off to Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and concluding with Abbottstown's Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 14, 2016 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" (co-sanctioned by ARDC)

RACING PROGRAM RAINED OUT

CARS/DRIVERS AT THE TRACK: Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), P.J. Gargiulo (#5 JHG), Gage Walker (#7 Walker), Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), Trevor Kobylarz (#14 RT), John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), Steve Buckwalter (#27 Heffner), Brett Wanner (#44 Fisher), Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), Kenney Johnson (#46x Johnson), Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), Jason Rice (#57 Rice), Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), Alex Bright (#77 Hemler), Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), Jim Radney (#95 Radney), Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), Justin Grosz (#99G Grosz).

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NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-800, 2-Bacon-765, 3-Boat-761, 4-Thorson-726, 5-Bryan Clauson-720, 6-Macedo-642, 7-Robinson-546, 8-Shelton-500, 9-Tyler Thomas-490, 10-Greth-432.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 15 - Spring Run, Pennsylvania - Path Valley Speedway Park - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" (co-sanctioned by ARDC)

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 13, 2016 - Hanford, California - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.305; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.395; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.470; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.663; 5. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.841; 6. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.843; 7. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.933; 8. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-16.970; 9. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.243; 10. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.278; 11. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.351; 12. Tristan Guardino, 81M, Watt-17.431; 13. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.453; 14. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.622; 15. Kyler Shaw, 92K, Shaw-17.680; 16. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-17.879; 17. Kolby Araki, 30K, Araki-18.123; 18. Koen Shaw, 88BC, Shaw-18.130; 19. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-18.277; 20. Connor Kassik, 26, Kassik-18.880.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Johnson, 4. Timmons, 5. Sibley, 6. Smith, 7. Woodward. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Sussex, 3. Adams, 4. Majors, 5. McQueen, 6. Araki, 7. Kassik. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Faria, 3. Liggett, 4. Ky.Shaw, 5. Ko.Shaw, 6. Slack. NT

FEATURE: (33 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Tristan Guardino, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Austin Liggett, 7. D.J. Johnson, 8. Kyler Shaw, 9. Koen Shaw, 10. Ryan Timmons, 11. Cody Majors, 12. Shannon McQueen, 13. Jeff Sibley, 14. Guy Woodward, 15. Kyle Smith, 16. Connor Kassik, 17. Kolby Araki, 18. Brody Roa, 19. Colton Slack. 20. Max Adams. NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Roa, Laps 4-33 R.Vander Weerd.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (15th to 9th)

FINAL WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-876, 2-J.Vander Weerd-807, 3-Johnson-794, 4-R.Vander Weerd-704, 5-Adams-626, 6-Faria-622, 7-Liggett-597, 8-Guardino-590, 9-Timmons-551, 10-Majors-465.

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 13, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.603; 2. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.777; 3. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.792; 4. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.831; 5. Cody Jessop, 9w, WHPD-14.913; 6. Antonia Boscacci, 44, Love-14.991; 7. Blake Brannon, 69, Brannon-15.195; 8. Shelden Cooper, 1c, Jessop-15.247; 9. David Prickett, 00, Jessop-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Brannon, 4. Prickett. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. Love, 3. Boscacci, 4. Cooper. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Blake Brannon, 5. Antonia Boscacci, 6. David Prickett, 7. Jesse Love IV, 8. Cody Jessop, 9. Shelden Cooper. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Prickett, Laps 3-27 Paterson, Laps 28-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-1,149; 2-A.Breidinger-965, 3-T.Breidinger-800, 4-Boscacci-758, 5-Ashley Hazelton-562, 6-Brannon-503, 7-Paterson-407, 8-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347, 9-Jessop-332, 10-Prickett-253.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-687, 2-Love-643, 3-A.Breidinger-588, 4-Brannon-503, 5-Boscacci-369, 6-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288, 7-Jessop-263, 8-Paterson-178, 9-Adam Lemke-172, 10-Ashley Hazelton-165.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: September 16 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

SWANSON SPECTACULAR IN SALEM'S "JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL"

Salem, Indiana.........On a night in which every person at Salem Speedway was mindful of Bryan Clauson, how fitting it was that a car adorned with number 63 "parked it" in victory lane in Saturday night's 57th running of the "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial."

Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson took over the race lead on lap 61 after Aaron Pierce spun out of the top spot between turns three and four. Swanson went virtually unchallenged throughout the final 15 laps of the USAC Silver Crown series' first visit to the track since 1988 to take his 15th career USAC Silver Crown victory, tying him for fourth all-time with J.J. Yeley.

Earlier in the night, Swanson became the first driver ever to break into the 15-second bracket in a Silver Crown car around Salem's high banks on his way to a new track record and ProSource Fast Qualifying time, which put him on the pole position for the night's 75-lap event.

After amazingly avoiding the rain all throughout the afternoon, the skies opened up just prior to the start of the main event. The brief shower moistened the track, but, 20 minutes later, through the efforts of the track crew, the track was dry and drivers were called to their cars.

At the drop of the green, Swanson jumped out to the front with Pierce in second, back eight car lengths.

As the sparks began to fly into the dusk, Pierce began to close on Swanson for the point. However, in turn one, Austin Nemire lost control of his machine, spinning sideways on the banking as Casey Shuman came onto the scene, making contact with Nemire's left front with the nose of his Predator chassis. Shuman would restart, sans nose-piece, while Nemire would make his exit on the hook.

Pierce was able to hang with Swanson on the lap nine restart and, on lap 11, dove underneath Swanson on the bottom of turn two to take the lead.

On the 13th lap, Jacob Wilson, the only past "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" winner in the field, slowed on the back straightaway with a broken weight jacker, forcing him into the pit area for the remainder of the night.

Just a handful of laps later, Pierce and Swanson came upon the lapped car of Patrick Lawson as the pack hit the start/finish line. Pierce nearly made contact with Lawson, slowing him down a notch as Swanson dove to the inside, allowing Windom to corral second as Swanson got shuffled back to third.

Pierce was able to keep Windom at bay as the race approached the one-third point, but on a lap 29 restart, Windom drove downhill off of the turn four banking, giving him the momentum he needed to pull side-by-side to the inside of Pierce into turn one. Between turns one and two, Windom's right front tire made contact with the left rear of Pierce, sending off a puff of smoke and knocking Pierce squirrely. Nonetheless, Pierce was able to resettle to hold off the challenge and retain the lead as the two raced down the back straight away.

As ominous clouds hung over the trees in turns one and two, Pierce maintained his advantage, running mere inches from the outside wall in turns three and four, leaving little room for error.

Lap 41, Swanson turned low below Windom in the second turn. Swanson engaged in a drag-race down the back straight, beating Windom to turn three as he dirt-tracked it in sideways in front of Windom, hanging on to grab second.

With two-thirds of the race now complete, Pierce and Swanson were nose-to-tail for the lead with Windom and Jerry Coons, Jr. just behind, a half-lap ahead of fifth-running Bobby Santos.

Pierce continued to run on the razor's edge up top with just 15 laps to go as he bid for his first Silver Crown victory since a 2007 victory at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway when, suddenly, the back end of his car snapped around on its own between turns three and four. Though he managed to keep the car off the concrete, Pierce was unable to tame Salem on this day after an impressive drive in which he led 50 laps.

On the restart with just 12 laps to go, no one had an answer for Kody Swanson, who shot away from the field to take an unchallenged victory over Windom, Coons, Santos and Justin Grant.

Kody Swanson and the DePalma Motorsports crew celebrate their third USAC Silver Crown victory of the 2016 season Saturday night at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

On a night in which tributes to Bryan Clauson poured in from fans, teams and officials alike, where each car was adorned with a BC "Still Chasing 200" sticker and USAC officials donned green BC shirts in honor of the fallen driver, Swanson did what he has done so often over the past three seasons in the DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Beast/Hampshire Chevy. He "parked it" in victory lane.

"This means a lot," Kody said. "It's a pleasure to drive for these DePalma Motorports guys anywhere, but especially at a place like Salem. This is a place where it's usually the braver you are, the faster you go. That's not my style. We got a little lucky. Don't get me wrong; these guys prepare to win, but we were close enough to be able to capitalize on a couple things late in the race. I never have "parked it." I've never felt like I'm worthy enough to use that term, but we "parked it" tonight for BC (Bryan Clauson)."

Chris Windom, of Canton, Illinois, continued his impressive streak of series finishes in 2016, finishing second to Swanson and, therefore, tallying his seventh consecutive top-five finish in seven series starts this season in his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise - Seals-It/Beast/J & D Mopar.

"We were good right out of the box," Windom said proudly. "Struggles in qualifying set us back, but Evan Avart gave me a good race car and we could drive up through there pretty quick. We got a little snug around half way through, and then Kody put a pretty bold move on me and I about spun out. That's kind of what you have to do here, though, to pass somebody - just drive it in there and pray. This place is a little treacherous, but it's a lot of fun and I'm glad we got to race here. We'll take a second, though, and keep this momentum up and head to Springfield."

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr., a 2005 USAC National Midget feature winner at Salem, took third in his Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Beast/Tranter Chevy. "I need to get to the gym and add about 20 pounds of muscle I think," Coons joked. "That was harder than any 100-lapper we run anywhere else. Chris (Windom) got tight in (turns) one and two towards the end, but I was better in (turns) three and four, so when I'd make it up, he'd gain it back. We've been working on our pavement program and getting it better and better, so we're happy with a third."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Salem Speedway were Kody Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Austin Nemire (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 13, 2016 - Salem, Indiana - Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery - 57th Scott County Visitors Commission "Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-15.972 (NTR); 2. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-16.311; 3. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-16.358; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-16.566; 5. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ Racing-16.571; 6. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-16.621; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-16.643; 8. Joe Liguori, 99, RPM/Gormly-16.762; 9. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-16.924; 10. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-16.998; 11. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-17.056; 12. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-17.619; 13. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-17.830.

FEATURE: (75 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Bobby Santos, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Aaron Pierce, 7. David Byrne, 8. Joe Liguori, 9. Patrick Lawson, 10. Casey Shuman, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Jacob Wilson, 13. Austin Nemire. 27:59.49

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Swanson, Laps 11-60 Pierce, Laps 61-75 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (6th-2nd)

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-458, 2-Windom-445, 3-Grant-382, 4-Coons-364, 5-Byrne-326, 6-Cottle-317, 7-Shuman-305, 8-Nemire-288, 9-Liguori-235, 10-Tanner Swanson-213.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 20 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fairgrounds - "Bettenhausen 100"

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 12, 2016 – Watsonville, California – Ocean Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Geoff Ensign, 44, Ensign-13.150; 2. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-13.344; 3. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.348; 4. Tristan Guardino, 81M, Watt-13.478; 5. Kyler Shaw, 92K, Shaw-13.500; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-13.517; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.542; 8. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.558; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-13.559; 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.595; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.610; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.817; 13. Koen Shaw, 88BC, Shaw-13.930; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-14.007; 15. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.089; 16. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.333.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ky.Shaw, 2. Ensign, 3. Liggett, 4. Johnson, 5. Roa, 6. Slack, 7. McQueen, 8. Ko.Shaw. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Timmons, 3. Sussex, 4. Adams, 5. Guardino, 6. R.Vander Weerd, 7. Sibley, 8. Majors. NT

FEATURE: (33 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Geoff Ensign, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Max Adams, 7. Colton Slack, 8. D.J. Johnson, 9. Kyler Shaw, 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 11. Cody Majors, 12. Tristan Guardino, 13. Jeff Sibley, 14. Koen Shaw, 15. Shannon McQueen, 16. Ryan Timmons. NT

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**TImmons flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Timmons, Laps 9-28 Ensign, Laps 29-33 J.Vander Weerd.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Cody Majors (16th to 11th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: August 13 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS HONOR BRYAN CLAUSON WITH 63 LAPS OF ACTION AT WATSONVILLE AND HANFORD

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 9, 2016... Officials with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series have announced that the upcoming races at Watsonville and Hanford will be dedicated to Bryan Clauson. To honor his memory, there will be 63 laps of green flag racing at both race tracks. With a typical format of three 10-lap heat races (30 laps), the main events on Friday and Saturday will be 33 laps. The 63 total laps pays tribute to a great racer, competitor, and friend to the racing community.

According to Competition Director Doug Lockwood, “Spending time with Bryan on the road with the Outlaws last season and running with us at USAC this year, he always had a smile even when he was serious. He never yelled or got mad. He was happy to be racing and I hope that we can remember a USAC legend this weekend with 63 laps of great green flag racing.”

As this writing goes to press, Bryan Clauson ranks fourth on the USAC West Coast Series win list with 10 victories. The Noblesville, Indiana racer claimed four wins this year, with three triumphs during the “Winter Challenge” in Peoria, Arizona. His last series victory came at the Las Vegas “Sin City Showdown” on March 4th, an event that he also won in 2013.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jace Vander Weerd, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-774, 2. D.J. Johnson-682, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-660, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-574, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-544, 6. Max Adams-534, 7. Tristan Guardino-475, 8. Austin Liggett-469, 9. Ryan Timmons-465, 10. Trey Marcham-457, 11. Troy Rutherford-401, 12. Cody Majors-377, 3. Jeff Sibley-365, 14. Shannon McQueen-357, 15. Kyle Smith-302, 16. Kevin Barnes-249, 17. Landon Hurst-192, 18. Danny Sheridan-175, 19. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 20. Colton Slack-154.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

 

 

USAC WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEADS TO WATSONVILLE AND HANFORD

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 9, 2016... The cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are ready to clash for the final two nights of the championship point season. With Brody Roa, D.J. Johnson, and Jace Vander Weerd still contending for the title, the special Watsonville-Hanford doubleheader opens this Friday, August 12th at John Prentice’s Ocean Speedway. The following night, the series champion will be crowned at the Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse promoted Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Friday’s Watsonville race and Saturday’s Hanford event will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway has a strict sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the ONLY TRACK LEGAL MUFFLER. If the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete.

Friday’s event marks the return of the USAC West Coast Sprints to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds since 2014. Making two stops that season, Ryan Bernal won the series debut on May 16th and Matt Mitchell claimed the August 8th victory on his way to the championship. The 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.832 was posted by Ryan Bernal on August 8, 2014 and a complete series win list at Ocean Speedway is at the end of this release.

Since March 14, 2009, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-three West Coast Sprint Car races. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with eight victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. On April 2nd, Richard Vander Weerd took the checkered flags and Brody Roa scored the June 26th victory. A complete series win list at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

Heading to Watsonville, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has a 92-point advantage over the competition. After engine problems sidelined the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries Maxim during the week, Roa jumped into Steve Watt’s #81S Maxwell Industries CS9 and ran second in last Saturday’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” at Santa Maria. To date, the defending Western World 360 Champion has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 65 feature laps led to his credit. Brody will be looking to lock up the championship with victories at Watsonville and Hanford.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) ranks second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored fourth in the Santa Maria main event. As this writing goes to press, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led on the season. D.J. will have his sights on taking the championship by sweeping the Watsonville and Hanford shows.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace led all 30-laps to claim his first win of the season at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, seven top-10 finishes, and 80 feature laps led. Vander Weerd still has a mathematical shot at the championship with triumphs at Watsonville and Hanford.

Jace’s twin brother Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored seventeenth at Santa Maria after an early flip. At press time, the 2011 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps to his credit. Vander Weerd has eighteen West Coast victories on his resume and will be one of the favorites to watch.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) sits fifth in the point standings. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria placed sixth at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” To date, the two-time champion has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Tie Award, two heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and seven top-10 finishes on the year. “Hollywood” has nine career West Coast triumphs and will be in the mix for victories at Watsonville and Hanford.

Currently ninth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California), Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California), Ryan Stolz (Atascadero, California), Steven Garris (Escalon, California), and “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, Tristan Guardino, Austin Liggett, Troy Rutherford, Cody Majors, Jeff Sibley, Shannon McQueen, Kyle Smith, and more.

Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California at 2601 E. Lake Avenue. For ticket and event information, visit the www.racepmg.com or call 831.662.9466 (WINN).

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Student and Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jace Vander Weerd, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

WATSONVILLE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Matt Mitchell.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 5-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-774, 2. D.J. Johnson-682, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-660, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-574, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-544, 6. Max Adams-534, 7. Tristan Guardino-475, 8. Austin Liggett-469, 9. Ryan Timmons-465, 10. Trey Marcham-457, 11. Troy Rutherford-401, 12. Cody Majors-377, 3. Jeff Sibley-365, 14. Shannon McQueen-357, 15. Kyle Smith-302, 16. Kevin Barnes-249, 17. Landon Hurst-192, 18. Danny Sheridan-175, 19. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 20. Colton Slack-154.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) ----------------------------------------------- This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

JACE VANDER WEERD CLAIMS SANTA MARIA’S “30TH ANNUAL BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL”

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 8, 2016... Going wire-to-wire, Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) claimed last Saturday’s “30th Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. Vander Weerd held off several challenges by point leader Brody Roa to score his first $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of the season. Roa, Colton Slack, D.J. Johnson, and Troy Rutherford followed Jace to the checkered flags.

Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace Vander Weerd slipped away from Roa but had a nervous moment with two laps left. Roa took advantage of Jace’s trouble with a slower car and nearly took over the top spot with a turn two “slide job.” Vander Weerd stayed on the throttle and escaped the challenge to earn his seventh career win. Earlier in the program, Jace qualified second out of twenty-two racers and ran second to Tristan Guardino in his heat race. To date, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year ranks third in points with one Woodland Fast Time Award, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, seven top-10 finishes, and 80 feature laps led. Heading to Friday’s race at Watsonville and Saturday’s championship night at Hanford, Vander Weerd has a mathematical chance to win the title.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) pressured Vander Weerd but had to settle for second after starting fourth. Driving Steve Watt’s #81S Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises CS9, Roa was sixth fast in time trials and won the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. At press time, the point leader has a 92-point advantage with two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 65 feature laps led to his credit.

Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) had his best night with the West Coast Sprints and charged from eleventh to claim third at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” Piloting Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Slack qualified eighth overall and finished third in his heat race.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) scored fourth in the Santa Maria feature. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson was fourth quick in time trials and ran second to Richard Vander Weerd in his heat race. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year is second in the point chase with two feature wins, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led on the season.

Starting eighth in the feature, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) claimed fifth in the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” Driving his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford qualified fifth overall and placed third in his heat race. To date, the “Peter Murphy Classic” winner has two feature wins, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led in the campaign.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from eighteenth. Piloting the family owned #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance entry, Adams was third fast in time trials and placed sixth in his heat race. At press time, Max is currently sixth in points with two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit.

Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) out-qualified the field to earn his first fourteenth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria placed third in his heat race and ran sixth in the main event. The two-time champion sits fifth in points with two heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and seven top-10 finishes on the year.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) raced to victory in the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard qualified seventh overall and scored seventeenth in the main event after an early flip. To date, the 2011 Champion is fourth in the standings with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) won the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Guardino was eleventh quick in time trials and ran eleventh in the main event. At press time, the young driver is seventh in the point standings with three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led on the season.

This Friday, August 12th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California. Located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds at 2601 E. Lake Avenue, the action packed card will also feature the South Bay Dwarf Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, American Stocks, and 4 Bangers. For more information, visit www.racepmg.com or call 831.662.9466 (WINN). NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway has a strict sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the ONLY track legal muffler.

The following night, Saturday, August 13th, the championship chase will be settled at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the Winged RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS (Co-Sanctioned by Santa Maria 360 Sprints): August 6, 2016 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “30th Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.654; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd- 14.686; 3. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-14.693; 4. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.801; 5. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.860; 6. Brody Roa, 81S, Watt-14.934; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.973; 8. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.977; 9. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-15.141; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15,155; 11. Tristan Guardino, 81M, Watt-15.167; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.366; 13. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-15.458; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-15.547; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-15.558; 16. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-15.607; 17. Brandon Thomson, 29, Howell-15.634; 18. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-15.657; 19. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.691; 20. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.061; 21. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-16.083; 22. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-19.135.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Johnson, 3. Faria, 4. McQueen, 5. Smith, 6. Sibley, 7. Carter, 8. Herrera. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Rutherford, 4. Slack, 5. Thomson, 6. Hix, 7. Wiley. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Timmons, 3. Boles, 4. Linson, 5. Woodward, 6. Adams, 7. Majors, NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Jace Vander Weerd (2nd), 2. Brody Roa (4th), 3. Colton Slack (11th), 4. D.J. Johnson (3rd), 5. Troy Rutherford (8th), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (7th), 7. Max Adams (18th), 8. Luke Boles (9th), 9. Kyle Smith (13th), 10. Shannon McQueen (10th), 11. Tristan Guardino (5th), 12. Cody Majors (21st), 13. Guy Woodward (15th), 14. Ryan Timmons (1st), 15. James Herrera (22nd), 16. Jeff Sibley (16th), 17. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 18. Brandon Thomson (14th), 19. Jordan Linson (12th), 20. Steve Hix (17th), 21. Brandon Wiley (20th), 22. Trent Carter (19th). NT ------------------------------------ **Wiley R.Vander Weerd, and Guardino flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 J.Vander Weerd BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Max Adams (18th to 7th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Brody Roa-774, 2-D.J. Johnson-682, 3-Jace Vander Weerd-660, 4-Richard Vander Weerd-574, 5-Danny Faria Jr.-544, 6-Max Adams-535, 7-Tristan Guardino-475, 8-Austin Liggett-469, 9-Ryan Timmons-465, 10-Trey Marcham-457.

 

 

BRYAN CLAUSON PASSES AWAY AFTER INJURIES SUSTAINED IN BELLEVILLE CRASH

Bryan Clauson, 27, one of the most decorated and accomplished drivers in the history of the United States Auto Club, succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash while leading Saturday night's "Belleville Midget Nationals."

"It is with extreme sadness that we must accept this devastating news," said USAC CEO/President Kevin Miller. "This is one of the darkest days in the history of the United States Auto Club. Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC Champions, we have lost a true ambassador for all of motorsports. Bryan's passion for our sport was unparalleled. He was a leader not only on the track, but in the pits with his fellow competitors. There is a tremendous hole in the hearts of our community today as we grieve his loss along with his family and friends."

"Bryan was a mentor, a competitor, and a close friend," USAC Series Director Levi Jones said. "I am truly saddened by his loss and we will miss him dearly in our sport."

Bryan became just the sixth driver to reach 100 USAC feature wins during a career, doing so earlier during the 2016 season during the "Winter Challenge" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. In the process, he became the youngest to reach the feat.

Just three days prior to his accident, on Wednesday at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas, Bryan earned his final USAC victory - his 112th - during a USAC National Midget event. His 112 career USAC wins rank behind only USAC Hall of Famers Rich Vogler, A.J. Foyt, Sleepy Tripp and Mel Kenyon.

Bryan ranks seventh on both the USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget wins list with 41 and 38 wins, respectively, in each division. He also scored two career USAC Silver Crown victories.

This season alone, Bryan had already racked up 15 USAC wins and made his third career start in the Indianapolis 500, leading three laps at the midway point of the 100th running of the famed race.

Yet, the Noblesville, Indiana driver had long ago cemented his legacy by winning the USAC National Drivers Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012; the 2012 and 2013 USAC National Sprint Car Championship; the 2010 and 2011 USAC National Midget Championship; the 2013 and 2014 "Indiana Sprint Week" title, the 2009, 2011 and 2016 "Indiana Midget Week" title; and the 2012, 2013 and 2016 "Eastern Storm" titles.

Bryan was a highly-respected competitor among his peers - a true professional in every sense of the word - setting an example of a champion on and off the racetrack with his positive attitude and a personality that drew people to him, which made him a fan-favorite at racetracks all over the country.

A gifted and talented racecar driver; a humble and exemplary man. That was Bryan Clauson. USAC expresses its deepest condolences to Bryan's family, team and many friends throughout the racing community.

Persons interested in donating to Bryan's fund may direct their contributions to the USAC Benevolent Fund website at http://usacbf.org/cash-donation/.

Donations may also be made by check. Please make the check out to "USAC Benevolent Foundation" in the name of Bryan Clauson and mail to:

USAC Benevolent Foundation 124 E Northfield Dr, Ste F #129 Brownsburg, IN 46112

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 6, 2016 - Lemoore, California - Lemoore Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-12.699; 2. Daniel Anderson, 28, Schankerman-12.765; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-12.796; 4. David Prickett, 6, Holmes-13.023; 5. Annie Breidinger, 20w, WHPD-13.143; 6. Cody Jeesop, 44, Love-13.209.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Prickett, 2. Anderson, 3. Paterson, 4. Love, 5. Jessop, 6. A.Breidinger. NT

FEATURE: (17 laps) 1. David Prickett, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Daniel Anderson, 5. Tom Paterson, 6. Annie Breidinger. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Jessop, Laps 5-14 Love, Laps 15-17 Prickett.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-1,077, 2-A.Breidinger-890, 3-Toni Breidinger-716, 4-Antonia Boscacci-693, 5-Ashley Hazelton-562, 6-Blake Brannon-436, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347, 8-Paterson-327, 9-Jessop-281, 10-Prickett-193.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Love-506, 2-Ashley Hazelton-397, 3-Antonia Boscacci-389, 4-A.Breidinger-377, 5-Paterson-229, 6-Prickett-193, 7-Anderson-154, 8-Wally Pankratz-145, 9-Toni Breidinger-113, 10-Mike Leach-11.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: August 13 - Merced (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 6, 2016 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway - 30th "Bud Stanfield Memorial"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.654; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd- 14.686; 3. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-14.693; 4. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.801; 5. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.860; 6. Brody Roa, 81S, Watt-14.934; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.973; 8. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.977; 9. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-15.141; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15,155; 11. Tristan Guardino, 81M, Watt-15.167; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.366; 13. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-15.458; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-15.547; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-15.558; 16. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-15.607; 17. Brandon Thomson, 29, Howell-15.634; 18. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-15.657; 19. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.691; 20. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.061; 21. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-16.083; 22. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-19.135.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Johnson, 3. Faria, 4. McQueen, 5. Smith, 6. Sibley, 7. Carter, 8. Herrera. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Rutherford, 4. Slack, 5. Thomson, 6. Hix, 7. Wiley. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Timmons, 3. Boles, 4. Linson, 5. Woodward, 6. Adams, 7. Majors, NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Colton Slack, 4. D.J. Johnson, 5. Troy Rutherford, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Max Adams, 8. Luke Boles, 9. Kyle Smith, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Tristan Guardino, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Guy Woodward, 14. Ryan Timmons, 15. James Herrera, 16. Jeff Sibley, 17. Richard Vander Weerd, 18. Brandon Thomson, 19. Jordan Linson, 20. Steve Hix, 21. Brandon Wiley, 22. Trent Carter. NT ------------------------------------ **Wiley, R.Vander Weerd and Guardino flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 J.Vander Weerd

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Max Adams (18th to 7th)

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-774, 2-Johnson-682, 3-J.Vander Weerd-660, 4-R.Vander Weerd-574, 5-Faria-544, 6-Adams-535, 7-Guardino-475, 8-Austin Liggett-469, 9-Timmons-465, 10-Trey Marcham-457.

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: August 12 - Watsonville, CA - Ocean Speedway

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 6, 2016 - Burlngton, Iowa - 34 Raceway - "The Mix Back-to-School Night at the Races"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 5. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 6. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 7. Kendra Leer (#70k Leer). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Anderson (#47 Andersn), 2. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 3. Ken Hanson (#34 Hanson), 4. Mark Billons (#60E Billons), 5. Derek Goble (#55 Goble), 6. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger). NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Dave Anderson, 2. Andy Baugh, 3. Hunter Lane, 4. Jeff Mallonee, 5. Gedd Ross, 6. Dillon Morley, 7. Broc Hunnell, 8. Jacob Sollenberger, 9. Jeremy Hull, 10. Mark Billons, 11. Ken Hanson, 12. Derek Goble, 13. Kendra Leer. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Anderson.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-1,101, 2-Morley-875, 3-Sollenberger-831, 4-Brent Burrows-809, 5-Mitchell Davis-790, 6-Andy Baugh-652, 7-Lane-566, 8-Hunnell-556, 9-Travis Pence-532, 10-Chase McDermand-523.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: August 13 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 6, 2016 - Waynesfield, Ohio - Waynesfield Raceway Park

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Alex Watson (#3x Watson), Cody Downard (#3D Downard), Aaron Leffel (#29 Taylor), Bradley Ashford (#4x Ashford), Korbyn Hayslett (1H Hayslett), Jacob Stickel (#14 Stickel) and Jon Watson (#41 Watson).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Brad Racer (#22B Racer), 2. Christopher Whipple (#44 Whipple), 3. Ty Tilton (#42 Tilton), 4. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 5. Gage Etgen (#E99 Etgen), 6. Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), 7. Frank Beck (#92 Davis), 8. Anthony Haas (#81H Haas), 9. Ron Kimmel (#28k Kimmel), 10. Dylan Troyer (#48D Troyer), 11. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell), 12. Cory Guingrich (#2 Guingrich), 13. Bob Jordan (#5 Davis), 14. Mike Hessel (#7m Hessel), 15. Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor), 16. Ryan Barr (#21B Barr), 17. Becca Stiefel (#328 Steifel), 18. Andrew Heitkamp (#IVO Heitkamp), 19. Kobe Allison (#22A Allison), 20. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Lucius, Laps 7-8 Barr, Laps 9-20 Racer.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-524, 2-Lucius-436, 3-Bedwell-423, 4-A.Watson-352, 5-Guingrich-337, 6-Tommy Bigelow-331, 7-Taylor-276, 8-Nick Corea-198 9-Tilton-198, 10-J.Watson-195.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: August 20 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 6, 2016 - Swansboro, North Carolina - Carteret County Speedway

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean (#5 Radical), 2. George Kurtz (#4 Kurtz), 3. Chris Lamb (#9 Lamb), 4. Nolan Allison (#16 Allison), 5. Famous Rhodes II (#7 Radical), 6. Sam Hatfield (#8 Hatfield), 7. Andrew Layser (#35 Layser), 8. Dillon Silverman (#23 Silverman), 9. Eric Lewis (#6 Radical). NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Jessica Bean. \ NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-807, 2-Bean-761, 3-Hatfield-743, 4-Kurtz-715, 5-Jake Nelke-710, 6-Lamb-671, 7-Allison-553, 8-Rhodes-494, 9-Jagger Parker-490, 10-Scott Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: August 13 - Kenly, NC - Southern National Motorsports Park

 

 

CHAD BOAT WINS 39TH ANNUAL "BELLEVILLE MIDGET NATIONALS"

Belleville, Kansas.........Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat joined his father Billy in Belleville High Banks lore, replicating his dad's 1995 victory by winning Saturday night's 39th running of the "Belleville Midget Nationals."

Boat picked up the lead on the lap 14 restart and drove away to his third USAC National Midget feature victory in the last four races, including back-to-back nights at Belleville to cap off the series' visit to the Heartland.

After dominating victories earlier in the night during his heat race and the pole dash, Boat earned the pole position for Saturday night's 40-lap finale.

Though Boat had been the driver to beat all weekend, it was Tanner Thorson who had the advantage on the outside, blasting to the lead into turn one.

Boat attempted a slider on Thorson for the lead at the entrance to turn one on lap two, going side-by-side to the inside of Thorson to no avail, allowing Thorson to open up his lead as Boat lost momentum and fell into line in the second position.

On lap six, three-time "Belleville Midget Nationals" winner Bryan Clauson had rose to the forefront, sliding across the nose of Boat for second at the exit of turn four. Boat countered, diving to the inside of Clauson to reclaim the spot as the two sprinted down the front stretch.

Clauson kept tabs on Boat and, on lap 10, was able to capitalize when Boat's turn one slider attempt on Thorson fell short. With the high-side momentum in his favor, Clauson flat-footed past Boat on the outside of turn two to grab second with the leader, Thorson, now within sight.

On lap 13, Clauson quickly reeled in Thorson as the frontrunners encountered lapped traffic. Clauson and Boat were able to pounce as the two grabbed first and second, respectively, while Thorson fell to third.

One lap later, Clauson was once again on cruise control as he stretched his lead, but as Clauson entered the top of turns three and four, his car and a lapped car made contact, sending Clauson flipping end-over-end on the high side of the track. His car careened down to the middle of the racing surface at the exit of turn four where it was struck by the car of Ryan Greth. Greth walked away uninjured, but Clauson would be transported to a Lincoln, Nebraska hospital due to the incident.

On the restart, Boat checked out from the field and never looked back, warding off a Spencer Bayston rally in the final laps that saw him come within three-car-lengths of Boat with five to go as the duo entered lapped traffic. Boat was able to navigate around the cars of Michelle Decker and Travis Scott to gain all the separation he needed at the end, taking the checkered flag by 1.283 seconds over Bayston, Jerry Coons, Jr., Brady Bacon and Carson Macedo.

Boat became the 12th driver to win the "Belleville Midget Nationals" from the pole in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota, the first to do so since Christopher Bell in 2013. Boat also became the 18th driver to win the feature on both his preliminary night and on "Championship Night" on the same weekend, the first to accomplish the feat since Coons in 2012.

Boat's victory also came in the second round of the seven-race Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge," putting him in position to claim either a seat in the 2017 Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway if he can win four of the next five "Byrd Challenge" races. If Boat can attain victories in the next five-straight "Byrd Challenge" events, he would secure a seat for the full schedule of oval races on the 2017 Indy Lights schedule.

"This is hard to describe," Boat said. "You dream about winning races like Belleville, the Chili Bowl, kind of the 'Big Five' in midget racing. To get my first of the 'Big Five' tonight is really special. At the beginning of this year, we set out to win races. Until this week, I hadn't been holding up my end of the deal. To come out of here with three out of four is pretty pleasing. The lapped cars split for me at the right time, but it was a battle because I could push harder, but I knew I needed to save my tires. From that last caution to the end, I was probably only a quarter-throttle to save them."

Spencer Bayston extended his point lead to 35 markers in the race for the USAC Midget National Championship with his second place finish in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"This place is tricky, especially when it lays rubber," Bayston explained. "It's hammer-down, but there's a fine line between being aggressive and conserving your equipment. We changed a left rear under the red and that got us to the end. I wanted to push myself to track him down, but if I drove too hard, I'd get out of the rubber. We were right on the edge all night, but Chad got ahead first and we just had to soldier on."

Three-time "Belleville" winner Jerry Coons, Jr. finished a season-best third in his Rusty Kunz Racing/Competition Suspension, Inc. - Hoosier Tire/Spike/Stanton SR-11, scoring his best finish in a USAC National Midget event since a second-place run at "Little Belleville" in 2013 at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois.

"I never felt like we had the car where I was comfortable," Coons said. "We were just a tad loose, but we changed left rears under the red. The car was good after the red, though we were able to pass some cars and get in a position to get to third past Tanner on that last restart. It was just one of those nights where we just missed it a little bit."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Belleville High Banks were Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race winner), Carson Macedo (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race winner), Spencer Bayston (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race winner), Curtis Spicer (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Garett Hood (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 6, 2016 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - 39th "Belleville Midget Nationals"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 2. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Jeff Stasa (#91 SBR), 5. Terry Goodwin (#2G, Goodwin), 6. Ryan Oerter (#43 RKO), 7. Phillip Davis (#11o Gehrke). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Bryan Clauson (#63 Dooling/Hayward), 4. Michelle Decker (#4m Meents), 5. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 6. Tyler Dunkle (#37 Zero), 7. Chase McDermand (#10A MWR). 2:21.66

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Scott Hatton (#1 Hatton), 4. Travis Scott (#2s Scott), 5. Morgan Frewaldt (#2 Nussbaum), 6. Warren Johnson (#42 Nussbaum), 7. Chad Frewaldt (#4F Nussbaum). 2:22.40

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#1K RKR), 3. Isaac Chapple (#52c Chapple), 4. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson), 5. Garett Hood (#11H Two Hoods), 6. Curtis Spicer (#13 Zero), 7. Ashley Oerter (#16 RKO), 8. Hunter Fischer (#24 Fischer). 2:22.88

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero) & Zach Middleton (#0B Zero).

POLE DASH: (4 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Thorson, 3. Bayston, 4. Macedo, 5. Coons, 6. Bacon, 7. Robinson, 8. Shelton. 1:13.45

B-DASH: (4 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Thomas, 3. Hatton, 4. Chapple, 5. Decker, 6. Scott, 7. Stasa, 8. Gehrke. 1:12.88

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Hood, 3. Goodwin, 4. McDermand, 5. Davis, 6. Spicer, 7. Dunkle, 8. C. Frewaldt, 9. A. Oerter, 10. R. Oerter. 3:55.63

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Holly Shelton, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Isaac Chapple, 10. Jeff Stasa, 11. Michelle Decker, 12. Travis Scott, 13. Garett Hood, 14. Curtis Spicer, 15. Scott Hatton, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Ryan Greth, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Tyler Dunkle, 21. Terry Goodwin, 22. Phillip Davis, 23. Chase McDermand, 24. Chad Frewaldt. NT ---------------------------- **Clauson and Greth flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Thorson, Lap 13 Clauson, Laps 14-40 Boat.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Curtis Spicer (22nd to 14th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-790, 2-Bacon-755, 3-Boat-751, 4-Clauson-720, 5-Thorson-716, 6-Macedo-632, 7-Robinson-536, 8-Thomas-490, 9-Shelton-490, 10-Greth-422.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 14 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Pennsylvania Midget Week"

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS (Co-Sanctioned by Santa Maria 360 Sprints):

August 6, 2016 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “30th Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.654; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd- 14.686; 3. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-14.693; 4. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.801; 5. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.860; 6. Brody Roa, 81S, Watt-14.934; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.973; 8. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.977; 9. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-15.141; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15,155; 11. Tristan Guardino, 81M, Watt-15.167; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.366; 13. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-15.458; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-15.547; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-15.558; 16. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-15.607; 17. Brandon Thomson, 29, Howell-15.634; 18. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-15.657; 19. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.691; 20. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.061; 21. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-16.083; 22. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-19.135.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Johnson, 3. Faria, 4. McQueen, 5. Smith, 6. Sibley, 7. Carter, 8. Herrera. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Rutherford, 4. Slack, 5. Thomson, 6. Hix, 7. Wiley. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Timmons, 3. Boles, 4. Linson, 5. Woodward, 6. Adams, 7. Majors, NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Colton Slack, 4. D.J. Johnson, 5. Troy Rutherford, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Max Adams, 8. Luke Boles, 9. Kyle Smith, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Tristan Guardino, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Guy Woodward, 14. Ryan Timmons, 15. James Herrera, 16. Jeff Sibley, 17. Richard Vander Weerd, 18. Brandon Thomson, 19. Jordan Linson, 20. Steve Hix, 21. Brandon Wiley, 22. Trent Carter. NT

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**Wiley R.Vander Weerd, and Guardino flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 J.Vander Weerd

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Max Adams (18th to 7th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: August 12 – Watsonville, CA – Ocean Speedway

 

 

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

August 6, 2016 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - 39th "Belleville Midget Nationals"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 2. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Jeff Stasa (#91 SBR), 5. Terry Goodwin (#2G, Goodwin), 6. Ryan Oerter (#43 RKO), 7. Phillip Davis (#11o Gehrke). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Bryan Clauson (#63 Dooling/Hayward), 4. Michelle Decker (#4m Meents), 5. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 6. Tyler Dunkle (#37 Zero), 7. Chase McDermand (#10A MWR). 2:21.66

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Scott Hatton (#1 Hatton), 4. Travis Scott (#2s Scott), 5. Morgan Frewaldt (#2 Nussbaum), 6. Warren Johnson (#42 Nussbaum), 7. Chad Frewaldt (#4F Nussbaum). 2:22.40

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#1K RKR), 3. Isaac Chapple (#52c Chapple), 4. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson), 5. Garett Hood (#11H Two Hoods), 6. Curtis Spicer (#13 Zero), 7. Ashley Oerter (#16 RKO), 8. Hunter Fischer (#24 Fischer). 2:22.88

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero) & Zach Middleton (#0B Zero).

POLE DASH: (4 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Thorson, 3. Bayston, 4. Macedo, 5. Coons, 6. Bacon, 7. Robinson, 8. Shelton. 1:13.45

B-DASH: (4 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Thomas, 3. Hatton, 4. Chapple, 5. Decker, 6. Scott, 7. Stasa, 8. Gehrke. 1:12.88

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Hood, 3. Goodwin, 4. McDermand, 5. Davis, 6. Spicer, 7. Dunkle, 8. C. Frewaldt, 9. A. Oerter, 10. R. Oerter. 3:55.63

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Holly Shelton, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Isaac Chapple, 10. Jeff Stasa, 11. Michelle Decker, 12. Travis Scott, 13. Garett Hood, 14. Curtis Spicer, 15. Scott Hatton, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Ryan Greth, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Tyler Dunkle, 21. Terry Goodwin, 22. Phillip Davis, 23. Chase McDermand, 24. Chad Frewaldt. NT ---------------------------- **Clauson and Greth flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Thorson, Lap 13 Clauson, Laps 14-40 Boat.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Curtis Spicer (22nd to 14th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-790, 2-Bacon-755, 3-Boat-751, 4-Clauson-720, 5-Thorson-716, 6-Macedo-632, 7-Robinson-536, 8-Thomas-490, 9-Shelton-490, 10-Greth-422.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 14 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Pennsylvania Midget Week"

 

CHAD BOAT WINS BELLEVILLE NATIONALS PRELIM NIGHT;
JOINS FATHER BILLY AS A WINNER ON THE HIGH BANKS

Belleville, Kansas.........When it comes to racing at the Belleville High Banks, Chad Boat has big shoes to fill. On Friday night, Chad used those shoes to stand on the gas, whipping by Carson Macedo on the high side on lap 10 and narrowly avoiding disaster on the final lap to take night one of the "Belleville Midget Nationals," joining his father Billy as the first father-son duo to win preliminary features in the 39-year history of the storied event.

At the start of the 25-lap feature, Macedo quickly stormed from his third starting position to the front, going three-wide on the bottom alongside front row combatants Brady Bacon (middle) and Ryan Robinson (outside), sliding up in front of both to take the lead between turns one and two.

Meanwhile, fifth-starting Chad Boat shot to second on the opening lap in hot pursuit of Macedo as the front-two peeled away from the pack.

Boat, who picked up his first career USAC National Midget feature win just three nights prior at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Nebraska, was on a tear as Macedo held steady at the helm. Boat reeled him in, poking his nose underneath Macedo as the two began to encounter lapped traffic.

Macedo, making his Belleville debut, gradually crept down the banking to protect his line. That decision provided Boat the opportunity to take Macedo to school as he rode the cushion, using a big run on the outside of turn four to beat Macedo to the flagstand on lap ten for the top spot.

Boat quickly motored away, distancing himself from second-running Macedo by more than two seconds, and increasing, with less than ten laps remaining as he majestically maneuvered past each lapped car as if they were two ships passing in the night.

However, Boat's cruise to the checkers would be reeled back in after Isaac Chapple slowed to a stop in turn three with just seven laps to go, erasing Boat's ever-increasing lead. Yet, on the restart, Boat and second-running Macedo were separated by the lapped cars of Scott Hatton and Morgan Frewaldt, allowing Boat to throttle away as Macedo fought to slip by the two machines down a lap with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian teammate and ProSource Fast Qualifier Tanner Thorson in tow.

In the final five-lap dash to the finish, Boat swelled the distance between him and second-place Macedo from a little over a half-second to more than a second as the rest of the pack watched him disappear into the horizon.

On the white flag lap, pressure for Boat was non-existent as he had his first Belleville victory just within his grasp. That's when disaster struck.

As Boat entered turn three, the lapped car of Morgan Frewaldt slid sideways at the exit of the fourth turn, coming to a stop directly in the middle of the track. As the yellow flag flew, Boat veered hard left from the high side of the track to avoid clipping Frewaldt, narrowly missing contact by mere inches and averting disaster for both.

Just as Boat and Frewaldt breathed a sigh of relief after making it through unscathed, the rest of the field entered turn four, including fourth-running Bryan Clauson. Clauson had nowhere to go as he arrived on the scene, pitching his car sideways in an attempt to avoid carnage as he sped toward Frewaldt. But, it was too late. The right side of Clauson's car hit Frewaldt's left side, flipping both over and igniting flames out of the left side of Frewaldt's car that quickly burnt itself out.

Both Frewaldt and Clauson were able to exit their cars, but were shook up after the vicious incident. Both were able to walk away, but Clauson's hit also hurt him in the race for the USAC National Midget title. His 18th place result cost him his short-lived point lead, relegating him back to third in the standings.

The restart set up a green-white-checkered dash that now put Macedo and Thorson directly on leader Boat's tail tank as he led the field down to the green flag.

Boat spurted out front as Thorson worked on teammate Macedo for second. Thorson came trucking against the outside guardrail with a head of steam, gliding by Macedo for second off of turn two.

By that time, Boat had the race in the refrigerator and the door was closed. Nobody was going to catch him as he ripped the banks and, figuratively, dropped the mic by recording the fastest lap of the race on the final lap, taking the checkered flag over Thorson, Macedo, new series point leader Spencer Bayston and Jerry Coons, Jr.

Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat joined his father, Billy Boat, as a preliminary feature winner at the "Belleville Midget Nationals" Friday night in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota, roughly two decades after his dad also took prelim victories on the "High Banks." Billy scored prelim feature wins in 1995 and 1997. In 1995, Billy grabbed the preliminary win en route to his first and only "Championship Night" Belleville Nationals title: a feat that 24-year-old Chad is aiming to repeat this Saturday night.

"This is unbelievable," Boat exclaimed. "What a car we had tonight! I have to thank John Lawson. He gave us the idea to build this car and now I can see why he won so many damn races. This thing was a rocket and I can't wait for 40 laps tomorrow night. I knew I was faster than (Carson) Macedo at the beginning, so I was just trying to be patient and work around them. When I knew I'd showed him the bottom, I knew it'd be faster up top and my car was better, which is why I could make the bottom work. But when he moved down, I was just thinking 'thank you.' The track was up there tonight, but we expect it to be even higher tomorrow, so we'll have to be extra-focused and just put together 40 perfect ones."

Tanner Thorson, of Minden, Nevada, took home his second consecutive runner-up finish in the series, taking second place after passing teammate Macedo with two laps to go in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"Chad (Boat) has been fast all year and they had a great car tonight," a complimentary Thorson said. "It's cool for him to get back in a midget after a few years and be able to win, so congratulations to them. My guys have been working hard and I know it'll be the same tomorrow; we just need to be a little better."

Lemoore, California's Carson Macedo rounded out the podium in his Belleville debut after leading the first nine laps of the feature in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Tarlton & Son/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I just got beat," Macedo admitted. "I saw Chad (Boat) on the bottom and went down there to protect it, but that wasn't the move to make. I think I just made too many mistakes that I just have to learn from moving forward. You can't make those with these USAC guys and expect to win. My guys did a great job and we had a car good enough to win. This place is wild; it's fast. You have to carry momentum and keep it straight. This car was a rocket tonight and, if I just do my job, it's good enough to stay up front."

Contingency award winners at the Belleville High Banks included Tanner Thorson (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race winner), Chad Boat (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race winner), Spencer Bayston (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race winner), Carson Macedo (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race winner), Travis Scott (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Chett Gehrke (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 5, 2016 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - 39th Annual "Belleville Midget Nationals" Preliminary Night

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.114; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-17.118; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.150; 4. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.240; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-17.300; 6. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.364; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-17.416; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 1K, RKR-17.506; 9. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.514; 10. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-17.716; 11. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-17.821; 12. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-17.861; 13. Jeff Stasa, 91, SBR-17.882; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52c, Chapple-17.936; 15. Garett Hood, 11H, Two Hoods-17.977; 16. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-18.080; 17. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-18.167; 18. Michelle Decker, 4m, Meents-18.178; 19. Chase McDermand, 10A, MWR-18.661; 20. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-18.727; 21. Matt Johnson, 85, Central-18.945; 22. Hunter Fischer, 24, Fischer-18.996; 23. Morgan Frewaldt, 926, Nussbaum-19.327; 24. Warren Johnson, 42, Nussbaum-19.368; 25. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Nussbaum-19.987; 26. Ryan Oerter, 43, RKO-20.284; 27. Phillip Davis, 11o, Gehrke-20.310; 28. Curtis Spicer, 13, Zero-20.441; 29. Johnny Murdock, 0, Zero-20.501; 30. Travis Scott, 2s, Scott-20.509; 31. Zach Middleton, 37, Zero-20.841; 32. Ashley Oerter, 16, RKO-22.713; 33. Tyler Dunkle, 0B, Zero-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Shelton, 3. Gehrke, 4. Stasa, 5. Middleton, 6. Clauson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Thomas, 3. Chapple, 4. Robinson. 5. Decker, 6. Davis, 7. A. Oerter, 8. Fischer. 2:18.56

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Bacon, 3. Hood, 4. Greth, 5. McDermand, 6. M. Frewaldt, 7. Spicer. 2:19.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Coons, 3. Hatton, 4. Goodwin. 5. W. Johnson, 6. Murdock, 7. R.Oerter. 2:21.05

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Decker, 3. McDermand, 4. Scott, 5. W. Johnson, 6. M.Frewaldt, 7. Davis, 8. Spicer. 9. R. Oerter, 10. Middleton, 11. Murdock, 12. Brewer, 13. A. Oerter. 3:29.83

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Tyler Thomas, 9. Holly Shelton, 10. Ryan Greth, 11. Scott Hatton, 12. Garett Hood, 13. Chett Gehrke, 14. Travis Scott, 15. Michelle Decker, 16. Jeff Stasa, 17. Terry Goodwin, 18. Bryan Clauson, 19. Morgan Frewaldt, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Curtis Spicer, 22. Warren Johnson, 23. Chase McDermand, 24. Phillip Davis. NT
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**M. Frewaldt and Clauson flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Macedo, Laps 10-25 Boat

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Travis Scott (24th to 14th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-723, 2-Bacon-694, 3-Clauson-689, 4-Boat-681, 5-Thorson-661, 6-Macedo-574, 7-Robinson-487, 8-Thomas-461, 9-Shelton-438, 10-Shane Golobic-407.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 6 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - 39th Annual "Belleville Midget Nationals"

RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 3, 2016 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - "Ventura County Fair"

QUALIFYING: 1. Randi Pankratz, 98, Pankratz-13.529; 2. Daniel Anderson, 28, Schankerman-13.616; 3. Hobie Conway, 14k, Kruseman-13.825; 4. Mike Leach, 33, Leach-14.863; 5. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-13.973; 6. Joel Rayborne, 13J, Rayborne-14.018; 7. Davey Hamilton, 37, Pankratz-14.571; 8. Annie Breidinger, 20w, WHPD-15.467; 9. David Prickett, 6. Holmes-21.495; 10. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-NT; 11. Antonia Boscacci, 44, Love-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hazelton, 2. Pankratz, 3. Conway, 4. Boscacci, 5. Hamilton, 6. Prickett. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rayborne, 2. Leach, 3. Anderson, 4. Love, 5. Breidinger. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Daniel Anderson, 2. Randi Pankratz, 3. Ashley Hazelton, 4. Hobie Conway, 5. Antonia Boscacci, 6. Davey Hamilton, 7. Annie Breidinger, 8. Mike Leach, 9. Joel Rayborne, 10. Jesse Love IV, 11. David Prickett. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Anderson.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-1,001, 2-A.Breidinger-830, 3-Toni Breidinger-716, 4-Boscacci-693, 5-Hazelton-562, 6-Blake Brannon-436, 7-Hamilton-347, 8-Tom Paterson-257, 9-Cody Jessop-212, 10-Adam Lemke-172.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Love-430, 2-Hazelton-397, 3-Boscacci-389, 4-A.Breidinger-317, 5-Tom Paterson-159, 6-Wally Pankratz-145, 7-Toni Breidinger-113, 8-Prickett-112, 9-Leach-111, 10-Ariel Biggs-84.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: August 6 - Lemoore (CA) Raceway

 

 

CLAUSON CONDUCTS A CLINIC IN BELOIT; BECOMES FIRST TWO-TIME "CHAD McDANIEL MEMORIAL" VICTOR

Beloit, Kansas.........Bryan Clauson's magical 2016 season found the way to victory lane Wednesday night as he became the first two-time winner of the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" USAC Midget National Championship race at Solomon Valley Raceway.

The Noblesville, Indiana driver worked his way from the fifth-starting spot to challenge Spencer Bayston for the lead in the final third of the race, making the winning pass with 11 laps to go after two consecutive dead-heats on laps 24 and 25 to take his 27th feature victory of the year (15th in USAC) while also taking over the series' point lead heading into the 39th running of the "Belleville Midget Nationals" this Friday and Saturday night.

At the drop of the green flag, pole sitter Spencer Bayston shot out to the lead on the bottom with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Carson Macedo and Tucker Klaasmeyer trailing just behind. Fourth-starting Holly Shelton teetered off the edge of the banking between turns one and two on the opening lap, slipping back to the 11th spot by the conclusion of lap one.

The red flag flew for an incident on the fifth lap when Tyler Thomas found himself spinning backwards between turns three and four. With nowhere to go, Cody Brewer - the promoter of the previous night's event in Fairbury, Nebraska - plowed head-on in a nose-to-nose meeting with the sitting-duck Thomas, tipping Brewer onto his side after the contact. Brewer walked away uninjured, but would not restart. Thomas would resume his race from the tail.

As Bayston continued to lead the way, hugging the infield tires on the bottom all the way around the ¼-mile dirt oval, a pair of Ryan's dueled for the fifth position - Ryan Robinson and Ryan Greth. On lap six, Greth went to the outside of Robinson between the third and fourth turns. Robinson's front end stepped out from him, sending him ever so slightly up the racetrack as Greth ramped over the right rear tire of Robinson, sending himself airborne before landing on all fours and sliding gently backward into the outside turn four wall. Greth would restart from the tail.

Bayston and Macedo led a two-car breakaway on the ensuing restart while 2014 "Chad McDaniel Memorial" winner Clauson began to mount a charge on the topside while the majority of the front runners stuck to the bottom. On lap eight, though, Clauson swapped to the bottom to sneak underneath Klaasmeyer at the exit of turn four to grab third.

However, the action would once again come to a halt just one lap later after Anton Hernandez flipped wildly at the end of the front straightaway, landing a country-mile outside the turn one banking. Hernandez would walk away uninjured.

Clauson was now tucked behind the two front runners of the early portion of the event on the lap nine restart. Clauson continued to go to work a lane or two higher than Bayston and Macedo in the middle of the racetrack and was able to quickly reel in Macedo and blast by off the exit of turn four to take second at the stripe.

However, before the entire lap could be completed, a Matt Johnson/Jeff Stasa tangle between turns one and two negated Clauson's pass, relegating him back behind Macedo on the restart.

After a sluggish start to the race that saw three cautions and two red flags in the opening 14 laps of the event, Clauson wan anxious to get going to the front, and that he did on lap 19 as he closed in on Macedo once again for second. Macedo, the leading series rookie out of Lemoore, California, drifted up the racetrack at the entrance of turn three, opening the door for Clauson to dart by on the bottom to grab second place.

Clauson's sole focus was now lasered-in on leader Bayston with 16 laps remaining. Clauson wasted no time carving into the advantage held by Bayston, the 2015 series rookie of the year, as he ripped the high-side of the surface, banging off the cushion between turns one and two to get a run down the back straight that allowed him to pull even alongside Bayston entering turn three on lap 24.

The two remained side-by-side, wheel-to-wheel through the corner and off of turn four, resulting in a near dead-heat at the line with Bayston officially credited as the leader of the lap by the length of the radius of his front right wheel.

As the pair sped by the flag stand, Clauson carried his momentum into turn one with Bayston to his inside. Clauson used the top to perfection, jetting off the cushion down the banking to pull away to a three-car advantage on the back straight. However, Clauson got tight on the entry to turn three, shoving the nose of his machine up the racetrack just enough to allow Bayston to claw back underneath to edge ahead for a split-second, but Clauson gathered himself and gassed it back to the lead by a full wheel at the start/finish line with 11 to go on lap 25.

Clauson motored away off the top between turns one and two past Bayston, immediately putting an end to the suspense after staking his claim on the bottom of turns three and four and ripping the top in one and two to pull away from Bayston in the waning laps.

At the checkered, Clauson was on a pressure-free comfort cruise as he ran away for a three and a half-second victory over a hard-charging Tanner Thorson, who snuck by third-place finisher Bayston with four circuits to go, with Macedo and previous night's feature winner Chad Boat rounding out the top-five.

Bryan Clauson and crew celebrate their victory in Wednesday night's 7th Annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kansas. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

In a dream season in which Bryan Clauson has barnstormed across the country (and the world) competing at a wide array of venues in a variety of racing machines on his quest to compete in 200 racing events throughout the year, Clauson just may very well add another USAC National title to the resume as he took over the point lead in the latest Midget standings by six points over Bayston by virtue of his 38th career USAC National Midget feature victory (7th all-time) on Wednesday night in his Dooling-Hayward/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"It's a little bit of an advantage to be the guy doing the chasing because the leaders don't necessarily know where you're at," Clauson explained. "Spencer (Bayston) was going on the bottom pretty good. I showed him the nose and got him hustling a little bit and we could make a move. If there had been anything up in (turns) three and four, it would've been an advantage, but everything funneled back into (turns) one and two. I just tried make it quick and rip it off like a Band-Aid to make our move. I feel really good headed to Belleville. It's a place I've had a lot of success and we're going back with a little different package. I've won twice before with my dad on the wrenches, so it should be a lot of fun. It's a place we always look forward to going to, especially on Saturday when it gets up on the guardrail."

Thorson, of Minden, Nevada, overcame his 17th starting spot with a spirited charge to second at the finish line, earning the night's KSE Racing Products "Hard Charger" Award for his efforts in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I just tried to get the power down to the racetrack as I was moving forward," Thorson said. "It was really slick on entry to (turns) three and four and you couldn't be on the gas or you'd miss the little groove that was there. We made some changes tonight that are a little bit different than our normal setup and it definitely helped. With this team, you always have confidence no matter where you finish. I'm excited going into Belleville."

Bayston led the first 24 laps of the event before relenting the spot to Clauson. Yet, despite the circumstances, Bayston is pleased overall as he looks ahead to making his second appearance at Belleville in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"It's tough leading because you don't know where the guys behind you are running," Bayston lamented. "I was wondering, but never felt like I absolutely needed to try it because we were so good on the bottom. I could hear (Clauson) behind me and, as the race went on, the bottom in (turns) three and four got slick and I just made a mistake which let him by us. Then, I was trying to do what Bryan (Clauson) did and it let Tanner (Thorson) get by too, so we kind of just got ate up at the end. But, we led a good chunk of the race, so that was solid. Overall, it was a decent night for us. Obviously, we want to win, but we'll take a third and head to Belleville."

Contingency award winners at Solomon Valley Raceway included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Ryan Greth (Simpson Race Products First Heat winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race winner and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Keith Rauch (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race winner), Chad Boat (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat winner) and Casey Shuman (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

In addition, awards posted in memory of Chad McDaniel were claimed by Spencer Bayston (First lap leader), Tanner Thorson (Hard Charger) and Anton Hernandez (Hard Luck).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 3, 2016 - Beloit, Kansas - Solomon Valley Raceway - 7th Annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.253; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.480; 3. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.654; 4. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-13.730; 5. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.742; 6. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.750; 7. Casey Shuman, 32, Dunlap-13.776; 8. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.794; 9. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.806; 10. Anton Hernandez, 25, Petry/Goff-13.836; 11. Keith Rauch, 47, Mason-13.855; 12. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-13.895; 13. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-13.930; 14. Bob Harr, 2, Halarr-13.955; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.969; 16. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.077; 17. Lance Bennett, 10, McCauley-14.149; 18. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.182; 19. Jeff Crook, 5J, Crook-14.184; 20. Matt Johnson, 85, Central-14.245; 21. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.266; 22. Dustin Weland, 88, Weland-14.270; 23. Ryan Oerter, 43, RKO-14.291; 24. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-14.299; 25. Troy Simpson, 7, Simpson-14.310; 26. Jeff Stasa, 91, SBR-14.539; 27. Tyler Dunkle, 0B, Zero-14.647; 28. Johnny Murdock, 0, Zero-14.958; 29. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-14.960; 30. Ashley Oerter, 16, RKO-16.173; 31. Cody Williams, 13, Zero-16.497; 32. Garett Hood, 11H, Two Hoods-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Macedo, 3. Gehrke, 4. Bacon, 5. Bennett, 6. Goodwin, 7. Brewer. 2:02.67

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Clauson, 3. Hernandez, 4. Harr, 5. Robinson, 6. Stasa, 7. Weland, 8. A. Oerter. 2:06.81

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rauch, 2. Shelton, 3. Thomas, 4. R. Oerter, 5. Williams, 6. Crook, 7. Shuman. 2:11.40

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Johnson, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Bayston, 5. Darland, 6. Murdock, 7. Lynch, 8. Hood. 2:20.64

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shuman, 2. Robinson, 3. Darland, 4. Brewer, 5. Stasa, 6. Goodwin, 7. Weland, 8. Murdock, 9. Dunkle, 10. A. Oerter, 11. Bennett, 12. Crook, 13. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Chad Boat, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Chett Gehrke, 13. Casey Shuman, 14. Bob Harr, 15. Keith Rauch, 16. Jeff Stasa, 17. Ryan Oerter, 18. Terry Goodwin, 19. Ryan Greth, 20. Matt Johnson, 21. Anton Hernandez, 22. Cody Brewer, 23. Brayton Lynch. NT ---------------------------- **Simpson flipped during qualifying. Brewer flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Hernandez flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Bayston, Laps 25-35 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tanner Thorson (17th to 2nd)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Clauson-656, 2-Bayston-650, 3-Bacon-632, 4-Boat-598, 5-Thorson-580, 6-Macedo-519, 7-Robinson-429, 8-Shane Golobic-407, 9-Thomas-405, 10-Shelton-385.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 5-6 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - 39th Annual "Belleville Midget Nationals"

RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

SANTA MARIA HOSTS “30TH ANNUAL BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL”

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 2, 2016... This Saturday, August 6th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their final appearance of the year at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the “30th Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also feature Pro Stocks, Mini Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 10:00am, the front gates open at 4:00pm, and racing will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Santa Maria will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC Memberships can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2016-usac-licensing and forms will also be available on raceday.

Saturday's event honors Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race car builder, and crew chief at Santa Maria Speedway. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bud built Stock Cars in the late 1950s and wrenched for Al Smith's Super Modified. When the Santa Maria track opened in 1964, Stanfield served as crew chief for several teams and later drove in the Limited Stock Car division. In 1978, Bud started a family owned Modified and Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen. The low budget team built their own cars for several years and enjoyed moderate success. Unable to find the sponsorship needed to rebuild the team's equipment, Stanfield became the crew chief for Mike Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors Racing Sprint Car, Knopf had immediate results with several fast times and strong finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14, 1984, Bud was struck by an out of control sprinter that came off the track. After having brain surgery and spending a month in a coma, Stanfield would later succumb to his injuries. Since then, Santa Maria Speedway continues to honor the memory of a racer's racer- Bud Stanfield.

Since May 2, 2009, Santa Maria Raceway has held twenty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with five victories and Ryan Bernal set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.529 on September 17, 2011. On September 11, 2004, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan posted the all-time 360 Sprint Car 1-lap record of 13.354.

When the series last visited Santa Maria on June 18th, point leader Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) earned his first victory of the season. Entering the eleventh point race, the pilot of the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim has an 87-point lead after scoring fourth at Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic.” To date, the defending Western World 360 Champion has two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, nine top-10 finishes, and 65 feature laps led to his credit. Brody will be looking to continue his championship run with a victory at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.”

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored ninth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on July 23rd. At press time, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led on the season. D.J. will have his sights on gaining valuable points by adding the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” to his resume.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace placed sixteenth in the “Peter Murphy Classic” finale. Heading to Santa Maria, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps led. Vander Weerd is tied with Craig Stidham for seventh on the series win list and will be looking for his seventh West Coast triumph.

After claiming fifth at Tulare, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has risen to fourth in the championship points. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps to his credit. The 2011 Champion won the 2013 “Bud Stanfield Memorial” and will have his sights on his 19th career West Coast victory.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) has climbed to fifth in the standings after taking seventh at Thunderbowl Raceway. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, the two-time champion has posted two heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and six top-10 finishes on the year. “Hollywood” won the 2008 & 2015 “Bud Stanfield Memorial” and will be looking for his tenth career series win.

Currently tenth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California), Colton Slack (Brentwood, California), Ryan Stolz (Atascadero, California), Steven Garris (Escalon, California), and “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, Austin Liggett, Trey Marcham, Tristan Guardino, Cody Majors, Jeff Sibley, Shannon McQueen, Kyle Smith, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) sits atop the Santa Maria Sprint Car point standings. Jordan Linson, James Herrera, Charlie Butcher, Bill Jones, “Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson, Ryan Stolz, Luke Boles, Jeremy Ellertson, and Matt Day round out the top-10 drivers.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2000-Greg Porte, 2004-Danny Sheridan, 2005-Peter Murphy, 2006-Davey Pombo, 2007-Greg Porte, 2008-Danny Faria Jr., 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-Danny Sheridan, 2012-Ryan Bernal, 2013-Richard Vander Weerd, 2015-Danny Faria Jr.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Jace Vander Weerd, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Craig Stidham.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-698, 2. D.J. Johnson-611, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-578, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-537, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-477, 6. Max Adams-476, 7. Austin Liggett-469, 8. Trey Marcham-457, 9. Tristan Guardino-426, 10. Ryan Timmons-423, 11. Cody Majors-336, 12. Troy Rutherford-335, 13. Jeff Sibley-331, 14. Shannon McQueen-309, 15. Kyle Smith-252, 16. Kevin Barnes-249, 17. Landon Hurst-192, 18. Danny Sheridan-175, 19. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 20. Ryan Bernal-150.

SANTA MARIA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Trent Carter-215, 2. Jordan Linson-191, 3. James Herrera-166, 4. Charlie Butcher-134, 5. Bill Jones-124, 6. Jimmy Thompson-109, 7. Ryan Stolz-89, 8. Luke Boles-87, --. Jeremy Ellertson-87, 10. Matt Day-83.

 

 

BOAT CRUISES TO FIRST CAREER SERIES VICTORY IN USAC MIDGETS' JEFFERSON COUNTY DEBUT

Fairbury, Nebraska.........In the USAC Midget National Championship's return to the state of Nebraska after a nine-year hiatus, Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat broke through in his 65th career series start, leading the final 19 laps to take his first series victory in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Riverside Chevrolet's "Tuesday Night Thunder" in USAC's first ever visit to Fairbury, Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway.

The night's 35-lap feature marked just the sixth the time a USAC National Midget main event of this distance had been held, and the first occasion since February of 1979 when Bob Wente took the victory at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.

On the opening laps of the 35-lap feature, pole sitter Holly Shelton waged in a side-by-side battle with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Spencer Bayston, who started alongside on the outside of the front row. Bayston appeared to have the upper hand at the entrance to turns one and three, but each time, series rookie Shelton fought back on the inside line to retain the top spot.

On the third lap, fourth-running Tanner Thorson got bottled-up on the topside of turn four, sliding to a stop at the exit of the turn to bring out the night's first yellow flag.

On the lap four restart, third-running Tyler Thomas, returning from a two-month break from midget racing, dove to the bottom in turn one, going three-wide alongside Shelton (middle) and Bayston (outside). Thomas was able to edge ahead to the lead, albeit briefly, before both Shelton and Bayston made a Tyler Thomas sandwich off of turn two, resuming their high-low battle for the lead as Thomas slid back to third.

On lap five, Bayston was finally able to slip by Shelton for the lead on the outside with Thomas in tow, shuffling Shelton back to third.

On the tight confines of the 1/5-mile dirt oval, real estate was at a premium, but that wasn't any hindrance to sixth-starting Boat, who sailed his way past Thomas for the second spot on lap 12.

Boat was able to chase down Bayston in the ensuing laps and, on lap 16, made his first bid for the lead on the inside of Bayston in turn one, but was unable to make the move stick. Undeterred, Boat stayed right with Bayston as the two sped down the back straightaway into the third turn, ripping the bottom as he propelled himself past Bayston for the lead at the flagstand at the conclusion of lap 17.

Meanwhile, Thomas found his second wind as Boat found himself fenced-in while negotiating lapped traffic. But, with 11 laps to go, an incident involving the cars of Terry Goodwin, Lance Bennett and sixth-running Ryan Greth in turn three slowed the pace, bringing out a caution and, thus, removing lapped traffic from play to give the leaders a clear track ahead on the restart.

Chad Boat aimed for the bottom on the lap 25 restart as Thomas shadowed just behind in second. One lap later, Thomas showed Boat his nose entering the first turn, but Boat was able to withstand the pressure to hold onto to the lead as the pair exited turn two.

With just seven to go, Greth's once-promising night went from bad to worse after flipping wildly down the front straightaway. He would climb away from the wreckage uninjured.

Boat got a solid jump on Thomas on the final restart on lap 29, distancing himself out in front by roughly five car-lengths by the time the two hit the back straightaway.

The final spot on the podium was still up for grabs, though. After starting 13th, Bryan Clauson, who was utilizing a backup car after experiencing troubles with the primary car during qualifications, had carved his way through the pack to get by Bayston with an outside turn two pass for third with six laps to go while ProSource Fast Qualifier Bacon was able to slip by Bayston for the fourth position.

The see-saw battle between the two saw Bacon fight back to regain the third spot from Clauson with four laps to go. Yet, Clauson would battle back to regain the spot on the white flag lap. However, a bobble on the cushion on the final lap by Clauson allowed Bacon to shoot by Clauson to claim the third position for good.

Up front, Boat was in total control, pulling away from Thomas after the final restart to take his first career USAC National Midget feature victory by 0.981 seconds over Thomas, Bacon, Clauson and Bayston.

 

Boat, the 2008 series Rookie of the Year, has found success in his first full year of USAC National Midget competition since the 2010 season, joining Shane Golobic (Du Quoin) and Spencer Bayston (Gas City) to become the third different first-time winner in the series in 2016 in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"I knew my car was going to come to me on the bottom on that last restart, so I wasn't super nervous," Boat admitted. "I was committed to the top, but Tyler Thomas showed me the bottom in (turns) one and two and I just went down there to make them beat me on the top. What a great car we had, though! Those laps in the middle of the race, when everybody else was on the bottom and we were up top, this thing was hauling! It was dicey getting through the lapped traffic, but it's exciting to get my first National win. It feels like a monkey off our back and I think we're going to start rolling from here. We have some momentum now and I'm excited to get the rest of the week going."

Thomas hadn't made an appearance in a USAC Midget National Championship event since the "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Kokomo Speedway nearly two months ago, but the Collinsville, Oklahoma native made his return to the series a successful one, equaling his career-best USAC finish of second in his Tyler Thomas Motorsports/BT Machine - AirGroup/Spike/Esslinger.

"I drove as hard as I could drive," Thomas said. "Chad (Boat) drove a great race and didn't make any mistakes. I didn't feel like I did either; it's tough to run second again. We took a two-month break from midget racing to get our program right and it paid off. My dad worked his tail off these last two months to make sure these engines were running right. I just really want to win. It seems like I've had a lot of seconds, but we'll get our win. You have to lose some before you win them, though. Our confidence right now is not even in the same ballpark. We feel really good about what we have. (Solomon Valley Raceway in) Beloit (Kansas) is a good track for us, so we're excited for tomorrow."

Fellow Oklahoma native Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow, earned his fourth consecutive top-five series finish with his third place run Tuesday night. Although he's yet to pick up a feature win this season, Bacon's consistency has put him just 15 points out of the point lead behind Spencer Bayston and Bryan Clauson in the latest standings for the USAC Midget National Championship on the strength of six top-five finishes in nine series starts in his FMR Racing/Beast/Toyota.

"We got into lapped traffic and that was tough tonight," Bacon said. "We had a car good enough to win, (we) just needed the cards to fall a little differently. Chad (Boat) and Tyler (Thomas) got through the traffic better at the beginning, but we were up beside them when that first yellow came out, so we were good enough to run with them. It's great to come to a place, though, where the fans are really into the event and everybody who was a part of it did a fantastic job."

Contingency award winners at Jefferson County Speedway included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Bryan Clauson (Simpson Race Products First Heat winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race winner), Ryan Greth (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race winner), Tyler Thomas (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat winner) and Keith Rauch (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 2, 2016 - Fairbury, Nebraska - Jefferson County Speedway - Riverside Chevrolet "Tuesday Night Thunder"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-11.354; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.457; 3. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-11.479; 4. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.514; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.581; 6. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.586; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.631; 8. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.687; 9. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.702; 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-11.718; 11. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-11.745; 12. Keith Rauch, 47, Mason-11.819; 13. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-11.911; 14. Matt Johnson, 85, Central-11.929; 15. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-11.948; 16. Bob Harr, 2, Halarr-11.989; 17. Anton Hernandez, 25, Petry/Goff-11.994; 18. John Klabunde, 77, Klabunde-12.054; 19. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.137; 20. Lance Bennett, 10, McCauley-12.138; 21. Troy Simpson, 7, Simpson-12.332; 22. Terry Goodwin, 2G, Goodwin-12.443; 23. Dustin Weland, 88, Weland-12.503; 24. Ryan Oerter, 43, RKO-12.510; 25. Jeff Stasa, 91, SBR-12.578; 26. Johnny Murdock, 0, Zero-12.647; 27. Derek Kral, 0B, Zero-12.923; 28. Tyler Dunkle, 37, Zero-13.212; 29. Nathan Johnson, 13, Zero-13.254; 30. Mark Hamilton, 76, Hamilton-16.499; 31. Casey Shuman, 32, Dunlap-NT; 32. Jeff Crook, 5J, Crook-NT; 33. Ashley Oerter, 16, RKO-NT (Time of 14.082 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Macedo, 3. Hernandez, 4. Thorson, 5. Bacon, 6. Simpson, 7. Stasa, 8. N. Johnson, 9. A. Oerter. 2:00.76

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Bayston, 3. Boat, 4. Goodwin, 5. Murdock, 6. M. Johnson, 7. Klabunde. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Darland, 3. Weland, 4. Gehrke, 5. Robinson, 6. Kral, 7. Lynch. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Shelton, 3. Rauch, 4. Harr, 5. R. Oerter, 6. Bennett, 7. Dunkle, 8. Crook. 2:00.58

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Robinson, 3. Lynch, 4. Bennett, 5. Stasa, 6. Klabunde, 7. Simpson, 8. Kral, 9. N. Johnson, 10. A. Oerter, 11. R. Oerter, 12. Dunkle, 13. Murdock. NT

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 8. Holly Shelton, 9. Ryan Robinson, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Brayton Lynch, 12. Chett Gehrke, 13. Keith Rauch, 14. Lance Bennett, 15. Bob Harr, 16. John Klabunde, 17. Dustin Weland, 18. Terry Goodwin, 19. Ryan Greth, 20. Dave Darland, 21. Anton Hernandez, 22. Jeff Stasa. NT
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**Greth flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Shelton, Laps 5-16 Bayston, Laps 17-35 Boat.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson (13th to 4th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-581, 2-Clauson-574, 3-Bacon-566, 4-Boat-532, 5-Thorson-505, 6-Macedo-449, 7-Shane Golobic-407, 8-Robinson-376, 9-Thomas-353, 10-Zach Daum-349.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 3 - Beloit, Kansas - Solomon Valley Raceway - 7th annual "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 30, 2016 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vinny Lucca (#9 Miller), 2. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 3. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 4. David Moniz (#9M Moniz), 5. Jamie Santa Maria (#5 Matczak), 6. Bob White (#3 Matczak), 7. Alex Adamsley (#10 Arrison), 8. Scott Viets (#2 Miller). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 2. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 3. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 4. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 8. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 9. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1.Pierson, 2. Tucker, 3. Cole, 4. Lucca, 5. Sunn, 6. Champagne. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Adam Whitney, 4. Robert Tucker, 5. Dean Christensen, 6. Ray Miller, 7. Dylan Duhaime, 8. Kenney Johnson, 9. Mark Cole, 10. Vinny Lucca, 11. Jeff Champagne, 12. Jamie Santa Maria, 13. David Moniz, 14. Alex Adamsley, 15. Bob White, 16. Scott Viets, 17. Jeff Horn. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Cole, Laps 3-10 Miller, Laps 11-20 Pierson,

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-751, 3-Sunn-729, 4-Chrietensen-643, 4-Whiney-609, 5-Miller-556, 6-Champagne-533, 7-Tucker-518, 8-Horn-481, 9-Cole-455, 10-Manny Dias-431.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: August 13 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Swenson Insurance Co. Bull Dogs Benefit Night"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 30, 2016 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Allscapes Back to School Special"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 9. Zack Madrid (#5Z Madrid). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Michael Curtis (Turner/Wheeler), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 6. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 8. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Andy Reinbold, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Mike Martin, 6. Josh Pelkey, 7. Nick Aiuto, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Landon Cling, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Matt Lundy, 15. Jonas Reynolds, 16. Dennis Burkhart, 17. Zack Madrid. NT ---------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson

HARD CHARGER: Josh Pelkey (15th to 6th)

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-903, 2-Davis-796, 3-Martin-740, 4-Rossi-726, 5-Stevie Sussex-640, 6-Aiuto-639, 7-Mihocko-614, 8-Gile-546, 9-Reinbold-533, 10-Pelkey-500.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: August 17 - Lawton (OK) Speedway (Special Event) - "Freedom Tour"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 30, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 92M, Sertich-16.626; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.832; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.872; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.911; 5. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.957; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.979; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.039; 8. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.043; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.060; 10. Richard VanderWeerd, 10, VanderWeerd-17.068; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.069; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.107; 13. Matt Mitchell, 21AZ, Burkhart-17.127; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.179; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.266; 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.408; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.464; 18. Tommy Malcom, 5X, Napier-17.466; 19. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-17.632; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.641; 21. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.880; 22. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.939; 23. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.074; 24. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-18.323; 25. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.425; 26. Austen Figueroa, 49, Bach-18.747.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Mitchell, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. R.Gardner, 5. Lopiccolo, 6. Adams, 7. Hix, 8. Dyer, 9. Perkins. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bender, 3. Spencer, 4. Faria, 5. Ellertson, 6. A.Sweeney, 7. Gansen, 8. Figueroa, 9. Colston. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. A.Williams, 3. Swanson, 4. C.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. Malcolm, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Stewart. 3:02.06

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Adams, 2. L.Williams, 3. Colston, 4. Malcolm, 5. Perkins, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Ellertson, 8. Gansen, 9. A.Sweeney, 10. Stewart, 11. Hix, 12. Dyer, 13. Lopiccolo, 14. Figueroa. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Matt Mitchell, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Ronnie Gardner, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Logan Williams, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Tommy Malcolm, 9. Damion Gardner, 10. Matt Stewart, 11. Verne Sweeney, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. Chris Gansen, 14. Andrew Sweeney, 15. Max Adams, 16. Kenny Perkins, 17. Brody Roa, 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 19. Danny Faria Jr., 20. A.J. Bender, 21. Parker Colston, 22. Jeremy Ellertson. NT

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**Faria flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Spencer, Laps 18-25 D.Gardner, Lap 26 Spencer, Laps 27-30 Mitchell.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Matt Mitchell (13th to 1st)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: August 27 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

 

 

FAIRBURY, NEB. USAC DEBUT & "CHAD McDANIEL MEMORIAL AT BELOIT, KANS. PRECEDE 39TH "BELLEVILLE MIDGET NATIONALS"

A big week awaits USAC's National Midget Series in the nation's heartland with four races in five nights expected to be pivotal in the battle for the 2016 championship.

It all starts with Tuesday night's "Riverside Chevrolet Tuesday Night Thunder" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. It's been seven years since USAC Midgets visited the Cornhusker State. Jerry Coons Jr., Brady Bacon and Brad Kuhn scored USAC/SMRS victories at Rising Sun and McCool Junction in 2009. The last USAC National Midget races in Nebraska were in 2007 at McCool Junction, won by Danny Stratton and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Bacon is among three drivers separated by just 23 points in the latest standings. He is third behind Spencer Bayston and Bryan Clauson entering the four upcoming races.

Wednesday night's "Chad McDaniel Memorial" unfolds at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. and the 39th Annual "Belleville Midget Nationals" at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks are slated Friday and Saturday.

Bayston heads a strong contingent of drivers who will compete for car owners Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian. The Keith Kunz team owns Belleville final victories with Rico Abreu (2014), Christopher Bell (2013), Kyle Larson (2011), Kevin Doty (1994) and Page Jones (1993).

Clauson is the defending winner at Belleville as he continues his pursuit of USAC's all-time single-season victory record of 24 established by J.J. Yeley in 2003. Clauson has 14 so far this year. In 2003 Yeley earned his 14th victory on June 20.

Tuesday's race will be USAC's first-ever at Fairbury. Kevin Thomas Jr. captured last year's race at Beloit. Clauson and Jerry Coons Jr. are expected to try to become Belleville's first four-time Nationals champion. Clauson won in 2009, 2010 and 2015, Coons won in 2005, 2007 and 2012.

Thursday night at Belleville features a Tim Dugger concert in the infield. On Friday the two-per cruiser stock cars will compete on the track's infield quarter-mile, while Saturday's events include the winged United Rebel Sprint Cars in their 4th Annual "305 Sprint Nationals."

2016 USAC National Midget Series Standings: 1-Spencer Bayston-515, 2-Bryan Clauson-505, 3-Brady Bacon-492, 4-Tanner Thorson-455, 5-Chad Boat-451, 6-Shane Golobic-407, 7-Carson Macedo-387, 8-Zach Daum-349, 9-Ryan Robinson-327, 10-Gage Walker-286.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT CHASE HEATS UP AT THE PAS!
By Lance Jennings

JULY 27, 2016... This Saturday, July 30th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action at Perris Auto Speedway for a fantastic night of racing. The battle for the championship is heating up as there have been seven different winners in seven shows. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the eighth point race will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 186 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 37 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. In the five previous “home track” shows, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, and California’s Austin Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan have already claimed victory. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

Returning to USAC/CRA’s “home track,” Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) leads the standings and has a nineteen point advantage. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored fourth at the Perris “Firecracker 30” on July 2nd. At press time, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Robert Ballou, Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, Blake Miller, and Matt Mitchell on the series win list, Vander Weerd will be looking for his seventh career triumph.

After running third at the Perris “Firecracker 30,” “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has climbed to second in the point chase. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner has posted four heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the season. The four-time champion leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 65 career wins and will have his sights on his first victory of the year.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa claimed nineteenth at Perris after an early exit. To date, the defending 360 Western World Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will be looking for his first win of 2016.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Victory, Swanson ran tenth in the July 2nd main event. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and seven top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Jake will have his sights on the first USAC/CRA victory of his career.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) is fifth in the championship point standings. Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports owned #4S Trench Shoring / Sander Engineering Maxim, Spencer ran fifth at the Perris “Firecracker 30.” To date, the five-time champion has seven top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led on the year. Mike ranks second on the USAC/CRA win list with 37 victories and will be looking for his first win of the season.

Currently tied for seventh in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Trent Williams (Victorville, California), Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California), and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Williams, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Chris Gansen, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, A.J. Bender, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Anthony Lopiccolo, Ronnie Gardner, Matt Mitchell, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, and more.

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

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Austin Williams.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd-481, 2. Damion Gardner-462, 3. Brody Roa-455, 4. Jake Swanson-452, 5. Mike Spencer-429, 6. Austin Williams-386, 7. Jeremy Ellertson-291, -- Max Adams-291, 9. Chris Gansen-281, 10. Cody Williams-279, 11. Logan Williams-278, 12. A.J. Bender-254, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-248, 14. Verne Sweeney-229, 15. Tommy Malcolm-217, 16. Trent Williams-183, 17. Andrew Sweeney-157, 18. Anthony Lopiccolo-147, 19. Josh Hodges-146, 20. Stevie Sussex-140.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
July 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 5: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 8: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 9: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 10: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 23, 2016 - Lemoore, California - Lemoore Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-12.782; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-12.956; 3. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-12.994; 4. John Gerber, 20w, WHPD-13.206; 5. Antonia Boscacci, 44, Love-13.340; 6. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-13.379.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Hazelton, 2. Love IV, 3. Paterson, 4. Boscacci, 5. Gerber, 6. A.Breidinger. NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Ashley Hazelton, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. John Gerber, 5. Antonia Boscacci, 6. Annie Breidinger. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Paterson, Laps 3-15 Hazelton.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-953, 2-A.Breidinger-774, 3-Toni Breidinger-716, 4-0Boscacci-630, 5-Hazelton-488, 6-Blake Brannon-406, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288, 8-Paterson-257, 9-Cody Jessop-212, 10-Adam Lemke-172.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love IV-382, 2-Boscacci-326, 3-Hazelton-323, 4-A.Breidinger-261, 5-Paterson-159, 6-Wally Pankratz145, 7-Toni Breidinger-113, 8-Ariel Biggs-84, 9-Jesse Love III-74, 10-David Prickett-68.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: August 3 - Ventura (CA) Raceway - "Ventura County Fair"

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 23, 2016 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 2. Danny Faria Jr., (#17V Faria), 3. Joe Stornetta Jr. (#3F Finkenbinder), 4. Kyler Shaw (#92 Shaw), 5. Gary Nelson Jr. (#6N Nelson), 6. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 7. Eddie Tafoya (#85 Perkins). NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 2. Michael Faccinto (#81M Watt), 3. Cody Majors (#54 Majors), 4. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 5. Chris Dyson (#16K Kruseman), 6. Carson Macedo (#21 Tarlton), 7. Shannon McQueen (#7 Van Meter). NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 2. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 3. Max Adams (#81S Watt), 5. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 6. Jeff Sibley (#42N Sibley), 7. Ryan Stolz (#56 Stolz). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Garris, 2. McQueen, 3. Tafoya (#5X Perkins), 4. Perkins, 5. Macedo, 6. Dyson, 7. Stolz, 8. Sibley. NT

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION POLE SHUFFLE DASH: 1. Ryan Bernal (#56MW Phulps), 2. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 4. Danny Sheridan (#81T Watt), 5. Bud Kaeding (#29 Bowman), 6. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 7. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 8. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Max Adams, 9. D.J. Johnson, 10. Michael Faccinto, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Kyler Shaw, 14. Kenny Perkins, 15. Danny Sheridan, 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 17. Ryan Timmons, 18. Eddie Tafoya, 19. Austin Liggett, 20. Tristan Guardino, 21. Joe Stornetta Jr., 22. Steven Garris. NT ------------------------------------ **Sibley flipped during the semi. Stornetta flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Roa, Laps 18-30 Rutherford BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Carson Macedo (22nd to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: August 6 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway – “Bud Stanfield Memorial”

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 23 - Shenandoah, Virginia - Shenandoah Speedway - "Boy Scouts of America Night at the Races"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.786; 2. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.820; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.887; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.906; 5. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.965; 6. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.015; 7. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.197; 8. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.199; 9. George Kurtz, 6, Radical-16.212.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jake Nelke, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Nolan Allison, 5. Kyle Resco, 6, Sam Hatfield, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. George Kurtz, 9. Chris Lamb. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Nelke.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-755, 2-Nelke-710, 3-Bean-691, 4-Hatfield-688, 5-Kurtz-648, 6-Lamb-607, 7-Allison-492, 8-Parker-490, 9-Famous Rhodes II-436.10-Scott Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: August 6 - Swansboro, NC - Carteret County Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

 July 22 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - 3rd "Peter Murphy Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 56MW, Phulps-15.359; 2. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.517; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.672; 4. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.702; 5. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.734; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.785; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.820; 8. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-15.915; 9. Max Adams, 81S, Watt-15.930; 10. Michael Faccinto, 81M, Watt-15.988; 11. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-15.998; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.007; 13. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.027; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.033; 15. Danny Sheridan, 81T-Watt-16.102; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.231; 17. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-16.261; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.271; 19. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.329; 20. Kyler Shaw, 92, Shaw-16.330; 21. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.342; 22. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.394; 23. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.522; 24. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-16.770; 25. Ryan Stolz, 56, Stolz-17.307; 26. Eddie Tafoya, 85, Perkins-17.468; 27. Malyssa Perkins, 5X, Perkins-17.564; 28. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-NT; 29. Matt Day, 97, Day-NT.

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Sussex, 4. R.Vander Weerd. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Bernal, 3. Macedo, 4. Adams, 5. Nelson, 6. Stolz, 7. Guardino. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Kaeding, 3. Rutherford, 4. Liggett, 5. McQueen, 6. Sussex, 7. Tafoya. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Sheridan, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Sibley, 5. Majors, 6. Garris, 7. M.Perkins. NT

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Roa, 3. Stornetta, 4. Shaw, 5. Timmons, 6. Dyson, 7. K.Perkins. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Majors, 2. Timmons 3. Garris, 4. Nelson, 5. McQueen, 6. K.Perkins, 7. Stolz, 8. Tafoya, 9. Dyson, 10. M.Perkins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Danny Sheridan, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. D.J. Johnson, 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10. Troy Rutherford, 11. Max Adams, 12. Kyler Shaw, 13. Ryan Timmons, 14. Jeff Sibley, 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Steven Garris, 18. Joe Stornetta Jr., 19. Carson Macedo, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Kenny Perkins, 22. Cody Majors. NT
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**Sussex flipped during the second heat and was transported to a local hospital for observation.. Majors, Macedo, and R.VanderWeerd flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Roa, Laps 10-30 Bernal.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Timmons (18th to 13th)

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-637, 2-Johnson-565, 3-J.Vander Weerd-547, 4-R.Vander Weerd-479, 5-Trey Marcham-457, 6-Liggett-444, 7-Adams-427, 8-Faria-425, 9-Guardino-403, 10-Timmons-394.

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: July 23 - Tulare, CA - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - 3rd "Peter Murphy Classic"

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 22 - Raleigh, Nortth Carolina - Wake County Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-12.910; 2. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-13.045; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-13.046; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-13.095; 5. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-13.137; 6. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-13.176; 7. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-13.194; 8. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-13.317; 9. Dillon Spain, 6, Radical-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Sam Hatfield, 3. George Kurtz, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Chris Lamb, 6. Famous Rhodes II, 7. Jake Nelke, 8. Dillon Spain (#6 Radical), 9. Jagger Parker. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Bean.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-687, 2-Nelke-638, 3-Hatfield-633, 4-Bean-621, 5-Kurtz-599, 6-Lamb-555, 7-Parker-438, 8-Rhodes-436, 9-Nolan Allison-430, 10-Scott Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 23 - Shenandoah (VA) Speedway

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 21, 2016 - Meridian, Idaho - Meridian Speedway - "Pink Lady Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-13.661; 2. Michael Daniels, 87, Daniels-13.731; 3. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-13.774; 4. Tom Paterson, 9w, WHPD-13.913; 5. Antonia Boscacci, 44L, Love-13.947; 6. Chaz Groat, 13, Groat-14.689; 7. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-16.978.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Love IV, 4. Boscacci. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Daniels, 2. Paterson, 3. Groat. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Michael Daniels, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Antonia Boscacci, 5. Toni Breidinger, 6. Chaz Groat,. 7. Annie Breidinger, NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Paterson, Laps 8-25 Daniels.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-887; 2-T.Breidinger-716, 3-A.Breidinger-715, 4-Boscacci-565, 5-Blake Brannon-436, 6-Ashley Hazelton-406, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr,-288, 8-Cody Jessop-212, 9-Paterson-178, 10-Adam Lemke-172.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-603, 2-Love IV-581, 3-A.Breidinger-513, 4-Blake Brannon-436, 5-Boscacci-304, 6-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288; 7-Cody Jessop-212, 8-Adam Lemke-172, 9-Ashley Hazelton-165, 10-Daniels-156.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: July 23 - Lemoore (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 21 - Farmer City, Illinois - Farmer City Speedway - "D2 Midget Nationals"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 4. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 5. Austin Archdale (#2 Archdale), 6. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson), 2. Patrick Bruns (#10B Full Throttle), 3. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 4. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 6. Tracy Hull (#24 Hull). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Mitchell Davis, 3. Chett Gehrke, 4. Jeff Mallonee, 5. Austin Archdale, 6. Hunter Lane, 7. Gedd Ross, 8. Brent Burrows, 9. Dillon Morley, 10. Chase McDermand, 11. Tracy Hull, 12. Broc Hunnell. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bruns.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-899, 2-Burrows-725, 3-Morley-695, 4-Jake Sollenberger-681, 5-Davis-649, 6-Andy Baugh-577, 7-Travis Pence-532, 8-McDermand-472, 9-Hunnell-395, 10-Shane Morgan-374.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 22 - Farmer City (IL) Speedway - "D2 Midget Nationals"

 

 

KODY TURNS THE TABLES IN SWANSON BROTHER BATTLE AT "RICH VOGLER/USAC HALL OF FAME CLASSIC"

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Despite winning ten races and a pair of championships over the course of the last two-and-a-half seasons, Kody Swanson consistently played second fiddle to his brother, Tanner, each time the USAC Silver Crown division came to Lucas Oil Raceway.

But on Thursday night, Kody finally became first chair, ending Tanner's stranglehold of the .686-mile paved oval and his run of five wins in the last six races at the track, dominating all 100 laps from the pole in a new (to him) racecar in the "Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic."

Kody, of Kingsburg, California, hit the track in a different machine than he usually pilots, which also sported different colors. The DePalma Motorsports team recently acquired the former RFMS Motorsports car, driven by A.J. Fike in recent years, after irreparably damaging the primary, familiar white #63 at Gateway Motorsports Park in June.

On this night, though, Kody's car was completely black, except for the red lettering that adorned the nose and tail tank of the machine. "The Man in Black," as Kody would be known throughout the night, was on a rail from the get-go, setting ProSource Fast Qualifying time to earn the pole starting position.

The pomp and circumstance prior to the start of the main event was abundant with 12 new members joining the class of 2016 during a ceremony held on the front straightaway. Steve Butler, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Rick Mears, Pat O'Connor, Kevin Olson, Tony Stewart and Bob Tattersall all joined the immortal list of those who have been enshrined as one of the legends for their contributions to USAC throughout their careers.

After the fifth annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremony concluded, it was time to get down to business. At the drop of the green flag, Kody spurted out front to take the advantage on the opening lap. Tanner, who started fourth, was not far behind, taking third from 1999 series champ Ryan Newman after the former Daytona 500 winner slid up and pancaked the wall, but kept on moving, at the exit of turn three on lap four.

On the 17th lap, Tanner got a run on second-place Jerry Coons, Jr., diving to the inside at the entrance of turn three and engaging in a wheel-to-wheel battle through turns three and four before sliding up in front of Coons at the exit of turn four to secure the runner-up spot.

However, by that point, Kody had already built up a half-straightaway lead. Yet, soon came lapped traffic, which entered the fray a quarter of the way into the race. As the leader, Kody knew Tanner was lurking and couldn't be too far behind. His pace could not lessen or Kody would once again have the oh-so-familiar sight of staring directly at the tail tank of the black and yellow 02 of his younger brother as he pulled away into the distance.

Entangled in traffic on lap 24, Kody chose to split the lapped cars of David Bryne and Shane Cottle at the exit of turn two, then slide down below to overtake both Shane Cockrum and Casey Shuman in turn four to maintain his gap over a closing Tanner, who chopped Kody's lead by a half-second.

On a lap 48 restart, after a spin by Patrick Lawson between turns one and two, the field was bunched up and the lead cars were removed from lap traffic. Immediately, it didn't appear to make much of a difference as Kody pulled away from Tanner and the rest of the field once again. With 30 laps to go, Kody had once again rebuilt his lead to a half-straightaway.

A pair of cautions in the late-going couldn't even hinder Kody's dominance, but an Austin Nemire spin with two laps remaining did set up one last green-white-checkered run to the checkered between Kody and Tanner.

As had happened time and time again throughout the night, Kody got a good jump on the restart, pulling away to create a seven-car-length interval between the two by the time the pair had crossed under the white flag.

Kody would not be deterred on the final lap, defeating Tanner by 0.768 seconds, followed by Coons, Bobby Santos, Chris Windom and Newman at the line to finally return to victory lane at Lucas Oil Raceway for the first time since July of 2011 in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Beast/Hampshire Chevy. With the victory, Kody, the two-time, defending series champ, retook the point lead by seven markers over Chris Windom.

"Tanner is the best here; there's no question," Kody said of his younger brother. "People asked me last time about the sibling rivalry, and I told them, 'There isn't a rivalry; I'm 0-for-6. He just beats me.' Tonight, though, we got the better of him. I can't thank this team enough. They just about pulled an all-nighter last night to get this thing together. I have to thank Don Fike too; he gave us a whale of a deal on this car. To win this event is great. To be a part of this series is just great. I've heard stories about Rich (Vogler) and, to win a race in his memory, that's really special to me. It's so neat that his family still supports USAC and the pleasure is mine tonight."

Despite coming up a little short in a solid second-place run, Kingsburg, California's Tanner Swanson extended his streak of top-two finishes in the Silver Crown Series at Lucas Oil Raceway to seven in his Bowman Racing/Bowman Properties - Bowman-Elmore Racing/Beast/Kistler Chevy.

"I could stand here and tell a bunch of lies and say we had a chance, but the fact is he was just better tonight," Tanner acknowledged. "I thought we'd have a shot with another yellow, and then we got another one and had no chance. We've been on the other end of that deal and have had great cars and have been able to capitalize, but tonight, we just missed it. Kody was just hooked up. We could go for about two laps after a restart, but there was no way we could keep the pace he had. I know he wasn't showing us all he had, but I told (car owner) Mike Bowman that, three years ago, this team had never won a Silver Crown race and we would've been ecstatic with second. We'll move on, but if we can't win it, I'm glad Kody did.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. raced to his best career finish at Lucas Oil Raceway Thursday night, garnering a third-place finish in his Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Beast/Tranter Chevy. It also marked the best finish for a Gene Nolen-owned car at LOR since Jim Keeker drove the number 20 to victory in August of 1995.

"My spotter was keeping me aware of where I was," Coons explained. "We've had good cars here and we tried a different setup tonight and were just a little too positive on the right front. You never have a perfect car, but they gave me a good one tonight. I felt like we were better on the long runs than Santos, but he was better on the short ones, so I was a little nervous with all those yellows. I was just hoping we could get through the lap traffic smoothly and, thankfully, we did.

Contingency award winners at Lucas Oil Raceway included Kody Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Casey Shuman (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) Kevin Studley (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 21, 2016 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.169; 2. Ryan Newman, 21, Bowman/Armstrong-21.228; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.285; 4. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.298; 5. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ Racing-21.329; 6. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.338; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.404; 8. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-21.538; 9. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-21.611; 10. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-21.655; 11. Joe Liguori, 99, Gormly-21.780; 12. Austin Nemire, 91. Hemelgarn-21.865; 13. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-21.956; 14. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-22.071; 15. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-22.175; 16. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-NT; 17. Kevin Studley, 157, Studley-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tanner Swanson, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Bobby Santos, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Ryan Newman, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Jacob Wilson, 9. Joe Axsom, 10. Joe Liguori, 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Austin Nemire, 13. Kevin Studley, 14. David Byrne, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Shane Cockrum. 45:52.428 ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 K.Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Casey Shuman (15th-11th)

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-385, 2-Windom-378, 3-Grant-324, 4-Coons-300, 5-Cottle-276, 6-Byrne-274, 7-Shuman-262, 8-Nemire-251, 9-T.Swanson-213, 10-Liguori-186.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 13 - Salem (IN) Speedway - Scott County Visitors Commission "Joe James-Pat O'Connor Classic"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

$4,000-TO-WIN “3RD ANNUAL PETER MURPHY CLASSIC” STARTS FRIDAY AT TULARE

By Lance Jennings

JULY 20, 2016... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Friday and Saturday (July 22nd & 23rd) at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Noted as one of the richest dates on the schedule, the “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will be capped off by Saturday’s $4,000-to-win and $400-to-start main event. Promoted by Steve Faria, the action packed card will also feature the winged King of the West 410 Sprints and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. A Friday post-race party with live music and food and drinks will be held on the fairgrounds. The cover charge is a donation to the NARC Benevolent Fund which has aided many drivers, including Peter Murphy after injury. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The “Peter Murphy Classic” will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC Memberships ARE MANDATORY and can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2016-usac-licensing. Membership forms will also be available on raceday.

A special thanks goes to Peter Murphy and his family for gathering sponsorship and raising extra prize money for the event. The fast qualifier will earn $400 ($300 plus $100 Woodland Auto Display Award), the hard charger will take home $500, $500 will be awarded to the racer with the longest tow, and $350 will go to the hard luck driver. There will also be a special 4-lap, 4-car “Dash for Cash” with the fastest four qualifiers paying $500 to first, $400 for second, $300 to third, and $200 to fourth. While Friday’s race will pay a regular purse ($1,500-to-win and $225-to-start), Saturday’s winner will earn $4,000, second will pocket $2,000, third will get $1,200, fourth will take home $1,000, and the remaining purse is at the end of this release. In addition, series contingencies (totaling $2,000) will be awarded over both nights.

FORMAT: Friday’s race WILL HAVE the normal format with Woodland Auto Display time trials and the finish will determine Saturday’s lineup. Saturday WILL NOT have time trials and the top-five cars from the Friday main event are locked into an 8-car pole shuffle dash. The finish from the pole shuffle dash will set up the four rows of Saturday’s feature. Championship points on Saturday will only be awarded for the main event. The format for the “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic” is posted at http://www.westcoastsprintcars.com/images/fpposter16/16murphy2.jpg.

Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Peter Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21, the Australia native won non-winged championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprint Cars. In West Coast action, Murphy won six races during the inaugural season and currently ranks sixth on the series win list. In addition, he posted one fast time award and still holds the track record at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Returning to the winged 410s, Murphy was very competitive until injuries sustained in a July 2013 crash forced his retirement as a driver. Still a great ambassador for sprint car racing, he has worked behind the scenes to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” a successful event to rave reviews and higher purses. Last year, Matt Mitchell won the USAC West Coast feature and Aaron Reutzel scored the King of the West triumph.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty-one USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and Richard Vander Weerd set a new 1-lap track record of 15.014 on April 23rd. Bernal won the inaugural Peter Murphy Classic in 2014 and Matt Mitchell won last year’s feature. This season, D.J. Johnson has won two Tulare shows and Austin Liggett won the May 14th Chris & Brian Faria Memorial. A complete series win list at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is at the end of this release.

Entering the ninth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has a 52-point advantage over the competition. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa is the hottest driver on the circuit after winning the last two main events. In addition, the defending Western World 360 Champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led. Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid by adding the “Peter Murphy Classic” to his win list.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored eighteenth at Hanford on June 25th. To date, the 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. D.J. will have his sights on gaining valuable points on Roa by sweeping both nights of the “Peter Murphy Classic.”

After finishing second at Hanford, Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had climbed to third in the point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, five top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps led on the year. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Craig Stidham for seventh on the series win list and will have his sights on the $4,000 payday.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham was nineteenth in the Hanford main event. At press time, last season’s Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and six top-10 finishes on the season. Trey will be looking for his first main event triumph at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is fifth in the championship standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored fourth at Hanford after starting tenth. To date, the 2011 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps to his credit. Vander Weerd is second on the series win list with 18 victories and will have his sights on adding the “Peter Murphy Classic” to his resume.

Currently tenth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California), “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Max Adams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jeff Sibley, Cody Majors, Kyle Smith, Shannon McQueen, Troy Rutherford, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex, and more.

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

PETER MURPHY CLASSIC NON-WING WINNERS: 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Matt Mitchell.

SATURDAY PETER MURPHY CLASSIC PURSE: 1. $4,000; 2. $2,000; 3. $1,200; 4. $1,000; 5. $900; 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $600, 9. $550; 10. $500; 11. $400; 12. $400; 13. $400; 14. $400; 15. $400; 16. $400; 17. $400; 18. $400; 19. $400; 20. $400; 21. $400; 22. $400.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-560, 2. D.J. Johnson-508, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-475, 4. Trey Marcham-457, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-423, 6. Austin Liggett-415, 7. Tristan Guardino-391, 8. Max Adams-381, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-362, 10. Ryan Timmons-354, 11. Jeff Sibley-281, 12. Cody Majors-270, 13. Kyle Smith-252, 14. Kevin Barnes-249, 15. Shannon McQueen-236, 16. Troy Rutherford-216, 17. Landon Hurst-192, 18. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 19. Bryan Clauson-137, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic) July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic) August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial) August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

 

 

 

TONY STEWART TO BE INDUCTED INTO USAC HOF; NEWMAN TO RACE THU. AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

Tony Stewart, one of the most legendary names in all of auto racing, will be in attendance as he is inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway Thursday, July 21, in conjunction with the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown "Rich Vogler Classic."

Stewart, of Columbus, Ind., became the first driver ever to claim all three of USAC's National championships in a single season (in 1995) and is one of only six USAC "Triple Crown Champions." He won the 1994 USAC National Midget title, then added the Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown honors the next season.

Proficient in virtually every form of motorsports, he has earned three NASCAR Cup championships (2002, 2005 and 2011) and a 1997 Indy Racing League title. He has 27 USAC National Midget wins to his credit, as well as 10 wins in the Sprint cars and three in the Silver Crown series.

A member of the National Midget Hall of Fame (2001), his list of impressive motorsports awards and accolades continues to grow. In five Indianapolis 500 appearances, he started first in 1996, finished fifth from the front row in 1997, was ninth in 1999 and sixth in 2001.

His charitable contributions through his Tony Stewart Foundation are endless. In addition to his USAC driving titles, he also has seven Sprint Car Owner championships as well as seven in the Silver Crown Series as an owner.

Thursday's race honors Vogler, the winningest driver in USAC history and also serves as the backdrop for USAC's fifth Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which honors a dozen participants from USAC's past. Along with Stewart, Thursday's inductees include (in alphabetical order) Steve Butler, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Rick Mears, Pat O'Connor, Kevin Olson and Bob Tattersall.

The ceremony is set to be held at 8pm prior to the Silver Crown main event, which is slated for 8:45pm.

 

USAC CHAMP, NASCAR VET RYAN NEWMAN TO RACE IN USAC'S "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" THURSDAY

South Bend, Indiana's Ryan Newman will be pulling double-duty this weekend. Along with his duties at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Brickyard 400, the 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion will be competing in the "Rich Vogler Classic" featuring the Silver Crown cars on the .686-mile paved oval at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Newman competed in last July's LOR race and finished third after starting on the front row. Like last year, Newman will pilot an entry for Bowman/Armstrong Racing of Brownsburg, Ind. and will team with Tanner Swanson, the winner of five of USAC's last six Silver Crown races at the .686-mile paved oval.

Thursday's 100-lap race is the sixth in the 2016 Silver Crown series. C.J. Leary (Terre Haute, Ind.), Kody Swanson (Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis), Chris Windom (Williams Grove, Pa.) and Tanner Swanson (Lucas Oil Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park) have been this year's race winners so far.

Pits open at 2:00pm, grandstands at 4:00, Silver Crown practice at 5:30, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30, the USAC Hall of Fame Induction ceremony begins at 8:00 while the green flag waves for the Silver Crown "Rich Vogler Classic" 100-lap race at 8:45.

Adult general admission is $25. Advance tickets are available at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/track-enterprises.

 

 

ALEX SCHUTTE STORMS TO PETALUMA USAC-BCRA VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

JULY 19, 2016… Powering past Ronnie Gardner on lap seventeen, Alex Schutte (Redding, California) claimed Saturday’s USAC Western States Midget feature at Petaluma Speedway. Co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association, the $1,000 “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” victory was Schutte’s first win of the campaign. Gardner, Shannon McQueen, Michael Faccinto, and Greg Bragg rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting from the pole position, Ronnie Gardner dominated the early laps at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Looking for his fifth win, Gardner’s progress was stalled by slower traffic and Schutte took advantage. Slipping by Gardner for the top spot, the 2010 Champion managed to shake free from the point leader. Gardner gave chase, but Schutte sailed to his fourth career USAC Western States triumph.

Racing the Schutte/McElwee owned #28 Zito Vault Aero / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Alex Schutte qualified twelfth out of twenty-four racers. Finishing second to Frankie Guerrini in his heat race, Alex also earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a twelfth place run to victory. In limited starts, Schutte left Petaluma ranked sixteenth in points with two top-10 finishes.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) led the first sixteen laps, but had to settle for second in the USAC-BCRA main event. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner was fourth quick in time trials and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The three-time champion enters the schedule break with a 40-point advantage on the strength of four feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 98 feature laps led.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) had a solid night with a third place finish at Petaluma Speedway. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Racing Products / Lucas Oil Spike, the 2012 Champion qualified third overall and placed third in her heat race. McQueen heads to the schedule break ranked twelfth in the point standings.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) scored fourth at the checkered flags. Racing the MF Motorsports’ owned #35F OZV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was fifth fast in time trials and ran second to Cory Elliott in his heat race. The second generation driver is second in the point chase with one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the year.

Greg Bragg (Visalia, California) claimed fifth in Petaluma’s “Jack London Hall of Fame Night.” Driving the Dave Thurston owned #11 Bruce Thurston Enterprises Spike, Bragg qualified seventh overall and placed fourth in his heat race.

Dustin Golobic (Fremont, California) earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign. Piloting Doug Bock’s #26 Hubbard Motorsports / Factory Kahne Shocks Spike, Golobic ran fifth in his heat race and scored twentieth in the feature after an early exit.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the program’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott was eleventh quick in time trials and ran seventh in the main event after starting eleventh. Last season’s Rookie of the Year left Petaluma ranked fourth in points with three heat race victories and four top-10 finishes.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) won the night’s 8-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini qualified ninth overall and took sixth in the main event from ninth. Last year’s BCRA Champion sits third in the point chase with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and six top-10 finishes in the campaign

After taking a break in the schedule, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to action on Saturday, September 3rd, at Calistoga Speedway. The 2-day “Louie Vermeil Classic” at the Napa County Fairgrounds is part of a Northern California swing that includes Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on Thursday, September 8th. Also showcasing the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, more event information can be found at www.calistogaspeedway.org, or calling 916.773.7225.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:
July 16, 2016 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” - Co-sanctioned by BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Dustin Golobic, 26, Bock-14.216; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.343; 3. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.374; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.418; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.443; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.589; 7. Greg Bragg, 11, Thurston-14.607; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.648; 9. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.720; 10. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.736; 11. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.753; 12. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.776; 13. Taylor Clark, 25K, Rodela-14.803; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.812; 15. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.086; 16. Rick Cook, 7R, Cook-15.182; 17. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-15.213; 18. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.229; 19. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.483; 20. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.686; 21. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.081; 22. Nick Foster, 24, Foster-NT; 23. Britton Bock, 62, Bock-NT; 24. Bobby Wilson, 87, Wilson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Gardner, 2. Gard, 3. Clark, 4. Bragg, 5. Golobic, 6. Bock, 7. Cook, 8. Lindsey. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Swanson, 4. Pankratz, 5. Dalby, 6. Wilson, 7. Alvis, 8. Waite. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Guerrini, 2. Schutte, 3. McQueen, 4. Crone, 5. Howard, 6. Foster, 7. Cofer, 8. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Alex Schutte (12th), 2. Ronnie Gardner (1st), 3. Shannon McQueen (2nd), 4. Michael Faccinto (5th), 5. Greg Bragg (7th), 6. Frankie Guerrini (9th), 7. Cory Elliott (11th), 8. Courtney Crone (6th), 9. Maria Cofer (18th), 10. Brian Gard (10th), 11. Britton Bock (22nd), 12. Randi Pankratz (14th), 13. Bobby Wilson (23rd), 14. Nick Foster (24th), 15. Taylor Clark (13th), 16. Sparky Howard (15th), 17. Nate Waite (17th), 18. Floyd Alvis (20th), 19. Bill Lindsey (19th), 20. Dustin Golobic (4th), 21. Robert Dalby (8th), 22. Rick Cook (16th), 23. J.R. Williams (21st). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Gardner, Laps 17- 30 Schutte.
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Alex Schutte (12th to 1st)

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-486, 2. Michael Faccinto-446, 3. Frankie Guerrini-355, 4. Cory Elliott-326, 5. Cody Swanson-290, 6. Randi Pankratz-287, 7. Tyler Dolacki-279, .. Courtney Crone-279, 9. Maria Cofer-249, 10. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 11. Robert Dalby-231, 12. Shannon McQueen-183, 13. Darren Hagen-163, 14. Terry Nichols-158, 15. Dylan Ito-156, 16. Alex Schutte-145, 17. Robby Josett-125, 18. Troy Rutherford-113, 19. Ashley Hazelton-111, 20. Britton Bock-102.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

RYAN NEWMAN RETURNS FOR "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" THURSDAY

Former USAC Silver Crown National Champion Ryan Newman returns to the series Thursday night to compete in the "Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. Newman competed in last year's LOR race and finished third after starting on the front row.

Newman's USAC career at the track includes five victories in Midgets (1997-1999) and one in the Silver Crown machines (1999). He was the 1999 series champion and three years earlier had been named the series "Rookie of the Year." He has two series victories, the last coming in a 1999 race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

Newman will pilot an entry for car owner Bowman/Armstrong Racing of Brownsburg, Ind. and will team with Tanner Swanson, the winner of five of USAC's last six Silver Crown races at the .686-mile paved oval.

Thursday's race salutes the career of the late Rich Vogler, who amassed more USAC victories than any driver in history

Thursday's 100-lap race is the sixth in the 2016 Silver Crown series. C.J. Leary (Terre Haute, Ind.), Kody Swanson (Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis), Chris Windom (Williams Grove, Pa.) and Tanner Swanson (Lucas Oil Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park) have been this year's race winners so far.

Thursday's event also includes USAC's fifth Hall of Fame induction ceremonies honoring 2016 inductees Steve Butler, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Rick Mears, Pat O'Connor, Kevin Olson, Tony Stewart and Bob Tattersall.

 

 

"DOUBLE POINTS" VICTORY FOR PIERSON AT BEAR RIDGE

Bradford, VT........USAC DMA Midget point leader Adam Pierson scored an important "double points" victory in Saturday's "Shirley & Mickey Bruleigh Memorial" at Bear Ridge Speedway. The fourth different feature lap leader, he led the final eight laps after passing Ray Miller on lap 18. Sunn finished second ahead of Robert tucker, Dean Christensen and Miller.

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 16, 2016 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Shirley & Mickey Bruleigh Memorial"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 2. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 3. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 4. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 5. Amanda Habel (#09 Habel), 6. Alex Rose (#11 Rose), 7. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 8. Vinny Lucca (#9 Miller), 9. Bob White (#3 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 2. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 3. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 4. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 5. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 6. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 7. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 8. Tyler Rivard (#37 Rivard), 9. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 10. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Robert Tucker, 4. Dean Christensen, 5. Ray Miller, 6. Jeff Horn, 7. Dylan Duhaime, 8. Kenney Johnson, 9. Jeff Champagne, 10. Adam Whitney, 11. Seth Carlson (#5 Matczak), 12. Tyler Rivard, 13. Tim Gallant, 14. Mark Cole, 15. Manny Dias, 16. Bob White, 17. Amanda Habel, 18. Vinny Lucca. ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Dias, Lap 12 Miller, Laps 13-14 Tucker, Laps 15-17 Miller, Laps 18-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-673, 2-Sunn-655, 3-Christensen-581, 4-Whitney-543, 5-Miller-496, 6-Champagne-485, 7-Tucker-451, 8-Horn-447, 9-Dias-431, 10-Cole-403.

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

 

 

STOCKON SEALS THE WIN, BACON THE CHAMP AT TERRE HAUTE ISW FINALE

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Chase Stockon became the seventh different winner on the seventh night of the 29th annual "Indiana Sprint Week" finale Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track. Yet, it was fourth place finisher Brady Bacon who, despite going winless throughout the seven races, used a string of consistent finishes to accumulate enough points to claim his first ISW crown.

Bacon's finishes of 5th, 5th, 7th, 11th, 2nd and 7th in the first six ISW races put him in the catbird seat coming into Sunday night's "Don Smith Classic" feature. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver held a 15-point advantage over defending ISW champ Robert Ballou.

Due to their solid qualifying efforts earlier in the evening, both Bacon and Ballou were in an enviable position at the start of the 30-lap main event. Ballou would roll off third with Bacon directly behind him on the inside of row three.

Ballou was more than a formidable challenge to Bacon evidenced by his prowess on the half-mile dirt oval, picking up victories in the two most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car visits to the "Action Track" at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

But Bacon's mission was clear. Finish in the top-five and the ISW title was all his.

At the start, pole-sitter Chase Stockon gallantly streamed to the lead into turn one, sliding up to the high side as outside front row starter Tyler Courtney skated sideways in the middle of the corner, yet was able to maintain the position as the field shot down the back straightway.

On lap two, the red flag flew for the night's only incident involving Englishman Tom Harris, who took a nasty-looking tumble between turns three and four. He was uninjured.

On the ensuing restart, Courtney took a run at Stockon for the lead on the bottom of turn one, but was denied, forcing him to fall back into line in the second position at the exit of turn two.

One lap later, third-running Ballou attempted a similar move on Courtney, shooting to the inside guardrail in turn three for second, but wasn't able to make it stick as Courtney motored away to hold steady in the runner-up spot.

Meanwhile, Stockon was gone, checking out on the field for a half-straightaway lead by lap six as the drivers throughout the pack settled into a groove on the high, wide and handsome cushion.

With each position in the top-ten paying three points for every spot gained, points were of utmost importance and Ballou needed his share. Ballou began to erase the separation that was wedged between himself and second-running Courtney on lap 13 as he shadowed "Sunshine" up against the concrete.

Sunday's winner at the Terre Haute Indiana Sprint Week finale: Chase Stockon. (Gene Crucean Photo)

As the two battled for their own supremacy, leader Stockon was now within an arm's reach of Courtney and Ballou as he became hung up on lapped cars on the 14th circuit. Now nose-to-tail and running one, two, three, Stockon felt the pressure intensify as he worked to overtake the lapped car of previous night's Haubstadt winner Carson Short. Two laps later, with Courtney and Ballou just a few footsteps behind, Stockon was able to gain some much-needed breathing room as he slid Short to create a little separation for himself just past the halfway point.

With 11 laps to go, Ballou tried a colossal slider on Courtney for second in turn one. Ballou drifted his way toward the topside in a classic, patented Terre Haute slide job, appearing to pinch Courtney just a tad enough to slow him up. But Courtney never lifted, instead, throttling his way off the exit of turn two while crop dusting western Indiana soil into the Vigo County Fair midway to remain in second.

However, three laps later, Ballou gave it another shot. This time, he made the move on Courtney stick, slipping past the Gas City ISW winner for second. One lap later, with six to go, Bryan Clauson smoked by Courtney for the second position as well, but his stay in the top-three would be short-lived after his right rear tire blew out on lap 25, bringing out the night's final caution and setting up a final six-lap dash for glory.

Stockon, Ballou and Courtney marched single-file at speed up against the cushion, right up next to the wall, on the restart with ISW point leader Brady Bacon behind in a distant fourth, holding stable and unwavering in his steadfast resolve.

Shortly thereafter, Stockon and Ballou broke away from Courtney, creating a two-man, two-car race for the race win.

Three to go, Ballou was closer to Stockon than he'd been all race, prompting Ballou to toss a short-slider at Stockon in turn one that came up short, but Ballou refused to be fazed, staying right with Stockon two to three links back in second.

Though Stockon was just within Ballou's grasp during the final laps, Ballou was never quite close enough to mount a serious challenge to make the winning move. As Stockon gassed his machine sideways off of the final corner with the checkered flag in clean sight, the Fort Branch, Indiana driver had the victory in the bag, his second win at the track in USAC competition and first since 2012, followed to the line by Ballou and Courtney.

Stockon was the seventh driver to win a feature during the unprecedented, historic seven night ISW of 2016, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since 2001.

Bacon's fourth place run was the centerpiece at the end of the night after he was able to garner enough valuable points to pocket the ISW title by nine markers over Ballou. In the process, it marked the ninth time the ISW champ won the series without a feature victory, joining Randy Kinser (1988), Gary Trammell (1990), Bob Kinser (1991), Tony Elliott (1999), Levi Jones (2004, 2008 & 2012) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Bacon's title staked the claim for the traditional hand-crafted Bridgeport Rocker that is awarded annually to the ISW champions by longtime supporters John and Terri Youngs of Vincennes, Ind. as well as the $5000 top prize.

"This means a lot," Bacon said proudly after driving the Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar to the ISW title. "Anytime you can put an accomplishment like this on your resume, that's pretty special. I'm glad to get another one for the Hoffman's. This is a lot more intense place to end it than some of the other places. We're usually good here and these guys gave me a good enough car that I could make up for some of my mistakes earlier in the week and a good enough car to keep it up front every night.

"You never know what's going to happen at this place," Bacon continued after delivering the Hoffman Auto Racing team its first ISW championship since Dave Darland's one-point victory for the team in 1998. "When Bryan (Clauson) passed me, I was a little nervous, but I thought we were still good enough to get in line and not make any mistakes. I don't think any team had the "Sprint Week" we were wanting, but we got the best of everybody else. The experience of the team helps in that situation because they know not to get too down on themselves. If you can only run 7th or 11th some night, they know to just take what we can get and move on to the next one."

Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon led wire-to-wire on his way to victory in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Dewig Meats/DRC/Fisher. The win was an emotional one for Stockon whose career was aided by the financial help supplied by the race's namesake: Terre Haute businessman, sponsor and Action Track promoter, Don Smith.

"This is pretty awesome," Stockon exclaimed. "This is the 'Don Smith Classic' and I've wanted to win this one really bad. Once I knew nobody was going to get to me coming to the checkered, I was about in tears. Don Smith has been a big part of my career with First Financial Bank. They helped us out a lot and I think this win means more than any I've ever had. Getting through lapped traffic was tricky, trying to slide across the track and get to the top as quick as possible. I knew Robert would be back there because this is his kind of race track and he's proven time and time again that's he's the car to beat here. I just drove every lap as hard as I could and hoped the car would hang on."

Ballou, of Rocklin, California, finished second in the feature and second in the final ISW points in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley Auto/Maxim/Ott. Many competitors would be satisfied with that result, but for the 2015 USAC National Sprint and ISW titlist, his 2016 ISW experience was a disappointment.

"We just didn't have a very good 'Sprint Week,' Ballou said bluntly. "You have to put complete nights together to win championships and the Hoffmans deserve this the most because they did that the best. We've been off all week and I'm not really sure why. Chase (Stockon) was really good and Tyler Courtney was too. Both of those guys did a great job. I'm happy for the Stockons, but we just missed it a little bit tonight. We were too tight and had to settle for second."

Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney rebounded from two consecutive less-than-stellar nights at Bloomington and Haubstadt after a hot start to his "Sprint Week" to earn a respectable third-place finish in both the race as well as the ISW standings in his TOPP Motorsports/Maxim/Chevy.

'Hats off to my guys," Courtney said. "I tore up that car at Bloomington and all we had up top was our wing car that we run. It had a non-wing front axle in it, but we pulled it out and struggled through the rest of the night. Then, we worked all day in the hot sun at Haubstadt just to get it ready, but they worked their tails off to make this the best non-wing car possible. A third tonight is one of the only things I could do to repay them for all their hard work."

Contingency award winners at the Terre Haute Action Track included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Tyler Courtney (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

July 17, 2016 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Don Smith Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-21.051; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-21.077; 3. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-21.131; 4. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-21.192; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-21.206; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-21.244; 7. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-21.398; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-21.430; 9. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-21.448; 10. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-21.487; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.503; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 24, Simon-21.558; 13. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.714; 14. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-21.819; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.940; 16. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-22.031; 17. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-22.065; 18. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-22.067; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Amati-22.085; 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-22.138; 21. Carson Short, 21, Short-22.192; 22. Bill Rose, 6R, Rose-22.212; 23. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-22.670; 24. Tom Harris, 5E, East-22.672; 25. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-22.758; 26. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-22.920; 27. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-23.035; 28. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-23.667; 29. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-23.724; 30. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-25.021; 31. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT; 32. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Leary, 3. Darland, 4. C.Short, 5. K.Thomas Jr., 6. Mattox, 7. Phillips, 8. S.Thomas. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Ballou, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Boespflug, 5. McGhee, 6. M.Wissmiller, 7. Rose, 8. Bell. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Mellenberndt, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Andretti, 5. Hughes, 6. Chapple, 7. Windom, 8. Farney. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Coons, 3. Jarrett, 4. Stockon, 5. Kreisel, 6. Harris. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Farney, 3. Harris, 4. K.Thomas, 5. Kreisel, 6. McGhee, 7. M.Wissmiller, 8. Mattox, 9. Hughes, 10. Rose, 11. Phillips, 12. S.Thomas, 13. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Aaron Farney, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Logan Jarrett, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Thomas Meseraull, 15. Jon Stanbrough, 16. Carson Short, 17. Riley Kreisel, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. Tyler Thomas, 20. Bret Mellenberndt, 21. Kevin Thomas, 22. Tom Harris. NT ---------------------------- **Harris flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons Jr. (18th-8th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,937, 2-Ballou-1,771, 3-Stockon-1,725, 4-Meseraull-1,695, 5-Darland-1,575, 6-Boespflug-15.40, 7-Lear-1,528, 8-Windom-1,386, 9-McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,089.

FINAL USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bacon-448, 2-Ballou-439, 3-Courtney-390, 4-Stockon-382, 5-Windom-359, 6-K.Thomas Jr.-340, 7-Boespflug-336, 8-Andretti-327, 9-Coons-295, 10-Kyle Cummins-291.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 29-30 - Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 2. Ty Tilton (#42 Tilton), 3. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 4. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 5. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 6. Cory Guingrich (#2 Guingrich), 7. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell), 8. Jon Watson (#41 Watson), 9. Tom Hunt (#12 Hunt), 10. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 11. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 12. Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor), 13 Alex Watson (#3W Watson), 14. Nick Daugherty (#44 Coleman). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Lucius, Laps 12-20 Etgen.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-466, 2-Bedwell-382, 3-Lucius-375, 4-A.Watson-342, 5-Bigelow-331, 6-Guingich-298, 7-Taylor-243, 8-Corea-198, 9-J.Watson-185, 10-Hunt-169.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: August 6 - Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway - "Kids Candy Dash Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. John Springer (#3 Springer), 4. Tyler Roth (#0B Zero), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Jack Marion (#49 Marion), 7. Jimmy Picardi (#15S Picardi). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 2. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 3. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 4. Ryan Probst (#99 Probst), 5. Daitlyn England (#19E England), 6. Mike Cusack Jr. (#7 Cusack), 7. Austin Archdale (#2A Archdale). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 5. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 6. Beau Burnett (#37 Burnett). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Dillon Morley, 3. John Springer, 4. Broc Hunnell, 5. Brent Burrows, 6. Jeff Mallonee, 7. Shane Morgan, 8. Gedd Ross, 9. Ryan Probst, 10. Tyler Roth, 11. Mitchell Davis, 12. Chase McDermand, 13. Austin Archdale, 14. Jake Sollenberger, 15. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 16. Jimmy Picardi, 17. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 18. Todd Baker, 19. Mike Cusack Jr., 20. Daitlyn England, 21. Jack Marion, 22. Beau Burnett. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Morley, Laps 4-20 A.Baugh.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-831, 2-Sollenberger-681, 3-Burrows-672, 4-Morley-646, 5-A.Baugh-577, 6-Davis-577, 7-Travis Pence-532, 8-McDermand-421, 9-Morgan-374, 10-Bart Andrews-361.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACES: July 21-22 - Farmer City (IL) Speedway - "D2 Midget Nationals"

 

CARSON SHORT SCORES FIRST WIN AT TRI-STATE IN USAC's 10,000TH RACE

Haubstadt, Indiana.........Carson Short continued the roll of first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winners into victory lane Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, becoming the fourth different driver to pick up his initial career series victory in the first six races of the 29th edition of Indiana Sprint Week.

Short, of Marion, Illinois, joined Tyler Courtney (Gas City I-69 Speedway), Kyle Cummins (Kokomo Speedway) and Brent Beauchamp (Bloomington Speedway) as one of the new names to join the USAC record books.

The run of new winners hasn't been seen in the series since five drivers - Hunter Schuerenberg, Jacob Wilson, Brad Sweet, Brady Bacon and David Cardey - triumphed for the first time during a seven-race stretch late in the 2008 season.

On this night, USAC celebrated its 10,000th sanctioned event since its debut in January of 1956. Starting from the pole position for the 30-lap event on this momentous occasion was the 20-year-old Short, unrelated to Thursday night's winner at Lincoln Park Speedway Brady Short.

Short bolted to the lead in the first turn at the start, sliding up in front of fellow front row starter, Jarett Andretti for the race lead on the opening lap.

As Short began to distance himself from second-running Andretti, Tri-State Speedway favorite Cummins was able to sneak by Andretti for the second spot with a move on the inside of turn two.

Cummins began to run down leader Short by the sixth lap, but a turn four tangle involving Tyler Thomas and Jeff Bland, Jr. would help tighten up the gap between first and second, placing Cummins right on Short's tail tank for the restart.

Both Short and Cummins occupied the middle groove on both ends of the racetrack, setting a blistering pace as both entered lapped traffic.

With ten laps remaining, Short would have to weave his way through a bevy of slower traffic with the Haubstadt master, Kyle Cummins hot on his trail as the laps wound down. With lapped cars running high, low middle and everywhere in between, Short had to be nearly perfect as he worked his way through the nooks and crannies in the back of the field while simultaneously being shadowed and hounded by Cummins.

With just five to go, Short almost saw the race slip through his fingers after getting extremely sideways at the exit of turn four. Short momentarily sliced down on Cummins' inside line, forcing Cummins to back off the throttle, which slowed his momentum as Short regained control and maintained his place atop the leaderboard.

During the final laps, Short hit all of his marks correctly and was able to maneuver around a handful of lapped machines with relative ease to collect not only his first career series victory, but his first ever sprint car win of any kind, in his Indiana Sprint Week debut of 2016 over Cummins and Chase Stockon.

Carson Short, of Marion, Illinois, became the fourth driver in six Indiana Sprint Week races to record his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory. (David Nearpass Photo)

Robert Ballou took KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger honors for the second straight night after coming home fourth from his 16th starting position and now trails seventh place finisher Brady Bacon by just 10 points heading into Sunday's ISW finale at the Terre Haute Action Track, a place where he's been victorious in his two most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts.

Meanwhile, Andretti tied his career-best series finish of fifth, set at Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway just a little over a month ago.

It's been quite a successful week for the young lions of USAC racing who've responded to the challenge night-in, night-out at racetracks all around the state of Indiana this week in front of packed houses during ISW. Carson Short became the latest to meet the challenge, stepping up to take the Haubstadt round in his Richard Short/Total Field & Environmental Services - RASS Restoration/DRC/SPEC, marking just his second career top-five finish in his 28th career start dating back to his series debut at Tri-State in 2013.

"This is unreal," Short exclaimed. "With about five (laps) to go, I was thinking, 'man, I'm leading this and I know Cummins is down there.' My car started getting better right around half way and on those last five laps, we were really fast. I saw lapped traffic, but they were fast enough to concern me and I think, for sure, played a role in me getting away from Kyle (Cummins) at the end. To beat Kyle makes this even better because he's the best here. The top just wasn't there tonight, so we stuck it on the bottom and Kyle showed me that about half way through, so I owe him one. You can't beat this feeling of winning during Indiana Sprint Week!"

With his second place run on Saturday night, Princeton, Indiana's Cummins tallied his seventh podium finish in 17 series starts this season in his Rock Steady Racing/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins. Though Cummins has been known for his close-but-no-cigar moments over the years in USAC competition, after his recent win at Kokomo, Cummins freely admits this second place run doesn't sting as much as it once would have.

"Since I won one already, I'm actually happy to run second tonight," Cummins admitted. "The track stayed tacky from beginning to end, so we were just too tight. I was hoping Carson (Short) would make a mistake or get bottled up in the lapped traffic, but it seemed like every time he did, he picked the right line and would get away. It's been an up and down week for us, but we're happy to run second tonight."

Chase Stockon, of Fort Branch, Indiana, earned his sixth straight Tri-State Speedway top-five finish Saturday night, taking third place at the checkered in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Dewig Meats/DRC/Fisher.

"We banked on the track blowing off quite a bit and it never really came to us," Stockon said. "We were set up for the end of the race and the track just didn't behave like we thought it would. We just needed it to be about five or 10 laps longer."

Contingency award winners at Tri-State Speedway included Josh Hodges (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner & KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Thomas Meseraull (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Logan Jarrett (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Brady Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Petaluma, California - Petaluma Speedway - "Jack London Hall of Fame Night" - Co-sanctioned by BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dustin Golobic, 26, Bock-14.216; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.343; 3. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.374; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.418; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.443; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.589; 7. Greg Bragg, 11, Thurston-14.607; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.648; 9. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.720; 10. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.736; 11. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.753; 12. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.776; 13. Taylor Clark, 25K, Clark-14.803; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.812; 15. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.086; 16. Rick Cook, 7R, Cook-15.182; 17. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-15.213; 18. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.229; 19. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.483; 20. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.686; 21. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.081; 22. Nick Foster, 24, Foster-NT; 23. Britton Bock, 62, Bock-NT; 24. Bobby Wilson, 87, Wilson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Gard, 3. Clark, 4. Bragg, 5. Golobic, 6. Bock, 7. Cook, 8. Lindsey. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Swanson, 4. Pankratz, 5. Dalby, 6. Wilson, 7. Alvis, 8. Waite. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Schutte, 3. McQueen, 4. Crone, 5. Howard, 6. Foster, 7. Cofer, 8. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Greg Bragg, 6. Frankie Guerrini, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Courtney Crone, 9. Brian Gard, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Bobby Wilson, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Nick Foster, 14. Britton Bock, 15. Taylor Clark, 16. Sparky Howard, 17. Nate Waite, 18. Floyd Alvis, 19. Bill Lindsey, 20. Dustin Golobic, 21. Robert Dalby, 22. Rick Cook, 23. J.R. Williams. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Gardner, Laps 17-30 Schutte.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Bobby Wilson (23rd to 11th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-486, 2-Faccinto-446, 3-Guerrini-355, 4-Elliott-326, 5-C.Swanson-290, 6-Pankratz-287, 7-Tyler Dolacki-279, 8-Crone-279, 9-Cofer-249, 10-Sean Dodenhoff-242.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: September 3-4 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway - 9th "Louis Vermeil Classic"

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Spotsylvania, Virginia - Dominion Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Alex Bright, 29, Bright-15.404; 2. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.531; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.576; 4. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.611; 5. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.647; 6. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.736; 7. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.741; 8. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.755; 9. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.898; 10. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.995; 11. Eric Lewis, 6, Radical-16.670; 12. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-NT.

FEATURE RAINED OUT (No reschedule yet) ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-624, 2-Nelke-586, 3-Hatfield-561, 4-Bean-548, 5-Kurtz-529, 6-Lamb-493, 7-Allison-430, 8-Parker-391, 9-Rhodes-381, 10-Scott Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 22 - Raleigh, NC - Wake County Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.319; 2. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.367; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.416; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.462; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.495; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.497; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.510; 8. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.549; 9. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.601; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Amati-13.660; 11. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.677; 12. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.725; 13. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.742; 14. Critter Malone, 7, Seven LLC-13.743; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.782; 16. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.785; 17. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.793; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 24, LSR-13.812; 19. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.854; 20. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-13.855; 21. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.910; 22. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.931; 23. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.963; 24. Jeff Bland Jr., 38, Bland-14.066; 25. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.069; 26. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.184; 27. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-14.208; 28. James Lyerla, 11x, Lyerla-14.216; 29. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-14.262; 30. Dallas Hewitt, 69R, Pearson-14.273; 31. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-14.277; 32. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-14.305; 33. Brian Karraker, 23k, Karraker-14.377; 34. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-14.387; 35. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.453; 36. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.495; 37. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.705; 38. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-14.824; 39. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.923.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Courtney, 3. B.Short, 4. Hodges, 5. Bacon, 6. Farney, 7. Hewitt, 8. Ketcham, 9. Harris, 10. Chambers. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Malone, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Boespflug, 5. K.Thomas, 6. Leary, 7. Darland, 8. Schmidt, 9. Mellenberndt, 10. Bell. 2:16.80

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Andretti, 3. Cummins, 4. Jackson, 5. Windom, 6. Chapple, 7. Morin, 8. Mattox, 9. Lyerla. 2:20.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Short, 2. Bland, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Stockon, 5. McGhee, 6. Brackett, 7. Kreisel, 8. Karraker, 9. Gentry. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Karraker, 2. Mattox, 3. Morin, 4. Chambers, 5. Bell, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Ketcham. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. K.Thomas Jr., 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. McGhee, 5. Darland, 6. Farney, 7. Leary, 8. Mattox, 9. Kreisel, 10. Hewitt, 11. Karraker, 12. Schmidt, 13. Chapple, 14. Lyerla, 15. Harris, 16. Chambers, 17. Brackett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Carson Short, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Critter Malone, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Max McGhee, 11. Josh Hodges, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Brady Short, 14. Logan Jarrett, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Dakota Jackson, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Jeff Bland Jr., 21. Tyler Thomas, 22. Tyler Courtney, 23. Isaac Chapple, 24. Dave Darland. NT
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**Brackett flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 C.Short.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (16th-4th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,863, 2-Ballou-1,696, 3-Meseraull-1,652, 4-Stockon-1,650, 5-Darland-1,532, 6-Boespflug-1,496, 7-Leary-1,488, 8-Windom-1,323, 9-McGhee-1,222. 10-Farney-1,028.

FINAL USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bacon-374, 2-Ballou-364, 3-Courtney-318, 4-K.Thomas Jr.-314, 5-Stockon-307, 6-Windom-296, 7-Andretti-295, 8-Boespflug-292, 9-Cummins-291, 10-Meseraull-246.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: July 17 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Don Smith Classic"


 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 16, 2016 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” - Co-sanctioned by BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dustin Golobic, 26, Bock-14.216; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.343; 3. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.374; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.418; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.443; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.589; 7. Greg Bragg, 11, Thurston-14.607; 8. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.648; 9. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.720; 10. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.736; 11. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.753; 12. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.776; 13. Taylor Clark, 25K, Clark-14.803; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.812; 15. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.086; 16. Rick Cook, 7R, Cook-15.182; 17. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-15.213; 18. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.229; 19. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.483; 20. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.686; 21. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.081; 22. Nick Foster, 24, Foster-NT; 23. Britton Bock, 62, Bock-NT; 24. Bobby Wilson, 87, Wilson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Gard, 3. Clark, 4. Bragg, 5. Golobic, 6. Bock, 7. Cook, 8. Lindsey. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Swanson, 4. Pankratz, 5. Dalby, 6. Wilson, 7. Alvis, 8. Waite. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Schutte, 3. McQueen, 4. Crone, 5. Howard, 6. Foster, 7. Cofer, 8. Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Greg Bragg, 6. Frankie Guerrini, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Courtney Crone, 9. Brian Gard, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Bobby Wilson, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Nick Foster, 14. Britton Bock, 15. Taylor Clark, 16. Sparky Howard, 17. Nate Waite, 18. Floyd Alvis, 19. Bill Lindsey, 20. Dustin Golobic, 21. Robert Dalby, 22. Rick Cook, 23. J.R. Williams. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Gardner, Laps 17- 30 Schutte.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Bobby Wilson (23rd to 11th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 3 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “Louie Vermeil Classic”

 

 

BLOOMINGTON BELONGS TO BEAUCHAMP; BECOMES USAC SPRINTS' 3RD NEW WINNER IN ISW

Bloomington, Indiana.........In a week chock-full of veteran drivers entering USAC victory lane for the first time, Brent Beauchamp became the latest to break through after prevailing in a classic duel with Dave Darland throughout the majority of the 30-lap event during round five of "Indiana Sprint Week" at Bloomington Speedway's 28th annual "Sheldon Kinser Memorial." A race that featured the most lead changes in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race in 15 years!

Beauchamp would start third in the 30-lap event, directly behind Dave Darland who began his race from the pole position for the second consecutive night.

As the green flag flew, Darland drew first blood, sliding up in front of outside front row starter Brady Bacon as the 24-car field filed into turn one.

Immediately, Darland gained company as Beauchamp utilized the bottom of the racetrack to pull even with Darland entering turn three, resulting in a dead heat at the line at the conclusion of lap one.

With Beauchamp up on the high line and Darland hugging the infield tires, the two engaged in a side-by-side war lap-after-lap with neither driver able to put more than a half car length's advantage between each other at the flag stand for the first eight laps of the feature.

Though credited with only three "official" lead changes at the start/finish line during the first one-third of the race, Darland and Beauchamp swapped the top spot a dozen times in the first eight laps. Darland's strong suit was on his entry into turns one and three where he was able to pull ahead by a car length midway through the corner while Beauchamp was able to propel himself off the exit of turns two and four to pull even on the inside of Darland down the front and back straightaways.

The two put on a show for the ages, running several identical-looking, side-by-side laps resulting in numerous photo finishes at the line with each successive circuit appearing as if the two were on a high-speed pace lap.

Without either able to break away up front, Beauchamp was able to edge ahead of Darland by mere inches at the scoring loop on lap five, but the lead would be short-lived as Darland fought back to claim the top spot at the stripe on the sixth and seventh laps. On lap eight, Beauchamp got a titanic run on the bottom that lunged him forward off the exit of turn four and into the lead, putting a five-car-length gap between himself and Darland in the ensuing laps.

After the stoppage of Chase Stockon brought out a caution at the halfway mark, the lap 15 restart saw Darland find his second wind. Just as the topside of the red clay surface appeared to fade, Darland quickly proved there was still something left up top as he clawed his way back on the outside to beat Beauchamp to the line on lap 16 by 14-thousandths of a second.

Meanwhile, Beauchamp drove his machine as straight as an arrow on the bottom, re-taking the lead by a car length on the 17th lap before Darland found another bullet in the chamber, reloading for another run at Beauchamp to reclaim the lead by a car length on laps 18 and 19.

By lap 20, the exit of turn two began to slip away as Darland was still able to pull even alongside Beauchamp between turns one and two, but was unable to find any moisture at the top of the second turn, hindering his forward motion as he faded and Beauchamp raced by on the inside and distanced himself from the rest of the field in the waning laps.

In the last 10 laps, it was all Brent Beauchamp, who pulled away to join Tyler Courtney and Kyle Cummins as the third different driver to claim his first career USAC victory during 2016 ISW over Brady Bacon, who slipped by Darland for second on the final lap. Kevin Thomas, Jr., a 2012 Bloomington ISW winner, was fourth while Thomas Meseraull drove the Landon Simon Racing car to its second straight fifth place finish.

Bloomington winner Brent Beauchamp (middle) is joined by second place finisher Brady Bacon (left) and third place finisher Dave Darland (right) in victory lane. (Steve Lafond Photo)

Bloomington Speedway, the only track to host an ISW event in each year of the series' existence dating back to 1988, has now produced six first-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winners during its ISW round over the years: Brad Fox (1997), Cory Kruseman (1999), A.J. Anderson (2001), Brady Short (2006), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2012) and now Beauchamp.

The spectacular 30-lap affair featured the most lead changes in a USAC National Sprint Car race since Lincoln Park Speedway's "Indiana Sprint Week" feature at Lincoln Park Speedway on July 21, 2001 that also involved Dave Darland. In that event, Jon Stanbrough got by Dave Darland on the final corner of the final lap to take a photo finish victory.

However, this night belonged to Beauchamp, the Avon, Indiana native who came into Friday night's race with only one career top-five finish in USAC National Sprint Car competition - a third at Bloomington's ISW round in 2012. He drove his Jeff Olson/Concrete Connection - Brownsburg Mufflers/Spike/J & D to a 1.85-second victory that was not indicative of the fierce battle that was waged between first-time winner Beauchamp and Darland, the winningest ISW and USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time.

"I can't put this into words," Beauchamp said. "I said last night that winning a 'Sprint Week' race would be something that I literally would not be able to describe and, to do it here- a place that has eluded me for so long- it's a place I've wanted to win at so bad, but to do it during 'Sprint Week,' it's amazing. I felt like I was running a Kenyon car at the Speedrome when I was down there on the bottom. I just tried to roll it smooth and not get off the tires. I knew Dave was out there and I could sense that if I just hit my marks that I was better and could get away from him. When I got to the lapped cars, I just told myself not to do anything dumb and stuck it on bottom and then went wide coming to the checkered to try and block any sort of run. I am just so excited. This is amazing!"

In "Indiana Sprint Week," every little thing matters. Though he's run spectacularly all week, earlier in the night, during the Indy Race Parts fourth heat, ISW point leader Courtney skated over the turn one cushion and embarked on a wild series of flips over the backside of the banking. Though Courtney returned in a backup car for the semi-feature, he was unable to transfer, thus missing the feature and having to stand on the sidelines to witness his 32-point lead coming into Friday night quickly evaporate.

Courtney's misfortune was all Bacon's gain, as the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver's second place finish helped him leapfrog past Courtney to take over the ISW point lead heading into the final two races on Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt and Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"We caught a break when Hodges went by me and we got a yellow," Bacon admitted. "I calmed down after that and just tried to run the bottom and not make too many mistakes. I thought the top was going to be the place to be, but the bottom was just too good and the top was treacherous. Hats off to the track prep crew, though. To go through 50 cars in the middle of the summer without any prep breaks is fantastic. These last three tracks are three of our best, so we've got some momentum. We had to battle back all week, but tonight, we could get to the front and just sort of hang out, so that was nice. But I padded my bank account a little bit this week, so, hopefully, we can keep it up these last two nights."

It was a valiant effort for Lincoln, Indiana's Darland, who led on four different occasions for a total of nine laps and finished a strong third in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton.

"We've been decent this year, but we're still learning," Darland acknowledges. "Jeff (Walker) and I are getting better. We were good last night and then tonight, obviously, too. We could get around Brent (Beauchamp) a few times, but the cushion just got so tough to run. I slipped the right rear over the edge a couple times in turn two, and then would just get hung up, so it was difficult. I had to shoot off of it a little early as we got going towards the end. But we were good tonight, so it's a step in the right direction."

Contingency award winners at Bloomington Speedway included Chad Boespflug (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Logan Jarrett (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Hunter Schuerenberg (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) & A.J. Hopkins (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 15, 2016 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Sheldon Kinser Memorial"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-10.737; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-10.846; 3. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-10.858; 4. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-10.961; 5. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-10.974; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 24, LSR-10.981; 7. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-10.986; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.988; 9. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-10.988; 10. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-11.005; 11. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.005; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-11.026; 13. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-11.038; 14. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.043; 15. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.046; 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-11.061; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.062; 18. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.074; 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-11.085; 20. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-11.085; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.087; 22. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-11.124; 23. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-11.129; 24. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.136; 25. A.J. Hopkins, 14H, Hopkins-11.144; 26. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.158; 27. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.161; 28. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-11.211; 29. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.231; 30. Jeff Bland Jr., 38, Bland-11.247; 31. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-11.267; 32. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-11.270; 33. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-11.282; 34. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-11.312; 35. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Amati-11.322; 36. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-11.329; 37. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-11.355; 38. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-11.417; 39. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-11.453; 40. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-11.489; 41. Matt McDonald, 5M, McDonald-11.508; 42. Tom Harris, 5E, East-11.661; 43. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-11.688; 44. Nate McMillin, 15J, Johnson-11.790; 45. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-11.798; 46. Matt Brannin, 27, Brannin-11.945; 47. Lukas Smith, 61, Smith-11.971; 48. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-12.046.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Mattox, 3. Boespflug, 4. Hopkins, 5. DiMattia, 6. McGhee, 7. Andretti, 8. T.Thomas, 9. C.Smith, 10. Schmidt, 11. McDonald, 12. Babcock. 1:53.43

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Darland, 3. Ballou, 4. B.Short, 5. Bland, 6. Kinser, 7. K.Thomas Jr., 8. Meseraull, 9. Gaines, 10. Harris, 11. Brannin, 12. Gentry. 1:55.18

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Cummins, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Hodges, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Williams, 8. Chapple, 9. L.Smith, 10. S.Cottle, 11. Jackson, 12. Bilbee, NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Bacon, 3. Coons, 4. Leary, 5. Farney, 6. Grant, 7. Kreisel, 8. McMillin, 9. Chambers, 10. Ketcham, 11. Bell, 12. Courtney. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. C.Smith, 3. Kreisel, 4. Chambers, 5. Gaines, 6. Harris, 7. McMillin, 8. Williams, 9. McDonald, 10. Babcock, 11. L.Smith, 12. Schmidt. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. K.Thomas Jr., 2. Meseraull, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Andretti, 5. Jackson, 6. Kinser, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. C.Smith, 9. Farney, 10. McGhee, 11. Chapple, 12. Kreisel, 13. Chambers, 14. DiMattia, 15. Courtney, 16. Stanbrough, 17. Grant, 18. Bland. 2:35.32

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brent Beauchamp, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Brady Short, 13. A.J. Hopkins, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Brandon Mattox, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Chase Stockon, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Tyler Thomas, 22. Jordan Kinser, 23. Dakota Jackson, 24. Hunter Schuerenberg. NT ---------------------------- **Jackson flipped during the third heat. Courtney flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Darland, Lap 5 Beauchamp, Laps 6-7 Darland, Laps 8-15 Beauchamp, Lap 16 Darland, Lap 17 Beauchamp, Laps 18-19 Darland, Laps 20-30 Beauchamp.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (17th-10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,808, 2-Ballou-1,625, 3M-Meseraull-1,619, 4-Stockon-1,578, 5-Darland-1,508, 6-Leary-1,445, 7-Boespflug-1,437, 8-Windom-1,294, 9-McGhee-1,178, 10-Farney-996.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bacon-317, 2-Ballou-2,95, 3-Courtney-288, 4-Windom-267, 5-K.Thomas Jr.-263, 6-Coons-239, 7-Stockon-237, 8-Boespflug-233, 9-Andretti-230, 10-Meseraull-215.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 16 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 


BACK FROM VACATION;
SHORT RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE
IN ISW NIGHT FOUR AT PUTNAMVILLE


Putnamville, Indiana.........After being absent from the first three races of "Indiana Sprint Week," Brady Short made his triumphant return to the seven-race series a memorable one, quickly picking his way through the field one-by-one from his 11th starting position before taking the lead on lap 12 from Dave Darland and pulling away to go virtually unchallenged down the stretch to take the victory Thursday night at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway.

Winning an Indiana Sprint Week event is one of the most daunting tasks a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competitor will face all season, but on Thursday night, Short and the Pottorff number 11p worked in perfect harmony as the Bedford, Indiana driver collected his fifth career ISW victory at a fifth different racetrack exactly 10 years to the day of his very first ISW triumph at Bloomington Speedway in 2006.

Aside from Bloomington and Lincoln Park, Short has also scored ISW wins at Lawrenceburg Speedway in 2008, Brownstown Speedway in 2010 and Tri-State Speedway in 2015, moving him into a tie for eighth on the all-time ISW win list alongside Kevin Briscoe, Tony Elliott and Kevin Thomas.

After a torrential downpour hit Lincoln Park Speedway throughout late Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, the 5/16-mile dirt oval became "Lake Putnamville" for a period of time. Due to the incredible effort by Joe Spiker and the rest of the LPS crew, the track was in tip-top shape by the time hot laps began and throughout the night, provided a smooth, racy, multiple-lane surface.

Regardless, in this stacked field, Short would have to get his elbows up to reach victory lane on Thursday night from his 11th starting spot. Though, he wouldn't have to come from as far back as he did one year ago when he earned hard charger honors after storming from 22nd to 5th during the feature.

Up front at the beginning of the 30-lap affair were Chase Stockon and Dave Darland. The two battled back-and-forth throughout the first circuit until Stockon lunged ahead for the lead at the exit of turn two on lap two.

However, just moments later as the field funneled into turn three, ISW point leader Tyler Courtney hopped over the right rear tire of Justin Grant while battling for fourth. Courtney slid a lengthy distance over the turn three banking toward the pit exit guardrail before coming to a stop. Courtney would restart from the tail of the field in the 24th position, the very same spot he began his charge from six days earlier during his spectacular come-from-behind victory at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

On the restart, Darland, the winningest driver in the history of "Indiana Sprint Week," engaged in a war for the lead with Stockon. On the third lap, Darland crossed over off the turn four banking, sweeping inside of Stockon, beating him by a bumper in a drag race to the flag stand.

Stockon countered with a slider on Darland at the entrance of one, briefly securing the lead before Darland crossed over to the inside of Stockon once again, driving by him to grab the top spot for good down the back straightway.

Meanwhile, Short's steady, methodical drive through the middle in turns one and two and the bottom in turns three and four put him in the top-three by lap nine. On lap 11, Short worked the low groove to slip by Stockon for second by the length of a wheel at the line. Just one lap later, Short threw his machine toward the bottom of turns one and two to pull even with Darland. The two battled down the back straight with Short outracing Darland to turn three before motoring off with the lead and a stranglehold on the top spot.

Short continued to stretch out his lead by a country mile in the forthcoming laps and, with less than 10 to go, held a half-lap lead over second-running Stockon, who had just gotten by Darland for the runner-up spot one lap prior. However, that substantial lead would be erased after a Zach Daum 360 spin in turn two with five laps remaining that brought out the yellow flag.

For the restart, Stockon was right on the tail of Short, but as soon as the green flag dropped, Short got an excellent jump, quickly distancing himself from the pack. Just one lap, later, though, the yellow flew for ninth-running Brent Beauchamp, who slid to a stop next to an infield tire in turn two.

On what would prove to be the final restart, Short once again shot out of a proverbial cannon, distancing himself from Stockon and the remainder of the field who had no answer for Short at the end. Short put the race on ice, winning by a second and a half over Stockon, Chad Boespflug, Robert Ballou (from 16th) and KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger Thomas Meseraull who darted his way from 18th to 5th in his debut for Landon Simon Racing.

Courtney, who restarted from the tail of 24-car field with just one lap complete, fought back through the field to salvage an eighth-place finish and, in turn, maintained his solid 32-point lead in the "Indiana Sprint Week" standings with just three events to go.

Throughout the first four ISW events, the winner has started no better the sixth: Courtney (16th at Gas City), Kyle Cummins (6th at Kokomo), Bryan Clauson (6th at Lawrenceburg) and Short (11th at Lincoln Park), putting the average winners' starting position at 9.75. However, Short attributes his success Thursday night to getting off on the right foot in ProSource Qualifying, which set the tone and put himself in a position to be a contender come feature time in his Cam Pottorff/Sipes Body & Glass - Indiana Stone Works/Maxim/SPEC.

"Qualifying was huge tonight, but I went out early and made the best lap I could to give us a good spot," Short said. "When we took off in the heat race, I knew we were going to be one of the good cars and it was going to be up to me. I tried to give it away a couple times, just because I kept missing my marks and overdriving. I was on vacation last week and decided to come run this second week, so it's pretty special. To come here and beat 50 cars, you have to have a lot of luck. I didn't think we'd even be racing today, so that's a credit to Joe Spiker and his crew because they gave us an awesome race track."

Stockon led the first pair of laps during the feature before fading back, running fourth, in fact, with just 10 to go. But the Fort Branch, Indiana, responded in a strong way, making his way back to the second spot at the checkered in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Dewig Meats/DRC/Fisher.

"I knew we could rip the bottom pretty well, but I had to go somewhere they weren't," Stockon explained. "I thought the cushion would blow completely off, but we freed it up quite a bit and couldn't quite roll the bottom like we needed to. I could run higher up in it in turn one and diamond it off to make up some decent ground. We just tried to maintain in (turns) three and four, but we never gave up and rallied back for a good finish."

Hanford, California's Boespflug returned with a vengeance Thursday night after struggling last Sunday night at Lawrenceburg and followed up his second place run at Lincoln Park on July 1 with another podium finish, bagging third at the finish in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Pac Racing Springs - Schroeder Torsion Bars/Maxim/Claxton.

"I thought I'd have something for them when I found something on the bottom in (turns) one and two, but we just had to hang on there at the end," Boespflug said. Overall, though, it was a good night for us and we'll take this momentum to Bloomington. I haven't ever been great there, so hopefully we can keep these strong runs up."

Meseraull, of San Jose, California, stepped into the Landon Simon Racing/Mount Baker Vapor - Club W/DRC/Rider after he and the Amati Racing team parted ways after Lawrenceburg last Sunday. Meseraull was a rocket during the feature, driving from the outside of row nine into the top-five to earn his best finish of ISW 2016.

"This car was on kill tonight," Meseraull exclaimed. "I struggled at the beginning of the week, obviously, but I'm just stoked to have a good run."

Contingency award winners at Lincoln Park Speedway included Tyler Courtney (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Brady Short (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Thomas Meseraull (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) & Jarett Andretti (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2016 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-12.670; 2. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-12.697; 3. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.040; 4. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.053; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.054; 6. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-13.100; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.142; 8. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.154; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.267; 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.303; 11. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.320; 12. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.373; 13. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.415; 14. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Amati-13.450; 15. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.458; 16. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.485; 17. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-13.500; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 24, LSR-13.505; 19. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.571; 20. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.592; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.642; 22. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-13.678; 23. Casey Shuman, 50x, Barnhill-13.704; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.748; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.751; 26. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.761; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.874; 28. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-13.912; 29. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.916; 30. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.953; 31. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.959; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.960; 33. Tom Harris, 5E, East-13.984; 34. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.034; 35. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.043; 36. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-14.134; 37. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-14.331; 38. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-13.354; 39. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.426; 40. Lukas Smith, 61, Smith-14.492; 41. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-14.495; 42. Nate McMillin, 24x, McMillin-14.599; 43. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-14.627; 44. Mike Gass, 17G, On The Gass-14.667; 45. A.J. Hopkins, 14H, Hopkins-14.753; 46. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-14.868; 47. Matt Brannin, 27, Brannin-15.031; 48. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.996; 49. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-NT; 50. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Boespflug, 3. Hughes, 4. K.Thomas, 5. DiMattia, 6. Mattox, 7. Hopkins, 8. Schmidt, 9. Light, 10. Coons, 11. S.Cottle, 12. Harris, 13. Creech. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Windom, 4. Grant, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. Farney, 8. C.Smith, 9. Williams, 10. Cummins, 11. Underwood, 12. McMillin. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B.Short, 2. Bacon, 3. Daum, 4. Stockon, 5. Leary, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Gaines, 8. Shuman, 9. Chambers, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Ketcham. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Jarrett, 3. Andretti, 4. Darland, 5. Chapple, 6. Cockrum, 7. Hodges, 8. T.Thomas, 9. Gass, 10. Kreisel, 11. L.Smith, 12. McGhee. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. C.Cottle, 2. Hopkins, 3. Farney, 4. Hodges, 5. Creech, 6. Williams, 7. Gaines, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Light, 10. Schmidt, 11. Kreisel, 12. Chambers, 13. Underwood, 14. Gass, 15. Brannin, 16. Chapple, 17. L.Smith. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Coons, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Cockrum, 8. Mattox, 9. McGhee, 10. DiMattia, 11. Hodges, 12. Cummins, 13. Farney, 14. Hopkins, 15. Shuman, 16. C.Cottle, 17. C.Smith. 2:48.67

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Short, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Tyler Courtney, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Brent Beauchamp, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Zach Daum, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. J.J. Hughes, 24. Jon Stanbrough. NT
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**Light flipped during qualifying. Harris flipped during the first heat. Ketcham flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Stockon, Laps 3-11 Darland, Laps 12-30 B.Short.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Thomas Meseraull (18th to 5th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,734, 2-Ballou-1,576, 3-Meseraull-1,557, 4-Stockon-1,545; 5-Darland-1,437, 6-Boespflug-1,384, 7-Leary-1,382, 8-Windom-1,251, 9-McGhee-1,168, 10-Farney-986.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Courtney-278, 2-Ballou-246, 3-Bacon-243, 4-Windom-224, 5-Stockon-202, 6-K.Thomas Jr.-193, 7-Bryan Clauson-190, 8-Coons-184, 9-S.Cottle-182, 10-Andretti-181.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 15 - Bloomington (IN) Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Sheldon Kinser Memorial"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

 

USAC REACHES HISTORIC 10,000TH EVENT!

America's most diversified motorsports sanctioning body - the United States Auto Club - reaches a significant milestone this weekend, its 10,000th professional event!

The historic milestone will be celebrated Saturday night during the "Indiana Sprint Week" finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Since debuting with an indoor Midget race at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. on January 8, 1956, USAC has conducted nearly every form of motorsports imaginable. Included in the total of 10,000 events are the following: Indy Cars, Formula One, Silver Crown Championship Cars, Sprint Cars, Midgets, Stock Cars, Road Racing, IROC, Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Late Models, Supermodifieds, Grand-Am, Modifieds, Off-Road Trucks, Stadium Trucks, Solar-powered vehicles, Electric-powered vehicles, Global Rally Cross and others.

USAC annually conducts some 250-300 events each year. The largest calendar year was 2013 when 313 races were conducted. A total of 44 states have hosted USAC races and international events have occurred in Canada, Italy, Australia, England, Argentina, Barbados, Japan and the Bahamas.

"We at the United States Auto Club are proud of this accomplishment," says USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller. "It represents a lot of hard work by a lot of dedicated people and is a testament to all of our participants, fans and corporate partners who have helped make this milestone possible. We continue to celebrate 60-plus years of motorsports excellence and hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy our product as the 2016 season continues."

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS SET TO RUMBLE AT PETALUMA

By Lance Jennings

JULY 12, 2016... This Saturday, July 16th, the USAC Western States Midget Series will make their only appearance of the year at Petaluma Speedway. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, the “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” is co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA). Promoted by Rick Faeth, the action packed showcase will also feature the BCRA Midget Lites and Vintage Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: -WEIGHT RULE: The weight rule for the combined BCRA & USAC Western Midget shows is 1060 lbs. This will also be in effect at the September 8th Chico show. -USAC POINTS: To earn USAC Western Midget points at Petaluma, competitors must check in with USAC officials. This will also be in effect at the September 8th Chico show. -MUFFLERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s. Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone. Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135. Schoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535. -TARPS: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted five USAC Western States Midget races. Shane Golobic claimed the inaugural victory and Michael Faccinto won last year’s “Hall of Fame Race” on July 18th. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three Petaluma victories and holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 14.200, set on October 5, 2013. A complete series win list at Petaluma Speedway is at the end of this release.

Entering the “Jack London Hall of Fame Race,” Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a 32-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner had won four of the season’s five races, including the last event at Hanford on June 25th. To date, the three-time champion has also posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led. Currently ranked sixth overall with tied with seventeen series wins, Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with another Petaluma triumph.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the MF Motorsports owned #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was the fast qualifier at Hanford and ran second in the main event. At press time, the second generation driver has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael is currently tied for sixth-eighth overall on the series win list and will have his sights on his fourth feature win this Saturday night.

After scoring fifth at Hanford, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) has climbed to third in the point standings. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. As this writing goes to press, the defending BCRA Champion has one USAC Western Midget victory and will be looking to move up the standings with a win at Petaluma.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) sits fourth in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite-Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki placed eighth at the Kings County Fairgrounds. To date, the young driver has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and four top-10 finishes. It is unknown if Tyler will be in action at Petaluma after damaging his chassis in a flip at Hanford.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) has risen to fifth in the point standings after claiming third at Hanford. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson has three top-10 finishes on the season. The former VRA Midget Champion has one series win to his credit and will have his sights on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds victory.

Currently ninth in points, Courtney Crone (Corona, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California), Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California), Dylan Ito (Ventura, California), and Ashley Hazelton (Chatsworth, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Cory Elliott, Sean Dodenhoff, Randi Pankratz, Terry Nichols, Shannon McQueen, Jeff Harrington, Shane Golobic, Alex Schutte, Britton Bock, and more.

Bobby Wilson leads the overall Bay Cities Racing Association point standings. Multi-time champion Floyd Alvis, Tyler Simas, J.R. Williams, Brian Gard, Greg Bragg, Maria Cofer, Cory Elliott, Dustin Golobic, and Britton Bock round out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $18, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $15, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $15, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 4-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Michael Faccinto.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-408, 2. Michael Faccinto-376, 3. Frankie Guerrini-292, 4. Tyler Dolacki-279, 5. Cody Swanson-269, 6. Cory Elliott-266, 7. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 8. Randi Pankratz-239, 9. Courtney Crone-224, 10. Maria Cofer-208, 11. Robert Dalby-204, 12. Darren Hagen-163, 13. Terry Nichols-158, 14. Dylan Ito-156, 15. Robby Josett-125, 16. Troy Rutherford-113, 17. Ashley Hazelton-111, 18. Shannon McQueen-109, 19. Jeff Harrington-88, 20. Shane Golobic-74.

BCRA MIDGET OVERALL POINT STANDINGS: 1. Bobby Wilson-390, 2. Floyd Alvis-377, 3. Tyler Simas-330, 4. J.R. Williams-326, 5. Brian Gard-317, 6. Greg Bragg-240, 7. Maria Cofer-231, 8. Cory Elliott-220, 9. Dustin Golobic-192, 10. Britton Bock-178, 11. Alex Schutte-156, 12. Chad Nichols-150, 13. Nick Chivello-149, 14. David Goodwill-139, 15. Mike Snider-131, 16. Scott Pierovich-127, 17. Cody Gerhardt-96, 18. Bill Lindsey-80, 19. Mark Maliepaard-75, 20. Frankie Guerrini-74.

 

 

CLAUSON ON CRUISE CONTROL AT THE BURG; CLAIMS VICTORY IN INDIANA SPRINT WEEK RD. 3

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Bryan Clauson continued his winning ways Sunday night during the third round of Indiana Sprint Week at Lawrenceburg Speedway, holding off a mid-race challenge from Josh Hodges and snookering the field on a late race restart to earn his 41st career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, surpassing Gary Bettenhausen for seventh on the all-time list.

Clauson also collected his 111th career USAC-sanctioned feature victory, moving him into the top-five on the all-time list alongside some of the giants of the sport. Clauson now stands behind only Rich Vogler (171), A.J. Foyt (162), Sleepy Tripp (161) and Mel Kenyon (131) in career USAC wins.

Hunter Schuerenberg started the race from the pole position and, just as he did at Gas City two nights prior in the "Sprint Week" opener, shot out to the lead on the opening lap.
ProSource Fast Qualifier Clauson, meanwhile, had already made quick work disposing of Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant and Hodges to move from sixth to third on lap one.

With a single lap in the books, Kyle Wissmiller, who was making his first USAC Sprint Car start exactly eight years to the day of his last feature appearance in 2008, slid to a stop, bringing out the first yellow of the night.

On the ensuing restart, Clauson wasted no time resuming his charge to the front, slipping past April 2015 Lawrenceburg winner Logan Jarrett for second on the bottom off the exit of turn four.

Next on BC's radar was leader Schuerenberg, who saw his lead quickly evaporate as Clauson reeled him in in no-time flat by lap five. The duo drag raced to a dead heat at the flag stand, but Schuerenberg was able to hold steady for the time-being until Clauson was able to jet off the topside of turn four to complete the pass for the lead on lap six.

However, at the same moment, Jarett Andretti found himself turned around on the main straightaway, bringing out the caution.

Due to the lap not being fully completed, Schuerenberg would be reinserted into to the lead with Clauson relegated back to second.

On the restart, Clauson dove low, grabbing the bite off the bottom of the banking to recapturing the lead from Schuerenberg on the sixth circuit. Clauson would secure the spot for good in turn two as he slid up to the top, ripping away Schuerenberg's line and pulling away to a healthy advantage.

Quickly thereafter, Hodges grabbed second as Schuerenberg began to slip into the distance from the front of the pack. Hodges still had a more than half-straightaway deficit to overcome Clauson's lead, but a turn three tangle between April's Lawrenceburg USAC Sprint winner Dave Darland as well as Nick Bilbee and Zach Daum brought the yellow out, thereby erasing the gap and putting Hodges, an April USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature winner at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, squarely behind the rear bumper of Clauson on the restart with 17 laps to go.

After the green flag waved, Hodges was able to hang right along with leader Clauson, chipping away at the interval little-by-little. Clauson ran his machine up top against the wall at both ends of the racetrack while Hodges ran side-by-side with Clauson, pulling even with the leader while utilizing the bottom line between turns three and four and the middle in turns one and two to pose a formidable challenge to Clauson's throne at the front throughout the middle portion of the 30-lap event.

On the 17th lap, Clauson dove to the bottom between turns three and four to see if that suited his liking, but that was short-lived as Clauson migrated back to the topside for lap 18, and each lap thereafter, as he began to gap himself and Hodges, constructing his lead to three seconds as Hodges began to drop.

With eight to go, Friday night Gas City winner Courtney started to come alive during crunch time, sticking a slide job on Schuerenberg for third in turn three and repeating the move on Hodges in turn one for the second spot with five laps remaining.

Third-running Schuerenberg's race came to an abrupt end just three laps from the finish, slowing to a stop in a puff of smoke between turns three and four, which set up one final restart - a rematch between the rapidly-closing Courtney and Clauson for a three-lap shootout.

Clauson quickly thwarted any thoughts Courtney had of repeating his Gas City triumph, blasting away to a substantial advantage heading into turn one on the restart. Nobody was able to mount a serious challenge to Clauson's supremacy during the final three laps as he pulled away for the victory in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar over Courtney, Windom, Leary and Hodges.

Lawrenceburg winner Bryan Clauson (middle) is flanked by 2nd place finisher Tyler Courtney (left) and 3rd place finisher Chris Windom (right) in victory lane.
(Steve Lafond Photo)

Noblesville, Indiana's Clauson moved into the top-five in all-time Indiana Sprint Week wins with his seventh career checkered flag Sunday night at "The Burg" while also capturing his seventh USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the 2016 season, already equaling his best single-season win total in the series, which he accomplished during his back-to-back championship years in 2012 and 2013.

"I wanted to catch everybody by surprise on that last restart and it worked," Clauson said. "We were a little tight on the curb, so I didn't know how aggressive to be on it, but we were able to get to the front early on. It's hard sometimes, when you're out front, to know what pace to run, but we held them off. When I saw Hodges on the bottom, I went down there just to feel it out, but felt like it'd take me too long to figure out how to run it. The cushion on both ends on exit was pretty big and, if you hit it wrong, it would throw the nose. I had to be careful, but those guys behind us made me pick up the pace more than what I had been doing up to that point. Our car was good, I just had it on cruise control and tried not to make any mistakes."

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Indiana, not only retained his Indiana Sprint Week point lead with his second place run in his TOPP Motorsports/Maxim/Chevy, but extended it from 2 to 22 points over Brady Bacon and Chris Windom heading into the final four-race stretch of "Sprint Week" at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 13.

"I can't ask for much more, other than to have won the last two nights," Courtney said. "That last restart shows why Bryan (Clauson) is the best because he snookered the whole field. I didn't really know what to do because we're supposed to stay in line but that's the way it goes. We were pretty decent; Bryan was a little better, obviously, but we'll get it tuned up again and probably head to Terre Haute now."

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, took the Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar to another solid third place run, tying him for second in Indiana Sprint Week points alongside Brady Bacon.

"I didn't need all those cautions at the beginning because we were better on the long run," Windom admitted. "I was trying to make something work on the middle to bottom and I could get those guys off the bottom of four when they'd get bottled up running the top. We fell back to 11th or something at some point, so to charge back up to third is good. We're right there in the hunt for this Sprint Week title, so if we can keep knocking out podiums, we're going to be in good shape."

Contingency award winners at Lawrenceburg Speedway included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Nick Bilbee (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Chris Windom (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Jon Stanbrough (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher) and Kyle Cummins (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 10, 2016 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.166; 2. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.179; 3. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-14.188; 4. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.292; 5. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.297; 6. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.312; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-14.363; 8. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.375; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-14.432; 10. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-14.444; 11. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.447; 12. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-14.463; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.470; 14. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.473; 15. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.493; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.506; 17. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-14.509; 18. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-14.516; 19. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-14.516; 20. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.530; 21. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.619; 22. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-14.623; 23. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-14.676; 24. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-14.678; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.682; 26. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.709; 27. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.745; 28. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.766; 29. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.780; 30. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.817; 31. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.832; 32. Justin Owen, 4JO, Fischesser-14.846; 33. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.897; 34. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.953; 35. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.962; 36. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.977; 37. Michael Fischesser, 4, Fischesser-14.990; 38. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-15.147; 39. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-15.254; 40. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-15.509; 41. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-16.206; 42. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Andretti, 4. Clauson, 5. Ballou, 6. Clouser, 7. Robbins, 8. Goodnight, 9. Abrams, 10. Fischesser, 11. S.Thomas. 2:26.47

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bilbee, 2. Wissmiller, 3. Courtney, 4. Hodges, 5. Stockon, 6. Westerfeld, 7. Chapple, 8. McGhee, 9. T.Thomas, 10. Hery. 2:28.82

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Daum, 3. Simon, 4. Grant, 5. K.Thomas, 6. Cummins, 7. Ketcham, 8. Meseraull, 9. Boespflug, 10. Gaines. 2:29.10

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Darland, 3. Moffatt, 4. Jarrett, 5. Leary, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. DiMattia, 8. Farney, 9. Owen, 10. Williams. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Meseraull, 3. Abrams, 4. Gaines, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Hery, 7. Owen, 8. Fischesser, 9. S.Thomas. 2:39.57

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Ballou, 3. K.Thomas, 4. T.Thomas, 5. Cummins, 6. Stockon, 7. Westerfeld, 8. Ketcham, 9. Clouser, 10. Goodnight, 11. Gaines, 12. Abrams, 13. DiMattia, 14. Chapple, 15. Boespflug, 16. Meseraull, 17. Farney, 18. Robbins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chris Windom, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Robert Ballou, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Zach Daum, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Nick Bilbee, 22. Chad Boespflug, 23. Kyle Wissmiller, 24. Joss Moffatt. NT
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**Farney & Williams flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Schuerenberg, Laps 6-30 Clauson.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (20th to 8th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,694, 2-Ballou-1,507, 3-Meseraull-1,491, 4-Stockon-1,473, 5-Darland-1,389, 6-Leary-1,344, 7-Boespflug-1,311; 8-Windom-1,220, 9-McGhee-1,158, 10-Clauson-962.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Courtney-215, 2-Bacon & Windom-193, 4-Clauson-188, 5-Ballou-177, 6-Cummins-166, 7-Thomas Jr.-142, 8-Andretti-136, 9-Stockon-130, 10-S.Cottle-129.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 13 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Don Smith Classic"

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 9, 2016 - Waynesfield, Ohio - Waynesfield Raceway Park - "Dick Spencer Memorial"

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Kobe Allison (#22A Allison), 2. Ty Tilton (#42 Tilton), 3. Brad Racer (#22B Racer), 4. Chris Whipple (#44w Whipple), 5. Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), 6. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 7. Alex Watson (#41 Watson), 8. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 9. Ryan Barr (#21B Barr), 10. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell), 11. Ron Kimmel (#28k Kimmel), 12. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 13. Jacob Stickle (#14s Stickle), 14. Cory Guingrich (#2 Guingrich), 15. Anthony Haas (#81H Haas), 16. Dylan Troyer (#48D Troyer), 17. Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor), 18. Nick Daugherty (#44 Coleman), 19. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 20. Michael Prine (#26 Prine), 21. Austin Powell (#17P Powell), 22. Audisty Brunk (#44L Brunk), 23. Josh Chess (#72 Chess), 24. Jon Watson (#29 Watson). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Allison.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-396, 2-Bedwell-330, 3-Lucius-311, 4-A.Watson-305, 5-Bigelow-288, 6-Guingrich-243, 7-Taylor-204, 8-Corea-140, 9-J.Watson-136, 10-Tom Hunt-123.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: July 16 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 9, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Gerhardt Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.766; 2. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.827; 3. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-14.845; 4. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.853; 5. Antonia Boscacci, 44L, Love-14.873; 6. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-15.004; 7. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.009; 8. Michael Daniels, 87, Daniels-15.073; 9. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.090; 10. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-15.157; 11. Davey Hamilton Jr. 9w, WHPD-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Lemke, 4. Brannon, 5. Boscacci, 6. Hamilton. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. Love, 3. Daniels, 4. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Annie Breidinger, 2. Michael Daniels, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Jesse Love IV, 5. Blake Brannon, 6. Adam Lemke, 7. Antonia Boscacci, 8. Davey Hamilton Jr., 9. Ashley Hazelton. NT ----------------------------- **Cars of original feature winner Cody Jessop and fourth-place Tom Paterson were disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Boscacci, Laps 5-9 A.Breidinger, Laps 10-16 Hamilton, Laps 17-22 Daniels, Laps 23-30 A.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-817, 2-A.Breidinger-652, 3-T.Breidinger-644, 4-Boscacci-497, 5-Brannon-436, 6-Hazelton-406, 7-Hamilton-288, 8-Jessop-212, 9-Lemke-172, 10-Wally Pankratz-145.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-531, 2-Love-511, 3-A.Breidinger-450, 4-Brannon-436, 5-Hamilton-288, 6-Boscacci-236, 7-Jessop-212, 8-Lemke-172, 9-Hazelton-165, 10-Ethan Lesser-142.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: July 21 - Meridian (ID) Speedway

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 9, 2016 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway - "Gabeline & Sons Trucking Night at the Races"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 2. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 3. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Troy Daniels (#0B Zero), 5. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 6. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 7. Dave Anderson (#47 Anderson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Jason Walls (#10B Walls), 4. Travis Pence (#01 Pence), 5. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Derek Goble (#55 Goble), 4. Beau Burnett (#37 Burnett), 5. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Bart Andrews (#69 Trone),

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Andy Baugh, 3. Hunter Lane, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Jeff Mallonee, 6. Dillon Morley, 7. Broc Hunnell, 8. Jeremy Hull, 9. Jake Sollenberger, 10. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 11. Jason Walls, 12. Todd Baker, 13. Travis Pence, 14. Beau Burnett, 15. Gedd Ross, 16. Troy Daniels, 17. Derek Goble, 18. Dave Anderson. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Ross, Laps 7-8 Morley, Laps 9-13 Baugh, Laps 14-15 McDermand.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-769, 2-Sollenberger-642, 3-Burrows-608, 4-Morley-572, 5-Pence-532, 6-Mitchell Davis-528, 7-A.Baugh-499, 8-McDermand-374, 9-Andrews-361, 10-Shane Morgan-317.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 16 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Kids Candy Dash Night"

 

 


CUMMINS CRACKS WIN COLUMN;
CAPTURES FIRST USAC SPRINT VICTORY
BY A FOOT OVER BALLOU AT KOKOMO

Bridesmaid. Perennial runner-up. Call him what you will, but Kyle Cummins certainly cannot be labeled as such any longer. For, on Saturday night at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, the long wait came to an end for the Princeton, Indiana driver.

After passing Chris Windom for the lead with just nine laps to go, Cummins emerged from late-race turmoil and a massive charge by Robert Ballou on the final corner of the last lap to take the win by a foot in his Rock Steady Racing/ProGlide Bearings - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins-powered machine, and thereby penning his name into the record books as a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner Saturday on night two of the 29th annual Indiana Sprint Week.

Twenty-four hours after Tyler Courtney pulled a stunner with his victory on Friday night at Gas City, Cummins became the second consecutive new face to emerge in Indiana Sprint Week victory lane, marking the first time since September of 2008 there have been first-time winners in back-to-back USAC National Sprint Car races. Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Brady Bacon accomplished the feat in two straight races at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway and Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, respectively.

Cummins victory following Courtney's on Friday also was only the second time Indiana Sprint Week has produced two straight first-time USAC National Sprint Car winners. In 1997, Brad Fox (Bloomington) and Bill Rose (Paragon) notched their initial series wins one after the other.

After many close calls and near triumphs throughout the years, Cummins' breakthrough performance came 13 years after his USAC debut at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in late 2003.

"Finally," Cummins exhaled. "I about teared up when I got out. I'm so tired of second and third; I started sixth and looked at those guys ahead of me and thought, 'man, this is going to be a tough race to win.' I got better and better as the race went on. Once I got around Windom, the infield tire got moved down and I hit the slime and got into him. I hate that it happened because I want to beat them all. That yellow with one to go had me all sorts of nervous. I knew if I slipped up even a little bit, Robert would pounce. Our car would get super tight if I got into the corner straight, so I opened up my entry a little bit. I was too tight to run there at the beginning, so I started making a bigger arc as the race went on. I knew as long as I could keep the arc up, I could catch the moisture on the bottom and I'd be okay."

Chris Windom shot to the lead on the opening lap from his outside front row starting position with pole sitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. running three to four car lengths back throughout much of the first half of the race.

A lap 14 incident involving Tyler Thomas, Max McGhee Thomas Meseraull and Jon Stanbrough in turn two slowed the pace just before the halfway point, setting up a restart with Windom at the point and K. Thomas right on his tail tank.

K. Thomas shadowed Windom through turns one and two on the restart. As the pair headed into turn three, K. Thomas threw a massive slider on Windom for the lead, briefly taking the top spot before Windom clawed back to the lead at the line by a fingernail's length. However, a yellow due to the stopped car of Meseraull in turn three reset the order once again.

On the following lap 14 restart attempt, Windom pulled the front wheels off the ground twice after standing on the throttle leading the pack to the green flag. Windom finally got the power to the ground just past the flag stand, but K. Thomas was ready to pounce, pulling within striking distance of Windom as he drove down the hill off the high side of turn two, splitting between leader Windom and Chase Stockon to take the race lead heading into turn three.

However, Thomas' timing was ill-fated once again as fifth-running Brady Bacon found himself sitting backwards in turn three just after the restart. As the field scattered to miss Bacon, C.J. Leary, Logan Jarrett, Tyler Thomas and Hunter Schuerenberg couldn't avoid the trouble. Schuerenberg received the worst end of the deal, getting upside down after climbing the wall with the right side tires. He was uninjured.

Since the lap wasn't fully completed, K.Thomas lined up behind Windom once again for the ensuing restart.

Once action resumed, second-fastest qualifier and sixth-starting Cummins began his methodical dissection of the front runners. Using the bottom side of the racetrack, Cummins drove by Stockon off the inside of turn two for the third spot on lap 19 and, one lap later, slipped past K. Thomas on the bottom of turn three to steal second.

With eight laps to go, Cummins caught Windom and got the pull off the moisture on the bottom of turn two to propel him by Windom for the lead heading into turn three.

Windom countered midway between turns three and four, crossing over to get underneath Cummins at the exit of turn four. But Cummins got a tad bit sideways at the exit, initiating contact with his left rear tire and Windom's right front, sending Windom sideways and, in turn, setting off a chain-reaction incident that also collected frontrunners Chase Stockon and Bryan Clauson.

In the blink of an eye, the entire complexion of the race had changed with the second, third and fifth-place cars now out of the picture. Yet, Cummins ride wouldn't be free and easy as he now had to fend off 2013 Kokomo "Indiana Sprint Week" winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. and defending "Sprint Week" champ Robert Ballou for the final eight circuits.

Cummins remained dedicated to the low line as did Ballou while K. Thomas stayed true to the top side in the final laps. K. Thomas was able to hang close with Cummins for the lead, engaging in a battle that saw him just one car length behind at the stripe a lap after the restart.

K.Thomas (outside) and Ballou (inside) swarmed Cummins from both sides. The rapidly closing Ballou inched closer and closer on the bottom, peeking his nose inside Cummins for the lead off of turn four at the conclusion of lap 26 and in turn one on the 27th lap, but just wasn't close enough yet to attempt the knockout punch.

A four-car tangle involving Aaron Farney, Leary, Dave Darland and McGhee brought out the night's final yellow, setting up a two-lap shootout to the finish line.

Cummins worked the low-line throughout the 30-lap feature, but Ballou sunk his teeth firmly into the moisture a car length lower than Cummins while K. Thomas put his right rear Hoosier up against the outside wall for the last two laps.

On the final lap, Ballou gave it one last shot, skimming the infield tires with his front wheels as he pitched his machine sideways through the final two corners a car-width underneath leader Cummins.

Ballou got a big bite coming off the last corner in a side-by-side drag race to the checkered flag with Cummins, but Cummins had just enough to eke out the victory by a foot over Ballou while Thomas, Coons (from 22nd) and Bacon rounded out the top-five.

Kyle Cummins earned his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win Saturday night during the 2nd round of Indiana Sprint Week
at Kokomo Speedway.
(DAVID NEARPASS PHOTO)

It was yet another solid second place run for Rocklin, California native Ballou, who nearly ripped away the win from Cummins at the end in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley Auto/Maxim/Ott.

"I got hit in the helmet with a rock and it shattered my helmet. It felt like it broke my jaw," Ballou explained. "But we salvaged a good run. I had the best car I've ever driven here. We made some last minute changes once we were on the track before the feature and everything we changed was the right decision."

Kevin Thomas, Jr. has been a rocket during his six visits to Kokomo Speedway during the 2016 season in his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy, finishing third Saturday night after results of 1st, 1st, 3rd, 2nd and 5th in his five previous visits in non-USAC, weekly competition shows at the ¼-mile oval this year.

"There was a hole in (turns) three and four and, if you hit it wrong on the restarts, it would get the car upset, Thomas said. "Windom did that a few times and protected the bottom, and then I could get some momentum built up and slide him the next time around. I thought that was going to work for a while, but then I went to the bottom and got swarmed. Unfortunately, those guys got collected in that wreck, so we couldn't race it out. But I lived and died by the top and, tonight, it just didn't work out for us."

Contingency award winners at Kokomo Speedway included Tyler Courtney (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Chad Boespflug (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Logan Jarrett (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 9, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Tony Elliott Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.069; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.095; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.113; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.115; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.135; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.192; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.210; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.213; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.225; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.276; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.292; 12. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.297; 13. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.303; 14. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.310; 15. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.329; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.336; 17. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.355; 18. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-13.383; 19. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.389; 20. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.400; 21. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.404; 22. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.436; 23. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.450; 24. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-13.513; 25. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.517; 26. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.522; 27. Brian Karraker, 23k, Karraker-13.530; 28. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-13.554; 29. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-13.582; 30. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.589; 31. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.617; 32. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-13.628; 33. Jeff Bland Jr., 38, Bland-13.633; 34. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.636; 35. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-13.657; 36. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.674; 37. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.701; 38. Critter Malone, 7, Seven LLC-13.702; 39. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-13.724; 40. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.727; 41. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.763; 42. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.766; 43. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.788; 44. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-13.798; 45. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-13.818; 46. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.020; 47. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-14.119.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Meseraull, 3. Leary, 4. Coons, 5. Hodges, 6. Beauchamp, 7. Courtney, 8. Grant, 9. Farney, 10. Bland, 11. Mattox, 12. Spencer. 2:14.91

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Andretti, 3. Ballou, 4. Cummins, 5. Daum, 6. Darland, 7. Malone, 8. McGhee, 9. Goodnight, 10. Robbins, 11. Creech, 12. Hopkins. 2:14.89

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Windom, 3. Clauson, 4. Ketcham, 5. C.Cottle, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. Clouser, 8. Karraker, 9. Gaines, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Hines, 12. Williams. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. S.Cottle, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Jarrett, 5. Stanbrough, 6. DiMattia, 7. Light, 8. Schmidt, 9. Simon, 10. Chapple, 11. Bares. NT

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Bland, 2. DiMattia, 3. Farney, 4. Light, 5. Goodnight, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Gaines, 8. Robbins, 9. Mattox, 10. Chapple, 11. Spencer, 12. Malone, 13. Williams, 14. Creech, 15. Hines. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Darland, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Courtney, 5. Hodges, 6. Schmidt, 7. McGhee, 8. Clouser, 9. Daum, 10. Farney, 11. Grant, 12. DiMattia, 13. Bland, 14. C.Cottle, 15. Karraker, 16. Goodnight, 17. Light, 18. Beauchamp. 2:47.54

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Max McGhee, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Bryan Clauson, 20. Kent Schmidt, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Josh Hodges, 24. Cole Ketcham. NT
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**Bares flipped during the fourth heat. Schuerenberg flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Windom, Laps 22-30 Cummins.

KSE/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons Jr. (22nd to 4th).

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,626, 2-Meseraull-1,464, 3-Ballou-1,458, 4-Stockon-1,433, 5-Darland-1,351, 6-Boespflug-1,288, 7-Leary-1,279, 8-Windom-1,148, 9-McGhee-1,148, 10-Farney-934.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Courtney-137, 2-Bacon-135, 3-Ballou & Coons-128, 5-Windom-121, 6-S.Cottle-119, 7-Cummins-116, 8-Clauson-109, 9-Boespflug & Thomas Jr.-97.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 10 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

COMEBACK COURTNEY CHARGES FROM THE TAIL TO COLLECT STUNNING VICTORY
IN GAS CITY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK OPENER

After an opening lap spin sent him to the 24th and last position on the grid for the restart, the odds certainly did not appear to be in Tyler Courtney's favor.

Passing 23 cars in 30 laps around a ¼-mile track is a tall task for anyone, let alone a driver seeking his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win with the backdrop of an intense Indiana Sprint Week environment present.

However, Courtney was up to the task, methodically picking his way through the field as he tiptoed his way around the infield tires. With eight laps to go, Courtney caught the red-hot Bryan Clauson for the top spot and hung on to score one of the most stunning victories in recent series memory Friday at Gas City I-69 Speedway on opening night of the 29th annual "Indiana Sprint Week."

Already mired deep in the field from his original 16th starting position, Courtney seemed to be a longshot as all eyes from the packed Gas City grandstand were affixed at the head of the pack throughout the first portion of the race.

Two-time Gas City USAC Sprint Car winner Hunter Schuerenberg started from the pole, but by the end of the first lap, three-time 2016 series winner Chad Boespflug had bolted from his fourth starting spot to pull even with Schuerenberg at the flag stand.

But, Tyler Courtney's first lap spin between turns three and four brought about the yellow flag, resulting in a complete restart.

On the ensuing restart, Schuerenberg shot to the front as Boespflug slid into second. At the front of the pack, drivers found the fastest way to be around the top side where Boespflug zeroed in on Schuerenberg in a bid for the lead on the ninth lap before the action slowed with ninth-running Justin Grant stopped in turn two, bringing out the second yellow of the night.

On the lap nine restart, Schuerenberg sprinted to the bottom as Boespflug hit the cushion. Suddenly, Boespflug's car dramatically slowed due to a dzus button falling out of the ignition plate and, in turn, ceasing the engine. Despite the issue, Boespflug would restart from the tail, but would not a play a factor in the race at the front, winding up a disappointing 21st at the finish line.

The next attempt at resuming action saw Clauson slip by Max McGhee for the second position and, one circuit later on lap 10, scooting past Schuerenberg for the lead with authority on the bottom, quickly distancing himself from the rest of the field. On the 11th lap, Brady Bacon was able to dart by Schuerenberg for second at the entrance to turn one.

As soon as it appeared to become a two-man race between the season's winningest driver in the series (Clauson) and the series point leader (Bacon), Bacon slipped off the edge of the racetrack between turns three and four, dropping the 2014 series champion all the way back to seventh.

Meanwhile, the 23c of Courtney began to come into focus as he slowly, but surely, and steadfastly hit his marks on the bottom of the track's surface, knocking off one position after another.

By the midway point, Courtney was running fifth as he got a major run coming off the bottom of turn four. He hit the stripe three-wide with McGhee sandwiched between Windom on the outside and Courtney on the inside, beating them both into turn one.

However, when Courtney got there, Schuerenberg was headed for the same piece of real estate. The two made contact, sending Courtney sideways while popping his car up into the air as it bounced through turn one.

Though the contact knocked Courtney off his saddle for a moment, he hopped back on his horse and was incredibly able to lasso both Schuerenberg and Windom in as the trio stormed down the back straightaway just moments later with Courtney able to blast out in front of both to claim second off of turn four.

From that point forward, Courtney had just one man to beat: Bryan Clauson. Clauson, a six-time series winner this season, has been practically unbeatable when he gets out front this season, but Courtney was able to dig in his heels on the bottom, cutting the interval between him and Clauson by nearly a half a second each lap.

Clauson continued to cement his trust in the high line while Courtney stuck like Loctite to the low line as the two entered lapped traffic. Clauson pushed his machine to the edge, dipping off the turn two edge on multiple occasions as he clung onto the number one position while Courtney continued to sneak up on him. But a yellow for Thomas Meseraull flew after he found himself facing the outside turn four guardrail.

Seven laps to go, Clauson and Courtney had a clear track in front of them. As expected, Clauson took to the low side on the restart in turns one two, defending the line that Courtney had worked to perfection all race long. Yet, as Clauson headed into turn three, he aimed his car to the high side, thus leaving the door open for Courtney to take advantage and claim the lead at the line with eight laps to go.

Clauson refused to relent his high line and fall into line, instead, fighting back to pull side-by-side with Courtney in turn two on lap 24. Clauson was on the ragged edge, literally, as he slipped his right side tires over the turn two berm, biking the car, but still managing to stay on the gas, only losing one position in the process to Windom.

A three-car freight train on the bottom consisting of Courtney, Windom and Shane Cottle ensued while Clauson ripped the high side. Clauson hovered between second and fourth-place each lap, but was unable to reach Courtney, who held off all remaining challenges to pick up his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory in one of the most amazing drives seen in the series in years over Clauson, Windom, Cottle and Bacon.

 

Reminiscent of Terry Pletch's storied charge from 21st to 1st in the 1999 Indiana Sprint Week opener at the Terre Haute Action Track, Courtney's longshot win under trying circumstances is a performance that is sure to go down in 'Sprint Week" lore.

"My grandpa (former Lincoln Park Speedway owner Mike Farrar) was a huge part of starting Indiana Sprint Week when it originated, so to win this is even more special," Courtney said after driving the TOPP Motorsports' Maxim/Chevy to his first career series win.

"I've been close before, but to beat the best guy in Bryan Clauson the way we did, it's just amazing. I'm truly speechless. I couldn't believe he left me the bottom on the restart, but I knew I still had to hit my marks because I've given one away before running the bottom like that. When I got by him, I just started counting down the laps in my head and they couldn't fall quick enough."

Noblesville, Indiana's Clauson saw a rare one slip away from him near the end of the night's 30-lapper. The winner of six series victories in 2016 was able to squeak by Windom for second on the final corner of the final lap in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"I felt like I was as good as him once I got back up to ripping the top, but it was treacherous, so I just tried to stay close," Clauson explained. "If he could've been a little closer, I think we could've maybe got him. But we got out front and maybe just led a little too soon."

2011 Indiana Sprint Week champ Windom, of Canton, Illinois was able to overcome mechanical issues early in the night, but was able to come out of night one of "Sprint Week" with a solid third place effort in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar.

"I couldn't believe when Tyler (Courtney) went by me how slow he was going, but how fast he was at the same time," said a surprised Windom. "With how big the curb up top was getting, I never thought you could slow down that much and still go that well. But once he got by, there was no getting him back. We'll take a podium though. We had to fix a struck throttle and change a rear end too, so we salvaged what we could and ended up alright."

Contingency award winners at Gas City I-69 Speedway included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Kyle Robbins (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Tyler Courtney (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner & KSE Racing Products/B&W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 8, 2016 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.175; 2. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.340; 3. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-12.460; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-12.464; 5. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-12.487; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.488; 7. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-12.532; 8. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-12.535; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-12.598; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-12.602; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-12.621; 12. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-12.642; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-12.645; 14. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-12.675; 15. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-12.692; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-12.692; 17. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.728; 18. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.736; 19. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-12.753; 20. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-12.767; 21. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.793; 22. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-12.808; 23. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-12.810; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.832; 25. Casey Shuman, 50x, Barnhill-12.844; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.847; 27. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-12.869; 28. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-12.873; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.884; 30. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-12.893; 31. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-12.898; 32. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-12.901; 33. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-12.915; 34. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.917; 35. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-12.932; 36. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-12.939; 37. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-12.955; 38. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-12.955; 39. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-12.994; 40. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-13.085; 41. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.147; 42. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-13.180; 43. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.183; 44. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-13.238; 45. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.260; 46. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.268; 47. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-13.390.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Chapple, 4. Bacon, 5. Shuman, 6. Cummins, 7. Grant, 8. Hines, 9. Clouser, 10. Creech, 11. Andretti, 12. Hery. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Robbins, 2. Coons, 3. Daum, 4. Farney, 5. Windom, 6. Mattox, 7. DiMattia, 8. Williams, 9. Hodges, 10. Light, 11. Schmidt, 12. Mellenberndt. 2:04.27

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Clauson, 3. Ballou, 4. Beauchamp, 5. Leary, 6. K.Thomas, 7. Stanbrough, 8. T.Thomas, 9. Darland, 10. Goodnight, 11. Smith, 12. Bares. 2:05.32

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. McGhee, 3. Meseraull, 4. Boespflug, 5. Jarrett, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Spencer, 8. Gaines, 9. Hopkins, 10. Ketcham, 11. Simon. 2:08.25

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Darland, 3. Hodges, 4. Hopkins, 5. T.Thomas, 6. Gaines, 7. Hines, 8. Ketcham, 9. Goodnight, 10. Clouser, 11. Spencer, 12. Creech, 13. Mellenberndt, 14. Schmidt, 15. Hery, 16. Bares, 17. Light. 2:11.66

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. K.Thomas, 2. Windom, 3. Andretti, 4. Grant, 5. Hopkins, 6. Cummins, 7. C.Cottle, 8. Hodges, 9. Jarrett, 10. Smith, 11. Darland, 12. DiMattia, 13. Mattox, 14. Stanbrough, 15. Leary, 16. Shuman, 17. Williams, 18. Simon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Max McGhee, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. A.J. Hopkins, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Kyle Robbins, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Chase Stockon, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Brent Beauchamp, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Chad Boespflug, 22. Thomas Meseraull, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Isaac Chapple. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Schuerenberg, Laps 10-22 Clauson, Laps 23-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (16th-1st)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,560, 2-Meseraull-1,416, 3-Stockon-1,388, 4-Ballou-1,385, 5-Darland-1,314, 6-Leary-1,246, 7-Boespflug-1,222, 8-McGhee-=1,119, 9-Windom-1,095, 10-Farney-903.

NEW USAC INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Courtney-78, 2-Clauson-74, 3-S.Cottle & Bacon-69, 5-Windom-68, 6-Coons-62, 7-McGhee-59, 8-Ballou-55, 9-Daum-54, 10-Robbins-49.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 9 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - "Tony Elliott Classic"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

 

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES FOR 2016 FINALIZED; BUTLER, DAVIS, MEARS & OLSON LATEST HONOREES

USAC's recent social media poll to complete the 2016 list of inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame has resulted in inductions for drivers Steve Butler, Rick Mears and Kevin Olson, and car owner and chief mechanic Willie Davis.

The four new inductees received the most votes from a select list of 16 candidates and will join eight previously-announced inductees in the ceremony which accompanies the July 21 "Rich Vogler Classic" USAC Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Previously-announced 2016 inductees include (alphabetically) Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Pat O'Connor, Tony Stewart and Bob Tattersall.

Steve Butler, of Kokomo, Ind., is a six-time USAC National Driving Champion. He won the Silver Crown title in 1988 and 1992 and swept three straight Sprint Car championships between 1986 and 1988 before repeating in 1990. A 2005 inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, he is also in the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Hall of Fame and has been commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. He was USAC's Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" in 1985 and also won an AMA Motorcycle championship in 1976. He's a 4-time "4-Crown Nationals" champ (twice each in Silver Crown and Sprint) and won back-to-back "Tony Hulman Classic" Sprint races on dirt and pavement!

Willie Davis, of Pittsboro, Ind., was one of USAC's most proficient car owners and chief mechanics. He captured USAC National Sprint Car Owner titles in 1969 and 1971, producing driver titles for Gary Bettenhausen. He recorded 34 feature victories during his tenure as a USAC car owner. In 1980, he served as the chief mechanic on Bettenhausen's third-place Indianapolis 500 entry from Armstrong Mould Racing. Having started in hot rods in the 1940s, Willie assisted with Art Bisch's 1956 CRA Sprint Car championship and later was instrumental in providing Johnny Rutherford's initial USAC Sprint car ride at Reading, Pa. In 1996, he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Rick Mears, of Bakersfield, Calif., is one of only three four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, having won all four under the sanction of USAC. In 1984, 1988 and 1991 he was USAC's Gold Crown Driving Champion. His six Indy 500 poles are the all-time record. He is also a three-time Indy Car World Series Champion (1979, 1981 and 1982). In 1978, he shared the Indianapolis 500 "Rookie of the Race" award with USAC Hall of Famer Larry Rice. In 1997, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the following year was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

Kevin Olson, of Loves Park, Ill., won USAC National Midget championships in 1982 and 1987 and captured 23 victories during his USAC career. Among his victories were wins in the 1983 Turkey Night Grand Prix and the 1996 Hut Hundred. He is a five-time Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) Champ and also won the prestigious "Pepsi Midget Nationals" at Sun Prairie, Wisc. five times! Olson has more recently been involved in motorsports broadcasting and has worked on the team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kevin was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1997.

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 2, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 2. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 3. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Tyler Roth (#0B Zero), 6. Mike Larson (#95 Larson). 7. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 8. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Aaron Schuck (#1 SET), 3. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 4. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 5. Brandon Smith (#11 Smith), 6. Beau Burnett (#13 Burnett), 7. Jack Marion (#49 Marion), 8. Jimmy Picardi (#154m PiCardi). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#56 Davis), 2. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 3. Austin Archdale (#2 Archdale), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 5. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 6. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 7. Travis Pence (#01 Pence). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis, 2. Gedd Ross, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Austin Archdale, 6. Dillon Morley, 7. Brandon Smith, 8. Jake Sollenberger, 9. Tyler Roth, 10. Broc Hunnell, 11. Travis Pence, 12. Beau Burnett, 13. Todd Baker, 14. Jimmy Picardi, 15. Jack Marion, 16. Mike Larson, 17. Johnny Murdock, 18. Shane Morgan, 19. Jeff Mallonee, 20. Aaron Schuck, 21. Andy Baugh, 22. Dave Baugh, 23. Jeremy Hull. NT ------------------------------------ **Dave Baugh, Andy Baugh and Schuck all flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 McDermand, Laps 7-20 Davis.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Davis-704, 2-Sollenberger-590, 3-Burrows-539, 4-Davis-528, 5-Morley-510, 6-Pence-490, 7-Ross-433, 8-A,Baugh-428, 9-Baker-371, 10-Bart Andrews-351.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 9 - Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway - "Gabelite & Sons Trucking Night at the Races"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 2, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 7. Brett Yarnell (#29B Yarnell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner), 6. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Vickie Faber (#50V Faber), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Dennis Gile, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Nick Aiuto, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Michael Curtis, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Ronnie Clark, 14. Landon Cling, 15. Jonas Reynolds, 16. Joe Schoepner, 17. Jordan Stetson, 18. Vickie Faber, 19. Brett Yarnell. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Gile, Laps 24-28 Davis, Lap 29 Gile, Lap 30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (13th to 5th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 30 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – “Allscapes Back to School Special”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 2, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Firecracker 30”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.559; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.597; 3. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-16.671; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.804; 5. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-16.876; 6. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.940; 7. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.962; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.020; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-17.039; 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.128; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.136; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.152; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.158; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.203; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.341; 16. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.373; 17. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.610; 18. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.719; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.790; 20. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.915; 21. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.946; 22. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-18.221; 23. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-18.499; 24. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.720.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. R.Gardner, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. A.Williams, 5. Adams, 6. Ellertson, 7. Smith, 8. Malcolm. 2:54.26

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Swanson, 3. L.Williams, 4. Sheridan, 5. Gansen, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Dyson. 2:54.07

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. C.Williams, 3. Sussex, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Spencer, 6. Bender, 7. Everhart, 8. A.Sweeney. 2:56.74

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Sheridan, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Austin Williams, 8. Max Adams, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Chris Gansen, 12. Chris Dyson, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Verne Sweeney, 15. Andrew Sweeney, 16. Tony Everhart, 17. Cal Smith, 18. A.J. Bender, 19. Brody Roa, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Ronnie Gardner, 22. Cody Williams. NT

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**V.Sweeney, C.Williams, and R.Gardner flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 D.Gardner, Lap 8 Sussex, Lap 9 D.Gardner, Laps 10-12 Sussex, Laps 13-30 Sheridan.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Dyson (21st to 12th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: July 30 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

BALLOU GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE IN PUTNAMVILLE'S "BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR"

Putnamville, Indiana.........Lincoln Park Speedway has been very kind to Robert Ballou in recent years. Almost two years to the day of the Rocklin, California native's career-turning triumph at the 5/16-mile dirt oval, Ballou once again took his own team to USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane at the track Friday night, holding off a late charge by Chad Boespflug to take the 2nd annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular."

Outside front row starter Ballou rolled off alongside pole-sitter Boespflug at the beginning of the 30-lap event. After battling side-by-side throughout the first circuit, Ballou was able to edge ahead of Boespflug on the outside as he shot off the turn four curb to lead lap one.

As Boespflug shifted back-and-forth from the topside to the lowside and back again in search of the fastest way around, Ballou found the legendary Putnamville cushion to his liking and, by the fifth lap, had already built up a half-straightaway lead over Boespflug in second.

By the 14th lap, Ballou held the advantage by a country mile as he entered lapped traffic just prior to the halfway point, allowing Boespflug to steadily knife his way back into contention as he closed the gap for the top spot.

With 10 to go, the top-two began to check out on the rest of the field, with Boespflug in hot pursuit of Ballou up top.

Behind them, Thomas Meseraull was beginning to charge, picking off ProSource Fast Qualifier Josh Hodges for sixth on lap 19 and Shane Cottle to move into the top-five on 20th lap. But on the 21st lap, Meseraull slid over the turn four cushion, gliding up and punching the outside wall with the right side of the car with major force, putting an end to his night and providing a damaging blow to his standing in the series points.

The lapped car of Aaron Farney separated leader Ballou and second-running Boespflug on the restart with nine laps to go. Boespflug was able to maneuver around Farney with relative ease and now put himself in a two-car shootout with Ballou and an open track ahead of them.

Boespflug evaporated Ballou's lead as the laps continued to dwindle. As flagman Tom Hansing raised his hand to signify five laps remaining, Ballou's lead was cut down to a mere three car lengths.

Yet, catching is quite different from passing in auto racing, but Boespflug had put himself in prime position to capitalize on any small mistake by Ballou.

On the 28th lap, Ballou's right rear tire hit the turn three cushion with a mighty wallop, knocking him off course just slightly enough to allow Boespflug to put his bumper within inches of the golden #1 on Ballou's tail tank. Ballou didn't panic, though. He simply stood on the throttle and was able to ward off Boespflug's attack and, in fact, was able to give himself a tad bit more breathing room entering the final two laps.

On the last lap, Ballou approached the side-by-side lapped cars of Shane Cockrum (inside) and Bret Mellenberndt (outside) entering the third turn. With Boespflug making one last bid for the win and traffic just out in front of his nose, Ballou navigated the outside without so much as a flinch, putting the Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley Auto/Maxim/Ott in victory lane for the fourth time in 2016, defeating Boespflug, Bacon, Shane Cottle and Dave Darland.

"Everybody has stepped their game up here lately, so having a starting spot up front was big tonight," Ballou admitted. "Putnamville is always tricky and the weather today didn't help, but the water they put on before the feature helped. We've fought some issues with our whole package all year and we've been searching and trying different things. We're trying to dig out of a little bit of a low point right now and this win obviously helps. It's tough to beat Brady (Bacon) and the Hoffmans right now, but getting a win tonight is a good indication that we're moving in the right direction."

Hanford, California's Boespflug finished second in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Creative Finishing - Midwest Shades/Maxim/Claxton, coming up just short of duplicating his victory on Independence Day weekend three years ago at Putnamville.

"The track was a little greasy at the start and Robert (Ballou) got a better advantage right away, so that hurt us a little bit," Boespflug said. "We've kind of been up and down this year, so we'll take a second tonight. We had the frame on this car clipped after Susquehanna, so this was a little bit of a test run tonight and it passed pretty well, so we're happy with it heading into 'Indiana Sprint Week.' I think I was better in (turns) three and four than he was and, towards the end, I could kind of slow roll and cheat the cushion a little and I gained some ground there. Once I figured that out, I was thinking the whole time how I was going to get by him. It was going to take a haymaker, but we almost had him."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon continued his impressive streak as of late, knocking down his eighth consecutive top-four finish Friday night in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar. In the process, he extended his point lead to a season-high 104 after capitalizing on Meseraull's misfortune.

"We took what we could get tonight," accepted Bacon. "It was a good points night for us, but there wasn't really a lot we could do. I moved up towards the end and got rolling decent, but we were just going the same speed as everybody else, so it was just kind of one of those nights where you soldier home to the finish and just get the best you can."

Contingency award winners at Lincoln Park Speedway included Josh Hodges (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Chad Boespflug (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Shane Cockrum (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 1, 2016 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 2nd Annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.633; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.028; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.096; 4. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.106; 5. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.162; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13,165; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.185; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.185; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.225; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.273; 11. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.293; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.339; 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.343; 14. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-13.345; 15. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.367; 16. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.439; 17. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.480; 18. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.537; 19. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.561; 20. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-13.591; 21. Casey Shuman, 21k, Krockenberger-13.600; 22. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.650; 23. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.696; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.717; 25. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.725; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.731; 27. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.755; 28. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-13.776; 29. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.790; 30. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-14.388; 31. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-14.761; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT;

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Hodges, 3. Windom, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Leary, 6. Shuman, 7. Robbins, 8. Creech. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Ballou, 3. Stockon, 4. Simon, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Smith, 7. Hines, 8. Mattox. 2:20.53

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Bacon, 4. Ketcham, 5. Darland, 6. Farney, 7. McGhee, 8. VanGilder. 2:20.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cockrum, 2. Andretti, 3. Meseraull, 4. Beauchamp, 5. Hopkins, 6. Jarrett, 7. Cottle, 8. Chapple. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Cottle, 3. Jarrett, 4. Darland, 5. Shuman, 6. Farney, 7. Mattox, 8. Smith, 9. Hopkins, 10. Robbins, 11. Mellenberndt, 12. Creech, 13. Hines, 14. McGhee. 3:01.41

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Max McGhee, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Cole Ketcham, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Brent Beauchamp, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Thomas Meseraull, 23. Logan Jarrett, 24. Landon Simon, NT ---------------------------- **Chapple flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ballou.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (22nd to 10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,491, 2-Meseraull-1,387, 3-Stockon-1,343, 4-Ballou-1,330, 5-Darland-1,283, 6-Leary-1,219, 7-Boespflug-1,191, 8-McGhee-1,060, 9-Windom-1,025, 10-Farney-868.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 8 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - 29th "Indiana Sprint Week"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 1, 2016 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.237; 2. Logan Willliams, 5, Jory-14.305; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.347; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.373; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.458; 6. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-14.488; 7. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.525; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.530; 9. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-14.594; 10. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-14.661; 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-14.690; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.696; 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.820; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.840; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-14.871; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.879; 17. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-14.993; 18. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-15.122; 19. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-15.197; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-15.344; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-15.437; 22. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-15.489; 23. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.678; 24. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-15.718; 25. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-16.044; 26. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ellertson, 2. Bender, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Spencer, 5. Boles, 6. A.Williams, 7. Dyson, 8. Malcolm. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thompson, 2. Swanson, 3. Roa, 4. R.Gardner, 5. L.Williams, 6. Gansen, 7.V.Sweeney, 8. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Bernal, 3. Kruseman, 4. Sheridan, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. C.Williams, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. A.Sweeney. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. L.Williams, 3. C.Williams, 4. Malcolm, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Gansen, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Lopiccolo, 9. Adams, 10. Dyson, 11. A.Sweeney, 12. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Danny Sheridan, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Logan Wiliams, 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12. Cody Williams, 13. Chris Gansen, 14. Tommy Malcolm, 15. Cory Kruseman, 16. Jeremy Ellertson, 17. Anthony Lopiccolo, 18. Verne Sweeney, 19. Jace Vander Weerd, 20. Chris Dyson, 21. Max Adams. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Roa, Laps 9-30 Bernal

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (8th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: July 2 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Firecracker 30”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 1, 2016 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 2nd Annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.633; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.028; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.096; 4. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.106; 5. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.162; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13,165; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.185; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.185; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.225; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.273; 11. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.293; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.339; 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.343; 14. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-13.345; 15. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.367; 16. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.439; 17. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-13.480; 18. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.537; 19. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.561; 20. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-13.591; 21. Casey Shuman, 21k, Krockenberger-13.600; 22. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.650; 23. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.696; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.717; 25. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.725; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.731; 27. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.755; 28. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-13.776; 29. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.790; 30. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-14.388; 31. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-14.761; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT;

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Hodges, 3. Windom, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Leary, 6. Shuman, 7. Robbins, 8. Creech. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Ballou, 3. Stockon, 4. Simon, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Smith, 7. Hines, 8. Mattox. 2:20.53

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Bacon, 4. Ketcham, 5. Darland, 6. Farney, 7. McGhee, 8. VanGilder. 2:20.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cockrum, 2. Andretti, 3. Meseraull, 4. Beauchamp, 5. Hopkins, 6. Jarrett, 7. Cottle, 8. Chapple. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Cottle, 3. Jarrett, 4. Darland, 5. Shuman, 6. Farney, 7. Mattox, 8. Smith, 9. Hopkins, 10. Robbins, 11. Mellenberndt, 12. Creech, 13. Hines, 14. McGhee. 3:01.41

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Max McGhee, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Cole Ketcham, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Brent Beauchamp, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Bret Mellenberndt, 22. Thomas Meseraull, 23. Logan Jarrett, 24. Landon Simon, NT ---------------------------- **Chapple flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ballou.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (22nd to 10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,491, 2-Meseraull-1,387, 3-0Stockonj-1,343, 4-Ballou-1,330, 5-Darland-1,283, 6-Leary-1,219, 7-Boespflug-1,191, 8-McGhee-1,060, 9-Windom-1,027, 10-Farney-868.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 8 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"


 

 

USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 29, 2016 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway - 5IVE-6IX "Hump Day Summer Series"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Carson Macedo (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 6. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR), 7. Ken Drangmeister (#76 Drangmeister). 1:56.55

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 2. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Davey Ray (#33 RAYPRO), 5. Austin Nemire (#91 Nemire-Yager), 6. Gary Gipson (#5 Byers), 7. Rich Drangmeister (#3 Drangmeister). 1:57.02

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Ryan Robinson, 5. Holly Shelton, 6. Davey Ray, 7. Brayton Lynch, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Austin Nemire, 10. Gary Gipson, 11. Justin Peck, 12. Rich Drangmeister, 13. Ken Drangmeister, 14. Gage Walker. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Bayston, Laps 17-25 Thorson.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thorson-150, 2-Bayston-144, 3-Macedo-141, 4-Robinson-127, 5-Shelton-121, 6-Darland-118, 7-Lynch-102, 8-Peck-95, 9-Walker-92, 10-Bryan Clauson-77.

NEXT USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 20 - Plymouth, IN - Plymouth Speedway

 

 

QUEEN CREEK HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS & FIREWORKS
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 28, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway this Saturday, July 2nd. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the “Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display” will also showcase Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 8:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with twelve wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), Josh Pelkey (1), and Stevie Sussex (1). This season, Johnson has two wins at Arizona Speedway and Sussex claimed the May 7th victory.

Entering the eleventh point race, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 104-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson raced to his fourth win of the year at Queen Creek on June 11th. At press time, the second generation driver has also posted five heat race victories, five top-qualifier awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led. R.J. leads all SouthWest drivers with thirty-six feature wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid was a Saturday night triumph.

After running second to Johnson on June 11th, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis has eight heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led to his credit. The five-time Arizona champion ranks second on the series win list and will have his sights on his fourteenth victory on Saturday.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) sits third in the chase for the championship. The pilot of Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS skipped the last Queen Creek show to run with USAC/CRA at Perris, California. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has five feature wins, five heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 112 feature laps led on the year. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins with nine triumphs and might miss Saturday’s show to compete with USAC/CRA.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is fourth in the SouthWest point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin scored fourth in the Queen Creek main event. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will be looking to add another Queen Creek trophy to his collection.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship points. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi claimed third in the June 11th main event. To date, the former Western World 360 Champion has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, seven top-10 finishes, and thirteen feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Matt will be looking to score his fourth USAC SouthWest feature victory.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, Landon Cling, Shon Deskins, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Dustin Burkhart, Tom Ogle, Michael Curtis, Spencer Hill, Jonas Reynolds, and more.

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

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
5- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Josh Hodges.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
12-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-749, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-645, 3. Stevie Sussex-640, 4. Mike Martin-611, 5. Matt Rossi-592, 6. Nick Aiuto-517, 7. Tye Mihocko-492, 8. Josh Pelkey-444, 9. Dennis Gile-420, 10. Andy Reinbold-417, 11. Brian Hosford-377, 12. Chris Bonneau-358, 13. Landon Cling-324, 14. Shon Deskins-320, 15. Bruce St. James-304, 16. Dustin Burkhart-250, 17. Tom Ogle-241, 18. Michael Curtis-240, 19. Spencer Hill-138, 20. Jonas Reynolds-119.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS HEADLINE SANTA MARIA’S “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” AND PERRIS “FIRECRCKER 30”

 By Lance Jennings

JUNE 28, 2016… The powerful Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Friday and Saturday night for a special doubleheader. On Friday, July 1st, the traditional 410s will make their only appearance of the year at Santa Maria Raceway for the “Doug Fort Memorial.” The following night, the series will return to Perris Auto Speedway for the popular “Firecracker 30 & Skyconcert.”

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

Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, Santa Maria’s “Doug Fort Memorial” will be the twentieth USAC/CRA event at the “West’s Best Short Track.” Six different drivers (Ryan Bernal, Damion Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, and Austin Williams) are tied for the series lead with two Santa Maria victories and “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.230 on June 14, 2008. The action packed card will also feature the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gate will open at 10:00am, Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials are scheduled for 5:00pm, and Racing will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232. A complete “Doug Fort Memorial” and series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

Saturday’s “Firecracker 30” at Perris Auto Speedway will be the 186th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car event promoted by Don Kazarian. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 37 Perris victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. This season, Bryan Clauson, Josh Hodges, Austin Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd have claimed “home track” victories. The “Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and California Lightning Sprints. The Spectator Gates will open at 3:00pm and there will be an Autograph Session and Kids Games for early arrivals. Racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm and for more information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

Friday's point race honors Doug Fort, who built and operated the Santa Maria facility. Opening on Sunday, March 31, 1964 with the California Racing Association (CRA) Sprint Cars, Fort continued to serve as owner and promoter until his passing in 1999. During his tenure, the Santa Maria track was named the "Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi" on two separate occasions and hosted a wide variety of race cars. Originally a winged 410 sprint car race in 2009, the event changed to a non-winged 360 show in 2012. The race became part of the USAC/CRA 410 schedule in 2014 and the "Doug Fort Memorial” continues to be a popular event at the speedway.

The annual "Firecracker" race has been a Southern California tradition going back to the legendary Ascot Park in Gardena. Howard Gardner won the 1957 event and other winning drivers include Bob Hogle, Billy Vukovich, Jimmy Oskie, Dean Thompson, Bubby Jones, Rip Williams, Brad Noffsinger, and Ron Shuman. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval kept the tradition alive and "The Kruser" Cory Kruseman scored the second of his record six event wins.

Heading to the sixth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) leads the championship standings with a slim two point advantage. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa scored fourth at Perris on June 11th. To date, the defending 360 Western World Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. During the short break, Brody won both USAC West Coast 360 shows at Santa Maria and Hanford. The point leader will be looking to add the “Doug Fort Memorial” and “Firecracker 30” to his resume.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard led all 30-laps to score the June 11th victory at Perris. At press time, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps to his credit. Currently tied with six other drivers (Robert Ballou, Ryan Bernal, Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, Blake Miller, and Matt Mitchell) for thirteenth on the series win list, Vander Weerd will have his sights winning at Santa Maria and Perris.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Victory, Swanson ran second to Richard Vander Weerd on June 11th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and five top-10 finishes on the season. This Friday and Saturday, Jake will be looking to win his first USAC/CRA features at Perris and Santa Maria.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) is fourth in the point standings. Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports owned #4S Trench Shoring / Sander Engineering Maxim, Spencer took sixth at Perris after starting ninth. As this writing goes to press, the five-time champion has five top-10 finishes and 21 feature laps led on the year. Ranked second on the win list with 37 victories, Mike will have his sights on gaining valuable points with triumphs at the “Fort Memorial” and “Firecracker 30.”

After running fifth at Perris on June 11th, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner has two heat race victories, four top-10 victories, and 20 feature laps led on the year. The four-time champion leads all USAC/CRA drivers with sixty-five wins and will be looking to sweep the shows on Friday and Saturday.

Currently ranked seventh in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Trent Williams (Victorville, California), Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California), and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Williams, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Chris Gansen, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Verne Sweeney, Anthony Lopiccolo, Ronnie Gardner, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (13-17) are $23, Kids tickets (6-12) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Reserved Adult tickets are $30 and Reserved Child tickets (12 & under) are $10. For General Admission, Adult tickets are $25 and Child tickets (6-12) are $5. The event is FREE to residents of the City of Perris with proper identification. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Austin Williams.

SANTA MARIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Rickie Gaunt, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Rip Williams.

SANTA MARIA “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” WINNERS: 2009-Tyler Walker; 2010-Tommy Tarlton; 2011-Jonathan Allard; 2012-Cory Kruseman, 2013-Cory Kruseman, 2014-Cody Williams, 2015-Rickie Gaunt.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 37-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Matt Mitchell, 5-Danny Sheridan, 5- Richard Vander Weerd, 4-Robert Ballou, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Austin Williams, 1-Jason York.

PERRIS "FIRECRACKER" WINNERS: 1996-Cory Kruseman, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Troy Cline, 1999-Rip Williams, 2000-Cory Kruseman, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Rickie Gaunt, 2003-Rip Williams, 2004-Damion Gardner, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Danny Sheridan, 2009-Cory Kruseman, 2010-David Cardey, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Nic Faas, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-352, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-350, 3. Jake Swanson-333, 4. Mike Spencer-318, 5. Damion Gardner-308, 6. Austin Williams-255, 7. Max Adams-214, 8. Jeremy Ellertson-212, 9. Cody Williams-208, 10. Chris Gansen-198, 11. Logan Williams-192, 12. Trent Williams-183, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-171, ... A.J. Bender-171, 15. Tommy Malcolm-170, 16. Verne Sweeney-163, 17. Josh Hodges-146, 18. R.J. Johnson-122, 19. Parker Colston-119, 20. Anthony Lopiccolo-117.

 

 

2016 SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
United States Auto Club

In the fast evolving world of digital media, social media can mean many things. Social media includes all means of communicating or posting information or content of any sort on the Internet, including to your own or someone else's web blog, journal or diary, personal web site, social networking or affinity web site, web bulletin board or a chat room, whether or not associated or affiliated with USAC, as well as any other form of electronic communication. The most common forms of social media are Facebook and Twitter, but continue to evolve with Instagram, Snapchat and other forms of peer-peer and user-generated content sites.

Even though these forums may seem informal, often they are home for people who choose to vent frustration. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for what is posted online from accounts managed by yourself, or those you may be responsible for (your children under 18). Before creating online content yourself and/or allowing others the ability to post online content for you, consider some of the risks that you may pose. Keep in mind that any of your conduct that adversely affects USAC, our track partners, our sponsors and all other members and participants of USAC may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension.

Does This Apply To Me?
This new Social Media policy applies to all USAC Competitors and Officials. A Competitor is a Driver, Entrant, Family Member, Crew Member, or any other individual or entity who is a Member and participates competitively in a USAC Sanctioned Event. An Official is any and all authorized USAC officers, employees, agents, representatives, and subcontractors. USAC reserves the right to apply the policy to other Members as it deems appropriate.

This new policy is in effect immediately and will be posted on all USAC rulebooks and websites for members. For 2017, this policy will become part of the annual waiver and credentialing process.

Know The Social Media Rules
Carefully read these guidelines, as well as the Rule Book, and ensure your postings are consistent with these policies. Inappropriate postings that may include discriminatory remarks, harassment, and threats of violence or similar inappropriate or unlawful conduct will not be tolerated and may subject you to disciplinary action up to and including suspension.

Be Respectful
Always be fair and courteous to others. Also, keep in mind that you are more likely to resolve complaints by speaking directly with others than by posting complaints to a social media outlet. Nevertheless, if you decide to post complaints or criticism, avoid using statements, photographs, video or audio that reasonably could be viewed as malicious, obscene, threatening or intimidating, that disparage others or that might constitute harassment or bullying. Examples of such conduct might include offensive posts meant to intentionally harm someone's reputation or posts that could contribute to a hostile trackside environment on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion or any other status protected by law, rule or policy.

Be honest and accurate
Make sure you are always honest and accurate when posting information or news, and if you make a mistake, correct it quickly. Be open about any previous posts you have altered. Remember that the Internet archives almost everything; therefore, even deleted postings can be searched. Posts are "on the record" and available to the media, public, sponsors, and other business partners and subject to discovery in litigation matters. Never post any rumors, speculation or information about USAC or others until an official announcement, release or other post by official social media accounts has been made to the public and media.

Don't Retaliate
USAC prohibits taking negative action against any Member or other for reporting a possible deviation from this policy or for cooperating in an investigation. Any Member who retaliates against another Member or other for reporting a possible deviation from this policy or for cooperating in an investigation will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

USAC reserves the right to modify this policy as it deems appropriate in its discretion. In such case, USAC will provide: i) existing Members with a bulletin and the revised policy via the electronic mail account on file with USAC for the Member, Entrant and/or Associate and post the bulletin and the revised policy on the USAC website; ii) new applicants with the revised policy as part of the membership application materials.

For more information
Of course, nothing in this social media policy is meant to discourage Members from exercising their rights to use social media. Social media plays an integral role in reaching out to and growing our fan base. It is a way to give fans direct interaction with USAC, drivers, teams, tracks, and sponsors. This policy, if used correctly, will only enhance and brighten this experience for all parties involved.

If you have questions or need further guidance, please contact Kirk Spridgeon (USAC Circle Track) at kirk@usacracing.com or Jerry Coons (USAC .25) at jerry@usacracing.com.

 

 

MESERAULL ALL FIRED UP
IN LAKESIDE SPRINT VICTORY

Kansas City, Kansas......... In a battle between the two most consistent drivers throughout the 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Thomas Meseraull prevailed through the early rain and a brief fire on his car during a red flag period in the feature, sneaking underneath Brady Bacon on the bottom of turn four as the two raced to the white flag and holding on to take his second series victory of the year.

Heavy showers just prior to the original starting time delayed the proceedings for more than an hour. When the cars hit the track for the first time at a quarter after seven, it was evident the track was going to be heavy and hammer down.

Thomas Meseraull drove home the point in ProSource Qualifying, breaking Chase Stockon's one-day old USAC Sprint Car track record at the 4/10-mile dirt oval by more than three-tenths of a second. That would position the San Jose, California driver outside of the third row for the start of the 30-lap feature.

On the start, Dave Darland darted out front from the pole position to lead the opening lap with Brady Bacon in tow.

By the fifth lap, Bacon was challenging for the top spot as he worked the bottom and Darland held court up top. The next five circuits all appeared as mirror images of each other with Bacon edging ahead entering turn four and Darland using the momentum off the top to race past Bacon to reach the flagstand first each time.

On lap 10, Darland and Bacon encountered the lapped car of Terry Richards as the two entered turn three. With the line up on the cushion occupied by Richards, Darland switched lanes to the middle of the track between three and four. Bacon seized the opportunity, slipping by Darland on the bottom to take the point with 21 to go.

On the ensuing restart after a caution for the stopped car of Riley Kreisel, Bacon stretched his lead over Darland by a half-straight margin. But, by lap 20, Bacon had gained new company.

With 11 to go, Meseraull motored by Darland for second off the fourth turn and now had his radar locked on the distant Bacon.

In the midst of Bacon putting Clinton Boyles a lap down on the 22nd lap, Boyles vaulted over Bacon's right rear tire with his own left rear, sending Boyles hard into the turn two outside wall with the right rear wheel first before helicoptering around 360 degrees in mid-air, landing and flopping over to the right side, and then coming to a rest on all fours. Boyles was uninjured.

Under the red flag period that brought a stoppage to the action, flames began to shoot out of the left side of second-running Meseraull's machine. The safety crew was able to extinguish the fire, but not before the flames singed the left side body work of the Amati Racing number 66.

Though it appeared as a somewhat serious situation at first, Meseraull was able to restart without an issue from the second position, right on Bacon's tail for the lap 22 restart.

Bacon got a nice jump on the field on the restart, putting a little breathing room between himself and Meseraull up front.

Two laps later, Meseraull was able to close in a flash, amazingly laying down some of his fastest laps of the race during the late stretch of laps.

Like one of the ghosts in a game of Pac-Man, Meseraull tracked Bacon down, rapidly erasing the distance between himself and Bacon as the final handful of laps ticked away.

On lap 26, Meseraull was two car lengths back; on lap 27, one length back. On lap 28, Meseraull had Bacon in his crosshairs and was ready to fire.

Meseraull was able to pull even with Bacon midway down the back straightaway with two to go and, with the white flag in the air, Meseeraull pounced to the front to pull ahead of Bacon exiting turn four.

Meseraull finished out the night in the same manner he started it in qualifying: with his number 66 listed at the top of the scoreboard after taking the checkered flag in front of Bacon, Chris Windom, Chase Stockon and Chad Boespflug.

The familiar refrain "I've seen fire and I've seen rain" is a tune that played out to reality in Sunday night's event at Lakeside Speedway with competitors and fans able to withstand the rain early on as well as witness Meseraull's resilience, coming back from a burning car near the midway point of the feature to standing in victory lane at night's end after picking up his fourth career series win in his Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech.

"I was chasing Brady (Bacon) and I finally decided I was maybe good enough to do something with him," Meseraull said. "I saw (Dave) Darland moving around people pretty good on the outside earlier, so I just got it in a little higher and got myself diamonded off of (turn) two. On that lap, Brady moved up just enough and I got underneath him. I love racing Brady. He gave me room and he raced me clean."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon grabbed second in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar. Despite the disappointment of seeing the win slip through his fingers in the final laps, Bacon lost minimal ground - two points to be exact - in the championship race to Meseraull, his nearest challenger, after earning his seventh consecutive top-4 finish. He now holds a 59-point advantage heading into the 2nd annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway on July 1.

"I had an extremely successful Midwest swing," Bacon noted. "I'm disappointed to come up short at the end here at Lakeside, but I can't complain too much about second-place. My tires went away a little after that red and I lost just enough grip that enabled (Meseraull) to get by."

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, drove his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar to a third-place finish Sunday night.

"Track position was a big key tonight," Windom acknowledged. "We qualified well and it put us up front. We anticipated to stay on the top, so we tightened the car up a little too much. We did a few things that hurt us when (the groove) moved to the bottom, but (the car) was actually really good around the bottom. We held on. We weren't a winning car tonight, but we'll take a top-three to finish off this weekend."

Fifth-place finisher Boespflug pocketed the Weld Racing $1000 bonus.

Contingency award winners at Lakeside included Thomas Meseraull (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race Winner), Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Rob Caho, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 26, 2016 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.712 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.871; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.908; 4. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-17.117; 5. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.139; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.148; 7. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.212; 8. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.231; 9. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.291; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.293; 11. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.297; 12. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.348; 13. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-17.507; 14. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-17.549; 15. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-17.592; 16. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-17.605; 17. Danny Thoman, 27, Thoman-17.787; 18. Clinton Boyles, 77, Hockett-17.844; 19. Wyatt Burks, 11R, Rumsey/Clausen-18.285; 20. Kenny Potter, 55, Potter-18.449; 21. Terry Richards, 18, TR's Tool Service-18.469; 22. Warren Johnson, 42, Johnson-NT, 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT; 24. Cody Baker, 9, Hall-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Farney, 4. Parkinson, 5. Meseraull, 6. Kreisel, 7. Burks, 8. Johnson. 2:22.40

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Simon, 3. Mellenberndt, 4. McGhee, 5. Chapple, 6. Potter, 7. Thoman, 8. Bares. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Caho, 4. Darland, 5. Leary, 6. Boyles, 7. Richards. 2:20.21 (New Track Record)

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
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**Bares flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Darland, Laps 10-28 Bacon, Laps 29-30 Meseraull.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (22nd to 7th)

WELD RACING "MOVE OF THE NIGHT:" Chad Boespflug

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,417, 2-Meseraull-1,358. 3-Stockon-1,277, 4-Ballou-1,252, 5-Darland-1,224, 6-Leary-1,174, 7-Boespflug-1,116, 8-McGhee-1,014, 9-Windom-978, 10-Farney-845.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 1 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 2nd Annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 26, 2016 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.712 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.871; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.908; 4. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-17.117; 5. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.139; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.148; 7. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.212; 8. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.231; 9. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.291; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.293; 11. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.297; 12. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.348; 13. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-17.507; 14. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-17.549; 15. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-17.592; 16. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-17.605; 17. Danny Thoman, 27, Thoman-17.787; 18. Clinton Boyles, 77, Hockett-17.844; 19. Wyatt Burks, 11R, Rumsey/Clausen-18.285; 20. Kenny Potter, 55, Potter-18.449; 21. Terry Richards, 18, TR's Tool Service-18.469; 22. Warren Johnson, 42, Johnson-NT, 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT; 24. Cody Baker, 9, Hall-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Farney, 4. Parkinson, 5. Meseraull, 6. Kreisel, 7. Burks, 8. Johnson. 2:22.40

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Simon, 3. Mellenberndt, 4. McGhee, 5. Chapple, 6. Potter, 7. Thoman, 8. Bares. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Caho, 4. Darland, 5. Leary, 6. Boyles, 7. Richards. 2:20.21 (New Track Record)

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 ---------------------------- **Bares flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Darland, Laps 10-28 Bacon, Laps 29-30 Meseraull.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (22nd to 7th)

WELD RACING "MOVE OF THE NIGHT: Chad Boespflug

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,417, 2-Meseraull-1,358. 3-Stockon-1,277, 4-Ballou-1,252, 5-Darland-1,224, 6-Leary-1,174, 7-Boespflug-1,116, 8-McGhee-1,014, 9-Windom-978, 10-Farney-845.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 1 - Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway - 2nd Annual "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 25, 2016 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Anderson (#47 Anderson), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 4. Mitchell Davis (#56 Davis). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Travis Pence (#01 Pence), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Ryan Jamison (#51J Jamison) and Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh).

FEATURE: (12 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee, 2. Brent Burrows, 3. Hunter Lane, 4. Dillon Morley, 5. Chase McDermand, 6. Jake Sollenberger, 7. Todd Baker, 8. Travis Pence, 9. Dave Anderson. NT ------------------------------------ **Davis flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Sollenberger, Laps 6-12 Mallonee.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-671, 2-Sollenberger-538, 3-Burrows-473, 4-Morley-451, 5-Davis-450, 6-Pence-447, 7-Baugh-399, 8-Gedd Ross-360, 9-Bart Andrews-351, 10-Shane Morgan-281.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 2 - Canton, IL - Sppon River Speedway

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 25, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Jim Jones (#97 Jones).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 2. Tom Hunt (#12 Hunt), 3. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 4. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 5. Alex Watson (#41 Watson), 6. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell), 7. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 8. Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor), 9. Cory Guingrich (#2 Guingrich), 10. Craig Dori (#38 Dori). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Lucius, Laps 7-14 Hunt, Laps 15-20 Etgen.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-347, 2-Bedwell-287, 3-Bigelow-263, 4-Lucius-256, 5-Watson-253, 6-Guingrich-208, 7-Taylor-175, 8-Hunt-123, 9-Blake Vermillio n-116, 10-Jon Watson-113.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: July 9 - Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 25, 2016 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.050; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.154; 3. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-16.223; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.310; 5. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.377; 6. Max Adams, 58, Garris-16.463; 7. Landon Hurst, 81X, Watt-16.528; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.598; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.609; 10. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.641; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.664; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.679; 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.690; 14. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-16.700; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-16.715; 16. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.779; 17. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.987; 18. Matty McCarthy, 55M, McCarthy-17.122; 19. Ryan Stolz, 56, Stolz-20.053.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hurst, 2. Roa, 3. Liggett, 4. R.VanderWeerd, 5. Smith, 6. Barnes, 7. Stolz. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Johnson, 4. Sibley, 5. Ballard, 6. Faria. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Majors, 3. Timmons, 4. Adams, 5. McCarthy, 6. Marcham. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Ryan Timmons, 7. Max Adams, 8. Landon Hurst, 9. Tristan Guardino, 10. Austin Liggett, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Jeff Sibley, 13. Matty McCarthy, 14. Corey Ballard, 15. Ryan Stolz, 16. Kevin Barnes, 17. Cody Majors, 18. D.J. Johnson, 19. Trey Marcham. NT

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**Liggett flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 12-15 Roa, Laps 16-26 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 27-30 Roa.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (17th to 4th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: July 22 & 23 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Peter Murphy Classic”

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 25, 2016 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-16.279; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-16.476; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-16.503; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-16.820; 5. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-16.832; 6. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.851; 7. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-16.880; 8. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-16.894; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.998; 10. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-16.999; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-17.229; 12. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-17.522; 13. Dylan Ito, 73. Ford-17.834; 14. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-19.905.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faccinto, 3. Dolacki, 4. Pankratz, 5. Dalby, 6. Ito, 7. Dodenhoff. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Swanson, 3. Guerrini, 4. Cofer, 5. Crone, 6. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Courtney Crone, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. Dylan Ito, 7. Maria Cofer, 8. Tyler Dolacki, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Cory Elliott, 11. Ashley Hazelton, 12. Robert Dalby. NT

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**Dalby, Ito, and Dolacki flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gardner

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Courtney Crone (10th to 4th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 16 – Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” – Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

 

 

BALLOU CRUISES TO SECOND STRAIGHT LAKESIDE SCORE

Kansas City, Kansas.........Lakeside Speedway has been very kind to Robert Ballou over the past two seasons and on Saturday night, the Rocklin, California driver returned to victory lane for the second consecutive time at the 4/10-mile track, leading all 30 laps from his pole-starting position.

On the initial lap of the main event, Ballou shot to the front for the advantage into turn one. Inside second row starter Thomas Meseraull followed suit and was able to pull even with Ballou at the stripe on the opening lap.

Lap three, Dave Darland, who's shown consistency of late, put his machine up on the cushion, using a highside flyer to dispose of Meseraull for the second spot and now had his sights set on the defending series champion and last year's Lakeside winner Ballou.

Ballou was masterful through lapped traffic in his dominant run above the cushion at the Kansas City dirt oval one season ago and, this time, he would meet the tail of the field on the ninth lap as the frontrunners set a torrid pace in the opening laps.

Quickly, Ballou, Darland and now Brady Bacon successfully weaved their way through a conglomeration of lapped cars, diving low and high to maintain momentum and stay in front of their nearest challenger.

As Ballou opened up a three-quarters of a straightaway length by the midway point, the battle intensified for the second position. Bacon and Darland ran side-by-side - Bacon low, Darland high - with Bacon able to get a run off of turn four to take second at the line.
With 13 laps to go, the feature's only yellow flew when the right rear of Isaac Chapple's came apart right in front of race leader Ballou. Ballou was able to dive to the inside to safety as shards of rubber scattered through the air between turns one and two.

On the ensuing restart, Bacon was able to pull even with Ballou as the two entered the second corner, but Ballou was able to jet off the top to reclaim the point down the back straightaway.

On lap 21, Darland used the outside line to swing past Bacon for second, but almost immediately, Bacon clawed back, retaking the position from Darland for good at the entrance to turn one.

Meanwhile, Ballou had stretched his lead out and, with five laps to go, the only thing that stood in his way of claiming another Lakeside triumph was the Kansas City rush hour traffic.

Ballou sliced, diced, minced and chopped his way through the back of the field, making it look easy as he cruised to victory by 1.395 seconds over Bacon, Darland, Meseraull and Chris Windom.

Robert Ballou earned his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season Saturday night at Lakeside Speedway. Ballou also scored wins in February in Ocala, Fla. and in May at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
(RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

Ballou led the event wire-to-wire in his Ballou Motorsports/Blakesley Auto - Rossie Feed & Grain/Maxim/Ott for his third victory USAC National Sprint Car victory of the 2016 season.

"Starting on the front row, especially after the track rework, I was worried about whether the top or bottom would be better," Ballou said. I ran the bottom early, but almost stayed down too long before I got back up. I got back up and got my momentum going. By the end, I was attacking traffic hard because I knew those guys were right there. I hurt my tires by the end. They were pretty well used up and I was sliding around. I just tried to stay high and keep my momentum up and that was probably the key there."

Brady Bacon's consistency of late has put him squarely in the driver's seat of the series point standings. His second place finish at Lakeside in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar netted him his sixth straight top-four finish and, thus, provided him a 61-point advantage - his largest lead of the season - as the series heads into night two of back-to-back nights at Lakeside on Sunday.

"Robert (Ballou) got through traffic pretty aggressively and got through there good and I didn't quite clear a couple lap cars soon enough to get where I needed to be," Bacon said. It just cost me a little bit of time. "I got close to him on a restart, but it's hard to beat Ballou from the pole. He's not really going to mess up too bad. The bottom just didn't stick around at the end long enough to be able to run very hard. It was a fun race, though, and hopefully we get a good track again tomorrow."

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland has had a successful week, earning a 5th in Jackson, Minn. on Thursday and a pair of third-place finishes Friday night in Eagle, Neb. and Saturday night at Lakeside in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton.

"We had a good car early," Darland acknowledged. "Robert (Ballou) was running the bottom and I was sneaking up on him. If he had run the bottom maybe one more lap, we could've got him, maybe, maybe not, but we were coming. He apparently heard me. I told (team owner Jeff Walker) I was going to be quiet coming up there and I don't know if he heard me or what, but he did move up at just the right time. We were great early, but with ten laps to go, we got way too tight. I couldn't really run the cushion with authority. Every time I caught lapped traffic, I didn't seem to catch them at the right time. But we're still happy to get out of here with a podium finish. We're sneaking up on getting some wins; we're getting better and we're looking forward to the future."

Contingency award winners at Lakeside included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Chad Boespflug (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race Winner) and Bret Mellenberndt (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 25, 2016 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-17.015 (New Track Record), 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.199; 3. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.305; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.423; 5. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.512; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.513; 7. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.529; 8. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.557; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.564; 10. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-17.663; 11. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-17.728; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.804; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.896; 14. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-18.024; 15. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-18.192; 16. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-18.502; 17. Mike Ell, 99, Ell-18.759; 18. Clinton Boyles, 77, Hockett-18.984; 19. Kenny Potter, 55, Potter-19.230; 20. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-NT; 21. Warren Johnson, 42, Johnson-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Windom, 3. Meseraull, 4. Leary, 5. Caho, 6. Potter. 2:23.55

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Farney, 3. McGhee, 4. Bares, 5. Ell, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Kreisel. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Ballou, 3. Darland, 4. Boyles, 5. Parkinson, 6. Simon, 7. Johnson. 2:26.93

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
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ballou.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Bret Mellenberndt (20th to 13th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,339, 2-Meseraull-1,278, 3-Ballou-1,203, 4-Stockon-1,203, 5-Darland-1,163, 6-Leary-1,121, 7-Boespflug-1,051, 8-McGhee-972, 9-Windom-903, 10-Farney-793.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 26 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway


 

 

TANNER SWANSON BEATS THE RAIN,
THE LIGHTNING AND THE WINDOM
IN GATEWAY SILVER CROWN SHOWDOWN

Tanner Swanson maintained his dominance of the paved ovals on the USAC Silver Crown series schedule, winning his fourth race in his last five appearances on the hardtop, warding off threatening skies and an old-fashioned Midwestern thunderstorm in Saturday afternoon's Vatterott College "Silver Crown Showdown" at the series largest venue, the 1.25-mile Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

Tanner began the race from the pole position after taking ProSource Fast Qualifier honors earlier in the day, slotting him to start alongside his older brother, two-time defending series champ Kody Swanson.

Kody out-drag-raced Tanner into the first turn on the opening lap, but a substantial factor on the longer paved circuits is drafting and both Tanner and Chris Windom would demonstrate that fact as the top-three exited turn four at the conclusion of lap one.

Tanner was able to line up behind Kody's tail tank and quickly erase the gap, slipstreaming by on the inside with Windom in tow to take the top-two spots as Kody dropped to third.

However, dropping two positions early in a 75-mile race was the least of Kody's worries. On the ninth lap, Kody's engine began to sound sour as he took a dramatic drop in speed while he lumbered down the front straightaway.

One lap later, as Kody entered turn one, one of the worst nightmares a driver can face - a stuck throttle - became his reality.

Just before the turn, Kody was hard on the brakes, veering hard left as he mowed through the infield grass and rumble strips before careening up the track and making near head-on contact with the SAFER Barrier.

Dark, heavy skid marks left by the four tires of Kody's machine were highly visible on the pavement surface from the moment of realization of the stuck throttle until the moment of contact with the wall. Kody was uninjured.

During the lengthy yellow flag for the cleanup, lightning could be seen within the vicinity of the speedway. Fans were directed to exit the grandstands as a precaution, but since the track was dry, the racing resumed on lap 21.

With storms imminent, the urge to get to the front in a timely manner weighed heavily on each competitor as their race could be interrupted at the drop of a hat, and the drop of precipitation.

Just one lap after the restart, on lap 22, Tanner made a bid for the lead, chattering his teeth as he rode his left side wheels over the rigid turn one rumble strips to get by Windom, to no avail.

On the 27th circuit, Tanner used the draft to his advantage, running down leader Windom on the inside of turn three. Tanner ran his line a little wide as he entered the corner side-by-side, forcing Windom just a tad out of the groove at the bottom of the corner. It was just enough to slow Windom down and allow Tanner to slip by for the lead just three laps shy of the halfway point.

Meanwhile, young Austin Nemire was putting in his best performance in his year-and-a-half of Silver Crown series experience. Nemire had reeled in the two leaders, coming within roughly five car-lengths of Windom in second as the trio separated themselves from the rest of the field.

As flagman Tom Hansing threw up the crossed sticks indicating the halfway point, the temps had cooled considerably and the winds flared up as the sun-drenched St. Louis afternoon quickly became a distant memory and the main race now became the sprint to defeat the rain before the checkered.

In the second half of the race, Tanner, little-by little, was able to open up his lead over Windom as Nemire began to fade somewhat in the third spot.

With 10 to go, Tanner's lead was three-plus seconds over Windom and his time up front went undaunted the rest of the way, except for a little precipitation on the white flag lap.

Tanner grabbed his first career victory at Gateway, leading the final 34 laps to defeat a distant Windom, who led 25 in the first half of the 60-lap event while Nemire, David Byrne and Joe Liguori rounded out the top-five.

During Tanner's victory lane celebration, the skies finally relented, opening up a deluge of rain upon fans and competitors alike. But, it was not enough to throw a damper on the Kingsburg, California native's celebration after racking up his second series victory of the season in his Bowman Racing/Bowman Properties - Bowman-Elmore Racing/Beast/Kistler Chevy.

"That was an exciting race," Tanner exclaimed. "We were worried about the rain the entire time, but I feel like I wore my car out trying to get by Chris (Windom). We started picking up a vibration, but I don't know if that's just me being worried or what, but I think we were on seven cylinders there at the end. It's just a testament to how good the Bowman guys got this car to cut the corners and give us a chance to win."

St. Louis resident and Canton, Illinois native Windom, took over the series point lead from Kody Swanson with his second-place finish in his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise - Seals-It/Beast/J & D Mopar. He now leads the points by 11 over the two-time defending series champion. The 60-lap Gateway race was just one of the many adventures Windom was taking part in during a 24-hour period from Friday night to Saturday night.

He competed in Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway before heading straight to Gateway via truck-ride on minimal sleep to be at the track in time for a 8:20am drivers' meeting. After his runner-up finish at Gateway, Windom hurried to the airport so he could hop on a flight to Kansas City, Kansas to participate in Saturday night's USAC Sprint event at Lakeside Speedway, where he arrived just in time for qualifying.

"I just need to thank all my guys who withstood the heat all day and gave me a great racecar," said a pleased Windom. "Evan (Avart) gave me a car to win with today and I think I just pressed too hard early trying to hold Tanner off. Congrats to him and his team; they are definitely the guys to beat right now on the pavement side. I'm very happy to come out with a second place run and be able to move into the points lead. I know it would mean a lot to (car owners) Fred & Gloria (Gormly) to be able to win a championship as it would to me. Hopefully we can keep this streak of momentum rolling and click off a few more wins and the points will come with that."

Sylvania, Ohio's Austin Nemire looked strong in a career-best third place finish in his Ron Hemelgarn/Hemelgarn Enterprises/Beast/Speedway Ford.

"It was definitely an experience for being my first time there," Nemire admitted. "The track was fast all day long and we kept gaining on it. A few things went our way and we ended up with my best finish in a Crown car, so we're all pretty happy!"

Contingency award winners at Gateway Motorsports Park included Tanner Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Joe Liguori (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Tad Roach (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 25, 2016 - Madison, Illinois - Gateway Motorsports Park - Vatterott College "Silver Crown Showdown"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-31.462; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-31.714; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20, Nolen-31.979; 4. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-32.305; 5. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-32.325; 6. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.336; 7. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-33.285; 8. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-33.374; 9. Joe Liguori, 99, RPM/Gormly-33.442; 10. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.291; 11. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-34.786; 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-35.835; 13. Tad Roach, 16, Logan-NT.

FEATURE: (60 laps) 1. Tanner Swanson, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Austin Nemire, 4. David Byrne, 5. Joe Liguori, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Kody Swanson, 12. Patrick Lawson, 13. Tad Roach. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 T. Swanson, Laps 2-26 Windom, Laps 27-60 T. Swanson

KSE HARD CHARGER: Joe Liguori (9th to 5th)

NEW SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-320, 2-K. Swanson-309, 3-Grant-272, 4-Byrne-239, 5-Coons-236, 6-Cottle-235, 7-Shuman-221, 8-Nemire-212, 9-Bryan Clauson-177, 10-Shane Cockrum-154.

NEXT SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 21 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway - "Rich Vogler/Hall of Fame Classic"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

BOESPFLUG BREAKS OUT
FOR 3RD WIN OF SEASON AT EAGLE

Coming into the 2016 season, it had been three seasons since Chad Boespflug visited USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane. Now, as the calendar nears the edge of the month of June, the Hanford, California native found the perfect balance on both ends of the racetrack, running the bottom in turns one and two and the topside of turns three and four to perfection to grab his third series win of the year in Friday night's "Rumble in the Bullring" at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway.

On the start, Boespflug shot to the lead from the pole position, sliding up in front of fellow front row starter Isaac Chapple at the flag stand, occupying the high line into turn one. Chapple, the top-rookie in series points, fought back on the bottom of the back straightaway to take the lead from Boespflug.

As the frontrunners came out of turn four, Chapple was in the middle of a three-wide sandwich, just barely nipping Mellenberndt (inside) and Boespflug (outside) to lead the initial lap of the 30-lap feature. The lead was short-lived, however, as Boespflug would carry the momentum from the outside to retake the top spot on the second lap.

On the third circuit, third-running Stockon got squirrely through turn two, sliding sideways down the back straightaway as he wrestled to regain control of his machine. Max McGhee, with no place to go, plowed into the left side of Stockon's car. The two came to a stop, bringing out the race's first yellow. While both would require a visit to the work area in the pits, both would return to action.

Shortly after the restart, two drivers in a position to solidify their best result of their respective seasons - Chapple and Mellenberndt - waged war for second on lap six. Mellenberndt snuck his nose underneath Chapple at the exit of turn four, but Chapple's left rear tire ramped over the right front tire of Mellenberndt, send Mellenberndt with a collapsed front end straight up to the outside wall as C.J. Leary nailed the front end of Mellenberndt's stopped car.

Meanwhile, Robert Ballou, while trying to avoid getting caught in the incident, veered left to steer away from contact. Just behind Ballou was Landon Simon, who ramped over the left side wheels of Ballou, sending him into a wild series of flips down the front straightaway. He was uninjured.

By lap seven, seventh-place starter and previous night's feature winner Brady Bacon had become a player, soaring around the outside of Chapple for second in turn two. Thirteenth place starter Dave Darland also got by the fading Chapple for third on the topside a half-lap later.

Three laps later, Darland, a two-time USAC Sprint Car winner at Eagle, made a bid for second on the bottom of turn two past Bacon, securing the post down the back stretch.
Bacon would remain within arm's length of Darland as the two closed the gap on leader Boespflug throughout the middle-stages of the race. An intense three-car clash between the three ensued, but was put to rest after the red flag was displayed for a Brandon Stevenson tumble on lap 15.

On the restart, Boespflug was able to put his car anywhere he pleased, maintaining his unique line lap-after-lap, running the bottom of turns one and two and up on the cushion in turns three and four.

On lap 17, Chris Windom and Thomas Meseraull became entangled coming off the fourth turn. Meseraull vaulted over Windom's left side wheels and landed on the sidewalls of his own left side tires while Windom was sent into a 360 degree spin. Though Windom continued on without coming to a stop, by rule, he had to restart from the tail of the field.

With Bacon glued to the bottom side of the racetrack and Darland up top, Bacon was able to grab the second spot for good with ten to go. However, Boespflug rode off into the distance, leading with a half-straight advantage with two-thirds of the race's story already written.

A lap 24 caution for McGhee's meeting with a turn three infield tire set up a six-lap shootout between Boespflug, Bacon and Darland. The Hoffman 69 came alive with Bacon at the controls in the final laps as he ran the short way around while Boespflug rode the fence.

With three to go, Bacon reached into his bag of tricks, briefly swapping lines to mimic Boespflug's tracks on the high-side of turns three and four before returning to the bottom one lap later.

Heading toward the final two turns on the final lap, Bacon appeared to edge slightly ahead of Boespflug between turns three and four, but Boespflug had the momentum, rocketing down the hill out of turn four toward the finish line to take the victory by 0.363 of a second for his third victory of the year, thereby quadrupling his USAC win total in the first four months of the 2016 season.

Rounding out the top-five behind Boespflug were Bacon, Darland, Meseraull and Ballou.
Boespflug's Eagle victory joins his "#LetsRaceTwo" Eldora Speedway victory back in May and his recent "Eastern Storm" triumph at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on his USAC resume this season. Boespflug led the final 29 laps in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Creative Finishing - Midwest Shades/Maxim/Claxton.

 

"I felt really comfortable ripping the top in (turns) three and four and I took my time up there on the last lap," Boespflug explained. "I could see Brady down there, but I knew I was getting a good run off of turn four. I tried to just start slowing down and making sure I hit my marks. We're kind of hit-and-miss right now, so we're working on a balance. These bigger, high-banked tracks seem to be to our liking right now, so if we can get the flatter tracks figured out we'll be good to go."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon earned his series-leading 13th top-five finish in 19 starts, taking second at the checkered in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar and extending his point lead to 51 over Meseraull in the standings heading into back-to-back nights Saturday and Sunday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

"The last five laps, somebody had hit the infield tire and knocked it out onto the track and that hurt me going into (turn) three because I couldn't stay on the bottom all the way around the other end," Bacon said. "I moved up the last few laps and started catching the crumbs and I wish I would've tried that a lap earlier because I almost got him at the checkered. Chad never messed up too bad, even though the track was tricky tonight. It was fun, though, to get to move around and get to run the top and bottom. We survived the bumper cars at the beginning and kept our momentum rolling."

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland was the victor of the two most recent USAC Sprint races at Eagle in 2014 and 2015. On Friday night, Dave was in the hunt once again throughout the duration of the event, taking third at the finish in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton.

"We were good early around the top and gained a lot of spots that way," Darland recalled. "The track was slick, so a lot of places you had to be easy on the throttle and try to hit the cushion at the right spot to carry enough speed. Those guys were getting off both corners really well, but we did what we could and we're happy with a podium."

C.J. Leary (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Ryan Kitchen (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race Winner) and Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 24, 2016 - Eagle, Nebraska - Eagle Raceway - "Rumble in the Bullring"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.247, 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.321; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.417; 4. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.439; 5. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.503; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.568; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.571; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.614; 9. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.626; 10. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-13.685; 11. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-13.827; 12. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-13.828; 13. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.880; 14. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.902; 15. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.982; 16. Clinton Boyles, 77, Hockett-13.995; 17. Ryan Kitchen, 21, Kitchen-14.086; 18. Terry Richards, 18, TR's Tool Service-14.427; 19. Brandon Stevenson, 0, Stevenson-14.626; 20. Alex Schriever, 0x, Davis-14.677.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Darland, 3. Leary, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Caho, 6. Stevenson, 7. Boyles. NT-

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kitchen, 2. Simon, 3. Farney, 4. Chapple, 5. Stockon, 6. Schriever, 7. Windom. 2:02.07

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Boespflug, 3. Meseraull, 4. McGhee, 5. Richards, 6. Bares. 1:59.60

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Rob Caho, Jr., 7. Ryan Kitchen, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Joe Bares, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Alex Schriever, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Clinton Boyles, 17. Brandon Stevenson, 18. Terry Richards, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Landon Simon. NT
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**Simon flipped on lap 6 of the feature. Stevenson flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chapple, Laps 2-30 Boespflug.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (13th to 3rd)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,259, 2-Meseraull-1,208, 3-Stockon-1,134, 4-Ballou-1,125, 5-Darland-1,089, 6-Leary-1,070, 7-Boespflug-991, 8-McGhee-923, 9-Windom-838, 10-Bryan Clauson-774.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 25 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway


 

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

EXTRA BONUSES ADD SPICE TO “PETER MURPHY CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 23, 2016... Excitement and anticipation is growing as get closer to July 22nd & 23rd for the “3rd Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” Hosted by the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, the event is one of the most prestigious and richest dates on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Schedule. Also featuring the winged King of the West Sprints and “Legends of Kearney Bowl” Vintage Cars, both nights are a “must see” event for California Sprint Car fans.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The “Peter Murphy Classic” will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC Memberships are mandatory and can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2016-usac-licensing. Membership forms will also be available on raceday.

A special thanks goes to Peter Murphy and his family for gathering sponsorship and raising additional prize money for the event. At press time, they are continuing to look for more sponsors and a list of current bonuses are listed below. Interested parties can contact Peter Murphy at Pro Signs in Fresno at (559) 292-4429 or prosignsfresno@yahoo.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 22nd
-Normal Purse ($1,500 to win and $225 to start). 22 Cars will start Main Event.

SATURDAY, JULY 23rd
-Main Event will be at least $4,000 to win and $400 to start.
-$500 for Fast Time. ($400 Bonus, plus $100 Woodland Auto Display Award)
-$400 for Hard Charger.
-$400 for Long Tow.
-Additional Cash will go to a 4-Car, 4-Lap, Dash For Cash

All bonuses raised by Peter Murphy will be paid in cash. USAC West Coast Contingency Awards worth over $1,600 will also be distributed. More information will follow as additional bonuses are available.

Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Peter Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21, the Australia native won non-winged championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprint Cars. In West Coast action, Murphy won six races during the inaugural season and currently ranks sixth on the series win list. In addition, he posted one fast time award and still holds the track record at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Returning to the winged 410s, Murphy was very competitive until injuries sustained in a July 2013 crash forced his retirement as a driver. Still a great ambassador for sprint car racing, he has worked behind the scenes to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” a successful event to rave reviews and higher purses. Last year, Matt Mitchell won the USAC West Coast feature and Aaron Reutzel scored the King of the West triumph.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-477, 2. D.J. Johnson-473, 3. Trey Marcham-425, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-401, 5. Austin Liggett-363, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 7. Tristan Guardino-337, 8. Max Adams-323, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-293, 10. Ryan Timmons-293, 11. Jeff Sibley-237, 12. Cody Majors-234, 13. Troy Rutherford-216, 14. Kevin Barnes-215, 15. Kyle Smith-190, 16. Shannon McQueen-187, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 18. Bryan Clauson-137, 19. Landon Hurst-135, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

 

 

BACON BESTS BALLOU IN FAST-PACED, CAUTION-FREE JACKSON THRILLER;
HOFFMANS CLAIM 100TH USAC SPRINT WIN

Brady Bacon held off a hard-charging Robert Ballou as the two sliced and diced their way through lapped traffic during the final laps to take the victory in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' first visit to the Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex in 28 years.

With the victory, the legendary Hoffman Auto Racing team crossed the century mark in total USAC Sprint Car feature victories (95 National, 2 Midwest, 3 Special Event).

Outside front-row starter Bacon, driving for the winningest team in USAC Sprint Car history - Hoffman Auto Racing - staged alongside the series' winningest driver, Dave Darland, at the start of the 30-lapper.

As the green flag dropped, it was Darland who jumped out front, sliding up in front of Bacon at the entrance of one, but Bacon was never out of reach as he shadowed Darland throughout much of the first half of the event.

On the tenth lap, Darland was beginning to feel the pressure from Bacon. Darland cut low into three, barely squeaking underneath the lapped car of Brandon Halverson, briefly gapping Bacon.

Meanwhile, third-running Ballou became a formidable player in this high-stakes game of speed, chomping at the bit as he ate away at the interval between himself and the two frontrunners.

On lap 14, backmarkers Brandon Stevenson and Joe Bares were running in close quarters with nary a car-length between the two heading into the third turn. With a small window of real estate available between the Stevenson and Bares, Darland shot the gap, splitting between the two while sliding from the bottom berm up to the cushion at the exit of turn four. That allowed Bacon, running the bottom, to maintain his momentum as he shot down the front straightaway and into turn one and rocketing off turn two with the race lead in his hands with 16 laps remaining.

With 20 laps in the books, Ballou cleared Darland with a mammoth turn one slider to take second. Now, it was just Ballou and Bacon, two of USAC's best when it comes to sprint cars on half-mile dirt tracks. However, the two were both bad fast and it would take a handful of obstacles to slow down Bacon's mission. Therein came lapped traffic.

Ballou laid down the fastest lap of his race on lap 23 as he lurked in the distance, inching closer to Bacon's rear bumper as he hustled his number one on the outside.

Mired in heavy lap traffic in the final five laps, Bacon and Ballou crept upon gridlock as a logjam of cars ran two and, at times, three-wide, making wading through the back of the field treacherous.

With three to go, Bacon was able to slash around the lapped car of Landon Simon, but Ballou got hung up behind Simon exiting the fourth turn. Ballou made contact with the rear bumper of Simon exiting the corner, sending Simon into a half-spin before regaining control as Ballou went on by. Subsequently, Ballou lost substantial ground to Bacon with just a couple to go, and was, thus, out of time.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon put a stamp on his second series win of the season, lapping up to eighth place in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar, beating Ballou, Chase Stockon, C.J. Leary and Darland while also maintaining and increasing his lead in the standings to 47 points over sixth place finisher Thomas Meseraull.

"The pace slowed up so much on the top and bottom once we hit the lapped traffic," Bacon explained. "I knew I could sneak around them on the bottom in (turns) one and two, but I was nervous that he'd run the top and get a run on me. Thankfully, we were good enough off the bottom of turn two that we could still hold him off. I'm just glad to get a win for these Hoffman guys. We had a stretch where we were in a little slump, but we've gotten the ball rolling here lately and it feels good to get back on track. I love tracks like this; the big, fast, heavy tracks. Robert and I used to race like this a lot at the old "Ron Shuman Classic" at Lakeside, so it was fun to race with him again for a win."

After stumbling through a stretch of the season, Ballou, of Rocklin, California, seems to have righted the ship of late, securing his eighth straight top-10 finish with a fine second place effort at Jackson in his Ballou Motorsports/Blakesley Auto - Rossie Feed & Grain/Maxim/Ott.

"We were a tick too tight and the track didn't go away like we thought it would," Ballou said. "I think we had a better racecar, but I made a couple silly mistakes and the Hoffman guys had their car dialed. It's been a rough go for our team lately and we've torn a lot of stuff up, so it's good to have a solid run tonight."

ProSource Fast Qualifier Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Indiana put the 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher atop the speed charts early in the evening and finished off the night by rounding out the podium with a solid 3rd place finish.

"Brady and Robert were really good in traffic and just in general," Stockon acknowledged. "I could catch them, but it was always at the wrong times. We're happy with a third. We're normally not the best on tracks like this, so we feel like we have the car pretty comfortable right now and I could put it about anywhere. We've worked really hard on this thing all year to get it to go and I feel like we're finally there."

Contingency award winners at Jackson Motorplex included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Aaron Farney (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race Winner), Thomas Meseraull (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Joe Bares (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 23, 2016 - Jackson, Minnesota - Jackson Motorplex - "Presented by the Minnesota Mafia"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.222; 2. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-18.441, 3. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-18.462, 4. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-18.491, 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-18.601, 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-18.628, 7. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-18.657, 8. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-18.693, 9. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-18.699, 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-18.735, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-18.820, 12. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-18.897, 13. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-18.966, 14. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-19.012, 15. Brandon Stevenson, 0, Stevenson-19.200, 16. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-19.647, 17. Alex Schriever, 0x, Davis-19.876, 18. Brandon Halverson, 13MJ, Halverson-20.023, 19. Clinton Bruns, 7, Bruns-20.518, 20. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT, 21. Kyle Simon, 24x, LSR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Stockon, 4. Chapple, 5. Leary, 6. Bares, 7. Bruns. 2:31.54

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Bacon, 3. Meseraull, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Schriever, 6. Caho. 2:34.83

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. L. Simon, 3. Darland, 4. McGhee, 5. Stevenson, 6. Halverson. 2:34.42

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Landon Simon, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Max McGhee, 13. Joe Bares, 14. Brandon Stevenson, 15. Alex Schriever, 16. Brandon Halverson, 17. Clinton Bruns, 18. Bret Mellenberndt, 19. Rob Caho, Jr., 20. Robert Bell, 21. Kyle Simon. 9:48.96
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Darland, Laps 15-30 Bacon.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Thomas Meseraull (11th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,184, 2-Meseraull-1,137, 3-Stockon-1,090, 4-Ballou-1,059, 5-Leary-1,021, 6-Darland-1,018, 7-Boespflug-913, 8-McGhee-885, 9-Windom-787, 10-Bryan Clauson-774.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 24 - Eagle (NE) Raceway - "Rumble in the Bullring"

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS INVADE HANFORD SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 23, 2016... This Saturday, June 25th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their only appearance at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. Promoted by Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse, the fifth point race will also showcase the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and IMCA Stock Cars. The pit gates will open at 3:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since June 6, 1986, the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds has hosted 41 USAC Western States Midget races. Robby Flock scored the inaugural victory and Cory Elliott earned his first career win last October 3rd. Billy Boat leads all drivers with six Hanford triumphs and Ronnie Day holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.555, set on October 3, 1998. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

Entering Saturday’s show, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has won three of the four races in the campaign. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner ran a close second to Michael Faccinto at Bakersfield on June 4th. To date, the three-time champion holds a 30-point advantage with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, and 52 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with P.J. Jones, Jason Leffler, and Rusty Rasmussen with sixteen wins, Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with his first Hanford victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the MF Motorsports owned #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto led all 30-laps to score the Bakersfield victory on June 4th. At press time, the second generation driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the season. Michael has three career wins and will have his sights on another feature won this Saturday night.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) is third in the USAC Western States point standings. Racing his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff finished ninth at Bakersfield. Heading to Hanford, the veteran driver has two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, Sean will be looking to score his first victory at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini ran eighth at Bakersfield after starting twelfth. To date, the defending BCRA Champion has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. Frankie will have his sights on moving up the point standings by claiming Saturday’s main event win.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) ranks fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite-Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki raced to fifth at Bakersfield after starting ninth. At press time, the young driver has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and three top-10 finishes to his credit. Tyler will be looking to earn his first main event win this Saturday night at Hanford.

Currently tenth in points, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Courtney Crone (Corona, California), Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California), Dylan Ito (Ventura, California), and Ashley Hazelton (Chatsworth, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Cory Elliott, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Robby Josett, Troy Rutherford, Shannon McQueen, Jeff Harrington, Steve Davis, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Student and Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Michael Faccinto.

HANFORD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 6-Billy Boat, 4- Robby Flock, 3-Jimmy Sills, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Alex Harris, 2-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Ron Shuman, 1-Tommy Astone, 1-Donnie Beechler, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Mark DeBeaumont, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Joe Gaerte, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Dallen McKenney, 1-Andy Michner, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Ricky Shelton, 1-Tony Stewart, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Matt Streeter, 1-Sleepy Tripp, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Josh Wise

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-326, 2. Michael Faccinto-296, 3. Sean Dodenhoff-228, 4. Frankie Guerrini-225, 5. Tyler Dolacki-224, 6. Cory Elliott-214, 7. Cody Swanson-193, 8. Randi Pankratz-188, 9. Darren Hagen-163, 10. Robert Dalby-161, 11. Courtney Crone-159, 12. Terry Nichols-158, 13. Maria Cofer-151, 14. Robby Josett-125, 15. Troy Rutherford-113, 16. Shannon McQueen-109, 17. Dylan Ito-98, 18. Jeff Harrington-88, 19. Shane Golobic-74, 20. Alex Schutte-68.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS RUMBLE AT HANFORD SATURDAY

 By Lance Jennings

JUNE 23, 2016... After a successful Santa Maria return, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second of three appearances at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. Promoted by Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse, the eighth point race will also showcase the USAC Western States Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and IMCA Stock Cars. The pit gates will open at 3:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

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

Since March 14, 2009, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-two West Coast Sprint Car races. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with eight victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. On April 2nd, Vander Weerd took command from his twin brother Jace to score his first victory of the season. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

After winning last Saturday’s race at Santa Maria, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has reclaimed the point lead. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa heads to Hanford with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led to his credit. With two career USAC West Coast Sprint Car victories, the defending Western World 360 Champion will be looking for his first win at Hanford.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored fourth at Santa Maria after starting tenth. The 2013 USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year enters Saturday’s race with two feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. The young driver will have his sights on his third win of the campaign this Saturday night.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) sits third in the West Coast point standings. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham earned Santa Maria’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a third place run from eighteenth. At press time, last season’s Rookie of the Year also has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and six top-10 finishes on the season. Trey will be looking for his first main event win at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2 and scored fourteenth at Santa Maria. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year. This Saturday, Vander Weerd will have his sights on his seventh career feature win.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) has climbed to fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil entry, Liggett won Santa Maria’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3 and scored eleventh in the main event. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. At Hanford, Austin will be looking to earn the third USAC West Coast victory of his career.

Currently tenth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California), “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Tristan Guardino, Max Adams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jeff Sibley, Cody Majors, Troy Rutherford, Kevin Barnes, Kyle Smith, Shannon McQueen, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Student and Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 5-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-477, 2. D.J. Johnson-473, 3. Trey Marcham-425, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-401, 5. Austin Liggett-363, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 7. Tristan Guardino-337, 8. Max Adams-323, 9. Danny Faria Jr.-293, 10. Ryan Timmons-293, 11. Jeff Sibley-237, 12. Cody Majors-234, 13. Troy Rutherford-216, 14. Kevin Barnes-215, 15. Kyle Smith-190, 16. Shannon McQueen-187, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 18. Bryan Clauson-137, 19. Landon Hurst-135, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

 

 

VOTING NOW OPEN FOR FINAL 4 INDUCTEES
INTO USAC HALL OF FAME - CLASS OF 2016

Voting is now open for the final four candidates to be inducted into USAC's Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Fans are permitted to vote in four from the at-large list of eligible inductees at the link below. It's all up to you. You decide! Voting ends Friday, July 1.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

THE CANDIDATES FOR THE "FINAL 4" ARE:

STEVE BUTLER: 6-time USAC champion

WILLIE DAVIS: 1969 & 1971 USAC Sprint Car champion car owner

FRANKIE DEL ROY: USAC official & chief mechanic

PAUL GOLDSMITH: 1961 & 1962 USAC Stock Car champion

SAM HANKS: 1957 Indy 500 winner & USAC official

GENE HARTLEY: USAC's first feature winner (1956)

JOE LEONARD: 2-time USAC National Driving champion

STEVE LEWIS: 10-time USAC National Midget Car Owner champion

BILL LIPKEY: USAC promoter at Kokomo Speedway & Ft. Wayne Coliseum

RICK MEARS: 4-time Indy 500 winner

KEVIN OLSON: Two-time USAC National Midget champion

JIM RATHMANN: 1960 Indy 500 champion

LLOYD RUBY: 7-time USAC Championship Car race winner

TROY RUTTMAN: 1952 Indy 500 winner

JOHNNY THOMSON: 1958 USAC Eastern Sprint Car champion

JOHN ZINK: 2-time Indy 500 winning car owner

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Chaffee (#2 Matczak), 2. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 3. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 4. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 5. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 6. Kelly Arrison (#10 Arrison), 7. Bob White (#3 White), 8. Amanda Habel (#09 Habel), 9. Vince Lucca (#9 Miller). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 2. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 3. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 4. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 5. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 6. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 7. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 8. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Chaffee, 2. Dias, 3. Miller, 4. Duhaime, 5. Champagne, 6. Christensen. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Kevin Chaffee, 3. Josh Sunn, 4. Dean Christensen, 5. Jeff Champagne, 6. Kenney Johnson, 7. Ray Miller, 8. Adam Whitney, 9. Manny Dias, 10. Dylan Duhaime, 11. Mark Cole, 12. Vinny Lucca, 13. Robert Tucker, 14. Kelly Arrison, 15. Amanda Habel, 16. Tim Gallant. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Chaffee, Lap 25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-446, 2-Sunn-441, 3-Whitney-393, 4-Christensen-378, 5-Champagne-347, 6-Miller-310, 7-Dias-307, 8-Jeff Horn-280, 9-Cole-274, 10-Chaffee-258.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: July 2 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

CLAUSON CONQUERS "40 FOR SHORTY"
AT THE DITCH

West Memphis, AR.........Up to this point in the 2016 season, Bryan Clauson's journey had been mostly rosy and smooth as he's picked up win-after-win (22 to be exact) from coast-to-coast and everywhere in between. But, after losing an engine on Friday night and forced to go to the the backup powerplant, Clauson and the Dooling/Hayward team had to work feverishly with uncertainty lingering in their minds, unsure if they would even be able to make the call at all for Saturday night's event.

When all was said and done, Clauson overcame, once again finding himself in familiar territory, victory lane, after taking advantage of a late-race tire issue on the car of leader Tanner Thorson to nail down his first USAC National Midget win of the season in Saturday night's "40 for Shorty" at Riverside International Speedway in his Dooling-Hayward/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"Tonight was one of those nights where we'll look back on it after we finish all 200 (races) this year and just smile about," Clauson acknowledged. "We were at the point of just wanting to scrap it tonight because of our motor issues, but these guys kept busting their butts. Big Rick Stenhouse patched this motor back together and put the super tune on it; it was spectacular all night. My guys' effort and passion for the sport is unbelievable and it makes me want to win for them. Having dad on the wrenches is fun. As we've gotten older, we've learned how to deal with each other, but it's been fun this year to win with him again. We did a lot of that in the midget in 2009 and 2010 and it was a lot of fun again tonight."

On the initial start, things went awry for Oklahoma's Matt Sherrell as he tumbled down the back straightaway on the opening lap, bringing out the red flag. He would walk away uninjured, but unable to restart.

On the next attempt, pole-sitter Brady Bacon would run side-by-side with outside front row starter Zach Daum, but would hold court, fending off Daum to take the lead at the conclusion of lap one.

In a repeat performance of Friday night's opener at Riverside, Tanner Thorson was lightning quick during the early stages of the feature, picking his way to the front in no-time-flat from his fourth starting position.

On lap three, Thorson slid past Daum in turn three to seize the second spot and, three laps later, he had reeled in race-leader Bacon. On the seventh lap, Thorson would head to the bottom, setting up a turn three slider on Bacon for the lead. As Thorson drifted his right rear tread up to the guardrail, Bacon crossed over, pulling alongside Thorson as the two drag-raced to the line with the advantage going to Thorson by a mere .033 seconds.

Shortly thereafter, tenth-running Kyle Jones was unharmed after barrel-rolling his machine through turns one and two to bring out the feature's second red.

After the restart, Thorson was on a rail, appearing to put the field to bed as he continuously stretched his lead throughout the middle portion of the race.

Meanwhile, Clauson was hanging tough, running consistent, fast laps, but not able to significantly chop into Thorson's lead, but on lap 29, what looked like a foregone conclusion had vanished into the thick West Memphis atmosphere. Thorson's right rear tire had come apart, shredding pieces down the back straightaway as he crawled to a stop.

With the stage reset, Clauson was now in control at the front of the pack while Thorson, with fresh rubber, restarted at the tail, which was only 11th at that point in the race due to attrition. Thorson could not be counted out as a contender. For, it was just one season ago during the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois that Thorson pitted to change a flat right rear tire just after the midway point, and then proceeded to slice his way through the pack to take the lead and secure the victory in the final two laps.

Thorson charged hard up against the outer edge during the final circuits, but was only able to manage a seventh at the finish.

But, up front, nobody had anything for Clauson who took his third 40-lap USAC National Midget feature win in his last four tries, completing a memorable performance with his 13th USAC-sanctioned victory of 2016 and 23rd overall triumph of the season.

Clauson collected his 37th career USAC National Midget win ahead of Bacon, Carson Macedo, Chad Boat, Shane Golobic, Ryan Robinson, Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Holly Shelton.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon took home second in his FMR Racing/Beast/Toyota for his third straight top-five finish, placing himself in the thick of the championship race as the series takes a break before hitting the heartland hard during a four-race stretch in early August.

"Bryan found the bottom first and we were a little too tight to run as far down as he was," Bacon explained. "We just didn't have the grunt to race with them and we had to be more defensive than we should have. The car was really good and hooked up and it was cool to watch the track change as the line moved around. Second is our best run of the year, so we're knocking on the door and, hopefully, we can just keep picking up steam."

Macedo, the series rookie out of Lemoore, California, followed up Friday night's career-best second place performance with yet another strong run, taking third in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Tarlton & Son/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"The track was really fast through the middle which made it a little hard to pass, but it was a great weekend for us," Macedo said. "I guess I jumped the start, which is too bad, obviously, but that's the way it goes sometimes. But we're running up front, so I think we can get one of these sometime soon. All in all, though, we're happy with how things went and we'll come out next time and just try to keep getting better."

Contingency award winners at Riverside International Speedway included Spencer Bayston (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Bryan Clauson (Simpson Race Products/Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) First Heat Race Winner/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chad Boat (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Second Heat Race Winner), and Cody Brewer (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 18, 2016 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway - "40 for Shorty"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.373 (New Track Record); 2. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.389; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.416; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.501; 5. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.572; 6. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.610; 7. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.675; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.785; 9. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.807; 10. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.832; 11. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.897; 12. Kyle Jones, 54, Hefler-13.962; 13. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17, Clauson-14.020; 14. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.033; 15. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.092; 16. Matt Sherrell, 35, Sherrell-14.179; 17. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey-16.200.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Daum, 3. Thorson, 4. Bayston, 5. Golobic, 6. Stenhouse, 7. Walker, 8. Brewer, 9. Bailey. 2:15.41

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Bacon, 3. Macedo, 4. Jones, 5. Greth, 6. Robinson, 7. Sherrell, 8. Shelton. 2:15.25 (NTR)

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 10. Holly Shelton, 11. Gage Walker, 12. Zach Daum, 13. Cody Brewer, 14. Ryan Greth, 15. Kyle Jones, 16. Matt Sherrell, 17. Nick Bailey. NT
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**Sherrell flipped on the opening lap of the feature. Jones flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Bacon, Laps 7-28 Thorson, Laps 29-40 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson (9th to 1st)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-515, 2-Clauson-505, 3-Bacon-492, 4-Thorson-455, 5-Boat-451, 6-Golobic-407, 7-Macedo-387, 8-Daum-349, 9-Robinson-327, 10-Walker-286.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 2 - Fairbury, Nebraska - Jefferson County Speedway - "Tuesday Night Thunder"

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Mike Hessel (#7M Hessel), Riley VanHise (#65x Bounds) and Jacob Taylor (#11T Taylor).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Gage Etgen (#99 Etgen), 2. Jon Watson (#41 Watson), 3. Jesse Vermillion (#5 Vermillion), 4. Blake Vermillion (#73 Vermillion), 5. Cory Guingrich (#2G Guingrich), 6. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 7. Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), 8. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 9. Brad Racer (#22B Racer), 10. Corey Bedwell (#11B Bedwell). ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Bounds, Laps 9-20 Etgen.

NEW USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Etgen-277, 2-Bedwell-232, 3-Bigelow-211, 4-Alex Watson-195, 5-Gunnar Lucius-192, 6-Guingrich-162, 7-Taylor-126, 8-B.Vermillion-116, 9-J.Watson-113, 10-J.Vermillion-107.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: June 25 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 3. Brad Greenup (#4 Greenup), 4. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Tyler Roth (#0B Zero), 6. Jason Allen (#54 Teer), 7. Brandon Smith (#11 Smith), 8. Travis Pence (#01 Pence). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#56 Davis), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 5. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 6. Mike Larson (#95 Larson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Aaron Schuck (#1 SET), 2. Chase McDermand (#10A MWR), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. A.J. Johnson (#13 Johnson), 5. Tyler Baran (#11x BBoyz), 6. Derek Goble (#55 Goble), 7. Jimmy PiCardi (#154m PiCard). NT

FEATURE: (24 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis, 2. Brent Burrows, 3. Jake Sollenberger, 4. Andy Baugh, 5. Aaron Schuck, 6. Brad Greenup, 7. Dillon Morley, 8. Tyler Baran, 9. Brandon Smith, 10. Jeff Mallonee, 11. Jason Allen, 12. Chase McDermand, 13. Todd Baker, 14. Tyler Roth, 15. Mike Larson, 16. Jimmy PiCardi, 17. A.J. Johnson, 18. Shane Morgan, 19. Travis Pence, 20. Johnny Murdock, 21. Derek Goble, 22. John Springer (#3 Springer), 23. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Davis.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-593, 2-Sollenberger-479, 3-Davis-435, 4-Burrows-400, 5-Pence-391, 6-A.Baugh-389, 7-Morley-383, 8-Ross-360, 9-Bart Andrews-351, 10-Morgan-281.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: June 25 - Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – Co-Sanctioned with Santa Maria Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-14.280; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.337; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.339; 4. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.475; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88,Vander Weerd-14.556; 6. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-14.604; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-14.614; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.633; 9. Max Adams, 58, Garris-14.642; 10. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.645; 11, Luke Boles, 56B, Boles-14.651; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.739; 13. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-14.748; 14. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.835; 15. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-14.843; 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.853; 17. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.939; 18. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.972; 19. Brandon Thomson, 29, Howell-15.005; 20. Kevin Barnes, 36B. Barnes-15.220; 21. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.307; 22. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-15.377; 23. Ryan Stolz, 56, Stolz-16.175; 24. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-17.888; 25. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-NT; 26. Matty McCarthy, 55M, McCarthy-NT; 27. Trey Marcham, 81X, Watt-NT;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. Faria, 3. Slack, 4. Johnson, 5. Sheridan, 6. R.Vander Weerd, 7. Swanson, 8. Linson. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Guardino, 3. Carter, 4. McQueen, 5. Boles, 6. Barnes, 7. Hendricks, 8. McCarthy, 9. Stolz. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Roa, 3. Adams, 4. Timmons, 5. Thompson, 6. Butcher, 7. Smith, 8. Herrera, 9. Marcham. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Hendricks, 3. Marcham, 4. Thomson, 5. Barnes, 6. McCarthy, 7. Linson, 8. Stolz, 9. Herrera, 10. R.Vander Weerd, 11. Butcher, 12. Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Danny Sheridan, 3. Trey Marcham, 4. D.J. Johnson, 5. Danny Faria Jr., 6. Cody Majors, 7. Tristan Guardino, 8. Tom Hendricks, 9. Jordan Linson, 10. Matty McCarthy, 11. Austin Liggett, 12. Ryan Timmons, 13. Colton Slack, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Trent Carter, 16. Max Adams, 17. Kevin Barnes,18. Shannon McQueen, 19. Jake Swanson, 20. Brandon Thomson, 21. Jimmy Thompson, 22. Luke Boles. NT

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**Timmons flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Adams, Laps 3-30 Roa.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Trey Marcham (18th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 25 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway - "40 For Shorty"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.373 (New Track Record); 2. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.389; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.416; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.501; 5. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.572; 6. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.610; 7. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.675; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.785; 9. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.807; 10. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.832; 11. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.897; 12. Kyle Jones, 54, Hefler-13.962; 13. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17, Clauson-14.020; 14. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.033; 15. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.092; 16. Matt Sherrell, 35, Sherrell-14.179; 17. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey-16.200.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Daum, 3. Thorson, 4. Bayston, 5. Golobic, 6. Stenhouse, 7. Walker, 8. Brewer, 9. Bailey. 2:15.41

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Bacon, 3. Macedo, 4. Jones, 5. Greth, 6. Robinson, 7. Sherrell, 8. Shelton. 2:15.25 (NTR)

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 10. Holly Shelton, 11. Gage Walker, 12. Zach Daum, 13. Cody Brewer, 14. Ryan Greth, 15. Kyle Jones, 16. Matt Sherrell, 17. Nick Bailey. NT ---------------------------- **Sherrell flipped on the opening lap of the feature. Jones flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Bacon, Laps 7-28 Thorson, Laps 29-40 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson (9th to 1st)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-515, 2-Clauson-505, 3-Bacon-492, 4-Thorson-455, 5-Boat-451, 6-Golobic-407, 7-Macedo-387, 8-Daum-349, 9-Robinson-327, 10-Walker-286.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 2 - Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway - "Tuesday Night Thunder"

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 18, 2016 - Hickory, North Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.181; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.184; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.203; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.214; 5. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.284; 6. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.290; 7. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.294; 8. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.386; 9. Nic Davidson, 3, Davidson-15.402; 10. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.443.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Andew Layser, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Nolan Allison, 5. Jake Nelke, 6. George Kurtz, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Scott Hunter, 9. Sam Hatfield, 10. Nic Davidson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Layser, Laps 22-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-611, 2-Nelke-576, 3-Hatfield-551, 4-Bean-528, 5-Kurtz-514, 6-Lamb-479, 7-Allison-418, 8-Parker-381, 9-Famous Rhodes II-371, 10-Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 16 - Spotsylvania, VA - Dominion Raceway

 

 

THORSON TURNS UP THE HEAT
IN VICTORY AT THE DITCH

West Memphis, AR.........On a hot muggy night in West Memphis, Tanner Thorson became the first repeat winner of the 2016 USAC Midget National Championship season, using a sensational turn three slide job on lap 11 to scoot past Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Carson Macedo, which proved to be the winning move, taking the win in the series' first ever visit to the state of Arkansas Friday night at Riverside International Speedway.

At the start of the 30-lap main event, outside front row starter Chad Boat took the first step forward, sliding across the nose of pole-sitter Carson Macedo to the lead at the entry of turn one.

Series rookie Macedo would fight back, inciting a barrage of sliders with Boat throughout the first couple of circuits that each culminated with Macedo leading at the stripe.

On the third lap, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., running fourth, got an enormous run off the turn two banking. As he attempted to split the gap between the cars of Boat and Macedo, the gap quickly closed. Stenhouse ramped over the left rear tire of Boat, sending himself into a mid-air 180-degree spin, launching him off the gumbo surface like an over-inflated basketball before smacking the back of the rollcage against the track, bouncing completely over once, and then slapping the sidewalls of his right side tires off the ground which propped him up on all fours as he stayed on the gas and drove away.

The amazing, spectacular, highlight-reel save by Stenhouse resulted in a red flag. Despite Stenhouse's ability to initially drive the car away from the scene, Stenhouse's Bryan Clauson Racing mount received a myriad of mechanical issues that came about due to the incident including a broken shock, radius rod, and a bent axle. Stenhouse was unable to continue, ending his return to his home track located just 30 miles northwest across the Mississippi River from his native Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Fifth-running Bryan Clauson's trying night came to an abrupt end, pulling into the infield on the eighth lap and having to settle for a disappointing 15th place result. This came after Clauson's RKR/Dooling team thrashed to replace the rear-end of the number 63 just prior to the feature.

By the 11th lap, ProSource Fast Qualifier and fifth-place starter Thorson had reeled in race leader Macedo. With Macedo set up high at the entrance to turn three, Thorson throttled to the bottom in a daring move that allowed him to slide up in front of his teammate as Macedo got squirrelly and lost substantial ground to the flying Thorson.

Thorson was on a rail, on a one-way track and never looking back as he posted the fastest lap of the race one circuit later on the 12th lap. With less than ten to go, Thorson had extended his advantage to a full-straightaway over second-place Macedo.

At the checkered, Thorson had delivered a proverbial spanking to the rest of the field, winning by nearly five seconds and lapping all but the top-eight finishers: Macedo, Boat, Bayston, Brady Bacon, Ryan Greth, KSE Hard Charger Shane Golobic and Ryan Robinson.

It was Minden, Nevada native Thorson's sixth career USAC National Midget victory and his second in the series' first seven races of the 2016 season in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

Tanner Thorson (third from right) and his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports crew celebrate in victory lane after winning Friday night at Riverside.
(RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

"These guys work their butts off," Thorson praised. "That was breathtaking. The track was awesome. It was racy and you could move around. The slide jobs were a lot of fun and you could run the bottom down in turns one and two to sneak by some guys. I could put my car anywhere I wanted all night and it's just a testament to Keith, Pete (Willoughby), Big Al (Scroggins) and the rest of these guys for all their hard work."

Lemoore, California's Carson Macedo led the first 10 laps of his USAC National Midget career on his way to earning a series' career-best second place finish in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Tarlton & Son/Bullet/Speedway Toyota

"This team puts great cars underneath all of us," Macedo said. "I felt like I was good enough to win; I just spent too much time up top. I didn't know Tanner was so good down on the bottom and then he got by me, so then I could see where he was running. Being a rookie in the midget, everywhere we go is new to me, so it's nice to come back and use what we learned tonight. We'll try to do that tomorrow. I know I'll have a good car under me, so it's up to me."

Chad Boat, of Phoenix, Arizona, had yet another solid run in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota, finishing in the third spot for the second straight series race.

"We'll take a third tonight," Boat contented. "Tanner was just a little better than us tonight, but it's two thirds in a row, so we're building momentum. It was a decent night for us; it just kind of felt like we were missing something all night. But we'll work on it and come back tomorrow and go for the dub."

Contingency award winners at Riverside International Speedway included Tanner Thorson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Ryan Robinson (Simpson Race Products/Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) First Heat Race Winner), Carson Macedo (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Second Heat Race Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Cody Brewer (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 17, 2016 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.508; 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17, Clauson-13.767; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.767; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.794; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.807; 6. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.831; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.884; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.893; 9. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.914; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.914; 11. Matt Sherrell, 35, Sherrell-14.110; 12. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.127; 13. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.195; 14. Kyle Jones, 54, Hefler-14.285; 15. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey; 14.300; 16. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.319; 17. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.497.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (10
laps) 1. Robinson, 2. Thorson, 3. Sherrell, 4. Boat, 5. Bayston, 6. Bacon, 7. Brewer, 8. Walker, 9. Bailey. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Daum, 3. Clauson, 4. Shelton, 5. Greth, 6. Stenhouse, 7. Golobic, 8. Jones. 2:23.15

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Zach Daum, 10. Gage Walker, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Matt Sherrell, 13. Cody Brewer, 14. Kyle Jones, 15. Bryan Clauson, 16. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17. Nick Bailey. NT
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**Stenhouse flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Macedo, Laps 11-30 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (16th to 7th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-455, 2-Clauson-427, 3-Bacon-417, 4-Thorson-393, 5-Boat-382, 6-Golobic-343, 7-Macedo-312, 8-Daum-301, 9-Tyler Thomas-275, 10-Robinson-266.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 18 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway - "40 for Shorty"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

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USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 17, 2016 - Bakersfield, California - The Dirt Track @ Kern County Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-15.985; 2. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-16.377; 3. Wally Pankratz, 98jr, Pankratz-16.457; 4. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-16,637; 5. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-16.921; 6. Mike Leach, 33, Leach-17.122; 7. Antonia Boscacci, 44L, Love-17.300; 8. Toni Breidinger, 37, Pankratz-18.565; 9. David Prickett, 20w, WHPD-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hazelton, 2. Pankratz, 3. Boscacci, 4. A.Breidinger. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. Love, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Leach, 5. Prickett. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Ashley Hazelton, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. David Prickett, 4. Wally Pankratz, 5. Jesse Love IV, 6. Annie Breidinger, 7. Antonia Boscacci, 8. Toni Breidinger, 9. Mike Leach. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Pankratz, Laps 2-20 Hazelton/

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-671, 2-T,Breidinger-517, 3-A.Breidinger-505, 4-Boscacci-378, 5-Blake Brannon-373, 6-Hazelton-273, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr.-236, 8-Cody Jessop-190, 9-Ethan Lesser-142, 10-Tommy McCarthy-134.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Love IV-229, 2-Boscacci-200, 3-Hazelton-159, 4-A,Breidinger-138, 5-Ariel Biggs-84, 6-Paterson-80, 7-Jesse Love III-74, 8-W.Pankratz-72, 9-Prickett-68, 10-T.Breidinger-55.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: June 18 - Dixon (CA) Speedway


USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 17, 2016 - Williamston, South Carolina - Anderson Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.626; 2. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.688; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.702; 4. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.727; 5. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.759; 6. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.763; 7. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.993; 8. Neal Allison, 7, Lamb-16.050; 9. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-16.364; 10. Nic Davidson, 3, Davidson-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Nolan Allison. 3. Jake Nelke, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. George Kurtz, 6. Jessica Bean, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Scott Hunter, 9. Neal Allison, 10. Nic Davidson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Layser.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-540, 2-Nelke-516, 3-Hatfield-504, 4-Bean-461, 5-Kurtz-459, 6-Chris Lamb-404, 7-Famous Rhodes II-371, 8-Nolan Allison-351, 9-Parke-329, 10-Hunter-245.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 18 - Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 17, 2016 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.508; 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17, Clauson-13.767; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.767; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.794; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.807; 6. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.831; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.884; 8. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.893; 9. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.914; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.914; 11. Matt Sherrell, 35, Sherrell-14.110; 12. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.127; 13. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-14.195; 14. Kyle Jones, 54, Hefler-14.285; 15. Nick Bailey, 89, Bailey-14.300; 16. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.319; 17. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.497.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Robinson, 2. Thorson, 3. Sherrell, 4. Boat, 5. Bayston, 6. Bacon, 7. Brewer, 8. Walker, 9. Bailey. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Daum, 3. Clauson, 4. Shelton, 5. Greth, 6. Stenhouse, 7. Golobic, 8. Jones. 2:23.15

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Zach Daum, 10. Gage Walker, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Matt Sherrell, 13. Cody Brewer, 14. Kyle Jones, 15. Bryan Clauson, 16. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17. Nick Bailey. NT ---------------------------- **Stenhouse flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Macedo, Laps 11-30 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (16th to 7th)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-455, 2-Clauson-427, 3-Bacon-417, 4-Thorson-393, 5-Boat-382, 6-Golobic-343, 7-Macedo-312, 8-Daum-301, 9-Tyler Thomas-275, 10-Robinson-266.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 18 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway - "40 For Shorty"

 

 

8 INITIAL 2016 USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED;
CLENDENEN, DAVIES, HIGMAN, HINNERSHITZ, KING, O'CONNOR, STEWART & TATTERSALL


The initial eight 2016 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame have been announced and four more, selected by popular vote from a list of 16 eligibles distributed through social mediums, will be announced June 20.

The fifth annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held July 21 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. in conjunction with the "Rich Vogler Classic" USAC Silver Crown race.

The eight-member class of inductees announced today includes five drivers, two officials and a car owner-chief mechanic. They are (alphabetically) Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Pat O'Connor, Tony Stewart and Bob Tattersall.

Online voting for the final four 2016 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame will be available on the USAC website Monday (June 20) at www.usacracing.com.

Clendenen, of Dayton, Ohio, probably supervised more USAC racing events than anyone in history, spanning several series, primarily including the National Championship Series and the National Sprint Cars. Involved in Midwestern oval-track racing for more than five decades, he started as a mechanic for driver Everett Saylor, the 1937 Central States Racing Association champion. After the war, he turned to officialdom and was an assistant to AAA Midwestern Supervisor Bob Martindale. In 1958, he succeeded Martindale and, after his retirement as a full-time official, he was honored in 1982 with the prestigious Eddie Edenburn Award for his lifelong contributions to the sport. He passed away in 2002 at the age of 94.

Davies, of Gardena, Calif., was three-time USAC National Midget Champion, taking consecutive titles in 1960, 1961 and 1962. His 48 career Midget victories still rank sixth on USAC's all-time National Midget win list. A winner at age 20 in the ill-fated 1949 Del Mar, Calif. AAA 100-miler which claimed the life of Rex Mays, Davies would eventually compete in five Indianapolis 500s, recording his best finish of third in 1955. He also won USAC's Pacific Coast Midget title in 1960 and scored three victories in the prestigious "Night Before the 500" classic. Proficient in his appearances "down under," Davies won the 1963 Australian Speedcar Grand Prix and the 1963 and 1964 South Australian Speedcar titles. He lost his life in a 1966 Midget race at Santa Fe Park Speedway in Hinsdale, Ill. and in 1984 was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Higman, of Lafayette, Ind., was instrumental in the growth of USAC's National Midget Series in so many ways, from providing top-flight cars for the top drivers to his insightful assistance into rules making as part of USAC's Advisory Board of Directors. His list of major drivers ran the gamut of America's greatest talent and he was directly responsible for USAC Midget Championships for drivers Bob Wente (1963), Mike McGreevy (1966) and Larry Rice (1973). The only man to build a successful turbo-charged Offy Midget engine, he served as the crew chief for Indianapolis 500 driver Jigger Sirois who nearly stole the pole starting position in 1969. Bob's enormous contributions resulted in his induction into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also awarded USAC's "Jim Blunk Award" for contributions to Midget racing in 1973 and the prestigious Eddie Edenburn Award in 1988. Bob passed away January 13, 2010.

Hinnershitz, of Oley, Pa., was one of Eastern America's all-time motorsports heroes, claiming USAC Eastern Sprint Car crowns in 1956 and 1959 after winning AAA Eastern titles in 1949-1950-1951-1952 and 1955. He grabbed 11 victories in USAC Sprint racing and competed in a trio of Indianapolis 500s in the 1940s, scoring a ninth-place in 1948 and a 10th in 1941. Inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1990, he also was honored by the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1975. Hinnershitz died on August 1, 1999.

King, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., joined USAC as an official in 1966 and as its Safety Director for the Championship Series in 1967. Three years later, he became the chief steward for the Championship Series and in 1972 became Assistant to the USAC Executive Director and Competition Director. He served as USAC's President and Chief Executive Officer from 1976 to 1997 and also held the title of Chairman of the Board between 1979 and 1981. In 1984, he also took on the additional responsibilities of President of USAC Properties, Inc. King directed USAC through its most turbulent times, after the 1978 plane crash in Indiana which claimed the lives of eight key officials. In 1997, he was awarded USAC's most prestigious honor, the Roger McCluskey Award of Excellence. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 73.

O'Connor, of North Vernon, Ind., earned the respect of everyone with is demeanor on and off the race track and in 1958 graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in a build-up to that year's Indianapolis 500. He unfortunately perished in a first-lap crash in that year's race, but his career in the sport is legendary. Despite his somewhat brief career (10 years), he captured USAC's inaugural Midwest Sprint Car championship in 1956 and earlier had won 1953 and 1954 Midwest titles under AAA sanction. He scored eight wins in USAC's Sprint car campaign and was generally regarded as one of the "Kings of the Hills," extremely proficient at the high-banked Salem and Winchester, Ind. and Dayton, Ohio ovals. In 1956, he scored a popular victory in the "Pee Dee 200" National Championship race at the Darlington, S.C. Raceway. In 1957, he led the American contingent as they tested at the spectacular Monza, Italy Autodrome, then competed in the famed "Race of Two Worlds." His best Indianapolis 500 finishes in five starts were eighth-places in 1955 and 1957. In 1995 he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Stewart, of Columbus, Ind., became the first driver ever to claim all three of USAC's National championships in a single season (in 1995) and is one of only six USAC "Triple Crown Champions." He won the 1994 USAC National Midget title, then added the Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown honors the next season. Proficient in virtually every form of motorsports, he has earned three NASCAR Cup championships (2002, 2005 and 2011) and a 1997 Indy Racing League title. He has 27 USAC National Midget wins to his credit, as well as 10 wins in the Sprint cars and three in the Silver Crown series. A member of the National Midget Hall of Fame (2001), his list of impressive motorsports awards and accolades continues to grow. In five Indianapolis 500 appearances, he started first in 1996, finished fifth from the front row in 1997, was ninth in 1999 and sixth in 2001. His charitable contributions through his Tony Stewart Foundation are endless. In addition to his USAC driving titles, he also has seven Sprint Car Owner championships as well as seven in the Silver Crown Series as an owner.

Tattersall, of Streator, Ill., continues to rank fourth on USAC's all-time Midget winners list with 63 total victories. In 1969 he claimed the USAC National Midget Championship. As an ambassador for America, he travelled to New Zealand and Australia, winning over 50% of his races during a 13-year stretch! In 1966, he passed a Rookie Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but was unable to secure a starting spot in the 500. Starting in stock cars, he switched to Midgets in 1950 and earned a pair of UARA Midget crowns. He debuted in USAC in 1960 and, in the ensuing 11 years, he never finished worse than eighth in the standings. In 1971, he passed away after a bout with cancer. In 1984, he was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

 

 

STENHOUSE RETURNS HOME FOR "40 FOR SHORTY" IN USAC MIDGETS' ARKANSAS DEBUT

This Friday and Saturday night, the USAC Midget National Championship hits the state of Arkansas for the first time in the 61-year history of the series for the inaugural "40 for Shorty" presented by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis.

Stenhouse, a regular for Roush Fenway Racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit will be on hand, not only at promoting the event, but will also be competing, getting behind the wheel of a midget in a USAC-sanctioned event for the first time since winning last December's "Junior Knepper 55" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

On both Friday and Saturday, Stenhouse will race in the USAC Midget portion of the program in the number 17 owned by longtime friend, USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson, who will also be competing in the event. Furthermore, on Friday, Stenhouse will also pilot a 360 sprint car and, on Saturday, he will jump into the seat of 305 Sprint Car alongside his midget racing duties.

"Shorty for 40" honors the legacy of Howard "Shorty" Chambliss, a man who owned the number 40 sprint car that Stenhouse piloted often in the early part of his racing days and was an integral part of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s racing career, especially early on when Ricky was just beginning to make a name for himself.

"Having this event in honor of the 'Shortman' is something that is very close to the heart," Stenhouse said. "He was a longtime family friend who I'd known forever. Dad and him would always be working on their racecars in the garage, and dad took care of his cars when he was racing at the end. He gave me a chance and helped push me to be better with lots of advice that he had learned racing all the years he did. Even in NASCAR, he was one of my biggest supporters."

Stenhouse is thrilled to be returning to his "home track" in West Memphis. A native of Olive Branch, Mississippi, located about 30 miles southeast of West Memphis, east of the Mississippi River, Stenhouse's goal has been to race a midget on the quarter-mile track known as "The Ditch."

"Racing a midget at Riverside International Speedway has been a dream of mine," Stenhouse acknowledged. "It's one of the tracks I loved racing at growing up combined with a car (midget) that is probably my favorite to drive of any. In 2007, the midget was my calling, I feel like, and we won enough that it helped continue my rise through my racing career.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back home and racing with the friends I grew up around and getting back into a midget and sprint car," Stenhouse said. "It's been about 2009 since I've raced at Riverside and it's a place a lot of great racers learned to race on. I grew up going there as a kid watching my dad every single week until I started racing there. It has always been one of my favorite dirt tracks. It will be great to see all the fans who still support the race track every week as well as the ones who support me from the time I started and throughout my career."

Friday night's June 17th event at Riverside features a 30-lap $3000-to-win USAC National Midget feature along with 360 Sprint Cars and Stock Cars. Saturday night's June 18th program will be highlighted by a 40-lap $4040-to-win USAC National Midget feature as well shows for 305 Sprint Cars and Stock Cars.

On both Friday and Saturday, the pit gates for "40 for Shorty" will open at 3pm. Spectator gates open at 5:30pm with the on-track action getting underway at 6:30pm.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids age 5 and under. Adults can purchase a two-day pass for $35, a $5 discount at the gate. Pit passes are $30 each day.

For all Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. media requests, please contact Joey Dennewitz at jdennewitz@spiresportsinc.com.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 14, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of two appearances at Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, June 18th. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the seventh point race will also feature the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, Dunn Edwards IMCA Modifieds, Rugged Radios Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, and Mini Stocks. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 10:00am, the front gates open at 4:00pm, and racing will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

Since May 2, 2009, Santa Maria Raceway has held twenty-eight USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with five victories and Ryan Bernal set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.529 on September 17, 2011. On September 11, 2004, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan posted the all-time 360 1-lap record of 13.354.

Heading to Santa Maria, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) has an eight point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored fifth at Tulare’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” on May 14th. To date, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for sixteenth in series wins, D.J. will be looking for his third career main event win.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa claimed third at Tulare’s “Faria Memorial.” At press time, the defending 360 Western World Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. Brody is tied for twenty-fourth on the series win list and will have his sights on his first Santa Maria triumph.

After running second at Tulare, Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) has climbed to third in the point standings. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and five top-10 finishes on the year. Last season’s Rookie of the Year will be looking to earn his first series triumph this Saturday night.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace scored fourteenth at the “Faria Memorial.” At press time, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, four top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. Vander Weerd has six career USAC West Coast wins and will have his sights on another $1,500 payday at Santa Maria.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is currently fifth in the championship standings. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard took sixth at Tulare’s checkered flags. Heading to Santa Maria, the 2011 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led in the campaign. Vander Weerd is second in career series wins and will be looking to claim his nineteenth main event on Saturday.

Currently ninth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California), “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California), and Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett, Max Adams, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Troy Rutherford, Kevin Barnes, Kyle Smith, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Shannon McQueen, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) sits atop the Santa Maria Sprint Car point standings. Bill Jones, Charlie Butcher, James Herrera, Jordan Linson, Luke Boles, “Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson, Jeremy Ellertson, Matt Day, and Ryan Timmons round out the top-10 drivers.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Jace Vander Weerd, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Craig Stidham.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. D.J. Johnson-404, 2. Brody Roa-396, 3. Trey Marcham-359, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-356, 5. Richard Vander Weerd-344, 6. Austin Liggett-314, 7. Max Adams-286, 8. Tristan Guardino-278, 9. Ryan Timmons-249, 10. Jeff Sibley-237, 11. Danny Faria Jr.-228, 12. Troy Rutherford-216, 13. Kevin Barnes-185, 14. Kyle Smith-179, 15. Cody Majors-171, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-162, 17. Shannon McQueen-150, 18. Bryan Clauson-137, 19. Landon Hurst-135, 20. Brady Bacon-119.

SANTA MARIA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Trent Carter-89, 2. Bill Jones-81, 3. Charlie Butcher-80, 4. James Herrera-77, --. Jordan Linson-77, 6. Luke Boles-48, --. Jimmy Thompson-48, 8. Jeremy Ellertson-43, 9. Matt Day-40, 10. Ryan Timmons-38, --. Sean Martin Jr.-38, 12. Ryan Stolz-36.

 

 

STENHOUSE RETURNS HOME FOR "40 FOR SHORTY"
IN USAC MIDGETS' ARKANSAS DEBUT

This Friday and Saturday night, the USAC Midget National Championship hits the state of Arkansas for the first time in the 61-year history of the series for the inaugural "40 for Shorty" presented by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis.

Stenhouse, a regular for Roush Fenway Racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit will be on hand, not only at promoting the event, but will also be competing, getting behind the wheel of a midget in a USAC-sanctioned event for the first time since winning last December's "Junior Knepper 55" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

On both Friday and Saturday, Stenhouse will race in the USAC Midget portion of the program in the number 17 owned by longtime friend, USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson, who will also be competing in the event. Furthermore, on Friday, Stenhouse will also pilot a 360 sprint car and, on Saturday, he will jump into the seat of 305 Sprint Car alongside his midget racing duties.

"Shorty for 40" honors the legacy of Howard "Shorty" Chambliss, a man who owned the number 40 sprint car that Stenhouse piloted often in the early part of his racing days and was an integral part of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s racing career, especially early on when Ricky was just beginning to make a name for himself.

"Having this event in honor of the 'Shortman' is something that is very close to the heart," Stenhouse said. "He was a longtime family friend who I'd known forever. Dad and him would always be working on their racecars in the garage, and dad took care of his cars when he was racing at the end. He gave me a chance and helped push me to be better with lots of advice that he had learned racing all the years he did. Even in NASCAR, he was one of my biggest supporters."

Shorty Chambliss (left) and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in victory lane
after a winged sprint car win.

Stenhouse is thrilled to be returning to his "home track" in West Memphis. A native of Olive Branch, Mississippi, located about 30 miles southeast of West Memphis, east of the Mississippi River, Stenhouse's goal has been to race a midget on the quarter-mile track known as "The Ditch."

"Racing a midget at Riverside International Speedway has been a dream of mine," Stenhouse acknowledged. "It's one of the tracks I loved racing at growing up combined with a car (midget) that is probably my favorite to drive of any. In 2007, the midget was my calling, I feel like, and we won enough that it helped continue my rise through my racing career.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back home and racing with the friends I grew up around and getting back into a midget and sprint car," Stenhouse said. "It's been about 2009 since I've raced at Riverside and it's a place a lot of great racers learned to race on. I grew up going there as a kid watching my dad every single week until I started racing there. It has always been one of my favorite dirt tracks. It will be great to see all the fans who still support the race track every week as well as the ones who support me from the time I started and throughout my career."

Friday night's June 17th event at Riverside features a 30-lap $3000-to-win USAC National Midget feature along with 360 Sprint Cars and Stock Cars. Saturday night's June 18th program will be highlighted by a 40-lap $4040-to-win USAC National Midget feature as well shows for 305 Sprint Cars and Stock Cars.

On both Friday and Saturday, the pit gates for "40 for Shorty" will open at 3pm. Spectator gates open at 5:30pm with the on-track action getting underway at 6:30pm.

Tickets are just $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids age 5 and under. Adults can purchase a two-day pass for $35, a $5 discount at the gate. Pit passes are $30 each day.

For all Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. media requests, please contact Joey Dennewitz at jdennewitz@spiresportsinc.com.

 

 

WINDOM TRUMPS COMPETITION AT SUSKY; CLAUSON CROWNED EASTERN STORM CHAMP

York Haven, PA.........After a four-year sabbatical from victory lane in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom made the Baldwin number 5 great again after picking up Sunday night's "Eastern Storm" finale at Susquehanna Speedway.

Meanwhile, it was Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson who, despite dropping out after only six laps and finishing 21st, had enough of a points cushion between himself, Windom and Ballou to clinch his third career "Eastern Storm" title as soon as he pushed off for the feature event. Clauson joined Levi Jones to become the second driver to add a third "Eastern Storm" title to the résumé.

Coming into the night, Robert Ballou and Windom needed all the stars to align and for a little bad luck to befall Clauson in order to come out on top of the "Eastern Storm" standings. Clauson quickly put that notion to rest early in the night, setting a new one-lap track record in ProSource Qualifying to take fast time honors and the six essential bonus points that come along with it. With the six points earned via his third place finish in the first heat race, Clauson had essentially sewn up the "Eastern Storm" title, needing only to push off for the feature to secure the crown.

With the title all said and done, pride was on the line for both Ballou and pole-sitter Windom, who took the lead entering turn one on the opening lap.

Coming out of turn four and heading for one on the second go-around, Stockon bolted to the inside of Windom on the bottom of the racetrack as Boespflug stuck his nose in between the two briefly while Windom was able to hold on to the advantage.

Clauson quickly moved to the front from his outside row three starting position, pulling ahead of Boespflug for third after a two-lap wheel-to-wheel tussle on laps five and six.

Bryan Clauson set a new one-lap USAC track record at Susquehanna Speedway Sunday night. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

As soon as the hint of yet another patented Clauson charge came to fruition, the ride was over. Clauson rolled to a stop on the front straightaway on the seventh lap and exited the racecar, ending his night with a 21st place finish.

On lap 10, third-running Boespflug drifted high in turn one, slapping the wall with his right rear tire, bouncing off and slowly rolling to a stop in the middle of the track. C.J. Leary made slight contact as he maneuvered around the backside of Boespflug, but was able to keep moving along no worse for the wear.

Up front, Windom's ride was undaunted, holding a near half-straightaway lead at the halfway mark, with Stockon and Bacon battling for second behind him in the distance.

Windom utilized the topside for most of the 30-lapper, but began diamonding through turn two as the pair of Stockon and Bacon began to close the gap while the frontrunners encountered the tail-end of the field.

On lap 24, the interval between Windom and Stockon/Bacon was minimized to less than a few car lengths as the trio approached backmarker Carmen Perigo, but the savvy Windom was able to sneak by Perigo to gain some much-needed breathing room as the leaders exited turn two.

Windom left the top to give the bottom a try in turn one with three to go as he sought the quickest line around the 4/10-mile dirt surface in the late stages. But, with two to go, Stockon was right on his tail, ready to pounce at any given opportunity.

As the two took the white flag, Windom entered high as Stockon dove low on entry into turn one. Stockon slid even with Windom between turns one and two for a brief moment, but was unable to keep his momentum going as Windom skirted the brim off of turn two, distancing himself from Stockon on the final trip down the Susquehanna back straight.

Windom went unwavered on his way to his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory since August of 2015 during the "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, defeating Stockon, Bacon, Thomas Meseraull, Ballou, Leary, Max McGhee, Dave Darland, Shane Golobic and Jerry Coons, Jr.

Chris Windom earned his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory since August of 2015 and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team's first since 2012! (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

Windom finished off a splendid weekend that also included a victory in Friday night's "Horn/Schindler Memorial" USAC Silver Crown race at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. But on this night, the story was the culmination of the reunification between Windom and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team that re-joined forces just one month ago. Windom was able to take the West Lafayette, Indiana-based team's Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar to their first series victory nearly four years to the day after its most recent: an "Eastern Storm" win at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, PA with Windom at the controls.

"This is pretty sweet," Windom proclaimed. "Winning Williams Grove was a feather in my cap, but I couldn't be happier to get Kenny (Baldwin), Margo (Baldwin) and Derek (Claxton) back in victory lane. They worked their butts off all week. Derek has been wanting one all week because we've been right there, but Bryan (Clauson) has obviously been really tough out here. It felt like the top was getting so slow coming off of turn two that I needed to move around. I started diamonding it off. It was tough to figure this place out tonight, but we came out with a win and that's all that matters."

On the other hand, Clauson's race wound up less-than-stellar after a strong start. He became the first driver to finish outside of the top-ten and record a "DNF" in an "Eastern Storm" race, yet still hold on to win the title, primarily due to his outstanding performances in the first four races of the mini-series, which included three wins and a third-place run. Cole Whitt's 10th place run at Grandview Speedway in 2009 was the previous lowest finish for an "Eastern Storm" champion during the series.

It's been a glorious two-week stretch for Clauson. First, leading three laps in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, then winning "Indiana Midget Week" and now adding an "Eastern Storm" title to his mantle, plus tying the legendary Gary Bettenhausen for seventh on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with his 40th series win Saturday at Port Royal and, in the process, winning an astonishing eight non-wing sprint car features in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

Bryan Clauson earned his third career "Eastern Storm" title Saturday night. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

"I'm so proud of this whole team," Clauson exclaimed. "It was a pretty good week if you can fall out of the last race and still win the whole deal. I felt like we were strong again tonight, so I hated to not finish off strong. But we'll take the championship back home with us and keep digging."

It's been a trying week for Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon, whose week included mechanical issues and finishes 14th, 6th, 16th and 16th in the first four races, but the hard-luck team persevered for a solid second-place run in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher.

"Chris (Windom) was really good," Stockon admitted. "We could get close, but once we got into lapped traffic, I felt like we'd have a shot if he made a mistake, but he never did. We're just happy to bring it home tonight. It's been a rough week and we've had a few problems, but we finally got the car to run all night, so we're happy."

Brady Bacon's third place finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar extended his point lead ever so slightly over Thomas Meseraull to 29 markers as the team, and the series, head into the crucial summer stretch that could make or break a championship season.

"We've struggled on tracks like this all year, but we finished this week strong," Bacon said. "We struggled the first few nights, but got back to where we needed to be the last couple of nights. We've had some breaks each night too, but our car has been good enough that we've been in a position to capitalize. We'll take this momentum back to Indiana with us and keep our heads up as we get into the bulk of the schedule."

Contingency award winners at Susquehanna Speedway included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner) Landon Simon (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), C.J. Leary (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Tom Harris (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 12, 2016 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.753 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.840; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.910; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.087; 5. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.300; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.356; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.358; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-17.373; 9. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-17.387; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.389; 11. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-17.457; 12. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.539; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.572; 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-17.626; 15. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.630; 16. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.655; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.662; 18. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.728; 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.840; 20. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.948; 21. Tom Harris, 5E, East-17.950; 22. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-18.125; 23. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-18.179; 24. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-18.271; 25. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-19.280; 26. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Windom, 3. Clauson, 4. McGhee, 5. Chapple, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Berry, 8. Kohen. 2:27.93 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. M. Smith, 3. Farney, 4. Thomas, 5. Coons, 6. Moody, 7. DiMattia, 8. D.Smith. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Stockon, 5. Darland, 6. Golobic, 7. Perigo, 8. Harris. 2:28.33

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Golobic, 3. D. Smith, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Harris, 6. Moody, 7. Perigo, 8. Kohen, 9. Berry, 10. Mahoney. 2:35.67

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 ---------------------------- **DiMattia flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Windom.

KSE HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary (16th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,105, 2-Meseraull-1,076, 3-Stockon-1,014, 4-Ballou-980, 5-Darland-953, 6-Leary-953, 7-Boespflug-860, 8-McGhee-841, 9-Clauson-774, 10-Windom-730.

FINAL EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-346, 2-Windom-332, 3-Ballou-325, 4-Stockon-312, 5-Bacon-301, 6-Meseraull-289, 7-McGhee-282, 8-Leary-280, 9-Darland-269, 10-Golobic-251.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 23 - Jackson (MN) Motorplex

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 12, 2016 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.753 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.840; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.910; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.087; 5. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.300; 6. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.356; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.358; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-17.373; 9. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-17.387; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.389; 11. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-17.457; 12. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.539; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.572; 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-17.626; 15. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.630; 16. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.655; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.662; 18. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.728; 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.840; 20. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.948; 21. Tom Harris, 5E, East-17.950; 22. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-18.125; 23. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-18.179; 24. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-18.271; 25. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-19.280; 26. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Windom, 3. Clauson, 4. McGhee, 5. Chapple, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Berry, 8. Kohen. 2:27.93 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. M. Smith, 3. Farney, 4. Thomas, 5. Coons, 6. Moody, 7. DiMattia, 8. D.Smith. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Stockon, 5. Darland, 6. Golobic, 7. Perigo, 8. Harris. 2:28.33

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Golobic, 3. D. Smith, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Harris, 6. Moody, 7. Perigo, 8. Kohen, 9. Berry, 10. Mahoney. 2:35.67

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
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**DiMattia flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Windom.

KSE HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,105, 2-Meseraull-1,076, 3-Stockon-1,014, 4-Ballou-980, 5-Darland-953, 6-Leary-953, 7-Boespflug-860, 8-McGhee-841, 9-Clauson-774, 10-Windom-730.

FINAL EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-346, 2-Windom-332, 3-Ballou-325, 4-Stockon-312, 5-Bacon-301, 6-Meseraull-289, 7-McGhee-282, 8-Leary-280, 9-Darland-269, 10-Golobic-251.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 23 - Jackson (MN) Motorplex

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 11, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 6. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 7. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Reynolds). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Nick Aiuto, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Bruce St. James, 11. Josh Pelkey, 12. Dustin Burkhart, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Jonas Reynolds, 15. Joe Scheopner, 16. Jordan Stetson, 17. Andy Reinbold, 18. Landon Cling, 19. Chris Bonneau. NT

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**Cling flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Rossi, Laps 13-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (17th to 9th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 2 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

CLAUSON TIES BETTENHAUSEN
WITH 40TH USAC SPRINT WIN AT PORT ROYAL

Sometimes good fortune falls your way. Sometimes the dominoes fall where they may. Not that the red-hot Bryan Clauson needed any luck with how successful he's been throughout the 2016 season, but any little bit helps.

After falling to 15th on the opening lap, and mired back in 10th at the halfway point, Clauson steadily worked his way through the field, using timely cautions and the misfortune of several frontrunners that played into his favor and put him in position to make the winning move on Brady Bacon on lap 24 and put the finishing touches on his 40th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, tying USAC Hall of Famer Gary Bettenhausen for seventh on the all-time series win list.

Clauson would start on the inside of row six at the start, but it was the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver of all-time, pole sitter Dave Darland, who bolted out to the early lead.
On lap three, Chase Stockon was able to take the third spot from Thomas Meseraull, but the side-by-side battle continued one lap later when the two banged wheels at the start/finish line, narrowly avoiding catastrophe.

On the sixth circuit, Meseraull pressed Stockon for the spot, but got the car completely sideways on the high side at the exit of turn four, slamming the right rear tire and right side of the tail tank against the guardrail with enormous force, sending Meseraull into a series of mid-air spirals before landing cage-first into the clay. Meseraull gingerly got out of the car under his own power, but was otherwise okay.

Brady Bacon entered the fray up front, battling with Darland for the lead on lap seven and eventually securing the spot one lap later.

Robert Ballou became the next driver to throw his helmet into the ring of frontrunners on lap 11, overtaking Chase Stockon for third on the outside of the second turn, and then running down Darland between turns three and four, speeding past the USAC Triple Crown champion at the exit of four for the second position.

Ballou made quick work erasing Bacon's ever-decreasing gap, as the defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion squared up the 2014 champion he dethroned one year ago, in a run for his money at the halfway mark.

Lap 15, with Bacon down low and Ballou up high, Bacon drifted up in front of Ballou at the exit of two, slamming the door on him to slow his momentum, allowing Bacon to remain out front.

Two laps after a lap 16 yellow stopped the action, Ballou threw his number one deep into turn three in front of Bacon for the lead, but Bacon countered the move, slicing down to the inside guardrail at the exit of turn four, but to no avail. Ballou, last year's Port Royal winner and defending "Eastern Storm" champion, staked his claim at the top and appeared to be the one that everyone would be chasing.

Attrition started to wear on several of the top contenders down the stretch. Thursday's New Egypt winner Chad Boespflug was the first to fall by the wayside, slowing with mechanical trouble on lap 19. After a contentious, see-saw battle between Stockon and Bacon for second, the expensive sounds of a misfiring engine began to emanate from underneath the hood of Stockon's machine, sending him to the infield with seven laps to go.

Simultaneously, fourth-running Aaron Farney jumped the cushion and banged the guardrail between turns one and two before coming to a rest backwards against the Armco.

Under the yellow, race leader Ballou pulled into the work area in the infield with an apparent loose power steering line. He would restart, but was relegated to the tail of the field with just a handful of laps remaining.

The reshuffled starting order left Bacon out front with new neighbors Clauson and Max McGhee in his shadow running second and third.

Immediately, Clauson went to work on Bacon and, on lap 24, dove low at the entrance of turn three, throwing a massive slider on Bacon to pull ahead and put the race to bed. As Clauson peeled off lap-after-lap of perfection, evidenced by posting his fastest lap of the race just four laps from the end, he began to distance himself from Bacon in the remaining laps and drive into the history books with his milestone 40th USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, something only seven other men have been able to accomplish. Clauson was followed to the checkered flag by Bacon, McGhee, Darland, C.J. Leary, Jerry Coons, Jr., KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Shane Golobic, Ballou, Carmen Perigo and Isaac Chapple.

 

After winning his third USAC National Sprint Car race this week, Clauson extended his commanding point lead in the "Eastern Storm" standings to 52 over Chris Windom heading into Sunday night's finale at Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Clauson continues to add more accolades to his world-class racing profile, earning his 40th series win at the age of 26 years, 11 months. The man he tied, Gary Bettenhausen, was just shy of his 39 birthday when he won his 40th and final at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1980.

"I struggle to run in the top-five every time we come to this place, but we kind of sold out on this thing knowing we were starting 11th," Clauson said. "Watching the first 10 laps of the race, nobody would've guessed we'd be in victory lane. We decided to leave it alone under that open red and let the car come to us. We caught some breaks with some yellows and those guys falling out. When I restarted behind Brady, I was committed to doing whatever he didn't. I got my momentum up through turns one and two and pulled the trigger. This thing was flawless."

In Clauson's three "Eastern Storm" wins this week in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar, the Noblesville, Indiana driver has taken the lead for good on lap 24 (Grandview & Port Royal) and lap 25 (Lincoln), exemplifying that Clauson knows when it's "go-time."

"I got by Farney for fourth and hadn't really had an opportunity to size myself up to those guys up front. We'd driven up to them, but they were so far out that I couldn't gauge how good we were compared to them. Robert and Brady get going really well on these big, sweeping tracks so we were happy to just run with them, but when you get that close, you don't want to let them slip away and you want to close them out. Last night, I didn't get it done, but we stole one tonight."

Brady Bacon's second place finish, coupled with Meseraull's misfortune, allowed Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to re-emerge as the series point leader by 21 points in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"I hadn't realized Chase pulled off and you race according to who you're racing with," Bacon described. Chase isn't normally somebody who is going to rip the top, so I went to the bottom to protect and it turned out that Bryan was actually behind me. He got a good enough start to slide me into three and then I just couldn't get back by him. Then, I was trying stuff to catch him and ended up having to race back into second and, by then, Bryan was already gone."

"We got back to square one tonight," a relieved Bacon said. "We changed some things on the car and got it back to normal and had a really good points night. Wish we could've gotten the win though; this is one of my favorite tracks."

Camby, Indiana's Max McGhee earned a career best third-place result in his Sam McGhee Motorsports/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco.

"We've been working really hard this week and haven't gotten the finishes we wanted to," McGhee lamented. "The car has been really good; it's just been on me to step up a little bit. Racing with Bryan and Brady is a big confidence booster. Just to be able to hang with them is great. We worked on some stuff tonight and got better, so from here on out, I think we'll be in good shape."

Contingency award winners at Port Royal Speedway included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), C.J. Leary (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner Max McGhee (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner) Aaron Farney (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dustin Smith (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2016 - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.148; 2. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-19.385; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-19.428; 4. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-19.434; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-19.503; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.521; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-19.627; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-19.635; 9. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-19.776; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-19.876; 11. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-19.972; 12. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-19.973; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-20.008; 14. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-20.073; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.074; 16. Shane Cottle, 65, Franckowiak-20.076; 17. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-20.110; 18. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-20.199; 19. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-20.360; 20. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-20.383; 21. Tom Harris, 5E, East-20.385; 22. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.387; 23. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-20.761; 24. J.R. Berry, 74, Berry-20.951; 25. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-21.176; 26. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-21.540.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stockon, 3. Simon, 4. Darland, 5. Chapple, 6. M.Smith, 7. Perigo, 8. Cottle, 9. Mahoney. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Clauson, 3. Coons, 4. D.Smith, 5. Boespflug, 6. Golobic, 7. Farney, 8. Moody, 9. Thomas. 2:40.92

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. Meseraull, 5. DiMattia, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Harris, 8. Berry. 2:43.28

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Farney, 2. M.Smith, 3. Mellenberndt, 4. Golobic,
5. Moody, 6. Thomas, 7. Perigo, 8. -Harris, 9. Berry, 10. Mahoney. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Max McGhee, 4. Dave Darland, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Carmen Perigo, 10. Isaac Chapple, 11. Kyle Moody, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Dustin Smith, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Mark Smith, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. NT
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**Cottle flipped over the guardrail during the first heat. Meseraull flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Darland, Laps 8-17 Bacon, Laps 18-23 Ballou, Laps 24-30 Clauson.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (21st to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,028, 2-Meseraull-1,007, 3-Stockon-938, 4-Ballou-914, 5-Darland-900, 6-Leary-891, 7-Boespflug-830, 8-McGhee-781, 9-Clauson-739, 10-Kyle Cummins-658.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-311, 2-Ballou-259, 3-Windom-255, 4-Stockon-236, 5-Bacon-224, 6-McGhee-222, 7-Meseraull-220, 8-Leary-218, 8-Darland-216, 10-Boespflug-212.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 12 - York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 11, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-14.652; 2. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.680; 3. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-14.777; 4. Joey Iest, 9w, WHPD-14.856; 5. Adam Lemke, 98, 15.075; 6. Antonia Boscacci, 44L, Love-15.182; 7. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.230; 8. Ariel Biggs, 00, Jessop-15.233; 9. Ashlkey Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-15.262; 10. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. Brannon, 3. Lemke, 4. Hazelotn, 5. Jessop. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Boscacci, 3. A.Breidinger, 4. Iest, 5. Biggs. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Blake Brannon, 4. Cody Jessop, 5. Ashley Hazelton, 6. Jesse Love IV, 7. Antonia Boscacci, 8. Adam Lemke, 9. Joey Iest. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Jessop, Laps 16-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-603, 2-T,Breidinger-470, 3-A,Breidinger-442, 4-Brannon-373, 5-Boscacci-319, 6-Davey Hamilton Jr.-236, 7-Jessop-190, 8-Hazelton-189, 9-Ethan Lesser-142, 10-Tommy McCarthy-134.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-470, 2-Love-442, 3-Brannon-373, 4-A.Breidinger-366, 5-Davey Hamilton Jr.-236, 6-Jessop-190, 7-Boscacci-177, 8-Ethan Lesser-142, 9-Tommy McCarthy-134, 10-Jeff Kelley-128.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: June 17 - Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 10, 2016 - Malta, New York - Albany-Saratoga Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Chaffee (#2 Matczak), 2. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 3. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 4. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 5. Alex Rose (#11 Miller), 6. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 7. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 8. Bobby White (#3 White). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 2. Amanda Habel (#09 Habel), 3. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 4. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 8. Tyler Rivard (#37 Rivard). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Scott Duell (#5 Matczak) and Vince Lucca (#9 Miller).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Josh Sunn, 3. Kevin Chaffee, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Kenney Johnson, 6. Dean Christensen, 7. Mark Cole, 8. Robert Tucker, 9. Jeff Champagne, 10. Jeff Horn, 11. Manny Dias, 12. Tyler Rivard, 13. Alex Rose. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Chaffee, Laps 7-20 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Sunn-375, 2-Pierson-375, 3-Whitney-340, 4-Christensen-309, 5-Champagne-282, 6-Horn-280, 7-Dias-255, 8-Miller-251, 9-Rose-241, 10-Cole-229.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: June 18 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway


 

 

USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 11, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-16.781; 2. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.850; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.944; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.969; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.969; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.981; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.121; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.129; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.186; 10. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-17.253; 11. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.271; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 92M, Sertich-17.409; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.410; 14. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.518; 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.539; 16. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.585; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.595; 18. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.885; 19. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.959; 20. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-17.966; 21. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-17.979; 22. Eddie Tafoya, 0K, Tafoya-18.099; 23. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.178; 24. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.304; 25. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-NT; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Bender, 3. Spencer, 4. Sussex, 5. C.Williams, 6. Hendricks, 7. Everhart, 8. Adams. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ellertson, 2. T.Williams, 3. Swanson, 4. R.Gardner, 5. A.Sweeney, 6. Ballard, 7. Dyer, 8. J.Vander Weerd. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Gansen, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. V.Sweeney. 2:51.49

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Mike Spencer, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Jeremy Ellertson, 9. Corey Ballard, 10. Andrew Sweeney, 11. Tom Hendricks, 12. Verne Sweeney, 13. Anthony Lopiccolo, 14. Jeff Dyer, 15. Trent Williams, 16. Logan Williams, 17. Tommy Malcolm, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Jace Vander Weerd, 20. Tony Everhart, 21. Ronnie Gardner, 22. Eddie Tafoya. NT
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**A.Williams flipped over the fence during qualifications.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 R.Vander Weerd.

BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Verne Sweeney

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-352, 2-R.Vander Weerd-350, 3-Swanson-333, 4-Spencer-318, 5-D.Gardner-308, 6-A.Williams-255, 7-Adams-214, 8-Ellertson-212, 9-C.Williams-208, 10-Gansen-198.

NEXT USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE: July 1 - Santa Maria (CA) Speedway

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 11, 2016 - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.148; 2. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-19.385; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-19.428; 4. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-19.434; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-19.503; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-19.521; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-19.627; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-19.635; 9. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-19.776; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-19.876; 11. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-19.972; 12. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-19.973; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-20.008; 14. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-20.073; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.074; 16. Shane Cottle, 65, Franckowiak-20.076; 17. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-20.110; 18. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-20.199; 19. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-20.360; 20. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-20.383; 21. Tom Harris, 5E, East-20.385; 22. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.387; 23. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-20.761; 24. J.R. Berry, 74, Berry-20.951; 25. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-21.176; 26. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-21.540.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stockon, 3. Simon, 4. Darland, 5. Chapple, 6. M.Smith, 7. Perigo, 8. Cottle, 9. Mahoney. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Clauson, 3. Coons, 4. D.Smith, 5. Boespflug, 6. Golobic, 7. Farney, 8. Moody, 9. Thomas. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. Meseraull, 5. DiMattia, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Harris, 8. Berry. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Farney, 2. M.Smith, 3. Mellenberndt, 4. Golobic, 5. Moody, 6. Thomas, 7. Perigo, 8. Harris, 9. Berry, 10. Mahoney. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Max McGhee, 4. Dave Darland, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Carmen Perigo, 10. Isaac Chapple, 11. Kyle Moody, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Dustin Smith, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Mark Smith, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT
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**Cottle flipped over the guardrail during the first heat. Meseraull flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Darland, Laps 8-17 Bacon, Laps 28-23 Ballou, Laps 24-30 Clauson.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,028, 2-Meseraull-1,007, 3-Stockon-938, 4-Ballou-914, 5-Darland-900, 6-Leary-891, 7-Boespflug-830, 8-McGhee-781, 9-Clauson-739, 10-Kyle Cummins-658.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-311, 2-Ballou-259, 3-Windom-255, 4-Stockon-236, 5-Bacon-224, 6-McGhee-222, 7-Meseraull-220, 8-Leary-218, 8-Darland-216, 10-Boespflug-212.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 12 - York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm"


 

 

WINDOM WITHSTANDS CLAUSON'S CHARGE
IN HORN/SCHINDER MEMORIAL AT THE GROVE

 

Mechanicsburg, PA.........Chris Windom was able to fend off a furious late-race rally by Bryan Clauson to win in the return of champ car racing to Williams Grove Speedway after a 35-year hiatus in Friday night's "Horn/Schindler Memorial" 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race.

C.J. Leary was the first car to hit the track for ProSource Qualifying and the first to break Steve Kinser's long-standing one-lap track record from 1981 by three and a half seconds. None of the remaining drivers were able to reach the bar that the Greenfield, Indiana driver set, which placed him on the pole for the main event.

Leary and outside front row starter Justin Grant engaged in a side-by-side battle for the top spot on the opening lap with Leary assuming and maintaining control throughout the early stages. However, turn four proved to be a Bermuda Triangle of sorts in the first quarter of the race, plaguing a bevy of drivers that halted the action on four separate instances involving three different drivers.

Race leader Leary had seen nothing but daylight in front of him during the first several laps, but on the lap 29 restart, all Leary had was smoke in his eyes as a continuous plume billowed from the headers of the number 30. Leary began to slow dramatically, eventually coming to a stop in the first turn one lap later before being towed off to the pit area. The night for April's "Sumar Classic" winner at the Terre Haute Action Track was finished after such a strong performance in his first visit to the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania track.

Justin Grant inherited the lead for the lap 35 restart, but, by lap 37, Windom had sliced into Grant's lead, setting Windom up for an outside turn four pass to take the top spot.
Meanwhile, Clauson was picking cars off at a rapid pace from his 16th starting position, crossing over from the topside to the inside of Mark Smith for fourth out of turn 4 on lap 39.

Windom sailed away on a comfort cruise after the race's final caution flew for the stopped car of Austin Nemire on lap 40. The Canton, llinois driver built his lead to a full-straightaway advantage with 35 laps to go.

Yet, Clauson was determined not to give in yet, taking third from Grant on lap 65 and sliding up in front of Brady Bacon for second on lap 69. However, Clauson still had a long row ahead of him to catch Windom who was on cruise control up front.

With 10 laps to go, some fans were seen leaving the grandstands with the feeling that the conclusion would be inevitable with Windom rolling to an easy victory. It appeared that Clauson would need a caution to close the gap on Windom's seemingly insurmountable lead, but with the pedigree that Clauson has attained over the last decade plus in the United States Auto Club, nothing was outside the realm of possibility.

Shot out of a cannon, Clauson continued to chop and slash the interval between him and leader Windom little-by-little, driving on the edge, appearing as if he was on a single-car qualifying run in the final laps.

With two laps to go, Windom jumped the skyscraper-high turn three cushion, allowing Clauson to close in right behind the tail tank of Windom's machine as the two exited turn four.

As the two sprinted down the front straightaway, Clauson got the bite off the bottom and was able to pull ahead by a car length inside of Windom at the exit of two on lap 99. Yet, Windom was able to find each and every morsel of horsepower to muscle his car back in front into turn three.

As Clauson and Windom ran Hoosier-to-Hoosier between turns three and four, the duo had to contend with the lapped car of David Byrne immediately after passing under the white flag indicating one more lap to go. The two split Byrne with Windom aiming for the topside and Clauson cutting to the low side. Clauson attempted to slide job Windom at the entrance to one by drifting up to the top line in front of Windom, but came up just shy, getting his car too far sideways and killing his momentum between turns one and two.

But, like Michael Myers in the "Halloween" movie series, Clauson would not go away, re-emerging yet again to make one last run at Windom into the final two turns. However, it was simply not enough as Windom led the final 63 laps to claim his third career USAC Silver Crown Series victory over Clauson, Kody Swanson, Bacon, Grant, Smith, Casey Shuman, Jerry Coons, Jr., Steve Buckwalter and Shane Cottle.

Like Kody Swanson's stranglehold on the dirt miles over the past few seasons, Windom appears to have taken a shine to the half-mile dirt tracks, previously taking victories at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg Ohio in 2013 and the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks in 2015. In those two races, Windom led a combined 97 of 100 laps. Friday night at Williams Grove, Windom led the final 63 laps of the contest, but putting his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Maxim/J & D was no cinch as he had to hold off the hottest open-wheel driver in the nation, Bryan Clauson, in the closing laps.

"Holy cow," Windom exclaimed. "My guys came on the radio with about 10 (laps) to go and screamed at me to go. I saw that (number) 6 car down there and I knew Clauson was coming. What a hell of a race for these fans at the end!"

"I don't think it's really sunk in yet," Windom stated. "With all the history here, I can't believe we're here! This track was awesome. These guys did a great job of prepping it. It was superfast early on in practice and qualifying. It's probably my new favorite Silver Crown track. In the feature, it slicked off there. You just had to be very easy on the top because it built a big curb and it was very easy to jump over. I did it a few times and thought I was going to lose the lead there. At the end, it was just the lap cars that were running side-by-side in front of me and I didn't know what to do. I didn't want to completely come off the top and go to the bottom and have someone drive around me, so I just tried to use them as a pick, and then I saw the 6 car down there, so I had to start sliding, going as quickly as I could."

Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson hoped to become the first driver since Rodger Ward in 1959 to lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500 and win in a champ car at Williams Grove Speedway in the same season. Clauson came up just short despite a valiant effort after his car experienced mechanical problems during qualifying, finishing second while earning KSE Racing Products/Martens Machine Shop Hard Charger honors in his Klatt Enterprises/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Jonathan Byrd's Hospitality & Restaurant Group/Beast/Ford.

"We had a tough night all the way around until the feature," Clauson reflected. "But these guys worked hard to get this car good for the feature. We were really strong, especially late. I got to him there and really wanted to run the bottom in (turns) one and two, but I kind of had a lapper pinning me down. I just decided to try and clear him and get up in front of him, but didn't get it done. We made up a lot of ground there late by just driving my butt off to try and get there; I just needed 105 (laps) or so. We dug out of a big hole there and it was a spectacular run there for sure."

Kody Swanson, of Kingsburg, California came home third in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy while maintaining his series point lead by 15 over Windom heading into the June 25 "St. Louis Silver Crown Showdown" at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

"What an honor it is to be here at Williams Grove and it's great to drive this DePalma family 63," Swanson said. "They're a great family to race for and a great group of people to work on it. They put a great racecar on the track for us every time. I always hate it when I can't win for them, but we gave it everything we had tonight. We struggled a little early, but as the track got a little wider and a little trickier, we were able to find something there late and battle our way up to third."

Contingency award winners at Williams Grove Speedway included C.J. Leary (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Bryan Clauson (KSE Racing Products/Martens Machine Shop Hard Charger) and David Byrne (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2016 - Williams Grove, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-20.379; 2. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-20.459; 3. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-20.602; 4. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-20.757; 5. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-20.776; 6. Mark Smith, 99, RPM/Gormly-20.933; 7. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-20.999; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.202; 9. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 27, Phillips-21.254; 10. Joe Liguori, 58, Liguori-21.305; 11. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-21.400; 12. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.451; 13. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-21.526; 14. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-21.759; 15. Billy Pauch, Jr., 52, Lesko-21.830; 16. Bryan Clauson, 6, Klatt-22.844; 17. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-23.472; 18. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-27.303; 19. Dave Darland, 17, Dutcher-37.954; 20. John Heydenreich, 90, BBH-NT; 21. Neil Shepherd, 107, Shepherd-NT; 22. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Kody Swanson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Mark Smith, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Austin Nemire, 12. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 13. David Byrne, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Chris Fetter, 17. Dave Berkheimer, 18. John Heydenreich, 19. Joe Liguori, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Billy Pauch, Jr. 49:29.81
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**Shepherd flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Leary, Laps 30-37 Grant, Laps 38-100 Windom.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-268, 2-Windom-253, 3-Grant-217, 4-Cottle-192, 5-Coons-190, 6-Byrne-178, 7-Clauson-177, 8-Shuman-169, 9-Cockrum-154, 10-Bacon-152.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/MARTENS MACHINE SHOP HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson (16th to 2nd)

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 25 - Madison, IL - Gateway Motorsports Park

 

CHAD HANGS TOUGH AT NEW EGYPT;
BOESPFLUG BAGS NIGHT 3 OF EASTERN STORM

 

New Egypt, N.J.........Chad Boespflug was able to withstand the pressure from the two most successful drivers in "Eastern Storm" over the past two seasons, Robert Ballou and Bryan Clauson, to take his third career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory during night three of "Eastern Storm" Thursday night at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway.

On the start, pole sitter C.J. Leary slid up in front of Boespflug into turn one to take lead. Boespflug ran the top as Leary used the low line to beat Boespflug back to the line by half a car length at the conclusion of the opening lap.

After a yellow on the third lap, Boespflug stepped up the pressure on leader Leary. Coming down the front straightaway at the end of lap three, Boespflug pulled the front wheels off the ground in spectacular style as he pulled even with Leary for a dead heat at the start/finish line.

Leary was able to hold off Boespflug's pressure for only one more lap. Boespflug got the bite off of the turn two Jersey clay, running down Leary to get to the front of the pack on lap five.

One lap later, Bacon devoured Leary for the second spot and, on lap seven, Ballou bolted from the outside of turn one, cutting across the nose of Leary's machine and stealing his line away to slot into third.

After a lap eight caution, Boespflug wasted no time re-building his interval on the restart, opening up a sizable advantage as the field stormed into turn one.

On lap 12, Ballou swung low by Bacon in turn one for the second position, but still had an enormous amount of ground to overcome as he trailed Boespflug by a half-straightaway at the midway point of the 30-lap feature.

Meanwhile, Clauson had suddenly come alive as Bacon swung wide at the exit of turn two on the 16th lap, leaving the door open for Clauson to grab the third spot.

With 12 to go, leader Boespflug hit heavy, lapped traffic. That allowed Ballou to begin reeling in Boespflug as Clauson went into catch-up mode as he looked to take the upper hand while the Boespflug and Ballou navigated through the backmarkers.

With eight to go, Ballou was right within striking distance, trailing Boesplfug by just two car lengths. One slip-up by Boespflug was all the defending series champ needed to taste victory for the third time in 2016.

Ballou shot to the turn one inside guardrail for an attempted slider on Boespflug with seven laps remaining, but it was to no avail as he got stacked up by the lapped car of Kyle Moody. Boespflug, who was utilizing the middle of the racetrack was able to maintain his momentum to slip around Moody and Ballou to remain at the front.

Ballou put the gold number 1 right on the rear bumper of leader Boespflug while Clauson, in third, rapidly closed on the pair as a four-lap "trophy dash" to the finish ensued.

Ballou hounded Boespflug repeatedly, but couldn't inch his way closer to the confident Boespflug, who didn't flinch down the stretch, withstanding each and every jab Ballou threw his way to take his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year over Ballou, Clauson, Bacon, Leary, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom, Max McGhee, Thomas Meseraull and Dave Darland.

Entering the 2016 season, Hanford, California's Boespflug had seen three years pass since his last USAC victory. After forming a new team in the offseason set on traveling the USAC National Sprint Car tour in its entirety, the odds were stacked against him. However, with himself, crew chief Davey Jones and car owners Chuck Eberhardt and Fred Zirzow, the team has stepped up to the plate, winning two races thus far in this young season in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Capitol Renegade - Capitol Custom Trailers/Maxim/Claxton.

"When we caught those lapped cars, it was really difficult with them running the bottom in front of me, but I saw Robert's nose there and knew it was go time," Chad recounted. "I was trying to minimize my mistakes. I knew Robert and Bryan were going to be right there; they were tough all week. To put an end to Bryan's run is pretty special for this team. It's a brand new racecar and a pretty fresh motor, so it's definitely working the way we wanted it to."

Defending "Eastern Storm" champion Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California came mighty close to returning to victory lane in the 2016 edition of the five-race series despite losing an engine just after taking the checkered flag, but remains optimistic after finishing second behind Boespflug in his Ballou Motorsports/Weikel Sunglasses - Sunglass Central/Maxim/Ott.

"The engine started letting go on us with about 10 to go," Ballou said. "We blew up this thing pretty bad. Don Ott will have it fixed in the morning and we'll get this thing in victory lane at Port Royal. We fell just one spot short tonight, but we got our ducks in a row. We've got everything figured out that we've had problems with. They're going be in trouble on Saturday!"

After winning first two races at Grandview and Lincoln Speedways, Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson was aiming at joining Levi Jones and Ballou as the only driver in the 10-year history of the event to win three straight "Eastern Storm" features in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar. Clauson was able to manage a solid third and, in the process, extended his grasp of the "Eastern Storm" title by 24 points over Chris Windom heading into a night off on Friday before the series returns for the final two-race Pennsylvania stretch at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday and Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven on Sunday.

"We needed a 40-lapper," Clauson exclaimed. "We just got going a little too late there. We started running down those guys at the end, we just didn't have quite enough to get there in 30 laps. There at the end, we needed a yellow or something to fall our way. Tonight, it didn't happen. It's been a pretty good run here of late, so I can't complain."

Contingency award winners at New Egypt Speedway included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Mark Smith (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Chris Windom (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner) Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Shane Golobic (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2016 - New Egypt, New Jersey - New Egypt Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.362; 2. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-16.524; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-16.542; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.608; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.643; 6. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.689; 7. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-16.708; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.770; 9. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-16.820; 10. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-16.855; 11. Shane Cottle, 65, Franckowiak-16.896; 12. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.922; 13. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-16.947; 14. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.963; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.006; 16. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-17.023; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.025; 18. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-17.042; 19. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-17.152; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.159; 21. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.336; 22. Tom Harris, 5E, East-17.365; 23. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.411; 24. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-17.480; 25. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.533; 26. J.R. Berry, 74, Berry-17.763; 27. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-18.133; 28. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-18.881.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. M. Smith, 2. Leary, 3. Stockon, 4. Clauson, 5. McGhee, 6. Golobic, 7. Coons, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Kohen. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Cottle, 3. Boespflug, 4. Ballou, 5. Simon, 6. Bacon, 7. Chapple, 8. Farney, 9. Berry. 2:21.40

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Meseraull, 3. Thomas, 4. Moody, 5. Andretti, 6. Biasi, 7. Mahoney, 8. D. Smith, 9. DiMattia. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Chapple, 3. Golobic, 4. Coons, 5. Farney, 6. Biasi, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Berry, 9. Kohen, 10. Mahoney. 3:33.82

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Max McGhee, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Shane Golobic, 14. Mark Smith, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Kyle Moody, 17. Bret Mellenberndt, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Joey Biasi, 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Jarett Andretti. NT
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**D. Smith flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Leary, Laps 5-30 Boespflug.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons, Jr. (18th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Meseraull-975, 2-Bacon-953, 3-Stockon-894, 4-Ballou-854, 5-Darland-834, 6-Leary-825, 7-Boespflug-797, 8-McGhee-709, 9-Clauson-662, 10-Kyle Cummins-658.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-234, 2-Windom-210, 3-Ballou-199, 4-Meseraull-188, 5-Stockon-182, 6-Boespflug-179, 7-Thomas-161, 8-Leary-152, 9-McGhee-150, 10-Darland-150.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 11 - Port Royal, PA - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS INVADE QUEEN CREEK SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 8, 2016... After successful “Border Tour” races at El Paso and Las Cruces, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will head to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway this Saturday, June 11th. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the tenth point race will also feature Sport Mods, ModLites, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, nineteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with eleven wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), Josh Pelkey (1), and Stevie Sussex (1). To date, Johnson and Sussex have already claimed victory at Arizona Speedway in 2016.

Heading to Queen Creek, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 27-point lead over the competition. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran third at El Paso and Las Cruces. To date, the second generation driver has three feature wins, five heat race victories, five top-qualifier awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the season. R.J. leads all drivers with thirty-five series wins and will be looking to extend his point lead with a victory this Saturday night.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) ranks second in the championship chase. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex won both “Border Tour” races at El Paso and Las Cruces. At press time, Stevie has five feature wins, five heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 112 feature laps led. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins with nine triumphs and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a victory at Queen Creek.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored fourth at El Paso and ran second at Las Cruces. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has eight heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list with 13 main events and will be one of the favorites to watch on Saturday.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is fourth in the point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin took sixth at El Paso and scored fourth at Las Cruces. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has four heat race victories, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his sixth SouthWest triumph.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) has climbed to fifth in the championship points. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi ran fifth at El Paso and sixth at Las Cruces. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the former Western World 360 Champion has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, six top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led to his credit. This Saturday, Matt will be looking to score his fourth USAC SouthWest main event win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, Shon Deskins, Brian Hosford, Landon Cling, Dustin Burkhart, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Tom Ogle, Michael Curtis, Spencer Hill, and more.

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

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
5- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Josh Hodges.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
11-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-667, 2. Stevie Sussex-640, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-572, 4. Mike Martin-539, 5. Matt Rossi-520, 6. Nick Aiuto-454, 7. Tye Mihocko-428, 8. Josh Pelkey-399, 9. Andy Reinbold-383, 10. Dennis Gile-357, 11. Chris Bonneau-331, 12. Shon Deskins-320, Brian Hosford-320, 14. Landon Cling-291, 15. Dustin Burkhart-250, 16. Bruce St. James-249, 17. Tom Ogle-241, 18. Michael Curtis-191, 19. Spencer Hill-138, 20. Asa Kesterson-109.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
June 11: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

CLAUSON CAPTURES LINCOLN;
GOES BACK-TO-BACK TO OPEN EASTERN STORM

Abbottstown, PA.........And the beat goes on for Bryan Clauson after the Noblesville, Indiana driver continued his fairytale season Wednesday night by picking up his fifth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the 2016 season, and 11th overall USAC win, at Pennsylvania's Lincoln Speedway.

Clauson ran down Chase Stockon for the lead with just six laps remaining in the caution-free affair to claim his 39th career USAC National Sprint Car victory, just one shy of the legendary Gary Bettenhausen for seventh on the all-time list.

Clauson lined up third behind front row starters Shane Golobic of California and Joey Biasi of Pennsylvania, but at the start, it was Biasi who took control as the field headed into turns one and two. As the two drag raced down the back straightaway, Golobic was able to mount a charge to grab the lead by a single car length at the line at the completion of lap one.

By lap four, third row starter and ProSource Fast Qualifier Chase Stockon began to charge to the front, maneuvering around the outside of Biasi for the second spot in turn one.

On lap six, Stockon had reeled in leader Golobic. The pair blasted side-by-side out of turn two, down the back straight without sparing an inch. As the two came wheel-to-wheel off of four, Stockon stole the leader's lane, cutting across the nose of Golobic to assume the lead. One lap later, Clauson worked the middle and high grooves to take second away from Biasi with Stockon now his lone target.

Stockon took the high side of the 3/8-mile dirt oval after running low earlier while Clauson continued to search both high and low for the fastest way around the joint. Meanwhile, Chris Windom resumed his run of the bottom line from Grandview one night earlier, where he finished a strong third after starting deep into the field. This time, Windom didn't have as far to travel from his fourth starting position as he ripped third from Golobic on the 12th lap.

Despite applying pressure throughout the middle portion of the 30-lapper, Stockon was able to gain a little breathing room as he distanced himself from Clauson a bit with 13 to go.

With 10 laps left, leader Stockon began to encounter lapped traffic, holding a roughly five-car-length advantage over Clauson in second.

Clauson began to creep ever closer to Stockon, foot-by-foot, inch-by-inch, reeling him in to within an arm's length distance when Clauson (inside) and Stockon (outside) engaged in a fight that resulted in two near dead-heats at the line on laps 23 and 24, both officially credited to Stockon.

On the 25th lap, Clauson dove to the inside at the entrance of the first turn, pitching his machine sideways to slide up in front of Stockon in turn two, forcing him to slow his momentum, which allowed Clauson to pull away to a good-sized advantage down the back straightaway.

One lap later, when Stockon was still trying to settle back into a groove, Windom used a big run on Stockon heading into turn one, clearing Stockon for second as the duo exited turn two.

In the final laps, Clauson ran away from the pack, taking the victory by a half-straightaway over Windom, Stockon, Thomas Meseraull, Golobic, Ballou, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Biasi, Chad Boespflug and Jerry Coons, Jr.

Clauson has now won an astonishing seven of eight non-wing sprint car starts in the last 11 days in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar. It's Clauson's fifth USAC National Sprint win behind the wheel of the Dooling/Hayward number 63 in only eight series starts this season.

Dating back to the Clauson/Dooling/Hayward combination's series debut at the Eldora Speedway "4-Crown Nationals" in September of 2015, the duo has won seven of the 15 USAC National Sprint Car races they've appeared and now takes a nine-point lead into Thursday's round three of "Eastern Storm" at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway. But this night wasn't easy from the get-go, having to compete in the late stages for the lead with Chase Stockon, who was fast right off the trailer.

"Chase was pretty good," Clauson admitted. "He was moving around and I was moving around and we were just kind of staying even. It seemed like once he got to traffic, something happened and he couldn't get into the corner quite as hard and we were able to track him down. I just kind of threw a half-hearted slider at him just to break his momentum and I don't know if it surprised him or what, but I never saw him again after that. These races are tough. The competition is so deep in USAC right now. I just feel lucky to be able to drive a racecar as nice as this."

Making his fifth ride since rejoining the Baldwin Brothers Racing stable a month ago, Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom netted another strong performance in his Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar, his third straight top-five feature finish in a USAC National Sprint Car feature.

"We ran Bryan down, but when he got in front of Chase, he just checked out," Windom explained. "But, we were really good. The first part of the race, I just had to figure out where to go because the track had been on the bottom all night and then it moved up. Bryan's on it right now, but I think we've got something for him the rest of the week."

Despite leading a race-high 19 laps in his 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher, Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon had to settle for third after losing his brakes in the late going.

"I could hear somebody back there when I was running the bottom doing that diamond move and I figured the top would eventually come in," Stockon said. So, I moved up there just to see if I could stay up front and run away. Shortly after I got into lapped traffic, the brake pedal just went to the floor and this place is pretty tough to run without brakes. But, we're extremely happy to run third after we had a rough night last night. This was a nice rebound run for us."

 

For the first time since November 5, 2011 during the "Oval Nationals" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, a track hosted multiple USAC National Sprint Car features in one night.
In Wednesday night's second feature at Lincoln that awarded no points toward the series championship, the lineup was determined by who finished on the lead lap during the first feature and then completely inverted. Nineteenth place finisher Carmen Perigo, the last driver on the lead lap in the first feature, would start from the pole alongside Landon Simon while first feature winner Clauson lined up 19th.

Perigo led the first two laps from the pole, but Simon would run him down to take the number one spot on lap three.

With five laps to go, it became a three-car race between Simon, Brady Bacon and Aaron Farney. The trio were separated by an estimated three-car-lengths as they each hugged the inside guardrail around each turn.

Bacon continuously closed on Simon until he was right on Simon's tail tank as the two headed for turn three. Bacon threw a Hail Mary to the treacherous high side in order to find a single ounce of moisture that would propel him past Simon. But it was not to be as Simon took his first career USAC-sanctioned victory and, in fact, Farney was able to make up the ground to beat Bacon to the checkered flag for the second spot.

With the win, Simon joined Troy Rutherford (Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. 2003) as the only driver to be victorious in a non-points-paying USAC National Sprint Car event without having a single full-points series win to his credit.

Contingency award winners at Lincoln Speedway included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Carmen Perigo (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Shane Cottle (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Thomas Meseraull (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2016 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.730; 2. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-15.891; 3. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.051; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.212; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.290; 6. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-16.354; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-16.358; 8. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-16.372; 9. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-16.449; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-16.467; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.521; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.558; 13. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.608; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-16.612; 15. Shane Cottle, 3, Franckowiak-16.614; 16. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-16.733; 17. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.736; 18. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.849; 19. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-16.941; 20. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-17.111; 21. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.266; 22. Tom Harris, 5E, East-17.292; 23. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.340; 24. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-17.376; 25. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-17.470; 26. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.491; 27. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-17.793; 28. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-21.018; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-22.433.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Perigo, 2. Clauson, 3. Simon, 4. Stockon, 5. DiMattia, 6. Ballou, 7. Kohen. 2:20.00

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Darland, 3. Biasi, 4. Leary, 5. Harris, 6. Farney, 7. Chapple. 2:18.35

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. McGhee, 3. Meseraull, 4. D. Smith, 5. Thomas, 6. Boespflug, 7. Mahoney. 2:19.13

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Moody, 3. Golobic, 4. M. Smith, 5. Bacon, 6. Mellenberndt. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, 3. Bacon, 4. Ballou, 5. DiMattia, 6. Farney, 7. Mahoney, 8. Harris, 9. Chapple, 10. Kohen, 11. Mellenberndt. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Joey Biasi, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Dave Darland, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Carmen Perigo, 20. Dustin Smith, 21. Tony DiMattia, 22. Mark Smith. 9:09.86

"SPECIAL EVENT" FEATURE: (25 laps - no points) 1. Landon Simon, 2. Aaron Farney, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Kyle Moody, 6. Max McGhee, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Chris Windom, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Shane Golobic, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Carmen Perigo, 15. Mark Smith, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Dustin Smith, 18. Joey Biasi, 19. Shane Cottle, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Tony DiMattia. NT
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**Mellenberndt flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Golobic, Laps 6-24 Stockon, Laps 25-30 Clauson.

"SPECIAL EVENT" FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Perigo, Laps 3-25 Simon.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Thomas Meseraull (11th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Meseraull-922, 2-Bacon-888, 3-Stockon-830, 4-Darland-783, 5-Ballou-777, 6-Leary-760, 7-Boespflug-719, 8-Kyle Cummins-658, 9-McGhee-656, 10-Clauson-587.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-159, 2-Windom-150, 3-Meseraull-135, 4-Thomas-128, 5-Ballou-122, 6-Stockon-118, 7-Golobic-110, 8-Boespflug-101, 9-Darland-99, 10-McGhee-97.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 9 - New Egypt, NJ - New Egypt Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

**Richie Murray - USAC Media**


 

CLAUSON CORRALS WILD GRANDVIEW
EASTERN STORM OPENER

Bechtelsville, PA.........Since starting his third Indianapolis 500-mile race a little over a week ago, Bryan Clauson has been on an absolute tear. Along with picking up the recent "Indiana Midget Week" championship, the Noblesville, Indiana driver had won five of his last six non-wing sprint car starts coming into Tuesday night's "Jesse Hockett Classic" - "Eastern Storm" opener at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday night, Clauson chalked up his series-leading fourth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory in 2016, as well as tallying his 10th overall USAC-sanctioned win, leading the last 17 laps after a torrid battle up front that saw four different leaders and a bevy of others battle tooth and nail in a see-saw war of supremacy.

Pleasant surprises and front row starters Tony DiMattia and Jarett Andretti led the field to the green at the start of the 40-lap event - the longest race on the USAC National Sprint calendar this season.

Andretti got the jump from the outside as the 22-car pack headed for turn one, but it was DiMattia who found the grip to pull ahead into the lead exiting turn two.

By the end of the opening lap, fourth-starting Kevin Thomas, Jr. used the outside groove to motor past Andretti for the second spot.

DiMattia was able to hold off continuous pressure from Thomas until the sixth lap when Thomas outdueled DiMattia up top in the second turn for the lead.

After a yellow for Bret Mellenberndt, on the ensuing restart, Andretti made quick work of DiMattia for second, sliding up in front of DiMattia to secure the position in turn two.

Andretti, whose best career finish coming into the night was a seventh at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway one year ago, was having the race of his life as he rapidly reeled in Thomas, blasting by him on the backstretch on lap 12. Thomas reared back as he took a shot at him in turn three, but Andretti was able to ward him off for the time being.

As the barrage of sliders between the two continued, Andretti and Thomas stuck like glue as the two ran side-by-side through turns one and two on the 13th circuit, but Thomas was able to assume control to regain his lead.

A yellow on lap 16 halted the action and bunched the field up, but it didn't slow down the clash between Thomas and Andretti up front as Andretti immediately took to the high line on the restart. As the two drag raced down the back straightaway, Thomas pinched Andretti toward the wall, forcing Andretti to crossover at the entrance of turn three. As the two hit the start/finish line on lap 17, it was a dead heat.

A five-car race for the lead ensued with Thomas heading a tight-knit slew of drivers that included himself, Andretti, Chris Windom, Clauson and Robert Ballou. Windom catfished the bottom to take second from Andretti on the 18th lap, but one lap later, Andretti used the middle-road to slingshot around both Windom and Thomas for the lead at the exit of the second turn.

Andretti flew into turn three, nearly knocking down the wall as he sprayed the ecstatic Pennsylvania crowd with Grandview Speedway soil, emerging through the fourth corner four-wide with Thomas, Clauson and Windom underneath him heading for the stripe on lap 19.

All the while, Clauson's car seemingly got stronger on the bottom as Andretti blitzed the cushion lap-after-lap. Clauson disposed of both Windom and Thomas to move from fourth to second in one fell swoop off of turn two on the 21st lap.

By lap 24, the bottom/middle of the track was the place to be as the top began to go away, causing Andretti to begin to fade and Clauson to have it made, as he flipped the figurative switch and cruised by Andretti for the lead and began to pull away.

Despite a caution with 12 to go, a result of contact between Shane Golobic and Shane Cottle, that erased the lead he'd built, no one could match Clauson after the last restart. Clauson was able to seal the deal, winning by a full straightaway and taking his second "Eastern Storm" victory at Grandview, backing up his win in 2012. He was followed to the line by Thomas, Windom, Thomas Meseraull, Andretti, Ballou, Max McGhee, Brady Bacon, DiMattia and Dave Darland.

Clauson's victory was the fourth of his career in "Eastern Storm." The 2011 and 2012 "Eastern Storm" champion now moves into sole possession of eighth on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list, surpassing Sheldon Kinser with his 38th career series win in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"When everybody was all over each other there through the middle part of the race, I just needed to find a clean lane," Clauson explained. "We got moving around and I didn't even really know until the very end, when the bottom got cleaned off, where exactly I needed to run. On the restarts, I just tried to keep my momentum up so I could react more than anything. I kept looking over my shoulder and didn't see anybody, but this place changes so much over 40 laps, you always have to be on your toes. These last eight or nine days have been special. My guys are giving me fantastic cars to drive right now and it's making my job easy."

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. led 12 laps on his way to a second place finish in his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy, his third top-three finish in his last four USAC National Sprint Car appearances.

"That battle with Andretti was fun," Thomas exclaimed. "He stepped it up tonight and kept everything clean. I was kind of out to lunch, though, honestly. I missed the setup pretty bad and, when it laid rubber at the end, that helped me. I felt like we had about a sixth place car, but we held on and got a good run out of it."

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois won KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for his run from the 14th starting position to third, running as high as second just before the midway point in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar.

"I was all over the place when I was moving forward," Windom said. "I picked up a lot of ground diamonding turns three and four when guys would slide up and I could get them on the bottom. But, we got to the lead battle and, just because the track is so narrow going into turn one, I ran out of room and jumped Thomas' right rear and fell back to sixth or seven. Derek (Claxton) gave me a great car, though, and we could drive back to a podium run."

Contingency award winners at Grandview Speedway included Bryan Clauson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Dave Darland (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Chris Windom (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), and C.J. Leary (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2016 - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - Grandview Speedway - "Eastern Storm" - "Jesse Hockett Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.664; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.778; 3. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.876; 4. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.900; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.934; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.937; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.952; 8. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.015; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.032; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.039; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.099; 12. Shane Golobic, 60, Ely-14.107; 13. Shane Cottle, 3, Franckowiak-14.126; 14. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, Becker-14.141; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.219; 16. Mark Smith, 3R, Rock Steady-14.289; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.294; 18. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.313; 19. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, TWH-14.326; 20. Kyle Moody, 99m, Moody-14.341; 21. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.341; 22. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.489; 23. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.559; 24. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.628; 25. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-14.711; 26. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-14.860; 27. J.R. Berry, 74JR, Berry-15.222; 28. Dick Mahoney, 79, Mahoney-15.358; 29. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-15.527; 30. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-16.329.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Chapple, 3. Cottle, 4. Meseraull, 5. Bacon, 6. Clauson, 7. Perigo, 8. Hamer. 1:56.30

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Mellenberndt, 3. Andretti, 4. Thomas, 5. Kobylarz, 6. D.Smith, 7. Stockon, 8. Kohen. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Simon, 3. Coons, 4. McGhee, 5. Farney, 6. Berry, 7. Leary. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Biasi, 3. DiMattia, 4. Golobic, 5. M.Smith, 6. Moody, 7. Mahoney. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Stockon, 3. Bacon, 4. Leary, 5. M.Smith, 6. Farney, 7. D.Smith, 8. Kobylarz, 9. Hamer, 10. Perigo, 11. Moody, 12. Berry, 13. Kohen. NT

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
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**Berry flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 DiMattia, Laps 6-11 Thomas, Lap 12 Andretti, Laps 13-18 Thomas, Laps 19-23 Andretti, Laps 24-40 Clauson.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (14th to 3rd)

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-855, 2-Meseraull-855, 3-Stockon-755, 4-Darland-735, 5-Ballou-721, 6-Leary-715, 7-Boespflug-665, 8-Kyle Cummins-658, 9-McGhee-616, 10-Clauson-508.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Clauson-80, 2-Thomas-73, 3-Windom-72, 4-Meseraull-68, 5-Ballou-66, 6-Andretti-64, 7-McGhee-57, 8-DiMattia-52, 9-Bacon and Darland-51.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 8 - Abbottstown, PA - Lincoln Speedway - "Eastern Storm"

 

MICHAEL FACCINTO WINS BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 6, 2016… After temperatures reached over 100 degrees, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) earned his first USAC Western States Midget win of the year at Bakersfield Speedway. Leading all 30-laps, Faccinto scored the third series main event triumph of his career. Fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen, Cory Elliott, and Tyler Dolacki rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing the MF Motorsports’ owned #35F OZV / Lucas Oil Spike, Michael Faccinto faced heavy pressure from Gardner for the top spot as track conditions changed. Continuing to hit his marks on the Bakersfield clay, Faccinto took the checkered flags with Gardner right on his heels. Earlier in the program, Michael qualified fifth overall out of twenty racers and won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The second generation driver left Bakersfield ranked second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) finished a very close second to Faccinto at Bakersfield Speedway. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner claimed his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Heading to Hanford on June 25th, the three-time champion has a 30-point lead with three feature wins, four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 52 feature laps led on the year.

“The Hawk” Darren Hagen (Riverside, California) scored third in the 30-lap main event. Driving Keith Ford’s #73X Berry Pack / Walker Filtration Systems TCR, Hagen was fourth quick in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. The former USAC National Midget Champion has climbed to ninth in the point standings with two heat race victories and one top-10 finish to his credit.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) placed fourth at this hometown racetrack. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified second overall and ran second to Faccinto in his heat race. The 2015 Rookie of the Year is currently sixth in the point chase with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) raced to fifth at Bakersfield after starting ninth. Piloting the family owned #18 Cite Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki was fifteenth fast in time trials and ran third in his heat race. The young driver heads to Hanford sitting fifth in points with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from thirteenth. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone qualified seventh overall and ran fifth in her heat race. To date, the rookie contender is eleventh in the point chase with one top-10 finish.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) drive to victory in the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Racing the family owned #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff was sixth quick in time trials and finished ninth in the main event. Sean left his “home track” placed third in the point standings with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led.

On Saturday, June 25th, the USAC Western States Midgets will head to the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and IMCA Stock Cars. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 4, 2016 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.386; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.825; 3. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.883; 4. Darren Hagen, 73X, Ford-14.900; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-15.023; 6. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-15.048; 7. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-15.228; 8. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.278; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.299; 10. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-15.344; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.419; 12. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.490; 13. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.588; 14. Michelle Decker, 7X, McQueen-15.606; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-15.749; 16. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.987; 17. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-16.041; 18. Jeff Harrington, 9H, Dodenhoff-16.057; 19. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-16.818; 20. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Hagen, 3. Hazelton, 4. Swanson, 5. Crone, 6. Cofer, 7. Ito. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Elliott, 3. McQueen, 4. Josett, 5. Nichols, 6. Davis, 7. Decker. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Dalby, 3. Dolacki, 4. Guerrini, 5. Pankratz, 6. Harrington. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (2nd), 2. Ronnie Gardner (1st), 3. Darren Hagen (4th), 4. Cory Elliott (5th), 5. Tyler Dolacki (9th), 6. Cody Swanson (10th), 7. Courtney Crone (13th), 8. Frankie Guerrini (12th), 9. Sean Dodenhoff (3rd), 10, Robby Josett (11th), 11. Ashley Hazelton (7th), 12. Robert Dalby (6th), 13. Jeff Harrington (18th), 14. Maria Cofer (16th), 15. Dylan Ito (19th), 16. Terry Nichols (14th), 17. Randi Pankratz (15th), 18. Steve Davis (17th), 19. Shannon McQueen (8th), 20. Michelle Decker (20th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faccinto. KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Courtney Crone (13th to 7th)

 

 

RICO REIGNS AT KOKOMO;
CLAUSON CAPTURES MIDGET WEEK TITLE

 

Rico Abreu finished off a stretch of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports domination Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway, becoming the fifth driver from the team's stable to win during the five nights of "Indiana Midget Week." However, a string of consistent finishes by RKR/Dooling Racing pilot Bryan Clauson throughout the week was enough to earn the Noblesville, Indiana driver his third "Indiana Midget Week" title.

Coming into the night, Clauson held a 40-point advantage over Spencer Bayston in the "Indiana Midget Week" standings. By feature time, Clauson had bumped up his lead over Bayston to 43, meaning that Clauson would merely have to finish 18th or better to clinch the title.

Clauson's cause was benefited by his outside front row starting position, while Bayston rolled off from the eighth spot. However, it was Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat who took control at the start of the 30-lap feature.

Two laps in, Tyler Nelson, Gage Walker and Dave Darland tangled in a turn two tussle that put both Walker and Darland on the sidelines for the remainder of the event. Nelson would restart from the tail.

On the lap three restart, third-running Christopher Bell and Abreu in fifth were the only two frontrunners to put their right rears up on the cushion while the majority clung to the middle of the racetrack.

Abreu continuously worked the high line, reeling in Clauson for fourth, and by lap ten, put four wheels in the fluff to ring around the outside of Clauson in turn two to take the spot.

On lap 12, the action came to a stop when Tyler Nelson barrel-rolled down the back straightaway. He was uninjured.

After the restart, it was a Keith Kunz triumvirate of Bayston, Bell and Abreu running nose-to-tail in second, third and fourth as Boat sailed out front. Bayston was able to catch Boat just before the halfway point, making an attempt for the lead to no avail as he bounced through the third turn, settling back into second.

On the 19th lap, Abreu rocketed past Bell in turn three for third, but a red flag for a flip by Holly Shelton on the main straightaway ceased the action momentarily as the track crews had to make minor repairs to the catch fence.

As the leaders shot into the third turn just after the ensuing restart, Abreu slid Bell for second simultaneously as second-running Bayston got sideways between turns three and four. Abreu banged wheels with Bayston, ricocheting in front of Bayston and into second-place with ten laps to go.

A yellow for debris in turns three and four closed the gap between first and second, providing Abreu a lifeline and a chance by placing him right on Boat's tail tank for the restart.

At the drop of the green, Abreu rode the razor's edge up against the wall as Boat matriculated the middle groove. Abreu continued to grind and grind as he applied pressure to Boat, ultimately pulling alongside Boat in a drag race that resulted in a dead-heat at the start/finish line on lap 22. Abreu was seemingly shot out of a cannon at the exit of turns two and four, distancing himself from Boat in the waning laps. Meanwhile, Bayston made his bid for second, banging wheels at the flag stand with Boat before ultimately emerging with the spot.

But, in the end, it was Rico Abreu who would not be denied, taking the victory in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian/DC Solar - Abreu Vineyards/Bullet/Speedway Toyota by a half-second over Bayston, Boat, Brady Bacon, Bell, Clauson, Tanner Thorson, Carson Macedo, Davey Ray and Ryan Robinson.

Sunday night's Kokomo "Indiana Midget Week" feature winner Rico Abreu.
(DAVID NEARPASS PHOTO)

Abreu's 14th career USAC National Midget win puts him 46th on the all-time series list alongside Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner. The victory also allowed the St. Helena, California native to become the fifth different Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports driver to stand in victory lane in the past five series races, joining teammates Kyle Larson (Montpelier), Bayston (Gas City), Thorson (Lincoln Park) and Bell (Bloomington) as USAC National Midget feature winners in the last week.

"Running the top the way we did tonight is tough because you have to keep the tires spinning and not let the motor get bogged down," Abreu explained. "Midget racing is all about momentum and I felt like, running the bottom, you could get to the middle really quick, but then it would kill your exit because you are so sideways. So, I just tried to keep it straight up top and keep the wheels spinning, so it didn't start bouncing. It means a lot to win another one of these races because this midget deal is so competitive right now with Clauson and guys like Brady Bacon, Tyler Thomas, plus eight Keith Kunz cars now. So, instead of just four or five competitive cars, there's more like ten. Track position and qualifying are even more important now. It was a great week for us, but we would've liked to have had a better start to the week. But, big congratulations to Bryan because I know how tough it is to win this whole deal. I want to run it next year and get a third one."

Although Bryan Clauson was unable to pick up a win in his RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11 during "Indiana Midget Week," his finishes of 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd and 6th showed remarkable consistency that corralled him the title by a 31-point margin. He joins Shane Cottle (2005) and Tracy Hines (2008) as the only drivers to win the title without winning a single feature.

"We were strong all week long," Clauson exclaimed. "We knew tonight, seeing how rough and heavy the track was, that it wasn't really our cup of tea, so we were just trying to make sure we did our job and finish this thing off. We ran strong all week; we just came up a little short the first few nights to get a win, but a few years from now, the only thing people will remember is who won 'Indiana Midget Week.' I'm proud of these guys, so we'll just keep plugging along and see if we can get into victory lane."

With his solid third-place effort in the Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota, Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston vaulted himself into the point lead in the latest USAC National Midget standings by a single point over Clauson.

"I was running the top, just not running it right," Bayston admitted. "When Rico went by me, he kind of showed me a little different line. I'd run it deep into three, but turn off too early and start bouncing. So, when he went by, it showed me I could run in deeper and come across a little smoother. I think if I'd gotten up there before he got to me, we would've been alright."

Chad Boat scored a third-place finish after leading 21 laps in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Esslinger, his best finish since a third at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on February 28, 2010.

"It's a little disappointing to lead that much and run third, but it was still a great run for us," Boat said. "We had a solid week and I was excited to get back here to the Indiana bullrings and to come here to Kokomo, which is my favorite track. We obviously wanted to cap off the week with a win, but we'll take the third and try to keep the momentum up for Arkansas."

Contingency award winners at Kokomo Speedway included Rico Abreu (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Bryan Clauson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Carson Macedo (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Ryan Greth (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Davey Ray (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Dayne Kingshott (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Chase Johnson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 5, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.332; 2. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.454; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.579; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.580; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.690; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.747; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.747; 8. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.763; 9. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.786; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.840; 11. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.881; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.950; 13. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.970; 14. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-13.982; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.985; 16. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-14.011; 17. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-14.033; 18. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.061; 19. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.107; 20. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.186; 21. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.223; 22. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-14.227; 23. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-14.275; 24. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-14.410; 25. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-14.501; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-14.506; 27. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-14.832; 28. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-14.885; 29. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.030; 30. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-15.069; 31. Logan Arnold, 43, Arnold-(Time of 14.776 disallowed); 32. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-NT; 33. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Johnson, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Abreu, 5. DiMattia, 6. Kingshott, 7. Nemire, 8. Morton. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Nelson, 3. Boat, 4. Bell, 5. Quin, 6. Shelton, 7. Dickerson, 8. Budres. 2:24.77

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Daum, 3. Bacon, 4. Thorson, 5. Walker, 6. Thomas, 7. Julian, 8. Arnold. 2:26.65

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Bayston, 3. Robinson, 4. Darland, 5. Jarrett, 6. Golobic, 7. Gipson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Golobic, 3. Thomas, 4. Walker, 5. Quin, 6. Kingshott, 7. DiMattia, 8. Jarrett, 9. Morton, 10. Dickerson, 11. Gipson, 12. Arnold, 13. Nemire, 14. Budres, 15. Julian, 16. Coons. NT

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
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**Gray flipped during practice. Nelson flipped on lap 12 of the feature. Shelton flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Boat, laps 22-30 Abreu.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Dayne Kingshott (19th to 12th)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-386, 2-Clauson-385, 3-Bacon-356, 4-Boat-311, 5-Thorson-310, 6-Golobic-291, 7-Thomas-275, 8-Daum-248, 9-Macedo-236, 10-Darland-221.

FINAL USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Clauson-362, 2-Bayston-331, 3-Abreu-312, 4-Bell-288, 5-Bacon-275, 6-Boat-274, 7-Thorson-258, 8-Thomas-240, 9-Macedo-226, 10-Golobic-221.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 17 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 5, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.332; 2. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.454; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.579; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.580; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.690; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.747; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.747; 8. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.763; 9. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.786; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.840; 11. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.881; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.950; 13. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.970; 14. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-13.982; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.985; 16. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-14.011; 17. Chase Johnson, 17M, Wood-14.033; 18. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.061; 19. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.107; 20. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.186; 21. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.223; 22. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-14.227; 23. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-14.275; 24. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-14.410; 25. Austin Nemire, 91, NemireYager-14.501; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-14.506; 27. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-14.832; 28. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-14.885; 29. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.030; 30. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-15.069; 31. Logan Arnold, 43, Arnold-14.776; 32. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-NT; 33. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Johnson, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Abreu, 5. DiMattia, 6. Kingshott, 7. Nemire, 8. Morton. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Nelson, 3. Boat, 4. Bell, 5. Quin, 6. Shelton, 7. Dickerson, 8. Budres. 2:24.77

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Daum, 3. Bacon, 4. Thorson, 5. Walker, 6. Thomas, 7. Julian, 8. Arnold. 2:26.65

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Bayston, 3. Robinson, 4. Darland, 5. Jarrett, 6. Golobic, 7. Gipson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Golobic, 3. Thomas, 4. Walker, 5. Quin, 6. Kingshott, 7. DiMattia, 8. Jarrett, 9. Morton, 10. Dickerson, 11. Gipson, 12. Arnold, 13. Nemire, 14. Budres, 15. Julian, Coons. NT

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 ---------------------------- **Gray flipped during practice. Nelson flipped on lap 12 of the feature. Shelton flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Boat, laps 22-30 Abreu.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Dayne Kingshott

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-386, 2-Clauson-385, 3-Bacon-356, 4-Boat-311, 5-Thorson-310, 6-Golobic-291, 7-Thomas-275, 8-Daum-248, 9-Macedo-236, 10-Darland-221.

FINAL USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Clauson-362, 2-Bayston-331, 3-Abreu-312, 4-Bell-288, 5-Bacon-275, 6-Boat-274, 7-Thorson-258, 8-Thomas-240, 9-Macedo-226, 10-Golobic-221.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 17 - West Memphis, Arkansas - Riverside International Speedway -

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 4 - Las Cruces, New Mexico - Southern New Mexico Speedway - "Border Tour" co-sanctioned by NMMA

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Michael Fanelli (#2 Fanelli), 5. Dylan Harris (#4 Harris), 6. Wes Wofford (#19W Wofford), 7. Randy Smith (#26 Smith), 8. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 9. Ted Schlote (#29 Schlote). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Matthew Cardenas (#7M Cardenas), 6. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 7. David Dykes (#04 Dykes), 8. David Burns (#41 Burns). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Spencer Hill (#56 West), 6. Dillon Tanner (#11W West), 7. Caleb Saiz (#52NM Burns), 8. JR Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Matt Rossi, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Nick Aiuto, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Wes Wofford, 13. Dylan Harris, 14. Landon Cling, 15. Michael Fanelli, 16. Randy Smith, 17. Matthew Cardenas, 18. Spencer Hill, 19. Nick Rael, 20. Ted Schlote, 21. Dillon Tanner, 22. Caleb Saiz, 23. David Dykes, 24. JR Bonesteel, 25. David Burns. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

HARD CHARGER: Landon Cling (21st to 14th)

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-667, 2-Sussex-640, 3-Davis-572, 4-Martin-539, 5-Rossi-520, 6-Aiuto-454, 7-Mihocko-428, 8-Pelkey-399, 9-Reinbold-383, 10-Gile-357.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE:June 11 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 4, 2016 - Bakersfield, California - Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.386; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.825; 3. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.883; 4. Darren Hagen, 73X, Ford-14.900; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-15.023; 6. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-15.048; 7. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-15.228; 8. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.278; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.299; 10. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-15.344; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.419; 12. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.490; 13. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.588; 14. Michelle Decker, 7X, McQueen-15.606; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-15.749; 16. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.987; 17. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-16.041; 18. Jeff Harrington, 9H, Dodenhoff-16.057; 19. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-16.818; 20. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Hagen, 3. Hazelton, 4. Swanson, 5. Crone, 6. Cofer, 7. Ito. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Elliott, 3. McQueen, 4. Josett, 5. Nichols, 6. Davis, 7. Decker. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Dalby, 3. Dolacki, 4. Guerrini, 5. Pankratz, 6. Harrington. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. Tyler Dolacki, 6. Cody Swanson, 7. Courtney Crone, 8. Frankie Guerrini, 9. Sean Dodenhoff, 10, Robby Josett, 11. Ashley Hazelton, 12. Robert Dalby, 13. Jeff Harrington, 14. Maria Cofer, 15. Dylan Ito, 16. Terry Nichols, 17. Randi Pankratz, 18. Steve Davis, 19. Shannon McQueen, 20. Michelle Decker. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faccinto

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-326, 2-Faccinto-296, 3-Dodenhoff-228, 4-Guerinni-225, 5-Dolacki-224, 6-Elliott-214, 7-Swanson-193, 8-Pankratz-188, 9-Hagen-163, 10-Dalby-161.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: June 25 - Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 4, 2016 - Robersonville, North Carolina - East Carolina Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.213; 2. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.214; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.256; 4. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.257; 5. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.357; 6. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.394; 7. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.422; 8. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.497; 9. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.532; 10. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.548; 11. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.671.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jake Nelke, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. George Kurtz, 5. Scott Hunter, 6. Sam Hatfield, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Kyle Resco, 9. Famous Rhodes II, 10. Jagger Parker, 11. Jessica Bean. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Resco, Laps 20-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-464, 2-Nelke-446, 3-Hatfield-432, 4-Bean-415, 5-Lamb-400, 6-Kurtz-398, 7-Rhodes-365, 8-Allison-279, 9-Parker-277, 10-Hunter-196.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 17 - Williamston, S.C. - Anderson Motor Speedway

 

 

KOKOMO TO OPEN BYRD'S INDY CHALLENGE SUNDAY


The 2016 "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Kokomo Speedway will serve as host for the debut of Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge" on Sunday, June 5, filling in the slot as a replacement for Saturday's originally-scheduled challenge opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway, which was cancelled due to rain.

It's the first of seven USAC National and Western Midget races to determine if anybody can earn one of the incentives posted, including a chance to compete in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis brothers David and Jonathan Byrd have constructed a unique format for their "challenge" and are anxiously awaiting the competition. "On behalf of my mother Ginny and my brother David, we are truly excited to announce the Jonathan Byrd's Indy Challenge," says Jonathan. "We recognize the talent it takes to compete at the highest levels in motorsports and know that succeeding and winning in the USAC National Midget ranks, especially on these larger tracks, can translate to success at Indy. We look forward to continuing our commitment to giving an opportunity to the best of the best in Midget racing, given our family's championship history. We want to thank USAC for allowing us to play a part in bringing a renewed focus to the incredible racing that is featured by the USAC National Midget Championship."

The races included in the "challenge" are: Kokomo on June 4, the final night of the Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals on August 6 and subsequent races are the August 17 "Pennsylvania Midget Week" race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA.; the "Louie Vermeil Classic" Western Midget race at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway September 4; the "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio September 24; the "Gold Grown Midget Nationals" finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill October 8; and the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway November 24.

Five victories would earn that driver a seat in the 2017 Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six victories would secure a seat for the full roster of oval races on the 2017 Indy Lights schedule, while a sweep of all seven USAC events would earn the driver the 2017 Indy Lights oval races mentioned, as well as propel the winner to a ride in the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

USAC President Kevin Miller offers: "This is a tremendous opportunity for our participants. "The Byrd family has long been a supporter of America's grassroots motorsports and this challenge will mark a new avenue for our drivers who aspire to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 3 - El Paso, Texas - Western Tech Speedway Park - "Border Tour" co-sanctioned by NMMRA

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dylan Harris (#4 Harris), 2. Wes Wofford (#19W Wofford), 3. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 6. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 7. Robert Herrera (#9 Herrera), 8. David Burns (#41 Burns). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Caleb Saiz (#52NM Burns), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Matthew Cardenas (#7M Cardenas), 6. Spencer Hill (#56 West), 7. David Dykes (#04 Dykes). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Michael Fanelli (#2 Fanelli), 6. Dillon Tanner (#11W West). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. JR Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 5. Randy Smith (#26 Smith), 6. Ted Schlote (#29 Schlote), 7. Matt Ziehl (#36DD Ziehl). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. R.Ziehl, 3. Mihocko, 4. Hill, 5. Fanelli, 6. Dykes, 7. Tanner, 8. Herrera, 9. Schlote, 10. Bonneau, 11. Burns, 12. M.Ziehl, 13. Cardenas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Shon Deskins, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Matt Rossi, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Andy Reinbold, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Rick Ziehl, 11. Wes Wofford, 12. Michael Fanelli, 13. Nick Rael, 14. Dillon Tanner, 15. Randy Smith, 16. Caleb Saiz, 17. JR Bonesteel, 18. Nick Aiuto, 19. Josh Pelkey, 20. David Dykes, 21. Chris Bonneau, 22. Landon Cling, 23. Dylan Harris, 24. Spencer Hill. NT ---------------------------- **Pelkey flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Wofford, Laps 9-30 Sussex.

HARD CHARGER: Shon Deskins

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-590, 2-Sussex-561; 3-Davis-497, 4-Martin-466, 5-Rossi-460, 6-Aiuto-406, 7-Pelkey-399, 8-Mihocko-365, 9-Brian Hosford-320, 10-Reinbold-317.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE:June 4 - Las Cruces, NM - Southern New Mexico Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

June 3, 2016 - Raleigh, North Carolina - Wake County Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-12.945; 2. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-12.988; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-12.993; 4. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-13.033; 5. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-13.050; 6. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-13.119; 7. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-13.259; 8. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-13.529.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jake Nelke, 2. George Kurtz, 3. Famous Rhodes II, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Chris Lamb. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Lamb, Laps 21-35 Nelke.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-395, 2-Hatfield-377, 3-Nelke-373, 4-Bean-373, 5-Kurtz-333, 6-Lamb-328, 7-Rhodes-319, 8-Parker-234, 9-Nolan Allison-227, 10-Scott Hunter-138.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 4 - Robersonville, N.C. - East Carolina Motor Speedway

 

 

BELL BOLTS TO 3RD STRAIGHT
BLOOMINGTON "MIDGET WEEK" VICTORY

Just like clockwork, each June when "Indiana Midget Week" rolls around, one has been able to witness what has become a yearly tradition: Christopher Bell standing in Bloomington Speedway's victory lane.

For the third straight year, Bell's mastery of Bloomington's red clay was on full display Friday night at the southern Indiana track as he picked up USAC National Midget victory number 17, tying him with Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley for 36th on the all-time list.

Norman, Oklahoma's Bell also extended the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports dominance of the past week by becoming the fourth consecutive (and fourth different) pilot on the team to earn a victory in the first four races of the six-race series.
At the start, pole sitter Dave Darland stepped out in front of the field and, despite contact from behind by Carson Macedo between turns one and two, was able to take the advantage in the early going, leading his first laps in the series since the "Belleville Nationals" in July of 2014.

Meanwhile, seventh-place starter and ProSource Fast Qualifier Bell was steadfast in his charge to the front, moving into fifth by the second lap and fourth by lap three. On the fifth circuit, Bell surged from fourth to second with a three-wide pass on the outside of Shane Golobic and teammate Spencer Bayston coming off the second turn.

On lap seven, Bell continued to use the cushion to reel in race leader Darland, powering off of turns three and four to nip Darland at the stripe. Darland continued to fight back, but was beat back to the line by Bell out of turn four to lead the eighth lap.

After a yellow on lap 12, sixth-running Clauson was the only frontrunner running the high line as the top-five continued to utilize the bottom groove. But Clauson found the topside to his liking, taking the fifth spot away from Macedo at the halfway mark and then running down Shane Golobic for fourth and Gas City winner Spencer Bayston for third with 13 to go.

Clauson then set sail toward Darland for second, who was working the low line as Clauson skated the rail up top with 10 laps remaining.

A caution for a Dayne Kingshott blown right rear tire closed the gap at the front of the field with just six laps to go. Immediately, Bell left his challengers in the distance as Darland (inside) and Clauson (outside) continued to battle for the runner-up spot. Each time Clauson was able to inch ahead of Darland, the wily racing veteran refused to relent, regaining the second position on lap 29 after the two champions waged war in a see-saw battle throughout the final run to the checkered.

But, once again, nobody could match the sheer speed of Christopher Bell at the end, taking a nearly one and a half second victory over Darland, who edged out Clauson by a mere 27-hundreths of a second and a half-car length to take second, while Golobic and Bayston grabbed fourth and fifth.

 

In an era of domination at Bloomington in both the USAC National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car divisions, Bell's three consecutive victories at the track are just one shy of Clauson's current string of four straight USAC Sprint Car victories. Bell, though, has found that sweet spot on the red clay that has suited his strengths at the wheel of his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - DC Solar/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"This place is really technical and that plays to my advantage," Bell assured. "Tonight, there was a big ledge up top and I didn't spend a lot of time up there, but when I did, I could use it to my advantage and pass guys. The bottom here is really tough to run; you have to make sure you have enough angle in your car, but not too much so you miss the moisture. It's tough, but very fun too, and, obviously, Keith's (Kunz) cars are always good so that helps."

With his second place result in the Gray Auto - Petry Excavating/Spike/Esslinger, Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, earned his best series finish since collecting the win in the "Indiana Midget Week" round at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana in June of 2014. Furthermore, he rewarded the Gray team with its best ever series finish, besting the 14th place finish earned by C.J. Leary for the team at Bloomington one season ago.
"I could hit the bottom of (turns) three and four really well, but in (turns) one and two, it was a lot harder," Darland explained. "When Bryan (Clauson) got up next to me, I might've bobbled down there and let him get around me. But I just had to get into turn one easy and not get out into the slick. I did that a couple of times early on, but, luckily, it didn't cost me anything. Tonight is a great confidence builder. It feels good for the team. These guys are still new to the midget scene, so it feels really good to reward their effort."

Noblesville, Indiana's Clauson had his night go sour during heat race action after encountering mechanical trouble. Clauson and the team rolled the backup machine out of the trailer to start at the tail-end of the semi, a race in which Clauson drove from the rear of the 19-car field to earn a coveted transfer spot. During the feature, Clauson started in the eighth position before racing through to grab third at the checkered in the RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11 to extend his "Indiana Midget Week" point lead to 40 markers over Spencer Bayston heading into Saturday's penultimate "Midget Week" event at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

"The middle was never really the fastest, but on restarts, I could use it to pick some guys off," Clauson said. "It made the guys on the bottom overdrive the corner a little bit and let me sneak by and that was really the only option I had. It was a herculean effort tonight to get back into contention with having to pull out the backup car and it kept our 'Midget Week' hopes alive."

Contingency award winners at Bloomington Speedway included Christopher Bell (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Rico Abreu (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Austin Brown (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Garrett Aitken (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 3, 2016 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.301; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-11.383; 3. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.450; 4. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.516; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.544; 6. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-11.577; 7. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.600; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-11.607; 9. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.612; 10. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-11.635; 11. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-11.636; 12. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-11.664; 13. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.672; 14. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-11.706; 15. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-11.712; 16. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-11.719; 17. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-11.738; 18. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.744; 19. Austin Brown, 7B, Brown-11.759; 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-11.781; 21. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-11.802; 22. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-11.809; 23. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-11.822; 24. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-11.831; 25. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-11.831; 26. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.840; 27. Justin Peck, 5x, Peck-11.847; 28. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-11.856; 29. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-11.894; 30. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-11.897; 31. Logan Arnold, 43, Arnold-12.020; 32. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-12.108; 33. Ryan Secrest, 17KT, Koontz-12.130; 34. David Budres, 31, Manic-12.142; 35. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-12.168; 36. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-12.229; 37. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-12.637; 38. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-NT; 39. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-NT; 40. Harli White, 17H, White-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Quin, 3. Ray, 4. Macedo, 5. Bell, 6. Koontz, 7. Dickerson, 8. Secrest, 9. Boat, 10. Conover. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Bacon, 3. Aitken, 4. Golobic, 5. Thomas, 6. Daum, 7. Neuman, 8. Clauson. 2:58.00

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brown, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Darland, 4. Bayston, 5. Peck, 6. Arnold, 7. Gray, 8. Greth, 9. Robinson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Kingshott, 3. Coons, 4. Walker, 5. Nelson, 6. Shelton, 7. Morton, 8. Julian, 9. Prock. 2:30.00

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Shelton, 3. Daum, 4. Boat, 5. Clauson, 6. Thomas, 7. Peck, 8. Greth, 9. Neuman, 10. Nelson, 11. Conover, 12. Morton, 13. Arnold, 14. Julian, 15. Dickerson, 16. Gray, 17. Budres, 18. Koontz, 19. Hatton. NT

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
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**Robinson flipped during the third heat. Shelton flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Darland, Laps 7-30 Bell.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART (in memory of Dean Wever) HARD CHARGER: Tyler Thomas (21st to 9th)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Clauson-320, 2-Bayston-312, 3-Bacon-285, 4-Thorson-253, 5-Golobic-247, 6-Boat-240, 7-Thomas-238, 8-Daum-214, 9-Coons-194, 10-Darland-193.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Clauson-297, 2-Bayston-257, 3-Abreu-231, 4-Bell-220, 5-Bacon-204, 6-Thomas & Boat-203, 8-Thorson-201, 9-Coons-194, 10-Darland-183.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 4 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

AUSTIN WILLIAMS TOPS PERRIS “SALUTE TO INDY”
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 2, 2016... Leading all 30 laps, Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) earned his first “home track” victory last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. For Williams, the $2,500 “Salute to Indy” triumph was the fourth Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of his career. Richard Vander Weerd, Jake Swanson, Mike Spencer, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Austin Williams dominated the main event. Making his way through slower traffic, Williams had several challenges by Fast Qualifier Brody Roa. Roa managed to slip by Williams for the top spot, but the pass was soon erased by a caution flag. Having excellent restarts, Austin shook free from the competition and claimed the checkered flags.

Earlier in the program, Williams qualified fifth out of twenty-five racers and scored third in his heat race. The 2009 Rookie of the Year returns to Perris on June 11th ranked fifth in points with three top-10 finishes on the season.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had a solid night with a second place run at the “Salute to Indy.” Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was sixth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion is second in the point chase with two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) claimed third in the Perris main event. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Victory, Swanson qualified fourth overall and finished third in his heat race. The 2011 Rookie of the Year left Perris sitting third in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fat Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and four top-10 finishes.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) scored fourth in his debut for Gansen Engineering Motorsports after starting eighth. Racing the #4S Trench Shoring / Sander Engineering Maxim, Spencer was eighth fast in time trials and ran second to Damion Gardner in his heat race. The five-time champion is fourth in the point chase with four top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led on the year.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) rebounded from an ignition box problem to take fifth in the “Salute to Indy.” Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second overall and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The four-time champion is sixth in points with three top-10 finishes and 20 feature laps led in the campaign.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from fifteenth. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace was sixteenth quick in time trials and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2010 Rookie of the Year heads to Perris ranked thirteenth in points with two heat race victories and one top-10 finish.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) earned the program’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa ran second to Jace Vander Weerd in his heat race. Running up front during most of the main event, Brody pressured Williams for the lead before a mechanical ill resulted in an eighth place finish. The defending 360 Western World Champion is the point leader on the strength of strong finishes and four top-10 finishes.

Nic Faas (Huntington Beach, California) made his return to racing and won the Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / Walker Filtration Systems Spike, Faas qualified ninth overall and scored nineteenth after an early tangle. The 2008 Rookie of the Year is thirty-fifth in the point standings.

On Saturday, June 11th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
May 28, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.477; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.526; 3. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.566; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.616; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.690; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.765; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.825; 8. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.964; 9. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.987; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.045; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.097; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.177; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.215; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.316; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.379; 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.473; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.514; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.547; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.601; 20. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.677; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.713; 22. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.956; 23. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.375; 24. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-19.254; 25. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. J.Vander Weed, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. C.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Malcolm, 8. Everhart, 9. Stewart. 2:50.39.

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Gardner, 2. Spencer, 3. A.Williams, 4. Bender, 5. Edwards, 6. A.Sweeney. 2:51.34.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faas, 2. Adams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. T.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Ellertson, 7. Lopiccolo. 2:52.54.

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Austin Williams (2nd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 3. Jake Swanson (3rd), 4. Mike Spencer (8th), 5. Damion Gardner (5th), 6. Trent Williams (4th), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (15th), 8. Brody Roa (6th), 9. Max Adams (11th), 10. Tommy Malcolm (7th), 11. Verne Sweeney (17th), 12. Jeremy Ellertson (16th), 13. Chris Gansen (14th), 14. A.J. Bender (13th), 15. Andrew Sweeney (21st), 16. Anthony Lopiccolo (19th), 17. Matt Stewart (23rd), 18. Logan Williams (10th), 19. Nic Faas (9th), 20. Cody Williams (12th), 21. Kyle Edwards (18th), 22. Tony Everhart (20th), 23. Cal Smith (22nd). NT
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**Edwards flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 A.Williams.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jace Vander Weerd (15th to 7th)

 

 

THORSON THRIVES IN RETURN TO PUTNAMVILLE

 

It was one year ago during Lincoln Park Speedway's round of "Indiana Midget Week" that Tanner Thorson found himself leaving the racetrack in the back of an ambulance after a nasty crash during the feature event. One year later, at the same track and event, Thorson found redemption, holding off a hard-charging Bryan Clauson in the final laps and driving his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota into victory lane at the Putnamville, Indiana 5/16-mile dirt oval.

Young Ryan Robinson started on the pole at the beginning of the 30-lap feature with seven-time USAC National champion Clauson outside. Robinson, making only his fifth career series start, exhibited no ounce of intimidation as he quickly shot out to the lead with a half-straightaway advantage in the opening laps.

On the sixth lap, season-opener winner Shane Golobic rotated and pole-vaulted through the air between turns three and four before landing hard on the track's surface, bringing out the red flag. Golobic would walk away without injury.

On the ensuing restart, Thorson shot out of a cannon down the back straightaway into turns three and four, blasting off the cushion around Clauson to grab second on lap six. With his sight now set on leader Robinson, Thorson rapidly erased the gap, hounding Robinson as the race neared the halfway point.

On lap 13, Thorson made his first bid for the top spot, sliding in front of Robinson as the two hit turn four, but Robinson hit the brakes, and turned down inside of Thorson as they exited four to maintain the lead.

With the pressure now squarely on the 15-year-old shoulders of Robinson on lap 14 and Thorson ready to strike, Robinson bobbled at the top of turn two, handing off the lead to Thorson.

Meanwhile, Robinson and Thorson's Kunz/Curb-Agajanian teammate Rico Abreu, the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, sliced and diced his way to third by the 18th lap. After a Jimi Quin spin that briefly disrupted the action, Rico spurted to second with a slide-job on Robinson entering turn one on the restart.

ProSource Fast Qualifier Brady Bacon dove underneath Robinson for the third spot in turn two with 11 laps to go as he hunted down his prey while the laps ticked away. After a brief yellow, the restart saw Abreu follow Thorson's tracks, as they both ripped the high side of turns one and two. Now, the chase was on.

With just eight laps remaining, Thorson stumbled atop the second turn cushion, allowing Abreu to close. As the two ran nose-to-tail down the back straight, Abreu set up Thorson for the winning pass. However, just as Abreu was in the process of clearing Thorson in turn three, the yellow lights around the track flashed due to a tangle between turn four tangle between Darland and Shelton, thus making Abreu's move all for naught and slotting him in the second position for the next restart.

Under caution, Brady Bacon's car began to slow, relegating him to the infield for the rest of the feature after being one of the contenders for the victory as the laps wound down.
On the lap 23 restart, Abreu threw all he had at Thorson for the lead into turn one, but couldn't make it stick. As Abreu lost momentum while drifting up the cushion, Clauson was able to get by to reclaim second.

Abreu's determined drive to get back to the front knew no bounds, where he tested the outer limits by jumping the cushion between turns three and four multiple times and losing valuable ground in the closing laps, falling to as far back as fifth.

On the final lap, Clauson made one last ditch effort for the lead, attempting a slider on Thorson heading into one, but it was to no avail as Thorson withstood the challenge and was able to hang on for a 0.762 second victory over Clauson, with Tyler Thomas, Rico Abreu and Spencer Bayston rounding out the top-five.

 

It was quite a turn of events from one year to the next for Minden, Nevada's Thorson, who captured his fifth career USAC National Midget feature victory after taking the lead on lap 14 and holding off all challenges throughout the remaining 17 laps to take the Kunz-Curb/Agajanian Motorsports team to victory lane for the third time in the first three nights of "Indiana Midget Week."

"I left here last year in an ambulance, so to come back to this track and win is pretty awesome," Thorson said. "These guys work their butts off starting at 2:30 in the morning when we get back to the shop and it feels great to reward them with another win. Rico had me nervous just because you know a big move is coming. I knew the laps were winding down, but I knew that I just needed to keep hitting my marks. The top was so treacherous that you had to nail it perfectly every lap. I kept getting tight on the cushion and just tried to keep my composure towards the end because the last ten laps were really tricky with the track the way it was and knowing I had fast guys behind me."

Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson had to settle for his third consecutive runner-up feature finish in "Indiana Midget Week," behind the wheel of his RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11. Though he remains winless in his three IMW starts this week, Clauson has taken over the USAC National Midget point lead and, with a 24-point lead, Clauson has placed himself in prime position to collect a third "Indiana Midget Week" title with three events to go.

"We just needed more time," Clauson said. "I was a little snug early and each yellow just wasn't what we needed. We got rolling towards the end and Tanner was getting tight on the curb, but we were good enough off of it to make some decent speed; we just ran out of laps. I saw the white and made my move in turns one and two because it seemed like it was easier to counter a slide job at the other end. I felt like if I slid him in (turns) three and four, it'd be too easy to cross me over, so I took a shot in (turns) one and two and just came up a little short."

Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Oklahoma made a spirited drive to finish third after dropping back from his 10th starting position in the opening laps in his Tyler Thomas Motorsports/BT Machine - AirGroup/Spike/Esslinger.

"I moved to the bottom in the early laps of the race and it stuck, so I knew I needed to be down there if I wanted to pick some off," Thomas explained. "The top was so fast early on and the only way to pass was to slide somebody, but you had to have so much momentum to pull it off that it was just really difficult to make happen. Fortunately, our car was really working well on the bottom and I could slide myself in turns three and four and catch the cushion on exit. We qualified better tonight too, so if we can keep that up these next three nights, I think we'll be in good shape."

Contingency award winners at Lincoln Park Speedway included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Rico Abreu (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Tanner Thorson (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Carson Macedo (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 2, 2016 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.308; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.396; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.435; 4. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.475; 5. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.481; 6. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-13.521; 7. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.550; 8. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.581; 9. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-13.597; 10. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.641; 11. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.652; 12. Austin Brown, 7B, Brown-13.687; 13. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.714; 14. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-13.725; 15. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.756; 16. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-13.792; 17. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-13.849; 18. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.855; 19. Harli White, 17H, White-13.860; 20. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.891; 21. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-13.910; 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.919; 23. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-13.932; 24. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.065; 25. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.070; 26. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-14.080; 27. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-14.137; 28. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-14.165; 29. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.177; 30. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-14.182; 31. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-14.278; 32. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-14.322; 33. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-14.440; 34. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-14.452; 35. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.467; 36. Travis Young, 11, Young-14.542; 37. David Budres, 31, Manic-14.592; 38. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-14.605; 39. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-14.643; 40. Ariel Biggs, 5B, Daum-14.895; 41. Chris Baue, 35, Baue-15.116; 42. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-NT; 43. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Darland, 3. Bacon, 4. Golobic, 5. Boat, 6. Johnson, 7. Schuett, 8. Budres, 9. Julian, 10. Baue, 11. Jarrett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Clauson, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Coons, 5. Bayston, 6. DiMattia, 7. Koontz, 8. Hatton, 9. Quin, 10. Conover, 11. Prock. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Walker, 3. Neuman, 4. Daum, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Shelton, 7. Nelson, 8. White, 9. Aitken, 10. Dickerson, 11. Morton. NT3

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Kingshott, 3. Robinson, 4. Greth, 5. C.Cottle, 6. Weisensel, 7. Gray, 8. Young, 9. Brown. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Koonts, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Prock, 5. Julian, 6. Young, 7. Budres, 8. Dickerson, 9. Morton, 10. Baue, 11. Gray, 12. Conover. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Shelton, 3. Johnson, 4. Boat, 5. Nelson, 6. Jarrett, 7. Quin, 8. White, 9. Brown, 10. Aitken, 11. Hatton, 12. Weisensel, 13. C.Cottle, 14. DiMattia, 15. Klaasmeyer, 16. Koonts, 17. Prock, 18. Schuett. NT

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
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**Prock flipped during the second heat. DiMattia flipped during the semi. Golobic flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Robinson, Laps 14-30 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons Jr. (23rd to 9th)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Clauson-250, 2-Bayston-249, 3-Bacon-225, 4-Thorson-204, 5-Thmas-191, 6-Daum-189, 7-Boat-188, 8-Golobic-181, 9-Coons-165, 10-Robinson-143.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Clauson-227, 2-Bayston-194, 3-Abreu-180, 4-Coons-165, 5-Bacon-164, 6-Thomas-156, 7-Thorson-152, 8-Boat-151, 9-Kyle Larson-150, 10-Daum-146.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 3 - Bloomington (IN) Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 


USAC SOUTHWEST & NMMRA "BORDER TOUR" STARTS FRIDAY AT EL PASO
By Lance Jennings


JUNE 1, 2016... This Friday, June 3rd, the annual "Border Tour" featuring the USAC SouthWest and New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA) Sprint Cars will open at Western Tech Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas. The following night, Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, New Mexico will host the second round of the four race mini-series. The "Border Tour" events are known as "must see" events as drivers from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas will battle for bragging rights.

For the fifth consecutive season, the newly rechristened Western Tech Speedway Park has featured the traditional sprint cars of Arizona and New Mexico. On June 8, 2012, veteran Rickey Hood claimed the inaugural El Paso show that was sanctioned by the ASCS Canyon Region. R.J. Johnson earned back-to-back USAC SouthWest wins in 2013 and 2014, and rain washed out last year's race. Friday's point show will also feature Street Stocks, X-Mods, Super Trucks, Street Stocks, Casa Nissan Legends Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.epspeedwaypark.com or call 915.791.8749.

Like El Paso, the Southern New Mexico Speedway will showcase the Arizona and New Mexico Sprints for five straight years. Last July, "The Magic Man" Mike Martin added the fast 5/16-mile facility to his win list by leading all 30-laps. On June 9, 2012, Rickey Hood backed up his El Paso triumph, "The Real Deal" Rick Ziehl earned a popular hometown win in 2013, and R.J. Johnson claimed victory in 2014. Saturday's point race will also feature X-Mods, Street Stocks, Casa Nissan Legends Cars, and Claimers. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

After winning both nights of last weekend's "Salute to Indy" at Canyon, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has taken over the point lead. Driving Bill Michael's #77M Kodiak Products / Beal's Auto Body Sherman, Johnson has a 40-point lead on the strength of three feature wins, four top-qualifier awards, five heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led. The three-time champion will be looking to sweep the El Paso and Las Cruces dates as he continues another run for the crown.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Mike Burkhart's #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex ran eighth and twentieth at Canyon's "Salute to Indy." To date, the hard charger has three feature wins, two top-qualifier awards, four heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins and will be looking to add El Paso and Las Cruces to his resume.

"Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports' #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored tenth and eighteenth at Canyon Speedway. Heading to El Paso, the five-time Arizona champion has six heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led. "Chargin" Charles is second on the series win list and will have his sights on his fourteenth triumph.

"The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin placed ninth and sixth at the "Salute to Indy." To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has three heat race victories, two hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. "The Magic Man" is tied for fifth on the series win list with Josh Pelkey as he looks to earn valuable points with "Border Tour" victories.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) is fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi claimed eleventh and third in the Canyon main events. To date, the former 360 Western World Champion has one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes and 1 feature lap led to his credit. Matt will be looking to score El Paso and Las Cruces feature wins.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, Josh Pelkey, Brian Hosford, "The Bull" Tye Mihocko, Andy Reinbold, Chris Bonneau, Dustin Burkhart, "The Radio Flyer" Bruce St. James, Tom Ogle, Dennis Gile, Landon Cling, Shon Deskins, Asa Kesterson, and more.

Farmington, New Mexico's Jason Grady leads the NMMRA point standings. Michael Fanelli, Matthew Cardenas, Nick Rael, David Dykes, J.R. Bonesteel, Randy Smith, Robert Marfia, Cody Mansfield, and Caleb Saiz round out the top-10 drivers.


2016 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Standings: 1-R.J. Johnson-519, 2-Stevie Sussex-479, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-424, 4-Mike Martin-404, 5-Matt Rossi-398, 6-Nick Aiuto-373, 7-Josh Pelkey-364, 8-Brian Hosford-320, 9-Tye Mihocko-312, 10-Andy Reinbold-264.

 

 


BAYSTON BUSTS THROUGH
FOR FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN AT GAS CITY

Flawless is the only word to describe Spencer Bayston's performance Wednesday night in the second round of the 12th annual "Indiana Midget Week" at Gas City I-69 Speedway. The Lebanon, Indiana driver quickly shot to the lead from the pole position at the drop of the green flag and ran 30 straight laps without turning a wheel wrong to earn his first career USAC National Midget victory.

Bayston, the 2015 USAC National Midget "Rookie of the Year," began the race alongside fellow front row starter Zach Daum. It was Bayston who got the better of the two as the field headed for the bottom of the racetrack in the opening laps.

By the eight circuit, Bayston moved up a lane to run the middle as Daum, Kyle Larson and Bryan Clauson gave chase. However, on lap nine, Chase Johnson barrel-rolled his machine in turn four to bring about the first stoppage of the feature.

On the ensuing restart, Daum got to the inside of Bayston for the lead, but Bayston was able to withstand the challenge, nipping Daum at the stripe at the end of lap nine.

Larson and Clauson soon swarmed Daum for the second spot, crossing the line three-wide on both lap 11 and lap 12 as Larson emerged with second in front of Clauson while Daum dropped to third.

Just before halfway, Clauson fought back to reclaim the runner-up spot from Larson as Bayston continued to lead the way with a one-and-a-half second advantage over his nearest challenger. Bayston never missed a beat as he conquered the backmarkers with ease. But with just seven laps to go, the stopped car of Tanner Thorson brought out the yellow, erasing the lengthy gap that Bayston had established.

Bayston had a combined 68 career USAC National Midget wins bearing down on him in the four spots in the immediate vicinity of his tail tank on the lap 24 restart.

When the opportunity arose, Bayston was mentally and physically prepared to meet the task at hand. Clauson, Larson, Daum and Christopher Bell could not phase Bayston on the restart as the 17-year-old kept his poise and focus on what was in front, not behind him, standing on the throttle as he exploded on the restart to lay all doubts to rest.

From that point forward, the attention turned to the battle for second between Clauson and Larson. Larson stayed on Clauson's heels, but with five to go, Larson clipped a turn four infield tire, slowing his progress as Clauson sped away into the distance, allowing him to seize an additional position that provided important points toward the 2016 "Indiana Midget Week" championship.

In the end, Bayston had the field covered, defeating Clauson by .097 seconds with Larson, Daum and Bell rounding out the top-five at the checkered flag.

 

For the second consecutive year, the USAC National Midget schedule opened up its season with two first-time series winners in the first three races. Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tanner Thorson won races two and three in 2015 while Shane Golobic won the 2016 season opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin and now Spencer Bayston put his name in the winners' column in the third race of this season in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I'm speechless right now," Bayston exclaimed. "Big Al (Scroggins) had the car absolutely perfect. I could hold it to the ground and it would dig the whole way around. I was waiting for Bryan (Clauson) and Kyle (Larson) to show up, but these guys gave me a good enough race car that I could stay out front. I was getting some signals under the red from my guys about where those two were running, so I just tried to focus on my line and tried to keep making good laps. To race against these guys is special and to beat them is even more special because both of them are guys that I've looked up to my whole career."

By virtue of two straight runner-up finishes at Montpelier and Gas City, Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana takes over the "Indiana Midget Week" point lead as the series resumes Thursday at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway, a race he was victorious in one year ago.

"Our car was alright tonight; we were just a little off," Clauson admitted. "We could hang; we just didn't have enough to mount anything. I pulled out everything I had to hold Kyle off. Those three points could play a big factor at the end of the week, but it's a great start to 'Indiana Midget Week' for us."

Elk Grove, California's Kyle Larson couldn't quite replicate the magic of his Montpelier performance one night ago, but would have to settle for the third spot in his final appearance in 2016 "Indiana Midget Week."

"It's always fun racing Bryan (Clauson)," Larson said. "I needed the caution, but I needed to restart in front of Bryan and, after that, I didn't really have a shot at Spencer (Bayston). He wasn't on the bottom in (turns) three and four and I could get through there pretty well. Bryan was running on the bottom in (turns) three and four too and it was enough to slow me down a little, but I had a lot of fun. It was a pretty solid weekend of racing for me, so a big thanks to Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby)."

Contingency award winners at Gas City included Rico Abreu (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Ryan Greth (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Christopher Bell (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Justin Grant (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finish).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 1, 2016 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.048; 2. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.206; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-12.245; 4. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.328; 5. Kyle Larson, 1K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.346; 6. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.376; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.385; 8. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.390; 9. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-12.391; 10. Justin Peck, 7K, Irwin-12.429; 11. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.433; 12. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.492; 13. Harli White, 17H, White-12.494; 14. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.497; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-12.508; 16. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.521; 17. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-12.522; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.532; 19. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.538; 20. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-12.549; 21. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-12.580; 22. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.581; 23. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-12.587; 24. Justin Grant, 38, Gardner-12.602; 25. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-12.611; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-12.634; 27. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-12.655; 28. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.695; 29. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-12.718; 30. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-12.720; 31. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-12.805; 32. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-12.820; 33. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-12.842; 34. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-12.846; 35. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-12.883; 36. Chett Gehrke, 19p, Ronk-12.887; 37. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-12.933; 38. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-12.943; 39. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-13.063; 40. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-13.071; 41. Ariel Biggs, 5B, Daum-13.087; 42. Ryan Secrest, 17KT, Koontz-13.125; 43. Anton Julian, 7R, Dickerson-13.326; 44. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-13.329; 45. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Greth, 2. Abreu, 3. Larson, 4. Walker, 5. Darland, 6. Quin, 7. White, 8. Jarrett, 9. Conover, 10. Biggs, 11. Buckwalter. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Golobic, 3. Daum, 4. Windom, 5. Nelson, 6. Schuett, 7. Budres, 8. Koontz, 9. Robinson, 10. Peck, 11. Secrest. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Clauson, 3. DiMattia, 4. Coons, 5. Prock, 6. Boat, 7. Johnson, 8. Neuman, 9. Morton, 10. Dickerson, 11. Julian. 2:09.11

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Bayston, 3. Grant, 4. Kingshott, 5. Thomas, 6. Macedo, 7. Gehrke, 8. Shelton, 9. Gray, 10. Nemire, 11. Hatton. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Neuman, 2. Conover, 3. Schuett, 4. Gehrke, 5. Jarrett, 6. Koontz, 7. Morton, 8. Gray, 9. Biggs, 10. Hatton, 11. Nemire, 12. Secrest, 13. Dickerson, 14. Julian. 2:18.52

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Robinson, 3. Peck, 4. Johnson, 5. Boat, 6. Quin, 7. Darland, 8. Shelton, 9. Gehrke, 10. Neuman, 11. Buckwalter, 12. Nelson, 13. Schuett, 14. Prock, 15. Budres, 16. Conover, 17. Macedo. NT

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
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**Hatton flipped during the fourth heat. Johnson flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bayston.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (17th to 8th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-188; 2-Spencer Bayston-182; 3-Bryan Clauson-175; 4-Zach Daum-155; 5-Shane Golobic-151; 6-Chad Boat-144; 7-Tanner Thorson-122; 8-Tyler Thomas-119; 9-Jerry Coons Jr.-114; 10-Justin Peck-105.

NEW "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" POINTS: 1-Clauson-152; 2-Larson-150; 3-Bell-140; 4-Bayston-127; 5-Bacon-127; 6-Coons-114; 7-Daum-112; 8-Abreu-111; 9-Boat-107; 10-Windom-92.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 2 - Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 1, 2016... This Saturday, June 4th, USAC Western States Midgets will make their second of three appearances at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the fourth point race will also feature the USAC Super 600 Micro Sprints, Mid Cal Fabrication IMCA Modifieds, Johasee Rebar American Stocks, and Coca-Cola Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135
Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway hosted 103 USAC Western States Midget races. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory and Ronnie Gardner won the event on April 30th. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has won all three races of the campaign and holds a 29-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories and 52 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with P.J. Jones, Jason Leffler, and Rusty Rasmussen with sixteen triumphs, the three-time champion has won three of the last six shows at the Bakersfield oval. Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with another victory this Saturday night.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto ran fourth at Ventura Raceway on May 21st. In addition, the second generation driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. Michael has two career wins and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a victory at Bakersfield.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) sits third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff scored twelfth in the Ventura main event. Entering Saturday’s action, the veteran racer has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Sean will be looking to break through and earn his first victory at his hometown track.

After scoring third at Ventura, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. The defending BCRA Champion will have his sights on moving up the standings by claiming his second career USAC win.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) has risen to fifth in the championship chase. Racing the family owned #18 Cite-Clean / Ultimate Oil Cleanup Beast, Dolacki charged from seventeenth to seventh at Ventura. To date, the young driver has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and two top-10 finishes to his credit. Tyler will be looking to claim his first series win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Currently tenth in points, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California), Courtney Crone (Corona, California), Dylan Ito (Ventura, California), and Ashley Hazelton (Chatsworth, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Cory Elliott, Cody Swanson, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Troy Rutherford, “The Hawk” Darren Hagen, Shannon McQueen, Robby Josett, Alex Schutte, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
3-Ronnie Gardner.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Ronnie Gardner, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-245, 2. Michael Faccinto-216, 3. Sean Dodenhof-173, 4. Frankie Guerrini-167, 5. Tyler Dolacki-160, 6. Randi Pankratz-155, 7. Cory Elliott-141, 8. Cody Swanson-133, 9. Terry Nichols-123, 10. Robert Dalby-115, 11. Maria Cofer-113, ---. Troy Rutherford-113, 13. Courtney Crone-103, 14. Darren Hagen-89, 15. Shannon McQueen-78, 16. Robby Josett-77, 17. Shane Golobic-74, 18. Alex Schutte-68, 19. Britton Bock-64, 20. Dylan Ito-63.

 

 

LARSON LIGHTS UP MONTPELIER FOR VICTORY IN INDIANA MIDGET WEEK OPENER

These days, Kyle Larson doesn't get the chance to jump behind the wheel of a USAC Midget as often as he once did due to his NASCAR commitments to Chip Ganassi, but on Tuesday night in the 12th annual "Indiana Midget Week" opener at Montpelier Motor Speedway, Larson looked as if he never left the open wheel ranks, crafting a masterpiece of wheelmanship to take his first USAC National Midget win since 2013 in his first, as well as the series' first, visit to the quarter-mile dirt oval in Montpelier, Ind.

Larson, in one of eight Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports entries, started on a star-studded front row that included recent Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson on the outside. Larson quickly jetted out to the lead at the start, but on the second circuit, teammate Tanner Thorson threw his car to the track's edge, running down and disposing of Larson as the two reached the flagstand at the end of lap two.

On lap five, a Steve Buckwalter turn four tip-over, that also collected Dave Darland, brought out the red flag.

Thorson, who was looking to repeat his "Indiana Midget Week" opening night victory from a year ago, came under constant attack from Larson as the race neared the one-third mark. Larson threw a rapid fire succession of sliders on Thorson on the tenth lap in turns one and three, but was unable to keep the advantage after pushing the nose of his machine over the cushion. On lap 11, Larson attacked Thorson once again in the first turn with a slider, but Thorson battled back to remain up front.

Two laps later, Larson attempted yet another major slide job on Thorson for the top spot, pulling in front and almost bringing the two a halt as Thorson continued on and Clauson scooted past Larson for second.

Just before the halfway point, it was Clauson's turn to take on Thorson for the lead. Clauson's slider attempt briefly put him in front, but it was to no avail as Thorson fought his way to remain the man to beat.

After a Spencer Bayston spin on lap 18 brought out the yellow, Clauson immediately returned to the "slider-fest" on the ensuing restart, entering turn one with a full head of steam, emerging in front of Thorson at the top of turn one, but Thorson made contact with the rear bumper of Clauson's car, sending Larson slightly off the berm as Thorson sped off with the advantage as Larson moved back into second.

Thorson and Larson distanced themselves from Clauson with less than ten to go as Larson bounced off the concrete in turn four, but a Holly Shelton spin in turn four reset the lineup with just eight laps remaining.

After the restart, Larson followed Thorson on the high side for the next couple of laps, setting up his next move on Thorson. With five to go, Larson finally made the slide-job stick as the two entered one, with Larson pulling away and building a gap between him and second-running Thorson. But, once again, a yellow slowed the action, setting up a three-lap shootout between Larson, Thorson, Clauson and Bell, who charged from the tail after an opening lap incident.

Larson was able to get a huge jump on the restart as Thorson began to fade and Clauson and Bell moved past Thorson to run second and third. However, no one was in the vicinity of Kyle Larson, who pulled away at the end to take a 1.905-second victory over Clauson, Bell, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon.

Larson, of Elk Grove, California, picked up his 4th career "Indiana Midget Week" win and his 13th career USAC National Midget victory, tying him with Rico Abreu, Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman and Stevie Reeves for 49th on the all-time list after taking the win in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Parker Store - Target/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"That was a lot of fun." Larson exclaimed. "I didn't think the top in (turns) one and two would be that great, but Tanner was able to rip around me. I knew I was a lot better than him in (turns) three and four. I just couldn't quite figure out turn two. I was getting beat pretty bad over there. I don't know if it just got cleaned off or what, but my grip off of turn two got a little better and I could stay closer to Tanner and then, eventually, throw the slider. I had so much fun, though! Thirty laps fly by in these races. It's so enjoyable to run with Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby). They deserve all the attention that they've been getting the last few years."

Just two days after competing in his third career Indianapolis 500-mile race, Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson returned to the controls of his RKR-Dooling Racing/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - B & H Contractors/Spike/Stanton SR-11 to take second place after a furious race-long battle with Larson and Thorson.

"It became a race between me and Kyle to see who could clear Tanner first," Clauson explained. "I got a run and threw something at him and Tanner got into me when he came back across and I let Kyle get by us. We just started getting tight there at the end. It might not have made a difference because it got tough to run once the track got real curby, but second is a solid start to "Indiana Midget Week."

Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell came back after getting caught up in a first-turn, first-lap scrum involving two other cars that put him near the tail of the field of the restart. Bell stormed back to the front to salvage a third in the Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - DC Solar/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"Staying out of trouble was huge," Bell said with a sigh of relief. "Everybody kept crashing each other and it got me on the first lap. But once I got back there, they kept running into each other and I didn't really feel like I passed a whole lot of cars. I was good at the end; it just got to be so fast around the top that you couldn't really slide anybody unless you had a big run like Kyle did. I worked around the bottom really well, so that helped, but we just needed them to bottle up on the top one more time."

Contingency award winners at Montpelier included Christopher Bell (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Steve Buckwalter (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Carson Macedo (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Rico Abreu (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Race Winner), Kyle Larson (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Kyle Schuett (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 31, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.141; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.295; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.322; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.408; 5. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-14.414; 6. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-14.439; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.446; 8. Kyle Larson, 1K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.447; 9. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-14.476; 10. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.497; 11. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.499; 12. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.565; 13. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.586; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-14.618; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.627; 16. Justin Peck, 7K, Irwin-14.635; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-14.666; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.684; 19. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.690; 20. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.696; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.704; 22. Ariel Biggs, 5B, Daum-14.756; 23. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-14.767; 24. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-14.773; 25. Anthony Nocella, 29s, Seymour-14.820; 26. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.829; 27. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-14.836; 28. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-14.850; 29. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-14.866; 30. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-14.867; 31. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.868; 32. Cole Fehr, 15, Fehr-14.872; 33. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-14.886; 34. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.896; 35. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray Auto-14.915; 36. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.929; 37. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-15.069; 38. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-15.172; 39. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.310; 40. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-15.420; 41. Chris Baue, 35, Baue-15.897; 42. Ryan Secrest, 17KT, Koontz-15.951; 43. Harli White, 17H, White-21.436; 44. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-NT; 45. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Quin, 5. Bell, 6. Walker, 7. Ray, 8. Nocella, 9. Greth, 10. Hatton, 11. Baue. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Boat, 3. Clauson, 4. Coons, 5. Biggs, 6. Kingshott, 7. Golobic, 8. Koontz, 9. Schuett, 10. Secrest, 11. Gray. 2:28.28

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Bayston, 3. Shelton, 4. Darland, 5. Nelson, 6. DiMattia, 7. White, 8. Morton, 9. Conover, 10. Daum, 11. Neuman. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Larson, 2. Thorson, 3. Robinson, 4. Peck, 5. Thomas, 6. Jarrett, 7. Johnson, 8. Prock, 9. Fehr, 10. Gehrke, 11. Nemire. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Neuman, 3. Kingshott, 4. Jarrett, 5. Hatton, 6. Morton, 7. Nemire, 8. Fehr, 9. Koontz, 10. Secrest. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Daum, 3. Golobic, 4. Thomas, 5. Walker, 6. DiMattia, 7. Ray, 8. Nelson, 9. Jarrett, 10. Prock, 11. Schuett, 12. Neuman, 13. Biggs, 14. Kingshott, 15. Nocella, 16. Greth, 17. Gehrke. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Jimi Quin, 11. Zach Daum, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Rico Abreu, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Holly Shelton, 17. Gage Walker, 18. Tanner Thorson, 19. Carson Macedo, 20. Ryan Robinson, 21. Shane Golobic, 22. Justin Peck, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT ---------------------------- **Nocella flipped during the semi. Buckwalter flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Larson, Laps 2-25 Thorson, Laps 26-30 Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (22nd to 7th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-125, 2-Bayston-105, 3-Boat-104, 4-Clauson-97, 5-Golobic-95, 6-Thorson-89, 7-Daum-87, 8-Thomas-82, 9-Shelton-70, 10-Cottle & Darland-67.

NEW "INDIANA MIDGET WEEK" POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-78; 2-Bryan Clauson-74; 3-Christopher Bell-74; 4-Chad Boat-67; 5-Jerry Coons, Jr.-66; 6-Brady Bacon-64; 7-Dave Darland-57; 8-Chris Windom-56; 9-Jimi Quin & Spencer Bayston-50.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 1 - Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

May 31, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway -12th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Christopher Bell, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.141; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.295; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.322; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.408; 5. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-14.414; 6. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-14.439; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.446; 8. Kyle Larson, 1K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.447; 9. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-14.476; 10. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.497; 11. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.499; 12. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.565; 13. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.586; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 56, Hmiel-14.618; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.627; 16. Justin Peck, 7K, Irwin-14.635; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-14.666; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-14.684; 19. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.690; 20. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.696; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.704; 22. Ariel Biggs, 5B, Daum-14.756; 23. Tyler Nelson, 88, Robinson-14.767; 24. Austin Prock, 41, Prock/Hayward-14.773; 25. Anthony Nocella, 29s, Seymour-14.820; 26. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.829; 27. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-14.836; 28. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-14.850; 29. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-14.866; 30. Michael Koontz, 17, Koontz-14.867; 31. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.868; 32. Cole Fehr, 15, Fehr-14.872; 33. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-14.886; 34. Dayne Kingshott, 24, Kingshott-14.896; 35. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray Auto-14.915; 36. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-14.929; 37. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-15.069; 38. Brandon Gray, 22, Gray-15.172; 39. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.310; 40. Chase Johnson, 17m, Wood-15.420; 41. Chris Baue, 35, Baue-15.897; 42. Ryan Secrest, 17KT, Koontz-15.951; 43. Harli White, 17H, White-21.436; 44. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-NT; 45. Gary Gipson, 5x, Byers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Quin, 5. Bell, 6. Walker, 7. Ray, 8. Nocella, 9. Greth, 10. Hatton, 11. Baue. NT
COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Boat, 3. Clauson, 4. Coons, 5. Biggs, 6. Kingshott, 7. Golobic, 8. Koontz, 9. Schuett, 10. Secrest, 11. Gray. 2:28.28
BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Bayston, 3. Shelton, 4. Darland, 5. Nelson, 6. DiMattia, 7. White, 8. Morton, 9. Conover, 10. Daum, 11. Neuman. NT
INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Larson, 2. Thorson, 3. Robinson, 4. Peck, 5. Thomas, 6. Jarrett, 7. Johnson, 8. Prock, 9. Fehr, 10. Gehrke, 11. Nemire. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Neuman, 3. Kingshott, 4. Jarrett, 5. Hatton, 6. Morton, 7. Nemire, 8. Fehr, 9. Koontz, 10. Secrest. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Daum, 3. Golobic, 4. Thomas, 5. Walker, 6. DiMattia, 7. Ray, 8. Nelson, 9. Jarrett, 10. Prock, 11. Schuett, 12. Neuman, 13. Biggs, 14. Kingshott, 15. Nocella, 16. Greth, 17. Gehrke. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chad Boat, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Jimi Quin, 11. Zach Daum, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Rico Abreu, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Holly Shelton, 17. Gage Walker, 18. Tanner Thorson, 19. Carson Macedo, 20. Ryan Robinson, 21. Shane Golobic, 22. Justin Peck, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT
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**Nocella flipped during the semi. Buckwalter flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Larson, Laps 2-25 Thorson, Laps 26-30 Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-125, 2-Bayston-105, 3-Boat-104, 4-Clauson-97, 5-Golobic-95, 6-Thorson-90, 7-Daum-87, 8-Thomas-82, 9-Shelton-70, 10-Cottle & Darland-67.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Larson-78, 2-Clauson-74, 3-Bell-74, 4-Boat-67, 5-Coons-66, 6-Bacon-64, 7-Darland-57, 8-Windom-56, 9-Quin-50, 10-Bayston-50.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 1 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - 12th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 29, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 3. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 4. Mike Larson (#95 Larson), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Bart Andrews (#69 Trone), 7. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns (#10B Full Throttle), 2. Austin Archdale (#2A Archdale), 3. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 4. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 5. John Springer (#3x Springer), 6. Travis Pence (#01 Pence), 7. Todd Baker (#48 Baker). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Jeff Mallonee, 3. Broc Hunnell, 4. Austin Archdale, 5. Dillon Morley, 6. Shane Morgan, 7. Jacob Sollenberger, 8. Dave Baugh, 9. Mike Larson, 10. Travis Pence, 11. Todd Baker, 12. Mike Cusack Jr. (#7 Cusack), 13. Jack Marion (#49 Marion), 14. Bart Andrews, 15. John Springer, 16. Gedd Ross. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Ross, Laps 2-4 Hunnell, Laps 5-20 Bruns.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-427, 2-Andrews-341, 3-Ross-337, 4-Sollenberger-291, 5-Mitchell Davis-282, 6-Morley-267, 7-Brent Burrows-259, 8-Pence-244, 9-Andy Baugh-242, 10-Ken Hanson-241.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: June 4 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Kids Bicycle Night"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 29, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 6. Adam Milsap (#9G Milsap), 7. Brent Yarnel (#29B Yarnel), 8. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Reynolds), 5. Spencer Hill (#56 Hill), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 7. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 8. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Bruce St. James, 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Dustin Burkhart, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Nick Aiuto, 10. Spencer Hill, 11. Landon Cling, 12. Tanner Grau, 13. Kyle Shipley, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Andy Reinbold, 16. Adam Milsap, 17. Josh Pelkey, 18. Charles Davis Jr., 19. Shon Deskins, 20. Stevie Sussex, 21. Jonas Reynolds, 22. Larry Kesterson, 23. Brent Yarnel. NT

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*Davis flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Pelkey, Laps 9-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Mike Martin (22nd to 6th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 3 – El Paso, TX – Western Tech Speedway Park

 

 

6-RACE INDIANA MIDGET WEEK BEGINS TUESDAY

The expanded six-raced slate for this year's "Indiana Midget Week" begins Tuesday night, May 31 at the series' newest addition to the schedule - Montpelier Motor Speedway. Races will follow Wednesday at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Thursday at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Friday at Bloomington Speedway, Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway with the finale set for Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway.

Shane Golobic, by virtue of his indoor victory at DuQuoin, Ill. in March, leads the USAC National Midget Series standings, but a host of drivers will be out to knock him off the pedestal in the upcoming swing.

Rico Abreu repeated as "Indiana Midget Week" Champion last year, joining former IMW champs Shane Cottle (2005-06), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2007), Tracy Hines (2008 and 2010), Bryan Clauson (2009-2011), Brad Kuhn (who shared the 2010 title with Hines), Darren Hagen (2012) and Christopher Bell (2013).

Clauson leads in terms of all-time IMW victories at nine. Bell has four and several drivers have three. The 45 previous races have produced 22 different winners!

Defending race champs include Tanner Thorson (Gas City), Clauson (Putnamville), Bell (Bloomington) and Abreu (Lawrenceburg). Last year's Kokomo race fell to the elements.

Tuesday's race marks the inaugural appearance of USAC's National Midget Series at Montpelier. The track has become a staple of USAC participants this year, however. Brady Bacon, currently second in the National Midget points, won USAC's inaugural AMSOIL National Sprint Car race there April 23. Bacon trails Golobic by just nine points in the USAC National Midget points heading into "Indiana Midget Week."

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 28, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 6. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Reynolds), 7. Brent Yarnel (#29B Yarnel). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Steve Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Zack Madrid (#5M Madrid), 5. Kyle Shipley (#99 Shipley), 6. Spencer Hill (#56 Hill), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 5. Adam Milsap (#9G Milsap), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Cling). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Cling, 2. St. James, 3. Grau, 4. A.Kesterson, 5. Reynolds, 6. Hill, 7. Shipley, 8. Milsap, 9. Yarnel, 10. L.Kesterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Nick Aiuto, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Landon Cling, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Jonas Reynolds, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Charles Davis Jr., 11. Matt Rossi, 12. Dustin Burkhart, 13. Shon Deskins, 14. Spencer Hill, 15. Tom Ogle, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Bruce St. James, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Zack Madrid, 20. Michael Curtis, 21. Asa Kesterson, 22. Tanner Grau. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 29 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 28, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.477; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.526; 3. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.566; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.616; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.690; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.765; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.825; 8. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.964; 9. Nic Faas, 73, Ford-16.987; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.045; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.097; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.177; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.215; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.316; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.379; 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.473; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.514; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.547; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.601; 20. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.677; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.713; 22. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.956; 23. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.375; 24. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-19.254; 25. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weed, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. C.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. V.Sweeney, 7. Malcolm, 8. Everhart, 9. Stewart. 2:50.39.

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Spencer, 3. A.Williams, 4. Bender, 5. Edwards, 6. A.Sweeney. 2:51.34.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faas, 2. Adams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. T.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Ellertson, 7. Lopiccolo. 2:52.54.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Damion Spencer, 6. Trent Williams, 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Max Adams, 10. Tommy Malcolm, 11. Verne Sweeney, 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 13. Chris Gansen, 14. A.J. Bender, 15. Andrew Sweeney, 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 17. Matt Stewart, 18. Logan Williams, 19. Nic Faas, 20. Cody Williams, 21. Kyle Edwards, 22. Tony Everhart, 23. Cal Smith. NT

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**Edwards flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 A.Williams.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jace Vander Weerd (15th to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: June 11 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

TANNER TAKES "CARB NIGHT CLASSIC;" SWANSONS RUN 1-2 AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

In recent years, Tanner Swanson hasn't gotten behind the wheel of a racecar as often as he once did. Despite his limited schedule of races that one could count on a single hand, the 25-year-old Kingsburg, California driver makes each and every one of those opportunities count, specifically at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana where Friday night he earned his fifth victory in his last six visits to the .686-mile paved oval at the "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500". In the process, he tied Mike Bliss to become the winningest driver in USAC Silver Crown competition at Lucas Oil Raceway.

To put his domination in perspective, Tanner's only defeat in the past four seasons at Lucas Oil Raceway in a Silver Crown car came after leading the opening 99 and three-quarters of a lap in a race in July 2014 before David Byrne snuck by him for the win on the final corner.

However, early on in the night, it was not a simple cakewalk for Tanner after only managing a fourth-place qualifying run in ProSource Qualifying. Up front, it was three-time Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown winner Bobby Santos on the pole with Tanner's brother Kody Swanson, a one-time Lucas Oil Silver Crown winner and the previous night's victor at the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, alongside.

At the drop of the green flag, the top-three consisted of highly-accomplished pavement shoe Santos in the lead with K. Swanson and T. Swanson running one, two, three. By lap three, Tanner had got around Kody for the second spot. The three followed nose-to-tail, trying to maintain a quick pace, but also conserving the tires with a full load of fuel behind them.

On lap 21, fourth-running Jerry Coons, Jr. went for a scary ride after his throttle stuck at the end of the back straightaway. With nowhere to go and no time to slow the car down, Coons pummeled the SAFER barrier, leaving a trail of rubber against the pearly white wall from the entrance of three to between turns three and four. Coons was uninjured.

Tanner would size up Santos, peeking his nose alongside Santos multiple times in a bid for the top spot through the middle portion of the 100-lap event. But luck didn't seem to be on Tanner's side as yellow flags flew on multiple occasions just as Tanner appeared ready to pounce on Santos for the lead.

By lap 70, the trio of Santos, T.Swanson and K.Swanson were all running just feet from each other in a high-stakes, high-speed game of poker as each stayed within striking distance but trying not to show their hand quite yet.

Santos was able to withstand each challenge to his perch, but on lap 81, his car quickly slowed with apparent engine trouble, giving way to Tanner Swanson for the remaining 20 circuits.

From that point forward, Tanner went relatively unchallenged, making his way with ease around a handful of backmarkers in the final few laps to take the checkered flag over Kody, Chris Windom, first-time series starter Robert Stout, Aaron Pierce. Justin Grant came home 6th in his pavement Silver Crown debut while David Byrne, Joe Axsom, Shane Cockrum and Joe Liguori rounded out the top-10.

With his fifth victory, Tanner Swanson tied Mike Bliss as the winningest USAC Silver Crown driver at Lucas Oil Raceway. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

Throughout the 56-year history of Lucas Oil Raceway, there have been distinct eras of domination in USAC competition. In the last 20 years, when one showed up to the Brownsburg, Indiana oval, for a time, it seemed no one could beat names such as the aforementioned Mike Bliss and Bobby Santos, but also Dave Steele and Tracy Hines. In the mid-2010s, the name that strikes fear into competitors signing in at the pit window at Lucas Oil belongs to Tanner Swanson, who led the remaining 20 laps of Friday night's race to take the victory in his Bowman Racing/Bowman Properties - Bowman-Elmore Racing/Beast/Kistler Chevy.

"We were great on the long runs, but on the restarts, I was super tight all the time," Tanner recalled. "We lost our radios as soon as I went green, but I figured Kody was close and I was trying to make moves that wouldn't put us both in a bad spot. I hate to win one when the leader falls out, but I'm glad that this team and all their hard work paid off."

In the 46-year existence of USAC's Silver Crown division, Friday night's race marked just the fourth time that the series has raced on back-to-back nights. Kody Swanson once again proved to be the most versatile, following up Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" victory on the dirt with a second place run on the pavement one night later in the DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Hampshire/Hampshire Chevy to extend his championship point lead to 24 over Chris Windom heading into June 10th's race at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

"I always say I should win every night I get in this car and I mean it," Kody declared. "Tonight was one of those nights where I thought we'd maybe be able to double up. Tanner just does a phenomenal job and I hated to see Bobby (Santos) out because he was making Tanner press awfully hard. I was just hoping to capitalize late in the race because I thought we had that good of a car. With about 30 to go, the power steering started going out, so that made it tough, but the guys gave me a car that I could still handle despite that. But we'll take second. I think it's the first time in two years I've even been able to see that #02 car (of Tanner Swanson) here, so we're looking forward to coming back in July."

Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom collected his third top-five finish in the three series races run thus far in 2016, finishing a season-best third on Friday night in his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Beast/J & D Mopar.

"The car took off really well on the restarts; that's how I got by Pierce and Wilson early on," Windom said. "We just didn't have the four-tire grip that the #63 and the #02 had, but at the end, we came on a lot stronger. We just couldn't keep up with them for that long to be there at the end."

"Carb Night Classic" contingency award winners included Bobby Santos (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cockrum (KSE Hard Charger) and Shane Cottle (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 27, 2016 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "Carb Night Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ Racing-21.380; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.449; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.462; 4. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.516; 5. Robert Stout, 21, Bowman/Armstrong-21.533; 6. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.546; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.653; 8. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-21.773; 9. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.832; 10. Joe Liguori, 99, Gormly-21.978; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-22.032; 12. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-22.081; 13. Austin Nemire, 91. Hemelgarn-22.247; 14. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-22.432; 15. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-22.550; 16. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-22.751; 17. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-NT; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-NT.

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 ----------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-80 Santos, Laps 81-100 T.Swanson.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Shane Cockrum (16th to 9th)

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-204, 2-Windom-180, 3-Cottle & Grant-159, 5-Coons & Byrne-141, 7-C.J. Leary-125, 8-Cockrum-121, 9-Shuman-117, 10-Bryan Clauson-110.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 10 - Williams Grove (PA) Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial"

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UPCOMING USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Friday, June 10, 2016

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Championship

TRACK: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) - ½-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Horn-Schindler Memorial" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Championship and the ARDC Midgets

STARTING TIMES: TBA

TICKETS: General Admission (Adult): $25. General admission (Youth/Ages 13-20): $10.

TRACK ADDRESS: 1 Speedway Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

TRACK PHONE: (717) 697-5000

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.williamsgrove.com/

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINNERS AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS:

1. (5) Mike Bliss & Tanner Swanson 3. (3) Bobby East & Bobby Santos 5. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader 9. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Kody Swanson, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

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2016 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

1. (204) Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, CA) 2. (180) Chris Windom (Canton, IL) 3. (159) Shane Cottle (Kokomo, IN) & Justin Grant (Ione, CA) 5. (141) Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ) & (89) David Byrne (Shullsburg, WI) 7. (125) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) 8. (121) Shane Cockrum (Benton, IL) 9. (117) Casey Shuman (Tempe, AZ) 10. (110) Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN)

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

May 27, 2016 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "Carb Night Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ Racing-21.380; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.449; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.462; 4. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.516; 5. Robert Stout, 21, Bowman/Armstrong-21.533; 6. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.546; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.653; 8. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-21.773; 9. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.832; 10. Joe Liguori, 99, Gormly-21.978; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-22.032; 12. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-22.081; 13. Austin Nemire, 91. Hemelgarn-22.247; 14. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-22.432; 15. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-22.550; 16. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-22.751; 17. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-NT; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-NT.

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 ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-80 Santos, Laps 81-100 T.Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Cockrum

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-204, 2-Windom-180, 3-Cottle & Grant-159, 5-Coons & Byrne-141, 7-C.J. Leary-125, 8-Cockrum-121, 9-Shuman-117, 10-Bryan Clauson-110.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 10 - Williams Grove (PA) Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial"

 

 

SWANSON STAMPS PLACE IN HISTORY;
WINS 3RD STRAIGHT "HOOSIER HUNDRED"

 

Two-time and defending USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson has been the beacon of excellence in the series over the past two-plus seasons, but on Saturday night, the Kingsburg, California native added yet another amazing feat on his ever-growing resume by etching his name in "Hoosier Hundred" lore, earning the victory in the 62nd edition of the prestigious event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, joining Indianapolis 500 winners Jimmy Bryan (1954-56) and Al Unser (1970-73) as the only wheelmen to claim three straight "Hoosier Hundred" victories.

Swanson stayed in the hunt all race long, but just as he did one year ago, Swanson decided it was go-time near the two-thirds mark of the 100-lap event. In 2015, Swanson took the lead from A.J. Fike with 33 laps to go. This year, Swanson took care of business one lap earlier, sailing past Cottle with 34 to go before holding off multiple challenges from Cottle down the stretch to take his 13th career series victory, surpassing three-time Silver Crown champ Jimmy Sills and placing himself 7th on the all-time win list.

In the first quarter of the race, all eyes were on the battle at the front between Jerry Coons, Jr. and Brady Bacon. At the start, pole-sitter Bacon was overtaken by Coons for the lead, before shooting back to the top spot on lap two. On the 27th circuit, just two laps after a restart, Coons squeezed between Bacon and the outside wall, outdueling Bacon for the lead in a drag race into turn one.

Meanwhile, Cottle began his charge, entering the top-five with a pass on Justin Grant in the first turn. By lap 44, Cottle had assumed second with an inside maneuver on Bacon as Coons, Cottle and Swanson ran nose-to-tail.

On lap 58, Cottle's persistence paid off as he ran down Coons for the lead with Swanson and Grant in hot pursuit, while Coons slipped to 4th.

With 35 laps to go, longtime series veteran Russ Gamester went for a wild end-over-end ride in turn two, bringing out the night's first red flag. On the ensuing restart, Swanson turned up the wick, eventually clamping down on leader Cottle using his patented patient, calculating, methodical approach, overpowering Cottle for the top spot on lap 67.

Swanson's prowess on the dirt-miles wasn't able to force Cottle into submission during the final stretch. With 15 laps remaining, Cottle flexed his muscle by attempting to split between Swanson and the lapped car of Terry James, nearly colliding with each other as the pack trekked down the front straightaway.

Cottle refused to go away quietly, giving it one more shot with just nine laps to go, pulling to within a tail tanks' length of Swanson as the pair stormed into turn one. Catching and passing were proven to be two completely separate scenarios, as Cottle could only reel Swanson in briefly on occasion, but Swanson was simply too strong down the stretch, pulling away for the landmark win over Cottle, Coons, Indy 500 competitor Bryan Clauson and Chris Windom, who took over the seat of scheduled driver Brian Tyler in the McQuinn no. 14 after his primary ride, the RPM/Fred Gormly no. 98 suffered mechanical issues in practice.

Kody Swanson joined Jimmy Bryan and Al Unser
as the only drivers to take three-straight "Hoosier Hundred" victories.
(DAVID NEARPASS PHOTO)

Swanson has made the Indiana State Fairgrounds look like his own, personal playground in the last three years and this night was no different in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy.

"The mile is probably my favorite (race) and I don't really know why," Swanson said. "There's just something about it. Part of it is because it's the 'Hoosier Hundred,' which is so cool, but there's a lot of challenges that the Indy Mile presents. People say it's narrow and it's hard to get a hold of and you have to be precise. For some reason, the more other people don't like race tracks, the more I like them. Getting three in a row is hard to put into word how much it means. It puts me in a category with a group of guys that I don't feel like I belong with, but it wasn't just me. Our team won this race three times; not just me. I'm just so thankful to be a part of it."

Kokomo, Indiana's Shane Cottle took second in the Curtis Williams/Roger Williams Precision Engines - QS Components/Maxim/Chevy after leading nine laps and throwing a slew of challenges to Swanson in the final run, thereby earning his best series finish since his 2007 victory in the "Ted Horn 100" at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

"Kody was a lot better getting into the corner and through the center, but it just came down to him conserving his tires a lot longer than I did," Cottle admitted. "He had a little more left at the end and I had to save mine after the red and that allowed him to get by me. I think we were a little faster than he was; I just couldn't ever catch him. This car is really fast and it's been good ever since I got in it. So, hopefully, our time will come soon."

Two-time "Hoosier Hundred" winner Jerry Coons, Jr. led 32 laps on his way to a third place result in the Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Maxim/Tranter Chevy.

"I saw Bryan on the outside a couple times, but I wasn't worried about him doing something silly," Coons said. "I just needed a little bit more everywhere. I just couldn't believe the pace those guys were setting early. I got to the lead and just tried to cruise and conserve because that's what you do here, but Kody went by me with 50 to go and I couldn't believe how quick they were running. But these cars change over the years and this is our first mile with the Maxim, so we're pleased to come away with a third."

"Hoosier Hundred" contingency award winners included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Terry James (KSE Hard Charger) and Austin Nemire (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 26, 2016 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Indiana State Fairgrounds - 62nd "Hoosier Hundred"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-34.396; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-34.402; 3. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-34.910; 4. Bryan Clauson, 6, Klatt-35.130; 5. Austin Nemire, 91. Hemelgarn-35.272; 6. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-35.583; 7. Dave Darland, 17, Dutcher-35.589; 8. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-35.747; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-35.842; 10. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-35.862; 11. Chris Windom, 14, McQuinn-35.907; 12. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 27, Phillips-36.058; 13. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-36.060; 14. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-36.135; 15. Mark Smith, 99, RPM/Gormly-36.135; 16. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-36.205; 17. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-36.288; 18. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-36.292; 19. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-36.317; 20. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-36.355; 21. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-36.659; 22. Joe Liguori, 58, Liguori-36.712; 23. Neil Shepherd, 7, Shepherd-36.972; 24. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-37.033; 25. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-37.061; 26. Danny Long, 44, Long-38.779; 27. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-41.994; 28. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson (Time of 35.418 disallowed), 29. Mitch Wissmiller, 0, Barker/Thackery-NT; 30. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-NT; 31. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-NT; 32. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-NT; 33. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Chris Windom, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. David Byrne, 8. Davey Ray, 9. Mark Smith, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jacob Wilson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Austin Nemire, 14. Terry James, 15. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 16. Justin Grant, 17. Jeff Swindell, 18. Brady Bacon, 19. Russ Gamester, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Neil Shepherd, 22. Aaron Pierce, 23. Steve Buckwalter, 24. Terry Babb, 25. Joey Moughan, 26. Joe Liguori, 27. A.J. Fike, 28. Danny Long, 29. Mitch Wissmiller, 30. J.C. Bland. NT
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**Gamester and Swindell flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Coons, Laps 2-26 Bacon, Laps 27-57 Coons, laps 58-66 Cottle, Laps 67-100 Swanson.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-137, 2-Leary-128, 3-Cottle-122, 4-Windom-113, 5-Coons-110, 6-Clauson-110, 7-Grant-104, 8-Bacon-91, 9-Byrne-89, 10-Darland-86.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Terry James (27th to 14th)

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 27 - Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "Carb Night Classic"

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UPCOMING USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Friday, May 27, 2016

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Championship

TRACK: Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, Indiana) - .686-mile, semi-banked paved oval

EVENT: "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Championship, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship presented by Mazda.

STARTING TIMES:
Paddock opens at 9am
Silver Crown practice at 3pm
USF2000 qualifying at 4pm
Pro Mazda qualifying at 4:25pm
Silver Crown qualifying at 5:05pm
"Freedom 75" USF2000 race at 6:10pm
"Freedom 90" Pro Mazda race at 7:10pm
"Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown race at 8:15pm

TICKETS: TBA

TRACK ADDRESS: 10267 US-136, Indianapolis, IN 46234

TRACK PHONE: (317) 291-4090

TRACK WEBSITE: http://trackenterprises.com/ & http://www.lucasoilraceway.com/

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINNERS
AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS:

1. (5) Mike Bliss
2. (4) Tanner Swanson
3. (3) Bobby East & Bobby Santos
5. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader
9. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Kody Swanson, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

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2016 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10):

1. (13) Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, CA)
2. (128) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
3. (122) Shane Cottle (Kokomo, IN)
4. (113) Chris Windom (Canton, IL)
5. (110) Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ)
6. (110) Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN)
7. (104) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)
8. (91) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
9. (89) David Byrne (Shullsburg, WI)
10. (86) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)

 

BACK-TO-BACK FOR BALLOU
IN 46TH "TONY HULMAN CLASSIC"

TERRE HAUTE, IN.........Robert Ballou slid his way into the record books Wednesday night, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey on the all-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win list with his 24th career series win and becoming just the third driver in the 46-year history of the "Tony Hulman Classic" to win in back-to-back years after outdueling Thomas Meseraull in a torrid race-long battle to collect the coveted rifle at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

As the green flag flew at the start of the 30-lap feature, pole-sitter Meseraull shot out to the front of the pack. But, it was second-quickest qualifier and inside row-three starter Ballou who quickly charged to the second spot by lap two, setting the stage for an epic battle between the two for the top spot.

After a pair of cautions slowed the pace with just four laps completed, Meseraull and Ballou rode the cushion, spraying Terre Haute's newly-painted red, white, and blue wall with rooster tails through each of the four turns. On lap nine, Ballou followed Meseraull with a full head of steam into turn three, jetting to the bottom at the entrance of three and throwing a massive slider that stuck, giving him the lead as the two exited turn four.

However, the move was all for naught due to the stoppage of Landon Simon's stalled machine at the top of turns three and four, bringing out the yellow flag.

The yellow did not deter Ballou one iota. As soon as the green dropped on the ensuing restart, Ballou went to the well once again, replicating the same move he made on Meseraull just before the caution fell, diving to the inside guardrail before sliding up to the wall between turns one and two. But Meseraull didn't blink, instead, staying on the throttle with just inches to spare between Ballou's right side Hoosiers and the concrete, taking back the lead as they exited turn two.

A rejuvenated Jon Stanbrough threw his hat in the ring of contenders after slipping past Ballou for 2nd at the flag stand on lap 10. However, Ballou would reload and reclaim the second spot from Stanbrough, the 2002 "Hulman Classic" victor, one lap later and now found Meseraull clearly within sight on his radar.

Ballou and Meseraull engaged in an exhibition of sliders on laps 17 and 18 that put the sizable Wabash Valley crowd on its feet. The two exchanged the lead on three separate occasions in that lap and a half span, as they traded slide jobs at the end of the straightaways at the entrance of turns one and three, culminating with Ballou and Meseraull banging wheels at the exit of four on lap 18 as Mesearull reemerged at the head of the field.

On lap 22, Ballou threw one last jab for good measure, executing a picture-perfect slider on Meseraull for the lead. From that point until the drop of the checkered flag, nobody was game for Ballou's presence down the stretch as the Rocklin, California driver ultimately delivered the final knockout blow, pulling away for a 4.422-second margin of victory over Meseraull, Stanbrough, Bacon, Chris Windom (from the 20th starting spot), Chase Stockon, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Justin Grant.

Ballou was able to add another rifle to his growing collection of "Hulman Classic" hardware after picking up his first series victory in three months in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley's Auto/Maxim/Ott. He joined Steve Butler (1987-88) and Levi Jones (2008-09) as a winner of consecutive winners of the classic event and also became just the fourth defending USAC National Sprint Car champ to win the race, adding his name to a list that includes Pancho Carter (1975), Steve Butler (1987-88) and Levi Jones (2009)

"We haven't finished as well as we'd have liked to recently," Ballou admitted. "But we've been really fast and we don't give up. We had to put a motor in this car at 1:30 this morning, and then I was late for qualifying, and it just made me furious for the rest of the night. This car keeps going up and down the road based on our winnings, so it's great that we got another one tonight. I slid Meseraull and knew I didn't have him cleared, and then the last time, we both slid the same corner and he was trying to protect himself; thankfully, we're both standing up here on the front stretch."

Ballou (pictured above) joined Steve Butler (1987-88) and Levi Jones (2008-09) as the only back-to-back winners of the "Tony Hulman Classic."
(DAVID NEARPASS)

Meseraull, of San Jose, California, chopped two markers off of Bacon's lead in the series' standings with his second place finish in the Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech, now standing just 17 points behind Bacon heading into the six-race "Eastern Storm" series that begins June 7 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania.

"It was nice to start up front tonight," Meseraull said with relief. "(Crew chief) Donnie (Gentry) had the car awesome tonight. Him and I disagree on things sometimes, but he had it spot-on tonight and that just shows how good Robert (Ballou) was."

Avon, Indiana's Jon Stanbrough scored his first top-three USAC result in nearly a full-calendar year, a second-place at Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Speedway in June of 2015. Stanbrough returned to form in his Jon Stanbrough Racing/Woodland Auto Display - MPHG Promotions/Spike/J & D, running as high as second on the 10th lap and dropping to 4th before rallying just one lap from the finish to take third from point-leader Brady Bacon.

"Lapped traffic was a factor at the end for us, Stanbrough said." But I felt like I got better after Brady (Bacon) passed me. Then, I got back by him and, luckily, the lapped cars played into our favor at the end. To be able to pull out a 3rd is good, but we keep getting better and better every weekend. I thought we had something at (last weekend's race at) Gas City before we tipped over. All I've got to do is keep sitting up in the seat and we'll keep running up front."

"Tony Hulman Classic" contingency award winners included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cottle (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and C.J. Leary (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 25, 2016 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "46th Tony Hulman Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.514; 2. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-20.882; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.924; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-21.087; 5. Justin Grant, 2E, Epperson-21.176; 6. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-21.219; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-21.219; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-21.234; 9. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-21.313; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.330; 11. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-21.350; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-21.353; 13. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-21.547; 14. Bill Rose, 6R, Rose-21.584; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-21.612; 16. Carson Short, 21, Short-21.631; 17. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-21.671; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.711; 19. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-21.713; 20. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-21.777; 21. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-22.034; 22. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-22.097; 23. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-22.191; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-22.248; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-22.465; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-22.687; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-22.817; 28. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-22.956; 29. Terry Babb, 8D, KCBJ-29.425; 30. Ken Drangmeister, 27, Drangmeister-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. McGhee, 3. Bacon, 4. Grant, 5. Light, 6. DiMattia, 7. Wissmiller, 8. Babb. 2:49.16

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Ballou, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Andretti, 5. Hughes, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Rose, 8. Drangmeister. 2:47.61

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Darland, 3. Coons, 4. Leary, 5. Stockon, 6. Ketcham, 7. Goodnight. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Short, 2. Windom, 3. Cummins, 4. Boespflug, 5. Jarrett, 6. Simon, 7. Chapple. 2:53.47

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Wissmiller, 3. Simon, 4. Hughes, 5. DiMattia, 6. Rose, 7. Ketcham, 8. Chapple, 9. Jarrett, 10. Light, 11. Mellenberndt, 12. Goodnight. 13. Babb, 14. Drangmeister. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Justin Grant, 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Kyle Cummins, 16. Bill Rose, 17. J.J. Hughes, 18. Max McGhee, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Mitch Wissmiller, 21. Carson Short, 22. Tony DiMattia. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Meseraull, Lap 17 Ballou, Laps 18-21 Meseraull, Laps 22-30 Ballou.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (20th to 5th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-804, 2-Meseraull-787, 3-Stockon-712, 4-Darland-684, 5-Leary-673, 6-Cummins-658, 7-Ballou-655, 8-Boespflug-618, 9-McGhee-559, 10-Grant-492.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: June 7 - Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway - "Eastern Storm" - "Jesse Hockett Classic"

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS

DATE: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania) - 1/3-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Eastern Storm"/"Jesse Hockett Classic" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National National Championship and 358 Modifieds

STARTING TIMES: Gates open at 5pm. Racing at 7:30pm.

TICKETS: Adults: $30. Children 6-11: $10. Children 5 and under: FREE! Pit passes: $30 ($35 for non-USAC members).

TRACK ADDRESS: 43 Passmore Rd, Bechtelsville, PA 19505

TRACK PHONE: (610) 754-7688

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.grandviewspeedway.com/

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DATE: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, Pennsylvania) - 3/8-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Eastern Storm" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship 30-lap feature, plus 25-lap make-up feature from 2015 and 358 Sprints

STARTING TIMES:

TICKETS: Pit passes: $30.

TRACK ADDRESS: 800 Racetrack Rd, Abbottstown, PA 17301

TRACK PHONE: (717) 624-2755

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.lincolnspeedway.com/index.shtml

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DATE: Thursday, June 9, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: New Egypt Speedway (New Egypt, NJ) - 7/16-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Eastern Storm" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, NEWS Sprints and Modified Invitational

STARTING TIMES:

TICKETS: Pit passes: $30 ($35 for non-USAC members)

TRACK ADDRESS: 720 County Rd 539, New Egypt, NJ 08533

TRACK PHONE: (609) 758-1900

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/

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DATE: Saturday, June 11, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pennsylvania) - 1/2-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Eastern Storm"/"EMMR/Penn Central Racing Reunion Honoree Night" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, 355-econo late model championship, PASS/IMCA 305 Sprints.

STARTING TIMES:

TICKETS: Adult general admission: $25. Students age 12-18: $7. Pit passes: $30.

TRACK ADDRESS: 302 6th St, Port Royal, PA 17082

TRACK PHONE: (717) 527-2303

TRACK WEBSITE: http://portroyalspeedway.com/

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DATE: Sunday, June 12, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, Pennsylvania) -

EVENT:
"Eastern Storm" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship & ARDC Midgets

STARTING TIMES: Pits open: 4pm. Grandstands open: 5pm. Racing at 7pm.

TICKETS: Pit passes: $30 ($35 for non-USAC members)

TRACK ADDRESS: 690 York Rd, York Haven, PA 17370

TRACK PHONE: (717) 938-9170

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.susquehannaspeedway.net/

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (804) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
2. (787) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)
3. (712) Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, IN)
4. (684) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
5. (673) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
6. (658) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)
7. (655) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)
8. (618) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)
9. (559) Max McGhee (Camby, IN)
10. (492) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

 

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

By Lance Jennings

MAY 24, 2016... This Saturday, May 28th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will battle at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.” “The Power of Purple Night” benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and the California Lightning Sprints. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

The annual "Salute to Indy" has been a Southern California tradition going back to 1948 when Dempsey Wilson claimed the checkered flags with the original California Racing Association. When Perris Auto Speedway opened their doors in 1996, the Riverside County oval kept the tradition alive and current NASCAR competitor J.J. Yeley scored the victory. Last year, Richard Vander Weerd took command from Matt Mitchell and added the “Salute to Indy” win to his resume.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 183 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 37 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. In the two previous visits of 2016, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson and New Mexico’s Josh Hodges earned wins at USAC/CRA’s ‘home track.” A complete Perris series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) leads the chase for the championship by eighteen points. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa scored third at Ventura on May 7th. To date, the defending 360 Western World Champion has three top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Brody will be looking for his second career USAC/CRA feature win.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard placed eighth at Ventura Raceway. Heading to Perris, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led to his credit. Vander Weerd will have his sights on making this year’s “Salute to Indy” this sixth USAC/CRA win of his career.

After running second to Troy Rutherford at Ventura, Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) has climbed to third in the point chase. Making his debut in his fourth ride in as many races, the driver of the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / Baldozier Racing Maxim has three top-10 finishes and 21 feature laps led on the year. The five-time champion won the 2012 “Salute to Indy” and will be looking to claim his 38th win this Saturday.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Victory, Swanson earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran sixth at Ventura. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and three top-10 finishes. This Saturday, Jake will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA triumph at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has risen to fifth in the championship standings. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored fourth in the Ventura main event. Heading to Perris, the four-time and defending series champion has two top-10 finishes and 20 feature laps led on the year. “The Demon” won the 2003 & 2004 “Salute to Indy” and will be looking to earn his series leading 66th victory.

Currently ranked seventh in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Trent Williams (Victorville, California), Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California), and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, A.J. Bender, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, and more.

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

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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

PERRIS "SALUTE TO INDY" WINNERS: 1996-J.J. Yeley; 1997-Cory Kruseman; 1998-Mike Kirby; 1999-Troy Rutherford; 2000-Richard Griffin; 2001-Mike Kirby; 2002-Mike Kirby; 2003-Damion Gardner; 2004-Damion Gardner; 2005-Cory Kruseman; 2006-Tony Jones; 2007-Blake Miller; 2008-RAIN; 2009-Blake Miller; 2010-David Cardey; 2011-Matt Mitchell; 2012-Mike Spencer; 2013-Matt Mitchell, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 37-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Matt Mitchell, 5-Danny Sheridan, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-218, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-200, 3. Mike Spencer-189, 4. Jake Swanson-185, 5. Damion Gardner-168, 6. Austin Williams-167, 7. Max Adams-150, 8. Cody Williams-149, 9. Josh Hodges-146, 10. R.J. Johnson-122, ---. Logan Williams-122, 12. A.J. Bender-114, 13. Jeremy Ellertson-113, 14. Parker Colston-109, 15. Chris Gansen-101, 16. Tommy Malcolm-90, 17. Jace Vander Weerd-85, 18. Bryan Clauson-82, 19. Verne Sweeney-78, ---. Troy Rutherford-78.

 

 

THOMAS THRASHES FIELD
IN FLAG-TO-FLAG BROWNSTOWN ROUT

Just a mere month after combining forces, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and the 4J Motorsports team found USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship victory lane Saturday night at Brownstown Speedway, leading wire-to-wire in a caution-free affair at the series' first visit to the southern Indiana quarter-mile dirt oval since 2011.

Making just their third series start together, including a 3rd at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway one night prior, Thomas began the 30-lap feature from the pole position in the number 4J alongside Thomas Meseraull.

From the drop of the green flag, Thomas and his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy were a rocket ship on the cushion as the Cullman, Alabama driver rode the topside like a rail.

By lap 12, Thomas has already made his way to the backmarkers, surpassing them with ease as he built his advantage over nearest challenger, Meseraull, to a full-straightaway by the midway point.

However, Brady Bacon was the man on the move, swiping the second spot from Meseraull with an inside move in the first turn 10 laps from the finish. Trying to claw his way back into the hunt after starting eighth, Bacon's only hope down the stretch was for a caution, which would help close the interval between him and leader Thomas, thereby setting up a run for the checkered.

With just a few laps to go, a body panel on the car of leader Thomas became dislodged, hanging loose and flapping in the breeze as the final laps wound down. A potential debris caution loomed if the body panel ripped loose and fell onto the track's surface, which would negate Thomas's substantial margin and, in turn, benefit Bacon.

But it was not to be as the body panel held on while Kevin Thomas, Jr. laid the lumber to the 22-car field, leading flag-to-flag to earn his first series victory in 15 months, defeating Bacon, Dave Darland, Meseraull, C.J. Leary, 2010 Brownstown USAC winner Brady Short, KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart "Hard Charger" Robert Ballou, Aaron Farney, Tyler Courtney and Kyle Cummins.

Saturday night marked the first time in five years that two different teams won their first ever series features in consecutive events. Todd Keen (whose car won with Scotty Weir at Gas City on Friday) and 4J Motorsports won back-to-back this weekend. Hank Byram (with driver Hunter Schuerenberg at Gas City) and the Baldwin Brothers (with driver Chris Windom at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway) accomplished the feat in 2011.

Thomas became the ninth different driver to win a feature through 11 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events during the 2016 season, collecting his first series victory since February of 2015 at Eastbay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida.

"This is the most exciting win I think I've ever had, besides my first one," Thomas exclaimed. "These guys all have day jobs and they work their butts off and tune on this car three or four hours a night, week in and week out. I'm just pumped for my team. My car owner, Jeremy (Ottinger), told me a few weeks ago that he's never been part of a USAC win; I told him, 'that's going to change.' I didn't know it was going to happen this fast, but I'm just so excited I can't even express the feelings running through my body right now. It's just a great experience and I'm so glad I could do it with this team. I've found my comfort level with this car pretty quickly. I like running the top here (at Brownstown), but I've always had trouble being able to hold it and not slip over the edge. Brownstown gave us a great track tonight and gave us a cushion with something to lean on."

Winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. (middle) is surrounded by 2nd place Brady Bacon (right) and 3rd place finisher Dave Darland (left) in victory lane Saturday night at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway.
(RYAN SELLERS PHOTO)

Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma claimed a second place finish for the second consecutive night in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar, which nudged his point lead to 19 over Meseraull in the new standings as the series heads into next Wednesday's 46th "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

"We had the best car the last half of the race, but you can't afford to start eighth with no cautions, especially with this USAC field being as tough as it is," Bacon said. "You can't just charge up through there, especially with KT having as good of a car as he had. We were catching him slowly, but surely, but we ran out of laps and he never made a mistake. Our car was good and has been night-in and night-out and we're really gaining some momentum. We've been able to go pretty good on all different kinds of tracks, so all our hard work is paying off. We're starting to stretch our legs a little bit and, hopefully, we can keep riding this high now that we're getting into the bulk of the season."

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland came home third in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton for, by far, his best finish in USAC competition at Brownstown after recording finishes of 18th, a DNQ and a 23rd in his three previous visits.

"I had a lot of fun out there tonight," Darland said. "Brownstown did a great job with the racetrack tonight."

Tonight's contingency award winners included C.J. Leary (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Jon Stanbrough (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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